mcfarland-usaWalt Disney Records will release a soundtrack album for the sports drama McFarland, USA. The album features the film’s original score composed by Antonio Pinto (City of GodLord of War, The Host, Snitch). Also included is the original end title track Juntos (Together) performed by Grammy-winning singer Juanes, which is already available to download as a single. The soundtrack will be released on February 17, 2015 and is now available for pre-order on AmazonMcFarland, USA is directed by Niki Caro (Whale Rider) and stars Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Morgan Saylor, Martha Higareda, Michael Aguero, Sergio Avelar, Hector Duran, Rafael Martinez, Johnny Ortiz and Carlos Pratts. The movie follows the novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California, as they build a cross-country team under the direction of a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school. Read the rest of this entry »

Three new movies are opening nationwide this weekend:

Opening in most theaters is the animated feature Strange Magic directed by Gary Rydstrom, produced by George Lucas and featuring the voices of Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Sam Palladio, Meredith Anne Bull, Alfred Molina, Elijah Kelley, Bob Einstein and Peter Stormare. Marius de Vries (Moulin Rouge, Kick-Ass) serves as the film’s musical director and has also composed the original score. Hollywood Records has released a soundtrack album featuring the songs from the film performed by the voice cast. Check out our soundtrack announcement for the full album details and to learn more about the movie.

the-boy-next-doorAlso opening wide is the thriller The Boy Next Door directed by Rob Cohen, produced by Jason Blum and starring Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Guzman, John Corbett and Kristin Chenoweth. The film’s original music is composed by Randy Edelman who previously scored such films as DragonheartxXx and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor for Cohen and Nathan Barr (True BloodThe Americans). Back Lot Music has released a soundtrack album featuring the score earlier this week and Varese Sarabande will release a physical version next month. Click here for the full album details. Lisbeth Scott provided the vocals on the score and also wrote an original song for the movie. Check out our previous article for more information. Read the rest of this entry »

just-like-rainLisbeth Scott has written and produced the original song Just Like Rain for Rob Cohen’s thriller The Boy Next Door. The singer/songwriter/film composer also performs the song, which is now available to download on Amazon. The track will also be featured on her solo record Bird, which is coming out on March 3 and is available for pre-order on iTunes. Check out the official music video after the jump. Scott who has previously written songs for HBO’s True Blood and the features Shutter and The Big Wedding also provides vocals on the film’s original score composed by Randy Edelman & Nathan Barr, which is now available on Varese Sarabande. Her best known work as a vocalist also includes the scores for The Passion of the Christ, Munich and The Chronicles of Narnia. Read the rest of this entry »

Tangerine Dream’s Edgar Froese (1944 – 2015)

Posted: January 23, 2015 by filmmusicreporter in Film Music News
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edgar-froeseTangerine Dream founder Edgar Froese has passed away at age 70. According to the band’s official Facebook page, the composer suddenly and unexpectedly died on January 20 from the effects of a pulmonary embolism in Vienna. Froese founded the electronic music group Tangerine Dream in 1967. In addition to producing dozens of studio albums, the band was best known for composing the score for numerous films, including 1983’s Risky Business starring Tom Cruise, William Friedkin’s Sorcerer, Mihcael Mann’s The Keep and Thief, Ridley Scott’s Legend, 1988’s Miracle Mile, Kathryn Bigelow’s Near Dark, 1984’s Firestarter and 1987’s Three O’Clock High.

theodore-shapiroTheodore Shapiro has been hired to score the upcoming comedy The Intern. The film is written and directed by Nancy Meyers and stars Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo, Zack Pearlman, Adam DeVine, Reid Scott, Andrew Rannells, Anders Holm, Nat Wolff, Linda Lavin and Christina Scherer. The movie centers on a 70-year-old widower who discovers that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site. Meyers is also producing the film with Scott Rudin (No Country for Old Men, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Captain Phillips) and Suzanne McNeill Farwell. Read the rest of this entry »

imageH. Scott Salinas is composing the music for the upcoming NBC drama Allegiance. The show is created by George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau) and stars Hope Davis, Scott Cohen, Gavin Stenhouse, Margarita Levieva, Morgan Spector, Kenneth Choi and Alex Peters. The series follows a young idealistic CIA analyst specializing in Russian affairs whose parents and sister are part of a dormant Russian sleeper cell that has just been reactivated. Nolfi is also executive producing the Universal Television, Keshet Media and Yes! production with Avi Nir (Homeland, Tyrant), Ron Leshem, Amit Cohen, Giyora Yahalom, Yona Wiesenthal, John Glenn (Hatfield & McCoys, Eagle Eye) and Rashad Raisani. Read the rest of this entry »

‘Focus’ Soundtrack Announced

Posted: January 22, 2015 by filmmusicreporter in Film Music Albums
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focusWaterTower Music will release the official soundtrack album for the caper comedy Focus. The album features the songs from the film by artists including Bruno Hovart, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Sofa Surfers, Iggy & The Stooges, Junior Kimbrough, Doris & Kelley, Barbara Lewis & more. Also included is a track from the film’s original score composed by Nick Urata (Crazy, Stupid, Love, PaddingtonI Love You Phillip MorrisRuby Sparks). The soundtrack will be released on February 24, 2015. Audio clips will be added to this article soon. Focus is written and directed by Glenn Ficarra & John Requa and stars Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Rodrigo Santoro and Gerald McRaney. The movie follows a con man who becomes romantically involved with a novice and is thrown off his game when the former flame shows up just as he’s staging an elaborate con in Buenos Aires. Read the rest of this entry »

guild-of-music-supervisorsLast night, the 5th Guild of Music Supervisors Awards were handed out at the Mack Sennett Studios in Hollywood. Dave Jordan received the honor in the Best Music Supervision in Motion Picture – Motion Picture Over 25M for his work on Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy. The film’s soundtrack release on Hollywood Records was also the year’s best-selling title. Season Kent received the award in the Motion Picture Under 25M category for her music supervision on the hit feature The Fault in Our Stars starring Shailene Woodley. In the Independent Motion Pictures Under 10M category, Matt Sullivan and Andrea von Foerster were honored for their work on Begin Again, which just received an Academy Award nomination in the Best Original Song category last week. Andy Ross was the winner in the Independent Motion Pictures Under 5M category for his music supervision on Whiplash starring Miles Teller & J.K. Simmons. Read the rest of this entry »

last-days-in-vietnamA soundtrack album has been released for the Academy Award-nominated documentary Last Days in Vietnam. The album features the film’s original music composed by Gary Lionelli (HBO’s Luck, The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest). The soundtrack is now available to download on Amazon. Check out audio clips after the jump. Last Days in Vietnam is directed and produced by Rory Kennedy and details the days leading up to the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from South Vietnam in 1975 as North Vietnamese Communist forces encircled what was then called Saigon, and efforts by some U.S. personnel to save as many of their colleagues as possible. Read the rest of this entry »

The NestChristophe Beck is reteaming with director Jason Moore to score the upcoming comedy Sisters. The film stars Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Ike Barinholtz, John Leguizamo, Dianne Wiest, John Cena and James Brolin. The movie follows two disconnected sisters who are summoned home to clean out their childhood bedroom before their parents sell the house and throw one final party in order to recapture their glory days. Paula Pell (30 Rock, Saturday Night Live) has written the screenplay. Fey is also producing the project with Roach (Austin Powers, Meet the Parents, The Campaign) and John S. Lyons (Boogie Nights, Pieces of April). Read the rest of this entry »