Star Wars: The Force Awakens just took home a Grammy Award.
During the non-televised early awards segment, John Williams’ score for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was awarded the Grammy for best score for visual media.
This is the fifth grammy award that Williams has won for his work on Star Wars. He won three Grammies for the original Star Wars score and another for the score to Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back.
John Williams has scored every film in the Skywalker Saga and will return to the galaxy far, far away to provide the score for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
There’s been a lot of discussion in the past week about Star Wars movie titles, since the title to Episode VIII was revealed as Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The name has set off fierce debates: is it singular or plural (or referring to two singular characters at different points in the movie)? Is the dialogue and crawl of Star Wars: The Force Awakens a clue or a red herring? Why is it red? Why does it sound so final when it’s the middle chapter? Yeah, people are talking, and it’s just a title.
It should come as no surprise then that fans are asking all sorts of titular questions of those in charge of the Star Wars world. With an active twitter account, Star Wars Story Group’s Pablo Hidalgo fields questions nearly constantly about canon and continuity, and occasionally gives a glimpse behind-the-scenes as well. When asked by a fan on twitter if there were any alternate titles to the first of the sequel trilogy movies, Hidalgo was very forthcoming.
“There was a very early version called ‘Shadow of the Empire,'” he revealed. “But that was even before the director [J.J. Abrams] came aboard.”
If that name sounds familiar, then you may be a fan of comics, novels, junior novels, video games, trading cards, role-playing games, toys, collectibles, or basically anything Star Wars outside of the movies. A vast-ranging multimedia project, Shadows of the Empire took over the Star Wars expanded universe (now called Legends) in 1996, introducing the characters Dash Rendar and Prince Xizor, greatly expanding on Boba Fett and the other bounty hunters of the Star Wars universe’s roles, and exploring the galaxy in the time between Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi.
Obviously, that title would not have had much, if anything, to do with the products that used it beforehand. Supposition would suggest the disconnect was a reason they steered clear of such a name; still, we did see the “shadow of the Empire” fall across the galaxy again, in the form of the First Order, so that original title was still felt.
As for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, it was the first title writer/director Rian Johnson had for Episode VIII, so there probably won’t be any big revelations there later.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi, from writer/director Rian Johnson, is in post-production now for a December 15, 2017 release. The film follows-up and continues the story of the next generation of the saga as Rey, Poe, Finn, and Kylo Ren find their place in the galaxy and follow the legacy of Luke Skywalker, Leia, and Han Solo. Daisy Ridley returns to star as Rey, with other returning stars John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Peter Mayhew, Andy Serkis, Anthony Daniels, Lupita Nyong’o Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa. Benicio Del Toro and Laura Dern join the cast in as-yet-unrevealed roles.
ANNOUNCING AN EXCLUSIVE FOUR-DISC SET FEATURING BRAND-NEW BONUS MATERIAL!
11/15 UPDATE: Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3D Collector’s Edition has arrived in the US and Canada! Get full details on the landmark set below, including J.J. Abrams’ audio commentary, deleted scenes, and much more. It’s a big deal.
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The Force is calling to you again. Only this time, in 3D.
The latest film in Star Wars saga is coming home — for the first time in immersive 3D — with Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3D Collector’s Edition. Announced today, the four-disc collection will release this fall, rolling out October 31 and arriving in the US and Canada on November 15. Encased in stunning collectible packaging, the set contains the film’s original theatrical release on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, Digital HD, and DVD, along with originally released bonus features and brand-new bonus material, including additional deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes conversations with cast and crew, and revealing, never-before released audio commentary by director J.J. Abrams. (Note that Collector’s Edition configuration may vary by territory.) Not even Maz’s castle has a treasure like this.
3D COLLECTOR’S EDITION BONUS FEATURES*:
Audio Commentary with J.J. Abrams – Enter the mind of visionary director J.J. Abrams as he reveals the creative and complex choices made while developing the first film in the new Star Wars trilogy.
Foley: A Sonic Tale – Foley artists, consisting of old pros and new talent, unite to bring the world of Star Wars: The Force Awakens alive through the matching of sound to action.
Sounds of the Resistance – Hear how the epic sound design of Star Wars: The Force Awakens moves the Star Wars legacy forward.
Deleted Scenes – View never-before-shared scenes that didn’t make the film’s final cut.
Dressing the Galaxy – Costume designer Michael Kaplan reveals how the costumes of the original Star Wars movies were re-envisioned for a new generation.
The Scavenger and the Stormtrooper: A Conversation with Daisy Ridley and John Boyega – The two new stars share the thrill of working together on the adventure of a lifetime and becoming part of the Star Wars legacy.
Inside the Armory – Take a fascinating tour through the design and creation of the weaponry in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Classic Bonus Features – These offerings from the April release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens include the complete story behind the making of the film, an unforgettable cast table read, insights from legendary composer John Williams, and deleted scenes, as well as features that dig deeper into the creation of new characters such as BB-8, the design of the climactic lightsaber battle between Rey and Kylo Ren, the film’s remarkable digital artistry, and the Star Wars: Force for Change global aid initiative.
* Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer. New bonus content is available in the 3D Collector’s Edition package only.
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J.J. Abrams wants you know he hates doing commentary tracks. And with that, he kicks off his commentary track for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The director’s moment-by-moment, detailed analysis is, despite his protestations, perhaps the biggest selling point of the four-disc Force Awakens 3D collector’s edition that’s hitting stores on Nov. 15. The set is a marked improvement over the version released last spring, including all the previously released features with several new bells and whistles. Yahoo Movies took an early copy of the set for a spin and spent hours poring over the bonus material, paying close attention to what the filmmaker had to say. Here are 27 things we just had to share, in chronological order.
Abrams considers the entire film a love letter to George Lucas and the original Star Wars, a.k.a. A New Hope.
Throughout the film, he points out callbacks and homages to Lucas’s oeuvre, beginning with the Lucasfilm logo, opening crawl, and initial shot of Kylo Ren’s Star Destroyer obscuring Jakku. “We went backwards to go forwards,” says Abrams. “We embraced wholeheartedly the brilliant iconography of Ralph McQuarrie, the concept artist who worked with George… The idea was to give people that feeling of instantly being back in Star Wars.”
Later on, Abrams seems to address critics who felt The Force Awakens was a retread by saying he intentionally called back settings like the Mos Eisley Cantina (Maz’s castle) and the Death Star (Starkiller Base) because they are “fundamental, prerequisite elements” of the Star Wars universe, as essential as saloons and dusty streets are to Westerns or castles are to fairy tales.
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