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10 Bad Movies That Have Great Soundtracks.

There are always going to be bad movies but just because the movie is bad doesn't mean the soundtrack is going to be.  Unfortunately in a lot of cases if the movie is bad or bombed at the cinema then the soundtrack gets overlooked too which is a real shame because if you are a soundtrack fan you may be missing out on some fantastic scores.  So here are ten movies with great soundtracks

Howard The Duck - John Barry
The now famous George Lucas movie that unfortunately didn't live up to the expectations that everyone was expecting after that other movie by Mr Lucas but the soundtrack is sadly overlooked as a result.  I'm not talking about the fictional band Cherry Bomb or Thomas Dolby but the score that John Barry produced for the movie.  A moving score with great cues make it easily the best thing to come from the movie.



Godzilla (1998) David Arnold

The movie was hyped up beyond believe and turned out to be a monster of a let down.  The ever reliable David Arnold produced wha…

VIDEO: A Young Steven Spielberg On Making A "People Movie" (1978)

The AFI have posted this great short video showing Spielberg in the 70's at an AFI seminar.


Steven Spielberg came to AFI in 1978 for a seminar with AFI Fellows. In this clip he talks about the prospect of making films that might be characterized as smaller in scope.



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Lets Make Jurassic Park A Reality. (A Lego One Of Course)

Over at LEGO CUUSOO they need your support to make this Lego version of Jurassic Park a reality.  The pictures you see are 3D renditions at the moment but with your help, life can find a way and BINGO!  Lego DNA.  I must admit I would love to see this in my collection.  What do you think?


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Today's Photo - "Who's That With Spielberg?" Week - Leonardo DiCaprio

Steven Spielberg doing his day job with Leonardo DiCaprio on the set of Catch Me If You Can.

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John Williams News Roundup

Its been a busy week for John Williams news so we've rounded up all the stories and listed them below.

Hollywood Museum honours Oscar-winning composer John Williams The Hollywood Museum are opening a new exhibit featuring costumes, props, posters and photos from the blockbusters and classics for which he's composed, including "Jurassic Park," "Superman" and "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone."
"John Williams is considered one of the greatest film composers of all time, with a career spanning more than six decades," said Donelle Dadigan, president and founder of the Hollywood Museum.

"This is a wonderful collaboration of two nonprofits in Hollywood -- the Hollywood Museum, which is dedicated to showcasing Hollywood legends, and the Jose Iturbi Foundation, dedicated to 'popularizing classic music one note at a time' for public benefit," Dadigan said. "We are proud to spotlight his legendary movies with this s…

JoAnn Kane Music Svc Tweet First Images Of John Williams Score The Book Thief

This was tweeted tonight by JoAnn Kane Music Svc on their Twitter timeline tonight:

Preparing John Williams' score for the upcoming film "The Book Thief." pic.twitter.com/sChdycRCTA
— JoAnn Kane Music Svc (@JKMSlibrary) August 20, 2013
The Book Thief is the first non-Spielberg John Williams soundtrack for eight years.

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National Geographic Bring Us Angry Birds Star Wars: The Science Behind The Saga

Children love Star Wars. Children love Angry Birds so combining the two was pure genius by Rovio.  Now what happens when you combine a bit of learning with Star Wars Angry Birds.  Sounds like one ingredient too many right?  Wrong!  You end up with this superb book called National Geographic Angry Birds Star Wars:  The Science Behind The Saga.

The book, cleverly written by Amy Briggs is packed with science facts related to the Star Wars saga but is done in such a way that makes every page a must read.  Every page is packed with colours shouting out at you and features everyone's favourite Angry Birds characters like Red Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kaboomi and Lard Vader.

The book is packed with facts and every one of them informative to adults and children.  Did you know that a hologram pixel is called a "hogel?"  No, neither did I.  Another fact explains how the tractor beam that was used to bring the Falcon into the Death Star is not that far-fetched.  Scientist have developed a…

Today's Photo - "Who's That With Spielberg?" Week - Annette Benning

Annette Benning (American Beauty) grabs a moment with Steven Spielberg (or is it the other way round?)

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Coffee With Kenobi Book Chat: John Jackson Miller’s Kenobi

A new episode of Coffee With Kenobi is out and the guys have brought us a real treat.  John Jackson Miller is the guest talking over a coffee about his new book, Kenobi.  The book has had nothing but praise and it seems is a must read for any Star Wars fan.

In today’s book chat, we have a cup of coffee with Del Rey author John Jackson Miller and his fantastic new novel, Star Wars: Kenobi, premiering August 27th.  John talks about the inspiration for the book, his challenges writing about an iconic character, and his Star Wars fandom.  This is the Podcast You’re Looking For!

Listen to the show here.  http://directory.libsyn.com/episode/index/id/2447570

Coffee with Kenobi is one of the best Star Wars podcasts and The Bearded Trio can't recommend it enough.  Make sure you leave them a review on Itunes and put them on your subscribe list.

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Full of Sith Special Release. Our Hosts Are Joined By MythBuster's Adam Savage

It seems today is the day of new episodes of podcasts with Coffee With Kenobi, Cantina Cast and Sarlacc Pit all releasing a new episode today Not to be out done Full of Sith bring us a special release.  Adam Savage who you might recognise from Mythbusters joins Bryan Young as they discuss their convention experiences.  Adan is a huge Star Wars fan and discusses his experiences with The Wars.

Check out the release notes below along with the link to the show.

http://fullofsith.com/archives/840

You know him and love him from Mythbusters but he's a huge fan of Star Wars. He talks with Bryan about his convention experiences, Dragon Con, the power of fandom, the trajectory of his career, and his first experience with Star Wars. We also talked about the importance of digging deeper in things and what makes passionate fan communities important. And he has a request for JJ Abrams.




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A New Episode Of The Cantina Cast Podcast Is Out.

It's time for another excellent Cantina Cast.  Joing your hosts Mike and Joao as they discuss the recent rumours on Ian McDiarmid, Ewan McGregor and the release date fiasco of Episode VII.

Here's the show notes with the link to the show.


Mike and Joao discuss the recent rumors circulating about Ian McDiarmid, Ewan
McGregor and the possible release date for episode VII.They also go over the recent comments made by Joss Whedon on ESB as well as some droid talk. Of course we close out the show with out with our #5 top SW quotes and Mike manages to bring the recent Batman news into the discussion
Listen now:
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Today's Photo - "Who's That With Spielberg?" Week - Kathleen Kennedy

Kathleen Kennedy and Spielberg share a joke.

Kathleen Kennedy?  I wonder what she's doing these days.


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Madonna Pips Spielberg To The Number One Spot In Forbes Top Earning Celebrity List

Madonna has pipped Steven Spielberg in this year's Forbes top-earning celebrities list.

Grabbing an estimated $125 million for the period between June 2012 to June 2013, the 55-year-old icon rocketed ahead of Steven Spielberg, who ended up at #2 with about $100 million.

Her massive success comes mostly thanks to her MDNA world tour, which grossed $305 million, with merchandise sales and other business ventures making up the rest.

Rounding out the top ten were Simon Cowell, EL James, Howard Stern, author James Patterson, Glen Beck, Michael Bay, Jerry Bruckheimer, and Lady Gaga.

Read more at http://celebrity-gossip.net/madonna/madonna-forbes-913665

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Monkey Island Music Remix - Monkey Brain Soup for the Soul

Check out this rather funky Monkey Island remix from Deporitaz. The track is called Monkey Brain Soup for the Soul




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Today's Photo - "Who's That With Spielberg?" Week - Amy Irving

Amy Irving and a sombre look Spielberg get snapped in 1977

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Michael Caine Debunking Sean Connery Story

Yesterday we posted a story that several newspapers were reporting that Michael Caine was concerned over the health of Sean Connery.  Well the good news is this seems to be complete rubbish.

Sir Michael Caine has responded to this story which the Daily Mirror posted saying, “It’s all bulls****"

“I did some interviews over in Germany for a new film and I can only assume someone has twisted my words or got the wrong end of the stick.

“I haven’t seen Sean for a couple of years, but my wife and I spoke to him on the phone on his birthday this week and he was very well.

“He was fine, in complete control of his senses and his usual self.

“This stuff about Alzheimer’s is just nonsense. I have no idea where they are getting it from.”

“Articles also say Sean lives in Spain which you, of course, know not to be true. “Honestly, I don’t want to give this story any credence by responding.”

This is really good news and so happy the story was false.

Rob
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Michael Caine: Concerned For Sean Connery 'no longer in control of his senses' and fears he is losing his memory.

The Daily Mail posted a story today that fills me with sadness.  Not only the photos showing a frail Sean Connery but the news that he is 'no longer in control of his senses' and losing his memory according to close friend Michael Caine.  The news comes from an interview with German newspaper Bild am sonntag Caine.

Michael Caine said of the Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade star, 'One must have serious concerns for him.'  Bild said the loss of his memory is 'noticeable' and that only a few close friends and confidantes, like Caine, had access to him.

We wish Mr Connery and his family the best in these difficult times.

Read more on this sad story here

Rob
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Full Of Sith Episode XXXV: Our Hosts Discuss The Passing Of Gilbert Taylor And More

A new episode of Full of Sith is out and Mike, Bryan and Consetta discuss the sad passing of Gilbert Taylor during the week age 99.  Taylor was the cinematographer for the first Star Wars movie.  They also discuss the decision to film Star Wars VII on film as opposed to digital and they dig deep into their mail bag to answer listener's emails.

Listen now to one of the best Star Wars podcasts on this planet.

http://fullofsith.com/archives/837


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Today's Photo - "Who's That With Spielberg?" Week - Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford poses with Steven Spielberg for a photo.

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Quick Fire Questions. This Week, Denise Vasquez

If you go to IMDB and look at everything Denise Vasquez has done it makes you realise how busy (and talented) some people are.  Not only has she had roles in numerous movies and TV shows such as Total Recall, The Office and Iron Man 3, but she is also an active founder of  "Wo+men 4 A Cause".  She is also an poet, award winning singer, songwriter, designer, writer, speaker and producer.  Incredible!

As it says on IMDB, Denise Vasquez was selected as "Worthy Connections" Honoree and featured in "The Direct Buzz Magazine" May 2010 for her outstanding work with "Wo+men 4 A Cause" and the community!

She also works with Daisy Rock Guitars, Audix Microphones, Sakura USA, HK Holbein, AFTRA and ASCAP. Nominated for 5 Mavric Music Awards, Nominated by the LA Music Awards for Vocalist of the year and Album of the year.  Denise Vasquez has also been listed on Music Connection Magazines' HOT 100 List for six Consecutive years, and has been a recipient …

Video Shows Ian Mcdiarmid Working on Star Wars Angry Birds II. Talks About The Emperor's Chair.

What a great video this is from the official Star Wars Youtube channel.  Watch Ian McDiarmid as he works on Star Wars Angry Birds II by Rovio.  What's really great about this video is Ian talks about the famous Emperor's chair from Return of the Jedi and how it never stopped where it should.  Watch the video below.




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Batman Vs Superman Poster Spotted In The Movie I Am Legend

With today's news that Ben Affleck is to play Batman in Zack Snyder's Man of Steel sequel I thought it was appropriate to post this still from the 2007 movie I am Legend.  Was something in the works even back then? Although if you look carefully you'll see the release date was 2010.

Rob

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Jurassic Park 3D Tops China's Box Office. Movie Now Surpasses $1 Billion Since 1993

"Jurassic Park 3D" opened in China on Tuesday and brought in a strong $6.3 million on 2,500 screens to debut at No. 1.  That's the fourth strongest opening day in for a movie this year in China.
2013 marks the 20th anniversary of the Spielberg directed movie and what better way to celebrate than to mark the occasion with the franchise passing the $1 Billion mark worldwide. 
The total international box office for "Jurassic Park 3D" stands at $20.7 million but the movie hasn't finished yet with the dinosaur adventure set to open this weekend in Mexico, Panama, Spain and Britain.

Watch the trailer for Jurassic Park 3D which for some reason uses some awful music half way through the trailer and totally mixes up John Williams' masterpiece.




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VIDEO: Gilbert Taylor on "Star Wars" and filming the attack on the Death Star

Henderson's Film Industries interviewed Gilbert Taylor last year and talk about the filming of the attack on the Death Star.



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Gilbert Taylor, Star Wars cinematographer, dies aged 99

On the same day that we bring you the news that Cinematographer Daniel Mindel is to work with J.J. Abrams on Star Wars Episode VII, we also have to bring the sad news that cinematographer for the first Star Wars film has died age 99.  Gilbert Taylor had an incredible career and also worked on many other notable movies including The Dam Busters, Dr Strangelove and The Omen.

His time on Star Wars was not plain sailing.  In his own words he said in a recent interview with American Cinematographer magazine.

"George avoided all meetings and contact with me from day one," Taylor would later tell

"So I read the extra-long script many times and made my own decisions as to how I would shoot the picture."

The BBC News Site writes:

Taylor's distinguished career included six years with the Royal Air Force during World War II, shooting the results of night-time raids over Germany at the request of Winston Churchill.

He went on to become a founder member of the British Societ…

George Lucas Buys $10 Million in Starbucks. Wife Is On The Board.

It seems George Lucas is a big fan of coffee.  Starbucks coffee anyway as he has just bought $10 million in stock from the company.

TheWrap.com write:

George Lucas has bought $10 million in Starbucks stock, a sign of confidence in the company where his wife Mellody Hobson is a member of the board, according to an SEC filing.

A new filing by Hobson, Lucas’s wife and a Starbucks board member, revealed that Lucas's GWL Living trust bought 141,573 shares on August 19 for an average price of $70.60. Lucas is the sole trustee and beneficiary of the trust.

Hobson is a hugely successful executive in her own right and married Lucas in June (photo by Donna Newman). In addition to her investment work and Starbucks, she is the chairman of Dreamworks Animation and a director at Estee Lauder and Groupon.


Could we see a Star (Wars) Bucks opening soon?

Rob

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Star Wars: Episode VII Will Be Shot On 35mm REASON IS NOT FOR LENS FLARE

Cinematographer Daniel Mindel who is a long time collaborator with J.J. Abrams is set to continue the collaboration as it was announced he will be joining Abrams on Star Wars VII.  
Also announced yesterday was that the new Star Wars movie will be shot on 35MM film and not digital like Star Wars Episode II and III.
The cynical Internet trolls have already started, stating that the main reason for this was that its easier for lens flare.  The real reason is experience.  J.J. Abrams has said never shot with digital and has even commented in the past that he is comfortable with shooting on film.

Kathleen Kennedy has previously said that the new movie will be sensible with CGI and will use proper sets and models where its practical to use.  Using film instead of digital could also indicate that the CGI is to be throttled back compared to other modern movies.

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Today's Photo - Goonies Week - Kids Just Want To Have Fun

Goonies just having fun on set and kids just being kids.











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Telltale Games Brings The Walking Dead To The Playstation Vita.

The best game of 2013 is now available on PS Vita.  Telltale games who brought us Tales of Monkey Island and Sam & Max now treat us to The Walking Dead on the portable game console.

As Telltale Games themselves put it:

This version is an awesome way to experience The Walking Dead, whether you're dipping your toe into the water for the first time, or looking to catch up on any episodes you might have missed. Even if you've already played through the whole season on PS3, there's an additional set of Trophies for playing the series on PS Vita. We've even added some special features just for PS Vita: you can play with analog controls and face buttons, or get a little more intimate with the interaction by switching to touchscreen only.
Remember, fans of the series should keep those save files, because Season Two is expected to hit PS Vita later this year as well. Hope you're ready for the portable undead onslaught!
Seriously if you haven't played this game yet …

VIDEO: Lindsey Stirling & Peter Hollens Perform Star Wars On Violin

Now this is good. Peter Hollens providing the vocals and Lindsey Stirling dressed as Princess Leia perform Star Wars on the violins.

Definitely a must watch.



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Today's Photo - Goonies Week - Filming The Cave Bridge Scene