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Wme Signs Film And Theater Director Julie Taymor

8 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Wme has signed Oscar-nominated, Emmy- and Tony-winning multi-hyphenate Julie Taymor. Her screen credits range from Frida to Across The Universe, Titus and The Tempest, and her stage work includes The Lion King and Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark. She is now preparing to direct Anne Hathaway off-Broadway in Grounded, which opens at the Public in April. Taymor had been a longtime client of Jeff Berg. With all the talk about a paucity of bold female directors… »

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: A Treacherous Alliance and a White Collar Crime

26 February 2015 8:00 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for People since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach."This game is about who you are. Your character is your strategy." -Rafe Judkins, Survivor: GuatemalaSurvivor is back for another season of terrible liars, over-attached creeps, self-aggrandizing loudmouths - and a couple of smart gamers. The big twist this season is that contestants are divided into three tribes: White Collar, Blue Collar, and No Collar. White Collars make the rules; Blue Collars follow the rules; and No Collars break the rules and give uncomfortably long hugs. »

- Stephen Fishbach, @stephenfishbach

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Headcanon Accepted! Bard the Bowman and Thranduil are star-crossed Disney princesses

23 February 2015 9:22 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

There are days when Tumblr produces something so delightful, you wonder how it took so long for anyone to think of it. Such is the case with Lady Pace and her delirious Hobbit/Disney Princess mash-ups. Imagine Gandalf, not as a wizard but a fairy Godmother/cranky crustacean. Imagine Bard the Bowman, not as slayer of the Dragon but a shy young man enthralled by the Party King. Imagine Thranduil, not as an aloof monarch but as a man trying not to get into a May/December relationship. Throw those together and you get this beautiful insanity! And it doesn’t stop there, oh no! There is no end to what Disney love songs can be used to express the love of Thranduil and Bard the Bowman (Barduil). • Can You Feel The Love Tonight? from “The Lion King” • A Whole New World from “Aladdin” • I Won’t Say I’m »

- Donna Dickens

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Oscars 2015: 87th Academy Awards: As it happened

22 February 2015 3:55 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Good evening and welcome to the 87th Academy Awards, live from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

The biggest movie event of the year is with us once more, and Digital Spy will be bringing you comprehensive live coverage, from the first Manolos on the red carpet to the last teary speech from the stage.

Refresh your memory with this list of all the nominations and compare your prediction cards with our guesses for who will win all the major gongs.

21:15What were your favourite moments from tonight? And what do you think of all the big winners, especially Birdman's victory over Boyhood? Do let us know in the comments box below, and stick around on DS for our full reaction to the ceremony.

21:14Neil Patrick Harris was undoubtedly a bit hit and miss, lacking confidence in the middle more than anything else, but there were »

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A Query of Everything: 5 Takeaways from 2015’s Best Original Score Nominees

21 February 2015 1:56 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Why should I care about the Oscars?

No, that’s a serious question. Because as much as I hate to admit it, I do. At their very best, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gets it right by tripping and falling into a “Market Irglova & Glen Hansard” here or a “12 minute standing ovation” there. At their very worst, AMPAS indulges in the most regressive, ass-backwards impulses of the industry. Whether enforcing asinine restrictions on eligibility or blacklisting via internal politics, Academy voters can be inept, close-minded and utterly humorless about their annual pat-on-the-back. Too old, too white, and too male, AMPAS is like a closet mob comprised solely of Bud Selig clones, perpetually fumbling in the dark for their reading glasses.

And yet despite all this, I’m still going to throw the remote through the television if Alexandre Desplat’s The Grand Budapest Hotel doesn’t bring »

- David Klein

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Walt Disney Will Push for Prices in Kids’ Ad-Sales Market

20 February 2015 11:32 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Walt Disney will in coming months deliver a spinoff of “The Lion King” aimed at preschoolers; an animated series about a boy and his worm; and a live-action movie featuring the kids of some of the company’s most famous animated villains. What it probably won’t be giving, however, are pricing concessions to advertisers who want to sponsor such programs.

With viewership for kids’ programming splintering thanks to streaming video and mobile devices and more demand for such fare from nontraditional advertisers,  kids’ networks find themselves in an interesting position, said Rita Ferro, exec VP, Disney Media Sales and Marketing, Disney Channels Worldwide. “I think we are going to have a tremendous amount of demand that has been created in kids’ advertising,” she said in an interview at the company’s New York offices, which are decorated with toys and gadgets. “There is absolutely going to be a look »

- Brian Steinberg

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African-American Stage Stars Look Forward With Equity

18 February 2015 8:00 AM, PST | | See recent Backstage news »

If acting is a tough business, it can be even tougher for African-American performers. But at Actors’ Equity Association’s panel “African American Actors on Broadway: Life, Work and Inspiration,” four artists—Montego Glover (“Memphis”), Michael Potts (“The Book of Mormon”), Marva Hicks (“Motown: The Musical”), and Alton Fitzgerald White (“The Lion King”)—joined moderator Allyson Tucker to talk about career advice and the future of Broadway. “Go in prepared,” Hicks advised. For the actor, who’s worked with Michael Jackson and Lena Horne in addition to her stage credits, nothing substitutes preparation. For White, who recently surpassed 4,000 performances as Mufasa in “The Lion King,” the key has been finding interests outside of the theater, which “allows you to show up as yourself fully because your eggs aren’t in one basket,” he said. “Then you can just relax and really share.”  The panel also addressed the issue of opportunities »

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Co-Director Chris Williams Talks Big Hero 6; Will There Be A Sequel?

17 February 2015 6:10 PM, PST | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Walt Disney Animation's Big Hero 6 ended up being the surprise Cbm hit of 2014 for many people. In addition to nabbing an Oscar nod for 'Best Animated Feature', it has also raked in over $500 million at the Box Office - making it Disney's third highest grossing animated movie ever (only trailing Frozen and The Lion King). The film's co-director Chris Williams (Bolt) and Disney Animation president Andrew Millstein recently sat down with Variety to chat about the film's success. In the interview, Millstein praised Disney's new approach to filmmaking, and the decision to focus on "elevating storytelling and putting filmmakers in the center of the process". This tactic has clearly reaped huge rewards for the studio, having first topped the global box office in 2013 with Frozen, and then producing another hit in Big Hero 6 just a year later. "The change was about the Pixar team sharing ideas with us, »

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"Fifty Shades" Opens To $249M Globally

15 February 2015 8:39 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Opening all over the world this weekend, the erotic drama "Fifty Shades of Grey" scored a jaw-dropping debut on both the domestic and global stage.

The $40 million-budget film pulled in $81.7 million from Friday to Sunday in the United States, easily trumping the previous President's Day holiday weekend record-holder "Valentine’s Day" which made $56.3 million in 2010. It is now on track to do more than $90 million over the four-day holiday.

Overseas the figures were even more impressive with the film taking in an additional $158 million from 58 markets, the second best day-and-date opening for a Universal film behind only "Fast & Furious 6". Indeed, the $248.7 million global total of the film's opening is an amount that even major studio tentpoles would envy scoring.

However, the film's drop-off next weekend is expected to be steep. Not only were the critical reviews on the poor side, the audience voted CinemaScore grade was a C+ which »

- Garth Franklin

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Box Office: ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Explodes With Record-Breaking $81.7 Million

15 February 2015 7:45 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fifty Shades of Grey” sizzled at the weekend box office, setting new records for the highest-grossing Presidents Day holiday opener of all time and ranking among the biggest R-rated debuts in history.

The erotic drama performed like a comicbook movie, albeit one with much naughtier costumes, picking up $81.7 million from 3,646 locations over the three-day period. That easily trumped the holiday’s previous record-holder, the 2010 debut of the romantic comedy “Valentine’s Day,” which kicked off with $56.3 million.

“It had that whole sex thing going for it, it was edgy, and it started a conversation,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior box office analyst at Rentrak. “It went beyond being a girls’ night out movie and became a date night movie.”

Fifty Shades of Grey” will do more than $90 million over the four-day holiday, in addition to triggering a massive increase in heart palpitations across the moviegoing public. Among the many high-water marks the saucy tale has hit, »

- Brent Lang

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‘Big Hero 6′ Director Talks Sequel, Key to Film’s Success

14 February 2015 2:40 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Oscar nominee “Big Hero 6” is on track this weekend to become the No. 3 all-time domestic earner for Walt Disney Animation Studios, passing the $218.9 million of “Beauty and the Beast” (after “Frozen” and “The Lion King”). One factor in the film’s success is the new approach at Disney Animation, says president Andrew Millstein, “which is about elevating storytelling and putting filmmakers at the center of the process.”

It sounds like a no-brainer for a film company to focus on filmmakers. But in the past, Disney Animation was often administrative-driven, with layers of notes from executives that dictated content and bogged down the creatives.

Big Hero 6″ provides a one-two punch for the studio after last year’s “Frozen.” “Big Hero 6″ boasts flashy work in the San Fransokyo setting and the action sequences, but the center of the film is the relationship between inflatable robot Baymax and tech prodigy Hiro. »

- Tim Gray

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From Kubrick to Marilyn Monroe, Oscar Has a Stellar List of Shut-Outs

13 February 2015 4:54 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There are 195 individuals nominated for Oscar this year. And when the winners are named Feb. 22, they will become part of film history, joining such greats as Billy Wilder, Ingrid Bergman, Ben Hecht and Walt Disney.

But 80% of the contenders will go home empty-handed. However, there is good news: They are in good company as well.

Here is a sampling of nominees that didn’t win: “Citizen Kane,” “Chinatown” and “Star Wars”; directors Alfred Hitchcock, Howard Hawks, Stanley Kubrick and Ingmar Bergman; writers Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Dashiell Hammett, John Steinbeck, Graham Greene, Harold Pinter and David Mamet; actors Gloria Swanson in “Sunset Blvd.”; Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”; and Peter O’Toole in “Lawrence of Arabia.”

They managed to do Ok, though.

It’s hard to say why they didn’t win. Sometimes tastes change. Sometimes there’s too much competition in one year. Frank Capra’s 1939 “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington »

- Tim Gray

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Frozen Stage Show On Track For 2017, New Songs Already Written

13 February 2015 12:14 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


Disney have been a bit wishy washy about their plans for a stage version of Frozen, but work has been underway for sometime, largely in secret. Now Baz Bamigboye, who has a good track record with these things, has reported on a writer, a director and even a projected opening schedule.

According to Baz, the musical is being targeted for a 2017 bow. They seem to be in good shape too, with Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez already banking a couple of new songs alongside their originals from the film.

The book of the new show – and for those who don’t go to much musical theatre, which is almost everybody, the ‘book’ is what we call the script – is being written by Jennifer Lee, writer and co-director of the movie version. She’s a very busy woman, having already co-written and co-directed the short sequel Frozen Fever and started »

- Brendon Connelly

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‘Frozen’ Warms Up for Broadway with Film’s Creative Team

13 February 2015 9:25 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Oscar-winning creative team of Disney’s animated blockbuster “Frozen” will adapt the movie for the brewing Broadway musical version, with screenwriter and co-director Jennifer Lee on board to write the book and Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez penning additional tunes to go along with their songs from the movie, which include megahit “Let It Go.”

The news, first reported in the Daily Mail, won’t come as much of a shock, given that Lopez and Anderson-Lopez are stage composers and that Lopez’s credits including Tony-winning scores for “Avenue Q” and “The Book of Mormon.” Lee’s never written for Broadway, but it’s not all that uncommon for screenwriters to try their hand at stage adaptations of their own work: The book for this season’s “Honeymoon in Vegas,” for instance, was written by Andrew Bergman, who also wrote the screenplay.

Alex Timbers (“Rocky,” “Here Lies Love”), the »

- Gordon Cox

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"101 Dalmatians" is Disney's Darkest Animated Feature Ever

12 February 2015 8:59 AM, PST | | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Has any kid ever really understood how dark 101 Dalmatians really is in the grand scheme of Disney movies? When you really stop and think about the stakes in the average Disney animated feature, you start to realize just how low the stakes usually are. Rarely, is the princess’s life in danger, and in fact most of the time, the worst fate set to befall the heroes is either a coma (Sleeping Beauty or Snow White and the Seven Dwarves), imprisonment in some powerless form (The Little Mermaid), exile from a kingdom now ruled by some horrible person (Aladdin, Mulan, or The Lion King), kidnapping (Oliver & Company or The Rescuers), or something even tamer. Death is rarely on the table, and when it is, like with Mufasa in The Lion King, it’s because it’s cribbing from Shakespeare. Credit that to these being movies targeted at children, but if you do that, »

- Lex Walker

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Alert the Kiddies! The New York International Children’s Film Festival (Nyicff) is now front and center.

10 February 2015 9:29 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Youngsters and oldsters alike…here is the reel deal: The New York International Children’s Film Festival (Nyicff) will be making its presence known in the upcoming days. On tap for the 18th annual event will be a noted variety of creative animated films and shorts for all ages to enjoy and relish. The New York International Children’s Film Festival promises to serve up an array of animated showcases that boasts all styles and formats that should prove imaginative and appealing to our past and present childhood memories.

Please note that the Nyicff will run its operation from February 27, 2015 to March 22, 2015. Additionally, the majority of these impressive feature-length and short films have experienced critical acclaim overseas. Therefore, the impact of the Nyicff’s cinematic selections should be rewarding for ardent fans of animated film fodder designed to capture the spirit of its enthusiastic viewers.

Among the films being displayed »

- Frank Ochieng

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Alexandre Desplat on His Double Oscar Nominations

9 February 2015 12:18 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

On Sunday, Alexandre Desplat won a BAFTA Award and a Grammy, both for “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Next up: the Feb. 22 Oscars, where he is nominated in the musical score category for “Budapest Hotel” and “The Imitation Game.” According to conventional wisdom, this is his year — he’s earned six noms in the past eight years, but no wins yet.

On the other hand, conventional wisdom says that he could cancel himself out. Clearly, conventional wisdom is wrong in one of those cases.

Asked which of the two scores is his favorite, Desplat deadpans, “The Grand Imitation Hotel.”

The composer, reached in Paris, quickly adds that he loves both films, and each presented special challenges and rewards.

“Budapest” features a lot more music in its 100-minute running time, with the mood vacillating among drama, light comedy, fantasy and mittel-European atmosphere. Desplat says, “We needed to find instruments to create a special sound, »

- Tim Gray

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Soundtracking: Disney's Top 10 Greatest Songs

9 February 2015 6:00 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

It seems a little bit miraculous, but it's true: It was seventy-five years ago today that Disney’s Pinocchio hit theatres.

In honour of the film’s anniversary, we picked out the top ten Disney songs of all-time. It was incredibly hard to pick one song from each movie, and even more difficult to just pick ten songs altogether. Where will Pinocchio fall on the list, and what song did we pick? Based on the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, "I've Got No Strings" might have a fighting chance.

Here they are -- Disney's ten best songs:

10. “Heigh-Ho” from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

Disney’s very first ear-worm, the end-of-the-workday sing-along from the Snow White’s mining companions was one of the earliest examples that Disney’s features could not only keep the kids entertained but produce timeless musical moments. Our apologies if this gets stuck in your head, »

- Shane McNeil

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The 10 Most Anticipated Movie Scores of 2015

7 February 2015 8:21 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Film scores are pretty ephemeral to a large chunk of the movie-going populace, where music isn’t noticeable unless a triumphant fanfare or sweeping ballad draws enough attention to itself. So if scoring is already the film industry’s unappreciated middle child, how silly is a list about ones that haven’t been released yet? Very silly. Oftentimes, composers don’t even sign with a project until well into production, so speculating on the best film music of 2015, like any year, forces one to work with what’s known. Sound on Sight will offer more in-depth analysis on the most buzzed about music as the year rolls on but for now, here are the ten movie scores I’m most excited to hear in 2015.

10. The WalkAlan Silvestri

Alan Silvestri’s last great score was for a TV show, and his last great film score was for one of the more forgettable Marvel entries. »

- David Klein

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Film music critics nominate 'Maleficent,' 'Dragon 2' and 'Hunger Games' scores

5 February 2015 6:27 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The International Film Music Critics Association has revealed nominations for best in movie music from 2014, and prolific composers James Newton Howard ("The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1," "Maleficent") and Alexandre Desplat ("Godzilla," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "The Imitation Game," "The Monuments Men") led the way with seven and six nominations respectively. Film score of the year contenders include just two Best Original Score Oscar nominees: "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and Hans Zimmer's "Interstellar." "The Imitation Game" and Jóhann Jóhannsson's "Theory of Everything," however, were both nominated in the drama category. "Maleficent" landed the most nominations for a film with four, while DreamWorks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon 2" picked up three (each of them another if you count composer of the year honors for Howard and John Powell respectively). Check out the full list of nominees below. Winners will be revealed on Feb. 19. And be sure »

- Kristopher Tapley

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