Film

Karpman in ‘Step’ with Dance Doc

Karpman in ‘Step’ with Dance Doc

One of the most original composing talents on the scene today, Laura Karpman has an incredible ability to tailor her inventive style to the needs of whatever project is lucky enough to secure her services. In a field in which women are few and far between, Karpman has maintained a successful career spanning film, television and […]

‘Negro’ Score a Jazzy Genre-Buster

‘Negro’ Score a Jazzy Genre-Buster

In his Oscar-nominated documentary I Am Not Your Negro filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin left unfinished upon his death in 1987. Helping to tell the tale are a dozen classic blues tracks and an original score by iconoclastic Russian composer Alexei Aïgui. Aïgui’s subtle, sophisticated music composed for the film is being digitally released by Lakeshore […]

Hollywood Confidential

Hollywood Confidential

They might be the best movie music squad you’ve never heard of, and the Confidential Music team is happy to keep it that way.  The Santa Monica-based trio – composer John Samuel Hanson, artist Becky Hanson, and mixer-producer Kyle Biane – create custom music for movie trailers. Although their clients are technically the trailer houses, ultimately their clients […]

‘Lennon Report’ Gets Dec. 8 Westwood Premiere

‘Lennon Report’ Gets Dec. 8 Westwood Premiere

Director Jeremy Profe will take questions after the screening, along with Karen Tsen Lee, who plays Yoko Ono, when The Lennon Report premieres at the Crest theater Dec. 8, the 36th anniversary of the iconic songwriter’s tragic murder. The docudrama chronicles the day Lennon died in Manhattan, focusing on the aftermath and the effort to save the […]

‘Moana’ Enters Billboard Chart at No. 2

‘Moana’ Enters Billboard Chart at No. 2

Propelled by the pop appeal of Justin Timberlake, Trolls tops the Billboard Soundtrack Chart for the second week, but Moana made a strong opening appearance at No. 2 the week of Dec. 10, and seems poised for the challenge of a further upward climb. The three-years-in-the-making musical opus teamed Hamilton songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda with Grammy-winning composer Mark Mancina and […]

Heeere’s Johnny Thunders

Heeere’s Johnny Thunders

Punk rocker Johnny Thunders will get his close-up in 2017 when a biopic directed by Jonas Akerlund is set to hit screens. Based on the book Johnny Thunders: In Cold Blood by British journalist Nina Antonia, the film explores Thunder’s life and career from his days as a New York Doll and then with his own […]

Drake Short for Apple Music

Drake Short for Apple Music

The reviewers have spoken, and the message to Drake is “keep your day job!” His new short film, entitled Please Forgive Me, is a 21-minute movie shot in the South African township of Soweto, inspired by his new album “Views.” Please Forgive Me starts with a rich mystery man offering Drake’s girlfriend (played by Belgian actress […]

‘Supersonic’ One Night Stand

‘Supersonic’ One Night Stand

The Oasis doc Supersonic will get a one-night release in U.S. theaters on Wednesday, Oct. 26, according to the film’s stateside distributor, A24. The idea is apparently to “event” the bigscreen availability, leveraging that marketing and awareness with a DVD release immediately thereafter. The film will get its world premiere in the U.K. on Oct. 2, with simultaneous screenings […]

Howard’s ‘Eight Days’ Streak

Howard’s ‘Eight Days’ Streak

Ron Howard’s “The Beatles: Eight Days A Week — The Touring Years” is the latest rockumentary to find a warm reception in movie theaters, earning a vibrant $5,196,432 worldwide in its first eight days of release. In the U.S., the film opened Sept. 16, playing so strongly on its 85 screens — with a per-screen average of […]

‘Magnificent’ Obsession

‘Magnificent’ Obsession

For James Franglen, the challenge of creating a score for Antoine Fuqua’s remake of The Magnificent Seven must was a double challenge. The 53-year-old British composer was not only tasked with expanding the snippets of themes left by James Horner, whose untimely death last year was an industry tragedy, but he knew the work would […]