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 »

Jennifer Connelly and Russell Crowe in Noah

Will Butler and Owen Pallett‘s lovely score for Her is going to the Oscars, but it may not ever come to our iTunes collections. During a Reddit AMA, director Spike Jonze sounded uncertain about the possibility of an official release for the soundtrack. “I loved what Arcade Fire did. I’m not sure if there’s going to be a release of it though,” he said.

Why the Arcade Fire-performed score may not be released is unclear, so it could just be that there are no plans for a formal album release yet. For now, though, we can comfort ourselves by listening to the streaming version of the soundtrack, which you’ll find after the jump.

Also after the break, read all about Kronos Quartet’s work for Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, and details on the Divergent soundtrack featuring Ellie Goulding and more.

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Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have provided two memorable scores for David Fincher‘s recent films: the Oscar-winning music for The Social Network, and the equally good if less-rewarded score for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. The two musicians will contribute to Fincher’s upcoming Gone Girl, too, as confirmed by Reznor today on Twitter:

That should up the anticipation for the new film a little bit. Gone Girl stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, Carrie Coon, Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris and Emily Ratajkowski, and is set to open on October 3, 2014. We probably won’t have to wait that long to get a good taste of the score, and it’s nice to know that fall will bring a new score from the duo.

Frozen

As I recall it, the climax of Disney’s Frozen is pretty great as it is. All the themes of the film — love, sisterhood, self-sacrifice, self-control — come to a head in one moving scene, sure to jerk tears and draw smiles in equal measure. But one fan thinks there’s a little something else Disney could’ve done to make the moment even more touching. After reviewing the video evidence, I’m inclined to agree.

One Tumblr user penned a reprise of “Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?” to go with the big moment, another recorded the tune, and a third set it to video. Check it out after the jump, but be warned that major spoilers follow, and also that it may leave you bawling like a baby.

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