Fall is the prestige season for movies, as the studios crank out releases in order to meet the end-of-year deadline for awards consideration. With big-ticket films come big soundtracks and scores-and 2010's offerings will welcome several established artists to the composing game.
1. "Easy A," September 13
Directed by: Will Gluck
This homage to the late John Hughes mirrors more than the writer-director's sweet, funny tone: it also offers a bang-up soundtrack that features artists from Natasha Bedingfield to Rooney to One Republic. And yes, "Don't You Forget About Me" - both the Simple Minds version and a cover by AM – is featured in a key scene.
2. "The Social Network," October 1
Directed by: David Fincher
The trailer for the film, the bratty nerd backstory on Facebook, features a haunting version of Radiohead's "Creep" performed by Belgian choir Scala-and the score is already generating buzz thanks to it marking the film composition debut of Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor.
3. "TRON Legacy," December 17
Directed by: Joseph Kosinski
Another cult favorite-turned-first-time film composer is Daft Punk, who are pretty much a dream-team for the sequel to the 1982 alternate-reality classic. Footage from the film, which featured snippets of the score, was greeted with near-hysteria at Comic-Con in July.
4. "Country Strong," December 22
Directed by: Shana Feste
Gwyneth Paltrow plays a down-and-out country singer looking for a comeback; Tim McGraw portrays her husband and manager. A teaser of Paltrow singing the title track with backup vocals from Vince Gill and Patty Griffin is currently being worked to country radio by RCA.
5. "Burlesque," November 24
Directed by: Steven Antin
Christina Aguilera and Cher star in this road-to-riches (or maybe road-to-ruin?) tale of a young performer in a burlesque club. Music supervisor Buck Damon previously worked on similar dancey showstoppers like the "Step Up" trilogy-and indie fave "Garden State."
The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard Film and TV Music Conference runs October 27-28 in Los Angeles. For more information visit Billboardevents.com.
-- 6 Tips For Effective Tour Marketing
-- 4 Strategies To Kickstart The Music Biz