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July FSM ONLINE Is Now Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 7/29/2019 - 3:00 AM
The July edition of FSM ONLINE is live! This month’s cover story invites HEATHER MCINTOSH to the mat to discuss her score to the black comedy THE ART OF SELF-DEFENSE. Also in this issue, HILDUR GUÐNADÓTTIR delves into her Emmy-nominated music to the HBO miniseries CHERNOBYL and hints at JOKER; ISOBEL WALLER-BRIDGE uncovers the grungy and the divine in FLEABAG; Erik Heine concludes his TOP 10 FILM MUSIC CLICHÉS, featuring the “loss gesture,” EDWARD SCISSORHANDS and some sexy saxophone; a little Dís and That from Cary Wong; GOLD RUSH starts its foray into the Hollywood musical; Michael Roth's THE WEB OPERA; a brand new EAR OF THE MONTH contest; lots of album reviews, including THE LION KING, SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME and TOY STORY 4; a new COMPOSER’S CORNER reviews CINEMATIC STUDIO BRASS; more embedded audio clips, and more. Enjoy!

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Film Score Friday 7/26/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 7/25/2019 - 10:00 PM
The latest CD from Intrada is Christopher Young's exciting score for VIRTUOSITY, the 1995 sci-fi thriller pitting cop Denzel Washington against computer-generated villain Russell Crowe (12 years before they re-teamed for Ridley Scott's American Gangster). This release features 76 minutes of Young's orchestral and electronic music for the film, with music heard not in the film as well as not on the score's previous release as a 44-minute composer promo.


The latest soundtrack CD from Caldera presents the first-ever commercial release of Gerald Fried's only Oscar-nominated score, from the 1975 documentary BIRDS DO IT, BEES DO IT, which focused on reproduction in the animal kingdom. (Fried was up against tough competition in the Original Score category that year, including Jerry Goldsmith and Alex North, and to no one's surprise the Oscar went to John Williams for Jaws.) 

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Film Score Friday 7/19/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 7/18/2019 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a three-disc edition of one of Bruce Broughton's greatest scores -- YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES, with the complete film score featured on the first two discs, and Disc Three featuring alternates as well as the original LP sequencing.


La-La Land has announced their five hundredth release, a boxed set featuring the scores for arguably the most ambitious science-fiction franchise in cinema history -- the original PLANET OF THE APES series. Disc One features Jerry Goldsmith's brilliant, game-changing score for the 1968 Planet of the Apes, the original film tracks plus the 1968 LP sequencing; Disc Two features Leonard Rosenman's similarly offbeat score for Beneath the Planet of the Apes, both the original score cues and the tracks (including dialogue) from the 1970 soundtrack LP. Disc Three features Goldsmith's delightfully funky and exciting score for Escape from the Planet of the Apes. Disc Four features Conquest of the Planet of the Apes by composer and veteran session musician Tom Scott, with the full score in mono followed by the surviving stereo tracks. Disc Five concludes the set with Rosenman's rousing score for Battle for the Planet of the Apes. The set can be pre-ordered now and is expected to begin shipping at the end of this month.


The latest batch of releases from Quartet includes Mark Isham's previously unreleased score for the 2017 docudrama MEGAN LEAVEY, with Kate Mara as a young Marine who bonds with her combat dog (unlike this year's Isham-scored A Dog's Journey, recently released by Quartet, the dog does not narrate the film). Other new releases include SHORT CUTS 2018, which features music written for contemporary short films by a variety of composers, including Angelo Badalamenti, Joe Kraemer and Nicholas Pike.


The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has announced nominations for the Primetime Emmys, including the following music-related categories (see below):

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Aisle Seat 7-16: Summertime Disc Delights
Posted By Andy Dursin 7/15/2019 - 10:00 PM
Sci-fi addicts need little introduction to Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s memorable ‘70s series SPACE: 1999 (aprx. 40 hours, 1975-77), which makes its way to Blu-Ray this month in a marvelous package from Shout! Factory – one that also debuts the series’ second season in a U.S. format release for the first time.
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Film Score Friday 7/12/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 7/11/2019 - 10:00 PM
The latest film-music CD from Kritzerland presents the soundtrack to the 1955 thriller DEMENTIA (later released in an altered version as Daughter of Horrror), with music composed by George Antheil, famous for "Ballet Mecanique," whose other film scores included Angels Over Broadway, Knock on Any Door, In a Lonely Place and The Pride and the Passion. As a bonus, the disc also features Ernest Gold's "Piano Concerto."


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Breath
- Harry Gregson-Williams - Rambling (import)
Ghost House - Rich Ragsdale - Howlin' Wolf
Good Omens - David Arnold - Silva
Le Lunghe Ombre
 - Egisto Macchi - Kronos
Les Miserables - John Murphy - Lakeshore
Occupation in 26 Pictures
 - Alfi Kabiljo - Kronos 
Ursus Y La Ragazza Tartara
 - Angelo Francesco Lavagnino - Kronos

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Film Score Friday 7/5/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 7/4/2019 - 10:00 PM
The latest CD from Intrada is a remastered, re-edited re-release of Jerry Fielding's score for the revenge Western CHATO'S LAND, starring Charles Bronson and directed by Michael Winner.


When director Cary Fukunaga was hired to direct the latest, still-untitled James Bond thriller, fans were understandably curious as to who would compose the film's score, especially since Fukunaga's relatively brief resume means that he's only worked with a handful of composers -- Marcelo Zarvos (Sin Nombre), Dario Marianelli (Jane Eyre), Dan Romer (Beasts of No Nation, Maniac) and T. Bone Burnett (True Detective) -- and it's just been announced that it is in fact Dan Romer who will score the film. Since his credits so far has been almost exclusively documentaries and other arthouse films, one might assume his "Bond 25" score will be a low-key effort a la Serra's GoldenEye or Arnold's Quantum of Solace, but either way he's a wild card-choice and I'm intrigued to hear what he brings to my favorite film music franchise.


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited a whopping 842 filmmakers, actors and publicists to join their organization, including the folllowing Music Branch invitees: composers Michael Abels, Nathan Barr, Kris Bowers, Jane Antonia Cornish, Annette Focks, Ludwig Goransson, Rupert Gregson-Williams, Hildur Gudnadottir, Jed Kurzel, Anne Nikitin, Heitor Pereira and John Swihart; songwriters Adele Adkins, Lady Gaga, Annie Lennox, Mark Ronson, Jadon Ruder, Roxanne Seeman, Scott Wittman and Andrew Wyatt; and music editors Missy Cohen, John Finklea, Richard Ford, Bryan Lawson, Peter Myles, Arthur Pingrey, Sherry Whitfield and Robin Whittaker

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Aisle Seat 7-2: A Fourth Celebration
Posted By Andy Dursin 7/1/2019 - 10:00 PM
American director Delbert Mann helmed a series of literary adaptations for both film and TV in the early ‘70s, including KIDNAPPED (107 mins., 1971, G). The Scottish location filming and delineation of the Jacobite Rising provide this take on the Robert Louis Stevenson novel (as well as a portion of its sequel) with a different flavor than the earlier Disney screen version, yet there are times this production could’ve used an infusion of its predecessor’s youthful swashbuckling.
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Film Score Friday 6/28/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 6/27/2019 - 10:00 PM
The latest CD from Kritzerland is a re-release of UNCHAINED MELODIES: FILM MUSIC OF ALEX NORTH, with North conducting themes from his early scores including such classics as A Streetcar Named Desire, Viva Zapata! and The Rose Tattoo. Previously released on CD by Bay Cities, this remastered release adds an additional cue, his concert piece "Holiday Set."


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Ambition - Leonard Rosenman - Caldera
Apollo 11 - Matt Morton - Milan
Bunuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles - Arturo Cardelus - Milan (import)
The Film Music of Gerard Schurmann 
- Gerard Schurmann - Chandos
Gloria Bell - Matthew Herbert - Milan (import) 
Ma
 - Gregory Tripi - Intrada
Spider-Man: Far from Home - Michael Giacchino - Sony
The X-Files: Season 11 - Mark Snow - La-La Land 

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The June Issue of FSM ONLINE Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 6/26/2019 - 10:00 PM
The June edition of FSM ONLINE is now live! This month’s cover story is the first part of Erik Heine’s Top 10 Film Music Clichés, featuring the DIES IRAE, BRAAAM and more. Also in this issue are an interview with LESLEY BARBER about her score to LATE NIGHT, starring Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling; KRIS BOWERS discusses the intersection of horror and reality for WHEN THEY SEE US; EMILE MOSSERI makes his feature debut with THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO; MATTHEW MARGESON and BEN FOSTER tackle the massive ELTON JOHN musical ROCKETMAN; HARRY GREGSON-WILLIAMS and RUPERT GREGSON-WILLIAMS join forces on Hulu's CATCH-22; BRIAN TYLER is back on the ranch for the second season of YELLOWSTONE; reflections on MIKLÓS RÓZSA’s score to THE MACOMBER AFFAIR; lots of album reviews, including DARK PHOENIX, CHILD’S PLAY, ALADDIN and SHAZAM!; more embedded audio clips, and more. Enjoy!

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Film Score Friday 6/21/19
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 6/20/2019 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada features Bear McCreary's score for this spring's horror/sci-fi/comedy sequel HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U.


Next week, La-La Land plans to release a two-disc set of Mark Snow's music from the recent 11th season of THE X-FILES.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

The Biggest Little Farm
 - Jeff Beal - Lakeshore
Confidential: Secret Market
 - Yasuo Higushi - Cinema-Kan (import)
The Dead Don't Die
 - Squrl - Backlot
The Goonies
 - Dave Grusin - Varese Sarabande
Happy Death Day 2U
- Bear McCreary - Intrada
Men in Black: International
 - Danny Elfman, Chris Bacon - Sony 
Shaft - Christopher Lennertz - WaterTower
Toy Story 4
 - Randy Newman - Disney
Yesterday
 - Daniel Pemberton, songs - Capitol 

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