Alexandre Desplat is reteaming with George Clooney on the upcoming crime comedy Suburbicon. The film directed by Clooney and stars Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Josh Brolin, Oscar Isaac, Noah Jupe and Glenn Fleshler. The movie centers on a father who hatches a plan to kill his wife in order to be with the woman’s sister, with whom he’s having an affair. Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men, Fargo) wrote the screenplay. Clooney is also producing the project with Joel Silver (The Matrix, Die Hard, Lethal Weapon), Grant Heslov (Argo, August: Osage County) and Teddy Schwarzman (The Imitation Game, Gold). Desplat has previously collaborated with Clooney on his last two directorial efforts, The Ides of March and The Monuments Men. Suburbicon is currently in post-production and is expected to be released later this year by Paramount Pictures.
Marvin Hamlisch's first feature film score – written while he was still a college student – remains one of the great debuts in soundtrack history: a work of remarkable maturity, 1968's The Swimmer is rich in contrast and scope, communicating the film's uncommon emotional complexity in stunningly clear detail. Hamlisch proves a master of both style and mood, shifting effortlessly from the poignant simplicity of the main theme to the effervescent jazz cut "Easy Four/Bubbles" to the soaring orchestral flourishes of "Hurdles." Like the new generation of filmmakers who redefined American cinema in the late '60s and early '70s, Hamlisch achieves a note-perfect balance between tradition and innovation, acknowledging the past masters of movie music even as he expands the parameters of the form. Film Score Monthly's superlative reissue includes excellent liner notes and a series of stills from the film. Highly recommended.
Varèse Sarabande presents "Surviving Christmas", music from the film featuring Randy Edelman's score mixed with several songs from the past Holiday seasons…a list of some talented people Chet Atkins, Bing Crosby, Jose Feliciano, Judy Garland, Lou Rawls and Andy Williams.