Danny Elfman
Danny Elfman
Daniel Robert "Danny" Elfman is an American composer, best known as the lead singer and songwriter for the rock band Oingo Boingo, from 1976 to 1995 and later for scoring music for television and film and creating The Simpsons main title theme as well as the 1989 Batman movie theme. He has scored the majority of the films for his long-time friend Tim Burton. Born in Los Angeles, he entered the film industry in 1976, initially as an actor.
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Trump Inauguration Confronted By Jarring Projections Of Sexual Abuse Survivor Statements
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Last night, FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, an art collective known for multiple viral public art actions, projected the faces and stories of survivors of rape and abuse onto the façade of Washington, D.C.’s Convention Center. Each image was accompanied by the hashtag #WeWillNotBeSilent and the words, “In this man, I see violence.” Statements described the way in which Donald Trump’s predatory behavior reminds survivors of their abusers. For people gathered to look, those walking by, in their cars and on their way to inaugural events during rush hour traffic it was impossible to look away. It was a clear, crisp night and the facade is 60 feet tall. The action was done in collaboration with DISCLOSE, an Oakland-based art-activism collective, which simultaneously staged projections on the West Coast. The projected stills and are come from a video created by DISCLOSE, which was released online today. “As survivors of violence, we know best the tactics that Trump uses to maintain power ...
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Danny Elfman on scoring 'The Girl on the Train': The darker it gets, the happier I get
LATimes - 5 months
Depending on the day, Danny Elfman may sound more like Jack Skellington at the outset of Tim Burton’s 1993 goth fantasia “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” singing a weary lament. Or he might sound like Jack after his Christmas debacle — rejuvenated and happy. “I’m the eternal pessimist,” Elfman,...
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'Nightmare Before Christmas' and Danny Elfman returning to Hollywood Bowl for 2016 Halloween
LATimes - 6 months
“The Nightmare Before Christmas” is returning to the Hollywood Bowl for Halloween, with Danny Elfman reprising his live performance as Jack Skellington, the melancholy Pumpkin King who longs to celebrate Christmas. The performances, scheduled for Oct. 29 and 30 at the Bowl, will feature an orchestra...
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Time to kill? Here are 130 riveting movies you can watch on Netflix right now
Yahoo News - about 1 year
This list is updated monthly to reflect recent availability and to showcase films currently streaming on Netflix, whether talking classics or modern gems. Netflix offers roughly a gazillion different movies available through its streaming platform — well, approximately a gazillion. However, while the landmark service might become surprisingly accurate with its suggestions once you’ve been using it for a while, it’s still often tough to find something worth watching amid the trove of terrible choices.That being the case, we’ve taken the time to wade through the ridiculous amount of content in order to bring you a list of some of the best films currently available on Netflix Instant. Planning your weekend has never been easier. Related: Here’s what’s new on Netflix in December, and what’s going away Choose a genre: Recent Additions Documentaries Comedies Dramas Thrillers & Action Adventure Foreign Sci-Fi & Fantasy Kids Horror Romance New for December 2015 A League of Their Own Pl ...
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Danny Elfman concert at Hollywood Bowl brings out Tim Burton fans
LATimes - over 1 year
Danny Elfman was the main attraction on Saturday night at the Hollywood Bowl during a live concert performance of Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas." But in many ways, it was Burton's devoted fan base who stole the show with inventive costumes drawn from the director's charmingly twisted...
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Danny Elfman can relate to 'Nightmare Before Christmas' hero Jack Skellington
LATimes - over 1 year
As Danny Elfman recalls, composing the music for Tim Burton's 1993 stop-motion animated movie "The Nightmare Before Christmas" was an unusual process that involved writing the songs first and the script later. "Tim would show me sketches and drawings, and he would tell me the story, describe it...
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Classical Music 101: Epilogue
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Before investigating the apparent disappearing audiences for classical music, we might attempt to assess the 20th century itself when it comes to classical music. Having spent the last 20 years of that century encountering composers and connections, I never knew anything about --even though I had committed my life to music in the 1960s -- I was particularly interested in how arts institutions themselves -- not the pundits and critics -- decided to wrap things up as we entered the 21st century. New York City prides itself as being the cultural capital of the world. On New Year's Eve 1999, the New York Philharmonic celebrated the end of the 20th century by playing Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, which was completed in 1824. Nothing American, nothing from a century of Philharmonic commissions and history, and, indeed, nothing from the 20th century itself. Only the pre-recorded 12-tone bell motifs selected from the music of Schoenberg, Berg, Webern, Bernstein, and Stravinsky, and used by the ...
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13 Facts You Didn't Know About 'Beetlejuice'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! The classic film directed by Tim Burton came out 25 years ago, and tells the story of the recently departed who have become ghosts, and their journey through the Netherworld and our world. As such, what better time than Halloween to educate fans on little known facts and trivia about everyone's favorite "Ghost With the Most"? 1. The original tone was much darker: While "Beetlejuice" deals with death and ghosts, is still often described as a comedy. That wouldn't have been the case if producers had stuck to the original screenplay. As The Playlist noted earlier this year, the original script included more gruesome violence and presented Michael Keaton's title character in this way: "He was envisioned as leather-winged demon whose humanoid form is that of a squat Middle Eastern man (subsequent drafts had him talking in a kind of African American pidgin dialect)." Also, instead of the climatic scene where Beetlejuce tries to marry Lydia (Wi ...
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Danny Elfman celebrates Tim Burton film scores with symphonic concerts
LATimes - over 3 years
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Review: In 'Bad Milo!' one man's stomach distress is scary funny
LATimes - over 3 years
Duncan's stomach problems in times of stress turn out to be a monster that emerges and goes on the attack. Screams of laughter ensue. The goofy, absurd horror-comedy "Bad Milo!" is a cult classic in the making. Its lo-fi charms — the cutesy-scary monster design, earnest family values and Danny Elfman-esque soundtrack — make the film feel like an '80s throwback in a way that justifies the nostalgia. But enjoyment of the film will depend on one's delight in endless jokes about one man's behind.
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Danny Elfman on Tim Burton, The Simpsons and his return to singing live
Guardian (UK) - over 3 years
He scores Tim Burton's films, wrote The Simpsons theme tune, and met his wife Bridget Fonda on set. But Danny Elfman still yearns for the mosh pit While Tim Burton and Johnny Depp are widely considered to be joined at the hairdo – an emo-hipster version of Scorsese and De Niro – it's composer Danny Elfman who has been the director's most loyal and enduring collaborator. Think of any of Burton's deranged goth-com fantasies, from Beetlejuice and Batman to Sleepy Hollow and Frankenweenie, and it will be Elfman's barbed and bouncy compositions that spring to mind as readily as man-child misfit heroes or morbid, arachnophile art design. Elfman, now 60, was the frontman of performance art outfit turned rock band Oingo Boingo when Burton asked him to score his 1985 debut film, the comic road movie Pee Wee's Big Adventure. Only twice since then has Elfman surrendered the baton on a Tim Burton film – most recently on Sweeney Todd, which was wall-to-wall Sondheim, and back in 1994 when the pa ...
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Danny Elfman concert of Tim Burton film music adds third performance
LATimes - over 3 years
Fans of composer Danny Elfman will have a third opportunity to catch an orchestral concert of his music for the movies of Tim Burton. Organizers of the concert have added a third performance to the musical event scheduled for Oct. 30 at the Nokia Theatre at downtown's L.A. Live in downtown.
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Danny Elfman concert of Tim Burton movie music adds second show
LATimes - over 3 years
Concert-goers will have another chance to hear Danny Elfman's scores for Tim Burton movies. Their longtime collaboration includes such films as  "The Nightmare Before Christmas" and "Beetlejuice."
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Danny Elfman
  • 2015
    Age 61
    However, Elfman did indeed return to the stage at the Hollywood Bowl on October 31, 2015 and November 1, 2015 to perform "Dead Man's Party" as the encore to an evening featuring the full length score and performances from The Nightmare Before Christmas.
    More Details Hide Details Elfman's scores for Batman and Edward Scissorhands were nominated for AFI's 100 Years of Film Scores.
    Additionally, Danny Elfman and Oingo Boingo guitarist Steve Bartek reunited on October 31, 2015 to perform the song "Dead Man's Party" during an encore at a Halloween celebration at the Hollywood Bowl "for the first time in 20 years to the day", as Elfman said to the audience.
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  • 2013
    Age 59
    In October 2013, Elfman returned to the stage to sing his vocal parts to a handful of Nightmare Before Christmas songs as part of a concert titled Danny Elfman's Music from the Films of Tim Burton.
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  • 2011
    Age 57
    In 2011 Elfman composed the music for the Cirque du Soleil show Iris, which was performed at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood from July 21, 2011 to January 19, 2013.
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  • 2010
    Age 56
    In November 2010, it was reported that Danny Elfman was writing the music for a planned musical based on the life of Harry Houdini.
    More Details Hide Details But, as of January 2012, he was no longer attached to the project.
  • 2004
    Age 50
    In 2004 Elfman composed Serenada Schizophrana for the American Composers Orchestra.
    More Details Hide Details It was conducted by John Mauceri on its recording and by Steven Sloane at its premiere at Carnegie Hall in New York City on February 23, 2005. After its premiere, it was recorded in studio and released onto SACD on October 3, 2006. The meeting with Mauceri proved fruitful as the composer was encouraged then to write a new concert piece for Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Elfman composed an "overture to a non-existent musical" and called the piece "The Overeager Overture". He also continues to compose his film scores in addition to these other projects.
  • 2003
    Age 49
    On November 29, 2003, he married actress Bridget Fonda.
    More Details Hide Details In 1997, he scored A Simple Plan, his only score for one of her films to date (although he did compose a cue for the film Army of Darkness, in which Fonda has a cameo). In the late 1970s and early 1980s, he dated Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon. He is the uncle of actor Bodhi Elfman, who is married to actress Jenna Elfman. Describing his politics during the 1980s, Elfman said, "I'm not a doomist. My attitude is always to be critical of what's around you, but not ever to forget how lucky we are. I've traveled around the world. I left thinking I was a revolutionary. I came back real right-wing patriotic. Since then, I've kind of mellowed in between." In 2008, he expressed support for Barack Obama and said that Sarah Palin was his "worst nightmare".
  • 2002
    Age 48
    In 2002 Elfman composed the opening theme for the Sam Raimi Spider-Man series.
    More Details Hide Details This as well as altered versions made its way to all 3 Spider-Man movies.
    Among his honors are four Academy Award nominations, a Grammy for Batman, an Emmy for Desperate Housewives, the 2002 Richard Kirk Award, and the Disney Legend Award.
    More Details Hide Details Danny Elfman was born in Los Angeles, California, into a Jewish family. He is the son of Blossom Elfman (née Bernstein), a writer and teacher, and Milton Elfman, a teacher who was in the Air Force. He was raised in a racially mixed community in the Baldwin Hills area of Los Angeles. He spent much of his time in the local movie theatre, adoring the music of such film composers as Bernard Herrmann and Franz Waxman. Stating that he hung out with the "band geeks" in high school, he started a ska band. After dropping out of high school, he followed his brother Richard to France, where he performed with Le Grand Magic Circus, an avant-garde musical theater group.
  • 1989
    Age 35
    One of Elfman's most famous compositions is the theme to the animated TV show The Simpsons. He wrote the piece in 1989, and it has been used ever since.
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  • 1985
    Age 31
    In 1985, Tim Burton and Paul Reubens invited Elfman to write the score for their first feature film, Pee-wee's Big Adventure.
    More Details Hide Details Elfman was apprehensive at first, because of his lack of formal training, but with orchestration assistance from Oingo Boingo guitarist and arranger Steve Bartek, he achieved his goal of emulating the mood of such composers as Nino Rota and Bernard Herrmann. In the booklet for the first volume of Music for a Darkened Theatre, Elfman described the first time he heard his music played by a full orchestra as one of the most thrilling experiences of his life. Elfman immediately developed a rapport with Burton and has gone on to score all but three of Burton's major studio releases: Ed Wood, which was under production while Elfman and Burton were having a serious disagreement, Sweeney Todd, and most recently Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Elfman also provided the singing voice for Jack Skellington in Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas and the voices of both Barrel and the "Clown with the Tear-Away Face". Years later he provided the voice for Bonejangles the skeleton in Corpse Bride and the voices of the Oompa-Loompas in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (film).
  • 1976
    Age 22
    From 1976 and on, it was led by Danny Elfman, until 1995 when they suddenly retired.
    More Details Hide Details The semi-theatrical music and comedy troupe had transformed into a ska-influenced new wave band in 1979, and then changed again towards a more guitar-oriented rock sound, in the late 1980s.. Oingo Boingo, still led by Danny Elfman, performed as themselves in the 1986 movie Back to School.
    In 1976 Elfman entered the film industry as an actor.
    More Details Hide Details In 1982 he scored his first film, Forbidden Zone, directed by his older brother Richard Elfman.
    From 1976 to 1995 he was the lead singer and songwriter for the band Oingo Boingo.
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  • 1953
    Born on May 29, 1953.
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