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6 Oscar Season Narratives That Could Shape the Race This Year

31 August 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With summer doldrums in the rearview, In Contention has found a new home just in time for the annual Oscar season…and not a moment too soon. A number of fall film releases sit primed for reveals at the Venice, Telluride and Toronto film festivals over the next several weeks, kicking off the race to the 88th Academy Awards.

As ever, a number of the season’s hopefuls will live and die by the narratives conjured in their wake. Because as we know — and I can’t imagine this notion is all that controversial  — an Oscar race is as much about the stories told off-screen as it is about the stories told onscreen.

Here are a few such stories to keep an eye on as we wade into the deep end of the year. Don’t be surprised if a number of them are revisited at length in this space over the next six months. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Warner Bros. plan new Dante’s Inferno film

20 August 2015 5:01 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Dante’s Inferno film Dante’s Inferno film script snapped up by The WB!

Warner Brothers are planning to bring a new Dante’s Inferno film to the big screen. Deadline broke the news of the acquisition of Dwain Worrell‘s original screenplay, which will be produced by the Academy Award-winning Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) and Gianni Nunnari, who produced Seven and The Departed. So not a bad team then?

Worrell’s script is based on the epic love story that is the first part of Dante’s Divine Comedy where Dante descends through the nine circles of hell to save the woman he loves.

It’s a vast text by Dante Alighieri, that dates from c. 1308 to 1320; one that you read more about here.

Here’s a taster from The World Of Dante:

Dante’s Inferno, widely hailed as one of the great classics of Western literature, details »

- Paul Heath

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Warner Bros. 2015 Fall / Holiday Movie Preview with New Photos

12 August 2015 10:29 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Summer's almost over. The stores are crowded with parents hunting for that perfect 'back to school' sale that won't break their pocket book. And the cinemas are slowly starting to shift from big action blockbusters and comedies to more serious awards fare. Warner Bros. is no different. The studio has unveiled their upcoming Fall and Holiday Movie preview. And while it has some exciting releases sure to rival anything we've seen over the course of these past four months, you can bet that there are some Oscar contenders in the mix as well.

The fall holiday season is going to be a big one for Warner Bros. They have 8 movies ready to launch from September all the way to Christmas day. These exciting and anticipated releases coming our way over the next 4 months include Black Mass, The Intern, Pan, Our Brand Is Crisis, The 33, Creed, In the Heart of the Sea and Point Break. »

- MovieWeb

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Countdown to TheGrill: 3 Questions with Brian Grazer

12 August 2015 1:29 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Brian Grazer is one of the great visionaries in Hollywood. His film resume includes Oscar Best Picture-winner “A Beautiful Mind,” “Splash,” “Apollo 13,” “The Da Vinci Code” and “Parenthood.” Committed to bringing excellence to all screens large and small, Grazer has also had a hand in some of TV’s most critically-acclaimed shows, like “Arrested Development” and, most recently, “Empire.” With a storied career that has transcended genres and platforms, the heavyweight producer added New York Times best-selling author to his name with this year’s “A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life.” We caught up with Grazer about industry. »

- Bryce Christian

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John Legend Replaces Kanye West as Underground's Music Boss

29 July 2015 12:09 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

John Legend‘s Egot plan is continuing right on schedule.

PhotosTV’s Steamiest Sex: Watch Pulse-Raising Oitnb, Scandal and Thrones Scenes (*If Your Boss Isn’t Looking)

The multiple Grammy-winner — who also picked up the 2015 Best Original Song Oscar for Selma‘s “Glory” — along with his production company Get Lifted, has signed on to executive-produce and oversee all music aspects of Wgn America’s upcoming slavery drama Underground. As TVLine reported when the project was greenlit in February, Kanye West originally was eyed for the position.

Is it too early for 2016 Emmy buzz for Legend in the Original Music category? »

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Watch Chris Hemsworth Starve With Co-Stars on Set of 'In the Heart of the Sea'

29 July 2015 3:45 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Chris Hemsworth, aka the Sexiest Man Alive, is following his Thor fame with a couple of comedy roles -- "Vacation" and the new "Ghostbusters" reboot -- but he's also making waves in the thriller "In the Heart of the Sea." The movie is based on the real-life story of the sinking of the whaleship Essex, which inspired the novel "Moby-Dick," and it's headed to theaters December 11. Ron Howard directed the movie, which stars Chris, Cillian Murphy, and Tom Holland, aka the new Spider-Man.

Entertainment Tonight got a first look behind the scenes and, in the on-set video, Chris talks about the cast's 500-calorie-a-day diet to be convincingly starved on screen. Ron Howard mentions that he talked to Tom Hanks about how to lose weight for a film, since the "Cast Away" star has done that a couple of times now.

Here are a few set photos from the director and »

- Gina Carbone

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James Horner Secretly Composed ‘The Magnificent Seven’ Score Before He Died

21 July 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Last month brought the tragic and surprising news that Oscar-winning composer James Horner had died in a plane crash at 61 years old. It was certainly a crushing blow to the world of cinema that had been so touched by his incredible scores for films such as Titanic, Braveheart, A Beautiful Mind, Aliens, Field of […]

The post James Horner Secretly Composed ‘The Magnificent Seven’ Score Before He Died appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Horner Penned "Magnificent Seven" Score

21 July 2015 6:04 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Composer James Horner tragically died last month, leaving behind a legacy of incredible work ranging from "Aliens" and "Titanic" to "Braveheart" and "A Beautiful Mind". At the time it was thought that Antoine Fuqua's boxing drama "Southpaw" opening this week, along with the Chilean miner drama "The 33" opening in November, were his last remaining works.

Today though, Fuqua has revealed to NPR (via Movies.com) that there's one last Horner score still to come which we'll see next year - the score for Fuqua's upcoming western remake "The Magnificent Seven". It's surprising news considering the film is still well in the midst of shooting, but it turns out Horner didn't need to see the footage to craft the music:

"James was an incredible human being. He was a filmmaker through and through. He was one of the most gentle people I've ever met. Even the way he spoke was very soft and thoughtful. »

- Garth Franklin

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Win The Water Diviner Starring Russell Crowe on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Combo (3 Winners)

16 July 2015 8:47 PM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

The Water Diviner starring Russell Crowe is loosely based on a true World War I story where an Australian farmer journeyed to Turkey in order to locate the bodies of his three sons that were presumed killed in the battle of Gallpoli. Though the film takes great liberties with the character's journey and outcome, but touches upon the pain and grief this man and his wife must have felt knowing all of their sons were lost and mostly likely dead in a far off land. The film also marks Crowe's directorial debut.

Warner Home Video is bringing The Water Diviner to Blu-ray. DVD and Digital HD on July 28, 2015. We've teamed up with Warner to offer three lucky readers each a copy of The Water Diviner Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD combo pack in this contest.

For a chance to win, please fill out and submit the short entry form below. »

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50 forgotten sci-fi films from the 1990s

16 July 2015 3:25 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We may remember Independence Day, The Matrix, The Phantom Menace. But what about these forgotten 90s sci-fi films? And are any worth seeing?

Think back to the science fiction cinema of the 1990s, and some of the decade's biggest box-office hits will immediately spring to mind: The Phantom Menace, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, Men In Black, Armageddon and Terminator 2 were all in the top 20 most lucrative films of the era.

But what about the sci-fi films of the 1990s that failed to make even close to the same cultural and financial impact of those big hitters? These are the films this list is devoted to - the flops, the straight-to-video releases, the low-budget and critically-derided. We've picked 50 live-action films that fit these criteria, and dug them up to see whether they're still worth watching in the 21st century.

So here's a mix of everything from hidden classics to forgettable dreck, »

- ryanlambie

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Super Producer Brian Grazer Admits The One Movie He Never Should Have Made

6 July 2015 2:52 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Brian Grazer has a stellar track record when it comes to producing movies. Not only have the films he.s produced made over $13 billion at the box office, they.ve also been nominated for 43 Academy Awards, and A Beautiful Mind also earned him his very own big shiny Oscar for Best Picture in 2002. But there.s one film that Brian Grazer regrets making: Cowboys & Aliens. Cowboys & Aliens was released in 2011 and it had all the ingredients to be a success. Primarily because it had both Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford in leading roles. Unfortunately, it proved to be a flop, as its budget of $163 million only took back $174 million. In fact, Brain Grazer admitted to The Atlantic that he knew from the start that he shouldn.t have been involved in the production, but he was seduced by the cast and creative talented involved. He said: I don.t like »

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Titanic Composer James Horner, 61, Dead In Plane Crash

24 June 2015 11:55 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Two-time Oscar winner James Horner, whose emotive scores for modern classics including Titanic and Braveheart cemented him as one of Hollywood’s most adored composers, died in a California plane crash Monday, his agency, Gorfaine/Schwartz, has confirmed. The Los Angeles native was 61.

A beloved figure in the entertainment industry, Horner was perhaps best known for his work on the 1997 film Titanic, which won the Oscar for Best Picture. The James Cameron-directed romance led to two Oscar wins for Horner – one for original dramatic score, and the other for original song (shared with lyricist Will Jennings and performer Celine Dion) for “My Heart Will Go On.” His score sold 27 million copies worldwide, becoming a financial phenomenon in the composing world.

Horner is believed to have been flying a single-engine S312 Tucano turboprop plane when the vehicle crashed in a remote area approximately 60 miles from Santa Barbara, killing the pilot. »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Oscar-winning composer James Horner dies in plane crash at 61

23 June 2015 9:24 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Film composer James Horner died at the age of 61 on Monday (June 22) after the small airplane he was piloting crashed near Santa Barbara, Calif. Initial reports did not identify Horner as the plane's sole occupant, only that a plane registered to him was found crash-landed in Ventucopa, Calif., at 9:30am Pst, and that the pilot was dead. Agents Michael Gorfaine and Sam Schwartz and attorney Jay Cooper today (June 23) confirmed Horner was the pilot. Horner was a film composer long associated with some of cinema's most influential names, from James Cameron to Ron Howard to Roger Corman. His first score was for 1979's "The Lady in Red" but had his biggest break with 1982's "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan." "Aliens" (1986) yielded his first of many Academy Award nominations for Best Original Score (and also Best Original Dramatic Score, from the '90s). The two Oscars he won »

- Katie Hasty

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James Horner's agency, attorney 'awaiting confirmation' of composer's death

23 June 2015 6:14 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

As previously reported, a plane registered to composer James Horner crashed yesterday, killing its sole passenger, the pilot. The question through today has remained: was the Oscar-winning musician the pilot? Horner's attorney Jay Cooper and the Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency have released identical statements regarding the matter, that they are still "awaiting confirmation" if the 61-year-old had, indeed, died. “Although we are all awaiting official confirmation that our dear friend and client James Horner was in fact the pilot, we are shocked and deeply saddened to learn that his single-engine aircraft was involved in a fatal crash yesterday morning in northern Ventura County. Our thoughts and prayers remain with James’ family at this difficult time. We can offer no further comment for the time being, except to ask that the family’s privacy be respected in the days ahead.” The single-engine plane went down around 9:30am Pst on Monday morning, »

- Katie Hasty

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In Death, Portrait of James Horner Points Beyond His ‘Titanic’ Success

23 June 2015 4:37 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

For those who equate James Horner with his Oscar-winning “Titanic” score — and many more think of that blockbuster’s signature hit, “My Heart Will Go On,” as a Celine Dion song, even if Horner composed it — a much more rounded portrait of the movie maestro emerged in the wake of his death in a plane crash on Monday.

In terms of social media alone, Horner was remembered as a sensitive, giving, highly versatile composer who was branching out into new territory as a musician before his untimely death at age 61.

In one tweet, Ellen DeGeneres observed: “Think of your favorite music from a movie. Odds are it was composed by James Horner. What an incredible talent. What an incredible loss.”

For every James Cameron blockbuster like “Titanic” and “Avatar” in Horner’s ouevre, there was more character-driven fare like “Searching for Bobby Fischer” and “Iris.”

On Facebook, Robert Townson, head »

- Steve Chagollan

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'Titanic' Composer James Horner Confirmed Dead in Plane Crash

23 June 2015 4:05 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Sandy Cohen, AP Entertainment Writer

Los Angeles (AP) - James Horner, who composed music for dozens of films and won two Oscars for his work on "Titanic," died when his plane crashed in Southern California, his agents confirmed Tuesday. He was 61.

Agents Michael Gorfaine and Sam Schwartz issued a statement saying Horner had died, although official confirmation could take several days while the Ventura County coroner works to identify the remains of the pilot, who was the only person on board.

People who fueled the plane at an airport in Camarillo confirmed that he took off in the aircraft Monday morning, said Horner's attorney, Jay Cooper.

The S-312 Tucano MK1 turboprop crashed and burned in a remote area of the Los Padres National Forest, about 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

Horner's credits ran the gamut From big-budget blockbusters to foreign-language indies. He even composed the theme song for the "CBS Evening News with Katie Couric. »

- The Associated Press

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Read James Cameron’s Tribute To Titanic Composer James Horner

23 June 2015 3:09 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

James Horner, Academy Award nominee for Best Music (Original Score) for the film Avatar, arrives at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, March 7, 2010. ©A.M.P.A.S.

On Monday, composer James Horner died in a plane crash outside Santa Barbara, California. He was 61.

The Hollywood Reporter has released a tribute to James Horner by James Cameron.

“No matter how [‘Titanic’] turned out, and no one knew at that point — it could have been a dog — I knew it would be a great score.”

“I was doing a lot of thinking about James when I heard the news and I checked online. The beginning and end of his filmography are films that he did, or would have done, with me. It’s a curious bookend. We both started out on the same film in 1980, and his last listed films are the Avatar sequels, »

- Michelle McCue

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James Horner, Oscar Winning Film Composer, Confirmed Dead In Plane Crash

23 June 2015 12:47 PM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

 

Family, friends and colleagues are mourning the death of Oscar-winning film composer James Horner who died yesterday when his single engine airplane crashed 60 miles north of Santa Barbara, California. Horner was piloting the plane and there were no passengers. It is not immediately known what caused the tragic accident. Horner won the Oscar for his score for the 1997 James Cameron blockbuster "Titanic". He was also nominated for Cameron's "Aliens" and "Avatar" as well as "Braveheart", "A Beautiful Mind", "An American Tail", "Field of Dreams", "Apollo 13" and "House of Sand and Fog".  The 61 year-old composer's other scores include "Glory", "Patriot Games", two "Star Trek" feature films and the 1990 Disney film "The Rocketeer".  He was working on the score for Cameron's sequels to "Avatar" at the time of his death. For more click here. »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Remembering Oscar-Winning Film Composer James Horner

23 June 2015 9:59 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

I sensed early on with "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" that James Horner was going to become the finest film composer of his generation. He boldly seized the Jerry Goldsmith mantle head on and made it his own. Now, after his tragic plane crash near Santa Barbara Monday morning, I can proclaim it online: His scores were epic, intimate and emotionally and spiritually transcendent. And he was prolific, scoring more than 100 movies since the late '70s, highlighted by "Titanic" (for which he received two Oscars for score and the blockbuster hit song with Celine Dion, "My Heart Will Go On," co-written by Will Jennings), "Avatar," Braveheart," "Apollo 13," "Aliens, "A Beautiful Mind," "Field of Dreams," "Glory," "Brainstorm" and  "Cocoon." But there were also such gems as "Something Wicked This Way Comes," "The Dresser," »

- Bill Desowitz

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Oscar-winning composer James Horner ('Titanic') dies in plane crash

23 June 2015 9:26 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Composer James Horner, who won Oscars for his score and theme tune ("My Heart Will Go On") for 1997 Best Picture champ "Titanic," died in a plane crash on Monday. His assistant, Sylvia Patrycja, confirmed his death on Facebook, writing, "We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart and unbelievable talent. He died doing what he loved." Horner, a long-time collaborator with "Titanic" helmer James Cameron, also contended for his scores to the director's "Aliens" (1986) and "Avatar" (2009). Among his 10 Oscar nominations in total were bids for his music for two other Best Picture winners: "Braveheart" (1995) and "A Beautiful Mind" (2001). He also contended for two other Best Picture nominees -- "Field of Dreams" (1989) and "Apollo 13" (1995) -- as well as the song ""Somewhere Out There" from "An American Tail" (1986) and  the score..."' »

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