2016 San Diego Comic Con EXCLUSIVE: Composer Tyler Bates Talks Music of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2

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When it was first announced, 2014’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY was oftentimes labeled as the 1st film to possibly dismantle that the financial juggernaut that is the MCU (or Marvel Cinematic Universe, for the uninitiated). However, thanks to memorable characters (see: Groot) and terrific nostalgic and original musical choices, it went on to become one of the stand out entries from Marvel Studios (both critically and financially).  Now, flash forward 2 years later, its sequel, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL.2, suddenly finds itself in an unexpected position, that of the hotly anticipated blockbuster. Will it promise great character moment like its predecessor? Additionally, will it again-like its predecessor-feature great music?   Continue reading “2016 San Diego Comic Con EXCLUSIVE: Composer Tyler Bates Talks Music of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2”

IFC Announces THE ABANDONED Release Date

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What happens when the line is blurred between illness and reality and challenges the power of our perception? Well, this is the question posed to audiences in the upcoming thriller, THE ABANDONED.  Director by Eytan Rockaway, the film takes a terrifying plunge into the warped mind of a disturbed young woman. Desperate to get her life back on track, the unstable Streak (MARHA MARCY MAY MARLENE Louisa Krause) takes a job as a security guard, working the graveyard shift at a once upscale, now abandoned apartment complex. Continue reading “IFC Announces THE ABANDONED Release Date”

2015 Northern Virginia (NOVA) Film Festival : A Retrospective

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Being a huge movie fan myself, I am always intrigued by the prospect of checking out a new local festival; therefore I was curious to know what would come of my experience at the 1st Annual NOVA Film Festival.  Thankfully, I’m happy to report that this festival has a great deal for it.  Continue reading “2015 Northern Virginia (NOVA) Film Festival : A Retrospective”

2015 Standards of Living Community (SOLC) Awards EXCLUSIVE: Special Guest Jessica Reedy

 

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As mentioned before, the SOLC Awards was ripe with guests; so in addition to speaking to an R&B icon, I also took the opportunity to speak with the lovely Jessica Reedy.  Perhaps best known to some of her fans as the runner up in Season 2 of BET”s Sunday’s Best, Reedy has undoubtedly blazed forward since that time, having hit #1 on the Billboard charts and on iTunes with her freshmen album, “From the Heart.”

Now in the midst of her sophomore album release, titled “Transparent,” I spoke with the Michigan native to not only chat about the Awards show, but also to chat about the approach she took in writing her second album.  Check out the interview below… Continue reading “2015 Standards of Living Community (SOLC) Awards EXCLUSIVE: Special Guest Jessica Reedy”

2015 Standards of Living Community Awards (SOLC) Awards EXCLUSIVE: Special Guest Johnny Gill

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Not long ago I took part in the Standards of Living Community (SOLC) Awards,             produced by Kappstone Media.  As the name of the event suggest, the show acts as a event which recognizes major figures in the community.  With that said, this year’s Awards show (like last year) had much to offer in the way of guests: from figures in the world of music to those in the world of sports.

Therfore I took the opportunity to catch up with a few of the said guests; the first of which  coming in the form of accomplished music artist, Johnny Gill.  In our interview, Mr. Gill opened up about being at the Award show as well as his latest album, “Game Changer.”  Check out the interview below… Continue reading “2015 Standards of Living Community Awards (SOLC) Awards EXCLUSIVE: Special Guest Johnny Gill”

EXCLUSIVE: Composer Blake Neely Talks Scoring CW’s THE FLASH

 

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Perhaps due largely to the remarkable success of Marvel Studio‘s Shared Cinematic Universe, it would appear that many studios and networks are keen to participate in the growing trend of creating superhero franchises and/or universes of their own, be it on the big screen or the small screen.  One example of the trend would be the CW as they prepare to unleash their Arrow spinoff series, The Flash, later this fall.  Inspired by the DC Comics superhero of the same name, the series follows Central City police scientist Barry Allen, an everyday guy with the heart of a hero and the genuine desire to help others.  After an unexpected and devastating accident at the S.T.A.R. Labs Particle Accelerator facility strikes Barry, he finds himself suddenly charged with the incredible power to move at super speeds.  Starring Grant Gustin (Arrow) in the title role, the series also stars Candice Patton (The Game), Rick Cosnett (The Vampire Diaries), Danielle Panabaker (Necessary Roughness), Carolos Valdes (on Broadway: Once), as well as Tom Cavanagh (Ed), and Jesse L. Martin (Law & Order).  Continue reading “EXCLUSIVE: Composer Blake Neely Talks Scoring CW’s THE FLASH”

“Musical Anatomy of a Superhero” Returning To Comic Con!

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Besides the obvious elements that come into play with superhero films, such as the casting or the effects (which are necessary to bring both the character and their abilities to life), folks often overlook another element which is also vital: the music.  No matter how grandiose and epic a superhero film is, it is “naked” without a sweeping music score to complement it. Don’t believe me? Then imagine Tim Burton’s BATMAN without renowned composer’s Danny Elfman’s “Batman Theme” or THE AVENGERSwithout Alan Silvestri “Avengers Theme.”  Therefore with all that said it has been confirmed that the “Anatomy of the Superhero” Panel will be making a return appearance at this year’s Comic Con!  As was the case last year, the purpose of the panel will be to provide insight on the process of creating a theme, transforming the theme throughout the story line while following the often uphill battle that our heroes travel.  Check the details of the panel below….. Continue reading ““Musical Anatomy of a Superhero” Returning To Comic Con!”

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with JOBS Composer, John Debney!

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Technology is an entity that is undoubtedly apart for our everyday lives.  Products such as the iPod, the iPhone, and the iPad provide great convenience for the millions upon millions of customers who own them.  However, without the brilliance of the late Continue reading “EXCLUSIVE: Interview with JOBS Composer, John Debney!”

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with KICK-ASS 2 Composer, Matthew Margeson!

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Today Kick-Ass, Hit Girl and Red Mist return for the follow-up to 2010’s irreverent global hit: KICK-ASS 2.  Picking up where the last film left off, Kick Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) discovers that his vigilante bravery has inspired a new wave of self-made masked Continue reading “EXCLUSIVE: Interview with KICK-ASS 2 Composer, Matthew Margeson!”

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with ELYSIUM Composer, Ryan Amon!

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In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined planet.  The people of Earth are desperate to escape the crime and poverty that is now Continue reading “EXCLUSIVE: Interview with ELYSIUM Composer, Ryan Amon!”

San Diego Comic Con EXCLUSIVE: Exclusive Interview With SHAMELESS Music Composer, iZLER!

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Fans at Comic-Con this year were brought closer than ever before to the musicians behind their favorite films, TV shows, and video games at CW3PR’s fifth annual “Behind the Music” panel in San Diego on July 18.  In a panel that included Geoff Zanelli (THE LONE Continue reading “San Diego Comic Con EXCLUSIVE: Exclusive Interview With SHAMELESS Music Composer, iZLER!”

THE BAND CALLED DEATH Exclusive!! Interview w/ DEATH Band Members, Bobby Hackney Sr., Dannis Hackney, and Bobbie Duncan!

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Before Bad Brains, The Sex Pistols, or even The Ramones, there was a band called Death.  Consisting of three brothers from Detriot, the band played a few gigs and created a single in the hopes of being signed.  Continue reading “THE BAND CALLED DEATH Exclusive!! Interview w/ DEATH Band Members, Bobby Hackney Sr., Dannis Hackney, and Bobbie Duncan!”

Composer Bear McCreary “Scores” With New Theme for the STARZ Original, Da Vinci’s Demons on iTunes‏

Bear McCreary, award winning composer of STARZ’s new series “Da Vinci’s Demons” at the television series’ world premiere at the Cinema Teatro Odeon in Florence, Italy on April 2. Credit: Fox International Channels
Bear McCreary, award winning composer of STARZ’s new series “Da Vinci’s Demons” at the television series’ world premiere at the Cinema Teatro Odeon in Florence, Italy on April 2. Credit: Fox International Channels

Before the anticipated premiere of the STARZ historical fantasy, DA VINCI’S DEMONS on Friday, April 12th at 10PM ET/PT, download the show’s main title theme song from acclaimed musical composure Bear McCreary (THE WALKING DEAD, Continue reading “Composer Bear McCreary “Scores” With New Theme for the STARZ Original, Da Vinci’s Demons on iTunes‏”

The Lincoln Theatre: Exclusive Interview w/ THE MANHATTANS Lead Singer, Gerald Alston!!

With a career that has spanned well over 50 years, THE MANHATTANS have been a staple in not only R&B, but in music, period.  With timeless hits, such as like “Kiss and Say Goodbye” and “Shining Star,some of us may not be here if it Continue reading “The Lincoln Theatre: Exclusive Interview w/ THE MANHATTANS Lead Singer, Gerald Alston!!”

The Atlas Theatre: Exclusive Interview w/ Musician Joel Harrison!

Yesterday Reel Film News sat down with musician Joel Harrison, who was performing with his string choir, The Joel Harrison String Choir, at the Atlas Theatre, here in DC.  Growing up in Washington D.C. in the 1960s, Harrison has had an eclectic career spanning many disciplines: as a guitarist, an arranger, a vocalist, a songwriter, a bandleader, and also as a film Continue reading “The Atlas Theatre: Exclusive Interview w/ Musician Joel Harrison!”

See The Manhattans Perform At The Lincoln Theatre This December!!

Do you love R&B music?  Well, come December, DC’s very own Lincoln Theatre will play host to the legendary R& B vocal group  Continue reading “See The Manhattans Perform At The Lincoln Theatre This December!!”

CONCERT PHOTO RECAP – Ted Nugent at the Fillmore Silver Spring

Greetings from Tedquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland.  Last night at the Fillmore Silver Spring the house was brought down by Ted Nugent as he performed in front of a packed house of people looking to experience music and as he puts it, the right “attitude” when it comes to music.  And no one in that house left disappointed!

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B’z Release First English Album and Kick Off North American Tour

B’z have announced they will be releasing a 5-song album in English on July 25th, 2012 exclusively through iTunes.

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Danny Elfman’s DARK SHADOWS Original Score To Be Released May 8th

 

On May 8th, the score will be released for the new film Dark Shadows.  This marks the 14th collaboration between composer Danny Elfman and director Tim Burton.

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X Factor Singing Sensation Rachel Crow Signed by Nickelodeon and Sony Music!

Well the X Factor may not have beaten American Idol in the ratings race, but 14-year-old Rachel Crow has landed herself a spectacular deal with Nickelodeon and Sony Music. Continue reading “X Factor Singing Sensation Rachel Crow Signed by Nickelodeon and Sony Music!”

AfterShokz Bone Conduction Technology Headphones Introduced

How many of you out there run regularly and listen to music while doing so?  Probably quite a few of you.  And it’s likely that you’ve got the music up pretty loud in your ears.  Later this month, a new brand of headphones called AfterShokz is being introduced that transmits the sound to you without blocking your ear and providing an extra comfortable experience.

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Nickelodeon’s Cymphonique Miller performs “Only You Can Be You” from the upcoming series “How to Rock”

Nickelodeon has released the new music video from Cymphonique Miller entitled Only You Can Be You from her new upcoming series How to Rock.  Want to see it?  We’ve got it!

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Immortals Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Releases Today

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Today Relativity Media releases the original motion pictures soundtrack for its upcoming 3D action adventure, Immortals, set to arrive in theaters this Friday.  Find out which Oscar-winning composer provided the score and how you can own the soundtrack after the break….  Continue reading “Immortals Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Releases Today”