loducaJoseph LoDuca has recently composed the music for the upcoming supernatural thriller Pay the Ghost. The film is directed by Uli Edel (The Baader Meinhof ComplexHotel Adlon) and stars Nicolas Cage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Veronica Ferres, Jack Fulton and Elizabeth Jeanne le Roux. The movie is based on a short story by Tim Lebbon and follows a hard-working NYU English professor bucking for tenure when his 8-year-old son mysteriously vanishes from a Halloween day parade. Daniel Kay (Timber Falls) wrote the screenplay. Ian Levy, Craig Flores (Charlie Countryman) and Nicolas Chartier (The Hurt LockerKiller JoeGood Kill) are producing the Voltage Pictures production. Read the rest of this entry »

rock-the-kasbahMarcelo Zarvos is reteaming with Barry Levinson on the upcoming comedy Rock the Kasbah. The film stars Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, Scott Caan and Zooey Deschanel. The movie follows a has-been rock manager who takes his last remaining client on a USO tour of Afghanistan, where he discovers a young girl with an extraordinary voice and manages her through Afghanistan’s version of American Idol, the wildly popular Afghan Star. Mitch Glazer (Scrooged, The Recruit, Magic City) wrote the screenplay and is also producing the project with QED’s Bill Block (Fury, Elysium, W.), Venture Forth’’s Jacob Pechenik (The Skeleton Twins and Shangri-La Entertainment’s Steve Bing. Read the rest of this entry »

Two new movies are opening nationwide this weekend:

san-andreasExpected to top the weekend box office is the disaster movie San Andreas directed by Brad Peyton and starring Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Ioan Gruffudd, Archie Panjabi, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Art Parkinson and Paul Giamatti. The film’s original music is composed by Andrew Lockington (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters) who previously scored Peyton’s Journey to the Center of the Earth and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. WaterTower Music has released a soundtrack album featuring the composer’s music, as well as a cover version of California Dreamin’ performed by Sia. Check out our previous article for the full details and to listen to audio clips. Also visit Film Music Magazine and ScreenSlam for interviews with Lockington about his work on the project.

alohaAlso opening wide is the romantic comedy Aloha directed by Cameron Crowe and starring Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams, Emma Stone, Bill Murray, John Krasinski, Danny McBride and Alec Baldwin. Jónsi & Alex have composed the film’s original score. Sony Legacy and Madison Gate Records have released a soundtrack album featuring two tracks by the composers, as well as songs by artists such as Beck, David Crosby, Fleetwood Mac, The Blue Nile, Kurt Vile, Josh Ritter & more. Check out our soundtrack announcement for the full album details and to to learn more about the Sony Pictures release. Read the rest of this entry »

goldenthal-kilarLast night, Elliot Goldenthal was presented with the first ever Wojciech Kilar Award during the sold out Polish Music Gala: Scoring4Wajda concert in the ICE Krakow Congress Center at the Krakow Film Music Festival in Krakow, Poland. The Academy Award-winning composer’s longtime companion and entertainer, director Julie Taymor (FridaTitus, Across the UniverseA Midsummer Night’s Dream) was also in attendance a the event. The Wojciech Kilar Award aims to raise the profile of the late Polish pianist/composer who is known for such scores as The Pianist and Bram Stoker’s Dracula and honors composers whose film work has a vigorous life beyond the screen. Read the rest of this entry »

hologram-for-the-kingJohnny Klimek and Tom Tykwer are composing the score for the upcoming comedy drama A Hologram for the King. The film is directed by Tykwer (Run Lola RunThe International) and stars Tom Hanks, Sarita Choudhury, Omar Elba, Tracey Fairaway, David Menkin and Tom Skerritt. The movie is based on the novel by Dave Eggers takes place in an up-and-coming Saudi Arabian city that provides the backdrop for a foundering American businessman’s last-ditch effort to stave off bankruptcy, pay his daughter’s college fees, and finally accomplish something big. Tykwer also wrote the screenplay. Read the rest of this entry »

mario-grigorovMario Grigorov has signed on to score the upcoming action adventure Tarzan. The film is directed by David Yates (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) and stars Alexander Skarsgård in the title role, alongside Samuel L. Jackson, Margot Robbie, Djimon Hounsou, John Hurt and Christoph Waltz. The movie based on the classic story and characters created by Edgar Rice Burroughs takes place years after Tarzan left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke and is invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament, unaware that he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge. Read the rest of this entry »

inside-outThe full details of the soundtrack album for Pixar Animation’s Inside Out have been revealed. The album features the film’s original music composed by Academy Award winner Michael Giacchino (Lost, Star Trek, Tomorrowland, Jurassic World) who previously scored the studios’ features The Incredibles, Up, Ratatouille and Cars 2. The soundtrack will be released on June 16, 2015 by Walt Disney Records and is now available for pre-order on Amazon. Inside Out is directed by Pete Docter (Up, Monsters, Inc.) and features the voice talent of Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Mindy Kaling, Lewis Black and Phyllis Smith. Read the rest of this entry »

descendantsDavid Lawrence has composed the original score for the upcoming Disney Channel original movie Descendants. The film is directed by Kenny Ortega (This Is It) and follows the benevolent teenaged son of the King and Queen (Beast and Belle from Disney’’s Beauty and the Beast) who is poised to take the throne and offer a chance at redemption to the trouble-making offspring of Cruella De Vil, Maleficent, the Evil Queen and Jafar who have been imprisoned on a forbidden island with all the other villains. The movie’s cast includes Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson, Cameron Boyce, Keegan Connor Tracy, Dan Payne, Mitchell Hope, Kristin Chenoweth and Booboo Stewart. Read the rest of this entry »

howard-shoreHoward Shore is set to score Disney’s upcoming remake of Pete’s Dragon. The film is directed by David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) and stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, Oona Laurence and Robert Redford. The movie is based on the 1977 classic and tells the story of the special bond between an orphaned boy, Pete, and his best friend, Elliott, who just happens to be a dragon. Lowery also co-wrote the screenplay with Toby Halbrooks. Jim Whitaker (The Odd Life of Timothy Green, The Finest Hours) is producing the project and Barrie Osborne (The Lord of the Rings, Face/Off) serves as an executive producer. Read the rest of this entry »

transparentAmazon Content Services has released the main titles theme for the Golden Globe-winning Amazon Studios original series Transparent. The theme is composed by Dustin O’Halloran (Like Crazy, Breathe InNow Is Good). The release features the composer’s theme as featured in the show’s main titles sequence, as well as a longer solo piano version. Visit Amazon to download the single featuring the two tracks. A full soundtrack album featuring songs from the first season of the comedy drama, as well as two tracks from O’Halloran’s score has been released earlier last December. Transparent created by Jill Soloway and starring Gaby Hoffmann, Jay Duplass, Amy Landecker, Judith Light and Jeffrey Tambor is now available to stream on Amazon and a second season will premiere later this year.