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First Look at Terrence Malick’s Vr Experience ‘Together,’ Premiering at SXSW

After experimenting with his form of boundary-pushing, cinema-as-memory films to great, succesful lengths with his last three narrative features–not to mention Voyage of Time, which we’re still awaiting an actual U.S. release for–Terrence Malick will return to more of a traditional script with his WWII drama Radegund, hopefully releasing later this year. But first, after splicing in avant-garde and experiential touches with his last few films, he’s making the natural step into virtual reality.

Premiering at South by Southwest Festival–where he gave a rare public talk last year–on March 13 is the Vr experience Together, which is directed by Malick and shot by cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto (Silence, The Wolf of Wall Street, Brokeback Mountain). Clocking in at 5 minutes and 46 seconds and featuring music by Simon Franglen, see the synopsis below, as well as the first look above.

Together” is a Vr experience about the power of human connection.
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Celine Dion Hated "My Heart Will Go On" at First, and 13 Other Wild Facts About the Song

Image Source: Getty / Alain Fulconis Ahead of Celine Dion's epic, heartbreaking performance of "My Heart Will Go On" at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, Billboard released an oral history of the iconic Titanic song. As gorgeous and timeless as the tune might seem now, it actually almost never got made due to one important factor: Dion hated it (and she wasn't the only one). From candid quotes from the Canadian singer about the miserable day she recorded to which Titanic star gets physically ill every time they hear it, read on to see the most fascinating tidbits they dug up. Related12 Fascinating Things You Probably Didn't Know About Titanic James Cameron was against it from the start. The director of Titanic envisioned ending his historical disaster epic with a standard score rather than a pop song, reportedly saying, "Would you put a song at the end of Schindler's List?
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SCOREcast 057: Simon Franglen

Merry Christmas, SCOREcasters! Just in time for your snowbound cross-country jaunt to Grandma’s house, Deane and Brian play Santa and deliver this year’s holiday episode in conversation with The Magnificent Seven composer Simon Franglen. Grab a hot cup of nog and a slice of that pumpkin pie and settle in for a terrific discussion with Simon as he walks you through working on several of the highest-grossing pictures of all-time, including Titanic and Avatar, plus the complete behind-the-scenes story of the score to his newest film, The Magnificent Seven, where he took up the mantle of his dear friend James Horner and turned out one of 2016’s most notable musical achievements.

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James Horner's 25 most magnificent scores

Sean Wilson Oct 11, 2016

From Star Trek and Field Of Dreams to The Rocketeer and Krull: we salute the film scores of the late, great James Horner.

When composer James Horner died in a plane crash in June 2015, cinema lost one of its most profoundly emotional voices, and the final chapter on Horner's astonishing career has now closed with his last work: Antoine Fuqua's Western remake The Magnificent Seven. Horner actually wrote the score based on the script before the film even started production, such was his passion for it, and it's been posthumously completed by his longtime collaborator Simon Franglen.

To mark the occasion, here are the 25 most seminal scores from a lamented, legendary figure of film music.

1. Legends Of The Fall (1994)

Despite his reputation as a composer of melodrama, throughout much of the eighties and early nineties Horner had largely been pegged as a bold composer of action,
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The Magnificent Seven review – the re-shoot

An update of the 1960s classic refreshes the racial mix but leaves the cliches intact

Antoine Fuqua’s remake of John Sturges’s 1960 western stirs up the racial mix of the seven gunfighters a little. Leading the team is Denzel Washington’s cool-headed Chisholm; he is backed up by, among others, the South Korean actor Byung-hun Lee playing the knife specialist Billy Rocks; Manuel Garcia-Rulfo stars as the Mexican bad boy Vasquez and the Native American actor Martin Sensmeier, rather underserved in the way of dialogue, as the Comanche warrior Red Harvest.

But while this is a welcome update to the formula, in most other ways this is a stolidly traditional western. Fuqua shoots in widescreen, using tawny saturated colours that evoke the era of the original. The camera cringes slightly in front of the heroes: they are frequently shot from just below chin level, the better to emphasise manly jawlines and all-round studliness.
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The Magnificent Seven – Review

There’s the saying that they don’t make them like they used to. Often this is referred to classic styles of storytelling. The western is one of the oldest film genres, practically synonymous with names like John Ford, John Wayne, and Clint Eastwood. Over the past decade there have been filmmakers that have saddled the genre and kicked a modern twist into it. Films like Slow West, The The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford, and Meek’S Cutoff have reflected more of the struggles – both internal and external – of life on the American frontier.

However, The Magnificent Seven (2016) falls more in line with traditional westerns than the modern; it harkens back to the “us vs. them” dynamic. There’s a classic approach to this remake of the 1960 film that shows Antoine Fuqua understands that sometimes you don’t need to mess around too much with a good thing.
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“The Magnificent Seven” remake looks to bring back the Western

Outside of Quentin Tarantino, it seems like no one is really attempting to do Westerns anymore. This week, one does hit in the remake of The Magnificent Seven. This film, the latest take on the material, seeks to not just follow in those footsteps, but in Tarantino’s as well, echoing Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight in the process. Aside from remakes like 3:10 to Yuma, you have to look far and wide to find other Westerns these days, with the last memorable one perhaps being The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Come Friday though, Antoine Fuqua seeks to give you all another one to love. This remake, which is not only a remake of The Magnificent Seven film of the same name, but also Seven Samurai, is an action Western. Here, when a town is being terrorized by a land thief (Peter Sarsgaard), they
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‘The Magnificent Seven’ Score: Listen to the Late James Horner’s Stirring Compositions

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‘The Magnificent Seven’ Score: Listen to the Late James Horner’s Stirring Compositions
Antoine Fuqua’s remake of “The Magnificent Seven” is only receiving lukewarm praise, but seven themes composed by the late James Horner for the film have been exceptionally well received. The composer, who died last year at the age of 61, had a storied career that included two Academy Awards and two Golden Globes; in addition to Fuqua, he worked with James Cameron, Walter Hill and Ron Howard multiple times.

Read More: ‘The Magnificent Seven’: How The Remake’s Score Reflects the Vision of Late Composer James Horner

Horner composed his pieces without seeing any footage, working instead from the script and conversations with Fuqua (with whom he also collaborated on “Southpaw”). Simon Franglen, the producer/composer/arranger who helped complete the score, recently told Indiewire that, after Horner’s death, “it was important that Antoine hear the themes as a suite. We hired an orchestra and went to Louisiana
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‘The Magnificent Seven’: How The Remake’s Score Reflects the Vision of Late Composer James Horner

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‘The Magnificent Seven’: How The Remake’s Score Reflects the Vision of Late Composer James Horner
Director Antoine Fuqua was provided with a surprising gift when he began making his contemporary remake of “The Magnificent Seven”: Seven themes composed by the late Oscar-winning composer James Horner (“Titanic”), who died last year in a plane crash. Horner didn’t live long enough to screen any footage, but he read the script and provided the backbone of the score for Fuqua. Indeed, after collaborating on “Southpaw” together, Horner convinced the director to make “The Magnificent Seven” when he was ambivalent about the project and worried about financing.

Horner, in fact, was on such a steady ascent before his fatal crash (including Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge” and “The Great Wall”), that he discussed greater collaboration with producer-composer-arranger Simon Franglen (the Grammy-winning “My Heart Will Go On” from “Titanic”). They also worked together on the gritty, electronic-tinged “Southpaw,” and Franglen later arranged “Skyfall” and “Spectre” for composer Thomas Newman.
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Tiff 2016 Review – The Magnificent Seven (2016)

The Magnificent Seven, 2016.

Directed by Antoine Fuqua.

Starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Haley Bennett, Byung-Hun Lee, Vincent D’Onofrio, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Peter Sarsgaard.


Seven gun men in the old west gradually come together to help a poor village against savage thieves.

Antoine Fuqua directs an all-star cast in his remake of The Magnificent Seven, a film that successfully calls back to classic Westerns and its namesake while delivering some good performances and entertaining action pieces.

The plot is pretty basic and straightforward, as are many films in the Western genre; corrupt bad guys terrorize a town and the townsfolk hire a group of cowboy mercenaries to defend them. Denzel Washington stars as the group’s leader Sam Chisolm, one of the only ones in the group who can be called a straight up good guy. Washington’s performance is one of the strongest in the
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New Trailer for Malick's Extended Doc 'Voyage of Time: Life's Journey'

"The past... the present... the future... A journey from the birth of the stars through the origin of humanity." Whoa. I can't wait for this, it looks so enchanting. Empire has released a trailer for the alternate full-length version of Terrence Malick's long-awaited documentary Voyage of Time. This version is called Voyage of Time: Life's Journey, a 90-minute feature extended from the separate Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience which runs 45 minutes (see the trailer for that one) and is narrated by Brad Pitt. This version is narrated by Cate Blanchett, who you can hear in this trailer, and features all of the same footage with even more shots of the stars forming, and Earth being created, and life starting and evolving over millions of years of time. The score is by Simon Franglen & Hanan Townshend. You need to see this for yourself. Here's the first trailer
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‘Magnificent Seven’ trailer shows off gunslinging Chris Pratt and Denzel Washington

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‘Magnificent Seven’ trailer shows off gunslinging Chris Pratt and Denzel Washington
Seven men on horseback will again ride through the Old West to save the day, and this time, they’re led by Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt. The two actors saddled up for The Magnificent Seven remake opening in theaters later this year. Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), the film’s first trailer hit the web today. You can watch it below: Based on the 1960 Western The Magnificent Seven, which itself was based on Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, the new film also stars Peter Sarsgaard as industrialist Bartholomew Bogue, who’s ruthlessly taken control of the small town of Rose Creek. The desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers, and hired guns — Sam Chisolm (Washington), Josh Farraday (Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). HitFix was among a small group
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Amore debut 'Brindisi' music video

Amore debut 'Brindisi' music video
Amore have premiered their first music video online. The opera group released a clip for 'Brindisi' on YouTube, which sees the four-piece dressed in formal attire and walking around a country estate. The track serves as the lead from their debut album Stand Together, which was executive produced by Simon Franglen, who has previously worked with Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Katherine Jenkins, Rolando Villazon and Barbra Streisand. On putting the group together, Warner Music Entertainment's (more)
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2011 Grammy winners: Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga, Eminem, Arcade Fire win big

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The 2011 Grammy Awards were big for the ladies -- country trio Lady Antebellum took home the most awards with five, while Lady Gaga earned three. Eminem had two honors, but Alternative Rock group Arcade Fire won the coveted Album of the Year.

Here is the full list of winners:

Album Of The Year

The Suburbs -- Arcade Fire

Recovery -- Eminem

Need You Now -- Lady Antebellum

The Fame Monster -- Lady Gaga

Teenage Dream -- Katy Perry

Record Of The Year

"Nothin' On You" -- B.o.B Featuring Bruno Mars

"Love The Way You Lie" -- Eminem Featuring Rihanna

"Forget You" -- Cee Lo Green

"Empire State Of Mind" -- Jay-z & Alicia Keys

"Need You Now" -- Lady Antebellum

Best New Artist

Justin Bieber


Florence & The Machine

Mumford & Sons

Esperanza Spalding

Song Of The Year

"Beg Steal Or Borrow" -- Ray Lamontagne, songwriter (Ray Lamontagne And The
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Announcing the 2011 Grammy Award Nominees!

We're slowly inching closer to award season, and tonight we learned who scored nominations for the biggest ceremony in the music industry: the Grammys. Last year was all about the ladies, but this time around the men are stepping up. Eminem got the most nods with eight, including song of the year and record of the year, while newcomer Bruno Mars nipped at his heels with seven nominations (guess he's not just popular among the Glee club). Speaking of the gleeks, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the cast was recognized all on their own, for their "Regionals version" of "Don't Stop Believin'" and best soundtrack. Just because the men came out on top this year doesn't mean the ladies won't be represented. As usual, Lady Gaga got plenty of recognition, along with Katy Perry and Rihanna. Other nominees that got me smiling are Arcade Fire, who picked up
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"Avatar" wins Best Picture and Best Director at the 2010 Golden Globe Awards

"Avatar" was the big winner of the 67th annual Golden Globe Awards. The film was named Best Picture, Drama and Best Director went to James Cameron. Other winners of this year's awards include: Sandra Bullock, Best Actress Drama for "The Blind Side," Jeff Bridges, Best Actor Drama for "Crazy Heart," Kevin Bacon for Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for "Taking Chance" and Best Original Song went to 'The Weary Kind' from "Crazy Heart."

The full list of nominees is below and the winners are highlighted in bold.

Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture

Mo’Nique, Precious - click here to watch the emotional trailer

Penélope Cruz, Nine

Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air

Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air

Julianne Moore, A Single Man

Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series, Comedy Or Musical

Toni Collette,
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2010 Golden Globes Winners List

Here's a complete list of winners from Golden Globes Awards.

Sam Worthington, James Cameron, Zoe Saldana, Jon Landau and Sigourney Weaver at the 2010 Golden Globes Awards

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The 2010 Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night featured a wide array of winners, with "Avatar" closing out the night by taking the Best Motion Picture award and Martin Scorsese winning the Cecil B. DeMille Award. Winners appear in bold; for more details on the winners and nominees, head over to the .

Cecil B. DeMille Award: Martin Scorsese

Best Motion Picture - Drama


"The Hurt Locker"

"Inglourious Basterds"


"Up in the Air"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

Emily Blunt - "The Young Victoria"

Sandra Bullock - "The Blind Side"

Helen Mirren - "The Last Station"

Carey Mulligan - "An Education"

Gabourey Sidibe - "Precious"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion
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Golden Globe 2010 Winners

The winners for the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2010) have been announced at an exciting ceremony held at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

The big winners included Mo’Nique, Meryl Streep, Christoph Waltz, James Cameron, Sandra Bullock, Robert Downey Jr., Jeff Bridges, and Jason Reitman.

Let us know what you think of the winners using the comments!

Full results are below…

Best Motion Picture – Drama

Avatar (20th Century Fox) The Hurt Locker (Summit Entertainment) Inglourious Basterds (The Weinstein Company) Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire (Lionsgate) Up in the Air (Paramount Pictures)

Golden Globe 2010, James Cameron, Sandra Bullock

Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture – Drama

Emily BluntThe Young Victoria Sandra BullockThe Blind Side Helen MirrenThe Last Station Carey MulliganAn Education Gabourey Sidibe – Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire

Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture – Drama
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The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations and Winners

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