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  • Chart Highlights: JoJo Jumps Back To Pop Songs

    JoJo Levesque charts her first Pop Songs hit since 2007 with "Disaster," the lead single from her forthcoming third album, "Jumping Trains."
    Posted to The Business of Music by Billboard.com The Feed on Tue, Jan 3 2012
  • D'Angelo Covers Soundgarden's 'Black Hole Sun:' Listen

    D'Angelo covers Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" on 2010 recorded demo track.
    Posted to The Business of Music by Billboard.com The Feed on Tue, Jan 3 2012
  • Dutch Crew Relies on Anton/Bauer Solar Powered Batteries to Cover the 2012 Dakar Rally

    On Jan. 1 an estimated 456 drivers of specially designed off-road motorcycles, cars and trucks began a grueling race from the Atlantic coastal resort town of Mar del Plata, Argentina to Peru’s capital, Lima, as part of the 2012 Dakar Rally off-road automobile...
    Posted to Below The Line by Below the Line on Tue, Jan 3 2012
  • Contender – Production Designer Patrizia Von Brandenstein, Albert Nobbs

    When I ask production designer, Patrizia Von Brandenstein what her mindset is when she begins a period project she immediately answers, “Terror.” It needn’t be. Patrizia (she’s earned first-name treatment) is a legendary production designer who has demonstrated...
    Posted to Below The Line by Below the Line on Tue, Jan 3 2012
  • Contender – Director of Photography Dariusz Wolski, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

    Director of photography Dariusz Wolski has been the cinematographer on all four of the visually-spectacular Pirates of the Caribbean blockbusters, devoting much of the last nine years to the series, During gaps between the productions, he has also lensed...
    Posted to Below The Line by Below the Line on Tue, Jan 3 2012
  • Contender – Editor Michael Kahn, War Horse

    Starting his career editing the comedy series, Hogan's Heroes , editor Michael Kahn , A.C.E. has become one of the most honored editors in motion picture history with seven Oscar nominations and three Oscar wins for editing Raiders of the Lost Ark...
    Posted to Below The Line by Below the Line on Tue, Jan 3 2012
  • Decide Who Gets to Talk to the Sundance Institute: Vote for Indiewire's December Project of the Month!

    December is now over, and it's time to choose one of our Projects of the Week to be named December's Project of the Month. The project that receives the most votes for Project of the Month will receive a consultation from the Sundance Institute! Voting will be open until Friday January 6 at 11 AM. Go here to vote for December's Project of the Month! The links to more information about each project are below. Good luck to all of the filmmakers! "The Jacques Bolsey Project" This documentary is a real life "Hugo" story. In 2004, a film student stumbles upon some boxes that had belonged to her great-grandfather and had been sitting in the basement for decades since his sudden death. She discovers that he was the inventor of the Bolex camera, one of the most iconic cameras of all time. Who was this forgotten man, with hundreds of inventions, three last names and an archive of drawings and plans? A story of a Renaissance man who...
    Posted to Indieville by Indiewire on Tue, Jan 3 2012
  • Why 'Kill List' Is Our VOD Pick of the Week and Other Movies You Should Watch at Home

    "Kill List," the sophomore effort of British director Ben Wheatley ("Down Terrace"), has been unsettling audiences since first premiering at last year's SXSW Film Festival. The nerve-racking thriller, voted the best horror film of 2011 by Bloody Disgusting, hits VOD January 4th via IFC Films. It's our VOD pick of the week. What It's About: "Kill List" follows Jay (Neil Maskell), an ex-soldier turned contract killer who is pressured into a new assignment by his old partner following a disastrous hit job in Kiev. As they set out on their latest series of hits, it soon becomes clear that Jay isn't mentally fit for the job despite being handy with a gun (and other killing instruments). It all builds to a horrifying climax sure to leave you talking for days. What Indiewire Had to Say: "The narrative works so well on that level that it's practically a letdown when Wheatley abruptly shifts gears in the final scenes, heading...
    Posted to Indieville by Indiewire on Tue, Jan 3 2012
  • Todd Haynes Talks 'Mildred Pierce,' Our DVD Pick of the Week

    Todd Haynes began his career as a daring provocateur with "Poison" 20 years ago. While he continued to work against the grain, from "Safe" to "I'm Not There," as his profile has grown, so has the visibility of his projects. There is no greater example than his latest effort, a sprawling five-part adaptation of James M. Cain's 1941 novel, "Mildred Pierce." With Kate Winslet in the role that won an Oscar for Joan Crawford in 1945, the series garnered some of the best notices of Haynes' career. [Editor's Note: This interview with Todd Haynes originally ran prior to the premiere of "Mildred Pierce" on HBO last April. The complete mini-series comes out on DVD and Blu-ray today and it's our DVD pick of the week. Go here to see what else is hitting DVD and Blu-ray this week.] Although "Mildred Pierce" involves none of cinematic trickery associated with the majority of Haynes's career, it still...
    Posted to Indieville by Indiewire on Tue, Jan 3 2012
  • "Bridesmaids" In, "Extremely Loud" Out With 2012 PGA Award Nominations

    The Producers Guild of America have announced the nominations for the 23rd Annual Producers Guild Awards. The 10 theatrical motion picture nominees included the expected mix of Oscar favorites -- "The Artist," "The Descendants," "The Help," "Hugo," "Midnight in Paris," "Moneyball" and "War Horse" -- as well a few surprises. "Bridesmaids," "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" and "The Ides of March," all of which were seen as long shots for a best picture nomination at the Oscars, got a significant boost in that regard by receiving nominations from the PGA. Not included? Stephen Daldry's "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," which has quickly seen its Oscar chances weaken from potential frontrunner status to an unlikely inclusion. Also snubbed were "The Tree of Life," "Drive," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2"...
    Posted to Indieville by Indiewire on Tue, Jan 3 2012
  • Van Halen Sets NYC Show, Teases Album Release

    Reunited rockers Van Halen will invade New York's Cafe Wha? on Thursday night (Jan. 5). The show will precede a 2012 tour as well as a new album, which may or may not be arriving on Feb. 7.
    Posted to The Business of Music by Billboard.com The Feed on Tue, Jan 3 2012
  • Van Halen Sets NYC Show, Hints Album Release

    Reunited rockers Van Halen will invade New York's Cafe Wha? on Thursday night (Jan. 5). The show will precede a 2012 tour as well as a new album, which may or may not be arriving on Feb. 7.
    Posted to The Business of Music by Billboard.com The Feed on Tue, Jan 3 2012
  • Lady Gaga's NYE Wardrobe: Versace, Crystals & Capes

    Mother monster lit up televisions all over the world on "*** Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" in Times Square on Saturday night. From a royal crystal covered gown to a villainess crystal covered creation, Gaga rang in the New Year...
    Posted to The Business of Music by Billboard.com The Feed on Tue, Jan 3 2012
  • Project of the Day: Profile of Whittaker Chambers, Author of Spiritual Classic 'Witness'

    Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. "The Whittaker Chambers Story" Tweetable Logline: Feature-length documentary about Whittaker Chambers: journalist, theologian, and writer of the political and spiritual classic "Witness" Elevator Pitch: A feature-length documentary about Whittaker Chambers, whose book Witness is a political and spiritual classic. Chambers had insight into the human condition that transcended his time. He was a member of the communist party in the 1920s but after years of secrecy revealed his past - and fingered Alger Hiss. The Chambers-Hiss case was the trial of the 20th Century; the story had espionage, revenge, thrilling escapes and even a subtext of homosexuality. More than a simple spy story from the 1950s, the Chambers story touches...
    Posted to Indieville by Indiewire on Tue, Jan 3 2012
  • Congrats to "Graceland," IW's Project of the Week!

    Thanks to your votes, the kidnapping drama "Graceland" won this weekend's Project of the Week contest. Congratulations to director Ron Morales. The filmmaker will receive a digital distribution consultation from SnagFilms and is now officially a candidate for Project of the Month. That winner will be awarded with a consultation from the Sundance Institute. Here's what the project's about: Marlon Villar, a family man, is the long-time personal driver of Manuel Changho, a corrupt politician in Metro Manila, Philippines. While driving Mr. Changho’s *** daughter Sophia, together with his own daughter Elvie, the three become the target of a kidnapping attempt. When the wrong girl is taken, Marlon’s life takes a sudden and violent turn which propels him into a downward spiral of deception. As events unravel, Marlon, Mr. Changho, and their families become entangled in a web of lies and corruption that will leave no one...
    Posted to Indieville by Indiewire on Tue, Jan 3 2012
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