At one point, The Rise of Skywalker was rumored to be so massive, it would need to be cut into two movies ala Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill. That proved to be fake news, and now we may have the actual runtime, or close to it. This final chapter in the Skywalker saga isn't even as long as Avengers: Endgame if we're to believe John Williams' brother. And why wouldn't we believe him? He seems to know what's going on.
The Academy of Scoring Arts hosted a score study for John Williams' classic Jurassic Park score this past week, and Don Williams, John's brother, was on hand to discuss his sibling's legendary career. Don is a veteran studio percussionist himself, and he was one of the performers on the originalJurassic Park score. While discussing his work on that classic sci-fi thriller, he also let the cat out of the bag in regards to what is believed to be John Williams' final Star Wars movie, The Rise of Skywalker.
Don Williams says that his brother has, "135 minutes worth of music to write, so that kind of tells how long the film is." Now, that is two hours and fifteen minutes. One would guess that there are perhaps several minutes that won't be accompanied by a score, which could indicate a longer runtime. But Don doesn't think that is the case. He goes onto say this about who much music will be in the movie.
"It is top to bottom music. We've done four days and we just scratched the surface. I think we've got something like 34 minutes in the canon at this point."
Now we know the movie will be at least two hours and fifteen minutes, which is not the longest Star Wars movie released at this point. The Force Awakens was exactly 135 minutes, with The Last Jedi clocking in at a monstrous two hours and thirty-three minutes, which is pretty long for a Star Wars movie, especially one not many people seem to have enjoyed.
With top to bottom music filling up the runtime, we can't imagine the movie will run too far past the 135 minute marker. Most will not accept Don Williams' remarks as canon, and we'll have to wait until the final runtime is confirmed by Disney and Lucasfilm. But this gives us a good earmark for where we're at and where we're heading. What we can take away from this is that the movie won't be shorter than 135 minutes unless J.J. Abrams does some serious cuts between now and the December 20th release date.
You can watch Don Williams' comments about the runtime of The Rise of Skywalker in the video below, which comes from the Scoring Arts youtube channel.
Another Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker leak may reveal Emperor Palpatine's new planet destroying starship that carries the same tech as the Death Star. The spacecraft in question is called the Onager Star Destroyer and it is seen firing its cannon towards a planet, with a firing range that is capable of destroying a small country with a single blast. This fits in rather nicely with the latest rumors surrounding Palpatine's return in the upcoming movie, which also involve a ship capable of taking out planets. Could the Onager Star Destroyer be Palpatine's latest weapon against the Resistance? There are potential SPOILERS for Rise of Skywalker below.
First of all, the Onager Star Destroyer looks pretty massive and intense. It's from a new Star Wars tabletop game called Star Wars: Armada, which also features another ship called the New Republic Starhawk. The Onager has a hammerhead shark-type design and in an image included with a replica of the ship, it appears to be firing into a country-sized area of the planet with its pulse canon, as we can see an explosion under the model but the toy is obscuring the total view of the explosion. While the ship certainly looks great and carries on Star Wars tradition, there are more than a few questions about it. The ship is actually used in the Galactic Civil War. The Rebels were under the assumption that the Empire was building "Siege Breakers," which used kyber crystals for their weapons.
The most recent Rise of Skywalker leaks referring to Emperor Palpatine revolve around him commanding the Sith Troopers from the Unknown Regions, where they have reportedly been hiding out on a "mobile Death Star." After the initial leak hit the internet, the Onager Star Destroyer was revealed, and this new image shows it in action. It is widely believed that this is Palpatine's new ship which has the highly skilled Sith Troopers on board. If this is the case, the Resistance is going to be in for a giant surprise.
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As for the planet that the Onager Star Trooper is aiming to unload its cannon on, many believe it to be Pasaana, a new planet in The Rise of Skywalker, which might play a big role in the upcoming movie. Pasaana is the planet featured in the first trailer where Rey does a flip over Kylo Ren's TIE Fighter. Some fans are under the impression that it's the spot where the wreckage of the Death Star II is located, which is also featured in the trailer. Obviously, this is all speculation at this point, but the Onager Star Destroyer sure seems to fit into the current rumored storyline quite well.
J.J. Abrams and crew are doing their best to keep all of The Rise of Skywalker leaks under wraps, but now is the time certain things will start coming to light. All of the toy manufacturing has to be done far ahead of the movie coming out and we will more than likely end up seeing quite a bit more merchandising leaks in the coming months. With that being said, it's probably time for fans who are looking to go into the movie completely blind to start avoiding certain sites and social media platforms. The Onager Star Destroyer was first discovered over at Reddit.
FFG has released the design of the Onager-class Star Destroyer, first mentioned in the 2017 book The Rebel Files as the Seige Breaker. The Resistance believed these to be inspiration for the First Order's Mandator IV-class Siege Dreadnought. What do you think about this ship? pic.twitter.com/T8r7Llm6Kz
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@TheDenofNerds that Onager class ISD looks a whole lot like the rumored Episode 9 star destroyer... also, we finally know what the Starhawk looks like pic.twitter.com/NVjPoz1g33
Kid Cudi unveiled his latest remix by Steve Aoki for the Bill & Ted Face the Music soundtrack over the weekend. The rapper appeared at the HARD Summer Festival, which is where he made the announcement after teasing the original version of his hit song "Erase Me." The highly anticipated sequel is currently shooting in New Orleans and Kid Cudi is starring in an undisclosed role. We were recently treated to a new image of star Keanu Reeves with a long hair and a beard from the set, leaving a lot of questions as to what's going on in the sequel.
After starting his Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager track "Erase Me" at the HARD Summer Festival, Kid Cudi stopped abruptly. The crowd was singing along to every word and more than a few were pretty bummed to hear the song come to a halt. However, Kid Cudi explained what was going on and a sea of smartphones lit up the crowd. He had this to say.
"But this next piece, what you're about to hear now, my good friend Steve Aoki, he remixed 'Erase Me.' I thought it would be cool to do for this movie I'm shooting, Bill & Ted, so I thought I'd debut it tonight. It'd only be right for us to lose our f*cking minds together for the first time."
The remixed portion of "Erase Me" sounds a lot like a Steve Aoki production, meaning it's full of energy. Kid Cudi wasn't kidding when he was talking about he and the crowd all losing their minds at the same time. The smartphone footage is a little rough, but it sounds like it will be an excellent addition to the Bill & Ted Face the Music soundtrack when it premieres next year. Hopefully we'll learn who Cudi is playing in the sequel in the near future.
Kid Cudi is a far cry from the metal music that we usually associate with Bill & Ted. The duo are normally metalheads, but their daughters may have turned them on to some hip hop and rap music over the past few years. It's possible the song could help save the universe, but that seems unlikely since it's called "Erase Me." Whatever the case may be, the audience was into the remix and it will more than likely be a hit.
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Bill & Ted Face the Music hits theaters on August 21st, 2020. The highly anticipated sequel is more than likely getting ready to finish principal photography down in New Orleans, so we should hopefully get some first footage by the end of this year. That's speculation for the time being, but it would be a nice holiday gift for fans. While we wait and see, you can check out the Steve Aoki remix of "Erase Me" from the Bill & Ted Face the Music soundtrack below, thanks to Irma Hernandez's YouTube channel.
One of the most consistent elements across all three seasons of the Netflix series “Dear White People” has been the music. From Kris Bowers’ unmistakable jazz-infused score to the wide range of musical selections that help punctuate some powerful episode-ending moments, the show has always sounded as good as it looks.
This year, as the show moved confidently on to its Season 3, that meant an entirely new group of songs to help illuminate the many different character changes that dotted the season. As Lionel learned how to become direct in his own pursuits, as Sam struggled with various creative roadblocks, and as Troy wrestled with expectations placed on him at various turns, those evolutions rarely came without something to accent the changes. Though, not actually “Changes” — that was a Season 2 song.
In the process, this soundtrack helps put forward the power of context. Whether it’s a beat that samples a ’40s standard, spinning one particular song’s generalizations to a subversive advantage, or an unexpected genre choice that helps underline one character’s imagined bizarre alternate reality, there’s purpose behind how and when these get deployed.
Of course, the show also brings back some cuts from classical pops standbys to sprinkle in with the occasional club track. This season finds some Dvorak to go along with some of Chopin and Tchaikovsky’s greatest hits.
But above all, there’s emotion in it, too. Enjoying a summer release for the first time in the show’s history, when taken altogether, the show’s music makes for an excellent bonus summer soundtrack. Relaxing by the pool? Try a Kaytranada remix. Need something more low-key for escaping the heat indoors? Here’s some Toro y Moi and Elujay. There’s plenty of ways for turning the higher temperatures into a reason to dance.
It all leads up to a closing track over the final episode’s end credits that helps give a hint as to where the show might be heading in the future.
For a collection of songs that make up this season’s playlist, check out the Spotify tracklist below:
“Dear White People” Season 3 is now available to stream on Netflix.
Is Kylo Ren going to be revealed as a double agent in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker? A new fan theory believes he is and that the death of Han Solo was for the greater good. J.J. Abrams is keeping everything about the upcoming movie under lock and key at the moment, which has led to some pretty wild fan speculation about the story arc. However, most of them have to do with how Emperor Palpatine has returned after Darth Vader disposed of him in Return of the Jedi and who Rey's parents are.
The Rise of Skywalker fan theory says Kylo Ren possibly "killed his dad to become closer to the dark side" in order to draw out Palpatine and finally end it. During the scene in The Force Awakens, Kylo says, "I know what I have to do but I don't know if I'm strong enough to do it," which may seem to throw some evidence towards this theory. The character also tells his scorched Darth Vader helmet, "I will finish what you started." While there is some evidence to support this claim, it is just speculation for the time being.
With that being said, there is a precedent for the double agent theory in the Star Wars universe. In the sequel trilogy to Dark Empire comic series, Palpatine is back by possessing the bodies of clones while Luke Skywalker turns to the Dark Side in an effort to get closer to the Emperor to kill him. This could have influenced J.J. Abrams and crew while writing The Rise of Skywalker and it could end up being a part of the story moving forward.
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If Kylo Ren ends up as a double agent, it will completely change the way Star Wars fans view the recent trilogy, which will come to a close at the end of this year. Ultimately, it would more than likely cause more questions than answers, especially pertaining to Luke's actions in The Last Jedi in regard to the young Ben Solo. Whatever the case may be, Kylo Ren is a deeply conflicted character and hopefully we will get some answers as to why in the next few months.
With Disney's D23 Expo coming at the end of the month, fans are hoping J.J. Abrams will come along and drop some new footage of the highly anticipated final installment in the Skywalker saga. With The Rise of Skywalker hitting theaters in December, it would make sense to get some more footage, even if it's a behind-the-scenes featurette. For now, we'll just have to wait and further speculate about what Abrams and crew are going to deliver. The first trailer looks extremely promising, but we're all hoping for a little bit more of Emperor Palpatine this time around. The Rise of Skywalker Kylo Ren double agent theory was first discussed over at Reddit.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker prequel comic miniseries is teasing some new Jedi abilities from Rey. The Star Wars: Allegiance comics are all set to tell the story in between 2017's The Last Jedi and the upcoming Rise of Skywalker, which consists of about a year of the Resistance trying to rebuild while the First Order regroups after the death of Supreme Leader Snoke. The first of the comics finds Leia Organa running low on options, so she decides to reach out to her former allies, the Mon Calamari, whose shipyards once powered the Rebel Alliance.
Luke Skywalker was Force sensitive, but that doesn't mean he didn't need training from Obi-Wan and Yoda. The same can be said about Rey, and she has gone through some of the same trainings and challenges as Luke over the course of two movies. Now, the Star Wars: Allegiance comics preview shows the newest Jedi taking on her own Rancor-type monster, but with a clever twist. Rey is shown using new Jedi skills to fight in zero gravity, while wearing what appears to be a Roamer-6 breath mask from the Millennium Falcon.
Other images from The Rise of Skywalker prequel comic show Finn getting punched out in a cantina while BB-8 looks on. Rose Tico is seen with Leia Organa, C-3PO and R2-D2. And there is another scene where Rose is with Rey and Chewie aboard the Millennium Falcon. None of the preview images from the Star Wars: Allegiance comics are provided with text, so we're having to go off context clues for the time being. The planet shown in the images is likely Mon Cala, the home planet of the Mon Calamari Rebel leader Admiral Ackbar, who tragically died during the events of The Last Jedi.
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J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm are doing a great job of keeping all of the details surrounding The Rise of Skywalker under wraps, which really isn't a surprise. With that being said, a promo poster for the highly anticipated sequel did leak earlier this year and proved to be very accurate when introducing new characters, along with the Knights of Ren and the Red Stormtroopers, aka Sith Troopers. There's still a lot we don't know and Lucasfilm is intent on keeping it that way.
For Star Wars fans looking for more material, the Allegiance miniseries should do the trick. While learning about the Resistance going through to recruit new followers will be good material to bridge the gap, hardcore fans are busy trying to figure out how Emperor Palpatine is back and hoping the miniseries will shed some more light on that subject, though that is doubtful. At least the wait isn't too much longer. You can check out the Star Wars: Allegiance preview images below, thanks to Jedi Bibliothek.
Avance del cómic "Camino hacia el ascenso de Skywalker" STAR WARS ALLEGIANCE #1 que saldrá a la venta en USA en octubre. Guión de Ethan Sacks y dibujo de Luke Ross.#StarWars#TheRiseofSkywalkerpic.twitter.com/Dor6Ra8O9r
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First preview pages for Marvel's Allegiance, which bridges the Rise of Skywalker gap #starwarshttps://t.co/0JP9nFWBRB