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John Michael McDonagh interview: The Guard

17 August 2011 5:51 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

With The Guard out in UK cinemas tomorrow, we catch up with writer and director John Michael McDonagh about the making of the film…

Writer and director John Michael McDonagh’s debut feature, The Guard, could be described as a collision of buddy-cop thriller, western and black comedy. Its blending of slick, bitingly funny dialogue and familiar genre elements is so perfect, in fact, that it’s already made its way into our list of 2011’s best films.

We got to sit down to speak with McDonagh about the making of The Guard, and what he’s up to next.

We’ve been talking, back at the office, about what genre The Guard falls into. How would you describe it?

I call it a black comedy, because I don’t think the thriller element is big enough to call it a comedy thriller. And it’s sold as a buddy-cop comedy, »

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Interview: John Michael McDonagh Takes Chances With ‘The Guard’

1 August 2011 4:39 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – From a classic tradition of abrasive-but-lovable anti-heroes, the lead of writer/director John Michael McDonagh’s “The Guard,” Officer Boyle (Brendan Gleeson), is one of the most memorable leads of the year. Played with trademark wit by Gleeson, Boyle does drugs, sleeps with hookers, and simply doesn’t care what you think about him. When a major drug deal is set to go down in his minor city, Boyle gets involved with an American agent played by Don Cheadle and a very unusual buddy/action movie unfolds. Writer/director John Michael McDonagh sat down with us last week to talk about Gleeson, Cheadle, Walter Matthau, Terence Malick, Ennio Morricone, “Game of Thrones,” and much more. The first natural question that people may have if they look you up on IMDb [and see that your last credit is 2003’s “Ned Kelly”] is why so long between movies?

John Michael McDonagh: In 2000 I made the short film. Obviously, »

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Rome Film Festival Announces Dates, Ennio Morricone Heads Jury, Clips

31 May 2011 6:21 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The sixth International Rome Film Festival will take place October 27 through November 4, 2011. Oscar®-winning composer Ennio Morricone will head the jury, which also includes Italian ballet dancer Roberto Bolle, said Rome Fest president Gian Luigi Rondi and artistic director Piera Detassis. The international jury will select the winners of the Marc’Aurelio Award for Best Film, two Marc’Aurelio Awards for Best Actor and Best Actress, and the Marc’Aurelio Grand Jury Prize from among the competition selection. More details are below. The real question is whether Quentin Tarantino will be able to land Ennio Morricone--who is a genius--to do the honors for his spaghetti western, Django Unchained (rumor du jour for the title role: The Wire's Idris Elba). The filmmaker borrowed liberally from old Morricone »

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Music: Music Review: Danger Mouse And Daniele Luppi: Rome

16 May 2011 10:00 PM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

Like the films whose music inspired Rome, the album’s creation has a backstory: Bonded by an appreciation for the film soundtracks of Ennio Morricone, Gianfranco and Gian Piero Reverberi, and others, Brian “Danger Mouse” Burton and Daniele Luppi first set out to make their own take on that cinematic sound in 2005. Along the way, they secured a backing band of session players who graced some of Morricone’s most endearing scores, then nabbed a pair of collaboration-prone pop stars to give voice to the romantic yearnings within Rome: Jack White and Norah Jones. And while their work over »

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'Rango': Fear and Loathing with Sergio Leone

7 March 2011 1:10 AM, PST | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

A lizard in a Hawaiian shirt? Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas may seem like an odd reference to bring up when introducing an animated film, but Paramount Picture's new release, Rango, often feels like an odd psychotropic blend of both that and a Sergio Leone spaghetti western (those versed in the grammar of film will likely also spot some Mad Max and Chinatown in the mix).

Starring Fear and Loathing vet Johnny Depp in the title role, Rango tells the story of an ordinary chameleon named Rango who accidentally winds up in the town of Dirt, a lawless outpost in the Wild West desperately in need of a new sheriff.

It seems as though we're witnessing the second renaissance of animation in Hollywood. While so many live action blockbusters tend to have less lasting value than the 32-ounce soda you bought at the concession stand, »

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5 Overlooked Ennio Morricone Songs to Turn into Ringtones

5 January 2011 3:00 AM, PST | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

More proof that we live in a post-sellout culture: LG is planning to offer ten film songs from legendary composer Ennio Morricone as cell phone ringtones along with fifteen tracks that he is composing exclusively for LG. So, soon we'll have to get used to the fact that his legendary wahhh wahhh wahhhhh from The Good the Bad and the Ugly doesn't necessarily signal a showdown, and might in fact just be someone's mother calling. Apparently they are choosing 10 of his "best known" themes to convert into ringtones. Sadly though, "best known" is the just tip of the iceberg with Morricone, so take a second to listen to five amazing tracks from his more overlooked film scores that would all make killer ringtones. Then petition LG! »

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Famed Composer Ennio Morricone To Conduct Ringtones For LG

4 January 2011 4:03 PM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

It's hard to have an extended conversation about film composers without discussing Ennio Morricone. Responsible for what may be the most well-known theme in movie history - from his The Good, The Bad and The Ugly score - the man is a master and easily one of the greatest of all time. In recent years he's largely been working on small and/or foreign films, but what's his next project? Cell phone ringtones. LG, via their official UK blog, has announced a deal with the famed composer to write music for the company's new line of smart phones. Morricone's work will first be available on the LG Optimus 2X, the world's first dual core cell phone, which will be available in Europe this month. It's not yet known if the phone will be available in the Us. Considering how incredible a year it was in film scores, it's sad »

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Ennio Morricone Composing Music for LG Phones

3 January 2011 9:39 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

In a news snippet that’s simultaneously surprising, confusing and kind of funny, LG (found at BleedingCool) has announced that Ennio Morricone, arguably one of the greatest composers in film history, will be writing new music, to be used as ringtones, for their mobile handset Optimus 2X.

In addition to fifteen new pieces, you’ll be able to get ten of his previously existing scores so you’ll know when you’re getting a phone call. There’s also going to be an app relating to the composer, including images and video clips that I would imagine are taken from the movies he’s scored, set to the scores themselves. But that’s merely a guess.

While I don’t plan on owning this phone, I like the promise from the company that it won’t have that cheap, muffled ringtone sound because of the device’s advanced audio capabilities. »

- Nick Newman

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