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James Newton Howard
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    (June 9, 1951- )
    Born in Los Angeles, California
    American composer, conductor, music producer and musician
    Film scores include 'Atlantis: The Lost Empire', 'Batman Begins', 'Defiance', 'The Dark Knight', 'The Fugitive', 'The Hunger Games', 'Michael Clayton', 'My Best Friends Wedding', 'The Prince of Tides', 'The Sixth Sense', 'Waterworld' and 'The Village'
    After attending for six weeks, he dropped out of University of Southern California because, 'He wanted to do other things than practicing the piano.'
    Many find his music simple, schmaltzy and melodramatic.
    He has frequently composed the musical scores for M. Night Shyamalan's films.
    He replaced Howard Shore for composing the score of the 2005 'King Kong' remake only because Shore had creative differences between him and director Peter Jackson.
    He was married to actress Rosanna Arquette for only twenty months.
    He grew up in a family of musicians.
    He was a keyboardist for Elton John in the 1970's.
    He was nominated for eight Oscars and has won both an Emmy and a Grammy.
    He composed the theme tune of the medical drama series 'E.R.'
    He co-wrote the musical score with Hans Zimmer for the first two films of the 'Dark Knight Trilogy.'

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