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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

News from Costa Communications and Top Dollar PR

From Costa Communications


(Los Angeles, CA) Singing and dancing penguins beat out superspy James Bond this weekend, as Warner Bros. CG-animated "Happy Feet" took the #1 position with $42.3 million, helping to launch a strong holiday viewing season. Prolific film composer John Powell spent a weighty four years scoring, arranging and acting as musical director and musical producer for "Happy Feet," directed by George Miller. The film stars Robin Williams, Brittany Murphy, Elijah Wood, Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman. Atlantic Records has the soundtrack in stores and will release Powell's score CD in mid-December. In addition to his work for the score, Powell also arranged songs for Pink, Yolanda Adams, Fantasia, and Patti LaBelle. Powell's talent for unusual instrumentation, combined with his mastery of diverse musical styles, made him perfect for "Happy Feet." Powell traveled eight times to Australia to record some of the singers, a full orchestra and a 600 voice choir. He also had numerous sessions in Los Angeles with the stars of the pictures as well as traveling to San Francisco to record Robin Williams. Besides "Happy Feet," this year alone Powell has contributed to an array of divergent projects, including the grand and powerful orchestration for "X-Men: The Last Stand" and the ambient score for "United 93" and the eclectic score for "Ice Age: The Meltdown."

In under 10 years, Powell has established himself as a leading composer with nearly fifty films to his credit. Powell has demonstrated his flair for melody, layers and sonic textures in virtually every genre from action, "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" and "The Bourne Identity," to comedies, including "Shrek," and "Robots"

John Powell is currently working on "Horton Hears a Who" for Fox/Bluesky Studios animation and will be continuing the "Bourne" series with "The Bourne Ultimatum" next year. Several of his film scores were highlighted at a special concert for the World Soundtrack Awards in Belgium last month.

From Top Dollar PR


Los Angeles, CA – November 21st, 2006 – Four-time Emmy award-winning composer Laura Karpman (EverQuest® II, Steven Spielberg’s TAKEN) has written the original music for UNTOLD LEGENDS™ DARK KINGDOM™, the action-RPG launch title for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. The fantasy score was recorded in Prague with the FILMharmonic Orchestra and Choir, with Karpman conducting. The lyrics sung by the choir were adapted by Karpman from portions of the medieval poetry text “William Wallace” in Middle Scots - the literary source for the legend of “Braveheart” - and woven into the score to complement the game’s intriguing narrative and dramatic storyline.Glenn Stafford, Audio Director for UNTOLD LEGENDS DARK KINGDOM at Sony Online Entertainment, said, “The score for Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom was beautifully composed and recorded, including a full live orchestra and choir. The recording is exceptionally high quality and was recorded in one of the most acoustically perfect concert halls in the world - the Rudolphinum in Prague, Czech Republic. The music enhances and highlights the dynamic and changing moods throughout the course of this intense action/adventure RPG game, and is wonderful to listen to on its own as well.”

After writing music for Sony’s smash hit EVERQUEST II, Karpman went on to become the resident orchestral composer of Sony Online Entertainment. In 2005 she received a Game Audio Network (G.A.N.G.) award for her video game music, which has been performed by orchestras internationally. Karpman is currently an active member of the faculty of the UCLA School of Film and Television and was recently a guest composer of The Juilliard School Composition Forum. She is represented by Four Bars Intertainment for video games and by International Creative Management (ICM) for film and television. For more information visit:

Developed and published by Sony Online Entertainment, UNTOLD LEGENDS DARK KINGDOM sets the standard for next-generation action-RPG’s by delivering an immersive fantasy experience through its high-definition graphics and action-packed battles filled with heart-pounding combat, magical spells and brilliant visual effects. DARK KINGDOM also combines in-depth character progression, online multiplayer gameplay and online game services through the PlayStation®3 online network. For more information visit:

About Sony Online EntertainmentSony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) is a recognized worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online games, with hundreds of thousands of subscribers around the globe. SOE creates, develops and provides compelling entertainment for the personal computer, online, game console and wireless markets. Known for its blockbuster franchises and hit titles including EverQuest®, EverQuest® II, Champions of Norrath®, Untold Legends™, and PlanetSide®, as well as for developing Star Wars Galaxies™, SOE continues to redefine the business of online gaming and the creation of active player communities while introducing new genres on various entertainment platforms. Headquartered in San Diego, CA, with additional development studios in Austin, TX, Seattle, WA, Denver, CO, and Taiwan, SOE has an array of cutting-edge games in development. SOE is owned by Sony Pictures Digital and Sony Computer Entertainment America.© 2006 Sony Online Entertainment LLC. SOE and the SOE logo are registered trademarks and Untold Legends and Dark Kingdom are trademarks of Sony Online Entertainment LLC in the United States and/or other countries. "PlayStation" and the "PS" Family logo are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. The ratings icon is a registered trademark of the Entertainment Software Association. All other trademarks are properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved.


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