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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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Film Score Friday 12/30/16
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 12/29/2016 - 9:00 PM
On January 17, La-La Land will release an expanded version of Mark Mancina's score for the 1996 hit TWISTER, co-written by Michael Crichton and directed by Jan de Bont, starring Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Cary Elwes and the great Philip Seymour Hoffman in what may be his least memorable role.
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Film Score Friday 12/23/16
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 12/22/2016 - 9:00 PM
La La Land won the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Music/Score (for Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul), while Jackie (Mica Levi) was the runner-up.

The Chicago Film Critics gave their Original Score award to Jackie (Levi).

The San Francisco Film Critics Circle gave their Original Score award to Jackie (Levi). Their other nominees were Arrival (Johann Johannsson), Hell or High Water (Nick Cave, Warren Ellis), La La Land (Hurwitz) and Moonlight (Nicholas Britell).

The Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association gave their Original Score award to La La Land (Hurwitz).

Among the London Film Critics' Circle nominations this year for "Technical Achievement of the Year" were the music for Jackie (Levi), La La Land (Hurwitz) and Sing Street (Gary Clark, John Carney).

The nominees for the Golden Globe music categories:

Hidden Figures
La La Land
“Can't Stop the Feeling,” Trolls
“City of Stars,” La La Land
“Faith,” Sing
“Gold,” Gold
“How Far I’ll Go,” Moana

At the end of this column I have included the "shortlists" which have been announced for some of the Academy Awards categories. 
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Film Score Friday 12/16/16
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 12/15/2016 - 9:00 PM
Varese Sarabande's final CD Club release of 2016 is, as many predicted, a two-disc, expanded Deluxe Edition of STAR TREK BEYOND, Michael Giacchino's third score for the Trek franchise.

Varese is also re-releasing George Delerue's Oscar-nominated score for director Norman Jewison's film version of the play AGNES OF GOD, this time with cue titles, as the start of their new limited edition "500 Series." (The label has already sold out of their copies).

Quartet has just announced a three-disc set featuring all three scores in the Bad News Bears kids comedy series -- THE BAD NEWS BEARS, adapted and scored by Jerry Fielding; THE BAD NEWS BEARS IN BREAKING TRAINING, scored by Craig Safan; and THE BAD NEWS BEARS GO TO JAPAN, scored by Paul Chihara.

Other new Quartet releases are EL FARO DE LAS ORCAS (Pascal Gaigne), FANTASMA D'AMORE (Riz Ortolani) and LE DUE STAGIONE DELLA VITA (Ennio Morricone)

The Music Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced this year's lists of scores and songs eligible for Oscar consideration. Those lists are featured at the end of this column. 

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Film Score Friday 12/9/16
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 12/8/2016 - 9:00 PM
Music Box has announced two new December soundtrack CD releases -- the first-ever release of Maurice Jarre's score for the 1988 TV mini-series THE MURDER OF MARY PHAGAN, starring Jack Lemmon and Peter Gallagher, based on the real-life tragedy which inspired such diverse works as Fritz Lang's Fury and the Broadway musical Parade; and Gabriel Yared's score for the 1984 fantasy NEMO (aka Dream One).

Varese Sarabande plans to announce their final CD Club release for the year next Monday.

The latest release from Kritzerland presents the soundtrack to director Busby Berkeley's 1943 movie musical THE GANG'S ALL HERE, featuring songs by Harry Warren and Leo Robin, music direction by Alfred Newman, and the music of Benny Goodman and his orchestra.

The Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has announced this year's Grammy nominations, including the following film music-related categories:

BRIDGE OF SPIES - Thomas Newman 
THE HATEFUL EIGHT - Ennio Morricone
THE REVENANT - Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto
STRANGER THINGS VOLUME 1 - Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein
STRANGER THINGS VOLUME 2 - Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein

CAN'T STOP THE FEELING! – Trolls - Max Martin, Shellback & Justin Timberlake
HEATHENS - Suicide Squad - Tyler Joseph 
JUST LIKE FIRE -  Alice Through The Looking Glass - Oscar Holter, Max Martin, P!nk & Shellback,
PURPLE LAMBORGHINI – Suicide Squad - Shamann Cooke, Sonny Moore & William Roberts
TRY EVERYTHING - Zootopia - Mikkel S. Eriksen, Sia Furler & Tor Erik Hermansen  
THE VEIL – Snowden - Peter Gabriel

Nominees for Best Instrumental Composition include Ennio Morricone for The Hateful Eight's "L'Ultima Diligenza Di Red Rock - Versione Integrale", and Thomas Newman for Bridges of Spies' "Bridge of Spies (End Title)." The new recording of Oscar winner John Corigliano's opera The Ghost of Versailles was nominated for Best Opera Recording and Best Engineered Album, Classical. 
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Film Score Friday 12/2/16
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 12/1/2016 - 11:00 PM
 Intrada has announced their final three CD releases for 2016, which are now available to order -- the first CD release of concert composer (and musical humorist, as "PDQ Bach") Peter Schickele's beloved score for director Douglas Trumbull's 1972 sci-fi cult classic SILENT RUNNING, featuring the same tracks as the original MCA (and later Varese Sarabande) LP, taken from a vinyl source since the original score tapes remain lost (the LP featured virtually the entire score); the first-ever release of Basil Poledouris' lush sequel score RETURN TO THE BLUE LAGOON; and the first full release of Bruce Broughton's score for the family comedy ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS, whose previous CD release was a mixture of songs and 15 minutes of Broughton cues.

A week ago La-La Land announced a whopping five new Black Friday releases -- the long-promised, four-disc STAR TREK 50TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION, whose contents include library music from the original series, unreleased cues from the later series, and, most notably, the first-ever release of score cues from the well-regarded animated series from the 1970s; a four-disc set featuring John Williams' complete scores for Steven Spielberg's blockbuster hits JURASSIC PARK and THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK; a two-disc set featuring remastered versions of Don Ellis' scores for THE FRENCH CONNECTION and its sequel (previously released by Film Score Monthly), as well as Brad Fiedel's previously unreleased score for the unsold TV pilot POPEYE DOYLE, in which Ed O'Neill played the role which won Gene Hackman his first Oscar in 1971; and separate, first-ever score CD releases for Harold Faltermeyer's BEVERLY HILLS COP and BEVERLY HILLS COP II.  

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Film Score Friday 11/25/16
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 11/24/2016 - 9:00 PM
La-La Land is scheduled to announce this year's set of "Black Friday" releases today.

I am currently on vacation, so if any important film music news has occurred in the last few days, you'll have to share it with each other. 

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Film Score Friday 11/18/16
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 11/17/2016 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has announced two new releases this week, both featuring expanded versions of the scores to hit films by beloved composers -- 1980's THE BLUE LAGOON, which gave Basil Poledouris his first big box-office hit (for old friend and frequent collaborator Randall Kleiser) and first soundtrack LP, with the Intrada release adding 22 minutes of previously unreleased score and six minutes of alternates; and a two-disc set of Danny Elfman's score for director-star Warren Beatty's visually dazzling, all-star 1990 film version of DICK TRACY, with the original 35-minute CD sequencing followed by the complete 68-minute score (but not Stephen Sondheim's original songs)  
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