Since the heyday of "Miami Vice" and "The X-Files," most TV shows have been scored by a single individual in a small studio, creating music electronically. In the case of Fox's "24," the score's…
Changing composers at the last minute has become commonplace in the biz, but doing it on a three-hour, $200 million Christmas movie just seven weeks before its premiere is especially risky. Peter…
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.
James Newton Howard credits rocker Elton John with offering him his first orchestral experiences in the 1970s: "I toured with him, recorded with him and, most spectacularly for me, I was permitted to…
He's known as one of the industry's most versatile composers, as proficient with high-octane thrillers as he is with romantic comedies or contemporary dramas. Yet, more than two decades and nearly 90…
James Newton Howard's music for director M. Night Shyamalan's films -- five so far, from "The Sixth Sense" through the latest, "Lady in the Water" -- may be the closest parallel in contemporary film…
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.
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…
A look at the original score, original song contenders.
2016-2017 Oscar Predictions
- Oscars: With Historic ‘Moonlight’ Win, the Academy Embraces Empathy Over Escapism
- Oscar-Winner Casey Affleck Calls Denzel Washington ‘One of the First People Who Taught Me How to Act’
- Epic Oscars Mistake: Faye Dunaway, Warren Beatty Announce Wrong Best Picture Winner
- ‘La La Land’ Makes Damien Chazelle Youngest Best Director Winner in Oscars History