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July FSMO Is Live!
Posted By: Jon Kaplan 7/13/2020 - 4:00 AM

The July edition of FSM ONLINE went live last Friday but we forgot to tell you!

This month’s cover story asks the question: Is film music DEAD OR ALIVE? Check out the Top 10 Reasons for each. Also this issue, SEGUN AKINOLA discusses his score for THE LAST TREE, dubbed by critics as the British Moonlight; remembering the late legend, ENNIO MORRICONE; SOUNDTRACK OBSCURITIES rises from the ashes; BRIAN TYLER chats about the third season of YELLOWSTONE and the upcoming film CL

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Film Score Friday 7/10/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 7/9/2020 - 10:00 PM
One of the legends of film music, Ennio Morricone, passed away on Monday, July 6, at the age of 91. Morricone had a staggeringly long run as a feature composer, receiving his first scoring credit in 1961. His indelible scores for Sergio Leone's Westerns made him a film-music brand name, and following his Oscar nomination for his gorgeous Days of Heaven score in 1978, he became an A-lister in Hollywood as well, with five additional nominations culminating in his 2015 win for The Hateful Eight, as well as his 2006 honorary Oscar "for his magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music." Much like Bernard Herrmann, he was ultimately respected even by those who disdain traditional film music (the kind of people who seem to think John Williams is only capable of writing fantasy-adventure scores), but unlike Herrmann, Morricone was able to earn that respect long before the end of his career. Tributes and obituaries for the composer can be found at websites all over the Net, including BBC.com, Deadline, The Guardian, The Hollywood Reporter, IndieWire, Lawyers, Guns & Money, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, NPR, Rolling Stone, Variety (by Jon Burlingame), and The Washington Post.


Another Oscar winner, composer/songwriter Johnny Mandel, died on June 29th at the age of 94 at his home in Ojai, California. He worked as a musician, arranger and songwriter before making his big screen scoring debut with his jazz score for Robert Wise's Oscar-winning 1958 docudrama I Want to Live!  Over the course of his career he won five Grammys, as well as the Original Song Oscar for The Sandpiper's "The Shadow of Your Smile." His offbeat score for Robert Altman's M*A*S*H included the main title song "Suicide is Painless," whose melody, used as the theme for the long-running TV spinoff, is probably his most widely recoginzed composition. Over the course of his feature career, he worked with an impressive roster of directors besides Altman and Wise, including Michael Apted (Agatha), Hal Ashby (Being There, The Last Detail), John Boorman (Point Blank), Norman Jewison (The Russians Are Coming The Russians Are Coming) and Sidney Lumet (Deathtrap, The Verdict), as well as scoring such cult favorites as Caddyshack and Pretty Poison. He is survived by his daughter, Marissa. Jon Burlingame's obituary for the composer can be found at Variety.


La-La Land has announced their planned slate of releases for this month.

On July 14th, they will release a two-disc edition of TWO MULES FOR SISTER SARA, the light-hearted 1970 Western directed by Don Siegel, featuring the unusual pairing of Clint Eastwood and Shirley MacLaine. This is the only one of the originally announced collaborations between La-La Land and Universal that had not yet been released, and the film was the first non-Leone Eastwood vehicle to be scored by the legendary Ennio Morricone (and the only one after that was In the Line of Fire).

On the same day, they plan to release ESCAPE TO DANGER, a collection of music composed for "audio adventures" of Dr. Who by Joe Kraemer (The Way of the Gun, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation)

On July 28, they will release the soundtrack to THE OUTPOST, the new Mideast war movie directed by entertainment-journalist-turned-filmmaker Rod Lurie (The Contender, The Last Castle). Like most of Lurie's films, The Outpost was scored by Larry Groupe.


Varese Sarabande will be releasing Marco Beltrami's score for DRACULA 2000 as a limited edition, stand-alone CD; the label previously released it as part of their Little Box of Horrors set.

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Aisle Seat 7-7: July Sizzler Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 7/6/2020 - 10:00 PM
Sure to be one of the year’s top catalog releases on Blu-Ray, Kit Parker Films and MVD’s four-disc LAUREL & HARDY: THE DEFINITIVE RESTORATIONS serves up long-awaited new transfers – from original 35mm sources, no less – of the legendary comic duo’s finest shorts and features.
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Film Score Friday 7/3/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 7/2/2020 - 10:00 PM
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced their list of 819 actors, filmmakers and publicists whom they are inviting to join the organization. As usual, the list includes many people one is surprised to see weren't already members (Ben Mendelsohn, anyone? Udo Kier?), as well as a lot of welcome and deserving newcomers (including Mackenzie Davis, Ana de Armas, Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Adele Haenel, Brian Tyree Henry, Thomasin McKenzie, Florence Pugh and Lakeith Stanfield). The list including the following Music Branch invitees: score composers Tamar-Kali Brown, Chanda Dancy, Nainita Desai, Arhynn Descy, Bryce Dessner, Ilan Eshkeri, Robert Glasper, Andrea Guerra, Tom Howe, Devonte Hynes, Jung Jae-Il, Peter Kam, Lele Marchitelli, Cyril Morin, Khaled Mouzanar, Blake Neely, Roger Neill, Michael Nyman, Sattar Oraki, Michiru Oshima, Park Inyoung, Max Richter, Jeff Russo, Arturo Sandoval, Anton Sanko and Jermaine Stegall; songwriters Joshuah Brian Campbell, Cynthia Erivo (also invited to the Actors branch, no surprise), Chad Hugo, Larry Mullen Jr., Patrice Rushen and Bernie Taupin; and music editors Clint Bennett and Katie Greathouse.
 


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

La notte dell’ultimo giorno/Processo per diretissima - Stelvio Cipriani - Quartet
Max et les ferrailleurs/Vincent, Francois, Paul et les autres - Philippe Sarde - Quartet

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J.A.C. Redford born (1953)
Joe Harnell died (2005)
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