Sunday, June 22, 2008

Songwriter's Bible

Author: Brian
Location: Arizona

"Songwriter’s Bible or: The Musical Straightjacket"

Directed by Sidney Pollack
Written by Jim Taylor
Music and Original Songs by Howard Shore

Principal Cast:

Uma Thruman (Marge Peters)
John Cusack (Ross Delano)
Judi Dench (Celina Apers)
Gerald Butler (David Hein)
Annette Bening (Leah Macarthur, Host)
Peter O’Toole (Edward Apers)

Tagline: She’s becoming established. He’s waiting for a hit. She’s a legend. He’s just starting out. They’ve got a month.

Synopsis: An original musical about four Broadway songwriters that participate in a reality show in which they must compose the complete script and songs to a musical. Each of them are wildly different in status and personality. Romance blossoms between rising songwriter Marge and the friendly but lazy Ross. Filled with humor, emotion and original songs provided by Oscar winner Howard Shore, as well as a supporting performance from Peter O’Toole.

What the press would say:

The original movie musical is brought back with a bang. And what a bang it is. A film that is not only hilarious and overflowing with 12 brilliant songs and voices from actors that endured 7 months of vocal training, but also meaningful and plot-driven. With performances from some of today’s finest actors and actresses, as well as Peter O’Toole’s chance to finally win his Oscar. The film has gathered an unheard of 21 Academy Award nominations, including 4 in the Best Original Song Category.

Best Picture
Best Director (Sidney Pollack)
Best Original Screenplay (Jim Taylor)
Best Actor (John Cusack)
Best Actress (Uma Thruman)
Best Supporting Actor (Gerald Butler, Peter O’Toole)
Best Supporting Actress (Judi Dench, Annette Bening)
Best Original Song (“Songwriter’s Bible” “Last Love Ballad” “Step by Step” and “Musicals for Dummies”)
Best Film Editing
Best Original Score
Best Art Direction
Best Cinematography
Best Costume Design
Best Sound Mixing
Best Sound Editing
Best Makeup

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