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Top Ten Film Scores of 2012

20 December 2012 7:42 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

I have to say that it’s been a particularly great year for film scores. Not only did we see the return of established staples such as John Williams, Danny Elfman, and Thomas Newman, but we were treated to some strong new talent like Dan Romer, Benh Zeitlin and Heather McIntosh. I had a difficult time solidifying this top ten, and an even more impossible time with my top five, of which all could have been my number one. Anyway, enough introduction and here’s my top ten film scores of 2012.

 

1. Beasts of the Southern Wild (Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin | Cinereach Music)

Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin, also wearing the directorial cap on this picture, teamed up to deliver what I consider to be the best score of the year, brimming with compositions that celebrate the genuine wonder of life while at the same time never losing sight of the »

- Jeremy Caesar

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Jeremy Irons talks trash for his new environmental documentary | Leo Hickman

11 December 2012 7:37 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Oscar-winning actor explains why he travelled around the world to highlight the environmental problems caused by our waste

Jeremy Irons, the Oscar-winning actor, has teamed up with the British filmmaker Candida Brady to produce a new feature-length documentary called Trashed. It sets out to "discover the extent and effects of the global waste problem, as he travels around the world to beautiful destinations tainted by pollution".

Ahead of its first theatrical screenings in the Us later this month, Irons answered my questions about the film via email...

We are used to actors/singers/celebrities, etc, highlighting a particular environmental cause, or narrating a documentary. But it is unusual to see someone such as yourself getting quite so involved in a project liked Trashed. [Irons was also executive producer.] How did you come to be involved so intimately in this film?

I wanted to help create a film on a subject of real social importance. Candida Brady »

- Leo Hickman

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104 Scores in the Race for Best Original Score at the Oscars

11 December 2012 5:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

The Oscars are a little over two months away, and with so many fantastic films released throughout this year, the anticipation surrounding the announcement of the nominations next month is running on high.

So far, we’ve had the shortlists for the Best Animated Feature, the Best Visual Effects, and the Best Documentary categories.

Now the Academy has announced the list of 104 films that are eligible in the Best Original Score category, and it’s going to be very interesting to see what makes the final cut come nominations time next month.

I think Hans Zimmer’s score for The Dark Knight Rises is, hopefully, a lock, because it is amazing. I also loved James Horner’s score for The Amazing Spider-Man, but can’t decide whether or not I think it will earn a nomination.

Alexandre Desplat has three films in the running this year, with Argo, Rise of the Guardians, »

- Kenji Lloyd

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A. R. Rahman in Oscar race once again

11 December 2012 4:40 AM, PST | DearCinema.com | See recent DearCinema.com news »

Indian composer A.R. Rahman is in the Oscar race once again for the original score at the 85thAcademy Awards. His composition for the film “”People Like Us” has found place in the long list of 104 composers vying for the nominations.

Rahman composed for the Alex Kurtzman directed “People Like Us” starring  Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Olivia Wilde, Jon Favreau and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Rahman won two Academy Awards for Best Original Music Score and Best Original Song at the 81st Academy Awards in 2009 for “Slumdog Millionaire”.

104 scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2012 are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category.

The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Thursday, January 10, 2013.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on  February 24, 2013.   The eligible scores along with their composers are listed below in alphabetical order by film title:

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” Henry Jackman, composer “After the Wizard, »

- NewsDesk

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Lincoln, The Dark Knight Rises, Cloud Atlas Among 104 Scores To Advance In 2012 Oscar Race For Best Score

10 December 2012 5:45 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

One hundred four scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2012 are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 85th Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today. As noted by various online Oscar pundits, most noticeably missing is Moonrise Kingdom. 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. Click Here for the complete rules.

In February, Ludovic Bource won the Oscar for Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score) for The Artist at the 84th Academy Awards.

The eligible scores along with their composers are listed below »

- Michelle McCue

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Some Thoughts on the 104 Original Scores Competing for 2013 Oscar Nominations

10 December 2012 3:37 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

As far as I'm concerned, the two most memorable scores of the year belong to Cloud Atlas and Beasts of the Southern Wild. That said, I made an egregious and unforgivable mistake when filling out my Critics' Choice nominations and forgot to include not one of them, but Both of them! Shame. I feel it. Now I have to hope my fellow Bfca members came through where I failed. However, we will discuss Critics' Choice nominations more on the upcoming episodes of the RopeofSilicon podcast, for now we're talking Oscar as the Academy has released a complete list of all 104 original scores competing for Best Original Score at the 2013 Oscars. I have not yet posted my predictions for Best Original Score and while I am making a fuss above concerning Cloud Atlas and Beasts of the Southern Wild, I think both of those stand a very strong chance at a nomination this year. »

- Brad Brevet

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From RPG To Anime: David Kates And Joshua Mosley On Composing The 'Mass Effect: Paragon Lost' Soundtrack

7 December 2012 9:00 AM, PST | MTV Multiplayer | See recent MTV Multiplayer news »

(l. to r. - David Kates, Joshua Mosley)

The animated "Mass Effect: Paragon Lost" will be out later this month on DVD and Blu-ray to provide viewers with a little backstory on the hotheaded James Vega who spends much of "Mass Effect 3" busting Commander Shepherd's chops. But according to "Mass Effect" composers Joshua Mosley and David Kates, there's more to the character than that--something they were able to explore in the soundtrack they put together for the first animated release for the RPG.

Kates is a series veteran, having worked on both the first and second "Mass Effect" games while Mosley--whose work can be found in "Splosion Man"--is new to the franchise. Both men have clear visions about the sounds of the "Mass Effect" universe and spoke answered a few questions for MTV Multiplayer about their work bringing that sound to animation. You can also check out previews from »

- Charles Webb

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Contest: Win a Movie Soundtrack Grab Bag Including Music from the Twilight Saga

4 December 2012 1:29 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

We love giving away prizes to our readers, DVDs, Blu-rays, movie tickets, and much more. However, we aren't presented with too many opportunities to give away movie soundtracks, although that is about to change. We have a special contest in store where fans can win a huge grab bag full of soundtracks and musical compilations. We're giving away Music from the Twilight Saga compilation, The Complete Harry Potter Film Music Collection, The Fog 2 CD John Carpenter score, Music of the Batman Trilogy compliation, Lawrence of Arabia (new recording of the score using the original orchestral parts), Green Lantern: The Animated Series soundtrack by Frederick Wiedmann, Sherlock Series 2 soundtrack by David Arnold and Michael Price, a new recording of Vangelis' music for Blade Runner. These prizes will be gone before you know it, so enter this contest today.

Winners Receive:

Music from the Twilight Saga compilationThe Complete Harry Potter Film »

- MovieWeb

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Interview: Talking ‘Citadel’ With Director Ciaran Foy

21 November 2012 8:59 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

In theaters now is Citadel, the new thriller by writer/director Ciaran Foy. The film tells the story of a young man who becomes inflicted with agoraphobia and must take care of his infant daughter after the brutal murder of his wife by a gang of hoodlums. When he finds out that the attacks occurring in his housing project may not be isolated incidents he seeks the help of a nurse and a deranged priest to put an end to the evil plaguing his neighborhood. The film stars Aneurin Barnard (Hunky Dory, Ironclad), James Cosmo (Braveheart, Trainspotting), and Wunmi Mosaku (Womb, I Am Slave).

I recently had a chance to sit down with Ciaran Foy and talk about his new film, Citadel. He discussed the brutal real-life event that inspired the film, dealing with agoraphobia, the filmmakers that inspired him, and his love for soundtracks.

Here’s what the talented »

- Dana Gardner

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Blu Review: Blade Runner: The 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition

14 November 2012 8:36 AM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Watching Blade Runner is an emotional investment no matter how many times you see it. I don't know if it's the lighting, the music, the dialogue, or a combination of all of the above. How a science fiction film from 1982 can still have that effect on me after seeing it dozens of times is beyond my comprehension. I always come away from the film with my insides all mixed together with sadness, excitement, and that warm feeling of happy nostalgia you get when you experience something you never thought you could again.

Thanks to Warner Bros. Home Entertainment's release of Blade Runner: The 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition, science fiction fans can view any one of five different versions of the film whenever they want in the comfort of their own home theater. You can choose from "The Final Cut," the "Original Theatrical Cut," the "International Theatrical Cut," the "Director's Cut, »

- feeds@themoviepool.com (Eric Shirey)

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Win the "Blade Runner: 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition"

8 November 2012 1:16 PM, PST | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

It really is too bad she won't live, but then again, who does? People who own Blade Runner's 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition on Blu-ray with its collectible toy police car, that's who. And guess what? That could be you. Ridley Scott's Sci-Fi crime flick remains a film of visual beauty to this day, and its many questions about the nature of life, living, and what it all means has helped it endure and find new fans with each new generation of film lovers. Ridley Scott. Harrison Ford. Rutger Hauer. Sean Young. A soundtrack by Vangelis. A Philip K. Dick short story for inspiration.I might be overstepping, but Blade Runner  is quite simply a Sci-Fi masterpiece, and the 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition offers the film in four different cuts (Final Cut and three theatrical cuts) along with loads and loads of extras. Okay, so it's not a neat looking briefcase edition, »

- Lex Walker

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Blade Runner 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition Review

6 November 2012 8:06 AM, PST | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Blade Runner is one of those films that ran away with its own future (conveniently perhaps). With less than stunning reviews meeting its release, and more than a few audiences turned off by its strangely dark presentation, the film nevertheless managed to continue to convert fans over several years (amazingly this is the 30th Anniversary release), and now finds itself frequently referred to as the best sci-fi film ever.

The film not only pushed boundaries, and showed us the wild and complex imagination of Ridley Scott in his prime, but kicked off the movie world’s love affair with Phillip K. Dick. Though the screenplay diverges greatly from the source material (as do all films based on his work), the spirit of his story comes through far better than in most efforts.

Blade Runner, which holds up incredibly well today, weaves through surprising complexities, and showcases questions and odd turns enough for multiple viewings. »

- Marc Eastman

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Top 10: Movie Melodies

24 October 2012 2:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

To mark the release of James Bond’s 25th cinematic outing in Skyfall, LOVEFiLM polled over 2,500 film fans to uncover the best movie melodies, with John WilliamsStar Wars theme topping the list with sixteen per cent of the vote.

Despite featuring in one of the most anticipated films of the year, James Bond failed to take gold(finger) with his iconic theme, but managed to secure a respectable second place with ten per cent of the vote. John Williams’ ode to everyone’s favourite fish Jaws claimed seven per cent of the vote, taking the number three spot. The theme from Sylvester Stallone’s Italian stallion Rocky failed to punch its way into the top three, but did finish fourth with six per cent. This was one place above the inspirational strains of VangelisChariots of Fire theme, which enjoyed plenty of airtime this summer but – with only five »

- Phil

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Top 10 Sporting Movies of All Time

4 October 2012 1:07 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

What is it about sport that makes it so translatable to film? It has a lot to do with the natural drama that comes from the competitive, unpredictable nature of sporting events. Some, of course, translate better than others; one-on-one sports, such as boxing and other physical combat sports have been the most popular and successful, with the factors of the minimal characters and a conflict between two, classically disparate, contrasting opponents creating effective and simple conflict.

To celebrate the release of Fast Girls on Blu-ray & DVD from October 8th, I have created a list of my favourite sporting movies of all time.

I have kept my list to theatrical films; if I had branched out to documentary then Hoop Dreams would have certainly made the top three. If you haven’t seen Steve James’ 1994 documentary that follows a group of African American youths ‘attempts to make the NBA draft, »

- Adam Rayner

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New Blade Runner Blu-ray Trailer Arrives

11 September 2012 8:47 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Following in the footsteps of Total Recall, Jaws and Lawrence Of Arabia's Blu-ray trailers comes this surprisingly not high definition teaser for Ridley Scott's sci-fi masterpiece, Blade Runner. Forgoing the 1080p quality YouTubers are longing for, the WarnerBrosOnline account has instead gone for 480p, which may look a little blocky on larger screens. If you're willing to forgive it that, this re-cut trailer sees some interesting editing and some unexpecting echoing ("More human than human is our motto... motto... motto...") that may well make your online ordering finger itching to buy the special 30th anniversary Blu-ray once it hits shelves on October 29 - even if there's no hint of the much-loved Vangelis score.Then again, the original theatrical trailer isn't the best of its kind, clocking in at over three minutes and not really explaining anything about the film... at all. Take a look at it again to »

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20th Raindance Independent Film Festival, London, 26th September – 7th October 2012

4 September 2012 10:16 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Raindance Film Festival recently announced its 20th festival programme lineup which includes an unprecedented 105 features, 138 shorts and 64 UK Premieres, 13 International Premieres, 5 European Premieres, 19 World Premieres and 24 Directorial Debuts from 38 countries, proof of  another exceptional year of internationally acclaimed films, special live events, exclusive Q&As and masterclasses. The festival will take place from 26th September to 7thOctober at its home of the Apollo Cinema Piccadilly Circus SW1Y 4Lr.T

Opening the festival on Wednesday 26th September is the International Premiere of Here Comes The Devil – a powerful fantasy horror from Mexico. Shot in Tijuana, a married couple lose their children while on a family trip near some caves in Tijuana. The kids eventually reappear without explanation, but it becomes clear that they are not who they used to be and that something terrifying has changed them. The Opening Night afterparty will feature band The Real Tuesday Weld which The Sunday Times calls: “beautiful… »

- John

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20th Raindance Film Festival 2012 Lineup Announced

4 September 2012 3:03 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Raindance have just announced their line-up for their 20th annual film festival. The 2012 festival will, like every year showcase some of the best independent movies that we can expect in the coming year and beyond. Raindance 2012 will take place 26th September to 7th October at the Apollo Cinema, Piccadilly Circus in London. This year we can expect to see 105 features, more than 138 shorts, 64 UK Premieres, 13 International Premieres, 5 European Premieres, 19 World Premieres and 24 Directorial Debuts from 38 countries.

Scroll down to see the full press release as well as all the feature films that will be showing at the festival. To find out more, click here to visit their official site.

Opening the festival on Wednesday 26th September is the International Premiere of Here Comes The Devil a powerful fantasy horror from Mexico. Shot in Tijuana, a married couple lose their children while on a family trip near some caves in Tijuana. »

- David Sztypuljak

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Raindance Film Festival 2012 – Line-up announced

4 September 2012 2:55 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

The Raindance Film Festival has announced its 20th festival programme today. This year?s lineup includes 105 features and over 138 shorts and 64 UK Premieres, 13 International Premieres, 5 European Premieres, 19 World Premieres and 24 Directorial Debuts from 38 countries. The festival will take place from 26th September to 7th October at the Apollo Cinema, Piccadilly Circus.

Here’s the low-down:

Opening the festival on Wednesday 26th September is the International Premiere of Here Comes The Devil a powerful fantasy horror from Mexico. Shot in Tijuana, a married couple lose their children while on a family trip near some caves in Tijuana. The kids eventually reappear without explanation, but it becomes clear that they are not who they used to be and that something terrifying has changed them.

Closing the festival on Sunday 7th October is the UK Premiere of 7 Crates from Paraguay and fresh from its screening in Toronto Film Festival’ s vanguard section. The film focusses on Victor, »

- Phil

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30 Years Later and "Chariots of Fire" Still Wins Gold

13 August 2012 8:30 AM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

We all know Vangelis’ incredible score.

That rousing piano with synth accompaniment usually used to depict people running in slow-motion in every movie since Chariots Of Fire came out. The simple fact is, this movie, a masterpiece of its time, might seem antiquated to someone going through their backlog of Oscar-winning motion pictures. The movie might seem a tad overwrought, or perhaps, a tad silly by today’s standards. 

Of course, that opinion is wrong.

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- Robert Ottone

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Michael Nyman unhappy with 'Chariots of Fire' in Opening Ceremony

6 August 2012 7:14 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Michael Nyman has taken issue with the use of the theme from Chariots of Fire in Danny Boyle's London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony. The Oscar-nominated composer wrote a post on Facebook to complain about both the choice of song and the humour in the segment featuring Rowan Atkinson. "Michael Nyman is filled with wonder over the most 'significant' musical item in the Olympics opening ceremony," he said "You take Simon Rattle and the Lso to play not music by a British composer but by Vangelis, a Greek." He continued: "But it's there because it is the memorable soundtrack to Chariots of Fire, a film dealing with (more) »

- By Mayer Nissim

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