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Brad Fiedel interview: composing Terminator 2's iconic score

Ryan Lambie Dec 6, 2017

Composer Brad Fiedel talks to us about his stunning music for The Terminator and its sequel, T2...

Across a varied and illustrious career, New York-born musician Brad Fiedel has conjured up some unforgettable sounds. He was the keyboard player for soft rock outfit Hall & Oates in the 70s; as a composer, Fiedel's career spanned 20 years and an eclectic mix of film and TV: cult horror classic Fright Night, hit drama The Accused, 90s sci-fi action thriller Johnny Mnemonic to name a few.

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But for most movie geeks, Fiedel will be most closely associated with his unforgettable music for James Cameron's Terminator and Terminator 2. By turns percussive and melancholy, his electronic score encapsulated the themes of Cameron's nightmarish chase movies as eloquently as the images: the off-kilter,
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First Photo of Keanu Reeves in the Sci-Fi Movie Replicas and He's Bringing Footage to Nycc

Keanu Reeves has his fair share of successful Sci-Fi films like The Matrix, The Day The Earth Stood Still, and Johnny Mnemonic among others. Now he's making his return to the genre and bringing the project to New York Comic Con.

Reeves will bring the first footage from his sci-fi feature Replicas to the convention next month. Thanks to THR we have our first photo of Reeves in the film.

Reeves stars in the movie as scientist who becomes obsessed with the idea of bringing his family back to life with cutting edge cloning technology after they all tragically die in a car crash. Alice Eve also stars as Reeves' wife, with Silicon Valley star Thomas Middleditch also among the cast.

The movie's director Jeffrey Nachmanoff and producer Stephen Hamel will also attend the Nycc panel.

New York Comic Con runs Oct. 5-8.
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Frightfest 2017: Mindhack Review: Dir. Royce Gorsuch

Mindhack Review: A young computer coder finds himself hunted by a mysterious man as he seeks to create world peace by hacking the human mind. Mindhack Review

Mindhack gets its European premiere at London’s 2017 Horror Channel Frightfest. Though the name suggests a weekend full of horror, the event celebrates the dark heart of cinema, encompassing all genres. In Mindhack we get a dark and deadly science-fiction story that explores what it is to be human.

Mason (Chris Mason) is a brilliant computer hacker who wants to save the world. Spurred on my his inner-voice he seeks to create World peace by hacking the impossible, the human brain. Mason believes that if we can reset the human mind then we will move away from wars and hate, and can instead exist in harmony. However, there are other forces out there trying to achieve the same task, but only for the polar opposite goal.
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Play Expo Leeds 2017 – Report

This weekend Replay Events, one of the UK’s premier gaming and event entertainment companies and the driving force behind Play Expo Blackpool And Manchester (both events that team Nerdly have attended in the past), added another Northern event to their roster: Play Expo Leeds, an all-day gaming celebration taking place which took place at Leeds United Football Club’s Centenary Pavillion on Sunday April 16th.

Of course the Play Expo events are all about playing games: be it pinball, arcade games or consoles, be they retro or modern. There are plenty of items to buy too – gamers can stock up on retro games, consoles and all sorts of collectables. Many from local vendors (a great way to get your name out there in the community for sure). But the focus of Play Expo’s is most definitely on games.

This latest event in Leeds is easily one of the
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“I’m old, not obsolete” – Where did the 80’s Action Heroes go?

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Author: Matt Rodgers

Growing up in the UK’s equivalent of The Shire meant that access to the escapism of video rentals was something as distant as The Misty Mountains. The arrival of a man who looked like Stanley Uris from Stephen King’s It, driving a van that was filled to the rafters with VHS, and which glowed like the Pulp Fiction briefcase when opened, introduced me to a roll-call of the 80s Action Heroes. Monosyllabic men, who quipped their way through bullets and bodies. The first plastic case to cross my sweaty palms featured a muscular fellow, holding a gun, against a colourful heatmap backdrop. It was Predator, and that was a long time ago.

About where things began to change for the real expendables is hard to pinpoint. Why did these one-time box-office giants; Schwarzenegger, Stallone, Van-Damme, and to a lesser degree Lundgren, suddenly find their powers diminishing?
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12 Movies to Watch After You See ‘Ghost in the Shell’

Check out these essentials even if you don’t catch the new movie.

Another week, another live-action remake of an animated classic. Well, you could argue that most of Ghost in the Shell isn’t really live action, since there’s so much that’s CG. You could also say it’s not a remake so much as a new adaptation of a Japanese comic book. Regardless, a lot of it is a pretty faithful copy, so a good percentage of this week’s list of Movies to Watch could apply to the manga or the anime versions of the story (I’m making it a given that you should see the original). That’s good for any of you boycotting the new movie due to its whitewashing controversy.

These 12 titles are worth seeing either way:

The Creation of the Humanoids (1962)

Despite being a cheap, cheesy sci-fi B movie, this is a significant work for being possibly
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'Ghost in the Shell' Review: Anime Rehash Upgrades Software, Loses the Soul

'Ghost in the Shell' Review: Anime Rehash Upgrades Software, Loses the Soul
Nestled between William Gibson's claim-staking 1984 novel Neuromancer and the Wachowskis' gamechanging The Matrix, Mamoru Oshii's 1995 cops-and-cyborgs tale Ghost in the Shell is almost assuredly better known than widely seen – next to Akira, it's one of the few anime titles that folks who don't know an Astro-Boy from a Dragonball Z can namecheck. Watch it now, and you'll see how Oshii's manga adaptation both grafted earlier influences onto its source material and influenced countless works that came after it. Like its main character, the movie caused ripples even when its presence seemed invisible.
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Keanu Reeves: The King of Action!

Tom Jolliffe on Keanu Reeves, the king of action…

With John Wick: Chapter 2 in cinemas now, it seems a good time to take a look back over Keanu Reeves’ forays into the action genre. Over the years Reeves has dipped his toes into just about every genre. He broke out of course in comedy, becoming forever identified as Ted Theodore Logan in the two Bill and Ted films. He’s done dramas, thrillers, romance and horror films. He’s even done Shakespeare (not that the world, or indeed Reeves himself needs reminding of that). However, Ted Logan aside, his most iconic work has been in the action genre.

The ageless Reeves took his first foray into the genre back in 1991 with the cult classic, Point Break. Whilst undoubtedly he was overshadowed by Patrick Swayze in the film, what was apparent was that Reeves, while still actively trying to shake
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The Tao of Keanu Reeves, From 'Whoa!' to 'John Wick'

The Tao of Keanu Reeves, From 'Whoa!' to 'John Wick'
The appeal of Keanu Reeves – philosopher, lover, martial artist, musician, motorcycle enthusiast, movie star – is that he carries himself lightly, even in the movies that require him to turn from "cool breeze" (the Hawaiian translation of his first name, for those of you playing at home) to howling tempest. He's the type of guy who's had to deny being Buddhist, even though he's played the Buddha onscreen – because it's just widely assumed that he would swing that way religiously. ("I haven't take refuge in the dharma," he has assured us.
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Celebrating the movies of Keanu Reeves

Kirsten Howard Feb 17, 2017

Keanu Reeves, as much as any actor of his generation, has left a legacy to be proud of. We take a look back at his career.

Much like his character in the John Wick films, Keanu Reeves is a man with very little to lose.

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Often maligned for his lack of range as an actor, or dismissed as merely a vaguely goofy action star, every misstep that Reeves has taken throughout his career has come from an enviable ability to consistently take risks. Despite every effort to pigeonhole him, Keanu Reeves just won’t be told what he can and can’t do.

Born in Beirut to a showgirl and a geologist, Reeves is also a rabid
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Ghost in the Shell trailer – Flickering Myth Reaction

The Flickering Myth team react…

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After a string of 10-second teasers a few months ago, the first full trailer for the highly-anticipated (but very controversial) adaptation of sci-fi classic Ghost in the Shell landed online yesterday [watch it here]. The film, starring Scarlett Johansson, has received a lot of negative press over its ‘white-washing’ cast, but how did the trailer fare with the Flickering Myth writing staff?

Oliver Davis: Nice Depeche Mode cover. Scarlett Johansson is going to get typecast as an alien/robot if she’s not careful.

Thomas O’Connor: There’s something subtly troubling to me about the idea that The Major is now an amnesiac in search of her past, beyond that the amnesiac hero angle in fiction is already played out.
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Japanese Actor Takeshi "Beat" Kitano Joins Cast of Ghost In The Shell

Director Rupert Sanders has cast Japanese actor Takeshi “Beat” Kitano in his big screen live-action adaptation of Ghost the Shell. Kitano is an iconic actor in Japan who hasn't starred in an American film since Keanu ReevesJohnny Mnemonic in 1995.

The actor will take on the role of Daisuke Aramaki, who is the founder and leader of the elite task force Section 9 which is devoted to stopping dangerous criminals and extremists. Scarlett Johansson plays the lead in the film as a female Special Ops cyborg that is a part of Section 9.

Kitano also joins Michael Pitt, who is playing the villain in the story who's known as the Laughing Man. The character is described as "a bitter and vengeful man with a body that is part robot. He has a unique sense of style and has been described as a bad guy filtered through the lens of a street artist.
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News Briefs: Takeshi Kitano to Star with Scarlett Johansson in 'Ghost in the Shell'

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Ghost in the Shell: Takeshi Kitano (above in Beyond Outrage), a veteran actor and filmmaker, will join Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell. Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) is set to direct the live-action movie, based on a Japanese manga about a counter-cyberterrorist organization. Kitano is a prolific and popular presence in Japan on television and in films; his last appearance in a Hollywood production came in 1995's Johnny Mnemonic. [Cinema Today via TwitchFilm]...

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Beat Takeshi Joins "Ghost in the Shell"

Japanese comedian and actor Beat Takeshi ("Battle Royale," "Johnny Mnemonic") has joined the upcoming live-action film adaptation of Masamune Shirow's iconic cyberpunk manga and anime franchise "Ghost in the Shell" at Paramount Pictures.

Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbaek, Michael Pitt and Sam Riley lead the cast of the film about the members of a covert ops unit that take on technology-related crime. Takeshi will play Public Security Section 9 founder and chief Daisuke Aramaki.

Rupert Sanders ("Snow White and the Huntsman") helms from a screenplay adapted by Jonathan Herman ("Straight Outta Compton"). Avi Arad, Ari Arad and Steven Paul will produce the film which opens March 31st next year.

Source: The Wrap
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Japanese Icon Takeshi ‘Beat’ Kitano Boards ‘Ghost In The Shell’

Japanese Icon Takeshi ‘Beat’ Kitano Boards ‘Ghost In The Shell’
Takeshi “Beat” Kitano has joined the cast of Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks' Ghost in the Shell, his first U.S. role since Keanu ReevesJohnny Mnemonic in 1995. Rupert Sanders direct the feature adaptation of famous Japanese manga series by Masamune Shirow. Paramount will release the film in the U.S. on March 31, 2017. The film follows a female Special Ops cyborg (Scarlett Johansson) who is part of an elite task force called Section 9 that’s devoted to stopping the…
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Kitano Joins Live Action Ghost In The Shell

Well, now, this is some interesting news ... Japan's Cinema Today are reporting that Kitano Takeshi - the iconic director and performer - has joined the cast of the Rupert Sanders directed, live action adaptation of classic anime and manga Ghost In The Shell. The production has taken some heat for the - to this point - all white casting (Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbaek and Michael Pitt have been announced thus far) and the casting of the iconic Kitano as Section 9 chief Arakami Daisuke should alleviate some of that. This will mark Kitano's first appearance in a Hollywood film since 1995's Johnny Mnemonic and hopefully the results here are somewhat better....

[Read the whole post on twitchfilm.com...]
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Third Window Films releases Kitano’s Hana-Bi, Kikujiro and Dolls in Blu Ray

All feature new 2K remasters from Office Kitano!

The first 1000 copies of each feature cardboard slipcases with new illustrated artwork by Marie Bergeron supported by Filmdoo’s Film Creativity Competition.

All 3 now available to pre-order at: http://amzn.to/20wQ1BA

Hana-bi – January 11th

30 minute documentary from the film’s original release

Interview with Takeshi Kitano from the film’s original release

New Audio commentary by film critic Mark Schilling

New trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwTWtAE3ylY

Kikujiro – February 22nd

Jam Session – 90 minute documentary on Kikujiro directed by the award-winning Japanese director Makoto Shinozaki

Dolls – March 14th

Interviews with Takeshi Kitano, Miho Kanno, Hidetoshi Nishijima & Yohij Yamamoto

Behind the Scenes

Video from the film’s premiere at the Venice Film Festival

Takeshi Kitano – Biography

The success of Hana-bi has confirmed Takeshi Kitano as a leading figure of international cinema. Among its numerous awards, Hana-bi won the Golden
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50 forgotten sci-fi films from the 1990s

We may remember Independence Day, The Matrix, The Phantom Menace. But what about these forgotten 90s sci-fi films? And are any worth seeing?

Think back to the science fiction cinema of the 1990s, and some of the decade's biggest box-office hits will immediately spring to mind: The Phantom Menace, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, Men In Black, Armageddon and Terminator 2 were all in the top 20 most lucrative films of the era.

But what about the sci-fi films of the 1990s that failed to make even close to the same cultural and financial impact of those big hitters? These are the films this list is devoted to - the flops, the straight-to-video releases, the low-budget and critically-derided. We've picked 50 live-action films that fit these criteria, and dug them up to see whether they're still worth watching in the 21st century.

So here's a mix of everything from hidden classics to forgettable dreck,
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Preview Pages from Deadly Magazine #8, Featuring Mad Max: Fury Road, Poltergeist, Batman: Earth One

There are quite a few Mad Max fans among the Deadly Magazine writing staff and that love extends to this month's issue, where the new incarnation of Max Rockatansky is front and center on our cover. Looking for a preview before picking up the full issue? We have ten pages that tease our special features for Mad Max: Fury Road, Poltergeist, Batman: Earth One, and more!

Issue 8 is loaded with Mad Max features, including George Miller, Tom Hardy, and Charlize Theron talking about the latest movie. Patrick Bromley also takes a look back at the original trilogy that started it all. Other features include a 2015 Stanley Film Festival event report, an interview with the creative duo behind Batman: Earth One, and a Johnny Mnemonic retrospective.

This Deadly Magazine #8 is available at the special price of $2.99 and we're also offering full subscriptions at a discounted rate. Simply use coupon code MAX40 at checkout.
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