French composer Alexandre Desplat has faced his share of eclectic challenges -- from "Birth" to "Syriana" to his Oscar-nominated "The Queen" -- but rarely one as difficult as "The Curious Case of…
Director-star Ed Harris reteamed with his "Pollock" composer Jeff Beal for "Appaloosa," an offbeat oater with Harris and Viggo Mortensen as longtime friends and lawmen-for-hire, Jeremy Irons as the…
Any film told against the backdrop of the Holocaust presents a fragile proposition for film composers. Underlining the film's emotions is key, but caution must be used to avoid overdramatizing a…
Acad disqualification: 'Dark' day or fair play? Will last week's disqualification of the "Dark Knight" score from Oscar consideration turn out to be as controversial as other music-branch rulings…
The score for "The Dark Knight" has been disqualified by the executive committee of the Academy music branch.
John Barry turns 75 today. The composer of "Out of Africa," "Dances With Wolves," "Born Free," "Midnight Cowboy" and "The Lion in Winter" -- as well as such iconic James Bond themes as "Goldfinger,"…
Very few composers can be said to have created a new style of film music," says David Arnold. "John Barry single-handedly created the spy genre."
Barry's many collaborators over the years have talked about his dramatic instincts and his melodic sense. "With any great artist," says lyricist Don Black, "there is a signature to their work. You…
Variety chose 10 of Barry's best-known scores and asked the composer to reflect on them.
A ballet, a comicbook movie, an action thriller, a documentary, a biopic and a still-gestating Broadway musical -- Danny Elfman has spent the last year dashing madly from one project to another and…
Neal Hefti, a top jazz arranger of the 1940s and '50s and Grammy-winning composer of the "Batman" and "Odd Couple" themes, died Saturday at his home in Toluca Lake, Calif. He was 85.