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‘The Standoff at Sparrow Creek’ Review: Talky Militia Movie Will Keep You Guessing | Tiff 2018

Tiff's Midnight Madness programmer Peter Kuplowsky spent the week hyping up writer-director Henry Dunham's feature debut The Standoff at Sparrow Creek with comparisons to Reservoir Dogs, thus doing it no favors. Sure, both movies are largely set in a single location, where men spend several hours pointing fingers at each other, trying to figure out which one of them doesn't belong, but Sparrow Creek is no Reservoir Dogs, so adjust your expectations accordingly. Nevertheless, this is a more-than-satisfying genre film thanks to a clever, last-minute twist -- just one of the ways in which …
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‘Standoff At Sparrow Creek’: All The Tarantino-Esque Dialogue In The World Can’t Save This Midnight Madness Flick [Tiff Review]

Young filmmakers tend to wear their influences on their sleeves, and that’s especially true with independent cinema. Regularly, you see directors trying to be the next Kevin Smith. Some want to be Richard Linklater. And yes, there are many, many examples of filmmakers attempting to be the next Quentin Tarantino. For better or worse, and in this case worse, debut director Henry Dunham proudly dons his black and white “Reservoir Dogs” suit while bringing “The Standoff At Sparrow Creek” to life.

Continue reading ‘Standoff At Sparrow Creek’: All The Tarantino-Esque Dialogue In The World Can’t Save This Midnight Madness Flick [Tiff Review] at The Playlist.
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Toronto: Three Under the Radar Films at Tiff

AngeloLuis Ortega’s El Angel (2018), an Argentinian biopic of 70s pretty-boy serial killer Carlos Puch, establishes its baseline tone in its first scene, in which Puch (Lorenzo Ferro) plays an LP in a house he has broken into, and Ortega amplifies the song Reservoir Dogs-style as Puch dances under the credits. The film sticks with this energetic, amoral agenda, and manages it pretty well from a craft perspective; along the way it shows a fair amount of intelligence and psychological insight that sometimes coexists awkwardly with its wish to entertain. Puch hooks up with a family of thieves that includes his classmate Ramon and enjoys his introduction to firearms so much that the family is unwittingly dragged along with him into the world of homicide. Puch tends to shoot when surprised or irritated, and afterwards isn’t overly sensitive to consequences: the character retains an odd innocence for a psychopath.
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Burt Reynolds was yet to shoot Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Following on from the passing of Burt Reynolds earlier this week, THR has now confirmed that the screen legend was yet to shoot his scenes for Quentin Tarantino’s hotly-anticipated next film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Reynolds signed on to the project back in May and was set to portray George Spahn, the owner of the ranch where Charles Manson and his cult followers lived during the infamous 1969 Manson Family murders.

Filming was slated to take place within the next few weeks, but as it stands Reynolds’ final screen credit will now come with the comedy Defining Moments, which is complete and currently slated for release on Christmas Day.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), former star of a western TV series, and his longtime stunt double
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Movie Review – American Animals (2018)

American Animals, 2018.

Written and directed by Bart Layton.

Starring Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Jared Abrahamson, Blake Jenner, Ann Dowd and Udo Kier.

Synopsis:

A group of disaffected college students decide to steal valuable books from the university library and sell them on for millions of dollars.

Bart Layton’s debut movie, released in 2012, was all about the nature of truth. The Imposter is a compelling and knotty documentary that, through interviews with its real figures, blurs the lines between fiction and reality in telling the story of a famous fraudster. Layton examines the nature of reality again – all the more relevant in an era of fake news – for American Animals, which is a fictional take on a real event, complicated by the presence of the real people. The opening titles declare “this is not based on a true story, this is a true story”, and it’s a clear statement of impish intent.
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Quentin Tarantino finds his Charles Manson and Roman Polanski for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Quentin Tarantino has filled two key roles in the currently-in-production Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, with Rafal Zawierucha (The Pact) set to portray Roman Polanski, the husband of Margot Robbie’s Sharon Tate, and Damon Herriman (Justified) cast as Charles Manson, the notorious leader of the Manson Family.

In addition to those two castings, it has also been revealed that Rumer Willis (Empire), Dreama Walker (Gossip Girl), Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers), Costa Ronin (The Americans), Victoria Pedretti (The Haunting of Hill House), Madisen Beaty (The Master), Danny Strong (Billions) and Sydney Sweeney (The Handmaid’s Tale) have all joined the film.

See Also: Mike Moh will play Bruce Lee in Once Upon A Time in Hollywood

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), former star of a western TV series,
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The Russo Bros. Will Direct Cherry After They Are Done with Avengers 4

Joe and Anthony Russo have been locked in directing Marvel films for the past few years. But after Avengers 4 they are going to move on to something a little different. Something that doesn't deal with superpowers.

They have picked up the rights to a book called Cherry, which comes from first-time author Nico Walker. The Russo's production company Arbo bought the rights for a cool million after a bidding war, and it will be the next film they direct.

The book is said to parallel the true life story of the author, who was a former Army medic who returned from Iraq with extreme undiagnosed Ptsd and fell into opioid addiction and began robbing banks. Walker ended up getting caught in 2011 and will be released in 2020.

The script for Cherry will be written by Jessica Goldberg (The Path) and here's a more in-depth description from Deadline:

The book has been
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Real to reel? The ‘true-life’ heist movie that steals the facts

American Animals, a thrilling tale of rare book theft, is a startling mix of fiction and reality. In the age of ‘alternative facts’ is this the way ahead for the documentary?

The first thing that viewers of the slippery new thriller American Animals will see is an unusual title card which reads: “This is not based on a true story.” The next thing we know, the words “not based on” have disappeared before our eyes. So is this film, which recounts a 2004 heist in Lexington, Kentucky, a drama or a documentary? Onscreen interviews with the criminals themselves – four bored young men who hatched a plot to steal valuable books (including Darwin’s On the Origin of Species) – tip the balance in favour of documentary. On the other hand, the film features fictionalised versions of the same people played by an able young cast, as well as the sort of glossy
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Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood adds Lena Dunham, Maya Hawke and more

Quentin Tarantino has continued his quest to add every single actor in Hollywood to the cast of his new movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, with Deadline reporting that Lena Dunham (Girls), Maya Hawke (Stranger Things), Austin Butler (The Shannara Chronicles) and Lorenza Izzo have become the latest additions to the cast of the film.

The new additions join a star-studded line-up which includes – deep breath, now – Leonardo DiCaprio (Django Unchained), Brad Pitt (Inglourious Basterds), Margot Robbie, Burt Reynolds (Boogie Nights), Timothy Olyphant (Santa Clarita Diet), Al Pacino (The Godfather), Damien Lewis (Billions), Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs), Dakota Fanning (Ocean’s 8), Luke Perry (Riverdale), Emile Hirsch (The Autopsy of Jane Doe), James Marsden (Westworld), Clifton Collins Jr. (Westworld), Julia Butters (American Housewife), Keith Jefferson (The Hateful Eight), Nicholas Hammond (The Sound of Music), Scoot McNairy (Halt and Catch Fire), Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs), Spencer Garrett (The Magicians), Martin Kove
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Agbo Nearing $1M ‘Cherry’ Book Deal; ‘Avengers: Infinity War’s Russo Bros Eye Directing

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Agbo Nearing $1M ‘Cherry’ Book Deal; ‘Avengers: Infinity War’s Russo Bros Eye Directing
Exclusive: Joe and Anthony Russo’s upstart studio Agbo has moved into an exclusive negotiation for Cherry, the just published “novel” by first-time author Nico Walker. Agbo bid a $1 million outright buy for the Knopf book, which parallels the true life story of the author, a former Army medic who returned from Iraq with extreme un-diagnosed Ptsd and fell into opioid addiction and began robbing banks. Walker was caught in 2011 and is scheduled to be released in 2020.

The Russos are looking to make this the next film they direct. They helmed the summer’s biggest film, Avengers: Infinity War, and they are fine-tuning the sequel to that film which they shot back to back and which Marvel and Disney release next summer. The Cherry script will be written by Jessica Goldberg, who is adapting the novel Exit West for Agbo and was creator and Ep on the Hulu series The Path.
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Film Review: ‘Blue Iguana’

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Film Review: ‘Blue Iguana’
Everyone remembers the best among the scrappy 1980s films that started American “indie film” in earnest — particularly those over-stylized, wink-wink comedies by Jim Jarmusch, Susan Seidelman, Alexandre Rockwell, and so on that were among the movement’s most influential early successes. Similarly, few could forget how much fun “Reservoir Dogs” and “Pulp Fiction” were, revitalizing the crime-caper genre with wit and outsized directorial personality.

What we’d prefer to forget is just how many labored comedy quirkfests and effortfully wiseass capers the above films “inspired” for years afterward — wannabe movies straining for the same qualities without any original inspiration, failing to find their own voice while deliberately or unconsciously mimicking somebody else’s. The majority of these pale imitations wound up a blip on the Sundance Festival radar — if they were lucky — then were forgotten ever after.

Unfortunately, those happily buried cinematic memories come rolling back with the arrival of “Blue Iguana,
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Quentin Tarantino Says Terry Gilliam Gave “The Best Advice” During Mentorship For ‘Reservoir Dogs’

Welcome to #FlashbackFriday, where we look at past moments with filmmakers, actors, etc. and highlight something in cinema history that’s fascinating, amusing, perhaps something you never knew or have seen, you name it.

For our latest #FlashbackFriday, we wanted to take a trip back to the early-‘90s. It was a much simpler time, for sure. But it was also a time when a fresh-faced, but eager, Quentin Tarantino went to the Sundance Institute to workshop a script he was working on, titled “Reservoir Dogs.”

Read More: Steve Martin Discusses Being Pitched ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ By Stanley Kubrick

As they do at the Institute, Tarantino was teamed up with some more accomplished filmmakers, who would, of course, read his work, listen to his pitch, and give him notes.

Continue reading Quentin Tarantino Says Terry Gilliam Gave “The Best Advice” During Mentorship For ‘Reservoir Dogs’ at The Playlist.
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Hot ‘Cherry’ Book Auction Handcuffed Because Imprisoned Author Has Run Short Of Phone Call Minutes

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Exclusive: The most intriguing book auction is taking place right now. Several suitors, including big directors, are chasing Cherry, a new “novel” by first time author Nico Walker. The book was just published by Knopf, and is already a top seller on Amazon, and got the kind of author profile in last Sunday’s The New York Times that is usually jet fuel for a book to film deal. Trouble is, the author is in prison until 2020 for committing the bank robberies that are described in harrowing detail in the novel. And late this week, he ran out of phone minutes and will not be able to entertain any offers until he can again use the jailhouse phone on Sunday.

The book has been called Jesus’ Son meets Reservoir Dogs, a breakneck-paced debut novel about love, war, bank robberies, and heroin. The book takes place in Cleveland and revolves around
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Mike Moh will play Bruce Lee in Once Upon A Time in Hollywood

Though he was cast in Quentin Tarintino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood last month, Mike Moh’s (Inhumans) role had not been revealed, but now TheWrap has reported he will be portraying legendary actor and martial arts expert Bruce Lee in the film.

The size of Moh’s role as Lee isn’t known yet, but it is expected his appearance will be a brief one in the film. For a time after the Manson Family murdered Sharon Tate, played by Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad), Roman Polanski briefly thought Bruce Lee was the one who had killed her and some of their closest friends.

In addition to starring in Marvel’s short-lived Inhumans series, Moh has portrayed Ryu in two live-action Street Fighter web series with a third, Street Fighter: World Warrior, currently in development. Much like Lee, Moh is a martial arts expert and has often cited
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First look at Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

As production on Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood continues, a new image has been unveiled which gives us our first look at Margot Robbie and actress and Manson Family victim Sharon Tate; check it out here…

See Also: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood set photos and video take us back in time to 1960s L.A.

This is the second official image we’ve seen from the hotly-anticipated film after June’s first look at Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio as the characters of Cliff Booth and Rick Dalton.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), former star of a western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don’t recognize anymore.
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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood set photos and video take us back in time to 1960s L.A.

As production continues on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, the hotly-anticipated new film from Quentin Tarantino, some set photos and video have surfaced online which take us back in time to the 1960s with Tarantino and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Al Pacino on the redressed Los Angeles set; check them out here…

Tarantino'nun merakla beklenen son filmi Once Upon A Time In Hollywood setinden yeni kareler yayımlandı. pic.twitter.com/ZCJfAUMw0i

— Tarih Kulübü (@TarihSinema) July 25, 2018

"You are a fuckin' legend!" Qt to Al Pacino pic.twitter.com/mklop96ceq

— Quentin Tarantino News (@QTarantino_news) July 25, 2018

"You are a fuckin' legend!" Qt to Al Pacino pic.twitter.com/mklop96ceq

— Quentin Tarantino News (@QTarantino_news) July 25, 2018

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), former star of a western TV series,
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Pulp Fiction Becomes a Romantic Comedy in Hilarious New Promo

Pulp Fiction Becomes a Romantic Comedy in Hilarious New Promo
Pulp Fiction isn't exactly a comedy. It has some very funny moments, most of which are very dark and twisted. But it seems like an odd movie choice for Comedy Central. And the network's U.K. team seem to know this, as they've turned the Quentin Tarantino crime classic into a romantic comedy to sell it to their audience.

The result is pretty funny, and this promo definitely belongs on Comedy Central even if the movie doesn't necessarily deserve a home there. This new Pulp Fiction trailer has been twisted into something that looks like Love, Actually. And it sets up some of the relationships that play out in the epic pulp tale of lives intersecting in Los Angeles.

The intro proclaims that, 'This is the story about 15 people with very different lives.' We're first introduced to Honey Bunny and Pumpkin as they settle in to enjoy a nice meal at a local L.

Pulp Fiction Becomes a Romantic Comedy in Hilarious New Promo

Pulp Fiction Becomes a Romantic Comedy in Hilarious New Promo
Pulp Fiction isn't exactly a comedy. It has some very funny moments, most of which are very dark and twisted. But it seems like an odd movie choice for Comedy Central. And the network's U.K. team seem to know this, as they've turned the Quentin Tarantino crime classic into a romantic comedy to sell it to their audience.

The result is pretty funny, and this promo definitely belongs on Comedy Central even if the movie doesn't necessarily deserve a home there. This new Pulp Fiction trailer has been twisted into something that looks like Love, Actually. And it sets up some of the relationships that play out in the epic pulp tale of lives intersecting in Los Angeles.

The intro proclaims that, 'This is the story about 15 people with very different lives.' We're first introduced to Honey Bunny and Pumpkin as they settle in to enjoy a nice meal at a local L.
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Shudder and Greg Nicotero Teaming Up for New Creepshow Anthology Series

Over 35 years after the original film's premiere, Creepshow fans still have a lot to get excited about. Not only is Scream Factory releasing an all new Blu-ray Collector's Edition of the movie later this year, but it has just been announced that Shudder is resurrecting Creepshow for a new series (scheduled to premiere in 2019), with Greg Nicotero on board as one of the directors and executive producers:

Press Release: – Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for thriller, suspense and horror, today announced it has greenlit a new Creepshow TV series with The Walking Dead’s Greg Nicotero attached to direct, executive produce, and supervise the show’s creative elements. The original Creepshow was an iconic anthology film that featured stories written by Stephen King and directed by George A. Romero, with stars like Ted Danson and Adrienne Barbeau. It’s an enduring favorite among horror fans that spawned two sequel films and a spin-off comic.
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Quentin Tarantino rounds out the cast of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

If you thought casting was complete on Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, then think again, as the filmmaker has just rounded out the supporting cast of his hotly-anticipated new film.

Joining the project are Spencer Garrett (The Magicians), Martin Kove (Cobra Kai), James Remar (Django Unchained), Brenda Vaccaro (Once Is Not Enough), Nichole Galicia (Django Unchained), Mike Moh (Inhumans), Craig Stark (The Hateful Eight), Marco Rodriguez (Inhumans), Ramon Franco (Tour of Duty) and Raul Cardona (Where the Sky Is Born).

The new additions join the previously announced Leonardo DiCaprio (Django Unchained), Brad Pitt (Inglourious Basterds), Margot Robbie, Burt Reynolds (Boogie Nights), Timothy Olyphant (Santa Clarita Diet), Al Pacino (The Godfather), Damien Lewis (Billions), Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs), Dakota Fanning (Ocean’s 8), Luke Perry (Riverdale), Emile Hirsch (The Autopsy of Jane Doe), James Marsden (Westworld), Clifton Collins Jr. (Westworld), Julia Butters (American Housewife), Keith Jefferson (The Hateful Eight
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