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Social Network Q & A: Composers Reznor & Ross Talk Score, Fight Club Musical, Editors Baxter & Wall

Social Network Q & A: Composers Reznor & Ross Talk Score, Fight Club Musical, Editors Baxter & Wall
Bragging rights to a quantity of Oscars are important to the bigger-scale films vying for technical awards. Amy Dawes covered the Q & A for The Social Network including composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, and editors Kurt Baxter and Angus Wall:Trent Reznor took an instinctual, unstudied approach to creating his first film score, and it paid off – surprising even him. So said the Nine Inch Nails frontman last night at a screening in Hollywood of The Social Network, for which the score he co-created with Atticus Ross is nominated for an Oscar – and has already won a Golden Globe.
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • February 10, 2011 9:35 AM
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Devil's Double Boosts Dominic Cooper to Juicy Role in Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Never has Sundance's power as a crucible for emerging talent been more obvious than this year. Not only did Elizabeth Olsen and Brit Marling ignite film careers, but Brit Dominic Cooper's showy two-hander opposite himself in The Devil's Double (acquired by Lionsgate) has boosted him into final talks for a starring role in Timur Bekmambetov's Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Fox's current-day movie adapted by Seth Grahame-Smith from his novel, reports Variety. Cooper offered stalwart support in Tamara Drewe, An Education and History Boys.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 10, 2011 8:55 AM
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Berlin Dealbook: Point Blank, Being A Wallflower, La Mission, Wettest County, Old Fashioned Orgy

Berlin Dealbook: Point Blank, Being A Wallflower, La Mission, Wettest County, Old Fashioned Orgy
The Berlin Film Festival market is taking off fast with deals announced on several pictures selling rights there, as many other sellers hope that the market favors their wares as well.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 10, 2011 8:30 AM
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SXSW 2011 Adds Midnighters, Fest's "Bloody Beating Heart"

We have the SXSW Midnighters and SXFantastic sections, plus the complete short films lineup for the Austin fest, which runs March 11 – 19. The Midnighters program includes two two midnight feature programs of five films each. Fest producer Janet Pierson calls the programs:“the bloody, beating heart of SXSW. Since the beginning, midnight films have been an essential ingredient to what makes SXSW so exciting and fun, and this year's selections are no exception.”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 10, 2011 7:58 AM
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That's Not Nikki Finke

I can tell you unequivocally that Nikki Finke is not the subject of The Daily photo she has been trying to stop them from publishing. I've known Finke for years, and she doesn't coif her hair like that, or wear heavy jewelry and makeup. She's more down-to-earth, as she told Gawker--which once offered $1000 for a photo of her. I can also report that when some folks tried to get hold of the rest of the photo shoot that yielded the one official Finke portrait (compare and contrast below, along with her Wellesley class photo), Finke bought out the rest of the session.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 10, 2011 6:32 AM
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Cold Weather's Katz & McFadden Talk Characters, Genre, Free Collaboration

TOH's Sophia Savage flip-cammed Cold Weather writer-director Aaron Katz and writer-producer Brendan McFadden. Here's her report; video is below):Cold Weather opens in Los Angeles February 11 at Laemmle's Sunset 5. This genre-bender is a meditation on human relationships dressed as a mystery-thriller. The film plays by its own rules, refusing to be rushed by short attention spans or pressured by mainstream expectations. The 2010 SXSW hit reminds us that any budget when combined with the will to get a great film made is better than a big budget and the will to fit in. Plus, collaboration is not only free -- it's a recipe for indie success. Here is indieWIRE's review and a scene explained by Katz.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 10, 2011 6:31 AM
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Sundance Dealbook: Oprah Winfrey Buys Feminist Media Critique Miss Representation

One of the big stories out of Sundance was Oprah Winfrey's determination to acquire docs for the Oprah Winfrey Network Documentary Film Club, to do for docs what she has done for books. At Sundance, OWN acquired Chaz Bono's Becoming Chaz, which offers the right combo of celeb biopic and gender-bending exotica. Also feeding the female demo is actress-documentarian Jennifer Siebel Newsom's earnest feminist media critique Miss Representation, which lays out the argument about how the way women are portrayed in the media--as objects of beauty-- impacts real girls and women. Siebel interviewed a wide range of women leaders including Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson and Gloria Steinem.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 10, 2011 6:13 AM
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Oscar Watch: Bening Could Beat Portman, Exclusive The Kids Are All Right Video, Tribute Q & A

Oscar Watch: Bening Could Beat Portman, Exclusive The Kids Are All Right Video, Tribute Q & A
Annette Bening is a classy theater actress who came late to movies--she was almost 30 when she took her first lead role in Milos Forman's Valmont. She went on to work for future husband Warren Beatty on Bugsy and Love Affair, and had three Oscar-nominated roles, in Stephen Frears' The Grifters, Sam Mendes' American Beauty and Istvan Szabo's Being Julia before landing a fourth for Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 10, 2011 3:55 AM
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Tribeca Film Acquires Rock Road Movie Janie Jones

New indie distributor Tribeca Film continues its buying spree, acquiring all U.S. rights to road movie rock musical Janie Jones, starring actor-singers Abigail Breslin and Alessandro Nivola as a father-daughter act. Elisabeth Shue plays Breslin's mom, who goes into rehab. The film debuted in Toronto last September. Tribeca plans to open the Unified Pictures film this summer in major cities as well as other platforms such as VOD. Filmmaker David M. Rosenthal wrote and directed the film based on his own experience.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 10, 2011 3:52 AM
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The Eagle Early Reviews: Tatum and Bell Are "Junior League Versions of Snyder's 300 Macho-Erotica"

Scottish filmmaker Kevin Macdonald is as gifted a documentarian as he is a feature filmmaker--he just premiered the brilliant YouTube/Ridley Scott doc Life in a Day at Sundance, and has been given the helm on the first authorized Bob Marley documentary. Macdonald also directed the great Touching the Void and The Last King of Scotland, for which Forrest Whitaker won the Oscar. State of Play is his weakest effort to date.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 9, 2011 9:28 AM
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