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On Saturday evening the Los Angeles’ Theatre at Ace Hotel played host to a special live-reading of Quentin Tarantino’s latest screenplay The Hateful Eight, which may or may not make it to the big screen after leaking on to the internet earlier this year.
For those of us unfortunate enough not to attend this once-in-a-lifetime reading, Miramax has debuted a selection of images from the evening, which see Tarantino joined by Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, Amber Tamblyn, Kurt Russell, Bruce Dern, James Remar, Dana Hourrier, James Parks, Denis Menochet and Zoe Bell. Take a look in the gallery below…
- Gary Collinson
No matter the medium, Quentin Tarantino knows how to pack a house.
Last weekend in Los Angeles, a whole cadre of the director's cohorts gathered for a three and a half-hour live reading of "The Hateful Eight," which you might remember hearing about after the first draft of the script was leaked in January. Although the future of the project is still in limbo, it's clear that Tarantino fans are eager to see it however they can -- even if it means shelling out up to $200 bucks for a bare bones stage reading.
In fact, this reading was of that infamously leaked first draft, making the event a one time only deal. "I'm working on a second draft and I will do a third draft, but we're reading from the first draft... The Chapter 5 here will not be the Chapter 5 later, so this will be the only time it is seen ever, »
- Jenni Miller
Death Proof star Zoe Bell gets a headline role as a kick-boxing mom who is kidnapped and forced into a fight to the death with fifty other captive women... or her daughter is killed. Just to spice things up, the bloody bare-knuckle contest - organised by sleazy Joseph (Doug Jones) and wife Elizabeth (Sherilyn Fenn) - is being relayed via a live video feed for the amusement of rich, paying patrons. »
As it has been widely reported, Quentin Tarantino ditched his plans to make the Western his next movie after the first draft of the screenplay leaked online earlier this year. This past weekend, he held a one time only live reading of the screenplay, with Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Amber Tamblyn, Walton Goggins, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Bruce Dern in the leads, which seems to have reinvigorated his passion for the project. At the staged reading, which he directed himself, Quentin told the audience that they were going to see a 'work in progress of the second draft', and that he is currently planning to write a new third draft. This will include an all-new take »
Here’s a new hope for fans of Quentin Tarantino who want to see his script for The Hateful Eight turned into a real live movie: he is working on the script again. Tarantino is just coming off the staged reading of the film at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, and he seems to have enjoyed the process. The project was originally slated to film this year, but Tarantino decided not to move forward after the first draft of the script was leaked in January.
But on Saturday, Tarantino told the audience that he is working on a second draft and is planning to write a third draft. That seems like a lot of effort for a script you never want to shoot. The Film Stage is reporting that the film will go into production next winter, but no one else has picked that up, so let’s call it a wishful rumor. »
- Mily Dunbar
Did The Raid 2 leave you hungry for more badass hand-to-hand combat? Well then, Raze (review) is precisely what the doctor ordered, serving up brutality and sexy ladies in equal amounts. Read on for home video release details, courtesy of IFC Films!
From the Press Release
After she is drugged and abducted, Jamie (Rachel Nichols; Star Trek, "Continuum") awakens to find herself in a concrete bunker, where she meets fellow abductee Sabrina (stuntwoman-turned-action star Zoe Bell; Death Proof, Kill Bill, Oblivion). Before long the two women discover that they are in a modern-day coliseum, »
- John Squires
Remember that screenplay of Quentin Tarantino’s that leaked online, sending the writer/director into a tizzy that ended up with him deciding not to make the film? Well, that script, The Hateful Eight, may actually be getting that big-screen treatment in the near future.
The Pulp Fiction director hosted a live read of that first draft this weekend at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles and revealed that he was working on a second draft of the story. Furthermore, the readers assembled to go through The Hateful Eight include many of the director’s friends and collaborators – meaning the cast here could reflect Tarantino’s final casting choices.
Among those included in the live read were Samuel L. Jackson as Major Marquis Warren and Kurt Russell as bounty hunter John Ruth. Rounding out the ensemble was Walton Goggins, Bruce Dern, Zoe Bell, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Amber Tamblyn, Denis Menochet, »
- Jordan Adler
"Okay, we're drifting away from the dialogue a bit. Let's bring it back. No more co-writing." By far, the most exciting element of Saturday night's live read was actually seeing Quentin Tarantino work with his cast as they performed his latest screenplay, "The Hateful Eight," for a sold-out capacity audience at The Theater at the Ace Hotel. Depending on where you were seated in the theater, the physical experience ranged from the tolerable to the punishing, with the audience in the upper balcony essentially getting a free sauna as the total lack of air conditioning and the preposterously close rows combined to make the running time of over three-and-a-half hours almost impossible to bear. It is a testament, then, to the compelling nature of Tarantino's script and to the great cast he put together that no one seemed willing to leave before the end, no matter how hard it was to stay seated. »
- Drew McWeeny
While Quentin Tarantino is suing Gawker Media over their decision to link to the leaked script for what would have been his new movie, The Hateful Eight, the writer/director held a live-reading of the first draft last night at the Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles with a star-studded cast. If you've managed to get your hands on the script, perhaps some of these character names will be familiar to you, but the actors most certainly will be as Samuel L. Jackson read the part of Major Marquis Warren, James Parks as the driver O.B., Kurt Russell as bounty hunter John Ruth, aka 'The Hangman', Amber Tamblyn as his prisoner Daisy Domergue, Walton Goggins as Chris Mannix, Denis Menochet as the Frenchman Bob, Tim Roth as the Englishman Oswaldo Mobray, Michael Madsen as John Gage, Bruce Dern as Confederate General Smithers, Dana Gourrier as Minnie, Zoe Bell as »
- Brad Brevet
After the script of Quentin Tarantino’ s “The Hateful Eight” was leaked in January, the director said he had “no desire to make it.” Well, it’s safe to say he’s reconsidered. At Film Independent’s staged reading of “The Hateful Eight” on Saturday at Downtown L.A.’s Ace Hotel, Tarantino said he was working on a second draft and a third would also come.
“This is the first draft,” he clarified. Tarantino noted that the final chapter, chapter five titled “Black Night, White Hell,” has been rewritten and “this is the only time you’ll see” this version.
In a black cowboy hat and western shirt, the director introduced in order of appearance “the Tarantino Superstars,” all alums of his previous films: Samuel L. Jackson as Major Marquis Warren, James Parks as the driver O.B., Kurt Russell as bounty hunter John Ruth also known as “The Hangman, »
- Janine Lew
Welcome to Fistful of Film Fury, Sound on Sight’s new regular column exploring the world of martial arts film (The term world is taken seriously in this case, as shall be demonstrated in the weeks and months to come.). Fighting movies have been one of the most sought-after genres since the 1970s. The expansion of its popularity came in the aforementioned decade and was in large part due to the jaw-dropping output from the Shaw Brothers Studios in its heyday. The same decade saw other studios take a stab at producing films of similar ilk and, as the Shaw Brothers reign came to an end in the early 1980s, it seemed like everyone suddenly opted to pick up the mantle in their own way.
Today, it is commonplace to see a fight movie come out of the United States, France, China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, and even different countries coming »
- Edgar Chaput
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As most of you already know, The Expendabelles is a female take on Sylvester Stallone's action franchise The Expendables. The movie is being developed over at Millennium Films, and they've hired Robert Luketic to direct the film, which Stallone is also producing. Just so you know, this is the same guy that directed Legally Blonde, 21, The Ugly Truth, Killers, and the incredibly awful film Paranoia. Once you read the ridiculous plot synopsis (via: Deadline) you'll understand why they ended up with this director,
When America’s Navy SEALs are wiped out trying to penetrate the island lair of a deadly despot who has captured one of the world’s top nuclear scientists, it becomes clear that there is no such thing as the right man for the job and that this is a mission so impossible that only women can handle it. The only way in: »
- Joey Paur
You want roles for women in actions filmsc Well guess what, the only way that can happen is if they disguise themselves as "high-class call-girls". That's right, don't call them hookers or prostitutes, these ladies are escorts and they will kill you... and dictators if need be. It was announced today The ExpendaBelles, an action franchise modeled after Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables, will be moving forward at Millennium Films with Robert Luketic (21, Legally Blonde) directing. Here's the synopsis: When America's Navy SEALs are wiped out trying to penetrate the island lair of a deadly despot who has captured one of the world's top nuclear scientists, it becomes clear there is no such thing as the right man for the job and this is a mission so impossible only women can handle it. The only way in: some of the world's deadliest female operatives must pose as high-class call-girls shipped »
- Brad Brevet
Following a successful premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, Josh Waller's all female fight flick Raze - featuring Death Proof's Zoe Bell in her first leading role - is off to a rousing start in limited theatrical release in New York and La, enough so that expansion is in the works this week. And if you need a little something to lure you out we've got an exclusive clip from the film featuring Rosario Dawson.Starring the world's most famous stuntwoman Zoë Bell, the action master behind Kill Bill and Death Proof, Raze is a high-octane action/horror thrill ride that pits expert female fighters against each other in a nightmare arena, with the lives of their loved ones at stake. Awakening after being abducted, Jamie (Bell)...
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The good folks over at IFC Midnight have delivered a new featurette for their upcoming flick Raze that focuses on the film's many brutal fights. Put up your dukes, bob, weave, and check it out!
Raze (review here), directed by Josh C. Waller from a script by Robert Beaucage, stars Rachel Nichols (Star Trek, P2, The Amityville Horror), Zoe Bell (Kill Bill, Grindhouse), Tracie Thoms (Death Proof, Rent), Sherilyn Fenn ("Twin Peaks," Boxing Helena), Rebecca Marshall (Saw 3D, That’s My Boy), Doug Jones (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth), Bruce Thomas (Babysitter Wanted, "Kyle Xy"), Tara Macken (The Hunger Games), Adrienne Wilkinson ("Xena", Star Wars:The Force Unleashed), Nicole Steinwedell ("The Unit"), Bailey Borders, Allene Quincy, Jordan James Smith, Amy Johnston, Victoria Cruz, and Brianna Gage.
Raze focuses on two abducted women and 50 others who are forced to fight each other using their bare hands, all for the sadistic enjoyment of an elite, »
- Uncle Creepy
New Zealander Zoë Bell is an unusual Hollywood triple threat. She's an internationally recognized stunt woman thanks to the documentary Double Dare and Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof. She's an actress with credits opposite Gerard Butler (Gamer), Ellen Page (Whip It) and Tom Cruise (Oblivion). And with her latest movie Raze, this ass-kicking leading lady has also turned producer. While Bell is proud of all she's achieved so far and grateful for her loyal fan following, she's not done yet. When I sat down with her ahead of the release of her gritty women-in-prison thriller, we not only discussed Raze (read the first half of the interview here), but also covered a wide range of projects and challenges Bell is eager to take on. Ranging from Marvel superheroes to The ExpendaBelles and breaking into the Fast & Furious franchise, this charismatic Renaissance woman shares six dream projects she's fighting to make real. »
A beautiful young woman wakes up in a dark basement, only to discover that she's being held captive by a pair of lunatics who...
Oh, you've seen this horror movie before? Fine. Let me finish. ...force young women to pummel one another to death in a series of bare-knuckle brawls that would make Chuck Norris cringe in fear. Right. Josh Waller's stripped-down, admirably gritty, and very expeditious indie flick Raze is only about 25% horror -- and 75% down and dirty fisticuffs among ferocious females. The hook is that A) each fight is to the death, B) the final winner gets to live, and C) anyone who loses or refuses to fight can watch the death of their loved ones via hidden camera. Like I said, it's a pretty dark little action horror mash-up. Zoe Bell, the stuntwoman-turned-actor who brings a nice sense of sincerity to even the craziest genre films, »
- Scott Weinberg
With the release of Zoe Bell’s new flick, Raze, in theaters and on Video on Demand, we are reminded of all the modern-day grindhouse films that we’ve come to enjoy over the past 14 years. The genre, named after theaters (in particular defunct burlesque theaters in New York City) that primarily showed exploitation films, plays on its low budget, niche appeal and, often times, lurid subject matter. Raze like the 9 other films on this list, keeps things bloody, raunchy and fun. (Just don’t watch these with your mother!)
Shelved for several years before finally getting released in October of last year, this flick does its best to flip the horror genre on its head. Alcohol, drugs, sex and plenty of gore come into play when a group of kids decide to spend a weekend at a remote farmhouse.
- Stacy Lambe
The indie circuit has heard our pleas, and is attempting to push the boundaries regarding women in film. Though its attempts are both thoughtful and necessary, this journey is just beginning. Today marks the IFC release of indie flick “Raze,” starring stuntwoman-turned-actor Zoë Bell and a slew of other women, including Tracie Thoms (“Looper”), Rachel Nichols, Sherilyn Fenn, and a brief appearance from Rosario Dawson. Bell's character Sabrina leads a group of women made to fight to the death at the hands of an elite society. What would make them do such a horrible thing? If they lose a fight, their loved ones die. If they win a fight, their opponent dies at their hands, but their loved ones live. There can only be one winner. “Raze,” which stars and was produced by Bell, features a cast of 23 women. Looking at the state of the industry when it comes to casting females as leads, »
After what seemed to have been an otherwise pleasant date, Jamie (Rachel Nichols) awakens in a red hallway dressed in a white tank top and gray sweatpants. Dazed and confused, Jamie encounters another woman dressed in an identical uniform. That woman, Sabrina (Zoe Bell), guides Jamie naively into a small fighting arena. Even though Jamie is a trained fighter, she is absolutely no match for Sabrina. Jamie turns out to be just another notch on Sabrina's kill list. Sabrina and the other women participating in this deranged fight to the death competition are not doing so willingly. With their loved ones under 24-hour surveillance by the maniacal Joseph (Doug Jones) and his evil minions, Sabrina and her cohorts are given no other option than to continue to fight. If they refuse to participate, their respective loved one will be killed. »
- Don Simpson
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