Danny Elfman to score 'Justice League' movie
June, 2017 - Danny Elfman may get the chance to revisit his classic Batman theme, now that the composer has been hired by director Joss Whedon to score Warner Bros.' Justice League movie. Whedon, stepping in to complete the film for director Zack Snyder (who stepped away due to family matters), previously tapped Elfman to write additional music for Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron. Elfman's Batman theme, of course, is one of film music's most popular tunes, and this will be the first time he gets to revisit the theme since 1992's Batman Returns. Batman isn't the only hero in Justice League Elfman has lent a melody too. You might recall his triumphant theme for the early-90s television show The Flash. Whether or not Elfman gets to reuse these themes in Justice League remains to be seen. The film is due in theatres November, 2017. Until then join the discussion forum for more Justice League updates.

Danny Elfman's Rabbit & Rogue Ballet on CD June 7
May, 2016 - Twyla Harp's ballet Rabbit & Rogue debuted in 2008 at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, complete with original music by Danny Elfman. Fast-forward to 2016 and Danny Elfman's original music for the five-movement, forty-five-minute long ballet is now set for a CD release on June 7 courtesy of Sony Classical, which is rumored to have been recorded back in 2014.

Danny Elfman's Oscar-nominated "Good Will Hunting" now on CD from Music Box Records
February, 2014 - It may have only taken 17 years, but you can now add Danny Elfman's 1997 Oscar-nominated Good Will Hunting to your collection. Music Box Records has released the complete score, with Elliott Smith's original songs, on CD. The release is limited to 1500 copies. Check out samples and some notes reflecting on the score, it's place in Elfman's discography and more in our exclusive MFADP feature.

Danny Elfman's Music from the Films of Tim Burton
September, 2013 - Danny Elfman's Music from the Films of Tim Burton will have a special Halloween Concert on Oct. 31 in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theatre.

The concert will feature conductor John Mauceri leading the 87-piece Hollywood Symphony Orchestra and the 45-member Page L.A. Choir. Elfman himself will appear at the concert to perform songs from "The Nightmare Before Christmas." It will be Elfman's first live performance in the US in 18 years since his Oingo Boingo final concert on Halloween night in 1995 in L.A.

The concert is produced by Columbia Artists Music, LLC and Kraft-Engel Management.

Shows are scheduled for October 29, 30 and 31 at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live. Tickets are now available through AXS.com, and by phone at (888) 929-7849. The October 31 concert sold out in less than 12 minutes.

Updates on other cities performing the concert can be found at cami.com. More dates to be announced soon.

Danny Elfman hosting 'Dark Shadows' Q&A
May, 2012 - "In anticipation of the upcoming Tim Burton Film, Dark Shadows, Danny Elfman will visit Warner Bros. Records building in Burbank, CA to host a live Q & A open to the public on Tuesday, May 8th at 6:00pm. For those unable to attend, this event will be streamed live at livestream.com/dannyelfman where fans can submit their questions in real time. Here are the details:

When: Tuesday, May 8th
What: Danny Elfman to Host a Live Q+A Session
Where: Warner Bros. Records Boutique Store, 3300 Warner Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505
Time: 6pm-7:30pm
RSVP: dannyelfmanrsvp@gmail.com by Friday, May 4th."

Pre-order the CD at Amazon.com.

'Dark Shadows': Interview - Danny Elfman
May, 2012 - Danny Elfman dishes about Dark Shadows, including "going small" and "lean and mean" for his latest Tim Burton pic. Follow the Elfman Discussion Board Dark Shadows thread for more. Pre-order the CD at Amazon.com.

Tim Burton's Dark Shadows Soundtrack due May 5!
April, 2012 - Danny Elfman's latest soundtrack for director Tim Burton, Dark Shadows, is set for release from WaterTower Music on May 5, 2012 — and it's a wild one! Check out samples from the album at WaterTower's website, and the Elfman Discussion Board Dark Shadows thread for reactions from fans. Pre-order the CD at Amazon.com.

elfman.filmmusic.com is now elfman.cinemusic.net
October, 2011 - Update! The Discussion Board is back — go there now! You can login with your old username and password. Forgot your password? Retrieve it, then join the conversation! We've moved! After a decade plus known as elfman.filmmusic.com, Danny Elfman's Music for a Darkened People is now located at elfman.cinemusic.net. Tell all your friends! Update your bookmarks! Check back for a brand-new site and tons o' improvements!

On The Score: Elfman speaks on 'Alice' and Tim Burton
March, 2010 - Daniel Schweiger for On The Score speaks with Danny on Alice in Wonderland, whether or not he's a social outcast, reject or... Lame and Danny's blow-out with Tim Burton! Check out the audio interview at Filmmusicmag.com.

Danny no longer howling 'The Wolfman' (again!)
January, 2010 - UPDATE: Well, this just got weirder -- Danny Elfman's music for The Wolfman is back in the film! Cinemusic.net reports that Paul Haslinger's replacement score is out, and Elfman is back in, with an assist from composer/orchestrator Conrad Pope writing additional music to tie it all together. Even better news, Varese Sarabande is releasing the 66-minute album Elfman prepared (way back in November, 2009) of Wolfman material, on February 23rd. Pre-order the disc at Amazon.com.

Previously... Big news for Elfman fans: Danny Elfman has left (or been fired, depending on how you want to look at it) from Universal Pictures' production of Joe Johnston's The Wolf Man. Cinemusic.net has the details:

"There were rumblings deep in the Elfman fan communityÖ And it looks like those rumblings are now mumblings ó Danny Elfman has left The Wolfman, apparently due to scheduling conflicts. But if you believe rumors, itís due to problems with the film, which has been pushed back three times from its original release date to February 12th, 2010 (originally scheduled for November 12, 2008, first pushed back to February 13, 2009, then to April 3, 2009, and again to November 6, 2009)."

The Wolfman is in theatres on February 12th, with what's is likely to be a mixture of music from Elfman, Paul Haslinger and additional music by Conrad Pope.

Elfman's 'Alice in Wonderland' on 3/2/10, not on official site - yet
January, 2010 - Danny Elfman's hotly anticipated score for Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland is wrapping up recording and will be released on CD by Walt Disney Records on March 2 (pre-order on Amazon.com). The same date as the "inspired by" song collection Almost Alice, featuring newly recorded tracks from Avril Lavigne, et al that do not appear in the film. Despite what you might have read on the internet, the music featured on the official Alice website is not by Danny Elfman. It's really a library/trailer piece, "Midnight Waltz" by Brand X (see for yourself on YouTube). Follow all Alice developments on the discussion board.

La-La Land Records takes 'Woodstock' from Danny
August, 2009 - La-La Land Records will release Danny's period score for Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock on September 29.

"Presenting the original motion picture score to the acclaimed new feature film from Focus Features, TAKING WOODSTOCK, starring Emile Hirsch (INTO THE WILD) and Live Schreiber (WOLVERINE, THE OMEN) and directed by Academy Award-Winning filmmaker, Ang Lee (CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN). Renowned composer Danny Elfman (BATMAN, WANTED, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, MILK) crafts an amazing ride of a rock score that whisks the listener, along with the film, back to the very birth of the most legendary of concert eventsÖ Woodstock! A new musical work from one of filmdom's most exciting composers."

The official song soundtrack (from Rhino Records) features five Elfman score cuts, but these are also included on La-La Land's score disc. Buy CD at Amazon.com.

Danny themes '9', Deborah Lurie writes the score
August, 2009 - Originally believed to be scoring Shane Acker's animated film produced by Tim Burton and Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov, Danny Elfman instead wrote the themes for 9, and Deborah Lurie, who previously has lent additional music to some of Danny's recent scores, has written the score. Recorded in London, the score will be released (on August 31) by Koch / E1 Music and include the track "Welcome Home" by Coheed and Cambria (used in the film's theatrical trailer). Buy CD at Amazon.com.

Terminator Salvation in stores May 19
May 13, 2009 - Danny Elfman's highly anticipated (and no doubt, potentially controversial) original score for Terminator Salvation is due in stores and digitally on May 19th, just before the film's release. The album features 14 Elfman score cues, and Alice In Chain's '90s-era rocker "Rooster". Warner Bros./Reprise's publicity says:

"Capturing what director McG calls ìthe delicate nature of humanity and the unrelenting brutality of the machines,î Elfmanís synthesizer/orchestral score for Terminator Salvation elevates and expands the sweeping soundscape of one of the most successful series of films in history."

The album is available for pre-order at Amazon.com.

March 26, 2009 - What's the deal with the lack of updates? Well I'm rehauling the entire site. That means I can't hang new drapes before I tear this house down. So, if you'd like to stay up-to-date you should go directly to the Message Board. In the meanwhile, this is what Danny Elfman has slated for the rest of 2009: Terminator Salvation (dir. McG), Taking Woodstock (dir. Ang Lee, in theatres August), 9 (dir. Shane Acker, this assignment TBC, in theatres September), and The Wolf Man (dir. Joe Johnston, in theatres November).

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