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The 2019 Top Forty Composer Countdown (Abbreviated Version)
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 12/29/2019 - 10:00 PM
40. MATTHEW MARGESON

2018 RANKING: Not ranked
TOP GROSSING FILMS:
1. Kingsman: The Secret Service--128 (U.S. box-office in millions)
2. Kingsman: The Golden Circle--100
3. Rocketman--96  
4. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children--87
5. Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare--41  
6. Kick-Ass 2--28
7. Rings--27
8. Skyline--21
9. Eddie the Eagle--15
10. Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse--3

Rocketman is his biggest hit as a solo composer, though most of the attention went to the music of a Mr. E. John. He moves into the first-composer position with the upcoming Kingsman prequel.
 
WHAT’S NEXT: Buffaloed, The King’s Man  
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CD Checklist 2019
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 12/28/2019 - 10:00 PM
ABELS, MICHAEL
 
US (Backlot)

ADES, THOMAS
 
COLETTE (Lakeshore)

AKUTAGAWA, YASUSHI
 
HAKKODASAN (Cinema-Kan)
AMENABAR, ALEJANDRO

MIENTRAS DURE LA GUERRA (Quartet)
AMFITHEATROF, DANIELE

NEVADA SMITH: THE PARAMOUNT WESTERNS COLLECTION [COPPER CANYON] (La-La Land)
ANTHEIL, GEORGE

DEMENTIA/PIANO CONCERTO (Kritzerland)
ARMSTRONG, CRAIG

MRS. LOWRY AND SON (Verve - import)

ARNOLD, DAVID
 
GOOD OMENS (Silva)
STARGATE: 25TH ANNIVERSARY EXPANDED (La-La Land)

ARSON, OLIVIER
 
EL REINO (Quartet)
ARUJ, MAX

CRAWL (Intrada)
AUBRY, RENE

LA FAMEUSE INVASION DES OURS DE SICILE (Milan)

AUGUI, ALEXEI
 
TEST/WILD FIELD (Music Box)
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Film Score Friday 12/27/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 12/26/2019 - 10:00 PM

CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Adios
 - Zeltia Montes - Quartet 
Alien 2 Sulla Terra 
- Guido & Maurizio DeAngelis - Beat 
Cari Mostri del Mare
 - Carlo Savina - Kronos
Gege Bellavita
 - Riz Ortolani - Digitmovies 
I Fratelli Corsi
 - Angelo Francesco Lavagnino - Kronos 
I Ladri Della Notte 
- Ennio Morricone - Beat 
Il Disordine
 - Mario Nascimbene - Kronos 
Il Segno Del Coyote
 - Francesco DeMasi - Beat 
Jesus de Nazaret
 - Alejandro Karo - Kronos 
Legado en los Huesos
 - Fernando Velazquez - Quartet 
Lilly's Bewitched Christmas
 - Anne-Kathrin Dern - Kronos
Lucio Fulci's Gates of Hell Trilogy
 - Fabio Frizzi, Walter Rizzati - Beat 
Noah Land
 - Leon Gurvitch - Kronos 
Sette Contro La Morte
 - Carlo Rustichelli - Saimel
Seven Worlds, One Planet
 - Hans Zimmer, Jacob Shea - Silva 
Un Dramma Borghese
 - Riz Ortolani - Digitmovies   
Ta La Land: City of Fear
 - Tomas Luchoro - Quartet
War in Space - Toshiaki Tsushima - Cinema-Kan (import) 


IN THEATERS TODAY

Just Mercy - Joel P. West - Score CD-R on WaterTower
Little Women - Alexandre Desplat - Score CD on Sony
1917 - Thomas Newman - Score CD on Sony
The Song of Names - Howard Shore - Score CD on Decca  
Spies in Disguise - Theodore Shapiro 

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Aisle Seat 12-24: Christmas Eve at The Aisle Seat
Posted By Andy Dursin 12/23/2019 - 10:00 PM
Released at Christmas ’84, Francis Ford Coppola’s THE COTTON CLUB (138 mins., R; Lionsgate) was the subject of much controversy: the big-budget mix of character drama and mob thriller, bolstered by song & dance numbers and ample period detail, made more news off the set than on the screen. Feuds between Coppola and producer Robert Evans, budget issues, squabbles over the film’s editing and, finally, mixed critical notices sank the picture even before it hit theaters. When it did, the movie sputtered and quickly exited the multiplex, relegated to just a few home video releases – and very little discussion – since.
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Film Score Friday 12/20/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 12/19/2019 - 10:00 PM
Intrada has just released their brand-new re-recording of Dimitri Tiomkin's complete score for the 3D Hitchcock classic DIAL M FOR MURDER, with William Stromberg conducting the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in the label's first completed Kickstarter-aided project. Extras include an eight-minute suite from another Hitchcock/Tiomkin classic, Strangers on a Train.

Their other new Tiomkin release is PARIS UNDER THE STARS: BALLET MUSIC FOR ALBERTINA RASCH, a two-disc set featuring a new recording (with William Stromberg conducting the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra) of dance music composed by Tiomkin between 1927 and 1932, before his Hollywood scoring career.


The latest release from Caldera presents music by Andrew Dickson composed for films from legendary British director Mike Leigh -- the 1996 Best Picture nominee SECRETS & LIES, the TV movie MEANTIME, the comedy HIGH HOPES, and the drama NAKED, which earned raves for David Thewlis' breakthrough lead performance.


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced shortlists for the nominations in nine categories, including the two music categories; the credits listed may not be the final credits for nominations (the other seven shortlists are featured at the end of this column):

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE) 
 
AVENGERS: ENDGAME – Alan Silvestri
BOMBSHELL – Theodore Shapiro
THE FAREWELL – Alex Weston
FORD V FERRARI  - Marco Beltrami, Buck Sanders
FROZEN II – Christophe Beck
JOJO RABBIT – Michael Giacchino
JOKER – Hildur Guonadottir
THE KING  - Nicholas Britell
LITTLE WOMEN  - Alexandre Desplat
MARRIAGE STORY  - Randy Newman
MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN  - Daniel Pemberton
1917  - Thomas Newman 
PAIN AND GLORY  - Alberto Iglesias
US – Michael Abels

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG) 
 
CATCHY SONG - The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part – Music by Jon Lajoie, Dillon Francis, James Rushent; Lyric by Jon Lajoie, Alaya High
DA BRONX - The Bronx USA – Music by Charles Fox; Lyric by Paul Williams 
DAILY BATTLES - Motherless Brooklyn – Music and Lyric by Thom Yorke
GLASGOW - Wild Rose – Music and Lyric by Mary Steenburgen, Caitlyn Smith, Kate York
A GLASS OF SOJU - Parasite – Music by Jung Jae Il; Lyric by Bong Joon-Ho
HIGH ABOVE THE WATER - Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am – Music and Lyric by Kathryn Bostic
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, Robert Lopez
LETTER TO MY GODFATHER - The Black Godfather – Music by Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo; Lyric by Pharrell Williams
NEVER TOO LATE - The Lion King – Music by Elton John; Lyric by Tim Rice
SPEECHLESS – Aladdin – Music by Alan Menken; Lyric by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul
SPIRIT - The Lion King - Music and Lyric by Timothy McKenzie, Ilya Salmanzadeh, Beyonce Knowles-Carter
STAND UP - Harriet – Music and Lyric by Joshuah Brian Campbell, Cynthia Erivo
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Film Score Friday 12/13/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 12/12/2019 - 10:00 PM
Quartet has announced their final batch of soundtrack releases for 2019: the first CD release of Ron Goodwin's score for THOSE DARING YOUNG MEN IN THEIR JAUNTY JALOPIES (also known as Monte Carlo or Bust!), a two-disc set featuring both an expanded version of the original LP selection (in stereo) as well as the full score in mono; an expanded, 50th anniversary edition of Quincy Jones' score for the heist comedy THE ITALIAN JOB; a two-disc remastered edition of Jerry Goldsmith's wonderful THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY, featuring the original film score cues, alternates, and the original LP sequencing; a re-release of their 3-disc edition of Henry Mancini's SANTA CLAUS; a remastered re-release of Ennio Morricone's score for Pedro Almodovar's Atame, known in the U.S. as TIE ME UP! TIE ME DOWN!; and an 11-disc boxed set, PEDRO ALMODOVAR & ALBERTO IGLESIAS: FILM MUSIC COLLECTION, featuring remastered (but not expanded) versions of all the films the director/composer team has made together, from The Flower of My Secret to Pain and Glory.


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is expected to announce shortlists for the nominations in several categories next week, including Original Score and Original Song. Starting last year, the Academy stopped publicizing the lists of all eligible scores and songs, but according to a Jon Burlingame article in Variety, some high profile scores were not included on the list. Nathan Johnson's Knives Out was omitted due to "an administrative mixup," while Pinar Toprak's Captain Marvel was not submitted by its studio. Max Richter's Ad Astra was also not submitted, since he and fellow composer Lorne Balfe did not personally collaborate on the final score.

Scores which were apparently declared ineligible due to the preponderance of non-original music include James Newton Howard's A Hidden Life (as with any Malick film, there were apparently concert pieces tracked in to supplement the original score), Robbie Robertson's The Irishman (which featured only a small amount of score plus a substantial amount of Scorsese-style period music) and Bryce Dessner's The Two Popes (which prominently features ABBA and Beatles songs along with the score).


The Hollywood Foreign Press Assocation has announced this year's Golden Globe nominations, including the following film music categories:

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE - MOTION PICTURE

JOKER - Hildur Guonadottir
LITTLE WOMEN - Alexandre Desplat
MARRIAGE STORY - Randy Newman
MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN - Daniel Pemberton
1917 - Thomas Newman

BEST ORIGINAL SONG - MOTION PICTURE

"Beautiful Ghosts" - Cats - Taylor Swift, Andrew Lloyd Webber
"I'm Gonna Love Me Again" - Rocketman - Elton John, Bernie Taupin
"Into the Unknown" - Frozen II - Robert Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez
"Spirit" - The Lion King - Beyonce Knowles-Carter, Timothy McKenzie, Ilya Salmanzadeh
"Stand Up" - Harriet - Joshuah Bryan Campbell, Cynthia Erivo 

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Film Score Friday 12/6/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 12/5/2019 - 10:00 PM
Intrada has announced two new soundtrack CD releases this week:

A two-disc, first-ever release of Lalo Schifrin's score for the 1978 Disney sci-fi thriller sequel RETURN FROM WITCH MOUNTAIN, directed by John Hough (The Legend of Hell House), in which Escape to Witch Mountain stars Kim Richards and Ike Eisenmann are joined by screen legends Bette Davis and Christopher Lee. Disc One features Schifrin's complete score including unused cues, and Disc Two is an edited "album presentation" of 49 minutes of score highlights.

From this summer comes DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD, the live-action adventure film starring Isabela Moner (Instant Family, Sicario: Day of the Soldado) as TV's Dora the Explorer, with music co-composed by Oscar-nominee John Debney and Germaine Franco (Dope, Little). The Intrada CD features a whopping 76 minutes of score.


La-La Land has announced five new "Black Friday" soundtrack CD releases, all of which should begin shipping in the next couple weeks:

DISASTER MOVIE SOUNDTRACK COLLECTION
is a four-disc set featuring three classic 70s disaster movie scores by John Williams -- the Oscar-nominated The Poseidon Adventure, remastered in a mix of stereo and mono tracks; the shortlisted Earthquake, featuring both the LP tracks and the first release of the original score tracks; and a remastered version of the nominated The Towering Inferno, featuring the original score sequencing as well as alternates and the LP tracks.

NEVADA SMITH: THE PARAMOUNT WESTERNS COLLECTION is a four disc-set of scores previously unreleased on CD, and most of them have never had soundtrack releases at all. The collection features Nevada Smith (Alfred Newman), El Dorado (Nelson Riddle), Three Violent People (Walter Scharf), Kid Rodelo (Johnny Douglas), Walk Like a Dragon (Paul Dunlap), Will Penny (David Raksin), The Hangman (Harry Sukman), Branded (Roy Webb), The Furies (Franz Waxman), Copper Canyon (Daniele Amfitheatrof) and Streets of Laredo (Victor Young).

STAR TREK: VOYAGER, VOL. 2 is a four-disc soundtrack for the long running series with music from episodes scored by Paul Baillargeon, David Bell, Jay Chattaway and Dennis McCarthy.

STARGATE: 25TH ANNIVERSARY EXPANDED
 is a two-disc set of David Arnold's popular symphonic score for director Roland Emmerich's 1994 time travel adventure, featuring the complete 80-minute score as well as 28 minutes of alternate cues.

THE KARATE KID: THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY
is a newly remastered release of Bill Conti's score for the sequel- and remake-spawning 1984 hit, including several alternate cues.

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December FSM ONLINE Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 12/5/2019 - 3:00 AM
The December edition of FSM ONLINE is live! This month’s cover story wraps up the end of 2019 in style: HOWARD SHORE discusses cantorial tradition and his music for THE SONG OF NAMES; NATHAN JOHNSON gets in on cousin Rian Johnson's KNIVES OUT; CARTER BURWELL scores Bill Condon's THE GOOD LIAR, then takes a crash course in television for THE MORNING SHOW; and MARCELO ZARVOS swims through DARK WATERS with Mark Ruffalo. Also in this issue, DANIEL LOPATIN polishes the new Adam Sandler drama UNCUT GEMS; the last half of Erik Heine’s EMERGING COMPOSERS OF THE 2010s, including MAX RICHTER and LUDWIG GÖRANSSON; a new COUNTERPOINT debate pits complete score albums against curated cues; WONG'S TURN delivers an ode to the maestro, JOHN WILLIAMS; Downbeat gets to know JOHN KOUTSELINIS; a new EAR OF THE MONTH CONTEST; lots of album reviews, including THE MANDALORIAN: CHAPTER 1 and CHAPTER 2, KNIVES OUT, THE AERONAUTS and MARRIAGE STORY; more embedded audio clips, and more. Enjoy!

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Film Score Friday 11/29/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/28/2019 - 10:00 PM
I am on vacation this week so the news section of this column will not be up to date -- La-La Land was expected to announce this year's slate of "Black Friday" score CDs today, so readers should be able to find that information on our Message Board.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Dark: Cycle 1 - Ben Frost - Invada (import)
Dark: Cycle 2 - Ben Frost - Invada (import)
Lucy in the Sky
 - Jeff Russo - Lakeshore 

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Aisle Seat 11-26: DRACULA! BIG TROUBLE! A Thanksgiving Feast
Posted By Andy Dursin 11/25/2019 - 10:00 PM
In the late ’70s, the vampire genre had nearly run its course. Decades of fanged Draculas – from from the Bela Lugosi era through Hammer’s seemingly endless succession of Christopher Lee efforts – had turned the undead into a cliché that often bordered on self-parody. With George Hamilton’s box-office success “Love At First Bite” still in theaters, Universal, producer Walter Mirisch and director John Badham attempted to revitalize the classic Dracula mythos with their own adaptation of DRACULA (***½, 109 mins., 1979, R; Shout! Factory).
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