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Aisle Seat 5-17: May Horrors!
Posted By Andy Dursin 5/16/2016 - 9:00 PM
There are a handful of different trailer compilations available on Blu-Ray, with Garagehouse’s first volume of vintage “Coming Attractions,” “Trailer Trauma,” one of the best. Now the label is back with TRAILER TRAUMA 2: DRIVE-IN MONSTERAMA, which includes a whopping 3½ hours of horror, shlock, and vintage exploitation trailers that should warm the hearts of genre buffs everywhere.
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The "Last" Top Forty Composer Countdown, Part Four
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/13/2016 - 9:00 PM
2011 RANKING: 11
AGE: 69
BIRTHPLACE: Toronto, Canada
REPRESENTATION: Columbia Artists Management
BEST PICTURE NOMINEES: The Silence of the Lambs, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, Gangs of New York, The Return of the King, The Aviator, The Departed, Hugo, Spotlight
ONGOING FILMMAKER RELATIONSHIPS: David Cronenberg, Peter Jackson, Martin Scorsese
BACKGROUND: Pop musician, Saturday Night Live bandleader
FAN FAVORITES: Lord of the Rings trilogy
TYPECAST IN: Thrillers
1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King--377 (U.S. gross in millions)
2. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers--339
3. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring--313
4. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey--303   
5. Eclipse--300
6. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug--258  
7. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies--255   
8. Mrs. Doubtfire--219
9. The Departed--132
10. The Silence of the Lambs--130 
With both of the Tolkein trilogies finally finished, it’s not known what Peter Jackson will be making next (another Tintin film is possible), or whether Shore will be on board. Shore’s partnership with David Cronenberg has lasted since 1979 -- only five years less than the Williams-Spielberg team -- and while their most recent films together, Cosmopolis and Maps to the Stars, haven’t received nearly the attention of such Cronenberg efforts as A History of Violence and Eastern Promises, Shore’s offbeat scores demonstrated that he’s still eagerly pursuing new approaches to film music. He continues to be Martin Scorsese’s primary composer and earned his first non-Tolkein nomination for 2011’s lavish Hugo. While Scorsese took the song-based approach for 2013’s underrated The Wolf of Wall Street (which did feature some source cues by Theodore Shapiro), Shore and Scorsese are currently expected to reunite for the director’s long-in-development Silence, starring Liam Neeson and Andrew Garfield.  The rest of Shore’s upcoming output is uncertain -- he was originally announced for two new films, Gary Ross’s Civil War adventure drama Free State of Jones and the remake of Disney’s Pete’s Dragon, but The Big Short’s Nicholas Britell has since been announced to score Jones, and IMDB currently lists Daniel Hart for Dragon (Hart scored Ain’t Them Bodies Saints for Dragon director David Lowery), an assignment recently confirmed by Film Music Reporter. Either way, his ongoing director relationships -- and the recent achievement of having scored his fourth Best Picture winner, 2015’s Spotlight -- should mean that Shore can still write his own ticket. 
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Film Score Friday 5/13/16
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/12/2016 - 9:00 PM
Varese Sarabande has announced five new releases in their limited edition CD Club, which are expected to begin shipping the week of May 30.

STARSHIP TROOPERS: THE DELUXE EDITION is a greatly expanded, two-disc set of Basil Poledouris' rousing orchestral score for Paul Verhoeven's cult classic 1997 adaptation of Robert Heinlein's intergalactic war novel. VOLCANO: THE DELUXE EDITION is an expanded version of Alan Silvestri's lively score for the second of 1997's two competing volcano disaster movies. JOE  VS. THE VOLCANO: THE BIG WOO EDITION is a remastered re-release of Georges Delerue's typically lovely score for writer John Patrick Shanley's 1990 directorial debut, the first film to team Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan (giving one of her best performances in a triple role), including some previously unreleased music. SPARTACUS: THE COMPLETE ALBUM MASTERS is a re-release of Disc One from Varese's massive boxed-set of one of Alex North's film music masterpieces, featuring all the surviving stereo tracks from the score. ZELLY AND ME is an "encore" release of their out-of-print CD of Pino Donaggio's score for the 1988 family drama starring Isabella Rosselini, Glynis Johns and, in a rare acting role, Rosselini's then-partner David Lynch.
Intrada plans to release two new CDs next week.
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Aisle Seat 5-10: Shout May Wrap, Flicker Alley Noir
Posted By Andy Dursin 5/9/2016 - 9:00 PM
A minor but memorable early ‘70s chiller has been unearthed by Shout Factory this month on Blu-Ray. YOU’LL LIKE MY MOTHER (**½, 93 mins., 1972, PG) stars Patty Duke as an expectant single mother who takes a bus, in the middle of winter, to the Minnesota home of her mother-in-law (Rosemary Murphy) following the death of her military husband.
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Film Score Friday 5/6/16
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/5/2016 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has announced two new CD releases for this week.

Director Michael Mann's 2004 hit COLLATERAL starred Tom Cruise (in a rare villain role) as a hit man who forces a a taxi driver (Jamie Foxx, earning a Supporting Actor nomination the same year he won Best Actor for Ray) to be his chauffuer for an all-night killing spree. The original score was composed by James Newton Howard, but in typical Michael Mann fashion, he took a mix-and-match approach to the music, using only a limited amount of Howard's contribution while tracking in cues from a variety of composers, including pieces from Mann's own earlier films like The Insider and Heat. The fllm's original soundtrack release on Hip-O featured only four relatively brief Howard cues (as well as two cues by Antonio Pinto), but the Intrada Collateral features nearly 53 minutes of Howard music.

Their other new release is a two-disc set presenting the score for director Otto Preminger's 1967 Georgia-set melodrama HURRY SUNDOWN, with an eclectic cast including Michael Caine, Jane Fonda, John Phillip Law, Diahann Carroll, Robert Hooks, George Kennedy, Burgess Meredith and Faye Dunaway. The film's score was composed by Hugo Montenegro (The Undefeated, The Ambushers), and RCA released 33 minutes of his music on LP at the time of the film's release. The Intrada release presents the complete 74-minute score, including music not heard in the final film, as well as 27 minutes of alternates and extras plus the original LP sequencing.

La-La Land has announced their planned schedule of releases for the rest of May.

On May 17th, they will release a CD pairing two scores for sci-fi apocalypses -- 1965's CRACK IN THE WORLD, starring Dana Andrews and Janette Scott (the Day of the Triffids star immortalized in a Rocky Horror lyric), scored by Johnny Douglas (The Railway Children); and Brian Gascoigne's score to PHASE IV, the 1974 thriller about super-intelligent ants that marked the feature directing debut of master title sequence designer Saul Bass (Waxworks released the Phase IV score for the first time on vinyl last year, but this is its first CD release). That same day they will release the score to the game UNCHARTED 4: A THIEF'S END, composed by A-list feature composer Henry Jackman.

On May 31, they will release an expanded, two-disc edition of one of Thomas Newman's most beloved scores, for the modern classic THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (which earned the composer his first Oscar nomination, competing against himself for his wonderful Little Women).

Varese Sarbande plans to announce their latest set of limited edition CD Club releases next Monday. 

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Aisle Seat 5-3: May Day Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 5/2/2016 - 9:00 PM
Aaah, the summer of ’86. I still have Fox’s ad touting their slate of big sci-fi/fantasy films that were all released within a period of three short months: “Aliens,” “Big Trouble in Little China,” “Spacecamp,” “The Fly,” and THE MANHATTAN PROJECT (***, 117 mins., 1986, PG-13). Director Marshall Brickman’s entertaining “WarGames” clone manages to promote a no-nukes message at the same time that it wants us to sympathize with its brilliant yet misguided teen protagonist who builds an atomic bomb with materials stolen from quasi-befuddled scientist John Lithgow’s secret Ithaca, N.Y. lab.
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Film Score Friday 4/29/16
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 4/28/2016 - 9:00 PM
Next week, La-La Land will release a 30th anniversary edition of John Carpenter and Alan Howarth's score to Carpenter's cult classic BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, featuring the same tracks as the previous expansion of the score.

The label will also be making available Bear McCreary's score for this year's hit 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE, released on the composer's Sparks & Shadows label.

Intrada plans to release two new CDs next week. 

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Aisle Seat 4-26: April New Release Rundown
Posted By Andy Dursin 4/25/2016 - 9:00 PM
Alejandro G. Inarritu’s THE REVENANT (***½, 158 mins., 2015, R; Fox), the deservedly praised follow-up to his overrated Oscar winner “Birdman” is, if nothing else, a triumph of visual design and cinematography. Less successful is the movie’s basic, straightforward plot, wherein trapper Leonardo DiCaprio is left for dead by a fellow hunter (Tom Hardy), only to improbably resurrect himself and take revenge for the killing of his half-breed son.
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Film Score Friday 4/22/16
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 4/21/2016 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from La-La Land pairs two previously unreleased scores for Oscar-winning Paramount films composed by Marvin Hamlisch -- Robert Redford's directoral debut ORDINARY PEOPLE, the 1980 Best Picture winner which also won Oscars for Redford's direction, Alvin Sargent's screenplay and Timothy Hutton's "supporting" performance, for which Hamlisch based his score on Pachelbel's Canon in D; and the 1973 character study SAVE THE TIGER, directed by John G. Avildsen, for which Jack Lemmon won his second Oscar as a struggling Los Angeles businessman, also nominated for Jack Gilford's supporting performance and Steve Shagan's original screenplay. 

The latest release in Varese Sarabande's LP to CD limited edition subscription series is the soundtrack for director John Frankenheimer's first-rate 1986 film version of Elmore Leonard's 52 PICK-UP, with Roy Scheider as a businessman facing a blackmail attempt from a trio of criminals (memorably played by John Glover, Clarence Williams III and palindromic character actor Robert Trebor), co-starring Ann-Margret, Vanity and Kelly Preston. The score was composed by Gary Chang, who went on to score seven more projects for Frankenheimer, including five TV movies and the 1996 remake of The Island of Dr. Moreau.

The latest release from Kritzerland features one of Bernard Herrmann's most romantic scores, from the 1943 version of Charlotte Bronte's JANE EYRE, starring Joan Fontaine in the title role and Orson Welles as Rochester. (The disc features the same tracks as Varese's out-of-print Bernard Herrmann at 20th Century Fox boxed set).  

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The April Issue of FSM ONLINE Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 4/21/2016 - 3:00 AM

The April edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. In this month’s cover story, DANA LUND discusses her score to THE DARK HORSE. Also this issue, BRIAN TYLER talks about CRIMINAL and his upcoming concert in London; FRANK ILFMAN chases monsters with his score to ABULELE; RUY FOLGUERA gets jazzy with NINA and delves into virtual reality; an ALL-WOMEN edition of the Ear of the Month contest; an archival interview with conductor RICHARD KAUFMAN; a conversation with PETRI ALANKO about the video

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