Varèse Sarabande – December 9th: VALKYRIE (John Ottman), THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (Tyler Bates)
Kritzerland – November: A CHRISTMAS CAROL / A CHILD IS BORN (Bernard Herrmann, TV)
MovieScore Media – LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (Johan Soderqvist, November 11th)
Buysoundtrax – SPLINTER (Elia Cmiral, November 4th)
APPALOOSA – Jeff Beal (Lakeshore 34043)
DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN – William Lava (TWP-202W58ST-02)
LOFT – Wolfram de Marco (MMS08020)
THE OMEGA MAN (Reissue) – Ron Grainer (Retrograde FSM 80127)
PASSENGERS – Edward Shearmur (Varèse Sarabande 302 066 930 2)
QUANTUM OF SOLACE – David Arnold (J-Records 37089) – 61:24
VINTAGE CINEMA – Various (Telarc 80708)
BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE (Definitive) – Ennio Morricone (Cinevox CD MDF 630) – 63:55
BUTTERFLY – Ennio Morricone (Dagored RED 186) – 27:55
CHiPs VOL 2 – Alan Silvestri (FSMCD Vol.11 No.10) – 79:11
DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS – Elmer Bernstein (Intrada Special Collection Volume 79) – 30:03
GRAND PRIX (Complete) – Maurice Jarre (FSMCD Vol.11 No.9) – 71:38
IL TASSINARO – Piero Piccioni (GDM Club 705)
INVASION (TV) – Jon Ehrlich & Jason Derlatka (MMS08015) – 61:44
Los Angeles, CA – Singer, songwriter and composer Jon Brion (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Magnolia) composed original music for the soundtrack for SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK. Lakeshore Records will release the soundtrack in stores on November 11, available now via iTunes and Amazon Digital.
Jon Brion received a Best Score nomination at the World Soundtrack Awards for the score for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, which was co-written by his Synecdoche, New York director Charlie Kaufman and that film’s director Michel Gondry. He recently composed the scores for Step Brothers, The Break-Up and scored and wrote songs for I Heart Huckabees. Additionally, Brion composed scores for Paul Thomas Anderson’s Punch-Drunk Love (2001) and Magnolia (1999, Grammy nomination for Best Score), and Hard Eight (1996).
Highly in demand as a producer and studio musician, Brion has collaborated with such artists as Kanye West, Dido, Macy Gray, Rufus Wainwright, The Crystal Method, Jude Cole, Susanna Hoffs, Sam Phillips, and The Eels. In addition to his collaboration with top artists, he is an indie music darling and is renowned for his regular Friday-night gigs at the Los Angeles club Largo, which features covers and original songs, a variety of instruments and the occasional guest.
SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK is the directorial debut of two-time Academy Award®-winning writer Charlie Kaufman (Adaptation, Being John Malkovich). The film boasts an all star cast, including Academy Award®-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman, two-time Academy Award®-nominee Samantha Morton, Academy Award®-nominee Michelle Williams, two-time Academy Award®-nominee Catherine Keener, two-time Academy Award®-nominee Emily Watson, two-time Academy Award®-winner Dianne Wiest, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Hope Davis, and Tom Noonan.
Sony Pictures Classics presents SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK in theaters in New York and Los Angeles on October 24, 2008, and theaters nationwide throughout October.
FILM COMPOSER OF THE YEAR – JAMES NEWTON HOWARD: CHARLIE WILSON’S WAR, MICHAEL CLAYTON, I AM LEGEND
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE OF THE YEAR 2008 – ATONEMENT BY DARIO MARIANELLI
BEST ORIGINAL SONG WRITTEN DIRECTLY FOR FILM 2008 – ‘DOWN TO EARTH’ FROM WALL-E (Music by Thomas Newman and Peter Gabriel, lyrics by Peter Gabriel, performed by Peter Gabriel)
DISCOVERY OF THE YEAR 2008 – MARC STREITENFELD: AMERICAN GANGSTER
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 2008 – ANGELO BADALAMENTI
PUBLIC CHOICE AWARD – TUUR FLORIZOONE: MOSCOW, BELGIUM
SABAM AWARD FOR BEST BELGIAN YOUNG COMPOSER – CEDRIC MURRATH
More info and photos: http://www.worldsoundtrackacademy.com
Film and television composer Neal Hefti died on October 11th at his home in Toluca Lake, California, at the age of 85. Born October 29, 1922 in Hastings, Nebraska, he began playing the trumpet at the age of 11, and helped support his family with his music during his teens. He began touring with bands at the end of his high school years, and beginning in 1944 he played with Woody Herman’s band, working as a composer-arranger as well as a musician. He formed his own band in the early ’50s, touring for two years with his wife, Frances Wayne (who died in 1978), as lead vocalist. He became a composer and arranger for Count Basie, and became head of Artists & Repertoire at Reprise Records in the early 1960s, arranging and conducting albums for Frank Sinatra. He scored his first feature, Jamboree, in 1957, and through the 1960s and early 1970s he was a popular composer for film and television. Though he worked most regularly in comedies, such as the Neil Simon adaptations Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple and The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, he worked in a variety of genres, including Westerns (Duel at Diablo), biopics (Harlow) and mysteries (P.J.). He composed the classic, instantly recognizable themes for two hit TV series of the 1960s, Batman and The Odd Couple (which used his theme from the film version), and he retired in 1976 after composing his final film score, for the Hollywood comedy Won Ton Ton, The Dog Who Saved Hollywood. He is survived by his son Paul, a brother, a sister, and three grandchildren. For those who wish to pay their respect to Mr. Hefti’s memory, his son Paul suggests donations to Boys Town, P.O. Box 145-Memorial, Boys Town, NE 68010, or to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.
The scores of Neal Hefti:
SEX AND THE SINGLE GIRL
HOW TO MURDER YOUR WIFE
LORD LOVE A DUCK
DUEL AT DIABLO
OH DAD, POOR DAD, MAMA’S HUNG YOU IN THE CLOSET AND I’M FEELING SO SAD
BAREFOOT IN THE PARK
BATMAN [TV theme and episode scores]
THE ODD COUPLE
A NEW LEAF
LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS
THE 500 POUND JERK [TV movie]
CONSPIRACY OF TERROR [TV movie]
WON TON TON, THE DOG WHO SAVED HOLLYWOOD
Source: Film Score monthly
Film Score Monthly – October: GRAND PRIX (Maurice Jarre), CHIPS VOL. 2: SEASON THREE, 1979-80 (Alan Silvestri)
Kritzerland – Date to be announced: LAURETTE / PRINCE JACK (Elmer Bernstein)
Decca – November 18th: MILK (Danny Elfman), THE SOLOIST (Dario Marianelli)
Buysoundtrax – October: PRINCE OF DARKNESS (John Carpenter, Alan Howarth, 2 CDs), DEATHSTALKER II / CHOPPING MALL (Chuck Cirino)
BABYLON A.D. – Atli Örvarsson (Varèse Sarabande 302 066 925 2)
BODY OF LIES – Marc Streitenfeld (Varèse Sarabande 302 066 923 2)
NIGHTS IN RODANTHE – Jeanine Tesori (Varèse Sarabande 302 066 924 2)
THE SHAKIEST GUN IN THE WEST – Vic Mizzy (Percepto 023)
WHEN NIETZSCHE WEPT – Sharon Farber (MMS08019)
JACK BROOKS: MONSTER SLAYER – Ryan Shore (MMS08018)
PASSENGERS – Edward Shearmur (Varèse Sarabande 302 066 930 2)
PRIDE AND GLORY – Mark Isham (Varèse Sarabande 302 066 931 2)
(Los Angeles, CA) “Superman Returns” composer/editor John Ottman reteams with director Bryan Singer on his World War II film “Valkyrie.” Ottman again does double duty as both editor and composer for MGM’s “Valkyrie,” starring Tom Cruise as a German officer (in theatres December 26). Ottman will again join forces with Singer to score the upcoming film “Superman: Man of Steel;” Ottman has written the scores for and edited nearly all of “Superman” director Bryan Singer’s films including “The Usual Suspects” and “Apt Pupil.”
The score to “Valkyrie” marks a high point in Ottman’s unique career. Ottman’s score is highly effective and avoids the cliches associated with a WWII story. This was done by blending carefully designed electronic sounds with the orchestra. When he couldn’t find the right textures, Ottman manipulated his own voice to create them. Like his heralded score to “The Usual Suspects,” Ottman’s music is the very pulse of “Valkyrie,” creating unrelenting tension and suspense, yet somehow artfully not getting in the way. The score subliminally leads to a highly emotional ending, culminating in an incredibly moving climax, leaving test audiences in tears. At times atmospherically restrained, and at others rousing, the score to “Valkyrie” is not one that can be categorized. Once again, Ottman provides an intelligent and refreshing voice, continuing to raise the bar in the art of scoring films.
“Valkyrie” is a true story that takes place during the height of WWII. A group of high-ranking German officers hatch a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, and seize power of the military command in order to end the war. The operation was code named “Valkyrie”, for the emergency plan that was meant to be used in case of a revolt against the Nazi government.
Having also scored “X-Men 2” and “Fantastic Four,” Ottman is quickly becoming a musical voice for superheroes. For the Man of Steel, he wrote nearly two hours of score music for the adventure epic. As a tribute to fellow composer John Williams, Ottman incorporated about fifteen minutes of his original 1978 score into the film.
His editing on “The Usual Suspects” won him the British Academy Award and a nomination from the A.C.E. (American Cinema Editors). His score for that film also won the Saturn Award. Ottman and Singer first began collaborating together at USC Film School on “Public Access,” which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival.
Since then, Ottman has composed the music for such diverse films the recent “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,” the thrillers “Hide and Seek,” “Cellular,” and “Gothika,” and the dark comedy “The Cable Guy” with Ben Stiller. Although most recognized for film work, Ottman’s score to Barry Sonnenfeld’s “Fantasy Island” garnered an Emmy Award nomination.