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How computers generated Alexandre Desplat's 'Imitation Game' score

24 November 2014 3:16 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The gears in composer Alexandre Desplat’s head are always turning. They have to be; even with a packed scheduled — he’ll see five films hit American screens before the end of 2014 — his artistic process is still one of care and contemplation. With each new score, Desplat chisels out a sound that’s recognizably story-driven, interwoven with theme and individual from his other works. In his new film, "The Imitation Game," the composer translates Alan Turing’s life into a fractaling piano score that encompasses both the mathematician’s achievements — cracking the Nazi’s "Enigma Code" with a proto-computer known as the Turing Machine — and an emotional frustration bubbling underneath the surface.  If Desplat’s espionage sounds click with Oscar voters, "The Imitation Game" would net him his seventh Academy Award nomination. He previously nabbed a spot in the top five with "The Queen," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, »

- Matt Patches

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‘Mad Men’s Jared Harris Signs With ICM

24 November 2014 12:57 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Actor Jared Harris has signed with ICM Partners ahead of two big films in 2015, Warner Bros.The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Fox 2000’s summer horror remake Poltergeist. Harris is known for his turn as Lane Pryce on AMC’s Mad Men, which nabbed him a Best Supporting Actor Emmy nod. He also made a memorable mark as the menacing Moriarty of Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes: Game Of Shadows and built his film resume with appearances in I Shot Andy Warhol, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones, and Stephen Spielberg’s Lincoln. More recently, Harris voiced Lord Portley-Rind in Focus Features’ animated hit The Boxtrolls and led the cast of Hammer Films’ The Quiet Ones. He also recently wrapped on Sean Penn’s The Last Face, opposite Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem. Harris is additionally repped by Gateway Management in the U. »

- Jen Yamato

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Angelina Jolie's Son Maddox Gets Production Assistant Gig on Her Film

19 November 2014 3:30 PM, PST | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

Angelina Jolie is making it a family affair on her upcoming film, "By the Sea," which costars husband Brad Pitt. The couple's 13-year-old son Maddox also works on set ... as a production assistant!  In an interview with DuJour magazine, the actress talks about directing her famous other half, her son's new job and her plans to continue her career behind the camera."It’s so weird," the 39-year-old beauty says in the mag's winter 2014 issue, referring to her eldest son’s new role. Vivienne, Pax and Zahara recently appeared in "Maleficent," while Shiloh was in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."Even with their busy schedules, Angelina and Brad are adamant that their six kids remain a priority, personally and professionally. In fact, she says her new film "Unbroken" was made with their kids in mind. "In the back of my mind, I wanted to make a film that would »

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Recent Visual Effects Winners at the Oscars Have Also Won for Cinematography

11 November 2014 8:07 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

This summer’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, was released on Digital HD today and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on Dec. 2. 20th Century Fox is pushing its cast, including Andy Serkis for his motion-capture performance as ape leader Caesar, for supporting actor nominations, but the film also has a serious shot at a nomination for visual effects. Rise of the Planet of the Apes garnered a nomination for visual effects at the 84th Academy Awards. Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, which opened Nov. 5, is also a visual effects contender, but it is also a cinematography contender.

The nominees are chosen by specific branches of the Academy based on expertise, but voting is done by all the members. Most of the films nominated for cinematography differ from those nominated for visual effects. »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Alexandre Desplat’s The Imitation Game Soundtrack Available Digitally On November 10, On CD November 24

9 November 2014 9:27 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Sony Classical has announced the release of the original motion picture soundtrack of The Imitation Game, a biographical drama about the English code-breaker Alan Turing starring Benedict Cumberbatchand Keira Knightley. Composed by Alexandre Desplat, the score soundtrack will be available digitally on November 10 and on CDNovember 24.

The opening track of Desplat’s score for The Imitation Game introduces a descending, rippling keyboard theme that reappears in variations in later tracks – first as a string accompaniment that sets the mood for a tragic, dramatic story. The second track skillfully interprets its title, “Enigma” (a reference to both the man Alan Turing and to the code-breaking project that made him famous), with fascinating sounds that evoke the ping of a sonar location and the underwater world, thus playing on the main theme of the story. While “U-Boats” features military sounds, other tracks such as “Carrots and Peas” provide contrasting quietness and emotion, »

- Michelle McCue

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Oscars: Will Christopher Nolan Finally Land a Director Nomination?

7 November 2014 2:12 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

This year’s best director race is all about the Oscar virgins. Most of the contenders in the running — starting with frontrunner Richard Linklater (“Boyhood”) — have never been nominated in the category before. But one caveat to remember: predictors have been wary of declaring any locks in this competition since the Academy snubbed sure-thing contenders Ben Affleck (“Argo”) and Kathryn Bigelow (“Zero Dark Thirty“) two years ago, so there’s always the possibility of a few surprises come Jan. 15.

If there’s another good bet in the category, it’s Norwegian director Morten Tyldum, who made “The Imitation Game” about World War II code breaker Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch). One prominent Oscar publicist calls him the Tom Hooper of this year’s race, who took home the trophy in 2011. Like “The King’s Speech,” “The Imitation Game” comes with a DNA that Oscar voters love, including a historic pedigree and »

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Vitality Visual Effects Launches in L.A. and Vancouver (Exclusive)

6 November 2014 12:35 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Visual effects gurus behind “Noah” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” are teaming up to launch a new company, Vitality Visual Effects.

The venture will be overseen by Guy Botham, who previously ran business operations for the visual effects firm Hydraulx, and Andrew Fowler, former vice president of visual effects and production at the Walt Disney Company.

Fowler also worked as visual FX producer on “Noah,” “300” and the “Tomb Raider” films, while Botham was a visual effects producer on “Into the Storm” and “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.”

The duo has tapped Loeng Wong-Savun to be Vitality’s lead artist. Loeng’s credits include “Skyfall,” “Avatar” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”

Vitality will concentrate on beauty work, face replacement and 2D enhancements. In layman’s terms, it’s digital cosmetic surgery and body shaping that allows actors to appear blemish free, younger, older, fitter and even »

- Brent Lang

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Tech Support: 'Boyhood,' 'Imitation,' 'Interstellar' slice and dice in Best Film Editing

6 November 2014 10:42 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Want to know what's in contention for Best Picture? Look to Best Film Editing. No category except Best Director has as much overlap with the top category as of late. Is that how things will turn out this year? Let's take a look… That aside, the branch is also fond of suspense films, action films and war films. Musicals (if they are big players overall) and films with non-linear narratives tend to have a leg up, too. We don't tend to see film editors racking up nods like we do other disciplines, though. Michael Kahn is the all-time nominations leader with eight. And don't get me wrong – that's a lot of nominations. But compared to "all time" figures in every other crafts category, it's on the low side. So with that out of the way, what can we bank on this year? William Goldenberg won this category two years ago »

- Gerard Kennedy

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U.S. Virgin Islands Lure Multiple Film Shoots

6 November 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Although it has no conventional tax incentives or rebates, production in the U.S. Virgin Islands is coming on strong after the economic downturn.

“Since 2009 we have done over $20 million in business,” says Steve Bornn, development manager, Film Usvi. “Local hires have significantly been impacted with crews as deep as over 100.”

Two blockbusters — “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn” (Summit, pictured) and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount), which both shot on the island of St. Thomas — also helped put the islands back on the map, while commercials, fashion and TV “continue to be the bread and butter.”

This year has seen a lot of activity, including shoots for CBS’ “The Amazing Race” (St. Thomas and St. John); Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods America With Andrew Zimmern” (St. Croix); Hgtv’s “Beachfront Bargain Hunters” (four episodes); PBS Weekend Explorer; and commercials for Pottery Barn Kids, Nordstrom, Seagram, Izod, Alloy Apparel and Princess Cruises. »

- Iain Blair

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Late December Releases Don’t Hinder Best Picture Contenders

4 November 2014 9:58 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

As we head into the final two months of the year, there are still a number of Oscar contenders that won’t be released — or even be seen — until December.

Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken and Rob Marshall’s Into the Woods will premiere on Christmas Day. Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper will have a limited release on Christmas before expanding to more theaters Jan 16.

Exodus: Gods and Kings, which is set for a Dec. 12 release, had a 37-minute press screening in September before the film was completed.

It was recently announced that a 30-minute first-look screening of Selma, the Martin Luther King Jr. biopic that centers on the Civil Rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, will take place at AFI Fest before its limited release on Dec. 25. But if Selma isn’t yet ready for it’s December release, it »

- Anjelica Oswald

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‘Ouija’ Wins Halloween Squeaker As Holdovers Guard Box Office Stash

3 November 2014 1:49 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Final Update Monday, 1:42 p.m.: Halloween offered slim pickings for the new kids on the box office block combing for treats this weekend, though several holdovers did a surprisingly good job at protecting their stash. Bill Murray, Brad Pitt and Ben Affleck, in particular, exercised a solid grip in October’s final weekend.

That weekend went to Ouija, the $5M Blumhouse Prods. chiller that became the first horror film of the year to land at No. 1 — and one of the few fright flicks ever to do it twice. While The Purge: Anarchy and Annabelle gave the genre a much-needed adrenaline shot, neither took the top spot. With a dearth of newcomers on Halloween (which usually carves at least 15% from weekend revenues), the board game adaptation became the de facto choice for audiences determined to get out of the house for something other than Halloween festivities. Its drop of »

- Scott Bowles

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Foreign Box Office: ‘Ninja Turtles’ Cracks $400 Million, Fox International Breaks Record

2 November 2014 12:53 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” rocketed past the $400 million mark globally after debuting in first place in China.

Thanks largely to a warm reception in the People’s Republic, “Ninja Turtles” topped foreign charts with a $34.7 million haul. China made up the lion’s share of that figure with $26.5 million, but the Paramount Pictures release also racked up $2.3 million in the United Kingdom, $2.3 million in France and $1.6 million in Germany. Its total stands at $434.6 million globally.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” wasn’t the only U.S. release hitting China this weekend. The martial arts adventure had to duke it out with 20th Century Fox’s “The Maze Runner,” which also debuted in the Asian country, where it picked up $13.7 million. That drove the young adult thriller to second place on the foreign charts, after it generated $23.8 million at the overseas box office. Its total now stands at $306.5 million worldwide.

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Nightcrawler Edges Out Ouija Over Halloween Weekend

2 November 2014 11:57 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Jake Gyllenhaal's deep-dive as a doe-eyed sociopath in Nightcrawler paid off as the film eked past the Hasbro-inspired horror movie Ouija to claim the top spot with $10.9 million at the box office this Halloween weekend. According to Reuters, last weekend's box-office champ, Ouija, was just $8,760 behind. Overall, though, it was a weak box office with only a couple of films debuting, including Nicole Kidman's Memento-style thriller, Before I Go to Sleep, which bombed with $2 million (albeit over about 1,900 screens). Otherwise, the rest of the top five held from last weekend: Fury with $9.1 million, Gone Girl with $8.8 million, and The Book of Life with $8.3 million. Gone Girl now has the distinction as David Fincher's highest-grossing film with a cumulative total of $136 million (his previous best was The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which earned $127.5 million).Slowly expanding its theater count to 231, Birdman »

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Box Office: 'Nightcrawler' barely sneaks past 'Ouija' for no. 1

2 November 2014 10:20 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It was an incredibly tight race at the box office this weekend, but it appears the critically acclaimed new thriller 'Nightcrawler" took the top spot by just $9,000.  And, no, that's not a typo. The directorial debut of Dan Gilroy, "Nightcrawler" arguably features the best performance of Jake Gyllenhaal's career and has earned a superb 94% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.  The fact Halloween was on a Friday diminished some of its impact, but "Nightcrawler" still found an estimated $10,909,000 over its first three days. Distributor Open Road Films will have to hope it can stand tall against the onslaught of "Interstellar" and "Big Hero 6" next weekend. Not far behind in the second slot was Universal Pictures horror flick "Ouija."  The film has gotten horrible reviews from both critics and the public (it earned just a C Cinemascore rating), but it still managed another $10,900,000 for $34.9 million in just 10 days. With a »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Box Office: ‘Nightcrawler,’ ‘Ouija’ Tied for First in Deadly Halloween Weekend

2 November 2014 8:08 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Ouija” and “Nightcrawler” are effectively tied for first place at the box office, providing a little excitement in an otherwise deadly Halloween weekend at the multiplexes.

Both films picked up roughly $10.9 million, but a clear leader will only be determined once final numbers come in on Monday. Whether the victor is “Ouija” or “Nightcrawler,” it will still be the lowest-grossing No. 1-ranked film since the first weekend in September when “Guardians of the Galaxy” topped the box office with $10.4 million.

Nightcrawler,” a twisty thriller about an ethically warped crime reporter (Jake Gyllenhaal), debuted across 2,766 locations. Open Road, which picked up “Nightcrawler” at Cannes, saw there was a dearth of new Halloween fare and pushed the film back from its original release dats of Oct. 17, when it would have faced stiffer competition from Brad Pitt’s “Fury.” The film cost $8.5 million to produce and has been a critical favorite, with a »

- Brent Lang

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Box Office: ‘Gone Girl’ Becomes David Fincher’s Highest-Grossing Film in U.S.

1 November 2014 10:36 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gone Girl” has overtaken “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” as director David Fincher’s highest-grossing film in the U.S.

Fox’s marital thriller earned $1.8 million on Friday at the box office, increasing its cume to $129.6 million and thereby edging out “Benjamin Button’s” lifetime domestic haul of $127.5 million in just 29 days. Fincher’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” is up next with $102.5 million.

The Ben Affleck-starrer is headed for an $8 million weekend, which would raise its total haul to between $135 million and $136 million.

Gone Girl,” which is based on Gillian Flynn’s hit novel, is the famed director’s third top film worldwide. It’s earned $256.7 million, coming in behind “Benjamin Button’s” $333.9 million and “Seven’s” $327.3 million.

Gone Girl” also had the best opening of Fincher’s career ($37.5 million), topping “Panic Room,” which launched to $30 million in 2002.

With an 88% rating on Rotten Tomatoes (based on »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Box Office Milestone: 'Gone Girl' Sets U.S. Record for David Fincher

1 November 2014 9:21 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Proving that a midrange adult drama can still pay off for a Hollywood studio, David Fincher's Gone Girl has eclipsed The Curious Case of Benjamin Button to become the filmmaker's top-grossing film in North America, not accounting for inflation. Through Friday, Gone Girl's domestic gross is $129.6 million, compared to $127.5 million for Benjamin Button, released in 2008. Gone Girl, based on Gillian Flynn's book, also marks one of Ben Affleck's best showings as a leading man. The 20th Century Fox thriller is on the verge of passing up Affleck's Oscar-winning Argo, which grossed $136 million

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- Pamela McClintock

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Gone Girl becomes David Fincher's highest-grossing Us box office film

1 November 2014 9:20 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

David Fincher's Gone Girl has become his highest-grossing film in the Us box office.

Gone Girl's Us box office total to date is $127.8m, knocking 2008's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button to number two with $127.5m, reports Collider.

2011's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and 1995's Seven follows both films in third and fourth place with $102.5m and $100.1m respectively.

The Social Network, Panic Room, Alien 3, The Game, Fight Club and Zodiac make up Fincher's top 10 Us box office charts.

1. Gone Girl - $127,801,514

2. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - $127,509,326

3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - $102,515,793

4. Seven - $100,125,643

5. The Social Network - $96,962,694

6. Panic Room - $96,397,334

7. Alien 3 - $55,473,545

8. The Game - $48,323,648

9. Fight Club - $37,030,102

10. Zodiac - $33,080,084

Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, debuted at number one in the Us box office back in October.

It remained in the number one spot »

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‘Nightcrawler’ to Take Halloween Weekend With $13 Million, ‘Ouija’ Tops Friday

1 November 2014 8:13 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jake Gyllenhaal’s “Nightcrawler” and holdover “Ouija” were the only signs of life at the box office.

Halloween weekend was a ghost town for new releases, giving the supernatural thriller “Ouija” a narrow win over the crime drama “Nightcrawler,” with $3.5 million on Friday in the U.S.

Although Open Road’s “Nightcrawler” was runner-up on All Hallows’ Eve when it launched to $3.2 million, it will likely creep its way to the top, toward a $13 million debut, by weekend’s end.

Nightcrawler” was close to taking the title of lowest-grossing weekend winner of the year from Marvel-Disney’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which earned $10.4 million in early September in its sixth frame.

The crime drama, which cost $8.5 million to produce, follows Gyllenhaal as a freelancer who’s desperate for work when he discovers the dangerous world of L.A. crime journalism, ultimately leading him to go to any extreme for a meaty story. »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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‘Nightcrawler’ Creeping to $13 Million Halloween Weekend

31 October 2014 4:26 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jake Gyllenhaal’s thriller “Nightcrawler” is providing the only spark of life amid an otherwise deadly Halloween box office, heading for a finish in the $12 million to $13 million range.

The Open Road release, buoyed by a combo of strong reviews and lack of competition, dominated on its opening day with an estimated $3 million at 2,766 locations. That included $515,000 from late Thursday showings.

Nightcrawler,” which has an $8.5 million budget, could have carried the dubious distinction of being the lowest-grossing weekend winner of 2014. The low end of forecasts placed “Nightcrawler” around $10 million, but it appears likely that it will perform significantly better.

Marvel-Disney’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” is currently the lowest weekend winner this year, taking in $10.4 million during the Sept. 5-7 frame on its sixth weekend.

As it is, moviegoing is looking minimal for the remainder of the slate, thanks to the massive distraction offered by Halloween falling on a Friday. »

- Dave McNary

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