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How the Music of ‘Veep,’ ‘Pen15,’ ‘Russian Doll’ Evoke Emotion Beyond Humor

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A classic song for time-looping, surprising tunes for political campaigns, music for angst-ridden teenagers and wacky scores for dysfunctional families. All of these musical elements helped set the tone and make subtle storytelling points in much-talked-about comedies this television season.

Netflix’s “Russian Doll” used a Harry Nilsson song (“Gotta Get Up”) as its signature tune, which plays every time protagonist Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) dies and then loops back in time to her 36th birthday party.

Creators Lyonne, Leslye Headland and Amy Poehler wrote the Nilsson song into their pilot script, music supervisor Brienne Rose says. Because music supervision is “always about world-building,” she says, the use of this song also aids the audience in understanding what Nadia’s world sounds like — literally and emotionally.

“It resonated so well with the story, this strong juxtaposition of feeling very happy on the surface, but with lyrics that are really tragic and sad.
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David Schwartz (‘The Good Place’ composer): ‘Comedies are a lot more fun because you’re laughing all the time’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

David Schwartz (‘The Good Place’ composer): ‘Comedies are a lot more fun because you’re laughing all the time’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
The musical score of “The Good Place” has been essential to the show’s success as a show that gives the audience feelings of warmth and great tension. David Schwartz has been the NBC sitcom’s composer from the start, writing its celestial main theme and the rest of the show’s score. Schwartz, a veteran composer who has racked up three nominations at the Emmys and another at the Grammys, is heavily involved week to week in crafting “The Good Place” score. “I come in every week with the music editor, Jason Newman, the two editors, whoever’s episode it is, [Michael] Schur and a couple of the producers and we talk about first where music should go and second what it should be,” Schwartz explains. “It’s a pretty detailed conversation.” Watch our exclusive video interview above.

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Exclusive: Composer David Schwartz on Creating Music For ‘The Good Place’, ‘Arrested Development’ and ‘Veep’

David Schwartz has a knack for composing memorable music for very funny shows. He’s spent the last two decades creating music for several TV titles, including The Good Place, Arrested Development and Veep. In an exclusive clip below, Schwartz breaks down the elements from the scores of those three shows, utilizing unexpected instrumentation. David Schwartz Clip David Schwartz […]

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‘Arrested Development’: David Schwartz on Writing Music for the Remix and Pushing for More Songs in the Rest of Season 5

‘Arrested Development’: David Schwartz on Writing Music for the Remix and Pushing for More Songs in the Rest of Season 5
It’s been five years since the latest season of “Arrested Development.” That means it’s been roughly 1,829 straight days of “Getaway” resting comfortably in the subconscious of the show’s fans.

As composer and songwriter David Schwartz told IndieWire, he’s well aware that some of his music might just be lodged in your brain right now.

“It gets stuck in there. A lot of people get angry at me about that, an ‘I have your music stuck in my head’ kind of comment. They’re not really angry, but I hear that a lot in the ‘Arrested’ offices, which is nice,” Schwartz said. “Somehow I guess I’m more successful at clearing it out than not. It’s sort of requirement to start the next piece. And there’s always another piece to write, you know?”

Though Schwartz’s contributions are heard but rarely seen, it’s impossible
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Rapper Nicki Minaj’s Brother Jelani Maraj Convicted of Sexually Assaulting a Child

Rapper Nicki Minaj’s Brother Jelani Maraj Convicted of Sexually Assaulting a Child
Jelani Maraj, the 38-year-old brother of rapper Nicki Minaj, was found guilty Thursday of predatory sexual assault on a child younger than 13 years old, People confirms.

Maraj, who long denied the allegations, was tried in Nassau County, New York. Jurors convicted him of endangering the welfare of a child and predatory sexual assault on a child younger than 13, Nassau County District Attorney Spokesman Brendan Brosh tells People.

Maraj was first arrested in connection with the case in early December 2015. He faces 25 years to life behind bars when he is sentenced next month.

The trial lasted over a month, and saw
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Nicki Minaj May Testify for Brother at Child Sex Assault Trial as Defense Claims Accuser's Family Wanted $25 Million

Nicki Minaj May Testify for Brother at Child Sex Assault Trial as Defense Claims Accuser's Family Wanted $25 Million
A lawyer for Nicki Minaj‘s older brother claims the family of the accuser in his child sex assault case attempted to extort millions from the rap star, People confirms.

But prosecutors reportedly maintain that their evidence proves Jelani Maraj, 38, preyed on a pre-teen girl for months.

Maraj’s trial began on Thursday with his attorney, David Schwartz, telling jurors that the charges were part of a scheme to get money from Maraj’s superstar sister, according to Newsday and the New York Daily News.

Maraj was arrested in 2015 and, according to court records, is charged with predatory sex assault against a child,
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Nicki Minaj Will Testify at Brother's Child Rape Trial, Which He Calls a 'Shakedown' for $25 Mil

  • TMZ
Nicki Minaj will take the stand during her brother's child rape trial ... and is expected to tell jurors the mother of the alleged victim attempted to extort her for millions. Nicki will be the star witness during Jelani Maraj's court case in NYC, where he stands accused of raping his then 11-year-old stepdaughter in 2015. During opening arguments Thursday, Maraj's defense attorney, David Schwartz, told jurors his client's then-wife, Jacqueline Robinson, forced her children to lie
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Nicki Minaj Is Supporting Brother ‘100 Percent’ During His Child Sex Abuse Trial, Defense Lawyer Says

Nicki Minaj Is Supporting Brother ‘100 Percent’ During His Child Sex Abuse Trial, Defense Lawyer Says
Jury selection began Wednesday in the child sex abuse trial of Jelani Maraj, the 38-year-old brother of rapper Nicki Minaj, People confirms.

Maraj is expected to be tried for up to three weeks in Long Island, New York, on charges that he sexually abused a child younger than 13 years old — allegations he denies.

Maraj was first arrested in connection with the case in early December 2015 and, according to online court records, now faces charges of predatory sex assault against a child, course of sexual conduct and acting in a manner likely to injure a child.

He has pleaded not guilty.
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Grand Central Station Film Celebration, NYC, October 19

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Cinema Retro has received the following press release:

Grand Central Cinema is one-day film festival celebrating Grand Central in the movies!

Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall is transforming into a movie theater for a day for its first “Grand Central Cinema” event, hosted in partnership with Rooftop Films and the Museum of the Moving Image. Visitors can enjoy film scenes featuring Grand Central throughout the day for free while munching on snacks purchased from Grand Central vendors like Great Northern Food Hall, Shake Shack, and brand-new restaurant Wok Chi. The day will conclude with a ticketed full screening of North by Northwest including Cary Grant’s classic Grand Central getaway scene.

James Sanders, award-winning New York historian and author of Celluloid Skyline: New York and the Movies, will deliver a talk at 12:30pm on Grand Central’s leading role in Hollywood history.

The Rooftop Films screening of North by Northwest
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Borderline Films Retrospective Trailer: See Stirring Clips From ‘James White,’ ‘Christine’ and More

Borderline Films Retrospective Trailer: See Stirring Clips From ‘James White,’ ‘Christine’ and More
Beginning now until November 27, cinephiles can enjoy all of Borderline Film’s movies at the Museum of the Moving Image’s seven-film retrospective in New York. To kick off the event, the production company shared a dynamic new trailer composed of all the features that will be screened, which you can check out below.

The celebration kicked off this past Thursday with the NY premiere of “The Eyes of My Mother” with director Nicholas Pesce in person. On Friday, November 18, a special screening of “Christine” was held with star Rebecca Hall in attendance. Since its premiere, the actress has been praised for her performance as the Florida news reporter who killed herself on air.

“With the critical acclaim around Rebecca Hall’s performance and Antonio Campos’s direction of the highly topical character study ‘Christine,’ and the New York premiere of the mesmerizing thriller ‘The Eyes of My Mother,’ this
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Arrested Development Narrator Hilariously Fact Checks Donald Trump

Arrested Development Narrator Hilariously Fact Checks Donald Trump
Though we keep hearing that we're getting closer and closer to seeing new episodes of Arrested Development on Netflix, nothing has happened yet. Which makes this next video such a treat for fans hungry for more of the show's unique humor. Ron Howard, the narrator of Arrested Development, is back with a new-episode of Arrested Development. Only, it's not. Because instead of stealthily showing the crooked side of Michael Bluth and his family, this video expose delves through Donald Trump's recent bombastic Presidential debate boasts.

The video was made by Youtube user NeverCaesar, and sees Ron Howard turning political as he swings with a swift foray though current American politics. The segment is called 'Trump-rested Development' and it perfectly challenges some of the statements made by Gop presidential nominee Donald Trump, focusing on the first debate this past September.

Hillary Clinton reminded audiences and undecided voters often that she
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Watch: ‘Eternity and History’ Trailer: First U.S. Retrospective of Theo Angelopoulos’ Films In 25 Years

Watch: ‘Eternity and History’ Trailer: First U.S. Retrospective of Theo Angelopoulos’ Films In 25 Years
Filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos was one of the most widely acclaimed international art film directors of the 20th century, specializing in poetic, political films about contemporary Greece. Now, the Museum of Moving Image in New York will run a complete retrospective of Angelopoulos’ career, the first of its kind in the United States in 25 years. See the trailer for the series below.

Read More: NYC: Sidney Poitier Retrospective at Museum of the Moving Image Kicks Off This Weekend (April 9-17)

Chief Curator David Schwartz says that “as a new generation of Greek filmmakers, including Yorgos Lanthimos and Athina Rachel Tsangari, have reached international prominence, the time is ripe to see Angelopoulos anew, as cinema that reflects on the past while foretelling the turbulent world we are now living in.”

Some of the film in the series include his 1986 breakthrough work “Landscape in the Mist,” about two siblings traveling on their own
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Documentary and Faux-Documentary at First Look 2016

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FrancofoniaIt seems slightly off-kilter to term a film by Alexander Sokurov, everyone’s favorite Slavophile modernist, a “mash-up.” Yet Francofonia, which opened the Museum of the Moving Image’s fifth annual First Look festival, brings to mind an idiosyncratic synthesis of motifs derived from Godard’s Histoire(s) du cinéma and Volker Schlöndorff’s Diplomacy. With more than a passing resemblance to the ever-popular fiction/non-fiction hybrid film, Sokurov’s rambling meditation on the aesthetic imperatives of authoritarianism was an appropriate choice to open a festival that specializes in experimental hybridism. New work by such disparate filmmakers as Dominic Gagnon, Léa Rinaldi, and Louis Skorecki traverses generic boundaries—even though, for seasoned festival audiences, this sort of genre-bending is now more of a routine occurrence than a transgressive event. First Look’s desire to showcase subversive hybridity was evident in Quebecois filmmaker Dominic Gagnon’s double bill—Pieces and Love
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Frederick Wiseman's 'In Jackson Heights' Getting Exclusive Theatrical Run at MoMI

Frederick Wiseman's 'In Jackson Heights' Getting Exclusive Theatrical Run at MoMI
Read More: Frederick Wiseman's 'In Jackson Heights' Explores One of the Most Diverse Neighborhoods in the World Frederick Wiseman's "In Jackson Heights" was one of the most acclaimed documentaries of 2015, though watching it on the big screen proved challenging as it only screened for a very limited time in select theaters. New York City moviegoers who missed the nonfiction feature at Film Forum over the summer are getting a treat, thanks to the Museum of the Moving Image, which will host an exclusive theatrical run of the film from January 15 through January 31 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. "We're very proud that this incredibly diverse and vibrant section of Queens is the subject of one of the year’s most acclaimed films," said Chief Curator David Schwartz. "We're glad to have the opportunity to present the film to our local audience." In typical Wiseman fashion, "In Jackson Heights
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NYC Happenings: Get Your New Year's Cinephilia On With MoMI's First Look 2016

Starting this Friday and running for three consecutive weekends (1/8-1/24), in their beautiful state of the art theater in Queens, Astoria, the Museum of Moving Image's First Look Film Festival is fast becoming a new New York institution for many film aficionados. Selecting its roster from cinema's most cutting edge filmmakers, the 5th edition of First Look opens with the Us premiere of Alexandr Sokurov's new film Francofonia. Switching gears a bit this year with guest programmers such as Jean-Pierre Rehm of FIDMarseille, and Aliza Ma of Metrograph and Mónica Savirón, along with chief curator David Schwartz and associate curator Eric Hynes, this year's eclectic roster is heavy on the experimental/avant-garde/documentary. It includes renowned experimental filmmaker Ken Jacobs' new films in 3D, Canadian video artist...

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LatinoBuzz: Nominees Announced for the 6th Annual Cinema Tropical Awards

Twenty-nine films from twelve countries have been nominated in the sixth annual edition of the Cinema Tropical Awards, honoring the best of Latin American cinema of the year in six different categories: Best Feature Film; Best Documentary Film; Best Director, Feature Film; Best Director, Documentary Film; Best First Film; and Best U.S. Latino Film.

The five films competing for the Cinema Tropical Award for Best Feature Film of the Year are: The Club by Pablo Larraín (Chile), Jauja by Lisandro Alonso (Argentina), Los Hongos by Oscar Ruiz Navia (Colombia), The Princess of France by Matías Piñeiro (Argentina), and White Out, Black In by Adirley Queirós (Brazil).

The five nominees for Best U.S. Latino Film of the Year are: The Book of Life by Jorge Gutierrez, East Side Sushi by Anthony Lucero, Mala Mala by Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, and We Like It Like That by Mathew Ramirez Warren.

The winners of the 6th Annual Cinema Tropical Awards will be announced at a special evening ceremony at The New York Times Company headquarters in New York City on Wednesday, January 20, 2016. The winning films will be showcased as part of the Cinema Tropical Festival at Museum of the Moving Image, February 25-28, 2016, celebrating the organization’s 15th anniversary.

The candidates were culled from a comprehensive list of films created by a nominating committee composed of 12 film professionals from Latin America, the U.S., and Europe. All the films under consideration had a minimum of 60 minutes in length and premiered between April 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015.

Complete List of Nominations:

Best Feature Film

• "The Club"/ "El club" (Pablo Larraín, Chile, 2015)

• "Jauja" (Lisandro Alonso, Argentina, 2014)

• "Los Hongos" (Óscar Ruiz Navia, Colombia, 2014)

• "The Princess of France" / "La princesa de Francia" (Matías Piñeiro, Argentina/USA, 2014)

• "White Out, Black In" / "Branco Sai, Petro Fica" (Adirley Queirós, Brazil, 2014)

Best Director, Feature Film

Nicolás Pereda, "The Absent" / "Los ausentes" (Mexico, 2014)

Gabriel Mascaro, "August Winds" / "Ventos de Agosto" (Brazil, 2014)

Pablo Larraín, "The Club" / "El club" (Chile, 2015)

Laura Amelia Guzmán and Israel Cárdenas, "Sand Dollars" / "Dólares de arena" (Dominican Republic/Mexico/Argentina, 2014)

Paz Fábrega, "Viaje" (Costa Rica, 2015)

Best First Film

• "600 Miles" (Gabriel Ripstein, Mexico, 2015)

• "The Fire" / "El incendio" (Juan Schnitman, Argentina, 2015)

• "Ixcanul" (Jayro Bustamante, Guatemala, 2015)

• "She Comes Back on Thursday" / "Ela Volta Na Quinta" (Andrés Novais Oliveira, Brazil, 2014)

• "Videophilia (and Other Viral Syndromes)" / "Videofilia (y otros síndromes virales)" (Juan Daniel F. Molero, Peru, 2015)

Best Documentary Film

• "A Committee Chronicle" / "Crónica de un comité" (José Luis Sepúlveda and Carolina Adriazola, Chile, 2014)

• "Identification Photos" / "Retratos de Identificaçao" (Anita Leandro, Brazil, 2014)

• "Invasion" / "Invasión" (Abner Benaim, Panama, 2014)

• "Last Conversations" / "Últimas Conversas" (Eduardo Coutinho, Brazil,2015)

• "Monte Adentro" (Nicolás Macario Alonso, Colombia/Argentina, 2014)

Best Director, Documentary Film

Maíra Bühler and Matias Mariani, "I Touched All Your Stuff"/ "A Vida Privada dos Hipopótamos" (Brazil, 2014)

Karina García Casanova, "Juanicas" (Mexico, 2014)

Betzabé García, "Kings of Nowhere"/ "Los reyes del pueblo que no existe" (Mexico, 2015)

Aldo Garay, "The New Man" / "El hombre nuevo" (Uruguay, 2015)

Christopher Murray, "Propaganda" (Chile, 2014)

Best U.S. Latino Film

• "The Book of Life" (Jorge Gutierrez, USA, 2014)

• "East Side Sushi" (Anthony Lucero, USA, 2014)

• "Mala Mala" (Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles, USA/Puerto Rico, 2014)

• "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" (Alfonso Gomez-Rejon USA, 2015)

• "We Like It Like That" (Mathew Ramirez Warren, USA, 2015)

2015 Jury: Amalia Córdova, film programmer and scholar; Aaron Cutler, film critic and programmer; Paul Dallas, film critic; Vanessa Erazo, Film Editor, Remezcla; Michelle Farrell, film scholar; Sandra Kogut, filmmaker; Dominic Davis, film programmer, Rooftop Films; David Schwartz, Chief Curator, Museum of the Moving Image; Diana Vargas, Artistic Director, Havana Film Festival New York.

2015 Nominating Committee: Fábio Andrade, Revista Cinética, Brazil; Juan Pablo Bastarrachea, Cine Tonalá, Mexico; Consuelo Castillo, Doctv Latinoamérica, Colombia; Fernando del Razo, Riviera Maya Film Festival, Mexico; Vanessa Erazo, Film Editor, Remezcla, USA; Luis Gonzalez Zaffaroni, DocMontevideo, Uruguay; James Lattimer, Berlinale's Forum, Germany; Alicia Morales, Lima Film Festival, Peru; Joel Poblete. Sanfic, Chile; Andrea Stavenhagen, San Sebastian Film Festival, Spain; Charles Tesson, Critics' Week, Cannes, France; Raúl Niño Zambrano, International Documentary Film Festival - Idfa, Netherlands.
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MoMI Announces 5th Annual First Look Festival Lineup

MoMI Announces 5th Annual First Look Festival Lineup
The beloved Museum of the Moving Image has just announced the lineup for its fifth annual First Look Festival, a showcase for inventive new international cinema which provides many films their first New York and U.S. premieres. This year's focus will be on the love of cinema, art and the practice of filmmaking. Read More: Watch: Nazi-Occupied Paris Comes Back to Life in 'Francofonia' Trailer A perfect fit for this theme is Alexander Sokurov's "Francofonia," which will provide an "inventive and freewheeling portrait of the Louvre Museum and French and Russian culture." The thematic sibling to his 2002 film "Russian Ark" will open the festival on January 8. "First Look is a festival designed to renew and reinvigorate the audience’s engagement with the moving image art form," said Chief Curator David Schwartz. "The emphasis is on works that cannot be easily defined, that create new cinematic forms, and have a spirit of.
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Museum of the Moving Image Appoints Eric Hynes as Associate Curator of Film

Museum of the Moving Image Appoints Eric Hynes as Associate Curator of Film
Read More: French Director Maurice Pialat to Receive Major Retrospective at Museum of the Moving Image The Museum of the Moving Image has appointed Eric Hynes the Associate Curator of Film. Hynes will join the Museum on October 26 under Chief Curator David Schwartz. He will play a key role in organizing and implementing the Museum’s wide-ranging film screenings, personal appearances and events. "Eric Hynes brings tremendous passion, energy and intelligence to everything he does," said Schwartz in an official statement. "On behalf of the Museum, I can say that we are thrilled to have him join our team. He will help expand the scope of the Museum’s programming and help us connect with the many types of audiences we serve." Hynes is a Brooklyn-based film journalist and cultural critic. He writes a regular column about the art of documentary for Film Comment Magazine, and he has bylines in
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Martin Scorsese And Jerry Lewis Talk Comedy, Filmmaking, And More At Museum Of The Moving Image

“I should explain,” Jerry Lewis said early on last night at the Museum of the Moving Image, “this is [happening] because I’m going to be 90.” The line got plenty of hearty laughter…but the laughter, in fact, began even before the night’s event officially began, when, during the museum’s chief curator David Schwartz and Comedy Hall of Fame director Jeff Pancer offered up their introductions, Lewis was already half-audible from backstage, cracking jokes and chuckling loudly. The event was a tribute to the legendary comedian/filmmaker that was part of “Iconic Characters of Comedy,” an occasional discussion series presented by both the Queens, N.Y. museum and the Comedy Hall of Fame. More than a tribute, though, the evening was a conversation between two filmmakers, as the evening’s moderator was fellow filmmaker Martin Scorsese. Scorsese, of course, directed Lewis in his corrosive 1983 showbiz satire "The King of Comedy,
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Jerry Lewis talks to Martin Scorsese in New York: 'Comedy comes out of pain'

Martin Scorsese welcomed the 89-year-old comedian into the Comedy Hall of Fame at a New York film festival gala, where they talked clowning, calling the shots as director and working with the biggest stars in Hollywood. But it wasn’t all serious…

Before anyone even said his name he was causing a commotion backstage. The Museum of the Moving Image’s curator David Schwartz was doing his best to make an introduction, but that voice, the one that’s inspired legions of nudniks and wisenheimers since the late 1940s, emerged from the wings in interrupting, mock-irritated blurts.

Though maybe it wasn’t mock-irritated. Jerry Lewis is, in fact, 89 years of age, and the first thing he did when he sat down for a chat was complain how the audio system was no good. The problem was quickly solved, after which Lewis, in a marvellously Technicolor red sweater, treated a capacity
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