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Videos: Scott’s Interviews with 2012 Emmy Nominees (and Snubees)

I invite you to check out the videos of my in-depth interviews with three great talents who were nominated for Emmys this morning, as well as a plethora of others who were not but just as easily could have been.

Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)

nominated for best actor in a drama series

Lena Dunham (Girls)

nominated for best actress in a comedy series, best directing for a comedy series, and best writing for a comedy series

Sarah Paulson (Game Change)

nominated for best supporting actress in a movie/mini-series

John Slattery (Mad Men)

Krysten Ritter (Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt. 23)

Brent Sexton (The Killing)

Debra Messing (Smash)

Michael Kenneth Williams (Boardwalk Empire)

Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation)

Josh Charles (The Good Wife)

Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men)

Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire), #1 of 2

Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire), #2 of 2

Shailene Woodley (The Secret Life of the American Teenager)

Jim Whitaker
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News Nuggets: The Latin Grammys will stay on Univision for six more years

News Nuggets: The Latin Grammys will stay on Univision for six more years
The Latin Grammys remain with Univision for another six years: "The Latin Recording Academy and Univision announced today a new six-year deal that will keep the biggest night in Latin music, the annual Latin Grammy Awards telecast, on Univision through 2018. Univision has been the home of the Latin Grammys since 2005. This year's Xiii Annual Latin Grammy Awards will take place live on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas from 8 - 11 p.m. Et/Pt (7 p.m. Central) ... 'We are very pleased to continue our longstanding partnership with our friends at Univision,' said Gabriel Abaroa Jr., President/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy." Market Watch Jim Whitaker talks about his Emmy-contending 9/11 documentary "Rebirth": "At some point, Whitaker decided that it would be important to provide not only time-lapse footage showing the site rebounding from the trauma that it had endured, but also 'human time-lapse'
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Blu-ray Review: Tilda Swinton Captivates in ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’

Chicago – Many critics failed to take Lynne Ramsay’s “We Need to Talk About Kevin” seriously, dismissing it as an art house retread of “The Omen.” Such a simplistic label fails to take into account the film’s carefully textured portrait of a deeply fractured mother-son relationship. Though the film takes its premise to melodramatic extremes, it does harbor considerable insight into the repercussions of a disconnect between parent and child.

Eva (Tilda Swinton) is the sort of mother who causes strangers to wince while passing her in the supermarket. She can barely contain the intense dislike that she feels for her child. Motherhood is a form of entrapment in her eyes, and her attempts to care for her young son lack any sense of genuine compassion. When she snaps on a hollow smile to calm her crying son, the moment is both chilling and darkly funny. It only gets
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Thomas Newman and Michael Giacchino Each Have Four Of The 97 Scores Eligible For Best Original Score

Thomas Newman and Michael Giacchino Each Have Four Of The 97 Scores Eligible For Best Original Score
Of the 265 films eligible [1] for Oscars at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in February, 97 of them have been deemed worthy to be nominated for Best Original Score. Thomas Newman (The Adjustment Bureau, The Debt, The Help, The Iron Lady) and Michael Giacchino (Cars 2, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Monte Carlo, Super 8) lead all eligible composers with four films this year while Alexandre Desplat (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, The Ides of March), Tyler Bates (Conan the Barbarian, The Darkest Hour, The Way), Mark Isham (The Conspirator, Dolphin Tale, Warrior) and Henry Jackman (Puss in Boots, Winnie the Pooh, X-Men First Class) all have three. Other familiar names are on the list too such as John Williams (The Adventures of Tintin, War Horse), James Newton Howard (Green Lantern, Water for Elephants) and Danny Elfman (Real Steel, Restless) who along with Alberto Iglesias (The Skin I Live In,
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97 Original Scores in 2011 Oscar® Race Include Hugo, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, Winnie The Pooh And Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that ninety-seven scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 84th Academy Awards®.

The eligible scores along with the composer are listed below in alphabetical order by film title:

The Adjustment Bureau,” Thomas Newman, composer

The Adventures of Tintin,” John Williams, composer

African Cats,” Nicholas Hooper, composer

Albert Nobbs,” Brian Byrne, composer

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked,” Mark Mothersbaugh, composer

Anonymous,” Thomas Wander and Harald Kloser, composers

Another Earth,” Phil Mossman and Will Bates, composers

“Answers to Nothing,” Craig Richey, composer

Arthur Christmas,” Harry Gregson-Williams, composer

The Artist,” Ludovic Bource, composer

“@urFRENZ,” Lisbeth Scott, composer

“Atlas Shrugged Part 1,” Elia Cmiral, composer

Battle: Los Angeles,” Brian Tyler, composer

Beastly,” Marcelo Zarvos, composer

The Big Year,” Theodore Shapiro, composer

Captain America: The First Avenger,” Alan Silvestri, composer

Cars 2,” Michael Giacchino, composer

Cedar Rapids,
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Scores for 'Drive' and 'Attack the Block' aren't Eligible for an Oscar

I was actually beginning to believe Cliff Martinez's score for Drive may actually have a shot with all the love it has received in the precursor awards, but last night the Academy announced the list of 97 scores eligible for Best Original Score at the 2012 Oscars and, oops, what do you know, both Drive and Attack the Block didn't make the cut. The only other score I had on my current list of predictions for the category to not make the cut was Howard Shore's music for David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method. Why? Well, I would assume somewhere inside there the rules for requirement weren't met. As per the Academy, "To be eligible, the original score must be a substantial body of music that serves as original dramatic underscoring, and must be written specifically for the motion picture by the submitting composer. Scores diluted by the use of
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Filmmaker Jim Whitaker Shows 'Rebirth' of NYC in Post-9/11 Doc

Jim Whitaker believes New York City has taken huge steps in healing itself over the past ten years -- and he has photographic evidence to prove it in "Rebirth," a documentary that explores the city's emotional and physical healing after the September 11th terrorist attacks.

Whitaker chronicles the emotional side via yearly interviews over the past decade with five individuals affected in radically different ways by the events of 9/11, including a fireman, a teenager who lost his mother in the attacks and a woman who worked on the impact floor of the second tower.

Watch an interview with "Rebirth" director Jim Whitaker at MTV News.
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9/11, ten years on.

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"Has any attack in history ever been commemorated the way this one is about to be?" asked Edward Rothstein in the New York Times a few days ago. "It seems as if every cultural institution, television network and book publisher feels duty-bound to produce some sort of Sept 11 commemoration. Is there a precedent for this almost compulsive variety show about an attack on a nation's people? No examples suggest themselves. And in the United States, the attack on Pearl Harbor — the only incident remotely comparable — doesn't seem to have inspired anything similar, even though that surprise assault initiated one of the most traumatic and transformative decades in this nation's history…. Of course Sept 11 is something different…. Had a bomb fallen on the twin towers," he suggests, "even that would have been less traumatic. This was something unforeseen, expertly planned, a jarring demonstration of vulnerability. So otherworldly did it seem when
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TV Review: ‘Rebirth’ Beautifully Chronicles Our Ability to Heal

Chicago – How do we go on? How do we pick up the pieces after devastation so shocking and damaging that words can hardly do it justice? The great lesson on the ten-year anniversary of the tragedy of 9/11/01 may be that we might have different ways to heal, but we all do it. We move forward. And that ability to go on in the face of unimaginable trauma has rarely been chronicled more beautifully than in Jim Whitaker’s “Rebirth,” a documentary currently on DVD from the great Oscilloscope Studios and airing Sunday night on Showtime. Don’t miss it.

TV Rating: 4.5/5.0

Even though the film wasn’t complete until recently, Whitaker’s most important filmmaking decision actually came ten years ago. In the days after 9/11, he decided to begin a film about the healing process and chose five people to follow through it. He picked five unique subjects — a widow,
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Rebirth — A Hammer To Nail Review

(Rebirth is now available on DVD through Oscilloscope Pictures. Visit the official Project Rebirth website for theatrical screening dates and to learn more, and go here to watch a startling video detailing the time-lapse project.)

On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of 9/11, frankly, at the moment, I’m finding it hard not to feel more hopeless than hopeful about things. It’s bad enough that it’s still frighteningly easy to recall the visceral shock of that fateful morning, watching the twin towers crumble to the ground on television before rushing to my Washington Heights fire escape to confirm that they were, in fact, gone. But what is even more deflating to me is the realization that so many of the problems in our present world can be remotely-to-directly attributed to that monumental act of terror. Does time heal wounds? In this case, it appears to be opening new ones.
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This Week In DVD: September 6th

This is a pretty big week for DVD releases with plenty of titles worth buying and renting as well as a couple worth skipping completely. There’s no real common thread here aside from almost half of titles featured below being TV shows on DVD. The best of the bunch include the second and third seasons, respectively, of Community and Parks & Recreation, but other TV releases include the classic seventies series Police Story, the trippy Sigmund & the Sea Monsters, the piss poor Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, and more. But there are some great releases for film fans too including Hanna and X-Men First Class. As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. Rebirth The events of 9/11 affected all Americans in one way or another, but for many people the nightmare struck very close to home. Jim Whitaker’s documentary was almost a decade in the making and follows five of
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Small Screens: A 9/11 Widow Talks "Rebirth," Our DVD Pick of the Week

Small Screens: A 9/11 Widow Talks
Shortly after opening in select theaters last month (it hits more markets throughout September), Jim Whitaker's documentary portrait of emotional and physical rebuilding following 9/11, "Rebirth," hits DVD today. It's iW's pick of the week. The film, which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival, chronicles a decade in the lives of five people profoundly affected by the 9/11 attacks. Among them: a student whose mother died, a woman who ...
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Disney Sets The Fighter Scribes to Adapt Coast Guard Rescue Book The Finest Hours

Disney has acquired the rights to the bestselling book The Finest Hours. Written by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias, the book recounts the 1952 Coast Guard rescue mission to recover 84 men trapped in a deadly nor'easter blizzard. Two WWII oil tankers were ripped in half, leaving four halves of ship floating aimlessly through the storm carrying the disaster's only survivors. The brave Coast Guard men set out on a suicide rescue mission, some on old wooden motorized lifeboats, in order to recover the lost seamen. Deadline reports that The Fighter scribes Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson have been set to write the screenplay, with Jim Whitaker (Rebirth) and Dorothy Aufiero (The Fighter) producing. It’s definitely a great story, and as long as it’s not treated like a Movie of the Week, The Finest Hours could make for a very good film. Hit the jump to read a synopsis of the book.
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Disney Acquires Coast Guard Rescue Saga 'The Finest Hours'

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Disney Acquires Coast Guard Rescue Saga 'The Finest Hours'
Exclusive: While the summer dealmaking has tapered off in the dog days of August, a big one went down yesterday. In a deal worth high-six against seven-figures, Walt Disney Pictures acquired a package to make a movie out of the bestselling book The Finest Hours, with Oscar-nominated The Fighter scribes Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson to write the story of a daring Coast Guard rescue off Cape Cod in 1952. The project was set up through Jim Whitaker's Entertainment and he will produce with Dorothy Aufiero, who worked with the writers as the original producer of The Fighter. Published in 2009 by Scribner, the Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias-authored book tells the story of a Coast Guard rescue undertaken after two oil tankers were torn in half by treacherous waves during a deadly nor'easter blizzard. There were four rescue efforts, including two undertaken by a handful of men on two old,
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This Week In Trailers: Pearl Jam Twenty, Kill List, The Enemy Within, El Congo Manuel, Rebirth

This Week In Trailers: Pearl Jam Twenty, Kill List, The Enemy Within, El Congo Manuel, Rebirth
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers? Pearl Jam Twenty Trailer I'll admit it: My interest in Pearl Jam has been waning. Don't get me wrong, I own all their albums, have
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Hot Trailer: 9/11 Film 'Rebirth'

Former Imagine Entertainment executive Jim Whitaker set up time lapse camera at Ground Zero to chart the physical recovery after 9/11 that could be sandwiched around a movie about the emotional healing of survivors of victims who perished in the terror attack on the World Trade Center. The result is Rebirth, which Oscilloscope Laboratories will open August 26 in Los Angeles and August 31 in New York, on the eve of the 10 year anniversary. Showtime will broadcast it on September 11.
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Oscilloscope, Showtime Team Up for 9/11 'Rebirth'

Showtime and Oscilloscope are teaming up on the release of Jim Whitaker's documentary about the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Oscilloscope will release "Rebirth," which screened at this year's Sundance Film Festival, theatrically in August, and Showtime will air the documentary on the 10th anniversary of the attacks. "Rebirth" chronicles the efforts of nine people, from a NYPD officer who oversaw the recovery efforts to a Muslim-American woman who became an advocate for religious tolerance in the wake of the attacks. A film crew conducted lengthy interviews with each subject on every
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Oscilloscope, Showtime Acquire 9/11 Documentary

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Oscilloscope Laboratories and Showtime Networks Inc. announced today their acquisition of the widely lauded Sundance Film Festival 2011 documentary, Rebirth, directed by Jim Whitaker. The result of a filmmaking journey into living history, the story of Rebirth follows the transformation of five people, over the course of 10 years, whose lives were forever altered on September 11, 2001 - and simultaneously tracks, via unprecedented multi-camera time lapse photography, the evolution of the space where the Twin Towers once rose over lower Manhattan. Whitaker seamlessly weaves these personal stories of hope and healing and reveals a universal truth, one which shows human beings will overcome and aspire to renewal, even when the very fabric of their lives has changed. Oscilloscope will release Rebirth in theatres in August 2011. Showtime will broadcast Rebirth on the 10th anniversary of the events of September 11th. The film as well as other original programming created by the Rebirth team will
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Ex-Imagine exec lands Disney prod'n deal

Ex-Imagine exec lands Disney prod'n deal
Jim Whitaker   Jim Whitaker, a producer and former president of production at Imagine, has signed a first-look deal with Disney.

It's the first new producer pact since Disney began a housecleaning on the lot under Rich Ross and new head of production Sean Bailey.

Although it recently re-upped Mandeville Films and Television, the shingle behind last year's "The Proposal," Disney has been cutting back deals, as in the case of ImageMovers, or letting some producers go, like Scott Rudin, with whom it is in negotiations to end their deal early.

Insiders said Ross and Bailey hope to bring fresher voices to its films by inviting a younger generation of producers to its lot.

Whitaker worked at Imagine for about 16 years, starting as a summer intern in 1993 and working his way up to production president, receiving executive producer credits on such films as "Friday Night Lights," "American Gangster," and the upcoming "Robin Hood.
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