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  • Sunday, November 25, 2007
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    "How do you solve a problem like a bloody, R-rated musical about a serial killer, starring movie actors who aren't professional singers?" So asks the Los Angeles Times. The answer: put Tim Burton in charge. "The result is a beautifully scored, high-art slasher film, told almost entirely in song and topped off with Depp paying homage to Lon Chaney and Boris Karloff."

    Journal Topics: Film Reviews
  • Wednesday, November 21, 2007
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    Given the number of ardent fans Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd has developed over the years, it's understandable that some questions might follow the buzz about the upcoming Tim Burton–directed film version starring Johnny Depp. Like, "Can Johnny sing?" Now you can see, and hear, for yourself, in this video of Johnny in the recording studio, discussing his early concerns and proving them wrong with a performance of "Epiphany."

    Journal Topics: Film Video
  • Wednesday, November 21, 2007
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    The Tim Burtondirected film version of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd starring Johnny Depp hits theaters across the country next month. Catch a glimpse of what's in store in the film's trailer here.

    Journal Topics: Film Video
  • Monday, November 19, 2007
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    The New York Post's film critic Lou Lumenick recently caught a preview of Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood and is adding to the film's Oscar buzz . "One thing is clear," he writes. "The amazing Daniel Day-Lewis is the top contender for Best Actor honors. Day, who has been leading prognosticators' charts ... for several weeks, is unforgettable as an oilman undone by his avariciousness in this full-blooded, early 20th-century epic ..." Harp magazine looks at the film's score by Jonny Greenwood, including a statement from the composer about his process for creating music for this "full-blooded" film.

    Journal Topics: Film Reviews
  • Sunday, November 18, 2007
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    "Daniel Day-Lewis is a shoo-in for an Oscar nomination for his performance as an unscrupulous prospector in Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of Upton Sinclair's 1927 novel Oil!" So writes Ruthe Stein in her preview of There Will Be Blood in the Sunday San Francisco Chronicle special holiday movie section. "Day-Lewis is in almost every scene, and he shows how ambition can destroy as well as nurture," she reports. "He's scary. Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine) is frightful in another way as a fire-breathing preacher and would-be healer."

    Journal Topics: Film
  • Sunday, November 18, 2007
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    Catch a glimpse of director Paul Thomas Anderson's monumental new film, There Will Be Blood, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as a merciless turn-of-the-century oil baron. In the preview, you can hear Jonny Greenwood's powerful score, which the LA Times says gives the film with an "epic sonic scope" worthy of an Oscar nomination. Nonesuch will release the soundtrack December 18; the film hits theaters December 26.

    Journal Topics: Film Video
  • Friday, November 16, 2007
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    The Criterion Collection has announced that it will release a special four-disc set of the Bernardo Bertolucci masterpiece The Last Emperor on February 26, 2008. The film depicts the tumultuous life of Pu Yi, who came to power in 1908, at the age of three, and became China's last emperor. It garnered nine Academy Awards, winning each of the categories in which it was nominated, including Best Original Score, by Ryuichi Sakomoto, Cong Su, and David Byrne. Among the special-edition DVD's bonus features are audio commentary by Sakamoto and new video interviews with Sakamoto and Byrne.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Film Video
  • Thursday, November 15, 2007
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    Variety adds There Will Be Blood to its "Contenders" list for likely and deserving Oscar nominees. Citing Paul Thomas Anderson's past cinematic successes, Boogie Nights and Magnolia, Variety says that while the director has moved on from the "big tapestry" of those films, "he matches it here—and then some—with the big portrait."

    Journal Topics: Film
  • Thursday, November 15, 2007
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    Tim Burton sat down with MTV News for an exclusive interview last night just before giving a Lincoln Center audience a sneak peek at three scenes from his upcoming film, Sweeney Todd. Nonesuch will release the film's soundtrack on December 18, and there'll be plenty to hear: As MTV.com reports, "It is the music that carries this film." And just to be sure, the site's headline reads, "Johnny Depp's Voice Steals the Bloody Show."

    Journal Topics: Film Reviews
  • Wednesday, November 14, 2007
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    This week's Bay Windows reviews the new DVD release of Absolute Wilson, the 2006 documentary about visionary theater director Robert Wilson—"a wonderful introduction to Wilson’s fascinating life and work ... and a must-see for theater buffs." Featured in the film are Wilson collaborators David Byrne and Philip Glass, each of whom worked with the director on his 1984 multi-act piece the CIVIL warS. Resulting from that project were Glass's music for its "Rome Section," A Tree Is Best Measured When It Is Down, and Byrne's Knee Plays, which Nonesuch reissued last week on CD. 

    Journal Topics: Film
  • Wednesday, November 14, 2007
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    The national tour of Sweeney Todd, based on the 2005 Broadway production recorded by Nonesuch, has joined forces with the studios releasing the Tim Burtondirected film version starring Johnny Depp for a special sweepstakes, reports Playbill.com. Prizes include a private screening of the film for the winner and 50 of his or her closest friends and copies of the Broadway cast recording. This follows an announcement of a contest by the film companies and MySpace to meet Johnny Depp at a global premiere of the film. 

    Journal Topics: Film On Tour
  • Wednesday, November 14, 2007
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    Last night, at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater, director Tim Burton unveiled scenes from his upcoming film adaptation of Sweeney Todd, starring Johnny Depp, and as the cheering audience could attest, this Sweeney can sing. As part of the Film Society at Lincoln Center's special event, "An Evening with Tim Burton: Cinema's Demon Barber," the filmmaker was interviewed by the Society's program director, Richard Peña, who had collected a number of unforgettable scenes from some of Burton's most iconic films.

    Journal Topics: Film

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