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Film Score Friday 3/5/21
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 3/4/2021 - 10:00 PM
La-La Land has announced two upcoming releases expected the week after next -- a three-disc set ("Volume One"!) of music from Irwin Allen's '60s sci-fi TV series THE TIME TUNNEL, featuring music composed for the series by Robert Drasnin, Lyn Murray, Paul Sawtell, and that other guy, what's his name...oh yes, John Williams; and Fred Mollin's score for the seagoing slasher sequel FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VIII: JASON TAKES MANHATTAN (the only film in the original series for which Harry Manfredini did not recieve full or shared scoring credit).

For those who may be interested in what exactly constitutes an award-qualifying film for the upcoming Oscars, the Academy has announced the Reminder List of eligible films for the 2020 awards (which includes films released through the end of February 2021). Nominations will be announced on March 15th, and the awards will be handed out on April 25th.

Fun fact: last Christmas's big DC Comics superhero spectacular is officially listed as WW84. I guess the studio used up their allotment of letters on Birds of Prey and The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn.


Ulysse 31 - Denny Crockett, Ike Egan, Shuki Levy, Haim Saban, Seji Suzuki - CSC


Raya and the Last Dragon, the latest animated feature from Disney, opens in theaters this week with a score by James Newton Howard. No score CD has been announced yet, but both Mulan and Soul had score CDs released overseas, so there's always hope. 
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Aisle Seat 3-2: Revisiting John Hughes at Paramount
Posted By Andy Dursin 3/1/2021 - 10:00 PM
Offering a pair of Blu-Ray premieres and format reprisals of three ’80s classics, Paramount’s five-disc Blu-Ray anthology JOHN HUGHES: 5-MOVIE COLLECTION gives viewers convenient access to Hughes’ complete cinematic output at the studio, offering some of his finest work both as a director and writer/producer.
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Film Score Friday 2/26/21
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 2/25/2021 - 10:00 PM

The latest score CD from Intrada is an expanded, two-disc release of Frank DeVol's exciting adventure score for the original, 1965 film version of THE FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX, with the full 64-minute score on Disc One and alternates and source cues on Disc Two.

The voting closes for the first annual FSMies this Sunday, Feb. 28, at 11:59 PM (PST). Subscribers can click here to vote!

Quartet has announced two new score CDs -- the first release of Ennio Morricone and Bruno Nicolai's score for the 1968 Italian gangster film BANDITS IN ROME (aka Roma come Chicago), starring John Cassavates and Gabriele Ferzetti; and the first release of Riz Ortolani's score for the 1970 thriller L'INVASIONE, starring Michel Piccoli.

Dragon's Domain has announced three new releases -- THE MARK SNOW COLLECTION VOL. 3: SOUTHERN GOTHIC, featuring the composer's scores for two 1994 TV movies, Murder Between Friends and Shadows of Desire; Joel Goldsmith's score for the 1996 comic book adaptation VAMPIRELLA, starring Talisa Soto and Roger Daltrey; and the score for the 1991 children's fantasy ADVENTURES IN DINOSAUR CITY, by Frederic Ensign Teetsel.

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Aisle Seat 2-23: Kino Lorber February Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 2/22/2021 - 10:00 PM
It’s going to be hard for future generations to understand the dynamics of how movies functioned in the days before streaming – back when films that weren’t “tentpoles” or franchise-driven IP’s could not only find a place at the box-office, but also become bonafide commercial hits in the process. Unlikely sleeper successes were commonplace decades ago, as evidenced by the stunning performance of THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN (102 mins., 1975, PG), which fit right into the “Love Story”-established ’70s formula of a romance doomed by a personal tragedy that its lead character has to overcome.
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Cary Wong Lands Coveted Nomination
Posted By Jon Kaplan 2/22/2021 - 1:00 AM

FSMO contributor Cary Wong scored a nomination from Los Angeles Press Club - National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards in the Music

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Film Score Friday 2/19/21
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 2/18/2021 - 10:00 PM
Next week, Intrada will release an expanded, two-disc edition of a score that was one of the first-ever releases from the Film Score Monthly label. For those who want more information, such as the film's title and composer, go to this Message Board thread.

Music Box is reissuing two of their out-of-print, expanded score CDs - Philippe Sarde's score for director Jean-Jacques Annaud's animal adventure drama THE BEAR, and Ennio Morricone's score for the 1973 spy thriller THE SERPENT, starring Yul Brynner, Henry Fonda, Dirk Bogarde, Philippe Noiret and Virna Lisi.


The Awakening (re-release) - Claude Bolling - Quartet
Fireball XL5
 - Barry Gray - Silva
The Great Gatsby Ballet
 - Carl Davis - Carl Davis Collection
The Silence of the Lambs (re-release)
 - Howard Shore - Quartet
Symphonies No. 6 & 7/Night Voyage
 - Christopher Gunning - Signum
Zappa - John Frizzell, songs - Zappa Records 

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February's FSM ONLINE Is Live — Vote for the FSMies!
Posted By Tim Curran 2/15/2021 - 11:00 PM
The February edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. This month's cover story is the long-awaited inauguration of our own official awards to recognize the cream of the film score crop each year: THE FIRST ANNUAL FSMies. Have your voice heard and vote for which scores and albums from the past year are truly the best. Or, if you don't subscribe to FSMO, sign up HERE to join in the fun!

Also in this issue, MARC CANHAM discusses his score to the upcoming Netflix thriller I CARE A LOT; Tim Burden and Saul Pincus look back at the classic movies and MUSIC OF 1991 in a 90-minute audio retrospective; NAINITA DESAI documents her work on THE REASON I JUMP and AMERICAN MURDER: THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR; BEN LOVETT gets hairy with THE WOLF OF SNOW HOLLOW; JONGNIC BONTEMPS scores a civil rights icon in MY NAME IS PAULI; Volume 4 of SOUNDTRACK OBSCURITIES 2.0 unearths some frozen gems from Scandinavia and Iceland; an Ear of the Month Contest for 1991; lots of album reviews, including THE LITTLE THINGS, THE MIDNIGHT SKY, WANDAVISION, LOONEY TUNES: BACK IN ACTION - THE DELUXE EDITION and WOLFWALKERS; more embedded audio clips, and more. Enjoy, and HAPPY PRESIDENTS‘ DAY! 

Subscribers, you’ll get notification by email shortly. Or, just go here to log in. For those who want to join FSM ONLINE, go here, click on the “Subscribe” link and follow the instructions. And email us if you have any questions.

Your Friends at FSM ONLINE

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Aisle Seat Flops of Winters Past: Sly Stallone's D-TOX [EYE SEE YOU]
Posted By Andy Dursin 2/15/2021 - 10:00 PM
Sylvester Stallone’s career has endured through a number of down periods, most especially during the late ’90s. After starring in the well-reviewed James Mangold drama “Cop Land,” Stallone sputtered with his next project: the thriller D-TOX — ultimately known as EYE SEE YOU in the U.S. — in what was supposed to be part of a multi-film deal with Universal.
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Film Score Friday 2/12/21
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 2/11/2021 - 10:00 PM
Quartet has announced two new re-releases of previous score CDs -- a 30th anniversary release of their expanded edition of Howard Shore's score for the 1991 Best Picture winner THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, and a slightly remastered and resequenced edition of Claude Bolling's evocative orchestral score for the 1980 mummy thriller THE AWAKENING, starring Charlton Heston and directed by, amazingly enough, Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Donnie Brasco, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire).

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced shortlists for the nominations for nine categories for the 93rd Oscars, including the following music categories:


AMMONITE – Dustin O’Halloran, Volker Bertelmann
BLIZZARD OF SOULS – Lolita Ritmanis
DA 5 BLOODS – Terence Blanchard
THE INVISIBLE MAN – Benjamin Wallfisch
MANK – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
THE MIDNIGHT SKY – Alexandre Desplats
MINARI – Emile Mosseri
MULAN – Harry Gregson-Williams
NEWS OF THE WORLD – James Newton Howard
SOUL – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Jon Batiste
TENET – Ludwig Goransson
THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 – Daniel Pemberton

The biggest surprise inclusion is Blizzard of Souls. I suspect I'm not the only one here who wouldn't be aware of this film or its score if La-La Land hadn't made the soundtrack available. Most unexpected exclusions are Let Him Go (Giacchino), Pieces of a Woman (Shore) and two scores by Hans Zimmer, Hillbilly Elegy (written with David Fleming) and Wonder Woman 1984 (aka WW84).


“Fight For You” -  JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH- Gabriella Wilson, Dernst Emile II, Tiara Thomas
“Free” - THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN – Diane Warren
“Green” - SOUND OF METAL – Abraham Marder
“Hear My Voice” - THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 – Daniel Pemberton
“Husavik” - EUROVISION SONG CONTEST: THE STORY OF FIRE SAGA – Savan Kotecha, Fat Max Gsus, Rickard Goransson
“lo Si` (Seen)” - THE LIFE AHEAD (LA VITA DAVANTI A SE) – Diane Warren, Laura Pausini, Niccolo Agliardi
“Loyal Brave True” -  MULAN – Jamie Hartman, Harry Gregson-Williams, Rosi Golan, Billy Crabtree
“Make It Work” -  JINGLE JANGLE: A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY – John Stephens
“Never Break” -  GIVING VOICE – Nasri Atweh, Benjamin Hudson McIldowie, Greg Wells, John Stephens
“Rain Song” – MINARI – Emile Mosseri, Stefanie Y. Hong
“See What You’ve Done” -  BELLY OF THE BEAST – Mary J. Blige, Darhyl Camper, Denisia “Blu June” Andrews, Brittany “Chi” Coney
“Show Me Your Soul” - MR. SOUL! – Robert Glasper, Muhammad Ayers, Lalah Hathaway, Melissa Haizlip
“Speak Now” - ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI... – Leslie Odom Jr., Sam Ashworth
 “Turntables” - ALL IN: THE FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY – Janelle Monae Robinson, Nathaniel Irvin III, George “George 2.0.” A Peters II

(The specific songwriters on the list above have not been officially announced as the contenders, but are merely the result of my own research into the topic).

None of the songs from the animated films Over the Moon or Trolls World Tour made the cut, and other highly-touted songs that didn't make the list include “The Plan” (Tenet), “Tigress & Tweed” (The United States vs. Billie Holliday), “Together” (Music) and “Wear Your Crown” (The Prom). Continuing a recent trend, four of the songs are from documentaries -- All In: The Fight for Democracy, Belly of the Beast, Giving Voice and Mr. Soul!

The rest of the shortlists are at the end of this column.*

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Aisle Seat 2-9: Back to the 70s Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 2/8/2021 - 10:00 PM
One of the quintessential “paranoid thrillers” of the 1970s, Alan J. Pakula’s THE PARALLAX VIEW (102 mins., 1974, R; Criterion) is a slick case of atmosphere triumphing over characterization and coherence. Warren Beatty stars as a grizzled reporter who witnessed the assassination of a senator on the top of the Space Needle in Seattle. Years later, his ex (Paula Prentiss) reappears on the scene, claiming there’s a conspiracy and that witnesses who were there are being murdered. Beatty springs into action, telling only his publisher (Hume Cronyn) of a possible cover-up and ultimately going down a rabbit hole that involves the mysterious “Parallax Corporation.”
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The 2021 FSMies
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1991: Scores of Scores - A 30th-Anniversary Retrospective
The Reason She Scores
Ben Lovett Gets Hairy
His Name Is Jongnic: Music for Pauli
Soundtrack Obscurities 2.0, Vol. 4: Music From Scandinavia and Iceland
Ear of the Month Contest: 1991 in Film Music
Today in Film Score History:
March 8
Alex North begins recording his unused score for Sounder (1972)
Bruce Broughton born (1945)
Dave Grusin begins recording his score for Murder by Death (1976)
Dick Hyman born (1927)
Franz Waxman begins recording his score for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
George Martin died (2016)
James Newton Howard begins recording his score for Dave (1993)
Jerry Goldsmith begins recording orchestral cues for Logan's Run score (1976)
Jerry Goldsmith records his pilot score for Dr. Kildare (1961)
John Williams begins recording his score for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
Paul Chihara begins recording his score, adapted from Gilbert & Sullivan, for The Bad News Bears Go to Japan (1978)
William Walton died (1983)
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