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Ashley Judd Recites 'Nasty Woman' Poem, 'Daily Show' Alum Jessica Williams Delivers Powerful Speech at Women's Marches

18 hours ago | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Ashley Judd and Jessica Williams were among a slew of celebrities who spoke out on Saturday during the women's marches across the country and world.

Judd addressed the crowd at the massive rally in Washington, D.C., reciting a poem by 19-year-old Nina Donovan titled, Nasty Woman.

"I’m nasty like the fight for wage equality. Scarlett Johansson, why were the female actors paid less than half of what the male actors earned last year? See, even when we do go into higher paying jobs our wages are still cut with blades sharpened by testosterone," the 48-year-old actress read aloud. "Why is the work of a black woman and a Hispanic woman worth only 63 and 54 cents of a white man’s privileged daughter? This is not a feminist myth. This is inequality. So we are not here to be debunked. We are here to be respected. We are here to be nasty.”

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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Island (1980)

21 January 2017 10:41 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Michael Caine had an interesting run of genre flicks starting in the late ‘70s. The Swarm (1978) was laughed off the screen, Dressed to Kill (1980) was enjoyed by audiences and critics alike, and The Hand (1981) dropped his batting average once again. Nestled in between all those was The Island (1980), a killer pirate movie from the author of Jaws and directed by the man behind The Bad News Bears. What could go wrong? Well, everything, according to most folk. It’s an odd one to be sure, but the wild tonal shifts that prevent the ship from staying on a clear course make it a fascinating treasure that gets better with each viewing.

Released in June by Universal, The Island had a surefire pedigree for success; the Jaws juggernaut of producers Zanuck and Brown and author Peter Benchley (here, adapting his own novel) promised a good time to be had by all. »

- Scott Drebit

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Museum of Pop Culture Exhibit to Honor New Science Fiction & Fantasy Hall of Fame Inductees

18 January 2017 9:40 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Inspiring generations with their uncanny abilities to bring us closer to the great wonders (and horrors) of this universe, Guillermo del Toro and H.P. Lovecraft are among the group of creators and works being inducted this year into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a new exhibit at the Museum of Pop Culture.

Press Release: Seattle – The Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) announced a new exhibition commemorating the 20th anniversary Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame and named the new inductees for 2016. The Hall of Fame honors the lives, work, and ongoing legacies of science fiction and fantasy’s greatest creators, and as the program marks its 20th year, it has expanded eligibility to recognize the genre’s most impactful creations. For the 2016 year, the Hall of Fame will induct Star Trek, Blade Runner, and authors Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams. »

- Derek Anderson

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Star Wars Bits: Mark Hamill Meets an Old Friend, More on That Cancelled Darth Maul Video Game, and the Origin of the Darksaber

17 January 2017 3:15 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

In this edition of Star Wars Bits: A deep dive in the other secret history of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story‘s aliens. Did composer Michael Giacchino hide one of John Williams‘ most famous tracks in Rogue One? Mark Hamill is reunited with one of the original trilogy lightsaber props. Check out concept art from […]

The post Star Wars Bits: Mark Hamill Meets an Old Friend, More on That Cancelled Darth Maul Video Game, and the Origin of the Darksaber appeared first on /Film. »

- Jacob Hall

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Film Acquisition Rundown: Bleecker Street Picks Up ‘Megan Leavey,’ Imagination Worldwide Buys ‘Paint It Black’ and More

13 January 2017 9:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

– Bleecker Street has secured U.S. distribution rights to Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s true-life story, “Megan Leavey.” The film is based on the life of Leavey (Kate Mara), a young marine corporal in the K9 unit whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq.

Bleecker Street will release the movie on June 9, 2017.

Read More: Film Acquisition Rundown: Samuel Goldwyn Films Picks Up ‘Youth in Oregon,’ The Orchard Buys ‘Monkey Business’ and More

The film co-stars Edie Falco, Ramon Rodriguez, Bradley Whitford, and Common. Directed by Cowperthwaite (“Blackfish”), the movie was written by Pamela Gray, Annie Mumolo and Tim Lovestedt and produced by Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon and Jennifer Monroe. »

- Graham Winfrey

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Gravitas Tunes Up ‘Score: A Film Music Documentary’; Syfy Films Sets ‘Atomica’ Release

11 January 2017 1:45 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Gravitas Ventures has scored North American rights to Score: A Film Music Documentary, which looks at the creative process of film score composition with some of the best-known artists in the field. The film, which will hit theaters in May, features Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Danny Elfman, Trent Reznor, Randy Newman, Howard Shore, Rachel Portman, Jerry Goldsmith, Quincy Jones, the late James Horner and more along with interviews of such iconic filmmakers as James Cameron… »

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Us Briefs: Tribeca Film Institute shuffles executive deck

11 January 2017 7:06 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Producer Amy Hobby has been promoted to executive director of Tribeca Film Institute (Tfi), effective immediately.

Hobby previously served as vice-president of artist programs at Tfi and will now oversee programming, including oversight of the artist programs, education and interactive departments and their slates, as well as overall management of the organisation.

David Earls is rejoining Tfi in the new role of managing director and will take charge of Tfi’s financial oversight, corporate governance, business affairs, fundraising and communications.

Earls served as head of individual giving at Tfi from 2003 to 2012.

Anna Ponder, who served as interim executive director of Tfi from February 2015 through December 2016, stepped down at the end of the year after leading Tfi through its most successful annual benefit in November.

Vee Bravo and Opeyemi Olukemi remain in leadership roles as Tfi’s vice-president of education and senior director of interactive programmes, respectively.

SXSW has announced its next batch of featured speakers for the »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Gravitas Buys ‘Score: A Film Music Documentary’ for North America

11 January 2017 7:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to “Score: A Film Music Documentary,” which explores the process of film score composition.

The film includes interviews with Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Danny Elfman, Trent Reznor, Randy Newman, Howard Shore, Rachel Portman, Jerry Goldsmith, Quincy Jones, James Cameron and the late James Horner and Garry Marshall.

Themes covered include the James Bond theme, “Star Wars,” “Indiana Jones,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Titanic,” “The Social Network” and “Mad Max: Fury Road.”

“Score” debuted at International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam and will premiere in theaters in May.

Director Matt Schrader left a job with CBS News and spent nearly two years doing in-depth interviews with more than 50 composers in the film.

“We wanted to create something that hadn’t been done before — the definitive look at the craft of film composing,” he said. “’Score’ is an ode to these modern maestros and the ever-evolving art form. »

- Dave McNary

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A Brief History of Superhero Movies at Awards Shows

8 January 2017 7:00 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

As we near the Golden Globes on Sunday, there’s a distinct possibility that Deadpool could change the way awards show season has historically treated comic book movies by walking away with a best musical or comedy Globe.

Comic book movies, despite becoming one of the most dependable genres at the box office over the past decade, haven’t fared as well in the scrum of early-year awards shows. But it’s not all bad! While quite a lot of superhero movies have been nominated for the “technical” awards — makeup, sound, visual effects, art direction, etc — they tend not to »

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How Does ‘Jackie’ Composer Micachu Fit Into the Brief History of Women in the Best Original Score Category?

6 January 2017 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Micachu (Courtesy: Daniel Bergeron Photography)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

When it comes to the world of composing for films, it’s most definitely a man’s world — but this year there’s one woman who is a part of the conversation: Mica Levi, a.k.a. Micachu. Let’s get to know the 29-year-old talent that is garnering Oscar attention this year for working on Jackie and see where this talent fits into Academy Awards history.

Micachu, the daughter of two musicians who began writing and playing music at the age of four, is an English multihyphenate — singer, songwriter, composer, and producer — best known for creating experimental music in the band Micachu & The Shapes. The Surrey native has released six mixtapes, six albums (two of which were soundtracks — more on those later), and, while at Guildhall School of Music & Drama, even wrote an orchestral piece for the London Philharmonic Orchestra »

- Carson Blackwelder

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The underrated film acting performances of 2016

4 January 2017 1:39 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mark Harrison Jan 6, 2017

Viola Davis, John Goodman, Bryce Dallas Howard and more, in our rundown of 2016's underrated movie acting work.

This article contains minor spoilers for Pete's Dragon, Suicide Squad and Warcraft: The Beginning.

Nobody is likely to look back on 2016 fondly, whether because of global political instability, celebrity deaths or the rejection of Boaty McBoatface as a suitable name for a research vessel. In the world of film, we note that a lot of the contenders in this year's awards season haven't even been released in UK cinemas yet, and it was hardly a banner year for blockbuster cinema either.

On the plus side, there were some exemplary smaller films, of the kind that awards bodies tend to overlook, released in the last 12 months. Without any apparent genre contenders, like The Martian or Mad Max: Fury Road in 2015, this is a year in which performers are more likely »

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Michael Giacchino Caps a Busy Year with ‘Rogue One’ Score

4 January 2017 12:30 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Having scored “Zootopia,” “Star Trek Beyond,” “Doctor Strange” and the still unreleased “Book of Henry” in 2016, composer Michael Giacchino was ready for a nice long vacation. Flights were set, hotels booked.

Then, as he was finishing “Doctor Strange” in mid-September, the phone rang. Alexandre Desplat had dropped out of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” due to scheduling issues. Would he consider taking it on?

Vacation cancelled.

He flew home from the final “Strange” sessions in London on a Friday and started writing “Rogue One” on Monday. He would have just four and a half weeks to compose more than two hours of music for the first standalone “Star Wars” film, a prequel to the original 1977 adventure.

It wasn’t an easy decision to make. But, Giacchino confesses, “When I was 9, I saw ‘Star Wars’ and it set me on a path to where I am today. There was this »

- Jon Burlingame

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Oscars 2017: Listen to Selections from 110 Scores Eligible for This Year’s Academy Award

2 January 2017 4:58 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

A total of 145 scores were recently announced as being eligible for this year’s Academy Award, with everything from perceived frontrunner “La La Land” (Justin Hurwitz) and “Jackie” (Mica Levi) to outliers like “Sausage Party” and “Elle.” The final five will be nominated on January 24. In the meantime, avail yourself of this Spotify playlist featuring selections from 110 of the eligible scores — as well as the full list of every eligible score.

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The Abolitionists,” Tim Jones, composer

Absolutely Fabulous The Movie,” Jake Monaco, composer

The Accountant,” Mark Isham, composer

Alice through the Looking Glass,” Danny Elfman, composer

Allied,” Alan Silvestri, composer

Almost Christmas,” John Paesano, composer

American Pastoral,” Alexandre Desplat, composer

The Angry Birds Movie,” Heitor Pereira, composer

Anthropoid,” Robin Foster, composer

“Armenia, My Love, »

- Michael Nordine

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