Exclusive Photos from GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 World Premiere

Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn at the World Premiere of Marvel Studios’ GUARDIANS of the GALAXY Vol 2

The World Premiere of Marvel Studios’ GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL.2 was held April 19th at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. It was a huge premiere and closed down Hollywood Boulevard from Highland to Orange. Fans lined the street and screamed as the stars arrived. The picture brings back the misfit Guardians who much fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Seen walking the very long carpet were the stars of the film, which included: Kurt Russell, Sylvester Stallone, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Michael Rooker, Karen […]Read On »

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THE BEST SCORES OF 2016 – Part One

ARRIVAL soundtrack | ©2016 Deutsche Grammophon

THE BEST SCORES OF 2016 ARRIVAL  (Johann Johannsson / Deutsche Grammophon) An Icelander whose intensely psychological, yet still melodically accessible modernist scores like PRISONERS and SICARIO speak in alien languages of subsonic strings and nerve-chilling brass at last gets his actual close encounter as he translates the Rorschach Test language of obelisk / monolith dwelling inter-dimensional deities here. Johannsson brilliantly captures both a sense of wonder and fear with beholding the mind-boggling, verbally-scrambled unknown as whale cry motifs join with alternately moaning and chattering voices, backed by a strong orchestral sound that serves as a powerful universal musical translator in a way that’s […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from ROGUE ONE: A Star Wars Story World Premiere – Part 1 – The Stars

Felicity Jones at the World Premiere of ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY

The World Premiere of Lucasfilm’s highly anticipated, first-ever, standalone STAR WARS adventure, ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY was held December 10th at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. It was a big premiere closing down Hollywood Blvd. for a week while the carpet was setup. The press was inside a long, big tent that the stars and guests walked to the entrance to the theatre. Seen walking the carpet were the stars of the film, which included: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Anthony Daniels, Gary Whitta (Writer), John Gilroy (Screenplay), Gareth […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos of Marvel’s DOCTOR STRANGE World Premiere

Benedict Cumberbatch at the World Premiere of Marvel Studios DOCTOR STRANGE

Marvel Studios’ held the world premiere of DOCTOR STRANGE on October 20th at the El Captain Theatre in Hollywood. DOCTOR STRANGE has been number one in the box office since it opened on November 4th. DOCTOR STRANGE follows the journey of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), whose life changes after a horrific car accident, which robs him of the use of his hands. Looking for a place to heal him, he discovers powerful magic in a mysterious place known as Kamar-Taj. Kamar-Taj is not just a center for healing, but the front line of a battle against unseen dark […]Read On »

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The Year in Review: The Best Scores of 2014 – The Runner Ups and Composers To Watch

THE BEST SCORES OF 2014 – The Runner Up’s and Composers To Watch BIG BAD WOLVES  (Frank Ilfman / Movie Score Media) Stop me if you’ve heard the same cinematic tune about a perceived miscreant tied into a chair for all manner of mental, and physical torture to be performed upon him. Thankfully, the Israeli breakout film BIG BAD WOLVES whistles the genre song with smashing black-humored suspense, as captured with a thunderous score by Frank Ilfman, who twists a thrillingly mean symphonic knife as he relentlessly veers between frantic action and sly, Herrmann-esque strings as a set-up for ironic, […]Read On »

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CD Review: The Ten Best Scores of 2013

Anthony Gonzalez, Joseph Trapanese / OBLIVION soundtrack | ©2013 +180 Records

THE BOOK THIEF (John Williams / Sony Classical) The kind of unabashedly thematic, and mostly melodic music that’s made John Williams into the most popular film composer of all time is often the sound of innocence itself, an unabated musical youthfulness that he’s also played to ironic effect when dealing with children confronting the unimaginable. Here it’s a genocide that’s heard, but rarely witnessed within a young German girl’s sheltered life during World War 2. Such is the devastating, gentle power that speaks volumes for THE BOOK THIEF‘s score as it encapsulates the innocence, first loves and ultimate shock of […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Blu-ray/DVD release party

J.J. Abrams and Simon Pegg at the celebration for the DVD release of STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS | ©2013 Sue Schneider

Paramount Pictures recently celebrated the release of STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Blu-ray and DVD release with a party at the California Science Center. The party was extra special as it took place beneath of wings of the Historic Space Shuttle Endeavour, but unfortunately the press (except for a select few) were anywhere near it. The white carpet was set up in the park area. Walking the carpet were the stars of STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, which included: J.J. Abrams (Director), Leonard Nimoy (Spock Prime), Simon Pegg (Scotty), John Cho (Sulu), Alice Eve (Dr. Carol Marcus), Peter Weller (Admiral Marcus), Bruce […]Read On »

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Interview: STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS composer MIchael Giacchino pilots The Enterprise

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS soundtrack | ©2013 Varese Sarabande Records

Sure man, not to mention Hollywood, had boldly gone before in turning a TV show’s five-year mission into an ongoing cinematic voyage- the first 27 years of which involved its original “classic” cast before the com was handed over to a new generation. But just when that film future seemed to have grown a bit stale, a hotshot named J.J. Abrams leaped into the captain’s chair to reboot the franchise in a way that was as audacious as it was winningly nostalgic with 2009s STAR TREK. Taking the beloved crewmates back to their beginnings with a surfeit of style and […]Read On »

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CD Revew: The Best Score Runner-Ups and Composers to Watch for 2012

CHICO & RITA soundtrack | ©2012 Red General Catalogue

The Best Score Runner-Ups and Composer to Watch for 2012 ARBITRAGE (Cliff Martinez / Milan) As the composer who virtually created the ethereal indie sound with SEX LIES AND VIDEOTAPE, Cliff Martinez has always played psychological tension in offbeat, ethereally percussive ways. Here’s it’s a moody spider’s web of drones and percussion that’s closing in on a magnate’s gigantic F-up, rhythmic tension that’s all about the inner turmoil that clings to the antihero as he uses all of his charms to clean things up. Speaking with his soft, haunted confidence, Martinez’s Eno-ish washes of melodic textures always have a cold […]Read On »

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CD Review: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL soundtrack

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL soundtrack | ©2011 Varese Sarabande Records

Of all the television knock-offs that James Bond inspired during the height of the 007 craze in the 1960’s, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE was the spy show that ingrained itself in the public consciousness like no other. Creator Bruce Geller took the Bond franchise’s ever-increasing love of futuristic gadgets to the next techno-fetish level, with the unusual caveat of having its agents rely far more on their brainpower than seductive fisticuffs to take down the villains. And no small amount of IMPOSSIBLE’s iconic staying power through multiple TV revamps was due to the Lalo Schifrin theme, a white-hot jazz countdown that varied […]Read On »

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