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Friday, October 06, 2006

News from Costa Communications, the latest issue of Film Music Magazine and a further update from Costa Communications

From Costa Communications

Soundtrack drops 10/17, Movie opens 10/20

(Burbank, CA) Milan Records releases music from the motion picture "Flags of
our Fathers," featuring an original score composed by Hollywood legend Clint
Eastwood, previously Golden Globe nominated as a composer for his work on
"Million Dollar Baby." Along with his score, his son Kyle Eastwood also
provides re-recordings of classic music from the period. The Milan
soundtrack features nostalgic standards arranged by Kyle including works by
Irving Berlin, Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne and John Philip Sousa, as well as
original recordings by Dinah Shore and Artie Shaw and His Gramercy Five.
Milan releases the soundtrack on October 17.

In addition to directing and acting in his films, Clint Eastwood has a long
history of involvement with film music, dating back to "Escape from
Alcatraz." For "Bronco Billy," Tightrope" and "Hearbreak Ridge," Lennie
Neuhaus would write the score while Eastwood would write the songs.
Starting with "Unforgiven" and continuing through "Space Cowboys," the two
wrote the scores together, resulting in a series of successful works.
Eastwood has since written the scores to "Mystic River" and "Million Dollar
Baby" on his own; the latter was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2004. For
"Flags of our Fathers," Eastwood writes, and Lennie Niehaus continues to
orchestrate and conduct.

The film, based on the bestselling book of the same name, tells the life
stories of the six American soldiers who raised the victory flag at the
battle of Iwo Jima in 1945. The men, immortalized in what would become one
of the most iconic images in history, rejected the notion that they were
heroes, wanting only to stay on the front with their brothers-in-arms who
were fighting and dying without fanfare or glory. Eastwood directs a cast
that includes Ryan Phillippe, Adam Beach and Jesse Bradford. DreamWorks/
Paramount releases the film on October 20.

Milan Entertainment, Inc. has a proven dedication to releasing quality,
award-winning soundtracks for film and television as well as cutting edge
electronic, world and Latin music. Its catalogue includes such notable
soundtracks as "Ghost," "Mulholland Drive," "Monsoon Wedding," "Spirited
Away," "Talk To Her," "City of God," "Bend It Like Beckham," "Once Upon A
Time in Mexico," "Match Point" as well as the Academy Award Winning films,
"March of the Penguins" and "Tsotsi." Milan Entertainment, an independently
owned operation with offices located in Burbank, California and Paris,
France is distributed by WEA Inc., Warner Music Group's (an AOL Time Warner
Company) manufacturing and distribution operation.

Music by Clint Eastwood
Orchestrated and conducted by Lennie Niehaus
Special Arrangements by Kyle Eastwood and Michael Stevens

Track Listing
1. The Photograph
2. I'll Walk Away
performed by Dinah Shore
(Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne)
3. Knock Knock
(Kyle Eastwood, Michael Stevens, Andrew McCormack, Graeme Flowers)
4. Wounded Marines
5. The Thunderer
(John Philip Sousa)
6. Armada Arrives
7. Goodbye Ira
8. Symphony in G Minor, 3rd Movement
(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
9. String Quartet Opus #6, 2nd Movement
(Joseph Haydn)
10. Inland Battle
11. Flag Raising
12. Any Bonds Today?
(Irving Berlin)
13. Summit Ridge Drive
performed by Artie Shaw and his Gramercy Five
(Artie Shaw)
14. Vict'ry Polka
(Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne)
15. The Medals
16. Platoon Swims
17. Washington Post March
(John Philip Sousa)
18. Flags Theme
19. End Titles Guitar
20. End Titles

I've been fortunate to receive the latest issue of Film Music (Vol.6 No.1), which features a full-colour picture of Harry Gregson-Williams on the cover and inside carries an interview with the composer. Other composer interviews this issue feature Brian Tyler and a new name to me, Jon Westgaard, who writes the music for magazine shows in the States, most notably the long-running Entertainment Tonight show. There is also an interview with seven-time Grammy winning arranger and trumpet player Jerry Hey, who has, in addition to working with the likes of Earth Wind and Fire, Michael Jackson and Ray Charles, played on many films for the likes of Alan Silvestri and Aaron Zigman. More technical and industry related features make up the remainder of the issue, and Samm Brown III "sounds off" about the current situation regarding African-American composers in Hollywood. A must-have publication if you're involved in the industry, particularly States-side.
By the way, don't forget to visit, where you can catch up with all the latest news, subscribe to the magazine, and listen to Film Music Radio, where interesting conversations with composers can be heard on demand.

An Update From Costa Communications


-- Two-Day Event will Focus on the Evolving Role of Music in Film and
Television --

(September 29, 2006 - Los Angeles) Acclaimed singer-songwriter Melissa
Etheridge and top composer Terence Blanchard are among the industry
professionals who are set to participate in The 2006 Hollywood
Reporter/Billboard Film & TV Music Conference, being held on November 14-15
at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Now in its fifth year, this
cutting-edge conference examines the increasingly important role of music in
film and television, and provides a dynamic forum for the exchange of ideas
among the entertainment industry's most influential executive and creative
talents including award-winning composers and directors, top-name music
supervisors, key studio, network, record label and publishing professionals,
and VIPs from the advertising, gaming and commercial fields.

In an exclusive Q&A conducted by Tamara Conniff, executive editor and
associate publisher of Billboard, Melissa Etheridge will discuss crossing
over to the world of film and TV music. In another Q&A session, Doreen
Ringer Ross, VP Film/TV Relations of BMI, will talk to Terence Blanchard
about his work composing for films and discussing how he balances scoring
with his career as one of jazz music's leading trumpeters.

Etheridge, one of the music industry's most successful female artists, got
her first break in film music when she was asked to write songs for the Nick
Nolte movie Weeds that was released in 1987. Since that time, Etheridge has
released nine albums, and has won two Grammy awards for Best Female Rock
Vocal Performance. Etheridge's career highlights have also included hit
songs such as Come to My Window, I'm the Only One and I Want To Come Over,
three multi-platinum albums titled Melissa Etheridge (1988), Yes I Am (1993)
and Your Little Secret (1995), and a talked-about performance of Janis
Joplin's Piece of My Heart at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards. Etheridge has
continued to write for and perform on television shows and movie
soundtracks, and just this year claimed the title song for the celebrated Al
Gore documentary, An Inconvenient Truth.

A New Orleans native, Blanchard has been a staple on the jazz scene since
the 1980s and has made an impact both as a performing musician and a
composer. He began his film-scoring career working with Spike Lee on such
films as Jungle Fever, Malcolm X, Clockers, Summer of Sam, and Mo' Better
Blues, for which he earned a Grammy Award nomination. Other honors include
an Emmy Award nomination for his work on The Promised Land, a Golden Globe
nomination for the scoring of Lee's 25th Hour, and Grammy nods for his album
The Heart Speaks and his work on Wandering Moon. Blanchard also works as the
Artistic Director for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at
the University of Southern California. Most recently, Blanchard collaborated
with Lee on his films Inside Man and When The Levees Broke, for which
Blanchard wrote the original scores.

This must-attend industry event will also feature compelling panel
discussions on topics such as creating music for commercials and games, the
director/composer relationship, and the anatomy of a film, networking
cocktail parties, roundtable sessions, and live artist performances.

Sponsors of this year's conference are ASCAP, APM, Berklee College of Music,

For information about The 2006 Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film & TV Music
Conference, visit For information on registration
and group discounts, contact Erin Parker at 646-654-4643. For sponsorship
information, contact Karl Vontz at 415-738-0745. For hotel information,
contact The Beverly Hilton Hotel at 310-274-7777.


Blogger Sons of Dean said...

In 1959 Nick Nolte was a member of "Sons of Dean". He himself writing two songs. Some recording still preserved.
Best wishes

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