Moana

We’re under a month away from getting a new Disney adventure in the form of Moana, complete with a bunch of new original songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa’i and Mark Mancina. We’re already heard one of the songs from the upcoming soundtrack featuring Dwayne Johnson singing “You’re Welcome,” and now we have one more song from the movie.

It’s a tradition with Disney soundtracks that a famous singer records a cover of one of the signature songs from an animated movie, mostly for radio play. This time it’s Canadian chart-topping singer Alessia Cara who has recorded a version of the song “How Far I’ll Go,” which will be sung by young Moana star Auli’i Cravalho in the movie.

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Rogue One Score

We’ve already had two movies with a score provided by Michael Giacchino this year, Disney’s animated hit Zootopia and the sequel Star Trek Beyond. But there are still two more movies with his musical talents involved on the way. One will arrive in about a week and a half with Doctor Strange, and we’ve already heard one track from the trippy soundtrack. But easily the most anticipated work from the composer will be for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

The Oscar-winning composer recently had a quick interview to discuss his work on the Rogue One score, a job that he describes as “a little stressful” but “a lot of fun” as the December release date gets closer. Find out what else he had to say about the gig after the jump. Read More »

harry-potter-photo

Who has the gall to turn down the Boss, you ask? None other than Harry Potter. Bruce Springsteen has revealed he wrote a song for the franchise during its early days. Unfortunately, the Academy Award-winning musician’s personal ballad went unused, but he still hopes we’ll hear it in a theater one day.

Below, learn more about the scrapped Bruce Springsteen Harry Potter song.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them Theme

One of the most revered parts of the Harry Potter franchise is the iconic theme that John Williams composed, starting with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The tune is actually known as “Hedwig’s Theme,” but if anyone hears it, they’ll immediately call it the theme to Harry Potter. Even after John Williams stopped composing music for the franchise following Prisoner of Azkaban, the theme was in integral part of every score that followed. Now it lives on, albeit briefly, in the Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them theme that has been released online. Read More »

Patriots Day Score

For David Fincher’s drama, The Social Network, Nine Inch Nails front man Trent Reznor and composer Atticus Ross teamed up to deliver their first collaboration on a feature film score. Since then, they’ve reteamed with the filmmaker for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Gone Girl, always delivering spectacular award worthy scores. But their next feature film collaboration will see them working with a different director this time.

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (who last collaborated on Fisher Stevens’ climate change documentary Before the Flood) will be providing the score for Patriots Day, the Boston Marathon bombing drama directed by Deepwater Horizon and Lone Survivor helmer, which will again reteam the filmmaker with star Mark Wahlberg. Read More »

Rogue One Star Wars timeline

After the jump:

  • Valene Kane confirms she’s playing Jyn Erso’s mom.
  • Michael Giacchino is very excited to be scoring Rogue One.
  • Rogue One will be “edgier” than other Star Wars films, says Riz Ahmed.
  • The Rogue One toys won’t repeat that whole #WheresRey kerfuffle.
  • Felicity Jones learned kung fu for Rogue One.
  • An official map reveals Jedha’s location in the galaxy.
  • And more!

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valerian composer

Feel free to insert your own conspiracy theory here: just days after Michael Giacchino replaced Alexandre Desplat as the composer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the latter has gone and attached himself to another science fiction movie. Director Luc Besson has revealed that Desplat, who won an Academy Award for his work on The Grand Budapest Hotel, will provide the score for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Learn more about the Valerian composer after the jump.

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rogue one bits

Last night it was revealed that Academy Award-winning composer Michael Giacchino would be replacing Alexandre Desplat to score Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. When I heard the news after arriving at a press screening of The Magnificent Seven, I was met with two conflicting emotions: excitement and dread. Here’s why.

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Rogue One Michael Giacchino

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is making a last-minute switch. Michael Giacchino has just been set to score the movie, replacing the previously announced Alexandre Desplat. The reason for the change? Blame those much-talked-about reshoots.  Read More »

Cool Posts From Around the Web:

movie scores

Earlier this week, we posted a video essay that attempted to explain why none of the Marvel Studios movies don’t seem to have an iconic bold, memorable score or theme song. It was the kind of video that everyone appeared to respond to because it expressed a critique we all saw or felt and it introduced a problem that many of us weren’t aware of (that being, how temp music infiltrates a final cut of a movie).

Tony Zhou does a fantastic job with his Every Frame A Painting video series but at the end of the day its just one man’s view on the world of cinema. And the great thing about the internet is that it provides a forum for others to respond. A new video essay explains why temp music is not to blame for Marvel’s score problems and suggests that the rise of digital scoring technology may be responsible for a larger epidemic in Hollywood soundtracks.

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