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Animated Movie Music Features Everything From Pop Hits to a Broadway Star

Animated Movie Music Features Everything From Pop Hits to a Broadway Star
New songs, covers of old songs, chart-topping singers, Broadway tunesmiths: musically speaking, this year’s crop of animated movies has a little of everything. Both “Trolls” and “Sing” feature lavishly produced covers of classic songs. “Sing” features no fewer than 65 tunes, of which just 20 are the original master recordings; the other 45 not only needed to be cleared but arranged, performed, and animated.

It was a two-year process, says executive music producer Harvey Mason Jr., a Grammy-winning songwriter and producer whose resume includes everyone from Justin Bieber to Beyonce. “It was the craziest job ever,” he says. “We did some of the songs eight or nine different times in different ways.”

Because “Sing” is about a vocal competition, the settings ranged from auditions to a singing, dancing finale. Characters include a punk-rock porcupine (Scarlett Johansson), a Sinatra-esque mouse (Seth MacFarlane), a soulful gorilla (Taron Egerton), a shy elephant (Tori Kelly), and
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Golden Globes 2016: nominees reactions

Joy, surprise and humility on a day of celebration for film’s leading lights.

Thursday brought good news for plenty in the industry as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their nominees.

Screendaily spoke to some of the nominees. The Golden Globe awards ceremony will take place on January 10, 2016 in Los Angeles.

Best Motion Picture – Drama

“We are swept away by the generosity of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association with five Golden Globe nominations, and especially the double best actress nomination of Cate and Rooney. It’s incredibly rewarding to see the hard work of Number 9, Killer and Film 4 come to light in the making of this wonderful Todd Haynes film.”

Producers Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley & Christine Vachon, Carol

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

“I am grateful to the HFPA for recognising Joy and the picture’s leading light, Jennifer, who has taken new risks, across the lifespan story of this picture that can spread inspiration
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Globe nominations – the reactions

Joy, surprise and humility on a day of celebration for film’s leading lights.

Thursday brought good news for plenty in the industry as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their nominees.

Screendaily spoke to some of the nominees. The Golden Globe awards ceremony will take place on January 10, 2016 in Los Angeles.

Best Motion Picture – Drama

“We are swept away by the generosity of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association with five Golden Globe nominations, and especially the double best actress nomination of Cate and Rooney. It’s incredibly rewarding to see the hard work of Number 9, Killer and Film 4 come to light in the making of this wonderful Todd Haynes film.”

Producers Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley & Christine Vachon, Carol

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

“I am grateful to the HFPA for recognising Joy and the picture’s leading light, Jennifer, who has taken new risks, across the lifespan story of this picture that can spread inspiration
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Mike Knobloch: Defined by Tools of the Trade

Without even knowing his job title as Universal Pictures’ president of film music and publishing, it would only take once glance at Mike Knobloch’s office to make a pretty good guess about the type of work he does. With two vintage keyboards (one Rhodes, one Wurlitzer), an electronic drum set, a bass guitar, a ukelele and a good half dozen guitars mounted to the walls, the exec’s office appears to be just a few microphones and a mixing board away from serving as a freestanding recording studio on its own.

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‘Perspective Shift’

Instruments aren’t the only goodies scattered around his Universal City digs: a “Silence” sign taken from the old Newman Scoring Stage adorns his desk, and two large prints of an exploded camera by photographer Todd McLellan sit in his line of sight — the latter a gift from his wife and a
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From ‘Furious 7’ to ‘Fifty Shades,’ Music Supercharges Universal Movies

From ‘Furious 7’ to ‘Fifty Shades,’ Music Supercharges Universal Movies
2015 was a year to remember for Universal Pictures, both at the box office and, more unusually, on the pop charts. With “Straight Outta Compton” and “Pitch Perfect 2” dominating cinemas while driving music sales all the while, the studio was responsible for the two biggest music-driven films of the year. And that harmony extended throughout the slate, with “Furious 7” and “50 Shades of Grey,” which notched three Top 10 pop hits between them.

Behind all of these projects was Mike Knobloch, Universal’s president of film music and publishing. The exec says the studio’s emphasis on music has been palpable since he came on as one of Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley’s earliest hires when she was named in 2009.

“Culturally, under Donna’s leadership, music has always been high on the food chain,” Knobloch says. “Everything from ‘Mamma Mia’ and ‘Les Miz’ to ‘Straight Outta Compton’ and ‘Pitch Perfect’ and music-driven non-musicals like ‘50 Shades.
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Music Supervisors Confab to Address ‘State of Music in Media’

Music Supervisors Confab to Address ‘State of Music in Media’
The Guild of Music Supervisors’ inaugural “State of Music in Media” conference will be held this Saturday, Sept. 19, at Emerson College Los Angeles, located in Hollywood.

Established in 2010, the young 170-member guild, whose mission statement is to “elevate the creative use of music within all forms of media,” initiated the confab to discuss the biz among professional peers.

“Our Conference creates a great opportunity for our guild members, and all of the stakeholders in the media music, to form a powerful think tank,” said John Houlihan, president of the Guild of Music Supervisors, in a statement.

The sold-out gathering (450 attendees are expected) will include a conversation with Mike Knobloch, Universal Pictures’ president of film music & publishing, moderated by Kcrw critic and host of “The Treatment,” about multi-platinum soundtracks for “Straight Outta Compton,” “50 Shades of Grey,” “Furious 7” and “Pitch Perfect 2,” among other subjects.

There will also be a discussion with the “Breaking Bad” creative team,
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Heitor Pereira Coaxes Emotion Out of Music

Heitor Pereira Coaxes Emotion Out of Music
When Heitor Pereira was a boy growing up in rural, heavily forested Brazil, his grandfather — an avid birdwatcher — used to tell him, “Listen to the symphony of the birds and the life around us. Can you imagine a day without these melodies?”

Nowadays Pereira honors that memory within the context of moving pictures, whether mimicking nature or underscoring character and story.

“Melody is still where I start,” says the composer of such animated features as “Despicable Me” and “Minions,” and live-action films like “If I Stay” and “It’s Complicated.” “Even if it’s a birthplace for the score and then becomes textural. If I do that, I never get lost, because melodies have meaning. They are a musical conclusion of a conversation that we may have about a character.”

Pereira is among a long line of film composers — including Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer and Trent Reznor — who established themselves in the pop realm.
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Tanya Greig Perara joins Universal Pictures

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The executive arrives at the studio as svp of business affairs, film music.

Perara will work closely with president of film music and publishing Mike Knobloch and among other things will oversee talent deals, licensing, legacy soundtrack partnerships with record labels and Universal’s in-house Back Lot Music label.

She will report to Knobloch.

Prior to Universal, Perara spent three years as vp of business and legal affairs at NBCUniversal stablemate Telemundo Media.

She also worked for 13 years at Interscope Geffen A&M Records, most recently as svp of emerging business and revenue.
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Universal Hires Telemundo Film Music Exec; Starz Acquires ‘Tumbledown’ – Film Briefs

Tanya Greig Perara has joined Universal Pictures as Svp Business Affairs, Film Music. She will spearhead the business affairs for anything involving film music, including talent deals, licensing negotiations, oversight over current and past soundtrack projects, partnering with record labels, and Universal's in-house Back Lot Music label. She will work with Mike Knobloch, President of Film Music and Publishing. The move comes during a rocking time for the unit, which has…
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Tanya Greig Perara Joins Universal as Svp of Business Affairs for Film Music

Tanya Greig Perara has joined Universal Pictures as senior VP of business affairs for film music, the studio announced Thursday. Perara will work closely with Mike Knobloch, president of film music and publishing, to whom she will report. “Tanya brings her dynamic, multifaceted experience in the music business and a wealth of strong relationships across the industry,” said Knobloch. “With the great variety of Universal films to work with and huge successes like the soundtracks for “Furious 7,” “Fifty Shades of Grey” and “Pitch Perfect 2,” our film music and publishing division is firing on all cylinders and we are...
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Marc Streintenfeld’s Collaborators Cite Film Composer’s Ability to Burrow Into Characters

Marc Streintenfeld’s Collaborators Cite Film Composer’s Ability to Burrow Into Characters
“He’s a filmmaker who has not made a film,” says director Saar Klein of composer Marc Streitenfeld. “He discusses things on a story level. He has an overall macro understanding of the film. And incredible taste.”

The two met while Klein was editing “The Thin Red Line” and Streitenfeld was assisting composer Hans Zimmer. By the time Klein was ready to make his own, “After the Fall,” Streitenfeld had begun composing on his own and Klein enlisted him while the film was still in the writing and prep stages.

“I think he really got to the soul of this man,” Klein says, referring to the lead character (Wes Bentley, as an unemployed family man who turns to crime). “There’s a lot going on inside this man who’s falling apart. The music almost illustrates the sadness, the tragedy of this man.”

Mike Knobloch, the president of music at
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Contenders: Crops of Tunes Inspire and Bottle Films’ Spirit

Contenders: Crops of Tunes Inspire and Bottle Films’ Spirit
Great movie songs have served varying purposes over the years. They can both set the scene and act as a theme song (“Fame,” “Falling Slowly” from “Once”), capture a mood (“Things Have Changed” from “The Wonder Boys”), serve up an emotional coda (“My Heart Will Go On” from “Titanic”) or even define a character (“Sooner or Later” from “Dick Tracy”).

But how does a single song capture a movie’s essence and bottle its spirit?

Punk rocker Patti Smith, who wrote the lullaby that features prominently in Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah,” “Mercy Is,” says the director “wanted a song that has a nostalgia for Eden, a time before the fall when man was in direct communication with God.”

For her first original film tune, she read the Psalms and the Song of Solomon to get a sense of the appropriate language. “It had to be a comforting and hopeful song,
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Alexandre Desplat’s Twin Takes on WWII: ‘Imitation Game’ and ‘Unbroken’

Alexandre Desplat’s Twin Takes on WWII: ‘Imitation Game’ and ‘Unbroken’
Alexandre Desplat’s five 2014 releases are as diverse as ever, from the quirky sounds of “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and the action pulse of “Godzilla” to the wartime drumbeat of “The Monuments Men.”

But it’s his last two films that are bound to draw the most attention at awards time: “The Imitation Game,” due Nov. 21, and “Unbroken,” slated for a Christmas release. Both are powerful, fact-based dramas focusing on quietly heroic individuals.

In the case of “The Imitation Game,” the story of the mathematical genius Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) charged with breaking the German code machine Enigma during World War II, director Morten Tyldum posed a challenge: “I wanted music that could be subjective, inside this head of this awkward, brilliant mathematician. At the same time I wanted music that would depict the epic scope of the war; a tender, fragile love story; and the thriller element, the spy story.
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Bmi Film/TV Kudofest Shows Journalist-Author Jon Burlingame Some Love

Bmi Film/TV Kudofest Shows Journalist-Author Jon Burlingame Some Love
On Wednesday night, the ballroom at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel was filled with so many talented heavyweights and the power players behind them that Doreen Ringer-Ross, mistress of ceremonies at the Bmi Film/TV Music Awards, referred to the assembled as “a film music geek’s wet dream.”

And yet there was the name of Jon Burlingame, Variety’s go-to expert on film composers, positioned in the program just below the evening’s headliner, movie maestro Mychael Danna (“Life of Pi”), who was due to receive the Richard Kirk Award, the performing rights organization’s equivalent of a life achievement kudo.

Burlingame, a journalist and author of such books as “The Music of James Bond,” bathed in the adulation — including a filmed tribute that included Oscar-winning grand master John Williams — from a room full of people intimately familiar with his work.

“I just love what you guys do, I always have,
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Hans Zimmer talks Inception, Composing, Working with with James Newton Howard, and More

Last week, The Recording Academy hosted an invite-only screening of Inception, followed by a special Q&A session with the film’s composer, Oscar and Grammy winner Hans Zimmer (Gladiator, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight). The Q&A was moderated by Mike Knobloch, President of Film Music and Publishing at Universal Pictures. During their talk, Hans talked about his relationship with Batman and Inception director Christopher Nolan, revealed his creative process for composing, and described what it was like co-composing with James Newton Howard (on Batman). Hit the jump to read some selected quotes from Zimmer and you can also listen to the audio.

Here’s the audio file. You might have to run up your speakers after the opening Collider tag.

0:00 Working with Christopher Nolan on Inception during pre-production

“[The Inception script] all made sense to me, which probably means I’m really really crazy.”

4:23 Hans’ composing process

“I really
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Got $500? Buy This Limited Edition Danny Elfman/Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box

I thought you Danny Elfman/Tim Burton fans might like this. For $500 you can pre-order a limited edition collector's set of all 13 scores that Elfman compased for Burton's movies. But this is a pretty kick ass package that you're getting for $500.It's a 16 cd set packaged with artwork by Tim Burton, with over 19 hours of music, which include 7 hours of previously un-released masters, demos, work tapes and rarities.It comes with a ton of stuff, so I'll list it here for you from the official site.A Collectible Zoetrope Box A collection of music as unique as Danny Elfman’s for the film of Tim Burton needed to be housed in something equally special, wondrous, and whimsical. Designed to evoke a treasure chest found in a mysterious attic, The Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box is a work of art in itself. Grammy-winning designer Matt Taylor has transformed
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Mike Knobloch to Oversee Universal Film Music Dept.

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By Wrap Staff

Universal Pictures has tapped film music veteran Mike Knobloch to oversee the studio's film music department. Donna Langley, Universal Pictures co-chair, and Rick Finkelstein, vice chairman and chief operating officer, announced the hire Wednesday.

Effective March 1, Knobloch, who is executive VP of film music at Fox Music/20th Century Fox, will become president of film music and publishing for Universal Pictures.He replaces Kathy Nelson, who left Universal in January.

In his new role, Knobloch will be responsible for all creative and production aspects of Universal films&rsqu...
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James Horner's Avatar Score Promises to Be 'Hugely Cinematic'

I normally don't talk about movie scores before a movie comes out, but today I'm making an exception because it's Avatar, and I love James Cameron. MovieScore Magazine recently did an interview with Mike Knobloch, the executive VP of Fox Music, talking about composer James Horner (known for his work on movies like Braveheart, Apollo 13, Titanic) and his score for Avatar. While this could've been just another interview, Knobloch went all out, saying that the score he's working on will be "epic" and "hugely cinematic." Anyone else getting chills just thinking about it? Okay, sure that was cheesy, but I love great movie scores! "Horner is doing a brilliant job of creating music that transports us to another world, but supports the film using the traditional orchestral conventions to make a sound that’s hugely cinematic," Knobloch explained. He also goes on to says that Horner's score is "a
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