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It’s the year of the woman composer at Sundance, with 15 features and shorts sporting scores by women, along with a celebratory event for the newly formed Alliance for Women Film Composers.
That number is believed to be a record. Female composers wrote the music for just 2% of the top 250 grossing films in 2013, according to the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film. Numbers were slightly higher in documentaries (11% ) and independent films (10%) but overall constituted “the lowest of the low” among women working behind the scenes, says composer Laura Karpman.
Karpman, a four-time Emmy winner, has been working in the biz for 25 years and concedes that “it’s a boys’ club” much of the time.
In fact, she says, “there are hundreds of us” — women working as composers, orchestrators, programmers and composer assistants — but they are surprisingly invisible to much of the industry. “We have to change that, »
- Jon Burlingame
Fergie is looking like one hot mama these days! The "L.A. Love" singer stuns on the cover of Allure Magazine's (via Us Weekly) February issue as she shows off her super slim bod and a fresh faced look. The songstress opens up to the mag about her relationship with husband Josh Duhamel and how they keep their marriage so strong. For starters the pair, who share 16-month-old son Axl, came from very similar backgrounds."We wanted the same things in life," Fergie tells the mag. "We wanted the same path. We both come from Catholic families." The couple also agreed on attending regular therapy sessions. The 39-year-old says her man is "not afraid" to join in for the conversations, adding "He doesn’t feel like he’s not man enough."When it comes to work, the "Safe Haven" actor and the "Black Eyed Peas" member have also set boundaries »
- tooFab Staff
NBC had huge success with "The Sound of Music Live" two years ago, pulling 18.5 million viewers for the one-off event. Yet while many know "The Sound of Music" off by heart, inexplicably the network chose the far less popular or even known stage musical version of "Peter Pan" for a follow-up.
Understandably, the ratings fell with just 9.1 million viewers tuning in for that broadcast. At the TCA Winter Tour presentation this week, NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt put the blame for the failure on the lack of star power and the lack of awareness of "Peter Pan" as a stage musical. They also suggested either "The Wiz" or "The Music Man" for their next attempt.
If there's one musical movie as ubiquitous and well-known as "The Sound of Music" though, it's "Grease" and Fox announced plans today for a live television production of "Grease: The Musical". The broadcast plans to »
- Garth Franklin
In the fall of 2003, James Cameron filmed the record-breaking “no limits” free dive of Pipin Ferreras, which was a special event commemorating the death of Ferreras’s wife, Audrey Mestre. A year earlier, she drowned attempting the same feat of reaching a depth of 170 meters (557.7 feet) while holding her breath. During the press conference for the 2003 dive, Cameron confirmed earlier reports from that summer that he would be making a movie about the couple, and it would wind up being based on Ferreras’s 2004 memoir, “The Dive: A Story of Love and Obsession.” More than a decade later, Cameron has been focusing his directorial interests on the Avatar movies, but he’s continued developing the project with other filmmakers coming on board to take the helm. Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) became attached back in 2012, and now Francis Lawrence is the latest substitution, according to The Wrap. He also has an actress joining him for the role »
- Christopher Campbell
When the actress with the most box office success signs up to collaborate with the filmmaker that enjoys the same status, it becomes big news very quickly – and so, we have The Dive. The project has been on James Cameron’s back-burner for many years, but never really ccrystallized In 2012, the director officially vacated the helm – a move that opened the door to director Francis Lawrence, riding high after making the majority of the Hunger Games franchise. With Cameron now firmly ensconced in the producer’s chair, Francis Lawrence will shoot The Dive with his Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence in the lead role.
The film tells the true story of ambition and tragedy, centred on the record-breaking French free-diver, Audrey Mestre, and Francisco “Pipin” Ferreras. Having grown up in a family of diving enthusiasts, Mestre accrued vast experience in underwater sports, and studied marine biology. After meeting the famed free diver, »
- Sarah Myles
The “Hunger Games” duo will tackle the tragic true tale of Francisco “Pipin” Ferraras and Audrey Mestre
“The Dive” tells the tragic true story of freedivers Francisco “Pipin” Ferraras and his wife Audrey Mestre, who competed to travel as deep as possible underwater on a single breath of air.
- Jeff Sneider
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