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Pasek and Paul (‘The Greatest Showman’) are trying to become the third back-to-back Best Original Song Oscar winners

Pasek and Paul (‘The Greatest Showman’) are trying to become the third back-to-back Best Original Song Oscar winners
Will a Pasek and Paul tune be music to Oscar voters’ ears again? After winning Best Original Song last year for “City of Stars” from “La La Land,” Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are gunning to be the third reigning champs to defend their crown with their Golden Globe-winning hit “This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman.”

The first songwriting team to go back-to-back was composer Henry Mancini and lyricist Johnny Mercer, who won for “Moon River” from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961) and the title track from “Days of Wine and Roses” (1962). Three decades later, Alan Menken achieved the feat as well, winning for the title song from “Beauty and the Beast” (1991), shared with late lyricist Howard Ashman, and “A Whole New World” from “Aladdin” (1992), with lyricist Tim Rice.

See Good news for ‘This Is Me’: The Globes and Oscars have sung the same tune more often than you
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Greatest Romantic Scenes In Movies

Filmgoers still want some romance up on the big screen in the local cinemas. As is evident in this weekend’s box office, Fifty Shades Freed, the last film in the ‘Fifty Shades’ trilogy, pushed the franchise over the $1 billion mark globally with a number one debut bringing in $98.1 million in overseas and $38.8 million in North America for a combined worldwide total of $136.9 million.

Need a film to watch with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day?

While this genre isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, there’s no denying the emotional impact of these scenes that make them noteworthy. If you’re still searching for that special movie, here’s a sampling of scenes from romantic films.

Nothing says enduring love better than the story of Braveheart and the Scot who gave his body and soul to his country and woman he loved. William gives Muron the thistle she
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2018 Grammys predictions: Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber (‘Despacito’) ahead for Record of the Year, but it’s a close race

2018 Grammys predictions: Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber (‘Despacito’) ahead for Record of the Year, but it’s a close race
“Despacito” by Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, and Justin Bieber is the Grammy frontrunner to win Record of the Year with 8/13 odds, That’s according to our latest predictions, which are based on the combined forecasts of more than 1,800 total users who have entered their picks at Gold Derby as of this writing. It was one of the biggest hits of 2017, spending a record-tying 16 weeks at number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart over the summer. The Grammys often love that kind of cultural phenomenon, but it would be unprecedented for a primarily Spanish-language song to win the top prize, and there are at least two rivals poised to upset.

Among the users making their predictions are nine Expert journalists we’ve polled from top media outlets, and five of them say “Despacito” will prevail: Joyce Eng (Gold Derby), Edna Gundersen (Gold Derby), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Peter Travers (Rolling
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Oscar Nominations: Score and Song Surprises Include Taylor Swift and Mariah Carey Snubs

Oscar Nominations: Score and Song Surprises Include Taylor Swift and Mariah Carey Snubs
Two major figures in pop music, songwriter Diane Warren and Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood, could walk away with their first Academy Awards as a result of today’s nominations in the music categories.

There were no major surprises in the original song race and only one minor surprise in the score category.

Oscar’s music branch confirmed what many pundits predicted going into this morning’s announcement: that “Remember Me” and “This Is Me,” the songs at the emotional core of the animated “Coco” and live-action “The Greatest Showman” respectively, would be nominated.

A win for either on March 4 would give their songwriters a second Academy Award: “This Is Me,” was written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who won for “La La Land’s” “City of Stars” last year; and “Remember Me” was by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who won for another Disney film, “Let It Go” from 2013’s “Frozen.”

If Pasek and
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An Opinionated Guide to a Wild Year for Oscar Songs

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An Opinionated Guide to a Wild Year for Oscar Songs
Here are some of the things that could happen in the Oscars’ Best Original Song category this year: Diane Warren could win her first Oscar after eight nominations over the last 30 years. Benj Pasek and Justin Paul could get back-to-back wins, only the third time that will have ever happened in the category. (The others were Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer in 1961-62 and Alan Menken in 1991-92.) Speaking of Alan Menken, he could add to his current total of eight wins, which already makes him the living person with the most Oscars. Mary J. Blige could become the first person nominated...
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Latest Retro Soundtrack Releases From Vocalion

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By Darren Allison

(Cinema Retro Soundtrack Editor)

Dutton Vocalion has released three3 more impressive titles in their Sacd range. The Black Motion Picture Experience / Music for Soulful Lovers (Cdsml 8531) is as a twofer release featuring The Cecil Holmes Soulful Sounds. There’s a perfect symmetry about this particular CD. Both albums were released on the famous Buddah label back in 1973 and both were released in Stereo and Quadrophonic pressings. Vocalion’s new CD marks the debut of both albums in both formats. Both titles were originally released back in the height of the Blaxploitation boom. The first of the Holmes albums consists of a great selection of major Blaxploitation themes including Super fly (1972), Shaft (1971) and Across 110th street (1972), but there’s also a great deal more than the usual, often repeated titles. Slaughter (1972) is a nice addition to the track listing, considering a soundtrack album was never released. Holmes also
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From ‘Star Wars’ to ‘Game of Thrones,’ Film and TV Music in a Live Setting Is Thriving

From ‘Star Wars’ to ‘Game of Thrones,’ Film and TV Music in a Live Setting Is Thriving
Just a few years ago, “film music in concert” translated to short suites by big-name movie composers (Henry Mancini, John Williams) performed at summer pops concerts. Today, established American orchestras that once didn’t look at the merging of screen and music seriously, take heed of live-to-picture performances as very big business, with concert halls packing in audiences around the world.

That’s something of a surprise, considering how most classical musicians had traditionally looked down their collective noses at movie music. “Film music was a pejorative, and that was the end of it,” David Newman says. Now they see the attendance figures, and attitudes have changed considerably.

Indeed, just a month ago, the New York Philharmonic completed a three-week, four-film “Star Wars” series with Newman conducting John Williams’ scores for the original trilogy plus “The Force Awakens” to sold-out crowds at New York’s David Geffen Hall. “The orchestra absolutely killed it,” says Newman.
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New For Halloween: Best New Scares On DVD

Tomorrow is Halloween, the annual event that sees children dress-up as the monsters they truly can be, and collect candy and chocolate from the neighbours, is upon us once more. In addition to being the day where kids go hyper from too much sugar, it’s also apparently the night of the year where the veil between the living and dead is at its thinnest, meaning that the ghosts can cross back over for this one night. This makes it the perfect night to lock the door, turn down the lights and enjoy a horror film or two. The pressure to pick the right one though can be crippling, with so many classics out there to pick from, many may find themselves in a Sophie’s choice style dilemma, but why stick with a classic when there are so many new horror films out there? The last couple of months
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October Horrors 2017 Day 28 – Lifeforce (1985)

Lifeforce, 1985.

Directed by Tobe Hooper.

Starring Steve Railsback, Peter Firth, Frank Finlay, Melinda May, and Patrick Stewart.

Synopsis:

A joint UK-us space mission aboard the Hms Churchill takes a strange turn when the crew stumbles upon an enormous craft hidden in the tail of Halley’s Comet, with three seemingly humanoid bodies entombed within. Contact with Earth is soon lost and a retrieval mission finds the ship damaged, the crew dead and the escape pod missing, with the three bodies brought back to Earth for research. Upon inspection, the three bodies are in fact vampiric alien creatures whose rapidly growing hunger soon threatens the survival of the human race.

We’re entering the final stretch of October Horrors 2017 and to celebrate entering the final stretch we’re going Big!!! How big? Cannon Films Big!!!!!

Having exhausted ourselves of Alien films, we’re instead going to take a look at something slightly more ludicrous.
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Review: Michael Giacchino At 50, Live At The Royal Albert Hall

Michael Giacchino is a film composer who’s still on the up and if you’ve watched the likes of Lost, Rogue One, Jurassic World, a whole host of Pixar or any of the recent Star Trek films then his music has definitely entered your life, and that’s just a small selection. Giacchino has built an impressive body of work over the past 18 years and I was more than excited to see him perform live, and so on the occasion of his 50th birthday celebrations at the Royal Albert Hall, it was quite exceptional.

Following the likes of Ennio Morricone, Howard Shore, Henry Mancini, Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer and the mighty John Williams, Giacchino has played the Albert Hall before when he lead an orchestra for a live version of Star Trek into Darkness in 2014 but this Friday night was something particularly special, as it was to celebrate his 50th Birthday.
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‘Mr Robot’ Review: Season 3 Premiere is Mostly Set-Up, But Does Take the Blame for Trump

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‘Mr Robot’ Review: Season 3 Premiere is Mostly Set-Up, But Does Take the Blame for Trump
[Editor’s note: Spoilers for “Mr. Robot” Season 3, Episode 1, “eps3.0_power-saver-mode.h” follow.]

Booting Up

Rather than immediately reunite with Elliot (Rami Malek) and his state of confusion, Season 3 of “Mr. Robot” opens with the eccentric Irving (new cast member Bobby Cannavale), a BBQ connoisseur with a Bluetooth headset who it’s revealed is Tyrell Wellick’s (Martin Wallström) first call after shooting Elliot (thus establishing that Season 3 picks up right where Season 2 left off).

A week later, Elliot’s recovering from his gunshot wound and trying to get answers as to exactly what happened, though as the audience can see he’s lacking in allies — Angela (Portia Doubleday) is keeping things from him, Darlene (Carly Chaikin) is being hunted by the Dark Army (and working with the FBI), and of course Mr. Robot (Christian Slater) has rarely been a true friend…in fact, Elliot doesn’t even talk to Mr. Robot for the entire episode. That doesn’t mean his alter ego doesn’t make himself known,
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Contest: Win Chucky: Complete 7-movie Collection on Blu-ray

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Serial killer Charles Lee Ray is once again running rampant in Good Guys doll form in Cult of Chucky, and if the new film has you in the mood to watch all of the entries in the Child's Play franchise, then you're in luck, because we've been provided with one Blu-ray set of Chucky: Complete 7-Movie Collection from Universal Studios Home Entertainment to give away to one lucky Daily Dead reader.

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Prize Details: (1) Winner will receive (1) Blu-ray set of Chucky: Complete 7-Movie Collection, which includes:

Child's Play Child's Play 2 Child's Play 3 Bride of Chucky Seed of Chucky Curse of Chucky Cult of Chucky

How to Enter: We're giving Daily Dead readers multiple chances to enter and win:

1. Instagram: Following us on Instagram during the contest period will give you an automatic contest entry. Make sure to follow us at:

https://www.instagram.com/dailydead/

2. Email: For a chance to win via email,
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Interview: Don Mancini Talks Cult Of Chucky and the Enduring Controversy of Seed Of Chucky

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It’s been amazing to watch Don Mancini shepherd the entire Child’s Play franchise for nearly 30 years now, successfully navigating these films through various eras in modern horror, all while keeping the spirit of everyone’s favorite possessed killer doll Chucky very much alive and kicking.

This week, Cult of Chucky made its debut on various formats and platforms—Blu-ray, DVD, VOD, and the rated version is also now available on Netflix—which meant it was the perfect time to post our interview with Mancini here on Daily Dead. Here’s the catch though: what follows ended up being a very spoiler-filled interview at times, just because there’s so much that I’ve long enjoyed about this franchise, and wanted to dig into a lot of different topics with Chucky’s creator while I had the opportunity.

So, if you haven’t had the chance to see Cult of Chucky just yet,
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Cult Of Chucky Review

Don Mancini’s Cult Of Chucky is an anomaly; Hollywood’s smallest horror icon “jumps the proverbial shark” but instead pulls off a daring scripted stunt that sticks its revitalized landing. We’ve come a long way since 1988 – Andy Barclay fighting his Good Guy nemesis – far enough to introduce a bride, child and now congregation into Chucky’s life. Mancini plays as wacky-and-loose as he wants with plot – it doesn’t get less believable than a murderous children’s toy possessed through a voodoo curse. So why not evolve mythology and upgrade Charles Lee Ray’s murderous capabilities? In keeping with the tradition of a forward-thinking franchise focused on reinvention, Chucky’s latest playdate strives for vigorous kills, legacy unquestioned and a logical blend of 80s-meets-modern-classics slasher intuition.

I’ve screamed it before and I’ll pontificate again – Child’s Play is the strongest horror franchise still running, ever created,
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Wamg Giveaway – Win the Chucky: Complete 7-Movie Collection – Available October 3rd

Set a play date with Chucky—America’s favorite killer doll—with the Chucky: Complete 7-Movie Collection. In Child’s Play, Child’s Play 2 and Child’s Play 3, Chucky torments his original victim, young Andy Barclay. In Bride of Chucky and Seed of Chucky, the bloodthirsty boy-toy meets his demonic doll of his dreams, Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly). Chucky returns for more terror in Curse of Chucky, where the murderous mop-top terrorizes a family with an unusual connection. Finally, in Cult of Chucky, an insane asylum is the place for Chucky to take on old nemeses and new victims.

The Chucky: Complete 7-Movie Collection will be available October 3rd. Now you can own Chucky: Complete 7-Movie Collection on Blu-ray. We Are Movie Geeks has one copy to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment answering this question: What is your favorite movie in the Chucky series?
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Good Guys Finish First: Don Mancini’S Durably Deranged Killer Doll Returns In Cult Of Chucky

Let’s talk memorable movie killers for a second. Since Mrs. Bates first slashed her way through the shower curtain in Room 1 of that roadside motel in Psycho (1960), franchise-minded murderers have had a hard time of it in the consistency department, regardless of how strong they may have lunged out of the gate. Established classics of the genre, like Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween and Nightmare on Elm Street have all given birth to an array of sequels, remakes and reboots that may have extended their nasty protagonists’ shelf life, but none could approach their origins in terms of frights or filmmaking quality.

The exception to this rule of inconsistency and ever-diminishing returns in serial killer movie franchises seems to be the maniac who may have been the most unlikely to succeed, or certainly to endure, to begin with. He would be Charles Lee Ray (played with customary intensity
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Bww TV Exclusive: At Home with Charles Busch- Watch a Preview From His New Show at Feinstein's/54 Below!

Tony nominee, Drama Desk Lifetime Achievement honoree and two-time Mac Award winner, Charles Busch, is about to return to Feinstein's 54 Below with a new show that gets to the essence of this legendary entertainer. Weaving tales of his Manhattan childhood and adolescence raised by his indomitable Aunt Lillian through the lens of the tumultuous decade of the 1960's, Charles will be singing a great songbook from Broadway to Pop, featuring the work of among others Burt Bacharach, Jimmy Webb, the Beatles, Henry Mancini, Bob Dylan, Stephen Sondheim and Kander and Ebb. Songs include Two for the Road, Anyone Who Had a Heart and The Times They Are A-Changin'.
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Cult of Chucky Director Taunts Pirates Who Leaked Sequel Early

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Cult of Chucky Director Taunts Pirates Who Leaked Sequel Early
Piracy is nothing new in Hollywood, but it continues to be a big issue. One of the most recent movies to fall victim to piracy is Cult of Chucky, the forthcoming seventh installment of the Child's Play franchise. The movie recently leaked online in its entirety and director Don Mancini, as one might expect, is none too happy about it. Unfortunately for those who leaked Cult of Chucky online, Universal's lawyers aren't thrilled either.

Don Mancini took to his Twitter account to address the leak of Cult of Chucky. Even though the movie isn't going to be a major release for the studio, there is a lot of excitement surrounding it from horror fans. But leaks like this can really hurt a small movie that isn't going to get any help at the box office. Those who leaked the movie didn't handle the situation with a lot of stealth, as
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Cult Of Chucky Comes To Netflix In October

Even though it won’t be seeing a theatrical release, a strong argument could be made for Cult of Chucky being one of the most anticipated horror movies to drop in 2017. Not only will it include returning favorites such as Jennifer Tilly and Alex Vincent, but it will also carry over the darker tone that director Don Mancini established in the previous film, Curse of Chucky.

As you may know by now, the sequel will debut on October 3, being made available on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD and On Demand. Not only that, but according to IGN, it’ll also be coming to Netflix on that very day as well. Thus, you have one more option as to how you can get your Chucky fix.

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Charles Busch Will Bring His Kinda 60's to Feinstein's/54 Below

Tony nominee, Drama Desk Lifetime Achievement honoree and two-time Mac Award winner, Charles Busch, returns to Feinstein's 54 Below with a new show that gets to the essence of this legendary entertainer. Weaving tales of his Manhattan childhood and adolescence raised by his indomitable Aunt Lillian through the lens of the tumultuous decade of the 1960's, Charles will be singing a great songbook from Broadway to Pop, featuring the work of among others Burt Bacharach, Jimmy Webb, the Beatles, Henry Mancini, Bob Dylan, Stephen Sondheim and Kander and Ebb. Songs include Two for the Road, Anyone Who Had a Heart and The Times They Are A-Changin'.
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