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Hans Zimmer Tapped Johnny Marr for Help on the “Inception” Score

Hans Zimmer Tapped Johnny Marr for Help on the “Inception” Score (photo)

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As the big studio go-to composer, Hans Zimmer scored the film everyone’s talking about. I couldn’t even get a cup of coffee today without hearing the guy in front of me at the counter tell the barista all about how wild “Inception” is, and I’m sure it is. I’ve still not seen it, but I’ve heard some of score and aside from a pleasant piece or two it’s pretty much Zimmer’s standard fare to my ear — a fare I call electro-turd.

Like defecating, Zimmer’s orchestrations have come to be a necessity in life. Usually they’re all right, you know what you’re getting, just like you know what happens when you flush a toilet. But Zimmer ruins a film at least as often as he serves it, with hollow, bloated compositions that rely way to much cold formula and electronic overloads.

So, it’s nice to hear that while working on this score, Zimmer kept imaging The Smiths’ guitarist Johnny Marr laying down a guitar riff for a particular theme. Though he denied the impulse until the whole score was nearly finished, the German composer finally brought the idea to director Chris Nolan who thought bringing Marr on was a great idea.

“I don’t think anybody else could have done it,” Zimmer told MTV News about the guitar riff Marr laid down for the score. “It wouldn’t have worked otherwise, and I was willing to throw out the tune if he said no.”

See these two legends talking about it, and dig the way Hans Zimmer says “tune” below.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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