Yup, that’s Michael Giacchino striking the goofy pose in the header image, but don’t let the silliness fool you — he’s one of the hottest film and TV composers working today, and one of the main reasons you should be excited about the rest of this post. After the jump:

  • Listen to ten minutes of Michael Giacchino’s score for John Carter
  • Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained could be getting an unusual take on Frank Sinatra’s “My Way”
  • Wes Anderson reunites with Fantastic Mr. Fox composer Alexandre Desplat for Moonrise Kingdom
  • The Artist ponders a concert tour with live orchestra

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We’ve been highlighting images from Roman Polanski‘s upcoming film Carnage for the past few weeks. The film adapts Yasmina Reza‘s play God of Carnage, with John C. Reilly, Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet and Chrisoph Waltz starring as two NYC couples who meet to discuss the aftermath of an encounter between their kids.

For some, that cast list and Polanski’s name are enough to lock Carnage as a fall highlight. But if you’ve looked at the photos and thought “pass”, have a look at the international trailer below. It’s great stuff. Check out Kate Winslet breaking her staid Oscar-ready image (which she’s done plenty of times before, sure, but possibly not in quite such a pitch-perfect fashion) and Christoph Waltz remaining deliberately and cluelessly composed as her distracted husband.

Oh, the trailer is slightly not safe for work thanks to some harsh language, and possibly because of the laughs that language will elicit. Read More »

Roman Polanski‘s new film Carnage, an adaptation of Yasmina Reza‘s play God of Carnage, will soon premiere at the Venice Film Festival, and then open the New York Film Festival. We know the basics — Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly play two couples who spend an evening… let’s say ‘interacting,’ after their kids get into an altercation at school. That’s the pretty wonderful French poster for the film above on the left, and we’ve got the full-size image along with some new images from the film after the break. Read More »

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 »

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.