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79 Original Songs to Compete for Oscar

12 December 2014 4:24 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 79 original songs will contend for the 2014 Oscar.

That’s a slight jump from last year’s 75. The list will be winnowed down to five contenders when Oscar nominations are unveiled Jan. 15.

This year’s eligible list includes includes tunes from animated films (e.g., “Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie”), documentaries (“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from “Glen Campbell … I’ll Be Me”), small-scale works (“Lost Stars” from “Begin Again”) and big epics (“The Last Goodbye” from “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” by Billy Boyd). The animated “Rio 2″ has four eligible songs, and several films have three.

There is also an impressive roster of tunes from stars of the music world, including  Coldplay’s “Miracles” from “Unbroken”; Jonsi’s song “For the Dancing and the Dreaming” from “How to Train Your Dragon 2″; and “Yellow Flicker Beat, »

- Tim Gray

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Composer John Powell Talks How To Train Your Dragon 2 & His New Oratorio

1 December 2014 12:29 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

In June 2014, moviegoers traveled to the village of Berk once again in How To Train Your Dragon 2. The film’s composer, John Powell, recently won Best Score – Animated Film for the movie at 5th Annual Hollywood Music in Media Awards.

Powell has scored films including Antz, Chicken Run, Shrek, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and X-Men: The Last Stand and has frequently collaborated with directors Doug Liman and Paul Greengrass, on films including the Bourne trilogy, United 93 and Green Zone.

His infectious score for How To Train Your Dragon earned him his first Academy Award nomination. Powell has also lent his voice to the score of Dr. SeussThe Lorax, and Ice Age 4: Continental Drift. Most recently, audiences heard his music on the scores to Rio 2, directed by Carlos Saldanha, as well as the Dragon 2 sequel.

With the latest adventures of Hiccup and Toothless released on DVD in November, »

- Michelle McCue

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Screen Media Nabs Kodi Smit-McPhee Drama ‘All The Wilderness’

4 November 2014 11:29 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Screen Media Films has acquired North American rights to All The Wilderness, the SXSW drama formerly known as The Wilderness of James. Writer-director Michael Johnson made his debut with the pic about James (Smit-McPhee), an emotionally troubled boy whose connections with a mysterious kid (Evan Ross) and a fellow patient of his shrink’s (Isabelle Fuhrman) help him wrestle with the death of his father. Danny DeVito and Virginia Madsen also star in the film which also boasts a score by Jonsi and Alex of Sigur Ros; Screen Media is planning a day and date release for next February.

Jonathan Schwartz and Andrea Sperling produced for Super Crispy Entertainment, while Audrey and Zygi Wilf, Nick Frenkel, and Glenn Howerton executive produced. Screen Media’s Tom Yagelski and Seth Needle negotiated the deal with CAA and Lawrence Kopeikin of Morris Yorn on behalf of the filmmakers.

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- Jen Yamato

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How To Train Your Dragon 2 Composer John Powell Nominated for 2 Hollywood Music in Media Awards

29 October 2014 6:36 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

John Powell has received two Hollywood Music in Media Award nominations for DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2. Powell is nominated for Best Score – Animated Film and Best Song – Animated Film for “Where No One Goes,” his collaboration with Sigur Ros lead singer Jónsi.

The Hollywood Music in Media Awards will be held at the Fonda Theater in Hollywood on November 4th, 2014.

The How To Train Your Dragon 2 soundtrack is available on Relativity Records. The DVD will be available on November 11, 2014.

The film crossed the $600,000,000 global mark over the Labor Day weekend in September. A record-breaking opening in China coupled with phenomenal success in territories around the world catapulted Dragon 2 to become the highest grossing animated film of the year and one of the top ten grossing films of the year in any genre.

How To Train Your Dragon 3 is scheduled for a June 9, 2017 release »

- Michelle McCue

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'Manhattan' Marathon: A guide to this Sunday's atomic bomb drama binge-watch

24 October 2014 1:52 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

They're making a "gadget," one that they hope will save the world ... but fear will actually destroy it someday. In Manhattan, Wgn's new World War II drama about scientists racing to develop an atomic bomb while grappling with the threat of espionage and the equally undermining power of egos, has just finished its first season, and the network is re-running all 13 episodes this Sunday, Oct. 26, in one marathon showing starting at 11 a.m. Et (8 a.m. Pt.) For those who are already fans, it's a chance to revisit those earlier episodes and catch little hints and Easter eggs that become »

- Anthony Breznican

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Peter Strickland on Making the Leap to ‘Bjork: Biophilia Live’

12 July 2014 8:54 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

British writer-director Peter Strickland’s 2012 feature “Berberian Sound Studio” may have been a surreal exploration of sonic artistry, but he’s still not the first person one might expect to see at the helm of a Bjork concert film. It’s a counter-intuitive choice, however, that pays off in “Bjork: Biophilia Live,” a visually idiosyncratic recording of the Icelandic maverick’s 2013 tour closer in London, helmed in collaboration with film editor Nick Fenton (“The Selfish Giant,” the Sigur Ros doc “Inni”). The film, which bowed at Tribeca in April, recently had its European premiere at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, where Strickland spoke to Variety about the project’s challenges and rewards.

I don’t think many people expected to see your name on this kind of project — was it a surprise to you as well?

It had certainly never been on my radar to do a concert film. So »

- Guy Lodge

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Karlovy Vary to Present European Premiere of Concert Movie ‘Björk: Biophilia Live’

3 July 2014 9:53 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival will present the European premiere of concert movie “Björk: Biophilia Live,” with directors Peter Strickland and Nick Fenton attending the gala presentation.

In 2011 Icelandic artist Björk came out with the Biophilia project. As well as the album, the project includes performances, interactive applications, and educational programs. These have been augmented by a film of the concert shot at London’s Alexandra Palace, where Björk ended the Biophilia tour.

Fenton is an acclaimed British film editor, whose credits include work with Turner prizewinner Jeremy Deller and British director Clio Barnard. He also worked with Icelandic band Sigur Ros on their films “Heima” (2007) and “Inni” (2011), both of which were shown at Karlovy Vary.

Strickland directed drama “Katalin Varga,” which was awarded a Silver Bear at the Berlinale for outstanding sound design, and “Berberian Sound Studio,” a playful tribute to Italian horror films of the 1970s. The »

- Leo Barraclough

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Karlovy Vary Film Festival to Honor Mel Gibson

24 June 2014 3:12 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Prague — The 49th Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival will honor Mel Gibson with its kudo for contribution to world cinema, and will host French helmer/thesp Fanny Ardant, screening her third film, “Obsessive Rhythms” (Cadences obstinees), organizers have announced.

Fest, running July 4-12 in the ornate western Czech spa town, will also see Laura Dern presenting the David Lynch Palme d’Or winner “Wild at Heart,” and its main prize jury will be headed by Spanish producer Luis Minarro, whose “The Mosquito Net” won the Karlovy Vary Crystal Globe in 2010. Co-jurors will be Slovak filmmaker Mira Fornay (“My Dog Killer”), cinematographer and helmer Phedon Papamichael (“Nebraska”), Icelandic rocker Kjartan Sveinsson of Sigur Ros, and Czech helmer/producer Viktor Taus.

Fest’s East of the West jury, awarding film from the former East Bloc, will be headed by Turkish director and fest organizer Ahmet Boyacioglu, while Israeli producer and sales agent »

- Will Tizard

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New How To Train Your Dragon 2 Featurette Focuses on Music

12 June 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

How to Train Your Dragon 2 is seriously one of the best movies this year. As much as I loved the first film, this sequel is so much better in every way. DreamWorks Animation has released a new featurette for the animated flick, and it focuses on the music that was created for the feature. The score was composed by John Powell (Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon) along with the help of Sigur Ros frontman Jonsi. What they created for this film is beautiful. The music really nails the emotion of the characters. When the score is done right it makes the movie that much better. How to Train Your Dragon 2 hits theaters on June 13th, and it's a must watch! Thanks to Time!

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- Joey Paur

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Watch: Focus on Score in 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' Featurette

11 June 2014 7:50 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

This weekend, in addition to the raucous comedy of 22 Jump Street, families will have some entertainment with another sequel, How to Train Your Dragon 2. Early buzz on the film has been pretty great, and the last featurette for the animated film showed off some of the new dragons encountered by Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless. Now a new featurette focuses solely on the score, composed by John Powell (Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon) with the help of Sigur Ros frontman Jonsi. Powell comments on his task, "I believe it’s my job to be slightly behind your emotion as a viewer, never in front of it.” Watch! Here's the new featurette on the score for How to Train Your Dragon 2 from Time: The second chapter of the epic How To Train Your Dragon trilogy brings back Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless five years later. While »

- Ethan Anderton

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Listen to "Where No One Goes" from the How to Train Your Dragon 2 soundtrack

6 June 2014 9:23 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

How To Train Your Dragon 2 looks to expand on the scope and heart of the original movie in every way without straying from what made the first movie one of the best animated films of the decade. Fast-forwarding to the teenage years of the main characters, the sequel's trailer promises some epic flying and battle sequences and what looks like cutting edge animation. I was also excited to see that alongside the returning composer, John Powell, musician Jonsi was contributing a new song »

- Alex Maidy

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George R.R. Martin's Editor Hints at Eighth 'Song' Book

3 June 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Game of Thrones fans, here's the good news first: George R.R. Martin's editor, Anne Groell, hinted that the author's beloved A Song of Ice and Fire series (the source material for the popular HBO show) could have eight books instead of the planned seven, The Guardian reports. The bad news? Considering Martin's notoriously slow writing process — which may be partly blamed on the boot-up time of his Dos computer — you'd have to wait even longer to see how this saga wraps up.

Inside 'Game of Thrones': Kit Harington, »

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Short Shouts: Watch the Plight of a Young Couple in 'Love Escapes Us'

26 May 2014 7:05 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Written by and starring Iman N. Milner (House of Lies, Awkward Black Girl) and Anthony B. Phillips (Perception, Karim), and directed by Craig Tovey, Love Escapes Us explores "the cycle of love and heartbreak while tackling the question: who is really to blame in matters of the heart?" The short, which includes no dialogue, features music by Sigur Ros.  See the film in its entirety below:  »

- Jai Tiggett

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Matt Davis Returning to “The Vampire Diaries,” The CW Still Wants a “Supernatural” Spin-Off and Finales Galore

16 May 2014 4:54 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

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The CW’s fall schedule is, surprisingly, the one with the fewest changes from last year. The Flash will air on Tuesdays, The Originals will try to survive the network’s Monday night graveyard while Reign gets to keep its Vampire Diaries lead-in. (Does anyone know if Reign maintained the level of crazy from its pilot?)

Oh. Yes. Matt Davis will be a series regular in the upcoming season of The Vampire Diaries. I’ve missed Alaric since he’s been gone.

Here’s hoping Alaric has developed an allergy to fabric.

Michael Sam‘s agent, Cameron Weiss, says that the upcoming reality series focusing on Sam won’t include any footage from Sam’s team, the Rams, saying that producers haven’t asked for any rights to film on the field or in the locker room. Instead, the show will focus on Sam’s personal journey.

Eddie Huang, »

- Lyle Masaki

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Lily Allen Turned Down Incestuous Cameo in ‘Game of Thrones’

14 May 2014 5:10 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Singer Lily Allen apparently had a chance to appear in HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” but she had a reason for turning it down — incest. 

Producers wanted Allen to play the role of Yara Greyjoy, Theon’s sister, but Theon is played by her actual brother, Alfie Allen.

“I felt uncomfortable because I would have had to go on a horse and he would have touched me up and shit,” Allen said in a Reddit Ama. “Once they told me what was entailed, I said no thanks.”

Allen did say she would be open to a musical cameo, like Sigur Ros did for the Purple Wedding.

The scene in question happened during a season two episode, “The Night Remembers,” in which Theon suggestively caresses his sister (who was actually played by Gemma Whelan) while riding behind her on horseback. However, it’s not until later that he actually finds out they’re siblings. »

- Nikara Johns

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Which 'Game of Thrones' Star's Celebrity Sister Turned Down a Cameo?

14 May 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Incest is kind of no big deal in the world of "Game of Thrones," but for singer Lily Allen, the ick factor was too much to take.

The songstress revealed in a Reddit Ama that she turned down the opportunity to play Yara Greyjoy, the sister of Theon Greyjoy -- played by Allen's real-life brother, Alfie (above).

"I've been asked to do a 'Game of Thrones' cameo, they asked me if I'd be interested in playing Theon's sister, and I felt uncomfortable because I would have had to go on a horse and he would have touched me up and sh--," she said. "Once they told me what was entailed, I said no thanks. I would be open to doing a musical cameo like Sigur Ros, though."

Allen is referring to a season 2 episode in which Theon hitches a horseback ride with an unknown woman. Only after fondling »

- Kelly Woo

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Which 'Game of Thrones' Star's Celebrity Sister Turned Down a Cameo?

14 May 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Incest is kind of no big deal in the world of "Game of Thrones," but for singer Lily Allen, the ick factor was too much to take.

The songstress revealed in a Reddit Ama that she turned down the opportunity to play Yara Greyjoy, the sister of Theon Greyjoy -- played by Allen's real-life brother, Alfie (above).

"I've been asked to do a 'Game of Thrones' cameo, they asked me if I'd be interested in playing Theon's sister, and I felt uncomfortable because I would have had to go on a horse and he would have touched me up and sh--," she said. "Once they told me what was entailed, I said no thanks. I would be open to doing a musical cameo like Sigur Ros, though."

Allen is referring to a season 2 episode in which Theon hitches a horseback ride with an unknown woman. Only after fondling »

- Kelly Woo

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Game of Thrones Season Four – Episode 2 Review

15 April 2014 7:54 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Oliver Davis reviews the second episode of Game of Thrones Season Four….

The Lion and the Rose.

Directed by Alex Graves.

Written by George R. R. Martin.

Nobody major usually dies in these earlier Game of Thrones episodes. The big plot events are often kept until the close of a season, historically episode 9. So don’t worry, you can relax for a moment, just sit back and enjoy th-

“Written by George R. R. Martin

Crap.

Theon

Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen), or ‘Reek’ to his friends/masochistic torturers, is having a bad time of it up North. After appearing sporadically in Season 3, and not at all in last week’s series opener, the reminder of how frail and subservient the once-cocksure character has become is rather distressing. You actually feel empathy towards the guy – the same guy who betrayed his adopted Stark family and had the most annoying sneer this »

- Oliver Davis

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I Think Everyone Loved 'Game of Thrones' Last Night

14 April 2014 7:43 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

"Game of Thrones" can have a tendency to sometimes get a little... meandering at times. I felt the first episode in this fourth season was one such episode, but when something does happen, it's often something major. Last night's episode, "The Lion and the Rose", delivered one of those great moments people will surely be talking about while those that missed it will be shushing them at work, pleading for them not to spoil it. When it comes to "Game of Thrones", however, you better hope you're watching as soon as it happens or risk having it spoiled. Even I, watching three hours after the East Coast, knew before watching that something major happens due to Twitter, and I was only a time zone behind. All told, while I loved seeing Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) finally get his comeuppance, I must admit I was personally hoping it would be due to »

- Brad Brevet

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Listen: "The Rains Of Castamere" By Sigur Rós From 'Game Of Thrones' Plus Pic Of Band's Cameo In Last Night's Episode

14 April 2014 6:25 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

If you didn't watch "Game Of Thrones" last night, Spoilers Ahead. And for the rest of you, while you're still recovering from the big twist in "The Lion And The Rose" (full recap), here's a detail you might have missed amongst all the drama that unfolded. Sigur Rós took a break from creating epic, moving soundscapes to make a cameo in "Game Of Thrones," appearing quickly as the official band for Joffrey's wedding (before things end very, very badly for him). Their appearance was first announced last year, but their role was being kept under wraps for spoiler purposes. But that's not all the band has contributed to the show. Sigur Ros has also covered "The Rains Of Castamere" and made the track available for free last night online. You can listen to it below. So: major death, indie rock band cameo....geez, what you else you got coming for us this season, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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