Menken’s music from Beauty and the Beast lives on in Bill Condon’s magical live-action remake, out on Blu-ray and DVD now. MTV News chatted with Menken about the process of writing new music for the record-breaking film, working with Guy Ritchie on the upcoming live-action Aladdin, and what made Disney’s Renaissance era so special.
It’s been almost two years since we heard that Kevin Bacon was looking to revisit his classic monster flick, Tremors, as a television series. Now, that unlikely revival is closer than ever, according to Bacon himself.
Read at Nerdist: Kevin Bacon Says a TREMORS Reboot Pilot is Coming to SYFY | Nerdist
Movie composer Mark Korven wanted to craft the perfect sounds for horror movies, but the instruments he needed didn’t exist, and he was tired of using the same digital samples. To produce the original effects needed for evoking breathtaking moments of suspension, he teamed up with guitar maker Tony Duggan-Smith to craft an original instrument that would better aid in manufacturing fear. The Apprehension Engine is that tool, a mechanism built with several bowed metal rulers, spring reverbs, a few long metal rods, and other attachments that allow for spooky interludes and effects.
Cool – but how do you head-bang to it? 🙂
Read full article at : The Apprehension Engine: An Instrument Designed to Play the Music of Nightmares | Colossal
Read at /Film: Pixar Smash and Grab First Look
Producer and distributor GKIDS has a big idea for the animated world, best expressed in three little words: ANIMATION IS FILM. It’s both a philosophy and the name of a newly announced festival cooked by the company best known for bringing animated offerings from Studio Ghibli and other rising stars (think “My Life as a Zucchini” and “My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea”) to domestic screens. GKIDS will launch the festival this October in partnership with both France’s own Annecy International Animation Film Festival and IndieWire’s sister publication, Variety.
No new filmmaker has been announced, but in a statement, Lucasfilm says the movie will remain on course for a May 2018 release.“Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented filmmakers who have assembled an incredible cast and crew, but it’s become clear that we had different creative visions on this film, and we’ve decided to part ways. A new director will be announced soon,” said Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy.
Posting just in case you haven’t heard about this already. Considering it’s been trending all over social media for 24 hours – I’m sure you have, but just in case you can read about it here:
Over on the official San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) Toucan Blog, it was announced this morning that the world premiere of Batman and Harley Quinn will take place at Comic Con International this July.
It does sound ridiculous now, but at the end of last year, Deadline was reporting that according to the Animation Guild, 23.2% of their union jobs were held by women. Granted, that’s an increase from the 20.6% measured 18 months earlier, but it’s still below a quarter of the employees registered with the Guild. Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter is holding animation roundtables on ethnic and female stereotypes with exactly seven white men (where’s Snow White, may I ask?).
How is this even a reality? In this day in age why is there still so much discussion about what women vs men can do? And why does it translate into real world consequences like not being able to get a job or acquire financing for a film? It’s so stupid.
Can we not just simply judge merit based upon skill and qualifications and leave all this dumb issues like age, race, gender, sexuality, etc, etc, etc, out of it?
Come on people – I know you’re smarter than this.
Now act like it.