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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.
When Disney announced the live-action TV movie Descendents that would premiere on The Disney Channel in 2015, we were hesitant. The film will follow the children of classic Disney characters, especially the kids of some famous villains. It’s already been announced that Disney star Dove Cameron will play Mal, the daughter of Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty). More recently, Mitchell Hope was announced to play the prince who is the son of Belle and Adam (Beauty and the Beast). However, since he’s not a Disney Channel star, we’re still going to fantasy cast his character. Here are our choices for the Prince and the rest of the gang.
The Prince, son of Belle and Adam – Billy Unger
Our choice for the prince is the charming star of Lab Rats, currently airing on Disney XD. We’re pretty proud of this choice since Disney’s pick, Hope, has a similar look to Unger so we must have a good idea of what they’re looking for.
Carlos, son of Cruella de Vil – Adam Irigoyen
As a veteran of The Disney Channel — Irigoyen has been on Wizards of Waverly Place, Good Luck Charlie, and Shake It Up! — we think he’ll make a perfect addition to the cast. Plus there’s something in Irigoyen’s eyebrows that reminds us a little bit of Cruella (in a good way!)
Jay, son of Jafar – Blake Michael
Since he’s currently starring on Dog with a Blog as the dopey teenaged son, we think he could stretch his acting muscles by playing the brooding, calculating teenaged son of Jafar — or the son who’s especially nice despite his evil father. Michael could take the character either way, which is why we think he’d be perfect.
Evvie, daughter of the Evil Queen – Ariel Winter
Though you probably recognize Winter as Alex Dunphy from Modern Family, she also voices Sofia on Disney’s Sofia the First. It might be a bit too much of a crossover for her to play Evvie, but we think she can pull it off. Besides, it would be interesting to see her star aside Dove Cameron as the two daughters of villains.
"It hurt my heart not to be there at Comic-Con."
While there was plenty of insight into the creation of Joss Whedon's short-lived, but highly-praised sci-fi series San Diego Comic-Con's Firefly 10th Anniversary Reunion, but the panel was mostly a waterworks. A good waterworks. On hand for the cryfest were Whedon, producer Tim Minear, and stars Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin, Alan Tudyk, Sean Maher, and Summer Glau — all ready to soak up the fan's love for the series while paying their respects to the dedicated Browncoats who helped turn Firefly to a true cult classic.
While there were a few glaring omission in the line-up, one in particular stood out: the right hand lady to Captain Mal (Fillion) and Wash's (Tudyk) romantic interest: Zoe, played by actress Gina Torres. Speaking to Hollywood.com about her latest small screen endeavor, USA's Suits, Torres found herself all chocked up when the topic of Firefly and the SDCC panel came up. "I was working. I really, really wish I had been there," says the actress, who in very little time, between the show's limited run and miraculous big screen venture (Serenity), established Zoe as one of television's greatest female a**kickers of all time. "I picked up this week’s Us Weekly and there’s a picture of the Firefly reunion and I just about burst into tears. I love those guys. I had such a wonderful time I feel so blessed to have had the time that I did with each and every one of those actors. I love them, and I will love them to the day I die. So any time that I get to spend with them, I look forward to it."
Torres is anxious to reunite with her Firefly cast and feel the same emotional energy that resonated through Comic-Con's Ballroom 20, going so far as to suggest that fans (and the cast) should return for a 12th, 15th, and even 20th anniversary. "Or who knows, maybe we’ll crank out another movie before then. That would be great."
If you were like Torres and missed out on the Science Channel's epic Firefly 10th Anniversary Panel, you can watch the entire thing in full below:
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Additional reporting by Kelsea Stahler.
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If you've been following the development of Bond 23, most of what went down at this morning's press conference (an tradition for every James Bond flick ramping up for production), but who doesn't love confirmations? All these months of Internet speculation finally pay off!
Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli introduced director Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Revolutionary Road), and the eclectic ensemble cast, including Daniel Craig and Judi Dench, returning as Bond and M respectively, and series newcomers Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Bernice Malohe, Ben Whishaw and Albert Finney.
The biggest reveal of the morning was the film's mysterious title: Skyfall. The press conference wouldn't have been a success unless we walked away with something to continue speculating about.
Also confirmed were Bardem as the film's villain (which we heard was a lock last month) and Naomie Harris, as a field agent named Eve (a rumor that started trickling out in July). According to Harris, Eve will be featured in many an action set piece, and may have a surprise hidden up her sleeve. Fresh faced Malohe will play Severin, a “glamorous, enigmatic character," while Fiennes and Whishaw's characters are still unknown. A little tidbit for movie buffs: Roger Deakins, the esteemed cinematographer behind True Grit, and No Country for Old Men and Mendes own Revolutionary Road, will shoot the film. Pretty much a guarantee the movie will look pretty.
Few other details were revealed, as the creative team is keeping the secrets behind Bond 23 close to their chest. But there was one juicy piece of info that weaseled its way out: Skyfall will be a stand alone adventure, not directly tied tot he QUANTUM plot set up in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. I don't know if I 100% believe that, but for now, take the producers' word for it.
Skyfall is scheduled to hit theaters October 26, 2012 in the UK and November 9 in the US.
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The majesty of the Emerald Isle is on full display in Leap Year an opposites attract romantic comedy starring Amy Adams (Julie & Julia Enchanted) and Matthew Goode (A Single Man Watchmen). Director Anand Tucker (Shopgirl Hilary and Jackie) shooting entirely on location in Ireland takes us on a whirlwind tour of the country’s breathtaking landscape reveling in its fabled fairy-tale charm.
Pity then that such a magnificent setting is so mercilessly defaced by Leap Year’s unrelenting mediocrity. The film’s dubious premise testing the already loose limits of rom-com believability casts Adams as Anna a type-A career girl who flies to Ireland intending to pop the question to her feet-dragging boyfriend on February 29th aka Leap Day. Why Leap Day? Because according to some idiotic old Irish tradition that’s when women are allowed to do such things. (Click here to watch Adams herself try to explain the plot.)
Unfortunately for Anna weather problems force her plane to land far away from Dublin and her would-be fiance. Trapped in a tiny coastal town with no reliable transportation at her disposal she enlists the help of a scruffy abrasive barkeep named Declan (Goode) to drive her cross-country so she can reach her destination by the 29th. And thus begins the traditional rom-com mating ritual of sexually-charged bickering followed by moments of abrupt awkward intimacy.
While watching Leap Year I swear I could hear the Irish countryside quietly weeping as it witnessed Goode and Adams slog through the film's succession of trite misadventures the talented actors straining in vain to manufacture some semblance of romantic chemistry as an assortment of jolly Waking Ned Devine types futilely spurred them on. Oh if only Greenpeace could have intervened and put a halt to such wanton environmental desecration. It's the worst thing to come out of Ireland since The Cranberries.
The two men, already identified as Yuri Cortez and Rolando Aviles, claim bodyguards shot at them, shattering the rear window of their vehicle, as they attempted to get unauthorised snaps of the ceremony this spring (09).
The photographers tell TMZ.com they got proper clearance to take photos from a nearby property - but Brady's security team demanded they hand over cameras and equipment after spotting them taking pictures.
The snappers were attempting to make a quick escape in an SUV, when the security men opened fire and showered the vehicle with bullets.
In the suit, filed in New York on Tuesday (22Sep09), the two men claim the bullets "narrowly missed" striking them.
The photographers allege Brady and Bundchen were negligent in hiring and training the security team. They are seeking more than $1 million (£666,000) in damages.
The Boston Herald previously reported the paparazzi were from the INF photo agency, and were hiding in bushes near Bundchen's beachfront home in Mal Pais, taking pictures of the event when they were caught by the newlyweds' security guards.
The New York Daily News published a photo of the shot-up car in April (09).
In a missive on the Can'tStoptheBleeding.com blog shortly after the incident, Cortez wrote, "I couldn't believe it when I realised what they had done. I could have lost my life for the sake of some pictures that Gisele didn't want published. Are they insane?"
A private funeral service is set to be held in Ocala, Florida on Thursday afternoon for John Travolta and Kelly Preston's 16-year-old son, Jett. The service is closed to the media, and the exact time has not been disclosed, reports The Huffington Post.
Jett's body was cremated in the Bahamas after his sudden death during the New Year's holiday and his parents flew to Florida with his ashes, a Bahamian lawmaker said on Tuesday, Jan. 6.
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The final results of the autopsy and the death certificate blames a seizure for the teen's death.
Glen Campbell, assistant director at the Bahamian funeral home, told the Associated Press that Jett's body is in "great condition" without any signs of head trauma, despite police officials who earlier reported the 16-year-old may have hit his head on the bath tub.
Travolta and Preston released their own statements about the death of their son.
Here’s what the couple had to say via KellyPreston.com and Travolta.com:
“We would like to extend our deepest and most heartfelt thanks to everyone who has sent their love and condolences. Jett was the most wonderful son that two parents could ever ask for and lit up the lives of everyone he encountered.”
“We are heartbroken that our time with him was so brief. We will cherish the time we had with him for the rest of our lives. We have received many messages of condolence from around the world and we want to thank everyone for their prayers and support. It has meant so much to us. It is a beautiful reminder of the inherent goodness in the human spirit that gives us a hope for a brighter future. With love, John, Kelly, and Ella.”
The 16-year-old passed away in the Bahamas on Friday, apparently after suffering a seizure and hitting his head on the bathtub according to early reports.
TMZ.com obtained a detailed timeline of the events: "Jett, his family and his two nannies had been boating on Jan. 1. They returned to their townhouse at the Old Bahama Bay Hotel at around 6 p.m. Jett was tired, went into his bedroom and went to sleep. Nanny Jeff Kathrein watched TV in the adjoining room. The other nanny, Eli, returned to the townhouse at around 11:30. Both Jeff and Eli turned in at around that time. After Jeff got up [the next morning], he went into the bathroom and discovered Jett laying on the floor."
Travolta reportedly administered CPR at the scene.
An autopsy is being performed today at Rand Memorial Hospital in the Bahamas by a hospital pathologist, along with an American specialist who is being flown in to guarantee a thorough assesssment. A possible cause of death will be known by the end of the day on Monday, though TMZ is reporting that the Ministry of Heath in the Bahamas says the autopsy findings may never be made public.
The preliminary report will be forwarded on to a coroner, who then forwards the completed report to the Travolta/Preston family, says TMZ. .Only the family has authority to release the findings to the public.
At age 2, Jett was diagnosed with Kawasaki disease, an illness that leads to inflammation of the blood vessels in young children. The condition, which usually affects children from ages 2 to 5, is treatable but can lead to lasting heart damage in rare cases.
TMZ also learned Jett had suffered from grand mal seizures in the past and had taken anti-seizure medicine which the Travolta's say did not work, so the medication was stopped.
A number of celebrities, including Tom Cruise, have called Travolta and Preston offering condolences.
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