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It is now T-minus seven days and counting until the release of Star Wars The Force Awakens in theaters. Well, six days if you are going to advanced screenings. Whatever the case is, the moment will soon be upon us and we can all live happier lives. To get you ready for that moment, 60 Minutes has got a sweet segment coming out this Sunday which follows J.J. Abrams and John Williams during a scoring session for the film. And the cool part is that they’ve released a preview of that segment online. So come listen to some of the brand new music from The Force Awakens.

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You ever notice these days that when you are watching a movie the dialogue seems way too low in comparison to the soundtrack and special effects? It’s like the sound engineer has failed to stick a compressor on the audio, it’s categorically annoying (similar – if not worse – than a baby crying in the near vicinity of your personal sonic space on a two hour flight), and it is becoming ever more popular within the film industry. It started off as a Bay-ism, were one would find themselves either becoming a manual compressor with the power of the remote control, turning it up at the talky dialogue based parts, only to turn it back down when the action kicked pack in – we find ourselves sitting in our homes behaving like automated oscillators. There is also the subtitle option, which is quite handy if one decides to sit and watch a movie in the small dark hours of the night. Then there is the headphone option – that’s when s**t just starts getting crazy. Well, you catch my drift; it’s a problem, and it’s goddam annoying (goddam you Michael Bay, why you gotta go ruin everything…). (more…)

MEEPO TREEPAdult Peter Quill was introduced to us immersed in the one thing he cares about most: music. Years after his childhood abduction by space pirates, we see him on planet Morag, enthusiastically dancing to the throwback rhythms in his headphones. He’s there to steal an artifact from an ancient and abandoned facility because he’s a brash, self-centered and reckless thief. There’s nothing alien about him, but he’s only truly human in his appearance. Quill’s got no ties to Earth, hence the reason he’s never rushed back there. He can hop between worlds in his ship and the only reason he’d do so is to steal things.  When we meet Peter Quill aka Star Lord, the two elements that define him are his criminal ways and songs from his “Awesome Mix” tape. I’ll happily take more of both, but in the meantime… (more…)

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I know a lot of people are hopelessly beholden to the John Williams Superman theme from 1978, so much so that it prevents them from seeing the score being produced by Hans Zimmer for the upcoming Man of Steel with anything less than contempt. Understandable, the Williams score has been the “voice” of Superman for more than a generation, but a) Can’t we give Zimmer a chance? and b) Wasn’t Bryan Singer being overly respectful of the ’78 movie one of the prime sources of nerd rage in regards to Superman Returns?

Well, maybe this will change your mind. Click here to listen to a sample of Zimmer’s Steel score.

Come on, even you have to admit it sounds good. Unless I’m mistaken, this is the isolated score from the most recent Man of Steel trailer. It reminds me very much of Michael Giacchino’s score for J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek, it’s both a bold departure, yet somehow thematically faithful to the music used in previous movies. And with all the drums, I couldn’t help but think of Bear McCreary’s score for Battlestar Galactica, another case where an upstart composer had to follow-up a classic John Williams theme and create something sonically new. From my point of view, it’s another reason to get excited about Man of Steel, now a little over one month away from release.

You can pre-order the album now before its June 11th release.

What do you Bastards think of the new sound of Superman?

Source: Cinema Blend

With the upcoming release of the latest Quentin Tarantino film many fanboys (and girls) are up in arms with the first few trailers of Django Unchained. It’s classic Tarantino, from the excessive amounts of stage blood to the A-list cast. Actors in the upcoming film include; Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Johnson and Jonah Hill (curve ball, anyone?) We don’t have much longer until it’s slated release, to tide yourself over enjoy the just released, action packed, ass kickery below.


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While Tarantino’s movies have become cult classics, the movies wouldn’t be where they are today without the amazing music that sets each scene into motion. Which may be why today the entire soundtrack list was released. There aren’t really any spoilers to this, however some titles do elude to moments in the movie. Look at your own risk.

1. WINGED
2. DJANGO (MAIN THEME) – LUIS BACALOV, ROCKY ROBERTS
3. THE BRAYING MULE – ENNIO MORRICONE
4. IN THAT CASE, DJANGO, AFTER YOU…
5. LO CHIAMAVANO KING (HIS NAME IS KING) – LUIS BACALOV, EDDA DELL’ORSO
6. FREEDOM – ANTHONY HAMILTON & ELAYNA BOYNTON
7. FIVE-THOUSAND-DOLLAR NIGGA’S AND GUMMY MOUTH BITCHES
8. LA CORSA (2ND VERSION) – LUIS BACALOV
9. SNEAKY SCHULTZ AND THE DEMISE OF SHARP
10. I GOT A NAME – JIM CROCE
11. I GIORNI DELL’IRA – RIZ ORTOLANI
12. 100 BLACK COFFINS – RICK ROSS
13. NICARAGUA – JERRY GOLDSMITH FEATURING PAT METHENY
14. HILDI’S HOT BOX
15. SISTER SARA’S THEME – ENNIO MORRICONE
16. ANCORA QUI – ENNIO MORRICONE AND ELISA
17. UNCHAINED (THE PAYBACK/UNTOUCHABLE) – JAMES BROWN AND 2PAC
18. WHO DID THAT TO YOU? – JOHN LEGEND
19. TOO OLD TO DIE YOUNG – BROTHER DEGE
20. STEPHEN THE POKER PLAYER
21. UN MONUMENTO – ENNIO MORRICONE
22. SIX SHOTS TWO GUNS
23. TRINITY (TITOLI) – ANNIBALE E I CANTORI MODERNI
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Aaaand straight from the horse’s mouth here is the statement Tarantino issued with the soundtrack release;
I want to thank all the artists who contributed original songs (a first for me) to the picture. Most of these contributions came out of the artists’ own inspiration and their illustration of the film’s soul is invaluable. In addition to the new original songs I am also using a lot of older recordings on the soundtrack – many of which came from my personal vinyl collection. Instead of having the record companies give me new digitally cleaned up versions of these recordings from the 60’s and 70’s, I wanted to use the vinyl I’ve been listening to for years – complete with all the pops and cracks. I even kept the sound of the needle being put down on the record. Basically because I wanted people’s experience to be the same as mine when they hear this soundtrack for the first time.
As fans of the man who can’t help but cameo in all of his films, we are personally thrilled to see Django. And can’t wait to see the title character beat the ever loving shit out of a racist asshole with a whip.

Empire Magazine has done the nerdy among us a solid by posting the entire score to The Dark Knight Rises by Hans Zimmer to their website, free for all to listen. You won’t be able to download the music or buy it on vinyl (yes, vinyl!) till next week, but why buy tomorrow when you can listen today?

The score is really, truly epic, and listening to it stand on its own as a piece of really great music, it makes me even more regretful that The Avengers had such a forgettable score. Zimmer seamlessly combines cues and themes from Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and entirely new music created for TDKR to create a truly fantastic sound to accompany the film. Considering what he’s done with the Bat-music, especially with this latest score, I’m really excited to see (or hear, I guess) what Hans will do with The Man of Steel next summer.

All 15 TDKR are available to be browsed and listened to in the player below.

  1. A Storm Is Coming (0:37)
  2. On Thin Ice (2:55)
  3. Gotham’s Reckoning (4:08)
  4. Mind If I Cut In? (3:27)
  5. Underground Army (3:12)
  6. Born In Darkness (1:57)
  7. The Fire Rises (5:33)
  8. Nothing Out There (2:51)
  9. Despair (3:14)
  10. Fear Will Find You (3:08)
  11.  Why Do We Fall? (2:03)
  12. Death By Exile (0:23)
  13. Imagine The Fire (7:25)
  14. Necessary Evil (3:16)
  15. Rise (7:11)

Source: Ain’t It Cool News

The last three people holding out any hope that director Christopher Nolan has put an asterisk on end The Dark Knight Rises as his final Batman film had better (finally) re-evaluate how they see things. Once again, Nolan has said that TDKR is his last outing in Gotham City, and the audiences before which he made this proclamation were the attendees of the Produced By Conference on the Sony Studios lot in Culver City, according to Screenrant.

“Mainly, because I’m superstitious, but I said to my brother [writing-partner Jonathan Nolan] that I didn’t want to save anything,” Nolan explained. “We’re never on a specific trajectory, but I always viewed Bruce Wayne’s story in three parts. I didn’t want to hold anything back. I think you learn so much from the audience. You don’t know what you’ve made until you’ve put it out there.”

Speaking of putting it out there, Warner Music has put out the track listing for Hans Zimmer‘s score of TDKR, according to Coming Soon. Nothing too spoilery, so feel free to look at the list and the cover art below:

  1. A Storm Is Coming (0:37)
  2. On Thin Ice (2:55)
  3. Gotham’s Reckoning (4:08)
  4. Mind If I Cut In? (3:27)
  5. Underground Army (3:12)
  6. Born In Darkness (1:57)
  7. The Fire Rises (5:33)
  8. Nothing Out There (2:51)
  9. Despair (3:14)
  10. Fear Will Find You (3:08)
  11.  Why Do We Fall? (2:03)
  12. Death By Exile (0:23)
  13. Imagine The Fire (7:25)
  14. Necessary Evil (3:16)
  15. Rise (7:11)

 

The disc comes out on July 17, and you can pre-order it from Amazon now.

The other piece of old news from the conference is that Nolan is no fan of digital, and he was rather brutal in his appraisal of Hollywood’s rush to convert. Nolan says that he “didn’t have any interest in being the research department for an electronics company,” and that it feels like “like filmmakers are being encouraged to buy cameras like we are buying iPods.”

Nolan added that the end result of shooting in digital has no appeal to him either. “You really are kind of sitting in your living room now watching moves,” he said, adding that using digital projection, “is reducing most theaters to showing TV commercials.”

But having said all that, Nolan assured the crowd that should digital ever meet his high standards, he’ll be more than happy to give the format a look. “When it is as good as film and makes economic sense, I’d be completely open to it,” he said.

Source: Screenrant and Coming Soon

It’s no secret that Danny Elfman and Tim Burton are inseparable when it comes to crafting films.  Virtually every time Burton directs a new movie, he brings on Elfman to compose the score for it (in addition to Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter to star in it).  And every time, Elfman delivers an amazing piece of musical mastery.

The latest in the endless line of Burton-Elfman productions is the much-anticipated Dark Shadows film which will be released on May 11th of this year.  In order to promote the movie (and probably to generate pre-orders of the music), the powers-that-be have elected to allow you, the common people, a chance to listen to the score before it is officially for sale.

You can head over to WaterTower-Music.com and give it a listen, or wait it out until May 8th arrives and the soundtrack is available for purchase.

 

Thanks to the folks at slashfilm for the heads-up.