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These TV Composers Have Solved The ‘Rubik’s Cube’ Of Working Virtually And Without Full Orchestras

As the pandemic enters its eighth month in the United States, home recording, mixing individual tracks and virtual spotting sessions have replaced gathering large, cheek-to-jowl groups of musicians and singers in the studio

Although recording studios have reopened since the pandemic shuttered them in the spring, the process of composing and recording film and TV scores remains drastically altered. With some preliminary research indicating that singers as well as woodwind and brass players can emit respiratory aerosols at a significant rate — raising the odds of infecting others if they are carrying the coronavirus — and new safety protocols established by state governments and musicians’ unions, composers are no longer able to conduct their work as they have in the past.

“It was a ‘Rubik’s Cube,’” says Genevieve Vincent, whose latest work includes the score for The Broken Hearts Gallery, a theatrical film executive-produced by Selena Gomez that opened

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On social media everyone is a hero or zero. We must embrace the complexity of real life | Social media

Ever had a bad idea? Or a bad thought? Or a bad friend? I imagine not, as you are here, where the good gather. I jest, though not much, because as the world gets ever more complex, one response is to retreat into reassuring binaries. Don’t worry: I am not going into the trans debate, as the meltdown that ensues means that multiple threats are sent my way from those who believe themselves to be “open-minded”.

I do want us all to be non-binary in how we think about the big issues, however. It was deeply saddening to see the abuse Malala Yousafzai got on social media last week because she is mates with a Tory. On Facebook she had endorsed a young woman who is standing for president of the Oxford Student Conservative Association. She said her friend was talented and this was not a personal reflection of

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Bruce Willis Returns as John McClane in Explosive Die Hard Short Film

Bruce Willis is back as John McClane once again, and this time in a short film doubling as a commercial for DieHard car batteries. With high production value and Willis treating the role the very same way he has in all five movies, the short does have that distinct Die Hard feel to it — even if it also has some funny moments. The two-minute video, dubbed “DIEHARD IS BACK,” has been posted to YouTube by Advance Auto Parts, and you can watch it below.

“Well, you wanted the quiet life, John. Dead batteries. Empty streets,” John McClane says at the beginning of the video with his car unable to start. He is forced to go into an Advance Auto Parts store to purchase a battery, and that’s when he’s approached by an assault team led by Clarence Gilyard Jr. as Theo, Hans Gruber’s tech specialist from the original Die

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Will There Be A ‘Mandalorian’ Movie? Jon Favreau Is Open To It

Disney+’s The Mandalorian is the biggest Star Wars TV series in the history of the franchise. That’s because George Lucas, the man who created Star Wars, never envisioned it as a small-screen enterprise. It wasn’t until the SciFi channel showed there was a market for Star Wars TV adventures back in 2003 that Lucasfilm even considered the notion, and even then, it was only animated. But the first live-action Star Wars series has proved there’s a greater appetite, leading fans to wonder: Will there be a Mandalorian movie? A jump from the small to the big screen isn’t off the table.

The Star Wars franchise has, up until now, kept the TV series and the movies separate. Though the TV series The Clone Wars features Obi-wan and Anakin in animated form, it had different actors doing the voices, and their adventures have little to do with the action on

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Missing journalist Austin Tice’s fate in Syria discussed in Damascus, newspaper reports

The visit, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, comes as the White House has been pressing Syria to release Tice, a freelance journalist abducted in Syria in 2012 and believed to be held there by the Syrian government or allied forces.

Citing unnamed sources, Al Watan said the trip was not the first visit by high-level U.S. diplomats and that three similar visits to Damascus have taken place in past years. The newspaper stressed that, during the August visit, the Syrian government refused to discuss “kidnapped” Americans and sanctions until effective talks on U.S. withdrawal from Syria were underway.

U.S. troops have been present in areas of northeast Syria held by the U.S.-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces as well as in eastern Syria where the United States has a military base. Over the past few months, clashes has occurred in the northeast between U.S. troops and Russian troops, which

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‘We’re in the deep end, drowning’

LONG BEAC, CA - OCT. 16, 2020. Alex Hernandez owns Alex's Bar in Long Beach, a two-decade old beloved punk club that could be closing at the end of the year if business remains adversely affected by te coronavirus pandemic. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
Alex Hernandez, owner of Alex’s Bar in Long Beach, says he “already took out another business loan and borrowed more money than I paid to open this place.” (Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times)

Over the summer, Dave Grohl often drove around L.A. with his 14-year-old daughter, just to have a change of scenery from lockdown. Before COVID-19 struck, the Foo Fighters frontman expected to be touring to mark the band’s 25th anniversary this year. But one night, as the two passed by the boarded-up Troubadour in West Hollywood, Grohl’s daughter turned to him and, as he recounted, grew melancholy.

“Oh, no, the Troubadour,” she told him. “God, it’s so sad, I hope it survives.”

“I had no idea she knew about its history,” Grohl said in a phone interview over the weekend. “Even to a 14-year-old, it was so important to her that one day, it still exists.”

On Saturday night,

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Virtual Audiences And T-Shirt Guns: How TV’s Music Competition Shows Are Coping With The Coronavirus

Ken Jeong is a doctor in real life and now he’s playing one on TV, as the unofficial COVID-19 adviser for Fox’s The Masked Singer — just one of the modifications that music competition shows, including NBC’s The Voice; Telemundo’s Spanish-language version, La Voz; and ABC’s American Idol are making when it comes to auditioning talent and having them engage safely with coaches and judges

In the age of COVID-19, The Masked Singer panelist Ken Jeong found himself in an unexpected role as the singing competition entered its fourth season.
Jeong, who was a practicing physician before he gained fame in projects such as The Hangover and Community, has become an unofficial pandemic adviser for the show, which kicked off a new season on Fox on Sept. 23.

“Dr. Ken is so on top of COVID. He has reviewed everything that we do. He has talked to the rest

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Under The Radar? Tesla Turns Away From Media

What’s new at Tesla?

Difficult to say, since the fast-growing electric carmaker appears to have taken the unusual step of disbanding its media relations department which responds to journalists.

Calls and emails to Tesla’s California headquarters from AFP and other media outlets were unanswered days ahead of the company’s quarterly financial update.

The specialized news website Electrek reported earlier this month that Tesla had dissolved its media relations department, becoming the first automaker cutting off the press.

It is still communicating with investors and the public directly from its website, regulatory filings and the Twitter account of chief executive Elon Musk.

But media outlets covering the company express frustration on dealing with Tesla.

“I have not gotten a response out of Tesla in months,” said Steve LeVine, a journalist at Medium who follows the electric car sector.

“I can’t say how many months. But I do not recall a response

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BET’s ‘Project CRE8″ Winning Film, “Alieu the Dreamer,” Starring Denzel Whitaker to World Premiere on Thursday, October 22 at 10 PM ET/PT on BET

Written and Directed by Quincy G. Ledbetter the Original Sci-fi Drama Was the Winning Script of BET’s Nationwide Search for America’s Next Undiscovered Filmmaker

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Today, BET and Paramount Players announce the premiere date for the winning movie script of BET’s nationwide competition ‘Project CRE8.’ This once-in-a-lifetime contest gave an undiscovered filmmaker the opportunity to have their feature film script produced with a million-dollar budget. Written, directed and composed by Quincy Ledbetter, “Alieu the Dreamer,” starring Denzel Whitaker (Black Panther, The Great Debaters, Training Day) and Haley Webb (The Final Destination, Blonde), takes place in a world where mankind hasn’t dreamed for three decades, until a driven government agent discovers a young man in the projects, who has suddenly started dreaming. Sought after by an alluring leader of a religious cult, Reverend Venus, played by Rick Hearst (The Vampire Diaries, Dynasty, General Hospital), Alieu

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AMC CEO Talks Movie Theater Reopening Plans: ‘Monumental Step Forward’

Liam Neeson’s latest action flick “Honest Thief” was the best performing film at the box office with a measly $3.7 million in ticket sales. By comparison, the best performing film on the same weekend last year was “Maleficent” and collected $36.9 million in ticket sales.





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AMC Reopening Plan: New York theaters outside of New York City will reopen on Oct. 23 and this represents a “monumental step forward,” AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc (NYSE: AMC) CEO Adam Aron said on CNBC. As such, the movie industry has a greater chance of seeing blockbuster releases over the next three, six, and nine months.

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“I think finally with New York open we can say our future is bright again,” the CEO said.

The company is also renting out theaters.

“AMC Theatres joins a handful of cinemas letting customers rent out auditoriums for private screenings,” according to CNN.

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