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‘Frozen’ Gets Dec. 11 ABC Premiere

The broadcast premiere of Walt Disneys’ musical Frozen takes place Dec. 11 on ABC. The most successful children’s film in history and the top animated film of all time, with $1.27 billion in global box office earnings, Frozen became a cultural phenomenon upon release in 2014. Business Insider called it “a cosmic tuning fork” and cited as […]

‘Oasis: Supersonic’ Hits Play

Oasis: Supersonic, the documentary charting the rise and implosion of the biggest British band of the ’90s, gets a U.S. release on one night only, Oct. 26. Created by much of the team behind the Oscar-winning Winehouse doc Amy, the film showcases the band’s many hits, and includes original music by by Rael Jones (The Danish Girl, Steve Jobs, […]

‘Dr. Strange,’ Michael Giacchino

It’s among the oddest of superhero comics, and the musical journey for the Disney/Marvel feature film Dr. Strange promises to be no less fantastic, judging by the trailer. Elegant other-worldliness is his specialty, as evidenced by Star Trek Beyond, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Inside Out. Giacchino has almost 75 feature film credits, and […]

‘The Birth of a Nation,’ Henry Jackman

It’s the same title (as D.W. Griffith’s 1915 paean to white supremacy), but ironically. Director Nate Parker stars as Nat Turner, a literate slave who spreads enlightenment and leads his people to rebellion, circa 1831. The Hollywood Reporter called Henry Jackman’s score “unusually varied,” and “draws upon multiple musical traditions and references to fine effect.” […]

‘Moana’ Mark Mancina

In addition to a tour de force score by Mark Mancina, Disney’s Moana features music by Pacific Islander Opetaia Foa’i (called “the Gaugin of music”)  and Hamilton sensation Lin-Manuel Miranda. The animated epic opens Thanksgiving weekend, including in 3D. Mancina won a Grammy for his score for The Lion King. The trio collaborated on the film’s main theme, […]

‘Voyage of Time’

Simon Frangen and Hanan Townshend create the music for director Terence Malick’s epic, evocative natural sciences documentary Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey. The film is released to Imax and other theaters this month. The trailer features voiceover narration by Cate Blanchette, who provides the film’s narration, along with producer Brad Pitt.

‘The Good Dinosaur’ – Music by Mychael Danna & Jeff Danna

Brothers Mychael and Jeff Danna spent a year collaborating on the score to Pixar Animation Studios’ The Good Dinosaur, recorded with 75 musicians over five days on a soundstage at Warner Bros. Studios. The film opens in the U.S. Nov. 25, distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. Peter Sohn makes his feature film directorial […]

‘Snowden’ – Music by Craig Armstrong

Oliver Stone’s Snowden hits theaters September 16, 2016 with a score by Craig Armstrong. The teaser trailer opens with percussion and segues to an ethereal version of the gospel song “Let It Shine (This Little Light of Mine)” created by trailer tunesmiths Confidential Music. The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley, though no actors appear in […]

Legend: Music by Carter Burwell

The story of London’s notorious Kray Brothers gangster duo is brought to vivid life in Brian Helgeland’s Legend, with a score by Carter Burwell and a soundtrack that in addition to original Burwell compositions will feature two discs worth of 1960s classics. Brit singer Duffy portrays Chicagao-born chanteuse Timi Yuro in the film, and recorded […]