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To a large extent, blockbuster movie soundtracks are all the same. There's probably some Kanye, a few dubstep tracks to keep things upbeat, maybe a classic rock song or two, and then some kind of instrumental score meant to add some tension or sentiment at the appropriate moments. And it makes sense — you're not paying for perfectly-scored moments of emotion, you're paying to watch people punch each other and blow things up. So when a blockbuster film manages to match the perfect song to the perfect scene, something special happens. Suddenly, it's not just about the effects. It's about the experience. And even though we've yet to see Guardians of the Galaxy, we can tell that it's going to be that kind of film, thanks to the cheesy classic rock featured in the trailer and the presence of the founding member of Mouserat. In honor of its August 1 release, we've rounded up some of the most iconic blockbuster movie moments in cinema history. After all, what's the point in saving the world if Kenny Loggins isn't singing about it?
“Trouble Man” by Marvin Gaye, Captain America: The Winter Soldier At the start of the film, Sam Wilson makes a tentative attempt at friendship with ol' Steve Rogers by recommending he check out Marvin Gaye’s classic 1972 album; at the end of the film, Steve wakes up in a hospital bed with Sam by his side and the title track playing over the speakers. Because even if you’re unconscious, Sam Wilson is going to ensure that your musical education is complete.
"Non Je ne Rigrette Rien” by Edith Piaf, Inception Primarily used as a way to signal to the people in-dream that the kick is coming, “Non Je ne Rigreete Rien” also warned of a much more dangerous shock headed towards the team: Mal. Sure, it’s a bit on the nose for the recurring dream-ghost of Leonardo DiCaprio’s dead French ex-wife, but finding the perfect movie music moment isn’t necessarily about being clever – it’s about creating a mood. And besides, Christopher Nolan’s not the subtle type.
“Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor, Rocky III It doesn’t matter that Rocky didn’t start training to the sweet, sweet sounds of ‘80s rock until the third installment of the franchise. When you think Rocky, “Eye of the Tiger” automatically starts playing in your head. It might not have been the original music moment of the series, but it’s the most enduring; even the Broadway production couldn’t resist working it into the score. You should hear it in five-part harmony.
“Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins, Top Gun The love scene scored to Berlin might be a bit more iconic, thanks to its awesomely cheesy use of backlighting, but the best musical moment in Top Gun is, without a doubt, the montage of fighter pilots taking off, scored to what is perhaps Kenny Loggins’ most ridiculous hit of all. Did Berlin give us one of the best running jokes of all time? No. No they did not.
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“Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen, Shaun of the Dead Edgar Wright’s Cornetto Trilogy is filled with hilarious gags and perfectly-timed music cues but none are more elaborate, ridiculous or more pitch-perfect than the gang’s choreographed attacks on the zombies in the bar, using an assortment of pool cues, a fire extinguisher and a last-minute rifle. The fact that everyone in the film acknowledges the insanity of the situation – and even dance along! – makes it unforgettable.
“Where Is My Mind” by Pixies, Fight Club Fight Club is a weird, twisted psychological thriller that leaves you questioning what was real and what was hallucinated. Therefore, the only appropriate song to end it with is one that asks the core question of the film: “Where Is My Mind?” Just melancholy enough to fit the tone, and just obvious enough to help even the slowest members of the audience make the connection.
“Johnny B. Goode” by Chuck Berry, Back to the Future When you’re tasked with reviving the party at your parents prom, you could go the safe route and play something everyone would be familiar with, or you could invent rock and roll by busting out some Chuck Berry… before he’s even heard it. And then you can make everything awkward by extending a guitar solo for far too long and freaking everyone out, but hey, Marty McFly was ahead of his time. It’s not his fault they didn’t get it.
“You’re the Best” by Joe Esposito, The Karate Kid In the ‘80s, wimpy kids everywhere were inspired to stand up for themselves and find their inner Karate Kid thanks to Mr. Miyagi. But his “wax on, wax off” philosophy would be nothing without the encouraging synth-pop of Joe Esposito telling them that nothing could ever bring them down. How else were they supposed to get pumped up for the biggest karate competition of their life? Or you know, the playground. Both are intimidating.
“Born to Be Wild” by Steppenwolf, Easy Rider Since its release in 1968, “Born to Be Wild” has been the second favorite song of music supervisors looking to indicate someone as a “bad boy” without actually forcing the other characters to say it. (The first, of course, is “Bad to the Bone.”) It might be cliché now, but it all dates back to 1969, when Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda set off on a road trip and ensuring that any time someone bought a motorcycle, a Steppenwolf reference would be made.
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The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony will air on Monday (oddly enough), August 25, and will be hosted by Saturday Night Live vet and Late Night host Seth Meyers. Here are the nominees recognized for their achievements over the course of this past year in television.
Best Comedy SeriesThe Big Bang TheoryLouieModern FamilyOrange Is the New BlackSilicon ValleyVeep
Best Drama SeriesBreaking BadDownton AbbeyGame of ThronesHouse of CardsMad MenTrue Detective
Best Actor - ComedyLouis C.K. - LouieDon Cheadle - House of LiesRicky Gervais - DerekMatt LeBlanc - EpisodesWilliam H. Macy - ShamelessJim Parsons - The Big Bang Theory
Best Actress - ComedyLena Dunham - GirlsEdie Falco - Nurse JackieJulia Louis-Dreyfus - VeepMelissa McCarthy - Mike and MollyAmy Poehler - Parks and RecreationTaylor Schilling - Orange Is the New Black
Lead Actor - DramaBryan Cranston - Breaking BadJeff Daniels - The NewsroomJon Hamm - Mad MenWoody Harrelson - True DetectiveMatthew McConaughey - True DetectiveKevin Spacey - House of Cards
Lead Actress - DramaLizzy Caplan - Masters of SexClaire Danes - HomelandMichelle Dockery - Downton AbbeyJulianne Margolies - The Good WifeKerry Washinton - ScandalRobin Wright - House of Cards
Best Mini-SeriesAmerican Horror Story: CovenBonnie and ClydeFargoLutherTremeThe White Queen
Best TV MovieKilling KennedyMohammad Ali's Greatest FightThe Normal HeartSherlock: His Last VowThe Trip to Babylon
Best Actor - Mini-Series/TV MovieBenedict Cumberbatch - SherlockChiwetel Ejiofor - Dancing on the EdgeIdris Elba - LutherMartin Freeman - FargoMark Ruffalo - The Normal HeartBill Bob Thornton - Fargo
Best Actress - Mini-Series/TV MovieHelena Bonham Carter - Burton and TaylorMinnie Driver - Return to ZeroJessica Lang - American Horror Story: CovenSarah Paulson - American Horror Story: CovenCicely Tyson - The Trip to BountifulKristen Wiig - Spoils of Babylon
Best Variety ShowThe Colbert ReportThe Daily ShowJimmy Kimmel Live!Real Time with Bill MaherSaturday Night LiveThe Tonight Show
Best Reality Competition ShowThe Amazing RaceDancing with the StarsProject RunwaySo You Think You Can DanceTop ChefThe Voice
Best Supporting Actor - Comedy SeriesFred Armisen - PortlandiaAndre Braugher - Brooklin Nine-NineTy Burrell - Modern FamilyAdam Driver - GirlsJesse Tyler Ferguson - Modern FamilyTony Hale - Veep
Best Supporting Actress - Comedy SeriesMayim Bialik - The Big Bang TheoryJulie Bowen - Modern FamilyAnna Chlumsky - VeepAllison Janney - MomKate McKinnon - Saturday Night LiveKate Mulgrew - Orange Is the New Black
Best Supporting Actor - DramaJim Carter - Downton AbbeyJosh Charles - The Good WifePeter Dinklage - Game of ThronesMandy Patinkin - HomelandAaron Paul - Breaking BadJon Voight - Ray Donovan
Best Supporting Actress - DramaChristine Baranski - The Good WifeJoan Froggatt - Downton AbbeyAnna Gunn - Breaking BadLena Headey - Game of ThronesChristina Hendricks - Mad MenMaggie Smith - Downton Abbey
Best Guest Actor - ComedySteve Buscemi - PortlandiaLouis C.K. - Saturday Night LiveGary Cole - VeepJimmy Fallon - Saturday Night LiveNathan Lane - Modern FamilyBob Newhart - The Big Bang Theory
Best Guest Actress - ComedyUzo Aduba - Orange Is the New BlackLaverne Cox - Orange Is the New BlackJoan Cusack - ShamelessTina Fey - Saturday Night LiveNatasha Lyonne - Orange Is the New BlackMelissa McCarthy - Saturday Night Live
Best Guest Actor - DramaDylan Baker - The Good WifeBeau Bridges - Masters of SexReg E Cathey - House of CardsPaul Giamatti - Downton AbbeyRobert Morse - Mad MenJoe Morton - Scandal
Best Guest Actress - DramaKate Burton - ScandalJane Fonda - The NewsroomAllison Janney - Masters of SexKate Mara - House of CardsMargo Martindale - The AmericansDiana Rigg - Game of Thrones
Easy Rider star Peter Fonda has dismissed a lawsuit against fashion company Dolce & Gabbana and retailer Nordstrom over copyright on his image. Fonda filed papers in Los Angeles Superior Court a year ago (Jul13), alleging he had suffered injuries "to his peace, happiness, feelings, goodwill, reputation, image" when fashion bosses used his image on Easy Rider T-shirts without his permission.
The dispute was cut short last week (25Jun14) when Fonda's attorney requested the lawsuit be dismissed without prejudice, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Veteran actor Peter Fonda wants to recreate his road trip from classic movie Easy Rider on an electric motorcycle. Harley-Davidson bosses last month (Jun14) unveiled a prototype for their LiveWire chopper, which is powered by an electric engine.
Fonda, whose character in the 1969 movie travelled across the American South from California to Louisiana, is a fan of the new machine and wants to take it on a road trip.
He tells TMZ.com, "I can't wait to ride it across the country."
When asked about opposition to an electric motorcycle from traditional bikers, he replies, "To hell with them."
Meryl Streep, Sandra Bullock and Michael Douglas were among the stars who turned out to honour Jane Fonda as she received a special award from the American Film Institute (AFI) on Thursday night (05Jun14). The veteran actress received the organisation's Life Achievement Award during a glitzy bash at Los Angeles' Dolby Theatre, and Hollywood royalty turned out to salute her.
Streep and Bullock both gave speeches, along with Sally Field and Lily Tomlin, and Douglas, who received the same prize in 2009, was on hand to present Fonda with the trophy. During the presentation, the actor told the audience about his time working with Fonda on 1979 movie The China Syndrome, saying, "I learned that not only is Jane an amazing actress, but she is the world's greatest multi-tasker. She was simultaneously an actress, she was a mom, she was a fitness expert and a brave, very courageous political activist. So, deep down, who really is Jane Fonda? She is one of a kind... Jane, you are true film royalty, not through birth, but through your talent."
Fonda, who follows in the footsteps of her actor father Henry Fonda in receiving the AFI award, said, "I'm so happy to add another woman's name to the list (of AFI award winners)." Tributes also came from Fonda's actor son Troy Garity and her brother Peter Fonda, as well as her The Newsroom co-star Jeff Daniels, who performed a song he wrote specially for the occasion.
Let’s get one thing straight: replicants within a film are way, way cool. The original Blade Runner fashioned a world few flicks have ever touched, with Ridley Scott’s vision of Philip K. Dick’s original dystopian tale still influencing directors some 30-plus years after its initial release. The icy cool robotic replicants that inhabited Ridley’s world – nearly indistinguishable from their human counterparts - are primarily the reason why. Thing is, now Scott is reportedly looking at replicating Blade Runner itself, with Harrison Ford on record saying the two have “been chatting about it.” Need a red flag why this shouldn’t happen? The script is now in the hands of Green Lantern writer Michael Green. Yes, that Green Lantern. Be afraid, film fans. Be very afraid. Here’s hoping this replicant has a built-in termination date well before its release, saving it a fate similar to these vastly inferior second stanzas to some really enjoyable opening installments.
Blues Brothers 2000 (1998)
When one of the two main actors of a film has already gone to that great gig in the sky, why bother making another installment ? It certainly wasn’t because the world was clamoring see John Goodman dance. Bad from note one.
Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)
A film so horrid it reportedly prompted angry audience members to chase studio execs down the street after viewing it for mere minutes, Exorcist II is lesser-than its original in every way. Maybe the devil made them do it.
Tron: Legacy (2000)
Want a glimpse what Blade Runner 2 might look like? See Tron: Legacy. Better technology isn’t worth a flying disc if the story isn’t there. This sequel should have titled Tron: Lethargy. Total snoozefest.
Escape from L.A. (1996)
In therapy, many a session was spent trying to help me forget the vision of badass Snake Plissken surfing with Peter Fonda. Man. Why did I have to bring this up again? Booking another appointment . . . now.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)
Why, Tobe, why?! You can almost forgive a studio for cranking up the sequel machine for pure monetary reasons. When the original director undertakes said assignment (and fails as miserably as this) however, it’s unforgiveable. A massacre indeed, just not the one intended.
Hollywood veteran Peter Fonda has taken legal action against Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana over a T-shirt featuring his character from Easy Rider. The 73-year-old movie icon claims designers for the brand used an image of him from the iconic 1969 film on the clothing without his permission.
He filed a lawsuit at the Superior Court of California on Friday (19Jul13) alleging the T-shirts, which feature a black and white picture of him in character, have damaged his "happiness, feelings, goodwill, reputation, image".
The lawsuit also targets U.S. retailer Nordstrom, which has been selling the shirts for around $295 (£197) each.
Fonda is seeking at least $6 million (£4 million) in compensation, as well as legal fees and all profits made from the range, according to Wwd.com.
Movie veteran Peter Fonda is eager to bring his career full circle and return to Broadway, more than 50 years after making his acting debut on the New York stage. The Easy Rider star launched his career at the age of 21 in a 1961 Broadway production of Blood, Sweat and Stanley Poole before moving into Hollywood, but he's keen to build on his theatre resume and is flipping through scripts in a bid to find the perfect project.
The 73 year old tells New York Post columnist Cindy Adams, "What I want is Broadway. I'm reading stuff now. I don't want comedy; I want drama... I saw the recent South Pacific revival here and it had me weeping... I'm an emotional fella. I saw my friends Ben Foster and Alec Baldwin in Orphans before it closed. I love live theatre. Love the stage."
Journalist, broadcaster and Oscar-winning documentarian Howard Smith's radio interviews with the likes of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger and Frank Zappa are to be made available for the first time in 40 years. Over 100 interviews, which only aired once, are to be released in monthly installments via iTunes and Amazon MP3.
The Smith Tapes feature five interviews with Lennon & Yoko Ono, beginning with the couple's Bed-In for Peace, which the radio personality covered for his Village Voice column.
Smith played edited segments from his indepth chats with celebrities and cultural figures during his weekly WPLJ-FM radio broadcasts in New York and meticulously saved and filed the original uncut audio reels in the back of his West Village loft, where they sat unheard for four decades.
The unearthed interviews, which are now being made available to fans, have been restored and remastered, and are available in their entirety.
Highlights include one of Jagger's final interviews weeks before the Rolling Stones ill-fated gig at Altamont, a chat with Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda following the release of cult movie Easy Rider at the Cannes Film Festival and an indepth conversation with Janis Joplin recorded just days before her death.
Aerosmith stars Steven Tyler and Joe Perry and R&B singer John Legend were inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame on Saturday night (22Jun13). The musicians were all honoured during a star-studded concert at the Los Angeles venue to mark the beginning of the summer concert season.
Actress Angela Basset hosted the event, and presenters included Glee star Darren Criss and funnyman Arsenio Hall, while music legend Stevie Wonder was on hand to induct Legend.
In a subsequent post on Twitter.com the Green Light hitmaker wrote, "Stevie Wonder inducted me into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame tonight. Feeling very grateful."
Veteran actor Peter Fonda inducted the Aerosmith stars, and Perry tweeted about the honour, "Thanks to the amazing Peter Fonda for our great introduction introduction into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame... Thanks to all who congratulated us tonight on our induction into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame. We couldn't have done it without you."
Jazz singer Patti Austin was also among the inductees.
The event raised money for the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra and the organisation's music education program for youngsters.