My new apartment doesn’t have internet or cable, because I don’t know if I want internet or cable. “Not wanting cable” is so hot right now. This week, CBS and HBO announced their intentions to launch streaming-only services. Pause to imagine your retired grandparents who watch NCIS: New Orleans but prefer NCIS: LA. Now pause to imagine your prodigal-son cousin who stars in a hipster off-Broadway nude-rap opera. (He plays a a cross-dressing hooker named Threeyoncé.) Now pause to imagine that they both suddenly agree on everything—because when the most successful TV network and the TV network so cool that it constantly claims it’s not a TV network both agree that the future is streaming, then “television” as a concept really is just becoming a concept. (Lest we needed further proof: It might feel like Friends is always on TV, but now Friends will literally always be on Netflix.) READ FULL STORY
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The pop culture saturation of a film by Quentin Tarantino cannot be denied, whether it’s paying homage to Bruce Lee in the Bride’s yellow jumpsuit in Kill Bill or inserting spaghetti Western motifs in basically all his flicks. But one fan has perhaps matched the master of meta.
2014 will go down in history as the year Quentin Tarantino almost made The Hateful Eight.
The filmmaker was bullish about filming another western after his Oscar winning hit Django Unchained—but after a script leak and an ensuing lawsuit against Gawker, Tarantino seemed to cool on the idea. But at a live read of the Hateful Eight script, he announced that he was in the process of redrafting the screenplay–presumably adding in a character named Dick “The Gawker” Nenton, who suffers various horrific-but-hilarious limb-removal procedures. READ FULL STORY
Dynamite and DC Entertainment, two comic book publishers, announced that they’re collaborating on a Django/Zorro crossover series, co-plotted by Quentin Tarantino and following the events of Django Unchained.
Matt Wagner, who wrote the comic book series Zorro (2008-2010) and Zorro Rides Again (2011-2012), will be co-plotting the story and coming up with the final script. “I’m very very excited about both this story and the opportunity to work with Matt,” Tarantino said in the press release. “It was reading his Zorro stories that convinced me what a good idea it was to join these two icons together.”
Soon after Django Unchained was released in theaters in 2012, Vertigo, an imprint of DC, produced a comic book series adapting the movie’s screenplay (including scenes that didn’t make the final cut), but Tarantino wasn’t directly involved with the project. Tarantino’s movies are famously stylized, often using visual and storytelling cues taken from comic books — but this will mark Tarantino’s first foray into comics themselves. READ FULL STORY
Django Unchained may have hit theaters in 2012, but that doesn’t mean Quentin Tarantino is done tinkering with it.
The director told an audience at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday that he would like to re-edit the Oscar-winning Western as a miniseries.
“I have about 90 minutes’ worth of material with Django,” Tarantino said, according to USA Today. “It hasn’t been seen. My idea, frankly, is to cut together a four-hour version of Django Unchained.”
The theatrical version of the exploitation comedy ran 2 hours and 45 minutes. A straight, four-hour film, however, would be too unwieldy, he admits. “People roll their eyes at a four-hour movie. But a four-hour miniseries, that they like. Then they are dying to watch all four parts,” he said. READ FULL STORY
Quentin Tarantino's favorite movies of 2013 so far include 'Before Midnight,' 'Gravity,' 'Kick-Ass 2'
Quentin Tarantino has yet to announce his next movie, presumably because he is currently laying back in a swimming pool filled with Django Unchained money, or perhaps putting on a gory three-hour puppet show using his Django Unchained Oscar and his Django Unchained Golden Globe. But the director has found time to watch plenty of movies this year. The Quentin Tarantino Archives has a list of Tarantino’s Top Ten Movies of 2013 — with the addendum “so far,” since the year is after all only 3/4 over and for all we know Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit will be good. READ FULL STORY
With only 55 hours until the 84th annual Academy Awards, there is a subtle shift that takes place where the event suddenly becomes less about the movies we’re supposed to be celebrating and more about the television show itself. Who’s presenting? How will Seth MacFarlane be received? Will Sean Connery be part of the James Bond tribute? Who will be bleeped for profanity?
For months, I’ve debated the merits of the top films, and my choices for the major awards have been etched in cement that dried long before the Golden Globes were even handed out. Lincoln was and is my favorite (this Oscars is as close as I’ll ever come to voting the straight Republican ticket), but now, I find myself pulled in a different direction. The question isn’t necessarily, “Who deserves to win?” but rather, “Whose victory and subsequent acceptance speech will make for the best television?” As someone who’s watched every Oscar ceremony on television since 1983 — I was a disappointed Right Stuff guy then, even though I’d yet to see it or any of its rival Best Picture nominees that year — I am not immune from these forces.
Click below for my list of who I want to see win the major categories, ignoring the actual on-screen performances and based purely on my existence as a couch-potato and Oscar broadcast nerd. These aren’t the selections to refer to when you’re filling out your Oscar pool, but don’t be surprised if they correspond with ABC’s hopes and dreams. READ FULL STORY
I love action movies, but I don’t like the sight or sound of breaking bones. That’s why I couldn’t watch the mandingo fight in Django Unchained. Wanting to not draw attention to the fact that I was a wimp, I didn’t bury my head in my hands or someone’s shoulder; I just sat there, perfectly upright, and closed my eyes. As the cracking began, I thought about plugging my ears with my fingers, but since that would also give me away, I just kept repeating “This will end, it’s just a movie” in my head, calmly, so my face wouldn’t wince and telecast my squeamishness. It’s realizing that I had enough time to weigh these options that makes me think this is probably the longest I’ve ever averted my eyes in a movie.
Because I am a wimp and don’t subject myself to many horror (or otherwise graphic) films, I’m curious: What movie has made you hide your eyes the longest? A few confessions from my colleagues, then it’s your turn: READ FULL STORY
How much would Pulp Fiction’s “cool” factor suffer if Samuel L. Jackson weren’t the one reciting Ezekiel 25:17? Apparently, we came dangerously close to finding out …
Vanity Fair‘s oral history of Quentin Tarantino’s hit film reveals a few things you might not know about the movie, from casting news to Bruce Willis’ influence. Here’s what we learned: READ FULL STORY
Last month, Spike Lee attacked Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, tweeting that “American slavery was not a Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western. It was a Holocaust.” It didn’t inspire much controversy, possibly because the whole Lee/Tarantino Auteurist Feud feels so 1997. Nevertheless, just a few days after Tarantino lobbed an n-bomb in the press room at the Golden Globes — the equivalent of shouting “fire” in a theater crowded with reporters who are all carrying flamethrowers — an important cultural voice has weighed in on Lee’s Django critique. In his column for the Miami New Times, former 2 Live Crew frontman takes Lee to task for his statements. (Revelation: Luther Campbell has a column!) Some key lines: READ FULL STORY
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