×

Dion, Warren add tune to ‘Song’

Pic closes Toronto fest Saturday

The final strains of the Toronto Film Festival belong to Celine Dion and longtime collaborator Diane Warren.

Dion has recorded “Unfinished Songs” as the end-credits tune for “Song for Marion,” which closes the fest Saturday night at the Roy Thomson theater. Written by Warren, who’s been nominated six times for an Oscar but never won, “Unfinished Songs” is among more than a dozen collaborations with Dion, including “Because You Loved Me.”

“We go way back and I think we’re a good combination, particularly for this song,” Warren told Variety. “She had done her show from 7:30 to 9:30 that night and then recorded between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. That’s why Celine is Celine — she really has an amazing work ethic.”

Warren said “Unfinished Songs” fits well with “Song for Marion,” a music-based dramedy starring Terence Stamp, Vanessa Redgrave and Gemma Arterton. Pic centers on a grumpy elderly man whose wife persuades him to join an unconventional local choir. The Weinstein Co. is handling domestic release.

Cutting Edge Group CEO Philip Moross, who is producing alongside Ken Marshall, brought a rough cut of the film to Warren, who wrote the song and sent it to Dion. It’s the first feature production credit for Cutting Edge, which has provided music services for more than 200 films.

“As a connoisseur of great movie songwriters, my dream has always been to work with Diane Warren,” Moross said. “What Diane was able to do with her work on ‘Song for Marion’ was to find the heart of the movie and put that heart into a beautiful chorus for Celine. It was amazing to witness.”

Four-year-old CEG has gained notice by ponying up the money for scoring, clearances and music supervision in a film; it then recoups from such sources as soundtrack and sheet-music sales, licensing and royalties from international ticket sales and TV deals. Earlier this year, it closed a multi-picture slate deal with Endgame Entertainment and entered into an agreement last month with Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures.

CEG has invested in over 200 films, most notably “The King’s Speech,” in exchange for music publishing rights. CEG’s films at TIFF include the opening night selection “Looper,” “Song for Marion,” “End of Watch,” “Seven Psychopaths,” “Imogene” and “Writers.”

As for Warren, she hopes that “Unfinished Songs” may lead to that elusive Oscar.

“I’m a six-time loser,” Warren said, “so maybe this is my lucky seventh.”

Popular on Variety

More Scene

  • The Old Beverly Hills Post Office'Wallis

    The Wallis Cancels April and May Programming in Response to Coronavirus Pandemic

    The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts has cancelled its upcoming programming for the months of April and May in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The performing arts center located in Beverly Hills had already wiped its calendar and closed its premises from public access for the remainder of March, but the center made [...]

  • Watch Rosie O'Donnell and Elton John

    Watch Rosie O'Donnell, Elton John Accept Their GLAAD Media Awards

    The GLAAD Media Awards were supposed to happen Thursday night in New York City, but the LGBTQ media watchdog group canceled the 31st annual festivities in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. However, GLAAD doesn’t want the day to go unnoticed, so the organization has released exclusive video to Variety of Elton John accepting the [...]

  • Tyra Banks Postpones ModelLand Theme Park

    Tyra Banks Postpones ModelLand Theme Park Opening

    Tyra Banks has put smizing on hold. The “America’s Next Top Model” host is postponing the opening of ModelLand, a theme park opening in Santa Monica, Calif. A new launch date has not been announced. “In light of the recommendations of the CDC, WHO, and California Governor Gavin Newsom, we have decided to postpone the [...]

  • AIDS/LifeCycle Canceled Due to Coronavirus Concerns

    AIDS/LifeCycle Canceled Due to Coronavirus Concerns

    This year’s AIDS/LifeCycle has been canceled. The annual bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles is considered the largest single HIV/AIDS fundraising event in the world and benefits the Los Angeles LGBT Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF). Last year’s ride raised more than $16 million. Past participants have included Rep. Adam [...]

  • Variety's Power of Women gift bag

    Variety's Power of Women Event Postponed

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Variety, the iconic entertainment business news media company, will postpone its high-profile Variety Power of Women: New York from April 3 to July 9. The accompanying magazine that includes the New York Women’s Impact Report will publish on July 7. Variety’s Power of Women events in Los Angeles and [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content