Atli Orvarsson to Score ‘Bilal’

Posted: July 26, 2015 by filmmusicreporter in Film Scoring Assignments
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bilalAtli Orvarsson has been hired to score the upcoming animated feature Bilal. The film is directed by Khurram Alavi and features the voice talent of Ian McShane, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Thomas Ian Nicholas and Michael Gross. The movie is inspired by the story of the real-life African hero Bilal Ibn Rabah, who, born into slavery in the sixth century, was one of the most trusted companions of the Prophet Muhammad. The project marks the first feature-length animated film from the Dubai-based Barajoun, and also is the first Middle Eastern-funded and -produced animated film. Read the rest of this entry »

descendantsPremiering on Friday, July 31 is the Disney Channel original movie Descendants directed and executive produced by Kenny Ortega and starring Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Booboo Stewart, Sofia Carson, Mitchell Hope, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Maz Jobrani, Kathy Najimy and Kristin Chenoweth. David Lawrence (American Pie, High School Musical) has composed the film’s original score. Walt Disney Records will release a soundtrack album featuring the songs from the film on Friday. Check out our soundtrack announcement for the full album details and to learn more about the movie.

rogue-nationThe full album details of the soundtrack album for the action sequel Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation have been revealed. The album features the film’s original music composed and conducted by Joe Kraemer (Jack ReacherThe Way of the GunFemmes Fatales). The soundtrack will be released physically on La-La Land Records’ website on July 28, digitally on July 31 and elsewhere on August 4. Visit Amazon to pre-order the CD and check out audio samples below. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is directed by Christopher McQuarrie and stars Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson, Alec Baldwin and Sean Harris. The fifth part in the series follows Ethan and team as they take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate—an international rogue organization, committed to destroying the IMF. Read the rest of this entry »

Three new movies are opening nationwide this weekend:

pixelsOpening in most theaters is the sci-fi action comedy Pixels directed by Chris Columbus and starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad and Brian Cox. The film’s original music is composed by Henry Jackman (Captain America: The Winter SoldierBig Hero 6X-Men: First ClassWreck-It-Ralph). Varese Sarabande has released a soundtrack album featuring the composer’s score. Check out our previous news article for the full album details. Also visit Music Times and Bam! Smack! Pow! for recent interviews with Jackman about his work on the project.

southpaw3-300x300Also opening wide is the boxing drama Southpaw directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Naomie Harris, Oona Laurence and Rita Ora. James Horner (AvatarTitanicA Beautiful Mind) composed his last film score for the film, which is also dedicated to the composer. Sony Classical has released a soundtrack album featuring the composer’s music. Click here to check out the full album details. A separate soundtrack featuring the songs from and inspired by the film, including Eminem’s Phenomenal, as well as tracks by 50 Cent, The Weeknd, The Notorious B.I.G., Slaughterhouse is also available. Check out our previous article for more information. Read the rest of this entry »

ricki-and-the-flashRepublic Records will release a soundtrack album for the musical comedy drama Ricki and the Flash. The album features the songs from the film by the fictional band from the film led by Meryl Streep, including the original song Cold One written by Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice. Also included are songs by Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, Henry Wolfe and the Feelies. The soundtrack will be released on August 7, 2015 and is now available for pre-order on AmazonRicki and the Flash is directed by Jonathan Demme, written by Diablo Cody and stars Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Mamie Gummer, Audra McDonald, Sebastian Stan and Rick Springfield. Read the rest of this entry »

sicarioVarese Sarabande will release a soundtrack album for Denis Villeneuve’s thriller Sicario. The album features the film’s original music written by Academy Award-nominated composer Johann Johannsson (The Theory of Everything) who previously collaborated with the director on Prisoners. The soundtrack will be released on September 18, 2015 and is now available for pre-order on Amazon. Check back on this page for the full album details. Sicario stars Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Victor Garber and Jon Bernthal. The movie follows an officer from Tucson, Arizona who travels to Mexico with a pair of mercenaries to track down a drug lord. Read the rest of this entry »

‘Maggie’ Soundtrack Released

Posted: July 24, 2015 by filmmusicreporter in Film Music Albums
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maggieVarese Sarabande has released a soundtrack album for the zombie thriller Maggie. The album features the film’s original music composed by David Wingo (MudTake ShelterAll the Real GirlsThe Sitter). The soundtrack is now available to download on Amazon, where you can also listen to audio samples. Maggie is directed by Henry Hobson and stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin and Joely Richardson. The movie follows a father who has to save his infected daughter when a deadly zombie virus sweeps the nation. Read the rest of this entry »

Ilan Eshkeri Scoring ‘Autobahn’

Posted: July 23, 2015 by filmmusicreporter in Film Scoring Assignments
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autobahnIlan Eshkeri is composing the original score for the upcoming thriller Autobahn. The film is directed by Eran Creevy (Welcome to the Punch) and stars Nicholas Hoult, Anthony Hopkins, Felicity Jones and Ben Kingsley. The movie follows a young US couple who are plunged into a game of cat-and-mouse across Germany when they find themselves caught between two ruthless criminals. F. Scott Frazier (The Numbers Station) has written the screenplay. Joel Silver (The Matrix, Die Hard, Sherlock Holmes) is producing the project with Ben Pugh & Rory Aitken (Monsters: Dark Continent), Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (SinisterMidnight Special) and Daniel Hetzer.  Read the rest of this entry »

the-giftSony Classical will release a soundtrack album for the thriller The Gift. The album features the film’s original music composed by Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans (Enemy, Martha Marcy May Marlene, The One I Love). The soundtrack will be released on August 7, 2015. The Gift is directed by Joel Edgerton who also stars in the film alongside Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall. The movie follows a couple who seek to reinvigorate their relationship with a fresh beginning in a new town, only to be have their life disrupted by an acquaintance from the husband’s past. Read the rest of this entry »

everestVarese Sarabande will release the official soundtrack album for the drama Everest. The album features the film’s original music written by Academy Award-winning composer Dario Marianelli (AtonementPride and PrejudiceAnna KareninaV for Vendetta). The soundtrack will be released on September 18, 2015 and is now available for pre-order on Amazon. Check back on this page for the full albums details. Everest is directed by Baltasar Kormákur and stars Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson and Jake Gyllenhaal. Read the rest of this entry »