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Film Score Friday 1/23/15
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 1/22/2015 - 9:00 PM
Intrada announced two new CD releases this week, including three scores for two films, composed by three Oscar-winning composers.

Meryl Streep made a rare entry into the action adventure genre with 1994's thriller THE RIVER WILD, directed by Curtis Hanson (who would follow it up with the Oscar winners L.A. Confidential and Wonder Boys). The film's original score was composed by three-time Oscar winner Maurice Jarre, but very late in the game the filmmakers decided to replace the score completely and hire another A-lister, Jerry Goldsmith. MCA released around 30 minutes of Goldsmith's score on CD at the time of the film's release, but Intrada's two-disc River Wild features Goldsmith's complete hour-long score, plus 16 minutes of alternates, on Disc One, with Jarre's 50-minute unused score, plus 25 minutes of alternates, on Disc Two.


Music Box has confirmed that next month they will be releasing an expanded CD-set of one of the last great scores by one of the greatest of all film composers. When director Brian DePalma filmed Paul Schrader's script Deja Vu, the first of his feature length homages to Hichcock's Vertigo, it was only natural that he would hire his Sisters composer, Vertigo's own Bernard Herrmann. Released in 1976 as OBSESSION, the film featured Herrmann's penultimate score (he died hours after recording Taxi Driver at the end of 1975) but was his last film to receive a theatrical release. Though Herrmann had not received an Oscar nomination since Anna and the King of Siam in 1946, both of his posthumously released scores were nominated, and London released 39 minutes of highlights from Herrmann's romantic and overpoweringly emotional Obsession on LP, a sequencing which has since recieved at least two CD releases. Music Box's two-disc Obsession features a remastering from best available sources of Herrmann's complete score on Disc One, with the LP sequencing on Disc Two.

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Aisle Seat 1-20: Winter Chill Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 1/19/2015 - 9:00 PM
Last year’s passing of Mike Nichols adds a bittersweet component to Fox’s Blu-Ray release of one of his most satisfying films, WORKING GIRL (***½, 113 mins., 1988, R). This splendidly performed late ‘80s comedy launched Melanie Griffith’s career thanks to her Oscar-nominated turn as Tess McGill, a Staten Island secretary trying to work her way up Wall Street.
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January FSM ONLINE Is Live!
Posted By: Tim Curran 1/19/2015 - 2:00 AM
The January edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. In this issue, enjoy our many annual YEAR IN REVIEW features, with contributions from Kyle Renick, Jon & Al Kaplan, Tim Burden, Cary Wong, Saul Pincus and Gergely Hubai. Also in this issue, NICK URATA and JASON LAROCCA discuss their work on PADDINGTON; CRAIG SAFAN revisits THE LAST STARFIGHTER; ILAN ESHKERI scores STILL ALICE; JOHN LUNN returns to DOWNTON ABBEY for its fifth season; GEOFF ZANELLI goes rogue with MORTDECAI; the second part of Gold Rush's in-depth look at ERICH WOLFGANG KORNGOLD; more embedded audio clips, score reviews and more.
 
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Film Score Friday 1/16/15
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 1/15/2015 - 9:00 PM
On February 17, Varese Sarabande will release the soundtrack to THE BOY NEXT DOOR, the new psychological thriller starring Jennifer Lopez and directed by Rob Cohen. The film was scored by Cohen's usual composer Randy Edelman (Dragonheart, XXX) and Nathan Barr (Hostel, True Blood).


BAFTA has announced their latest nominations, including their Film: Original Music category:

BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE) - Antonio Sanchez
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL - Alexandre Desplat
INTERSTELLAR - Hans Zimmer
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING - Johann Johannsson
UNDER THE SKIN - Mica Levi


Johann Johannsson won the Golden Globe for his original score to THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING. John Legend and Common won for their song "Glory" from SELMA.

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Oscar Nominations 2014
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 1/15/2015 - 8:00 AM
This morning, Chris Pine, filmmakers J.A. Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron, and Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced all of this year's Oscar nominations, including, of course, the music categories:

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SCORE)

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL - Alexandre Desplat
THE IMITATION GAME - Alexandre Desplat
INTERSTELLAR - Hans Zimmer
MR. TURNER - Gary Yershon
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING - Johann Johannsson

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SONG)

"EVERYTHING IS AWESOME" - The Lego Movie - Music and Lyric by Shawn Patterson
"GLORY" - Selma - Music and Lyric by John Stephens [John Legend] and Lonnie Lynn [Common]
"GRATEFUL" - Beyond the Lights - Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
"I'M NOT GONNA MISS YOU" - Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me - Music and Lyric by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond
"LOST STARS" - Begin Again - Music and Lyric by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois
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Aisle Seat 1-13: A New Year's Celebration
Posted By: Andy Dursin 1/12/2015 - 9:00 PM
Mark Rydell’s 1981 filming of the Ernest Thompson play ON GOLDEN POND (***, 109 mins., PG) kicks off Shout Factory’s 2015 slate of releases, with its New England summer setting functioning as a perfect antidote to the cold, icy winter that’s settled in across the nation.
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Film Score Friday 1/9/15
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 1/8/2015 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has announced two new CD releases this week, both featuring scores from 1980s films directed by Nick Castle --- the 1984 science-fiction adventure THE LAST STARFIGHTER, with the first complete release of Craig Safan's popular score; and the 1986 fantasy THE BOY WHO COULD FLY, with a remastered version of Bruce Broughton's original score tracks (the Varese release was actually a re-recording).


Quartet has announced several upcoming CDs. Along with the previously announced soundtrack to Foreign Language Oscar short-listed WILD TALES, scored by Gustavo Santaolalla, they will release Pascal Gaigne's score to the new Finnish drama THEO'S HOUSE; Carlo Savina's score for 1974's L'ASSASSINO HA RISERVATO NOVE POTRONE (The Killer Reserved Nine Seats), a myster-thriller in the Ten Little Indians vein; and Lalli Gori's score for the 1976 thriller THE LEGEND OF THE WOLF WOMAN.


Music Box has announced two new CDs -- the soundtrack to director Francois Ozon's new film RICKY, scored by his regular collaborator, Philippe Rombi; and an expanded version of Gabriel Yared's score for director Philippe de Broca's 1990 fantasy 1001 NIGHTS.

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Film Score Friday 1/2/15
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 1/1/2015 - 9:00 PM
Happy New Year!

La-La Land has announced their current plans for January CD releases -- on January 13 they will release a two-disc set featuring music from the 1970s PLANET OF THE APES TV series (Intrada had previously released a long out-of-print CD of Lalo Schifrin's music for the series); on January 20 they will release the soundtrack to MORTDECAI, the brand-new caper comedy from director David Koepp, starring Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor and Paul Bettany, with music by Mark Ronson and Geoff Zanelli; and on January 27 they will release two scores for new direct-to-video sequels, JUSTICE LEAGUE THRONE OF ATLANTIS by Frederik Wiedmann and THE SCORPION KING 4: QUEST FOR POWER by Geoff Zanelli.


Intrada plans to release two new CDs next week.


Most of our Internet-savvy readers are probably already aware of this, but for anyone who wants to hear this year's 79 original songs eligible for an Oscar nomination, most (but not all) of them can be heard in their entirety on YouTube.

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Oscar Predictions and Other End of 2014 Lists
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 12/31/2014 - 9:00 PM
Predictions are in boldface, followed by those which I personally would nominate in italics. As with previous years' lists, for several categories I have NOT provided my own nominations, since frankly I know jack about costumes, sound and so forth. Films that I have listed as my own personal nominations yet which are not actually eligible in those categories are marked with an asterisk.


BEST PICTURE

(This year, there will be anywhere from five to ten Best Picture nominees, so I will rank them in order of likeliness -- my guess is that there will be nine, because that’s how many there were the last three years. Which means, of course, there will probably be eight or ten.)

1. BOYHOOD
2. THE IMITATION GAME 
3. SELMA 
4. BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE)
5. WILD
6. FOXCATCHER
7. THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
8. INTO THE WOODS
9. GONE GIRL
10. UNBROKEN

1. IDA
2. BOYHOOD
3. MR. TURNER
4. UNDER THE SKIN
5. WHIPLASH
6. STARRED UP*
7. CALVARY
8. BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE)
9. SELMA
10. SNOWPIERCER 

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