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Aisle Seat 6-14: Star Trek II, Rollercoaster, June Wrap
Posted By Andy Dursin 6/14/2016 - 9:00 PM
Though “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” was a hit, fans and critics were, by and large, disappointed by it. For that reason, STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN (****, 113 mins., 1982, PG; Paramount) is undoubtedly the reason why Star Trek is still alive and kicking in the 21st century. Trading in the evocative visuals but stilted story of “The Motion Picture” for a more exciting, action-packed, and far more human tale that – as director Nicholas Meyer explains in his commentary – touches upon old age, death, heroism, tragedy and triumph, “The Wrath of Khan” has basically become an iconic film of the early ‘80s, and not just for Star Trek die-hards.
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Film Score Friday 6/10/16
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 6/9/2016 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.


La-La Land will have a booth at the upcoming ComicCon and their items for sale will include their new limited edition score CD for BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE, composed by Michael McCuistion, Kristopher Carter and Lolita Ritmanis.

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Aisle Seat 6-7: The Early June Rundown
Posted By Andy Dursin 6/6/2016 - 9:00 PM
A killer snake is on the loose in London, putting a wrench into the plans of kidnappers who want to hold a rich 10-year-old boy hostage. That plot synopsis alone promises the potential of thrills for genre buffs, but what if I told you the movie also stars Sterling Hayden as the boy’s grandfather; Klaus Kinski, Oliver Reed and Susan George as the villains; Sarah Miles as a vet specializing in deadly snakes; and Nicol Williamson as the cop on the case. The film exists, and it’s called VENOM (**, 92 mins., 1982, R; Blue Underground), but why is that, seemingly, nobody has ever heard of it?
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Film Score Friday 6/3/16
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 6/2/2016 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has announced two new releases this week: a two-disc set featuring the scores for the first three films in the low-budget time travel thriller series TRANCERS, with the first and second films scored by Phil Davies and Mark Ryder, and the third scored by Richard Band; and a compilation of surviving score tracks for Paramount films composed by Miklos Rozsa, including 33 minutes from FIVE GRAVES  TO CAIRO, the World War II adventure that was his first project with longtime collaborator Billy Wilder, and 17 minutes from the 1943 World War II romance SO PROUDLY WE HAIL!, which earned four Oscar nominations including one for supporting actress Paulette Goddard, as well as cues from The Hour Before Dawn, The Man in Half Moon Street, and The Woman of the Town
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Film Score Friday 5/27/16
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/26/2016 - 9:00 PM
Quartet has announced their latest batch of releases -- the first-ever CD release of Henry Mancini's score for THE GREAT WALDO PEPPER, the 1975 period drama that reteamed Butch Cassidy's Robert Redford, writer William Goldman and director George Roy Hill, featuring the same cues as the original MCA LP release (which is nearly all the music included in the actual film); a two-disc set of Riz Ortolani's score for 1963's HORROR CASTLE; and Bruno Coulais' score for the documentary THE SEASONS, from Winged Migration's Oscar-nominated Jacques Perrin.


Varese Sarabande has announced their latest batch of limited edition CDs of contemporary film music, which are expcted to begin shipping next week -- the soundtrack to the direct-to-video animated sequel OPEN SEASON: SCARED SILLY, scored by Rupert Gregson-Williams and Dominic Lewis; the score for the drama OF MIND AND MUSIC, composed by Carlos Joe Alvarez (Deadline); and two CDs of film music from composers featured at the last two KRAKOW MUSIC FESTIVALS, in 2015 and 2016, featuring mostly previously released music.

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Aisle Seat 5-24: Memorial Day Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 5/23/2016 - 9:00 PM
Exploitation buffs, ‘70s action fans and those with a taste for bombastic film scoring ought to eat up KILLER FORCE (101 mins., 1975, R), also known as “The Diamond Mercenaries.” This Val Guest-directed action thriller is set in the diamond mines of the South African desert, where security expert Telly Savalas is charged with stopping a heist led by a team of experts – Hugh O’Brian, Christopher Lee and O.J. Simpson – while fellow company man Peter Fonda gets a covert invitation from his boss to join the villains by smuggling a single diamond out of the heavily guarded compound. If he succeeds, he’ll be able to infiltrate the group before they can steal millions in diamonds out of the company vaults…but there are surprises to be found in the script, credited to Guest, Michael Winder and Gerald Sanford, where the bad guys and good guys seem to switch places by the film’s end.
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May Issue of FSM Online Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 5/23/2016 - 2:00 AM
The May edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. In this month’s cover story, Kyle Renick takes us inside the TRIBECA Film Festival, where he caught up with JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE (making his film scoring debut), NICO MUHLY and many more. Also this issue, JOHN OTTMAN and HENRY JACKMAN kick off the summer blockbuster season with X-MEN: APOCALYPSE and CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR; an interview with horror master JOHN CARPENTER about his live tour; BROOKE BLAIR and WILL BLAIR rock out with GREEN ROOM; EVAN WISE discusses his feature debut, RATCHET & CLANK; WONG'S TURN digs into the latest biopics; a JOHN BARRY Score Restore; more embedded audio clips, and more.


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Film Score Friday 5/20/16
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 5/19/2016 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has announced two new releases this week -- the first-ever expanded release of one of Jerry Goldsmith's masterpieces (which is also arguably the most critically acclaimed film he ever scored), the classic 1974 noir mystery CHINATOWN, featuring both the original stereo tracks included on the LP as well as the complete score in mono; and an expanded version of Bruce Broughton's score for the family film sequel HOMEWARD BOUND 2: LOST IN SAN FRANCISCO (a San Francisco that, much like the Bronx in Rumble in the Bronx, looks suspicously Canadian).


The final release in Varese Sarabande's year-long LP to CD monthly subscription series is for a score first released on Decca in the 1950s before its LP re-release in the early years of the Varese Sarabande label -- Douglas Sirk's 1954 remake of the romantic tearjerker MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION, teaming Rock Hudson and an Oscar-nominated Jane Wyman, with music (adapted from themes by Beethoven, Chopin and Strauss) by five-time Oscar nominee Frank Skinner

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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
10. HOWARD SHORE
 
2011 RANKING: 11
AGE: 69
BIRTHPLACE: Toronto, Canada
REPRESENTATION: Columbia Artists Management
3 OSCARS, 4 NOMINATIONS
4 GRAMMYS, 8 NOMINATIONS
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
TOP GROSSING FILMS:
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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