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The "Last" Top Forty Composer Countdown, Part Ten: Where Are The Rest Of The Composers Now?
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/18/2017 - 9:00 PM

BARRINGTON PHELOUNG
 
TOP GROSSING FILMS: 
1. Shopgirl--10 
2. Hilary & Jackie--4 
3. The Mangler--1 
4. Truly Madly Deeply--1
 
Still best known for the hit Inspector Morse TV series, he’s stayed busy with its sequel series Inspector Lewis and prequel Endeavour
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Film Score Friday 8/18/17
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/17/2017 - 9:00 PM
La La Land has announced three new CDs expected to begin shipping next week: a greatly expanded, two-disc edition of James Newton Howard's epic score for the Road-Warrior-on-the-water futuristic adventure WATERWORLD, which also features Mark Isham's "music box" theme, the one survivor of Isham's tenure as the film's first composer; an expanded version of Alan Silvestri's score for the 1984 romantic adventure hit ROMANCING THE STONE, which began the composer's 33-years-and-counting collaboration with director Robert Zemeckis; and a two-disc set featuring the remastered LP tracks from two gorgeous later scores by the great Franz Waxman -- PEYTON PLACE and HEMINGWAY'S ADVENTURES OF A YOUNG MAN.


Intrada plans to release two new CDs next week. For those who want to know exactly what they are, go to this comment thread on our site. 

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Aisle Seat 8-15: THE GOOD, THE BAD and MR.MOM
Posted By Andy Dursin 8/14/2017 - 9:00 PM
One of three John Hughes-written vehicles from the summer of ’83, MR. MOM (***, 91 mins., 1983, PG) was a box-office hit that kicked off a run of domestic comedies making Hughes one of Hollywood’s major players throughout the rest of the decade. Now on Blu-Ray – and in widescreen for the first time ever on home video – Shout Factory’s upcoming Collector’s Edition pays tribute to this admittedly-antiquated audience favorite that was released at a time when such comedies could actually become commercial hits in the marketplace (not so much today, obviously).
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The "Last" Top Forty Composer Countdown, Part Nine: Where Are These Other Composers Now?
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/11/2017 - 9:00 PM
CHRISTOPHER GORDON
 
1 EMMY NOMINATION 
BEST PICTURE NOMINEE: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World 
TOP GROSSING FILMS: 
1. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World--93 (U.S. gross in millions)
2. Daybreakers--29  
3. Mao’s Last Dancer--4  
 
His most recent feature to get a U.S. release was Anne Fontaine’s Adore, starring Naomi Watts, Robin Wright and Xavier Samuel, with fellow Australian Antony Partos receiving an additional music credit. 
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Film Score Friday 8/11/17
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/10/2017 - 9:00 PM
Composer Daniel Licht died on Wednesday, August 2nd, of natural causes. Born in Detroit, he followed his music studies at Hampshire College with a career as a jazz musician in New York. It was his college friend and classmate Christopher Young who encouraged him to move to Los Angeles, where he worked as a programmer and synth player on Young's scores before launching his own composing career. A fan favorite for such orchestral genre scores as Thinner and Bad Moon, Licht had his greatest success as the episode composer for all seven seasons of Showtime's Dexter. He is survived by his wife and son as well as a sister and other relatives; his family requests that any donations in his honor be made to Hampshire College or the National Cancer Institute. A more detailed obituary, written by Jon Burlingame, can be found in Variety.
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The "Last" Top Forty Composer Countdown, Part Eight: Where Are They Now?
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/4/2017 - 9:00 PM
CRAIG ARMSTRONG
 
1 GRAMMY, 2 NOMINATIONS
BEST PICTURE NOMINEES: Moulin Rouge, Ray 
TOP GROSSING FILMS: 
1. The Great Gatsby--144  (U.S. gross in millions)
2. The Incredible Hulk--134  
3. Ray--75 
4. World Trade Center--70 
5. The Bone Collector--66 
6. Love, Actually--59 
7. Moulin Rouge--57 
8. Me Before You--56 
9. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps--52  
10. William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet--46 
 
Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 3D remake of The Great Gatsby proved to be the composer’s highest-grossing film, as well as moving his work into an appealingly melodic direction, a trend he has continued with such scores as Far from the Madding Crowd, Victor Frankenstein, and Me Before You.  He has been unusually prolific in mainstream cinema recently, with other recent projects including Bridget Jones’s Baby and a shared scoring credit (with Adam Peters) on Oliver Stone’s Snowden. This June he was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 
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Film Score Friday 8/4/17
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/3/2017 - 9:00 PM
The latest release in Varese Sarabande's limited edition We Hear You CD series presents the LP tracks from Cannon Films' 1987 romantic thriller DOWN TWISTED, starring Carey Lowell. The score was composed by Berlin Game, who were actually Eric Allaman (Elvira's Haunted Hills, Latter Days) and Reinhard Scheuregger.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Down Twisted - Berlin Game - Varese Sarabande
The Emoji Movie - Patrick Doyle - Sony (import)
Fargo: Season 3 - Jeff Russo - Sony (import)
Robin Hood
 - George Bruns - Disney
Roma Violenta
 - Guido & Maurizio De Angelis - Beat
War for the Planet of the Apes 
- Michael Giacchino - Sony 

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CineRadio Top 20 for June 2017
Posted By Kristen Romanelli 8/2/2017 - 2:00 PM
The CineRadio Top 20 has been released for June 2017, highlighting music played on soundtrack music radio specialty shows, online radio stations and podcasts.
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The "Last" Top Forty Composer Countdown, Part Seven: Still Even More Composers on the Rise
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 7/28/2017 - 9:00 PM
ANTONY PARTOS
 
AGE: 49
BIRTHPLACE: Australia 
REPRESENTATION: Unavailable
BACKGROUND: Studies in piano, French horn and composition at Sydney Conservatorium High School; Australian Film, Television and Radio School (majoring in Sound); founder of music production houses Supersonic and Sonar Music
ONGOING FILMMAKER RELATIONSHIPS: David Michod
FAN FAVORITE: Animal Kingdom
TYPECAST IN: Drama
TOP GROSSING FILMS:
1. 99 Homes--1  (U.S. gross in millions)
2. The Rover--1 
3. Animal Kingdom--1 
 
Australian composer Antony Partos first gained attention in the United States with his tense, low-key score for the crime drama Animal Kingdom. Though the film earned barely over a million dollars in the U.S. it had a greater cultural impact, earning co-star Jacki Weaver an Oscar nomination and inspiring a current U.S. TV series with Ellen Barkin in the Weaver role. Partos reunited with Animal Kingdom director David Michod for the post-apocalyptic The Rover, and his output since has been impressively eclectic. He works consistently in television and on documentaries (including the stunningly photographed Sherpa) as well as in fiction features, providing nerve-jangling accompaniment to the mortgage-crisis drama 99 Homes and working with the vocals of Lisa Gerrard for the tribal tragedy Tanna, a 2016 Oscar nominee for Foreign Language Feature.  His latest film is the Australian drama Jasper Jones, starring Hugo Weaving and Pan’s Levi Miller.
 
WHAT’S NEXT: Jasper Jones 
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Film Score Friday 7/28/17
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 7/27/2017 - 9:00 PM
The latest CD from Intrada is a re-release of their out-of-print edition of Jerry Goldsmith's score for the 1973 Disney comedy-Western ONE LITTLE INDIAN.


Varese Sarabande has announced three new soundtracks in their limited edition CD series of contemporary scores -- two new scores by Jeff Beal (House of Cards, Rome), for the Netflix psychological drama series GYPSY (starring Naomi Watts and Billy Crudup) and for director Oliver Stone's multi-part documentary THE PUTIN INTERVIEWS; and the soundtrack to the Netflix thriller SHIMMER LAKE (which recieves a limited L.A. theatrical release this week), composed by Joseph Trapanese (Straight Outta Compton, Oblivion).


The latest release from Kritzerland is the score for the 2017 documentary BETTING ON ZERO, composed by Pete Anthony, who is best known as an orchestrator-conductor who has worked with such top film music names as Carig Armstrong, Chris Bacon, Tyler Bates, Christophe Beck, Marco Beltrami, Teddy Castellucci, John Debney, Danny Elfman, John Frizzell, Ludwig Goransson, James Horner, James Newton Howard, Mark Isham, Abel Korzeniowski, Alan Menken, Mark Mothersbaugh, John Ottman, John Paesano, John Powell, Steven Price, Marc Shaiman, Clinton Shorter, Theodore Shapiro, Christopher Young and Hans Zimmer -- so pretty much everyone in contemporary film scoring.  

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Alex Wurman wins the Emmy for his Temple Grandin score; Sean Callery wins his third Emmy, for the 24 episode score “Day 8: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman win for Nurse Jackie’s main title theme (2010),
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