In just a handful of years, Michael Giacchino has quickly developed into one of the most exciting composers working today. After getting started in the world of video games, the New Jersey native got a job on a show called Alias created by a man named J.J. Abrams. That job lead to a show called Lost and from there, he exploded, working with Pixar (The Incredibles, Ratatouille), Bad Robot (Star Trek, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol) and even nabbing a well-deserved Oscar in 2010 for his work on Up.
The composer is about to start work on Star Trek Into Darkness (you can read about his work here) but the Soundworks Collection, best known for focusing on movies, decided to take some time out and profile the prolific composer. Check it out below. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, December 14th, 2012 by Angie Han
The full-length trailer for Gore Verbinski‘s The Lone Ranger released this week promised plenty of good stuff from the film: sweeping Western vistas, death-defying stunts, massive explosions, a banged-up Armie Hammer, and a weirdo Johnny Depp. One thing we won’t be getting, however, is a score from Jack White.
The former White Stripes frontman signed on this spring for what would have been his first full movie score, but has since exited the project. Stepping into White’s place now is Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer. More details after the jump.
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Not long ago we pointed you toward Rolling Stone for the premiere of Neil Finn‘s end credits song for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Now we can point you back to the site for a stream of the full score. If you’re ready to experience Howard Shore‘s music divorced from Peter Jackson‘s film, head right here and enable the player. I understand wanting to wait, however; I’m going to hold off listening to the score on its own until after I’ve seen the film.
But there’s a bit more, after the break, as Jackson recently had a few good things to say about the differences in effects approaches in this return to Middle-Earth. Advances in CG effects mean that Jackson can turn human actors into even more imposing Orcs and Goblins than was possible a decade ago. He also talks about the process of designing the dragon Smaug, who we might see very briefly in this first film. Read More »
One of the pleasures of a Quentin Tarantino film is the collection of music he assembles to add context and atmosphere to the action. In the past, the director has rarely used anything other than classic tracks, most from the ’60s and ’70s, to soundtrack his films.
Django Unchained is a bit different, because he has accepted a few new tracks, from performers like John Legend and Rick Ross, and one from legendary film composer Ennio Morricone. But there are quite a few tracks in the film sourced from other films. With the release of the film’s full sountrack list today we know just what the picks are, and it doesn’t take a lot of combing to assemble a playlist.
So, below, listen to all the classic tracks in Django Unchained, which come from films such as Django (shocker!), Two Mules For Sister Sara, and Day of Anger. We’ve cut out the track titles that seem to refer to dialogue samples, and so there are no potential spoilers below. The retail version arrives on December 18. Read More »
So many of us love Quentin Tarantino movies. So many of us love the actors he casts in his movies. But even if you lump all those people together, you probably don’t have enough to make for a hit movie. The final trailer for Django Unchained highlights the talents of its writer/director as well as the impressive cast. But more than that, it focuses on something everyone likes: non-stop action.
Django Unchained opens on Christmas Day, starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Johnson and Jonah Hill. After the jump, check out the final trailer for the film complete with more bullets, whipping, punching and fighting than every Django trailer that’s preceeded it. Plus, read the full soundtrack listing. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 by Angie Han
Pandas and hobbits and singletons, oh my! After the jump:
- Marc Webb hints at costume changes for The Amazing Spider-Man 2
- Guillermo del Toro offers Puss in Boots 2 and Kung Fu Panda 3 updates
- Author Helen Fielding has a third Bridget Jones novel due out next fall,
- Listen to Howard Shore‘s full score for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
- The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 2 almost received an R rating
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Peter Jackson has closed each of his Middle-Earth films with a fairly memorable song, and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey features a tune from Neil Finn. The singer/songwriter is a founding member of the New Zealand band Crowded House, and his tune, ‘Song of the Lonely Mountain,’ is a take on the Dwarven tune we’ve already heard bits of in the Hobbit trailer. Read More »
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Odds are if you’ve been to the movies in the past four weeks, you saw Wreck-It Ralph, Argo, Flight or Skyfall. They’re the top four movies at the box office at the moment and each have their own merits. One is great family fare with fun geeky spin. The next is a taut thriller in the mold of old Hollywood. The third is a well-done, but slightly preachy, character study and the last one is a crowd-pleasing addition to an action-packed franchise.
Basically, the current wide releases having something for everyone. Each is very distinctive, and if you’ve seen any of them, videos about each title, from the SoundWorks Collection, are a must see. The fantastic site has posted very cool videos on all four films, detailing their sound mix, scores and more. Check them out below. Read More »