Varèse Sarabande – May 6th: SPEED RACER (Michael Giacchino), STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE (Danny Elfman)
BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25th CENTURY – Stu Phillips (Intrada Special Collection Volume 60) – 35:51
COSI COME SEI – Ennio Morricone (Cinevox MDF 623)
ESCALATION – Ennio Morricone (Digitmovies CDDM 105)
HATCHET FOR THE HONEYMOON – Sante Maria Romitelli (Digitmovies CDDM 107)
HORTON HEARS A WHO! – John Powell (Varèse Sarabande 302 066 888 2) – 59:54
I GIGANTI DELA TESSAGLIA – Carlo Rustichelli (Digitmovies CDDM 108) – 74:05
LA BARONESSA DI CARINI – Paolo Vivaldi (Rai Trade FRT 428) – 76:54
LA LICEALE / LA LICEALE NELLA CLASSE DEI RIPETENTI – Vittorio Pezzolla / Gianni Ferrio (Digitmovies CDDM 106)
LEATHERHEADS – Randy Newman (Varèse Sarabande 302 066 887 2) – 43:59
STOP-LOSS – John Powell (Varèse Sarabande 302 066 886 2) – 39:54
THIS GIRL FOR HIRE – Bruce Broughton (Intrada Signature Edition ISE1020) – 43:20
TRIGGER MAN / THE ROOST – Jeff Grace (MMS08006)
(Hollywood, CA) Award-winning composer George S. Clinton scores New Line’s “Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay.” The sequel to “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle,” follows the cross-country adventures of the pot-smoking duo as they try to outrun authorities who suspect them of being terrorists. Joe Levdon from Variety said, “”Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay” is one of the ballsiest comedies to come out of Hollywood in a long time. No kidding.” “Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay” opens in theatres on April 25. The soundtrack will be available on Lakeshore Records.
Clinton’s method of writing for comedy is to not write the music literally. The composer explains, “In comedy, I write the music like a straight man, and let the characters make the film funny.” Clinton integrated a full orchestra as well as ensemble players into the score. He added, “In certain moments, the film may feature lighthearted but not ‘cartoony’ elements.” Clinton also incorporated middle-eastern elements into this score.
Currently, Clinton has reunited with Mike Myers, with whom he worked all the Austin Powers films, for Paramount’s comedy “The Love Guru” co-written by and starring Myers. Myers plays Guru Pitka, a Deepak Chopra wannabe who is given the task of helping the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team get their star player back on track before the Stanley Cup play-offs. “The Love Guru” opens in theatres on June 20. For this film the composer’s score ranges from classic orchestral to “Bollywood” tablas and sitars.
Clinton’s musical innovation and versatility has allowed him to create memorable scores for various genres. Last year, Clinton received an Emmy nomination for Best Original Score to HBO Films’ “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.” His score varied from Americana to incorporating Native American elements. He also enlisted World-renowned Native American flutist John Two-Hawks to play on the score. Clinton’s other credits range from such diverse films as the romantic Zalman King’s “Red Shoe Diaries,” the martial arts fantasy “Mortal Kombat,” the suspense “The Astronaut’s Wife,” and the sexy thriller “Wild Things.” Other projects include John Waters’ “A Dirty Shame” and “3000 Miles to Graceland.”
In addition to his film projects, Clinton has written several concert works, three musicals, and songs recorded by such artists as Michael Jackson, Joe Cocker, Smokey Robinson and Johnny Mathis. Last year, George S. Clinton received BMI’s highest honor bestowed on a composer, The Richard Kirk Award for Career Achievement. He joins the company of legendary recipients which include John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith and Danny Elfman. George S. Clinton believes in imparting his knowledge on a new generation of filmmakers. For the last ten years, he has volunteered his time and experience to filmmakers and composers at the Sundance Institute in Park City, Utah.
Harry Gregson-Williams – The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
James Newton Howard – The Happening
MovieScore Media – JELLYSMOKE / UNKNOWN SOLDIER (Peter Calandra, April 1st), THE ABANDONED (Alfons Conde, April 4th), THE DARK HOUR (Alfons Conde, April 15th), THE 4 MUSKETEERS (Matt Dinkley, April 22nd)
BONE DRY – Scott Glasgow (Intrada MAF 7103) – 72:48
DOOMSDAY – Tyler Bates (Lakeshore 33991) – 64:09
EYE OF THE DEVIL – Gary McFarland (FSMCD Vol.11 No.1)
HEAVY METAL: THE SCORE – Elmer Bernstein (FSMCD Vol.11 No.2) – 72:40
JOSHUA – Nico Muhly (MMS08005) – 46:36
Aleph Records To Release The Soundtracks for Sudden Impact And SPOOKS. The Music From Bullitt to Appear In Hei$t
(March 20, 2008- Los Angeles, CA) – Aleph Records will release the soundtrack for Sudden Impact and SPOOKS on May 6. Sudden Impact was the fourth film of the five film “Dirty Harry” series. Composer Lalo Schifrin returned to the series, after composing Dirty Harry and Magnum Force, but not the third film The Enforcer. Aleph Records has released the soundtracks for the first three films. With only excerpts released on the first “Dirty Harry” LP, Sudden Impact includes the complete score plus additional bonus tracks that have been remixed from the original multi-track masters.
In addition, on May 6, Aleph Records will release the soundtrack for SPOOKS via iTunes, a new military horror series from Devil’s Due Publishing. SPOOKS was created and co-written by Schifrin’s son Ryan. The comic is a hit and has sold out within its first week and all four issues will be turned into a graphic novel in July. The music appears on the website for the comic (www.spooksthecomic.com). Lalo previously scored the film Abominable for Ryan Schifrin.
CODEMASTERS has licensed tracks from the film Bullitt, composed by Lalo Schifrin. HEI$T™ is an all-new job pullin’, bank robbin’ action-driving game set in a gritty San Francisco, circa 1969. HEI$T has gamers taking charge of a group of renegade criminals as they rob, steal and shoot their way throughout the city, all the while their sights set on the big score: taking the San Francisco Mint. The video game will be released in the summer of 2008.
Composer Lalo Schifrin is a true Renaissance man. As a pianist, composer and conductor, he is equally at home conducting a symphony orchestra, performing at an international jazz festival, scoring a film or television show, or creating works for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the London Philharmonic and even The Sultan of Oman.
He has written more than 100 scores for films and television including the classic scores for Mission: Impossible, Mannix, The Fox, Cool Hand Luke, Bullitt, Dirty Harry, The Cincinnati Kid, and The Amityville Horror. Schifrin’s recent film scores include Tango, all 3 films from the Rush Hour trilogy, Bringing Down The House, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, After the Sunset, and Abominable. To date, Lalo Schifrin has won four Grammy™ Awards (with twenty-one nominations), one Cable ACE Award, and received six Oscar™ nominations.
Sudden Impact will be available in stores and via iTunes on May 6, 2008. SPOOKS will be available via iTunes on May 6.
Film Score Monthly – March: HEAVY METAL (Elmer Bernstein), EYE OF THE DEVIL (Gary McFarland)
Varèse Sarabande – P.S. I LOVE YOU (John Powell, April 22nd), JOHN ADAMS (Joseph Vitarelli, April 22nd), LOST – THIRD SEASON (Michael Giacchino, April 29th)
Aleph – SUDDEN IMPACT (Lalo Schifrin, May 6th)
Buysoundtrax – A TIME TO DIE (Ennio Morricone, March)