Ever since the release of the popular ’90s cartoon, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were characterized as party guys. They were a wild bunch of teenagers who loved pizza and music, who just happened to be both ninjas and turtles. In 1991, the group was forever linked to pop rap thanks to Vanilla Ice. At the climax of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, then super-popular rapper was featured with a song called “Ninja Rap.” Almost 25 years later, the song endures as a guilty pleasure and a window into a very specific moment in pop culture.
So it makes perfect sense (maybe? sort of?) that the filmmakers want their very own rap anthem for the new, rebooted Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. That song is now out. It’s called “Shell Shocked” and its by Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa and Ty Dolla $ign featuring Kill The Noise & Madsonik. Does it reach the status of “Ninja Rap?” Listen to the new Ninja Turtles rap below.
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In filmmaking, the score is almost always one of the last pieces of the puzzle. By the time a composer completes and records their score, the movie is almost always in the can. It just needs a tweak here or there before it’s done. That’s the usual order of things. For James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy though, things moved in a different order.
Gunn worked with composer Tyler Bates (300, Watchmen, Super) very early in the process so the actors could listen to the film’s eventual score during the creation of the movie’s most emotional moments and action scenes. The hope was hearing the film’s score so early in the process would let them better understand the film’s tone. Read the full quote below. Read More »
Personally, I don’t like to listen to a soundtrack before I see a movie. Music is one of the few aspects of a film that can be almost totally unspoiled because it’s added late in the process, often after the marketing is set. But, at a certain point a few weeks before release, it’s out there. The music release recently happened in a clever way for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and now it’s happened for Guardians of the Galaxy.
What’s unique about James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack is that it’s totally comprised of pop music. Some of it you know, some of it you might not, but as you can tell from the cover art above, it’s an “awesome mix.” Just like the Guardians themselves. The CD itself won’t be out for a few weeks but because it’s pop music, you can essentially listen to the whole Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack right now. Read More »
A new trailer for Transformers: Age of Extinction hits the web early Thursday morning. In preparation for that launch, director Michael Bay has uploaded some new posters. Four, in fact. Three international and one domestic images have hit the net for the fourth Transformers film that opens June 27 here in the U.S.
To be honest, these are basically just elaborate photoshops of images we’ve seen before. Still, Optimus Prime has a cool new shield, and checking these out will get you in the mood for the new trailer. Check out the new Transformers 4 posters below along with a few other pieces of news involving Oreo and Imagine Dragons. Read More »
With J.J. Abrams using John Williams to score his big 2015 release, Abrams’ frequent collaborator is stepping into Williams shoes. Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino will write the score for Colin Trevorrow‘s Jurassic World. Read More »
2014 is a big year for Disney anniversaries. Strictly looking at the movies it’s the 55th anniversary of Sleeping Beauty, the 50th anniversary of Mary Poppins, the 25th anniversary of The Little Mermaid, and the 20th anniversary of The Lion King. That last one has been chosen to kick off a new musical event called The Legacy Collection.
Over the next two years, Disney will rerelease the soundtracks to a dozen classic films as part of The Legacy Collection, each featuring new liner notes, documentaries, artwork and previously unreleased music. The Lion King is out first, and no available for pre-order, followed by the others mentioned above this year and Fantasia, Pinocchio, Toy Story, Lady and the Tramp, Pocahontas, The Aristocats and Cinderella next year. Read more about the Lion King Legacy Collection and see the full schedule below. Read More »
John Williams has written multiple iconic scores in his time, and one of the best is getting the Mondo Vinyl treatment. Mondo just revealed they’ll release two different versions of Jurassic Park, one featuring artwork by JC Richard and another by Dan McCarthy. Both editions, limited to 500 a pieces, will cost $35 and go on sale June 11, almost exactly one year out from the release of Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World.
Below, check out the full track list and artwork from each Jurassic Park vinyl edition. Read More »
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Hans Zimmer provided the emotional sound of Christopher Nolan’s Batman films, and he he helped build the soul of Zack Snyder’s new Superman, too, for Man of Steel. But Zimmer has been reluctant to commit to the Batman vs. Superman film that acts as sequel to Man of Steel, because it will bridge his own Superman, and a new version of Batman. It’s a strange spot to be in for a composer. Yet it seems that whatever reservations the composer had are now slipping away, as he says in a recent interview that he’s going to work on ideas for Batman vs. Superman. Read More »