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Amy Winehouse Still Tops Bond Composer David Arnold’s 007 Wishlist

Amy  Winehouse Still Tops Bond Composer David Arnold’s 007 Wishlist
David Arnold, who’s scored every James Bond movie since 1997’s Tomorrow Never Dies, spoke to Matt Mueller shortly before a Memorial Concert in honour of legendary franchise composer John Barry at London’s Royal Albert Hall:David Arnold knows who he’d love to sing the next 007 theme tune: Amy Winehouse. The British composer is a massive fan of her jazzy vocals and spent two days with the singer when she was being courted to sing the title track to Quantum Of Solace. Winehouse’s personal problems prevented her from taking the gig but, although recent headlines suggest the substance-abuse demons haven’t gone away, Arnold feels she’d make the perfect Bond chanteuse. “She’s absolutely the real deal and the problems she has are part of that genius,” he says. “Of course, until you read the script it’s impossible to say who would be right and you’d consider any of the current great female vocalists, like Adele, Beyonce, Lady Gaga… But if Amy was in a position to be back to full fighting strength, she would be fantastic.” UPDATE: Alas, Arnold's wishes will never be. Winehouse succumbed to her demons on July 24, found dead at her London home at age 27.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • July 8, 2011 1:11 AM
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Silent Masterpiece Sunrise Boasts New Score: For a Single Guitar

Silent Masterpiece Sunrise Boasts New Score: For a Single Guitar
When German director F.W. Murnau subtitled his 1927 silent film Sunrise with the phrase “a song of two humans,” he almost certainly meant those words to be understood figuratively. In a few weeks, though, Paolo Cherchi Usai, an Italian film archivist and director, and Giovanni Spinelli, an Italian-born composer based in New York City, will premiere a project they have been working on for the last two years that will change that subtitle, quite literally, to “a song of one human.”
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • July 4, 2011 5:26 AM
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John Carter Early Poster Teases, Does Not Inform

John Carter Early Poster Teases, Does Not Inform
Hitfix's Drew McWeeny doesn't like the early teaser poster (below) for Pixar writer-director Andrew Stanton's long-in-the-works live-action debut, the sci-fi adventure John Carter, arguing that the Mouse House has plenty of rich visual material to work with--why go so stark?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 17, 2011 4:11 AM
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Rome Film Festival Announces Dates, Ennio Morricone Heads Jury, Clips

Rome Film Festival Announces Dates, Ennio Morricone Heads Jury, Clips
The sixth International Rome Film Festival will take place October 27 through November 4, 2011. Oscar®-winning composer Ennio Morricone will head the jury, which also includes Italian ballet dancer Roberto Bolle, said Rome Fest president Gian Luigi Rondi and artistic director Piera Detassis.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 31, 2011 1:21 AM
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Cannes Review: Tree of Life Lures Packed House, Oscar-Worthy Pitt Speaks for Missing Director Malick

Cannes Review: Tree of Life Lures Packed House, Oscar-Worthy Pitt Speaks for Missing Director Malick
In all my years coming to Cannes, I've never seen the 8:30 AM Palais press screening fill up so fast. Guards were turning people away by 8 AM, who literally ran across the grass to queue for the back-up 9 AM screening at the Soixantieme. I decided not to wrestle my way in and took the path of least resistance to settle into a center middle row seat and let Terrence Malick's fifth feature, the luminous The Tree of Life, wash over me.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 16, 2011 10:30 AM
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Cannes Review: Why is Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in Fest?

Cannes Review: Why is Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in Fest?
What motivates a groggy, jet-lagged scribe to crawl out of bed for an 8:30 AM press screening of Pirates of the Caribbean? Schadenfreude. The word on the Croisette was that the fourth Pirates installment was lousy. Safe to say I wasn't expecting to have a good time. (I didn't even see Number Three, even though it boasted Chow Yun-Fat.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 14, 2011 10:48 AM
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Tree of Life Debuts in Cannes After All: New Poster, Music

Tree of Life Debuts in Cannes After All: New Poster, Music
If it was ever in doubt, Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life (USA May 27) will in fact debut at Cannes, despite Icon UK's one-time insistence that they would open it ahead of the fest. The distributor admits that they will not be releasing the film, after wrangling with foreign sales company Summit over the deal terms. Spokesman Zak Brilliant of Icon told the Guardian: "[We] will not now be releasing Tree of Life on 4 May. There is a legal issue ongoing for the film which we hoped to resolve but were unable to do so."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 27, 2011 6:00 AM
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Sundance Institute Film Music Program ComposersLab Opens to L.A. Public May 21

The Sundance Institute Film Music Program mounts its one-day ComposersLab: LA on May 21. It is open to the public at Los Angeles's Downtown Independent Theatre. The lab will feature film composers George S. Clinton, Edward Shearmur and Christopher Young. In an effort to expand their offerings, the Institute will also host ShortsLabs for aspiring filmmakers in Chicago (May 7),  New York (July 9) and Los Angeles (August 6).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 13, 2011 6:26 AM
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Oscars 2011: Red Carpet Videos: Inception's Pfister, Zimmer, Network's Sorkin, Brand & More

Oscars 2011: Red Carpet Videos: Inception's Pfister, Zimmer, Network's Sorkin, Brand & More
Best Cinematography Winner: Wally Pfister, Inception
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 1, 2011 10:43 AM
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Oscars 2011: Winners Talk: Portman & Firth, Bale & Leo, Sorkin & Seidler, Inception, TSN (UPDATED)

Oscars 2011: Winners Talk: Portman & Firth, Bale & Leo, Sorkin & Seidler, Inception, TSN (UPDATED)
Best Actress: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 28, 2011 2:35 AM
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