Bon Jovi rocks the big screen, latest big-screen soundtracks released

by Mark Burger

Has it been almost 30 years since the New Jersey-based rock band Bon Jovi first burst onto the scene?

Indeed it has, and the band is just as popular as ever. Not bad for a kid from Sayreville, NJ — a town fondly remembered by yours truly (who grew up in the Garden State) for having one of the very first multiplex theaters in the region, the Amboy Cinemas. I spent many an hour there as a lad.

But back to Bon Jovi…. Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Tico Torres and David Bryan have been the core of the group since its inception, with bass guitarist Hugh McDonald joining the band in 1994 when Alec John Such opted out. The band’s many hits include “Livin’ on a Prayer,” “Wanted Dead or Alive,” “Bad Medicine,” “I’ll Be There for You,” “Bad Medicine” and “Runaway.”

NCM Fathom Events and AEG Live have joined forces to present Bon Jovi Inside Out at select movie theaters nationwide on Tuesday, Nov. 27. Locally, this rock documentary will be screened at Brassfield Cinema 10 (2101 New Garden Road, Greensboro) and Greensboro Grande Stadium 16 (3205 Northline Ave.). For fans of the band — and there are millions worldwide — this will be certainly be a happy holiday season!

At a time when the hair bands of the 1980s proliferated, Bon Jovi stood tall and outlasted most of them — racking up multiple accolades over the years, including honors from the American Music Awards, the MTV Music Video Awards, World Music Awards, a Grammy and even an Oscar nomination for Best Song (“Blaze of Glory” from 1990’s Young Guns II). In 2009, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora were inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame.

The band has selected a set list from its many chart-topping hits — if I knew what they were, I’d mention them, but I suspect that surprise is all part of Bon Jovi Inside Out — taken from exclusive concert footage filmed at the O2 in London, Madison Square Garden in New York City and back to their old New Jersey stomping grounds at New Meadowlands Stadium. Described as a “dream set,” it’s surely a rock ‘n’ roll dream come true for Bon Jovi buffs. There will also be a live segment broadcast from Times Square, in which band members will discuss their upcoming 2013 world tour and the release of the new album (What About Now) in the spring. There will also be an interactive question-and-answer session with fans.

Showtime is 8 pm at both theaters. At Brassfield Cinema, tickets are $11.50 (general admission), $10.50 (senior citizens and students), $9.50 for children under 12. At Greensboro Grande, all tickets are $12.50. Tickets are also available via www.FathomEvents. com.

The temperature may be dropping, but the holiday movie season is heating up — and Sony Music/ Sony Classical is releasing several of the year’s most anticipated soundtracks in time for the holiday season.

Topping the list are the soundtracks for the latest James Bond extravaganza, Skyfall, and Steven Spielberg’s historical epic Lincoln.

The former was composed by 10-time Academy Award nominee Thomas Newman, marking a reunion with director Sam Mendes, as he has scored every one of Mendes’ previous films — including American Beauty (1999), for which Mendes won the Oscar as Best Director. Newman is a scion of one of Hollywood’s most illustrious family of composers: his father was Alfred, his brother is David and his cousin is Randy.

Although he has won five Grammy Awards and an Emmy, the Oscar has thus far eluded Newman despite 10 nominations: The Shawshank Redemption and Little Women (both 1994), Unstrung Heroes (1995), American Beauty (1999), Road to Perdition (2002), Finding Nemo (2003), Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004), The Good German (2006) and two (Best Song and Best Original Score) for Wall-E (2008).

As for John Williams, Lincoln marks the latest in a 40-year collaboration with Spielberg.

He has composed the scores of every one of Spielberg’s films except one. That would be Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983), for which Spielberg (appropriately) employed long-time “Twilight Zone” composer Jerry Goldsmith. Williams has won five Oscars, four Golden Globes, 21 Grammys and been nominated 47 times for the Academy Award, making him the most-nominated living person and second only to Walt Disney.

It would hardly be a surprise if both men find themselves again in the running for Hollywood’s highest honor come Oscar time.

Sony Music/Sony Classical will also be releasing the soundtracks to Red Dawn (Ramin Djawada), Life of Pi (Mychael Danna), Hitchcock (Danny Elfman) and Silver Linings Playbook (various artists) before month’s end.

For more details about these and other new releases from Sony Music/Sony Classical, check out the official website: