All posts by Film Music Daily Staff - the official blog of Lakeshore Records, Grammy-nominated movie soundtrack and film score label known for Drive, Underworld, The Heat, Napoleon Dynamite, The Last Kiss and more.

Happy Birthday, Tom Cruise! Lakeshore Records Takes A Look Back At ‘Tropic Thunder’

In honor of Tom Cruise‘s birthday today, Lakeshore Records takes a look back at Tropic Thunder (rent it on iTunes), a highly entertaining film which stars Tom Cruise as the hilariously hotheaded movie producer, Les Grossman.  Composer Theodore Shapiro (Blades of GloryMarley & MeDinner for Schmucks) created a decidedly epic score which highlights the movie’s beautiful cinematography and explosive action sequences.  The various artists soundtrack is the perfect playlist for this movie: Creedence Clearwater Revival (“Run Through The Jungle”), Edwin Starr (“War”), Ten Years After (“I’d Love to Change the World”), The Temptations (“Ball of Confusion”), MC Hammer (“U Can’t Touch This”), The Crystal Method and more.

Lakeshore Records: Tropic Thunder Soundtrack

Cruise’s comical turn as the hip-hop dancing man of excess is arguably the icing on the cake in Tropic Thunder.  With an ensemble cast headlined by Ben Stiller (Megamind, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty), Robert Downey, Jr. (Charlie Bartlett, Zodiac), Jack Black (Year One, Be Kind Rewind), Nick Nolte (Warrior, The Spiderwick Chronicles), Brandon T. Jackson (CalifornicationFast & Furious) and Jay Baruchel (How To Train Your Dragon, Million Dollar Baby), this action adventure about a movie cast who are unwittingly thrown in the middle of a drug war in the jungles of Southeast Asia is not to be missed.

Related: Three Soundtracks We Love Featuring ‘Edge Of Tomorrow’ Composer Christophe Beck

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Tropic Thunder (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack): iTunes | Buy CD
Tropic Thunder (Original Motion Picture Score): iTunes | Buy CD

Watch this interview with Tropic Thunder Score Composer Theodore Shapiro, featuring film stills from the movie:

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7 Must-Watch Car Chase Movies For Mad Max Fans

What is it about car chase movies that we love?  Entertainment Weekly recently released their “The Apocalypse Issue,” featuring Tom Hardy (Warrior, Inception) and Charlize Theron (Sleepwalking, Prometheus), for the forthcoming Mad Max: Fury Road, which is expected to premiere in May 2015.  It has been described as a chase that “continues for 110 minutes,” according to Mad Max creator, George Miller.  Can’t wait?  Check out this roundup of seven memorable car chase movies that you’ll want to queue up on your playlist.  The soundtracks released by Lakeshore Records are injected with enough adrenaline to get you through those long commutes with or without road warriors coming after you.

Lakeshore Records: Drive Angry Soundtrack (Nicholas Cage, Amber Heard)

Hot rods, big guns, pyrotechnics and women who can hold their own in a fight, make for a rip-roaring time.  Fast car chases, slow car chases and epic death-defying stunts performed while a vehicle is in motion, never seem to slow anybody down.

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Bounty Killer (Score by Greg Edmonson): iTunes | Buy CD | watch movie on Netflix

Crank (Score by Paul Haslinger): iTunes | Buy CD | rent movie on iTunes

Doomsday (Score by Tyler Bates): iTunes | Buy CD | rent movie on iTunes

Drive (Score by Cliff Martinez): iTunes | Buy CD | Buy DVD

Drive Angry (Score by Michael Wandmacher): iTunes | Buy CD | rent movie on iTunes

Hit & Run (Various Artists): iTunes | Buy CD | rent movie on Netflix

Snitch (Score by Antonio Pinto): iTunes | Buy CD | Buy DVD

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Now On Demand: Matt Dillon Goes Soul Searching In ‘City Of Ghosts’

City of Ghosts (watch it on HBO Go) marks Matt Dillon‘s directorial debut in a film about a con man (“Jimmy” played by Dillon) who travels to Cambodia to collect on an insurance scam.  The soundtrack released by Lakeshore Records features a fantastic compilation of music artists whose music almost serve as echoes of ghosts: from internationally-recognized Dengue Fever to vintage French music, the album recaptures the spirit of Cambodia’s history, serving as a canvas for Jimmy’s risky venture.

Lakeshore Records: City of Ghosts Soundtrack (Various Artists)

Co-starring with Matt Dillon (You, Me and Dupree, Crash) is James Caan (Blood Ties, Misery), Gerard Depardieu (Life of Pi, Cyrano de Bergerac), Stellan Skarsgard (The Physician, The Avengers), Natascha McElhone (Ronin, Solaris) and newcomer Sereyvuth Kem, this film is a fun look back to an incredible ensemble cast.

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City of Ghosts (Soundtrack From The Motion Picture): iTunes | Buy CD

Track Listing
01. Both Sides Now – Dengue Fever
02. Et Moi, Et Moi, Et Moi – Jacques Dutronc
03. Wait Ten Months – Ros Serey Sothea
04. Sak Kra Va – Chan Chaya
05. Do You Believe in Love at Sight – McKinney’s Cotton Pickers
06. Hilo Hula -Mike Hanapi & The Lima Islanders
07. Have You Seen My Love? – Ros Serey Sothea
08. Parlez Moi d’Amour – Lucienne Boyer
09. I Want a Little Girl – McKinney’s Cotton Pickers
10. Mou Pei Na – Sin Sisamouth
11. Coining – Maes Samouen
12. Giant Woman – Pen Ran
13. Close Fit Blues – Clarence Williams
14. I’m Sixteen – Ros Serey Sothea
15. Ne Te Fache Pas – Sin Sisamouth
16. Love Pillow – Choun Malai
17. Dear 5 – Peter Whitehead

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New On Netflix: Josh Hartnett Searches For His Lost Love In ‘Wicker Park’ | Score By Cliff Martinez

What do you do when the love of your life disappears inexplicably two years ago, and you think you’ve just seen her?  Josh Hartnett and Diane Kruger sizzle on screen as two lovers who experience an epic missed connection.  Composer Cliff Martinez (Drive, The Lincoln Lawyer) pulls in all the instrumental elements for a score which hones in on the sense of longing, desperation and confusion as the story unfolds.  Released by Lakeshore Records, music by Stereophonics, Lifehouse, Death Cab for Cutie, Snow Patrol, Broken Social Scene, The Stills, Mazzy Star, The Legends, The Shins, Jaime Wyatt, The Postal Service, Aqua Lung, Mogwai, Mates of State, +/-, múm, and Danny Lohner and Johnette Napolitano (who cover a Coldplay song), comprise a very mixtape soundtrack for lovers.

Lakeshore Records: Wicker Park Soundtrack

Matthew’s job as an advertising exec brings him back to Chicago and soon the past begins to haunt him again.  Diane Kruger stars as “Lisa,” the girlfriend and Rose Byrne plays an obsessed woman who holds the key to Lisa’s disappearance.  Matthew Lillard (“Luke”) and Jessica Paré (“Rebecca”) round out the cast.  Composer Cliff Martinez’s score paints a canvas of nostalgia, heartbreak and determination to guide viewers along as the mystery unfolds through many separated puzzle pieces.

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Wicker Park (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack): iTunes | Buy CD
Wicker Park (Original Motion Picture Score): iTunes | Buy CD

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Now On Netflix: Watch World War II Drama ‘Emperor’ Starring Matthew Fox | Score By Alex Heffes

Matthew Fox plays General Bonner Fellers, under General MacArthur’s command in Emperor (watch it on Netflix).  Based on true events, the movie focuses on the short period when Gen. MacArthur oversees the surrender of Japan.  Released by Lakeshore Records, the film score by Composer Alex Heffes (The Last King of Scotland, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) tastefully captures the emotions and the essence of this monumental period in history.

Lakeshore Records: Emperor Soundtrack (Matthew Fox, pictured)

The period drama, set during the immediate aftermath of World War II, is centered around the investigation of Emperor Hirohito’s involvement in Japan’s military decisions.  During the 10 days allotted to General Fellers’ investigation, he also tries to search for his long-lost college love, Aya (played by Eriko Hatsune), whom he fears may have died.

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Emperor (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack): iTunes

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