Speculation about which Star Wars talents might return for Episode VII have been swirling since the moment Episode VII was announced, and talk has only heated up since J.J. Abrams was formally announced as director. Last week, we got word that Harrison Ford could reprise his role as Han Solo, and today we’ve learned that another, possibly even more iconic figure is eager to come back.

According to a new report, composer John Williams has voiced his interest in working on the next trilogy. Williams’ work for the original remains one of the best loved movie scores of all time, so this seems like great news all around. Unless, that is, you’re Michael Giacchino, who’d probably be the favorite to score if this were any other Abrams project but Star Wars. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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VOTD: The Sound of Michael Giacchino

In just a handful of years, Michael Giacchino has quickly developed into one of the most exciting composers working today. After getting started in the world of video games, the New Jersey native got a job on a show called Alias created by a man named J.J. Abrams. That job lead to a show called Lost and from there, he exploded, working with Pixar (The Incredibles, Ratatouille), Bad Robot (Star Trek, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol) and even nabbing a well-deserved Oscar in 2010 for his work on Up.

The composer is about to start work on Star Trek Into Darkness (you can read about his work here) but the Soundworks Collection, best known for focusing on movies, decided to take some time out and profile the prolific composer. Check it out below. Read More »

The Bad Robot offices are what your film company would look like if you owned one. Old movie posters and cool art decorate the walls. Props are strategically placed in the hallways. Offices are adorned with cool toys and images. There are two gorgeous outdoor spaces to chill in and it even has a secret name on the outside. Oh, hey, there’s J.J. Abrams walking around.

The head of the company is currently directing the follow-up to his 2009 hit Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, which reunites his surviving original cast and adds new blood in the form of the mysterious Benedict Cumberbatch, and Alice Eve. The film is written by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof, will feature a score by Michael Giacchino, and has plenty of new aliens and action scenes for fans to enjoy.

Abrams and his team invited several journalists to their offices on December 10 to learn about the film’s props, costumes, makeup, music, and visual effects. From those presentations, we picked 15 cool things you didn’t yet know about production and story of Star Trek Into Darkness. Details on the Japanese trailer, klingons, character names, IMAX 3D, and lots about Giacchino can all be found below, along with more info about the Bad Robot offices. Read More »

VOTD: The Sound and Music of ‘John Carter’

Our friends at SoundWorks have put together a wonderful 10 minute behind the scenes look at the sound and music of Andrew Stanton‘s John Carter. In the video, Supervising Sound Editor Jonathan Null and Composer Michael Giacchino share their experience bringing to life the planet of Barsoom. Watch it now embedded after the jump.

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Lots of Star Trek 2 and even a few other films are all part of the latest Sequel Bits. After the jump, read about the following:

  • What did J.J. Abrams think of the Star Trek 2 photo leaks and what did Zachary Quinto have to say about the scene?
  • Michael Giacchino confirms he’ll be back to score Star Trek 2.
  • Even more set photos from the set of the sci-fi sequel.
  • Zoe Saldana comments on the status of Avatar 2.
  • Director Chris Renaud discusses what we can expect in Despicable Me 2.
  • Two new photos of Vin Diesel on the set of Riddick.

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Oscar season is over, and so we’re at the point where everyone can spend a day or two talking about the actual winners before moving on to enjoying the great bounty of films that 2012 has to offer. But before we move on, take one last moment to enjoy a fake Oscar tribute reel. This one is for all the films that didn’t get nominations in 2012. There’s a good chance that one of your favorite filmmakers is represented here. Read More »

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 »

Of the 265 films eligible for Oscars at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in February, 97 of them have been deemed worthy to be nominated for Best Original Score. Thomas Newman (The Adjustment Bureau, The Debt, The Help, The Iron Lady) and Michael Giacchino (Cars 2, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Monte Carlo, Super 8) lead all eligible composers with four films this year while Alexandre Desplat (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, The Ides of March), Tyler Bates (Conan the Barbarian, The Darkest Hour, The Way), Mark Isham (The Conspirator, Dolphin Tale, Warrior) and Henry Jackman (Puss in Boots, Winnie the Pooh, X-Men First Class) all have three.

Other familiar names are on the list too such as John Williams (The Adventures of Tintin, War Horse), James Newton Howard (Green Lantern, Water for Elephants) and Danny Elfman (Real Steel, Restless) who along with Alberto Iglesias (The Skin I Live In, Tinker Tailor Solider Spy), Patrick Doyle (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Thor), John Powell (Happy Feet Two, Rio) and Brian Tyler (Battle: Los Angeles, Fast Five) each have two eligible films

Read the full list and some analysis after the jump. Read More »

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