Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – Tyler Bates

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The craziest galaxy savers floating around in the Marvel Cinematic Universe are back – following up the unexpected yet enormously successful “Guardians of the Galaxy” that saw a wannabe superhero, a violent-horny racoon, a female killer, a muscle-bound fighter and a living tree unite in order to save their world, is the surprisingly creatively entitled sequel “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”. Continue reading

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – Geoff Zanelli

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WARNING: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS HEAVY PLOT SPOILERS!

Jack Sparrow’s back – sorry, did I just say Jack Sparrow? Of course, I was talking about the one and only Captain Jack Sparrow. Once again, he finds himself in a considerably hopeless situation: Having lost his mojo and being hunted by ghost captain Armando Salazar whom he once tricked, Johnny Depp’s alter ego, eccentric as always, desperately needs to find the legendary Trident of Poseidon, which bestows control over the seas, in order to prevent any further misadventures. Continue reading

Beauty and the Beast – Alan Menken

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Only very rarely does a composer get the opportunity to go back to one of his earlier works and is attached to score the newly-made remake. Actually, I am not sure if this has ever happened before – it probably depends on what you think about John Williams having scored both “A New Hope” and “The Force Awakens”…

However, much to everyone’s surprise, the Disney executives decided to bring back legendary animation composer Alan Menken, an eight-time Academy Award winner – two of them won for the original “Beauty and the Beast” movie -, to score the 2017 live action adaption of the classic fairy tale while also contributing some new songs and reworking the pre-existing material into a brand-new score. Continue reading

Academy To Present Oscar Concert 2018

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Composer John Williams conducts a suite from his score for “The Book Thief” during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ “The Oscar Concert” on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at Royce Hall in Los Angeles.

 


According to Film Music Reporter, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is teaming with the Los Angeles-based Philharmonic to present next year’s nominated scores live in concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles on February 28, 2018. Renowned conductor Thomas Wilkins was chosen to lead the celebration which is expected to feature suites and video from each nominated film. Continue reading

The LEGO Batman Movie – Lorne Balfe

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His name is Batman. LEGO Batman, just that you remember. And, without even a single doubt, he’s the greatest superhero there has ever been in the history of cinema. Well, at least, according to himself…

Following last year’s disaster that was “Batman v Superman”, Warner Bros. and DC Comics are releasing yet another Batman cinematic experience, namely “The LEGO Batman Movie”, the humorous adaption performing quite well at the box office so far. Strengthened by surprisingly positive critical reception, “The Lego Movie”‘s director Phil Lord who acts as producer in here and director Chris McKay reportedly managed to pull out a fun movie that will surely please every superhero enthusiast – a promising possibility for every composer attached to the project to write a decent parody score incorporating interpolations of Batman’s almost legendary musical legacy: The strong sounding names of Danny Elfman, Shirley Walker, Elliot Goldenthal, Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard and Junkie XL and, last but not least, Neal Hefti, who served as the famous Batman series theme song’s composer, immediately come to mind. Continue reading

“Williams & Spielberg – The Ultimate Collection” Released

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Today, Sony Classical will release a special 3 CD / DVD box set, “Williams & Spielberg: The Ultimate Collection”, which features highlights from both filmmakers’ long-lasting relationship. For this edition, the composer has re-recorded some of most beloved cues from his latest works with Spielberg that includes movies such as “Lincoln”, “War Horse” and last year’s “The BFG”. Check out the official press text after the jump. Continue reading