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‘Frankie and Alice’ enters Oscar race

December 5th, 2010
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HMMA ANNOUNCES 2010 VISUAL MEDIA NOMINEES

October 29th, 2010
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HOLLYWOOD, CA – OCT 12- Nominations for the annual Hollywood Music In Media Awards (HMMA) were announced today including Original Score, Original Song and Outstanding Music Supervision in Film, TV, Video Games, Commercial Ads and Movie Trailers.

The eclectic list of nominees for Original Score–Feature Film is Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (The Social Network),Hans Zimmer (Inception), Howard Shore (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse), Tom and Andy (Resident Evil: Afterlife), Craig Armstrong (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps), Marcelo Zarvos (Brooklyn’s Finest), Chingon (Machete) and Clint Mansell (Black Swan).

Additional music categories include Original Score for TV, Video Game and Indie/Short/Documentary and Best Song for TV, Film Video Game and Commercial Advertisement. The HMMA is also the only award show to recognize and award music supervisors for their work in TV, film, video games and movie trailers.

Nathan Barr, who won last year for Original Score-TV (True Blood), is once again nominated for his work on HBO’s cult favorite. Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman, nominated last year for NBC’s “Heroes,” received a nod for their work on Showtime’s breakout hit “Nurse Jackie.” Other nominated television scores are “Hawthorne” (TNT), “Criminal Minds” (CBS), “24” (Fox) and “Sanctuary” (SyFy) composed by Andrew Lockington.

Video game composer nominees include Petri Alanko, Garry Schyman, Knut Avenstroup Haugen, Martin O’Donnell, Michael Salvatori, Tom Salta, Jesper Kyd and Jim Dooley.

Nominated music artists MoZella (Best Song –Commercial Advertisement) and Gram Rabbit (Best Song-TV Show) are two out of the seven live musical performances taking place the night of the HMMA. Other performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

A special Outstanding Career Achievement honor will be presented to film composer and educator Christopher Young (Spider-man 2 & 3, The Shipping News, Swordfish, etc.)

Music genre nominees for independent artists around the globe have also been announced and posted. For a complete list of music and visual media nominees, visit www.hmmawards.com and click on the “Honors” tab.

Source: www.hmmawards.com

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OSCAR: Halle Berry’s Last-Minute Entrance Into Race With ‘Frankie & Alice’

October 26th, 2010
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Hoping to duplicate the feat Jeff Bridges pulled off last year when he became a surprise last minute entry into the Oscar race — and winner — with Crazy Heart, Halle Berry is launching an awards season qualifying run for her indie effort Frankie & Alice. It opens December 17 in New York and Los Angeles before its regular theatrical release set for February 4 in the top 20 markets (shortly after nominations are announced). Freestyle Releasing will handle distribution with P and A reportedly provided by private funding the producers raised. Berry is also a producer on the 1970s–set psychological drama, a true story in which she plays a woman suffering with multiple personality disorder, exactly the kind of meaty role (and Oscar bait) that actors covet. Berry, an Oscar winner for Monster’s Ball (2001) has shepherded this as a “passion project” and is said to feel this is her best work since Ball –hence the awards push. I’m told 10,000 DVD screeners will go out to the entire Academy, critics groups, SAG Nominating Committee and others. As one of the more visible aspects of the campaign, Berry will be a prominent part of this year’s AFI Fest on November 9 in “A Conversation With Halle Berry.”

The Best Actress race is already overcrowded this year with a boatload of contenders all jockeying for attention including Jennifer Lawrence, Annette Bening, Tilda Swinton, Julianne Moore, Diane Lane, Hillary Swank, Sally Hawkins, Noomi Rapace, Anne Hathaway, Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, Lesley Manville and Michelle Williams — to name a few. Whether it might have been wiser to wait until next year remains to be seen but this is an especially tough field. The last minute stealth entry could be an effective strategy but she will also be vying for attention with Kidman’s Rabbit Hole opening on the same day, with Lionsgate employing a similar strategy for their well-reviewed Toronto Fest pickup. Like Berry, Kidman is also a producer on her film.

“Bringing this story to the big screen has been a challenging, yet very satisfying, filmmaking experience,” Berry says. “Her struggles with mental illness came at a time when the medical community and the public were still grappling with the veracity of multiple personality disorder, and I approached this role with feelings of humility, yet great responsibility.”

Geoffrey Sax directed from a script by Cheryl Edwards and Marko King & Mary King & Jonathan Watters and Joe Shrapnel & Anna Waterhouse (story by Edwards and Oscar Janiger and Phillip Goldberg). Producers also include Berry’s partner Vincent Cirrincione, Hassain Zaidi and Simon DeKaric. Tom Ortenberg’s One Way Out Media is reportedly consulting on marketing plans. Ortenberg worked with Berry on the successful Monster’s Ball campaign when he was at Lionsgate.

Berry’s films since winning the Oscar include the Bond entry Die Another Day, the X-Men films, Catwoman, Perfect Stranger and Things We Lost In The Fire.

Source: deadline.com

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Composer signs on for 3rd Season of ‘Sanctuary’

April 29th, 2010
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Composer signs on for 3rd Season of ‘Sanctuary’
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– Dyllan Waits

“Composer Andrew Lockington (Journey To The Center of the Earth, City of Ember) has been secured to score the 3rd season of “Sanctuary”. After his industry-changing music (including songs) written for the second season of the popular TV series, it’s no surprise the show’s creator and producers were quick to ink Lockington to another 20 episodes. The composer’s tunes had such an impact on viewers that numerous blogs and websites quickly emerged devoted to the music. Rumor has it a soundtrack album may also make it’s way to itunes later this year. Fingers Crossed!

*The Blu-ray / DVD release of Sanctuary Season II is June 15th.”

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IFC Films has ‘One Week’

February 9th, 2010
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Michael McGowan with Liane Balaban

IFC Films has snared all U.S. rights to the Canuck pic “One Week.

The picture, written and directed by Michael McGowan, is the story of a young man (Joshua Jackson) who discovers he has cancer and decides to buy a motorcycle and spend his last days on a road trip across Canada.

The movie was featured as a Gala presentation at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival and was a hit at the box office in Canada last year.

The deal was brokered by Arianno Boccho and Elizabeth Nastro for IFC and Charlotte Mickie for Toronto-based E1 Entertainment.

The picture was distributed in Canada by Mongrel Media, and E1 Entertainment has global rights to the film.

Source: Variety, Brenden Kelly

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Beat The World

February 2nd, 2010
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Andrew Lockington has signed on to score Beat The World for Inner City Films. Beat the World is written and directed by Robert Adetuyi and is his followup to Sony Pictures’ box office hit Stomp the Yard.

The film is about three dance crews – one Latin American, one European and one Canadian – as they prepare to do battle at the International Beat the World competition in Detroit. Along the way, they struggle with gambling debt, bad break-ups and their own egos.

In the final showdown to become world champions they find that their lifelong hopes, dreams and even lives, are at stake.

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Sony hears the ‘Beat’

February 2nd, 2010
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Studio buys rights to inner-city hip-hop dance film

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Robert Adetuyi

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group has acquired all U.S. rights to the inner-city dance pic “Beat the World.”

Written and directed by Robert Adetuyi, the story revolves around young hip-hop crews from Canada, Germany, Japan, Brazil and the U.S. as they descend on Detroit for an international dance championship called Beat the World. Once they reach the final battle and face off, the contestants discover that there’s much more at stake than winning the competition.

The film, which blends hip-hop and parkour (also known as free running), features a global cast of hip-hop dancers and musical artists worldwide, including the Flying Steps and the Pink Ladies.

“I wanted to create a brand new kind of dance film,” said Adetuyi, who made his helming debut with the drama “Turn It Up” and whose writing credits include “Stomp the Yard.” “By blending Parkour and hip-hop, ‘Beat the World’ takes the genre to a whole new level and gives audiences something that they’ve never seen before.”

Film was shot primarily in Toronto and on location in Berlin, Germany and Brazil.

Inner City Films and Telefilm Canada financed “Beat the World,” with gap financing provided by Montreal-based FIDEC.

Amos Adetuyi is producing, and Benedict Carver is exec producing. Carver negotiated the deal with Sony’s Dan Primozic.

E1 Entertainment acquired Canadian, UK and Scandinavian rights.

Diamond Pictures is handling international sales.

Source: Variety

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Journey To The Center Of The Earth: Recording Session

January 28th, 2010
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Footage Released from “Journey To The Center Of The Earth” recording sessions. This footage was filmed in October of 2007 at Air Studios in London, UK.





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