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John Williams Prepares To Compose The Score For Star Wars EpVIII

If there is one thing that the core series of Star Wars films have in common, it is composer John Williams. He is the one that is responsible for the iconic and immortal Star Wars theme that plays on the opening of every Star Wars film. He has been involved with the franchise for almost 40 years. One of the things that people were wondering when they were anticipating the return of the franchise to the big screen was whether or not John Williams still has it as a composer. Not only did John Williams not disappoint, but his score was actually a little more intense and heavier for The Force Awakens.

 

One thing that is noticeable about John Williams score for The Force Awakens is that there are bits in his score that are reminiscent of Jerry Goldsmith’s scores particularly his score for Total Recall. This Jerry Goldmith-esque moment of the score present right before the reveal of the Millenium Falcon for the first time in the film. This is perhaps part of the effort to deal with the more intense tone of EpVIII compared even to the tone of the first Star Wars film released in 1977, which The Force Awakens bore a lot of similarities to in plot and setting.

 

While Star Wars is one of the most captivating series even at its worst, it probably wouldn’t be the same without John Williams. Not only did John Williams create an iconic score for the Star Wars saga, he has also influenced film music for the next couple of decades. Many composers have tried to imitate him with his style of music. One thing that could be said for John Williams is that his library is filled with iconic themes. Even the most recent Star Wars film has a very memorable theme for Rey. John Williams gets ready to score the next film so that he could come up with some very iconic themes as well as intense cues for the continuation of the saga.

 

Transformers The Movie Gets The 4K Treatment

Transformers The Movie is getting a remaster in 4k for the 30th anniversary. The results of the transfer are actually really good. While it is not quite as high in resolution as the 35mm prints were, there have been a lot of corrections and detail additions made to the movie image. The 30th anniversary edition is going to be available on blu-ray pretty soon. One of the things that 4K reveals is all of the little details in scenes such as the birth of Galvetron or the introduction of Unicron that just didn’t make it to VHS or DVD. They weren’t even on the recent blu-ray or original 35mm release.

In order to restore the film in its original glory, they have gone to the original animation cells so that they can make the necessary connections to the scenes. This results in the clearest detail as well as a film that looks so new that one would forget that it was made back in 1986. This is quite a good treatment for a film that has not fared well in its initial run in movie theaters. However, it has grown a cult following for the content that the film presented to movie goers.

One of the reasons that the film didn’t do so well in theaters was because of the brutal content that unfolded before audiences. The tone of the film was much darker than in the TV series. In fact, the TV series was more of a fun and happy series. The movie has taken on a grim and even violent tone. For one thing, a lot of the autobots got killed off within the first 10 minutes of the film. That was a lot to take in for kids that were accustomed to these autobots. This has also sent parents running out of the theater. Fortunately, Transformers The Movie has found its audience on home video and has grown in popularity due to the interesting occurrences in home video releases.

New Rogue One Trailer Released To Warm Reception

A new trailer for Rogue One has recently been released. This is actually more or less an expansion on the first official trailer that was released. While it is not that much different from the first trailer, it does show enough for it to be unique. There are quite a few shots from some of the same scenes. Some new characters get more lines. It shows more of the white suited guy. There is also a bit more action as characters played by Donnie Yen and Felicity Jones take on the empire. Of course, there is also the storm troopers and the iconic shot of the last piece of the Death Star being attached.

Then to top everything off, there is a special surprise appearance of Darth Vader in the film. There has been speculation that he is going to appear in the film. There is also a lot of speculation as to what he is going to be doing. A lot of people have reported on a gruesome scene featuring Darth Vader. Rogue One is shaping up to be one of the most intense Star Wars films in the series, even though this is not part of the core series.

Even though this trailer is pretty good at getting people excited for the film, there was another trailer for Star Wars Rogue One that was shown at an event before the film even started production. It has shown a chilling shot of the Death Star and then it has faded to black with sounds of a battle being played over the Rogue One logo. The overall teaser was intense and chilling. It suggested a tone that is probably more intense than what was shown in the recent trailers of the film.

Rogue One is set for release on December 16, 2016 with Episode VIII being released the the following December. If there is one thing that the new series of films has done, it is bring back the spirit of the original trilogy.

Reviews of Latest Films

The most popular times of the year for movies tends to be around the major holidays in the summer, fall, and winter. While January is not normally the time of the year for top blockbusters or award-winners, there are currently several different movies out that have been very popular with both consumers and reviewers.

 

One film that has done pretty well at the box office so far, and has also been very popular with movie fans, is Hidden Figures. This movie, which has been out for five weeks, grossed about $16 million over the past week. This brings the total for the film up to $83 million in the US. The last week results are very strong and show a continued support for the film. The movie centers around three woman who were involved in the NASA Space Program and developed much of the formulas and algorithms used to send men to the Moon.

 

The highest-grossing film of the past week was Split, which earned around $40 million. This film is a horror-drama film that focuses on a few different young woman that are kidnapped by a man with multiple personalities. Writer and Director, M. Night Shyamalan, once again included a surprise ending that was very popular with both fans and reviewers. Many consider this to be one of the best films for the director, and likely the best that he has released in the past 10 years.

 

Two other films in the top 10, La La Land and Rogue One, each made around $10 million. La La Land is approaching $100 million in domestic ticket sales, and has seen a recent increase in popularity due to its success at the Golden Globes. The film is also expected to win several different Oscars at the Academy Awards later this winter. Rogue One, which is the latest Star Wars universe film, has been well-reviewed by both fans of the series and critics. It is expected that it will be the first of several films that tell a story in the universe that diverts from the original script.

 

2017 Will Be A Year For Movie Lovers

If nothing else, it looks as though 2017 is shaping up to be a year of awesome movies. According to a recent Huffington Post article, it looks as though it will out do 2016 that brought us great hits like “Finding Dory” and “Suicide Squad”.

Some of the biggest movies expected to bring in huge box office turnouts are from recognizable names. Resident Evil will be back with their sixth and final installment to their movie series, “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter”. The movie is expected to be released at the end of January, so prepare yourself for some zombies, action, fighting, and a good time.

LEGO has made itself quite the name that stretches far beyond the familiar building blocks of our youth. Along with video games, the company has also dabbled in movies, and this February, “LEGO Batman” will be taking theatres by storm. Grab the kids and prepare to watch these beloved block characters come to life in a funny action packed movie that will entertain the whole family.

Weather you love Marvel or just love Hugh Jackman, you’ll want to be in the theatre in March as he takes the screen as Wolverine in the last movie of the series, “Logan”. This final installment will focus on his life after the mutant war as an aging Wolverine joins forces with Professor X to protect a young clone of Logan himself.

If you are looking for a great family friendly movie that will have everyone laughing, head to theatres this summer for “Despicable Me 3”. Everyone loves the Minions, and they will be taking on their foe Balthazar Bratt in a film that is sure to provide buckets of belly laughs.

What is likely to be one of the biggest films of the year won’t hit theatres until December 2017. “Star Wars: Episode VII” will follow the adventures of Finn, Poe, Rey, and Luke Skywalker in another saga of their adventure. Fans will be especially interested to see how the film will play out after the unexpected death of Carrie Fisher, someone who was supposed to have a rather large role in this film.

The Movie Magic of 2016

People are getting set to watch the Oscars this year. There are going to be some interesting nominations for this year because there are so many different styles of movies. Last year there was a Twitter hashtag for #OscarsSoWhite because there were hardly any other nominees of color, but this year it is different. The number of movies that have surfaced this year present a broad spectrum of

Oscar worthy candidates.

 

The obvious talk is about the “La La Land” movie that has broken records with 14 different nominations. This has been boosted as the movie to see right now. All of the major critics have praised this movie intently. It has not been since “Titantic” that a movie has had this type of buzz. All of the hype is allowing this movie to gross even more money.

 

“La La Land” is not the only movie that has received praise though. The Oscar nominations came in for Denzel Washington as well because the Broadway-play-turned-movie “Fences” was receiving a high amount of praise. The initial earnings were modest, but the movie has continued to do strong in the box office. There are a high amount of good reviews from the critics that have made this a movie that more people are going to get out to see.

 

What may have gotten lost in all of the hype is the Will Smith movie “Collateral Beauty.” This is a movie that has received some decent reviews from critics, but it didn’t get a lot of Oscar buzz. Another movie that was actually released at the top of 2017 called “Hidden Figures” would be a movie that would also take some people by surprise with an Oscar nomination for Octavia Spencer. Typically, it is the people that win the Golden Globes that will also win the Oscars. Octavia Spencer didn’t win the Golden Globe, but she’s still an Oscar hopeful.

 

That is the intriguing thing about award nominations and movie reviews. Some people may hear the reviews about movies from critics and friends. They may even see the box office numbers soaring for movies that are out in theaters. It may not be, however, until some movie fans see the Oscar nominations that consider viewing certain films.

James Cameron Plans To Return To The Terminator Franchise

James Cameron Plans To Return To The Terminator Franchise

Fans of the Terminator franchise can rejoice because there is hope for another good Terminator movie. James Cameron has directed two Terminator movies so far. The first one being The Terminator, and the second one being Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Both of them are considered really good action movies. However, there have been plenty of other Terminator movies that have come out. None of them have matched the quality of the first two installments. The most recent one Genisys has been considered the worst of the movies. The interesting thing was that both four and five were intended to reboot the franchise.

 

The rights to the franchise are going to revert to James Cameron in 2019. Therefore, he is planning one more film to be released in the franchise. Given James Cameron’s track record, one can expect that it is going to be a huge money maker. If he does manage to make the film, this could perhaps work as a trilogy for fans where they can skip Terminator 3, 4, and 5 and go straight to James Camerons Terminator movie if his plans do manifest. In order to show that he is serious, he has looked at some possible directors to helm the project.

 

Some fans do believe that the franchise is best left alone. For one thing, every director after James Cameron has failed to deliver on a high quality Terminator film. However, there is a Terminator project that has given a lot of promise. This project was the Sarah Connor Chronicles. This was a TV series that was an actual hit with the audience. It did justice to the mythos of The Terminator movies.

 

One thing that could be said about the Terminator franchise is that there is a possibility for yet another film in the franchise. If the film does turn out to be good, then it is best to end it on that note so that people can have a real good trilogy of films next to a trilogy of mediocre films.

Tomb Raider Reboot Has Begun Production

There have been constant talks of an upcoming Tomb Raider reboot. Tomb Raider was a popular video game franchise that had a promise for a really good film franchise. Unfortunately, the film franchise was plagued with the same curse as other franchises based on video games. Of course, there are now attempts to bring another big screen adventure from the game to the audience. Production has recently started on the film. Therefore, fans can rest assured that they are going to see their favorite adventure icon on the big screen again.

 

Tomb Raider has spawned a couple of films starring Angelina Jolie, who looked a lot like the video game model of Lara Croft. She has done the best she can with her role. The film was considered good enough to warrant a sequel called The Cradle of Life. The film was panned and any future films with Angelina Jolie as the Tomb Raider have been scrapped. It would be almost 15 years before they finally get a new movie off the ground. However, since the last movie, Lara Croft has gone through a lot of changes. Even her model has changed quite a bit bearing very little resemblance to the original model.

 

This is one thing that occurs regularly in video games. The model for the characters can change quite drastically. However, there are some models that more or less remain the same. One model is Mario. However, there other models that change drastically include B. Orchid from Killer Instinct. They did hire an actor who looks a lot closer to the current model of Lara Croft

 

While some could say that they have hope that the film will be good, there is the fact that the curse of video game movies have yet to lift in Hollywood. Other territories have made some good movies based off of video games. One that comes to mind is Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie.

 

Alien Covenant And Niell Blomkamp’s Alien 5

Those that have been following Niell Blomkamp have been well aware of his interest in doing an Alien 5. He has also given an intriguing treatment on what he has planned for the story. This film is supposed to ignore the events of Alien 3. However, an interesting turn of events have caused Blomkamp to put his ideas on hold. Ridley Scott has decided that he is going to return to the Alien franchise for a few more films which leaves Alien 5 in the air. Ridley Scott has already been involved in another film in the Alien franchise recently called Prometheus. There has been plans for a direct sequel to the film. However, this has been scrapped for another film in the Alien universe.

 

While key stars in the Alien universe, Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn have expressed excitement and an eagerness to return to the franchise, Niell Blomkamp has expressed a pessimistic view on the project stating that the chances of it getting off the ground are slim. However, this does not mean that his plan for Alien 5 is dead. However, it is as a slim chance of happening as Niell says.

 

There are many reasons why he wants to ignore Alien 3. However, the only issue is the quality of the film. While Alien 3 was a rather depressing film, the only reason that it did not succeed as a film was because of a lot of interference on the part of the studio. The theatrical edit was sloppy and all over the place with a lot of action set pieces that had no purpose and plot points that went nowhere. However, when one got to the assembly cut, the story was more fleshed out and this resulted in a film that was only slightly inferior to the other two if inferior at all. Perhaps the one reason that Niell wants to ignore Alien 3 was that Ripley is an iconic character. At the same time, Hicks has established himself as an icon for the Alien franchise.

 

The Return Of R Rated Movies

There was a time when studios weren’t afraid to release R rated movies. As a matter of fact, there were a significant number of summer films released with an R rating. These types of films did not shy away on the gore. At the same time, the films were rarely extremely violent. As a matter of fact, only horror slashers were regularly that violent. Instead, the film allowed the story to have the appropriate level of violence as opposed to pulling all of the punches. It wasn’t until 2005 that movie studios started going overboard with PG-13. At the same time, it seems like the standards for the rating have become tighter.

 

One of the reasons that studios opted for almost exclusivity to the PG-13 rating is that there have been changes as to how they have enforced the rating. For instance, people that were under a certain age had to use their ID in order to show that they were old enough. This has resulted in movies actually making less money. It has also been suggested that the majority of movie goers are teenagers. Therefore, they have decided on shooting for PG-13. However, when PG-13 first started, the films were able to get away with a ton of violence. Recent PG-13 films are now equal to what PG rated films were back in the 70s and 80s.

 

Now, studios are seeing success for their R rated films such as Deadpool. Given that Deadpool is successful, they have decided that it is okay to let Logan be R rated. They understand that the key to the film’s success is not the rating, but the content and marketing. The source material that Logan is based on is a rather dark and violent story. Therefore, the movie is going to explore a lot of themes that are heavy. It will also carry an emotional weight. Also, one can’t ignore all of the gore that has been shown in the trailers. As a matter of fact, it was reported that they were going to go for an R rating. There have been red band trailers released as well. Therefore, it was only a matter of time before the official announcement of the R rating.