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Tribeca Review: Amiable And Appealing 'Folk Hero & Funny Guy' Starring Alex Karpovsky And Wyatt Russell

“So what’s the deal with Evites?” Stand up Paul (Alex Karpovsky) is bombing — at life. Dumped by his fiancée, working a dead end temp job, and flogging the same tired stand up routine at open mics around town, he’s going nowhere until an old friend invites him on a ride. The old friend is Jason Black (Wyatt Russell) a folk musician with a cult following who brings Paul on tour as an opening act to get his “mojo” back. “Folk Hero & Funny Guy” writer/director Jeff Grace is an actor (“It’s a Disaster”) and stand-up comic, and mines his own experiences for his directorial debut in this appealing road trip flick. The film hews closely to the road movie format, and calls to mind films like “The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best” and even Karpovsky’s own film “Red Flag,” which share themes about finding inspiration and
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The Red Robin starring Judd Hirsch and C.S. Lee to debut at Montreal World Film Festival

by Terry Keefe

Hi folks: I'm not usually one for blatant self-promotion, but a feature I co-produced and helped develop over a number of years is premiering at the Montreal World Film Festival in August, and I'm very proud of it so you're getting a post. It's called The Red Robin and stars Judd Hirsch (Taxi, Damages, Maron, Independence Day), C.S. Lee (Dexter), Ryan O'Nan (The Iceman, the Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best), Jaime Ray Newman (Red Widow, Supernatural), Caroline Lagerfelt (Gossip Girl), and Joseph Lyle Taylor. It was written and directed by an old friend and creative collaborator, Michael Z. Wechsler. The story is a psychological thriller which can be best be described as The Celebration meets The Manchurian Candidate, about a dying, famed psychiatrist (Hirsch), who also did mysterious work for the CIA during the Cold War. On his deathbed, his youngest adopted son (O'Nan) accuses his father
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Review: Prep For 'Man of Steel' and the Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis' With Sci-Fi Musical Comedy 'The History of Future Folk'

  • Indiewire
Review: Prep For 'Man of Steel' and the Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis' With Sci-Fi Musical Comedy 'The History of Future Folk'
Musical comedies are so tough to pull off that hardly anyone tries anymore. Part of the reason "The Blues Brothers" has maintained its appeal over the years is that it fuses numerous successful ingredients into a satisfying whole: It hits the right comedic beats along with musical ones, often simultaneously. Such an outlandishly entertaining package hardly correlates with rigid studio formulas, which is why the musical comedy has migrated to the indie sector. Last fall, "Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best" followed a trio of musicians on an inoffensively familiar road trip, but "The History of Future Folk" (which opens in Los Angeles this week, but has already been released in New York and various digital platforms) does a greater service to this under-appreciated form by taking it to a new level of innovation. It's the first feel-good hipster alien invasion musical comedy. "The History of Future Folk," a microbudget Brooklyn-set
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Lightning Entertainment Acquires International Rights To Gus Starring Michelle Monaghan And Radha Mitchell

Lightning Entertainment, the Santa Monica-based sales, production and distribution company, has acquired international rights to the hit South by Southwest Film Festival comedy, Gus, starring Michelle Monaghan (Source Code, Gone Baby Gone) Radha Mitchell (Olympus Has Fallen, Silent Hill) and Michael Weston (Fox’s “House,” HBO’s “Six Feet Under”), it was announced today by Robert Beaumont, President of Lightning.

The film, which premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival to rave reviews in March, marks the feature film debut of Jessie McCormack, who directed from her own script.

McCormack is also a producer alongside Kathryn Himoff, Kevin Fitzmaurice Comer and Erik Van Wyck. The film is executive produced by Richard N. Gladstein (Finding Neverland, The Cider House Rules, The Bourne Identity). The deal was negotiated by Lightning Entertainment’s Joseph Dickstein and ICM Partners on behalf of the filmmakers. ICM Partners represents Monaghan and Mitchell and is also
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Music in Film: The Oscars 2013

  • Den of Geek
Feature Ivan Radford 25 Feb 2013 - 07:00

In the wake of the Oscars, Ivan looks at the year's nominees, and argues that it's time the Academy changed its music categories...

It’s February. People are talking about John Williams. It must be Oscar season again. And this year, it’s a fairly traditional bunch: Alexandre Desplat, John Williams, Thomas Newman and Dario Marianelli are all familiar faces on the ballot sheet, with only Mychael Danna offering a relative shot of fresh blood.

So, is it time the Academy Awards introduced a few more changes to its music categories?

Back in the 1930s, Best Music (Scoring) was the award composers coveted, a gong given out to pre-existing musicals and brand new work alike. In 1938, the music prize was split into two: Original Score and Scoring, allowing new work (Korngold's The Adventures Of Robin Hood) to be rewarded while still celebrating the wealth
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DVD Review: Delightful Score Bolsters ‘Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best’

  • HollywoodChicago.com
Chicago – Amiable charm compensates for scattershot laughs in Ryan O’Nan’s directorial debut, “Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best.” There’s an undercurrent of tangible warmth that reverberates beneath O’Nan’s awkward assemblage of quirky gags and self-consciously clever dialogue. Though I spent much of the film on the fence, it eventually won me over.

There are few things more thrilling to watch in a film than two strangers connecting through their shared passion for music. That’s what happened in John Carney’s 2006 masterpiece, “Once,” as Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová brilliantly portrayed the spontaneity of an unrehearsed musical performance—allowing the Oscar-winning tune, “Falling Slowly,” to organically unfold before the audience like a blooming flower.

DVD Rating: 3.5/5.0

A similar sort of magic occurs about a half-hour into “Brooklyn Brothers,” as mismatched duo Alex (O’Nan) and Jim (Michael Weston) start to perform a tune while driving to their next gig.
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Buy ‘Dredd’ and ‘Sleep Tight’ If You Know What’s Good for You, and Rent or Avoid the Rest of These

Welcome back to This Week In Discs! As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best Alex (Ryan O’Nan) is booted from his band, dumped by his girlfriend and fired from his job singing songs dressed like a dayglo moose, and he has no idea what to do next. Luckily, a stranger named Jim (Michael Weston) does, and soon the two set out on a multi-city tour singing original songs backed by a selection of children’s musical instruments/toys and learning the value of friendship and being true to yourself. O’Nan also wrote and directed this low-fi gem, and the result is a sweet and funny look at lives in flux. It also features a handful of incredibly catchy songs that may have you checking Amazon or iTunes for availability. (Yes, there is an album.) You’ll find yourself smiling through most of
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"Brooklyn Brothers" Take a Last Minute Detour to Indie Cliche

Ryan O'Nan is taking a page from Lena Dunham's book in his personal indie drama Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best. As writer, director, and star of the film, O'Nan depicts the lives of the unmotivated twenty-something losers that have begun to define a generation (similar to those Girls on Dunham's show). O'Nan plays Alex, a self-proclaimed loser, who loses his two jobs and his latest band gig, which is enough to make anyone want to give up.

But inspiration arrives in the form of Jim (Michael Weston) who is a fan of Alex's musical talents and convinces him to go on a cross-country road trip. He has gigs lined up across the country, ending with a big battle of the bands-style competition in California. Alex's mellow personality is the perfect foil for Jim's zany one, and the quick addition of the charming Cassidy (Arielle Kebbel) gives the gang enough
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Oscars: 75 Songs vie for Best Original Song led by Les Misérables, Ted & Safety Not Guaranteed

  • HeyUGuys
The Oscars are almost upon us, and the past few weeks have treated us to the shortlists competing in a number of categories, including Best Animated Feature, Best Visual Effects, Best Documentary, and Best Original Score.

With the nominations announcement creeping ever closer at the start of next month, the Academy have now announced a seventy-five-long list of songs that are eligible in the Best Original Song category.

The list features some absolutely stellar songs that have debuted on the big screen this year, including Adele’s impressive Bond theme, Skyfall.

Tom Hooper’s highly anticipated Les Misérables is also in the running with Suddenly, composed specifically for the film, and it should be great to see how it’s received both by audiences and the Academy in the coming weeks.

We’ve got plenty of choices from animated films in the mix – the animated ones are often the strongest
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And The Oscar Considerations For Best Original Song Are…

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently released the full list of all 75 songs eligible for a Best Original Song nomination at the 85th Academy Awards.

In order to be considered, a song must contain original lyrics and music that were specifically written for the film. It must be clearly featured in scenes within the film or as the first piece of music in the end credits.

The full list of the 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday 10th January 2013 at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theatre.

The Oscars telecast will air on Sunday 24th February 2013 and will be televised live in more than 225 countries.

Here is the full list of original songs currently under consideration by the Academy.

“For You” from Act Of Valor

“Metaphorical Blanket” from Any Day Now

Let It Rain” from Being Flynn

“Learn Me Right” from Brave

“Touch the
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75 Original Songs Tune Up for 2012 Oscar®

  • Hollywoodnews.com
Seventy-five songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2012 are in contention for nominations in the Original Song category for the 85th Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today. The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each song is featured, are listed below in alphabetical order by film and song title: “For You” from “Act of Valor” “Metaphorical Blanket” from “Any Day Now” “Let It Rain” from “Being Flynn” “Learn Me Right” from “Brave” “Touch the Sky” from “Brave” “Airport” from “Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best” “Come on Girl” from “Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best” “Someday” from “Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best” “Protect the King” from “Brooklyn Castle” “California Solo” from “California Solo” “Casa De Mi Padre” from “Casa De Mi Padre” “Del Cielo” from “Casa De Mi Padre” “Yo No Se” from “Casa De Mi Padre” “No Other Plans” from “Celeste and Jesse Forever
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Listen Up: Adele, Arcade Fire, Rick Ross Top Massive List of Oscar-Eligible Original Songs

In what might be a bit of an over-correction from last year’s two-song race, The Academy has released the largest list of Oscar-eligible original songs in years, topping out at 75 tunes from the movies of the year. Naturally, the big names are there — Adele with “Skyfall” and Arcade Fire with their work on The Hunger Games — but there are also some far out choices like work featured in Death By China and Saint Dracula. With that many songs in the mix, it was bound to be an eclectic group, but even though it’ll be whittled down for the final nominee list announced January 10th, it’s nice for the time being to see “Ladies of Tampa” from Magic Mike right next to “Love Always Comes as a Surprise” from Madagascar 3. Here’s the complete list with a few examples for your listening pleasure: “For You” from Act of Valor “Metaphorical Blanket” from Any Day NowLet It Rain
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Les Misérables’ “Suddenly,” Adele’s “Skyfall” & Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake” Among 75 Songs Qualifying For Oscar

Seventy-five songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2012 are in contention for nominations in the Original Song category for the 85th Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.

The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each song is featured, are listed below in alphabetical order by film and song title:

”For You” from “Act of Valor

“Metaphorical Blanket” from “Any Day Now

Let It Rain” from “Being Flynn

“Learn Me Right” from “Brave”

“Touch the Sky” from “Brave”

“Airport” from “Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best

“Come on Girl” from “Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best

“Someday” from “Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best

“Protect the King” from “Brooklyn Castle

California Solo” from “California Solo

Casa De Mi Padre” from “Casa De Mi Padre

“Del Cielo” from “Casa De Mi Padre

“Yo No Se” from “Casa De Mi Padre

“No Other Plans” from “Celeste and Jesse Forever
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Adele's 'Skyfall' theme deemed eligible for original song Oscar

Adele's 'Skyfall' theme deemed eligible for original song Oscar
There are 75 original songs that qualify for the Oscar this year, but really everyone has been waiting to hear about one.

Adele’s title theme to Skyfall surged to #1 on iTunes just days after debuting in October, but some feared the number by her and Paul Epworth would be ruled ineligible for the Oscar because it incorporates elements of the classic 007 theme, which of course is not original.

But the music branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences decided it was not a significant enough problem to boot it from the potential nominees, and included it without
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Matthew McConaughey Is Eligible for the Best Original Song Oscar

  • Vulture
Matthew McConaughey Is Eligible for the Best Original Song Oscar
We are one step closer to a Matthew McConaughey Oscar striptease, friends, because — as hoped and prayed for — Magic Mike's "Ladies in Tampa" has been declared eligible for Best Original Song. Also on the Academy's go-list: "Skyfall," which will probably ensure a post-baby comeback performance from Adele; Rick Ross's "100 Black Coffins," from Django Unchained; the new Les Miserables song; Fiona Apple's ferocious, not-so-censor-friendly "Dull Tool," from This Is 40; and, strangely, Katy Perry's "Wide Awake." Start mailing in your thongs or coffins or whatever a dull tool is to the Academy; the Save the Best Song Performances campaign starts now.Full list: "For You" from "Act of Valor""Metaphorical Blanket" from "Any Day Now""Let It Rain" from "Being Flynn""Learn Me Right" from "Brave""Touch the Sky" from "Brave""Airport" from "Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best""Come on Girl" from "Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best
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75 Songs Eligible for Best Original Song Oscar Including Adele’s “Skyfall” and Matthew McConaughey’s “Ladies of Tampa”

  • Collider.com
Just yesterday we got a look at the 104 scores that will be gunning for the Best Original Score Oscar at the upcoming 85th Academy Awards, and today the Academy has unveiled the list of 75 songs that will be competing for the coveted Best Original Song trophy. While the expected contenders like “Suddenly” from Les Miserables and “Song of the Lonely Mountain” from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey appear, one of the pleasant surprises is Adele’s “Skyfall” from Skyfall. Since Adele’s magnificent Bond track draws a few cues from the franchise’s theme, many assumed that the Academy might rule it ineligible for the Best Original Song trophy. Not so, it appears, and now it looks like Adele just might land herself an Academy Award to keep those 47 Grammys company. Also of note, Matthew McConaughey could find himself a Best Original Song nominee for "Ladies of Tampa" from Magic Mike.
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Begin the Campaign for 'Ladies of Tampa' as 75 Songs Compete for Original Song at the 2013 Oscars

I mentioned on today's podcast that my three nominees for Best Original Song for the 2013 Critics' Choice Awards were "100 Black Coffins" from Django Unchained, "Skyfall" from Skyfall and "Ladies of Tampa" from Magic Mike. Of my nominees only "Skyfall" made the official list of nominees, but hopefully the Academy will right a couple of wrongs as both "100 Black Coffins" and Matthew McConaughey's "Ladies of Tampa" are among the 75 songs listed as in contention for a nomination at the 2013 Oscars. The Academy just released the following list of which all voting members of the Music Branch will receive a Reminder List of works submitted in the category and a DVD copy of the song clips. Members will be asked to watch the clips and then vote in the order of their preference for not more than five achievements in the category. The five achievements receiving the highest number of votes
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75 Original Songs Tune Up for 2012 Oscar

75 songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2012 are in contention for nominations in the Original Song category for the 85th Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today. The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each song is featured, are listed below in alphabetical order by film and song title: "For You" from "Act of Valor" "Metaphorical Blanket" from "Any Day Now" "Let It Rain" from "Being Flynn" "Learn Me Right" from "Brave" "Touch the Sky" from "Brave" "Airport" from "Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best" "Come on Girl"...
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What to Buy This Week: Blu-ray and DVD releases for October 29th

It’s Monday, so we all know what that means! Yes, it’s time for another rundown of DVDs and Blu-ray’s hitting stores online and offline this week. It’s a jam-packed week, with plenty of movies waiting to take you money, so let us breakdown the new releases and highlight what you should – and shouldn’t – be buying from today, October 29th 2012.

Pick Of The Week

The Five-Year Engagement (DVD/Blu-ray)

Judd Apatow-produced romantic comedy starring Emily Blunt and Jason Segel. Anglo-American couple Violet (Blunt) and Tom (Segel) fall in love and soon after decide to get married. But the wedding is repeatedly delayed by the various intricate and perplexing circumstances in which they find themselves, to the point where both parties – and their families – start to wonder if they are doing the right thing after all. The Five-Year Engagement Review

And the rest…

Brake (DVD/Blu-ray
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Exclusive: Santa Barbara Film Fest Issues Call for Entries for Second Annual Acquisitions Weekend

Santa Barbara International Film Festival executive director Roger Durling is making a Call for Entries for the fest's second annual Acquisitions Program. The weekend event providing buyers with direct access to showcased films debuted last year and resulted in a number of distribution deals, including "Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best," "Otter 501," "Samsara," "Sassy Pants" and the fest's 2012 Audience Choice winner, 'Starbuck." This year the acquisitions program will run during the first weekend of the festival, January 24-27, 2013, again in association with La production and sales company Traction Media. The Sbiff will accept submissions via Withoutabox until the drop deadline December 7. “We are thrilled with the success of last year’s Acquisitions weekend,” said Doug Stone, President of the Sbiff Board and a principal of Traction Media. “Sbiff continues with its commitment to nurturing...
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