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September Issue of FSM Online Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 9/23/2016 - 2:00 AM
The September edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. This month's cover story is a discussion with brothers MYCHAEL DANNA and JEFF DANNA about their score to the new Warner Bros. animated feature STORKS. Also this issue is an interview with JÓHANN JÓHANNSSON about his upcoming score to ARRIVAL and the early stages of BLADE RUNNER 2; GAVIN GREENAWAY discusses his career working with Hans Zimmer and John Powell, and his new solo piano album; PAUL LEONARD-MORGAN chats the short-lived CBS show LIMITLESS; Cary Wong recaps the summer and looks forward to upcoming 2016 releases; GREG EDMONSON reflects back on FIREFLY; Gold Rush digs up ARTHUR BLISS and THINGS TO COME; a GEOFFREY BURGON/SIRENS Score Restore; an interview with actor and film music aficionado REED BIRNEY; more embedded audio clips, and more.


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Film Score Friday 9/23/16
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 9/22/2016 - 9:00 PM
This week's release from Intrada is their long-awaited, definitive, six-disc edition of what is arguably Elmer Bernstein's masterpiece, his truly epic symphonic score for Cecil B. DeMille's final film as a director, the colossal remake of THE TEN COMMANDMENTS. The complete score is featured on the first three discs, with the third disc also featuring alternate and unused cues and Bernstein's piano demos; disc four features the mono cues from the film's first soundtrack LP release, disc five has Bernstein's own 1960 stereo LP re-recording (previously released on CD), while disc six features Bernstein's 1966 LP re-recording.


Varese Sarabande has announced three new limited edition CD Club releases, currently expected to begin shipping this week -- ROBOCOP 3: THE DELUXE EDITION, a greatly expanded release of Basil Poleoduris's score for the 1993 sequel, which incoporated his themes from the original RoboCop as well as substantial new material; HELLBOY: THE DELUXE EDITION, a two-disc, expanded version of Marco Beltrami's score for Guillermo Del Toro's popular Satanic superhero adventure; and an "Encore Edition" of John Barry's electronic score for the 1985 hit thriller JAGGED EDGE starring Glenn Close, Jeff Bridges and an Oscar-nominated Robert Loggia, with the same music as the previous release but now for the first time with cue titles.

Varese Sarabande has also just announced a new, limited edition series which they are calling the "We Hear You Series," featuring scores requested by customers. Their first release, expected to begin shipping next week, will feature Lalo Schfirin's music from the 1979 gang drama BOULEVARD NIGHTS, with the same cues that were included on the original MCA soundtrack LP. 

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Aisle Seat 9-20: Kino Lorber, VALLEY OF THE DOLLS & More
Posted By Andy Dursin 9/19/2016 - 9:00 PM
A product of the ‘80s in every way, GRANDVIEW, U.S.A. (**½, 97 mins., 1984, R) was “Grease”/”Blue Lagoon” director Randal Kleiser’s “contemporary” drama about a teenager’s coming of age, as well as the lives and loves of other residents of a small midwestern town. The movie can’t ever figure out specifically what it wants to be – either a typical ‘80s teen picture or a more adult soap opera – so it roughly splits itself in half, one portion dealing with star student C. Thomas Howell aspiring for more than the life his real estate mogul dad has in store for him, the other revolving around tough girl Jamie Lee Curtis’ frustration at running a demolition derby in town.
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Film Score Friday 9/16/16
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 9/15/2016 - 9:00 PM
Varese Sarabande plans to announce their latest batch of limited edition CD Club releases next Monday.


The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded several of this year's Creative Arts Emmys last Saturday night, including the following music categories:

OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR SPECIAL (ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE)
The Night Manager, Episode 2 - Victor Reyes

OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A SERIES (ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE)
Mr. Robot: "eps1.0_ hellofriend.mov" - Mac Quayle
 
OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL MAIN TITLE THEME MUSIC
Marvel's Jessica Jones - Sean Callery
 
OUTSTANDING MUSIC DIRECTION
Danny Elfman's Music From The Films Of  Tim Burton (Live From Lincoln Center) - Danny Elfman
 
OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL MUSIC AND LYRICS
"Til It Happens To You" - The Hunting Ground - Music and Lyrics by Diane Warren 
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Aisle Seat 9-13: 19th Anniversary Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 9/12/2016 - 9:00 PM
In Frank LaLoggia’s wonderful LADY IN WHITE (***½, 118 mins., 1988, PG-13; Shout Factory), Lukas Haas plays a young boy in early ‘60s upstate New York who encounters the restless spirit of a murdered girl. After being locked up in his school closet on Halloween and witnessing the apparition, Haas’ Frankie Scarlatti attempts to convince his family (father Alex Rocco, brother Jason Presson) that the haunting is real, and the girl’s killer is still at large in the quaint, picturesque town they reside in.
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Film Score Friday 9/9/16
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 9/8/2016 - 9:00 PM
Intrada's new CD this week presents the first release of Richard Band's score for the 1989 sci-fi action movie ARENA.


La-La Land has announced their planned schedule of CD releases for this month. On September 13, they will release the soundtrack to John Hughes' beloved 1986 high school comedy FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF, featuring songs from the film as well as the score by Ira Newborn. On September 27, they will present three new releases -- the first ever soundtrack release of Thomas Newman's score for the 1987 film version of LESS THAN ZERO; a second volume of music from STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE, with music by regular composers Dennis McCarthy and Jay Chattaway as well as many guest composers including John Frizzell and Brian Tyler; and the soundtrack to director Tim Burton's new fantasy adventure, MISS PEREGRINE'S SCHOOL FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN, starring homely character actress Eva Green, with music by Danny Elf-- sorry, I meant Mike Higham and Matthew Margeson.

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Aisle Seat 9-6: Post-Labor Day Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 9/5/2016 - 9:00 PM
Paul Schrader’s tough 1979 thriller HARDCORE (108 mins., 1979, R) debuts on Blu-Ray this month from Twilight Time as part of the label’s continuing series of 3,000 copy limited editions. Schrader’s original script pits church-going, Midwestern father George C. Scott against the seedy underbelly of Southern California, where his daughter has run away from home and gotten involved in the porn industry.
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Film Score Friday 9/2/16
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 9/1/2016 - 9:00 PM
Quartet has announced four new CDs planned for release this month -- Fernando Velazquez's latest collaboration with director J.A. Bayona (The Orphanage, The Impossible), the children's fantasy A MONSTER CALLS (according to the label, Backlot will be handling the U.S. release of this score); Velazquez's score for the wartime romance GERNIKA; Gabriel Yared's score for Xavier Dolan's all-star family drama, IT'S NOT THE END OF THE WORLD; and Eric Neveux's score for CEZANNE ET MOI.
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The "Last" Top Forty Countdown, Part Five: Composers On The Rise
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/26/2016 - 9:00 PM
RYAN AMON 
 
AGE: Unavailable
BIRTHPLACE: Elkhorn, Wisconsin
REPRESENTATION: Gorfaine/Schwartz
BACKGROUND: McNally Smith College of Music, recipient of BMI Pete Carpenter Fellowship, trailer composer
TOP GROSSING FILMS:
1. Elysium--93 (U.S. gross in millions)
 
It was Ryan Amon’s work as a trailer composer that rapidly transformed him from a virtual unknown to the composer of a $100 million-plus Matt Damon sci-fi action movie from an Oscar-nominated filmmaker. Neill Blomkamp, whose feature debut District 9 was a box-office smash and a surprise Best Picture nominee, was inspired to hire Amon when he heard one of the composer’s trailer pieces on a fan-posted YouTube video, and signed him to score his sophomore feature, Elysium. The pair worked closely on the score, with Amon giving the film what he called “a melding of organic synthesis and orchestral instrumentation.” While grossing a respectable $93 million in the United States (and a much more impressive $193 million in other countries), the film was considered a disappointment, especially compared to the lauded District 9, and while at one point Amon was announced to score Blomkamp’s third feature, Chappie, that troubled film ended up with a Hans Zimmer score and was released last year to weak box-office and worse reviews. Though he has not yet scored another feature, he was one of several composers whose music was featured in Michael Mann’s 2015 cyberthriller Blackhat, and last year he scored the videogame Bloodborne
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Film Score Friday 8/26/16
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/25/2016 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has temporarily postponed their planned multi-disc set originally announced for this week, and instead has released a remastered version of their expanded release of one of Pino Donaggio's finest scores, for Brian DePalma's 1980 hit DRESSED TO KILL.


La-La Land plans to release two new TV soundtracks next week, both from composer Blake Neely -- for the DC supehero series LEGENDS OF TOMORROW, and for the mystery series BLINDSPOT

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