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Donald Sutherland Reflects on Long Run of Success, Looks to ‘Snowy’ Future

5 November 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In a career that spans six decades, Donald Sutherland has traversed all mediums and genres, thanks to talent, preparation and, by his own admission, sheer luck.

He discovered the extent of his latest professional good fortune about three years ago in, of all places, a doctor’s office.

“I was at my dermatologist, and she asked me what I was doing next,” Sutherland recalls. “I told her I was about to do something called ‘The Hunger Games.’ She gasped and started calling everyone into the room, and they all came running. That was my first inkling it might be something big,” says the actor, who wasn’t familiar with Suzanne Collins’ popular sci-fi trilogy when he first read the script.

Thanks to his steely turn as President Snow, the 79-year-old actor has attracted a new generation of fans. He’ll reprise his role as Katniss Everdeen’s nemesis in the series’ third film, »

- Jenelle Riley

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Composer Hans Zimmer to Play London Concerts

3 July 2014 2:34 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Oscar winning Composer Hans Zimmer has been in the film industry for 30 years churning out classic soundtrack after classic soundtrack. He may not be a name you’d recognise but his music most definitely will be having been responsible for movie scores which include Rain Man in the late 80s, Bird on a Wire, Days of Thunder, Thelma & Louise, A League of Their Own, Backdraft, Muppet Treasure Island, The Rock (my personal favourite) in the 90s and more recently he’s worked on scores which include Gladiator, Pearl Harbor, Black Hawk Down, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Lion King, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Inception, Man of Steel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2  and Intersteller. The list is literally endless with classic score after classic score.

Zimmer has never done a concert before in his 30 years of working…. until now. Thanks to our friends at Collider, we »

- David Sztypuljak

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20 Billion-Dollar Composer: For Hans Zimmer, ‘The Real Risk Is Playing It Safe’

7 May 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Composer Hans Zimmer — the first creative to raise Variety’s Billion-Dollar milestone 20-fold since the series was introduced in 1993 — likes to take chances.

Who else would have:

» Recorded a London brass section, electronically processed their sounds, then played them back through speakers placed in the studio’s stairwells for an even stranger soundscape in “Inception”?

» Solicited choral contributions from fans via the Internet to create a 100,000-voice chant that would eventually appear in “The Dark Knight Rises”?

» Traveled to Eastern Europe to record Roma gypsy violinists and accordionists to incorporate into his music for “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”?

» Defied comicbook, heroic-music tradition by creating “drum circles” of renowned percussionists creating grooves that he could then employ in his “Man of Steel” score?

» Recruited South African singer Lebo M. to create authentic-sounding choral chants for “The Lion King,” Australian singer Lisa Gerrard to compose and perform the haunting vocals of “Gladiator, »

- Jon Burlingame

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The Overlooked Hotel – Jt Walsh

12 March 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

The Overlooked Hotel, having found a spare room for Stephen Tobolowsky, now welcomes another deserving guest, the late, great Jt Walsh. You know, that really talented guy from that thing you really like.

Jt Walsh, in many ways the definitive supporting character actor, passed away suddenly in 1998. He succumbed to a heart attack at the relatively tender age of 54, but left behind a quite astonishingly varied and accomplished body of work, despite never being nominated for anything other than a Primetime Emmy and a couple of SAG cast awards. If nothing else, this amply demonstrates that far too often, real talent goes unrewarded and although (of course) not every0ne can be lavished with awards and in any given year the same performance is likely to hoover up every award going, the fact that Walsh never received an Oscar, Golden Globe or SAG award (or even a solo nomination) is a glaring omission. »

- Dave Roper

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Ron Howard May be Directing New Jungle Book

15 February 2014 4:12 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

A new film adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's legendary collection of short stories is in the works, and Oscar-winning director Ron Howard may be in the director’s chair.


There have been earlier versions of the popular Rudyard Kipling series of jungle stories, collectively known as Jungle Book, most notably the1942 version starring Sabu, the Disney animated musical classic in 1967, and the 1994 version. Now Warner Bros. is making another version, and according to the Hollywood Reporter, they are negotiating with Ron Howard (Splash, Cocoon, Parenthood, Backdraft, Apollo 13, Ransom, A Beautiful Mind, the Cinderella Man, the Da Vinci Code, Frost/Nixon, Angels and Demons) to helm the project.


Until recently, the movie was meant to be directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (21 Grams) but he pulled out of the project after only a month due to scheduling commitments with other projects. The film is being written by Callie Kloves. Like previous versions, »

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