Variety reports that John Williams, who has scored all eight of the main “Episode” Star Wars movies so far, will write the theme for Solo, the upcoming Han Solo prequel that’s due out on May 25, 2018. “The present plan is that I’m writing a theme for Han Solo,” he said, “and John Powell is going to write the score, which he’ll do brilliantly.”
“What I will do is offer this [theme] to John [Powell],” he continued, “and to [director] Ron Howard, and if all parties are happy with it, then I will be happy. … 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.”
Powell has previously scored animated fare like Happy Feet, Ferdinand, and Rio, as well as the live-action Bourne films. He was nominated for an Oscar in 2010 for his How to Train Your Dragon score.
Williams has received 50 Academy Award nominations and five wins for his work, which includes the scores for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, the first three Harry Potter movies, Indiana Jones, Jaws, the first two Jurassic Park movies, and Superman. He won one of those five Oscars for his 1977 score to the first Star Wars movie. The score was also entered into the National Recording Registry, a collection of “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” musical works maintained by the Library of Congress, in 2004.
Rumors have circulated that Disney is worried about Solo flopping; after dropping their original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller for Ron Howard, and scheduling reshoots that nearly doubled the budget, the film at least looks like it’s undergoing some serious retooling. However, the hiring of Williams suggests at least some confidence and investment in the project, so fingers crossed.
Personally, I’m at least excited to hear what Williams has cooked up to capture the spirit of Han Solo—and, of course, to see Donald Glover’s take on Lando Calrissian.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi sound designer Ren Klyce recently spoke to CinemaBlend about the process of creating the porgs’ library of alien-bird sounds, from the cry in the trailer to the cooing sounds the toys make to all the little pips and squeaks we hear throughout the movie.
“At Skywalker Sound there’s a chicken coop with these little chickens, and Coya Elliott, our first assistant, went down and recorded those chickens,” said Klyce. “And then we took that sound and slowed it down and stretched it out and found little chirps. We found this man who releases doves at weddings, and we asked him to come down so we could record them…So we have a little snippet of that [turkey call], a little bit of chicken, a little dove, and cut it all together.”
I just love that the porgs are a combination of slow-mo chickens, turkeys, and wedding doves. What a beautifully twee and nonsensical soundscape.
While we at The Mary Sue are firmly #porgnation, the little creatures have stirred some controversy. Some fans pointed to their obvious merchandising potential, complaining that they were a money-grubbing mandate from the Disney Corporation. Others worried that they might prove as annoying as the infamous Jar-Jar Binks from the prequels. But although I am personally biased from wanting to hug them forever, I was pleasantly surprised by the easy way they were integrated into the Ahch-To scenes, just like nesting seabirds.
Given that the porgs are supposedly based on the puffins who actually live on Skellig Michael, the Irish island that served as the filming location for Ahch-To, I was initially surprised that puffins didn’t play a role in the porgs’ soundscape. Then I remembered what a puffin callactuallysounds like. I’m glad that, rather than sounding like a moo mixed with a revving engine, the porgs had a more high-pitched, traditionally birdlike sound.
(Though, if someone wanted to re-cut that trailer moment with a long puffin moo, I’d definitely click to watch it.)
(Via CinemaBlend; image: Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Studios)
Black Girl Nerds is reporting that Shuri’s strike gauntlets from Black Panther are now available as a toy in stores. The report is based off one tweet, so availability may vary depending on your location, but these look amazing. Though, seriously, if they’re already out, then why did I not see them advertised before Christmas?
I’m also obsessed with the packaging. As Jamie Broadnax over at Black Girl Nerds wrote, “I think what makes me tear up the most—yes I have tears seeing this—is the image of the Black girl on the box smiling and posing with the toy. This is what Shuri is going to give little Black girls everywhere.”
This is the definition of dystopia/utopia. In the music video for Jay-Z’s “Family Feud,” Ava DuVernay has gifted us with a vision of an America where women, especially black women, are the political leaders. Alas, you need to get a subscription to Tidal to see it. (via Essence)
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom director J.A. Bayona has stated that the sequel to Jurassic World will contain “the biggest set-piece ever done for a Jurassic movie.” I mean, that’s cool, but will we fix the sexism problem? (via /Film)
Cristin Milioti did an interview with The Hollywood Reporter about her episode of Black Mirror, “USS Callister.” Spoilers at the link, so be warned!
Erica Garner, the Black Lives Matter activist and daughter of Eric Garner, has tragically passed away at the age of 27. Erica died of a heart attack that was caused by a severe asthma attack. In her honor, her official Twitter account requested that people “go find a way to support your local foster care system.” Rest in peace and power, Erica. (via The Root)
For now if you want to support Erica Garner … Go find a way to support your local foster care system. The last action she told me she wanted to do was to support foster kids as she was one herself. The person with her when she died was her foster mother…
However, this time Danniella didn’t take the insults lightly and started a war of words with the troll, even offering to fight her in the ring following a discussion with another Twitter user about a charity boxing match she is hosting in January.
‘Oh she’s back,’ Danniella began. ‘Give ur mouth&thumbs a rest&get in the ring,I will fight u let’s c how much u have 2 say about me then,’ she threatened.
‘But u won’t because ur a sad sorry troll who has no life & no balls,’ she continued.
‘Keep chatting s**t no 1 cares.UR whole existence is a joke &pointless ur a waste of space,’ the actress blasted.
She then posted a string of lipstick kiss emojis, a crying with laughter emoji, a series of waving hand emojis and an image of a cartoon embroidery with the message: “You’re dead to me”.
But fans were not impressed that Danniella was rising to the trolls taunts, with one commenting: ‘Why do you bite!!! Ignore them and they will soon get bored..they provoke for a reaction which you oblige!!!’
While another said: ‘Threats on live air’.
A third shocked fan wrote: ‘Christ a mum in her 40s wanting to fight another woman does not come over as good or intelligent. At your age and other the amount of therapy you’ve had haven’t you learned different ways to deal with anger and conflict?’
The star is preparing to welcome her third child with husband Peter Crouch in January – the couple already share Sophia, six, and Liberty, two.
She recently divulged on the perils of pregnancy ahead of the due date, admitting it has been ‘a terrible five months’ during an appearance on This Morning.
Asking for tips from mum-of-three Holly Willoughby, Abbey said: ‘I need some tips off you Holly! You get no sympathy with your third pregnancy. Head down the toilet, throwing up. It’s been a terrible five months.’
But later insisting she is through the worst of it, she added: ‘I’m back, I feel great I’m just a little bit tired. I just cant wait to have it now.’
He tweeted: ‘Think about the words you use on here…they can have a serious impact on the person you’re aiming them at. To you it’s just an insult. To the person it’s aimed at it could break them.’
His warning comes after he shared a longer message on Twitter on Thursday, saying: ‘Everyone works hard in all industries I’m just taking a break that’s all. I’ve not been sacked, not pregnant, just having a little time off.’
Rylan’s extended explanation comes after he was met with a barrage of abusive messages with one person writing: ‘Try working 20 years for the NHS we could all do with a break!!’
Another Twitter user posted: ‘Great that you get that privilege, majority of people work from age of 16 till they retire!!’
Earlier in the week, Rylan finally cleared up rumours that he was axed from his job as Entertainment Correspondent on the show.
In a now-deleted Tweet to his 1.5million followers on Wednesday evening (27th December), the star said: ‘Rumours in press why I’m ‘leaving’ or been ‘axed’ from @thismorning. Truth is I need a break.’
Luckily, Rylan assured his fan that he’ll still be appearing alongside Emma Willis on CBB this January, as he continued: ‘I’ve been working constantly for 5 years and I need some time to myself. I’ll still be at Big Bro. I just need to take some time to myself.’
Before adding: ‘That’s all. I’ll be back soon xxx’.
Robbie Williams makes a U-turn, teasing that a 2021 (25th Anniversary!) TT reunion could be on the cards…
When we received an invite to interview the one and only Robbie Williams about his new biography Reveal, we did more than just pinch ourselves. As any original ‘Thatter’ will understand, we couldn’t wait to get our hands on a preview of the book to see what Rob really has to say about bandmates Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, Howard Donald and Jason Orange.
And, more importantly, meeting Rob in person meant we could find out once and for all whether he’ll be joining Take That for a 25th Anniversary tour.
On February 13, 1996, Robbie turned 22, but it was also the date millions of Take That fans around the world will Never Forget (pun intended) – the day our favourite boyband split.
Twenty-one years down the line and it’s good to see that the cheeky chap from Stoke had come full circle – from being in a hugely successful boyband followed by his own solo success, to marrying the love of his life, Ayda Field, with whom he has daughter Teddy, five, and son Charlie, three. After all, Everything Changes, right?
Hey Robbie, in your book you recall your proposal to Ayda on Christmas Day with four Queen playing cards…
I proposed to her on the exact same spot that I set eyes on her, which actually is a lie because that was Google, by myself.
What did you first think when you saw her on Google?
I thought she was really, really hot! Incredibly attractive and voluptuous… her personality surpassed her looks.
Are you romantic?
I have lacked on the romance front for a bit. If I said to you on your birthday, ‘Happy Birthday babe,’ gave you a kiss and flowers, would that suffice?
YES, if it was from you! Do you try to be romantic?
Of course. I’m very tactile. If we’re in the room together we’ll be touching – not in a suggestive way, but we’re all over each other all the time. That’s where I excel.
You say in your book that you never thought you’d be in a relationship or want a family…
There were the years where I was going around being a pop star , thinking, ‘Do I want to be in a relationship?’ and what was missing a lot of the time was a shared humour. Ayda is smarter than me and I’m just in awe of how she makes me laugh.
Did you think you were still destined to be single when you met Ayda?
Yeah, that’s why our relationship didn’t kick in straight away, because one of my commandments was, ‘Thou shalt not be married or in a relationship.’ I didn’t feel like I was capable and I thought anybody to pick me would be insane… but here I am 10 years later with the woman I love.
If you were single today, would you be on Tinder?
No I’d go on Raya, the dating app for people with lots of followers, so you have to be popular. There are a lot of famous people on there… I can’t [say who’s on there]. I really want to, but I can’t.
At the start of your career there was no social media…
I think that’s just as well, as I got off my head in so many places and the paparazzi just weren’t there. There weren’t any phones, just word of mouth, but no proof. It meant I got to live a normal-ish life.
Do you still get actual fan letters in the post?
Not many. Do I miss it? No. I find it weird when it comes to the house. There was some real dark stuff I don’t want to mention, but it’s invasive and unsettling.
Can you still do the normal things like go to the corner shop?
Not really, no – which is the whole part of the ‘ism’ I’ve got. I’m scared to socially interact and when people come up to me – I know this is a buzzword – but I find it traumatic. I always go out wearing a hat and glasses.
What about a film of your life?
Yeah. I’d like to play me, I don’t know who’d play me when I was younger. I’ve got an idea for a film, I’ve started to talk to people and I’ve got an idea how I’d like it to go.
You say in the book that a Take That reunion ‘didn’t seem quite as enticing’ without all five members. Can you have a word with Jason?
It’s all down to Jay. Whenever I speak to him it’s by email, it’s twice a year and I’ll say, ‘Hey mate, this happened and it reminded me of you and I’m sending love.’ I don’t ask him to do Take That stuff.
Gary said it’s an ‘open door’ to come back whenever – have you ever been tempted to just rock up to a gig?
Nah. I’m in if it’s a five-piece… I’ll probably be in it if isn’t [a five-piece] to be honest. That said, that’s not on any calendar for the next five years… maybe. It’s definitely not happening in the next two to three.
Eek! We did the maths: Four years from now is 2021, the 25th Anniversary of Take That’s split]. So if you re-join, would you still want your solo segment in the show?
No, I wouldn’t. I had a break from performing live and it was great to be able to hide in public. I’d lost my confidence to get on stage, so it gave me that back.
Would you like all of you to have a solo section at a TT gig?
Yeah. I’m a big fan of Mark’s stuff and a massive fan of Gary’s – it would be a perfect gig.
When you perform, do you still struggle with nerves?
Yeah. There’ll shows where I go on stage and it’s a breeze, then there’ll be a couple of months where I’m scared. I know I’m brave as the audience can’t tell what’s going through my mind.
So, what is going through your mind on stage?
I need to know exactly what I’m doing every second. It might not look as though I know what I’m doing, but it’s always about the next thing – and the pose!
What about when you’re dangling over a crane?
On this particular tour I had to do a song called I Love My Life, which is about the kids, and what I was thinking was, ‘F**k, they know the words!’ and also, ‘Where’s the autocue?’ My brain can’t retain information. I wouldn’t be able to sing Let Me Entertain You now, I wouldn’t know the words.
Have you still got any of your old Take That costumes?
Which one would you have liked me to have?
Something from the Do What You Like video with the jelly? Yeah, I was going to say that. Howard’s codpiece. No, I haven’t.
What, none of them?
No. They were at my mum’s, but they’ve left since. But I had this great Vivienne Westwood suit – it was purple tartan and had a kilt with trousers underneath and I absolutely loved it. I hadn’t seen it for a few months and I went home, got it out of the wardrobe, put my hand in – and my mum had had it altered…
What, to wear for herself?
Yeah! She obviously loved it as much as I did.
Reveal, the official biography of Robbie Williams, by Chris Heath, is out now (£20, Blink Publishing).
With Mark, 30, regularly schmoozing A-list stars as a presenter for US channel Extra TV and actress Michelle, also 30, spending most of her time in remote locations while filming, their lives really couldn’t be more different right now.
They were together for much of the festive period in Essex with Mark’s family and, we’re told, that’s where a lot of their disagreements start.
‘Mark is seriously family orientated and couldn’t imagine spending Christmas apart from his parents, brother and sisters,’ a well-placed source tells us. ‘Michelle is also very close to her mum and dad but, as they’re based in Manchester, it’s really difficult for her and Mark to split their time.’
Now understands Mark promised his wife of two years that he’d compromise more and make her family as much of a priority as his own, but that was only half of the issue causing difficulties for them right now…
There’s no denying Mark is totally loving his new job. Based in Los Angeles, we’ve seen him interview the likes of Kim Kardashian and Mariah Carey already and – if the show reviews are anything to go by – he’s well on his way to cracking America.
But we’re told Michelle, whose acting in dramas including Tina & bobby and Our Girl has been critically acclaimed, has no time for what she describes as ‘fake’ Hollywood and has warned Mark not to get sucked in.
After shooting the latest series of Our Girl in Nepal, former Coronation Street star Michelle admitted her outlook on life had changed.
She said: ‘What an amazing, eye opening journey. Coming away with a totally different perspective on life. Feeling very blessed and thankful.’
Our insider says: ‘As someone who is famous for having a talent, Michelle is not fazed by Hollywood types – but Mark is. He knows how lucky he is to have landed this job being ex-reality TV and all the stars he’s now rubbing shoulders with excite him.
‘Michelle is fully supportive of Mark and is doing her best to be excited for her husband. But she has reminded him that a rising star can just as quickly fall and he shouldn’t get too accustomed to that kind of lavish lifestyle.’
Let’s hope Mark never forgets the kind of life he’s got back home in good old Brentwood…
At least 12 people are dead and 15 others were injured following an apartment fire Thursday night (Dec. 28) in the Bronx borough of New York City.
NY Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed in a press conference that four of the 15 injured are in critical condition and fighting for their lives at a local hospital. “This is the worst fire tragedy we have seen in this city in at least a quarter-century,” de Blasio said, adding that the fire will rank as one of the “worst losses of life to a fire’ in many years for the city.”
More than 100 FDNY firefighters worked in bone-chilling cold weather, just 15 degrees, to contain the fire and rescue people from the building. It was so cold that the water from the hoses froze into ice on the street.
FDNY crews are currently battling a four-alarm fire at a residential building in the Bronx. The FDNY says at least 15 people are being evaluated for injuries. pic.twitter.com/QpBQh5WoLA
According to City Department of Building records, the building is a walk-up apartment house with 25 individual units. City records also showed that the building—which is located on Prospect Avenue near East 187th Street, near the Bronx Zoo—had no elevator.
FDNY Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro said that crews were alerted to the fire at 6:51 p.m. EST and the department responded within three minutes. Nigro confirmed that the fire started on the first floor of the building and quickly spread to the fifth floor. “In a department that is certainly no stranger to tragedy, we are shocked by this loss,” he said.
“People died on various floors” of the apartment building, Nigro said, adding that the ages of the victims ranged from one-year-old to over 50. Due to the number of lives lost, Nigro called the fire “historic in its magnitude.”
Luz Hernandez, a resident of the building, said she realized something was wrong when she smelled burning rubber in her fourth-floor apartment. She said the smell was quickly followed by smoke so thick that it made her apartment pitch-black. She was able to get to her husband and two sons, 11 and 16, and the four of them climbed out of a window and down the fire escape.
Maria Bonilla, who lives a block away from the building, said she was waiting outside to hear word on a friend’s 8-month-old child. “There was a lot of people coming out in stretchers, burned,” she told reporters at the scene. “There was fire, really bad fire,” Bonilla said. “It was crazy,” she said.
Robert Gonzalez, another neighborhood resident who has a friend who lives in the building, told the Associated that his friend got out on a fire escape as another resident fled with five children. “When I got here, she was crying,” Gonzalez said.
Photos and video footage of the scene showed firefighters wheeling out victims on stretchers. The firefighters were able to rescue a number of people by climbing up ladders to reach them in their apartments and bring them back down to safety.
“Thank you to the @FDNY and first responders for their bravery and quick action,” Mayor de Blasio said in a statement on Twitter. “And thank you to the medical staff at @SBHBronx and Jacobi Medical Center for working hard to save lives right now.”
He added, “I want to offer my prayers to all the families who have lost their loved ones this evening or who are struggling. I ask all New Yorkers to keep them in your prayers, too.”
I want to offer my prayers to all the families who have lost their loved ones this evening or who are struggling. I ask all New Yorkers to keep them in your prayers, too.
Azealia Banks must have really been feeling the Christmas spirt this year (or had too much eggnog). The rapper who is known to start random one-sided beefs with celebs who barely know her offered a mea culpa to the one and only Beyoncé.
Earlier this week, Banks apologized to Beyoncé on Instagram for being critical of her masterpiece visual album, Lemonade, and overall artistry. Banks admitted that her hateration stemmed from “feeling left out.”
“Beyoncé, I apologize for throwing tantrums in the past. They totally came from a place of feeling left out. you’ve inspired so much of the way I think about/value you myself as a performer and I ADORE you. Your presence in the art world and on earth is supernatural and am so so so inspired by you
…Thank you for always making the little black girl in me smile. You’ve truly always been a beacon of light for me and I’m so so humbled by this.”
I’m not sure if the “apology” was sincere or just Banks up to her usual tricks because if you blinked, you may have missed the post. She deleted it from her account and hasn’t mentioned Beyoncé since.
Banks attempted to come for Queen Bey back in 2016 following the release of Lemonade. In a series of tweets, she slammed the singer for perpetuating the “heartbroken black female narrative” and that she was the antithesis of black feminism.
Banks said that she had never seen Beyoncé fight for social justice like she claimed with “Formation” and went on to accuse the singer of stealing artistic ideas and that she sold her soul to sell more records.
“She’s not a ‘sister,’ she’s a poacher. She’s a thief,” Banks wrote on Twitter. “Sisters don’t’ steal, sisters share.”
The one-sided beef was sparked in 2013 when Banks was invited to submit a verse for Beyoncé’s then-untitled fifth album, Beyoncé. However, Banks did not make the final cut of the album and Beyoncé was added to her growing list of enemies.
We’ll see if Azealia Banks’ newfound adoration for Beyoncé continues into 2018.