John Williams Returns for Episode VII

July 27, 2013 at 5:35 am | Posted in Celebration, Celebration Europe, Disney, Episode VII, Movies, News, Star Wars, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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The Kathleen Kennedy panel at Star Wars Celebration Europe II brought confirmation that John Williams will be scoring Star Wars Episode VII.

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February 22, 2013 at 8:41 am | Posted in Around the Web, Art, Audiobooks, Blu-ray, Books, eBooks, Humor, News, Regular Feature, Sci-Fi, Star Wars, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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In a category one step above rumor, composer John Williams expressed interest in returning for Star Wars Episode VII. For Star Wars fans of all ages, John Williams’ classic music has always been a cornerstone of the franchise, so it’s good to hear that if the movie makers behind the new film would like him to come on board, he’s interested in doing so. Still, there has been some talk about J.J. Abrams’ go-to composer Michael Giacchino who did the music for the Star Tours ride. Either way, we’ll have to wait and see.

The British Library will make public next year a collection of over 100 diaries and letters by Alec Guinness, the actor who portrayed Obi-Wan Kenobi in A New Hope. The documents cover his life in between the 1930s to 2000, so it’s quite possible there will be some notes on his experiences in Star Wars. (via Jedi News)

Star Wars fans in the UK can look forward to a new release of the Star Wars Blu-rays in a special steelbook case. Rebelscum has a copy of the official press release.

If you’re a long time fan of the Modal Nodes then you’ll definitely want to check out Star Wars Underworld’s extensive discography of the band through the years. I’d have to say that I’m somewhat partial to their KISS period.

For more laughs, you can check out Death Star PR which is now on Youtube with a series of videos.

Fans of Aaron Allston‘s last short story “Big Plush” can now check out the author’s story notes online for free. “Big Plus” was a part of the sci-fi anthology Five By Five which included several Star Wars authors past and present. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend it.

In art news, Star Wars artist Dave Dorman has opened an online store featuring some of his gorgeous Star Wars prints, and for those with deep pockets, he also has some of his originals up for sale. If you don’t have a Dave Dorman Star Wars print hanging on a wall somewhere, now is a great time to change that.

Rounding out the news, Matthew Stover‘s Heroes Die is in the running for the 2013 Audies. Stover, well known for his Star Wars books, has also written some great fantasy stories and you’ll be hard pressed to find a better one than Heroes Die which includes a bit of sci-fi as well. We wish him the best of luck.

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Rock Center Profile: John Williams

July 27, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Posted in Entertainment | Leave a comment
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Last night on Rock Center, host Brian Williams (no relation) spoke with composer John Williams.  While most of Rock Center’s coverage last night was focused on the London Olympics, a John Williams piece was more than a little apropos.  Williams did, after all, compose the Olympic theme we are all so familiar with (for the 1984 games in Los Angeles).  At 80 years of age, John Williams is still working, his latest project being the movie, Lincoln, starring Daniel Day Lewis.

John Williams is nothing if not prolific.  He’s garnered 47 Academy Award nominations and 5 Oscars.  Besides his easily most recognizable music, the theme to Star Wars, Williams has collaborated with Stephen Spielberg for 40 years.  Williams’ personal favorite movie/music from his collaboration with Spielberg is Schindler’s List, followed by Close Encounters and Jaws.

Visitors to Williams studio are often surprised to find there is no computer or synthesizer.  Williams works with a piano and a desk.  And if you’d like to hear the Maestro in person, you’ll find him during the summer at Tanglewood conducting the Boston Pops.

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Monday Funny: Acapella Star Wars

March 28, 2011 at 10:06 am | Posted in Humor, Regular Feature | 1 Comment
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Corey Vidal is a very funny guy.  Who else could think up the idea of lip synching a tribute to John Williams, performed by another group, Moosebutter, which tells the entire Original Trilogy story?  The video’s been around since 2005, and if you’ve seen it, enjoy it again.  If you haven’t, well, you’re in for a treat.  Watch, listen and enjoy.

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