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Don’t Look Up Composer Nicholas Britell on Writing a Song With Ariana Grande and Kid Cudi

January 26, 2022 | By
<em>Don’t Look Up</em> Composer Nicholas Britell on Writing a Song With Ariana Grande and Kid Cudi

For some reason, Nicholas Britell still feels like the new kid on the block even though he’s been around for 17 years, and in that time, he’s scored three movies that have been nominated for Best Picture, including Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight, which won the top Oscar in 2016. Britell himself was nominated for two Oscars for scoring Moonlight and Jenkins’... »

La La Land Composer Justin Hurwitz Sues WME for Breach of Contract and Fraud

January 10, 2022 | By
<i>La La Land</i> Composer Justin Hurwitz Sues WME for Breach of Contract and Fraud

At night, Los Angeles may very well be the City of Stars, but come sunrise, it turns into the City of Lawsuits, and another juicy one was just filed by La La Land composer Justin Hurwitz against his former talent agency WME and its production arm Endeavor Content. At the crux of the suit is... »

3rd Annual Society of Composers & Lyricists Awards to take Place Feb. 1, 2022

December 24, 2021 | By
3rd Annual Society of Composers & Lyricists Awards to take Place Feb. 1, 2022

  The Society of Composers & Lyricists (SCL) will present the 3rd Annual SCL AWARDS for score and songs in visual media on February 1st, 2022 at the Skirball Cultural Center. The nominations will be announced on Jan. 4, 2022. The evening, hosted by Darren Criss, will include musical performances from CODA lead actress/singer... »

Sing 2 Director Garth Jennings on Rerecording Bono’s Iconic Vocals

December 20, 2021 | By
<em>Sing 2</em> Director Garth Jennings on Rerecording Bono’s Iconic Vocals

One of the big movies hitting theaters this holiday season is Sing 2, the animated sequel to the Illumination Entertainment movie Sing, which ruled at the box office over the holidays in 2016. The film’s director, Garth Jennings, came from the world of music videos (as one half of the duo Hammer and Tongs)... »

Composer Series: Aaron and Bryce Dessner on Cyrano, C’Mon C’Mon, and Jockey

December 17, 2021 | By
Composer Series: Aaron and Bryce Dessner on <em>Cyrano</em>, <em>C’Mon C’Mon</em>, and <em>Jockey</em>

If you’re a fan of the perennial rock band The National and have had a chance to see them live, it’s impossible not to miss the striking image of the two twin brothers, Aaron and Bryce Dessner, on either side of the stage playing guitars so in-sync with each other it just creates so... »

Composer Series: Two-time Oscar Winner Alexandre Desplat Reunites with Wes Anderson for The French Dispatch

December 15, 2021 | By
Composer Series: Two-time Oscar Winner Alexandre Desplat Reunites with Wes Anderson for <em>The French Dispatch</em>

After receiving seven Oscar nominations, Composer Alexandre Desplat finally won an Oscar for Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel in 2015. That was followed a few years later with another Oscar for scoring Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar-winning The Shape of Water. In fact, Desplat has been nominated for 11 Oscars in total, including three... »

Guild of Music Supervisors Will Hold 12th Annual Awards on March 20, 2022

December 15, 2021 | By
Guild of Music Supervisors Will Hold 12th Annual Awards on March 20, 2022

The Guild of Music Supervisors (GMS) has announced the date for its 12th Annual Guild of Music Supervisors Awards ceremony to honor the best in the craft of music supervision. That date will be March 20, 2022, although it hasn’t been announced whether it will be a live or virtual ceremony, nor where a live ceremony might take place. The... »

Encanto  Composer Germaine Franco on Her Historic Role Scoring Disney’s 60th Animated Feature

December 14, 2021 | By
<em>Encanto</em>  Composer Germaine Franco on Her Historic Role Scoring Disney’s 60th Animated Feature

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 60th film, Encanto, and its first focused on Colombian culture, broke pandemic records for an animated movie and made history in another quirky way. The film’s soundtrack, composed by Germaine Franco, who collaborated on Coco, is the first ever by a woman. [Editor’s Note: Franco’s score was also just nominated... »

Composer Series: Nathan Johnson Brings the Thrills to Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley

December 13, 2021 | By
Composer Series: Nathan Johnson Brings the Thrills to Guillermo del Toro’s <em>Nightmare Alley</em>

For sixteen years, Nathan Johnson has helped mold the sound of cousin Rian Johnson’s film work, scoring four of his five feature films, but he’s also been scoring other projects, including Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming  movie, Nightmare Alley.  Nightmare Alley, adapted from a 1946 novel by William Lindsay Gresham, follows Bradley Cooper’s Stanton Carlisle,... »

Composer Series: Daniel Hart Goes Medieval on David Lowery’s The Green Knight

December 10, 2021 | By
Composer Series: Daniel Hart Goes Medieval on David Lowery’s <em>The Green Knight</em>

If you’re an avid fan of Director David Lowery’s films, whether it’s his early indies like Ain’t Them Body Saints to his big-budget Disney remake of Pete’s Dragon, or something smaller again like A Ghost Story, then you’re intimately familiar with the music of Daniel Hart. Hart and Lowery have been collaborating together on... »