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Exclusive: Vega, Baby!, the feature film finance and production company that debuted last fall at Afm, has added a boutique North American acquisitions and distribution arm to its La-based operation. Vega, Baby! Releasing will be headed by CEO and Co-President Sheldon Brigman and Everly producer Adam Ripp, who will serve as Chief Creative Officer and Co-President. The company will release up to ten films a year across multiple platforms starting with docu The Magic Of Heineken. The non-fiction feature about the 150-year history of the beer giant made with the official sanction of the Heineken family will hit Hulu tomorrow in an exclusive 30-day digital release before opening in a 10-city theatrical run and on premium VOD October 7.
Brigman and Ripp aim to build an eclectic lineup of curated films spanning multiple genres and specialty content, including comedy specials, documentaries, and concert films. They’ll work closely with filmmakers and, »
- Jen Yamato
While the average audience member might not automatically process this, the overall sound of a film is pivotal to our enjoyment. When it comes to composers, it's almost as if they're engineering their own films away from the filmmakers, with elevated action, moody drama and swooning romance. What's unique is hearing the music of the film, then heading home and hearing it on your own. The mark of a great composition is that it complements the movie perfectly, but on an independent listen, it creates new images all its own inside your head. This week, we're listening to X-Men: Days Of Future Past, from composer John Ottman, a frequent Bryan Singer collaborator. There's much to discuss, and some of it may be vaguely spoilery, though we'll try not to mention any plot details. Who's Responsible? Ottman has collaborated with Singer as far back as Singer's first film, Public Access. Ottman »
Sony Music is releasing the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack of X-Men: Days of Future Past, featuring music composed by BAFTA Award winner John Ottman. The soundtrack will be available digitally on May 19 and on CD June 3.
John Ottman graduated from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. One of his early assignments was to provide original music for the computer game I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream. In 1996 he won a BAFTA award for editing The Usual Suspects, and was later nominated for an Emmy Award for his score to the ABC series Fantasy Island.
With six films already released, X-Men is one of the most successful franchises in film history. It started in 2000 with the original X-Men movie, »
- Michelle McCue
Composed by John Ottman
Varese Sarabande Records
The latest entry in Liam Neeson’s Career Resurgence Extravaganza, Non-Stop has Neeson’s alcoholic air marshal Bill Marks unravel a mysterious bomb threat aboard a flight from New York to London. (Said flight is, in fact, non-stop.) When it’s not withholding key pieces of its mystery, Jaume Collet-Serra’s thriller is both tense and supremely silly — imagine Flightplan’s laser focus on its central character with Speed’s one-upsmanship.
Having previously scored Collet-Serra’s Unknown (also starring Neeson), John Ottman’s no stranger to genre. From Eight-Legged Freaks to Gothika, he’s also scored nearly all of Bryan Singer’s films since the early days of Public Access. His work in Singer’s ill-fated Superman Returns is a standout highlight, showing a deep reverence for John Williams’ importance to the original’s iconography. In short, Ottman has a flexible toolkit, »
- David Klein
"America's Got Talent" host Nick Cannon isn't too happy with Chelsea Handler and he's gone to Twitter to vent his frustration. It seems Cannon is upset Handler made jokes about he and his wife, Mariah Carey, appearing in Ebony magazine during an episode of her show, "Chelsea Lately."
Handler claims Cannon was "acting like a white boy" and takes Carey to task for some of the photos in the issue. "How do you claim to be a spiritual person if you've been photographed on a treadmill in high heels?" she jokes.
Once Cannon found out about the insults, the Twitter fun began. "I didn't hear what @chelseahandler said about me because I don't watch her show. (No One Does)," he writes. "What channel is it on, Public access?" He also challenged her to appear on "Wild 'n Out," tweeting, "Sounds like @chelseahandler wants 2 WildOut! Its easy to throw rocks at »
X-Men franchise director Bryan Singer, whose first two features debuted at the Sundance Film Festival — including The Usual Suspects in 1995 — was one of the industry figures named to the Sundance juries that will judge this year’s films when the festival begins next week. Singer, who has X-Men: Days of Future Past due in May, will be one of five members of the U.S. Dramatic Jury. Other members of the juries include Tracy Chapman, Lone Scherfig, Leonard Maltin, and screenwriter Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). A complete list of the juries, courtesy of the Sundance Film Festival, can be viewed after the jump. »
- Jeff Labrecque
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