It's been a long road to this point, but Quentin Tarantino has once again signed up with Harvey Weinstein - this time, to release The Hateful Eight.
Despite an early script leak, lawsuit and rumors of a mole in the camp, Quentin Tarantino's new movie The Hateful Eight will begin shooting in January 2015, with the Weinstein Company distributing the movie. A release date is due to be set for fall next year.
Quentin Tarantino is teaming once again with Harvey Weinstein, [Getty/Vittorio Zunino Celott]
Though Weinstein's involvement may seem fairly ordinary, the release of The Hateful Eight will be historic in that it will be shot on 65mm film and will have the widest 70mm release in over twenty years. In a unique distribution plan, the movie will also have 35mm releases and DCP formats.
Continue reading: Quentin Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight' Set For Fall 2015 (Shot In 65mm)
It's looking rosy for fans of QT next year
Quentin Tarantino star shows no sign of relenting. The ridiculous (it’s the best and only word to describe him) director has hinted that ‘Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair’ could be on its way, while a new poster for his upcoming movie, The Hateful Eight has been revealed.
Quentin Tarantino has a laugh with Jerry Lewis
Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair is a longer cut of Q.T’s two-part revenge/martial arts epic, and the extended version is reported to include a 30 minute anime sequence. Film Divider were first with the new poster for the director’s troubled Hateful Eight picture. They released a picture of next week’s Empire magazine, which features a trailer being drawn by six horses leaving a trail of blood behind them. With that out in 2015 and the possibility of a super-extended Kill Bill volume, it might be the year for fans of the cult director.
Continue reading: 2015 The Year Of Quentin Tarantino? Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair/Hateful Eight Poster
Let's forget the controversy for a minute. In Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino has managed to assemble another top draw soundtrack; established names like Ennio Morricone are including, as past and present soul and R&B stars like James Brown and Rick Ross, right up to modern contemporaries like John Legend - even Tupac makes an appearance. But how does it compare with some of the great sound tracks that the director has been known for over the past three decades; in fact, what are the best songs to appear in Tarantino films? We've had a bit of a think and have put together ten songs that we don't think any self-respecting fan of the man could leave out.
Quentin Tarantino: Possesses a fine record collection
Tito And Tarantula ‘After Dark’ (from From Dusk Till Dawn)
Continue reading: Ten Of The Best Quentin Tarantino Movie Soundtrack Songs
It Russell is to be believed, Hateful Eight is filming early 2016, which means we'll probably see it in 2016
Quentin Tarantino’s movie, Hateful Eight, has certainly been subject to the incessant churning of the rumor mill, and now there’s another – albeit from a solid source. Kurt Russell, who worked with Tarantino on one half of his grindhouse production, Death Proof, has told Fox news: "I've got a Tarantino project called The Hateful Eight that looks like it may go somewhere around the beginning of the year."
Kurt Russell and Quentin Tarantino at a photocall at Cannes 2007 (Getty/Sean Gallup)
But can we trust this? Tarantino has already made his feelings clear towards whoever leaked the script in the first place, and that could have been any of the four actors he initially showed it to. Since then, Samuel L Jackson, Bruce Dern, Michael Madsen, Kurt Russell, James Remar, Amber Tamblyn, Walton Goggins, Zoe Bell and Tim Roth have all been invited to read it through, and it’s thought that same cast will appear in the final movie.
Continue reading: Who Can We Trust? Is 'Hateful Eight' Really Filming Early Next Year?
Samuel Jackson joined Graham Norton on Friday (13th June) to discuss his charity work in the UK. Much to Norton and the audience's delight Jackson recited his famous speech from 'Pulp Fiction'.
Samuel Jackson knows the words of the gospel, or at least Ezekiel 25:17. The actor appeared on The Graham Norton Show on Friday night (13th June) and recited his famous speech from Pulp Fiction perfectly.
Samuel L Jackson played hit man Jules Winnfield in the cult classic.
Norton was joined by Jackson and actress Keira Knightley on the show. Jackson is currently in the UK promoting awareness for male cancer in the charity campaign One For The Boys. The campaign is intended to encourage men to discuss their health and get tested. In an interview with the Telegraph, Jackson explained he became interested in the charity after a friend of his British publicist, Sofia Davis, died of cancer.
Continue reading: Samuel Jackson Talks Cancer & Recites 'Pulp Fiction' Speech On 'The Graham Norton Show'
After the live read-through conducted in Hollywood, we now get an idea of which actors will play which characters in The Hateful Eight.
Quentin Tarantino recently hosted a live read through of the screenplay for his latest film The Hateful Eight, which by many accounts heralds in a return to the earlier work in the oeuvre of the claustrophobic Reservoir Dogs rather than the grand-scale theatrics of such recent work as Django Unchained.
The filmmaker has been elusive about whether The Hateful Eight would ever get made.
The read through itself came as a response to the actions of alternative news website Gawker, who published a link to an online copy of Tarantino’s screenplay for the film. Suitably enraged, the pop-culture infatuated auteur not only sued the website but also threatened to postpone the film indefinitely. Thankfully, Tarantino’s rational irritation has subsided, and his official read through also saw the first reveal of the film’s impressive cast in the hope of offsetting a host of rumours and hear-say surrounding the film.
Continue reading: Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight: Who's Playing Who?
QT had quite a time at Cannes 2014 - here's what we learned about him, his projects and cinema in general
Since winning the Palm D’Or 20 years ago at Cannes, Quentin Tarantino’s brand of filmmaking has become synonymous with cult cinema. Controversy and brilliance has followed him from Pulp Fiction to Reservoir Dogs, from The Grindhouse films to Django Unchained.
Quentin Tarantino and his Pulp Fiction star Uma Thurman at Cannes 2014
Cannes 2014 saw the Pulp Fiction gang get back together again as a special screening of the film marked two decades since it was awarded the Springtime film festival’s highest honour. QT has never been shy with the press, often polarizing with a concoction of arrogance, bloody-mindedness and – more often than not – a level of knowhow transcended by very few.
Continue reading: Quentin Tarantino At Cannes 2014: What We Learned
Remeber The Gimp from Pulp Fiction? Well meet Stephen Hibbert, the man behind the mask
It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since Quentin Tarantino unleashed Pulp Fiction at the Cannes Film Festival and took home the Palme d’Or. But on Friday night, stars Uma Thurman and John Travolta joined Tarantino in Cannes for a special anniversary screening of the film. But we’ve got to ask, where was The Gimp?
Uma Thurman joined Tarantino for a special Pulp Fiction screening
He might not have a spoken a single line in the film and we never actually saw his face, but The Gimp remains one of Pulp Fiction’s most iconic characters. There was just something about that head to toe leather look that was bound to engrain itself in movie goers minds. But who was the man behind the mask?
Continue reading: 'Bring Out The Gimp': Pulp Fiction's Masked Man Speaks
Quentin Tarantino has once again mourned the loss of traditional filming techniques and declared digital projection "the death of cinema". The 'Reservoir Dogs' director spoke on Saturday (24th May) whilst hosting a special event at the Cannes Film Festival.
Quentin Tarantino has spoken out again about the changes and development in cinema since his youth. Digital Vs. traditional technology continues to be a hot topic amongst film makers with numerous high profile names arguing for either side of the debate.
Quentin Tarantino hosted a special film screening in Cannes on Saturday.
The Pulp Fiction director was at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday (24th May) in order to host a special screening of the 1964 classic A Fistful of Dollars. He introduced the film with a stark reminder of the dangers of digital and the loss of film making techniques.
Continue reading: Quentin Tarantino At Cannes: "Digital Projection Is The Death Of Cinema"
Quentin Tarantino has lost his 'Hateful Eight' lawsuit.
Quentin Tarantino has unceremoniously lost his court dispute with Gawker over the leaking of The Hateful Eight script. A federal judge in California has dismissed the director's lawsuit, which was filed in January after Gawker.com published a link to a script for Tarantino's forthcoming movie - which has since been scrapped.
Quentin Tarantino Had His Gawker Lawsuit Thrown Out By A Californian Judge
Tarantino accused Gawker media of crossing "the journalistic line" and contributing to copyright infringement.
Continue reading: Gawker Just OWNED Quentin Tarantino Over 'The Hateful Eight' Leak
A Motley Crue announcement, an out-of-this-world Grammys gig and an angry Quentin Tarantino: there wasn't a dull moment in the news this week.
Grammy Awards Glory: Last Sunday's Grammy Awards proved probably the most spectacular ceremony in living memory. The most enviable of all performance line-ups entertained a near-record 28.5 million viewers, with Madonna, Daft Punk, Beyoncé and Jay Z, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons, Stevie Wonder, Nile Rodgers, Ringo Starr, Sir Paul McCartney, Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age and Dave Grohl all showing off their skills.
As for the small matter of the actual awards, Pharrell Williams, Daft Punk and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were the evening's big winners whilst newcomer Lorde picked up two gongs and Jay Z and Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Kacey Musgraves and Black Sabbath were also prominent victors. This, year, perfect pop princess Taylor Swift went home empty-handed, which made for some pretty funny videos.
Continue reading: A Week In News: Grammys Glory, Bad Boy Bieber, Retiring Rockers, And The Wild, Wild West
Gawker is not backing down in the Tarantino dispute.
Gawker Media came out fighting on Monday afternoon, in response to a lawsuit filed by Quentin Tarantino and everyone's favorite pit-bull lawyer Marty Singer. The Hollywood director accuses the gossip site of "predatory journalism" after it posted links to the leaked script to Tarantino's intended new movie The Hateful Eight.
Quentin Tarantino Is On The Rampage
Last week, the director, 50, had to put the kibosh on the movie - another western - after the script leaked out to agents. The whole thing got even messier when Tarantino began naming names, claiming he'd only sent out the work to Michael Madsen, Tim Roth and his number-one suspect, Bruce Dern.
Continue reading: Hateful: Does Tarantino Really Have A Case Against Gawker?
After the famed director launched a lawsuit at Gawker, the company has issued a long-winded response.
Following Quentin Tarantino’s lawsuit against gossip website Gawker, filed on Monday morning, the site has published a six-point post, responding to the allegations. Tarantino’s suit references a Gawker piece, leaking the script for Hateful Eight –an as-of-yet unproduced script by Tarantino.
Tarantino is gearing up to take on the company in court.
According to Tarantino’s lawsuit, filed by attorneys Martin Singer and Evan Spiegel at Lavely & Singer in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles and publicized by The Hollywood Reporter, “Gawker Media has made a business of predatory journalism, violating people's rights to make a buck.”
Continue reading: News Website Gawker Responds To Quentin Tarantino "Hateful Eight" Copyright Claim
The director takes legal action after his scrapped script is leaked in full.
If Quentin Tarantino was angry when his latest movie script, Hateful Eight, was passed around in the film industry of Hollywood, you can bet he's totally furious now that website Gawker has leaked the whole thing to anyone online.
Quentin Tarantinno Is Taking Legal Action After Gawker Leaked His Full Script.
Describing the site's move as "predatory journalism," the director is suing Gawker Media after it made a download link to the 146 page script publically available in an article entitled "Here Is the Leaked Quentin Tarantino Hateful Eight Script."
Continue reading: Quentin Tarantino Suing Gawker Over Shelved 'Hateful Eight' Script Leak
Quentin Tarantino is left feeling betrayed after one of six people leaked his latest script 'The Hateful Eight', now the film maker refuses to go ahead with the new project.
Quentin Tarantino will not be making another western style movie anytime soon.
The film maker has scrapped his latest project 'The Hateful Eight' after someone betrayed him and leaked the new script.
And Tarantino is fuming about it.
Continue reading: Quentin Tarantino Halts 'The Hateful Eight' Project After Script Leaks In Hollywood
The angry director drops his new movie project after the script leaked.
Quentin Tarantino has chosen to cancel his latest movie after the script leaked out and gained him some unwanted attention at such an early stage in the new western. The director gave the script, which was apparently still in its early stages, to a small circle of actors who he felt he could trust. However, the script fell into the wrong hands and his longtime agent Mike Simpson began getting phone calls from agents looking to pitch their clients for roles in the embryonic film.
Quentin Tarantino Shelves A Movie After The Script Was Leaked.
"I'm very, very depressed," Tarantino said, via Deadline. "I finished a script, a first draft, and I didn't mean to shoot it until next winter, a year from now. I gave it to six people, and apparently it's gotten out today."
Continue reading: Quentin Tarantino Drops 'Hateful Eight' Western After Leak. (And He Names Names)
In addition to his new anti-NRA movie, Weinstein wants to cut down on screen violence as a whole
Harvey Weinstein got tongues wagging this week with the announcement that his production company are making an anti-gun film, one that will star Meryl Streep and take a direct shot at the National Rifle Association. If his stance on gun ownership and violence wasn't already clear, the Hollywood producer has since admitted that he wants to see a crack down on film violence too and he will be at the forefront of this cut down.
Harvey Weinstein wants to see a change in the movie industry
Weinstein is known for producing some of modern cinema's most graphically violent film in recent years, forging a successful working relationship with Quentin Tarantino, with who he helped make the Kill Bill films, Django Unchained, Inglorious Basterds and Pulp Fiction, in addition to a host of other violent titles such as Gangs of New York, Sin City and the reboots of Piranha, Rambo and Halloween. Now the Hollywood powerhouse wants to hang up his fake blood and replica weapons for good, as he told CNN's Piers Morgan on Friday (17 Jan.) night that he can no longer advocate these types of films in good conscience.
Continue reading: Harvey Weinstein Vows To Back Major Cut Down On Violent Movies
Quentin Tarantino's movie could be about John Brown.
Quentin Tarantino's movie follow-up to Django Unchained almost has a script, which the prolific director has penned himself and plans to develop in 2014. Tarantino was a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno this week and confirmed that his next movie will be a western.
Quentin Tarantino's Next Movie Will Be A Western
"I can't talk that much about it, but I will say one thing," he teased "I haven't told anybody about this publicly, but I will say the genre. It's a Western. It's not a Django sequel, but it's another Western. I had so much fun doing Django and I love westerns so much, that after I taught myself how to make one, it's like 'OK, now let me make another one now that I know what I'm doing'".
Continue reading: Is Quentin Tarantino's Movie About Abolitionist John Brown?
Stiller, Bullock, Clooney and Hanks rule the red carpets at film festivals in New York and London, Radcliffe promotes Kill Your Darlings, we get a look at January's I Frankenstein, and Tarantino declares his best of the year ...
Ben Stiller's remake of the 1947 classic premiered at the New York Film Festival this week, with Stiller and costars Kristin Wiig and Adam Scott in attendance. The film, about a mild-mannered office worker with a vivid daydreaming life, won the festival's Fellowship Award. It opens in December. You can watch Ben Stillier in action as Walter Mitty in the trailer here. We also have video from this week's premiere at the New York Film Festival, you can see Ben Stiller And Kristen Wiig arriving here or watch a video of 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' cast posing together at New York Film Festival as they are joineed by Stiller's wife Christine Taylor and his co-star Adam Scott.
Also on the red carpet in New York were Sandra Bullock, George Clooney and Alfonso Cuaron, presenting the US premiere of their space-orbit thriller Gravity, which went on to set US box office records over the weekend. Afterwards, Bullock and Cuaron jetted across the Atlantic for the film's UK premiere at the London Film Festival this week. We have video footage taken at the 'Gravity' NY Premiere featuring stars George Clooney And Sandra Bullock and another video featuring director Alfonso Cuaron arriving at the 'Gravity' NYFF premiere. We also urge you read our report on how studio pressure almost ruined the movie and how Alfonso Cuaron had to fight for the version we are seeing and enjoying today.
Continue reading: A Week In Movies: Mitty Premieres In New York, Gravity Lands In London, Radcliffe Talks Ginsberg, Frankenstein Teases
So which movies made Tarantino's list for 2013?
Movie buffs have begun to anticipate Quentin Tarantino's Top 10 movies lists in recent years. The legendary director's run-down of his favorite movies of the year has made for interesting reading in recent years and is often regarded as the antithesis of the Academy's choices of the year's best.
Juno Temple [L] and Kathryn Hahn [R] In 'Afternoon Delight'
He passed on devising a list last year, owing to Django Unchained, though in 2011 Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris - a wonderful movie that actually went onto win Best Original Screenplay at the Oscars - topped Quentin's list, edging out Rise of the Planet of the Apes and the excellent Moneyball, with Brad Pitt. Tarantino threw in a couple of curveballs with X-Men: First Class, The Skin I Live In, Attack The Block and Warrior.
Continue reading: Quentin Tarantino's Top 10 Movies Of 2013 (So Far)
The cult car has been found
When Quentin Tarantino's cherry red 1964 Chevelle Malibu was pinched nearly two decades ago, his hopes of getting it back will have been non-existent. But the classic car has been recovered. Now, if they could only get hold of the legendary director to tell him…
The car was reported stolen during the production of Pulp Fiction in 1994, and John Travolta's character - Vincent Vega - drove the classic American car in the movie with Mia Wallace in the passenger seat, just before – you know what. And if you don’t know what, watch it. "Deputy (Carlos) Arrieta did a really good job with this case," said Sgt Anolin told US media. "He took what many would've seen as a minor case and followed it through until it broke this much larger case." Sgt Anolin added. "Arrieta used the resources available to him and was able to help crack this case... He's a good deputy.” The guy who stole the care was allegedly arrested recently by cops, but not for actually stealing the car. The separate offence simply lead them to the chev.
It was you! Don't want QT, they've found it
Continue reading: Quentin Taratino’s Chevy Convertible Recovered – Pulp Fiction Prop Is Back!
Tarantino's classic car, which was stolen after being featured in the movie, has finally been recovered.
Twenty years after the cherry red Chevy convertible was stolen, Quentin Tarantino had his Pulp fiction car recovered. Police think they have found the iconic cherry red Malibu. Director Quentin Tarantino’s whip was recovered in the San Francisco Bay area earlier this week, the San Bernardino County Sun reports. According to Sherrif Sgt. Albert Anolin’s account, an investigation into an old Chevelle Malibu in the city of Victorville on April 18 led investigators to the particular Malibu in the Oakland area. The investigators then confirmed that the vehicle had belonged to the director and was reported stolen back in 1994.
Unsurprisingly, the investigators concluded that the car had been resold. The current owner of the Malibu had nothing to do with the theft and had just been the victim of a fraud. Plus, the statute of limitations on auto theft has expired ages ago. In layman’s terms, even if he had stolen the car, there’s nothing the cops could do about it. Even so, it’s good news for the director.
According to a report by TMZ, the police have been trying to get in touch with Tarantino (can you imagine how that conversation would go), but they haven’t been able to get through. It’s looking increasingly likely that the director will learn about his Chevy’s recovery the same way as everyone else – from the news. But hey, in a city where gossip can destroy a career, your classic car being found after two decades is definitely one of the better pieces of news to wake up to.
Continue reading: Pulp Fiction Car Recovered Two Decades After Theft
The MPAA is calling upon studios to make less R-rated movies.
The MPAA together with the National Association of Theatre Owners are making minor tweaks to the movie-ratings system to better inform parents. Following through on a commitment made to Vice President Biden in the wake of the Newtown school shooting, the two organizations have come up with a new 'Check the Box' campaign to highlight descriptions of why a movie received a certain rating.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, there will also be tags attached to trailers explaining that the clip is approved to play with the feature they came to see. NATO president John Fithian said, "It's cool to be Quentin Tarantino and it's fun to make movies that have all those diverse elements.But there's a bit of a disconnect between exhibitors and studios as to what works." Fithian also called upon Hollywood to make fewer R-rated movies. Asked whether he thinks the studios he represents make too many violent movies, MPAA chairman and CEO Christopher Dodd pointed out that less than half of all studio films are rated R, "There's a real desire to provide choice, and you don't want to change that.Throughout its existence, the goal of the rating system has never changed: to inform parents and allow them to make their own decisions, considering their children's sensibilities and unique sensitivities."
At the keynote address at CinemaCon, Fithian also noted that the movie industry, along with the music and video game business, has made vast improvements in enforcing their respective ratings systems.
Continue reading: "It's Cool To Be Tarantino, But..." MPAA Tweaks Movie Ratings System
Notoriously violent movie gets a respectable overhaul for the Chinese market
Quentin Tarantino’s hit movie Django Unchained has been tempered for the Chinese market, a report from the Guardian reveals today (April 10, 2013). According to Zhang Miao, of Sony’s Chinese distribution branch, the integrity of the movie as not been lost, with these alterations, which he describes as “progress not compromise.” He added that the changes were necessary in order for the movie to translate to “different markets.”
Describing some of the changes that had been made, he explained “What we call bloodshed and violence is just a means of serving the purpose of the film, and these slight adjustments will not affect the basic quality of the film – such as tuning the blood to a darker color, or lowering the height of the splatter of blood.” He added that Quentin made the alterations himself: “Quentin knew how to adjust that, and it's necessary that he is the one to do it. You can give him suggestions, but it must be him who does [the tuning].”
Unlike many adaptations for the Chinese market, its understood that the movie will be released, on April 11, 2013 in its full 165 minute-long version. Many movies have large chunks cut from them in order for them to be deemed appropriate, Cloud Atlas, for example, had to shed a staggering 38 minutes from its total length, which angered many cinemagoers.
Continue reading: Progress Not Compromise? Quentin Tarantino Tones Down The Gore For Chinese 'Django Unchained'
We take a look at the Django Unchained cast that could have been
Django Unchained caused controversy even before it came out, with people questioning whether Quentin Tarantino should be making a film about slavery, especially considering it was a comedy drama, and was very, very gory.
Tarantino does what Tarantino does, though. And he does whatever he wants. Having made people laugh about Nazi-occupied France and slavery in the southern belt of America, the legendary director will helm a third historical film, completing a trilogy of sorts. But with with all the gun violence and racial tension surrounding the film – a film that won multiple awards – the casting secrets were never revealed.
Quentin Tarantino talks to The Texas Film Hall of Fame
Continue reading: Django Unchained: The Alternative Cast That Never Was
And the award for Best Supporting Actor goes to Christoph Waltz for his role in Django Unchained. This was an award comprising some real Oscars pedigree, with every single nominee owning at least one award, but it was Waltz who prevailed.
“Mr De Niro, Mr Arkin, Mr Hoffman and Mr Jones – my respect,” began Waltz’ acceptance speech – his tender acknowledgement of his fellow nominees accompanied with a humble bow met with a warm applause. “My unlimited gratitude goes to Dr. King Schultz, that is, to his creator and the creator of his awe-inspiring world, Mr Quentin Tarantino,” he continued. Waltz, of course, picked up a Bafta for the same role, but beat the favourite Tommy Lee Jones to the gong. He went on to thank his fellow cast members, behind the scenes colleagues and a few friends – a customary affair – but such is his charisma, this award speech still had the gravitas to defy repetition. A deserved award, we think.
Continue reading: Oscars 2013: Christoph Waltz Wins Best Supporting Actor For Django Unchained
Daniel Day-Lewis was sounded out to play lead character Vincent Vega in Quentin Tarantino's classic 1994 crime-thriller Pulp Fiction, though Michael Madsen was eventually favored, who himself had to give way for John Travolta due to scheduling conflicts. In a new interview with Vanity Fair, Tarantino revealed producer Harvey Weinstein had the opportunity to land Oscar winner Day-Lewis for the role, though Quentin was adamant Vega should be played by his Reservoir Dogs pal Madsen.
Daniel Day-Lewis [L] Was Originally Sounded Out For The Role Of Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction, Of Course Played By John Travolta [R]
Continue reading: The Pulp Fiction Cast That Never Was: Daniel Day-Lewis, Matt Dillon, Meg Ryan!
38 seasons in and SNL still hasn't got stale. But with two prime facets of entertainment; humour and music, something would have to go seriously, seriously wrong for Saturday Night Live to begin to fail. This week's show was brought to life by an incredible host, Austrian (not German) Christoph Waltz, as well as stunning performances from Alabama Shakes.
It doesn’t really matter whether Quentin Tarantino films win at the Oscars or not; the director is lucky enough that he’s at the stage where every film he releases becomes obsessed about, pored over and dissected in immense detail by everyone from the critics to the fans to the industry itself. Django Unchained is no different, a film that’s being taken seriously simply because it bears the name of the maverick director.
Well, good news for everyone who enjoys prodding and probing every aspect of Tarantino’s films – the Django Unchained actors have been just as inquisitive about the film that they’ve helped to get nominated for the Oscar best picture this month. A nine-minute Django Unchained featurette has appeared on YouTube, featuring clips of Leonardo Dicaprio et al waxing lyrical about Tarantino’s dialogue and way of working. Some clips have been taken from the various rounds of promotional press they’ve all been doing, but some of its new, and it’s fascinating to see these big stars speak with child-like fandom about their work of the director.
There isn’t anything of Tarantino himself however, apart from shots of him working on the set of the warped spaghetti western. Furthermore, it’s unclear where this featurette is planned to be released, meaning that for now all you have to enjoy it on is YouTube. Which you can, below.
Continue reading: Django Unchained Featurette Offers Fascinating Insight Into Quentin Tarantino's Methodology (Video)
Well, this is the soundtrack to a western, but it's also the soundtrack to the bloody new vision of Quentin Tarantino so while it hints at it, it's not exactly the most classical collection of dusty old desert songs you could imagine. It's a soundtrack that packs just as many punches as his movie and brands those wincingly visceral scenes into your mind as if it was an 'r' on Jamie Foxx's face.
From Ennio Morricone to Rick Ross it's a thrilling OST that somehow manages to modernise the western without completely ruining it in the process, I mean perhaps Rick Ross out of context is a little jarring, but John Legend's 'Who Did That to You?' is the smarmy second gun in Foxx's hand after you think he's all out of bullets. It's drawling guitar line wails with a lone gunman swagger as Legend's R&B vocals cry out with an over the top pulp. This more than any other song on the soundtrack encapsulates your thoughts of not what a Tarantino western is, but what it should be.
It's difficult to pick out tracks here that are better than the rest, they're all good, but this isn't a record in the usual sense, it's a soundtrack, obviously, and therefore it's about the feeling it brings with it and Tarantino's choices of tracks like 'Freedom' ring with the authenticity of classic slavery hymnals. It's a record that feels as sadistic and redemptive as the tale is on screen and it's a testament to these musicians that you don't need to see the film to understand the tale. It's spliced with some of the finest cuts of dialogue and death from the movie which add an extra layer of texture to this inspired collection and mean that you get to hear Christoph Waltz say, 'five thousand dollar n***a, that's practically my middle name' as much as you bloody well please.
Continue reading: Quentin Tarantino - Django Unchained: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Album Review
Rapper Nas is the latest celebrity to speak out in defence of Quentin Tarantino's controversial new film Django Unchained, speaking to press at the unveiling of his new collaboration with cognac makers Hennessy.
The famed rapper, who had his own brush with civil rights campaigners when he announced in 2007 that he was to name his upcoming ninth album after the infamous 'N word,' said that he has indeed been to see the Jamie Foxx-starring film, but he couldn't understand what all the fuss was about (he eventually named his 2008 album Untitled). He went on to explain that given Tarantino's history in film-making, peple should hardly be surprised with his gratuitous use of language and gore and that, in fact, the movie fits in well with the context of the Spagetti Western era anyway. He said: "It's a movie, movies by [Tarantino], why should we be surprised if the movie is raw?"
"He's one of the greatest filmmakers of our generation, and we don't go there to see anything less than rawness," Nas went on the say before adding, "He's an artist, and artists have to express themselves."
Continue reading: Rapper Nas Questions Django Unchained Criticism
Spike Lee tweeted his disdain for Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained recently, saying: "American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western. It Was A Holocaust. My Ancestors Are Slaves Stolen From Africa. I Will Honor Them."
However, now Jamie Foxx who stars as the titular character Django in the movie, has given his verdict on Lee, the Huffington Post reports. "The question for me," he says, is "where's Spike Lee coming from?"
Foxx continues: "He didn't like Whoopi Goldberg, he doesn't like Tyler Perry, he doesn't like anybody, I think he's sort of run his course. I mean, I respect Spike, he's a fantastic director. But he gets a little shady when he's taking shots at his colleagues without looking at the work. To me, that's irresponsible."
Continue reading: Jamie Foxx On Spike Lee: "Where's Spike Lee Coming From...? He Doesn't Like Anybody"
Tarantino takes an unusually comical approach to a provocative topic, and the result is as controversial as expected. And also startlingly hilarious. At its core, this is another revenge-themed thriller, but Tarantino's snappy, constantly surprising aproach spirals out to explore racial issues over the past 150 years with humour, drama and, of course, grisly violence.
Set two years before the American Civil War in 1858 Texas, the story centres on bounty hunter Schultz (Waltz), who offers the slave Django (Foxx) what seems like a fantasy job: to work with him to capture white criminals dead or alive. Usually dead. Sure enough, everyone is shocked to see a black man not only riding a horse but carrying a gun. When Django helps find three notorious outlaw brothers, he earns his freedom, and Schultz then offers to help free Django's enslaved wife (Washington). This involves staging an elaborate sting on her owner, the bloodthirsty Mississippi plantation owner Calvin (DiCaprio), who runs a ring of slaves who fight each other to the death. But Calvin's butler Stephen (Jackson) suspects that something is up.
Waltz and Foxx have terrific chemistry in the central roles, with Waltz's lively intelligence bouncing off Foxx's physical and emotional intensity. This gives the film an underlying drive that keeps us engaged through the blood-soaked violence as well as the more slapstick-style sequences (a KKK raid led by Johnson and Hill feels like a lost sequence from Blazing Saddles). But Tarantino's screenplay is beautifully constructed to even out the tone with exciting action, harrowing nastiness and some darkly involving drama. All while quietly exploring the twisted history of racial relations in America.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger has weighed into the raging debate about gun violence in movies and its parallels with real-life. Last week, Django Unchained director Quentin Tarantino exploded at a UK journalist who brought up the much discussed subject, and Schwarzenegger holds similar views to the controversial director - effectively, that movie violence is fun.
The 65-year-old former governor of California - who has made a career out of shooting bad guys - said, "I personally feel that this is entertainment. The other thing is a serious real life tragedy. I think that we are going to continue doing entertainment. That is what we are doing as our profession, but at the same time, we all have a responsibility, I think, to improve the situation that we are in." Schwarzenegger returns to the screen this weekend in The Last Stand, an action movie in which he plays the sheriff of an Arizona border town tasked with stopping a Mexican cartel boss from returning to Mexico. The Terminator star noted that it's important not to stigmatize mental illness following gun tragedies like the one in Newtown, Connecticut, and cited parenting, education, security and gun laws as contributing factors to helping tackle gun crime. "We as a society have the responsibility to look at this and leave no stone unturned," he said.
The Last Stand is Schwarzenneger's first major role since leaving office, though he had a smaller part in The Expendables 2, which he says helped him prepare for his latest film. Later this year, he'll star opposite Sylvester Stallone in The Tomb. "I feel I have a bigger range, acting-wise," said Schwarzenegger. "It could be because of the age. It could be because of my experience that I have had now as governor."
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Christopher Waltz has insisted that Quentin Tarantino isn't crazy after the legendary director got asked about gun violence one too many times, resulting in a bizarre Channel 4 interview exchange.
Unfortunately, the unprovoked assertion that someone is not crazy, really serves one purpose: to remind us that Tarantino is probably a little bit crazy. We don't think crazy is a bad thing, after all, you have to be a little bit 'out there' to make the films he has. "I don't believe what I can read... I know it's media, for example I don't read actor's interviews because I know what happens to actor's interviews," says Waltz, whose fantastic performance in Inglorious Bastards earned him an Oscar. "There's no chance in hell that we would actually come across the same way as it was being done. I don't read about Quentin being crazy and quirky because I want to see it for myself and sure enough I saw something completely different and I liked what I saw infinitely better than what I could have read," he added.
Tarantino is evidently sick of being dragged into the gun control debate in the U.S because of the violent content in his films. Django Unchained also faced criticism for 'over use' of the N-word, and for trivializing slavery. Both claims that Tarantino denies.
It should have been a night to savor for Quentin Tarantino, and indeed it was, but the Django Unchained director couldn’t resist leaving the Golden Globes last night without stirring up more controversy about him and his film.
Tarantino had taken the award for Best Screenplay at the event, which you’d think he’d have used as a platform to silence his critics, who have been attacking Django Unchained for its lack of sensitivity towards racism and slavery issues, people like Spike Lee complaining about the excessive use of the ‘N- word’ in the movie. Well, according to E! Online, Tarantino couldn’t quite let it go. In front of the gathered press, the director said that those who were saying his 19th century characters shouldn’t use the offending term were "saying I should massage. They're saying I should whitewash. They're saying I should lie." The comments reportedly stunned the room into silence, with one reporter said to have let out a long whistle of surprise.
Tarantino has been defending his stance on his decision to use the word liberally since the criticisms first started appearing. "I think it's kind of ridiculous, because no one can actually say with a straight face that we use the word more than it was used in 1858 in Mississippi. So since they can't say that, what they're basically [saying] is I should lie," Tarantino told MTV recently. "I should pretty it up. I should lie, and I don't lie when it comes to my characters and the stories I tell."
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The big movie news this week, of course, was the announcement of this year's Oscar nominations, to which people reacted with the usual levels of surprise and anger. The biggest snub seems to be for previous winner Kathryn Bigelow, who was overlooked for a directing nomination even though her film Zero Dark Thirty earned five other nods, including Best Picture.
Continue reading: A Week In Movies Feat: Academy Snub For Bigelow, Django Scores Five Oscar And 5 Bafta Nominations And Robot & Frank Trailer Delights
Quentin Tarantino clashed with the Channel 4 news presenter Krishnan Guru-Murphy during a tense interview in London on Thursday (January 10, 2012). The Oscar-nominee, whose latest drama Django Unchained has been the subject of controversy in recent weeks, refused to answer questions on the links between screen violence and true-life violence.
Last month's school shootings in Connecticut has perhaps unfairly pulled Tarantino and Django Unchained into the debate surrounding movie violence and gun laws, something Guru-Murphy was keen to touch upon for his Channel 4 piece. The Hollywood filmmaker has held the same opinion for years - essentially that violence makes good cinema - though refused to expand on his thoughts. "I'm not answering your question," he said when asked how he could be sure there was no link between real-life violence and his movies, "I'm not your slave and you're not my master. It's none of your damn business what I think about that." At one point, he told the interviewer "I'm shutting your butt down."
Django Unchained follows the story of a black slave (Jamie Foxx) who joins a German bounty hunter in the American Deep South. Various characters are shot in the head, ripped apart by dogs and bludgeoned to death and the movie's U.S. premiere was cancelled in the wake of the Newtown tragedy. As Guru-Murphy pressed for a sound-bite, the interview became more fractious, with Tarantino asserting, "The reason I don't want to talk about it is because I've already talked about it . I'm already on the record," he said. "I have explained this many times in the last 20 years."
Continue reading: Quentin Tarantino Scolds Channel 4's Krishnan Guru-Murphy In Tense Interview
Joining the ever-growing list of people with strong opinions about a film they have never watched is the Reverend KW Tulloss, the President of the National Action Network (the network with whom Reverend Al Sharpton is associated). They have spoken out in protest of the Django Unchained figurines currently on sale, for $299 for a set of 10, on Amazon.com.
“Selling this doll is highly offensive to our ancestors and the African American community, Tulloss told New York Daily News. “The movie is for adults, but these are action figures that appeal to children. We don’t want other individuals to utilize them for their entertainment, to make a mockery of slavery.” When asked if he had seen the movie, he replied that he hadn’t but he had heard it was “very good.” Another protester who had actually watched the movie and enjoyed it, was still dismayed at the sale of the slave figurines, explaining “I don’t see any dolls representing Hitler that came from Tarantino’s (Holocaust movie ‘Inglourious Basterds’)...I don't see them making dolls of Holocaust survivors who are bald and starving in concentration camps.”
These dolls, of course do not just appeal to children; many adult film buffs collect film memorabilia such as this and Quentin Tarantino movies have a tendency to attract the fanatical moviegoers. That said, there’s something unsettling about the sale of toy slaves, in a box decorated with chains around the outside. It seems that the controversy surrounding Django Unchained won’t be swept under the carpet just yet.
Continue reading: Al Sharpton Leads Protest Against Django Unchained Slavery Figurines
As awards season kicks off, today with the BAFTA nominations and tomorrow with the Golden Globe award ceremony, actors, actresses, directors and producers everywhere will be biting their nails and praying for a win from at least one of the big three coming up, the aforementioned two, of the Oscars, nominations for which will also be released tomorrow.
There are very few surprises in the BAFTA nominations as this year has some clear stand-out offerings to the trade, and as announced by Alice Eve and Jeremy Irvine, here's the low down on the biggest prizes.
Nominations for best film are the big five: Argo, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty. Despite BAFTA being a British institution, there's not a British film in sight (except Les Mis, but the majority of leads aren't from the fair isle). Luckily, however, there's a whole separate award for Brits. In that list, the contenders are Anna Karenina, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (that was 2012? it seems so long ago), Les Miserables, Seven Psychopaths and a much deserved Skyfall.
Continue reading: British Awards Season Begins With The Unsurprising Nominations At The Baftas
Wrong Direction: It's been a rough week for Harry Styles and Taylor Swift, the pair going their separate ways after a brief relationship. Of course, it's great news for ambitious fans of both stars who reckon they're in with a chance!
Star-Studded Wedding: It's congratulations to Star Wars creator George Lucas and his long-time girlfriend Mellody Hobson, who have announced they are to marry. No date or location has been set, though it could be a pretty big few years for the veteran filmmaker, what with the revival of a certain movie franchise.
Continue reading: A Week In News: Styles Splits, George Puts A Ring On It And Kim And Kanye Buy Big
Quentin Tarantino can’t seem to fend off the controversy being aimed at him and his new film Django Unchained. The warped western, which deal with issues of racism and slavery, has come under fire from Spike Lee and other sections of the black community in America over its treatment of the subject, and now a line of Django Unchained merchandise figures have come under fire for making a ‘mockery of slavery’.
Those are the words of Rev KW Tulloss, who told the New York Daily News "Selling this doll is highly offensive to our ancestors and the African-American community. The movie is for adults, but these are action figures that appeal to children. We don't want other individuals to utilise them for their entertainment, to make a mockery of slavery."
The figurines were produced by the National Entertainment Collectibles Association and feature Samuel L Jackson’s ‘house slave’ Stephen and Jamie Foxx’s leading character Django, according to The Guardian. Najee Ali, director of the Los Angeles civil rights organisation Project Islamic Hope, was another who was against the models, and called for them to be taken off sale. "We were outraged. We feel it trivializes the horrors of slavery and what African Americans experienced." Despite the controversy surrounding it, there is a fair bit of expectation that Django Unchained will be featured when the Oscar nominations are revealed tomorrow (January 10, 2013).
Continue reading: Slavery Controversy Continues For Django Unchained As Figurines Criticized
Quentin Tarantino’s latest flick, Django Unchained has been making headlines ever since it came out in December – while some have been praising Tarantino’s signature style, there has been more than one criticism towards the graphic scenes of violence and the inaccurate portrayal of slavery in the US (most notably by director Spike Lee).
The objections against the violence in Django erupted after last month’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Just like any other instance of violence in the US, fingers were first pointed at violence in the media and films and, as the most recent violent flick to come out, Django became an easy target. After almost a month of this treatment, director Quentin Tarantino finally looks about fed up with it and has snapped back at the accusations in a recent interview with Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air.
When asked whether the tragedy in Newtown made the film lose its appeal to him, Tarantino dismissed the question and later on in the interview, he explained in a heated defense of his work "Would I watch a kung fu movie three days after the Sandy Hook massacre? Would I watch a kung fu movie? Maybe, because they have nothing to do with each other," the director explained. Still, despite his adamant defense of Django, we doubt the discussion will stop at this.
For a while, it seems, Quentin Tarantino was scared of his own movie, or at least, that's what Sidney Poitier told him. While out to dinner with Poitier, Tarantino explains: "[I] was telling him about my story, and then telling him about my trepidation... he said, ... 'Quentin, I don't think you should do that. ... What you're just telling me is you're a little afraid of your own movie, and you just need to get over that." Clearly, he got over his fear, but judging the aftermath and the wide spread debate that has erupted over the treatment of race and the use of violence in the movie, his trepidation was well placed.
However, speaking to NPR he has defended the film, and has given his opinion about violence in movies.
"What happened during slavery times is a thousand times worse than [what] I show/ So if I were to show it a thousand times worse, to me, that wouldn't be exploitative, that would just be how it is. If you can't take it, you can't take it." He says, "I wanted the film to be [entertaining]... But there's two types of violence in this film: There's the brutal reality that slaves lived under for, and then there's the violence of Django's retribution. And that's movie violence, and that's fun and that's cool, and that's really enjoyable and kind of what you're waiting for."
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The ability to not only play bold, complex heroes, but deplorable villains, too, is the hallmark of a great actor. Leonardo Dicaprio enjoys a turn as Calvin Candie - a slave owener - in Quentin Tarantino's latest movie, Django Unchained, and he's been talking to Today about the experience, and the character who most certainly falls under the latter of those two categories.
"He's the most deplorable human being I've ever read in a screenplay in my life," DiCaprio told Willie Geist on TODAY Thursday. "He was rotting from the inside. He was, you know, a young Louis the XIV that had been brought into a world of entitlement and lived his life ... essentially owning other people." One of the biggest criticism of the film, or should we say only, is the 'excessive' use of the 'N-Word', which some consider to be overt and offensive, and others consider to be an accurate representation of the time. DiCaprio hasn't expressed a view either way, but did have trouble uttering the word on set, initially. "It was Sam Jackson and Jamie Foxx that said, 'You really have to go all the way with this man,'" he explained about confronting his fears. "It was an incredibly colorful character and I just had to ... I had to play him."
And play him he did, although, with perhaps a bit too much gusto, as he managed to cut himself on a broken wineglass whilst gesticulating as the nasty plantation owner. "The choice was I supposed to go on and finish my speech or not, and then I noticed that blood was pouring everywhere," he said. "It was very interesting to see Quentin's and Jamie's reaction off screen."
Quentin Tarantino has never been one to shy away from controversial subjects in his film, be it via graphic violence or explicit language. His latest film, Django Unchained, characteristically, showcases both, but it's the latter that has enflamed debate.
With the 'N-word' being used prolifically in the film, the detractors have been quick to air their political and ethical grievances. Spike Lee, talking to Vibe.com, said, "I am not going to see it (the film). I am not seeing it. It would be disrespectful to my ancestors to see that film." He added in a post on his Twitter.com page, "American slavery was not a Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western. It was a Holocaust. My ancestors are slaves. Stolen from Africa. I will honour them."
Quentin Tarantino, though, defends the film and the choices in dialogue. "I think it's kind of ridiculous (the criticism), because no one can actually say with a straight face that we use the word more than it was used in 1858 in Mississippi. So since they can't say that, what they're basically (saying) is I should lie. I should pretty it up. I should lie, and I don't lie when it comes to my characters and the stories I tell."
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Frank Ocean has treated fans to a brand new track just out of the blue... well, not really. In fact, Frank has actually released a track that was supposed to be in the upcoming film Django Unchained, but didn't quite make the cut.
Quentin Tarantino, the film's writer/director/producer, found that the song didn't quite fit in with any scene in his film and as such didn't see fit to put it in just to make sure he didn't hurt Ocean's feelings. Luckily for them both though, Ocean doesn't seem too bothered about the snub and he has uploaded the track to his Tumblr so his fans can listen to it still.
Speaking to Fuse, Tarantino said that he wanted to include the song but unfortunately there was no part of the film that it would fit in to. He said, "Frank Ocean wrote a fantastic ballad that was truly lovely and poetic in every way, there just wasn't a scene for it. I could have thrown it in quickly just to have it, but that's not why he wrote it and not his intention. So I didn't want to cheapen his effort. But, the song is fantastic, and when Frank decides to unleash it on the public, they'll realize it then."
Continue reading: Frank Ocean Released 'Wise Man': A Track Axed From The Django Unchained Soundtrack
Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino’s twisted Christmas offering of a spaghetti Western has been causing some major controversy – in more ways than one.
Early reviews of the film have been split, but that’s only what you’d expect from a typical Tarantino movie, isn’t it? Is it good, because it’s bad, or is it just plain bad? Apparently it’s bad, because it’s offensive. This objection has been raised by Spike Lee, who has completely refused to see the film, reports Indiewire. His criticism is that Django, which sees Jamie Foxx as a slave and Leonardo Dicaprio as a plantation owner, is an unrealistic and offencive portrayal of slavery in the US.
Lee vented on Twitter, saying: “American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western. It Was A Holocaust. My Ancestors Are Slaves. Stolen From Africa. I Will Honor Them.” This of course sparked a heated discussion, during which Lee explained that he wasn’t “hating” on Tarantino himself, but refused to see the film out of principle. This side of the story poses some interesting questions and will surely provoke some more heated discussion in the coming weeks. The question is though, isn’t Spike Lee’s objection just giving the film even more publicity and hence, defeating the purpose?
Django Unchained has sort of taken everyone by surprise. Sure, movie fans were expecting something pretty decent from Tarantino, armed with a cast including Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz, but critics are unanimous in their praise for the film which briefly held a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Producer Harvey Weinstein had floated the idea of splitting Django into two movies, though Tarantino insisted that cinemagoers must follow the story through to the end, in one go. Though rumors of a sequel have been bubbling away for a couple of weeks now, Jamie Foxx is the first cast-member to speak enthusiastically about a second movie. During an interview with Vanity Fair, the Oscar winner spoke in detail about the prospect of furthering Django's story, saying, "I would definitely be interested to see where Django and his wife go. Or just other adventures. There's stories of John Brown, the abolitionist-maybe he runs into John Brown or Harriet Tubman. But he's definitely on the run up in the North, and down South there's "Wanted" posters, but no one really knows what Django looks like," he added, "They only saw him for a second. So there could be a poster and it could look like Don Cheadle or something. You know what I'm saying?" Hmm, seems as though his ideas are pretty vivid - perhaps he's been speaking with Tarantino?
Django Unchained hits theaters in the U.S. on Christmas Day, for all who movie buffs who fancy a generous helping of blood, gore and violence to go with your turkey.
Continue reading: Did Jamie Foxx Just Confirm A Django Unchained Sequel?
A little known fact about the latest Quentin Tarantino blockbuster: Jamie Foxx actually rides his own horse, Cheetah, in the movie, Hollywood.com reports. You might think that doing his own stunts was a piece of cake, given that he was used to riding his own steed but that wasn’t the case for the Ray star, as he was forced to ride Cheetah without a saddle - not something he was used to, at all!
“The only thing that was scary was riding bareback on the horse because the horse was used to the stunt person,” says Foxx. “They built this dirt track and I got on the back of the horse and there were people at the end with their sleeves rolled up ready to catch me (in case he fell off). But the horse turns, sees the truck with the camera on it and since he's used to the stuntperson, he goes 28 miles an hour and I'm on the back. On the outside I look like Django but on the inside I was like Little Richard screaming, 'Lord Jesus please stop this horse!”
As if that wasn’t bad enough, director Tarantino decided that one take simply wasn’t enough and asked Foxx to go through the daring stunt scene one more time. “This time the horse takes off again, only this time I'm on the side of the horse and the stunt guy Dash says, 'If you feel like you're gonna come off the horse, just let go of the son of a b**ch, just get off.' Those words are ringing in my head as I'm hanging off the side going 28 miles an hour thinking he's a damn fool!" It may be of some comfort to Jamie to know that it turned out to be one of Quentin’s favourite scenes.
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