BALLS OF FURY – Randy Edelman (Varèse Sarabande 302 066 838 2) – 44:57
DEXTER – Daniel Licht (Milan 36291)
THE LETTER – Max Steiner (BYU FMA-MS118) – 56:02
PRISON BREAK – Ramin Djawadi (Varèse Sarabande 302 066 839 2) – 63:47
SHOOT ‘EM UP – Paul Haslinger (Varèse Sarabande 302 066 840 2) – 36:35
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced a three-week seminar on film music, to take place on September 20th, September 27th, and October 4th, at their Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. The first night, moderated by Charles Bernstein, will focus on traditional scores, featuring panelists Jan A.P. Kaczmarek and Lalo Schifrin. The second night, on alternative scores, will be moderated by Bruce Broughton and feature panelists Mychael Danna, Mark Isham, and Rolfe Kent. The final night will focus on “The Music Team,” and panelists include composers George S. Clinton, Michael Giacchino and John Powell, as well as music editor Mike Flicker. For ticket information, got to the Academy’s website.
BLADES OF GLORY (Score) – Theodore Shapiro (Lakeshore 33918) – 39:55
GRACIE (Score) – Mark Isham (Lakeshore 33940) – 39:12
WAR – Brian Tyler (Lion’s Gate LGR 20008) – 65:20
ZONE TROOPERS / THE ALCHEMIST – Richard Band (Intrada Signature Edition ISE1014) – 73:31
Soundtrack drops Aug. 28
(Burbank, CA) Milan Records releases the soundtrack from Season 1 of the hit Showtime Original series “Dexter,” featuring music by composer Daniel Licht on August 28. Along with Licht’s score, the soundtrack features the theme song by Rolfe Kent and a diverse collection of songs from the first season of the hit TV program. The first season DVD hits stores August 21. Licht’s talent and experience allowed the composer to create a unique sound for “Dexter,” as his music contributes an eerie yet ironic pulse to the show. Licht has already begun work on Season 2 of “Dexter” which premieres September 30.
Based on Jeff Lindsay’s novels Darkly Dreaming Dexter and Dearly Devoted Dexter, the show tells the story of protagonist Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) and his life as a forensic blood spatter for the Miami Dade Police Department. Based on a code instilled in him by his foster father, Dexter hunts down people who have escaped justice and makes sure they don’t get away with a crime again. The series won TV Program of the Year at AFI in 2006 as well as four IGN awards and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor.
Dan Licht has been writing music for film and television for over twenty years. His credits include such films as “Hellraiser Bloodline,” Stephen King’s “Thinner,” and “Permanent Midnight” starring actor Ben Stiller. Licht has also written the music for several TV series including “Jake in Progess,” and “Kitchen Confidential.” Most recently, Licht was awarded the BMI TV music award for his work on the first season of “Dexter.”
Varèse Sarabande – September, 25th: MICHAEL CLAYTON (James Newton Howard), SEA OF DREAMS (Luis Bacalov)
AS YOU LIKE IT – Patrick Doyle (Varèse Sarabande 302 066 830 2)
THE INVASION – John Ottman (Varèse Sarabande 302 066 837 2) – 49:03
THE LAST LEGION – Patrick Doyle (Varèse Sarabande 302 066 820 2) – 51:24
RUSH HOUR 3 – Lalo Schifrin (Varèse Sarabande 302 066 834 2) – 50:44
Film Hits Theaters Aug. 24, Commotion S/T Sept 11
(Los Angeles, CA) Award-winning composer Edward Shearmur scores “Dedication,” the Weinstein Company’s latest feature from director Justin Theroux (“Zoolander,” “Miami Vice’). Shearmur previously collaborated with Theroux on the box office hit, “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.” “Dedication,” starring Mandy Moore and Billy Crudrup, opens in New York and Los Angeles theaters on August 24th. Soundtrack to be released on Commotion Records Sept 11.
For “Dedication,” Shearmur’s score combined orchestral and electronic elements to create an ambient tone, a style that can be previously heard on his score to “K-PAX.” Most recently winner of an Emmy for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music for “Masters of Horror,” London-born composer Ed Shearmur has also won a Golden Slate Award for his Best Original Score (“Cruel Intentions”), multiple BMI Film Music Awards (“Charlie’s Angels,” “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle” and “Miss Congeniality”). “Dedication” is a modern love story in which protagonist Henry Roth (Crudup), a misanthropic children’s book author, is forced to work with a beautiful illustrator (Moore) following the death of his best friend. As Henry struggles with letting go of the past, he discovers that maybe all he needs is a little dedication.
Shearmur began his career at age seven singing in the boys choir at the Westminster Cathedral. Upon graduation from Eton College, he then studied at the Royal College of Music and went on to earn a scholarship to Cambridge. Following his education, Shearmur further perfected his talent by serving as an assistant to composer Michael Kamen , contributing to the orchestration on such films as “License to Kill,” “Die Hard,” and “Lethal Weapon.” Since his debut as a film composer for the highly acclaimed “The Cement Garden” in 1991, Shearmur has displayed his ability to create music for multiple arenas including the memorable scores for the popular films “Charlie’s Angels,” “Cruel Intentions,” “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, “”The Count of Monte Cristo” and “K-PAX.” With a deep love for rock n’ roll, Shearmur has also collaborated as a keyboardist and arranger with such icons as Annie Lennox, Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton and Bryan Adams. Additionally, he toured for a year with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.
The composer’s upcoming projects include the eagerly-anticipated historical fiction from director Justin Chadwick, “The Other Boleyn Girl.” Starring Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson, “The Other Boleyn Girl” is scheduled for release in December 2007.
The World Soundtrack Academy released the list of nominees for the three principal categories in the World Soundtrack Awards: Film Composer of the Year, Best Original Score of the Year and Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film. The names of the winners will be announced on Saturday, October 20th on the closing evening of the Ghent International Film Festival.
Film Composer of the Year
• MYCHAEL DANNA (Little Miss Sunshine, Breach, The Nativity Story, Fracture)
• ALEXANDRE DESPLAT (The Queen, The Painted Veil)
• PHILIP GLASS (Notes on a Scandal)
• HARRY GREGSON WILLIAMS (Déjà Vu, Shrek the Third, The Number 23, Flushed Away)
• JOHN POWELL (Happy Feet)
Best Original Score of the Year
• THE FOUNTAIN by Clint Mansell
• LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE by Mychael Danna
• NOTES ON A SCANDAL by Philip Glass
• SHREK THE THIRD by Harry Gregson Williams
• ZODIAC by David Shire
Best Original Song Written for Film
• “LE FESTIN” from Ratatouille (Music and lyrics by Michael Giacchino and Performed by Camille)
• “FALLING SLOWLY” from Once (Written and Performed by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova)
• “I NEED TO WAKE UP” from An Inconvenient Truth (Written and Performed by Melissa Etheridge)
• “WHEN YOU TAUGHT ME HOW TO DANCE” from Miss Potter (Written by Mike Batt, Nigel Westlake, and Richard Maltby, Jr. – Performed by Katie Melua)
• “YOU KNOW MY NAME” from Casino Royale (Written by Chris Cornell and David Arnold Performed by Chris Cornell)