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Starr Parodi Named President of the Alliance for Women Film Composers

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Starr Parodi Named President of the Alliance for Women Film Composers
Starr Parodi was elected new president of the Alliance for Women Film Composers on Sunday, succeeding Lolita Ritmanis.

Parodi — who first came to prominence as a member of the “Arsenio Hall Show” house band — has extensive television credits including “The Division,” “The Starter Wife,” “G.I. Joe: Renegades” and “Transformers: Rescue Bots,” along with film credits including “Conversations With Other Women” and music for hundreds of movie trailers.

Her version of the James Bond Theme, created for the “GoldenEye” trailer with composing partner Jeff Eden Fair, was widely acclaimed and earned gold-record status in 2004 as part of the “Best of Bond” CD collection.

Parodi was the first woman to compose orchestral music for the 85-year-old Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, where she continues to be a featured composer. Her recent neoclassical album “The Heart of Frida,” celebrating the spirit of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, won Solo Piano Album of
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Ten Best: Phone Scenes in Movies

To celebrate today’s release of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus – available in stores from today – here’s a list of the Ten Best phone scenes in movies, showcasing some of the most famous telephone calls ever made.

Pillow Talk (1959)

A man and woman share a telephone line and despise each other, but when he sees the woman for the first time and immediately falls for her, he has fun by romancing her with his voice disguised. Pillow Talk was the first of three movies in which Doris Day and Rock Hudson starred together and was named by the National Film Registry for being ‘culturally, historically and aesthetically’ significant.

When Harry Met Sally (1989)

The 1989 American romantic comedy starring Billy Crystal (Harry) and Meg Ryan (Sally) raised the question: ‘Can men and women ever just be friends’? Grossing a total of $92.2 million at the box office, the film’s plot focuses
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Steve Yedlin on ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ Secrecy and the Science Behind Cinematography

Having seen and admired his work on several features, I could’ve only assumed that cinematographer Steve Yedlin is well-acquainted with his profession, yet I found myself surprised when digging into his presentation at this year’s Camerimage International Film Festival, “On Image Acquisition and Pipeline for High-Resolution Exhibition.” Fortunately, those who were not in Poland can (and should) dig in with “On Color Science,” an extensive piece in which he runs through the tiny, tiny nuances that create various balances in any given image — and it’s not as simple as film vs. digital.

There is, of course, also the fact of his being Rian Johnson‘s regular cinematographer, including a new feature tentatively titled Star Wars: Episode VIII. That is covered in due time, though the broader discussion we were having up to that point proved so engaging, and often so assertive, in its authority that I didn’t want to distract.
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Time Machine: Burton and Bonham Carter Sporting Matching Hairdos on the Oscars' Red Carpet

Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter at the Academy Awards Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter on the Oscars' Red Carpet Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter sported matching hairdos upon their arrival at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Tim Burton's global blockbuster Alice in Wonderland, in which Helena Bonham Carter is one of the featured players (as the Red Queen), won Oscars for Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction. Bonham Carter was a Best Supporting Actress nominee for Tom Hooper's The King's Speech (as another queen, Elizabeth). Helena Bonham Carter: Career boosted by Oscar nomination Helena Bonham Carter's film career began in earnest in James Ivory's 1986 Best Picture Oscar nominee A Room with a View, in which she romanced Julian Sands. She kept on working without creating too much of a stir – e.g., Lady Jane,
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'People thought I could only play the badass'

After impressing on TV and in films such as Alpha Dog and Rush, the actor's improvised turn in her new film Drinking Buddies has truly hit a nerve

If travelling really does have the edge over arriving, Olivia Wilde must be enjoying the time of her life. It is no slight on this poised, intuitive performer to say that she has been on her way for most of her career. Each year has brought with it another handful of movies that might give her the success and recognition she deserves – or might not. But here she comes again anyway. The question being: when is she finally going to get there?

It's not that she has wanted for work or variety. She has acquitted herself well in delicate indies (Conversations with Other Women), intense, macho-method drama (Alpha Dog) and blockbusters festooned with CGI (Cowboys and Aliens, Tron: Legacy). She had a
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Aaron Eckhart: 'You're giving me a heart attack'

The actor certainly likes a good chat – about cigars, women, 70s action heroes, Twitter, self-healing and his new role as a Us president. But he does have a weak spot

Aaron Eckhart's day began as they all do: an hour in the gym, then same again with a cigar. Jetlag cannot disrupt that, snow can throw no spanners. "I was outside at 6am smoking with my hood on, watching everyone come to work, freezing my ass off. That's how dedicated I am."

Then breakfast, another cigar, four hours of interviews and lunch in his room, Moby on the deck, steak on the plate. "I ordered it medium rare. I got it medium beyond." Did he finish it? "Oh yeah, every little bit. I am a carnivore." Then another cigar. He'd like to be puffing on one right now. At least three more will get sucked before he sleeps.

"They're excellent to study to,
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DVD Review: Strong Acting Bolsters Meandering ‘28 Hotel Rooms’

Chicago – It’s taken quite a few movies for me to warm up to Chris Messina. Perhaps it wasn’t his fault that he kept getting typecast as oafish, self-absorbed jerks. In my review of Dana Adam Shapiro’s flawed Oscilloscope release, “Monogamy,” I confessed that every time Messina’s face showed up onscreen, I was “suddenly filled with the intense desire to punch it.”

It’s only been in the last year or so that I began to appreciate Messina’s fearlessness as a performer. He isn’t afraid to explore the dark terrain avoided by fellow actors more concerned with likability than truth. The same could be said of Zoe Kazan, whose debut feature script for the marvelous romance, “Ruby Sparks,” gave Messina his best role to date as a typically suave ladykiller blindsided by the all-too-perfect woman who entered the life of his hopelessly neurotic brother.

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Interview: Jack C. Newell, Ron Falzone Chat Up Chicago Indie ‘Close Quarters’

Chicago – Director Jack C. Newell ended up meeting one of his great collaborators while taking classes at Columbia College Chicago. His future filmmaking partner turned out to not be a fellow peer, but his teacher, Ron Falzone. Together, they made the acclaimed short, “Typing,” about two Hollywood screenwriters whose brainstorming session draws inspiration from the clacking of typewriter keys in the next room.

Newell and Falzone’s first feature effort is “Close Quarters,” an endearing and insightful collection of parallel vignettes set in a Chicago coffee shop. Baristas Abby (Erica Unger) and Barry (Seth Unger) flirt with the possibility of long-term romance while observing the dysfunctional relationships of their customers. Two friends, Patrick (Tj Jagodowski) and Olivia (Kate Duffy), chat upstairs while their respective partners, Dina (Holly Laurent) and Cary (Dave Pasquesi), make love in the downstairs bathroom. An estranged couple (Susan Messing and Jim Carlson) argue over Skype while
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Top 10: Phone Scenes

To celebrate today’s release of the Academy Award-winning Pillow Talk on Blu-ray in a Limited Edition Collector’s Digibook, we have created a list of the Top 10 phone scenes in movies, showcasing some of the most famous and romantic telephone calls ever made.

Pillow Talk (1959)

A man and woman share a telephone line and despise each other, but when he sees the woman for the first time and immediately falls for her, he has fun by romancing her with his voice disguised. Pillow Talk was the first of three movies in which Doris Day and Rock Hudson starred together and was named by the National Film Registry for being ‘culturally, historically and aesthetically’ significant. When Harry Met Sally (1989)

The 1989 American romantic comedy starring Billy Crystal (Harry) and Meg Ryan (Sally) raised the question: ‘Can men and women ever just be friends’? Grossing a total of $92.2 million at the box office,
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24 Hours of... Love

Yay, love! If you’re not in it... well, that’s too bad for you! I realize Valentine’s Day isn’t really a movie marathon type of holiday, compounded by the fact that it’s not usually celebrated in groups, but let’s pretend that doesn’t matter and enjoy this article for what it is - an excuse for me to get some writing done!

Did I say that out loud?

On with the show!

8:00 Am - Romeo and Juliet (1968) 138 min

This is the definitive version, not that music video by Baz Luhrmann. It’s got more of the original text, young Michael York, it’s actually shot in Italy and let’s not forget boobs. That’ll wake up your loved one.

10:15 Am - Snow Falling on Cedars 127 min

Golly, do I hate Ethan Hawke. I really hate how he winds up in excellent movies,
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Mark Kermode's DVD round-up

Cave of Forgotten Dreams; The Ward; Last Night; Viva Riva!; Green Lantern

News that maverick Bavarian director Werner Herzog has been cast as the villain in the forthcoming Tom Cruise thriller One Shot should come as no surprise to anyone who recognised the source of Hugo Weaving's devilishly accented performance in Captain America. There is something about Herzog's deadpan voice that suggests awesome, infinite, unworldly powers just waiting to be unleashed. It's a quality that he uses brilliantly in the documentaries that have become his signature works, enabling him to speak merrily of the "ecstatic truth" of art and the attendant "chaos, disharmony and murder" of the cosmos with a blend of quasi-religious import and pathos. When the day of reckoning comes, I half expect to hear Herzog's voice calmly separating the damned from the redeemed, the strangely comedic sound of a divinity that shapes our ends…

In Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010, Revolver,
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[Now Streaming] Your ‘Battle: Los Angeles,’ ‘Jane Eyre,’ ‘Certified Copy,’ and ‘Black Death’ Alternatives

Each month we breakdown which theatrical releases are worth your movie-going dollars. Now in our new recurring column, we’ll be offering Netflix Instant Watch alternatives to supplement your theater-going experience.

This week action, aliens and romance hit the theaters, and we’ve culled a list of complimentary features currently available online.

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Battle: Los Angeles

Aaron Eckhart plays a former Marine sergeant leading Los Angeles in the battle against invading alien forces in this big-budget action-thriller.

For an alien double feature, pair Battle: Los Angeles with one of these sci-fi flicks:

Close Encounters of the Third Kind: The 30th Anniversary Ultimate Edition (1977) – One of the ultimate alien tales, this Spielberg-directed classic follows a man (Richard Dreyfuss) who struggles to understand the visions he’s started having after his own close encounter. Whether it’s your first time or your thirtieth, you will be in awe of this sci-fi masterpiece.
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Geek Speak: Aaron Eckhart on the indie feel of The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight may have made more than a billion dollars worldwide but it most certainly wasn't a lavish production, according to Aaron Eckhart.

Eckhart, who played Gotham district attorney Harvey Dent and his disfigured alter-ego Two-Face, reveals to Empire: "I don't want to burst anyone's bubble but Chris Nolan runs things like an independent movie. You're not treated like a big star, it's all about the movie. There are no extravagances whatsoever."

Despite Nolan's seemingly more modest approach to big-budget Hollywood filmmaking, Eckhart says it's usually possible to tell the difference between an indie flick and a blockbuster by the size of the actor's on-set trailer.

He revealed: "At some point they become stupid big - you know, with a fireplace and a gym. What's important for me is that it doesn't have cockroaches in it and it doesn't smell like piss. Which I've had. On the film Conversations with Other Women,
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Aaron Eckhart Loves Living in London

Aaron Eckhart says living in London was the best time in his life. The "Rabbit Hole" actor initially resented relocating to the U.K. when he was a teenager, but once he had settled down, he loved the opportunities and adventures he was able to have.

"Frankly, it was tortuous at first - I was torn out of sunny California and out in Ripley. In the winter. In a pink house," Aaron, who was born in Cupertino, California, said. "But then I was going to the Hammersmith Odeon to see all the bands, I was going to the Hippodrome, to Wembley."

"I was loose on the streets of London drinking Malibu rum and Carlsberg and having the best time of my life when I was 15. God, I miss those days."

Though he is now a famous movie star, Aaron, 42, insists life on film sets isn't always glamorous. He told Empire magazine,
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Helena Bonham Carter Career Assessment | The Illusion of Effortlessness Requires a Great Effort

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Subject: Helena Bonham Carter, 44-year old English actress

Date of Assessment: November 26, 2010

Positive Buzzwords: Versatile, ethereal, Burton

Negative Buzzwords: Typecast, overrated, Burton

The Case: Helena Bonham Carter can do what few leading ladies in Hollywood can do. That is, this woman can rock a corset and updo like nobody's business and with far more aplomb than the likes of Keira Knightley. Let's be upfront about the Burton in the room though, for it's simply impossible to ignore the perpetual threesome between Carter, Johnny Depp, and director Tim Burton, the latter of which has also been Helena's "domestic partner" since 2001. Now, would Carter have appeared within several Burton films -- Planet of the Apes; Big Fish; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Corpse Bride; Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street; Alice in Wonderland -- if she weren't also sleeping with the man in charge? Perhaps not, but if Helena weren't around,
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Review of Conversations with Other Women

Year: 2005Director: Hans CanosaWriter: Gabrielle ZevinType of Indie Film: Romance / DramaOut of 5 Stars (Bad, Ok, Good, Great, Awesome): 4 Everyone has a past. It’s inevitable. Sometimes that past looks appealing and is longed for by someone. “Conversations with Other Women” is an experimental indie film that addresses such longing.A man (Aaron Eckhart) and a woman (Helena Bonham Carter) see each other and flirt at a wedding. As they continue to talk and flirt the layers of their relationship are peeled back one at a time to reveal something intense and deep between...
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Olivia Wilde Poised to Become the Next "It" Girl

Olivia Wilde Poised to Become the Next
Things are going Wilde on the big screen. House co-star Olivia Wilde is on fire lately with the movie gigs. She's got Paul Haggis' The Next Three Days and Tron: Legacy on the way, she's filming Jon Favreau's Cowboys & Aliens this summer, and now Movieline reports that she's grabbed a role in Butter, Jim Field Smith's satire "that plays out the themes of the 2008 Democratic primary by using an Iowa butter-carving competition as the setting."

I'll give you one guess as to the type of role she's playing -- one that's not really indicative of her acting talents, but Hollywood's love of that one female theme, which gets used over and over and over again. Of course, I'm talking about stripperdom. Wilde will play a tattooed stripper with a Betty Page 'do, who is the mistress of a term-limited carving champion (Ty Burrell). Jennifer Garner is his "long-suffering wife,
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Confidence Man

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Confidence Man
Aaron Eckhart says he's "living in a cocoon." How else to explain how he's managed to avoid the controversy surrounding his latest movie, Towelhead? Adapted from the autobiographical novel by Alicia Erian and written and directed by Oscar-winning American Beauty screenwriter Alan Ball, the film explores the sexual awakening of 13-year-old Jasira (newcomer Summer Bishil), who is sent to live with her Lebanese father (Peter Macdissi) in Houston in the early 1990s. Eckhart takes a supporting role as Mr. Vuoso, the flag-flying Army reservist neighbor who develops a sexual relationship with Jasira. The film is an unflinching — and frequently hilarious — look at infidelity, racism, and sexuality.And not everyone is a fan. After the film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, Fox News ran the headline "Kiddie Porn Movie Rocks Toronto as 'Feel-Awful' Film of the Year" and reviewer Roger Fridman went on to label the movie "odious" and "unacceptable.
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