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Spotlight On The Stars: Zoey Deutch

Spotlight On The Stars: Zoey Deutch
Almost a year ago, I saw Buffaloed at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and was absolutely blown away. Not only is it a wonderfully smart and razor sharp satirical dramedy, it features the best turn to date by Zoey Deutch, who is quickly becoming among the most exciting actresses in the business. With the movie finally coming out this Friday, it’s a perfect excuse to unveil the first installment for 2020 of the Spotlight on the Stars series, since Deutch is well on her way to being one of the biggest in the industry. Mark my words, ladies and gentlemen, she’s shooting straight to the top of the A-list. The film itself is the year’s best title, without question. The synopsis, courtesy of Rotten Tomatoes, is as follows: “Peg Dahl (Zoey Deutch) has never run with the Buffalo pack. As a young girl obsessed with making enough cash to
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Concert Review: ‘Rocketman’ With Live Score at the Greek

Concert Review: ‘Rocketman’ With Live Score at the Greek
Elton John’s long victory lap — which has included an international farewell tour, an outrageously candid new memoir and a spangled biopic about his life — continued Thursday night under a cool night sky at the Greek Theater … eight miles and almost 50 years east of the Troubadour, where his pop reign began in 1970.

A screening of “Rocketman,” director Dexter Fletcher’s summer blockbuster starring Taron Egerton as Captain Fantastic, was accompanied by live orchestra and rock band. The Captain himself, joined by Egerton, capped it off with a brief performance.

Movies with live score accompaniment have become a dime a dozen. Some naturally lend themselves to the treatment — most John Williams scores were born for the concert stage — while others are more of a reach. Musicals, while presenting the additional high-wire act of syncing up with pre-recorded vocals, make as much sense as anything, and “Rocketman” is the most current film
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Rocketman Movie Review

This biopic of the legend Elton John is very different. It is unconventionally and expertly mounted, giving an insight into the life of the performer.

Like Elton's life, the narrative begins on a dramatic note. An outrageously dressed Elton barges into a psychotherapy session where he admits to his addiction and is prodded to tell his story, so that he may get relief from his maladies after the cathartic experience.

The narrative, in a typical trajectory of rise-fall-rise is told via dreamlike, fantasy flashbacks where Elton's songs are used to comment on the action of the moment. It is thus a sort of a jukebox musical, told entirely in an ultra-flamboyant style, from John's perspective. It aims to be seen as what amounts to a brave self-portrait.

His memories take him back to his childhood, when as a child, born Reginald Dwight (played by Matthew Illesley), he felt like an awkward,
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“Rocketman” Never Takes Flight

Elton John is a legend. No one will argue that. Nor will anyone take issue with his colorful life being given the biopic treatment. The way Rocketman opts to tell this tale, however, that’s a whole other story. Opening this week, the John biopic does not soar like its title would suggest. Worse yet, it misuses and/or wastes much of the musician’s most famous songs. This is easily the most disappointing movie of the year so far. Oscar voters may ultimately be fooled later on in 2019 by a strong central turn and a fondness for the figure being portrayed, but I’m not. This is quite the misfire. The film is, as mentioned above, a biopic of Elton John (Taron Egerton as an adult), the chart topping musician, known as one of the biggest artists ever to grace the medium. Born Reginald Dwight, he was an awkward child,
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‘Rocketman’ Team Celebrates Elton John’s Legacy at New York Premiere

‘Rocketman’ Team Celebrates Elton John’s Legacy at New York Premiere
Welcome to the whimsical, sometimes tragic, wholly musical world of Sir Elton John.

On Wednesday, fans lined up at Alice Tully Hall in Manhattan’s Lincoln Center donning their “rock and roll” star-shaped sunglasses and colorful wigs to celebrate the U.S. premiere of Elton John’s musical biopic “Rocketman.” Before the film, actors and filmmakers gathered on the red carpet to chat about the film and its impact on audiences.

“[John] loves it,” Taron Egerton, who stars as the music icon in the film, told Variety. “He’s very passionate about it, and that’s obviously very validating for us. Although Elton [John] gave us all his blessing and knew exactly the story we were telling, he kind of left us to it. It’s also very risky because you don’t know how he’s going to respond. The overall feeling, I hope, is that it’s joyous and it
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A New Trailer For “Rocketman” Blasts Off

As we finish of this awards season on Sunday night, the next wave of potential Oscar contenders are already beginning to tease themselves. One of the possible players even has a director who factored heavily into one of the current Best Picture nominees. It’s Rocketman, the hotly anticipated Elton John biopic. Dexter Fletcher is at the helm of this one, due in no small part for how he stepped in to help guide Bohemian Rhapsody to the finish line. This is a different looking film though, so it will probably have more of his mark on it. A brand new Trailer was dropped yesterday for the flick, which you’ll be able to see at the bottom of the post. Before that, as always, let us discuss the movie a bit, shall we? The film is, as mentioned above, a biopic of the legendary musician Elton John. The plot synopsis,
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‘Rocketman’ Trailer: Taron Egerton Blasts Off As Rocker Elton John

In 2016, Matthew Vaughn brought some of his friends together and created what some would call a stereotypical underdog film. The team that Vaughn and Marv Studios brought together on “Eddie the Eagle” included Dexter Fletcher, Taron Egerton, and Matthew Margeson. Now, you’ll be thrilled to find out that the same group of people are behind the newest Vaughn-produced biopic, “Rocketman.”

This time around, though, the subject isn’t a coke-bottle glasses wearing Olympic legend, but a legend in a different right.

Continue reading ‘Rocketman’ Trailer: Taron Egerton Blasts Off As Rocker Elton John at The Playlist.
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Ascap Film Scoring Workshop Celebrates 30 Years

The Newman scoring stage at 20th Century-Fox was overflowing with people – and good will – as Ascap last night celebrated the 30th anniversary of its Film Scoring Workshop with a studio recording session for the 12 lucky young composers chosen to participate.

“This is like a window into the time continuum, where you can look into the future and see those who are going to make a real contribution to film music,” Ascap president and chairman Paul Williams said. “It’s a cultural gift in one sense, but on another level it’s a really smart business investment.”

The performing-rights society sponsors this four-week event for emerging film and TV composers every summer, with Emmy winner Richard Bellis at the helm. Ascap arranges meetings with agents, lawyers, studio executives and experienced composers; this year’s field trips included visits to the studios of Junkie Xl (“Mad Max Fury Road”), Matthew Margeson
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Ascap, Bmi Schedule Workshops for Composers

Two major performance-rights organizations announced this week the launch of workshops designed to aid up-and-coming film and TV composers: Ascap, for film scoring; and Bmi, for conducting.

Both are multi-week events for which hundreds apply annually, and the two will culminate in live recording sessions at Los Angeles area studios later this month.

Ascap began its 30th annual Film Scoring Workshop today, with Emmy-winning composer Richard Bellis as mentor and Ascap film and TV executives Michael Todd and Jennifer Harmon producing.

It’s a comprehensive, four-week program that has proven a launching pad for many composers in the past, including Jim Dooley (“Pushing Daisies”), Rob Duncan (“Castle”), Matthew Margeson (the “Kingsman” movies), Cliff Martinez (“Drive”), Mateo Messina (“Juno”) and Austin Wintory (“Journey”).

This year’s 12 composers — chosen from nearly 400 applicants — include Shaun Crawford of Cape Town, South Africa; Damien Lane of Cambewarra, Australia; Kyle Laporte of Playa Del Rey, Calif.
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Oscars 2018: Listen to Selections from 141 Scores Eligible for This Year’s Academy Award

Oscars 2018: Listen to Selections from 141 Scores Eligible for This Year’s Academy Award
141 original scores just made the Oscar shortlist, meaning that we have no real idea which soundtracks will go on to be nominated for the actual Academy Award — “Phantom Thread” composer Jonny Greenwood looks poised to finally be recognized for his work, but might “Baywatch” be a spoiler? We simply don’t know, dear reader. We simply don’t know.

As you await the nominations — which will be announced on Tuesday, January 23 — treat yourself to this selection of tracks from the shortlist.

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Here are the 141 scores vying for an Oscar nod:

Alien: Covenant,” Jed Kurzel, composer

“All I See Is You,” Marc Streitenfeld, composer

“All the Money in the World,” Daniel Pemberton, composer

“Annabelle: Creation,” Benjamin Wallfisch, composer

“Band Aid,” Lucius, composer

“Battle of the Sexes,
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Contest: Win Rings on Blu-ray / DVD

Keep one eye on your TV screens, because Samara is looking to make house calls with Paramount Home Media Distribution's Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD release of Rings on May 2nd (following its April 21st Digital HD release), and we've we've been provided with two Blu-ray / DVD combo pack copies to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers who are ready to brave the seven-day curse.

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Prize Details: (2) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray / DVD combo pack copy (including Digital HD) of Rings.

How to Enter: We're giving Daily Dead readers multiple chances to enter and win:

1. Instagram: Following us on Instagram during the contest period will give you an automatic contest entry. Make sure to follow us at:

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2. Email: For a chance to win via email, send an email to contest@dailydead.com with the subject “Rings Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
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“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” presents a jam packed First Trailer

A really nice surprise a few years ago was just how much of a blast the comic book spy flick Kingsman: The Secret Service was. Now, we have a sequel on our hands in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, with a First Trailer dropping this week to tease out what’s in store for us. It’s a fun looking Trailer that you’ll be able to see at the end of this piece. As always, however, there’s some discussion to be had before we get there. Good things to those who wait, right? Exactly. As such, let’s talk a bit about this blockbuster sequel and what it might have to offer this fall. The film is a follow up to Kingsman: The Secret Service. Taking place a period of time after that outing, the Kingsman have to save the day again, this time led by Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin
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Samara to Stalk Screens at Home with Digital HD, VOD, Blu-ray, and DVD Release of Rings

Samara returned to the big screen this past February, and this spring she'll be making house calls. If you're not afraid of falling victim to the seven-day curse, then you'll be pleased to know that Rings will be available on Digital HD beginning April 21st, followed by a May 2nd release on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD.

Press Release: Hollywood, Calif. – The legend of Samara takes a chilling turn in the new chapter of the hit Ring franchise, Rings, which comes calling on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand May 2, 2017 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Dare to watch on Digital HD two weeks early on April 21.

When a radical college professor (Johnny Galecki, “The Big Bang Theory”) finds the mysterious video rumored to kill viewers seven days after watching, he enlists his students in a dangerous experiment to uncover the secrets behind the Samara legend. When the deadly video goes viral,
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‘Rings’ Review

I have to admit before I start this review that I’m not the biggest fan of the Ring franchise. I’ve seen them, I don’t hate them, but I can’t say I ever loved them. Rings didn’t change that. Unfortunately, what started as a chance to reinvigorate a franchise ended up making it look worse.

From the very outset, Rings feels more like a shoehorned idea rather than a major plot point. Whereas Samara seemed subtle before, she’s so omnipresent in this one that it feels artificial and strange.

The story of Rings is the story of Julia (Matilda Lutz), who travels across the country to find her boyfriend Holt (Alex Roe) after he goes missing. After running into his professor Gabriel (Johnny Galecki), she finds herself caught up in a large scandal and ultimately a part of the infamous curse. She sets out to
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Oscars 2017: Listen to Selections from 110 Scores Eligible for This Year’s Academy Award

Oscars 2017: Listen to Selections from 110 Scores Eligible for This Year’s Academy Award
A total of 145 scores were recently announced as being eligible for this year’s Academy Award, with everything from perceived frontrunner “La La Land” (Justin Hurwitz) and “Jackie” (Mica Levi) to outliers like “Sausage Party” and “Elle.” The final five will be nominated on January 24. In the meantime, avail yourself of this Spotify playlist featuring selections from 110 of the eligible scores — as well as the full list of every eligible score.

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The Abolitionists,” Tim Jones, composer

Absolutely Fabulous The Movie,” Jake Monaco, composer

The Accountant,” Mark Isham, composer

Alice through the Looking Glass,” Danny Elfman, composer

Allied,” Alan Silvestri, composer

Almost Christmas,” John Paesano, composer

American Pastoral,” Alexandre Desplat, composer

The Angry Birds Movie,” Heitor Pereira, composer

Anthropoid,” Robin Foster, composer

“Armenia, My Love,
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Catching up with the Best Original Score/Original Song long lists and the Foreign Language short list

In case you didn’t notice last week, a number of categories had their ranks thinned out by the Academy. Well, in that regard, I’m here to help. Yes, AMPAS thinned the herd in Best Original Score, Best Original Song, and Best Foreign Language Feature. They also managed to include a handful of snubs, as always is the case. Those will be listed in just a moment, but definitely study these lists, as there are Oscar hints to be found within. For now though, these are just the remaining titles fighting it out for nominations. Take a look and be sure to see how it all impacts predictions going forward. Below you will see the 145 films in Original Score that are still eligible, the 91 tunes in Original Song, and the nine in Foreign Language Feature that remain in play. There were no real Song snubs, but notably Score has eliminated presumed nominee Arrival,
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145 Film Scores In Running For 89th Academy Awards

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 145 scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2016 are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 89th Academy Awards.

The eligible scores along with their composers are listed below, in alphabetical order by film title:

“The Abolitionists,” Tim Jones, composer

Absolutely Fabulous The Movie,” Jake Monaco, composer

The Accountant,” Mark Isham, composer

Alice through the Looking Glass,” Danny Elfman, composer

Allied,” Alan Silvestri, composer

Almost Christmas,” John Paesano, composer

American Pastoral,” Alexandre Desplat, composer

The Angry Birds Movie,” Heitor Pereira, composer

Anthropoid,” Robin Foster, composer

“Armenia, My Love,” Silvia Leonetti, composer

Assassin’s Creed,” Jed Kurzel, composer

Autumn Lights,” Hugi Gudmundsson and Hjörtur Ingvi Jóhannsson, composers

The Bfg,” John Williams, composer

Believe,” Michael Reola, composer

Ben-Hur,” Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders, composers

“Bilal,” Atli Ӧrvarsson, composer

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna,
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Oscars 2017: Best Original Score Category Whittled Down, with ‘La La Land’ and ‘Jackie’ Moving Forward

Oscars 2017: Best Original Score Category Whittled Down, with ‘La La Land’ and ‘Jackie’ Moving Forward
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has announced the 145 scores eligible in the Best Original Score category, includeing work from “Jackie” and “La La Land.” The latter film, a musical directed by “Whiplash” helmer Damien Chazelle, picked up the Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s award for Best Music earlier this month; “Jackie” was the category’s runner-up. Notably absent, meanwhile, are “Arrival” (which just landed a Golden Globe nod), “Manchester by the Sea” and “Silence.”

Read: ‘La La Land’: Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling’s ‘City of Stars’ Duet Will Sweep You Off Your Feet – Listen

Justin Hurwitz composed and orchestrated the “La La Land” score, while “Jackie” marks “Under the Skin” composer Mica Levi’s second silver-screen effort. Decades after becoming one of the world’s most renowned film composers, Ennio Morricone won last year’s Oscar for his work on Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight.
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Matthew Margeson’s Eddie The Eagle – Original Score Album Digital Release March 11; On CD March 25

Varèse Sarabande will release the Eddie The Eagle – Original Score Album digitally on March 11 and on CD March 25, 2016.

The album features the delightful original music by Matthew Margeson. It’s a great score by the composer of Kick-ass 2 and Kingsman: The Secret Service (Interview)

“We wanted to create a period score for Eddie,” Margeson described. “The film is set in the ‘80s and the goal was to create a throwback ‘80s score. I knew it was going to be a fun task from the get-go and it was.”

Inspired by true events, Eddie The Eagle is a feel-good story about Michael “Eddie” Edwards (Taron Egerton), an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself – even as an entire nation was counting him out. With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach (played by Hugh Jackman), Eddie takes on the establishment and wins the hearts of
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Eddie The Eagle – The Review

Last week I said we’d be back at the Olympics, and indeed this week’s new release puts us back in the cheering section as another young man hopes to make his dreams of gold come true. While Race focused on American track legend, Jesse Owens, this time out we’re looking back on a British athlete, not from the Summer games but the Winter spectacle. Oh, and it’s during a less controversial era. Owens was pressured not to attend those 1936 games that were often used as a propaganda tool by Hitler. In 1988 no such pressures were brought to bear on this new film’s title hero. And while Owens also had to break past racial barriers, Michael Edwards (his birth name) faced a rigid class system and beurocrats determined to keep him out of competition. But in this “feel good” flick Michael’s determination earns him the nickname Eddie The Eagle.
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