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I've had a love affair with movie soundtracks for about as long as I could remember. Growing up, I had a tendency to gravitate towards listening to scores on CD rather than listen to actual cool people music. Needless to say, it's helped to shape my perspective on music, and my perspective on filmmaking in general. While I admire Marvel Studios for what they've done with their Cinematic Universe, their scores have left much to be desired.
There is nothing wrong with them per se, but you couldn't exactly call them memorable. Though I often cite the Thor soundtrack as one of their most memorable, I can never, for the life of me, actually remember the tune of any of the tracks without going back and actually listening to it. This is nothing unique or particularly insightful on my part. As was mentioned in an "Every Frame a Painting" episode, »
- Joseph Medina
Holly Hunter’s career is so vast and sprawling that chances are even her biggest fans have turned a blind eye to one or two of her greatest roles. Love “The Piano” and “Raising Arizona” but have never seen an episode of “Saving Grace”? Did you forget she did voice work in “The Incredibles”? Don’t worry, with Holly Hunter, these things happen to the best of us.
Luckily, the award-winning actress recently had an hour to speak at the Hamptons International Film Festival, wherein she handily reminded us of all the (many) highlights of her career. She was at the festival promoting her latest turn in “Strange Weather,” the newest Katherine Diekmann-directed indie that deals with the struggle of profound loss in a trying time, a theme especially prevalent throughout the films at Hiff.
Here are four takeaways from Hunter’s talk.
- Bryn Gelbart
Warner Bros. has officially ventured back into the world of animated features with “Storks,” their first big animated film since the hugely successful “Lego Movie” in 2014. The film, directed by Nicholas Stoller (“Forgetting Sarah Marshall”) and veteran animator Doug Sweetland (“Toy Story,” “The Incredibles,” etc.), boasts an ensemble cast including Andy Samberg, Kelsey Grammar and Jennifer Aniston. Reviews are starting to fly in, and so far, consensus is mixed.
IndieWire’s own Eric Kohn gave the film a grade of a C, writing in his review that it’s “neither wacky enough to work as pure punchline, nor smart enough to bend its looniness into something more substantial, ‘Storks’ views the world with the same confused outlook of its wide-eyed infants.”
Owen Gleiberman of Variety saw the film as a letdown, »
- Casey Coit
The Week in Star Wars returns with Adam Driver talking Episode VIII, a load of new posters for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as well as a load of merch, a returning character for Star Wars Rebels, a beating by Fifty Shades of Grey and more…
We’ll kick things off this week by looking at a whole batch of new international posters for Gareth Edward’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, many of which feature Darth Vader himself. Check all nine posters out here, and a brand new international poster here, which sees Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso standing tall as the Death Star looms in the background…
…Speaking of merch, and Hasbro released images from their Rogue One line in anticipation of September 30th’s Force Friday. You can check out a huge batch of toys (including a Rapid Nerf Firing Imperial At-act) here, and Wave 2 figures here. »
- Luke Owen
When Star Wars: The Force Awakens was in pre-production, many wondered and worried if J.J. Abrams would replace the iconic John Williams with the director's own longtime collaborator Michael Giacchino as composer on this rebooted sci-fi adventure series. While that didn't happen, Michael Giacchino has found an opportunity to weasel his way into this hugely popular franchise. The man will now compose the soundtrack for this December's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
While some classic themes will be utilized to keep the movie in line with what has come before it, this first Star Wars spin-off will be 'whistling a new tune' as it were. While John Williams was never intended to return for these new standalone adventures, which will stand outside the Skywalker saga, Rogue One originally had Alexandre Desplat set in place to record the score.That all changed with the extensive reshoots that happened earlier this »
Gareth Edwards’ “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” the first standalone “Star Wars” film in the long-running franchise, recently went through extensive reshoots spearheaded by director Tony Gilroy in order to clarify story and tone. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will swap out original composer Alexandre Desplat for Michael Giacchino per those reshoots just three months ahead of the film’s release. The reshoots apparently altered the scoring calendar and Desplat was no longer available for the position, so Disney hired Giacchino to take over the role.
Read More: ‘Rogue One’ Trailer: A New Team (And An Old Foe) Assemble In New Look at ‘Star Wars’ Anthology Film
Desplat has been nominated for eight Oscars in total, winning one for his score for Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” He also contributed scores for two other Anderson films “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and “Moonrise Kingdom,” Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life, »
- Vikram Murthi
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Stemming from those recent reshoots, it appears Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be singing to a slightly different tune come December.
The Hollywood Reporter brings word that decorated composer Michael Giacchino, the musical mind involved in The Incredibles, Inside Out and Paramount’s rebooted Star Trek franchise, has now come aboard to score the upcoming Anthology film, supplanting Alexandre Desplat behind the scenes. Indeed the extended shoot is to blame for Desplat’s departure, who bowed out following a scheduling conflict.
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In what quickly became one of the most heated topics of the summer – for the film industry, at least – Rogue One reportedly underwent fairly extensive reshoots a few months back, when writer-director Tony Gilroy was ushered in to oversee the shoot along with the post-production process. Firm details are still sketchy, »
- Michael Briers
It looks like the extensive reshoots on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has led to scheduling conflicts for composer Alexandre Desplat, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that the Oscar-winner is no longer available to score the film.
Stepping in as Desplat’s replacement is another Academy Award-winner in Michael Giacchino, who has worked extensively with Disney in the past on the likes of Up, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Cars 2, Inside Out, Zootopia, John Carter, Tomorrowland and the upcoming Doctor Strange.
Giacchino will not have the distinction of becoming the first composer aside from John Williams to score a Star Wars movie. He is also a huge Star Wars fan, and made a cameo as a Stormtrooper in last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was directed by his friend J.J. Abrams.
- Gary Collinson
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first stand-alone movie in the Star Wars franchise, will be whistling a new tune. Michael Giacchino, the composer behind such films as the Star Trek reboot and Pixar movies ranging from The Incredibles to Inside Out, will score the upcoming pic, stepping in for Alexandre Desplat, who was originally slated to work on the movie. The recent reshoots are behind the switch, according to sources. Rogue One underwent extensive reshoots this summer that saw writer Tony Gilroy take on a filmmaker role during the shoot and the postproduction process as Disney and
- Borys Kit
It used to be, movies surprised us when we took our seats. We didn’t have so many sources for news and trailers a decade or so back. On Tuesdays, Warner Bros screened new films after hours and one night, the DC Comics crew filed in to see an animated feature called The Iron Giant. We didn’t know much about it or Brad Bird, the man behind it.
We were utterly charmed. None of us knew Ted Hughes’ The Iron Man book it was based on but found the 1950s setting perfect, and the old style animation well-done. Best, it had heart and soul and humor and a robot who wants to be Superman. What’s not to love?
Warner moved the release date so late in the process that tie-ins missed the opening and the marketing wasn’t what it should have been. As a result, this modern day classic withered and vanished. »
- Robert Greenberger
One day in the early 80s, I was with my girlfriend in a shopping mall. Somehow I had been relegated to the role of sidekick while she shopped. I liked to do a lot of things with her, but shopping wasn’t high on that list. I was bored so I decided to buy a comic book to read while she shopped.
Back then I was enjoying a lot of comics and purchasing them every week at Kim’s Collectible Comics and Records. But one store in that mall had a spinner rack filled with comics, and I knew I could snag an issue that I had missed.
I evaluated the comics available on that rack and hoped that one would be my salvation from the dreariness of shopping. I reached out for Swamp Thing #21, and was surprised to find an unfamiliar writer wrote it. I decided to give it a try nonetheless. »
- Ed Catto
The Incredibles 2 is finally happening. But don't expect it to follow the original. This one is going to be much different, at least according to original director Brad Bird. This November will mark the 12th anniversary of Pixar's The Incredibles, an animated adventure about superhero movies that, at the time, out-grossed several live-action superhero movies. The Incredibles took in $261.4 million domestically and $633 million worldwide, which is more than the worldwide totals of Hulk ($245.3 million), Daredevil ($179.1 million) and The Punisher ($54.7 million) combined. Naturally, those three live action movies represented the low-end of the superhero spectrum back then, but a lot has changed since The Incredibles hit the big screen. And it's amazing it has taken this long to get a sequel ready. Director Brad Bird recently offered some new updates on this sequel in a recent interview.
The writer-director revealed back in September that he had almost finished work on the script, »
Hopefully, you didn’t see that headline and rush to read this article hoping for any kind of solid information about the long-awaited sequel to The Incredibles, which remains one of the best superhero movies ever made. After all, The Incredibles 2 is still three years away from its June 21, 2019 release date and while […]
- Jacob Hall
It's hard to believe that it's been 12 years since The Incredibles graced the silver screen, giving audiences what's widely regarded one of the best superhero stories. It may have taken a few years more than we'd like, but writer/director Brad Bird is finally working with Pixar on a sequel. He took a moment to give a small update to Entertainment Weekly regarding the status of The Incredibles 2, of which... Read More »
- Sean Wist
What do you get when you combine an R-rated live-action comedy director with a pair of Pixar alums? The answer is Storks, an unconventionally-made animated feature conceived and produced by the Warner Animation Group, the studio's feature animation unit. Storks, which opened nationwide today, is the child of writer/director Nicholas Stoller, who with no prior animation experience is perhaps best known as director of Forgetting Sarah Marshall and writer/director of Get Him to the Greek; director Doug Sweetland, a veteran animator who has worked on a string of Pixar titles including Finding Nemo and The Incredibles, and earned an
- Carolyn Giardina
Finding Dory, 2016.
Starring Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olsen, Ty Burrell, Hayden Rolence, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Idris Elba, Dominic West, Bob Peterson, Kate McKinnon, Sloane Murray, Bill Hader and Sigourney Weaver.
The friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish begins a search for her long-lost parents, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.
Last year Pixar delivered two original movies, one of which was met with huge acclaim (Inside Out) and the other, not so much (The Good Dinosaur). Their history with sequels has likewise been uneven, ranging from great (Toy Story 2 & 3) to decent (Monsters University) to poor (Cars 2), so I was very relieved to discover that Finding Dory is a truly great film – in my opinion just as good (if not better) than Finding Nemo.
The film begins with a »
- Amie Cranswick
Attending a preview of Anthony Giacchino's documentary "The Giant's Dream: The Making Of The Iron Giant" at Comic Con earlier this week, filmmaker Brad Bird ("The Incredibles," "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation") was in attendance and took questions from the audience.
Talking about the filmmaking process (via Slashfilm, Bird gave a surprising comment - that aspiring filmmakers should avoid being influenced by certain aspects of video games:
"In terms of what to stay away from, I feel like video games are a bad influence for storytelling because they are not directed points of view. They are about floating around universes and I see a lot of films now where the camera is soaring all over the place.
That's okay if you pick the right moments, but a lot of times it feels like there is no point of view, but a lot of time it's just motion. It bothers »
- Garth Franklin
Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille) came to San Diego Comic-Con International 2016 for a preview of The Giant’s Dream: The Making Of The Iron Giant, which will be included on the upcoming Blu-ray release of the film this fall. The documentary by Anthony Giacchino is a beautiful and heartbreaking look at the Hollywood animation process, a […]
- Peter Sciretta
“What if a gun had a soul and didn’t want to be a gun?”
Though the film flopped upon release in 1999, “The Iron Giant” has gained a second life (and a third, fourth, fifth…) in the years following thanks to avid critical and fan support. And on Friday morning at Comic-Con, a new documentary premiered highlighting the rich history of a once-forgotten film — that’s all the more meaningful today.
Bird introduced “The Giant’s Dream: The Making of The Iron Giant,” noting, “It’s easy to forget what it was like to make […] because this was a moment in time that was very unique.”
- Ben Travers
(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)
The premiere featured the first ever outdoor IMAX screening as well as Academy Award®-Winning Composer Michael Giacchino’s thrilling film score performed live-to picture by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra.
(L-r) Actors Chris Pine, John Cho, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Zachary Qunito, Justin Lin, Zoe Saldana, Sofia Boutella and J.J. Abrams pose together at the world premiere of the Paramount Pictures title “Star Trek Beyond” at Embarcadero Marina Park South on July 20, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)
(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)
Actor Idris Elba attends the world premiere of the Paramount Pictures title .Star Trek Beyond. at Embarcadero Marina Park South on July 20, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images)
Composer Michael Giacchino speaks »
- Michelle McCue
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