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On The Rise 2014: 12 Film Composers To Watch

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • August 13, 2014 3:31 PM
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On The Rise: Composers - 2014, feature header
At times, the eagle eyed film enthusiast could be forgiven for thinking that there were about four composers scoring high profile films. Hans Zimmer scored five films last year, and four films this year. Alexandre Desplat managed six in 2013, and five in 2014, while Christophe Beck topped both with seven last year, and six in 2014. Once you're in demand, you're really in demand, and the top tier of movies is very much dominated by established figures to the extent that up-and-comers must feel that it's impossible to break through.

Listen: Exclusive Track From 'The Spectacular Now' Score By Rob Simonsen

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 29, 2013 11:00 AM
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  • 1 Comment
The Spectacular Now
In the midst of the summer blockbuster season, it may be hard to remember that a lot of really good movies are on the horizon, and one picture that made our honorable mentions roundup in our 2013: The Best Films Of The Year...So Far list was "The Spectacular Now," from "Smashed" director James Ponsoldt. And with the movie on the way, we've got an exclusive listen to one of the many winning elements of the film, the score by Rob Simonsen ("The Way Way Back," "Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World").

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