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Shudder To Think Frontman Craig Wedren Scoring David Wain's 'Wanderlust'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 7, 2011 4:00 AM
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Shudder To Think frontman Craig Wedren can add yet another film to his repertoire come October. Wedren has been hired by longtime friend David Wain to score his latest comedy opus “Wanderlust”. The Shudder To Think vocalist is far from a stranger to the former member of the comedy troupe "The State," previously working on all of the funnyman's past films not to mention creating the theme songs for both "Reno 911!" and the short lived, yet hysterical, "Stella." The friendship first began in the MTV days, when Wedren composed music for the fan favorite "The State" and the rest, as they say, is history.

Carter Burwell Returning To 'Twilight' Franchise To Score 'Breaking Dawn'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 7, 2011 2:39 AM
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Oscar Winning Joe Wright Regular Dario Marianelli To Score 'Jane Eyre'; Asche & Spencer Work Again With Marc Forster On 'Machine Gun Preacher'Coen Brothers and Spike Jonze regular collaborator Carter Burwell is set to return to the 'Twilight' since working on the first film to perform scoring duties for the final installment of the series, the two parter "Twilight: Breaking Dawn."

Michael Andrews To Score Judd Apatow-Produced, Paul Feig-Directed Comedy 'Bridesmaids'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 23, 2010 5:06 AM
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The name might not be familiar, but you've definitely heard his work. Michael Andrews has been tapped to compose the score for the upcoming Judd Apatow-produced, Paul Feig-directed comedy, "Bridesmaids." While he may not be as instantly recognized as Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer or James Newton Howard (yet) Andrews has composed for a number of notable films including "Donnie Darko," "Me And You And Everyone We Know," "Cyrus," and "Funny People." He most certainly got to know both Apatow and Feig back-in-the-day when he lent his skills to both "Undeclared" and "Freaks & Geeks."

Academy Disqualifies Scores For 'Black Swan,' 'True Grit' and Others From Oscar Consideration

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 21, 2010 2:40 AM
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The trouble with the Academy awards, and indeed in putting too much stock in them, is that you're relying on the decisions being made by a relatively small, aging group of people. In many ways, things are improving -- Academy membership is getting younger, and it's starting to show: we can't imagine "The Hurt Locker" winning Best Picture even a decade ago. But in some categories, and some branches, there's still a frustrating conservatism at work; the Foreign Language branch, for instance, have a long history of picking safe choices over other, more worthy films.

Chris Bacon Replaces Clint Mansell On Scoring Duties For 'Source Code'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 15, 2010 9:16 AM
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Duncan Jones' forthcoming "Source Code" is certainly one we're looking forward to. We were impressed by his brainy, minimal, yet thrilling "Moon" and are eager to see where his talents take him on a much broader scale. And he's certainly surrounded himself with some pretty heavyweight talent. Jake Gyllenhaal, Vera Farmiga, Michelle Monaghan and Jeffrey Wright all star in the upcoming film that follows a man who is part of an experimental government program investigating a terrorist incident. He finds himself in the body of an unknown commuter living and reliving a harrowing train bombing until he can find who is responsible for the attack. But it looks like one man who contributed a vital ingredient to the success of "Moon" won't be back.

Jon Brion Scoring Miranda July's Upcoming Film 'The Future'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 13, 2010 7:14 AM
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The Official Synopsis Has Also ArrivedOk, Miranda July's "The Future" heading to Sundance? We maybe should have waited a beat. Earlier today, an IonCinema report said, July's new relationships-in-turmoil drama was heading to Utah, but upon reflection there's no sourcing of that claim. We quickly emailed the writer who said, vaguely, "that's not official." Sigh, ok, whatever. We started our own digging and it turns out a hopeful speculation we made back in 2008 is correct: lauded composer/musician Jon Brion -- known for his beloved "Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind," "Punch Drunk Love," and "I Heart Huckabees" scores -- is writing the music to July's latest.

Alexandre Desplat Says "Trance-like" Score For 'Tree Of Life' Will Use Cues From Ligeti & Berlioz

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 13, 2010 4:10 AM
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Also Scoring Chris Weitz's 'The Gardener'So we are just over five months away from the likely Cannes debut and theatrical release of Terrence Malick's "The Tree Of Life." The film, pretty much the closest thing the arthouse world will ever get to a blockbuster, stars heavyweights Brad Pitt and Sean Penn in a decades-spanning tale about a father/son relationship and also the mysteries of the universe. The trailer for the film is currently in theaters playing in front of "Black Swan" but don't expect it go online anytime soon as Fox Searchlight plans to piecemeal stills and info about the project in the run-up to the release. So with that in mind, we'll take whatever info we can and the latest bit of news comes from the film's composer, Playlist favorite Alexandre Desplat.

'True Grit' Score By Carter Burwell Hits Stores December 21st, Album Streaming Now

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 11, 2010 4:03 AM
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Is this the year -- ok, at the least the month -- of the arthouse film? It would certainly seem that way. Big glossy studio pictures like "The Tourist" (opening this weekend), the forthcoming "Tron: Legacy" and "How Do You Know" are arriving with tepid buzz while auteur driven work such as "Black Swan" and the Coens' "True Grit" are riding a huge wave of anticipation. And we are certainly looking forward to it. The film boats the usual pedigree of high talent in front of the camera -- Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Barry Pepper and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld -- and once again, the directors have assigned scoring duties to composer and longtime collaborator Carter Burwell.

Portishead's Beth Gibbons Sings On 'The Tempest' Soundtrack

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 10, 2010 10:42 AM
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Composer Elliot Goldenthal Will Make His Directorial Debut Shooting A Video For 'O Mistress Mine'While we didn't particularly care for Julie Taymor's latest visually sizzling take on Shakespeare, "The Tempest," the forthcoming soundtrack is certainly piquing our interest.

Hans Zimmer Not Scoring Zack Snyder's 'Superman: Man Of Steel'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 7, 2010 2:42 AM
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"It’s A Little Bit Like Guilty By Association," The Composer Says Of False ReportLast week when it was reported that Hans Zimmer was tapped to score Zack Snyder's "Superman: Man of Steel," we knew something was off (hence the fact we didn't report it; it just smelled hinkey).

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