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16 Musicians-Turned-Film Composers And Their Breakout Scores

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 9, 2014 4:56 PM
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Musicians Turned Composers
Increasingly over the last two decades, musicians and bands have looked upon the film score and seen a rare opportunity to challenge themselves in a new medium, and also to gain a break from non-stop touring. The results have been an eclectic, unconventional bounty. Last month, Mica Levi of Micachu and the Shapes delivered an iconic three-note theme to Jonathan Glazer’s “Under The Skin” that rattled the senses, while Devonte Hynes (Lightspeed Champion, Blood Orange) struck a dreamy pop tone of high-school nostalgia with his score to Gia Coppola’s directorial debut, “Palo Alto.”

‘22 Jump Street’ Soundtrack Features Wiz Khalifa, Diplo, Skrillex, Angel Haze, Travis Barker & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 4, 2014 9:22 AM
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22 Jump Street
Three elements were highly underrated from “21 Jump Street.": the score by Mark Mothersbaugh, the excellent theme song written by Mothersbaugh, and the overall soundtrack. In fact, it’s kind of crazy that no soundtrack was ever released considering the eclectic hits on it, but for some reason no disc or digital collection ever came out (but you can find all of the songs in the first movie here).

Mark Mothersbaugh To Score Cameron Crowe's Upcoming Film Starring Bradley Cooper & Emma Stone

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • May 19, 2014 11:42 AM
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Untitled Cameron Crowe Bradley Cooper Emma Stone Editing
Composer/Devo co-founder Mark Mothersbaugh has worked on a number different films and TV shows over the years, collaborating with directors such as Wes Anderson and Phil Lord and Chris Miller along the way. Now you can add Cameron Crowe to the long list of filmmakers who has worked with the man as Mothersbaugh revealed last week at the BMI Film & Television Awards that he’s been hired to write the music for Crowe’s upcoming untitled project.

'The Hangover' For Olds: Watch The New Trailer For 'Last Vegas'; Film Will Be Scored By Mark Mothersbaugh

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 18, 2013 2:06 PM
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Perhaps speaking to the dearth of roles for older actors, or the need for a paycheck, this morning Michael Douglas was honored for his turn in "Behind The Candelabra" with an Emmy nomination. And now this afternoon comes the trailer for "Last Vegas," another movie set in the Nevada playground that finds him hamming it up alongside Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro and Kevin Kline in a premise that is basically "The Hangover-but-with-old-people."

Watch: A Half-Cut Bill Murray Gives His Guide To Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom,' Plus Gorgeous Alternate Posters

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 22, 2012 9:20 AM
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With all the fuss of the last few days, it's almost escaped our attention that Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" is now only a few days away from hitting theaters: in the week since it premiered at Cannes, so many new films, news and trailers have arrived that it's a pleasant surprise to realize that the 'Moonrise' is going on limited release this Friday. And doubly so because, if our review and many others are to be believed, the film is a particular treat, and probably Anderson's finest live-action work in a decade.

Review: Twisty, Action-Packed NYC Noir 'Safe' Is The Finest Jason Statham Actioner Yet

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 24, 2012 10:59 AM
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The de-evolution of the modern b-action movie is disheartening. The genre has been bisected by traditionalists and new-school practitioners. The old-school, red meat types like Sylvester Stallone and their ilk believe that real men doing real stunts and delivering brutal blows is the way to go, big tough guys in big tough situations, without any youngbloods or fancy gizmos. The more contemporary action filmmaker, however, spikes the punch, utilizing heavy-duty CGI to turn Tobey Maguire into Dolph Lundgren, Cameron Diaz into Jackie Chan. Neither side seems to understand that you don't need to be Dostoyevsky to infuse the same old tropes with just a little respect for characters, stories, suspense, and high stakes. It's the story, stupid. Believe in it.

'Moonrise Kingdom' Soundtrack Features Françoise Hardy, Hank Williams & The Partial Return of Mark Mothersbaugh

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 11, 2012 4:59 PM
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Here's a great tease, but we'll take it nonetheless. Partial details of Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" have arrived, plus the soundtrack art and a release date.

SXSW '12: Mark Mothersbaugh Confirms He's Scoring 'Lego,' Talks Working On Wes Anderson's 'Bottle Rocket' & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 14, 2012 10:03 AM
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SXSW is usually an incredibly streamlined and well-organized film festival, with everything working with the smoothness of a Swiss watch. But yesterday must have been an "off" day, as a panel centered around beloved film composer and Devo member Mark Mothersbaugh started about ten minutes late and (for some reason) a retrospective video for Mothersbaugh, produced back in 2004, played for another 20 minutes. Meaning that the tight hour that was allotted for the composer was actually more like 30 minutes. And while we wished it were longer, it was worth sticking around for the stories Mothersbaugh shared.

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