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Quentin Tarantino set to be honoured in Italy

30 December 2012 4:10 AM, PST | | See recent RealBollywood news »

London, Dec 30: Quentin Tarantino is going to be honoured with a lifetime achievement award by the bosses of the International Rome Film Festival, ahead of the European premiere of his western movie 'Django Unchained' in Italy next month.

Composer Ennio Morricone, who worked with the critically acclaimed director on the western, will present Tarantino with his latest accolade, the Daily star reported.

The filmmaker's new movie has strong Italian ties - as well as featuring Morricone's music, it was inspired by Sergio Corbucci's 1966 spaghetti western 'Django,' that starred Franco Nero. Nero has a small role in Tarantino's. »

- Diksha Singh

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Rome Festival to Honor Quentin Tarantino in Special Ceremony

28 December 2012 7:53 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The International Rome Film Festival said Friday it will present director Quentin Tarantino with a special lifetime achievement honor, along with a gala screening of his spaghetti Western homage Django Unchained, the film's European premiere. The event, in which iconic Italian film composer Ennio Morricone will present Tarantino with the award, will take place Jan. 4. Although the seventh edition of the Rome fest concluded Nov. 17, the ceremony is being cast as a continuation of the festival, the first under the artistic direction of former Venice Film Festival head Marco Mueller. Morricone, a five-time Oscar winner, composed

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- Eric J. Lyman

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Stream The Entire Soundtrack For Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained

18 December 2012 2:18 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

With exactly a week to go until Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz ride out to meet you for Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained, the soundtrack has been unveiled online a little earlier then expected, meaning that you can brush up on the director’s anachronistic musical choices and more Ennio Morricone than you can shake a Sergio Leone movie at.

Though we reported the track selection for the upcoming spaghetti western earlier this month, it’s great being able to hear some of tracks we were unable to dig up online – and those new tracks that Tarantino has commissioned especially for the movie. For any spaghetti western aficionados out there, you’ll recognise the theme from the original Django movie takes its place as the title track for Tarantino’s spin on the tale here, and that there’s music by all three elite spaghetti western composers: Ennio Morricone, Riz Ortolandi and Luis Bacalov. »

- T.J. Barnard

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A Property of Movies: A Conversation with Brian De Palma

1 October 2012 8:05 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Brian De Palma's new film Passion was one of our favorites at the Toronto International Film Festival. I raved and rambled on about the film in one of our correspondences (though, as you'll see, I was wrong about one key facet of the film's production):

A remake of the solid Alain Corneau corporate thriller Love Crime, De Palma plunges without hesitation into the iconography, audience expectations, and conventions of noirs, sex thrillers, corporate intrigue, post-Hitchcock films and Brian De Palma movies themselves, retaining the shell appearance of all of these things but hollowing them from the inside out. The result is something out of late Resnais—a study of a study. And that study, of course, is of the cinema image. Remember how Rebecca Romijn watches Stanwyck in Double Indemnity at the beginning of Femme Fatale, as if taking notes? The characters in Passion have taken notes from »

- Daniel Kasman

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Doctor Who reviews: A Town Called Mercy

15 September 2012 2:25 PM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

After Daleks and then dinosaurs on a spaceship, Doctor Who Season 7 gives us a western episode as its latest blockbuster-style extravaganza. And ‘A Town Called Mercy’ doesn’t disappoint. It’s a very effective pastiche, complete with Sergio Leone/Ennio Morricone homages, atmospheric tension, and a stunning visual style showcasing the western backdrop in all its vast, expansive beauty.

[Spoilers follow, for this episode and the Season 6 finale, as well as speculation spoilers. If you haven't seen the episode yet, it's available on BBC iPlayer.]

The Doctor, Amy, and Rory find themselves in a small town in the Old West, which mysteriously has electric street lights ten years too early, and is under siege by an equally mysterious cyborg gunslinger.

It turns out that the unexplained electricity is thanks to Kahler Jex, an alien doctor with a rare understanding of nuance. The Doctor says, "Ingenious race, the Kahler. Could build a spaceship out of Tupperware and moss!" (Presumably Tupperware sales skyrocketted on their planet. As well as, you know, the actual Tupperware.) However, it turns out »

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'Django Unchained' Spot Reveals Old Man Samuel L. Jackson

2 July 2012 5:00 AM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

The first trailer for Quentin Tarantino's new Southern never had the attitude of what we expected from the master of genre mash-up. What he promised for his new film hybrid was a Sergio Leone-style Spaghetti Western, set in the cruel world of the pre-Civil War South.

Instead, we got James Brown and a more "Jackie Brown" vibe, but this new one-minute spot for "Django Unchained" (via Yahoo! Movies) switches up the music, letting us see more of what we can expect from Tarantino his time around.

Check out the new trailer after the jump!

The music you're hearing is a remix of Ennio Morricone's original score from Leone's "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly." It gives much of the same footage from the first trailer a very different, more Western flavor.

Another key ingredient missing from the first trailer was Samuel L. Jackson, a Tarantino regular. »

- Kevin P. Sullivan

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New Exhibit at Museum of the Moving Image Shows Off Obsessive Film Craftsmanship (Exclusive Images!)

15 June 2012 2:05 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This Wednesday, New York's Museum of the Moving Image kicked off the second exhibit in a three-part series, "Persol Magnificent Obsessions: 30 Stories of Craftmanship on Film," showing off obsessive craftmanship in ten of film history's most stylistically interesting films. The exhibit includes ephemera from and behind-the-scenes access to the artistry of actor/director Ed Harris ("Pollock"), actress Hilary Swank ("Million Dollar Baby"), director Jean-Pierre Jeunet ("Amelie"), director Todd Haynes ("Far from Heaven"), cinematographer Vittorio Storaro ("The Last Emperor"), director Alfred Hitchcock ("North by Northwest"), production designer Dean Tavoularis ("One From the Heart"), special effects supervisor Douglas Trumbull ("2001: A Space Odyssey"), composer Ennio Morricone (best known for his work with Sergio Leone), and costume designer Arianne Phillips ("W.E."). The »

- Bryce J. Renninger

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Idris Elba, Michael K. Williams, Rosario Dawson & More To Feature In Black Western Short 'They Die By Dawn'

1 May 2012 6:21 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Jeymes Samuel, the frontman for U.K. hip-hop collective The Bullits, isn't a recognizable name in most circles. But the up-and-coming musician is trying his hand at filmmaking, putting together black western short "They Die By Dawn," with a fairly impressive cast already being lined up.

OkayPlayer are reporting that Samuel has recruited "The Wire" duo Idris Elba and Michael K. Williams along with Rosario Dawson, "Breaking Bad" star Giancarlo Esposito and songstress Erykah Badu for a forty-five minute film likely to be a companion piece to his upcoming album, "They Die By Dawn And Other Short Stories." Elba and Dawson have worked with Samuel before, and their work can be found on The Bullit's Youtube page. It doesn't stop there either, with "some more big names" to be added in the near future.

"I’m shooting a Western ‘They Die By Dawn’ at the Melody Ranch Studios in L. »

- Simon Dang

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