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Review: Michael Giacchino At 50, Live At The Royal Albert Hall

Michael Giacchino is a film composer who’s still on the up and if you’ve watched the likes of Lost, Rogue One, Jurassic World, a whole host of Pixar or any of the recent Star Trek films then his music has definitely entered your life, and that’s just a small selection. Giacchino has built an impressive body of work over the past 18 years and I was more than excited to see him perform live, and so on the occasion of his 50th birthday celebrations at the Royal Albert Hall, it was quite exceptional.

Following the likes of Ennio Morricone, Howard Shore, Henry Mancini, Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer and the mighty John Williams, Giacchino has played the Albert Hall before when he lead an orchestra for a live version of Star Trek into Darkness in 2014 but this Friday night was something particularly special, as it was to celebrate his 50th Birthday.
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Camera Tests for “The Muppet Movie” Filmed back in 1979

Existentialism in the Muppets is a funny thing to watch. This witty banter from back in 1979 is just hilarious mostly because it doesn’t seem to fit with the idea of the Muppets as was depicted in the show. Fozzy and Kermit are without a doubt two of the greatest characters in the entire show and had some of the best dialogue ever. It’s hard to believe that things started so simply when you really look at the success of the Muppets, but at one point and time things were a lot simpler with a lot more improvised dialogue. Obviously

Camera Tests for “The Muppet Movie” Filmed back in 1979
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'Dancing With the Stars' Week 5 Preview: Sasha Pieterse, Jordan Fisher & More Explain Disney Night Routines!

'Dancing With the Stars' Week 5 Preview: Sasha Pieterse, Jordan Fisher & More Explain Disney Night Routines!
It's week five of Dancing With the Stars!

As the 10 remaining contestants and their pro partners take the stage on Monday, they'll transform into some of the most magical characters from their favorite Disney films.

That's right, it's Disney night, and Et's breaking down everything we can expect to see in the ballroom!

Who's on top of the leaderboard?

1. Jordan Fisher & Lindsay Arnold: 29/30

2. Victoria Arlen & Val Chmerkovskiy: 27/30

3. Lindsey Stirling & Mark Ballas: 26/30

Watch: Nikki Bella Opens Up About Her 'Scary' Neck Injury Following Most Memorable Year Night on 'DWTS'

Who's in danger of elimination?

Nick Lachey & Peta Murgatroyd received the lowest score from the judges last week, 22/30. Whether they'll stay in the competition will heavily rely on fan votes. Guess we'll have to wait and see what happens!

What are the stars dancing to?

Drew Scott & Emma Slater

Viennese Waltz, "Rainbow Connection" from The Muppet Movie

Frankie Muniz & Witney Carson

Argentine Tango, "Angelica" from [link=tt
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Beyond Fest 2017: Paul Williams on the Legacy of Phantom Of The Paradise and How it Led to Him Working on a New Pan’S Labyrinth Musical

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One of the biggest highlights for this writer came last weekend when I had the chance to attend the special screening of Brian De Palma’s Phantom of the Paradise during Beyond Fest 2017, where composer and co-star Paul Williams was in attendance for a lively Q&A that followed the film.

Williams, the man behind so many brilliant songs including “Rainbow Connection” from The Muppet Movie or “We’ve Only Just Begun” from The Carpenters, as well as numerous scores including Battle for the Planet of the Apes, Bugsy Malone, and, of course, Phantom of the Paradise, Williams is one of the most unique talents in Hollywood, with his presence being felt in both his songs and his on-screen performances as well.

Even though he’s been working for more than five decades, Williams shows no signs of slowing down any time soon (he collaborated with Daft Punk in 2013, and
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'Young Sheldon': TV Review

The Muppet Babies, the animated series that has become generational shorthand for taking beloved characters and arbitrarily aging them down for cutesy reasons, was not a prequel. It existed outside of the continuity of The Muppet Movie and The Muppet Show and just placed Kermit, Piggy, Animal and the gang in a youthful context because it was adorable; it never claimed that the events taking place in the nursery were going to shape the adult versions of the characters. For that reason, The Muppet Babies is often mocked for its lowest-common-denominator brand opportunism.

I mention Muppet Babies because CBS' new...
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Joel Schiller, Craftsman on 'The Graduate' and 'The Muppet Movie,' Dies at 86

Joel Schiller, Craftsman on 'The Graduate' and 'The Muppet Movie,' Dies at 86
Joel Schiller, the respected production designer and art director known for his work on such films as Rosemary's Baby, Murphy's Romance and The Muppet Movie, has died. He was 86.

Schiller died Jan. 17 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his friend of 40 years, Al Heintzelman, told The Hollywood Reporter. His death had not been previously reported.

A skilled painter who studied with John Groth and William de Kooning, Schiller served as assistant production designer under the legendary Richard Sylbert on The Graduate (1967), where he created the conceptual fish-bowl environment for Dustin Hoffman's Benjamin Braddock.

Schiller then...
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19 Coolest Ice Cream Scenes in Movies, From ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ to ‘Wonder Woman’ (Videos)

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19 Coolest Ice Cream Scenes in Movies, From ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ to ‘Wonder Woman’ (Videos)
From “It’s a Wonderful Life” to “Wonder Woman,” Hollywood has licked up America’s favorite frozen treat. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) George Bailey bonds with his future love an ice cream parlor. Roman Holiday (1953) Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck enjoy a sweet treat on Rome’s Spanish Steps. Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) Bette Davis clutches two ice cream cones on a Malibu beach. Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) John Carpenter’s shocker includes a surprise killing of a girl. The Muppet Movie (1979) Bob Hope and Fozzie Bear bond over ice cream. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) Justin Henry acts out
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Paul Williams on His ‘Baby Driver’ Cameo, Being Ascap President and Having a Song Covered by Elvis

Paul Williams on His ‘Baby Driver’ Cameo, Being Ascap President and Having a Song Covered by Elvis
Over the course of a unique career that stretches back to the 1960s, Paul Williams has been and is a songwriter, singer, actor, a recovering alcoholic and recovery advocate, and not least the president/chairman of Ascap, a role he’s held since 2009 and for which he was recently elected to a fifth term.

He’s also enjoyed, as he puts it, a truly remarkable “third act” in his career, which includes winning a Grammy in 2014 for his work on Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories” and, most recently, a brief and memorable cameo as a corrupt cop/illegal arms dealer (Spoiler Alert: who is quickly shot by Jamie Foxx’s character) in “Baby Driver.” The role is startling to anyone who knows him and doesn’t know it’s coming, not only because the diminutive Williams is apparently portraying the most well-dressed, erudite and loquacious corrupt cop/illegal arms dealer in history, but
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Exclusive: George Clooney Preaches the Importance of Recycling in New Nespresso Ad -- Watch!

Exclusive: George Clooney Preaches the Importance of Recycling in New Nespresso Ad -- Watch!
George Clooney's latest Nespresso ad is here!

The 56-year-old actor, who's represented the Swiss brand internationally since 2006, stars in yet another one of the coffee company's commercials as part of their Comin' Home campaign. This time, he's focused on the importance of recycling.

Watch:George Clooney and Rande Gerber Sell Casamigos Tequila Company for $1 Billion

In the new ad, Clooney walks to a recycling area, where he runs into fellow actor Andy Garcia, who's also recycling his Nespresso capsules. The ad reveals they're 100% recyclable, which Clooney described while exclusively chatting with Et about the project.

"I think generations are changing and generations today are more aware and understand the fact that we can't keep creating giant piles of trash and leaving it for the next generation to deal with," he explained. "The nice thing is that this generation of people who use the Nespresso machines and capsules, I believe, understand that we're
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Peculiar children and fantastic beasts are in our June Family Favourites!

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Peculiar children and fantastic beasts are in our June Family Favourites!Peculiar children and fantastic beasts are in our June Family Favourites!Jenny Bullough6/1/2017 10:01:00 Am Summer is here at last and we couldn’t be more excited at the prospect of longer days, sunshine and warm weather! We’re also pretty psyched for the lineup of Family Favourites this month; with an old classic and some recent first-run hits coming back to the big screen, there’s plenty to choose from! If you have a free Saturday morning, check out the lineup of this month’s Family Favourites! At only 2.99 per ticket, it’s a great deal and a fun way to spend some quality family time at the movies. June 3 – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Sixteen-year-old Jacob follows clues that take him to a mysterious island, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of an old
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Star Trek, Serenity, Muppets and more: our favourite movie adaptations of TV shows

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Star Trek, Serenity, Muppets and more: our favourite movie adaptations of TV showsStar Trek, Serenity, Muppets and more: our favourite movie adaptations of TV showsJenny Bullough4/17/2017 10:01:00 Am With the movie adaptation of the classic 80s TV show CHiPs out in theatres now, and the Baywatch movie just around the corner, we’ve been thinking about the classic and beloved TV series that have been reborn on the big screen as movies (and sometimes even movie franchises)! Not all of these movies ended up as critically-acclaimed award winners, but frankly, we love them anyway. There’s just something sweetly nostalgic about seeing a TV show you loved when you were younger, or even an older TV show that you missed out on, reimagined for the movie screen. Here’s our list of the top ten TV shows adapted into movies: 10: The Brady Bunch Movie How do you adapt
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Star Trek, Serenity, Muppets and more: our favourite movie adaptations of TV shows

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Star Trek, Serenity, Muppets and more: our favourite movie adaptations of TV showsStar Trek, Serenity, Muppets and more: our favourite movie adaptations of TV showsJenny Bullough4/17/2017 10:01:00 Am With the movie adaptation of the classic 80s TV show CHiPs out in theatres now, and the Baywatch movie just around the corner, we’ve been thinking about the classic and beloved TV series that have been reborn on the big screen as movies (and sometimes even movie franchises)! Not all of these movies ended up as critically-acclaimed award winners, but frankly, we love them anyway. There’s just something sweetly nostalgic about seeing a TV show you loved when you were younger, or even an older TV show that you missed out on, reimagined for the movie screen. Here’s our list of the top ten TV shows adapted into movies: 10: The Brady Bunch Movie How do you adapt
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Legion Recap: White Noise

Legion Recap: White Noise
Need to catch up? Check out the previous Legion recap here.

We’re more than halfway through this first season of Legion now, and we’re starting to understand how David’s mutant mind works (and doesn’t work). But this week’s episode threw a few new curveballs at us… including a truly Wtf moment at the end that threatened to take us all the way back to square one.

David and Syd bring a wounded Kerry back to Summerland so Cary can patch up his bodymate. And David has a newfound confidence — you could even call it arrogance — after rescuing Syd.
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Blu-ray Review – Smokey & The Bandit: The Complete Collection

Smokey & The Bandit: The Complete Collection.

Directed by Hal Needham/Dick Lowry.

Starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Pat McCormick, Paul Williams, Mike Henry, Colleen Camp, Dom DeLuise, Macon McCalman, Michael Mann, George Reynolds.

Synopsis:

Box set featuring all three car chase movies remastered on Blu-ray, courtesy of Fabulous Films.

Thanks to Fabulous Films you can now relive those rainy bank holidays of the 1980s with this box set of good ol’ boy charm and crazy car stunts that is the Smokey & The Bandit trilogy, fully restored and available as a box set or individually.

In the first movie, legendary driver The Bandit (Burt ReynoldsDeliverance/Boogie Nights) accepts a challenge from shady businessmen Big Enos Burdette (Pat McCormickScrooged) and his son Little Enos (Paul Williams – The Muppet Movie) that he cannot illegally transport a truckload of beer from Texas to Atlanta within 28 hours. Recruiting
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Curtis Hanson Rip: 1945-2016

Curtis Hanson--Confidentially

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Alex Simon

Curtis Hanson was my first interview with a fellow film buff and film journalist. He was nice enough to sit down with me twice, first at the Rose Cafe in Venice, then at a lunch spot in the Marina, the name of which has been lost to time. He was then kind enough to invite me to the world premiere of "L.A. Confidential" at the Chinese Theater as his guest, my first time on the red carpet at a real-life Hollywood premiere, and called me after this piece ran to thank me personally. A nice man. Hanson, and co-writer Brian Helgeland, would go on to win Best Adapted Screenplay Oscars for "L.A. Confidential."

Years later, I ran into Hanson at a book signing party for Pat York that was held in Westwood. I approached him and reminded him of our interview a decade or so earlier.
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Today in Movie Culture: 'Suicide Squad' With Dogs, Jake Gyllenhaal Stars in Marvel's 'Moon Knight' and More

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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Fake Marvel Show of the Day:  Jake Gyllenhaal stars in a fan-made teaser for the nonexistent Netflix Marvel series Moon Knight (via Live for Films):    Cosplay of the Day: See a poodle named Mitzy made up to look like Harley Quinn and then inserted into Suicide Squad scenes:   Musical Mashup of the Day:  Watch the characters from 230 different movies cut together to sing The Offspring's "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)":   Concert Performance of the Day:  Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem played a live set, including "Can You Picture That" from The Muppet Movie, at the Outside Lands 2016 concert...

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15 years ago today: ‘The Fast and the Furious’ started its engines

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15 years ago today: ‘The Fast and the Furious’ started its engines
15 years ago today, Fast and Furious started its engines. It was on June 22, 2001 that the first film in the massively successful franchise hit theaters. The franchise began with a movie about a police officer who goes undercover into the world of street racing and semi-truck hijacking. It’s since morphed into a series of heist films, boasting crazy stunts, a tight-knit team in Dom Toretto’s crew, and an admirably diverse cast. The soaring box office achievements of the most recent film, Furious 7, have been attributed in part to the fact that 75% of the audience for the film in North America was non-white — it managed to connect with a diverse audience and looks to be leading the way for the rest of the industry. “There is literally someone within the cast that is relatable on some level to nearly every moviegoer around the world, and this has paid big
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Legendary movie poster artist Drew Struzan paid tribute to this longtime Disney animator

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Drew Struzan’s art has given us the iconic posters for Back to the Future, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, The Muppet Movie, and so many other beloved films. He also recently did some pro-bono poster artwork for the documentary Batkid Begins, and now his art is on the poster for another documentary, Floyd Norman: An Animated Life, about the Disney animator, the first African-American artist to work at the studio long-term. Earlier this week, news broke of the next opportunity you’ll have to see Floyd Norman: It will screen at Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival, in Bentonville, Ar next month. The festival created by the Thelma & Louise actress champions women and diverse voices in media. But if you don’t live in Arkansas, you can hope to see the feature-length doc in a few months. Michael Fiore, who made the film with Erik Sharkey, told HitFix
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Review: Did 'The Muppets' add 'a little more joy' with revamped show?

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Review: Did 'The Muppets' add 'a little more joy' with revamped show?
Last month, I spoke with new Muppets showrunner Kristin Newman about her plans to bring the characters back to their roots. Those ideas all sounded promising, but how well were they executed? Well, tonight's episode was the first she was involved with from beginning to end (though she did some rewriting on the last episode to air back in December), and I have some thoughts on whether it lived up to expectations coming up just as soon as I sell oven mitts on Etsy... Self-awareness has always been a key part of the Muppets formula. The Muppet Show was a backstage showbiz comedy, The Muppet Movie featured the characters making and watching a movie about how they first met (and the script for the movie itself becomes a plot device), Kermit and the others in The Great Muppet Caper commented about what part of the movie they were in, and
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The Muppets, Sesame Street: Veteran Muppeteer Michael Earl Dies

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Muppets fan site, Tough Pigs, reports that Muppeteer, puppeteer, and puppetry instructor, Michael Earl, passed away at age 56, on December 23rd, after a three year battle with colon cancer. Earl took over the Sesame Street role of Mr. Snuffleupagus, originated by Jerry Nelson.

In a 2011 interview with Tough Pigs, Earl said that when he was just 19 years old, Jim Henson gave him his big break, when he hired him for The Muppet Movie. He also discussed taking over the Snuffy role:

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