Moana Shiny Tamatoa (Jemaine Clement)

Much as I adore the Moana musical numbers, I can’t say I was particularly surprised by most of them. “We Know the Way” was heavily promoted in all the marketing materials, “How Far I’ll Go” is clearly being positioned as the next “Let It Go,” and of course the film’s second lead, Maui (Dwayne Johnson) would have to get a musical moment or two. So going into the theaters, I thought I had a pretty good idea of what to expect from the soundtrack. But I definitely did not see “Shiny” coming.

Sung by Tamatoa — a big, mean crab voiced by Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement — “Shiny” is the antithesis to everything Moana stands for. Tamatoa twirls and sparkles as he preaches the importance of “be[ing] who you are on the outside,” all the while trying to capture Moana and Maui. Oh, and it’s also an obvious David Bowie homage, with Clement serving up his best impression. It’s weird and it’s unexpected and it’s totally delightful, and now that the Moana Shiny clip is out you definitely want to revisit it below. Read More »

rogue one clip

Thanks to all the trailers, clips, photos, and featurettes released so far, we know very well what Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will look like. But what will it sound like? We’d be excited to hear new Star Wars music under any circumstance, but we’ve been especially curious about Rogue One because it’s the very first Star Wars film not to be scored by John Williams. Instead, Michael Giacchino is stepping into that role — and he’s got a tough balance to strike, trying to meld the familiar and the new.

Obviously, we won’t know for sure how his efforts panned out until Rogue One opens next weekend. But we do have a little taste of his work to share today. The first two snippets of Giacchino’s Rogue One score have been released, and you can hear them below.  Read More »

Moana We Know the Way Clip

Chances are you’ve already seen Moana, and if you’ve already seen Moana, chances are you’ve got the songs stuck in your head. Maybe you’ve tried to get your fix by streaming the soundtrack on Spotify or downloading it on iTunes. But it’s just not the same without the bright, expressive visuals by Disney Animation, is it?

Happily, the Mouse House is sympathetic to our plight. The studio previously shared a clip showcasing Dwayne Johnson‘s big musical number “You’re Welcome,” and today they’ve unveiled another clip featuring “We Know the Way.” (Yes, Hamilton fans, that’s the one where you can hear Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s vocals.) Watch the Moana “We Know the Way” clip below. Read More »

Lin-Manuel Miranda Kingkiller Chronicle

Lin-Manuel Miranda sure does write like he’s running out of time. The Hamilton superstar has added yet another project to his to-do list, and in a break with his recent streak, it’s got nothing to do with Disney. Miranda will produce and write music for The Kingkiller Chronicle, Lionsgate’s adaptation of Patrick Rothfuss‘ fantasy trilogy. In addition, he could be involved in a stage adaptation somewhere down the line.  Read More »

Moana Clip - You're Welcome

If you didn’t catch Moana over the holiday weekend, you’re missing out on one of the best movies Walt Disney Animation has ever made. It’s an outstanding adventure full of gorgeous animation, a powerful story about identity with a strong female character at its center who doesn’t need romance to have a complete story.

But one of the best elements of Moana is the soundtrack of original songs crafted by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, composer Mark Mancina and South Pacific fusion musician Opetaia Foa’i. And if you need any more convincing to see Moana, or you just want to watch one of the most fun musical numbers from the movie again and again, we have good news. The entire musical sequence where Dwayne Johnson‘s demigod character Maui sings the song “You’re Welcome,” has been made available to watch online.

Watch the Moana clip after the jump. Read More »

Gremlins Mondo Vinyl

If you’ve seen Joe Dante‘s tongue-in-cheek Christmas horror flick Gremlins, then you know the three key rules about taking care of the little furry creatures known as Mogwai. Keep them out of bright lights, especially the sun. Never get them wet. And don’t ever feed them after midnight. However, when it comes to the new Mondo Gremlins vinyl soundtrack, you can break two of those rules without any repercussions.

Get the details on the Mondo Gremlins vinyl soundtrack after the jump. Read More »

La La Land Song

As we’re winding down to the end of the year, there are still plenty of great movies to see in theaters, especially films that are looking for some awards attention early next year. One of those films also just happens to be one of my most anticipated movies of the year, and now we get a wonderful new piece of it.

The first song from the modern musical La La Land has just debuted online, and it’s a beautiful duet titled “City of Stars” sung by the film’s stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. It has a classic feel to it, and there are some beautiful moments that feel very candid and natural, helped by the fact that it doesn’t sound like a super polished studio recording.

Listen to the La La Land song “City of Stars” after the jump, and if you’re lucky, you might just see some new footage from the movie as well. Read More »

GHOST IN THE SHELL Clint Mansell

Ghost in the Shell has no shortage of stunning visuals, which is no surprise considering it’s directed by Rupert Sanders. (Say what you will about Snow White and the Huntsman — and I’m personally of the opinion that it is not a very good movie — but it at least looks really pretty.) And now it sounds like we can expect some fine music to go along with it. Clint Mansell, the composer behind Requiem for a DreamBlack SwanMoonStoker, and many more great-sounding films, has been confirmed to score Ghost in the Shell.

Of course, none of this will do much to address the ongoing controversy over the decision to cast a white actress (Scarlett Johansson) to lead an adaptation of an iconically Japanese property. But producer Avi Arad sounds like he’s not too concerned about those accusations of whitewashing anyway. According to him, everyone he’s talked to thinks the casting choice is “great.”  Read More »

Spider-Man Homecoming Score

If you’re among the crowd who ventured to see Doctor Strange this weekend, then you heard composer Michael Giacchino bring his musical talents to the Marvel cinematic universe for the first time ever. However, it won’t be his last collaboration with Marvel Studios.

While taking part in a Q&A following a screening of Doctor Strange at the University of Southern California, Kevin Feige accidentally dropped some news about Spider-Man: Homecoming. The Marvel chief offhandedly mentioned that Michael Giacchino was on board to compose the Spider-Man Homecoming score, and quickly questioned himself, ““We announced that, right? I really hope we announced that.” Well, Mr. Feige, that hadn’t been announced, but now it’s been double confirmed. Read More »

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Junkie XL Leaving Deadpool 2

If you were worried about Deadpool 2 when director Tim Miller left the project not too long ago, this news isn’t going to make you feel any better.

Junkie XL, aka Tom Holkenborg, made a post on Facebook today revealing that in solidarity with Tim Miller, he has also decided to leave the sequel, and his reasoning certainly adds some more cause for concern. Find out more about Junkie XL leaving Deadpool 2 after the jump. Read More »