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How the film score has entered the mainstream

Sean Wilson looks at the rise in popularity of soundtrack concerts…

It’s Friday October 20th 2017. I step into the crowded, expectant Royal Albert Hall to witness Rogue One composer Michael Giacchino’s 50th birthday celebration. Within the comforting circular space so famous from the BBC Proms, the sense of excitement is palpable. And, as is always the case with live soundtrack concerts, I’m once again struck by the sheer age spread of those who have turned up.

Young, old, teenage, middle-age – a remarkably diverse crowd has turned out to watch Giacchino bring the musical fireworks, everyone from young kids to adults and grandparents. It’s another heartening reminder of the power soundtrack music wields in evoking the memories of our favourite movies, even when separated from its symbiotic twin, the moving image.

Indeed, it’s often argued that only the very best film scores work when separated from their respective movies,
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Hollywood’s New Leaders in Film

Hollywood’s New Leaders in Film
Each year Variety’s New Leaders feature profiles the most prominent up-and-comers in the entertainment business. To determine this year’s worthies, Variety looked for go-getters across disciplines, from television, digital, music and film, to law and finance, as well as content creators. They were proposed by their bosses and peers who have worked with them and seen their rise. All are age 40 or under, and Variety has measured them by the progress of their career trajectories: do they take calculated risks? How fast have they risen in their companies? Are they innovative and employ solutions to problems that are creative? While it’s hard to pinpoint the “it” factor, these folks embody that intangible. The people on the list have helped build the brilliant careers of their clients, shepherded hit television shows and successful movies, created small-screen series, films and animated shows, launched digital platforms, fostered hit music, counseled top dealmakers and financed them, and are some
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British Actor Roy Dotrice Dies at Age 94

British Actor Roy Dotrice Dies at Age 94
Roy Dotrice, a veteran British actor, died at his London home on Monday. He was 94.

Dotrice was known for his role as Leopold Mozart in the Oscar-winning film Amadeus and his many theater and TV roles.

He won many accolades throughout his lengthy career, including a Tony Award in 2000 for his role in the Broadway revival of A Moon for the Misbegotten.

Dotrice is remembered for his role in the CBS TV series Beauty and the Beast and won a BAFTA best TV actor award in 1969 for his role in Misleading Cases.

He gained many new fans later in...
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British Actor Roy Dotrice Dies at Age 94

Roy Dotrice, a veteran British actor, died at his London home on Monday. He was 94.

Dotrice was known for his role as Leopold Mozart in the Oscar-winning film Amadeus and his many theater and TV roles.

He won many accolades throughout his lengthy career, including a Tony Award in 2000 for his role in the Broadway revival of A Moon for the Misbegotten.

Dotrice is remembered for his role in the CBS TV series Beauty and the Beast and won a BAFTA best TV actor award in 1969 for his role in Misleading Cases.

He gained many new fans later in...
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Game of Thrones Actor, Audiobook Narrator Roy Dotrice Dead at 94

Game of Thrones Actor, Audiobook Narrator Roy Dotrice Dead at 94
Roy Dotrice, who played Game of Thrones‘ pyromancer Hallyne, has died, EW.com reports. He was 94.

Appearing in two Season 2 episodes, Dotrice portrayed one of the men charged with creating King’s Landing’s stores of wildfire. He helped inform audiences about what Mad King Aerys did with the substance, and Hallyne also was involved in Tyrion’s plan to use wildfire at the Battle of Blackwater.

Dotrice also was the voice behind all of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire audiobooks. Performing that duty for the first novel, A Game of Thrones, earned him a
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Stop asking Ron Perlman about the Hellboy reboot

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Ron Perlman has some fairly iconic roles in his credits, on both the small and big screens. For years, he played the shaggier half of TV’s Beauty And The Beast, as well as Clay Morrow, the Claudius-inspired character on Kurt Sutter’s Sons Of Anarchy. The actor, who recently joined the cast of Crackle’s StartUp, is…

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Ron Perlman Talks About His Early Career, Taking on Makeup-Heavy Roles Like ‘Hellboy’

Ron Perlman Talks About His Early Career, Taking on Makeup-Heavy Roles Like ‘Hellboy’
Hollywood has long recognized Ron Perlman for being unrecognizable. Some of his most iconic roles — including “Hellboy,” “Quest of Fire” and the late-1980s CBS series “Beauty and the Beast” — required extensive, transformative makeup and prosthetics. The actor is returning to television, a medium he describes as “the one area where the storytelling is really rich, really deep and really human,” to join the Crackle drama “Startup” in the series’ second season, which premieres Sept. 28. Perlman’s initial break in the industry came not from television or film, but in the Tommy Tune-directed stage musical “Sunset,” which led to his first mention in Variety on Oct. 5, 1977.

What was it like auditioning for Tommy Tune?

I was wired early in my career for failure. So anytime anyone liked what I did, much less actually hired me, it was a shock. Tommy Tune was a singular validation that I had never experienced before.

What
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Ron Perlman Talks About His Early Career, Taking on Makeup-Heavy Roles Like ‘Hellboy’

Ron Perlman Talks About His Early Career, Taking on Makeup-Heavy Roles Like ‘Hellboy’
Hollywood has long recognized Ron Perlman for being unrecognizable. Some of his most iconic roles — including “Hellboy,” “Quest of Fire” and the late-1980s CBS series “Beauty and the Beast” — required extensive, transformative makeup and prosthetics. The actor is returning to television, a medium he describes as “the one area where the storytelling is really rich, really deep and really human,” to join the Crackle drama “Startup” in the series’ second season, which premieres Sept. 28. Perlman’s initial break in the industry came not from television or film, but in the Tommy Tune-directed stage musical “Sunset,” which led to his first mention in Variety on Oct. 5, 1977.

What was it like auditioning for Tommy Tune?

I was wired early in my career for failure. So anytime anyone liked what I did, much less actually hired me, it was a shock. Tommy Tune was a singular validation that I had never experienced before.

What
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With ‘The Shape of Water,’ Guillermo del Toro Realizes a Lifelong Monster Dream

With ‘The Shape of Water,’ Guillermo del Toro Realizes a Lifelong Monster Dream
Guillermo del Toro is a hugger.

Not a facehugger, like those nasty creatures in Ridley Scott’s “Alien” — a film whose Lovecraftian monsters both scarred and inspired del Toro when he first saw it at age 14 — but a good old-fashioned bear hugger.

The first thing that strikes you on visiting his Bleak House mansion in Thousand Oaks, which is packed with movie and monster memorabilia, is the terrifying, life-size demon that appears to be lunging down the hallway and toward any would-be intruder (a memento from the first “Hellboy” movie). But a close second would be the big, bearded Mexican who emerges, Bilbo Baggins-like, to hug the latest visitor to his domain.

Del Toro’s actual home is the building next door to Bleak House, but the monster manor is where he does his best work, preferring to write in a room where simulated rain falls on the windows.

A warm embrace is not the greeting one
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Linda Hamilton Starring as Crime Matriarch in Drama ‘Easy Does It’

Linda Hamilton Starring as Crime Matriarch in Drama ‘Easy Does It’
Linda Hamilton is starring as a ruthless crime matriarch in the road drama movie, “Easy Does It,” currently shooting in Louisiana.

Easy Does It” is a co-production between Efi Productions and Worklight Pictures with Lizzie Guitreau producing and Alexa Georges exec producing. It marks the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Will Addison, who co-wrote the script with Ben Matheny.

“I love working with new talented directors, and seeing works that are personal and so hard-won come into full bloom,” Hamilton said.

Easy Does It” centers on Hamilton’s King George character sending her daughter and personal bounty hunter on a cross-country chase after the film’s anti-heroes, portrayed by Matheny and Matthew Martinez. The daughter is portrayed by Susan Gordon. Bryan Batt (“Mad Men”) plays a cocky cop and Dwight Henry (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”) portray a weary sheriff who is also in pursuit.

Addison said, “It’s a weird and wild role and Linda is
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Box Office: ‘Wonder Woman’ Lassoes $38 Million Opening Night

Box Office: ‘Wonder Woman’ Lassoes $38 Million Opening Night
Wonder Woman” isn’t just saving the world this weekend, the Gal Gadot comic book adaptation is also attempting to rescue the entire DC Extended Universe. Luckily for Warner Bros., the Patty Jenkins-directed epic is still flying its invisible plane toward a $100 million opening weekend.

After lassoing an impressive $11 million in Thursday night previews alone, “Wonder Woman” took in another $38 million from 4,165 theaters during its domestic debut on Friday. With strong word of mouth and an impenetrable A CinemaScore, it’s very likely the Gadot and Chris Pine actioner could end Sunday as the third movie to open above $100 million in 2017, behind “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2.” and “Beauty and the Beast.” That number would also give Jenkins the top domestic debut weekend for a film directed by a woman. Sam Taylor-Johnson’s “Fifty Shades of Grey” previously held that distinction with an opening weekend gross of $85 million in Feb.
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Box Office: ‘King Arthur,’ ‘Snatched’ Both Fall Short of ‘Guardians 2’

Box Office: ‘King Arthur,’ ‘Snatched’ Both Fall Short of ‘Guardians 2’
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is on track for its second straight box office win with Friday night pulling in $16.4 million at 4,347 theaters despite debuts from both “King Arthur” and “Snatched.” It is expected to amass a total of $63.5 by weekend’s end.

Saturday estimates show Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn’s “Snatched” through 20th Century Fox barely beating Warner Bros.’ “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” starring Jude Law and Charlie Hunnam this mother’s day weekend. “Snatched” took in an estimated $5 million from 3,501 theaters Friday night. “King Arthur” managed to attract a slightly higher number of $5.3 million from 3,702 theaters, but it is still projected to place third after tallying the three day totals.

Snatched” is expected to make $16 million from its premiere while “King Arthur”‘s potential numbers continue to fall — it
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Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Crushes Weekend Box Office with $145M

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Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Crushes Weekend Box Office with $145M
For the third year in a row, Marvel kicks of the summer movie season with a new superhero sequel. In 2015, Marvel Studios unleashed Avengers: Age of Ultron in the first weekend in May, with Captain America: Civil War kicking of the summer movie box office season last year. This year, the studio unveils Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which had no trouble surpassing its predecessor Guardians of the Galaxy ($94.3 million) with an opening weekend haul of $145 million. While the opening weekend is certainly a strong one, it did come slightly under projections.

Back in March, box office analysts predicted a $160 million box office opening weekend for Guardians 2, but it came in slightly under those projections. Still, the $145 million estimate, courtesy of Box Office Mojo, is a solid start to the summer movie season, with the movie earning an impressive $33,368 per-screen average from 4,347 theaters. Still, it falls far below The
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Box Office: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Rockets to No. 1 With $145 Million

Box Office: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Rockets to No. 1 With $145 Million
And just like that, Star-Lord and his band of super buddies are back on top of the box office.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” blasted into domestic theaters this weekend to kick off the summer box office to the tune of $145 million at 4,300 locations. The latest from Disney and Marvel was expected to make $140 million, but possibly more by some analysts considering the studio’s track record and enthusiasm that the first go-around generated.

Returning to deliver more bright colors, wise-cracks and another groovy soundtrack, James Gunn directed and scripted the movie starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper as the titular guardians. The film also features expanded roles for Karen Gillan and Michael Rooker, as well as prominent new characters played by Kurt Russell and Pom Klementieff. The movie functions as an escape thriller,
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Box Office: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Dominates With $140 Million

Box Office: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Dominates With $140 Million
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is dominating domestic moviegoing with about $140 million at 4,347 North American locations for its opening weekend, estimates showed Saturday.

The Disney-Marvel tentpole is kicking off the summer box office solidly — although the figure is coming in slightly lower than recent forecasts, which had pegged the launch above $150 million. Disney has been projecting the figure in the $140 million to $150 million range.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” accounted for about 85% of Friday’s total box office with $56.3 million (including Thursday’s previews).

It’s the second biggest launch weekend for a 2017 movie after “Beauty and the Beast,” which opened with $174.8 million on March 17-19, and the fifth largest opening for a Disney-Marvel film after “The Avengers,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Captain America: Civil War,” and “Iron Man 3.”

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Rockets to $17 Million at Thursday Box Office

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Rockets to $17 Million at Thursday Box Office
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” blasted off with $17 million on Thursday night in North America.

Disney-Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is set to kick off the summer box office with a bang, with a domestic opening in the range of $150 million to $170 million at 4,347 locations with Disney projecting $150 million. If the tentpole hits $160 million this weekend, it will be only the 11th title to reach that milestone.

The Thursday preview gross for the “Guardians” sequel is the third-largest for a Marvel title after “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” with $27.6 million, and “Captain America: Civil War,” with $25 million. Recent equivalent preview numbers include “Furious 7” with $15.8 million on its way to a $147 million opening weekend and “Beauty and the Beast” with $16.3 million in previews and a $174.7 million launch weekend.

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Film Review: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

The first “Guardians” movie introduced a band of misfit superheroes — Chris Pratt as Star-Lord,
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Will Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Smash All Marvel Box Office Records?

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Will Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Smash All Marvel Box Office Records?
For the last two years (and four of the last five years) Marvel has kept a foothold on the first weekend in May, which kicks off the summer movie season. The studio still holds the May record for the biggest opening with The Avengers' $207.4 million debut, but their most recent May hits, 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron ($191.2 million) and last year's Captain America: Civil War ($179.1 million) have fallen just short of that mark. This year, the studio releases Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which is the only movie opening in wide release this Friday, and will definitely hit quite huge, getting the summer season off to a great start. But it may still fall short of The Avengers' all-time Marvel record, opening with a predicted $181.7 million.

Box Office Mojo reports that Marvel is planning on rolling out Guardians 2 in approximately 4,200 theaters, which falls in line with the rollout of the last few Marvel blockbusters.
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Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 blasts to the top of the UK box-office

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 UK box-office: The latest Marvel movie smashes records

The incredibly well-reviewed Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 has debuted at the top of the UK box-office over the bank holiday weekend and instantly became the second biggest opening film of the year. Only Disney’s Beauty and the Beast surpassed the £17.85 million in revenue that the Marvel Studios sequel received from UK fans since Friday. The three day opening is an out of this world estimated £13.06 Million, according to the studio. More on the Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 UK box-office below.

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Let’s put that into context. After just 4 days, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 is bigger than the lifetime grosses of Captain America (£10.3m), Thor (£14m), Ant-Man (£16.3m) X-Men Origins: Wolverine (£16.3m), Superman Returns (£16.4m) , Batman Begins (£16.5m) and Iron Man (£17.4m) from the McU and DC universe. Its haul is huge.
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Mulan: can it work as a live-action movie?

Katie Smith-Wong May 31, 2017

With plans afoot for a live action take on Mulan, we look at the challenges facing Disney...

After more than 50 years of making animated features, Disney have now turned their attention to live-action adaptations of their famous films. After releases such as 101 Dalmatians (1996), Maleficent (2014) and Cinderella (2015), the studio's new creative direction has earned critical acclaim and financial success. It is also making its mark on the global box office, as the recently released Beauty And The Beast remake has earned small change in the region of $1.2bn and counting.

Among the upcoming remakes planned is Mulan, which already has fans of the 1998 Disney film debating about its faithfulness to the animated feature. That's especially so given reports about director Niki Caro's indecisiveness regarding the inclusion of songs such as Honour To Us All and I'll Make A Man Out Of You, as well as the
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‘Kong: Skull Island’ Tops $500 Million at Worldwide Box Office

‘Kong: Skull Island’ Tops $500 Million at Worldwide Box Office
King Kong is still a box office giant. “Kong: Skull Island” has crossed the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office.

It’s the third 2017 title to hit the milestone, after Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” and Fox’s “Logan.” Production companies Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Pictures, and Tencent Pictures made the announcement Thursday.

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The domestic total has topped $150 million in its first four weeks, while the international take has reached $358.7 million, led by $123 million in China. “Kong: Skull Island” took in $22.5 million on its opening day in China, the second-largest English-language film launch of the year in the country, behind “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter,” and the fifth-biggest Friday debut ever for a U.S. title in the Middle Kingdom.

It’s also become the highest grosser of all time in Vietnam, one of
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