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Pixar Drops A Teaser Trailer For “Onward”

Equally adept at original content and sequels, Pixar is truly the major force in animation these days. A powerhouse with Academy Awards and billions of dollars at the box office to their credit, they largely can do no wrong. This month, they’ll put out one of their highest profile sequels ever in Toy Story 4, but after that, the studio has said they’re doubling down on original ideas. Well, they’ve released a Teaser Trailer for one of those, next year’s epic from them, Onward. Will Pixar have another hit on their hands? You can see the Teaser for the film at the end of the post, but spoiler alert: they will. The movie is Pixar’s 2020 animated effort, centering on a fantastical world. The official plot synopsis from IMDb is as follows: “Set in a suburban fantasy world, two teenage elf brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot,
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‘After the Wedding’ Film Review: Julianne Moore Remake Swaps Genders, Finds a Reason to Exist

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‘After the Wedding’ Film Review: Julianne Moore Remake Swaps Genders, Finds a Reason to Exist
The question that looms over every attempt to remake an existing film is a simple one: “What’s the point?”

If a film is good enough to inspire a remake, after all, doesn’t that mean it exists quite nicely on its own, and doesn’t need somebody else trying to do it all over again?

And if the point of the new version is to change things about the original, don’t you run the risk of losing some of the elements that made the first film special?

Director Bart Freundlich, whose remake of Susanne Bier’s 2006 drama “After the Wedding” was the first film to screen on the opening night of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, clearly knows and has thought about those questions.

Also Read: Hollywood Heads to Sundance: 5 Things to Expect, From a Hot Doc Market to Post-Harvey Vetting

“Susanne made such a beautiful film,
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Why ‘On the Basis of Sex’ could be this year’s out-of-nowhere Oscars surprise

Why ‘On the Basis of Sex’ could be this year’s out-of-nowhere Oscars surprise
Late-December release “On the Basis of Sex” has received limited Oscar buzz, but the 1970s-set biopic starring Felicity Jones as Ruth Bader Ginsburg has the makings of the Best Picture nominee that nobody sees coming. The Supreme Court justice has already taken this awards season by storm, having been seen on the big screen earlier in 2018 in “Rbg.” That box office sleeper hit is one of the top contenders in the Best Documentary Feature race, winning at the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards and expected to receive a couple of Oscar nominations. Ginsburg is widely considered a national hero and pop culture icon, and her recent health scares have put liberals (probably including members of the motion picture academy) on edge. Such sympathy could manifest in votes for her scripted biopic too.

SEEour interview with the film’s composer Mychael Danna.

With groups like the American Film Institute, Critics’ Choice Awards
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Film Review: ‘A Dog’s Way Home’

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Film Review: ‘A Dog’s Way Home’
Those predisposed to emotional manipulation by dogs at play and in peril will be easily swayed by director Charles Martin Smith’s “A Dog’s Way Home.” Based on the bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, this story about a lost dog attempting a 400-mile journey home takes us on an emotional roller coaster, most of it with a lump in our throats. However, for every shameless trick the filmmakers employ to pluck our heartstrings, resonant chords are struck elsewhere, teaching audiences about family, the power of unconditional love, and the ripple effects of compassion. In the pantheon of puppy pictures, this doesn’t rank as top dog, but it’s certainly not the runt of the litter either.

Bella (played by dog actor Shelby and voiced in narration by Bryce Dallas Howard) was born in the crawl space of a semi-demolished home in Denver. Raised by a stray cat
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“A Dog’s Way Home” Will Make Any Pet Owner Cry Ugly Tears

Right off the bat, it’s important to know for this review that I’m a dog owner. In fact, as I wrote this, my six year old mutt is sleeping mere feet from me. I tell you that to let you know that the manipulation found within A Dog’s Way Home worked on me, almost without fail. The movie is a family friendly animal adventure, but one that made me cry on about a half dozen separate occasions. There are happy tears to be found, sad tears, you name it. By the time the flick had come to an end, I was a total mess. The film is an adventure suitable for the whole family, whether they have two legs or four. We follow a puppy (internal monologue provided by Bryce Dallas Howard) as she goes from a young stray to a beloved family pet. Found with a
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How a Score Conveyed the "Opposing" Worlds of Rbg for 'On the Basis of Sex' (Exclusive Tracks)

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On the Basis of Sex, a timely biopic about U.S. Supreme Court Justice and feminist icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg, director Mimi Leder turned to Academy Award-winning film composer Mychael Danna, who gave the story of the rule breaker an appropriately unconventional score.

The music for Focus Features' Dec. 25 release — which stars Felicity Jones as Ginsburg and Armie Hammer as her husband, attorney Martin Ginsburg — falls into two distinct and "opposing" worlds.

The first is "the world of Ruth and Marty and their progressive ideas and how they were as a team,"...

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Meet the Experts: Composers on capturing ‘feelings and emotion,’ and the weirdest place they’ve written a cue [Exclusive Video Interview]

Meet the Experts: Composers on capturing ‘feelings and emotion,’ and the weirdest place they’ve written a cue [Exclusive Video Interview]
How do you express emotion through music? For Mychael Danna (“On the Basis of Sex”), Michael Giacchino (“Incredibles 2”), Nicholas Britell and Justin Hurwitz (“First Man”), it’s hard to put into words how they begin putting music to picture.

“For me, I will watch the movie for the first time and immediately go to the piano and start to reflect on how the movie made me feel,” Giacchino said at Gold Derby’s Meet the Experts: Composers panel, moderated by this author (watch the exclusive video above). “When I watch the movie, I really just pay attention to how it makes me feel and then it’s all about finding that on the piano. What’s the reflection of those feelings? How do you put that into music? And I don’t have an answer as to how exactly that happens. I just know it’s about feelings and emotion.
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Mychael Danna on getting ‘thrown into the deep end’ when he scored ‘On the Basis of Sex’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Mychael Danna on getting ‘thrown into the deep end’ when he scored ‘On the Basis of Sex’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
Mychael Danna got “thrown into the deep end” when he agreed to score Mimi Leder’s “On the Basis of Sex.” Leder had already shot the Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic and temped it with Danna’s scores from “Moneyball” (2011) and “Capote” (2005) when she reached out to Danna, who immediately came onboard.

“I absolutely loved it and found it super inspiring from the moment I saw it,” Danna said at Gold Derby’s Meet the Experts: Composers panel, moderated by this author (watch the exclusive video above). “Often I like to start at the beginning of a film and work my way all the way through. I like the orchestra to play it that way to, so people discover the theme and it kind of unfolds naturally and I like to write it that way.”

But he didn’t get to do it this time because Leder was stuck on a pivotal moment in the drama,
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Mychael Danna’s ‘On the Basis of Sex’ Score Upends Musical Cliches

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Mychael Danna’s ‘On the Basis of Sex’ Score Upends Musical Cliches
For the Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic “On the Basis of Sex,” Oscar winner Mychael Danna (“Life of Pi”) collaborated with director Mimi Leder on a musical concept “that would turn the music-scoring cliche on its head.”

The usual approach to music for government is “horns and snare drums,” Danna points out. “The fact is that the laws of America are built to change. The lightning bolt that hits Ruth in the film, and us as audiences, is that the world has already changed and the laws need to catch up. The score needed to reflect that.

“So we gave Ruth the snare drums and horns. Her theme is a kind of minimalistic march – an anthem to this gift of the Founding Fathers, this ability to change – that is exciting and stirring and has a direction and focus.”

As for “the men of the old world, not bad men, trying to do their best,
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Join Us: Special panel with composers of ‘First Man,’ ‘Incredibles 2,’ ‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ ‘On the Basis of Sex,’ ‘Vice’

Join Us: Special panel with composers of ‘First Man,’ ‘Incredibles 2,’ ‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ ‘On the Basis of Sex,’ ‘Vice’
Four of the top composers in the world are joining Gold Derby for a special Q&A panel on November 27. Join us at the Landmark Theater on Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles for the event at 7:00 p.m. Pt. It’s free to anyone who wants to attend, but top priority in getting one of the limited seats is to be a guild member or Oscar voter.

Click the following link to register: https://meettheexpertscomposers.splashthat.com

Our senior editor Joyce Eng will moderate the Q&A with the following contenders for 2019 awards consideration:

Nicholas Britell represents Annapurna for “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Vice”

Britell was nominated at the Oscars at the 2017 ceremony for “Moonlight.” Other films have included “The Big Short,” “Free State of Jones” and “Battle of the Sexes.”

Mychael Danna represents Focus for “On the Basis of Sex

Danna is an Oscar winner from
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AFI Fest Film Review: Felicity Jones in ‘On the Basis of Sex’

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AFI Fest Film Review: Felicity Jones in ‘On the Basis of Sex’
Five months after the release of Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary “Rbg” — whose runaway success, at a staggering $14.3 million, all but confirms its subject’s unlikely rock-star status — and directly on the heels of justice Brett Kavanaugh’s contentious appointment to the Supreme Court comes “On the Basis of Sex,” a rousing origin story for the gender-equality pioneer many liberals hope will live forever (which world premiered as the AFI Fest opener the same day she fractured several ribs). Like last year’s “Marshall,” the engaging and well-acted, if not entirely well-cast, biopic humanizes a civil rights crusader who has since become an icon and a role model, focusing on the uphill battle of her early career.

Directed by TV producer-director Mimi Leder, “On the Basis of Sex” is certainly the higher-profile of 2018’s two Ginsburg projects. It’s also one of the very few PG-13-rated movies ever put before
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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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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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Trailer drops for the Oscar hopeful biopic “On the Basis of Sex”

Awards bait biopics lately have had to work hard to avoid induce yawns in audiences. Either a clever take on the person needs to be utilized, or a stylized approach. In the case of On the Basis of Sex, neither seems to be on hand. Instead, it’s the luck of tackling a famous figure who’s still very much in the public eye. In fact, the woman is quite the rock star. With a Trailer dropping yesterday for this Oscar hopeful, now’s a great time to take a look at this potential Academy Award player. You’ll be able to see the Trailer too, but first…some discussion, and stay tuned, as the rest of the week will have coverage of the other baity Trailers that hit the web today. Sit tight there! The movie is a biopic of the Notorious Rbg, otherwise known as Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
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Bruno Mars Scores Emmy Music Nod; John Legend, Pasek and Paul Could Win EGOTs

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Bruno Mars Scores Emmy Music Nod; John Legend, Pasek and Paul Could Win EGOTs
This year’s Emmy race in the music categories takes on greater interest because a win in the song category could instantly give songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul an Egot, having already won Oscar, Tony and Grammy awards.

Pasek and Paul — whose “La La Land,” “Greatest Showman” and “Dear Evan Hansen” songs have catapulted them into the front ranks of American songwriters in the past two years — are nominated for their new song, “In the Market for a Miracle,” written for Fox’s “A Christmas Story Live,” an adaptation of their 2012 stage musical.

They are just two of 28 first-time nominees in the six music categories, announced Thursday morning by the Television Academy for 2017-18 programs. Nearly 60 percent of all the music nominees are newcomers to the Emmy race. Ironically, several musicians were nominated for non-music categories: Donald Glover (“Atlanta”), John Legend and Sara Bareilles all received acting nods — and
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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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Oscars flashback: Daniel Day-Lewis (‘Lincoln’) sets record with 3rd win as Best Actor [Watch]

Oscars flashback: Daniel Day-Lewis (‘Lincoln’) sets record with 3rd win as Best Actor [Watch]
After his sweeping victory with “There Will Be Blood” in 2007, many thought Daniel Day-Lewis had reached his zenith. What could top that performance?

In 2012 he was given the title role in Steven Spielberg’s epic “Lincoln.” Once again he immersed himself in the role, spending an entire year on research of Abraham Lincoln alone. For this performance as America’s greatest statesmen, Day-Lewis became the first and only winner of three Best Actor Academy Awards, ranking behind only Katharine Hepburn for the most acting Oscar wins in a lead category (she has four).

Watch the video above as the only living actress with three acting wins, Meryl Streep, presents an emotional Day-Lewis with the trophy at the 2013 ceremony.

See Daniel Day-Lewis movies: Top 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best

The film was one of the most praised of the year, earning the most Oscar nominations with 12:

Best Picture
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Oscars 2018: Listen to Selections from 141 Scores Eligible for This Year’s Academy Award

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Oscars 2018: Listen to Selections from 141 Scores Eligible for This Year’s Academy Award
141 original scores just made the Oscar shortlist, meaning that we have no real idea which soundtracks will go on to be nominated for the actual Academy Award — “Phantom Thread” composer Jonny Greenwood looks poised to finally be recognized for his work, but might “Baywatch” be a spoiler? We simply don’t know, dear reader. We simply don’t know.

As you await the nominations — which will be announced on Tuesday, January 23 — treat yourself to this selection of tracks from the shortlist.

Read More:2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Original Score



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Here are the 141 scores vying for an Oscar nod:

Alien: Covenant,” Jed Kurzel, composer

“All I See Is You,” Marc Streitenfeld, composer

“All the Money in the World,” Daniel Pemberton, composer

“Annabelle: Creation,” Benjamin Wallfisch, composer

“Band Aid,” Lucius, composer

“Battle of the Sexes,
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‘Alias Grace’: Stream 2 Tracks From Mychael Danna & Jeff Danna’s Score [Exclusive]

Earlier this year, “The Handmaid’s Tale” became of the hottest new dramas on the small screen. Well, if you still want more compelling, Margaret Atwood inspired fare, get ready to fire up “Alias Grace.” The new series arrives very soon on Netflix, and in addition to boasting a wealth of on-screen talent, it will feature a score by composers Mychael and Jeff Danna.

Continue reading ‘Alias Grace’: Stream 2 Tracks From Mychael Danna & Jeff Danna’s Score [Exclusive] at The Playlist.
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