Fifteen years ago composers were compartmentalized into video game composers, film composers, television composers and commercial composers, but in recent years those labels have gone out the door. One reason being, the production value of games and television shows are now exceeding those of blockbuster films. A composer proving he can score any medium and genre is Emmy winner Geoff Zanelli. Zanelli recently received acclaim for his score to Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and current projects include the Deon Taylor film, Traffik, now in theaters and the much-anticipated video game Squadron 42 developed and published by Chris Roberts’ company Cloud Imperium Games for Microsoft Windows. Squadron 42 is part of the Star Citizen project which has raised more money than every other video game on Kickstarter combined for numerous years. We sat down with Zanelli to discuss these two projects, read below.
How far along are you with the Squadron 42 score?
Even though I’ve written over three hours of music for Squadron 42 already, I’m probably just approaching the halfway point. A great deal of what I’ve done so far has been gameplay music, which the game will decide intelligently when to play. It’s based on the player’s situation, so for instance,...
Kingdom Come: Deliverance is one of those games that comes out of nowhere and absolutely surprises the crap out of you. I knew of this game during its infancy and development, but nothing about it really shouted out at me at that time. Fast forward to the present day and all I can sing currently are praises for this absolutely immersive game. When I say immersive, I mean immersive because you really feel like you’re in Europe during the 15th century.Humble Beginnings
The game starts you off as Henry, the son of a blacksmith in the small town of Skalitz in the medieval kingdom of Bohemia (Note: All the cities in this game are actual cities that are still around in the Czech Republic). Basically, you are a low-class peasant, living your low-class life. You fetch food, interact with the local villagers and see what they have to say about their current rulers (what they’re speaking about plays a major role in the story), and you also speak to your current peasant heartthrob. In actuality, during this prologue of the game, it teaches you how to play the game by showing you how to speak to NPCs, how to fight (basic), and how to manage both your inventory and survivability in this harsh medieval world.
There’s a lot of war in the world, but the one war that gamers are interested in the most is the console war. The major participants are notably Sony and Microsoft (sorry Nintendo fanboys, cold hard truth time now). The last time that Sony and Microsoft did war was back in November 2013, where both companies released their current gen consoles onto the market. At the time of this report, we are talking about 4-plus years now and counting for this console generation. Keep in mind that the gap between previous gen (PS3/Xbox 360) and current gen (PS4/Xbox One) was 7 years.
Over the past few months, there have been reports of Sony looking to delay their next console, predictably the PlayStation 5. This is due to research made by a Kotaku reporter who garnered responses from many tech insiders with even some of those within Sony. The latest rumors are now saying that 2020 could be the earliest that we see the next console generation, but it could even be until 2022
So what do we do now? The answer is in the title, obviously. Target has discounted their PS4 Pro by 20%, so there is no better time to take the mid-cycle life plunge. Personally, I have never had a console...
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The Widow recaps the season with her war against the other barons – six barons total and now only two barons left – The Widow and Baron Chau. We see a war between the two armies. There is one butterfly who is dominating the battlefield until she is killed by a parade of arrows.
We then see a horse galloping on the beach with a rider – who happens to be the Widow- heading towards a secluded tower with sword gravestones. She hears another person in the area and tells them to show themselves. It’s Nathaniel Moon, now with a claw for a hand. The Widow has been looking for him all along. We find out that Moon was the Widow’s deceased husband’s regent and she would like to recruit him as her regent. Moon refuses which leads to an epic battle between the two. After the Widow bests Moon, she offers him exactly what he wanted – Sunny. He agrees.
We then see Sunny in the forest hunting. He spots a deer and aims his arrow at it until he sees the deer’s fawn follow behind. He puts his arrow away. We then hear baby Henry cooing strapped behind Sunny. We...
After two seasons of the martial arts drama, Into the Badlands returns this Sunday for their third season.
It’s pretty hard to top a season that had, honestly, the best fight choreography I’ve seen on television in a long time during the second season between Sunny (Daniel Wu) and Nathaniel Moon (Sherman Augustus) in the abandoned temple. But, Into the Badlands continues to dominate in their fight game. Within the first episode, we see three amazing fight sequences that resonates both Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Wilson Yip’s Ip Man. If people tuned into Into the Badlands for the fight choreography by Master Dee Dee Ku, then they will not be disappointed at all. Be warned, the fight scenes are extremely bloody and should not be watched by children or people afraid of blood (be it fake blood).
As for the storyline, if you were a fan of the first two seasons, then you’re already invested in the well-being of the characters and this season, the characters go through more challenging obstacles that we’re rooting that they make it through, even with the difficult trope from the season finale.Emily Beecham as The Widow – Into the Badlands _ Season 3, Episode 1 – Photo Credit:...
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been so excited for films in 2018. It seems that this year has promised (and made good on a few) some of the biggest exploits in cinematic history. From the phenomenal feats of Marvel’s Black Panther to the well-done adaptation of the cult classic novel, Ready Player One, 2018 has really moved in leaps and bounds, and we’re not even half way through it!
Now, with the expectations of what’s to come in the fall, and knowing that the continuation of the famed horror franchise, Halloween, begins this October, you better believe that I’m sitting idly by for any news. And today, news is what we got! Earlier this morning, the poster for the upcoming sequel to our favorite slasher flick was dropped, and it is glorious!
Although the design is simple and minimal, the hauntingly close up of the notorious mask of killer Michael Myers gives us a unique glimpse of the dead eyes behind the facade. It’s almost as though the creators behind the upcoming film want you to know that we’re not getting some revamped version of the boogeyman, but the one who started it all back in 1978. One of the most recognizable “faces” in horror, nothing else does this film justice than to simply state that Michael Myers is back, and looking for his next victim.
Check out the poster below!
A brand new clip from David Tennant’s new thriller Bad Samaritan has been released and it’s extremely creepy.
Like a scene from Showtime’s Dexter or 2000’s American Psycho, Bad Samaritan’s new clip feature a ‘murder room’ that our protagonist, Sean Falco (played by Robert Sheehan), stumbles upon as he’s trying to rob the home of Cale Erendreich (Tennant). After finding some tools to break into the home, Falco finds a door leading into a small room that looks like a makeshift operating room filled with knives, saws, and a chainsaw. Falco realizes then that he may have robbed the wrong house.
Written by Brandon Boyce and directed by Dean Devlin, Bad Samaritan tells the story of Falco, who is a valet who seems to have it all, but we find out it’s because he’s been burglarizing his customers’ homes. After attempting to steal from Erendreich, Falco finds a woman being held captive in Erendreich’s home. Falco leaves and reports it to the police, who find nothing in the home. Now Falco must deal with the wrath of Erendreich, who turns out to be a kidnapping murderer who will stop at nothing to destroy Falco and everything he loves.
The cast also includes Kerry Condon, Jacqueline Byers, Lisa Brenner, Hannah Barefoot, Rob Nagle and Delpaneaux Wills. Boyce, Rachel Olschan-Wilson, and Marc Roskin serve as producers, with Brandon Lambdin and Carsten H.W. Lorenz executive producing.
Bad Samaritan opens in theaters on May 4th.
Focus Features revealed the poster for Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, the documentary about everyone’s favorite neighbor, Mister Fred Rogers. The documentary, by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom), is set to release worldwide on June 8th.
For fans attending CinemaCon next week, starting April 23rd, Focus Features will launch the Won’t You Be My Neighbor? pop-up inside Caesar’s Palace by the Pisa Room in Las Vegas. The pop-up may feature the famous Mr. Rogers living room set up. To be up-to-date on the pop-up, be sure to follow the film’s social media pages.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? takes an intimate look at America’s favorite neighbor: Mister Fred Rogers. A portrait of a man whom we all think we know, this emotional and moving film takes us beyond the zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into the heart of a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination.
The film is produced by Neville, Caryn Capotosto, and Nicholas Ma. It is a production of Tremolo Productions and in association with Impact Partners and Independent Lens/PBS and released by Focus Features.
Rogers was known famously for his long-running series, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, which ran for over 31 seasons and 895 episodes. The series premiered on February 19, 1968 and has earned 59 Daytime Emmy awards and four wins. Rogers was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy in 1997 and awarded with the...
The most relatable Sanrio character in all of Sanrio history, Aggretsuko, is finally debuting her Netflix show tomorrow, Friday, April 20th. Aggretsuko is an overworked, frustrated red panda working in a stressful job in Tokyo, Japan. Working for incompetent bosses who don’t appreciate her, Aggretsuko (actually named Retsuko) relieves her stress by drinking beer and singing heavy metal karaoke after work.
In honor of the launch of the series, Netflix and Sanrio will celebrate Aggretsuko‘s love of death metal by making an appearance at Amoeba Music in Los Angeles and San Francisco this Saturday, April 21st on National Record Day.
We received four episodes of the series and we can officially say, Retsuko is a lot of us when it comes to our career. Surrounded by the typical coworkers – the gossip, the suck-up, bullies, and even the sexist pig (literally, he’s a pig), Retsuko works a mundane job and is extremely underappreciated. Wanting to be responsible in her life, she deals with the hardships presented to her, which could be very frustrating. In order to control her anger, she holds it all in to be later released when she’s alone screaming into a microphone at karaoke.
The anime is pretty simple and straight-forward. It’s not your typical anime with lots of action or complicated storyline. At times, it feels like it could be an animated version of a Mindy Kaling comedy. Retsuko deals with many friends and situations we...
Although everyone is eagerly waiting for the OTHER superhero film that co-stars Josh Brolin, 20th Century Fox wanted to remind everyone that there’s another highly-anticipated film that’s also coming soon. That film is Deadpool 2. Today, Fox released the final Deadpool 2 trailer for everyone to enjoy. Check it out!
This time around, the latest trailer essentially focuses on two things, the action and the new characters. This isn’t the non-stop laugh riot that’s we’ve been accustomed to.
First, we see the interview process for Deadpool’s X-Force. It’s basically here that we see our introduction to Bedlam, Shatterstar, and Domino… And Peter. Even though Domino doesn’t really look like her comic book counterpart, Bedlam and Shatterstar definitely do.
Not to mention, there are a lot of action scenes in this final Deadpool 2 trailer too. Judging by the trailer, the chase scene is going to be a really long scene. Either that or they gave away the entire scene in the trailer. Nevertheless, director David Leitch is definitely putting his own personal stamp on the stunt work here. After all, he is the man that gave us John Wick and Atomic Blonde.
But let’s not forget that even though the trailer is full of action sequences, this is still a Deadpool movie. There’s a ton of jokes and jabs at other comic...
Wizards of the Coast have just dominated the trading card game industry. In terms of any table top card game, there has yet to arise any other that could knock it from its spot on the throne. It’s undeniable: Magic: The Gathering is unlike any other. But what happens when a digital age meets an analog staple? Well, either an adaptation has to occur, or one becomes obsolete. That’s where the geniuses at WOTC have pulled their brains together, and created something that brings the classic game to a digital platform that’s sure to wow fans, worldwide! And just in time for the next great release that is unlike any other!
WOTC, off the wild success of Magic Online and Magic Duels, are releasing a new incredible opportunity to play with MTG Arena! Although it may seem like the others, in this platform users will be able to connect real world opportunities with in-game rewards. Offering a plethora of additions that continue to roll out, MTG Arena is set to become your go-to when it comes to online trading card gameplay. And just in time, too, as we are on the brink of a new set that will decimate all others!
Are you ready for Dominaria? Magic: The Gathering is set to release their...
Mark your calendar for June 15th, because Kung Fu Panda and friends are invading Universal Studios Hollywood at the all-new DreakWorks Theatre. DreamWorks Animation and Universal Creative’s “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest” will take you on an animated journey filled with an immersive 180-degree experience.
Synopsis: Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest is a plot filled story whereby on the morning of The Emperor’s Great Feast of Heroes, dragon warrior Po embarks on a wild and perilous mission to deliver the rare and precious Liquid of Limitless Power to the Palace, while enlisting guests to join him on the exciting adventure filled with raging rapids, river pirates, awesome magic and Kung Fu.
The 180-degree image will be projected using seven Christie 4K Boxer Cinema Projectors, with 360-degree surround sound audio and physical effects like water and wind to complement the adventure. In addition, the seats will move to the action of what you’re seeing.
The DreamWorks Theatre is located inside a newly built structure inspired by Mission revival architecture reminiscent of the Golden Age of Hollywood’s Art Deco period of the 1920s.
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2018 is a big year for the Jurassic Park world. Gamers can manage their own dinosaur park with Jurassic World Evolution, and moviegoers can catch the sequel to Jurassic World with Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Universal has released the final trailer for the film, and it features our boy Blue and Chris Pratt getting into all sorts of danger.
Check it out below.
Synopsis: It’s been four years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles.
When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. Owen is driven to find Blue, his lead raptor who’s still missing in the wild, and Claire has grown a respect for these creatures she now makes her mission. Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times.
With all of the wonder, adventure and thrills synonymous with one of the most popular and successful series in cinema history, this all-new motion-picture event sees the return of favorite characters and dinosaurs—along with new breeds more...
Turtle Beach is a name known for being a leader in innovation, quality, and experience in the gaming world. I’ve been a fan of their products for a while now as well. My current headset that I use on Xbox is the XO Four Stealth wired headset from Turtle Beach, which I thoroughly enjoy. So when they asked us to review the new Stealth 700 wireless gaming headset for the Xbox One, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.
You’re probably wondering why this particular headset is specifically for the Xbox One. I get it, as usually the “official branding” for any headset is a gimmick and it just comes in different colors depending on console. Not for the Stealth 700 though. This was actually designed to utilize Microsoft’s signature direct connect technology to have a true wireless capability with the system. So basically you connect the headset the same way you would a controller, which is truly simple.
As much as that feature is great and all, this headset is packed with so much more abilities that I don’t even know where to start. While connected to your Xbox, the Stealth 700 can be paired via Bluetooth to your mobile device. There’s a Turtle Beach app you can download for your device that allows access to a wealth of audio options that can toggle with the tap of...
It looks like we have our Captain Pike of the U.S.S. Enterprise for the second season of Star Trek: Discovery!
Inhumans‘ actor Anson Mount has been cast as captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise before Captain James T. Kirk came abroad. Fans of the original series will remember Captain Pike (played by Jeffrey Hunter) in the original 1966 Star Trek pilot episode ‘The Cage’, before it was picked up by CBS Studios with William Shatner as Captain Kirk. Captain Pike was also shown in the Star Trek reboot by J.J. Abrams, played by Bruce Greenwood.
At the end of the first season, the U.S.S. Discovery had been stopped by the U.S.S. Enterprise, having been hailed by Captain Pike. This season will also see the addition of Spock, who served as the first officer to Pike on the Enterprise.
Mount was previously in ABC’s Inhumans, which was not announced whether or not they would have been renewed. But, with the addition of Mount as Captain Pike, it’s safe to assume Inhumans will not continue. Production for the second season begins next week in Toronto.
Star Trek: Discovery returns this fall on CBS All-Access.
About Star Trek Discovery:
Star Trek, one of the most iconic and influential global television franchises, returns 50 years after it first premiered, with Star Trek: Discovery. The series will feature a new ship, new characters and new missions, while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired...
The sci-fi hit film of the year is making its way to home video, as Paramount announces that Annihilation is set to debut on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD this May!
Directed by the man behind such sci-fi films as 2014’s Ex Machina and 2007’s Sunshine, Alex Garland creates a visually stunning yet puzzling film. Annihilation stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, and Oscar Isaac, and follows a group of military scientists who enter “The Shimmer,” a mysterious quarantined zone that is full of mutating landscapes and creatures.
The Annihilation Blu-ray Combo Pack includes over an hour of bonus content. Natalie Portman, director Alex Garland and other cast and crew take viewers behind the scenes for a deeper look inside the film’s stunts, intricate set design and breathtaking visual effects. The Blu-ray also boasts a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack remixed specifically for the home to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead!
Annihilation Blu-ray Combo Pack
The Annihilation Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English Dolby Atmos, French 5.1 Dolby Audio™, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Audio, and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French, and Spanish subtitles. The DVD in the Combo...
When the original Verminitide released three years ago, it reopened the vast gap in co-op gameplay that Left 4 Dead had vacated some time ago. The idea of surviving an entire series of levels that’s part of a campaign was a brilliant idea that hadn’t been utilized for quite some time. The difference with Vermintide is that it is high-fantasy based in the brutal world of Warhammer.Hordes of the End Times
For the original fans of part 1, Warhammer: Vermintide 2 continues the story of the end of the world of Warhammer. Originally it was the Skaven, or Rat-men, causing havoc throughout the first game. This time around, the sequel has added the Warriors of Chaos into the mix. Not only are the Skaven running amok throughout Vermintide 2, their massive horde has doubled with the addition of these insane cultist warriors.
As you fight and progress through the different levels, the AI director, similar to the Left 4 Dead one, will adjust the enemy encounters and situations based on your playstyle. For instance, at times you will encounter just Skaven or Warriors of Chaos. In other instances, you could encounter both at the same time which makes the gameplay harder; the Skaven and Chaos do not attack you in the same way. While the Skaven will try to overwhelm you with numbers and sometimes unique and beefy units, the Chaos can take a lot of punishment with their lower amount of units.Unique Enemies and Bosses
The Skaven horde...
So, a little bit of honesty: I’m kind of a big guy. I mean, I’m a gamer/comic book/movie nerd, so that should say it; I spend a lot of time on my butt. So being active and moving around…not my strong suit. So when I got this smartwatch from One61, I assumed that it was just going to be an accessory to wear when I’m at the comic book shop or movies. Boy, was I wrong.
One61 Studio has partnered with DC Comics on a Superhero Smartwatch Collection to create a line of DC smartwatches that allow fans of their favorite superheroes to bling up their wrists with some tech swag! Whether it’s Wonder Woman, The Flash or Batman, these smartwatches are able to integrate with both Apple and Android phones, giving usability to both sides of the spectrum. Here are a few of the specs for the smartwatches:
Supports Bluetooth® 4.0
IP64, 1 ATM
Track Health and Fitness:
Crime Fighting (Step Tracking)
Patrol Reminder (Sedentary Reminder) Sleep Monitoring
Features and Functions:
Do Not Disturb Settings
Although The Commuter looks like another generic Liam Neeson action film, it doesn’t start off that way. Believe it or not, the film starts off as a mystery thriller. Unfortunately, Neeson trying to find this mystery passenger isn’t as thrilling as you’d think. The film starts off really slow as Neeson’s character goes around meeting the various passengers on the train. Most of these passengers aren’t particularly interesting either. They don’t have any personality at all. It’s very reminiscent of talking to NPCs in an RPG.
However, once the film picks up then the intrigue does too. It’s at this point that every clue matters a little bit more. Because of that, there are quite a bit of smart moments in the film. Michael Woolrich has the smarts to actively deduce who the mystery person is through strategy and tactics. But once everything hits the fan then it becomes the Liam Neeson actioner that we’ve seen plenty of times before. It’s crazy how the 65-year-old actor can still take a “beating” and still survive. In fact, it’s starting to become a little unbelievable.
Yet it’s commendable that Collet-Serra tries to film The Commuter in such a Hitchcockian way. The elaborate zooms and handheld camera work leads to some visceral scenes. This style practically breathes life into the rather generic script. Not to mention, the film doesn’t make...
The third season was probably the best season for both The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead. With an understandably repetitive storyline of finding a safe town, which ends up not being so safe, they were able to make the characters in the partner series much more interesting. Not to mention, they develop much further than their fellow series’ counterparts. But with the new season of Fear the Walking Dead, they finally did something they originally said they would never do, crossover the 2 shows. How they did this is somewhat incredible. First, they bring in Morgan, one of the original characters from The Walking Dead, onto Fear the Walking Dead. Then they give him an interesting storyline which makes this his second best character arc yet.
The premiere starts out with a surprising amount of guest stars from The Walking Dead lecturing Morgan to stay with them instead of leaving. Following his moral compass and leaving things behind that hurt him has been a consistent theme with his character, even if he loves what he is leaving. And with that, Morgan’s journey begins as he treks across the country looking for peace.
Character Spoilers ahead
At the beginning of his adventure, he encounters a lonely but interesting cowboy...