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Monday, August 13, 2007

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Film Hits Theaters Aug. 24, Commotion S/T Sept 11

(Los Angeles, CA) Award-winning composer Edward Shearmur scores "Dedication," the Weinstein Company's latest feature from director Justin Theroux ("Zoolander," "Miami Vice'). Shearmur previously collaborated with Theroux on the box office hit, "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle." "Dedication," starring Mandy Moore and Billy Crudrup, opens in New York and Los Angeles theaters on August 24th. Soundtrack to be released on Commotion Records Sept 11.

For "Dedication," Shearmur's score combined orchestral and electronic elements to create an ambient tone, a style that can be previously heard on his score to "K-PAX." Most recently winner of an Emmy for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music for "Masters of Horror," London-born composer Ed Shearmur has also won a Golden Slate Award for his Best Original Score ("Cruel Intentions"), multiple BMI Film Music Awards ("Charlie's Angels," "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" and "Miss Congeniality").

"Dedication" is a modern love story in which protagonist Henry Roth (Crudup), a misanthropic children's book author, is forced to work with a beautiful illustrator (Moore) following the death of his best friend. As Henry struggles with letting go of the past, he discovers that maybe all he needs is a little dedication.

Shearmur began his career at age seven singing in the boys choir at the Westminster Cathedral. Upon graduation from Eton College, he then studied at the Royal College of Music and went on to earn a scholarship to Cambridge. Following his education, Shearmur further perfected his talent by serving as an assistant to composer Michael Kamen , contributing to the orchestration on such films as "License to Kill," "Die Hard," and "Lethal Weapon." Since his debut as a film composer for the highly acclaimed "The Cement Garden" in 1991, Shearmur has displayed his ability to create music for multiple arenas including the memorable scores for the popular films "Charlie's Angels," "Cruel Intentions," "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, ""The Count of Monte Cristo" and "K-PAX."

With a deep love for rock n' roll, Shearmur has also collaborated as a keyboardist and arranger with such icons as Annie Lennox, Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton and Bryan Adams. Additionally, he toured for a year with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.

The composer's upcoming projects include the eagerly-anticipated historical fiction from director Justin Chadwick, "The Other Boleyn Girl." Starring Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson, "The Other Boleyn Girl" is scheduled for release in December 2007.


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