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Aisle Seat 11-21: Thanksgiving Feast Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 11/20/2017 - 9:00 PM
One of the largest silent-film finds in history occurred in the former Canadian Gold Rush town of Dawson City during the late ‘70s. A treasure trove of films, news reels and short subjects were discovered while a new building was being constructed – the result of the town being the last stop on the distribution line for theatrical exhibition in the early 20th century. With nowhere else to put the nitrate reels and their respective owners not wanting them returned, the films were buried, leading to an eventual rediscovery that became a watershed moment for silent film fans and historians.
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The 2017 Top Forty Composer Countdown (Abbreviated Version)
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/17/2017 - 9:00 PM
40. MARCELO ZARVOS
 
2016 RANKING: Not ranked
2 EMMY NOMINATIONS
BEST PICTURE NOMINEE: Fences
TOP GROSSING FILMS:
1. The Good Shepherd--59 (U.S. gross in millions)
2. Fences--57
3. Beastly--27
4. Brooklyn’s Finest--27
5. Remember Me--19
6. The Choice--18  
7. American Ultra--14
8. Hollywoodland--14
9. Friends with Kids--14
10. Kissing Jessica Stein--7
 
Fences proved to be his highest-grossing solo scoring credit as well as his first Best Picture nominee and major award contender in other categories, winning a long-expected Oscar for Viola Davis. His latest is an adaptation of the bestseller Wonder, and upcoming is another racially-themed drama, The Best of Enemies (no relation to the Vidal/Buckley documentary)
 
WHAT’S NEXT: The Best of Enemies, The Land of Steady Habits, Wonder 
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Film Score Friday 11/17/17
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/16/2017 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a third volume of Alan Silvestri's music for the TV series COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY.
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Film Score Friday 11/10/17
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/9/2017 - 9:00 PM
Quartet has announced three new soundtrack releases -- the first CD release of Henry Mancini's score for actor-director Paul Newman's 1970 film version of Ken Kesey's logging drama SOMETIMES A GREAT NOTION (sometimes screened as Never Give an Inch), featuring the same cues as the original MCA LP, which itself featured all of Mancini's brief score except for one 90-second cue -- the film received Oscar nominations for Richard Jaeckel's supporting performance and Mancini's original song "All His Children"; Lalo Schifrin's score for Jackie Chan's American starring debut, 1980's THE BIG BRAWL, directed by Robert Clouse (Enter the Dragon, Game of Death), and featuring the same cues as the original Japanese LP; and Victor Reyes' score for the new sci-fi horror film COLD SKIN.
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Aisle Seat 11-7: Zimmer Live, Rock-a-Doodle & 4K Wrap
Posted By Andy Dursin 11/6/2017 - 9:00 PM
There aren’t a lot of film music concerts available in high definition, something that makes Eagle Rock’s new edition of HANS ZIMMER: LIVE IN PRAGUE the kind of title that’s well worth savoring. Though I’ve never been the biggest fan of Zimmer’s scores, especially over the last 15 years or thereabouts, this concert performance offers a generous helping of the composer’s film music output in a program that should delight fans.
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Film Score Friday 11/3/17
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/2/2017 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada pairs the LP tracks from two Quincy Jones scores from the 1960s -- the star-laden Western MACKENNA'S GOLD, a film produced by none other than Dimitri Tiomkin, and his Oscar-nominated score for Richard Brooks' classic film version of Truman Capote's IN COLD BLOOD.


Varese Sarabande has announced three new CD Club releases, which can be pre-ordered now and are expected to begin shipping the week of November 20 -- a greatly expanded Deluxe Edition of Jerry Goldsmith's score for director Jan de Bont's lavish remake of THE HAUNTING, starring Liam Neeson, Lili Taylor, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Owen Wilson; a Deluxe Edition of Maurice Jarre's score for the Paul Hogan fantasy-comedy ALMOST AN ANGEL, featuring both the full score tracks and the original CD sequencing; and an Encore Edition re-release of Craig Safan's score for the uplifting true-life drama STAND AND DELIVER, which earned Edward James Olmos a Best Actor Oscar nomination (Olmos and other cast-and-crew members are currently expected to take part in a November 18th public screening of the film at the Academy's Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood, as part of the ongoing Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA at the Academy series.)

The label has also announced an upcoming boxed set -- STEPHEN KING SOUNDTRACK COLLECTION, an eight-disc set featuring two discs of W.G. Snuffy Walden's Emmy-nominated music from the epic miniseries adaptation of THE STAND (previously released by Varese as a single-disc CD); three discs of Nicholas Pike's score for the miniseries remake of THE SHINING (previously available only as a one-disc composer promo); a Deluxe Edition of James Newton Howard's DREAMCATCHER, his fifth score for writer-director Lawrence Kasdan; and Tangerine Dream's score for the 1984 film version of FIRESTARTER.


The latest release from Kritzerland is a two-disc set titled THE RED SHOES: MUSIC FROM THE GOLDEN AGE OF BRITISH CINEMA, featuring remastered versions of music from such scores as William Walton's Henry V, Arthur Bliss's Things to Come, and Brian Easdale's Oscar winner The Red Shoes.

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Aisle Seat 10-31: Halloween '17 Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 10/30/2017 - 9:00 PM
Kicking off Kino Lorber’s October releasesTHE FLAMINGO KID (***½, 100 mins., 1984, PG-13) is a winning slice-of-life comedy from “Happy Days” creator Gary Marshall, starring Matt Dillon as a Brooklyn kid who gets a job as a cabana boy at a posh Long Island beach club during the summer of ’63. Richard Crenna plays a car dealer and local card shark who tutors Dillon in the game and life itself, much to the consternation of Dillon’s blue-collar dad Hector Elizondo, who is troubled by his son’s fascination with people from a “higher class.”
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Film Score Friday 10/27/17
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 10/26/2017 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from La-La Land is the first CD of Alex North's score for the 1956 evil-child thriller THE BAD SEED, which earned Oscar nominations for actresses Nancy Kelly, Eileen Heckart and Patty McCormack. The La-La Land Bad Seed features the original LP tracks plus five additional cues.

The Bad Seed is currently planned to be the label's final release for the year until they close out 2017 with their annual "Black Friday" releases of high-profile and in-demand scores and box-sets, to be announced the day after Thanksgiving (Friday, November 24).


Varese Sarabande plans to announce their latest batch of CD Club releases next week.


On Sunday, November 5 at Santa Monica's Aero theater, the American Cinematheque has scheduled an advance screening (in 70mm!) of Kenneth Branagh's remake of MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS, and composer Patrick Doyle is currently scheduled to join the film's screenwriter, Michael Green (Logan, Blade Runner 2049, American Gods) in a discussion following the film.

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CineRadio Top 20 for September 2017
Posted By Kristen Romanelli 10/26/2017 - 12:00 PM
The CineRadio Top 20 has been released for September 2017, highlighting music played on soundtrack music radio specialty shows, online radio stations and podcasts.
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Aisle Seat 10-24: Superman, Spider-Man & The Old Dark House
Posted By Andy Dursin 10/23/2017 - 9:00 PM
After five Spider-Man movies, you might wonder what was left in the tank of Peter Parker’s webslinging adventures to translate to the big screen. Sony’s newest “reboot,” SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING (**½, 133 mins., 2017, PG-13)may not provide overwhelming evidence that its existence was actually necessary, but the film still overcomes a bumpy start and a bland overall feel to provide an appealing enough ride for fans.
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