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Aisle Seat 12-27: Christmas & New Year's Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 12/26/2016 - 9:00 PM
Another year has come and gone, incredibly, so as we bid adieu to 2016, I’d like to thank all of my regular readers for their comments and message board contributions! This final column is a Christmas/New Years special, so I will be updating it periodically with additional reviews as the few year-end releases trickle in. From the bottom of my heart, have a merry yuletide season and we’ll catch you back here in the New Year!
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Film Score Friday 12/23/16
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 12/22/2016 - 9:00 PM
La La Land won the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Music/Score (for Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul), while Jackie (Mica Levi) was the runner-up.

The Chicago Film Critics gave their Original Score award to Jackie (Levi).

The San Francisco Film Critics Circle gave their Original Score award to Jackie (Levi). Their other nominees were Arrival (Johann Johannsson), Hell or High Water (Nick Cave, Warren Ellis), La La Land (Hurwitz) and Moonlight (Nicholas Britell).

The Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association gave their Original Score award to La La Land (Hurwitz).

Among the London Film Critics' Circle nominations this year for "Technical Achievement of the Year" were the music for Jackie (Levi), La La Land (Hurwitz) and Sing Street (Gary Clark, John Carney).

The nominees for the Golden Globe music categories:

Hidden Figures
La La Land
“Can't Stop the Feeling,” Trolls
“City of Stars,” La La Land
“Faith,” Sing
“Gold,” Gold
“How Far I’ll Go,” Moana

At the end of this column I have included the "shortlists" which have been announced for some of the Academy Awards categories. 
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December Issue of FSM ONLINE Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 12/21/2016 - 2:00 AM
The December edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. In this month’s cover story, actor PETER MACNICOL recounts his adventures in film-score collecting and recommending ALEX NORTH for DRAGONSLAYER. Also this issue, MARCELO ZARVOS takes a swing at Denzel Washington’s FENCES; a very special JOHN WILLIAMS Double Score Restore of JURASSIC PARK, plus a review of THE JOHN WILLIAMS JURASSIC PARK COLLECTION; an interview with LESLEY BARBER about her score to MANCHESTER BY THE SEA; JULIA HOLTER gets in the ring with BLEED FOR THIS; Cary Wong’s annual MEMO TO THE ACADEMY; the second installment in a series on MIKLÓS RÓSZA; and, of course, our review of ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY by MICHAEL GIACCHINO; more embedded audio clips, and more.

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Aisle Seat 12-20: A Return Trip to the Twilight Zone
Posted By Andy Dursin 12/19/2016 - 9:00 PM
STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE is certainly something different in the “Star Wars” series. The first film in the franchise to break from the Skywalkers and tell the story of rebel spies who infiltrate the Empire in order to steal the coveted plans for the Death Star, this standalone prequel made headlines over the summer for its reportedly troubled production history. Ultimately, no matter who was – or wasn’t – responsible for “Rogue One,” the end result is a joyless, depressing affair that’s designed strictly for aging fans of the series and not the broader family audience that’s long been its focal point.
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Film Score Friday 12/16/16
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 12/15/2016 - 9:00 PM
Varese Sarabande's final CD Club release of 2016 is, as many predicted, a two-disc, expanded Deluxe Edition of STAR TREK BEYOND, Michael Giacchino's third score for the Trek franchise.

Varese is also re-releasing George Delerue's Oscar-nominated score for director Norman Jewison's film version of the play AGNES OF GOD, this time with cue titles, as the start of their new limited edition "500 Series." (The label has already sold out of their copies).

Quartet has just announced a three-disc set featuring all three scores in the Bad News Bears kids comedy series -- THE BAD NEWS BEARS, adapted and scored by Jerry Fielding; THE BAD NEWS BEARS IN BREAKING TRAINING, scored by Craig Safan; and THE BAD NEWS BEARS GO TO JAPAN, scored by Paul Chihara.

Other new Quartet releases are EL FARO DE LAS ORCAS (Pascal Gaigne), FANTASMA D'AMORE (Riz Ortolani) and LE DUE STAGIONE DELLA VITA (Ennio Morricone)

The Music Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced this year's lists of scores and songs eligible for Oscar consideration. Those lists are featured at the end of this column. 

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Aisle Seat 12-13: 4K, Suicide Squad & Shout New Releases
Posted By Andy Dursin 12/12/2016 - 9:00 PM
Remember the summer of 1984, when “Temple of Doom,” “Gremlins,” “Conan the Destroyer,” “Cloak & Dagger” (what an unsung classic!), “Buckaroo Banzai” and “The Last Starfighter” were released? Alas, we don’t see too many seasons of quality popcorn-munching fare like those films these days. One of the many genre movies released that summer was the engaging fantasy-thriller DREAMSCAPE (***, 99 mins., 1984, PG-13), now on Blu-Ray in a superior Special Edition from Shout! Factory.
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Film Score Friday 12/9/16
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 12/8/2016 - 9:00 PM
Music Box has announced two new December soundtrack CD releases -- the first-ever release of Maurice Jarre's score for the 1988 TV mini-series THE MURDER OF MARY PHAGAN, starring Jack Lemmon and Peter Gallagher, based on the real-life tragedy which inspired such diverse works as Fritz Lang's Fury and the Broadway musical Parade; and Gabriel Yared's score for the 1984 fantasy NEMO (aka Dream One).

Varese Sarabande plans to announce their final CD Club release for the year next Monday.

The latest release from Kritzerland presents the soundtrack to director Busby Berkeley's 1943 movie musical THE GANG'S ALL HERE, featuring songs by Harry Warren and Leo Robin, music direction by Alfred Newman, and the music of Benny Goodman and his orchestra.

The Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has announced this year's Grammy nominations, including the following film music-related categories:

BRIDGE OF SPIES - Thomas Newman 
THE HATEFUL EIGHT - Ennio Morricone
THE REVENANT - Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto
STRANGER THINGS VOLUME 1 - Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein
STRANGER THINGS VOLUME 2 - Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein

CAN'T STOP THE FEELING! – Trolls - Max Martin, Shellback & Justin Timberlake
HEATHENS - Suicide Squad - Tyler Joseph 
JUST LIKE FIRE -  Alice Through The Looking Glass - Oscar Holter, Max Martin, P!nk & Shellback,
PURPLE LAMBORGHINI – Suicide Squad - Shamann Cooke, Sonny Moore & William Roberts
TRY EVERYTHING - Zootopia - Mikkel S. Eriksen, Sia Furler & Tor Erik Hermansen  
THE VEIL – Snowden - Peter Gabriel

Nominees for Best Instrumental Composition include Ennio Morricone for The Hateful Eight's "L'Ultima Diligenza Di Red Rock - Versione Integrale", and Thomas Newman for Bridges of Spies' "Bridge of Spies (End Title)." The new recording of Oscar winner John Corigliano's opera The Ghost of Versailles was nominated for Best Opera Recording and Best Engineered Album, Classical. 
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Aisle Seat 12-6: December Rundown Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 12/5/2016 - 9:00 PM
A film that unexpectedly frightened the daylights out of me, Richard Fleischer’s THE BOSTON STRANGLER (***½, 116 mins., 1968, R) is that rare thing: a Hollywood-produced film made at an odd time when the business of moviemaking was beginning a radical change, shifting away from the mostly sanitized studio product of the ‘50s and towards the more explicit “realism” of the 1970s. In fact, “The Boston Strangler” can be looked upon as a turning point in Hollywood, a crackerjack and disturbing thriller that clearly influenced director William Friedkin in his later works.
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Film Score Friday 12/2/16
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 12/1/2016 - 11:00 PM
 Intrada has announced their final three CD releases for 2016, which are now available to order -- the first CD release of concert composer (and musical humorist, as "PDQ Bach") Peter Schickele's beloved score for director Douglas Trumbull's 1972 sci-fi cult classic SILENT RUNNING, featuring the same tracks as the original MCA (and later Varese Sarabande) LP, taken from a vinyl source since the original score tapes remain lost (the LP featured virtually the entire score); the first-ever release of Basil Poledouris' lush sequel score RETURN TO THE BLUE LAGOON; and the first full release of Bruce Broughton's score for the family comedy ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS, whose previous CD release was a mixture of songs and 15 minutes of Broughton cues.

A week ago La-La Land announced a whopping five new Black Friday releases -- the long-promised, four-disc STAR TREK 50TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION, whose contents include library music from the original series, unreleased cues from the later series, and, most notably, the first-ever release of score cues from the well-regarded animated series from the 1970s; a four-disc set featuring John Williams' complete scores for Steven Spielberg's blockbuster hits JURASSIC PARK and THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK; a two-disc set featuring remastered versions of Don Ellis' scores for THE FRENCH CONNECTION and its sequel (previously released by Film Score Monthly), as well as Brad Fiedel's previously unreleased score for the unsold TV pilot POPEYE DOYLE, in which Ed O'Neill played the role which won Gene Hackman his first Oscar in 1971; and separate, first-ever score CD releases for Harold Faltermeyer's BEVERLY HILLS COP and BEVERLY HILLS COP II.  

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Film Score Friday 11/25/16
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/24/2016 - 9:00 PM
La-La Land is scheduled to announce this year's set of "Black Friday" releases today.

I am currently on vacation, so if any important film music news has occurred in the last few days, you'll have to share it with each other. 

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Today in Film Score History:
March 29
Alan Menken wins his fifth and sixth Oscars, for the Aladdin score and its song "A Whole New World” (1993)
Alan Silvestri begins recording his score for Back to the Future Part III (1990)
Dave Grusin wins his first Oscar, for The Milagro Beanfield War score (1989)
Franz Waxman wins his first of two consecutive score Oscars, for Sunset Blvd. (1951)
James Horner begins recording his score for In Country (1989)
Jay Chattaway records his score for the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “Strange Bedfellows” (1999)
Jerry Goldsmith wins his only Oscar, for The Omen score; the film music community presumably exclaims “Finally!” (1977)
John Williams wins his second Oscar and his first for Original Score, for Jaws (1976)
John Williams wins his third Oscar, for the Star Wars score (1978)
Maurice Jarre died (2009)
Richard Rodney Bennett born (1936)
Sam Spence born (1927)
Tito Arevalo born (1911)
Ulpio Minucci died (2007)
Vangelis born (1943)
Vangelis wins his first Oscar, for the Chariots of Fire score (1981)
William Walton born (1902)
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