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Pussy Riot documentary directors talk about the tribulations (and trial) of the art collective-cum-punk band

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Last year, Pussy Riot members Nadia Tolokonnikova, Masha Alyokhina, and Katia Samutsevich made expletive-heavy headlines when they were arrested and then imprisoned after the punk band-cum-art collective performed the song “Mother of God, Drive Putin Out” in a Moscow cathedral. The trio’s story is detailed in a new documentary, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, which is screening on HBO, June 10, and seeks to both contextualize the group and humanize the three arrested members, two of whom are still serving out their sentences in penal colonies.

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Hans Zimmer will score Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar'

Epic music maestro Hans Zimmer is teaming up with Christopher Nolan yet again. The composer will write the score for Nolan’s  Interstellar. Collider first reported the news.

Zimmer told Collider that he has actually already started doing some writing for the music of Interstellar, which doesn’t hit theaters until Nov. 7, 2014. Described as a “heroic interstellar voyage to the furthest reaches of our scientific understanding,” Interstellar is a time travel epic based on scientific theories developed by American physicist Kip Thorne, who will executive produce. Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, and Michael Caine (of course) have been attached to star.
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Sounds like a Summer Movie: How 'Star Trek' uses music to move you (and made you cry)

After exploring how children’s electric cars and remote-controlled jets were instrumental for creating the sounds of Iron Man’s suit in Iron Man 3, the second installment of our new series Sounds Like a Summer Movie takes a look at how music is used for dramatic impact in Star Trek Into Darkness. And it is used a lot: Sound mixer Will Files, who first worked with director J.J. Abrams on Cloverfield, estimates there’s music over 75 to 80 percent of the film. Once again, Abrams used longtime collaborator Michael Giacchino, who won an Oscar for scoring Up. “J.J. and Michael take a pretty classic approach to scoring a film in that it’s more about the emotional beats in a scene and trying to figure out which character’s perspective you are trying to play in that moment, who you are trying to connect the audience with,” Files says. “Because of that, you end up with something that is not quite as generically action movie-oriented. You have a score that’s much more lyrical because it’s playing these broader strokes of emotion rather than the minutia of the actual action that’s happening on the screen.”  READ FULL STORY

Julianne Moore gets her rock star on: Listen to the full soundtrack of 'What Maisie Knew'; Plus an exclusive clip

You’ve seen Julianne Moore play a lawyer, a housewife, a mother, and a post-apocalyptic survivor, but not until now have you seen her play a rock star.

For indie drama What Maisie Knew, Moore had to learn the swagger and the singing skills of a rocker. She plays Susanna, one half of the pair of negligent, self-involved parents of young Maisie (Onata Aprile). When Susanna and her art dealer husband (Steve Coogan) divorce, Maisie gets shuffled back and forth between the two of them, and soon her two new stepparents (Alexander Skarsgård and Joanna Vanderham) come to care for her more than her childish parents do.

Real-life rock group The Kills became Susanna’s band for the film. Moore sings with them for two songs on the soundtrack, “Night Train” and “Hook and Line.” READ FULL STORY

Jeff Bridges talks about this summer's supernatural action-comedy 'R.I.P.D.' (and why 'the Dude' would enjoy it)

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Jeff Bridges is best known for appearing in dramas such as 2009’s Crazy Heart, which garnered the actor an Oscar, and the Coen brothers’ 1998 noir-stoner comedy classic The Big Lebowski, which garnered him an army of “Duderino”-quoting fans. But Bridges’ filmography also features a surprisingly large amount of sci-fi and fantasy movies, including 1976’s King Kong remake, 1984’s Starman,  the two Tron movies,  the first Iron Man film, and now this summer’s Robert Schwentke-directed R.I.P.D., in which he and Ryan Reynolds play dead, but still extremely active, law enforcers.

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Ryan Gosling's 'How to Catch a Monster' and other pre-Cannes deals -- UPDATED

The Cannes Film Festival doesn’t begin in earnest until tomorrow, when The Great Gatsby opens the prestigious 12-day cinematic showcase and the shiniest of celebrities descend on the luxurious Mediterranean resort, but the Cannes film market is already revving on all cylinders. Warner Bros. is reportedly on the verge of acquiring the U.S. rights to How to Catch a Monster, Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut that he’ll also star in, along with Eva Mendes, Saoirse Ronan, and Christina Hendricks. The fantasy film is still in production, but as Deadline originally reported, the weight of Warner Bros. will likely boost interest in the film’s international rights when buyers convene at Cannes next week.

UPDATE: Click below for other high-profile deals from Cannes.

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'Gravity' trailer: George Clooney and Sandra Bullock are stranded in space!

It’s been a long wait for anyone following the development of Alfonso Cuarón’s space thriller Gravity. The film, which stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts on a Space Shuttle mission, was originally set to be released in November 2012, but despite years of buzz, it wasn’t until this week that some footage from the movie finally hit the web. Now, we have the film’s first trailer.

In the spot,  Bullock and Clooney bask in the striking view of Earth, while some soft piano and violin set the scene for the beautiful and serene surroundings — until everything changes. The space shuttle is destroyed while the two astronauts are on a spacewalk, and they’re left stranded in 372 miles above Earth.

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Justin Timberlake gets backing for Neil Bogart biopic, 'Spinning Gold'

The long-in-development biopic Spinning Gold, about music producer Neil Bogart, has finally found a financier. Foresight Unlimited has come aboard the project to produce, finance, and handle worldwide sales.

Justin Timberlake is set to produce and also star as Bogart, a 1970s music industry icon who promoted the careers of such artists as KISS, Donna Summer, and the Village People before he died at age 39. His son, Timothy Scott Bogart, wrote the script for the biopic. Dreamgirls producer Laurence Mark, who earned an Oscar nomination for Jerry Maguire, will also produce. READ FULL STORY

'Man of Steel': Listen to clips from the score by Hans Zimmer

The official soundtrack for Man of Steel is now available for pre-sale on Amazon, and with the pre-sale comes clips of the score by epic movie music maestro Hans Zimmer.

Fans got an early listen to the score in the third preview for the movie, a rather nostalgic, adventure-ready trailer that brought to mind so many beloved moments in Superman’s story more so than the previous previews that highlighted the more gritty, Dark Knight-esque feel that Man of Steel seems to be introducing to the franchise. Helping evoke that tone was steadily building, triumphant music by Zimmer — that trailer music is the third track on the album. But judging from the brief clips now available of each track, the full score has both grand, epic and solemn, meditative tracks that should help create the action-packed yet also character-driven and contemplative movie Man of Steel is aiming to be.
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Tribeca: The National documentary set to open film festival -- Watch the trailer

When the members of indie rock band The National set out on tour, the last thing they expected was for the brother of frontman Matt Berninger to tag along with his camera. But that’s exactly what Tom Berninger did for his directorial debut, Mistaken for Strangers, a “self-mockumentary” that follows the members of band around in every aspect of their lives on tour. From the stage to the shower, Tom spares no expense (or privacy) in his film. He also asks the hard-hitting questions: “How famous do you think you are?” “How fast can you play [the guitar]?” “What kind of drugs and how many drugs have you done?”

The result is a film just as much about Tom’s journey to complete a project as it is about the band. As Tom puts it in the film’s trailer, “I just want to make something good for him [his brother] as well as myself.”

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