Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Piano Version Of Childhood From John William's Hook

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Here's a great video of talented piano player, Elijah York playing Childhood from Hook.  A John Williams classic.  Not to be missed.

This is one of my favorite childrens movie! The score is incredible!! John Williams did a remarkable job composing the score to this movie!!
I loved it a lot! Here's me playing the main theme to Hook perfomed by Elijah York! Enjoy!



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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Kevin Kiner Channels John Williams for 'Star Wars Rebels'


Kevin Kiner, the composer for Star Wars: The Clone Wars, is being brought back on board for the upcoming animated series, Star Wars Rebels.  The score for the new series might sound a bit familiar to fans because Kiner will be incorporating many of John Williams’ themes into his own compositions, something that wasn’t really done for The Clone Wars.  

Kiner says the "project needs to sound like A New Hope and bringing Williams' themes into some of his own compositions has had some pleasant results:  

“I never used John’s music before on ‘Clone Wars’ under specific instructions from George [Lucas],” says Kiner, whose participation in the series was announced at “Rebels’” Wondercon panel Saturday in Anaheim. “He wanted ‘Clone Wars’ to break new ground.  In fact we had to beg him a few times to use John’s themes.”


Kiner says the "project needs to sound like A New Hope," and bringing Williams' themes into some of his own compositions has yielded some pleasant results: 

“There was an incident where I thought I was using one of John’s melodies, but I couldn’t place where it was from. But everyone tells me, no, it’s my melody. It really sounds like John.” 

At 30 musicians, the orchestra being used for Rebels is about the same size as the one Williams used on the classic sci-fi show Lost in Space.  

For anyone concerned that Rebels might sound a little "too much" like A New Hope, have no fear.  Kiner says that the music will become more experimental as the series progresses through it's first season.  There's a good reason for that direction, too - but he's not talking!  

Star Wars Rebels takes place about five years before the events of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope and it debuts this fall on Disney XD.


Source: http://herocomplex.latimes.com


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New Concept Artwork For Star Wars Rebels

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We were treated to a new clip of Star Wars Rebels at Wondercon but the treats didn't stop there.  We also got a load of new concept artwork for the much anticipated show set to grace our screens this August.  Check out some of the artwork below and on the official Star Wars blog.


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Get Behind Alan Ladd, Jr Documentary "LADDIE" Watch Trailer With George Lucas, Ron Howard and More.


Here's your chance to get behind this wonderful documentary on Alan Ladd Jr.  The man who green lit so many movies including the one and only STAR WARS.  The Bearded Trio are so behind this project and will be posting the Kickstarter widget at the top of the page.  You can donate anything from $1 to $10,000.  There are rewards all along the way including copies of the documentary, artwork and your name in the credits.

Check out the trailer below and the link to the Kickstarter campaign.
Get your name in the credits
 for just $100



LADDIE: A documentary about the most influential movie mogul you've never heard of.

With 150 Academy Award nominations and 50 Academy Award wins, he's one of the most successful movie moguls in history.

His filmography consists of 164 films, including STAR WARS, POLICE ACADEMY, ALIEN, THELMA & LOUISE, NORMA RAE, CHARIOTS OF FIRE, BLADE RUNNER, MOONSTRUCK, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, THE BRADY BUNCH and BRAVEHEART.

Brad Pitt, Susan Sarandon, Reese Witherspoon, Will Smith and Harrison Ford landed on the map due to breakout roles in his films.

He has helped launch the careers of directing legends including George Lucas, Ridley Scott, Ron Howard, Mel Gibson, Richard Donner, and Mel Brooks.

But most likely...you've never even heard his name.



Meet Alan Ladd, Jr., affectionately known as "LADDIE."

Unlike his father, famed actor Alan Ladd, Laddie built his career behind the camera, as a prolific producer, executive, and three-time studio chairman.

Never one to tout his achievements and rarely agreeing to interviews, Laddie, now approaching his sixth decade of moviemaking, reveals the inside story behind his mammoth success.

Through a series of conversations initiated by Laddie's daughter, we gain access to Laddie and an illustrious cast of Hollywood professionals; hear their stories in their voices, about Laddie—the most influential movie mogul you've never heard of...but won't soon forget.



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Listen To Whole Concert Of John Williams Conducting Houston Symphony Orchestra.

John Williams Conducting Houston Symphony Orchestra.

Listen to December's concert where John Williams conducted the Houston Symphony Orchestra along with guest cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

Sit back and enjoy the whole concert below.  The program consists of the following:

JOHN WILLIAMS: Close Encounters of the Third Kind
JOHN WILLIAMS: Cello Concerto
JOHN WILLIAMS: Pickin'
JOHN WILLIAMS: Sound the Bells!
JOHN WILLIAMS: Suite from Far and Away
JOHN WILLIAMS: Suite from Harry Potter and the Sorcer's Stone
JOHN WILLIAMS: Theme from Schindler's List
JOHN WILLIAMS: "Adventures on Earth" from E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
JOHN WILLIAMS: Star Wars: Main Title
JOHN WILLIAMS: Jurassic Park: Main Title

LISTEN TO PART 1
LISTEN TO PART 2


visit the website below to read more about the original concert:
http://symphonycast.publicradio.org/display/programs/2014/04/07/

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Monday, 21 April 2014

A true joining of the Force!

Becca's Chava Chat

“Twilight is upon me, and soon, night must fall. That is the way of things. The way of the Force.” – Yoda


There is something captivating, almost theatrical, in the cyclical time between day and night. Symbolically, this splashy array of vibrant coloration, displays a state of vulnerability. Showing a significant contrast between light and darkness, between consciousness and unconsciousness; the hour of Twilight…..


The brightest light casts the darkest shadow….

In the vast darkness of night, only hints of loves light flickers.  It’s a continuous flow of hope, a beacon, calling the heart home.  The dark conceals this precious secret, one that defines the most sincere purities a love has ever known; for it is truly a gift.  The dark protects it from the poison that would cast judgment, cruelty, and ultimately, breeding doubt and jealousy.  Like a candles illuminating flame, love can be mesmerizing, leaving one blinded by wondrous beauty.  Or is this a perception based on an illusion? Should love trust the night and take comfort in its embrace? Or is that the illusion? Has it deceived us by its so called protection? Love, like a flame, is alive and it breathes. If you betray it, hold it in contempt, it suffocates and all that’s left is the dark…


To read more, clink the link:
http://www.coffeewithkenobi.com/a-true-joining-in-the-force/


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Bungie 'fires' Halo games composer Marty O'Donnell


As a gamer myself I will never forget the first time I played Halo on the original Xbox.  Everything was perfect.  The graphics, gameplay, sound effects and especially the music.  The iconic theme tume to the game series has found it's place in gaming history and is instantly recognisable to any gamer.

Now it seems the composer has been fired from Halo creators, Bungie.

BBC Write:
The composer of the original Halo soundtracks says he has been fired from his job at the video games' creator.
Marty O'Donnell revealed the news in a tweet: "I'm saddened to say that Bungie's board of directors terminated me without cause on April 11, 2014."
Bungie has confirmed the move but suggested they remained "friends".
Mr O'Donnell had been working on music for the firm's forthcoming title Destiny in collaboration with Sir Paul McCartney.
The news prompted a backlash from visitors to Bungie's site.
"Bungie just lost half of its magic," wrote one, nicknamed Apotheosis.
"You just fired one of your best assets. What in the world is wrong with you?" asked Avenger I32.
Halo is all set to get the Spielberg treatment as it was annouced the franchise is to be made into a TV series exclusive to the Xbox One with Spielberg producing.

Rob
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Sunday, 20 April 2014

VIDEO: Lights, Camera, Action! Hosted by Steven Spielberg (Full Ride), Universal Studios Singapore

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Check out this video showing the Lights, Camera, Action ride at Universal Studios, Singapore.  Steven Spielberg is your host.

From Wikipedia:
From the main queue line, guests are directed to one of 3 smaller lines which lead to 3 separate rows in the pre-show room. Once inside, Steven Spielberg, appearing on a video projection screen, gives a brief introduction to the use of sound stages and special effects in movies. A video montage showcasing special effects from various films is then shown, after which the audience is then briefed by Spielberg about the scene they will see in the main sound stage .
After the pre-show, the audience, still keeping to their 3 separate rows, enter the main sound stage, which is modeled after the interior of a boathouse in New York City. Once the command to roll cameras has been given, the sky (a projection of the NYC skyline outside the boathouse windows) darkens, thunder and lightning fill the room, heavy rain pours through the ceiling, and the audience is immersed in various effects such as strong wind, intense fire, signboards crashing through the roof, the boathouse windows blowing away, movement of the platform they are standing on, and a huge cargo ship slamming through the boathouse entrance. This part of the show lasts approximately 3 minutes. Once the show is over, the audience exit the sound stage and emerge into the New York zone of the theme park.


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Saturday, 19 April 2014

Kevin Kiner To Compose Music For Star Wars Rebels



Kevin Kiner will be composing the music for Star Wars Rebels.  The Star Wars Rebels panel at Wondercon has just finished and the big news is Kevin Kiner will be composing the music for the new Star Wars Rebels. The news was annouced by Kiner himself as Dave Filoni talked about the upcoming and much anticipated show.  They played the theme tune to the new series and it sounds like and I quote "a mash up of classic Star Wars infused with new music."  During the panel Kiner said "John Williams' home run is the Force Theme."  Great choice!

Of course Kevin Kiner is no stranger to Star Wars having worked on The Clone Wars and making an excellent job of it too.

Here's a brand new clip to Star Wars Rebels



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Steve Sansweet Joins RebelForce Radio This Week.

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It's that time of the week again.  Time for another RebelForce Radio and this week they are joined by super collector, Steve Sansweet.  I could listen to that man for hours.

This week on RFR, Jimmy & Jason begin the countdown to Celebration Anaheim including a BIG announcement in the latest issue of Star Wars Insider, Steve Sansweet joins us with an update on all the cool things happening at Rancho Obi-Wan, and Geek Out Loud's Steve Glosson sits in on the news, including Episode VII updates, The George Lucas Cultural Arts Museum, and Star Wars connections in Captain America Winter Soldier. Plus, Star Wars In Pop Culture, The Billy Dee Quote of the Week and much more!

CLICK THE LINK TO LISTEN!

Nice to see RFR using my Photoshop work I sent them a while back for their Facebook page.
Rob
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