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John Williams To Appear At The Academy’s ‘Behind the Score: The Art of the Film Composer’ Program on July 21

30 June 2014 9:28 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Composers Gustavo Dudamel, Gustavo Santaolalla and John Williams will gather at the Academy for “Behind the Score: The Art of the Film Composer,” on Monday, July 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Bing Theater in Los Angeles.

In a conversation hosted by Tavis Smiley, the illustrious trio will discuss significant musical moments in film that have inspired their work as they examine the art and process of creating a film score as well as the director-composer collaboration.

Dudamel, now entering his sixth season as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, made his first foray into composing for motion pictures with “The Liberator (Libertador),” a biopic about Simón Bolívar that screened at the Los Angeles Film Festival earlier this month.  The score for this film, as well as a CD on Deutsche Grammophon, was recorded with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, of which Dudamel is music director.  Dudamel »

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Logo Delivers More “Bad Sex,” the “Teen Wolf” Gang ‘Cant Go Back’ and Another “Game of Thrones” Record

20 May 2014 4:29 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

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This week in Mad Men history lessons: Time looks at the history of Burger Chef while Vulture explains I Am Curious (Yellow) the “dirty movie” Don and Megan saw.

AMC is previewing Halt and Catch Fire, the upcoming period tech drama. This is the first time a cable channel has previewed a show on its Tumblr page. Too bad AMC still insists on streaming video in that tiny window.

Halt and Catch Fire

How accurate was Lysa‘s claims about what happens to the victims of the Moon Door on Sunday’s Game of Thrones? Surprisingly, it turns out the show overstated the dramatic impact. However, it would still be pretty deadly. Lysa probably hates finding out she was wrong.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, departing Dancing with the Stars showrunner Conrad Green says the show has been increasingly difficult to cast, “The problem is, we’re »

- Lyle Masaki

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FX Renews “The Americans,” Bd Wong Returns to “Law & Order” and “Portlandia” Does Gay Pride

17 April 2014 4:46 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

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FX has officially renewed The Americans for a third season. Ratings aren’t great for this terrific show, but apparently FX was able to make it work thanks to DVR numbers and critical praise. Too bad that kind of equation wasn’t able to save Terriers from cancellation.

To paraphrase a pair of wise bears, “More wigs more fun!”

Barney Stinson‘s catchphrase, “Legend — wait for it — dary” is what linguists call that a “tmesis,” where a word or phrase is interrupted for (usually comedic) effect.

In a profile in The Hollywood Reporter, John Oliver says that making a satirical news show on a premium channel like HBO means more freedom to tackle challenging topics. “To do a very aggressive piece on [General Motors] before a congressional investigation, that’s potentially a problem on commercial TV. I don’t think it would be outlawed. But I think there would be a sense of, »

- Lyle Masaki

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“Blue Mountain State” Hopes Fans Will Crowdfund a Movie and Chelsea Handler Won’t Replace Craig Ferguson

16 April 2014 4:50 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

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Yesterday, Ed told you that This Week with George Stephanopoulos hired anti-gay pundit Laura Ingraham. Salon‘s Alex Pareene says that’s just the latest step in a rightward lurch for the Sunday morning talk show, one that involves hiring conservative pundits who make for terrible television. But, really, if you want to watch a Sunday morning talk show, you should be watching Up with Steve Kornacki. Under Kornacki, Up is a lot more political, and Kornacki has turned out to be incredibly skilled at asking the tough questions that cut to the truth of the matter.

It’s finally happening. EW says that NBC has scheduled The Maya Rudolph Show for May 19. The variety special will feature appearances by Sean Hayes, Kristen Bell, Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen, Craig Robinson and Chris Parnell with a performance by Jannell Monae. The variety show is a genre that has struggled on TV (oh, »

- Lyle Masaki

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“Flash” Characters Will Cross Over to “Arrow”, “Banshee” Closes Big and “Glee”‘s 100th Episode

18 March 2014 4:50 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

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ABC Family has ordered additional seasons of Melissa & Joey and Baby Daddy. Additionally, the channel is developing three more dramas, including one about brother and sister tennis stars.

While Arrow still won’t be airing an episode that previews the proposed Flash spin-off, fans will still get a first look as two Flash characters — the S.T.A.R. Labs scientists played by Danielle Panabker and Carlos Valdes — will appear in an Arrow episode. However, Grant Gustin‘s Barry Allen will not come out from his coma until Flash premieres (if it becomes a series).

Tyler Perry‘s latest movie, The Single Moms Club did terribly at the box office. However, that’s not going to stop Own from turning it into a TV series. Apparently, that’s what a The Haves and the Have Nots-sized hit gets you at Own.

The Boston Globe looks at shows that »

- Lyle Masaki

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