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Oscar Nominations 2017
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 1/23/2018 - 5:00 PM
Actors Tiffany Haddish and Andy Serkis announced this year's Oscar nominations this morning at 5:22 a.m.:

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SCORE)

DUNKIRK - Hans Zimmer
PHANTOM THREAD - Jonny Greenwood
THE SHAPE OF WATER - Alexandre Desplat
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI - John Williams
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI - Carter Burwell

This is the 11th nomination for Zimmer, the first for Greenwood, the ninth for Desplat, the 51st (!) for Williams (his fifth for a Star Wars film) and the second for Burwell. I'd originally assumed Dunkirk would be ineligible in this category, as the end credits give prominent mention of Benjamin Wallfisch's adaptation of an Edward Elgar piece, but given that the Music Branch also declared Alan Menken's Beauty and the Beast eligible this year, they were seemingly not inclined to disqualify anything. I'd thought Burwell would be nominated instead for Wonderstruck, since half of the film is essentially a silent film with his music virtually the only audio, but that film went entirely unnominated while Billboards is clearly an Academy favorite. Shape of Water has the most nominations of any film this year and, combined with Desplat's Golden Globe win, gives him a good chance for a second Oscar, but I'm personally rooting for Jonny Greenwood.

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PITURES (ORIGINAL SONG)

"MIGHTY RIVER" - Mudbound - Music and Lyric by Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson
"MYSTERY OF LOVE" - Call Me By Your Name - Music and Lyric by Sufjan Stevens
"REMEMBER ME" - Coco - Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
"STAND UP FOR SOMETHING" - Marshall - Music by Diane Warren, Lyric by Lonnie R. Lynn and Diane Warren
"THIS IS ME" - The Greatest Showman - Music and Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

No big surprises in this batch, while Mary J. Blige has the rare honor of being nominated both for songwriting and her acting (Supporting Actress, also Mudbound). "This Is Me" won the Golden Globe and the film itself is proving surprisingly durable at the box office, while Coco is the biggest hit of the five films, and "Remember Me" is spotlighted so frequently in the movie that it almost plays like a feature-length For Your Consideration promo. 
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January Issue of FSM ONLINE Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 1/20/2018 - 2:00 AM
Happy New Year! The January edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. In the first issue of 2018, MAX RICHTER discusses his first western and using new instruments for the Christian Bale epic HOSTILES. Also this issue, enjoy our annual YEAR IN REVIEW coverage, including contributions from Kyle Renick, Jon & Al Kaplan, Cary Wong, Chris Hadley and Sean Wilson; an interview with JOHN POWELL about FERDINAND and SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY; HAUSCHKA chats about scoring HBO’s mini-series GUNPOWDER; BMI’s Doreen Ringer-Ross gives us a sneak peek at film music at SUNDANCE; yet another COMPOSER'S CORNER, more embedded audio clips, and more.
 
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Film Score Friday 1/19/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 1/18/2018 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to announce one new release next week.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Boquitos Pintadas - Waldo de los Rios - Rosetta
Cantabrico
 - Santi Vega - Rosetta
Hyperspace
 - Don Davis - Dragon's Domain
The Long Road Home - Jeff Beal - Varese Sarabande
Mully
 - Benjamin Wallfisch - Varese Sarabande
The Rendezvous
 - Austin Wintory - Varese Sarabande
24 Hours to Live 
- Tyler Bates - Varese Sarabande 

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Aisle Seat 1-16: It, Blade Runner Debut in 4K
Posted By Andy Dursin 1/15/2018 - 9:00 PM
The modern preoccupation with belated film sequels and remakes has trickled down to even “Blade Runner,” Ridley Scott’s seminal sci-fi classic that drew neither widespread critical kudos or commercial acceptance when it was first released in 1982. A cult favorite that’s obviously been more warmly embraced as the years have passed, Scott is onboard as a producer of BLADE RUNNER 2049 (***, 163 mins., R; Warner), an ambitious follow-up from one of its predecessor’s original writers and director Denis Villeneuve, architect of glacially paced works like “Sicario” and “Arrival.”
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Film Score Friday 1/12/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 1/11/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a greatly expanded, two-disc edition of composer Michael Kamen's biggest box-office hit, the revisionist 1991 swashbucker ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES, starring Kevin Costner, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Morgan Freeman, Christian Slater and the late Alan Rickman as the Sheriff of Nottingham. The original soundtrack release on Morgan Creek featured 50 minutes of Kamen's score; Intrada's edition features 110 minutes plus 24 minutes of extras (though it does not include the film's hit song "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You", which earned Kamen his first Oscar nomination).


The latest release from La-La Land is STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE VOL. 2,  a four disc set featuring episode scores by Paul Baillargeon, David Bell, Jay Chattaway, Dennis McCarthy and Gregory Smith.


Varese Sarabande has announced three new soundtracks in their Limited Edition series of contemporary score CDs - the National Geographic Iraq War docudrama series THE LONG ROAD HOME, scored by five-Emmy winner Jeff Beal (House of Cards); the 2017 documentary MULLY, scored by Benjamin Wallfisch (Blade Runner 2049, Hidden Figures, It); and the adventure film THE RENDEZVOUS, scored by Austin Wintory (Captain Abu Raed, Grace).


BAFTA has announced their 2017 award nominations, including Original Music:

BLADE RUNNER 2049 - Benjamin Wallfisch, Hans Zimmer
DARKEST HOUR - Dario Marianelli
DUNKIRK - Hans Zimmer
PHANTOM THREAD - Jonny Greenwood
THE SHAPE OF WATER - Alexandre Desplat

Last weekend, Desplat's Shape of Water won the Golden Globe for Best Original Score - Motion Picture, while Benj Pasek and Justin Paul won Best Original Song - Motion Picture for The Greatest Showman's "This Is Me."

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Aisle Seat 1-9: January Freeze Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 1/8/2018 - 9:00 PM
Shout! Factory kicks off the new year with a most welcome Special Collector’s Edition of Joe Dante’s MATINEE (***½ , 99 mins., PG), a charming character piece starring John Goodman as Lawrence Woolsey, a William Castle-esque B-movie producer heading down to the Florida Keys right as the Cuban Missile Crisis is about to play out. His efforts to sell his newest epic – the B&W chiller “Mant!” – are contrasted with the lives of local teenagers, including an army brat (Simon Fenton) whose little brother is as excited about watching Woolsey’s new flick as he is terrified by its subject matter of a “half-man, half ant!” creature running amok.
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Film Score Friday 1/5/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 1/4/2018 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.


Varese Sarabande plans to announce three new releases in their Limited Edition series of contemporary scores next Monday.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

A Common Enemy - Alejandro Roman - Rosetta
The Death of Stalin - Christopher Willis - MKVA (import)
A Dream Come True
 - Javier Quilis - Saimel
Howards End - Nico Muhly - Milan (import)
Jose Nieto 75 Aniversario
 - Jose Nieto - Saimel
Lady Bird - Jon Brion - Lakeshore 
Queen's Messenger 
- Stelvio Cipriani - Kronos
Reallive
 - Lucas Vidal - Rosetta
Shadow Girl
 - Jorge Aliaga - Rosetta

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Oscar Predictions and Other End of 2017 Lists
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 12/30/2017 - 9:00 PM
Predictions are in boldface, followed by those which I personally would nominate in italics. As with previous years' lists, for several categories I have NOT provided my own nominations, since frankly I know jack about costumes, sound and so forth, though more and more I try to pay attention to sound in particular. Films that I have listed as my own personal nominations yet which are not actually eligible in those categories are marked with an asterisk.
 
BEST PICTURE
 
(This year, there will be anywhere from five to ten Best Picture nominees, so I will rank them in order of likeliness -- my guess is that there will be eight.)
 
1. Dunkirk
2. Lady Bird
3. Call Me By Your Name
4. Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri 
5. The Post
6. The Big Sick
7. The Shape of Water
8. Wind River
9.  Phantom Thread 
10. Darkest Hour
 
1. Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer
2. Dunkirk
3. Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
4. The Killing of a Sacred Deer
5. Good Time
6. Phantom Thread 
7. Marjorie Prime
8. A Quiet Passion
9. Call Me By Your Name
10. The Florida Project
 
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CD Checklist 2017
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 12/29/2017 - 9:00 PM
AESOP ROCK

BUSHWICK (Lakeshore)


AIGUI, ALEXEI

THE YOUNG KARL MARX/I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO (Music Box)


ALWYN, WILLIAM

THE FILM MUSIC OF WILLIAM ALWYN VOL. 4 (Chandos)


ANDREWS, MICHAEL

THE BIG SICK (Varese Sarabande)


ANTHONY, PETE

BETTING ON ZERO (Kritzerland)


ARNALDS, OLAFUR

BROADCHURCH: THE FINAL CHAPTER (Mercury)


ARNOLD, DAVID

DIE ANOTHER DAY (La-La Land)
SHERLOCK, SERIES 4 (Silva)


AUFORT, CYRILLE

KNOCK (Quartet) 

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Film Score Friday 12/29/17
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 12/28/2017 - 9:00 PM
CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Christmas with a Capital C 
- Erwin Wendler - Howlin' Wolf
Lovemaker
 - Armando Trovajoli - Beat
Un Gatto Nel Cervello
 - Fabio Frizzi - Beat
Una Sull'altra/Non Si Sevizio Un Paperino
 - Riz Ortolani - Beat 
Vai Avanti Tu Che Mi Vien Da Ridere/C'e Un Fantasma Nel Mio Letto
 - Piero Umiliani - Beat
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