Odds are if you visited a movie theater recently, you might have been there to see Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol or War Horse. The former has been deservedly sitting atop the box office charts since its release and the latter is the latest, tear-jerker live-action drama from one of our most beloved filmmakers, Steven Spielberg. And while the fact they’re both currently playing in theaters is more or less the only thing the films have in common, both are undoubtedly improved by their sound and score.

John Williams‘ score to War Horse is one of his best in many years. It perfectly compliments the sweeping story of how a single animal can bring out the best in people at the worst of times. With Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, director Brad Bird and his team use not only Michael Giacchino‘s score, but a steady barrage of sound, to amp up the drama surrounding Ethan Hunt and his disavowed IMF agents.

After the jump, watch in-depth videos and interviews regarding the sound and music from both Brad Bird’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and Steven Spielberg’s War Horse. Read More »

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Steven Spielberg‘s The Adventures of Tintin premieres in Paris next weekend, and on October 26 will start to hit theaters in the UK and Europe. But you don’t have to wait two more weeks for some elements of the film. Previews of John Williams‘ score have hit the internet, so you can hear a few seconds of his classic-sounding adventure themes.

The first review of Tintin has hit, as well. It is generally quite positive; check out pullquotes from that, below. Read More »

Genrocks, the creator of acclaimed 270-movie 6-minute video compilation Filmography 2010, has returned with a look back at the Harry Potter film franchise. Harry Potter “Through the Pensieve” is a 4-minute video retrospective featuring clips from all eight films set to a mashup of John Williams’ “Hedwig’s Theme”, dredg‘s “Stamp of Origin: Take a Look Around” and “Down to the Cellar”. Genrocks writes:

Over the years, the Harry Potter series has had a very special place in my heart. With the final film coming out in 50 days, I thought it would be a good time to look back at the journey we’ve taken with the film versions of JK Rowling’s unforgettable characters. A retrospective spanning all eight films, this tells the story of the bravery of children, the folly of the powerful, and the overriding force of love.

Watch the video embedded after the jump.

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Georgia-based musician Birdfeeder decided to slow down composer John WilliamsJurassic Park theme song eighteen times, which surprisingly resulted in a beautiful hour-long ambient symphony which you must hear for yourself. Listen now embedded after the jump.
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Cinematical dug up this old clip of Galina and Valeri Panov dancing to a beautiful tribute to Star Wars accompanied by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by legendary composer John Williams. Watch the clip right now embedded after the jump.

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort kicked off its grand opening celebration on Thursday night. In attendance were Harry Potter film stars Tom Felton, Michael Gambon, Bonnie Wright, Oliver Phelps, Daniel Radcliffe, Matthew Lewis, Warwick Davis, Rupert Grint and James Phelps. Hundreds of people gathered in front of Hogwarts castle for “a spectacular display of fireworks choreographed to a special performance of music from the Harry Potter films conducted live by renowned composer John Williams.” Check out some photos after the jump.

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Butcher's Crossing

Joe Penhall has been hired by Focus Features to adapt the John Williams‘ 1960 Western novel Butcher’s Crossing, which Sam Mendes might direct. The New York Times called the book “the first and best revisionist western” and “harsh and relentless yet muted in tone,” noting that “Butcher’s Crossing paved the way for Cormac McCarthy.”  Penhall is notable for writing the screenplay adaptation for Cormac McCarthy’s novel The Road, as well as Some Voices and Enduring Love.

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jurassic-park

It’s Labor Day, folks, so instead of the normal pace of film news, we’re taking it a little bit easier than usual. The following is an editorial that has to do with the Jurassic Park series of films, so those expecting something relating to what’s going on in Hollywood right now should look elsewhere (i.e. skip this article). Otherwise, your thoughts are welcome in the comments! And of course, spoilers abound for the Jurassic Park movies..

On a recent episode of the /Filmcast, my colleague Adam Quigley mentioned in passing that Jurassic Park was his favorite movie of all time. I have fond memories of Spielberg’s 1993 film, but I hadn’t watched it since it had been on VHS (I still have a copy of that cassette on my shelf). To some degree, I actively avoided revisiting that film; I was scared the effects wouldn’t hold up and that my adult-self would not have the sense of child-like wonder I had way back when I first sat down to see the film in theaters. Perhaps seeing it in a new light, my memory of it would be forever tarnished, and I wanted to hold onto that memory, as it was a special one.
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