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Exclusive: New Photos & Soundtrack Details From 'I Origins' Starring Michael Pitt & Brit Marling

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 16, 2014 11:59 AM
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I Origins
Are you starved for some smart sci-fi this summer? Us too. Sure, "Edge of Tomorrow" had a fair amount of brains, but always coming second to the explosions, and other than "Under the Skin," not much has really scratched the brainy, emotional science fiction itch that things like "Moon" and "Upstream Color" managed to in recent years.

Soundtrack For Richard Linklater's 'Boyhood' Includes Arcade Fire, Coldplay, Flaming Lips & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • June 13, 2014 3:18 PM
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Boyhood
During the first screening of Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" at the Sundance Film Festival in January, one of the observations made from the audience during the Q&A was the jam-packed soundtrack of indie-rock songs, Coldplay, Wilco, The Flaming Lips, Jeff Tweedy, The Arcade Fire, and so on and so forth; songs that worked like chapters of the beginning of each new year in this twelve-year saga. During said Q&A, Linklater noted that he had not attained licenses for all the songs in the film yet and cautioned that the music may not be final.

16 Musicians-Turned-Film Composers And Their Breakout Scores

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 9, 2014 4:56 PM
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Musicians Turned Composers
Increasingly over the last two decades, musicians and bands have looked upon the film score and seen a rare opportunity to challenge themselves in a new medium, and also to gain a break from non-stop touring. The results have been an eclectic, unconventional bounty. Last month, Mica Levi of Micachu and the Shapes delivered an iconic three-note theme to Jonathan Glazer’s “Under The Skin” that rattled the senses, while Devonte Hynes (Lightspeed Champion, Blood Orange) struck a dreamy pop tone of high-school nostalgia with his score to Gia Coppola’s directorial debut, “Palo Alto.”

'Ping Pong Summer' Soundtrack Features The Fat Boys, Mr. Mister, New Edition, Whodini & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 6, 2014 3:40 PM
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Ping Pong Summer
Looking for a little throwback flavor to your summer movie viewing? Something a little retro, perhaps a bit lo-fi, but with its heart in the right place? Well, "Ping Pong Summer" could fit the bill. The Sundance comedy is coming to theatres today, and if the movie doesn't grab you, perhaps the soundtrack will.

Listen: Jónsi's Song From 'How To Train Your Dragon 2' Soundtrack, Plus New Clip, Featurette & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 6, 2014 3:01 PM
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How To Train Your Dragon 2
So, yes, an animated sequel did play the Cannes Film Festival. Which one? Well, in case you forgot, it was DreamWorks' "How To Train Your Dragon 2," and for the most part, reviews were favorable. Indeed, our man on the ground liked it well enough, calling the movie "in the top tier of the studio's output." And it's now coming to theaters to fill up the family entertainment niche at the multiplex.

The 20 Greatest Movie Theme Songs Of The 1980s

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 4, 2014 2:35 PM
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The 20 Greatest Movie Theme Songs Of The 1980s
This Sunday marks the 30th anniversary of the classic supernatural action-comedy "Ghostbusters," which hit theaters on Friday June 8th, 1984. One of the most beloved films of its generation, the Ivan Reitman-directed movie is remembered for its sharp, funny, tight script (co-written by the late Harold Ramis), still-superb visual effects, great performances from the likes of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Ernie Hudson and Ramis, and being a rare example of the successful blend of blockbuster fantasy and comedy.

Soundtrack For 'In Your Eyes' Features Iron & Wine, Santigold, Song Written By Joss Whedon & More

  • By Ben Brock
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  • June 4, 2014 11:22 AM
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In Your Eyes
It ought to be easy to dislike Joss Whedon. He's an absurdly talented, extremely laid-back mega-geek who created some of the finest TV ever and now gets to play with all Marvel's money and makes little indie movies on the side just because he can... and he's also a musician. This isn't really news, since Whedon wrote the “Firefly” theme tune, the songs for the musical “Buffy” episode “Once More With Feeling,” the songs for “Dr Horrible's Sing-Along Blog” (and for the sing-along DVD commentary to that blog)—the man even wrote a song for the direct-to-video “The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride.” He ought to be really, really resent-able.

‘22 Jump Street’ Soundtrack Features Wiz Khalifa, Diplo, Skrillex, Angel Haze, Travis Barker & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 4, 2014 9:22 AM
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22 Jump Street
Three elements were highly underrated from “21 Jump Street.": the score by Mark Mothersbaugh, the excellent theme song written by Mothersbaugh, and the overall soundtrack. In fact, it’s kind of crazy that no soundtrack was ever released considering the eclectic hits on it, but for some reason no disc or digital collection ever came out (but you can find all of the songs in the first movie here).

Exclusive: Listen To 2 Tracks From Julian Wass' Score For 'The Pretty One' Starring Zoe Kazan

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 30, 2014 10:05 AM
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The Pretty One Julian Wass
Jenée LaMarque's "The Pretty One" is a film we were charmed by all the way back in 2013 when we first saw it at the Tribeca Film Festival. And of the many elements that caught our attention was the "gauzy, dreamy" score by Julian Wass. And the good news is, in addition to the film coming to VOD soon, the soundtrack will also be available shortly to spin at home too.

Listen: Tracks From ‘The Rover’ Soundtrack Including Tortoise, Colin Stetson, William Basinski & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 23, 2014 2:00 PM
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The Rover
You wouldn’t think of a barren, sun-scorched movie like David Michod’s “The Rover” having much in the way of recognizable music in it. And it doesn’t really. The movie has an original score by Antony Partos (“Animal Kingdom”) that’s said to be droning, discordant and moodily ambient. But the movie also includes score, sound design and song pieces from Sam Petty, the sound designer/musician on Michod’s “Animal Kingdom” and projects like "Hesher," "Lore" and "The Grandmaster."

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