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L.A., Italia Awards: ‘Imitation Game,’ ‘Last Days in Vietnam’ Get Final Push at Felliniesque Ceremony

16 February 2015 8:06 PM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

With the clock ticking down to the close of Oscar voting at 5 p.m. Pt on Tuesday, nominees are clamoring for face time with Academy members who may not have cast their ballots yet, and Sunday night’s 10th L.A., Italia Awards — a part of the weeklong L.A., Italia Film Fashion and Art Fest, and a sister event to Italy’s Capri-Hollywood and Ischia Global film festivals — offered several of them just that.

The annual gathering draws several hundred people, including a not inconsiderable number of Academy members — many with ties of some sort to Italy (i.e., Camelot actor Franco Nero, Crash co-screenwriter Bobby Moresco and songwriter Tony Renis are members of the fest’s advisory board), but others as well (i.e. “Hound Dog” songwriter Mike Stoller) — and has been described by more than a few as “Felliniesque.”

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- Anjelica Oswald

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Patrick Gowers obituary

28 January 2015 9:46 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Composer renowned for his film and TV scores

A composer’s study might be expected to contain artefacts designed to encourage the muse, but you would be hard pressed to find a greater variety than those of Patrick Gowers, who has died aged 78. Music scores of every period, CDs of jazz, Bach cantatas and the French impressionists Debussy and Ravel, mathematical tomes, computers, the Bible, poetry, partially dismantled synthesizers and a battered Bechstein upright piano; this incomplete list reveals only some of Patrick’s eclectic passions, from which he picked certain elements and produced music of great originality.

It made its biggest impact through film and TV scores, from the late 60s onwards. An early break was Hamlet (1969), directed by Tony Richardson and starring Nicol Williamson. The Virgin and the Gypsy (1970) followed, with an impressive cast that included Franco Nero, Joanna Shimkus and Honor Blackman. Patrick’s ability to create »

- Christopher Gunning

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Comic Review: Millennium #1

23 January 2015 9:54 AM, PST | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

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Millennium #1

Writer: Joe Harris

Artist: Colin Lorimer

Colorist: Joana Lafuente

Publisher: Idw Publishing

Price: $4

My experience with the world of Chris Carter’s TV shows consists of a few scattered X-Files episodes (specifically ones written by William Gibson or starring Tony Todd) and a half hour of the Millennium pilot (also about fifteen minutes of Harsh Realm). I remember absolutely loving these things but not being able to watch more because up until I was about 16, I wasn’t allowed to watch much TV, and certainly not the scary stuff. By the time I was 16, any interest I might have had in TV was scoured away by my devoted passion to my Super Nes. As I’ve gotten older, my caution in sampling The X-Files and Millennium has been due to the size of the commitment; I know the series are intertwined and that The X-Files »

- Chris Melkus

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