You don’t even need to have seen the classic 1984 horror comedy Gremlins to know what the three basic rules are when it comes to handling the cheeky little critters. It has become such an ingrained part of western culture that you can safely assume that anyone who doens’t know it sends most of their waking time living somewhere under rocks, completely shut away from society. Don’t expose them to bright light. Don’t get them wet. And never feed them after midnight. It’s simple enough stuff, when you think about it, and there’s really no reason to break those rules – especially once you know what will happen if you do. (more…)
Near enough every kid ever born has dreamed, even if not all that seriously, of being in a rock band. There’s not a Transformers fan alive who hasn’t wondered how cool it would be to have powers like the robots in disguise. Most people grow up, though, and let go of those fantasies. Maybe they come back to visit them from time to time for a little light entertainment, but they stop taking them seriously – if they ever did in the first place. They got office jobs. They become normal, everyday people with normal, everyday jobs who tend not to transform into anything exciting. (more…)
With The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 hitting theaters in a little under two months, the film’s producers are working to ramp up the excitement for the beginning of the end of Katniss Everdeen’s journey. In anticipation of the movie, samples of music featured in Mockingjay have been slowly eked out to the public. The latest song to hit the Internet is Lorde’s “Yellow Flicker Beat,” a hauntingly beautiful piece the musician co-wrote with Adele. (more…)
There’s no question that one of the biggest draws to the Marvel Studios film Guardians of the Galaxy, still in theaters, is the soundtrack riddled with upbeat songs that you can bop your Earther or Xandarian head to. The songs not only provide the movie with a jazzy, slightly off-kilter beat, but they also serve to propel the tale of Guardians’ Star-Lord, whose last gift from his mother was the “Awesome Mix Vol. 1” cassette tape featuring the songs from the soundtrack. The songs hail from those far off times known as the 1970s and 1980s, begging the question as to what Chris Pratt, the man behind Star-Lord, would have on his own Awesome mix. Pratt recently spoke to IGN about a mix tape he once created, and it turns out that he and Star-Lord have similar musical sensibilities. (more…)
With all the visuals going into Warner Bros. Man of Steelyou would almost forget that it’s filled with very talented actors. One actor in particular, leading man Henry Cavill, has been receiving a sea of praise as the new Superman, but did you know he almost missed his chance thanks to World of Warcraft?
Director Tim Burton, and longtime musical collaborator: Composer Danny Elfman, known for their work together on Beetlejuice, Batman, Edward Scissorhands and The Nightmare Before Christmas, among other films, are planning a one-shot concert with the BBC Concert Orchestra showcasing the music Elfman has done for Burton’s films over the decades. Elfman will sing live for the first time in almost 20 years.
News of this concert was first announced by The Telegraph. It will take place at the Royal Albert Hall in London–below is a description:
The Royal Albert Hall will host an exclusive World Premiere of Danny Elfman’s music from the films of Tim Burton.
Conductor John Mauceri has collaborated with composer Danny Elfman and visionary Hollywood film maker Tim Burton to create a unique filmic experience, blending music and visuals to celebrate the long standing partnership of two of Hollywood’s top players.
This live concert features Danny Elfman’s famous Tim Burton film scores brought to life on stage by the BBC Concert Orchestra, enhanced by visuals on the big screen of Burton’s original sketches, drawings and storyboards.
With a range of films from a fascinating back catalogue of classics including Beetlejuice,Batman, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Alice in Wonderland and Frankenwienie, this concert explores the collaborative relationship between music and storytelling and the process and importance that this has in filmmaking.
Most of Elfman’s singing will consist of songs from The Nightmare before Christmas, in which he provided the singing voice of Jack Skellington. Click here for tickets and further information.
Joining the ranks of legends such as Shirley Bassey, Sir Paul McCartney and Norwegian masters of pop a-ha is that girl that got dumped and then got famous for writing a whole freakin’ album about it. We’ve know for awhile now that 24-year-old British songstress Adele would be singing the latest Bond theme for the forthcoming Skyfall and expectations have been high.
Well a 90 second taste of the song has made its way onto the internet, what do you think? Does Skyfall have what it takes to be a classic Bond theme? Hey at least it is not Madonna again…
He’s not Ron Swanson, he’s better. Actor Nick Offerman has become a cult hero thanks to his proud carnivorism, his love of woodworking, his enviable marriage, and his general gruff and furry way. As I found out though, this humble canoe maker, poet, classically trained actor, musician, and writer is so much more than a poster boy for plaid and brisket — Nick Offerman is a renaissance man.
In the below interview, Offerman and I talk about some of his interests (Tom Waits, baseball, and the insanity of shaving) while also touching on the upcoming season of Parks and Rec (which he compares to corn beef), the possible return of Duke Silver, dealing with nearly getting cancelled, his American Hamtour, fame, and his aversion to modern conveniences and the techno ties that bind. (more…)
Welcome to the next exciting chapter in All Things Dark Knight! Ok, so maybe it’s the first chapter, but it’s still exciting none-the-less. In the following paragraphs you shall experience the joy and misery of latest developments on the Batman front. Prepare yourselves, gentle readers, to have your mind blown (or at least learn something new).
First up, a very informative interview with the composer of the amazing score for The Dark Knight Rises (as well as the first two of Nolan’s franchise), Hans Zimmer. He and the supervising sound editor, Richard King talk about the many creative brainstorms that went into making TheDark Knight Rises more than just a trail of dialogue and visual effects.
Pretty freakin’ cool, especially if you happen to be a sound nerd. The next portion of the round-up isn’t so cool, however, so brace yourselves for a few words of criticism about The Dark Knight Rises from former 1960s Catwoman, Julie Newmar.
In a recent interview with Yahoo’s The Yo Show (seriously guys? you couldn’t think of a better name than that?) Newmar voiced her opinions about Nolan’s franchise. You can witness her interview by clicking on that arrow-thingy below.
And now, a look into a bit of The Dark Knight Rises’technology (after the bump).
Proof positive that a superhero musical doesn’t have to be a money pit (cough*Spider-Man*cough), the folks behind the Harry Potter Musical, Star Kid, have brought to life a Dark Knight theatrical effort called “Holy Musical B@tman!” The show had a small preview back in February, and for your viewing pleasure you watch the whole thing via YouTube with part one below, followed by links to the other 12 parts.