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16 Fantastic Films About Witchcraft (Before Harry Potter)

27 December 2013 1:36 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Witches are fantastic cinema fodder – they can portray all of the evil, the nastiness and the spite of being a supernatural villain. This aspect of witchery is seen in films such as The Witches and The Wizard of Oz. Then we have the other side of the coin – supposed ‘witches’ as victims during all of the witch finding perpetrated by various characters like Matthew Hopkins in Witchfinder General. Witch finding was a terribly cruel and vicious operation in which thousands of people were killed for no good reason other than to satisfy bloodlust and religious zeal.

There are a wide form of films about witches out there. This starts with Benjamin Christensen’s silent movie Häxan, through to the art house with Dreyer’s Day of Wrath. There are a lot of horror films like Mark of the Devil and Mask of Satan that deal with witchcraft up to teen movies like The Craft. »

- Clare Simpson

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Best Original Score Winners in the 21st Century: Do they Influence The Best Picture Race?

16 December 2013 4:08 PM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Mark Pinkert

Contributor

When I began research for this post, I assumed there would be a noticeable correlation between Academy Award Best Picture winners and Best Original Score winners. A safe assumption, I thought, because of how important music is to cinema (have you ever watched a scene before music was added?). Music provides emotional thrust to a film. It creates suspense, amplifies poignant moments, and brings settings to life. Additionally, music can shape our memory of a given film. How many iconic movies—The Godfather (1972), Star Wars (1977), Jaws (1975), Psycho (1960)—have themes that we automatically recall as soon as the movie’s title comes up?

Yet in the thirteen Academy Awards since and including 2000, only three Best Picture winners also took home Best Original Score and of the eighty-five films that were nominated for Best Picture in this time period, only about one third of them were even nominated for Best Original Score. »

- Mark Pinkert

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Is This Zimmer’s ‘Spider-Man Theme’?

16 December 2013 11:13 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

German composer Hans Zimmer has become “the man” for big film scores in the last 10 years. From Pirates of The Caribbean, to The Dark Knight Trilogy (which he co-composed with James Newton Howard), to Man of Steel, Zimmer has been loading his resumé with large scale themes that make him seem like this generation’s John Williams. But unlike Williams, who would come onto a franchise at its inception and create the music that would continue on into the sequels- even if he’s no longer attached to them- Zimmer isn’t above being a hired gun. Zimmer had nothing to do with The Amazing Spider-Man, which was scored by another heavyweight, James Horner, but he’s been hired to compose the music for its upcoming sequel.

Ever since he joined the film, fans with an appreciation for film scores (including our own El Mayimbe, and myself), have been curious »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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Synthesisers are killing film and TV music, say British composers

16 December 2013 1:48 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Carl Davis and Christopher Gunning claim synthesised orchestras are preferred to the real thing to save money

Two of Britain's leading film composers warn that the quality of music for film and TV is suffering because synthesised sounds are increasingly replacing real instruments in an effort to cut costs.

Carl Davis, whose scores include that for the World at War documentary series, said a synthesised soundtrack lacked "the heart" of symphonic or instrumental music.

Christopher Gunning, who wrote the Bafta-winning score for La Vie en Rose, about Edith Piaf, was even more critical: "A lot of television music has got to the stage where I have to turn it off. There's an enormous amount of programmes where I find the programme content really quite interesting, but can't watch because I find the music so blooming irritating. Part of that is, I am afraid, the poor quality of the musical composition. »

- Dalya Alberge

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Synthesisers are killing film and TV music, say British composers

16 December 2013 1:48 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Carl Davis and Christopher Gunning claim synthesised orchestras are preferred to the real thing to save money

Two of Britain's leading film composers warn that the quality of music for film and TV is suffering because synthesised sounds are increasingly replacing real instruments in an effort to cut costs.

Carl Davis, whose scores include that for the World at War documentary series, said a synthesised soundtrack lacked "the heart" of symphonic or instrumental music.

Christopher Gunning, who wrote the Bafta-winning score for La Vie en Rose, about Edith Piaf, was even more critical: "A lot of television music has got to the stage where I have to turn it off. There's an enormous amount of programmes where I find the programme content really quite interesting, but can't watch because I find the music so blooming irritating. Part of that is, I am afraid, the poor quality of the musical composition. »

- Dalya Alberge

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"Gravity," "American Hustle," "12 Years a Slave" Lead Satellite Awards

15 December 2013 8:41 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

The International Press Academy has announced its nominations for the 18th annual Satellite Awards and Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity," David O. Russell's "American Hustle," and Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" led the pack.

Winners will be announced on March 9, 2014 at a ceremony in Los Angeles. Here's the complete nominations:

Motion Pictures

Actress in a Motion Picture

Amy Adams American Hustle (Sony)

Cate Blanchett Blue Jasmine (Sony Pictures Classics)

Sandra Bullock Gravity (Warner Bros.)

Judi Dench Philomena (The Weinstein Company)

Adèle Exarchopoulos Blue Is the Warmest Color (Sundance)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Enough Said (Fox Searchlight)

Meryl Streep August: Osage County (The Weinstein Company)

Emma Thompson Saving Mr. Banks (Disney)

Actor in a Motion Picture

Christian Bale American Hustle (Sony)

Bruce Dern Nebraska (Paramount)

Leonardo DiCaprio The Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount)

Chiwetel Ejiofor 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight)

Tom Hanks Captain Phillips (Sony)

Matthew McConaughey Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features »

- Manny

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The nominations for the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards are...

13 December 2013 3:56 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Awards season stepped up a gear today as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominations for the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards, with Oscar hopefuls 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle leading the motion picture field with seven nods apiece.  

12 Years a Slave will contest the Best Picture, Drama category against Captain Phillips, Gravity, Philomena and Rush, while American Hustle's challengers for Best Picture, Musical or Comedy are Her, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska and The Wolf of Wall Street.

On the TV front, HBO led in terms of networks with nine nominations, while Netflix's House of Cards received four nominations, the most for a series, and will contest Best Television Series, Drama against Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, The Good Wife and Masters of Sex.

Check out the full list of nominations here.... 

Film

Best Picture, Drama

"12 Years a Slave"

"Captain Phillips"

"Gravity"

"Philomena"

"Rush"

Best Picture, Musical or »

- Gary Collinson

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'Gravity', 'The Great Gatsby' and 'Kamasutra 3D' (!) Among 141 Eligible for Original Score

13 December 2013 10:30 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Was 2013 a weak year for film scores? I feel like it was. At least in terms of the scores that Oscar's music branch would pay attention to. I mean, four of my favourite scores of the year aren't even eligible! They would be Great Expectations (Richard Hartley), A Touch of Sin (Giong Lim), Lore (Max Richter - my no. 1 from 2012, but not released in Us until this year), and Only God Forgives (Cliff Martinez). Also not eligible for whatever reasons are Lone Survivor (Stephen Jablonsky), Frozen, Inside Llewyn Davis (T-Bone Burnett), and Nebraska (Mark Orton) - sorry Anne Marie!

I'm sure there is plenty of excellent music featured amongst this year's 141 (the documentary win this year's bragging rights, then) eligible scores, but Oscar will only look at about 10 or 12. Sorry Joseph Bishara - your abrasive strings on Insidious: Chapter 2 and The Conjuring just won't factor despite their effectiveness. Sorry »

- Glenn Dunks

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Friday The 13th Tribute To "Friday The 13th" (1980)

13 December 2013 9:19 AM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Ernie Magnotta

Over the years, Friday the 13th has been called many things. Upon its release in May of 1980, critics who reviewed the low budget, independent wonder called it everything from a blatant Halloween clone (which director Sean Cunningham never denied it was) to an overly violent dead teenager movie made with no apparent talent or intelligence.

Gene Siskel was so outraged by the film that he called Cunningham “one of the most despicable creatures ever to infest the movie business.” Siskel even went so far as to publish the home address of actress Betsy Palmer (who gives a magnificent performance in the film) and he encouraged fans to write to her and express their disappointment in her taking a role in such a ghastly film.

Why did this creepy little horror film strike such a negative chord in critics all over the country? To answer that question, we »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Thn Advent Calendar Day 13: Home Alone (and Home Alone 2, Naturally)

13 December 2013 1:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Christmas is a time for tradition – presents, decorations, carols, and mince pies. But what better tradition to celebrate than the Christmas movie? Join The Hollywood News for the Movie Advent Calendar – a film each day ’til Christmas. For the full Advent Calendar so far, click here.

Everybody has a favourite Christmas movie from their childhood, and it usually indicates their age. For me, and for millions of others who grew up in the 1980s and 90s, the ultimate festive film is Home Alone (1990). Directed by Chris Columbus and written/produced by John Hughes, it became an instant classic. The image of our hero, Kevin McCallister, screaming at the camera with his hands clasped to his face has been woven into the fabric of popular culture. The slapstick, the music, the right of passage, the surprising and possibly shocking levels of extreme violence and a polka-playing John Candy are but some »

- John Sharp

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Golden Globe Awards Nominations

12 December 2013 9:32 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

On Thursday morning, the nominations for the 2014 Golden Globe awards were announced by  Zoe Saldana, Olivia Wilde and Aziz Ansari.

With seven nominations each, 12 Years A Slave and American Hustle lead in Golden Globe Awards nominations.

Nebraska garnered five Golden Globes nominations (Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director and Best Screenplay), while Gravity received four Golden Globes nominations for Best Picture (Drama), Best Director, Best Actress (Drama) and Best Original Score (Steven Price).

Director Alfonso Cuarón said, “What a great year for cinema! I’d like to congratulate my fellow nominees and, of course, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for recognizing Gravity with four Golden Globe nominations. I had wonderful collaborators both in front of and behind the camera who took something of a leap of faith with me years ago when we set out to make this film. I share this honor with all of them. I’m »

- Michelle McCue

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Philomena, 12 Years A Slave, Gravity, Star Trek Into Darkness Among Scores In Contention For Oscar

12 December 2013 7:33 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

One hundred fourteen scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2013 will be vying for nominations in the Original Score category for the 86th Oscars®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.

A Reminder List of works submitted in the Original Score category will be made available with a nominations ballot to all members of the Music Branch, who shall vote in the order of their preference for not more than five achievements.  The five achievements receiving the highest number of votes will become the nominations for final voting for the award.

Nomination voting in all Oscar categories begins Friday, December 27 and ends Wednesday, January 8.

The eligible scores along with their composers are listed below, in alphabetical order by film title:

      “Admission,” Stephen Trask, composer

      “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” Daniel Hart, composer

      “All Is Lost,” Alex Ebert, composer

      “Alone Yet Not Alone,” William Ross, composer

      “The Armstrong Lie, »

- Michelle McCue

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114 Films Eligible for Best Original Score Oscar

12 December 2013 4:50 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Academy has unveiled its list of films eligible for the best original score Oscar. A whopping 114 original scores are in contention. See the full list below. AMPAS will narrow down to the final five when Oscar nominations are announced Thursday, January 16. Today, the HFPA nominated "All Is Lost" (Alex Ebert), "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" (Alex Heffes), "Gravity" (Steven Price), "The Book Thief" (John Williams) and "12 Years a Slave" (Hans Zimmer) for best original score Golden Globes.      "Admission," Stephen Trask, composer       "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," Daniel Hart, composer       "All Is Lost," Alex Ebert, composer       "Alone Yet Not Alone," William Ross, composer       "The Armstrong Lie," David Kahne, composer       "Arthur Newman," Nick Urata, composer       "At Any Price," Dickon Hinchliffe, composer »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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From 'All is Lost' to 'The Wolverine,' 114 films vying for the Best Original Score Oscar

12 December 2013 4:49 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The Academy has just announced the 114 films eligible for this year's Best Original Score Oscar, and all the usual suspects are present. That includes the five films nominated this morning in the category at the Golden Globes: Hans Zimmer for "12 Years a Slave," Steven Price for "Gravity," John Williams for "The Book Thief," Alex Ebert for "All is Lost" and Alex Heffes for "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." At least the first three of those are widely predicted to score Oscar nominations too. Most of the high-profile omissions were already known to us: though "Inside Llewyn Davis" has won »

- Guy Lodge

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114 Scores Eligible for Oscar Consideration Including Hans Zimmer’s Man Of Steel, John Williams’ The Book Thief, and Steven Price’s Gravity

12 December 2013 4:21 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has unveiled the list of 114 original scores that are eligible for the Best Original Score Oscar.  Though John Williams has worked almost exclusively with Steven Spielberg for the past few years, he’s eligible this year for scoring director Brian Percival’s Holocaust film The Book Thief.  Prolific composer Hans Zimmer has three scores in the running with Rush, Man of Steel, and 12 Years a Slave, and other notable scores include Steven Price’s excellent Gravity, David Wingo’s work on Mud, Ramin Djawadi’s rocking Pacific Rim score, Michael Giacchino’s Star Trek Into Darkness, and the collaboration between Arcade Fire’s William Butler and musician Owen Pallett on Her.  Frustratingly, though, Steven Price’s The World’s End score appears to have been deemed ineligible, presumably due to the abundance of pre-existing tracks. Hit the jump to see the full »

- Adam Chitwood

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Golden Globes: nominees react

12 December 2013 4:01 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Golden Globes: Cinema’s leading lights express gratitude, surprise

For the lucky ones, December 12 was a morning to remember as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced its nominees for the 71st Golden Globe Awards.

ScreenDaily spoke to some of the nominees. The awards ceremony will take place on Jan 12, 2014.

Best Motion Picture – Drama

“We thank the Hollywood Foreign Press for recognizing Steve McQueen, John Ridley, Hans Zimmer and the incredible ensemble of actors, who have brought so much to this film. It’s this kind of bold filmmaking and storytelling that excites us at River Road and makes us proud to be a part of this incredible project. Special thanks to our partners at New Regency, Plan B and Fox Searchlight.”

River Road Entertainment head Bill Pohlad, producer-financier – 12 Years A Slave

“[Philomena] started with Steve Coogan sharing a newspaper article with me that was in The Guardian that was about the book. We thought »

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Oscars: 114 Original Scores to Compete for Top Prize

12 December 2013 3:46 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled its list of 114 feature film scores that will be competing for the five nominations.

The roster includes films that are considered front-runners as well as documentaries, foreign-language films and animated features, and range from mega-hits like “Iron Man 3″ to mini-budgeted pics like “Escape From Tomorrow.”

The eligible scores along with their composers are listed below, in alphabetical order by film title:

Admission,” Stephen Trask, composer

“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” Daniel Hart, composer

All Is Lost,” Alex Ebert, composer

Alone Yet Not Alone,” William Ross, composer

The Armstrong Lie,” David Kahne, composer

Arthur Newman,” Nick Urata, composer

At Any Price,” Dickon Hinchliffe, composer

Austenland,” Ilan Eshkeri, composer

Before Midnight,” Graham Reynolds, composer

The Best Man Holiday,” Stanley Clarke, composer

The Book Thief,” John Williams, composer

“The Butterfly’s Dream,” Rahman Altin, composer

The Call,” John Debney, composer

Captain Phillips,” Henry Jackman, »

- Tim Gray

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2014 Golden Globe Nominations for Film and TV

12 December 2013 10:30 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

The nominations are out for the 2014 Golden Globe Awards!  I'm not surprised by what was nominated. I will say however, having just seen Saving Mr. Banks, I'm a little disappointed it didn't get more nominations. It was just such a phenomenal film. I'm happy that that Emma Thompson got nominated for Best Actress, but the movie deserved a Best Picture nomination, and if I had to swap out one of the movies it would be Captain Phillips, which Tom Hanks was also nominated for. Then, as much as I enjoyed the film Rush, I'm not sure it is Best Picture material either. It will be interesting to see who wins, but I'd put my money on Gravity or 12 Years a Slave. As for the TV aspect of the awards, Showtime's Homeland got completely snubbed! 

Check out the full list of nominations below! Who do you want to see win?

Best »

- Joey Paur

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Academy names 114 scores for Oscars

12 December 2013 8:13 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Senior executives at the Academy announced on Dec 12 that 114 scores have been submitted for the original score Oscar category.Scroll down for full list

A reminder list of works submitted will be made available with a nominations ballot to all members of the music branch, who will vote in the order of their preference for up to five scores. 

Those five that receive the highest number of votes will be announced as nominees on January 16 2014.

According to the rules, to be eligible the original score must be a “substantial body of music that serves as original dramatic underscoring, and must be written specifically for the motion picture by the submitting composer.

Scores diluted by the use of tracked themes or other preexisting music, diminished in impact by the predominant use of songs, or assembled from the music of more than one composer shall not be eligible.”

Admission, Stephen Trask

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Daniel Hart

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- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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71st Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations

12 December 2013 7:56 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Zoe Saldana, Olivia Wilde and Aziz Ansari were introduced by HFPA president Theo Kingma at the Beverly Hilton Hotel to announce the nominations for The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Golden Globe winner Tina Fey (30 Rock) and Golden Globe nominee Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) will host The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards live on Sunday, January 12, 2014. NBC will broadcast the show live from coast-to-coast starting at 5-8 Pm (Pt) and 8-11 (Et) from the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

The 2014 Golden Globe Nominations are as follows:

Best Motion Picture - Drama

12 Years a Slave - Plan B Entertainment, New Regency Productions and River Road Entertainment; Fox Searchlight PicturesCaptain Phillips - Columbia Pictures; Sony Pictures ReleasingGravity - Warner Bros. Pictures / Esperanto Filmoj / Heyday Films; Warner Bros. PicturesPhilomena - Pathe, BBC Films, BFI, Canal+, Cine+, Baby Cow/Magnolia Mae; The Weinstein CompanyRush - Universal Pictures, Cross Creek Pictures, Exclusive Media, Imagine Entertainment, »

- MovieWeb

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