Nominations for the Academy Awards are announced tomorrow, and we can’t help but wonder what five tracks will be in the running for Best Original Song. It’s been an oddly good year for music in movies—relatively speaking, anyway—and while there’s no reason to have faith that the Academy will make anything other than a tacky choice for the winner, there might be some surprises in the nominations. The Golden Globes nominated songs from Wall-E, Gran Torino, Cadillac Records, Bolt, and The Wrestler, ultimately going with Bruce Springsteen’s song from the latter for the win. But maybe something else will sneak in? Something from High School Musical 3, perhaps? A list of the most intriguing contenders is after the jump.
Entertainment Weekly‘s blog has an interview with Ed Harris and a stream of his song “You’ll Never Leave My Heart,” which will run over the closing credits of the Harris-directed, Viggo Mortensen-starring oater Appaloosa. I like Westerns, and I like Ed Harris. And as a future bald man (it’s going quick, people!), I’m hoping that my baldness trends more towards that sported by the virile Ed Harris than the type atop the head of the homunculus Wallace Shawn.
Variety launched a package called Music for Screens yesterday, and it’s full of pieces that are apparently designed to appeal to people who like music, but prefer it in 45-second clips–you know, when it airs during movie trailers or crucial scenes on Gossip Girl. I was particularly interested in the trade pub’s look at people who compose music for movie trailers.
Recently, a friend invited me over to watch a movie I’d heard a little about but had never seen: The Forbidden Zone (1980), a movie starring Hervé Villechaize and made by the Elfman family. Richard directed and wrote, Marie-Pascale plays Susan B. “Frenchy” Hercules (that’s what IMDB says), and Danny portrays Satan and provides music with his group, then known as the Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo. As an early Danny Elfman soundtrack, the movie would be fascinating enough, but The Forbidden Zone is an eerie attempt to recreate an especially outré Max Fleischer cartoon, albeit one featuring an actress whose entire performance is done wearing only big white grandma underwear. It is one of the most consistently omg-wtf-lol things you will ever see in your life. After the jump, some YouTubed evidence (which, as the above description should let on, is not necessarily safe for work):
Remember Stan Bush, the man responsible for The Transformers: The Movie’s ra-ra anthem “The Touch”? An update just landed in our inbox: Stan Bush Album, In This Life, Available Tuesday, July 3Stan to perform at Transformers convention BotCon 2007 LOS ANGELES, CA (June 28, 2007)–The new Stan… More »
Over the weekend, one of your Idolators finally saw 28 Weeks Later–a.k.a. Begbie Goes Bananas–which was much better than we could have possibly ever imagined, and which featured a appropriately brooding post-rock score from John Murphy. More »
When was the moment you realized that you were a true nerd? We don’t mean “nerd” in that semi-endearing Ben Gibbard kind of way–we mean in that lame, “I have very strong opinions about V: The Final Battle, and by the way, Dagobah is a system” sort of way. More »
Over the weekend, one of your Idolators happened to catch The Fountain, Darren Aronofsky’s 2006 film about…well, we’re not exactly sure. Time-travel? Man’s futile quest to achieve immortality? The future of bathrobes? More »
Can you believe it’s been almost ten years since we all started making fun of Fred Durst? He was the gimp that kept on giving: There was the late-’80s demo tape, the sex tape, and, most offensive of all, the video for “Behind Blue Eyes.” So when we heard he was making a movie, we immediately laughed it off, thinking that it would be yet another entry in Durst’s embarrassing CV. But now, less than a week after The Education Of Charlie Banks premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, we have to ask: Could this movie actually not be terrible, after all?