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November Issue of FSM Online Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 11/20/2018 - 10:00 PM
The November edition of FSM Online is now live. This month’s cover story looks at the 12 best scores from Hans Zimmer’s REMOTE CONTROL/MEDIA VENTURES studio, including work by JOHN POWELL, RAMIN DJAWADI and HARRY GREGSON-WILLIAMS. Also this issue, CARTER BURWELL discusses his multifaceted work on the Coen Bros.’ THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS; ROLFE KENT finds himself in another fine mess with STAN & OLLIE; ROB SIMONSEN scores a scandal for THE FRONT RUNNER; DUSTIN O’HALLORAN finds love in THE HATE U GIVE; happy times with GABRIEL YARED and THE HAPPY PRINCE; the final part of an examination of the themes of GAME OF THRONES; GEORGE FENTON revisits SHADOWLANDS; Cary Wong’s annual HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE; lots of album reviews, including THE GRINCH, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK and BOY ERASED; more embedded audio clips, and more.

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Aisle Seat 11-21: A Thanksgiving Feast
Posted By Andy Dursin 11/20/2018 - 9:00 PM
Unquestionably one of 2018’s top home video releases, Time Life’s ROBIN WILLIAMS: COMIC GENIUS serves up a treasure trove of material for fans of the late, great comic, encompassing his stand-up work, TV talk-show appearances and other forums where Williams’ improvisations were ideally suited. Housed in an oversized cardboard case, this massive, 22-disc DVD anthology is both lovingly presented and superbly compiled, graced with new interviews and priceless clips
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Film Score Friday 11/16/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/15/2018 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has announced two new soundtrack releases for this week -- the first CD release of the LP tracks (taken from vinyl sources) from one of John Barry's few Western scores, the lavish 1981 action-adventure THE LEGEND OF THE LONE RANGER, directed by ace cinematographer William Fraker (who also teamed with Barry on the Western Monte Walsh); and the first-ever release of Richard Band's score for the Home Alone-ish kids comedy REMOTE.

La-La Land has announced three new releases expected to begin shipping next week -- the latest in their new Universal Pictures Film Music Heritage Collection series, a two-disc set pairing the scores for sequels AIRPORT '77 (John Cacavas) and THE CONCORDE: AIRPORT '79 (Lalo Schifrin); a greatly expanded, three-disc anniversary edition of Michael Kamen's score for the 1988 action classic DIE HARD, including never-before-heard Kamen music as well as the John Scott (Man on Fire) and James Horner (Aliens) cues tracked into the film's final scene; and the soundtrack for the new, Netflix miniseries remake of Shirley Jackson's classic THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE, directed by Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Ouija: Origin of Evil) and scored by his usual composers, The Newton Brothers.

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Nocturne: Mike Matessino on John Williams and Dracula
Posted By Tim Burden 11/13/2018 - 9:00 PM

Please follow this link for an audio interview with Mike Matessino about the new 2CD Dracula set.

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Aisle Seat 11-13: 4K Superwrap, Dracula in ’72
Posted By Andy Dursin 11/12/2018 - 9:00 PM
It’s a big month for 4K UHD enthusiasts, as multiple studios have launched a series of classics in the fledgling format. Most of these films need little introduction to fans, who are likely to wonder if they’re worth plunking down additional funds for the umpteenth time. Thanks to the restoration of the movie’s 6-track 70mm soundtrack, the answer for SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE (****, 143 mins., 1978, PG) fans, at least, is an unqualified “yes!”
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Film Score Friday 11/9/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/8/2018 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to release two new CDs next week.

Prometheus has released a new recording of Mario Nascimbene's score for the adventure classic THE VIKINGS, with Nic Raine conducting the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus.

The latest release from Music Box is an expanded version of the score for the stylish 2006 animated science-fiction feature RENAISSANCE, which in English-language countries featured the voices of Daniel Craig, Romola Garai, Catherine McCormack, Jonathan Pryce and Ian Holm. The music was composed by Nicholas Dodd, probably best known to score fans for his work as an orchestrator-conductor for such composers as David Arnold, Mychael Danna and Andrew Lockington.

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Film Score Friday 11/2/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/1/2018 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has announced two new CDs this week -- a disc pairing two never-before-released Georges Delerue scores for American TV movies of the 1980s, SIN OF INNOCENCE and LOVE THY NEIGHBOR, and an expaded version of James Horner's score for the 1995 animated film BALTO, with the full 62-minute score plus 16 minutes of extras.

La-La Land has announced a whopping seven new releases which are expected to begin shipping next week -- a two-disc set of music from the Amazon anthology series PHILIP K. DICK'S ELECTRIC DREAMS, featuring episode scores by Olafur Arnalds, BT, Harry Gregson-Williams, Mark Isham, Bear McCreary and Cristobal Tapia de Veer; a three-disc set featuring the scores for SUPERMAN II and SUPERMAN III (already shipping), adapted by Ken Thorne from the original themes by John Williams; and five new TV episodic music collections by Blake Neely: ARROW: SEASON 6, DC'S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW: SEASON 3 (scored with Daniel James Chan), THE FLASH: SEASON 4 (with Nathaniel Blume), RIVERDALE: SEASON 2 (with Sherri Chung), and SUPERGIRL: SEASON 3 (with Chan).

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Aisle Seat 10-30: Halloween Edition Part 2!
Posted By Andy Dursin 10/29/2018 - 9:00 PM
After producing the likes of “The Dead Zone,” “Firestarter,” “Cat’s Eye” and “Silver Bullet,” Dino DeLaurentiis lured in Stephen King with the promise of directing with MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE (97 mins., 1986, R) for this fledgling DEG studio. Now, I have to confess I have fond memories of seeing this picture in theaters – it was one of the first R-rated films I was allowed to watch, thanks to my friend’s movie-buff dad, George Coombs, who reviewed movies on WKRI-AM in Warwick, RI. Mr. C received free passes to the local theater chains (General Cinema and Showcase), which allowed us to see loads of films together during my formative years, and “Maximum Overdrive” was – along with “Witness” and “Aliens” – one of my earliest R-rating movie-going experiences.
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Film Score Friday 10/26/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 10/25/2018 - 9:00 PM
Varese Sarabande has announced their latest batch of CD Club releases, which can be pre-ordered now and are expected to begin shipping the week after next: a Deluxe Edition of John Williams' popular score for director John Badman's lavish and underrated 1979 remake of DRACULA, starring Frank Langella, Kate Nelligan and Laurence Olivier, a two-disc set featuring both the original LP tracks and the first-ever release of the complete score (including cues not heard in the film); an greatly expanded Deluxe Edition of Basil Poledouris' exciting score for ON DEADLY GROUND, the ecologically-themed action adventure that marked the directorial debut of star Steven Seagal (pitted against an over-qualified Michael Caine); and an encore release of Georges Delerue's score for the 1990 political thriller A SHOW OF FORCE, starring Amy Irving, Andy Garcia, Lou Diamond Phillips, Robert Duvall and Kevin Spacey. The label is also releasing a new two-disc compilation, VARÈSE SARABANDE: 40 YEARS OF GREAT FILM MUSIC 1978-2018, which can be ordered as a CD-set, on vinyl, or as a "bundle" including a T-shirt and tote bag.

The latest CD from Caldera is THE LOST CHILDREN OF PLANET X, a concept album/spoken word drama, with music by Christopher Young incorporating unused material from his film scores. The disc features both the narrative version, with text written by Bob Badway, and the instrumental cues without words. 

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October Issue of FSM ONLINE Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 10/25/2018 - 2:00 AM
The October edition of FSM Online is now live. This month’s cover story is the first part of a deep dive on the many themes of GAME OF THRONES by RAMIN DJAWADI. Also in this issue, a review of the GAME OF THRONES live concert experience; JUSTIN HURWITZ flies us to the moon with Damien Chazelle’s FIRST MAN; new and notable scores from the 56TH NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL, including works by NICHOLAS BRITELL and CARTER BURWELL; DOMINIC LEWIS is spooky-scary in GOOSEBUMPS 2: HAUNTED HALLOWEEN and Season 3 of THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE; Erik Heine explores the strange and UNUSUAL INSTRUMENTS of film music; memories of MIKLÓS RÓZSA and re-recording IVANHOE; COMPOSER’S CORNER reviews a niche toolkit; lots of album reviews, including FIRST MAN, VENOM and THE SISTERS BROTHERS; more embedded audio clips, and more.

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