In June 2011, I attended a discussion between filmmaker JJ Abrams (Lost, Alias, Super 8, Star Trek, MI3) and composer Michael Giacchino (Lost, Up, The Incredibles, Star Trek, Let Me In) at the Hammer Museum. The event was actually pretty cool, part of the museum’s “Hammer Conversation” series which pairs two artists together to talk to each other about their careers and art without a moderator. The hour and a half long conversation is interesting and entertaining, and brings new light to the collaboration of these two filmmakers. Watch the video embedded after the jump.
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JJ Abrams is obsessed with mystery, and often hides a lot of easter eggs in his films and tv shows. In the past we’ve chronicled easter eggs in the Pixar movies Toy Story 3, WALL-E, and Up, as well as some other films. So it should come as no surprise that his latest movie, Super 8, is also packed with fun hidden bits.
For example: Did you know that Leonard Nimoy appars in the movie? How about that another one of JJ’s Star Trek stars plays “the monster”? Did you spot the references to Lost, Alias and The Twilight Zone? After the jump I’ve compiled 16 hidden easter eggs which can be found in the movie.
Be warned: for those of you who havent seen the film yet, the following article may contain spoilers.
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FixiousMaximus decided to replace the original score in Toy Story 3‘s climactic junk yard scene with Michael Giacchino‘s music from the television series Lost. You might be surprised at just how well Giacchino’s compositions work within the scene. Watch it now embedded after the jump. (Of course, if you have yet to see the movie, this climactic scene contains obvious spoilers – you have been warned.)
When I screened an early cut of Toy Story 3 at ShoWest, Pixar still had temp music in this sequence from Terminator 2. More times than not, ideas from temp score end up making it into the final cut of the film. You may have noticed that tT\he metal clashing sounds from that film actually influenced the final score in the film.
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Michael Giacchino has personally solved the problem of unemployment in America: just win an Oscar for Best Original Score. After Giacchino’s 2010 Oscar win for his amazing score to Up, the composer behind Star Trek and Lost has more jobs than a normal person would know what to do with. He just finished Let Me In, we already found out he will be scoring Andrew Stanton’s John Carter of Mars, but now we have official confirmation that he’s currently scoring Cars 2 for John Lasseter and Pixar, followed by Super 8 and Mission: Impossible 4 for frequent collaborators J.J. Abrams and Brad Bird respectively. He’s also “adapting John Williams’ themes for the refreshed Star Tours ride at Disneyland.” And that’s not even everything on the man’s plate. Find out what else he’s scoring, and more, after the break. Read More »
Fantastic Fest 2010 began with a bang. Matt Reeves’ Let Me In served as the opening night film at the Paramount theatre in downtown Austin. You can watch my previously recorded review/reaction to the film here.
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Oscar winner Michael Giacchino (Up, Lost) has been hired to compose the original score for Let Me In, writer/director Matt Reeves’ english-language adaptation of John Lindquists’ best-selling Swedish novel “Lat den Ratte Komme In” and the critically-acclaimed film Let the Right One In. Read the press release after the jump.
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Day & Night is the new Pixar short film that will run in front of Toy Story 3. We’ve posted a couple of items about the film in the past, and briefly described the way it blends 2D and 3D animation to depict the meeting between two characters, Night and Day. Now there’s a behind the scenes clip that offers up a few fluffy quotes, but also shows clips from the short. Read More »
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For the past couple months, we’ve been speculating about the nature of Day & Night, the new Pixar short film that will be attached to prints of Toy Story 3. We saw one still not long ago that made the film look like a 2D affair, with a real visual callback to some of the wackier 2D animated shorts of the ’60s and early ’70s.
But quotes from Pixar said the characters would be hand-drawn, with CGI images inside. The short was also said to be “unlike anything Pixar has produced before.” Now there is a new image that reflects that, and makes the film look like a very interesting combination of 2D and 3D animation. Read More »