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Posted By Tim Curran 11/19/2014 - 2:00 AM
The November edition of FSM ONLINE is now live, and it's packed to the gills with great stuff! This month’s cover story is an interview with ALEXANDRE DESPLAT about his score to the Alan Turing biopic, THE IMITATION GAME. Also this issue, HENRY JACKMAN combines his animation and Marvel experience in BIG HERO 6; MARCO BELTRAMI and BUCK SANDERS talk about going avant-garde on their “dream project,” THE HOMESMAN; an interview with LA-LA LAND RECORDS delves into the history of the label and what’s coming soon; we catch up with J. RALPH and his latest documentary scoring and songwriting for GARNET’S GOLD, FINDING VIVIAN MAIER and VIRUNGA; GOLD RUSH takes us to Vienna and the early life of ERICH WOLFGANG KORNGOLD; SARAH SCHACHNER rocks the baroque for ASSASSIN’S CREED UNITY; a GYPSY MOTHS Score Restore uncovers a lost ELMER BERNSTEIN cue; a special WONG’S TURN gives you your 2014 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE; discover four scores from the movies of Michael Caine with SOUNDTRACK OBSCURITIES; TORN PAGES explores three rejected horror scores; more embedded audio clips, and more.

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Aisle Seat 11-18: Fall Harvest Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 11/17/2014 - 9:00 PM
Lifted by one of Bill Murray’s more memorable and believable performances, Theodore Melfi’s ST. VINCENT (***½, 103 mins., 2014, PG-13) might be formulaic, but its earnest and warmhearted story makes it a refreshing change of pace for viewers disappointed with the likes of Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” and other, recent assaults on the senses coming out of Hollywood.
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Film Score Friday 11/14/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/13/2014 - 9:00 PM
Intrada is releasing two new CDs this week -- the first commercial release of the soundtrack to the 1988 military mystery-thriller THE PRESIDIO, the first of three scores Bruce Broughton composed for director Peter Hyams (and featuring additional cues not included on the limited edition composer promo); and Peter Bernstein's score for the 1985 teen sci-fi comedy MY SCIENCE PROJECT.


Music Box has announced two new, upcoming CDs -- an expanded version of one of Georges Delerue's rarest CDs, his score for director Agnieszka Holland's fact-based political thriller TO KILL A PRIEST, starring Christopher Lambert and Ed Harris; and a compilation of score cues by Russian born composer Alexei Aigui.

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Aisle Seat 11-11: Shout's Fantastic Fall Releases
Posted By Andy Dursin 11/10/2014 - 9:00 PM
It’s tough to rag too much on a sci-fi film that does, at least, attempt to tell a genuine story augmented with “real science” in today’s age of mindless comic book fantasies. On the other hand, is it too much to ask for a film like Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR (**½, 169 mins., PG-13) to be less convoluted and more emotional – and by that I mean, actually move the viewer and not just throw up a group of characters crying hysterically on-screen?
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Film Score Friday 11/7/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 11/6/2014 - 9:00 PM
La-La Land has announced their December scheduled of CD releases (not including the CDs they will announce on "Black Friday" to be releaesed in December).

This week they have released the score for the brand new horror film JESSABELLE. The screenplay was written by, of all people, Robert Ben Garant (co-writer of the Night at the Museum films and best known as "Deputy Travis Junior" on the long-running Reno 911!, which he co-created), and the film was scored by Anton Sanko, whose eclectic resume includes Party Girl, Rabbit Hole, and the just-released Ouija.

On November 18 they will release a two-disc set featuring the scores for both versions of MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET, scored by Cyril Mockridge and Bruce Broughton respectively, as well as the score for COME TO THE STABLE by Mockridge; a two-disc set featuring James Dooley's music for the games SOCOM 3: U.S. NAVY SEALS and SOCOM: U.S. NAVY SEALS COMBINED ASSAULT; and Vincent Diamante's music for the game FLOWER.


The latest CD from Kritzerland is the first-ever release of Dave Grusin's jazzy score for the 1984 romantic drama FALLING IN LOVE, pairing B-movie hacks Robert DeNiro and Meryl Streep.


Quartet has announced three upcoming CDs -- the first-ever release of Philippe Sarde's score for JOSHUA THEN AND NOW, the 1986 adaptation of Mordechai Richter's novel directed by the ever-eclectic Ted Kotcheff (Outback, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, First Blood, Weekend and Bernie's), and two score CD composed by Oscar-winner Nicola Piovani, THE NIGHT OF THE SHOOTING STARS and DANIELE E MARIA.


Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.

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Aisle Seat 11-4: Election Day Wrap-Up
Posted By Andy Dursin 11/3/2014 - 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; Disney) 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 10/31/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 10/30/2014 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has released two new CDs this week -- Richard Band's score for the 1996 sci-fi action movie ROBO WARRIORS, a followup to Stuart Gordon's Robotjox; and a disc featuring three previously unreleased scores for Paramount films composed by Oscar winner Hugo Friedhofer: the adventure WILD HARVEST, the romantic suspense drama NO MAN OF HER OWN*, and the India-set drama THUNDER IN THE EAST.


Full Moon is beginning a series of CD releases of scores from their productions such as TOURIST TRAP (Pino Donaggio) and BAD CHANNELS (Blue Oyster Cult).

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Aisle Seat 10-28: Halloween Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 10/27/2014 - 9:00 PM
Of the handful of ‘50s sci-fi/horror remakes that were released in the ‘80s, there’s more of a fan base now for the 1988 re-do of THE BLOB (***, 93 mins., R) than even David Cronenberg’s version of “The Fly.” Falling a bit behind the pinnacle of John Carpenter’s “The Thing” but ahead of Tobe Hooper’s stylishly designed but otherwise vapid “Invaders From Mars,” the ‘88 “Blob” is a fun, fast-paced and gooey opus – a clever update on the ‘50s Jack H. Harris production that launched the career of Steve McQueen.
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Film Score Friday 10/24/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 10/23/2014 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Buysoundtrax is a new recording titled THE JERRY GOLDSMITH COLLECTION VOLUME 2: PIANO SKETCHES, featuring solo piano performances of themes spanning Goldsmith's lengthy career, from 1963's The Prize to one of his last great scores, 1997's The Edge.


Varese Sarabande has announced three new releases for December 9 -- Marco Beltrami's score for the Western THE HOMESMAN, starring Tommy Lee Jones (who also directed) and Hilary Swank; the Mike Leigh-directed biopic MR. TURNER, with the great Timothy Spall as painter J.M.W. Turner and a score by Gary Yershon (Happy-Go-Lucky, Another Year); and a new recording of Elmer Bernstein's movie jazz, ELMER BERNSTEIN: THE WILD SIDE. And on December 16, the label will release Alan Silvestri's score for NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB.

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The Restoration of 1941 Plus: A Talk with Mike Matessino
Posted By Andy Dursin 10/22/2014 - 9:00 PM
Even if he lacked the courage of his convictions to produce a full-blown musical, Steven Spielberg’s 1941 isn’t entirely deserving of its rep as one of the weak links in the director’s filmography. In fact, with its dazzling Jitterbug dance sequence – which ranks with the finest standalone set-pieces in Spielberg’s oeuvre – “1941″ is a beautifully designed blast of kinetic energy, capped with a classic John Williams score that’s been newly restored on Blu-Ray to its original, intended 146-minute length.
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