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Feel free to insert your own conspiracy theory here: just days after Michael Giacchino replaced Alexandre Desplat as the composer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the latter has gone and attached himself to another science fiction movie. Director Luc Besson has revealed that Desplat, who won an Academy Award for his work on The Grand Budapest Hotel, will provide the score for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Learn more about the Valerian composer after the jump.

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Last night it was revealed that Academy Award-winning composer Michael Giacchino would be replacing Alexandre Desplat to score Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. When I heard the news after arriving at a press screening of The Magnificent Seven, I was met with two conflicting emotions: excitement and dread. Here’s why.

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Rogue One Michael Giacchino

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is making a last-minute switch. Michael Giacchino has just been set to score the movie, replacing the previously announced Alexandre Desplat. The reason for the change? Blame those much-talked-about reshoots.  Read More »

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Earlier this week, we posted a video essay that attempted to explain why none of the Marvel Studios movies don’t seem to have an iconic bold, memorable score or theme song. It was the kind of video that everyone appeared to respond to because it expressed a critique we all saw or felt and it introduced a problem that many of us weren’t aware of (that being, how temp music infiltrates a final cut of a movie).

Tony Zhou does a fantastic job with his Every Frame A Painting video series but at the end of the day its just one man’s view on the world of cinema. And the great thing about the internet is that it provides a forum for others to respond. A new video essay explains why temp music is not to blame for Marvel’s score problems and suggests that the rise of digital scoring technology may be responsible for a larger epidemic in Hollywood soundtracks.

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blade runner 2 score

With the addition of Jared Leto last weekDenis Villeneuve‘s Blade Runner 2 finally finished casting. But we’re still learning about interesting hires behind the scenes. Recently, composer Jóhann Jóhannsson let slip that he’d be scoring the sci-fi sequel, having previously worked with Villeneuve on PrisonersSicario, and the upcoming ArrivalRead More »

Stranger Things

Stranger Things features Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein‘s first score. The members of the Austin-based band S U R V I V E had a few of their songs in Adam Wingard‘s The Guest, but the Duffer Brothers‘ hit Netflix series is their first official credit as composers. Fans of the sci-fi show have responded enthusiastically to their synth-heavy score, wondering if or when it might get released. The Stranger Things soundtrack release date has been set, and volume one of the soundtrack comes out this Friday.

Below, learn more about the release of Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein’s Stranger Things score.

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Inside Out Vinyl

If you’re a record collector and you love the music of Pixar Animation films, then you may have already realized the disappointing fact that Michael Giacchino‘s score for Inside Out is not available on vinyl. Unfortunately, it doesn’t sound like there’s a release of the full score on vinyl in the future, but the folks at Mondo have a collectible 7″ record series that will be available for purchase exclusively at San Diego Comic-Con with album artwork by Phantom City Creative.

However, if you’re unable to be at Comic-Con next week, there will be a chance to get your hands on prints of the album artwork inspired by some real life album covers such as Isaac Hayes’ Joy, Hole’s Live Through This, Joni Mitchell’s Blue, and the Smashing Pumpkins’ Siamese Dream. Get the details on the Inside Out vinyl records and album artwork after the jump. Read More »

New Ghostbusters Theme Song

The new Ghostbusters theme song from pop punk band Fall Out Boy featuring a rap interlude by Missy Elliott is nearly universally hated. Personally, I don’t think it’s flat out terrible, but it’s also not very good. However, one man thinks that if Sony Pictures would have called him, then he could have helped to give the song some ties to the original. That man is Ray Parker Jr. Find out what Ray Parker Jr says about the new Ghostbusters theme song after the jump. Read More »

Rihanna Star Trek Beyond Music Video

Normally we don’t post music videos unless they’re directed by a filmmaker whose work we’ve highlighted before or unless they’re tied directly to the release of a new movie. Today, we have one that fulfills both, and it just so happens to have the added bonus of being shot entirely in IMAX.

Earlier this week, a new Star Trek Beyond trailer debuted featuring the new single “Sledgehammer” from Rihanna, a ballad that felt reminiscent of a classic James Bond theme song. Now that track has gotten its own music video from director Floria Sigismondi, who previously helmed the rock biopic The Runaways as well as an episode of Netflix’s Daredevil series. It’s a wild, trippy music video featuring Rihanna as some kind of space witch, and it has some truly stunning visuals.

Watch the Rihanna Star Trek Beyond music video after the jump. Read More »