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Aisle Seat 9-18: The 21st Anniversary Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 9/17/2018 - 9:00 PM
Having expectations set low admittedly might help, but nevertheless, JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM (***, 128 mins., PG-13; Universal) is a fairly energetic fifth entry in the “Jurassic” series and, if nothing else, a cut-above its immediate adventure. In fact, I had a good amount of fun with director J.A. Bayona’s strange attempt to launch the “Park/World” franchise into “something else.” What that is in the long-term is up for debate, because it’s hard to envision another path that will reprise this film’s scenario of dinosaurs running around an “Old Dark House.”
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Film Score Friday 9/14/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 9/13/2018 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to release a two-disc set next week.

Next week La-La Land will begin shipping their previously announced two-disc set of Lorne Balfe's score for this summer's blockbuster hit sequel MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT, as well as a two-disc set of Harry Manfredini's music for FRIDAY THE 13TH - THE GAME.

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has announced this year's Creative Emmy winners in the following music categories:

OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR SPECIAL (ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE)
March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step - Cyrille Aufort 

OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A SERIES (ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE)
Game of Thrones: "The Dragon and the Wolf" - Ramin Djawadi

OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL MAIN TITLE THEME MUSIC 
Godless - Carlos Rafael Rivera

OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL MUSIC AND LYRICS
"Come Back Barack," from Saturday Night Live: Host - Chance the Rapper - Music by Eli Bruggemann; Lyrics by Chris Redd, Kenan Thompson, Will Stephen

OUTSTANDING MUSIC DIRECTION
Tony Bennett: The Library Of Congress Gershwin Prize For Popular Song - Greg Field

OUTSTANDING MUSIC SUPERVISION
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel - "Pilot" - Robin Urdang, Amy Sherman-Palladino, Daniel Palladino
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Film Score Friday 9/7/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 9/6/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is an unusual entry in the career of one of the all-time great film composers. In 1984, Jerry Goldsmith had his usual assortment of high-profile genre projects -- the summer blockbuster Gremlins, the lavish attempted-franchise-starter Supergirl, and Michael Crichton's underrated near-future thriller Runaway -- but he also took a rare venture into comedy with THE LONELY GUY, a Steve Martin vehicle directed by Arthur Hiller (Love Story, Silver Streak). A soundtrack was released by MCA at the same time as the film, but only as a "mini-LP" with three tracks on each side, and Goldsmith's contribution was limited to two score cues and the catchy theme song, "Love Comes Without Warning," performed by America. The Intrada CD allows Goldsmith's score to be heard as it's never been heard before, including both the score as heard in the film and a plethora of alternates and revisions.


Lalo Schifrin will become the third film composer to receive an Honorary Oscar, at this year's Governors Awards ceremony on November 18th, following Alex North (1985) and Ennio Morricone (2006). The other honorees this year are actress Cicely Tyson and veteran publicist Marvin Levy, with Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall recieving the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award for their body of work as producers (the Thalberg used to be awarded more frequently; the last one went to Francis Ford Coppola in 2010). 

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Aisle Seat 9-3: Labor Day Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 9/2/2018 - 9:00 PM
John Krasinski seems to be in the right place at the right time these days, having directed and starred in the year’s biggest surprise hit (“A Quiet Place”) as well as taken over the role of Tom Clancy’s intrepid CIA analyst, Jack Ryan, in a new Amazon series. To coincide with that show’s debut, Paramount has dusted off all five prior Clancy film projects with the anthology THE JACK RYAN COLLECTION, offering the premiere of the series in 4K UHD and Dolby Vision.
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Film Score Friday 8/31/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/30/2018 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.

The label has also announced their first Kickstarter campaign, to help finance a new recording of Dimitri Tiomkin's score for director Alfred Hitchcock's 3D suspense thriller DIAL M FOR MURDER, with William Stromberg conducting the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra. More details can be found at this link.


Along with two cast albums, Kritzerland is releasing a CD pairing two scores by Danish composer Soren Hyldgaard, who passed on this May at the age of 55 -- the American revenge thriller RED (not to be confused with the Bruce Willis action comedy), starring Brian Cox, Kyle Gallner, Tom Sizemore and Kim Dickens; and the 2001 Danish documentary FAMILY.


Music Box has announced three new film music CDs - a remastered edition of Georges Delerue's score for the French documentary TV series TOURS DU MONDE, TOURS DU CIEL, featuring an additional cue plus a 2010 recording of a Delerue string quartet; Francis Lai's score for the 1970 romantic drama MADLY (aka The Love Mates); and Eric Demarsan's score for the French documentary TV series LA LEGENDE DES SCIENCES.


On October 12, Varese Sarabande will release a CD featuring the LP tracks to the hit 1985 comedy-mystery FLETCH, starring Chevy Chase and directed by Michael Ritchie. The tracks include a handful of score cues by Harold Faltermeyer (Beverly Hills Cop, Tango & Cash) plus songs including the catchy main theme "Bit by Bit." (La-La Land and Universal are hoping to release Faltermeyer's score for the sequel, Fletch Lives, as part of their Universal Pictures Film Music Heritage Collection series).

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Franchise and Sequel Composers
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/24/2018 - 9:00 PM
This is of course an incomplete list, missing most international cinema as well as most of the countless franchises of Golden Age Hollywood. The biggest omission I know of is Akira Ifukube, since I didn't have the heart to try to figure out the order and interrelation between all the Toho kaiju movies, as well as which ones had original Ifukube scores versus which were just tracked-in cues from earlier scores. I also did not include sequels yet to be released whose composers have been announced, like Halloween [2018], How to Train Your Dragon 3 and Star Wars episode 9.


MICHAEL ANDREWS
 
1. Daddy’s Home [2015]
2. Daddy’s Home 2 [2017]
 
1. Neighbors [2014]
2. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising [2016]

DAVID ARNOLD
 
James Bond
18. Tomorrow Never Dies [1997]
19. The World Is Not Enough [1999]
20. Die Another Day [2002]
21. Casino Royale [2006]
22. Quantum of Solace [2008]

ALEXANDRE AZARIA
 
The Transporter
2. Transporter 2 [2005]
3. Transporter 3 [2008]
4. The Transporter Refueled [2015]
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Film Score Friday 8/24/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/23/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is the soundtrack to the web horror series RAVENWOLF TOWERS, with music by genre veteran Richard Band (Re-Animator, From Beyond, Metalstorm).


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Crazy Rich Asians - Brian Tyler - WaterTower [CD-R]
The Darkest Minds - Benjamin Wallfisch - Milan
Hurricane
 - Nino Rota - Varese Sarabande
Legion: Season 2
 - Jeff Russo - Lakeshore
100 Greatest Science Fiction Themes
- various - Silva
Operation Finale - Alexandre Desplat - Sony [CD-R]

Ravenwolf Towers - Richard Band - Intrada Special Collection
Westworld: Season 2 - Ramin Djawadi - WaterTower 

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August Issue of FSMO Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 8/22/2018 - 2:00 AM
The August edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. This month’s cover story is a detailed retrospective on the HOWARD SHORE'S THE HOBBIT TRILOGY, looking back again at what went right and wrong. Also in this issue, HARRY GREGSON-WILLIAMS wraps up his summer with THE MEG, THE EQUALIZER 2 and PHILIP K. DICK’S ELECTRIC DREAMS; BRIAN TYLER is crazy for CRAZY RICH ASIANS and Kevin Costner's YELLOWSTONE; a warm and fuzzy look at THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS with CHRISTOPHER LENNERTZ; the conclusion of Erik Heine’s sprawling JAMES NEWTON HOWARD BUYER’S GUIDE dips into the ’80s and ’90s; revisiting the ALFRED NEWMAN classic HOW THE WEST WAS WON; Cary Wong gives his annual regards to Broadway; Composer’s Corner looks at BERLIN ORCHESTRA INSPIRE 2; lots of album reviews, including CHRISTOPHER ROBIN, JAMES HORNER: THE CLASSICS and EIGHTH GRADE; more embedded audio clips, and more.

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Aisle Seat 8-21: Kino Lorber Rundown & Scream Madness
Posted By Andy Dursin 8/20/2018 - 9:00 PM
The fall of 1984 brought movie-goers three different pictures all related to the struggle of American farmers – one a period picture (Robert Benton’s “Places in the Heart”), the others contemporary pieces (Mark Rydell’s “The River” and the Jessica Lange/Sam Shepard drama “Country”) that even share identical sequences of farmers, unable to pay back their loans, having to suffer the indignity of seeing their equipment sold off at auction. Their politics aside, however, it’s interesting to note that the film that received more mixed reviews – namely, Rydell’s Sissy Spacek/Mel Gibson vehicle – is actually a notably superior film, offering a grander cinematic scale than COUNTRY (108 mins., PG), which mostly plays out in a slow-going malaise before its grandstanding climax.
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Film Score Friday 8/17/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/16/2018 - 9:00 PM
CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Accident Man
 - Sean Murray - Dragon's Domain
Advise and Consent 
- Jerry Fielding - Kritzerland
Firewalker - Gary Chang - Varese Sarabande
Giuda Uccide Il Venderi
 - Nico Fidenco - Kronos
Here We Go Again, Rubinot 
- Andrew Powell - Kronos
The Prisoner of Zenda - Henry Mancini - La-La Land
The Return of Swamp Thing
 - Chuck Cirino - Dragon's Domain
Slender Man - Ramin Djawadi, Brandon Campbell - Sony [CD-R] 
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Today in Film Score History:
September 18
A Streetcar Named Desire is released (1951)
Arthur B. Rubinstein begins recording his score for Nick of Time (1995)
Dee Barton born (1937)
Dimitri Tiomkin begins recording his score for Wild Is the Wind (1957)
Fred Steiner records his score for the Amazing Stories episode "Life on Death Row" (1986)
Henry Mancini begins recording his score to Bachelor in Paradise (1961)
Herbert Spencer died (1992)
Jack Pleis records his score for The Wild Wild West episode “The Night of the Samurai” (1967)
John Powell born (1963)
Leonard Rosenman begins recording his score for Hide in Plain Sight (1979)
Robert Drasnin records his first Mission: Impossible score, for the episode “The Slave” (1967)
The Day the Earth Stood Still opens in New York (1951)
Thomas Newman records his score for the Amazing Stories episode "Santa '85" (1985)
Vince Tempera born (1946)
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