‘Sing’ Review

Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly, Jennifer Saunders, Peter Serafinowicz, Nick Kroll, Beck Bennett, Nick Offerman | Written by Garth Jennings | Directed by Christophe Lourdelet, Garth Jennings

Whilst Disney seem to be raiding their animated back-catalogue in the hopes of finding their next big cinema hit, abandoning the joyous nature of the animated movie for more dour live-action versions, it’s left to other studios – like Dreamworks, Illumination etc. – to keep the slew of animated kids film coming. Current kings of the CG-animated movie Illumination Entertainment, who also have Despicable Me 3 out later this year, hit cinemas early with Sing, a truly family-orientated film that takes it’s story from the current popularity of the TV talent show.

Sing tells the story of Buster Moon (McConaughey) a koala who grew up with a passion for theatre. However that passion does not
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Reliving the absolute genius of Hammer and Tongs

Hammer and Tongs: Take a trip back to the 1990s with Garth Jennings and Nick Goldsmith’s impressive run of music videos and movies.

Hammer and Tongs was the pseudonym of two British director and producing legends, and you’re a bigger fan of them than you thought you were.

I was lucky enough to meet and interview British filmmaker Garth Jennings in London late last week. The director was in town to discuss his latest film Sing, the animated extravaganza featuring the vocal talents of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton and many more of Hollywood’s current A-list. The film is Jennings’ first for nearly nine years, and is really worth checking out this weekend – whatever your age or musical/ film tastes.


Before the ambitious, five-year long journey ofbringing Sing to screens, Jennings was bashing out content with his production outfit ‘Hammer and Tongs’. In 2007, Jennings and producing partner,
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Altitude boards Luke Evans, Kelly Reilly hostage thriller '10x10'

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Altitude boards Luke Evans, Kelly Reilly hostage thriller '10x10'
Noel Clarke has written the screenplay and produces with Jason Maza for their banner Unstoppable.

London-based Altitude Film Sales has taken worldwide rights on 10x10, which is set to star Luke Evans (The Girl On The Train) and Kelly Reilly (True Detective).

A cat and mouse thriller set in America, the story follows a seemingly ordinary man who under the surface hides a dangerous obsession for a woman. When he kidnaps her, he imprisons her in a soundproof cell measuring only 10 feet by 10 feet, where he intends to extract a dark secret from her past.

Film-maker Noel Clark (Brotherhood) has written the screenplay and will produce with Jason Maza for their banner Unstoppable Entertainment. Further producers are Maggie Monteith and Gina Powell, who both worked on Brotherhood.

Suzi Ewing will direct, marking her debut feature. She has previously directed music promos for artists including Badly Drawn Boy, and her short films include Going Postal and Fumes.

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AFM: Altitude Boards Thriller ‘10×10,’ Starring Luke Evans

AFM: Altitude Boards Thriller ‘10×10,’ Starring Luke Evans
Altitude Film Sales has secured worldwide sales rights to “10×10,” starring Welsh actor Luke Evans, currently on screen with Emily Blunt in “The Girl on a Train” and soon to be seen in Bill Condon’s “Beauty and the Beast” with Emma Watson. “10×10” is from the creative team behind U.K. box-office hit “Brotherhood.”

Co-starring with Evans (“The Hobbit” trilogy, “Professor Marston & the Wonder Women”) is Kelly Reilly (“True Detective,” the “Sherlock Holmes” franchise), soon to be seen in the Sky TV drama series “Britannia,” by acclaimed playwright Jez Butterworth with his brother Tom Butterworth and Richard McBrien.

“10×10” is a contained cat-and-mouse thriller set in America. “Lewis is a seemingly ordinary guy but under the surface he hides a singular obsession — revenge — and the focus of his obsession is Cathy,” according to a statement. “In broad daylight, Lewis kidnaps Cathy and takes her to his home in the middle of nowhere.
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Awesome Mix Tape Volume 5: Best Soundtracks & Scores of 2014

Back in August, I released a mix tape consisting of the best tracks, from the best movie soundtracks and best scores of the first half of 2014. This here, is the entire mix consisting of the best songs heard in movies all year long.

Note: If you’ve already heard the first half, simply skip ahead one hour in. Enjoy!


Phase 1

Guardians of the Galaxy Clip

The Band – “The Weight” (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes)

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Clip

Superhuman – “Where It Ends” (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes)

Alexandre Desplat – “Godzilla Main Theme”

Marco Beltrami – “We Go Forward” (Snowpiercer)

Snowpiercer Clip

Hot Blood – “Soul Dracula” (Only Lovers Left Alive)

Only Lovers Left Alive Clip

James Brown – “Papas Got A Brand New Bag” (Get On Up: The James Brown Story)

Get On Up Movie Clip

Elvis Presley – “You’re the Devil in Disquise
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Second Opinion – Wish I Was Here (2014)

Wish I Was Here, 2014.

Directed by Zach Braff.

Starring Zach Braff, Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Joey King, Pierce Gagnon, Josh Gad, Ashley Greene, Donald Faison, Michael Weston, James Avery, and Jim Parsons.


When 35 year old Aidan Bloom finds out his Father is dying of cancer it sets him on a journey of self-discovery.

It was never going to be an easy feat to follow up the superb debut that was Garden State, but with Wish I Was Here Zach Braff proves that he’s not a one hit wonder. Braff plays Aidan Bloom, a 35 year old out of work actor who relies on his wife to pay the bills and his father to pay for his children’s tuition. On the surface he’s woefully unlikeable in his selfishness, but he has a charm about him that makes him endearing despite his flaws. Upon finding out that his father
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Music in Film: Wish I Was Here & Guardians Of The Galaxy

Wish I Was Here, Boyhood and Guardians Of The Galaxy take a mixtape approach to their soundtracks. Ivan looks at what makes them so great...

"You gotta hear this one song. It'll change your life, I swear," a girl (Sam) in a doctor's waiting room once said to a boy (Andrew) who looked a lot like Zach Braff. Then, she placed a pair of headphones over his ears and played him The Shins.

Garden State's soundtrack became a must-have for all fans in 2004 thanks to its effective use - and curation - of indie artists, acoustic ditties and mild electronica. It was an album that showed a jukebox soundtrack (traditionally the territory of Tarantino) could do something different, whether that was introducing people to obscure bands they hadn't heard of or connecting you with others who also liked the movie's music.

10 years later, filmmakers are still chasing the same thing: the ultimate mixtape.
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The Shins' give new song 'So Now What' to Zach Braff's new film 'Wish I Was Here'

The Shins' give new song 'So Now What' to Zach Braff's new film 'Wish I Was Here'
The Shins have a great tune "So Says I," but now it's time for a hazy "So Now What." The indie rockers -- who have been curbed more recently as James Mercer has pursued other musics with Danger Mouse in their project Broken Bells -- contributed the new tune to Zach Braff's "Wish I Were Here" film, which went the crowd-funding route last year. As you'll remember, Natalie Portman famously put headphones on Braff's head to the tune of The Shins "New Slang" in the former "Scrubs" star's directorial debut "Garden State" (2004). "It'll change your life, I swear," her character Sam says. Well, it certainly did change the band life of The Shins. So the circle of life continues. "Wish I Was Here" also has new songs from the likes of Bon Iver, Coldplay and Cat Power, plus previously released songs from The Head and the Heart and Hozier.
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Zach Braff's 'Wish I Was Here' Soundtrack Features New Songs By Coldplay, The Shins, Bon Iver & More

Get your iPods ready (do people still use those?) as Zach Braff is back. The "Garden State" writer/director is ready to bring some twee dramedy flavor to your summer with his Kickstarter funded "Wish I Was Here," and certainly, some of that cash must have gone to securing some of these artists, because the line-up of new songs he's managed to score is pretty impressive. Hell, folks at major studios aren't even putting in this kind of effort, so hats off to Braff. Among those contributing new tunes to his movie include Coldplay and Cat Power who team up (!) to deliver the title song, professional sad sack Bon Iver who contributes "Heavenly Father," and "So Now What" by the life-changing The Shins (you can hear part of that song in the recent trailer). Elsewhere, Braff manages to secure a Paul Simon jam, that other Bon Iver track that everyone has heard by now,
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Elizabeth Wurtzel’s The Bachelor Recap: All the Promises Will Be Broken

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Elizabeth Wurtzel’s The Bachelor Recap: All the Promises Will Be Broken Nothing feels more like escape than to go back on your word By Elizabeth Wurtzel It’s time for another season of The Bachelor, America’s pre-eminent reality show for romantic group dates, high-profile rejections, crying pharmaceutical saleswomen, and rendering the phrase “true love” utterly meaningless through ceaseless repetition. This season, we have asked Elizabeth Wurtzel, author of Prozac Nation and Bitch, to confront our favorite national circus nightmare. Join Elizabeth each Tuesday for all the squabbling and hot-tubbing that’s fit to air on ABC. Tonight we'll be free/ All the promises will be broken. So exudes Bruce Springsteen in the bridge of "Thunder Road," the triumphant track that opens his 1975 breakthrough album Born To Run. It is a song so exuberant, it has been covered by both Phish and Badly Drawn Boy, [...]
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Universal Announces Release Dates For 'Despicable Me 3,' A New 'Grinch' & An Untitled Garth Jennings Animated Project

In a press release issued today about Universal's slate of upcoming animated movies produced by Illumination Entertainment, we got word on when the already announced "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and the properly assumed "Despicable Me 3" would hit theaters nationwide. But they also announced an untitled project for 2016, one that is infinitely more interesting than either of these projects—an animated feature written and directed by Garth Jennings, who was responsible (alongside frequent creative partner Nick Goldsmith) for some of the more unforgettable videos in recent memory—bands such as Radiohead, Blur, Pulp, Badly Drawn Boy, Beck, Hot Chip, Supergrass, R.E.M.—as well as big-screen vehicles "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" and "Son of Rambow." Color us intrigued.Not much is known about the project (you can read the annoyingly cryptic synopsis below), although it should be known that this is the first big-screen project
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Lance Armstrong film: send us your title, cast, music and poster suggestions

Jj Abrams is lined up to make a biopic of the cyclist. Send us your front covers, titles, soundtrack and casting suggestions

Lance Armstrong's life is to be dramatised on the big screen. Jj Abrams is set to direct a movie that will take its lead from the forthcoming book Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong by New York Times reporter Juliet Macur.

Abrams did a decent job with Star Trek and Super 8, but we're here to help him out with some suggestions. We want to know your ideas for the film title, tagline, soundtrack and cast members. If you're feeling very creative, email us a mocked-up front cover to and we'll publish the best responses.

Some of your best suggestions


There Will Be Blood Transfusions

Lord of the Syringes

Fear and Loathing in Le Mans

Epo Brother Where Art Thou
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104 Scores in the Race for Best Original Score at the Oscars

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The Oscars are a little over two months away, and with so many fantastic films released throughout this year, the anticipation surrounding the announcement of the nominations next month is running on high.

So far, we’ve had the shortlists for the Best Animated Feature, the Best Visual Effects, and the Best Documentary categories.

Now the Academy has announced the list of 104 films that are eligible in the Best Original Score category, and it’s going to be very interesting to see what makes the final cut come nominations time next month.

I think Hans Zimmer’s score for The Dark Knight Rises is, hopefully, a lock, because it is amazing. I also loved James Horner’s score for The Amazing Spider-Man, but can’t decide whether or not I think it will earn a nomination.

Alexandre Desplat has three films in the running this year, with Argo, Rise of the Guardians,
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A. R. Rahman in Oscar race once again

A. R. Rahman in Oscar race once again
Indian composer A.R. Rahman is in the Oscar race once again for the original score at the 85thAcademy Awards. His composition for the film “”People Like Us” has found place in the long list of 104 composers vying for the nominations.

Rahman composed for the Alex Kurtzman directed “People Like Us” starring Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Olivia Wilde, Jon Favreau and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Rahman won two Academy Awards for Best Original Music Score and Best Original Song at the 81st Academy Awards in 2009 for “Slumdog Millionaire”.

104 scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2012 are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category.

The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Thursday, January 10, 2013.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on February 24, 2013. The eligible scores along with their composers are listed below in alphabetical order by film title:

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” Henry Jackman, composer “After the Wizard,
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Lincoln, The Dark Knight Rises, Cloud Atlas Among 104 Scores To Advance In 2012 Oscar Race For Best Score

One hundred four scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2012 are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 85th Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today. As noted by various online Oscar pundits, most noticeably missing is Moonrise Kingdom. A Reminder List of works submitted in the Original Score category will be made available with a nominations ballot to all members of the Music Branch, who shall vote in the order of their preference for not more than five achievements. The five achievements receiving the highest number of votes will become the nominations for final voting for the award. Click Here for the complete rules.

In February, Ludovic Bource won the Oscar for Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score) for The Artist at the 84th Academy Awards.

The eligible scores along with their composers are listed below
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Some Thoughts on the 104 Original Scores Competing for 2013 Oscar Nominations

As far as I'm concerned, the two most memorable scores of the year belong to Cloud Atlas and Beasts of the Southern Wild. That said, I made an egregious and unforgivable mistake when filling out my Critics' Choice nominations and forgot to include not one of them, but Both of them! Shame. I feel it. Now I have to hope my fellow Bfca members came through where I failed. However, we will discuss Critics' Choice nominations more on the upcoming episodes of the RopeofSilicon podcast, for now we're talking Oscar as the Academy has released a complete list of all 104 original scores competing for Best Original Score at the 2013 Oscars. I have not yet posted my predictions for Best Original Score and while I am making a fuss above concerning Cloud Atlas and Beasts of the Southern Wild, I think both of those stand a very strong chance at a nomination this year.
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104 Scores Advance in Best Original Score Oscar Race

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has narrowed down the Best Original Score race…to 104 entries. The Academy has shortlisted over 100 scores from 2012 that are eligible to compete for the gold on Oscar night, including three from Alexandre Desplat alone (Argo, Rise of the Guardians, and Zero Dark Thirty). Every year there are a few scores that are ruled ineligible for one reason or another, and this year those ineligible films include The Bourne Legacy, Moonrise Kingdom, and Rust and Bone. For my money, the standouts of 2012 were Beasts of the Southern Wild, Looper, and The Dark Knight Rises. I have a feeling Howard Shore’s work on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will end up being a favorite of mine as well. Hit the jump to check out the full list of 104 eligible scores, and leave thoughts on your personal favorites from 2012 in the comments section. The
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104 Original Scores In 2012 Oscar® Race

One hundred four scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2012 are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 85th Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today. The eligible scores along with their composers are listed below in alphabetical order by film title: “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” Henry Jackman, composer “After the Wizard,” Stephen Main, composer “Alex Cross,” John Debney and Sebastian Morton, composers “The Amazing Spider-Man,” James Horner, composer “Anna Karenina,” Dario Marianelli, composer “Argo,” Alexandre Desplat, composer “Battleship,” Steve Jablonsky, composer “The Bay,” Marcelo Zarvos, composer “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin, composers “Being Flynn,” Damon Gough, composer “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” Thomas Newman, composer “Big Miracle,” Cliff Eidelman, composer “Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story,” David Cieri, composer “Brave,” Patrick Doyle, composer “Brooklyn Castle,” B. Satz, composer “Chasing Ice,” J. Ralph, composer “Chasing Mavericks,
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For Your Consideration: 5 Original Songs We Dare The Academy To Nominate This Year

For Your Consideration: 5 Original Songs We Dare The Academy To Nominate This Year
The best original song category at the Academy Awards is about as unpredictable a category as it gets, save maybe best foreign language film and best documentary. Though in the past decade there's been some surprisingly inspired winners in the likes of The Swell Season's "Falling Slowly" (from "Once") Eminem's "Lose Yourself" (from "8 Mile"), Three 6 Mafia's "It's Hard Out There For a Pimp" (from "Hustle & Flow") and Ryan Bingham and T-Bone Burnett's "The Weary Kind" (from "Crazy Heart"), the Academy's music branch has in general had a very difficult time figuring how to be consistent in rewarding the most deserving songs in a given year. Karen O's "All is Love" (from "Where The Wild Things Are") Badly Drawn Boy's "Silent Sigh" (from "About a Boy") . Gustavo Santaolalla, Bernie Taupin and Emmylou Harris's "A...
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Listen and Buy The “ParaNorman” Soundtrack Today!

Listen and Buy The “ParaNorman” Soundtrack Today!
A few days ago, Relativity Music Group released the soundtrack to Paranorman, which is out in theaters today. The soundtrack is from singer-songwriter Jon Brion, and is streaming all week on AOL Music and MSN Music and can be purchased from iTunes here. We have the press release straight from Relativity Music below:

Los Angeles, CA - August 14th: The soundtrack to ParaNorman by famed composer, record producer, and singer-songwriter Jon Brion is available today, August 14th from Relativity Music Group. The new stop-motion animated comedy thriller, will be released in theaters everywhere on Friday, August 17th. The soundtrack is streaming all week on AOL Music and MSN Music and is available for purchase on iTunes here:

When a small town comes under siege by zombies, who can it call? “Norman!” From Focus Features and Laika, the companies behind the Academy Award-nominated animated feature Coraline, comes the comedy thriller ParaNorman.
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