James Horner composed The Magnificent Seven score

Before composer James Horner tragically passed away last summer, he was working on a gift for filmmaker Antoine Fuqua. Last year, Fuqua and Horner collaborated on the boxing drama, Southpaw, and the two had discussed reuniting for the upcoming remake of The Magnificent Seven. Without seeing any footage — or really discussing the potential score with Fuqua, either — Horner went ahead and starting composing music for the film, much to Fuqua’s surprise. The composer’s generosity didn’t stop there, either, as he paid to put the score together himself and, according to Fuqua, he was the one that convinced him he had to make The Magnificent Seven.

Below, learn more about James Horner’s The Magnificent Seven score and how he encouraged The Equalizer director to move forward with the remake.

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Denzel Washington;Chris Pratt

Yesterday brought us our first look at Antoine Fuqua‘s The Magnificent Seven in the form of some photos, and today the very first trailer has ridden into town. Denzel Washington leads the Western as Sam Chisholm, a gunslinger hired to protect a small town from a ruthless industrialist (Peter Sarsgaard). He rounds up a group of six other outlaws, played by Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-Hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, and Martin Sensmeier.

The Magnificent Seven is, of course, a remake of John Sturges’ 1960 classic, which was itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. So how do the likes of Washington, Pratt, and Hawke stack up against the original all-star cast that included Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, and Charles Bronson? Watch the Magnificent Seven trailer after the jump.

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magnificent seven first look

Sony has yet to release a frame of footage from The Magnificent Seven outside of this year’s CinemaCon, but the first official stills from the upcoming western reveal that director Antoine Fuqua has nailed at least one vital aspect of this film already. If you must remake an iconic film staring the likes of Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Eli Wallach, and James Coburn, you need to make sure your line-up of movie stars and character actors can stand next to that ensemble and not look completely embarrassing.

And on that level alone, The Magnificent Seven is off to a strong start. It’s not every day that you get to see a western starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Byung-hun Lee. That’s certainly enough to grab my attention by the reins.

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The Avengers Infinity War Cast

In under a month, audiences will finally get to see Captain America: Civil War unfold on the big screen, and if the early buzz is any indicator, it’s going to be a great way to kick off the blockbuster summer. Later this week we’ll have an even better idea as to how the movie plays with audiences as it will be screened at CinemaCon this week and also in 25 major cities around the United States.

However, directors Anthony & Joe Russo already have their eyes on the future with The Avengers: Infinity War set as their next project. We’ll likely get a tease of what’s in store for the two-part sequel in the credits of Civil War, but until then, the directing duo has confirmed that Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt will have a role in the film. In addition, the brothers also discussed what we can expect from each part of The Avengers: Infinity War. Read More »

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has been quietly filming for some time now, with only the occasional Sylvester Stallone sighting reminding us that the next adventure of Marvel’s motley band of space scoundrels is only a year and change away. But now, we have our first proper and official report straight from the set. Heck, straight from Star-Lord himself. A new video featuring Chris Pratt has arrived online, in which the always-endearing actor takes us on a tour of the film’s set.

But there’s an ulterior motive here: charity. Yep, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is the latest major movie to ask fans to open their wallets for a good cause in exchange for swag and, for one lucky winner, a chance to come visit the set of the film.

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Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Photos

Director James Gunn and the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy are already back at work down in Atlanta, preparing to shoot Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. However, it doesn’t look like shooting has begun just yet, because Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and Michael Rooker are still on the rehearsal stage in some photos that Gunn posted to social media. Check out the photos below along with news of a comedian joining the cast of the sequel. Read More »

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 camera

Guardians of the Galaxy was shot on the Alexa XT, but director James Gunn will be trying out a new camera for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Gunn will shoot the sequel with the Red’s 8K Weapon, which was introduced last year, and the Marvel film will be the first movie ever shot on the camera.

Find out more about the digital camera — and Gunn’s enthusiasm for it — after the jump.

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Guardians of the Galaxy easter eggs

One of the lingering mysteries of Guardians of the Galaxy is the identity of Star-Lord’s father, but it looks like we’re finally inching toward an answer. Kurt Russell is reportedly being eyed for the Marvel sequel, which sees the return of Chris Pratt as Peter Quill a.k.a. Star-Lord. More about the possible Kurt Russell Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 casting after the jump.  Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy Audition

Marvel’s adaptation of Guardians of the Galaxy was a surprise hit, mostly because most mainstream audiences had no idea who this cosmic ragtag team of space criminals was. But it paid off in a big way, and it has become one of the favorites in Marvel Studios’ arsenal of comic book movies. And now you can see how two of its stars came to land their parts.

A new video showing off Chris Pratt and Dave Bautista auditioning for Star-Lord and Drax the Destroyer has surfaced, and it’s really cool to see an early version of a scene that ended up in the movie, albeit with some key changes. Watch the Guardians of the Galaxy audition video below! Read More »