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  • 01:00

    Masterclass:Penka Kouneva/Composer/Lead Orchestrator/Matrix/Transformers/Elysium

    in Movies

    Film & game composer of “exquisite talent” (Prince of Persia: Forgotten Sands game co-composed with Steve Jablonsky), Penka has worked for 15 years in Los Angeles on titles grossing $15 billion world-wide. Her own music is a blend of her Eastern-European upbringing, classical training, modern film & game music, and influences ranging from rock, electronica, Medieval chant to non-Western music. She has made Hollywood history (first woman Lead Orchestrator on films with budget over $100M - Ender’s Game and Elysium). And just like the great Shirley Walker, Penka is a mentor who has nurtured the careers of many. Notable collaborations: with the celebrity composers Hans Zimmer,, Steve Jablonsky, Neal Acree for Blizzard Entertainment (orchestrator: World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III franchises) Penka has composed two concept albums in cinematic orchestral-electronica style, A Warrior’s Odyssey (2012, available from Howlin’ Wolf) and The Woman Astronaut (released on Varése Sarabande in 2015). Penka is on the Advisory Boards for Game Developers Conference (GDC), Sundance Institute, and Mentor for NARAS (Grammy®). As an industry leader and groundbreaking artist, she is a frequent speaker at GDC, Game Sound Con, CalArts, Berklee, Musicians Institute, Duke, Columbia College, Society of Composers and Lyricists and numerous schools, game conferences and events. As a role model and passionate advocate for artists’ growth, advancement of women composers and gender parity, Penka is featured on MPR, film and video game press.You can email your questions to 123filmeasy@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @123Film

  • 01:28

    Matt Damon's Elysium

    in Movies

    Elysium, Neill Blomkamp’s second feature, is our main review this week alongside his first sci-fi actioner, District 9. Also: The Lord of the Flies, 42.

  • 00:30

    Black Geeks Review: Elysium

    in Movies

    This week the Black Geeks review the much anticipated "Elysium" directed by "District 9"s Neill Blomkamp. This sci-fi action flick, based on an original idea, stars Matt Damon and Jodie Foster.  
    From IMDB - Set in the year 2154, where the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth, a man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds.
    Tune in today at 3:30 to find out whether your favorite black geeks will rate it a hit or miss! BNB Forever!

  • 01:18

    Elysium, Planes, And Percy Jackson Review

    in Movies

    AreYouScreening.com host and BFCA film critic, Marc Eastman, and co-host extraordinaire, Shane Leonard, review Elysium. We also check in with Planes and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters... though only one of us may be able to catch them all.
    Tune in to find out if these are worth your time, and don't forget that you could win the Blu-Ray of every movie we review in 2013!

  • 01:02

    Episode 16: Elysium, The Spectacular Now

    in Film

    The end of Summer is not taking it easy on us here at the PDC.  With no less than 7 films coming out this past week from Wednesday to Friday there will be no time for the jibba jabba...but you know us better than that. We'll be hitting everything from gritty sci-fi blockbusters like Elysium starring Matt Damon to high flying animated family faire with Disney's Planes. 

  • 00:17

    GLMX #158: The Way to the Real 'Elysium'

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    The new science fiction movie, Elysium, depicts a futuristic dystopian society where Earth is overpopulated by the diseased and impoverished masses, while the wealthy and well-to-do live on an expansive space colony known as Elysium. The government of Elysium prevents those who live on Earth from immigrating and becoming citizens of Elysium. Those who try to do so are killed by the government of Elysium.

    The word "elysium" is a reference to the Greek idea of Paradise. The Greek philosophers and writers believed that Elysium, or the mythical Elysian Fields, was a beautiful, peaceful eternal destination reserved for the righteous and those favored by the gods. It was a place of peace -- a lush, green paradise where those who had lived well could enjoy the afterlife.

    In the film Elysium, Max is an ex-convict trying to survive in a dilapidated, run-down Los Angeles. He is friends with a woman who has a daughter named Matilda. Matilda is dying from Leukemia. At the factory where Max works, he is exposed to dangerous levels of radiation and is informed that he has only five days to live. Knowing that he can be cured in one of the advanced medical treatment centers on Elysium, he determines to find a way to get to the space colony to find healing for himself and Matilda. He connects with a smuggler named Spider, and they both begin to plot a way for all of those on Earth to become citizens of Elysium.

    Max's desperate attempt to gain healing on Elysium is reminiscent of man's search for escape from the desperate, down-trodden conditions of Earth. Like the Earth depicted in the film, our world is broken, filled with masses of people who are sick, physically and spiritually. We are people who long for Heaven.

    + Plus, listen to Jeremy Camp singing "Better is One Day in Your Courts"

  • 01:23

    Ep. 28- Josh Gad; Elysium

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    On this week's show, director Joshua Michael Stern and co-star Josh Gad join Cinema Royale to discuss Jobs, the new Steve Jobs biopic starring Ashton Kutcher as the legendary tech giant. How does Kutcher measure up playing the late Apple founder?
    Plus, reviews of Neill Blomkamp's anticipated sci-fi blockbuster, Elysium, and We're the Millers starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis.

  • 01:57

    MOVIE REVIEWS:We're the Millers,Planes,Elysium,Percy Jackson

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    CALL (347) 215-7225 & discuss MOVIES out in theatres currently including, We're the Millers, Planes, Elysium, and Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters!

  • 01:01

    12-On The Record: Stay with Your Integrity and Be Open

    in Business

    Singer/Songwriter/Producer Linda Perry is one of the most sought after names in the music business, and is often credited with bringing out the real artist in some of today’s most acclaimed artists. From her first major cuts and productions with P!nk to numerous hits penned and produced for artists Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, Gwen Stefani, and James Blunt.

    Prior to her current incarnation as singer/songwriter/producer/label owner, Perry was most notably known for former Interscope recording artists 4 Non Blondes.  Perry’s song, What's Up, catapulted the band to international stardom and the album Bigger, Better, Faster, More, sold 7 million copies, landing Perry the Best New Female Vocalist award in the Rolling Stone Reader's Poll. She's toured with The Who, Aerosmith, Prince, Neil Young, and Pearl Jam, and has appeared on David Letterman, Conan O'Brien, the Billboard Music Awards, MTV, and England's Top of the Pops.

    In June of 2015 Perry was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

    Perry's most recent project is a children's album released with her wife, Sara Gilbert, under the name, Deer Sounds. The album is inspired by the children in their family, including their newest member, Rhodes Gilbert-Perry.


  • 01:00

    SFP-NOW Featuring 'Star Wars' Chat & Video Game and Movie Composer Penka Kouneva

    in Pop Culture

    In this latest episode of SFP-NOW we indulge in some 'Star Wars' chat with Patrick Hayes and talk music with Movie and Video Game Composer Penka Kouneva.

    Penka Kouneva has worked on many music scores for Video Games, TV Shows and Movies.

    During her career in the industry she has worked on projects such as 'Prince of Persia: Forgotten Sands' (Video Game), 'Ender’s Game' and 'Elysium'.

    She is noted for collaborations with celebrity composers Hans Zimmer (orchestrator: Pirates 3, Angels and Demons), Steve Jablonsky (Transformers franchise, Gears of War 2, 3), with Neal Acree for Blizzard Entertainment (orchestrator: World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III franchises),

    During our chat Penka talks in detail about her work and also chats about her new concept music collection titled 'The Woman Astronaut', which is out to buy now through all good music retailers as well as iTunes and other such services. You can learn more about Penka's work at: http://www.penkakouneva.com

    SFP-NOW is a part of the League Of Geeks Network, which includes ther great shows such as Genretainment and Supergeekedup.

  • 01:00

    SFP-NOW Featuring 'Star Wars' Chat & Video Game and Movie Composer Penka Kouneva

    in Pop Culture

    For this episode Patrick Hayes and I dicuss our collecting excitement about all things 'Star Wars' and touch on developments in 'Star Wars: Rebels' and 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'.

    Our interview this week is with Penka Kouneva who has done music for such epic films as Enders Game and Eliysium.

    Penka talks to us about her new concept music collection titled 'The Woman Astronaut' and also chat about how we could possibly get more women composers to work in the film and video game industry as muscians.