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Ed Burns, whose debut film The Brothers McMullen premiered at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival, was announced today as a jury member for next month’s Sundance in Park City, Utah. Burns joins documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim, executive Tom Rothman and 16 others named to five juries that will award prizes at independent film’s most high-profile showcase.
Short Film Awards will be announced at a ceremony on Jan. 22, with feature film awards announced at a separate ceremony on Jan. 26. The festival runs this year from Jan. 17-27.
Click below for the entire Sundance jury list:
U.S. Documentary Jury
Liz Garbus is a prolific documentary filmmaker. »
- Jeff Labrecque
The Oscars are almost upon us, and the past few weeks have treated us to the shortlists competing in a number of categories, including Best Animated Feature, Best Visual Effects, Best Documentary, and Best Original Score.
With the nominations announcement creeping ever closer at the start of next month, the Academy have now announced a seventy-five-long list of songs that are eligible in the Best Original Song category.
Tom Hooper’s highly anticipated Les Misérables is also in the running with Suddenly, composed specifically for the film, and it should be great to see how it’s received both by audiences and the Academy in the coming weeks.
We’ve got plenty of choices from animated films in the mix – the animated ones are often the strongest »
- Kenji Lloyd
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently released the full list of all 75 songs eligible for a Best Original Song nomination at the 85th Academy Awards.
In order to be considered, a song must contain original lyrics and music that were specifically written for the film. It must be clearly featured in scenes within the film or as the first piece of music in the end credits.
The full list of the 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday 10th January 2013 at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theatre.
The Oscars telecast will air on Sunday 24th February 2013 and will be televised live in more than 225 countries.
Here is the full list of original songs currently under consideration by the Academy.
“For You” from Act Of Valor
“Metaphorical Blanket” from Any Day Now
“Learn Me Right” from Brave
“Touch the »
- Laura Grande
Seventy-five songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2012 are in contention for nominations in the Original Song category for the 85th Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.
The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each song is featured, are listed below in alphabetical order by film and song title:
”For You” from “Act of Valor”
“Metaphorical Blanket” from “Any Day Now”
“Learn Me Right” from “Brave”
“Touch the Sky” from “Brave”
“Airport” from “Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best”
“Come on Girl” from “Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best”
“Someday” from “Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best”
“Protect the King” from “Brooklyn Castle”
“Del Cielo” from “Casa De Mi Padre”
“Yo No Se” from “Casa De Mi Padre”
“No Other Plans” from “Celeste and Jesse Forever »
- Michelle McCue
There are 75 original songs that qualify for the Oscar this year, but really everyone has been waiting to hear about one.
Adele’s title theme to Skyfall surged to #1 on iTunes just days after debuting in October, but some feared the number by her and Paul Epworth would be ruled ineligible for the Oscar because it incorporates elements of the classic 007 theme, which of course is not original.
But the music branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences decided it was not a significant enough problem to boot it from the potential nominees, and included it without »
- Anthony Breznican
I mentioned on today's podcast that my three nominees for Best Original Song for the 2013 Critics' Choice Awards were "100 Black Coffins" from Django Unchained, "Skyfall" from Skyfall and "Ladies of Tampa" from Magic Mike. Of my nominees only "Skyfall" made the official list of nominees, but hopefully the Academy will right a couple of wrongs as both "100 Black Coffins" and Matthew McConaughey's "Ladies of Tampa" are among the 75 songs listed as in contention for a nomination at the 2013 Oscars. The Academy just released the following list of which all voting members of the Music Branch will receive a Reminder List of works submitted in the category and a DVD copy of the song clips. Members will be asked to watch the clips and then vote in the order of their preference for not more than five achievements in the category. The five achievements receiving the highest number of votes »
- Brad Brevet
The Oscars are a little over two months away, and with so many fantastic films released throughout this year, the anticipation surrounding the announcement of the nominations next month is running on high.
So far, we’ve had the shortlists for the Best Animated Feature, the Best Visual Effects, and the Best Documentary categories.
Now the Academy has announced the list of 104 films that are eligible in the Best Original Score category, and it’s going to be very interesting to see what makes the final cut come nominations time next month.
I think Hans Zimmer’s score for The Dark Knight Rises is, hopefully, a lock, because it is amazing. I also loved James Horner’s score for The Amazing Spider-Man, but can’t decide whether or not I think it will earn a nomination.
- Kenji Lloyd
Indian composer A.R. Rahman is in the Oscar race once again for the original score at the 85thAcademy Awards. His composition for the film “”People Like Us” has found place in the long list of 104 composers vying for the nominations.
Rahman won two Academy Awards for Best Original Music Score and Best Original Song at the 81st Academy Awards in 2009 for “Slumdog Millionaire”.
104 scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2012 are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category.
The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Thursday, January 10, 2013.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on February 24, 2013. The eligible scores along with their composers are listed below in alphabetical order by film title:
One hundred four scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2012 are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 85th Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today. As noted by various online Oscar pundits, most noticeably missing is Moonrise Kingdom. A Reminder List of works submitted in the Original Score category will be made available with a nominations ballot to all members of the Music Branch, who shall vote in the order of their preference for not more than five achievements. The five achievements receiving the highest number of votes will become the nominations for final voting for the award. Click Here for the complete rules.
The eligible scores along with their composers are listed below »
- Michelle McCue
As far as I'm concerned, the two most memorable scores of the year belong to Cloud Atlas and Beasts of the Southern Wild. That said, I made an egregious and unforgivable mistake when filling out my Critics' Choice nominations and forgot to include not one of them, but Both of them! Shame. I feel it. Now I have to hope my fellow Bfca members came through where I failed. However, we will discuss Critics' Choice nominations more on the upcoming episodes of the RopeofSilicon podcast, for now we're talking Oscar as the Academy has released a complete list of all 104 original scores competing for Best Original Score at the 2013 Oscars. I have not yet posted my predictions for Best Original Score and while I am making a fuss above concerning Cloud Atlas and Beasts of the Southern Wild, I think both of those stand a very strong chance at a nomination this year. »
- Brad Brevet
The fifth edition of the Bengaluru International Film Festival will hold retrospectives of Girish Kasaravalli and Jahnu Barua among others. Five of Kasaravalli’s films: Tabarana Kathe (1986), Kraurya (1996), Thaayi Saheba (1997), Dweepa (2003) and Hasina (2004)will be screened. While Barua’s Halodhia Choraye Baodhan Khai (1987), Banani (1990), Firingoti (1992) and Hkhagoroloi Bohu Door(1995) will be screened.
Besides, three other sections are dedicated to Indian cinema. Chitrabharathi – Indian Cinema Competition, Kannada Cinema (competition and screening of films in other dialects in Karnataka) and 100 years of Indian Cinema (screening of 14 films).
Complete line up:
Chan-Wook Park (South Korea)
2. Sympathy for Mr Vengeance (Chan-Wook Park/129/2002/South Korea)
3. Old boy (Chan-Wook Park/120/2003/South Korea)
Fatih Akin (Germany)
2. In July (Fatih Akin/99/2000/Germany)
In case you forgot, David Chase‘s coming-of-age movie Not Fade Away is set to open this month, so the good thing is that today we finally have the first cip from the whole thing! As you already know, the movie will tell us the story of three best friends from the suburbs of New Jersey who decide to form a rock band. Check out the rest of this report to hear how they sound. Not bad at all – if you ask me!
So, The Sopranos creator and producer David Chase is making his feature directing debut with the movie which is set in New Jersey in 1964 where a group of friends are inspired to form their own rock band fronted by a gifted singer-songwriter.
Click here to view the embedded video.
- Jeanne Standal
Paramount Pictures has debuted the first clip from Not Fade Away, the feature directorial debut of The Sopranos creator David Chase. Jack Huston, John Magaro, and Will Brill star as New Jersey teenagers who are inspired to start their own rock band after seeing The Rolling Stones on television. This scene shows the burgeoning band trying to get their sound right while playing Bo Diddley's self-titled song. Check out this scene, then read on for the official press release announcing this period drama's soundtrack details.
Not Fade Away, the widely anticipated feature film debut from The Sopranos creator David Chase, is an ode to the transformative power of rock 'n' roll. In 1964, The Rolling Stones appear on television and three best friends from the suburbs of New Jersey decide to form a rock band. The film stars John Magaro, Jack Huston, Will Brill, »
Britney Spears undoubtedly owes a lot of her fame to music videos. From the instant she strutted down that hallway in a schoolgirl's uniform, her on-screen images became indelible touchstones for her career, and in her fans' lives.
"I think understanding the music video process is really important for all of us as artists," she says. "It's our one and only chance to really, really connect with the fans on screen and for them to see us with our work and putting a picture and a song a face."
So it's very fitting that Britney has become the latest artist to have Vevo Certify her music videos for Til The World Ends and I Wanna Go now that they've delivered over 100 million views across Vevo's platforms.
Audio - Britney's New Song
To mark the occasion, Britney sat down for an in-depth music video-focused interview, providing insight into the production of Baby One More Time, Oops I Did It »
Along with Francois Ozon, Michael Winterbottom is easily the most prolific, hardest working and most diverse filmmaker in the business and has lineage to every major film festival one could think of. The filmmaker has been to the fest on five previous occasions to showcase films he has directed Go Now (’96 Sundance), Wonderland (’00 Sundance), 9 Songs (’05 Sundance) and in 2010 he showcased this pair: The Killer Inside Me and The Shock Doctrine. In 2013, The Look of Love (formerly titled The King of Soho) would be a great fit for the fest – as it would secure a U.S theatrical release deal especially with a cast that includes: Imogen Poots, Anna Friel, Stephen Fry, Steve Coogan, Tamsin Egerton and Matt Lucas. Pic will receive a March release in the UK.
- Eric Lavallee
With the American electoral race making for ever more dramatic television, it's fitting that the silver screen should turn once again toward presidents for its drama. Last week Roger Michell's Hyde Park on Hudson took its UK bow at the BFI London film festival, with Bill Murray impressing with his portrayal of a womanising yet altruistic Franklin D Roosevelt. In the coming months we shall see Daniel Day-Lewis take the eponymous role in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, which is already being tipped as a serious awards contender. In the meantime, on DVD, we have an altogether more frivolous take on America's leaders in Timur Bekmambetov's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012, Fox, 15), in which Benjamin Walker plays the 16th president as an avenging angel who hates »
- Mark Kermode
★★☆☆☆ Lebanese multi-tasker Nadine Labaki is back with Where Do We Go Now? (2011), the follow-up to 2007's Caramel. Not content with being solely behind the camera, Labaki is also in front and beyond, with actor, director, writer and producer credits to her name. Where Do We Go Now? was released to praise aplenty when it won the Audience Award at the Toronto Film Festival. Compared to Slumdog Millionaire (2008) and Calendar Girls (2003), some critics cited it as a "feel-good movie", but exactly how good can a film that juggles so many heavy themes with comedy and song really make you feel?
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- CineVue UK
It’s Monday, so we all know what that means! Yes, it’s time for another rundown of DVDs and Blu-ray’s hitting stores online and offline this week. It’s a jam-packed week, with plenty of movies waiting to take you money, so let us breakdown the new releases and highlight what you should – and shouldn’t – be buying from today, October 15th 2012.
Pick(S) Of The Week
We Are The Night (DVD)
20-year-old Lena gets by as a petty thief on the streets of Berlin until she meets a gang of female vampires who live by their own rules and leave a merciless trail of blood in their wake. ?Before long Lena is bitten and immediately begins to revel in the glamour, parties and infinite freedom granted her by eternal life. However, this blessing comes with the curse of an endless blood thirst and murderous appetite that soon »
We need more talented filmmakers willing to push themselves hard to reach an elusive Arab audience
Recent weeks have seen images from the Arab world that most would rather forget: angry mobs, burning flags, dead civilians. That there is so much more to the region and its people is indisputable. That Arabs themselves need to do a better job of articulating their own dreams, hopes and ambitions for the future – ie the existential elements of humanity that tie us together regardless of race, creed or religion – is also beyond dispute.
As any mainstream filmgoer who first learned from Kevin Costner's Dances With Wolves that native Americans weren't actually red or Indian can attest, one of the most powerful communication tools available is cinema.
For a region of more than 300 million people with a rich tradition of folklore and storytelling, however, the Arab world has been historically under-served by its own filmmakers. »
- Ali Jaafar
The powder keg sectarian situation in Lebanon, fraught with deeply complex issues of identity and belonging, should not make for easy subject matter. Yet Where Do We Go Now?, directed and co-written by Nadine Labaki, manages to portray Lebanon’s contentious realities in a quirkily entertaining story, whiplashing between laughter one moment and tears the next.
Where Do We Go Now? begins with a group of women in black marching to a cemetery. The women come from an unnamed hilltop village once wracked by violence but now enjoying peace. With news of religious strife in neighboring towns, however, peace becomes increasingly fragile. The women, Muslim and Christian alike, band together to defuse the tension with a stream of ever more antic tactics.
- Eric Wang
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