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<p>Judd Apatow and Mike Nichols at MoMa</p>

Judd Apatow and Mike Nichols at MoMa

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Exclusive: Judd Apatow asks Mike Nichols for advice

The 'This is 40' director sat down with his idol for a MoMA discussion recently

Last month, "This is 40" director Judd Apatow and legendary filmmaker Mike Nichols ("The Graduate," "Primary Colors") sat down for a discussion at the Museum of Modern Art here in New York cheekily titled "Judd Apatow asks Mike Nichols for Advice."

It was a sober and thoughtful chat about varying philosophies on this and that. Apatow is a huge fan of Nichols and looks up to him as a mentor. He spoke early in the talk about how he and friend Owen Wilson first set out to write a script once upon a time by studying the structure and characters of "The Graduate," but the conversation soon led to comedy, naturally, and I thought Nichols had some particularly profound things to offer.

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<p>Paul Epworth at the 2012 Grammy Awards</p>

Paul Epworth at the 2012 Grammy Awards

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Adele collaborator Paul Epworth talks Golden Globes nomination and the Oscars

'Skyfall' earns a nod, can it grab an Academy Award?

Producer Paul Epworth walked away with four Grammys earlier this year, mostly for his work with Adele on tracks like mega-hit “Rolling in the Deep” and her album “21.” His combo with Adele, again, has set him on the path for even more accolades, this time in the film world. This morning, Epworth became a Golden Globe nominee as the producer of “Skyfall,” Adele’s epic James Bond theme up for Best Original Song.

Listen during “Django Unchained, and you’ll hear Epworth’s mark on critical favorite Quentin Tarantino’s latest: Epworth produced John Legend’s new track “Who Did That To You?”.
 
Paul Epworth, only naturally, has been thinking about movies lately.
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<p>Hayley Williams of Paramore</p>

Hayley Williams of Paramore

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Paramore sets its sights on April for fourth studio album

Self-titled release will be the first without the founding Farro brothers

Paramore will release its first album in more than three years when its self-titled fourth studio album comes out April 9, 2013. The first single, whose release has not been announced, will be “Now.”

The album, produced by Justin Meldal-Johnson, will be the first studio set since 2009’s “Brand New Eyes” and the 2010 departure of founding members/brothers Josh and Zac Farro. The band now officially exists as a trio: singer Hayley Williams, bassist Jeremy Davis and guitarist Taylor York.

“The whole making of this album was a rediscovering of ourselves as a band an as friend,” the trio wrote on its website. “It was a process that allowed us the freedom to explore new territory artistically and to liberate ourselves as musicians, singers, as people! Sincerely, we feel that the best way to give it a name is just to call it what it is. This album is us.”

The band has originally promised a new album out by the end of 2012. That didn’t happen and the last we’ve heard from the band were a couple of tunes released through Paramore’s Singles Club, including “Renegades” and “Hello Cold World.” The group announced the Singles Club in October 2011 as a way to get new songs to fans by the end of 2011 to tide them over until the new album in 2012 2013.

Paramore also announced a Southeast Asian/Australian tour, which will start in the Spring.  The outing will include dates in Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

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<p>Richard Gere at the Paris premiere of &quot;Arbitrage&quot;&nbsp;last week</p>

Richard Gere at the Paris premiere of "Arbitrage" last week

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Richard Gere on crafting a New York state of mind with Nicholas Jarecki's 'Arbitrage'

And how he was sold on the first-time director's 'movie guy' cred

BEVERLY HILLS -- For many on the circuit this season, the fall months have brought the bulk of the PR work, the glad-handing, the face-time. For a guy like Richard Gere, who stars in Nicholas Jarecki's "Arbitrage" and picked up a Golden Globe nomination this morning for his work in the film, it's been a much longer road.

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<p>Suraj Sharma in &quot;Life of Pi&quot;</p>

Suraj Sharma in "Life of Pi"

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Tech Support: 'Lincoln,' 'Life of Pi' and 'Anna Karenina' lead the race for Best Original Score

As always, international flavor abounds

We save the music categories to the end to analyze for two reasons. One is that it helps to have heard the music. While it obviously helps to have seen any contender before opining on its chances, I find that listening to the music is one that really cannot be compromised. It is easier to guess what the costumes or cinematography of a movie might be like. It's also nice to have the list of qualifying scores at the ready.

The second reason is that composers themselves are usually brought on to the films quite late. After the actors, writers, cinematographer, production designer and costume designer have all gone home, the composer is left by him or herself, watching a movie he or she had no part of shooting.

Bernard Herrmann‘s brief appearance in “Hitchcock” was, alongside the ending, my favorite scene in the movie. It also showed two very important aspects of film composing. First, it showed how composing is lonely, painstaking work with no one to keep you company save for the occasional appearance by the producer, editor, sound mixer or, most likely, the director. But second, when done well, film music can become iconic. From “Star Wars” to “Lawrence of Arabia” to “Gone with the Wind” to, yes, “Psycho,” many themes are simply unforgettable. They can also create mood and atmosphere.

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<p>Jessie Ware</p>

Jessie Ware

Watch: Jessie Ware's 'Sweet Talk' video is child's play

U.K. dance artist on tour in the U.S.

U.K. singer Jessie Ware's full-length "Devotion" was enough to propel her hot song "110%" onto the radar in the U.S., earning her a deal with Cherrytree, who's prepped her new EP for a re-introduction.

"110%" is getting renamed "If You're Never Gonna Move" (due to clearance issues) but "Sweet Talk" from "Devotion" is keeping its name as it's dropped as the new single. The vieo to it gets an equally sweet video release, below, as children play the part of Ware, her producer and her backers. Just watch out for the 360-deals, kiddo.

Ware's playing in Los Angeles tonight and will be touring the U.S. again in January.

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<p>Michael Barker (left) with &quot;Rust and Bone&quot; director Jacques Audiard (center) and &quot;Amour&quot; director Michael Haneke (right) at the Toronto Film Festival in September.</p>

Michael Barker (left) with "Rust and Bone" director Jacques Audiard (center) and "Amour" director Michael Haneke (right) at the Toronto Film Festival in September.

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Sony Classics co-chief Michael Barker remains positive on Oscar chances for 'Amour'

He draws a line between Michael Haneke's career now and Ingmar Bergman's in 1973

"Great last week, man," Sony Pictures Classics co-president Michael Barker exclaims when he hops on the phone to discuss the Golden Globe nominations for his company's films, "Amour" and "Rust and Bone." "Between Marion Cotillard getting nominations for SAG and Golden Globes and Emmanuelle Riva winning all those prizes from critics groups, and then 'Amour' winning Best Picture with LA film critics, 'Gatekeepers' and 'Searching for Sugar Man' chugging along, we're feeling pretty good."

Well, no need to report the facts. There they are. And it's good to be positive, because while these accolades have been great, the fact is Michael Haneke's "Amour" has had a bumpy day and a half. Particularly for star Emmanuelle Riva, who, while lauded by critics groups this season, failed to grab a notice from either the Screen Actors Guild or Hollywood Foreign Press Association (though she was remembered, among five other co-nominees, by the Broadcast Film Critics Association on Tuesday). Barker's not too glum about that, though. In fact, he says it was to be expected.

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<p>Animated adventure &quot;The Croods&quot; will have its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival.</p>

Animated adventure "The Croods" will have its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival.

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'The Croods,' 'Promised Land' among first Berlin competition titles

Ulrich Seidl will complete his 'Paradise' trilogy at the February fest

It may not get as much press as the sexier (and more summery) Cannes and Venice fests, but the Berlin Film Festival has quietly launched a number of major world cinema titles in recent years. Last year, "A Separation" began its golden run with a Berlinale premiere. This year, if you look down the list of 71 foreign-language Oscar hopefuls, you'll spot more Berlin titles than Cannes ones: "A Royal Affair," "Barbara," "Sister," "War Witch" and "Caesar Must Die" among them. (All that, and the festival introduced us to "Tabu" too.)

Still, while the festival is a must for aficionados of international film, it struggles to secure the A-list auteur fare and Hollywood fodder that would ensure broader media and public interest. Which is why, by their standards, nabbing the world premiere of DreamWorks Animation's "The Croods," over a month ahead of its March 2013 release, represents a pretty big get.

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<p>Adele vs. Taylor Swift</p>

Adele vs. Taylor Swift

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It's Adele vs. Taylor Swift for Golden Globe for best original song

Keith Urban and Jon Bon Jovi also in the running

With both Adele and Taylor Swift in the running, the Golden Globe best original song slate looks more like a rundown of artists normally found on the Billboard Hot 100.   (By the way, today is Swift's 23rd birthday: Nice birthday present, Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.!)

Other than nominating “Suddenly,” a new song written for  “Les Miserables” to give the musical a Golden Globe and Oscar contender, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. has turned to tunes written and performed by some of the biggest names in pop music to fill the slate.

The nominees are:

*"For You"— "Act of Valor" (performed by Keith Urban)
Music and lyrics by Monty Powell and Keith Urban

*"Not Running Anymore" — "Stand Up Guys" (performed by Jon Bon Jovi)
Music and lyrics by Jon Bon Jovi

*"Safe & Sound" — "The Hunger Games" (performed by Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars)
Music and lyrics by: Taylor Swift, John Paul White, Joy Williams, T Bone Burnett

*“Skyfall”  (performed by Adele)
Music and lyrics  by: Adele and Paul Epworth

*"Suddenly)" — "Les Miserables" (performed by Hugh Jackman)
Music by: Claude-Michel Schonberg;  Lyrics by: Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schonberg

The pop slant is nothing particularly new, as the Globes often tend to sway toward big pop names (some deserving, some merely selected for star power)  more than songs penned by traditional film composers. (Hello, remember Madonna's "Masterpiece" won last year). In this case though, there's not a dud in the bunch.

No offense to the gentlemen, but this year’s race is between the ladies: Swift and Adele. Adele’s Bond theme, “Skyfall,” is sweeping and dramatic and pays homage to the original Bond theme. Swift’s haunting, atmospheric "Safe & Sound" is groundbreaking in that it paired the teen pop/country queen  with the Civil Wars, which gave her a new depth, while creating a song that deeply resonated with "Hunger Games" fans.

A slight caveat before we totally write off the men: it’s important to remember that Bon Jovi is the only one here who has actually won a Golden Globe for best original song: he won in 1990 for the title tune to “Blaze Of Glory.”

There are some notable omissions, including any of the possible contenders from “Django Unchained,” as well as any tunes from an animated feature, such as “Learn Me Right” by Birdy and Mumford & Sons from “Brave.”

The voters also stayed away from Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake,” which was the biggest chart hit among the potential contenders, peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Fellow pop stars Florence & The Machine were also ignored for “Breath of Life” from “Snow White and the Huntsman.”

And as far as these nominations being any predictor of names we’ll see again come the Oscar nominations on Jan. 10?  Don’t bet on it. For the last eight years, other than “Crazy Heart’s” “The Weary Kind,” the Golden Globe winner for Best Original Song has not even been an Oscar nominee.

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Christoph Waltz were nominated for supporting turns in "Django Unchained."
Leonardo DiCaprio and Christoph Waltz were nominated for supporting turns in "Django Unchained."
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Golden Globe nominations breathe new life for 'The Master' stars, 'Django'

The power of Weinstein compelled them

The first thought that jumped to mind after today's Golden Globe nominations announcement was, "Not too embarrassing." Often enough awards watchers are looking to the HFPA to do what they do, fill out their list with dubious performances from movie stars and films that will guarantee a glitzy red carpet. And there's a little of that here, though in most cases, it's not as simple as that.

Richard Gere, for instance, gives one of his best performances to date in "Arbitrage," so it's a great excuse for HFPA to include him, and for quality work, thank God. Nicole Kidman's nomination for "The Paperboy" might have been dismissed as star-loving madness, too, except the Screen Actors Guild chalked her up for a nomination yesterday (and I have no idea what's going on there). And the lead actress, drama field could have been an excuse to shove in Halle Berry or something, but the group went with NYFCC-winner Rachel Weisz.

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<p>Olivia Munn and Jeff Daniels in &quot;The Newsroom,&quot;&nbsp;which the Golden Globes voters nominated ahead of &quot;Mad Men&quot;&nbsp;as one of TV's best dramas.</p>

Olivia Munn and Jeff Daniels in "The Newsroom," which the Golden Globes voters nominated ahead of "Mad Men" as one of TV's best dramas.

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Silliness reigns with 2013 Golden Globe TV nominations

No 'Mad Men'? Hayden Panettiere?

I ordinarily like to begin my analysis of the Golden Globe TV nominations by going on at length about the sketchiness of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and their complete disinterest in and lack of qualification for making any kind of judgment of American television.

This year, though, I think all I need to tell you is the following:

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<p>Suraj Sharma in &quot;Life of Pi.&quot;</p>

Suraj Sharma in "Life of Pi."

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'Life of Pi' tops with Las Vegas Film Critics

'Looper' picks up another screenplay award.

The Las Vegas Film Critics Society announced their picks yesterday, and clearly liked "Life of Pi" a lot more than most of their peers thus far: Ang Lee's effects-heavy spectacular took six awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and a Youth In Film citation for Suraj Sharma. They're the first group to celebrate the film, though they went a little more by-the-book for their acting picks. Further down, I'm liking the "Prometheus" call for Production Design. Check out the full list of winners after the jump, and catch up with the season thus far at The Circuit.  

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