the-strange-onesBrian McOmber is composing the music for the upcoming indie thriller The Strange Ones. The film is directed by Lauren Wolkstein & Christopher Radcliff and stars Alex Pettyfer, James Freedson-Jackson, Emily Althaus and Gene Jones. The movie follows two brothers who are making their way across a remote American landscape. Radcliff also wrote the screenplay. Sebastien Aubert, Michael Prall, Eric Schultz (James White), Shani Geva and Daniela Taplin Lundberg (The Kids Are All Right, Hello, My Name Is DorisBeasts of No Nation) are producing the project.  Read the rest of this entry »

chris-hajianChris Hajian is reteaming with director Brad Furman on the upcoming crime thriller LAbyrinth. The film starring Johnny Depp, Forest Whitaker, Rockmond Dunbar, Neil Brown Jr., Xander Berkeley, Shea Whigham, Wynn Everett, Toby Huss, Louis Herthum and Shamier Anderson centers on a disgraced LAPD detective, a beaten man who was unable to solve his biggest case – the murders of music icons Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G, and teams up with a reporter after nearly two decades to find out the truth. Christian Contreras wrote the screenplay based on Randall Sullivan’s book of the same title. Read the rest of this entry »

bitter-harvestVarese Sarabande will release a soundtrack album for the historical drama Bitter Harvest. The album features the film’s original music composed and conducted by Benjamin Wallfisch (Hidden Figures, Lights OutA Cure for WellnessThe EscapistDesert Dancer). The soundtrack can now be pre-orderered on the label’s website, where you can also listen to audio samples. Bitter Harvest is directed by George Mendeluk and stars Max Irons, Samantha Barks, Barry Pepper, Tamer Hassan and Terence Stamp. The movie is set in 1930s Ukraine and centers on a man’s fight to save his family and everything he holds dear from complete annihilation as Stalin uses mass starvation and executions to crush resistance to his totalitarian regimen. Read the rest of this entry »

uss-indianapolisVarese Sarabande has announced a soundtrack album for the war drama USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage. The album features the film’s original music composed and conducted by Laurent Eyquem (CopperheadWinnie MandelaRage, Momentum). The soundtrack, which is limited to 1000 copies, is now available to order on the label’s official website, where you can also listen to audio samples. USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage is directed by Mario Van Peebles and stars Nicolas Cage, Tom Sizemore, Thomas Jane, James Remar, Matt Lanter, Brian Presley, Cody Walker, Yutaka Takeuchi, Adam Scott Miller, Craig Tate and Johnny Wactor.  Read the rest of this entry »

big-little-liesPremiering tonight is the HBO original mini-series Big Little Lies directed by Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers ClubWild), executive produced by David E. Kelley and starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, Zoë Kravitz, Alexander Skårsgard, Adam Scott, James Tupper and Jeffrey Nordling. The show doesn’t feature any original score. Susan Jacobs serves as the project’s music supervisor. To learn more about the drama, which is based on the book of the same name by Liane Moriarty, visit the official show website.

crashingAlso premiering tonight is the HBO original series Crashing executive produced by Judd Apatow and Pete Holmes who also stars in the show alongside Lauren Lapkus, George Basil, T.J. Miller, Artie Lange, Dave Attell, Hannibal Burress, Sarah Silverman, Gina Gershon. The comedy’s original music is composed by Lyle Workman (The 40-Year Old VirginSuperbadLoveForgetting Sarah Marshall). To learn more about the series, which follows a comedian who, when his wife leaves him, has nowhere to stay but on the couches of New York’s finest comics, visit the official show website. Read the rest of this entry »

small-crimesBrooke Blair and Will Blair are composing the music for the upcoming indie comedy Small Crimes. The film is directed by Evan Katz (Cheap Thrills) and stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Jacki Weaver, Robert Forster, Gary Cole, Molly Parker and Pat Healy. The movie follows a disgraced former cop who is released from prison and returns home looking for redemption but winds up trapped in the mess he left behind. Katz also co-wrote the screenplay with the composers’ brother Macon Blair who also appears in the film. David Lancaster (WhiplashNightcrawlerEye in the Sky) and Stephanie Wilcox are producing the project.  Read the rest of this entry »

cinemaaudiosocietyThe team behind the sound mixing of Damien Chazelle’s La La Land has won the award for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing in the Motion Pictures– Live Action category at tonight’s 53rd annual Cinema Audio Society Awards ceremony at the Bunker Hill Ballroom of the OMNI Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza. Scoring mixer Nicholai Baxter, along with production mixer Steven Morrow, re-recording mixers Andy Nelson & Ai-Ling Lee and ADR mixer David Betancourt received the award for the drama starring Emma Stone & Ryan Gosling and scored by Justin Hurwitz. The other contenders in the category were Doctor Strange, Hacksaw RidgeRogue One: A Star Wars Story and Sully.  Read the rest of this entry »

lesley-barberLesley Barber has been hired to score the upcoming horror thriller Boarding School. The film is written and directed by Boaz Yakin (Remember the TitansFreshSafeMax) and stars Will Patton, Samantha Mathis, Sterling Jerins, Luke Prael and Tammy Blanchard. The movie is set in a mysterious boarding school where children deemed undesirable are committed and revolves around a 12-year-old boy who starts to suspect that something much more sinister than education is going on when one of the students is found dead. Read the rest of this entry »

lefty-brownH. Scott Salinas is composing the music for the upcoming western The Ballad of Lefty Brown. The film is written and directed by Jared Moshé (Dead Men’s Burden) and stars Bill Pullman, Kathy Baker, Jim Caviezel, Tommy Flanagan, Peter Fonda, Joe Anderson, Diego Josef, Michael Spears, Lewis Pullman and Joseph Anderson. The movie is set in 1889 after Congress declared the frontier closed and follows a 63 year old sidekick who confronts the ugly realities of frontier justice. Moshé is also producing the project with Edward Parks (Special), Neda Armian (Rachel Getting Married) and Dan Burks (Space Station 76).  Read the rest of this entry »

Three new movies are opening nationwide this weekend:

great-wallOpening in most theaters is the fantasy epic The Great Wall directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Matt Damon, Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe, Hanyu Zhang, Eddie Peng, Lu Han, Kenny Lin, Junkai Wang and Zheng Kai. The film’s original music is composed by Ramin Djawadi (Game of ThronesWestworldIron ManPacific Rim). Milan Records has released a soundtrack album featuring the composer’s score. Check out our previous article for the full album details and click here for a video featurette on Djawadi’s music.

a-cure-for-wellnessAlso opening nationwide is the psychological thriller A Cure for Wellness directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs and Mia Goth. Benjamin Wallfisch (Lights OutHidden FiguresThe EscapistDesert Dancer) has composed the film’s original music. Milan Records has released a soundtrack album featuring the composer’s score. Check out our soundtrack announcement for the full album details and visit Film Music Magazine for a recent interview with Wallfisch about his work on the project. Also click here for a video about the scoring process. Read the rest of this entry »