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Like their forerunners, the two latest Star Trek films, in their semi-rebooted, alternative universe, are replete with famous faces from outside the franchise, surprising cameos and multiple little touches that raise a smile.
With the third film in the rebooted series coming next year, the 50th anniversary of the debut of Star Trek on TV in 1966, let's take a look at a few of the geeky nods in Jj's Trek films.
1. Star Trek Nemesis left a lot of dangling threads, on purpose, as a story treatment for a direct sequel was already being worked on. Unfortunately due to some less than stellar decisions by executives, the release date of the film was repositioned and the decision was made to »
Two-time Oscar winner James Horner, whose emotive scores for modern classics including Titanic and Braveheart cemented him as one of Hollywood’s most adored composers, died in a California plane crash Monday, his agency, Gorfaine/Schwartz, has confirmed. The Los Angeles native was 61.
A beloved figure in the entertainment industry, Horner was perhaps best known for his work on the 1997 film Titanic, which won the Oscar for Best Picture. The James Cameron-directed romance led to two Oscar wins for Horner – one for original dramatic score, and the other for original song (shared with lyricist Will Jennings and performer Celine Dion) for “My Heart Will Go On.” His score sold 27 million copies worldwide, becoming a financial phenomenon in the composing world.
Horner is believed to have been flying a single-engine S312 Tucano turboprop plane when the vehicle crashed in a remote area approximately 60 miles from Santa Barbara, killing the pilot. »
- Isaac Feldberg
As previously reported, a plane registered to composer James Horner crashed yesterday, killing its sole passenger, the pilot. The question through today has remained: was the Oscar-winning musician the pilot? Horner's attorney Jay Cooper and the Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency have released identical statements regarding the matter, that they are still "awaiting confirmation" if the 61-year-old had, indeed, died. “Although we are all awaiting official confirmation that our dear friend and client James Horner was in fact the pilot, we are shocked and deeply saddened to learn that his single-engine aircraft was involved in a fatal crash yesterday morning in northern Ventura County. Our thoughts and prayers remain with James’ family at this difficult time. We can offer no further comment for the time being, except to ask that the family’s privacy be respected in the days ahead.” The single-engine plane went down around 9:30am Pst on Monday morning, »
- Katie Hasty
Yesterday saw the passing of composer James Horner, and while everyone has had a lot of kind words to say about the man and his work, sometimes words can be fleeting for such a tragedy. I know there's a lot of you out there playing your favorite James Horner scores today, and whether it be Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan, The Land Before Time, Braveheart, Aliens, Glory, Titanic, Avatar, or another,... Read More »
- Sean Wist
When I was in middle school, I had a copy of "Aliens" on VHS -- not an official VHS, mind you, but a shabby taped copy of an edited TV airing with all the cursing taken out. Didn't matter. I knew it was a masterpiece. In addition to Sigourney Weaver's legendary, Oscar-nominated performance and James Cameron's brilliant direction, one major element kept me coming back again and again: James Horner's thrilling, indelible score. As we previously reported, Horner is feared to have died in the crash of his single-engine plane near Santa Barbara, California on Monday, and it's first and foremost a huge loss for his loved ones, most importantly his wife Sarah and two daughters. It's also a loss, no doubt, for filmgoers. In addition to his "Aliens" score -- which brought him the first of a total of ten Oscar nominations -- Horner composed the »
- Chris Eggertsen
Academy Award-winning composer James Horner, whose career spanned more than 35 years, has died in a plane crash, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 61. Horner is credited with composing music for more than 150 film and television productions, beginning with 1978's The Watcher, when he was just 24. He worked initially for Roger Corman's New World Pictures, scoring music for low-budget genre films like The Lady in Red and Battle Beyond the Stars, then worked on Oliver Stone's directorial debut The Hand, as well as atmospheric thrillers like Wolfen, before moving onto blockbusters with 1982's Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Thereafter, he became incredibly busy; the following year alone he scored eight movies. He received his first Academy...
- Peter Martin
I sensed early on with "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" that James Horner was going to become the finest film composer of his generation. He boldly seized the Jerry Goldsmith mantle head on and made it his own. Now, after his tragic plane crash near Santa Barbara Monday morning, I can proclaim it online: His scores were epic, intimate and emotionally and spiritually transcendent. And he was prolific, scoring more than 100 movies since the late '70s, highlighted by "Titanic" (for which he received two Oscars for score and the blockbuster hit song with Celine Dion, "My Heart Will Go On," co-written by Will Jennings), "Avatar," Braveheart," "Apollo 13," "Aliens, "A Beautiful Mind," "Field of Dreams," "Glory," "Brainstorm" and "Cocoon." But there were also such gems as "Something Wicked This Way Comes," "The Dresser," »
- Bill Desowitz
It was with great sadness that we learned yesterday of the death of composer James Horner at just 61 years old. Horner died in a plane crash, piloting a small aircraft that went down a day ago in California. The composer is a multiple Oscar winner, taking home Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for Titanic, marking just one of his many collaborations with filmmaker James Cameron. All told, Horner was nominated by the Academy ten times, with various other nominations and wins to his credit. He was a well respected musician and giant in the industry, so he will certainly be missed in a big way. Horner was cited by the Academy for his work on not just Titanic, but also Aliens, An American Tail, Apollo 13, Avatar, A Beautiful Mind, Braveheart, Field of Dreams, as well as House of Sand and Fog. All of the »
- Joey Magidson
James Horner, the Academy Award-winning film composer responsible for the unforgettable scores from films like Titanic, Braveheart and Avatar, died Monday in a plane crash outside Santa Barbara, California. He was 61. While early reports stated that a single-engine plane owned by the composer had crashed into a remote area, it was later confirmed that Horner was piloting the plane and was the crash's lone fatality.
"We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart and unbelievable talent," Horner's assistant Sylvia Patrycja wrote on Facebook (via The Hollywood Reporter). "He died doing what he loved. »
Oscar-winning composer James Horner has died in a plane crash near Santa Barbara, CA. He was 61 years old.
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Sylvia Patrycja, identified on Horner's film music page as his assistant, was the first to confirm the musician's death.
"We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart and unbelievable talent," Patrycja wrote on Facebook on Monday. "He died doing what he loved. Thank you for all your support and love and see you down the road."
Horner was piloting the small aircraft when it crashed into a remote area about 60 miles north of Santa Barbara. An earlier report noted that the plane, which was registered to the composer, had gone down, but the pilot had not been identified.
Horner's greatest financial and critical success would come with the score to the 1997 film Titanic. The album became the best-selling primarily orchestral soundtrack in history, selling over 27 million copies worldwide. »
James Horner, the film composer known for his work on "Titanic," "Braveheart" and "Field of Dreams," died on Monday in a plane crash near Santa Barbara. He was 61 years old. Horner was piloting the small aircraft when it crashed into a remote area about 60 miles north of Santa Barbara. An earlier report noted that the plane, which was registered to the composer, had gone down, but the pilot had not been identified. For his work on the 1997 Best Picture winner "Titanic," directed by James Cameron, Horner won the Oscar for original dramatic score, and he took another Academy Award for original song for "My Heart Will Go On," performed by Celine Dion. His score for "Titanic" sold a whopping 27 million copies worldwide. His relationship with Cameron also got him Oscar nomination for "Aliens" and "Avatar." The pair were also working on the "Avatar" sequels." Horner's 158-film resume also includes "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan »
James Horner 1953-2015: Tributes pour in for late Oscar-winning composer
Horner's worked touched almost every genre of film imaginable; from the outer space of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Aliens, to intimate dramas Field of Dreams and A Beautiful Mind, and epics such as Titanic, Braveheart and Avatar.
With more than 150 films to his name, it's probably safe to say that if you're a fan of movies, you'll have heard Horner's work. Digital Spy has compiled a playlist below of some of his greatest movie scores...
What are your favourite James Horner scores? Leave your comments in the space below. »
It’s with the heaviest hearts that I have to report this morning that Oscar winning composer James Horner has passed away after a small aircraft registered to him was revealed to have crashed north of Santa Barbara. He was 61. His career dates back to 1978, and in the preceding years, he has been credited with nearly 158 film scores, and doesn’t include the numerous songs he helped write, including An American Tail’s Somewhere Out There and the monster hit from Titanic, My Heart Will Go On. While he had composed soundtracks for the likes of Oliver Stone’s The Hand and Battle Beyond the Stars, which was reused in later films from producer Roger Corman (if you are aware of Corman, this will come as no surprise) in the years previous, it was 1982’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan that established him as a mainstream composer, and »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Tragic news to report about one of our favorite composers. On the morning of Monday, June 22nd, a single-engine S-312 Tucano Mk-1 airplane piloted by composer James Horner crashed in California. Horner was the only one on board and perished in the accident. He was an experienced pilot and loved flying. Many major media outlets are now confirming that the missing pilot was indeed James Horner, despite confusion on Monday evening regarding whether he was actually piloting the plane registered to his name. Horner won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 1998 for Titanic, and also won for Best Original Song. He has been nominated 7 other times, including at age 34 after writing the score for James Cameron's Aliens. James Horner lead a distinguished and successful career as a composer, conductor and song-writer for over 30 years. He composed the score to Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan at »
- Alex Billington
James Horner, the award-winning composer responsible for the music of Titanic, Avatar, Apollo 13, Field Of Dreams, several Star Trek movies and many more, was killed in a plane crash on Monday at the age of 61.Horner was born in Los Angeles in 1953, the son of Harry, a production designer. But the younger Horner’s passion was music, and he spent his formative years in London, attending the Royal College Of Music before returning home to study for his bachelor’s degree in music at USC and post-graduate honours at UCLA.He began his career working on short films for the American Film Institute and on low-budget films, breaking in with the likes of Lewis Teague’s The Lady In Red and Barbara Peeters’ Humanoids From The Deep. Roger Corman hired him to write music for Battle Beyond The Stars and he worked with a young Oliver Stone on The Hand. »
It has now been confirmed that James Horner, the 2-time Oscar winning composer of Titanic and countless other Hollywood blockbusters, was killed when the small plane he was piloting crashed Monday morning in a remote area north of Santa Barbara. He was 61 years old.In a career spanning five decades, Horner had composer credits on over 150 films and TV shows, including some of the most memorable scores in recent memory. Horner worked with some of the industry's most respected directors, including James Cameron, Terrence Malick, Ron Howard, Mel Gibson, Walter Hill and many many more. Horner was also responsible for scoring the likes of Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, 48Hrs, Commando, Aliens, Willow, Red Heat, Field Of Dreams, Glory and The Rocketeer, to name just a few....
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Very sad news to report tonight as composer James Horner has died in a plane crash at the age of 61. Reports came in earlier this evening that a small aircraft registered to Horner had crashed and that the pilot had been killed. THR reports that his assistant, Sylvia Patrycja, has confirmed Horner’s death. "We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart and unbelievable talent," Patrycja posted on Facebook on Monday night. "He died doing what he loved. Thank you for all your support and love and see you down the road." Horner won an Oscar for Best Score for Titantic and for Best Original Song for “My Heart Will Go On”, the anthem for every teenage girl who saw that movie a hundred times. That may seem like hyperbole, but the score sold over 27 million copies worldwide. Horner, who worked frequently with James Cameron, was also nominated »
- Matt Goldberg
The brilliant film music composer, James Horner, has died in a plane crash, at the age of 61.
Some horrible, horrible news. James Horner, who composed scores for over 50 films and TV shows across his career, has died. He was 61 years old.
Horner was piloting a small aircraft that crashed just north of Santa Barbara in the Us, which hit difficulties and crashed. It has since been confirmed that he died in the accident. Our thoughts are very much with his friends and family at what must be such a distressing time.
The one bright spot is the incredible body of work that Horner leaves behind. We find ourselves regularly playing the scores to Field Of Dreams, Aliens, Sneakers, Clear And Present Danger, Krull and Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan here (and in lookbacks we've written for most of those films, Horner's music has cropped up), but so extensive »
The prolific Oscar winning composer James Horner has died in a plane crash at the age of 61. (June 22, 2015). Variety confirmed the news Monday evening.
Brilliant Composer James Horner, friend & collaborator on 7 movies has tragically died in a plane crash. My heart aches for his loved ones.
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) June 23, 2015
Listen to samples of his genius. James Horner will be profoundly missed.
From James Horner’s bio (Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency):
Having composed the music for more than 130 film and television productions, including dozens of the most memorable and successful films of the past three decades, James Horner was one of the world’s most celebrated film composers.
He earned two Academy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards for »
- Michelle McCue
Earlier this evening I saw a report stating film composer James Horner (Titanic, Avatar) was unaccounted for after a plane believed to belong to Horner crashed in Santa Barbara. Variety has now confirmed Horner, a trained pilot, died in the crash. He was 61. The Santa Barbara County Fire responded to a call of a plane crash around 9:30 Am this morning in the community of Venucopa, about 60 miles north of Santa Barbara, where the crash started a one-acre brushfire. On top of his Oscar-winning work on James Cameron's Titanic including the score and the hit Celine Dion song, "My Heart Will Go On," Horner also composed scores for Braveheart, Apollo 13, Aliens, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and A Beautiful Mind as well as the upcoming releases Southpaw and The 33. https://twitter.com/RealRonHoward/status/613197560245809152 https://twitter.com/XDolan/status/613203164335095808 https://twitter.com/m_giacchino/status/613226370064232448 https://twitter. »
- Brad Brevet
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