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Listen To A Sample Of The Creed Soundtrack From Composer Ludwig Goransson

13 November 2015 2:08 PM, PST | | See recent news »

The dramatic sound of the bell in Tom Conti’s score for Rocky is one we all remember.

Check out this sample track from Creed by composer Ludwig Goransson.

One of the director Ryan Coogler’s favorite aspects of shooting Creed in the City of Brotherly Love was…the brotherly love. “I liked the vibe out there, it was very similar to Oakland, where people have a lot of pride in their sports teams, pride in where they’re from. The music culture out there is also very big, and we were able to bring that to life in the film through the character of Bianca, thanks to Tessa Thompson and our composer.”

Ludwig Goransson, who also worked with Coogler on his previous film, scored Creed and wrote several tracks for Thompson to perform in character.

“Creating an Ep for a fictional buzz-worthy artist is challenging, but knowing what Ryan »

- Melissa Thompson

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"Beat" Takeshi: The Hollywood Flashback Interview

26 July 2015 8:22 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

I interviewed Takeshi Kitano, aka "Beat" Takeshi, in spring of 2001 regarding "Brother," his first film shot on American soil. Kitano is arguably, still, the biggest star in Japan, one whose influence crosscuts virtually all areas of media.

Memories: Kitano was surrounded by a small entourage of Japanese men, one of whom was his interpreter. He was formal and stoic in his interaction with me, but never unfriendly. As Sofia Coppola so deftly portrayed in "Lost in Translation," the English to Japanese process of translating can often be time-consuming for what amounts to seemingly little that's been said. Kitano rarely made eye contact or smiled, although when he would laugh softly, a crooked grin would form on one side of his mouth, the right. The other striking thing about Kitano's appearance was a tic, or slight tremor, that would appear on the left side of his face, the after-effect of a »

- The Hollywood

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Tony Awards: Alex Sharp, Ruthie Ann Miles and Richard McCabe win for Broadway debuts

8 June 2015 1:30 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Three performers -- Alex Sharp, Richard McCabe and Ruthie Ann Miles -- won Tony Awards for their Broadway debut. These victories put them in a freshman club that now has 90 members.  -Break- Sharp, who won for his portrayal of socially awkward genius Christopher Boone in "Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," is the fifteenth Best Actor (Play) champ to take home the trophy for his first time on Broadway. He joins: Paul Scofield for "A Man for All Seasons" (1962); Cliff Gorman for "Lenny" (1972); John Kani and Winston Ntshona (joint nomination) for "Sizwe Banzi is Dead/The Island" (1975); Tom Conti for "Whose Life is it Anyway?" (1979); Harvey Fierstein for "Torch Song Trilogy" (1983); Jeremy Irons for "The Real Thing" (1984); Ralph Fiennes for "Hamlet" (1995); Stephen Dillane for "The Real Thing" (2000); Jefferson Mays for "I Am My Own W..." »

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Time Machine: Bachchan and Rai - Bollywood King and Queen on Hollywood Red Carpet

9 May 2015 12:48 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai at the Oscars Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai on the Academy Awards' Red Carpet Pictured above are Bollywood stars Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, which took place on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Two years ago, an Anglo-Indian-American co-production, Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire became not only one of the season's biggest sleeper hits, but also the eventual Best Picture Oscar winner. Dev Patel and Freida Pinto starred. Curiously, some have complained that Slumdog Millionaire was just a less interesting rehash of higher-quality Bollywood musicals and dramas that have received relatively little play outside South Asian communities around the globe. Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai movies The son of Indian cinema legend Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan has been featured in nearly 50 films. Among them are: Dhoom (2004). Director: Sanjay Gadhvi. Cast: Abhishek Bachchan. Uday Chopra. John Abraham. Esha Deol. »

- D. Zhea

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'Pretty Woman' Turns 25! Go Behind the Scenes with 21-Year-Old Julia Roberts

22 March 2015 10:04 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Pretty Woman turns 25!

Can you believe it? It's been 25 years since the Gary Marshall romantic comedy first swept us off our feet. This year marks the silver anniversary of the movie that catapulted Julia Roberts into superstardom when it first premiered in 1990. The whole world fell for Roberts' irresistible smile and Et got to see it first on the set a year earlier.

At just 21 years old, Roberts was cast as Vivian Ward, a hooker with a heart of gold who is romanced by Edward Lewis, a millionaire tycoon played by Richard Gere. "He's really supportive, giving actor," she told Et in 1989. "It's so nice to be there with someone who, I feel like when I feel good about my work he'll support that."

Watch: 'Steel Magnolias' 25 Years Later: Flashback to the 1989 Premiere

The original title of the film was $3,000, referring to the price for a night with Julia's character. For her part »

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