'Blakes 7' for U.S. TV?

blkelogoAccording to Deadline.com , Martin Campbell (CASINO ROYAL, GREEN LANTERN) is attached to  direct a pilot that would re-boot the 1970’s BBC space opera hit BLAKES 7.
Joe Pokaski (HEROES) is set to write (and one assumes re-interpet) the original series, created by the late Terry Nation, who also gave us the Daleks of DOCTOR WHO.
Marc Rosen (THRESHOLD) is to produce the project with Georgeville Television’s Leon Clarance. The venture’s development  is to be funded by Motion Picture Capital, with the hope that the new version of the dark UK ‘Cult Classic’ series will interest an American network.
Georgeville Television got the rights from Andrew Sewell’s B7 Enterprises, who had purchased the property from Terry Nation’s estate. B7 had been trying to relaunch the franchise as a TV series with ill luck for the last several years.  Only audio dramas based on the original program have thus far been produced, with a potential new series on the UK’s SKY 1 not coming to fruition.
B7-S1CrewThe series, which ran for four 13-episode seasons beginning in 1978, starred Gareth Thomas as the protagonist Roj Blake, a political dissedent framed for a crime by the Terran Federation. Sent off to exile on a primitive world, Blake  along with other convicted criminals, are sent to try to salvage a mysterious advanced spacecraft. Blake managed to push through his plan of using the ship that he dubs “The Liberator” as a weapon to fight for freedom. Some of the crew would be supportive of the plan, while others seemed more concerned with protecting their personal freedom and  enriching themselves instead.
The show also starred  Paul Darrow as the calculating Avon, Sally Knyvette
as smuggler Jenna Stanis,  Michael Keating as the genial expert safecracker Vila Restal, David Jackson as the strong and loyal Olag Gan, and  Jan Chappell as the cloned telepath Cally, from the planet Auron. Sentient ship’s computer Zen brought the team up to seven, and the independent ORAC (both voiced by Peter Tuddenham) would be added later.
Blake7iberator2That team would change over the seasons; Gan was killed on a mission during season 2, and Blake and Jenna would leave as series regulars at end of the second season, lost and presumed dead.  
Younger characters Dayna Mellanby (Josette Simon) and Del Tarrant (Steven Pacey) would join the crew in the third, with expert shooter Soolin (Glynis Barber) replacing Cally for Season four, after her off-screen death.
Often called the “anti-STAR TREK”, BLAKES 7 took place in a dark and bleak universe, with the corrupt Federation running or pulling the strings behind most human worlds. Even organized crime was under government direction. The power-mad Servalan (Jacqueline Pearce, veteran of Hammer horror) rises from Commander to President, becoming obsessed with possessing the Liberator and quelling rebellion.

The heroes were less than perfect, the series pitched as an outer-space “Dirty Dozen”. Even the initially heroic Blake realized on some level that his quest for freedom had a high and possibly futile cost in human lives. The amazing precedent of continuing BLAKES 7 (never an apostrophe) without the title character  required that the cynical, self-interested Avon  take on Blake’s crusade, and by the fourth season it was clear that the pressure was driving him mad.  

Season 4 Cast, with Paul Darrow as Avon in the foreground.
Season 4 Cast, with Paul Darrow as Avon in the foreground.


Originally made on the budget of a canceled police show, BLAKES 7 was a rough-hewn low-rent affair, shot on a mix of studio video and location film, often looking hokey even for its time.Some of the scripts and acting were cliche or over the top at times—and yet it worked. The series was very popular, watched by over ten million people in the UK, and exported to many other counties, including the U.S.
(The series ran largely on PBS stations in America, often paired with DOCTOR WHO.)
It’s difficult to imagine an American broadcast network being interested in a dark SF series like BLAKES 7. Fox’s FIREFLY had a similar vibe, leading to a very short life. The old Sci-Fi Channel’s FARSCAPE and BATTLESTAR GALACTICA reboot had more success, but would the current, mainly Earth-bound SyFy have any interest? Hard to say. Perhaps there’s a cable programmer looking for a space-based series with some kind of pedigree.

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The thrilling orchestral music from the acclaimed Warner Bros./D.C. Comics animated series BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES is unleashed again in this spellbinding 2CD Limited Edition pressing. Composer Shirley Walker (WILLARD, MEMOIRS OF AN INVISIBLE MAN, FINAL DESTINATION 1-3, THE FLASH), along with Lolita Ritmanis and Michael McCuistion (BATMAN BEYOND, TEEN TITANS), and Danny Elfman’s iconic “Batman Theme”, revolutionized animated TV music with robust, full-blooded music that propelled BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES to lofty critical and artistic heights, enriching the The Dark Knight’s legacy. CD booklet features in-depth liners, including comments from writer/producer Paul Dini and composers Lolita Ritmanis, Michael McCuistion and Danny Elfman. Limited Edition of 5000 Units.
01. BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES – Main Title (Danny Elfman) 1:02
02. Sub-Main Title / Batwing / Bat Attack 1:51
03. Batman Drives To Gotham 1:00
04. Batman Investigates / Batman Uses Infrared /
Police Rush Building 1:48
05. Batman Escapes / Batman Flies 1:48
06. Bats / Evidence Goes Up In Smoke / The Formula /
Dr Jekyll And Mr. Bat 3:01
07. Gotham From the Air / Ride’Em Batman / Epilogue 2:16
08. Sub-Main Title 1:35
09. The Submarine / Joker Loots Gotham 2:35
10. Alfred Loses It 0:58
11. Bat Boat / Batman Catches The Big Fish /
Batman Fights The Bad Guys 2:18
12. Cliff-Hanger Under Water / Batman A.K.A Houdini 1:56
13. Batman The Terminator 2:01
14. Batman Vs. Joker / Batman Vs Joker Part 2 3:47
15. Sub-Main Title / Stromwell’s Flashback 2:01
16. Batman on Top of Church / Stromwell Arrives At Pete’s / Thugs Exit 1:20
17. Stromwell Confronts Thorn 1:15
18. It’s Party Time / Batman Carries Stromwell 0:48
19. Stromwell Sees Joey 1:41
20. Stromwell Tricks Batman / Thorn’s Men Move In /
Thorn Chases Stromwell 3:22
21. Stromwell’s Flashback #2 1:45
22. Batman Cracks Heads / Thorn Removed 1:20
23. Ground Breaking Ceremony / Penitentiary Time Lapses 1:11
24. Batman Catches A Chopper / The Chopper Crashes / Rooftop Chase 1:58
25. Batman Sneaks Around 1:09
26. A Little Plant Muzak / The Carnivorous Plant 0:59
27. Batman Vs. Poison Ivy / Poison Ivy In Prison 3:52
28. 14 Seconds Opening / Jingle Bells / The Joker Blasts Off 1:03
29. Down the Mountain / Sidewalk Red Herring 0:51
30. Pukey Christmas Music / Christmas With The Joker / Game Show Music 2:18
31. The Train Crashes 1:19
32. Observatory Cannon / Cannon Out Of Control / Robin Blows Up Cannon 1:11
33. More Game Show Music / Drive To The Toy Company 1:39
34. Nutcracker Suite Medley 1:24
35. Pie In Batman’s Face / Dangling Hostages Saved / Deck The Halls 1:40
CD ONE Total Time: 62:02
01. BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES Alternate Main Title (S. Walker) 1:09
02. Harvey’s Nightmare / Dent’s Soap Box 2:24
03. Batman Tracks Dent 2:07
04. Split Personality / Harvey / Harv 4:21
05. Part One Recap 0:33
06. Sub-Main Title / The Heist 1:49
07. Bruce Wayne’s Nightmare / Two-Face Remembers 2:47
8. Batcycle / What About Grace 1:58
9. My Name Is Two-Face 1:52
10. The Great Equalizer / Where There’s Love 4:03
11. Sub-Main Title / Cussing Out The Joker / I Had A Bad Day 3:18
12. Joker’s Hide-Out 1:19
13. Charlie’s Neighborhood / Joker Finds Charlie 1:18
14. Charlie Arrives In Gotham / Joker Collects His Favor 0:42
15. Harley’s Party Source 0:44
16. Crashing The Party 1:33
17. Batman Saves The Commissioner / Batman’s After The Joker /
Charlie Gets the Joker 3:38
18. Sub-Main Title / Conway Is Abducted 0:43
19. A Clue / The Crocodile’s Lair 1:27
20. Another Clue 1:19
21. Croc’s Cave / Killer Croc 2:52
22. Batman Chases Croc / Sewer Fight 2:54
23. Bullock Gets The Croc 1:09
24. Sub-Main Title / The Dream Begins 0:52
25. It’s Impossible / Bruce Sees Batman /
Bruce Watches Batman At Work 2:14
26. My Life Is A Dream 2:48
27. Climbing The Church Tower / Belltower Fight 2:45
28. Your Own Private Wonderland / Back to Reality 2:48
Birds of a Feather – SHIRLEY WALKER
29. Birds Of A Feather 1:54
30. That Fine Roman Nose / Penguin vs. Muggers 2:32
31. Penguin Takes Veronica 0:40
32. The Drop / Rubber Duckie Ride 1:50
33. The Penguin’s Opera / High Society 2:19
34. BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES – End Credit (Danny Elfman) 0:34
CD TWO Total Time: 67:25
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1. BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES – Main Title (Danny Elfman) 1:05
Beware The Gray Ghost – Carl Swander Johnson
2. Beware the Gray Ghost 0:54
3. Simon Trent 1:47
4. Trent Meets Batman* / Trent Runs 1:33
5. He Runs But He Can’t Hide* 0:36
6. Trent Helps Batman* 0:55
7. Lethal Toys* / The Ghost Saves Batman 1:25
8. Toy Car Chase* 0:43
9. Gray Ghost’s Shrine / Mistaken Identity 0:46
10. Twisted Ted* / Up in Smoke 1:36
11. Bruce’s Hero* 0:31
Beware The Gray Ghost – Bonus Track:
12. Gray Ghost Suite 1:24
The Cat And The Claw, Part I –
Harvey R. Cohen, Wayne Coster, Shirley Walker
13. The Catwoman (S. Walker) 4:51
14. Riding the Truck* (W. Coster) 1:01
15. Multigon International (W. Coster) 0:18
16. Introducing Red Claw (H. Cohen) / A Word With the Boss
(W. Coster) 0:55
17. Catwoman at Multigon H.Q. (S. Walker) / Cats in the Office (S. Walker) (Features “Ode to Joy” By L. Beethoven) 1:31
18. Batman Rescues Catwoman* (H. Cohen) / Lovers or Enemies (W. Coster) 3:33
19. Who Will Save You? 0:30
The Cat And The Claw, Part II – Harvey R. Cohen\
20. The Cat and the Claw 0:44
21. The Train* 1:59
22. Bruce Wayne’s Chaperone / A Bumpy Ride 1:57
23. Alley Cat* / Catwoman Strikes* 3:30
24. Bat Draft* 2:14
25. The Fallen Resort* 0:57
26. More Than You’ll Ever Know* 0:46
The Cat And The Claw – Bonus Tracks:
27. String Quartet (W. Coster) 1:01
28. Ode to Joy (Composed By L. Beethoven;
Arranged by Shirley Walker) 0:10
29. Introducing Red Claw (Alternate) (H. Cohen) 0:39
30. Ode to Joy Alternates (Composed By L. Beethoven;
Arranged By Shirley Walker) 0:28
Nothing To Fear – Shirley Walker
31. Nothing to Fear 0:43
32. Machine Gun / The Scarecrow Arrives 1:42
33. The Vault** / Sprinklers 3:22
34. Scarecrow’s Hideout 0:22
35. Scarecrow’s Backstory 0:35
36. Batman’s Flashback / Batman and Alfred 0:46
37. Scarecrow Invades the Museum /
Scarecrow’s Attempt at Escape** 2:13
38. Dirigible Flight / Fear Strikes Again / Escape and Explosion 3:22
39. Scarecrow Discovered / Scarecrow is Captured /
Scarecrow on a Skewer 1:54
Heart Of Ice – Todd Hayen, Shirley Walker
40. Heart of Ice 0:38
41. The Iceman Cometh Again / Cold as Ice* 3:30
42. Top Secret 0:57
43. The Swift Hand of Vengeance 1:55
44. Ice Assault / Frigid Frenzy / Alfred’s Cold Remedy 2:34
45. Arkham Asylum 0:59
Heart Of Ice – Bonus TrackS:
46. Newsbreak (Expanded) 0:44
47. Benefit Classic 1:15
48. Office Muzak 2:25
49. The Iceman Cometh Again (Alternate) 2:53
(Extended) (Danny Elfman) 0:46
Disc One Total Time: 73:54
1. BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES – Main Title (Piano Version)(Danny Elfman and Shirley Walker) 1:03
Appointment In Crime Alley – Stuart Balcomb
2. Sub Main Title 0:31
3. Batman Drives to Crime Alley / Where Are We Going to Go? 2:23
4. I’m Not Afraid Here* 1:12
5. Searching for Leslie / Leslie’s Held Captive 0:49
6. The Billboard 0:52
7. Baby Picture* 1:59
8. Chasing the Trolley / Trolley Rescue* 1:28
9. Batman Sees the Newstand Clock* / Leslie Sweats / Batman Swings During Speech 1:09
10. Good People in Crime Alley* 0:38
Mad As A Hatter – Harvey R. Cohen
11. Mad as a Hatter 1:00
12. Poor Jervis / Frabjous Day* 2:00
13. A Walk in the Park* 0:38
14. Ejection* / The Plunger* 1:15
15. The Mock Turtle Song 0:34
16. Until Tomorrow* / Will You, Won’t You* 1:03
17. All’s Fair in Love and War* / Mad Hatter’s Friends* /
Storybook Land* 3:04
18. Off With His Head* / The Maze* / Batman Comes to Tea* 4:15
Mad As A Hatter – Bonus Track:
19. Dining With Jervis 1:18
The Strange Secret Of Bruce Wayne – Lolita Ritmanis
20. The Strange Secret* / Batman Intervenes 2:21
21. Tragic Past* 1:23
22. The Strange Doctor / The Joker’s Phone Message* / Strange Has Left the Building 0:58
23. The Diabolical Plan* 3:07
24. Bruce Makes Another Tape 0:45
25. Strange Tries to Run / Flying the Unfriendly Skies* /
Running on Empty* / Batman Makes the Catch / Robin is Revealed 3:00
I’ve Got Batman In My Basement – Shirley Walker, Carlos Rodriguez
26. The Heist 2:17
27. Sherman Tracks Vulture / Birdseed / Penguin Revealed 1:36
28. Batman Gets Gassed 2:11
29. Batmobile Goes Bats / Sherman and the Batmobile* (Carlos Rodriguez) 2:09
30. The Vulture Flies / It’s a Matter of Life and Death 0:43
31. Vulture Attack / Penguin Pays a Visit 1:04
32. It’s Them or Us / Polite Penguin 1:49
33. Penguin the Bully / Batman vs Penguin 2:20
34. Front Page Penguin 0:41
Feat Of Clay, Part I – Jeff Atmajian,
Shirley Walker, Carl Swander Johnson
35. Feat of Clay* (J. Atmajian) 1:09
36. Mr. Fox’s Resignation (S. Walker) 3:32
37. Matt’s Make-Up (S. Walker) 1:31
38. Matt Finds the Formula (C. S. Johnson) 0:35
39. Creation of Clayface (J. Atmajian) 0:45
40. Bell Goes for a Ride*/** (C. S. Johnson) 1:56
41. Bruce Looks for Answers (J. Atmajian) 0:49
42. Teddy Discovers Clayface (S. Walker) 0:43
Feat Of Clay, Part Ii – Shirley Walker
43. Sub Main Title 0:36
44. Arrival at Imperial Pictures 0:19
45. Man of Many Faces 2:11
46. Suffocation for Fox / Foiled by Batman 1:08
47. Batman Confronts Clayface / The Matt Hagen Films 3:09
48. Batman Confrontation With Clayface / Clayface Dies 4:48
49. The Morgue 0:50
(Alternate Beginning) (Danny Elfman) 0:48
Disc Two Total Time: 78:24
(MIDI Version)(Danny Elfman and Shirley Walker) 1:04
Almost Got ‘Im – Stuart Balcomb
2. Almost Got ‘Im 1:24
3. Pumpkin Patch* / Batman’s Scorn* 1:11
4. A Bad Penny* 1:12
5. Penguin’s Setup* / Birds of a Feather* 2:42
6. Laugh O Meter / Catwoman to the Rescue* / Catwoman KO’d 1:10
7. Shadow Secrets* / Cat Food for Thought* / Maybe Some Day 2:08
Almost Got ‘Im – Bonus Tracks:
8. Club Source #2 0:59
9. Club Source #4 0:57
10. Joker Talk Show Source* (Extended) 0:49
11. Joker Bumper* 0:15
12. Just for Laughs 1:40
If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Rich? – Carlos Rodriguez
13. If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Rich?*/ Silent Radio 0:45
14. The Wasteland*/ Rescue Attempt* / Riddler Escapes* 4:18
15. Minotaur’s Myth* / The Griffin /Griffin Fight / Hand of Fate 3:05
16. Hijacked Hand* / The Minotaur / Destroy Them / Deadbolts* 3:06
If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Rich? –
Bonus Tracks:
17. If You’re So Smart Source (Shirley Walker) 2:11
18. Riddle of the Minotaur Source 0:13
19. Griffin Theme 0:09
20. Question Mark Motif 0:08
21. Hand of Fate Motif 0:09
22. Wasteland Motif 0:07
23. Musical Puzzle 0:12
The Demon’s Quest, Part I – Michael Mccuistion
24. The Demon’s Quest* 1:47
25. Sad News / Strike One 1:06
26. Calcutta / Alley Fight* 1:48
27. Black Cat / Sweet Dreams, Kitty* 2:03
28. After You 0:33
29. Power Trooper* / The Demon’s Guard / They Call Him Ra’s* 2:45
30. Strike Three – You’re Out 0:44
31. The Lazarus Pit* / Revitalized Demon* 2:04
The Demon’s Quest, Part Ii – Harvey R. Cohen
32. Recap* 0:52
33. The Demon’s Quest, Part II* 1:26
34. Parted Lovers / Goodbye Beloved* 1:29
35. Orpheus / Lets Do It* / Caravan* 1:47
36. Pay for This Trespass 1:13
37. Lower the Bombs / Crazy / To the Tower 1:10
38. To Remember Me, Beloved* / Countdown* 1:44
39. He’ll Ruin Everything* 3:35
40. Prisoner of Love* 0:57
The Laughing Fish – Shirley Walker
41. The Laughing Fish / Joker’s Insane Scheme 3:15
42. Friendly Fish Truck / Missile Fish / Francis Gets Happy
(Extended) / I Know You’re Watching 1:13
43. Jackson’s Cat 0:57
44. Oceanside Aquarium / Sharkey’s Appetite 2:13
45. Catch of the Day / How Do You Spell Relief? 1:57
46. Batman Rides the Shark / Jumping Joker Sees Jaws / Is the Joker Gone? 3:30
The Laughing Fish – Bonus Tracks:
47. “Joker’s Fish Song” (Features “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” Arranged by Nerida Tyson-Chew) 1:03
48. Joker’s Door Chime #1 0:11
49. Joker’s Door Chime #2 0:12
(Alternate Ending) (Danny Elfman) 0:44
Disc Three Total Time: 72:12
1. BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES – Main Title (with Sound Effects) (Danny Elfman) 1:04
Shadow of the Bat, Part I – Shirley Walker
2. Shadow of the Bat / Thorne on the Roof 2:01
3. Gordon’s Arrest 1:02
4. We’ll See About This / The Evidence Room 1:07
5. Two-Face’s Hideout / The Batgirl / Batgirl Takes Action / Batgirl Gets Trashed 2:37
6. Bad Company / A Different Disguise / Matches Malone 3:56
Shadow of the Bat, Part II – Harvey R. Cohen
7. Recap* 1:19
8. Shadow of the Bat, Part II / Casing Gil’s Apartment* 1:21
9. Robin and Batgirl Follow* / Matches Gives the Signal / Bad Guys Escape 2:58
10. Water in the Tunnel / Water, Water Everywhere* / Saving Robin / Batgirl up the Rope* 1:47
11. Blasted out of Jail / Batgirl Finds Out 1:00
12. Subway Escape* 1:44
13. Rescue of the Commish* / Batgirl’s a Real Drag / Batgirl Sees the Statue* 3:16
14. Welcome to Gotham 0:32
Shadow of the Bat – Bonus Tracks:
15. Recap (Alternate) 1:20
16. Matches Gives the Signal (No Bass) / Bad Guys Escape
(No Bass) 1:41
Harley And Ivy – Peter Davison, Michael Mccuistion, Lolita Ritmanis, Shirley Walker
17. Harley and Ivy* (M. McCuistion, L. Ritmanis) 2:57
18. Harley is On Her Own (S. Walker, L. Ritmanis) /
The Girls Escape (S. Walker) 3:18
19. Toxic Dump (P. Davison) / Crime Spree (S. Walker) 1:10
20. Batman Finds a Clue* (P. Davison) / Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down (S. Walker) / Locked in Chains (P. Davison) / Batman Escapes Bondage* (P. Davison) 1:43
21. The Joker’s Flower (S. Walker, L. Ritmanis) / Batman Rescues Mr. J* (M. McCuistion) / No More Women (S. Walker) 2:04
Read My Lips – Shirley Walker
22. Read My Lips / Scarface’s Boys 2:14
23. What a Dummy 1:17
24. Drapes for the Bat / Lumber Slumber / No Apples 2:50
25. A Prima Notion 1:14
26. Platinum Vault / Hang in There 1:24
27. Dummy Up / Here We Go Again 3:24
Fire From Olympus – Shirley Walker
28. Fire From Olympus 2:17
29. Max on High 1:16
30. Lightning Demonstration 0:39
31. Sneaking Batman In / Fire in the Sky 2:39
32. Batman Enters Olympus / Snake Fight 1:51
33. Olympus Battle 4:59
(Alternate Beginning and Ending) 0:43
Disc Four Total Time: 66:44
Total Album Time: 291:14
*Theme by Shirley Walker **Theme by Danny Elfman
Music by John Ottman
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La-La Land Records and 20th Century Fox present the remastered and expanded 2-CD release of acclaimed composer John Ottman’s (THE USUAL SUSPECTS, GOTHIKA, SUPERMAN RETURNS, KISS KISS BANG BANG) original orchestral score to the 2003 Twentieth Century Fox blockbuster X2: X-MEN UNITED, starring Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman and Ian McKellen, directed by Bryan Singer. With a running time of over 112 minutes, this remastered and expanded 2-CD presentation offers more than 50 minutes of music beyond the original 2003 soundtrack release. Produced by Nick Redman and Mike Matessino and edited and mastered by Daniel Hersch, the improved sound and exclusive, in-depth liner notes by film music writer Daniel Schweiger take this noteworthy score to new superheroic heights! Limited Edition of 3500 Units.
1. Twentieth Century Fox Fanfare* 0:22 (composed by Alfred Newman)
2. Opening Titles* 1:07
3. Nightcrawler Attack* 3:15
4. Alkali Lake* 2:03
5. Jean’s Hallucination/Something Terrible* 1:03
6. Newscast/Permission/Reunion* 3:44
7. Cerebro 1:28
8. Sneaky Mystique** 4:04
9. Meeting Nightcrawler* 2:20
10. You Remember Him* 2:32
11. Mansion Attack/Don’t You Remember/Escape** 7:53
12. Opening Cerebro/Bottom’s Up** 1:55
13. Jason’s Story/Harmless Kiss** 3:29
14. Magneto’s Escape** 1:25
15. What Bobby Can Do/Finding Faith** 2:51
16. Pyro Attack** 3:13
17. Xavier Escapes 1:26
18. Storm’s Perfect Storm/Missiles 2:07
19. Fireside Chat/Flashback/Jean and Logan/You Know What I Want* 5:02
20. God Among Insects/Where Is Everyone?* 2:08
21. I’m In** 4:17
22. It’s Time** 3:51
1. The Children/Something’s Wrong* 2:36
2. Augmentation Room (Death Strikes Deathstrike)** 4:45
3. Deathstrike Dies/Magneto’s Old Tricks** 5:52
4. Wolverine to the Rescue** 8:10
5. Rogue Earns Wings** 2:20
6. Goodbye/We’re Here to Stay** 7:08
7. Evolution Leaps Forward** 3:09
8. Suite from X-Men 2 (End Credits original version) 7:11
9. Evolution Leaps Forward (original version)** 0:48
10. Suite from X-Men 2 (End Credits film version)** 9:07
* previously unreleased
** contains previously unreleased material
Music by David Newman
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La-La Land Records and Paramount Pictures present the remastered and expanded release of renowned composer David Newman’s (HOFFA, GALAXY QUEST, SCOOBY DOO, ICE AGE) original score to the 1996 Paramount Pictures feature THE PHANTOM, starring Billy Zane, Kristy Swanson and Catherine Zeta-Jones, directed by Simon Wincer. Newman’s majestic score gets remastered and expanded in deluxe fashion, running almost a full 30 minutes longer than the original ’96 soundtrack release. This is a big, classic film score that covers all the bases (action, thrills, romance) in high style! Produced by David Newman and Dan Goldwasser and mastered by Doug Schwartz, this special, limited edition of 3000 units also features in-depth, exclusive liner notes by film music writer Jeff Bond.
1. For Those Who Came in Late/The Bridge*/Truck on Bridge* (2:32)
2. The Tomb (2:55)
3. The Phantom (5:45)
4. Anything’s Possible (1:32)
5. Conversation with Dad*/Sengh Symbol* (1:59)
6. Microscope*/Drax Theme* (1:58)
7. Sala*/Phantom to the Rescue* (2:34)
8. The Rescue/The Escape (10:09)
9. More Escape*/Escape Continued* (1:42)
10. Must Be the Humidity/I Already Killed Him*/Kit Arrives*/
Horton Sees the Symbol*/Diana Must Leave/New York (4:24)
11. I Never Kid*/The Skull of Tuganda* (1:02)
12. Ray Gets the Point/Sengh Brothers Symbol*/Jade Perhaps* (2:39)
13. Always Were a Mystery*/Jade Skull*/The Museum/Kit Gets Beat Up* (4:50)
14. Drax*/Kit (The Phantom Fights Back)* (2:15)
15. Elevator Shaft* (3:55)
16. Flying to the Island – Part 1**/Inside Drax’s Car*/Inside
Taxi*/Diana Sees Kit* (1:57)
17. Flying to the Island – Part 2**/Quill is Destroyed/Silence* (9:59)
18. Fighting the Pirates* [co-composed with Randy Miller] (5:30)
19. Escaping the Island (8:48)
* Previously unreleased ** Contains previously unreleased material
© 2012 La-La Land Records. All rights reserved.

'Total Recall (2012)' – Latest Trailer

“For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid, even though he’s got a beautiful wife who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life – real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man as he finds himself on the run from the police.”

Starring Colin Farrell, Bokeem Woodbine, Bryan Cranston, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bill Nighy.
Directed by Len Wiseman, from a screenplay by Kurt Wimmer and Mark Bomback. Based on Philip K. Dick’s “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale.” totalrecall_remake
Due in theaters August 3rd from Columbia Pictures.

Ray Bradbury (1920-2012)

bradbury2Ray Bradbury (Ray Douglas Bradbury) passed away June 5th, 2012. He was 91.
Bradbury was perhaps the best known writer of fantasy and science fiction in the United States. The poetic, literary quality of many of his stories helped improve the reputation of science fiction from its critically dismissed pulp beginnings.
Unlike many writers in the SF genre, Bradbury was not particularly interested in technology or scientific theory; it was the memories and emotions of the characters that he captured so well. He considered himself simply as a writer, and indeed many of his works are mysteries, horror, and other genres. His output counted 27 novels and over 600 short stories. When pressed, Ray Bradbury might call himself a fantasy writer.
Born in Waukegan, Illinois, and spending his early childhood there before moving to Los Angeles, his tales often involved nostalgia, homesickness, characters feeling displaced, and a yearning for simpler times.
Many of his short stories were adapted for radio and early television, on programs such ad X MINUS ONE, LIGHTS OUT, and SUSPENSE.
Brad_beastIn 1953 he contributed to the story of IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE, and in a complicated way his Saturday Evening Post story became THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS. Only a single scene was used, of the dinosaur attacking a lighthouse. Bradbury would subsequently re-title the story The Foghorn, to set it apart from the film. 
BEAST featured the stop motion work of Ray Harryhausen, who was a good friend of Bradbury’s, first meeting at the home of Forrest J. Ackerman. All three were part of SF’s “First Fandom” and among the first genre enthusiasts to make the jump from fan to professional.
Also in 1953, Ray Bradbury  began the screenplay for John Huston’s MOBY DICK (1956), and turned the story of his involvement into the fictionalized Green Shadows, White Whale.
A number of Bradbury’s mysteries were adapted for ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS from 1956-62.
Surprisingly, given the many thematic similarities between their work, only one of Ray Bradbury’s stories was adapted for Rod Serling’s THE TWILIGHT ZONE: I Sing The Body Electric. This would be later remade as the TV movie THE ELECTRIC GRANDMOTHER (1982).
Bradbury mentioned in later years that he was friendly with Gene Roddenberry, who wanted him to write a STAR TREK episode.  However, he had to turn him down, as Bradbury felt he had no talent for writing to fit other people’s fictional creations.

 FAHRENHEIT 451 (1966) was directed by François Truffaut. Despite it’s stilted dialog and performances, Ray Bradbury was fairly pleased with the film, something that would not be true of many of the other adaptations of his work, such as THE ILLUSTRATED MAN (1969) and the TV mini-series THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES (1980). Brad_Martain Chron

Although Bradbury had consulted with Richard Matheson on the CHRONICLES  teleplay, he publicly announced that the results were “boring” and found fault with the decidedly uneven and dated special effects. Hard to disagree on that point, the whole production seems  bland, unimaginative, and half-hearted.
SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES (1983) was a better attempt to capture Bradbury’s writing on film, and the film does have it’s moments, though it’s a flawed production.
From 1985 to 1992, over 60 of Ray Bradbury’s stories were adapted for the syndicated RAY BRADBURY THEATER. Some of the Martian Chronicles tales were adapted by the show, and making allowances for  its low budget are as good or better than the network mini-series.
A moderately high budget didn’t help 2005’s A SOUND OF THUNDER, a film I can’t comment on because (like most people, I suspect) it’s one I have never seen. I have heard it called laughingly bad.   That’s a shame—it’s a great short story. Maybe that’s the problem, it’s a SHORT story: Setup, Small Error, Swift Conclusion.  Being inflated into a feature film was probably a mistake.
Still, disappointing adaptations and the desire to revisit them and get them “right” just point to the power and influence of Ray Bradbury’s work. 
He will be missed.

'Dark Knight Rises': TV Spot #3

Here’s the third TV spot for THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, this time concentrating on Bruce Wanye (Christian Bale) and Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman).
Also starring Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

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Directed by Christopher Nolan, from a screenplay by Nolan and Jonathan Nolan (story by David S. Goyer).
In theaters and IMAX July 20th from Warner Brothers Pictures, DC Entertainment and Legendary Pictures.

'Skyfall' — Bond 23 Teaser Trailer

“Daniel Craig returns as James Bond 007 in SKYFALL, the 23rd installment of the Bond series on screen.
Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her.”

Also starring Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes. Hellen McCrory, Naomie Harris, and Albert Finney.
Directed by Sam Mendes, from a screenplay by John Logan, Neal Purvis, and Robert Wade.
Produced by Eon Productions for MGM, Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment, due in U.S. theaters and IMAX November 9th, 2012.

CW Greenlights 'Arrow' & Beast Remake

The CW Network has picked up ARROW, a new spin on DC Comics’ Green Arrow character. The show will ignore the previous TV incarnation of the character that appeared for several years on the networks’s SMALLVILLE.
From their press release:

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After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific.  When he returns home to Starling City, his devoted mother Moira, much-beloved sister Thea, and best friend Tommy welcome him home, but they sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island. 
While Oliver hides the truth about the man he’s become, he desperately wants to make amends for the actions he took as the boy he was.  Most particularly, he seeks reconciliation with his former girlfriend, Laurel Lance. 
As Oliver reconnects with those closest to him, he secretly creates the persona of Arrow – a vigilante – to right the wrongs of his family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory. 
By day, Oliver plays the role of a wealthy, carefree and careless philanderer he used to be – flanked by his devoted chauffeur/bodyguard, John Diggle – while carefully concealing the secret identity he turns to under cover of darkness.  However, Laurel’s father, Detective Quentin Lance, is determined to arrest the vigilante operating in his city.
Meanwhile, Oliver’s own mother, Moira, knows much more about the deadly shipwreck than she has let on – and is more ruthless than he could ever imagine.
The series stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, Colin Donnell as Tommy, Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance, David Ramsey as John Diggle, Willa Holland as Thea Queen, with Susanna Thompson as Moira Queen and Paul Blackthorne as Detective Quentin Lance.
Based on characters appearing in comic books and graphic novels
published by DC Comics, ARROW is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in
association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television,
with executive producers Greg Berlanti (“Green Lantern,” “Brothers &
Sisters”), Marc Guggenheim (“FlashForward,” “Eli Stone”), Andrew
Kreisberg (“Warehouse 13,” “The Vampire Diaries”) and David Nutter
(“Smallville,” “Supernatural,” “Game of Thrones”).  Melissa Kellner
Berman (“Eli Stone,” “Dirty Sexy Money”) is co-executive producer. The
pilot was directed by David Nutter from a teleplay by Andrew Kreisberg
& Marc Guggenheim, story by Greg Berlanti & Marc Guggenheim.
Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman in the original
Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman in the original

The network is also commisioning a new series based on the 80’s fan favorite BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, though with quite a number of changes, it would appear.
Here’s the skinny:
Detective Catherine Chandler is a smart, no-nonsense homicide
detective.  When she was a teenager, Catherine witnessed the murder of
her mother at the hands of two gunmen.  Catherine would have been killed too, but someone – or something – saved her.  No one has ever believed her, but she knows it wasn’t an animal that attacked the assassins…it was human. 
Years have passed, and Catherine is a strong, confident, capable police officer, working alongside her equally talented partner, Tess.  While investigating a murder, Catherine discovers a clue that leads her to a handsome doctor named Vincent Keller, who was reportedly killed by enemy fire while serving in Afghanistan in 2002.  Catherine learns that Vincent is actually still alive and that it was he who saved her many years before.  
For mysterious reasons that have forced him to live outside of traditional society, Vincent has been in hiding for the past 10 years to guard his secret – when he is enraged, he becomes a terrifying beast, unable to control his super-strength and heightened senses.  
Catherine agrees to protect his identity in return for any insight he may have into hermother’s murder.  Thus begins a complex relationship between Catherine and Vincent, who are powerfully drawn to each other yet understand that their connection is extremely dangerous for both of them.
The series stars Kristin Kreuk (“Smallville,” “Chuck”) as Catherine, Jay Ryan (“Terra Nova”) as Vincent, Max Brown (“The Tudors,” “MI-5”) as Evan, Nina Lisandrello (“Nurse Jackie”) as Tess, Nicole Gale Anderson (“Make It or Break It”) as Heather, Austin Basis (“Life Unexpected”) as J.T., and Brian White (“The Shield,” “The Cabinin the Woods”) as Joe.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is from CBS Television Studios with
executive producers Jennifer Levin (“Without A Trace,” “Felicity”),
Sherri Cooper (“Brothers and Sisters”), Bill Haber (“Rizzoli & Isles,”
“Thurgood”), Paul J. Witt (“A Better Life”) & Tony Thomas (“A Better
Life”), Ron Koslow (“Moonlight”) and Gary Fleder (“Life Unexpected”).

'Prometheus' International Trailer

Via PrometheusUK:
“Ridley Scott, director of “Alien” and “Blade Runner,” returns to the genre he helped define.
With PROMETHEUS, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.”

Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba and Patrick Wilson headline this semi-prequel to ALIEN, script by Scott, Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof.

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In theaters June 8th, from 20th Century Fox.

'Dark Knight Rises' — Trailer 3

“Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ THE DARK KNIGHT RISES is the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.
Leading an all-star international cast, Oscar winner Christian Bale (“The Fighter”) again plays the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman.
The film also stars Anne Hathaway, as Selina Kyle; Tom Hardy, as Bane; Oscar(R) winner Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”), as Miranda Tate; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as John Blake.
Returning to the main cast, Oscar winner Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules”) plays Alfred; Gary Oldman is Commissioner Gordon; and Oscar winner Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”) reprises the role of Lucius Fox.
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES in theaters July 20.”

Certainly a different tone from Marvel’s THE AVENGERS trailers, as the Nolan/Bale Batman trilogy approaches its end. Hopefully, there will be some note of triumph mixed into the tragic-appearing final act.