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Janus Metz shows first footage from 'Between Two Worlds' at Cph:dox

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Janus Metz shows first footage from 'Between Two Worlds' at Cph:dox
At Cph:Forum, Eurimages Award goes to Maria Back’s Psychosis in Stockholm; 31 projects pitched.

Cph:dox expanded its industry offerings this year by adding a Work-in-Progress session on the eve of its Cph:forum for six Nordic documentaries currently in production or post-production.

Short presentations including footage was shown for projects including:

The Acali Experiment (Swe/Den/Ger/Us), dir Marcus Lindeen, prod Erik Gandini

The story will examine what happened when Mexican anthropologist Santiago Genovés tried a unique experiment in 1973, putting 10 people on a raft for a 101-day voyage to study human behaviour. Lindeen brought the participants together for the first time in 43 years to talk about Genoves’ manipulative behaviour. “I wanted make a reunion and let them talk about their memories of what happened on the raft,” he said. “We let the subjects make a study of the scientist.” The team aims to deliver the film in the autumn.

Contact: gandini@fasad.se

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Emmy showdown for Best Score (Movie/Mini/Special): 'American Horror Story: Freak Show,' 'Bessie' ...

Emmy showdown for Best Score (Movie/Mini/Special): 'American Horror Story: Freak Show,' 'Bessie' ...
This year's race for Best Score (Movie/Mini/Special) pits three previous Emmy winners against a returning contender and a pair of first-time nominees. The six composers offer a wide variety of musical styles and genres, from cartoon princesses to legendary blues singers; from carnival side shows to the mysterious streets of France; from political thrillers to old fashioned love stories. Who will prevail at the Creative Arts Awards on Sept. 12? -Break- Three-time Emmy champ William Ross is contending in this category for the first time with his score for the telefilm“Away and Back.” He won his first three Emmy races: Music Direction for the 2007 Oscars and “Streisand: Live in Concert” (2009) and as co-writer of Hugh Jackman's opening number at the 2009 Oscars, which won Best Song. He contended for Musical Direction for both the 2011 and 2013 Oscars. After winning three Emmys for his work on the series &l...
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Doors Guitarist Robby Krieger Boards Jim Morrison Movie

Doors Guitarist Robby Krieger Boards Jim Morrison Movie
A year after Ray Manzarek’s death, his Jim Morrison project “The Poet in Exile” remains very much alive.

Robby Krieger, the Doors’ guitarist, has come on board “Poet” as an executive producer who will work on the film’s soundtrack with Manzarek’s son Pablo and noted composer William Ross.

He’s also hopeful that Harrison Ford can be persuaded to portray Manzarek. During the band’s heyday in the late 1960s, Ford worked with the band as a stagehand and second camera assistant.

“I admit that it’s a longshot,” Krieger said of the potential casting of Ford. “I want to help this movie get made as much as possible.”

Alcon Entertainment went public last week with its desire for Ford to reprise his role as Rick Deckard in a reboot of the iconic sci-fi film “Blade Runner.” Reps for Ford have not responded to inquiries.

The Poet in Exile
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Oscars 2014: 'Alone Yet Not Alone' Disqualified for Best Original Song

This is something of a shock: the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has decided to disqualify the song "Alone Yet Not Alone," which was nominated in the Best Original Song category. The disqualification comes after an investigation into the practices of the song's writer, Bruce Broughton, a former governor and current music branch executive committee member, who supposedly sent encouraging emails to members of the Academy. When the final versions of the Academy ballots go out on Valentine's Day, "Alone Yet Not Alone" will not be a part of said ballot.

After the decision was made, Broughton told The Hollywood Reporter, "I'm devastated. I indulged in the simplest grassroots campaign and it went against me when the song started getting attention. I got taken down by competition that had months of promotion and advertising behind them. I simply asked people to find the song and consider it." To which we say: whoops.
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Oscars 2014: What Is 'Alone Yet Not Alone,' and How Did It Get Nominated for Best Song?

Every Academy Awards has at least one out-of-nowhere nominee, and this year's slate of contenders is no different. Claiming the title of most obscure nomination this year is "Alone Yet Not Alone," the title track from a small independent film that's up against some big competition in the Best Original Song category.

"Alone Yet Not Alone" tells the true story of two young sisters who were captured during the French and Indian War, and was produced by a company called Enthuse Entertainment, whose self-described mission is to make family-friendly, faith-based films. According to HitFix, the movie wasn't on many people's radar -- there's no trace of it on Wikipedia, there are no reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, and its Box Office Mojo is nonexistent -- and received a limited release in September.

So how did a film few people saw, or even knew existed, manage to snag a coveted Oscar nomination?
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Watch The Academy Awards Nominations Live Tomorrow – Oscar.com Goes Behind The Scenes With First Installment Of “Inside The Oscars” Video Series

Contributed By: Michelle McCue and Melissa Thompson

Well, we’ve just returned from AMPAS with our credentials badge for Wamg to be among the many outlets covering the Academy Awards nominations tomorrow morning.

With the announcement less than 24 hours away, and for the Oscar obsessivas (like us), this has been one of the toughest years to call. Even those of us who compulsively watch the race 365 days a year, all the categories are wide open, with expected surprises and snubs. This is always the best type of Oscar race to watch and we’ll bring you the news of who gets in and who isn’t invited to Hollywood’s biggest party of the year.

Actor, and tall-drink-of-cool-water, Chris Hemsworth and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs will announce the 86th Academy Awards nominations on Thursday, January 16.

Boone Isaacs and Hemsworth will unveil the nominations at a 5:38 a.
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Check Out The 114 Movie Longlist For Oscar Best Original Score Category

To those voting for the nominees for Best Original Score for this year's Oscars, they've got a lot of listening to do. A longlist of 114 eligible scores has been released, running the gamut of indies to blockbusters and everything in between. So what makes a score able to contend? Here's the official Academy rules: To be eligible, the original score must be a substantial body of music that serves as original dramatic underscoring, and must be written specifically for the motion picture by the submitting composer. Scores diluted by the use of tracked themes or other preexisting music, diminished in impact by the predominant use of songs, or assembled from the music of more than one composer shall not be eligible. The final five will be announced on January 16th, with the trophies handed out March 2nd. [Deadline] “Admission,” Stephen Trask, composer “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” Daniel Hart, composer “All Is Lost,
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Philomena, 12 Years A Slave, Gravity, Star Trek Into Darkness Among Scores In Contention For Oscar

One hundred fourteen scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2013 will be vying for nominations in the Original Score category for the 86th Oscars®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.

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.

Nomination voting in all Oscar categories begins Friday, December 27 and ends Wednesday, January 8.

The eligible scores along with their composers are listed below, in alphabetical order by film title:

Admission,” Stephen Trask, composer

“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” Daniel Hart, composer

All Is Lost,” Alex Ebert, composer

Alone Yet Not Alone,” William Ross, composer

The Armstrong Lie,
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114 Films Eligible for Best Original Score Oscar

114 Films Eligible for Best Original Score Oscar
The Academy has unveiled its list of films eligible for the best original score Oscar. A whopping 114 original scores are in contention. See the full list below. AMPAS will narrow down to the final five when Oscar nominations are announced Thursday, January 16. Today, the HFPA nominated "All Is Lost" (Alex Ebert), "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" (Alex Heffes), "Gravity" (Steven Price), "The Book Thief" (John Williams) and "12 Years a Slave" (Hans Zimmer) for best original score Golden Globes.      "Admission," Stephen Trask, composer       "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," Daniel Hart, composer       "All Is Lost," Alex Ebert, composer       "Alone Yet Not Alone," William Ross, composer       "The Armstrong Lie," David Kahne, composer       "Arthur Newman," Nick Urata, composer       "At Any Price," Dickon Hinchliffe, composer ...
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Oscars: 114 Original Scores to Compete for Top Prize

Oscars: 114 Original Scores to Compete for Top Prize
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled its list of 114 feature film scores that will be competing for the five nominations.

The roster includes films that are considered front-runners as well as documentaries, foreign-language films and animated features, and range from mega-hits like “Iron Man 3″ to mini-budgeted pics like “Escape From Tomorrow.”

The eligible scores along with their composers are listed below, in alphabetical order by film title:

Admission,” Stephen Trask, composer

“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” Daniel Hart, composer

All Is Lost,” Alex Ebert, composer

Alone Yet Not Alone,” William Ross, composer

The Armstrong Lie,” David Kahne, composer

Arthur Newman,” Nick Urata, composer

At Any Price,” Dickon Hinchliffe, composer

Austenland,” Ilan Eshkeri, composer

Before Midnight,” Graham Reynolds, composer

The Best Man Holiday,” Stanley Clarke, composer

The Book Thief,” John Williams, composer

“The Butterfly’s Dream,” Rahman Altin, composer

The Call,” John Debney, composer

Captain Phillips,” Henry Jackman,
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Oscars: Academy Releases List of 114 Scores in Contention

Oscars: Academy Releases List of 114 Scores in Contention
A total of 114 scores from feature-length films released in 2013 are in contention for nominations in the original score category for the 86th Oscars, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Thursday. The eligible scores (listed in alphabetical order by film title): "Admission," Stephen Trask, composer "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," Daniel Hart, composer "All Is Lost," Alex Ebert, composer "Alone Yet Not Alone," William Ross, composer "The Armstrong Lie," David Kahne, composer "Arthur Newman," Nick Urata, composer "At Any Price," Dickon Hinchliffe, composer

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Academy names 114 scores for Oscars

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Academy names 114 scores for Oscars
Senior executives at the Academy announced on Dec 12 that 114 scores have been submitted for the original score Oscar category.Scroll down for full list

A reminder list of works submitted will be made available with a nominations ballot to all members of the music branch, who will vote in the order of their preference for up to five scores.

Those five that receive the highest number of votes will be announced as nominees on January 16 2014.

According to the rules, to be eligible the original score must be a “substantial body of music that serves as original dramatic underscoring, and must be written specifically for the motion picture by the submitting composer.

Scores diluted by the use of tracked themes or other preexisting music, diminished in impact by the predominant use of songs, or assembled from the music of more than one composer shall not be eligible.”

Admission, Stephen Trask

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Daniel Hart

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William Ross to conduct the Oscar Orchestra

William Ross will conduct the Oscar orchestra for the Academy Awards®, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. “We are happy to have Bill Ross conduct the Oscar orchestra,” said Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “With a show so rich with music, we are so pleased to have someone as talented as Bill on our team.” Ross, who conducted for the 79th and 83rd Academy Awards®, is a prolific award-winning composer and arranger whose work encompasses feature films, television and the music recording industry. He has arranged music for artists such as Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble, Kenny G., Sting, Quincy Jones, Seal, Mariah Carey, and Whitney Houston. The records on which he has worked have sold a total of over 250 million copies in the United States. Ross has written original scores for such films as “The Tale of Despereaux,” “Ladder 49,” “Tuck Everlasting” and “My Dog Skip.
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Award-Winning Composer William Ross To Conduct Oscar Orchestra At 85th Academy Awards

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William Ross will conduct the Oscar orchestra for the Academy Awards®, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today.

“We are happy to have Bill Ross conduct the Oscar orchestra,” said Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “With a show so rich with music, we are so pleased to have someone as talented as Bill on our team.”

Ross, who conducted for the 79th and 83rd Academy Awards®, is a prolific award-winning composer and arranger whose work encompasses feature films, television and the music recording industry. He has arranged music for artists such as Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble, Kenny G., Sting, Quincy Jones, Seal, Mariah Carey, and Whitney Houston. The records on which he has worked have sold a total of over 250 million copies in the United States.

Ross has written original scores for such films as “The Tale of Despereaux,” “Ladder 49,
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The best train set a boy could want: 2011 edition

The 2011 edition of a movie critic's dream unreels again this week. In my own home town, I'll be able to show the films of my choice in a classic movie palace, flawlessly projected on a giant screen before a movie-loving audience. To paraphrase Orson Welles when he was given the run of Rko Radio Pictures to make his own movie, it's the biggest train set a boy could ever want.

Ebertfest 2011 runs April 27-May 1. The passes have been sold but we've always been able to find room for everyone in line inside the 1,600-seat Virginia Theater. Its long-term renovation continued this year with work on the lobby, the concession stand and the upstairs lobby. The marquee is a work in progress.

The preservation of theaters like this is invaluable; such buildings will never again be constructed, and most of our filmmakers will never have seen their films with such a large audience.
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“Self Made” Opens Moma’S Documentary Fortnight

Documentary Fortnight, MoMA’s International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media, kicked off its 10th season last night with the world premiere of Self Made. The film, a first for British artist (and Turner Prize winner) turned filmmaker Gillian Wearing, takes the audience through the cathartic process of a Method Acting class populated by a small group of hand-picked non-professionals and led by acting teacher, Sam Rumbelow. The movie shows how strong performances can result from emotional excavation. It’s a raw and emotionally powerful film and one that makes clear that Method Acting, first invented by Stanislavski over a hundred years ago, is still relevant.

As will be the case in most of the screenings in the festival, there to introduce Self Made and to take questions afterward were director Wearing, Rumbelow and one of the actor participants, Lian Stewart. Because of the demanding emotional work required by those who participated in the film,
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Awards Roundup: March 23-30, 2010

It was a light-but-filling week in awards central, with March Madness taking its toll, but  April is looking to be the coolest month, with Full Frame, Hot Docs, Tribeca, Dallas and San Francisco festsjamming the circuit, and Stranger Than Fiction revving up for the Spring Season.

Today's grantees might be tomorrow's awards-winners, as Cinereach, the four-year-old nonprofit funding and production entity, just announced its Winter Grants. Among the recipients: Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern (Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work; The Trails of Darryl Hunt); Bill Ross and Turner Ross (45365); ...
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25th Spirit Awards 2010 Winners

They all say this show changed a little bit, but we guess it was expected for the 25th annual ceremony from Stapless Center, or if you prefer – the Spirit Awards.

Last week we were all occupied with Oscar, but it’s always the right time to take a look at (maybe) less popular ceremony, but still – the good one! We’re going to remind you of this ceremony highlights.

The Spirits, run by the nonprofit Film Independent, threw in some of its typically enjoyable ironic touches.

One of them was definitely David Spade who presented the best foreign award, starting with:

“You may not know this, but my movies play in other countries. They’re huge in Poland. I can’t set foot in Bulgaria.” Thanks for letting us know Spade!

On the other hand, we had a chance to see Ben Stiller, known for studio comedies more than any boutique film,
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'Precious' and 'Crazy Heart' Top Spirit Awards

"Precious" dominated the 25th Spirit Awards March 5 with wins for best feature, best director (Lee Daniels), best first screenplay (Geoffrey Fletcher), best female lead (Gabourey Sidibe), and best supporting female (Mo'Nique). It's a poetic turn for the film, which focuses on the kind of girl that no one looks at twice, to have such an overwhelming acknowledgment from the independent film community. Likewise, in the pressroom, Sidibe joked that her upcoming plans included "world domination." This might have had something to do with her co-star Mariah Carey whispering that very phrase in her ear. "Mariah gives me all my bad ideas," said Sidibe, laughing. "[The film's success] really is a testament to the genius of Mr. Daniels. He has the power to transform people with completely different personalities into something 180 degrees different."Daniels expressed excitement for the upcoming Oscars, which took place two days later. "I am over the moon. Whether or not we win the Oscar,
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