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Allison Shearmur, ‘Rogue One,’ ‘Hunger Games’ Producer, Dies at 54

Allison Shearmur, ‘Rogue One,’ ‘Hunger Games’ Producer, Dies at 54
Veteran Hollywood producer and executive Allison Shearmur, who produced the “Hunger Games” films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and the upcoming “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” died Friday at UCLA Medical Center of complications from lung cancer. She was 54.

Shearmur worked as an executive at Disney, Universal, Paramount and Lionsgate before becoming a producer in 2011. Her producing credits included “Pride, Prejudice and Zombies,” “Cinderella,” “Nerve” and the upcoming “The One and Only Ivan.” She was an executive producer on “Power Rangers,” “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” and “Abduction” and a co-producer on the upcoming “Chaos Walking.”

She was an executive producer on the 2017 television movie “Dirty Dancing” through her Allison Shearmur Productions company.

Shearmur, a quadruplet, was well-liked in Hollywood and known as “Alli.” She joined Lionsgate as president of motion picture production in 2008 and oversaw the first two “Hunger Games” movies, then executive produced the final two.

Prior to Lionsgate,
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Cinematic Sound Radio: Ep. 9 — Huntsman, Race, Far Cry Primal, and Elvis & Nixon

On episode nine of Cinematic Sound Radio, we will be playing music from four brand new scores. You’ll hear selections from The Huntsman: Winter's War by James Newton Howard. Rachel Portman’s inspiring score to Race and Edward Shearmur’s groovy music for Elvis & Nixon will also be featured. Plus, Jason Graves’ new score to Far Cry Primal will be...Listen on PodTyrant

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Review: 'Elvis & Nixon' Starring Michael Shannon And Kevin Spacey

In 1970, Elvis Presley stopped by the White House to issue a bizarre request: He wanted to say hello to President Richard Nixon and be made a federal agent-at-large. The appeal led to a meme-worthy photo of Elvis and Nixon shaking hands. Despite larger-than-life character work from Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey as the two figures, the story is squandered in "Elvis & Nixon." The script imagines how the King's self-aggrandizing eccentricities may have led to the photo op, and explores the power balance in the pop-culture meet-cute. Ed Shearmur's bouncy score indicates we should read this breezy caper like a comic book, in case the broadly entertaining battle of wills between Shannon and Spacey wasn't enough of a clue. The actors test one another like boxers perpetually about to throw the first punch, but all the buildup around their encounter is flabby and forgettable. Shannon's Elvis is an intriguing figure,
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Species II & Species III / Species: The Awakening Blu-ray Details & Cover Art

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On March 8th, Scream Factory will offer fans of the Species franchise a treat with their Blu-ray release of Species II and the double feature high-def debut of Species III and Species: The Awakening:

Press Release: The first Species movie offers a terrifying look at an experiment combining human and alien DNA. The result proves more dangerous and terrifying than anyone could have ever imagined. The ongoing fight for supremacy between mankind and human-alien hybrids continued in three subsequent feature films. Fans of widely popular Species movies rejoice as the long-awaited Blu-ray™ editions of Species II and Double Feature Presentation of Species III & Species – The Awakening Uncut and Unrated hit home entertainment shelves everywhere on March 8, 2016 from Scream Factory™.

Based on the characters created by Dennis Feldman (Species) and directed by Peter Medak (Rome Is Bleeding), Speciesii, the sequel to the 1995 science fiction thriller stars Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs
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Release Details for Tales From The Crypt Presents: Demon Knight and Bordello Of Blood Collector’s Edition Blu-rays

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Two of the Cryptkeeper's big screen stories—Demon Knight and Bordello of Blood—will receive stellar home media treatments this fall from Scream Factory, with both films set to be released as Collector's Edition Blu-rays on October 20th. In early July, the cover art for the anticipated releases was revealed, and now their full lists of special features have been announced.

Scream Factory's guaranteeing the ultimate Halloween treat for fans of Demon Knight and Bordello of Blood, as the special features list for the former includes a new audio commentary with Demon Knight director Ernest Dickerson, while the latter has a new audio commentary with Bordello of Blood co-writer and producer A.L. Katz.

Below, we have the official press release with the full special features lists, and in case you missed it, we also have a look at the final cover art for the Collector's Edition releases.

Press Release: Just in time for Halloween festivities,
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Five Film Composers that Hollywood Needs Back

Hollywood has no shortage of talented composers crafting mostly serviceable tunes for the next young adult literary adaptation or prestige awards tearjerker. But for every auteur like Hans Zimmer and John Williams, you have musical yes men pounding out ominous notes in anticipation of the next horror movie jump scare or making ratatat noise to underscore a superhero chase scene. The film world screams for diverse sounds, but is often left wanting when scores become interchangeable to feed the Hollywood machine. The current film decade is no different from any other in terms of talent, mediocrity, and ingenuity, but could always use a boost from professionals who bring specificity to the table. These five forgotten or diminished artists, each among them with varied yet singular skills, are screaming to be brought back into the Hollywood fold to create their signature sounds.

Elliot Goldenthal

One of the most prolific composers from the 90’s,
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Movie Review – Before I Go to Sleep (2014)

Before I Go to Sleep, 2014.

Directed by Rowan Joffe.

Starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong and Anne-Marie Duff.

Synopsis:

A woman wakes up every day, remembering nothing as a result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, new terrifying truths emerge that force her to question everyone around her.

Here’s a film which relies entirely on the promise of a twist we never saw coming, hoping the hour or so we invest into the build up to said twist, and the ensuing payoff, will be worth the wait. The twist is great and I didn’t see it coming, but the build up and payoff really is not worth the price of admission.

The film, to its credit, wastes no time in getting into the story which, at a surface level, is quite intriguing. A 40 year old woman, Christine Lucas (Nicole Kidman), wakes up every day
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Film Review: Nicole Kidman in ‘Before I Go To Sleep’

Film Review: Nicole Kidman in ‘Before I Go To Sleep’
Before I Go To Sleep” is a risky title for a genre exercise intended to keep viewers bolt upright in their seats, handing mirthful critics a ready-made punchline at the first sign of lethargy. The good news is that Rowan Joffe’s adaptation of S.J. Watson’s 2011 publishing phenom is far from a snooze; the bad news is that it’s the film’s escalating, po-faced ludicrousness that holds our attention. Starring a typically hard-working Nicole Kidman as a short-term amnesiac unsure whether she’s being played by her husband, her shrink or both, With David Fincher’s similarly targeted “Gone Girl” already siphoning its buzz, this dopey diversion will need the novel’s fans to turn out en masse to avoid being forgotten by morning.

A planned Halloween release Stateside — weeks after the film’s Sept. 5 release in Blighty and elsewhere — might lead auds to expect an out-and-out frightfest,
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Academy Mistakes: ‘The Piano’ for Best Original Score

Throughout the first half of February, the Sound On Sight staff will take a look at the Academy Awards.

Ask any film score buff and he or she will attest that the Academy has always had a contentious history with film composers. Over the last few years, the AMPAS has made a few publicly egregious snubs: Johnny Greenwood for There Will be Blood and Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard for The Dark Knight come to mind. Barring their questionable nominating practice, the Academy has developed patterns of complacent and downright unimaginative selections. Whether it is nominating John Williams for everything (this year saw him nab nods for both War Horse and The Adventures of Tin Tin), or snubbing great scores to difficult films without the benefit of a more prestigious composer (Cliff Martinez this year for Drive), or overindulging international composers (Gustavo Santaolalla winning a second time for Babel,
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Mother and Child – review

This Alejandro González Iñárittu-produced fable revolving around adoption-regret is forced and unconvincing

This is a contrived and self-conscious ensemble drama, set in contemporary La, on the theme of adoption. Annette Bening plays Karen, a physical therapist, living with her querulous widowed mother, and still convulsed with guilt and regret at having given up a child after getting pregnant at 14. Naomi Watts is that child, Elizabeth, now a successful single lawyer displaying scripted hints that her adoptive status has messed her up: the ultra-focussed professionalism, the hint of ice-cold predatory sexiness. Kerry Washington plays Lucy, an African-American woman who has talked her husband into applying to adopt a baby, after years of fruitlessly "trying" to get pregnant. (Quaintly, fertility treatments are not discussed.) Inscrutable but kindly fate is to tie their destinies together in an ending which underscores what appears to be the movie's subliminal, needlingly insistent message – that no good can come of adoption,
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Ed Shearmur to Score ‘Have a Little Faith’

Edward Shearmur is scoring the upcoming TV drama Have a Little Faith. The movie directed by Jon Avnet (Fried Green Tomatoes, Up Close & Personal) is based on the best-selling book by Mitch Albom (Tuesdays with Morrie, The Five People You Meet in Heaven) and stars Laurence Fishburne as a Detroit teacher who overcame a life mired in drugs and crime. Bradley Whitford portrays Mitch Albom who met the reverend-in-recovery when he wrote newspaper columns about homeless people and homeless shelters. Anika Noni Rose and Martin Landau are co-starring in the Hallmark Hall of Fame production. Shearmur has previously worked with Avnet a number of times, including on the director’s most recent theatrical features 88 Minutes and Righteous Kill. Have a Little Faith is set to premiere on November 27, 2011 on ABC.
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Weekly Film Music Roundup (September 23, 2011)

Four new movies are opening in wide release this weekend:

Opening in most theaters is the the family movie Dolphin Tale directed by Charles Martin Smith and starring Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Harry Connick, Jr., Kris Kristofferson and Nathan Gamble. The film’s score is written by Mark Isham. Varese Sarabande will be releasing the soundtrack album including Isham’s music on October 11, 2011. For the soundtrack details, visit our previous article.

Also opening this weekend is the drama Moneyball directed by Bennett Mikler and starring Brad Pitt, Robin Wright, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Chris Pratt. The film’s music is composed by Mychael Danna. A soundtrack album featuring Danna’s score, as well as two songs by Kerris Dorsey and This Will Destroy You has been released earlier this week on Madison Gate Records. To find out more about the album and listen to audio clips, visit our soundtrack announcement,
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‘Symphony of Hope: The Haiti Project’ Album Announced

Nettwerk Music Group is set to release the Symphony of Hope: The Haiti Project. The album will be released on October 4, 2011 and will be available digitally, as well as a On-Demand CD on Amazon (pre-order the CD here). The musical fundraising project was originally designed to help the people of Haiti in their desperate time of need. A year after the terrible earthquake which has destroyed the lives of thousands of Haitians, the need for assistance is even greater than ever. Symphony of Hope is a collaboration by 25 of today’s leading Oscar-, Tony-, Grammy- and Emmy-winning composers to benefit Haiti Earthquake Relief. The “Symphony of Hope” begins with an original Haitian melody, then each composer contributes an additional 8-32 bars of music to the piece and then passes it along to the next composer. Among the participating composers are Nathan Barr, Tyler Bates, Jeff Beal, Christophe Beck, Bruce Broughton,
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‘Abduction’ Soundtrack Details

Epic Records has announced the details for the soundtrack release of the action thriller Abduction. The album features a score suite composed by composer Edward Shearmur, as well as several songs from the movie by such artists as Train, Lenny Kravitz, Raphael Saadiq, Oh Land, Cobra Starship, Black Stone Cherry, Matthew Koma, Alexis Jordan and Donora. The soundtrack will be released on September 20, 2011 and is now available for pre-order on Amazon. Abduction is directed by John Singleton and stars Taylor Lautner, Lily Colins, Alfred Molina, Jason Isaacs, Maria Bello and Sigourney Weaver. The movie will be released in theaters on September 23 by Lionsgate. To learn more about the film, visit the official movie webpage.

Here’s the track list of the album:

1. To Be Loved – Train

2. Come On Get It – Lenny Kravitz

3. Heart Attack – Raphael Saadiq

4. Twist My Memory – Oh Land

5. Under My Skin – Hot Bodies In Motion

6. Blame It
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Jeff Russo Scoring ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Pilot

Jeff Russo has recently scored the pilot for the upcoming TV reboot of Charlie’s Angels. Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights), Rachael Taylor (Grey’s Anatomy) and Annie Ilonzeh (Melrose Place) are starring as the new Angels and it has been reported that Robert Wagner providing the voice of Charlie in the show. Ramon Rodriguez has been cast as John Bosley. The reboot is set in Miami, where the three main characters work as private investigators, getting instructions from their boss Charlie, who only communicates through a speaker box. The pilot is written by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar (Smallville). Marcos Siega (The Vampire Diaries) directed the pilot. Drew Barrymore, Leonard Goldberg and Nancy Jovoven, who were all involved in the two Charlie’s Angels feature adaptations are producing the project. The original Charlie’s Angels show in the 70′s was scored by Jack Elliott and Allyn Ferguson and the
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Brian Byrne Scoring ‘Albert Nobbs’

Brian Byrne is scoring the upcoming drama Albert Nobbs. The movie stars Glenn Close as a woman who must pass as a man to survive life in 19th century Ireland. Close also co-wrote the script based on a short story by Irish author George Moore and makes her feature producing debut on the project. Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson, Janet McTeer, Brendan Gleeson and Jonathan Rhys Meyers are co-starring. The film is directed by Rodrigo Garcia who has worked with composer Edward Shearmur on most of his previous features, including Mother and Child and Passengers. No release date has been set yet for the film, but it is expected to come out later this year.

Byrne is an up-and-coming Irish composer who has been working both on American and European projects over the last couple of years. To find out more about Byrne and listen to samples of his work, check out his official webpage.
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Weekly Film Music Roundup (May 6, 2011)

Three new movies are opening nationwide and this weekend:

The comic book adaptation Thor directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, Ray Stevenson, Kat Dennings, Rene Russo and Stellan Skarsgaard is expected to top the weekend box office. Patrick Doyle has composed the score for the film and a soundtrack has been released on Buena Vista Records. Check out our announcement for details on the album and audio clips. Also visit Film Music Magazine for a short interview with Doyle on his first comic book/superhero score.

Also opening wide is the comedy Jumping the Broom directed by Salim Akil and starring Angela Bassett, Paula Patton, Laz Alonso, Loretta Devine, Mike Epps and Julie Bowen. Edward Shearmur composed the film’s score and a soundtrack with both score and songs from the film has been released earlier this week by Madison Gate Records.
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‘Jumping the Broom’ Soundtrack released

Madison Gate Records has released a soundtrack album for the comedy Jumping the Broom. The album includes Edward Shearmur’s original score, as well as several songs from the film. Artists featured on the soundtrack include Shelea Frazier, Louis Armstrong, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Gonzales, Cupid and Curtis Mayfield. The album is currently available to download on iTunes. Jumping the Broom is directed by Salim Akil and stars Angela Bassett, Paula Patton, Laz Alonso, Loretta Devine, Mike Epps and Julie Bowen. The film is opening in theaters this Friday, May 6. For more information, visit the official movie webpage.

Here’s the soundtrack track list:

1. Love Fell On Me (Jason & Sabrina’s Theme) – Shelea Frazier

2. La vie en roseLouis Armstrong

3. Simply Beautiful – Al Green

4. How Can You Love Me (Proposal Version) – El DeBarge

5. Magic – Robin Thicke

6. Mr. Forever – JoiStaRR

7. Bridge Over Troubled Water – Aretha Franklin

8. Overnight – Gonzales

9. Cupid Shuffle (Jtb
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Sundance Institute Film Music Program ComposersLab Opens to L.A. Public May 21

Sundance Institute Film Music Program ComposersLab Opens to L.A. Public May 21
The Sundance Institute Film Music Program mounts its one-day ComposersLab: La on May 21. It is open to the public at Los Angeles's Downtown Independent Theatre. The lab will feature film composers George S. Clinton, Edward Shearmur and Christopher Young. In an effort to expand their offerings, the Institute will also host ShortsLabs for aspiring filmmakers in Chicago (May 7), New York (July 9) and Los Angeles (August 6). Sundance Institute's exec director Keri Putnam says: “Sundance Institute has long been committed to enhancing the role of music in film year-round, whether through our Labs, international collaborations or through direct consultations with filmmakers. We are excited to bring our Composers Lab model to La to give aspiring film composers the chance to learn from experts in ...
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'Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules' Review: Kid Favorite Returns for a Rambling, Wimpy Sequel

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Maybe we've gotten too accustomed to movies with plots. 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' was loose and episodic, but little schemer Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) had a mission -- to scale his social ladder by any means necessary. It wasn't complicated, but there was at least some measure of structure. 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules' has no beginning, middle, or natural end, playing out less like an actual movie and more like a marathon viewing of a season's worth of a cheap, unfunny kids' television show.

"Unfunny" is key here. Screenwriters Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah return, this time for director David Bowers ('Astro Boy'), and they've lost whatever grasp they had on the material the first time out. Their slapdash script, coupled with Bowers' flat, point-and-shoot direction, make for a series of inconsequential scenes that go nowhere,
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