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Aisle Seat 5-30: Memorial Day Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 5/29/2017 - 9:00 PM
For a studio that must have dollar bills plastered all over its walls, it’s disappointing how poorly Walt Disney has treated its live-action back catalog, particularly on Blu-Ray. The studio that once broke away from “kiddie product” to form Touchstone Pictures back in the mid 1980s has absolutely turned its back on that mission from decades ago, eschewing “adult fare” for a steady diet of animated films, Marvel comic-book flicks, and Star Wars sequels. That has left a void in the care of its box-office hits that weren’t aimed at little tykes, with even blockbuster smashes like “Three Men and a Baby” – the singular highest-grossing film of 1987 – still never having been released in widescreen on home video at all, much less Blu-Ray.
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May Issue of FSM ONLINE Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 5/28/2017 - 2:00 AM
The jam-packed May edition of FSM ONLINE is finally live. In this month’s cover story, get an exclusive look at the films and music of the 16th TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL, including new works by DAVID SHIRE, KEEGAN DEWITT and many more. Also this month, GEOFF ZANELLI helms the score for PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES; AARON ZIGMAN discusses his music for WAKEFIELD; a guide to the music of the ALIEN franchise; EVGUENI AND SACHA GALPERINE scheme over HBO’S THE WIZARD OF LIES, starring Robert De Niro; LORNE BALFE ruminates on the meaning of GENIUS; NATHAN BARR chats about THE SON and SNEAKY PETE; JAMES EURINGER of Mindless Self Indulgence shares his cinematic secrets; a MIKLÓS RÓZSA Score Restore of EYE OF THE NEEDLE; a DIMITRI TIOMKIN Gold Rush looks at CYRANO DE BERGERAC; a BRIAN MAY-themed EAR OF THE MONTH; more embedded audio clips, and more.

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CineRadio Top 20 for April 2017
Posted By Kristen Romanelli 5/27/2017 - 9:00 AM
The CineRadio Top 20 has been released for April 2017, highlighting music played on soundtrack music radio specialty shows, online radio stations and podcasts.
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Film Score Friday 5/26/17
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/25/2017 - 9:00 PM
Varese Sarabande has announced three new CDs in their Limited Edition series of contemporary scores -- the new period spy thriller THE EXCEPTION, starring Lily James, Jai Courtney and Christopher Plummer, with music by Ilan Eshkeri (The Young Victoria, Shaun the Sheep Movie); PASSAGE TO DAWN, a romantic drama from Spain scored by Diego Navarro; and FILM MUSIC FESTIVAL KRAKOW - 2017, a compilation featuring original cues and re-recordings by a variety of composers, including the first commercial release of a cue from Abel Korzeniowski's Escape from Tomorrow.


Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.


Yesterday was the 38th anniversary of the release of the original ALIEN, for which Jerry Goldsmith wrote one of his most striking and downright scariest scores. Director Ridley Scott (apparently encouraged by editor Terry Rawlings) notoriously reworked much of Goldsmith's music, substituting other music such as Howard Hanson's "Romantic" Symphony (used as the film's end title) and cues from Goldsmith's first Oscar-nominated score, for 1962's Freud (for the dripping-acid and Dallas-in-the-air-vent scenes). Goldsmith had an even more disappointing experience with his next project with Scott, the lavish fantasy Legend, as Goldsmith's score was replaced in U.S prints with a new score by Tangerine Dream, and even the European release featured some tracked-in music. Fortunately, the later DVD release of Legend featured multiple cuts of the film with multiple scores, and over the years Scott seems to be slowly learning to appreciate Goldsmith's music. His underrated 2005 historical epic Kingdom of Heaven (which must be seen in the longer Director's Cut to be truly appreciated) featured a score by Harry Gregson-Williams but also contained tracked-in cues including a piece from Goldsmith's The 13th Warrior. Scott's 2012 Alien prequel Prometheus featured Goldsmith's Alien theme in one scene (otherwise the score was composed by Marc Streitenfeld with memorable additional material by Gregson-Williams), and the just-released ALIEN: COVENANT, with score credited to Jed Kurzel, features Goldsmith's music, faithfully adapted, in several prominent places as well as multiple uses of Gregson-Williams' Prometheus themes, making it the first in the Alien series with a true sequel score.


The one major change to the Film Score Friday format in recent years was the addition of the THE NEXT TEN DAYS IN L.A. section at the end of the colum, which lists screenings of older films at revival theaters around the Los Angeles area. This section began in 2010, after I mentioned on the site that I'd seen a 35mm print of the wonderfully bad but still somehow wonderful Damnation Alley (with its thrilling and largely unreleased score by Goldsmith) at L.A.'s Silent Movie Theater, and a reader complained that I should have let people know the film would be screening in the area (after all, the score is deservedly popular among many film score fans, and I'm not the only one for whom a complete Damnation Alley CD is one of our last film music holy grails). Thus "The Next Ten Days In L.A." was born, so I should make extra effort to point out that Damnation Alley is returning to L.A. for one night next month.

The New Beverly's just-announced June schedule features an emphasis on science-fiction (as well as an emphasis on, conversely, the films of director Jerry Schatzberg), with the line-up including The Road Warrior/Mad Max: Fury Road (June 2-3), A Boy and His Dog (June 3, midnight), Star Trek -- The Motion Picture/The Black Hole (June 9-10), The Omega Man (June 10, midnight), First Spaceship on Venus/Mars Needs Women (June 13), RoboCop/Starship Troopers (June 16-17), X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes/The Man with Two Brains (June 23-24), Flash Gordon (June 24-25), Barbarella (June 24, midnight), Message from Space/Starcrash (June 27), 2010/Interstellar (June 30-July 1), and for one night only, on June 20, a "Grindhouse" double feature of Damnation Alley and Battle Beyond the Stars (featuring one of the earliest scores by James Horner). To quote the great George Peppard from Damnation Alley, "This whole town is infested with killer cockroaches. I repeat: KILLER COCKROACHES!"

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Aisle Seat 5-23: Kino Lorber May Mania
Posted By Andy Dursin 5/22/2017 - 9:00 PM
A strange sequel that’s half “Alien” rehash and half “Prometheus” follow-up – albeit with none of the latter’s “bigger questions” actually being addressed – Ridley Scott’s ALIEN: COVENANT (**½, 123 mins., 2017, R) serves up a serviceable but ultimately unsatisfying ride over narrative terrain we’ve covered many times over by now.
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Film Score Friday 5/19/17
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/18/2017 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a three-disc edition of Jerry Goldsmith's 1986 sequel score POLTERGEIST II: THE OTHER SIDE. Disc One features the complete score in the original digital mix prepared for the soundtrack by Goldsmith and mixer Bruce Botnick; Disc Two features the analog mixes of the complete score as heard in the film; and Disc Three features an hour's worth of alternate versions of cues from the film.


The latest CD from Quartet features two previously unreleased scores composed by Frank DeVol for Burt Reynolds films of the mid-1970s directed by Robert Aldrich -- the 1975 romantic noir HUSTLE, pairing Reynolds with Catherine Deneuve, and his brief score for the hit prison football comedy drama THE LONGEST YARD.


Next week Varese Sarabande plans to announce three new releases in their Limited Edition series, including one compilation CD. 

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The "Last" Top Forty Composer Countdown, Part Six: More Composers on the Rise
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/12/2017 - 9:00 PM
ANDREW HEWITT
 
AGE: 41
BIRTHPLACE: England
REPRESENTATION: Allegro Talent Group
BACKGROUND: child singer/pianist, Cambridge University (BA Music), Guildhall School of Music and Drama (post-graduate), choral performer in scores for Shore and Williams
ONGOING FILMMAKER RELATIONSHIPS: Richard Ayoade
 
Andrew Hewitt is yet another rising composer who is amassing an impressive body of scores without scoring any films that have broken the $1,000,000 box-office grosses mark in U.S. theaters. Like David Buckley, Hewitt had past film music experience as a score vocalist, performing as a choir member in Shore’s final two Lord of the Rings scores as well as Williams’ Revenge of the Sith and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkhaban. After scoring the cult-hit British horror spoof series Garth Marenghi’s Dark Place, he teamed up with its writer-director-star Richard Ayoade for Ayoade’s feature filmmaking debut, the offbeat coming-of-age comedy Submarine. The pair reteamed for Ayoade’s Gilliam-esque film of Dostoyevsky’s The Double, with Hewitt’s score proving a key component in the film’s aura of droll unease, while for 2015’s gripping docudrama The Stanford Prison Experiment, he provided a suitably percussive and unsettling accompaniment. He takes a venture into horror with the film version of Shirley Jackson's We Have Always Lived in the Castle.

WHAT'S NEXT: A Crooked Somebody, The Good Neighbor, Old Boys, We Have Always Lived in the Castle
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Film Score Friday 5/12/17
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/11/2017 - 9:00 PM
La-La Land's latest release is a 3-disc set of music from the 1970s TV incarnation of WONDER WOMAN, with the memorable theme song by Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel, and episode scores by Fox, Johnny Harris, Artie Kane, Richard LaSalle, Angela Morley, Robert Prince, and Robert O. Ragland. Charles Fox will appear in person this Sunday at Creature Features in Burbank to sign copies of the CD and discuss his music in a Q&A.


Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.


This last Tuesday, May 9th, Jerry Goldsmith received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. I don't know what else to say besides "about f****** time." 

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Aisle Seat 5-9: WILLARD & BEN, Together Again
Posted By Andy Dursin 5/8/2017 - 9:00 PM
A box-office smash that succumbed to the ravages of both time and distribution woes, Shout Factory has at last resurrected the rambunctious rodent-revenge thriller WILLARD (95 mins., 1971, PG) as well as its quickly-produced sequel, BEN (94 mins., 1972, PG). The former stars Bruce Davison as a put-upon young man who tilts over the edge after his mother’s (Elsa Lanchester) death, leaving him to cultivate a relationship with a nest of mice who follow his every command – both for friendship and, eventually, revenge. The latter was best known for spawning a hit song that climbed the charts all the way to #1 thanks to none other than a young Michael Jackson.
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Film Score Friday 5/5/17
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/4/2017 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada presents the original LP tracks from the 1963 comedy PALM SPRINGS WEEKEND, starring Troy Donahue, Connie Stevens, Stefanie Powers and Robert Conrad, including songs from the film (with one performed by Conrad himself) as well as score cues composed by Frank Perkins, a 1962 Oscar nominee for his adaptation of Gypsy's score.


The latest release from Kritzerland features the original LP tracks from the 1976 teen romance ODE TO BILLY JOE, based on the classic Bobbie Gentry song. The film, starring Glynnis O'Connor and Robby Benson, reteamed Summer of '42 screenwriter Herman Raucher with its Oscar-winning composer, Michel Legrand, and the Kritzerland CD features Legrand's original score cues plus the title song and source music.

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