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Review: 'Lion King 3D' Maintains All of the Majesty of the Original, With Added Dimensional Sparkle

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 14, 2011 7:03 AM
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A few years ago, Disney planned a theatrical release for a 3D version of "Beauty & the Beast," using the cutting edge, post-"Avatar" technology that we've all come to know so well (and sometimes dread just as much). The conversion took place, at great expense, but the theatrical engagement (originally set for February, 2010) never materialized. Still, the studio pressed ahead (Walt always said that good ideas never die), and this week the studio's traditionally animated crown jewel "The Lion King," in a shiny new 3D format, will get a proper release – in 2,000 3D screens across the country. But what does a 3D version of a traditionally animated movie look like, exactly? And is it worth seeing again, with a 3D ticket surcharge no less?

Hans Zimmer Says He's Listening To Verdi & Goldfrapp As He Prepares 'The Dark Knight Rises' Score

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 5, 2011 12:59 PM
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Though it's been known for a while now and pretty much expected, back in May it was confirmed that Hans Zimmer would once again reteam with Christopher Nolan for his currently filming "The Dark Knight Rises." The interesting bit was that James Newton Howard -- who worked with Zimmer on "The Dark Knight" -- was not returning to the fold, but that Zimmer was striking out on his own as he did for "Inception." Of course details surrounding the film remain tight and even trying to get a composer to describe his score this early in the game usually leads to ambiguous descriptions -- Zimmer told MTV earlier this year that it will be "epic" and "iconic" -- but it seems he's opening up a tiny bit more.

'On Stranger Tides' Score Features Hans Zimmer, Rodrigo y Gabriela & Uh, Photek

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2011 2:50 AM
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Penelope Cruz's Brother Eduardo Also Pitched In On The SoundtrackWhile we may not be too excited about "Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," the score is shaping up to be something memorable. Hans Zimmer continues his work on the franchise, however, as previously reported, he will be joined by the celebrated Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela.

Review: 'Rango' Is A Sweetly Surreal Animated Western

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 2, 2011 4:59 AM
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It's strange to think that Gore Verbinski, an accomplished visual stylist who began in commercials (he was responsible for those "Bud-weis-er" talking bullfrog ads), would want to follow up the daunting and problem-plagued back-to-back shoots of the two latter 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movies with an animated film. Not only are animated films notoriously time-consuming and hard to crack, but this would be his first fully animated film and the debut feature film from Industrial Light & Magic, George Lucas' wizardly visual effects house. And this was supposed to be his "small" movie.

Hans Zimmer & Mexican Guitar Duo Rodrigo Y Gabriela Teaming For 'On Stranger Tides' Score

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 22, 2011 2:42 AM
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Soundtrack Will Hit Stores On May 17thHans Zimmer has certainly never been any slouch, but lately, the composer seems to have been newly inspired in a way some of his other longstanding contemporaries haven't been. His work for Christopher Nolan on "The Dark Knight" and the Oscar-nominated "Inception" have been brilliantly left-of-field, while his score for "Sherlock Holmes" was inventive in ways we didn't imagine. And it looks like Zimmer is going to continue his unique approach heading into his next big gig.

2011 Oscar Nominations: 'The King's Speech' Leads The Pack With 12 Nominations

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 25, 2011 1:50 AM
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"The King's Speech" sits on the throne this morning, earning 12 Oscar nominations and looking like the film to beat at the 83rd Academy Awards, while "True Grit" follows with 10 nods and "The Social Network" with 8. Not much in the way of shockers this year, but some pleasant surprises in the mix as well as few snubs.

Hans Zimmer Not Scoring Zack Snyder's 'Superman: Man Of Steel'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 7, 2010 2:42 AM
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"It’s A Little Bit Like Guilty By Association," The Composer Says Of False ReportLast week when it was reported that Hans Zimmer was tapped to score Zack Snyder's "Superman: Man of Steel," we knew something was off (hence the fact we didn't report it; it just smelled hinkey).

Christopher Nolan & Hans Zimmer Prepping "Augmented Sound Project” Based On 'Inception' Soundtrack

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 9, 2010 7:52 AM
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Get ready for your mind to be blown all over again.

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