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Film Score Friday 1/17/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 1/16/2020 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a greatly expanded, two-disc release of one of James Newton Howard's finest scores, his stirring orchestral score for the 1993 film ALIVE, starring Ethan Hawke and Josh Hamilton, adapted by John Patrick Shanley and directed by veteran producer Frank Marshall, about the famous 1972 plane crash in the Andes. The Intrada release features the 73-minute score on Disc One, with the second disc featuring 38 minutes of alternate cues plus the 30-minute cue selection from the original Hollywood Records CD.


Varese Sarabande is expected to announce two new limited edition CD Club releases today.


As reported earlier this week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards, including the following music categories:

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SCORE)

JOKER - Hildur Guonadottir
LITTLE WOMEN - Alexandre Desplat
MARRIAGE STORY - Randy Newman
1917 - Thomas Newman
STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER - John Williams

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SONG)

"I CAN'T LET YOU THROW YOURSELF AWAY" - Toy Story 4 - Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
"(I'M GONNA) LOVE ME AGAIN" - Rocketman - Music by Elton John, Lyric by Bernie Taupin
"I'M STANDING WITH YOU" - Breakthrough - Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
"INTO THE UNKNOWN" - Frozen II - Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
"STAND UP" - Harriet - Music and Lyric by Joshuah Brian Campbell and Cynthia Erivo 

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Aisle Seat 1-14: The 2020 Kickoff Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 1/13/2020 - 10:00 PM
There aren’t a lot of opportunities to talk about movies that push storytelling boundaries and employ technology in new and exciting ways, but Sam Mendes’ spectacular 1917 (****) is happily one of those instances. A unique war movie that works as – and was intended to be – an immersive cinematic experience, this is a truly breathtaking piece of filmmaking – a dazzling trip into the battlefields of WWI that’s unquestionably the best film of this year (or the last few, for that matter).
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Oscar Nominations 2019
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 1/13/2020 - 5:00 PM
ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SCORE)

JOKER - Hildur Guonadottir
LITTLE WOMEN - Alexandre Desplat
MARRIAGE STORY - Randy Newman
1917 - Thomas Newman
STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER - John Williams

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SONG)

"I CAN'T LET YOU THROW YOURSELF AWAY" - Toy Story 4 - Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
"(I'M GONNA) LOVE ME AGAIN" - Rocketman - Music by Elton John, Lyric by Bernie Taupin
"I'M STANDING WITH YOU" - Breakthrough - Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
"INTO THE UNKNOWN" - Frozen II - Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
"STAND UP" - Harriet - Music and Lyric by Joshuah Brian Campbell and Cynthia Erivo

The scores were a predictable group. Literally. I've been predicting Oscar nominations since 1985, and I think this is the first time I got all five correct in this category. Except for rising newcomer Guonadottir, all are double digit nominees. I'd thought this might finally be Thomas Newman's year, but I suspect the Icelandic cellist may have the edge.

Of the songs, "Into the Unknown" has a good shot, unless people find themselves saying "Well, it's no 'Let It Go.'" Since I make the effort to see every film in every category, in a theater no less, I now have to see Breakthrough. Damn. 
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Film Score Friday 1/10/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 1/9/2020 - 10:00 PM
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced their yearly award nominations, including for Original Score:

JOJO RABBIT - Michael Giacchino
JOKER - Hildur Gudnadóttir
LITTLE WOMEN - Alexandre Desplat
1917 - Thomas Newman

Hildur Gudnadóttir won the Golden Globe for Best Original Score -- Motion Picture for JOKER; ROCKETMAN's "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" by Elton John and Bernie Taupin won Original Song.

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January Issue of FSM ONLINE Is Live!
Posted By: Tim Curran 1/8/2020 - 3:00 AM
Happy New Year! The January edition of FSM ONLINE is live. The first issue of 2020 features our annual YEAR IN REVIEW coverage (including contributions from Jon Kaplan & Al Kaplan, Cary Wong, Michelle Flowers, Erik Heine, Vikram Lakhanpal, Xinkai Sun, Sean Wilson and Chris Hadley) with some bonus DECADE IN REVIEW coverage as well. Also in this issue, we remember Kyle Renick, a brother and colleague gone too soon; an interview with CHRISTOPHER WILLIS about scoring the classic Dickens tale THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD; Dan Levy is the main man for Netflix's I LOST MY BODY; on the same platform, ALFONSO G. AGUILAR strikes a colorful chord in the animated KLAUS; LORNE BALFE scores HBO's/BBC One's stellar HIS DARK MATERIALS; a concert review of E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL; lots of album reviews, including STAR WARS: EPISODE IX - THE RISE OF SKYWALKER, 1917 and LITTLE WOMEN; more embedded audio clips, and more. Enjoy!

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Film Score Friday 1/3/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 1/2/2020 - 10:00 PM
CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

La Verite - Alexei Aigui - Music Box


IN THEATERS TODAY

The Grudge - The Newton Brothers
Three Christs - Jeff Russo 

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Oscar Predictions and Other End-of-2019 Lists
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 12/31/2019 - 10:00 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 will definitely not be nominated -- either because they are ultimately ineligible in those categories or simply not shortlisted -- are marked with an asterisk.

BEST PICTURE

1. 1917
2. Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood
3. The Irishman
4. Marriage Story
5. Ford v Ferrari
6. Little Women
7. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
8. Joker
9. Parasite
10. The Farewell


1. Parasite
2. Portrait of a Lady on Fire
3. Marriage Story
4. Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood
5. Her Smell
6. I Lost My Body
7. Uncut Gems
8. Ash Is Purest White
9. Little Women
10. The Farewell

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Today in Film Score History:
January 22
Al Kasha born (1937)
Alexander Courage's score to the Star Trek pilot, "The Cage," is recorded (1965)
Ben Mink born (1951)
Billy May died (2004)
Bruce Broughton records his score for the Buck Rogers in the 25th Century episode “The Guardians” (1981)
Christopher Palmer died (1995)
Fred Steiner records his score for The Wild Wild West episode “The Night of the Undead” (1968)
Keith Forsey born (1948)
Marc Blitzstein died (1964)
Miklos Rozsa begins recording his score for The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)
Richard Markowitz begins recording his score for The Wild Wild West pilot episode “The Night of the Inferno” (1965)
Sid Ramin born (1919)
Velton Ray Bunch born (1948)
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