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Film Score Friday 9/22/17
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 9/21/2017 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is an expanded edition of ROBOT JOX, the 1989 sci-fi action movie directed by Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator, From Beyond) -- sort of like Pacific Rim without the kaiju -- with a score by Frederic Talgorn (Fortress, The Temp). 
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Aisle Seat 9-19: Wonder Woman, Sgt. Pepper on Blu-Ray
Posted By Andy Dursin 9/18/2017 - 9:00 PM
The fact that we haven’t had many female super-hero flicks makes  WONDER WOMAN (***, 143 mins., PG-13; Warner) a novelty by itself – and within the parameters of the genre, this lavish DC Comics box-office smash is a sturdy and well-made fantasy that pits the Amazon Princess against the German forces of WWI…or, to be more precise, Aries, the God of War, whom Diana (Gal Godot) believes is the source of all of mankind’s horrifying military struggles.
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Film Score Friday 9/15/17
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 9/14/2017 - 9:00 PM
The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has announced this year's winners for the Creative Arts Emmys, including the following music winners:

Outstanding Music Composition For A Limited Series, Movie Or Special (Original Dramatic Score)
FARGO: Aporia - Jeff Russo

Outstanding Music Composition For a Series (Original Dramatic Score)
HOUSE OF CARDS: Chapter 63 - Jeff Beal

Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music
STRANGER THINGS - Michael Stein, Kyle Dixon

Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics
"Letter to the Free" (from 13TH) - Common, Robert Glasper, Karriem Riggins

Outstanding Music Direction
TAKING THE STAGE: AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC AND STORIES THAT CHANGED AMERICA - Rickey Minor

Outstanding Music Supervision
BIG LITTLE LIES: You Get What You Need - Susan Jacobs 

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Aisle Seat 9-12: 20th Anniversary Edition!
Posted By Andy Dursin 9/11/2017 - 9:00 PM
A box-office dud in the U.S. that seemed to sum up the disinterest audiences had with much of Hollywood’s Summer ’17 offerings, the Tom Cruise version of THE MUMMY (**, 110 mins., 2017, PG-13) makes a fast track to home video this week, hoping there will be a more interested set of viewers for its meager brand of “contemporary monster fantasy.”
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The 1968 Composer Countdown, Part Three
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 9/8/2017 - 9:00 PM
Summing up: this series was inspired by a document I found titled “Composers and Prices as of October 1, 1968,” which was in the papers of an A-list director of that era who was considering a composer for an upcoming prestige project (which was ultimately filmed and released without an original score). The composers were listed by their asking price -- I have ranked them from 1 to 17, based on their fees, and Parts One and Two featured the composers ranked 6 to 17, with the list reprinted at the bottom of this column. The specifics of each composers' age, credits and awards in these columns as are of October 1, 1968, while the box-office figures are generally approximate and incomplete, since the studios in that era did not provide up-to-date movie grosses the way they do today.


5A. JOHN BARRY

AGE: 34
BIRTHPLACE: York, England
2 OSCARS
1 EMMY NOMINATION
4 GRAMMY NOMINATIONS
RELATIONSHIPS: Bryan Forbes, Richard Lester, Harry Saltzman & Albert R. Broccoli
TYPECAST IN:  Espionage
TOP BOX-OFFICE HITS:
1. Thunderball--27 (U.S. rentals in millions)
2. Goldfinger--22
3. You Only Live Twice--18
5. From Russia with Love--9 
6. Born Free--3
7. The Chase--2
8. The Ipcress File--1.75
9. Petulia--1.6
10. The Quiller Memorandum--1.5
 
WHAT’S NEXT: The Lion in Winter
 
Barry would go on to win his third Oscar for that year’s The Lion in Winter. Though he nearly lost his life to a major health crisis in the late 1980s, he maintained a remarkable career, earning his fourth and fifth Oscars for scoring Best Picture winners Out of Africa and Dances With Wolves (which almost makes up for the Academy never nominating a note of his 11 James Bond scores and many Bond songs). His final feature score was 2002’s Enigma, and he died in 2011 at the age of 77. 
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Film Score Friday 9/8/17
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 9/7/2017 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a greatly expanded version of Bruce Broughton's score for director Randal Kleiser's 1992 sci-fi comedy sequel HONEY, I BLEW UP THE KID, which also features Broughton's score for the animated short Off His Rockers
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Aisle Seat 9-5: Back to School Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 9/4/2017 - 9:00 PM
The year’s not over yet but we already have a candidate for one of 2017’s most impressive catalog releases on home video, as Warner’s 4K UHD release of BLADE RUNNER: The Final Cut (****, 117 mins., 1982, R) sports the most satisfying technical presentation yet of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic on home video.
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The 1968 Composer Countdown, Part Two
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 9/1/2017 - 9:00 PM
Summing up: this series was inspired by a document I found titled “Composers and Prices as of October 1, 1968,” which was in the papers of an A-list director of that era who was considering a composer for an upcoming prestige project (which was ultimately filmed and released without an original score). The composers were listed by their asking price -- I have ranked them from 1 to 17, based on their fees, and Part One featured the composers ranked 11 to 17, with the list reprinted at the bottom of this column. The specifics of each composers' age, credits and awards in these columns as are of October 1, 1968, while the box-office figures are generally approximate and incomplete, since the studios in that era did not provide up-to-date movie grosses the way they do today.

10A. NELSON RIDDLE
 
AGE: 47
BIRTHPLACE:  Oradell, New Jersey
3 OSCAR NOMINATIONS
7 EMMY NOMINATIONS
1 GRAMMY, 9 NOMINATIONS
RELATIONSHIPS: Frank Sinatra
TYPECAST IN: Comedy
TOP BOX-OFFICE HITS:
1. What a Way to Go!-- 6.1 (U.S. rentals in millions)
2. Come Blow Your Horn--6.0
     El Dorado--6.0
4. Ocean’s Eleven--5.5
5. A Hole in the Head--5.2
6. Pal Joey--4.7
7. Lolita--4.5 
8. Robin and the 7 Hoods--4.2
9. Li’l Abner--3.2
10. Can-Can--3.0
      How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying--3.0
 
For the rest of his scoring career, Riddle worked mostly in television, including the theme for Emergency!, with the occasional feature like Harper Valley P.T.A. and Rough Cut (for which he adapted the music of Duke Ellington). He received his fourth Oscar nomination for his adaptation of Paint Your Wagon, and he won in 1974 for The Great Gatsby’s adaptation score. His last great success was a trio of albums he arranged of Linda Rondstadt singing classic American songs -- these albums earned him his second and third Grammys, the final one awarded posthumously after his death in 1985 at the age of 64.(Riddle’s ranking on this list was based on his asking price for original scores – his asking price for musicals was 150% more.) 
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Film Score Friday 9/1/17
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/31/2017 - 9:00 PM
The latest re-recording from Tadlow is a two-disc edition of a film music masterpiece, Miklos Rozsa's Oscar-winning score for BEN-HUR. The set features Nic Raine conducting the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus in their performance of Rozsa's complete, 157-minute score, including cues not featured in the final film.


The latest release from Kritzerland is FULLER AT FOX, a two-disc set featuring remastered versions of scores composed for films directed by Samuel Fuller for 20th Century Fox -- Alfred Newman's score for HELL AND HIGH WATER, and Leigh Harline's scores for PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET and HOUSE OF BAMBOO.


La-La Land has announced that one of their upcoming CDs will be a two-disc expanded edition of Edward Shearmur's rousing symphonic score for the period fantasy adventure SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW. The set is expected to go on sale from the label on September 26, and on September 30, Daniel Schweiger will moderate a discussion about the film and its score with Shearmur and writer-director Kerry Conran at Creature Features in Burbank.

The label has since announced the rest of their planned releases for September. On September 12th, they will release a two-disc editon of one of John Williams' masterpieces, his Oscar-winning score for E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (the label is also working on an expanded/remastered edition of another Williams masterpiece, Close Encounters of the Third Kind), and a compilation titled THUNDER ROAD: THE FILM MUSIC OF JACK MARSHALL, featuring music by the composer probably best known for The Munsters. (Marshall's children include composer Phil Marshall [Kicking and Screaming, Run] and Frank Marshall, the veteran producer [Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Sixth Sense, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button] and director [Arachnophobia, Alive, Congo, Eight Below]).

On September 26th, along with Sky Captain, they will release the score for the 2017 horror film AWAKEN THE SHADOWMAN, by Douglas Pipes (Monster House, Trick 'r' Treat, Krampus).


Variety has reported that, after 27 years of episode scoring that earned him two Emmys and 23 nominations, Simpsons composer Alf Clausen has been informed that the show's producers are looking for "a different kind of music" and will no longer require his services. Given that Hans Zimmer has referred to Simpsons executive producer James L. Brooks as his "best friend" (and Zimmer himself scored The Simpsons Movie), it would not be surprising if Simpsons' scoring duties fell to a series of rising composers from the Remote Control stable. 

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August Issue of FSM Online Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 8/26/2017 - 12:00 PM
The August edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. In this month’s cover story, BRUCE BROUGHTON takes us inside his music for Seth MacFarlane’s new sci-fi comedy for Fox, THE ORVILLE. Also this issue, we take a detailed look at the 15 most influential film scores composed since 2000, including THE BOURNE IDENTITY, THE DARK KNIGHT and INCEPTION; an interview with STEVEN PRICE about his score to next month’s AMERICAN ASSASSIN; AARON MARTIN and DAG ROSENQVIST schmooze about the music of indie darling MENASHE; THEODORE SHAPIRO goes up, up and away with CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE; a round-up of this year’s best of Broadway with WONG’S TURN; a JOHN BARRY Score Restore dives into THE DEEP; more embedded audio clips, our longest ever CONCERTS column, and more.

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Douglas Gamley born (1924)
Jay Chattaway begins recording his score for the two-part Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Gambit” (1993)
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