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7/23/04 - A public memorial service for Jerry Goldsmith will be held today (July 23rd, 2004) at 2:00 p.m. at Hillside Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California. All friends, associates, and fans are encouraged to attend the event. The address for Hillside Memorial Park is 6001 Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90045 (telephone: 310-641-0707). If you cannot attend the ceremony, you can share your thoughts about Goldsmith and his music's influence at the Filmtracks Scoreboard. Goldsmith passed away peacefully at the age of 75 on Wednesday after a lengthy battle with cancer.

7/22/04 - Legendary composer Jerry Goldsmith has died at the age of 75 after a long battle with cancer. He passed away peacefully in his sleep Wednesday night (July 21st) at his Beverly Hills home, according to his personal assistant, Lois Carruth. With a career spanning six decades and including roughly 200 major projects, Goldsmith was one of the most prolific composers in Hollywood's modern age. He was also active in composing orchestral pieces for special occasions and taught occasional music classes at local universities. Nominated for 17 Academy Awards, most recently for Mulan in 1998, Goldsmith's only win came in 1976 for The Omen. Among his best known film scores are The Planet of the Apes, Patton, Alien, Poltergeist, Hoosiers, Total Recall, Basic Instinct, and five of the feature Star Trek films. His battle with illness slowed his artistic production in the 2000's, with his final finished score being Looney Tunes: Back in Action. The last entry in his career was 2003's Timeline, a score that was sadly rejected from the film. He was reportedly signed to score two projects in 2004, although his cancelled appearances at concerts and other public events was an indication that he may not have been healthy enough to continue writing. Earlier this year, the Varèse Sarabande label released a comprehensive set, Jerry Goldsmith at 20th Century Fox, celebrating his career, and they have plans to release his rejected Timeline score as well. Filmtracks and all fans of film music extend the best of wishes to all of those who were close to Goldsmith, and you can discuss his life and career at the Filmtracks Scoreboard. A true Hollywood legend has been lost.

7/14/04 - Deep Blue: (George Fenton) --All New Review-- "At the start of the 2000's, The BBC television series The Blue Planet took the world by storm, featuring IMAX-sized visuals of the oceans' wonders and selling in great numbers once available. Richard Attenborough's narration and George Fenton's score for The Blue Planet, along with the wondrous vistas, made that film the success it was. For the 2004 expansion of the The Blue Planet concept, a major documentary feature film from BBC Worldwide and Greenlight Media entitled Deep Blue was made as a normal cinema counterpart for the television series. The film has slowly been debuting across the globe and Miramax has reportedly acquired Deep Blue for North American release in early 2005. It is a $5 million production which used twenty specialized camera teams, shooting more than 7,000 hours of footage at over 200 locations around the world and descending as far as 5,000 meters in the most powerful submersible craft available...." ***** Read the entire review.

7/11/04 - Terror Tract: (Brian Tyler) --All New Review-- "Every popular composer has a story about breaking into the industry at some point early in his career, and, for Brian Tyler, the 2000 television film Terror Tract was instrumental in the recognition it would provide him when moving on to the other horror films of the early 2000's for which he made his name. Finishing his second year of scoring films and television series, Tyler was recommended to the directors of Terror Tract, which finally aired on the USA cable television network in the fall of 2001 and was based upon three separate short horror stories. Real estate agent John Ritter introduces the three stories by showing you the homes in which they take place and serving as the overarching connection between the supposedly unrelated tales. Directors Lance Dreesen and Clint Hutchison are soundtrack collectors themselves, and had used some of Hollywood's most famous horror scores as temp music in Terror Tract. They recognized that their film would need an orchestral sound in order to distinguish itself..." *** Read the entire review.

7/8/04 - Big Wednesday: (Basil Poledouris) --All New Review-- "There haven't been many dramatically weighty films in the genre of surfing throughout Hollywood's history, but director John Milius wanted to present the public with just that in 1978. An avid surfer during his developmental years in Southern California, Milius wanted to change the perception of surfing films that had been dominated by pop culture music and had neglected the serious and professional aspects of the sport. While Big Wednesday accomplished its goal in providing drama both on and off the waves, the film earned its niche in small cult groups across the world while being sadly forgotten by most mainstream viewers. Another surfing enthusiast, and one of Milius' close friends, Basil Poledouris, was also studying film in the same area in the 1970's. Poledouris' knack for musical whimsy, composing impromptu themes on the piano for Milius' early film projects, led to an early and fruitful collaboration on Big Wednesday...." **** Read the entire review.

7/5/04 - The Punisher: (Carlo Siliotto) --All New Review-- "First appearing as an auxiliary character in a Spiderman comic in 1974, Frank Castle would eventually gain his own comic series (and international fame) in the mid-1980's. His story being one of emotional torment, Castle is a former decorated Marine who abandons his service when his family is gunned down in cold blood, becoming "The Punisher" as an expert, freelance crime fighter. For the film, some of the facts of the original comic have been twisted to suit a more modern age, but the table is still set for Castle to become his own superhero of sorts and, in this case, take down the wealthy, criminal Florida family which wrongly killed his own. The most important aspect of the Castle character remains intact: his ability to fight as a superhero without any supernatural superhero powers. He relies simply on good hand to hand combat tactics and a mastery of weaponry in order to seek his revenge. Conversely, on the far other end of the spectrum of humanity is Italian composer Carlo Siliotto, a man in his mid-50's..." **** Read the entire review.

7/3/04 - Narrow Margin: (Bruce Broughton) --All New Review-- "Among the better forgotten thrillers of the 1990's was Narrow Margin, a tale of witness protection from director Peter Hyams. Gene Hackman's deputy district attorney is assigned to protect book editor Anne Archer, who is the only witness of a mob assassination, from the wilderness of Canada back to Los Angeles to testify. The film rented an entire train for the majority of its running time, with the rail trek through British Columbia taking several suspenseful turns as killers from the mob have infiltrated the voyage. For train enthusiasts, this film ranks up there with Under Siege 2: Dark Territory as an exciting modern thriller, although Narrow Margin has the distinct advantage of featuring two outstanding actors in their prime. Hyams has been made notorious for his difficult relationships with members of his crew, and notably with his composers. Having worked with Jerry Goldsmith early in his career and then with half a dozen composers since, it is no surprise that there is no consistent composer for the majority of his films...." *** Read the entire review.






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