Monday, September 28, 2009

Nick Glennie-Smith to score ‘Secretariat’

Walt Disney Pictures has confirmed to MovieScore Magazine that Nick Glennie-Smith has been tapped to compose the original music for the studio’s upcoming racehorse drama Secretariat, directed by Randall Wallace and starring Diane Lane, John Malkovich and Scott Glenn. It is Glennie-Smith’s first Hollywood film as the main composer on a movie since Peter Hyams’ A Sound of Thunder in 2005.

Secretariat is an American motion picture currently in pre-production for Mayhem Pictures and Walt Disney Pictures. The film tells the story of the United States' Hall of Fame racehorse, Secretariat, who, along with Seattle Slew (1977) and Affirmed (1978) going into 2010, is one of three horses in the past thirty-six years to have won the United States Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing. The story centers around three people, Penny Chenery, Ron Turcotte, and Lucien Laurin, who come together as, respectively, the principal owner, jockey, and trainer of the legendary horse.

It is being directed by Randall Wallace. Currently casting, on June 12, 2009, Variety magazine reported that Diane Lane will portray Secretariat's owner, Penny Chenery.

The film is scheduled to be released in 2010. [wikipedia]

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Another remake, Marco Beltrami scores it. Its title: "13"

According to Cutting Edge Group, whose US division handles music supervision on the film, Marco Beltrami is doing the score for 13, the American remake of the French crime thriller 13 Tzameti which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 2006.

For more info on the project, check out

Friday, September 25, 2009

PAUL CANTELON to score ‘Betty Anne Waters’

French composer Paul Cantelon, who wrote the acclaimed score for The Other Boleyn Girl as well as Oliver Stone’s latest film, W., is doing the score for Betty Anne Waters, the new feature film from actor-turned-director Tony Goldwyn.

Betty Anne Waters is an upcoming drama film directed by Tony Goldwyn based on a script written by Pamela Gray with a rewrite by Richard LaGravenese. It stars Hilary Swank in the title role.

The film is based on the true story of a woman (Swank) who puts herself through law school in order to represent her brother (played by Sam Rockwell) who has been wrongfully convicted for murder. She eventually challenged the conviction with DNA evidence, resulting in her brother being freed. [wikipedia]

To find out more about the movie and the scoring assignment, please visit the source, here at

Harry Gregson-Williams goes ‘Unstoppable’

Harry Gregson-Williams is set to write his eighth feature film score – Unstoppable – for veteran director Tony Scott. Starring Scott regular Denzel Washington, Chris Pine and Rosario Dawson, Unstoppable is an action thriller which carries on the disaster film tradition from the 1970s: story is about a rail company trying to stop a freight train carrying explosive liquids and poisonous gas threatening to crash and wipe out a city.

For more, visit the initial source of the news, here at

A.R.Rahman - "COUPLES RETREAT" (2009)

Check out the sound clips from the Oscar-winning composer's latest assignment, Couples Retreat.

Couples Retreat is an upcoming 2009 comedy film directed by Peter Billingsley and written by Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn and Dana Fox. Vaughn and Favreau also star in the film. The cast also includes Faizon Love, Jason Bateman, Kristin Davis, Kristen Bell, Malin Akerman and Kali Hawk. A. R. Rahman, winner of two Oscars at the 81st Academy Awards, is scoring the music for this film.

The movie is a comedy centered around four couples (Vince Vaughn and Malin Akerman, Faizon Love and Kali Hawk, Jason Bateman and Kristen Bell, Jon Favreau and Kristin Davis) who go on their vacation to a tropical-island resort. While one of the couples is there to work on the marriage, the others fail to realize that participation in the resort's therapy sessions is not optional. [wikipedia]

Click HERE, to be redirected to the soundtrack's official website to listen to SOUND CLIPS from the upcoming score.

Monday, September 21, 2009

KLAUS BADELT - Le Petit Nicolas [CD]

1. Un Drôle De Sujet De Rédaction (7:42)
2. Générique (2:46)
3. Mord Aux Prof... (1:14)
4. La Roulette (0:58)
5. Les Filles C'Est Pas Intéressant (1:00)
6. Papa Et Maman Se Disputent Souvent (1:43)
7. 3 Francs La Rose (3:02)
8. Un Jeu Drôlement Compliqué (1:40)
9. Une Balade En Forêt (1:21)
10. Le Spectacle (1:11)
11. Je Vais Avoir Un Petit Frère! (1:09)
12. Ménage (1:19)
13. Gangster-A-Louer (1:08)
14. Et En Plus, C'Est Un Sale Cafard! (1:11)
15. Potion Magic (3:50)
16. Rivalités Fraternelles (2:05)
17. Rolls Folle (3:58)
18. Neuf Mois (2:04)
19. On Dirait Un Poivron Confit (1:02)

Length : 40'23

Click here to listen to sound clips from the score, plus to see the tracklisting info.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

ALEXANDRE DESPLAT's "Fantastic Mr.Fox" (2009)

Lots of songs, and some original score Mr.Desplat coming our way for his latest assignment, Fantastic Mr.Fox.

Jarvis Cocker
has written three or four songs for the film. The American Cathedral in Paris's choir were also hired to sing a four-line poem in the film.

Fantastic Mr. Fox is a 2009 stop motion animated film based on Roald Dahl's book of the same name. It will be produced by Regency Enterprises and Indian Paintbrush, and will be released on November 25, 2009 by 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight Pictures. It features the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, and Bill Murray. It is the first animated film directed by Wes Anderson, and 20th Century Fox's first stop-motion animated film.

Development began in 2004 as collaboration between Anderson and Henry Selick (who worked with Anderson on the 2004 film The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou) under Revolution Studios. Revolution folded, Selick left to direct Coraline, and the project moved to Fox Animation Studios. Production began in London in 2007. Anderson chose to record voices outside of a studio.

Click HERE to visit's page on the CD release.

ALEXANDRE DESPLAT's "L'Armée du Crime" (2009)

CD release of the newest score of the busier than ever Alexandre Desplat is coming these days through Naive Records.

Click the link to check out the tracklisting and listen to the sound clips from the CD release, here.

Thursday, September 17, 2009


As reported by the representing agency, the Gorfaine-Schwartz Agency, the composer is going to score the upcoming 2010 American horror film written by Eric Heisserer and Wesley Strick, directed by Samuel Bayer, and produced by Michael Bay, Andrew Form, and Brad Fuller. The nightmare of Elm Street is a remake of Wes Craven's 1984 slasher film of the same name and designed to reboot the franchise.

The film stars Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger, a role made famous by Robert Englund, while Rooney Mara takes over the role of Nancy Thompson, originally portrayed by Heather Langenkamp. The remake is set to release on April 30, 2010.

In this movie, a group of suburban teenagers are being haunted in their dreams by a "horribly disfigured killer" known as Freddy Krueger.


As reported by the representing agency, the Gorfaine-Schwartz Agency, the composer is going to be responsible for the musical accompaniment for the upcoming 2010 war film, Red dawn.

Being directed by Dan Bradley and written by Carl Ellsworth, the movie is based on the 1984 film of the same name.The remake stars Chris Hemsworth and Josh Peck as brothers Jed and Matt Eckert. The film is scheduled to be released on September 24, 2010.

In this movie, a group of teenagers look to save their town from an invasion of Chinese and Russian soldiers.

Stay tuned for more info as it becomes available.

Monday, September 14, 2009

JONATHAN ELIAS' score to the tv remake of "CHILDREN OF THE CORN" released on [CD]

Donald P. Borchers' remake of the popular 1984 horror film based upon the 1978 short story of the same name by Stephen King, gets an original score by Jonathan Elias and Nathaniel Morgan.
History of the project according to
In June 2008 it was confirmed that Donald P. Borchers will begin writing and directing a TV remake of the first film, which will premiere on Syfy. Production will begin in August. Two of the main characters have already been cast in England. Filming began in Davenport, Iowa.

So far, the confirmed cast include David Anders, Kandyse McClure, Preston Bailey, Daniel Newman and Alexa Nikolas. The movie is set to air on September 26, 2009, and the DVD will be released on October 6, 2009 by Anchor Bay.

More info from the releasing label (Colosseum Records).
Burt’s marriage to Vicky is on the rocks, but he hopes to rekindle it with a second honeymoon. Unfortunately, their journey takes them into the sheer darkness — a seemingly deserted community that hides a horrible secret among its tall rows of corn. Stephen King’s horror classic CHILDREN OF THE CORN is back in a terrifying new version written and directed by Donald Borchers, who produced the original theatrical version 25 years ago.

Also returning to the fields are Jonathan Elias and Nathaniel Morgan, with an exciting reimagining of this classic score.

For tracklisting and SOUND CLIPS, visit

Emmy Awards go out to John Williams, Joseph LoDuca, William Ross and Howard Goodall

Veteran composers – John Williams, Joseph LoDuca, William Ross and Howard Goodall – won the Emmy Awards in the music categories at the 61st annual Primetime Creative Arts Emmys at the Nokia Theater LA Live in Los Angeles on Saturday night. John Williams won his first Emmy since 1972 (!), when he won the award for Jane Eyre. This year he won in the ‘Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music’ for PBS’ Great Performances.

Joseph LoDuca (Evil Dead, Brotherhood of the Wolf, Boogeyman) won the award for ‘Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score)’ for ABC’s Legend of the Seeker (which was produced by LoDuca’s long-time friends Robert Tapert and Sam Raimi). This was LoDuca’s second Emmy Award, he won his first for Xena: Warrior Princess in 2000.

William Ross, who won the 2007 Emmy for ‘Outstanding Music Direction’ for the Academy Awards, won this year’s award in the same category for Streisand: The Concert on CBS. British composer Howard Goodall won the Emmy for ‘Outstanding Music Composition For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special (Original Dramatic Score)’ for the BBC/HBO Winston Churchill movie Into the Storm.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Alberto Iglesias writes concert piece for Dawn Upshaw

Spanish composer Alberto Iglesias, who has scored the majority of Pedro Almodóvar’s films as well The Constant Gardener and The Kite Runner, has written a new concert work that will headline a program with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and conductor Miguel Hart-Bedoya in New York on November 7.

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Desplat to receive the ‘Hollywood Award’

Desplat to receive the ‘Hollywood Award’

French composer Alexandre Desplat, who is currently scoring the eagerly anticipated Twilight sequel New Moon, will be honoured during the 13th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards. Desplat, who was Oscar-nominated for his score for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Queen, will receive the ‘Hollywood Film Composer Award’ during a gala ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on October 26.

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Atli Örvarsson to score "Season of the Witch"

Atli Örvarsson, the up and coming composer whose recent scores include Vantage Point and Babylon A.D., is doing the score for Dominic Sena’s 14th century adventure Season of the Witch, starring Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman and Ulrich Thomsen. This is Örvarsson’s first assignment with Sena, who previously worked with John Frizzell on Whiteout, Christopher Young on Swordfish and Trevor Rabin on Gone in Sixty Seconds.

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New CD release for CLINT MANSELL, "L'affaire Farewell"

In 1981, Colonel Grigoriev (whose name in real life was Vladimir Vetrov) of the KGB, who was disenchanted with what the Communist ideal had become under Brezhnev, decides he is going to change the world.

Discreetly, he makes contact with a French engineer working for Thomson in Moscow and little by little passes on documents to him - mainly concerning the United States - containing information which would constitute the most important Cold War espionage operation known to date.

Ronald Reagan, President of the USA at this time, set aside his reluctance to work with a French Socialist to put this unhoped-for information from the very heart of the KGB to use. «Farewell» would in fact decapitate the network which enabled the KGB to gain in-depth knowledge of scientific, industrial and military research in the West.

Once the USSR had been deprived of these precious sources of information, Ronald Reagan’s announcement of the new «Star Wars» military programme sounded the death toll of the Soviet Union.

The Berlin Wall would fall before the end of the 80s. In his own way, «Farewell» managed to change the world, by avoiding traditional espionage methods too well known to the KGB and by not asking for any financial compensation whatsoever – much too capitalist for his taste. He simply followed his destiny, so that a new world might dawn for all his fellow Russians, but especially for his son.

Clint Mansell provides a powerful score for this tale. The CD also features the tracks from the movie by by Joe Jackson, Simple Minds, Les choeurs de l'armée rouge and Cyril Morin.


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

JEFF DANNA to score the sequel to ‘The Boondock Saints’

According to the new online movie score assignment and news magazine, Mikael Carlsson's, the composer is working on the sequel of The Boondock Saints from 1999 who was too composed by Jeff Danna and marked his big break in the film music business.

Now he's back and he's working on the sequel, which is called The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day and scheduled to premiere on October 30.

The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day is the sequel to the indie film The Boondock Saints. It continues writer and director Troy Duffy's saga of fraternal twins, the MacManus brothers. The two have been in deep hiding in the quiet valleys of Ireland, far removed from their former lives or modern technologies. When word comes that a priest has been killed by sinister forces in the tough underworld of Boston, they return to mount a violent and bloody crusade to bring justice to those who must now suffer the consequences, with a new partner in crime (Clifton Collins, Jr.) and a FBI operative (Julie Benz).

To find more, visit the original source here.

NEW INTERVIEW: REINHOLD HEIL's upcoming new Ballet work, "THE ZODIAC"

German film composer Reinhold Heil, who is known for his collaborations with director Tom Tykwer and fellow composer Johnny Klimek such as The International, The Perfume and Run Lola Run, has composed a ballet which is premiering with Janusphere Dance Company in New York on September 11. Heil’s piece is called ‘The Zodiac’ and is featured in the dance company’s new programme ‘According To Janusphere’ where other talents include jazz composer Dick Hyman and violinist Yuval Waldman.

MovieScore Magazine had the opportunity to perform a brief interview with Reinhold Heil on this new non-film work.

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Monday, September 7, 2009

Film music in Ghent: 14-17 October | Film music seminar with Shigeru Umebayashi

With the festival focus on Asia, and composer Shigeru Umebayashi as special guest, this year’s film music seminar will be focusing on the use of sound and music in contemporary Chinese film.

The morning kicks off with a brief overview of Chinese film, in all its sensory splendour, by renowned sinologist Anne Sytske Keijser. Since the eighties (and the Chinese New Wave), Chinese film has been more heavily focused on the aesthetic experience, communicated through sound and image, than on conventional narrative. Music plays a pivotal role, with sounds mixed and edited in a very specific way to complement the director’s vision. Anne Sytske Keijser and Martine Huvenne will demonstrate the effects in a number of sound and film clips.

In the afternoon session, Japanese composer Shigeru Umebayashi will be the honoured guest in an interview with Japanologist Luk Van Haute. Umebayashi is perhaps best known for penning Yumeji’s Theme from Wong Kar Wai’s In the Mood for Love. Originally written for Seijun Suzuki’s Yumeji, this track has been featured in a number of different films, including Kar Wai’s My Blueberry Nights. An accomplished composer, with more than 40 Chinese and Japanese film soundtracks to his credit, Umebayashi finds his inspiration all over the world, moving beyond a purely Asian sound to blend Eastern and Western influences.

The seminar will be held on Friday 16 October 2009, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Royal Conservatory (Koninklijk Conservatorium) on 64 Hoogpoort in Ghent.

To register click here

Organisers: the Ghent Film Festival in collaboration with University College Ghent, Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Hogeschool Gent, KASK).

Film music in Ghent: 14-17 October | The ALEXANDRE DESPLAT and the TRAFFIC QUINTET tribute concert to Femme Fatales

Marilyn Monroe, Janet Leigh, Sharon Stone, Jeanne Moreau and Nicole Kidman, these are only a few of the world-famous actresses who made film history to what it is today. Composer Alexandre Desplat and the Traffic Quintet pay a musical tribute to these mythical women called Divine Féminin. A marvellous film soundtrack night with ‘Women’ as theme, on Wednesday 14 October in Handelsbeurs Ghent.

The French composer, Alexandre Desplat, adapted music by colleague-composers like Bernard Herrmann, Jerry Goldsmith, Georges Delerue and Gabriel Yared. The accompanying images are by film maker Ange Leccia who based himself on the American film noir and the work of the French artist Jacques Monory. An instrumental suite which Pacal Dusapin wrote for his opera Medeamaterial is also part of the concert. The music will be accompanied by images of Maria Callas in her only film role as Medea in the film of the same name by Pier Paolo Pasolini.

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Film music in Ghent: 14-17 October | General info


This year's Ghent film festival focuses on Asian cinema, and in particular China. Running from 6 until 17 October 2009, the annual festival is again host to a couple of film music concerts. One focuses on the music of Shigeru Umebayashi, composer of House of the Flying Daggers and 2046.

The festival also ends with the World Soundtrack Awards. This event will include a concert of French composer Alexandre Desplat's music. On this page you will find all film music related events planning during these 10 days.

Jef Neve Trio

Pianist and composer Jef Neve has been the wonder boy of Flemish jazz for years. After having written the soundtrack for Felix van Groeningen's film Dagen zonder lief (With Friends like These), the director asked him again to write the music for De helaasheid der dingen (The Misfortunates), which will open the Ghent Film Festival in Vooruit on 6 October.

The Jef Neve Trio will perform the music Neve wrote for Dagen zonder lief and De helaasheid der dingen.

October 10 - 9pm
Vooruit, Ghent

Traffic Quintet: De Godard à Audiard

Famous for their collaboration with Alexandre Desplat for the compilation Nouvelles Vagues: De Godard à Audiard, on which Desplat selects and arranges for a short summary of this movement in French cinema, with music from Delerue, Duhamel, Jarre and Desplat himself. The quintet will perform pieces from this cd, enabling a different view on French film music.

October 14 - 8pm
Handelsbeurs, Ghent
More info coming soon

Shigeru Umebayashi in Concert

Dirk Brossé conducts the Brussels Philharmonic and choir with soprano Ilse Eerens. On the programme music from In The Mood for Love, 2046, House of Flying Daggers and Curse of the Golden Flower.

October 15 - 10:30pm
Vooruit, Ghent
More info and tickets

Film music semenary with Shigeru Umebayashi

A half day event in which Umebayashi explains and talks about his work in film music, as well as the possibility to go in debate, ask questions and interact with the composer.

October 16 - 10am to 4pm
More info coming soon

World Soundtrack Awards (9th edition) with a concert of Alexandre Desplat's music

The composers Alexandre Desplat and Marvin Hamlisch will be the guests of honour at the 9th World Soundtrack Awards. The Brussels Philharmonic will be playing music from The Girl with the Pearl Earring, The Queen, The Painted Veil and Lust Caution among others. The American composer Marvin Hamlisch, who created unforgettable music for films such as The Way We Were and The Sting, will receive the World Soundtrack Lifetime Achievement Award. Music from Marc Streitenfold, Discovery of the Year 2008, will also be part of the first half of the event.

The whole second half of the event is focused on Desplat, and next to the already mentioned titles, also music from Birth, The Golden Compass and Benjamin Button will be performed. The final programme will be announced later on, so changes are possible, but expansions as well (including some older works).

Also, you can also vote for your favourite score (from the period between July 1 2008 and June 30 2009) for the Public Choice Award.

October 17 - 8pm
Bijloke, Ghent

For More info and tickets visit the official website of the WORLD SOUNDTRACK AWARDS here.

Stay tuned with the mother-hosting festival, which is the Ghent Film Festival and which you can visit over at their official website here.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Carter Burwell scores "THE BLIND SIDE"

Composer Carter Burwell continues his working relationship with director John Lee Hancock, whose previous features The Alamo and The Rookie both featured scores by the New York-based composer who is best known for his numerous scores for the films of the Coen brothers, and for last year’s score to the massive hit Twilight. Hancock’s and Burwell’s new film is entitled The Blind Side and, just like The Rookie, it’s an underdog sports movie.

For more info, please visit the original source here.


Polish composer Jan A.P.Kaczmarek, whose scores have mostly gone from brilliant (in the near past) to semi-interesting rides, is into yet another US assignment, and we're all hoping for a soon to come inspirational musical resurrection.

As Mikael Carlsson's moviescoremagazine has been reporting, the composer has written the original score for Get Low, a drama from director Aaron Schneider (Two Soldiers) which will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.

For more info, visit the original source here.

Friday, September 4, 2009

World Soundtrack Academy announces Discovery nominees 2009

The World Soundtrack Academy releases the list of nominees for the World Soundtrack Discovery 2009. The name of the winner will be announced on October 17 at the World Soundtrack Awards ceremony, the closing event of the Ghent International Film Festival.

Every year the advisory board of the World Soundtrack Academy chooses a ‘Discovery of the Year’ to celebrate emerging film composing talent. Famous composers as Craig Armstrong, Michael Giacchino and Gustavo Santaolalla were discovered by the board.

The nominees for 2009 are

- Lorne Balfe for Crying with Laughter
- Jérôme Lemonnier for Demain dès l’aube
- Andrew Lockington for Journey to the Center of the Earth
- Nico Muhly for The Reader
- Atli Örvarsson for Babylon AD

The composers Alexandre Desplat and Marvin Hamlisch will be the guests of honour at the 9th World Soundtrack Awards. The Brussels Philharmonic will perform music from The Girl with the Pearl Earring, The Queen, The Painted Veil and Lust Caution among others.

The American composer Marvin Hamlisch, who created unforgettable music for films and musicals such as The Way We Were and A Chorus Line, will receive the World Soundtrack Lifetime Achievement Award. Young film music talent is also represented with the composer Marc Streitenfeld who carried off the World Soundtrack Discovery Award last year with his soundtrack for American Gangster by Ridley Scott.

Orchestra: Brussels Philharmonic
Conductors: Dirk Brossé, Alexandre Desplat, Marvin Hamlisch

For more info and an overview of all nominees:

[photo portrays Angelo Badalamenti accepting his WSA award from a previous year's installment. Photo copyright Angelo Badalamenti]

Thursday, September 3, 2009


As moviescoremagazine confirms, Brian Tyler, one of the busiest composers in Hollywood, is doing the music for Sylvester Stallone’s new action film, The Expendables, starring Stallone himself and other action stars such as Jason Stathma, Mickey Rourke, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren and Eric Roberts.

For more info visit the original source, here.


Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, the upcoming supernatural horror thriller from Miramax starring Guy Pearce and Katie Holmes, will get an original score by genre specialist Marco Beltrami who has signed on to score the film. He is best known for his effective orchestral music in horror films such as the Scream trilogy but also for hard-hitting action scores such as Live Free or Die Hard, Terminator 3: The Rise of the Machines and I, Robot. On Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark he re-unites with Guillermo del Toro, for whom he scored the first Hellboy film in 2004.

For more info, visit the original source, here.

JOHN OTTMAN's "ASTRO BOY" released on [CD]

ASTRO BOY Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Music Composed by John Ottman

A thrilling tale of a true hero, Astro Boy is an all-new, feature film full of action, adventure, humor and heart. It will be brought to life on the big screen in breathtaking CGI animation on October 23rd, 2009.

Set in futuristic Metro City, Astro Boy is about a young robot with incredible powers created by a brilliant scientist named Tenma (Nicolas Cage). Powered by positive “blue” energy, Astro Boy (Freddie Highmore) is endowed with super strength, x-ray vision, unbelievable speed and the ability to fly.

Embarking on a journey in search of acceptance, Astro Boy encounters many other colorful characters along the way. Through his adventures, he learns the joys and emotions of being human, and gains the strength to embrace his destiny. Ultimately learning his friends and family are in danger, Astro Boy marshals his awesome super powers and returns to Metro City in a valiant effort to save everything he cares about and to understand what it takes to be a hero.

ASTRO BOY’s impressive voice cast also features Kristen Bell, Nathan Lane, Eugene Levy, Matt Lucas, Bill Nighy and Donald Sutherland.

John Ottman’s soaring and adventurous score was recorded with some of London’s finest musicians.

Summit Entertainment opens ASTRO BOY on October 23.

Varèse Sarabande Catalog #: 302 066 989 2
Release Date: 10/20/09

More info at varese sarabande, here.

Sound clips here.

Astro Boy is a 2009 computer-animated 3-D film based on the highly successful Japanese franchise of the same name by Osamu Tezuka. It is being produced by Imagi Animation Studios, the animation production company of TMNT and the upcoming Gatchaman. The studio announced the project in September 2006. It will be directed by David Bowers (Flushed Away) and produced by Maryann Garger with Pilar Flynn as associate producer. The film was originally to be directed by Colin Brady who directed the 2006 animated film Everyone's Hero. It has been announced that Freddie Highmore will provide the voice for the character of Astro Boy in the movie. The film features the voices of Freddie Highmore, Kristen Bell, Nathan Lane, Eugene Levy, Matt Lucas, Bill Nighy, Donald Sutherland and Nicolas Cage. A short trailer of the movie was shown in the North American Home Theater of PlayStation Home from December 28, 2008 to January 8, 2009.


An origin story set in futuristic Metro City, Astro Boy (Freddie Highmore) is about a young robot with incredible powers created by a brilliant scientist in the image of the son he has lost. Unable to fulfill the grieving man's expectations, our hero embarks on a journey in search of acceptance, experiencing betrayal and a netherworld of robot gladiators, before he returns to save Metro City and reconcile with the father (Nicolas Cage) who had rejected him.


HANS ZIMMER's "CASI DIVAS" [scoring sessions' video]

Scoring session video with composer HANS ZIMMER on one of his latest project, CASI DIVAS.

To view the video please click here.

The August 2009 released movie is about four ambitious and beautiful young women. From four very different corners of Mexico. Just like hundreds of others, they are caught up in the frenzy that sweeps the nation when Alejandro Mateos (Julio Bracho), one of the country's most powerful producers, dreams up a nationwide talent search to cast the lead in his next big movie.

HANS ZIMMER to provide the score for the long-awaited game CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 2

2 years after the first opus, Modern Warfare 2 will introduce an original score by Hans ZIMMER.

Call of Duty is an award winning first-person shooter video game series franchise. The series began on the PC, and later expanded to consoles and handhelds, and several spin-off games have also been released alongside the main series. The majority of the games in the series have been set in World War II, with the exception of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Modern Warfare 2, which are set in modern times.

Modern Warfare 2 (packaged as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2) is under development by Infinity Ward and will be published by Activision. Activision Blizzard officially announced Modern Warfare 2 on February 11, 2009 and a release date was later set for November 10, 2009. The game is set for a worldwide release on November 10, 2009, for the Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 consoles. A Nintendo DS iteration of the game, titled Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Mobilized, and a Wii port of Call of Duty 4 titled Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will be released alongside the game. Modern Warfare 2 is the direct sequel to Call of Duty 4 and continues the same storyline, taking place several years after the first game but featuring several returning characters.

[source: wikipedia]
To find more about the game, visit the official website here.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

GEORGE S. CLINTON Scores "Extract", Mike Judge's New Comedy


Award winning composer George S. Clinton used unique elements to create his original score for the new Mike Judge film Extract. Clinton is best-known for his scores to the Austin Powers series, Red Shoe Diaries and last year's hit comedy Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay. He demonstrated that his abilities transcend genre by receiving an Emmy nomination last year for his Americana and Native American inspired score for Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. For the comedy Extract, Clinton incorporates unique percussion, a chamber orchestra and a "wind" section that actually performed on "Extract" bottles.

Film Opens In Select Theaters September 4

(Hollywood, CA) Award-winning composer GEORGE S. CLINTON scores writer/director Mike Judge’s (Office Space/King of the Hill) comedy EXTRACT, starring Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis and Ben Affleck. EXTRACT opens in select theatres September 4.

For EXTRACT, Clinton recorded a quirky and playful score to compliment the comedic style of the film. He used a small ensemble including guitar, mandolin, solo cello, pedal steel, and various percussion (also including the sounds of people playing actual extract bottles). The score was augmented by a chamber size string orchestra.

EXTRACT is a comedy about a flower-extract plant owner contending with an avalanche of personal and professional problems such as his potentially unfaithful wife and employees who want to take advantage of him.

Recently, Clinton reunited with director Michael Lembeck (Santa Clause 2 & 3) for the comical-fantasy TOOTH FAIRY, starring Dwayne Johnson, Julie Andrews, Billy Crystal and Ashley Judd. TOOTH FAIRY will be in theatres February 2010. Last year, Clinton scored the comedies HAROLD AND KUMAR ESCAPE FROM GUANTANAMO and THE LOVE GURU. Clinton’s other credits range from such diverse films as the romantic Zalman King's RED SHOE DIARIES, the martial arts fantasy MORTAL KOMBAT, the suspenseful thriller THE ASTRONAUT’S WIFE and the sexy thriller WILD THINGS. Other projects include Mike Meyers' AUSTIN POWERS films, John Waters' A DIRTY SHAME and 3000 MILES TO GRACELAND.

Clinton's musical innovation and versatility has allowed him to create memorable scores for various genres. Clinton received an Emmy nomination for Best Original Score to HBO Films’ BURY MY HEART AT WOUNDED KNEE. His score varied from Americana to incorporating Native American elements. He also enlisted world-renowned Native American flutist John Two-Hawks to play on the score.

In addition to his film projects, Clinton has written several concert works, three musicals, and songs recorded by such artists as Michael Jackson, Joe Cocker, Smokey Robinson and Johnny Mathis. George S. Clinton has also been honored with BMI’s highest honor bestowed on a composer, The Richard Kirk Award for Career Achievement. He joins the company of legendary recipients which include John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith and Danny Elfman. George S. Clinton believes in imparting his knowledge on a new generation of filmmakers. For the last ten years, George S. Clinton has volunteered his time and experience to filmmakers and composers at the Sundance Institute in Park City, Utah. Last month the Tennessee native composer received the “Spirit of Tennessee Award” from the Tennessee Teachers Association, for his dedication to promoting film music education,


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