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‘Star Wars’ Composer John Williams to Quit Franchise After Episode IX

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‘Star Wars’ Composer John Williams to Quit Franchise After Episode IX
John Williams says that “Star Wars: Episode IX” will be the last movie in the franchise he will score. “We know J.J. Abrams is preparing one now that I will hopefully do next year for him,” Williams said on radio station Kusc. “I look forward it. It will round out a series of nine, that will be quite enough for me.”

Williams has scored eight “Star Wars” films to date: “Star Wars,” “The Empire Strikes Back,” “Return of the Jedi,” “Phantom Menace,” “Attack of the Clones,” “Revenge of the Sith,” “The Force Awakens” and “The Last Jedi.”
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John Williams Writing Theme For ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

John Williams Writing Theme For ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’
2018 has dawned, and there’s about five months until the scheduled release of “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” and yet Disney‘s marketing machine for the movie remains at a standstill. There’s still no trailer or official stills from the actual movie, just lots of speculation and, among die hard “Star Wars” fans, some concern. With Phil Lord and Chris Miller leaving the production, and Ron Howard stepping in for extensive rounds of new filming, there’s certainly fair ground to ask questions about how steadily the final film will hold up.

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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Original Score

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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Original Score
As usual, several of Hollywood’s top composers offer multiple contenders for Best Original Score, among them usual suspects Hans Zimmer and Michael Giacchino. Zimmer’s experimental score for action spectacular “Dunkirk” was inspired by Christopher Nolan’s pocket watch, and an improvised piano riff was the spine for Denis Villeneuve’s dystopian epic “Blade Runner 2049.”

That score was composed in collaboration with his credited protege Benjamin Wallfisch, who also worked on “Dunkirk” along with Lorne Balfe, but only two could be submitted to the Academy, so Zimmer filed alone. Wallfisch also composed “It.”

Read More:Oscar 2017: It’s Hans Zimmer’s ‘Dunkirk’ vs. ‘Blade Runner 2049’ for Best Original Score

The creative collaboration between Zimmer and Wallfisch on “Blade Runner 2049” was co-equal (following the departure of Jóhann Jóhannsson because of “creative differences” with Villeneuve). After Zimmer created a haunting theme (which became “The Mesa”), the composers then
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Oscars: Original Score Contenders Total 141

Oscars: Original Score Contenders Total 141
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the 141 scores eligible for consideration at the 90th Oscars. The Academy’s Music branch will vote on the five eventual nominees which will be revealed January 23. Among composers: five-time Oscar winner John Williams for two films (Star Wars: The Last Jedi and The Post) and a leading four films each from Daniel Pemberton (All the Money in the World, King Arthur, Mark Felt and Molly’s Game), Benjamin Wallfisch (Annab…
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Oscars Original Score Category Gives John Williams a Shot at 51st Nomination

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Oscars Original Score Category Gives John Williams a Shot at 51st Nomination
John Williams is officially in the running for the 51st Oscar nomination and sixth win of his career, with the veteran composer’s score for Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” and Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” being two of 141 film scores that have qualified for the Academy Award for Best Original Score. A nomination would place the 85-year-old composer eight awards shy of Walt Disney’s record of 59 Oscar nominations. He is currently in second place, and is the most-nominated living person. The Academy announced the qualifying composers and film scores on Thursday, with a number of past Oscar winners.
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Mark Hamill Destroys Ted Cruz on Twitter: ‘Maybe You’re Distracted From Watching Porn At the Office Again’

Mark Hamill Destroys Ted Cruz on Twitter: ‘Maybe You’re Distracted From Watching Porn At the Office Again’
Star Wars: The Last Jedi” isn’t the only reason Mark Hamill is making headlines right now. The actor behind Luke Skywalker got into a brief and heated argument with Ted Cruz on Twitter over the FCC’s decision to repeal net neutrality, and it ended with Hamill making the ultimate diss.

Read More:‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Rian Johnson and Mark Hamill Break Their Silence on Luke’s Storyline

The actor originally tweeted in favor of net neutrality, to which Cruz responded, “Luke, I know Hollywood can be confusing, but it was Vader who supported [government] power over everything said & done on the Internet. That’s why giant corps (Google, Facebook, Netflix) supported the FCC power grab of net neutrality. Reject the dark side: Free the net!”

“Thanks for smarm-spaining it to me, Ted Cruz. I know politics can be confusing, but you’d have more
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"Lost In Space: The Complete John Williams Collection" On Vinyl

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By Darren Allison

Before inheriting the title "Master of Disaster", a perfectly justified honour for his reputation of creating some of the greatest disaster movies of the 1970s, Irwin Allen was also the man responsible for some of the classic TV shows to emerge in the 1960’s. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Time Tunnel, and Land of the Giants have all survived the test of time and become immortalised among the best in terms of cultural importance. However, above all others, Lost in Space (1965-1968) is arguably the series that endured. Very loosely inspired by Johan David Wyss's classic 1812 adventure novel “Swiss Family Robinson”, the premise for the show was fairly uncomplicated and followed the adventures of the Robinson family, a crew of space colonists who encounter a number of strange and otherworldly situations after their ship is sabotaged and thrown off its original course. A great
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The Week in Star Wars – The Last Jedi receives amazing reviews and good box office news and more

The Week in Star Wars is back with a Last Jedi special, with reviews of the film, everything you need to know about the box office and much more…

It’s finally here! Rian Johnson’s eighth adventure in a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: The Last Jedi! Reviews for the film were incredibly strong – the film is 93% on Rotten Tomatoes at press time – but it has divided some of the fan base. There has even been a petition launched for Disney to remove the film from cannon and “push back Episode IX” so they can remake Episode VIII. Whatever the case, you can read Robert Kojder’s ★★★★ review here, James Turner’s ★★ review here and my own ★★★★★ review here. What did you all think of it?..

…And it’s been good news for the film at the box office, with Star Wars: The Last Jedi
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Will Disney Add Classic Fox Fanfare Back to Star Wars?

Will Disney Add Classic Fox Fanfare Back to Star Wars?
Star Wars fans are a hard group to please, so it was a huge deal when Disney acquired Lucasfilm and eventually released 2015's The Force Awakens, 2016's Rogue One, and now The Last Jedi. While all are divisive amongst the hardcore fans, they're all missing one key point of nostalgia, which is the iconic 20th Century Fox fanfare. The marching snare drums, the pounding timpani, the soaring horns and strings are just as synonymous with Star Wars as the Jedi. One can probably hear the 20 seconds worth of music in their heads right now. So, now that Disney has bought a portion of Fox, will Disney add the Fox fanfare back to the Star Wars franchise?

Star Wars fans of a certain age have missed the Fox fanfare ever since Disney took over. Never before has studio fanfare been so iconic. The MGM lion was okay, but he/she wasn't
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Listen to John Williams’ full score for Star Wars: The Last Jedi

With Star Wars: The Last Jedi now in cinemas and well on its way to grossing one of the biggest opening weekends of all time, Disney Music has kindly released the full score to the movie from legendary composer John Williams. Check out the opening track here, and head on over to YouTube to listen to the full score…

See Also: Read our reviews of Star Wars: The Last Jedi here, here and here

In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi sees returning cast members Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Lupita
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi's Score Is Here For All Your Fake Lightsaber Fights

Whew! After a long wait, it's finally time to bask in the glory of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Sure, you can argue that the most exciting parts about any new Star Wars film are the thrilling new characters, adorable new creatures, and shocking character clashes. But really, what chokes you up better than a new riff on the classic score by John Williams? What punctuates the drama of the films better than a lone trumpet or the tinkling of a few piano keys? Especially when Williams weaves in secret hints about what's to come! In time with the release of the film, Disney has dropped the new score for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. You can stream it on Spotify, and you can buy it on Amazon and iTunes. It's great for long work commutes, solo lightsaber fights in your bedroom, drowning out loud neighbors, and cooking
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Stream John Williams’ Score Now — Listen

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Stream John Williams’ Score Now — Listen
Good news for Luke and Leia fans who can’t see “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” until punching out: the space opera’s 20-track score is now streaming online. The latest batch of compositions from five-time Oscar-winner and 50-time nominee John Williams comes with a 70-minute runtime and a track list — “Fun with Finn and Rose,” “The Rebellion Is Reborn,” “A New Alliance” — low on spoilers (but if you want them, here you go).

Read More:‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Review: Here’s the Most Satisfying Star Wars Movie in Decades

Officially racing into theaters just one day after its distributor, Disney, agreed to pay more than $52 billion for 21st Century Fox, the film will likely deliver the biggest weekend opening of 2017, having already claimed $45 million last night in domestic preview sales. It marks writer-director Rian Johnson’s inaugural trip to the galaxy far, far away, but
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John Williams' Last Jedi score makes its way online

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The Star Wars movies would not be what they are without the amazing work of composer John Williams, who has spent decades infusing the galaxy with epic themes. He returned to score Star Wars: The Last Jedi, as he did Force Awakens, and if you have yet to see the movie but still need to inject a little bit of that Williams goodness into your bloodstream, then rejoice in knowing the score is officially online.... Read More...
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Here’s The Opening Crawl Of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

Rogue One notwithstanding, each new chapter in Lucasfilm’s Star Wars saga begins with an opening crawl to outline the adventure ahead. It’s a time-honored tradition that goes hand-in-hand with John Williams’ world-famous score, and with The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson sets out his stall early, teasing viewers with news of a “merciless” First Order that begins hunting down the remnants of the Resistance.

And don’t worry, The Last Jedi‘s opening crawl is totally free of spoilers – it’s basically a repackaged version of the synopsis, after all. But fair warning: as this is December 15th, the Internet is teeming with all sorts of spoiler-sensitive material, with pieces on Rey’s parentage, Luke’s history, and Kylo Ren’s allegiance already floating around cyberspace. So stay frosty.

Meanwhile, below you’ll find that aforementioned crawl, courtesy of ComicBook.
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Listen to John Williams’ Score for ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is finally in theaters, which means the wait is over. For a new Star Wars movie, for a new Rian Johnson film, and for a new John Williams score. The latter is notable as Williams has slowed down a bit as of late, so it’s a special treat to get to hear new work from The Master. With The Last Jedi now in theaters, the full Star Wars: The Last Jedi soundtrack is available to stream online. Williams notably sat out of scoring Steven Spielberg’s upcoming Ready Player One, for which duties have …
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Stream John Williams’ ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Score

The Force is with the world today, as everyone flocks to multiplexes for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Rian Johnson brings everyone back to a galaxy far, far away and the results are pretty game-changing for the franchise. But some ingredients don’t need to be remixed, and that includes John Williams‘ scores for the series, and once again, he’s returned to tune up the latest chapter, and he’s still in top form.

Continue reading Stream John Williams’ ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Score at The Playlist.
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Listen: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Score by John Williams is Available to Stream Now

Listen: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Score by John Williams is Available to Stream Now
Today is the day that Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters. That means it’s also the release date for the new score composed by the legendary John Williams, the man who created the iconic themes we all know and love and has scored every primary chapter in the Star Wars saga. The good news […]

The post Listen: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Score by John Williams is Available to Stream Now appeared first on /Film.
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Listen to John Williams’ Full Score for ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

You might have heard, but a new Star Wars film is now available for your viewing pleasure at a theater close to you. However, after the credits roll, you might want to keep humming John Williams’ score, and it’s now made easier as the full score for Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi is available to stream on Spotify. Clocking in with 20 tracks at 1 hours and 17 minutes, one can now plug in headphones and venture to a galaxy far, far away.

“The tranquil blue introduction. The boom of the Williams fanfare. The warm yellow crawl. They invite you home to the familiar, a place in the past where wondrous adventures of swashbuckling in a galaxy far, far away came few and far between. They’re comfort incarnate and work without fail – for a time. With the roar of applause that accompanied the top of The Last Jedi’s opening prologue,
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Review

Movie fans have yet another reason to be giddy near the end of the year ( besides the big serious Oscar films and those great special DVD sets that Santa brings). For the last two years around this time we’ve been transported to that “galaxy far, far away”. When the Disney company bought Lucasfilm they made a promise to continue the saga And delve into the mythos with “stand -alone” spin-off films. The “mouse house” has more than kept their promise. 2015 saw the much-anticipated release of “Episode VII” in the saga, introducing a new set of heroes and villains along with returning characters from the original first trilogy. Last year, while another episode was in production, we got the first live-action spin-off, a prequel of sorts to the first film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Both films were box office smashes with VII becoming the biggest B.O.
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‘The Last Jedi’ Will Be the Biggest Movie of 2017, Even as It Leaves Some Records Untouched

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‘The Last Jedi’ Will Be the Biggest Movie of 2017, Even as It Leaves Some Records Untouched
The first shows for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” begin tonight, and there’s every expectation that is will be the biggest-opening, top-grossing domestic release of 2017. At a minimum, we’re looking at a $200 million opening, with $225 million very likely.

With strong holiday playtime following the first 10 days of release, a multiple of at least three times its opening is possible, which could propel to the domestic take to around $700 million.

Yes, it’s going to be huge — but there’s a few records it might not beat. Here (with adjusting numbers to 2017 values) are some comparable numbers that “Jedi” will easily best, and a few that seem unlikely.

Top domestic grosses of 2017: Yes

“The Last Jedi” should find the opening numbers easy to beat, and it’s hard to imagine it won’t be the best-performing movie of the year.

Film Studio Opening Gross Domestic Total Beauty and the Beast
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