TECH SUPPORT: Final analysis, part one

Posted by · 8:57 am · January 20th, 2011

It seems hard to believe that it’s been more than six months since I wrote this year’s introductory Tech Support column ( a dissection of the art direction race). Much has changed since then, naturally, as we are less than a week away from the big day when we find out the nominees for the […]

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Celebrating 25 years of Burton/Elfman collaborations

Posted by · 5:20 pm · October 1st, 2010

In the “sign me up now, please” category today is a recently announced boxed set of Danny Elfman’s music collaborations with filmmaker Tim Burton.  I first heard about the limited edition set via the New York Times in a piece that went up on the Arts Beat blog yesterday.  It featured a video with Burton […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Original Score — Volume I

Posted by · 4:31 pm · August 19th, 2010

I am marveled by the accomplishments of all the crafts artists who elevate our films, but this is particularly the case with respect to music composers. Composing equals genius as far as I am concerned.These musicians  join the film at the end, when usually only the director, editor and perhaps the sound mixers are still […]

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Comic-Con 2010 on the way

Posted by · 4:30 pm · July 12th, 2010

Well, the inbox is getting stuffed with this and that regarding breakfasts and panels and viral marketing and yada, yada, yada.  That can mean only one thing: Comic-Con is around the corner.  And as I poured over the recently released schedule over the weekend, I found myself excited for…very little. DreamWorks Animation will make its […]

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2/4 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:56 am · February 4th, 2010

• China censors Oscar nominations announcement due to documentary short nominee. [Daily Telegraph] • Dave Karger and Missy Schwartz run the numbers on the Best Picture and Best Actress categories. [Oscar Watch] • Jeffrey Wells ponders the possibility of the home video release of “All About Steve,” starring Razzie-nominated actress Sandra Bullock, hurting her Oscar […]

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Danny Elfman meets Ennio Morricone

Posted by · 12:37 pm · December 6th, 2009

That’s what I’ve decided the Hans Zimmer score for “Sherlock Holmes” is.  I’ve been listening to it all weekend.  The themes present in that brief snippet we led off yesterday’s Oscar Talk are felt throughout in different ways, but mostly I keep getting a spaghetti western homage.  Specifically, the mandolin picking of Morricone’s “Once Upon […]

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COMIC-CON: Acker, Bekmambetov and Burton showcase ‘9’

Posted by · 4:11 pm · July 24th, 2009

Focus Features rolled out an extended clip of Shane Acker’s “9” a few moments ago to adulating fans who seemed more eager to ask producer Tim Burton a slew of peripheral questions and offer the usual “you’re an inspiration” sentiments to the macabre-obsessed director.  So it goes at Comic-Con. But on the issue at hand, […]

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Is ‘Slumdog’ score too pop?

Posted by · 4:20 pm · January 29th, 2009

Thanks to Nat Rogers at The Film Experience for pointing out a really worthwhile article in the Wall Street Journal, in which music critic Jim Fusilli takes a close look at this year’s nominees for Best Original Score. It’s not a category which tends to inspire much intelligent coverage in mainstream outlets, so it’s great […]

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1/10 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 10:09 am · January 10th, 2009

• “Milk” composer Danny Elfman has signed on to score “Terminator Salvation.”  Eh. [MTV] • Jeffrey Wells keeps the quoted-out-of-context game running with that Nicole Kidman “squirm” story. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Regarding said story, Michael Cieply reports it properly, indicating the “perils of candor.” [The Carpetbagger] • Alicia Lozano writes up the resurrection of the […]

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THR’s film music composer roundtable

Posted by · 9:52 am · December 28th, 2008

I’m a few weeks late getting to this.  The Hollywood Reporter just isn’t one of my frequent visits anymore (sadly).  But the trade’s annual Oscar Roundtable series is in full swing and the recent composers session makes for a fascinating read. The composers who participated were Alexandre Desplat (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”), Danny […]

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Hollywood Awards get the craft races rolling

Posted by · 4:38 am · September 3rd, 2008

I’ve never quite got a handle on what purpose the Hollywood Awards serve, since they frequently seem to honour achievements in still-unseen films. Their picks can be quite prescient (last year’s honorees included Marion Cotillard and Dante Ferretti), but they can frequently baffle too. (Based on “Charlie Wilson’s War,” did anyone really think that Stephen […]

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POLL: What’s your favorite Danny Elfman score?

Posted by · 8:49 am · August 25th, 2008

Another slow news week yields another fun-ish poll rather than something a little more interesting.  Oh well. In any case, with yesterday’s item about Danny Elfman taking up scoring duties on Joe Johnston’s “The Wolf Man” and some light Oscar discussion around the composer, I thought I’d ask for your favorites.  It’s difficult to put […]

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Perennial Oscar snubee Danny Elfman gets another shot at missing the list with ‘Wolf Man’

Posted by · 3:21 am · August 25th, 2008

It really is a shame that Danny Elfman hasn’t received the proper amount of recognition for the consistently screwed-up music branch of the Academy.  Well over two decades of quality work and three measly nods…neither of them for his top tier efforts. This is a guy who put together probably the greatest film score of […]

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SHORT TAKE: “Corpse Bride” (***1/2)

Posted by · 11:06 am · September 13th, 2005

I saw Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride” in Westwood tonight, and it’s one of the most enjoyable films of the year. Recalling strands of “Beetlejuice” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” the film’s witty screenplay combines with a bombastic Danny Elfman score and a heightened level of production value to make for Burton’s best endeavor of any […]

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