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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
Here’s your first look at the dreamlike teaser, as well as the striking first poster, for director Robert Zemeckis’s upcoming movie, The Walk. The film is set to hit theaters next fall on October 2, 2015.
Twelve people have walked on the moon, but only one man – Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) – has ever, or will ever, walk in the immense void between the World Trade Center towers. Guided by his real-life mentor, Papa Rudy (Ben Kingsley), and aided by an unlikely band of international recruits, Petit and his gang overcome long odds, betrayals, dissension and countless close calls to conceive and execute their mad plan.
Robert Zemeckis, the director of such marvels as Forrest Gump, Cast Away, Back to the Future, Polar Express and Flight, again uses advanced technology in the service of an emotional, character-driven story.
With innovative photorealistic techniques and IMAX 3D wizardry, The Walk is true big-screen cinema, »
- Michelle McCue
The fifth annual Hollywood Music in Media Awards were held Tuesday night at The Fonda Theatre in Hollywood. "Birdman" composer Antonio Sanchez walked away with top film honors while "How to Train Your Dragon 2" and "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" also brought home awards. "It’s about time drummers get some love — now we have 'Birdman' and 'Whiplash,'" Sanchez said. "This is shaping up to be our year!" The animated film score prize was handed out for the first time ever and is a nice boost for "Dragon 2's" John Powell, who picked up an Oscar nomination for the first film in the series four years ago. Song prizes went to "Lost Stars" from "Begin Again" (with Gregg Alexander performing for the first time in 15 years) and "Everything is Awesome" from "The Lego Movie." Check out the nominees here and a full list of visual media awards below, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Back To The Future, with the score edited out, and then replaced by a live orchestra playing it. How does that sound?
Plans to have a Back To The Future musical on stage in London's West End in time for the film's 30th birthday in 2015 may have hit a snag, but there's a different anniversary celebration being lined up instead.
It's been revealed that a worldwide live orchestra tour of Back To The Future is being planned. It's being put together by Img Artists and the Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency. It involves screening a version of the film that's had the score edited out, with the music then played live, as you might guess, by a full orchestra. The first performance will be by the 21st Century Orchestra in Lucerne, Switzerland, in May 2015.
Back to the Future will return to venues next year accompanied by a live orchestra.
The classic film is to mark its 30th anniversary with a worldwide tour of screenings where an orchestral band will perform Alan Silvestri's score. The composer will also add 15 minutes of new material.
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The performances - featuring a screening of the movie assisted by the live orchestra - will begin in Lucerne, Switzerland in May 2015.
The project is a collaboration between Img Artists, the Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency and Universal Pictures.
Silvestri was nominated for an Academy Award for his score to the 1985 movie starring Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future next year, Universal Pictures will rerelease the 1985 Michael J. Fox time-travel classic with live orchestration. According to Variety, the film will be screened in various venues around the world without the score, so that a live orchestra could perform Alan Silvestri's Academy Award–nominated music. The orchestra will also perform 15 minutes of new music that the composer wrote specifically for the engagements.
The first performance of Back to the Future with live orchestration will take place in May 2015 in Lucerne, »
There's been endless celebration of the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters this year with Lego sets and Krispy Kreme doughnuts, but next year, another 80s favorite will be celebrating 30 years as well. Next year, Back to the Future will be 30 years old, and while we haven't heard about any special plans Universal Pictures may have to celebrate, there will be one cool event that fans can try to take advantage of in 2015. Variety reports Back to the Future will get special screenings around the world with a live orchestra utilized to play Alan Silvestri's signature score, just like the Star Trek reboot did this year. More below! Img Artists and the Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency are behind the anniversary event which will kick off with a world premiere in Lucerne, Switzerland in late May 2015, featuring the 21st Century Orchestra. That's the only venue revealed so far, but there will be plenty »
- Ethan Anderton
“Back to the Future” will race across the big screen just in time for the comic adventure’s 30th anniversary.
Unlike some other anniversary celebrations, there’s a twist: The picture that made DeLoreans cool, popularized the concept of flux capacitors and made incestuous attraction improbably hilarious will be shown with a live orchestra playing the soundtrack. The original Alan Silvestri score has been edited out, so musicians in major concert halls and performance venues can play in synch with the on-screen action.
The presentation comes courtesy of Img Artists and the Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency, which have previously given the live orchestra treatment to such films as “West Side Story,” “Star Trek” and “Home Alone.” The world premiere will be given by the 21st Century Orchestra in Lucerne, Switzerland, in late May and other venues are expected to book the film, a spokesman for the Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency said.
- Brent Lang
When Back to the Future celebrates its 30th anniversary next May, the movie will sound like new. Better than new, actually, because select concert venues will present Robert Zemeckis's time-jumping blockbuster along with a live orchestra performing Alan Silvestri's memorable score in sync with the film. So when Marty McFly hits 88 miles per hour in Doc's DeLorean and leaves only a tire-trail of flames behind, it might sound like you're making your own acoustic leap to 1985. The world premiere of the live-music cinematic event—a joint collaboration between Universal, Img Artists, and the Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency—will be »
- Jeff Labrecque
The Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMAs) have announced the nominees in the Visual Media categories.
Showcasing the best and brightest in musical creation for visual media, the 5th Annual Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMAs) will be held at The Fonda Theater in Hollywood on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.
The 2014 HMMAs welcome back celebrity hosts including Oscar nominated actor Eric Roberts, former Matchbox 20 member Adam Gaynor, acclaimed Director/Writer/Producer Andy Fickman and Earth, Wind & Fire’s Verdine White. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Education Through Music – Los Angeles (Etmla). Honorees, performers, and special guests to be announced.
The field of entrants were narrowed down to final nominees by the Hmma advisory board and selection committee. The winners will be voted upon by music-media industry professionals comprised of select members of the Society of Composers and Lyricists (Scl), The Television Academy, the AMPAS Music Branch, Naras, performing rights organizations, »
- Michelle McCue
Somehow over the years the Hollywood Music in Media Awards have escaped me. The event's fifth annual slate of nominees were announced today, and it's a pretty standard assortment of names we've been considering at the forefront of this year's Best Original Score Oscar race, from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross to Hans Zimmer to the ubiquitous Alexandre Desplat. The nominees were chosen by an "Hmma advisory board and selection committee," and winners will be voted upon by "music-media industry professionals comprised of select members of the Society of Composers and Lyricists, The Television Academy, the AMPAS Music Branch, Naras, performing rights organizations, film music journalists and music executives," according to the press release. You might raise your eyebrow at something like "Interstellar" being on here when it hasn't been screened for these purposes (or much at all, for that matter). The nominations are also based on hearing music via »
- Kristopher Tapley
With this weekend's release of Gone Girl, director David Fincher has once again showcased the unsettling sounds of award-winning composers Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor (above). Ever since 2010's The Social Network, the duo have become a fixture of Fincher's work. The duo's deceptively minimal sound, with subtle motifs barely hiding cold electronic undercurrents, is remarkably well-suited for Fincher's trademark visual aesthetic, in which every smile and doorway can take on an air of menace if the camera lingers long enough. While he has worked with a number of composers before—most notably Howard Shore—Fincher has found »
- Joshua Rivera
Back To The Future Part III isn't the most popular film in the trilogy. But Simon argues this sci-fi western deserves more love...
I don't think I'm going out on much of a limb by saying that, in general, Back To The Future Part III is the least talked about film in the trilogy. It shouldn't be, in my personal view, but it's the one that generally puts technology on the back burner, introduces a love story, and visually is the most different.
Personally, I've never thought the labelling of Back To The Future Part III as the least liked film in the series - as some have - is particular fair, though. My 10-year old would go even further. It's his favourite of the lot.
So why then do some not warm to it as much? Well, let's deal with that, before I go onto the film in more detail. »
If you're looking for an utterly independent analysis of Robert Zemeckis' Back To The Future Part II, then it'd be fair to say you're probably in the wrong place. It would be remiss of me from the outset to not acknowledge that, in my youth, I absolutely adored Back To The Future Part II. I wore out two VHS copies of the movie I had (one of them ex-rental, to be fair), and Alan Silvestri's superb score has been resident in my head pretty much ever since (one I seem to have bought four times, across four different formats).
It's only over time that I've come to appreciate the film in any kind of perspective, and the catalyst for that was watching the three films back-to-back in the »
Vienna might be synonymous with Mozart and Strauss, but Sandra Tomek, founder and director of Hollywood in Vienna, perceives equally strong ties to such movie maestros as Max Steiner and Erich Wolfgang Korngold, who established themselves in the Austrian capital before blossoming as key pioneers of the Hollywood film score tradition.
So when Randy Newman receives the Max Steiner Award at the dual Sept. 24-25 event taking place at the city’s storied Vienna Concert Hall, with cousin and fellow film composer David Newman conducting, Tomek views the honor as both a link to the past and a celebration of the present.
“Alfred Newman, David’s father, was a colleague of Max Steiner,” Tomek explains. “And also the Newman family came from Eastern Europe (Russia, to be exact). So there are a lot of ties which are really interesting.”
The award is determined by an international committee of 20 people who »
- Steve Chagollan
Kenneth Lampl and Darren Tate are the composers of Magnolia Picture’s “Frontera”. What makes them so unique? They've never met in person. Join us as we talk with them about their interesting and unique working relationship.
Working partnerships are common in the movie-making industry. Pooling together knowledge and talent is one way to create a more appealing and more complete product. Furthermore, for large projects with lots of work to do and tasks to complete, it makes the burden easier to bear (we all know how helpful it can be to have a shoulder to lean on). What is not common is having such partnerships develop across an ocean and not in person. For Kenneth Lampl and Darren Tate, that's exactly what happened.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series
Outstanding Hairstyling For A Single-Camera Series
Francesca Paris, Department Head Hairstylist
Lisa Dellechiaie, Key Hairstylist
Therese Ducey, Key Hairstylist
(Winner) “Downton Abbey”
Magi Vaughan, Department Head Hairstylist
Adam James Phillips, Key Hairstylist
Kevin Alexander, Department Head Hairstylist
Candice Banks, Key Hairstylist
Rosalia Culora, Hairstylist
Gary Machin, Hairstylist
Nicola Mount, Hairstylist
Theraesa Rivers, Department Head Hairstylist
Arturo Rojas, Key Hairstylist
Valerie Jackson, Hairstylist
Ai Nakata, Hairstylist
Colleen Labaff, Department Head Hairstylist
Kimberley Spiteri, Co-Department Head Hairstylist
Outstanding Hairstyling For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special
Mary Guerrero, Department Head Hairstylist
Kimi Messina, »
- Variety Staff
Composer Alan Silvestri won a pair of Emmys for outstanding score and original main-title theme music for Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey. Accepting the awards Saturday night at the Creative Arts Emmys, he thanked his team, host Neil deGrasse Tyson and "Carl Sagan for still bringing magic to the blue dot." Silvestri earned Oscar nominations for music with The Polar Express and Forrest Gump. His recent work includes The Croods and Flight. Cosmos also earned an Emmy for writing for nonfiction programming, awarded to Sagan's widow Ann Druyan and Steven Soter, and for sound editing. For the full list of
- Carolyn Giardina
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