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10 things we didn't know last week

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-06 08:01
Why cats love hiding in cardboard boxes, and more news nuggets

Slovakia to vote on gay rights curbs

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-06 08:00
Slovakia is set to hold a referendum on restrictions on gay rights and the adoption of children by same-sex couples.

2 nods, 1 category: Alexandre Desplat on scoring big

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-02-06 08:00

Saying Alexandre Desplat is a busy man is one heck of an understatement.

The French composer has 158 film scoring credits to his name, and he has become Hollywood's go-go guy for soundtracks. Last year alone he composed scores for “Godzilla,” “The Monuments Men,” “Unbroken,” “The Imitation Game” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Those last two earned Desplat his seventh and eighth Oscar nominations.

Desplat’s success is not due to talent alone. He also has a reputation as someone who can deliver on tight deadlines, often scoring a film in less than three weeks. He says the ticking clock can make for some sleepless nights and nervous mornings.

Our work is really related to a deadline, always, because there is a release date and you can’t deliver the music too late. So every morning you think, ‘Hmm, will I find what I’m seeking this morning?’ And it takes a few years before you’re strong enough to be able to get over this fear. But after a while your brain is used to pressure. You have to write some music every day, and that’s become a discipline. You throw a bucket in the well and you bring the water out. There’s no other way. You have to do it.

Desplat has worked with many directors — Wes Anderson, Angelina Jolie, George Clooney, Ben Affleck, Stephen Frears, Kathryn Bigelow and Nora Ephron, to name a few — and says even though his name is on the scores of the films he works on, the process is a truly collaborative one.

I sit down with the director in my studio, I play piano, I make little electronic demos with the orchestration already laid out, and we discuss. We try to picture what the movie is calling for and what the director is aiming for. I’m here to collaborate. I’m not here to create my own piece of music.

Desplat has yet to win an Oscar. With double the chances, will this be his year or is he destined to be the Susan Lucci of the scoring world? Desplat doesn’t seem too hung up on it one way or the other.

 You do movies because you love movies and you write music because you love writing music, and sometimes there’s this magic combination. The vibration of the music is so strong that when people hear it and they watch the film, they want to nominate you. But there’s no guarantee and that shouldn’t be the goal ever. The goal is to make a great piece of music that will serve the movie and can stand alone at the same time. That’s the only way I can think about it.

Weekendish: The best of the week's reads

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-06 07:58
A collection of some of the best reads from the BBC News website this week.

More Questions Emerge About Brian Williams' Comments

NPR News - Fri, 2015-02-06 07:57

A pilot who partly backed the NBC anchor's account of being on a chopper that took fire is revising his story. Also, a newspaper is questioning what Williams said he saw during Hurricane Katrina.

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Brazil police kill 13 in shootout

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-06 07:46
At least 13 suspected bank robbers are killed in a shootout with police in the Brazilian city of Salvador.

Thailand's Military Moves Closer To China

NPR News - Fri, 2015-02-06 07:45

An agreement for stronger ties with Beijing comes after last year's coup in Thailand soured relations between Bangkok and Washington.

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Turkey in summit snub to Israel

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-06 07:27
Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu withdraws from a security conference in Munich, after an Israeli delegation is invited.

Police 'threw' fans back into pens

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-06 07:19
Fans trying to escape the Hillsborough disaster were "thrown" back into pens by police officers, the inquests jury is told.

VIDEO: CCTV of cash machine theft from shop

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-06 07:16
This is the moment burglars ripped a window off a post office before picking up a cash machine and making off with it in a pick-up truck.

Oil Industry Sees Layoffs, Even As Jobs Numbers Rise Elsewhere

NPR News - Fri, 2015-02-06 07:07

The energy sector is laying off workers, as falling oil prices have slowed drilling. Analysts are sifting through the January employment report, which showed American employers added 257,000 jobs.

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Sexton set for return in France game

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-06 07:04
Jonathan Sexton is given the medical all-clear to play in Ireland's second Six Nations game against France.

Lyon v Paris St-Germain

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-06 06:59
Paris St-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic abuses French referees in either English or Italian, claims Lyon coach Hubert Fournier.

Plan to cut 'excessive' teacher work

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-06 06:53
"Unnecessary" teacher workload will be cut with a series of new measures, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Education Secretary Nicky Morgan announce.

Canadians Have A Right To Assisted Suicide, High Court Says

NPR News - Fri, 2015-02-06 06:53

The court said the existing ban denies people the right "to make decisions concerning their bodily integrity and medical care" and leaves them "to endure intolerable suffering."

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Yemen's Houthi Rebels Dissolve Parliament, Seize Power

NPR News - Fri, 2015-02-06 06:53

A televised statement said the group was forming a presidential council that would run the country. It called the takeover "a new era that will take Yemen to safe shores."

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VIDEO: Queen of Jordan joins anti-IS protest

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-06 06:51
Jordan's Queen Rania talks to the BBC at a rally in Jordan's capital in support of their government's military response to the killing of a Jordanian fighter pilot by Islamic State militants.

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