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    John Williams, Gustavo Santaolalla and Gustavo Dudamel Take The Academy Behind the Score

    If you're a music buff, especially one in Los Angeles, the names John Williams, Gustavo Santaolalla and Gustavo Dudamel are practically sacred.

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    Check Out The Artwork For Mondo's Color Vinyl Reissues Of The 'Jurassic Park' Soundtrack

    With "Jurassic World" dropping next summer, there's perhaps no better time to start riding the nostalgia train a little bit. It has been over a decade since Steven Spielberg wowed audiences with "Jurassic Park," and while the technical wizardry is still very much appreciated, not to mention the fact...

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    Movie Heaven, Courtesy Of TCM

    I’m still recovering from the fifth annual TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood. I don’t experience it as most people do, since I work throughout the weekend, but I have as good a time as the attendees, who come from far and wide and spend the entire time beaming.

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    Oscars: Can Karen O & 'Short Term 12' Beat Disney's 'Frozen' In The Music Categories?

    This week sees the arrival of Disney's "Frozen," the studio's most acclaimed film in years. It's also a serious throwback to the studio's animated musicals of the late 1980s and 1990s, a full-on songfest with multiple numbers of Broadway quality, and that's useful for our purposes, because this week...

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    WATCH: John Williams Describes How He'll Score J.J. Abrams' Upcoming 'Stars Wars'

    Composer John Williams is set to score the next installment in the "Star Wars" franchise, "Episode VII," to be directed by J.J. Abrams. Williams has scored all six entries in the series. Watch a video below of the Oscar-winning composer explaining how he'll score the upcoming film.

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    John Williams Confirmed To Score 'Star Wars: Episodes VII-IX,' Says J.J. Abrams The Right Person To Continue The Saga

    Of all the rumors swirling around "Star Wars: Episode 7" and the subsequent sequels and spin-offs, this was probably the most no-brainer obvious as being true. Hell, even J.J. Abrams himself said back in April that John Williams—who provided the iconic music of the original "Star Wars" and never loo...

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    J.J. Abrams Says John Williams Likely To Return To Score 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

    The more things change, the more they stay the same. Or something like that. With Kathleen Kennedy hinting at a slightly more open book once "Star Wars: Episode VII" starts moving in earnest, so far most of the rumors about the new sequels have been centered on the old cast likely to return. And it ...

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    Discuss: John Williams Wants To Return To Score ‘Star Wars,’ But Would Michael Giacchino Be A Better Choice?

    In the instance of top directors announcing their latest projects, you can bet a select few composers are confidently clearing their calendars for work to come. But while Christopher Nolan and Peter Jackson rely on Hans Zimmer and Howard Shore for iconic scores, both composers in turn hold parts of ...

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    John Williams' 'Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace' Score Getting Limited Edition, Double LP, Color Vinyl Reissue

    Just when you thought you'd amassed all the "Star Wars" merchandise, here’s yet another collector’s item to get excited about. Perhaps one of the more celebrated aspects of “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” is composer John Williams’ epic s...

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    John Williams and Steven Spielberg: The Critics Speak, Not Always Kindly

    The soundtracks are iconic, the films are now pure nostalgia. So their reviews immediately recognized their genius, right? Not so much. Vincent Canby’s review in the New York Times remarked that “John Williams's soundtrack music is beginning to sound just a tiny bit familiar, not all that different ...

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