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Emmy Predictions 2016: The Unconventional Dominate the Score and Sound Races

26 August 2016 11:54 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

If there’s a running theme in this year’s race for score and sound, it’s being unconventional.

For series dramatic score, look for “Chef’s Table’s'” Duncan Thum to get the win for the poignant “Grant Achatz” episode about a Chicago celebrity chef losing his sense of taste while undergoing cancer treatment. However, Thum faces stiff competition from Chris Bacon for the offbeat “Bates Motel” finale, in which Norman (Freddie Highmore) and Norma (Vera Farmiga) face the point of no return, and from Mac Quayle’s eerie “Mr. Robot” opener (“Hello Friend”).

Fargo” and “The Night Manager,” which go head to head in dramatic score for limited series, movie or special, offer a ’70s vibe and Mediterranean sense of romance, with the nod likely going to “Fargo’s” Jeff Russo.

Meanwhile, “Game of Thrones” and “Fargo” are the definition of unconventional. “Got” should win for series sound »

- Bill Desowitz

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Emmy Predictions 2016: The Unconventional Dominate the Score and Sound Races

26 August 2016 11:54 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If there’s a running theme in this year’s race for score and sound, it’s being unconventional.

For series dramatic score, look for “Chef’s Table’s'” Duncan Thum to get the win for the poignant “Grant Achatz” episode about a Chicago celebrity chef losing his sense of taste while undergoing cancer treatment. However, Thum faces stiff competition from Chris Bacon for the offbeat “Bates Motel” finale, in which Norman (Freddie Highmore) and Norma (Vera Farmiga) face the point of no return, and from Mac Quayle’s eerie “Mr. Robot” opener (“Hello Friend”).

Fargo” and “The Night Manager,” which go head to head in dramatic score for limited series, movie or special, offer a ’70s vibe and Mediterranean sense of romance, with the nod likely going to “Fargo’s” Jeff Russo.

Meanwhile, “Game of Thrones” and “Fargo” are the definition of unconventional. “Got” should win for series sound »

- Bill Desowitz

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Nyff Sets World Premiere of Ang Lee’s ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’

22 August 2016 9:19 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The already-incredible line-up for the 2016 New York Film Festival just got even more promising. Ang Lee‘s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk will hold its world premiere at the festival on October 14th, the NY Times confirmed today. The adaptation of Ben Fountain‘s Iraq War novel, with a script by Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire), follows a teenage soldier who survives a battle in Iraq and then is brought home for a victory lap before returning.

Lee has shot the film at 120 frames per second in 4K and native 3D, giving it unprecedented clarity for a feature film, which also means the screening will be held in a relatively small 300-seat theater at AMC Lincoln Square, one of the few with the technology to present it that way. While it’s expected that this Lincoln Square theater will play the film when it arrives in theaters, it may be »

- Jordan Raup

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The Sound of Strange(r) Things

22 August 2016 3:58 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

A couple of weeks ago, I spent a few days immersed in Netflix’s new original series, Stranger Things. As someone who grew up in the 1980s and ‘90s, the show proved a wonderful exercise in nostalgia; a delightful amalgam of the wide-eyed Spielbergian ingenuousness and nightmarescapes of Stephen King that so informed my youth. From the moment the opening credits began I was hooked and a large part of this had to do with the show’s opening theme music. Composed by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein, members of the Austin-based electronic outfit Survive, the show’s theme immediately brings us into the curious world of Stranger Things. Analog synthesizer motifs creep in and out of the mix, pulsating ominously, intoning dread. A percussive heartbeat simmers underneath, propelling us forward into awaiting disaster and, paradoxically, backward to another time and place. When combined with the show’s titles—its »

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Howard Shore, Composer for Cronenberg, ‘Spotlight’ and Scorsese, on the Creation of Diverse Scores

19 August 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Watch a movie scored by Ennio Morricone, Bernard Herrmann or John Williams and you instantly recognize the composer’s signature sound.

Having just received the prestigious Vision Award at the Locarno Film Festival, Howard Shore has amassed a body of work that requires him to be mentioned among those fellow composing legends. From the ominous underbelly he gave “Seven,” to the magical rhythms that drive “Hugo,” to the dour tones encapsulating the reporters’ struggle in “Spotlight,” to the music that brought Tolkien’s Middle Earth to life, Shore has been behind some of the very best film scores of the last 40 years.

Read More: Legendary Composer Ennio Morricone Is Releasing A Greatest Hits Album

Yet what’s remarkable about Shore’s body of work, and what separates him from the other scoring legends, is that there’s nothing instantly recognizable binding together his diverse scores.

Growing up in Toronto, the »

- Chris O'Falt

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Nicolas Winding Refn Reveals Surprising Influences for ‘The Avenging Silence,’ His Upcoming Big-Scale Detective Film

14 August 2016 10:31 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Neon Demon” wasn’t quite the runaway box-office hit you might expect of a controversial art-house drama involving murder, synth music and necrophilia, but Nicolas Winding Refn forges ahead all the same. The gifted (and divisive) auteur, now at work on “The Avenging Silence,” made a rare foray to Twitter to reveal two of his key influences on his new project: Ian Fleming and William S. Burroughs.

Read More: Nicolas Winding Refn Says He Wants To Make “A Big Extravagant Action Film” With ‘The Avenging Silence’

“Dear Friends … More to come but for now Ian Fleming + William Burroughs + N W R = The Avenging Silence,” he tweeted alongside images of two book covers: Burroughs’ “Nova Express” and Fleming’s “Dr. No.” The latter is the sixth James Bond novel, which was adapted in 1962 as the first film in the enduring series based on Fleming’s books, while “Nova” is much less straightfoward. »

- Michael Nordine

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Why Music In Films Matters

14 August 2016 6:20 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Neil Calloway argues that soundtracks and scores can make or break films…

This week, Flickering Myth’s own Oli Davis made the persuasive case that Suicide Squad‘s various cuts could be seen in the music they used; with David Ayer’s original version using different styles of music to the final cut by Trailer Park. There was also the release of a report titled “The Effect of Background Music in Shark Documentaries on Viewers’ Perceptions of Sharks” that suggested people are afraid of sharks because of the ominous music used to score film scenes where they are present.  Personally, I’m frightened of sharks because I don’t want one to bite my leg off, leaving me to die an agonising death in the water while wearing only swimming shorts.

What both these stories remind us is the huge part scores and soundtracks play in films; when you get »

- Neil Calloway

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Lesbian Lives Matter in Summertime

18 July 2016 9:42 AM, PDT | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

Quite early on in Catherine Corsini's embraceable French import Summertime, a group of young Parisian women run through the streets, laughing aloud while pinching male asses. Viva, Simone de Beauvoir! The buttocks-ravished men are both startled and outraged. How dare they be made into sexual objects. One gent even starts attacking a lass, but to her rescue comes farm-girl/tractor-driver/physically strapping Delphine (Izïa Higelin).

Please note the year is 1971 and feminism is a-brewing, pleasantly knocking the closeted, recent rural-escapee for a loop. Suddenly, she's not in a field with gaseous bovines but in a bus encircled by attractive, long-haired, rowdy, activist Amazons, who care not a whit whether one is into scissoring or the missionary position. All sex is good. All male subordination of the "fairer" gender is bad. They even sing, "Arise, enslaved woman."

Suddenly, our enthralled heroine is attending political conscious-raising groups, helping to cause havoc at anti-abortion lectures, »

- Brandon Judell

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Why Nicolas Winding Refn Says He Turned Down ‘Spectre’

3 July 2016 9:58 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The filmmaking world has become Nicolas Winding Refn’s oyster in the wake of “Drive,” which won Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival and became a minor pop-culture sensation. Considering the kind of projects he’s said to have been offered — “Wonder Woman,” “Barbarella,” even “Spectre” — the Danish auteur’s follow-ups “Only God Forgives” and “The Neon Demon” might seem especially strange. Refn tells the Telegraph‘s Robbie Collin that his brief meetings with Eon Productions convinced him that “Bond” wasn’t quite his cup of tea, however, and he’d rather keep doing his own thing: “I just know this way I can do whatever I want, and that outweighs any money anyone can give me.”

Read More: ‘The Neon Demon’: Nicolas Winding Refn Anatomizes Elle Fanning’s Audition Scene for the New York Times

Not that his new project is entirely divorced from the world of »

- Michael Nordine

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New ‘Neon Demon’ Featurette Is All About The ‘Horror’ Of Nicolas Winding Refn’s Twisted Tale

1 July 2016 3:48 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

For those who haven’t seen the beauty-obsessed horror film, “The Neon Demon,” you’re in for a real treat. In a new featurette shared by Broad Green Pictures, Nicolas Winding Refn and Elle Fanning enthusiastically discuss their latest project.

“I wanted to make it as a horror film because I’m an entertainer,” says the director in the clip.

The film follows Jesse (Fanning), an aspiring model who moves to Los Angeles and quickly becomes the city’s newest “It-Girl.” Her beauty and youth are then devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.

Read More: ‘The Neon Demon’: Nicolas Winding Refn Anatomizes Elle Fanning’s Audition Scene for the New York Times

“He is the king of violence and blood,” Fanning says about the director. The actress had previously stated that she was drawn to the film because of its horror features, »

- Liz Calvario

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Nicolas Winding Refn Favorite Cliff Martinez Will Score ‘Wolverine 3′

1 July 2016 1:24 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Composer Cliff Martinez, known for his work on “Drive,” “Traffic” and many other hit films, has just committed to score the upcoming third and final “Wolverine” film, according to Film Music Reporter. This marks the first time Martinez will work on a superhero movie.

Plot details for Hugh Jackman’s last appearance as the “X-Men” mutant are sparse, but James Mangold is directing the film written by David James Kelly. Patrick Stewart is also reprising his role as Professor Xavier. 

Previous “Wolverine” composers are Harry Gregson-Williams who scored the first film and Marco Beltrami composed the music for 2013’s “The Wolverine.” 

Read More: Listen: ‘The Neon Demon’s’ Seductive Score by Cliff Martinez Will Blow Your Mind

Martinez’s last project was Nicolas Winding Refn’s “The Neon Demon,” the thriller challenged him to create one of the longest musical pieces for a film. He also worked on the score »

- Liz Calvario

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How ‘Neon Demon’ Composer Cliff Martinez Balanced Humor, Horror & Bernard Herrmann Temp Tracks

1 July 2016 1:16 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In Cliff Martinez’s first collaboration with Nicolas Winding Refn on “Drive” the director gave the composer a strong sense of what he wanted from the score.

“He assembled a temp score [existing music used during editing], which was very influential and exerted a pretty strong influence on ‘Drive,'” said Martinez in a recent interview with IndieWire. “On ‘Neon Demon’ he really threw me a curveball, he had it temped from top to bottom exclusively with music of Bernard Herrmann.”

Read More: ‘Neon Demon’ Dp Natasha Braier How She Turned Bright Color Schemes Into A Nicolas Winding Refn Nightmare

The scores of the legendary Hollywood composer Herrmann, most commonly remembered for creating big, dramatic orchestral music for films like “Citizen Kane,” “Pyscho,” “Vertigo” and “Taxi Driver”, are in a different sonic universe from Martinez’s scores, which are defined by sparse, modern music that gives his films a dark, electronic undertone.

“Nicolas said, ‘I »

- Chris O'Falt

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16mm Double Feature Night July 5th – Day The Earth Stood Still and Richard Pryor Live On The Sunset Strip

29 June 2016 8:43 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Join us for some old-school 16mm Movie Madness! – It’s our monthly 16Mm Double Feature Night at The Way Out Club (2525 Jefferson Avenue in St. Louis)! Join Tom Stockman and Roger from “Roger’s Reels’ for a double feature of two complete films projected on 16mm film. The show is Tuesday July 5th and starts at 8pm. Admission is Free though we will be setting out a jar to take donations for the National Children’s Cancer Society.

“Klaatu barada nikto!”

First up is: The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)

The sci-fi parable The Day The Earth Stood Still starring Oscar winner Patricia Neal tells the story of Klaatu, a visitor from another world (played by Michael Rennie) with his allmighty robot Gor who land unexpectedly at the White House to stop people from expanding the human violence beyond frontiers of the planet Earth. When he sees that he cannot »

- Tom Stockman

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Happy Birthday Ray Harryhausen – Here are His Ten Best Films

29 June 2016 3:36 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, Sam Moffitt, and Tom Stockman

Special effects legend Ray Harryhausen, whose dazzling and innovative visual effects work on fantasy adventure films such as Jason And The Argonauts  and  The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad  passed away in 2013 at age 92. In 1933, the then-13-year-old Ray Harryhausen saw King Kong at a Hollywood theater and was inspired – not only by Kong, who was clearly not just a man in a gorilla suit, but also by the dinosaurs. He came out of the theatre “stunned and haunted. They looked absolutely lifelike … I wanted to know how it was done.” It was done by using stop-motion animation: jointed models filmed one frame at a time to simulate movement. Harryhausen was to become the prime exponent of the technique and its combination with live action. The influence of Harryhausen on film luminaries like Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Peter Jackson, and »

- Movie Geeks

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‘Greetings’: Brian De Palma’s Splintering of Masculinity

29 June 2016 9:09 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

“This is a pretty good land, a fact” was proclaimed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in a television broadcast addressing the Vietnam War — the leader of the free world backing up a “humble” if contentious wording of his nation’s state with an absolute, and thus already opening up the possibility of not just satire, but images as the ultimate medium for telling lies. Perhaps it was the ultimate “prologue” for a 28-year-old Brian De Palma.

With the mission statement of setting out to make something akin to Jean-Luc Godard’s ’60s work, De Palma’s third feature, Greetings, still feels surprisingly his own; his preoccupations already so dominant that it doesn’t come off as a banalization of Godard’s aesthetics and ideas the way so many other rip-offs did. Perhaps the difference is that it’s based in a very personal milieu, situated around three New York buddies »

- Ethan Vestby

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Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan

28 June 2016 8:19 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Release the Kraken! They're only now releasing this Blu-ray in the U.S.. The patron saint of every special effect fan gets the royal treatment in this career overview capped with industry testimonials and rare film items from a cache of 35mm outtakes found packed away in Rh's storeroom. Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan Region B Blu-ray Arrow Video Us 2011 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 97 min. / Street Date June 28, 2016 / 19.95 Starring Ray Harryhausen, Peter Jackson, Nick Park, Phil Tippet, Randy Cook, Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam, Tony Dalton, Dennis Muren, John Landis, Ray Bradbury, Ken Ralston, Martine Beswick, Vanessa Harryhausen, Caroline Munro, Guillermo del Toro, Joe Dante, John Lasseter, James Cameron, Steven Spielberg, Henry Selick. Original Music Alexandre Poncet Produced by Tony Dalton, Alexandre Poncet Written and Directed by Gilles Penso

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

The time has long passed that Ray Harryhausen was merely a cult figure. By the release of Golden Voyage »

- Glenn Erickson

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IndieWire’s Movie Podcast: Screen Talk (Episode 103): ‘Neon Demon’ Showcases Amazon Studios’ Big Goals

24 June 2016 3:07 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Amazon Studios has been generating headlines for a while now, but with this week’s release of two movies — “Neon Demon” and “Wiener-Dog” — the company’s lofty goals are being put into practice. Or, at least, some of its lofty goals. But what are those goals, anyway? In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson discuss Amazon’s current track record as well as some of the bigger ambitions it has further down the line, including its plans for Oscar season. The pair also touch on summer movie season and salute the career of the late Anton Yelchin.

Listen to the full episode above.

Screen Talk is available on iTunes. You can subscribe here or via RSS. Share your feedback with Thompson and Kohn on Twitter or sound off in the comments. Browse previous installments here, review the show on and be sure to let »

- Indiewire Staff

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Rollercoaster

18 June 2016 8:02 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

A mad extortionist is blowing up rollercoaster rides. Put-upon George Segal must stop him because we all know that the time, the tide and roller coasters wait for no man. Producer Jennings Lang's by-the-numbers suspense thriller is light on suspense and thrills, but the cast is good and the screenplay at least partly intelligent. And hey -- it's got a teenage Helen Hunt! Rollercoaster Blu-ray Shout! Factory 1977 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 119 min. / Street Date June 21, 2016 / 19.99 Starring George Segal, Timothy Bottoms, Henry Fonda, Helen Hunt, Harry Guardino, Susan Strasberg, Craig Wasson, Robert Quarry, Quinn Redeker, Dick Wesson, Gary Franklin, Steve Guttenberg. Cinematography David M. Walsh Original Music Lalo Schifrin Written by Richard Levinson, William Link, Tommy Cook Produced by Jennings Lang Directed by James Goldstone

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Jaws inspired plenty of rip-off movies about sharks, bears, killer whales and monster octopi threatening beaches. Since it wasn't safe to go back to the water, »

- Glenn Erickson

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‘Sisters’: Brian De Palma’s Gleefully Twisted Exploitation Tale

17 June 2016 12:25 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Brian De Palma‘s shocking exploitation gut-punch, Sisters, is a perfectly orchestrated exercise in style, a staging of some of the finest suspense sequences since Alfred Hitchcock was above ground. Channeling the Master of Suspense’s gleeful enjoyment of audience manipulation, De Palma remarkably employs a trashy genre aesthetic to satirically explore issues of race and social alienation. It’s a film about outsiders — a starkly disturbing reminder that looks and appearances can be dangerously deceiving — that’s nevertheless less interested in soap-box statements than inducing audiences to squeal and squirm. Grim in its contemporary relevance, De Palma and co-writer Louisa Rose‘s political satire is ever-present but far from overt, quietly bubbling in the background. This is a film in which police officers respond to learning of the stabbing of an African-American man by hatefully grumbling, “Those people are always stabbing each other.”

The film’s opening scene launches »

- Tony Hinds

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The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

12 June 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Get out your handkerchiefs, director Joseph Mankiewicz’ 1947 fantasy has been known to inspire tears in even the hardest-hearted moviegoer. This ectoplasmic romance between Gene Tierney (as the most beautiful spinster ever to don a shawl and wire-rim glasses) and Rex Harrison as the sea-faring ghost who loves her is a match not made in heaven but certainly headed there. Bernard Herrmann’s wistful score is the finishing touch on one of the greatest date-night movies ever.

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- TFH Team

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