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Film Score Friday 11/7/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/6/2014 - 9:00 PM
La-La Land has announced their December scheduled of CD releases (not including the CDs they will announce on "Black Friday" to be releaesed in December).

This week they have released the score for the brand new horror film JESSABELLE. The screenplay was written by, of all people, Robert Ben Garant (co-writer of the Night at the Museum films and best known as "Deputy Travis Junior" on the long-running Reno 911!, which he co-created), and the film was scored by Anton Sanko, whose eclectic resume includes Party Girl, Rabbit Hole, and the just-released Ouija.

On November 18 they will release a two-disc set featuring the scores for both versions of MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET, scored by Cyril Mockridge and Bruce Broughton respectively, as well as the score for COME TO THE STABLE by Mockridge; a two-disc set featuring James Dooley's music for the games SOCOM 3: U.S. NAVY SEALS and SOCOM: U.S. NAVY SEALS COMBINED ASSAULT; and Vincent Diamante's music for the game FLOWER.


The latest CD from Kritzerland is the first-ever release of Dave Grusin's jazzy score for the 1984 romantic drama FALLING IN LOVE, pairing B-movie hacks Robert DeNiro and Meryl Streep.


Quartet has announced three upcoming CDs -- the first-ever release of Philippe Sarde's score for JOSHUA THEN AND NOW, the 1986 adaptation of Mordechai Richter's novel directed by the ever-eclectic Ted Kotcheff (Outback, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, First Blood, Weekend and Bernie's), and two score CD composed by Oscar-winner Nicola Piovani, THE NIGHT OF THE SHOOTING STARS and DANIELE E MARIA.


Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.

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Aisle Seat 11-4: Election Day Wrap-Up
Posted By Andy Dursin 11/3/2014 - 9:00 PM
The gorgeously shot — kudos to director Robert Stromberg and cinematographer Dean Semler — but flawed “revisionist fairy tale”MALEFICENT (**½, 97 mins., PG; Disney) takes the perspective of the title villainess (a perfectly cast Angelina Jolie) as she curses Aurora, the King’s daughter (Elle Fanning), to a lifetime slumber upon her reaching the age of 16. Until that time, Maleficent actually becomes — grudgingly — some kind of fairy godmother to the girl, who lives in the forest, secluded from the castle and her increasingly deranged father, who wants only to destroy Malefcent and her fairy kingdom.
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Film Score Friday 10/31/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 10/30/2014 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has released two new CDs this week -- Richard Band's score for the 1996 sci-fi action movie ROBO WARRIORS, a followup to Stuart Gordon's Robotjox; and a disc featuring three previously unreleased scores for Paramount films composed by Oscar winner Hugo Friedhofer: the adventure WILD HARVEST, the romantic suspense drama NO MAN OF HER OWN*, and the India-set drama THUNDER IN THE EAST.


Full Moon is beginning a series of CD releases of scores from their productions such as TOURIST TRAP (Pino Donaggio) and BAD CHANNELS (Blue Oyster Cult).

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Aisle Seat 10-28: Halloween Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 10/27/2014 - 9:00 PM
Of the handful of ‘50s sci-fi/horror remakes that were released in the ‘80s, there’s more of a fan base now for the 1988 re-do of THE BLOB (***, 93 mins., R) than even David Cronenberg’s version of “The Fly.” Falling a bit behind the pinnacle of John Carpenter’s “The Thing” but ahead of Tobe Hooper’s stylishly designed but otherwise vapid “Invaders From Mars,” the ‘88 “Blob” is a fun, fast-paced and gooey opus – a clever update on the ‘50s Jack H. Harris production that launched the career of Steve McQueen.
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Film Score Friday 10/24/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 10/23/2014 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Buysoundtrax is a new recording titled THE JERRY GOLDSMITH COLLECTION VOLUME 2: PIANO SKETCHES, featuring solo piano performances of themes spanning Goldsmith's lengthy career, from 1963's The Prize to one of his last great scores, 1997's The Edge.


Varese Sarabande has announced three new releases for December 9 -- Marco Beltrami's score for the Western THE HOMESMAN, starring Tommy Lee Jones (who also directed) and Hilary Swank; the Mike Leigh-directed biopic MR. TURNER, with the great Timothy Spall as painter J.M.W. Turner and a score by Gary Yershon (Happy-Go-Lucky, Another Year); and a new recording of Elmer Bernstein's movie jazz, ELMER BERNSTEIN: THE WILD SIDE. And on December 16, the label will release Alan Silvestri's score for NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB.

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The Restoration of 1941 Plus: A Talk with Mike Matessino
Posted By Andy Dursin 10/22/2014 - 9:00 PM
Even if he lacked the courage of his convictions to produce a full-blown musical, Steven Spielberg’s 1941 isn’t entirely deserving of its rep as one of the weak links in the director’s filmography. In fact, with its dazzling Jitterbug dance sequence – which ranks with the finest standalone set-pieces in Spielberg’s oeuvre – “1941″ is a beautifully designed blast of kinetic energy, capped with a classic John Williams score that’s been newly restored on Blu-Ray to its original, intended 146-minute length.
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Aisle Seat TV on DVD: WONDER YEARS & WKRP
Posted By Andy Dursin 10/21/2014 - 9:00 PM
When THE WONDER YEARS debuted following the Super Bowl in January, 1988, the American TV sitcom would be changed forever. The ABC comedy-drama from creators Neal Marlens and Carol Black made an immediate impact on viewers – with its perceptive nostalgia and lack of a laugh track, the series helped to innovate the stagnant genre and has remained a fan favorite ever since.
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Aisle Seat Video Vault: 1492 & CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS THE DISCOVERY
Posted By Andy Dursin 10/19/2014 - 9:00 PM
In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. In 1992, two big-budget movies sank like a stone at the global box-office, failing completely to find an audience as the world celebrated – more or less – the 500th anniversary of the discovery of the New World.
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Next FSM ONLINE Issue Now Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 10/17/2014 - 2:00 AM
The October edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. In this issue, the cover stories are a pair of articles about percussion-driven scores/movies: the first is on JUSTIN HURWITZ and his big band-influenced music for WHIPLASH, the other, an interview with ANTONIO SÁNCHEZ about BIRDMAN's drums-only, “striking” score; TRENT REZNOR and ATTICUS ROSS discuss GONE GIRL and their working relationship with David Fincher; GUSTAVO SANTAOLALLA scores his first animated feature, THE BOOK OF LIFE; JAMES S. LEVINE talks about his work on the FX series AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW; an audio interview with PATRICK NEIL DOYLE about his debut score to THE LEGEND OF LONGWOOD; a Halloween-themed GOLD RUSH takes a look at KING KONG, THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN and SPELLBOUND; detailed reports from the 52ND NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL and GAME MUSIC CONNECT 2014; TORN PAGES explores two rejected scores from SEE NO EVIL; more embedded audio clips, and more.

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Film Score Friday 10/17/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 10/16/2014 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has released two new CDs this week, featuring four scores.

The gigantic success of the James Bond films in the 1960s spawned a flood of imitations, and among the most popular were the two films starring James Coburn as Derek Flint, OUR MAN FLINT and IN LIKE FLINT, whose colorful, campy style was a huge inspiration for the Austin Powers comedies. Jerry Goldsmith wrote the light-hearted, pop-jazz scores for both films, and the original soundtrack LPs were actually Goldsmith-conducted re-recordings of his music. While Varese Sarabande had released the original score tracks on one CD, Intrada's Flint release is the first CD release of the LP re-recordings, taken from the original stereo masters and featuring the original cover art by the great Bob Peak (Apocalypse Now, The Spy Who Loved Me, Star Trek 1-5).

Michel Legrand won his second Oscar, and his only one in the Original Score category, for 1971's nostalgic romantic drama SUMMER OF '42. When the soundtrack LP was release, the largely monothematic score was represented by only two cues, with the bulk of the LP consisting of Legrand's music for the barely released romance THE PICASSO SUMMER, starring Albert Finney and Yvette Mimieux and co-written by Ray Bradbury. Intrada's new two-disc expansion of that release features the complete 17-minute Summer of '42 score, the "Picasso Suite" from the LP as well as the complete Picasso Summer score.
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