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NEWS: WaterTower Music Announces 'Game Night' Soundtrack

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:00:00 -0800

(image) WaterTower Music will release the [a.22566]Game Night – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack[] digitally and on CD on February 16th. The album features original music by acclaimed musician and composer [c.124]Cliff Martinez[] ([m.46152]The Foreigner[], [m.31372]Drive[]). "This score may have been the biggest musical challenge of my career," said Martinez. "When it comes to comedy, I doubt I'm at the top of most directors' short list. I'm the guy you call when the film's characters are doing drugs, getting shot, stabbed, beaten or blown up –unless of course, those things are supposed to be funny." In this case, they certainly are. [m.48562]Game Night[] is a comedy that takes a fresh and unexpected approach, so Martinez was an...

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NEWS: Lakeshore Records & Invada Records Announce 'Annihilation' Soundtrack

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:00:00 -0800

(image) Lakeshore Records and Invada Records will co-release [a.22526]Annihilation--Original Motion Picture Soundtrack[], featuring a score by [c.13365]Ben Salisbury[] and [c.13366]Geoff Barrow[], worldwide. The composing partners have once again joined forces with writer and director Alex Garland ([m.118]28 Days Later[]), for the filmmaker's upcoming film from Paramount Pictures and Skydance, starring Natalie Portman and produced by Scott Rudin, Andrew MacDonald, Allon Reich, and Eli Bush. Their score for Garland's Oscar nominated [m.41546]Ex Machina[] gained two World Soundtrack Awards nominations and was the 2016 Ivor Novello Award Winner for Best Original Score. The soundtrack will be released digitally in North America by Lakeshore...

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NEWS: 'Black Panther' Score Album Announced

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 16:00:00 -0800

(image) Marvel Music/Hollywood Records are releasing the digital album of the [m.41692]Black Panther[] score, composed by Grammy-nominated composer and songwriter [c.2269]Ludwig Göransson[], on February 16, 2018. [m.41692]Black Panther[] marks Göransson's third collaboration with director Ryan Coogler ([m.43173]Creed[], [m.35011]Fruitvale Station[]). The Swedish-born composer wrote the original songs for [m.43173]Creed[] and has also produced albums for Childish Gambino, Haim, and Chance the Rapper. Göransson recorded the score in London with a 132-piece western classical orchestra, African percussionists and a 40-person choir. Göransson said, "After reading Ryan's first draft of the script, I quickly realized that the only way I could...

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NEWS: Johann Johannsson Dies at 48

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 16:00:00 -0800

(image) [c.3198]Jóhann Jóhannsson[], Academy Award-nominated composer for his score for James Marsh's [m.40675]The Theory of Everything[] and Denis Villeneuve's [m.41837]Sicario[], passed away Friday, February 9 in Berlin. The cause of death is unknown. Known for his compositions that often blended electronics with classical orchestrations, Jóhannsson had come to be one of the most in-demand film composers of his generation. His other credits as a film composer include [m.35582]Prisoners[], [m.44592]Arrival[] (for which he was Golden Globe- and BAFTA-nominated), [m.46542]The Mercy[], [m.49629]Mandy[] and the upcoming [m.48862]Mary Magdalene[]. In addition to his film scores, Jóhannsson had a career as a solo musician and composed...

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NEWS: Academy Announces Harold Wheeler as Oscar Music Director

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:00:00 -0800

(image) Producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd today announced the key members of the production team for the [m.51555]90th Oscars[], which will air live on Sunday, March 4, on ABC. [c.24090]Harold Wheeler[], music director, returns for his fifth Oscars telecast. An accomplished orchestrator, composer, conductor, record producer and arranger, Wheeler has received multiple Emmy and Tony Award nominations as well as an NAACP Theatre Award for lifetime achievement. His television credits include the "People's Choice Awards," "AFI's 100 Years…" series and 17 seasons of "Dancing with the Stars." Wheeler also composed music for two Democratic National Conventions and the opening ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympics. On Broadway, he has...

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NEWS: Lakeshore Records Announces 'Altered Carbon' Soundtrack

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 16:00:00 -0800

(image) Lakeshore Records will release [a.22514]Altered Carbon - Original Netflix Series Soundtrack[] digitally February 9, 2018. The album features original music by composer [c.3178]Jeff Russo[] ([m.50145]Star Trek: Discovery[], [m.39686]Fargo[]). In addition to the original score, the album includes three songs including a cover of the Johnny Cash standard "Ain't No Grave" performed by [m.48696]Altered Carbon[] star Renée Elise Goldsberry (Quellcrist Falconer) and Sune Rose Wagner's performance of White Zombie's "More Human Than Human". When asked about how he crafted the score for this unique futuristic universe, composer Russo said, "We wanted to play the emotional undercurrent of the story so we decided not to be too on the nose as...

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NEWS: Lakeshore Records to Release 'The Ritual' Soundtrack

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 16:00:00 -0800

(image) Lakeshore Records will release [a.22423]The Ritual – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack[] digitally on February 9, 2018. The album features original music by composer [c.1595]Ben Lovett[] ([m.45307]Synchronicity[], [m.49745]American Folk[]). "It's really a story about a guy losing friends, and how our relationship dynamics with them change as we get older and become different people," said Lovett. "We open with a character suffering a moment of weakness that has disastrous consequences, and explore his struggle to reconcile the level of responsibility he may have had in the outcome. That's what I was drawn to initially, the film within the movie." Reuniting after the tragic death of their friend, four college pals set out to hike...

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NEWS: Weekly Roundup: February 2

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 16:00:00 -0800

[c.2205]Justin Hurwitz[] was honored with his first Grammy Award last Sunday for his music to [m.43740]La La Land[]. [c.1885]Lin-Manuel Miranda[] won the award for the song "How Far I'll Go" from [m.42413]Moana[] and [c.231]John Williams[] took home his 24th Grammy Award. For the full story, [url./news/article/?id=2529]click here[]. Announced this week were new composer assignments for [c.1238]Bear McCreary[] ([m.45795]God Particle[]), [c.1746]Max Richter[] ([m.50669]Mary Queen of Scots[]) and [c.401]Rolfe Kent[] ([m.51662]Stan and Ollie[]), among many others. For the full list of composer and music supervisor assignments from this week, [url./composers/]click here[]. Over 25 soundtrack albums were released this week. [da.2018-01-30]Click here for the full...

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NEWS: The Academy and The LA Phil to Present The Oscar Concert

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 16:00:00 -0800

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and The Los Angeles Philharmonic today announced details of The Oscar Concert, a special, one-night-only celebration of film music at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at 8:00 p.m. As part of the Oscar week celebrations for its 90th anniversary, the Academy, in partnership with the LA Phil, presents an exclusive one-of-a-kind celebration of film music, including never-before-heard arrangements of this year's five Original Score Oscar nominees. Curated by composers and Academy Governors [c.534]Michael Giacchino[], [c.855]Laura Karpman[], and [c.777]Charles Bernstein[], the evening offers an insider's look at film scoring across the decades, with select scores performed live by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by...

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MOVIE REVIEW: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (4K UHD/Blu-ray)

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:33:37 -0800

In 2014, Marvel released [m.34687]Guardians of the Galaxy[], a delightfully entertaining sci-fi romp that ultimately ties into the larger "Avengers Cinematic Universe" they've been building since 2008's [m.23154]Iron Man[]. In that first [m.]Guardians[] film, we were introduced to Peter Quill, aka "Star-Lord" (Chris Pratt), a human who was abducted as a kid by Yondu (Michael Rooker) and grew up with his gang of Ravagers become a scavenger mercenary. By the end of that film, Quill's team had grown to include Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), and after saving the universe...

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MOVIE REVIEW: SCORE: A Film Music Documentary

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 16:33:37 -0800

For those who love film music, [m.43853]SCORE: A Film Music Documentary[] truly inspires. At last, a light shines upon the composers who bring movies to life. The documentary, [m.]SCORE[] explores the vast universe of film music, wonderfully documenting important landmark scores and featuring vital composers of the past and present. Approached chronological, the structure emphasizes the development and many changes film music has encountered thus far. The interviews weave seamlessly, allowing room for very few awkward transitional jumps. It is commendable to accomplish such a logical progression in a film where its topic spans for more...

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ALBUM REVIEW: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

Tue, 09 May 2017 16:00:00 -0800

Magical beasts and fantastic melodies leap from the screen in this spin-off of the [m.]Harry Potter[] series. Directed by David Yates and written by J. K. Rowling, this film features a cast of Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, and Colin Farrell. [m.41253]Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them[] follows the endeavors of the quirky Newt Scamander as he travels to New York city. While there, his mischievous creatures get loose, causing havoc around the city. It is left to Newt and his friends to rescue them all and protect the city from an evil Obscurus looming in the darkness. Highlight Tracks - "Inside The...

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Sat, 01 Apr 2017 16:00:00 -0800

"Make way" for the soundtrack of [a.]Moana![] In this wonderfully constructed animated film, Disney once again demonstrates its great ability of storytelling, making [m.42413]Moana[] its 56th Disney animated feature film. Under the direction of Ron Clements and John Musker, the film follows Moana (Auli'i Cravalho), the hardheaded daughter of the chief of their Polynesian tribe, as she is chosen by the ocean to restore the heart of Te Fiti. Along her journey she must first find the legendary, shape shifting demigod, Maui (Dwayne Johnson) and his magical fishhook. The soundtrack for [m.42413]Moana[] captures the essence of Polynesian culture...

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ALBUM REVIEW: Kubo and the Two Strings

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:00:00 -0800

[m.42722]Kubo and the Two Strings[] dazzled audiences with some of the most beautiful animation and heartfelt storytelling seen in 2016. Directed by Travis Knight, the story of [m.42722]Kubo and The Two Strings[] journeys through adventurous, beautifully lush, and cleverly animated sets. The movie features Kubo (Art Parkinson) and his friends, Monkey (Charlize Theron) and Beatle (Matthew McConaughey), as they search for a magical suit of armor. The characters discover a mysterious past and form connections which reveal long lost memories.

The atmosphere constructed by the film's storyline and animation provide [c.1069]Dario Marianelli[]...

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ALBUM REVIEW: The Accountant

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 16:00:00 -0800

Dark and mysterious, [m.]The Accountant[] is a thriller starring Ben Affleck, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, and Anna Kendrick. It chronicles Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck), a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world's most dangerous criminal organizations.

The score, composed by [c.91]Mark Isham[], reflects the film's emotional content and hazy atmosphere. The musical elements in each cue match the storyline and emotional pacing of each scene wonderfully. The harmony, melodic gestures, and orchestration was minimal, but...

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Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:00:00 -0800

Direted by [c.54]Clint Eastwood[], [m.45380]Sully[] tells the true story of US Airways Flight 1549 and pilots Captain "Sully" Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) and First Officer Jeffrey Skiles (Aaron Eckhart), who glide their disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard.

The soundtrack was written in collaboration with [c.54]Clint Eastwood[], [c.19108]Christian Jacob[], and [c.19109]The Tierney Sutton Band[]. The album contains nineteen tracks including seven which were not featured in the film. Tierney Sutton, Grammy Award nominated American jazz singer, delivered an amazing performance as the...

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Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:00:00 -0800

Adapted from the Yann Martel novel and directed by Ang Lee, [m.31321]Life of Pi[] tells the story of Piscine Molitor "Pi" Patel, an Indian boy from Pondicherry who explores issues of spirituality and growth through adversity. For 227 days after a shipwreck, Pi is left stranded on a lifeboat in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.

[c.]Mycheal Danna[]'s score is simply sublime. His musical and thematic craft, specifically in this score, is truly a masterpiece. In a film as diverse as this, it was captivating to hear such a wide range of musical color. His musical 'painting' of culture, religion, and transcendence is...

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ALBUM REVIEW: The Jungle Book

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 16:00:00 -0800

[m.39502]The Jungle Book[] went above and beyond impressing critics and movie goers alike. With a screenplay by Justin Marks and a star studded cast, there was little room for negative reviews. Directed by Jon Favreau, [m.39502]The Jungle Book[] was the first of two live action remakes Disney presented in 2016. The Jungle Book is a classic story originally written by Rudyard Kipling in 1894. Set in the Indian jungle, it tells the story of Mowgli--a boy raised by wolves who has to fight the tiger named Shere Khan with the help of Baloo the bear and Bagheera the black panther. This film was packed with beauty, rich colors, and outstanding...

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ALBUM REVIEW: Pete's Dragon

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:00:00 -0800

When I saw that [c.8594]Daniel Hart[], a relatively unknown and young composer, was set to score one of Disney's summer releases, I was skeptical. But, I must say after seeing the film I have only one question: When and what is Hart's next score?

[m.42978]Pete's Dragon[] is a childhood classic from 1977. In this 2016 live action remake, director David Lowery took a 'dopey' live action/animation film and transformed it into a beautiful display of heart, adventure, magic, and love. Written by Lowery and Toby Halbrooks, the film tells a story of a boy, Pete, who is separated from his parents and finds comfort and protection in a mystical...

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MOVIE REVIEW: Aladdin (Diamond Edition Blu-ray)

Thu, 15 Oct 2015 16:33:35 -0800

In 1992, coming on the heels of a one-two punch with [m.15401]The Little Mermaid[] and [m.2075]Beauty and the Beast[], Walt Disney Feature Animation released [m.607]Aladdin[]. Directed by John Musker and Ron Clements, the film was an award-winning box office smash, in no small part to the manic vocal performance by Robin Williams in the role of "Genie" and [c.294]Alan Menken[]/[c.3635]Howard Ashman[]/[c.2840]Tim Rice[]'s songs. The plot is straight-forward enough: the Sultan's Grand Vizier, Jafar (voiced by Jonathan Freeman) is seeking a magical lamp containing a genie in the mythical Cave of Wonders--which can only be accessed by someone who...

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MOVIE REVIEW: Dallas Buyers Club

Wed, 04 Jun 2014 16:33:34 -0800

As a man-fights-the-system film, [m.37710]Dallas Buyers Club[] works wonderfully. Matthew McConauhey's Oscar winning performance is worthy, as is supporting actor Jared Leto (who also won an Oscar). There is a lot to cheer for, and McConauhey's performance as Ron Woodroof portraying an unlikable rodeo-riding, gambling, sex addicted homophobe turned hero, is convincing. We don't actually start to root and care for him until he is in the fight for his life, obstructed by the FDA and other government agencies who want to prevent him from obtaining and distributing drugs that will help him in his fight against AIDS.

When first diagnosed with...

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Mon, 05 May 2014 16:33:34 -0800

[m.39435]Draft Day[], starring Kevin Costner as a draft picker for an NFL football team, is an exciting sports drama that is sure to satisfy football lovers as well as those who know very little about the game (I fall the later category).

What makes the film work is its high stakes and time sensitive negotiations and deal making that transpire throughout the film. Each year in the NFL, teams draft new players and, somehow, some teams get to pick their favorite new players sooner than others (they are mostly players from college football, I gather). I'm sure sports fans know the details. I certainly don't, but even a neophyte like me...

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MOVIE REVIEW: Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Blu-ray), The

Sat, 08 Mar 2014 16:33:34 -0800

2012's [m.31271]The Hunger Games[] was a huge hit, propelling actress Jennifer Lawrence into an even higher stratosphere, if that were even possible. Based on the hit novel by Suzanne Collins, the book (the first in a trilogy) told the story about Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence), who volunteers for the annual "Hunger Games" in which two tributes (one male, one female) from each of the 12 Districts have to fight to the death as part of the punishment for the uprising against the Capitol, which controls the Districts.

Continuing where the first film left off, [m.32683]The Hunger Games: Catching Fire[] follows Katniss as she tries to cope with...

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INTERVIEW: 'Thin Red Line' Music Editor Lee Scott

Sat, 14 Jul 2012 02:37:22 -0700



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INTERVIEW: 'People Like Us' Songwriter Liz Phair

Wed, 27 Jun 2012 19:28:19 -0700



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ARTICLE: From The Publisher - January 2012

Fri, 06 Jan 2012 17:29:46 -0800



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ARTICLE: From The Publisher - December 2011

Thu, 01 Dec 2011 17:35:31 -0800



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ARTICLE: From The Publisher - November 2011

Wed, 09 Nov 2011 04:18:19 -0800



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ARTICLE: From The Publisher - October 2011

Sun, 16 Oct 2011 04:37:20 -0700



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ARTICLE: The Princess and the Frog - Sing Me A Story

Tue, 09 Mar 2010 13:37:43 -0800


Walt Disney provides us with a breakdown of all the songs in The Princess and the Frog, with a look at the various Southern styles that Oscar-nominated composer Randy Newman took when crafting the melodies, and how it all came together to help tell the story in the film.


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DVD REVIEW: The Mel Brooks Collection (Blu-ray)

Fri, 18 Dec 2009 19:00:00 -0800


SoundtrackNet looks at the new ultimate high definition box set featuring nine feature films from the Master of Comedy, Mel Brooks.


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ARTICLE: Fimucité 3 in Tenerife, Spain

Mon, 03 Aug 2009 13:36:40 -0700


SoundtrackNet travels across the globe to bring you our exclusive coverage of the Fimucité 3 film music festival in Tenerife, Spain. For the third year, composer Diego Navarro has assembled some of Hollywood's top talent in the Canary Islands, and held panels and concerts - including a tribute concert to Jerry Goldsmith, and a celebration of the Alien film saga!


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INTERVIEW: Starting at "The Beginning" with Theodore Shapiro

Sun, 21 Jun 2009 14:28:04 -0700


Bringing the "epic" title to the road-trip movie, Theodore Shapiro sits down with SoundtrackNet to discuss his recent experiences with Year One and what drives him to compose for film.


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PODCAST: May 13, 2007 - Hans Zimmer talks Pirates!

Sun, 13 May 2007 21:11:00 -0700

At World's End / The Simpsons Movie

In our longest podcast to date, SoundtrackNet talks with Academy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer to discuss his latest soundtrack, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END. He talks about the new themes, the evolution of the PIRATES scores, and even gives us a little insight into his approach for THE SIMPSONS MOVIE!

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PODCAST: April 16, 2007: Mea Culpa!

Mon, 16 Apr 2007 22:20:00 -0700

Where Have We Been?

In this podcast we apologize for our absence, but with some good explanations! We also talk about some upcoming features for the site, as well as feature some new David Arnold music, so come take a listen - it's short, and won't take up too much of your time.

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PODCAST: February 25, 2007: SCL Oscar Reception Special

Sun, 25 Feb 2007 16:50:00 -0800

The Oscar Nominees Speak Up!

In this exclusive podcast, we talk with all of the Oscar nominees for Best Score (and a few from Best Song) at the Society of Composers and Lyricsts annual Oscar reception. Hear from GUSTAVO SANTAOLALLA, JAVIER NAVARRETE, ALEXANDRE DESPLAT, PHILIP GLASS, THOMAS NEWMAN, RANDY NEWMAN, HENRY KREIGER and more!

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PODCAST: February 6, 2007: Oscar Fever!

Tue, 06 Feb 2007 22:15:00 -0800

300 / Oscar Nominations

A few website updates, including scoring session coverage and Tyler Bates' score to 300. We also dig into the Academy Award Nominations for Best Original Score and Best Original Song.

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PODCAST: January 18, 2007: The Best of 2006

Thu, 18 Jan 2007 14:30:00 -0800

Top 10 Soundtracks

Desplat wins the Golden Globe, and we dig into SoundtrackNet's Best of 2006 with our look at the Top 10 Soundtracks (plus three Honorable Mentions).

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PODCAST: December 28, 2006: Nomination Frenzy

Thu, 28 Dec 2006 19:52:00 -0800

BFCA / Golden Globe Nominations

We acknowledge Shirley Walker's passing, and take a look at the Best Score nominees from the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Hollywood Foreign Press (Golden Globes). Will BABEL win? Or will it be THE DA VINCI CODE? Or maybe something out of left field, like NOMAD?

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PODCAST: November 9, 2006: Farewell to the King - Basil Poledouris, RIP

Thu, 09 Nov 2006 13:07:00 -0800

Basil Poledouris, Dead at 61

Famed composer Basil Poledouris has passed away of cancer at the age of 61. In this podcast, I reflect on Basil, his work, and my friendship with him.

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PODCAST: September 28, 2006: Danny Elfman's Serenada Schizophrana

Thu, 28 Sep 2006 17:10:00 -0700

Elfman talks about his Concert Work

In our latest podcast, composer Danny Elfman talks about his concert work, SERENADA SCHIZOPHRANA (releasing on Oct 3, 2006 from Sony Classical). He discusses the origins of the compositions, how to find inspiration, adapting it for DEEP SEA 3D IMAX, as well as his latest concert work, THE OVEREAGER OVERTURE.

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PODCAST: September 26, 2006: Outspoken Composers

Tue, 26 Sep 2006 22:40:00 -0700

James Horner and Hans Zimmer speak out!

In this podcast, we recognize SIR MALCOLM ARNOLD who passed away this past weekend, and showcase the Film Music Radio interview with JAMES HORNER - who has some blunt things to say about GABRIEL YARED, WOLFGANG PETERSEN and TERRENCE MALICK. We also give you a little bit of our HANS ZIMMER interview, so check it out!

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PODCAST: August 31, 2006: Labor Day

Thu, 31 Aug 2006 14:30:00 -0700

Emmy Awards / Hollywood Bowl

This podcast covers the contest winners from last time, the EMMY AWARDS, some scoring sessions, an upcoming FIRST LISTEN, a new John Williams theme, two Hollywood Bowl concerts, and some exciting Alan Silvestri news!

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