A History of Violence Rumors
According to an article on Hollywoodreporter
from the beginning of the month,
Ed Harris and William Hurt are in negotiations to join the cast of David
Cronenberg's new movie, A History of
Violence. Supposedly, Viggo Mortensen is already confirmed as the lead, playing the
character of Tom McKenna.
According to IMDB, Maria Bello
is also in the cast, and the budget of the movie is estimated to be $32m (this is extremely unlikely,
for a Cronenberg movie).
More info about the movie on April 17.
The Brown Bunny Opens in the US
The Brown Bunny (2003), the
controversial movie by Vincent Gallo (Buffalo
'66) finally opens in the USA today.
The movie was first shown in the Cannes Film Festival in May 2003 and was criticized as "the worst
film ever admitted into the competition of the Cannes film festival". The 2-hours movie was re-edited
and is now 93 minutes long, although the sex scenes remain intact.
The movie has provoked outrage because it features a graphic 10-minute scene in which actress
Chloe Sevigny performs fellatio on Gallo (her real-life former lover), which - according to
Sevigny herself - was not simulated.
Sevigny repeatedly defends the movie and the infamous scene in particular, and says it's being
Spielberg and Cruise Set to Film Biggest Budget Film Ever
Steven Spielberg's upcoming movie War
of the Worlds (2005) is poised to make history in Hollywood as the most expensive film ever made,
surpassing Titanic's $198 million budget. Spielberg and Cruise will pocket a fifth of
the box office profit.
A source says, "No expense will be spared. Spielberg wants to make it the film of the decade".
The film is based on HG Wells' classic story about Martian invaders.
Orson Welles' 1938 radio adaptation caused panic in America when the tale convinced listeners
Earth was being invaded.
The movie is set to be released in the USA in July 2005.
The Polar Express
Robert Zemeckis' new movie,
The Polar Express (2004)
will premiere in the US on November 10. It will also be shown on IMAX in 3D.
In this major project, with a budget of $150m, Tom Hanks is said to play 20 roles. The movie uses
a new technology that uses CGI based on live-action photography.
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For a change, here are some recommendations for excellent soundtracks that I highly recommend.
Alan Silvestri - Van Helsing (2004)
This is the best score I've heard so far this year. Very powerful and energetic music by Silvestri.
Guaranteed to make a great use of your subwoofer.
Download (~245kbps VBR, 43 min, 75MB)
Howard Shore - Looking for Richard (1996)
One of Shore's best scores.
Download (256kbps CBR, 45 min, 89MB)
Carter Burwell - Gods and Monsters (1998)
You can listen to this soundtrack repeatedly and still not get tired of it.
Download (128kbps CBR, 33 min, 30MB)
Legendary Composer Elmer Bernstein Dies at 82
"Music is the soul of life, and each soul sings a different song"|
- Elmer Bernstein (June 2004)
This is a very sad month to the world of cinema music.
Legendary composer Elmer Bernstein,
who composed music to more than 250 movies and TV shows during the last 50 years, died Wednesday in his
sleep at his home in Ojai, California. He was 82.
Bernstein is survived by his wife, Eve, as well as two daughters, two sons, and five grandchildren.
Bernstein was nominated for 14 Academy Awards (he won only one, for Thoroughly Modern Millie):
The Man with the Golden Arm (1955),
The Magnificent Seven (1960),
Summer and Smoke (1961),
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962),
Walk on the Wild Side (1962),
Return of the Seven (1966),
Hawaii (1966) (2 nominations),
Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967),
True Grit (1969),
Trading Places (1983),
The Age of Innocence (1993),
Far from Heaven (2002).
Some of his other scores include:
The Ten Commandments (1956),
God's Little Acre (1958),
Some Came Running (1958),
Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) ,
The Great Escape (1963),
Cast a Giant Shadow (1966),
Animal House (1978),
Heavy Metal (1981),
An American Werewolf in London (1981),
Airplane II: The Sequel (1982),
Michael Jackson's Thriller (1983),
Ghost Busters (1984),
Spies Like Us (1985),
Three Amigos! (1986),
My Left Foot (1989),
The Field (1990),
The Grifters (1990),
the great adaptation and arrangement of Bernard Herrmann's music for Cape Fear (1991),
The Babe (1992),
Mad Dog and Glory (1993),
The Good Son (1993),
Canadian Bacon (1995),
Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)
The Rainmaker (1997),
Wild Wild West (1999),
Bringing Out the Dead (1999),
Keeping the Faith (2000) and many more.
Exactly 4 weeks ago, when Jerry Goldsmith died, I wrote
that I consider him to be one of the
"giant" composers, together with Elmer Bernstein (and other great talents as Ennio
Morricone and John Williams). It's very sad to lose two legends in less than a month and I
only wish health and many more years of composing for the other "giants".
Thanks you, Elmer, for your talent and half a decade of great music. Rest in peace.
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D'Lynn Waldrom page
Videodrome - Criterion Collection
Videodrome - Criterion Collection DVD is released on 31 August 2004.
This 2-disc Special Edition includes:
by director David Cronenberg, actors James Woods and Deborah
Harry, and director of photography Mark Irwin.
The short film (6 min) starring Les Carlson, written and directed
by David Cronenberg in 2000 as part of the 25th anniversary celebration of the Toronto Film
Farming the New Flesh
A new half-hour documentary featurette about the creation of Videodrome's
landmark video and prosthetic makeup effects.
The complete and unedited faux Japanese AV feature seen in Videodrome.
Fear on Film (1981)
A 26-minute roundtable discussion between filmmakers David
Cronenberg, John Carpenter, John Landis and Mick Garris.
Original theatrical trailers and promotional featurette
Widescreen anamorphic format
You can pre-order this DVD at Amazon for $28.
James Cameron Keeps Making Documentaries
Seems like James Cameron can't let go of making documentaries.
After Expedition: Bismarck and Ghosts of the Abyss you'd expect him to
finally make the True Lies sequel. Instead, he insists on continuing making yet another
Aliens of the Deep is a
3D documentary in which Cameron teams up with NASA scientists to explore the mid-ocean ridge, a
submerged chain of mountains that band the earth and are home to some of the planet's most unique life
As always Mike Cameron (James's brother) is responsible for making and operating the ROV (Remote
The movie will premiere in the US on 14 January 2005.
More info on Walden Media site.
I wish Cameron would go and do what he knows best - making action movies like no one else can. Come
on, James, it's been over 7 years since Titanic. Give us what we want.
Online Interview with Cronenberg
Ryerson University in Canada features a
2-hours interview (lecture)
with David Cronenberg in front of students, which is part of the Kodak Lecture Series.
The interview was made on 7 November 2003. Interviewer: Canadian director Bruce McDonald. Here are the direct links:
56kbps - 160x120, 36MB
128kbps - 240x160, 99MB (Note: Actual interview starts after 11 min)
256kbps - 280x200, 125MB (Notes: Actual interview starts after 21 min; This file stops after 81 min)
(Thanks to Hans Heydebreck from The Operating Theatre)
Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)
DK's rating: 6/10
DK's rating: 7/10
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
DK's rating: 7.5/10
The Butterfly Effect (2004)
DK's rating: 7/10
House of Sand and Fog (2003)
DK's rating: 7/10
Bad Santa (2003)
DK's rating: 7.5/10