Exclusive Photos from the KONG: SKULL ISLAND Los Angeles Premiere

Tom Hiddleston at the Los Angeles Premiere of KONG: SKULL ISLAND

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures presented the Los Angeles Premiere of KONG: SKULL ISLAND March 8, 2017 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Closing Hollywood Boulevard down with fans lining the street and in bleachers at the beginning of the red carpet. Walking the carpet were the stars of the film, which included Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Tian Jing, Toby Kebbell, John Ortiz, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Thomas Mann, Terry Notary, Shea Whigham, Will Brittain, Eugene Cordero, Henry Jackman (Composer), Thomas Tull (Producer), and Jordan Vogt Roberts (Director). Joining the stars were guests, which […]Read On »

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CD Review: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER soundtrack

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER soundtrack | ©2014 Intrada Records

Where most Marvel movie scores have been sure to couch their metal musical exosuits in warmly approachable orchestral flesh, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER is the first comic book score from the studio to truly do a Terminator number on its listeners for a significant chunk of time, going for hammering, stripped-down percussion and nail-on-chalkboard effects, a cold, troubling sound even crazier than the kind of ultra-beat scoring you’d normally get for scores featuring such assassin-turned-heroes as Jason Bourne. However, we’re talking about a hero-turned-assassin in THE WINTER SOLDIER, which is more than justification for Henry Jackman to come up […]Read On »

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CD Review: CAPTAIN PHILLIPS soundtrack

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS soundtrack | ©2013 Varese Sarabande Records

Where most Hollywood films do their best to instill some sense of reality into true-life movies, director Paul Greengrass has the ability to make his re-enactments real, which makes it no easy task for the composer to musically capture that sense of cinema verite. Where John Powell did an admirable job of creating an inevitable sense of dread with the ticking time-bomb percussion, Arabic suspense and tragic heroism that would send Greengrass’ UNITED 93 to its awful fate, the director’s new, equally gripping, but far “happier” ending for the true story of CAPTAIN PHILLIPS demands a way more visceral approach, and […]Read On »

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CD Review: PLANES and TURBO soundtracks

PLANES soundtrack | ©2013 Walt Disney Records

Mark Mancina has a long history of scoring talking animals for The Mouse House, from his arrangements on Hans Zimmer’s THE LION KING to his own adventurous score to TARZAN and BROTHER BEAR. However, his new, exhilarating work for a little plane that could flies far more in the spirit of TOP GUN and REMEMBER THE TITANS than a reincarnated bruin. With noble trumpets, rock-military rhythm, a rousing chorus and a sweepingly courageous orchestra, one might easily expect the underdog team entering a Midwestern stadium for the big game they somehow made it to. It’s a propulsive, flesh and blood […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from THIS IS THE END World Premiere

Emma Watson at the World Premiere of THIS IS THE END | ©2013 Sue Schneider

Recently Columbia Pictures presented the World Premiere of THIS IS THE END at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood. Fans were 3 rows deep this night to catch the stars as they arrived, and of course they screamed like they usually do! Most of the signs were for Emma Watson, who starred in the HARRY POTTER films, and since she resides in England the fans were doubly excited! Walking the carpet were the stars of the film, which included: Seth Rogen (who is also the Director/Producer and Writer), Jay Baruchel (also Co-Producer), Evan Goldberg (Director/Producer and Writer) and Henry Jackman […]Read On »

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CD Review: G.I. JOE RETALIATION soundtrack

GI JOE RETALIATION soundtrack | ©2013 Varese Sarabande Records

You can only expect so much when it comes to an toy-based movie, which made this new action figure model so pleasantly surprising, especially with far more of a “believable” approach as opposed to the far more juvenile escapades of the last “Joe.” Where that film got a form-fittingly bombastic orchestral treatment from Alan Silvestri, Henry Jackman’s music here is out to fit “the real world” approach to G.I. JOE RETALIATION – or at least as real world as you can get with flesh and blood action cartoons wielding futuristic weaponry. Having shown his super heroic chops on X-MEN FIRST […]Read On »

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CD Revew: The Best Score Runner-Ups and Composers to Watch for 2012

CHICO & RITA soundtrack | ©2012 Red General Catalogue

The Best Score Runner-Ups and Composer to Watch for 2012 ARBITRAGE (Cliff Martinez / Milan) As the composer who virtually created the ethereal indie sound with SEX LIES AND VIDEOTAPE, Cliff Martinez has always played psychological tension in offbeat, ethereally percussive ways. Here’s it’s a moody spider’s web of drones and percussion that’s closing in on a magnate’s gigantic F-up, rhythmic tension that’s all about the inner turmoil that clings to the antihero as he uses all of his charms to clean things up. Speaking with his soft, haunted confidence, Martinez’s Eno-ish washes of melodic textures always have a cold […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the MAN ON A LEDGE Los Angeles Premiere

Sam Worthington at the Los Angeles Premiere of MAN ON A LEDGE | ©2012 Sue Schneider

Summit Entertainment held the Los Angeles Premiere of MAN ON A LEDGE recently at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. MAN ON A LEDGE stars Sam Worthington as ex-cop Nick Cassidy. After escaping from prison he stands on the ledge of a New York Hotel to prove his innocent, but is he innocent or does he have a hidden agenda? Seen walking the carpet were the stars of the film, which included: Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Ed Burns, Titus Welliver, Genesis Rodriguez, Ed Harris, Director Asger Leth, Writer Pablo F. Fenjves and Composer Henry Jackman. Joining them were guests, which […]Read On »

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CD Review: The Best Scores of 2011

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS- PART TWO soundtrack | ©2011 Water Tower Music

THE BEST SCORES OF 2011 THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU (Thomas Newman / Relativity) There’s always been something ethereal, if not downright unearthly about the dreamy, often rhythmic sound that’s allowed Thomas Newman to become the first alt. rocker to make it big as a film composer. It’s a sound that’s particularly well-suited to the spiritual, conveying a universe behind the walls of reality in such scores as THE RAPTURE, OSCAR AND LUCINDA and PHENOMENON. Now Newman’s on the side of the angels with hats for this moving, faith-based Phillip K. Dick adaptation. His mesmerizing mix employs strings and acoustic guitar, suspenseful […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the PUSS IN BOOTS Los Angeles Premiere

Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, and Puss In Boots at the Los Angeles Premiere of PUSS IN BOOTS | ©2011 Sue Schneider

DreamWorks Animation held the Los Angeles Premiere of PUSS IN BOOTS on October 23rd at the Regency Theater in Westwood. Closing the street where the theater is located, the “beige” carpet, had backdrops that looked like sets from the film. Costumed PUSS IN BOOTS and Kitty Softpaws walked the carpet, plus before the premiere started Spanish dancers came down the carpet. Fans lined the street to see the stars and guests that attended this early Sunday morning premiere. Seen walking the carpet were the stars of the film, which included: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton, Amy […]Read On »

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