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‘News of the World’: How James Newton Howard Composed a ‘Broken’ Score for a Fragile Western

When composer James Newton Howard (“Raya and the Last Dragon”) first met with Paul Greengrass on the set of “News of the World” in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the director already knew what kind of music he wanted: A broken score for a broken country. It was the perfect complement for the this post-Civil War western about healing and unification between news reader Captain Jefferson Kidd (Tom Hanks) and 10-year-old orphan Johanna (Helena Zengel), who endure a four-month journey together across the harsh, northern Texas plains.
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James Newton Howard Explains His Collaboration with Hans Zimmer on the Batman Films and Why He Didn’t Score ‘Dark Knight Rises’

When it was first announced that then-up-and-coming filmmaker Christopher Nolan would be rebooting the Batman franchise with an origin story film called Batman Begins, fans knew immediately this also meant we’d probably be getting a new iconic Batman theme. Danny Elfman set the tone for the Caped Crusader with Tim Burton’s first two films, which then carried on throughout the 90s with the lesser sequels. But for a “gritty and grounded” reboot, the soundscape would need to change.
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How James Newton Howard Composed for a "Broken" Landscape in 'News of the World'

For Universal's Tom Hanks starrer, the composer took a less-is-more approach for the post-Civil War drama. Eight-time Oscar nominee James Newton Howard, whose projects have ranged from My Best Friend's Wedding to multiple Batman films and the Hunger Games series, added a Western to his extensive résumé in 2020. The famed composer took on the score for Paul Greengrass' News of the World, which stars Tom Hanks as a Civil War vet transporting a young girl (Helena Zengel) cross-country to her family. Howard recently chatted with THR about creating a less-is-more sound, breaking out of his comfort zone and incorporating a Western landscape into his music.

James Newton Howard Says He Worked With Terrence Malick On An Unreleased Film Called ‘Grace Abounding To The Chief Of Sinners’

A new Terrence Malick film is always a cause for excitement because of how spread out they are released, with anything between a year and 20 years between projects. But Malick, like any other filmmaker, has a long list of unproduced projects, one of which involved a score written by James Newton Howard titled “Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners.”

James Newton Howard, A Composer Who Can Do It All

James Newton Howard has composed the music for more than 100 films, a remarkable feat considering he didn't start doing it until 1985. He has scored thrillers, Disney animation and big fantasy series. His latest is a Western starring Tom Hanks. It's called "News Of The World." Tim Greiving has this profile on a composer who can seemingly do it all.
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‘News of the World’ Composer James Newton Howard on Giving the Music ‘a Jagged, Tattered, Rough-Hewn Edge’

“When I get a call saying, ‘Do you want to do a Western?,’ my answer is always yes,” says “News of the World” composer James Newton Howard. “I love Westerns.”. Previous horse dramas for the eight-time Oscar nominee have included “Wyatt Earp” and “Hidalgo.” His collaboration with director Paul Greengrass was his first, and he visited the New Mexico location during shooting more than a year ago.