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Film Score Friday 8/14/20
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/13/2020 - 10:00 PM
Quartet continues their series of expanded versions of classic Nino Rota scores with a new, two-disc edition of ROCCO AND HIS BROTHERS, director Luchino Visconti's epic 1960 drama starring Alain Delon, Renato Salvatori, Anne Girardot, Katina Paxinou and Claudia Cardinale. The set features an expanded version of the original score plus the original LP sequencing and a handful of alternate cues.


Emmy-winning composer Billy Goldenberg died on August 3, 2020 at the age of 84. Born William Leon Goldenberg in Brooklyn, New York, his parents were both musicians – his mother was a violinist, and his father, Morris Goldenberg, was a percussionist as well as an author and a teacher at Juilliard. The younger Goldenberg began playing the piano at the age of 5, and after his graduation from Columbia College he wrote songs for the popular children’s series The Kukla, Fran and Ollie Show.

He worked steadily on Broadway productions through the 1960s.  He was the pianist and composer of incidental music for An Evening with Mike Nichols and Elaine May, and provided dance arrangements and dance music for such Broadway musicals as 110 in the Shade (based on The Rainmaker) and Henry, Sweet Henry (based on The World of Henry Orient).

In the late 1960s, he served as musical director for the TV special Elvis ‘68 and began working for Stanley Wilson, music director at Universal Television. It was in television that he would go on to spend most of his scoring career, though he had more than a dozen feature films to his credit, including the Elvis comedy-drama Change of Habit; the coming-of-age romance Red Sky at Morning; Herbert Ross’ film version of Woody Allen’s stage hit Play It Again, Sam, the first film to pair Allen with Diane Keaton; the change-of-pace Barbra Streisand vehicle Up the Sandbox; the cult classic Hollywood murder mystery The Last of Sheila, from a screenplay by Stephen Sondheim and Anthony Perkins; Peter Hyams’ feature directing debut Busting; Stanley Kramer’s conspiracy thriller The Domino Principle; and the comedy-drama Reuben, Reuben, which earned Tom Conti a Best Actor nomination, opposite Kelly McGillis in her first film role. (Goldenberg may be one of the few film composers of the past who still has more scores released on vinyl than on CD)

Goldenberg’s scoring career at Universal began with episodes of It Takes a Thief and the supernatural mystery movie Fear No Evil, starring Louis Jourdan (as well as its sequel, Ritual of Evil). His assignment to score the three-story pilot for Rod Serling’s Night Gallery was especially notable as one of the segments was directed by Steven Spielberg. Goldenberg would work with Spielberg again on “Murder by the Book,” the first regular episode of Columbo, “LA 2017,” the off-beat, sci-fi themed episode of The Name of the Game, and, most famously, the movie-of-the-week Duel, directed by Spielberg from a Richard Matheson teleplay and story, which was a critical and popular smash that helped propel Spielberg to his feature directing career. (Years later, Goldenberg would score three episodes of the Spielberg-produced Amazing Stories, including stories directed by Peter Hyams and Paul Bartel, and one written by Spielberg’s sister Anne, co-writer of Big).

Before scoring Spielberg’s Columbo episode, he had scored the second of the show’s two pilot movies, Ransom for a Dead Man, and his witty approach helped set the tone for the show’s music throughout its run, with his main theme showing up as a source cue in several episodes. One of Goldenberg’s most notable TV successes was the original musical Queen of the Stardust Ballroom, directed by legendary editor Sam O’Steen (Rosemary’s Baby, Chinatown), and starring Maureen Stapleton and Charles Durning. It won two Emmys and received 11 nominations, including two for Goldenberg and lyricists Alan & Marilyn Bergman. Goldenberg and the Bergmans reteamed with teleplay writer Jerome Kass to adapt the film into the 1978 Broadway musical Ballroom, which marked director-choreographer Michael Bennett’s first show after A Chorus Line. The musical, starring Dorothy Loudon and Vincent Gardenia, ran for 116 performances, winning one Tony (for Choreography) and eight nominations.

Particularly during the 1970s and ‘80s, Goldenberg would become one of the most prolific and honored composers in television. He won Emmys for the Lives of Benjamin Franklin episode “The Rebel” and the miniseries King, starring Paul Winfield as MLK and Cicely Tyson as Coretta. He earned a total of 23 Primetime Emmy nominations over the course of his career in a variety of categories, and one Daytime Emmy nomination. His memorable TV projects include the delightful theme for Banacek as well as scores for The UFO Incident, Helter Skelter, and the miniseries remake of Around the World in 80 Days. For one of his final projects, he teamed up with his friend Beatrice Arthur for the one-woman show Bea Arthur on Broadway, serving as her accompanist and receiving co-credit for the show’s conception. (Research sources for this article include the Variety obituary by Jon Burlingame and the Hollywood Reporter obituary by Mike Barnes).

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The August Issue of FSM ONLINE Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 8/9/2020 - 10:00 PM
The August edition of FSM ONLINE went live on Friday! This month’s cover story is a tribute to the late ENNIO MORRICONE, as we break down “The Next 10” of the maestro’s best. Also this issue, SIMON TAUFIQUE tells us all about the HBO Olympics documentary THE WEIGHT OF GOLD; JASON GRAVES discusses his upcoming video game score, THE DARK PICTURES: LITTLE HOPE, and SWAMP THING’s move to The CW; BRANDON MOORE brings us on his latest VOD adventure, ALIENS STOLE MY BODY; ENIS ROTTHOFF scores the indie romance THE SUNLIT NIGHT; the painful conclusion of Daniel Robbins’ memoir of MIKLÓS RÓZSA; ILAN ESHKERI chats about THE GHOST OF TSUSHIMA and PERFECT PLANET; a special Morricone-themed EAR OF THE MONTH CONTEST; lots of album reviews, including YOU SHOULD HAVE LEFT, DA 5 BLOODS, GREYHOUND and VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA; more embedded audio clips, and more.

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Thank you for support, especially during these trying times. Enjoy the issue, and stay safe!

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Film Score Friday 8/7/20
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 8/6/2020 - 10:00 PM
La-La Land has announced their currently planned schedule of releases for this month.

This week the label is releasing an expanded two-disc 25th anniversary edition of James Horner's score for CASPER, the lavish live-action 1995 film version of the beloved cartoon character, directed by Brad Silberling and starring Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, Cathy Moriarty and Eric Idle; and Larry Groupe's score for the war docudrama THE OUTPOST (previously announced as a July release).

On August 25 they plan to release Devin Burrows' score for the 2020 horror film THE WRETCHED, as well as two soundtracks for small-screen animated superhero stories inspired by DC Comics, TEEN TITANS GO! VS. TEEN TITANS (music by Jason Lazarus) and YOUNG JUSTICE: OUTSIDERS (by Kristopher Carter, Michael McCuistion and Lolita Ritmanis).


Intrada has announced an entirely unexpected upcoming soundtrack CD, release date unspecified, featuring a never-before-released score by one of film music's most beloved and respected composers. For more information go to this Message Board thread.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Casper - James Horner - La-La Land
Oferenda a la tormenta - Fernando Velazquez - Quartet
The Order - Pino Donaggio - Quartet
The Outpost - Larry Groupe - La-La Land
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (re-release) 
- Joel McNeely - Varese Sarabande

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Aisle Seat 8-4: August Arrival Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 8/3/2020 - 10:00 PM
Long one of the most reliably poor-looking Abbott & Costello films on home video – the duo’s independently-produced 1949 comedy AFRICA SCREAMS (79 mins.) – is now, thanks to the 3-D Film Archive and Classic Flix, one of the best. Lovingly and painstakingly restored by Bob Furmanek and his team from the original 35mm nitrate film elements, this limited-edition Blu-Ray does justice to a picture that the comedy team produced outside their Universal Pictures deal – resulting in a myriad of terrible video releases since the film fell into the public domain once a distributor failed to renew its copyright.
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Film Score Friday 7/31/20
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 7/30/2020 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a re-release of their out-of-print edition of David Newman's score for 1989's surprise hit BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE (the long-awaited third film in the series, Bill & Ted Face the Music, is currently scheduled for release this September).


Quartet has announced two new releases -- Pino Donaggio's score for the 2001 action-adventure THE ORDER, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Charlton Heston (and not to be confused with the 2003 religious thriller of the same name, starring Heath Ledger); and Fernando Velazquez's score to OFERENDA A LA TORMENTA, the follow-up to El guardian invisible and Legado en los huesos.


The latest release from Caldera is the score for MAN AT THE TOP, the 1973 film inspired by the TV series of the same name, in which Kenneth Haigh played the character first played by Laurence Harvey in the 1959 Best Picture nominee Room at the Top and its 1965 sequel Life at the Top. The music was composed by the late, great Roy Budd (Get Carter, The Wild Geese, Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger).


The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has announced this year's nominations for the Primetime Emmys, including the following music categories:

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Aisle Seat Video Vault: WEEKEND AT BERNIE'S, A Summer Classic
Posted By Andy Dursin 7/27/2020 - 10:00 PM
Plenty of articles have been written about the Summer of 1989 – one of the last great seasons for movie-goers as every week brought with it what would become a long-time viewer favorite. What hasn’t been written about – but should be – is a tribute to one of the great sleeper hits of the decade. Yes, I’m referring to WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S – a silly looking comedy that became an unlikely success pitted against the likes of Batman, Indiana Jones, a “Lethal Weapon” sequel and a myriad of other, more expensive studio films populating theaters at the time. While a surprise success upon its July 7th opening, the movie has remained a perennial favorite at the Aisle Seat – so much that it feels like this summer is the perfect time to extol its virtues.
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Film Score Friday 7/24/20
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 7/23/2020 - 10:00 PM
Kronos has announced their upcoming release of the score for SINS OF JEZEBEL, the 1953 Biblical drama starring Paulette Goddard and George Nader. The music was composed by Bert Shefter, a familiar name for genre fans for his many collaborations with composer Paul Sawtell, such as The Fly, The Lost World, and the original feature version of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.

They are also releasing the score to the 2019 Slovenian political drama ALL AGAINST ALL (Vsi proti vsem), with music by Kristian Sensini (Rocks in My Pockets), and music from the Belgian TV series GINA & CHANTAL composed by Joris Hermy (Kattenoog)


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Dolce far niente/Le ambizioni sbagliate/Gli occhi, la bocca
- Nicola Piovani - Music Box
Dracula 2000
- Marco Beltrami - Varese Sarabande
Les colonnes du ciel/Felicien Greveche - Raymond Alessandrini - Music Box

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Aisle Seat 7-21: WAR OF THE WORLDS Remaster, Kino Lorber July Releases
Posted By Andy Dursin 7/20/2020 - 10:00 PM
George Pal’s awesome 1953 production of H.G. Wells’ WAR OF THE WORLDS (85 mins., 1953) represents ‘50s sci-fi at its best. From the majestic opening with Sir Cedric Hardwicke’s narration and Leith Stephens’ score, to the first appearance of Pal’s saucers and the scenes of stars Gene Barry and Ann Robinson hiding in a farmhouse from the invading Martians, few other films captured the imaginations of sci-fi fans like director Byron Haskin’s movie. The original “War of the Worlds” set the standard for dozens upon dozens of fantasy films that followed in its wake and still ranks today as one of the greatest genre pictures ever made.
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Film Score Friday 7/17/20
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 7/16/2020 - 10:00 PM
Quartet has announced two new CD releases.

Filmmaker Nicholas Meyer was originally a novelist, and his first break-out hit was THE SEVEN-PER-CENT SOLUTION, his 1974 novel which told of Sherlock Holmes' attempt to cure his cocaine addition by undergoing therapy with Sigmund Freud. The bestseller was quickly made into a film, with Herbert Ross directing Meyer's own Oscar-nominated screenplay and an all-star cast: Nicol Wiliamson as Holmes, Robert Duvall as Watson, Alan Arkin as Freud, Vanessa Redgrave as a damsel in distress, and Laurence Olivier with a very different take on Professor Moriarty. The master Ken Adam was the production designer, Alan Barrett designed the Oscar-nominated costumes, and at one point, the film was to be scored by Bernard Herrmann (!), but his passing in December 1975 after completing Taxi Driver made that impossible, so the assigment went to John Addison, who provided one of his most exciting and engaging scores, full of romance, energy and a wealth of melody. The score was never released commercially, though a promotional LP was made available a few years later (for reasons I cannot explain even to myself, I have three copies of that LP). Quartet's edition is a two-disc set which features the score as originally recorded for the film, several alternate tracks and the promo LP sequencing, as well as "The Madame's Song," which Stephen Sondheim wrote for the film, and liner notes by Frank DeWald.

The label is also re-issuing their two-disc edition of Arthur B. Rubinstein's score for the 1983 hit WARGAMES.


Dragon's Domain and Buysoundtrax have announced four new CD releases -- Craig Safan's score for the 1987 stalker-thriller LADY BEWARE, starring Diane Lane; THE PETER BERNSTEIN COLLECTION VOL. 1, featuring the composer's music for Meggido (Omega Code 2) and Island City; music from the documentary series MEDAL OF HONOR by Richard Stone and Mark Watters; and ALAN HOWARTH LIVE AT HOLLYWOOD THEATER, with Alan Howarth performing pieces from his own scores and the scores he composed with John Carpenter.

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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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