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Director Series: Being the Ricardos Allows Aaron Sorkin to Create His Strongest Biopic Yet

December 2021
Director Series: <em>Being the Ricardos</em> Allows Aaron Sorkin to Create His Strongest Biopic Yet

Aaron Sorkin was already one of the most renowned screenwriters in Hollywood with multiple Emmys and a single Oscar (for writing David Fincher’s The Social Network), when he decided to go behind the camera to direct one of his own scripts. That movie, 2018’s Molly’s Game, earned Sorkin another Oscar nomination, as did last... »

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Sing 2 Director Garth Jennings on Rerecording Bono’s Iconic Vocals

December 2021
<em>Sing 2</em> Director Garth Jennings on Rerecording Bono’s Iconic Vocals

One of the big movies hitting theaters this holiday season is Sing 2, the animated sequel to the Illumination Entertainment movie Sing, which ruled at the box office over the holidays in 2016. The film’s director, Garth Jennings, came from the world of music videos (as one half of the duo Hammer and Tongs)... »

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Over the Weekend 12/20/21: Spider-Man Blows Up Box Office, COVID Curtails SNL, and More News

December 2021
Over the Weekend 12/20/21: <em>Spider-Man</em> Blows Up Box Office, COVID Curtails <em>SNL</em>, and More News

Welcome back from what turned out to be a crazy weekend in many ways, although we’re just five days away from Christmas, so anyone in the industry still working today probably won’t be doing so for very long. There was some great news from the weekend about the future of theatrical moviegoing, but maybe not... »

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Composer Series: Aaron and Bryce Dessner on Cyrano, C’Mon C’Mon, and Jockey

December 2021
Composer Series: Aaron and Bryce Dessner on <em>Cyrano</em>, <em>C’Mon C’Mon</em>, and <em>Jockey</em>

If you’re a fan of the perennial rock band The National and have had a chance to see them live, it’s impossible not to miss the striking image of the two twin brothers, Aaron and Bryce Dessner, on either side of the stage playing guitars so in-sync with each other it just creates so... »

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End of Week Production Notes 12/17/21: Chris Noth in Big Trouble, Broadway Plagued by COVID, and More News

December 2021
End of Week Production Notes 12/17/21: Chris Noth in Big Trouble, Broadway Plagued by COVID, and More News

This will be the last “End of Week Production Notes” of the year and probably the last column with this name moving forward. If you read Jeff Sneider‘s “Above the Line Newsflash” yesterday, you know that he has a pretty good handle on covering the news, and a lot of what I might have written... »

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Composer Series: Two-time Oscar Winner Alexandre Desplat Reunites with Wes Anderson for The French Dispatch

December 2021
Composer Series: Two-time Oscar Winner Alexandre Desplat Reunites with Wes Anderson for <em>The French Dispatch</em>

After receiving seven Oscar nominations, Composer Alexandre Desplat finally won an Oscar for Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel in 2015. That was followed a few years later with another Oscar for scoring Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar-winning The Shape of Water. In fact, Desplat has been nominated for 11 Oscars in total, including three... »

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Hump Day News Update 12/15/21: More Awards Nominations, Tom Hanks Returns to TV, and More News

December 2021
Hump Day News Update 12/15/21: More Awards Nominations, Tom Hanks Returns to TV, and More News

Happy Hump Day! The awards nominations just keep rolling in as Film Independent announced its nominations for what is lovingly referred to as the “Indie Spirits.” Maggie Gyllenhaal‘s The Lost Daughter (hitting theaters this Friday) and Mike Mills‘ C’mon, C’mon received the most nominations by being nominated for Best Feature, Best Director, and Best Screenplay, while Lauren Hadaway‘s The Novice (also in theaters this Friday... »

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Doc Spotight: Mr. Saturday Night Director John Maggio on the Legacy of Robert Stigwood 

December 2021
Doc Spotight: <em>Mr. Saturday Night</em> Director John Maggio on the Legacy of Robert Stigwood 

If there’s one thing to say about the entertainment biz in the ‘70s, it’s that by the decade’s second half, the peace and love of the ‘60s has devolved into a level of excess that flourished even further in the ‘80s. In the music side of the business, it was more the evolution of... »

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Composer Series: Nathan Johnson Brings the Thrills to Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley

December 2021
Composer Series: Nathan Johnson Brings the Thrills to Guillermo del Toro’s <em>Nightmare Alley</em>

For sixteen years, Nathan Johnson has helped mold the sound of cousin Rian Johnson’s film work, scoring four of his five feature films, but he’s also been scoring other projects, including Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming  movie, Nightmare Alley.  Nightmare Alley, adapted from a 1946 novel by William Lindsay Gresham, follows Bradley Cooper’s Stanton Carlisle,... »

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Over the Weekend 12/13/21: Anne Rice & Mike Nesmith Die, Golden Globe Nominations, and More News

December 2021
Over the Weekend 12/13/21: Anne Rice & Mike Nesmith Die, Golden Globe Nominations, and More News

It’s another Monday, and sadly, we have to once again start off with some sadder news with some significant deaths in our industry. Over the weekend, New Orleans-based author Anne Rice died at the age of 80, announced by her author son Christopher Rice on the Interview with a Vampire writer’s public Facebook page. The cause of... »

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