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Bernstein rides again with ‘West’

Prolific scorer handles 205th film

Elmer Bernstein will score the Barry Sonnenfeld Warner Bros. film “Wild Wild West,” marking the 205th film score for the Oscar and Emmy winner.

“West,” skedded for a July 1999 release, marks the composer’s return to a genre he helped to musically define via his scores for such pics as “The Magnificent Seven,” “True Grit” and “The Shootist.”

Bernstein’s film scores range from “The Ten Commandments” through “The Man With the Golden Arm,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “The Great Escape,” “National Lampoon’s Animal House,” “Airplane!” “The Grifters” and “The Age of Innocence.” He won an Oscar for his work on the 1967 “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and an Emmy for “The Making of the President.”

He will complete scoring the Mandalay film “Deep End of the Ocean,” starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Whoopi Goldberg, before he begins work on “Wild Wild West.”

The pic, based on the 1960s TV series, stars Will Smith, Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh and Salma Hayek. Sonnenfeld directs from a script by Peter S. Seaman and Jeffrey Price.

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