(Hollywood, CA) Academy Award nominated composer John Debney features world famous trumpeter Arturo Sandoval on his score for “Idlewild,” a ragtime-inspired musical starring Andre Benjamin and Antwan Patton of R&B duo Outkast. The two artists, known in the musical world as Andre 3000 and Big Boi, play speakeasy performers in the Prohibition-era south that contendwith gangsters who have their eyes on the club in which they perform. Brian Barber, who has built a career as a music video director for the Grammy Award winning pair, directs the film. It will be released on DVD by Universal Studios on December 5. The original score album is available from Varèse Sarabande.

With “Idlewild,” the prolific John Debney once again proves his versatility and talent as he continues to compose for a diverse array of genres. His projects for 2005, encompassing thirteen features, include an elaborate full orchestral score for “Chicken Little” and a collaboration with superstar violinist Joshua Bell on the elegant and heartfelt score for “Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story.” His upcoming projects include Christopher Reeves’ last project “Everyone’s Hero,” “Barnyard,” and “Evan Almighty.”

In addition to his film projects, Debney premiered his “Passion of the Christ Symphony,” a concert based on his Oscar-nominated score for the blockbuster film, to audiences in Rome and received a pontifical blessing from the Vatican. A later performance at Southern California’s Crystal Cathedral raised funds for the American Red Cross’ Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Last year, Debney, in his 40s, was honored with ASCAP’s Henry Mancini Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his extraordinary scoring range. His credits include the hit films “Elf,” “The PrincessDiaries,” “IKnow What You Did Last Summer” and “Liar Liar.”


BIRDMAN OF ALCATRAZ – Elmer Bernstein (Varèse Sarabande VCL 1106 1054)
FLICKA – Aaron Zigman (Varèse Sarabande 302 066 776 2)
THE FOUNTAIN – Clint Mansell (Nonesuch 79901)
HOME OF THE BRAVE – Stephen Endelman (Lakeshore 33892)
LUCAS – Dave Grusin (Varèse Sarabande VCL 1106 1056)


David Arnold (‘Casino Royale’) will attend at the International Film Music Conference to take place in Úbeda, Spain, next July. Arnold is further joining other famed composers who previously confirmed their presence such as: Academy Award Nominee John Debney (‘Passion of the Christ’, 2004) as well as former European Soundtrack Council Award recipient Pascal Gaigne (‘DarkBlueAlmostBlack’, 2005). The Organising Committee of the event promises to disclose more surprises soon which it anticipates will greatly please film and soundtrack enthusiasts around the world.

David Arnold is best-known for his rousing orchestral style; an approach particularly suited for the films he usually takes part in. His scores for ‘Stargate’ (1994), ‘Independence Day’ (1996), ‘Godzilla’ (1999) and ‘2 Fast 2 Furious’ (2003) have placed him as one of industry’s most respected and acknowledged composers. Born in 1962 in Luton, England, he is currently in the spotlight due to the release of ‘Casino Royale’, the latest film in the 007/James Bond franchise. This is not the first time Arnold is scoring a 007 picture. He did it already to a great success in no less than three previous occasions: ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’ (1997), ‘The World is Not Enough’ (1999) and ‘Die Another Day’ (2002).

The International Film Music Conference – City of Úbeda will celebrate its third edition from 19 to 22 July 2007 in Úbeda, Spain. Organised by The BSOSpirit Society, it has the support of the City Hall of Úbeda and many other public and private sponsors. To this date, the symposium has become one of the most memorable gatherings for film music enthusiasts around the world. As it has been the case on previous occasions, hundreds of fans, composers and journalists are expected to enjoy the symphonic concert and the many sessions scheduled.

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24 – SEASONS 4 & 5 – Sean Callery (Varèse Sarabande 302 066 772 2)
CASINO ROYALE (2006) – David Arnold (Sony 702369) – 74:20
WAH-WAH – Patrick Doyle (Varèse Sarabande 302 066 775 2)


basil2We regret to inform that one of the most beloved contemporary film composer, Basil Poledouris, lost his battle with cancer on Wednesday, November 8th, at the age of 61. Much of the music Basil created defined each genre in which he worked for many years to follow. His talent was widely recognized by his fans and applauded by his peers in the composing community. Basil Poledouris was born on August 21, 1945 in Kansas City. He studied directing, cinematography, editing, sound and music at USC. Some of his film and TV works included Big Wednesday, Blue Lagoon, Conan the Barbarian, Red Dawn, Flesh and Blood, The Twilight Zone, Iron Eagle, Amerika, RoboCop, Lonesome Dove, Farewell to the King, Wired, The Hunt for Red October, Quigley Down Under, White Fang, Flight of the Intruder, Free Willy, It’s My Party, The War at Home, Starship Troopers, For the Love of the Game, Cecil B. Demented, and The Legend of Butch & Sundance.


ADDIO FRATELLO CRUDELE – Ennio Morricone (Digitmovies CDDM 065) – 67:38
E RIDENDO L’UCCISE – Ennio Morricone (Beat CDCR 73)
THE GRUDGE 2 – Christopher Young (Varèse Sarabande 302 066 771 2)
IL GATTO A NOVE CODE (Cat O’ Nine Tails) – Ennio Morricone (GDM CD Club 7037)
KLAUS KINSKI HORROR TRILOGY – Berto Pisano / Elio Maestosi & Stefano Liberati (Digitmovies CDDM 066, 2 CDs)
LA PIOVRA (The Octopus) – Ennio Morricone (Rai Trade FRT 420, 2 CDs) – 143:18
LA SCONOSCIUTA – Ennio Morricone (RCA 88697027922)
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS (Complete) – Howard Shore (Reprise 44376)
MURPH THE SURF – Phillip Lambro (Perseverance PRD 014)
UMA VERGINE TRA I MORTI VIVENTI – Bruno Nicolai (Digitmovies CDDM 067)
ZENABEL – Bruno Nicolai (Saimel 3997610)


Concord – BABEL (Gustavo Santaolalla, November 21th)
Dutton Vocalion – QUO VADIS / BEN HUR (Miklos Rozsa, re-recording conducted by the composer, December)
Varèse Sarabande – December 19th: NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM (Alan Silvestri), WE ARE MARSHALL (Christophe Beck), BLOOD DIAMOND (James Newton Howard)
CD Club, November: CAREFUL, HE MIGHT HEAR YOU (Ray Cook, limited edition of 1000 copies), LUCAS (Dave Grusin, limited edition of 2000 copies), SEVEN CITIES OF GOLD / THE RAINS OF RANCHIPUR (Hugo Friedhofer, limited edition of 1000 copies), BIRDMAN OF ALCATRAZ (Elmer Bernstein, limited edition of 3000 copies), RUNAWAY (Jerry Goldsmith, limited edition of 2000 copies)
Moviescore Media – CHASING GHOSTS (Scott Glasgow, November)
Silva Screen Records – THE DEPARTED (Howard Shore, November 13th)

Silva America – THE NATIVITY (Mychael Danna, December 5th)


DEAD RINGER (1964) – Andre Previn (FSMCD Vol.9 No.15)
ELOISE AT THE PLAZA / ELOISE AT CHRISTMASTIME – Bruce Broughton (Intrada Signature Edition ISE1009, 2 CDs) – 101:30
THE LIQUIDATOR – Lalo Schifrin (FSMCD Vol.9 No.16)