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‘La La Land’ Scores Three Hollywood Music in Media Nominations

‘La La Land’ Scores Three Hollywood Music in Media Nominations
La La Land” has scored a leading three nominations for the Hollywood Music in Media Awards for Justin Hurwitz’ score and two songs performed by stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling.

Stone, who plays an actress in the film, performed “Audition,” written by Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Gosling performed “City of Stars,” also written by Hurwitz, Pasek and Paul.

Other nominees for the Original Score award are Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka for “Lion”; Henry Jackman for “Birth of a Nation”; Mica Levi for “Jackie”; Nicholas Britell for “Moonlight”; and Rupert Gregson-Williams for “Hacksaw Ridge.”

The other four nominees for Original Song are “Dancing with Your Shadow” for “Po,” written by Burt Bacharach, performed by Sheryl Crow; “Down With Mary” for “Too Late,” written & performed by John Hawkes; “Rules Don’t Apply” for “Rules Don’t Apply, written by Eddie Adkins and Lorraine Feather, performed by Lily Collins
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‘Fundamentals of Caring’ Director Rob Burnett Offers 3 Critical Filmmaking Lessons From 30 Years Working on ‘Letterman’

‘Fundamentals of Caring’ Director Rob Burnett Offers 3 Critical Filmmaking Lessons From 30 Years Working on ‘Letterman’
Editor’s Note: There are so many different paths to becoming a movie director, but a career in late night isn’t one of the more common ones. Rob Burnett spent 30 years working for David Letterman, rising from intern to executive producer, before directing Paul Rudd and Selena Gomez in the upcoming Netflix release “The Fundamentals of Caring.” We asked the writer/director what lessons he took from “The Late Show” and how did it prepare him for being a filmmaker. What we got was the following essay, which is a great insight into the mindset it takes to direct a feature film.

Read More: ‘The Fundamentals of Caring’ Trailer: Paul Rudd & Selena Gomez Take an Emotional Road Trip

During one of the Q&A sessions after “The Fundamentals of Caring” screened at Sundance, someone asked me what influence my work in television has had on me as a filmmaker.
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Music in Film: The top 20 soundtracks of 2013

Odd List Ivan Radford 7 Jan 2014 - 06:37

Last year may only be a memory, but its film themes linger in the mind. Here's Ivan's pick of 2013's best soundtracks...

Just a quick scan down the list below reveals an extraordinary breadth of genres and subject matters, from imposing, expensive science fiction films to quiet, intimate stories about men at sea on boats or outlaws breaking out of prison to be with their wives. Disparate though the films are, they're all linked by at least one common motif: their music is utterly brilliant.

So with 2014 already well underway, and an entire new wave of films with great music in them beckoning, join us as we look back to the movies of last year, their finest soundtracks, and the must-listen pieces of music you can dig out on each one.

1. Gravity (Steven Price)

Must-listen track: Don't Let Go

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Music in Film: Cars, clapping and computer games

Feature 13 Sep 2013 - 07:20

Gonzo guitars in Rush, chip tune nostalgia in The Kings Of Summer, and clapping in Ain't Them Bodies Saints. It's Music in Film time...

As autumn draws in, film music fans are set for a dream couple of months. Danny Elfman has a concert at the Royal Albert Hall, Michael Nyman is set to perform at the London Film Festival and Neil Brand is leading a BBC4 series starting Thursday 12th September called Sound Of Cinema, which looks fantastic.

To top it all off, September also sees the release of some diverse, decent and downright unique soundtracks. Here are three that have wormed their way into my earholes.

Rush

When watching Ron Howard’s F1 drama, the first thing you notice, before you even see a car, is the sound: the roar of an engine as the vehicles scream round the bend and burn tire tracks in your ears.
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Music in Film: The Oscars 2013

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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Oscars: 75 Songs vie for Best Original Song led by Les Misérables, Ted & Safety Not Guaranteed

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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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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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'Safety Not Guaranteed' Soundtrack Features Guster's Ryan Miller, Mark Duplass & Summer Fiction

Tomorrow, June 5, Abkco Records will digitally release the original soundtrack to the FilmDistrict feature "Safety Not Guaranteed." Directed by Colin Trevorrow and written by Derek Connolly, the film stars Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson and Karan Soni, and features an original score written and performed by Ryan Miller, the singer, guitarist and founder of the alternative rock group Guster.

The soundtrack album is bookended by “Big Machine,” the opening cut written by Miller and performed in the film by Mark Duplass’ character, with the closing cut a studio recording of the song performed by Duplass -- an accomplished musician in his own right.

Other soundtrack highlights include Guster’s “Architects And Engineers,” along with Philadelphia-based indie band Summer Fiction's “She’s Bound To Get Hurt,” the Hoppin’ Haole Brothers’ ukulele-powered “Litter Box Beach” and Hearts On Fire's “Hard On Your Man” -- an unreleased track from a band that included Bob “Woody” Trevorrow,
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Fantastic First Song, New Clip & Image from Sundance-favourite Safety Not Guaranteed

Premiering in the UK last month at Sundance London, Safety Not Guaranteed was my favourite film of the festival, and if you haven’t seen it yet, you need to watch the trailer right now.

Starring Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass in the leads, the film marks Colin Trevorrow’s directorial debut and Derek Connolly’s writing debut, and they make one of the finest debuts in recent years, earning the film every one of its five stars in our review.

“From the producers of Little Miss Sunshine – When an unusual classified ad inspires three cynical Seattle magazine employees to look for the story behind it, they discover a mysterious eccentric named Kenneth, a likable but paranoid supermarket clerk, who believes hes solved the riddle of time travel and intends to depart again soon. Together, they embark on a hilarious, smart, and unexpectedly heartfelt journey that reveals how far believing can take you.
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Exclusive: Listen To 'Big Machine' From 'Safety Not Guaranteed'

Exclusive: Listen To 'Big Machine' From 'Safety Not Guaranteed'
Mark Duplass has done it all on a film set -- writing, directing, editing, producing, acting -- and in "Safety Not Guaranteed" he adds another credit to his already-lengthy IMDb page: playing the zither.

Duplass -- who was the lead singer of the band Volcano, I'm Still Excited!! -- stars in the upcoming offbeat indie romance as Kenneth, a Washington state resident who places a classified ad in his local paper looking for a time travel partner. (If that sounds familiar, it's likely because you remember the 2005 classified ad-cum-internet meme on which the film is loosely based: "Wanted: Someone to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. You'll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. Safety not guaranteed. I have only done this once before.")

Rather than go for the easy joke, "Safety Not Guaranteed" features ample pathos, as Kenneth forms a
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Sundance London: Safety Not Guaranteed Review

Let’s start with the bottom line: Safety Not Guaranteed is one of the best films of the year. Aubrey Plaza is phenomenal in the lead as Darius Britt, a magazine intern who goes undercover to investigate a man looking for a partner to travel back in time with.

Colin Trevorrow makes an absolutely fantastic feature directorial debut from a terrific script by Derek Connolly (also making his feature debut), and along with the Duplass brothers on board as executive producers, they’ve assembled a brilliant co-leading cast featuring Jake Johnson as Darius’ higher-up, Karan Soni as a fellow intern, and Mark Duplass himself as Kenneth, the man who puts out the following ad:

Wanted: Someone to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. You’ll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. I have only done this once before. Safety Not Guaranteed.
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D Tour | Review

Director: Jim Granato Pat Spurgeon is a musician whose lifelong dream of being in a successful rock band is coming true with his band Rogue Wave. Unfortunately, just as Rogue Wave starts to take off, Spurgeon’s kidney (a transplant he received 13 years prior) begins to show signs of failing. As a career musician, Spurgeon is uninsured and has no “back-up plan.” Faced with twice a day dialysis and a search for a new kidney, Spurgeon simultaneously prepares to embark on a grueling tour with Rogue Wave because he does not want to forfeit his lifelong dream (and career). The tour is nicknamed the “D tour” because Spurgeon needs to get a “D” (for dialysis) fix twice a day. D Tour follows Spurgeon on his rocky and emotional quest for a matching kidney and overall health. Produced, directed, shot and co-edited by Jim Granato D Tour deals with two seminal
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