Eras End

"An era can be said to end when its basic illusions are exhausted." - Arthur Miller

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

NBC Olympics Opening Intro and Closing Ceremony Montages (Tokyo 2021 Edition)

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics have come to a close. Despite COVID taking away the crowds, it was still an amazing Summer Olympics. Tokyo shined brightly and the athletes even brighter. So my little tradition continues. Or at least try to as yet to find the NBC closing credits. There is also a USA/NBCSN version too. Neither is currently available online.  Having seen other countries' network montages, NBC remains the gold standard.  Any case enjoy the past ones below. If you find this year's montages or replacements for ones below that no longer work, please email me link (top right) or post it in the comments.

In the United States, the Olympics Games television rights are owned by NBC (starting in 1988 for Summer Games, 2002 for Winter Games), CBS (1990s Winter Games) and ABC (1980s Winter Games). For NBC, their many hours of coverage always begins with a poetic introduction that shows off the host country and ends with their Olympics Ceremony credit montage that summarizes the games in spectacular fashion and while it has the expected focus on the US, it doesn't remain entirely there.

I tried to identify the music where possible besides NBC's traditional use of John Williams's "Olympic Fanfare and Theme", Leo Arnaud's "Bugler’s Dream" and Randy Edelman's "Theme from The Adventures of Brisco County Jr". Some of the videos are crap quality since NBC and the Olympic Committee isn't willing to post their versions online. If you find better copies, missing copies, or identify music gaps, please post in the comments.

As always thank you to the Olympians for bringing two weeks of joy, peace and the competitive spirit. Looking forward to the next Olympics.

Olympic Closing Credit Montages

Saturday, October 31, 2020

R.I.P. Sean Connery 1930 - 2020

Legendary actor Sean Connery died at age 90 after a long illness. The retired actor left behind an amazing filmography whose career took off when he was cast as 007 James Bond for Dr No. and reprising the role for additional 6 movies. He later played a critical role in Highlander, moved on to the russian submarine commander in The Hunt for Red October, and play Henry Jones Sr. in Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade with a then surprise appearance as King Richard in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves. His one Oscar came from playing Jimmy Malone in The Untouchables. The actor retired in 2003 with his final role in The League of Extraordinary Gentleman. His resume is worth giving a look followed by a movie binge as he always elevated every film he was in. Condolances to his family and friends on their loss.

Sunday, August 23, 2020

DC FanDome Movie News for The Batman, Suicide Squad and More

Its been awhile since posted here. Mostly because have not felt like it. Figured the latest news from this weekend's DC FanDome was worth passing on. The weekend event includes "live" panels. Fake live as all the content was pre-recorded but streaming only in live format which strikes me limiting in this day and age of on demand. At least WB PR is smart enough to make sure their trailers are available for all to see.

On the movie front we got a look at new trailers for upcoming projects including the first trailer for The Batman (56 images), a new trailer for Wonder Woman 1984, first trailer for Justice League: The Snyder Cut (39 images), and a very early look at Black Adam. Aquaman 2 is also in the works with director James Wan saying it will be "a little more serious." Shazam 2 also scored a title of "Shazam: Fury of the Gods" and thats about it on that. On the video game front DC revealed 2 new games - The Suicide Squad Kills the Justice League and Gotham Knights. Trailers for everything below.

Release dates on everything is either unknown and not specific as Coronavirus has disrupted the shooting and release schedules of nearly all entertainment projects. Wonder Woman 1984 is currently scheduled for possible October release but everything else is a circa 2021 to 2023 window so basically meaningless right now.

The Batman
Movie is set early in the career of The Batman, before his famed Rogues Gallery had formed, before he had all those beautiful toys and become The World's Greatest Detective.

Wonder Woman 1984

Fast forward to the 1980s as Wonder Woman’s next big screen adventure finds her facing two all-new foes: Max Lord and The Cheetah.

Justice League: The Snyder Cut
Set to premiere on HBO Max streaming service sometime in 2021, the famed Snyder Cut will be based on the director's orginial and quite extended version of the film with the director considering releasing it as a 4 part miniseries of an hour each. He had always intended to have the Justice League sequel include a battle with Darkseid, plans that are now forever aborted thanks to financial failure of the film. This may be his way of combining both movie plans into one.

The Suicide Squad - Roll Call and Behind the Scenes
Starring: Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Idris Elba, Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag), John Cena (Peacemaker), Viola Davis (Amanda Waller), Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang), Michael Rooker (Savant), Flula Borg (Javelin), David Dastmalchian (Polka-Dot Man), Daniela Melchior (Ratcatcher), Steve Agee (King Shark), Mayling Ng (Mongal), Peter Capaldi (The Thinker), Alice Braga (Sul Soria), Pete Davidson (Blackguard), Nathan Fillion (T.K.D.), Sean Gunn (Weasel), Storm Reid, Taika Waititi, Joaquín Cosío, and Juan Diego Botto

Black Adam Teaser

Dwayne Johnson is set to star as the DC Comics anti-hero in this film directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. The DC FanDome panel presented concept art of what fans can expect from the Shazam spin-off, including Black Adam's costume. Black Adam is scheduled to open December 22, 2021.

Gotham Knights

Batman is dead. It is now up to the Batman Family - Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood and Robin - to protect Gotham City, bring hope to its citizens, discipline to its cops, and fear to its criminals. You must evolve into the new Dark Knight and save Gotham from chaos.

Suicide Squad Kills the Justice League

The creators of the Batman: Arkham series are back with a brand new action-adventure shooter. The most dangerous villains in the DC Universe have been forced to team up and take on a new mission: Kill the Justice League. Create Chaos in Metropolis. You are the Suicide Squad