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Ed Catto: The Cutie & the Indefatigable Entrepreneur

I’ve listened to many podcasts during the long upstate winter and one of my favorites has been Karina Longworth’s You Must Remember This. It’s billed as a storytelling podcast exploring the secret and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood’s first century. I enjoy it because Longworth spins great yarns, with vivid insights, about Hollywood stars and their careers.

But I think there’s more to why it’s popular and why I enjoy it so much. I’m starting to realize that the inevitable ups and downs of yesteryear’s Hollywood Stars are analogous to the rollercoaster rides that categorize so many of today’s careers.

It’s astounding to hear about how a legendary star’s career might have floundered at one point, only to do a complete 360 as he or she gets cast in a successful blockbuster movie. Thundering successes and crushing failures become the
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Ed Catto: The Cutie & the Indefatigable Entrepreneur

I’ve listened to many podcasts during the long upstate winter and one of my favorites has been Karina Longworth’s You Must Remember This. It’s billed as a storytelling podcast exploring the secret and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood’s first century. I enjoy it because Longworth spins great yarns, with vivid insights, about Hollywood stars and their careers.

But I think there’s more to why it’s popular and why I enjoy it so much. I’m starting to realize that the inevitable ups and downs of yesteryear’s Hollywood Stars are analogous to the rollercoaster rides that categorize so many of today’s careers.

It’s astounding to hear about how a legendary star’s career might have floundered at one point, only to do a complete 360 as he or she gets cast in a successful blockbuster movie. Thundering successes and crushing failures become the
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How to Train Your Dragon 2, The Simpsons and Disney Mickey Mouse win big at the 42nd annual Annie Awards

The 42nd annual Annie Awards took place on Saturday night, with DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon 2 bagging six honours including Best Animated Feature and Best Directing in an Animated Feature Production. The top TV honour – Best General Audience Animated Television/Broadcast Production – went to Fox’s The Simpsons, while Disney Micky Mouse picked up five awards.

Here’s the full list of nominations, with the winners highlighted in bold and red…

Animated feature

Big Hero 6″ – Walt Disney Animation Studios

Cheatin'” – Plymptoons Studio

How to Train Your Dragon 2″ – DreamWorks Animation

Song of the Sea” – Gkids/Cartoon Saloon

The Book of Life” – Reel FX

The Boxtrolls” – Focus Features/Laika

The Lego Movie” – Warner Bros. Pictures

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” – Gkids/Studio Ghibli

Animated special production

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” – Voyager Pictures LLC

“Dawn of the Dragon Racers” – DreamWorks Animation

How Murray Saved Christmas” – Universal Television
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The Boxtrolls leads Annie Award nominations with 13 nods

The Annie Awards have announced their choices for the top 8 animated features of 2014 as well as nominations in over 20 other animation categories. The Hollywood Reporter reports that The Boxtrolls received the most nominations (13) of any film followed by How to Train Your Dragon 2 (10), Big Hero 6 (7), Song of the Sea (7), and The Lego Movie (6).

Best Animated Feature Nominated Films:

Big Hero 6 – Walt Disney Animation Studios Cheatin’ – Plymptoons Studio How to Train Your Dragon 2 – DreamWorks Animation Song of the Sea – Gkids/Cartoon Saloon The Book of Life – Reel FX The BoxtrollsFocus Features/Laika The Lego Movie – Warner Bros. Pictures The Tale of the Princess Kaguya – Gkids/Studio Ghibli

Notably absent from the best feature list is a Pixar entry. However this wasn’t a snub from the Annie nominators as Pixar has not released a feature since 2013’s Monsters University. Pixar has two films scheduled to release
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"The Boxtrolls" Dominates Annie Awards Animations!

Yay! One of my favorite animated films of 2014 topped the recently announced 2014 Annie Awards honoring excellence in the field of animation. Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi's "The Boxtrolls" received 12 nominations including Best Animated Feature. The winners will be announced at a black tie ceremony on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at UCLA.s Royce Hall. For more information on the Annie Awards, click here.

Here's the full list of nominees for the 2015 Annie Awards

Production Categories

Best Animated Feature

Big Hero 6 - Walt Disney Animation Studios

Cheatin' - Plymptoons Studio

How to Train Your Dragon 2 - DreamWorks Animation

Song of the Sea - Gkids/Cartoon Saloon

The Book of Life - Reel FX

The Boxtrolls - Focus Features/Laika

The Lego Movie -Warner Bros. Pictures

The Tale of The Princess Kaguya - Gkids/Studio Ghibli

Best Animated Special Production

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey - Voyager Pictures LLC

Dawn of the
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'Boxtrolls,' 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' lead Annie Awards Nominations

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'Boxtrolls,' 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' lead Annie Awards Nominations
Monday morning, the International Animated Film Society, Asifa-Hollywood, announced nominations today for its 42nd Annual Annie Awards, recognizing the year’s best in the field of animation. Leading the pack with 13 nominations, including a nod for Best Animated Feature, is Laika Animation's "The Boxtrolls." Dreamworks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon 2" followed with 10 nominations, joining "Boxtrolls" in the Character Animation, Animation Effects, and Best Feature categories. Rounding out the organization's big prize are "Big Hero 6" (seven nominations), "Cheatin'" (three), "Song of the Sea" (seven), "The Book of Life" (five), "The Lego Movie" (six), and "The Tale of Kaguya" (three). The Annie Awards also announced nominations in TV, video game and short subject categories. “We had a steady increase in submissions this year and I am excited to say it’s going to be a great awards ceremony,” remarked Asifa-Hollywood Executive Director, Frank Gladstone. “We added a new category
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Annie Awards Nominations Unveiled

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Annie Awards Nominations Unveiled
Big Hero 6, Cheatin’, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Song Of The Sea, The Book Of Life, The Boxtrolls, The Lego Movie and The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya have been nominated in the top category for the International Animated Film Society, Asifa-Hollywood’s 42nd annual Annie Awards. The Annies cover 36 categories and include Best Animated Feature, Best Animated Special Production, Commercials, Short Subjects and Outstanding Individual Achievements. The winners will be announced January 31 at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Here’s the full list of noms:

Best Animated Feature

Big Hero 6

Walt Disney Animation Studios

Cheatin’

Plymptoons Studio

How to Train Your Dragon 2

DreamWorks Animation

Song of the Sea

Gkids/Cartoon Saloon

The Book of Life

Reel FX

The Boxtrolls

Focus Features/Laika

The Lego Movie

Warner Bros. Pictures

The Tale of The Princess Kaguya

Gkids/Studio Ghibli

Best Animated Special Production

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

Voyager
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10 great geek TV musical moments

Feature Juliette Harrisson 16 Aug 2013 - 06:36

Juliette celebrates ten geek TV moments in which music and story are inseperable, with help from Buffy, Quantum Leap, Star Trek & more...

There are great dialogue-free scenes (most of Buffy’s Hush for one) and there are great silent or music-free moments (the credit sequences in Game of Thrones’ The Rains of Castamere and The Walking Dead’s The Killer Inside, most of Buffy’s The Body). But here, we’re celebrating musical moments where the score or soundtrack comes to the fore. The scene may or may not include dialogue, the music may be part of the scene (the technical term for this is diegetic) or part of the score, that is, music that does not exist for the characters but enhances the experience for the viewer (non-diegetic or extra-diegetic). However it’s set up, however it’s used, there are moments where
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The Sdcc 2012 Fright Schedule – Sunday

Well here it is, folks! The final day of the pop culture insanity that is The San Diego Comic Con is live. While Sunday’s programming is aimed mostly for children and family, there are still many events worth checking out. The highlights of the day look to be Fringe and Supernatural related. And of course, let’s not forget Drew Struzan, Max Brooks and BBC America’s Doctor Who!

Check out Sunday’s schedule below. For the full Sunday schedule, click here!

10:00-11:00 Emily the Strange— Be a part of the Emily the Strange panel experience, where you have the chance to prove your knowledge of Strange and win prizes, learn what’s new in Emily’s oddball universe (including a sneak peek at the new Emily and the Strangers comic book series), and Q&A with Emily’s creator Rob Reger, artist Buzz Parker, and writer Jessica Gruner.
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San Diego Comic-Con 2012: Day 4 (July 15) Schedule Now Live; Heinlein Blood Drive Info

Comic-Con Sundays are typically light on horror, and this year is no exception although once again our favorite panel, "Supernatural", is heading to Hall H. Here are the genre highlights as well as info on the 36th annual Robert A. Heinlein Blood Drive.

One thing we can't stress enough is to keep checking the Sdcc website for updates as nothing's set in stone until the event actually starts happening.

10:00-11:00 Emily the Strange— Be a part of the Emily the Strange panel experience, where you have the chance to prove your knowledge of Strange and win prizes, learn what's new in Emily's oddball universe (including a sneak peek at the new Emily and the Strangers comic book series), and Q&A with Emily's creator Rob Reger, artist Buzz Parker, and writer Jessica Gruner. Did we mention you will get some cool stuff just for showing up and being Strange?
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Thomas Newman and Michael Giacchino Each Have Four Of The 97 Scores Eligible For Best Original Score

Thomas Newman and Michael Giacchino Each Have Four Of The 97 Scores Eligible For Best Original Score
Of the 265 films eligible [1] for Oscars at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in February, 97 of them have been deemed worthy to be nominated for Best Original Score. Thomas Newman (The Adjustment Bureau, The Debt, The Help, The Iron Lady) and Michael Giacchino (Cars 2, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Monte Carlo, Super 8) lead all eligible composers with four films this year while Alexandre Desplat (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, The Ides of March), Tyler Bates (Conan the Barbarian, The Darkest Hour, The Way), Mark Isham (The Conspirator, Dolphin Tale, Warrior) and Henry Jackman (Puss in Boots, Winnie the Pooh, X-Men First Class) all have three. Other familiar names are on the list too such as John Williams (The Adventures of Tintin, War Horse), James Newton Howard (Green Lantern, Water for Elephants) and Danny Elfman (Real Steel, Restless) who along with Alberto Iglesias (The Skin I Live In,
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97 Original Scores in 2011 Oscar® Race Include Hugo, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, Winnie The Pooh And Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that ninety-seven scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 84th Academy Awards®.

The eligible scores along with the composer are listed below in alphabetical order by film title:

The Adjustment Bureau,” Thomas Newman, composer

The Adventures of Tintin,” John Williams, composer

African Cats,” Nicholas Hooper, composer

Albert Nobbs,” Brian Byrne, composer

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked,” Mark Mothersbaugh, composer

Anonymous,” Thomas Wander and Harald Kloser, composers

Another Earth,” Phil Mossman and Will Bates, composers

“Answers to Nothing,” Craig Richey, composer

Arthur Christmas,” Harry Gregson-Williams, composer

The Artist,” Ludovic Bource, composer

“@urFRENZ,” Lisbeth Scott, composer

“Atlas Shrugged Part 1,” Elia Cmiral, composer

Battle: Los Angeles,” Brian Tyler, composer

Beastly,” Marcelo Zarvos, composer

The Big Year,” Theodore Shapiro, composer

Captain America: The First Avenger,” Alan Silvestri, composer

Cars 2,” Michael Giacchino, composer

Cedar Rapids,
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Scores for 'Drive' and 'Attack the Block' aren't Eligible for an Oscar

I was actually beginning to believe Cliff Martinez's score for Drive may actually have a shot with all the love it has received in the precursor awards, but last night the Academy announced the list of 97 scores eligible for Best Original Score at the 2012 Oscars and, oops, what do you know, both Drive and Attack the Block didn't make the cut. The only other score I had on my current list of predictions for the category to not make the cut was Howard Shore's music for David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method. Why? Well, I would assume somewhere inside there the rules for requirement weren't met. As per the Academy, "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
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Oscars: 97 Original Scores in 2011 Race

Beverly Hills, CA – Ninety-seven scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 84th Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today. The eligible scores along with the composer are listed below in alphabetical order by film title: “The Adjustment Bureau,” Thomas Newman, composer “The Adventures of Tintin,” John Williams, composer “African Cats,” Nicholas Hooper, composer “Albert Nobbs,” Brian Byrne, composer “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked,” Mark Mothersbaugh, composer “Anonymous,” Thomas Wander and Harald Kloser, composers “Another Earth,” Phil Mossman and Will Bates, composers “Answers to Nothing,” Craig Richey, composer “Arthur Christmas,” Harry Gregson-Williams, composer “The Artist,” Ludovic Bource, composer “@urFRENZ,” Lisbeth Scott, composer “Atlas Shrugged Part 1,” Elia Cmiral, composer “Battle: Los Angeles,” Brian Tyler, composer “Beastly,” Marcelo Zarvos, composer “The Big Year,” Theodore Shapiro, composer “Captain America: The First Avenger,” Alan Silvestri, composer “Cars 2,” Michael Giacchino,
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Wayne Sharpe to bring in singer Lisa Gerrard for Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan.s next

Wayne Sharpe to bring in singer Lisa Gerrard for Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan.s next
Music composer, Wayne Sharpe, who has earlier worked in films like Gangajal, Apharan, Rajneeti and Lahore, is now working on another film with filmmaker Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan’s , which is a Sci-Fi movie and he will be bringing in singers like Golden Globe Award winner Lisa Gerrard and Senegalese Singer Baaba Maal to sing for the film. Lisa has sung for Hollywood films like Gladiator, Mission Impossible II and Black Hawke Down amongst others. Earlier too for Lahore, Sharpe made Hollywood’s Lisbeth Scott who had lent her voice ...
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S. Peace Nistades: It's Not Done 'Til It's Done

Every project has its own unique flavor, its own unique experiences, but one thing every project has in common, is deadline and delivery. As I’ve been working on project after project, I’ve put a lot of thought into getting to that final phase as smoothly as possible for both myself and the client by looking at the entire process leading up to deadline and delivery. Something that has remained true about the process on most of the projects I’ve worked on is, it’s never done ‘til it’s done.

On many, in fact most, of the projects I work on, there will be some sort of final, last tweaks that happen just before it goes off to the dub stage, while the film is being mixed, or even right before the final mix gets printed and delivered to theaters. We hear stories of this all the time.
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Hollywood singer Lisbeth Scott sings for Indian film Lahore - News

Nominated for many Grammy Awards and Academy Awards, world renowned Hollywood singer and songwriter, Lisbeth Scott has lent her melodious voice for the very first time for an Asian film and that is too in an India film Lahore. She has sung for endless Hollywood blockbusters like Avatar, Sherlock Holmes, Transformers, Indiana Jones and The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End, Shrek, The Chronicles Of Narnia, Casino Royale, The Da Vinci Code, Munic...
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Reminder & Guest Update: Free Grace screening Tomorrow!

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Our friends over at USC got in touch to let us know that they've added quite a few more guests to this event, so we're re-posting this with updated details.

Those eager to catch Fangoria Blood Drive alum Paul Solet's Grace have a chance to do so for Free, provided they live close enough to see it at USC.

On June 12th (Tomorrow!), the USC School of Cinematic Arts' Alumni Screening Series will present Grace at 7pm, University Park Campus, Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall.

In an unforgettable emotional and psychological journey into terror, a young woman is forced to make the ultimate motherly sacrifice.

The School of Cinematic Arts and Anchor Bay Entertainment invite you and a guest to a special preview screening of Grace, followed by a Q&A with writer/director Paul Solet and composer Austin Wintory.

Free admission. Open to all.

About Grace

Love.
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Free Grace screening at USC June 12th!

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Those eager to catch Fangoria Blood Drive alum Paul Solet's Grace have a chance to do so for Free, provided they live close enough to see it at USC.

On June 12th, the USC School of Cinematic Arts' Alumni Screening Series will present Grace at 7pm, University Park Campus, Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre.

In an unforgettable emotional and psychological journey into terror, a young woman is forced to make the ultimate motherly sacrifice.

The School of Cinematic Arts and Anchor Bay Entertainment invite you and a guest to a special preview screening of Grace, followed by a Q&A with writer/director Paul Solet and composer Austin Wintory.

Free admission. Open to all.

About Grace

Love. Undying.

Madeline and Michael Matheson have been trying to have a baby for years. After multiple miscarriages, they finally are seven and a half months pregnant. Disheartened with traditional obstetric medicine, Madeline brings Michael to Naturebirth,
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Composer Nathan Barr bites into another season of True Blood

HBO’s award-winning drama series, True Blood, returns for a highly anticipated second season on June 14th, 2009. According to cast members, this coming season will prove to be even more creatively explosive than the last. Nathan Barr, composer of season one, is also back for another musical journey in season 2.

Official Press Release:

Executive Producer and show creator, Alan Ball, is extremely impressed with Barr’s score for the show. Ball recently expressed that “Nate’s score for True Blood continually impresses and surprise me, and one of the favorite parts of my job is driving out to his studio to hear his score cues, as I know I’m always in for a treat. His music, with its distinct and completely acoustic flavor, perfectly captures the mix of suspense, terror, romance, and regional authenticity that the show calls for. I know I can always count on him to take
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