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New “Frankenweenie” Still Shares Quiet Moment

29 December 2011 7:57 AM, PST | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

In 1984 Tim Burton was an animator at Disney looking for a break, and when he was thrown a bone with permission to make something of his own, Frankenweenie was born (if you are interested in seeing Burton’s complete original short, pick up the 1993 Nightmare Before Christmas Collector’s Edition DVD/Blu-Ray tin). The rest, as they say, is history, and history is coming full circle in October of 2012 when Burton’s feature length take on the tale arrives. The film is a reunion of sorts, with Burton bringing the vocal talents of Winona (Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands) Ryder, Catherine (Beetlejuice) O’Hara, Martin (Ed Wood) Landau, Martin (Mars Attacks) Short, and Conchata (Edward Scissorhands) Ferrell on board, not to mention the lavish music of constant collaborator Danny Elfman.

Synopsis (courtesy Disney):

“From creative genius Tim Burton comes Frankenweenie, a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog, »

- Justin

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The Decemberists To Be A Part Of The Hunger Games Soundtrack

29 December 2011 2:02 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Recently, the news came out that Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars’ single from the upcoming “The Hunger Games” soundtrack, “Safe and Sound” had been released. Now, according to Collider and Entertainment Weekly, news is coming out about the other musical acts that will appear on the soundtrack. According to the sites, other songs on the soundtrack will be contributed by The Decemberists, Arcade Fire members Win Butler and Regine Chassagne. The soundtrack is also being produced by T-Bone Burnett, who won an Oscar for his work on “Crazy Heart.” James Newton Howard has also been tapped to co-create the score for the film; Howard is replacing Danny Elfman, who »

- monique

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Hunger Games Sound Line-Up Beyond Taylor Swift

28 December 2011 4:28 PM, PST | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

Hunger Games Sound Line-Up Beyond Taylor Swift

The Hunger Games movie won’t hit theaters until March of 2012, but already, the film’s soundtrack is causing quite a stir. Earlier this week Boomtron invited fans to give a listen to the track titled “Safe and Sound”. It’s the soundtrack’s first single to be released and it features the voices of Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars. Ready to discover what else the soundtrack will have in store for you? We thought you might be.

According to EW, Swift is joined by some big names in indie music. Universal made the announcement that the Decemberists and Win Butler and Regine Chassagne of Arcade Fire will also be featured on the album by T-Bone Burnett and James Newton Howard. Howard replaced Danny Elfman, who had scheduling conflicts. The frontrunners of Arcade Fire are pictured above.

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- Sasha Nova

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Scratch your head at The Flaming Lips' cover of "I Am the Walrus"

27 December 2011 10:45 AM, PST | Nerve | See recent Nerve news »

In what may be a promotion for their upcoming Freakout #5 New Year's Eve shows with Sean Lennon and Yoko Ono's Plastic Ono Band, acid rockers The Flaming Lips have recorded a cover of the Beatles' psychedelic nonsense gem, "I Am the Walrus." The tune, with its obscure, Lewis Carroll-and-lsd-inspired lyrics, has been covered many times by the likes of Frank Zappa, Guided By Voices, Oingo Boingo, Bono, etc. The Lips' bizarre version features Wayne Coyne tapping on, and singing through, a transparent, orange disc, Stephen Drozd shaking a maraca under a silver, reflective blanket, and an onslaught of distorted, fuzzed-out bass. They also change the outro lyrics to "Everybody smoke pot," which they apparently did (among other things) before recording the song. Personally, I don't think they do the original any favors, and would rather listen to their cover of "War [...] »

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'Hunger Games' Soundtrack Lands Taylor Swift, Arcade Fire

27 December 2011 6:28 AM, PST | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

Decemberists and Civil Wars also on the disc.

By Gil Kaufman

Taylor Swift

Photo: Getty Images

The soundtrack to "The Hunger Games"
 will feature a bumper crop of new and unreleased songs by Taylor Swift, the Arcade Fire and the Decemberists.

The album will be produced by Grammy-winning producer T Bone Burnett and released before the movie hits theaters on March 23. Burnett and the group the Civil Wars got together to write an original tune for the CD with Swift, the first single, "Safe and Sound," which was released to iTunes on December 23. The tune shot to #1 on the iTunes singles list within 24 hours of release.

Also serving up fresh tracks are the Arcade Fire, who collaborated with Burnett on "Horn of Plenty," and the Decemberists, who've offered up the original song "One Engine." The rest of the lineup has not been released, but according to a press release the »

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Win Butler, The Decemberists Make 'Hunger Games' Music

26 December 2011 5:14 PM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Taylor Swift's not the only one bringing music to District 12 (and beyond).

Win Butler, the Decemberists and Regine Chassagne of Arcade Fire will also be contributing to the "Hunger Games" soundtrack, which is being overseen by uber-producer T-Bone Burnett, according to Variety.

News of other contributors to the soundtrack comes hot on the heels of last Thursday's surprise holiday gift from Taylor Swift -- her "Hunger Games" single with the Civil Wars, "Safe and Sound," which became iTunes' most downloaded song on Friday.

The "Hunger Games" soundtrack will also feature "Horn of Plenty," a song written by Butler, Chassagne and Burnett, and "One Engine," recorded by the Decemberists.

Meanwhile, T-Bone Burnett and James Newton Howard are collaborating on the film's instrumental score. Howard recently replaced Danny Elfman, who had to forfeit the "Games" due to scheduling conflicts with "Men in Black III" and "Dark Shadows."

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- Bryan Enk

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Ten Essential... Christmas Films

24 December 2011 3:00 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Jess Barratt selects her ten essential Christmas films...

Here are my top 10 festive treats to get you through the Christmas hangovers. Expect snow, sparkle and choir-lead soundtracks...

10. Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Although this is not typically considered a true Christmas film it does however have rather Christmassy themes and a beautiful festive score written by the talented Danny Elfman. The latter half of this eerie Tim Burton film is entirely set at Christmas time and includes the unforgettable scene where Winona Ryder’s character dances in the snow falling from Edward’s ice sculpture. With fantastic comedic performances by an incredible cast, Edward Scissorhands is sure to get you edging towards the eggnog.

9. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

Chevy Chase and Randy Quaid doing what they do best in this wacky 80s comedy. With some questionable SFX and strange impromptu group singing, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is the perfect nostalgic Christmas feature. »

- flickeringmyth

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Thomas Newman and Michael Giacchino Each Have Four Of The 97 Scores Eligible For Best Original Score

23 December 2011 3:30 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Of the 265 films eligible [1] 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, »

- Germain Lussier

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97 Original Scores in 2011 Oscar® Race Include Hugo, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, Winnie The Pooh And Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

23 December 2011 1:21 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that ninety-seven scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 84th Academy Awards®.

The eligible scores along with the composer are listed below in alphabetical order by film title:

The Adjustment Bureau,” Thomas Newman, composer

The Adventures of Tintin,” John Williams, composer

African Cats,” Nicholas Hooper, composer

Albert Nobbs,” Brian Byrne, composer

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked,” Mark Mothersbaugh, composer

Anonymous,” Thomas Wander and Harald Kloser, composers

Another Earth,” Phil Mossman and Will Bates, composers

“Answers to Nothing,” Craig Richey, composer

Arthur Christmas,” Harry Gregson-Williams, composer

The Artist,” Ludovic Bource, composer

“@urFRENZ,” Lisbeth Scott, composer

“Atlas Shrugged Part 1,” Elia Cmiral, composer

Battle: Los Angeles,” Brian Tyler, composer

Beastly,” Marcelo Zarvos, composer

The Big Year,” Theodore Shapiro, composer

Captain America: The First Avenger,” Alan Silvestri, composer

Cars 2,” Michael Giacchino, composer

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- Michelle McCue

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Taylor Swift Gives Gift of New 'Hunger Games' Song

23 December 2011 12:10 PM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

First of all, yes, Taylor Swift is on the "Hunger Games" soundtrack!

Secondly, Taylor brought a bit of holiday cheer to the citizens of District 12 and beyond with an unexpected gift: the release of her "Hunger Games" single, "Safe and Sound," a good three months before the actual movie comes out.

The singer-songwriter surprised everyone when she tweeted out the link to her new song late Thursday night, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "Something I've been Very excited about for a Very long time is going to be happening Very soon (and I'm not referring to Christmas)," she wrote, later adding: "And this is it, the big surprise ... Go get it!"

And what a surprise 'twas! We knew that Danny Elfman was no longer collaborating with T-Bone Burnett on the film's score, but we had no idea Taylor Swift was also out there making music for the "Games."

"Safe and »

- Bryan Enk

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Listen to Taylor Swift’s “Safe and Sound” from The Hunger Games Soundtrack

23 December 2011 10:27 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

In addition to weapons and teenage murder, music plays a crucial role in Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games. Director Gary Ross recruited producer/songwriter T. Bone Burnett (Crazy Heart) and composer James Newton Howard (replacing Danny Elfman who dropped out due to scheduling issues) to collaborate on the ambitious soundtrack for the feature film adaptation, which is set to feature music and songs both for the film and ones by new and established artists inspired by the film. Today, none other than Taylor Swift has released the first song from the soundtrack. Swift and singer-songwriter duo The Civil Wars have collaborated on a track entitled “Safe and Sound.” Given her far-reaching commercial appeal, Swift seems an obvious choice to have the first track out of the gate. While many may groan at the thought of a pop-heavy soundtrack, this is likely the first of many tracks and collaborations we »

- Adam Chitwood

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Scores for 'Drive' and 'Attack the Block' aren't Eligible for an Oscar

23 December 2011 9:20 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I was actually beginning to believe Cliff Martinez's score for Drive may actually have a shot with all the love it has received in the precursor awards, but last night the Academy announced the list of 97 scores eligible for Best Original Score at the 2012 Oscars and, oops, what do you know, both Drive and Attack the Block didn't make the cut. The only other score I had on my current list of predictions for the category to not make the cut was Howard Shore's music for David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method. Why? Well, I would assume somewhere inside there the rules for requirement weren't met. As per the Academy, "To be eligible, the original score must be a substantial body of music that serves as original dramatic underscoring, and must be written specifically for the motion picture by the submitting composer. Scores diluted by the use of »

- Brad Brevet

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Listen: Taylor Swift's "Safe And Sound" From 'The Hunger Games' Soundtrack

23 December 2011 7:38 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

As much as "The Hunger Games" fans will tell you its nothing like "Twilight," everything that Lionsgate is doing so far is right out of vampire franchise playbook. From the relentless minor teases of the film, early promotional materials that seem to play up a love triangle between Katniss, Peeta and Gale and hell, even a nail polish line, the apocalypic teen tale is practically cuddly. And nothing gets more wholesome (and mainstream) than Taylor Swift. The singer surprised fans last night by dropping "Safe And Sound," her contribution to the soundtrack (she teams up with The Civil Wars) and it's positively limp. It's very Swift-esque, all soft voice and pleasant, forgettable melodies, the aural equivalent of shrugging your shoulders. She's likely just one of a handful of names being coralled to provide some songs for the movie, that will also include a score by James Newton Howard (replacing Danny Elfman »

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My favourite film: Readers' comments – week seven

21 December 2011 9:21 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

It's time for our weekly pick of your responses to our favourite film series, for which Guardian writers have selected the movies they just can't get enough of

Here's a roundup of what you thought in week seven, when the selections were The Goonies, Together, The Ladykillers, Night of the Hunter and Star Trek II – The Wrath of Kahn

My favourite film's fish and visitors moment finally arrived at the start of week seven. We'd got away with Back to the Future, slipped Predator past you in a cloak of respectability and zapped Ghostbusters's critical hot spots. Yet Matt Andrews's championing of The Goonies was a flashback too far for those suffering from nostalgia fatigue. "Is there anything edifying at this point in another Guardian contributor picking some 80s kids' movie as their favourite?" asked JohnBarnesOnToast. "The articles are basically the same (and in this instance it's not »

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Thn Advent Calendar Day 17: The Nightmare Before Christmas

17 December 2011 4:16 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Christmas is a time for tradition – presents, decorations, carols, and mince pies. But what better tradition to celebrate than the Christmas movie? Join The Hollywood News for the Movie Advent Calendar – a film each day ’til Christmas. For the full Advent Calendar so far, click here.

Few directors can divide an audience like Tim Burton. There are those who’ll lap up his every film, buy the t-shirt and play with the action figure. Then there are those who adamantly dislike his levels of quirk and Helena Bonham Carter. As such, there are swarms of film fans who don’t like A Nightmare Before Christmas. Though the film was not actually directed by Burton (a fact that can probably win a few bets), his oddball fingerprints are smudged over every frame.

To ruin the opening schpiel a little, I’m fairly ambivalent towards Burton. Though I have very little time »

- Josh Mills

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Thn Advent Calendar Day 17: The Nightmare Before Christmas

17 December 2011 3:11 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Christmas is a time for tradition – presents, decorations, carols, and mince pies. But what better tradition to celebrate than the Christmas movie? Join The Hollywood News for the Movie Advent Calendar – a film each day ’til Christmas. For the full Advent Calendar so far, click here.

Few directors can divide an audience like Tim Burton. There are those who’ll lap up his every film, buy the t-shirt and play with the action figure. Then there are those who adamantly dislike his levels of quirk and Helena Bonham Carter. As such, there are swarms of film fans who don’t like A Nightmare Before Christmas. Though the film was not actually directed by Burton (a fact that can probably win a few bets), his oddball fingerprints are smudged over every frame.

To ruin the opening schpiel a little, I’m fairly ambivalent towards Burton. Though I have very little time »

- Tom Fordy

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A Look Back at the Music of ‘Mission: Impossible’

16 December 2011 2:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Composers probably count themselves lucky if, within their lifetime, they can come up with a single piece of music that becomes ingrained enough in popular culture that it is instantly recognizable after only a few notes. Lalo Schifrin is one such composer. While Schifrin's work spans decades [1], one of his most well-known pieces is the theme to the Mission: Impossible television series. With today's limited IMAX release of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (see Germain's review here [2]), I thought it might be fun to take a look back at some of the music from this series. Hit the jump and share your favorite pieces of music from the Mission: Impossible series after the jump. First, here's the theme that started it all: Despite the fact that this came out in the 60s, there's something that feels timeless to me about this piece. The instrumentation, with its unique percussion, driving keyboard, and bombastic brass, »

- David Chen

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Christmas Video Vault: The Nightmare Before Christmas

14 December 2011 5:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

As the Pumpkin King, Jack Skellington spends his entire year planning for the next Halloween.  As a matter of fact, his entire town of Halloweentown does the same thing.  His latest stint as king has Jack questioning his place in life and after the events of Halloween are over, a somber Jack heads out for a walk and comes across a gathering of trees, each marked with a different door representing a holiday.  Jack enters the door of a decorated tree and finds himself in Christmastown.

What he finds is a town full of colors, cheer and happiness, which is a polar opposite from Halloweentown.  With an idea in his head and excitement in his belly, he heads back to Halloweentown with a plan.  That plan consists of kidnapping Santa Claus and appointing himself as the bearer of joy and gifts in an attempt to recapture his zest for life. »

- Tracy Ladd

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Flashback: The Flash TV Series 20 Years Later

9 December 2011 12:06 PM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Following the success of Tim Burton’s visionary Batman, in 1990 CBS green lit a live-action television drama based on the DC Comic character, The Flash. The Flash was one of the most expensive shows on television to produce at the time, costing upwards of a million dollars per episode, and featured a soundtrack by Danny Elfman and costumes by Stan Winston, no strangers to big-budget cinema. Ultimately, The Flash lasted but one season, airing from 1990-1991. Considering the revival that the superhero genre has enjoyed in recent years, blossoming into the 2011 slate of big-budget films like Thor, Captain America, Green Lantern, and X-Men: First Class, it is a perfect time to review this overlooked television show, 20 years after its original run. Should Warner Bros. green light a film based on the character, comparisons to the original television series will be inevitable. Overview From the »

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Flashback: [i]The Flash[/i] TV Series 20 Years Later

9 December 2011 12:06 PM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Following the success of Tim Burton’s visionary Batman, in 1990 CBS green lit a live-action television drama based on the DC Comic character, The Flash. The Flash was one of the most expensive shows on television to produce at the time, costing upwards of a million dollars per episode, and featured a soundtrack by Danny Elfman and costumes by Stan Winston, no strangers to big-budget cinema. Ultimately, The Flash lasted but one season, airing from 1990-1991. Considering the revival that the superhero genre has enjoyed in recent years, blossoming into the 2011 slate of big-budget films like Thor, Captain America, Green Lantern, and X-Men: First Class, it is a perfect time to review this overlooked television show, 20 years after its original run. Should Warner Bros. green light a film based on the character, comparisons to the original television series will be inevitable. Overview From the outset »

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