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From Music Editor to Oscar Winning Composer: The Surprising Story Behind the Music of 'Gravity'

When Steven Price came on to "Gravity," it was for a short two-week music editing gig; when he left, he'd spent a year on the project as the film's composer. At first, Price was brought on to help with an internal studio screening for Alfonso Cuarón's technologically-stunning space epic and the two got to talking about how music could work in the film. Two weeks became six weeks, and then Cuarón asked Price to write the score.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • January 19, 2014 11:44 AM
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Miles Teller Talks Getting Bloody in Sundance Hit 'Whiplash,' Turning Nasty in 'Divergent' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

I thought Miles Teller had a future when I saw his 2010 drama "Rabbit Hole." I figured he had a career when I saw him opposite Shailene Woodley in Sundance romance "The Spectacular Now." I knew he was star when I saw him hold his own opposite the mighty J.K. Simmons in Sundance opening night hit "Whiplash," which will be released by Sony worldwide.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 18, 2014 8:25 PM
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Mads Mikkelsen Talks 'The Hunt' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Oscar-nominated "The Hunt" star Mads Mikkelsen combines a rare set of skills: the athleticism of a trained dancer, acrobat and gymnast and the sensitivity of a theater actor. See exclusive video below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 18, 2014 1:06 PM
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Oscar-Nominated Papamichael Talks Making 'Nebraska' in Black-and-White (VIDEO)

There was never any doubt about making Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" in black-and-white. It always lived in his imagination as the best way to convey the film's sense of isolation and loneliness. For Oscar nominee, Phedon Papamichael, it was like returning to his old still photography days when he would carry around both color and black-and-white Nikons.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 17, 2014 2:02 PM
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Oscar Nominee Zachary Heinzerling on Why 'Cutie and the Boxer' Was the Right First Feature to Make

Director Zachary Heinzerling discusses his Sundance award-winning documentary "Cutie and the Boxer," opening this Friday, about Japanese action painter Ushio Shinohara and his stormy marriage to wife Noriko.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • January 16, 2014 12:07 PM
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Kenneth Branagh on Why Chris Pine Was the Guy to Reboot Jack Ryan

I like Chris Pine. He's a strong actor and a movie star--although his reboot of Tom Clancy's signature spy is going to be a test of his marquee value. It's one thing to join the "Star Trek" ensemble and another to carry a movie.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 15, 2014 6:03 AM
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Cinematographer Le Sourd Talks Anatomy of 'The Grandmaster' Train Fight

Oscar contender Philippe Le Sourd, who scored an ASC nomination last week for lensing "The Grandmaster," discusses the standout train platform fight between Gong Er (Zhang Ziyi) and her father's killer and protege (Zhang Jin), which you can watch below. Not only was Wong Kar-wai's improvisational style a challenge, but they also completed the scene two years later, compelling Le Sourd to keep a journal so he could remember the location of his lights and maintain visual consistency).
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 14, 2014 4:09 PM
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Famed Cinematographer Roger Deakins Talks Coens, Storytelling, 'Prisoners'

I spoke to British cinematographer Roger Deakins via Skype while he was filming Angelina Jolie's challenging new film "Unbroken" on the water in New Zealand. Deakins, who often collaborates with the Coen brothers, is a go-to cinematographer for many filmmakers and is revered by actors because he puts storytelling front and center.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 13, 2014 7:47 PM
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Livestream the Golden Globes Foreign Directors Panel

On Saturday at 1 PM Pacific, check out the livestream at the Egyptian Theater of the annual foreign directors panel the day before the winner is announced live at the Golden Globes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 11, 2014 1:55 PM
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Wally Pfister Talks 'Transcendence' with LA Times: "If People Are Expecting Nolan Lite, I Think They'll Be Surprised"

Wally Pfister, best known as Christopher Nolan's Oscar winning cinematographer, will this year make his directorial debut with sci-fi actioner "Transcendence," arriving April 18 and starring Johnny Depp as an ailing scientist who downloads his brain into a supercomputer. Pfister sat down with the LA Times to talk his first time in the director's seat, getting advice from Nolan, navigating inevitable comparisons to Nolan, and more. Highlights below, plus the film's trailer.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 10, 2014 1:16 PM
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