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Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 36 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. Header Photo: All New Harry Potter […]
- Peter Sciretta
In the lineage of movie sequels that outdid their predecessors, there’s The Godfather Part 2, Aliens, Terminator 2, The Dark Knight, and now…Sharknado 2: The Second One. Sharknado premiered on SyFy last July, and became an instant hit with audiences, aided by the fact that viewers were encouraged to Tweet about the movie as they watched it.
What was it that made the latest offering from The Asylum so eminently watchable? The gleefully silly, go-for-broke absurdity of it all, where nothing was outside the realm of possibilities, and the low $2 million budget didn’t stop them crafting some wild set-pieces, even if the effects were diabolical, the acting mostly terrible, and the central plot completely forgettable.
It was a charming movie, and the clear love with which it was made earned it a place in the hearts of cineastes the world over for its “so bad it’s good” quality, »
- Jack Pooley
At long last, a sequel to the 2000 martial arts epic Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is getting under way, with backing from The Weinstein Company. The cast is still incomplete, but with cameras beginning to roll this week, Glee actor Harry Shum Jr. has just been added in a lead role.
Penned by John Fusco (The Forbidden Kingdom) and directed by Yuen Woo-ping (Iron Monkey, Tai-Chi Master), the movie, once subtitled The Green Destiny, picks up the story 20 years after the events of the first Crouching Tiger. It centers on four heroes of the martial arts world — Silent Wolf, Yu Shu-lien, Tie-Fang and Snow Vase — who must use their courage and skills to keep the legendary sword Green Destiny from falling into the hands of the villainous Hades Dai.
- Isaac Feldberg
Poster via thewrap
Quentin Tarantino's off-again, on-again project The Hateful Eight now has a broad release date of 2015. Paired with this news is a poster of a wagon, horses, and a lot of blood. Tarantino, a big proponent of celluloid film, will be shooting The Hateful Eight on 70mm Super Cinemascope. Which should make for a beautiful film, but a more challenging production compared to shooting 35mm. Because of the larger format, the cameras are more cumbersome, heavy, and loud.
We also got an update on Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair. If you're not familiar, Kill Bill was originally screened at Cannes as a single film and fans have been wanting to see the unified cut. An interesting development will now make the complete Kill Bill even longer than the version seen at Cannes.
Tommy Cook from Collider reports:
Cook: What’s the status on Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair? »
- Free Reyes
Quentin Tarantino is easily one of the most talented, interesting and diverse film makers in the history of cinema. The unique vision and style that he brings to each of his productions, has attracted frequent critical attention ever since his ground-breaking debut in 1992 with Reservoir Dogs.
Since then, Tarantino has gone on to direct a range of modern classics such as Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill and most recently Django Unchained. In fact, there are very few films directed by the man that have not received great critical and commercial acclaim (with more than a few nods from the Academy). After proving himself as a master of the Crime, Martial Arts, War and Western genres (with a healthy dose of Comedy sprinkled throughout), many have hoped that the auteur will one day flex his directorial muscles in a different direction.
Now it’s looking like those hopeful film enthusiasts may get »
- Ben Read
It's the bad-movie franchise that Twitter built. When Sharknado – the saga of a man, his chainsaw and a bunch of poorly CGI'd sharks flying through the air in L.A. – aired on Syfy last year, it became a surprise social-network sensation, racking up enough mentions to compete with the likes of Game of Thrones. Suddenly the Asylum, the production house known for direct-to-video knockoffs like Transmorphers and Syfy schlock like Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus, had a hit on its hands. The sequel, which debuted tonight, had an expensive NYC setting, »
Fans of Kill Bill have been waiting over ten years for this news. Quentin Tarantino has revealed that the long teased combined version of his revenge/martial arts/grindhouse/samurai/kung fu epic is finally going to be released in North America. During his panel at Comic Con where he revealed that The Hateful Eight is back on track as well as discussed his Django/Zorro comic, Tarantino explained the long road Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair has had, which all began with the decision by »
- Alex Maidy
They're now officially counting Kill Bill as One feature so that The Hateful Eight can be Quentin Tarantino's official "8th" film. Convenient, eh? But that's okay because they should've been one film all along. And oh what gross film-splittings have occurred in their wake.
Question: Shouldn't you start filming before releasing a poster?
The movie is not scheduled to start filming until 2015... and the poster assumes everything will happen on schedule and it will be out by the end of that year. Good luck, movie! This reminds me of Amir's rants about all those opening day announcements for secret movies. Hollywood has a preemie problem.
And may Quentin get this out of his system since this'll be his second consecutive nearly all male western. May he some day return to writing great female roles again because he's slipping into terrain that other writer/directors have covered sufficiently throughout time. »
- NATHANIEL R
At the bottom of this post is a look at the first advertisement for Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight, which will be included in Empire magazine's issue next month (via Twitter) and I can't tell if it's a joke or not, but the ad promises the film will be released in CinemaScope and it will be rolled out as a "Special Roadshow Engagement". In today's terms I have to assume this means the film will be shot in a 2.39:1 aspect ratio and when it comes to the "roadshow" release we're talking a limited roll-out, unless the Weinsteins and Tarantino are going old school, setting up giant screens in massive fields and really doing this up big with souvenir programs and reserved seating. Who knows, could be fun. And in other news, a lot of outlets are running a story with a headline saying Tarantino and the Weinsteins have »
- Brad Brevet
Welcome back to Mystery DVD Club. The idea behind this is simple: we went and bought a whole host of films that we hadn't heard of before, none of which cost us more than a few pounds. Then, we sent them to a bunch of our writers, without telling them what 'film' they were going to receive. Could we unearth a hidden gem? Aliya is hopeful...
When you start looking into the career of Isaac Hayes, you find out he was good at a lot of things. He co-wrote great hits such as Soul Man and When Something Is Wrong With My Baby. He produced a lot of brilliant records for Stax. He was a hugely successful singer, and reinterpreted a lot of Burt Bacharach classics into long soulful epics. He was the voice of Chef in South Park. »
Spartacus, Apocalypse Now, and even Kill Bill all suffered the slings and arrows of editorial misfortune, losing moments their creators thought really tied the project together. Of course, some auteurs go the other way and cut their films in length in order to really put a button on their classics, such as Ridley Scott's Alien clocking in a couple of minutes shorter than the original. In the tradition of those greats, we now have a cut of Muppets Most Wanted, as seen by its most reserved critics: Statler and Waldorf. USA Today was the lucky publication to gain access to the preferred version of one of this year's most underrated comedic gems, and it's a cut that has a lot to talk about. Mainly, the fact that the film is only made up of two scenes, both of which feature the creators to a certain extent. It's daring! It's bold! »
(Cbr) Quentin Tarantino is getting ready to make "The Hateful Eight" happen (despite previously shelving the project due to a script leak), and now it turns out he’s ready to revisit another old project. During his Comic-Con International appearance on the Dynamite Entertainment panel, Tarantino said the two "Kill Bill" films will finally be combined and available as one movie: the long-rumored "Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair," a film that’s only been screened for select audiences. But according to Tarantino, mainstream moviegoers could get a chance to take a stab at "The Whole Bloody Affair" in the near future. Here’s what Tarantino said on the panel, according to Slash Film: “What’s going on with that is originally back when 'Kill Bill' was going to be one movie, I wrote an even longer anime sequence. So you see in the movie [O-Ren] kill her »
- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources
It has been 11 years since Kill Bill Vol. 1 graced the big screens, and it has been common knowledge among fans that Tarantino has been dying to bring the two volumes together as a four-hour bloody epic, as it was originally intended to be.
The first was inspired by The Shaw Brother’s Kung Fu films, while Vol.2 has more of a Spaghetti Western theme, making them both stand alone Tarantino films. So will putting them together be worthwhile to see? In addition to them being cut together, The Crazy 88 battle with The Bride (Uma Thurman) will be in color, which was turned to black and white for an 18 rating, due to its blood content. Also, included would be the extended »
- Louise Tooth
Ever since "Kill Bill: Volume 1" and "Kill Bill: Volume 2" hit theaters in 2003 and 2004, respectively, fans of the bloody Quentin Tarantino martial arts epic have wondered when -- or if -- the director would cut the films together and release them as a whole unit. While Tarantino did once do just that, screening "Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair" at a theater in Los Angeles in 2011, there hasn't been much talk since of releasing it again into theaters -- until now.
At a panel discussion at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, Tarantino was asked about "The Whole Bloody Affair," and offered some hope that audiences may still get a chance to see Uma Thurman's The Bride wreak havoc on screen in one, long epic. Here's what he had to say about the project, according to Slash Film:
What's going on with that is originally back when Kill Bill was going to be one movie, »
- Katie Roberts
Love him, hate him, or feel massively indifferent towards him, you must admit that Quentin Tarantino often gives his fans exactly what they want. Promising to begin shooting The Hateful Eight early in 2015 – despite that whole “I’m not going to make The Hateful Eight” debacle earlier – Tarantino has also taken steps, more or less, to release Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair in theaters next year.
The announcement came during Dynamite Entertainment’s panel at Comic-Con where Tarantino was on hand to discuss his Django Unchained/Zorro crossover comic. When the subject of Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair came up, Tarantino launched into a Tarantino-esque explanation of what that was, ending with this important pronouncement:
The Weinstein Company and myself were talking about actually coming out with it sometime, not before the year is out, but within the next year with limited theatrical engagement as well. »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Comic-Con in San Diego seemed a little light on breaking news, though there were a couple of bombshells dropped during this year's proceedings. There were also some pieces of news that somehow didn't make as big of a splash as one would have thought. One such announcement, if it comes to fruition, is the fulfillment of a decade long promise. The promise that we'd get to see Kill Bill as one, singular bloody affair. During his panel with Dynamite Entertainment, with SlashFilm in attendance, Quentin Tarantino started talking about how Kill Bill originally had an extended cut of the anime backstory for O-Ren Ishii. After detailing why the sequence was cut and how it was eventually finished, Tarantino decided to drop the following statement. The Weinstein Company and myself were talking about actually coming out with it sometime, not before the year is out, but within the next year with »
Of all the films Quentin Tarantino has worked throughout his career, one particular project still remains somewhat “unfinished”. That project is Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair, and over the last few days the director has been talking up a possible limited released of the film in 2015.
The complete Kill Bill is a longer version of the two-parter released in cinemas back in 2003 and 2004, which includes a 30-minute anime sequence, and does exist, having screened back in 2011, before disappearing again. This weekend at Comic-Con, Tarantino was in attendance promoting his new comic book Django/Zorro, and was asked about the status of the project, and here is what he said:
“What’s going on with that is originally back when Kill Bill was going to be one movie, I wrote an even longer anime sequence. So you see in the movie [O-Ren] kill her boss but then there was that long hair guy… »
- Scott Davis
With "The Expendables 3" about to hit theaters, The Asylum once again needs to put out its own version. And today, we have a trailer for the company's "Mercenaries" movie, starring Kristanna Loken (Terminator 3), Vivica A Fox (Kill Bill), and Brigitte Nielsen (Rocky IV), who's an ex-wife of Sylvester Stallone. Check out the trailer below. Plot: A diplomatic official is captured and imprisoned while touring a war zone, so a team of elite female commandos is assembled to infiltrate a women's prison for a daring rescue. The new movie is directed by Christopher Ray (Almighty Thor) and will be available On Demand and in select theaters on August 8th. Trailer: »
The director updated fans on the long-awaited Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair during his appearance at San Diego Comic-Con.
He said: "What's going on with that is originally back when Kill Bill was going to be one movie, I wrote an even longer anime sequence.
"[Japanese Anime Studio] Ig who did Ghost in the Shell said we can't do that and finish it in time for your thing. And you can't have a 30-minute piece in your movie.
"I said okay. It was my favourite part but it was the part you could drop. So we dropped it and then later when Ig heard we were talking about doing Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair, they still had the script, so without even being commissioned, they just did it and paid for it themselves. »
Quentin Tarantino has revealed that his original vision for Kill Bill, subtitled The Whole Bloody Affair, is on its way to cinemas in 2015. Before bowing to studio pressure and splitting it in half, Tarantino had originally planned to release Kill Bill as one, ultra-long film, including a significantly extended version of the anime sequence from the first half. "What’s going on with that is originally back when Kill Bill was going to be one movie, I wrote an even longer anime sequence,” says Tarantino. “I.G. [the Japanese Anime...
- George Wales
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