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The documentary airs Friday night on Showtime
The Milk Carton Kids' Kenneth Pattengale (left) and T Bone Burnett in "Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of 'Inside Llewyn Davis'"
LOS ANGELES — When I spoke to "Inside Llewyn Davis" star Oscar Isaac a few weeks back, he had just come from seeing "Another Day, Another Time." The music documentary, which airs on Showtime Friday night, covers the Sept. 29 concert celebration of American folk music held at New York's Town Hall in honor of the Coen brothers' latest film.
At the time, Isaac noted how T Bone Burnett, the mind behind the film's soundtrack and the concert, seemed to hover over the proceedings like an ethereal presence. "I don't think he even really says anything but he's just floating around," the actor said. "I mean, literally, sometimes he just walks up behind someone that's playing and just stands there, feeds the mojo, and walks away."
Talking over a cappuccino at one of his favorite Brentwood haunts, the music maestro laughs at the quote. "There is a bit of that," he concedes in his smooth yet weathered tone. "I feel like I walk around until it sounds exactly right. Especially when a lot of musicians are playing, you walk around until you can sort of hear everybody. You become sort of a conduit."
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"The Book Thief" looks like it could bring John Williams his 49th nomination to date.
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Earlier today the list of eligible original score Oscar contenders was revealed by the Academy, so consider it great timing as we focus on the category today in our final craft category analysis of the season.
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Have you caught any interviews with Christian Bale over the past year or so? Something's changed. During his Batman years Bale was almost always a tough chat. Often it was because he seemed loathe to answer questions about the Nolan franchise when he was promoting other films, but even when he was doing press for "The Dark Knight" or "The Dark Knight Rises" he seemed well, for lack of a better descriptor, "oh, so serious." Due to two the fact he has two films releasing within two weeks of each other, an unusual occurrence for any star, Bale has been on something of a media blitz. And, shockingly, he's being more candid and friendly than ever.
But don't look for 'Frozen,' 'Nebraska' or 'The Lone Ranger'
"All is Lost," a Golden Globe nominee for Best Original Score.
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The Academy has just announced the 114 films eligible for this year's Best Original Score Oscar, and all the usual suspects are present. That includes the five films nominated this morning in the category at the Golden Globes: Hans Zimmer for "12 Years a Slave," Steven Price for "Gravity," John Williams for "The Book Thief," Alex Ebert for "All is Lost" and Alex Heffes for "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." At least the first three of those are widely predicted to score Oscar nominations too.
The film's newfound good fortune this season was a pleasant surprise for both
Daniel Brühl (left) and Ron Howard on the set of "Rush"
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Back in September, Ron Howard's "Rush" premiered at the Toronto Film Festival to hugely favorable reviews. There was a lot of passion around the Formula One biopic and a nice head of steam going into its Sept. 20 release. Would it be a big awards player for Universal? It seemed quite possible.
But then the film failed to crack $30 million at the domestic box office and it was written off of the awards circuit. Even Daniel Brühl's acclaimed and clearly inspired performance as Niki Lauda began to slip down prediction charts as Oscar season can often be seen as a time of sink or swim, with little middle ground. The last two days have proved to be a stellar windfall for the film, however, as it picked up two nominations from the Screen Actors Guild Wednesday and then, just this morning, a pair of Golden Globe nominations from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), including in the Best Picture (Drama) category.
Both Brühl and Howard phoned in this morning from Siena, Italy and the Canary Islands respectively, where they are hard at work on new projects, trying to keep above the season fray as best they can. And each expressed pleasant surprise that their labor of love has been so well remembered by voters this week.
Nine films will be screened in nine locations across the country on January 30
Kristen Stewart in "Camp X-Ray."
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I like how Sundance has been making an effort to extend its brand beyond the cosy confines of Park City -- for the 99.999% of independent film lovers who don't have the luxury of travelling to the festival, word from the mountains can be a frustrating tease, drumming up excitement over films that most won't be able to see for months, if not years.
Sundance's first attempt to bring the festival to the public was the creation of Sundance London in the UK, where a selected programme of highlights is made available to the public -- it was recently confirmed that the third annual Sundance London event will take place in the spring.
A half laughing, half crying morning
Thursday's Golden Globe nominations saw a number of first-time nominees and also some well-deserved performances shockingly getting the recognition they, well, deserve. HitFix spoke to three happy nominees who could fall into either of those buckets this morning: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Oscar Isaac and Ms. Greta Gerwig.
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The actress became a 10-time Golden Globe nominee this morning
Kate Winslet has picked up yet another invitation to the Golden Globes with a nomination in the Best Actress in a Drama category.
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It was clear this morning that there was an opportunity in the Golden Globes category of Best Actress in a Drama for some lucky actress to step up to the plate. With the usual suspects in the lead actress field being split off and Meryl Streep finding herself in the comedy/musical field, who was going to land the recognition? Would it be critical darling Adèle Exarchopoulos? Indie hopeful Brie Larson? Or someone else entirely?
In the end, it was Kate Winslet who showed up, receiving her first awards recognition of the season for her performance in Jason Reitman's "Labor Day." In the process, the Oscar-winning actress picked up her tenth Globe nomination to date and finds herself in the thick of a talented group of women. Some time ago I talked with Winslet about tackling the role of the fragile, emotionally cut-off Adele in the love story, which was adapted from Joyce Maynard's novel. Read through our back and forth below.
Plus: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Lawrence and more
Today's Golden Globe nominees were rustled out of bed by publicists with great news or found themselves unable to sleep as they awaited their fate from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. As ever, the usual wave of responses and reactions has begun to roll in, so what did folks like Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Joaquin Phoenix, Jennifer Lawrence and Julianna Marguiles have to say about their good fortune? Check out their thoughts and more in the gallery below.