News for Nov. 30, 2005

Behind the curtain: 'Kong's' dueling scores

11/30/05, 5:34 pm EST - Xoanon

This should have a very dreamy quality, very mysterioso. Winds, just keep it very delicate. Violins and violas, come in at bar 18 but pianissimo. I need a warm, muted sound. ..." Composer James Newton Howard is addressing a 108-piece orchestra during rehearsals of "King Kong" cue 2M6B, for a part of the voyage to Skull Island in Universal's $200 million remake of the 1933 giant ape movie. It constitutes only a fraction of the two hours, 48 minutes of the music that would be recorded before scoring finished recently, just three weeks before the film's Dec. 14 opening. [More]