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Quentin Tarantino’s Music Supervisor Mary Ramos on Telling Stories Through Music

Quentin Tarantino’s Music Supervisor Mary Ramos on Telling Stories Through Music
On Saturday Quentin Tarantino’s music supervisor, Mary Ramos, will be a keynote speaker at music biz event Midem in Cannes, France. Variety spoke to her about her 23-year career, including her work on Tarantino’s movies — from “Pulp Fiction” to “The Hateful Eight” — and other pics, such as this year’s best-picture Oscar-winner “Spotlight.”

So is Tarantino different from other directors? “Every director I work with has their own unique storytelling style. They’ll tell a story filtered through what’s important to them. It’s my job to help them tell their story through music,” Ramos says.

“What makes Quentin standout is his bold use of music. Often times it is a main character in his movies. The reason is the referential element to his storytelling. We respond to Quentin because music is so much in the forefront and it’s such a bold use, like using David Bowie
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Hardcore Henry Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD Release Details & Cover Art

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and Stx Entertainment have announced the July home media release dates and details for the first-person Pov action thriller Hardcore Henry:

Press Release: Universal City, CA, May 26, 2016 – Brace yourself for one of the most unflinchingly original wild rides when the adrenaline-fueled action hit Hardcore Henry arrives on Digital HD on July 12, 2016 and on Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on July 26, 2016 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and Stx Entertainment. Filled with non-stop action and thrilling adventure, Hardcore Henry is the first film shot completely in first-person shooter perspective. The Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD feature even more explosive thrills with deleted scenes and commentary with the director and actor/producer. Be the first to own Hardcore Henry, starring Sharlto Copley (Chappie, District 9, Elysium), and immerse yourself in an exciting new world as you become the title hero!

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Quentin Tarantino’s Music Supervisor on 9 Memorable Song Selections

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Quentin Tarantino’s Music Supervisor on 9 Memorable Song Selections
Mary Ramos is a fixer as much as she's a music supervisor. Though Ramos's skills placing music are very much in-demand — her other credits include everything from Spotlight to Reality Bites — with Quentin Tarantino, she says, it's her nearly infallible ability to secure the exact music he wants that's led to her role in every one of his films since Pulp Fiction. "My job over the past 20-something years has been to support him and to make sure he can get what he wants," Ramos, who first met Tarantino through their mutual friend actor Tim Roth, says. So, with their latest partnership, The Hateful Eight, set to come out this weekend, we asked Ramos to walk us through the music choices from some of Tarantino's most iconic scenes, from Neil Diamond's "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon" in Pulp Fiction to the James Brown–Tupac Shakur mash-up in Django Unchained.
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Film Score Icons Williams, Morricone and Horner Loom Large in Oscar Race

Film Score Icons Williams, Morricone and Horner Loom Large in Oscar Race
When it comes to movie maestros, few are held in higher esteem than John Williams, Ennio Morricone and James Horner, all of whom have scores in contention during the current awards season.

Williams, 83, touts a record 49 Oscar music nominations (and five wins, for such classics as “Jaws,” “Star Wars” and “E.T.”) and may well earn a 50th for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” his seventh score for the franchise.

“When we did the first film in London, we all thought, that’s a nice little film,” Williams says. “It captured the world’s imagination in a way that I certainly couldn’t have anticipated.”

For the new edition, Williams has written a handful of themes for characters including Rey (Daisy Ridley), Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and Poe (Oscar Isaac), along with “a major march piece” for the Resistance and a choral fanfare for Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) that inspired
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Listen to Bon Iver's new song, 'Heavenly Father,' for Zach Braff's 'Wish I Was Here'

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Listen to Bon Iver's new song, 'Heavenly Father,'  for Zach Braff's 'Wish I Was Here'
Zach Braff proved himself quite adept at curating music for his movies, as he proved with 2004’s “Garden State.” So adept that he took home a Grammy for best compilation soundtrack album for a motion picture, television or other visual media. Now, he’s showing the same knack with the soundtrack for “Wish I Was Here,” as he worked alongside music supervisor Mary Ramos. We already wrote about “Garden State” poster boys The Shins and “So Now What,” their contribution to “Wish I Was Here.” Today, we get the woozy “Heavenly Father” from Bon Iver. The dreamy, dirge-like song premiered on NPR today and Ramos says she screened the movie for Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and his brother, and by the time she left their house, Vernon was already recording the track, inspiration hit him so immediately. The soundtrack for “Wish I Was Here” also includes Bon Iver’s “Holocene,
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Zach Braff Got Bon Iver to Come Out After Hiatus to Record This Stunning Song

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Zach Braff Got Bon Iver to Come Out After Hiatus to Record This Stunning Song
About two years ago, it appeared that Bon Iver was, if not dead, on a fairly significant hiatus. However, Zach Braff was able to reach the band's front man Justin Vernon through the power of man-feelings. Braff had his music supervisor Mary Ramos fly to Wisconsin to screen a rough cut of Wish I Was Here for Vernon and his brother. Ramos told NPR, “They were enjoying it and laughing, but at a certain point, they just got quiet. When it was over, Justin started humming.” The result is the stunner “Heavenly Father.” Built over a choral loop and a very minimal drum beat, the song highlights the fullness of Vernon’s lower register and is used perfectly during a pivotal scene in the movie. You might as well just start crying now. Listen over at NPR.
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Wme’s Amos Newman Emerges From the Shadow of Showbiz Royalty

Three years into its existence, Wme’s Music for Visual Media Dept. is trumpeting major successes for its newbie composers, from Alex Ebert’s Golden Globe win for “All Is Lost” to Junkie Xl’s “300: Rise of an Empire” and “Divergent” scores, to the maestros behind three consecutive top winners at Sundance.

Has it changed the composer representation landscape? The verdict is still out.

If anything, it’s the film-scoring landscape itself that has changed, and Wme is taking advantage of it with its overall deep client base of artists and performers interested in making music for movies.

In early 2011, William Morris Endeavor CEO Ari Emanuel invited Amos Newman — whose experience included 15 years at record labels and four years at film-music-focused Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency — to head up the new department.

Within a week they were meeting with composer Hans Zimmer, who subsequently left Gsa for Wme.

Some competitors considered
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Sundance 2014: Zach Braff returns with 'Garden State' follow-up, gets standing ovation

Sundance 2014: Zach Braff returns with 'Garden State' follow-up, gets standing ovation
Ten years after Garden State became a breakout hit — and the unofficial soundtrack — of the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, Zach Braff returned to Park City yesterday with his long-awaited, Kickstarter-financed follow-up, Wish I Was Here. Braff said when he made Garden State that he “just wanted to write a movie that describes how I felt about being 28 in 2004.” With Wish I Was Here, which he co-wrote with his brother Adam, he’s taken a similar approach. He plays a struggling commercial actor whose judgmental, conservative Jewish father (Mandy Patinkin) is dying of cancer. When he and his overburdened working wife (Kate Hudson
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Julian Roman's Top 10 Movies of 2012

Julian Roman's Top 10 Movies of 2012
Putting together this year's best of 2012 list is akin to the buffet at my favorite barbeque restaurant. There's so many good choices, it's pretty difficult to know what to pick. 2012 was an excellent year in cinema. From Sundance in January to the slew of awards contenders in December, there was a tremendous variety of great films across every genre. Whittling down to the ten best movies was as tough a process as I've ever had writing this article. I chose my top 10 with the ideal of repeated viewing in mind. What films would stand the test of time? What films would I watch a second time if it were 3Am and I came across them on late night TV? Much like the buffet analogy, what would make me fill up my plate again and again. As we review the choices, let's start off with the films that didn't make the cut.
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Zero Dark Thirty Takes Two More Best Picture Wins; La Awards Amour

Today was a very busy day for critics with The Boston Society of Film Critics, The New York Films Critics Online, and The Los Angeles Film Critics Association all voting for best achievements in film for 2012.

The love for Zero Dark Thirty continues with two more Best Picture wins, making it the clear favorite for awards season thus far. Kathryn Bigelow also adds two more wins to her list, putting her in prime position for a shot at another Best Director Oscar, an award she won merely three years ago.

In the first twist of awards season, Los Angeles critics have broken away from the pack and awarded Michael Haneke’s Amour with Best Picture, while giving Best Director, Actor, Supporting Actress, and Production Design to The Master, a film that hadn’t been garnering much attention so far this awards season.

Daniel Day-Lewis takes two more Best Actor wins
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