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The Weinstein Company announced today that Academy Award winning writer/director Quentin Tarantino and the cast of his upcoming feature The Hateful Eight are set to make a huge splash at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. The beloved director and actors behind his hotly anticipated Christmas Day release will appear in a Hall H panel on Saturday, July 11th at 1:30pm. The presentation will include a discussion with Quentin Tarantino and the cast about the production, its upcoming roadshow release, the glorious 70mm format that it will be released in, and an exclusive premiere of footage from the film. The panel will be moderated by Chris Hardwick of Nerdist.
TWC will release The Hateful Eight in select theaters on December 25, 2015 with an exclusive two-week roadshow opening in 70mm. Following the two-week engagement, the film will open with a digital theatrical release nationwide on January 8, 2016, while continuing to be shown in 70mm as well. »
Now in its 14th year, the New York Asian Film Festival brings to viewers an eclectic selection of eastern films from various countries that New Yorkers may not otherwise have the chance to catch. The festival runs from June 26-July 11 and features 54 films. This year, Hong Kong filmmaker Ringo Lam is receiving a lifetime achievement award, and is best-known film, "City on Fire," which famously influenced Quentin Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs," will run during a special commemorative screening. While there are myriad good movies playing during the festival, we've picked five that are especially worth your time. For more information, go here. "My Love, Don't Cross That River" (South Korea) Directed by Jin Mo-young By turns joyous and devastating, life-affirming and heartrending, Jim Mo-young's immaculately shot and paced documentary chronicles the final 15 months of the marriage between an 89-year-old woman, Kang Kye-yeol, and a 98-year-old man, Jo »
- Greg Cwik
The criminal caper that goes wrong is always good for a suspenseful, absorbing thriller movie. Just from memory there is The Asphalt Jungle, The Killing, (almost any classic film noir dealing with a criminal undertaking, if it didn’t go wrong it wouldn’t be noir now would it?) Odds Against tomorrow, Reservoir Dogs, Bob Le Flambeur, Rififi, and Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead.
The list is just about endless, in fact, precious few movies about criminals show the heist going off without a hitch. Add to that list 7 Minutes, a tough, unblinking look at a caper done by amateurs so desperate they are willing to risk everything to try and pull it off.
- Sam Moffitt
Maybe it was because Salma Hayek made a compelling badass in Oliver Stone's Savages that she signed up for the bullet-riddled, entirely brain-free splatter-fest that is Everly. But she doesn't get to wear a suit here and strut with intent. Instead, director Joe Lynch strips her from scene one, makes her crawl on the floor, ties her up, cages her and generally makes her the subject of every sordid violent fantasy he can think of. And, for what? Even slobbering Salma fans might come away feeling frustrated at the lack of an x-rated payoff.
Quentin Tarantino is the obvious standard-bearer for Lynch, who has previously directed B-movie shorts and one feature dubiously titled Knights of Badassdom (straight-to-video), but whereas Qt lavishes as much attention on characterisation as bloodletting, Lynch doesn't see the need. »
Offbeat and beguiling Brit comedy Everyone’s Going To Die, the feature debut of directing collective Jones, is hard to describe and so probably needs to be watched. And, fortunately, we have a clip...It’s the story of Ray (Rob Knighton), who arrives in Folkestone to do a dubious job, dressed like a “fancy dress gangster” from Reservoir Dogs, and forms an unlikely – but convincing – connection with young German ex-pat Melanie (Nora Tschirner).“The film gets quite a lot of different descriptions from the different festivals it’s been in or every reviewer,” says Michael Woodward, one half of Jones. “We had ‘existentialist crime rom-com',” chips in Max Barron, the other part of the puzzle. “It’s about a guy and a girl both having a bit of a difficult time and they meet up and they’re able to help each other out. It’s kind of a platonic romance. »
Starring Forest Whitaker (Phone Booth, Taken 3) and Harvey Keitel (Reservoir Dogs, The Grand Budapest Hotel), this gritty, no-holds barred psychological thriller tells the story of troubled youth Will Garnett (Whitaker) who is finally being released after an 18-year long stretch in prison. With the help of an idealistic parole agent (Brenda Blethyn – Dead Man Running, Atonement) and his new-found Islamic faith, Garnett struggles to rebuild his life and overcome the violent impulses which torture and possess him.
However, Bill Agati (Keitel), the vengeful Sheriff of the small New Mexico border county where Garnett is released, has other ideas. Convinced that Garnett is irredeemable and major a threat to the security of his county, Agati launches a vicious, sustained »
- Gary Collinson
The Weinstein Company has slotted Quentin Tarantino’s latest genre-romp The Hateful Eight for a Christmas Day opening, exclusively in the high-resolution 70mm format, before opening the movie in more standard “digital” resolutions nationwide on January 8.
Tarantino shot The Hateful Eight on 65mm film with plans from the get-go to deliver the largest-scale 70mm projection release in decades. Though 70mm projectors are rare nowadays, seeing as theaters skew more digital, the director will be traveling to 50 theaters to personally retrofit them to correctly project the pic.
The Christmas Day opening is in line with his strategy of personally delivering the projectors so as to reward the theaters willing to take a stab at the high-resolution format.
Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demian Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Zoe Bell and Bruce Dern all star in The Hateful Eight, which kicks off as a motley crew »
- Isaac Feldberg
Yesterday, I wrote about my first year in Los Angeles, which was all just a matter of settling in. Remember, when I moved to La, I knew a grand total of zero people who lived or worked here. I was not laden with contacts and strolling into a situation where everything was guaranteed to work out. Scott Swan and I took a huge chance when we packed up and moved out, and I am so horrified by how little money we had saved that I'm almost embarrassed to say the number. I was insanely naive when I arrived in town. I am still haunted by a choice we made in those early days, when we answered an ad in one of the trades that was looking for writers willing to work on a "per sketch" basis. I forget how much the rate was… $100 or so, but definitely not more than that… »
- Drew McWeeny
Ben Wheatley, the British director behind "Kill List," "Sightseers," and "A Field in England," has begun filming on his first American-made project, "Free Fire," Deadline reports. The thriller, set in Boston in the 1970s and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, features an all-star cast with indie cred—including Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, and Wheatley regular Michael Smiley—which suggests that "Free Fire" could make a play for audiences beyond the art house without losing the critics who've supported Wheatley's ferocious, painstaking past work. In an interview with The Guardian last year, the director described "Free Fire" as an homage to "hard-boiled crime movies" from "The Big Sleep" and "The Asphalt Jungle" to "Reservoir Dogs" and "Casino"; the film stars Larson as a woman who brokers an arms deal between two Irishmen and a local gang, »
- Matt Brennan
When other filmmakers do it it's most often considered a fun homage, but when Quentin Tarantino does it seems to rile people up a bit more to the point they say he's stealing. Personally I found Tarantino's visual references in his films to be endlessly entertaining and eye-opening. I can't tell you how many films I've watched merely because Tarantino references them in his films or mentions them as inspirations for his movies and today we have a new video from Jacob T. Swinney, whose work I've featured several times before, offering a few side-by-side looks at Tarantino's work opposite the films that influenced it. All of Tarantino's films are included from Reservoir Dogs to Django Unchained with films that influenced several shots in each from City on Fire (which people contend Tarantino ripped off entirely for Reservoir Dogs), 8 1/2, Kiss Me Deadly, Lady Snowblood, The Great Silence, Miller's Crossing and many more. »
- Brad Brevet
Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.
Shootouts, unlike any other type of action scenes, put death in the forefront of the audience’s mind. Whereas a car chase draws the attention onto the race, or a fight scene onto the pursuit of victory, shootouts test the mortality of our protagonists and anti-heroes. It’s more than just a hail of bullets that matters on screen, it’s who those bullets are clipping down or propping up. Legends can be made in a flurry of lead. The last man standing after the fray isn’t always the best or »
- Shane Ramirez
Of the hundreds of films screened at festivals across the nation only a handful will wind up at your local theaters, and that goes for those lucky enough to have been viewed at the growingly prestigious Tribeca Film Festival (Tff).
A month has passed, and the media has already unremembered the 14th edition of Tribeca, which had an overall attendance of 467,000 -- and now it's beginning to forget Cannes and its offerings, such as Todd Haynes' Carol, which already has a 2016 Oscar buzz surrounding it. And by tomorrow, anticipation will start growing for the Telluride, Toronto, and New York Film Festivals, and so forth. A sisyphean cycle if there ever was one. But thanks to some wise studios distributing several of Tribeca's offerings, this year's Fest's imprint might last a little longer.
There's the hauntingly exuberant documentary The Wolfpack (opening June 12th) that, pre-tff, started garnering plaudits at Sundance. »
- Brandon Judell
People have a pretty intimate relationship with music. The song that was playing when you had your first slow dance, broke up with that certain someone, or lost your virginity will rank higher for you than it will for some random listener. Even bad songs have a way of causing flashbacks, for better or worse. So when a movie ties a song to imagery we never imagined while making out in the back seat, it can shake up our reality a little. Say Anything permanently connected Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” with boom boxes and early-morning wake-ups, and who among us can hear Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl” without regretting that they spent good money to see Sleeping with the Enemy? Here are some other songs that celluloid changed forever.
“The Star-Spangled Banner,” Poltergeist (1982) – A whole generation hears this song with a sense of dread thanks to its »
- M. Robert Grunwald
We've all been there - waiting impatiently at the ticket office queue, glancing up anxiously at the clock and hoping that the trailers are playing for even longer than usual, because otherwise you've got no chance of making it for the start of the film.
In most cases you can piece together what you missed in the first few minutes; but sometimes it's essential to catch the film from the very start, whether for crucial plot details, later call-backs, or simply because it's the best part.
Here's our pick of 11 films you can't afford to miss the start of.
It takes a hardened soul not to well up watching Carl Fredricksen lose his beloved wife Ellie to a sudden illness in the opening montage of Up.
Not only is it probably the best sequence in the film, but it makes the crotchety Carl immediately sympathetic by showing his softer »
From "Pulp Fiction" to "Django Unchained", is there anything Quentin Tarantino can't do? The writer-director has been putting his unique stamp on filmmaking for over 20 years, effortlessly moving between genres to deliver such fan-favorites as the "Kill Bill" films and "Reservoir Dogs". In honor of one of Hollywood's most unique and popular talents, here are all 8 of his films -- ranked from worst to best. »
- Phil Pirrello
Back in 2012, writer/director Quentin Tarantino once again brought his incredible skills back to the big screen with Django Unchained. Telling the story of a freed slave who goes on a mission to rescue his wife from an evil plantation owner, the movie was once again a huge success for the filmmaker, and he not only received very positive reviews, but also an Academy Award for his screenplay. Naturally, we.re only more excited for his next cinematic adventure, which will be coming soon in the form of the violent new post-Civil War drama The Hateful Eight. Seemingly mixing together elements of Reservoir Dogs and Django Unchained, and equipping the story with a brilliant ensemble cast, the film looks like it could be something really special. But what exactly is the story in the movie, and who are the characters we will be meeting? Well, for your benefit we.ve »
A few nights ago, Warner Bros. hosted a very canny event that our own Louis Virtel attended at the Playboy Mansion, a screening of "Entourage" that may have felt like virtual reality for those who attended. While I doubt being surrounded by scantily clad bunnies influenced Louis one way or another on the film, it's likely you'll see a number of reviews that are perhaps more enthusiastic than they would otherwise be, and it'd be hard to blame anyone who fell for it. One of the reasons the setting seemed so right for that particular film is because much of the charge of "Entourage" is watching the core ensemble swagger their way through Hollywood, doing whatever they want and rarely if ever facing any consequences as a result. It's always presented with a wink and a smile, just a case of boys being boys. We live in a world right »
- Drew McWeeny
In the 1980s and 1990s, Tim Roth was one of the most exciting of a new generation of British actors. He worked with everyone from Robert Altman to Mike Leigh before playing Mr. Orange in Quentin Tarantino's breakout "Reservoir Dogs," which brought him to the attention of an even wider audience, landing him parts in everything from major blockbusters to auteurist pictures like James Gray's "Little Odessa." Things have been more mixed recently: Roth moved into U.S. TV for the procedural show "Lie To Me," and has struggled to book the right kind of roles since it ended, with disasters like last year's Cannes opener "Grace Of Monaco" and the unintentionally hilarious FIFA movie "United Passions" on his recent résumé. But with a reunion with Tarantino coming up in "The Hateful Eight," and with his leading role in the first English-language film from Mexican director Michel Franco »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Tonight, NBC is digging deep for children's charities with Red Nose Day, a three hour charity special featuring star-studded sketches and musical performances -- an annual tradition in the UK that production company Done + Dusted is responsible for bringing to America for the first time. Read More: NBC Fall 2015: Everything You Need to Know, From Neil Patrick Harris' Variety Show to A Very Confusing Wesley Snipes Series A few sketches have already been released (including the above "recreation" of an all-female "Reservoir Dogs," featuring the cast of "Orange is the New Black"), but tonight's the big night for the team. Via email, producer and Done + Dusted president Ian Stewart explained to Indiewire what to expect from tonight's special, and which partners went above and beyond when it came to creating original comedy for the night. I'd love to hear a little bit about the origins of the project »
- Liz Shannon Miller
Tonight, NBC is digging deep for children's charities with Red Nose Day, a three hour charity special featuring star-studded sketches and musical performances -- an annual tradition in the UK that production company Done + Dusted is responsible for bringing to America for the first time. Read More: NBC Fall 2015: Everything You Need to Know, From Neil Patrick Harris' Variety Show to A Very Confusing Wesley Snipes Series A few sketches have already been released (including the above "recreation" of an all-female "Reservoir Dogs," featuring the cast of "Orange is the New Black"), but tonight's the big night for the team. Via email, producer and Done + Dusted president Ian Stweart explained to Indiewire what to expect from tonight's special, and which partners went above and beyond when it came to creating original comedy for the night. I'd love to hear a little bit about the origins of the project »
- Liz Shannon Miller
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