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Emmys: Limited Series or TV Movie Score Nominees Range From History to Penguins

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The six scores vying for this year’s Emmy for music composition for a limited series, movie or special range from 19th-century tales of Canada and the Old West to futuristic stories of androids and virtual reality. There’s even a documentary about emperor penguins.

Alias Grace

For this six-part Netflix drama based on a Margaret Atwood novel about a possible murderess in 1859 Canada, composers Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna wanted to “honor the time but put our own spin on it,” says Jeff. “We thought it needed a postmodern chamber sound”: just 12 strings, three woodwinds, harp and piano.

Oscar winner Mychael (“Life of Pi”), who has known writer-producer Sarah Polley for more than 20 years, adds: “We did write in period style, but with elements of minimalism and even trance music, using instruments that the characters in the story would have been familiar and comfortable with.”

Black Mirror

The
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Irrfan Khan Pulls Out of Upcoming Amazon India Series Due to Health Issues

Irrfan Khan Pulls Out of Upcoming Amazon India Series Due to Health Issues
One of India's most recognized faces in Hollywood, Irrfan Khan, has pulled out of the upcoming Amazon Prime Video India series Gormint, which was earlier titled The Ministry, due to health issues.

The star of such films as Jurassic World and Life of Pi, Khan was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer early this year and has been undergoing treatment in London.

Last year, Amazon announced that Khan would topline the upcoming series playing a washed-up narcissistic Bollywood actor who is unwittingly appointed as temporary culture minister and battles various odds to "be loved by the masses once again."

In a ...
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‘BlacKkKlansman’ Dialogue Mix Strove for Accuracy

Veteran Adr mixer David Boulton has some 225 film and TV credits, including such high-profile projects as “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Life of Pi,” “Planet of the Apes” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” but it’s his long-running collaboration with Spike Lee that’s arguably his most impressive accomplishment.

Boulton began working with Lee back in the ’80s on “School Daze” and has worked with the director ever since. Their latest collaboration, Cannes Grand Prix winner “BlacKkKlansman,” about an African-American detective who infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan, is set for release Aug. 10 by Focus Features.

“We’re both about the same age, and we’re both from New York,” says Boulton of their relationship. “We’re like a well-oiled machine by now. I love working on his projects because he loves sound and really understands it.”

Lee says sound is “hugely important” in all his films. “I’m very involved,
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‘BlacKkKlansman’ Dialogue Mix Strove for Accuracy

  • Variety
‘BlacKkKlansman’ Dialogue Mix Strove for Accuracy
Veteran Adr mixer David Boulton has some 225 film and TV credits, including such high-profile projects as “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Life of Pi,” “Planet of the Apes” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” but it’s his long-running collaboration with Spike Lee that’s arguably his most impressive accomplishment.

Boulton began working with Lee back in the ’80s on “School Daze” and has worked with the director ever since. Their latest collaboration, Cannes Grand Prix winner “BlacKkKlansman,” about an African-American detective who infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan, is set for release Aug. 10 by Focus Features.

“We’re both about the same age, and we’re both from New York,” says Boulton of their relationship. “We’re like a well-oiled machine by now. I love working on his projects because he loves sound and really understands it.”

Lee says sound is “hugely important” in all his films. “I’m very involved,
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‘Black Panther’ Blew Up the Academy’s Attempt to Meet ABC’s Oscar Demands

The Academy Board of Governors didn’t think things would go this way. They may have expected some backlash to their radical changes in the Oscar show for this year and next. But in their attempts to placate a demanding ABC, which airs the Oscar show — and is paying the Academy some $75 million a year for the rights to do so until 2028 — the Board blundered into a public relations disaster.

When the 54-member Board voted to add the “Best Popular Film” category in time for the 2019 Oscar show, they failed to consider Disney/Marvel’s $700-million worldwide blockbuster “Black Panther,” which has a good shot at racking up enough Oscar nominations to have a real shot at a Best Picture nomination.

Not any more. It didn’t take people long to suggest that Disney owns ABC, and that Disney owns Marvel, and that Disney wanted to create a category to
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‘Black Panther’ Blew Up the Academy’s Attempt to Meet ABC’s Oscar Demands

The Academy Board of Governors didn’t think things would go this way. They may have expected some backlash to their radical changes in the Oscar show for this year and next. But in their attempts to placate a demanding ABC, which airs the Oscar show — and is paying the Academy some $75 million a year for the rights to do so until 2028 — the Board blundered into a public relations disaster.

When the 54-member Board voted to add the “Best Popular Film” category in time for the 2019 Oscar show, they failed to consider Disney/Marvel’s $700-million worldwide blockbuster “Black Panther,” which has a good shot at racking up enough Oscar nominations to have a real shot at a Best Picture nomination.

Not any more. It didn’t take people long to suggest that Disney owns ABC, and that Disney owns Marvel, and that Disney wanted to create a category to
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Composers Mychael and Jeff Danna on ‘postmodern’ take on ‘Alias Grace’ and glamorous approach to ‘The Last Tycoon’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Composers Mychael and Jeff Danna on ‘postmodern’ take on ‘Alias Grace’ and glamorous approach to ‘The Last Tycoon’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
With the score for “Alias Grace” composer Mychael Danna wanted to “honor the period” in which the story takes place, while at the same time putting a “postmodernist shade” on it. He shared musical duties with his brother Jeff Danna on this Netflix adaptation of Margaret Atwood‘s novel, which has brought the duo an Emmy nomination for Best Movie/Mini Score. Watch our exclusive video interview with the Dannas above.

See 2018 Emmy slugfest: Is Best Limited Series ‘Versace’s’ to lose, and where the heck is ‘Twin Peaks’?

Alias Grace” revolves around a servant (Sarah Gadon) in 19th century Canada accused of homicide. “We wanted the music to be something that wouldn’t be jarring to the characters onscreen,” explains Mychael. “It’s a very square, controlled period where there are distinct rules and borders for everything, so we wanted the music to have that really square feeling to it,
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Best Main Title Theme Music: Will Emmy go to ‘Godless,’ ‘The Defenders,’ ‘The Tick,’ ‘Putin Interviews,’ ‘Last Tycoon’ or ‘Somebody Feed Phil’?

Best Main Title Theme Music: Will Emmy go to ‘Godless,’ ‘The Defenders,’ ‘The Tick,’ ‘Putin Interviews,’ ‘Last Tycoon’ or ‘Somebody Feed Phil’?
The 2018 Emmy nominees for Best Main Title Theme Music are so wholly unique that it is impossible to mistake one for another. The nominees include the themes from “Godless” (Netflix), “The Last Tycoon” (Amazon), “Marvel’s The Defenders” (Netflix), “The Putin Interviews” (Showtime), “Somebody Feed Phil” (Netflix) and “The Tick” (Amazon). Emmy voters truly went their own way in this category, with “Godless” being the only show to earn a corresponding Best Series nomination.

From a rollicking Western tune to a jazzy big band number to a cheesy throwback to sitcoms of old, this category has everything you could want in a TV theme song. So which main title theme song will emerge victorious? After reading our breakdown of each of this year’s Emmy nominees, be sure to make your predictions.

Godless” — Theme by Carlos Rafael Rivera

Carlos Rafael Rivera’s theme for “Godless” feels like an authentic Western theme without being too derivative,
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Andy Serkis’ ‘Jungle Book’ Film ‘Mowgli’ Now Going To Netflix

Andy Serkis‘ directorial effort Mowgli is now set to for Netflix after the streamer purchased the motion picture, which was previously set up at Warner Brothers. The film is an interpretation of The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling and was set to roll into cinemas this October. More on the Mowgli Netflix news below.

Mowgli Netflix news: Andy Serkis’ version of The Jungle Book sold to the online streamer

“I’m really excited about Netflix for Mowgli,” Serkis said to Deadline, who broke the news.

“Now, we avoid comparisons to the other movie and it’s a relief not to have the pressure. I’ve seen the 3D version, and it’s exceptional, a different view from the 2D version, really lush and with great depth, and there will be some kind of theatrical component for that. What excites me most is the forward thinking at Netflix in how to present this,
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Andy Serkis' Jungle Book Film Mowgli is Now Being Released on Netflix

Director Andy Serkis' dark film adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, Mowgli, was supposed to be released by Warner Bros. But, it was just announced that the studio has sold the worldwide rights of the film to Netflix. That's a pretty big and unexpected move! But, Serkis seems happy with the decision. He had this to say in a statement to Deadline in which he hints at a possible theatrical 3D release:

"I’m really excited about Netflix for Mowgli. Now, we avoid comparisons to the other movie and it’s a relief not to have the pressure. I’ve seen the 3D version, and it’s exceptional, a different view from the 2D version, really lush and with great depth, and there will be some kind of theatrical component for that. What excites me most is the forward thinking at Netflix in how to present this,
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‘Puzzle’, ‘The Captain’ & Scotty’s ‘Secret History’ Tackle The Weekend – Specialty B.O. Preview

‘Puzzle’, ‘The Captain’ & Scotty’s ‘Secret History’ Tackle The Weekend – Specialty B.O. Preview
A wife and mother in her 40s is at the center of Sony Pictures Classics’ Sundance fest acquisition Puzzle starring Kelly Macdonald and making its theatrical bow this weekend in New York and Los Angeles. Directed by Marc Turtletaub, the feature, which also stars Irrfan Khan, is based on an Argentine film from 2009. Greenwich Entertainment is taking doc Scotty And the Secret History of Hollywood to select locations this weekend. Based on a best-selling memoir, the film spotlights Scotty Bowers who provided for the sexual needs of some of Hollywood’s biggest stars during its Golden Age. And Music Box Films is going out with its Toronto ’17 fest feature The Captain, based on a true story about a German army deserter who finds a captain’s uniform in the waning days of World War II. The film will have an exclusive New York run this weekend before heading to other cities.
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Yorgos Lanthimos and Emma Stone’s ‘The Favourite’ to Open 2018 New York Film Festival

Yorgos Lanthimos and Emma Stone’s ‘The Favourite’ to Open 2018 New York Film Festival
The 2018 New York Film Festival has announced it will open with Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite,” starring Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, and Olivia Colman. Presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the historical drama will kick off the 56th edition of the festival at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall on Friday, September 28.

The Favourite” marks Lanthimos’ return to Nyff following “The Lobster” in 2015. The director’s “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” played Cannes and the Toronto International Film Festival last year. His latest stars Weisz as Sarah Churchill, the Duchess of Marlborough and Emma Stone as servant Abigail Hill, two women who engage in a sexually-charged fight to the death for the position of Queen Anne’s advisor during the War of the Spanish Succession. Colman plays the royal queen after working with Lanthimos on “The Lobster.”

Read More: Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Roma’ Selected as 2018 Nyff Centerpiece Screening,
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‘The Favourite’ to Open New York Film Festival

‘The Favourite’ to Open New York Film Festival
Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite,” a historical drama set during the reign of Queen Anne, will kick off the 56th New York Film Festival. The Fox Searchlight title will make its New York debut (careful wording that suggests the film will premiere at another North American festival such as Telluride.) It is already expected to screen in Venice.

The Favourite” follows the court wranglings of Sarah Churchill, the Duchess of Marlborough (Rachel Weisz) and her servant Abigail Hill (Emma Stone) as they jockey for position with Queen Anne (Olivia Colman). Lanthimos has an off-beat kind of humor and an avant-garde edge, previously highlighted in films such as “The Lobster” and “Killing of a Sacred Deer.” “The Favourite” is unlikely to be a typically staid costume drama.

“’The Favourite’ is a lot of things at once, each of them perfectly meshed: a historical epic; a visual feast; a wild, wild ride; a
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‘The Favourite’ to Open New York Film Festival

  • Variety
‘The Favourite’ to Open New York Film Festival
Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite,” a historical drama set during the reign of Queen Anne, will kick off the 56th New York Film Festival. The Fox Searchlight title will make its New York debut (careful wording that suggests the film will premiere at another North American festival such as Telluride.) It is already expected to screen in Venice.

The Favourite” follows the court wranglings of Sarah Churchill, the Duchess of Marlborough (Rachel Weisz) and her servant Abigail Hill (Emma Stone) as they jockey for position with Queen Anne (Olivia Colman). Lanthimos has an off-beat kind of humor and an avant-garde edge, previously highlighted in films such as “The Lobster” and “Killing of a Sacred Deer.” “The Favourite” is unlikely to be a typically staid costume drama.

“’The Favourite’ is a lot of things at once, each of them perfectly meshed: a historical epic; a visual feast; a wild, wild ride; a
See full article at Variety »

Oscars 2019: Walt Disney Studios hoping to make magic with ‘Mary Poppins Returns,’ ‘Black Panther’

Last year, Walt Disney Studios reaped a pair of Oscar bids for the the smash hit live-action version of one of its most lauded cartoons, the 1991 Best Picture nominee “Beauty and the Beast.” This year, it has both the long-awaited sequel to “Mary Poppins” and the most successful entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Black Panther.”

In “Mary Poppins Returns,” Emily Blunt takes on the role that won Julie Andrews an Oscar more than half a century ago. In this follow-up, Poppins’ original charges, Michael (Ben Whishaw) and Jane (Emily Mortimer), are now grown up. Michael, his three children and their housekeeper, Ellen (Julie Walters), live in the house on Cherry Tree Lane. Dick Van Dyke, who was both chimney sweep Bert and bank president Mr. Dawes Sr. in the original film, returns to play Dawes, Jr. in this version with Oscar winner Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech”) in
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Emmys: Nominees to Watch in the Creative Arts Categories

Emmys: Nominees to Watch in the Creative Arts Categories
This year's Creative Arts Emmy nominees include some notable names and familiar faces, including some Emmy vets and Oscar winners. Here are some of the names to watch.

Production designer Eugene Lee, who was born in 1939 and has been with SNL since it debuted in 1975, earned his 14th Emmy nomination for the series. He has two previous wins.

Several Academy Award winners or nominees are also in contention for Emmys.

Oscar-winning composer Mychael Danna (Life of Pi) is a double Emmy nominee for Alias Grace, for which he is nominated alongside his brother and frequent collaborator, Jeff Danna (music ...
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British comedy Eaten By Lions wins top prize at the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival

British comedy “Eaten By Lions” has won the top prize at the 9th Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival in London, Birmingham and Manchester, the UK and Europe’s largest platform of independent cinema from the Indian subcontinent. The festival is title sponsored by the Bagri Foundation who share our passion for Asian arts and culture, with major support from Grange Hotels, Integrity International Trust and Sun Mark Ltd, and is funded by grant support from the BFI’s National Lottery Audience Fund.

LIFFs annual Audience Award for Best Film went to British comedy “Eaten By Lion”. The director Jason Wingard says: “We’re delighted to win this fantastic award. “Eaten By Lions” is a modern relevant comedy dealing with contemporary issues such as diversity and disability, but ultimately captures that life is about relationships and people, and we’re so pleased audiences are connecting with it. It was fantastic
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‘Eaten by Lions’ Wins at London Indian Film Festival, ‘Slumdog’ Star Irrfan Khan Honored (Exclusive)

‘Eaten by Lions’ Wins at London Indian Film Festival, ‘Slumdog’ Star Irrfan Khan Honored (Exclusive)
Comedy “Eaten by Lions” has triumphed at the Bagri London Indian Film Festival. The BFI-backed event also handed an Icon Award to Irrfan Khan, star of movies such as “Slumdog Millionaire.”

Jason Wingard’s “Eaten by Lions” scooped the Audience Award for Best Film. It follows half-brothers Omar (Antonio Aakeel) and Pete (Jack Carroll) as they travel to the British seaside resort of Blackpool looking for Omar’s biological father.

It is Wingard’s second movie after the Raindance and Bifa award-winning “In Another Life.” He said: “’Eaten by Lions’ is a modern relevant comedy dealing with contemporary issues such as diversity and disability, but ultimately captures that life is about relationships and people, and we’re so pleased audiences are connecting with it.”

Actor and producer Irrfan Khan is known for his roles in “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Life of Pi,” and “The Darjeeling Limited.” He revealed earlier this year
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‘Eaten by Lions’ Wins at London Indian Film Festival, ‘Slumdog’ Star Irrfan Khan Honored (Exclusive)

  • Variety
‘Eaten by Lions’ Wins at London Indian Film Festival, ‘Slumdog’ Star Irrfan Khan Honored (Exclusive)
Comedy “Eaten by Lions” has triumphed at the Bagri London Indian Film Festival. The BFI-backed event also handed an Icon Award to Irrfan Khan, star of movies such as “Slumdog Millionaire.”

Jason Wingard’s “Eaten by Lions” scooped the Audience Award for Best Film. It follows half-brothers Omar (Antonio Aakeel) and Pete (Jack Carroll) as they travel to the British seaside resort of Blackpool looking for Omar’s biological father.

It is Wingard’s second movie after the Raindance and Bifa award-winning “In Another Life.” He said: “’Eaten by Lions’ is a modern relevant comedy dealing with contemporary issues such as diversity and disability, but ultimately captures that life is about relationships and people, and we’re so pleased audiences are connecting with it.”

Actor and producer Irrfan Khan is known for his roles in “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Life of Pi,” and “The Darjeeling Limited.” He revealed earlier this year
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Movie Review – Adrift (2018)

Adrift, 2018.

Directed by Baltasar Kormákur.

Starring Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin, Grace Palmer, Jeffrey Thomas and Elizabeth Hawthorne.

Synopsis:

A young couple find themselves forced to battle for survival when the pleasure yacht they are sailing to California is caught in the midst of a horrific storm, leaving them drifting in the Pacific Ocean.

There’s a whole sub-genre of movies built around the idea of people alone – or nearly alone – in boats, stranded in the middle of the ocean. This year, Colin Firth (alone) drifted into insanity in The Mercy and recent years have given us Robert Redford (alone) in All is Lost and Suraj Sharma in Life of Pi. The latest addition to the stranded at sea canon is Adrift, in which it is Shailene Woodley condemned to battle the elements, with only a seriously injured Sam Claflin for company.

The film pitches the audience into the midst of the action,
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