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Epix Taps Former Amblin Partners CEO Michael Wright as President

Epix is getting a new boss: MGM has recruited Michael Wright, who recently stepped down as CEO of Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners, has been named president of premium cable network.

Wright’s appointment comes after Mark Greenberg exited as Epix’s president and CEO after nearly 10 years at the helm of the venture he helped form. Wright will start on Dec. 4, based at MGM’s headquarters in Los Angeles, reporting to Gary Barber, chairman and CEO of MGM.

Wright will oversee Epix’s original programming, leading creative and marketing efforts. Business operations will continue to be overseen by Monty Sarhan, Evp and Gm for Epix, who will also work with Chris Ottinger, MGM’s president of worldwide television distribution and acquisitions, on all distribution matters.

“We are thrilled to welcome Michael into the MGM family,” Barber said in a statement. “His television industry experience and creative instincts are the perfect combination to help us execute on our
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‘Titanic,’ ‘Master and Commander’ Cinematographers Tapped for Asc Recognition

‘Titanic,’ ‘Master and Commander’ Cinematographers Tapped for Asc Recognition
The American Society of Cinematographers has announced this year’s honorees for special contributions to the art of cinematography. The outstanding achievement prizes will be presented at the 32nd annual Asc Awards on Feb. 17.

Oscar- and Asc Award-winning “Titanic” lenser Russell Carpenter will receive the organization’s lifetime achievement award. Carpenter’s recent work include’s Marvel’s “Ant-Man” and “xXx: Return of Xander Cage.”

Set for the Asc’s international award is Russell Boyd. Boyd won the Oscar for “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World,” for which he was also nominated by the Asc. A longtime collaborator of director Peter Weir, his other credits include “Picnic at Hanging Rock,” “Gallipoli,” and “The Way Back.”

Alan Caso will receive the career achievement in television award. He has been Emmy- and Asc-nominated for his work on TNT’s “Into the West” and “George Wallace,” as well as HBO’s “Six Feet Under.”

Finally,
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Annie Lennox Mistaken as a New Artist by Radio Coordinator Who Thinks She Has ‘Potential’

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Annie Lennox Mistaken as a New Artist by Radio Coordinator Who Thinks She Has ‘Potential’
It’s not every day you get a chance to restart your career, but Annie Lennox is having one of those moments.

The iconic singer, who achieved mainstream fame with the British music duo Eurythmics, posted a photo of a letter she received from a Los Angeles radio music coordinator named Kylie, who encouraged her to send in samples of her music for a chance to get radio play.

Lennox, 62, blacked out the name of the radio station, but included the full letter on her Facebook page on Thursday.

“I came across your music on line and really like what I heard!
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Jan Kounen’s ‘Kosmik Journey’ Headlines Okio’s Vr Slate (Exclusive)

Paris – Okio, the up-and-coming Parisian production banner behind the Tribeca-playing Vr short film “I, Philip,” is developing several Vr experiences, including Jan Kounen’s “Kosmik Journey,” Pierre Zandrowicz’s “Mirror” and Julien Mokrani’s “Lights.”

An interactive Vr short, “Kosmik Journey” (pictured above) takes place in the heart of the Peruvian jungle, where Kounen meets a healer and gets to experiment a hallucinogenic brew called ayahuasca which is believed to have therapeutical virtues. The experience then allows the user to share Kounen’s visions and sensations as well as interact with the surroundings.

“From ‘Bluberry’ to his recent documentary ‘Into the West,’ it’s clear that Kounen has always been interested in shamanism and mystical experiences, and with ‘Kosmik Journey,’ he’s pushing the envelope even more, said Zandrowicz, who is producing with Antoine Cayrol at Okio and the Luxembourg-based company a_BAHN.

“Kounen’s most experimental work to date, ‘Kosmik
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Exclusive: Listen to a track from Geoff Zanelli’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales score

Before its May 26th release, we would like to exclusively share with you a track from Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales titled ‘El Matador Del Mar’ by Emmy winning composer Geoff Zanelli.

Some of Zanelli’s other credits include Steven Spielberg’s Into The West, Disney’s The Odd Life of Timothy Green, HBO’s The Pacific, DreamWorks and Paramount PicturesDisturbia, 20th Century Fox’s Hitman, Lionsgate’s Gamer, DreamWorksGhost Town, The Weinstein Company’s Outlander and more recently Lionsgate’s Mortdecai, for which he collaborated with Grammy-award winning Mark Ronson on both the co-written score and songs.

Zanelli’s full Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales soundtrack will also be available May 26 and can be preordered via Amazon Us or Amazon UK.

See Also: Read our review of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

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Wgn America’s ‘Scalped’ Pilot Fills Out Lead Cast, Native American Filmmaker Sterlin Harjo to Produce

Wgn America’s ‘Scalped’ Pilot Fills Out Lead Cast, Native American Filmmaker Sterlin Harjo to Produce
The lead cast for Wgn America’s “Scalped” pilot is now complete. The Warner Horizon Scripted TV project has added Gil Birmingham, Irene Bedard, and Chaske Spencer; the three join the previously announced Alex Meraz and Lily Gladstone.

Native American filmmaker Sterlin Harjo will serve as a producer and joins executive producer Len Goldstein on the creative team led by executive producer/writer Doug Jung. Directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (who are also directing on FX’s upcoming “Snowfall”), “Scalped” is based on characters created by Jason Aaron and R.M. Guéra for Vertigo from DC Entertainment. A modern-day crime story set in the world of a Native American reservation, “Scalped” explores power, loyalty and spirituality in a community led by the ambitious Chief Lincoln Red Crow as he reckons with Dashiell Bad Horse, who has returned home after years away from the reservation. If it goes to series, it
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Oscars 2017: Will Multiple Best Original Song Nominations Equal Gold For ‘La La Land’?

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La La Land’ (Courtesy: Lionsgate)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

If you’ve been paying attention to the 2017 Oscars race, you’ve likely heard of a little movie titled La La Land. The Damien Chazelle-directed romantic musical features numerous tunes throughout but Lionsgate is pushing hard for just two — “City of Stars” and “Audition” — in the best original song category. One question remains: does having multiple pieces nominated help or hurt a film? Let’s take a look back at what history seems to indicate.

La La Land — while likely a frontrunner for many categories at the upcoming Academy Awards, even the coveted best picture — we’re going to be focusing on the musical side. Both of the film’s stars, Ryan Gosling (jazz musician Sebastian) and Emma Stone (aspiring actress Mia), lent their vocal chops to these two numbers with him owning most of “City of Stars” and her dominating in “Audition.
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‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Taps Composer Geoff Zanelli

‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Taps Composer Geoff Zanelli
Disney’s upcoming “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” will be the first film in the “Pirates” franchise not to feature composer Hans Zimmer. Yet the fifth entry will nonetheless stay within the same musical family, tapping Geoff Zanelli, one of Zimmer’s longtime protégés, to take over.

Zanelli’s composer credits include HBOs “The Pacific” and TNT’s “Into the West” (for which he won an Emmy), as well as “No Stranger Than Love,” “Mortdecai” and his breakout score for 2012’s “The Odd Life of Timothy Green.” As part of Zimmer’s Remote Control Productions, Zanelli composed themes for several of Zimmer’s previous “Pirates” scores, most notably “On Stranger Tides” in 2011.

“What Hans did for the ‘Pirates’ movies redefined the sound of the entire genre,” Zanelli says. “It has been very fulfilling to work alongside him and [producer] Jerry [Bruckheimer] on the past four films. ‘Dead Men
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A Win at the Grammys Could Spell Out an Oscar Win for R&B Artist The Weeknd

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

The 58th Annual Grammy Awards were held over the weekend to honor some of the biggest names in music. In years past a number of the night’s biggest winners and nominees have also found themselves nominated for Oscars.

This year, however, only The Weeknd managed to even earn a nomination, for best R&B performance, which he won, for the song “Earned It” from Fifty Shades of Grey, despite the fact that he, Lady Gaga, Sam Smith, and Sia are all nominated in the best original song category at the Oscars, and all four are high-profile artists.

Interestingly, last year’s best original song Oscar winner, “Glory”, written and performed by Common and John Legend, took home the Grammy for best song written for visual media at this year’s Grammy Awards, edging out “Earned It”.

2014 saw Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez win the
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Inspector Morse 30th anniversary: the top 10 episodes

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Gem Wheeler Jan 10, 2017

To mark 30 years of Inspector Morse on television, here are 10 of his most complex, macabre and memorable cases...

Warning: contains spoilers.

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Beer, Wagner, a red Jaguar, and Barrington Pheloung’s haunting theme. Those images conjure up one of the most memorable characters in British television. Inspector Morse’s final episode aired in the UK over fifteen years ago, yet the impression left by the hugely popular drama remains indelible. Its popular spinoff, Lewis, finished only two years ago after nine successful series, while a prequel, Endeavour, has just started to air its fourth run. The appeal of Morse and his Oxford is clearly as strong as ever.

Inspector Morse
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Grammy for Best Visual Media Song: Will Wiz Khalifa & Charlie Puth ('See You Again') be redeemed after Oscar snub?

Grammy for Best Visual Media Song: Will Wiz Khalifa & Charlie Puth ('See You Again') be redeemed after Oscar snub?
The Grammy for Best Visual Media Song awards music from all forms of visual media, but often closely reflects the Oscar race for Best Original Song. The last two winners of this award, "Let It Go" from "Frozen" (2014) and the title song from "Skyfall" (2013), also won Oscars, as did "The Weary Kind" from "Crazy Heart" (2010), "Jai Ho" from "Slumdog Millionaire" (2009) and "Into the West" from "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2004) in recent years. -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions But the recording academy doesn't always agree with the motion picture academy. Consider 2012, when the Oscar winner, "Man or Muppet" from "The Muppets," lost this prize to Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars for "Safe and Sound" from the first "Hunger Games" film. The Oscars weren&...'
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2006 American Society of Cinematographers winners: Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles on February 26, 2006. Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases * Dion Beebe, Asc, Acs for Memoirs of a Geisha Robert Elswit, Asc for Good Night and Good Luck. Andrew Lesnie, Asc, Acs for King Kong Wally Pfister, Asc for Batman Begins Rodrigo Prieto, Asc, AMC for Brokeback Mountain Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in TV movie/miniseries/pilot Alan Caso, Asc for Into the West/"Wheel to the Stars" (TNT) Thomas A. Del Ruth, Asc for Code Breakers (Espn) * Robbie Greenberg, Asc for Warm Springs (HBO) Jan Kiesser, Asc, Csc for Reefer Madness (Showtime) Bill Roe, Asc for Faith of My Fathers (A&E) Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Regular Television Series (one episode) John Aronson for "Freefall"/Without a Trace (CBS) * Nathan Hope for "Who Shot Sherlock?"/CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS) Jeffrey Jur, Asc for "Los Moscos"/Carnivale (HBO) John C. Newby,
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AMC debuts teasers for ‘Humans’ and ‘Into the Badlands’

AMC Networks took advantage of all the eyeballs glued to The Walking Dead season five finale to give audiences a glimpse of its two upcoming drama series Humans and Into the Badlands.

Humans is an eight-part sci-fi drama jointly produced by Channel 4, Kudos, and AMC. It centers on the disturbing events that take place when a suburban family obtains a refurbished ‘Synth,’ a highly-functional humanoid servant.

The series, based on the acclaimed Swedish drama Real Humans, stars William Hurt, Katherine Parkinson, Tom Goodman-Hill, Colin Morgan, Rebecca Front, Neil Maskell, and Gemma Chan. It was penned by British duo Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent. The show will premiere on AMC in the summer of 2015.

Into the Badlands is a six-episode genre-bending martial arts series starring and executive produced by Daniel Wu. Loosely based on the classic Chinese tale “Journey Into the West,” it tells the tale of great warrior and
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Oscar-Winning Original Songs Split Between Part of Plot and End Credits

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

Of the five Oscar-nominated original songs for the 87th Academy Awards, Selma’s “Glory” and Beyond the Light’s “Grateful” are the only songs that solely play over the end credits of their respective film. The other three songs — “Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie, “Lost Stars” from Begin Again and “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me — are all performed at some point during the film.

Now, that’s not to say that the end-credits songs aren’t relevant to the plot. Both “Grateful” and “Glory” stick with the themes of their respective films and summarize relevant events, even if they aren’t integral to each plot’s progression.

“Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie is featured in the film as a popular song in the Lego universe, one the characters sing along to, but
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Fox News Channel to Launch ‘Legends & Lies’ Docu-Series

Fox News Channel will take a trip back in time over the course of 10 Sundays thanks to a new documentary series set to start in April that will examine the legends of historical Wild West heroes like Jesse James, David Crockett, Doc Holliday and Billy the Kid.

“Legends & Lies: Into The West” will debut Sunday, April 12, at 8 p.m. The series is exec produced by Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly.

Two original episodes will run back-to-back for the premiere week, with brand new episodes debuting every following Sunday. “Legends & Lies” will also be presented during additional weekend slots including Saturdays at 8 p.m. Eastern and on Sundays.

The documentary-style series is produced by Warm Springs Production, which is known for such programs as History’s “Mountain Men,” Animal Planet’s “American River Renegades” and Hgtv’s “Log Cabin Living.”

The 21st Century Fox-owned cable outlet billed “Legends & Lies
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Few Original Song Nominees Come From Best Picture Nominees

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

On Dec. 12, the Academy released a shortlist of 79 songs in contention for best original song at the 87th Academy Awards, but it’s not so easy to predict which songs will be announced as nominees on Jan. 15. You can’t turn to potential best picture nominees — or best animated features, for that matter — to predict which songs make the final cut. Though a number of best picture nominees have also been nominated for best original song, there’s not much correlation between the two.

The original song category was first introduced at the 7th Annual Academy Awards, and the winner was “The Continental” from 1934’s The Gay Divorcee, also nominated for best picture.

Nineteen of the 80 Oscar-winning songs have come from best picture nominees. They are as follows:

“The Continental” — The Gay Divorcee (1934) “Over the Rainbow” — The Wizard of Oz (1939) “Swinging on a Star” — Going My Way
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'Lord of the Rings' actor Billy Boyd to write and perform 'The Hobbit' end-credits song

'Lord of the Rings' actor Billy Boyd to write and perform 'The Hobbit' end-credits song
Billy Boyd, the actor who played hobbit Peregrin Took in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, is reteaming with the director in a new capacity: singer. Boyd will perform the end-credits song for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, according to a press release from WaterTower Music. The song is titled "The Last Goodbye," and he co-wrote it with the filmmakers. In the release, the filmmakers are quoted as saying, “It is hard, after 16 years and six films, to know exactly how to say goodbye. We knew that we wanted to speak directly to all those
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Billy Boyd to sing the end credits song for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Billy Boyd and company were responsible for one of the most suspense filled and dramatic moments in the original Lord of the Rings trilogy. Pippin’s heartful rendition of ‘The Edge of Night’ is one of my favourite moments and one of the best original songs to come out of the series. With that in mind it is no surprise young Peregrin Took has been invited back to test his vocal chords once again.

A recent announcement suggests that Lord of the Ring’s Pippin – a.k.a. Billy Boyd – will be taking on the challenge of singing the final Hobbit credits song. Considering previous Hobbit original songs have not quite lived up to the reputation of Oscar-winning Lotr songs like Annie Lennox’s ‘Into the West’, Boyd has the chance to make a real mark and round off the latest trilogy in award-winning style.

A hint was dropped that
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'Rings' star will sing 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' credits song

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'Rings' star will sing 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' credits song
Billy Boyd’s performance of “Edge of Night” in “Return of the King” is among the most stirring sequences in Peter Jackson’s original “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. After Denethor (John Noble) requests a ditty, Boyd’s Pippin serenades the king’s court with the memorable, falsetto ballad. Adapted by screenwriter Philippa Boyens from J.R.R. Tolkien’s poem, “A Walking Song,” and scored by composer Howard Shore, Jackson juxtaposes the haunting melody with shots of Faramir (David Wenham) battling over Osgiliath. “Return of the King” won 11 Oscars at the 2004 Academy Awards, “Edge of Night” didn’t earn any love — Best Song honors that year went to another “Lord of the Rings” tune: Annie Lennox’s “Into the West.” Jackson’s recent “Hobbit” films haven’t fared as well in the past two awards seasons, but that could change when Boyd gets a second chance at Oscar glory. According to information posted to Warner Bros.
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Original Song Winners at the Oscars Vary in Genre

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

The best original song category at the Oscars is a difficult category to find patterns in. The number of best original song nominees can vary each year, and since 2000, the genre of the winning song has ranged from rap to show tunes.

The official Oscar rules state that the top five songs will receive nominations, but if there are 25 or fewer qualified works submitted, nominations may be limited to three, and if there are nine or fewer, than no awards may be given that year.

When it comes down to picking nominees, the Music Branch Executive Committee picks the top choices for the music categories (including original score and original musical). The winner is chosen by all Academy members.

This year’s best original score nominees could range from lullabies (“Mercy Is” from Noah) to addictive dance tracks (“Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie
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