Last year, while promoting his documentary 20,000 Days on Earth, Nick Cave told me that he and Warren Ellis were hungry to do more work scoring films. Specifically they were eager to do a horror film, but clearly they’re not about to be limited by genre. The duo has recorded a couple of new films scores in the past few months. One is for Amy Berg’s documentary Prophet’s Prey. (For which Cave also provides voice-over in an opening animated history of the Mormon Church!) The other is Far From Men, a film starring Viggo Mortensen, based in an Albert Camus story, and directed by David Oelhoffen.
The film arrives soon, but you can listen to the first track from the score right now. Read More »
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It’s a Fast and Furious world, we’re just living in it. This past weekend Furious 7, the seventh film in the franchise, set the all-time April U.S. opening weekend box office record with a haul of $143.6 million. That also happens to be the 9th highest opening weekend of all time. Plus, the film grossed another $240 million overseas, for a grand total of $384 million worldwide on opening weekend. It looks to be on track to be the first $1 billion film in the franchise.
One of the many reasons for the large gross was a curiosity over how director James Wan handled the passing of his lead actor, Paul Walker. In our interview with the director, he talked about the decision in detail. Below, you can read that, and see a music video for the song used in the film. And if that’s not enough Fast and Furious for you, there’s even a brand new Fast and Furious 8 rumor. Read it all below. Read More »
Everything we’ve heard about High-Rise, the new film from Ben Wheatley, which adapts the novel by J.G. Ballard, has me dying to see this one. Tom Hiddleston and Luke Evans (above, as seen in the film) lead the cast in a story about class warfare in a high-rise apartment block. From what we’ve heard from people who saw sales footage in Berlin, this one might be totally insane. Now the film has a very promising musical component, as Clint Mansell has been announced as the creator of the High-Rise score. Read More »
John Williams had a personal issue that caused him to back out of scoring Steven Spielberg’s new film Bridge of Spies, breaking their long-running collaborative pattern. But Williams is still composing the Star Wars: The Force Awakens score, and now he’s planning to record it in Los Angeles, making it the first Star Wars score to be recorded in the United States. Read More »
Steven Spielberg‘s latest film, recently named Bridge of Spies, won’t be scored by the director’s frequent collaborator, John Williams. The Cold War spy film starring Tom Hanks opens October 16 and was supposed to feature music by Williams. The composer had to drop out, however, when his “schedule was interrupted and he was unavailable to score the film due to a minor health issue, now corrected.”
Williams will be replaced by Thomas Newman, who obviously is no slouch. The twelve-time Oscar nominee (he’s never won!) has done the scores for The Shawshank Redemption, Finding Nemo, American Beauty and Skyfall.
Williams will, however, work with Spielberg on The BFG, which will start filming later this year.
Below, read more about the Thomas Newman/John Williams Bridge of Spies change and see a new image from the film. Read More »
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The fan community has finally come down from the high of seeing what Aquaman looks like in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It was an exciting moment, both because of the character himself and because we hadn’t heard many updates on the film in a while.
Jumping off that, a few minor Batman v Superman updates are now out there. First up, the film’s costume designer, Michael Wilkinson, talked a bit about the responsibility of designing a look for Aquaman. Second, composer Hans Zimmer offered up a few thoughts on the score, which he will soon begin working on. He says that, ideally, all of the heroes in this film will have their own themes and reiterates that Junkie XL will be doing the Batman half of the music.
Below, read more on these Batman v Superman updates. Read More »
Kumiko the Treasure Hunter is an excellent, slightly strange film about a young Japanese woman who comes to the United States in search of treasure. Part of the film’s success can be attributed to the score, created by The Octopus Project out of Austin, TX. This is the band’s second collaboration with filmmakers Nathan and David Zellner, and the music is an essential part of creating the film’s mood. (The jury at Sundance agreed, awarding it the Special Jury Award for Musical Score at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.)
The film opens in March, and Robot High School will release the score as a digital album on March 10, 2015, with a limited-edition vinyl release set for later this year. Below, you can hear two tracks from the Kumiko score. Read More »
The words “Tron” and “video game” are about as synonymous as “Marvel” and “comic book.” Tron, of course, is the 1982 Disney film, by Steven Lisberger, which was directly influenced by video games. It’s basically about a man who goes into a game, and the first film spawned several games and then, a few decades later, a sequel that took the idea even further. More games then came out of that sequel.
While fans patiently wait for a third film that will probably never happen, it seems like a new Tron video game may be on the way. In an interview with Oscar-winning songwriter and composer Giorgio Moroder, he says he’s going to be working with electronic music producer Skrillex on the music for a new Tron video game. Read more below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, February 16th, 2015 by David Chen
Fifty Shades of Grey wasn’t a great film, but I do vividly remember watching its very first trailer, which stunned me with its remix of Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love.” That song had been transformed from a grating club song into something that was far darker and more sinister that perfectly fit the tone of the film. It was incredible.
I decided to try tackling a version of that song using a single looping cello (as I have done previously with other movie soundtracks). But in order to spice things up, I worked with a local pole instructor, Danaë Montreuil, who performed an interpretive pole dance set to my music. We got together and filmed a short music video Divine Movement, a pole dancing studio in Seattle.
See the mildly NSFW video after the jump.
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