The word prolific is one of the more overused descriptions that writers often apply to artists. Very few actually deserve the title as it is one that implies an artist that creates a huge volume of work without sacrificing its level of quality; the dichotomy and balance that any creative person struggles to overcome. With the changes in film indust...

by Charles Bramesco Quentin Tarantino has always had a magpie-like obsession with collecting and carefully rearranging bits of pop-cultural detritus to make something new.   This can sometimes take the form of blink-and-you'll-miss-'em allusions he squirrels away in the nooks and crannies of his scripts — it's no coincidence that the name o...

by Jonathan Bazzi   Ennio Morricone (Rome, 1928) started out as a trumpeter, but became the composer of the most beautiful and memorable soundtracks in film history. From early on he was successful in the spaghetti western genre, writing the music for the great masterpieces of Sergio Leone.   As early as the 1960s he composed for nume...

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive of the University of California recently presented the new film series centered on the great Italian directors of Western movies, "The Hills Run Red: Italian Westerns, Leone and Beyond."   The Series, running through January 27th, presents six classics by Sergio Leone, Sergio Corbucci, Damiano Dam...

A new group of entertainment professionals in Motion Pictures, Television, Live Theatre, Radio and Recording have been selected to receive stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, it was announced today by the Walk of Fame Selection Committee of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.   These individuals were chosen from among hundreds of nominations...

Ennio Morricone, the prolific Italian composer and conductor who has written many of the most recognizable film scores in history, says he will never again work with director Quentin Tarantino because he "places music in his films without coherence."Morricone's work most recently appeared in Tarantino's Django Unchained, the homage to the Spaghetti...

by Peter Helman Sam Smith and his songwriting partner Jimmy Napes received the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song tonight for "Writing's On The Wall," their theme for the final Daniel Craig James Bond film Spectre. The award was presented by Katy Perry, and the other nominees were Ellie Goulding's "Love Me Like You Do" from 50 Shades Of Gre...

by Nick Vivarelli   Ennio Morricone will be feted by the 11th Los Angeles-Italia Film Fashion and Art Festival, the annual pre-Oscars event comprising movies and music and celebrating showbiz ties between Italy and Hollywood, which will run Feb. 21-27 at the Hollywood and Highland Center.   The venerable Italian composer, whose long l...

  WTI Magazine #76    2016 February 15Author : Edoardo Peretti      Translation by:   The extraordinary "The Hateful Eight" by Quentin Tarantino was quite ignored by the Academy: despite being one of the best movies of the Italian American director, it got only three nominations, none of them in the main categories. Among these three, however, t...

by Nick Vivarelli   Italy's Cinecittà Studios are set to welcome Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight" with a unique launch from its legendary Studio 5 soundstage, once Federico Fellini's second home, now being turned into a special screening venue equipped for 70mm projection and 888 seats. Tarantino specifically asked Cinecittà to s...