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The Weinstein Company’s chief operating officer David Glasser has resigned after seven years at the independent studio.
Glasser said he’s leaving the company in search of a new opportunity. He will stay on to find a replacement as TWC prepares for awards season.
“It has been an incredible run at the Weinstein Company, but I have decided to take some time and explore my options in the industry,” Glasser said in a statement. “I will remain with TWC until November, where I will work closely with our team to set up the incredible slate for 2015/2016.”
Bob and Harvey Weinstein said in a statement that they were “disappointed” to hear of Glasser’s decision. “He has been one of the best executives we’ve had the privilege of working with and we have had a tremendous run together,” the Weinsteins said in a statement. “David will be missed at TWC, »
- Dave McNary
Over his twenty-three year career, Quentin Tarantino has made some of the most memorable, quotable and violent movies of all time. He is an astute student of film, an expert on using cinematic language and a marquee draw for moviegoers the world over. Audiences flock to their local multiplexes to watch his latest blood-soaked, foul-mouthed, gun-totting thriller as soon as itʼs released.
Itʼs become commonplace that once his latest offering has its theatrical run, rumours begin circulating as to what his next film will undertake. And there’s a lot to choose from.
Heʼs been linked with a childrenʼs movie; a Howard Hawkes-style screwball comedy; a Friday the 13th entry; a remake of 70s Italian psychological horror The Psychic; a Jimi Hendrix biopic; a medieval movie starring Helen Mirren; an Arnold Schwarzeneggerʼs comeback vehicle; a 1930s gangster movie; a remake of Russ Meyerʼs trashy Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! that wouldʼve starred Britney Spears, »
- James Armstrong
Chris Cooper ranks the Marvel Cinematic Universe…
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (McU) is now at twelve films. It’s huge, with connecting story lines and teases stretching out for years to come. Ant-Man marks the end of Marvel’s ‘Phase 2Two’, with ‘Phase Three’ kicking off with Captain America: Civil War next year.
You know how the internet loves a list, and even more so one that can anger those with their pants on a bit too tight. So here we are, the Marvel films ranked from 12 to 1.
I’ve not spoken to one person who agrees completely, and I don’t expect any of you either! My wife is still giving me crap about were I’ve put Iron Man 3 two years later. So it’s a good exercise in kicking the hornets nest and seeing who disagrees most vehemently.
Obviously I’ve had more time some to »
- Chris Cooper
One of the key functions of film festivals around the world is being able to pick out and showcase upcoming talent, often giving them a platform or a spotlight. The Berlin Film Festival is no different in this regard, as it offers a Best First Feature Award to first-time filmmakers whose submissions are accepted. The 2015 incarnation of the festival gave this award to Gabriel Ripstein for 600 Millas, or 600 Miles. The film’s synopsis is as follows.
Arnulfo Rubio smuggles weapons for a deadly Mexican cartel. Atf agent Hank Harris attempts to apprehend him, but gets kidnapped by Rubio, instead. Rubio takes him to his bosses, but during the 600-miles-long drive, they slowly befriend.
Ripstein directed the feature and co-wrote the screenplay with Issa López. Tim Roth and Kristyan Ferrer star in the leading roles, with Monica Del Carmen and Greg Lutz in the supporting cast. While it doesn’t have an American release date, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
As far as getting your name out there with your first feature film, things couldn't have gone better for director Gabriel Ripstein who snapped up the Best First Film trophy at the Berlin International Film Festival for "600 Miles." And while the movie hasn't yet landed a U.S. distributor, the international rollout is underway and the first trailer has arrived. Tim Roth, Harrison Thomas, Monica Del Carmen, Kristyan Ferrer, Craig Hensley, and Julian Sedgwick star in the movie that follows an Atf agent who tracks a young gun trafficker, only to find the tables turned when he's unexpectedly smuggled into Mexico by the very man he's been keeping an eye on. The situation is grim and the agent will have to do everything he can to bargain for his life, while the young trafficker learns a lesson about the hard realities of the line of business he's in. Hopefully this »
- Kevin Jagernauth
'Ant-Man': Paul Rudd as Scott Lang. 'Ant-Man' box office below expectations: Lowest Marvel Cinematic Universe domestic debut Starring Paul Rudd as a bug-like (sizewise) action hero, Ant-Man was expected to open with $60-$65 million from 3,856 U.S. and Canada locations this past weekend, July 17-19, '15. That didn't happen. A mere three days ago, Variety enthused that Ant-Man was "marching to a solid $65 million weekend at the U.S. box office." But instead of a $65 million domestic debut like those of Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger, Ant-Man bowed with a considerably more modest $57.22 million (down from the studio's $58.04 million Sunday estimate), including Thursday evening screenings. This latest Marvel Cinematic Universe entry averaged a highly disappointing – especially for an McU entry with loads of steeper-priced 3D and IMAX / Pfl screenings – $14,841 per location. But really, why "highly disappointing"? Trailing 'The Incredible Hulk' Even taking into account the fact »
- Zac Gille
Fast-talking auteur Quentin Tarantino opened his panel at Comic-Con’s Hall H with a behind-the-scenes look at his upcoming Western, The Hateful Eight. Introduced by Samuel L. Jackson, who sent his regrets for not making it to the Con this year, the featurette took us into Tarantino’s mindset as he approached his latest film.
With the director and nearly all of the Hateful Eight – Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Demian Bachir, Michael Madsen, Walton Goggins, Tim Roth, and Bruce Dern – on the Hall H stage, we got the inside scoop on what to expect when the Western shoots its way into theatres on Christmas Day.
Check out what we learned at The Hateful Eight panel:
Tarantino got over the early script leak of his first draft of the screenplay. When the script first leaked last year, the director vowed that he wouldn’t continue with the production. Luckily for us, »
- Rachel West
While quite a few other big trailers and some sneak peek footage did leak out of Comic-Con, one movie that has kept itself off the Internet is The Hateful Eight. And there might be a great reason for that. Back in 2013, right after director Quentin Tarantino finished the first draft of his screenplay, it leaked online. And soon thereafter, the acclaimed director decided to cancel the whole thing altogether. A successful live read of the screenplay changed his mind, though. The film is now in the can, and he showed off the first ever footage in Hall H to much acclaim. While we still don't have any of that footage to show you, we do have the full Comic-Con panel featuring the cast and the director himself.
Take another look @ images from director Quentin Tarantino's latest western feature "The Hateful Eight", including Kurt Russell, Bruce Dern, Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Madsen opening December 25, 2015:
"...set after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter 'John Ruth' (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive 'Daisy Domergue' (Jennifer Jason Leigh)...
"...race towards the town of 'Red Rock' where Ruth, known in these parts as 'The Hangman', will bring Domergue to justice.
"Along the road, they encounter strangers 'Major Marquis Warren' (Samuel L. Jackson), a black former union soldier turned bounty hunter...
"Losing their lead on the blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, Warren and Mannix seek refuge at 'Minnie's Haberdashery', a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. When they arrive at Minnie’s, they »
- Michael Stevens
Quentin Tarantino could make a move to the world of television if digital filmmaking continues to dominate the movie industry.
Tarantino expressed his distaste for digital filmmaking during the Comic-Con panel for his upcoming Western film The Hateful Eight.
"I'm not a fan of digital projection. We've ceded too much ground to barbarians," he declared in typically outspoken fashion.
Tarantino then compared the movie industry's interest in switching to all-digital filmmaking as like watching "HBO in public", and confirmed he might move to television if the trend continues..
"If I can't shoot on film, we'll see what happens," he continued. "My scripts get cut down anyway. If I wrote a script and it's eight hours, then we'll be all good."
The Hateful Eight follows a group of bounty hunters who must find shelter during a blizzard »
Quentin Tarantino revealed that composer Ennio Morricone would provide the score for the director's upcoming Western The Hateful Eight during that film's Comic-Con panel in San Diego. With The Hateful Eight, Morricone is returning to the Spaghetti Western genre for the first time in four decades. The Italian composer previously provided the legendary scores for classic Westerns like The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West and My Name is Nobody.
For over a dozen years now – and for five (going on six) consecutive »
We've already seen lots of photos from Quentin Tarantino's upcoming "The Hateful Eight" western. And today, we have a Comic-Con poster for the film, which stars Kurt Russell and Samuel L. Jackson. Check it out below. Plot: Set in snowy Wyoming a few years after the Civil War, the film focuses on the tension among a group of people trapped after a blizzard diverts a stagecoach from its route. The group includes a competing pair of bounty hunters, a renegade Confederate soldier and a female prisoner in a saloon. The film co-stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Walton Goggins, Bruce Dern, Demian Bichir and, possibly, Channing Tatum. It's set to hit select theaters on December 25th and then get a wide release on January 8th, 2016. Poster: (click to enlarge) »
Quentin Tarantino.s movies have long been famous for their soundtracks . though one thing that.s been notable throughout the filmmaker.s career is that he has always preferred the use of existing music instead of original scores. That will change in a huge way with his next project, as it.s been officially announced that legendary composer Ennio Morricone has been hired to craft the music that will fuel Tarantino.s newest western, The Hateful Eight. This amazing news was confirmed this afternoon during the San Diego Comic-Con panel for The Hateful Eight, where Quentin Tarantino was joined on stage by nearly his entire amazing cast, including Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason-Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demian Bechir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, and Bruce Dern. Most of the presentation was focused on the fact that the writer/director used 65mm lenses to shoot the new movie, and the film will be going »
Ennio Morricone will officially score Quentin Tarantino‘s upcoming western movie The Hateful Eight. Tarantino has, of course, used Morricone’s music in his films before, but his contribution to The Hateful Eight will be his first full, original score for Tarantino, and his first for a western in over 40 years.
Tarantino made the announcement following previewing seven minutes of footage from the movie in the 6,500 capacity Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con.
I want to make one announcement that people don’t know yet. It wasn’t for sure, but we just settled it. You guys know that I don’t use an original score in my movies, I kinda take scores from other movies and put ‘em in there. This one, I thought should have an original score. So I’m here to announce that »
- Paul Heath
Legendary composer Ennio Morricone is set to do the score for Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight," marking his return to the genre after four decades away from a sound he made iconic in Sergio Leone's "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly," "Once Upon a Time in the West" and "A Fistful of Dollars"
Morricone has worked on such famous films as "The Untouchables," "The Thing," "The Mission," "In the Line of Fire," "Cinema Paradiso," "Days of Heaven," "Bugsy" "Disclosure" and "Casualties of War". He previously worked with Tarantino on "Inglorious Basterds" and "Django Unchained".
The revelation was just one of a number of reveals during the Hall H panel at Comic Con for the new Tarantino film. Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Bruce Dern and Jennifer Jason Leigh were all on hand to show off seven minutes of footage from the film and talk about the new film's presentation. »
- Garth Franklin
During the panel, Tarantino announced that legendary film composer Ennio Morricone will write the score for “Hateful Eight,” marking his first Western score in 40 years. Morricone is best known for his innovative music for the spaghetti Westerns, particularly “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.”
The director was joined by the main cast members who make up the titular “Eight,” minus Samuel L. Jackson, who provided the voiceover for one of the videos presented during the panel. Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tim Roth and Bruce Dern were among those from the cast attending the discussion.
“Quentin has greatest attention to detail as any director who ever lived,” Dern said. “If he had a rival it would only be Luchino Visconti.”
Never one to hesitate to speak his mind, Tarantino used the »
- Marianne Zumberge and Stuart Oldham
San Diego - Quentin Tarantino returned to Comic-Con Saturday after a triumphant "debut" for "Django Unchained" in 2012. Actually, the Oscar-winning filmmaker has been to the convention many times, but usually just as an attendee.* Today Tarantino was on hand to talk about his upcoming thriller "The Hateful Eight" and begin what will clearly be a significant publicity push to inform moviegoers of its roadshow release (more on that later). *Tarantino revealed he was at Comic-Con two years ago, but wore a mask to disguise himself. He spent his time filling out the holes in his comic book collection on the convention floor. Along with Tarantino the Hall H panel featured a majority of "The Hateful Eight" cast including Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demian Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Bruce Dern. Longtime Tarantino collaborator Samuel L. Jackson couldn't make it in person, but was a part of »
- Gregory Ellwood
A new poster for Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight at this year's Comic Con. It looks as if the lead up to the film's December 25 release will be heavily focused on the fact it was filmed in 70mm Ultra Panavision as denoted in the bottom right corner of this new poster. Additionally, Tarantino revealed (via Slashfilm) that Ennio Morricone will be providing an original score for the film. Tarantino has used plenty of Morricone music in the past, but all but one original track for Django Unchained came from Morricone's past films. Here's what Tarantino told the Comic Con audience: I want to make one announcement that people don't know yet. It wasn't for sure, but we just settled it. You guys know that I don't use an original score in my movies, I kinda take scores from other movies and put 'em in there. This one, I »
- Brad Brevet
The remarks came during an audience Q&A after the writer-director had danced around previous reports that he would quit directing after ten films.
“I quite like the idea of ten and done,” he said, adding that he tended to make three films every decade and might hang up his boots after 15. “I do like the idea of getting out and leaving you wanting a little bit more.”
Tarantino returned to the theme of digital filmmaking, a subject that stirs his passions as much as anything else and partly informed a long recorded segment at the start of the panel in which he extolled the virtues of 70mm projection.
“It’s just [becoming] HBO in public,” he said during the Q&A. “If that’s what movies become then I »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
While “The Hateful Eight” nearly never saw the light of day after the script was leaked in January 2014, the film is now rounding into shape for a Christmas 2015 release. Quentin Tarantino and much of the cast -- including Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tim Roth, Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Dern -- descended on Comic-Con Saturday (July 11) to tease the flick and announce that legendary composer Ennio Morricone will score the film. Morricone is an Oscar and Golden Globe winner and has scored famed Westerns like “Fistful of Dollars” and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” but hasn’t composed music for the genre in 40 years. The other big news for “The Hateful Eight,” a movie that follows bounty hunters in Wyoming after the Civil War, is the release of the new movie poster -- see it below. It’s is Tarantino’s second Western. The first, of course, »
- David Eckstein
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