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Film Score Friday 2/21/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 2/20/2020 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from La-La Land features Tom Holkenborg's score for the  number-one film at the U.S. weekend box-office, SONIC THE HEDGEHOG.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Adultere (Mode d'Emploi) 
- Bruno Coulais - Music Box 
Antony I. Ginnane Presents Classic Australian Film Scores from the '70s and '80s
 - various - Dragon's Domain 
Assicurasi Vergine
 - Bruno Nicolai - Saimel 
At Eternity's Gate - Tatiana Lisovskaya - Filmtrax  
Breath [UK release] - Harry Gregson-Williams - Filmtrax 
Dinosaur Land
 - Chuck Cirino - Dragon's Domain 
Hoax
 - Alan Howarth - Dragon's Domain   
I Guerrieri Dell'anno 2072/La Casa Sperduta Nel Parco
 - Riz Ortolani - Beat  
The Musical Anthology of His Dark Materials 
- Lorne Balfe - Silva  
The Personal History of David Copperfield - Christopher Willis - MVKA 
Sonic the Hedgehog
- Tom Holkenborg - La-La Land
The Story of O
- Pierre Bachelet - Music Box 

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Film Score Friday 2/14/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 2/13/2020 - 10:00 PM
The latest CD from Intrada features the first-ever release of the score to writer-director Terry Gilliam's 1981 fantasy classic TIME BANDITS, which starred an impressive cast including Sean Connery, John Cleese, Ralph Richardson, Ian Holm, David Warner and Shelley Duvall. The score, mixing symphonic and electronic cues, was composed by relative newcomer Mike Moran, who was also a veteran session musician and experienced TV composer. The Intrada CD features Moran's score as well as the original end title song "Dream Away," written and performed by George Harrison, and liner notes detailing the film's production history, written by myself. (The disc does not include the library cues used in the film nor a brief source piece composed by Trevor Jones).


Hildur Gudnadottir continued her remarkable awards streak (especially impressive since it involves two different scores) by following her Emmy, Grammy (both for Chernobyl), Golden Globe and BAFTA with the Oscar for Original Score for JOKER.  Original Song was won by longtime collaborators Bernie Taupin and Elton John for "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" from their hit musical biopic ROCKETMAN.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Awaken - Brian Ralson - Perseverance
Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn - Daniel Pemberton - WaterTower [CD-R] 
Papicha
 - Rob - Music Box  
Time Bandits
- Mike Moran - Intrada Special Collection

Waking the Dragon
- Paul Hertzog - Perseverance

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Film Score Friday 2/7/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 2/6/2020 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada presents the score for DRAGONHEART VENGEANCE, the fourth direct-to-video followup to the Oscar-nominated 1996 fantasy adventure. As with the other sequels and prequels, Vengeance is scored by veteran composer-orchestrator Mark McKenzie.


Hildur Gudnadottir continued her remarkable winning streak by receiving BAFTA's Original Score award for JOKER. It is an unusual year when the front runner for the Original Score Oscar is a female cellist from Iceland.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Color Out of Space 
- Colin Stetson - Milan 
Dragonheart Vengeance
- Mark McKenzie - Intrada Special Collection


IN THEATERS TODAY

Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn - Daniel Pemberton - Score CD-R due Feb. 14 on WaterTower
Come to Daddy - Karl Steven
Hospitality - Ali Helnwein
Jose - Chen Yao
The Lodge - Danny Bensi, Saunder Jurriaans
Waiting for Anya - James Seymour Brett 

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Film Score Friday 1/31/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 1/30/2020 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada features Laurence Rosenthal's score for the 1961 TV movie adaptation of Graham Greene's novel THE POWER AND THE GLORY (previously filmed for the big screen by director John Ford as The Fugitive, starring Henry Fonda), starring those hack TV actors Laurence Olivier, Julie Harris and George C. Scott. Fourteen minutes of Rosenthal's score was previously available on the composer's promo set; Intrada's release features the full 50-minute score for the first time.


The winners of this year's Grammy Awards in film-music related categories are:

BEST SCORE SOUNDTRACK FOR VISUAL MEDIA
Chernobyl* 
- Hildur Guonadottir

BEST SONG WRITTEN FOR VISUAL MEDIA
"I'll Never Love Again" (Film Version) - A Star Is Born - Natalie Hemby, Lady Gaga, Hillary Lindsey, Aaron Raitiere 

BEST COMPILATION SOUNDTRACK FOR VISUAL MEDIA
A Star Is Born

And John Williams won Best Instrumental Composition for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Symphonic Suite, apparently because 24 Grammys wasn't enough.
*'I'd originally, erroneously reported that Guonadottir won for Joker. Thanks to reader Juanki for the correction. 

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Film Score Friday 1/24/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 1/23/2020 - 10:00 PM
La-La Land has announced three new soundtrack releases expected to ship next week -- a two-disc expanded version of Danny Elfman's score for Sam Raimi's 1990 cult favorite comic book thriller DARKMAN, starring Liam Neeson and Frances McDormand; an expanded edition of David Newman's score for the 1992 biopic HOFFA, starring Jack Nicholson and Danny DeVito (who also directed); and music from season one of the CW sci-fi TV series PANDORA, featuring music composed by Joe Kraemer (Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation) and Penka Kouneva (Midnight Movie)


The Varese Sarabande CD Club has announced two new limited Deluxe Editions: a two-disc, greatly expanded edition of Danny Elfman's score for the 1995 Stephen King adaptation DOLORES CLAIBORNE, starring Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Christopher Plummer and David Strathairn; and a two-disc edition of W.G. Snuffy Walden's score for another King adaptation, the epic miniseries version of THE STAND, featuring the same cues as the label's recent Stephen King Collection boxed set.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Dolores Claiborne: The Deluxe Edition - Danny Elfman - Varese Sarabande CD Club
I Lost My Body - Dan Levy - Lakeshore
The Stand: The Deluxe Edition - W.G. Snuffy Walden - Varese Sarabande CD Club

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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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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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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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