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Theater News: 2017 Non-Equity Jeff Awards Celebrate Best of Chicago Theater

Chicago – The 44th edition of the Non-Equity Jeff Awards were given out on June 5th, 2017, at what insiders call “the theater prom.” The event honors the non-union smaller or “storefront” theater companies, and their efforts to produce quality stage work. Hosted in grand style by Alexis Roston and Lillian Castillo, the recipients of the top play was “At the Table” by the Broken Nose Theatre and top musical was “High Fidelity” by the Refuge Theatre Project.

The night was a raucous affair at Chicago’s Anthenaum Theatre, as the hosts kept the party going between recognitions. Excerpts (Plays) and songs (Musicals) were presented for each of the top ten nominated shows. A Special Award for Theatrical and Charitable Contributions was given to David Cerda, acknowledging his long career and (as the inscription on the award said) thanking him “… for ‘Dragging’ the Chicago Theatre world into your ‘Hell in a Handbag’ with humor,
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American Horror Story: examining the real lost colony of Roanoke

David Crow Sep 23, 2016

The backdrop to American Horror Story season 6, our Us chums look at the lost colony of Roanoke, its myths and pop culture appearances...

In case you missed it, the American Horror Story season 6 theme has been revealed, and it is a bloody Roanoke Nightmare indeed. After promoting the new season without releasing a single frame of footage, the ever-cryptic Ryan Murphy has now unveiled his true crime satire-meets-American Gothic to a surprised public, leading many to wonder… what is Roanoke again?

Despite a misconception in some quarters that the name infamously tied to the words “Lost Colony” was made up for the series, and that this fictional ghost story was set in Virginia (Roanoke is in present day North Carolina), Roanoke is indeed a real place, and the ghost stories around it are every bit as strange—if not stranger—than anything American Horror Story has dreamed up.
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Robert Banks Stewart obituary

Creator of Shoestring, Bergerac, Lovejoy and other popular television series

Robert Banks Stewart, who has died at the age of 84, was a writer and producer whose knack for casting and determination to break the mould made two of television’s most enduring detective series, Shoestring and Bergerac, big ratings winners for the BBC.

Knowing that the corporation was, in 1979, looking for a new crime show, Stewart decided to jettison the idea of traditional cops-and-robbers drama, instead conceiving – with the playwright Richard Harris – a series about a private eye, Eddie Shoestring, who works for a local radio station. With its Bristol setting (chosen by Stewart to be a welcome change from the London suburbs hitherto ubiquitous to such dramas), distinctive score by George Fenton, and breakout performance from the then little-known Trevor Eve, Shoestring became a ratings hit. It ran for two series and was nominated for a Bafta.

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Past Winners and Nominees Back in Contention: 88th Academy Awards' Best Score

'The Peanuts Movie': 2016 Best Original Score Oscar contender along with 111 other titles. Oscar 2016: Best Original Score contenders range from 'Mad Max: Fury Road' to 'The Peanuts Movie' Earlier this month (Dec. '15), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made public the list of 112 film scores eligible for the 2016 Oscar in the Best Original Score category. As found in the Academy's press release, “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.” The release adds that “to be eligible, the original score must be a substantial body of music that serves as original dramatic underscoring, and must
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112 Film Scores Declared Eligible for Oscar

112 Film Scores Declared Eligible for Oscar
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences unveiled 112 scores from 2015 films that are in contention for original-score nominations for the 88th Academy Awards.

Among the eligible feature-film titles are the final three scores from the late James Horner: “The 33” (in photo), “Wolf Totem” and “Southpaw.” And the exec committee Ok’d the Ennio Morricone score for “Hateful Eight,” which includes about 30 minutes of new material along with several minutes of old scores written by him. Notable exclusions include “Love & Mercy” (Atticus Ross), “Crimson Peak” (Fernando Velázquez), “The Revenant” (Alva Noto and Ryûichi Sakamoto) and “Youth” (David Lang).

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

Adult Beginners,” Marcelo Zarvos, composer

The Age of Adaline,” Rob Simonsen, composer

Altered Minds,” Edmund Choi, composer

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip,” Mark Mothersbaugh, composer

Anomalisa,” Carter Burwell, composer

Ant-Man,” Christophe Beck, composer

Beasts of No Nation,
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112 Original Scores Advance In The 88th Oscar Race

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 112 scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2015 are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 88th Academy Awards.

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

Adult Beginners,” Marcelo Zarvos, composer

The Age of Adaline,” Rob Simonsen, composer

Altered Minds,” Edmund Choi, composer

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip,” Mark Mothersbaugh, composer

Anomalisa,” Carter Burwell, composer

Ant-Man,” Christophe Beck, composer

Beasts of No Nation,” Dan Romer, composer

The Big Short,” Nicholas Britell, composer

Black Mass,” Tom Holkenborg, composer

Bridge of Spies,” Thomas Newman, composer

Brooklyn,” Michael Brook, composer

Burnt,” Rob Simonsen, composer

By the Sea,” Gabriel Yared, composer

Carol,” Carter Burwell, composer

Cartel Land,” H. Scott Salinas and Jackson Greenberg, composers

Chi-Raq,” Terence Blanchard, composer

Cinderella,” Patrick Doyle, composer

Coming Home,” Qigang Chen, composer

Concussion,
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Maggie Smith Stars In The New Trailer And Poster For The Lady In The Van

Sony Pictures Classics has released the official trailer and poster for director Nicholas Hytner’s brilliant The Lady In The Van.

Maggie Smith gives the best performance of 2015 and her career.

Alan Bennett’s story is based on the true story of Miss Shepherd (played by a magnificent Maggie Smith), a woman of uncertain origins who “temporarily” parked her van in Bennett’s London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years. What begins as a begrudged favor becomes a relationship that will change both their lives.

Filmed on the street and in the house where Bennett and Miss Shepherd lived all those years, Hytner reunites with iconic writer Alan Bennett (The Madness of King George, The History Boys) to bring this rare and touching portrait to the screen.

Produced by Kevin Loader, Nicholas Hytner and Damian Jones, The Lady In The Van also stars Alex Jennings as Alan Bennett.
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'Inside Out', 'Birdman' composers win at World Soundtrack Awards

'Inside Out', 'Birdman' composers win at World Soundtrack Awards
Michael Giacchino took Film Composer of the Year, while Antonio Sanchez took Film Score of the Year for Birdman.

Sitting alongside the 42nd annual Gent Film Festival in Belgium (October 13-24), the 15th edition of the World Soundtrack Awards doled out its musical honours with a coinciding orchestral concert featuring the works of leading composers Alan Silvestri, Patrick Doyle and Daniel Pemberton.

Michael Giacchino was awarded with top honours as Film Composer of the Year for Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Inside Out and Jurassic World. He was previously the World Soundtrack Award’s Discovery of the Year in 2005 for his work on The Incredibles.

Antonio Sanchez was also a big winner, beating out Bruno Calais (Song Of The Sea), Alexandre Desplat (The Imitation Game), Hans Zimmer (Interstellar) and Johann Johansson (The Theory Of Everything) for Best Original Film Score of the Year (Birdman).

Sanchez also nabbed the Discovery of the Year Award.

“I remember
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Mrs. Henderson Presents to transfer to the West End

Following a sell-out season at the Theatre Royal Bath this summer, Mrs Henderson Presents will open at the Noel Coward Theatre on Tuesday 9 February 2016..

Mrs Henderson Presents will star Tracie Bennett as Laura Henderson, Ian Bartholomew as Vivian Van Damm and Emma Williams as Maureen who all reprise the roles they played in Bath. Full casting will be announced shortly.

Based on the film Mrs Henderson Presents – original screenplay by Martin Sherman, the musical has a book and is directed by the multi-award winning Terry Johnson. Lyrics are by the Oscar, Tony and Golden Globe winning Don Black with music by Oscar nominated George Fenton and Simon Chamberlain, who both collaborated on the original film. It is choreographed by Andrew Wright, has set design by Tim Shortall, costume design by Paul Wills and lighting design by Ben Ormerod. Wig, hair and make-up design is by Richard Mawbey, orchestrations are by
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Toronto Film Review: ‘The Lady in the Van’

Toronto Film Review: ‘The Lady in the Van’
If crotchety upper-class vagrant Mary Shepherd hadn’t turned up on the North London doorstep of the celebrated playwright Alan Bennett, he might have had to make her up — if only to give Maggie Smith, our veritable Garbo of dingbat hauteur, one of the most tailor-made leading roles of her late career. Then again, perhaps Shepherd was partly his idea: The tension between life experience and authorial invention is the one complicating factor in “The Lady in the Van,” an otherwise heart-coddling, crowdpleasing study of two eccentric introverts — on opposite sides of the poverty line — finding common ground in more ways than one. Low on narrative drive, and marred by a misjudged final-act swerve into extravagant whimsy, Nicholas Hytner’s amiable luvvie-fest is enlivened by Smith’s signature irascibility; silver-dollar auds should turn up, if not in droves, at least in healthy vanloads.

“When I write about this, people will
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Fall Festival Season Promises Eclectic Entertainment

World festival roundup: Highlights of the upcoming fall and winter season promise a wide range of cinematic treats around the world. Festivals listed in chronological order.

Aug. 27-Sept. 7

Montreal

World Film Festival

Fest will open with the world premiere of “Muhammad,” the 171-minute epic from Iranian director Majid Majidi, shot by Italian cinematographer Vittorio Storaro. Mwff has received a record number of short films — over 1,200 (an increase of 42% over 2014) from some 64 countries, “evidence of the vitality of today’s young filmmakers,” notes Mwff president Serge Losique. Fest is adding a Chinese Cinema section with more than 10 new features.

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Sept. 4-7

Telluride

Film Festival

The fest, above, nestled in the mountains of Colorado, has always been an intimate, casual, carefully curated event that isn’t just a competition but also a celebration of the best in film. Even though the festival doesn’t announce its lineup until the day before it begins unspooling,
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Re-casting for romantic drama

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Us producer Bonnie Burgess and director/producer Frank Lotito are re-casting Australian romantic drama The Olive Sisters to appeal to a younger audience.

Leslie Mann and Anthony Lapaglia were originally slated to star in the project adapted from Australian author Amanda Hampson.s 2005 novel, alongside Jacki Weaver, Melissa George, Gia Carides and Josh Lucas.

Lotito, a Us-based Aussie who made his feature directing debut on the Us comedy Good Ol. Boy, came on board after Fred Schepisi opted to step down as the director; he is still involved as an executive producer.

Weaver is still attached and will be joined by Rachael Taylor, Megan Gale and Lotito. Other key roles still to be filled include the lead, Adrienne Bennett, a successful businesswoman whose life unravels when her business fails. She.s forced to move from her New York apartment to a small rural community in Australia, where she inherited a
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Dispatch from the La Film Fest 2015: ‘Jimmy’s Hall’

After the foolish fondness of The Angel’s Share (2012), Ken Loach is back in familiar ground with the story of Jimmy Gralton, who built a community hall in Ireland’s County Leitrim in the early 1920s that enraged the local haves. Also involved with reinstating an evicted tenant farmer, he fled to America for ten years or so, before returning to do the same thing all over again. The heart of the film is expressed in the words of his mother, at the hearing on his deportation in 1933 (the only Irishman ever to be deported from his country): “Why is an old tin hall so dangerous?”

The first cause of all the trouble is that education is the preserve of the church, and Father Sheridan is royally pissed – the hall is a place (the only place) for local kids to learn drawing, literature, boxing, and so on. The priest
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Name Composers Not Above Getting the Boot

Name Composers Not Above Getting the Boot
There was a brief stir in January when composer Harry Gregson-Williams publicly expressed, via Facebook, his surprise at hearing music he didn’t recognize at the premiere of Michael Mann’s thriller “Blackhat” — and at not hearing a lot of score he did write.

The composer says his Facebook post has been blown out of proportion, but admits it was disappointing to see music he toiled over dropped (or replaced) in the final cut. But, he stresses, that’s just part of the game.

“You win some, you lose some,” he says, relaying his early mentor Hans Zimmer’s comment that you haven’t made it as a film composer until you’ve had a score rejected.

Gregson-Williams is simply the latest in a long line of composers who’ve watched scores tossed out and replaced whole-cloth, partially substituted by pre-existing tracks, or mangled beyond recognition. Mann is notorious for
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Film music critics nominate 'Maleficent,' 'Dragon 2' and 'Hunger Games' scores

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Film music critics nominate 'Maleficent,' 'Dragon 2' and 'Hunger Games' scores
The International Film Music Critics Association has revealed nominations for best in movie music from 2014, and prolific composers James Newton Howard ("The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1," "Maleficent") and Alexandre Desplat ("Godzilla," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "The Imitation Game," "The Monuments Men") led the way with seven and six nominations respectively. Film score of the year contenders include just two Best Original Score Oscar nominees: "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and Hans Zimmer's "Interstellar." "The Imitation Game" and Jóhann Jóhannsson's "Theory of Everything," however, were both nominated in the drama category. "Maleficent" landed the most nominations for a film with four, while DreamWorks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon 2" picked up three (each of them another if you count composer of the year honors for Howard and John Powell respectively). Check out the full list of nominees below. Winners will be revealed on Feb. 19. And be sure
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114 Original Scores in 2014 Oscar® Race

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 114 scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2014 are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 87th Oscars®. The eligible scores along with their composers are listed below, in alphabetical order by film title: “American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs,” Vivek Maddala, composer “Anita,” Lili Haydn, composer “Annabelle,” Joseph Bishara, composer “At Middleton,” Arturo Sandoval, composer “Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?,” Elia Cmiral, composer “Bears,” George Fenton, composer “Belle,” Rachel Portman, composer “Big Eyes,” Danny Elfman, composer “Big Hero 6,” Henry Jackman, composer “The Book of Life,” Gustavo Santaolalla and Tim Davies, composers “The Boxtrolls,” Dario Marianelli, composer “Brick Mansions,” Trevor Morris, composer “Cake,” Christophe Beck, composer “Calvary,” Patrick Cassidy, composer “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” Henry Jackman, composer “The Case against 8,” Blake Neely, composer “Cheatin’,” Nicole Renaud, composer “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,
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The Academy Announces Eligibility For 114 Scores, 79 Songs And 323 Feature Films In 87th Oscar Race

Three hundred twenty-three feature films are eligible for the 2014 Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.

To be eligible for 87th Academy Awards consideration, feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days.

Under Academy rules, a feature-length motion picture must have a running time of more than 40 minutes and must have been exhibited theatrically on 35mm or 70mm film, or in a qualifying digital format.

Feature films that receive their first public exhibition or distribution in any manner other than as a theatrical motion picture release are not eligible for Academy Awards in any category. The “Reminder List of Productions Eligible for the 87th Academy Awards” is available at http://www.oscars.org/oscars/rules-eligibility.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences also announced that 114 scores
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Oscars: Original Score Category To Draw From 114 Movies

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Oscars: Original Score Category To Draw From 114 Movies
Original scores from The Boxtrolls, Divergent, Exodus: Gods And Kings and The Grand Budapest Hotel are among 114 scores eligible for nominations in the Original Score category for the 87th Oscars. The noms will be announced on January 15. The eligible scores along with their composers are listed below, in alphabetical order by film title:

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs,” Vivek Maddala, composer

Anita,” Lili Haydn, composer

Annabelle,” Joseph Bishara, composer

At Middleton,” Arturo Sandoval, composer

“Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?,” Elia Cmiral, composer

Bears,” George Fenton, composer

Belle,” Rachel Portman, composer

Big Eyes,” Danny Elfman, composer

Big Hero 6,” Henry Jackman, composer

The Book of Life,” Gustavo Santaolalla and Tim Davies, composers

The Boxtrolls,” Dario Marianelli, composer

Brick Mansions,” Trevor Morris, composer

Cake,” Christophe Beck, composer

Calvary,” Patrick Cassidy, composer

Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” Henry Jackman, composer

The Case against 8,” Blake Neely, composer

“Cheatin’,” Nicole Renaud,
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Oscars: 114 Scores In Contention for Top Prize

Oscars: 114 Scores In Contention for Top Prize
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has announced that 114 original scores have advanced in the category for the 2014 Oscars. They include Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ score for “Gone Girl” and Hans Zimmer’s for “Interstellar.”

Here’s the complete list:

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs,” Vivek Maddala, composer

Anita,” Lili Haydn, composer

Annabelle,” Joseph Bishara, composer

At Middleton,” Arturo Sandoval, composer

“Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?,” Elia Cmiral, composer

Bears,” George Fenton, composer

Belle,” Rachel Portman, composer

Big Eyes,” Danny Elfman, composer

Big Hero 6,” Henry Jackman, composer

The Book of Life,” Gustavo Santaolalla and Tim Davies, composers

The Boxtrolls,” Dario Marianelli, composer

Brick Mansions,” Trevor Morris, composer

Cake,” Christophe Beck, composer

Calvary,” Patrick Cassidy, composer

Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” Henry Jackman, composer

The Case against 8,” Blake Neely, composer

“Cheatin’,” Nicole Renaud, composer

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” Michael Giacchino,
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