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Intrada announced three new soundtrack releases this week, with such a complicated totalling of composers, scores and discs that it's a little hard to summarize.

HOOSIERS was a sleeper hit of the 1986-1987 winter moviegoing season, with two first-time feature filmmakers, writer Angelo Pizzo and director David Anspaugh, creating a fictionalized version of a famous high school basketball success story from the early 1950s, with Gene Hackman as the temperamental but caring new coach of a small town Indiana team, Barbara Hershey as the flinty teacher who warms up to him, and Dennis Hopper in an Oscar-nominated performance as the alcoholic father of a player, who becomes Hackman's assistant. The film's other Oscar nomination was earned by Jerry Goldsmith, whose crowd-pleasing score mixed orchestra and electronics, and featured an Americana main theme as well as catchy modern rhythms. The score was released on LP in the U.S. but the only CD release was an import titled Best Shot; the Intrada Hoosiers is the first U.S. CD for the score, which is heard for the first time in complete form; liner notes on the film's production history were written by me.

THE LAST HARD MEN, a 1976 Western from 20th Century Fox pitting Charlton Heston against James Coburn, has a complicated musical history. Leonard Rosenman wrote the film's original score, but the studio found it too untraditional so they commissioned Lionel Newman to re-record cues from various films Jerry Goldsmith had scored for the studio -- not only Westerns like 100 Rifles, Rio Conchos and Stagecoach but also the WWII spy thriller Morituri. Goldsmith's original tracks were ultimately used in the final film instead of the re-recordings, but the Intrada CD features both the rejected Rosenman score and the unused Goldsmith/Newman re-recordings.

Their final new release pairs two Hugo Friedhofer scores for Golden Age films directed by Mitchell Leisen -- the 1949 historical drama BRIDE OF VENGEANCE, starring Paulette Goddard as Lucretia Borgia, and the 1950 Alan Ladd vehicle CAPTAIN CAREY, U.S.A, which is best remembered today for its classic, Oscar-winning Livingston-Evans song "Mona Lisa."

The Grammy nominations have been announced, including in the following film music-related categories:


The Adventures Of Tintin - John Williams
The Artist - Ludovic Bource
The Dark Knight Rises - Hans Zimmer
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
Hugo - Howard Shore
Journey - Austin Wintory


"Abraham's Daughter" (The Hunger Games), T Bone Burnett, Win Butler & Régine Chassagne
"Learn Me Right" (Brave), Mumford & Sons
"Let Me Be Your Star" (Smash), Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman
"Man Or Muppet" (The Muppets), Bret McKenzie
"Safe & Sound" (The Hunger Games), T Bone Burnett, Taylor Swift, John Paul White & Joy Williams


The Descendants  
Midnight In Paris  
The Muppets  
Rock Of Ages 

On January 22, Varese Sarabande will release the soundtrack to PARKER, the latest film based on one of Richard Stark's (aka Donald E. Westlake) novels about the master thief Parker. Previous films based on the Stark/Parker novels include Point Blank (with Lee Marvin as Walker), The Split (Jim Brown as McCain), The Outfit (Robert Duvall as Macklin), Slayground (Peter Coyote as Stone) and Payback (Mel Gibson as Porter) -- if nothing else, the new film, directed by Oscar winner Taylor Hackford and based on Flashfire, one of the final Stark books (Westlake died on New Year's Eve 2008), will be the first film in which the character is actually named Parker. Jason Statham plays Parker, with Jennifer Lopez as his love interest and Michael Chiklis as the thief who betrays him, and the score was composed by David Buckley (The Forbidden Kingdom, The Town, Gone).

For film music fans who want to feel retro and hip while still being geeky, Sony has released Thomas Newman's SKYFALL as a two-disc LP. No gatefold cover, alas, but the LP has the same tracks as the CD, which is pratically the entire score (I think the only missing cues are a couple brief action cues and the second of the three uses of the "Sad M" theme, but I could be wrong).


Bride of Vengeance/Captain Carey, U.S.A - Hugo Friedhofer - Intrada Special Collection
- Franz Waxman - Kritzerland
Hawk the Slayer
- Harry Robinson - Buysoundtrax
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Howard Shore - Watertower
Hoosiers - Jerry Goldsmith - Intrada Special Collection
The Last Hard Men - Leonard Rosenman, Jerry Goldsmith - Intrada Special Collection
On the Road - Gustavo Santaolalla - Verve
Witchfinder General - Paul Ferris - De Wolfe (import)


Any Day Now - Joey Newman
Cheerful Weather for the Wedding - Michael Price
The Girl - Leonardo Heiblum, Jacobo Leiberman
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Howard Shore - Score CDs on Watertower
Save the Date - Hrishikesh Hirway - Song CD with 1 score cue on Lakeshore
Stand Up Guys - Lyle Workman - Score CD due Jan. 29 on Lakeshore


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 22
Parker - David Buckley - Varese Sarabande
January 29
Boss - Brian Reitzell - Lakeshore
Focus Features 10th Anniversary: A Collection of Film Score - various - Lakeshore
Silent Hill: Revelation - Jeff Danna - Lakeshore
Stand Up Guys - Lyle Workman - Lakeshore
February 5 
Microcosmos - Bruno Coulais - Varese Sarabande
Date Unknown
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
Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters
- Dana Kaproff - Perseverance
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
Three Amigos! - Elmer Bernstein, Randy Newman - Perseverance


December 14 - John Lurie born (1952)
December 14 - Alfred Newman begins recording his score for Hell and High Water (1953)
December 14 - Ron Jones records his score for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Defector" (1989)
December 15 - Gone With the Wind premieres (1939)
December 15 - The Man with the Golden Arm opens in New York (1955)
December 16 - Lud Gluskin born (1898)
December 16 - Noel Coward born (1889)
December 16 - Camille Saint-Saens died (1921)
December 16 - Adam Gorgoni born (1963)
December 16 - Jerry Goldsmith begins recording his Timeline score (2002)
December 17 - Leo Erdody born (1888)
December 17 - Don Ellis died (1978)
December 18 - Ron Jones records his score for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Datalore" (1987)
December 19 - Galt MacDermot born (1928)
December 19 - Herbert Stothart begins recording his score for Northwest Passage (1939)
December 19 - The Thief of Bagdad premieres in London (1940)
December 19 - Fred Karlin begins recording his score to The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1973)
December 19 - Michel Magne died (1984)
December 19 - Roger Webb died (2002)
December 20 - Alex North begins recording his score to The Devil's Brigade (1967)
December 20 - Jerry Goldsmith records his score for the Amazing Stories episode "Boo!"(1985)
December 20 - Richard Hazard died (2000)



"It’s a pretty scene, framed by the bright sky and soft, green hills. He takes Daisy’s hand and places it on one of his legs, but just when you think you are about to see more of the 32nd president of the United States -- and Mr. Murray -- than you would like, the British director Roger Michell cuts to a long shot of them in the car. The violins surge, the flowers bob, and, alas, so does the president."

Manohla Dargis, New York Times


"There’s not a moment of surprise in the listless screenplay by Robbie Fox (whose biggest credits are 'So I Married an Axe Murderer' and 'In the Army Now'). But both leads evoke a hard-won pragmatism that runs stubbornly counter to the frothy action and chipper score."

Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

QUARTET - Dario Marianelli

"With an assist from Dario Marianelli’s effusive score, Scottish comic [Billy] Connolly supplies much of the pic’s charisma, playing a singer whose recent stroke has eliminated the last of his inhibitions."

Peter Debruge, Variety

RUST AND BONE - Alexandre Desplat

"Like the odd blend of Alexandre Desplat’s tender score with American top-40 music, the two parties in this particular couple seem so anthithetical -- she’s an elegant freespirit excited by dance and nature, while he seems scarcely more evolved than a gorilla -- the film never quite convinces that such a pair could exist, and during certain dramatic doldrums, even Audiard doesn’t seem to know where things are headed."

Peter Debruge, Variety


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

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]

December 17
THE DARK CRYSTAL (Trevor Jones) [Silent Movie Theater]

December 18
BLACK CHRISTMAS (Carl Zittrer), SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT PART 2 (Michael Armstrong) [New Beverly]
ON THE WATERFRONT (Leonard Bernstein) [LACMA]

December 19
SCROOGE (Leslie Bricusse, Ian Fraser, Herbert Spencer) [Silent Movie Theater]

December 20
APOCALYPTO (James Horner) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
WHITE CHRISTMAS (Irving Berlin, Joseph Lilley) [Cinematheque: Aero]

December 21
DJANGO (Luis Bacalov) [New Beverly]
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (Dimitri Tiomkin)  [Cinematheque: Aero]
MODERN TIMES (Charles Chaplin), CITY LIGHTS (Charles Chaplin) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
ROCKY IV (Vince Di Cola) [Silent Movie Theater]
SERENITY (David Newman) [Nuart]

December 22
THE CIRCUS (Charles Chaplin) [Cinematheque: Aero]
DJANGO (Luis Bacalov) [New Beverly]
ELF (John Debney) [Cinematheque: Aero]
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (Dimitri Tiomkin) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]

December 23
DJANGO (Luis Bacalov) [New Beverly]
THE GOLD RUSH (Charles Chaplin), THE KID (Charles Chaplin)  [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (Dimitri Tiomkin) [Cinematheque: Aero]

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released their list of the 104 films currently eligible for the Original Score Oscar, including a surprising number of sequels (whose score eligibility is always in question from year to year) such as the latest entries in the Alien, Dark Knight, Ice Age, James Bond, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Lord of the Rings, Men in Black, Taken and Twilight franchises:

"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," Henry Jackman
"After the Wizard," Stephen Main
"Alex Cross," John Debney and Sebastian Morton
"The Amazing Spider-Man," James Horner
"Anna Karenina," Dario Marianelli
"Argo," Alexandre Desplat
"Battleship," Steve Jablonsky
"The Bay," Marcelo Zarvos
"Beasts of the Southern Wild," Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin
"Being Flynn," Damon Gough
"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," Thomas Newman
"Big Miracle," Cliff Eidelman
"Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story," David Cieri
"Brave," Patrick Doyle
"Brooklyn Castle," B. Satz
"Chasing Ice," J. Ralph
"Chasing Mavericks," Chad Fischer
"Chicken with Plums," Olivier Bernet
"Chimpanzee," Nicholas Hooper
"Cloud Atlas," Reinhold Heil and Johnny Klimek
"Compliance," Heather McIntosh
"Contraband," Clinton Shorter
"The Dark Knight Rises," Hans Zimmer
"Dark Shadows," Danny Elfman
"Darling Companion," James Newton Howard
"Deadfall," Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders
"The Dictator," Erran Baron Cohen
"Dr. Seuss' The Lorax," John Powell
"End of Watch," David Sardy
"Ethel," Miriam Cutler
"Flight," Alan Silvestri
"For a Good Time, Call..." John Swihart
"For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada," James Horner
"Frankenweenie," Danny Elfman
"Fun Size," Deborah Lurie
"Girl in Progress," Christopher Lennertz
"The Grey," Marc Streitenfeld
"The Guilt Trip," Christophe Beck
"Hidden Moon," Luis Bacalov
"Hitchcock," Danny Elfman
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," Howard Shore
"Hotel Transylvania," Mark Mothersbaugh
"House at the End of the Street," Theo Green
"The Hunger Games," James Newton Howard
"Hyde Park on Hudson," Jeremy Sams
"Ice Age Continental Drift," John Powell
"The Impossible," Fernando Velázquez
"Jack Reacher," Joe Kraemer
"John Carter," Michael Giacchino
"Journey 2: The Mysterious Island," Andrew Lockington
"Lawless," Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
"Life of Pi," Mychael Danna
"Lincoln," John Williams
"Lola Versus," Will Bates and Philip Mossmans
"Looper," Nathan Johnson
"The Lucky One," Mark Isham
"LUV," Nuno Malo
"The Man with the Iron Fists," RZA and Howard Drossin
"Marvel's The Avengers," Alan Silvestri
"The Master," Jonny Greenwood
"Men in Black 3," Danny Elfman
"Middle of Nowhere," Kathryn Bostic
"Mirror Mirror," Alan Menken
"The Odd Life of Timothy Green," Geoff Zanelli
"On the Road," Gustavo Santaolalla
"The Pardon," Ashley Irwin
"Parental Guidance," Marc Shaiman
"People Like Us," A.R. Rahman
"The Possession," Anton Sanko
"Prometheus," Marc Streitenfeld
"Promised Land," Danny Elfman
"The Raid: Redemption," Mike Shinoda and Joseph Trapanese
"Red Tails," Terence Blanchard
"Rise of the Guardians," Alexandre Desplat
"Ruby Sparks," Nick Urata
"Safe House," Ramin Djawadi
"Safety Not Guaranteed," Ryan Miller
"Saint Dracula," Sreevalsan J. Menon
"Savages," Adam Peters
"Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," Rob Simonsen and Jonathan Sadoff
"The Sessions," Marco Beltrami
"Sinister," Christopher Young
"Skyfall," Thomas Newman
"Smashed," Eric D. Johnson and Andy Cabic
"Snow White and the Huntsman," James Newton Howard
"Taken 2," Nathaniel Mechaly
"Ted," Walter Murphy
"Think Like a Man," Christopher Lennertz
"This Means War," Christophe Beck
"A Thousand Words," John Debney
"The Three Stooges," John Debney
"Trashed," Vangelis
"Trouble with the Curve," Marco Beltrami
"21 Jump Street," Mark Mothersbaugh
"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2," Carter Burwell
"Until They Are Home," Jamie Dunlap
"War of the Worlds The True Story," Jamie Hall
"The Watch," Christophe Beck
"West of Memphis," Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
"Where Do We Go Now?" Khaled Mouzanar
"Won't Back Down," Marcelo Zarvos
"The Words," Marcelo Zarvos
"Wreck-It Ralph," Henry Jackman
"Zero Dark Thirty," Alexandre Desplat

They have also announced the 75 eligible original songs, including contributions by such top film composers as Alexandre Desplat (Rise of the Guardians), James Horner (For Greater Glory), Ennio Morricone ("Ancora Qui" from Django Unchained) and John Powell (Dr. Seuss's The Lorax).

"For You" from "Act of Valor"
"Metaphorical Blanket" from "Any Day Now"
"Let It Rain" from "Being Flynn"
"Learn Me Right" from "Brave"
"Touch the Sky" from "Brave"
"Airport" from "Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best"
"Come on Girl" from "Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best"
"Someday" from "Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best"
"Protect the King" from "Brooklyn Castle"
"California Solo" from "California Solo"
"Casa De Mi Padre" from "Casa De Mi Padre"
"Del Cielo" from "Casa De Mi Padre"
"Yo No Se" from "Casa De Mi Padre"
"No Other Plans" from "Celeste and Jesse Forever"
"Before My Time" from "Chasing Ice"
"By the Light of the Moon" from "Crossroad"
"The Sambola! International Dance Craze" from "Damsels in Distress"
"When You Comin' Home" from "Darling Companion"
"Death by China" from "Death by China"
"Delhi Safari" from "Delhi Safari"
"Ancora Qui" from "Django Unchained"
"Freedom" from "Django Unchained"
"100 Black Coffins" from "Django Unchained"
"Who Did That to You?" from "Django Unchained"
"How Bad Can I Be?" from "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax"
"Let It Grow" from "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax"
"Thneedville" from "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax"
"Ain't No Train" from "Downtown Express"
"You Don't Have to Be a Star" from "Fame High"
"Jose's Martyrdom" from "For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada"
"Strange Love" from "Frankenweenie"
"Voodoo" from "Halloween Party"
"Luna Nascosta" from "Hidden Moon"
"Song of the Lonely Mountain" from "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"
"Abraham's Daughter" from "The Hunger Games"
"Master of the Seas" from "Ice Age Continental Drift"
"We Are" from "Ice Age Continental Drift"
"Looking for a Sign" from "Jeff, Who Lives at Home"
"From Here to the Moon and Back" from "Joyful Noise"
"He's Everything" from "Joyful Noise"
"I'm Yours" from "Joyful Noise"
"Wide Awake" from "Katy Perry: Part of Me"
"Cosmonaut" from "Lawless"
"Beaten Up and Broken Down" from "Least among Saints"
"Suddenly" from "Les Misérables"
"Pi's Lullaby" from "Life of Pi"
"When I Grow Up" from "Losing Control"
"Love Always Comes as a Surprise" from "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted"
"Ladies of Tampa" from "Magic Mike"
"The Baddest Man Alive" from "The Man with the Iron Fists"
"This Gift" from "The Odd Life of Timothy Green"
"Still Alive" from "Paul Williams Still Alive"
"Dotted Line" from "People Like Us"
"Snake Eyes" from "Promised Land"
"Razors.Out" from "The Raid: Redemption"
"I'm Not Leaving" from "Re:Generation"
"Still Dream" from "Rise of the Guardians"
"Undercover Love" from "Rock of Ages"
"Big Machine" from "Safety Not Guaranteed"
"I Be Here" from "Saint Dracula"
"I Have Secrets" from "Saint Dracula"
"Skyfall" from "Skyfall"
"Breath of Life" from "Snow White and the Huntsman"
"Gone" from "Snow White and the Huntsman"
"One Wing" from "Sparkle"
"Not Running Anymore" from "Stand Up Guys"
"Feel Love" from "Struck by Lightning"
"Everybody Needs a Best Friend" from "Ted"
"Never Had" from "10 Years"
"Dull Tool" from "This Is 40"
"She Won't Let Go" from "Until They Are Home"
"Kiss Me Goodbye" from "Virginia"
"Anything Made of Paper" from "West of Memphis"
"Hashishet Albi" from "Where Do We Go Now?"
"When Can I See You Again?" from "Wreck-It Ralph"

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