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April Issue of FSMO Is Live!
Posted By: Tim Curran 4/7/2020 - 3:00 AM
The April edition of FSM ONLINE is live. This month’s cover story dissects the Top 12 Outbreak Film Scores, including THE OMEGA MAN, THE THING, WAR OF THE WORLDS and CONTAGION. Also in this issue, the best 20-second film music excerpts to hum while you WASH YOUR HANDS; STEVE JABLONSKY conquers streaming media with SPENSER CONFIDENTIAL and BLOODSHOT; PAUL LEONARD-MORGAN discusses working with PHILIP GLASS on Amazon’s trippy TALES FROM THE LOOP; JULIA HOLTER takes us on a journey to NY with NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS; architect John Storyk walks us through designing a studio for CARTER BURWELL; BEN LOVETT gets a little wild with STUFFED; Cary Wong scans the CRITERION COLLECTION for its best music; a new Outbreak-themed EAR OF THE MONTH contest; lots of album reviews, including THE INVISIBLE MAN, ONWARD and THE SWARM; more embedded audio clips, and more.

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Film Score Friday 4/3/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 4/2/2020 - 10:00 PM
Varese Sarabande has announced two new, limited edition CD Club releases.

U.S. MARSHALS was the inevitable sequel to the blockbuster 1993 film version of TV's The Fugitive, with Tommy Lee Jones reprising his Oscar-winning role as U.S. Marshal Sam Gerard, but instead of Harrison Ford's falsely accused wife murderer Dr. Richard Kimble, Gerard has to contend with an untrustworthy government agent (Robert Downey Jr.!) as he hunts down a mysterious fugitive (Wesley Snipes). The sequel was the second film directed by master film editor Stuart Baird (The Omen, Superman, Casino Royale, Skyfall), and as with his other directorial efforts (Executive Decision, Star Trek: Nemesis), the score was composed by Jerry Goldsmith (fittingly enough, as James Newton Howard's Oscar-nominated score for The Fugitive showed a strong Goldsmith influence in its action music). The original Varese release of the U.S. Marshals score came at a time when score CDs were frequently brief due to the expense of union fees, and this Varese Deluxe Edition release expands the score from 9 tracks (30 minutes) to a whopping 39. 

Their other new CD is the first-ever release of the score for the 1978 comedy-mystery THE BIG FIX. The film was the first (and to date, only) adaptation of Roger L. Simon's series of mystery novels about an offbeat private eye named Moses Wine, who becomes involved in a complicated case involving former 1960s radicals. Wine was played by Richard Dreyfuss, his first big studio project after the one-two punch of Close Encounters of the Third Kind and The Goodbye Girl (and an Oscar) made him a top star (he was even one of the producers), and the outstanding supporting cast included Bonnie Bedelia, Susan Anspach, Fritz Weaver, John Lithgow, F. Murray Abraham (as the Abbie Hoffman figure) and Ron Rifkin, as well as bit roles for Mandy Patinkin and Lupe Ontiveros. The quirky score was composed by Bill Conti, not long after the success of Rocky put him on the A-list, and the Varese CD features his score plus a wealth of alternate cues. 
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Today in Film Score History:
April 9
Arthur Benjamin died (1960)
Bill Conti wins his first Oscar, for The Right Stuff score; Michel Legrand wins his third and final Oscar, for Yentl's song score (1984)
Elmer Bernstein begins recording his score to The Gypsy Moths (1969)
Giorgio Moroder wins his first Oscar, for his Midnight Express score (1979)
Henry Mancini wins song and score Oscars for Breakfast at Tiffany's (1962)
Herbert Don Woods records his score for the Buck Rogers in the 25th Century episode “The Dorian Secret” (1981)
Miklos Rozsa begins recording his score to Diane (1955)
Miklos Rozsa begins recording his score to The Seventh Sin (1957)
Nathan Van Cleave begins recording his score for Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964)
Recording sessions begin for Christopher Komeda’s score for Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Toshiyuki Honda born (1957)
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