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‘Fate of the Furious’ Sound Crew Had to Go Bigger, Louder

‘Fate of the Furious’ Sound Crew Had to Go Bigger, Louder
It’s hard to imagine that a single sonic failing could derail a film, but that’s exactly what the sound team was grappling with on Universal’s “Fate of the Furious.”

It was the moment in which Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) stomps on a red button on the floorboard of his souped-up 1971 Plymouth Gtx, and the car goes into misfire mode, giving him a ruse to slip from the clutches of criminal mastermind Cipher (Charlize Theron). The audience needed to be convinced that the misfiring engine sound could fool Cipher, and make sure people would buy it.

“The whole film almost unraveled at that point,” says supervising sound editor Peter Brown. “Basically, we gave [re-recording mixer Frank A. Montaño] every sound effect of a stalling car that’s ever been recorded and he did something with it — a lot of different times.”

Although pivotal, the car misfire is just one tiny element in the movie’s massive aural landscape, comprising complex
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The Glass Castle Author Jeannette Walls Recalls the Time She Saw Her Homeless Mom from the Window of an NYC Cab

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The Glass Castle Author Jeannette Walls Recalls the Time She Saw Her Homeless Mom from the Window of an NYC Cab
Author Jeannette Walls’ harrowing childhood inspired her bestselling 2005 memoir The Glass Castle and a new film version (out Aug. 11), but life with her mom as an adult proved to be almost as difficult.

In an interview in this week’s issue of People, Walls looks back on their fraught relationship and how they reconciled, with her mother, Rose Mary, now living in a cottage on the Virginia horse farm where Walls and her husband settled after her literary success.

Walls, 57, moved in the 1980s to New York City, where she worked as New York magazine’s gossip columnist. Living on
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The Glass Castle Author Jeannette Walls: Her Incredible Journey From a Rat-Infested Shack to Literary Fame

As a child, author Jeannette Walls sometimes went hungry for days, lived for years in a rat-infested shack without running water, and fiercely loved her charismatic, alcoholic father, who frequently spent the few dollars the family had on beer. She transformed the story of her painful childhood into her 2005 book, The Glass Castle, one of the bestselling memoirs of all time. Now the book is finally coming to the big screen, as a movie starring Brie Larsen, Woody Harrelson and Naomi Watts, in theaters Aug. 11.

In an interview at her Virginia farmhouse in the new issue of People, the 57-year-old reflects on her difficult past,
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PactUS Forms Digital Hub Initiative With Gova, Ginsburg Daniels Kallis

Independent production company association PactUS has formed new partnerships with the multi-platform video network-focused Global Online Video Association and the digital-content law firm, Ginsburg Daniels Kallis Llp. The moves come as part of a new digital-hub initiative by PactUS.

Gova’s members include Jukin Media, Machinima, Maker Studios, NewForm Digital, MiTu and Whistle Sports. Ginsburg Daniels Kallis Llp, which brought the two organizations together, will serve as a resource for both in the digital-hub initiative, which will seek to foster increased mutual understanding and collaboration between digital and linear unscripted-programming producers.

“This initiative brings opportunities to both producers and platforms,” said PactUS president David Lyle. “It helps to level the playing field, giving our members with strong backgrounds in linear television the necessary resources to compete in an evolving digital content marketplace. We are striving to restore this important sector of the dynamic independent production ecosystem back to financial health.”

Ginsburg Daniels
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365Flicks Podcast – Episode 59: Indie Talk ‘Kingdom: Fall Of Illandrieal’

Here’s the latest episode of the 365Flick podcast, part of the ever-growing podcast roster here on Nerdly. If you haven’t heard the show yet, you can check out previous episodes on Podomatic and Libsyn, whilst we’ll be featuring each and every new episode as it premieres.

365Flicks Podcast – Episode 59: Indie Talk… Kingdom: Fall Of Illandrieal. Director Fred Arrowsmith talks Kingdom and Indiegogo

On this episode of Indie Talk Chris and Kev talk to Director, Writer and Producer Fred Arrowsmith. Fred is here to talk to us about his movie Kingdom: Fall of Illandrieal and the IndieGoGo campaign he is running to get it made.We cover it all from the conception to the Crowdfunding. Including the proof of concept trailer they made for the movie and the release of the Music Video for a song written by John Taylor.

Kingdom: Fall of Illandrieal links:

Indiegogo page
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30 years ago today: ‘Karate Kid II’ showed us the Glory of Love

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30 years ago today: ‘Karate Kid II’ showed us the Glory of Love
30 years ago today, audiences were treated again to the utterly watchable pair of Daniel and Mr. Miyagi. The Karate Kid, Part II opened in theaters on June 20, 1986. In the sequel, released two years after the original film, Daniel’s wax on, wax off early training days are behind him, and he’s impressively slicing through six blocks of ice. The boy and his mentor travel together to Mr. Miyagi’s home village in Okinawa, Japan. Sparks fly between Daniel and Kumiko, the niece of Mr. Miyagi’s childhood girlfriend, to the synthesizer-tastic tune of “Glory of Love” by Peter Cetera. The song hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 later that summer and got an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song. Other notable June 20 happenings in pop culture history: • 1948: The Ed Sullivan Show — then titled Toast of the Town — premiered on CBS. Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis performed in that first episode,
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Us Briefs: Cas honours 'The Revenant', 'Inside Out'

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Us Briefs: Cas honours 'The Revenant', 'Inside Out'
Plus: La Italia festival kicks off in Hollywood

The Cinema Audio Society Award on Saturday presented the award for Outstanding Sound Mixing Motion Picture – Live Action to The Revenant, specifically the mixing team of Chris Duesterdiek, Jon Taylor, Frank Montaño, and Randy Thom, Conrad Hensel, Michael Miller, and Geordy Sincavage.

Top honours for Motion Picture - Animation went to Inside Out and its sound mixing team of Doc Kane, Tom Johnson, Michael Semanick, Joel Iwataki, and Mary Jo Lang. It was a great night for Kane, who also collected the Cas Career Achievement Award.

Jay Roach (pictured with his Trumbo star Bryan Cranston and John Ross) received the Cas Filmmaker Award.

The 11th Annual Los Angeles, Italia – Film, Fashion and Art Fest in Hollywood runs from February 21-27, when honourees will include Diane Warren and Lady Gaga’s Oscar-nominated song Til It Happens To You from documentary The Hunting Ground. The documentary
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Oscars: Evaluating the Best Sound Contenders

Oscars: Evaluating the Best Sound Contenders
1. "The Revenant": The sound team (led by sound editors Martin Hernandez and Lon Bender and mixers Jon Taylor, Frank Montaño, Randy Thom and Chris Duesterdiek) brilliantly make nature a sonic character and immerse us in Leonardo DiCaprio’s intense journey in the most effective way. They found existing sounds (bear vocalizations, trees creaking in the wind) and recorded them in real, appropriate locations. The opening Native American ambush has a natural ebb and flow and a nice lull between the action, with the sound of footsteps, wind blowing in the trees, and distant dogs barking in between each flurry of arrows. Plus, the incredible bear attack was sonically underplayed for greater realism, and getting the breathing right — using the sound of a sick horse toward the end when the bear is injured, for example — was just as important as the vocalizations. And what was that weird, mantra-like sound effect?
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2016 BAFTA Awards: The Show, The Winners

Leonardo DiCaprio's revenge thriller 'The Revenant' was the big winner at the 2016 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards on Sunday (February 14).

The drama looks set for Oscars glory following a stellar night at the British awards show, where it scored five prizes for Best Movie, Best Leading Actor for Leonardo DiCaprio, Best Director for Alejandro G. Inarritu, Best Cinematography and Best Sound.

In his acceptance speech, DiCaprio wished his mother a happy birthday and praised his co-star Tom Hardy, adding, "Tom, I want to thank you for your fierce loyalty as a friend... I could not have done this without you."

Mad Max: Fury Road was another big winner with four trophies for Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Makeup and Hair and Best Editing.

Kate Winslet scored a Best Supporting Actress prize for Steve Jobs and told reporters that awards still mean a big deal to her,
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'The Revenant' Wins Best Film at 2016 BAFTA Awards

"The Revenant" took home five trophies yesterday at the 2016 BAFTA Awards, making the Oscar race even tighter and more unpredictable.

The movie won Best Film, Best Actor for Leonardo DiCaprio, Best Director for Alejandro Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Best Cinematography for Emmanuel Lubezki, and Best Sound. This was Lubezki's third win in a row.

DiCaprio continues to cement his near-lock to win the coveted Academy Award missing from his mantle, as did Brie Larson, who won Best Actress for "Room." Mark Rylance and Kate Winslet took the prizes in the supporting categories.

Aside from "The Revenant," "Mad Max: Fury Road" was the night's big winner with four awards:

Costume Design, Makeup and Hair, Production Design, and Editing.

Here's the full list of winners:

Best Film

"The Revenant"

Best Actor

Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Revenant"

Best Actress

Brie Larson, "Room"

Best Director

Alejandro G. Inarritu, "The Revenant"

Best Supporting Actor

Mark Rylance, "Bridge of Spies
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‘The Revenant,’ Leonardo DiCaprio Dominate BAFTA Awards

‘The Revenant,’ Leonardo DiCaprio Dominate BAFTA Awards
Alejandro G. Inarritu’s “The Revenant” came up trumps at the 69th British Academy Film Awards on Sunday night, nabbing five prizes including best film, director and leading actor.

George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” left the field with four BAFTAs – all in the more technical fields – including costume design, production design, make up and hair and editing.

The Martian,” “The Danish Girl,” “Carol” and “Ex-Machina” all left empty-handed this year.

This year’s ceremony was a marked change for Inarritu compared to last year’s awards: in 2015, his pic “Birdman,” was up for 10 nominations but only came away with one win for best cinematography, given to Emmanuel Lubezki.

The glitterati were in full force at London’s Royal Opera House on Valentine’s Day: Tom Cruise awarded “The Revenant” with the best film prize while Leonardo DiCaprio’s win for best actor in the film was met with
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BAFTAs 2016: Full list of winners

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BAFTAs 2016: Full list of winners
The Revenant won best film while Leonardo Dicaprio, Brie Larson, Mark Rylance and Kate Winslet won the top acting prizes.WinnersBest Film

The Revenant Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Arnon Milchan, Mary Parent, Keith Redmon

The Big Short Bridge Of Spies Carol SpotlightLeading Actor

Leonardo Dicaprio The Revenant

Bryan Cranston, TrumboEddie Redmayne, The Danish GirlMatt Damon, The MartianMichael Fassbender, Steve JobsLeading Actress

Brie Larson Room

Alicia Vikander, The Danish GirlCate Blanchett, CarolMaggie Smith, The Lady In The VanSaoirse Ronan, BrooklynSupporting Actor

Mark Rylance Bridge Of Spies

Benicio Del Toro, SicarioChristian Bale, The Big ShortIdris Elba, Beasts Of No NationMark Ruffalo, SpotlightSupporting Actress

Kate Winslet Steve Jobs

Alicia Vikander, Ex MachinaJennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful EightJulie Walters, BrooklynRooney Mara, CarolDirector

The Revenant Alejandro G. Iñárritu

The Big Short, Adam MckayBridge Of Spies, Steven SpielbergCarol, Todd HaynesThe Martian, Ridley ScottProduction Design

Mad Max: Fury Road Colin Gibson, Lisa Thompson

Bridge Of SpiesCarolThe MartianStar Wars: The Force AwakensFilm Not In
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Live: BAFTAs 2016 winners

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Live: BAFTAs 2016 winners
Screen is at the Ee British Academy Film Awards in London where Michael Fassbender, Cate Blanchett and Steven Spielberg are among those waiting to find out who will take home the golden masks.

The ceremony has started and we are updating the list below with winners as they come in. Refresh the page for the latest updates..

WinnersLeading Actor

Leonardo Dicaprio The Revenant

Bryan Cranston, TrumboEddie Redmayne, The Danish GirlMatt Damon, The MartianMichael Fassbender, Steve JobsLeading Actress

Brie Larson Room

Alicia Vikander, The Danish GirlCate Blanchett, CarolMaggie Smith, The Lady In The VanSaoirse Ronan, BrooklynDirector

The Revenant Alejandro G. Iñárritu

The Big Short, Adam MckayBridge Of Spies, Steven SpielbergCarol, Todd HaynesThe Martian, Ridley ScottProduction Design

Mad Max: Fury Road Colin Gibson, Lisa Thompson

Bridge Of SpiesCarolThe MartianStar Wars: The Force AwakensFilm Not In The English Language

Wild Tales Damián Szifron

The Assassin, Hou Hsiao-HsienForce Majeure, Ruben ÖstlundTheeb, Naji Abu Nowar, Rupert LloydTimbuktu
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The Academy Celebrates The 88th Oscar Contenders At Annual Luncheon

More than 150 Oscar nominees came together at noon on Monday at the Beverly Hilton as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored this year’s Oscar contenders at its annual Nominees Luncheon.

From Left to Right:

Seated: Adam Benzine, Paul Massey, Michael Standish, Chris Jenkins, Randy Thom, Jason Smith, Josh Cooley, Maryann Brandon, Richard Williams, Patrick Vollrath, Ed Lachman, Mary Parent, David Acord, Anders Langland, Henry Hughes, Kristie Macosko Krieger, Tom Yellin

First Row: Rosa Tran, Jacqueline West, Ed Guiney, Evgeny Afineevsky, Matthew Shumway, Amy Hobby, Jonas Rivera, Gregg Rudloff, Signe Byrge Sorensen, Love Larson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Courtney Marsh, Nomi Talisman, Mark Ruffalo, Diane Warren, Paco Delgado, Bryan Cranston, Jistin Wilkes, Blye Pagon Faust, Roger Guyett, Basil Khalil, Drew Kunin, Sian Grigg, Andrea Berloff,

Second Row:Adam Stockhausen, Tom McArdle, Keith Redmon, Damian Martin, Ale Abreu, Matthew Heineman, Matt Damon, Bernhard Henrich, Cameron Waldbauer, Alan Robert Murray,
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52nd Cinema Audio Society Awards Nominations

The Cinema Audio Society has announced the nominees for the 52nd Annual Cas Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for 2015 in six categories and the Cas Technical Achievement Award Nominations. "The Hateful Eight" joins "Bridge of Spies," "Mad Max: Fury Road," "The Revenant," and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" in the Motion Picture - Live Action category.

In the animated category, nominees were .The Good Dinosaur,. .Hotel Transylvania 2,. .Inside Out,. .Minions. and .The Peanuts Movie..

Winners will be revealed on February 20th. Here are the nominees of the 52nd annual Cinema Audio Society Awards:

Motion Picture . Live Action

.Bridge of Spies.

Production Mixer: Drew Kunin

Re-recording Mixer: Andy Nelson, Cas

Re-recording Mixer: Gary Roger Rydstrom, Cas

Scoring Mixer: Thomas Vicari, Cas

Adr Mixer: Bobby Johanson, Cas

Foley Mixer: Chris Manning

.The Hateful Eight.

Production Mixer: Mark Ulano, Cas

Re-recording Mixer: Michael Minkler, Cas

Re-recording Mixer: Chris Minkler

Scoring Mixer:
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‘Star Wars,’ ‘Hateful Eight,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Walking Dead’ Score Cinema Audio Society Nominations

‘Star Wars,’ ‘Hateful Eight,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Walking Dead’ Score Cinema Audio Society Nominations
After being passed over by every guild and industry group so far this season, “The Hateful Eight” finally caught a break Tuesday with a nomination from the Cinema Audio Society, celebrating excellence in sound mixing. The film joined “Bridge of Spies,” “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “The Revenant” in the live action motion picture category, all three of which have performed well with organizations like the Art Directors Guild, the American Society of Cinematographers and the Producers Guild of America in recent weeks.

The fifth spot went to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” an on-again, off-again player on the circuit this season with mentions from the American Cinema Editors and the art directors and costume designers guilds. That left Ridley Scott’s “The Martian” as the surprise exclusion for a group that, it should be noted, has a slightly different makeup than the Academy’s sound branch, featuring a wider
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‘Star Wars,’ ‘Hateful Eight,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Walking Dead’ Score Cinema Audio Society Nominations

‘Star Wars,’ ‘Hateful Eight,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Walking Dead’ Score Cinema Audio Society Nominations
After being passed over by every guild and industry group so far this season, “The Hateful Eight” finally caught a break Tuesday with a nomination from the Cinema Audio Society, celebrating excellence in sound mixing. The film joined “Bridge of Spies,” “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “The Revenant” in the live action motion picture category, all three of which have performed well with organizations like the Art Directors Guild, the American Society of Cinematographers and the Producers Guild of America in recent weeks.

The fifth spot went to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” an on-again, off-again player on the circuit this season with mentions from the American Cinema Editors and the art directors and costume designers guilds. That left Ridley Scott’s “The Martian” as the surprise exclusion for a group that, it should be noted, has a slightly different makeup than the Academy’s sound branch, featuring a wider
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"Bridge of Spies," "Carol" Lead BAFTA Nominations! Where's "Mad Max?" What About "Star Wars?"

Leave it to the Brits! The BAFTA nominations were announced and they gave us a slightly different look at the awards season! For instance, Tom McCarthy's "Spotlight," the leading Oscar contender in the U.S. just received 3 noms including Best Film, Supporting Actor for Mark Ruffalo and Original Screenplay. No Director nomination for McCarthy.

Meanwhile, Steven Spielberg's "Bridge of Spies," a handsomely-produced period piece led the pack along with Todd Haynes' "Carol," another handsomely-produced period piece. Both films garnered nine nominations each including Best Picture. "Bridge of Spies" and "Carol" will duke it out with "Spotlight," Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu's "The Revenant" (eight nominations), and Adam McKay's "The Big Short" (five nominations) for the Best Picture trophy.

So where's "Mad Max: Fury Road" and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" you ask? They're relegated to the technical categories. Apparently, sequels, no matter how great they are, can't compete with originals.
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BAFTA Awards Announces 2016 Nominees

As awards show season shifts into high gear, the BAFTA Awards just released the list of hopefuls ahead of the February 14th ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House.

Leading the way with nine nominations each are “Bridge of Spies” and “Carol,” while “The Revenant” scored eight chances for glory.

Mad Max: Fury Road” has seven nods followed by “Brooklyn” and “The Martian” with six each. Meanwhile, Alicia Vikander was nominated for Best Actress along with Cate Blanchett, Brie Larson, Dame Maggie Smith and Saoirse Ronan.

And the 2016 BAFTA Awards Nominees are…

Best Actor

Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Bryan Cranston, Trumbo

Matt Damon, The Martian

Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett, Carol

Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Dame Maggie Smith, The Lady In The Van

Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Brie Larson, Room

Best Film

Carol

Bridge Of Spies

The Revenant

The Big Short

Spotlight

Supporting Actor

Benicio del Toro,
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Carol, Bridge Of Spies Lead 2016 BAFTA Nominations

On Friday the nominations for the Ee British Academy Film Awards in 2016 were revealed. The BAFTAs will be announced on Sunday, February 14 at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. The ceremony will be hosted by Stephen Fry and broadcast exclusively on BBC One and BBC One HD, with the ceremony being rebroadcast on BBC America.

Bridge of Spies and Carol each receive nine nominations. The Revenant is nominated in eight categories. Mad Max: Fury Road has seven nominations. Brooklyn and The Martian are each nominated six times. The Big Short, The Danish Girl and Ex Machina receive five nominations. Star Wars: The Force Awakens receives four nominations.

Bridge of Spies is nominated in the following categories: Best Film, Director for Steven Spielberg, Original Screenplay, Original Music, Cinematography, Editing, Production Design and Sound. Mark Rylance is nominated for Supporting Actor.

Carol is nominated for Best Film, Director for Todd Haynes,
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