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Aisle Seat 7-1: A 4th of July Spectacular
Posted By Andy Dursin 6/30/2014 - 9:00 PM
Before H.R. Giger and Dan O’Bannon created “Alien” for director Ridley Scott, the duo worked alongside fellow artists Chris Foss and Jean “Moebius” Girard as part of director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s failed attempt at bringing Frank Herbert’s “Dune” to the screen in the mid 1970s. That collaborative effort has been chronicled in the entertaining new documentary JODOROWSKY’S DUNE (***, 90 mins., 2013, PG-13; Sony), which details the now 84-year-old’s attempt at adapting the legendary sci-fi novel to the screen through his own unique vision.
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"He gave me a mango!" - Remembering Empire of the Sun with Mike Matessino
Posted By Tim Burden 6/27/2014 - 9:00 PM

The first time I watched Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun I was utterly spellbound. It's a highly spiritual journey and quite overwhelming in many ways. Thanks, in no small part, to the music of John Williams. I don't wax rhapsodic about every Spielberg and Williams collaboration (honest!), but this one does demand a fair amount of gushing in my mind. Something which very few do when talking about this entry on the resume of both gentlemen.

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Film Score Friday 6/27/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 6/26/2014 - 9:00 PM
Intrada announced three CD releases this week -- the first-ever release of David Newman's score to the time travel comedy hit BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE (Intrada released Newman's score for the sequel, Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, in 2007); the first CD release of Pino Donaggio's score for the 1986 horror film CRAWLSPACE, starring Klaus Kinski and directed by David Schmoeller (Tourist Trap, The Seduction), and featuring the same cues as the original Varese LP; and a re-release of a two-disc Les Baxter set that had sold out rapidly, pairing the Jules Verne adaptation MASTER OF THE WORLD and the sword-and-sandals adventure GOLIATH AND THE BARBARIANS.


Music Box has announced two new CDs -- a CD pairing two scores for the 1976 Dean Koontz adaptation LES PASSAGERS (THE INTRUDER), the unused score by Eric Demarsan and the replacement score by Claude Bolling; and the first CD release of Piero Piccioni's score for the 1978 death penalty drama LE TEMOIN.


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the 271 actors, executives, publicists and filmmakers who are being invited to join the Academy, including the following Music Branch invitees -- composers Stanley Clarke, Steve Jablonsky Steven Price, Buck Sanders and Charles Strouse; songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Tony Renis, Eddie Vedder and Pharrell Williams; and music editors Earl Ghaffari and Angie Rubin.

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Aisle Seat 6-24: Summer Arrival Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 6/23/2014 - 9:00 PM
Wes Anderson’s latest cinematic confection, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (***, 99 mins., 2014, R; Fox), is primarily set in a fictional European country in the 1930s, before the outbreak of war, where Gustave H., a “fruity” ladies man (Ralph Fiennes), schools a young bellhop, Moustapha Zero, in the art of customer satisfaction among other misadventures.
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Film Score Friday 6/20/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 6/19/2014 - 9:00 PM
CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Basta Guardarla - Franco Pisano - Beat
The Fourth Protocol
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Lalo Schfirin - Buysoundtrax
House of Cards: Season Two
 
- Jeff Beal - Varese Sarabande
How to Train Your Dragon 2
- John Powell - Relativity Music
In Your Eyes - Tony Morales - Lakeshore [CD-R]
La Citta' Ideale
- Andrea Rocca - Beat
Le Cose Che Restano
- Marco Betta - Beat
Moj Nikifor
- Bartek Gliniak - MovieScore Media/Kronos
Red Krokodil
- Alexander Cimini - Kronos
The Reluctant Saint
- Nino Rota - Saimel
The Signal
- Nima Fakhrara - Varese Sarabande
Three Days (of Hamlet) 
- Jonathan Beard - Buysoundtrax
To-Day's Sound
- Piero Umiliani - Beat
Transit
- Christoph Zimbigl - MovieScore Media/Kronos
The White Queen
- John Lunn - Silva
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Next FSM ONLINE Issue Now Live!
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!
 
Subscribers, you’ll get notification by email shortly. Or, just go here to log in. For those who want to join FSM ONLINE, go here, click on the “Subscribe” link and follow the instructions. And email us if you have any questions.
 
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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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