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Next FSM ONLINE Issue Now Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 9/17/2014 - 2:00 AM
The September edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. In this issue, the cover story is an interview with DARIO MARIANELLI on his first animated score, for THE BOXTROLLS. Also in this issue are an interview with JOHN DEBNEY about his score to History’s HOUDINI; DANIEL LICHT discusses life after DEXTER; JAN A. P. KACZMAREK scores the Polish documentary JOANNA; INON ZUR composes RECLAIM; an audio interview with DENNIS SANDS about his illustrious score-mixing career; GOLD RUSH returns with a look at the roots of film scoring and leitmotif; SCORE RESTORE takes another look at a cue from DAVID SHIRE’s score to THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE; WONG’S TURN checks out the intersection of classical and film music; TORN PAGES uncovers a lost score by ELMER BERNSTEIN; more embedded audio clips, and more.
 
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Aisle Seat 9-16: Krull, Godzilla & TV on Disc Spins
Posted By Andy Dursin 9/15/2014 - 9:00 PM
An expensive attempt by Columbia to cash-in on the then red-hot sword-and-sorcery and sci-fi/fantasy genres, the 1983 Saturday matinee adventure KRULL (***, 120 mins., PG) plays more like a semi-futuristic Errol Flynn swashbuckler than a rip-off of “Star Wars.”
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Film Score Friday 9/12/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 9/11/2014 - 9:00 PM
Last week Intrada released two new CDs -- an expanded and remastered edition of James Horner's score for director Michael Apted's 1983 film version of Martin Cruz Smith's bestselling mystery GORKY PARK, starring Wililam Hurt, Joanna Pacula, Brian Dennehy and Lee Marvin, a score that can be described as "48 Hrs. Goes to Moscow" (previous CD releases from Varese and Kritzerland only featured the cues from the original Varese LP); and the first release of the LP tracks from Michel Legrand's score for the 1977 romantic drama THE OTHER SIDE OF MIDNIGHT, director Charles Jarrott's film version of Sidney Sheldon's novel, starring Marie-France Pisier, John Beck and Susan Sarandon. The label also plans to release two new CDs next


The latest releaeses from La-La Land are the first-ever release of James Newton Howard's score for director John Schlesinger's 1996 thriller EYE FOR AN EYE (released in theaters nearly simultaneously with two other Howard-scored thrillers, The Juror and the Oscar-nominated Primal Fear), with Sally Field as a grieving mother plotting vengeance against the man (Kiefer Sutherland) who raped and murdered her teenage daughter; and the soundtrack to the new Civil War drama FIELD OF LOST SHOES, scored by Frederik Wiedmann (Return to House on Haunted Hill, Son of Batman).


Quartet has announced two new CDs featuring scores from Paramount films from the 1980s -- a two-disc soundtrack of 1983's Best Picture winner TERMS OF ENDEARMENT, featuring the complete, Oscar-nominated Michael Gore score for the first time, plus the original soundtrack LP cues which featured both music and dialogue; and a two-disc set featuring Carl Davis' score for dirrector Bruce Beresford's biblical drama KING DAVID, with a controversially cast Richard Gere as the Old Testament leader, co-starring Alice Krige and Edward Woodward as Saul the Equalizer (and production design by the master, Ken Adam). The label also recently released a CD pairing two previously unreleased '80s comedy scores by Alan Silvestri -- Michael Apted's CRITICAL CONDITION, starring Richard Pryor, and Carl Reiner's SUMMER RENTAL, starring John Candy -- as well as a disc pairing two previously released Ennio Morricone scores, UN GENIO, DUE COMPARI, UN POLLO and SONNY & JED.


Steven Price has followed up his Oscar-winning score for Gravity with FURY, an action-adventure drama starring Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal and Shia LaBoeuf as the crew of a U.S. army tank behind German lines in the last months of World War II. The film is from writer-director David Ayer, whose Sabotage was released less than six months ago, and Varese Sarabande will release Price's Fury score on October 14.

On October 28, Varese will release the soundtrack to the '80s-set action drama REVENGE OF THE GREEN DRAGONS, scored by Mark Kilian (Rendition, Traitor, The Ward).

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Aisle Seat 17th Anniversary Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 9/8/2014 - 9:00 PM
I wasn’t up watching THE EQUALIZER when it aired back in the ’80s, so I didn’t really know what to think of the series when I popped in VEI’s limited edition DVD box-set that’s newly available this week. After just a few minutes, though, I could tell why fans have long raved about the CBS series, which set the standard – alongside “Wiseguy” and “Miami Vice” – for television crime dramas in the mid-late ‘80s.
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Film Score Friday 9/5/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 9/4/2014 - 9:00 PM
I have only just got back from vacation, so in all likelihood I have not had time to update this column since I last dealt with it eleven days ago, so to you people in the future I send my apologies, and hope that the future utopia of September 5, 2014 is as glorious as we all had imagined, and not as squalid and depressing as the one in my beloved Snowpiercer


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Hannibal: Season 1, Vol. 1 - Brian Reitzell - Lakeshore
Hannibal: Season 1, Vol. 2 - Brian Reitzell - Lakeshore 

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Aisle Seat 9-2: Back to School Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 9/1/2014 - 9:00 PM
A few months ago I was watching TCM when they ran one of those archival, fluffy promotional “Making Of” featurettes inbetween movies. I was captivated by it because I had never heard of the film – an early ‘70s MGM “hayseed drama” named LOLLY-MADONNA XXX – despite the film offering an amazing array of talent, including Rod Steiger, Robert Ryan and a dynamite young cast comprised of Jeff Bridges, Scott Wilson, Gary Busey, Randy Quaid, Ed Lauter and Season Hubley. This rarely-screened picture – which has never been released on video in any format – has finally made its way back into circulation courtesy of the Warner Archives, restoring the scope dimensions of cinematographer Philip Lathrop and director Richard C. Sarafian.
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Film Score Friday 8/29/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/28/2014 - 9:00 PM
I am currently on vacation, so I apologize in advance for any updates I may have missed (and the likely very ragged state of this week's "The Next Ten Days in L.A.", which will likely be even more ragged next week, when I've only just returned to work).


On September 30, Varese Sarabande will release a CD of music from the animated TV series NINJAGO MASTERS OF SPINJITZU, composed by Jay Vincent and Michael Kramer.

On October 7, they will release Aaron Zigman's score for the romantic thriller ADDICTED (which from the Varese description sounds like a Tyler Perry movie without Tyler Perry), and the soundtrack to the critically acclaimed music drama WHIPLASH, featuring score cues and big band songs by Justin Hurwitz (who scored Whiplash writer-director Damien Chazelle's earlier film, Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench), and big band competition pieces by Tim Simonec (a veteran orchestrator-conductor who's worked on countless Graeme Revell and Michael Giacchino scores). 

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Aisle Seat 8-26: Shout! Summer Wrap
Posted By Andy Dursin 8/25/2014 - 9:00 PM
The writers of “Unforgiven” and “The Fugitive.” The director of “Rambo: First Blood Part II.” A cast comprised of Peter Weller, Richard Crenna and Hector Elizondo. Music by Jerry Goldsmith. Cinematography from Oscar-nominee Alex Thomson. Creature design by Stan Winston. Add it all up and what do you get? The laughably bad 1989 MGM turkey LEVIATHAN (*½, 98 mins., R), which surfaces from the depths as a Shout Factory Blu-Ray just in time to bid adieu to the summer of 2014.
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Film Score Friday 8/22/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/21/2014 - 9:00 PM
On October 14, Howard Shore's Howe label will release expanded, remastered editions of three of his scores for director David Cronenberg -- the J.G. Ballard adaptation CRASH (not to be confused with Paul Haggis' 2005 Best Picture winner); his jazz-inflected score for the film version of William Burroughs' classic NAKED LUNCH, featuring solos by Ornette Coleman; and his haunting score for Cronenberg's masterpiece, DEAD RINGERS.


Intrada has announced two new releases this week - a remastered edition of Pino Donaggio's fourth score for director Brian DePalma, the 1981 conspiracy thriller BLOW OUT, starring John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow and Dennis Franz; and the 2012 action comedy THE BAYTOWN OUTLAWS, featuring Billy Bob Thornton and Eva Longoria, music by Christopher Young and Kostas Christides.


On September 23, Varese Sarabande will release the soundtrack to the new mystery A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES. The film is based on one of Lawrence Block's first-rate novels about an alcholic cop-turned unlicensed private eye named Matthew Scudder -- the only previous film incarnation of the character was Jeff Bridges in Hal Ashby's final film, 8 Million Ways to Die. This time, Liam Neeson takes on the role, with one of Hollywood's most respected screenwriters, Oscar nominee Scott Frank (Out of Sight, The Lookout), writing and directing, and a score by newcomer Carlos Rafael Rivera.

Another great contemporary crime writer, Elmore Leonard, will shortly be represented on movie screens by the comedy thriller LIFE OF CRIME, an adaptation of his book The Switch, with Jennifer Aniston, Will Forte, John Hawkes and Tim Robbins. The score is by The Newton Brothers (Oculus), and though Varese is releasing it first as a download-only, they plan to eventually make it available as a CD-R, as they previously did with Atli Orvarsson's Evidence.


The latest release from Kritzerland presents the music from the 2000 Danish miniseries THE SPIDER, scored by Soren Hyldgaard (The Chaplin Puzzle)


The TV Academy announced the Emmy winners in the Creative Arts categories last weekend, including the music categories. Alan Silvestri won two Emmys, for his score and theme for the new version of COSMOS; David Arnold and Michael Price won for their score to the most recent SHERLOCK episode, "His Last Vow;" Tom Kitt and Lin-Manuel Miranda won for their song "Bigger!" from the Tony Awards; and Don Was won for his music direction of THE BEATLES: THE NIGHT THAT CHANGED AMERICA.

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Aisle Seat 8-19: Twilight Time, Muppets & More
Posted By Andy Dursin 8/18/2014 - 9:00 PM
Overstuffed with villains, bombastic action and quite possibly one of the most obnoxious music scores ever written for the genre, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 (**, 141 mins., 2014, PG-13; Sony) spins a web of mediocrity that might test the patience of even the most ardent fan of Your Friendly Neighborhood Webslinger.
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