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John Williams Wins 5th Grammy for Force Awakens, Goes to Work on Last Jedi

13 February 2017 8:00 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Grammy Awards aired last night, although some of the awards were handed out Sunday afternoon, before the live telecast. One of the awards that was given was to John Williams, who won Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media, beating out Ennio Morricone for The Hateful Eight, Thomas Newman for Bridge Of Spies, Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto for The Revenant, and Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein for Netflix's Stranger Things. Ennio Morricone actually beat out John Williams at the Oscars last year. We also have word that John Williams has already starting working on Star Wars: The Last Jedi score, 10 months before the movie hits theaters.

Robert Meyer Burnett revealed on Twitter that John Williams celebrated his 85th birthday on Thursday by conducting an orchestra session for the score of The Last Jedi. Composing the score is traditionally one of the very last steps in making a movie, »

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Star Wars 8 Gets Titled Star Wars: The Last Jedi

23 January 2017 7:42 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

It's official. Star Wars Episode VIII is titled Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Disney and Lucasfilm announced the news on today. The news arrived with this brief PR.

"We have the greatest fans in this or any other galaxy. In appreciation of the fans, we wanted them to be the first to know the title of the next chapter in the Skywalker saga: Star Wars The Last Jedi. The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is scheduled for release December 15, 2017. All Star Wars, all the time."

Rey took her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Now she will continue her epic journey with Finn, Poe, and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter »

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Casting Society of America Nominations: ‘Jackie,’ ‘Nocturnal Animals’ and ‘Christine’ Among Eclectic List of Contenders

3 January 2017 10:23 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The guild award nominations keep coming in. The Casting Society of America has announced the nominees in its feature film categories for the 32d annual Artios Awards, which honor outstanding achievement in casting. “Arrival,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” “Hidden Figures,” “Nocturnal Animals” and “The Girl on the Train” all picked up nods in the big-budget drama category, with “Captain Fantastic,” “Jackie,” “Lion,” “Loving” and “Manchester by the Sea” doing likewise in the studio or independent drama field.

Joel McHale will host the Los Angeles ceremony, while Michael Urie is on duty at the New York ceremony; both take place on January 19. Full list of nominees below.

Read More: SAG Film Nominations Surprise With ‘Captain Fantastic,’ Emily Blunt, and More

Big Budget — Comedy

Deadpool” — Ronna Kress, Jennifer Page (Location Casting), Corinne Clark (Location Casting)

“Hail, Caesar!” — Ellen Chenoweth, Susanne Scheel (Associate)

La La Land” — Deborah Aquila, Tricia Wood »

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