Monday, April 27, 2009


Dreamworks Animation has confirmed to Upcoming Film Scores that John Powell will score How to Train Your Dragon, the studio's film version of the Cressida Cowell children's book.

Powell's collaboration with Zimmer led to the big break in his career when he moved to the USA in 1997 and joined the then Media Ventures (now Remote Control Productions) organization. Since then, Powell's career has hit the top with box office successes such as "Face/Off" (1997), "Chicken Run" (2000, co-composed with Harry Gregson-Williams), "Shrek" (2001, co-composed with Harry Gregson-Williams), "The Bourne Identity" (2002), and "The Bourne Supremacy" (2004) among his list of credits. Powell has since left the Media Ventures stable and become an independent composer, with largely spectacular results: he scored the three biggest box office hits of his career (X-Men: The Last Stand, Happy Feet and Ice Age: The Meltdown) in 2006. He was nominated for Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music by BAFTA in 2002 for his work with Gregson-Williams on "Shrek". (adaptated biography based on the original text)

As for his new assignment, "How to Train Your Dragon" , the movie is the riotous story of Hiccup's (Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, heir of the Viking chiefdom, but a boy with one very big problem: a hero he is not) quest to hunt down the fiercest dragon, bring it into submission, and-hopefully-pass his initiation. Instead, he ends up with the smallest, most ornery dragon-it's even toothless! Thus begins the hijinx of the world's most lovable, unlikely hero and a most reluctant "beast." Packed with energetic drawings and plenty of action, this boisterous tale is just right for fantasy fans or anyone with a spirit of adventure. Based on the book by Cressida Cowell.

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Saturday, April 25, 2009


According to Guy Ritchie's much anticipated Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey Jr. as the title character and Jude Law as his sidekick Dr. Watson, will be scored by Hans Zimmer.

Sherlock Holmes is an upcoming film based on Arthur Conan Doyle's detective Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey, Jr. as Holmes and Jude Law as Watson. The film began shooting in October 2008 under Guy Ritchie's direction, and will be released on December 25, 2009.

Set in 1891, the film revolves around Holmes and Watson stopping a conspiracy to destroy Britain. The film opens with Holmes apprehending the murderous cult leader Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong), who promises he will return from the dead and exact his revenge as he is being led to the gallows.

Friday, April 24, 2009

HARRY GREGSON WILLIAMS to score yet another "Shrek" installment

Shrek Goes Fourth is a 2010 animated film, and the fourth film in the Shrek series, following Shrek, Shrek 2 and Shrek the Third. It is expected to be released in cinemas May 5 in the US and July 19 in the UK (releases in the year, 2010).

Tim Sullivan will write the film, and Mike Mitchell is in talks to direct. The principal cast members will all reprise their roles. The plot was announced February 23, 2009.

A game based on the film is expected to be released in 2010 for Xbox 360, PS3, PSP, Wii, DS and PC platforms.

As reported by, Remote Control studios' composer Harry Gregson Williams is yet again responsible for the original score that will accompany this, fourth installment of the franchise.

Stay tuned for more info.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Hollywood Composers Speak on Panel at Newport Beach Film Fest April 25

This Saturday, Hollywood film composers will travel down south to the OC to speak on the Film Composers Panel at the Newport Beach Film Festival. The panel is free and will take place on Saturday, April 25 at 9:00am (ending at 11:00am), at Fashion Island, Edwards Island 7 Theaters (999 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach CA 92660).
Participating on the panel will be Marc Shaiman, John Debney, Shawn Clement and Austin Wintory; moderated by Daily Varity’s Steve Chagollan.







Leading Hollywood composers will participate in the festival's Film Composers Panel, presented Saturday, April 25 at 9:00am (ending at 11:00am), at Fashion Island, Edwards Island 7 Theaters (999 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach CA 92660). Participating on the panel will be Marc Shaiman, John Debney, Shawn Clement and Austin Wintory; moderated by Daily Varity’s Steve Chagollan.

A Tony Award winner for Hairspray, Shaiman also penned songs for Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me and the upcoming Catch Me If You Can. Shaiman earned Academy Award nominations for the scores to South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Patch Adams, The First Wives Club, The American President and Sleepless in Seattle. His extensive career also includes collaborations with Bette Midler, Patti LuPone, Rosemary Clooney, Barbara Streisand, Billy Crystal, Harry Connick, Jr. and Peter Allen

Academy Award nominated composer John Debney will be joining Shaiman on the panel. In addition to his Academy Award nominated score to The Passion of the Christ, Debney has received several Emmy awards, a Dove award for The Passion of the Christ, a CUE award for the score to the videogame Lair and several gold and platinum selling albums, including The Passion of the Christ and The Princess Diaries. Debney was the youngest recipient of the ASCAP Henry Mancini Award for Career Achievement, and has conducted concerts of his music with orchestras throughout the United States and Europe. Last year, Debney set the tone to the dramatic film The Stoning of Soraya M. (adapted from the New York Times best seller), which received critical acclaim at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival and will be released to select theatres June 26.

Award-winning film composer Shawn Clement will also be speaking on the panel. Clement is currently scoring the Large Format, 3-D, computer-generated animated film Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey, which takes viewers on an atomic solar safari through the universe. Clement credits include Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu; his dramatic musical style is evident in such shows as World’s Wildest Police Videos, American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance. A multifaceted composer whose creative accomplishments have earned him many ASCAP Film & TV Music Award, Clement’s additional credits include Last Chance. Queer Eye and video game titles including Open Season, The Sims 2 and Batman: Vengeance. Clement just completed recording his original score for Quantum Quest at Skywalker Sound earlier this month.

Also on the panel is film composer Austin Wintory whose latest project Knuckle Draggers is featured at the Newport Beach Film Festival. Wintory also worked on the psychological thriller Grace, which is currently on the festival circuit after winning the Jury Prize at France’s prestigious Gerardmer International Fantasy Film Festival in early February. Wintory was at Sundance for the premiere of Grace; his film last year, Captain Abu Raed, won the Audience Award at Sundance and received critical acclaim for the score. At 26 years old, Wintory has been BAFTA nominated and last year was presented with an award for “Best New Film Composer.”

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Scoring session coverage: Michael Giacchino hits warp speed with his score to Star Trek

Michael Giacchino recorded his score to Star Trek last fall, and with the movie finally coming out next month and is able to bring their readers the exclusive coverage of the scoring sessions!

Click HERE to visit the original source of the article (

In addition, be informed that there's a STAR TREK AUTOGRAPH EVENT coming up!

Details below:

Date: 4/18/2009
Varèse Sarabande Records and Best Buy present a special in-store appearance and autograph event by Michael Giacchino, celebrating the release of his new score for STAR TREK! Be the first to hear and own the new soundtrack, on its release day, May 5, 2009!

Visit us on May 5 at 7:00 pm.

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1015 N. La Brea Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90038

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


Modern horror music maestro, Christopher Young, is the one to score Director Gregor Jordan's and producer Marco Weber's new thriller, The unthikable, coming in 2010.

The movie centers on a major threat to the United States when the locations of three nuclear devices are shrouded in secrecy by a single terrorist. With only two days before they are deployed, a black-ops interrogator and a female FBI agent have to decide how far they will go to find them.

The movie stars Samuel L. Jackson, Brandon Routh, Gil Bellows, Martin Donovan and
Carrie-Anne Moss among others and the original score will be provided by the composer, Christopher Young.

Stay tuned for more info as it becomes available. For now, you can visit for more.

ALEXANDRE DESPLAT to score the sequel to "TWILIGHT", called "NEW MOON"

According to Carter Burwell, the composer who has scored the previous teenage vampire p$$n movie, Twilight, he won't be returning to the scoring duties for the 2nd movie in the franchise, but french composer of the Curious case of Benjamin Button - Alexandre Desplat, will instead.

New Moon (also known as The Twilight Saga: New Moon or Twilight 2) is an upcoming romantic-fantasy film scheduled for release on November 20, 2009. It is based on the novel of the same name by Stephenie Meyer and is the sequel to 2008's Twilight, which is based on Meyer's previous novel. Directed by Chris Weitz, the film will star Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, reprising their roles as Bella Swan, Edward Cullen, and Jacob Black, respectively. Melissa Rosenberg returns as the screenwriter for the film. She handed in a draft of the film script during the opening weekend of Twilight. Summit Entertainment greenlit the sequel in late November 2008, following the early success of Twilight.

The talk about Alexandre Desplat taking over the scoring duties for the sequel, comes from a recent interview with Carter Burwell, which you can read as a whole here.

Further confirmation comes from

Quick update: SOUND CLIPS from LOST SEASON 4


Performed By: The Hollywood Studio Symphony
Recorded At: Capitol Records and The Clint Eastwood Scoring Stage
Mixed At: Capitol Records and The Clint Eastwood Scoring Stage

Conducted By: Tim Simonec
Orchestrated By: Michael Giacchino
Recorded By: Dan Wallin
Mixed By: Dan Wallin
Edited By: Alex Levy and Stephen M. Davis

Release date: 12-5-2009 from Varese Sarabande.

By visiting the unofficial Michael Giacchino website here, or the official releasing label's website (Varese Sarabande), here, you can listen to sound clips from the whole material contained in the official cd release.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

MICHAEL GIACCHINO - star trek [sound clips]

You can listen to SOUND CLIPS from the score to the new STAR TREK movie by J.J.Abrams, composed by celebrated Lost and Medal of Honor composer, Michael Giacchino.

Click here, linking to, to listen to the sound clips from the score CD release.

HARRY GREGSON WILLIAMS - x men origins: wolverine [sound clips]

Click here, linked to the website, to listen to SOUND CLIPS from the original score by Harry Gregson Williams for X-men origins: wolverine.

HANS ZIMMER's ANGELS AND DEMONS - fist listen [sound clips]

Exclusive First Listen of Hans Zimmer's ANGELS & DEMONS

CinemaMusica is excited to bring ou an exclusive first listen of every track on the up-coming album of Hans Zimmer new Score for "Angels & Demons".

Follow the Link, click the clips and get a frist idea of the score:

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


MAKING OF THE MUSIC for ANGELS AND DEMONS with Hans Zimmer and Ron Howard.

2ndary link:

Composed by HANS ZIMMER
Violin Soli by JOSHUA BELL

Out on CD: May 12, 2009
Label: Sony Classics

Monday, April 13, 2009

RACHEL PORTMAN - Grey Gardens [CD]

New release on CD for the well-known composer, Rachel Portman, the first female composer to win an Academy Award in the category of Best Original Score (for Emma in 1996).

Based on the lives that inspired the Maysles Brothers' classic documentary, this HBO Films drama tells the story of "Big Edie" Beale (Jessica Lange) and her daughter "Little Edie" (Drew Barrymore), who forged a unique bond while living in a ramshackle East Hampton mansion.

Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange star in HBO's "Grey Gardens," the riches-to-rags story of two charming eccentrics who were relatives of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis.

More info on the release as it becomes available.

Sunday, April 12, 2009


New, alternate cd cover for the long-awaited new STAR TREK score by composer Michael Giacchino.

From producer/director J.J. Abrams (Lost, Mission: Impossible: III, and Fringe) comes a new vision of the greatest space adventure of all time, Star Trek, featuring a young, new crew venturing boldly where no one has gone before. Starring Chris Pine as Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, Simon Pegg as Scotty, with Eric Bana, Winona Ryder and Leonard Nimoy.

Michael Giacchino, who has served as J.J. Abrams musical lieutenant on all his projects, follows the extraordinarily rich musical legacy of Alexander Courage, Jerry Goldsmith, and James Horner, as he boards the Enterprise for her maiden voyage.

The CD comes out on the 5th of May, 2009.

HARRY GREGSON WILLIAMS' "X-men Origins: Wolverine" [CD]

Harry Gregson Williams' big assignment on scoring the new X-Men entry in the franchise, X-men Origins: Wolverine, is getting a release on CD.

The much awaited new score is getting out through Varese Sarabande on April the 28th, 2009.

Here's the tracklisting for the score cd:

1. Logan Through Time (4:19)
2. Special Privileges (1:57)
3. Lagos, Nigeria (5:10)
4. Wade Goes To Work (1:28)
5. Kayla (2:53)
6. Victor Visits (2:06)
7. Adamantium (4:16)
8. Agent Zero Comes For Logan (3:08)
9. Logan Meets Gambit (4:34)
10. To The Island (3:46)
11. Deadpool (4:10)
12. The Towers Collapse (3:22)
13. Memories Lost (3:01)
14. “…I’ll Find My Own Way” (1:24)

The movie, is about the story of Wolverine's epically violent and romantic past, his complex relationship with Victor Creed, and the ominous Weapon X program. Along the way, Wolverine encounters many mutants, both familiar and new, including surprise appearances by several legends of the X-Men universe.


Alternate cd cover for the much-awaited upcoming score release by Alexandre Desplat.

And also quoting from the source,, there's the tracklisting for the upcoming release, coming out on the 17th of April, 2009.

1. Cheri
2. The rose acacia
3. The wedding
4. First kiss
5. Flower tunnel
6. To Biarritz
7. 6 years later
8. Return home
9. Lea's solitude
10. All goes well with the world
11. Orphans
12. Pleasure and happiness
13. Les courtisanes
14. Beautiful handles
15. An old woman

You can listen to SOUND CLIPS from the score over at Varese's affiliate company,, here.

Also you can our previous article on the score cd release, here.


New trailer for the latest movie scored by the celebrated film composer, Clint Mansell, entitled "Moon". Duncan Jones' movie stars Sam Rockwell.

After spending three years on the moon as a solitary miner, Sam Bell is almost ready to return home to his wife and daughter. But as his homecoming approaches, he begins to experience strange things that can't be explained and his employer may have a sinister plan in mind for him.

The movie is scored by Clint Mansell, part of which score is the music used in this trailer linked above.

Here's what the composer had to say about it, quoted from his myspace blog.
Hello Earthlings!

The trailer for 'Moon',the sci-fi film directed by Duncan Jones has a trailer ahead of its June 12th release!

The trailer uses my original score from the movie as well so I'm double-excited!!

Check out the trailer here....

I love this film!!Hope you will too!

Live long and prosper!


Watch the trailer, here.

Thursday, April 9, 2009


Tracklisting and running times according to

1. Zimmer, Hans - 160 BPM (06:42)
2. Zimmer, Hans - God Particle (05:20)
3. Zimmer, Hans - Air (09:08)
4. Zimmer, Hans - Fire (06:51)
5. Zimmer, Hans - Black Smoke (05:45)
6. Zimmer, Hans - Science and Religion (12:27)
7. Zimmer, Hans - Immolation (03:38)
8. Zimmer, Hans - Election by Adoration (02:12)
9. Zimmer, Hans - 503 (02:14)

Wednesday, April 8, 2009



Now bring us the actual score CD (actually we have to be patient for a couple of weeks more!)

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


Here are the details for the much-awaited score release on CD, for his new STAR TREK score.

Star Trek Track Listing according to

1. Star Trek
2. Nailin' The Kelvin
3. Labor Of Love
4. Hella Bar Talk
5. Enterprising Young Men
6. Nero Sighted
7. Nice To Meld You
8. Run And Shoot Offense
9. Does It Still Mcfly?
10. Nero Death Experience
11. Nero Fiddles, Narada Burns
12. Back From Black
13. That New Car Smell
14. To Boldly Go
15. End Credits

Monday, April 6, 2009


42 year old American master of modern horror film music, Marco Beltrami, returns right after the recent and very successful film score for The Knowing, with another new assignment.

This time is 25/8, as confirmed by the Sci-fi Wire.

25/8 is an upcoming 2009 horror/thriller film, written and directed by Wes Craven. This is the first film since 1994’s New Nightmare that he will both write and direct. It tells the story of a dead serial murderer who returns from the grave to kill the seven children who were born on the day he was killed fifteen years ago.

GEORGE FENTON in concert [UK]


World-famous film and television composer George Fenton joins the LSO in the concert hall for the first time to conduct and present music from his myriad of scores, including Cry Freedom, music from the films of Ken Loach, a world concert premiere of music from the BBC TV series Planet Earth, and music from his award-winning score for The Blue Planet.

7 Jun 2009 7:30 PM

Barbican Hall

George Fenton conductor
London Symphony Orchestra

Programme to include:
Stage Beauty
Dangerous Beauty
Planet Earth
The Blue Planet
Memphis Belle
Mrs Henderson Presents
Land and Freedom
Cry Freedom
The Jewel in the Crown
Ever After

Tickets: £7 £13 £19 £25 £32

Saturday, April 4, 2009

MARCELO ZARVOS - Sin Nombre [cd]

The well-known for his gentle, piano-driven and melodic scores composer - Marcelo Zarvos, is also known for his work on virtually every medium, from dance to the concert stage, film, television and theater.

New project is Sin Nombre, a Spanish language film written and directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, from Focus Features. It was executive produced by Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna. The film is set, and was shot in Mexico.

Product Details

You can listen to the score (via amazon's sound clips), view the tracklisting and general CD info at, here.

HANS ZIMMER - angels and demons [cd]

New score by HANS ZIMMER, sequel to the Da Vinci Code.

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 12, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: May 12, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • ASIN: B001X7TJOC

More info soon, as it becomes available.

JOHN MURPHY - last house on the left [cd]

John Murphy, the 43 year old British film composer, bears a cult status in the film music area. A Self-taught multi-instrumental musician, he began his career in the 1980s working notably with The Lotus Eaters, Thomas Lang and Claudia Brücken before moving into the film music genre in the early 1990s and scored his first hit with Leon the Pig Farmer, later moving onto such scores as Danny Boyle's box-office success 28 Days Later and its sequel 28 Weeks Later and generally working closely with the said director throughout the years.

His latest project is The last house on the left a 2009 American horror film directed by Dennis Iliadis and written by Carl Ellsworth and Adam Alleca. It is a remake of the 1972 film of the same name, and stars Tony Goldwyn, Monica Potter, Garret Dillahunt, and Sara Paxton. The film follows the parents of Mari, who attempt to get revenge on a group of strangers that have taken shelter at their home, and whom they learn have shot their daughter and left her for dead. This film was released on March 13, 2009.

The score is out on April 14, 2009 from La-la Land Records and you can find GENERAL INFO, TRACKLISTING and ARTWORK on the link over at, Here.

Here's the quote from the above link, on the score's description:

The original motion picture score to the Rogue Pictures big screen thriller The Last House On The Left, starring Sara Paxton, Tony Goldwyn and Monica Potter, produced by Wes Craven (Scream, A Nightmare On Elm Street, Red Eye). Acclaimed composer John Murphy (28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later, Sunshine) finds the perfect pitch of suspense with a mesmerizing, orchestral music score that takes this powerful new remake of the legendary Wes Craven original Last House film to new heights of absolute terror.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


Release date 22-April-2009.

Audrey Tautou (Amelie, The Da Vinci Code) stars as legendary fashion designer Coco Chanel in this biopic penned by director Anne Fontaine and screenwriter Camille Fontaine in collaboration with Christopher Hampton. Based on the Chanel biography L'Irreguliere (The Nonconformist) by author Edmonde Charles-Roux, Coco avant Chanel features dresses from the Chanel collection. House of Chanel art director Karl Lagerfeld supervised the creation of accessories and costumes.

Listen to SOUND CLIPS, here.