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Alexandre Desplat Replaces Clint Mansell On ‘The Imitation Game’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 19, 2014 4:16 PM
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If might not seem like it at the moment, but this fall, you can probably bet on "The Imitation Game" getting a massive push from The Weinstein Company. Why? Well, when they picked up the movie earlier this year, they paid a staggering $7 million dollars for it. Clearly, they think the Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley starring drama can and will go very far this awards season, and perhaps that means making sure every single element is up to their exacting standards.

Anthony Mackie To Play 'Jimi' Hendrix, Robert De Niro Drives 'Bus 757' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 19, 2014 12:33 PM
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier
At one point a few years ago, Paul Greengrass was looking to make a biopic on legendary rocker Jimi Hendrix with Anthony Mackie in the lead. But when the Hendrix estate wouldn't sign off on the project, it fell apart and everyone moved on. But now, things are moving again. Mackie is back to play the axeman, with Ol Parker ("Now Is Good") at the helm of the movie "which chronicles the last nine days of Hendrix's life."

Watch: Bryan Cranston & Alexandre Desplat Talk 'Godzilla' In 2 Featurettes Plus New Pics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 14, 2014 4:21 PM
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Godzilla
"Godzilla" stomps into theatres tomorrow night, and while our own Rodrigo Perez didn't dig the film, saying that it "abandons most of its absorbing emotional legwork for a fairly rote and straightforward rock ‘em, sock ‘em monster movie," the latter quotient is what most people are likely for. And we suppose on that end, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures' blockbuster will deliver. But in case you're on the fence about checking it out, some new promo material is here to kick you in the pants to buy a ticket.

Watch: Gareth Edwards Talks Getting 'Godzilla,' Plus Soundtrack Details & New Poster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 11, 2014 9:27 AM
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Godzilla
With "Godzilla" stomping into cinemas in just over a month, Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. are taking a unique approach when it comes to marketing the film — not only are they selling the monster, they are putting director Gareth Edwards right up front as part of the campaign. A series of featurettes continue to be unveiled, with Edwards highlighting various aspects of his first blockbuster outing, the latest finds him sharing how he got the job in the first place.

Alexandre Desplat Reteams With Roman Polanski, Will Score Dreyfus Affair Drama 'D'

  • By Ben Brock
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  • February 26, 2014 10:24 AM
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Alexander Desplat
Is Alexandre Desplat the hardest-working man in Hollywood? If they were going to give an Oscar for it this weekend, he'd certainly be a contender, though as it is he's nominated instead in the real category of Best Score, for “Philomena.”

Alexandre Desplat & More: Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Soundtrack Arrives On March 4th

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 23, 2014 7:01 PM
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The Grand Budapest Hotel
To anyone that says director Wes Anderson has never changed at all, we say, take a closer look. Yes, his distinctive style is well, yes, very Wes Anderson, but he has been slowly shedding and disposing of some of his more well-known stylistic trademarks. Gone are the slow-motion shot at the end, the future font (replaced with cursive and other non-standard fonts) and the use of modern music. Anderson used to arguably feature wall-to-wall pop songs in his films, but that changed around the time of “The Darjeeling Limited” (which featured a Rolling Stones and three Kings songs, but was largely dominated by the original music of director/writer/composer Satyajit Ray).

Watch: Newsreel Trailer, TV Spot, Soundtrack Details & New Images From 'The Monuments Men'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 30, 2013 11:24 AM
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The Monuments Men
While the woulda/shoulda/coulda conversation about the awards potential for "The Monuments Men" will likely pop up again once reviews for the film start coming in, the bottom line is that it simply wasn't ready. Originally slated to arrive this month, George Clooney's WWII caper was pushed a couple of months so editing, effects and even the score could be finished in time without compromising quality. So with that caveat out of the way, and the production on schedule for a February release, a lot more is being shown off from the movie.

Alexandre Desplat Scoring 'Suite Francaise' Starring Michelle Williams & Matthias Schoenaert

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • June 27, 2013 9:15 PM
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The 1940s era romance/adaptation of Irene Nemirovsky’s novel, “Suite Francaise,” has started principle photography, and the film has accrued a stellar cast that includes Michelle Williams, Matthias Schoenaerts, Kristin Scott Thomas, and the recently reported Sam Riley. And now it's getting another note of prestige.

Alexandre Desplat Scoring George Clooney's WWII Tale 'The Monuments Men'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 5, 2013 5:12 PM
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Already a movie we're predicting to be a Best Picture contender next year, George Clooney (fresh from his Oscar win as a producer on "Argo") begins production in Germany today on his World War II tale "The Monuments Men." The press release confirmed the cast that includes Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville and John Goodman, but it also included another tidbit, which is yet more reason to get excited for the movie.

Michael Haneke's 'Amour' Dominates César Awards; 'Argo' Wins Best Foreign Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 23, 2013 3:18 PM
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If you had told us a year ago that a Michael Haneke directed film about the death of an elderly woman would become a contender for Best Picture, Best Foreign Lanuage Film, Best Actress and Best Director at the Oscars, we would've said you were crazy. But the provocateur's difficult, but touching and human film has managed to resonate far and wide, and while France's César Awards have pretty much zero bearing on the Oscars, it's interesting to see that Haneke's work has been just as recognized.

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