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Aisle Seat 4-1: Early April Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 3/31/2014 - 9:00 PM
Peter Jackson’s second film derived from J.R.R. Tolkien’s THE HOBBIT, THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG (**½, 161 mins., 2013, PG-13; Warner),leaves no doubt that the filmmaker has extended the author’s original work into the bloated category — adding characters (including Evangeline Lilly‘s female elf, Tauriel), secondary subplots, and action sequences that never existed in the original text.
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Film Score Friday 3/28/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 3/27/2014 - 9:00 PM
Next week Intrada will present the first-ever commercial CD release of Bruce Broughton's glorious score for YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES, a two-disc set that will include alternate cues not featured in the super-rate composer promo, and a re-recording titled THE MAN IN HALF MOON STREET: GREAT FILM MUSIC BY MIKLOS ROZSA, featuring Allan Wilson conducting the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Kritzerland is re-releasing their out-of-print, two-disc edition of Hugo Friedhofer's score for Marlon Brando's only feature directorial effort, 1961's ONE-EYED JACKS.

Varese Sarabande has announced upcoming CD releases for three brand-new scores: OCULUS, a horror film about an evil mirror, co-starring Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff, with music by The Newton Brothers (High School, Detachment, Linsanity); THE QUIET ONES, a new, 70s set horror film produced by the recently revived Hammer Films, with music by Lucas Vidal (Furious 6, The Raven, The Cold Light of Day); and the period drama BELLE, scored by Oscar winner Rachel Portman.

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Aisle Seat 3-25: The Swimmer, Wolf of Wall Street
Posted By Andy Dursin 3/24/2014 - 9:00 PM
I was forced to read John Cheever’s short story THE SWIMMER not once or twice, but several times between 7th grade and high school graduation. While that may be somewhat of a damning indictment of growing up in the ‘80s and early ‘90s (between that and the handful of Toni Morrison novels I was forced to endure, you can understand why kids today have no familiarity with classic literature), Cheever’s story was an interesting read, and one that made for an equally fascinating 1968 film (***½, 94 mins., PG) starring Burt Lancaster. The movie – a commercial failure that eventually gained a cult following – is now available on Blu-Ray from Grindhouse Releasing in a sensational package that’s an early candidate for the year’s best.
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Film Score Friday 3/21/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 3/20/2014 - 9:00 PM
Music Box has announced two new upcoming CDs -- the first-ever release of the score to the Meryl Streep-Roseanne Barr comedy SHE-DEVIL, composed by Howard Shore (Remember when Shore used to score comedies? Big, Mrs. Doubtfire, Analyze This...); and a disc pairing two Pierre Jansen scores, L'ETAT SAUVAGE and LE GRAND FRERE.

Quartet has just announced their four latest releases. Along with their previously announced release of Georges Delerue's PARTNERS (with a wealth of score not featured in the final film), they will also release Gabriel Yared's score for TOM AT THE FARM, the new psychological thriller from critically acclaimed Canadian twink auteur Xavier Dolan (I Killed My Mother, Heartbeats, Laurence Anyways); an expanded version of Angelo Badalamenti's score for Paul Schrader's film of Ian McEwan's thriller THE COMFORT OF STRANGERS, starring Natasha Richardson, Rupert Everett, Helen Mirren and Christopher Walken; and Fernando Velazquez' score for the romantic comedy OCHO APELLIDOS VASCOS.

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Aisle Seat 3-18: Book Thief, Frozen, Warner Archives
Posted By Andy Dursin 3/17/2014 - 9:00 PM
While director Steven Soderbergh’s films often feel cool and clinical instead of emotionally involving, his third picture – KING OF THE HILL (***½, 103 mins., 1993, PG-13) – remains one of his most satisfying on a number of levels, particularly for its wide spectrum of human emotion.
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Next FSM ONLINE Issue Now Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 3/17/2014 - 2:00 AM
The March edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. In this issue, the cover story is an interview with ROLFE KENT on his work with first-time director JASON BATEMAN in BAD WORDS. Also in this issue are an interview with CHRISTOPHE BECK, discussing his work on the underscore for MUPPETS MOST WANTED; a recap of the Academy's first OSCAR CONCERT; an audio chat with PATRICK CASSIDY, about his music for John Michael McDonagh's CALVARY, his collaborations with Lisa Gerrard, and more; JOSH KRAMON talks about his score for the VERONICA MARS feature; a Golden Age SCORE RESTORE presents two versions of Waxman's A PLACE IN THE SUN; TORN PAGES chronicles some infamous FAKE REJECTED SCORES; a veritable onslaught of album reviews; more embedded audio clips, and more.
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Film Score Friday 3/14/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 3/13/2014 - 9:00 PM
Ennio Morricone has had to postpone both his L.A. concert appearance and his planned on-stage conversation with Quentin Tarantino at an Academy/LACMA event, as well as some other planned public appearances, due to recovery from his recent back surgery.

Next week, Intrada will present the first-ever release of Henry Mancini's score for the 1975 romantic drama ONCE IS NOT ENOUGH (aka Jacqueline Susann's Once Is Not Enough), starring Kirk Douglas and Deborah Raffin, which received an Oscar nomination for Brenda Vaccaro's supporting performance (Mancini's title song was short-listed for a nomination), and Sol Kaplan's score for Martin Ritt's 1965 film version of John Le Carre's classic espionage drama THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD, starring Richard Burton (in an Oscar-nominated performance), Claire Bloom, Sam Wanamaker and Oskar Werner.

The last CD from Kritzerland features the suriving score tracks from three Paramount films scored by Victor Young -- the 1951 thriller APPOINTMENT WITH DANGER, starring Alan Ladd; the 1949 film noir THE ACCUSED, starring film noir perennials Loretta Young and Robert Cummings; and the 1950 romantic drama SEPTEMBER AFFAIR, pairing Joseph Cotten and Loretta Young.

This week, Varese Sarabande is releasing the latest in their limited edition series of contemporary scores -- ENOUGH SAID, the 2013 romantic comedy-drama pairing Julia Louis-Dreyfuss with James Gandolfini in one of his last and most memorable performances. The film was written and directed by Nicole Holofcener (Friends with Money, Walking and Talking), and reteams her with Please Give composer Marcelo Zarvos. The label is also releasing a CD of songs from the Showtime series SHAMELESS on April 15.

Quartet has announced that they will be presenting the first-ever soundtrack release of Georges Delerue's score to the 1982 comedy PARTNERS, which teamed straight cop Ryan O'Neal with gay cop John Hurt to investigate a murder in West Hollywood. While the final film featured only 12 minutes of Delerue music, Quartet's CD will feature the complete, 50-minute score.

Deutsche Grammophon has a released a CD with Andre de Ridder conducting the Cophenhagen Philharmonic in a six-movement suite from Jonny Greenwood's score to There Will Be Blood, as well as a concert piece titled St. Carolyn by the Sea, composed by Bryce Dressner of the group The National.

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Aisle Seat 3-11: Homefront, Inside Llewyn Davis
Posted By Andy Dursin 3/10/2014 - 9:00 PM
If a Sylvester Stallone-written backwoods thriller that pits Jason Statham’s former DEA agent against a rural drug dealer named Gator Bodine – played by James Franco! – sounds like fun B-movie fodder to you, then you’re likely to enjoy HOMEFRONT (**½, 101 mins., 2013, R; Universal). This minor but competently performed thriller didn’t generate much of an audience last November, but should find more takers with its home video release March 11th.
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Film Score Friday 3/7/14
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 3/6/2014 - 9:00 PM
La-La Land has announced their new releases for March -- next week they will release an expanded version of one of Jerry Goldsmith's final scores, for the 2002 film version of Tom Clancy's THE SUM OF ALL FEARS, and a remastered version of Tangerine Dream's score for the low-budget 1983 science-fiction thriller WAVELENGTH; and two weeks later, they will release a newly expanded version of George Romero's 1982 classic CREEPSHOW, this time featuring both John Harrison's original music as well as library cues used in the film.

On April 15, Varese Sarabande will release the score CD for the new action movie NEED FOR SPEED (or as I like to call it, 2 Soon 4 Fast & Furious 7), starring unlikely action hero Aaron Paul (of Breaking Bad fame). The score was composed by Nathan Furst, who also scored Act of Valor for Need for Speed director Scott Waugh.

As most of you probably already know, Steven Price won the latest Original Score Oscar for GRAVITY, while Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez won for FROZEN's original song "Let It Go."

On Tuesday, March 18, the Academy will present ENNIO MORRICONE IN CONVERSATION WITH QUENTIN TARANTINO, live at the Bing Theater at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The event is currently sold out, but there will be a standby line in case seats become available at the last minute.

In other Academy news, last Thursday, at UCLA's Royce Hall, all of the 2013 Original Score nominees -- William Butler, Alexandre Desplat, Thomas Newman, Owen Pallett, Steven Price and John Williams -- took part in the Academy's first ever OSCAR CONCERT. Common hosted the event, which featured critic Elvis Mitchell discussing the scores with their composers, followed by lengthy suites performed by an expert orchestra of studio musicians -- Desplat, Newman and Williams conducted their own work, Pallett conducted the Butler/Pallett Her suite, and Oblivion's Joseph Trapanese conducted Price's Gravity. Vocal performances of the nominated songs included Cristin Milioti (DiCaprio's first wife in The Wolf of Wall Street) singing Her's "The Moon Song," Jill Scott singing "Happy" from Despicable Me 2, and lyricist Kristen Anderson-Lopez doing an extremely impressive rendition of her "Let It Go" from Frozen, accompanied on the piano by her husband/composer Robert Lopez. Though there were occasional moments of awkwardness -- a false start opening, Mitchell's repetitive questions, and too much of the hosts telling the audience what a wonderful evening it was -- it truly was a wonderful evening, and one can only hope the Academy will do it again. Next year would be nice. 

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Aisle Seat 3-4: Twilight Time, Warner Archives
Posted By Andy Dursin 3/3/2014 - 9:00 PM
With Woody Allen in the news lately – for all the wrong seasons – it might be hard for some to entirely divorce their personal feelings about the filmmaker’s off-screen life from his cinematic output. Yet, distanced from the tabloid stories, two of the writer/director’s pictures have arrived on Blu-Ray for the first time from Twilight Time: one showcasing his talents solely as an actor, the other a feature from the peak of his prolific cinematic output in the late ‘70s and ‘80s.
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