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Just a reminder, the new thriller, LUCKY BASTARD, written by Lukas Kendall and Robert Nathan, executive produced by Kendall and directed by Nathan, opens today (Friday, April 5) at the Los Feliz Theater.

Intrada has announced two new CDs today, featuring three scores by three Oscar-winning composers.

The first new CD pairs two previously unreleased thriller scores for films directed, respectively, by John Frankenheimer and John Huston, scored by composers who worked with both directors repeatedly. Frankenheimer followed up his classic The Manchurian Candidate with 1964's SEVEN DAYS IN MAY, a conspiracy thriller (the novel was set in the 1970s but the year is unspecified in the film) about an officer who learns of a military coup to overthrow the American government from within. The all-star cast included Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, Frederic March, Ava Gardner, Martin Balsam and an Oscar-nominated Edmund O'Brien, and the screenplay was by Rod Serling. Manchurian composer David Amram wrote the original, rejected score (one piece remains in the final film as jukebox source music, but is not included on the CD), and the replacement score was composed by Jerry Goldsmith, his first feature project for the director. Goldsmith gave Seven Days a brief, tense score dominated by percussion -- its closest relative in the composer's canon is the "Time Out" segment of Twilight Zone: The Movie. Paired with Seven Days is Maurice Jarre's complete score for John Huston's 1973 spy thriller THE MACKINTOSH MAN, starring Paul Newman, Dominique Sanda and James Mason. Jarre gave the film a wry, largely monothematic score reminiscent of Anton Karas's beloved Third Man music, with prominent use of the cimbalom. Notes on the two films' production histories were written by me.

His name may not come up much today, but in the 1960s Harold Robbins was a top name in popular fiction, with bestselling potboilers that were often thinly disguised versions of true stories. His novel THE CARPETBAGGERS was a fictionalized portrait of Howard Hughes, and Edward Dmytryk's 1964 film version starred George Peppard as the Hughes character, co-starring Robert Cummings, Carroll Baker, Martha Hyer, Martin Balsam and Alan Ladd as "Nevada Smith" (if that name sounds familiar, it's because Steve McQueen played the role in a prequel of the same name, featuring one of the final scores by Alfred Newman). Elmer Bernstein composed the rousing Carpetbaggers score, and the Intrada CD features the first release of the original score tracks as well as the cues from the composer's LP re-recording of highlights from the score.

La-La Land has announced three new CDs due next week -- a score pairing two scores for John Wayne Westerns composed by Elmer Bernstein, the first release of the original score tracks for the Duke's swan song, Don Siegel's 1976 Western THE SHOOTIST, paired with the re-recorded LP tracks for Henry Hathaway's 1965 Western THE SONS OF KATIE ELDER (the original score tracks from Katie Elder are presumed lost); James Newton Howard's first score for writer-director Lawrence Kasdan, the Oscar-nominated, ensemble L.A. drama GRAND CANYON, in an expanded edition featuring 25 minutes of additional Howard music; and the label's previously announced CD of Roque Banos' score for the just-released remake of EVIL DEAD

Buysoundtrax is releasing two remastered editions of vampire scores previously released by other labels - Tangerine Dream's score for NEAR DARK, directed by Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow, and Richard Stone's orchestral score for SUNDOWN: THE VAMPIRE IN RETREAT, directed by Anthony Hickox (the son of Theater of Blood director Douglas Hickox and Oscar-winning editor Anne V. Coates).


The Carpetbaggers - Elmer Bernstein - Intrada Special Collection
The Diary of Anne Frank - Alfred Newman - Real Gone
- Luis Bacalov - GDM
Echoing America
- Giovanni Tommaso, Stefano Torossi - Cometa
Gringo, Getta Il Fucile!
- Gianni Ferrio - Beat
The Host - Antonio Pinto - Metropolis Movie Music (import)
Il Bandito Dagli Occhi Azzurri (The Blue Eyed Bandit)
- Ennio Morricone - Beat
Jerry Land: Cacciatore Di Spie
- Piero Umiliani - Beat
La Dottoressa Del Distretto Militare - Piero Umiliani - Cometa
La Reine Blanche
- Georges Delerue - Disques CineMusique
- Piero Piccioni - Beat
- Stelvio Cipriani - Beat
Night Train to Lisbon
- Annette Focks - Alhambra
- Annette Focks - Alhambra
Se Permettete Parliamo Di Donne
- Armando Trovajoli - GDM
Seven Days in May/The Mackintosh Man - Jerry Goldsmith/Maurice Jarre - Intrada Special Collection
Simon and the Oaks - Annette Focks - Alhambra
Trance - Rick Smith - UMG


The Brass Teapot - Andrew Hewitt
The Company You Keep - Cliff Martinez - Score CD due April 9 on Milan
Evil Dead - Roque Banos - Score CD due April 9 on La-La Land
Shadow Dancer - Dickon Hinchliffe - Score CD on Varese Sarabande (import)
6 Souls - John Frizzell
The Story of Luke - Mateo Messina
  - Rick Smith - Score CD on UMG


April 9
Beyond Re-Animator
- Xavier Capellas - ScreamWorks/MovieScore Media
The Company You Keep - Cliff Martinez - Milan
Dead Man Down
- Jacob Groth - Varese Sarabande
Evil Dead - Roque Banos - La-La Land
Grand Canyon - James Newton Howard - La-La Land
Hellgate/Lost Continent - Paul Dunlap - Monstrous Movie Music
House of Cards - Jeff Beal - Varese Sarabande
Le Grand Chemin
- Georges Granier - Disques CineMusique
Near Dark
- Tangerine Dream - Buysoundtrax
Oblivion - Anthony Gonzalez, Joseph Trapanese - Back Lot
The Place Beyond the Pines - Mike Patton - Milan
She Demons/The Astounding She Monster - Nicholas Carras/Guenther Kauer
The Shootist/The Sons of Katie Elder - Elmer Bernstein - La-La Land
Sinbad - Christian Henson - MovieScore Media
Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat - Richard Stone - Buysoundtrax
The Tall Texan - Bert Shefter - Monstrous Movie Music
Virgin Sacrifice - Paul Sawtell, Bert Shefter - Monstrous Movie Music
April 16
The Call - John Debney - Lakeshore
The Celestine Prophecy
- Nuno Malo - MovieScore Media
G.I. Joe: Retaliation
- Henry Jackman - Varese Sarabande
The Lords of Salem - John 5, Griffin Boyce - UMG
Pain & Gain - Steve Jablonsky - Varese Sarabande
Patrick Doyle: Impressions of America - Patrick Doyle - Varese Sarabande
Promised Land - Danny Elfman - Sony (import)
Spartacus: War of the Damned
- Joseph LoDuca - Varese Sarabande
Varese Sarabande: A 35th Anniversary Celebration - various - Varese Sarabande
April 23
At Any Price - Dickon Hinchliffe - Milan
Blancanieves - Alfonso de Vilallonga - Milan
Disconnect - Max Richter - Milan
April 30
Iron Man 3 - Brian Tyler - Hollywood
May 7
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman - Perseverance
Fringe: Season 5 - Chris Tilton - Varese Sarabande
Star Trek Into Darkness - Michael Giacchino - Varese Sarabande
May 14
Doctor Who: The Krotons
- Brian Hodgson - Silva
May 21
To the Wonder - Hanan Townshend - Lakeshore
June 18
Monsters University - Randy Newman - Disney
Date Unknown
The Angels' Share - George Fenton - Quartet
Caprica (the series) - Bear McCreary - La-La Land
How Green Was My Valley - Alfred Newman - Kritzerland
I'm So Excited
- Alberto Iglesias - Quartet
L'Assoluto Naturale - Ennio Morricone - Quartet
The Last Days - Fernando Velazquez - Quartet
Quando Le Donne Si Chiamavano Madonne - Giorgio Gaslini – Saimel


April 5 - Bernhard Kaun born (1899)
April 5 - Leo Erdody died (1949)
April 5 - Bent Aserud born (1950)
April 5 - Robert B. & Richard M. Sherman win Oscars for Mary Poppins' score and song "Chim Chim Cher-ee" (1965)
April 5 - Ron Jones records his score for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Skin of Evil" (1988)
April 6 - Gerry Mulligan born (1927)
April 6 - Andre Previn born (1929)
April 6 - Patrick Doyle born (1953)
April 6 - Christopher Franke born (1953)
April 6 - John Green begins recording Leonard Rosenman's score for The Cobweb (1955)
April 6 - Dimitri Tiomkin wins his fourth and final Oscar, for the Old Man and the Sea score (1959)
April 6 - Johnny Mandel begins recording his score for The Sandpiper (1965)
April 6 - Born Free opens in Los Angeles (1966)
April 6 - Fred Karlin begins recording his score to Inside the Third Reich (1982)
April 6 - Ron Jones records his score for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Icarus Factor" (1989)
April 7 - Ravi Shankar born (1920)
April 7 - Roger Webb born (1934)
April 7 - James Di Pasquale born (1941)
April 7 - Burt Bacharach wins song and score Oscars for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1970)
April 7 - Laurence Rosenthal begins recording his score for the Logan's Run pilot (1977)
April 7 - Kenyon Hopkins died (1983)
April 8 - Victor Schertzinger born (1890)
April 8 - Maurice Jarre wins his first Oscar, for his Lawrence of Arabia score (1963)
April 8 - From Russia With Love opens in New York (1964)
April 8 - Jerry Goldsmith begins recording his score for Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)
April 8 - Nino Rota and Carmine Coppola win the score Oscar for The Godfather Part II; Jerry Goldsmith loses for the seventh time for Chinatown, reportedly wonders why he bothers to show up (1975)
April 8 - Eric Rogers died (1981)
April 9 - Toots Thielemans born (1922)
April 9 - Miklos Rozsa begins recording his score to Diane (1955)
April 9 - Toshiyuki Honda born (1957)
April 9 - Miklos Rozsa begins recording his score to The Seventh Sin (1957)
April 9 - Arthur Benjamin died (1960)
April 9 - Henry Mancini wins song and score Oscars for Breakfast at Tiffany's (1962)
April 9 - Elmer Bernstein begins recording his score to The Gypsy Moths (1969)
April 9 - Giorgio Moroder wins his first Oscar, for his Midnight Express score (1979)
April 9 - Bill Conti wins his first Oscar, for The Right Stuff score; Michel Legrand wins his third Oscar, for Yentl's song score (1984)
April 10 - Claude Bolling born (1930)
April 10 - Shirley Walker born (1945)
April 10 - Peter Bernstein born (1951)
April 10 - John Barry wins his first two Oscars, for the score and song Born Free (1967)
April 10 - Elmer Bernstein wins his only Oscar for, of all things, Thoroughly Modern Millie's score; Alfred Newman wins his final Oscar for Camelot's music adaptation (1968)
April 10 - Michel Legrand wins his second Oscar, for the Summer of '42 score; John Williams wins first Oscar for Fiddler on the Roof's music adaptation; Isaac Hayes wins his first Oscar for the song "Theme From 'Shaft'" (1972)
April 10 - Nino Rota died (1979)
April 11 - Herbert Stothart begins recording his score to Dragon Seed (1944)
April 11 - John Williams wins his fourth Oscar, for E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial's score; Jack Nitzsche wins his Oscar for An Officer and a Gentleman's song "Up Where We Belong"; Henry Mancini wins his fourth and final Oscar, for Victor/Victoria's song score (1983)
April 11 - Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Byrne, Cong Su win Oscars for their Last Emperor score (1988)


BLANCANIEVES - Alfonso de Villalonga

"Helping the film feel quintessentially Spanish is the wall-to-wall music that has always been at the heart of a silent film presentation.  Composer Alfonso de Villaonga employs everything from rich guitar to rhythmic clapping and flamenco dancing to immerse us in that particular time and culture."

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

THE HOST - Antonio Pinto

"Apparently the only way to resolve that is if Jared gives 'it' a steamy kiss, cue New Age music."

Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times


"Aesthetically, 'The Place Beyond the Pines 'is an unwieldy mix of psychological realism and visual impressionism, so [writer-director Derek] Cianfrance's characters' dialogue is deliberately coarse while his film's mise-en-scène is distractingly mannered. Ostentatiously composed compositions, manic narrative pacing, and a thunderous Sturm-und-Drang score all strain to make a grand tragedy out of four salt-of-the-earth types' contrived stories."

Simon Abrams, Chicago Sun-Times

"The sins of these two complicated fathers are visited on their sons, and it is in the third-act swirl of revenge and redemption that 'The Place Beyond the Pines' goes wrong, trading its grit and psychological insight for overwrought, capitalized emotions. As the movie wears on, you start to notice Mr. Cianfrance's overreliance on certain shots (like the long, behind-the-head follow) and the insistent, stabbing squall of Mike Patton’s otherwise effective score. (Speaking of music, the movie ends with a Bon Iver song that would have been more powerful if it had not been used in a similar way in 'Rust and Bone')"

A.O. Scott, New York Times

RENOIR - Alexandre Desplat

"Alexandre Desplat’s string-driven score adds a dash of energy."

Boyd van Hoeij, Variety


"Oddly, considering the scale fo his last project, Creevy is on surer, arguably more credible footing when the film gives in to macho, bullet-ridden excess -- bolstered by Harry Escott’s percussive, electro-flavored score -- than when trading in bureaucratic conspiracy theories."

Guy Lodge, Variety

WRONG -Tokyo Boy, Mr. Oizo (Quentin Dupieux)

"Written, directed, photographed, edited and co-scored by Quentin Dupieux -- a man who is the living definition of 'Jack of all trades, master of none' -- 'Wrong' often resembles a student film stretched to feature length. Dupieux's style is efficient but underdeveloped, and leans heavily on rack focus -- where the camera dramatically re-focuses from one object to another -- as a form of visual punctuation. His music is pleasant but often ill-fitting. His over-use of shallow depth-of-field gives 'Wrong' the visual texture of a well-produced web video."

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, Chicago Sun Times


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

April 5
EXCALIBUR (Trevor Jones) [Nuart]
FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (George Duning, Morris Stoloff), THE SEARCH (Robert Blum) [Cinematheque: Aero]
THE GRAPES OF WRATH (Alfred Newman) [New Beverly]
TRY AND GET ME (Hugo Friedhofer), HELL DRIVERS (Hubert Clifford) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
ZARDOZ (David Munrow), FANTASTIC PLANET (Alain Goraguer) [LACMA]

April 6
THE CRIMSON PIRATE (William Alwyn), TRAPEZE (Malcolm Arnold) [UCLA]
THE GRAPES OF WRATH (Alfred Newman) [New Beverly]
THE MISFITS (Alex North), WILD RIVER (Kenyon Hopkins) [Cinematheque: Aero]
MONTY PYTHON'S LIFE OF BRIAN (Geoffrey Burgon) [New Beverly]
QUINTET (Tom Pierson) [LACMA]
SUNSET BLVD. (Franz Waxman), THE OTHER WOMAN (Ernest Gold) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]

April 7
CHAPLIN (John Barry) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG (Ernest Gold) [Cinematheque: Aero]
THE LADIES MAN (Walter Scharf) [Silent Movie Theater]
REPEAT PERFORMANCE (George Antheil), HE WALKED BY NIGHT (Leonid Raab) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newly, Walter Scharf), CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG (Richard Sherman, Robert Sherman) [New Beverly]

April 8
A PLACE IN THE SUN (Franz Waxman) [Cinematheque: Aero]
SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER (Malcolm Arnold, Buxton Orr) [Cinematheque: Aero]
WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newly, Walter Scharf), CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG (Richard Sherman, Robert Sherman) [New Beverly]

April 9
SINGIN IN THE RAIN (Lennie Hayton), THE UNSTOPPABLE MOLLY BROWN (Meredith Willson, Robert Armbruster, Leo Arnaud, Jack Elliott, Jack Hayes, Calvin Jackson, Leo Shuken) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]

April 10
HOUSE BY THE RIVER (George Antheil), SECRET BEYOND THE DOOR (Miklos Rozsa) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
I CONFESS (Dimitri Tiomkin) [Cinematheque: Aero]
REAR WINDOW (Franz Waxman), ROPE (Leo F. Forbstein) [New Beverly]

April 11
THE CAST AGAINST BROOKLYN (Mischa Bakaleinikoff), CITY ACROSS THE RIVER (Walter Scharf) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
REAR WINDOW (Franz Waxman), ROPE (Leo F. Forbstein) [New Beverly]
SLAP SHOT (Elmer Bernstein) [Cinematheque: Aero]

April 12
BRINGING OUT THE DEAD (Elmer Bernstein), DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS (Elmer Bernstein) [Cinematheque: Aero]
ELECTRA GLIDE IN BLUE (James William Guercio), DRIVE (Cliff Martinez) [New Beverly]
THE SANDLOT (David Newman) [Silent Movie Theater]
SHOCK TREATMENT (Richard Hartley, Richard O'Brien) [Nuart]
STREET OF CHANCE (David Buttolph), NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES (Victor Young) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
VERA CRUZ (Hugo Friedhofer), THE PROFESSIONALS (Maurice Jarre) [UCLA]

April 13
ELECTRA GLIDE IN BLUE (James William Guercio), DRIVE (Cliff Martinez) [New Beverly]
HIGH TIDE (Rudy Schrager), CHICAGO CALLING (Heinz Roemheld) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
THE LAST STARFIGHTER (Craig Safan) [New Beverly]

April 14
APPOINTMENT WITH A SHADOW (Hans J. Salter), GUILTY BYSTANDER (Dimitri Tiomkin) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]

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