Sunday, April 11, 2021

LOCATING THE Real Magic Mike Competition Show Announced for HBO Max

Finding The Real Magic Mike competition show announced for HBO MaxHBO Max is diving into the Warner Bros. vault to expand its unscripted content as the streaming platform has ordered the new reality competition The Real Magic Mike to series, with film star Channing Tatum and director Steven Soderbergh attached to executive produce and is expected to debut later this year.RELATED: The Lost City of D: Channing Tatum & Sandra Bullock-led rom-com sets 2022 release“From box office hits to sold-out live shows, Magic Mike has proven to be a pop-culture juggernaut that continues to delight people across the globe,” Sarah Aubrey, Head of Original Content, HBO Max, said in a statement. “We’re excited to work with Channing, Steven and the team behind Magic Mike Live to continue this successful franchise that celebrates self-confidence and sexiness both inside and out.”The exhilarating and sexy series will transform a group of men into real-life Magic Mikes as 10 men who have ‘lost their magic’ will compete for the title. Like any competition show, participants will undergo a full-body evolution as they learn to perform spectacular routines and develop a new level of self-confidence through stripping. Many will think they have what it takes but only one man can be the Real Magic Mike. The winner will receive a cash prize and an opportunity to perform on the blockbuster Magic Mike Live stage in Las Vegas.Click here to watch the Channing Tatum-led film!“Magic Mike is one of Warner Bros.’ most iconic franchises,” Mike Darnell, President, Warner Bros. Unscripted Television, said in a statement “We couldn’t be more excited to be working with Channing, Steven and HBO Max on an all-new vision of this amazing and legendary brand. We’re looking forward to giving fans a front-row seat as we search the country for undiscovered talent.”Loosely based on Tatum’s early days as a stripper before making it in Hollywood, Magic Mike quickly became a box office hit in 2012 grossing over $167 million worldwide. After the release of Magic Mike XXL, Executive Producer Channing Tatum, along with founders Peter Kiernan, Reid Carolin, Steven Soderbergh, Greg Jacobs and Nick Wechsler partnered with producer Vincent Marini to introduce audiences to the groundbreaking entertainment experience MAGIC MIKE LIVE. The live show has expanded internationally since it’s Vegas launch and has played to sold-out audiences in London, Berlin and Australia. Tickets are currently on sale for the recently announced 2022 UK Arena Tour.RELATED: New to Stream: HBO Max’s April 2021 highlightsA nationwide casting search for The Real Magic Mike is currently underway. In addition to Tatum and Soderbergh, the series will be executive produced by Reid Carolin, Peter Kiernan, Gregory Jacobs, Nick Wechsler, Vincent Marini, Alycia Rossiter, Cassie Lambert Scalettar, Chris Culvenor, Paul Franklin, Wes Dening and David Tibballs alongside co-executive producer Kevin Boyer, with Eureka Productions and Warner Bros. Unscripted Television producing in association with Warner Horizon.
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    Justin Timberlake to Star in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Series

    Justin Timberlake to star in Apple’s Confessions of a Dangerous Mind seriesComing off the critical success of Fisher Stevens’ drama film Palmer, Justin Timberlake has found his next collaboration with Apple TV+ in the form of a brand new drama series based on Chuck Barris’ 1984 memoir Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. Deadline reports that Apple has successfully acquired the script at an auction and is planning to develop the project into an hour-long drama series.Timberlake has officially signed on to the role of Barris, who claimed that he was a CIA assassin moonlighting as a game show host. Should the project secure a series order, this would mark the Grammy and Emmy-winning actor’s first major scripted series after only making guest-starring appearances on Saturday Night Live.RELATED: The Mosquito Coast Trailer Starring Justin Theroux and Melissa GeorgeIn Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Chuck Barris revealed that becoming the host of The Gong Show and creator of The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game was only a cover for his real job as a CIA assassin, who was tasked to eliminate state enemies during the 1960s and the 1970s.Pick up a copy of the memoir here!The memoir was first adapted into film in 2002 also titled Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, which was George Clooney’s directorial debut (after taking over from Bryan Singer). Written by Charlie Kaufman, the film featured an all-star cast including Clooney, Julia Roberts, Drew Barrymore and Sam Rockwell as Barris (a role originally eyed by Michael Myers). The film scored some good notices from critics, but fell short at the box office with a worldwide take of $33.1 million on a $30 million budget.Click here to purchase a copy of the 2002 movie!RELATED: Apple Takes Greatest Beer Run Ever, Bill Murray in TalksThe series will be executive produced by David Hollander, who will also serve as the showrunner. The project will be written by Jon Worley with Miramax and Paramount Television Studios set as co-producers.(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

    LOCATING THE Real Magic Mike Competition Show Announced for HBO Max

    Finding The Real Magic Mike competition show announced for HBO MaxHBO Max is diving into the Warner Bros. vault to expand its unscripted content as the streaming platform has ordered the new reality competition The Real Magic Mike to series, with film star Channing Tatum and director Steven Soderbergh attached to executive produce and is expected to debut later this year.RELATED: The Lost City of D: Channing Tatum & Sandra Bullock-led rom-com sets 2022 release“From box office hits to sold-out live shows, Magic Mike has proven to be a pop-culture juggernaut that continues to delight people across the globe,” Sarah Aubrey, Head of Original Content, HBO Max, said in a statement. “We’re excited to work with Channing, Steven and the team behind Magic Mike Live to continue this successful franchise that celebrates self-confidence and sexiness both inside and out.”The exhilarating and sexy series will transform a group of men into real-life Magic Mikes as 10 men who have ‘lost their magic’ will compete for the title. Like any competition show, participants will undergo a full-body evolution as they learn to perform spectacular routines and develop a new level of self-confidence through stripping. Many will think they have what it takes but only one man can be the Real Magic Mike. The winner will receive a cash prize and an opportunity to perform on the blockbuster Magic Mike Live stage in Las Vegas.Click here to watch the Channing Tatum-led film!“Magic Mike is one of Warner Bros.’ most iconic franchises,” Mike Darnell, President, Warner Bros. Unscripted Television, said in a statement “We couldn’t be more excited to be working with Channing, Steven and HBO Max on an all-new vision of this amazing and legendary brand. We’re looking forward to giving fans a front-row seat as we search the country for undiscovered talent.”Loosely based on Tatum’s early days as a stripper before making it in Hollywood, Magic Mike quickly became a box office hit in 2012 grossing over $167 million worldwide. After the release of Magic Mike XXL, Executive Producer Channing Tatum, along with founders Peter Kiernan, Reid Carolin, Steven Soderbergh, Greg Jacobs and Nick Wechsler partnered with producer Vincent Marini to introduce audiences to the groundbreaking entertainment experience MAGIC MIKE LIVE. The live show has expanded internationally since it’s Vegas launch and has played to sold-out audiences in London, Berlin and Australia. Tickets are currently on sale for the recently announced 2022 UK Arena Tour.RELATED: New to Stream: HBO Max’s April 2021 highlightsA nationwide casting search for The Real Magic Mike is currently underway. In addition to Tatum and Soderbergh, the series will be executive produced by Reid Carolin, Peter Kiernan, Gregory Jacobs, Nick Wechsler, Vincent Marini, Alycia Rossiter, Cassie Lambert Scalettar, Chris Culvenor, Paul Franklin, Wes Dening and David Tibballs alongside co-executive producer Kevin Boyer, with Eureka Productions and Warner Bros. Unscripted Television producing in association with Warner Horizon.

    Eli Goree to Star in Westworld Creators’ Amazon Series The Peripheral

    Eli Goree to star in Westworld creators’ Amazon series The PeripheralComing off of the Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated historical drama, One Night in Miami star Eli Goree has found his next big project as one of the leading role in Amazon’s series adaptation of The Peripheral from Westworld creators Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan, according to Deadline.RELATED: Lisa Joy’s Hugh Jackman-Led Reminiscence Sets Release DateGoree is set to portray the role of Conner, who is Burton’s friend from the military. In the novel, Conner was described as a quadruple amputee confined to a motorized, road-capable wheelchair. This marks the 27-year-old Canadian actor’s first major TV project as the lead after playing recurring roles in TV shows such as The 100, Legends of Tomorrow, Ballers, and Riverdale.In addition to Goree, the cast for the series will be led by The Haunting of Bly Manor star T’Nia Miller, Charlotte Riley (A Christmas Carol), JJ Feild (Lost in Space), Adelind Horan (The Deuce) and Alex Hernandez (Bloodshot), with Miller, Riley, Feild, Horan, and Hernandez set to star as Cherise, Aelita, Lev, Billy Ann Baker, and Tommy Constantine, respectively.Based on author William Gibson’s bestselling sci-fi mystery thriller novel, The Peripheral will be an hour-long series that will center around siblings Flynne Fisher and Burton. Flynne is described as a woman trying to hold together the pieces of her broken family in a forgotten corner of tomorrow’s America. She is smart, ambitious, and doomed.  She has no future. Until the future comes calling for her.You can pick up a copy of the book here!In the story, Burton is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps’ elite Haptic Recon force, who takes a job working security in a video game/virtual world for a Colombian company called Milagros Coldiron. When Burton is called away on an assignment, Flynne takes his position and witnesses a gruesome murder, though she is uncertain whether the event is real or part of some twisted virtual game.The Peripheral is master storyteller William Gibson’s dazzling, hallucinatory glimpse into the fate of mankind — and what lies beyond. The series will be led by Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass) as Flynne Fisher and Jack Reynor (Midsommar) as Burton.RELATED: The Tomorrow War: Amazon Nabs Rights to Chris Pratt’s Action Sci-Fi PicThe series adaptation is written by Scott B. Smith, who will serve as an executive producer and showrunner. Westworld creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy will also be executive producing along with Steven Hoban and Kilter Films’ Athena Wickham. Vincenzo Natali is set to direct as well as executive produce.(Photo Credit: Andrew Chin/Getty Images)

    CS Score Interviews The Clone Wars Composer Kevin Kiner!

    CS Score interviews The Clone Wars composer Kevin Kiner!Hey there, film score lovers! You’re probably thinking, ‘What?! Two CS Scores in less than a week?’ Well, that’s because we’ve got a couple of awesome pieces for you to check out, including and awesome interview with The Clone Wars and The Bad Batch composer Kevin Kiner, who received an Emmy nomination for his work on the final episode of Clone Wars, titled “Victory and Death.”We also speak with Anne Nikitin about her work on Netflix’s Fate: The Winx Saga, in which she discusses the challenges of crafting a modern day fantasy score.Let’s do this thing!NEWSVarèse Sarabande Records will be releasing seven amazing soundtrack LPs on Record Store Day 2021’s newly announced release dates:The Matrix will be released as a deluxe 3-LP set, Village of the Damned will be released as a deluxe-edition double LP, The Iron Giant and The Goonies will get the picture disc treatment, and Shrek, Ghosts of Mars, and Aliens will be released as limited-edition color LPs. This annual celebration will be held through a series of Record Store Day drops, which will occur on June 12th and July 17th.These seven Varèse Sarabande Records titles will be available on the dates listed below at thousands of independent record stores. For a list of participating stores and more information about these special LPs, visit RecordStoreDay.com.*JUNE 12th: The Matrix, The Goonies, Village of the Damned, Shrek*JULY 17th: The Iron Giant, Ghosts of Mars, AliensTHE MATRIX: The Complete Edition – Don Davis (3-LP Set) – *RELEASE DATE: JUNE 12th*The science-fiction masterpiece has captured the imagination of another generation with news of a new Matrix film in production. This deluxe 3-LP set is pressed on Glitter-Infused Green vinyl, expanded to 44 tracks, and housed in a stunning new art design. Also included are classic film stills and an exclusive new interview with composer Don Davis.*Music download not available until June 12thTHE GOONIES – David Grusin (Picture Disc) – *RELEASE DATE: JUNE 12TH*In celebration of the 35th anniversary of The Goonies, the beloved soundtrack by Dave Grusin will be released on an LP picture disc for the first time ever! The special release features the album cover on side A and the infamous One-Eyed Willie on side B. The track listing to this abbreviated single-disc version of the original score was personally selected and assembled by Grusin himself.VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED: The Deluxe Edition – John Carpenter & Dave Davies (2-LP Set) – *RELEASE DATE: JUNE 12TH*The Deluxe Edition for Village of the Damned presents the full score as heard in the film for the first time, a far more complete presentation than the 1995 Original Soundtrack which was not only truncated but made of an entirely separate mix that wasn’t featured in the film. The set does, however, include the track “Midwich Shuffle,” a fun number which was created specifically for the 1995 soundtrack, despite never actually appearing in the film. Interest in John Carpenter’s original film scores has never been higher, and his collaboration with Dave Davies of the Kinks is a one-of-a-kind moment in cinematic music history. The album includes all-new original art direction with new notes and classic film stills and comes pressed on Orange Haze vinyl.SHREK – Harry Gregson-Williams & John Powell (Limited-Edition Color LP) – *RELEASE DATE: JUNE 12TH*Shrek is the second most successful animated franchise in history and celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2021. Harry Gregson-Williams and John Powell are two of the most prominent composers working on animated features today, and they joined forces to create a score that is still as fun and memorable as it was when it was first released. The LP will be released on Neon Green vinyl, making it a standout addition to any record lover’s collection.THE IRON GIANT – Michael Kamen (Picture Disc) – *RELEASE DATE: JULY 17TH*This first-ever picture disc of this heartwarming 1999 animated film celebrates The Robot, his best friend, Hogarth, and a cast of characters. The music is by Academy Award®-nominated composer Michael Kamen (Lethal Weapon, Die Hard), who was well-known for his work with Eric Clapton, Metallica and Pink Floyd, in addition to his brilliant theatrical scores.GHOSTS OF MARS – John Carpenter (Limited-Edition Color LP) – *RELEASE DATE: JULY 17TH*In celebration of Ghosts of Mars’ 20th anniversary, the epic soundtrack will be released on “Red Planet” vinyl. John Carpenter recruited an unbelievable cast of musicians to record the soundtrack to this sci-fi horror film, starring Ice Cube and Natasha Henstridge. Among the featured players are GRAMMY®-winning musician Steve Vai, most of the heavy metal band Anthrax (including Scott Ian), Elliot Eason of the rock band The Cars, Buckethead of Guns N’ Roses, and Robin Finck of Nine Inch Nails and Guns N’ Roses. This soundtrack is apocalyptic and an important mark in John Carpenter’s unparalleled career as a director and composer.ALIENS: 35th Anniversary Edition – James Horner (Limited-Edition Color LP) – *RELEASE DATE: JULY 17TH*Aliens is regarded as one of the greatest science fiction franchises of all-time. In honor of its 35th anniversary, the long out-of-print original soundtrack gets a fresh reboot on Acid-Blood Yellow-Green vinyl.  The soundtrack is scored by the great Academy Award®-winning composer James Horner (Titanic, Avatar, Beautiful Mind). The LP features the original Sigourney Weaver key art and original film stills.New Intrada Release COMPANY BUSINESS Expanded 2-CD reissue of gritty Michael Kamen action score! https://t.co/IDvyrvpyXT— Intrada (@IntradaCDs) April 5, 2021Back in stock STAR TREK V: THE FINAL FRONTIER (2CD). https://t.co/YFQ8wlDAdz— Intrada (@IntradaCDs) April 5, 2021Our expanded/remastered #MissionImpossible 2-CD #Soundtrack by #DannyElfman is back in stock! Get it NOW at https://t.co/M4LZNDtqCp for 25% OFF as part of our site-wide 25% OFF YOUR ENTIRE PURCHASE spring sale. Runs thru 4/20. #TomCruise #90s pic.twitter.com/W6RYRVtERx— La-La Land Records (@LaLaLandRecords) April 6, 2021The #JohnWilliams Disaster Movie #Soundtrack Collection (4-CD SET) is back in stock! Get it NOW at https://t.co/M4LZNDtqCp for 25% OFF as part of our site-wide 25% OFF YOUR ENTIRE PURCHASE spring sale. Runs thru 4/20. pic.twitter.com/TDMHqHYamX— La-La Land Records (@LaLaLandRecords) April 6, 2021It’s official! #Ghostbusters 2 film score releasing this summer!: https://t.co/JIxBHKQxyA pic.twitter.com/9IhcLE2KqG— Ghostbusters News (@GBNewsdotcom) April 6, 2021Kevin Kiner InterviewThe Clone WarsKevin Kiner recently received an Annie Award-nomination and a Daytime Emmy nomination for his score for the series finale of Star Wars: The Clone Wars titled “Victory and Death.”It may sound surprising, but Kiner has written more music for Star Wars than any other composer ––The Clone Wars – 7 Seasons, 133 episodes, plus an animated featureRebels – 4 Seasons, 75 episodesThe Bad Batch – 1 Season (so far)Kiner has previously been nominated for the Primetime Emmys, Daytime Emmys, and Annie Awards for his work on The Clone Wars and Rebels.Since 2008, Kiner’s music has transported audiences to “a galaxy far, far away” and brought emotional resonance to the intergalactic adventures of Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and fan favorite Ahsoka Tano.RELATED: New Star Wars: The Bad Batch Trailer for Disney+ Animated SeriesFor The Clone Wars – The Final Season, Kiner took a huge departure from the typical orchestral music Star Wars is known for, using almost exclusively synths to score some of the season’s most emotional moments – a delicate balance between connecting his music to the previous seasons while also pushing boundaries and paving the way for new sounds and new styles – expanding how we define the music of Star Wars.Kiner has also worked on CSI: Miami, Narcos: Mexico, Titans, Doom Patrol, and the Stuart Little TV series, among other projects.CS: You’re nominated for an Annie Award for the final episode of The Clone Wars. What’s it like to receive such an honor for your work?It’s just spectacular! And I wish we didn’t have to have a winners and losers. Part of my speech is always going to be — I haven’t won, or anything — but it was always going to be, ‘If you were in this category with me, you’re a really good composer, because composing for animation is the most difficult job I’ve ever had in my life. And I’ve written a lot of live action. For animation, you have to be a good composer to pull it off.CS: What makes animation so difficult?Kiner: It changes a little more often. Now, that’s starting to be less and less, especially with Bad Batch and especially the last season of Clone Wars, where much of the music was very similar to a feature film in terms of it just kind of grew; and didn’t have to change with every motion of every character and didn’t have to be quite as tight. I would take the extreme of animation, which would be the Looney Tunes kind of thing or things I did when I did the Harold and the Purple Crayon or Stuart Little — well, that’s just hard as heck because every 10 seconds or every five seconds, you’re going a different direction. You have to write a whole new tune, you know? So, a lot more work. You’re writing a lot more ideas; you have to come up with a lot more ideas.ComingSoon.net: How did you land such an amazing gig with the Clone Wars?Kevin Kiner: It was an audition process for and I’m still not sure you know why I was one of the five guys or four guys who audition for it. I think that George liked the music to CSI: Miami. I know he was trying to push the envelope. And we did very cutting-edge electronic music for CSI: Miami in those days, so, possibly, that’s why. But then I got the gig after the audition. And then I got to meet George Lucas. I didn’t meet him beforehand. I had met Dave Filoni and he kind of gave me the marching orders or the sketch of what they were looking for, for the audition piece. But then after I got the gig, I met George Lucas. And, you know, that was obviously a dream, because I had grown up watching Star Wars and I was a huge fan of John Williams and his music as well.CS: Did you see The Clone Wars as something that would have such a huge impact on pop culture?Kiner: I knew it was gonna be really good. And, I mean, you can never foresee how long of a run something’s gonna have. I think that I didn’t foresee. If you’d asked me back then I would have said, ‘Probably, it’ll go for four years,’ something like that. So, I definitely didn’t foresee the longevity. But who could foresee what Disney has done with the Star Wars property as well? I think it’s pretty clear that they know what they’re doing. So, nobody would have seen that. And you look at the success of things like The Mandalorian, as well as The Clone Wars and a lot of that — even though Disney wasn’t initially involved in Clone Wars, but they were involved in season seven and bringing it back for the fans. I mean, that’s really listening to your fans. You got to give them props for that. A lot of people get down on large corporations or big companies like that, and sometimes it’s rightfully so. But I think Disney’s really listened to the fans and brought Clone Wars back to be finished.CS: What prompted the change in music over the final season of The Clone Wars?Kiner: Well, the world had changed, the zeitgeist had changed. We had things like Game of Thrones and Westworld and I started working on Titans and Doom Patrol, and that got me all into the electronic thing. I started working with my sons. And they were really into electronic music as well. Also, it was an evolution. I’m sure if you go from the first year or season of Clone Wars music and then you go to the very last episode, there’s a drastic change. But if you go through Clone Wars, and then go through Rebels and then back to Clone Wars, there’s less of a drastic change. Yes, it continues to grow and continues to be different. But, you know, the change isn’t as drastic if you go along the timeline.And the other answer to that question is that Filoni has a big impact. And he was really getting into electronic scores and what was happening in the world and the zeitgeist, like I said, of our day, and of cinema and music for cinema.CS: One of the big moments for season seven is the final scene with Ahsoka discarding her lightsaber, which is then found much later by Darth Vader. What led you to score the scene in the manner that you did?Kiner: Dave Filoni was at the forefront of choosing that kind of sound and telling us that he wanted it scored that way. That said, I thought at the time, it was a huge risk. Because, you know, Star Wars music had not gone that far outside of the orchestra realm before. My sons co-write a lot of these with me, and one of them said the other day that when they saw The Mandalorian they were really relieved, because it was like, yeah, you can do different things in Star Wars. And it’s okay. And we just finished [season seven] when Mandalorian came out and there was a little apprehension of whether going that electronic in Star Wars, whether it was okay or not to do that. Now, again, we were pretty strategic and that music at the end is still very large in scope. It’s extremely dramatic. That’s a hallmark — those two things I just said, the large nested scope and the drama and the seriousness of it — those are hallmarks of Star Wars music in general. So, we did go electronic, but we stay within a lot of the milieu of Star Wars music and the feel and the cinematic scope, even though it was electronic. Dave was really into that. So, it’s really cool to work with somebody that closely who’s really into stretching things.CS: Have you ever been approached to score a Star Wars film?Kiner: So, the answer is no, I have not been approached to do any of that. I hear rumblings every once in a while, but that’s probably more fans than anything. Of course, I would love to score a feature film. I would also love to do exactly what I do. And, you know, I’m writing for The Bad Batch currently, and to have written all of The Clone Wars and Rebels … it’s an extreme honor and it’s also been a lot of fun. You know, these days — someone just asked me which television shows that I watch and my favorite movies, and I had to go back to Grand Budapest Cafe to find a favorite movie. I just really like TV shows these days. I mean, I mentioned Game of Thrones and the first season of Westworld. There’s a show called Devs, Mr. Robot — all these great shows that I personally watch. And I’m not feeling that from feature films as much these days. I think Clone Wars stands up there with anything and it’s a great, great privilege to be part of that.Anne Nikitin InterviewAnne Nikitin is an Ivor Novello and Emmy-nominated composer who has worked on projects such as Bart Layton’s critically acclaimed heist movie American Animals and BAFTA-winning film The Imposter, Sky Atlantic’s Little Birds, the BBC/Amazon Prime series The Pale Horse, and Stardust, starring Johnny Flynn with whom she co-composed part of the score.Fate: The Winx Saga is a six-episode coming-of-age series which follows the story of five unlikely friends attending Alfea, a magical boarding school in the Otherworld where they must learn to master their magical powers while navigating love, rivalries and the monsters that threaten their very existence.The live-action series stars Abigail Cowen (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) as Bloom, Hannah van der Westhuysen as Stella, Precious Mustapha as Aisha, Eliot Salt (Normal People) as Terra, Elisha Applebaum as Musa, and Sadie Soverall as Beatrix.Fate: The Winx Saga is executive produced by Brian Young (The Vampire Diaries, Kyle XY), Iginio Straffi, and Archery Pictures’ Judy Counihan and Kris Thykier.Season one of the series is currently streaming on Netflix.ComingSoon.net: What drew you to Fate: The Winx Saga?Anne Nikitin: So, basically, I was introduced to the creator, Brian Young, by the music supervisor, who I worked with before on another project. And Brian and I clicked, we hit it off really well. I wrote some music for him, which he really liked. And that was it. And I was really excited to hear about this project because I love dark, magical fantasy. And I thought I could have a lot of fun with the score on this one.CS: What were some of the challenges presented by the series, because here’s a lot of emotional teenage drama to go with the magical elements?Nikitin: Well, basically, we decided early on that we didn’t want a huge orchestral score, we wanted it to be quite intimate, but also to have a lot of power when we needed. We needed that for some of the magical scenes and some of the chase scenes. We also wanted to have a lot of emotional tenderness and tension as well. And a feeling of magic, of course, and a feeling of being an otherworldly place. And yet also something that typical teenagers and young adults can relate to, in our world. So, I tried to fuse classical strings and harp for the magical effects; and for the more emotional effects, use more urban, contemporary edgy beats.CS: One of my favorite cues is in episode six when Bloom finally unleashes her powers. The music is very powerful, but also filled with, as you said, urban beats. Is that an early sequence you started on, or did you begin writing on a different scene?Nikitin: I didn’t see the transformation for a long time. And that was a scene where they were toying with commercial music and score music. And I ended up being a combination of the two. But a lot of my early sketches for the show had already combined elements of strings and the harp with the synth sound, because — from what I was told — it was gonna have to be a modern contemporary feel. And I also wanted to make sure that my music complimented a lot of commercial tracks that they use. They wanted to use very, very contemporary commercial tracks, and I didn’t want my music to stick out as something that didn’t quite fit into that world. So, I had to make sure that it sort of matched in that way.CS: What is the process of scoring for a TV series? And when do you stop tinkering with the score?Nikitin: Well, a solid deadline will help you stop tinkering [laughs]. Luckily, on the show, I was brought on board very early in the process. It was really nice because I did have time to tinker. Sometimes you really got to bust them out to meet the deadlines and it’s hit or miss with whether you can become proud of the music you’ve written when it’s such a rush rush job. But with this one, we had time to experiment. And I worked very closely with Brian, the creator, to make sure that we were on the same page with the music and how the score should sound. Luckily, we were, but it did take some trial and error to get there, especially on episode one. And then of course, Netflix also wanted to hear the score I’d written episode one, and had some notes as well. Everybody has to be happy. It’s not just me, it has to complement the vision of the Creator as well.CS: How much freedom do you have on each TV show?Nikitin: It changes from show to show. On this show, I felt like I had a lot of freedom. And it was so fun, because I felt that Brian had entrusted me with his baby, to create something for him. And he really liked what I did. And a lot of the guide music that they had in there wasn’t working for the show, which was good for me because it meant that I could come in with a fresh approach and a clean slate; and really just try and create a world that felt like me, but that could please, Brian, as well.RELATED: Fate: The Winx Saga Trailer Preview Netflix’s Newest Teen Fantasy SeriesCS: What was your favorite aspect of this score that you’re excited for audiences to hear?Nikitin: I really love all the sort of magical elements. When the main character is trying to learn her magic — or trying to control her magic, I should say — I really loved writing for those moments. They were quite magical. They could be powerful. They were tender and sensitive at times. And I really enjoyed working those things.CS: Were there any concepts or ideas that you had in season one that that you’re planning to expand upon for season two?Nikitin: I wouldn’t normally shelve anything for next season, because I’m so concentrated on getting season one out of the door. But there are a few tracks where Brian really loved them but they just weren’t fitting here, and he would say, ‘Let’s put them in the bank for season two.’ We really think we’re going to find a place for them there. So that was quite an easel actually. But, you know, it didn’t happen very often. But I’ve got a couple of little things that I might try and pull out.CS: Can you tell us a little bit about your career? What got you into the music industry and onto this career path?Nikitin: Yeah, sure. So, I’ve always loved music, and I’ve always wanted to write music since I can remember. I started off as a classical composer, and I should say, contemporary music. And then I realized that my passion was with film music, because I’ve always loved books. I’ve got a degree in English, and I really wanted to marry music with storytelling. And I thought film music was the right way to do it, and to sort of express myself as a musician. And I studied film music, and then just really waited patiently until I was able to earn my first job. It took a while. It took a lot of hard work; lots of long nights writing short films, scoring short films and getting to know people in the industry. But it’s really happened.CS: How do you think you’ve evolved as composer since the first job that you’ve had?Nikitin: I think my very first job, I knew nothing really about the process. And I was very shy. And I felt privileged to be writing music for somebody who was actually going to pay me to do it, and it was going to be on film and television. And, of course, I still feel privileged to be doing this for a living. I think I’m in a very, very lucky position. But I feel a lot more confident now. Back then I would be worried about speaking out with the director and telling them what I thought. I would always be the sort of ‘yes’ person. And of course, I’m still the ‘yes’ person — you still have to be flexible like that. But I’m definitely more confident in giving my opinion and discussing the project as more of a collaboration. But I think that comes with any sort of profession, as you grow into it you become more confident.

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine Final Season Begins Production

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine final season begins productionMelissa Fumero took to Instagram to share a new behind-the-scenes photo from the set of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, confirming that production on the upcoming eighth and final season of the hit NBC sitcom has finally begun. Unlike previous seasons, the final season will only be airing ten episodes which are scheduled to premiere sometime this year. Featuring Fumero, Terry Crews and Andre Braugher, you can check out the full set photo below!In response to the unlawful death of George Floyd, the eighth season has redeveloped a few times with the original plan for the season scrapped and reworked in order for the police workplace comedy to address police brutality. In addition, showrunner Dan Goor previously confirmed that the final season will also get to cover the ongoing pandemic. This isn’t the first time that the sitcom didn’t shy away from including serious issues in its episodes as they previously tackled racial profiling, homophobia, discrimination and workplace harassment.RELATED:Allison Janney-Led Sitcom Mom Officially Ending With Season 8In Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Detective Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg), a talented and carefree cop with the best arrest record, has never had to follow the rules too closely or work very hard. That changes when Ray Holt, a man with a lot to prove, becomes the new commanding officer of Brooklyn’s 99th precinct. As Holt reminds Peralta to respect the badge, an extremely competitive colleague — Detective Amy Santiago — starts to close in on the hotshot cop’s arrest record. Other members of the precinct include Sgt. Terry Jeffords, a devoted family man, Detective Charles Boyle, a hard worker who idolizes Jake, and Rosa Diaz, a sexy-yet-intimidating detective. Civilian office manager Gina Linetti is tasked with cleaning up everyone’s mess, while somehow getting involved in everyone’s business.The Golden Globe-winning series stars Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Stephanie Beatriz, Joe Lo Truglio, Chelsea Peretti, Dirk Blocker, and Joel McKinnon Miller. It was created, written, and executive produced by Dan Goor (Parks and Recreation) and Michael Schur (The Good Place), and produced by Universal Television, 3 Arts Entertainment, Fremulon, and Dr. Goor Productions. Goor, Schur, David Miner, and Luke Del Tredici serve as executive producers.RELATED: Ryan Murphy’s FX Drama Pose Ending with Season 3Brooklyn Nine-Nine originally aired on Fox for its first five seasons before being cancelled by the network, only to be swiftly picked up by NBC, Andy Samberg’s previous home during his time on Saturday Night Live, where it thrived in viewership and acclaim, with its most recent season reaching 24 million viewers and averaging 9.5 million in total audience measurement and was NBC’s No. 2-rated program digitally and garnered 74 million official YouTube video views, a 66 percent increase from the previous season’s 44.7 million.

    The Falcon and THE WINTERTIME Soldier Ep. 4: Clues, Takeaways & Predictions

    The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Ep. 4: Clues, Takeaways & PredictionsAfter delivering an exciting cliffhanger for fans last week with the return of Dora Milaje member Ayo, Disney+’s latest Marvel Cinematic Universe series The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is back with its fourth episode and the stakes are getting higher for the titular duo as the clock is ticking for them to bring Karli and the Flag Smashers down.RELATED: The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Ep. 3: Clues, Takeaways & PredictionsClues: Bucky’s Deprogramming, Flag Smasher’s New Plans and Sam & Karli are BondingOn the heels of seeing Ayo appear in the last episode, this week opens with a flashback to Bucky’s time in Wakanda shortly before the events of Infinity War, in which he and Ayo are seen to be working together to assist in his deprogramming, reciting the code words to see if they activate The Winter Soldier but it fails, with a tearful Bucky grateful. In the present, he explains his actions to the Dora Milaje soldier, who agrees to give the White Wolf eight hours to use Zemo to find Karli before they come for him.In the meantime, we see Karli and the Flag Smashers camped out in an isolated area of a forest listening to the news that the Global Repatriation Council is drafting new legislation to reinstate border regulations in response to her attack on the Lithuanian storage depot that killed numerous people.Sam, Bucky and Zemo head to the refugee camp in Latvia in search of information about Donya Modani and Karli’s connection to her, though are mostly turned away by those in the area, except for Zemo, who is able to bribe the children with candy to learn of the location of Donya’s funeral. In an attempt to keep leverage over Sam and Bucky, he refuses to tell them its location but instead lead them there, with Sam reaching out to Sharon to ask for help. She offers to utilize satellites she has access to, though warns that the Power Broker is very irate that Dr. Wilfred Nagel is dead and they need to bring in Karli and the super serum in fast.Before heading to the funeral and delivering her eulogy for Mama Donya, Karli acquires the remaining vials of the super soldier serum from its hiding place, a secret compartment part of the tomb for the grandfather of one of the Flag Smashers.As they head to meet the child who will lead them to the memorial, Sam, Bucky and Zemo are interrupted by Walker and Hoskins, the latter of who wants to go in fast and catch Karli off guard and arrest her, though Sam argues that with his past as a counselor for veterans, he should go in alone and talk to her about revising her approach to her cause. While Walker gives pushback, Hoskins agrees and they head to the area, with all but Sam hanging back and watching over a handcuffed Zemo.While chatting about her methods and Sam slowly breaking through to Karli, an impatient Walker interrupts and attempts to arrest her, leading to a pursuit in which Zemo seemingly escapes as well, though he’s caught up to Karli and shoots and wounds her and destroys nearly all the super soldier serum until he is knocked out by Walker, who finds the last vial intact and pockets it.Frustrated at Sam’s betrayal of her trust, Karli devises a plan to separate him and Bucky and kill the new Captain America in retaliation for the destruction of the vials.Back at Zemo’s hideout, where he toys with Sam’s mind over whether he’d take the serum and the need to eliminate the existence of all super soldiers, Walker and Hoskins storm in and order the titular duo turn Zemo over to their custody. Before Sam and Walker can throw fists, they are interrupted by the Dora Milaje and Walker’s personality pushes him and Hoskins to fight the group, requiring Sam and Bucky to step in and help before they can be killed. However, Zemo escapes (properly) in the commotion, Bucky is disarmed (literally) by Ayo and Walker is left distraught he was beaten by a group without super soldier serum in them.Seemingly swayed by her talk with Sam, Karli reaches out to his sister Sarah to set up a meeting between them, though threatens her and her kids should Sam not adhere to her instructions. Arriving at Karli’s meeting, she downplays the threat as simply wanting to ensure he knew she was serious and asks he join her in her cause, but before he can decide, he receives a call from Sharon noting Walker’s location as walking into a trap, with Bucky and Sam taking off to save him and Hoskins.Meanwhile, Walker and Hoskins make their way through an abandoned building and are separated, with Hoskins being captured and tied up and a distressed Walker making an off-camera decision to take the serum. As Sam and Bucky arrive, they find Walker successfully fighting back against Dovich, clearly now powered-up, and attempt to aid him in his fight against the Flag Smashers to save Hoskins. However, he arrives mid-fight to save Walker from a knife attack by Karli and is subsequently killed when she delivers a devastating punch to his chest that sends him into a nearby pillar.Realizing what she’s done, Karli and the Flag Smashers flee the scene, though a vengeance-fueled Walker chases after the Flag Smasher whose grandfather’s grave was used to hide the remaining serum. Cornering him at a nearby statue, Walker beats the Smasher to death with his shield in front of a horrified crowd, looking out at them with a now bloody shield as the episode ends.Takeaways: Walker is a Super-Powered Killer, Zemo’s in the Wind and The Power Broker’s PissedWell what an ending, eh? From the moment the character was confirmed to be in the series and introduced in the final moments of the pilot, fans have been waiting with bated breath for when the ball would drop and Walker would show his darker side and the time is finally here as we not only got an insight into his crumbling mental psyche and impatient approach to conducting his mission, but the extremes he’s willing to go to, including taking the super soldier serum without a second thought and murdering a Flag Smasher for revenge. Given the rampage the titular duo incurred while visiting Madripoor in the last episode, it’s no surprise the Power Broker is a little upset, but this week seemingly confirmed that the person Sharon was talking to as she drove away from Sam and Bucky was the leader of the island, leaving one to continue to wonder how loyal she’ll be to him if he decides to turn on Sam and Bucky. Much like Walker’s heel turn, audiences have been on the edge of their seats waiting for Zemo to reveal some grand evil plan or to bail on Sam and Bucky and after a few fake-outs in this and last week’s episodes, the villain is now officially in the wind and his motives and future are very unclear. One lighter note found in this week’s episode could be seen in the light bond built between Sam and Karli as he attempted to reason with her on multiple occasions to change her course instead of strictly attempting to arrest or fight her, which could hold weight for the two’s interactions in the final two episodes.RELATED: CS Interview: The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Star Erin KellymanPredictions: Civil War Fight Recreation, Sam Will Break Through to Karli and Walker’s Going to JailGiven how many times Bucky has floated the idea to Sam and Walker’s latest dark action with the item, all signs are pointing to the titular heroes having to come to blows with the new Captain America in order to take the iconic vibranium shield from him for one of them to take up the mantle. But with Walker now becoming super-powered, we could very well see a recreation of the emotional fight from the finale of Civil War, only with Falcon and Winter Soldier facing off against Cap instead of Cap and Winter Soldier versus Iron Man.There is seven years, 14 films and a television series between Sam’s introduction in The Winter Soldier which makes it very understandable that some viewers may have forgotten that, prior to his time as an Avenger, he was a counselor for soldiers with PTSD at the VA and therefore is versed enough in conversational tactics to break through to someone such as Karli and bring her to the brighter side of things. With his own displacement from The Blip and struggles at home, he can build that proper emotional connection to her and her cause and if this episode’s initial meeting between the two pointed to anything, it’s that Sam knows she’s just as scared as she is committed and neither wants her dead or arrested, just on a more morally-clear path, and with Walker, the Power Broker and Zemo all a part of the story, there’s plenty of other villains to shift Sam and Bucky’s focus to in order to allow Karli a shot at redemption.A big point that Civil War introduced into the larger MCU that has carried over into Ant-Man and The Wasp and this show in particular is that not even heroes are exempt from the law, especially if their actions don’t result in a successful mission, and with Walker straight up murdering the Flag Smasher at the end of this episode for multiple cameras to see, there’s no way he doesn’t go to prison at the end of all this. Even if the big fight between the titular duo and Walker does happen as predicted, they won’t go so far as to kill him and the mildly-shady GRC will not likely support him if he’s defeated by the two, which will leave the US government no other choice but to lock him up for his horrific actions.It’s kind of hard, for the time being, to predict how things will go for Zemo in the remaining episodes of the series given that Marvel is very much a fan of leaving villain threads open for future projects, case in point Loki’s disappearance in Avengers: Endgame leading into the forthcoming Disney+ series. While both father and son Zemo’s in the comics have ties to various supervillain groups, the problem is none of the members of these groups have been introduced in the MCU as of yet and Helmut’s general motivation for his turn to villainy is different enough from the comics that it’s hard to try and determine where he would go next. Maybe back to Madripoor to overthrow the Power Broker….

    New Hawkeye Set Photos Feature Closer Look at Alaqua Cox’s Echo

    New Hawkeye set photos feature closer look at Alaqua Cox’s EchoA new batch of behind-the-scenes photos from the Atlanta set of Disney+’s Hawkeye have surfaced online (via Just Jared) as production continues for the highly-anticipated MCU series. The photos provided us with our first look at MCU newcomer Alaqua Cox’s portrayal of Maya Lopez -a.k.a Echo- as she rocks a leather biker jacket while riding a motorcycle. Check out the full photos below!See the first photos of Alaqua Cox as Echo on the set of #Hawkeye! https://t.co/tJcOyClqdx— JustJared.com (@JustJared) April 8, 2021Even though the character hasn’t made her debut yet, Marvel Studios is already planning an Echo spinoff series which is reportedly in the early stages of development, with Etan and Emily Cohen attached to write the potential series. In the comics Echo is a deaf Native American character who is capable of perfectly duplicating any physical movement or action she sees thanks to her photographic reflexes and is an expert in various forms of martial arts, among other abilities.RELATED: Disney+’s She-Hulk Adds Hamilton Star Renée Elise GoldsberryHawkeye will follow Jeremy Renner as he reprise his role as Clint Barton, with the story also set to introduce his fan-favorite protégé Kate Bishop, who is officially being portrayed by Hailee Steinfeld. Due to previously released set photos, it has been seemingly confirmed that the MCU series will be set two years after Avengers: Endgame in 2025. It has also been heavily speculated that the upcoming series would finally be adapting one of Hawkeye’s prominent storylines from the comics, where Clint loses his hearing.Joining them are recently confirmed Vera Farmiga, Fra Fee (Animals), and newcomer Alaqua Cox. It will also reportedly feature Black Widow‘s Florence Pugh, Tony Dalton (Better Call Saul) and Zahn McClarnon (Doctor Sleep).The limited series is directed by Amber Finlayson and Katie Ellwood, aka Bert and Bertie, who are best known for their work on Troop Zero, and Rhys Thomas (Staten Island Summer). Hawkeye is expected to debut in Fall 2021 on Disney+.RELATED: CS Interview: The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Star Erin KellymanIn the comics, Bishop becomes Hawkeye after Clint Barton, and is also a member of the Young Avengers. Disney has not yet confirmed if they have plans to give Bishop her own spinoff show or have her appear in the MCU down the road, but it is certainly a possibility.The project’s working title “Anchor Point” is actually serving as a homage to the first volume of Kelly Thompson’s fan-favorite comic book series that was published in 2017. Titled as Vol.1: Anchor Points, it was Kate Bishop’s first solo comic series after appearing in the Young Avengers issues. However, it’s still unknown if the said comics’ storyline would connect to the series’ plot or not.

    Disney+’s She-Hulk Adds Hamilton Star Renée Elise Goldsberry

    Disney+’s She-Hulk adds Hamilton star Renée Elise GoldsberryAs Marvel Studios continues to prepare for the impending production start of She-Hulk, Deadline brings word that Hamilton star Renée Elise Goldsberry has been tapped to star opposite Emmy winner Tatiana Maslany in Disney+’s highly-anticipated MCU series. Specific details about her character are still being kept under wraps, but she is set to portray the role of Amelia. The Tony-winning actress will also next be seen in Peacock’s upcoming sitcom Girls5eva, which hails from the 30 Rock creators.In the comics, Amelia Voght and Amelia Hopkins were the only notable Marvel characters that have a connection with the Jade Giant. Voght is known as a mutant and a S.W.O.R.D. agent who had a few run-ins with She-Hulk. Meanwhile, Hopkins was a character that only appeared in the solo She-Hulk comics. However, it’s still possible that neither of said characters will appear in the MCU series as Goldsbery’s Amelia might be a code name for a secret Marvel character, or might also be an entirely new character created just for the series.RELATED: New Loki Trailer: The God of Mischief Breaks Reality in New MCU SeriesThe She-Hulk series was officially announced by Marvel’s chief creative officer Kevin Feige last year along with two other MCU shows Ms. Marvel and Moon Knight. This marks the iconic superheroes’ live-action debut who are also expected to be featured in future MCU films.Led by Emmy and Golden Globe winner Tatiana Maslany who will take on the titular role as Jennifer Walters, the project is being described as a legal comedy that will consist of ten half-hour long episodes. Joining Maslany is MCU star Mark Ruffalo as he returns as Bruce Banner/The Hulk. Tim Roth has also joined the series, who will be reprising his role as Abomination from the Edward Norton-led The Incredible Hulk.RELATED: Moon Knight Video Previews Oscar Isaac Training For the MCU SeriesThe series is being developed and written by Jessica Gao, who is the Emmy-winning scribe behind Rick and Morty‘s acclaimed Season 3 episode “Pickle Rick.” Kat Cairo (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Dead to Me) and Anu Valia have also signed to direct and executive produce.She-Hulk debuted in Marvel Comics’ “Savage She-Hulk” #1 in 1980, created by writer Stan Lee and artist John Buscema. Her alter ego is Jennifer Walters, the cousin of Bruce Banner/Hulk, who after being shot is provided a blood transfusion from Bruce that turns her into a similar creature.(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

    The Falcon and THE WINTERTIME Soldier Releases Zemo Dancing Extended Cut

    The Falcon and The Winter Soldier release Zemo dancing extended cutAfter the quick frames of Zemo dancing from last week’s The Falcon and The Winter Solider went viral, Marvel Studios has released an extended cut of the scene. Who would have thought that the very man who only wanted to tear the Avengers apart would also want to let loose on the dancefloor?RELATED: CS Interview: The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Head Writer Malcolm SpellmanAfter a Twitter account called @ZemoDancingTo took the quick fist-pumping frames and set it to so many different songs, it was only a matter of time before we got more of the showstopping Baron of the dancefloor scene.pic.twitter.com/BlIwrUhGcQ— The Falcon and The Winter Soldier (@falconandwinter) April 8, 2021Yes, Daniel Brühl’s brilliant turn as enemy turned asset Zemo is even more popular than Good Value Captain America John Walker. Only one has been confirmed to have killed lots of people including Black Panther’s father. Even Bucky seems to have put aside that he was framed for that whole Captain America: Civil War mess. The previous episode played up Zemo’s aristocratic high-life demeanor while hinting here and there that he’s not to be trusted. But how quickly we forgot when he got his dancing shoes on in Madripoor.About the showstopping scene Brühl told Entertainment Weekly:“It’s so hysterical. [That moment] was improvised when I saw the crowd dancing, going loco. I felt the beat and was like, Zemo has been sitting in a dodgy German prison cell for years. So, he needs to let off some steam and show his moves. Let’s go for it! I enjoyed so much the reaction of Anthony and Sebastian looking at me. Still, I was 100 percent sure that they would cut it out. I was really surprised and happy that they kept it. It was a long dance. There’s more to it, but they cut this little moment. I didn’t know what was happening, but I then received all these messages from my friends cracking up. My friends who know me well know I’m an embarrassing, passionate dancer on the floor but it would be different moves. It would be the Spanish side of me kicking in and doing some matador, flamenco moves, going down on my knees. Highly embarrassing for my friends.”RELATED: CS Interview: The Falcon and The Winter Soldier star Erin KellymanWatch Zemo dancing for an HOUR in the player below![embedded content]

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