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La-La Land announced two brand new limited edition CDs this week, and has a lot of other stuff on their calendar as well.

The 1993 comedy DAVE starred Kevin Kline as an ordinary man who is asked to pretend to be his double, the President of the United States. Director Ivan Reitman had a career high with the film, working from an Oscar-nominated script by Gary Ross and featuring an A-list supporting cast including Sigourney Weaver, Charles Grodin, Frank Langella, Ving Rhames, Laura Linney and Ben Kingsley. The film's score was composed by James Newton Howard and is one of his finest efforts, helping set the style of Hollywood comedy scoring for next two decades (but never equaled). The prolific but short-lived soundtrack label Big Screen released the original soundtrack CD featuring 35 minutes of the score. La-La Land's Expanded Archival Collection release, limited to 3000 units features the complete score as well as alternates and source cues for a total of 67 minutes of music.

The other new La-La Land CD is the first commercial release of the score to Paramount's 1997 guilty pleasure horror film THE RELIC. Peter Hyams directed and photographed this adaptation of the Douglas Preston-Lincoln Child novel, with Tom Sizemore as a cop and Penelope Ann Miller as an anthropologist teaming up to battle a mysterious monster at loose in a Chicago museum. The film was the second of three Hyams films scored by Oscar nominee John Debney, and the La-La Land CD, limited to 2000 units, features Debney's dark, large-scaled orchestral score as well as one bonus cue.

La-La Land actually first posted news about these releases in late December (I didn't actually see that post until this week). In that post, they also mentioned some other upcoming releases, including such new or recent scores as Atli Orvarsson's Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Brian Tyler's John Dies at the End and Javier Navarrete's The Hole. They are still planning to release a collection of music from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as well as other Trek music, and also Bear McCreary's music for the latest Battlestar Galactica prequel, Blood and Chrome. Their schedule of releases for 2013 currently includes such top composers as David Arnold, Elmer Bernstein, Randy Edelman, Danny Elfman, Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner, James Newton Howard, Michael Kamen, John Morris, Dimitri Tiomkin, Shirley Walker, John Williams, and Hans Zimmer. (In a related item, Navarrete and director Joe Dante will be signing copies of the upcoming CD for The Hole at Dark Delicacies in Burbank on Saturday, March 6 at 2:30 pm.)

UPDATE: La-La Land has just announced more details about their upcoming CDs. On January 29, they will release John Barry's largely unused score for the 1977 college romance FIRST LOVE, starring William Katt and Susan Dey, and Atli Orvarsson's HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS. On February 12th they will release the four-disc set STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE, and Brian Tyler's JOHN DIES AT THE END.  And Film Music Reporter has announced that La-La Land will release Christopher Lennertz's score for the upcoming comedy IDENTITY THIEF on March 5th.

On February 19, Varese Sarabande will release Thomas Newman's third score for director Steven Soderbergh, for the upcoming psychological thriller SIDE EFFECTS, starring Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law and Catherine Zeta Jones.

Intrada plans to announce two new CDs next week.

Following his first two Oscar nominations (for Life of Pi's score and original main title song "Pi's Lullaby"), Mychael Danna has won the Golden Globe for his Pi score. Adele and Paul Epworth won the song Globe for the song "Skyfall" from some film whose name I forget.

One bit of Oscar music trivia I managed to leave out of last week's column on the Oscar nominations -- for the second year in a row, Alexandre Desplat was the composer of two of the Best Picture nominees -- Argo and Zero Dark Thirty. The previous two years, it was Carter Burwell who had that unusual honor (with The Blind Side and A Serious Man in 2009 and The Kids Are All Right and True Grit in 2010). I had actually expected Desplat to have three Best Picture nominees this year, but Moonrise Kingdom is only up for Original Screenplay. Two other Desplat-scored films which seemed like likely Oscar nominees, Rise of the Guardians and Rust and Bone, went un-nominated (in 2011, his slate included not only two Best Picture nominees -- Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and The Tree of Life -- but three films nominated in other categories: A Better Life, The Ides of March and the final Harry Potter, plus he wrote "Marilyn's theme" for the nominated My Week with Marilyn, scored by Conrad Pope).


Carrie - Pino Donaggio - Kritzerland
Dave - James Newton Howard - La-La Land
Gangster Squad Steve Jablonsky - Varese Sarabande
Hot Spell/The Matchmaker
- Alex North, Adolph Deutsch - Kritzerland
Hud/The Lonely Man - Elmer Bernstein, Nathan Van Cleave - Kritzerland
The Relic - John Debney - La-La Land


Brief Reunion - Michael Shaieb
Broken City - Atticus Ross, Claudia Sarne, Leopold Ross
The Last Stand - Mowg
Let My People Go - Eric Neveux
Luv - Nuno Malo
Mama - Fernando Velazquez - Score CD due Jan 22 on Quartet


January 22
- Fernando Velazquez - Quartet
January 29
Antinea Lamante Della Citta Sepolta [Journey Beneath the Desert]
- Carlo Rustichelli - GDM
Bond for Orchestra (re-recordings) - John Barry, David Arnold, etc. - Carl Davis Collection
Boss - Brian Reitzell - Lakeshore
Concerto Per Pistola Solist
a - Francesco De Masi - Beat
First Love - John Barry - La-La Land
Focus Features 10th Anniversary: A Collection of Film Score 
- various - Lakeshore
Gracie Zia
- Ennio Morricone - Digitmovies
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters - Atli Orvarsson - La-La Land
Incubo Sulla Citta Contaminata [Nightmare City] - Stelvio Cipriani - Digitmovies
La Faccio Violenta Di New York
- Riz Ortolani - Beat
La Moglie Giovane
- Stelvio Cipriani - Beat
L'arbitro [Football Crazy] - Guido & Maurizio De Angelis - Digitmovies
Magic City - Daniele Lupi - Silva
- David Buckley - Varese Sarabande
Rimini Rimini Un Anno Dopo
- Franco Micalizzi - Beat
Silent Hill: Revelation 
- Jeff Danna - Lakeshore
Stand Up Guys - Lyle Workman - Lakeshore
February 5 
Bullet to the Head
 - Steve Mazzaro - Varese Sarabande
Microcosmos - Bruno Coulais - Varese Sarabande
February 12
Beautiful Creatures - The Newno2 - Watertower
Bombshell: The New Marilyn Musical from Smash - Marc Shaiman - Columbia
A Good Day to Die Hard - Marco Beltrami - Sony
John Dies at the End - Brian Tyler - La-La Land
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - various - La-La land
February 19
Side Effects - Thomas Newman - Varese Sarabande
March 5
Identity Thief - Christopher Lennertz - La-La Land
Date Unknown
Attention, Les Enfants Regardent/L'Indiscretion
- Eric Demarsan - Music Box
Cent Mille Dollars Au Soleil/Les Morfalous
- Georges Delerue - Universal France
The Conformist/The Little Girl in Blue Velvet
- Georges Delerue - Music Box
In the Name of Sherlock Holmes - Robert Gulya - Howlin' Wolf
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
Una Pura Formalita [A Pure Formality]
- Ennio Morricone - GDM
Vendredi Ou La vie Sauvage (Robinson Crusoe and Man Friday)
- Maurice Jarre - Music Box


January 18 - W. Franke Harling born (1887)
January 18 - Cyril J. Mockridge died (1979)
January 18 - Joseph Gershenson died (1988)
January 19 - Bjorn Isfalt died (1997)
January 19 - Gerard Schurmann born (1928)
January 19 - Jerome Moross begins recording his score to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1960)
January 19 - John Williams records his score for The Ghostbreaker (1965)
January 19 - Jerry Goldsmith begins recording electronic cues for Logan's Run (1976)
January 19 - David Shire records his score for the Amazing Stories episode "Moving Day" (1987)
January 20 - Emil Newman born (1911)
January 20 - Franz Waxman begins recording his score to Untamed (1955)
January 20 - Bronislau Kaper begins recording his score to The Prodigal (1955)
January 20 - Gerry Mulligan died (1996)
January 21 - Paul Misraki born (1908)
January 22 - J.J. Johnson born (1924)
January 22 - Al Kasha born (1937)
January 22 - Marc Blitzstein died (1964)
January 22 - Alexander Courage's score to the Star Trek pilot, "The Cage," is recorded (1965)
January 22 - Christopher Palmer died (1995)
January 23 - Marty Paich born (1925)
January 23 - Casablanca released in theaters (1943)
January 23 - Alfred Newman begins recording his score to The President's Lady (1953)
January 24 - Muir Mathieson born (1911)
January 24 - Joseph Carl Breil died (1926)
January 24 - Neil Diamond born (1941)
January 24 - The Treasure of the Sierra Madre opens in theaters (1948)
January 24 - Leonard Rosenman begins recording his score for The Phantom of Hollywood (1974)


GANGSTER SQUAD - Steve Jablonsky

"With little pause, 'Gangster Squad' caroms from crime to retaliation, from tommy gun assassination to heroin-shipment rundown, from a power drill through the head to a pistol whipping, each fresh bloodletting hyped by Steve Jablonsky's score or peppy period tunes counterpoised for ironic effect."

Nick Pinkerton, L.A. Weekly

"It’s here that a fascinating true-crime foundation gives way to fantasy; there are moments in 'Gangster Squad' where [director Ruben] Fleischer is so far out on a limb, it makes 'Dick Tracy' look like a documentary.  But it’s all in the spirit of classic B-movie fun, and however over-the-top the action gets (a shootout in the lobby of the Park Plaza Hotel is a veritable orgy of bullet casings, blazing muzzles and flying shrapnel), every creative decision seems to be in service of telling the most entertaining possible story, backed by first-rate wardrobe and art contributions, and underscored by Steve Jablonsky’s might-makes-right music."

Peter Debruge, Variety


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

January 18
BLUE VELVET (Angelo Badalamenti), ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS (Frank Skinner) [Cinematheque: Aero]
BUBBA HO TEP (Brian Tyler) [Nuart]
THE DEER HUNTER (Stanley Myers) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
GUILTY OF ROMANCE (Yasuhiro Morinaga) [Silent Movie Theater]
HIMIZU (Tomohide Harada) [Silent Movie Theater]
THE NEVERENDING STORY (Klaus Doldinger, Giorgio Moroder) [Silent Movie Theater]

January 19
CARAVAGGIO (Simon Fisher-Turner) [LACMA]
CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS, ED WOOD (Howard Shore) [Cinematheque: Aero]
GUILTY OF ROMANCE (Yasuhiro Morinaga) [Silent Movie Theater]
HEAVEN'S GATE (David Mansfield) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
HIMIZU (Tomohide Harada) [Silent Movie Theater]
HUMAN LANTERNS [Silent Movie Theater]
MAMMA ROMA (Carlo Rustichelli) [LACMA]

January 20
FOLLOWING DESIRE [Silent Movie Theater]
GUILTY OF ROMANCE (Yasuhiro Morinaga) [Silent Movie Theater]
HIMIZU (Tomohide Harada) [Silent Movie Theater]
THUNDERBOLT AND LIGHTFOOT (Dee Barton), YEAR OF THE DRAGON (David Mansfield) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]

January 21
GILDA [Silent Movie Theater}
GUILTY OF ROMANCE (Yasuhiro Morinaga) [Silent Movie Theater]
HIMIZU (Tomohide Harada) [Silent Movie Theater]

January 22
GUILTY OF ROMANCE (Yasuhiro Morinaga) [Silent Movie Theater]
HIMIZU (Tomohide Harada) [Silent Movie Theater]

January 23
GUILTY OF ROMANCE (Yasuhiro Morinaga) [Silent Movie Theater]
HIMIZU (Tomohide Harada) [Silent Movie Theater]

January 24
BLACK ORPHEUS (Luis Bonfa, Antonio Carlos Jobim), SANSHO THE BAILIFF (Fumio Hayasaka) [Cinematheque: Aero]
GUILTY OF ROMANCE (Yasuhiro Morinaga) [Silent Movie Theater]
HIMIZU (Tomohide Harada) [Silent Movie Theater]

January 25
MOI UN NOIR (Joseph Yapi Degre) [UCLA]
NEAR DARK (Tangerine Dream) [Silent Movie Theater]
REPULSION (Chico Hamilton) [Silent Movie Theater]
SPIRITED AWAY (Joe Hisaishi), POM POKO [Cinematheque: Egyptian]

January 26
THE BOXER'S OMEN (Stephen Shing, Zhenhou Su) [Silent Movie Theater]
CHRONIQUE D'UN ETE (Pierre Baubaud)  [UCLA]
PORCO ROSSO (Joe Hisaishi), WHISPER OF THE HEART (Yuji Nomi) [Cinematheque: Aero]
REPULSION (Chico Hamilton) [Silent Movie Theater]
XANADU (Barry DeVorzon), ROLLER BOOGIE (Bob Esty, Craig Safan), SKATETOWN U.S.A. (Miles Goodman) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]

January 27
AKIRA KUROSAWA'S DREAMS (Shinichiro Ikebe), SYNECHDOCHE NEW YORK (Jon Brion) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE (Joe Hisaishi) [Cinematheque: Aero]
PRINCESS MONONOKE (Joe Hisaishi) [Cinematheque: Aero]
REPULSION (Chico Hamilton) [Silent Movie Theater]
TWISTED PATH OF LOVE [Silent Movie Theater]

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'On February 12th they will release the four-disc set STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE, ...'

I should just about have listened to all of my TOS box by then.

'On February 12th they will release the four-disc set STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE, ...'

I should just about have listened to all of my TOS box by then.

I am on season one disc 3. I feel like it will take forever to listen to this. lol

I'm too lazy to look up the relevant FSM thread concerning the BBC3 Composer of the Week series on John Williams which aired last week, but hats off to Scott Bettencourt, whom host Donald McLeod cited twice in recounting critical responses to Williams' scores for AI and MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA (if I recall correctly).

Scott, you're a star on both sides of the Pond! ;-)

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