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Film Score Friday 8/17/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/16/2018 - 9:00 PM

Accident Man
 - Sean Murray - Dragon's Domain
Advise and Consent 
- Jerry Fielding - Kritzerland
Firewalker - Gary Chang - Varese Sarabande
Giuda Uccide Il Venderi
 - Nico Fidenco - Kronos
Here We Go Again, Rubinot 
- Andrew Powell - Kronos
The Prisoner of Zenda - Henry Mancini - La-La Land
The Return of Swamp Thing
 - Chuck Cirino - Dragon's Domain
Slender Man - Ramin Djawadi, Brandon Campbell - Sony [CD-R] 
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Film Score Friday 8/10/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/9/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a greatly expanded, two-disc edition of Trevor Jones' symphonic score for the 1983 swashbuckler NATE AND HAYES, starring Tommy Lee Jones and Michael O'Keefe.

Varese Sarabande has announced a limited edition CD of Gary Chang's score for FIREWALKER, the light-hearted 1986 action adventure from director J. Lee Thompson (The Guns of Navarone), teaming Chuck Norris and Lou Gossett Jr.; the CD features the same cues as Varese's original LP.

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Film Score Friday 8/3/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/2/2018 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.

La-La Land has announced their planned slate of releases for August. On August 14th, they will release a two-disc set of Lorne Balfe's score for the just-released blockbuster sequel MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT, and the first soundtrack release of Henry Mancini's score for the 1979 comedy remake of THE PRISONER OF ZENDA starring Peter Sellers, the second in La-La Land's new "Universal Heritage Collection" partnership.

On August 28th, they will release an expanded version of John Williams' Oscar-nominated score for Steven Spielberg's 1998 WWII epic SAVING PRIVATE RYAN; a CD of Ramin Djawadi's music for the new Amazon TV series JACK RYAN, with John Krasinski playing the Tom Clancy analyst-turned-field-agent character previously played by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and Chris Pine; and a two-disc LP of John Williams' classic score for E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL

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Film Score Friday 7/27/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 7/26/2018 - 9:00 PM
Next week, La-La Land will release a two-disc set of music from the 1988 TV revival of MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, featuring music from episodes scored by Lalo Schifrin and Ron Jones. The label plans to release Lorne Balfe's score for the just-released sixth feature in the movie franchise, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT, on August 14th.


Dagora the Space Monster
 - Akira Ifukube - Toho (import)
The Equalizer 2 - Harry Gregson-Williams - Sony [CD-R]
Flowers II - Arthur Sharpe - Silva (import)
The Imperial Navy
 - Katsuhisa Hattori - Cinema-Kan (import)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers: Complete Recording [re-release]
 - Howard Shore - Rhino
Mosaic - David Holmes - Touch Sensitive (import)
Puzzle - Dustin O'Halloran - Sony 
Varan the Unbelievable
 - Akira Ifukube - Toho (import)

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Film Score Friday 7/20/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 7/19/2018 - 9:00 PM
Intrada announced two new 2-disc soundtrack releases for this week, both featuring large-scale orchestral adventure scores by beloved composers, from the turn of the new century.

THE MUMMY, directed by Stephen Sommers, was a 1999 loose remake of the Universal horror classic that combined Raiders of the Lost Ark-style action-adventure with state-of-the-art visual effects to make one of the biggest hits of the summer movie season. The scoring assignment went to Jerry Goldsmith, who had been originally attached to score Sommers' Jungle Book remake and who had just scored Deep Rising for the director. The end result was one of Goldsmith's biggest box-office hits (spawning a sequel, a prequel-spinoff to the sequel, an additional sequel, and a recent semi-remake), and one of his last great adventure scores (though, surprisingly, Goldsmith was highly dissatisfied with the film, the scoring experience or both, and declined to work on the inevitable sequel). The Intrada release features his full original score as well as alternate cues, plus the original soundtrack CD sequencing.

THE MUMMY RETURNS, that inevitable sequel, was an even bigger box-office hit, reuniting Sommers with stars Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz and adding Dwayne Johnson in a small role as The Scorpion King to set up its own spinoff. This time the scoring duties fell to Alan Silvestri, who was in the middle of a hit streak including such smashes as What Lies Beneath and Cast Away, and his epic score was a rousing, traditionally symphonic work featuring all-new thematic material. As with such past scores as Thunderball and Tomorrow Never Dies, the soundtrack had to be finished before the score had completed recording, so major material was left off the commercial release. The Intrada release features the full score -- nearly two hours of music - plus extras (Silvestri went on to score Van Helsing and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra for Sommers).

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Film Score Friday 7/13/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 7/12/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from La-La Land presents Harry Manfredini's scores for FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER and FRIDAY THE 13TH: A NEW BEGINNING on a two-disc set, featuring the same sequencing as their earlier boxed-set of Manfredini's first six Friday scores.

Intrada has postponed their latest soundtrack release to next week, when they will also be releasing another new soundtrack CD previously scheduled for the week after.

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has announced the nominations for this year's Primetime Emmys, including the following music categories:

Alias Grace: Part 1 - Mychael Danna, Jeff Danna 
The Commuter (Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams) - Harry Gregson-Williams 
Crazy Diamond (Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams) - Cristobal Tapia De Veer 
Godless: Homecoming - Carlos Rafael Rivera 
March Of The Penguins 2: The Next Step - Cyril Aufort 
USS Callister (Black Mirror) - Daniel Pemberton
Marvel's Jessica Jones:  AKA Playland - Sean Callery 
Once Upon A Time: Leaving Storybrooke - Mark Isham, Cindy O'Connor, Michael Simon
SEAL Team: Pattern Of Life - W.G. Snuffy Walden, A. Patrick Rose 
Star Wars Rebels: Family Reunion - And Farewell - Kevin Kiner 
Westworld: Akane No Mai - Ramin Djawadi 

Godless - Carlos Rafael Rivera 
The Last Tycoon - Mychael Danna 
Marvel's The Defenders - John Paesano 
The Putin Interviews - Jeff Beal 
Somebody Feed Phil - Mike S. Olson, Bridget Ellen Kearney, Michael Calabrese,  Rachael Price 
The Tick - Chris Bacon 
Big Mouth: Am I Gay? - "Totally Gay" - Music and Lyrics by Mark Rivers
A Christmas Story Live! - "In The Market For A Miracle" - Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul 
The Good Fight: Day 450 - "High Crimes And Misdemeanors" -  Music & Lyrics by Jonathan Coulton
If You're Not In The Obit, Eat Breakfast - "Just Getting Started" - Music by Dave Grusin, Lyrics by Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman 
Saturday Night Live: Host: Chance The Rapper - "Come Back Barack" - Music and Lyrics by Eli Brueggemann 
Steve Martin & Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life - "The Buddy Song" - Music and Lyrics by Steve Martin
Bruno Mars: 24K Magic Live At The Apollo - Bruno Mars 
Elton John: I'm Still Standing - A Grammy Salute - Davey Johnstone 
The Oscars - Harold Wheeler 
Super Bowl LII Halftime Show Starring Justin Timberlake - Adam Wayne Blackstone
Tony Bennett: The Library Of Congress Gershwin Prize For Popular Song - Gregg Field

Atlanta: Alligator Man -Jen Malone, Fam Udeorji 
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Pilot -Robin Urdang, Amy Sherman-Palladino, Daniel Palladino
Stranger Things: Trick Or Treat, Freak - Nora Felder 
This Is Us: That'll Be The Day - Jennifer Pyken 
Westworld: Akane No Mai - Sean O'Meara  
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Film Score Friday 7/6/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 7/5/2018 - 9:00 PM
I have only just returned from vacation, so if I missed any important news from the last week or so in this column, I will rely on that as my excuse.


Gotti - Pitbull, Jorge Gomez - Sony (import)
Hotel Transylvania: Score for the Motion Pictures - Mark Mothersbaugh - Sony (import)
Humans: Seasons 2 & 3 - Susan Warner - Silva 

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Film Score Friday 6/29/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 6/28/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest CD from Intrada, limited to 500 units, is the first-ever release of the score for the 1988 ensemble family drama ROCKET GIBRALTAR, starring Burt Lancaster, Suzy Amis, Patricia Clarkson, Francis Conroy, Sinead Cusack, John Glover, Bill Pullman, Kevin Spacey, and Macaulay Culkin in his film debut. The score was only one of two (so far) composed by Andrew Powell, best known for his cult favorite symphonic pop score for Richard Donner's Ladyhawke.

In some of the most promising film music news in recent memory, Universal has announced what Jon Burlingame's Variety article calls "a long-range plan to preserve and restore its unreleased movie music." Fortunately for collectors, this plan, officially titled the Universal Pictures Film Music Heritage Collection, involves releasing some of these preserved/restored scores on CD in partnership with La-La Land, beginning this week with a 3000-unit edition of Michel Colombier's offbeat, previously unavailable score to the excellent 1970 sci-fi thriller COLOSSUS: THE FORBIN PROJECT. Other scores which are being preserved with a probable CD release in mind include The Prisoner of Zenda (Henry Mancini, and currently expected in August), Two Mules for Sister Sara (Ennio Morricone), Airport '77 (John Cacavas), The Concorde: Airport '79 (Lalo Schifrin), Fletch Lives (Harold Faltermeyer) and The Sentinel (Gil Melle). Mike Matessino will be producing the first albums in this series, and execs have mentioned the possibility that Universal's TV scores will also be included in this project. The label hopes to have three CDs in this series out by the end of the year, with approximately one every two months from then on. Though the current projects listed cover just the 1970s and 80s, the label also hopes to do scores from earlier and later decades as well. (at the end of this column, I have included a list* of most of the Universal feature scores from the 70s and 80s that have not received substantial commercial releases, to give you a sense of just some of the possible projects in the future -- though some of these films were only distributed by Universal, not produced by them, and thus might not be eligible).

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced their list of 928 actors, filmmakers and publicists who have been invited to join the Academy, including the following Music Branch invitees -- composers Jeff Beal, Lisa Coleman, Fil Eisler, Sharon Farber, Osvaldo Golijov, Sofia Gubaidulina, Hauschka, Mandy Hoffman, Yoko Kanno, Emilio Kauderer, Usha Khanna, Shena Khanwalkar Joseph Koo, Lee Byung-Woo, Lim Giong, Wendy Melvoin, Jason Moran, Trevor Morris, Dustin O’Halloran, Daniel Pemberton, Jeff Rona, Nitin Sawhney, Ilona Sekacz, Eric Serra, Gingger Shankar, Carlo Siliotto, Rob Simonsen and Nathan Wang; music editors Joe Bonn, Stephanie Lowry, Jen Monnar, Melissa Muik, Steven A. Saltzman and Jeanette Surga; and songwriters Carlinhos Brown, Ester Dean, Melissa Etheridge, Kendrick Lamar, Carlton Douglas “Chuck D” Ridenhour, Sufjan Stevens, and Ahmir Khalib “Questlove” Thompson.

I am currently on vacation, so if any additional film music news broke in the last few days, you will have to learn it from our Message Board, or from the deepest and dankest recesses of the Intertubes, but not from the "dark web," which we now know is a dangerous and scary place.

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Film Score Friday 6/22/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 6/21/2018 - 9:00 PM
Varese Sarabande has announced four new releases in their limited edition CD Club series, expected to begin shipping this week -- an expanded Deluxe Edition of one of John Williams' greatest early works, his rousing, Copland-esque score for the 1972 Western THE COWBOYS (the "alternate main title" included on the earlier Varese release has turned out to be Harry Sukman's unused main theme for the short-lived TV spinoff and is not included in this edition); an expanded Deluxe Edition of Jerry Goldsmith's lively score for director Joe Dante's 1998 sci-fi comedy adventure SMALL SOLDIERS; THE COMPLETE LONDON SESSIONS, a two-disc set featuring the Georges Delerue music re-recorded for Varese's out-of-print series of London Sessions discs (but not the original score cues which were also included on those discs); and an "Encore Edition" straight re-release of David Newman's score for the cult classic dark comedy HEATHERS.

Rob Simonson's score for the Jason Reitman/Diablo Cody comedy-drama TULLY will be released on vinyl in late July. A pleasant musical surprises in the film was a montage scored with a folksy new vocal version of the John Barry/Don Black classic "You Only Live Twice" performed by "Beulahbelle," who are actually actress Kaitlyn Dever (Justified, Short Term 12) and her sister Mady. The LP will feature two different versions of their "You Only Live Twice." 

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Film Score Friday 6/15/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 6/14/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada, taken from the original Mainstream LP masters, pairs two scores from the mid-60s "Europspy" craze -- the 1965 sci-fi cult classic THE 10TH VICTIM, starring Marcello Mastroianni and Ursula Andress, and featuring a classic "futuristic jazz" score by Piero Piccioni (though 10th Victim is not technically a spy film, it is often programmed in '60s spy retrospectives, and was a marked influence on the Austin Powers films); and Georges Garvarentz' Barry-influenced score for the light-hearted spy thriller THAT MAN IN ISTANBUL, starring Horst Buchholz, Sylvia Koscina, Mario Adorf and Klaus Kinski. The disc features the original cover art from both LPs, as well as liner notes on both films by myself.

Those who tend to forget (or never even knew) that A-list composer Thomas Newman began his career mostly scoring comedies will get a nice refresher this month when La-La Land presents the first-ever soundtrack release of Newman's score for THE MAN WITH ONE RED SHOE, the 1985 Tom Hanks vehicle (back when Hanks starred mostly in goofy comedies) that remade the French hit The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe.

Varese Sarabande plans to release four new CD Club releases next week. 

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