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Alan Menken Discusses ‘Ralph Breaks The Internet’ Song & Bittersweet Nature Of Disney’s Live-Action Adaptations

On Ralph Breaks the Internet, Disney's follow-up to 2012's Wreck It Ralph, Alan Menken enjoyed the privilege of being sought after for the legacy he's built, and a singular musical quality only he could provide. As the eight-time Oscar winner notes, he has become a genre unto himself at this point. "It certainly beats a stick in the eye," the legendary composer laughs. "It's nice in that you know that your work is really valued." The force behind such Disney animated… Read

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Composer Carter Burwell Captures Hopes, Dreams & Bleakness Of Old West For ‘The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs’ — Exclusive Video

EXCLUSIVE: Going into The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, the Coen brothers' latest, Oscar-nominated composer Carter Burwell knew their sensibilities and working methods well, as he notes in the video above. At this point, Burwell had worked with the legendary directors on 16 films, dating back to Blood Simple in 1984. What the composer was surprised by, when it came to their latest outing, was its structure, which affected the way both story and music would unfold. The product… Read

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‘First Man’ Composer Justin Hurwitz Captures Sounds Of Achievement, Love & Loss — Production Value Video Series

After winning his first pair of Oscars for Damien Chazelle's La La Land—for Best Original Score and Best Original Song—Justin Hurwitz took a major creative leap. A close friend and the closest of the director's collaborators since their time at Harvard University, the composer had worked with Chazelle to this point on three projects set squarely within the world of music, including Whiplash and the pair's first low-budget effort, Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench. On stage… Read

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Cors Anglais: Composer Max Richter Finds An Instrumental Voice For ‘Mary Queen Of Scots’

In Josie Rourke’s historical drama Mary Queen of Scots, composer Max Richter found a fresh, contemporary take on a familiar story. Centered on Queen Elizabeth I and her cousin Mary Stuart, who aggressively pursued her seat of power, the drama called for a score that was as unexpected and alive as its central characters, casting off the sonic preconceptions associated with the conventional period piece. Like Yorgos Lanthimos’ radically unorthodox The Favourite—which… Read

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Composer Terence Blanchard Grapples With Tone & Weight Of History On ‘BlacKkKlansman’

Spike Lee's go-to composer since Mo' Better Blues hit theaters 28 years ago, Terence Blanchard knows the realities of longtime creative partnerships—the way in which the challenges that present themselves on projects change over time. It's been a long time since Blanchard has had to have so much as an extended conversation with the director, and when BlacKkKlansman came around, the challenge became one of managing tone. Based on a 2014 memoir by Ron Stallworth—the first… Read

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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Songwriters Discuss Pair Of Awards-Contending Tunes & The Artistic Crucible In Following Up A Classic

Comprising one of contemporary Hollywood's great songwriting duos—who brought music and lyrics to Broadway hit Hairspray, and collaborated on acclaimed NBC musical drama Smash, among many other projects—Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman faced the biggest moment in their storied careers, with Mary Poppins Returns. A sequel to a timeless Disney classic, which has left its indelible mark on generations of viewers, Rob Marshall's film called for an original score and an array of… Read

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‘Capernaum’ Director On The High Price Children Are Paying For Society’s Mistakes — Awardsline Screening Series

Watching Capernaum, Lebanon’s entry in 2018 for Best Foreign Language Film, one point becomes immediately clear: Only a truly dedicated, humanistic director could make such a film, experiencing first-hand so many sorrows so that others around the world might understand. In the case of the Cannes title, which won the fest’s Jury Prize, that director is Nadine Labaki, an esteemed Lebanese filmmaker who had already made her way down the Croisette a number of times before… Read

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Composer Terence Blanchard Took ‘BlacKkKlansman’ To The Next Level — Production Value Video Series

A filmmaker known for forging lasting bonds with members of his team, Spike Lee always has had an eye for talent. Bringing New Orleans-based musician Terence Blanchard in to play trumpet on his early scores—and sometimes conduct—the filmmaker subsequently would find in Blanchard an invaluable key collaborator. Lee’s longtime composer—who most recently joined him on the Cannes-premiering BlacKkKlansman—Blanchard is an artist who understands his sensibility, effortlessly… Read

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‘Boy Erased’ Composers Danny Bensi & Saunder Jurriaans Capture Interior Experience Of Conflicted Gay Adolescent

When esteemed actor Joel Edgerton set out to make his second feature, Boy Erased, he understood the world he was portraying—the way it looked, and the way it felt. Starring Lucas Hedges, the film would loosely adapt Garrard Conley's memoir, drawing on his experiences at Live in Action, a church-supported gay conversion program in Memphis. On screen, Edgerton would depict a therapy center striking a very specific mood. "It’s a very dry, depressing, cold place," composer… Read

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‘Polar’: Deadmau5 Looks The Part For Scoring Jonas Akerlund’s Dark Horse Comics Adaptation

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The Canadian music producer known as Deadmau5 is making his first foray into film scoring with Polar, a noir-tinged project by director Jonas Akerlund that arrives next year from Netflix and Constantin Film. The action film is an adaptation of Polar: Came From the Cold, the webcomic by writer-artist Victor Santos that was published in 2013 as a 160-page graphic novel from Dark Horse Entertainment, the Oregon comics publisher that has a track record of delivering source… Read

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‘Love Sonia’: A.R. Rahman & Bishop Briggs Team On Original Tune “I Am More” For Indie Sex Trafficking Exposé

EXCLUSIVE: Oscar-winning composer and music producer A.R. Rahman and breakout recording artist Bishop Briggs are collaborating on a new song for Love Sonia, the human trafficking drama that marks the directorial debut of Slumdog Millionaire line producer Tabrez Noorani. Rahman and Briggs have recently been in-studio laying down the tune "I Am More" ahead of the film's release in India on September 14. Earlier this summer, the movie that shines a light on the global sex… Read

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‘Westworld’ Composer Talks Traditional Japanese Sound For Shogun World & New Themes For ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 7

A master of sounds epic and intimate, known for his work on Westworld and Game of Thrones, composer Ramin Djawadi long ago crafted distinctive sounds for each of these series, defining the broad strokes of their sonic palettes. After two seasons of the former series and seven of the latter, these early decisions remain important, though they don't sum up the battle of the composer's craft. With GoT since Season 1 back in 2011, Djawadi's journey with the series has been a… Read