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Kritzerland is following up its terrific, instant sell-out CD of David Raksin's immortal score for director Otto Preminger's classic romantic noir Laura with a two-disc set titled PREMINGER AT FOX. Along with a suite from the Laura score, the set features Raksin's brief score for Daisy Kenyon as well as his full-length scores for Whirlpool and Fallen Angel, along with Cyril Mockridge's score for Where the Sidewalk Ends, partly based on Alfred Newman's classic Street Scene.


Howard Shore will be releasing his score for JIMMY P. on his Howe label. The film, which reunites Shore with his Esther Kahn collaborator, the critically acclaimed French director Arnaud Desplechin, is a period drama about an American Indian (Benicio Del Toro) and his psychiatrist (Mathieu Almaric) in post-World War II America.


On September 10, Varese Sarabande will release the soundtrack to THE ULTIMATE LIFE, the follow-up to the 2006 drama The Ultimate Gift, starring Logan Bartholomew, Peter Fonda, Bill Cobbs and Lee Meriwether, with a score by Gift's composer Mark McKenzie.


Pretty much everyone who cares enough about film music to read this column already knows this, but new Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, an eight-time Best Picture nominee for producing such films as E.T., The Sixth Sense and Lincoln, has announced that John Williams will score the upcoming seventh Star Wars film (we'll just pretend that animated Clone Wars film didn't happen), to be written by Michael Arndt and directed by J.J. Abrams.


On Friday, August 23 at Santa Monica's Aero Theater, members of the music crew for Neill Blomkamp's upcoming science-fiction thriller ELYSIUM -- including lead orchestrator Penka Kouneva, orchestrator/conductor Alain Mayrand, music editors Rich Walters and Dave Lawrence, and score recording/mixing engineer John Rodd -- will take part in a presentation titled "Bringing the ELYSIUM Score to Life: Tips from the Team." 


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Caprica (the series) - Bear McCreary - La-La Land
Cool Air/Invasion
- Tony Riparetti - Howlin' Wolf
Dark Souls
- Wojciech Golczewski - Howlin' Wolf
Europa Report - Bear McCreary - Sparks and Shadows
Red 2 - Alan Silvestri - La-La Land
Space Shuttle Columbia: Mission of Hope
 - Blake Neely - Buysoundtrax
Star Trek: Music from the Video Games
 - various - Buysoundtrax
The Warriors - Barry DeVorzon - La-La Land


IN THEATERS TODAY

Cockneys vs. Zombies - Jody Jenkins - Score CD on MovieScore Media/ScreamWorks
Drift - Michael Yezerski
Europa Report - Bear McCreary - Score CD on Sparks and Shadows
Rising from Ashes - Joshua Myers
The Smurfs 2 - Heitor Pereira - Score CD due Aug. on Varese Sarabande
The Spectacular Now - Rob Simonsen
2 Guns - Clinton Shorter


COMING SOON

August 6
Elysium - Ryan Amon - Varese Sarabande
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters - Andrew Lockington - Sony
Planes - Mark Mancina - Disney
Prince Avalanche - David Wingo, Explosions in the Sky - Temporary Residence
The Smurfs 2 - Heitor Pereira - Varese Sarabande
Star Trek: Insurrection - Jerry Goldsmith - GNP Crescendo
August 13
Crooked Arrows
- Brian Ralston - Perseverance
Pennies from Heaven
- songs, Marvin Hamlisch, Billy May - Perseverance
August 20 
Dexter: Season 7 - Daniel Licht - Milan
Kick-Ass 2 - Henry Jackman, Matthew Margeson - La-La Land
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones - Atli Orvarsson - Milan
One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das - J. Mascis, Devadas - Varese Sarabande
Short Term 12 - Joel P. West - Milan
September 3
Adore - Christopher Gordon - Varese Sarabande
Gagarin: First in Space
- George Kallis - MovieScore Media
Hemlock Grove - Nathan Barr - Varese Sarabande
The Vikings - Trevor Morris - Sony (import)
September 10
Jimmy P. - Howard Shore - Howe
Kiss of the Damned - Steven Hufsteter - Soraya
The Ultimate Life
- Mark McKenzie - Varese Sarabande
The X-Files, Vol. 2 - Mark Snow - La-La Land
Date Unknown
Clean Slate/The Perez Family
- Alan Silvestri - Music Box
Crazy People
- Cliff Eidelman - Quartet
Do You Like Hitchcock?
- Pino Donaggio - Quartet
The Hour
- Daniel Giorgetti, Kevin Sargent - Silva
I, the Jury - Bill Conti - La-La Land
In Viaggio Con Papa
- Piero Piccioni - Beat
Intrigo a Los Angeles
- Piero Umiliani - Beat
The King's Whore/The Diagonal Crazy/The Instinct of the Angel
- Gabriel Yared - Music Box
La Mandarine/La Revanchie
- Claude Bolling - Music Box
Nero Infinito
- Marco Werba - Beat
Once Upon a Time: Season Two - Mark Isham - Intrada
The Paradise
- Mario Malagnini - Silva
A Place in the Sun
- Franz Waxman - Kritzerland
Preminger at Fox - Cyril Mockridge, Alfred Newman, David Raksin - Kritzerland
Revenge - iZLER - Intrada
Wyatt Earp - James Newton Howard - La-La Land


THIS WEEK IN FILM MUSIC HISTORY

August 2 - Carlo Savina born (1919)
August 2 - Joe Harnell born (1924)
August 2 - Muir Mathieson died (1975)
August 3 - Louis Gruenberg born (1884)
August 3 - David Buttolph born (1902)
August 3 - Robert Emmett Dolan born (1906)
August 4 - Bernardo Segall born (1911)
August 4 - David Raksin born (1912)
August 4 - Egisto Macchi born (1928)
August 4 - Recording sessions begin for The Prisoner of Zenda remake, with Conrad Salinger adapting Alfred Newman's original score (1952)
August 4 - Egisto Macchi died (1992)
August 5 - Abigail Mead born as Vivian Kubrick (1960)
August 5 - Alexander Courage's music for the Star Trek episode "The Enterprise Incident" is recorded (1968)
August 5 - Michael Small begins recording his score for Comes a Horseman (1978)
August 6 - Oliver Wallace born (1887)
August 6 - Cyril J. Mockridge born (1896)
August 6 - Andre Previn begins recording his score to The Outriders (1949)
August 6 - Alex North begins recording his score to Pony Soldier (1952)
August 6 - David Newman begins recording his score to The Brave Little Toaster (1986)
August 6 - Larry Adler died (2001)
August 7 - Benny Carter born (1907)
August 7 - David Raksin begins recording his score for The Man with a Cloak (1951)
August 7 - Recording sessions begin for Bronislau Kaper's score for Her Twelve Men (1953)
August 7 - Joseph Kosma died (1969)
August 7 - Jerry Fielding begins recording his score to The Mechanic (1972)
August 7 - Roy Budd died (1993)
August 8 - Victor Young born (1901)
August 8 - Arthur Morton born (1908)
August 8 - Nathan Wang born (1956)
August 8 - Louis Levy died (1957)
August 8 - Stefano Mainetti born (1957)
August 8 - Jerry Goldsmith begins recording his score to Capricorn One (1977)


DID THEY MENTION THE MUSIC?

THE WOLVERINE - Marco Beltrami

"The movie is strange like that -- at times it's an oddball piece of action art, perhaps reflecting the strange choice of director. That would be James Mangold, better known recently for 'Walk the Line' and '3:10 to Yuma.' When was the last time you noticed a superhero movie's color scheme (look what Mangold does with the color red) or the subtleties of its music?"

Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News

"Of course, a script is just a blueprint, and it’s still up to Mangold and his team to pull it off. This is where 'The Wolverine' falls shy of greatness, despite terrific production values, elegant storytelling and a sensational cross-cultural score from Marco Beltrami."

Peter Debruge, Variety


THE NEXT TEN DAYS IN L.A.

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

August 2
AMERICAN GRAFFITI [AMPAS]
CAROUSEL (Richard Rodgers, Alfred Newman) [Cinematheque: Aero]
THE DARK CRYSTAL (Trevor Jones) [Nuart]
DEATHSTALKER (Oscar Cardozo Ocampo), DEATHSTALKER II (Chuck Cirino) [Silent Movie Theater]
THE DECAMERON (Ennio Morricone) [UCLA]

August 3
ACCATTONE (Carlo Rustichelli), MAMMA ROMA (Carlo Rustichelli) [UCLA]
GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (Jule Styne, Lionel Newman) [AMPAS]
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (Maurice Jarre) [Cinematheque: Aero]

August 4
THE BIG FIX (Bill Conti), THE LONG GOODBYE (John Williams) [New Beverly]
DRAGONSLAYER (Alex North) [Silent Movie Theater]
MISHIMA (Philip Glass) [UCLA]
PIERROT LE FOU (Antoine Duhamel) [Arclight Hollywood]

August 5
THE BIG FIX (Bill Conti), THE LONG GOODBYE (John Williams) [New Beverly]

August 6
BAND OF OUTSIDERS (Michel Legrand) [Arclight Hollywood]
THE BREAKFAST CLUB (Keith Forsey, Gary Chang) [Arclight Sherman Oaks]

August 7
DIARY OF A LOST GIRL [Silent Movie Theater]

August 8
THE ABYSS (Alan Silvestri) [Silent Movie Theater]

August 9
DEATH OF A SALESMAN (Alex North) [UCLA]
ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (John Carpenter, Alan Howarth) [Nuart]
THE GREAT MCGINTY (Frederick Hollander), REMEMBER THE NIGHT (Frederick Hollander) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
THE LAST UNICORN (Jimmy Webb), LEGEND (Jerry Goldsmith) [Silent Movie Theater]
SAFETY LAST [AMPAS]
WEST SIDE STORY (Leonard Bernstein, Saul Chaplin, Johnny Green, Sid Ramin, Irwin Kostal) [Cinematheque: Aero]

August 10
THE DEFIANT ONES (Ernest Gold), THE WILD ONE (Leith Stevens) [UCLA]
EXCALIBUR (Trevor Jones) [Silent Movie Theater]
MONSOON WEDDING (Mychael Danna) [AMPAS]
VERTIGO (Bernard Herrmann) [Cinematheque: Aero]

August 11
THE LONG, LONG TRAILER (Adolph Deutsch) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]
THE PALM BEACH STORY (Victor Young), HAIL THE CONQUERING HERO (Werner Heymann) [Cinematheque: Egyptian]

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