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Aisle Seat 16th Anniversary Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 9/8/2013 - 9:00 PM
J.J Abrams’ 2009 “reboot” of the Star Trek franchise was greeted with a generally warm response from audiences and critics alike. How distressing, then, that his belated follow-up, STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS (**, 131 mins., 2013, PG-13; Paramount), is an almost unbearably bombastic remix of “The Wrath of Khan,” so poorly handled that it negates most of the goodwill established by its predecessor.
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Film Score Friday 9/6/13
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 9/5/2013 - 9:00 PM
La-La Land has announced that next week, along with their previously announced and eagerly awaited 4-disc second volume of Mark Snow's music for The X-Files, they will be releasing Frederik Wiedmann's orchestral score for the made-for-video animated film JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE FLASHPOINT PARADOX.


The latest CDs from Quartet, due next week, are a two-disc set of Alan Silvestri's score for THE DELTA FORCE (the complete score on disc one, the LP sequencing on disc two) and an expanded version of Anton Garcia Abril's score for TEXAS, ADDIO.


Damon Intrabartolo died on August 13 at the age of 39. Intrabartolo was a composition student at the USC School of Music when his friend, composer/editor John Ottman, broke into the big time with his work on 1995’s Oscar-winning thriller The Usual Suspects. He became one of Ottman’s top collaborators and worked with him steadily for over a decade, working as a conductor and/or orchestrator on such scores as The Cable Guy, Lake Placid, X2, Fantastic Four and Superman Returns; he also worked in a similar capacity for composer Stephen Trask on such films as In Good Company, Dreamgirls and The Savages. A composer in his own right, Intrabartolo wrote the score for the 2000 indie drama The Journey of Jared Price, the feature directing debut of Dustin Lance Black, who would go onto win the 2008 Original Screenplay Oscar for Milk. Intrabartolo’s best known work as a composer was the gay coming-of-age pop musical Bare, which prmiered in Los Angeles in 2000, winning several awards and later receiving multiple Off-Broadway runs. He was at work on other projects and living in Phoenix, Arizona at the time of his death.

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Film Score Friday 8/30/13
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/29/2013 - 9:00 PM
Next week Intrada will release Jerry Goldsmith's lively pop-flavored score for the 1968 spy comedy SEBASTIAN, starring Dirk Bogarde, Susannah York and John Gielgud. The CD will include the original 25-minute selection from the Dot LP in stereo, including reworked versions of the Goldsmith cues and one source cue by Tristram Cary (Five Million Years to Earth); the original film version of Goldsmith's 34-minute score in mono; and 18 minutes of unused Tristram Cary material.


The latest release from Kritzerland is a newly remastered CD of Jerry Goldsmith's evocative score for the 1986 sequel POLTERGEIST II: THE OTHER SIDE. This is the fourth release for this score - it was one of the first soundtrack LPs and CDs released by Intrada, in a 30-minute edition. The label later expanded it, followed by a Varese release of essentially the same tracks. The Kritzerland CD is a remastered version of the complete score on on disc plus several alternate tracks on a second disc, and is limited to 1500 units (Kritzerland has already sold out their own copies, but as of this writing it is still available for pre-order at some sites, including Screen Archives).

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Aisle Seat 8-27: Labor Day Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 8/26/2013 - 9:00 PM
The Oscar-nominated film KON-TIKI Blu-Ray/DVD (**½, 96/119 mins., PG-13, 2012; Anchor Bay)  follows Norway’s Thor Heyerdahl and his 1947 expedition, crossing the Pacific on a raft, from Peru to the Polynesian Islands, in order to prove that South Americans first settled there.
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Film Score Friday 8/23/13
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/22/2013 - 9:00 PM
Along with their previously announced CD of iZLER's music from the TV series REVENGE, this week Intrada released a CD featuring two previously unreleased scores -- David Newman's music for the 1991 drama PARADISE (a remake of the French film Le Grand Chemin), starring Elijah Wood, Thora Birch, Melanie Grifith and Don Johnson; and Robert Folk's score for the hit teen comedy CAN'T BUY ME LOVE, starring Patrick Dempsey and Amanda Peterson.


La-La Land has announced two greatly expanded soundtrack releases due next week, along with their previously announced CD of John Debney's score for JOBS -- a two-disc set of Don Davis's music for the second film in the Matrix trilogy, THE MATRIX RELOADED, and a three-disc set of James Newton Howard's epic score for the all-star Western biopic WYATT EARP.


Varese Sarabande has just announced two upcoming score releases for high profile films -- on October 8 they will release Henry Jackman's score for the Somali piracy docudrama CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, starring Tom Hanks and directed by Paul Greengrass, and on October 22 they will release the score to the film version of the science-fiction classic ENDER'S GAME, starring Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Ben Kingsley and Harrison Ford, with music by Steve Jablonsky (replacing James Horner).

The label also plans to release the soundtrack to GETAWAY, the upcoming action thriller starring Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez, first as a download and then as a 1000-unit limited CD release in September. The score was composed by Justin Burnett (Dungeons and Dragons). 

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Next FSM ONLINE Issue Now Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 8/18/2013 - 2:00 AM
The August edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. In this issue, the cover story is Neill Blomkamp’s ELYSIUM, featuring an interview with newcomer composer RYAN AMON, plus his lead orchestrator PENKA KOUNEVA. Also in this issue: a composer commentary with ALAN SILVESTRI on RED 2 (audio); MARK MANCINA is back, with Disney’s PLANES; an audio interview with JOHN DEBNEY on his new score for JOBS, and various career highlights; a look at the 10 MOST WANTED ALBUMS OF REJECTED FILM SCORES; an ALAN HOWARTH-themed Soundtrack Obscurities; a tabloid edition of Wong’s Turn; a boatload of soundtrack reviews, more embedded audio clips, and more.
 
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Film Score Friday 8/16/13
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/15/2013 - 9:00 PM
This week, Intrada released their previously announced CD of Mark Isham's music for the second season of the hit fantasy series ONCE UPON A TIME. Next week, they plan to release their CD of iZLER's music for the TV series REVENGE, and an as yet unnamed CD featuring two feature scores.


The latest CD from Kritzerland is a remastered version of Laurence Rosenthal's memorable score for the Oscar-winning film version of William Gibson's play THE MIRACLE WORKER, adding some alternate cues not featured on Intrada's out-of-print CD.


On September 24, Varese Sarabande will release the score for the drama STANDING UP, based on Brock Cole's young adult novel The Goats, starring Chandler Canterbury, Annaliso Basso, Radha Mitchell and Val Kilmer. The film reunites director D.J. Caruso with his Eagle Eye composer, Brian Tyler

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James Horner at 60
Posted By Tim Burden 8/13/2013 - 9:00 PM

There is some disappointment that the eagerly anticipated Romeo & Juliet 'twas not to be, perhaps more so as it is a story that cries out for James Horner's style of writing. We do, however have plenty of music to celebrate this milestone of a birthday and the following montage showcases just a mere few of Horner's best moments.

Comments from the man himself, plus Simon Rhodes (producer / score mixer / arranger) and David Pyatt (French horn) flesh out th

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Aisle Seat 8-13: Seconds, The Idolmaker, The Driver
Posted By Andy Dursin 8/12/2013 - 9:00 PM
John Frankenheimer’s supremely disturbing SECONDS (***½, 107 mins., 1966, R) plays like an extended, and hauntingly shot, episode of “The Twilight Zone”: unhappy NYC banker Arthur Hamilton (John Randolph) gets an “offer” from (and is essentially coerced into joining) an old friend, long thought dead, who’s now associated with “The Company.” The irresistible makeover proposed by The Company involves Arthur’s rebirth in the form of a new man, and by that I don’t just mean a makeover – he gets a whole new face and lease on life in the form of Tony Wilson (Rock Hudson), accepting his new identity while saying goodbye to his long-time wife, their passionless marriage and a now-grown daughter he hardly sees.
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Film Score Friday 8/9/13
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/8/2013 - 9:00 PM
The latest CD from Quartet is the first-ever commercial release of Georges Delerue's score for the 1983 drama MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD, adapted by Erich Segal (Love Story) from his novel, directed by Dick Richards (The Culpepper Cattle Co., Farewell My Lovely), and starring Martin Sheen, Blythe Danner, Craig T. Nelson and David Hemmings.
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