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The "Last" Top Forty Composer Countdown, Part Ten: Where Are The Rest Of The Composers Now?
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/18/2017 - 9:00 PM

1. Shopgirl--10 
2. Hilary & Jackie--4 
3. The Mangler--1 
4. Truly Madly Deeply--1
Still best known for the hit Inspector Morse TV series, he’s stayed busy with its sequel series Inspector Lewis and prequel Endeavour
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Film Score Friday 8/18/17
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/17/2017 - 9:00 PM
La La Land has announced three new CDs expected to begin shipping next week: a greatly expanded, two-disc edition of James Newton Howard's epic score for the Road-Warrior-on-the-water futuristic adventure WATERWORLD, which also features Mark Isham's "music box" theme, the one survivor of Isham's tenure as the film's first composer; an expanded version of Alan Silvestri's score for the 1984 romantic adventure hit ROMANCING THE STONE, which began the composer's 33-years-and-counting collaboration with director Robert Zemeckis; and a two-disc set featuring the remastered LP tracks from two gorgeous later scores by the great Franz Waxman -- PEYTON PLACE and HEMINGWAY'S ADVENTURES OF A YOUNG MAN.

Intrada plans to release two new CDs next week. For those who want to know exactly what they are, go to this comment thread on our site. 

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The "Last" Top Forty Composer Countdown, Part Nine: Where Are These Other Composers Now?
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/11/2017 - 9:00 PM
BEST PICTURE NOMINEE: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World 
1. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World--93 (U.S. gross in millions)
2. Daybreakers--29  
3. Mao’s Last Dancer--4  
His most recent feature to get a U.S. release was Anne Fontaine’s Adore, starring Naomi Watts, Robin Wright and Xavier Samuel, with fellow Australian Antony Partos receiving an additional music credit. 
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Film Score Friday 8/11/17
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/10/2017 - 9:00 PM
Composer Daniel Licht died on Wednesday, August 2nd, of natural causes. Born in Detroit, he followed his music studies at Hampshire College with a career as a jazz musician in New York. It was his college friend and classmate Christopher Young who encouraged him to move to Los Angeles, where he worked as a programmer and synth player on Young's scores before launching his own composing career. A fan favorite for such orchestral genre scores as Thinner and Bad Moon, Licht had his greatest success as the episode composer for all seven seasons of Showtime's Dexter. He is survived by his wife and son as well as a sister and other relatives; his family requests that any donations in his honor be made to Hampshire College or the National Cancer Institute. A more detailed obituary, written by Jon Burlingame, can be found in Variety.
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The "Last" Top Forty Composer Countdown, Part Eight: Where Are They Now?
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/4/2017 - 9:00 PM
1. The Great Gatsby--144  (U.S. gross in millions)
2. The Incredible Hulk--134  
3. Ray--75 
4. World Trade Center--70 
5. The Bone Collector--66 
6. Love, Actually--59 
7. Moulin Rouge--57 
8. Me Before You--56 
9. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps--52  
10. William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet--46 
Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 3D remake of The Great Gatsby proved to be the composer’s highest-grossing film, as well as moving his work into an appealingly melodic direction, a trend he has continued with such scores as Far from the Madding Crowd, Victor Frankenstein, and Me Before You.  He has been unusually prolific in mainstream cinema recently, with other recent projects including Bridget Jones’s Baby and a shared scoring credit (with Adam Peters) on Oliver Stone’s Snowden. This June he was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 
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Film Score Friday 8/4/17
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/3/2017 - 9:00 PM
The latest release in Varese Sarabande's limited edition We Hear You CD series presents the LP tracks from Cannon Films' 1987 romantic thriller DOWN TWISTED, starring Carey Lowell. The score was composed by Berlin Game, who were actually Eric Allaman (Elvira's Haunted Hills, Latter Days) and Reinhard Scheuregger.


Down Twisted - Berlin Game - Varese Sarabande
The Emoji Movie - Patrick Doyle - Sony (import)
Fargo: Season 3 - Jeff Russo - Sony (import)
Robin Hood
 - George Bruns - Disney
Roma Violenta
 - Guido & Maurizio De Angelis - Beat
War for the Planet of the Apes 
- Michael Giacchino - Sony 

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The "Last" Top Forty Composer Countdown, Part Seven: Still Even More Composers on the Rise
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 7/28/2017 - 9:00 PM
AGE: 49
BIRTHPLACE: Australia 
BACKGROUND: Studies in piano, French horn and composition at Sydney Conservatorium High School; Australian Film, Television and Radio School (majoring in Sound); founder of music production houses Supersonic and Sonar Music
FAN FAVORITE: Animal Kingdom
1. 99 Homes--1  (U.S. gross in millions)
2. The Rover--1 
3. Animal Kingdom--1 
Australian composer Antony Partos first gained attention in the United States with his tense, low-key score for the crime drama Animal Kingdom. Though the film earned barely over a million dollars in the U.S. it had a greater cultural impact, earning co-star Jacki Weaver an Oscar nomination and inspiring a current U.S. TV series with Ellen Barkin in the Weaver role. Partos reunited with Animal Kingdom director David Michod for the post-apocalyptic The Rover, and his output since has been impressively eclectic. He works consistently in television and on documentaries (including the stunningly photographed Sherpa) as well as in fiction features, providing nerve-jangling accompaniment to the mortgage-crisis drama 99 Homes and working with the vocals of Lisa Gerrard for the tribal tragedy Tanna, a 2016 Oscar nominee for Foreign Language Feature.  His latest film is the Australian drama Jasper Jones, starring Hugo Weaving and Pan’s Levi Miller.
WHAT’S NEXT: Jasper Jones 
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Film Score Friday 7/28/17
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 7/27/2017 - 9:00 PM
The latest CD from Intrada is a re-release of their out-of-print edition of Jerry Goldsmith's score for the 1973 Disney comedy-Western ONE LITTLE INDIAN.

Varese Sarabande has announced three new soundtracks in their limited edition CD series of contemporary scores -- two new scores by Jeff Beal (House of Cards, Rome), for the Netflix psychological drama series GYPSY (starring Naomi Watts and Billy Crudup) and for director Oliver Stone's multi-part documentary THE PUTIN INTERVIEWS; and the soundtrack to the Netflix thriller SHIMMER LAKE (which recieves a limited L.A. theatrical release this week), composed by Joseph Trapanese (Straight Outta Compton, Oblivion).

The latest release from Kritzerland is the score for the 2017 documentary BETTING ON ZERO, composed by Pete Anthony, who is best known as an orchestrator-conductor who has worked with such top film music names as Carig Armstrong, Chris Bacon, Tyler Bates, Christophe Beck, Marco Beltrami, Teddy Castellucci, John Debney, Danny Elfman, John Frizzell, Ludwig Goransson, James Horner, James Newton Howard, Mark Isham, Abel Korzeniowski, Alan Menken, Mark Mothersbaugh, John Ottman, John Paesano, John Powell, Steven Price, Marc Shaiman, Clinton Shorter, Theodore Shapiro, Christopher Young and Hans Zimmer -- so pretty much everyone in contemporary film scoring.  

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Film Score Friday 7/21/17
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 7/20/2017 - 9:00 PM
Varese Sarabande plans to release three new CDs in their limited edition series of contemporary film music next week.

Choreographer Matthew Bourne has created dance pieces inspired by the films The Servant (Play without Words) and Edward Scissorhands, so it should be no surprise that his latest piece, THE RED SHOES (opening at L.A.'s Ahmanson Theater on September 15th, closing October 1st), is adapted from the classic Powell-Pressberger film.

But what is surprising is that the show's musical accompaniment, arranged by Bourne's regular collaborator Terry Davies, is not based on Brian Easdale's Oscar-winning score for the film but on the music of Bernard Herrmann. This article features Bourne discussing scores that inspired the ballet -- Citizen Kane, Fahrenheit 451, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Hangover Square, Mysterious Island, North by Northwest, Obsession, Taxi Driver and Vertigo -- though it's not entirely clear from the piece if music from all of these films is featured in the score. (The Bourne ballet was discussed in a comment thread in April of last year).

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Film Score Friday 7/14/17
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 7/13/2017 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada pairs two scores from films produced by the Disney studios that can be described by the oxymoron "light-hearted films about the Vietnam War" -- the hit GOOD MORNING, VIETNAM, which earned Robin Williams his first Oscar nomination, and featured one of the final scores by the incomparable Alex North; and an expanded version of David Newman's stirring music for 1995's OPERATION DUMBO DROP.

La-La Land has announced a new slate of soundtrack CD releases, including two multi-disc sets which may be Holy Grails for many film music fans.

In the mid-1960s, when widescreen epics included slapstick spectacles like It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World and Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, Blake Edwards directed the period action farce THE GREAT RACE, starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, Peter Falk and Jack Lemmon (that is not a typo). Since it was a Blake Edwards film not made between 1971 and 1974, the score was composed by the incomparable Henry Mancini. As was common at the time, the original soundtrack LP was a re-recording with the selections (including the film's Oscar-nominated song "The Sweetheart Tree") chosen more for commercial reasons than to highlight the film's score cues, so collectors have begged for the original Great Race score tracks for decades. La-La Land's Great Race features 114 minutes of original score tracks on two discs with the 27 minute LP re-recording cues on Disc Three, and is expected to begin shipping next week.

The turn of the 21st century was a dispiriting time in which some of the coolest and most cinematic TV series of the 1960s -- The Avengers, I Spy, The Wild Wild West -- were turned into really lousy movies. Fortunately, one can still watch the original shows on home video in all their small-screen glory, and the great musical legacy of '60s television finds new life with La-La Land's four-disc boxed set of episode scores from THE WILD WILD WEST.  This series starring Robert Conrad and Ross Martin as Secret Service agents in post-Civil War America was an imaginative combination of Western, James Bond and Jules Verne, and featured one of the greatest of all TV main title themes, courtesy of Richard Markowitz. The La-La Land set features episodes scores by Markowitz as well as by Robert Drasnin, Harry Geller, Dave Grusin, Jack Pleis, Walter Scharf, Richard Shores and Fred Steiner, along with the show's unused orignial theme by Golden Age maestro Dimitri Tiomkin. The set is expected to begin shipping next week.

The commercial and critical success of Fatal Attraction in 1987 led to a subgenre of thrillers about ordinary folk menaced by mentally ill people in all walks of life, and 1992's UNLAWFUL ENTRY, directed by Jonathan Kaplan (Heart Like a Wheel, The Accused), pitted obsessed cop Ray Liotta against happily married couple Kurt Russell and Madeleine Stowe. For the music, Kaplan reunited with his Project X composer, James Horner, who provided an electronics-dominated score. Intrada released a 35-minute score CD at the time, while LLL's remastered and expanded version features 49 minutes of Horner music, shipping this week.

The latest episodic collaboration between composer Blake Neely and TV writer-producer Greg Berlanti is a revisionist version of the beloved Archie comics titled RIVERDALE, which places the popular teen characters in a mystery-soap narrative. La-La Land's CD of music from the show's first season is expected to begin shipping next week.

Composer Steve Jablonsky reteamed with director Michael Bay for their mutual fifth entry in the Transformers franchise, the recently released TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, and La-La Land's Last Knight is a limited edition (3000 units) two-disc set featuring more than two hours of Jablonsky score, and is expected to begin shipping the week after next.

In the least surprising film music news of the last year or two, it was confirmed that John Williams will write the score for Steven Spielberg's upcoming journalism docudrama THE PAPERS (formerly titled The Post), with Meryl Streep as Washington Post owner Katherine Graham and Tom Hanks as editor Ben Bradlee (the role that won Jason Robards his All the President's Men Oscar).

However, in the most surprising film news of the last year or two, it was announced that since Spielberg's other upcoming film, the Willy-Wonka-meets-virtual-reality sci-fi adventure READY PLAYER ONE, would need to be scored at roughly the same time as The Papers, the film would be scored by Alan Silvestri, who has scored other Spielberg productions such as Who Framed Roger Rabbit and the Back to the Future trilogy, this will be the first time he has worked with Spielberg as a director.

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has announced this year's Primetime Emmy nominations, including the following music-related cateogories (below the fold):

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Alexander Courage's score for the Star Trek episode "The Man Trap” is recorded (1966)
Andre Previn begins recording his score to The Subterraneans (1959)
Elmer Bernstein begins recording his score for Desire Under the Elms (1957)
Fumio Hayasaka born (1914)
Geoff Zanelli wins the Emmy for Into the West; Sean Callery wins his second Emmy, for the 24 episode “Day 5: 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.”; Edward Shearmur wins for Masters of Horror’s main title theme (2006)
Gustavo Santaolalla born (1951)
Herman Stein born (1915)
Jerry Fielding records his score for the Mission: Impossible episode “The Controllers” (1969)
Jerry Goldsmith begins recording his score to The Illustrated Man (1968)
Lalo Schifrin begins recording his score for Telefon (1977)
Luchi De Jesus born (1923)
Luchi De Jesus died (1984)
Ray Cooper born (1942)
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