The composer who worked on two recent Best Picture winners is taking a monstrous leap. Alexandre Desplat, the composer of scores for The King’s Speech and Argo, as well as for Moonrise Kingdom and both Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows among others, will be writing the music for next year’s big budget remake of Godzilla. Read More »
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A composer has been set for Marvel Studio’s August 2014 galactic adventure, Guardians of the Galaxy. Tyler Bates will write the music for the James Gunn directed film. Bates has worked with Gunn on his previous two films, Super and Slither, plus he’s also well-known for his work with Batman vs. Superman director Zack Snyder on films like Watchmen, 300 and Sucker Punch. We’ll next hear his work on the thrillers 7500 and The Sacrament. [The Wrap]
Below, read Gunn’s thoughts on the hire. Read More »
Pitch Perfect hit theaters in September of last year and, almost a year later, it’s even more popular than ever. The movie is playing non-stop on HBO, the cast appeared on the MTV Movie Awards, a sequel was put in the works, and Anna Kendrick‘s song, Cups, remains one of the most popular pop songs in the country. As fans patiently wait on the second film (rumored to be aimed at 2015) one of the cast members teased a project coming much sooner than that.
The cast of Pitch Perfect is working on an a cappella holiday album. Read More »
When Kathleen Kennedy took the stage at Star Wars Celebration Europe Saturday afternoon, fans were hoping to get some kind of official news about Star Wars Episode VII. She did not disappoint. Though the man himself had all but said it already, as did the director, Kennedy confirmed that one of the biggest parts of the Star Wars universe would return.
John Williams will write the music for J.J. Abrams‘ Star Wars Episode VII. But that’s not all. He’ll do Star Wars Episode VIII as well. And Star Wars Episode IX. Watch a video of Williams discussing the task below. Read More »
Hans Zimmer and John Williams are probably my two favorite film composers of all time, so I was very keen to see how Zimmer would tackle the job of crafting a score for the new Superman film, Man of Steel. The soundtrack for the latter was suitably epic, and I actually think the way it’s structured says a lot about the themes of the film.
After the jump, you’ll find my thoughts on an excerpt from each score. I tried to point out patterns and elements in each track that I thought were important but I’m not particularly well-versed in musical theory so I’m open to your constructive feedback. If you disagree with my thoughts, feel free to put forward alternate explanations (e.g. just saying “you are reading too much into the music” does not add anything to the conversation). Have at it!
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Posted on Monday, July 1st, 2013 by Angie Han
Whereas some filmmakers prefer to stick with one mode or another, the Coen Bros. have shown an ability to leap from Depression-era Greek musical epic to ’90s stoner neo-noir comedy to violent Oscar-winning thriller. Their newest film, Inside Llewyn Davis, sees them dropping by ’60s New York for an intimate character study of a folk musician.
Oscar Isaac stars as the title character, who’s loosely based on real-life singer Dave Von Ronk. Backing him up are an intriguing supporting cast, including Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Justin Timberlake, and Garrett Hedlund, and a poignant soundtrack mostly comprised of folk covers. Watch the newest trailer and get the soundtrack info after the jump.
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Back in January, a weird news story broke saying rapper/producer Kanye West was taking meetings to be the creative director on a movie adaptation of the sci-fi sitcom cartoon The Jetsons. At the time, the news came from West’s personal Twitter account, but was quickly deleted. That was the last we heard of it.
Soon after, though, Van Robichaux and Evan Susser were hired to work on a screenplay, suggesting the movie had some life. As for West, six months have passed and he’s out promoting his new album, Yeezus. Is it still working on The Jetsons? One profile casually mentions he most certainly is. Read More »
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Zack Snyder‘s Superman revival, Man of Steel, opens later this week, to launch what could well be the next phase of WB’s collaboration with DC Comics. We’ll have a review up this evening, but in the meantime you can listen to all of Hans Zimmer‘s score for the film. We’ve heard tantalizing bits, but Spotify now has the whole score streaming.
As always in this situation, you may want to wait a few days to listen, until after you’ve had a chance to soak up the music as part of the film. But if you can’t wait, a player is ready for your listening pleasure. Read More »