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Hans Zimmer: Articles


'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl': Johnny Depp as Keith Richards/ZaSu Pitts

'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' with Johnny Depp as Capt. Jack Sparrow. 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' review: Mostly an enjoyable romp Pirate movies were a Hollywood staple for about three decades, from the mid-'20s (The Sea Hawk, The Black Pirate) to the mid-to-late '50s (Moonfleet, The Buccaneer), when the genre, by then mostly relegated to B films, began to die down. Sporadic resurrections in the '80s and '90s turned out to be critical and commercial bombs (Pirates, Cutthroat Island), something that didn't bode well for the Walt Disney Company's $140 million-budgeted film “adaptation” of one of their theme-park rides. But Neptune's mood has apparently improved with the arrival of […]


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'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl': Johnny Depp as Keith Richards/ZaSu Pitts



'The Dark Knight Rises': Right-Wing Political Message vs. Occupy Wall Street? + Rabid Fans Attack Critics

'The Dark Knight Rises.' The Dark Knight Rises right-wing politics? July 27 update: In Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises, Who represents You People? (Did you read the remarks by U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's wife last week?) So, who does? Bane or Bruce Wayne? Their names sound similar (could that be a liberal conspiracy?), but while one is a mad terrorist, the other is a billionaire-vigilante do-gooder. The Guardian's Catherine Shoard has reached her own conclusions about the matter. The title of her article says it all: “Dark Knight Rises: fancy a capitalist caped crusader as your superhero?” It's well worth checking out. Below is a snippet. “So it should be no surprise that The Dark Knight Rises […]


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'The Dark Knight Rises': Right-Wing Political Message vs. Occupy Wall Street? + Rabid Fans Attack Critics



Oscar 2012: Hans Zimmer Opting Out of Oscar Race Probably to Have Little Effect on Nominations

At the Ghent Film Festival, Hans Zimmer told The Hollywood Reporter that he'll sit out this year's Oscar race for Best Original Score. According to Zimmer, the murder of his longtime publicist Ronni Chasen* was one reason for his decision, though that came about chiefly as a result of his desire to “to take a step back and say 'I'm not in the race,” and thus focus on his current projects. The composers themselves, not the studios, must submit their own scores. The fact that Zimmer won't be submitting his work for Rango or Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows most likely won't change the prospects for the Best Original Score category as neither work has been perceived as a […]


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Oscar 2012: Hans Zimmer Opting Out of Oscar Race Probably to Have Little Effect on Nominations