doctor strange music

As much as I enjoyed Captain America: Civil War, there is one area where it falls flat on its face – the musical score is wholly unremarkable. Heck, just about every single movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is guilty of this exact same sin. Here are dynamic characters, colorful heroes who demand to be associated with instantly recognizable melodies, and their adventures are scored with the musical equivalent of vanilla pudding. No single MCU movie features identifiable music and that’s a shame.

So what are we to make of Michael Giacchino, one of the most talented and celebrated modern composers of music for film and television, jumping on board Marvel’s Doctor Strange? Unless something goes terribly wrong, this may mean we’ll finally get a recognizable MCU musical score.

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JJ Abrams is one of those filmmakers who loves to hide easter eggs in his films and television shows. And we love to go on the easter egg hunt and find them. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is packed with inside jokes, cameos, fun references to past films, as well as some things that pay homage to the inspiration and fandom of the series.

How many Game of Thrones cameos did you spot? Is it possible the Ark of the Covenant from Raiders of the Lost Ark might be hidden in this movie somewhere? Find out this and over 50 other Star Wars: The Force Awakens easter eggs, after the jump.

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Before you freak out, the names in the headline is NOT A SPOILER. There is absolutely no way you would spot any of these fellows in the movie unless you had some idea of where to look. They are not surprise appearances, they are fun easter eggs that you wouldn’t know unless someone told you about them. Knowing where to find them can only enhance you’re viewing, not detract. That said, while the names are not spoilers, pointing out where they appear requires me to spoil plot points, so don’t read this post unless you’ve seen the movie.

Composer Michael Giacchino, James Bond series star Daniel Craig, and Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich all appear in Star Wars: The Force Awakens in cameo roles. Did you see them in the film? Find out about the Force Awakens cameos now after the jump.

Again Warning: Spoilers from the movie are after the jump.

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Michael Giacchino Incredibles 2

Brad Bird has made it official, and tweeted out a video showing his long time collaborator Michael Giacchino signing the contract to return to score The Incredibles 2. Hit the jump to see that video.

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Over the last few years it seems John Lasseter has been able to emulate many of the elements that have made Pixar a success and bring Walt Disney Animation back to its glory. With Walt Disney Animation’s next feature film Zootopia, they will be borrowing composer Michael Giacchino.

Giacchino broke out huge when Brad Bird brought him to Pixar for The Incredibles — I know I’ve been a fan of the man’s music beginning at that point. The composer has since worked on a number of Pixar’s features including Ratatouille, Up, Cars 2, and Inside Out as well as nine Pixar animated short films. This is actually not the first time Giacchino has worked with Walt Disney Animation Studios, as he composed the music on the great 2007 Goofy short film How to Hook Up Your Home Theater at time when Lasseter was trying to emulate Pixar’s short films over at Disney Animation.

Hit the jump to learn more about the Michael Giacchino Zootopia score.

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Mondo Jurassic World vinyl release

Mondo previously released John WilliamsJurassic Park soundtrack on a beautiful limited edition vinyl release featuring art by JC Richards and Dan McCarthy. Now Mondo have revealed their sequel, a vinyl pressing of Michael Giacchino‘s Jurassic World score featuring original cover artwork by Stan & Vince. See and learn about the the limited edition Mondo Jurassic World vinyl release after the jump.
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Pete Docter has been making movies for almost thirty years. In that time, he’s directed three features. Two of those have been produced by Jonas Rivera. One of those films won the Oscar for Best Animated Film. The latest one might do the same.

That latest film is Inside Out, Pixar’s 15th creation, which is now in theaters. Co-written and directed by Doctor and produced by Rivera, it follows five emotions inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl. As a follow up to both Monsters Inc., Docter’s first film, and Up, Rivera and Docter’s first team-up, Inside Out already has a ton to live up to. Then there’s the fact it’s the first Pixar movie since 2013, and the first original property since 2012. That’s a ton of expectations on top of the already-high bar Pixar has set in the past 20 years.

Speaking with Docter and Rivera, we talked about those expectations. We also talked about how large the movie got before focusing it down, developing the story, animation challenges, Saturday Night Live, Michael Giacchino and theme parks. It’s a wide spreading conversation, which you can now read below. Read More »

Jurassic World score

UPDATEEntertainment Weekly has posted two more tracks from Michael Giacchino’s, John Williams-influenced, score to Jurassic World. Listen to them after the jump.

With Avengers and Tomorrowland now in theaters, most fans look to Colin Trevorrow for the summer’s next big blockbuster. That would be Jurassic World, opening June 12, starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, among others.

One of the many, many things that made the Steven Spielberg original such a unmitigated classic was the iconic, amazing score by John Williams. Williams was unavailable this time around (working on a small little space movie) and the task of bringing music back to the park fell to the capable baton of Michael Giacchino. The Oscar-winning composer said he’d be using some of Williams’ themes along with his own new work and you can now hear a bit of what that sounds like. Two tracks from Giacchino’s Jurassic World score are online. Listen to them below. Read More »

Jurassic World interview Colin Trevorrow

On July 21st 2014, I was lucky to visit the New Orleans set of Jurassic World. (You can read a list of over 50 things I learned on the Jurassic World set here.) While on set, we got the chance to have an extensive sit-down interview with Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow, which was conducted during the crew lunch break on a recreation of the famous visitors center from Jurassic Park. (A location which, in the film’s story, is now abandoned.) Producer Frank Marshall joined us late in the conversation.

Our conversation spanned a variety of topics, including the use of performance capture to create the dinosaurs in the new film, the idea of Weird Al having a song in the new film, bringing an independent style to the shoot, and the evolution of the Jurassic Park 4 script over the last ten years. We went into the reasons for the infamous production delay, input from Steven Spielberg, and what to expect from the new dino species.

There were fun details, too, like how a conversation with his son about Star Wars resulted in major change to the script, allegories to Black Fish and Sea World, the dinosaur stand-ins on set, and how Brad Bird not directing Star Wars resulted in Steven Spielberg finding Colin.

As I said before, the interview is extensive and so you’ll want to carve out some time to read this. Trust me, its good.

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Michael Giacchino - R2-Me2

If you’ve been to a convention, odds are you spent some time drooling at a Sideshow Collectibles booth. Their large convention space consists of glass cases filled with the kind of high-end collectibles and figures most of us only dream of owning. Last weekend’s Star Wars Celebration was no different. Sideshow had a beautiful booth filled with goregeous merchandise. However, one big different this time was a huge selection of R2-D2’s that had been customized by various artists.

The exhibit was called R2-Me2 and consisted of efforts from almost 100 different artists – including composer Michael Giacchino – each using R2-D2 as a canvas for various interpretation of the character. Below, see a few our of favorite R2-Me2 images. Read More »