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Steven Spielberg to Present John Williams with AFI Award

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Director Steven Spielberg is due to present composer John Williams with the prestigious AFI Lifetime Achievement Award next month. Read More »

Alumni Roundup: Going Back to Hogwarts!

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It doesn’t seem like that long ago that we had many of the "Potter" alumni gathered together at A Celebration of Harry Potter in Orlando back in January. Now they’re back together for the opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood. Read More »

Special Guests Announced for WWoHP Hollywood Opening!

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is set to finally open at Universal Studios Hollywood on Thursday, April 7. To celebrate, Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley), Warwick Davis (Professor Filius Flitwick/Griphook), and Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) will be walking the red carpet for the Grand Opening event! Read More »

“Harry Potter Film Concert Series” Coming to Los Angeles

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Last month, Warner Bros. and CineConcerts announced the “Harry Potter Film Concert Series” with plans to tour the United States. Now a new tour stop has been announced in Los Angeles! Read More »

CineConcerts and Warner Bros. Launch “Harry Potter” Concert Series

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CineConcerts and Warner Bros. are teaming up to create a "Harry Potter" concert series! Find out more about it here! Read More »

Eddie Redmayne Among 2016 Oscar Nominees

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The Oscar nominations yesterday were rather overshadowed by the sad news that actor Alan Rickman had passed away. Nonetheless, despite the sad day, we were glad to see that there were some familiar names among the nominations. Read More »

Maggie Smith, Eddie Redmayne Lead the 2016 Golden Globes Nominations

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The nominations for the 2016 Golden Globe Awards have been announced today, following yesterday's Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations, with Dame Maggie Smith (Professor Minerva McGonagall) and Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander) scoring major acting nods. Read More »

John Williams’s Work Voted in Top Ten of Best Scores of All Time

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Recently, Classic FM listeners voted for the top 100 best movie soundtrack of all time. Racking up the most movie soundtracks within the top ten of this list is John Williams, the musical genius behind "Harry Potter". Read More »

John Williams: Over 40 Years of Collaboration with Steven Spielberg

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John Williams is best known in the "Harry Potter" community for his work on the first three films. Find out more about Williams, his work, and his 40-year relationship with director Steven Spielberg here. Read More »

John Williams First Composer to Receive AFI Lifetime Achievement Award

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John Williams to be awarded film industry's highest honor. Read More »

John Williams discusses his past and present work

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John Williams discusses how he creates new scores and how he uses the old scores in the creative process, including his work on the "Harry Potter" and "Star Wars" series. Read More »

A behind the scenes look at Sir Kenneth Branagh’s “Cinderella”!

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We've all been excitedly anticipating Sir Kenneth Branagh's (Professor Lockhart) live-action "Cinderella", starring "Downton" Abby star Lily James and Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange), and it's very nearly time for the film to be released. In the build up to the release next week, a number of behind the scenes photographs have been released. Read More »

Oscar Nominations, plus Oscar “Harry Potter” collection

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A new "Harry Potter" collection has been released on the website, Oscars.org, highlighting some of the key moments from the history of the film series. Plus, the 2015 Oscar nominations have been announced. Read More »

Grammy nominees include “Potter” alumni

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The 2015 Grammy nominees were announced today and included prominent "Potter" alumni. Find out who! Read More »

Volunteers needed to dress up in “Potter” costumes for Music of John Williams concert

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Do you love to dress up as your favorite "Potter" characters? Do you live in the Pittsburgh area? Then the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra needs YOU! Read More »

John Williams will return to score new “Star Wars” film

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A lot of excitement was shed last week when the cast announcement was made for the upcoming "Star Wars" film, Domhnall Gleeson (Bill Weasley) being just one of the actors to join the team. Adding on to that fan excitement, it can now be confirmed that John Williams, composer of the rest of the "Star Wars" saga, and of course composer of the first three "Harry Potter" films, is set to return once more and work his magic (pardon the pun) on the new film's score. Read More »

John Williams to conduct benefit concert in Oregon

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John Williams, the legendary composer responsible for the iconic music in the "Potter" film series, is to conduct a benefit concert aptly titled "John Williams: Maestro of the Movies" in Portland, OR. Read More »

Tickets still available for John Williams: Maestro of the Movies

Great Performances: Tanglewood 75th Anniversary Celebration

John Williams, composer of the first three Harry Potter films, returns to the Hollywood Bowl on August 30 and 31. This year he will not only be conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic in some of his greatest hits, including Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars, and hopefully Harry Potter, but actress Julie Andrews will be joining him for a tribute to director Blake Edwards and composer Henry Mancini. Read More »

John Williams and Steven Spielberg celebrate 40 years collaborating, along with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

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The relationship that a film director has with the composer is a crucial one, as the composer is responsible for taking the director's vision and acting as a translator between the visual and auditory experiences. As such, certain directors and composers often work together, a notable example being director Steven Spielberg and composer John Williams. Read More »

What are John Williams greatest film scores?

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At the age of 81 and having composed scores for over 125 films, John Williams has become one of the most renowned composers of film music to date. This year's Academy Awards marked Williams' 48th nomination, and WhatCulture! has assembled a list of his 10 Greatest Film Scores. Read More »