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Wednesday, January 09, 2008


I had hoped to bring you a review today, but my internet provider decided to "go on strike" this afternoon and, as I am on my way out the door to earn a crust of bread, I just don't have the time to do it now. Should I get some time later, on my return, I will endeavour to post it. In the meantime:-

From Costa Communications



Spoof Comedy opens January 25

(Los Angeles, CA) Award-winning composer Christopher Lennertz, fresh off having two films open in the Top 10, contributes a score of Epic proportions to the spoof comedy “Meet the Spartans.” From the slaphappy minds behind “Scary Movie,” “Date Movie,” and “Epic Movie,” the 20th Century Fox release is written and directed by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer and comes to theaters January 25. “Meet the Spartans” mixes “300” with films like “Stomp the Yard” and also features its share of celebrity bashing scenarios. The cast includes Carmen Elektra, Diedrich Bader, Method Man, Crista Flanagan and Nicole Parker. The score was recorded in Servia with the Belgrade Film Orchestra using a 94-piece symphony and an 80-voice mixed choir and soloist.

“I decided to take the score one step further and mix in sounds from around the world, even beyond the Middle Eastern elements that people would be expecting,” says Lennertz. “The lyrics being sung are based on a poem that I wrote after seeing the final cut of the film, and I had them translated into Greek. So when you hear a haunting wail floating above the lush orchestra chords, keep in mind that the words actually mean ‘Death by Penguin Testicles.’”

Composer Lennertz is coming off a string of hits. Fox's live action-with-animation comedy "Alvin and the Chipmunks" and Yari Film Group’s ensemble comedy “The Perfect Holiday,” both opened in the Top 10. Additionally, his score for “The Simpsons Game” has helped the hit video offering receive a nomination for Best Action Game of 2007 at the 1UP Awards. His other music awards and nominations include an Emmy for the CW’s “Supernatural,” three 2007 Film & TV Music Awards for “Supernatural” and “Tortilla Heaven” (collaborating with Ozomatli) the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Award for “Medal of Honor: Rising Sun,” and The Don B. Ray Educational Achievement Award.

Born in a small town north of Boston, in the same area as famed American composer Leonard Bernstein, with whom he later studied. Lennertz’ musical education began at the age of nine. After learning to play the trumpet and guitar, he then studied composition, jazz arranging, and theory in high school. He moved to L.A. to study at USC’s film music program with composers David Raksin (“Laura”), Christopher Young (“Spiderman 3”) and Basil Poledouris (“Conan The Barbarian”).

Lennertz’s additional film, TV and videogame credits include: “Soul Plane” in which he collaborated with RZA (Wu-Tang Clan), Fox’s “Brimstone,” and MTV’s “Tough Enough,” which appeared on the Billboard top 100 charts for weeks; his powerful, full orchestral score for the Stephen Spielberg-created videogame “Medal of Honor: Rising Sun” led him to score more “Medal of Honor” games as well as the popular James Bond videogame. Christopher Lennertz’ next project is “Confessions of an Action Star” with Angelina Jolie and is writing the music for the video game ''Tiberium."


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