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Rachel Receives Film Academy Invitation

Rachel Receives Film Academy Invitation

The Academy has invited 683 new members and Rachel is among them. Rachel received her first Oscar nomination from the Academy earlier this year for her work in “Spotlight“. Editor Tom McArdle, producer Michael Sugar, Sound department members Paul Hsu and George Lara and screenwriter Josh Singer were also invited. The movie won Best Picture earlier this year. For a a full list and all the stats be sure to head over to the official website. Congratulations to Rachel and the “Spotlight” crew! Fun fact: Rachel hosted the Academy’s annual Scientific and Technical Awards back in 2006, which is held two weeks before the Oscars. Additionally, Rachel made her Oscars debut in 2010 and presented the alongside “Southpaw” co-star Jake Gyllenhaal. She also presented this year alongside Michael B. Jordan.

Rachel Supports Grassy Narrows

Rachel has signed the open letter ‘We stand with Grassy Narrows‘ in support of the Grassy Narrows. The David Suzuki Foundation released the following press release:

A diverse group of celebrities, musicians, artists and advocates — including Margaret Atwood, Rachel McAdams, Jane Fonda and Phil Fontaine — has joined the David Suzuki Foundation’s call to clean up massive mercury contamination that has plagued the Grassy Narrows First Nation community in northern Ontario for generations. In the 1960s, a pulp mill dumped more than 9,000 kilograms of mercury, a potent neurotoxin, into the English-Wabigoon River.

“For over half a century, mercury has severely poisoned the river that is the lifeblood of the Grassy Narrows First Nation and their neighbours,” said renowned broadcaster and scientist David Suzuki. “We must not delay; it is time to make their watershed healthy again so it can sustain future generations.”

Earlier this week, scientists released a report concluding that remediation of the English-Wabigoon watershed is possible. The report was supported by leaders from the First Nation, who are demanding the Government of Ontario commit to cleaning up the watershed.
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Reminder: Daniel Romano’s “Toulouse” Is Available Now

We would like to remind everyone that Daniel Romano’s album “Mosey” is available worldwide, starting today (May 27). The album includes the song “Toulouse“, which features Rachel. Romano previously revealed that Rachel is portraying (voice) character for the song. You can order the entire album on Itunes & Amazon or only purchase the individual song. While Rachel has previously done voice-work, she recently narrated the “Sonic Sea” documentary, it’s the first time she collaborated this way with a musician. Romano is currently touring in Europe and for more information be sure to head over to his official website.

Update: Daniel Romano’s record label New West Records uploaded the official “Mosey” audio files onto their official youtube channel. The official “Toulouse” audio video can be found after the jump.

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Reminder: “Sonic Sea” Discovery Premiere

Reminder: “Sonic Sea” Discovery Premiere

We would like to remind everyone that “Sonic Sea” will premiere today in the U.S., on Discover Channel as part of their Discovery Impact series. Rachel is narrator of the documentary and attended the premiere earlier this year in New York. For more information about the documentary, be sure to head over to the official website.

Everywhere on Earth we can hear the songs of life. From small insects to the largest animals on the planet, our world is made up of the sounds of these creatures living and communicating with one another. This is even more apparent deep down in the darkness of the sea, where whales and other marine life depend on sound to mate, find food, migrate, raise their young and defend against predators. Yet, their symphony of life is being disrupted by the industrialized noise that has become commonplace in our oceans today – with tragic and deadly costs. The documentary will air at 9 PM ET/PT on the Discovery Channel. Be sure to check your local listing for the time.
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Rachel Collaborates With Artist Daniel Romano

We first reported this news on our twitter news back in March, but now finally more information has become available. Rachel will be featured on Daniel Romano’s upcoming album “Mosey“. Romano is a Canadian musician. Rolling Stone is reporting that Rachel will be featured on the third song of the album, titled “Toulouse“. Daniel Romano recently spoke to Kreative Kontrol (distributed by audioBoom) and revealed Rachel a special guest on his song and is ‘essentially playing a role’. We have added the audio of Romano’s interview our audio archive. Romano’s interview also included a preview of “Toulouse“, which you can find after the jump.

Romano On Working With Rachel: “The song basically called for it [a collaboration]. Once it was written it was a two-character type song and it felt like a character that could go beyond a vocal performance. Something that needed more feeling than just signing. I have known Rachel for a little while, almost 3 years now, and it just seemed like the right fit. She’s an incredible actor. She’s the best […] and she was totally game right off the bat and just killed it and destroyed it. It virtually took 10 minutes, the whole thing.”
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Romano also revealed that throughout the record Rachel’s laughter is used to ‘tie the record together’. Daniel Romano’s album “Mosey” will be available on May 27 and will start his European Tour later this month. For more information about Romano, be sure to head over to his official website. In other possible related news: Rachel was spotted on-set of a music video this last weekend in Canada. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but it seems likely it’s related to her collaboration with Daniel Romano.

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“Spotlight” Cast To Attend ‘A Celebration of Journalism’ Event

Variety, SAG Foundation and The Washington Post will host ‘A Celebration of Journalism’ event next week, to celebrate journalists. The cast of “Spotlight” is expected to attend, but it’s not yet announced which cast members will attend. Variety is reporting the following story:

Variety, in partnership with the SAG-AFTRA, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation and The Washington Post, will honor journalists next week at a party on the eve of the annual White House Correspondents Association Dinner.

“A Celebration of Journalism” will welcome journalists, lobbyists, politicians and celebrities at The Post headquarters in Washington, D.C. on Friday, April 29. Guests expected to attend include the casts of best picture Oscar winner “Spotlight,” Peabody Award-winning drama series “Scandal” and the ABC sitcom “Black-ish.”

“We are proud to partner with SAG-AFTRA, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation and The Washington Post to celebrate these talented journalists who are the backbone of our democracy,” said Variety co-editor-in-chief Claudia Eller.

The White House Correspondents’ Association represents hundreds of journalists who cover the White House, including print, television, radio and online reporters and photographers. The WHCA’s mission is to ensure a strong free press.
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“Sonic Sea” Joins Discovery Impact Series

Reel Screen is reporting that “Sonic Sea” has joined Discovery Channel’s ‘Discovery Impact’ series line-up. The documentary is narrated by Rachel, as we previously reported, and will air worldwide across Discovery Channel on May 19th.

Michelle Dougherty and Daniel Hinerfeld’s Sonic Sea and Paula Heredia’s Toucan Nation are the two remaining documentary specials set to air across Discovery Channel’s ‘Discovery Impact’ series later this year.

Created in partnership with Natural Resources Defense Council, Imaginary Forces and International Fund for Animal Welfare, Sonic Sea details the continued emergence of ocean noise pollution and the severe consequences it has on marine wildlife.

The film, which is narrated by Rachel McAdams, provides exclusive interviews with marine ecologists, ocean life experts and assorted wildlife activists, including Sting, to highlight how ongoing sound disturbances from shipping vessels and other sources have affected whales, including the phenomenon of cetaceans mass stranding themselves on beaches around the globe.

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Rachel Narrates “Sonic Sea” Documentary

Rachel Narrates “Sonic Sea” Documentary

We missed this news before, but Rachel is part of the cast, as narrator, of the documentary “Sonic Sea“. It’s a documentary about the impact of military and industrial ocean noise on marine life. The documentary is currently touring at festivals and theaters across the country. It screened earlier this year at the Wild & Science Film Festival were it received two awards, including the Jury Award. It will screen this weekend, on March 20, at the Environmental Film Festival in Washington.

Sonic Sea
Throughout the ocean, whales depend on sound to mate, find food, migrate, and defend against predators. A century ago the seas were silent, but now humans fill them with an unbearable cacophony – the sonic “bombs” of oil prospectors, the whirr of freight ships, the shrieks of military sonar – driving whales to death and disorientation. Sonic Sea, narrated by Rachel McAdams and featuring Sting, tells the story of Ken Balcomb, a former Navy officer who solved the tragic mystery of a mass stranding, and the global network of scientists working to limit our deadly clamor. Directed by Michelle Dougherty and Daniel Hinerfeld.

For more information about the documentary be sure to head over to the official website: The homepage of the desktop version will give you a preview of Rachel’s narration work. Be sure to also follow the social media account: Twitter @SonicSeaFilm, Instagram @SonicSeaFilm and

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