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Oscar Noms Boost Soundtrack Sales of Inception and The Social Network

The heyday of the movie soundtrack--once a powerful marketing tool for the studios--has waned. But Oscar nominations can boost a soundtrack into big sales, reports Anthony D'Alessandro: When it comes to recent soundtracks and film scores, consumers have been powering down their stereos.  Over the last four years, SoundScan sales for the genre fell from 27.2 million in 2006 to 16.4 million last year -- a 40% drop.   What was once a dependable ancillary for a film’s theatrical launch is now seen as a business gamble; record companies can no longer depend on the wallets of single males.  Aside from burgeoning digital downloads and piracy, the major studio music executives also gripe that there’s a disconnect between radio listeners and movie crowds.  Rap dominates the Top 40, leaving no room for a pic’s adult-contempo "love theme." MTV limits soundtrack music vids to a small percentage of film footage-- so that it doesn't play like a second trailer.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • February 18, 2011 6:18 AM
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Box Office Surges on Sandler vs. Bieber Weekend Duel

Just Go With It's established comedy stars Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston dueled teen music phenom Justin Bieber's 3-D concert doc Never Say Never at the surging weekend box office, which had been in the doldrums compared to last year's Avatar-fueled winter frame. Anthony D'Alessandro reports:
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • February 13, 2011 5:15 AM
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Oscar Night Song Performers: Paltrow, Menken, Moore, Newman, Rahman

The original song performers at the 83rd Academy Awards include Gwyneth Paltrow, Zachary Levi, Alan Menken, Mandy Moore, Randy Newman, A.R. Rahman and Florence + The Machine's Florence Welch. Paltrow will sing "Coming Home" from Country Strong, A. R Rahman and Welch will perform "If I Rise" from 127 Hours, Menken will join Moore and Levi to perform "I See the Light" from Tangled and Newman will perform Toy Story 3's "We Belong Together."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 4, 2011 7:29 AM
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Trailer Music Live's Multi-Media Orchestra Performances in NYC and Moscow

The calling card of movies --the trailer--inspired Trailer Music Live, a multi-media concert experience featuring movie footage accompanied by live orchestral performances from over 100 musicians and singers, which is not used in the films themselves and does not appear on movie soundtracks. Here, they get reborn.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 1, 2011 7:45 AM
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Production Watch, Part 2: De Palma's Passion, Untouchables; Jay-Z & Willow Smith's Annie Confirmed

- Brian De Palma is stepping out to direct a remake of France's 2010 psychodrama Crime d'amour (Love Crime), with the title Passion. "Not since Dressed to Kill have I had a chance to combine eroticism, suspense, mystery and murder into one spellbinding cinematic experience," De Palma told Variety. Set in the UK, the France-Germany-UK-Spain co-production is in the works at Paris-based SBS Productions (they also have Polanski's Gods of Carnage in the works with Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly). Productions like this are moving away from U.S. financing due to the limitations of the U.S. market, according to SBS's Ben Said: "Movies of this kind are very difficult to make today in the U.S. because the U.S. doesn't have co-productions and the studios are not interested in making them." The original Love Crime starred Kristin Scott Thomas and Ludivine Sagnier as feuding exes - one of whom ends up murdered by the other. De Palma's cast is expected to be announced by the start of Cannes this May.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 27, 2011 11:39 AM
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Eastwood and Beyonce Team for A Star is Born; Vote for Her Co-Star and Streisand's Gypsy Director

Well if you are going to do a remake, why not change it up with stars like Willow Smith (in a remake of Annie) or Beyonce Knowles in A Star Is Born opposite someone along the lines of Will Smith, P Diddy, Jay-Z, Eddie Murphy, Robert Downey Jr or Jon Hamm (reports Deadline, vote your choice below).
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • January 21, 2011 5:29 AM
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Young Hanks and Aykroyd Rap and Dance in Dragnet Video

Universal invested serious coin in this 1987 Dragnet MTV music video for the hit hip-hop single City of Crime (which played over the closing credits), starring the rap-and-dance team of Tom Hanks and Dan Aykroyd (below).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 5, 2011 5:20 AM
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Star Watch: Burlesque vs. Showgirls, True Grit's Steinfeld, X-Files' Duchovny and Anderson Reunite

- We made the comparison back on November 5 ("Burlesque...the bastard child of Moulin Rouge and Showgirls"), and now The Daily Beast has taken the Burlesque vs. Showgirls concept to new heights. They say that while Burlesque is not a notorious train-wreck like Showgirls (Cher and Christina Aguilera also hold more clout than Elizabeth Berkley did in 1995), it "is not without issues, the script being a big one, but it embraces campiness in a more jovial way, striving to be an updated Chicago or Cabaret, sans the heavy undertone issues, like abortion and anti-Semitism."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 24, 2010 5:21 AM
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Thanksgiving Box Office Preview: "Tangled," "Love & Other Drugs," "Burlesque"

The studios are offering a groaning board of holiday movies at the Thanksgiving holiday box office. And they're targeting a wide range of moviegoers and demos, reports Anthony D'Alessandro:Studios are catering not only to more female filmgoers than usual over the Thanksgiving five-day stretch, but to all audiences.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • November 23, 2010 8:46 AM
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Ten Worst Beatles Songs

Now that the Beatles library is available on iTunes (don't we already have all their CDs loaded up?) U.K. music critic Neil McCormick has ranked the worst ever Beatles songs.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 20, 2010 12:53 AM
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