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Of the 265 films eligible  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, »
- Germain Lussier
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:
“Answers to Nothing,” Craig Richey, composer
“@urFRENZ,” Lisbeth Scott, composer
“Atlas Shrugged Part 1,” Elia Cmiral, composer
“Cedar Rapids, »
- Michelle McCue
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 »
- Brad Brevet
He’s got a Best Actor Oscar for playing Idi Amin, he directed Waiting To Exhale, (which arguably is a major reason Tyler Perry has a career at all), and now The Playlist brings us a report on the great Forest Whitaker‘s Louis Armstrong biopic project, which he’ll be working on with Nicholas Pileggi, the writer whose books were the basis for the great mob epics GoodFellas and Casino.
Whitaker’s got a lot of other projects lined up: he’ll direct the belated, on-back-burner sequel to Waiting To Exhale, based on author Terry McMillan‘s follow-up to that novel called Getting To Happy; he’ll direct and act in a personal project, Better Angels… and here is Whitaker on that film:
“I’m gonna direct a movie next year called ’Better Angels,’ which deals with child soldiers in the north of Uganda, and a conflict journalist who enters into this camp. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
Actor/Director Says He Got Script Notes From Clint Eastwood On Project, Talks Working With Ji-Woon Kim On 'The Last Stand' After early supporting roles in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," "The Color of Money," "Platoon," "Stakeout" and "Good Morning, Vietnam," Forest Whitaker finally landed a leading role, winning Best Actor at Cannes in the process, in 1988's "Bird" the biopic of jazz legend Charlie Parker directed by Clint Eastwood. Nearly 25-years-on, it looks like the actor-director is finally returning to another jazz icon, stepping behind the camera this time, although enlisting the help of his old collaborator on the film. We caught up with Whitaker this week at the Marrakech Film Festival, and he revealed he's got two directorial projects on the way or in the works: "Better Angels," a project focusing on Ugandan child soldiers in which he'll also star, and "Getting To »
Amazon's Gold Box Deal of the Day is Clint Eastwood: 35 Films 35 Years at Warner Bros. for $76.99 (which is 57% off). Amazon says "In honor of Eastwood's longstanding 35-year relationship with Warner Bros through Malpaso Productions, Whv is releasing this definitive DVD collection containing 35 classic Clint Eastwood films from the Warner library and highlighting the breadth and depth of his work -- from Where Eagles Dare through Invictus. Included are his “Dirty Harry” movies, Best Picture Oscar dramas and nominees, Westerns, war movies, comedies, and more – plus commentaries, featurettes, extras on many of his films, and the documentary The Eastwood Factor, which offers a rare and personal look at the actor and filmmaker." Like all Gold Box Deals, it's only good for today and you get free shipping since it's over $25. The box set also included a 24-page booklet extracted from Richard Schickel’s new monograph Clint: A Retrospective, as well as Studio letters and photos. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
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
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
Song Of The Year: (songwriter)
"It would be one thing if J. Edgar, Clint Eastwood's bio-pic of FBI head J. Edgar Hoover, were merely another Eastwood film shot in the cloudy, patent-medicine weak-tea sepia tones of a Ken Burns production, with its minor-key piano chords and historically appropriate pop songs," writes James Rocchi for Box Office. "It would be another thing if J. Edgar were simply another Leonardo DiCaprio film where the star — through makeup and miracles — portrays another complex American legend whose public persona was only the smallest part of his complex life, as the actor did in the Martin Scorsese-directed The Aviator. But between Eastwood's direction and Dustin Lance Black's screenplay, what you feel leaking off the screen in every scene is missed opportunity. This material could have inspired a serious and artistic examination of the role of law and intelligence in America, of the toxic nature of secrets, or »
“J. Edgar” assembles the talents of three people who should all think twice before doing another historical biopic — Leonardo DiCaprio, who awkwardly juggled aging makeup and a ridiculous mustache in “The Aviator”; screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, who turned the fascinating political life of Harvey Milk into a clunky series of and-then-this-happeneds in “Milk”; and director Clint Eastwood, the man behind the Charlie Parker movie “Bird,” which bent time and space to make 161 minutes feel like several weeks. At least this time, there’s no mustache. Love him or hate him, J. »
- Alonso Duralde
The term “giallo” initially referred to cheap yellow paperbacks (printed American mysteries from writers such as Agatha Christie), that were distributed in post-fascist Italy. Applied to cinema, the genre is comprised of equal parts early pulp thrillers, mystery novels, with a willingness to gleefully explore onscreen sex and violence in provocative, innovative ways. Giallos are strikingly different from American crime films: they value style and plot over characterization, and tend towards unapologetic displays of violence, sexual content, and taboo exploration. The genre is known for stylistic excess, characterized by unnatural yet intriguing lighting techniques, convoluted plots, red herrings, extended murder sequences, excessive bloodletting, stylish camerawork and unusual musical arrangements. Amidst the ‘creative kill’ set-pieces are thematic undercurrents along with a whodunit element, usually some sort of twist ending. Here is my list of the best giallo films – made strictly by Italian directors, so don’t expect Black Swan, Amer or »
Trevor Hogg profiles the career of Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood in the third of a five-part feature (read parts one and two)...
“You’ve got to keep stretching out and trying other stuff,” observed actor and director Clint Eastwood. “I could have chosen a lot of scripts that were different than Bronco Billy , that were less of a challenge but it was worth trying.” The native of San Francisco, California explains, “It’s about the American Dream, and Billy’s dream that he fought so hard for. It’s all the context of this outdated Wild West show that has absolutely no chance of being a hit. But it’s sweet. It’s pure.” The subject matter resembles the work of two legendary Hollywood filmmakers. “My first thought was that Frank Capra [It’s a Wonderful Life] or Preston Sturges [Sullivan’s Travels] might have done it in their heyday. It has some values that were interesting to »
What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 46 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might've missed that you think should go in /Film's Page 2 - email us ! Header Photo: Brandon Bird has created  a Gran Torino Thermos-brand lunchbox. David Ehrlich  lists the 10 Criterion DVDs That Need To Be Released On Blu-Ray.  Sean Hartter has created  a series of posters for a big screen adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower series, starring Clint Eastwood. The New York Post reports  on the possible death of 3D television: Espn 3D may be forced to shut down, especially if sales of 3D televisions don’t pick up. »
- Peter Sciretta
Horror fans may have mixed feelings about the ongoing Final Destination franchise, but with Final Destination 5 fated to make it’s stand in theaters on Friday, August 12th, one thing we can count on is a roller coaster of death-defying thrills. Actor Tony Todd also returns as the mysterious Mr. William Bludworth, a mortician with an unusual knowledge of death and the rules of the fabled Grim Reaper. In honor of the talented character actor, I present my Top Ten list of favorite Tony Todd roles.
10. The Rock (1996)
“I’m not a soldier, Major. The day we took hostages, we became mercenaries. And mercenaries get paid. I want my fucking money!”
In Michael Bay’s entertaining action-thriller, Tony Todd plays Captain Darrow, a military officer now loyal to Brigadier General Francis Hummel (Ed Harris) who seizes Alcatraz and holds tourists hostage as he plans a homegrown terrorist plot for »
- Travis Keune
First Quentin Tarantino wants Leonardo DiCaprio for his next film and now Clint Eastwood reportedly wants him for his next project as well. After finishing up work on J. Edgar (due to be released in December), Eastwood will tackle a remake of the show biz drama/musical A Star is Born for Warner Bros. Yes, that's right, Clint Eastwood is directing a musical. For those unfamiliar, the story of A Star is Born centers on a movie star who helps a young singer/actress find fame, even as his own career wanes due to age and alcoholism. Beyonce Knowles has already joined the film as the up-and-coming star and Leo, should he sign on, would naturally play the established performer. The project has been kicking around Warner Bros. for a few years now and at one point Will Smith was in talks to star with Knowles. DiCaprio seems like an interesting choice for the lead, »
Kids in their early teens will enjoy this comedy based on a popular children's comic book about the humiliations and cheering fantasies of a 12-year-old schoolboy in Los Angeles with a quarrelsome elder brother, a little baby brother, a loving but over-solicitous mother and a bewildered father (a rather underused Steve Zahn). It's an episodic film, rather less interesting than its British director David Bowers's earlier work as an animator in Britain and America. His credits include Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Prince of Egypt, Chicken Run and his feature debut as director, Flushed Away. This brightly lit film was shot by Jack N Green, a cinematographer noted for his mastery of chiaroscuro in such Clint Eastwood pictures as Unforgiven and Bird.
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- Philip French
We love trilogies. They're nice and neat. They conform to the three-act structure of storytelling. We love them so much that we want more movies even after the trilogy is over, which inevitably leads to the fourth film in a franchise -- the fourquel, if you will (and if you're an English teacher, you won't). Most fourquels are classic examples of outstaying your welcome: "Batman and Robin," "Superman IV: The Quest For Peace," "Alien Resurrection," "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," "Jaws: The Revenge," "The Next Karate Kid," and on and on and on (and on). Still, hope springs eternal for the great fourquel, like this week when we have the release of "Scre4m" directed by Wes Craven. With fingers crossed for this new "Scream," we look back at five fourquels that were actually kind of good.
"Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" (1986)
Directed by Leonard Nimoy »
- Matt Singer
Deadline reports that the superstar, once known for such a films like Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, will star in Freelancers, the first flick since Righteous Kill that will see him performing opposite G-Unit’s most famous member.
Up to now Cheetah Vision has mostly produced in abundant and automatic manner straight-to-video pieces of poor quality like Before I Self Destruct, Caught in the Crossfire and Gun as well as Setup, starring Bruce Willis that will be released theatrically later this year.
Written by L. Philippe Casseus, this completely generic cop »
- Nikola Mraovic
“Deep Vote,” an Oscar winning screenwriter and a member of the Academy, will write this column — exclusively for ScottFeinberg.com — every week until the Academy Awards in order to help to peel back the curtain on the Oscar voting process. (His identity must be protected in order to spare him from repercussions for disclosing the aforementioned information.)
Thus far, he has shared his thoughts in column 1 about his general preferences; column 2 about “Solitary Man” (Anchor Bay Films, 5/21, R, trailer) and “Winter’s Bone” (Roadside Attractions, 6/11, R, trailer); column 3 about “Alice in Wonderland” (Disney, 3/5, PG, trailer), “Mother and Child” (Sony Pictures Classics, 5/7, R, trailer), and “Toy Story 3” (Disney, 6/18, G, trailer); column 4 about “Get Low” (Sony Pictures Classics, 7/30, PG-13, trailer), “The Kids Are All Right” (Focus Features, 7/9, R, trailer), and “The Social Network” (Columbia, 10/1, PG-13, trailer); column 5 about “127 Hours” (Fox Searchlight, 11/5, R, trailer), “Biutiful” (Roadside Attractions, 12/17, R, trailer), and “Shutter Island” (Paramount, »
- Deep Vote
If she plays her cards right, Beyonce may finally nab that Oscar she so desperately wants. According to Deadline, Clint Eastwood will direct Beyonce in a remake of A Star is Born, which has already hit the big screen a number of times – most notably back in 1954 when Judy Garland played the lead role of an aspiring artist who rises to the top after an aging, alcoholic actor takes her under his wing. Eastwood may not seem like the sort of director to take on a movie musical, but remember there’s music in his roots. From Paint Your Wagon to Bird, Eastwood – as rough and tough as he is – has always had a soft spot for music, and so it make sense to see him get behind the camera for this one. Can he do what he did for Hilary Swank and steer Beyonce toward...
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Warner Bros. confirms that Clint Eastwood and Beyonce are in negotiations to remake the 1937 classic. Eastwood is in talks to direct, while Beyonce, who has been attached to the project for some time, would star.
This marks the biggest starring role to date for the former member of Destiny’s Child, who has also been part of an ensemble or turned in supporting performances in earlier films like Dreamgirls, Cadillac Records and Obsessed. In this film, she would certainly be a brand name in a very juicy role.
“A Star is Born” the story of a talented, motivated starlet whose career alters thanks to the alcoholic, aging actor who falls in love with her – first shown in 1937 with Janet Gaynor in the lead role, was remade in 1954 with Judy Garland and then again in 1976 with Barbra Streisand.
This is a real shock, and not just Hollywood but the rest of America should love it! »
- Nikola Mraovic
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