Showing posts with label STEVEN SPIELBERG. Show all posts
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Friday, February 17, 2017


Steven Spielberg & John Williams: The Adventure Continues

Celebrating one of the most definitive and beloved partnerships in the history of motion pictures, John Williams & Steven Spielberg: The Ultimate Collection delivers an essential sampling of Williams's musical scores for Spielberg's films - a critically acclaimed, award-winning, chart-topping collaboration now in its fifth decade. Comprised of a three-CD set and bonus DVD, John Williams & Steven Spielberg: The Ultimate Collection is available from Sony Classical on March 17, 2017.

This collection brings together Williams's two previous discs of his music for Spielberg films, which he recorded with the Boston Pops Orchestra for Sony Classical: The Spielberg/Williams Collaboration (1991) and Williams on Williams: The Classic Spielberg Scores (1995). Those discs include music from Sugarland Express (1974) through Jurassic Park and Schindler's List (1993).

Bringing the collection up to date is an all-new third disc, recorded in 2016 with Williams conducting the Recording Arts Orchestra of Los Angeles, and with Spielberg as executive producer. It features the first release of brand new recordings of music from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Amistad, The BFG, Lincoln, The Adventures of Tintin, Minority Report, Catch Me If You Can, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Saving Private Ryan, War Horse, The Terminal, Munich and Spielberg's 1999 documentary The Unfinished Journey.

The bonus DVD that accompanies this new three-CD collection presents Steven Spielberg & John Williams: The Adventure Continues, a new documentary by filmmaker and film historian Laurent Bouzereau, who has been documenting Spielberg's work for more than twenty years.

"I was very happy with the fact that when I was music director of Boston Pops, we were able to record a lot of the music that I'd written for Steven's films," Williams said about the first two discs in the collection. "So I said to him, 'Steven, wouldn't it be great if we could complete the Sony collection and put in all the things that we didn't have when the last disc was recorded, this time with our great orchestra here in Los Angeles?' To which Steven responded, 'This is a great idea. Let's do it!'"

When Steven Spielberg made his first theatrical feature The Sugarland Express (1974), he sought John Williams to compose the score. With two exceptions, all of Spielberg's films have featured a Williams score. In its continuity and its infinite range of style and expression, their partnership is unique, even in light of other such legendary collaborations in film history, including Bernard Herrmann with Alfred Hitchcock, Nino Rota with Federico Fellini, and Ennio Morricone with Sergio Leone.

"Oh, this has been a great adventure," Spielberg tells Williams at the end of Bouzereau's film. "This has been a greater adventure than all the Indiana Jones movies put together for me ... It's been an honor for me to work all these years with John and to have his friendship, his partnership, his brotherhood. When we made Sugarland Express, we didn't realize we'd set our paths to be partners and friends for the rest of our lives."

In his ongoing career, now in its sixth decade, Williams has won five Academy Awards (three for Spielberg films), seven BAFTA (British Film Academy) awards, four Golden Globes, and twenty-two Grammy Awards for his film scores. His fifty Academy Award nominations, as of 2017, are a record among composers, and he is second only to Walt Disney in holding the most Academy Award nominations by an individual artist. Fifteen of those nominations are for scores from Spielberg films.

Sony Music Masterworks comprises Masterworks, Sony Classical, OKeh, Portrait and Masterworks Broadway imprints.

John Williams & Steven Spielberg: The Ultimate Collection Tracklisting:

DISC 1 - CD 

1 Raiders of the Lost Ark from "Raiders of the Lost Ark"
2 Theme from "Always"
3 Adventures on Earth from "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial"
4 Theme from "Sugarland Express"
5 Title Theme from "Jaws"
6 Out to Sea / The Shark Cage Fugue from "Jaws"
Out to Sea
The Shark Cage Fugue from Jaws
7 Exsultate Justi from "Empire of the Sun"
8 Parade of the Slave Children from "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom"
9 Over the Moon from "E.T. The Extra Terrestrial"
10 March from "1941"
11 Cadillac of the Skies from "Empire of the Sun"
12 Scherzo for Motorcycle and Orchestra from "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade"
13 Close Encounters of the Third Kind/When You Wish Upon a Star Medley
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Excerpts)
When You Wish Upon A Star (interpolated)

DISC 2 - CD 

1 Flying from "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial"
2 Theme From "Jurassic Park"
3 Remembrances from "Schindler's List"
4 Flight to Neverland from "Hook"
5 The Battle Of Hollywood From "1941" (includes the Irish folksong "The Rakes of Mallow")
6 Smee's Plan From "Hook"
7 The Barrel Chase From "Jaws"
8 My Friend,The Brachiosaurus from "Jurassic Park"
9 Jim's New Life From "Empire Of The Sun"
10 The Dialogue From "Close Encounters Of The Third Kind"
11 The Lost Boys Ballet From "Hook"
12 Theme from "Schindler's List"
13 The Basket Chase from "Raiders Of The Lost Ark"
14 The Face Of Pan from "Hook"
15 The Banquet Scene from "Hook"

DISC 3 - CD 

1 The Adventures of Mutt from "Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"
2 Dry Your Tears, Afrika from "Amistad"
3 The BFG from "The BFG"
4 With Malice Toward None from "Lincoln"
5 The Duel from "The Adventures of Tintin"
6 A New Beginning from "Minority Report"
Escapades for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra from "Catch Me If You Can"
7 Movement 1: Closing In
8 Movement 2: Reflections
9 Movement 3: Joy Ride
10 Marion's Theme from "Raiders of the Lost Ark"
11 Hymn to the Fallen from "Saving Private Ryan"
12 Dartmoor, 1912 from "War Horse"
13 Viktor's Tale from "The Terminal"
14 Prayer for Peace from "Munich"
15 Immigration and Building from "The Unfinished Journey"
16 With Malice Toward None from "Lincoln" (Alternate Version) 

Thursday, December 08, 2011



Gossip By The Nostalgic New Yorker

Steven Spielberg

WARHORSE AT AVERY FISHER -- Steven Spielberg’s big screen adaptation of Warhorse was world-premiered at Avery Fisher Hall this past Sunday evening and drew a most impressive array of bold-faced names, including: NBC’s Brian Williams; Eric LaSalle; Michael Michele; Tony Danza; Fox’s Arnold (Shame, Shame, Shame) Diaz; ABC’s Art McFarland; Mariska Hargitay with husband Peter Hermann; PR-pasha David Salidor with client Dayme; Elizabeth Olsen; Jessica Capshaw; Gossip Girl’s Ed Westwick; Ralph Macchio; as well as the terrific cast: Tom Hiddleston; Celine Buckens; David Thewlis; Jeremy Irvine; and, Emily Watson. I saw the play earlier this year and Spielberg has opened it up dramatically for the screen. A most impressive effort for sure. The horse-Joey deserves some sort of recognition as well. How they got him to accomplish what he does in the film, is nothing short of astonishing. Special note: the John Williams score to this movie is not to be believed; it is the best thing he’s ever done. Evocative, compelling … simply brilliant! A supper followed the premiere. Disney knows how to stage a proper premiere for sure. Our thanks to Elaine Lazelle for her sterling efforts. Her taste is impeccable. One last note: if you haven't read this week's Entertainment Weekly interview with Spielberg ... you should. It is captivating!


Alice Eve

TREK ADDITIONS -- J.J. Abrams’ second installment of his re-booted Star trek series is gearing up with the cast additions of Robo Copo-Peter Weller and Alice Eve. Weller, who is a consummate actor, was in a terrific episode last year from Fox’s Fringe, called “White Tulip,” and Fringe-fanatics (myself included!) will tell you it was one of the show’s best episodes ever. Cast as the main villain for the film is none other than Benicio Del Toro; rumored via the ‘net to be playing Khan! Weller has been rumored to be essaying one of the dreaded-Borg, due to current rather-out-worldly appearance. In my book, his addition is another reason to be greatly anticipating the film; directed by Abrams, it is due on May 17, 2013.


Ruth Buzzi

SUES PASSES ON -- Alan Sues, best known as the flamboyant cast member on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, has passed at 85. He died last Thursday in L.A. “We lost a very funny man last night, our dear friend Alan Sues, whom you remember as the very funny sportscaster on Laugh-In,” fellow cast member Ruth Buzzi posted on twitter. “Alan Sues was one of those guys even funnier in person than on camera. Across a dinner table … over the phone … hysterical. We'll miss him.” He portrayed an array of characters on the show, including Uncle Al the Kiddies' Pal; a hungover children's entertainer; and, of course, sportscaster Big Al, who cared more about the colors of their uniforms, rather than the actions on the field. He left the show before its last season. Sues, who went onto additional film and commercial work, was working on an audio book called Oh, Nothing, which he described as "a collection of show stories, personal anecdotes and whatever else happened to enter my mind at the time of recording." Rest easy Alan!


Gayle King

CBS NAME CHANGE, AGAIN? -- CBS has announced the title of its upcoming AM replacement for The Early Show; now, to be called CBS This Morning. Broadcast will air opposite NBC's Today and ABC's Good Morning America, both ultra-profitable and very similar programs; and, against which, The Early Show would perennially come in last. The new show will be hosted by Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Erica Hill, with a premier set for January 9 at 7AM. I'd expect the first show and first week to be most interesting; seeing Rose (and, King for the matter) that early, could just be the right morning-jolt we all need!


Neil Patrick Harris

RIPA R.I.P.? -- I have watched the first two weeks of Live With Kelly and have been mildly amused. Jerry Seinfeld, Jerry O'Connell, and Neil Patrick Harris, have been her early guest-co-hosts thus far, and the results have been a mixed bag. Kelly and Seinfeld seemed to get off to a good start, but he looked like he got bored ... real fast! I have always thought of Jerry as a nighttime comedian; his guests spots on Letterman are legend. Here ... he's much too early. O'Connell fared much better; interestingly, he and Kelly do have a nice rhythm ... though I thought he'd have brought my fave Alan Rickman with him. Her stint with NPH was good too, until he unfortunately mentioned he felt like a tranny at one point, after viewing an odd photo of himself. That's a no no for the show! Damn! Funnily enough, all these guests hosts have made almost everyone realize that what Regis did looked easy ... but, wasn't. I like her, don't get me wrong, but there's no way she can last. Even some of the guests have look exasperated. Regis' last appearance on the show, November 18, drew a record 9.45 million viewers. Not more than the final Oprah ... but, very close and it set a record! Boy, do we miss him!


Tom Cruise

ALL YOU NEED IS KILL --Tom Cruise has inked his third major movie deal in as many months. He will topline the sci-fi All You Need Is Kill, to be directed by Doug Liman, from the Bourne-series. The movie is based on a graphic novel, but, with a twist: A soldier in a war against aliens finds himself reliving his last day over and over after he’s killed. Through the training and battles he experiences, he becomes a better soldier. Cruise has Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol out later this month; and, is currently shooting the movie One Shot; with another movie Oblivion waiting. Interestingly, both of these are sci-fi epics as well. And, March will see the release of the screen adaptation of Rock Of Ages … featuring Tom.

Photos By: Sara De Boer/Walter McBride/RD/Leon/Kirkland/Retna

Thursday, June 30, 2011


Steven Spielberg

SUMMER … IS IT OVER? --- As far as Hollywood is concerned; your summer is officially over. With Transformers 3 opening Friday; Larry Crowne tomorrow … and, what might be the surprise hit of this summer Horrible Bosses, next week, followed quickly by the final Harry Potter (which will almost positively be the hit of the summer!) … that's about it for the summer of 2011. Me … I'm still waiting to see X Men: First Class and Super 8! Last night, trailers were released for two of the hoped-for Xmas hits: Tom Cruise's Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol and Steven Spielberg's Warhorse; his filmed presentation of the current Broadway-hit at Lincoln Center. Me, I've always liked Cruise. Sure, he gets more than his fair share of flak … but, I think in his attempt to diffuse any such thing from happening; actually draws more fire. I hear he is nothing but professional and prepared when working on a movie and at the end of the day, you can't ask for more than that. I liked him the most in War of The Worlds; Rain Man; Vanilla Sky and Minority Report; not so much in The Last Samurai and Far And Away. Let's face it; he was gold in Tropic Thunder; though the joke was played out a bit too long in the media. In the trailer it was great to see him working alongside Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton and the always terrific Tom Wilkinson. And, though there was a tad too much running about and dodging the odd car crash … it was just the first trailer after all. Warhorse on the other hand, was all-Spielberg-ian; moody, atmospheric and totally captivating. The Lincoln Center-production didn't blow me away (though it had its moments), but the trailer had me in seconds. I predict this will be a must-see this holiday season.


FORGOTTEN HITS? --- There is a site called Forgotten Hits, presided over by one Kent Kotal, that is a must-read for lovers of the hits and artists of yesteryear. Although, that said … the one rather provocative questioner that keeps coming up on their reader-feedback is what exactly is an oldie? Sure, Freddy Cannon's “Palisades Park” (which is featured in the current X Man: First Class movie-which has grossed $133 million worldwide and has somewhat rejuvenated his career) is an oldie (from May 1962) but, if you liked a Steely Dan song in college and occasionally listen to Yes and Emerson, Lake and Palmer … does that qualify you as rather dodgy, oldies-devotee? With the amount of legacy bands touring this summer … it does certainly raise the question of what really is an oldie … not too mention being an oldies fan. I was turned onto this site by radio-guru Tom Cuddy several years back and have myself, become a major fan. A big plus in my book, is the consistently good feedback from the readers. They may not be buying record anymore, but their memory of history is astounding, and, Kent's accuracy and writings are sensational. Check it out here....


Joe Piscopo As Frank Sinatra

CALLING JOE! --- This is no joke: After more than 25 years as a popular Atlantic City headline attraction, Joe Piscopo, is taking it to the next level and taking up residence at the new Resorts Casino Hotel with the opening of his very own nightclub, Club Piscopo. Though you may remember the comedian from his Saturday Night Live shenanigans with Eddie Murphy, the multi-talented comedian and actor has partnered with Resorts to create a new kind of AC club with an old-school show biz vibe that premieres Thursday, July 1 for its 4th of July Grand Opening Weekend. Club Piscopo will feature a variety of acts, comedians and bands that will entertain audiences every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the summer. The format will include regular appearances by Piscopo and other well-known entertainers, including jazz artists, musicians, and up-and-coming comedians in an intimate setting. “This is going to be a hang place, where people can come and see an eclectic mix of entertainment. I've always wanted to open a place of my own in AC.” This weekend, he'll be joined by comedian Jeff Norris and a 10-piece swing band. Me, I've always loved him doing his Sinatra-shtick. Funny man ... always has ... good luck Joe! I hope he kills!


BE JEALOUS - - - Looking forward to this evening's Be Jealous photographic event at The Keeley Gallery in Lower Manhattan at Gallery 151. In this body of new work, Ryan Keeley collaborates with one of today’s best up and coming fashion photographer, Richard Guaty. The two combine forces to create a series of provocative images that cross the lines between fashion photography, abstract expressionism, and experimental printing. Each piece contains many layers of hand distressed photo images that are blended between thick compounds of acrylics and enamels. Each layer contains countless possibilities that stand out as beautiful distractions. One can become lost in the beauty of each model shot by Guaty and become fascinated with Keeley's wildly experimental printing methods and aggressive additions to each photo. The two artists working together take post production of photos to a new level by elevating the final product into collectible pieces of fine art. Should be terrific!

Photos By: RD/Kirkland/Dziekan/Retna

Piscopo Photo courtesy Of Randex Publicity

Friday, January 04, 2008


The Cast Of Indiana Jones

Director Steven Spielberg thinks Harrison Ford is not to old to play Indiana Jones and told Vanity Fair, "The 65-year-old actor has handled the dangerous stunts while shooting ‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’ ‘amazingly’ well. Spielberg, 61, said: ‘It’s 19 years since we did the third film, ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’, so we’re both older, and we both certainly look a bit older. But there is no way Harrison was too old for this role. ‘He needed to recapture the caustic, laconic spirit of Dr. Jones, and he had to manage the action, and he did both of those things amazingly well. He was just a little more out of breath after every stunt, and so was I!’ Ford also insists he was more than capable of slipping back into Indy’s famous fedora hat and wielding his whip.He also told Vanity Fair: ‘There’s something about the part that is a good fit for me because the minute I put on the costume, I recognize the tone we need and I feel confident and clear about the character.’ ‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’ - which boasts an all-star cast including Cate Blanchett, Jim Broadbent and ‘Transformers’ star Shia LaBeouf - is due to hit cinema screens in May.