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How ‘First Man’ flawlessly recreated Neil Armstrong’s famous first words on the moon

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Damien Chazelle’s eagerly awaited Neil Armstrong biopic First Man debuted to rave reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival last week, earning the film a stellar 91% approval rating from critics on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, with many praising the film’s accurate portrayal of the moon landing.

In fact, First Man is so accurate in its portrayal of the moon landing that supervising sound editor Mildred Iatrou says she was asked by one TIFF attendee if they had included the original recordings from the actual Apollo 11 moon landing in the moon landing sequence featured in the film. The thing is, they didn’t. They recreated the audio.

“When they’re on the moon, they’re saying the lines that we’re all very familiar with. We wanted to reference the originals, but have the actors be performing those lines,” Iatrou said (via IndieWire). “Just a little while ago, I was talking to somebody who had just seen the film, and he said, ‘Oh, so you used the original recordings on the moon?’ and I was like, ‘No, we didn’t!’ I was so happy to hear that.”

Iatrou went on to describe how the actors would listen to and reference the original moon landing recordings when they were performing their lines during automated dialog replacement. “Then we took them, tweaked them a little more, manipulated them, [and] added futzes to make it sound like the actual lines,” she added.

First Man stars Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong while The Crown actress Claire Foy plays his wife, Janet Armstrong. Kyle Chandler, Jason Clarke, Patrick Fugit, Ciaran Hinds, Ethan Embry, Shea Whigham, Corey Stoll, and Pablo Schreiber round out the supporting cast. The film will open in theaters next month on October 12.

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‘The Call of the Wild’ trailer finds Harrison Ford, his dog embarking on an epic adventure

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20th Century Fox has released the trailer for The Call of the Wild, the first live-action effort from Lilo & Stitch and How to Train Your Dragon director Chris Sanders starring Harrison Ford.

Based on the novel by Jack London, The Call of the Wild chronicles the story of Buck, a dog whose life is turned upside down when he’s uprooted from his California home and taken to the exotic wilds of the Alaskan Yukon where he meets John Thornton (Ford), a seasoned gold prospector, during the Klondike Gold Rush in the 1890s.

In addition to Ford, the film’s cast ensemble cast also includes the likes of Dan Stevens, Karen Gillan, Omar Sy, Bradley Whitford, Colin Woodell, Scott MacDonald, and Cara Gee.

Michael Green scripted the film, which is produced by Erwin Stoff, with Diana Pokorny serving as executive producer and Ryan Stafford co-producing.

The Call of the Wild hits theaters February 1.

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Contest: Enter to win ‘Angel Has Fallen’ on Blu-ray from Lionsgate Home Entertainment

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Lionsgate Home Entertainment will release Angel Has Fallen on Blu-ray/DVD on November 26 and it’s giving Silver Screen Beat readers a chance to win a Blu-ray combo pack (plus DVD and digital) of the film.

Our readers can click this link right now to enter to win an Angel Has Fallen combo pack, which includes several behind the scenes featurettes and a 3-part audio commentary with director Ric Roman Waugh.

The contest is currently ongoing and will end Sunday, November 24, at which point winners will be selected and notified. Below is the official trailer for Angel Has Fallen as well as some additional details about the film.

Directed by: Ric Roman Waugh

Cast: Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Alan Siegel, Matt O’Toole, John Thompson, Les Weldon, Yariv Lerner, and Mike Touzard

Rating: R for violence and language throughout

4K UHD / BLU-RAY / DVD / DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES

  • “Even Angels Fall: The Story” Featurette
  • “Someone to Watch Over Me: New Blood” Featurette
  • “Calling All Angels: Casting” Featurette
  • “True Faith: Authenticity” Featurette
  • “Fight for You: Stunts and Action” Featurette
  • “Earth Angel: Recreating DC” Featurette
  • “Angel Declassified” 3-Part Audio Commentary with Director Ric Roman Waugh

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Paramount taps ‘Fargo’ creator Noah Hawley to write, direct next installment in ‘Star Trek’ series

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Fresh off the release of his feature directorial debut Lucy in the Sky last month, Noah Hawley has been set to write and direct the upcoming next installment in the Star Trek franchise, according to Deadline.

Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, and the rest of the principal cast are all expected to return for Star Trek 4, which Hawley will also produce for his 26 Keys banner along with JJ Abrams and Bad Robot.

The film is not in any way related to the R-rated spinoff Abrams and Quentin Tarantino have been developing with writer Mark L. Smith and will serve as a direct sequel to 2016’s Star Trek Beyond.

S.J. Clarkson had been attached to direct Star Trek 4 as recently as last year and was poised to become the first woman to helm a film in the sci-fi series but reportedly parted ways with the project after development stalled in mid-2018.

Hawley — perhaps best known for his work on FX series such as Fargo and Legion — recently made his directorial debut with the Natalie Portman-led drama Lucy in the Sky, which tanked at the domestic box office amid harsh reviews from critics.

Production on Star Trek 4 is expected to get underway in 2020.

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