Randy Newman made movie news this week

By Chris Willman
August 08, 1997 at 04:00 AM EDT

It’s not just the President who got hijacked in Air Force One — Randy Newman’s original score was yanked just eight weeks before the picture’s opening. Newman (Toy Story) won’t comment, but sources say director Wolfgang Petersen thought the composer’s score was too slam-bang. Enter veteran suspense booster Jerry Goldsmith (Alien). ”It’s easier to be the second wife because you already know what the husband doesn’t like,” says Goldsmith’s agent, Richard Kraft. Goldsmith wrote and recorded 63 minutes of score in four and a half weeks, with an additional 27 minutes written by colleague Joel McNeely. Says Kraft, ”I kept reminding Jerry he wrote the Chinatown [score] in 10 days” — another case in which Goldsmith pinch-hit.

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