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Arcade Fire keeps lining up TV gigs in anticipation of their new album, “Reflektor.”
The band’s new album, “Reflektor,” is out Oct. 29.
- Variety Staff
The 39th season premiere of NBC‘s Saturday Night Live, with host Tina Fey and musical guest Arcade Fire, scored the highest adult 18-49 rating for an SNL debut in three years and delivered the biggest overall audience for a season opener in two years, NBC said today. This is damning with some pretty faint praise, given that last year’s SNL season debut was a total ratings write-off — not because Seth MacFarlane hosted, mind you, but because NBC decided to debut SNL early (September 15) so it could start in on those election year plug-a-Thursday-hole Weekend Update specials as fast as possible, only people didn’t seem so ready to start their new SNL season. The end result was a 2.2 demo rating and 6.0 million viewers. Anyway, this year’s season opener drew a 2.4/10 in the demo and 6.5 million viewers overall. Demo-wise, it’s better than 2012 and 2011, but not better than »
- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist
As BBC4 launches a new series on the sound of cinema, we'd like to hear from you about the film soundtracks that mean the most to you
• Read more: Neil Brand on the secret art of the film soundtrack
Writing in the Guardian this week, Neil Brand, presenter of BBC4's Sound of Cinema, says: "Most memorable movie music announces itself, whether with the blast of trumpets that begins Star Wars or the low, febrile string notes that usher in Jaws; whether the electronic hammer blows of Blade Runner or the unexpectedly lyrical solo piano that opens the Coen brothers' True Grit. These are the pieces we remember, the stuff we can hum along to, so engrained in us that it seems to have existed for ever."
The BBC, as part of it's Sounds of Cinema season, is currently polling listeners to find the greatest ever soundtrack, with a shortlist »
The BBC has launched a poll across its TV and radio stations to find the greatest ever movie soundtrack.
BBC Radio 1's Rhianna Dillon, BBC Radio 2's Simon Mayo, BBC Radio 3's Matthew Sweet, Francine Stock from BBC Radio 4, Mary Anne Hobbs from BBC Radio 6music, Tommy Sandhu from Asian Network and film music conductor Robert Ziegler have joined forces to choose the 20-strong shortlist.
Voting is open now on the BBC website and closes at midnight on Friday, September 20.
The results will be announced and played live by the BBC Concert Orchestra on Friday, September 27 at 2pm and will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
The poll is part of the BBC's Sound of Cinema season, which starts today with the broadcast of the first of a three-part BBC Four series Sound of Cinema: The Music That Made The Movies.
It is presented by Neil Brand and airs at 9pm. »
Feature 13 Sep 2013 - 07:20
As autumn draws in, film music fans are set for a dream couple of months. Danny Elfman has a concert at the Royal Albert Hall, Michael Nyman is set to perform at the London Film Festival and Neil Brand is leading a BBC4 series starting Thursday 12th September called Sound Of Cinema, which looks fantastic.
To top it all off, September also sees the release of some diverse, decent and downright unique soundtracks. Here are three that have wormed their way into my earholes.
When watching Ron Howard’s F1 drama, the first thing you notice, before you even see a car, is the sound: the roar of an engine as the vehicles scream round the bend and burn tire tracks in your ears. »
Comparing the work of fledgling film-makers to the sacred cows of the past rarely does them any favours, but writer-director David Lowery's second feature is so firmly grounded in the soil of Terrence Malick's Badlands, Robert Altman's McCabe & Mrs Miller and Arthur Penn's Bonnie and Clyde that it seems impolite not to acknowledge their influence from the outset. Set in the ethereal terrain of 1970s Texas Hill Country, and shot in the nostalgic natural light of a seemingly eternal magic hour, this beautiful, if somewhat self-aware, cinematic ballad sings of a doomed romance between two young outlaws, separated in the opening act by capture which leaves him behind bars and her holding the baby.
Facing 25-to-life after taking the rap for shooting a lawman, Bob Muldoon (Casey Affleck »
- Mark Kermode
This week HitFix is revisiting some of the key turning points in recent entertainment history and considering what would have happened if history had turned a bit differently. What if...? By the time Radiohead had prepared and released their October 2007 album “In Rainbows,” the band had released six albums prior. All but one reached platinum status and they’d earned three top 3 albums on The Billboard 200. Radiohead had split with their record home Emi after 2003’s “Hail to the Thief” and yet continued to dominate on tour. Various members including Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood had also released solo »
While there are more than enough horror and genre films that do the trick of scaring the living crap out of us, sometimes films outside of that box do it just as effectively. A couple of us Icons of Fright staffers decided to share with you fright fiends, some movies that aren’t horror films, but are quite intense all the same. Read on!
There Will Be Blood (2007)
There’s something about Pt Anderson’s very loose adaption of Upton Sinclair’s Oil! that freaks me the hell out. Does it have a masked killer walking around, slaughtering nubile teens?, nope. It is also without about 90% of other elements that typically give me an upset feeling after watching it. Instead it relies on a combination of one of the best performances of all time (yeah, I said that) and a Very unsettling score masterfully done by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, »
It's been more than a decade since the 1990s ended, yet the Internet can't seem to go a day without a reminder of the neon slap bracelets that may have been banned from your school.
Yes, we get it. Times are tough and there's comfort in reflection, but enough is enough.
Below, a final goodbye to the 90s to end the nostalgia once and for all. (We're not kidding. There are 1990 items below.)
2. "The Wild Thornberries"
3. Dawson and Joey
5. Mr. Feeny
7. MTV playing music videos
9. The premiere of "Freaks and Geeks"
10. Levar Burton
13. "The Powerpuff Girls"
14. "Smart Guy"
15. Comedy Central globe logo with buildings
16. "The X-Files"
17. Rosie O'Donnell
18. Bill Nye
19. "Dawson's Creek"
20. The Mighty Ducks"
21. "Are You Afraid of the Dark"
23. Rachel Green
24. Tim Allen
25. "All That"
26. "Beverly Hills 90210"
27. "Step by Step"
28. "The Ren & Stimpy Show"
29. "The Famous Jett Jackson"
30. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer »
- The Huffington Post
Gather your money together Radiohead fans: In September, a 9-song demo from Radiohead will go on the auction block. The cassette from the band, when it was known as On a Friday, and before Jonny Greenwood joined the group, goes up for sale on Sept. 14 by Omega Auctions in Stockport, England. Recorded with Thom Yorke and his bandmates were still in high school in 1986, the demo features such tracks as “Girl (In the Purple Dress)” and “Mountains (On The Move),” as well as “Lemming Trail” and “Lock The Door.” Omega expects the cassette to go for at least $1,500, »
The past few years have seen many musicians trying their hand at scoring movies -- Daft Punk, Trent Reznor and Jonny Greenwood, among others -- but it’s a trend that extends past the current crop of critically-acclaimed musician-turned-film-composers. In 1988, Peter Gabriel provided the score for Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of the controversial “The Last Temptation Of Christ” -- it was his second score after the little-seen “Birdy” -- and now it looks like the Genesis founding member is going back to the world of religion for his next scoring gig. THR is reporting that Gabriel will compose the score for the religious-themed anthology film “Words of Gods.” Produced by Alex Garcia and Guillermo Arriaga, the film will feature nine different segments directed by names like Bahman Ghobadi (“Turtles Can Fly,” "No One Knows About Persian Cats"), Emir Kusturica (“Underground”), Hideo Nakata (“Dark Water”) »
- Cain Rodriguez
By the time he brought Revelation upon Los Angeles in the form of frog rain, Paul Thomas Anderson had already achieved a level of formal and thematic completeness in his body of work which is rare for any director, let alone one with only three films and thirty years of life behind him. Comparisons to prior masters were abundant: Anderson applied the restless dynamism of Scorsese’s roving camera and propulsive editing to Altman-esque ensemble narratives. He enfolded Jean Renoir’s empathetic view of human nature in playful, flamboyant set-pieces worthy of Orson Welles. And indeed Anderson’s earliest work, particularly “Boogie Nights” (1997), is arguably marred at times by a too-obvious impulse to both flaunt these influences and to do them one better. The development of his varied style, assembled at a young age from diverse antecedents, toward an apex in the divisive go-for-broke epic “Magnolia” (1999), reflected his own version »
- Jack Welch
So Game of Thrones sent the internet into a bit of a tizzy this past week - the reaction to latest episode 'The Rains of Castamere' was pretty extreme, with fantasy fans the world over going into meltdown over the brutal events of the Red Wedding...
To 'celebrate' George R R Martin's wanton cruelty, this week's Friday Fiver counts off a quintet of television's darkest, most shocking moments - those scenes that, in true Joey from Friends fashion, left us with a strong desire to place our DVD box-sets in the freezer...
Friday Fiver - Lost, The Sopranos: TV's Most Controversial Series Finales
Friday Fiver - Arrested Development stars pick the show's 5 Greatest Moments
Spooks - Helen gets deep-fat-fried
Although the show's setting plays host to a whole lotta murders, in reality, we still dream of visiting Florida's Glades!
Jordan Wall's Gotta Getaway Playlist
1. When I Come Around - Green Day
Favorite song by my favorite band. It was the first music video I ever saw, really welcoming me into the whole MTV generation. The repetitive riff in the track is so simple, yet so intoxicating, reeling you right in within the opening seconds.
The perfect blend of melody and lyric, which never fails to affect me on some level no matter how many times I listen to it. It is the ultimate example of music and poetry being linked »
Much has been made of Jay-z’s involvement with Baz Lurhmann’s epic adaptation of The Great Gatsby. The music mogul has never before lent his name or his talents to a project in this way before (we’re not counting his “inspired by” American Gangster album). Despite the hype, this soundtrack collaboration is fundamentally safe (if seemingly off to a fast start on the charts.). Not only is The Great Gatsby a tent-pole blockbuster with an above-the-title director and major A-list talent, it’s a grandiose celebration of New York jazz age glamour and excess — which in some ways, »
- Lindsey Bahr
At first glance, the title of director Michael Haneke's award-winning Amour (2012, Artificial Eye, 12) appears ironic. Surely the stern maestro behind Funny Games, The Piano Teacher and The White Ribbon couldn't have made a film about love? Yet as it meditates upon the stark physical realities of the end of life, this extraordinary piece explores what it really means to stand by someone in sickness and in health, till death us do part.
Jean-Louis Trintignant is devoted husband Georges, whose captivatingly cultured wife, Anne (Bafta winner Emmanuelle Riva), is gradually robbed of her memory, her speech, her movement and perhaps her very personality. Dismissing the professional "carers" who see only the drooling present, not the proud past, Georges resolves to see this through alone, to the horror of his daughter (Isabelle Huppert), whose reasons for insisting that her »
- Mark Kermode
Most directors can't get away with cutting together their deleted scenes into a standalone montage, nor should they. Deleted scenes on Blu-ray releases are most often graveyards of overwritten ideas, redundant bits of dialogue or tangents for the story that, for one reason or another, couldn't fit into the final product. Hitting the "play all" button can feel like watching the world's weirdest sketch comedy show, snippets of ideas vaguely related to the movie in question. But for the most part these features are curios, intended for the film's fans and just about nobody else. The Master, last year's beguiling gem from Paul Thomas Anderson, is the exception to most rules, and its deleted scenes are too. Cut together by Anderson, complete with music from Jonny Greenwood and a few period-appropriate songs, the scenes have been perfectly described as a kind of B-side to The Master, a companion that echoes »
Interview Andrew Blair 13 Mar 2013 - 07:00
There are many memorable images in the shows of Gerry Anderson, and it is nearly impossible to disassociate these from the incidental music supplied by composer Barry Gray. From The Adventures of Twizzle to Space: 1999, Gray was an instrumental part of AP Films/Century 21 Productions, contributing story ideas, incidental and theme music.
Stingray's opening titles are, as previously discussed, spectacular. Typically for a Gray composition, it's brass and percussion heavy, and catchier than influenza. The March of the Thunderbirds and other pieces are played by brass bands and orchestra’s to this day. On top of this, his interest in electronica resulted in his producing effects and music for the Amicus film Dr. Who and the Daleks, utilising ring modulaters and an obscure »
Let's get right to it: Does Justin Timberlake's comeback album live up to the near-impossible expectations? Yes and no. If you are looking for this to be another Justified or FutureSex/LoveSounds, it's not. While those albums were more about instant-gratification pop, The 20/20 Experience - now streaming on iTunes ahead of its March 19 release - is the more challenging vision of an artist creating a cohesive work rather than a collection of singles. Most songs stretch out for more than seven minutes, taking interesting twists and dissolving into cool codas that wouldn't make the radio edits. With lush, layered »
- Chuck Arnold
The wait is over: Justin Timberlake's entire album is available for streaming in iTunes.
"The 20/20 Experience" starts off with the lush, orchestral intro of "Pusher Lover Girl," which you may have already heard. Those pre-ordering the album were also able to download "Mirrors," another track off the disc, now.
The album, Timberlake's first since 2006's "Future Sex/Love Sounds," is set for a Mar. 19 release. The tracklist is available below the following gallery.
Timberlake took over "SNL" on Saturday, ably hosting and performing as the night's featured musical guest. He and rapper Jay-z will embark on a Legends of the Summer arena tour in a few months. Jay-z appears on "Suit & Tie," the first single off "The 20/20 Experience."
At first listen, a number of songs offer what fans of Timbaland would expect: A great deal of bold drum work reminiscent of the producer's work on Timberlake's "My Love," with »
- The Huffington Post
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