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Film Score Friday 7/25/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 7/24/2014 - 9:00 PM
Kritzerland has announced two new CDs -- the soundtrack to the 1946 musical CENTENNIAL SUMMER, featuring the original songs by Jerome Kern (his final score, including his Oscar-nominated song "All Through The Day") and the incidental music by Alfred Newman (also nominated); and a disc pairing two scores by Neal Hefti -- WON TON TON: THE DOG WHO SAVED HOLLYWOOD, the 1976 Golden Age Hollywood spoof starring Bruce Dern, Madeline Kahn and a gallery of movie veterans, from noted comedy director Michael Winner (Death Wish 1-3, The Nightcomers); and a remastered edition of OH DAD, POOR DAD, MAMMA'S HUNG YOU IN THE CLOSET AND I'M FEELIN' SO SAD.


Varese Sarabande plans to announce their next set of limited edition releases this coming Monday, including new CD Club releases.


Music Box plans to release a two-disc set of Georges Delerue's score for the 1989 epic LA REVOLUTION FRANCAISE, featuring the cues included on the original, long-out-of-print release plus an additional 35 minutes of previously unreleased music.


Next week, La-La Land plans to release an expanded CD of Mark Snow's score for the 1998 feature film spinoff THE X-FILES (sometimes referred to as The X-Files: Fight the Future). The label has also announced plans to continue their release of Batman scores for the large and small screens with a third volume of the excellent music for Batman: The Animated Series as well as Robert J. Kral's music for the video Batman: Assault on Arkham.


Next Wednesday, July 30th, at Arclight Hollywood's Cinerama Dome, Creature Features is presenting a 40th anniversary screening of Brian DePalma's glorious PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE, hosted by Edgar Wright and featuring appearances by star-composer Paul Williams and stars Jessica Harper and Gerritt Graham.

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Film Score Friday 7/18/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 7/17/2014 - 9:00 PM
Caldera is releasing the soundtrack to the 2010 true crime-inspired drama ALL GOOD THINGS, which starred Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst and Frank Langella. The score was composed by Rob Simonsen, who's been making a name for himself with indies and smaller features like Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, The Way Way Back, The Spectacular Now and the just-released Wish I Was Here, and has his most high-profile project coming out later this year, the already critically acclaimed Foxcatcher.


Oscar winner Ken Thorne died on July 9 in West Hills, California, at the age of 90. We will feature an obituary for him in next Friday's column.

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Film Score Friday 7/11/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 7/10/2014 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has announced three CD releases this week, including seldom-heard (and in one case, never-heard) scores by beloved Oscar-winning composers.

SOUNDER
, director Martin Ritt's film version of William H. Armstrong's acclaimed 1969 novel about a family of black sharecroppers in the South and their dog Sounder, was a major Oscar contender in 1972 (that same year, Ritt also had the very different Pete 'n' Tillie in theaters), earning nominations for Picture and Adapted Screenplay as well as for Paul Winfield and Cicely Tyson's leading performances. The film's original score was composed by the great Alex North, who had previously worked with Ritt on The Long Hot Summer, The Sound and the Fury and The Outrage, but when the film was released it featured an entirely different score composed by one of the film's cast, actor-musician Taj Mahal (Mahal returned to score the largely forgotten 1976 sequel Part 2 Sounder, and was also the only major cast member to reprise his role). Intrada's new CD features North's 45-minute score for the first time, pairing it with North's 30-minute score for Monsanto's 1953 industrial film DECISION FOR CHEMISTRY.

Hugo Friedhofer may never have achieved the fame of such Golden Age contemporaries as Bernard Herrmann, Miklos Rozsa and Max Steiner, but his great, eclectic career spanned everything from his Oscar-winning score to 1946 Best Picture winner The Best Years of Our Lives to episodes of I Spy and Paul Bartel's psychosexual thriller Private Parts. His final score for the big screen was for the 1976 thriller DIE SISTER, DIE! (aka The Companion), which starred Jack Ging, Edith Atwater and Antoinette Bower (probably best remembered as the alien witch Sylvia from Star Trek's "Catspaw"). Intrada's CD is the first ever release of this chilling work, recorded only five years before the composer's passing in 1981.

Their final release of the week is actually a re-release of another vintage Les Baxter score that sold out quickly in its earlier Intrada pressing -- HOUSE OF USHER, the first of the Vincent Price/Roger Corman/Edgar Allan Poe horror films from the 1960s.


Next week, La-La Land plans to release THE NAKED GUN TRILOGY, a three-disc set featuring Ira Newborn's scores for the hit comedies inspired by the cult classic TV series Police Squad -- The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad, The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear, and Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult.


On August 19, Varese Sarabande plans to release the soundtrack to the supernatural TV series PENNY DREADFUL, starring Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Josh Hartnett and Reeve Carney. The music was composed by Abel Korzeniowski (A Single Man, W.E., Escape from Tomorrow), and the series was created by John Logan (not that anyone asked, but John Logan has had the writing career I would have killed to have. Forget about the Tony award and the three Oscar nominations -- he got to write a James Bond film, a Star Trek film, a Sinbad film, and Sweeney Todd. I'm surprised he hasn't gone back in time to write a film for Hitchcock and Herrmann).


The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has announced their latest nominations for the Primetime Emmys, including the following music categories: 

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Film Score Friday 7/4/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 7/3/2014 - 9:00 PM
On Monday, July 21st, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present BEHIND THE SCORE: THE ART OF THE FILM COMPOSER at LACMA'S Bing Theater. Talk show host Tavis Smiley will moderate the discussion, which will feature LA Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamel (whose first feature score, The Liberator, is due to be released by Deutsche Grammophon at the end of this month), two-time Oscar winner Gustavo Santaolalla, and another fellow, can't quite place his name..oh yes, John Williams. Although the event is currently sold out, there will be a standby line outside the theater the evening of the show, in case seats become available at the last minute.


Along with announcing the latest composers, songwriters and music editors invited to their Music Branch, the Academy has also announced some new music-related rules and regulations:

In the Music (Original Song) category, songwriters from established musical groups may now have the option to request that their song submission be considered under their group name.  If the request is approved and the song wins the Original Song award, the group would receive a single statuette.

Music Branch members may not contact other Music Branch members to promote the nomination of their own song in any way, including via mail, email, telephone or social media [out of tact, let's just pretend we don't know who inspired that one].  Additionally, Music Branch members may not attend any special live performances of eligible songs unless attached to a screening.

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Film Score Friday 6/27/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 6/26/2014 - 9:00 PM
Intrada announced three CD releases this week -- the first-ever release of David Newman's score to the time travel comedy hit BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE (Intrada released Newman's score for the sequel, Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, in 2007); the first CD release of Pino Donaggio's score for the 1986 horror film CRAWLSPACE, starring Klaus Kinski and directed by David Schmoeller (Tourist Trap, The Seduction), and featuring the same cues as the original Varese LP; and a re-release of a two-disc Les Baxter set that had sold out rapidly, pairing the Jules Verne adaptation MASTER OF THE WORLD and the sword-and-sandals adventure GOLIATH AND THE BARBARIANS.


Music Box has announced two new CDs -- a CD pairing two scores for the 1976 Dean Koontz adaptation LES PASSAGERS (THE INTRUDER), the unused score by Eric Demarsan and the replacement score by Claude Bolling; and the first CD release of Piero Piccioni's score for the 1978 death penalty drama LE TEMOIN.


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the 271 actors, executives, publicists and filmmakers who are being invited to join the Academy, including the following Music Branch invitees -- composers Stanley Clarke, Steve Jablonsky Steven Price, Buck Sanders and Charles Strouse; songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Tony Renis, Eddie Vedder and Pharrell Williams; and music editors Earl Ghaffari and Angie Rubin.

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Film Score Friday 6/20/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 6/19/2014 - 9:00 PM
CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Basta Guardarla - Franco Pisano - Beat
The Fourth Protocol
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Lalo Schfirin - Buysoundtrax
House of Cards: Season Two
 
- Jeff Beal - Varese Sarabande
How to Train Your Dragon 2
- John Powell - Relativity Music
In Your Eyes - Tony Morales - Lakeshore [CD-R]
La Citta' Ideale
- Andrea Rocca - Beat
Le Cose Che Restano
- Marco Betta - Beat
Moj Nikifor
- Bartek Gliniak - MovieScore Media/Kronos
Red Krokodil
- Alexander Cimini - Kronos
The Reluctant Saint
- Nino Rota - Saimel
The Signal
- Nima Fakhrara - Varese Sarabande
Three Days (of Hamlet) 
- Jonathan Beard - Buysoundtrax
To-Day's Sound
- Piero Umiliani - Beat
Transit
- Christoph Zimbigl - MovieScore Media/Kronos
The White Queen
- John Lunn - Silva
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Film Score Friday 6/13/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 6/12/2014 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has announced two very different releases this week -- a greatly expanded version of Jerry Goldsmith's score for writer-director Stephen Sommers' hugely entertaining, guilty pleasure monster movie DEEP RISING, about a group of thieves who board a cruise ship only to discover the passengers have been massacred by an undersea beast; and THE TWELVE CHORUSES, a new recording of choral pieces composed by Miklos Rozsa, based largely on his classic scores for Ben-Hur and King of Kings.


The next release from Kritzerland features the surviving score tracks from one of the most beloved films of all time, Frank Capra's 1947 classic IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, scored by Dimitri Tiomkin (a re-recording of the score was released in the late 1980s, conducted by David Newman).


On August 5, Varese Sarabande will release Brian Tyler's score to the upcoming tornado disaster film INTO THE STORM.

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Film Score Friday 6/6/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 6/5/2014 - 9:00 PM
Quartet has announced two new, upcoming releases -- a newly expanded edition of Michel Legrand's Oscar-nominated score for the original 1968 version of the romantic caper THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR (featuring his Oscar-winning song "The Windmills of Your Mind"), featuring not only the oft-released LP re-recording but, for the first time, the original score tracks; and a CD pairing remastered versions of two scores by Ennio Morricone, LA MONACA DI MONZA and LA CALIFFA.


On July 22, Varese Sarbande plans to release Marco Beltrami's score for SNOWPIERCER, the highly anticipated post-apocalyptic thriller from director Bong Joon-ho (The Host, Mother), starring Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Ed Harris, John Hurt and Tilda Swinton. And on June 10, their Vintage imprint will release a limited edition of Bill Conti's score for the Sylvester Stallone prison drama LOCK UP (previously released by Intrada).


Intrada plans to release two new CDs next week.

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Film Score Friday 5/30/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 5/29/2014 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has announced two new releases this week -- their third release of Jerry Goldsmith's rousing symphonic score for the 1982 fact-based escape drama NIGHT CROSSING, with the score remastered to more closely reflect Goldsmith's original vision, and featuring additional alternate cues; and the first release of Richard Band's score for the 2012 horror flim SHIVER.


La-La Land has announced their planned slate of June releases. On June 3rd, they will release a remastered (but not expanded, per the composer's wishes) CD of John Corigliano's Oscar-nominated debut score, ALTERED STATES, and the first-ever release of Oscar-winner Marvin Hamlisch's score for the 1985 juvenile sci-fi adventure, D.A.R.Y.L. On June 24, they will release an expanded, two-disc edition of John Williams' gorgeous (and of course, Oscar-nominated) score for one of Steven Spielberg's greatest (and arguably his most underrated) films, 1987's EMPIRE OF THE SUN, and an expanded and remastered version of one of Marc Shaiman's finest scores, for 1991's hit THE ADDAMS FAMILY.


Music Box has announced that their 50th CD will be the first-ever soundtrack release for GOLDEN NEEDLES, the light-hearted 1974 action-adventure film about the hunt for a set of rare acupuncture needles (yes, that's really what it's about). The eclectic cast included Joe Don Baker, Elizabeth Ashley (the Tracy and Hepburn of acupuncture adventure films), Jim Kelly, Ann Sothern and Burgess Meredith. The director was Robert Clouse, and the film reunited him with his Enter the Dragon composer, Lalo Schifrin.

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Film Score Friday 5/23/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 5/22/2014 - 9:00 PM
Kritzerland has announced two new CDs, featuring three previously unreleased scores by two Oscar-winning composers -- one release featuring David Shire's score (including material not used in the final film) for the 1981 Burt Reynolds comedy PATERNITY; and a disc pairing two scores by Pinocchio's two-time Oscar-winner Leigh Harline -- the suburban drama NO DOWN PAYMENT, directed by Martin Ritt, and the comedy THE REMARKABLE MR. PENNYPACKER.


The latest release from Buysoundtrax presents the score to the 1987 film version of Frederic Forsyth's thriller THE FOURTH PROTCOL, directed by John Mackenzie (The Long Good Friday), which put British agent Michael Caine in a race-against-time with Russian spy Pierce Brosnan. The orchestral suspense score was composed by Lalo Schifrin; it was among the first scores released on CD but has been out of print for decades.


Intrada plans to release two CDs next week.


This week it was announced that Ennio Morricone has had to cancel his previously postponed concerts in the United States due to health concerns following his recent back injury.

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