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Watch & Listen: 'Looper' Composer Nathan Johnson Discusses His Unorthodox Music-making Methods

Check out these videos of "Looper" composer Nathan Johnson discussing his unorthodox approach to scoring in Rian Johnson's critically acclaimed sci-fi film...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 19, 2012 12:24 PM
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NYFF Panel: Talking Landmark Jazz Doc 'The Savoy King'

The second best thing about this week's NYFF screening of The Savoy King: Chick Webb and the Music that Changed America might have been the audience -- a fire-hazard crowd of friends, family and jazz enthusiasts ready to laugh, hoot, and more than once, sing along to the music. But the first best thing was 92-year-old Norma Miller, a delightful presence both on film and live on-stage, where she joined director Jeff Kaufman for a lively but all-too brief Q&A.
  • By Sheerly Avni
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  • October 5, 2012 11:47 AM
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Abramorama to Release 'The Zen of Bennett'

Indie distributor Abramorama will handle the theatrical release of "The Zen of Bennett," a portrait of singer Tony Bennett, beginning October 24 in New York.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 26, 2012 6:04 PM
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Gravitas Ventures and Variance Films Acquire Brit Musical 'Hunky Dory'

"Hunky Dory," starring Minnie Driver and directed by Marc Evans, has gone to Gravitas Ventures and Variance Films for US distribution. They will release the film in theaters and VOD early 2013. The glam-rock UK musical debuted at the London Film Festival and stateside at SXSW. The film already had a theatrical run in the UK last March...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 7, 2012 3:29 PM
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Producers Zadan and Meron Will Bring Music Back to the Oscars

Under new president Hawk Koch, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has gone with fresh blood to produce the 85th Academy Awards. Musical producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron ("Chicago") will produce the Oscar show set to air live on February 24 on ABC. Last year's show was produced by Brian Grazer and Don Mischer, who filled in after then-president Tom Sherak had to fire his controversial first choice, Brett Ratner. Host Eddie Murphy also left the show, replaced by stalwart Billy Crystal.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 23, 2012 2:26 PM
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Now and Then: The Long, Slow Death of the Movie Musical

It's been 60 years since the musical's prime — when Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, those sorcerers of sound, joined forces on "Singin' in the Rain" — so you'll forgive me if this week's theatrical screenings in honor of the anniversary feel less like a celebration than an obituary. The musical is dead at 83, from complications of creative neglect.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • July 16, 2012 4:30 PM
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'Magic Mike' The Musical Heading to Broadway

Wasting no time, Steven Soderbergh and Channing Tatum are taking "Magic Mike" to the stage, where the film will be adapted into a musical...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 29, 2012 12:01 PM
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LAFF: Jonathan Demme Talks 'Passion for Filming Real Life,' Neil Young as 'Wandering Troubador' in 'Journeys' (VIDEO)

New York flmmaker Jonathan Demme is showing at LAFF the latest film in his Neil Young concert trilogy, "Neil Young Journeys" (June 29), which debuted at Toronto. Demme likes alternating the long gestation and production periods necessary for fiction films with micro-budget documentaries. But good features are hard to find. "I can't dream up tentpole movies," he says. "I see these movies, many of them wonderful, like 'Iron Man.' I could never do that! It's a question of the necessity and passion for filming real life."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 19, 2012 2:18 PM
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Watch: Paul McCartney's Short 'My Valentine' Stars Portman & Depp; Screening with 'The Intouchables'

Paul McCartney's debut short film (aka music video), "My Valentine," stars Johnny Depp and Natalie Portman and will screen in front of all showings of the Weinsteins' "The Intouchables," which opens this weekend.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 25, 2012 11:49 AM
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Coming to Theaters This May: 1964 'The Beatles: The Lost Concert'

Screenvision presents "The Beatles: The Lost Concert," a new documentary featuring the first Fab Four concert in the U.S. as its centerpiece. The concert at D.C.'s Washington Coliseum is the only complete Beatles’ concert available to fans; its footage hasn't been seen by movie theater audiences across the nation for over 47 years.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 26, 2012 1:31 AM
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