Daily Variety chose 10 James Newton Howard scores -- an eclectic mix of his most popular, the Oscar nominated and his most musically distinguished -- and asked the composer to reflect on each.
Songwriter Diane Warren, one of this year's three Crystal Award honorees, hasn't been heard from much lately, at least in terms of the bigscreen power ballads she's famous for ("How Do I Live," "I…
The studio environment that produces the dark, propulsive rhythms of the music for "Crossing Jordan" seems a far cry from the rock-star world Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman once inhabited -- first as…
The Academy music branch went the "bake-off" route this year to determine original song nominees, and the result was just three contenders, not five, for only the second time in the past 70 years.
A look at the original score, original song contenders.
John Williams earned two more Oscar nominations this year, tying the long-held record of 45 for the legendary Alfred Newman, composer on "Wuthering Heights," "The Song of Bernadette" and "All About…
Andre Previn, whose 11 Grammy awards are mostly for his work in the classical field, won his first two Grammys for movie soundtracks he supervised and conducted: Lerner & Loewe's “Gigi” (1958) and…
Not so long ago, film composers worked in the time-honored fashion of putting little dots on score paper with a pencil -- and if they were pressed for time, they would write fewer notes and leave the…
"The Family Stone" is not your typical Christmas movie. While the focus is a quirky family mixture of both low-key and over-the-top personalities who gather for the holidays in snowy New England -- a…
This should have a very dreamy quality, very mysterioso. Winds, just keep it very delicate. Violins and violas, come in at bar 18 but pianissimo. I need a warm, muted sound. ..."