This is a jam-packed edition of Star Wars Bits. We’ve got real Star Wars Episode VII news, rumors, toy information, book excerpts, and even mobile game updates. Below, read about the following.
- John Williams will start working on Star Wars Episode VII in two weeks.
- Read about some of the work Phil Tippett might be doing on Episode VII.
- Oscar Isaac has finished his work on Star Wars Episode VII.
- See Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher hit the town together.
- Read the ominious opening crawl of the new novel Tarkin.
- Star Wars authors can still use Expanded Universe bits.
- A new creature from Star Wars Episode VII is described.
- Some mysterious new characters are revealed in latest Star Wars Lego images.
- Watch a video of the new Lego Slave 1.
- Star Wars mobile game Tiny Death Star has been taken off line while Angry Birds gets a Star Wars Rebels update.
- Possible descriptions of Han Solo‘s outfits in Star Wars Episode VII.
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John Williams has written multiple iconic scores in his time, and one of the best is getting the Mondo Vinyl treatment. Mondo just revealed they’ll release two different versions of Jurassic Park, one featuring artwork by JC Richard and another by Dan McCarthy. Both editions, limited to 500 a pieces, will cost $35 and go on sale June 11, almost exactly one year out from the release of Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World.
Below, check out the full track list and artwork from each Jurassic Park vinyl edition. Read More »
As the Disney earnings call approaches, Disney finally decided to announce publicly that screenwriter Michael Arndt was officially off Star Wars Episode VII, and that director J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan are busy working on the current screenplay. (If you havent yet, read more about that here.) But the press release also featured details of the crew that is on board for the upcoming sequel. Lets take a look at the list of names after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 by Angie Han
As with anything Star Wars related, the rumors are flying fast and heavy about Star Wars: Rebels. This time, they’re about who might score the TV series, with names like Michael Giacchino, J.J. Abrams, and John Williams being bandied about. Also after the jump:
- Seth Green explains what’s happening with Star Wars: Detours
- Peek at a viral recruitment site for Sienar Fleet Systems
- Peruse some pages from The Making of Return of the Jedi
- Scope out a new Star Wars exhibit at The Tech in San Jose
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/Film reader Paul Bullock discovered an awesome television profile on 34-year-old director Steven Spielberg which was aired on Japanese television in the Christmas of 1982, and has been virtually unseen by American audiences. If you’re even half the Spielberg-fanatic that I am, you’ll need to watch the entirety of the special. The special features a tour through Steven’s early Amblin’s offices and his Los Angeles home, behind the scenes footage of Spielberg directing his segment from Twilight Zone: The Movie. We get to see interview clips featuring Spielberg’s mother Leah Adler, Melissa Matheson (screenwriter of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial) and his young secretary just turned producer Kathleen Kennedy (now the head of LucasFilm), Spielberg’s thoughts on 1980′s television (Cheers, St Elsewhere, Hill St Blues…etc), his then attestant Kathleen Switzer (later a producer on movies like Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Apollo 18), and many others. We get to drive with Spielberg to the studio lot with his dog on his lap, Robert Zemeckis talking with his two mentors John Milius and Spielberg while they eat eel and pumpkin pie together. We get to spend some time with Spielberg sitting at the piano with John Williams talking about their music collaborations. Interspliced with clips from his early films and even some behind the scenes b-roll footage. The special also features all the vintage commercial breaks, filled with fun Japanese commercials. Watch this now, or bookmark this link to watch later.
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Disney’s live-action panel is under way at the company’s D23 expo in Anaheim CA right now, and Disney chief Alan Horn didn’t waste time getting right to what everyone wants to hear about : Star Wars.
But the short news is that there’s no news. Horn basically recapped the info we know: Michael Arndt is scripting, J.J. Abrams is directing, and John Williams will provide the score for Star Wars: Episode VII. Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are working on spin-off movies. And while there has been some speculation that the film would arrive later than 2015, Horn said the film would arrive in the summer of that year, as originally intended.
To the great disappointment of the D23 crowd, however, Horn said there would be no further news — no title or cast reveal, no story info — at D23. So that’s it for Star Wars now, unless they turn around and pull a surprise reveal at the end of the panel. That doesn’t seem likely to happen, so we’ll have to wait for real news.
When Kathleen Kennedy took the stage at Star Wars Celebration Europe Saturday afternoon, fans were hoping to get some kind of official news about Star Wars Episode VII. She did not disappoint. Though the man himself had all but said it already, as did the director, Kennedy confirmed that one of the biggest parts of the Star Wars universe would return.
John Williams will write the music for J.J. Abrams‘ Star Wars Episode VII. But that’s not all. He’ll do Star Wars Episode VIII as well. And Star Wars Episode IX. Watch a video of Williams discussing the task below. Read More »
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Hans Zimmer and John Williams are probably my two favorite film composers of all time, so I was very keen to see how Zimmer would tackle the job of crafting a score for the new Superman film, Man of Steel. The soundtrack for the latter was suitably epic, and I actually think the way it’s structured says a lot about the themes of the film.
After the jump, you’ll find my thoughts on an excerpt from each score. I tried to point out patterns and elements in each track that I thought were important but I’m not particularly well-versed in musical theory so I’m open to your constructive feedback. If you disagree with my thoughts, feel free to put forward alternate explanations (e.g. just saying “you are reading too much into the music” does not add anything to the conversation). Have at it!
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