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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.
Kate Hudson has given the planned Private Benjamin revamp the thumbs down because she doesn't think anyone should mess with her mum's original. Bridesmaids star Rebel Wilson is on board to lead the cast in the remake, but Hudson is refusing to get excited about the project.
She tells U.S. news show Access Hollywood, "(My mum) not only created (that role), she produced it. I think it's best not to touch those things, personally. I also think that, you know, it's not gonna be the same. "What I loved about that film was what it stood for women in film, because Private Benjamin was two women, Nancy Meyers and my mum, writing. My mum didn't write it, Nancy and Chuck (Shyer) did, but (they were) writing a script, producing, which never was done in Hollywood - a female movie star producing her own work. She spearheaded that. "She went in there and she was like, 'I'm gonna produce movies for myself', and she got a reputation for being sometimes a bit more difficult because, how I see it is because she was a female going in there and saying, 'OK, well I'm gonna take control now', and there was a lot of people who had a difficult time with that. "So that movie, to me, represents a lot more than just (a movie)... I just think that one particularly is probably best left (alone)."
Veronica Mars has made history. Along with films like Serenity (an adaptation of the TV show Firefly) and the questionable direct-to-DVD Dead Like Me movie, it brought a sense of closure and excitement to fans everywhere. When a show gets prematurely canceled, fans have a hunger for some more quality time with their favorite characters. Veronica Mars proved that that want is enough to drive the production of a feature film. Using Kickstarter, the folks behind the movie established seed capital and revealed the market for television revival films.
A great program can get the axe for any number of reasons. For example, Claire Danes wanted to pursue a career in movies, so she was instrumental in the cancellation of My So-Called Life. Shows like Popular or Freaks and Geeks were ahead of their time and got prematurely canceled due to low ratings. Television involves a lot of juggling, competition with other networks, and actor politics. Film adaptations are a quick way to tell a story and provide fans with what they want.
Here is our list of television series that deserve to be forever immortalized in film.
This show had everything: a love story, lush cinematography, musical numbers, magic, and procedural crime drama tropes. However, the show did not find its footing in ABC’s line-up. Despite a bevy of amazing guest stars and genuinely entertaining moments, the show was rushed off with a hasty 30-second wrap up to series-long storylines. A film could incorporate all of the magic of the series while also providing the writers with a chance to explore the mythology of a pie-maker who can resurrect the dead, and maybe find the opportunity for him and his undead love Chuck to touch.
Popularity Potential: It may be a tough sell to audiences beyond fans of the show. However, given the success of Frozen, musicals aren’t going anywhere. It also has such a fresh unique premise with a storytelling format that would befit the big screen.
This comedy helped reinvigorate the ensemble comedy after the genre’s post-Friends lull. The show has a firm grasp on comedy today with fun cutaways and outrageous plots. It captures dating in an age of hipsters, the Internet, and bizarre new rules. Each season ends with a wedding, so why not a film about the most epic wedding ever? A movie could focus on the craziest of bridezillas Penny Hartz (Casey Wilson) while reviving a lot of the dangling subplots of the series.
Popularity Potential: The film could easily appeal to more than just established fans: romantic comedy audiences, Wayans family advocates, and people looking for a fun comedy could enjoy this film.
Ryan Murphy has proved himself to be a powerhouse producer with the success of Nip/Tuck, Glee, and American Horror Story. However, Murphy he’s had limited success in films (lest we forget Eat Pray Love). But his first series, Popular, would be great fodder for a movie. This series was ahead of its time. It talked about Manolos and the mystique of Gwyneth Paltrow before it was cool. His characters Mary Cherry and Nicole Julian were progenitors to Lea Michele’s character on Glee and Jessica Lange’s characters on AHS.
Popularity Potential: None of the core cast members have a huge name draw but Murphy’s huge celebrity rolodex could bring some major star names. Fans would enjoy answers to the cliffhanger ending and fans of all of Murphy’s other shows could enjoy a snarky comedy.
It’s hard to remember when Jessica Alba broke into showbiz. It wasn’t her role in the Glitter-reminiscent dance movie Honey, or her parts in Fantastic Four and Good Luck Chuck. No, it was James Cameron’s insanely amazing action series Dark Angel. A young Alba played Max, a girl genetically modified with hybrid DNA who used her abilities to fight for justice in a post-apocalyptic Seattle. The twist: terrorists released an electro magnetic pulse that turned America into a third world country. Sadly, the Cameron connection could not save the series from being eclipsed by Buffy and Alias. However, this show definitely has the makings of an epic James Cameron movie. Plus, Alba’s ex-hubby and co-star Michael Weatherly could use the career boost since he’s now relegated to NCIS.
Popularity Potential: James Cameron, ‘nuff said.
This British superhero series Misfits started out great, but a revolving cast and a monotony of sesonal arcs kind of left the final season with a dud of an ending. A movie could bring back a lot of the cast members and guest stars and have them take on a major foe. Considering Robert Sheehan’s turn in Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Iwan Rheon’s role on Game of Thrones not exactly panning out in the stardom department, they should be willing and able to return to their old stomping grounds.
Popularity Potential: Attack the Block proved the sci-fi genre could work with a chav makeover. Anyone interested in sci-fi and comedy would be up for a Misfits flick.
Freaks and Geeks
Every Judd Apatow production feels like a Freaks and Geeks reunion, so why not just have one? The cast’s 10-year high school reunion would be a who’s who of Hollywood, blended with Apatow’s comedy flair. Plus, a comedy about a high school reunion is no more or less inspired than the plots of This Is 40 and Funny People.
Popularity Potential: Audiences are bound to like someone from the cast. Plus, Apatow is synonymous with box office success.
Critically-acclaimed movies Gravity and 12 Years A Slave have tied to share the top prize at the 2014 Producers Guild Awards. The two films are dominating this year's (14) awards season, and it was a dead heat at the PGA prizegiving in Beverly Hills, California on Sunday night (19Jan14). The movies landed the ceremony's first ever tie as they were both awarded the night's top prize, the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures.
Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt was among the producers of 12 Years A Slave and he joked about the tie during his speech, telling the audience, "Why they let me lead (the speeches), I don't know. I got my vote in at the last minute. I voted for Gravity."
Other big winners at the ceremony, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, included hit TV show Breaking Bad, which landed the Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama, and Michael Douglas' TV movie Behind the Candelabra (the David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television).
Disney movie Frozen took the award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures, and TV comedy Modern Family landed the Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy.
Special awards went to the team behind the James Bond movie franchise, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, who received the David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures, and TV sitcom mogul Chuck Lorre, creator of Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory, who took home the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television.
Despicable Me producer Chris Meledandri landed the Visionary Award and the Stanley Kramer Award, for films which highlight social issues, went to Fruitvale Station.
It’s hard to believe there is actual innovation happening on television. There are constant remakes like Ironside or abuse of the public domain with shows like Sleepy Hollow and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. However, a few seemingly random shows have managed to sneak through and change the face of television.
Here are some series that have created their own new genres.
Super Fun Night
Rebel Wilson is a genius. She has an understanding of comedy and entertainment few people can dare to grasp. She found success in America with Pitch Perfect and her small role in Bridesmaids. In Australia, she wrote and starred in her own series Bogan Pride. Her new show Super Fun Night focuses on the sadness and pathos of a group of single, socially awkward girls. Despite that downer, these gals have great spirit, good morals and strong bonds of friendship. This pathomedy or Sad-com is unique. It may not win over American audiences but it does allow room for the future for different types of characters like the "best friend" or "wacky neighbor" to be the lead of a television series.
Say what you will about Lena Dunham. Some believe she’s a shamelessly nude, entitled hack and others see her as the mouthpiece of her generation. Regardless of how you feel about her, she has created a whole new genre - the home theater of the grotesque. Even if you hate Girls, you can’t deny that it has created room in television to take it to the limit and break all the rules. Whether it show people doing lines of coke off toilet seats, eardrums ruptured with Q-tips, or Dunham’s breasts, nothing is too much for this series. This brazen honesty has trickled into the mainstream and allowed shows to delve into dark and uncomfortable places and still be funny.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Buffy was witty and chock full of action. It blended punchy dialogue with an evolving, twisting plot that developed over the series with Buffy eventually defeating "The Big Bad." This series has created the teen hero saga. You take a socially awkward or disenfranchised teen, give them something that sets them apart from their peers but makes them able to save lives, then set them up against a mysterious enemy for 22 episodes. It has changed the face of The CW’s line-up and influenced series like Veronica Mars, Smallville, The Vampire Diaries and The Tomorrow People.
Honorable Mention: The musical episode of Buffy, "Once More with Feeling," also reinvigorated attempts at musical television. Before this episode, Cop Rock was one of the only shows to try its hand at a musical TV series. Shows like Grey’s Anatomy and How I Met Your Mother went on to have musical episodes. Buffy also set the stage for musical TV series like Glee and Smash.
Seinfeld will be forever remembered as "a show about nothing." Many people scoff at the series finale finding the four leads in prison. What they don’t realize is that the four main characters were self-centered, rutheless and generally bad people. This spawned the Despicable We genre. The entire cast is filled with generally unlikable characters that get into awkward and zany hi-jinks. This helped lead to the success of shows like Will & Grace with their constant insults and self-absorbed issues. It also reached a crescendo in Don't Trust The B**ch in Apartment 23, where Krysten Ritter shone as one of the most likeable, yet despicable, characters on television.
Two & A Half Men
Chuck Lorre seems obsessed with addiction. Two and a Half Men started with the mother of all addicts, Charlie Sheen, playing Charlie Harper, a heavy-drinking, sex-addicted lothario, taking in his high-strung brother and precocious nephew. It became a huge metaphor for life with an alcoholic. His follow-up Mike & Molly began with two characters finding love at a Overeaters Anonymous meeting. The new series Mom finds a mother (Allison Janney) and daughter (Anna Faris) going to Alcoholics Anonymous. This series also made room for a show like Go On, about grief-counseling, to get on the air.
Golden Girls influenced every show featuring four female leads in the nearly 30 years since it premiered in 1985. It was a show about four aged women but manages to resonate with people of all ages. It created a new genre of the quartet comedy. Now ever series with four female leads seems to have the snarky leader, the slutty one, the innocent one and the outspoken one. It influenced shows like Sex and the City, Hot in Clevleand, and even Girls.
Amidst all the TV cancelations, here's some good news to tide you over this weekend: ABC is officially bringing back many of its hit shows for the 2013-2014 season: Nashville, Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, Once Upon a Time, Revenge, Suburgatory, Modern Family, The Middle, The Neighbors, Last Man Standing, and Castle.
Rookie series Nashville will return for a second season, bringing with it more country songs and soapy drama with Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere. Grey's Anatomy will return for an impressive tenth season with its core cast in tact, as stars Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey, Sandra Oh, Chandra Wilson, James Pickens Jr., and Justin Chambers all signed two-year contracts last year, taking them through Season 10. Scandal, Revenge, Suburgatory, Last Man Standing, and Once Upon a Time will return for a third season each, Modern Family and The Middle will return for a fifth season each, The Neighbors will return for a second season, and Castle will return for a sixth.
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Going into the Season 2 finale of Hart of Dixie on Tuesday night, there were a few things I was expecting: Zoe (Rachel Bilson) would inevitably regret her drunken one night stand with Wade (Wilson Bethel) that occurred at the end of last week's episode, but ultimately would look for a deeper meaning in their tryst and question her feelings for him and his feelings for her again. Or Zoe would also try to get together with her supposed soulmate George (Scott Porter), now that they were both single at the same time. And amid all of her emotional struggles, she would wrestle with the decision to go back to New York and accept a job at her old hospital, thus saying goodbye to Bluebell for good.
However, none of these things happened. Well, to be fair, they each happened but in ways I was not expecting. And that is what made "On the Road Again" the perfect season finale for a show like HOD. Let me explain...
First of all, Zoe didn't actually end up choosing between #Zade and #Zeorge, as the Bluebell public named the couples. In the end, she chose herself. She decided to move back to NYC for the summer and take up the job at her old hospital, give herself some space to figure out how she truly felt about Wade (after he confessed his love for her and promised he was ready for a real relationship now), and do what she loves in the city she loves. The distance would help her see things more clearly. As she told Wade, it was only three months.
The hopeful look on Wade's face when Zoe told him she'd be back in three months spoke volumes on how he feels, but the appearance of Jonah (Travis van Winkle) at the wedding Zoe was attending in NYC means the doctor probably won't be pining for Wade alone.
So, what about George? After pouring his broken heart out through song (and many, many beer pitchers), he realized, with the help of country performer Lily Anne (Amy Ferguson), that singing was actually therapeutic and joined her on the road to tour. With those lingering glances and musical chemistry, something tells me sparks might be flying on the road for these two.
The episode ended without any true resolution to the Zoe/George/Wade love triangle, because each component of the triangle found another entity to focus on/distract themselves with until the inevitable conflict rears its head again in Season 3. And while that might sound like it would make fans mad, that is actually the exact reason why this was the perfect season finale for HOD.
This show is all about adult relationships in a small town. Sure, sometimes those relationships can get melodramatic and unrealistic but most of the time, the couples on HOD represent real issues and struggles. People cheat, people fall out of love, people fall in love with people they used to hate, and nothing is ever tied up in a happily-ever-after bow. Life and love are messy and there is no The End once you've found happiness.
Maybe Zoe didn't choose George or Wade just yet, but she's got three months away in the city that never sleeps with a hot, uncomplicated doctor who just wants to have fun with her. George found a new way to pass the time, and someone to pass the time with. Wade finally realized he was ready for a real relationship, and can prove to Zoe he meant what he said by responsibly running the Rammer Jammer, cultivating his new successful business over the summer. Life will keep moving, and when Zoe returns to Bluebell in three months time, things will probably have changed. If she and Wade still feel the same way, then they can try again. If they don't, then the relationship was doomed to fail anyway.
The choices Zoe made were real, and in my opinion they showed major growth on her part. Instead of just jumping back in to a relationship, she's going to focus instead on herself. By using a bit of patience and thinking things through, she can make a healthy choice once she returns to Bluebell. And when Season 3 picks up this fall, you can be sure that the love triangle will also pick up steam again. After all, it isn't HOD without a little drama!
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If you've been keeping up with The Office's ninth and final season, here's some news guaranteed to make you smile: NBC just announced that an hour-long retrospective episode will air before the series finale. Get ready to relive the hilarity, awkwardness, and heartwarming stories from the past almost-decade!
The special episode will offer a look back at the past nine seasons, including actor auditions back when the show was first being cast, favorite moments, a behind-the-scenes sneak peak of the finale, as well as an emotional farewell to the characters of The Office. The retrospective will feature interviews with writers, producers, and actors, including executive producers Greg Daniels, Paul Lieberstein and Ben Silverman, and actors John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Rainn Wilson, Mindy Kaling, Ed Helms, Angela Kinsey, Craig Robinson, Oscar Nunez and B.J. Novak.
The hour-long series finale will air immediately following the retrospective, and boasts an impressive lineup of guest stars including Kaling, Novak, Rachael Harris, Dakota Johnson, Joan Cusack, Ed Begley Jr., Malcolm Barrett, Matt Jones, Andy Buckley, Mike Schur, and Bobby Ray Shafer. The episode takes place months after the airing of the documentary, and the workers of Dunder Mifflin past and present gather for a wedding and a final round of interviews. "Mysteries are solved, hatchets are buried, pranks are prunked," promises the episode description.
Who will be saying "I do?" Will Jim and Pam finally get their happily ever after? Will Steve Carrell make a cameo? Watch the retrospective and series finale to find out, when both air on Thursday, May 16, from 8-10 PM ET/PT on NBC.
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With Rebel Wilson as host of the 2013 MTV Movie Awards, audiences can expect a show with a few jokes about body image, Australia, and, of course, the comedienne's vagina. But when such jokes take over the entire night? It's a little hard to pick out some genuinely good moments.
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But we tried anyway! Team Hollywood.com sat through the entirely too long — and, at times, painful — awards show on Sunday night to pick out the best and worst moments so you didn't have to! Check out our Best and Worst Moments of the 2013 MTV Movie Awards Gallery above to see all the inappropriate, awkward, cringe-inducing, and the rare amazing moments from Sunday night's show.
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So far on Arrow, Shado (Celina Jade) has been a bit of an enigma. We met Yao Fei’s daughter briefly and saw her hold her own in a fight with Fyre’s men, but all we know so far is that she can throw a punch, was trapped on an island with Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett), and flaunts the same tattoo as Oliver.
All that mystery is about to clear up tonight as "Unfinished Business" – which will see the return of the deliciously twisted Seth Gabel’s The Count – focuses on Shado, both on and before the island. "Shado’s going to be talking about her back story with Oliver, Jade tells Hollywood.com. "She talks about how she ends up on the island, about Yao Fei, and her intentions. There was a little bit of uncertainty whether or not Yao Fei was a good person or a bad person, [but] all of that is revealed [tonight]."
We will also find out where Oliver learned his badass archery skills… though it will be from a surprising source. "We didn’t even know Shado existed until Episode 14, so it was hard to anyone to know that she [was] the person who [ended] up teaching him," Jade says. That’s right — Shado is Oliver’s mentor!
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"Oliver, up until now, [was] incapable," Jade continues. "He’s dragging the team down because he can’t fight like Slade can. Now that Shado’s joined the team, she becomes the mentor for Oliver on the island. She’s the first person to really believe that Oliver has the potential to find the hero within himself, and the fighter that he can be... She was very much his influence, and taught him some of his signature moves that he uses in Starling City later on."
Obviously, before he can focus on using his newfound skills in Starling City, Oliver and Team Island must figure out a way to defeat Fyres. Jade says that Shado's badass presence will increase their chances. "With Shado, they’ve formed a really strong team to give them a real chance to fight Fyres," she says.
Tonight's episode will feature many reveals, but you're going to have to be patient for at least one major mystery— the story behind the matching tattoos. "At this point, I don’t know what the story is behind that," Jade says. "I’m not sure if we will find out this season or later on, but I’m sure we will at some point!"
It’s safe to say the tattoos will be connected to the relationship between Oliver and Shado, a relationship that will evolve from a strictly mentor-mentee relationship into... something else? "There’s definitely romantic tension between them," she says. "It’s going to develop into something more, since anything is possible right now on the island." Color us intrigued!
Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8 PM ET/PT on The CW.
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