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<p>Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez</p>

Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez

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Interview: 'Frozen' composers Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez react to Globes nom

'Book of Mormon' and 'Winnie the Pooh' writers on ladies in cinema

Composers Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez together composed the music for 2011's "Winnie the Pooh" and the musical adaptation of "Finding Nemo," but just this morning nabbed their first Golden Globe nomination for a different Disney property. "Let It Go" from "Frozen," performed by Idina Menzel, is now up for a 2014 for Best Original Song.

Lopez and Anderson-Lopez have earned acclaim for their work on Broadway and in TV/Film -- in their own right for musicals like "In Transit" and "Book of Mormon" and together on projects like kids' TV show "Wonderpets"

Below, I talk to the couple about their nomination, females in the working music world and their next theater endeavor.


Congrats on your nomination. You’ve each earned awards in theater and in film. What does the Golden Globes nomination mean to you?
Robert: We’ve been watching the Golden Globes forever. We never imagined being nominated for one. It’s an incredible honor and we’re grateful.
Kristen: I’m so excited, for Tina – that is, Tina Fey and Amy Pohler. Totally.
There’s different versions of the song out there, and it seems to work for very different reasons. Did you write with that in mind, how’d that work?
Robert: When we wrote “Let It Go,” we already had Idina in mind, she was such a great Elsa. And then when Disney came back and said “We want to do a different version” and this time it was with Demi Lovato. We got to work with another producer, tailor a different version, change the bridge. But we love both versions.
Why do you think “Frozen” worked as a movie on the whole?
Kristen: I think it’s a wonderful message about families, and about how fear can distance us. You can strengthen the bond if you go toward the love, that is, true love will heal everything. It’s a good message for the holidays, or any time. I love the message that sisterhood is just as valid and strong as romantic love.
Speaking of women’s representation, you just don’t always see a lot of women composers and writers in the Best Song or Best Score field. Do you feel pressure or have any thoughts about being one of the few recent entries there, Kristen?
Kristen: First, I’m just thrilled and grateful to be here and to have a nomination. Statistically there’s something going on there [in the nominations].  Fifty percent of people graduating from these writing schools are women, and they are less and less represented as time goes on. I feel like I have been inspired and learned so much from the amazing female writers that I have in my life. They’re a wonderful group of women that I’m hoping will be a part of changing the playing field.
And with “Frozen” and “Catching Fire” leading the way with female protagonists, I’m excited for more doors to be opened to female stories.
You guys have written for kids, for families and for adult-only audiences. What does it take to write – lyrics especially – music that’s funny for a variety of audiences?
Robert: We look to be a little subversive, no matter what audience. We’re always looking where that line is, try and skate very close to that line. When people are surprised, that’s when they’re likely to be affected by a story.
What’s next for you in 2014?
Robert: We have a lot of projects lined up. The one we actually can talk about is “Up Here.”
The musical with Alex Timbers?
Robert: Yeah, it’s about consciousness. It’s reverent about all things romantic comedy and yet looks at cosmic questions and self.
Are there more Disney films – or any other films – you’re working on in the future?
Robert: We loved working with Disney. We had the best time working with them hope to have another chance to do it again.
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<p>Wednesday's &quot;Survivor&quot;</p>

Wednesday's "Survivor"

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TV Ratings: 'Sing-Off' tops 'X Factor', while 'Survivor' leads CBS Wednesday

'Arrow' hits a series high with young men
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, December 11, 2013.
"Criminal Minds" paced CBS' easy Wednesday win overall, while "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" delivered the network's best demo numbers as CBS also won among young viewers.
"Modern Family" bounced back from lows in its most recent airing and helped ABC finish Wednesday in second in most measures, while "The Sing-Off" had NBC in third, despite the relative failure of "Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Tale."
Meanwhile, "The X Factor" continued to limp to the end of another season on FOX, while "The Tomorrow People" squandered more than half of its lead-in audience from a strong "Arrow."
On to the numbers…
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<p>Team &quot;Philomena&quot;&nbsp;is all smiles today.</p>

Team "Philomena" is all smiles today.

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'Philomena' and 'Rush' spark with Globe nominations, but no room for Oprah

'American Hustle' and '12 Years a Slave' lead the way

Coming into today's Golden Globes nominations announcement, we knew a couple of things. We knew the Hollywood Foreign Press Association loved two movies that may or may not find Best Picture traction with the Academy: Stephen Frears' "Philomena" and Ron Howard's "Rush." Both picked up nominations in the Best Picture — Drama category. We knew "August: Osage County" and "Lee Daniels' The Butler," two films that went over like gangbusters with SAG yesterday, weren't the group's cup of tea. The former picked up only two nods while the latter was shut out entirely (no Oprah, even). And we knew "Saving Mr. Banks" was dinged up after landing just one nomination yesterday. It only managed that same nomination this morning.

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<p>Taylor Swift</p>

Taylor Swift

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Taylor Swift, Coldplay, U2, Alex Ebert vying for music Golden Globes

Does Alex Ebert have a chance against Hans Zimmer, John Williams or 'Mandela?'

Taylor Swift is yet again in the running for a motion picture award, as her "Sweeter Than Fiction" joins other big-name acts like U2 and Coldplay in the 2014 Golden Globes category for Best Original Song. The single from the film "One Chance" was co-written by fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff, giving "Sweeter Than Fiction" an extra edge of star power (though Swift can typically hold that down on her own).

The country crossover star was up for a Golden Globe Award last year, too, for "Safe & Sound" with The Civil Wars, though Adele's "Skyfall" took home that music award because she's Adele and she takes home all of the awards.

U2 signaled a bout of action with their "Ordinary Love" for "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," their first new material since 2009's "No Line on the Horizon." The rock crew purportedly contributed at the behest of Harvey Weinstein; they've gone on to hint that a new album may arrive in Q2 of 2014, which is good timing should they make an appearance at the January Globes ceremony.

Music from actual musicals made their way into Best Original Song, as "Inside Llewyn Davis" and "Frozen" both get their nod. Idina Menzel sings on "Let It Go" from the latter film; it was composed by "Winnie the Pooh" collaborators and husband-and-wife duo Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (it is a decidedly safer song than Robert's "Book of Mormon" compositions). When you see "Inside Llewyn Davis" -- no "should" about it -- you may find the "Please Mr. Kennedy" nod particularly comedic, given the context of its novelty. Oscar Isaac has better performances and better tunes out of his titular role, but the Justin Timberlake and Adam Driver support certainly gave this a boost on the ballots.

What you don't see on here? Lana Del Rey's "Young and Beautiful" from "The Great Gatsby" which was, notably, one of the rare "new" movie musics representing on the woefully 2012-based 2014 Grammy nominations list.

The Best Original Score tally is just as competitive as Best Original song, with mainstays like Hans Zimmer ("12 Years a Slave") and John Williams ("The Book Thief") facing off against scores like Alex Ebert's pensive and isolating "All Is Lost." Ebert is perhaps better known as the eccentric frontman of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, making the sound and nomination reminiscent of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' get for "The Social Network.

Alex Heffes' "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" has a decent shot, too, given the eclectic winners over the last five years. Foreign-language and foreign lands featured prominently in recent winners "Life of Pi," "The Artist," and "Slumdog Millionaire." Another Brit, Steven Price, simply went out of this stratosphere for "Gravity" -- that's a story sort of similar to former honoree "Up," right?

Best Original Score
"All Is Lost" - Alex Ebert
"Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" - Alex Heffes
"Gravity" - Steven Price
"The Book Thief" - John Williams
"12 Years A Slave" - Hans Zimmer

Best Original Song
"Atlas," Coldplay ("The Hunger Games: Catching Fire")
"Let It Go," Idina Menzel ("Frozen")
"Ordinary Love," U2 ("Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom")
"Please Mr. Kennedy," Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake and Adam Driver ("Inside Llewyn Davis")
"Sweeter Than Fiction," Taylor Swift ("One Chance")

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Daniel Bruhl in "Rush."
Daniel Bruhl in "Rush."
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Globe snubs and surprises: 'Rush' returns, 'Banks' retreats, Lana del Rey is unloved

Rounding up the HFPA's most surprising inclusions and exclusions

Even if you're not up at some obscenely early hour, the Golden Globe nominations are a lot to take in -- the addition of those musical/comedy categories making the slate that much more inclusive and, sometimes, eccentric. Not so much this year, though: never before have the comedy fields been so stuffed with prestigious, semi-dramatic awards bait, which means fewer top-tier contenders than usual were left on the sidelines. Still, the HFPA did manage to rustle some genuinely surprising inclusions and exclusions, and I've rounded up a few of them after the cut.

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<p>David O. Russell's &quot;American Hustle&quot;&nbsp;tied &quot;12 Years A&nbsp;Slave&quot;&nbsp;with 7 Golden Globe nominations.</p>

David O. Russell's "American Hustle" tied "12 Years A Slave" with 7 Golden Globe nominations.

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Golden Globes do the 'Hustle' and reward '12 Years A Slave' with key movie nominations

Not the best day for 'August: Osage County' or 'Saving Mr. Banks'

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominees for the 71st Golden Globes this morning and while they spread the love to all the major motion picture studios, as usual, there were significantly more surprises than had been expected.

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<p>We're as pleasantly surprised as Tatiana Maslany that she got a Golden Globe nomination.</p>

We're as pleasantly surprised as Tatiana Maslany that she got a Golden Globe nomination.

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Golden Globes TV nominations go crazy for the new

After yesterday's predictable SAG nominations, a more eclectic mix

In a year overflowing with bold and often brilliant new TV series, yesterday's SAG Awards TV nominations erred too much on the side of the familiar, with Kevin Spacey as the only actor on any new series to be recognized. Whatever the faults — and/or lack of credentials — the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has, its membership has never been accused of leaning too much on the tried and true. They love shiny new things, whether that's attractive young actresses, movie stars transitioning to television or new shows that the Golden Globes can be the first awards to give a stamp of approval to.

That love of the new was reflected throughout today's Golden Globe nominations. The HFPA is by and large a silly organization, and their TV awards an afterthought to help fill out the ballroom and the telecast, but their nominations are a hell of a lot more interesting — for good and for bad — than what the SAG voters gave us yesterday.

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<p>Michael Sheen of &quot;Masters of Sex&quot;</p>

Michael Sheen of "Masters of Sex"

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'Masters of Sex' and 'House of Cards' lead 2014 Golden Globes TV nominations

'Breaking Bad,' 'Behind the Candelabra' have big mornings
After Wednesday morning's staid and predictable SAG Awards nominations, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association fired back on Thursday morning with a far less predictable assortment of nominees, highlighting new shows, particularly on the drama side.
Meanwhile, the Golden Globes continued the recent award-giving trend to shun "Mad Men" and became the first group to begin freezing out Showtime's "Homeland," just one year after "Homeland" swept the main drama awards.
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Golden Globes TV noms: Netflix and 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' score, 'Homeland' and 'Mad Men' snubbed

Golden Globes TV noms: Netflix and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" score, "Homeland" and "Mad Men" snubbed

"Masters of Sex" and "House of Cards" were the two newbies to score noms in the best drama series category, while "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" was the only new comedy to score a nomination in the best comedy/miniseries category, joining sibling "Parks and Recreation." Meanwhile, "Orphan Black's" Tatiana Maslany, "Ray Donovan's" Liev Schreiber, "Orange Is the New Black's" Taylor Schilling, "Masters of Sex's" Michael Sheen, "The Blacklist's" James Spader and "House of Cards'" Kevin Spacey scored drama acting nominations. And Michael J. Fox and Andy Samberg will compete against each other for best comedy/musical actor. PLUS: "House of Cards" and "Behind the Candelabra" had the most nominations, at four apiece," "Breaking Bad" earns 3 nominations, Kerry Washington scores her first Golden Globes nomination, HBO No. 1 among networks with 9 nominations, and Oprah snubbed for "The Butler."

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2014 Golden Globe Awards nominees - complete list

2014 Golden Globe Awards nominees - complete list

Who's invited to the HFPA's big party?

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced nominees for the 71st Golden Globes this morning in Beverly Hills, CA.

The nominees are as follows...

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<p>Cameron Diaz and &quot;The Counselor&quot; have not met with the AWFJ's approval.&nbsp;</p>

Cameron Diaz and "The Counselor" have not met with the AWFJ's approval. 

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'12 Years a Slave' leads female-voted AWFJ nods, as 'The Counselor' is shamed

Sarah Polley and Lake Bell among the female filmmakers recognized

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists have revealed their long, long list of nominations. As usual, it's a mix of fairly standard picks in the conventional categories -- "12 Years a Slave" leads the way with 13 nominations -- and more distinctive choices in categories created to celebrate female filmmakers and denigrate industry sexism.

Not all of them make a lot of sense: why on earth does Melissa McCarthy "need a new agent" when "The Heat" and "Identify Thief" were so successful? And calling out the "egregious age difference" between Dermot Mulroney and Abigail Breslin seems somewhat pointless, given that the film does the same. They also made plain their disapproval of "The Counselor," though I'm not sure I'd call it sexist per se -- it's a female character, after all, who holds all the cards in it. But I guess they mean well.

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<p>Christian Bale in &quot;Out of the Furnace.&quot;</p>

Christian Bale in "Out of the Furnace."

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Roundup: 'Out of the Furnace' gets a mayoral endorsement

Also: 'Omar' wins at Asia Pacific Awards, and Almodovar picks 2013's best

Well received by critics but struggling to connect with audiences, Scott Cooper's "Out of the Furnace" faces a tough climb to awards recognition -- but it has at least one unique FYC plea in its arsenal. In guest piece for Variety, John Fetterman, mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania -- the town where the film is set -- acknowledges that it may seem a tough watch, but urges people to make the effort: "Understandably, many would rather not set foot into a bleak world where most of the social contracts in America are void and rusted through. If the story of a Braddock, and towns like her, is indeed worth telling, there couldn’t be a more eloquent, forceful and honest interpretation than what Mr. Cooper and his three leads have delivered in “Out of the Furnace.” [Variety

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