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Film Score Friday 2/17/17
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 2/16/2017 - 9:00 PM
The latest CD from Caldera is the first ever release of Gabriel Yared's score from director Paul Schrader's 2008 Holocaust drama ADAM RESURRECTED, starring Jeff Goldblum and Willem Dafoe.


Kritzerland's latest is the first-ever release of the score from 1957's MONSTER FROM GREEN HELL, about scientists menaced by giant, radiation-mutated wasps in Africa. The score was composed by B-movie great Albert Glasser (The Amazing Colossal Man, Earth vs. the Spider, Tormented).


Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.


Varese Sarabande plans to announced three new Limited Edition CDs next week.


John Williams won this year's Grammy for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS; this is his 23rd Grammy. The soundtrack to MILES AHEAD won Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media, while TROLLS' "Can't Stop the Feeling" won for Best Song Written for Visual Media.

Justin Hurwitz won BAFTA's award for Original Music for his LA LA LAND score.

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Film Score Friday 2/10/17
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 2/9/2017 - 9:00 PM
This week's new CD from Intrada is the first-ever release of David Newman's score for the 1990 animated feature DUCKTALES THE MOVIE: TREASURE OF THE LOST LAMP.


This month, La-La Land plans to release Robert J. Kral's score for the animated direct-to-video movie JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK (on February 14th) and a four-disc set of music from STAR TREK: VOYAGER (on Feburary 28), with episode scores by Paul Bailllargeon, David Bell, Jay Chattaway and Dennis McCarthy, as well as the Emmy-winning theme by Jerry Goldsmith

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Film Score Friday 2/3/17
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 2/2/2017 - 9:00 PM
 Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Cliffhanger Trevor Jones - La La Land
Guy Farley Film Music Collection
 - Guy Farley - Caldera
The Lego Batman Movie - Lorne Balfe - WaterTower [CD-R]
Veeram - Jeff Rona - Sony (import)
Westworld: Season 1
 - Ramin Djawadi - WaterTower 

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Film Score Friday 1/27/17
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 1/26/2017 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada presents two scores by one of America's most beloved composers -- Aaron Copland's classic score for the 1947 film version of John Steinbeck's THE RED PONY, and his Oscar winning score for William Wyler's classic 1949 film of Henry James' Washington Square, THE HEIRESS. Copland famously adapted cues from his Red Pony into a popular concert suite, and the Intrada release features some Red Pony cues that weren't included in Varese Sarabande's excellent LP release from the 1980s, while the Heiress selection features music not included in the final film, though the Heiress music is taken from more "archival" sounding sources.


For those who missed the earlier column on the topic (visible just below this one on the main page), here again are this year's nominations for Oscar's music categories:

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

JACKIE - Mica Levi
LA LA LAND - Justin Hurwitz
LION - Dustin O'Halloran, Hauschka
MOONLIGHT - Nicholas Britell
PASSENGERS - Thomas Newman

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

"AUDITION (THE FOOLS WHO DREAM)" - La La Land - Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul
"CAN'T STOP THE FEELING" - Trolls - Music and Lyric by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin, Karl Johan Schuster
"CITY OF STARS" - La La Land - Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul
"THE EMPTY CHAIR" - Jim: The James Foley Story - Music and Lyric by J. Ralph, Sting
"HOW FAR I'LL GO" - Moana - Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda

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Oscar Nominations 2016
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 1/25/2017 - 11:00 AM
Early Tuesday morning, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominations for the 2016 Academy Awards, most importantly (for us) in the music categories:

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

JACKIE - Mica Levi
LA LA LAND - Justin Hurwitz
LION - Dustin O'Halloran, Hauschka
MOONLIGHT - Nicholas Britell
PASSENGERS - Thomas Newman

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

"AUDITION (THE FOOLS WHO DREAM)" - La La Land - Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul
"CAN'T STOP THE FEELING" - Trolls - Music and Lyric by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin, Karl Johan Schuster
"CITY OF STARS" - La La Land - Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul
"THE EMPTY CHAIR" - Jim: The James Foley Story - Music and Lyric by J. Ralph, Sting
"HOW FAR I'LL GO" - Moana - Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda

The biggest surprise among the scores is Passengers -- even though Newman is an Academy favorite (this is his fourteenth nomination), the film was not especially well regarded, and has only done decent boxoffice considering its budget and stellar cast. Newman of course still has yet to win, and he probably won't win for Passengers; his cousin Randy didn't even win until his fifteenth nomination. Personally, I'd expected the younger Newman to be nominated for Finding Dory instead, but that blockbuster hit was shut out entirely -- more on that later.

For those who feel the Academy's Music Branch isn't eager to recognize new composers, the other five nominated composers this year are such newcomers that, in comparison to Newman's 14 nominations, they may have only composed roughly 14 scores between them. (Okay, I looked them up and they've done more than that) La La Land seems the surefire winner of the bunch, especially since the "incidental" music gets much more focus in this film than it usually does in movie musicals.

The songs are a similarly unsurprising group. I thought that Timberlake's Trolls song might be omitted, despite all the hype, since it's so familar sounding that I didnt think it would stand out for music branch voters. "The Empty Chair" is the third nomination for J. Ralph (and the fourth for Sting), who, following his scoring of the thriller Lucky Number Slevin, has specialized in documentary scores and songs, previously receiving nominations for his songs "Before My Time" (Chasing Ice) and "Manta Ray" (Racing Extinction).

"City of Stars" seems the likely winner, especially since La La Land is likely to sweep and that's the song you walk out of the film humming (or, more likely, whistling).

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Film Score Friday 1/20/17
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 1/19/2017 - 9:00 PM
This week, as the second in their new We Hear You series, Varese Sarabande is releasing a limited edition "Enhanced Edition" CD of one their rarest and most in-demand LPs, REVENGE OF THE NINJA, with music composed, arranged and performed by Rob Walsh (Young Warriors, Necromancy).


Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.


Tomorrow, January 21st, at 1:00 p.m., composer Mark Mancina and director Jan de Bont will be at Creature Features in Burbank to discuss their collaboration on the 1996 hit TWISTER, with copies of La-La Land's new expanded CD release of the score on hand.

And the following day at 1:00 p.m., also at Creature Features, composer Rob Walsh and director Sam Firstenberg will have a Q&A moderated by Daniel Schweiger to promote Varese's new REVENGE OF THE NINJA CD.

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Film Score Friday 1/13/17
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 1/12/2017 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is the first ever score CD release of one of Michael Giacchino's first feature scores, the 2005 superhero comedy adventure SKY HIGH, starring Michael Angarano, Kelly Preston and Kurt Russell.


Music Box is releasing an expanded version of Georges Delerue's typically beautiful score for the 1988 period romance A SUMMER STORY, starring James Wilby and Imogen Stubbs.


This month, along with their previously announced expansion of Mark Mancina's Twister, La La Land plans to release the score for the documentary AN ACT OF LOVE, composed by animation veterans Lolita Ritmanis, Michael McCuistion and Kristopher Carter, and a two-disc expanded/remastered version of Trevor Jones' CLIFFHANGER.


The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced this year's nomination for their film awards, including Original Music:

ARRIVAL - Jóhann Jóhannsson
JACKIE - Mica Levi
LA LA LAND - Justin Hurwitz
LION - Dustin O'Halloran, Hauschka
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS - Abel Korzeniowski

Justin Hurwitz and La La Land won the Golden Globes for original score and original song ("City of Stars," lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul).

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Film Score Friday 1/6/17
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 1/5/2017 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to release one new CD next week. 
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Oscar Predictions and Other End of 2016 Lists
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 1/1/2017 - 9:00 PM
Predictions are in boldface, followed by those which I personally would nominate in italics. As with previous years' lists, for several categories I have NOT provided my own nominations, since frankly I know jack about costumes, sound and so forth. Films that I have listed as my own personal nominations yet which are not actually eligible in those categories are marked with an asterisk.
 

BEST PICTURE

(This year, there will be anywhere from five to ten Best Picture nominees, so I will rank them in order of likeliness -- my guess is that there will be eight.)

1. LA LA LAND
2. MOONLIGHT
3. MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
4. ARRIVAL
5. SULLY
6. SILENCE
7. JACKIE
8. 
LOVING
9. FENCES
10. HELL OR HIGH WATER

1. CHRISTINE
2. ELLE
3. MOONLIGHT
4. PATERSON
5. THE HANDMAIDEN
6. LA LA LAND
7. 20TH CENTURY WOMEN
8. THE FOUNDER
9. KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS
10. A MONSTER CALLS 

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CD Checklist 2016
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 12/31/2016 - 9:00 PM
AALTIO, PANU

TALE OF A LAKE (MovieScore Media)


ACREE, NEAL

REVELATION (Varese Sarabande)


ALESSANDRINI, RAYMOND

TRAVELLING AVANT/ESCALIER C (Music Box)


ALVAREZ, CARLOS JOSE

EXPOSED (Lakeshore - CD-R)
OF MIND AND MUSIC (Varese Sarabande)


ANDREN, PATRIK

THE DEPARTMENT Q TRILOGY: THE ABSENT ONE (MovieScore Media)
THE DEPARTMENT Q TRILOGY: A CONSPIRACY OF FAITH (MovieScore Media)
THE DEPARTMENT Q TRILOGY: THE KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES (MovieScore Media)


ARMSTRONG, CRAIG

SNOWDEN (Deutsche Grammophon) 

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