JAVIER NAVARRETE RECEIVES ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATION FOR ‘PAN’S LABYRINTH’

Score album available on Milan Records

(Hollywood, CA) Film composer Javier Navarrete has received his first Oscar nomination for his score to Picturehouse’s “Pan’s Labyrinth” (aka “El Laberinto del Fauno”). “Pan’s Labyrinth” began screening in theaters in December and today is found on over 130 critics’ Top Tenlists. Directed by Guillermo del Toro (“Hell Boy,” “Mimic”), “Pan’s Labyrinth” marks the director’s second collaboration with Javier Navarrete. The film unfolds through the eyes of Ofelia, a dreamy little girl who is uprooted to a rural military outpost commanded by her new stepfather. Ofelia lives outher own dark fable as she confronts monsters both otherworldly and human. Spanish composer, Javier Navarrete brings the music of Pan’s Labyrinth alive. His score captures the fantastical mood of the film – a fairy tale fantasy for adults, set against the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War – with all of the tension and imagination of this rich, layered film. The score album is available on Milan Records. The 79th Annual Academy Awards will be announced February 25.

A native of Spain, Navarrete’s relationship scoring with “Pan’sLabyrinth” director Guillermo Del Toro began with the feature “The Devil’s Backbone.” Navarrete’s talents span a wide range of genres, instruments, mediums and geographic locations. His performed music includes early electronic music in duet with friend and fellow Spanish composer Alberto Iglesias and collaborations with the British band, Dead Can Dance, featuring film composer Lisa Gerrard. Navarrete has a collection of arias based on the Latin poem “Ovidius Metamorphose” performed by Mezzo Claudia Schnneider. He has also collaborated with punk legend Iggy Pop in the music of Oscar Aibar’s “Atolladero.”

JOHN FRIZZELL SCORES ‘THE REAPING’

Warner Brothers Pictures Release March 30

(HOLLYWOOD, CA)- Composer John Frizzell scores the upcoming supernatural thriller release “The Reaping.” The film, starring Hilary Swank, is directed by Stephen Hopkins and produced by Joel Silver. Frizzell has previously worked with producer Joel Silver on such films as “13 Ghosts”, “Ghost Ship,” and “Cradle 2 The Grave.” Warner Brothers Pictures is set to release the film March 30.

In the film, Hilary Swank plays a former Christian missionary who lost her faith after her family was tragically killed, and has since become a world renowned expert in disproving religious phenomena. But when she investigates a small Louisiana town that is suffering from what appear to be the Biblical plagues, she realizes that science cannot explain what is happening and she must regain her faith to combat the dark forces threatening the community.
For his most recent release, “Primeval,” Frizzell spent weeks submerged in the world of African music, listening to over 20 hours of traditional recordings and mining vintage Smithsonian film footage in order to gain a holistic understanding of the art form.

Frizzell has written scores for a variety of genres and has proven his musical talent, creativity and versatility. For “The Prizewinner of Defiance, Ohio,” starring Julianne Moore, Frizzell recruited Newgrass band Nickel Creek to play on his Americana score. John Frizzell’s other credits range from comedies such as “Beavis and Butthead Do America” and the cult classic “Office Space,” to the dark comedy “Teaching Mrs. Tingle” and the sci-fi drama “Alien Resurrection.” Recent credits include “Gods and Generals,” and “First Born,” starring Elisabeth Shue.

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CHRISTOPHER YOUNG SCORES “GHOST RIDER”

(Los Angeles, CA) Composer Christopher Young has scared up a killer score for “Ghost Rider,” the Columbia Pictures released based on the popular Marvel comic character. Starring Nicholas Cage, Eva Mendes and Peter Fonda, this dark Super Hero actioner follows stunt motorcyclist Johnny Blaze who gives up his soul to become a hellblazing vigilante, to fight against power hungry Blackheart, the son of the devil himself. The film opens February 16, the same day Varese Sarabande has the score CD in stores.

Young explains. “What is unique is that unlike Superman, Spiderman or Batman, who are Super Heroes that do their work in the city, here we’re talking about a character that rides around on a motorcycle. So the location had to be worked in to the score, and it had to have gothic in it because it’s just a very dark storyline.” Young used drums, choir, a “gigantic orchestra” and electric guitars played by two members of Nine Inch Nails. In the end, the score ended up more industrial than Western, though acoustic guitars do give a flavor of the latter. “It’s an exciting score,” he says. “It was unlike anything I’ve done.”

Young’s distinctive and imaginative approaches to several unusual projects have made him a highly sought-after commodity on films with unusual subject matter. He wrote an ingenious score incorporating breathing effects for the offbeat film “The Vagrant”; provided a darkly dramatic score to the Christian Slater/Kevin Bacon prison drama “Murder in the First”; and tuned in perfectly to the offbeat sensibility of the Bill Murray comedy “The Man Who Knew Too Little.” His long list of works include the scores for “Hellraiser” and its sequel “Hellbound: Hellraiser II”; Norman Jewison’s “Hurricane,” starring Denzel Washington; plus such hits as “Runaway Jury,” “The Shipping News,” “The Core” and “The Grudge.”

One of the most skilled of a new generation of film composers who are able to move effortlessly between hardcore melodrama and off-the-wall satire and comedy, Young next turns his attention to “Lucky You,” a drama with Robert Duvall and Drew Barrymore that marks the second time Young has worked with director Curtis Hanson following their previous collaboration on “Wonder Boys.” The film opens March 16.

Later in 2007, Young returns to the world of the Super Hero as he scores the much-anticipated “Spider-Man 3,” once again starring Tobey Maquire and Kristen Dunst.

AARON ZIGMAN TAKES BRIDGE TO "TERABITHIA"

(Los Angeles, CA) Aaron Zigman ,one of Hollywood’s most diversified young film composers, scores “The Bridge to Terabithia” for director Gabor Csupo. Produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media, the same team responsible for the immensely successful “The Chronicles of Narnia,” Disney releases the film to theaters nationwide February 16, the same day Hollywood Records releases Zigman’s score CD.

Starring Josh Hutcherson and Anna Sophia Robb, the film tells the popular story of fifth grader Jesse Aaron’s friendship with rival Leslie Burke. Aaron’s hopes of becoming the fastest runner in his class are dashed when Leslie, the new girl in school, outruns everybody, including him. However, Jesse and Leslie soon begin a friendship, and discover a magical kingdom in the forest, where the two of them reign together as king and queen. The film also features Zooey Deschanel and Robert Patrick.

As a classically trained pianist, Zigman developed a strong musical foundation early in life, allowing him to work on everything from popular music to orchestral concert works. His incredible range has taken him from Industrial to Urban sounds for “Alpha Dog,” from a classical score to R&B with John Legend for “Pride,” as well as the epic score to “Bridge to Terabithia.”

He began his musical career as a producer and arranger for notable popular music stars including Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Tina Turner, Carly Simon, Christina Aguilera and Seal. His numerous symphonic pieces include a 35 minute-long tone poem divided into five movements, composed as a tribute to former Israeli Prime Minister Itzhak Rabin; and “Impressions,” a suite for a wind ensemble. Zigman premiered his original concert work, “Vis Vitae,” at the Third Annual Beverly Hills International Music Festival.

Expanding his repertoire to include film, Zigman began to arrange and orchestrate for features such as “Mulan,” “The Birdcage,” “Licensed to Kill” and “Pocahontas.” His work garnered the attention of director Nick Cassavetes, for whom he completed his first feature score for “John Q.,” starring Denzel Washington. The two soon collaborated again on the box-office hit “The Notebook,” which the versatile composer scored in the musical style of the 1940s, performing it with vintage instruments and using period-specific recording instruments for an authentic sound.

“Terabithia” comes on the heels of a very productive year for Zigman. Zigman-scored films released in 2006 include projects as diverse as “Flicka,” “ATL,” “Akeelah and the Bee,” “Take the Lead,” “Step Up,” “Alpha Dog,” and “The Virgin of Juarez.” Upcoming projects for the busy composer include “10th and Wolf,” with Giovanni Ribisi, James Marsden and Dennis Hopper; “The Wendall Baker Story,” the directorial debut of Andrew Wilson and Luke Wilson, starring their brother Owen Wilson, Eva Mendes and Eddie Griffin; and “Martian Child” with John Cusack.

THE 2007 OSCARS NOMINEES LIST

Here is the complete list of awards which will be handed out when Ellen DeGeneres hosts the ceremony on February 25th:

Best Picture
“Babel”
“The Departed”
“Letters from Iwo Jima”
“Little Miss Sunshine”
“The Queen”

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Leonardo DiCaprio for “Blood Diamond”
Ryan Gosling for “Half Nelson”
Peter O’Toole for “Venus”
Will Smith for “The Pursuit Of Happyness”
Forest Whitaker for “The Last King Of Scotland”

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Penélope Cruz for “Volver”
Judi Dench for “Notes On A Scandal”
Helen Mirren for “The Queen”
Meryl Streep for “The Devil Wears Prada”
Kate Winslet for ” Little Children”

Best Director
Clint Eastwood for “Letters From Iwo Jima”
Stephen Frears for “The Queen”
Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu for “Babel”
Paul Greengrass for “United 93”
Martin Scorsese for “The Departed”

Best Supporting Actor
Alan Arkin for “Little Miss Sunshine”
Jackie Earle Haley for “Little Children”
Djimon Hounsou for “Blood Diamond”
Eddie Murphy for “Dreamgirls”
Mark Wahlberg for “The Departed”

Best Supporting Actress
Adriana Barraza for “Babel”
Cate Blanchett for “Notes On A Scandal”
Abigail Breslin for “Little Miss Sunshine”
Jennifer Hudson for “Dreamgirls”
Rinko Kikuchi for “Babel”

Best Animated Feature Film
“Cars”
“Happy Feet”
“Monster House”
Best Foreign Film
“After the Wedding ” (Denmark)
“Days of Glory” (Algeria)
“The Lives Of Others” (Germany)
“Pan’s Labyrinth” (Mexico)
“Water” (Canada)

Best Screenplay – Adapted
Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Peter Baynham and Dan Mazer for “Borat”
Alfonso Cuarón & Timothy J. Sexton for “Children of Men”
William Monahan for “The Departed”
Todd Field & Tom Perrotta for “Little Children”
Patrick Marber for “Notes On A Scandal”

Best Screenplay – Original
Guillermo Arriaga for “Babel”
Iris Yamashita for “Letters from Iwo Jima”
Michael Arndt for “Little Miss Sunshine”
Guillermo Del Toro for “Pan’s Labyrinth”
Peter Morgan for “The Queen”

Best Art Direction
“Dreamgirls”
“The Good Shepherd”
“Pan’s Labyrinth”
“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”
“The Prestige”

Best Cinematography
“The Black Dahlia”
“Children of Men”
“The Illusionist”
“Pan’s Labyrinth”
“The Prestige”

Best Costume Design
“Curse of the Golden Flower”
“The Devil Wears Prada”
“Dreamgirls”
“Marie Antoinette”
“The Queen”

Best Documentary Feature
“Deliver us from Evil”
“An Inconvenient Truth”
“Iraq in Fragments”
“Jesus Camp”
“My Country, My Country”

Best Documentary Short
“The Blood of the Yingzhou District”
“Recycled Life”
“Rehearsing a Dream”
“Two Hands”

Best Film Editing
“Babel”
“Blood Diamond”
“Children of Men”
“The Departed”
“United 93”

Best Make-Up
“Apocalypto”
“Click”
“Pan’s Labyrinth”

Best Original Score
“Babel” (Gustavo Santaolalla)
“The Good German” (Thomas Newman)
“Notes on a Scandal” (Philip Glass)
“Pan’s Labyrinth” (Javier Navarrete)
“The Queen” (Alexandre Desplat)

Best Original Song
“I Need to Wake Up” — An Inconvenient Truth
“Listen” — Dreamgirls
“Love You I Do” — Dreamgirls
“Our Town ” — Cars
“Patience” — Dreamgirls

Best Short Film (Animated)
“The Danish Poet”
“Lifted”
“The Little Matchgirl”
“Maestro”
“No Time For Nuts”

Best Short Film (Live-Action)
“Binta and the Great Idea”
“Helmer & Son”
“One Too Many”
“The Saviour”
“West Bank Story”

Best Sound Editing
“Apocalypto”
“Blood Diamond”
“Flags of our Fathers”
“Letters from Iwo Jima”
“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”

Best Sound Mixing
“Apocalypto”
“Blood Diamond”
“Dreamgirls”
“Flags of our Fathers”
“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”

Best Visual Effects
“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”
“Poseidon”
“Superman Returns”

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