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John Williams, Gustavo Santaolalla and Gustavo Dudamel Take The Academy Behind the Score

If you're a music buff, especially one in Los Angeles, the names John Williams, Gustavo Santaolalla and Gustavo Dudamel are practically sacred.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 30, 2014 10:49 AM
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TCM to Honor Quincy Jones with Night-Long Tribute Marathon

Quincy Jones, the one-of-a-kind music legend with a record 79 Grammy nominations (and 27 wins), is due to be honored this month by Turner Classic Movies in an all-night tribute to the composer and producer.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 18, 2014 12:49 PM
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'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Editor and Composer John Ottman Talks Multitasking, and Building a Marvel Epic

It's hard enough wearing two hats as editor and composer for Bryan Singer, but the trippy, time-traveling "X-Men: Days of Future Past" offered some additional challenges for John Ottman. "I think we both look fondly upon the experience we had on 'X-Men 2' and we wanted to relive that a bit so coming back to Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen allowed us to fulfill that and then expand upon the thing and make it more epic," he says.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • May 23, 2014 3:24 PM
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Talking the 'Her' Score with Arcade Fire Oscar Nominee William Butler

Oscar-nominated William Butler's first-time experience composing the wistful score for Spike Jonze's "Her" with his Arcade Fire partner Owen Pallett was a bit of a romance as well as a crash course in moviemaking. And yet the experience opened him up more intuitively to the collaborative process.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 18, 2014 2:58 PM
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From Music Editor to Oscar Winning Composer: The Surprising Story Behind the Music of 'Gravity'

When Steven Price came on to "Gravity," it was for a short two-week music editing gig; when he left, he'd spent a year on the project as the film's composer. At first, Price was brought on to help with an internal studio screening for Alfonso Cuarón's technologically-stunning space epic and the two got to talking about how music could work in the film. Two weeks became six weeks, and then Cuarón asked Price to write the score.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • January 19, 2014 11:44 AM
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'Gravity' Set to Dominate Oscar Craft Nominations: Talking the Film's Sound, Music and Editing

As we approach Wednesday's Oscar voting deadline, at least one thing's for certain: "Gravity" is a lock for a majority of the craft nominations. We've already covered production design, cinematography, and VFX in depth, so now let's look at the corresponding design for sound and music, which were made for the immersive Dolby Atmos surround experience, along with the editing of what was essentially an animated movie.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 3, 2014 2:07 PM
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'All Is Lost' Is Far from Silent, Even with No Dialogue (VIDEO)

In space or on the ocean, no one can hear you scream. Comparisons abound between solo adventures "Gravity" and "All Is Lost," but unlike space, the ocean is far from silent. Even though J.C. Chandor's remarkable open-water survival thriller starring a 77-year-old Robert Redford boldly stepping out of his comfort zone is virtually dialogue-free. Thus the director was totally on board with making the sound design a driving narrative force.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 22, 2013 1:37 PM
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Review: A Decade After Qatsi Trilogy, Avant-Garde Cine-Poem 'Visitors' Marks Godfrey Reggio's Triumphant Return (NEW TRAILER)

UPDATE: Godfrey Reggio's "Visitors" will be released via Cinedigm beginning January 24, 2014. It is presented by Steven Soderbergh, with a score by Philip Glass. Read our TOH! review out of the New Orleans Film Festival, plus check out the film's new trailer, below.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • November 5, 2013 2:05 PM
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First-Time Feature Composer Ryan Amon Scores Neill Blomkamp's Sci-Fi Thriller 'Elysium'

The email was unexpected and short--a single sentence: "Is this you?"--with a YouTube link and a signature from a name Ryan Amon didn't recognize: Neill Blomkamp. "It's a little bit embarrassing," Amon says of his first reaction to the message: "I had to Google his name!" When he did so, of course, he found the up-and-coming South African-born director who had catapulted to international acclaim with his 2009 film "District 9."
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 5, 2013 6:29 AM
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'World War Z' Composer Marco Beltrami Had to Pull Back "Aggressive" Score, Featuring Skulls, Emergency Sirens

The term 'family movie' might not be the first thing that comes to mind to describe "World War Z," the upcoming Brad Pitt-driven zombiepocalypse flick that pits a group of government workers against a pandemic of the undead. But that's exactly how composer Marco Beltrami--who has worked on the score for "World War Z for more than two year--thinks of the film. (Early review round-up is here.)
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 4, 2013 4:28 PM
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