Clint Mansell's Noah Score

We’ve got two great scores for you to check out in full this week. One is a score you’ve probably been excited to hear: Clint Mansell‘s Noah score, marking one more collaboration between the composer and director Darren Aronofsky. The other is Mica Levi‘s great and at times unearthly score for Under the Skin, the Jonathan Glazer film starring Scarlett Johansson. They’re very different pieces, with Mansell’s score going appropriately big at times, but also more complimentary in the end than you might expect. Read More »

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After the jump, get the latest updates on all the sequels you’re looking forward to, along with some you’re probably not.

  • Divergent is officially getting a sequel, Insurgent
  • Find out when Terminator: Genesis starts shooting
  • Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2 is opening next spring
  • Veronica Mars director addresses sequel speculation
  • Blair Witch co-director talks about a potential sequel
  • Listen to an energetic tune from the Raid 2 soundtrack
  • Sophia Myles shows up in a new Transformers 4 still
  • Linkin Park is contributing to Transformers 4
  • See a new BTS image from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Here’s a new pic of Tom Hardy in Mad Max: Fury Road

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Avengers: Age of Ultron score

Brian Tyler is doing more work with Marvel Studios. The composer recently provided the scores for Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World. Now he will now provide the Avengers: Age of Ultron score. (Alan Silvestri scored The Avengers.)  Read More »

Ant-Man

When Edgar Wright‘s Ant-Man hits screens next year, it will have a score from Steve Price. The composer had two films in theaters last year. One was Wright’s The World’s End, and the other is a picture he just won a BAFTA for scoring, Gravity.

Wright tweeted a congrats to Price, mostly as a way to announced that they would be working together once more on Ant-Man. Read More »

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This is just a sweet way to spend a few minutes. Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs sang “The Moon Song” for the Spike Jonze film Her, and today on KCRW the two spent an hour or so chatting to the radio station’s hosts and listeners. Part of their sit-in at the station was an intimate performance of “The Moon Song” with Jonze playing guitar along with production designer KK Bennet as Karen O sang. Watch a video of the performance below. Read More »

Michael Giacchino Soundworks

Briefly: Michael Giacchino just can’t quit the world of Brad Bird. The Oscar-winning composer has written the music for every Bird film except The Iron Giant, up to and including his upcoming film Tomorrowland. Among those is the similarly Oscar-winning film Ratatouille, which is getting a theme park ride at Disneyland Paris later this year. The ride is called Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy (or, “The Totally Zany Adventures of Remy) and will feature music by none other than, you guess it, Michael Giacchino!  The Ratatouille ride is expected to open later this year. Click here for more info. [Instagram]

The Lego Movie

If you don’t already have “Everything Is Awesome,” the theme from Phil Lord and Chris Miller‘s The Lego Movie, stuck in your head, you will soon. It’s as silly as they come, but it’s also relentlessly upbeat and insanely catchy. If you’ve got kids in your house, it may be June before you stop hearing this song in your sleep. If you don’t, you may be lucky enough to stop humming it to yourself by mid-March.

Sung by Tegan & Sara with an assist from The Lonely Island, the tune praises everything that is “awesome” in life, from “living our dream” to “books on Greek antiquities” to “rocks, clocks, and socks.” The official music video has hit the web, and you could probably add it to the “awesome” list as well. Check it out after the jump.

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When the Oscar nominations were announced a week and a half ago, there was one big surprise in the Best Original Song category: a tune called ‘Alone Yet Not Alone,’ from a film of the same name. The movie is obscure, but the song’s composer is not. Bruce Broughton, acclaimed for scores including the Oscar-nominated Silverado, wrote the music.

There was something funky in the details, however: Broughton was until recently a governor of the music branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and remains an exec committee member of the branch. He had reportedly reached out to other friends in the Academy to give the song a little love.

Surprise: that’s vaguely like the Oscar version of insider trading, and falls well outside even the acceptable limits of heavy politicking and influence-wielding that goes along with every batch of Oscar nominations. In a strange move that isn’t unprecedented, AMPAS has just stripped Broughton and the song of the nomination. A replacement nomination will not be named. Read More »

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