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Paul Feig, Nancy Meyers Set for Austin Film Fest Honors

6 April 2016 2:30 PM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

Filmmakers Paul Feig and Nancy Meyers will be feted at this year’s Austin Film Festival for their contributions to cinema. Feig will accept the Extraordinary Contribution to Film Award. His first feature, “I Am David,” won the award for best advance screening at the Austin Film Festival in 2003. Feig most recently wrote, directed, and produced last year’s comedy “Spy” starring Melissa McCarthy. “The Heat” and “Bridesmaids” are among the director’s other credits. Feig helms this summer’s “Ghostbusters” reboot from a script he co-wrote with Kate Dippold. Meyers is set to receive the Distinguished Screenwriter Award from the fest. Meyers received an Oscar nomination for her first film “Private Benjamin” in 1980 alongside Charles Shyer and Harvey Miller. Meyers’ wrote and directed Disney’s remake of “The Parent Trap,” “Something’s Gotta Give,” “The Holiday,” “It’s Complicated,” and last year’s “The Intern.” Her other writing credits include “Irreconcilable Differences, »

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Hans Zimmer calls it quits on composing music for superhero films

30 March 2016 11:59 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Our favourite composer won't be scoring epic battles between Batman or Superman anymore.

Hans Zimmer, the prolific film composer who you may know for his work on a range of films, from Gladiator to The Holiday, and every Christopher Nolan film you could think of (The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception, Interstellar, and so on) is no longer feeling the superhero genre. His work on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will likely be the last time we'll ever hear his sweeping scores over an intense showdown, or Superman soaring through the sky.

This is rather sad news, as his scores always were the highlight of these films. However, now he'll have more time to work on other kinds of movies, after all, the man did win an Oscar for scoring The Lion King. We'll always remember his iconic work, and how he gave us the feels while we watched many »

- Adriana Floridia

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The Intern Blu-ray review

29 February 2016 12:57 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Nancy Meyers

Written by: Nancy Meyers

Starring: Anne Hathaway, Robert de Niro, Rene Russo

Nancy Meyers has been working within her specific niche in the Hollywood movie market for quite a few years now and while similar themes continue to weave through her work, and could be seen as repetitive, she manages to keep it fresh every time. Her previous titles include The Holiday, Something’s Gotta Give, It’s Complicated and she wrote the screenplay for 1991’s Father of the Bride. Her new movie, The Intern, stars Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro and brings forth the charm and feel-good factor again.

De Niro plays 70-year-old Ben Whittaker, a widower who’s introduced to us through the video he’s made for a job application. After finding a ‘Senior Internship’ flyer in his local neighbourhood of Brooklyn, we quickly learn that he loves to explore, is up for »

- Dan Bullock

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'Rams' Composer Atli Örvarsson Wins Best Film Score at the 2016 Harpa Awards

18 February 2016 5:23 PM, PST | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

Icelandic cinema scored one more victory at the 2016 Harpa Awards, which took place at the Nordic Embassies during Berlinale on February 15, 2016.  Composer Atli Örvarsson won the award for Best Film Score for the Icelandic film "Rams," while Johann Johannson took home the Honorary Award.

“The award for Best Film Score goes to a man with a unique sound,” said the jury who consisted of Thomas Robsahm, Konrad Sommermeyer and Christineauf der Haar.  “The accordion perfectly matches the loneliness, the nature and the sound of the sheep calling out for each other - the bleating. The music, the atmosphere and the pictures fit perfectly together. It feels as if the director and the composer really are in close contact – and telling their story together.”

Grímur Hákonarson's "Rams" took home the Un Certain Regard Award at last year's Cannes Film Festival and has since screened at numerous festivals around the world charming critics and audiences alike. Cohen Media Group released the film stateside earlier this month.

Read More: 'Rams' Director Grímur Hákonarson on Icelandic Pastoral Life and Casting the Right Sheep

Atli has worked with Hans Zimmer in Los Angeles for a number of years. Since moving back to his original hometown Akureyri in northern Iceland, he has scored a number of Hollywood films and TV series as well as Icelandic films. 
The film "Rams" was coincidentally shot in the remote countryside village where his mother grew up and is based on a true story about two elderly brothers living on the same farm and leading a very rural countryside life - but have not spoken to each other for many decades. 
Atli is the son of Iceland´s most distinguished accordionist Örvar Kristánsson who passed away last year. Atli created the score to a large degree using his father’s old accordion which is heavily featured in the score.

Atli’s credits include orchestrating and writing music for some of Hollywood’s biggest projects, including the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series.  He has contributed music to films from "Angels and Demons" to "The Holiday. As a composer, Atli Örvarsson displays musical diversity throughout his action-film scores in "The Eagle," "Vantage Point," "Babylon A.D.," the Morgan Freeman caper "Thick as Thieves," "The Fourth Kind," and the Nicolas Cage medieval fantasy "Season of the Witch."  Atli’s most recent credits include "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones," the dark and edgy film "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters," the drama/thriller "A Single Shot" starring Sam Rockwell, the hit NBC series "Chicago Fire" and "Chicago Pd," and working with Hans Zimmer to contribute music to the Zack Snyder's Superman reinstallment "Man of Steel."

The Harpa Awards were invented in 2009. The aim was to put a spotlight on Nordic talent, skills and know-how and to promote the great Nordic film talents in music and acting for the international film industry and thereby strengthening the opportunities for cooperation between the Nordic countries and the international film market.  More information you can visit

Take a look at Örvarsson on the accordion in the video below.


- Sydney Levine

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