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Carter Burwell Scoring Todd Haynes' 'Carol' & Danny Elfman Bound To 'Fifty Shades Of Grey'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • January 21, 2014 11:05 AM
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Although we have broadened our horizons somewhat, the intersection of music and film is something still very much important to us. To that end, we were very excited to hear news that two of our favorite composers would be tackling new projects.

Watch: 1.5 Hour Talk With Coen Brothers, Alec Baldwin & Carter Burwell About The Psychological Influence Of Movie Scores

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 22, 2013 11:25 AM
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Art of The Score, Baldwin, Coens, Burwell
It's an interesting approach to a subject: a celebrated actor, two venerable filmmaking siblings, a lauded composer and a neuroscientist exploring the uniquely powerful role of music in determining the narrative design and the emotional impact of a film. Yep, at the “Art Of The Score,” a co-presentation of World Science Festival and the New York Philharmonic, actor Alec Baldwin hosted a chat with the Coen brothers and their longtime composer Carter Burwell to discuss music, scores and perhaps more importantly, how it can shapes the emotional reaction and psychology of the brain.

Watch: You Are The Revolution In New Promos For 'The Fifth Estate,' Plus Posters, Soundtrack Details & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 1, 2013 4:46 PM
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The Fifth Estate
While earlier today we heard Benedict Cumberbatch's distinct voice frighten Bilbo in the new trailer for "The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug," in a couple weeks you'll be able not only to hear his melodious tones, but see his face too (under a platinum wig) in "The Fifth Estate," a.k.a. "The WikiLeaks Network."

Carter Burwell, Most Interesting Thing About 'Thor: The Dark World,' Quits 'Thor: The Dark World'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 29, 2013 9:37 AM
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A month on from its first trailer, we're still not quite sure about Marvel's Phase Two offering, “Thor: The Dark World.” Alongside “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” as a sequel that seems more logical than necessary, the new installment from “Game of Thrones” helmer Alan Taylor looks enjoyable enough. But with the film's most recent turn of events parting ways with one of its most notable collaborators, consider us just a tiny bit disappointed moving forward.

Charlie Kaufman To Co-Direct Animated 'Anomalisa,' Jennifer Jason Leigh & David Thewlis Among Voice Cast

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 13, 2013 9:01 AM
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It's funny how the complaints subside if a Kickstarter project is taken on by someone you like. For example: last summer screenwriter/director Charlie Kaufman and former "Community" writer/producer Dan Harmon (two pretty successful guys in their own right) hit the crowdfunding site looking for backers to help get the stop-motion animated "Anomalisa" off the ground. And they certainly didn't face Zach Braff-ian levels of discontent and went on to quietly double their $200,000 goal. And with some cash already in hand, they're headed to Cannes hoping that the movie industry will now front the rest.

Carter Burwell's Score For Todd Haynes' 'Mildred Pierce' Gets An Official Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 11, 2011 6:50 AM
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Sure, we'll be happy to agree to disagree with people on most movies, but we honestly just can't vibe with folks who didn't dig Todd Haynes' "Mildred Pierce." It's the kind of story and filmmaking that just isn't being made at studios big or small. Haynes recently told IndieWire's Eric Kohn, "...not that material in 'Mildred' would be too racy or challenging for the indie film world, but just that it’s increasingly harder to find financing these days for serious dramas, domestic stories, female-driven narratives—everything we already know. The recent record profits of studio productions one would hope would have the effect of broadening, not narrowing, the possibilities—since they can afford it—but, unfortunately, it’s having the reverse effect, and that anxiety impacts independent financing as well." So we hope people voted with their television and tuned in. There is a lot to love in Haynes film, from the sumptuous period detail to the ace acting across the board from Kate Winslet, Guy Pearce, Evan Rachel Wood, Melissa Leo and Mare Winningham, so it's probably no surprise that the series' film score is aces too. And it's getting an official release.

Carter Burwell Returning To 'Twilight' Franchise To Score 'Breaking Dawn'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 7, 2011 2:39 AM
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Oscar Winning Joe Wright Regular Dario Marianelli To Score 'Jane Eyre'; Asche & Spencer Work Again With Marc Forster On 'Machine Gun Preacher'Coen Brothers and Spike Jonze regular collaborator Carter Burwell is set to return to the 'Twilight' since working on the first film to perform scoring duties for the final installment of the series, the two parter "Twilight: Breaking Dawn."

Academy Disqualifies Scores For 'Black Swan,' 'True Grit' and Others From Oscar Consideration

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 21, 2010 2:40 AM
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The trouble with the Academy awards, and indeed in putting too much stock in them, is that you're relying on the decisions being made by a relatively small, aging group of people. In many ways, things are improving -- Academy membership is getting younger, and it's starting to show: we can't imagine "The Hurt Locker" winning Best Picture even a decade ago. But in some categories, and some branches, there's still a frustrating conservatism at work; the Foreign Language branch, for instance, have a long history of picking safe choices over other, more worthy films.

'True Grit' Score By Carter Burwell Hits Stores December 21st, Album Streaming Now

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 11, 2010 4:03 AM
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Is this the year -- ok, at the least the month -- of the arthouse film? It would certainly seem that way. Big glossy studio pictures like "The Tourist" (opening this weekend), the forthcoming "Tron: Legacy" and "How Do You Know" are arriving with tepid buzz while auteur driven work such as "Black Swan" and the Coens' "True Grit" are riding a huge wave of anticipation. And we are certainly looking forward to it. The film boats the usual pedigree of high talent in front of the camera -- Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Barry Pepper and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld -- and once again, the directors have assigned scoring duties to composer and longtime collaborator Carter Burwell.

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