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FILM SCORE FRIDAY 3/3/06

By Scott Bettencourt


FSM ONLINE Adds Bonus Coverage to Feb. Issue!

To all FSM Online subscribers: We've just uploaded an extensive 40-minute, streaming-audio conversation with Mark Isham. In it, Isham talks about his upbringing, his early career and his recent work on the Oscar-nominated, love-it-or-hate-it film CRASH. And you'll get to hear a bit of his music in there, too.

Enjoy the FSM ONLINE Mid-Issue Bonus! Just log in as usual and you'll find it in the Features section. It's titled, "Isham's Crash Course."


A minor semi-controversy has emerged over one of this year's three Best Song nominees, "In the Deep" from Crash, written by Kathleen "Bird" York and Michael Becker. According to Variety, actress-songwriter York wrote the song for Crash while the script was being developed, but after it was recorded another filmmaker friend used it in a project. The other film (unnamed by Variety) was screened at festivals but never received a commercial release, and the Academy has declared that the song will not be disqualified. (Genre fans may remember York from her role in Richard Donner's Cable ACE winning Tales from the Crypt episode "Dig That Cat...He's Real Gone."


Denyce Graves and Eric Owens will be the leads in GRENDEL, Elliot Goldenthal's brand new opera which will begin its Los Angeles run on May 27 and play at New York's Lincoln Center Festival beginning July 11th. Naturally, Julie Taymor is the director.


Alexandre Desplat won the Best Score award at this year's Cesars (the French equivalent of the Oscars) for THE BEAT THAT MY HEART SKIPPED, beating out such competition as Philippe Rombi's Joyeux Noel and Emilie Simon's La marche de l'empereur (which became March of the Penguins in its American edition, with an Alex Wurman score).


Alan Menken has signed a new overall deal with the Walt Disney Company, according to Variety. He will collaborate with lyricist Stephen Schwartz on an animated film entitled ENCHANTED and will also score an animated feature titled THE FROG PRINCESS, as well as write the scores for stage musicals of Sister Act, The Little Mermaid, and The Snow Queen.


At ASCAP's 21st annual Film and Television Music Awards on April 11th, the organization will give Laurence Rosenthal the Life in Music Award and Mark Isham will receive the Henry Mancini Award for Lifetime Achievement. The ceremony will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.


Roger Hall has announced the winners of his yearly Sammy Awards for the best film music of 2005. For more information, go to www.americanmusicpreservation.com/sammys.htm


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Force 10 from Navarone - Ron Goodwin - Film Score Monthly
Freedomland - James Newton Howard - Varese Sarabande
Not With My Wife You Don't/Any Wednesday - John Williams/George Duning - Film Score Monthly


IN THEATERS TODAY

Aquamarine - David Hirschfelder - Song CD on Sony
Dave Chappelle's Block Party - Song CD due Mar. 14 from Geffen
Joyeux Noel - Philippe Rombi - Score CD Merry Christmas on Virgin Classics
16 Blocks - Klaus Badelt
Ultraviolet - Klaus Badelt


COMING SOON

March 7
A Passage to India - Maurice Jarre - DRG
March 14
The Pink Panther - Christophe Beck - Varese Sarabande
Pufnstuf - Charles Fox - El
Running Scared - Mark Isham - Varese Sarabande
March 21
Crypt of the Living Dead - Philip Lambro - Perseverance
The Hills Have Eyes - tomandandy - Lakeshore
Inside Man - Terence Blanchard - Varese Sarabande
Lost - Michael Giacchino - Varese Sarabande
Remo Williams: the Adventure Begins - Craig Safan - Perseverance
The Ten Commandments - Randy Edelman - Varese Sarabande
March 28
Ice Age 2: The Meltdown - John Powell - Varese Sarabande
April 4
Giant - Dimitri Tiomkin - DRG
True Grit: Elmer Bernstein Conducts His Classic Scores for John Wayne - Elmer Bernstein - Varese Sarabande
Date Unknown
Battlestar Galactica Season 2 - Bear McCreary - La-La Land
Breakheart Pass - Jerry Goldsmith - La-La Land
Farscape Classics Vol. 2 - Guy Gross - La-La Land
The Triangle - Joseph LoDuca - La-La Land
True Grit (complete re-recording) - Elmer Bernstein - Tadlow


THIS WEEK IN FILM MUSIC HISTORY

March 3 - Lee Holdridge born (1944)
March 3 - Jeff Rona born (1957)
March 3 - Arthur Kempel died (2004)
March 4 - Erich Wolfgang Korngold's score for Anthony Adverse wins the Oscar; however, as per Academy policy, the score is awarded to the head of the studio's music department, Leo Forbstein (1937)
March 4 - Max Steiner wins score Oscar for Now Voyager (1943)
March 5 - Heitor Villa-Lobos born (1887)
March 5 - Max Steiner's score for The Informer wins the Oscar; Academy policy at the time awards to the score to the head of the studio's music branch -- who, in this case, is Max Steiner (1936)
March 5 - Bruce Smeaton born (1938)
March 5 - Michael Gore born (1951)
March 5 - Sergei Prokofiev died (1953)
March 5 - John Williams begins recording his score to Star Wars (1977)
March 6 - Richard Hageman died (1966)
March 7 - King Kong premieres in New York (1933)
March 7 - Miklos Rozsa wins his first Oscar for Spellbound score (1946)
March 8 - Dick Hyman born (1927)
March 8 - Bruce Broughton born (1945)
March 8 - Jerry Goldsmith begins recording orchestral cues for Logan's Run score (1976)
March 8 - William Walton died (1983)


DID THEY MENTION THE MUSIC?

RUNNING SCARED - Mark Isham

"Mark Isham's arrestingly off-kilter score plays a crucial role in keeping auds unnerved."

Justin Chang, Variety

SOPHIE SCHOLL: THE FINAL DAYS - Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil

"We hear sporadic, thriller-like thuds of music, but the bulk of the film pursues a steady beat."

Anthony Lane, New Yorker

"Though the Nazis are sometimes too evil-looking and the film's Johnny Klimek-Reinhold Heil score is occasionally too emphatic, 'Sophie Scholl' by and large does not overdo the emotion."

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times


LAST STOP BEFORE OSCAR

My predictions of the winners:

PICTURE: Brokeback Mountain
ACTOR: Philip Seymour Hoffman
ACTRESS: Reese Witherspoon
SUPPORTING ACTOR: Paul Giamatti
SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Rachel Weisz
DIRECTOR: Ang Lee
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Crash
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Brokeback Mountain
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Good Night, and Good Luck.
FILM EDITING: Crash
ART DIRECTION: Memoirs of a Geisha
COSTUME DESIGN: Memoirs of a Geisha
ORIGINAL SONG: "Travelin' Thru'"
ORIGINAL SCORE: Brokeback Mountain
SOUND MIXING: Walk the Line
SOUND EDITING: War of the Worlds
VISUAL EFFECTS: King Kong
MAKEUP: The Chronicles of Narnia
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: March of the Penguins
DOCUMENTARY SHORT: A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin
LIVE ACTION SHORT: Six Shooter
ANIMATED SHORT: One Man Band
ANIMATED FEATURE: Tim Burton's Corpse Bride
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: Tsotsi

And the nominees I would vote for:

PICTURE: Capote
ACTOR: Philip Seymour Hoffman
ACTRESS: Felicity Huffman
SUPPORTING ACTOR: Paul Giamatti
SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Rachel Weisz
DIRECTOR: Bennett Miller
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: The Squid and the Whale
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Capote
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Good Night, and Good Luck.
FILM EDITING: Munich
ART DIRECTION: King Kong
COSTUME DESIGN: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
ORIGINAL SONG: "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp"
ORIGINAL SCORE: Memoirs of a Geisha
SOUND MIXING: War of the Worlds
SOUND EDITING: War of the Worlds
VISUAL EFFECTS: War of the Worlds
MAKEUP: Cinderella Man
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: Street Fight
DOCUMENTARY SHORT: The Death of Kevin Carter: Casualty of the Bang Bang Club
LIVE ACTION SHORT: Six Shooter
ANIMATED SHORT: The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello
ANIMATED FEATURE: Tim Burton's Corpse Bride
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: Tsotsi

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