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


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


‘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


‘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


Universal Film Music Teams With Dreamworks Animation To Discover Young Composers

Universal Pictures

Universal Filmed Entertainment Group's (UFEG) Global Talent Development & Inclusion group has announced the eight finalists of the Universal Film Music Composer Initiative: DreamWorks Animation. The inaugural initiative is designed to identify up-and-coming composers to create original scores for two DreamWorks Animation short films currently in production. The initiative also aims to identify and develop talent with a focus on underrepresented groups in the film music… Read


‘Jessica Jones’ Composer Sean Callery On His “Neo-Noir Experiment” With Marvel Series — Production Value Video Series

Sean Callery

A four-time Emmy-winning composer lauded for his work on series including Homeland and Elementary, Sean Callery remembers his first encounter with Marvel’s Jessica Jones. Examining a printed image of the hard-living superhero-turned-detective, with a drink and a cigarette in hand, the composer had a strong sense of who this complex character was, and how that could inform one of the Marvel Television Universe’s most compelling scores. The latest guest of Deadline’s… Read


Elton John’s Broadway-Bound ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ Names Lyricist

Shaina Taub, creator of an acclaimed 2016 Shakespeare in the Park production of Twelfth Night, has signed on a lyricist for the Elton John-Paul Rudnick Broadway musical adaptation of The Devil Wears Prada. Based on Lauren Weisberger's best-selling 2003 novel and the 2006 Fox 2000 Pictures film, the in-development Prada is being produced by Kevin McCollum, Fox Stage Productions and Rocket Entertainment. A production time-line and additional creative team members will be… Read


B&E Productions Nabs Film Rights to Ron Liebman’s Novel ‘Big Law’ – Film Briefs

Filmmaker Mike Smith’s B&E Productions has obtained the film and television rights to Big Law, a legal thriller novel from Ron Liebman. The book, which was released January of last year via Penguin Group LLC, centers on a Carney Blake, a young lawyer at one of NY’s most prestigious law firms, and his discovery that things aren’t what they seem in the business of big New York City law. Smith, an NY native, will write and direct the film which will shoot on location. Smith… Read


Billboard Music Awards Reveals Non-Televised Award Winners

Kendrick Lamar leads the pack with six awards already won in the non-televised award categories for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, taking place today in Las Vegas and set to be broadcast live on both coasts via NBC-TV. Lamar is tied with Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran this year for most nominations (15). His already secured awards include Top Billboard 200 Album, Top Rap Artist, Top Rap Male Artist, Top Rap Album, Top Streaming Songs Artist and Top Streaming Song… Read


Metropolitan Opera Counter-Sues Former Conductor James Levine, Raises New Allegations

James Levine

The Metropolitan Opera has filed a counter-lawsuit against its former conductor, James Levine, detailing allegations of abuse and sexual harassment that were not previously disclosed. The long-time face of the Met, Levine filed his own suit in March against the company after being fired for alleged sexual misconduct, charging them with defamation and breach of contract. In the filing today, the Met claims its investigation disclosed credible evidence that Levine "used… Read


Shania Twain & Jake Owen To Host Country Music Competition Series For USA Network

A star search for fresh country music talent in solo artists, duos, and groups will bow this fall on USA Network with hosts Shania Twain and singer-songwriter Jake Owen. Titled Real Country, the series has been picked up for eight parts that will film this summer in Nashville. The show is produced by Wilshire Studios, with Twain, Nicolle Yaron, Stijn Bakkers and Leslie Garvin set to executive produce. It marks USA’s return to the competition reality space where the… Read


‘Black Panther’ Composer Ludwig Goransson Tapped To Score Sony’s ‘Venom’

EXCLUSIVE: Ludwig Goransson, the composer behind Disney/Marvel’s uber-successful Black Panther,  has signed on to score the next film in Sony’s universe of Marvel characters, Venom, starring Tom Hardy as the Spider-Man supervillain. The film will reunite Goransson with Venom‘s director Ruben Fleischer after the Swedish composer and record producer worked on Fleischer’s 2011 film 30 Minutes or Less. Goransson, who has teamed with Ryan Coogler on his two other films, Fruitva… Read


Jóhann Jóhannsson Saluted By Film And Music Communities For His Brilliant Works

Darren Aronofsky

The world of film and music took to Twitter today to mourn the passing of one of its brightest young composing lights, as accolades poured in for Jóhann Jóhannsson, the Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning Icelandic composer, musician and producer, who died Friday in Berlin at age 48. Composer, World of Warcraft, Neal Acree: Shocked and saddened by the sudden loss of composer Jóhann Jóhannsson. A fresh and unique voice gone way too soon. — Neal Acree… Read