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I love Dan Gilroy's "Nightcrawler" and I'm loving it that it's getting major kudos this awards season. The San Diego Film Critics Society chose the modern film noir as the Best Picture of the year. But wait, there's more! "Nightcrawler" also won Best Picture for Dan Gilroy, Actor for Jake Gyllenhaal, Supporting Actress for Rene Russo, Original Screenplay, Cinematography, and Score.
Here's the complete list of winners of the San Diego Film Critics Society:
Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night)
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Original Screenplay
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Production Design
Best Score »
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has unveiled lists of the eligible contenders in the Oscar races for Best Original Song and Best Original Score. In the former category I’d have to say “Everything Is Awesome” from The Lego Movie is an early favorite, and I would love to see Tegan & Sara and The Lonely Island perform on the Oscar stage. Other standouts include two songs from Boyhood, both co-written by Ethan Hawke, and the beautiful “For the Dancing and the Dreaming” from How to Train Your Dragon 2. On the Best Original Score side of things, it’s kind of an embarrassment of riches. How to choose between John Powell’s Dragon 2 score, Alexandre Desplat’s incredible work on The Imitation Game, Hans Zimmer’s astounding Interstellar score, James Newton Howard's propulsive work on Nightcrawler, etc.? Check out the full lists of eligible contenders in »
- Adam Chitwood
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, »
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 »
- Michelle McCue
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:
“Cheatin’,” Nicole Renaud, »
- The Deadline Team
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:
“Cheatin’,” Nicole Renaud, composer
- Variety Staff
Nice of the San Diego crowd to keep things interesting. "Nightcrawler" led the way with nominations from the SoCal group, picking up nine tips of the hat including for Riz Ahmed in Best Supporting Actor, which is neat. "Gone Girl" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" were a step behind with eight while "Birdman" and "Boyhood" grabbed seven apiece. Check out the full list below. Winners will be announced Dec. 15. And as always, well, you know: The Circuit. Best Film "Boyhood" "Gone Girl" "The Grand Budapest Hotel" "Nightcrawler" "Selma" "The Theory of Everything" Best Director Alejandro González Iñárritu, "Birdman" Richard Linklater, "Boyhood" David Fincher, "Gone Girl" Wes Anderson, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" Dan Gilroy, "Nightcrawler" Best Actor Ralph Fiennes, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" Brendan Gleeson, "Calvary" Jake Gyllenhaal, "Nightcrawler" Tom Hardy, "Locke" Michael Keaton, "Birdman" Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everything" Best Actress Marion Cotillard, "Two Days, One Night" Felicity Jones, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Back in August, I released a mix tape consisting of the best tracks, from the best movie soundtracks and best scores of the first half of 2014. This here, is the entire mix consisting of the best songs heard in movies all year long.
Note: If you’ve already heard the first half, simply skip ahead one hour in. Enjoy!
The Band – “The Weight” (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes)
Superhuman – “Where It Ends” (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes)
James Brown – “Papas Got A Brand New Bag” (Get On Up: The James Brown Story)
Get On Up Movie Clip
Elvis Presley – “You’re the Devil in Disquise »
- Sordid Cinema Podcast
Earlier this week, news broke that Jennifer Lawrence was poised to make her debut on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, thanks to her performance of the song "The Hanging Tree" on the "Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" soundtrack. Now, not only has Lawrence broken into the chart, she's stormed into the top 20 -- and her numbers are even better on the digital side.
"The Hanging Tree," written by "The Hunger Games" author Suzanne Collins with an assist from The Lumineers, currently sits at number 12 on the overall Hot 100 chart. And on the digital sales chart, Lawrence's track (on which she is credited as a featured performer, alongside "Mockingjay" composer James Newton Howard) stormed in at number two with 200,000 downloads -- second only to Taylor Swift.
Lawrence had previously charted internationally with the tune, too, landing at numbers 12 and 14, respectively, on the Australian and U.K. singles charts.
Despite her success in the pop world, »
- Katie Roberts
Late night host Jimmy Fallon is the 2014 Entertainer of the Year. He took over as host of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" last February, turning it into "the hottest party in town, a celebrity playpen full of games, music, surprise guests, and good vibes all around." Even previous host Jay Leno says, "He's probably more like Johnny (Carson) than any other host. Johnny was very boyish when he was 40 years old, and Johnny had musical skills as well." Ratings for the NBC program have also increased this past year. Fallon won another Emmy Award in August for guest hosting "Saturday Night Live." Entertainment Weekly -Break- Is Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence ready to tackle the music world next? Her song "The Hanging Tree" from "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" debuts in the 12th spot on this week's Billboard Hot 100. The song is written by composer James Newton Howard and is released on Repu. »
You can now add chart-topping singer to the list of Jennifer Lawrence's already lengthy accomplishments.
Composed by James Newton Howard, the haunting folk song's lyrics are by Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins, while "Ho Hey" singers The Lumineers collaborated on the track. In the film, Jennifer's character Katniss Everdeen performs the song -- which she learned from her father -- and it quickly becomes an anthem for the rebellion.
Though the song is now an obvious success, Lawrence confessed to David Letterman in November that the experience of singing on set was "awful."
Pics: Jennifer Lawrence Rushed to Safety Following Letterman Appearance
"I cried on set that day and apparently I'm crying all the time," she said. "I'm »
Jennifer Lawrence adds another honor to her already impressive resume: the Academy Award-winning actress scores her first entry on a Billboard chart, as "The Hanging Tree" debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 12. The song, released on Republic Records, is billed as James Newton Howard featuring Lawrence. It's from Howard's score to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, in which Lawrence stars. It opened in theaters on Nov. 21. (The set starts at No. 10 on the Soundtracks chart with 4,000 first-week copies sold, according to Nielsen Entertainment.) Read more 'Mockingjay' Director Talks More 'Hunger
- Keith Caulfield, Billboard
Jennifer Lawrence has topped iTunes charts in 37 countries worldwide.
The song has peaked at number one on iTunes in 37 countries, including Germany, Mexico and Norway.
Furthermore, it has peaked within the Top 10 in 70 iTunes stores across the world, including the UK, Us, Australia and Sweden.
'The Hanging Tree' has sold over 200,000 copies in the Us during its first week on sale, while giving Lawrence her first ever Top 20 hit in the UK this past weekend.
Due to its success it has now been added to the digital version of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, as well as featuring on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Original Motion Picture Score.
Lawrence - who plays heroine Katniss »
She's won an Oscar for her acting talent, and now Jennifer Lawrence is poised to take over the musical world, too.
Lawrence, who is featured in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" on the song "The Hanging Tree," has said that she hates her voice and was traumatized when asked to sing on set. But that hasn't stopped "The Hanging Tree," a single on the official "Mockingjay" soundtrack, from taking off on the pop charts, notching high rankings internationally -- and poised to debut in the Billboard Hot 100 stateside.
In Australia, Lawrence is currently sitting at the No. 12 spot on the Aria Australian Top 50 Singles Chart. She also holds the No. 14 spot on the Official U.K. Singles Chart.
And that's not all. According to Billboard, Lawrence should land somewhere in the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 once those numbers are released on Wednesday, December 3. The track, led by »
- Katie Roberts
Jennifer Lawrence is storming the music charts. The "Hunger Games" star may have cried before shooting the "Mockingjay" scene in which she sings the haunting James Newton Howard-composed tune "The Hanging Tree," but the emotional ordeal appears to be paying off. Not only has the song reached No. 12 and No. 14 on the Australian (Aria) and U.K. singles charts, respectively, it also looks primed for a Top 40 debut on the Billboard Hot 100. Additionally, it's been forecast to sell in the ballpark of 150,000 downloads in its first week. Of course, Lawrence wouldn't be the first movie star-turned-Billboard chart success; Anna Kendrick's "Pitch Perfect" cover "Cups" peaked at No. 6 on the Hot 100 last year. Written by "Hunger Games" author Suzanne Collins and Lumineers bandmates Jeremiah Fraites and Wesley Schultz, "The Hanging Tree" is included on the official "Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" soundtrack. You can listen to a snippet of »
- Chris Eggertsen
Jennifer Lawrence is on course to score a UK Top 20 hit this weekend.
The song was at number 27 in the Midweek Chart Update, but has enjoyed a sales increase over the last two days.
Director Francis Lawrence recently admitted that the actress was reduced to tears at the prospect of performing the track during filming.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 has soared to number one at the UK box office following its release on November 20.
Watch the stars of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 discuss their favourite Katniss moments below: »
Catching up with Joseph Trapanese is like getting a summary experience for a hustling composer. In the past year, he's scored, worked in sound design and arranged for a diverse array of films, including franchises like "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay" and the "Divergent" series; remakes like "Annie"; a sequel like "The Raid 2"; and original scripts like "Nightcrawler." He's dipped into TV like for "Wonder Woman," and nabbed further video game gigs like he did for racing title "The Crew." On top of all that, he's still active in the pop music sphere, having just completed work with repeat customer Kelly Clarkson and collaborating with acts like M83 for live performances. I sat down with Trapanese back in January, after "Raid 2" punched Sundance in the face, and even after only 10 months, it was time we caught up. This week, during our chat, Trapanese exclusively revealed that he's on tap as »
- Katie Hasty
James Newton Howard is best known for his large, layered, cinematic scores for films like Maleficent, Snow White and the Huntsman, and The Hunger Games series. These orchestra driven scores are perfect for epic tales of good versus evil, intense battle scenes and journeys of self-discovery. But in Nightcrawler, Howard seems to have found his more edgy, electronic side, turning in a score that sounds more like something you would expect from a composer like Cliff Martinez – and that’s a good thing. Changing up your musical style not only helps push boundaries, it can also give us great music we may not have otherwise expected from certain composers. Danny Elfman created the quirky music for films like Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, and Big Fish, but he also created the dramatic scores for Good Will Hunting and Silver Linings Playbook and action films like Mission Impossible and Planet of the Apes. Randy Newman »
- Allison Loring
Katniss Everdeen becomes the face of a revolution in “Mockingjay — Part 1,” a tricky transitional episode of “The Hunger Games” franchise that abandons the reality-tv bloodsports of the first two movies to conjure a dour, grimly escalating vision of all-out war. Unsubtly resonant, at times quite rousing and somewhat unsatisfying by design, this penultimate series entry is a tale of mass uprising and media manipulation that itself evinces no hint of a rebellious streak or subversive spirit: Suzanne Collins’ novels may have warned against the dangers of giving the masses exactly what they want to see, but at this point, the forces behind this hugely commercial property are not about to risk doing anything but. It’s a sensible if not exactly inspired strategy, and with Jennifer Lawrence once more carrying the proceedings and director Francis Lawrence (no relation) dutifully replicating the elements of an inherently cinematic story, Lionsgate’s plans for worldwide B. »
- Justin Chang
‘The Hospital Suite’ – John Porcellino Seeks the Cure to What Ails Him
John Porcellino is an alternative comics artist who has been drawing his signature series, King-Cat Comics & Stories for 74 issues across four decades and several Us states. Since the late 1980s, Porcellino has performed in several bands, run a record label and produced numerous comics and zines. In addition to running his Spit & a Half Distribution company, comics have proven to be his one enduring passion. Porcellino, who recently took a nationwide victory lap to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of King-Cat, has also seen the publication of several collected works, (King-Cat Classix, Map of my Heart, Diary of a Mosquito Abatement Man, to name a few)… click here to read the full article.
’21 Years: Richard Linklater’ is more entertaining than must-see
Most filmgoers don’t know Richard Linklater’s name but his effect »
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