Over the weekend, Los Angeles and the entire world was shaken by the sudden and tragic news that NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and his 13-year old daughter Gianna Bryant had died along with seven others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. Since then, family, friends and fans across the globe have been mourning the passing of the Los Angeles Lakers player who become a force to be reckoned with on the court, earning comparisons to the great Michael Jordan. And now Kobe Bryant’s own production company is honoring him by making their Oscar-winning animated short Dear Basketball available to watch online for free. Read More »
The music stars turned out for the 2020 Grammy Awards, but a few movie stars got their time to shine on music’s biggest night. Two of those with “star” in their name: A Star is Born and John Williams’ instrumental track composed for Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge theme park land in Walt Disney World and Disneyland were among the 2020 Grammy Award winners Sunday night. The night’s biggest winner, disruptive pop force Billie Eilish, swept the top awards just as she prepares to be the youngest Bond theme song singer.
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Since Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is wrapping up the Skywalker saga, it’s pretty much the last time for some key characters to make a significant appearance in the long-running sci-fi saga. And since it’s the end of an era in a galaxy far, far away, there are plenty of people who wanted to get in on the last chapter of the story that began all the way back in 1977.
That’s why there are plenty of cameos to behold in The Rise of Skywalker, some in the form of new characters, others being characters from previous installments of Star Wars. We’ve got a list of all the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker cameos that we know of so far, but beware of major spoilers as we name them. Read More »
The Oscar nominations are here, which means it’s time to be alternately enraged and excited. But whatever your personal opinion about who was snubbed and who snuck in a surprise nomination, the Oscars are all about celebrating movies and not reducing them into mere numbers like some kind of horse race, right? Sure! But let’s take a look at those numbers for a second, and see what kind of records were set, which were broken, and which didn’t even become a factor at the 2o20 Oscars.
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Heads up: you can listen to John Williams‘ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker score right now. Williams’ final Star Wars soundtrack is currently streaming on the Disney awards site. There’s a good chance Disney didn’t want this to get out to the general public this soon, so you might want to hurry up and listen to it before Bob Iger shows up at your house and demands you stop.
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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker marks the end of an era, not just for the Skywalker Saga, but for the franchise’s longtime composer, John Williams. The famed composer has composed the score for every main Star Wars film since 1977’s A New Hope, but will soon be retiring from the series that helped elevate him to the status of Hollywood legend. As his time in a galaxy far, far away comes to a close, Williams reflected how his compositions evolved with the revelations of Luke and Leia’s parentage, and how his Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker score brings about “the end of a sort of thematic flow” to the films.
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John Williams is probably the most well-known composer and conductor of motion picture scores. With credits under his belt like Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Harry Potter, and plenty more, he’s crafted some of the most famous movie themes of all time. But John Williams also has a brother with some musical talent as well, and he just so happens to have the inside track on some details about the Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker score that might hint at the film’s overall length. Read More »
Earlier this month, Disney released John Williams‘ full orchestral version of his Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Symphonic Suite…but visitors will never actually hear that version of his theme song in the parks. (Well, I guess they technically could download the track and just listen to it through headphones, so there’s a workaround for you.) They will, however, hear little snippets of it and several pieces of music that were inspired by it.
Learn more about that below, and find out what you’ll hear when you ride attractions like Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Rise of the Resistance. Read More »
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The release is still months away, but the first Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker reaction is in! Of course, it’s not exactly from an impartial source. John Williams, who composed music for every main Star Wars movie, is hard at work scoring the Rise of Skywalker, and he’s revealed his early thoughts on the film.
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Legendary composer John Williams is returning to provide the score for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker later this year, but first, he’s given us a new track that will play in Batuu, the Outer Rim planet outpost that serves as the setting for Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge theme park land.
We’ve previously heard a snippet of this Galaxy’s Edge theme song, but now the full track, which is referred to as the “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Symphonic Suite,” is available to download and stream on several platforms. Listen to the full song below. Read More »