9 items from 2017
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– 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.
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
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… »
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 »
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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.
“Score” debuted at International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam and will premiere in theaters in May.
“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
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 »
Micachu (Courtesy: Daniel Bergeron Photography)
By: Carson Blackwelder
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
Mark Harrison Jan 6, 2017
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 »
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?
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
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.
The Abolitionists,” Tim Jones, composer
“Armenia, My Love, »
- Michael Nordine
9 items from 2017
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