Update! Cutting 'Scissorhands' tix prices in... Denver!
- If you live in the Denver, Colorado area and plan to catch the touring Edward Scissorhands ballet, with music based on Danny Elfman's original score, you can receive a buy-one-get-one-free discount! Click here for details.
AAR perform 'Robinsons' tune
- Pop-rockers All-Update! (3/22/07) Preview the AAR tune "The Future Has Arrived" (written by Danny Elfman) and several tracks from Danny Elfman's score at Cinemusic.net. Previously... American Rejects have recorded an original song, "The Future Has Arrived", based on Danny Elfman's themes, for the upcoming film Meet The Robinsons. Look for the track to be included on the Walt Disney Records soundtrack (no release date set at this time). The film hits theatres March 30th.
The future has arrived, today!
- Happy New Years, folks! Here's what's been happening with Danny Elfman over the past few weeks... In case you missed it, SoundtrackNet posted a scoring session report for Danny's next, Meet The Robinsons... Also upcoming for Danny is The Kingdom directed by Peter Berg. The trailer is now available at Yahoo! Movies... and in the "Who Knew!?" department, the Detroit Symphony performed Danny's "The Overeager Overture" on January 11th and 13th with absolutely zero promotion! The perf was conducted by John Mauceri, who conducted the world premiere at the Hollywood Bowl last summer... Danny was a guest on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on December 20th. I've uploaded the video to YouTube (thanks to John)...
Danny presents Glass with hardware
- Danny Elfman presented celebrated composer Philip Glass with the Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing at The 18th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival awards gala on Saturday, January 6, 2007. Accompanying Elfman was his wife Bridget Fonda. (See photo).
Elfman collaboration 'Slim' chance?
- Mickey News reports: "DJ legend Fatboy Slim has signed a lucrative deal with Disney to record the soundtrack for an upcoming animation film. The Praise You star - real name Norman Cook - is taking a break from his hectic touring commitments to collaborate with top Hollywood composer Danny Elfman on an undisclosed kids' movie. He says, 'It'll be a quiet one for Fatboy this year. It feels right that, after 10 years and so many albums, we should give it a rest for a while. I'm doing a project with Danny Elfman for a Disney film, which I can't say too much about.'"
iTunes offers 'Charlotte's Web' bonus for d/l
- Danny Elfman's latest, Charlotte's Web is available in stores, at Amazon.com and at Apple's iTunes store. iTunes is offering two exlusive bonus tracks, "Fun Suite" and "Zuckerman's Speech" when you download the album from their store. This link will take you to Charlotte's Web on the U.S. iTunes store.
Elfman finally confirmed on 'Spider-Man 3'...?
- It's something I've alluded to in the past -- that Danny Elfman would in fact write music for Spider-Man 3, despite the stunning controversy behind-the-scenes on Spider-Man 2 that forced Elfman to leave the picture, with John Debney and Christopher Young contributing a few minutes of music each (the rest of the score was comprised of original Elfman cues, and re-used cues from the first score.) Word has now come from the production that Elfman will indeed be on the picture, via co-producer Grant Curtis' blog:
Interesting... More on this as it develops. For now, join the Discussion Board and let's talk.
Question: Hi Grant, thanks for paying attention to us, your blog is a great idea. I had questions about the music, but i didn't know where to ask them, so I do there (sic). Will Christopher Young use the main theme created by Danny Elfman at the beginning of the first two movies? Or will he compose a new one? Has the work on music started? Thanks, hope you'll answer me.
Grant Curtis: Tim, Danny and Chris Young are both working on the picture. We have yet to start actively working on the music, but we will start soon. Thanks for the questions.
Shirley Walker, 1945-2006
- Shirley Walker, composer and conductor, has passed away. She was 61. Shirley conducted many of Danny Elfman's most memorable scores, including Batman, and Edward Scissorhands. She also wrote additional music for Danny on Nightbreed. Shirley also wrote her own scores, notably Batman: Mask of The Phantasm, the rollicking Turbulence and collaborated with John Carpenter on Escape From L.A.. She will be missed by her family, friends and her many fans.
'Charlotte's Web' OST will be home for Christmas
- Danny Elfman's next is an adaptation of the classic children's book Charlotte's Web from Paramount Pictures. Already written and recorded last spring, the film was held for a Christmas release. The soundtrack, which also features an original song performed by Sarah McLachlan, is due in stores on 12/5/06 fron Sony and available to pre-order now at Amazon.com.
Elfman news ticker
- Thanks for message board posters for the following... Paramount will release a special edition Scrooged DVD on 10/31/06 with sadly no music features... Warner Bros.' HDDVD release of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, due 10/10/06 will feature an isolated score track... FSM recently dubbed Elfman the #1 New Age [of filmmusic] Composer, read more at their website... The Hollywood Bowl recently held a concert in honour of retiring conductor John Mauceri, on the program was an original Elfman piece, "Overeager Overture" -- more info on this soon... G. Schirmer Inc., publishers of "Serenada Schizophrana" are now renting out the parts to orchestras interested in performing the piece...
Elfman 'rolls with the auteurs and rocks at the B.O.'
- The Thursday, September 24th issue of Daily Variety contains a special "V Plus" section dedicated to Danny Elfman, named their latest "Billion Dollar Composer". The 'ish features seven full-page congratulatory ads from Kraft-Engel, Universal Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, Walt Disney Studios, the Charlotte's Web team, and Sony Pictures, plus quarter-page ads from Sony Music and scoring mixer Dennis Sands. Also included are articles on Elfman's film scoring career, Oingo Boingo days, and his thoughts on many of his film scores. Limited copies are available via Variety by calling (800) 552-3632. More details: Variety FAQ.
'Nightmare' in 3D brings 2-disc special edition OST
- Walt Disney will release a special 3D formatted Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas into select theaters this October. To capitalize on the 13 years worth of growth of the film's rabid fanbase, Walt Disney Records will also re-issue the original Nightmare songs and score in a 2-disc set, with the second disc comprised of cover songs from the film performed by MySpace creations, and reportedly major Elfman fans, Fall Out Boy and Panic! At The Disco among others. Now available at Amazon.com.
'Nacho' not-so libre-ating for Danny
- It's summer, and if there's one thing to expect besides heat, it's the crappy treatment of our beloved film music! A week before it hit theaters, word from Steve Bartek on his website was that Danny Elfman had removed his name from Nacho Libre because it no longer contained most of the music he wrote for the film, and what was left in was shuffled around. I emailed Richard Kraft, Danny's agent, to ask whether the news was true and if he could shed some light on the subject. He replied with:
Danny Elfman is instead credited in the end titles crawl with approx. 14-18 seperate cues.
Danny Elfman has not removed his name from Nacho Libre. He elected not to take a "Music by" credit.
Danny Elfman was brought in to do a replacement score on for the film. The final mix of the movie includes about 2/3rds of the score Elfman composed with the other third comprised of music retained from the first score (composed by Beck) as well as other music. For this reason, Elfman chose not to take a "Music by" credit on the film or advertisements. Instead, he decided to take credit for the cues he composed in the End Titles to properly identify his contributions to the final film."
Elfman turns fifty-three
- According to the IMDb, Danny Elfman recently celebrated his 53rd birthday.
Intrada releases 'Amazing' 'Mummy, Daddy'
- Intrada Records released the first of three double-disc volumes of music from the mid-'80s Steven Spielberg produced series Amazing Stories. Included in volume one is "Mummy, Daddy" by Danny Elfman and Steve Bartek. The suite includes all of the music written for the episode (directed by William Dear of Harry and The Hendersons and starring Bronson Pinchot), approximately thirteen minutes of music. Intrada has promised Elfman's "Family Dog" will make one of the next releases. Each volume is limited to 3,000 copies, so be sure to order yours quickly. For details: Intrada.com.
High bid nabs original Elfman cellphone ringtone
- Here's something you won't find anywhere else: "Estimated Value: Priceless... Description: Your very own ringtone composed by Danny Elfman! One of a kind! Includes a signed B&W headshot..." The American Composers Orchestra recently auctioned off a "unique cell phone ringtone" written by Danny Elfman. Bidding closed on May 5th with the final price of $400.00 U.S. To view the details see: ACO Auction entry.
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