miss our LIVE interview with vocalist, LUNA SANS (Cartographer),
on Friday, April 18, 2008 at 9:30 PM ET. Go to
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The heat is up, school is out, vacations are on, fancy business
ties are off. What's not to like about Summertime? Of course,
traditionally the Summer is big-budget, big-box-office-time for
Hollywood. They save their money-makers just as we hit the
mid-year point. For 2008 there are some doozies. There's a close
race for the title of "the most anticipated" movie of the Summer
between INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL
(which actually helps to kick off blockbuster season in May) and
THE DARK KNIGHT (July 18). Your age bracket might determine
which is the more anticipated flick, but in terms of the music,
both John Williams and the Zimmer/Newton-Howard collaboration
should keep our ears busy for weeks. But if that wasn't enough
(and it isn't for our greedy little ears) there's plenty more
action in store for us this Summer with John Powell's score for
HANCOCK and Danny Elfman's HELLBOY 2: THE GOLDEN ARMY.
In the wake of all of these mega-movies, let's not forget the
upcoming X-FILES 2 film, BANGKOK DANGEROUS, and, oh yes, STAR
WARS: THE CLONE WARS. Some sleepers out there to keep an ear
open for: THE INTERNATIONAL (from the composing crew who brought
us Perfume: The Story of a Murderer), and SPACE CHIMPS (Blue Man
Group). That's right, SPACE CHIMPS.
Just as the film industry looks forward to the Summer months, so
does the gaming industry. It would take weeks to list all of the
games coming out this Summer, so we've listed three of the
most-anticipated: PROTOTYPE, TOO HUMAN, and THE FORCE UNLEASHED.
Look for these to have some noteworthy scores as well.
Ok. Enough with the intro, let's jump into July...
Music from Off the Map
Helmut Vonlichten of the enigmatic duo, E.S. Posthumus, shares
his feelings about the success of their first release Unearthed,
their work for CBS, their latest project with Luna Sans,
Cartographer, and if scoring a film is in their future!
Tyler Bates and the Genre of Doom!
Composer Tyler Bates talks about his recent project DOOMSDAY,
paying homage to classic genre films from the 80s, his upcoming
video game score, RISE OF THE ARGONAUTS, and two more film
projects: THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL and WATCHMEN..
David Buckley: A New Musical Kingdom
Rushing from L.A.X. (if that is actually possible), I made my
way to Wavecrest Studios, where composer DAVID BUCKLEY had just
finished a meeting with director JOEL SCHUMACHER. I was, most
generously, welcomed in and, over the next hour, I was treated
to a tour of the state-of-the-art facility. I talked with David
Buckley about how came into the film-music business, his
work-relationship with Harry Gregson-Williams, and his two new
projects: THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM and TOWN CREEK.