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Film Score Friday 1/11/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 1/10/2019 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced their latest nominations for their movie awards, including Original Music:

BlacKkKlansman - Terence Blanchard
If Beale Street Could Talk - Nicholas Britell
Isle of Dogs - Alexandre Desplat
Mary Poppins Returns - Marc Shaiman
A Star Is Born - Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Lukas Nelson

Justin Hurwitz won the Golden Globe for Best Original Score, Motion Picture for First Man, and "Shallow" from A Star Is Born won Best Original Song, Motion Picture.

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Film Score Friday 1/4/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 1/3/2019 - 9:00 PM

Bernie the Dolphin - Joshua Mosley - Lakeshore
The Box of Delights - Roger Limb - Silva (import)
I Familiari Delle Vittime Non Saranno Avvertiti
 - Francesco De Masi - Beat
The Sisters Brothers - Alexandre Desplat - Lakeshore (U.S. release) 
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Oscar Predictions and Other End of 2018 Lists
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 12/30/2018 - 9:00 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 are not actually eligible in those categories are marked with an asterisk.

(This year, there will be anywhere from five to ten Best Picture nominees, so I will rank them in order of likeliness -- my guess is that there will be eight.)

1. A Star Is Born 
2. Roma
3. Green Book
4. The Favourite
5. First Man
6. Black Panther
7. Mary Poppins Returns
8. BlacKkKlansman
9. If Beale Street Could Talk
10. Widows

1. Roma
2. Burning
3. Shoplifters
4. Isle of Dogs
5. Lean on Pete*
6. Cold War
7. The Favourite
8. First Man
9. Hereditary
10. Girl 
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CD Checklist 2018
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 12/29/2018 - 9:00 PM
95 (Quartet)

RABBIA FURIOSA (Digitmovies)



ATONIA (Rosetta)

LAST DANCE (Dragon’s Domain)

AU BOUT DES DOIGTS (Milan - import)

MIA AND THE WHITE LION (Milan - import)

7 DAYS IN ENTEBBE (Lakeshore)


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Film Score Friday 12/28/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 12/27/2018 - 9:00 PM
La-La Land plans to release a three-disc edition of John Williams' beloved, Oscar-nominated score for SUPERMAN in 2019. And according to Amazon, the label will be releasing a soundtrack for THE ORVILLE, Seth McFarlane's light-hearted homage to Star Trek, featuring music from the series by Bruce Broughton, Andrew Cottee, John Debney and Joel McNeely.


 - Rupert Gregson-Williams - WaterTower
Delitto Quasi Perfetto
 - Carlo Rustichelli - Digitmovies
Doctor Who: Series 11
 - Segun Akinola - Silva
Don Camillo
 - Pino Donaggio - Digitmovies
Fumo di Londra
 - Piero Piccioni - Beat
Once Upon a Time in the West
 - Ennio Morricone - Beat 

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Aisle Seat Christmas & New Year's Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 12/23/2018 - 9:00 PM
Chances are many of us have had long relationships with Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (149 mins., G) over the years on home video. From bulky, cropped VHS tapes – one of which I recall renting from our local Major Video to show in my 6th grade class – to the first widescreen presentations in Criterion’s laserdiscs, “2001” is a film that’s received endless video releases over the decades. While Warner Home Video’s 2007 Blu-Ray was certainly an upgrade on what we had available to us previously, the studio has one-upped that presentation in both Blu-Ray and now 4K UHD thanks to a stellar new remastering that presents a technical evolution for viewers in savoring the director’s 1968 masterwork.
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December FSM ONLINE Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 12/22/2018 - 2:00 AM

We hope you haven't disappeared for the holidays yet, because the jam-packed December edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. This month’s cover story is an interview with NICHOLAS BRITELL about his music for IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK and VICE, both shortlisted in the Best Score Oscar race. Also this issue, KRIS BOWERS tells us about scoring GREEN BOOK and coaching Mahershala Ali in his role of Dr. Don Shirley; RUPERT GREGSON-WILLIAMS dives deep for AQUAMAN; an interview with music supervisor MAGGIE PHILIPS on the soundtrack of HOMECOMING (written by FSM founder Lukas Kendall!); a HOMECOMING Counterpoint with Tim Greiving and the Kaplans arguing the merits of tracking; MAX RICHTER hails MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS; THEODORE SHAPIRO builds a score for DESTROYER; MYCHAEL DANNA writes for a living legend in ON THE BASIS OF SEX; LUDWIG GÖRANSSON re-enters the ring with CREED II and discusses his big year; Cary Wong’s annual MEMO TO THE ACADEMY MUSIC BRANCH takes on a different context; inside the Tadlow Records scoring session of KING OF KINGS; a very merry EAR OF THE MONTH contest; lots of album reviews, including MARY POPPINS RETURNS, MORTAL ENGINES and RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET; more embedded audio clips, and more.

Subscribers, you’ll get notification by email shortly. Or, just go here to log in. For those who want to join FSM ONLINE, go here, click on the “Subscribe” link and follow the instructions. And email us if you have any questions.

Happy Holidays from all of us at FSMO!


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Film Score Friday 12/21/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 12/20/2018 - 9:00 PM
As expected, Intrada is releasing a CD of Alan Silvestri's score for Robert Zemeckis' WELCOME TO MARWEN, starring Steve Carell, Leslie Mann and Janelle Monae, which tells the same true story as the acclaimed 2010 documentary Marwencol.

For the first time since the 1979 Oscars, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced shortlists for nominations in their music categories:

Annihilation [Geoff Burrow, Ben Salisbury]
Avengers: Infinity War [Alan Silvestri]
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs [Carter Burwell]
Black Panther [Ludwig Goransson]
BlacKkKlansman [Terence Blanchard]
Crazy Rich Asians [Brian Tyler]
The Death of Stalin [Christopher Willis]
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald [James Newton Howard]
First Man [Justin Hurwitz]
If Beale Street Could Talk [Nicholas Britell]
Isle of Dogs [Alexandre Desplat]
Mary Poppins Returns [Marc Shaiman]
A Quiet Place [Marco Beltrami]
Ready Player One [Alan Silvestri]
Vice [Nicholas Britell]

"All the Stars" - Black Panther
"The Big Unknown' - Widows
"Girl in the Movies" - Dumplin'
"I'll Fight" - RBG
"Keep Reachin'" - Quincy
"OYAHYTT" - Sorry to Bother You
"A Place Called Slaughter Race" - Ralph Breaks the Internet
"The Place Where Lost Things Go" - Mary Poppins Returns
"Revelation" - Boy Erased
"Shallow" - A Star Is Born
"Suspirium" - Suspiria
"Treasure" - Beautiful Boy
"Trip a Little Light Fantastic" - Mary Poppins Returns
"We Won't Move" - The Hate U Give
"When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings" - The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

The score list has its share of surprises. Because the list had to be finished before the end of the calendar year, I was worried that the Music Branch voters would go for the obvious film-and-composer choices, but perhaps because such perennial nominees as Randy Newman, Thomas Newman and John Williams had no new scores this year, they went for a more eclectic group. Only two of the fifteen listed scores were composed by past winners (Alexandre Desplat and Justin Hurwitz) and five of the fifteen were scored by composers who have never been nominated. The most unexpected inclusions were Annihilation and The Death of Stalin, and it's reassuring that the shortlist voters would show their support for such relatively obscure composers as Christopher Willis and the Burrow/Salisbury team, especially with heavy hitters like Giacchino and Zimmer not making the cut.

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The 2018 Top Forty Composer Countdown (Abbreviated Version)
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 12/17/2018 - 9:00 PM
2017 RANKING: 38
1. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen--402 (U.S. gross in millions)
2. Transformers: Dark of the Moon--352   
3. Transformers--319
4. Transformers: Age of Extinction--245  
5. Transformers: The Last Knight--130
6. Lone Survivor--125  
7. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows--81  
8. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre--80
9. Skyscraper--67  
10. Battleship--65  
Skyscraper was a box-office disappointment in the U.S. (maybe setting a Die Hard ripoff in a skyscraper is a little too on-the-nose), and Bumblebee will be the first Transformers-related live-action feature without a Jablonsky score (director Travis Knight went with his usual composer, Dario Marianelli).  He is currently attached to a Vin Diesel thriller and a Mark Wahlberg/Peter Berg film of one of Robert B. Parker’s Spenser novels.
WHAT’S NEXT: Bloodshot, Wonderland 
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Film Score Friday 12/14/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 12/13/2018 - 9:00 PM
Quartet has announced several new soundtrack CDs -- a brand-new recording of Bernard Herrmann's score for the thriller THE BRIDE WORE BLACK, which Francois Truffaut directed from the Cornel Woolrich novel, featuring Fernando Velazquez conducting the Basque National Orchestra; an expanded, two-disc edition of Nino Rota's classic score for Federico Fellini's 8 1/2; a 60th anniversary two-disc edition of Jerome Moross' classic, Oscar-nominated score for the Western epic THE BIG COUNTRY, feauring the full score tracks as well as (in mono and processed "stereo") the original LP tracks; a two-disc, 35th anniversary edition of Arthur B. Rubinstein's score for the hit WARGAMES, featuring both a remastered version of the original score tracks and the tracks from the original soundtrack LP (which featured both score and dialogue excerpts); the first release of the full Bernardo Bonezzi score for Pedro Almodovar's comedy classic WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN; a remastered anniversary edition of Ennio Morricone's beloved score for CINEMA PARADISO; and EL HOMBRE Y LA TIERRA, a four-disc set of Anton Garcia Abril's music for the documentary TV series that ran from 1974 to 1981.

Kritzerland has announced two new CDs -- the music from the 1949 Western THE CISCO KID IN THE GAY AMIGO, scored by B-movie veteran Albert Glasser (The Amazing Colossal Man), plus cues from additional Glasser scores; and a remastered and resequenced release of Alfred Newman's score for the religious drama A MAN CALLED PETER

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