At Comic-Con, I usually spend most of my days camped out in the big convention hall Hall H (some people call it “Hall Hell”) but this year I spent Thursday pursuing some Pixar and Disney presentations in some of the smaller halls. First up was a presentation on Pixar’s upcoming holiday special Toy Story That Time Forgot. After the jump you can find out what I learned about the next installment of the Toy Story series.
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When two popular filmmakers hop on Reddit together, anything can happen. And lots did happen Wednesday night when Matt Reeves and Michael Giacchino did a simultaneous AMA to promote the excellent Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
First up, the director dropped some super-interesting information about the making of the film and how he plans on working toward the 1968 original. Later, he got Giacchino to confirm he’ll be back for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2, or whatever it’ll be called. Both said they’d love to do a Star Wars movie (as long as they could do it together), and talked about future projects like The Invisible Woman and Jurassic World, the work load possible for a composer and so much more. It was a lively, interactive AMA and we’ve got some of the highlights below. Read More »
Composer Michael Giacchino has been known to have a little fun with the titles of the songs he creates for movies, but his original motion picture score for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is particularly full of puns. For example, one of the tracks in titled “Close Encounters of the Furred Kind”, while his end credits score is titled “Planet of the End Credits”. Check out the full Dawn of the Planet of the Apes soundtrack listing after the jump. Don’t worry, the track listing it spoiler free (unless of course you consider a track title like “Enough Monkeying Around” a spoiler).
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With J.J. Abrams using John Williams to score his big 2015 release, Abrams’ frequent collaborator is stepping into Williams shoes. Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino will write the score for Colin Trevorrow‘s Jurassic World. Read More »
Briefly: Michael Giacchino just can’t quit the world of Brad Bird. The Oscar-winning composer has written the music for every Bird film except The Iron Giant, up to and including his upcoming film Tomorrowland. Among those is the similarly Oscar-winning film Ratatouille, which is getting a theme park ride at Disneyland Paris later this year. The ride is called Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy (or, “The Totally Zany Adventures of Remy) and will feature music by none other than, you guess it, Michael Giacchino! The Ratatouille ride is expected to open later this year. Click here for more info. [Instagram]
Posted on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 by Angie Han
As with anything Star Wars related, the rumors are flying fast and heavy about Star Wars: Rebels. This time, they’re about who might score the TV series, with names like Michael Giacchino, J.J. Abrams, and John Williams being bandied about. Also after the jump:
- Seth Green explains what’s happening with Star Wars: Detours
- Peek at a viral recruitment site for Sienar Fleet Systems
- Peruse some pages from The Making of Return of the Jedi
- Scope out a new Star Wars exhibit at The Tech in San Jose
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Briefly: No surprise here. Director Brad Bird revealed on Twitter that Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino will compose the music for his 2014 Disney film, Tomorrowland. This marks Giacchino’s fourth straight collaboration with Bird. The pair worked together on The Incredibles, Ratatouille and Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol.
Tomorrowland, starring George Clooney and Hugh Laurie, opens December 12, 2014. Read more about it here.
Posted on Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 by Angie Han
If Star Wars Angry Birds wasn’t nearly evil enough for you, there’s good news: The sequel will allow you to join the Dark Side. Oh, I’m sorry, I meant the Pork Side. Which seems like kind of a cannibal-y thing for them to call themselves, but what do I know? I’m not an evil egg-stealing pig. Also after the jump:
- Peek at some art from the Phineas & Ferb Star Wars special
- Seth Green explains what’s going on with Star Wars Detours
- Did NASA find a frozen Han Solo on the surface of Mercury?
- Michael Giacchino reinterprets “The Imperial March”
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With Matt Reeves currently filming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, it’s time to fill in the post-production team. First and foremost, Reeves went back to his roots and got himself a composer named Michael Giacchino. You may have heard of the Oscar winner, who previously worked with Reeves on an underrated track for Cloverfield, as well as on Let Me In. Since the pair already have a relationship, it’s not exactly a surprise they’re working together once again. The welcome surprise is we’ll get to hear Giacchino’s spin on another storied franchise. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, April 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
We have lots of Star Wars-related odds and ends for you after the jump, including:
- J.J. Abrams says Star Wars and Star Trek are “very different”
- Michael Arndt gets writer’s block, just like the rest of us
- Michael Giacchino wants John Williams to do Episode VII
- Watch a teaser for the fan-made movie Star Wars: Uncut
- Billy Dee Williams really, really, really wants to return
- Another, possibly final, round of layoffs hits Lucasfilm
- Darth Vader choking victim Richard LeParmentier has died
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