x-men dark phoenix score

There’s no putting this rock god into retirement. Last year, Hans Zimmer dramatically announced that he was “retiring from the superhero business” after he was beaten down from composing the score for Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

But that retirement was short-lived, as it appears that the Oscar-winning composer is returning to superhero movies to score Simon Kinberg’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix.

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Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Clip

Hollywood and the music industry have occasionally crossed paths throughout the years — a pop star sings on a romantic-comedy soundtrack, a musician takes a dip in the acting pool — but in the era of needle drops and “Hans Zimmer is a rock god” takes, these intersections will only become more frequent.

Now that the Grammy Award nominations are out, Hollywood has scored big, raking in several nods for prolific blockbusters like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (best compilation soundtrack) and La La Land (best score soundtrack for visual media), as well a spoken word album nomination for the late and great Carrie Fisher. And of course we can’t go a year without Mr. Rock God himself, Zimmer, scoring two nominations for both Dunkirk and Hidden Figures.

Read on to see more of the Hollywood Grammy nominations.

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Justice League soundtrack

Justice League clobbers its way into theaters until next week, but you can get a jump on the epic superhero team-up film by listening to its score right now. Danny Elfman‘s musical return to the superhero genre is now streaming. Check it out the Justice League soundtrack below in all its bombastic glory.

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Hans Zimmer Coachella

Hans Zimmer is a movie soundtrack legend, having scored over 100 films and TV shows, including The Dark Knight and Man of Steel. Yet even a mega-composer like Zimmer still gets starstruck. In a recent interview, Zimmer named his own personal favorite film composer: Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood.

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Justice League soundtrack

Danny Elfman created some of the most iconic superhero soundtracks of all time when he worked with Tim Burton on Batman and Batman Returns, as well as Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man. Now Elfman is back on the superhero beat with the score for the highly-anticipated Justice League, and you can now listen to a full pulse-pounding track from Danny Elfman’s Justice League soundtrack.

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Blade Runner 2049 score

The ethereal new score for director Denis Villeneuve‘s acclaimed sci-fi sequel Blade Runner 2049 has made its way onto Spotify, and it’s ready to wash over you like tears in rain. Hang up your slick leather jackets, holster your PKD blasters, and listen to the playlist below.
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Baby Driver Opening Chase - Morning Watch

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, one awesome video maps out the real geography of the opening chase sequence from Baby Driver. Plus, Batman: The Animated Series voice actor Kevin Conroy reads the closing monologue from The Dark Knight, and a video essay takes a closer look at the use of a certain auditory illusion that adds to the suspense and tension in Dunkirk. Read More »

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Hans Zimmer is currently living the rock star lifestyle — touring on the road, shredding to his famous scores, and meeting his adoring fans. But he’ll temporarily disembark the tour bus to board the spinners of Blade Runner 2049.

Zimmer is joining the musical team of Blade Runner 2049 to help compose the score to Denis Villeneuve‘s stunning sequel to the sci-fi classic.

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Dunkirk score

Christopher Nolan‘s highly-anticipated Dunkirk apparently isn’t a war movie, but it shares at least one thing in common with Matt Reeves‘ War For the Planet of the Apes: they both have songs from their soundtracks available to listen to right now.
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Score: A Film Music Documentary Trailer

“The score is the heartbeat of the film.” So says James Cameron, an Oscar-winning director who has worked with some of the greatest composers in film history, and he couldn’t be more right. A big part of why we remember the most iconic scenes in cinema is because of the score that plays along with the visuals. Some movies are even known without visuals simply because they have a theme that is so unforgettable.

A new film called Score: A Film Music Documentary from director Matt Schrader dives into what makes motion pictures scores so powerful by speaking to the best composers in the business. John Williams, Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, Jerry Goldsmith, Howard Shore, Alexandre Desplat and more all talk about motion picture scores, how important they are to the medium, and how much they love the work of their colleagues.

Watch the Score: A Film Music Documentary trailer below. Read More »