CD Review: RIO 2 soundtrack

RIO 2 soundtrack | ©2014 Sony Classics

From having elephants hear whos to training dragons and teaching penguins tap dance, John Powell rules the animated animal kingdom when it comes to scores that fly on wings of energetic exuberance. Now he once again takes flight to Brazil with a return to the world of RIO, whose new trip up the Amazon gives him even more opportunities to bring on exotic South American percussion and winds, courtesy of such indigenous guest artists as UAKTI, Milton Nascimento and Carlinhos Brown. They’re peppy, pop-py birds of a feather in giving Powell a wonderfully manic, yet affectionately energetic sound depicting a […]Read On »

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Movie Review: RIO 2

RIO 2 | © 2014 Twentieth Century Fox

Rating: G Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Jamie Fox, will.i.am, Jemaine Clement, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro, George Lopez, Tracy Morgan, Andy Garcia, Bruno Mars, Kristin Chenoweth, Rita Moreno Writers: Don Rhymer, Carlos Kotkin, Jenny Bicks, Yoni Brenner, story by Carlos Saldanha Director: Carlos Saldanha Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: April 11, 2014 RIO 2 is a pleasing film. It has heart, a sense of humor, is very appealing to the eye and knows exactly how hard to try. In 2011’s RIO, we were introduced to rare Amazon blue macaw Blu (voiced by Jesse Eisenberg), who was birdnapped and fell […]Read On »

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CD Review: THE LORAX soundtrack

THE LORAX soundtrack | ©2012 Varese Sarabande Records

He had to jump from classical tunes to pop standards and his own manic melodies within the space a half second while playing the likes of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. Yet somehow, composer Carl Stalling’s job of melodically tying his toon music together looks positively relaxed when compared to the frantically ironic humor of today’s ADD animated pictures. But if there’s one of today’s composing generation who’s inherited the Stalling crown with a modicum of style and invention, let alone sanity, then it would be John Powell. With thrillingly manic scores for the likes of ROBOTS and two HAPPY […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX World Premiere

Taylor Swift at the World Premiere of DR. SEUSS' THE LORAX | ©2012 Sue Schneider

Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment held the World Premiere of DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX on February 19th at Universal Studios Hollywood in Universal City. Dr. Seuss books are loved worldwide and most people are familiar with the many stories. In DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX, a 12-year old must discover the story of the Lorax, a grumpy, charming creature who fights to protect the world. Why? The Lorax has the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. Walking the bright orange carpet were the stars of the film, which included: Danny DeVito, […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos: From the RIO Los Angeles Premiere

Anne Hathaway at the Los Angeles Premiere of RIO | ©2011 Sue Schneider

Twentieth Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios held the Los Angeles Premiere of RIO at the Grauman’s Mann Chinese Theater on April10th in Hollywood. Back in February, ASSIGNMENT X ran the RIO SNEAK BEAK EVENT (CLICK HERE) that was held on the FOX Studio Lot to announce the tie-in with the movie and ANGRY BIRDS. Now, once again the stars walked the blue carpet to promote the movie, which arrives in theaters on April 15th. Walking the carpet were the stars of the film, which included: Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, George Lopez, Will.i.am, Jamie Foxx, Tracy Morgan, Jake T. Austin, […]Read On »

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CD Review: FAIR GAME original soundtrack

© 2010 Lakeshore Records | Fair Game Soundtrack

John Powell re-invented the action spy beat when he teamed with director Doug Liman for the first BOURNE IDENTITY, a mélange of ethnic percussion and pounding orchestral drive that Powell’s since varied for the director with the explosive humor of MR. AND MRS. SMITH and the boisterous action of JUMPER. What makes Powell’s new teaming with Liman different is that FAIR GAME’s battlefield is mostly centered around the duplicitous halls of the Bush White House, let alone the suburban home of its finked-out CIA heroine Valerie Plame. Instead of sleeper agents crashing through her door, it’s the press that wrecks […]Read On »

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