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Songwriter Taura Stinson on how original ‘Just Look Up’ from ‘Don’t Look Up’ is the ultimate tune for the end of the world [Exclusive Video Interview]

Songwriter Taura Stinson on how original ‘Just Look Up’ from ‘Don’t Look Up’ is the ultimate tune for the end of the world [Exclusive Video Interview]
“It was a bit of a challenge, thinking ‘oh my gosh,’ how are we going to pull it all off? I really wasn’t sure until I saw it, and said ‘oh my goodness,’ it was everything that I thought it would be,” acclaimed songwriter Taura Stinson admits about writing a song for the end of the world, and the light-bulb moment that led to the song “Just Look Up,” from “Don’t Look Up,” Netflix’s dark apocalyptic satire.

“We had to perform it at the last concert ever. The song has to be beautiful; it has to be something that people are going to sing along with,” she explains. “It is going to have to be something that is both a ballad and believable, but it also is going to be grim and end in disaster and tell us all about ourselves.”

We talked with Stinson as part of
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‘Moon Knight’ Trailer Reveals Oscar Isaac as Marvel’s Newest Superhero

‘Moon Knight’ Trailer Reveals Oscar Isaac as Marvel’s Newest Superhero
Marvel Studios unveiled the first trailer for its Disney Plus series “Moon Knight” on Monday night, officially launching the 2022 slate for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

In “Moon Knight,” premiering on March 30, Oscar Isaac plays Marc Spector, an ex-soldier with a profound case of dissociative identity disorder that manifests as fully distinct individuals. He becomes the conduit for the Egyptian moon god Khonshu, which only further exacerbates Marc’s anxiety over his mental illness.

In the trailer, set to Kid Cudi’s “Day ‘n’ Night,” Marc can’t tell the difference between his normal life and his dreams. He plays with a Rubik’s cube, unable to fall asleep, only to jump out of bed in a panic with his foot chained to his bed — though he seemingly forgets he was the one who restrained himself the night before. After visiting a museum on ancient Egypt, he sees a vision of
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‘King Richard’, ‘The Harder They Fall’ dominate Aafca winners

‘King Richard’, ‘The Harder They Fall’ dominate Aafca winners
Will Smith, Jennifer Hudson, Corey Hawkins, Aunjanue Ellis take acting honours

King Richard and The Harder They Fall are the big winners with the African American Film Critics Association (Aafca), earning four awards apiece.

King Richard won for best actor (Will Smith), supporting actress (Aunjanue Ellis), breakout actor (Saniyya Sidney) and emerging director (Reinaldo Marcus Green), while The Harder They Fall took best picture, best ensemble, best music and best director (Samuel).

Jennifer Hudson took the best actress award for Respect, while the supporting actor award went to Corey Hawkins from The Tragedy Of Macbeth, Adam McKay won the screenplay
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‘The Harder They Fall’ Wins Best Picture at African American Film Critics Association Awards

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‘The Harder They Fall’ Wins Best Picture at African American Film Critics Association Awards
The Harder They Fall” won top honors at this year’s African American Film Critics Association (Aafca) awards, taking home the prize for best picture. The Netflix western led the field alongside Warner Bros.’ “King Richard,” with both releases netting four awards across all categories.

Along with best picture, “The Harder They Fall” also won awards in best director for Jeymes Samuel; best music for Samuel, Kid Cudi and Jay-Z; and best ensemble. Meanwhile, “King Richard” landed wins in best actor for Will Smith, best supporting actress for Aunjanue Ellis, breakout actor for Saniyya Sidney and emerging director for Reinaldo Marcus Green.

Other major wins from the awards boy included Jennifer Hudson in “Respect” for best actress, Corey Hawkins in “The Tragedy of Macbeth” for best supporting actor and “Don’t Look Up” for best screenplay. The winners will be honored at the group’s 13th annual awards ceremony on March
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Will Smith, Jennifer Hudson, ‘The Harder They Fall’ Among Winners At Aafca Awards

Will Smith, Jennifer Hudson, ‘The Harder They Fall’ Among Winners At Aafca Awards
Will Smith of King Richard and Jennifer Hudson of Respect re among the winners of the 13th annual African American Film Critics Association Awards. Winners will be feted on March 2 in Los Angeles. The Harder They Fall matched King Richard‘s four wins including best film, best ensemble, best music and best director for Jeymes Samuel.

Smith was honored as the Aafca’s best actor for his portrayal of Richard Williams in King Richard. The film, which tells the story of Venus and Serena Williams’ father, also earned nods for Aunjanue Ellis (best supporting actress), Saniyya Sidney (breakout actor); and Reinaldo Marcus Green (emerging director).

The Western The Harder They Fall follows an outlaw who reunites his old gang after his enemy is released from prison. It stars Jonathan Majors, Idris Elba, Regina King, Zazie Beats, Lakeith Stanfield, and Edi Gathegi.

“It’s been a fantastic year for film,” said
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Leo Berne and Raphael Rodriguez (‘Censor of Dreams’) on making Sigmund Freud’s theory literal [Exclusive Video Interview]

Leo Berne and Raphael Rodriguez (‘Censor of Dreams’) on making Sigmund Freud’s theory literal [Exclusive Video Interview]
The live-action short film from writers and directors Léo Berne and Raphaël Rodriguez, “Censor of Dreams” (also known as “Le Censeur des Rêves”) had its world premiere at the 2021 Warsaw Film Festival and focuses on a team of people who try to block their host’s painful dreams and memories. After winning the Academy Award-qualifying Grand Prize at the aforenamed festival, the Iconoclast-produced film has now been shortlisted for the 2022 Oscars. In our exclusive video (watch above), Berne and Rodriguez shed light on the process of making the well-known titular theory literal, of trimming dialogue from their original screenplay, and of creating fiction versus directing music videos and commercials.

See 2022 Oscars shortlists in 10 categories: International Feature Film, Documentary Feature, Original Song, Score …

Inspired by the book “Yume no ken’estukan” by Japanese author Yasutaka Tsutsui, “Censor of Dreams” takes a brief glimpse into the life of a man
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Ti West Returns with Porn-Themed Horror X [Trailer]

Ti West Returns with Porn-Themed Horror X [Trailer]
It's been a few year's since we've seen a new movie from Ti West but the director of The House of the Devil, The Inkeepers, and The Sacrament is back with what looks like another innovative horror film: X.

The movie stars Jenna Ortega, Kid Cudi, Brittany Snow, Mia Goth and Martin Henderson as a group of amateur creators who head out to rural Texas and rent a dilapidated cottage where they're going to make their mind-blowing porn flick. As one might expect, they get far more than they bargained for when one of the owners turns out to be a creepy old lady who may be possessed - or the devil incarnate, hard to tell other than to know for sure that shit is about to get very ugly.

West is never one to stick to convention and the fact that this
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Porn Stars Get XXX-ecuted in Trailer for A24 Horror Movie ‘X’

Porn Stars Get XXX-ecuted in Trailer for A24 Horror Movie ‘X’
A24, the film distributor behind horror hits like “Hereditary,” “Midsommar,” “The Witch” and more, has unveiled its latest bloody thriller — and it’s simply titled “X.”

The trailer launched Wednesday and its logline reads as follows: “At a secluded farmhouse in Texas, a film crew arrives to shoot an adult film. Their hosts, a reclusive elderly couple, take a special interest in their young guests. As night falls, the couple’s leering interest turns violent.”

The cast includes Mia Goth, who’s starred in horror films and thrillers including Luca Guadagnino’s “Suspiria,” Claire Denis’ “High Life” and Gore Verbinski’s “A Cure for Wellness,” as well as the period romantic comedy “Emma.” “X” also features Scott Mescudi, also known as rapper Kid Cudi, who recently appeared in Netflix’s “Don’t Look Up,” “Bill and Ted Face the Music” and the HBO series “We Are Who We Are.” Brittany Snow,
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Oscars’ Original Song Shortlist Is Long on Star Power

Oscars’ Original Song Shortlist Is Long on Star Power
The Oscars’ original song shortlist — 15 tunes that will vie for the final five nomination slots come Feb. 8 — may be the most star-studded in Academy history. Is the Motion Picture Academy’s music branch smitten by such A-list names, or did 2021 just happen to be a particularly strong year for well-known recording stars or high-powered writers? It’s hard to say, but one thing is for sure: the 375 members who get to vote on the nominees have a glittering array of choices.

Leading the list is Billie Eilish’s “No Time to Die,” the theme for the James Bond film that finally arrived in October and marks Daniel Craig’s swan song as 007. She’s already won the Grammy for movie song, not to mention a Golden Globe, and Eilish and her co-writer Finneas are certain to be nominated. If she wins, it will mark the third consecutive Bond film
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Gus Van Sant Boards Academy Award Shorts Contender ‘Censor Of Dreams’ as Executive Producer (Exclusive)

Gus Van Sant Boards Academy Award Shorts Contender ‘Censor Of Dreams’ as Executive Producer (Exclusive)
Milk” director Gus Van Sant has boarded Academy Award contender “Censor Of Dreams” as an executive producer.

The live action short, which has been shortlisted for an Academy Award, is directed by Léo Berne (Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money”) and Raphaël Rodriguez and stars Damien Bonnard (“Les Misérables”) and Alexis Rodney (“Guardians of the Galaxy”).

The 17-minute film won the Oscars-qualifying Grand Prix at the Warsaw Film Festival.

Inspired by Yasutaka Tsutsui’s book “Yume no ken’estukan” (“The Censor of Dreams”), the film tells the story of a mysterious “Censor” who moulds memories into dreams.

“Dreams, like cinema, are inspired fictions that have something to tell us,” said Berne and Rodriguez. “‘Censor of Dreams’ was built on an image that touches us in particular, and that carries as much joy as sorrow, the dream visit of a loved one who has disappeared.”

Berne and Rodriguez have previously
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Nicholas Britell Leads Nominations for Society of Composers & Lyricists Awards

Nicholas Britell Leads Nominations for Society of Composers & Lyricists Awards
Nicholas Britell has a leading three nominations from the Society of Composers & Lyricists Awards, with Tuesday’s announcement of this year’s nominees for music in visual media finding Britell in contention for both song and score for his work on Adam McKay’s satire “Don’t Look Up,” as well as a nom for TV score for “Succession.”

The Scl’s third annual awards program is slated for Feb. 1 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

Women composers and songwriters had a surprisingly strong showing this year. Fifteen of the 35 individuals nominated, or nearly 43% of the total, are female. They are nominees in all six competitive categories, and took all three slots for the newly established David Raksin Award for emerging talent.

Four contenders received two nominations each: Jonny Greenwood, Kid Cudi (songs in “Don’t Look Up” and “The Harder They Fall”), Germaine Franco (scores for “Encanto” and the
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On-Air Film Review: Objects Appear Closer! ‘Don’t Look Up’

On-Air Film Review: Objects Appear Closer! ‘Don’t Look Up’
Chicago – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on The Eddie Volkman Show on Wssr-fm on December 30th, 2021, reviewing the new Adam McKay film satire “Don’t Look Up,” currently streaming on Netflix.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

A young astro physicist named Kate (Jennifer Lawrence) discovers a civilization ending comet heading on a collision course for earth, and gets her mentor Professor Randall (Leonardo DiCaprio) to warn the president (Meryl Streep) and the media (represented by morning host portrayed by Cate Blanchett) that we have to do something, but there is another faction in America … including the president … that believes we’ll be fine if we “don’t look up.”

Don’t Look Up” is currently streaming on Netflix. Featuring Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Jonah Hill, Tyler Perry, Adriana Grande and Kid Cudi. Screenplay and directed by Adam McKay. Rated “R”

Click here for Patrick McDonald’s full on-air review of “Don’t Look Up
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Ariana Grande Improvised Best Line in ‘Don’t Look Up’ Parody Song with Kid Cudi

Ariana Grande Improvised Best Line in ‘Don’t Look Up’ Parody Song with Kid Cudi
Ariana Grande doesn’t just sing the apocalyptic arena anthem in the Netflix satire Don’t Look Up, she ad-libbed its most memorable line.

During a run-through of her delirious duet with co-star Kid Cudi, her on-screen DJ boyfriend, Grande started throwing out off-the-cuff lyrics that writer-director Adam McKay instantly recognized as comedic gold, he said in a behind-the-scenes interview shared by Netflix Film Club.

“Ariana Grande most certainly did improvise. Her best improv was when she sang the song for the first time,” McKay says in the new clip.

“She
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15 Netflix Original Series to Be Excited About in 2022

15 Netflix Original Series to Be Excited About in 2022
Another year, another slew of Netflix original series. In 2022, the streaming giant is set to debut a number of its most buzzed-about returning programs, including “Russian Doll” Season 2, “Stranger Things” Season 4, “Bridgerton” Season 2, “The Crown” Season 5, and the final, super-sized season of “Ozark” — in two parts! But beyond the originals with which fans are already well-acquainted, Netflix continues to launch new series hoping to become just as sought-after in years to come.

IndieWire has pared down the list to a manageable size, and even then, there are quite a few debut shows to look forward to, from Shonda Rhimes’ first original series under her Netflix overall deal to long-awaited adaptations of “Magic: The Gathering,” “Resident Evil,” and “The Sandman.” In between are plenty of auteur-driven premieres, featuring new horror stories from genre maestros Mike Flanagan, Tim Burton, and Guillermo del Toro. Stars like Kristen Bell, Kid Cudi, and Mike Myers are heading to streaming,
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Oscars Predictions: Best Original Song – Beyoncé, Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande and Diane Warren Seek Academy Gold

Oscars Predictions: Best Original Song – Beyoncé, Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande and Diane Warren Seek Academy Gold
Variety's Awards Circuit is home to the official predictions for the upcoming Oscars and Emmys ceremonies from film awards editor Clayton Davis. Following history, buzz, news, reviews and sources, the Oscar and Emmy predictions are updated regularly with the current year's list of contenders in all categories. Variety's Awards Circuit Prediction schedule consists of four phases, running all year long: Draft, Pre-Season, Regular Season and Post Season. The eligibility calendar and dates of awards will determine how long each phase lasts and is subject to change.

To see all the latest predictions, of all the categories, in one place, visit The Oscars Collective

Visit each category, per the individual awards show from The Oscars Hub

Revisit the prediction archive of the 2021 season The Archive

Link to television awards is atTHE Emmys Hub

2022 Oscars Predictions:

Best Original Song

Updated: Dec 29, 2021

Awards Prediction Commentary: This will probably be the most important race
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Netflix Top 10: All Other Films Looking Up At ‘Don’t Look Up’; ‘The Witcher’ Beguiles TV Side

Netflix Top 10: All Other Films Looking Up At ‘Don’t Look Up’; ‘The Witcher’ Beguiles TV Side
It’s a bird! It’s a plane!! No, it’s a … comet heading right toward us!!!

Adam McKay’s star-laden Don’t Look Up leads the Netflix Top 10 movie list for the week ending December 26, as viewers sat tight and assessed to the tune of 111 million minutes in the pic’s first week.

In the film, astronomy grad student Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence) and her professor Dr. Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio) make an astounding discovery of a comet orbiting within the solar system. The problem — it’s on a direct collision course with Earth. The other problem? No one really seems to care. Turns out that warning mankind about a planet-killer the size of Mount Everest is an inconvenient fact to navigate.

Rob Morgan, Jonah Hill, Mark Rylance, Tyler Perry, Timothée Chalamet, Ron Perlman, Ariana Grande, Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi, Himesh Patel, Melanie Lynskey, Michael Chiklis and Tomer Sisley also star.
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Movie Review – Don’t Look Up (2021)

Movie Review – Don’t Look Up (2021)
Don’t Look Up, 2021. Written and Directed by Adam McKay. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Rob Morgan, Jonah Hill, Mark Rylance, Tyler Perry, Timothée Chalamet, Ron Perlman, Ariana Grande, Kid Cudi, Melanie Lynskey, Himesh Patel, Michael Chiklis, Tomer Sisley, Paul Guilfoyle, Robert Joy, Ashleigh Banfield, Gina Gershon, Meghan Leathers, Ross Partridge, […]

The post Movie Review – Don’t Look Up (2021) appeared first on Flickering Myth.
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Don’t Look Up Review: An All Star Apocalypse in Adam McKay’s Satire

Don’t Look Up Review: An All Star Apocalypse in Adam McKay’s Satire
What would you do if you knew an asteroid was going to crash into the Earth in six months time?

Lie, spin, profiteer, bicker, undermine the science, ignore the warnings and do nothing useful whatsoever according to Adam McKay’s bleak apocalyptic satire Don’t Look Up. In it Meryl Streep’s corrupt female Trump-alike president, flanked by her sniveling, useless Chief-of-staff son (Jonah Hill) are presented with so many end-of-the-world scenarios from climate change to pollution, terrorism to nuclear threat that it’s all reduced to optics and winning the midterms.

Do something! Do anything! McKay’s film screams. Or we might just fuck everything up.

That scream comes from the mouth of Jennifer’s Lawrence’s PhD student Kate Dibiasky, who discovers a comet around 9km wide which is on a collision course with Earth. This is a ‘planet killer’ and she and her professor, Dr. Randall Mindy
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Movie Review – Don’t Look Up (2021)

Movie Review – Don’t Look Up (2021)
Don’t Look Up, 2021. Written and Directed by Adam McKay. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Rob Morgan, Jonah Hill, Mark Rylance, Tyler Perry, Timothée Chalamet, Ron Perlman, Ariana Grande, Kid Cudi, Melanie Lynskey, Himesh Patel, Michael Chiklis, Tomer Sisley, Paul Guilfoyle, Robert Joy, Ashleigh Banfield, Gina Gershon, Meghan Leathers, Ross Partridge, […]

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Oscars 2022: Best Original Song Predictions

Oscars 2022: Best Original Song Predictions
Round up the usual suspects. The insular Academy music branch is known for leaning into their regulars (see 12-time nominee Diane Warren’s shortlisted song for Sundance indie “Four Good Days”) as well as unexpected surprises (Amazon’s shortlisted Idina Menzel song “Dream Girl” from “Cinderella”). Needless to say, Menzel has been to the Oscars before, belting out “Let It Go,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez’ Oscar winner from “Frozen.”

The Academy music branch also tends to fall for global pop stars who might turn up to perform at the Oscar kudocast. Inevitably, music stars scored shortlist slots, including for the second year in a row H.E.R., who sings “Automatic Woman” in Halle Berry’s directorial debut “Bruised” (Netflix). Another Netflix contender is Ariana Grande and Kid Cudi’s “Just Look Up” from “Don’t Look Up.” Ireland’s two-time song nominees Bono and U2 wrote and performed “Your Song Saved
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