Los Angeles, CA. (Top40 Charts/ CineMedia Promotions) - Lakeshore Records will release the soundtrack for TROPIC THUNDER, available via iTunes and in stores on August 5. The soundtrack contains original music composed by Theodore "Teddy" Shapiro (Blades of Glory, The Devil Wears Prada).
Teddy Shapiro is a composer for film, television and the concert stage. BBC Music Magazine, in 1997, said of Shapiro, "At 25, he's had performances at Carnegie Hall and on MTV - part of the new group of composers who can work in both places."
Shapiro received his B.A. in music from Brown University and his Masters from the famed Julliard School of Music. His concert works have been performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York and by the L.A. Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, The Milwaukee Symphony, the NY Chamber Orchestra, and the Ft. Worth Symphony Orchestra.
Teddy Shapiro has developed a special knack for composing music for comedy. In 1993 he began scoring for the acclaimed TV series The State. He has also composed for the comedy films Not Another Teen Movie, 13 Going on 30, Fun With Dick And Jane, The Devil Wears Prada, You, Me and Dupree, Idiocracy, and Blades of Glory.
TROPIC THUNDER is an action comedy about a group of self-absorbed actors who set out to make the biggest war film ever. After ballooning costs (and the out of control egos of the pampered cast) threaten to shut down the movie, the frustrated director refuses to stop shooting, leading his cast deep into the jungles of Southeast Asia for "increased realism," where they inadvertently encounter real bad guys. Ben Stiller plays pampered action superstar Tugg Speedman, who is cast in the biggest, most expensive war movie ever produced. He sets out to Southeast Asia with a "Who's Who" of celebrity co-stars - include Kirk Lazarus (Robert Downey Jr.), an intense, three-time Oscar-winning actor who decides to go black for the role; Jeff Portnoy (Jack Black), star of the popular gross-out comedy franchise "The Fatties"; multi-platinum hip-hop-star-turned-actor Alpa Chino (Brandon T. Jackson); and newcomer Kevin Sandusky (Jay Baruchel).
Dreamworks Pictures present TROPIC THUNDER in theaters on August 15, 2008. TROPIC THUNDER original soundtrack on Lakeshore Records will be available via iTunes and in stores on August 5.