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Posted By Tim Curran 6/17/2014 - 2:00 AM
The ridiculously jam-packed June edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. The cover story is an interview with CHRISTOPHE BECK on scoring the Tom Cruise blockbuster EDGE OF TOMORROW, in which the composer discusses filling the shoes of John Powell, having to avoid writing “movie music” and more. Also in this issue are the conclusion of our audio interview with JOHN POWELL, covering even more on his recent attacks on film music, plus his concert works, and more HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2; a three-way COSMOS Score Restore with all three ALAN SILVESTRI main titles; STEVE JABLONSKY shares his experiences working with Michael Bay on TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION; interviews with SEAN CALLERY of 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY, JEFF RUSSO of FARGO and JEFF BEAL for the PBS documentary WHEN I WALK; FRANK ILFMAN discusses his work on BIG BAD WOLVES, plus a rare composer commentary with video; Tim Greiving reports from the recent TELEVISION ACADEMY CONCERT; Dave Norris covers the live-to-picture MICHAEL GIACCHINO Star Trek concerts at Royal Albert Hall; a CHINATOWN Torn Pages/Score Restore combo; more embedded audio clips, and more. Whew!
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Film Score Friday 6/13/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 6/12/2014 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has announced two very different releases this week -- a greatly expanded version of Jerry Goldsmith's score for writer-director Stephen Sommers' hugely entertaining, guilty pleasure monster movie DEEP RISING, about a group of thieves who board a cruise ship only to discover the passengers have been massacred by an undersea beast; and THE TWELVE CHORUSES, a new recording of choral pieces composed by Miklos Rozsa, based largely on his classic scores for Ben-Hur and King of Kings.

The next release from Kritzerland features the surviving score tracks from one of the most beloved films of all time, Frank Capra's 1947 classic IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, scored by Dimitri Tiomkin (a re-recording of the score was released in the late 1980s, conducted by David Newman).

On August 5, Varese Sarabande will release Brian Tyler's score to the upcoming tornado disaster film INTO THE STORM.

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Aisle Seat 6-10: All That Heaven Allows, Robocop '14
Posted By Andy Dursin 6/9/2014 - 9:00 PM
Described quite accurately in its earliest blurbs as a sci-fi variation on “Groundhog Day,” the latest Tom Cruise futuristic adventure EDGE OF TOMORROW (***, 113 mins., 2014, PG-13) is another sturdy, entertaining addition to the star’s growing roster of genre outings.
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Film Score Friday 6/6/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 6/5/2014 - 9:00 PM
Quartet has announced two new, upcoming releases -- a newly expanded edition of Michel Legrand's Oscar-nominated score for the original 1968 version of the romantic caper THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR (featuring his Oscar-winning song "The Windmills of Your Mind"), featuring not only the oft-released LP re-recording but, for the first time, the original score tracks; and a CD pairing remastered versions of two scores by Ennio Morricone, LA MONACA DI MONZA and LA CALIFFA.

On July 22, Varese Sarbande plans to release Marco Beltrami's score for SNOWPIERCER, the highly anticipated post-apocalyptic thriller from director Bong Joon-ho (The Host, Mother), starring Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Ed Harris, John Hurt and Tilda Swinton. And on June 10, their Vintage imprint will release a limited edition of Bill Conti's score for the Sylvester Stallone prison drama LOCK UP (previously released by Intrada).

Intrada plans to release two new CDs next week.

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Aisle Seat 6-3: RED RIVER, Warner Archives, Lone Survivor
Posted By Andy Dursin 6/2/2014 - 9:00 PM
The gorgeously shot — kudos to director Robert Stromberg and cinematographer Dean Semler — but flawed “revisionist fairy tale” MALEFICENT (**½, 97 mins., PG) takes the perspective of the title villainess (a perfectly cast Angelina Jolie) as she curses Aurora, the King’s daughter (Elle Fanning), to a lifetime slumber upon her reaching the age of 16. Until that time, Maleficent actually becomes — grudgingly — some kind of fairy godmother to the girl, who lives in the forest, secluded from the castle and her increasingly deranged father, who wants only to destroy Malefcent and her fairy kingdom. 
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Film Score Friday 5/30/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/29/2014 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has announced two new releases this week -- their third release of Jerry Goldsmith's rousing symphonic score for the 1982 fact-based escape drama NIGHT CROSSING, with the score remastered to more closely reflect Goldsmith's original vision, and featuring additional alternate cues; and the first release of Richard Band's score for the 2012 horror flim SHIVER.

La-La Land has announced their planned slate of June releases. On June 3rd, they will release a remastered (but not expanded, per the composer's wishes) CD of John Corigliano's Oscar-nominated debut score, ALTERED STATES, and the first-ever release of Oscar-winner Marvin Hamlisch's score for the 1985 juvenile sci-fi adventure, D.A.R.Y.L. On June 24, they will release an expanded, two-disc edition of John Williams' gorgeous (and of course, Oscar-nominated) score for one of Steven Spielberg's greatest (and arguably his most underrated) films, 1987's EMPIRE OF THE SUN, and an expanded and remastered version of one of Marc Shaiman's finest scores, for 1991's hit THE ADDAMS FAMILY.

Music Box has announced that their 50th CD will be the first-ever soundtrack release for GOLDEN NEEDLES, the light-hearted 1974 action-adventure film about the hunt for a set of rare acupuncture needles (yes, that's really what it's about). The eclectic cast included Joe Don Baker, Elizabeth Ashley (the Tracy and Hepburn of acupuncture adventure films), Jim Kelly, Ann Sothern and Burgess Meredith. The director was Robert Clouse, and the film reunited him with his Enter the Dragon composer, Lalo Schifrin.

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Lukas Kendall Announces 3 New Releases
Posted By Lukas Kendall 5/27/2014 - 9:00 PM
That headline is a bit of a gag but I have to get you to start reading.

News of the first two “releases” I put on Facebook a couple of weeks ago, which some of you might have seen: my wife and I are expecting identical twin girls this August. We are very excited.

This makes me highly motivated to promote the third new release, that crazy NC-17 movie I cowrote and coproduced. After a specialty theatrical release earlier this year, LUCKY BASTARD is now available for buy or rent in the U.S. and Canada on many VOD platforms including Amazon, Xbox, Sony Playstation, Vimeo, direct from our website via VHX, and numerous cable and satellite platforms including Time Warner and DirecTV. (A DVD will be released from Revolver Entertainment on July 1. Internationally, the only distribution at the moment is a download via our website.)

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Aisle Seat 5-27: Twilight Time, Shout, Dan Curtis' Dracula
Posted By Andy Dursin 5/26/2014 - 9:00 PM
Twilight Time’s May offerings offer another tremendous array of high-def catalog entertainment for movie buffs, with John Ford’s underrated 1961 western TWO RODE TOGETHER (***, 109 mins.) leading the charge as a genre outing ripe for rediscovery.
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Film Score Friday 5/23/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/22/2014 - 9:00 PM
Kritzerland has announced two new CDs, featuring three previously unreleased scores by two Oscar-winning composers -- one release featuring David Shire's score (including material not used in the final film) for the 1981 Burt Reynolds comedy PATERNITY; and a disc pairing two scores by Pinocchio's two-time Oscar-winner Leigh Harline -- the suburban drama NO DOWN PAYMENT, directed by Martin Ritt, and the comedy THE REMARKABLE MR. PENNYPACKER.

The latest release from Buysoundtrax presents the score to the 1987 film version of Frederic Forsyth's thriller THE FOURTH PROTCOL, directed by John Mackenzie (The Long Good Friday), which put British agent Michael Caine in a race-against-time with Russian spy Pierce Brosnan. The orchestral suspense score was composed by Lalo Schifrin; it was among the first scores released on CD but has been out of print for decades.

Intrada plans to release two CDs next week.

This week it was announced that Ennio Morricone has had to cancel his previously postponed concerts in the United States due to health concerns following his recent back injury.

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Aisle Seat 5-20: Wind and the Lion, Pompeii 3D
Posted By Andy Dursin 5/19/2014 - 9:00 PM
The cinematic equivalent of a losing baseball team that comes up to bat and delivers a game-winning hit with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, the much-anticipated new GODZILLA proves to be a rare beast indeed: a film that seemed to generate audible frustration among the fans I saw the movie with for nearly two-thirds of its running time. However, when director Gareth Edwards delivers the goods –at long last – during the movie’s climax, those same naysayers beamed with exaltation, cheering on the Big G and furiously applauding as the end credits rolled.
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