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George Lucas Explains The True Meaning Of 'Star Wars'

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 04.14.2017 | Entertainment

George Lucas made a surprise appearance at the Star Wars Celebration event in Orlando where he took part in a panel discussion on the film franchise. ...

'Star Wars' Releases Touching Tribute Video To Carrie Fisher

The Huffington Post | Todd Van Luling | Posted 04.13.2017 | Entertainment

The collective sorrow from “Star Wars” fans over Carrie Fisher’s death continues to be as vast as space. Lucasfilm produced a Star Wars Celebrat...

John Williams Doesn't Think Much Of His 'Star Wars' Score

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 12.27.2016 | Arts

Some musical compositions were simply destined to live forever in the cultural conversation: Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. The “Happy Birthday” so...

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Forcing Star Wars Episode VIII Titles

Jon Chattman | Posted 12.22.2016 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Disney wasn't quite sure how many Star Wars films to add to the slate until Rogue One debuted. Admittedly, Kathleen Kennedy of Lucasfilm said the comp...

'Star Wars' Fans' Rendition Strikes A Chord With Composer John Williams

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 07.19.2016 | Good News

As if “Star Wars” composer John Williams wasn’t already enough of a legend. The five-times Academy Award winner further proved how great he is w...

Summer Music Festivals Worth Traveling For

ZEALnyc | Posted 06.24.2016 | Arts

Tanglewood Music Festival By Joanne Sydney Lessner, Contributing Writer, June 24, 2016 Whether you're looking for chamber music, symphonic music, j...

Everyone Who Wants Film Production to Return to Hollywood Say 'Aye'

Dick Guttman | Posted 02.05.2017 | Entertainment
Dick Guttman

That loud chorus of 'ayes" you just heard came from the leaders of six of the most powerful organizations in what used to be known as the Film Capital...

Angela Morley: The Story Behind the Two-Time Oscar-Nominated Trans Composer

Manuel Betancourt | Posted 01.20.2017 | Queer Voices
Manuel Betancourt

It's perhaps fitting than in a year when Antony Hegarty nabbed a Best Original Song nomination and Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander were recognized for their work on The Danish Girl we've been prompted to revisit Morley's story and return her, perhaps, to the place in LGBT history she'd always earned.

WATCH: This Baby Stops Crying When He Hears The 'Star Wars' Imperial March

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 01.09.2016 | Parents

This little baby is a stormtrooper in training. Adorable 11-week-old Eli stops crying whenever he hears the Imperial March from "Star Wars." Eli was j...

Guessing Games About Rey Could Hurt Future 'Star Wars' Storytelling

Paul Katz | Posted 01.08.2017 | Entertainment
Paul Katz

Speculation is always fun and the makers of The Force Awakens clearly invited the speculation. Even so, unless the filmmakers have a really terrific idea up their sleeve and none of the current speculation turns out to be accurate, there will be no element of surprise when this story aspect resolves itself.

Going Back to a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Adina Ciment | Posted 12.18.2016 | Entertainment
Adina Ciment

With this new episode coming out, the stakes are high. I'm not just talking about the franchise here. When the first three episodes came out, there wasn't as much at stake. It was backstory. My childhood characters were safe back in the 70s and I could line up with the rest of the world and criticize the prequels as not being real. Not part of the "real" movies.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens An Old Nostalgia and New Ideas

William Bradley | Posted 12.19.2015 | Entertainment
William Bradley

The new Star Wars film represents not so much a new hope as an old hope renewed. Or, since it's still the case that so few have actually seen the film, it represents the hope of an old hope renewed.

The Heart And Humanity Of 'Star Wars'

Tavis Smiley | Posted 12.14.2016 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

This week, we celebrate the year's most anticipated film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, by welcoming two visionary icons central to the movie's creation.

‘To Hear A Mother’s Cries … It Does Something To You'

AP | Andy Campbell | Posted 01.10.2017 | Black Voices

BALTIMORE (AP) ― In the corner of his office, John Williams set down a gilded headstone that was in the shape of a teddy bear. Williams had just mad...

Baby Monitor Catches Toddler Singing 'Star Wars' Song In Her Crib

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 11.11.2015 | Parents

When dad Jonathan H. Liu introduced his kids to the "Star Wars" franchise, his toddler daughter took a particular liking to the music. In this sweet b...

Profile: John Ross Jesensky -- Film Composer

David Jensen | Posted 08.17.2016 | Business
David Jensen

He's a Hollywood Film, Television and Multimedia Composer. He specializes in composing orchestral music for all sorts of projects with dynamic and exciting music.

Young French Clarinetist of Extraordinary Talent Plays NYC

Jim Luce | Posted 06.21.2015 | Arts
Jim Luce

Raphaël Sévère made his debut in the YCA Series on Tuesday, April 7 at Merkin Concert Hall. The program was bookended by two pillars of the clarinet repertoire, the Brahms Sonata No. 2 in E-Flat, and the oh-so-French Poulenc Sonata.

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Deploying The Belle Brigade and Unleashing the Inaugural Five for Fighting with Five for Fighting

Jon Chattman | Posted 02.07.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

2014 is winding down, but The Belle Brigade will likely feel it, love it, and live it long after the ball drops in Time Square. The folky-rock duo of ...

In Pop vs. Pops, an Orchestra Finds Balance to Maintain Its Relevance

Steve Schonberg | Posted 01.14.2015 | Arts
Steve Schonberg

The New York Pops, Photo Credit: Johanna Weber Today, orchestral, jazz, and traditional vocalists are relegated to the sidelines more than ever, and ...

Neighborhood Music School Honors Ginny Mancini!

Jay Weston | Posted 11.15.2014 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

All photos by Jay Ginny Mancini was the honoree at the gala event. For several years I have been dating a beautiful woman named Ginny Mancin...

Don't Miss The Opera In The Pit

Daron Hagen | Posted 11.03.2014 | Arts
Daron Hagen

The next time you attend the opera, as the lights dim and the orchestra strikes up, why not determine to devote that evening an extra measure of attention to the opera going on in the pit?

Lauren Bacall, Too ...

John Mauceri | Posted 10.15.2014 | Arts
John Mauceri

Inadvertent angels come in many sizes and shapes. They are not always angels of mercy, and -- as many can attest -- Lauren Bacall was no Mother Teresa. And yet there was at least one lesson to be learned from knowing her a little.

My Favorite Year: The Pop Culture Peak That Was 1984

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 08.13.2014 | Entertainment
Gregory Weinkauf

Thirty years ago! Scary! Yet inspiring. (Certainly most millennials I encounter are ripping off that era as fast as their iPad-laden hands can grab.) For your pleasure and edification, I was there (and then), and I reflect.

Star Wars Endures: May the 4th Be With You. Always.

Edward Headington | Posted 07.08.2014 | Los Angeles
Edward Headington

The French have accused Hollywood -- and the United States by extension -- of culture imperialism from time to time but let's face it. You just can't keep good 'ol American pop culture in the armoire anymore.

The Force Is With This 'Star Wars' Day Playlist

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 05.02.2014 | Entertainment

Sunday, May 4, is "Star Wars" Day (aka May the Fourth Be With You), which means it's as good a time as any to listen to the film's iconic John William...