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December 9, 2000

According to Soundtrackmag.com, Mark Snow will appear in an upcoming episode of The X-Files. Here is the info:

X-Files fans should watch closely on Episode #8 this month – they'll see Snow onscreen in a cameo performance.

The episode also features a brief return of David Duchovny. "I play a doctor, and I don't say anything and I'm not on the screen too long, but it was a fun moment," Snow told Soundtrackmag.com. "Kim Manners, the director, called up and said, 'Look, get your ass over here, I want to have you in this show!' And I said 'Okay!' It was one of those night shoots, you get there at 8 and you leave at 5 in the morning."

For more information on Snow's approach to The X-Files' eighth season, see our interview in the Winter issue of Soundtrack Magazine.

In other news, the short film, The Dancing Cow, is getting a lot of attention and awards. Check out the film's website for all the latest info. You can also download Mark's score for this film.

Sources: Soundtrackmag.com [www.soundtrackmag.com] & The Dancing Cow [www.thedancingcow.com]

November 29, 2000

Australian fans will be celebrating tonight when Channel 10 begins The Essential X-Files at 9:30pm. Future episodes include "Syzygy", "Bad Blood", "How the Ghosts Stole Christmas", "Dreamland 1 & 2", "Triangle" and "Paper Hearts" (Mark received an Emmy nomination for this episode's score). Tonight's episode is "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose". Enjoy!

November 3, 2000

Unfortunately, the chat didn't take place because Mark couldn't make it.

October 28, 2000

Chat You can talk to Mark Snow. :) When? November 3rd (US time). Where? At the Official X-Files Site.

October 6, 2000

The short-lived Chris Carter series, Harsh Realm, premieres early Saturday morning in Australia on Seven/Prime at 12:15am. (So that means you have to stay up late tonight to catch it.)

September 13, 2000

The mini-series, Sole Survivor, airs tonight (Part 1) and Thursday (Part 2) on Fox at 8pm.

August 26, 2000 (night)

And the Emmy goes to... Joseph LoDuca for Xena. I can hear everyone saying "What??!!" Yes, once again the voters didn't give Mark Snow the award that he deserves. Anyway, there's always next year. :)

August 26, 2000 (morning)

Happy Birthday to Mark Snow!! He turns 54 today. :)

August 3, 2000

According to several sources, including The Internet Movie Database, Mark is doing the music for a new sci-fi TV-series called Dark Realm.

Yes, that's right. It's called Dark Realm. I didn't make a typing error. ;)

And, yes, I know it sounds like Mark's other show, Harsh Realm, which was cancelled by Fox after only three episodes. Anyway, this new Realm is described as a cross between Twilight Zone and The X-Files. It might also be something like The Outer Limits. Warner Brothers owns this show but I haven't heard anything more about this, so I'm not even sure if it will premiere in the new season. Let's just hope that this show doesn't suffer like Harsh Realm did last year.

Sources: IMDb [www.imdb.com] & The Dark Realm [www.thedarkrealm.co.uk]

August 2, 2000

The short film, The Dancing Cow, will be released on DVD on September 12th... and it's free for all. Well, almost free. Here's the info from the film's official site:

It's official. The COW is going to be released on DVD September 12th. It will have two commentary tracks (featuring Taz, Rob, Byrne, John A. Alonzo, and Mark Snow) and a six minute behind-the-scenes special.

The best news... It's FREE!

As part of TOTAL MOVIE MAGAZINE's mega U.S. launch, they've asked us to appear on the premiere issues' DVD. The magazine costs around eight bucks, but the DVD comes with it for free. It will be available at newsstands and BLOCKBUSTER VIDEO stores all across the country for two months beginning September 12th.

If you've never seen the COW, now's your chance!

If you have seen it, check out the commentary tracks. We promise lots of laughs and foul language. And please get everyone you know to pick up a copy. Every bit of support is appreciated!

If you want to hear Mark's score for this film (and some bits were used in David Duchovny's The X-Files: "Hollywood A.D." episode), click here to download the MP3 clips. And in other Dancing Cow news, the film won the "Best Short Film Audience Award" at the Dances With Films Festival. Also, if you want to see it on the big screen, check the film's official site for all the screening info.

Okay... now on to other things. Don't forget to catch the premiere episode of Bull on Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET/PT, August 15th on TNT (US time).

And, one more final thing for now... I don't usually make mistakes, but I did (see July 28). Mark is not doing the scores for UPN/Paramount TV's Special Unit 2. He is only providing the theme for the show.

Sources: The Dancing Cow Official Site [www.thedancingcow.com], TNT [www.tnt-tv.com] & GSA [www.gsamusic.com]

July 28, 2000

Mark is doing the music for the TV Series, Special Unit 2 (UPN). Evan Katz is the show's producer.

Source: GSA [www.gsamusic.com]

July 22, 2000

Great news! "Encore: The Ultimate Mark Snow Site" is proud to announce the success of the Millennium CD Campaign! Fox has agreed to allow Mark to release a soundtrack CD from the series. Thanks to everyone who supported this campaign! :)

July 20, 2000

"And the Emmy Nominees are..."

Mark's score for The X-Files: "Theef" was chosen as one of five outstanding dramatic scores for the "52nd Annual Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Emmy Awards". This is his fifth nomination for The X-Files and it is also his eleventh Emmy nomination. Here is the full list of nominees in this category:

Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore)

Falcone - Lealta - CBS - Johnson/Hancock Productions in association with CBS Productions and Columbia TriStar Television
Jay Gruska, Composer

Felicity - Help For The Lovelorn - WB - Imagine Television in association with Touchstone Television Productions, LLC
Danny Pelfrey, W.G. Snuffy Walden, Composers

Star Trek: Voyager - Spirit Folk - UPN - Paramount Pictures
Jay Chattaway, Composer

The X-Files - Theef - FOX Ten Thirteen Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television
Mark Snow, Composer

Xena: Warrior Princess - Fallen Angel - SYN Renaissance Prods. in association with Studios USA
Joseph LoDuca, Composer

The X-Files picked up five other nominations:
Outstanding Makesup for a Series - "Theef"
Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series - "First Person Shooter"
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Drama Series - "First Person Shooter"
Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series - "First Person Shooter"
Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series - "Rush"

Another Mark Snow-related project, Dirty Pictures, picked up two nominations including Outstanding Cinematography for a Mini-Series, Movie or a Special.

Congratulations to all the nominees!

July 22, 2000

"Encore: The Ultimate Mark Snow Site" is finally ready to launch the Millennium CD Campaign. Show your support and let Fox know that we are still waiting for an official Millennium soundtrack!

June 8, 2000

Cosmonova Project, The Dancing Cow & Oz X-Files Video

Some interesting info, thanks to the excellent Soundtrack Magazine website. Mark will be doing a "special project" for Cosmonova's special show in December. (Cosmonova is a "state of the art planetarium" located in Sweden. You can check out their website by clicking right here). This project sounds really interesting and I'll try to get some more info.

Here is some recent Dancing Cow news: the film won a "Film Threat Award" at the USA Film Festival last month. It is a new award, created for this movie by Chris Gore (Editor of The Film Threat Magazine and host of The New Movie Show on the FX channel). The Dancing Cow was also the winner of the "Best Short Film" category at the San Diego Film Festival.

Finally, two brand new X-Files videos were released yesterday in Australia: "Closure" (contains episodes "Sein Und Zeit" and "Closure") & "Millennium" (contains the crossover episode plus the series finale episodes of Millennium"Via Dolorosa" and "Goodbye To All That"). There's a lot of good music here by Mark (and Moby in the "Closure" video), so grab a copy if you see them.

Sources: Soundtrack Magazine [www.soundtrackmag.com] & The Dancing Cow Official Site [www.thedancingcow.com]

May 23, 2000

The End of Another Season...

Mark will be doing the music for the new X-Files spinoff show, The Lone Gunmen. Fox will air this series in 2001 as a midseason replacement. The X-Files will be returning for another season. There might also be a ninth season in the future.

La Femme Nikita was cancelled recently. And, FX is not planning to launch a new series of Harsh Realm. Also, TNT's first original TV series, Bull, will air in August. Mark's doing this too, of course. And, Mark's working on the ABC mini-series Widows which will air in the new season too.

Dirty Pictures airs on May 27th on Showtime in the US. I've heard some really good comments about Mark's score for this one. Giants, the video game, is due to be released on October 1 (according to Amazon.com).

Finally, ratings news, thanks to Yahoo: "Despite airing opposite Frasier and Millionaire, the CBS picture Murder, She Wrote: A Story to Die For, with Angela Lansbury reprising her Jessica Fletcher role, delivered the net's largest audience in the 9 p.m. Thursday hour (12.75 million) in more than six months and its best women 25-54 rating (4.5) since Feb. 3."

And... "Fox topped ABC on the night in young adults with its best Sunday score (6.3/17) since Feb. 27. The X-Files was the night's top-ranked show in adults 18-49 (8.5/20), edging Millionaire (8.3/20). Files finished 20% better than its season average in 18-49 (8.5 vs. 7.1), but 7% below last year's finale (9.1)."

Sources: Yahoo News [www.yahoo.com] & Ultimate TV [www.ultimatetv.com]

May 1, 2000

ASCAP Awards

Once again, Mark received the "Most Performed Underscore" award this year! Congratulations Mark!

March 26, 2000

Golden Reel Awards: Results

The X-Files and Harsh Realm didn't win anything last night. They were both beaten by The Sopranos and ER.

Sources: MPSE Online [www.mpse.org]

March 25, 2000

47th MPSE Golden Reel Awards

Every year the Motion Picture Sound Editors presents the Golden Reel Awards which acknowledges the past year's best work in the various areas of sound editing. The X-Files and Harsh Realm were successful nominees. Tonight, will these two Mark Snow-related shows win anything or will they both lose to shows such as NYPD Blue, The Sopranos, The Practice and ER? We'll have to wait and see. Here are the detailed nominations info for both The X-Files and Harsh Realm. Good luck to 1013!

Best Sound Editing - Television Episodic - Dialogue & ADR
Harsh Realm: "Pilot"
The X-Files: "The Unnatural"

Best Sound Editing - Television Episodic - Effects and Foley
The X-Files: "Agua Mala"

Sources: MPSE Online [www.mpse.org]

March 24, 2000

Harsh Realm Returns

Set those VCRs! The game is back... but not on Fox. fX will be screening all 9 episodes filmed (including 6 new episodes). The "Pilot" episode screens tonight at 9pm. People living outside the States will, unfortunately, be missing out (like me).

The new 1013 series

The pilot of The X-Files spinoff series based on "The Lone Gunmen" characters is now in production. There are lots of rumours flying around the Net, so I can't really tell you what happens in the first episode. I can tell you, however, that Mark Snow will be doing the theme and underscores. Let's hope this show becomes a hit. et those VCRs!

March 23, 2000

Chris Carter Receives Showmanship Award

Yesterday (22/3), Chris Carter received the Television Showmanship Award from the Publicists Guild of America. Gillian Anderson presented the award to him. There were several congratulatory ads in Wednesday's "Variety" including this one:

"Chris, Congratulations on the Television Showmanship Award. All Our Best, 1013 Music Crew, Mark Snow, Jeff Charbonneau".

Sources: The Chris Carter File [members.tripod.com/~CarterPhile/]

March 16, 2000

GDC Update

I didn't go to the Game Developers Conference but I did manage to find a "wrap-up" of the entire event. Here is a direct quote from the article:

On a final lecture note, turns out Mark Snow, composer for the X-Files, Millenium, etc., was a no show again this year. Curious faces peered up at film composer Marco Beltrami, who took Mark's time slot at the podium. Those that hadn't gotten the word about the switch didn't seem too disappointed though, Marco giving an informative "show and tell" with plenty of his 'reel' world examples. Robust applause erupted spontaneously several times.

Sources: Aaron Marks from "Gamasutra" [www.gamasutra.com/features/20000316/audio_01.htm]

March 8, 2000

Game Developers Conference

Mark will be giving an in-depth lecture about the art of scoring for science fiction and futuristic environments. For more info, go to GDC's official site.

January 4, 2000

Interplay's Giants: Citizen Kabuto Delayed

All good things come to those who wait... at least that's what Interplay wants you to believe. Interplay today announced that the release date of their upcoming action/strategy game Giants: Citizen Kabuto has been delayed. A company representative said, "It's just not ready yet," and the new release date is "sometime in the Year 2000." Giants: Citizen Kabuto has been turning heads ever since its impressive showing at this year's E3. Giants allows the player to take control of one of three races: the Meccaryn, who specialize in space travel and weaponry; the Sea Reapers who can travel the seas and wreak elemental havoc on their enemies; and the Kabuto giant, a one creature wrecking crew that can crush victims in its bare hands.

According to developer Planet Moon, play balancing is one of the areas that are causing the delay. Tim Williams of Planet Moon stated "We always knew that balancing the game would be the toughest feat... It's important to remember that in this game you don't just start as one of three races, then rush headlong into a battle where the guy with the biggest guns or muscles wins." Neither Planet Moon nor Interplay is willing to give an exact release date, but you can keep up on the latest info regarding this title at http://www.interplay.com.

Sources: Hartley & Pattie Lesser. Reported by Michael Askounes. From GameProWorld [www.gameproworld.com]

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