I’ve been counting down to November 11th to buy the excellent soundtrack for Inside Llewyn Davis. As I said in my review, music hasn’t been this important in a Coen Brothers‘ movie since O Brother, Where Art Thou?, and once again, music producer T-Bone Burnett has put together another amazing collection of songs. This time around, it’s folk music, and I love every song on this album. The entire soundtrack is now available to stream on NPR, but fair warning: you should probably skip the track “Please Mr. Kennedy”. It’s a funny song, but it will work better if you see Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake, and Adam Driver perform it in the movie first.
Click here to listen to the soundtrack, and click here to pre-order it. The film also stars Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Stark Sands, and John Goodman. Inside Llewyn Davis opens December 6th.
If you’re all done listening to one of Hans Zimmer’s tracks for Man of Steel, but you want some good old-fashioned fightin’ music, you might want to check out the recently-released soundtrack list for Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives. Featuring original compositions from Drive’s Cliff Martinez, the soundtrack will also include the song You Are My Dream by the Thai band PROUD, which was heard in the film’s trailer. The soundtrack will be released on May 20, 2013 in France, where Only God Forgives will premiere at Cannes. In the U.S., the soundtrack will be released closer to the film’s domestic release date of July 19th.
Only God Forgives stars Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas and Vithaya Pansringarm. Hit the jump to check out the track listing.
Director Joseph Kosinski famously collaborated with the music duo Daft Punk on the score for Tron: Legacy, and for his new film Oblivion, Kosinski has once again reached out to the music community for the pic’s soundtrack. The filmmaker has been developing Oblivion for a number of years, and in a recent interview with Steve the filmmaker revealed that as early as his first treatment for the script in 2005, he had noted his desire for a soundtrack from the electronic band M83.
Kosinski’s dream came true, as Anthony Gonzales and Co. have composed the entire original score for Oblivion and now the first track from their efforts has been unveiled online. “StarWaves” is a decidedly synth-heavy cut, but it does a nice job of mirroring the scope and expansiveness of Oblivion that we’ve seen in the trailers. Hit the jump to take a listen and to see what Kosinski had to say about M83’s score for the film. Oblivion opens in IMAX and traditional theaters on April 19th.
Tickets for both The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and theatrical marathons for the extended editions of The Lord of the Rings trilogy go on sale this coming Wednesday, and a new TV spot for Peter Jackson’s upcoming adaptation of the former has now landed online. The spot highlights the advanced tickets sale and boasts a bit of new footage, but more excitingly a preview of Lord of the Rings composer Howard Shore’s score for The Hobbit has also been released. We recently got a look at the full tracklisting, and now “Radagast the Brown” has landed online in its entirety. It’s at once familiar and new, with some lighter/more playful bits reflecting the different tone of The Hobbit in relation to Lord of the Rings.
I’m eager to see Jackson’s three-part adaptation of The Hobbit on the big screen, but I’m almost just as excited to hear Howard Shore’s return to Middle Earth. Hit the jump to check out the TV spot and to preview the soundtrack. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens in 3D on December 14th. [Update: Warner Bros. has released 7 new high-resolution images which are now included after the jump.]
The full track listing for Tim Burton’s upcoming stop-motion animated feature Frankenweenie has been announced, and it features a few obvious choices (Robert Smith of The Cure) as well as a couple of curveballs (Winona Ryder?). Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs has contributed an original song titled “Strange Love” that will play over the credits, and the 14-track album also includes cuts from Neon Trees, Mark Foster of Foster the People, Grace Potter featuring The Flaming Lips, Plain White T’s, Passion Pit and more.
Hit the jump to check out the full track list. The album will be available September 25th, while Frankenweenie opens in 3D on October 5th.
The full soundtrack for The Dark Knight Rises is now streaming online. We previously posted 30-second clips from each track, but now you can listen to the every song in its entirety. After listening to the first few tracks, I like what I’m hearing. The aggressive blaring horns from Batman Begins and The Dark Knight have been replaced with aggressive percussion that sounds almost tribal. Also, if you’d like to hear the track that was used in this trailer, it’s “Gotham’s Reckoning”. It’s worth pointing out that while Hans Zimmer previously teamed with James Newton Howard on the previous two Batman films, this score is Zimmer going solo.
Hit the jump to listen to the soundtrack, which will be available to buy and download on July 16th. The film stars Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Marion Cotillard, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The Dark Knight Rises opens July 20th. [NOTE: The track titles don't have a explicit spoilers like "Death of Qui-Gon" or anything like that.]
Still need to hype up even more for the upcoming release of Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises? Fourteen minutes of samples from Hans Zimmer‘s score for the film are now online in one continuous clip (with track notes), though we previously heard samples of the score early last month. The preview comes on the heels of Warner Bros finally releasing an official plot synopsis that confirms that the events of the new film will take place eight years after the last installment. Hit the jump for more on the plot as well as the score.
Easily one of the most widely known composers working today, Hans Zimmer’s variety of compositions ranges from bombastic (Pirates of the Caribbean) to ethereal (Gladiator) to bubbly (The Holiday). In addition to scoring an average of 27 films a year, the composer has also worked up a nice collaboration with director Christopher Nolan having done the first two Batman films and 2010’s Inception. He returns as composer for The Dark Knight Rises, though this time he’s taking the reins without James Newton Howard, who collaborated with Zimmer on Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. We recently got our first look at the track listing for the Dark Knight Rises soundtrack, and now 30-second samples of Zimmer’s score have landed online that give us a nice tease of what the composer has cooked up for the villain Bane.
Hit the jump to take a listen. The soundtrack will be available on July 17th, while The Dark Knight Rises opens on July 20th.
Now that you’ve (hopefully) scored your tickets to the concluding entry in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, it’s time to start making logistical preparations for the sure-to-be-packed midnight event at your local theater. In the meantime, Warner Bros. has marked the ticket sale occasion by releasing a new TV spot for The Dark Knight Rises that shows a bit of new footage. Yes, the doom and gloom continues with Michael Caine’s Alfred proclaiming that Bane was “born and raised in hell on earth,” but I’m happy to see some shades of the humor that was sprinkled throughout Batman Begins but was more or less absent in the earnest yet swell follow-up The Dark Knight. Additionally, the soundtrack listing for Hans Zimmer’s score has also landed online along with possible artwork.
Hit the jump to check out the latest TV spot and soundtrack listing. The film also stars Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard and Morgan Freeman. The Dark Knight Rises opens on July 20th.
December was the month of epic soundtrack news, with Oscar winners Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross reuniting for David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the more recent announcement of The Hunger Games soundtrack, produced by T Bone Burnett and featuring Taylor Swift. While the musical lineup for the fourth installment in the Underworld series is unlikely to garner an Academy Award, the goth-centric soundtrack is sure to be a commercial success, if the trend from the previous movies continues. The Lakeshore Records album will feature 17 tracks of rock/metal songs that fit in lock-step with the dark energy of Underworld: Awakening. Previous contributors that are making a repeat appearance include Lacuna Coil, Black Light Burns and Linkin Park, with Chester Bennington having contributed a solo track on the first album. The soundtrack will be available in stores on January 17th, three days before Underworld: Awakening hits screens. Hit the jump to check out the full soundtrack.
One of the many things that really impressed me about director Shawn Levy’s Real Steel was the soundtrack. Unlike some movies where the songs feel out of place and you’ve never heard of the artists, Levy assembled a great mix of music from Timbaland, Crystal Method, Danny Elfman, Eminem, Tom Morello, Limp Bizkit, Beastie Boys, 50 Cent, Foo Fighters and Alexi Murdoch.
So when I sat down with Levy at the press day, he told me how he put together the soundtrack and tells a great story about his first meeting with Timbaland. In addition, he talked about his goal for Real Steel, whether or not he got notes from the studio about Hugh Jackman playing an asshole for the majority of the film, and revealed that Real Steel was the most creative control he’s ever had on any movie. Hit the jump to watch.
Just in time for the film’s March 25th theatrical release, the soundtrack for writer/director Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch will be released on Tuesday, March 22nd. Per the press release, the soundtrack will be comprised of “fascinatingly reworked versions of classic songs” i.e. star Emily Browning performing Eurythmics mainstay “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).” Browning isn’t the only cast member lending her pipes to the soundtrack as Carla Gugino and Oscar Isaac also perform a duet of Roxy Music’s “Love Is the Drug.” After checking out the track listing for the soundtrack, I have to say I’m interested in seeing how the songs interact with the mildly insane imagery we’ve seen from the film thus far. Given that it features a giant robot bunny, not too mention a soundtrack with songs by members of the cast, I wouldn’t be surprised if a musical number popped up at some point.
To check out the full press release (which features the aforementioned full track listing), hit the jump. In addition to Browning, Gugino, and Isaac, Sucker Punch also stars Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Jamie Chung, Vanessa Hudgens, Jon Hamm, and Scott Glenn. To catch up on all of our previous Sucker Punch coverage, click here.
If you’ve been looking forward to Daft Punk’s TRON: Legacy Soundtrack (it’s awesome and one of my favorites of the year), Amazon is selling it tonight for $3.99! The only thing to know is…it’s just for the MP3′s. But if you don’t mind just having digital copies, it’s a hell of a deal. No idea when this sale will end so I wouldn’t wait too long…
The Harry Potter films have had a wonderful diversity of composers throughout the series. The franchise kicked off with John Williams (and now it’s hard to imagine Harry Potter without “Hedwig’s Theme”), and moved on to Patrick Doyle, Nicholas Hooper, and now acclaimed composer Alexandre Desplat. Desplat’s diverse body of work includes the scores for Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Syriana, New Moon, and plenty more. He was recently named “Composer of the Year” at the 10th Annual World Soundtrack Awards. I’m excited to hear where he takes Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1.
Hit the jump for a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the score for the film. The soundtrack will be available to purchase on November 16th as a standard or limited edition. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 opens November 19th.
Mark November 22nd down on your calendars if you’re interested in picking up Daft Punk’s soundtrack for TRON: Legacy. The official site for the album not only reveals the release date, but lets you pre-order the digital version for $9.99 or pick up the CD, which also includes an exclusive Daft Punk movie poster and a “new track”, for $39.98. Click on over to the official site to pre-order and to listen to a track from the film. Unfortunately, the full tracklisting hasn’t been revealed, but we’ll be sure to let you know once it’s announced. Hit the jump to check out the album cover for the soundtrack.
Directed by Joseph Kosinski, the film stars Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Michael Sheen, Bruce Boxleitner, and Jeff Bridges. TRON: Legacy opens in 3D on December 17th.