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Prometheus and Tadlow have just released a new re-recording of Jerry Goldsmith's score for director John Sturges' 1967 Western HOUR OF THE GUN, which follows Wyatt Earp (James Garner) and Doc Holliday (Jason Robards) in the aftermath of the gunfight at the OK Corral (basically the story covered in the second half of Tombstone). Nic Raine conducts the City of Prague Philharmonic for this recording, which also includes a suite of music for Goldsmith's Emmy winning score for THE RED PONY.

Quartet has announced three more releases for 2012, due later this month -- a three-disc version of Henry Mancini's score for the 1985 fantasy SANTA CLAUS, featuring the complete original score as well as plentiful extras and the original LP sequencing; Mancini's score (short-listed for an Original Score nomination) for the fifth Peter Sellers/Blake Edwards Inspector Clouseau film (and the last one made while Sellers was alive), REVENGE OF THE PINK PANTHER, featuring for the first time the complete score, plus the album versions of cues; and an expanded soundtrack for Richard Lester's 1966 film version of the classic Stephen Sondheim musical farce A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, featuring the orginal LP tracks plus for the first time Ken Thorne's complete, Oscar-winning underscore.

Next Monday, Intrada will announce their final three soundtrack releases for 2012, including one Golden Age release.

It's probably a lot more money than most fans want to spend, but if you do have both the cash and the proper degree of obsession, I highly recommend Taschen's new book THE JAMES BOND ARCHIVES, edited by Paul Duncan. The photographs alone are worth the price, though my particular favorite elements are the frame blow-ups from the main title sequences that begin each chapter.

Daniel Schweiger's ON THE SCORE features a dicussion with La-La Land's Michael Gerhard and Matt Verboys as well as our own Lukas Kendall, Jeff Bond and Neil Bulk, in which they talk about Obama's recent re-election, Romney's future plans, the Republican party's stand on immigration reform, possible changes in the filibuster, the "Fiscal Cliff" -- just kidding, they actually talk about La-La Land's epic, just-released Star Trek collection.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has recently started having cast-and-crew panels following the private screenings for Academy members, and excerpts from those discussions are available to view on their website. Composers who have taken part in panels this year include Mychael Danna (Life of Pi), Reinhold Heil & Johnny Klimek (Cloud Atlas), Fernando Velazquez (The Impossible) and John Williams (Lincoln). I suppose Alexandre Desplat hasn't taken part because he doesn't want to be there every week (there's a decent chance he may become the first composer since the Golden Age to have three Best Picture nominees in one year, since Argo, Moonrise Kingdom and Zero Dark Thirty are all plauslbe contenders, and Rust and Bone and Rise of the Guardians are likely nominees in other categories).


The Bay - Marcelo Zarvos - Lakeshore [CD-R]
Beasts of the Southern Wild - Benh Zeitlin, Dan Romer - Thirty3anda3rd
Die Hard with a Vengeance - Michael Kamen - La-La Land
Hitchcock - Danny Elfman - Sony
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York - John Williams - La-La Land
Hour of the Gun/The Red Pony Suite
- Jerry Goldsmith - Prometheus/Tadlow
Invader - Lucas Vidal - Lakeshore
Los Angeles, 1937
 - Phillip Lambro - Perseverance
Shanks - Alex North - Quartet
Star Trek: The Original Series Soundtrack Collection - Alexander Courage, George Duning, Jerry Fielding, Gerald Fried, Sol Kaplan, Samuel Matlovsky, Joseph Mullendore, Fred Steiner - La-La Land
The Untouchables - Ennio Morricone - La-La Land
What's the Matter with Helen?
- David Raksin - Quartet


California Solo - T. Griffin
Deadfall - Marco Beltrami
Hyde Park on Hudson - Jeremy Sams
Lay the Favorite - James Seymour Brett
The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez - Ruy Folguera
Playing for Keeps - Andrea Guerra
Quartet - Dario Marianelli - Score and Classical CD due Dec. 25 on Decca
Rust and Bone - Alexandre Desplat - Score CD De Rouille Et D’Os on Idol (import)
Waiting for Lightning - Nathan Furst


December 11
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Howard Shore - Watertower
On the Road - Gustavo Santaolalla - Verve
Witchfinder General - Paul Ferris - De Wolfe (import)
December 18
Django Unchained - various - Universal Republic
In the Name of Sherlock Holmes - Robert Gulya - Howlin' Wolf
Jack Reacher - Joe Kraemer - La-La Land
December 25
Les Miserables - Claude-Michel Schonberg - Universal Republic
Quartet - Dario Marianelli, various - Decca
January 8
Gangster Squad - Steve Jablonsky - Varese Sarabande
January 29
Silent Hill: Revelation - Jeff Danna - Lakeshore
February 5 
Microcosmos - Bruno Coulais - Varese Sarabande
Date Unknown
- Franz Waxman - Kritzerland
Cent Mille Dollars Au Soleil/Les Morfalous
- Georges Delerue - Universal France
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum - Stephen Sondheim, Ken Thorne - Quartet
Hawk the Slayer - Harry Robinson - Buysoundtrax
L'Aine Des Ferchaux/Un Flic
- Georges Delerue/Michel Colombier - Universal France
Le Pacha/Vidocq/Comment Trouvez Vous Ma Soeur
- Michel Colombier/Serge Gainsbourg - Universal France
Revenge of the Pink Panther - Henry Mancini - Quartet
Santa Claus - Henry Mancini - Quartet


December 7 - Ernst Toch born (1887)
December 7 - Tom Waits born (1949)
December 7 - On Her Majesty's Secret Service opens in Los Angeles (1969)
December 7 - Star Trek -- The Motion Picture is released in theaters (1979)
December 7 - John Addison died (1998)
December 8 - Leo Shuken born (1906)
December 8 - John Rubinstein born (1946)
December 8 - Bruce Kimmel born (1947)
December 8 - Miklos Rozsa begins recording his score to The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1958)
December 8 - Russell Garcia begins recording his score for The Time Machine (1959)
December 8 - Richard Thompson begins recording his score for Grizzly Man (2004)
December 9 - Von Dexter born (1912)
December 9 - Alessandro Cicognini died (1995)
December 10 - Morton Gould born (1913)
December 10 - Alexander Courage born (1919)
December 10 - Jack Hues born (1954)
December 10 - Leigh Harline died (1969)
December 10 - Roy Webb died (1982)
December 11 - Rogier Van Otterloo born (1941)
December 11 - Rachel Portman born (1960)
December 11 - Anthony Collins died (1963)
December 13 - David Raksin begins recording his score to The Reformer and the Redhead (1949)
December 13 - Dimitri Tiomkin begins recording his score for Land of the Pharaohs (1954)
December 13 - Harry Gregson-Williams born (1961)
December 13 - Miles Goodman begins recording his score for Dunston Checks In (1995)


KILLING THEM SOFTLY - Marc Streitenfeld

"Composer Marc Streitenfeld weaves a rich, at times discordant tapestry out of piano, ambient music and Depression-era songs like 'It's Only a Paper Moon.'"

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post


Screenings of older films, at the following L.A. movie theaters: AMPASAmerican Cinematheque: AeroAmerican Cinematheque: EgyptianLACMANew BeverlyNuartSilent Movie Theater and UCLA.

December 7
ALL OVER ME (Leisha Hailey, MIki Navazio) [UCLA]
ALTERED STATES (John Corigliano) [Nuart]
DAGON (Carlos Cases) [Silent Movie Theater]
ORNETTE: MADE IN AMERICA (Ornette Coleman) [New Beverly]

December 8
ALIEN (Jerry Goldsmith), ALIENS (James Horner), ALIEN 3 (Elliot Goldenthal), ALIEN RESURRECTION (John Frizzell), PROMETHEUS (Marc Streitenfeld) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
BARRY LYNDON (Leonard Rosenman) [LACMA]
MIAMI CONNECTION (Jon McCallum) [Silent Movie Theater]
ORNETTE: MADE IN AMERICA (Ornette Coleman) [New Beverly]

December 9
LADY IN THE DARK (Robert Emmett Dolan), TAKE A LETTER, DARLING (Victor Young) [UCLA]
THE LAST DAYS OF POMPEII [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
ORNETTE: MADE IN AMERICA (Ornette Coleman) [New Beverly]
VERTIGO (Bernard Herrmann) [Cinematheque: Aero]

December 10
KITTY (Victor Young), FRENCHMAN’S CREEK (Victor Young) [UCLA]
ORNETTE: MADE IN AMERICA (Ornette Coleman) [New Beverly]

December 11
ORNETTE: MADE IN AMERICA (Ornette Coleman) [New Beverly]

December 12
THE BLUE LAGOON (Basil Poledouris) [Cinematheque: Aero]
ORNETTE: MADE IN AMERICA (Ornette Coleman) [New Beverly]

December 13
AUNTIE MAME (Bronislau Kaper) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
EMPIRE OF THE SUN (John Williams) [Cinematheque: Aero]
ORNETTE: MADE IN AMERICA (Ornette Coleman) [New Beverly]

December 14
THE SHINING (Wendy Carlos, Rachel Elkind) [LACMA]
SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS (Leo Shuken, Charles Bradshaw), O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU? (Carter Burwell) [New Beverly]

December 15
HOLLYWOOD CANTEEN (Leo F. Forbstein, Ray Heindorf) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
HOUSE OF GAMES (Alaric Jans) [New Beverly]
MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE (Bill Conti) [New Beverly]
THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (Danny Elfman) [Cinematheque: Aero]
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (Richard O'Brien, Richard Hartley) [Nuart]
SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS (Leo Shuken, Charles Bradshaw), O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU? (Carter Burwell) [New Beverly]

December 16
BABES IN TOYLAND (Victor Herbert, Harry Jackson) [UCLA]
TO EACH HIS OWN (Victor Young), NO TIME FOR LOVE (Victor Young) [UCLA]

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RE- the James Bond Archive. I perused this just before waling into Skyfall. It is a coffee table book that is bigger and heavier than most coffee tables, and looked to be totally worth whatever it cost. Taschen does not skimp on the eye-candy and this looked to have a bottomless will of interview material.

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