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When Star Trek Into Darkness was released in May, our Sounds Like a Summer Movie series took a look at how music was used for dramatic impact — and it was used a lot. Sound mixer Will Files, who first worked with director J.J. Abrams on Cloverfield, estimates there’s music over 75 to 80 percent of the film. Once again, Abrams used longtime collaborator Michael Giacchino, who won an Oscar for scoring Up. “J.J. and Michael take a pretty classic approach to scoring a film in that it’s more about the emotional beats in a scene and trying to figure »
- Mandi Bierly
Feature Rob Kemp 15 Nov 2013 - 07:00
Most would agree, Jj Abrams has had a successful career which has gone from strength to strength. Undoubtedly, Star Wars now offers an opportunity for him to reach a creative zenith, but represents also his largest risk. His stylistic choices may not be to everyone’s tastes and he himself admits that there are elements over which he has an obsession (lens flares & secrecy) but these are still a matter of personal taste (I’m ambivalent over the former, and truly appreciate the latter). All that aside, outside his burgeoning film directing career, as an executive producer Abrams has been responsible for an incredible amount of television in a very small space of time. »
Now that Disney has confirmed that Star Wars: Episode VII is heading to theaters on December 18th, 2015, the once presumed summer spot for the film will be filled by Brad Bird's original sci-fi film Tomorrowland. Originally slated to hit theaters on December 12th next year, the film will now arrive on May 22nd, 2015. Right now the only other major release slated for that same month is The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and that's three whole weeks before then on May 1st. Opening an original sci-fi film in the battleground of summer is risky, but with names like George Clooney attached to the film, it'll be fine. If anything, this shows Disney has more faith in the film by putting it in the summer blockbuster season, despite the fact that it's not really based on a comic book, novel, TV series or previous film. The recognition of Brad Bird as director, »
- Ethan Anderton
In the world of music composers, we tend to make note of the select few elite masters of the trade. John Williams returning to the Star Wars franchise? Hell yeah. Michael Giacchino scoring Brad Bird.s Tomorrowland? We.ll take it. But Hans Zimmer.s recently announced collaboration with Pharrell Williams for the score of Marc Webb.s highly anticipated The Amazing Spider-Man 2 had us a little quizzical. And now we.re completely taken aback as a musical "supergroup" has formed for this film, according to a press release, comprised of The Smiths. legendary non-Morrissey songwriter Johnny Marr, producer and Eurythmics musician Dave Stewart, and Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger. So, does this sound like a great idea for a movie score, or a mess as chaotic as the Sgt. Pepper album cover? The news was announced by Sony Pictures. Worldwide Music president Lia Vollack, who said "this kind of »
As with anything Star Wars related, the rumors are flying fast and heavy about Star Wars: Rebels. This time, they’re about who might score the TV series, with names like Michael Giacchino, J.J. Abrams, and John Williams being bandied about. Also after the jump: Seth Green explains what’s happening with Star Wars: Detours Peek at a viral recruitment site for Sienar [...] »
- Angie Han
Review Mark Harrison 18 Oct 2013 - 07:41
Mark takes a spoiler-free look at Pixar's Toy Story Of Terror!, airing on Sky Movies in the UK on the 27th of October...
While rumours abound that a fourth Toy Story feature is still on the cards, Pixar Animation Studios has found another, very successful outlet for their most beloved characters. 2010's Toy Story 3 wrapped up a pretty much perfect trilogy, but Woody, Buzz and the rest of Bonnie's toys have carried on in a series of hugely enjoyable Toy Story Toons.
Now, just in time for Halloween, they're the stars of Pixar's first TV special, Toy Story Of Terror! Bonnie and her mother are forced to stop off in the SleepWell motel during an overnight drive, while the toys are kept awake by a horror movie, and by Mr Pricklepants' disturbingly accurate comparisons between their situation and the classic dramatic structure of that genre. »
Breezily bringing the “Toy Story” franchise to TV as a half-hour Halloween special, “Toy Story of Terror!” makes deft use of the existing characters and introduces a few new ones. Although billed as Pixar’s first TV adventure, mastermind John Lasseter’s paw prints were all over the delightful “Prep & Landing” specs, and this small-scale use of the studio’s signature property is equally tinsel. Featuring first-rate animation and the existing vocal cast, holidays would be happier if ABC could persuade its corporate sibling to synergistically provide several more of these.
The story finds the toys and their new owner taking a trip, only to have car trouble force them to spend the night in a roadside motel. Yet when one of their number disappears, they’re treated to a Mwa-ha-ha lesson in the tropes of horror movies from Mr. Pricklepants (Timothy Dalton, again riotous), before they begin to realize »
- Brian Lowry
Each one of composer Michael Giacchino's movie scores took a lifetime to write. Be it the forties French jazz of Ratatouille, the hyperactive pulsation of Speed Racer, the retro-futuristic adventure ballads of Star Trek, or the unexpected melancholia of Up, Giacchino's orchestral sounds aren't just logical responses to a picture. They're the culmination of the composer's vast pop culture memory, and when Giacchino starts banging out the notes that will eventually comprise the score to a movie like The Incredibles, he's tapping into his affection for film and letting it pour. Vulture talked to Giacchino about the instincts, inspirations, and instrumentals that helped him discover the sounds of his feature film work. How did he know that arrangement at that moment would work that well? Here's a look back at Giacchino's finest big-screen moments and the composing lessons they each illustrate. (Oh and one small-screen lesson from Lost because »
- Matt Patches
.@ConorMeechan1: @BradBirdA113 @DamonLindelof Hey Brad, who will be scoring Tomorrowland?. @m_giacchino, of course!. Brad Bird (@BradBirdA113) October 1, 2013 They.re not exactly Steven Spielberg and John Williams, but composer Michael Giacchino has a deep and lasting professional relationship with Brad Bird, so it.s very little surprise that he.ll be doing the music for the director.s next feature, Tomorrowland. As you can see, Bird confirmed the news on his own Twitter feed. .Of course!. he proclaimed. You see? It.s obvious to everyone. And it should be. They worked together on Bird.s Mission Impossible sequel, Ghost Protocol: On the Pixar animated smash Ratatouille: As well as The Incredibles. So yes, they clearly are very familiar with each other and their work habits. For Tomorrowland, Giacchino will have to score what exists as a mysterious project to us (at least). We know that Bird is working »
If there was ever a man to write the perfect emotive movie composition, then I believe Michael Giacchino is very high up the list. He’s the man behind that heartbreaking opening score to Up, then in Star Trek he got you unexpectedly when James T Kirk arrived into the world and do you remember the slow-mo they all met up on the beach in ‘Lost‘ and Sun and Jin met up after a long break? Yeah, that was Giacchino *wipes happy tear* to name but a few.
But before we get all emotional, Brad Bird has signed up the composer for Tomorrowland, the mysterious new project from Walt Disney. The film stars George Clooney, Judy Greer, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie, Tim McGraw and goes with this official synopsis:
Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to »
- Dan Bullock
Briefly: Though this will come as no surprise to most cinephiles, it's at least good to confirm. After collaborating previously on The Incredibles, Ratatouille and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, composer Michael Giacchino will reateam with director Brad Bird to compose the score for his original sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland at Walt Disney Pictures. Giacchino is coming off Star Trek Into Darkness, and with John Williams returning to score Star Wars: Episode VII, he wont be reteaming with director J.J. Abrams for that sci-fi venture. We'll be hearing plenty more of Giacchino's music since he's also scoring Dawn of the Planet of the Apes for Matt Reeves and Jupiter Ascending for Andy and Lana Wachowski. »
- Ethan Anderton
Production began last month on Brad Bird’s new film, Tomorrowland. Per the synopsis: “Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen (Britt Robertson) bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor (George Clooney) jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as “Tomorrowland.” Today, Bird announced on Twitter that he’s reteaming with composer Michael Giacchino for Tomorrowland. Giacchino has scored all of Bird’s movies except for The Iron Giant, and I’m glad the director and composer will be working together again. Tomorrowland is the latest blockbuster on Giacchino’s agenda. He’s also scoring the 2014 movies Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Jupiter Ascending. Tomorrowland opens December 12, 2014. »
- Matt Goldberg
Looking for some kid friendly horror for this Halloween season. Toy Story of Terror might be the perfect choice for the little ones. Toy Story of Terror is a Halloween TV special that will air on October 16 2013 on ABC.at 8pm. The short is directed by Angus MacLane and produced by Galyn Susman. The score wis composed by Michael Giacchino. Synopsis What starts out as a fun road trip for the Toy Story gang takes an unexpected turn for the worse when the trip detours to a roadside motel. After one of the toys goes missing the others find themselves caught up in a mysterious sequence of events that must be solved before they all suffer the same fate in this »
Frequent J.J. Abrams collaborator Michael Giacchino must be absolutely gutted that he’s not working on the score for the planned Star Wars Episode VII, VIII and IX (John Williams is confirmed to return to the composer’s desk for the new sequels), but at least he’s got a sense of humour about it, as this video shows.
Accompanied by Parks & Recreation‘s Ben Schwartz on ‘vocals,’ Giacchino invents a new version of the classic Imperial March from the original movie at his piano at home, and the results are nothing short of marvellous.
Take a look at this:
- Paul Heath
Like something out of Entertainment 720, the duo added lyrics to the tune just because they can.
“Where are the wars in the stars?” Schwartz croons in a low baritone as Giacchino plays the melody. “Where are the wars? Where are the wars?”
Unfortunately, J.J. Abrams was “not interested,” Schwartz writes in the video description, but you can check out their moving performance below. And cut them some slack for the »
- Shirley Li
Pixar movies have always had a way of connecting in a big way, even if the main character is a rat or a toy. It's no secret that the animation studio is a fine-tuned machine, and they not long ago published their storytelling rules. Now redditor dinoignacio has laid them out in clean images.
Also, watch the fan film that has people talking today in Dailies!
Oscar winning composer @m_giacchino and I update the Imperial March for the new Star Wars films- http://t.co/BJi3NTY7Ji
— Ben Schwartz (@rejectedjokes) September 16, 2013
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- Kevin P. Sullivan
Just because legendary original "Star Wars" composer John Williams has committed to once again taking to the keys (and strings and majestic horns and stuff probably) for the upcoming J.J. Abrams-helmed new films doesn't mean the book is totally closed on space-related orchestrations. After all, Michael Giacchino, whose work soundtracked both of Abrams' "Star Trek" reboot installments and his hit TV show "Lost," has a little time on his hands.
Enter Ben Schwartz, a.k. Jean-Ralphio. Giacchino and Schwartz took to the piano for an, um, alternative update on Williams' well-known "Imperial March" piece (yes, you know, dunn dunnn dunnnnnnn dun-da-dun dun da-dunnnn). Just...watch the above clip and you'll see what we mean.
Just because Giacchino is willing to mess with tradition a little, though, doesn't mean Williams should sleep with one eye open looking for the younger composed. Giacchino says that he's had his share of space »
- Kase Wickman
Director J.J. Abrams’ phenomenal global sensation Star Trek Into Darkness makes its highly-anticipated debut on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD and On Demand on September 10, 2013 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Guests included director J.J. Abrams, stars Leonard Nimoy (“Spock Prime”), Simon Pegg (“Scotty”), John Cho (“Sulu”), Alice Eve (“Carol”), Peter Weller (“Admiral Marcus”), Bruce Greenwood (“Pike”),Nazneen Contractor (“Rima Harewood”), Deep Roy (“Keenser”) and composer, Michael Giacchino as well as celebrity “Trek” fans including Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild), Bar Paly (Pain & Gain) and Gabby Douglas (Gymnast, Olympic Champion). Director J.J. Abrams spoke about The Mission Continues, an organization that assists returning veterans to find meaningful ways to contribute on the »
- Pietro Filipponi
"You just want people to have fun and be surprised." So says Michael Giacchino when explaining the incredible secrecy kept surrounding the character being played by Benedict Cumberbatch in Star Trek Into Darkness." In our chat with Giacchino at the "Into Darkness" DVD release party, as you can see above, the composer describes the great length they went to, even when scoring the film, to not reveal the truth behind John Harrison. Giacchino is apparently so well trained that even after the secret was revealed he still found it difficult to give Harrison's true name when talking about the movie. »
- Josh Lasser
For years, I have railed against how often Paramount Pictures demonstrates their lack of understanding their Star Trek fans. One misguided decision after another dating back to the 1970s builds a fairly convincing case. The latest misfire is the release pattern to Star Trek Into Darkness, out on disc this week. In case you missed it, the combo pack includes the Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy we have all come to expect. You do get Bonus Materail on the Blu-ray disc, but it’s a mere 42 minutes of fairly perfunctory material, discussed a little later. On the other hand, there’s roughly another 60 minutes of features plus an audio commentary that exists but you have to be willing to buy retailer exclusive editions to get them or download the film from iTunes. Hopefully the outcry from consumers and failure to ignite massive sales to fans who must have everything will »
- Robert Greenberger
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