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Hot Rod at 10: looking back at an underappreciated film

Gem Wheeler Aug 15, 2017

2007s' Hot Rod arrives at its tenth birthday - and there's plenty here to celebrate...

Stuntman extraordinaire Rod Kimble is about to face the challenge of his life. If he can jump fifteen buses on his motorbike – that’s one more than Evel Knievel; you can check, online – and raise the $50,000 required for his stepdad Frank’s life-saving surgery, he’ll be acclaimed as a hero. Far more importantly, he’ll also be able to kick Frank’s ass. Rod’s been mocked and bullied by his stepdad for a long time. This is his chance to prove himself as a man, gain Frank’s respect, and win the heart of his next-door neighbour, Denise. There’s only one problem: Rod’s never actually managed to perform a stunt successfully. Ancestors, protect him…

Since its release in 2007, Hot Rod’s gradually attained the well-deserved cult classic status
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Ice Age: Collision Course review

Simon Brew Published Date Friday, July 8, 2016 - 05:26

It might not be a popular critical view, but I’ve always quite enjoyed the Ice Age films. I can’t work out if their refusal to abide by natural laws of logic is arrogance, convenience or sheer chutzpah. But I like the fact that they ignore it nonetheless, whilst preserving the internal logic of the films themselves. Dinosaurs in the ice age? Yeah, we can do that. Let’s just chuck in a quick line to explain it and move on. They got a whole third film out of that idea.

For film five, which follows the chucklesome Ice Age: Continental Drift, the series decides to channel Michael Bay’s Armageddon a little bit, at one stage bringing in Trevor Rabin’s thumping score for a key sequence.

As per normal, we get the peerless Scrat the squirrel, and his fixation on grabbing an elusive acorn,
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Past Winners and Nominees Back in Contention: 88th Academy Awards' Best Score

'The Peanuts Movie': 2016 Best Original Score Oscar contender along with 111 other titles. Oscar 2016: Best Original Score contenders range from 'Mad Max: Fury Road' to 'The Peanuts Movie' Earlier this month (Dec. '15), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made public the list of 112 film scores eligible for the 2016 Oscar in the Best Original Score category. As found in the Academy's press release, “a Reminder List of works submitted in the Original Score category will be made available with a nominations ballot to all members of the Music Branch, who shall vote in the order of their preference for not more than five achievements. The five achievements receiving the highest number of votes will become the nominations for final voting for the award.” The release adds that “to be eligible, the original score must be a substantial body of music that serves as original dramatic underscoring, and must
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112 Film Scores Declared Eligible for Oscar

112 Film Scores Declared Eligible for Oscar
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences unveiled 112 scores from 2015 films that are in contention for original-score nominations for the 88th Academy Awards.

Among the eligible feature-film titles are the final three scores from the late James Horner: “The 33” (in photo), “Wolf Totem” and “Southpaw.” And the exec committee Ok’d the Ennio Morricone score for “Hateful Eight,” which includes about 30 minutes of new material along with several minutes of old scores written by him. Notable exclusions include “Love & Mercy” (Atticus Ross), “Crimson Peak” (Fernando Velázquez), “The Revenant” (Alva Noto and Ryûichi Sakamoto) and “Youth” (David Lang).

The eligible scores and their composers are listed below, in alphabetical order by film title:

Adult Beginners,” Marcelo Zarvos, composer

The Age of Adaline,” Rob Simonsen, composer

Altered Minds,” Edmund Choi, composer

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip,” Mark Mothersbaugh, composer

Anomalisa,” Carter Burwell, composer

Ant-Man,” Christophe Beck, composer

Beasts of No Nation,
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112 Original Scores Advance In The 88th Oscar Race

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 112 scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2015 are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 88th Academy Awards.

The eligible scores along with their composers are listed below, in alphabetical order by film title:

Adult Beginners,” Marcelo Zarvos, composer

The Age of Adaline,” Rob Simonsen, composer

Altered Minds,” Edmund Choi, composer

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip,” Mark Mothersbaugh, composer

Anomalisa,” Carter Burwell, composer

Ant-Man,” Christophe Beck, composer

Beasts of No Nation,” Dan Romer, composer

The Big Short,” Nicholas Britell, composer

Black Mass,” Tom Holkenborg, composer

Bridge of Spies,” Thomas Newman, composer

Brooklyn,” Michael Brook, composer

Burnt,” Rob Simonsen, composer

By the Sea,” Gabriel Yared, composer

Carol,” Carter Burwell, composer

Cartel Land,” H. Scott Salinas and Jackson Greenberg, composers

Chi-Raq,” Terence Blanchard, composer

Cinderella,” Patrick Doyle, composer

Coming Home,” Qigang Chen, composer

Concussion,
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Trevor Rabin’s ‘Max’ Score: ‘Emotion Without Being Sappy’

Trevor Rabin’s ‘Max’ Score: ‘Emotion Without Being Sappy’
Max” (out June 26 via Warner Bros.) is the story of a military dog who loses his Marine handler during the war in Afghanistan, then returns to America where he bonds with the soldier’s troubled brother.

Director Boaz Yakin, who first met Trevor Rabin on “Remember the Titans,” concedes that his is already “a highly emotional movie,” so he needed a composer “who could find emotion without being sappy.”

“I really wanted a score that had a classical movie score quality to it without sounding old-fashioned,” Yakin adds. “He had to carry and sustain the story, and the adventurous aspects of the movie.”

Yakin and Rabin have become close friends since their time on “Titans” 15 years ago. “The movie needed heart, first and foremost, and then pace,” says the composer. It also needed “a lot of tension,” he adds, noting that he kept in mind the image of a stretched
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Trevor Rabin’s Rousing Scores a Testament to Life After Yes

Trevor Rabin’s Rousing Scores a Testament to Life After Yes
Trevor Rabin had no idea that, on Nov. 4, 2008, he was about to be immortalized.

Barack Obama had just been elected president of the United States, and as he finished his acceptance speech, the music that began to play was Rabin’s inspirational theme from the football movie “Remember the Titans.”

For a white South African whose family fought against apartheid when it was not just unfashionable but downright dangerous, this prominent showcase of his music — written for a movie about black and white high-school players learning to get along and win the season — was especially meaningful.

“I was happy I was on the winning ticket,” Rabin says with a laugh.

Yet that’s just one moment in a long, strange trip that began in Johannesburg and ended in Hollywood, where Rabin is now an in-demand film composer with no fewer than 13 Jerry Bruckheimer movies under his belt (including “Titans,” “Armageddon
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Trevor Rabin Strikes Chord With Collaborators

Trevor Rabin Strikes Chord With Collaborators
“He can do just about anything,” producer Jerry Bruckheimer says of composer Trevor Rabin. “That’s what you want: a composer who’s creative, who understands the musical rhythm and language of scenes, how to bring out the emotion that the director and actors were striving for.”

It was Bruckheimer who discovered Rabin’s facility with sports movies. “He can write those great anthems, those triumphant melodies that every athlete would love to hear as he’s making the last basket or the last goal or the last touchdown. It’s something that’s innate in his talent.”

Bruckheimer is not the only filmmaker to sing Rabin’s praises. Jon Turteltaub, who directed the “National Treasure” films, laughs about their initial musical encounter: “He played us a bunch of music with scenes. I so despised the instrumentation he used, I looked at him and said, ‘This sounds like European porn!
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Actor Josh Wiggins And Director Boaz Yakin Talk Max Movie

Over the decades, the silver screen has been filled with dauntless canines such as Shiloh, Toto, Lassie, Benji and Beethoven.

Now comes the tale of Max.

A precision-trained military dog, Max serves on the frontlines in Afghanistan alongside his handler, U.S. Marine Kyle Wincott. But when things go terribly wrong on maneuvers, Kyle is mortally wounded and Max, traumatized by the loss of his best friend, is unable to remain in service.

Shipped stateside, the only human he seems willing to connect with is Kyle’s teenage brother, Justin, so Max is adopted by Kyle’s family, essentially saving his life. But Justin has issues of his own, such as living up to his father’s expectations for him; he isn’t interested in taking responsibility for his brother’s troubled dog.

However, Max may be Justin’s only chance to discover what really happened to his brother that day on the front,
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A Boy And His Dog Go On An Adventure In First TV Spot For Max

Warner Bros. Pictures has released the first TV spot for Max, a family action adventure from writer/director Boaz Yakin (“Remember the Titans), starring Josh Wiggins, Lauren Graham and Thomas Haden Church.

Blake Shelton’s special version of “Forever Young” from the ‪Max Movie‬ soundtrack is now available on iTunes! Get it now: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/forever-young-single/id998028981

A precision-trained military dog, Max serves on the frontlines in Afghanistan alongside his handler, U.S. Marine Kyle Wincott. But when things go terribly wrong on maneuvers, Kyle is mortally wounded and Max, traumatized by the loss of his best friend, is unable to remain in service.

Sent stateside, the only human he seems willing to connect with is Kyle’s teenage brother, Justin, so Max is saved when he is adopted by Kyle’s family. But Justin has issues of his own, including living up to his father’s expectations,
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Poster For Max Arrives Along With Emotional First Trailer

“The nose of a dog, the heart of a Marine – sounds like a Hero to me.”

Warner Bros. Pictures and MGM have released the first trailer and poster for the upcoming family drama Max.

A military working dog Max returns from service in Afghanistan after his handler’s death. He’s adopted by the man’s family to help the grieving family heal.

Have your tissues ready.

A precision-trained military dog, Max serves on the frontlines in Afghanistan, alongside his handler, U.S. Marine Kyle Wincott. But when things go terribly wrong on maneuvers, Kyle is mortally wounded and Max, traumatized by the loss of his best friend, is unable to remain in service.

Shipped stateside, the only human he seems willing to connect with is Kyle’s teenage brother, Justin, so Max is adopted by Kyle’s family, essentially saving his life. But Justin has issues of his own,
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Mark Mothersbaugh: Devolution Becomes Him

Mark Mothersbaugh: Devolution Becomes Him
It may be tempting to group Mark Mothersbaugh with other movie composers who began in the rock/pop world — names like Danny Elfman, Klaus Badelt, Clint Mansell, Randy Newman, Lisa Gerrard, Trevor Rabin.

But consider that Mothersbaugh co-founded one of the 1970s most subversive, post-modern groups, Devo; composes for every conceivable kind of project from “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” to “The Royal Tenenbaums” to the infamous Joe Boxer Christmas ad; works as an artist in a seemingly unlimited number of media from wooden organ pipes to postcards; makes rugs and designs glass frames; collects bird calls, as well as a world-class assemblage of exotic musical instruments.

There aren’t too many in Mothersbaugh’s category. Probably none.

A conversation with him skips and dances over so many areas and topics that a picture forms of someone with encyclopedic range.

And yet everything about Mothersbaugh points to the same fun-loving spirit heard
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10 best music moments from Woody Allen films

Feature Ivan Radford 30 Sep 2013 - 07:03

Ivan gives the soundtrack from Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine a listen, and provides a rundown of the filmmaker's 10 best music moments...

You can tell immediately when you're watching a Woody Allen movie. Not just from the opening credits (Windsor Light Condensed on black title cards) but from the music. Woody loves the stuff - he'd rather play clarinet with his band than go to the Oscars. He loves it so much that he joins the list of directors such as Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese who are known for using popular, pre-existing music in their soundtracks. The man has directed an astonishing 43 films in his career. Just seven of those have original scores.

Allen started his career with none other than Marvin Hamlisch, who would go on to score The Spy Who Loved Me. Working on Bananas after Take The Money And Run,
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First Look At Grudge Match Features Kevin Hart, Sylvester Stallone & Robert De Niro

Here’s your first look at Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro and Kevin Hart in Warner Bros. Pictures’ upcoming Grudge Match.

In theaters on December 25th, De Niro and Stallone are old boxing rivals who come out of retirement for one final match in director Peter Segal’s comedy.

In Grudge Match, De Niro and Stallone play Billy “The Kid” McDonnen and Henry “Razor” Sharp, two local Pittsburgh fighters whose fierce rivalry put them in the national spotlight. Each had scored a victory against the other during their heyday, but in 1983, on the eve of their decisive third match, Razor suddenly announced his retirement, refusing to explain why but effectively delivering a knock-out punch to both their careers. Thirty years later, boxing promoter Dante Slate Jr., seeing big dollar signs, makes them an offer they can’t refuse: to reenter the ring and settle the score once and for all.
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Hollywood Heavyweights De Niro And Stallone To Hit Big Screen Christmas Day In Grudge Match

Grudge Match, a comedy starring film legends Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone as rivals in the boxing ring, will bow in the holiday season with a Christmas Day debut, moving up from its prior release date of January 10. The announcement was made today by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Warner Bros. Pictures’ Grudge Match stars award-winning movie legends Oscar winner Robert De Niro (“Raging Bull,” “Silver Linings Playbook”) and Oscar nominee Sylvester Stallone (the “Rocky” films, “The Expendables”) as old boxing rivals who come out of retirement for one final match. Peter Segal (“Get Smart,” “The Longest Yard”) directs the comedy.

De Niro and Stallone play Billy “The Kid” McDonnen and Henry “Razor” Sharp, two local Pittsburgh fighters whose fierce rivalry put them in the national spotlight. Each had scored a victory against the other during their heyday, but in 1983, on the eve of their decisive third match, Razor suddenly announced his retirement,
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Watch Steven Soderbergh’s Crude 1985 Yes Documentary ‘Access All Areas’

Later this week, the alleged final theatrical release directed by Steven Soderbergh will open nationwide. Titled Side Effects, it’s a fine little thriller involving psychiatry and the pharmaceutical industry. Maybe not the grandest finale for the filmmaker who gave us such big movies as the Oceans trilogy, Traffic, Che, Shizopolis and of course Sex, Lies and Videotape, but he didn’t enter the business with a bang either. Soderbergh’s first professional directing gig, at age 21, was helming a little-recognized concert film titled Yes: 9012Live, which presents a 1984 performance by the band Yes during their tour supporting the album 90125. (You can see a clip of them doing “Roundabout” from the film here.) Supplementary to that, he shot a short backstage documentary during the tour called Access All Areas. It’s a crude look at the reunited prog-rock group both aesthetically and content-wise. It’s quickly cut, offering only bits of moments rather than full-on scenes. And
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Barack Obama's presidential narrative: would you go see the sequel? | Tom Shone

The commander-in-chief's turn as entertainer-in-chief is a David and Goliath plot for the ages, and we're only halfway through

How's the election been for you? On a scale of one to 10? Great? Just Ok? Would you recommend it to a friend? Not to trivialize the historical crossroads at which we find ourselves, still less the opportunity for a frank and rigorous exchange of ideas over the best policy with which to lead this great republic into the 21st century, but: have you had fun? Did it suck? Were you on the edge of your seat? Or was it a complete waste of your TiVo?

That America's political machine is an ever-growing subsidiary of its entertainment industry has long been remarked upon. "All campaigns are movies now, consisting of competing narratives with competing stars," wrote Neal Gabler in his superb 1998 book Life: The Movie, a radical expansion of Norman Mailer's famous comment,
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Top 10 Denzel Washington Films And Land Yourself Flight Swag!

Paramount Pictures. dramatic thriller Flight, stars Denzel Washington as Captain Whitaker, a seasoned airline pilot who miraculously crash lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly every soul on board. Afterwards, Whip is hailed as a hero, but as more is learned, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really at fault and what really happened on that plane. Flight tells a harrowing story about one man.s amazing, heroic feat and how, in the process of defending himself, he discovers his true grace and valor.

Flight presents the first pairing of Academy Award® winners Denzel Washington and director Robert Zemeckis, who marks his return to live-action dramatic storytelling after years of success on the forefront of directing and producing movies utilizing motion capture technology. Flight will land in theaters November 2, 2012. The film stars Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, Kelly Reilly, John Goodman, Bruce Greenwood, Melissa Leo,
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Exclusive premiere: "Grouplove: Bloom part 3"

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We've been following the story of Grouplove as told through the lens of director Jordan Bahat's "Bloom" for a couple weeks now. To review, the band formed on the isle of Crete during a romantic voyage undertaken by guitarist Christian Zucconi and keyboardist Hannah Hooper who'd just recently met at a show in New York. There they met two Californian travelers, Andrew Wessen and Ryan Rabin, son of Hollywood mainstay Trevor Rabin. And along with British expat Sean Gadd, they all formed Grouplove.

Here's the third and final part of "Bloom" and a peek into the making of their album, "Never Trust A Happy Song."

Watch parts one and two! And let us know what you think in the comments below or on Twitter or Facebook!
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Exclusive premiere: "Grouplove: Bloom part 2"

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When we left off with Grouplove last week in "Bloom part 1," their interviewer was accusing their backstory of sounding like the set up to a bad sitcom. There's no denying it is an awfully strange tale. What brought these strangers together on the island of Crete in 2009, who then started a band?

Guitarist Christian Zucconi and keyboardist Hannah Hooper came from New York just after a meeting and having a whirlwind romance. Drummer/producer Ryan Rabin (son of film composer Trevor Rabin) and his childhood friend, guitarist Andrew Wessen came from California for their own reasons. And they all collided with the loner Brit, bassist Sean Gadd there in the middle of the Mediterranean. As they reminisce in this second part, they reflect on how lucky they are to be carrying on what they have. How will it hold together? The answer seems to be spelled out by a wizard quoting the King James bible.
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