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'The Great Beauty' Wins Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor & More At European Film Awards

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 7, 2013 6:07 PM
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While it has pretty much no bearing on the Oscars, winning a few key categories at the European Film Awards does serve to raise the profile of some movies that are in contention. Now, we can certainly bet that more Academy voters will be popping in their screeners of "The Great Beauty."

Ennio Morricone Backpedals On His Quentin Tarantino Comments, Says He Has Great Respect For The Director

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2013 5:06 PM
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Last week, it seemed the gauntlet had been thrown down between legendary composer Ennio Morricone and genre-mashing director Quentin Tarantino. Speaking to students at Rome’s LUISS University he said among other things that Tarantino “places music in his films without coherence" and declared “I wouldn’t like to work with him again, on anything.” But hey, it appears it was all taken out of context and Morricone is still totally cool with him.

Ennio Morricone Says Quentin Tarantino Uses Music "Without Coherence" & Says He "Won't Work With Him Again"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 15, 2013 11:52 AM
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With "Django Unchained" galloping its way to over $400 million worldwide, winning Quentin Tarantino another Oscar (leading to one of the most self-serving acceptance speeches of the year), it's hard to argue that the director has never been hotter. With critical acclaim and a core mainstream audience, the dude can do whatever he wants at this point, but it looks like he's lost the cooperation of one major figure and influence on his work: Ennio Morricone.

'Place Beyond The Pines' Soundtrack Features Mike Patton, Bon Iver & Ennio Morricone, Plus All The Songs In The Film

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • March 1, 2013 9:39 AM
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After wowing us at TIFF last fall with its “shades of classic Italian melodrama put through the lens of a distinctly American film,” director Derek Cianfrance's “The Place Beyond the Pines” slowly nears closer to its much-anticipated release, and now you can get a look at what that description may sound like musically.

'Django Unchained' Soundtrack Features James Brown, Rick Ross, Jim Croce, Lots Of Ennio Morricone & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 28, 2012 8:10 PM
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While it looks like Frank Ocean didn't make the cut, the full tracklisting for Quentin Tarantino's upcoming "Django Unchained" once again reveals a director who isn't afraid to liberally borrow from his influences. With music from "Two Mules For Sister Sara," Klaus Kinski's "My Name Is King," Sergio Corbucci's original "Django," early '80s Gene Hackman/Nick Nolte flick "Under Fire" and even a reprise of a song we heard before "Kill Bill Vol. 1," it isn't to say there aren't any surprises.

Listen: Jessie J's "Crazy About You" From 'Silver Linings Playbook,' Wilco Re-Records Tune For 'This Is 40' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 30, 2012 10:23 AM
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A few musical cues and news today, so let's jump right in. Brit pop star Jessie J has recorded a new song for "Silver Linings Playbook," which takes the usually bland approach of literalizing the characters and themes of a film to a whole new level. Grammy Award-winning songwriter Diane Warren (nominated for six Oscars including Aerosmith's "Don't Want To Miss A Thing" from "Armageddon") has penned "Crazy About You." A movie about two people going through some personal pain that has affected their mental health -- and who fall for each other -- featuring a song called "Crazy About You"? Genius.

Geoffrey Rush & Jim Sturgess Get 'The Best Offer' With Giuseppe Tornatore, Ennio Morricone To Score Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 4, 2012 1:55 PM
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Celebrated Italian filmmaker Giuseppe Tornatore doesn't exactly crank them out, and while he made waves on American shores in the late '80s and '90s with "Cinema Paradiso," "The Star Maker," "The Legend Of 1900" and "Malena," it has been over a decade since the latter and the subsequent movies -- "The Unknown Woman" and "Baaria" -- have made the same splash. But his next effort is gearing up, and drawing upon two well-known names, it could see him once again back in American arthouses in bigger form.

Ennio Morricone's 'Days Of Heaven' Soundtrack Gets 2-Disc Re-Release With Never Before Heard Music

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 1, 2011 3:46 AM
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As is the case when working with most geniuses, collaborating with Terrence Malick ain't easy. While there's a small core group of inner-circle people who have never left his side -- editor Billy Weber, production designer Jack Fisk, and casting director Dianne Crittenden to name a few -- even these lifers have all stated on the record how, despite loving Terry to death, it can be immensely difficult at times to discern exactly what it is he wants. History shows that Malick himself doesn't know the answer which can infuriate collaborators. While cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki will have lensed three Malick pictures in a row ("New World," "The Tree of Life" and the upcoming untitled romance), new collaborators that stick around is rare.

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