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Jason Reitman unveiled a surprise at his live reading of “The Empire Strikes Back” on Thursday night, and the crowd that packed the Ace Theater in downtown Los Angeles couldn’t have been more excited if he’d shown footage from the new “Star Wars” movie that’s due to open a year from now.
Reitman’s surprise, though, looked back rather than forward. After he’d introduced the cast that would be doing one of the celebrated live reads that Reitman regularly stages for Film Independent – a cast that included Aaron Paul as Luke Skywalker, J.K. Simmons as Darth Vader, »
- Steve Pond
I did it! I finally presented an installment of my "Guess the Movies" puzzles where one of the movies was never guessed. To be honest, I don't really intend for you to never guess all the movies, but to create a puzzle where only one doesn't get guessed, I think, is a pretty good day as it means I created a damn near perfect puzzle. In all honesty, I'm impressed people guessed #8, #12, #13 and #16, but it was #5 that stumped you all and I actually included it along with #21, which I thought might throw some of you off, but #5 is an image from Joon-ho Bong's 2009 film Mother, definitely not an easy one. That said, here are the answers to this latest graphic. If you want to browse the graphic before seeing the answers don't scroll below the image below or just click here to visit the post or on the picture »
- Brad Brevet
Francine Stock's exploration of the way film has entered our lives is Aliya's non-fiction choice for this month's Book Club...
There are lots of different ways to talk about films. There’s film as an art form, in which people try to objectively discuss how the director makes a statement by manipulating sounds and images. There’s film as a historical document – why was it made at that time? What does it say about what was happening in society? And there’s film on a totally subjective level, where you just like what you like; whether it’s important artistically or historically or in any other way is not the point.
It’s rare to come across a book that attempts to address film on all three of those levels at the same time, but In Glorious Technicolor! gives it a good shot. It’s described in the introduction as, »
Quentin Tarantino is one of the world’s greatest filmmakers. He’s an undeniable vault of film knowledge and, as a result, he’s a cinematic force to be reckoned with. He has also written some of the most quotable dialogue of all time and built up a body of work that has helped redefine popular culture.
He may currently be in the pre-production stages of his second Western, The Hateful Eight, but everyone knows the rules of genre don’t apply to Tarantino. Now, with this latest clip he’s proved he can even tackle family-friendly… well almost. If you’ve ever wondered what a Muppet version of Django Unchained would be like or which Muppet would play Mr. Pink and Mr. White in Reservoir Dogs then prepare to have all of your questions answered as the Muppets take on the films of Tarantino…
William Fanelli is a contributor »
- William Fanelli
I don’t know about you, but I enjoy listening to Quentin Tarantino talk. The guy is a storyteller, and he’s very animated, so it always entertains me listening to him talk about the films that he has made.
We have an hour-and-a-half conversation between Tarantino and director Robert Rodriguez that you can watch below. These two talents have been friends for two decades, which is around the same time that they broke out as directors to keep an eye on with Reservoir Dogs and El Mariachi. Over the years they’ve collaborated on certain projects like Grindhouse, From Dusk Till Dawn, and Sin City.
This is a really interesting conversation for anyone who is a fan of Tarantino and his work, so check it out below!
- Joey Paur
The 2015 Sundance Film Festival has been slowly unveiling the films that will screen in Park City, Ut from January 22-February 1. We’ve already listed the midnight line up as well as the list of films in competition. Now, the Premieres have been revealed and the event is looking more and more promising. The entire slate include films directed by Noah Baumbach, James Ponsoldt, Paul Weitz, Jared Hess, Joe Swanberg, Charles Stone III and others. Here is the full list.
A showcase of world premieres of some of the most highly anticipated narrative films of the coming year.
Brooklyn / United Kingdom (Director: John Crowley, Screenwriter: Nick Hornby, based on the book by Colm Tóibín) — 1950s Ireland: Eilis must confront a terrible dilemma — a heartbreaking choice between two men and two countries, between duty and true love. Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent.
Digging for Fire / U. »
Fans of writer/director Eli Roth have two very different films to look forward to: The Green Inferno, an homage to Italian cannibal movies, and Knock Knock, a home intrusion psychological thriller. While the theatrical release of the former is delayed, the latter, which stars Keanu Reeves, will make its world premiere as part of Sundance’s Park City at Midnight lineup, and the first batch of photos from the film have been unveiled.
“Two beautiful young girls walk into a married man’s life and turn a wild fantasy into his worst nightmare.”
- Derek Anderson
Jules: “You know what they call a Quarter-Pounder with Cheese in Paris?”
1994. The year Justin Bieber and Harry Styles were born – luckily the world was not ready yet for those two (was it ever ready?) and instead, we had actual art like Pulp Fiction to lift us from the grave, like The Bride in Kill Bill Vol.2. Interestingly, much like The Bride Pulp Fiction had to fight through the suffocating dirt that went with making an independent film in the 90s. Before we delve further in to the humble beginnings of the iconic film, 1994 was the year Dumb And Dumber, The Shawshank Redemption, Forrest Gump, The Lion King, Interview With The Vampire and Natural Born Killers were released. Not a bad year for film you could say, certainly for a young kid growing up then. I must admit, I wasn’t totally aware of Pulp Fiction at that time, but »
- Louise Tooth
★★★★★It’s hard to believe the film that launched a thousand talky, hipster-inflected indie movies and changed the whole face of the industry is actually twenty years old. The sophomoric effort of a young film geek who had greatly impressed critically (if not commercially) with his debut Reservoir Dogs (1992), Pulp Fiction (1994) has remained a lasting influence over a whole generation of cineastes in the way Star Wars (1977) did for a more populist audience two decades previously. But of late, the film seems to have lost a little of its lustre as the younger horde of Tarantino fans gravitate towards his later work.
- CineVue UK
The cast of Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight has been revealed thanks to a behind the scenes picture taken by Samuel L. Jackson and posted on Twitter. The film has had a long journey thus far, after the script was leaked and Tarantino refused to make the film, suggesting it may surface as a novel instead. Thankfully Tarantino changed his mind and has now assembled a fantastic cast of old and new faces. The cast includes:
Samuel L. Jackson as Major Marquis Warren Kurt Russell as John ‘The Hangman Ruth’ Jennifer Jason Leigh as Daisy Domergue Walton Goggins as Chris Mannix Demian Bichir as Bob Tim Roth Oswaldo Mobry Michael Madsen as Joe Gage Bruce Dern as General Sanford Smithers
Although not pictured, Channing Tatum has also signed to the cast in a role. The film will see a group of 8 people travelling across snowy terrain some time after the American Civil War. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Gavin Logan with five reasons why Quentin Tarantino shouldn’t retire…
Quentin Tarantino has recently hinted that he is thinking about retiring from making movies once he hits movie number ten. While I don’t truly believe a word of it, the thought of not having another Tarantino movie every couple of years make me want to cut off my own ear and repeatedly scream scripture into it. If it is indeed true (I applaud his noble reasons behind the retirement talk) then nobody has the right to tell him otherwise. However at the risk of sounding extremely selfish and because I thoroughly enjoy every one of his movies, the industry needs Quentin Tarantino and here’s 5 reasons why.
Whether you like or dislike the man or his movies, the one thing you can’t argue with is the respect he has garnered from actors, writers, directors and everybody »
- Gavin Logan
It always makes me sad when Quentin Tarantino talks about retirement. He is a filmmaker who changed my life, and I never want him to stop making films. Reservoir Dogs is why I am in film school. Now, I do not want to make films like his, but he grabbed my attention by showing me different ways stories could be told. Well, at the American Film Market, he asserted once again after his tenth film, he will be retiring from directing. His next film, The Hateful Eight, is his eighth, so that does not leave us all with a lot of time. I would not be surprised if he changes his mind, but if he doesn't, it will be a sad day for everyone. Speaking of The Hateful Eight, which is being shopped around at Afm for foreign distribution, he hopes the film will cause a halt in the digital takeover, »
- Mike Shutt
Quentin Tarantino burst onto the movie scene twenty years ago with Reservoir Dogs and was followed up by the multi-stranded non linear plotted Pulp Fiction. The films saw him cemented instantly onto the list of best directors ever, with follow up movies Django Unchained, Inglourious Basterds and the Kill Bill series further proving his worth. Tarantino fanatics though may want to start bracing themselves as it seems that the outspoken visionary is planning his retirement. Whilst speaking sat a Q and A panel for his latest project The Hateful Eight he remarked that he’d quite like to fill his time “writing plays and books, going gracefully into [his] tender years.” He followed this up saying:
“I don’t believe you should stay on-stage until people are begging you to get off. I like the idea of leaving them wanting a bit more. I do think directing is a young man’s game, »
- Kat Smith
Quentin Tarantino has been giving American audiences a jolt with his collision of homage, over-the-top violence, and mesmerizing monologues since he burst on to the scene in 1992 with Reservoir Dogs. But enjoy it while you can. The writer-director behind such exhilarating cinema as Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill and Inglorious Basterds is already talking retirement. The American Film Market is spewing out all kinds of news, announcing J.D. Salinger biopics and revealing a movie poster for a John Cusack/Jackie Chan movie that has us flabbergasted. Then there's Quentin Tarantino's retirement. According to Deadline, Tarantino's soon-to-shoot The Hateful Eight will be one of his last three films. In promoting Hateful Eight to foreign distributors, Tarantino trotted out castmembers like Walton Goggins, Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell and Jennifer Jason Leigh. It was the last of these who tipped the retirement talk, saying she was grateful to get a chance to »
Jinga’s Julian Richards commented: “Ab Negative combines classic British gangster tropes with an intricate plot more typical of American crime thrillers. It may look like another Lock Stock but it has more in common with Reservoir Dogs and The Usual Suspects.”
Ab Negative has also been picked up by Invincible Pictures for North America, who are planning a theatrical release in April 2015. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ian Sandwell)
With filming set to begin on Quentin Tarantino's highly anticipated Western, The Hateful Eight, a press release sent out by The Wienstein Company sheds some light on the mysterious film, letting us know who's who in the massive cast, and giving us a fully detailed synopsis of the plot: The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that an incredible list of top acting talent has come on board to star in Academy Award winning writer/director Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming post-Civil War western, The Hateful Eight. The Hateful Eight are: Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Django Unchained) as Major Marquis Warren, Golden Globe nominee Kurt Russell (Escape From New York) as John “The Hangman” Ruth, Golden Globe nominee Jennifer Jason Leigh (Mrs. Parker And The Vicious Circle) as Daisy Domergue, Emmy nominee Walton Goggins (Justified) as Chris Mannix, Academy Award nominee Demian Bichir (A Better Life) as Bob, Academy »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
20 years ago last month, “Pulp Fiction” hit theaters and became an instant cult classic. Quentin Tarantino’s second turn as a feature director—the film followed “Reservoir Dogs”—'Pulp' was also a critical success, garnering the helmer an Academy Award for Best Screenplay (along with Roger Avary). Part of the Miramax Oscar campaign, though strong enough to stand on its own laurels, the film also received nominations for Best Leading Actor (John Travolta), Supporting Actor (Samuel L. Jackson), Director, Actress in a Supporting Role (Uma Thurman), Editing, and Best Picture. 14 years after “Pulp Fiction” made its debut, the cast and crew reunited onstage on April 28, 2008 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ “Great To Be Nominated” series. To be fair, it’s more of a crew reunion than a cast one. Of the remarkable helping of A-listers who appeared in the film, »
- Zach Hollwedel
After months of speculation, the full cast line-up for Quentin Tarantino’s next pic, The Hateful Eight, has officially been announced. Following Deadline’s breaking news this morning, which suggested Channing Tatum was circling a part in the western, The Weinstein Company delivered a press release to verify the rumours.
The statement outlines an impressive list of names that’ve long since been linked to the project and who precisely they’ll be playing. Those we already knew; Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Bruce Dern comprise the main cast, with Tarantino newcomers Demian Bichir and yes, Channing Tatum rounding out the full roster. The last minute ‘tacking on’ of Tatum’s involvement in the release suggests it was hastily included in a rush after Deadline’s scoop. TWC goes on to say that he has merely “signed on for a role” – with »
- Gem Seddon
The full cast for Quentin Tarantino's highly anticipated post-Civil War western The Hateful Eight has been officially announced by The Weinstein Company. They also included the names of the characters they will be playing and the synopsis.
The cast includes Samuel L. Jackson (Django Unchained) as Major Marquis Warren, Kurt Russell (Escape From New York) as John “The Hangman” Ruth, Jennifer Jason Leigh (Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle) as Daisy Domergue, Walton Goggins (Justified) as Chris Mannix, Demian Bichir (A Better Life) as Bob, Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs) as Oswaldo Mobray, Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs) as Joe Gage, and Bruce Dern (Nebraska) as General Sanford Smithers. Channing Tatum (Foxcatcher) has also signed on for a role in the film, but it wasn't specified.
In The Hateful Eight, set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, »
- Joey Paur
The Weinstein Company has confirmed a stellar cast for writer/director Quentin Tarantino’s eighth film, post-Civil War western "The Hateful Eight." This will be newest cast member Channing Tatum’s first film with Tarantino, along with Jennifer Jason Leigh and Demian Bichir. The the rest of the cast has worked with him in the past. Tarantino's last film "Django Unchained" earned him an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and grossed over $425 million worldwide. tatum In tune with Tarantino's oft-stated love of celluloid, TWC will release "The Hateful Eight" in 70mm in 2015. The Weinsteins have backed and released all of Tarantino's films, from "Reservoir Dogs" on. Also participating in the "Hateful Eight" La table read are: Samuel L. Jackson ("Django Unchained") as Major Marquis WarrenKurt Russell ("Death Proof") as John “The Hangman” RuthWalton Goggins (FX's "Justified") as »
- Anne Thompson
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