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Oscars 2017: Listen to Selections from 110 Scores Eligible for This Year’s Academy Award

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Oscars 2017: Listen to Selections from 110 Scores Eligible for This Year’s Academy Award
A total of 145 scores were recently announced as being eligible for this year’s Academy Award, with everything from perceived frontrunner “La La Land” (Justin Hurwitz) and “Jackie” (Mica Levi) to outliers like “Sausage Party” and “Elle.” The final five will be nominated on January 24. In the meantime, avail yourself of this Spotify playlist featuring selections from 110 of the eligible scores — as well as the full list of every eligible score.

Read More: Oscar Best Score Contenders: The Inside Story of Creating 5 Diverse Frontrunners

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The Abolitionists,” Tim Jones, composer

Absolutely Fabulous The Movie,” Jake Monaco, composer

The Accountant,” Mark Isham, composer

Alice through the Looking Glass,” Danny Elfman, composer

Allied,” Alan Silvestri, composer

Almost Christmas,” John Paesano, composer

American Pastoral,” Alexandre Desplat, composer

The Angry Birds Movie,” Heitor Pereira, composer

Anthropoid,” Robin Foster, composer

“Armenia, My Love,
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145 Film Scores In Running For 89th Academy Awards

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 145 scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2016 are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 89th Academy Awards.

The eligible scores along with their composers are listed below, in alphabetical order by film title:

“The Abolitionists,” Tim Jones, composer

Absolutely Fabulous The Movie,” Jake Monaco, composer

The Accountant,” Mark Isham, composer

Alice through the Looking Glass,” Danny Elfman, composer

Allied,” Alan Silvestri, composer

Almost Christmas,” John Paesano, composer

American Pastoral,” Alexandre Desplat, composer

The Angry Birds Movie,” Heitor Pereira, composer

Anthropoid,” Robin Foster, composer

“Armenia, My Love,” Silvia Leonetti, composer

Assassin’s Creed,” Jed Kurzel, composer

Autumn Lights,” Hugi Gudmundsson and Hjörtur Ingvi Jóhannsson, composers

The Bfg,” John Williams, composer

Believe,” Michael Reola, composer

Ben-Hur,” Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders, composers

“Bilal,” Atli Ӧrvarsson, composer

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna,
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Oscars 2017: Best Original Score Category Whittled Down, with ‘La La Land’ and ‘Jackie’ Moving Forward

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Oscars 2017: Best Original Score Category Whittled Down, with ‘La La Land’ and ‘Jackie’ Moving Forward
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has announced the 145 scores eligible in the Best Original Score category, includeing work from “Jackie” and “La La Land.” The latter film, a musical directed by “Whiplash” helmer Damien Chazelle, picked up the Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s award for Best Music earlier this month; “Jackie” was the category’s runner-up. Notably absent, meanwhile, are “Arrival” (which just landed a Golden Globe nod), “Manchester by the Sea” and “Silence.”

Read: ‘La La Land’: Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling’s ‘City of Stars’ Duet Will Sweep You Off Your Feet – Listen

Justin Hurwitz composed and orchestrated the “La La Land” score, while “Jackie” marks “Under the Skin” composer Mica Levi’s second silver-screen effort. Decades after becoming one of the world’s most renowned film composers, Ennio Morricone won last year’s Oscar for his work on Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight.
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Content to sell Paul Allen-backed documentary 'Elephant’s Tale'

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Content to sell Paul Allen-backed documentary 'Elephant’s Tale'
Documentary follows a baby elephant surviving in the wild after losing its mother.

Content Media is selling worldwide rights to documentary Naledi: A Baby Elephant’s Tale after striking a deal with Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions

The feature, which tells the true story of a baby elephant and her fight to survive when she loses her mother, is being screened by Content for distributors here at the Marché.

Directed by Ben Bowie and Geoff Luck, the documentary is produced by Vulcan Productions, run by philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.

The film - part of Paul Allen’s ongoing elephant conservation and anti-poaching work - features an original score by Nick Urata (Paddington), and an exclusive recording by Dave Matthews and Vusi Mahlasela of the original song Mother of Africa.

Content’s international sales slate includes comedy An Actor Prepares, directed by Steve Clark and starring Jeremy Irons and Jack Huston; and action-thriller The Worker
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How Hollywood soundtracks repeat the same old tune

If you see a movie for the first time and swear you've heard the score before, it may not be your imagination...

Last month, the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (Afm) sued six major studios for reusing film soundtracks in other films without paying the appropriate compensation. It's the kind of news that will make people roll their eyes. Ah yes, they'll say after seeing the headlines. Typical Hollywood. Not even the music's original any more.

But go beyond the headlines about reusing the same music too much and delve into the lawsuit and it reveals an interesting insight into the kind of situations where music does get repeated.

The lawsuit, it soon becomes evident, isn't about the use of music in itself (a quick browse through the soundtracks for the titles in question, such as This Means War or Argo, reveals that they have
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Film Review: Adam Sandler’s ‘The Cobbler’ a Historical, Stupefying Disaster

Chicago – The newest Adam Sandler film that doesn’t feature him dressed like a chubby middle schooler is really bad, but in a special way. Similarly, it is an instant classic in the legacy of bizarre disasters, a footnote in writer/director history that must be witnessed to be fully understood.

Part of its perplexity is how the film is always in grasp as it shows itself, and how you can reach out and try to bring it back home, but then it explodes. This is one of those films where its flaws are more believable as a conspiracy than a misjudgment. Someone, please, let the police know that writer/director Tom McCarthy is missing, and someone has his shoes.

Rating: 1.0/5.0

The key to entering “The Cobbler” is indeed not lead star Adam Sandler but co-writer/director McCarthy. If you’ve seen his films like “The Station Agent,” “The Visitor,
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'Focus' Starring Will Smith Is Heading to IMAX

'Focus' Starring Will Smith Is Heading to IMAX
IMAX Corporation and Warner Bros. Pictures today announced that Focus, the latest film from directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy, Stupid, Love), starring Academy Award nominee Will Smith (The Pursuit of Happyness, Ali) and Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street), will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX format and released into domestic IMAX theatres on Feb. 27, 2015.

The IMAX release of Focus will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience with proprietary IMAX Dmr (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

About Focus:

&#8232Will Smith stars as Nicky, a seasoned master of misdirection who becomes romantically involved with novice con artist Jess (Margot Robbie). As he's teaching her the tricks of the trade, she gets too
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Review: 'Paddington' is a sweet and stylish family film delight

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Review: 'Paddington' is a sweet and stylish family film delight
One of the more obnoxious trailers I've seen in the last six months was for "Paddington," which looked like loud, annoying children's trash. I've sat through so many of those movies since I had my kids, and even when it's my job to review them, it is one of those things that I have to steel myself for ahead of time. Whoever cut the trailers for "Paddington" owes writer/director Paul King a personal apology, though. I mean, I get it. I know why they didn't push the whole "From the director of 'The Mighty Boosh'" angle in the trailers, but it would have at least convinced me. I am delighted to report that King's movie is sweet and smart and silly, beautifully made from top to bottom. While my kids were entertained by it, I found it very moving and was pleased to see how well King's sense of style,
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The top 14 movie soundtracks and scores of 2014

From Guardians Of The Galaxy to Godzilla, and Noah to Paddington, our pick of 2014's finest film soundtracks and scores.

After Gravity blew your eardrums out of the airlock in 2013 with its seamless mix of sound effects and music, it was hard to imagine a film wowing just as much the year after, but 2014 was a year in which movie soundtracks became, if anything, even more intricate, from films about the nature of being a musician to those that replicated the noise of human existence for alien senses.

Before 2014 becomes a distant ringing in the ears, here are the top 14 movie soundtracks of the year.

1. Under the Skin (Mica Levi)

Once you've heard Mica Levi's soundtrack to Under the Skin, everything else sounds both disappointing and even more exciting. I say 'soundtrack' because, like the best movies, Jonathan Glazer's sci-fi understands that sound and music are two halves of the same hastily-conceived metaphor.
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Will Smith and Margot Robbie Star In New Focus Trailer & Posters

Just before we head into the holidays, check out the latest trailer for the sexy and slick heist movie starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie, Focus.

Alongside this great new trailer Warner Bros. Pictures has released 3 new character posters.

“It’s about distraction. It’s about focus. The brain is slow and it can’t multitask.

Tap him here, take from there.”

Will Smith stars as Nicky, a seasoned master of misdirection who becomes romantically involved with novice con artist Jess (Margot Robbie). As he’s teaching her the tricks of the trade, she gets too close for comfort and he abruptly breaks it off. Three years later, the former flame—now an accomplished femme fatale—shows up in Buenos Aires in the middle of the high stakes racecar circuit. In the midst of Nicky’s latest, very dangerous scheme, she throws his plans for a loop…and the consummate con man off his game.
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The Academy Announces Eligibility For 114 Scores, 79 Songs And 323 Feature Films In 87th Oscar Race

Three hundred twenty-three feature films are eligible for the 2014 Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.

To be eligible for 87th Academy Awards consideration, feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days.

Under Academy rules, a feature-length motion picture must have a running time of more than 40 minutes and must have been exhibited theatrically on 35mm or 70mm film, or in a qualifying digital format.

Feature films that receive their first public exhibition or distribution in any manner other than as a theatrical motion picture release are not eligible for Academy Awards in any category. The “Reminder List of Productions Eligible for the 87th Academy Awards” is available at http://www.oscars.org/oscars/rules-eligibility.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences also announced that 114 scores
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Oscars: Original Score Category To Draw From 114 Movies

Oscars: Original Score Category To Draw From 114 Movies
Original scores from The Boxtrolls, Divergent, Exodus: Gods And Kings and The Grand Budapest Hotel are among 114 scores eligible for nominations in the Original Score category for the 87th Oscars. The noms will be announced on January 15. The eligible scores along with their composers are listed below, in alphabetical order by film title:

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs,” Vivek Maddala, composer

Anita,” Lili Haydn, composer

Annabelle,” Joseph Bishara, composer

At Middleton,” Arturo Sandoval, composer

“Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?,” Elia Cmiral, composer

Bears,” George Fenton, composer

Belle,” Rachel Portman, composer

Big Eyes,” Danny Elfman, composer

Big Hero 6,” Henry Jackman, composer

The Book of Life,” Gustavo Santaolalla and Tim Davies, composers

The Boxtrolls,” Dario Marianelli, composer

Brick Mansions,” Trevor Morris, composer

Cake,” Christophe Beck, composer

Calvary,” Patrick Cassidy, composer

Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” Henry Jackman, composer

The Case against 8,” Blake Neely, composer

“Cheatin’,” Nicole Renaud,
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Oscars: 114 Scores In Contention for Top Prize

Oscars: 114 Scores In Contention for Top Prize
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has announced that 114 original scores have advanced in the category for the 2014 Oscars. They include Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ score for “Gone Girl” and Hans Zimmer’s for “Interstellar.”

Here’s the complete list:

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs,” Vivek Maddala, composer

Anita,” Lili Haydn, composer

Annabelle,” Joseph Bishara, composer

At Middleton,” Arturo Sandoval, composer

“Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?,” Elia Cmiral, composer

Bears,” George Fenton, composer

Belle,” Rachel Portman, composer

Big Eyes,” Danny Elfman, composer

Big Hero 6,” Henry Jackman, composer

The Book of Life,” Gustavo Santaolalla and Tim Davies, composers

The Boxtrolls,” Dario Marianelli, composer

Brick Mansions,” Trevor Morris, composer

Cake,” Christophe Beck, composer

Calvary,” Patrick Cassidy, composer

Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” Henry Jackman, composer

The Case against 8,” Blake Neely, composer

“Cheatin’,” Nicole Renaud, composer

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” Michael Giacchino,
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"Citizenfour" Tops Ida Documentary Awards

"Citizenfour," the Edward Snowden documentary from director Laura Poitras, was named the Best Feature documentary of the year according to the International Documentary Association which revealed the winners of the 2014 Ida Documentary Awards.

Here's the complete list of the winners of the 2014 Ida Documentary Awards"

Career Achievement Award

Robert Redford

Pioneer Award

Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato

Preservation And Scholarship Award

Rithy Panh

Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award sponsored by Red Fire Films and Modern VideoFilm

Darius Clark Monroe

Best Feature Award

Citizenfour

Director: Laura Poitras

RADiUS-twc, Participant Media, and

HBO Documentary Films

Best Short Award

Tashi And The Monk

Directors: Andrew Hinton, Johnny Burke

HBO Documentary Films

Best Curated Series Award

Independent Lens

Executive Producer: Sally Jo Fifer

Deputy Executive Producer: Lois Vossen

Independent Television Service (Itvs) in association with PBS

Best Limited Series Award

Time Of Death

Executive Producers: Cynthia Childs, Dan Cutforth, Casey Kriley, Jane Lipsitz, Alexandra Lipsitz

Co-Executive Producer: Miggi Hood,
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‘Citizenfour’ Wins Best Feature Award from International Documentary Association

‘Citizenfour’ Wins Best Feature Award from International Documentary Association
Laura PoitrasEdward Snowden documentary “Citizenfour” has won the International Documentary Association’s award for best feature.

Poitras received the award Friday night in ceremonies at the Paramount lot.

“What he did was probably the most extraordinary act I’ve ever seen so we could know more as citizens,” Poitras said in her acceptance.

Poitras met Snowden while working on a documentary about governmental surveillance in the post-9/11 era. She began receiving emails from “citizenfour,” who wrote, “I am a senior government employee in the intelligence community. I hope you understand that contacting you was extremely high-risk.”

Poitras and reporter Glenn Greenwald journeyed to Hong Kong to meet with the person she had been corresponding with, who turned out to be Snowden. Snowden ultimately handed over top-secret documents that revealed covert surveillance programs run by the Nsa.

Citizenfour” won over “Finding Vivian Maier,” “Point and Shoot,” “The Salt of the Earth
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Citizenfour scoops Ida prize

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Citizenfour scoops Ida prize
Laura Poitras’ acclaimed documentary has prevailed in the International Documentary Association’s 2014 Ida Documentary Awards.

Citizenfour was named best feature and centres on Nsa whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Johnny Burke and Andrew Hinton’s Tashi And The Monk won best short and the Pare Lorentz Award, presented to films that demonstrate “exemplary filmmaking while focusing on environmental and social issues.”

Robert Redford received the Ida’s Career Achievement Award.

Full list of winners:

Career Achievement Award

Robert Redford

Pioneer Award

Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato

Preservation And Scholarship Award

Rithy Panh

Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award Sponsored by Red Fire Films and Modern VideoFilm

Darius Clark Monroe

Best Feature Award

Citizenfour

Best Short Award

Tashi And The Monk

Best Curated Series Award

Independent Lens

Executive producer: Sally Jo Fifer

Deputy executive producer: Lois Vossen

Best Limited Series Award

Time Of Death

Executive Producers: Cynthia Childs, Dan Cutforth, Casey Kriley, Jane Lipsitz, Alexandra Lipsitz

Co-Executive Producer: Miggi Hood, Sandy Shapiro

Best
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‘Citizenfour,’ ‘The Sixties’ Among Ida Documentary Award Nominees

‘Citizenfour,’ ‘The Sixties’ Among Ida Documentary Award Nominees
The International Documentary Association (Ida) announced nominations for the 2014 Ida Documentary Awards today, with awards being bestowed December 5th at the Paramount Theatre on the studio lot. The top films nominated in the best feature category include the critically-acclaimed Citizenfour from filmmaker Laura Poitras about Edward Snowden and the state of surveillance of civilians post 9/11 which has been enjoying a theatrical run and Nick Broomfield’s Tales Of The Grim Sleeper about the serial killer who terrorized South Central Los Angeles over 25 years. In the limited series category is Playtone’s CNN doc The Sixties, among others. Best episodic include Oprah Winfrey’s Master Class and HBO’s Vice exec produced by Bill Maher (and others). In addition, Robert Redford will receive the Career Achievement award from the Ida.

Winners in the Best Feature and Best Short categories are selected by Ida’s international membership. Screening committees of industry professionals based in New York City,
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Philomena, 12 Years A Slave, Gravity, Star Trek Into Darkness Among Scores In Contention For Oscar

One hundred fourteen scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2013 will be vying for nominations in the Original Score category for the 86th Oscars®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.

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.

Nomination voting in all Oscar categories begins Friday, December 27 and ends Wednesday, January 8.

The eligible scores along with their composers are listed below, in alphabetical order by film title:

Admission,” Stephen Trask, composer

“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” Daniel Hart, composer

All Is Lost,” Alex Ebert, composer

Alone Yet Not Alone,” William Ross, composer

The Armstrong Lie,
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114 Films Eligible for Best Original Score Oscar

114 Films Eligible for Best Original Score Oscar
The Academy has unveiled its list of films eligible for the best original score Oscar. A whopping 114 original scores are in contention. See the full list below. AMPAS will narrow down to the final five when Oscar nominations are announced Thursday, January 16. Today, the HFPA nominated "All Is Lost" (Alex Ebert), "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" (Alex Heffes), "Gravity" (Steven Price), "The Book Thief" (John Williams) and "12 Years a Slave" (Hans Zimmer) for best original score Golden Globes.      "Admission," Stephen Trask, composer       "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," Daniel Hart, composer       "All Is Lost," Alex Ebert, composer       "Alone Yet Not Alone," William Ross, composer       "The Armstrong Lie," David Kahne, composer       "Arthur Newman," Nick Urata, composer       "At Any Price," Dickon Hinchliffe, composer ...
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Oscars: 114 Original Scores to Compete for Top Prize

Oscars: 114 Original Scores to Compete for Top Prize
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled its list of 114 feature film scores that will be competing for the five nominations.

The roster includes films that are considered front-runners as well as documentaries, foreign-language films and animated features, and range from mega-hits like “Iron Man 3″ to mini-budgeted pics like “Escape From Tomorrow.”

The eligible scores along with their composers are listed below, in alphabetical order by film title:

Admission,” Stephen Trask, composer

“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” Daniel Hart, composer

All Is Lost,” Alex Ebert, composer

Alone Yet Not Alone,” William Ross, composer

The Armstrong Lie,” David Kahne, composer

Arthur Newman,” Nick Urata, composer

At Any Price,” Dickon Hinchliffe, composer

Austenland,” Ilan Eshkeri, composer

Before Midnight,” Graham Reynolds, composer

The Best Man Holiday,” Stanley Clarke, composer

The Book Thief,” John Williams, composer

“The Butterfly’s Dream,” Rahman Altin, composer

The Call,” John Debney, composer

Captain Phillips,” Henry Jackman,
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