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Sci-Fi Score Awards Contenders Recruit Veteran Composers for Vastly Different Films

Sci-Fi Score Awards Contenders Recruit Veteran Composers for Vastly Different Films
You could say 2017’s standout sci-fi and fantasy scores cover space, shape and size as these four veteran composers tackle each film’s themes from vastly different conceptual origins.

Blade Runner 2049

Music by Benjamin Wallfisch and Hans Zimmer

Vangelis’ music for the 1982 original is so iconic, says co-composer Wallfisch, that the challenge was “how can we take that sonic language and emotional impact, but completely reinvent it?”

Curiously, the star of the 2017-by-way-of-2049 score is (like the Vangelis original) a Yamaha Cs-80 synth, which Zimmer bought back in 1970s London and was still in (mostly) working order. “It has a life of its own and every time you play a note, it’s a slightly different pitch,” Wallfisch says with a laugh.

Much of the score, however, was created with contemporary synths, often with sounds inspired by other ‘80s electronic instruments; and some live players and vocalists. “Textures and colors evolve very slowly to match the pace
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Contemporary Chinese Cinema: The Year So Far

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Contemporary Chinese Cinema is a column devoted to exploring contemporary Chinese-language cinema primarily as it is revealed to us at North American multiplexes.Over the last few years it has become increasingly easy to see mainstream Asian films in North America at the same time they are released in their home countries. Thanks to partnerships with small, international distributors, the major multiplex chains (AMC, Cinemark, Regal) have devoted a handful of screens in major markets to showing new releases from India, Korea, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Most of these titles fall under the radar of both critics and audiences outside the diasporic communities to which they are targeted. They play for a week or two and then disappear, outside of a handful of breakout titles. Last year Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid made headlines for its high per-screen averages in North America as it shattered domestic box office records in China.
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10 Oscar Underdogs Who Stand the Best Chance at Gold

10 Oscar Underdogs Who Stand the Best Chance at Gold
Ten months into the year, it’s hard out here for an Oscar contender. Being worthy of remembering, or being watched by Academy members, demands a warm film-festival reception, rave reviews, effective marketing and distribution, strong theater attendance, and word of mouth. Check out this curated (alphabetical) selection of long-shot performers who are worthy of Oscar consideration, but may see their movies get lost in the intense competitive awards shuffle.

1. Bryan Cranston

Category: Best Actor

Awards: Nominated for Best Actor by SAG and the Oscars for “Trumbo,” Cranston won three Best Actor in a Drama Emmys for playing Walter White in “Breaking Bad” and won SAG Best Actor in TV movie as Lbj in “All the Way.”

Last Hit: “Why Him?” ($60 million domestic)

Title: “Last Flag Flying” (Amazon Studios)

Bottom Line: This layered New York Film Festival opener stars Cranston in one of his signature large, colorful, entertaining performances as Sal,
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10 Oscar Underdogs Who Stand the Best Chance at Gold

10 Oscar Underdogs Who Stand the Best Chance at Gold
Ten months into the year, it’s hard out here for an Oscar contender. Being worthy of remembering, or being watched by Academy members, demands a warm film-festival reception, rave reviews, effective marketing and distribution, strong theater attendance, and word of mouth. Check out this curated (alphabetical) selection of long-shot performers who are worthy of Oscar consideration, but may see their movies get lost in the intense competitive awards shuffle.

1. Bryan Cranston

Category: Best Actor

Awards: Nominated for Best Actor by SAG and the Oscars for “Trumbo,” Cranston won three Best Actor in a Drama Emmys for playing Walter White in “Breaking Bad” and won SAG Best Actor in TV movie as Lbj in “All the Way.”

Last Hit: “Why Him?” ($60 million domestic)

Title: “Last Flag Flying” (Amazon Studios)

Bottom Line: This layered New York Film Festival opener stars Cranston in one of his signature large, colorful, entertaining performances as Sal,
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Michael Giacchino interview: the art of scoring movies

Sean Wilson Sep 29, 2017

War For The Planet Of The Apes, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Star Wars and more, as we chat to composer Michael Giacchino...

Few blockbuster composers are in as much demand as Michael Giacchino. Having risen through the ranks of video game scoring and smash-hit TV sucesses with the likes of Lost, the versatile composer has over the last decade musically defined several enormous franchises. From Rogue One to Jurassic World to acclaimed Pixar Oscar-winners like Up, there's no end to Giacchino's talents.

With his 50th birthday concert at the Royal Albert Hall coming up on 20th October, we were delighted to catch up with Michael to ask that all-important question: what makes a truly great film score?

Well, it's been 15 years since I was playing Medal Of Honor: Frontline on the PS2 and now I'm sat here talking to its composer! Seriously, how hard were the tanks to defeat in that game?
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Martin Landau Was a Slyly Versatile Actor Who, in Late Middle Age, Attained Greatness

Martin Landau Was a Slyly Versatile Actor Who, in Late Middle Age, Attained Greatness
Whenever Martin Landau, who died on Sunday, showed up in a movie or on a television show, you could count on him to add a spark — of tension, of mordant play — to the proceedings. His face, even in repose, spoke volumes, and what a face it was! In “North by Northwest,” with his sloped eyebrows and Roman-statue lips and leer of menace, he played a spy’s henchman who gleamed with officious danger. Landau kept himself still, so that you had to keep reading that face, scanning the malevolence behind it. He added another layer too: Landau, with Hitchcock’s approval, chose to play the henchman as gay, with a hidden crush on his boss (James Mason). Though the characterization fit the then-timely stereotype of homosexual villainy (this was 1959, after all), if you watch it now, it’s the subtext that humanizes the character. Landau’s eyes burn with a quality that only he would have had
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The Top Five Martin Landau Movie Roles of His Career

Martin Landau was a talented and successful American actor and acting coach. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, on June 20, 1928. He became famous for his regular appearances on television series ‘Mission: Impossible’ and ‘Space: 1999’. However, it was his movie roles that really shot him to fame and for which he is best-known. Sadly, Landau passed away on July 15, 2017, at the age of 89. He died in Los Angeles, California, when experienced unexpected complications following a brief stay in a hospital. He leaves behind a legacy of amazing movies and here we remember five of

The Top Five Martin Landau Movie Roles of His Career
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Bedtime Stories and Parties with Mel Brooks: Martin Landau's Daughter Remembers Life with Her Legendary Dad

Bedtime Stories and Parties with Mel Brooks: Martin Landau's Daughter Remembers Life with Her Legendary Dad
Martin Landau’s daughter Susie Landau Finch tells People growing up with the Hollywood star made for a very exciting childhood.

“No one day was the same. He was full of excitement and would tell me amazing bedtime stories and was always making funny voices – so much that he scared my little sister,” she says.

The actor, who won an Academy Award in 1994 for the Tim Burton-directed Ed Wood, came to fame playing a villain in Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest and later in the original Mission: Impossible TV show on CBS. He died at UCLA Medical Center
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Movie News: Martin Landau Passes Away at 89; Watch Natalie Portman in New 'Planetarium' Trailer

Martin Landau: Winner of an Academy Award for his supporting performance in Tim Burton's Ed Wood, Martin Landau appeared in more than 175 movies and television shows over a rich and varied career that began in 1953. He passed away yesterday at the age of 89. He gave a notable performance in North by Northwest, starred on TV's Mission: Impossible and later earned Academy Award nominations for Tucker: The Man and His Dream and Crime and Misdemeanors. [THR]   Killers of the Flower Moon: We heard back in April that director Martin Scorsese might be teaming with Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro to make a big-screen version of Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, based on a true story about murder and mayhem in Oklahoma in the...

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Martin Landau's Epic Love with Mission: Impossible Costar Barbara Bain: Inside Their 36-Year Romance

Martin Landau's Epic Love with Mission: Impossible Costar Barbara Bain: Inside Their 36-Year Romance
Martin Landau and Barbara Bain had a love meant for the screen.

Oscar winner Landau, who died Saturday at at age 89 after a brief illness, rose through the ranks in Hollywood alongside his Mission: Impossible costar Bain, as their marriage spanned 36 years and two children before they divorced in 1993.

Their romance got off to an unlikely start when Bain showed up to one of Landau’s classes at the Actors Studio in New York.

“I thought she was an empty-headed model, a magazine cover wired for sound,” he told People back in 1976 of his first impression of Bain. “I had hair down to my shoulders,
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Martin Landau, Oscar-Winner & ‘Ed Wood’ Star, Dies At 89

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Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau died Saturday night, aged 89. Martin Landau Dead At 89 Landau’s publicist Dick Guttman said the actor died of unexpected complications during a short stay at UCLA Medical Center. Landau gained fame in the 1960s as Rollin Hand on Mission: Impossible the TV show. His real-life wife, Barbara Bain, also starred in the show. […]

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Hollywood Reacts to Death of Oscar-Winning Actor Martin Landau

Hollywood Reacts to Death of Oscar-Winning Actor Martin Landau
Hollywood paid tribute on social media to Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau, who died Saturday in Los Angeles.

Actors and filmmakers remembered Landau for his scene-stealing roles in films including, “North by Northwest,” “Crimes and Misdemeanors,” and “Ed Wood,” and the TV series, “Mission: Impossible.”

In addition to those who celebrated the life and mourned the loss of the actor online, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce also announced Monday that flowers will be placed on Landau’s Walk of Fame star on Monday at 11:30 a.m. Landau’s star is located at 6845 Hollywood Boulevard.

His ex-wife, Barbara Bain, said in a statement, “If one could examine his DNA, it would read Actor. He embraced every role with fire and fierce dedication. Playing Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton’s ‘Ed Wood’ was his loving tribute to all actors and garnered him a well-deserved Academy Award. His work was his joy and his legacy.”

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Oscar Winner Martin Landau Dead At Age 89

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Landau (center) with "Mission:Impossible" co-stars (clockwise) Peter Graves, Greg Morris, Peter Lupus and Barbara Bain.

By Lee Pfeiffer

Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau has passed away at age 89. Landau had originally intended to be a cartoonist before studying at the esteemed Actors Studio in New York City. With his intense looks and persona, he began to be noticed by Hollywood studios. In 1959 he was cast as James Mason's gay henchman in Alfred Hitchcock's classic "North by Northwest". It was Landau who suggested playing the role as a not-so-closeted homosexual, a rather daring strategy for the era. The result made Landau standout in a cast of heavyweights that included Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint and Leo G. Carroll. Roles in epic films such as "Cleopatra" and "The Greatest Story Ever Told" followed. Landau also appeared regularly on popular TV programs including "The Twilight Zone", "The Untouchables", "I Spy", "The Wild,
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Martin Landau, Oscar-Winning 'Ed Wood' Actor, Dead at 89

Martin Landau, Oscar-Winning 'Ed Wood' Actor, Dead at 89
Martin Landau, the Oscar-winning Ed Wood actor who appeared in Crimes & Misdemeanors, North by Northwest and the Mission: Impossible TV series over a career that spanned over 50 years, died Saturday at the age of 89.

Landau died following "unexpected complications during a short hospitalization" at the UCLA Medical Center, his representative told The Hollywood Reporter.

The actor spent five years as a newspaper cartoonist in his native New York before deciding to focus on acting; As Landau often stated, he and Steve McQueen were notably the only two applicants accepted into
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Martin Landau - a life in pictures

Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau has died aged 89. Best known for his work with Tim Burton and Woody Allen, as well as the Mission: Impossible TV show, Landau’s career stretched back to the glory years of the Actors Studio before experiencing a revival in the late 1980s.

Peter Bradshaw: A great actor who grew into his gravitas: Martin Landau remembered

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Film News: Martin Landau, Oscar Winner for ‘Ed Wood,’ Dies at 89

Los Angeles – His acting career spanned from working with Alfred Hitchcock to Tim Burton. Along the way, he had significant TV and film roles including a Best Supporting Oscar win for portraying Bela Lugosi in Burton’s “Ed Wood”. Martin Landau died in Los Angeles on July 15, 2017. He was 89.

He was one of the rare actors known both for distinctive parts in both television and film, and had a revival in his career towards the end of his life. Besides working for directors Hitchcock and Burton, he also has roles in films by Woody Allen, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Francis Ford Coppola and Frank Darabont. On television, he had an early role on “Mission: Impossible in the 1960s, and another on the cult series “Space :1999”

Martin Landau in a 2013 Appearance in Chicago

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

Martin Landau was born in Brooklyn, New York,
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Martin Landau obituary

Actor who played Rollin Hand in the Us television series Mission: Impossible and Bela Lugosi in the 1994 film Ed Wood

•A life in pictures

In the first three series of the television show Mission: Impossible (1966-69), Martin Landau, who has died aged 89, played the ace impersonator Rollin Hand, one of the specialists used by the Impossible Missions Force. Hand was described as a “man of a million faces”. Landau’s own face was instantly recognisable, with its haunted eyes, wide mouth and furrowed brow; even when he broke into a smile, he could seem to be frowning.

Landau was disguised beneath heavy makeup for his best known film role, as the horror actor Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood (1994), Tim Burton’s biopic of the cross-dressing director of trashy movies. Landau’s Lugosi is a tragicomic creation: his wife has left him, he is addicted to morphine and most of Hollywood thinks he is dead.
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Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau dies aged 89 – video report

The actor Martin Landau died on Saturday aged 89. Landau, a New Yorker, rose to prominence in the 1960s when he starred in the TV show Mission: Impossible. During his lengthy career he worked with some of the industry’s best directors including Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola and Tim Burton. In 1995, Landau won an Oscar for playing Bela Lugosi in Burton’s Ed Wood

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