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Legendary Film Composer Hans Zimmer Announces First-Ever Tour

Hans Zimmer has scored more than 120 films which have, combined, grossed over 24 billion dollars at the worldwide box office. He has been honored with an Academy Award, two Golden Globes, three Grammys, an American Music Award and a Tony Award. His most recent Academy Award nomination for Interstellar marked his 10th career Oscar nomination.

The 2016 tour comes off the back of two very special ‘Hans Zimmer Revealed’ shows at London’s legendary Hammersmith Apollo in 2014. The sell out shows were rapturously received by critics and the public alike. Incredibly in a Hollywood career that has spanned decades, these were Hans’s first full shows and were made even more special by the appearance of two of Zimmer’s collaborators guitarist Johnny Marr and Pharrell Williams.

Like the Hammersmith shows, ‘Hans Zimmer Live On Tour’ will be a visual spectacular designed and lit by the world-renowned lighting designer Marc Brickman. Marc has worked with everyone from Pink Floyd to Nine Inch Nails to Barbra Streisand and is responsible for the lighting of the Empire State Building in New York. The Hans Zimmer show will not only sound unlike any other it will also look unlike any other.

The Hammersmith shows encouraged Hans and his friend Harvey Goldsmith to put on this forthcoming Europe-wide concert series.

“There are a number of touring concerts with orchestras playing film music with the movie projected on the screen above. Hans will be presenting his music his way. Hans has chosen an amazing array of musicians to accompany him on stage including special guests. This is a show not to be missed.” - Harvey Goldsmith

The tour will kick off in London on April 6th, 2016 and will be taking in 18 cities in total before the finale in Sofia on May 16th


06 April 2016 - London (United Kingdom) - The SSE Arena, Wembley
12 April 2016 - Birmingham (United Kingdom) - Barclaycard Arena
14 April 2016 - Brussels (Belgium) - Palais 12
16 April 2016 - Mannheim (Germany) - SAP Arena
18 April 2016 - Hamburg (Germany) - Barclaycard Arena
20 April 2016 - Berlin (Germany) - Mercedes-Benz Arena
22 April 2016 - Oberhausen (Germany) - K├Ânig Pilsener Arena
23 April 2016 - Paris (France) - Palais Des Congres
24 April 2016 - Paris (France) - Palais Des Congres
26 April 2016 - Munich (Germany) - Olympiahalle
30 April 2016 - Gdansk (Poland) - Ergo Arena
01 May 2016 - Lodz (Poland) - Atlas Arena
03 May 2016 - Krakow (Poland) - Tauron Arena
05 May 2016 - Bratislava (Slovakia) - Slovnaft Arena
07 May 2016 - Prague (Czech Republic) - O2 Arena
09 May 2016 - Zurich (Switzerland) - Hallenstadion
11 May 2016 - Budapest (Hungary) - Papp Laszlo Budapest Sportarena
13 May 2016 - Vienna (Austria) - Stadthalle
16 May 2016 - Sofia (Bulgaria) - Arena Armeec Sofia

Hans Zimmer announces first-ever tour

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The creative process of Oscar-winning screenwriters (video)

Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black was born on June 10, 1974 in Sacramento, California, USA. He is known for his work on "Milk" (2008), "J. Edgar (2011) and "Pedro" (2008). He has won an Academy Award and a Writers Guild of America Award for "Milk".

Writer-Director Paul Haggis was born on March 10, 1953 in London, Ontario, Canada. In 2006 he became the first screenwriter to write two Best Film Oscar winners back-to-back: The "Million Dollar Baby" (2004) directed by Clint Eastwood, and "Crash" (2004) which he also directed. For Crash (2004), he won Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. The film also received an additional four nominations including one for Haggis' direction.

Screenwriter Eric Roth was born on March 22, 1945 in New York City, New York, USA. He won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for "Forrest Gump" (1994). He also co-wrote the screenplays for several Oscar-nominated films: "The Insider" (1999), "Munich" (2005), and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (2008).

Screenwriter David Seidler was born in 1937 in London, England. He won the Academy Award and a BAFTA (Best Original Screenplay) for "The King's Speech" (2010).

Screenwriter David Magee was born in 1962 in Flint, Michigan, USA. He was nominated for an Academy Award (Best Adapted Screenplay) for "Life of Pi" (2012) and a 2004 Academy Award and a Golden Globe for "Finding Neverland" (2004).

The creative process of Oscar-winning screenwriters

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Leica enters the 4K world with the Leica SL Mirrorless Camera

The Leica SL system marks the beginning of a new era of professional photography made in Germany. The Leica SL mirrorless system camera is impressive on account of its innovations in exceptional Leica quality. Its 24 MP full-frame CMOS sensor and perfectly matched components – from superior-quality lenses to its electronic viewfinder – guarantee exceptional imaging performance.

EyeRes viewfinder and touchscreen display for total control of every picture

Developed especially for the Leica SL, this electronic viewfinder is the first of its kind to feature Leica EyeRes technology. With a latency time below the threshold of perception, an impressive resolution of 4.4 million pixels and a magnification reminiscent of a medium format camera, this electronic viewfinder offers an entirely new visual experience and numerous advantages: the final image is visible in the viewfinder before the shutter release is pressed, which enables optimum control over the final picture in any situation. The EyeRes viewfinder is activated simply by looking through it. In addition, the Leica SL also features a 2.95" back panel display with a viewing angle of up to 170° that enables reliable viewing of pictures and efficient touchscreen menu navigation.

Maestro II processor for maximum performance

The high-performance Maestro II series processor guarantees that photographers never miss even the fastest-moving subjects and that the camera responds instantaneously to all commands. Together with 2 GB of buffer memory, the processor makes it possible to capture consecutive exposures at rates of up to 11 frames per second at full 24 MP resolution and 4K video with a frame rate of 30 frames per second. Pictures can be saved simultaneously to an SD memory card as both a JPEG and DNG in line with the fast UHS II standard. Thanks to its Maestro II series processor, the Leica SL achieves the best performance currently possible in the professional camera class and underlines the innovative character of the camera.

24 MP CMOS sensor for exceptional picture quality in 35 mm full-frame format

The 24 MP CMOS full-frame sensor guarantees impressive dynamic range, excellent contrast rendition, exceptional sharpness, the highest resolution, and noise-free images in almost all lighting conditions. The shutter provides speeds from 30 minutes to 1/8000 sec. The sensor reveals its full potential in combination with Leica SL lenses, especially in available-light situations, and captivates users with atmospheric exposures in superior quality at ISO settings up to a maximum of 50,000. What’s more, it is optimised for use with Leica M-Lenses and, in addition to supporting all their functions, delivers the excellent picture quality with which Leica has been synonymous for more than 100 years.

The new movie star: professional video in cinematic resolution

The Leica SL is much more than a professional still-picture camera with video recording capability: it fulfils even the most stringent demands of moviemakers as a fully fledged video camera. Thanks to its 24 MP CMOS sensor and high-performance Maestro II series processor, the Leica SL enables the production of professional videos in 4K resolution. Videos can be recorded in UHD at 30 frames per second or even in Cine4K at 24 frames per second. In full HD, the Leica SL records video at up to 120 frames per second and makes use of the entire sensor area. Here, the logical and intuitive handling concept of the camera makes a clear distinction between still- and motion-picture recording. As soon as the camera is in video mode, the display shows only relevant information for video recording, such as safe area, aspect ratio, zebra function or the recording level of the microphone. An optional audio adapter allows you to connect an external microphone and the audio recording level can be set without accessing the menu. Videos can be output in 4:2:2 10-bit format in 4K resolution over HDMI 1.4.

Aluminium body for robust performance in everyday photography

From the beginning, resilience and robustness were at the focus of the Leica SL’s development. Body components machined from solid aluminium and precisely engineered seals around controls and in the lenses provide optimum protection against dust, moisture and splashes for the sensitive technology inside. At the same time, integrated ultrasonic sensor cleaning removes dust and dirt from the sensor. The glass covering the back panel display is extremely scratch-resistant and features an anti-reflex coating. All these properties make the camera an ideal tool for use in the rough, everyday conditions faced by professional photographers. In the interplay between its equally classic and functional design and its distinctive lines, the Leica SL is another example of Leica’s fine art of engineering.

A new generation of lenses for excellent picture quality

The combination of outstanding imaging performance and the fastest autofocus currently possible makes working with the Leica SL an entirely new experience and enables photographers to produce images in a quality never before seen in 35 mm format. True to Leica’s principles, the new lenses specific to the Leica SL are distinguished by superior optical and mechanical precision. With its wide range of focal lengths and high speed, the Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24–90 mm f/2.8–4 ASPH. is the ideal standard zoom lens in the Leica SL-System portfolio. The zoom range of the fast Leica APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 90–280 mm f/2.8–4 follows on directly from this and the current lens portfolio is rounded off by the Leica Summilux-SL 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH., the new reference lens for this focal length. Further Leica SL lenses will follow.

What’s more, the exceptional compatibility of the Leica SL-System grants photographers access to almost all Leica lenses ever made. For instance, all lenses for the Leica T camera can be used without an adapter. In addition, appropriate adapters allow Leica S, M, and R system lenses and lenses from other manufacturers to be mounted on the Leica SL.

Availability: The Leica SL body will be on sale from 16 November 2015. The Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24–90 mm f/2.8–4 ASPH. zoom lens will be available at the same time. The Leica APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 1:2,8-4/90-280mm ASPH will be available Q2/2016, and the Leica Summilux-SL 1:1,4/50mm ASPH. will be available Q4/2016.

Leica SL

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