Mounting a film adaptation of a Broadway musical is never easy, but when the original songwriter is still around and asked to participate, it can be both thrilling and devastating.
The music branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tweaked the song rules again this year, but the impact may be minimal and it won't appease the crowd that has been clamoring for an…
Still one of the most original voices on the U.S. film scene, 10-time Oscar nominee Thomas Newman supplied a sparse, intimate score for Jim Sheridan's "Brothers."
Seven years ago, "Chicago" became the first musical in more than three decades to win Oscar's top prize. Now, "Chicago's" director Rob Marshall is back with another Broadway smash-turned-Oscar…
Fifty or 60 years ago, it was not unusual to see the name of the composer right up next to that of the producer or director in a movie's opening credits -- Max Steiner on "Casablanca," for example…
Right now they're calling themselves the Assn. of Media Composers and Lyricists. If hundreds of Hollywood tunesmiths have their way, the AMCL could soon be part of Teamsters Local 399.
And the Oscar for Most Prolific Composer of 2009 goes to: Alexandre Desplat.
Harold Wheeler, music director for ABC's hit "Dancing With the Stars," is already well into rehearsal at 9:15 a.m. Monday with his 17-piece band and quartet of singers for that night's live, two-hour…
Marvin Hamlisch -- the '70s wunderkind who won Oscars for "The Way We Were" and "The Sting" and went on to conquer Broadway with "A Chorus Line" -- is back. And his music for "The Informant" is…
New Orleans in the early part of the 20th century - the setting of Disney's animated "The Princess and the Frog" - is territory that composer Randy Newman has trod before.
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra's recent announcement of a two-year project celebrating modern film music and its composers -- including the commissioning of six new orchestral works -- represents the…