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Pharrell Williams Joins Oscars as Music Consultant

Can it be? Are The Oscars actually making an attempt to attract a younger, diverse audience?

Rapper/producer Pharrell Williams is joining the 84th Academy Awards as a music consultant with Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer.

Williams is the lead singer of the rap group N.E.R.D. and has produced the likes of Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Snoop Dogg and Jay-Z.

Zimmer needs no introduction as he’s composed music for over 100 films including The Lion King and The Dark Knight.

“I am honored to work with my mentor and teacher, Hans Zimmer, and I have wanted to collaborate with Brian Grazer on something for years,” Williams said in a statement. “I cannot believe I will be joining them and their teams on the most prestigious show of the year, the Academy Awards.”

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Inception Goof Leads to Phone Conversation with Christopher Nolan

Yesterday, a pair of University of British Columbia students got to chat for ten minutes with Inception director Christopher Nolan. All because their video entry in a contest sponsored by Canadian mobile services provider WIND was judged the best.

The video by Yuri Cabrera and Ian Holliday (pictured) runs just over a minute. FishbowlLA thinks what probably won them the prized connection with Nolan is their hilarious vocal imitations of  Hans Zimmer‘s colossal Inception bass chords. The pair of third-year film students told CTV News that Nolan advised them to enjoy their artistic freedom while they can:

“He told us to enjoy filmmaking while you’re in a situation to be free to film-make, because once you get in a studio and big budget movies, while they’re bigger films, you’re also fighting to have the freedom you had when you were a student filmmaker,” Holliday said.

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Hans Zimmer Remembers Ronni Chasen

Of all the people sharing fond remembrances of murdered Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen, perhaps none was closer to her from a client point of view than German born composer Hans Zimmer.

Shortly after his big Hollywood break in 1988 with Rain Man, which earned him his first of seven Academy Award nominations, the one-time Buggles band member hooked up with Chasen on Driving Miss Daisy the following year. From his twin contributions to back-to-back Best Picture winners, it was off to the races for Zimmer with The Lion King, Gladiator, Inception and much more. Through it all, Chasen was at his side.

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