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Release Date: January 25, 2013
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Director: Tommy Wirkola
Screenwriter: Dante Harper, Tommy Wirkola
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen
Genre: Action, Comedy, Horror, Thriller
MPAA Rating: R


TOMMY WIRKOLA (Writer/Director)
HANS ZIMMER (Executive Music Producer)


JIM PAGE (Editor)
JON FARHAT (Visual Effects Supervisor)

STEPHEN SCOTT (Production Designer)
MICHAEL BONVILLAIN (Director of Photography)

TOMMY WIRKOLA (Writer/Director)

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HANS ZIMMER (Executive Music Producer)

Hans Zimmer has scored over 100 films, grossing more than 15 billion dollars at the box office worldwide. He has been honored with an Academy Award, two Golden Globes, and four Grammy's. In 2003, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers presented him the prestigious Henry Mancini award for Lifetime Achievement for his impressive and influential body of work.

Hans' interest in music began early, and after a move from Germany to the U.K., would lead to playing with and producing various bands, including The Buggles, whose "Video Killed the Radio Star" was the first music video to ever appear on MTV. But the world of film music was what Hans really wanted to be involved with. Not long after meeting established film composer Stanley Myers, the two founded the London-based Lillie Yard Recording Studios together, collaborating on such films as My Beautiful Laundrette.

It was Hans' solo work in 1988's A World Apart, however, that gained the attention of director Barry Levinson, who then asked Hans to score Rain Man, Hans' first American film. Levinson's instinct was right – the score's Oscar nomination that followed would be the first of nine.

With Hans' subsequent move to Hollywood, he expanded the range of genres of film music he explored, and his first venture into the world of animation, 1994's The Lion King, brought Hans the Oscar. The Lion King's soundtrack has sold over 15 million copies to date, and The Lion King Musical has gone on to win a Tony Award, and to become Broadway's ninth-longest-running show in history.

A number of scores for animated films have followed, including co-writing four Bryan Adams songs for Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, including the Golden Globe nominated "Here I Am." Hans has also scored The Simpsons Movie, Kung Fu Panda and collaborated with in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.

Hans' career has been marked by a unique ability to adeptly move between genres – between smaller films and comedies (such as Driving Miss Daisy, Peter Weir's Green Card, Tony Scott's True Romance, Ridley Scott's Thelma and Louise, James L. Brooks' As Good As It Gets, Nancy Meyers' Something's Gotta Give, and The Holiday) and big blockbusters (including Tony Scott's Crimson Tide, John Woo's Mission: Impossible 2, Ridley Scott's Hannibal, Black Hawk Down, Edward Zwick's The Last Samurai, Gore Verbinski's The Pirates of the Caribbean series, Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins, and Ron Howard's The Da Vinci Code).

In the middle of Hans' unparalleled pace of taking on new projects, his ability to innovate, to re-invent genres is what is perhaps most striking. The film scores Hans has done this for speak for themselves, whether it has been for drama in Barry Levinson's Rain Man, action in Ridley Scott's Black Rain, war in Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line, or most recently the dark comic book world of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight, for which he received another Grammy.  

It was Hans' unique take on the historical in Gladiator that earned him another Golden Globe. The album sold more than three million copies worldwide and spawned a second album "Gladiator: More Music from the Motion Picture."

Hans' roots in performing never left him, and in 2000, Hans performed his film music live for the first time in a concert at the 27th annual Flanders International Film Festival in Ghent, Belgium. With a 100-piece orchestra and 100-piece choir, he performed a number of newly orchestrated concert versions of a selection of his work. The concert was recorded by Decca and released as a concert album entitled "The Wings of a Film: The Music of Hans Zimmer."

His background in collaboration and mentoring never left Hans either, and he created a Santa Monica based musical ‘think tank', Remote Control Productions, in order to build a creative environment to nurture the talent of those new to the composing world. In the process, he has launched the careers of an unparalleled number of film and television composers, including John Powell (the Bourne Trilogy), Harry-Gregson Williams (Shrek, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason), Geoff Zanelli (Disturbia), Heitor Pereira (Curious George), Henry Jackman (Monsters vs. Aliens), James Dooley (Pushing Daisies), James Levine (Nip / Tuck, Damages), Ramin Djawadi (Iron Man), Rupert Gregson-Williams (Hotel Rwanda), Steve Jablonsky (Transformers), and Trevor Morris (The Tudors).

Hans has received a total of 10 Golden Globe Nominations, 10 Grammy Nominations, and 9 Oscar Nominations, the most recent for Christopher Nolan's Inception. His innovative and powerful score has been praised as the Best Score of 2010 by countless critics' groups and has earned him BAFTA, Golden Globe, Grammy and Critics Choice Award nominations. His other Oscar nominations include Sherlock Holmes, Rain Man, Gladiator, The Lion King, As Good As It Gets, The Preacher's Wife, The Thin Red Line and The Prince of Egypt. Hans has been honored with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award in Film Composition from the National Board of Review. He also received his Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in December 2010. Zimmer served as Music Director for the 84 th Academy Awards in 2012.

His recent films include The Dark Knight Rises, which marked his fourth collaboration with director Christopher Nolan, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides directed by Rob Marshall, Kung Fu Panda 2, Gore Verbinski's Rango,Megamind, How Do You Know, Nancy Meyers' It's Complicated, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar 2, Frost / Nixon, The Dark Knight and Ron Howard's Angels & Demons.

Zimmer's upcoming films include Man of Steel, directed by Zack Snyder and set for release in June 2013, and Rush, directed by Ron Howard and set for release in September 2013.


From historical epics to courtroom drama to tales of the supernatural, Icelandic composer Atli Orvarssonhas provided innovative scores to tell all of these stories.  Orvarsson's talent, experience, versatility, and skill combine with his Icelandic roots to produce an individualized and compelling style.  Orvarsson'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 including "Angels and Demons" and "The Holiday," and has scored numerous films including "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." Orvarsson's most recent credits include the drama/thriller "A Single Shot" starring Sam Rockwell, the hit NBC series "Chicago Fire," and working with Hans Zimmer to contribute music to the Zack Snyder Superman reinstallment "Man of Steel."

Originally from the small town of Akureyri, Orvarsson earned three platinum and two gold records as a member of the Icelandic band Salin hans Jons mins before studying film composing at Berklee College of Music and the North Carolina School of the Arts. Orvarsson was the recipient of the Pete Carpenter fellowship, which brought him to Los Angeles where he began working alongside TV veteran Mike Post on projects such as "NYPD Blue" and "Law and Order." Orvarsson soon caught the attention of the highly renowned composer Hans Zimmer who extended an invitation to Orvarsson to join Zimmer's team at Remote Control Studios.  In addition to critical acclaim, Orvarsson has received several ASCAP awards for his work and was nominated for the prestigious World Soundtrack Academy's Discovery of the Year Award for his score for "Babylon A.D."


Marlene Stewart  received her Master's degree in European History from UC Berkeley and went on to get another degree in design from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She has since built a long and illustrious career, working with some of the most prominent filmmakers of our time.

Stewart was an early pioneer in music videos, working with, among others, Smashing Pumpkins, The Bangles, Eurythmics, The Rolling Stones, Janet Jackson and Debbie Harry. She also toured with Madonna three times and  designed clothing for some of her most popular music videos, including "Vogue," "Material Girl," "Like a Prayer" and "Express Yourself." The "Vogue" video earned her an MTV Music Video Award for Best Costumes. 

During this time, Stewart designed a contemporary women's clothing line, Covers, that appeared in stores in New York, London, Tokyo, Paris, Milan and Rome.

Stewart's feature-film credits include the upcoming "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters," directed by Tommy Wirkola, "Oblivion," directed by Joseph Kosinski, "Real Steel," "Date Night" and the "Night at the Museum" movies, all directed by Shawn Levy, "Tropic Thunder," directed by Ben Stiller, "Stop-Loss," directed by Kimberly Pierce, "The Holiday," directed by Nancy Meyer, "Hitch," directed by Andy Tennant, "21 Grams," directed by Alejandro Gonzalez-Inarritu, "Ali," directed by Michael Mann, "Coyote Ugly," directed by David McNally, "Gone in 60 Seconds," directed by Dominic Sena, "Enemy of the State," directed by Tony Scott, "The Phantom," directed by Simon Wincer, "True Lies" and "Terminator 2," directed by James Cameron, "JFK" and "The Doors," directed by Oliver Stone and "Siesta," directed by Mary Lambert. 

Stewart has also been awarded Costume Designer's Guild award for career achievement this year, as well as the Bob Mackie Award for Design.

JIM PAGE (Editor)

Jim Page is an editor with extensive experience in both film and television. Jim is currently working on HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS, which is slated to be released in March 2012. His previous films span a diversity of genres including comedy, action-thriller and horror and feature projects such as LIFE AS WE KNOW IT, EAGLE EYE, DISTURBIA and KISS KISS BANG BANG.

JON FARHAT (Visual Effects Supervisor)

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STEPHEN SCOTT (Production Designer)

Stephen Scott commenced his career in the BBC Television Design Department, and then migrated in to the freelance film industry a decade later. He is a "studio trained" professional, having worked his way up through the "ranks", gaining experience and knowledge along the way—and known within the industry for his innovative approach to design in all scales and subject matter, with a fine and considerate attention to detail.

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Scott's credits as production designer include Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy and Hellboy 2: The Golden Army. Scott also designed Doom, Highlander: Endgame and episodes of the original British television series Doctor Who. Further credits as art director include Die Another Day, Tomorrow Never Dies, First Knight, Afraid of the Dark, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Madame Sousatzka and Inspector Morse. He worked as assistant art director on Interview With the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

Scott lives in London, but enjoys working in all corners of the world—wherever the job takes him. His work and his inspiring, untiring creative energy are widely admired by others, and his generosity of spirit and leadership treasured by so many.

MICHAEL BONVILLAIN (Director of Photography)

Michael Bonvillain began working on commercials in New York before shooting his first feature, "Amongst Friends," which was a hit at the Sundance Film Festival. He has worked with J.J. Abrams on "Felicity," "Alias" and "Lost." Twice nominated for the ASC Award, he has three Emmy nominations, winning once for the pilot of "Alias."

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He currently lives in Los Angeles.

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