Composer Ennio Morricone dies aged 91

Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The renowned Italian musician, one of the most prolific composers in film history, passed away early Monday in a Rome clinic. He was taken to the facility after suffering a fall last wee…

Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91.

The renowned Italian musician, one of the most prolific composers in film history, passed away early Monday in a Rome clinic. He was taken to the facility after suffering a fall last week that caused a hip fracture, his lawyer Giorgio Assumma told Italian news agency ANSA.

Morricone launched his film career in the early 1960s and went on score more than 500 films. He was best known for the seven he made for Sergio Leone’s spaghetti Westerns, including The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, A Fistful of Dollars and Once Upon a Time in the West, as well as gangster flick Once Upon a Time in America.

Known as “The Maestro”, Morricone was nominated for an Oscar six times, with him finally winning for Quentin Tarantino’s 2015 film The Hateful Eight. He was also recognised for his work on films including Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven, Roland Joffe’s The Mission, Brian De Palma’s The Untouchables, Barry Levinson’s Bugsy, and Giuseppe Tornatore’s Malena.

He received an honorary Oscar in 2007 for his “magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music” – which was presented to him by The Good, the Bad and the Ugly star Clint Eastwood. He is the second composer in Academy Award history to receive the honour.

Pulp Fiction director Tarantino used obscure Morricone tracks, which were originally composed for other movies, in a few of his films, such as Kill Bill and Inglourious Basterds, and the composer made it clear he wasn’t pleased by the way his music had been used. Despite this, they went on to work together on Django Unchained, for which Morricone composed an original song, and The Hateful Eight.

The musician is estimated to have sold more than 50 million albums over the course of his career. In addition to his film-scoring work, he also conducted concerts of his own music around the world.

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Vivica A. Fox dropped two dress sizes training for famous fight scene in Kill Bill

Vivica A. Fox dropped two dress sizes while undergoing intense training for her fight scene with Uma Thurman in Kill Bill: Vol. 1.The actress played assassin Vernita Green in Quentin Tarantino’s 2003 revenge thriller, and in one memorable moment from t…

Vivica A. Fox dropped two dress sizes while undergoing intense training for her fight scene with Uma Thurman in Kill Bill: Vol. 1.

The actress played assassin Vernita Green in Quentin Tarantino’s 2003 revenge thriller, and in one memorable moment from the movie, Fox’s character has a fight to the death with Thurman’s scorned protagonist Beatrix ‘The Bride’ Kiddo.

The 55-year-old reflected on the intense preparation she underwent to get herself ready for the complex scene, and revealed that she worked out so much she dropped a few dress sizes.

“Oh my God, I trained for six months. I literally went from a size 8 to a size 2,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “It was intense and gruelling, but I loved every single bump and bruise.”

And the actress certainly had a lot of bumps from her physical encounter with Thurman.

“I’ll never forget the fourth and final day of filming the fight; I counted 30 bruises on my body, and I was proud of every single one of them. I earned them,” Fox gushed.

During the fight scene, former assassin Beatrix finally kills Vernita with a knife to the heart, and Fox revealed that it was done without any special effects, just editing trickery.

“We actually did that in two takes. I nailed it on the first take, and Quentin couldn’t believe it. He was like, ‘Your hair even died in slow motion. It was wet and stuck…'” she laughed. “If you look at how I go out… he went, “That’s beautiful!”

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Vivica A. Fox ‘would love’ for Quentin Tarantino to make Kill Bill Vol. 3

Vivica A. Fox would love to reunite with Uma Thurman and Quentin Tarantino for Kill Bill Vol. 3.The actress played assassin Vernita Green in Kill Bill Vol. 1 back in 2003, with her brutal showdown against Thurman’s Beatrix Kiddo sparking the possibilit…

Vivica A. Fox would love to reunite with Uma Thurman and Quentin Tarantino for Kill Bill Vol. 3.

The actress played assassin Vernita Green in Kill Bill Vol. 1 back in 2003, with her brutal showdown against Thurman’s Beatrix Kiddo sparking the possibility of a third movie in the saga involving her character’s daughter.

Tarantino himself has previously teased the idea of following Nikki, played by Ambrosia Kelley, as she avenges her mother’s death, and Fox is on board with the rumoured project.

“Oh my gosh, I can’t wait. It rears its ugly head every couple of years,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “They’ll say, ‘So, Vivica, Kill Bill 3, they’re trying to make a sequel to all your movies,’ and I’m like, ‘I think they’re waiting for my daughter to grow up.’ And then you always hear that Quentin falls in and out of love with Hollywood. He’s like, ‘I’m done, I’m back, I’m done.'”

Fox confirmed that Tarantino and Thurman have been in talks to discuss a third Kill Bill movie, and she’s looking forward to her character getting her long-awaited revenge.

“So, the latest I’ve heard is that him and Uma have been talking, and I’d love for them to figure it out (sic). Quentin is great with flashbacks and figuring out some kind of way to make his characters alive again in a film. So, I’m really hoping that Vernita Green gets her revenge,” the 55-year-old added.

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Quentin Tarantino once pitched Pierce Brosnan a Bond movie idea

Pierce Brosnan was once pitched a James Bond movie by Quentin Tarantino when they were both drunk. The Mamma Mia! actor, who last played 007 in 2002’s Die Another Day, has recalled how the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood filmmaker once told him he had a…

Pierce Brosnan was once pitched a James Bond movie by Quentin Tarantino when they were both drunk.

The Mamma Mia! actor, who last played 007 in 2002’s Die Another Day, has recalled how the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood filmmaker once told him he had a great idea for the next film in the series, which he hoped to direct.

“He wanted to meet me, so I went up to Hollywood one day from the beach, and I met him at the Four Seasons (hotel),” Brosnan told U.K. Esquire in a live video interview that accompanied an online viewing party for his 1995 Bond film GoldenEye on Sunday.

“I got there at 7pm; I like to be punctual,” Brosnan said. “7.15 came around. No Quentin. He was upstairs doing press. Someone sent over a martini, so I had a martini, and I waited till 7.30, and I thought, ‘Where the heck is he?’ Word came down, apologies, so I thought, ‘OK, I’ll have another martini’.”

By the time Tarantino appeared for the meeting, Brosnan admitted he was “fairly smokered (drunk)” and shared that Tarantino quickly caught up with some cocktails.

“He was pounding the table, saying, ‘You’re the best James Bond, I wanna do James Bond’,” Brosnan recalled, “and it was very close quarters in the restaurant and I thought, ‘Please calm down’, but we don’t tell Quentin Tarantino to calm down.”

The actor didn’t reveal any details of the pitch, although he did mention it to his Bond bosses, who weren’t keen on the idea. But he still wonders how the potential project might have turned out.

“That would be a good one to watch,” he laughed.

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Quentin Tarantino overestimated how much audiences would like Grindhouse

Quentin Tarantino has admitted he overestimated how much American audiences would appreciate his double feature Grindhouse.Back in 2007, the filmmaker released his action movie Death Proof, starring Kurt Russell and Rosario Dawson, alongside fellow dir…

Quentin Tarantino has admitted he overestimated how much American audiences would appreciate his double feature Grindhouse.

Back in 2007, the filmmaker released his action movie Death Proof, starring Kurt Russell and Rosario Dawson, alongside fellow director Robert Rodriguez’s horror Planet Terror.

He combined the two movies to make the double feature Grindhouse as his way of paying homage to 1970s exploitation films that were shown in now-defunct ‘grindhouse’ theatres in the U.S., and decided to release just Death Proof in the U.K.

However, he told Empire magazine that he’s since realised he misjudged just how much American audiences would understand his tribute to low-budget horror movies.

“With Grindhouse, I think me and Robert just felt that people had a little more of a concept of the history of double features and exploitation movies,” Tarantino explained. “No, they didn’t. At all. They had no idea what the f**k they were watching. It meant nothing to them, alright, what we were doing.

“So that was a case of being a little too cool for school. But as far as the movie playing in England as the movie, I think people took it okay.”

The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood director then recalled going to see Death Proof in London on opening night with Baby Driver director Edgar Wright and being “humbled” by the empty cinema.

“And we walk in the theatre and there’s about 13 people in there. On the opening 8.30 show, alright?” he laughed. “That was a rather humbling experience. But we sat down and watched it and had a good time.

“Edgar was like, ‘That was very impressive. I think I would have turned around and walked out of there. The fact you said f**k it and sat down, I admired that.'”

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Quentin Tarantino considering writing a Once Upon a Time in Hollywood novel

Quentin Tarantino might adapt his hit 2019 movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood into a novel.The film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie, was a critical and commercial success when it debuted in cinemas last year, and could be set…

Quentin Tarantino might adapt his hit 2019 movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood into a novel.

The film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie, was a critical and commercial success when it debuted in cinemas last year, and could be set to hit bookshelves soon as the filmmaker considers expanding the franchise.

During an appearance on the Pure Cinema podcast, the 57-year-old director was asked if he ever thought about writing book versions of his movies.

“I hadn’t thought about that until recently,” Quentin said. “But now I’m thinking a lot about it. I might be writing a novelisation to Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”

The film grossed $142 million (£114 million) at the domestic box office and $374 million (£301 million) globally, making it Quentin’s second most successful movie behind Django Unchained.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was nominated for 10 prizes at the 2020 Academy Awards, with Brad Pitt taking home the Best Supporting Actor accolade and Barbara Ling and Nancy Haigh winning Best Production Design.

The director previously expressed an interest in writing a novel about a World War II veteran jaded by Hollywood movies.

“I’ve got this character who had been in World War II and he saw a lot of bloodshed there. And now he’s back home, and it’s like the ’50s, and he doesn’t respond to movies anymore. He finds them juvenile after everything that he’s been through,” he told DGA Quarterly last year.

During the Covid-19 lockdown, the filmmaker has also been writing reviews of classic movies and sharing them on the website of his cinema, the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles.

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Quentin Tarantino writing movie reviews during coronavirus lockdown

Quentin Tarantino has been keeping himself occupied during the coronavirus lockdown by writing movie reviews.A user on the social media site Reddit discovered that the 57-year-old director has been secretly publishing lengthy reviews of classic films o…

Quentin Tarantino has been keeping himself occupied during the coronavirus lockdown by writing movie reviews.

A user on the social media site Reddit discovered that the 57-year-old director has been secretly publishing lengthy reviews of classic films on the website for the New Beverly Cinema, which he owns.

Since the beginning of March, Tarantino has written nine articles, including eight movie reviews and a 3,000-word profile of actor and director Jimmy Wang Yu, a martial arts icon who inspired the likes of Bruce Lee.

The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood filmmaker has penned critiques of films such as 1980 carnival drama Carny, starring Gary Busey and Jodie Foster, John Frankenheimer’s 1979 horror movie Prophecy, Roger Corman’s thriller Targets, and Peter Bogdanovich’s 1974 adaptation of Henry James’ novel Daisy Miller.

Tarantino bought and restored the historic movie theatre on Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles back in 2007 and saved the 1920s picture house from redevelopment.

The cinema exclusively screens 35mm prints of movies, and last year, the director featured his star-studded 1960s epic Once Upon a Time in Hollywood at the movie theatre, alongside props used and worn by the cast, including Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt.

The New Beverly Cinema has been closed since 16 March, when Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti ordered the closure of businesses, including cinemas, as the Covid-19 outbreak hit the city.

When Tarantino bought the venue in 2007, he told The Hollywood Reporter: “As long as I’m alive, and as long as I’m rich, the New Beverly will be there, showing double features in 35mm.”

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Quentin Tarantino kept Once Upon a Time in Hollywood ending locked in a safe

Quentin Tarantino was so keen to keep the ending of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood from prying eyes that he kept it locked in a safe.The movie, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie, rewrites the gruesome murder of Sharon Tate and her …

Quentin Tarantino was so keen to keep the ending of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood from prying eyes that he kept it locked in a safe.

The movie, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie, rewrites the gruesome murder of Sharon Tate and her friends in 1969, with director Tarantino saving Tate and having the Manson Family perpetrators killed instead.

And the Oscar winner’s longtime first assistant director William Paul Clark told Filmmaker Magazine that there was so much secrecy over the ending that the final act of the movie was locked away.

“We kept the third act in a safe in the accounting department. You come, you get the script, you go into the little room, you go read the third act,” Clark explained. “When you’re done, you give the script back, they put it back in the safe and you leave. You take some notes. If you need to refer to something again, you go back.”

He also revealed that the safe was taken with the crew when on location.

“When we got out on location, we just brought a safe and you go to the producer’s trailer if you need to read it. The hardest part was getting over the fear of not having the material at your fingertips all the time. Once people got over that fear, it wasn’t an issue,” Clark added.

And Once Upon a Time in Hollywood isn’t the first movie ending that Tarantino has kept under wraps.

In 2009’s Inglourious Basterds, the director reworked the ending over the Christmas holidays and gave the handwritten script to his cast and crew.

“It was basically an outline with little snippets of dialogue. He wrote this out by hand and handed me a stack of yellow ruled paper,” Clark shared.

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Simon Pegg: ‘Star Trek franchise lost momentum after Anton Yelchin’s death’

Simon Pegg believes the Star Trek movie franchise has stalled because the team has “lost momentum” following the death of Anton Yelchin.The British actor has played Montgomery ‘Scotty’ Scott in the relaunched sci-fi franchise since 2009 and last appear…

Simon Pegg believes the Star Trek movie franchise has stalled because the team has “lost momentum” following the death of Anton Yelchin.

The British actor has played Montgomery ‘Scotty’ Scott in the relaunched sci-fi franchise since 2009 and last appeared as the Enterprise engineer in Star Trek Beyond, which was released weeks after the death of Yelchin, who played Pavel Chekov, in 2016.

A fourth instalment has been hit by numerous delays, with Noah Hawley and Quentin Tarantino being rumoured to direct the next outing, but a film has yet to be given a green light by executives at movie studio Paramount.

When asked about the delays with the franchise, Pegg, who also co-wrote Star Trek Beyond, explained to GamesRadar+ and Total Film that the shock death of 27-year-old Yelchin has dampened the enthusiasm for more films.

“We’ve lost momentum. I think losing Anton was a huge blow to our little family, and our enthusiasm to do another one might have been affected by that. So I don’t know,” he said.

He also blamed the studio for not promoting Star Trek Beyond well enough to coincide with the franchise’s 50th anniversary, with him adding, “They didn’t really take advantage of the 50th anniversary. The regimen at the time dropped the ball on the promo of the film.”

The 50-year-old also explained that the Star Trek films don’t make as much money at the box office as Marvel movies do and so Paramount executives aren’t likely to make a profit from them.

“The fact is, Star Trek movies don’t make Marvel money. They make maybe $500 million at the most, and to make one now, on the scale they’ve set themselves, is $200 million. You have to make three times that to make a profit,” he explained.

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Leonardo DiCaprio surprises Jamie Foxx at American Black Film Festival Honors

Leonardo DiCaprio surprised Jamie Foxx by presenting him with the top award at the 2020 American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Honors.The 45-year-old was on hand to pay a touching tribute to his Django Unchained co-star at the fourth annual ceremony on Su…

Leonardo DiCaprio surprised Jamie Foxx by presenting him with the top award at the 2020 American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Honors.

The 45-year-old was on hand to pay a touching tribute to his Django Unchained co-star at the fourth annual ceremony on Sunday, as Foxx received the Excellence in the Arts award.

DiCaprio reflected on their time spent filming Quentin Tarantino’s 2013 epic Western and told the star-studded audience that the Oscar-winning actor was a force to be reckoned with.

“Jamie brings out the very best in other people,” the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star shared. “He lifts up everyone around. You can see any social setting he’s in. He’s like a magnetic force in any room that he inhabits, and there is no one in this industry who pays positivity and encouragement forward the way Jamie Foxx does.”

As Foxx made his way to the stage to collect the honour from his fellow Academy Award winner, the 52-year-old gave an impromptu performance of his 2008 hit single, Blame It.

And in his acceptance speech, the Ray star praised DiCaprio’s work ethic, as well as his knowledge of hip-hop.

“I love you, man. You are my friend. You are my colleague, and this means the world,” Foxx gushed.

Other honourees included Lena Waithe, Cynthia Erivo, and Louis Gossett Jr., who received Hollywood Legacy Award.

Just Mercy was named Movie of the Year at the ceremony, while The Wire received the Classic Television Award.

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