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Film Score Friday 7/25/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 7/24/2014 - 9:00 PM
Kritzerland has announced two new CDs -- the soundtrack to the 1946 musical CENTENNIAL SUMMER, featuring the original songs by Jerome Kern (his final score, including his Oscar-nominated song "All Through The Day") and the incidental music by Alfred Newman (also nominated); and a disc pairing two scores by Neal Hefti -- WON TON TON: THE DOG WHO SAVED HOLLYWOOD, the 1976 Golden Age Hollywood spoof starring Bruce Dern, Madeline Kahn and a gallery of movie veterans, from noted comedy director Michael Winner (Death Wish 1-3, The Nightcomers); and a remastered edition of OH DAD, POOR DAD, MAMMA'S HUNG YOU IN THE CLOSET AND I'M FEELIN' SO SAD.

Varese Sarabande plans to announce their next set of limited edition releases this coming Monday, including new CD Club releases.

Music Box plans to release a two-disc set of Georges Delerue's score for the 1989 epic LA REVOLUTION FRANCAISE, featuring the cues included on the original, long-out-of-print release plus an additional 35 minutes of previously unreleased music.

Next week, La-La Land plans to release an expanded CD of Mark Snow's score for the 1998 feature film spinoff THE X-FILES (sometimes referred to as The X-Files: Fight the Future). The label has also announced plans to continue their release of Batman scores for the large and small screens with a third volume of the excellent music for Batman: The Animated Series as well as Robert J. Kral's music for the video Batman: Assault on Arkham.

Next Wednesday, July 30th, at Arclight Hollywood's Cinerama Dome, Creature Features is presenting a 40th anniversary screening of Brian DePalma's glorious PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE, hosted by Edgar Wright and featuring appearances by star-composer Paul Williams and stars Jessica Harper and Gerritt Graham.

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Aisle Seat 7-22: Summer Sizzler Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 7/21/2014 - 9:00 PM
As someone who grew up in the ‘70s and ‘80s, my knowledge of the Golden Age of Radio is virtually non-existent. I recall my dad referring to “The Shadow” a few times, and remember listening to Orson Welles’ “War of the Worlds” broadcast, but it’s an art form I wish I always had more exposure to.
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Film Score Friday 7/18/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 7/17/2014 - 9:00 PM
Caldera is releasing the soundtrack to the 2010 true crime-inspired drama ALL GOOD THINGS, which starred Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst and Frank Langella. The score was composed by Rob Simonsen, who's been making a name for himself with indies and smaller features like Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, The Way Way Back, The Spectacular Now and the just-released Wish I Was Here, and has his most high-profile project coming out later this year, the already critically acclaimed Foxcatcher.

Oscar winner Ken Thorne died on July 9 in West Hills, California, at the age of 90. We will feature an obituary for him in next Friday's column.

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Next FSM ONLINE Issue Now Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 7/15/2014 - 2:00 AM
The July edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. In this issue, the cover story is an interview with MAX RICHTER on the new HBO series, THE LEFTOVERS, discussing how the producers first approached him because of their interest in his existing album works, which he ended up adapting and expanding upon. Also in this issue are a detailed report from DAVID ARNOLD: LIVE IN CONCERT, with an interview and video; JOSEPH TRAPANESE goes solo with EARTH TO ECHO; a behind-the-scenes chat with the creators of MUSIC BOX RECORDS; MICHAEL PENN scores MASTERS OF SEX and GIRLS; KEVIN RIEPL tackles the latest CABIN FEVER outing; a DELERUE Score Restore featuring THE FRENCH REVOLUTION; Cary Wong rounds up the Broadway season; even more stuff from France with TORN PAGES; a MARIO GRIGOROV Downbeat; a Golden-Age Soundtrack Obscurities; more embedded audio clips, and more.

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Aisle Seat 7-15: Apes, Shout, Olive & More
Posted By Andy Dursin 7/14/2014 - 9:00 PM
Sturdy and entertaining, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (***, 130 mins., PG-13) finds ape and man – what’s left of it in a post-plague San Francisco – existing tenuously in this worthy sequel to 2011′s surprising “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.”
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Film Score Friday 7/11/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 7/10/2014 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has announced three CD releases this week, including seldom-heard (and in one case, never-heard) scores by beloved Oscar-winning composers.

, director Martin Ritt's film version of William H. Armstrong's acclaimed 1969 novel about a family of black sharecroppers in the South and their dog Sounder, was a major Oscar contender in 1972 (that same year, Ritt also had the very different Pete 'n' Tillie in theaters), earning nominations for Picture and Adapted Screenplay as well as for Paul Winfield and Cicely Tyson's leading performances. The film's original score was composed by the great Alex North, who had previously worked with Ritt on The Long Hot Summer, The Sound and the Fury and The Outrage, but when the film was released it featured an entirely different score composed by one of the film's cast, actor-musician Taj Mahal (Mahal returned to score the largely forgotten 1976 sequel Part 2 Sounder, and was also the only major cast member to reprise his role). Intrada's new CD features North's 45-minute score for the first time, pairing it with North's 30-minute score for Monsanto's 1953 industrial film DECISION FOR CHEMISTRY.

Hugo Friedhofer may never have achieved the fame of such Golden Age contemporaries as Bernard Herrmann, Miklos Rozsa and Max Steiner, but his great, eclectic career spanned everything from his Oscar-winning score to 1946 Best Picture winner The Best Years of Our Lives to episodes of I Spy and Paul Bartel's psychosexual thriller Private Parts. His final score for the big screen was for the 1976 thriller DIE SISTER, DIE! (aka The Companion), which starred Jack Ging, Edith Atwater and Antoinette Bower (probably best remembered as the alien witch Sylvia from Star Trek's "Catspaw"). Intrada's CD is the first ever release of this chilling work, recorded only five years before the composer's passing in 1981.

Their final release of the week is actually a re-release of another vintage Les Baxter score that sold out quickly in its earlier Intrada pressing -- HOUSE OF USHER, the first of the Vincent Price/Roger Corman/Edgar Allan Poe horror films from the 1960s.

Next week, La-La Land plans to release THE NAKED GUN TRILOGY, a three-disc set featuring Ira Newborn's scores for the hit comedies inspired by the cult classic TV series Police Squad -- The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad, The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear, and Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult.

On August 19, Varese Sarabande plans to release the soundtrack to the supernatural TV series PENNY DREADFUL, starring Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Josh Hartnett and Reeve Carney. The music was composed by Abel Korzeniowski (A Single Man, W.E., Escape from Tomorrow), and the series was created by John Logan (not that anyone asked, but John Logan has had the writing career I would have killed to have. Forget about the Tony award and the three Oscar nominations -- he got to write a James Bond film, a Star Trek film, a Sinbad film, and Sweeney Todd. I'm surprised he hasn't gone back in time to write a film for Hitchcock and Herrmann).

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has announced their latest nominations for the Primetime Emmys, including the following music categories: 

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Aisle Seat Video Vault: Stephen King's CAT'S EYE & MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE
Posted By Andy Dursin 7/7/2014 - 9:00 PM
For a ten-year-old back in 1985, Stephen King movies – which were flooding multiplexes every few months – were just a little bit out of reach. Their R-rated horror made them the kind of thing most of us elementary school kids didn’t get to see back in the day, though every now and then, you might be able to attend a birthday party where someone’s lenient Dad would rent a VHS of, say, “Christine” or “Children of the Corn,” damaging our sleep patterns for days to come.
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Film Score Friday 7/4/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 7/3/2014 - 9:00 PM
On Monday, July 21st, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present BEHIND THE SCORE: THE ART OF THE FILM COMPOSER at LACMA'S Bing Theater. Talk show host Tavis Smiley will moderate the discussion, which will feature LA Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamel (whose first feature score, The Liberator, is due to be released by Deutsche Grammophon at the end of this month), two-time Oscar winner Gustavo Santaolalla, and another fellow, can't quite place his name..oh yes, John Williams. Although the event is currently sold out, there will be a standby line outside the theater the evening of the show, in case seats become available at the last minute.

Along with announcing the latest composers, songwriters and music editors invited to their Music Branch, the Academy has also announced some new music-related rules and regulations:

In the Music (Original Song) category, songwriters from established musical groups may now have the option to request that their song submission be considered under their group name.  If the request is approved and the song wins the Original Song award, the group would receive a single statuette.

Music Branch members may not contact other Music Branch members to promote the nomination of their own song in any way, including via mail, email, telephone or social media [out of tact, let's just pretend we don't know who inspired that one].  Additionally, Music Branch members may not attend any special live performances of eligible songs unless attached to a screening.

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"It only took 20 years." - David Arnold LIVE
Posted By Tim Burden 7/2/2014 - 9:00 PM

David Arnold makes his solo orchestral concert debut with some of London's best musicians, singers and actors this Sunday 6th July, 8pm at Southbank's Royal Festival Hall.

I spoke with David during final preparations for this exciting event, one which he hopes will be the first of many. Expect plenty of surprises on the night, especially the opening number which I guarantee will blow your socks off! David didn't want to reveal too much as that would be no fun

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Aisle Seat 7-1: A 4th of July Spectacular
Posted By Andy Dursin 6/30/2014 - 9:00 PM
Before H.R. Giger and Dan O’Bannon created “Alien” for director Ridley Scott, the duo worked alongside fellow artists Chris Foss and Jean “Moebius” Girard as part of director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s failed attempt at bringing Frank Herbert’s “Dune” to the screen in the mid 1970s. That collaborative effort has been chronicled in the entertaining new documentary JODOROWSKY’S DUNE (***, 90 mins., 2013, PG-13; Sony), which details the now 84-year-old’s attempt at adapting the legendary sci-fi novel to the screen through his own unique vision.
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