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Neil LaBute May Direct Film Version Of Stephen Sondheim's Musical 'Company'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 25, 2010 2:46 AM
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For a man who's long been a giant in the field of musical theater, it's somewhat surprising that Stephen Sondheim hasn't been more of a feature on the big screen. Sure, there was his score for Alain Resnais' "Stavisky," a few original songs for Warren Beatty's "Dick Tracy" and co-writing the script for the cult murder mystery "The Last of Sheila," but adaptations of his work have so far been restricted to the justifiably forgotten 1977 film of "A Little Night Music," and 2007's "Sweeney Todd."

Alexandre Desplat's Scores For 'Deathly Hallows' & 'The King's Speech' Hits Stores

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 19, 2010 11:34 AM
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Next week, Americans will be getting on planes, trains and automobiles to make the trek back home for Thanksgiving. It's probably the ugliest travel time of the year, so perhaps a couple of new soundtrack albums will help ease your nerves in the event your flight is delayed.

Howard Shore Returns To Score Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 18, 2010 6:14 AM
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While the faces will be different in Peter Jackson's forthcoming two-parter "The Hobbit," the behind scenes talent will largely remain the same. With the project now gearing up to shoot in the longtime home of Middle Earth New Zealand, and with Jackson set to work with the same crews he utilized on those films, it's no surprise that a familiar name is returning to score the film and help replicate the magic of "The Lord Of The Rings" trilogy.

'Black Swan' Soundtrack Featuring Score By Clint Mansell Hits Stores November 30th

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 18, 2010 2:48 AM
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This writer, to his eternal shame, has something of a tin ear for classical music. Generally speaking, if a piece of music doesn't have at least one chorus, or is part of a film score, we tend to glaze over a little bit. So it's a credit to Clint Mansell's work on "Black Swan," which mostly appropriates elements from Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake," the ballet at the center of the film, that after our screening, we went home and listened to Tchaikovsky fairly solidly for about a week.

'Faster' Soundtrack Features A Score By Clint Mansell, Songs By Iggy Pop, The Heavy & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 13, 2010 7:59 AM
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To be honest we haven't really been paying attention to "Faster," mostly because it looks like another dumb Dwayne Johnson action flick, so color us surprised when we learned that one our favorite composers, and frequent Darren Aronofsky collaborator, Clint Mansell had done an original score for the film. Huh.

Christopher Nolan & Hans Zimmer Prepping "Augmented Sound Project” Based On 'Inception' Soundtrack

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 9, 2010 7:52 AM
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Get ready for your mind to be blown all over again.

Aaron Sorkin Writing, Danny Elfman Scoring 'Houdini' Broadway Musical For Hugh Jackman

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 3, 2010 2:00 AM
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You wouldn't necessarily know it from his frequently gruff screen persona, but Hugh Jackman has a long background in stage musicals -- he was plucked from his role in "Oklahoma" at the National Theatre in London to play Wolverine a decade ago, and has generally leaned towards the action end of the spectrum on the big-screen, despite the development of the likes of a musical based around P.T. Barnum, an adaptation of "Carousel," and his attachment to the sadly dead Steven Soderbergh-directed 3D "Cleo," in which Jackman would have starred alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones and Ray Winstone, to a score by Guided By Voices -- a project we'd sit through another half-dozen lacklustre Wolverine pictures to see resurrected.

'127 Hours' Soundtrack Features Sigur Ros, Dido, Bill Withers & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 28, 2010 2:09 AM
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While James Franco's performance in Danny Boyle's "127 Hours" is a remarkable feat, and a career defining turn for the actor, the soundtrack to the film, is another integral ingredient in the picture's powerful emotional impact. Powered by an original score by A.R. Rahman and completed with smart, select uses of songs by Sigur Ros and Bill Withers, the soundtrack is definitely worth picking up.

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