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‘Three Billboards’ Composer Carter Burwell to Headline Ghent Film Festival (Exclusive)

‘Three Billboards’ Composer Carter Burwell to Headline Ghent Film Festival (Exclusive)
American composer Carter Burwell will headline the 18th World Soundtrack Awards with a live concert as part of the Ghent Film Festival, on Oct. 17 in Ghent, Belgium.

Burwell, a recent Oscar nominee for his music for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” will attend; also expected is composer Nicholas Britell, who was named last year’s “Discovery of the Year” at the festival for his music for “Moonlight.”

Dirk Brosse will conduct the Brussels Philharmonic in excerpts from scores by both composers, accompanied by film clips.

Burwell was also Oscar-nominated for his music for “Carol” and won an Emmy for his music for HBO’s “Mildred Pierce,” both of which were Todd Haynes projects. He is perhaps best-known for his music for many Coen Brothers films including “Fargo,” “The Big Lebowski,” “The Hudsucker Proxy,” “True Grit,” many of which are expected to be presented in concert.

Festival artistic director Patrick Duynslaegher
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Oscars In Memoriam Left out Tobe Hooper and John Mahoney

Oscars In Memoriam Left out Tobe Hooper and John Mahoney
The In Memoriam segment of each awards show should be solemn but celebratory, but lately has turned into a ghoulish bit of theater. Industry greats who’ve died in the past year are honored, but because of the national platform, the focus shifts to the politics of the whole affair. Audiences note which deceased person gets the most applause and worst, who was wrongfully left out of the montage.

At the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday, Eddie Vedder performed as the photos and clips rolled. Of those who died in 2017 and were featured as expected were the following: Roger Moore, director Jonathan Demme, horror filmmaker George A. Romero, Bill Paxton, Mary Tyler Moore, Adam West, Martin Landau, Glenne Headley, and Harry Dean Stanton.

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It’s always a negotiation about who will appear in the montage, depending on if they’re known more for TV or film,
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'Fargo': THR's 1996 Review

On March 8, 1996, the Coen brothers unleashed Fargo in limited theaters stateside. The film went on to earn seven nominations at the 69th Academy Awards, claiming honors for actress Frances McDormand and best original screenplay. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below.

A small-scale, character-driven gem compared to their last ambitious-but-disappointing production, The Hudsucker Proxy, the Coen Brothers' Fargo is set in the filmmakers' home state of Minnesota and winningly presents a 1987 true-crime story with an engrossing, unpredictable plot and fascinating characters. 

Humorous and realistic, visually stunning and featuring great performances from an eclectic cast, the Gramercy Pictures...
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Skyscraper: Anna Nicole Smith's low-budget Die Hard clone

Ryan Lambie Feb 15, 2018

Long before The Rock's Skyscraper, there was Anna Nicole Smith's 1996 action-thriller, which owes a considerable debt to Die Hard...

A high-tech building beset by villains and machine gun fire. A hero dangling from a wire dozens of storeys off the ground. Hostages. Explosions. More machine gun fire. Those are some of the sights that await us in Skyscraper, the latest action-thriller opus from Dwayne Johnson - arguably the closest thing the 21st century has to a star of Arnold Schwarzenegger's stature.

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Sure, comparisons with the 80s classic Die Hard are inevitable, but like most of Johnson's best films, including the latter Fast films, San Andreas and the surprise hit, Jumanji, there's the sense that Johnson's in on the joke. He clearly loves being an action star,
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John Mahoney, 'Frasier' Actor, Dead at 77

John Mahoney, 'Frasier' Actor, Dead at 77
John Mahoney, the actor who played the role of Martin Crane on Frasier for 11 seasons, died in Chicago on Sunday while in hospice care, his manager confirmed to Variety. He was 77.

The British-born Mahoney, who moved to the Chicago area at the age of 19, didn't fully enter acting until decades later, when John Malkovich and Gary Sinise enlisted Mahoney, then in his 40s, to join their Steppenwolf Theater Company. After winning the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play in 1986 for his role in the Broadway production of The House of Blue Leaves,
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R.I.P. John Mahoney (1940 – 2018)

Actor John Mahoney, best known for his role as Martin Crane, the father of Frasier and Niles Crane on the classic NBC sitcom Frasier, has died aged 77, with his publicist telling TMZ that he passed away on Sunday in hospice care aged 77.

Born in Blackpool, England, Mahoney began his career on the stage in the late 1970s and would receive a Tony Award in 1986 for his work in The House of Blue Leaves. He would however enjoy his biggest success as a member of the cast of Frasier, earning two Emmy and Golden Globe nominations across its eleven seasons.

Mahoney also appeared in numerous feature films, with roles in the likes of Moonstruck, Frantic, Barton Fink, In the Line of Fire, The Hudsucker Proxy, The American President, Primal Fear, Antz and The Iron Giant.

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John Mahoney, Beloved ‘Frasier’ Father, Dies at 77

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John Mahoney, Beloved ‘Frasier’ Father, Dies at 77
John Mahoney has died at age 77, reports TMZ. The actor, best known for playing Martin Crane on “Frasier” for the show’s entire 11-season run, passed away while in hospice care in Chicago. Mahoney won a Screen Actors Guild Award for his performance on the long-running sitcom and was also nominated for two Golden Globes and two Emmys.

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Born in Blackpool, England on June 20, 1940, Mahoney was the seventh of eight children. He spent his early years in Manchester, returning to the city of his birth to escape the bombing during World War II; he became an American citizen in 1959 after joining the United States Army. It wasn’t until his late 30s that Mahoney began pursuing acting, a life-changing decision encouraged by John Malkovich. Prior to his work on “Frasier,
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The 20 Best Director-Cinematographer Collaborations Working Today

The 20 Best Director-Cinematographer Collaborations Working Today
The gravitational pull that exists between great directors and great cinematographers is natural. Many of the best pairings throughout film history have been project based, with the director or producer picking a cinematographer to achieve a specific look for a particular film. There’s a difference between providing a talented cinematographer with the perfect platform to apply their skills and a director-cinematographer collaboration that elevates the work of both artists, regardless of material.

This list is less about identifying the best looking films of the era – although many are here – and more about celebrating collaborations that have allowed many of the best filmmakers working today to fully express themselves on the big screen.

Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson, Dp: Robert Elswit

The first time Paul Thomas Anderson did not work with Elswitt – “The Master,” shot by Mihai Mălaimare Jr. – the results were (thankfully) great, but it’s fascinating that the director
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Composer Carter Burwell’s Goodbye Christopher Robin Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD Drops on October 27

Sony Classical announces the release of Goodbye Christopher Robin (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) with an original score by Academy Award®-nominated composer Carter Burwell.

The soundtrack will be released digitally on October 13 and on CD on October 27, 2017. The film will be released in the Us on October 13, 2017.

Pre-order here.

Goodbye Christopher Robin is directed by Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn, Woman in Gold) and will be released in Us theaters by Fox Searchlight Pictures on October 13, 2017.

Carter Burwell said about the score:

“One of the riskier decisions Simon Curtis and I made with the score was to withhold the main theme until the middle of the film, when A. A. Milne begins to write and his friend Ernest Shepard begins to illustrate “Winnie The Pooh”. We did this to make that moment especially noteworthy, to make it the turning point of the story. Before that point, the music plays
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Bruce Campbell wanted to make a Dick Tracy TV series

Mike Cecchini Aug 23, 2017

The world would be a much better place if Bruce Campbell had been allowed to develop and star in a Dick Tracy TV series.

In the late 1990s, the great Bruce Campbell found himself in Disney's orbit, appearing in the 1997 TV movie version of The Love Bug and seven episodes of Ellen on Disney's ABC network.

During this period, Campbell landed a development deal with Disney, which unfortunately didn't lead to any major starring roles or projects, but one property under Disney's control caught his eye as he was browsing through a list of properties under their control: the most famous comic strip detective in history, Dick Tracy

This story comes to light in Bruce Campbell's latest book, Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B Movie Actor, the delightful sequel to his equally delightful If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor.
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Great Films Unfairly Forgotten in Time

Tom Jolliffe on forgotten films…

Time is a cruel mistress. It’s the one constant and something no one can alter (except Marty McFly and Doc Brown). Looks go, memories fade and in cinematic terms a film can be forgotten over time. Now sometimes it’s probably a good thing. Take for example the turn of the century and the release of Battlefield Earth. One of the undisputed turkeys of modern cinema. An unmitigated disaster on every level. However it’s not one that always springs directly to mind nowadays when people thing of cinematic disasters. In part there’s been even worse since, and on even more bloated budgets. In that respect, time has been a little kind.

However there are a lot of films which were good, great, maybe on occasion cinematically important which have become hazy memories over time. Perhaps they never quite got the recognition or
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Jennifer Jason Leigh, Hugo Weaving Join Benedict Cumberbatch Series ‘Melrose’

Jennifer Jason Leigh, Hugo Weaving Join Benedict Cumberbatch Series ‘Melrose’
Jennifer Jason Leigh and Hugo Weaving have joined the cast of Showtime and Sky Atlantic’s upcoming limited series “Melrose,” Variety has learned.

Benedict Cumberbatch will star in and executive produce the series, which is based on the “Patrick Melrose” series of semi-autobiographical novels written by Edward St. Aubyn.

With each episode devoted to one of the five novels, the series will encompass the saga of Melrose’s life, from his horribly abusive youth at the hands of his father (Weaving) and the mother who tacitly condones the behavior (Leigh), to the outrageous playboy he becomes and the struggles he endures to defy the damage of his own past. Anna Madeley, who also joins the cast, will play Melrose’s wife.

Leigh currently appears in the Showtime revival of “Twin Peaks,” and previously recurred on the hit Showtime series “Weeds.” She is also known for her appearances in films such as “The Hateful Eight,” “Lbj
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'Fargo' Recap: Motel California

'Fargo' Recap: Motel California
In a seedy Hollywood motel room, Minnesota cop Gloria Burgle looks behind a curtain and finds a box, with a unlabeled switch on the top. She flicks it on. A light turns green, and the lid opens just slightly. A robotic hand comes out, moves the switch to the off position, then retreats as the light turns red. This is all the device does.

This week's Fargo episode, blessed with the superb title "The Law of Non-Contradiction," is all about unpacking what this box means. A mere three weeks into its third season,
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'Fargo': A Guide to the Show's Coen Brothers' References

'Fargo': A Guide to the Show's Coen Brothers' References
There's a moment early in the new season premiere of the FX crime drama Fargo when a parole officer recalls how he met his fiancée, a slick hustler named Nikki Swango (played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead). As the episode flashes back to Nikki at a police station, getting booked and photographed, fans of filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen might experience some deja vu. The situation, the way it's shot, and even the way the crook gets yanked around by the authorities – it's all right out of the Coens' 1987 comedy Raising Arizona.
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Jennifer Jason Leigh Retrospective Includes Films From the Coen Brothers, Cronenberg, Verhoeven, and the Woman Herself

After her break out role in the ’80s classic “Fast Times At Ridgemont High,” the enigmatic and darkly charming Jennifer Jason Leigh has charted a course in film unlike any other. This month, the Alamo Drafthouse honors her varied and galvanizing career in a much deserved retrospective, aptly titled “Jennifer Jason Leigh!”

The series, which began last night and continues into May, spans Leigh’s decades-long career, which includes David Cronenberg’s “eXistenZ,” Paul Verhoeven’s “Flesh + Blood,” and Joel and Ethan Coen’s “The Hudsucker Proxy.” One of her most recognizable films opened the series, Stephen King’s “Dolores Claiborne,” in which she went head to head opposite Kathy Bates in a bear of a role.

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Of particular note is the criminally under-appreciated “The Anniversary Party,” which she wrote, produced, and directed with her friend
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‘Marjorie Prime’ Wins Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Feature Film Prize at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival

‘Marjorie Prime’ Wins Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Feature Film Prize at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival
Yesterday at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, Michael Almereyda’s new film “Marjorie Prime” won the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Feature Film Prize. The Prize is selected by a jury of film and science professionals and presented to outstanding feature films focusing on science or technology as a theme, or depicting a scientist, engineer or mathematician as a major character. The jury presented the award to “Marjorie Prime” for its “imaginative and nuanced depiction of the evolving relationship between humans and technology, and its moving dramatization of how intelligent machines can challenge our notions of identity, memory and mortality.” As a result, the film will receive a $20,000 cash award from the foundation.

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“We are thrilled to partner with Sundance for the 14th year in a row and award the 2017 Sloan
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Watch: Joel and Ethan Coen’s Filmography Explored in Comprehensive 3-Hour Video Series

In their seventeen feature-length films over the last three-plus decades, there are perhaps no more consistent, distinctive American filmmakers working today than Joel and Ethan Coen. After finishing up similarly comprehensive series on David Fincher, Stanley Kubrick, and Paul Thomas Anderson, Cameron Beyl has returned with another multi-part documentary, this time dedicated to the work of the Coen brothers.

“They no doubt would be quick to dismiss this very video series as a frivolous waste of time — an ill-advised attempt to define a filmography that actively defies interpretation,” begins Beyl. Indeed, much of the fascination with the Coens has to do with the seemingly effortless way they are able to layer their films; virtually all of them able to work as a piece of entertainment on first viewing, only to reveal themselves as much deeper on many deserved repeating watches.

Briefly kicking off with their pre-Blood Simple days, Beyl
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Production Designer Dennis Gassner on James Bond, ‘Blade Runner,’ Coen Bros.

Production Designer Dennis Gassner on James Bond, ‘Blade Runner,’ Coen Bros.
Dennis Gassner’s production design work has enriched films ranging from “The Truman Show” and the Coen Brothers’ “O Brother, Where Art Thou” to Tim Burton’s “Big Fish” — and more recently the Bond movies “Skyfall” and “Spectre” — with a compelling visual style that has earned him an honor at Camerimage for his unique visual sensitivity. The former architecture student and one-time lumberjack cites “Lawrence of Arabia” as a major influence, along with early work with Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope shingle.

What can you talk about the world you’ve created for the “Blade Runner 2049” reboot, which you’re shooting with Denis Villeneuve in Hungary? The seminal 1982 sci-fi original had a distinct sort of ‘80s sense of the future that now seems a bit retro.

The darkness is the reality of “Blade Runner.” It’s like anything — you carry on the message. “Star Wars” does the same thing,
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A Few Words about Gene Wilder and Jon Polito

Gene Wilder 1933 -2016

In all likelihood, the events of this past week probably didn’t offer any more or less sadness and pain to be distributed among willing and unwilling recipients, a.k.a. all of us currently participating in the game of Life. It’s a strange, unsettling time to bear status as a citizen of the world, wherever it is in that world one happens to call home. But speaking as only one of billions buffeted about by the weirdness of a human condition in which terrorism has started to feel commonplace, and in which the policies of political campaigns are used as flimsy opportunities to stir fear, prejudice and an increasingly volatile mythology of helpless American victimization at the hands of hordes of murderous invaders, the sorrow contained in this past week crested perhaps a little higher than might have even been expected.

Gene Wilder had been
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Jon Polito, Big Lebowski and Homicide Star, Passes Away at 65

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Jon Polito, Big Lebowski and Homicide Star, Passes Away at 65
Beloved character actor Jon Polito, best known for his work with the Coen Brothers and on the hit NBC series Homicide: Life On the Street, passed away this morning at the age of 65. He died at City of Hope Hospital in Los Angeles from cancer complications. The actor was diagnosed with multiple myeloma six years ago, a disease that affects bone marrow plasma cells.

Deadline reports that the actor's family confirmed his passing on Friday. Jon Polito was born December 29, 1950 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He attended Villanova University on a drama scholarship before starting his acting career on and off Broadway in New York. He won an Obie Award for five different performances during the off-Broadway season in 1979-1980, before transitioning into film and TV work in 1981 with a role in The Gangster Chronicles.

Jon Polito first started working with the Coen Brothers in 1990's Millers Crossing, followed by Barton Fink the next year.
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