April 24, 2013 |
If you think piano or organ is the only choice for the musical accompaniment of silent films, you have a lot to learn - and the Alloy Orchestra is the group to teach you. This standout ensemble, featuring masters of myriad musical styles and pioneers of alternative silent film music, is a regular at the Telluride Film Festival and the Motion Picture Academy. PHOTOS: Movies Sneaks 2013 Now you can hear the orchestra perform in two separate Monday shows in the intimate confines of the Cinefamily Theater at 611 Fairfax Ave. First up at 7:30 p.m. is one of the great classics of the silent horror world, the 1925 Lon Chaney-starring "The Phantom of the Opera.
March 12, 2013 |
AUSTIN, Texas - A San Francisco start-up that created a tiny motion-sensing device is making a big splash at South by Southwest, overshadowing major tech brands and scores of new apps with its promise of changing how consumers interact with their computers. In its debut appearance at the conference known more as a music and film festival, Leap Motion Inc. wowed attendees with its "Minority Report"-style gesture-recognition controller, which enables users to manipulate what's on their screens with a wave of the hand or lift of a finger.
February 23, 2013 |
When the Academy Award for original score is announced Sunday night, there will be joy and disappointment - and Monday morning quarterbacking. Some years the most important score is recognized, as in 1946 when Miklos Rozsa won for "Spellbound. " Or consider when the most important pre-"Star Wars" score, Max Steiner's epic "Gone With the Wind," did not, in fact, win. That statuette went to Herbert Stothart for the underscoring to "The Wizard of Oz. " (Then again, who today could even choose between those two, not to mention the amazing group of 1939 films whose scores were nominated?
January 15, 2013 |
The new musical “Big Fish” has itself reeled in a big catch: the Neil Simon Theatre. Based on Daniel Wallace's 1998 novel and the 2003 film directed by Tim Burton, the in-development production has had its eye on Broadway for several years; with a theater now secured, it's set to open Oct. 6 in New York. Directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, who has five Tony wins under her belt, “Big Fish” will star two-time Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz (“Catch Me If You Can,” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”)
December 24, 2012 |
This story has been updated. See below. Few things are more carefully choreographed than a movie musical, but director Tom Hooper wanted to steep his big-screen adaptation of "Les Misérables" in some gritty reality. So he took a page from Ridley Scott's war film "Black Hawk Down. " At Pinewood Studios outside London, he set up a scene in which 30 student revolutionaries and scores of background players construct a blockade to stave off the French army in 19th century Paris.
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November 18, 2012 |
Richard Robbins, the composer who created memorable scores for such films as "A Room With a View," "Howards End" and "The Remains of the Day" during a quarter-century collaboration with director James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant, has died. He was 71. Robbins died Nov. 7 at his home in Rhinebeck, N.Y., of Parkinson's disease, said Michael Schell, his longtime partner. Robbins created the score for nearly every Merchant Ivory film from "The Europeans" in 1979 to "The White Countess" in 2005.