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Jon Stewart and Jeremy Renner Talk KILL THE MESSENGER

Posted October 10, 2014

Jeremy Renner came on the The Daily Show to talk with Jon Stewart about KILL THE MESSENGER, and its amazing story about investigative reporter Gary Webb - and what happened to him. 

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Rosemarie DeWitt on Today Show

Posted October 09, 2014

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Rosemarie DeWitt showed up on the Today Show to chat with the whole gang about what it was like to play Jeremy Renner's wife in KILL THE MESSENGER. See what she says. 

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THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING Soundtrack Available 11/4

Posted October 09, 2014

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Back Lot Music/Universal Music announces the 11/4 release of THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING soundtrack -- both digitall and on CD -- with a score from acclaimed Icelandic Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson. Jóhannsson, who met TTOE director James Marsh in 2010, was fascinating by both the director and the subject. "I'm a big fan of James as director - ever since I saw Man on Wire years ago," recalls Jóhannsson, "and I have also always been fascinated by Stephen Hawking, both as a writer and theorist as well as a human being. I approached the music very much on emotional terms."  To create his score, Jóhannsson played with conceits inherent in the story. "It's a film about an astrophysicist, but it's in essence a love story," explains Jóhannsson. The music stems in a way from the tension between the Hawking the man and Hawking the scientist. Most of the score is derived from very simple elements that are announced in the first frames of the film -- a four-note piano ostinato which then slowly expands into more complex forms and appears and re-appears evolved, deconstructed and re-assembled in various renderings throughout the film."

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KILL THE MESSENGER Soundtrack On iTunes

Posted October 08, 2014

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Get the pulsing score for KILL THE MESSENGER today. Nathan Johnson, who previous distinguished himself with striking scores for films like Looper and Brick, composed the music for Michael Cuesta's political thriller starring Jeremy Renner. You can score your own copy of the soundtrack from Back Lot Music now at iTunes

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Jeremy Renner joins Jimmy Fallon to talk KILL THE MESSENGER

Posted October 08, 2014

Jeremy Renner came on The Tonight Show to talk with Jimmy Falllon about why KILL THE MESSENGER was his dream project. See why.  

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Jeremy Renner on Gary Webb's Legacy

Posted October 07, 2014

In this special featurette for The Hollywood Reporter, Jeremy Renner joins the KILL THE MESSENGER filmmakers and people who knew Webb to talk about this real life reporter and his legacy. Fascinating. 

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LAIKA and Focus Features Sign Up for Three More Movies

Posted October 03, 2014

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With THE BOXTROLLS in cinemas now, Focus CEO Peter Schlessel and LAIKA President and CEO Travis Knight announced that the two companies are joining forces for three more animated films. Focus opened THE BOXTROLLS nationwide last weekend to a $17.3 million gross, marking the biggest debut yet for a LAIKA movie. THE BOXTROLLS follows the successful and acclaimed Focus and LAIKA animated films CORALINE (2009) and PARANORMAN (2012), each of which grossed over $100 million worldwide. CORALINE earned Golden Globe, BAFTA, Critics' Choice, and Oscar nominations for Best Animated Feature Film; and was named one of the year's 10 Best Films by the American Film Institute (AFI) with an AFI Award. PARANORMAN was cited as best animated feature film by more critics' groups than any other 2012 animated feature; and earned BAFTA, Critics' Choice, and Oscar nominations for Best Animated Feature Film. Mr. Schlessel commented, "I am very pleased to continue our relationship with our friends at LAIKA. Travis and his company have elevated the art of animated films and we are proud to be part of their success." "Focus and LAIKA are kindred spirits," said Mr. Knight. "Over eight years and three films we've forged an incredible bond over a shared love for, and commitment to, bold, distinctive, and enduring stories. Peter and his superlative team have created a welcoming home for original voices and enriching, challenging filmmaking. They're the bravest studio in the world. We look forward to many ongoing cinematic adventures with our Focus/Universal family. The best is yet to come."

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Alan Rickman's A LITTLE CHAOS comes to Focus Features

Posted September 29, 2014

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Focus Features has acquired North American distribution rights to A LITTLE CHAOS, directed by Alan Rickman from a screenplay he wrote with Alison Deegan and Jeremy Brock. The film, which had its world premiere as the closing-night film at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, will be released by Focus in North America on March 27, 2015.  A LITTLE CHAOS follows Sabine (Kate Winslet), a strong-willed landscape designer who challenges sexual and class barriers when she is chosen to build one of the main gardens at King Louis XIV's new palace at Versailles, causing her to become professionally and romantically entangled with the court's renowned landscape architect André Le Notre (Matthias Schoenaerts). The romantic drama also stars Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci and Danny Webb. Peter Schlessel, CEO of Focus Features, said, "We are pleased to be in business with Alan Rickman and this sterling cast on such a crowd-pleasing movie. A LITTLE CHAOS is a great addition to Focus Features' 2015 slate." Director Alan Rickman added "I'm very proud of the fact that A LITTLE CHAOS found its North American home during its World Premiere at TIFF. It's encouraging to see that the film resonated with both audiences and the industry in Toronto, and I'm excited for its release next spring."

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The Art of THE BOXTROLLS Book Now Available

Posted September 23, 2014

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After you see THE BOXTROLLS, you can take home a memory of the experience with a copy of Philip Brotherton's The Art of the Boxtrolls, a handsome book filled with color illustrations that captures the art and heart of the lastest stop-motion animation adventure from LAIKA. Indeed LAIKA CEO Travis Knight lends his voice to the book's preface. The book's author Philip Brotherton is art director at LAIKA and has worked on all of the studio's films including the Oscar-nominated CORALINE and PARANORMAN as well as its newest offering, THE BOXTROLLS. In the book, THE BOXTROLL's artists and craftspeople offer insights into the creativity, ingenuity, and meticulous work that went into building and animating THE BOXTROLLS's world, and the book is illustrated with gorgeous concept art, puppets, props, and set photos. 

You can order the book directly from Chronicle Books here.

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THE BOXTROLLS Soundtrack out September 23

Posted September 19, 2014

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On September 23, Back Lot Music will release THE BOXTROLLS soundtrack on CD and digitally, with an orignal score by Dario Marianelli and music from Eric Idle. Marianelli (who previously won an Oscar for his music for ATONEMENT) worked closely with the animators to create a wonderful synergy between action and music. "Dario started work when most of the movie was still in the storyboard phase," explains co-diector Graham Annable, "and he was able to ask for a few more seconds here and there to let his score breathe - and truly support key moments in the movie." And the composer went all out in Boxtrolls style to get the sound just right. "The orchestra made use, at one time or another, of a theremin, a saw, a music box, toy piano, dulcimer, accordion, rubbed glasses, washboards, broken light bulbs, forks and knives, and a typewriter," said Marianelli.

In addition, there is an orignal song, "The Boxtrolls Song," by Eric Idle (of Monty Python fame). Idle explained, "I do like telling a story in song. From the artwork that the production sent me, I saw that this movie would have fresh and original characters. In context, this would be a song that the people of Cheesebridge sort of knew. So the song had to have a catchy hook to anchor it as well as quite a strong chorus. I started writing, and playing on my guitar, and came up with something that aimed for a Kurt Weill feel."

Rounding out the album are three tracks - old and new - from the Portland-based band Loch Lomond. The co-ed sextet distinctly incorporates harmonic vocals, mandolin, theremin, bass clarinet, and all manner of exclamatory percussion minutia to play off the distinct, arresting voice of lead singer/multi-instrumentalist Ritchie Young. You can preview the music now at iTunes Music here

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