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From hedge fund manager to Oscar nominee: Meet Nicholas Britell, the composer of 'Moonlight'
From hedge fund manager to Oscar nominee: Meet Nicholas Britell, the composer of 'Moonlight'
Nicholas Britell has entered the Hollywood spotlight with his music for “Moonlight,” the spare and delicate but nevertheless integral score earning the film one of its eight Oscar nominations. Yet for Britell, 36, this is merely Phase 4 of a career that began as a Juilliard (and later Harvard)...
Don't call it a shadow puppet show. For Manual Cinema, this is the art of 'live film'
Don't call it a shadow puppet show. For Manual Cinema, this is the art of 'live film'
Pay no attention to the men and women behind the curtain. Strike that: Look at them the whole time if you like. The wizards underneath the screen at Manual Cinema stage elaborate “live films” using overhead projectors and shadows, the artists’ wizardry in full view. Rapidly switching between 2-D...
Meet Justin Timberlake, film composer of 'The Book of Love'
Meet Justin Timberlake, film composer of 'The Book of Love'
To learn that Justin Timberlake, the multi-platinum pop star, actor and owner of handfuls of Grammys and Emmys, composed an orchestral film score feels very, shall we say, left field. But the seed was actually planted at a young age. “I think when I was a kid I would hear movies more than I would...
‘Moonlight’ screens to live music, packed crowd at downtown L.A.’s Million Dollar Theatre
‘Moonlight’ screens to live music, packed crowd at downtown L.A.’s Million Dollar Theatre
The crowd swelled inside the ornate Million Dollar Theatre in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday night for a screening of “Moonlight” with live musical accompaniment, fresh off the film’s Golden Globe win for best dramatic motion picture. Composer Nicholas Britell joined the Wordless Music Orchestra...
Dermot Mulroney's role in 'Rogue One': Playing cello on the soundtrack
Dermot Mulroney's role in 'Rogue One': Playing cello on the soundtrack
When audiences see “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” they’ll encounter actor Dermot Mulroney — just not on screen. He’s playing cello on the soundtrack. Mulroney met “Rogue One” composer Michael Giacchino in 2005 at the premiere for the romcom “The Family Stone,” which Mulroney starred in and Giacchino...
Film scores range from experimental sounds ('Arrival') to simple, hushed restraint ('A Monster Calls')
Film scores range from experimental sounds ('Arrival') to simple, hushed restraint ('A Monster Calls')
Many of this year’s notable film scores are the work of relative newcomers to Hollywood, with a few established veterans (as ever) in the mix. The scores range from experimental sound worlds for alien visitors to more traditional, symphonic approaches for more familiar galactic friends. In this...
Meet the film director helping Dudamel paint the story of 'The Creation' inside Disney Hall
Meet the film director helping Dudamel paint the story of 'The Creation' inside Disney Hall
Alberto Arvelo is used to hiring composers to set music to his films. The Venezuelan director’s most recent feature, “Libertador,” employed none other than Gustavo Dudamel — in his debut film score — for that task. The roles were reversed, however, on Arvelo’s new assignment: setting film to Dudamel-led...
How Rufus Wainwright and Benjamin Millepied came to collaborate on L.A. Dance Project program
How Rufus Wainwright and Benjamin Millepied came to collaborate on L.A. Dance Project program
When Rufus Wainwright released his spare, piano-and-voice album “All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu” in 2010, Benjamin Millepied’s choreography muscles began tingling. “The songs are almost like lieders,” said Millepied, co-founder of L.A. Dance Project. “They’re more classical in a way. They’re...
In composing for 'Jackie,' Mica Levi delivers sass, trauma and heartbreak
In composing for 'Jackie,' Mica Levi delivers sass, trauma and heartbreak
When Mica Levi composed her debut film score at 26 for the movie “Under the Skin” starring Scarlett Johansson as an alien, people took note. Among the many who detected an important new discovery was Chilean director Pablo Larraín, who was on the jury when the film screened at the Venice Film Festival...
Seth Rogen, Tony Hale and Jordan Peele will perform short plays written by fifth-graders
Seth Rogen, Tony Hale and Jordan Peele will perform short plays written by fifth-graders
Six short plays were strong enough to lure Seth Rogen, Jordan Peele and Tony Hale to join the cast of a one-night production in downtown L.A. — not bad for playwrights who haven’t turned 13. For “The Biggest Show” on Thursday at L.A. Live, the scripts have been written by fifth-graders, and the...
Chelsea Manning as opera: Story of transgender WikiLeaks figure unfolds in 'The Source'
Chelsea Manning as opera: Story of transgender WikiLeaks figure unfolds in 'The Source'
Composer Ted Hearne had been circling WikiLeaks and the details it divulged about America’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq when the figure of Chelsea Manning emerged. In the series of chats between Manning (formerly Pfc. Bradley Manning) and a hacker named Adrian Lamo published on Wired.com, Hearne...
Danny Elfman on scoring ‘The Girl on the Train’: The darker it gets, the happier I get
Danny Elfman on scoring ‘The Girl on the Train’: The darker it gets, the happier I get
Depending on the day, Danny Elfman may sound more like Jack Skellington at the outset of Tim Burton’s 1993 goth fantasia “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” singing a weary lament. Or he might sound like Jack after his Christmas debacle — rejuvenated and happy. “I’m the eternal pessimist,” Elfman,...
'Temptation of St. Antony' mixes play, dance and avant-pop concert into a show that defies labels
'Temptation of St. Antony' mixes play, dance and avant-pop concert into a show that defies labels
In a gutted warehouse near Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles, a ragtag repertory is acting out a story by Gustave Flaubert in a cluttered set sourced primarily from Craigslist. Actors sing and musicians dance, as an agonized Saint Antony, the fourth century Egyptian monk, is tempted...
The Echo Society celebrates local music by local composers through one-of-a-kind live experiences
The Echo Society celebrates local music by local composers through one-of-a-kind live experiences
A cadre of young and rising Hollywood talent responsible for scoring such films and TV series as “Foxcatcher,” “Straight Outta Compton,” “Looper” and “Billions” has had its work heard by millions around the globe. Yet here at home these composers felt like they weren’t being heard. “We had gone...
What follows 'Bright Star'? For Steve Martin, it's 'Meteor Shower'
What follows 'Bright Star'? For Steve Martin, it's 'Meteor Shower'
Steve Martin isn’t just a “comedian.” His restless mind has led him into becoming a stand-up giant, a movie star, a screenwriter, a producer, a novelist, a songwriter, a banjoist, an art curator — and, increasingly these days, a playwright. At his core, he’s a thinker. He studied philosophy in...
Composer Thomas Newman heads back under the sea to score 'Finding Dory'
Composer Thomas Newman heads back under the sea to score 'Finding Dory'
When director Andrew Stanton was writing “Finding Nemo” in 1999, he did so listening to the music of Thomas Newman (specifically Newman’s score for “Meet Joe Black”). When the time came to hire a composer for his animated story of a clown fish searching the depths for his lost son, Stanton said:...
From ancient Persian poetry rises 'Feathers of Fire,' billed as largest shadow-theater play
From ancient Persian poetry rises 'Feathers of Fire,' billed as largest shadow-theater play
When Hamid Rahmanian says, “I’m kind of like a bulldozer,” the artist means the tenacious way he enters any new project — long work hours, “begging” for funding, camping in rehearsal spaces. But he’s also a bulldozer of a talker. A simple question will unloose a topic-hopping stream of excitement....
Live orchestra to animate Disney 'Silly Symphony' short films from the 1930s
Live orchestra to animate Disney 'Silly Symphony' short films from the 1930s
Imagine if you will: Arts supporters, dressed to the nines, gathered for a benefit in a grand old movie palace, listening to a chamber orchestra — and watching Disney cartoons. Last year, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra broke from a 25-year tradition of playing live accompaniment to old silent...
More than magic and puppets: Derek DelGaudio and Frank Oz on their upcoming show
More than magic and puppets: Derek DelGaudio and Frank Oz on their upcoming show
The discussion was intentionally vague on Wednesday night at NeueHouse Hollywood — “cryptic,” as Derek DelGaudio offered afterward. The magician and performance artist was attempting to “start the conversation” about his upcoming show, “In & Of Itself,” along with producer Glenn Kaino and director...
The theater world is opening its arms to people with Tourette's and autism
The theater world is opening its arms to people with Tourette's and autism
Jess Thom has every reason to hate the theater. Thom has Tourette’s syndrome, and her tics — randomly spoken words and muscle spasms — had kept her away from the hushed performance halls in her native London. That all came to a head a few years ago at a show by English comedian Mark Thomas. Thom...
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