RMANite

Dan Showbiz

Tonight Chris and I went as guests of Peter Rotter to a fundraiser for the RMA (Recording Musicians Association). There was a silent auction (no, I didn’t bid on anything), dinner, and lots of mingling. Plenty of musicians, composers, and more were all there. It was a lot of fun, although it was kinda sad to see that no one bid on John Ottman’s signed Fantastic Four score sheet, or even four-time Oscar winner Alan Menken’s signed The Shaggy Dog …

SCL Emmy Nomination Reception

Dan Showbiz

Woohoo – free food, and composers! What’s not to like? Weirdly enough, this SCL reception (held in the valley – yes, I braved the traffic and high gas prices to get here!) had a Cuban food theme. But it was still really tasty stuff! Mmmmmmm. Oh yeah – it was nice to mingle with the composers, too. Got to talk to a few folks like Sean Callery (“24”), Joseph Vitarelli (“Revelations”), Charles Hoag (“House”), Stu Phillips (“Knight Rider”), Bruce Broughton …

The Family Stone Scoring Session

Dan Showbiz

I like Michael Giacchino’s music. He writes really good stuff, and what I heard at today’s scoring session at Fox for The Family Stone was a lot of fun too. It’s a quirky romantic comedy with a pretty impressive cast, and because it takes place during the holidays, there were sleighbells. No, not cowbell (sadly). But sleighbells are the next best thing! Seems that between this and the “Tom and Jerry” session last week, I’m Michael’s new PR guy. But …

John Williams at the Hollywood Bowl

Dan Showbiz

Yep – tis that time of year again! John Williams held his annual concert at the Hollywood Bowl, and this time he did a knock-out job. Before the show began, Matt and I were hanging out, having dinner, when Michael Giacchino approached us – very nice of him to say hi! Also saw a few other industry folks, like Mike Gorfaine, Teddy Shapiro, Robert Townson, J.J. Abrams, and a few others. Beginning with the “Star Spangled Banner”, he then played …

"Tom and Jerry"

Dan Showbiz

Today I went to Warner Brothers for a scoring session for an animated short film: “Tom and Jerry”. Yes, they’re back! And even cooler – this one was done by the original: Joseph Barbera. Directed by Tony Cervone and Spike Brandt, of “Duck Dodgers” fame, the look and feel of the animation was old-school. The humor and timing was perfect. And the music, well, since Scott Bradley is long gone, they got the next best thing: wunderkind composer Michael Giacchino. …

Coolest Concert Ever

Dan Showbiz

Tonight I went to the coolest film music concert I’ve been to in a long time. The Henry Mancini Institute had a “Tribute to American Film Music” at Royce Hall, at UCLA. My seats were pretty good – center/center, and sitting to my right was composer Rolfe Kent. Behind me was James Newton Howard, and behind him was Alan Silvestri. I can’t say I was in a bad area! The program notes were expertly written by film music historian Jon …

The Incredibles

Dan Movie Reviews

It’s hard to think of a Pixar film that wasn’t good. They spend so much time on the story and emotional core within, that it’s nearly impossible to point out a film of theirs that wasn’t ultimately a great movie. The Incredibles is no different. While I found the first 30 minutes or so to be a bit sluggish, once it picked up steam, it didn’t stop until the end credits started to roll. Bob (Craig T. Nelson) is an …