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The latest release from Intrada is an expanded version of Richard Band's score for 1986's H.P. Lovecraft adaptation FROM BEYOND, director Stuart Gordon's follow-up to his classic Re-Animator.


The latest batch of CDs announced by Quartet includes an expanded version of the only full score Stephen Sondheim composed for the screen, the 1974 French biopic STAVISKY, directed by Alain Resnais and starring Jean-Paul Belmondo as the swindler Alexandre Stavisky, adding 20 minutes of Sondheim score to the previous LP/CD releases. (Along with a handful of original film songs, Sondheim wrote the love theme for Warren Beatty's Reds.)


La-La Land has announced that part of their slate of April releases will be the first release of the original score tracks from Elmer Bernstein's THE SONS OF KATIE ELDER, restored from the original mono music stems and due next week. 


When writing liner notes or working on any other form of film history, I find that one of my best sources of information is the Academy's Margaret Herrick Library in Beverly Hills. Their "Special Collections" (which can only be viewed by appointment and require a specific research purpose) feature papers donated by many top film professionals.

One especially useful collection for film music historians is the Jerry Goldsmith Music Sketches, which even features his cue sketches for such unused scores as Babe (the pig, not the golfer), Disney's The Kid and The Public Eye.

Many of the collections have fascinating info that one can explore just by using the on-line database.  For along with the expected scores (including information on unused scores like The Blue Bird, Cattle Annie and Little Britches and Distant Drums), the Alex North Papers include scripts for films he was presumably considered for or even offered, but didn't end up scoring. So film music fans can only imagine what his scores for The Accidental Tourist, Amazing Grace and Chuck, Breakheart Pass, Field of Dreams, The Grifters, In Country, Island of the Blue Dolphins, Latino, Mr. North, A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon,  Playing for Time (the 1980 TV movie), 7 Women, The Thing (the John Carpenter remake), Wild Rovers or You'll Like My Mother could have been like.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Better Call Saul - Dave Porter - Sony (CD-R)
The Comedian - Terence Blanchard - Blue Note
From Beyond
- Richard Band - Intrada Special Collection
Going in Style - Rob Simonsen (7 cues), songs - WaterTower (CD-R)
Music from the Films of Woody Allen
 - various - Triangle Music
Music of Game of Thrones - Ramin Djawadi - Silva


IN THEATERS TODAY

Aftermath - Mark D. Todd
Alive and Kicking - Steven Argila
All These Sleepless Nights - Lubomir Grzelak
The Assignment - Giorgio Moroder, Raney Shockne
Bethany - Alex Csillag
Cezanne et Moi - Eric Neveux - Score CD on Quartet
Colossal - Bear McCreary - Score CD due May 12 on Lakeshore
The Eyes - Xiren Wang
Gifted - Rob Simonsen
God Knows Where I Am - Robert Logan, Ivor Guest
Going in Style - Rob Simonsen - Soundtrack CD-R on WaterTower inc. 7 Simonsen cues
Live Cargo - Brooke Blair, Will Blair
Mine - Luca Balboni, Andrea Balboni
Queen of the Desert - Klaus Badelt
Salt and Fire - Ernst Reijseger - Score CD on Winter & Winter
Smurfs: The Lost Village - Christopher Lennertz
Speech & Debate - Deborah Lurie
Their Finest - Rachel Portman - Score CD due April 21 on Varese Sarabande
The Ticket - Danny Bensi, Saunder Jurriaans
Your Name - Radwimps - Soundtrack CD on Caroline

COMING SOON

April 14
The Sons of Katie Elder - Elmer Bernstein - La-La Land
We're Going on a Bear Hunt - Stuart Hancock - Sony (import)
April 21
Power Rangers
 - Brian Tyler - Varese Sarabande
Their Finest - Rachel Portman - Varese Sarabande
April 28
The Fate of the Furious - Brian Tyler - Backlot
On Golden Pond
 - Dave Grusin - Varese Sarabande
May 5
Free Fire - Geoff Barrow, Ben Salibury - Lakeshore
Juile's Greenroom - Ryan Shore, songs - Varese Sarabande
Life - Jon Ekstrand - Milan
May 12
Colossal - Bear McCreary - Lakeshore
May 19
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword - Daniel Pemberton - WaterTower
May 26
Emerald City - Trevor Morris - Lakeshore
The Handmaid's Tale - Adam Taylor - Lakeshore
The Promise - Gabriel Yared - Lakeshore
June 2
Max & Me - Mark McKenzie - Sony (import)
Date Unknown
A Esmorga
- Zeltia Montes - Caldera
Death, Deceit & Destiny on the Orient Express - Stelvio Cipriani - Kronos
La Terrazza/Telefoni Bianchi
- Armando Trovajoli - Quartet 
Los Del Tunel
- Carlos Cases - Quartet
L'uomo Dal Calzoni Corti
- Carlo Rustichelli - Saimel
Monster from Green He
ll - Albert Glasser - Kritzerland
Padre Pio
- Ennio Morricone - Kronos
Rocket to the Moon 
- John Scott - Kritzerland
RoGoPaG
- Carlo Rustichelli - Quartet
Seuls
- Rob - Music Box
Stavisky
- Stephen Sondheim - Quartet
3 Hommes A Abattre/Le Gitan
- Claude Bolling - Music Box
Thriller (re-recording)
 - Jerry Goldsmith - Tadlow
Two for the Road - Henry Mancini - Kritzerland
Zona Hostil
- Roque Banos - Saimel


THIS WEEK IN FILM MUSIC HISTORY

April 7 - Herbert Spencer born (1905)
April 7 - Percy Faith born (1908)
April 7 - Ravi Shankar born (1920)
April 7 - Gino Marinuzzi Jr. born (1920)
April 7 - Ikuma Dan born (1924)
April 7 - Roger Webb born (1934)
April 7 - James Di Pasquale born (1941)
April 7 - Charles Strouse begins recording his unused score for The Molly Maguires (1969)
April 7 - Burt Bacharach wins song and score Oscars for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1970)
April 7 - Laurence Rosenthal begins recording his score for the Logan's Run pilot (1977)
April 7 - Nathan Lanier born (1978)
April 7 - Kenyon Hopkins died (1983)
April 7 - Fred Steiner records his score for the Twilight Zone episode “A Day in Beaumont” (1986)
April 7 - Elliot Kaplan records his score for the Twilight Zone episode “The Last Defender of Camelot” (1986)
April 7 - Michael Kamen begins recording his score for Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995)
April 8 - Victor Schertzinger born (1888)
April 8 - Paul Sawtell and Bert Shefter record their score for The Cosmic Man (1958)
April 8 - Julian Lennon born (1963)
April 8 - Maurice Jarre wins his first Oscar, for his Lawrence of Arabia score (1963)
April 8 - From Russia With Love opens in New York (1964)
April 8 - Jerry Goldsmith begins recording his score for Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)
April 8 - Nino Rota and Carmine Coppola win the score Oscar for The Godfather Part II (1975)
April 8 - Eric Rogers died (1981)
April 8 - Keegan DeWitt born (1982)
April 8 - James Horner begins recording his score for The Pagemaster (1994)
April 9 - Miklos Rozsa begins recording his score to Diane (1955)
April 9 - Toshiyuki Honda born (1957)
April 9 - Miklos Rozsa begins recording his score to The Seventh Sin (1957)
April 9 - Arthur Benjamin died (1960)
April 9 - Henry Mancini wins song and score Oscars for Breakfast at Tiffany's (1962)
April 9 - Nathan Van Cleave begins recording his score for Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964)
April 9 - Recording sessions begin for Krzystof Komeda’s score for Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
April 9 - Elmer Bernstein begins recording his score to The Gypsy Moths (1969)
April 9 - Giorgio Moroder wins his first Oscar, for his Midnight Express score (1979)
April 9 - Herbert Don Woods records his score for the Buck Rogers in the 25th Century episode “The Dorian Secret” (1981)
April 9 - Bill Conti wins his first Oscar, for The Right Stuff score; Michel Legrand wins his third Oscar, for Yentl's song score (1984)
April 9 - Jay Chattaway records his score for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “The Perfect Mate” (1992)
April 10 - Dusan Radic born (1929)
April 10 - Claude Bolling born (1930)
April 10 - Denny Zeitlin born (1938)
April 10 - Shirley Walker born (1945)
April 10 - Peter Bernstein born (1951)
April 10 - Mark Oliver Everett born (1965)
April 10 - John Barry wins his first two Oscars, for the score and song Born Free (1967)
April 10 - Elmer Bernstein wins his only Oscar for, of all things, Thoroughly Modern Millie's score; Alfred Newman wins his final Oscar for Camelot's music adaptation (1968)
April 10 - Michel Legrand wins his second Oscar, for the Summer of '42 score; John Williams wins his first Oscar, for Fiddler on the Roof's music adaptation; Isaac Hayes wins his only Oscar, for the song "Theme From 'Shaft'" (1972)
April 10 - Nino Rota died (1979)
April 10 - John Morris begins recording his score for The In-Laws (1979)
April 10 - Toshiro Mayuzumi died (1997)
April 10 - Recording sessions begin for John Ottman’s score to Superman Returns (2006)
April 10 - Gianni Marchetti died (2012)
April 11 - Koichi Sugiyama born (1931)
April 11 - Herbert Stothart begins recording his score to Dragon Seed (1944)
April 11 - Caleb Sampson born (1953)
April 11 - Edwin Wendler born (1975)
April 11 - John Williams wins his fourth Oscar, for E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial's score; Jack Nitzsche wins his only Oscar, for An Officer and a Gentleman's song "Up Where We Belong"; Henry Mancini wins his fourth and final Oscar, for Victor/Victoria's song score (1983)
April 11 - Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Byrne, Cong Su win Oscars for their Last Emperor score (1988)
April 12 - Russell Garcia born (1916)
April 12 - Edwin Astley born (1922)
April 12 - Ronald Stein born (1930)
April 12 - Herbie Hancock born (1940)
April 12 - David Raksin begins recording his score for Right Cross (1950)
April 12 - Hugo Friedhofer begins recording his score to Soldier of Fortune (1955)
April 12 - Herbert Gronemeyer born (1956)
April 12 - Andy Garcia born (1956)
April 12 - Miklos Rozsa begins recording his score to Lust For Life (1956)
April 12 - Lisa Gerrard born (1961)
April 12 - Elmer Bernstein begins recording his score for Rampage (1963)
April 12 - Jerry Goldsmith begins recording his score for One Little Indian (1973) 
April 12 - Georg Haentzschel died (1992)
April 12 - Dennis McCarthy records his score for the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “Shattered Mirror” (1996)
April 12 - Jay Chattaway records his score for the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “The Changing Face of Evil” (1999)
April 12 - Bruce Broughton begins recording his score to Eloise at the Plaza (2003)
April 13 - Vladimir Cosma born (1940)
April 13 - Bill Conti born (1942)
April 13 - John Addison wins his only Oscar, for Tom Jones's score (1964)
April 13 - Joel J. Richard born (1976)
April 13 - Teo Usuelli died (2009)

DID THEY MENTION THE MUSIC?

THE HALLOW - James Gosling
 
"Aside from the monsters lurking within, 'The Hallow' benefits from a full lineup of superlative craft contributions. They begin with Martijn Van Broekhuizen’s painterly camerawork, which plays with shadow and light in eerie, evocative ways and beautifully embellishes the script’s fairy-tale quality. Steve Fanagan’s visceral sound design works in tandem with Nick Emerson’s sharp editing, James Gosling’s spooky score and Mags Linnane’s captivating production design to ensure the atmospherics are spot-on from the very beginning all the way through a darkly comic finish."
 
Geoff Berkshire, Variety

"Hardy handles the buildup superbly, aided by insidious sound design and James Gosling's classic horror-inspired score. Unsettling seeds are planted from the very first images, in which cinematographer Martijn Van Broekhuizen gives the forest a lush fairytale quality with a shadowy touch of the sinister, signaling that this is no tranquil Eden."
 
David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

HEIST - James Edward Barker, Tim Despic
 
"Director Scott Mann stages some credible chases and shoot-outs, though he leans too heavily on the thudding action score. And the movie as a whole takes itself way too seriously, missing either the exaggerated pulpiness or kicky looseness of a good B-crime saga. The blame for that can probably be laid at the feet of producer-screenwriter Stephen Cyrus Sepher, who also plays Cox’s buddy/lackey."
 
Noel Murray, The Onion AV Club
 
TRUMBO - Theodore Shapiro
 
"'Trumbo' certainly has pep. Theodore Shapiro’s jazzy score doesn’t just boast a tom-tom -- you could choreograph it with pom-poms. Maybe Roach worried that general audiences wouldn’t cotton to a yellowing story about the Red Menace, so he ginned it up with a jazz-hands idea of midcentury Hollywood, with everyone mugging like it’s a lobby-card photo shoot. Roach does get good mileage from the sight gag of Trumbo tapping out screenplays in his bathtub, stiff drink and cigarette at the ready -- a true-to-life writing tic made bronze monument in Trumbo’s hometown of Grand Junction, Colo. I wonder if it has more dimension than this celluloid monument?"
 
Kimberley Jones, The Austin Chronicle

"The rapidity with which Trumbo performed tends to carry over to 'Trumbo' the film, with Roach zipping through material in a manner more suitable for television than the big screen, cutting back and forth between comic high jinks, dramatic low points and re-created historical footage of the communist witch hunts. Both the camerawork and editing are fast and serviceable, if never extremely interesting to watch, while a cloying score by Theodore Shapiro seems to hits every single note on the nose."
 
Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter

THE NEXT TEN DAYS IN L.A.

Screenings of older films, at the following L.A. movie theaters: AMPASAmerican Cinematheque: AeroAmerican Cinematheque: EgyptianArclightLACMANew BeverlyNuartSilent Movie Theater and UCLA.

April 7
ARCH OF TRIUMPH (Louis Gruenberg), A LADY WITHOUT PASSPORT (David Raksin) [UCLA]
KILL BILL VOL. 1 (The RZA) [New Beverly]
PAPRIKA (Susumu Hirasawa) [Nuart]
RED BEARD (Masaru Sato) [New Beverly]
THE WARRIORS (Barry DeVorzon), STREETS OF FIRE (Ry Cooder) [Cinematheque: Aero]

April 8
BLACK GIRL, LA PIROGUE [UCLA]
THE DRIVER (Michael Small), HARD TIMES (Barry DeVorzon) [Cinematheque: Aero]
FIST OF THE NORTH STAR (Katsuhisa Hattori) [New Beverly]
MESSAGE FROM SPACE (Ken-Ichiro Morioka) [New Beverly]
RED BEARD (Masaru Sato) [New Beverly]

April 9
ADALEN 31 [Silent Movie Theater]
GERONIMO: AN AMERICAN LEGEND (Ry Cooder) [Cinematheque: Aero]
MESSAGE FROM SPACE (Ken-Ichiro Morioka) [New Beverly]
RESERVOIR DOGS, THE HATEFUL EIGHT (Ennio Morricone) [New Beverly]
SANS SOLEIL (Chris Marker) [Silent Movie Theater]

April 10
BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE) (Antonio Sanchez) [Arclight Hollywood]

RESERVOIR DOGS, THE HATEFUL EIGHT (Ennio Morricone) [New Beverly]

April 11
GRAVITY (Steven Price) [Arclight Culver City]
RESERVOIR DOGS, CITY ON FIRE (Teddy Robin Kwan) [New Beverly]
SHANGHAI EXPRESS [LACMA]
THE SOCIAL NETWORK (Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross) [Arclight Santa Monica]
THERE WILL BE BLOOD (Jonny Greenwood) [Arclight Sherman Oaks]

April 12
CINEMANIA (Stereo Total, Robert Drasnin) [Cinematheque: Aero]

DO THE RIGHT THING (Bill Lee) [Silent Movie Theater]
RESERVOIR DOGS, KAANTE (
Lucky Ali, Anand Raj Anand, Vishal, Gregor Narholz) [New Beverly]

April 13
RESERVOIR DOGS, KAANTE (Lucky Ali, Anand Raj Anand, Vishal, Gregor Narholz) [New Beverly]
TOMBSTONE (Bruce Broughton), TWISTER (Mark Mancina) [Cinematheque: Aero]
WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? (Frank DeVol) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]

April 14
THE HATEFUL EIGHT (Ennio Morricone) [New Beverly]
INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM (John Williams) [Nuart]
KING KONG (John Barry) [Silent Movie Theater]
NEAR DARK (Tangerine Dream), FRAILTY (Brian Tyler) [Cinematheque: Aero]

OROCHI, THE MARK OF ZORRO [UCLA]
RESERVOIR DOGS, PULP FICTION [New Beverly]
THE STAR (Victor Young), JOHNNY GUITAR (Victor Young) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]

April 15
ALL ABOUT EVE (Alfred Newman), MILDRED PIERCE (Max Steiner) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
DAYS OF YOUTH, 7TH HEAVEN [UCLA]
NEAR DARK (Tangerine Dream) [New Beverly]

RESERVOIR DOGS, PULP FICTION [New Beverly]
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (John Du Prez) [New Beverly]
THE TERMINATOR (Brad Fiedel) [Cinematheque: Aero]
THREE AGES [Silent Movie Theater]
WILD IN THE STREETS (Les Baxter) [Silent Movie Theater]

April 16
DONNIE DARKO (Michael Andrews) [Cinematheque: Aero]
THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST (John Debney) [New Beverly]
SUPERMAN (John Williams), THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (Bernard Herrmann) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (John Du Prez) [New Beverly]
WELCOME (Nicola Piovani), LA PROMESSE [UCLA]

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