April 10, 2014 |
Quincy Jones knew even at a young age that he wanted to compose film scores. "I used to go to movies for 11 cents," Jones said at his mansion nestled in the Bel-Air hills. "I used to play hooky in Seattle every day. I could tell if a movie was scored at 20th Century Fox with Alfred Newman or at Paramount with Victor Young. I could just feel it. " Jones, who studied with composers Nadia Boulanger and Olivier Messiaen in Paris in 1957, would become one of the top film composers in Hollywood by the 1960s.
June 23, 2001 |
"Snuffy." It sounds like somebody you go bowling with on Wednesday nights. Or the cable repairman who didn't show up in time for you to see the last episode of "The Sopranos." But former hot guitarist with the '70s Texas power rock group Stray Dog, former backup band member for Chaka Khan, Donna Summer and Eric Burdon, and currently the hottest composer in television? Yep--a guy named Snuffy.
June 4, 1995 |
Did you know that Danny Elfman came up with the main theme for "Batman" on a 747 and went into the plane's bathroom to sing the melody into a tape recorder? Or that the late Henry Mancini composed the Oscar-winning theme song for "Breakfast at Tiffany's" with Audrey Hepburn's limited vocal range in mind?
March 14, 2003 |
Midnight screenings of two tiny horror flicks drew some of the biggest buzz at an otherwise low-key South by Southwest film festival in Austin, Texas. One was "Cabin Fever," the subject of a bidding war at last year's Toronto International Film Festival that eventually went to Lions Gate Films for $3.5 million. The other was "The Eye," a Hong Kong film that Tom Cruise's production company already plans to remake.
April 6, 1996
The Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg, the world's largest and oldest orchestra devoted to the performance of silent-film scores, will give three performances at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences April 11-13. On April 11 at 8 p.m., the 72-piece orchestra will accompany the screening of a restored print of 1928's "The Last Command," which was directed Joseph von Sternberg. On April 12 and April 13 at 7 p.m., the orchestra will accompany screenings of F.W.
August 29, 1995 |
Celebrating both the centennial of motion pictures and the 50th anniversary of the first Hollywood Bowl concert to honor film music, John Mauceri conducted a program in Cahuenga Pass on Sunday featuring movie scores, a huge overhead projection screen and lots of explanatory chit-chat.
March 23, 1992 |
Georges Delerue, a classically trained composer who became a master of the film soundtrack, winning dozens of awards--including an Oscar--for his ability to capture mood and character through music, is dead. Delerue, who scored such films as "Platoon," "Day of the Jackal" and more recently, "Dien Bien Phu," was 67 when he died Friday at St. Josephs Medical Center in Burbank. A spokesman said he died of the complications of a stroke he suffered Wednesday.
July 26, 1999 |
Of the 13,070 patrons at John Williams' annual Los Angeles Philharmonic gig at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday night, no doubt many were receiving their only dose of live symphonic music for the year. For them--and for proselytizers like conductor John Mauceri--today's living symphonic tradition runs right through the cinema, and Williams is their high priest. But while the best of Williams' film music is certainly worth hearing outside the theater, not all of it deserves the concert treatment.
May 31, 1986 |
Hungarian film maker Gyorgy Szomjas was about as far removed from the world of his satirical comedy "Tight Quarters" as possible. Here he was, standing in the massive doorway of Mickey Hargitay's nearly completed hilltop Spanish-baroque castle, ready to discuss a movie that takes place in a seedy two-room Budapest apartment, where a pouty, tempestuous young woman is living calamitously with her recently paroled husband and her current lover.