Johnny Depp's performance as "Peter Pan" playwright J.M. Barrie in "Finding Neverland" isn't particularly flashy. It's certainly no Jack Sparrow, the dippy swashbuckler of last year's "Pirates of the…
Rod Serling's role as one of the best and most prolific TV writers ever has been somewhat overshadowed by his legendary association with "The Twilight Zone." His six Emmys included awards for the…
Vangelis, whose compelling synthesizer themes propelled "Chariots of Fire" to 1981 Oscar wins for picture and score and whose "Blade Runner" music became a cult phenomenon, created his first movie…
Once upon a time, having a score thrown out was news (as when Bernard Herrmann was fired by Alfred Hitchcock on "Torn Curtain" or Randy Newman's music from "Air Force One"). Now scores are tossed at…
It's a warm October day, and on the cavernous Stage One at 20th Century Fox, 85 of Hollywood's top musicians are about to tackle cue 4M8 of Thomas Newman's score for "Lemony Snicket's A Series of…
Three giants of 20th century film music -- Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein and David Raksin -- died this year, leading some observers to suggest that their passing is the end of an era.
For "Spanglish," composer Hans Zimmer took an ambitious route. He imported an Austrian string trio, coupled them with a virtuoso Brazilian guitarist and then tried hard not to write "comedy music."
Movie history is dotted with great director-composer partnerships: Fellini and Nino Rota, Truffaut and Georges Delerue, Hitchcock and Bernard Herrmann. Most contemporary directors like to shop…
Technology has so altered the animation landscape that it would be unrecognizable to anyone who worked in the classic Disney era. But as opposed to the classic animator, whose tools include pen and…
Music can create a mood, establish a setting and convey emotion quickly and efficiently -- something that longform TV producers have long known.