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Intellectual Almanac: James Newton Howard

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Music is a valuable tool for setting the mental scene for good writing.  While I do not listen while I edit, I almost always have some form of music playing as I create.  439 more words

Intellectual Almanac

Hans Zimmer talks The Dark Knight (2008)

Hans Zimmer talks The Dark Knight (2008)

In 2008 Warner Bros. Studios released The Dark Knight, the highly successful sequel to Batman Begins (2005), continuing the story of Batman (Christian Bale) as he faces his most legendary foe: The Joker (Heath Ledger in his final screen role). 205 more words

Film Music

James Newton Howard talks Signs (2002)

James Newton Howard talks Signs (2002)

Signs (2002) was actually the third collaboration between composer James Newton Howard and director M. Night Shyamalan (the others being… 127 more words


"Collateral" by James Newton Howard, Antonio Pinto, Tom Rothrock, Various Artists

#1: Collateral (Original)

#2: Collateral (Custom)

#3: Collateral (Custom)

Michael Mann’s Collateral is a troubled rag rug of a score, with composer’s duties allegedly split up among nine different composers. 129 more words

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Vet Composer James Newton Howard Scores High Honor at BMI Film/TV Awards

Performing rights organization BMI honored James Newton Howard at their annual Film/TV Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Wednesday night, feting the veteran film composer as well as handing out awards to the composers of the year’s top-grossing films and TV series. 347 more words


Atlantis: The Lost Empire "The Crystal Chamber"

I think there is no Disney film so underrated as Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001). Released in the first few years after the Disney Renaissance (which most will say concluded with… 556 more words



I’ve trashed Hans Zimmer’s work in my past ‘Composers’ blogs, and I’m not regretting doing so or denying anything I said about him or his scores. 541 more words