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Jay-Z Producing Score for Baz Luhrmann's 'Great Gatsby'

The first two trailers for Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," both featuring the pulsing hip-hop beats of Kanye West-Jay-Z collaboration "Watch the Throne," let us know that this will be no ordinary F. Scott Fitzgerald adaptation...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 2, 2013 1:41 PM
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Jennifer Lawrence is Vanity Fair's 'Most Desirable' Cover Girl, Says Acting is Stupid

Jennifer Lawrence is Vanity Fair's February cover girl. They call her "the rare celebrity who sounds more like a human being than a well-coached product," as well as the world's "most desirable woman."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 2, 2013 1:19 PM
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Composer Alexandre Desplat Will Visit Wes Anderson's 'Grand Budapest Hotel'

Composer Alexandre Desplat -- who had a busy year in 2012, with three original scores qualifying for Oscar consideration -- is on board for director Wes Anderson's upcoming project "The Grand Budapest Hotel."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 2, 2013 1:01 PM
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Tarantino Talks 'Django Unchained' Soundtrack, from Vinyl Oldies to Original Morricone

How much you like spaghetti westerns will be a factor in how much you want to consume the "Django Unchained" Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, now available through Loma Vista Recording. This soundtrack marks the first time Quentin Tarantino has collaborated with artists to create original music for one of his films.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • January 2, 2013 12:56 PM
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Griffith Park, Point Dume State Beach and Downtown L.A.'s 6th Street Bridge Rank as Most Popular 2012 Filming Locations

L.A.'s Griffith Park was the most popular filming location in 2012, according to the Los Angeles Times.The canyon area logged 409 production days last year, which is 63 days more than its top-ranking previous year. Gritty TV dramas like "Southland" and "Sons of Anarchy" frequent the 4120-acre Los Feliz park for filming.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 2, 2013 11:59 AM
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Academy Extends Voting Period Amid Balloting Snafus

Even while it was officially closed for the holiday until January 2, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, recognizing the continuing problems many of its members have been having with the new online voting procedures, has extended the deadline for members to vote for Oscar nominations by one day to Friday, January 4, 2013, 5.p.m. PT. (The original date was Thursday, January 3, 5 p.m. PT).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 31, 2012 5:36 PM
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The Best Movie Soundtracks and Cuts of 2012

With the power to bolster a flailing scene, add emotional complexity, and round out a film, the soundtracks and scores of 2012 were often as good (or better) than the films that contained them. Below is a sampling of the best soundtracks of 2012, scores and compilations -- with a highlighted track embedded at the end of the post.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • December 31, 2012 5:17 PM
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Movies to Look Forward to in 2013

Anne Thompson and TOH! writers Matt Brennan, Bill Desowitz, Beth Hanna, Maggie Lange, Matt Mueller and Sophia Savage share the movies they are most looking forward to in 2013.
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  • December 31, 2012 4:27 PM
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David O. Russell To Accept Indie Impact Award at Upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival

Variety will present director David O. Russell with the Indie Impact Award at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival (January 3-14), celebrating the "Silver Linings Playbook" filmmaker for his contributions to the art and business of cinema.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 31, 2012 1:19 PM
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Gorgeous 'Life of Pi' Filming Locations in Pondicherry, India

Check out Guardian's photo gallery of locations in Pondicherry, India used in Ang Lee's "Life of Pi." Among the settings used for the film are the Botanical Gardens, which were transformed into Pi's family's zoo...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 31, 2012 1:09 PM
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