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Hans Zimmer is retiring from superhero films

Dawn of Justice will be the last superhero movie Hans Zimmer will work on, after composing 5 of them from Batman Begins to Dawn of Justice.

If you’re anything like us, you’ll have a big place in your heart for Hans Zimmer. Even if you’re not familiar for his landmark 90’s film composing on projects like The Lion King and The Thin Red Line, then you’ll know him for his modern day work. Since 2005 Zimmer has been working consistently on superhero movies Beginning with Batman Begins, the composer worked on the entire Christopher Nolan trilogy. Since then he has put his name to both Man of Steel and the latest instalment in the DCEU, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. But even though he’s such a household name in comic book shops across the world, the composer may very well be hanging up his cape and tights for good.

The news from the BBC is that Zimmer, who has composed music for over 150 films, will be retiring from the superhero movie business. In an interview with BBC HARDtalk, the composer spoke about how committed he was to the Nolan trilogy, and how much it took out of him:

“I did Batman Begins with Chris [Nolan] 12 years ago, so The Dark Knight Trilogy might be three movies to you, to me it was 11 years of my life.”

This is a fairly eye-opening message from Zimmer, and speaks to how invested he becomes in his work. He also spoke briefly about Dawn of Justice, and the difficulties he had finding inspiration for the DC heavyweight bout:

“This one was very hard for me to do, to try to find new language.”

Well the good news is that Hans Zimmer isn’t retiring completely, which is definitely a relief. It will certainly be strange to experience a DC movie without that classic Zimmer sound, but it’s understandable after 5 films and 11 years.

It’s also worth remembering that Zimmer wasn’t the only composer working on Dawn of Justice. Junkie XL, who recently wrote the score for the wickedly successful Deadpool, also contributed some work to the film. You might recognise his guitar work on the parts of the film that focussed on Wonder Woman and the rest of the upcoming Justice League members. The two musicians have worked together before on the music for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Maybe the work between Zimmer and Junkie XL on Dawn of Justice was a DCEU handover of sorts. Could we be hearing Junkie XL’s work on the next Justice League project? We’ll have to wait and see.

God speed Mr Zimmer, we’ll be hearing from you soon. Get it? Because he’s a composer.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is out in cinemas now. Watch this space for all the latest Hans Zimmer movie news.

“Kung Fu Panda 3” Moves Up to January ’16

Who likes Kung Fu Panda? I will assume everyone said yes, and why wouldn’t they? It’s got Kung Fu, it’s got pandas, Dustin Hoffman and a badass Hans Zimmer score. So it was understandable when people got a little antsy when the release date for Kung Fu Panda 3 was moved from the end of this year to March of next year. It was an understandable move for Dreamworks Animation following the news that Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens would be opening on Christmas. Trust me, that media skirmish would not be adorable as you would expect, hence the move. But now there’s been another move in a better direction!

The Wrap is reporting that Kung Fu Panda 3‘s release has been shuffled from March 18th to January 29th 2016. So well only have to wait a month or so more than the original release date. Not bad right? It’s a testament to the bubbling confidence that’s coming out of Dreamworks as a result of the super positive response to their new extra terrestrial caper Home starring Jim Parsons, which has seen a worldwide take of 243 million so far.

This is good news considering that Dreamworks was struggling a little recently. But now they’re pushing the boat out and only giving Star Wars a month’s head start before Kung Fu Panda 3 comes a-kickin’.

The film will star Jack Black reprising his role as Po the panda, as well as new names Rebel Wilson and Bryan Cranston.

Are you ready for Kung Fu Panda 3 to bring the awesome in 2016?

Zimmer! Elfman! Reznor! Composers Unite in a 2014 Movie Score Roundtable

If there’s one thing King Arthur and I have in common, it’s that we both enjoy a bloody good round-table. Sorry, but at this time of year my jokes resort to cracker-level quality.

It’s been an amazing year for films and that’s due in no small part to the work of the humble composing-folk, setting orchestral and often innovative backgrounds to the great motion pictures of the year, both mainstream and undiscovered.

In light of this, THR has continued its round-table series and put together some of the most significant composers working in Hollywood today. And it just so happens that they all have films in the running for a whole mess of awards: Hans Zimmer with Interstellar, John Powell with How to Train Your Dragon 2, Marco Beltrami for The Homesman, Trent Reznor for Gone Girl, and Danny Elfman for Big Eyes. 

With so many important films of 2014 under their belts, their insights and responses are incredibly relevant to Hollywood today. There might also be a bitchy comment or too. I’m just kidding, they’re all probably lovely.

So here’s the round-table, 45 minutes strong, courtesy of The Playlist:

Not bad right? If you want to see more round-tables from THR, you can check them out here. A lot of them are really worth watching, but it’s more fun not to tell you which.

Who’s your favourite of the composing crew?

Golden-eye! Here are the Golden Globe nominations

Awards! AWARDS! We all love awards! Give us more awards! AWARDS! AWAAAAARDS!

Right now that I’ve got that out of my system, here are some awards. These would be the Golden Globes ones by the way. There’s been a lot of talk about American Sniper being snubbed and Selma Director Ava DuVerny getting a best director nod, and there’ll undoubtedly be more of the same in the coming weeks. But for the moment, here’s some lists to keep you going. It’s only films, of course – you know how we operate here. courtesy of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association:

BEST DRAMA
Boyhood
Foxcatcher
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything

ACTOR (DRAMA)
Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
David Oyelowo – Selma
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

ACTRESS (DRAMA)
Jennifer Aniston – Cake
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon – Wild

BEST MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
Pride
St. Vincent

ACTOR (MUSICAL OR COMEDY)
Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Michael Keaton – Birdman
Bill Murray – St. Vincent
Joaquin Phoenix – Inherent Vice
Christoph Waltz – Big Eyes

ACTRESS (MUSICAL OR COMEDY)
Amy Adams – Big Eyes
Emily Blunt – Into the Woods
Helen Mirren – The Hundred-Foot Journey
Julianne Moore – Maps to the Stars
Quvenzhané Wallis – Annie

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Force Majeure
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
Ida
Leviathan
Tangerines

ANIMATED FILM
Big Hero 6
The Book of Life
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Lego Movie

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Robert Duvall – The Judge
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Edward Norton – Birdman
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons – Whiplash

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
Emma Stone – Birdman
Meryl Streep – Into the Woods

DIRECTOR
Wes Andreson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ava DuVernay – Selma
David Fincher – Gone Girl
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – Birdman
Richard Linklater – Boyhood

SCREENPLAY
Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Gillian Flynn – Gone Girl
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo – Birdman
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
Graham Moore – The Imitation Game

ORIGINAL SCORE
Alexandre Desplat – The Imitation Game
Johann Johannsson – The Theory of Everything
Trent Reznor – Gone Girl
Antonio Sanchez – Birdman
Hans Zimmer – Interstellar

ORIGINAL SONG
“Big Eyes” from Big Eyes
“Glory” from Selma
“Mercy Is” from Noah
“Opportunity” from Annie
“Yellow Flicker Beat” from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

So we’re starting to see some much anticipated traction with Selma, snagging nominations in Original Song, Best Drama and Director. Although many would have been expecting an Actor nomination for David Oyelowo. That is not to say that there aren’t some very deserving names in that particular mix. It’s good to see The Grand Budapest Hotel elbowing its way into four categories, and Big Eyes making a big showing. My favourite nomination you ask? Has to be Robert Duvall for Supporting Actor in The Judge.

Are you seeing gold?