The premiere of Terrence Malick‘s new film The Tree of Life is only days away. (May 16 in Cannes; it opens for real on May 27.) This is only his fifth feature in a career that spans forty-plus years, so forgive us for being a little bit (ok, extremely) excited. All involved have been quite good at retaining some of the film’s mystery, even with a trailer out there, and a couple of websites that have steadily offered many peeks at the story.

All we really know is that it is a multi-generational drama in which Sean Penn plays the adult son of Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain, and that there are grandly cosmic themes wrapped around that relatively small tale. You can get a taste of those big themes and some of the movie’s time-spanning ideas in the trailer and from the official site. But there is also a new clip from the film that shows some of the minor family dynamics, and if the trailer just wasn’t enough you’ll want to check it out. Read More »


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A couple /Film readers (notably Andrew G and Luis MG) have pointed out that the Internet Movie Database‘s Academy Award nomination/winners page lists composer Alexandre Desplat‘s score for The King’s Speech as the winner of the “Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score” Oscar.

There is no way IMDb has an advance listing of the Academy Award winners. It’s clearly just a mistake on their part, right? Of course, there is no way IMDb would know this since the winners won’t be announced until Sunday, February 27th 2011. And besides that, the Academy polls don’t close until 5:00pm on Tuesday, February 22nd 2011.

Speaking of IMDb… have you ever wondered how the website started and how it is currently run? KTLA ran a news segment taking us behind the scenes of the operation. Watch the clip now embedded after the jump.
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Jon Brion in Funny People

If you’re a regular reader of /Film, then you know that we’re big fans of movie soundtracks and film scores (if you haven’t yet, listen to the bonus /Filmcast movie score episode). So I thought I’d fill you in on some of the latest cinematic music developments.

After the jump we’ll tell you about how Linkin Park is working on the score for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen with Hans Zimmer (who isn’t even the composer on the film!?), how the Twilight sequel New Moon scored the composer from Fincher’s Benjamin Button, how Jon Brion appears on screen but not behind the music in Apatow’s Funny People, and the just announced composers for Sherlock Holmes, Centurion and How To Train Your Dragon.

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Warner Bros has put Alexandre Desplat‘s entire score for David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button online on their For Your Consideration Awards site. Here is the complete tracklisting:

1. Postcards
2. Mr. Gateau
3. Meeting Daisy
4. A New Life
5. Love in Mourmansk
6. Meeting Again
7. Mr. Button
8. Little Man Oti
9. Alone At Night
10. It Was Nice to Have Met You
11. Children Games
12. Submarine Attack
13. The Hummingbird
14. Love Returns
15. Sunrise On Lake Pontchartrain
16. Daisy’s Ballet Career
17. The Accident
18. Stay Out of My Life
19. Nothing Lasts
20. Some Things You Never Forget
21. Growing Younger
22. Dying Away
23. Benjamin and Daisy

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button soundtrack two-disc CD set hits stores on December 16th 2008. You can preorder it now on Amazon for $19.98. Thanks to Alex from FirstShowing for the tip.