star wars

Alumni's firm secures rights to Adele & Star Wars soundtrack

Mon, Jan 18, 2016 - 2:25pm

By Rick Romell

They're jazzed over at Hal Leonard Corp.

The firm already is the self-described biggest print music publisher in the world — $170 million in annual sales, 550 employees worldwide, and a Milwaukee headquarters team that includes 45 crack musician-editors who analyze and get the feel for original works, then distill their essence for players of varying skill levels.

Now, the company finds itself with the sheet-music equivalent of a two-sided smash:

It holds the print and digital publishing rights to both the chart-topping "25" album by Adele and the soundtrack for box-office blockbuster "...

With 'Force Awakens,' 'Star Wars' expands its universe

Thu, Dec 17, 2015 - 12:00pm

by Stephen Humphries

In 2015, people across the world are divided over gun control, terrorism, immigration, and whether the term “Christmas” should come with a trigger warning.

But there is one thing that can unite almost everyone: the release of “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.”

The resumption of George Lucas’s space opera offers a shared cultural experience that transcends generations, gender, race, and politics. These days, that’s rarer than water on Tatooine. The popularity of “The Force Awakens”– ticket pre-sales are $100...

Clothes make the Jedi

Thu, Dec 17, 2015 - 6:43am

by Lucinda Breeding

When the Force awakens for the latest, hotly anticipated Star Wars movie, thousands of people across the country will be dressed for it.

They’ll be dressed as Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Chewbacca the wookiee and Darth Vader.

The first showing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the area will be at 7 p.m. today at Denton Movie Tavern, Denton’s Cinemark 14 and the Carmike cinema in Hickory Creek. The movie is rolling in traditional and 3-D formats.

Suzanne Shockley, the costume shop supervisor for the University of North Texas...