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Ascap Workshop Spotlights Future Film Composers

Ascap Workshop Spotlights Future Film Composers
Are these the faces of the future of film scoring?

Earlier this month, 12 young composers each got the chance to stand on the 20th Century Fox scoring stage, conducting a 65-piece orchestra playing their own music. It was the culmination of their participation in the Ascap Film Scoring Workshop, a four-week immersion into the high-pressure, high-profile world of movie music.

As participant John Carey put it: “It was like getting to jump ahead 20 or 30 years in your career for a night, to a mock scenario where you would be scoring a major blockbuster film. Imagine being a quarterback in high school and suddenly getting to be in the NFL for a day; it’s just surreal.

“And after stepping off the podium my first thought was, ‘I have to figure out how to come back here and do this again.’”

Carey was one of four Americans chosen from among 300 applicants for this year’s program.
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Film Review: ‘Jenny’s Wedding’

Film Review: ‘Jenny’s Wedding’
Solid performances and decent intentions are all on the guest list for “Jenny’s Wedding,” a sweetly played yet overly on-the-nose dramedy about a lesbian who finally comes out to her sheltered Cleveland family after deciding to marry her longtime partner. Katherine Heigl brings both ferocity and vulnerability to the role of a favored child discovering the courage to be herself in front of her parents and siblings, but while the fine cast teases out glimmers of nuance here and there, Mary Agnes Donoghue’s film plays like a series of hand-holding growth exercises for closed-minded conservatives, and relies too heavily on its tying-the-knot finale for both dramatic momentum and emotional closure. A name-y cast and fortuitously topical timing will ensure some audience exposure for this July 31 IFC release.

Keeping your characters in the dark for too long while tipping off the audience too early can be a risky strategy,
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Toronto: Kevin Costner, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman And A Very Hot Chris Rock Fill Busy Fest Weekend

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Toronto: Kevin Costner, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman And A Very Hot Chris Rock Fill Busy Fest Weekend
Kevin Costner came into the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday for the world premiere of his powerful new drama, Black And White, a stirring story dealing with our racial divide, but mostly a riveting human tale from writer/director Mike Binder. It’s unflinchingly honest and contains a crackerjack courtroom scene that’s priceless. In that scene, Costner delivers perhaps the best performance of his career, or at least since the period of his career circa Field Of Dreams. It played to a packed house yesterday at Roy Thomson Hall and won a strong ovation from the crowd.

Costner told me that even the though the hard-hitting film is not a comedy, the audience responded with laughs in just the right places and really seemed to be moved by what they saw on screen.

That said, the film is still looking for a domestic distributor and the star, who
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Life of Pi composer wins Soundtrack Award

Life of Pi composer wins Soundtrack Award
Mychael Danna and Adele win prizes at the World Soundtrack Awards 2013.

The World Soundtrack Academy has revealed the winners of the World Soundtrack Awards 2013, the closing event of the 40th Film Fest Gent.

Mychael Danna received two awards for Life of Pi including Film Composer of the Year and Best Original Film Score of the Year.

Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film was named as Skyfall, performed by Adele.

Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin were awarded the Discovery of the Year for the music they wrote for Beasts of the Southern Wild.

The Public Choice Award went to Rahman Altin for The Butterfly’s Dream (Kelebeğin Rüyası).

After the awards ceremony, Brussels Philharmonic, conducted by Maestro Dirk Brossé performed a selection of the film compositions of French director Alexandre Desplat.

Film scores from the Discovery winner of last year, Brian Byrne (Albert Nobbs), and from the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Riz Ortolani, were also
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Albert Nobbs

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 15, 2012

Price: DVD $27.98, Blu-ray $39.99

Studio: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

In the great tradition of Victor Victoria and Tootsie, the period drama film Albert Nobbs stars six-time Oscar-nominee Glenn Close (TV’s Damages) as a woman playing a man.

Based on the novella by Irish author George Moore, the movie tells the story of a woman (Close) in 19th century Ireland who learns to survive by living and working as a man. But after 30 years of donning men’s clothing to fit into her surroundings, Nobbs finds herself in her own prison.

Close and co-star Janet McTeer (The Woman in Black) were nominated for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress Academy Awards, respectively. Both also were nominated for Golden Globes but didn’t win. The movie’s original song “Lay Your Head Down” (music by Brian Byrne and lyrics by Close) also was nominated for a Globe, and
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Irish Film and Television Academy Awards 2012: Winners: The Guard

The Guard and the other winners for the 2012 Irish Film and Television Academy Awards have been announced. The 9th Annual Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTAs) “sole aim is to celebrate Ireland’s notably talented film and television community. The ceremony is considered to be one of Ireland’s most prestigious awards event, and can be viewed as the Irish equivalent to the American Oscars.”

The full listing of the 2012 Irish Film and Television Awards winners is below.

Film Categories

Best Film

The GuardChris Clark, Flora Fernandez Marengo, Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe (Reprisal Films / Element Pictures)

Director Film

John Michael McDonaghThe Guard (Reprisal Films / Element Pictures )

Script Film

John Michael McDonaghThe Guard (Reprisal Films / Element Pictures )

Actor – Film

Michael FassbenderShame (Momentum Pictures)

Actress – Film

Saoirse RonanHanna (Universal Films)

Supporting Actor – Film

Chris O’Dowd – Bridesmaids (Universal Pictures)

Supporting Actress – Film

Fionnula FlanaganThe Guard (Reprisal Films
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The Guard, Glenn Close Win Irish Film Awards

Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs John Michael McDonagh's The Guard, reportedly the most successful independently made Irish production ever, won four top prizes at the 2012 Irish Film and Television Awards, held this evening in Dublin. The story of a tough, cynical, hard-drinking cop who goes after three drug dealers, McDonagh's comedy thriller won awards for Best Irish Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay (also McDonagh), and Best Supporting Actress for Fionnula Flanagan — who also happened to be the recipient of the Irish Film and Television Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award. Additionally, the London-born McDonagh received the Irish Film Board Rising Star Award. [List of Irish Film and Television Drama winners.] The Guard's star, Brendan Gleeson, lost the Best Actor Award to Shame's Michael Fassbender, who, in the United States, was recently bypassed by both the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Academy Awards. In the New York-set, mostly British-made Shame, the German-Irish Fassbender plays a man deeply troubled by a very,
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The Guard, Michael Fassbender: Irish Film Award Winners

Brendan Gleeson, The Guard The Guard, Glenn Close, Ryan Gosling Win: Irish Film Awards 2012 Film Categories Best Film Albert Nobbs, Alan Moloney, Bonnie Curtis, Julie Lynn, Glenn Close Charlie Casanova, Terry McMahon Stella Days, Jackie Larkin, Leslie McKimm * The Guard, Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe, Chris Cark, Flora Fernandez Marengo Best Director Rebecca Daly, The Other Side of Sleep * John Michael McDonagh, The Guard Terry McMahon, Charlie Casanova Thaddeus O'Sullivan, Stella Days Best Screenplay John Banville, Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs * John Michael McDonagh, The Guard Terry McMahon, Charlie Casanova Antoine O'Flaherta, Stella Days Best Actor * Michael Fassbender, Shame Brendan Gleeson, The Guard Ciarán Hinds, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Martin Sheen, Stella Days Best Actress Aoife Duffin, Behold the Lamb Antonia Campbell Hughes, The Other Side of Sleep Marcella Plunkett, Stella Days * Saoirse Ronan, Hanna Best Supporting Actor Liam Cunningham, The Guard Brendan Gleeson, Albert Nobbs Ciarán Hinds, The Debt * Chris O'Dowd,
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Golden Globe Awards 2012 round-up with full list of winners

Meryl Streep thanked "everybody in England" for allowing her to come and "trample all over their history" as she picked up her Golden Globe award for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher.

The Oscar-winning actress spoke of the "thrill" of winning the prize for best actress (drama) after playing Baroness Thatcher in the film The Iron Lady.

"This is such a thrill but really, really embarrassing in a year that saw so many extraordinary performances by women in leading roles - by my friends, by people I do not know, by people that I am so inspired by," she said in her acceptance speech.

The 62-year-old, who received her award from British actor Colin Firth, remembered during her speech that she did not have her glasses with her and would have to give her speech from memory.

"Oh, I am going to have to remember my speech!" she said. She added:
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2012 Oscar Predictions: Guessing the Best Original Song Nominees

When it comes to the Oscar for Best Original Song your guess is as good as mine. The Academy announced 39 songs vying for the category at the 2012 Oscars back in mid-December and of those 39 I have thrown a dart at the board and come up with five songs I felt may have a shot at the nomination. If I was to look for any kind of indicators from the awards handed out so far I would say "Hello Hello" from Gnomeo and Juliet and "The Living Proof" from The Help sure look like solid contenders as both were nominated by the Hollywood Foreign Press and the Broadcast Film Critics, but neither of them ended up winning. At the Globes it was Madonna winning for "Masterpiece", which isn't even eligible for a nomination at the Oscars, and at the Critics Choice it was "Life's a Happy Song" from The Muppets, a
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The Golden Globes: And The Winners Are…

The Golden Globes are always looked upon as the precursor to the Oscar race, and can be a useful indication as to where those famous bald statues will end up. Here’s the list from last night’s Golden Globes, hosted by the ever-fearless Ricky Gervais and held in Los Angeles. Just for you Thn readers, we’ve got the winners in each category below, not only at the top of the list but also highlighted in bold.

Best Motion Picture – Drama:

* The Descendants

* The Help

* Hugo

* The Ides of March

* Moneyball

* War Horse

Best Performance By An Actress In A Motionpicture- Drama:

* Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)

* Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs)

* Viola Davis (The Help)

* Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)

* Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin)

Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture – Drama:

* George Clooney (The Descendants)

* Brad Pitt (Moneyball)

* Ryan Gosling
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Golden Globes 2012 Winners: The Artist & The Descendants Lead Oscar Chase

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association presented the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards last night and there were a few surprises, not least how tame controversial comedian Ricky Gervais was in hosting. More on that later but for now the results are important (although are they, really? – Isn’t this the 6th cousin to the Oscars who the Oscars barely recognise and like a disgruntled relation has to contend with once a year?) and the two big winners were Alexander Payne’s The Descendants and Michel HazanaviciusThe Artist with two major awards each.

George Clooney won Best Actor Drama for The Descendants, which also won Best Motion Picture Drama above critics darling The Help, but a lot of pundits were expecting this going in. The Help, because of it’s civil rights story, was thought to be a tough sell to this crowd and is still likely to be the
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Winners of 2012 Golden Globe Awards

The 69th annual Golden Globe Awards just wrapped with "The Descendants" taking the trophy for Best Motion Picture - Drama, while "The Artist" won for "Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical. In the end, "The Artist" took home three awards, while "The Descendants" took home two. On the television side, "Homeland" won two awards, including for Best Television Series - Drama and for Claire Danes' performance on the show. Check out the full list of nominees and winners (in red) below. And let us know what you thought of the awards show. Best Motion Picture - Drama: * The Descendants * The Help * Hugo * The Ides of March * Moneyball * War Horse Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture - Drama: * Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) * Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs) * Viola Davis (The Help) * Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) * Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin
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The Descendants, The Artist, Meryl Streep, Michelle Williams, Jean Dujardin: Golden Globes 2012 Winners

Asa Butterfield, Jude Law in Martin Scorsese's Hugo Motion Pictures Best Motion Picture, Drama * The Descendants d: Alexander Payne The Help d: Tate Taylor Hugo d: Martin Scorsese The Ides of March d: George Clooney Moneyball d: Bennett Miller War Horse d: Steven Spielberg Best Motion Picture, Musical Or Comedy 50/50 d: Jonathan Levine * The Artist d: Michel Hazanavicius Bridesmaids d: Paul Feig Midnight in Paris d: Woody Allen My Week with Marilyn d: Simon Curtis Best Foreign-language Picture The Flowers of War (China) d: Zhang Yimou In the Land of Blood and Honey (USA) d: Angelina Jolie The Kid with a Bike (Belgium) d: Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne * A Separation (Iran) d: Asghar Farhadi The Skin I Live In (Spain) d: Pedro Almodóvar Best Director Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris George Clooney, The Ides of March Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist Alexander Payne, The Descendants * Martin Scorsese, Hugo Best Actor,
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69th Annual Golden Globe Awards Winners!

69th Annual Golden Globe Awards Winners!
The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards were held tonight at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, hosted by comedian Ricky Gervais. Here is the full list of winners below.

Best Motion Picture - Drama

The Descendants - Ad Hominem Enterprises; Fox Searchlight Pictures

The Help - DreamWorks Pictures, Participant Media; Touchstone Pictures

Hugo - Paramount Pictures presents a Gk Films Production; Paramount Pictures

The Ides of March - Columbia Pictures, Cross Creek Pictures, Exclusive Media Group, Crystal City Entertainment; Sony Pictures Releasing

Moneyball - Columbia Pictures; Sony Pictures Releasing International

War Horse - DreamWorks Pictures; Touchstone Pictures

Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture - Drama

Glenn Close - Albert Nobbs

Viola Davis - The Help

Rooney Mara - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady

Tilda Swinton - We Need to Talk About Kevin

Best Performance By An Actor In A
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‘The Descendants’ Tops The 69th Golden Globe Award Winners

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Kicking off at 8Pm Est, Ricky Gervais returns to host the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards and we’ll live update the film winners below. As always, follow us on Twitter for commentary and let us know in the comments below your thoughts. Winners below are bolded as they come in.

Best Motion Picture – Drama

The Descendants (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

The Help (DreamWorks Pictures)

Hugo (Paramount Pictures)

The Ides of March (Columbia Pictures)

Moneyball (Columbia Pictures)

War Horse (DreamWorks Pictures)

Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture – Drama

George ClooneyThe Descendants

Brad PittMoneyball

Ryan GoslingThe Ides of March

Michael FassbenderShame

Leonardo DiCaprioJ. Edgar

Best Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical

50/50 (Summit Entertainment)

The Artist (The Weinstein Company)

Bridesmaids (Universal Pictures)

Midnight in Paris (Sony Pictures Classics)

My Week with Marilyn (The Weinstein Company)

Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture – Drama

Glenn Close
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Film News: Live Updates, Results For 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards

Chicago – Welcome to the HollywoodChicago.com coverage of the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards. These awards honor the best in film and TV for 2011 while also allowing host Ricky Gervais to poke fun at all your favorite Hollywood stars.

Below you will find a list of all the nominees for each category. As winners are announced, the list will be updated with winners appearing with a Golden Globes icon next to them. The show starts at 7 p.m. Cst tonight on NBC.

The Golden Globes

Photo credit: Hollywood Foreign Press Association

Film

Best Picture: Drama

The Descendants

The Help

Hugo

The Ides of March

Moneyball

War Horse

Best Picture: Comedy Or Musical

“50/50”

The Artist

Bridesmaids

Midnight in Paris

My Week With Marilyn

Best Director

Woody Allen (“Midnight in Paris”)

George Clooney (“The Ides of March”)

Michel Hazanavicius (“The Artist”)

Alexander Payne (“The Descendants”)

Martin Scorsese (“Hugo”)

Best Actor: Drama

George Clooney
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Golden Globes 2012 Winners List

'The Artist' and George Clooney were among big winners Sunday night.

By Eric Ditzian

George Clooney at the 2012 Golden Globes

Photo: Robyn Beck/Afp/Getty Images

The 2012 Golden Globe Awards took over Hollywood on Sunday evening (January 15) with Ricky Gervais once again at the helm and all of Tinseltown in his joke-slinging sights. A much more staid affair than last year's show - save for some of the host's zingers and Seth Rogen's reference to his penis — the ceremony capped a long week of statuette-accepting and speech-giving ahead of next month's Oscars.

"The Artist" further solidified its spot at the front of the awards-season pack with three wins (including Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical and Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical) and "The Descendants" (Best Motion Picture — Drama and Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture
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Sinead O'Connor sings the original song from 'Albert Nobbs' -- Exclusive Video

Sinead O'Connor sings the original song from 'Albert Nobbs' -- Exclusive Video
Sinead O’Connor has lit up the celebosphere of late thanks to her rather, well, lively personal life, so it may be easy to forget that the woman can still deliver a song like no other. This past New Year’s Eve, O’Connor joined the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in Dublin to sing “Lay Your Head Down,” the original song from the gender-bending period film, Albert Nobbs, written for the film by star Glenn Close and composer Brian Byrne. You can check out an exclusive video of her full performance below, and then contemplate the possibility that O’Connor could
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Irish Film and Television Academy Awards 2012: Nominations: Albert Nobbs

Albert Nobbs and the other nominations for the 2012 Irish Film and Television Academy Awards have been announced. The 9th Annual Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTAs) “sole aim is to celebrate Ireland’s notably talented film and television community. The ceremony is considered to be one of Ireland’s most prestigious awards event, and can be viewed as the Irish equivalent to the American Oscars.” The awards ceremony will be held on February 11, 2012 at the Convention Centre Dublin (Ccd).

The full listing of the 2012 Irish Film and Television Awards is below.

Film Categories

Best Film

Albert NobbsAlan Moloney, Bonnie Curtis, Julie Lynn and Glenn Close (Parallel Film & TV Productions)

Charlie CasanovaTerry McMahon (Source Productions)

Stella DaysJackie Larkin & Leslie McKimm (Newgrange Pictures)

The GuardEd Guiney, Andrew Lowe, Chris Larke, Flore Fernandez Marengo(Element Pictures)

Director Film

Rebecca Daly – The Other Side of Sleep (Fastnet Films)

John Michael McDonagh
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