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Howard, James Newton Biography




biography of Howard, James Newton

9 June 1951, Los Angeles, California, USA
James Newton Howard attended the University of Southern California's music school, but dropped out to tour with 'Elton John' (qv), and eventually compose music for film and television. He started with _Head Office (1985)_ (qv) in 1985. He has been nominated for eight Academy Awards. He currently is a songwriter, record producer, conductor, keyboardist, and film composer.
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-   'Rosanna Arquette' (qv) (13 September 1986 - 2 October 1987) (divorced)

-   'Sophie Howard' (25 April 1992 - present); 2 children


-   Never conducts his own music


-   Toured with 'Elton John' (qv). Worked with pop group 'Toto (XXIII)' (qv).

-   Frequently uses orchestrator 'Brad Dechter' (qv), 'Jeff Atmajian' (qv) and music editor 'Jim Weidman' (qv).

-   Has his own recording studio: JNH Studio

-   Ex-brother-in-law of 'Richmond Arquette' (qv), 'Patricia Arquette' (qv), 'Alexis Arquette' (qv) and 'David Arquette' (qv), ex-son-in-law of 'Lewis Arquette' (qv) and 'Brenda Denaut' (qv), ex-grandson-in-law of 'Cliff Arquette' (qv) and Julie Harrison.

-   A famously fast worker, Howard is often called upon to provide last-minute replacement scores for films, or to add to existing soundtracks.

-   Has said that his single most favorite composer is probably 'Ludwig van Beethoven'.

-   Was nominated for Film Composer of the Year in 2007 and 2008 by the International Film Music Critics Association.


-   Wrote original music for the theatrical trailer of _Batman Begins (2005)_ (qv).


-   I wish I had some great words of advice. The only advice I have ever been able to give anybody is to focus on writing music, and if you're writing a movie score particularly, don't worry about the picture. Just write great music and the rest will take care of itself.

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Composed music

  1. Maleficent (2014)
  2. After Earth (2013)
  3. Mobster: A Call for the New Order (2013)
  4. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
  5. Darling Companion (2012)
  6. Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
  7. The Bourne Legacy (2012)
  8. The World Is Watching: Making the Hunger Games (2012) (V) (from "The Hunger Games")
  9. The Hunger Games (2012)
  10. Gnomeo & Juliet (2011)
  11. Green Lantern (2011)
  12. Larry Crowne (2011)
  13. The Green Hornet (2011)
  14. Water for Elephants (2011)
  15. Inhale (2010)
  16. Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang (2010)
  17. The Cover-Up (2010)
  18. Love and Other Drugs (2010)
  19. Salt (2010)
  20. The Tourist (2010)
  21. The Last Airbender (2010)
  22. The Last Shot 2 (2010)
  23. Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)
  24. Duplicity (2009)
  25. Previously On: E.R. (2009) (TV)
  26. Wings Over the Rockies (2009)
  27. Batman: The Dark Knight (2008)
  28. Defiance (2008/I)
  29. The Dark Knight (2008)
  30. Mad Money (2008)
  31. The Happening (2008)
  32. Youssou Ndour: I Bring What I Love (2008)
  33. Charlie Wilson's War (2007)
  34. I Am Legend (2007)
  35. Michael Clayton (2007)
  36. The Great Debaters (2007)
  37. The Water Horse (2007)
  38. The Lookout (2007)
  39. Freedomland (2006)
  40. Blood Diamond (2006)
  41. Reflections of Lady in the Water (2006) (V)
  42. Lady in the Water (2006)
  43. RV (2006)
  44. Batman Begins (2005)
  45. It's All Gone King Kong (2005) (TV)
  46. King Kong (2005)
  47. The Interpreter (2005)
  48. Collateral (2004)
  49. Hidalgo (2004)
  50. The Village (2004)
  51. Dreamcatcher (2003)
  52. Peter Pan (2003)
  53. Making 'Signs' (2003) (V)
  54. Big Trouble (2002)
  55. De entre los zapatos (2002)
  56. Signs (2002)
  57. The Emperor's Club (2002)
  58. Treasure Planet (2002)
  59. Unconditional Love (2002)
  60. Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
  61. America's Sweethearts (2001)
  62. "Gideon's Crossing" (2000)
  63. Dinosaur (2000)
  64. Unbreakable (2000)
  65. Vertical Limit (2000)
  66. Snow Falling on Cedars (1999)
  67. Mumford (1999)
  68. Stir of Echoes (1999)
  69. Runaway Bride (1999)
  70. The Sixth Sense (1999)
  71. Wayward Son (1999)
  72. A Perfect Murder (1998)
  73. "From the Earth to the Moon" (1998) {Mare Tranquilitatis (#1.6)}
  74. Fathers' Day (1997)
  75. My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)
  76. The Devil's Advocate (1997)
  77. Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997)
  78. The Postman (1997)
  79. Eye for an Eye (1996)
  80. Space Jam (1996)
  81. One Fine Day (1996)
  82. Primal Fear (1996)
  83. The Trigger Effect (1996)
  84. The Juror (1996)
  85. French Kiss (1995)
  86. Outbreak (1995)
  87. Just Cause (1995)
  88. Restoration (1995)
  89. Waterworld (1995)
  90. Intersection (1994)
  91. Junior (1994)
  92. Wyatt Earp (1994)
  93. "ER" (1994) {24 Hours (#1.1)}
  94. Dave (1993)
  95. Alive (1993)
  96. Falling Down (1993)
  97. Alive: 20 Years Later (1993) (V)
  98. The Fugitive (1993)
  99. The Saint of Fort Washington (1993)
  100. Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
  101. Diggstown (1992)
  102. A Private Matter (1992) (TV)
  103. American Heart (1992)
  104. Night and the City (1992)
  105. "2000 Malibu Road" (1992) {Pilot (#1.1)}
  106. Grand Canyon (1991)
  107. Guilty by Suspicion (1991)
  108. Dying Young (1991)
  109. My Girl (1991)
  110. King Ralph (1991)
  111. The Prince of Tides (1991)
  112. The Man in the Moon (1991)
  113. Flatliners (1990)
  114. Coupe de Ville (1990)
  115. Descending Angel (1990) (TV)
  116. 3 Men and a Little Lady (1990)
  117. Marked for Death (1990)
  118. Somebody Has to Shoot the Picture (1990) (TV)
  119. Pretty Woman (1990)
  120. Revealing Evidence: Stalking the Honolulu Strangler (1990) (TV)
  121. The Image (1990) (TV)
  122. Tap (1989)
  123. Major League (1989)
  124. The Package (1989)
  125. Go Toward the Light (1988) (TV)
  126. Everybody's All-American (1988)
  127. Some Girls (1988)
  128. Off Limits (1988)
  129. Campus Man (1987)
  130. Five Corners (1987)
  131. Promised Land (1987)
  132. Russkies (1987)
  133. 8 Million Ways to Die (1986)
  134. Nobody's Fool (1986)
  135. Tough Guys (1986)
  136. Wildcats (1986)
  137. Head Office (1985)
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