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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
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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 ?
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- 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
While selling his The Hateful Eight to international buyers at Afm this week, Quentin Tarantino announced that he plans to retire from filmmaking after this tenth film. He said he’s doing two more movies; so if you’re doing the math while looking at IMDb that also means he’s thankfully counting Kill Bill as one film. We’ve heard this notion of Qt retiring before over the years, but he gave a pretty solid argument for why we can believe him this time »
- Graham McMorrow
Written and Directed by Kevin Smith.
Podcaster Wallace Bryton travels to Canada to interview internet sensation, ‘The Kill Bill Kid’, but when he finds out that he has committed suicide, he finds Howard Howe, a sea explorer who has plenty of stories to tell…
Tusk might be Kevin Smith’s best film in years, but compared to pretty much everything post Dogma, that’s not exactly a recommendation. In fact, it’s difficult to figure out who Tusk was actually made for, apart from Smith himself.
The product of a rambling conversation about a bizarre Gumtree ad, offering free living accommodation in turn for dressing up in a walrus costume, Tusk is sort of like Misery meets Human Centipede, struggling to reach the highs of the former and, in some strange way, making the latter a lot less disturbing. »
- Gary Collinson
Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight has been hotly anticipated ever since the director threatened he might never even make it. But when Django Unchained brought along such oddball and exhilarating casting choices as Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx and Jonah Hill, it was anyone’s guess who the director would work with next.
Now Deadline has exclusively confirmed that Channing Tatum and Damien Bichir have both joined a now finalized cast that includes Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh (among the first confirmed), Walton Goggins, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Bruce Dern (for those playing at home, that’s nine names, not eight). Tarantino announced he was officially moving forward with the project back in July, and since then Jennifer Lawrence was among the rumored names of potential casting choices.
Not only are Tatum and Bichir first timers in a Tarantino film, they were also absent among The Hateful Eight »
- Brian Welk
Following its limited theatrical release, Lionsgate Home Entertainment is set to release Kevin Smith’s Tusk to Blu-ray, DVD, and digital on December 30th. Here’s a look at the official cover art and list of bonus features:
“Santa Monica, CA (November 4, 2014) – From writer/director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma, Mallrats) comes this wickedly funny modern-day monster movie that will hold you in terror as it keeps you in stitches. The highly anticipated film Tusk arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) December 30th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Starring Michael Parks (Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2, Django Unchained), Justin Long (Live Free or Die Hard, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story), Haley Joel Osment (Amazon’s “Alpha House,” The Sixth Sense) and Genesis Rodriguez (Identity Thief, Hours), Tusk is being called “Kevin Smith’s very best work” (Variety). Tusk premiered to the world at the 2014 Toronto »
- Jonathan James
Amazon has a sale today on the Quentin Tarantino Xx: 8-Film Blu-ray Collection, which includes Reservoir Dogs, True Romance, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2, Death Proof and Inglourious Basterds. The set is normally priced at $119.99, but today it's only $59.99 and to make your set complete you can also pick up Django Unchained on Blu-ray for only $14.50. amz asin="B009B0OG1O" size="small"As for what the 8-film collection includes, here are the details: Blu-ray Special Features - 2 Discs Critics Corner: The Films of Quentin Tarantino - In-depth critics' discussion piece exploring Tarantino's films that redefined cinema and the impact of one of the most influential writers/directors of our time. 20 Years of Filmmaking - Take a look at Tarantino's career from the beginning, with interviews from co-workers, critics, stars and master filmmakers alike as well as a tribute to his greatest collaborator, »
- Brad Brevet
It’s November, which means the air is getting crisp, fallen leaves are crunching beneath people’s feet, and we’re missing all of it because we spend all of our time sitting on the couch watching Netflix. Starting to run out of things in your queue due to your couch prowess? Don’t worry, you won’t have to go outside or anything. New movies are being added to the service all the time, and here we have a list of good ones that have shown up recently. As always, click on the films’ titles to be taken to their Netflix pages. Pick of the Month: Django Unchained (2012) Quentin Tarantino’s first few movies are pretty much universally loved. Not only were they great, they were also at the forefront of a new movement in Hollywood, so they’re guaranteed to be remembered for a long time coming. Around the time he put out Kill Bill things »
- Nathan Adams
When you're in the mood for an action movie, Netflix has plenty to stream. Great, except that so many of their action titles are no-name, forgettable schlock. So we've done some of the heavy lifting by highlighting the best of the best currently available in the genre. Who do you want to see duke it out? Take your pick, from gangsters to gladiators, robots to ninjas, schoolkids to superheroes.
Cue that suiting-up pre-battle montage and start streaming, because here are some of the best action movies Netflix has to offer. (Availability subject to change.)
1. "13 Assassins" (2010) R
2. "48 Hrs."(1982) R
3. "Assault on Precinct 13" (1976) R
- Sharon Knolle
Seduced by dreams of making it big, song-writer Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her singer boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) move to New York to pursue their passion for music. However, when Dave rejects her for the fame and fortune of a big solo contract, Gretta finds herself alone and far from home. Seeking comfort in the arms of dear friend Steve (James Corden), Gretta and Steve end up drinking spirits in his apartment before deciding to drunk-dial Dave. With Steve on keyboard and Gretta singing down the phone and playing guitar, her voicemail makes Dave realise that he made a huge mistake in letting her go.
To celebrate Begin Again being released on DVD and Blu-ray from 10th November, we’ve decided to explore other break-up revenge scenes found in movies.
We're breaking down the most lethal movie stars by highest number of on-screen kills.
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We're breaking down the most lethal movie stars by highest number of on-screen kills and some of the deadliest stars might surprise you.
Arnold Schwarzenegger tops the list with 369 kills. The Terminator has seen plenty of action in his days – but the majority of his tally comes from the 1985 film Commando, where he logged a total of 81 kills (including an outrageous final scene where he takes out 77 people).
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The brain behind these mind-blowing stats is Computer Science PhD student Randy Olson who compiled this data using the Movie Body Counts database, as well as adding his own research for any out of date numbers.
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