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Last night it was revealed that Academy Award-winning composer Michael Giacchino would be replacing Alexandre Desplat to score Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. When I heard the news after arriving at a press screening of The Magnificent Seven, I was met with two conflicting emotions: excitement and dread. Here’s why.

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In news that is simultaneously not surprising in the slightest but also a complete and total relief, John Williams has revealed that he will return to compose the score for Rian Johnson‘s Star Wars: Episode 8. This will be the eight Star Wars film scored by the legendary composer, whose iconic and instantly recognizable melodies and themes are as important to this universe as any character on the screen.

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Pop culture art gallery I Am 8Bit is doing a show with artist Jason Brockert called “Figures Of Action”, featuring would-be toys inspired by iconoclasts & pop culture characters ranging from filmmakers like JJ Abrams (Star Trek, Star Wars) to show runners like Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad) to authors like George RR Martin (Game Of Thrones) to composers like John Williams (every great movie from your childhood) to comedians like Louie CK to video game designers like Shigeru Minamoto (Super Mario Bros).

The show had its opening night reception last night and now all the available original paintings and select limited edition prints are now online for anyone to purchase starting at just $20 (with worldwide shipping). After the jump, you can see a selection of the artwork on display at this exhibition and find out how you can purchase some of the paintings and prints online.
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John Williams House

Mondays aren’t fun for anybody. Most people have to go back to work after enjoying the weekend, but if you’re somehow lucky enough to be home on a Monday, the last thing you probably want is a couple of kids taking position in your yard and playing a trumpet and flugelhorn. But if the song they’re playing is the theme from Star Wars, and the yard happens to belong to composer John Williams, that changes everything.

Two teenagers decided to plant themselves in front of the Los Angeles residence of the Academy Award winning composer of the themes for movies such as Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Jurassic Park and more, all so they could play the iconic Star Wars theme in his yard. While they probably hoped Williams might hear them playing, they probably didn’t count on the best possible outcome.

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The Force Awakens Score

In today’s news that everyone expected but we all needed to hear just to reassure ourselves, the developing Disney and Lucasfilm sequels Indiana Jones 5 and Star Wars: Episode VIII have confirmed who will be providing the score for each of the films. And it’s exactly who you hope it would be.

John Williams, the composer behind the iconic themes for both the fedora-toting archaeologist and the saga that takes place in a galaxy far, far away, has been confirmed to compose the scores for both sequels from director Steven Spielberg and Rian Johnson. Williams also has a playful selfish reason that he wants to score Star Wars: Episode VIII. Find out more after the jump. Read More »

The Force Awakens Vinyl Soundtrack

Even though John Williams‘ score for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been available to fans since the film hit theaters late last year, a vinyl version of the soundtrack wasn’t available until this year. While there are a couple versions available out there for purchase right now, Walt Disney Records has a special edition vinyl release that will be available in June that is extremely cool.

The double LP release of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens score has hand etched holograms created by Tristan Duke of Infinity Light Science that can be seen when the record is spinning and the right light is shined above it. You can see The Force Awakens vinyl hologram in action after the jump. Read More »

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The big questions coming out of Star Wars: The Force Awakens are who Rey’s parents are and where she comes from. Daisy Ridley‘s character even quips that its “a big mystery” early on in the film, and there are certainly a lot of theories going around to who it might be. One piece of evidence that many fans seem to be holding on to comes from John Williams‘ score from the film. We’ve posted about this in the past, but fans have analyzed Rey’s theme (the best song from the new movie) and have drawn some conclusions from that piece of music.

But did John Williams even know who Rey’s parents were when he wrote that piece or orchestration? If not, surely Oscar-nominated editor Maryann Brandon must have been told when she was helping J.J. Abrams shape the flow of the story in the editing room, right? The answer may surprise you — find out after the jump.

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The grand opening of Universal Hollywood’s version of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter happened last night at the Los Angeles theme park. It was an incredible night, filled with magic and wizardry. Hit the jump to hear more about the opening celebration and also learn about the new Wizarding World now open for everyone to enjoy in Universal Hollywood.
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Star Wars The Force Awakens Kanjiklub

The now-Oscar-nominated VFX team of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is making the press rounds, and they’ve got a lot of interesting details to share. After the jump:

  • A fan reimagines The Force Awakens as a high school saga.
  • Does the Force Awakens score hint at Rey’s parentage?
  • The Force Awakens crosses $1 billion at the international box office.
  • Was Maz Kanata in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace?
  • Confirmed: BB-8 was giving Finn a thumbs-up, not flipping him off.
  • Meet Cailey Fleming, who played young Rey in The Force Awakens.
  • Here’s how the Star Wars crew brought BB-8 to life.
  • More Easter eggs have been revealed by the VFX team.
  • Get a detailed description of a deleted scene featuring Maz Kanata.
  • Flip through hi-res stills of Unkar Plutt, Admiral Ackbar, and more.

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