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The 10 Biggest Grammy Upsets of All Time

The 10 Biggest Grammy Upsets of All Time
The article originally appeared on EW.com.

When the 59th Annual Grammy Awards go down Sunday at 8 p.m. E.T. on CBS, you can expect usual suspects like Beyoncé and Adele to be hoarding the hardware. But music’s biggest night has also provided its share of surprises. As we brace ourselves for a shocker or two on Sunday, let’s rank the 10 biggest Grammy upsets of all time.

10. Bon Iver wins Best New Artist in 2012

First off, there was the fact that Bon Iver wasn’t really new: While nominated behind their 2011 self-titled set, Justin Vernon’s indie-folk outfit released their debut album,
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Cannes: A Look at the Official Selection, by the Numbers

Cannes: A Look at the Official Selection, by the Numbers
The annual unveiling of the Cannes Film Festival’s official selection lineup is always cause for breathless anticipation and excitement — followed, immediately and invariably, by expressions of shock and disappointment, as well as the usual bleats of indignation over which national cinemas haven’t been adequately represented. This morning’s press conference in Paris, led by festival delegate general Thierry Fremaux and festival president Pierre Lescure, proved no exception.

Journalists in attendance were quick to point out the admittedly startling absence of any Italian films in competition, even though Marco Bellocchio’s “Sweet Dreams” had been tipped for a berth for weeks. Others noted the relative dearth of Asian films vying for the Palme d’Or (only two, directed by Park Chan-wook and Brillante Mendoza). And if they haven’t already, those inclined to see the festival as a sort of cinematic pulse-taking of the Middle East will surely devote
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‘The Help’ Cast to be Honored at the Hollywood Film Awards

HollywoodNews.com: Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Ahna O’Reilly, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Sissy Spacek, Mary Steenburgen, Cicely Tyson and Mike Vogel to be honored at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony.

The 15th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards, presented by Starz Entertainment, are pleased to announce that the cast of DreamWorks Pictures and Participant Media’s “The Help” – Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Ahna O’Reilly, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Sissy Spacek, Mary Steenburgen, Cicely Tyson and Mike Vogel – will be recognized at the Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony with the “Hollywood Ensemble Acting Award.”

The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, Founder of the 15th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony, which will take place on the evening of Monday, October 24, 2011, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The Hollywood Film Awards Gala launches the awards season.
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Brian Ralston: 10 Lessons On "Breaking In"

I frequently get emails from burgeoning composers and new Los Angeles transplants either looking for a composer assistant position or just advice on breaking into the industry. I often agree to meet them (usually over lunch) and invariably get asked if it's beneficial to assist and/or ghostwrite for a bigger name composer. The advice I give them is almost always the same. It comes from my own years of experience working hard to establish myself in the composer world. A feat that I feel is not only difficult, but one most all of us are ever in the constant pursuit of doing.

I learn something new on every film and further hone my craft and skill with each project. There are some truly fundamental things I have learned in the last few years. Many years ago, fresh out of USC's Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television Program, I was
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Brian Ralston: Don't Fade Away

Don't Fade Away, starring Beau Bridges, Mischa Barton, Ryan Kwanten and Ja Rule, gets an original score by up and coming composer Brian Ralston, whose previous credits include 9/Tenths and Graduation. Ralston was brought in late in post-production and had less than a full week to compose and record the score. Don't Fade Away is a drama about a man who lost track of who he is when pursuing a musical career in New York. Luke Kasdan is the nephew of legendary filmmaker Lawrence Kasdan and Don't Fade Away is his first feature film.
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Truly Indie, Magnolia partner for 'Graduation'

Truly Indie, Magnolia partner for 'Graduation'
NEW YORK -- Wagner/Cuban Companies' Truly Indie and Magnolia Pictures are partnering on the theatrical and DVD release of Mike Mayer's teen-heist film Graduation starring Chris Marquette, Adam Arkin and Huey Lewis.

Truly Indie will partner with Redwood Palms Pictures to produce the comedic thriller about a group of high school buds who plan a bank robbery to help a friend in need. Magnolia acquired DVD rights, and will release the film after it opens May 2 in Austin, Seattle, San Francisco, Berkeley and Minneapolis.

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