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Walter Hill Returns to Pulp with The Assignment

April 2017
Walter Hill Returns to Pulp with <em>The Assignment</em>

A comic book-style revenge tale starring Michelle Rodriguez as a hit man who undergoes gender reassignment against his will, The Assignment is iconic director, Walter Hill’s latest genre film and accompanying graphic novel. The script preceded the book by a number of years. A gangster piece that Hill wrote had been published as a... »

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Harry Gregson-Williams Scores The Zookeeper’s Wife

March 2017
Harry Gregson-Williams Scores The Zookeeper’s Wife

Known for scoring flashy, effects-laden studio films for directors such as Tony and Ridley Scott, Michael Bay, and Ben Affleck among numerous others, composer Harry Gregson-Williams was excited to take a more subtle approach to the music for director Niki Caro’s, The Zookeeper’s Wife, the true account of Antonina (Jessica Chastain) and Jan Zabinski (Johan... »

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Moonlight Shines at the Film Independent Spirit Awards

February 2017
<em>Moonlight</em> Shines at the Film Independent Spirit Awards

Moonlight, swept top honors at the 32nd Film Independent Spirit Award picking up Best Feature, Best Director and Best Screenplay. In accepting his accolades for the 1.5 million dollar film, director Barry Jenkins not only credited his cast, but also his crew, saying he shared the award with “anybody who’s on the call sheet.”... »

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Golden Reel Awards: Hacksaw Ridge Wins Two Top Feature Film Honors

February 2017
Golden Reel Awards: Hacksaw Ridge Wins Two Top Feature Film Honors

Hacksaw Ridge captured Golden Reels for Best Sound Editing in Feature Film for both FX/Foley and Dialogue/ADR. Supervising sound editor Robert Mackenzie stated, “This film really is an example of the whole being greater than the sum of the parts. Everyone put in so much and it really shows.” La La Land garnered yet... »

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53rd Annual CAS Awards: La La Land Scores Top Sound Mixing Honors

February 2017
53rd Annual CAS Awards: La La Land Scores Top Sound Mixing Honors

Racking up another win on its way to the Oscars next week, La La Land took home the Cinema Audio Society Award for Outstanding Sound Mixing Motion Picture – Live Action at the 53rd annual awards. Director Damien Chazelle was on hand to support his sound mixing team of Steven Morrow, CAS, Andy Nelson,... »

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Director Garth Davis Finds Magic in Lion

February 2017
Director Garth Davis Finds Magic in <em>Lion</em>

“I could feel there was magic in this story. Magic is a tricky thing to portray,” stated director Garth Davis about Lion, the touching true account of a five-year-old Indian boy, adopted by an Australian couple after surviving the challenges of being lost on the streets of Calcutta, who twenty-five years later, uses Google... »

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Sundance/Slamdance Female Directed Narratives

February 2017
Sundance/Slamdance Female Directed Narratives

Although Hold On (Sundance) was merely nine minutes long, it packed more of an emotional arc than many feature films. Director Christine Turner had worked as a hospice volunteer in New York and drew upon her experience and observations of dementia patients to write the touching story of a young millennial tasked with caring... »

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Contender – Justin Timberlake, Best Song “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” Trolls

February 2017
Contender – Justin Timberlake, Best Song “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” <em>Trolls</em>

When actor Justin Timberlake was approached to voice the character of Branch in the animated film, Trolls, he was also pitched the idea of making the music “exciting.” Timberlake thought producing the music would be an “amazing opportunity,” but quickly realized he was taking on a lot of work and responsibility. Halfway kidding he... »

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DGA Awards: Damien Chazelle Dances to Best Directing Honors with La La Land

February 2017
DGA Awards: Damien Chazelle Dances to Best Directing Honors with La La Land

At the 69th Annual Directors Guild of American Awards held Saturday night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, La La Land director Damien Chazelle took the top prize. The best feature-film directing award was presented by Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Birdman, The Revenant), recipient of the honor during the past two years. After victories at the... »

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Sundance/Slamdance Docs: Into the Life of the Others (Part 2)

February 2017
Sundance/Slamdance Docs: Into the Life of the Others (Part 2)

Part 1 here: http://www.btlnews.com/community/73847/ In Hotel Coolgardie (Slamdance) two Finnish backpackers, drawn by a desire for an authentic outback experience, are hired to work as barmaids in a remote gold-mining town. Their job entailed dealing with cultural differences, an exacting boss and a boozed-up mix of coarse customers. During a stint as a laborer in... »

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