20 items from 2015
Last month, a new poster for "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" revealed that Danny Elfman was providing "additional material" to Brian Tyler's score. It was an interesting little nugget of info, but now the composer himself has detailed what exactly his work will be on Joss Whedon's upcoming sequel. "...I've contributed music to the new 'Avengers' movie. I took part of Alan Silvestri's theme on the original [movie], which I really liked, and I pulled it into it the new theme, which became kind of a hybrid. I really enjoyed that," he told 891 ABC Adelaide (via MovieWeb). So, keep your ears out for that. In the meantime, Ultron takes center stage in the latest poster for this Marvel movie. If he wasn't hellbent on destroying the superhero team, maybe he could be the first robot supermodel. 'Age Of Ultron' arrives on May 1st. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Back in March 2014, we reported that Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World composer Brian Tyler has been set to provide the score for the Marvel Phase Two sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron. Some fans may have been a bit disappointed, though, since that meant composer Alan Silvestri, who created the iconic Avengers theme in Marvel's The Avengers, wouldn't be back for the sequel. When Marvel unveiled the official poster last month, it was revealed that Danny Elfman was credited with creating "additional music" for the sequel, and during an interview with 891 ABC Adelaide, the composer revealed he is actually reworking Alan Silvestri's original Avengers theme. Here's what he had to say below.
"I was doing the same thing actually just last week because I've contributed music to the new Avengers movie. I took part of Alan Silvestri's theme on the original [movie], which I really liked, and »
It's been known for quite some time now that Avengers: Age of Ultron will be scored by Brian Tyler (Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World) instead of the original composer Alan Silvistri. However, it wasn't known until late last month that four-time Academy Award-nominated composer Danny Elfman (Batman and Spider-Man) will be "contributing additional music" to the hotly-anticipated Marvel sequel. Elfman recently spoke with 891 ABC Adelaide about re-imagining other people's scores which led to him discussing Age of Ultron. "I was doing the same thing actually just last week because I've contributed music to the new Avengers movie," revealed the composer. "I took part of Alan Silvestri's theme on the original [movie], which I really liked, and I pulled it into it new theme, which became kind of a hybrid. I really enjoyed that." So, despite new composers coming on board to score Avengers: Age of Ultron, it seems »
It’s the second go-round at tapping fans. The documentary received $45,000 from Kickstarter in 2013, touting the film as being told from the viewpoint of the DeLorean Time Machine.
“Put simply, it’s the ultimate documentary related to the ‘Back to the Future’ trilogy,” said filmmaker Jason Aron. “It’s a film that digs deep into what these movies have meant to our culture. It’s not a simple ‘making of’ documentary, but rather one which explores the incredible, lasting resonance of the trilogy through the eyes of cast members and crew of the films, as well as some of the ultimate fans of the trilogy. Plus, the DeLorean Time Machine itself, of course.”
- Dave McNary
Of all the older movies currently getting the remake, reboot, prequel or sequel treatment, we're surprised that Back to the Future hasn't yet been called upon to sacrifice itself to the reboot gods. Time travel is hot these days (see: Looper, Hot Tub Time Machine, Project Alamanac), but Back to the Future -- and its subsequent two sequels -- remains untouched, as if the movie overlords have deemed it a historical landmark or something. But those of you itching for more Back to the Future or new Back to the Future may actually get your wish... kind of. Yes, there's a musical that might be in the works, but long before that ever takes serious shape we have news that Back to the Future composer Alan Silvestri has added 15 minutes of new music to his iconic score for a...
- Erik Davis
Film composer to write 15 minutes of additional music for a performance by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff) and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (Rsno) are to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Eiff’s UK premiere of time travel classic Back To The Future with a screening this summer.
This presentation will include a newly expanded score by Silvestri with approximately 15 minutes of additional music being prepared by the composer.
The special screening will mark the start of a programme to celebrate Eiff’s heritage and legacy over the past 70 years.
New Eiff artistic director Mark Adams said: “This live event will delight and enthral in equal measure. As well as being a major event in its own right, this also marks »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Marty! You’ve got to come back with me!
2015 marks the 30th anniversary of the beloved Back to the Future and Edinburgh Film Festival have teamed up with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra to present a screening of the movie with a live orchestral score. Check out the press release:
Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff) and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (Rsno) are celebrating the 30th anniversary of Eiff’s UK Premiere of Robert Zemeckis’ legendary Back To The Future in 1985, accompanied by Alan Silvestri’s dazzling score performed live by the Rsno, on Saturday 27 June at the Festival Theatre Edinburgh.
Fans old and new will experience the thrill of Back To The Future like never before – on the big screen with a full symphony orchestra. This presentation will include a newly expanded score by Alan Silvestri with approximately 15 minutes of additional music being prepared by the composer.
Tickets will »
- Luke Owen
We've now reached the year in which the future portions of Back To The Future Part II take place, and it's also the thirtieth anniversary of the original film. To mark both those auspicious landmarks, production of an exhaustive documentary has been underway for a while. As it approaches its home stretch, here's a new trailer for Back In Time to give us a taste of what's been happening.Jason Aron is the director, with Lee Leshen the producer. The pair have assembled an impressive cast of talking heads from the trilogy, including Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Claudia Wells, director Robert Zemeckis, producer Bob Gale, composer Alan Silvestri, and enthusiasts such as Community's Dan Harmon. Sadly there's no sign of Crispin Glover, but that was probably to be expected...Along with the making-of stories, the film also examines the fan culture that's built up around the »
The definitive Back to The Future documentary finally has a release date and a trailer! Back in Time will arrive for fans in October 2015, the exact time Marty McFly traveled to in Back to the Future Part II. Directed by Jason Aron, the film not only delves into the making of this classic sci-fi trilogy, but it also catches up with the stars, crew and a lot of the famous fans the films helped to inspire.
Back in Time delves deep into what these three movies have meant to our culture. It's not a simple "making of" documentary, but rather one which explores the incredible, lasting resonance of the trilogy through the eyes of such important contributors as stars Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson. We also get to hear from co-creator Bob Gale and composer Alan Silvestri. Superfans that contributed to the documentary include Community creator Dan Harmon »
Just in time for the 30th anniversary of the original Back to the Future, a new documentary will be coming this fall called Back in Time. The film was Kickstarted in October of 2014 after just having landed an interview with Christopher Lloyd, but since then, they've also landed several other big interviews with co-stars Michael J. Fox and Lea Thompson, director Robert Zemeckis, writer Bob Gale, composer Alan Silvestri and more. But now the documentary needs a little funding to get finished since the size and scope of the film has become bigger than they imagined, and if you need convincing, there's a trailer. Watch! Here's the trailer for the Back to the Future documentary Back in Time from Kickstarter (via SlashFilm): And here's the cool poster for Jason Aron's promising documentary: And if you're just anxious to see this film, it will premiere this fall. More specifically, »
- Ethan Anderton
The World Soundtrack Awards will celebrate its 15th anniversary by feteing one of the most brilliant film composers of his generation, also known for his scores of Back To The Future and Forrest Gump.
The Brussels Philharmonic will perform the compelling scores by Alan Silvestri, conducted by Dirk Brossé and accompanied by film fragments on the big screen. The traditional film music concert will be held during the second part of the World Soundtrack Awards. The WSAwards will once again be the festive closing event of the 42nd Film Fest Gent.
With his percussion driven scores and arrangements one can only compare with roller coasters, Alan Silvestri has emerged as one of the major Hollywood composers that broke through in the eighties. Although Silvestri has succeeded in writing successful scores »
- Michelle McCue
Film composer Alan Silvestri — best known for his work with director Robert Zemeckis on such films as “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” and “Forrest Gump” and the “Back to the Future” trilogy — will be the central honoree at the 15th Annual World Soundtrack Awards, which will close the 42nd edition of Film Fest Gent on Oct. 24 in Belgium.
As is custom, the work of Silvestri — following in the footsteps of previous Wsa honorees Angelo Badalamenti, John Barry and Cliff Martinez — will be performed by the Brussels Philharmonic, conducted by Dirk Brossé.
Silvestri first teamed with Zemeckis on their breakthrough feature, “Romancing the Stone” (1984) and subsequently collaborated on 10 additional releases, including “Death Becomes Her” (1992), “Cast Away” (2000) and “The Polar Express” (2004).
The prolific and rangy composer’s credits also include the rom-coms “Father of the Bride” (1991), “What Women Want” (2000) and “Maid in Manhattan” (2002); action blockbusters “Predator” (1987) and “The Avengers” (2012); neo-westerns “Young Guns 2” (1990) and »
- Steve Chagollan
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
I love movie and television soundtracks. I’ll often use a given soundtrack while I work, letting it fuel my writing. I can’t listen to music with lyrics in them; that interferes with my process. I’ll get themes, characters, even scenes or whole plots from the music. Soundtrack music is in service of the story that the film is trying to tell; it’s a part of the narrative, heightening the emotion that’s being invoked.
I have my own particular favorites. The composers usually have a large body of work but certain key works resonate within me – Jerry Goldsmith’s Chinatown and Patton, James Horner with Field of Dreams, Shaun Davey’s Waking Ned Devine, Elmer Bernstein’s To Kill A Mockingbird (has there ever been a more beautiful and evocative theme?) and, of course, The Magnificent Seven.
I’ve also been very fond of Alan Silvestri »
- John Ostrander
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
The International Film Music Critics Association has revealed nominations for best in movie music from 2014, and prolific composers James Newton Howard ("The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1," "Maleficent") and Alexandre Desplat ("Godzilla," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "The Imitation Game," "The Monuments Men") led the way with seven and six nominations respectively. Film score of the year contenders include just two Best Original Score Oscar nominees: "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and Hans Zimmer's "Interstellar." "The Imitation Game" and Jóhann Jóhannsson's "Theory of Everything," however, were both nominated in the drama category. "Maleficent" landed the most nominations for a film with four, while DreamWorks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon 2" picked up three (each of them another if you count composer of the year honors for Howard and John Powell respectively). Check out the full list of nominees below. Winners will be revealed on Feb. 19. And be sure »
- Kristopher Tapley
London’s Royal Albert Hall often stages live screenings of films with an orchestral accompanyment booming out the soundtrack. Last year they had The Godfather, Star Trek and even James Horner conducting Titanic live, but the promise a Back To The Future screening on its 30th anniversary with Alan Silvestri conducting certainly caught our attention. Read on.
We’ve just received the following from the Royal Albert Hall.
Set the clock to 4 July and power your DeLorean up to 88mph – Back to the Future is coming to the Royal Albert Hall for its 30th birthday, as its unforgettable score is played live and in full by a concert orchestra.
The UK premiere of Back to the Future Live in Concert will also include a very special treat for fans of the beloved time-travel film: around 15 minutes of new music written especially by original composer Alan Silvestri.
When it was first »
- Paul Heath
Back to the Future Live is coming to London's Royal Albert Hall.
The concert will celebrate thirty years since the release of the classic sci-fi film on Saturday, July 4, with a concert orchestra performing the film score in full.
Tickets are on sale now, priced from £28 - £68.80.
Lucy Noble, the Royal Albert Hall's director of events, said: "Like Marty McFly, we'll be going 30 years back in time this July, as Back to the Future makes its bow at the Royal Albert Hall.
"We can't wait to get our flux capacitors powered up for the show and, amazingly, Alan Silvestri has agreed to pen around 15 minutes' worth of new music especially for the show."
Further live movie score events »
Brooklyn mobster and prolific hit man Jimmy Conlon (Neeson), once known as The Gravedigger, has seen better days. Longtime best friend of mob boss Shawn Maguire (Harris), Jimmy, now 55, is haunted by the sins of his past—as well as a dogged police detective (D’Onofrio) who’s been one step behind Jimmy for 30 years. Lately, it seems Jimmy’s only solace can be found at the bottom of a whiskey glass.
But when Jimmy’s estranged son, »
- Michelle McCue
Flying cars, the 19th installment of the Jaws franchise and a Cubs World Series victory aside, Back to the Future Part Two managed to get a few things right about the year 2015: Video messaging, hand-less video games, the ability to watch multiple TV stations at once — one California company is even working on a hoverboard. Now, famed Nike designer Tinker Hatfield has said that he and his team are hoping to update their Nike MAGs — the tricked out shoe he designed for Michael J. Fox's character Marty McFly — with self-tying laces. »
20 items from 2015
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