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Film Score Friday 1/30/15
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 1/29/2015 - 9:00 PM
Counterpoint has just released Sol Kaplan's score for the 1952 Australia-set adventure KANGAROO, starring Maureen O'Hara, Peter Lawford and Richard Boone, and directed by two-time Oscar winner Lewis Milestone (All Quiet on the Western Front, Ocean's 11).


The latest release from Kritzerland is a two-disc set featuring two scores by composer Paul Glass (Lady in a Cage, Bunny Lake Is Missing) -- the little seen 1964 drama ETHAN, and the Oscar-nominated documentary short GEORGE GROSZ'S INTERREGNUM.


Quartet's slate of new releases includes the score to the 1969 race car film SAFARI 5000, scored by Oscar nominee Toshiro Mayuzumi (The Bible, Reflections in a Golden Eye); the first CD release of the LP tracks for Guido & Maurizio DeAngelis' score for KILLERFISH; and CHRISTOPHER SLASKI FILM WORKS, a collection of the composer's work including cues from such films as the Brothers Quay's The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes and Kevin Spacey's Bobby Darin biopic Beyond the Sea.


 Intrada plans to release two new CDs next week.

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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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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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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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Film Score Friday 12/26/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 12/25/2014 - 9:00 PM
The latest CD from Kritzerland is the first-ever release of the soundtrack to one of 1979's Best Picture nominees, the sleeper hit comedy drama BREAKING AWAY. Peter Yates (Bullitt, The Deep) directed the Oscar-winning screenplay by Steve Tesich, about a group of young "townies" in Bloomington, Indiana, who, at the urging of their Italy-obsessed friend, take part in Indiana University's "Little 500" bicycle race. The four leads were played by then-newcomers Dennis Christopher, Daniel Stern, Dennis Quaid and Jackie Earle Haley (at the time, Haley was the most recognizable actor of the group), and Patrick Williams earned his only Oscar nomination for his charming adaptation of classical pieces for the score. The Kritzerland CD features both Williams' adaptations and the unused original cues he composed for the film.


Due to the increasing time demands of my day job (yes, I have one, and I'm not giving it up), this year's CD Checklist and my compliation of Did They Mention the Music? highlights will not be posted until January. However, I am working on an expanded, and probably final, edition of my Top 40 Composer Countdown series, which should also begin next month.

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Film Score Friday 12/19/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 12/18/2014 - 9:00 PM
Quartet has announced three expanded score CDs expected to be released by the end of the month -- a two-disc version of Jerry Goldsmith's rousing orchestral score for the 1985 remake of KING SOLOMON'S MINES (featuring a remastered version of the complete score as well as the original selection of cues from the LP); a two-disc expanded version of Ennio Morricone's SAHARA, with both the complete score and the original album tracks; and an expanded version of Henry Mancini's terrific score for director Blake Edwards' fourth Peter Sellers/Inspector Clouseau film, THE PINK PANTHER STRIKES AGAIN, featuring the Oscar nominated song "Come to Me." (The rumor is that another original song from the score, "Until You Love Me," sung in drag by a butler character, was actually voiced by Mrs. Edwards herself, Julie Andrews).


Varese Sarabande will release John Frizzell's score for the English-language remake of the thriller Loft, now titled THE LOFT (the original was scored by Wolfram De Marco, with a CD release from MovieScore Media), on January 20.


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced their lists of the 114 original scores and 79 original songs eligible for nomination for the music Oscar nominations (see full lists at the bottom of this column). Presumably because of the prominent use of classical pieces in the film, Antonio Sanchez' much-talked about drum score for Birdman was not ultimately eligible. Alexandre Desplat has five scores on the list, and Christophe Beck and Marco Beltrami each have four. The lengthy eligible song list includes numbers from such obscure films as Garnet's Gold, Girl on a Bicycle, The Hornet's Nest, Hot Guns with Guns, Life Inside Out, Life of an Actress: The Musical, Occupy the Farm, The One I Wrote for You, A Small Section of the World, Special, Under the Electric Sky, and Work Weather Wife, as well as several films you've actually heard of. 

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Film Score Friday 12/12/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 12/11/2014 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has announced two new releases this week: a greatly expanded version of James Horner's score for the 1993 adventure film A FAR OFF PLACE (one of ten Horner-scored films released in theaters that year) starring Reese Witherspoon and Ethan Embry (back when he was Ethan Randall); and the first-ever release Georges Delerue's score for the 1987 TV miniseries QUEENIE, based on Nicholas Korda's novel inspired by the life of actress Merle Oberon, starring Mia Sara, Joss Ackland, Claire Bloom, Kirk Douglas, Joel Grey, Sarah Miles and Topol.


The latest release from Kritzerland is a remastered version of one of the all-time classic science-fiction scores -- Bernard Herrmann's Oscar-shortlisted score for director Robert Wise's 1951 classic THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL.


This year's Grammy nominations have been announced, including the following film music-related categories:

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