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Posted By Tim Curran 7/15/2014 - 2:00 AM
The July edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. In this issue, the cover story is an interview with MAX RICHTER on the new HBO series, THE LEFTOVERS, discussing how the producers first approached him because of their interest in his existing album works, which he ended up adapting and expanding upon. Also in this issue are a detailed report from DAVID ARNOLD: LIVE IN CONCERT, with an interview and video; JOSEPH TRAPANESE goes solo with EARTH TO ECHO; a behind-the-scenes chat with the creators of MUSIC BOX RECORDS; MICHAEL PENN scores MASTERS OF SEX and GIRLS; KEVIN RIEPL tackles the latest CABIN FEVER outing; a DELERUE Score Restore featuring THE FRENCH REVOLUTION; Cary Wong rounds up the Broadway season; even more stuff from France with TORN PAGES; a MARIO GRIGOROV Downbeat; a Golden-Age Soundtrack Obscurities; more embedded audio clips, and more.

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Aisle Seat 7-15: Apes, Shout, Olive & More
Posted By Andy Dursin 7/14/2014 - 9:00 PM
Sturdy and entertaining, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (***, 130 mins., PG-13) finds ape and man – what’s left of it in a post-plague San Francisco – existing tenuously in this worthy sequel to 2011′s surprising “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.”
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Film Score Friday 7/11/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 7/10/2014 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has announced three CD releases this week, including seldom-heard (and in one case, never-heard) scores by beloved Oscar-winning composers.

, director Martin Ritt's film version of William H. Armstrong's acclaimed 1969 novel about a family of black sharecroppers in the South and their dog Sounder, was a major Oscar contender in 1972 (that same year, Ritt also had the very different Pete 'n' Tillie in theaters), earning nominations for Picture and Adapted Screenplay as well as for Paul Winfield and Cicely Tyson's leading performances. The film's original score was composed by the great Alex North, who had previously worked with Ritt on The Long Hot Summer, The Sound and the Fury and The Outrage, but when the film was released it featured an entirely different score composed by one of the film's cast, actor-musician Taj Mahal (Mahal returned to score the largely forgotten 1976 sequel Part 2 Sounder, and was also the only major cast member to reprise his role). Intrada's new CD features North's 45-minute score for the first time, pairing it with North's 30-minute score for Monsanto's 1953 industrial film DECISION FOR CHEMISTRY.

Hugo Friedhofer may never have achieved the fame of such Golden Age contemporaries as Bernard Herrmann, Miklos Rozsa and Max Steiner, but his great, eclectic career spanned everything from his Oscar-winning score to 1946 Best Picture winner The Best Years of Our Lives to episodes of I Spy and Paul Bartel's psychosexual thriller Private Parts. His final score for the big screen was for the 1976 thriller DIE SISTER, DIE! (aka The Companion), which starred Jack Ging, Edith Atwater and Antoinette Bower (probably best remembered as the alien witch Sylvia from Star Trek's "Catspaw"). Intrada's CD is the first ever release of this chilling work, recorded only five years before the composer's passing in 1981.

Their final release of the week is actually a re-release of another vintage Les Baxter score that sold out quickly in its earlier Intrada pressing -- HOUSE OF USHER, the first of the Vincent Price/Roger Corman/Edgar Allan Poe horror films from the 1960s.

Next week, La-La Land plans to release THE NAKED GUN TRILOGY, a three-disc set featuring Ira Newborn's scores for the hit comedies inspired by the cult classic TV series Police Squad -- The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad, The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear, and Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult.

On August 19, Varese Sarabande plans to release the soundtrack to the supernatural TV series PENNY DREADFUL, starring Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Josh Hartnett and Reeve Carney. The music was composed by Abel Korzeniowski (A Single Man, W.E., Escape from Tomorrow), and the series was created by John Logan (not that anyone asked, but John Logan has had the writing career I would have killed to have. Forget about the Tony award and the three Oscar nominations -- he got to write a James Bond film, a Star Trek film, a Sinbad film, and Sweeney Todd. I'm surprised he hasn't gone back in time to write a film for Hitchcock and Herrmann).

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has announced their latest nominations for the Primetime Emmys, including the following music categories: 

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Aisle Seat Video Vault: Stephen King's CAT'S EYE & MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE
Posted By Andy Dursin 7/7/2014 - 9:00 PM
For a ten-year-old back in 1985, Stephen King movies – which were flooding multiplexes every few months – were just a little bit out of reach. Their R-rated horror made them the kind of thing most of us elementary school kids didn’t get to see back in the day, though every now and then, you might be able to attend a birthday party where someone’s lenient Dad would rent a VHS of, say, “Christine” or “Children of the Corn,” damaging our sleep patterns for days to come.
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Film Score Friday 7/4/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 7/3/2014 - 9:00 PM
On Monday, July 21st, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present BEHIND THE SCORE: THE ART OF THE FILM COMPOSER at LACMA'S Bing Theater. Talk show host Tavis Smiley will moderate the discussion, which will feature LA Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamel (whose first feature score, The Liberator, is due to be released by Deutsche Grammophon at the end of this month), two-time Oscar winner Gustavo Santaolalla, and another fellow, can't quite place his name..oh yes, John Williams. Although the event is currently sold out, there will be a standby line outside the theater the evening of the show, in case seats become available at the last minute.

Along with announcing the latest composers, songwriters and music editors invited to their Music Branch, the Academy has also announced some new music-related rules and regulations:

In the Music (Original Song) category, songwriters from established musical groups may now have the option to request that their song submission be considered under their group name.  If the request is approved and the song wins the Original Song award, the group would receive a single statuette.

Music Branch members may not contact other Music Branch members to promote the nomination of their own song in any way, including via mail, email, telephone or social media [out of tact, let's just pretend we don't know who inspired that one].  Additionally, Music Branch members may not attend any special live performances of eligible songs unless attached to a screening.

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"It only took 20 years." - David Arnold LIVE
Posted By Tim Burden 7/2/2014 - 9:00 PM

David Arnold makes his solo orchestral concert debut with some of London's best musicians, singers and actors this Sunday 6th July, 8pm at Southbank's Royal Festival Hall.

I spoke with David during final preparations for this exciting event, one which he hopes will be the first of many. Expect plenty of surprises on the night, especially the opening number which I guarantee will blow your socks off! David didn't want to reveal too much as that would be no fun

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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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