Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Nominations Announced

Posted: December 15, 2014 by filmmusicreporter in Film Music News
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criticschoiceThe Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) has announced the nominations for the 20th Critics’ Choice Movie Awards this morning. The nominations in the Best Score category are:

The Imitation Game – Alexandre Desplat
The Theory of Everything – Johann Johannsson
Gone Girl – Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
Birdman – Antonio Sanchez
Interstellar – Hans Zimmer Read the rest of this entry »

‘The Gambler’ Soundtrack Released

Posted: December 15, 2014 by filmmusicreporter in Film Music Albums
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the-gamblerUniversal Records has released a soundtrack album for the crime drama The Gambler. The album features the songs from the film by artists including Dinah Washington, M83, Pulp, Billy Bragg, Ayo, Ray LaMontagne, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Alan Price & more. The soundtrack is now available to download on Amazon, where you can also listen to audio clips. The Gambler is directed by Rupert Wyatt and stars Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Michael Kenneth Williams and Jessica Lange. The movie scored by Jon Brion & Theo Green follows a college professor who gets caught up in the dangerous world of high-stakes underground gambling. Read the rest of this entry »

ascensionPremiering tomorrow, December 15, is the Syfy original mini-series Ascension created by Philip Levens and starring Brian P. Bell, Brian Van Holt, Tricia Helfer, Andrea Roth, Tiffany Lonsdale, Ryan Robbins, Jacqueline Byers, P.J. Boudousqué and Gil Bellows. The six-parter’s original music is composed by Trevor Morris (The Tudors, Immortals, The Borgias, VikingsOlympus Has Fallen). To learn more about the six-hour event series, which will air on three consecutive nights on Syfy and to watch a trailer, check out our scoring assignment announcementRead the rest of this entry »

labyrinth-of-liesCelloid has released a soundtrack album for the German thriller Labyrinth of Lies (Im Labyrinth des Schweigens). The album features the film’s original music composed by Niki Reiser (Beyond Silence, Nowhere in Africa) and Sebastian Pille. The soundtrack is now available to download on Amazon. Check out audio clips after the jump. Labyrinth of Lies is directed by Giulio Ricciarelli and stars Alexander Fehling, André Szymanski, Friederike Becht and Gert Voss. The movie follows a young prosecutor in postwar West Germany who investigates a massive conspiracy to cover up the Nazi pasts of prominent public figures. Read the rest of this entry »

‘Harmontown’ Soundtrack Announced

Posted: December 13, 2014 by filmmusicreporter in Film Music Albums
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harmontownStarburn Industries will release a soundtrack album for the documentary Harmontown. The album features the film’s original music composed by Ryan Elder (Rick and Morty, Wizards of Waverly Place). Also included are a number of bonus tracks from Harmon’s live tour. The soundtrack will be released digitally on December 15, 2014 and is now available for pre-order on Amazon. Harmontown is directed by Neil Berkeley and centers on Community creator Dan Harmon’s road tour, taking his Harmontown podcast to fans across the country. The movie features appearances by Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Sarah Silverman, Chris Hardwick, Allison Brie, Joel McHale and Jason Sudeikis. Read the rest of this entry »

Two new movies are opening nationwide this weekend:

exodusExpected to top the weekend box office is the biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings directed by Ridley Scott and starring Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Aaron Paul, Ben Mendelsohn, John Turturro, Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley. The film’s original music is composed by Alberto Iglesias (Tinker Tailor Soldier SpyThe Constant Gardener) Sony Classical has released a soundtrack album featuring the composer’s music, as well as a couple of tracks written by additional composers Harry Gregson-Williams and Federico Jusid. Check out our previous news article for the full album details and to learn more about the film.

top-fiveAlso opening wide is the comedy Top Five written and directed by Chris Rock and starring himself, Rosario Dawson, Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Cedric The Entertainer, JB Smoove, Sherri Shepherd, Anders Holm, Romany Malco and Leslie Jones. Questlove and Ludwig Goransson have composed the film’s original score. Def Jam Recording has released a soundtrack album featuring the songs from and inspired by the film by artists including Jay Z & Kanye West, DMX, Public Enemy, LL Cool J, The Roots, Rakim and Salt-N-Pepa. Check out our soundtrack announcement for the full album details. Read the rest of this entry »

Academy Announces 114 Original Scores in Oscar Race

Posted: December 12, 2014 by filmmusicreporter in Film Music News
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oscars3The Academy of Motion Pictures Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the eligible movies in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 87th Academy Awards. The 114 eligible scores along with the composer are listed below in alphabetical order by film title.

“American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs,” Vivek Maddala, composer
“Anita,” Lili Haydn, composer
“Annabelle,” Joseph Bishara, composer
“At Middleton,” Arturo Sandoval, composer
“Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?,” Elia Cmiral, composer
“Bears,” George Fenton, composer
“Belle,” Rachel Portman, composer Read the rest of this entry »

Academy Announces 79 Original Songs in Oscar Race

Posted: December 12, 2014 by filmmusicreporter in Film Music News
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oscarsThe Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has announced the short list of 79 songs that are in contention for nominations in the Original Song category for the 87th Academy Awards. During the nominations process, all voting members of the Music Branch will receive a Reminder List of works submitted in the category and a DVD copy of the song clips. Members will be asked to watch the clips and then vote in the order of their preference for not more than five achievements in the category. The five achievements receiving the highest number of votes will become the nominations for final voting for the award. A maximum of two songs may be nominated from any one film. The nominations will be announced on January 15, 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

a-d.jpgHans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe are scoring the upcoming NBC event mini-series A.D.. The 12-parter is the sequel to last year’s History series The Bible and starts with the Crucifixion and The Resurrection and chronicles the events that follow. The show’s cast includes Juan Pablo di Pace, Vincent Regan, Greta Scacchi, Aniss Elkohen, Richard Coyle, Babou Ceesay, Chipo Chung, Cesare Taurasi and Adam Levy. Simon Block (Inspector Lewis) has written the scripts. Mark Burnett (Survivor, Shark Tank) and Roma Downey are executive producing the project with Richard Bedser. Zimmer and Balfe have previously scored last year’s History original The Bible for the producers, as well as the theatrical version Son of God. Read the rest of this entry »

jon-brionJon Brion is reuniting with director Judd Apatow (The 40-Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up) on the upcoming comedy Trainwreck. The film is written by comedian Amy Schumer who also stars in the film alongside Bill Hader, LeBron James, Brie Larson, Tilda Swinton, John Cena and Ezra Miller. The movie follows a commitment-averse woman who is trying to get past her self-sabotaging ways. Apatow is also producing the project with Barry Mendel (The Sixth Sense, Bridesmaids, The Royal Tenenbaums). Brion has previously scored Apatow’s last feature This is 40 and appeared on screen in the director’s 2009 film Funny People. Read the rest of this entry »