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The Morning Roundup: 'Wolverine' Tops Box Office, Lady Gaga Goes Nude To Promote New Album, 'Star Wars' Update

July 29th, 2013 10:28am EDT
The Wolverine
The Wolverine topped the weekend box office with $55 million in ticket sales, more than double the number-two film, "The Conjuring," now in its second week. "Despicable Me 2" remained in the top three for its fourth-straight week, while "Turbo" and "Grown-Ups 2' rounded out the top five. Check out our review of "The Wolverine" here.

Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter JJ Cale died on Friday at age 74. The guitarist died at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, California after suffering a heart attack. Cale was famous for writing numerous hits for such artists as Eric Clapton, Lynyrd Skynyr...
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John Williams returning to Star Wars

July 29th, 2013 3:10am EDT
Star Wars
Legendary composer John Williams will return to pen the score of the next generation of Star Wars films.

The multi-Oscar winner came up with the atmospheric music in the original trilogy, as well as the three prequels, and now he's been confirmed to write the music for Disney's reboot of the cult franchise.

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy says, "I had breakfast with someone very important to the Star Wars family last Friday, and he has committed to working on Episode VII. And that is Mr John Williams. Every time I hear John's music, it just gives me the chills. It's so important to t...
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John Williams: 'Man of Steel will be hard to watch'

May 27th, 2013 11:33am EDT
John Williams
Superman composer John Williams has mixed feelings about the latest reboot of the superhero franchise as he is convinced late actor Christopher Reeve was the ultimate embodiment of the comic book character.

Reeve played the lead in four Superman movies before his paralysis in a riding accident in 1995 and his death in 2004, and the part was taken over by Brandon Routh in 2006's Superman Returns, and by British actor Henry Cavill, who plays the lead role in the latest installment, Man of Steel.

However, Williams, who wrote the famous theme music which has been used throughout the superhero...
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Danny Boyle Talks Olympics Opening Ceremony On 'Rock Center'

July 26th, 2012 5:29pm EDT
Danny Boyle
This Thursday July 26th, the night before the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics, 'Rock Center with Brian Williams' will get you ready with reports from some of their award-winning correspondents. Meredith Vieira interviews film director Danny Boyle, who is directing this years Opening Ceremony in London. He discusses the pressure to live up to the over-the-top display Beijing put on four years ago.

Also on this week's 'Rock Center':

Olympian Cullen Jones fights to boost number of black swimmers
Studies show that African-Americans drown at three times the rate o...
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Review 'War Horse' - 'Two Jews On Film' Have Dry Eyes Watching Spielberg's WWI Epic (Video)

December 19th, 2011 1:00pm EST
War Horse
Two Jews on Film - By Joan Alperin Schwartz: Albert (Jeremy Irvine) a young boy lives on a rented farm in Devon with his mom (Emily Watson) and his dad (Peter Mullen). Albert has a horse named Joey and Joey...is one awesome horse and the family couldn't be happier. Until...

WWI breaks out, and poor Joey is sold to the British cavalry and shipped off to France. Luckily this really nice British officer (Tom Hiddleston) promises the devastated Albert, that he will take wonderful care of Joey and do everything in his power, to bring the horse back to him, in one piece of course.

But as ...
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List Of The 51st Grammy Awards Winners

February 9th, 2009 9:07am EST
Robert Plant
Former Led Zeppelin star Robert Plant and his new performance partner Alison Krauss were the toast of the 51st Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night after claiming a fistful of honors.

The duo picked up awards for Album of The Year, Record of The Year, Best Pop Collaboration, Best Country Collaboration and Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album.

Lil Wayne, who was the most nominated artist at this year's Grammys, took home three prizes and a share of the Best Rap Performance for a Duo or Group for Swagga Like Us with Jay-Z, T.I. and Kanye West. Coldplay were also triple w...
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Concord Records To Release Expanded 'Indiana Jones' Soundtracks Feb. 17

January 30th, 2009 5:13pm EST
Raiders of the Lost Ark
On February 17, 2009 Concord Records will release individually the soundtracks to the original three Indiana Jones films: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Originally Available as Part of Last Year's Limited-Edition Boxed Set, These Expanded and Remastered Soundtracks Feature Previously Unreleased Music From The First Three Films!

All three feature Oscar-winning composer John Williams' soundtracks digitally remastered from the original tapes, plus unreleased music from each respective film. Previously available only as pa...
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All About Evangeline In... Today's Links

October 24th, 2008 7:30pm EDT
Evangeline Lilly
Check out some of the best links we found around the web today. And be sure to visit our Daily Links section where we're constantly pouring in the best stuff from around the web.

Those pics of Evangeline Lilly in a bikini and surfing in Hawaii that we've been wanting to see forever now have finally arrived. What a sweet day indeed. - Celebslam

Teri Hatcher's twin comes out of hiding - dlisted

Woman gets her toes pierced. Yeah, you read that right. - Best Week Ever

President Bush endorses McCain/Palin (SNL):

Sexy "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" redhead Alicia W...
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'Indiana Jones: The Soundtracks Collection' Finally Arrives Nov. 11

October 24th, 2008 7:00pm EDT
Raiders Of The Lost Ark
On November 11, 2008 Concord Records will release "Indiana Jones: The Soundtracks Collection." This limited-edition boxed set will include all four of Oscar-winning composer John Williams' soundtracks for the Indiana Jones film series - Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and this year's summer blockbuster Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Exclusive to this set are expanded and remastered versions of the original soundtracks for the first three films. The set will also include a bonus CD featuring additional ...
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'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' Soundtrack Set For August 12 Release

August 2nd, 2008 3:30pm EDT
Star Wars Clone Wars
The theatrical release of Star Wars: The Clone Wars - the first-ever animated feature from Lucasfilm Animation and the newest chapter in the ongoing Star Wars Saga - will be accompanied by a deluxe 67-minute soundtrack album package (with exclusive fold-out poster) that will be available at all physical and digital outlets starting August 12th through Sony Classical.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will contain the iconic main theme by John Williams, followed by more than 30 separate music cues composed by Kevin Kiner. Kiner is known for his work on suc...
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Concord Records Releases Soundtrack to 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull'

May 20th, 2008 8:00pm EDT
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Concord Records released the soundtrack to the latest installment of the Indiana Jones adventures, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull today. The soundtrack features an original score composed by Academy Award winner John Williams.

The soundtrack is set to hit stores just two days before the release of the film, which is the first Indiana Jones film since Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The album features an epic orchestral score that evokes the timeless action of Indiana Jones and the iconic themes that have endeared the character to a legion of fans the world over...
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Celebrity Birthdays, February 8

February 8th, 2007 3:00am EST
Mary Steenburgen
Happy Birthday to "Family Guy" voice actor Seth Green (1974), "Diff'rent Strokes" actor Gary Coleman (1968), Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil (1961), law novelist John Grisham (1955), "Elf" actress Mary Steenburgen (1953), singer Dan Seals (1950), stage and screen actress Brooke Adams (1949), comedian Robert Klein (1942), actor Nick Nolte (1941), American film composer John Williams (1932), "Rebel Without A Cause" James Dean (1931; d. 1955), "The Honeymooners" actress Audrey Meadows (1926; d. 1996), actor/director Jack Lemmon (1925; d. 2001), silver screen bombshell Lana Turner (1920; d. 199...
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Grammy Awards Goof On Two Nominations

December 11th, 2006 8:42am EST
Ludacris
Representatives from the Grammy Awards were left red faced on Saturday after realizing they had made errors regarding two nominees. Rapper Ludacris, who was nominated in four categories, had his name omitted from the news release that listed the nominees.

Movie composer John Williams earned four Grammy nominations, not five, as organizers originally announced this week. Williams, who already has 18 Grammy statuettes dating back to 1976 for his work on Jaws, will compete against himself in two categories: Score Soundtrack Album and Instrumental Composition, for the films Munich and Mem...
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Mary J. Blige Leads Grammy Nominations

December 7th, 2006 1:20pm EST
Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige tops the Grammy nominations list with eight; while Red Hot Chili Peppers garner six; James Blunt, the Dixie Chicks, John Mayer, Danger Mouse, Prince, Rick Rubin, will.i.am and John Williams each earn five nods. Beyoncé, Bryan-Michael Cox, Gnarls Barkley, Israel Houghton, T.I. and Justin Timberlake receive four each.

Nominations for the 49th Annual Grammy Awards reflect a year in which multiple genres were represented in top categories, new up-and-comers were nominated alongside established artists and a diverse array of producers and other creative professionals garnered...
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"Superman Returns" Soundtrack In Stores June 27; Listen To The Entire Album Right Here!

June 20th, 2006 1:47pm EDT
Superman Returns
The thrilling and dramatic score from Superman Returns, the highly anticipated film featuring the Man of Steel's latest heroic adventure, arrives in stores June 27, with nearly an hour of music from award-winning composer John Ottman (Fantastic Four, X2). The score album will be enhanced with an exclusive video interview with the film's director, Bryan Singer (X2: X-Men United, X-Men, The Usual Suspects), a featurette on the making of the score and two trailers for the film.

- Win a copy of the soundtrack from Starpulse.com (contest ends July 12)

Recorded with a 97-piece orchestr...
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Superman Returns: Original Motion Picture Score Hits Stores June 27

June 16th, 2006 3:42pm EDT
Superman Returns
The thrilling and dramatic score from Superman Returns, the highly anticipated film featuring the Man of Steel's latest heroic adventure, arrives in stores June 27, with nearly an hour of music from award-winning composer John Ottman. The score album will be enhanced with an exclusive video interview with the film's director, Bryan Singer, a featurette on the making of the score and two trailers for the film.

Recorded with a 97-piece orchestra led by conductor Damon Intrabartolo, Superman Returns: Original Motion Picture Score features Ottman's epic score including his unique twists on...
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Film and TV Stars Give Extraordinary Performances on Lullabye Compilation

April 24th, 2006 10:00pm EDT
Elton John
Who wouldn't want Hollywood's biggest stars to sing them to sleep? Some of the most surprising voices in Hollywood, accompanied by musicians of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, lend their talents to a new album, "Unexpected Dreams: Songs from the Stars," to be released by Rhino Records on April 25. It's the perfect soundtrack for quiet evenings at home, with your children…or without them.

The CD features 14 spellbinding tunes by composers including Elton John, Billy Joel, Sade, Bob Dylan and Lennon/McCartney, beautifully sung and lushly orchestrated. A portion of the proceeds will be...
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Celebrity Birthdays, February 8

February 8th, 2006 3:00am EST
Vince Neil in Motley Crue
Happy Birthday to "Family Guy" voice actor Seth Green (1974), "Diff'rent Strokes" actor Gary Coleman (1968), Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil (1961), law novelist John Grisham (1955), actress Mary Steenburgen (1953), singer Dan Seals (1950), stage and screen actress Brooke Adams (1949), comedian Robert Klein (1942), actor Nick Nolte (1941), American film composer John Williams (1932), "Rebel Without A Cause" James Dean (1931; d. 1955), "The Honeymooners" actress Audrey Meadows (1926; d. 1996), actor/director Jack Lemmon (1925; d. 2001), silver screen bombshell Lana Turner (1920; d. 1995), an...
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Brokeback Mountain Leads Critics' Choice Awards Winners

January 11th, 2006 12:00pm EST
Brokeback Mountain
Controversial movie Brokeback Mountain is leading the Oscar race after winning three prizes at the influential Critics' Choice Awards last night. The gay cowboy romance won Best Film, Best Director for Ang Lee and Best Supporting Actress for Michelle Williams, an award she shared with Junebug's Amy Adams. Lee told the audience at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, California, "I used to say that I didn't believe in competition among film-makers but, what the hell, this is great! We trusted the tale and it led us to where it wanted to go. We are getting a better reception than we thought."

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