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October 15, 1998 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Composer Rachel Portman didn't realize what she was getting into when she met with director Jonathan Demme about creating the score for "Beloved." She knew the film, which opens Friday, was the kind of challenging project that could stimulate the creative juices of any composer. But she didn't find out how challenging until Demme told her what he had in mind. "He told me there was one proviso," Portman recalled recently during a break from recording in a Burbank studio.
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October 15, 1998 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Composer Rachel Portman didn't realize what she was getting into when she met with director Jonathan Demme about creating the score for "Beloved." She knew the film, which opens Friday, was the kind of challenging project that could stimulate the creative juices of any composer. But she didn't find out how challenging until Demme told her what he had in mind. "He told me there was one proviso," Portman recalled recently during a break from recording in a Burbank studio.
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December 3, 2008 | Susan King
Rachel Portman, who provided the bold, haunting score for the period drama "The Duchess," says every project has its own character -- "a world that it lives within. I probably approach every film fresh." Portman, the first woman to win an original score Oscar -- for her lilting work on 1996's "Emma" -- notes that with a period film such as "The Duchess," she avoided "using certain harmonies that would make it sound too contemporary." But she still wanted to go big with it.
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March 5, 2008 | From the Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS -- The world of Laura Ingalls Wilder's popular "Little House on the Prairie" books will come to life this summer at the Guthrie Theater. A musical based on the books about Wilder's pioneering Midwest family will have its world premiere Aug. 15. Previews start July 26. Performances run through Oct. 5. "If ever there was a subject matter that suited our region, it is Laura Ingalls Wilder's books," Guthrie director Joe Dowling said at a "Little House" sneak peek Tuesday.
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March 25, 1997
Visual Effects: Volker Engel, Douglas Smith, Clay Pinney and Joseph Viskocil, "Independence Day." * Film Editing: "The English Patient," Walter Murch. * Cinematography: "The English Patient," John Seale. * Foreign Film: "Kolya," Czech Republic. * Original Song: "You Must Love Me" from "Evita," Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. * Documentary Feature: "When We Were Kings," Leon Gast and David Sonenberg.
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April 6, 2005 | Chris Pasles, Times Staff Writer
Antoine de Saint-Exupery's "The Little Prince" is a wondrous child's story beloved by adults. Rachel Portman's opera version, to be broadcast on KCET tonight at 9, keeps much of the book's tender magic intact, even though it eliminates a few episodes, simplifies the ideas and exteriorizes what is basically an interior narrative. The broadcast version is an adaptation of the 2003 premiere production at Houston Grand Opera, directed with touching simplicity and sincerity by Francesca Zambello.
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August 5, 2002 | JOSH FRIEDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Romantic movie music can be a silky cliche, coming on like heavy cologne, or it can seduce the viewer in subtler ways. Some of the best composers in the movie business share their seduction secrets in tonight's episode of "Music: Behind the Scenes" (7 and 10 p.m., Bravo), the third installment in a revealing six-part series. In the coming weeks the show focuses on music for suspense films, chase scenes and independent cinema.
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March 26, 2000
KENNETH TURAN'S OSCAR PICKS THE BIG EIGHT Picture: "American Beauty" (Bruce Cohen, Dan Jinks, producers) Actor: Kevin Spacey ("American Beauty") Actress Hilary Swank ("Boys Don't Cry") Director: Sam Mendes ("American Beauty") Supporting Actor: Michael Caine ("The Cider House Rules") Supporting Actress: Angelina Jolie ("Girl, Interrupted") Original Screenplay: "American Beauty" (Alan Ball) Adapted Screenplay: "The Cider House Rules" (John Irving) THE REST Foreign-Language Film: "East-West"
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July 31, 2012 | By Alex Pham
Warner/Chappell, the music publishing arm of Warner Music Group, has acquired the copyrights of film scores from hundreds of Miramax movies, including "Good Will Hunting," "The Cider House Rules," "Gangs of New York" and "Finding Neverland. " Terms of the deal, announced Tuesday morning, were not disclosed. The acquisition includes the publishing rights as well as the master recordings of scores in Miramax's entire catalog of more than 700 films. "The digital age continues to create new ways for music to be licensed, whether it's on YouTube, games or TV shows," Cameron Strang, chairman of Warner/Chappell, said in an interview.
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December 18, 1996 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
There is a core of substance in "Marvin's Room," and persuasive acting to back it up. Which makes it a special pity that the filmmakers didn't trust viewers to have the necessary intelligence to figure that out for themselves. Instead of clarity and restraint, Jerry Zaks, a respected theater director in his film debut, has chosen to emphasize the piece's gimmicky cornball humor.
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December 16, 1992 | MICHAEL WILMINGTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Used People" (AMC Century 14) is set in 1969 Queens, and the movie makers let us breathe it all in. Delicatessens, parks, cozy little ristorantes, family squabbles, the Amazin' Met stretch drive blaring from TVs and radios, and a honey of sunlight on the streets: That's how the late '60s are seen. And watching the care and delight with which this past is recaptured can give us a sweet little buzz. The movie is goofy and charming.
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