In addition to directing his films, John Carpenter also composed the music for some of his most famous works, including Halloween and Escape from New York. And while the director hasn’t been behind the camera for a few years now, he has been working on a musical project that sounds like it was produced alongside his classic compositions.
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Gone Girl is celebrating its second straight week as the number one movie in the country, and one of the secrets of director David Fincher’s spell-casting is his partnership with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, who have provided the scores to Fincher’s last three films.
Reznor and Ross, whose day job as Nine Inch Nails has given them plenty of practice creating creepy soundscapes, have a somewhat unusual way of working: Instead of writing music specifically to finished scenes, they read the script and take input from Fincher about tone, and then craft a series of thematic pieces that are then inserted into the action.
“It’s like dressing a set,” Reznor says. “What feels like it belongs in that space? What feels like Missouri? What feels like erosion of this relationship? What feels like a real ugly thing hidden beneath the surface, with a nice paint job on the outside? It might feel pretty, but it’s spoiled under the surface.” READ FULL STORY
William H. Macy is making his directing debut with the upcoming Rudderless, and he’s excited about it. So excited about it that he just deemed a scene “wicked cool.”
Rudderless tells the story of a father (Billy Crudup) who loses his son, Josh, to gun violence and deals with his loss by drinking heavily—that is, until he discovers some demos his son recorded and sets off on a mission to learn the songs his son left behind. One of those songs is “Over Your Shoulder”—which is cool enough with its gentle vocals and pretty fingerpicking, but Macy promises it’s even better in the movie. “It’s one of the most thrilling cuts,” Macy tells EW. “Halfway through the song it cuts to a different location without missing a beat. It’s so wicked cool.”
Crudup’s Sam catches a young musician’s (Anton Yelchin) attention when he plays one of his son’s songs for the first time in a bar. Yelchin’s character convinces Sam to start a band, and together, they perform Josh’s songs. “The songs turn out to be the engine of [Sam’s] redemption,” Macy says. “The film is not about music, but there’s a ton of music in it.” And because of that, Macy had to find the perfect music for the film. READ FULL STORY
Broke, stupid, and funny-looking? Don’t worry, kid, you just need a hair caterpillar on your face.
That’s what Stephen Foster’s classic Civil War-era goof “If You’ve Only Got a Moustache” says, anyway, and now Seth MacFarlane, the writer/director/star of A Million Ways to Die in the West, in theaters May 30, has updated the song with cowriters Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild.
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“I kind of wrote two scores,” Mark Mothersbaugh admits to EW, who spoke to him about providing the music for this week’s surprise box office champion The Lego Movie. But it wasn’t indecisiveness; the former frontman of ’80s new wave icons DEVO and now prolific film and television composer knew he had to push the musical boundaries as aggressively as the animators were pushing the visuals.
“We were looking for sounds that created a universe for the LEGOs that was unique,” he said. “I started assembling a sonic palette off of old analog synths that I used with DEVO and newer circuit bent things that I got in the past three or four years and then just kind of borrowing from electronic music through the years.”
And it wasn’t for the role of the cat.
In a new Interview Magazine Q&A, Conor Oberst and Oscar Isaac hop on the phone to discuss various facets of the well-received Coen brothers movie Inside Llewyn Davis — including the fact that Oberst himself auditioned to be the star.
“I know I told you this when we met, but I tried out for your role in Inside Llewyn Davis,” Oberst says to Isaac. “And thank God for everyone that I didn’t get it. But they auditioned a lot of musicians and actors for this part, to the point where I heard the Coen brothers and T Bone Burnett say that they had more or less given up on the idea of finding someone. And then you appeared.”
John Legend, Hans Zimmer talk '12 Years A Slave' soundtrack featuring Alicia Keys, Gary Clark Jr. and more
Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave, adapted from the true story of Solomon Northrup, a free New York musician drugged, chained, and sold into Southern slavery in 1841, has already earned some of the year’s highest praise from critics and movie-goers alike.
Tasked with creating an audio companion, R&B singer John Legend — along with famed film composer Hans Zimmer (The Dark Knight, Inception), enlisted an all-star lineup of artists, including Alicia Keys, Gary Clark, Jr., Laura Mvula, Alabama Shakes and Chris Cornell to contribute powerful renditions of inspirational songs.
For Legend, the project was intensely personal — his ancestors actually suffered a similar fate: “There’s a very close connection between what happened with Solomon Northup and with some members of my family, being kidnapped as slaves from Ohio back to the South,” Legend told Entertainment Weekly. It wasn’t until 2011 that Legend found out about this revelation via Henry Louis Gates’s PBS documentary Finding Your Roots. (A record of the order still exists.)
Of his own contribution to the soundtrack, Legend says, “I wanted to do “Roll Jordan Roll.” a capella so that it was somewhat reminiscent of how slaves might have sung it back then. Everything we did for the album, I wanted it to be stripped down production-wise… I wanted it to be just my voice.”
Zimmer says he applied the same artistic vision to the score: “I think part of what was really important was to not have a heavy hand, not to sentimentalize everything,” he told EW. “Just like the cinematography, there’s a beauty about those images. And I thought if I use a very light touch to just open this door, it doesn’t tell you what to feel, it just allows you to feel something. I think most of the music is really intimate and stays in character, and I really didn’t to get in the way of the performances, because I think some of the performances stand up for themselves.”
“We need this film as a reckoning for America to understand how horrible the institution of slavery was,” says Legend. “We shouldn’t sugarcoat slavery.”
“I think that we’ve gotten really good at not speaking about things, not speaking to each other in the eye, not really acknowledging our past and so it’s sort of echoes into our present,” adds Zimmer. “One of the things I know of this movie is that it deeply scares people, and I think that’s what good movies are supposed to do. They’re supposed to provoke conversation, empathy, change and love.”
The soundtrack to 12 Years A Slave is available now on iTunes; the physical release will be out November 19. You can also listen to samples here.
Justin Bieber wants you to know he always keeps a #smile on his face — even when his heart is aching, or a neighbor is alleging that he was threatened by the 19-year-old star.
Bieber continued the promotional trail for his upcoming documentary Believe Friday, unveiling a new clip called “#Smile.” In it, Bieber sits down with the director of the film, John M. Chu, and explains how he maintains his upside-down frown even through some of his toughest moments — and while performing in front of millions.
Watch the clip below:
Hear Explosions in the Sky and David Wingo's entire 'Prince Avalanche' movie soundtrack -- EXCLUSIVE
It’s been nine years since Austin post-rockers Explosions in the Sky did the soundtrack for Friday Night Lights, but now they’re at it again for another Lone Star State movie.
The band, who are hitting the road this fall with Nine Inch Nails, teamed up with fellow Austinite David Wingo to score Prince Avalanche, a movie written and directed by fellow Texan David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, George Washington).
The movie, starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch, comes out August 9, while the soundtrack hits streets August 6 — but you can hear it now exclusively here.
Take a listen to the full soundtrack below, and read on for our chat with Explosions member Munaf Rayani:
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