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More than any other composer in the superhero genre, Hans Zimmer has been able to leave his musical stamp. Sure, John Williams composed iconic soundscapes for Superman, and Danny Elfman also has a beloved legacy with both Batman and Spider-Man (Ang Lee's Hulk movie, too). However, Hans Zimmer has written themes for all three of those superheroes, and he’s not done yet.
While chatting with MTV at the Oscars, Zimmer talked about scoring for multiple heroes in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. Because in addition to following up his memorable work of creating an all-American Superman sound for the 21st century on Man Of Steel, we now have new heroes that he has never worked with before, including Aquaman and Wonder Woman. Hell, for all we know, Cyborg »
When the blockbuster movie was born in the late 70s, the stonking, foot stomper theme was in its prime. This is when John Williams made his name with scores for Jaws, Superman and Star Wars. The modern superhero boom can arguably be traced back to 1989’s Batman, and again, there was a memorable, hummable, infectious theme, this time courtesy of Danny Elfman.
But more recently, the glut of superhero pictures hasn’t produced anything like the same calibre of ‘hit themes.’ Iron Man has no big character theme, Thor neither, and Chris Nolan’s Batpictures don’t really scratch that itch at all.
- Brendon Connelly
The Oscars have been a whirlwind for Meryl Streep over the past four decades. With three previous acting wins under her belt, Streep is a member of that exclusive three-timers club of which there are only two other living members: Daniel Day-Lewis and Jack Nicholson. However, there's a unique downside that few ever consider. With her Best Supporting Actress loss for "Into the Woods" Sunday to Patricia Arquette ("Boyhood"), Streep has now racked up a staggering 16 defeats, extending her record as the biggest loser of all time amongst performers. Hmm, the moniker of Oscar's Biggest Loser doesn't sound quite as glamorous, does it? -Break- Oscar nominations records: Bradley Cooper, Meryl Streep, Michael Keaton, Robert Duvall, ... For non-performers, the industry vet with the most losses on his hands is composer John Williams. Thanks to his defeat last year for scoring "The Book Thief," Williams now has 4...' »
Why should I care about the Oscars?
No, that’s a serious question. Because as much as I hate to admit it, I do. At their very best, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gets it right by tripping and falling into a “Market Irglova & Glen Hansard” here or a “12 minute standing ovation” there. At their very worst, AMPAS indulges in the most regressive, ass-backwards impulses of the industry. Whether enforcing asinine restrictions on eligibility or blacklisting via internal politics, Academy voters can be inept, close-minded and utterly humorless about their annual pat-on-the-back. Too old, too white, and too male, AMPAS is like a closet mob comprised solely of Bud Selig clones, perpetually fumbling in the dark for their reading glasses.
And yet despite all this, I’m still going to throw the remote through the television if Alexandre Desplat’s The Grand Budapest Hotel doesn’t bring »
- David Klein
The 87th Academy Awards are this Sunday evening, and we're counting down the minutes!
We've already given you our Oscar predictions, and now we're bringing you a few of the best (and craziest) Academy Awards facts. From the first Best Actor winner to the "one dollar" Oscar rule, here are 25 things you (probably) don't know about the Oscars.
1. The youngest Oscar winner was Tatum O'Neal, who won Best Supporting Actress for "Paper Moon" (1973) when she was only 10 years old. Shirley Temple won the short-lived Juvenile Award at 6 years old.
3. After winning Best Actress for "Cabaret" (1972), Liza Minnelli became (and still is) the only Oscar winner whose parents both earned Oscars. Her mother, Judy Garland, received an honorary award in 1939 and her father, Vincente Minnelli, »
- Jonny Black
Take a sigh of relief, the Oscars are finally upon us. How many months will we squeeze out of 2015 before pundits start incessantly chattering about Awards Season again?
With any luck, 2016 will not be as contentious and as close of a race for Best Picture as it was this year. It has created a lot of excitement and confidence that the winner will be a strong one, but it has also created a lot of controversy and bile and disappointment.
My predictions for 2015 reflect the consensus of what will happen, not what should. But then with this year, anything can happen.
After almost near sweeps of critic prizes and the dominant film on Best of the Year lists by a wide margin, Boyhood may very well lose the Oscar for Best Picture on Sunday night. »
- Brian Welk
Hot projects new to Screenbase include Nicolas Winding Refn feature The Neon Demon, Pope Francis biopic Francisco, Brady Corbet’s directorial debut The Childhood Of A Leader and a new adaptation by Wim Wenders.Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon
Principal photography will begin in Los Angeles on March 30. Gaumont and Wild Bunch are co-selling the title.
Brady Corbet’s [link »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Maud Le Rest)
Do you love film scores? Do you love listening to soundtracks all day? Is John Williams or Ennio Morricone or Danny Elfman or Hans Zimmer your favorite musician? If you answered yes to any of those questions, this is a documentary for you. Longtime readers will know that I am a huge fan of scores myself, and I love discovering new work and enjoying old favorites. There's a brand new documentary called Score: A Film Music Documentary that just launched a Kickstarter page to get the final bit of funding it needs to finish up. We've been pitched on this one via email as well, and it honestly sounds like the kind of doc that we'll be excited to see once they're ready to premiere it. Until then, it needs our (financial) support to be completed. The logline briefly explains the doc's focus: "Hollywood's premier composers take viewers inside the »
- Alex Billington
8 Actors Who Can Be The Next Spider-Man
We’re not even a year removed from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and already Sony and Marvel are exploring new options on who could be the next webslinger. And we already have some insight that the next Spider-Man is going back to high school, and Dylan O’Brien (The Maze Runner) and Logan Lerman (Fury) are on Sony’s short list… read the full article.
Five Film Composers that Hollywood Needs Back
Hollywood has no shortage of talented composers crafting mostly serviceable tunes for the next young adult literary adaptation or prestige awards tearjerker. But for every auteur like Hans Zimmer and John Williams, you have musical yes men pounding out ominous notes in anticipation of the next horror movie jump scare or making ratatat noise to underscore a superhero chase scene. The film world screams for diverse sounds, but is often left »
Did you just feel a tremble in the Force? That was Disney and LucasFilm announcing on StarWars.com that Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy will be kicking off Star Wars Celebration 2015 in person. And guess what? They are bringing something 'big'? What that is, we just don't know. It could be a new trailer, it could be more information about the sequels and spin-offs, or it could be the original 1977 cast back together on stage for their first big public reveal. Or, heck, it could be all three of those things. Whatever happens, its going to bring the world to it's knees for approximately 20 minutes. Excited yet? Here is the official press release:
For J.J. Abrams, the Celebration circle is now complete.
StarWars.com is thrilled to announce that the director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens - who once »
If there’s one film you need to see this weekend, it’s Kingsman: The Secret Service. It’s funny, it’s fast-paced and it’s one insane, entertaining experience. Catch this one in the theater and with a crowd!
Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass, X-Men First Class), Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.
Composers Henry Jackman (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and Matthew Margeson score the spy action adventure comedy. This is the second collaboration between Jackman and Margeson, who had worked previously on Kick Ass 2. The duo supplied the soundtrack for the star-studded Kingsman with Oscar winners Colin Firth and Michael Caine, Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson, and newcomer Taron Egerton. »
- Michelle McCue
Nine Oscar seasons ago, composer Alexandre Desplat earned what already felt like an overdue first nomination for "The Queen." (He already had "Girl With a Pearl Earring," "Birth," "Syriana" and "The Painted Veil" to his credit.) Eight years and as many Oscar nominations later, the prolific Desplat has cemented himself as the go-to composer of his generation, with the hottest producers and directors clamoring to collaborate with him. This is not surprising, given his talent and his extraordinary knowledge of both world cinema and world music. This year, he is a double Oscar nominee for "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "The Imitation Game" and has already won a British Academy Award and a Grammy for the former. And that elusive first Oscar may well be within his grasp. HitFix recently caught up with Desplat to discuss Anderson's latest melancholic comic romp and the awards success he has experienced of late. »
- Gerard Kennedy
On Sunday, Alexandre Desplat won a BAFTA Award and a Grammy, both for “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Next up: the Feb. 22 Oscars, where he is nominated in the musical score category for “Budapest Hotel” and “The Imitation Game.” According to conventional wisdom, this is his year — he’s earned six noms in the past eight years, but no wins yet.
On the other hand, conventional wisdom says that he could cancel himself out. Clearly, conventional wisdom is wrong in one of those cases.
Asked which of the two scores is his favorite, Desplat deadpans, “The Grand Imitation Hotel.”
The composer, reached in Paris, quickly adds that he loves both films, and each presented special challenges and rewards.
“Budapest” features a lot more music in its 100-minute running time, with the mood vacillating among drama, light comedy, fantasy and mittel-European atmosphere. Desplat says, “We needed to find instruments to create a special sound, »
- Tim Gray
The 57th Annual Grammy Awards winners have been chosen, and we have the full list of those musicians taking home statues this Sunday, Feb. 8.
Did you favorite artists and/or songs win?
Check out the Full list of winners, below.
Record of the Year: Sam Smith, Stay With Me
Song of the Year: "Stay With Me," Sam Smith
Album of the Year: Beck, Morning Phase
Best Country Album: Miranda Lambert, Platinum
Best Rock Album: Beck, Morning Phase
Best Pop Vocal Album: Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour
Best Pop Solo Performance: “Happy,” Pharrell Williams
Best New Artist: Sam Smith
Best Folk Album: Old Crow Medicine Show, Remedy
Best American Roots Song: “A Feather’s Not a Bird »
Last year's Oscar winner for Best Documentary Feature, "20 Feet From Stardom," has rounded out its long awards run beginning as a competition player way back at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival with a Grammy for Best Music Film. The doc, which won countless other prizes from critics and festivals last year, zipped past the competition including "Beyoncé & Jay Z: On the Run Tour," Coldplay's "Ghost Stories," "Metallica Through the Never" and Pink's "The Truth About Love Tour: Live from Melbourne." It was the only traditional feature documentary in the bunch so it's little surprise it stood out to voters. As previously reported, movie crossover winners at the Grammys this year included "Frozen's" hit track "Let It Go" and compilation soundtrack album, Pharrell's "Happy" from "Despicable Me 2" for Best Music Video, Glen Campbell's "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" for Best Country Song as well as Alexandre Desplat ("The »
- Kristopher Tapley
Earlier today, Alexandre Desplat was a rather surprising winner for Best Film Music at this year's BAFTA Awards in London for his work in Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel." Well, it's a great day for the prolific composer as he has just won a Grammy for the score as well, in the Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media Category. Given the film's early-year release date, though, Desplat was mostly contending with 2013 films. Christophe Beck was nominated for "Frozen," while two of last year's Oscar nominees, "Gravity" (Steven Price, who won the Academy Award) and "Saving Mr. Banks" (Thomas Newman) were in there as well. The only 2014 film in competition was "Gone Girl," and alas, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross deferred to Mr. Desplat on this one. Does that signal some clarity in the Oscar race? Not necessarily. But the film is obviously helped by being, in all likelihood, »
- Kristopher Tapley
While Sam Smith and Beck dominated the 57th annual Grammy Awards, they were hardly the only winners Sunday night. From Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament (and Eddie Vedder, using his pseudonym "Jerome Turner") scoring Best Recording Package to Beyoncé taking home Best Surround Sound Album, here is the full rundown of all the Grammy winners.
Record of the Year
Sam Smith – "Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)"
Complete list of winners and nominees of the 2014 Grammy Awards, held in Los Angeles at the Staples Center on Sunday February 8. Winners will be updated as they're announced during the telecast and pre-telecast. Record Of The Year “Fancy,” Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli Xcx “Chandelier,” Sia **Winner** “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” Sam Smith “Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift “All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor Album Of The Year **Winner** “Morning Phase,” Beck “Beyoncé,” Beyoncé “X,” Ed Sheeran “In The Lonely Hour,” Sam Smith “Girl,” Pharrell Williams Song Of The Year “All About That Bass,” Kevin Kadish & Meghan Trainor, songwriters (Meghan Trainor) “Chandelier,” Sia Furler & Jesse Shatkin, songwriters (Sia) “Shake It Off,” Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift) **Winner** “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” James Napier, William Phillips & Sam Smith, songwriters (Sam Smith) “Take Me To Church,” Andrew Hozier-Byrne, songwriter (Hozier) Best New Artist Iggy Azalea Bastille Brandy Clark »
- Donna Dickens
Film scores are pretty ephemeral to a large chunk of the movie-going populace, where music isn’t noticeable unless a triumphant fanfare or sweeping ballad draws enough attention to itself. So if scoring is already the film industry’s unappreciated middle child, how silly is a list about ones that haven’t been released yet? Very silly. Oftentimes, composers don’t even sign with a project until well into production, so speculating on the best film music of 2015, like any year, forces one to work with what’s known. Sound on Sight will offer more in-depth analysis on the most buzzed about music as the year rolls on but for now, here are the ten movie scores I’m most excited to hear in 2015.
Alan Silvestri’s last great score was for a TV show, and his last great film score was for one of the more forgettable Marvel entries. »
- David Klein
This article contains spoilers for the Harry Potter movies.
The Harry Potter films didn’t need to be good.
The books were already a phenomenon. Only Twilight and Dan Brown’s novels have resulted in midnight openings at bookshops across the world in recent years, and when you look at their film adaptations (Angels And Demons grossed nearly $500 million worldwide, despite being Angels And Demons), it’s clear: the Harry Potter films didn’t actually have to try that hard to be a success.
Across eight films, they told the story of death-magnet legend boy Harry Potter and his loyal flame-locked sidekick Ron as they courted whimsical oblivion on a roughly yearly basis, getting rescued repeatedly by Girl Guide/Wikipedia hybrid Hermione Granger. They »
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