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Film Score Friday 1/24/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 1/23/2020 - 10:00 PM
La-La Land has announced three new soundtrack releases expected to ship next week -- a two-disc expanded version of Danny Elfman's score for Sam Raimi's 1990 cult favorite comic book thriller DARKMAN, starring Liam Neeson and Frances McDormand; an expanded edition of David Newman's score for the 1992 biopic HOFFA, starring Jack Nicholson and Danny DeVito (who also directed); and music from season one of the CW sci-fi TV series PANDORA, featuring music composed by Joe Kraemer (Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation) and Penka Kouneva (Midnight Movie)


The Varese Sarabande CD Club has announced two new limited Deluxe Editions: a two-disc, greatly expanded edition of Danny Elfman's score for the 1995 Stephen King adaptation DOLORES CLAIBORNE, starring Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Christopher Plummer and David Strathairn; and a two-disc edition of W.G. Snuffy Walden's score for another King adaptation, the epic miniseries version of THE STAND, featuring the same cues as the label's recent Stephen King Collection boxed set.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Dolores Claiborne: The Deluxe Edition - Danny Elfman - Varese Sarabande CD Club
I Lost My Body - Dan Levy - Lakeshore
The Stand: The Deluxe Edition - W.G. Snuffy Walden - Varese Sarabande CD Club

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Film Score Friday 1/17/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 1/16/2020 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a greatly expanded, two-disc release of one of James Newton Howard's finest scores, his stirring orchestral score for the 1993 film ALIVE, starring Ethan Hawke and Josh Hamilton, adapted by John Patrick Shanley and directed by veteran producer Frank Marshall, about the famous 1972 plane crash in the Andes. The Intrada release features the 73-minute score on Disc One, with the second disc featuring 38 minutes of alternate cues plus the 30-minute cue selection from the original Hollywood Records CD.


Varese Sarabande is expected to announce two new limited edition CD Club releases today.


As reported earlier this week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards, including the following music categories:

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SCORE)

JOKER - Hildur Guonadottir
LITTLE WOMEN - Alexandre Desplat
MARRIAGE STORY - Randy Newman
1917 - Thomas Newman
STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER - John Williams

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SONG)

"I CAN'T LET YOU THROW YOURSELF AWAY" - Toy Story 4 - Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
"(I'M GONNA) LOVE ME AGAIN" - Rocketman - Music by Elton John, Lyric by Bernie Taupin
"I'M STANDING WITH YOU" - Breakthrough - Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
"INTO THE UNKNOWN" - Frozen II - Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
"STAND UP" - Harriet - Music and Lyric by Joshuah Brian Campbell and Cynthia Erivo 

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Oscar Nominations 2019
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 1/13/2020 - 5:00 PM
ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SCORE)

JOKER - Hildur Guonadottir
LITTLE WOMEN - Alexandre Desplat
MARRIAGE STORY - Randy Newman
1917 - Thomas Newman
STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER - John Williams

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SONG)

"I CAN'T LET YOU THROW YOURSELF AWAY" - Toy Story 4 - Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
"(I'M GONNA) LOVE ME AGAIN" - Rocketman - Music by Elton John, Lyric by Bernie Taupin
"I'M STANDING WITH YOU" - Breakthrough - Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
"INTO THE UNKNOWN" - Frozen II - Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
"STAND UP" - Harriet - Music and Lyric by Joshuah Brian Campbell and Cynthia Erivo

The scores were a predictable group. Literally. I've been predicting Oscar nominations since 1985, and I think this is the first time I got all five correct in this category. Except for rising newcomer Guonadottir, all are double digit nominees. I'd thought this might finally be Thomas Newman's year, but I suspect the Icelandic cellist may have the edge.

Of the songs, "Into the Unknown" has a good shot, unless people find themselves saying "Well, it's no 'Let It Go.'" Since I make the effort to see every film in every category, in a theater no less, I now have to see Breakthrough. Damn. 
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Film Score Friday 1/10/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 1/9/2020 - 10:00 PM
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced their yearly award nominations, including for Original Score:

JOJO RABBIT - Michael Giacchino
JOKER - Hildur Gudnadóttir
LITTLE WOMEN - Alexandre Desplat
1917 - Thomas Newman

Hildur Gudnadóttir won the Golden Globe for Best Original Score -- Motion Picture for JOKER; ROCKETMAN's "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" by Elton John and Bernie Taupin won Original Song.

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Film Score Friday 1/3/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 1/2/2020 - 10:00 PM
CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

La Verite - Alexei Aigui - Music Box


IN THEATERS TODAY

The Grudge - The Newton Brothers
Three Christs - Jeff Russo 

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Oscar Predictions and Other End-of-2019 Lists
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 12/31/2019 - 10:00 PM
Predictions are in boldface, followed by those which I personally would nominate in italics. As with previous years' lists, for several categories I have NOT provided my own nominations, since frankly I know jack about costumes, sound and so forth, though more and more I try to pay attention to sound in particular. Films that I have listed as my own personal nominations yet which will definitely not be nominated -- either because they are ultimately ineligible in those categories or simply not shortlisted -- are marked with an asterisk.

BEST PICTURE

1. 1917
2. Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood
3. The Irishman
4. Marriage Story
5. Ford v Ferrari
6. Little Women
7. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
8. Joker
9. Parasite
10. The Farewell


1. Parasite
2. Portrait of a Lady on Fire
3. Marriage Story
4. Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood
5. Her Smell
6. I Lost My Body
7. Uncut Gems
8. Ash Is Purest White
9. Little Women
10. The Farewell

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The 2019 Top Forty Composer Countdown (Abbreviated Version)
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 12/29/2019 - 10:00 PM
40. MATTHEW MARGESON

2018 RANKING: Not ranked
TOP GROSSING FILMS:
1. Kingsman: The Secret Service--128 (U.S. box-office in millions)
2. Kingsman: The Golden Circle--100
3. Rocketman--96  
4. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children--87
5. Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare--41  
6. Kick-Ass 2--28
7. Rings--27
8. Skyline--21
9. Eddie the Eagle--15
10. Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse--3

Rocketman is his biggest hit as a solo composer, though most of the attention went to the music of a Mr. E. John. He moves into the first-composer position with the upcoming Kingsman prequel.
 
WHAT’S NEXT: Buffaloed, The King’s Man  
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CD Checklist 2019
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 12/28/2019 - 10:00 PM
ABELS, MICHAEL
 
US (Backlot)

ADES, THOMAS
 
COLETTE (Lakeshore)

AKUTAGAWA, YASUSHI
 
HAKKODASAN (Cinema-Kan)
AMENABAR, ALEJANDRO

MIENTRAS DURE LA GUERRA (Quartet)
AMFITHEATROF, DANIELE

NEVADA SMITH: THE PARAMOUNT WESTERNS COLLECTION [COPPER CANYON] (La-La Land)
ANTHEIL, GEORGE

DEMENTIA/PIANO CONCERTO (Kritzerland)
ARMSTRONG, CRAIG

MRS. LOWRY AND SON (Verve - import)

ARNOLD, DAVID
 
GOOD OMENS (Silva)
STARGATE: 25TH ANNIVERSARY EXPANDED (La-La Land)

ARSON, OLIVIER
 
EL REINO (Quartet)
ARUJ, MAX

CRAWL (Intrada)
AUBRY, RENE

LA FAMEUSE INVASION DES OURS DE SICILE (Milan)

AUGUI, ALEXEI
 
TEST/WILD FIELD (Music Box)
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Film Score Friday 12/27/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 12/26/2019 - 10:00 PM

CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Adios
 - Zeltia Montes - Quartet 
Alien 2 Sulla Terra 
- Guido & Maurizio DeAngelis - Beat 
Cari Mostri del Mare
 - Carlo Savina - Kronos
Gege Bellavita
 - Riz Ortolani - Digitmovies 
I Fratelli Corsi
 - Angelo Francesco Lavagnino - Kronos 
I Ladri Della Notte 
- Ennio Morricone - Beat 
Il Disordine
 - Mario Nascimbene - Kronos 
Il Segno Del Coyote
 - Francesco DeMasi - Beat 
Jesus de Nazaret
 - Alejandro Karo - Kronos 
Legado en los Huesos
 - Fernando Velazquez - Quartet 
Lilly's Bewitched Christmas
 - Anne-Kathrin Dern - Kronos
Lucio Fulci's Gates of Hell Trilogy
 - Fabio Frizzi, Walter Rizzati - Beat 
Noah Land
 - Leon Gurvitch - Kronos 
Sette Contro La Morte
 - Carlo Rustichelli - Saimel
Seven Worlds, One Planet
 - Hans Zimmer, Jacob Shea - Silva 
Un Dramma Borghese
 - Riz Ortolani - Digitmovies   
Ta La Land: City of Fear
 - Tomas Luchoro - Quartet
War in Space - Toshiaki Tsushima - Cinema-Kan (import) 


IN THEATERS TODAY

Just Mercy - Joel P. West - Score CD-R on WaterTower
Little Women - Alexandre Desplat - Score CD on Sony
1917 - Thomas Newman - Score CD on Sony
The Song of Names - Howard Shore - Score CD on Decca  
Spies in Disguise - Theodore Shapiro 

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Film Score Friday 12/20/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 12/19/2019 - 10:00 PM
Intrada has just released their brand-new re-recording of Dimitri Tiomkin's complete score for the 3D Hitchcock classic DIAL M FOR MURDER, with William Stromberg conducting the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in the label's first completed Kickstarter-aided project. Extras include an eight-minute suite from another Hitchcock/Tiomkin classic, Strangers on a Train.

Their other new Tiomkin release is PARIS UNDER THE STARS: BALLET MUSIC FOR ALBERTINA RASCH, a two-disc set featuring a new recording (with William Stromberg conducting the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra) of dance music composed by Tiomkin between 1927 and 1932, before his Hollywood scoring career.


The latest release from Caldera presents music by Andrew Dickson composed for films from legendary British director Mike Leigh -- the 1996 Best Picture nominee SECRETS & LIES, the TV movie MEANTIME, the comedy HIGH HOPES, and the drama NAKED, which earned raves for David Thewlis' breakthrough lead performance.


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced shortlists for the nominations in nine categories, including the two music categories; the credits listed may not be the final credits for nominations (the other seven shortlists are featured at the end of this column):

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE) 
 
AVENGERS: ENDGAME – Alan Silvestri
BOMBSHELL – Theodore Shapiro
THE FAREWELL – Alex Weston
FORD V FERRARI  - Marco Beltrami, Buck Sanders
FROZEN II – Christophe Beck
JOJO RABBIT – Michael Giacchino
JOKER – Hildur Guonadottir
THE KING  - Nicholas Britell
LITTLE WOMEN  - Alexandre Desplat
MARRIAGE STORY  - Randy Newman
MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN  - Daniel Pemberton
1917  - Thomas Newman 
PAIN AND GLORY  - Alberto Iglesias
US – Michael Abels

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG) 
 
CATCHY SONG - The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part – Music by Jon Lajoie, Dillon Francis, James Rushent; Lyric by Jon Lajoie, Alaya High
DA BRONX - The Bronx USA – Music by Charles Fox; Lyric by Paul Williams 
DAILY BATTLES - Motherless Brooklyn – Music and Lyric by Thom Yorke
GLASGOW - Wild Rose – Music and Lyric by Mary Steenburgen, Caitlyn Smith, Kate York
A GLASS OF SOJU - Parasite – Music by Jung Jae Il; Lyric by Bong Joon-Ho
HIGH ABOVE THE WATER - Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am – Music and Lyric by Kathryn Bostic
I CAN’T LET YOU THROW YOURSELF AWAY - Toy Story 4 – Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
(I’M GONNA) LOVE ME AGAIN – Rocketman – Music by Elton John; Lyric by Bernie Taupin
I’M STANDING WITH YOU – Breakthrough – Music and Lyric by Diane Warren 
INTO THE UNKNOWN - Frozen II – Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez
LETTER TO MY GODFATHER - The Black Godfather – Music by Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo; Lyric by Pharrell Williams
NEVER TOO LATE - The Lion King – Music by Elton John; Lyric by Tim Rice
SPEECHLESS – Aladdin – Music by Alan Menken; Lyric by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul
SPIRIT - The Lion King - Music and Lyric by Timothy McKenzie, Ilya Salmanzadeh, Beyonce Knowles-Carter
STAND UP - Harriet – Music and Lyric by Joshuah Brian Campbell, Cynthia Erivo
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