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Longtime ‘Star Wars’ composer John Williams returns for ‘Solo’

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John Williams attends the Star Wars Celebration Day 1 on April 13, 2017 in Orlando, Florida

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Solo is bringing back a beloved member of the classic Star Wars crew – but there’s a catch.

John Williams, whose legendary music has driven all but one of the Star Wars movies to date, is set to return for Solo: A Star Wars Story

However, he’ll only write the theme, not the whole score. The primary composer for the movie is still John Powell (How to Train Your Dragon), as announced in July

Williams explained the situation to Variety. “What I will do is offer this to John [Powell], and to [director] Ron Howard, and if all parties are happy with it, then I will be happy,” he said. “John will complete the score. He will write all the rest of the themes and all of the other material, which I’m going to be very anxious to hear.”

Williams’ relationship with Star Wars goes back to the first one, for which he won a Best Original Score Oscar. He additionally received Oscar nominations for Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens (as well as various other wins and noms for his non-Star Wars work). The Last Jedi was his eighth Star Wars score.

But Solo won’t be the first Star Wars movie without a Williams score. That’d be 2016’s Rogue One, which had Michael Giacchino stepping in instead.

Solo‘s music has previously been described as “in the style of the original Star Wars movies but retain Powell’s distinctive voice.” Now that distinctive voice will get a bit of a boost from the guy who knows Star Wars music better than anybody.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2018/01/01/solo-star-wars-john-williams/

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Robert De Niro Says ‘The Irishman’ Set for the Big Screen

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“The Irishman is set for the big screen next year when it is released by Netflix, star Robert De Niro said Sunday while speaking at the Marrakech Film Festival.

The pic is the actor’s latest collaboration with Goodfellas director Martin Scorsese, which also stars Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and Harvey Keitel, and is set in the crime world.

“We’ve talked about it with Netflix. They are going to do a presentation of our film the way it should be, in a theater, in certain venues, the best theatrical venues there can be,” De Niro said, hinting that there have been ongoing discussions with the streaming platform surrounding the release.

“How they resolve it is, in the beginning, they will show it on the big screen — we’re talking about big venues where it would play, where it should play — and what happens after that, I’m not sure,” he said, guessing that it would be released online at a later date.

It marks the second big film Netflix will release, following in the footsteps of Alfonso Curaon’s Oscar contender Roma in a limited theatrical run for awards season. Netflix has also taken on Guillermo del Toro’s dark Pinocchio, which is another potential awards contender and the next project after his Oscar wins for The Shape of Water…………………………………………..”

Read More Here: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/marrakech-robert-de-niro-says-irishman-set-big-screen-1165651

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Golden Globe nominations to kick off Hollywood’s award season

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(CNN)
“Nominations for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s annual ceremony, which honors achievement in film and television, were announced Thursday. Big film hits “Black Panther,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “A Star Is Born” will compete for best drama against the critically acclaimed “BlacKkKlansman” and “If Beale Street Could Talk,” directed by Spike Lee and Barry Jenkins, respectively, who directed the Oscar-winning “Moonlight.”

Below is the full list of nominees.

Movies
Best Motion Picture – Drama
“Black Panther”
“BlackKklansman”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“If Beale Street Could Talk”
“A Star Is Born”
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
“Crazy Rich Asians”
“The Favourite”
“Green Book”
“Mary Poppins Returns”
“Vice”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Glenn Close (“The Wife”)
Lady Gaga (“A Star Is Born”)
Nicole Kidman (“Destroyer”)
Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”)
Rosamund Pike (“A Private War”)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”)
Willem Dafoe (“At Eternity’s Gate”)
Lucas Hedges (“Boy Erased”)
Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”)
John David Washington (“BlackKklansman”)………………………………………………”

See the rest of the nominations here: https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/06/entertainment/golden-globe-nominations/index.html

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Who will host the Oscars now that Kevin Hart has stepped down?

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“Now Kevin Hart has stepped down from hosting the Oscars, one question remains: who will replace him?

The 39-year-old comedian was confirmed as the Academy Awards host for 2019 just three days ago.

However, he found himself in deep water this week when fans started sharing unearthed tweets from 2010 which show him using the word ‘gay’ as a slur. as well as labelling people ‘f**s’.

Hart announced his decision to step down as host of the Oscars on Thursday night. Hosting the Oscars is one of the biggest gigs a presenter can land and it’s got to go to the right person. So WHO will the Academy ask to replace Kevin?

Ellen DeGeneres is the bookies’ runaway favourite to host February’s awards show, with Betfair offering odds of 6/4. If the bookies are correct, it will be the third time she’s hosted the prestigious awards, having done so in 2007 and 2014. Her 2014 run saw her taking the infamous Oscars selfie, featuring the likes of Bradley Cooper……………………………………….”

Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2018/12/07/will-host-oscars-now-kevin-hart-stepped-ellen-degeneres-jimmy-kimmell-among-favourites-8218916/

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