hannibalLakeshore Records will release a number of soundtrack albums for the critically acclaimed NBC series Hannibal. The albums will feature the show’s original music composed by Brian Reitzell (30 Days of NightFriday Night LightsStranger Than FictionBoss). Music from both seasons of the series will be featured on the albums, which are set to be released on September 2, 2014. The Season 1 – Volume 1 album is available for pre-order here and the Season 1 – Volume 2 release can be pre-orderered here. The Season 2 – Volume 1 soundtrack is also available on Amazon and click here for the Season 2 – Volume 2 album. Check back on this page for the details of the albums and audio clips.  Read the rest of this entry »

comic-conThe line-up for this year’s The Character of Music panel at Comic-Con in San Diego has been announced. A number of composers and producers will discuss the dynamics of music in film and television. Panelists include composer Chris Bacon and producer Christopher Nelson (Bates Motel), composer Paul Haslinger and Halt and Catch Fire creator/executive producer Christopher C. Rogers and Danny Jacob and Phineas & Ferb creators/executive producers Dan Povenmire & Jeff “Swampy” Marsh. The participants will discuss their working relationship, how music plays a character in their stories and the intense process of scoring their projects. BMI Director, Film/TV Relations Anne Cecere will serve as panel moderator. The event will take place on Friday, July 25 at 2:00pm in Room 32AB of the San Diego Convention Center.

x-filesLa-La Land Records will release an expanded and remastered soundtrack album for the 1998 feature The X-Files: Fight the Future written by Chris Carter & Frank Spotnitz, directed by Rob Bowman and starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. The album features the film’s original music composed by Mark Snow (MillenniumBlue Bloods, Elementary) who also scored the complete The X-Files series. The soundtrack will be released on July 29, 2014 and will be available on the label’s official website. To learn more about the release and to check out the full track list of the album, which is limited 3000 copies, visit X-Files News.

Three new movies are opening nationwide this weekend:

planesOpening in most theaters is the animated sequel Planes: Fire & Rescue directed by Bobs Gannaway and featuring the voices of Dane Cook, Julie Bowen, Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Danny Mann, Teri Hatcher and Ed Harris. Mark Mancina (TarzanTwister, Brother Bear, Speed) who previously scored last year’s original film has composed the film’s original score. Walt Disney Records has released a soundtrack album featuring the composer’s music, as well as the original song Still I Fly performed by Spencer Lee and three songs by Brad Paisley. Check out our previous article for the full album details and to learn more about the film.

purge-anarchyAlso opening wide is the thriller sequel The Purge: Anarchy written and directed by James DeMonaco and starring Zach Gilford, Michael Williams, Kiele Sanchez, Frank Grillo and Carmen Ejogoro. The film’s original music is composed by Nathan Whitehead who also scored last year’s original film. Back Lot Music has released a soundtrack album featuring the composer’s score earlier this week. Check out our soundtrack announcement for the full album details. Also check out interviews with Whitehead about his work on the film on TheB Screening Room and the Blumhouse Blog. Read the rest of this entry »

expendables-3La-La Land Records will release a soundtrack album for the action sequel The Expendables 3. The album features the film’s original music composed by Brian Tyler (Iron Man 3Thor: The Dark WorldFast & FuriousNow You See Me) who previously scored the first two installments in the series. The soundtrack will be released physically on August 26, 2014 and will be available for pre-order here. The digital release is expected to come out earlier in August through Lionsgate Records, but details have yet to be confirmed. Check back on this page for more information. The Expendables 3 is directed by Patrick Hughes and stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Antonio Banderas, Jet Li, Wesley Snipes, Dolph Lundgren, Kelsey Grammer, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Read the rest of this entry »

marco-beltramiMarco Beltrami has signed on to score the upcoming drama True Story. The film is directed by Rupert Goold and stars Jonah Hill, James Franco, Felicity Jones, Ethan Suplee and Gretchen Mol. The movie is based on journalist Michael Finkel’s memoirs about the relationship between Finkel and Christian Longo, a Most Wanted List murderer who for years lived outside the U.S. under Finkel’s name. David Kajganich (The Invasion) has written the screenplay. Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner & Jeremy Kleiner (12 Years a SlaveThe Tree of LifeKilling Them Softly) are producing the Plan B Entertainment and New Regency Pictures production. Read the rest of this entry »

Charles Bernstein Rejoins Academy Board

Posted: July 18, 2014 by filmmusicreporter in Film Music News
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oscarsThe Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that composer Charles Bernstein has rejoined the Academy’s Board of Governors after a hiatus. He joins composers Charles Fox and Arthur Hamilton as a governor for the Academy’s music branch. The Academy’s 17 branches are represented by three governors, who may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms. Terms are staggered so that each branch elects or reelects one governor each year. For the full list of elected governors, click here.

francis-laiFrancis Lai has been selected as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement award at the closing-night gala of the 14th World Soundtrack Awards at the Ghent Film Fest on October 25, 2014. The composer is best known for his score for 1970′s Love Story, for which he received an Academy Award, as well as a Golden Globe and Grammy Award nomination. His other scoring credits include such titles as A Man and a Woman, Bilitis, Live for Life and Dark Eyes. Selections of the composer’s music will be performed live by the Brussels Philharmonic conducted by Dirk Brosse at the event. Among the composers that were previously honored with the award are John Barry, Marvin Hamlisch, Pino Donaggio Giorgio Moroder and Angelo Badalamenti. In addition, Jef Neve’s music for the Flemish drama series In Flanders Fields will also be performed at the World Soundtrack Awards, accompanied by footage from the show. Read the rest of this entry »

man-from-uncleDaniel Pemberton has been hired to score the upcoming film adaptation of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. The film is directed by Guy Ritchie and stars Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Hugh Grant, Elizabeth Debicki, Luca Calvani and Jared Harris. The spy action comedy is based on the 1960 television series and tells the origin story of the first pairing of the two spies — one American, one Russian – who up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology. Ritchie has also written the screenplay with Lionel Wigram (Sherlock Holmes) who is producing the project with John Davis (Predator, The Firm, I, Robot, Chronicle). Pemberton’s previous scoring credits include Ridley Scott’s The Counselor, the horror thriller The Awakening, this year’s comedy Cuban Fury and the British comedy series Peep ShowRead the rest of this entry »

cabin-fever-patient-zeroSumthing Else Music Works will release a soundtrack album for the horror thriller Cabin Fever: Patient Zero. The album features the film’s original music composed by Kevin Riepl (Silent Night, Contracted, Gears of War video game). The soundtrack will be released digitally on July 22, 2014 and is now available for pre-order on Amazon. Check out audio clips after the jump. Cabin Fever: Patient Zero is directed by Kaare Andrews and stars Ryan Donowho, Brando Eaton, Jillian Murray, Mitch Ryan, Lydia Hearst and Sean Astin. The movie follows a group of friends who planned the perfect vacation in the Caribbean, but when they head ashore to explore a remote island, their ultimate bachelor weekend devolves into their worst nightmare. Read the rest of this entry »