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‘Joker,’ ‘Lion King,’ ‘Us’ Lead 2019 Hollywood Music in Media Awards Nominees

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‘Joker,’ ‘Lion King,’ ‘Us’ Lead 2019 Hollywood Music in Media Awards Nominees
The Hollywood Music in Media Awards, known for recognizing music in film, TV, video games commercials and trailers, announced its 2019 nominees. Among the nominated films are “Joker” (composer Hildur Guðnadóttir is pictured), “Little Women,” “Us,” “Rocketman” and more.

Past honorees include Ludwig Goransson (“Black Panther”), Alexandre Desplat (“Shape of Water”), songs from “La La Land” and “A Star is Born.”

For the 10th anniversary concert & gala, the organization will host past winners. In addition to Jakob Dylan (“The Wallflowers”) and Kris Bowers (“Green Book”), composers and songwriters from The Society of Composers & Lyricists, The Alliance of Female Composers and the Guild of Music Supervisors will present and/or perform.

With over 500 submissions globally, Hmma nominations are selected by an advisory board and selection committee that includes journalists, music executives and music-media industry professionals comprised of select members of the Society of Composers and Lyricists, Television Academy, the AMPAS Music Branch and Naras.
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DreamWorks Animation’s ‘How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ & ‘Abominable’ Stress Importance Of Getting Composers Aboard Early – The Contenders L.A.

  • Deadline
Note to would-be directors of animated features: get your composer involved from the start. That was one of the key observations from The Contenders L.A. DreamWorks Animation panel Saturday, that featured filmmaking talent behind How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World and Abominable.

“I try to put get [composer] John [Powell] involved as early as possible, sending him scripts from the earliest drafts,” said Dean DeBlois, director of all three Dragon films including The Hidden World.

“This is our third installment of a trilogy so we have honed a partnership over a 10-year period in which I completely trust John and his instincts and know that he is a great storyteller in his own right,” DeBlois added. “He finds themes that I might not be as aware of as I’m writing on the surface and they play like harmonies to the intention that I try to put on screen.
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Abominable Review: How to Train Your Baby Yeti

Mark Harrison Oct 14, 2019

The first major collaboration between DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studio, Abominable isn't nearly as bad as the title suggests...

Having previously co-produced Kung Fu Panda 3 with Pearl Studio, DreamWorks Animation now brings us the Chinese animation house's first original film, Abominable, which is a perfectly lovely movie whose title doesn't suit it at all. From writer-director Jill Culton, the film offers up a lively and colourful road trip across China with three youngsters and the baby yeti they've taken into their care.

When the film begins, teenage Yi (Chloe Bennet) is getting over her father's untimely death by throwing herself into the gig economy and escaping to the rooftop of her apartment building by night. It's there that she finds a big white fluffy creature hiding from a private scientific organization's roving helicopters and staring wistfully at a nearby “Visit Everest” billboard.

With her preening Insta-famous
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Movie Review – Abominable (2019)

Abominable, 2019. Directed by Jill Culton. Featuring the voice talents of Chloe Bennet, Tenzing Norgay Trainor, Albert Tsai, Eddie Izzard, Sarah Paulson, Tsai Chin, Michelle Wong, Joseph Izzo, and Rupert Gregson-Williams. Synopsis: A magical Yeti must return to his family. Abominable has the ingredients to break free from being designated as just another disposable family-friendly […]

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‘Abominable’ Film Review: Familiarity Doesn’t Stop the Fun in This Sweet Animated Tale

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‘Abominable’ Film Review: Familiarity Doesn’t Stop the Fun in This Sweet Animated Tale
Animation can be a tough venture for filmmakers: The target audience tends to be young children, who simultaneously have a limited attention span while still demanding entertainment at every corner. But then if the story is too juvenile or too preachy, or if the animation itself isn’t eye-catching, then you lose the parents, the all-important keepers of the wallet. And even when an animated film becomes an exquisite piece of cinema, their audiences aren’t necessarily going to run out and buy a stuffed yeti plush afterward.

Writer-director Jill Culton (“Open Season”) understands this mix of priorities, and her latest film “Abominable” falls somewhere in the middle of it all, with a story that’s sweet but formulaic, jokes that are juvenile but not annoying, and the use of gorgeous colors and textures. Nothing here truly changes animation, and yet, you can’t help but walk out of the
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Abominable Review: An Amazing Visual Adventure Turns Serious

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An injured Yeti with the power to control nature is rescued by a determined teenager and her friends. Abominable is the latest CGI adventure to star the mythical Himalayan creature. On the heels of Smallfoot and Missing Link, Abominable is a much more somber film. There's a sprinkling of humor, but the overall tone treads serious. This is not a happy-go-lucky kid flick with slapstick characters. I appreciate the depth of the story, but did get a little bored with the drama. Stunning animation and a beautiful score rescue Abominable from being a drag.

Abominable is set in the bustling city of Shanghai, China. Chloe Bennet voices Yi, a girl who spends her days feverishly working odd jobs. Her mother (Michelle Wong) and N&#462i Nai (Tsai Chin) wonders why she won't spend any time at home. The family is struggling to cope with the death of Yi's father. Yi
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Lady Gaga, Annie Lennox, Adele Invited to Join Motion Picture Academy

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Lady Gaga, Annie Lennox, Adele Invited to Join Motion Picture Academy
Oscar winners Lady Gaga, Annie Lennox and Adele are among the 28 composers, songwriters and music editors invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences this year.

The three multiplatinum pop stars are probably the best-known of this year’s crop. Gaga won for “A Star Is Born,” Adele for “Skyfall,” and Lennox for her “Into the West” from the final “Lord of the Rings” movie “The Return of the King.”

Three other Oscar winners are on this year’s list: “Black Panther” composer Ludwig Goransson and Gaga’s “Shallow” co-writers Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt. Two other nominees from last year’s movies were added to the roster: “Mary Poppins Returns” songwriter Scott Wittman and “Star Is Born” music editor Jason Ruder.

Other composers include Michael Abels (“Get Out”), Nathan Barr (“The House With a Clock in Its Walls”), Kris Bowers (“Green Card”), Jane Antonia Cornish (“Citizen
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Aquaman Spinoff The Trench Will Be More Monster Movie Than Superhero Adventure

Aquaman Spinoff The Trench Will Be More Monster Movie Than Superhero Adventure
As we all know by this point in time The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2 director James Wan is currently developing an Aquaman horror movie spin-off based on The Trench. A species of horrific sea monsters, The Trench seem like the perfect characters to base a DC horror movie on, if you ask me. And today we have an update on the spin-off via Wan himself who lets us know that the powers that be behind the scenes are still crafting the story and screenplay and that the final product will be more of a monster movie than a superhero movie.

Specifically producer James Wan says of The Trench.

"We, you know, we're still deep in sort of crafting the script, crafting the story right now so I don't want to get into that too much, but definitely it's one that I really want to lean into the horror of it,
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Adam Sandler's Murder Mystery Scores Biggest Netflix Debut Ever

It's a pretty well-known fact that the streaming giant, Netflix is more than a little stingy when it comes to letting the world know just how many views any one of their original programs accrues. But that changes for a moment in time today as we now know that their new Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston comedy Murder Mystery snagged a - pardon the pun - killer opening weekend. In fact, the new Sandler flick scored the biggest opening weekend ever for a Netflix original film, with a staggering 30.8 million accounts peeping the latest movie in its first three days of release.

The full breakdown tells us that 30,869,863 accounts watched Murder Mystery in its first three days - the biggest opening weekend ever for a Netflix original movie. 13,374,914 accounts in the Us and Canada, and 17,494,949 more worldwide.

This breakdown comes to us via a tweet from an account calling themselves
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Shanghai Film Festival Abruptly Pulls Opening Film ‘The Eight Hundred’

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Shanghai Film Festival Abruptly Pulls Opening Film ‘The Eight Hundred’
The Shanghai Film Festival has abruptly yanked its opening movie, the $80 million patriotic war drama “The Eight Hundred,” on the eve of the fest’s kickoff, Variety has confirmed. A restored 4K version of “Midnight Cowboy” will play tomorrow night instead, the organizers announced Friday evening on social media.

The cancellation of the Saturday premiere was made for unspecified “technical reasons,” which is often a euphemism for censorship problems, although a source close to the project told Variety that that is not the issue in this case and that the film had successfully passed the content censorship stage. “Technical reasons” were also cited in the withdrawal of Zhang Yimou’s “One Second” from the Berlin Film Festival in February.

While Chinese authorities have withdrawn films from other film festivals – two were pulled from the Berlinale, including “One Second” – it’s unusual for a Chinese-made film to be yanked from a Chinese festival.
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Emmy spotlight: Hulu’s ‘Catch-22’ is a searing satire on the futility and insanity of war

“Catch-22” is Hulu’s epic new adaptation of the classic Joseph Heller novel about Captain John Yossarian, a young Us Army bombardier (Christopher Abbott) stationed in Italy during World War II, who is desperate to fulfil his seemingly interminable flight mission quota, so he can be discharged and finally return home.

The show opens on Yossarian wandering a busy military tarmac wearing nothing but a pair of boots. He looks defeated and unhinged as he eventually screams hysterically while his army buddies look on in the distance. We are then transported back to the beginning to explain how he went from cocky wide-eyed innocence to broken, jaded and traumatized, suffering setback after setback until he snaps. This is a devastating but often very funny satire about sanity, mortality and the futility of war, as young and eager bombardiers are sent up into the sky in cramped warplanes to drop bombs on the enemy,
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‘Good Omens,’ ‘Catch-22,’ ‘The Bad Seed’ Composers Combine Comedy and Drama in Scores

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How do you strike the correct musical tone when a piece of storytelling rides the line between comedy and drama? For many composers working in the limited series and television movie formats this year, the cues were taken directly from

the scripts, but elements including choral music, jazz and even a detuned piano offered additional creative solutions.

In Amazon’s “Good Omens,” the mood shifts from scene to scene, as an angel (Michael Sheen) and a demon (David

Tennant) work together to try and stop the coming apocalypse, to the consternation of their colleagues in heaven and hell. English composer David Arnold (“Sherlock”) says he doesn’t believe one should “ever try and be funny with music,” though.

“If it’s funny, it’s funny, and your job [as composer] is to get out of the way and support the humor. The opening title music is a kind of wicked, slightly devilish,
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'Catch-22' Composers Harry and Rupert Gregson-Williams Featured in 'Behind the Screen' Podcast

'Catch-22' Composers Harry and Rupert Gregson-Williams Featured in 'Behind the Screen' Podcast
Composers Harry Gregson-Williams and Rupert Gregson-Williams are featured in a new episode of The Hollywood Reporter's Behind the Screen podcast series.

The brothers collaborated for the first time on Hulu's six-part miniseries Catch-22. During this conversation, they discuss the score for the project and working with executive producers, directors and writers George Clooney and Grant Heslov. The miniseries is based on Joseph Heller's 1961 satirical novel of the same name, which is set during World War II and follows U.S. Air Force bombardier John Yossarian.

The two award-winning composers were born in England to a musical family....
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Sibling composers Harry and Rupert Gregson-Williams on their first ever collaboration on ‘Catch-22’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Sibling composers Harry and Rupert Gregson-Williams on their first ever collaboration on ‘Catch-22’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
“It was very organic,” reveals composer Rupert Gregson-Williams about working alongside his older brother Harry Gregson-Williams on Hulu’s limited series adaptation of the classic Joseph Heller novel “Catch-22.” “In this business, there’s no one that can have more empathy of the stresses and strains of what you’re trying to achieve than somebody who is another composer let alone another composer who is your own brother,” he says. “But it helps that we weren’t left alone on a desert island, where we probably would’ve killed each other,” Harry jokes. Watch the interview with the composers above.

“Catch-22” stars Christopher Abbott plays Captain John Yossarian, a bombardier stationed in Italy during World War II, desperate to finish off his flight missions and get the hell out of there. Based on the classic Heller novel, the limited series executive-produced by awards magnets George Clooney and Grant Heslov premiered Friday,
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Exclusive: Hear Two Tracks from Hulu’s ‘Catch-22’ Soundtrack

Lakeshore Records will release Catch-22 – Music From the Original Series digitally on May 17, coinciding with the premiere of the new Hulu miniseries from George Clooney and Grant Heslov. Ahead of that debut, we have two exclusive tracks from the Catch-22 soundtrack below, composed by Rupert Gregson-Williams and Harry Gregson-Williams – marking the brothers’ first collaboration together. Catch-22 […]

The post Exclusive: Hear Two Tracks from Hulu’s ‘Catch-22’ Soundtrack appeared first on /Film.
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Huayi Bros.’ Big-Budget War Drama ‘The Eight Hundred’ Sells to North America

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China’s Huayi Bros. has locked in multiple overseas rights sales for its upcoming big-budget war film “The Eight Hundred” on the eve of the Cannes Film Festival and market.

The film is set for a release in North America, Australia and New Zealand through Cmc Pictures. Distributors in these territories typically coordinate their release dates closely with the film’s outing in mainland China, which is scheduled for July 5.

The film was also sold to First Run for South Korea; Koch for Germany; Trinity for the U.K.; Shaw for Singapore and Brunei; Gsc for Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos; and to Emphasis for worldwide airline distribution.

Guan Hu, the Chinese director who broke through to international and commercial success with 2015 gangster drama “Mr. Six,” directed “The Eight Hundred” on a budget of $80 million. Filmed over a period of eight months, it is the first Chinese feature to
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Apm Music Hits the Right Notes

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The view from Apm Music’s office on Sunset Boulevard is expansive, from downtown to Dodger Stadium, to Century City and all points west. The company has been in the same tower since opening its doors in Los Angeles in 1984, but it’s moved up in the world, from a few rooms to most of the ninth floor. Apm has scaled the heights in more ways than one. “We’re the largest production music library in North America, if not the world,” says company president Adam Taylor. Apm music can be heard in films and trailers for projects including “Dumbo,” “Us,” “Green Book” and “A Star Is Born.” The collection has also become popular for sampling, with artists like Jay-z, Chance the Rapper and Missy Elliott among those who have availed themselves of Apm’s easy licensing and legal indemnification.

Sitting at a desk topped with twin computer monitors the size of Ford Fiestas,
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Huayi Bros. Begins Shopping Guan Hu’s $80 Million War Epic ‘800’ in Berlin (Exclusive)

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Huayi Bros. Begins Shopping Guan Hu’s $80 Million War Epic ‘800’ in Berlin (Exclusive)
Leading Chinese film studio Huayi Bros. has begun sounding out international distributors in Berlin about director Guan Hu’s $80 million war film “800.” It will be completed by midsummer and is one of the most anticipated Chinese titles of the year.

Guan, who broke through to international and commercial success with 2015 gangster drama “Mr. Six,” is putting final touches on the film. Huayi’s pitch in Berlin focuses on the film’s fact-based narrative and the huge resources marshaled to deliver intense and realistic action. Filmed over eight months, it is the first Chinese feature to be shot with Imax digital cameras.

It’s one of just a handful of big-budget pictures generating buzz in China, where production has slowed in recent months. Dante Lam’s “Rescue,” about an intrepid Coast Guard team, is budgeted at $90 million.

The central narrative of “800” focuses on a group of Chinese soldiers and draft dodgers
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Aquaman Home Video Details Wash Ashore

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Burbank, CA, March 26 – The ocean comes alive when Aquaman arrives on 4K Uhd Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD Special Edition and Digital. From Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DC and director James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, Aquaman , starring Jason Momoa in the title role.

Aquaman also stars Amber Heard, Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables films), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (The Get Down), Oscar winner Nicole Kidman, Ludi Lin (Power Rangers) and Temuera Morrison.

Wan directs from a screenplay by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick (The Conjuring 2) and Will Beall. The story is by Geoff Johns, Wan and Will Beall, based on characters from DC’s Aquaman created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger. Aquaman is produced by Peter Safran and Rob Cowan, with Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Jon Berg, Geoff Johns and Walter Hamada serving as executive producers.
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Warner Bros. Pictures’ Aquaman Swims Pass $1 Billion Mark At Worldwide Box Office

James Wan’s unstoppable and fun DC Super Hero adventure Aquaman has the #1 position in the world four weeks in a row internationally and the top spot for three weeks in North America – and has now passed the $1 billion mark around the globe. Warner Bros. Pictures’ film crossed that mark in just over one month since it reigned supreme in its first market, China. The announcement was made by Ron Sanders, President of Worldwide Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures Group and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

What makes it so great – the epic score from Rupert Gregson-Williams. Check it out Here.

“We’re thrilled audiences around the world have embraced ‘Aquaman’ in such a big, big way,” said Sanders. “Jason, the filmmakers and the team at DC have delivered a film that people love, and we are so appreciative of their support.”

Wan stated, “Firstly, Massive Love and Thank You to the
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