Harrison Ford as Han Solo in The Empire Strikes Back

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Han Solo set descriptions and new details
  • A horrible theft at Rancho Obi-Wan for Collectors to watch out for
  • A couple of Finn teases from John Boyega
  • New Funko Darth Vader
  • And more!

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John Williams a cappella tribute

It’s graduation season, and though we’ve already seen one spectacular musical performance as part of Will Ferrell’s outstanding commencement speech for this year’s graduates at the University of Southern California, we have a new favorite moment from this year’s round of college grads.

Over at Harvard University, John Williams was given an honorary doctorate in music for his lifelong work as a composer of motion picture scores. To honor the man who has brought us countless memorable themes, Harvard’s a cappella group Din and Tonics gave him a musical tribute featuring a medley of some of his most famous pieces, including the themes for Star Wars, Indiana Jones, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Jaws and more.

Watch the John Williams a cappella tribute after the jump. Read More »

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In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits, we take a look at how Christopher Nolan played a key role in the making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, find out who won the fan vote to become the new Hasbro Star Wars figure, see video from Rian Johnson‘s editing session with John Williams, Daisy Ridley says that Star Wars: The Last Jedi is “more ominous,” take a first look at Kylo Ren’s new starship from The Last Jedi, Christopher Patrick Nolan who played a Rebel Trooper in the Darth Vader sequence from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story reveals some inside information about the making of that sequence, find out which Last Jedi scenes played in full-screen ratio in the IMAX cut of the trailer and more. Hit the jump to hyperspace.
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Score: A Film Music Documentary Trailer

“The score is the heartbeat of the film.” So says James Cameron, an Oscar-winning director who has worked with some of the greatest composers in film history, and he couldn’t be more right. A big part of why we remember the most iconic scenes in cinema is because of the score that plays along with the visuals. Some movies are even known without visuals simply because they have a theme that is so unforgettable.

A new film called Score: A Film Music Documentary from director Matt Schrader dives into what makes motion pictures scores so powerful by speaking to the best composers in the business. John Williams, Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, Jerry Goldsmith, Howard Shore, Alexandre Desplat and more all talk about motion picture scores, how important they are to the medium, and how much they love the work of their colleagues.

Watch the Score: A Film Music Documentary trailer below. Read More »

Rogue One score homages

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was a grand experiment for Disney and Lucasfilm. The movie was meant to be a standalone adventure that has ties to the main Star Wars narrative without being part of the Skywalker saga. That’s why it has plenty in common aesthetically, as far as the production design and art direction is concerned, but still feels different from the rest of the Star Wars movies.

One of the ways Rogue One stands on its own is with the score composed by Michael Giacchino. He doesn’t use the main Star Wars theme prominently, mostly because the movie doesn’t have the traditional opening title and crawl. He also doesn’t go out of his way to frequently use the recognizable themes that John Williams composed for the original trilogy, which Rogue One most closely emulates. But that doesn’t mean he didn’t subtly use pieces of John Williams’ classc score when the story called for it.

A video essay explains the various Rogue One score homages below. Read More »

Steven Spielberg and John Williams score collection

You’d be hard pressed to find such an iconic pairing of director and composer as Steven Spielberg and John Williams. The two enormous talents have been working together for 42 years now, starting all the way back with The Sugarland Express in 1974 and stretching up through The BFG last year. The only two Spielberg movies that don’t have a score by John Williams are The Color Purple and Bridge of Spies. And now a new collection will assemble some of the greatest music from their long history of collaboration.

Find out about this new ultimate Steven Spielberg and John Williams score collection below. Read More »

Star Wars The Last Jedi Score

The release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi is almost exactly 10 months away, and we haven’t seen a single frame from the film yet. Word on the street is that we won’t see the first footage until Star Wars Celebration in April, but there have been rumblings of a teaser trailer maybe being attached to Beauty and the Beast in March. We’ll find out soon enough.

Meanwhile, we do have some new details from behind the scenes of the anticipated Star Wars sequel. It seems franchise composer John Williams is already hard at work on the score, which is surprising, since that’s not usually how the post-production process works. Find out more about the Star Wars The Last Jedi score development after the jump. Read More »

John Williams Hasn't Watched Star Wars

While we cinephiles love sitting down in a dark theater to watch a new movie with a score from John Williams, the composer himself doesn’t feel the same way.

In a new interview about his work in the composition of scores for major motion pictures, the man responsible for the iconic scores from movies like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jaws, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and countless more, revealed that once he’s done with a score, he’s done with the movie, and that means not even sitting to watch the final cut. We’re not sure if that’s the case with every single movie Williams has composed the score for, but when it comes to Star Wars, he hasn’t watched a single one of those movies. Read More »

Supergirl with John Williams Score

Not too long ago, we saw the first clip from the second season of Supergirl, coming to The CW for the first time in exactly one week. The new footage introduced us to Tyler Hoechlin as Kara Zor-El’s Kryptonian cousin Kal-El, better known on Earth as Superman. The actor made a decent enough impression as both Clark Kent and The Man of Steel as he met up with Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) in the sky to stop an aircraft from crashing to Earth. But now one Superman fan has improved the footage from Supergirl with the use of John Williams‘ signature score from the original film franchise starring Christopher Reeve.

Watch Supergirl with John Williams score after the jump. Read More »

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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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