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Ava DuVernay, tipped to become the first black female director to earn an Oscar nomination after scoring a pioneering Golden Globe nod last week, is one of two new additions to the festival.
The keynote sessions will take place from March 14-17 under the auspices of the SXSW Film Conference and Festival, set to run from March 13-21 in Austin, Texas.
“Ava DuVernay’s career evolution is fascinating,” said head of SXSW film Janet Pierson. “She began directing independent films while running her own successful marketing firm before expanding into distribution and now, she is helming a groundbreaking studio picture. Her passion, fearlessness, and excellence are extraordinary
“RZA may seem like a somewhat out-of-the-box choice for a film keynote given his prominence as a musician. What is inspiring »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
It was late 2003 and I was still finishing high school. Although I had never read the books, each year I kept growing more fond of Middle Earth thanks to Peter Jackson's adaptations of Lord of the Rings. By 2003, I was a movie maniac, following websites non-stop for info about the Matrix trilogy (which also concluded in 2003), Terminator 3, Hulk, X2 and Kill Bill, not to mention the Star Wars prequels in the middle of their grand finale. But it was Return of the King, and its triumphant debut on December 17th, 2003, that won my heart. On the Tuesday before release, I participated in a global event known as "Trilogy Tuesday", one of the first times ever a trilogy of movies were billed back-to-back-to-back. It ended with the midnight show of Return of the King, in total over 12 hours spent in a theater. One of the best experiences of my life. »
- Alex Billington
Ozzy Armstrong on whether it’s time to worry about the future of James Bond…
After the announcements on Thursday regarding Bond 24, now known as Spectre, Bond fans took to the internet to announce their excitement for what’s in store. At the same time, there was also me. I’m not excited for Spectre, I’m nervous. I’m nervous because I have a feeling that it will be a terrible combination of all of my worst Bond related fears.
How can I feel like that you ask? It’s simple, it’s because of Skyfall. Don’t get me wrong, Skyfall had a hell of a lot of plus points as a film. It was as beautiful as almost any picture of the last few years and it had some sublime performances, especially that of Bardem’s big baddie.
Unfortunately though, I don’t care for it at all. »
- Gary Collinson
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
The Grandmaster, 2013.
Directed by Wong Kar Wai.
The poetically charged biographical story of Ip-Man, the martial arts expert and teacher , who went on to train Bruce Lee…
Wong Kar Wai is a film-maker gifted with a true sense of creating a luxuriant depth of visual detail married to a philosophical highlighting of universals that can cut across genres and standardised models of cinema. His best known film In The Mood For Love is a memorable ode to fate and destiny, crafted and contrasted in the most balletic and joyous modes of scene making. The follow up, 2046 took a science fictionesque framing of these themes and delivered them in a stunning collection of striking visual forms.
Coupled to both of these film’s attractive visual coordination and stimulation were scripts and »
- Robert W Monk
The Kill Bill series is known for some of the most badass choreographed fight scenes on film. And the recognition is well-deserved considering the hard work and intensive training put in by the stars of the film. The incredible physical shape of Kill Bill stars such as Uma Thurman and Vivica A. Fox did not come without crazy hours and months of intense physical training, dieting, and bruising. In a recent Ama, Vivica Fox answered one fan.s question on what it took to get into the physical shape seen in her fight scene with Uma Thurman. Fox responded: Oh wow! Um... Kill Bill was an awesome experience. But very physical. The first 3 months we trained for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. It was like the Olympics or something, okay? And it was tough. But then I also went to China for 1 month, and trained for hours a day, »
We all enjoy speculating about future movies, but can this distract from the films already out now, James wonders...
When World War Z broke out in 2013, it all happened very fast. Brad Pitt and his family were just driving along, slowly inching their way through a traffic jam in the Philadelphia streets and suddenly - zoompf! The zombie apocalypse just came out of nowhere.
Rabid rakshasas started ripping all vestiges of modern western civilisation to shreds, attacking people who were simply going about their regular daily business. From there the whole planet is revealed to be falling to hell, Brad Pitt and fellow survivors of the viral uprising engaged in continent-crossing combat to repel the bloodthirsty hordes and find a cure for the contagion.
For Pitt's character, though, the turning point was that moment of realisation back in the Philly gridlock, back in the driving seat of his family's SUV. »
Giving the deluxe version of superstar DJ and producer David Guetta’s new album a spin, it soon becomes clear why previously released promo singles “Bad” and”‘Shot Me Down” are kept apart from the main body of Listen and repackaged as bonus tracks.
Inspired by Cher’s “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down),” later covered by Nancy Sinatra and then pushed into peoples’ hearts via Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill Volume 1 – the Frenchman gives the classic song a new twist. Alongside Skylar Grey, “Shot Me Down” sees the decades-old track enveloped by Guetta’s rampant, pulsating club sounds for a modern, worthwhile remake. Not content with hooking up with Grey again on the darker, primal “Rise,” “Bad” featuring Showtek and Vassy, also races towards the dance floor with its thumping bassline and laser sharp synths.
In short, the handful of cuts stuck onto the end of Listen are »
- Samson Pharaoh
Black Friday is just a few days away now. Better start prepping so you can take advantage of the best deals out there, like Mondo’s Black Friday sale for example. Beginning on Friday, November 28th and wrapping up on 11:59Pm Ct on Monday, November 1st, you’ll have the opportunity to purchase a stunning new Pulp Fiction poster by Laurent Durieux for $60 as part of a timed sale (no beating the rush, they’ll sell as many as they sell) and then Mondo will donate 10% of the proceeds to the Sally Menke Fellowship. Cue the salesman voice. But wait! There’s more! Mondo also plans to announce the online sale information for a variant print at a future date, which will be signed by Pulp Fiction director Quentin Tarantino. Mondo is donating 100% of the variant proceeds to the Sally Menke Fellowship. Hit the jump for more on Mondo »
- Perri Nemiroff
The broadcaster and novelist was with us to answer your questions in a live webchat – catch up on her answers on Quentin Tarantino, being shortlisted for the Bad Sex Awards, interviewing Glenn Greenwald and more
Thanks everyone for all your questions and to Kirsty for her great answers. Have a great afternoon!
What ambitions/goals do you still have – broadcasting or otherwise – that you care to share?
Brush up my French. Relearn the piano. Play better tennis. Drink better wine. Where do you want me to stop?
A lot of people seem to think Laura Kuenssberg is a right wing attack dog, I saw her interview with Denis Healey after Tony Benn’s death and was appalled at her confrontational attitude towards a very elderly man.
Do you feel the trend for new presenters is to outpaxman Paxman ?
For the record, »
- Guardian Staff
We’ve already told you (on more than one occasion) that one of the best martial arts movies of the year is heading to the UK next month. Press blurb time.....”The Grandmaster, the highly-anticipated film by acclaimed director Wong Kar Wai, will open through Metrodome on 5 December. Six years in the planning and three years in the making, The Grandmaster is an epic action feature inspired by the life and times of the legendary kung fu master, Ip Man. The story spans the tumultuous Republican era that followed the fall of China's last dynasty, a time of chaos, division and war that was also the golden age of Chinese martial arts. Nominated for two Academy Awards, for Cinematography and Costume Design, The Grandmaster features virtuoso performances from those at the film's heart: Wong regular, Tony Leung, Ziyi Zhang (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, House Of Flying Daggers, Hero) and Chang Chen (Happy Together, »
Uma Thurman's a timeless beauty! The actress looked absolutely gorgeous at the Bambi Awards in Berlin, Germany on Thursday. Rocking a curve-hugging black midi dress with black strappy sandals, the "Kill Bill" star looked stylish yet sexy. Thurman finished her look with a chic tousled updo and a delicate diamond necklace paired with a matching sparkly cuff. The 44-year-old was also presented with the award for Best International Actress at the show. While the blonde beauty has taken a break from the silver screen, she's back to work shooting a new movie with Penn Badgley in New YorkWe love see the "Pulp Fiction" star looking super glam -- what do you think about the blonde beauty's appearance? Tell toofab in the comment section below and click "Launch Gallery" above to see even more women of the '90s then and now! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Smoking! In tip-top shape, Uma Thurman displayed her insanely fit body in a curve-conscious Lbd by Atelier Versace, paired with strappy Jimmy Choo sandals, at the Bambi Awards in Berlin, Germany on Thursday, Nov. 13. The statuesque blonde beauty, 44, was on hand to accept the coveted Best International Actress Award at the event. Photos: Oscar's best dresses of all time The Kill Bill actress accentuated her perfectly chiseled hourglass figure in a cinched-waist dress, that turned heads on the red carpet. Thurman wore her hair in a tousled [...] »
As he embarks on his eighth film as writer/director (nine, if you count Kill Bill as two separate movies), Quentin Tarantino has been chatting about his plans for retiring from films. Tarantino is set to start shooting his new western, The Hateful Eight, in the next month or two. The cast for the movie was locked down last week, with Channing Tatum and Jennifer Jason Leigh joining Tarantino returnees Samuel L Jackson, Kurt Russell, Tim, Roth, Michael Madsen and more.
In a talk at the American Film Market, however, Tarantino said that "I've got two more to go after this. I like that I will leave a ten film filmography", he said, adding that "it's not etched in stone, but that is the plan".
Tarantino, currently 51, called directing movies "a young »
From Director Wong Ching Po (Revenge: A Love Story) and acclaimed Action Director Yuen Wo Ping (The Grandmasters, Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) comes Once Upon A Time In Shanghai, debuting on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital Jan. 13 from Well Go USA Entertainment. The modern action-packed fable features rising martial arts star Philip Ng (Young and Dangerous: Reloaded) as a country bumpkin who moves to 1930's Shanghai in the hope of becoming rich, but ends up honing his kung fu skills to become a lethal fighting machine. Once Upon A Time In Shanghai also stars the legendary Sammo Hung (Ip Man franchise), Andy On (As the Light Goes Out, White Vengeance), Michelle Hu (Mr. & Mrs. Player), Luxia Jiang (Ip Man: The Final Fight), Mao Junjie (Jackie Chan Presents: Wushu), Chan Koon-Tai (The Man with the Iron Fists), Yuen Cheung-Yan (Kung Fu Hustle, Charlie's Angels franchise) and Fung Hak-On (Tai Chi Zero »
Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino recently spoke about his upcoming western ensemble piece "The Hateful Eight" at the American Film Market and revealed that he plans on retiring once he completes his tenth film. 'Hateful' is his eighth which means there may only be three more Tarantino-helmed films on the way.
This isn't the first time he's suggested this plan, he made comments two years ago which suggested the same thing. Here's his recent comments (via Deadline):
"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 and I like the idea of an umbilical cord connection from my first to my last movie.
I'm not trying to ridicule anyone who thinks differently, but I want to go out while I'm still hard... I like »
- Garth Franklin
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 »
Now that the full cast is confirmed for director Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight, with shooting scheduled to begin early next year, the filmmaker has revealed new details about the revenge Western at the American Film Market. There, he also echoed statements he made back in November of 2012, reiterating that he plans on retiring after making 10 movies, with the upcoming The Hateful Eight his eighth feature film to date.
Here's what he had to say about wanting to retire after 10 movies, although he did leave the door open for that plan to change down the road.
"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 and I like the idea of an umbilical cord connection from my first to my last movie. »
Quentin Tarantino is retiring. Some version of this phrase has been reported for the past few years as one of our great filmmakers began touting his plans to stop making movies before he started making bad ones, and now he’s set a definitive end date for his career: 10 movies. While selling his next film, the Western The Hateful Eight, to international buyers at Afm recently, Tarantino announced that he absolutely plans to retire from filmmaking after his tenth film, saying he’s got “two more to go after this,” which seems to indicate that he’s counting Kill Bill as one film. But he’s got plenty to do before he recedes to a life of writing and reading, as he also spoke about the surprising sources of inspiration for The Hateful Eight (spoiler alert: they’re TV shows) and expanded upon his plans to release the film in 70mm, »
- Adam Chitwood
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