The soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" is scheduled for a August 18 release via Warner Bros, three days before the film hits on August 21.
You gotta love the old school design on the soundtrack CD artwork too. Too bad they didn't go that way on the poster.
No tracklist has been revealed as of yet, but a list of all the music in the film leaked during Cannes, and it included tracks by David Bowie (the Giorgio Moroder-produced synth-laden titular soundtrack cut to the '80s Paul Schrader film "Cat People"), Billy Preston (keyboardist to the Beatles and The Stones), '70s Brit band The Arrows, plus eight classic Ennio Morricone cues (naturally, QT tried to enlist the venerable composer to write original music for the film, but he tentatively agreed and then had to drop out due to prior obligations). A little birdy told us you'll probably see the Bowie track in there in some capacity if it's not on the disc itself. Stay tuned.
However, Tarantino just said yesterday that he's added four new soundtrack cues to the soundtrack including the main theme from the Jack Cardiff movie "Dark of the Sun" (aka "The Mercenaries" in some countries). Here's that track, written by French composer Jacques Loussier, and one other song you'll likely see on the soundtrack disc and our favorite song in the film, "Rabbia & Tarantella" by Morricone which closes out the film in the credits (it's so good we wish he would have used it all over the film). Here's the David Bowie song, which is a great track, but we're surprised its still in the final film as the scene it's in feels a little superfluous.
Update: The final tracklist has been unveiled, it's not really that much different from the entire list of songs revealed to be featured in the film during Cannes, meaning, unlike most soundtracks, this one features all of the music used in the film, but it doesn't appear those four new cues or any Jacques Loussier music is included. However, it is possible that Amazon is just regurgitating what's been out there and this isn't exactly final. We'll see. Meanwhile, to coincide with the release of the soundtrack, Warner Bros. is releasing a 7 inch version of David Bowie's "Cat People," that Tarantino has been signing at various events. We hear they'll be running contests for this one too on various websites so hopefully we'll have a copy to give away as well. Additionally, for all the audiophiles out there, there will also be a vinyl release of the soundtrack album on August 18 as well.
1. Green Leaves of Summer - Dimitri Tiomkin
2. After the Verdict - Ennio Morricone
3. Incontro Con la Figlia - Ennio Morricone
4. White Lightning - Charles Bernstein
5. Mercenario (Ripresa) - Ennio Morricone
6. Slaughter - Billy Preston
7. Algeris 1 Novembre 1954 - Ennio Morricone
8. Surrender (La Resa) - Ennio Morricone
9. One Silver Dollar - Gianni Ferrio
10. Bath Attack - Charles Bernstein
11. Davon Geht Die Welt Nicht Unter - Zarah Leander
12. Man With the Big Sombrero - Sam Shelton
13. Ich Wollt Ich Waer Bin Buhn - Willy Fritsch, Lilian Harvey,
14. Cat People (Putting Out Fire) - David Bowie, Giorgio Moroder
15. Mystic and Severe - Ennio Morricone
16. Devil's Rumble - The Arrows
17. What I'd Say Zulus - Elmer Bernstein
18. Amico - Ennio Morricone
19. Tiger Tank - Lalo Schifrin
20. Bastero Gondors Rabhia E Tarantella - Ennio Morricone
David Bowie - "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)"
This story was originally published July 9, 2009 at 6:02 p.m. EST
The soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" is scheduled for a August 18 release via Warner Bros, three days before the film hits on August 21.
News that's been making the rounds and we heard, but couldn't confirm until now: in the printed edition of Rolling Stone Mexico Japanese future-pop musician Cornelius confirmed he has recorded a new original song for Edgar Wright's highly anticipated adaptation of the graphic novel series "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World." The film's soundtrack may coincide with the release of Cornelius' still untitled upcoming album.
The addition of Cornelius, is just the latest in an impressive line of indie-rock musicians that are making music and or are involved in the film. The line-up so far includes Beck, Canadian indie-rock collective Broken Social Scene, synth rockers Metric, Canadian favorites Sloan and Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich who is serving as the soundtrack supervisor and producer.
'Scott Pilgrim' is becoming a veritable cottage industry. Ubisoft is currently in the early stages of creating a video game, but don't scoff that this is one of those forced 360 marketing initiatives (even thought it might be), the 'Pilgrim' graphic novel stories are heavily steeped in video game culture so it makes perfect sense. The basic concept and premise? A slacker Canadian boy fighting seven ex-evil boyfriends to win the heart of a girl? It's not that much different from Super Mario Brother fighting through eight worlds (and eight big baddies) to get to the Princess.
As for the film coming out in summer 2010 as is the loose plan? It might be a tight turn-around. Series creator Bryan Lee O'Malley told reporters at Comic-Con that the project won't be finished until at least April. [Rolling Stone Mexico] - additional reporting by Arturo R. Jiménez, the author of the RS article.
Quentin Tarantino Talks The 'Casino Royale' Bond Movie He Wanted Pierce Brosnan For; Still Wants Credit For 2006 Reboot
You've probably heard by now at one point in the aughts (circa 2004/2005) Quentin Tarantino was toying with the idea of directing a James Bond film and the 007/Ian Flemming story he wanted to tell was, "Casino Royale." As he puts it, on a recent appearance on the Jonathan Ross BBC show to promote, "Inglourious Basterds," the notoriously hands-on producers of that franchise thought the original novel was "unfilmable" and didn't want to make it (even though a satirical version was made in 1967 with Peter Sellers, David Niven and Woody Allen). But of course they eventually did reboot the series with Daniel Craig and it was obviously one of the best Bond films in almost decades (too bad about that "Quantum Solace" though).
Tarantino wanted Pierce Brosnan as his Bond, but as he told reporters in 2005, "Once I heard Brosnan isn't going to be doing any more Bond films, that killed it as far as I was concerned." In this BBC interview, the filmmaker says he was responsible for kick starting the re-interest in 'Royale,' and naturally, not all that humbly. "The reason they did 'Casino Royale' all comes down to me," he said pointedly. "But after I said it and talked about it, then all the big things on the Internets was that's what all the fans want to see. So that's when [the producers] said, 'Oh, maybe it's not so unfilmable now.' " He's not kidding either. In a 2007 interview the director said, "I resent that none of them gave me a shout out to recognize that I'm the one who got them to make 'Casino Royale'." We're probably all better Quentin did bother, no?
Looks like the rumors were spot on again. Robert Rodriguez has revealed that Lindsay Lohan has a role in his upcoming film "Machete" if she wants it. It's just sitting there waiting for her. Lohan's project radar isn't exactly highly attuned - she turned down "The Hangover" after not digging the screenplay.
"There's a cool part for her if she takes it," the director said. Also confirmed is Michelle Rodriguez. But seriously, even if this movie is hot-stinking garbage wouldn't you think Lohan would have signed up without even reading the script considering her toilet-circling career trajectory of late? As for folks like DeNiro, the filmmaker doesn't say exactly, but he all but admits that the offer has already been put out there. [MTV]
While at Comic-Con promoting Neill Blomkamp's "District 9" which he produces, Peter Jackson has discussed at lengths his heavy upcoming slate of film releases.
"The Hobbit" in script form seems to be just about ready. "We're about three weeks from turning over the script for the first Hobbit movie to the studio. We wrote a treatment for the two films which we pitched to the studio."
"We included all the events that we'd like to see, plus the fact that we wanted to embellish a few things and put a couple extra narratives in for Gandalf and the Necromancer. So we decided that the two movies should be The Hobbit, Part One and Part Two."
Jackson also says that the adaptation will be "keeping all 13 Dwarves" but that "they're going to pick four or five [of them] to make leads and keep everyone else in the background."
On his and Steven Spielberg's proposed "Tintin" trilogy: "Steven Spielberg has just finished his first cut. I'm actually going to see it when I get home. He did the motion capture for that and directed it, which he was doing for six weeks. Then it comes down to New Zealand, to WETA, because our company is doing the shots. So Steven and I are collaborating on the production of the film and I'm going to keep an eye on the effects shots.
"For the second film, I'm keeping my options open at the moment, but I am very partial to the Seven Crystal Balls [storyline]. I'm going to read them all again. I've read them about three times in the past two years, so I'll do it again and see which one…"
On his adaptation of Alice Sebold's "The Lovely Bones" due out December 14th: "It was a very, very difficult book to adapt. It doesn't lend itself to a film structure. We haven't slavishly followed the book. There are big sections of the book that we didn't use; we elaborated on other bits. It's certainly a personal adaptation rather than a copy."
On "Dambusters," the Stephen Fry scribed film he is producing: "One of things I'm thinking of is possibly shooting Dambusters in 3-D. I wanted to get my head around the technology, so we got the equipment and shot some material to see how it looked." [IGN]
A host of new official images from Sylvester Stallone's "The Expendables" have been unveiled via the film's official blog. Most of these aren't cheap set-shots and actually look like production stills.
The pictures show various members of the 'Expendables' in action including Jason Statham, Jet Li and Eric Roberts holding an unidentified female hostage. The new pics also give us our first look at Mickey Rourke in the all-star action B-movie and it appears his role is that of a tattoo artist giving Stallone some new ink. Let's guess, it's a wise, Obi-Wan type character giving off sage advice? Either way, Rourke seems to be wearing the same dread-like nappy hairdo that he's also been sporting in "
A poster for Sylvain White's "Losers" has been unveiled. [AICN]
Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has revealed the plot of the highly-anticipated (for the wrong reasons of course) "Asteroids" film adaptation: "Without divulging too much about it, it's two lead characters - two brothers - who have to go through a seminal experience to figure out their relationship, against this huge backdrop." Deep shit. Academy, you've been warned. [IGN]
Paul W.S. Anderson will be returning for the fourth installment of the "
A red band trailer for "Hot Tub Time Machine" starring the likes of John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Lizzy Caplan, Clark Duke and Craig Robinson has surfaced. We hope the film has much more to offer than this and its interesting titular concept.
A character poster for Rachel McAdams' Irene Adler character in Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes" was unveiled at Comic-Con. [IGN]
Pixar's John Lassater has noted that "Toy Story 3" will explore the idea that the toys must come to grips with a grown-up Andy. "It's a different emotional core from the other movies," added Lassater. "We needed to have more than just have the toys go on another adventure." Michael Keaton will also be joining the cast as Ken of Barbie fame. [Variety]
Charlize Theron and Samuel L. Jackson will have voice cameos in the upcoming animated film, "Astro Boy," which already features the voices of Freddie Highmore and Kristen Bell as well as Nicolas Cage, Donald Sutherland and Nathan Lane. [ComingSoon]
Producer Galen Walker on the upcoming live-action "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles": "Our point of view is this: go back and look at the original Turtles comics. They are very dark. The audience is much more sophisticated than they were in 1990. This is 2009. Take the new Harry Potter for example. It is rated PG and it's still a very dark film. We are headed that direction." Seriously? We're gonna get the "The Dark Knight"/"Watchmen," of 'Ninja Turtle' movies. Hilarious. [Firstshowing]
Horror/comedy "Zombieland" predominantly features n amusement park so we knew this was bound to happen right? A clown zombie. We wondered what significance this particular zombie earned to get his own picture released. Bill Murray and Matthew McConaughey were reported to have cameos. Any resemblance? [BloodyDisgusting]
Darren Lynn Bousman on his next project. "'Abattoir' means slaughterhouse - this book (and soon to be movie) is extremely dark... It revolves around a unique house - you come to find out very quickly why 'slaughterhouse' is an appropriate name." [BloodyDisgusting]
Paul Giamatti and Clancy Brown will feature vocally in the David Fincher produced animated comic book adaptation of "The Goon." [/Film]
Comic-Con '09: Cameron Diaz Spoils 'The Box,' New 'Cabin In The Woods' Poster, 'Ninja Assassin' Trailer
Cameron Diaz dropped a few pretty substantial spoilers for Richard Kelly's "The Box" at the film's Comic-Con panel revealing that the film will involve "people from Mars" and "race testing mankind as a whole" (highlight the white space to reveal - be warned though, major spoilers). [/Film]
With his upcoming film "District 9" generating plenty of buzz, director Neill Blomkamp has preemptively turned down the possible return to adapting the video game "Halo." Blomkamp was attached to helm the film and worked on the project for five months before bottoming out. [Firstshowing]
Furthermore, Blomkamp looks to already have a project lined up: "I’ve got one science fiction idea that I’m absolutely in love with, which I’m pretty sure is going to be my next film. 99% sure…It’s totally original, it’s my own story…It’s set on another planet, but it’s cool. It’s violent, very violent, and very unique hopefully. We’ll see." [/Film]
Self-aware, tongue-in-cheek posters for Joss Whedon's "Cabin In The Woods" has been released. The secretive project stars Chris Hemsworth (who will also of course lead Kenneth Branagh's "Thor"), Richard Jenkins, and Bradley Whitford. [IGN]
Kurt Russell is reportedly in talks to join the remake of "Red Dawn." Directed by Dan Bradley, the film is set to star Chris Hemsworth (guy is apparently set to star in everything) Josh Peck and Adrianne Palicki and follows the resistance of foreign occupation by a group of Midwestern teenagers who take on the moniker of their high school football mascot, the "Wolverines." [ComingSoon]
Director Matthew Vaughn has revealed that he expects "Kick-Ass" to be release in the 1st quarter of 2010. The film is apparently 90-percent completed with the music providing the only lingering issue. Writer Mark Millar also confirmed the idea of it being the first of a trilogy of films. The film's panel at Comic-Con, meanwhile, has been wowing geeks.Trilogy? This really smells like a project that is going to go the way of this. [MTV]
The trailer for James McTeigue's adaptation of a martial art demonstration video, "Ninja Assassin," has been unveiled in the wake of Comic-Con. [TrailerAddict]
If we needed a barometer of how far Todd Phillips has come this year...
Wow. Robert Downey Jr. will now star along side Zach Galifianakis in Phillip's follow up to "The Hangover," fellow road trip comedy "Due Date." That is some crazy inspired casting.
A recent script review revealed that "Due Date" will follow a "worrywart" protagonist and a man-child who are kicked off a plane together and are forced to take a road trip in an attempt for the protagonist to return home in time for the birth of his child. While the first two acts of the film are described as run-of-the-mill road-trip-comedy stuff, the final third reportedly explores emotional ground that provides the film a "jolt."
Downey Jr. is set to play the "worrywart" expectant father while Galifianakis will of course play the man-child. Great combination especially for a film Phillips described as "a buddy comedy without the buddies." Downey Jr. and Galifianakis going at it toe to toe? Yes please.
Shooting on the film is set to begin in September in Atlanta, Arizona and Los Angeles for a tentative June 2010 release. Holy crap, we're stoked. [BFDealmemo]
Bad news for those of us that wanted to see David Cronenberg's adaptation of "The Matarese Circle" by author Robert Ludlum (The 'Bourne' series). That project now seems to be on the back burner.
As of a few month ago, the spy thriller was "set" to star Tom Cruise and Denzel Washington as two agents (one from the CIA and the other from the KGB) who put their rivalry in the past to go up against an international circle of killers called the Matarese.
With Tom Cruise jumping on board James Mangold's "Wichita," and Denzel Washington officially signing up for Tony Scott's "Unstoppable," the Canadian filmmaker appears to have an open slot in his schedule.
So instead of 'Circle,' Cronenberg's next move will be to bring Don DeLillo's novel, "Cosmopolis" to the silver screen.
Set to begin filming in 2010, the Toronto/U.S. production seems to be a departure for Cronenberg, who hasn't directed a picture since 2007's "Eastern Promises."
The story of "Cosmopolis" revolves around a day in the life of Eric Packer, a 28 year old multi-billionaire asset manager who travels across Manhattan in order to get a haircut. No, really, we didn't make that up, but if anyone can make that trifle sound interesting, surely Cronenberg can.
According to Amazon, "Most of the action takes place inside a "prousted" (cork-lined) stretch limo, as the reclusive financial wizard Eric Packer is chauffeured across Manhattan for a haircut. Thanks to a presidential visit, antiglobalization demonstrations, and a celebrity funeral, this journey takes up most of the day."
No cast or crew have been announced as of yet, but we should hear more in the upcoming months. [THR] - Alexander Sablow
Are we frustrated filmmakers? Hell no. We gave up on that racket back in college (that film degree is probably worth as much as a clown college diploma), but there is a little twinge in us that occasionally wants to make films simply as an excuse to include some really cinematic bands (don't worry we won't foist that upon the world ;). One of those "groups" at the very top of our personal list is the eclectroacoustic/musique concrète French artist Colleen.
We love her music. It's very evocative, strange and swirly and we included some of her tracks on our "If I Were Spike Jonze" imaginary soundtracks playlist that people seem to enjoy so much (the song in question below).
So we're glad to hear her music is being used for actress Samantha Morton's directorial debut, "The Unloved," that will make it's North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. What's it about? The picture is being touted as a "stark portrait of a young British girl plucked from an abusive family and thrown into the hands of government care."
Colleen wrote on her myspace page a few months back, "I’m absolutely thrilled to announce that my music (mostly songs from my second album, The Golden Morning Breaks*) was chosen by Samantha Morton to be the soundtrack to her first feature film, The Unloved' " (*the same album we took our imaginary soundtrack pick from).
Apparently the film is fairly autobiographical and in an interview with the U.K. Guardian, Morton admitted she was beaten "badly," as a child by her father.
"I think anybody who has been abused as a kid -- and I was abused as a kid, by various people -- will say it's irrational because violence is irrational. It is a criminal offense for you to hit me or me to hit you, but it is not a criminal offense for a parent to hit a child. What gives one person the right to be violent with another person, especially a person who cannot understand? My mind boggles at the amount of violence inflicted upon children in today's society."
Sounds like the film is going to be a rather bleak and harrowing experience, but we're still hoping to check it out if/when we make it to TIFF and doubly so for the Colleen score.
Alright, we already gave you a first look at Joann Sfar's upcoming Gainsbourg biopic, "Vie Heroique" ("A Heroic Life") starring Eric Elmosnino as Serge Gainsbourg, and Lucy Gordon (who committed suicide earlier this year, RIP) as Jane Birkin and now, a brief video teaser has arrived (former French Supermodel Laetitia Casta also stars as Brigitte Bardot, but she's not featured in this clip).
There's been some debate if the film was called, "Je t'Aime Moi Non Plus" -- the song that plays in the background here, written by Gainsbourg and sung by the husband and wife duo. It's also the name of a 1976 film that Gainsbourg directed that's hard to get your hands on these days through traditional methods, anyone wanna burn us DVD rip? (but actually we've found some scenes from the film stitched together below) The "plot" of that thing is hilariously so Gainsbourg (debased, etc.)But it seems pretty damn conclusive from the official site the the film is called, "A Heroic Life," or "Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life." The film is set for a February 2010 release in Europe, so let's hope that means a U.S. release is concurrent or not far behind. [GainsbourgLeFilm/ thanks to World of Kane for the head's up]
So much for all that "Inglourious Basterds," prequel/sequel talk which you kind of knew wasn't going to happen regardless.
What's next for director Quentin Tarantino? Well, the guy is certainly a genre-hopper. "Well I still want to do a Western, I haven't done a Western yet. I keep flirting about with it, but I haven't done it yet," Tarantino said to Empire on the red carpet promoting "Inglourious Basterds," that premiered in the U.K. this week.
This makes total sense, really, Tarantino has basically made an homage to all his favorite kinds of films thoughtout his career: a kung-fu movie (the "Kill Bill" films), a blaxploitation flick ("Jackie Brown"), a a grindhouse B-movie/slasher film ("Death Proof"), a crime gangster picture and one with the strands of the French New Wave ("Resevoir Dogs" and "Pulp Fiction") and a war adventure-epic ("Basterds").
Though there are shades of a Spaghetti Western in "Kill Bill 2," and "Inglourious Basterds," he's never really shot a a full-on Italiano-like guns n' grit movie and lord knows Tarantino loves him some Ennio Morricone, Sergio Leone, Sergio Corbucci, etc. etc., the list goes on, the man is a spaghetti Western encylopedia (like he is about many genres).
Now he also loves John Wayne films too and he didn't say qualify his Western quote with "spaghetti," but if we were betting people, which we are, we'd put our money down that there would be many shade of the Italy-set sub-genre.
It seems that Empire asked Tarantino about alleged projects like a remake of "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" and another remake of the martial-arts flick "Come Drink With Me," but Tarantino response seems to suggest he doesn't even have a basic idea or concept for the Western yet. It's just something he'd love to try. "Well I won't be able to do anything in ten months from now, because I don't even know what the next movie's gonna be."
So a Western next? More 'Inglourious' films? Tarantino works at his own pace without rushing things. We bet you won't hear anything concrete for a while other than hopes and ideas and we're not convinced 'Basterds' is going to do well enough at the box-office to beget sequels or prequels. Time will tell, but obviously August 21 is not looking entirely hopeful as of today.
So there was a Comic-Con related party last night for "Tron Legacy," at a place called Flynn's Arcade, but apparently there was a big secret in store for Con-goers, which was an early sneak-peak at light cycles and whatnot from the new "Tron" movie.
Can't say the Playlist EIC cares much for "Tron" frankly (other members clearly disagree, but then again, they're not writing this are they...), but more of interest it what appears and sounds like the new Daft Punk score written for the film. Throbbing, snakey electronic score? Sure sounds like it. Take a listen, but wait until around the :25 second mark when it finally starts to kick in (the second clip has the same track pretty much right from the beginning). If you want to know more about the event, First Showing seem to have a fairly comprehensive recap. Thanks to the reader for the tip about the music.
Update: here's the "Tron Legacy" teaser trailer. The visuals are admittedly excellent, near-stunning at some moments. But will there be an actual story? As one of our contribs says, "the original 'Tron' is far more boring than most nerds are willing to admit." 100% true. You tried watching that thing now? It's like playing the original 2-bit Pong.