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John Powell interview: scoring Bourne, Hans Zimmer, Face/Off and more

Sean Wilson Jul 6, 2017

Composer John Powell chats to us about scoring Jason Bourne, working with John Woo, his upcoming work and more.

Few contemporary film composers have made an impact quite like John Powell. From animation to drama to his immediately influential, propulsive Bourne soundtracks, Powell's energetic, emotional and heartfelt blend of symphony orchestra, electronics and percussion make him a singular voice.

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Ahead of his BAFTA Screen Talks event at the Royal Albert Hall on 10th July, we were delighted to catch up with John to discuss his remarkable career and the secret to a truly great film score.

So 10 years after I saw The Bourne Ultimatum on the big screen and being electrified by your score I'm sat here talking to you, which is a real privilege. I wondered was there a particular film score that inspired you to become a film composer?
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The Ultimate Crossroad: The Trouble with "Silence"

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She could never be a saint, but she thought she could be a martyr if they killed her quick.—Flannery O’Connor The mist uncovers Japanese soldiers as well as the grim sight of severed heads by the side of the hot springs where Catholic priests are being tortured. A priest kneels down in horror, almost catatonic, unable to bring himself to believe in the evilness of these men, the men of the Inquisitor. Why are these priests, who came to this “swamp of Japan” to spread the Word of the Lord, suffering so immensely on the hands of these soldiers?To the modern, secular audience, the theme of Silence (2016) is of great irony: the all-powerful Catholic Church, the institution that spread terror across Europe for 700 years with her bonfires and witch hunts and enforcing an almost maddening outlook at faith and personal behavior, comes to an unconquerable land where
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Richard Portman, ‘Star Wars’ Sound Engineer and 11-Time Oscar Nominee, Dies at 82

Richard Portman, ‘Star Wars’ Sound Engineer and 11-Time Oscar Nominee, Dies at 82
Sound engineer Richard Portman, who received 11 Academy Award nominations and won for his work on Michael Cimino’s “The Deer Hunter,” died on Saturday at his home in Tallahassee, Fla. He was 82.

“He was an icon of his craft of motion picture sound re-recording, recognized with the highest honors of his field,” his daughter Jennifer Portman wrote on her Facebook page. “He was eccentric, irreverent, and real.”

Portman worked on nearly 200 movies and mixed the sound for George Lucas’ “Star Wars.”

Portman received two Oscar sound nominations in 1973 for Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather” and Michael Ritchie’s “The Candidate.” He was also double-nominated in 1974 for Peter Bogdanovich’s “Paper Moon” and Mike Nichols’ “The Day of the Dolphin.”

Portman received his first nom in 1971 for “Kotch,” directed by Jack Lemmon. He was also up for Oscars for Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein,” Herbert Ross’ “Funny Lady,” Michael Apted’s “Coal Miner’s Daughter,
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Mel Gibson to be Honored with the Hollywood Director Award at the 20th Annual Hollywood Film Awards

dick clark productions announced today that Academy Award-winning actor, writer and director Mel Gibson will be honored with the “Hollywood Director Award” at the 20th Annual “Hollywood Film Awards® Presented by Virginia Black.” The prolific multi-talented artist directs Lionsgate’s “Hacksaw Ridge,” starring Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn and Teresa Palmer, which is set to hit theaters November 4th, 2016. The awards ceremony, celebrating its 20th anniversary as the official launch of the awards season®, will be hosted by actor and comedian James Corden, and will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, on November 6, 2016. The Hollywood Film Awards honors some of the most acclaimed films and actors, as well as artists in Cinematography, Visual Effects, Film Composing, Costume Design, Editing, Production Design, Sound and Makeup & Hairstyling. Its recipients over the past 20 years have included the world’s biggest stars and more than 110 have gone on to garner Oscar nominations and/or wins.
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1984: Year of the Heroic Farm Wife

As we look back at 1984, please welcome new contributor John Guerin to talk about a famous Oscar triple...

In 1984, 60% of the Best Actress category was farm wives

In May 1985, after scoring Oscar nominations for playing distressed farmwives in Country and The River, Jessica Lange and Sissy Spacek testified before the U.S. House of Representatives and urged senators to help aid farmers during a devastating agricultural crisis. After a toxic combination of faulty economic policies, mounting debts, high interest rates, and a declining Midwest population, American farmers were experiencing financial hardship unseen since the Great Depression. Both Country and The River offer visions of farm families under such pressures, pitting family and community against unyielding forces of nature and government.

Can you remember the last time an actress testified before Congress after starring in a politically-minded film?
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Oscars 2016: Live blog

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Oscars 2016: Live blog
Welcome to the 88th Academy Awards from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, where the film industry’s best and whitest gather for the annual celebration of motion picture achievements. It’s been a tight race this year, with several contests still too close to call.

The Revenant is the favourite to win best picture heading into the ceremony, with 12 nominations, however don’t be surprised if Mad Max: Fury Road, The Big Short, or Spotlight spring a surprise.

The backdrop to this evening’s proceedings – along with the foreground and everything above it, below it, to the left and to the right of it – has been dominated by the #OscarsSoWhite outrage, which erupted back in January when, for the second year in a row, all 20 acting nominees were white.

The ensuing maelstrom triggered jerky knees in the Academy, which has moved to alter its composition and the way it does business going forward.

Time will tell. Meanwhile
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The 2016 Oscar Nominations

After many months of speculation, the full list of this year's Oscar nominees have been announced - just minutes after the reveal of the death of beloved thespian Alan Rickman.

"The Revenant" led the field with twelve nominations followed by "Mad Max: Fury Road" with ten and "The Martian" with seven. Next were "Spotlight" and "Carol" with six nominations; "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," "The Big Short" and "Bridge Of Spies" got five; "Room" and "The Danish Girl" nabbed four; "Sicario," "Brooklyn" and "The Hateful Eight" scored three; and "Steve Jobs" and "Ex Machina" nabbed two.

Surprises? "Creed" and "Joy" scored only one nomination each for Stallone's and Lawrence's performances respectively. No Ridley Scott for director, Quentin Tarantino or Aaron Sorkin for screenplay, Charlize Theron for best actress, "Carol" for best picture, "See You Again" for best song, and of course - the distinct lack of racial diversity. Here's the list in full.
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Close Encounters Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond Dies at 85

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Close Encounters Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond Dies at 85
Oscar-winning cinematography Vilmos Zsigmond, who worked on Close Encounters of the Third Kind and The Deer Hunter, among others, died Jan. 1 at 85, his business partner Yuri Neyman confirmed. Zsigmond's five-decade career included work on Deliverance, Blow Out, The Ghost and the Darkness and The Long Goodbye. He won an Academy Award for Close Encounters and was nominated for his work in The Deer Hunter, The River and The Black Dahlia. More recently, Zsigmond shot a number of episodes of Mindy Kaling's sitcom The Mindy Project. In 2003, he was ranked among the 10 most influential cinematographers in film history in a
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Daily | Vilmos Zsigmond, 1930 – 2016

"Hungarian-born cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, winner of an Oscar for his achievements on Close Encounters of the Third Kind and a nominee for The Deer Hunter, The River (1984) and the The Black Dahlia (2006), has died at 85," reports Carmen Dagan for Variety. "Over a period of five decades in Hollywood, his other outstanding achievements included Deliverance, Blow Out, The Ghost and the Darkness and such Robert Altman films as McCabe & Mrs. Miller and The Long Goodbye. And he considered it the ultimate compliment that no two of his movies looked alike." We're gathering tributes and interviews. » - David Hudson
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Vilmos Zsigmond, 'Close Encounters' Cinematographer, Dies at 85

Vilmos Zsigmond, 'Close Encounters' Cinematographer, Dies at 85
Vilmos Zsigmond, one of Hollywood's highly influential cinematographers who won an Oscar for his lensing of the alien visittions in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, has died at 85, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.  Zsigmond also received Oscar nominations for his work on The Deer Hunter (1978), The River (1984) and, more recently, The Black Dahlia (2006). During a long, prolific career, he shot a wide array of films for top directors: McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) and The Long Goodbye (2002) for Robert Altman; Blow Out and The Bonfire of the Vanities (Brian De Palma); The Deer Hunter and

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Vilmos Zsigmond, Oscar-Winning Cinematographer, Dies at 85

Vilmos Zsigmond, Oscar-Winning Cinematographer, Dies at 85
Hungarian-born cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, winner of an Oscar for his achievements on “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and a nominee for “The Deer Hunter,” “The River” (1984) and the “The Black Dahlia” (2006), has died at 85. His business partner Yuri Neyman said he died January 1.

Over a period of five decades in Hollywood, his other outstanding achievements included “Deliverance,” “Blow Out,” “The Ghost and the Darkness” and such Robert Altman films as “McCabe and Mrs. Miller” and “The Long Goodbye.” And he considered it the ultimate compliment that no two of his movies looked alike.

Working into his eighties, Zsigmond also shot a number of episodes of the Fox sitcom “The Mindy Project” from 2012-14. Zsigmond ranked among the 10 most influential cinematographers in film history in a 2003 survey conducted by the International Cinematographers Guild.

Belying his comment to Rolling Stone that “a cinematographer can only be as good as the director,
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Fantastic Fest 2015’s Second Wave of Programming Includes High-rise, Green Room, The Witch

Cannibalistic skyscraper tribes, a punk band forced to fight for survival, and 17th century-set supernatural happenings will grace the big screen this fall at Fantastic Fest 2015, as High-Rise, Green Room (co-starring Patrick Stewart), and The Witch are among the films announced in the festival's second wave of programming.

Taking place September 24th–October 1st at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar theater in Austin, TX, Fantastic Fest 2015 celebrates an abundance of titles spanning multiple genres (as well as those that don't fit into one specific genre). Stay tuned to Daily Dead for the upcoming final wave of Fantastic Fest 2015 programming, and to read about the first wave of the festival's programming, visit:

http://dailydead.com/fantastic-fest-2015-first-wave-includes-bone-tomahawk-the-invitation/

Press Release: Austin, TX - Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - Fantastic Fest is excited to announce the second wave of programming featuring the Us Premiere of Yorgos Lanthimos' The Lobster as the opening night film.
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Grammy Awards 2015: The Complete Winners List (So Far)

Grammy Awards 2015: The Complete Winners List (So Far)
The 57th Annual Grammy Awards winners have been chosen, and we have the full list of those musicians taking home statues this Sunday, Feb. 8.

Did you favorite artists and/or songs win?

Check out the Full list of winners, below.

Record of the Year: Sam Smith, Stay With Me

Song of the Year: "Stay With Me," Sam Smith

Album of the Year: Beck, Morning Phase

Best Country Album: Miranda Lambert, Platinum

Best R&B Performance: "Drunk in Love," Beyonce feat. Jay Z

Best Rock Album: Beck, Morning Phase

Best Pop Vocal Album: Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour

Best Pop Solo Performance: “Happy,” Pharrell Williams

Best New Artist: Sam Smith

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Max Martin for “Bang Bang,” “Break Free,” “Dark Horse,” “Problem,” “Shake It Off,” “Unconditionally”

Best Folk Album: Old Crow Medicine Show, Remedy

Best Americana Album: Rosanne Cash, The River and the Thread

Best American Roots Song: “A Feather’s Not a Bird
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Grammy Awards 2015: The Complete Winners List

Grammy Awards 2015: The Complete Winners List
While Sam Smith and Beck dominated the 57th annual Grammy Awards, they were hardly the only winners Sunday night. From Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament (and Eddie Vedder, using his pseudonym "Jerome Turner") scoring Best Recording Package to Beyoncé taking home Best Surround Sound Album, here is the full rundown of all the Grammy winners.

Record of the Year

Sam Smith – "Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)"

Steve Fitzmaurice, Rodney Jerkins & Jimmy Napes, producers; Steve Fitzmaurice, Jimmy Napes & Steve Price, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer Label: Capitol Records; Publishers: Sony
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Watch: 70-Minute Masterclass With Legendary Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond

The soft-spoken and humble Oscar-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond (“Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” also nominated for “The Deer Hunter,” “The River,” and “The Black Dahlia”) sat down this past summer to answer questions about his impressive career as part of Toronto International Film Festival’s Higher Learning program. (As a quick aside to our Canadian readers, we encourage you to check out Tiff’s Post-Secondary Programmes: “Higher Learning is a free ongoing programme that provides Canadian college and university students and faculty a forum in which to examine film, television, video, new media and gaming from a wide range of cultural, social, historical, political and technological approaches and disciplines.”) Tiff just published the talk and we think it’s worth a watch. Over the course of the discussion, Zsigmond talks about the importance of film, modern versus historical cinema, and even how he made his transition from the athletically ambitious son of a.
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Exclusive Mel Gibson Interview: A Candid and Rare Conversation

Mel Gibson may have his critics but he is, if nothing else, a born survivor. The American-born Australian-raised actor/filmmaker has been a part of the Australian and American film industries for some thirty years. The classically trained actor made an impact on movie audiences in the original Mad Max and cemented his reputation as a movie star with starring roles in two Peter Weir films, Gallipoli and The Year of Living Dangerously . His first attempts at international success met with mixed results despite critical acclaim for The Bounty , The River and Mrs. Soffel , but then came a third "Mad Max" and the first Lethal Weapon and the rest, as they say, is history. He was able to utilize his Hollywood star power to form Icon Productions and transition to...
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First Photo Of Chloe Moretz As 'Carrie' Free Of Pig's Blood

First Photo Of Chloe Moretz As 'Carrie' Free Of Pig's Blood
In case you've been wondering what Chloe Moretz looks like as an awkward teen that unleashes telekinetic doom at her high school prom, Dread Central has an image of the actress as Carrie. The remake of the classic 1970's horror adaptation (based on Stephen King's novel) started filming, and Moretz was spotted wearing a dowdy dress and sweater combo buttoned up to her chin with a big silver cross. DC shares that, " …although she's definitely in costume, it's not yet known what [Moretz's] physical look (hair, etc.) will be." "Boys Don't Cry" director Kimberly Peirce is helming the remake, set to hit theaters next March. Unleash the pig's blood!

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Double Trouble Returns to 'Machete Kills'

Robert Rodriguez is turning the volume up on ass-kicking girl power in the upcoming Mexploitation sequel, "Machete Kills." Variety reported that the director's
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2012 Grammy winner list: Adele, Foo Fighters win big

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It truly is the Year of Adele, as the British singer took home every Grammy she was for which she was nominated, totaling six wins altogether, including Album, Record and Song of the Year. Foo Fighters were second for total wins, with five, followed by the absent Kanye West with four wins.

The complete list of winners:

Album Of The Year:

21 -- Adele

Wasting Light -- Foo Fighters

Born This Way -- Lady Gaga

Doo-Wops & Hooligans -- Bruno Mars

Loud -- Rihanna

Record Of The Year:

"Rolling In The Deep" -- Adele

"Holocene" -- Bon Iver

"Grenade" -- Bruno Mars

"The Cave" -- Mumford & Sons

"Firework" -- Katy Perry

Best New Artist: (artist/producer)

The Band Perry

Bon Iver

J. Cole

Nicki Minaj

Skrillex

Song Of The Year: (songwriter)

"All Of The Lights" -- Jeff Bhasker, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter and Kanye West, songwriters

(Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi and
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2012 Grammy nominations: Adele, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj and more

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The nominees have been announced for the 54th annual Grammy Awards. Kanye West leads the nominations with seven; Adele, Foo Fighters and Bruno Mars each garner six nods; and Lil Wayne and Skrillex each are up for five awards.  The Grammys air live on CBS Feb. 12, 2012.

Album Of The Year:

21 -- Adele

Wasting Light -- Foo Fighters

Born This Way -- Lady Gaga

Doo-Wops & Hooligans -- Bruno Mars

Loud -- Rihanna

Record Of The Year:

"Rolling In The Deep" -- Adele

"Holocene" -- Bon Iver

"Grenade" -- Bruno Mars

"The Cave" -- Mumford & Sons

"Firework" -- Katy Perry

Best New Artist: (artist/producer)

The Band Perry

Bon Iver

J. Cole

Nicki Minaj

Skrillex

Song Of The Year: (songwriter)

"All Of The Lights" -- Jeff Bhasker, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter and Kanye West, songwriters

(Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi and Fergie)

"The Cave" -- Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford and Country Winston,
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‘The Help’ Cast to be Honored at the Hollywood Film Awards

HollywoodNews.com: Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Ahna O’Reilly, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Sissy Spacek, Mary Steenburgen, Cicely Tyson and Mike Vogel to be honored at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony.

The 15th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards, presented by Starz Entertainment, are pleased to announce that the cast of DreamWorks Pictures and Participant Media’s “The Help” – Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Ahna O’Reilly, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Sissy Spacek, Mary Steenburgen, Cicely Tyson and Mike Vogel – will be recognized at the Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony with the “Hollywood Ensemble Acting Award.”

The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, Founder of the 15th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony, which will take place on the evening of Monday, October 24, 2011, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The Hollywood Film Awards Gala launches the awards season.
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