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Interview: SNOWPIERCER composer MARCO BELTRAMI is on the right sound-track

SNOWPIERCER | ©2014 The Weinstein Company

Among the genre-centric composers who’ve carried on the torch from Jerry Goldsmith, few stand out for blazingly inventive sci-fi and horror scores like the maestro’s USC protégé Marco Beltrami. Just as his mentor used his memorable thematic talents for orchestrally, and electronically conveying psychopaths, aliens and futuristic adventure, Beltrami has jumped on a similarly imaginative and prolific bandwagon. Since the psychopathic score for the smash 1996 hit SCREAM stabbed Beltrami into the Hollywood map, the composer has used every trick from chilling melodies to thunderous percussion and angelic choruses to embody the fantastical and fearful, music capable of rapturously symphonic …Read On »

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Interview: EARTH TO ECHO composer Joseph Trapanese phones home

EARTH TO ECHO soundtrack | ©2014 Relativity Music Group

Listen to such pulsing wavelengths as Fall on Your Sword’s ANOTHER EARTH, Nathan Johnson’s LOOPER Nima Fakhara’s THE SIGNAL or Steven Price’s Oscar-winning GRAVITY, and you’ll pick up loud and clear on the burgeoning film scoring genre I prefer to call “alt. sci-fi.” It’s a plane of electro-orchestral existence where traditional symphonic melody (or at least the spirit of it) gets fused with an acoustical rock and roll vibe that can veer from psychedelia to grunge. Organic samples of everything from scraped metal to car engines are warped into new, unearthly entities, joining with electronic percussion and atmospheres that can …Read On »

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Interview: EDGE OF TOMORROW composer Christophe Beck stays alive with his first sci-fi score

EDGE OF TOMORROW | ©2014 Warner Bros.

In the two or so decades since Christophe Beck followed Howard Shore and Mychael Danna as one of Hollywood’s most valuable Canadian composing imports, the burly, bearded and bespectacled musician has become an exemplar on how to incorporate a pop-rock sensibility into an old school, and often orchestral talent for melody. It’s a hummable talent that’s made him a go-to guy for teen hijinks (THE PERFECT MAN, A CINDERELLA STORY), rhythmically swooning romance (GUINEVERE, UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN), talking animals (GARFIELD, THE MUPPETS) and thoroughly R-rated bad boy behavior (THE HANGOVER, HOT TUB TIME MACHINE) – all before really hitting …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Fran Kranz on THE LORD OF CATAN and more – PART 2

Fran Kranz at the Los Angeles Premiere Screening of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING | ©2013 Sue Schneider

In addition to THE LORD OF CATAN, Kranz worked with more of his DOLLHOUSE friends on the feature film LUST FOR LOVE, which recurs on VoD and is currently available on iTunes. Kranz stars opposite Dichen Lachman (DOLLHOUSE, LAST RESORT), who also produced, in the low-budget independent romantic comedy. Other DOLLHOUSE personnel appearing in the film include Enver Gjokaj, Miracle Laurie, Felicia Day and Maurissa Tancharoen. ASSIGNMENT X: At one point did Dichen Lachman come to you and say, “Would you like to do a movie where the budget is a buck-ninety-five?” FRAN KRANZ: My God, is it that much? …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Sarah Lancaster on LOVE FINDS YOU IN SUGARCREEK

LOVE FINDS YOU IN SUGARCREEK | ©2014 Up

LOVE FINDS YOU IN SUGARCREEK, a telefilm shot in the real town of Sugarcreek, Ohio, has its premiere on Up Sunday June 1 at 7 PM. Sarah Lancaster (Ellie Bartowsky on CHUCK) stars as Rachel Troyler, who lost at her parents at an early age, was raised by and now lives next door to her Amish aunts, played by Kelly McGillis (who also famously played an Amish woman in WITNESS) and Annie Kitral. Although Rachel is not Amish herself, she is well-integrated into the friendly community, where she serves as a law officer. She is unprepared for her feelings when …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Fran Kranz on THE LORD OF CATAN – PART 1

Fran Kranz in THE LORD OF CATAN | ©2014 Stuart C. Paul

It isn’t that actor Fran Kranz only works with people he’s met on the projects he’s acted in for Joss Whedon – the TV series DOLLHOUSE and the films CABIN IN THE WOODS and MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. In the past year, Kranz has had a recurring role on DALLAS and made several features (more about them later) that have nothing to do with those connections. Then again, he does often work with his fellow DOLLHOUSE alumni. One case in point is the short film THE LORD OF CATAN, which has its Los Angeles public premiere Saturday, May 31 at …Read On »

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Interview: A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST composer Joel McNeely tames the Old West

A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST soundtrack | ©2014 Backlot Music

When Wisconsin-born composer Joel McNeely went from a land of good old fashioned American purity to the far more ornery streets of Los Angeles, his innate melodic talent arrived just at a late 80s time when newfangled synths and rock music were taking their place as underscore – putting any number of old studio composers out to pasture as they tried to adapt to the changing sound of Hollywood – or saw their legendary careers bite the bullet. Yet McNeely was a greenhorn with the symphonic chops to more than match his elders, with a particular talent for a golden, …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: THE LORD OF CATAN Writer-Director Stuart C. Paul chats about his short film

Amy Acker in THE LORD OF CATAN | ©2014 Stuart C. Paul

THE LORD OF CATAN is a thirteen-minute film that stars Amy Acker and Fran Kranz as, respectively, Krysta and Todd, an apparently happy couple whose marriage hits the crisis point during a game of SETTLERS OF CATAN. LORD has its East Coast premiere Thursday, May 29, at the New York Shorts Festival at the Landmark Sunshine Theatre inManhattan; actor Kranz will be present at the screening for a Q&A follow-up. The West Coast premiere is two days later at the Los Angeles-based Dances With Films Festival at the Chinese Theatre, where Acker and writer/director/producer Stuart C. Paul will engage in …Read On »

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Interview: Composer Andrew Hewitt hears THE DOUBLE

THE DOUBLE soundtrack | ©2014 Milan Records

Where Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky’s work might be better known among mainstream moviegoers for history-drenched adaptations of “The Brothers Karamazov” and “Crime and Punishment,” it’s likely that viewers might mistake the new cinematic translation of  THE DOUBLE as coming from the pen of Franz Kafka, another pessimism-drenched writer whose characters dealt with oppressive bureaucracies and mind-numbing daily drudgery. It’s a screaming shadow that’s certainly influenced Hollywood when throwing pathetic everyman heroes into the mouths of madness, whether it’s BRAZIL‘s Sam Lowry haplessly dealing with Central Services to poor BARTON FINK facing screenwriting Armageddon in a hotel from hell. But whatever …Read On »

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Interview: Taylor Kitsch talks THE NORMAL HEART and LONE SURVIVOR

Mark Ruffalo and Taylor Kitsch in THE NORMAL HEART | ©2014 HBO/Jojo Whilden

This is a great week and a half for Taylor Kitsch. The actor, originally from British Columbia, Canada, shot to fame as high school football player Tim Riggins in five seasons of the series FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS and subsequently starred in the big-screen features JOHN CARTER, BATTLESHIP and SAVAGES. Sunday, May 25, Kitsch can be seen on HBO in the premiere of director Ryan Murphy’s film version of Larry Kramer’s play THE NORMAL HEART; Kitsch stars as Bruce Niles, a gay man coping with the AIDS crisis in 1981, when the disease had barely been identified and was being actively …Read On »

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