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With the release of the buzzy Dune trailer last week, director Denis Villeneuve paid subtle homage to one of the past failed adaptations of Frank Herbert’s seminal sci-fi tome. The trailer featured a choral cover of the Pink Floyd song “Eclipse,” from the English band’s 1973 album Dark Side of the Moon.

But it was more than just a creepy cover of a rock song that makes the choice of Pink Floyd a surprising fit for the Dune trailer. Back in the ’70s, when Alejandro Jodorowsky famously attempted to make his own Dune adaptation, the director planned to hire Pink Floyd to compose the score. That movie never came to be, but its memory lives on in Villenueve’s Dune trailer with the “Eclipse,” cover, which composer Hans Zimmer confirmed was conceived by him and created remotely over FaceTime.

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This Week in Trailers

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

This week we help hide a dead body, rebuild what was destroyed by flames, fly to Japan for some Yakuza fun, spy on some ladies in a nursing home, and give the zombie genre another fresh look.

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Hans Zimmer MLS Theme

The ever-prolific Hans Zimmer took some time off from composing pulse-pounding scores for big blockbusters to record some music for…*checks notes*…Major League Soccer. Yes, that’s right, Mr. Zimmer is out here rocking the soccer (or football, if you live anywhere other than America) world with a big, loud, kick-ass piece of music. I’m not a sports fan, and I have never felt the urge to watch a soccer game in my life. But even I have to admit this rocks. Hear the Hans Zimmer MLS theme below.

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No Time to Die Theme Song

This week, Billie Eilish announced that she is writing and performing the song for the upcoming James Bond movie No Time to Die. Hans Zimmer was also confirmed to write the score. Zimmer was on a Television Critics Association panel for the nature docu-series Seven Worlds, One Planet, for which he also provided the score. After the panel, he spoke with reporters about upcoming projects.

Find out how Zimmer is going to work with Eilish, how he hooked up with the Bond producers, and how far along he is on the score. You can hear Zimmer’s Seven Worlds, One Planet starting January 19 on BBC America.

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Hans Zimmer interview

Hans Zimmer is lending his rock god chops to the new James Bond film. Zimmer is swooping in to take over as the No Time to Die composer, replacing the previously announced Dan Romer, the American composer behind the Netflix series Maniac.

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The Mandalorian Trailer Easter Eggs

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, take a much closer look at the first trailer for The Mandalorian to scour for Easter eggs referencing other parts of the Star Wars galaxy. Plus, watch as The D23 Expo inducts 2019 Disney Legends honorees like Robert Downey Jr., Jon Favreau, Ming-Na Wen and more, and listen in as the cast of Queer Eye partakes in a lie detector test interview. Read More »

Hans Zimmer interview

Quick: how many Oscars has composer Hans Zimmer won during his 30-plus year career? Despite crafting some of the most memorable movie music of the past three decades, the answer is only one – Best Original Score for the original animated version of Disney’s The Lion King.

More than a quarter century later, Zimmer is revisiting and expanding upon his work in Jon Favreau’s remake of The Lion King, and I sat down with him last week at the film’s press junket to talk about how he was lured back into The Lion King once again, some of the changes he made to the music, his relationship to Elton John, and more. Check out our full Hans Zimmer interview below. Read More »

Mondo SDCC 2019 Exclusive Vinyl

Mondo has announced the first wave of their San Diego Comic-Con exclusive releases, and the first two items will please vinyl soundtrack collectors very much.

Blade Runner 2049 and Who Framed Roger Rabbit are both getting new vinyl soundtrack releases that (at first) you’ll only be able to get at the convention in San Diego. Check out both of the Mondo SDCC exclusive vinyl releases below. Read More »

The lion king soundtrack

The Lion King is going to be feeling the love tonight, with Disney releasing the nostalgic soundtrack list for the film to coincide with the launch of ticket sales. The Lion King soundtrack list includes the award-winning score by Hans Zimmer as well as the beloved songs by Elton John and Tim Rice, in addition to two brand new original songs, one performed by John and another still yet to be announced.

But fans of the Tony-winning Broadway show will only be partly appeased, as the excellent “He Lives in You” is included in the list, even as fan-favorite numbers “Shadowland” and “Endless Night” don’t make the cut.

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2019 disney legends

Robert Downey Jr., Ming-Na Wen, and Hans Zimmer are among the 11 people this year who have been named legends. Disney Legends. A title bestowed upon the best and brightest stars at the Walt Disney Company, and their various subsidiaries like Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, and Pixar, Disney Legend is one of the coolest honors that an actor or creative could receive. See who is among the new 2019 Disney Legends below.

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