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Aisle Seat 8-19: Twilight Time, Muppets & More
Posted By: Andy Dursin 8/18/2014 - 9:00 PM
Overstuffed with villains, bombastic action and quite possibly one of the most obnoxious music scores ever written for the genre, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 (**, 141 mins., 2014, PG-13; Sony) spins a web of mediocrity that might test the patience of even the most ardent fan of Your Friendly Neighborhood Webslinger.
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Next FSM ONLINE Issue Now Live!
Posted By: Tim Curran 8/18/2014 - 2:00 AM
The August edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. In this issue, the cover story is an interview with TYLER BATES on his prominent work for the Marvel blockbuster GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. Also in this issue are an interview with BRIAN TYLER about his scores to TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, INTO THE STORM and THE EXPENDABLES 3; MARCELO ZARVOS discusses his writing on EXTANT and RAY DONOVAN; a shocking SCORE RESTORE from ALAN SILVESTRI’S THE ABYSS; MARCO BELTRAMI scores THE GIVER; CARL THIEL co-composes SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR; an audio interview with STEPHAN EICKE concerning his new soundtrack label CALDERA; LAURA KARPMAN, MIRIAM CUTLER and LOLITA RITMANIS discuss the ALLIANCE FOR WOMEN FILM COMPOSERS; WONG’S TURN's Fall 2014 Preview; FREDDY SHEINFELD and ELIK ALVAREZ discuss their contributions to Venezuelan film music; an utterly ANONYMOUS Torn Pages; more embedded audio clips, and more.
 
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Film Score Friday 8/15/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/14/2014 - 9:00 PM
On August 26, MovieScore Media plans to release the soundtrack for the 1998 TV remake of Hitchcock's classic REAR WINDOW, starring Christopher Reeve and Daryl Hannah. The Emmy-nominated score was composed by Oscar winner David Shire. They have also announced plans to finally release the long-delayed  CD soundtrack to one of the year's most music-dominated films, the stylish thriller GRAND PIANO, scored by Victor Reyes.


Monstrous Movie Music has announced four upcoming CDs of vintage film music -- Paul Sawtell and Bert Shefter's score for the 1971 Western THE GATLING GUN, starring Guy Stockwell and Robert Fuller; Nicholas Carras' score for the female-centric action film THE DOLL SQUAD; WESTERN MEDLEY, a two-disc set featuring music from The Great Jesse James Raid (Bert Shefter), The Baron of Arizona (Paul Dunlap), and MST3K fave The Last of the Wild Horses (Albert Glasser); and another two-disc set, JUVENILE JIVE, featuring Date Bait (Nicholas Carras), High School Big Shot (another MST3K fave, scored by the great Gerald Fried) and High School Caesar (Nicholas Carras).


Kronos is releasing two limited edition CDs of scores for contemporary films - the drama STILL LIFE, directed by Oscar nominated producer Uberto Pasolini (The Full Monty) and scored by his wife, Oscar winner Rachel Portman; and the just-released psychological thriller THE MAID'S ROOM, scored by Arturo Rodriguez

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Aisle Seat 8-12: Disney, Divergent & New Releases
Posted By: Andy Dursin 8/11/2014 - 9:00 PM
Disney fans hoping the studio would open up their back catalog more frequently have a quartet of new releases to choose from this week, all in respectable Blu-Ray transfers.
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Film Score Friday 8/8/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/7/2014 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has announced two new releases which are available for pre-order and will begin shipping next week -- a four-disc set of music from the second season of NBC's BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25TH CENTURY (described at the time as "Burt Reynolds in Space"), featuring episode scores by Bruce Broughton ("The Golden Man," "The Guardians," 'Shgoratchx!," "Testimony of a Traitor," "Time of the Hawk," and his Emmy winning score for "The Satyr"), John Cacavas ("Journey to Oasis"), Stu Phillips ("The Hand of Goral") and Herbert Don Woods ("The Crystals," "The Dorian Secret"); and the first-release of Georges Delerue's typically gorgeous score for the 1989 romantic comedy mystery HER ALIBI, directed by Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy, Breaker Morant, Tender Mercies) and starring Tom Selleck and Paulina Porizkova, one of five films Delerue scored for the director (Delerue died immediately after recording his score for Beresford's Rich in Love).


La-La Land has announced their schedule of new releases for August -- on August 12 they will release an expanded, two-disc version of Dimitri Tiomkin's score for WILD IS THE WIND, which earned Oscar nominations for Anthony Quinn and Anna Magnani's lead performances as well as for Tiomkin's popular title song, and a CD pairing Barry Gray's scores for the two feature spinoffs of the Thunderbirds TV series, THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO and THUNDERBIRD 6; on August 26, they will release Brian Tyler's score for the all-star sequel, THE EXPENDABLES 3 (Tyler also has two new films in theaters this week -- Into the Storm and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), and Robert J. Kral's score for BATMAN: ASSAULT ON ARKHAM.


The latest release from Kritzerland features two never-before-released scores by Oscar nominee Cyril J. Mockridge, for two of director John Ford's final films -- the Western classic THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE, starring John Wayne, James Stewart and Lee Marvin, and the Hawaii-set DONOVAN'S REEF, the last collaboration between Ford and Wayne.

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Aisle Seat 8-5: Demy, Herzog, DePalma & Paul Williams
Posted By: Andy Dursin 8/4/2014 - 9:00 PM
A pair of new Blu-Ray anthologies offer retrospectives on the unique careers of filmmakers Jacques Demy and Werner Herzog. Given the overall lack of foreign film content in the high-definition format domestically, these two packages from Criterion and Shout Factory, respectively, rank as two of the format’s finest of the year.
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Film Score Friday 8/1/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 7/31/2014 - 9:00 PM
Over the last five years, the various soundtrack labels (Film Score Monthly, GNP Crescendo, Intrada, La-La Land, Varese Sarabande) have been releasing expanded versions of the scores for the Star Trek films (as well as exhaustive collections of Star Trek TV music), and this week the Varese Sarabande CD Club is releasing a Deluxe two-disc set of the only Star Trek feature score that had yet to receive this treatment -- Michael Giacchino's score for J.J. Abrams' 2013 hit STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS.

They have also announced three new releases in their limited edition series of contemporary scores -- the fact-based period drama NO GOD, NO MASTER, starring David Strathairn and scored by Nuno Malo (The Celestine Prophecy); the action-thriller WICKED BLOOD, starring Abigail Breslin, Alexa Vega and Sean Bean, with music by Elia Cmiral (Ronin, Bones, They); and the horror film HAUNT, scored by Reinhold Heil (Run Lola Run, Land of the Dead, Cloud Atlas).

On September 9th, the label will releasing Marco Beltrami's score for the new espionage thriller THE NOVEMBER MAN, starring Pierce Brosnan as an expert assassin whose name is not James Bond. And on September 23rd, they will release Harry Gregson-Williams' score for THE EQUALIZER, the feature inspired by the popular Edward Woodward TV series, with Denzel Washington in the title role (for those trying to imagine further remakes with Denzel replacing Woodward, The Wicker Man has been done but there's always Breaker Morant...)


This week, along with their previously announced, expanded release of Mark Snow's score for the first feature spinoff of THE X-FILES (often referred to as The X-Files: Fight the Future), La-La Land is releasing the first ever release of the score to 1979's buddy comedy hit THE IN-LAWS, which paired Alan Arkin and Peter Falk and featured a score by one of the all-time great comedy composes, John Morris.

The label has also announced some other CDs in development, including Dimtri Tiomkin's WILD IS THE WIND (Tiomkin received an Oscar nomination for the popular title song), James Newton Howard's music for the Sally Field revenge thriller EYE FOR AN EYE, and a collection of music from the final Star Trek TV series, ENTERPRISE (only Dennis McCarthy's pilot score had been released).


On September 9, Howard Shore's Howe label will release his score for his 15th film with director David Cronenberg, MAPS TO THE STARS, starring Julianne Moore (who won Best Actress at Cannes for her performance), Robert Pattinson, John Cusack, Mia Wasikowska, Olivia Williams, and Carrie Fisher as Carrie Fisher.

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