Over the decades, the 20th Century Fox fanfare has become synonymous with Star Wars. It’s so intrinsically part of the feel of those first six movies that some versions of the soundtracks actually include it as the first track.
That’s going to change. When Disney purchased Lucasfilm, it was pretty obvious no future Star Wars movies would have those recognizable drums and horns in front of them. So one of the first questions (literally) we asked after hearing this news is what would Lucasfilm do without that music? We now know.
Though 20th Century Fox still owns the rights to the first six films, most of the new digital releases remove the Fox logo and fanfare, going instead with a John Williams-penned riff over the Lucasfilm logo. Listen to the new Star Wars Fox fanfare below. Read More »
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John Williams had a personal issue that caused him to back out of scoring Steven Spielberg’s new film Bridge of Spies, breaking their long-running collaborative pattern. But Williams is still composing the Star Wars: The Force Awakens score, and now he’s planning to record it in Los Angeles, making it the first Star Wars score to be recorded in the United States. Read More »
Steven Spielberg‘s latest film, recently named Bridge of Spies, won’t be scored by the director’s frequent collaborator, John Williams. The Cold War spy film starring Tom Hanks opens October 16 and was supposed to feature music by Williams. The composer had to drop out, however, when his “schedule was interrupted and he was unavailable to score the film due to a minor health issue, now corrected.”
Williams will be replaced by Thomas Newman, who obviously is no slouch. The twelve-time Oscar nominee (he’s never won!) has done the scores for The Shawshank Redemption, Finding Nemo, American Beauty and Skyfall.
Williams will, however, work with Spielberg on The BFG, which will start filming later this year.
Below, read more about the Thomas Newman/John Williams Bridge of Spies change and see a new image from the film. Read More »
As production prep gears on the first Star Wars spin-off film Rogue One, we are beginning to learn about new creative talent who will be part of the team. The latest bit of info tells us who to expect as the Star Wars Rogue One composer — and it isn’t Star Wars franchise composer John Williams. Details after the jump.
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Lots of good stuff spanning the galaxy in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about:
- George Lucas was spotted in a NYC comic book shop buying Marvel’s new Star Wars comics.
- A synopsis for the Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens novel Star Wars: Aftermath is now online.
- John Williams will reportedly record The Force Awakens score this summer.
- One Force Awakens crew member is auctioning off authentic merchandise for a great cause.
- The identity of Sarah Michelle Gellar‘s Star Wars Rebels character may have been revealed if rumors are true.
- See a preview of Kanan: The Last Padawan #1 by Marvel.
- Cost and details on Star Wars Celebration autographs are now available.
- What exactly happens in the big Star Wars: The Force Awakens IMAX sequence?
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The new Steven Spielberg film, which reunites the director with star Tom Hanks, was referred to early on as the “Untitled Cold War Thriller,” and then shot under the title St. James Place. But when released in theaters, the movie will be called Bridge of Spies — a more colorful title, to be sure, and one which has its own place in cold war history.
Additionally, John Williams has been confirmed to provide the score for the film, marking the latest collaboration in his long-running partnership with Spielberg. Read More »
A special Star Wars screening, some cool rumors and more are in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following:
- John Williams has, reportedly, recorded some new music for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
- Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones will finally screen in 3D.
- J.J. Abrams‘ assistant director Tommy Gormley talks about The Force Awakens.
- Dave Filoni talks the use of Darth Bane in The Clone Wars.
- See possible Star Wars: The Force Awakens film cans.
- Watch a video about the importance of midicholrians.
- Marvel Comics: Darth Vader brings together two iconic characters who we’ve never seen together.
- A beautiful piece of Hoth art by Tim Doyle is revealed.
- Some more possible concept art from The Force Awakens is described.
- Read a massive, massive, rumored spoiler from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
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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 »