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Aisle Seat 3-18: Book Thief, Frozen, Warner Archives
Posted By Andy Dursin 3/17/2014 - 9:00 PM
While director Steven Soderbergh’s films often feel cool and clinical instead of emotionally involving, his third picture – KING OF THE HILL (***½, 103 mins., 1993, PG-13) – remains one of his most satisfying on a number of levels, particularly for its wide spectrum of human emotion.
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Next FSM ONLINE Issue Now Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 3/17/2014 - 2:00 AM
The March edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. In this issue, the cover story is an interview with ROLFE KENT on his work with first-time director JASON BATEMAN in BAD WORDS. Also in this issue are an interview with CHRISTOPHE BECK, discussing his work on the underscore for MUPPETS MOST WANTED; a recap of the Academy's first OSCAR CONCERT; an audio chat with PATRICK CASSIDY, about his music for John Michael McDonagh's CALVARY, his collaborations with Lisa Gerrard, and more; JOSH KRAMON talks about his score for the VERONICA MARS feature; a Golden Age SCORE RESTORE presents two versions of Waxman's A PLACE IN THE SUN; TORN PAGES chronicles some infamous FAKE REJECTED SCORES; a veritable onslaught of album reviews; more embedded audio clips, and more.
 
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Film Score Friday 3/14/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 3/13/2014 - 9:00 PM
Ennio Morricone has had to postpone both his L.A. concert appearance and his planned on-stage conversation with Quentin Tarantino at an Academy/LACMA event, as well as some other planned public appearances, due to recovery from his recent back surgery.


Next week, Intrada will present the first-ever release of Henry Mancini's score for the 1975 romantic drama ONCE IS NOT ENOUGH (aka Jacqueline Susann's Once Is Not Enough), starring Kirk Douglas and Deborah Raffin, which received an Oscar nomination for Brenda Vaccaro's supporting performance (Mancini's title song was short-listed for a nomination), and Sol Kaplan's score for Martin Ritt's 1965 film version of John Le Carre's classic espionage drama THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD, starring Richard Burton (in an Oscar-nominated performance), Claire Bloom, Sam Wanamaker and Oskar Werner.


The last CD from Kritzerland features the suriving score tracks from three Paramount films scored by Victor Young -- the 1951 thriller APPOINTMENT WITH DANGER, starring Alan Ladd; the 1949 film noir THE ACCUSED, starring film noir perennials Loretta Young and Robert Cummings; and the 1950 romantic drama SEPTEMBER AFFAIR, pairing Joseph Cotten and Loretta Young.


This week, Varese Sarabande is releasing the latest in their limited edition series of contemporary scores -- ENOUGH SAID, the 2013 romantic comedy-drama pairing Julia Louis-Dreyfuss with James Gandolfini in one of his last and most memorable performances. The film was written and directed by Nicole Holofcener (Friends with Money, Walking and Talking), and reteams her with Please Give composer Marcelo Zarvos. The label is also releasing a CD of songs from the Showtime series SHAMELESS on April 15.


Quartet has announced that they will be presenting the first-ever soundtrack release of Georges Delerue's score to the 1982 comedy PARTNERS, which teamed straight cop Ryan O'Neal with gay cop John Hurt to investigate a murder in West Hollywood. While the final film featured only 12 minutes of Delerue music, Quartet's CD will feature the complete, 50-minute score.


Deutsche Grammophon has a released a CD with Andre de Ridder conducting the Cophenhagen Philharmonic in a six-movement suite from Jonny Greenwood's score to There Will Be Blood, as well as a concert piece titled St. Carolyn by the Sea, composed by Bryce Dressner of the group The National.

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Aisle Seat 3-11: Homefront, Inside Llewyn Davis
Posted By Andy Dursin 3/10/2014 - 9:00 PM
If a Sylvester Stallone-written backwoods thriller that pits Jason Statham’s former DEA agent against a rural drug dealer named Gator Bodine – played by James Franco! – sounds like fun B-movie fodder to you, then you’re likely to enjoy HOMEFRONT (**½, 101 mins., 2013, R; Universal). This minor but competently performed thriller didn’t generate much of an audience last November, but should find more takers with its home video release March 11th.
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Film Score Friday 3/7/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 3/6/2014 - 9:00 PM
La-La Land has announced their new releases for March -- next week they will release an expanded version of one of Jerry Goldsmith's final scores, for the 2002 film version of Tom Clancy's THE SUM OF ALL FEARS, and a remastered version of Tangerine Dream's score for the low-budget 1983 science-fiction thriller WAVELENGTH; and two weeks later, they will release a newly expanded version of George Romero's 1982 classic CREEPSHOW, this time featuring both John Harrison's original music as well as library cues used in the film.


On April 15, Varese Sarabande will release the score CD for the new action movie NEED FOR SPEED (or as I like to call it, 2 Soon 4 Fast & Furious 7), starring unlikely action hero Aaron Paul (of Breaking Bad fame). The score was composed by Nathan Furst, who also scored Act of Valor for Need for Speed director Scott Waugh.


As most of you probably already know, Steven Price won the latest Original Score Oscar for GRAVITY, while Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez won for FROZEN's original song "Let It Go."

On Tuesday, March 18, the Academy will present ENNIO MORRICONE IN CONVERSATION WITH QUENTIN TARANTINO, live at the Bing Theater at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The event is currently sold out, but there will be a standby line in case seats become available at the last minute.

In other Academy news, last Thursday, at UCLA's Royce Hall, all of the 2013 Original Score nominees -- William Butler, Alexandre Desplat, Thomas Newman, Owen Pallett, Steven Price and John Williams -- took part in the Academy's first ever OSCAR CONCERT. Common hosted the event, which featured critic Elvis Mitchell discussing the scores with their composers, followed by lengthy suites performed by an expert orchestra of studio musicians -- Desplat, Newman and Williams conducted their own work, Pallett conducted the Butler/Pallett Her suite, and Oblivion's Joseph Trapanese conducted Price's Gravity. Vocal performances of the nominated songs included Cristin Milioti (DiCaprio's first wife in The Wolf of Wall Street) singing Her's "The Moon Song," Jill Scott singing "Happy" from Despicable Me 2, and lyricist Kristen Anderson-Lopez doing an extremely impressive rendition of her "Let It Go" from Frozen, accompanied on the piano by her husband/composer Robert Lopez. Though there were occasional moments of awkwardness -- a false start opening, Mitchell's repetitive questions, and too much of the hosts telling the audience what a wonderful evening it was -- it truly was a wonderful evening, and one can only hope the Academy will do it again. Next year would be nice. 

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Aisle Seat 3-4: Twilight Time, Warner Archives
Posted By Andy Dursin 3/3/2014 - 9:00 PM
With Woody Allen in the news lately – for all the wrong seasons – it might be hard for some to entirely divorce their personal feelings about the filmmaker’s off-screen life from his cinematic output. Yet, distanced from the tabloid stories, two of the writer/director’s pictures have arrived on Blu-Ray for the first time from Twilight Time: one showcasing his talents solely as an actor, the other a feature from the peak of his prolific cinematic output in the late ‘70s and ‘80s.
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Film Score Friday 2/28/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 2/27/2014 - 9:00 PM
Next week, Intrada will present the first commercial CD release of Cliff Eidelman's large-scale orchestral score for actor-director Robert Townsend's 1993 superhero comedy THE METEOR MAN.


The latest CD from Kritzerland pairs two previously unreleased Golden Age scores from 20th Century Fox -- Alfred Newman's score for the 1952 anthology film O. HENRY'S FULL HOUSE, with segments from top stars (Anne Baxter, Jeanne Crain, Charles Laughton, Marilyn Monroe, Richard Widmark) and directors (Henry Hathaway, Howard Hawks, Henry King, Henry Koster, Jean Negulesco), and Cyril J. Mockridge's score for the 1948 fantasy comedy THE LUCK OF THE IRISH, starring Tyrone Power, Anne Baxter and Cecil Kellaway (who is probably the only actor ever Oscar nominated for playing a leprechaun).


On April 22, Varese Sarabande will release the soundtrack to the second season of the acclaimed Netflix series HOUSE OF CARDS, featuring the music of Jeff Beal (Appaloosa, Blackfish, Rome), who deservedly received two Emmy nominations for his work on the show's first season.


Buysoundtrax has announced a two-disc set titled THE BASIL POLEDOURIS COLLECTION VOL. 1, featuring a remastered Flyers, an expanded A Whale for the Killing, the first release of his score for the documentary short Beyond Hawaii, his demo for the Misfits of Science theme, and new recordings of themes from Big Wednesday, The Blue Lagoon, Conan the Barbarian and It's My Party.


Chandos will be releasing a new album THE FILM MUSIC OF MIKLOS ROZSA, with Rumon Gamba conducting the BBC Philharmonic in new recordings of suites from Ben-Hur, Jungle Book, Sahara and The Thief of Bagdad.

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Marching into March: Film Music LIVE
Posted By Tim Burden 2/26/2014 - 9:00 PM

As we spring into March (see what I did there?) this weekend, there are a number of film music concerts all across the world that deserve your attention. Does this warrant a devoted blog post? Well, yes. Over the years i've noticed many film music enthusiasts write about their dream film music concert, wishing this or that to be performed. However, do these same people actually attend concerts? Orchestras are finding it harder and harder to afford putting film music concerts on these d

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Aisle Seat 2-25: Tess, Nebraska, Gravity
Posted By Andy Dursin 2/24/2014 - 9:00 PM
One of director Roman Polanski’s most satisfying and lyrical films, TESS (***½, 171 mins., 1979, PG) has been brilliantly restored in a gorgeous Criterion Collection Blu-Ray/DVD edition available February 25th.
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Film Score Friday 2/21/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 2/20/2014 - 9:00 PM
Next week La-La Land will release an expanded, two-disc version of Don Davis' score for THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS, the final film in the Matrix trilogy, and a remastered two-disc edition of one of Jerry Goldsmith's earliest classic scores, for the 1966 World War I flying drama THE BLUE MAX.


Danny Elfman's Oscar-nominated score for 1997's GOOD WILL HUNTING will receive its first commercial CD release (it had only been released previously as a song soundtrack with a few score cues, and as a rare For Your Consideration Oscar promo) courtesy of Music Box Records, including cues not featured on the FYC CD as well as several compositions by the late Elliott Smith including his Oscar-nominated "Miss Misery."

The label will also be releasing a CD with two scores for French thrillers composed by Serge Franklin -- HOLD UP and DERNIER ETE A TANGER.


On April 1, Varese Sarabande will release the soundtrack to the A&E TV series BATES MOTEL, with Freddie Highmore as the young Norman Bates and Vera Farmiga as his mother, in the years before she spent her days in that rocking chair in the cellar. The music is composed by Chris Bacon (Source Code, Space Chimps).


Most of the reviews of George Clooney's World War II drama THE MONUMENTS MEN have commented (not always favorably -- see Did They Mention the Music, below; the key word is apparently "jaunty") on Alexandre Desplat's old-fashioned score, but few have mentioned that Desplat himself makes an appearance in the film. But this is not the usual composer-conducting-the-orchestra cameo (like John Barry in The Living Daylights or Lalo Schfirin in Red Dragon) -- Desplat has five short scenes with Matt Damon, as a helpful member of the French resistance, including comedic and dramatic moments. So the real surprise in the film for Desplat fans is that he can act! In English!

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