/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 »
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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In today’s trip to a galaxy far, far away, read about how one law firm sought out Star Wars fans to help solidify the deal between Disney and Lucasfilm, as well as the following:
- John Williams confirms he’s spoken to J.J. Abrams about scoring Star Wars Episode VII.
- Edgar Wright doesn’t think he’ll ever direct a Star Wars movie.
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Producer/director J.J. Abrams and film composer Michael Giacchino have often worked together over the years, but for Abrams’ next film it looks like he’ll be working with another influential composer. After the promotion period for Star Trek Into Darkness ends, Abrams will begin work on Star Wars: Episode VII in earnest, and at this point it would be odd for a Star Wars film to be scored by anyone other than John Williams.
And while having a new composer tackle the new Star Wars chapter would be another good way to push the series in a new direction, Abrams said recently that he expects to work with Williams on the film. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, April 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
We have lots of Star Wars-related odds and ends for you after the jump, including:
- J.J. Abrams says Star Wars and Star Trek are “very different”
- Michael Arndt gets writer’s block, just like the rest of us
- Michael Giacchino wants John Williams to do Episode VII
- Watch a teaser for the fan-made movie Star Wars: Uncut
- Billy Dee Williams really, really, really wants to return
- Another, possibly final, round of layoffs hits Lucasfilm
- Darth Vader choking victim Richard LeParmentier has died
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For Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel, composer Hans Zimmer an unenviable task. Unlike in 2006’s Superman Returns where composer John Ottman was able to use John Williams‘ iconic 1978 Superman theme, Snyder preferred to distance his film from all of the previous Superman films. That meant Zimmer was tasked with writing music that would work to inspire in the context of the new film, but also wouldn’t be totally overshadowed by Williams.
Like I said, unenviable.
The Oscar-winning composer behind Gladiator, Pirates of the Caribbean and The Dark Knight spoke to CNN about this new score. He explained he was inspired by middle America, that Christopher Nolan provided some input, and that the score features an A-List drum line of celebrities. Read about that and more below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, February 18th, 2013 by Angie Han
Speculation about which Star Wars talents might return for Episode VII have been swirling since the moment Episode VII was announced, and talk has only heated up since J.J. Abrams was formally announced as director. Last week, we got word that Harrison Ford could reprise his role as Han Solo, and today we’ve learned that another, possibly even more iconic figure is eager to come back.
According to a new report, composer John Williams has voiced his interest in working on the next trilogy. Williams’ work for the original remains one of the best loved movie scores of all time, so this seems like great news all around. Unless, that is, you’re Michael Giacchino, who’d probably be the favorite to score if this were any other Abrams project but Star Wars. Hit the jump to keep reading.
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