Quentin Tarantino (born 27.3.1963) is an American film director, known for his films 'Reservoir Dogs', 'Pulp Fiction', 'Inglorious Basterds' and 'Django Unchained'.
Net Worth: According to Celebrity Net Worth in 2014, Quentin Tarantino has a net worth of 100 USD.
Childhood: Quentin Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tennessee to nurse Connie Zastoupil Italian-American actor and musician Tony Tarantino. While studying at high school in California, Tarantino dropped out in order to join the James Best Theatre Company. At acting school, Tarantino began writing scripts for short performances based on scenes from movies he'd seen. At the age of 22, Tarantino started working at a video rental store called Manhattan Beach Video Archives.
Film Career: After meeting Lawrence Bender at a Hollywood party, Tarantino was convinced to write the screenplay for My Best Friend's Birthday, which he directed in 1987, but the film reel was destroyed when a fire broke out during the editing process. Instead, Tarantino adapted the screenplay into 'True Romance' later on. Tarantino decided to write a screenplay for the film 'Reservoir Dogs', which he intended to film as a home-movie. Bender was set to star in the film, but he past the screenplay over to Harvey Keitel who contacted Tarantino explaining how he wanted to not only star in the film, but would help secure funding to have it made as a full production. Tarantino was sceptical, but Keitel convinced him to wait one month before filming, in case he was able to get the funding.
'Reservoir Dogs' saw its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on 21st January 1992, with the screenplay for 'True Romance' being picked up and filmed, ready for release on 10th October 1993. Tarantino had originally wanted to direct the film as well, but grew tired during the course of the production. Despite the script being reworked in order to follow a more chronological order, as opposed to the order he wrote the scenes in, Tarantino remarked that he was incredibly happy with how it turned out. Tarantino also wrote the screenplay for 'Natural Born Killers', and after selling the script, it was adapted and released on 26th August 1994. Following the success of 'Reservoir Dogs' and his two screenplays, Tarantino was asked to write the scripts for a number of films including 'Speed' and 'Men in Black', but he turned them down.
Tarantino took a short holiday to Amsterdam, where he penned the script for 'Pulp Fiction'. Following the film's release at the Cannes Film Festival on 12th May 1994, Tarantino believed that the film would fail to connect with audiences, believing that his own hyper-violent and non-linear film style was two weird for mainstream audiences. However, the festival awarded him the Palme d'Or - their most prestigious prize. He went on to win the Academy Award in the Best Writing (Original Screenplay), and a nomination for Best Director at the Oscars in February 1995.
Tarantino then wrote and directed 'The Man from Hollywood' - a segment in the 1995 anthology comedy film 'Four Rooms' with Allison Anders, Alexandre Rockwell, Robert Rodriguez. During the filming, Tarantino took Rodriguez aside and read him an excerpt from the script for 'Kill Bill'. 'Four Rooms' failed to connect with audiences, yet Tarantino and Rodriguez were already moving ahead on a new project. The two directors had been friends since 1992, when Tarantino was working on 'Reservoir Dogs' and Rodriguez was selling the distribution rights to his critically acclaimed home movie - 'El Mariachi'. Tarantino wrote the screenplay for 'From Dusk Till Dawn', which was directed by Robert Rodriguez. The film stared Tarantino alongside George Clooney, and performed modestly at the box-office while receiving decent critical praise.
The following year, Tarantino released his third film, 'Jackie Brown'. Tarantino wrote and directed the film as an adaptation of Elmore Leonard's 1992 novel 'Rum Punch', but also as a love-letter to the Blaxploitation of Tarantino's youth. The film was released on 25th December 1997, receiving strong reviews from critics and performed well at the box-office. Tarantino was next set to release 'Inglorious Basterds', but the project was postponed so that Tarantino could work on 'Kill Bill'; similar to how 'Jackie Brown' was dedicated to Blaxploitation, 'Kill Bill' would be a homage to Chinese martial arts, Japanese drama, Spaghetti westerns and Italian horror movies all in one. When the film was finished, it clocked in at around four hours, so Tarantino decided to cut the film in half, releasing it as 'Volume 1' and 'Volume 2'.
'Kill Bill: Volume 1' was released on 10th October 2003, smashing the box-office and receiving strong critical praise. 'Kill Bill: Volume 2' was released on 16th April 2004, to better reviews but less box-office success. For the second part, Robert Rodriguez worked as cinematography and wrote some of the music. That same year, Tarantino served as President of the Jury at the Cannes Film Festival, before working on a short scene and receiving a guest director credit on Robert Rodriguez' 2005 film, 'Sin City'. 2005 also saw Tarantino direct the season finale for the 5th season of 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation', which earned him a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series.
In 2007, Tarantino and Rodriguez got together to show off their shared love for the Grindhouse film genre of 1970s exploitation and B-Movies. Tarantino directed the film 'Death Proof' and Rodriguez worked on 'Planet Terror', both of which were then released together under the title 'Grindhouse', in the style of drive-in double-bill movie screenings that were a staple of the genre. 'Death Proof' also served as Tarantino's first time working as Director of Photography. Despite the passion from both directors, rave reviews from critics and relatively small budget, the film bombed at the box-office. While Rodriguez chose to continue working in the grindhouse genre, Tarantino chose to return to the films that made him famous, and got to work finishing off 'Inglorious Basterds'.
Tarantino had, by this point, spent around a decade reworking the screenplay for the film, believing it to be his masterpiece. Filming finally began in October 2008, with a release date scheduled for 20th May 2009 at the Cannes Film Festival. When the film screened for the first time, the audience gave an over eight-minute standing ovation, and Actor Christoph Waltz earned the Best Actor award from the festival. The movie then opened theatrically on 21st August 2009, becoming Tarantino's highest grossing film at the time. It was then showered in Academy Award recognition, with nominations for eight awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor for Waltz (which he won), and Best Original Screenplay.
During the promotion for 'Inglorious Basterds', Tarantino came up with the first scene for 'Django Unchained', which he wrote on miscellaneous stationary in his hotel room. He had expressed a desire to work on the project as far back as 2007, yet he had not cemented what the film would be until the script was finished on 26th April 2011. Principle photography began in November 2011 and lasted for 130 days. The film saw its official theatrical release on 25th Decmeber 2012, and beat the box-office records set by 'Inglorious Basterds'. While some criticised the film for trivialising racial themes, the vast majority of audiences praised the film for the statements it made in attaching the iconic Western genre to ever-present and often dismissed period of slavery in the United States.
In November 2013, Tarantino announced that he would once again continue with the Western Genre, although it would not be a sequel to 'Django Unchained'. He revealed the titled to be 'The Hateful Eight' on 12th January 2014, but the script for the film was leaked in the same month before filming took place. While Tarantino originally wanted to scrap the film an rework the leaked script into a novel, he later conducted a live reading with many of his frequent collaborators, and announced that he was working on two script redrafts - each with different endings. Filming for 'The Hateful Eight' then officially began on 23rd January 2015.
Personal Life: Quentin Tarantino has been romantically linked to a number of Hollywood A-Listers, and rumoured to have had relationships with a number of actresses and high-profile celebrities, such as Mira Sorvino, Julie Dreyfus, Sofia Coppola, Shar Jackson and even Uma Thurman, although he has stated that his relationship with the latter is purely platonic. He has further stated that he does not wish to get married any time soon, as he is too busy making films.
Tarantino has stated that he intends to retire from filmmaking at the age of sixty in order to focus on writing novels and film literature. He has also revealed that if the film industry moves into a fully digital realm, he might retire early, due to his love of actual film. This is shown in his massive collection of 35mm film prints and his ownership of the historical New Beverly Cinema, which holds back-to-back screenings of some of his collection.
He's in talks to develop a story with JJ Abrams.
'Star Trek' could be going into a whole new direction as it's revealed that Quentin Tarantino is currently developing a story for the franchise with JJ Abrams. The iconic filmmaker is a huge Trekkie - but can we really imagine a Tarantino-ised episode? Apparently, he has a 'great idea'.
Quentin Tarantino at 'The Beguiled' premiere
According to Deadline, he's set to meet with a group of writers to develop the ideas that he has come up with, and there's even a possibility that he could direct the follow-up to 'Star Trek Beyond' with Abrams producing.
Continue reading: Could Quentin Tarantino Direct The Next 'Star Trek' Movie?
The filmmaker gets nostalgic about renting out the latest movies.
Whilst filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino may lead the entertainment industry, that doesn't mean they're completely up-to-date on all the latest technology. That certainly seems to be the case for Tarantino, who recently admitted that he doesn't even have a Netflix subscription.
Quentin Tarantino is an old-fashioned type of guy
Netflix is of course the world's leading streaming platform, with increasing amounts of creators pitching their ideas to the bosses at the streamer before anybody else, and allowing the company to secure official rights to their material once it's complete. Netflix markets those television shows and movies as 'Netflix Originals'.
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He wishes he'd considered the extent of the problem earlier.
Quentin Tarantino opens up about his shame regarding the Harvey Weinstein scandal, admitting that he knew about some of the behaviour that the producer was indulging in, but didn't speak out when he should have done. He doesn't want to make excuses for himself when he knows he was in a position to investigate some of the rumours he heard.
Quentin Tarantino at Netflix red carpet event
The 'Hateful Eight' director has been close to the disgraced movie mogul over the years, enough to have heard first hand stories about his misconduct. Now that more and more women are coming out with shocking stories of sexual harassment at the hands of Weinstein, Tarantino is having serious regrets about not saying something sooner.
Continue reading: Quentin Tarantino Regrets Weinstein Silence
Amber Tamblyn posted a statement on Twitter on Tarantino's behalf.
As one of Harvey Weinstein’s closest associates in Hollywood over the years, director Quentin Tarantino has broken his silence about the lurid recent allegations that have engulfed the movie mogul over the last week.
According to Variety, a statement posted by Tarantino’s friend Amber Tamblyn, via her Twitter account, on Thursday (October 12th), read: “For the last week I’ve been stunned and heartbroken about the revelations that have come to light about my friend for 25 years Harvey Weinstein. I need a few more days to process my pain, emotions, anger and memory and then I will speak publicly about it.”
34 year old actress Amber Tamblyn added a tweet of her own, saying that she had had dinner with Tarantino the previous night and that she’d agreed to post a statement on his behalf. The two know each other after Tamblyn had a minor role in 2012’s Django Unchained.
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The director is thought to have written a script on the Manson family murders
Quentin Tarantino likely only has two more films in the pipeline - unless he changes his mind about his retirement plans - and it seems his penultimate project will be an account of the Charles Manson cult murders. Whether or not it will be a fictitious account remains to be seen.
Quentin Tarantino at 'Reservoir Dogs' screening at TIFF 2017
According to reports, the director has written the script for the story and is set to direct it. However, there is little information regarding the basis of the film; we could be looking at an accurate re-telling of this tragic event, a fictional look at the incident as in the style of 'Inglourious Basterds', or even a film where this concept is merely a backdrop in the actual plot.
Continue reading: Charles Manson To Be Subject Of Quentin Tarantino's Next Film?
The filmmaker is now engaged to Daniela Pick.
Quentin Tarantino is set to wed for the first time as it's announced that he has become engaged to his on/off girlfriend Daniela Pick. The pair have been seeing each other for eight years, but now is finally the time that they want to make it official.
Quentin Tarantino at the premiere for 'The Beguiled'
The 33-year-old Israeli singer revealed the news last week to her national media, thrilled at her forthcoming nuptials. Little is known about their relationship, as they have kept their personal lives largely private, but we do know that they met back in 2009.
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Quentin Tarantino and Kurt Russell seen at the ceremony of Goldie Hawn And Kurt Russell who were Honored With Double Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame - Hollywood, California, United States - Thursday 4th May 2017
Quentin Tarantino The Cinema Society & Hugo Boss screening of 'Inglourious Basterds' at SVA Theater Featuring: Quentin Tarantino Where: New York City, New York , NY 10010, United States When: 17 Aug 2009
This is our kind of scavenger hunt.
Everyone likes a good Easter Egg hunt this time of year, but one of our favourites involves searching them out in iconic films. Of course, these 'Easter eggs' aren't of the chocolate variety, merely snippets from films containing amusing inside jokes or tributes to other movies.
In honour of all the scavenger hunts that will be happening amongst children tomorrow as they set about discovering what the Easter bunny has left, we reflect on some more sophisticated kind of 'Easter eggs'; that is, the various hidden meanings in some of our favourite movies.
Sam Raimi pays tribute to Wes Craven
Continue reading: Top 10 'Easter Egg' Moments In Iconic Movies
More proof that he's a total genius.
The Tarantino world is real! For years fans have speculated that the movies Tarantino creates all spawn from one universe; one where the characters are related et cetera. And now it turns out that it's true, because the legendary filmmaker himself has confirmed it.
Quentin Tarantino is full of secrets
In fact, there isn't just one Tarantino universe, but two. One of the realistic sort, and their own movie world. It was always obvious that John Travolta's character in 'Pulp Fiction', Vincent Vega, was the brother of Michael Madsen's 'Reservoir Dogs' character Vic Vega, while Lee Donowitz from 'True Romance' is the son of Donnie 'The Bear Jew' Donowitz from 'Inglorious Basterd'. Plus, there's that same cigarette brand always knocking about, 'Red Apple'.
Continue reading: Quentin Tarantino Confirms The Link Between All His Characters
Because promotional tours don't always run smoothly.
Sometimes it's not all that easy to be a superstar and have to sit through hours of promo for long periods of time, and sometimes it's not all that easy to get these celebrities to open up. Questions are sometimes inflammatory, arising in some angry parties and a lot of entertainment on YouTube the next day. Quentin Tarantino is often the subject of extremely uncomfortable interview sessions and it's no different with 'The Hateful Eight', but here's some of the most awkward interviews from TV history.
Remember Tarantino's painful Channel 4 interview?
Quentin Tarantino: 'I'm shutting your butt down!'
We might as well start with Tarantino, however. When controversial Channel 4 reporter Krishnan Guru-Murthy asked him to speak about violence in his 2013 movie 'Django Unchained', he wasn't having any of it. It was a touchy subject that he'd talked about many times before, so it was no wonder he didn't want to repeat himself. Guru-Murthy is also known to have irked a number of other celebrities including Robert Downey Jr..
Sometimes directors base films around their buddies.
Quentin Tarantino is well-known for choosing to use the same actors over and over again, and it's not at all incidental. He's referred to the likes of Samuel L. Jackson and Tim Roth (both of whom star in his latest film 'The Hateful Eight') as the 'Tarantino Superstars', and he's hardly alone in his favouritism.
Quentin Tarantino loves his 'superstars'
Date of birth
27th March, 1963
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