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Film Score Friday 2/9/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 2/8/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is the fourth volume of Alan Silvestri's Emmy-winning music from the popular TV series COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY.


Next week, La-La Land plans to release a four-disc set of music from the beloved BUFFY, THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, dominated, not surprisingly, by cues from episode scores by the series most prolific composer, Christophe Beck, but also featuring cues by Shawn Clement & Sean Murphy, Robert Duncan, and Thomas Wanker (who now goes by Thomas Wander), as well as Carter Burwell's previously unreleased score for the 1992 feature (starring Kristy Swanson, Luke Perry, Donald Sutherland, Rutger Hauer and Paul Reubens) that inspired the series.


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that as part of their "Oscar Week" public events celebrating several of the categories, they will hold an OSCAR CONCERT (the last one was four years ago, and included Alexandre Desplat, Thomas Newman and John Williams conducting selections from their nominated scores) on Wednesday, February 28 at Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles. According to the press release:

Curated by composers and Academy Governors Michael Giacchino, Laura Karpman, and Charles Bernstein, the evening offers an insider’s look at film scoring across the decades, with select scores performed live by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by conductor Thomas Wilkins, and special guest Terence Blanchard (trumpet), with additional special guests to be announced. The Oscar Concert explores the history of film music through special arrangements of beloved scores by composers including Tan Dun, Quincy Jones, Mica Levi, Rachel Portman, A.R. Rahman, and many more, with accompanying film clips shown in HD on Walt Disney Concert Hall’s large screen. 
 
The evening opens with an introduction by Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino and Oscar-winning director Pete Docter, who will explore the challenges and rewards of film scoring, utilizing music from the Oscar-winning film UP. Organized into vignettes, the program explores the emotions and excitement that film scores evoke, including the sound of home, the sound of the chase, the sound of fear, the sound of love, and the sound of courage. The evening closes with the world premiere of specially arranged suites from all five Original Score nominees.

The press release lists the full program as currently planned: 
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Film Score Friday 2/2/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 2/1/2018 - 9:00 PM
Last weekend the latest Grammy Awards were announced, including the following film music-related categories:

BEST SCORE SOUNDTRACK FOR VISUAL MEDIA
La La Land - Justin Hurwitz
 
BEST COMPILATION SOUNDTRACK FOR VISUAL MEDIA
La La Land - Various Artists
 
BEST SONG WRITTEN FOR VISUAL MEDIA
"How Far I'll Go" [from Moana] - Lin-Manuel Miranda

John Williams won the Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella Grammy for his "Escapades For Alto Saxophone And Orchestra From Catch Me If You Can," while Randy Newman won Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals for his song "Putin."

JOHN MORRIS 1926 - 2018
 
John Morris was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, on October 18, 1926.  He began playing the piano at the age of three, and studied throughout his childhood in Independence, Kansas, before pursuing advanced studies in New York at the Julliard School and The New School for Social Research. Through the 1950s and 60s he was regularly employed in the Broadway theater, providing dance arrangements for such musicals as Pipe Dream, Bells Are Ringing, Bye Bye Birdie and Sherry! (the short-lived musical version of The Man Who Came to Dinner, with songs by the unlikely team of Laurence Rosenthal and James Lipton) as well as serving as Musical Director for Wildcat and All American.
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Aisle Seat 1-30: Super Bowl Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 1/29/2018 - 9:00 PM
By equal measure a mix of “Serpico,” “Law & Order” episode and B-grade actioner, the very entertaining SHAKEDOWN (***, 96 mins. 1988, R) makes its Blu-Ray debut this month from Shout! Factory. A well-reviewed Shapiro/Glickenhaus Entertainment production that met with modest box-office after being picked up by Universal for theatrical release, “Shakedown” stars Peter Weller as a burned out NYC defense attorney assigned to represent a drug dealer (future “Law & Order” prosecutor Richard Brooks) who guns down a “Blue Jean” (undercover) cop he claims was in self-defense.
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CineRadio Top 20 for December 2017
Posted By Kristen Romanelli 1/29/2018 - 5:00 AM
The CineRadio Top 20 has been released for December 2017, highlighting music played on soundtrack music radio specialty shows, online radio stations and podcasts.
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Film Score Friday 1/26/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 1/25/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a three-disc set spotlighting what is arguably Alan Silvestri's greatest score -- director Robert Zemeckis' dazzling 1988 hybrid of live-action and animation, WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT. The Intrada Roger Rabbit is a whopping three-disc set -- Disc One features 70 minutes of the film's original score; Disc Two features the remaining 28 minutes of score, 8 minutes of alternates and additional cues, and the scores to three Roger Rabbit shorts -- Rollercoaster Rabbit (Bruce Broughton), Trail Mix-Up (Broughton) and Tummy Trouble (James Horner); Disc Three features the cues from the original 1988 soundtrack release, including the song "Why Don't You Do Right?" performed by Amy Irving, the singing voice of Jessica Rabbit.


For those who didn't happen to notice the column directly below this one, here again are this year's Oscar nominees in the music categories:

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SCORE)

DUNKIRK
 - Hans Zimmer
PHANTOM THREAD - Jonny Greenwood
THE SHAPE OF WATER
 - Alexandre Desplat
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
 - John Williams
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI 
- Carter Burwell

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PITURES (ORIGINAL SONG)

"MIGHTY RIVER" - Mudbound - Music and Lyric by Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson
"MYSTERY OF LOVE" - Call Me By Your Name - Music and Lyric by Sufjan Stevens
"REMEMBER ME" - Coco - Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
"STAND UP FOR SOMETHING" - Marshall - Music by Diane Warren, Lyric by Lonnie R. Lynn and Diane Warren
"THIS IS ME" - The Greatest Showman - Music and Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

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Oscar Nominations 2017
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 1/23/2018 - 5:00 PM
Actors Tiffany Haddish and Andy Serkis announced this year's Oscar nominations this morning at 5:22 a.m.:

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SCORE)

DUNKIRK - Hans Zimmer
PHANTOM THREAD - Jonny Greenwood
THE SHAPE OF WATER - Alexandre Desplat
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI - John Williams
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI - Carter Burwell

This is the 11th nomination for Zimmer, the first for Greenwood, the ninth for Desplat, the 51st (!) for Williams (his fifth for a Star Wars film) and the second for Burwell. I'd originally assumed Dunkirk would be ineligible in this category, as the end credits give prominent mention of Benjamin Wallfisch's adaptation of an Edward Elgar piece, but given that the Music Branch also declared Alan Menken's Beauty and the Beast eligible this year, they were seemingly not inclined to disqualify anything. I'd thought Burwell would be nominated instead for Wonderstruck, since half of the film is essentially a silent film with his music virtually the only audio, but that film went entirely unnominated while Billboards is clearly an Academy favorite. Shape of Water has the most nominations of any film this year and, combined with Desplat's Golden Globe win, gives him a good chance for a second Oscar, but I'm personally rooting for Jonny Greenwood.

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PITURES (ORIGINAL SONG)

"MIGHTY RIVER" - Mudbound - Music and Lyric by Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson
"MYSTERY OF LOVE" - Call Me By Your Name - Music and Lyric by Sufjan Stevens
"REMEMBER ME" - Coco - Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
"STAND UP FOR SOMETHING" - Marshall - Music by Diane Warren, Lyric by Lonnie R. Lynn and Diane Warren
"THIS IS ME" - The Greatest Showman - Music and Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

No big surprises in this batch, while Mary J. Blige has the rare honor of being nominated both for songwriting and her acting (Supporting Actress, also Mudbound). "This Is Me" won the Golden Globe and the film itself is proving surprisingly durable at the box office, while Coco is the biggest hit of the five films, and "Remember Me" is spotlighted so frequently in the movie that it almost plays like a feature-length For Your Consideration promo. 
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January Issue of FSM ONLINE Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 1/20/2018 - 2:00 AM
Happy New Year! The January edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. In the first issue of 2018, MAX RICHTER discusses his first western and using new instruments for the Christian Bale epic HOSTILES. Also this issue, enjoy our annual YEAR IN REVIEW coverage, including contributions from Kyle Renick, Jon & Al Kaplan, Cary Wong, Chris Hadley and Sean Wilson; an interview with JOHN POWELL about FERDINAND and SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY; HAUSCHKA chats about scoring HBO’s mini-series GUNPOWDER; BMI’s Doreen Ringer-Ross gives us a sneak peek at film music at SUNDANCE; yet another COMPOSER'S CORNER, more embedded audio clips, and more.
 
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Film Score Friday 1/19/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 1/18/2018 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to announce one new release next week.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Boquitos Pintadas - Waldo de los Rios - Rosetta
Cantabrico
 - Santi Vega - Rosetta
Hyperspace
 - Don Davis - Dragon's Domain
The Long Road Home - Jeff Beal - Varese Sarabande
Mully
 - Benjamin Wallfisch - Varese Sarabande
The Rendezvous
 - Austin Wintory - Varese Sarabande
24 Hours to Live 
- Tyler Bates - Varese Sarabande 

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Aisle Seat 1-16: It, Blade Runner Debut in 4K
Posted By Andy Dursin 1/15/2018 - 9:00 PM
The modern preoccupation with belated film sequels and remakes has trickled down to even “Blade Runner,” Ridley Scott’s seminal sci-fi classic that drew neither widespread critical kudos or commercial acceptance when it was first released in 1982. A cult favorite that’s obviously been more warmly embraced as the years have passed, Scott is onboard as a producer of BLADE RUNNER 2049 (***, 163 mins., R; Warner), an ambitious follow-up from one of its predecessor’s original writers and director Denis Villeneuve, architect of glacially paced works like “Sicario” and “Arrival.”
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Film Score Friday 1/12/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 1/11/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a greatly expanded, two-disc edition of composer Michael Kamen's biggest box-office hit, the revisionist 1991 swashbucker ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES, starring Kevin Costner, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Morgan Freeman, Christian Slater and the late Alan Rickman as the Sheriff of Nottingham. The original soundtrack release on Morgan Creek featured 50 minutes of Kamen's score; Intrada's edition features 110 minutes plus 24 minutes of extras (though it does not include the film's hit song "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You", which earned Kamen his first Oscar nomination).


The latest release from La-La Land is STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE VOL. 2,  a four disc set featuring episode scores by Paul Baillargeon, David Bell, Jay Chattaway, Dennis McCarthy and Gregory Smith.


Varese Sarabande has announced three new soundtracks in their Limited Edition series of contemporary score CDs - the National Geographic Iraq War docudrama series THE LONG ROAD HOME, scored by five-Emmy winner Jeff Beal (House of Cards); the 2017 documentary MULLY, scored by Benjamin Wallfisch (Blade Runner 2049, Hidden Figures, It); and the adventure film THE RENDEZVOUS, scored by Austin Wintory (Captain Abu Raed, Grace).


BAFTA has announced their 2017 award nominations, including Original Music:

BLADE RUNNER 2049 - Benjamin Wallfisch, Hans Zimmer
DARKEST HOUR - Dario Marianelli
DUNKIRK - Hans Zimmer
PHANTOM THREAD - Jonny Greenwood
THE SHAPE OF WATER - Alexandre Desplat

Last weekend, Desplat's Shape of Water won the Golden Globe for Best Original Score - Motion Picture, while Benj Pasek and Justin Paul won Best Original Song - Motion Picture for The Greatest Showman's "This Is Me."

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