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War for the Planet of the Apes Soundtrack

Sony Music proudly announces the release of WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) with music by Grammy® and Academy Award®-winning composer Michael Giacchino. The soundtrack will be released on July 7th and is available for pre-order here.

Sony Music proudly announces the release of WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) with music by Grammy® and Academy Award®-winning composer Michael Giacchino. The soundtrack will be released on July 7th and is available for pre-order here.

War for the Planet of the Apes Trailer

Here’s the latest trailer for War for the Planet of the Apes coming to theaters on July 14, 2017.

So, I got a chance to see The Last Ship episode 1 before it makes its premiere on June 12, 2016. I must say that I was delighted and disappointed with the opening. If you haven’t seen it yet, look On Demand and you will be treated, once again, to our friends on the Nathan James and in the new St. Louis capital of the New United States. If you haven’t seen the first episode, I won’t spoil it for you here. However, I will say that it is once again action-packed, edge of your seat drama. The disappointing part, you will see for yourself. Here’s another promo and the introduction to Season 3 info: The wait is nearly over. TNT’s epic drama The Last Ship is preparing to set sail again in its quest to save humanity after a devastating pandemic with a two-hour premiere this summer. Following the epic second-season cliffhanger, the highly anticipated third season finds the crew of the Nathan James shifting their attention to Asia after President Michener hears rumblings that the Chinese leader, President Peng, has been hoarding the ‘Scott cure’ instead of distributing it to the people in the region. Michener sends Chandler to a global summit to investigate this allegation, as well as rumors of a possible mutation of the original virus that has caused a fresh outbreak in Japan. If the mutation has occurred, and Asia has not been protected, the consequences for the world are dire. And with Rachel Scott shot in the season two finale, and her fate as yet unknown, hope is in low supply. I will have a fuller writeup on my thoughts about The Last Ship later on in the month. Look for it.

New Star Trek Series & 50th Anniversary

It might be hard to believe, but it’s been 50 years since Star Trek first appeared on TV and this momentous anniversary happens to nearly coincide with the upcoming return of the beloved sci-fi series to CBS next year. While CBS will be showing the program, it will not appear on broadcast television, but on the network’s online streaming platform, CBS All Access. Interest in the franchise is higher than it’s been in years, with a new film, Star Trek Beyond, being released later in the year. The first teaser for the new Star Trek series was released this week along with trailers for other upcoming CBS shows. At the moment, one of the biggest questions fans are asking is how the new series will integrate into the existing Star Trek universe – or if it will at all. CBS isn’t releasing a lot of information about the series at this time and there is still very little that is known about the show outside of the network. The teaser promises new heroes, villains and new worlds, which is admittedly very vague, but seems to suggest that we’ll be seeing characters and events which take place in the same universe, but not directly connected to the film series. The new series features some Star Trek veterans in showrunner and co-creator Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies), who began his career as a TV writer on the series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager. Writer and consulting producer on the new show, Nicholas Meyer, is also a Star Trek veteran, who wrote and directed Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Eugene Roddenberry, the son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and Alex Kurtzman, co-writer of the 2009 Star Trek film, are executive producers. CBS hasn’t said anything yet about the plots of the new series, but it has been rumored that like Fargo or American Horror Story, the new Star Trek will be an anthology series. One especially prevalent rumor making the rounds at the moment is that the first season will take place between the events of Star Trek VI and Star Trek: The Next Generation. One thing that we do know is that the series won’t tie into the events of Star Trek Beyond, so don’t expect it to mesh with the Star Trek cinematic universe, at least not yet. We also know that the show will be available only through CBS All Access, which means that you’ll need a monthly subscription to watch the show – other than the series premiere, which will be shown on CBS in January 2017. Fans will still be waiting a while before the new CBS series begins airing, but fortunately, with Star Trek Beyond arriving in theaters on July 22, it’ll be a little easier to wait for next year’s premiere.

It might be hard to believe, but it’s been 50 years since Star Trek first appeared on TV and this momentous anniversary happens to nearly coincide with the upcoming return of the beloved sci-fi series to CBS next year. While CBS will be showing the program, it will not appear on broadcast television, but on the network’s online streaming platform, CBS All Access. Interest in the franchise is higher than it’s been in years, with a new film, Star Trek Beyond, being released later in the year. The first teaser for the new Star Trek series was released this week along with trailers for other upcoming CBS shows. At the moment, one of the biggest questions fans are asking is how the new series will integrate into the existing Star Trek universe – or if it will at all. CBS isn’t releasing a lot of information about the series at this time and there is still very little that is known about the show outside of the network. The teaser promises new heroes, villains and new worlds, which is admittedly very vague, but seems to suggest that we’ll be seeing characters and events which take place in the same universe, but not directly connected to the film series. The new series features some Star Trek veterans in showrunner and co-creator Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies), who began his career as a TV writer on the series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager. Writer and consulting producer on the new show, Nicholas Meyer, is also a Star Trek veteran, who wrote and directed Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Eugene Roddenberry, the son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and Alex Kurtzman, co-writer of the 2009 Star Trek film, are executive producers. CBS hasn’t said anything yet about the plots of the new series, but it has been rumored that like Fargo or American Horror Story, the new Star Trek will be an anthology series. One especially prevalent rumor making the rounds at the moment is that the first season will take place between the events of Star Trek VI and Star Trek: The Next Generation. One thing that we do know is that the series won’t tie into the events of Star Trek Beyond, so don’t expect it to mesh with the Star Trek cinematic universe, at least not yet. We also know that the show will be available only through CBS All Access, which means that you’ll need a monthly subscription to watch the show – other than the series premiere, which will be shown on CBS in January 2017. Fans will still be waiting a while before the new CBS series begins airing, but fortunately, with Star Trek Beyond arriving in theaters on July 22, it’ll be a little easier to wait for next year’s premiere.

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A Few Words From Andrew Lincoln on An Astonishing Season 6

It would be easy fоr thе bіggеѕt ѕhоw іn саblе TV hіѕtоrу tо соаѕt оn іtѕ accomplishments аnd dеlіvеr ѕоmе рrеdісtаblе fаrе for season 6, but аѕ оutlіnеd іn оur current соvеr ѕtоrу оn The Wаlkіng Dead, thе AMC hit appears to bе hеаdеd іntо ѕоmе bоld tеrrіtоrу. Cоunt star Andrеw Lіnсоln аmоng thоѕе whо are jazzed аbоut whаt’ѕ оn the horizon. Lincoln sat down wіth us аt hіѕ rесеnt EW соvеr shoot tо tаlk аbоut thе upcoming season (whісh returns Oct. 11). Whаt words would hе uѕе to describe it? “Bіg,” ѕауѕ Lincoln. “Vеrу bіg. Ambіtіоuѕ. Brаvе.” The word brave jumps out at me. Let’s face it, every season is more expansive, more horrific. It’s always a ragged edge where you wonder if you’re going to make it to the end with your sanity in check. Many times you just sit with your jaw hanging open. It looks like Season 6 is going to be big — brave. Thоѕе are сооl wоrdѕ, but what do thеу mean? Lincoln elaborated…somewhat. Hе also took tіmе to рrаіѕе thе vіѕіоn of showrunner Scott. M. Gimple. “There аrе mоrе walkers thаn wе’vе еvеr faced before. I thіnk thе ѕtоrуtеllіng is аѕtоnіѕhіng. Scott hаѕ kіnd оf picked uр vеrу muсh where we lеft оff аnd hе’ѕ ѕріnnіng 18 рrіnсіраl ѕtоrуlіnеѕ іn аn іnсrеdіblу complicated аnd сооl way.” Can You Say HORRIFYING! The photos of the new zombies are best describes horrifying. [pinup-pro type=”pinit” pin_url=”CURRENT” pin_image_url=”” pin_counter=”horizontal” pin_desc=””] Nice touch with the knife through the neck, the V on his face, and how does he see anything? [pinup-pro type=”pinit” pin_url=”CURRENT” pin_image_url=”” pin_counter=”horizontal” pin_desc=””] How would you like to wake up to this guy. Let’s face it, the longer we are in this world, the worse these guys look. What’s really frightening about them is that we get used to them over time. It’s like the homeless; we see them but we don’t. Big difference with this guy, though is that he’ll eat your arm and not just bum quarters for bus fare. [pinup-pro type=”pinit” pin_url=”CURRENT” pin_image_url=”” pin_counter=”horizontal” pin_desc=””] And this guy is truly horrifying. He looks like his intestines got into a fight with a tree, and the tree won! The one thing that is missing from TWD and other shows like it, is that there is no smell. No matter how horrible the zombies are supposed to be, we are spared the smell. I mean, we can kind of imagine it, but not really. I think if you work in the coroners office or pick up people who have died alone, suddenly, etc., and need to be picked up, you have no idea what that small is. I remember at Disney/Universal in Florida they gave you some sensations of what you were doing, like wind, face spritzing for being in the rain, etc. Imaging if some intrepid person comes out with a HD 4D television that comes equipped with smell. How many of us could get through a single episode with that wreaking, rotting… 0

Ex Machina

For his directorial debut, Alex Garland, a prominent British screenwriter, chose to write about how artificial intelligence could possibly become the downfall of humans in his latest, Ex Machina. Most people would not consider this to be a new concept. However, Garland is known for his ability to successfully pump new energy into these types of genres. One of his most notable accomplishments in this area involves the script that he created for Danny Boyle’s zombie thriller entitled “28 Days Later.” He also collaborated with Boyle to create the script for “The Beach,” and “Sunshine.” Although it has a rather slim budget of $13 million, the artificial intelligence script entitled Ex Machina looks very sophisticated and chic for anyone’s first time out as a director. But on the other hand, it also contains fragments of many of Garland’s past flaws. The screenplay promised a psychological drama but failed. However, it may have missed the mark for some things, but it is still a very good sci-fi flick that gets your thought process working. It is a quality produced script that should get plenty of good press. It will open in the UK in a week, and it starts in the United States for SXSW in March. It will then be released in April via A24, which is a niche distributor. Domhnall Gleesonplays the part of Caleb in this new script. His character is a nerdy computer pro who works for an internet company like Google. He wins an office lottery that gives him the chance to spend a week with his anti-social boss in the mountains of Alaska. However, once he gets to the Alaskan destination, he finds out that the lottery was rigged by his boss. Oscar Isaac plays the role of his boss. His boss uses him as a human lab rat for a secretive project to create an android named Ava. This role is played by actress Alicia Vikander.Everything flows smoothly between Caleb and his boss at first. But it soon turns for the worse when his boss keeps making him put the android through the “Turing Test,” which is designed to tell the difference between smart machines and humans. But Ava, the android, is also testing Caleb. She tries to form a robot mutiny against Caleb’s boss, Nathan. All three participants are playing a dangerous game against each other, and they must fight to survive. Caleb has to select either Ava or Nathan, but he knows that each of them have their own agendas. Gleeson does a very good job of showing you how males are smart, but also very vulnerable. He also does a good job by disguising his British accent. But he still leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to being a leading man. Isaac plays the part of his boss, and he does a better job because he has a thick beard. This makes it hard to recognize him, which means that you can’t compare him to previous performances. He has the ability to… 0

Lakeshore Records Announces Release Of Journey Into Space Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Journey Into Space Original Motion Picture Soundtrack  Although it’s been available in digital format since March, the announcement of the upcoming CD release of Journey to Space – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is nonetheless exciting news for fans who’d like to get their hands on a physical copy of composer Cody Westheimer’s score for the film. Westheimer says that the IMAX format and epic scale of Journey to Space inspired him to think big with the score, adding, “The giant screen format affords incredible musical opportunity and I was thrilled to live out my boyhood dream of becoming an astronaut by scoring this film. I think most people can relate to the awe and wonder of space and space exploration – it was exciting to help convey this musically. Westheimer’s enthusiasm for the project was apparent from the word go, with Mark Krenzien, who wrote and directed the film noting that the composer arrived to conduct the orchestra wearing a NASA t-shirt. Krenzien has high praise for Westheimer’s work, saying that despite the challenges inherent in producing a score which could match up with the vision of the film, “what was finally achieved from a score sparked by the human drive to explore space–is an accomplished and coherent work of music that simply inspires the imagination.” Santa Barbara native Cody Westheimer has had a relatively short, but remarkable career, with his first orchestral composition being performed by the Santa Barbara Sympony in 1997. He also received a commission from the Symphony to compose music based on John Lithgow’s book The Remarkable Farkle McBride, which has been performed twice by the Santa Barbara Symphony. However, Westheimer is perhaps best known for his scores composed for documentary films including The Mono Lake Story, Oceans Adventures, True Wolf, It’s a Wildlife and How I Became an Elephant, which won a best in class award at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival in 2013. His work has also been honored at the Park City Film Music Festival, where the composer won a Double Gold for his score for the animated short Smile and by the Game Audio Network Guild, who nominated his work on Sega’s The Golden Compass Game for Track of the Year. Cody Westheimer graduated magna cum laude from the music composition program at USC’s Thornton School of Music. He is married to composer Julia Newmann, with whom he owns and operates New West Studios, Inc. in Los Angeles. Over his career, Westheimer has scored more than 40 films, along with several video games and countless television programs, including themes for the National Dog Show, the Tour de France, Major League Soccer and Sports Dash. If you’ve ever watched Meet the Press, you’ve heard his work alongside that of John Williams – some of his music was also featured in television broadcasts of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Although many people have predicted that NASA is moribund following the end of the Space Shuttle program, Journey to Space aims to show viewers that in fact NASA’s best… 0

Debug Soundtrack Released

The Debug Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is now available from Lakeshore Records in digital format as well as on CD. Featuring original music by composer Timothy Williams, known for his work on Red Sky and Walking With the Enemy, the soundtrack to Debug is one which takes some experimental turns along the way. “Debug is a sci-fi horror set on a prison ship in space,” said Williams. “I knew that the score was going to be primarily electronic, but I loved the idea of using an orchestra for its organic quality, and then mutilating the pristine recordings, through reversing, pitch shifting, filtering, unusual delays and falling reverbs. David Hewlett [director] and I have been friends since we were about 5 years old! So when I suggested ‘reversed orchestra’ for some of the score with electronics and ‘processed brass’, he didn’t do what some directors might do, which is fire me on the spot!” Hewlett, who wrote and directed the film has joked that he aspires to someday make a film which is as good as Williams’ soundtrack for Debug. In an interview, the director also expressed great admiration for Williams’ talent and ability to translate his vision to music, adding that one of the greatest things about Timothy Williams is his understanding that the soundtrack needs to serve the scene. English born and Canadian-raised Timothy Williams has won many awards for his composition and orchestration for film, theater, television and video games. He’s an accomplished pianist and studies music at the Toronto Conservatory of Music and the Victoria Conservatory of Music before returning to England to study at the National Film and Television School and working as an in-house orchestrator for the BBC. In the 1990s, he moved back to Canada, where he wrote and staged the musical Napoleon at Toronto’s Elgin Theater – it has since been performed in London’s West End as well. Williams’ talent led him to Los Angeles and work in the film and television industries, including music for the films Lutefisk Wars, History of Future Folk, The Mulberry Tree and The Butterfly Circus. Williams has also composed for the Tom Hanks-produced Beyond All Boundaries, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Watchmen, Sucker Punch, 300, Doomsday and Black Freighter, among others. In his career he has orchestrated for more than 60 films, 40 episodes of television and 8 games, working with composers including Stephen Schwartz, Trent Reznor, Alan Menken, Bruce Broughton, Tyler Bates and John Kavanagh. His recent soundtrack work includes Red Sky and Walking With the Enemy, both of which are also available from Lakeshore Records. Debug is a film about six hackers on a rundown spaceship who find themselves locked in a life or death battle of wills with malevolent AI. The film was released in Canada in 2014 and will be released in the US later this year by Copperheart Entertainment, although sci-fi fans don’t have to wait until Debug hits theaters to take a listen to the soundtrack!

‘The X-Files’ Returns As Miniseries On Fox

After thirteen long years, it seems that fans of the X-Files will finally get some closure with the announcement of a six episode miniseries on Fox featuring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson returning as Mulder and Scully. Chris Carter, executive producer and creator of the series is also involve in the event series. At this time, nothing is known about the plots of the six new episodes, nor exactly who else from the original series might be involved, although many fans hope that Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul), Howard Gordon (24) or Frank Spotnitz (Hunted), might return. “I think of it as a 13-year commercial break,” said Carter. “The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories.” Actually it hasn’t been quite that long since X-Files fans saw Mulder and Scully in action; the movie The X-Files: I Want to Believe was released in 2008. The X-Files was a hit almost immediately upon its premier in 1993 and became a global pop culture phenomenon. The series was about FBI special agents Fox Mulder (played by David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) who were tasked with unexplained cases, usually involving the paranormal. The series was also a critical favorite, earning no less than 16 Emmys over its nine season run. “We had the privilege of working with Chris on all nine seasons of The X-Files – one of the most rewarding creative experiences of our careers,” said Fox TV Group chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman. “The X-Files was not only a seminal show for both the studio and the network, it was a worldwide phenomenon that shaped pop culture – yet remained a true gem for the legions of fans who embraced it from the beginning.” The upcoming X-Files miniseries has been in the planning stages for about a year now; the impetus for Fox was the success of a 24 miniseries. Not only will this new event series air at some point in the relatively near future, but fans have been campaigning for a third X-Files film. Who knows what the future may hold for the X-Files franchise; recent years have seen the resurrection of several other fan favorites, including Twin Peaks on Showtime, Arrested Development on Netflix and the upcoming revival of Heroes on NBC.  

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