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    First Listen: Interscope Releases Original Soundtrack for Madonna's 'W.E. '

    "W.E." the period romance co-written and directed by Madonna, was originally rumored to be a musical about the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Though a time-jumping romantic drama resulted instead, Interscope is highlighting the music from the motion picture in a soundtrack release on Januar...

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    Immersed in Movies: Soaking Up the Tweedy Atmospherics of 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy'

    The BAFTA-nominated "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" is all about atmosphere. Not only in conveying the lies, betrayal, and silences of the Cold War spy game back in the '70s, but also in the look of gritty, rain-sodden, strip-lighted London of the period.

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    Golden Globe Nominee Abel Korzeniowski Talks Madonna, 'W.E.,' Score

    One of my favorite movie scores of the season is Abel Korzeniowski's haunting work for Madonna's "W.E."

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    Kim Novak Protests Use of 'Vertigo' Score in 'The Artist'--Hazanavicius Explains Why He Used Herrmann Score

    I have spoken to a number of people who are not thrilled with the way that Michel Hazanavicius and composer Ludovic Bource used Bernard Herrmann's signature "Vertigo" score at the climax of "The Artist." I had wondered if this reaction could lead to Bource not landing an Oscar nomination from the Ac...

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    Academy Names 97 Original Scores for Oscar Contention; Newman Lands Four Eligible Scores to Desplat's Three

    Ninety-seven original scores are eligible to compete for the Oscar. Now the music branch will vote for the films that will make the top five to be announced nominations morning on January 24. The Academy deems eligible scores that are substantially original. Thomas Newman edged out Alexandre Desplat...

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    Alexandre Desplat Scores Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Among Many Other Films

    French composer Alexandre Desplat is having a busy 2011. He's racing to finish the score for one of several still-unfinished year-end releases, Stephen Daldry's Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, over the next few weeks. (The composer took over from Nico Muhly, who scored Daldry's The Reader.) Of co...

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    Composer Rolfe Kent Joins Production Team behind Coens' Gambit, Starring Firth & Diaz

    Gambit, from the Coen brothers' screenplay update of the original 1966 film (with Shirley MacLaine and Michael Caine), is currently in post-production in London. The star-packed film-- Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz, Alan Rickman, Sir Tom Courtenay, Stanley Tucci and Cloris Leachman-- directed by Michael...

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    In The Tree of Life, Malick's Experimentation Gets Under the Skin

    With the debate about its Oscar chances heating up and the film now available on DVD and Blu-ray, Matt Brennan’s “Now and Then” column this week revisits Terrence Malick’s Palme d’Or-winning The Tree of Life. The Tree of Life marks director Terrence Malick’s fifth feature in the 38 years since his d...

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    My Week in New York: Hugo, War Horse, Turin Horse, Parties, Marilyn, Book of Mormon

    Monday night's mystery screening of Martin Scorsese's work-in-progress 3-D Hugo (featurette below) marks my last screening at this year's New York Film Festival. The reason that the movie was shown without completed effects or a final score (by Howard Shore) is that it's a cinephile's dream, and the...

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    Now and Then: The Transformation of Michael Bay to Sunday Hangover Auteur

    Occasioned by the DVD release of Transformers: Dark of the Moon last week, and a few too many drinks Saturday night, Matt Brennan’s “Now and Then” column celebrates director Michael Bay, Sunday hangover auteur. Trailers below:

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