News Nuggets Roundup: Composers Desplat, Zimmer, Rahman in the news

Trailer premieres for Oscar-winner Angelina Jolie‘s directorial debut: “Jolie makes her movie directorial debut with ‘In the Land of Blood and Honey,’ a film that she also wrote. The movie is set during the Bosnian War in the 1990s, which is a conflict, sadly, that few Americans probably have given thought to lately since the U.S. has gone though a couple of wars of its own since then. Can Jolie make movie goers care? Will she join the ranks of Kevin Costner, Robert Redford, Clint Eastwood and Barbara Streisand and others who have successfully moved from actor to director?” WALL STREET JOURNAL

Oscar-nominated composer Alexandre Desplat is composing the score for “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close“: “‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’ … has until now been noted as another collaboration with composer Nico Muhly (‘The Reader’) for [Stephen] Daldry. As it turns out, Alexandre Desplat – perhaps the most prolific composer in the game — has been quietly working on the project … And it’s most certainly noteworthy. Earlier in the year Desplat put out quality work in Chris Weitz‘s ‘A Better Life,’ a score I really think deserves some attention. Meanwhile, I’ve been expecting him to get a much-deserved nomination for his work in George Clooney‘s ‘The Ides of March,’ one of the best scores of the year.” IN CONTENTION

The Young and the Restless” will trade Emmy-winning star Jeanne Cooper for Michael Learned for a while: “EW has learned exclusively that Michael Learned — best known for her Emmy-winning role on ‘The Waltons’ — will fill in for veteran actor Jeanne Cooper (Katherine) on a temporary basis. Cooper needed time off for medical reasons — rest assured, she’s okay – but the producers needed to continue her storyline so Learned will pick up the slack until the veteran soap star can resume taping in November. Cooper, who turns 83 on Oct. 25, has played Katherine for 38 years.” EW.COM

Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer would rather sit out the race this year: “… composer Hans Zimmer told The Hollywood Reporter he will be sitting out this year’s Oscar competition. Zimmer, currently at work on Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ said his decision was only partly related to the death last year of his longtime publicist Ronni Chasen, to whom the Ghent fest’s closing night World Soundtrack Awards concert was dedicated. ‘I don’t want to make a big thing out of it, but I just thought “no Ronni — I’ll take a break,”‘ he said. He added that the decision had more to do with a desire to avoid distractions and focus on his upcoming work.” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Oscar-winnerAR Rahman (“Slumdog Millionaire”) wins at the World Soundtrack Awards: “Music maestro AR Rahman has added another prestigious trophy to his shelf — the public choice award for ‘If I Rise’ from ‘127 Hours’ at the World Soundtrack Awards 2011 at Ghent, Belgium … The World Soundtrack Academy Saturday announced the 2011 winners at the closing of the 38th Ghent International Film Festival. The two-time Oscar winner was competing in the best original song [category at the Oscars], but lost out to Randy Newman, who took home the trophy for ‘We Belong Together’ from ‘Toy Story 3.'” HINDUSTAN TIMES

Tony-nominee set to leave Broadway’s “Memphis”: “Tony Award nominee Chad Kimball shouts his last ‘Hockadoo!’ in the Broadway production of the Tony Award-winning musical ‘Memphis’ Oct. 23 at the Shubert Theatre. The Seattle-born actor has been with the rock musical since its 2003 developmental run at the North Shore Music Theatre, in Beverly, MA, where he originated the role of Southern radio DJ Huey Calhoun … Kimball earned a 2010 Best Leading Actor in a Musical Tony Award nomination for ‘Memphis.’ His co-star, Montego Glover, who continues with the Broadway production, also earned a Best Leading Actress in a Musical Tony Award nomination for her work as singer Felicia Farrell.” PLAYBILL

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