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Best Soundtracks of 2012 (part two)

21 December 2012 8:41 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

What makes some film soundtracks transcend from mere background music to helping a director tell a story and help invoke an emotional response? Is it a clever mix of well chosen tunes that capture the zeitgeist or an eclectic mix of older material that either captures a time and place or sets a tone of nostalgia? The answer varies depending on the feature film. 2012 was a fantastic year for original motion picture movie scores but not so good for soundtracks. Still, Simon and I have managed to pull a list of what we feel were the very best.

 

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Tabu

The second half of Tabu by Portuguese filmmaker Miguel Gomes, is the direct opposite of what came before. Gomez effortlessly shifts gears omitting any audible dialogue except for a persistent (but suave) voice-over narration from one of the characters – combined with lush synchronized ambient sounds, a few sparse foley effects, and »

- Ricky

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The 2012 Hot in Hollywood Awards: Results

9 December 2012 6:04 PM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

AfterElton readers know what's Hot in Hollywood. We're a community of voracious yet discerning pop culture consumers, so when it comes to TV, movies, web series and celebrities... tourniquet be damned, our finger is on the bloody pulse! This year in our first annual Hot in Hollywood poll our readers cast over 800,000 votes (yes, you read that correctly) crowning winners in 21 different categories, everything from Favorite Movie Beefcake to Guilty TV Pleasure to Child Actor We Don't Hate.

There were some tight races (Favorite Web Series, Favorite TV Beefcake and Greatest TV Villain) and a couple gimmes (Teen Wolf obviously had a lock on Favorite TV Sidekick), but the big surprise was how evenly distributed the love was. No single TV or film project took home more than one or two awards.

All in all, it was an impressive launch for the first annual Hot in Hollywood Awards, and our »

- AfterElton.com Staff

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Win Mad Men Season 5 on DVD

31 October 2012 4:43 PM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

To mark the release of Mad Men season 5 on DVD and Blu-ray 5th November, we’ve got 5 copies to give away on DVD.

The men and women of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce are back as Mad Men: Season 5 arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on November 5th, 2012, courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

Taking place between Memorial Day 1966 and Spring 1967, this long-awaited fifth season of TV’s most stylish show explores Don Draper’s new marriage to Megan, which leads him to put his work in second place for the first time in his career. Meanwhile, Pete, Roger, Joan, and Peggy learn that it really is every ‘man’ for himself in both their personal and professional lives as they each face painful new beginnings.

From creator Matthew Weiner (The Sopranos) and featuring a stellar cast including Jon Hamm (Friends with Kids), Elisabeth Moss (The West Wing), Christina Hendricks (I Don’t »

- Competitions

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TNT bringing 'Frankenstein' series to life with Dean Koontz

17 October 2012 3:42 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

TNT is dipping its toe into the monster genre with a "Frankenstein" series based on novels by best-selling author Dean Koontz.

James V. Hart (the 1992 "Dracula," "August Rush") and his son, Jake Hart, will write the pilot script for the show, Deadline reports, and James Hart will be an executive producer alongside Koontz.

Koontz's story is set in New Orleans, where Victor Frankenstein, now going by the name Victor Helios, has managed to survive for 200 years after he was presumed dead in a battle with the monster he created. The monster survived too, and coincidentally has also settled in New Orleans. Victor has continued his experiments, both extending his own life and creating new beings who are deeply loyal to him.

If that sounds a little familiar, it's because the TNT project is the second adaptation of Koontz's "Frankenstein" series to come to television. USA aired a movie in 2004 that »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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‘Bates Motel’ gets a Norman, ‘Skyfall’ gets Adele; ‘Guardians’ gets a Gunn

19 September 2012 3:17 PM, PDT | doorQ.com | See recent doorQ.com news »

20 year-old British actor Freddie Highmore (Finding Neverland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Spiderwick Chronicles, August Rush) has signed on to play young Norman Bates in A&E’s upcoming series Bates Motel, which serves as a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock horror classic Psycho. The series will examine the relationship between mother and son and what drives the young-man to become the killer in the classic movie. Vera Farmiga has signed on to play Norma Bates, the domineering that somehow drove her child to kill. Also, has been noted elsewhere, showrunner Carlton Cuse seems to understand that this new series could be interpreted as reworking of the Showtime movie from years ago called Psycho IV: The Beginning. So to distance themselves from that and all it’s continuity issues, it seems the Bates Motel will be more of a reimaging of Norman Bates life; which means now Norman has an older brother named Dylan, »

- spaced-odyssey

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Isla Fisher & Terry Crews Join 'Arrested Development'; 'Bates Motel' Finds Norman Bates & More

17 September 2012 6:44 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Just when you thought you couldn’t be any more excited for the return of “Arrested Development,” Mitch Hurwitz goes ahead and casts Isla Fisher and Terry Crews. There’s no news on who they’ll be playing, whose episodes they will be in, or even how many episodes they’ll be in, but we’re excited by their involvment nonetheless. They’re both people we really like who know how to be funny, and if the show’s track-record is anything to go by, we’re sure they’ll be given brilliantly bizarre guest roles.  Freddie Highmore was the go-to loveable child lead not so long ago, starring in “Finding Neverland,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “August Rush” and even “The Spiderwick Chronicles” as recently as 2008. But the now 20-year-old actor returned to screens last year alongside Emma Roberts as an angsty teen in “The Art of Getting By, »

- Joe Cunningham

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Isla Fisher & Terry Crews Join 'Arrested Development'; 'Bates Motel' Finds Norman Bates & More

17 September 2012 6:44 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Just when you thought you couldn’t be any more excited for the return of “Arrested Development,” Mitch Hurwitz goes ahead and casts Isla Fisher and Terry Crews. There’s no news on who they’ll be playing, whose episodes they will be in, or even how many episodes they’ll be in, but we’re excited by their involvment nonetheless. They’re both people we really like who know how to be funny, and if the show’s track-record is anything to go by, we’re sure they’ll be given brilliantly bizarre guest roles.  Freddie Highmore was the go-to loveable child lead not so long ago, starring in “Finding Neverland,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “August Rush” and even “The Spiderwick Chronicles” as recently as 2008. But the now 20-year-old actor returned to screens last year alongside Emma Roberts as an angsty teen in “The Art of Getting By, »

- Joe Cunningham

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A&E's 'Psycho' Prequel 'Bates Motel' Finds its Young Norman

14 September 2012 3:30 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A&E has found its young Norman Bates. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory's Freddie Highmore has been tapped to co-star as a young Norman Bates in the network's Psycho prequel Bates Motel, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. As first reported by TV Guide, Highmore will play the character made famous by Anthony Perkins in the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock feature. Exclusive Photo: A&E Goes Full Hitchcock in 'Bates Motel' Teaser Art Highmore, whose credits also include Finding Neverland, August Rush and the lead role as Charlie in Tim Burton's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, joins the previously cast Vera Farmiga,

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Freddie Highmore Checks Into Bates Motel

14 September 2012 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

A&E's upcoming Psycho prequel television series, "Bates Motel," has cast Freddie Highmore ( Charlie and the Chocolate Factory , August Rush ) as Norman Bates, says a story at The Hollywood Reporter . He joins Vera Farmiga as Bates' mother (and a boy's best friend), Norma Louise Bates in the project officially described as follows: "Bates Motel" gives viewers an intimate understanding of how Norman Bates' psyche developed from his childhood through his teen years. Fans will have access to the dark, twisted backstory and learn first hand how his mother, Norma, and her love damaged Norman, helped forge the most well-known serial killing motel owner in history. "Bates Motel" is produced by Universal Television for A&E Network. The script »

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers In Talks To Join The Mortal Instruments Movie

7 August 2012 7:03 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Something tells me The Tudors fans who also love the Mortal Instruments series are going to really appreciate this news. Jonathan Rhys Meyers is reportedly in talks to play a key role in the feature adaptation of Cassandra Clare's young adult fantasy novel The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, which is expected to begin production this month in Toronto. The Mortal Instruments is a series of novels that tells the story of Clary Fray, a modern-day teenage girl who learns she's the descendent of a line of demon hunters called Shadowhunters, and is soon drawn into a dangerous and exciting world she didn't know existed. Lily Collins is set to star in the feature adaptation, which is based on a script by Jessica Postigo and I. Marlene King. The Hollywood Reporter shared the latest casting news, stating that Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors, August Rush) is in talks to »

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Mad Men: Season Five Blu-ray and DVD Debut October 19th

31 July 2012 12:07 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The men and women of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce are back with all-new drama inside and outside of the office. From creator Matthew Weiner (HBO's The Sopranos) and featuring a stellar cast including Jon Hamm (Friends with Kids), Elisabeth Moss (TV's The West Wing), Christina Hendricks (I Don't Know How She Does It) and January Jones (X-Men: First Class), Mad Men: Season Five arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and Digital Download on October 16, 2012. The AMC premiere of Season 5 was the most watched Mad Men episode ever, up over 21% from the previous season premiere. Mad Men continues to establish itself as one of the most honored series in television history, winning its fourth consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series last year, a milestone achieved by only three other shows in history (TV's Hill Street Blues, TV's L.A. Law, TV's The West Wing).

The hit series also stars Vincent Kartheiser (In Time »

- MovieWeb

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Celebrity Biography: Jonathan Rhys Meyers

14 May 2012 3:50 PM, PDT | PopStar | See recent PopStar news »

This is an actor who takes us back in time and reminds us of Richard Burton, Richard Harris and Peter O'Toole. He would have fit right in with these "bad boys." Jonathan was born in Dublin, Ireland on July 27, 1977. He was born with a heart condition and was baptized rather quickly as it was thought he might not live very long. His family moved to County Cork, Ireland when he was one year old. Jonathan's father John O'Keeffe was a musician. He separated from his wife Mary, leaving her to raise the four boys by herself. His mother, Mary Geraldine Meyers, raised Jonathan and his younger brothers Alan, James, and Paul, by herself. He was raised a Roman Catholic and was the oldest of the four brothers. All his brothers are musicians. Music is in the blood as Jonathan is a self taught guitarist and singer. He spent some time in an orphanage. »

- jbonadona@corp.popstar.com (Julia Bonadona)

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Happy St. Paddy's Day: Irish Director Kirsten Sheridan On 'Dollhouse,' The Word "Random" And Using Ryan Gosling's Music

17 March 2012 1:19 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Continuing its festival run this week at SXSW, following its Berlin premiere, is a remarkable Irish film, "Dollhouse," directed by Kirsten Sheridan. The trippy, pulsing story of a home invasion scenario that is by turns scary, funny and surreal (you can read our review here), the film gained a special mention in Berlin, which is also where we caught up with its director.

Sheridan was previously nominated for an original screenplay Oscar (for co-writing her father Jim Sheridan's "In America"), and gained a lot of positive notice for her debut feature, the Cillian Murphy breakout "Disco Pigs." Following that was a perhaps ill-advised foray into Hollywood for the schmaltzy "August Rush" (about which she speaks candidly below). With "Dollhouse" only her third feature, and a startling departure from both of her previous outings, we sincerely hope the Dublin-based filmmaker won't leave it so long till her next. As our »

- Jessica Kiang

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13 SXSW Movies We've Already Seen Including '21 Jump Street,' 'Marley,' 'Killer Joe,' 'Bernie' & More

7 March 2012 9:59 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Yesterday, we ran through fifteen movies that we're dying to see at this year's SXSW, but the Austin, Texas festival doesn't just have world premieres: there's also a selection of films that have played film fests elsewhere in the world over the few last months, from Venice and Toronto to Sundance and Berlin.

As it happens, we've had Playlist agents at all those festivals too, and below we've picked out thirteen known quantities, films that we can definitively say are either worth checking out, and worth avoiding (thankfully, not too many of the latter). Read on for our verdicts, and stay tuned for comprehensive coverage from SXSW, which runs from Friday March 9th to Saturday the 17th.

21 Jump Street

Synopsis: Two bored, fresh-faced cops are transferred to a new department and sent undercover to bust a drug-running ring in a high school.

Our Verdict: After "Bridesmaids" had a raucous reception last year, »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Kirsten Sheridan And The Factory: Assembling Ireland’S Actors

16 February 2012 8:16 AM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Talk to Kirsten Sheridan, director of August Rush and her latest Dollhouse (pictured and premiering in the Panorama section of the 2012 Berlinale) about The Factory, the collective she co-founded with fellow filmmakers John Carney (Once) and Lance Daly (Kisses), and it soon becomes apparent that Ireland’s recent financial woes have done little to dampen Dublin’s Diy spirit. If anything the collapse has, ironically, helped artists, Sheridan theorizes, by making their outsized dreams affordable. Indeed, in a thriving economy just meeting the rent on a space big enough to house everything from production studios, to a fully equipped camera department and editing facilities, to a digital cinema and a recording studio, would leave no time for these Factory friends to actually collectively create.

Which is exactly what they’ve been doing in this one-stop, mom-and-pop shop since 2009. And now that Carney’s The Rafters is also due to be released, »

- Lauren Wissot

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Berlin Review: Kirsten Sheridan's 'Dollhouse' a Fun and Messy Improv Delight That Places Young Hooligans In an Unlikely Setting

11 February 2012 9:02 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

"Dollhouse" contains a deceptively simple premise that benefits greatly from its free-form style. Kirsten Sheriden, working on a smaller and more experimental scale than her previous efforts "August Rush" and "Disco Pigs," follows an enthusiastic gang of young hooligans as they break into a  posh home and wreck havoc wherever they see fit. When the homeowner herself surfaces and joins in the fun, the evening grows increasingly strange and intangible, venturing beyond the realm of plausibility with a giddy approach that matches the intruders' carefree energy. Based off a 15-page outline that the small cast built out moment by moment during the shoot, "Dollhouse" signifies one of the more inventive uses of improvisation in recent memory. According to Sheridan in a Q&A following the film's Berlin International Film Festival premiere, the actors discovered plot twists along with their characters. The result is a »

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