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‘Godfather of Disco’ Giorgio Moroder on Scoring ‘Tron’ and Other New Forays Into Soundtracks

13 June 2016 5:46 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

“Godfather of disco” Giorgio Moroder, 76, has been really busy since the release in 2013 of Daft Punk album “Random Access Memories,” featuring his spoken word contribution in a tribute track titled “Giorgio by Moroder.” It generated his fourth Grammy, a globetrotting tour as a superstar disk spinner, and a solo album titled “Deja Vu,” released in 2015. More recently Moroder also revived his glorious career as a soundtrack composer, co-creating the music for Disney’s “Tron Run/r” videogame and for USA network’s TV series “Queen of the South,” set to go on air this summer in America. With current composing partner Raney Schokne, Moroder is also working on the soundtrack for Walter Hill’s upcoming gender reassignment thriller “Tomboy,” which stars Michelle Rodriguez as a male hitman who falls in the hands of a rogue surgeon – played by Sigourney Weaver – who turns him into a woman. He’s also got a new solo album in the works.

Moroder, who was honored on Friday at the American Academy in Rome with a McKim Medal, spoke to Variety about his new forays into crafting soundtracks and the latest twists in his career.

I think ‘Tron’ was the first time you scored a videogame. Was it a challenge?

It’s actually a lot easier than a movie. Because the tracks are a lot shorter. I can compose – say – fifteen-seconds of music; then we do about twenty different mixes of that piece, which the guy who is editing the game can use. It’s all very fast. And you don’t need to watch the visuals while you are composing, because you can’t do anything directly yourself anyway. I’m not saying it’s that easy, but it’s quite different. Also, initially the new ‘Tron’ videogame pieces were short, but then we made them longer. We made eight or nine three-or-four minute tracks.

Can you tell me about ‘Queen of the South’?

It’s about dirt poor Mexican woman who becomes a drug-smuggling queen. She goes from Mexico to Texas and becomes a Scarface-like drug lord character, sort of like a female El Chapo. It has some similarities with Mexican telenovela ‘La Reina Del Sur,’ which starred Kate del Castillo, the actress who was with Sean Penn when he interviewed El Chapo, so I guess it’s all interconnected.

I believe this was your first time scoring a TV series. What was the work like? 

The production sort of wanted the sound and fast rhythm I created in the 1970’s on songs like Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love,” and also Blondie’s “Call Me.” They also really liked my 1980’s work on the “Scarface” soundtrack. Initially I thought to myself: ‘I would have gone for a different sound.’ But now I’m really happy with the way Raney [Schokne] and I did it.

What can you tell me about working on Walter Hill’s ‘Tomboy’?

I met Walter Hill when he produced “Alien.” Right now “Tomboy” is one of my main projects. I’m working on it with Raney Shockne and we are almost done, but I can’t tell you more.

What’s your other main project?

I’m working on a new single with Windy Wagner, which I will be releasing after I finish my dj tour in September. It will be the first single from my next album.

What are the movie soundtracks you’ve done that you are most fond of? 

Well, I haven’t done that many. “Midnight Express” was all synth. It was my first film and is still the closest to my heart because, aside the fact that I won an Oscar for it, I had no idea what Alan Parker wanted. He never told me, so I did pretty much what I wanted. “Scarface” was a great film for me. But there are two really standout films for me. One is the theme I wrote for “Flashdance,” because it encapsulates a complete body of music. The lyrics are good, Irene Cara who sang it, was amazing. It was released before the movie, and it helped the movie. The other is “Take My Breath Away” [from “Top Gun”], that’s the one I like the most from a purely musical standpoint.

How does it feel at your age, to spin discs for such huge crowds?

I really like it. I’ve always wanted to be a performing artist, but my voice wasn’t that great. And I was also afraid of performing. So I never really pursued it. But now I’m not nervous at all. The great thing about it is around 70 percent of the tracks I play are my own, including some new tracks.

Your works have been remixed and covered so much. What’s your favorite redo of ‘I Feel Love’ besides the Donna Summer version?

I love the way violinist Vanessa Mae covered ‘I Feel Love,’ it’s certainly one of my favorite remixes of that song

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- Nick Vivarelli

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‘Godfather of Disco’ Giorgio Moroder on Scoring ‘Tron’ and Other New Forays Into Soundtracks

13 June 2016 5:46 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Godfather of disco” Giorgio Moroder, 76, has been really busy since the release in 2013 of Daft Punk album “Random Access Memories,” featuring his spoken word contribution in a tribute track titled “Giorgio by Moroder.” It generated his fourth Grammy, a globetrotting tour as a superstar disk spinner, and a solo album titled “Deja Vu,” released in 2015. More recently Moroder also revived his glorious career as a soundtrack composer, co-creating the music for Disney’s “Tron Run/r” videogame and for USA network’s TV series “Queen of the South,” set to go on air this summer in America. With current composing partner Raney Schokne, Moroder is also working on the soundtrack for Walter Hill’s upcoming gender reassignment thriller “Tomboy,” which stars Michelle Rodriguez as a male hitman who falls in the hands of a rogue surgeon – played by Sigourney Weaver – who turns him into a woman. He’s also got a new solo album in the works.

Moroder, who was honored on Friday at the American Academy in Rome with a McKim Medal, spoke to Variety about his new forays into crafting soundtracks and the latest twists in his career.

I think ‘Tron’ was the first time you scored a videogame. Was it a challenge?

It’s actually a lot easier than a movie. Because the tracks are a lot shorter. I can compose – say – fifteen-seconds of music; then we do about twenty different mixes of that piece, which the guy who is editing the game can use. It’s all very fast. And you don’t need to watch the visuals while you are composing, because you can’t do anything directly yourself anyway. I’m not saying it’s that easy, but it’s quite different. Also, initially the new ‘Tron’ videogame pieces were short, but then we made them longer. We made eight or nine three-or-four minute tracks.

Can you tell me about ‘Queen of the South’?

It’s about dirt poor Mexican woman who becomes a drug-smuggling queen. She goes from Mexico to Texas and becomes a Scarface-like drug lord character, sort of like a female El Chapo. It has some similarities with Mexican telenovela ‘La Reina Del Sur,’ which starred Kate del Castillo, the actress who was with Sean Penn when he interviewed El Chapo, so I guess it’s all interconnected.

I believe this was your first time scoring a TV series. What was the work like? 

The production sort of wanted the sound and fast rhythm I created in the 1970’s on songs like Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love,” and also Blondie’s “Call Me.” They also really liked my 1980’s work on the “Scarface” soundtrack. Initially I thought to myself: ‘I would have gone for a different sound.’ But now I’m really happy with the way Raney [Schokne] and I did it.

What can you tell me about working on Walter Hill’s ‘Tomboy’?

I met Walter Hill when he produced “Alien.” Right now “Tomboy” is one of my main projects. I’m working on it with Raney Shockne and we are almost done, but I can’t tell you more.

What’s your other main project?

I’m working on a new single with Windy Wagner, which I will be releasing after I finish my dj tour in September. It will be the first single from my next album.

What are the movie soundtracks you’ve done that you are most fond of? 

Well, I haven’t done that many. “Midnight Express” was all synth. It was my first film and is still the closest to my heart because, aside the fact that I won an Oscar for it, I had no idea what Alan Parker wanted. He never told me, so I did pretty much what I wanted. “Scarface” was a great film for me. But there are two really standout films for me. One is the theme I wrote for “Flashdance,” because it encapsulates a complete body of music. The lyrics are good, Irene Cara who sang it, was amazing. It was released before the movie, and it helped the movie. The other is “Take My Breath Away” [from “Top Gun”], that’s the one I like the most from a purely musical standpoint.

How does it feel at your age, to spin discs for such huge crowds?

I really like it. I’ve always wanted to be a performing artist, but my voice wasn’t that great. And I was also afraid of performing. So I never really pursued it. But now I’m not nervous at all. The great thing about it is around 70 percent of the tracks I play are my own, including some new tracks.

Your works have been remixed and covered so much. What’s your favorite redo of ‘I Feel Love’ besides the Donna Summer version?

I love the way violinist Vanessa Mae covered ‘I Feel Love,’ it’s certainly one of my favorite remixes of that song

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- Nick Vivarelli

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15 Things We Learned From the 'De Palma' Documentary

9 June 2016 8:59 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

The setup to De Palma, Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow's engrossing new documentary about the life and career of controversial filmmaker Brian De Palma (opening in theaters on June 10th), couldn't be simpler: The 75-year-old director dissects most of his films and shares analyses and behind-the-scenes anecdotes in between clips. Forget talking-head testimonials from collaborators, flashy visuals or dramatic reenactments. You just get the man himself, looking back and holding court in all his verbose, insightful glory.

And that is more than enough. Known primarily for his obsession with voyeurism, »

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Shaq -- Wiggin' Out ... For 'Lip Sync Battle' (Video)

31 May 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Here's further proof Shaq will do just about anything to put a smile on your face ... donning a curly wig and doing some serious gettin' it for this week's episode of "Lip Sync Battle."  Shaq is taking on Aisha Tyler for the crown this Thursday -- and decided to recreate Jennifer Beals' iconic "Flashdance" scene for the win. Check out the clip -- Shaq's moves are Mvp worthy ... but the star of the show has to be the wig, »

- TMZ Staff

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Shaquille O'Neal Dances Like He's Never Danced Before on Lip Sync Battle

31 May 2016 7:50 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

[Youtube "0su5EBv5E1Q"] Shaquille O'Neal is a maniac in the best way! In a new sneak peek at Thursday's Lip Sync Battle, the former NBA star channels his inner Jennifer Beals for an epic performance of Maniac by Michael Sembello. In the clip, O'Neal, 44, gets sweaty while dancing in a curly brunette wig and iconic Flashdance apparel: a cutoff sweatshirt and sweatpants, leg warmers and sneakers. Sadly, he opted to not rock a unitard and or heels. He still has quite the quick feet. On Thursday, O'Neal takes on The Talk's Aisha Tyler. Lip Sync Battle airs on Thursday (10 p.m. Et) on Spike. »

- Brittany King, @brrriitttnnii

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James Corden and Gwyneth Paltrow Take Dance Class Taught by Toddlers

20 April 2016 5:54 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

If you really want to up your fitness routine, turn to toddlers. James Corden and Gwyneth Paltrow were looking to change up their regimen, so Tuesday night they finally got into a Toddlerography dance class. But they weren't without their reservations! "I heard they made Beyoncé cry," Corden warned. Then the instructor walked in—a tiny, sassy little girl dressed in a cute denim vest. Let's just say we'd be intimidated, too! She cued the music—Irene Cara's "What a Feeling" from Flashdance—and off they went. The Goop author and The Late Late Show host began sashay, twirl, pop their shoulders and thrust their hips. The instructor eventually rotated with »

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Critic-Proof: 9 Movies Other Than Batman v Superman That Overcame Bad Reviews

30 March 2016 12:50 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Last weekend, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice illustrated a longstanding truth: More often than not, reviews don't make or break a movie. A given motion picture can receive fawning praise from the top critics in the country and audiences may skip it. The same movie could just as easily get negative reviews and audiences can politely ignore them. Case in point: BvS made more than $166 million domestically during its opening weekend even though it currently has a 28 percent "fresh" rating on the movie review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes. This isn't news, of course. More than a few summer blockbusters »

- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie

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The Walking Dead on Lip Sync Battle: Watch Sonequa Martin-Green Crack the 'Whip/Nae Nae' Against Lauren Cohan

28 March 2016 7:50 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

In advance of Sunday’s hellish, Negan-revealing season finale, two of The Walking Dead‘s fiercest fighters will clash on a new playing field: Spike TV’s Lip Sync Battle.

RelatedPost Mortem: The Walking Dead‘s Norman Reedus Talks About That Cliffhanger Ending, Teases ‘Most Hardcore Finale Ever’

Sonequa Martin-Green (Sasha) and Lauren Cohan (Maggie) are trading their machetes for microphones this Thursday (Spike TV, 10/9c), and the network has released the first clip from their musical melee: Martin-Green’s colorful — seriously, that hair! — rendition of Silentó’s “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae).”

We should also discuss Cohan’s ensemble, »

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Us briefs: Frank Marshall in special CinemaCon honour

24 March 2016 | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Plus: FilmBuff picks up Us rights to ‘We The People’; Ron Perlman and Christopher Plummer join ‘Howard Lovecraft’; and more…

Frank Marshall will receive CinemaCon’s special International Filmmaker Of The Decade Award on April 11.

The producer has made Raiders Of The Lost Ark, The Color Purple, The Sixth Sense, Jurassic World, and many others including the likely Cannes Film Festival world premiere Bfg, as well as upcoming releases Jason Bourne, Sully, and Assassin’s Creed. CinemaCon takes place in Las Vegas from April 11-14.

FilmBuff has licensed Us rights to Tommy Reid’s documentary We the People: The Market Basket Effect, a real-time chronicle of a labour dispute involving New England-based corporation Market Basket. FilmBuff plans an April 14-19 theatrical and April 22 VOD launch.Arcana Studio and Shout! Factory have cast Ron Perlman and Christopher Plummer in the upcoming animated film Howard Lovecraft And The Frozen Kingdom. Perlman will voice the role of Shoggoth and Plummer »

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John Hughes wanted Jennifer Beals, not Molly Ringwald, to star in ‘Pretty in Pink’

17 February 2016 2:53 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

In an alternate universe somewhere, a homemade pink dress was the prom attire that stuck it to the snobby rich kids, worn not by Molly Ringwald — but by Jennifer Beals. And that’s almost what happened in our universe. On the latest episode of Alec Baldwin’s podcast Here’s The Thing, Ringwald revealed why she nearly lost her Pretty in Pink lead role to Beals, who was fresh off of the success of 1983’s Flashdance. Turns out John Hughes was pissed at his red-headed Breakfast Club star at the time Pretty in Pink production was about to begin, and he decided Beals could play Andie — a character Hughes had written specifically for Ringwald. Here’s the conversation between Ringwald and Baldwin about how she almost lost, then managed to keep, her role in Pretty in Pink — which celebrates its 30th anniversary later this month. Ringwald: I have Howie [Pretty in Pink director Howard Deutch] to »

- Emily Rome

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Star Wars: Interview with Michael Kaplan

21 January 2016 10:56 PM, PST | Clothes on Film | See recent Clothes on Film news »

Surely we all know Michael Kaplan by now? Flashdance (1983), Fight Club (1999), Burlesque (2010), Star Trek (2009), and the biggest of the big, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Versatile is not a generous enough word for his talent; he is literally one of the best in the business, as his Cdg (Costume Designers Guild) nomination for Star Wars goes some way to proving.

I spoke to Mr Kaplan just after Christmas about his work for The Force Awakens, but due to unforeseen circumstances (basically Clothes on Film HQ flooding), this interview is only being posted now. Still much to enjoy though, and plenty of costume titbits to sift through.

Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux (minus cap) and Adam Driver as Kylo Ren (with mask).

You’ve said before you are not necessarily a Star Wars fanboy. How did that affect your approach to The Force Awakens?

Don’t get me wrong; I saw and loved the original trilogy, »

- Lord Christopher Laverty

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Adrian Lyne was one of Hollywood's biggest directors - so where did he go?

7 January 2016 5:16 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

By the late 1980s, there were few directors with as much commercial cachet as Adrian Lyne, who began as a well-regarded director of jeans and candy commercials before going on to direct two of the decade's biggest hits: 1983's Flashdance and 1987's Fatal Attraction (the film that came between, the notorious erotic drama 9 1/2 Weeks, didn't fare so well at the box office but became a bona fide hit on home video and in international markets). Though Lyne's career had its ups and downs, he somehow managed to bounce back from every disappointment with a success: after 9 1/2 Weeks floundered, he scored one of the decade's biggest blockbusters with Fatal Attraction the following year. When Jacob's Ladder (1990) failed to catch fire, Indecent Proposal (1993) did just that with over $100 million at the box office. After the $65 million Lolita (1997) was "relegated" to Showtime after no major distributor would touch it, he made a solid »

- Chris Eggertsen

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