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Aug 01 2017

Looking Ahead at Best Original Song

Chrishere.What with Nathaniel'supdated Oscar predictionsand my regularSoundtrackingduties,my mind has been on that ever pesky Best Original Song category.How will this year shake out for the sometimes maligned category?

Per usual we haven't had many obvious contenders,though I would argue thatBeauty and the Beast's "How Does A Moment Last Forever"is one of the film's bright spots - can you just imagine Celine Dion taking the Oscar stage for the first time sinceTitanic.Perhaps our best chance at an Original Song behemoth like last year'sLa La LandandMoanawere isThe Greatest Showman,this season's original musical.But other questions and curiosities remain: what documentary song will surprise this year?Can credits song queen Sia finally land a nomination (she'll at least have one option withWonder Woman)?

One contender I'm already hoping has some staying power isA Ghost Story's "I Get Overwhelmed"by Dark Rooms.The track flows fluidly in and out of Daniel Hart's score (naturally,he heads Dark Rooms),encompassing both the film's intimacy and cosmic expansiveness.Lyrically,the song carries meaning for Casey Affleck's songwriter and has a whole new context in the afterlife - so it carries the kind of narrative weight the Academy's songwriting branch has been seeking.But will it even make the eligibility long list?

Do you have any Original Song hopes already?

Apr 21 2017

OTD: Annie,John Cameron Mitchell,and Field of Dreams

On this day (April 21st) in history as it relates to showbiz...

Anthony Quinn

1904Oscar winning cinematographer Daniel L Fapp (West Side StoryandDesire Under the Elms,among many films) born in Kansas City

1914Cinematographer Gilbert Taylor born in England.Though he was BAFTA nominated Oscar never bit despite high profile films and collaborations with famous directors.Credits include:Repulsion,The Omen,Dr Strangelove,Star Wars,Frenzy,Dracula(1979) andMacBeth

1915Oscar's all time favorite Mexican actor Anthony Quinn born (Lust for Life,Viva Zapata,Wild is the Wind,Zorba the Greek,La Strada,etcetera)

1918"The Red Baron,"the famous German fighter pilot,shot down in World War I.Snoopy in Peanuts fantasizes about him repeatedly and he's also been a character in many films includingWings,Hell's Angels,andDarling Lili

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Apr 12 2017

Score,Sound,and Songs ~ April Foolish Oscar Predix

by Nathaniel R

It's April which means April Foolish Oscar Predictions as we throw up the new Oscar charts.Today we're talking Sound Categories.

Dare we hope that last year's anomalous Original Score list,comprised of nearly all newcomers,happens again?We can hope it but it would be foolish to predict given that the music branch is notoriously insular and a lot of the big name composers have high profile films this year...

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Mar 19 2017

Review: Disney's recreation of "Beauty and the Beast"

This review was previously published in Nathaniel's column at Towleroad

Tale as old as time
True as it can be

You wouldn't think that ‘tales as old as time' would need so much retelling but they do.Certain properties never go away or are open to constant reinterpretation like the Shakespeare oeuvre or,well,fairy tales.A cursory bit of research reveals that there have been at least a dozen feature films or TV series from various countries based on Beauty and the Beast tale.

If you have never existed before today,here's what you need to know: A cruel prince is cursed and transformed into a beast.If the Beast doesn't learn to love and be loved in return by the time the last petal on a magic rose falls,the curse will become permanent.Enter a beautiful girl who could be the one to break the spell...

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Mar 13 2017

Revisiting Beauty and the Beast (1991) - Rank the songs!

By Lynn Lee

With the live-action remake of Disney'sBeauty and the Beastjust around the corner,what better time to revisit the original animated masterpiece and its endlessly hummable songs?  If you saw the movie when it came out in 1991 and happened to be a bookish,musical theater-loving little girl (or boy) at the time,odds are you got the soundtrack and learned it by heart.  (I plead guilty on all counts.)

While I have no idea what happened to my copy,every beat and lyric – by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman,respectively – are still firmly etched into my memory.  I never saw the Broadway musical,which restored a song that had been scrapped from the movie ("Human Again") and added several new songs by Menken and lyricist Tim Rice,but reportedly the new movie isn't including any of the latter.  Instead it's adding fournewlynew songs by Mencken and Rice.  However,fear not,fellow original Disney B&B enthusiasts: it appears that all of the Mencken-Ashman songs from the 1991 movie will be in the mix.  As Cogsworth would say,"If it's not ba-roque,why fix it?"

We'll have to wait to debate the merits of the new songs but we can discuss how the original ones stack up against each other.  With the caveat that this feels a bit like picking one's favorite kid,here's my ranking from lowest to highest...

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Feb 10 2017

Oscar Night Performances: Lin-Manuel Miranda and More

By Nathaniel R

With just 16 days until the Oscars more news hits each day.亚博主页We now know that all five Original Song nominees will be performed on the broadcast but we can safely expect at least two of the songs to be significantly altered.

Lin-Manuel Miranda will performMoana's "How Far I'll Go,"which is a solo,with Moana herselfAuli'i Cravalhoso one wonders what kind of arrangement we'll get for the song as a duet.Nevertheless it's a safe bet to say that this will be a highlight of the show since the song is rousing and everybody loves Miranda...

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