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Tuesday, October 16, 2007


On October 29th, EMI Music will release the soundtrack from the new Ben Stiller comedy The Heartbreak Kid, a film that sees the comic actor reunited with the Farrelly Brothers, who of course directed him triumphantly in There's Something About Mary.
Unfortunately, there's no underscore featured on the album, just numbers by a largely unfamiliar list of artists (to this writer). I've actually only heard of David Bowie, Brian Hyland and Susanna Hoffs, but others featured include The Flaming Lips, Buva, World Party, John Alagia, The Weepies, Amy LeVere, Julieta Vanegas, The Flaming Lipe, Ozomatli and Matthew Sweet.

From Costa Communications

Universal Pictures Release Nov 6th.

(Hollywood, CA) German-born film composer Marc Streitenfeld scores director Ridley Scott's "American Gangster." This marks Streitenfeld's seventh consecutive music collaboration and second score with Scott. Universal Pictures releases "American Gangster" November 2nd. Island Def Jam releases the soundtrack album November 6th with tracks by Streitenfeld. Set in the Seventies, the crime drama follows a detective (Russell Crowe) who works to bring down the drug empire of Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington), a Harlem kingpin who smuggles heroin into the country by hiding it in the coffins of American soldiers returning from the Vietnam War.

The dark film required a score to support the tension and drama, and Streitenfeld's approach was to use an 80-piece orchestra as well as numerous acoustic pre-records, mostly performed by Streitenfeld himself. "The orchestra is only one element of many," explained Streitenfeld at a scoring session at the Sony Scoring Stage in Culver City, CA.

Born in Munich, Germany, Streitenfeld relocated to Los Angeles at the age of 19, first working for composer Hans Zimmer as his assistant, then as a freelance music editor and music supervisor on numerous blockbusters. Streitenfeld was nominated for a Golden Reel Award for his work on Ridley Scott's "Kingdom of Heaven." Streitenfeld had a long relationship with Scott and the award-winning filmmaker then asked Streitenfeld to be the composer on "A Good Year." Prior to his work as a composer, Streitenfeld had collaborated with Scott as music supervisor, technical score advisor, and music editor on several projects, including "Matchstick Men," "Black Hawk Down" and "Gladiator."


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