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'Toy Story 3' tops Tarantino's list of fave films from 2010

Tarantino-Toy-Story-3Image Credit: C2C/Beth Wagner/PR Photos; Disney/PixarQuentin Tarantino has released the list of his 20 favorite films from 2010, with Toy Story 3 earning the top spot over The Social Network. We suspect this means Tarantino, like 87 percent of the 18,000 PopWatch readers who responded to a poll after TS3‘s release, cried watching it (perhaps as 57 percent of readers, more than once). Has his list inspired you to give any movie a try? I’ve been hanging on to free copies of Knight and Day and Robin Hood — perhaps I’ll finally press play. Though we haven’t been able to get the Tarantino Archives link to work, below is the list as reported. I enjoyed Tangled, but I’m surprised to see it at No. 5, above True Grit and The Town. Regardless of how your list matches up to Tarantino’s, you’ve got to a love a director (albeit one known as a massive movie fan) having the cojones to rank his peers’ work. READ FULL STORY

Quentin Tarantino gets insulted by a gang of bad motherf--ers at the Friars Club Roast

Quentin-Tarantino-Uma-Sam_320.jpg Image Credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.comMuch like the theater full of Nazis at the end of Inglourious Basterds, Quentin Tarantino was roasted thoroughly Wednesday afternoon at the annual Friars Club event held in the ballroom of the Hilton New York. The director stood against the verbal slings and arrows of his friends and colleagues as they lovingly lambasted him for, among many other things, his love of Uma Thurman, foot fetishism, and reliance on “homage,” cramming in more profanity than, well, one of his movies. For those wondering, they did not serve Royales with Cheese at the luncheon, just the standard chicken.

Presiding over the occasion was roastmaster was Samuel L. Jackson, who did a decent job moving things along and dropping in a few zingers now and again. The first real surprisingly hilarious roaster was fellow director Eli Roth, who, in his own homage to Tarantino, switched up the chronology to get medieval on his ass: “It’s only fitting, like Pulp Fiction, that I begin my speech with the ending,” Roth said, flipping to the end of his speech and reading, “’However, to Uma, it was just considered foot-rape.’” Another director, Brett Ratner, didn’t fare quite as well, with most of his jokes falling flat.

Comedienne Whitney Cummings was probably the least known of those taking the podium, but she got some of the biggest laughs. To Eli Roth, she quipped, “All your movies are about torture. If you’re so into people getting tortured on camera, you should make a movie about people watching your movies.” Quentin’s muse, Thurman, who sat to Tarantino’s left the whole night, occasionally blushing under the onslaught of jokes about his obsession with her and her feet, nevertheless concluded her own tribute by removing her high heel shoes, pouring champagne into each of them, and toasting with her director in what was simultaneously the sweetest and grossest moment of the night. READ FULL STORY

Sally Menke dies at 56: Remembering Tarantino's longtime editor

Sally-MenkeImage Credit: Jeff Vespa/WireImage.com; Linda R. ChenBeing Quentin Tarantino’s film editor couldn’t have been easy work. There were the long, unexplained gaps between projects, the fact that her boss was a movie-mad perfectionist who always had the ideal version of his film already playing inside his own head, and the intimidating challenge that all of his movies hinged on cutting back and forth between time, place, and characters — imagine trying to keep all of the mobius-strip plotlines of Reservoir Dogs or Pulp Fiction straight. But Tarantino was so devoted to Sally Menke and such a fan of her work that he never employed anyone else to cut his films. And he was such a fan of her as a person that he routinely assembled “Hi Sally” reels (included on the extras of many of his DVDs) where the cast and crew would begin each take by looking into the camera and giving her a shout-out she’d see months later to cheer her up in the editing room and push her to forge ahead. Along with Martin Scorsese and his longtime editor Thelma Schoonmaker, it’s hard to imagine a more collaborative director/editor duo than Tarantino and Menke — a partnership that came to a sudden and unexpected end earlier today when the news hit that Menke, 56, was found dead near L.A.’s Griffith Park. Menke had apparently gone hiking in the morning heat with her dog and was found by searchers in Beachwood Canyon after her friends reported to police that she’d failed to come home. Her Labrador retriever was reportedly found alive beside her.

Menke graduated from the NYU film program and served as an editor on 1990′s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. There were other films after that, but her career really took off  when she partnered with Tarantino, an encyclopedic video store clerk-turned-auteur, on 1992′s Reservoir Dogs. The brilliant independent film about a band of nameless career criminals who assemble for a botched heist and reassemble in a warehouse trying to figure out how it all went wrong and whether or not they had a rat in their midst, made a splash at the Sundance Film Festival that year, turning Tarantino’s into one of the most electrifying debuts Hollywood had ever witnessed. There was no arguing that he was a genius, but it was Menke’s editing of the low-budget film that made it so unique and revolutionary. READ FULL STORY

Quentin Tarantino orders up a royale Friars Club Roast with cheese

quentin-tarantinoImage Credit: Glenn Harris/PR PhotosOscar-winning director-writer-producer-actor Quentin Tarantino will be tenderly roasted at a very classy Friars Club Roast that probably won’t go to the trouble of creating a creepy sculpture 17 times the size of him, like Comedy Central did for David Hasselhoff. Samuel L. Jackson will be “Roastmaster” for the event to be held Friday, Oct. 1 at the New York Hilton.

Other guests: Kathy Griffin, Pam Grier, Neve Campbell, Michael Madsen, Eli Roth, Patricia Arquette, Rob Schneider, Uma Thurman, Harvey Weinstein, Sarah Silverman, Rosario Dawson, Bob Weinstein, Michelle Rodriguez, and more! Maybe you, if you crash it! They’ll probably let anyone with a Vincent Vega wig in. Who are these “friars” to say you are not John Travolta? Oh my God. Are you John Travolta? [PRNewswire]

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'Inglourious Basterds' parody: Grammar Nazis!

The fine jokesters at CollegeHumor have envisioned an Inglourious Basterds in which Christoph Waltz’ Hans Landa also happens to resemble your eighth-grade grammar teacher. The resulting parody, embedded after the jump, is darn tootin’ cool for a few reasons. First, actor Josh Ruben’s imitation of Waltz is spot on. Second, the clip’s recreation of LaPadite’s farm abode — a setting that received extended play in the movie — is impressive. And third, and most importantly, is the fact that it’s relatively easy to imagine Hans Landa actually having this sort of conversation. The character speaks four languages, for crying out loud, so of course he’d be an actual grammar Nazi too. Oh, if only Landa knew how poorly this movie’s title was spelled… READ FULL STORY

Is 'Hobo with a Shotgun' the worst movie title of all-time? Or the best?

the-hitcherImage Credit: Everett CollectionAudiences may not have flocked to Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s two-movies-for-the-price-of-one Grindhouse venture when it was released back in 2007. But the schlock-tastic project is enjoying a peculiar, and thriving, afterlife thanks to its fake movie trailers. Rodriguez has turned his own  Machete ad into a full-blown forthcoming movie featuring Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba, Steven Seagal, and Danny Trejo, who starred in the original faux trailer. Meanwhile, Hostel auteur Eli Roth continues to insist that he will eventually get round to making a full length version of his hilariously disgusting Thanksgiving commercial.

And now comes the news that production has started on Hobo with A Shotgun. If you’re thinking “Hobo with a what-now?,” then don’t worry. The Hobo with a Shotgun trailer, which was made by an unknown Nova Scotia director called Jason Eisener for a mere $150, was only included in a few Grindhouse prints after winning a fake trailer competition set up by Rodriguez. But three years on, Eisener’s dreams of making a movie called, uh, Hobo with a Shotgun, have come true and the film recently started principal production with the mighty Rutger Hauer in the lead role of the munitions-minded vagrant.

Check out the original, expletive- and blood-featuring, fake trailer after the break and tell us what you think. Would you pay good money to see a film called Hobo with a Shotgun? And is that title more or less gloriously dumb than Snakes on a Plane and Hot Tub Time Machine?


The US version of 'Spaced': Why watching footage from the never-broadcast pilot may seriously damage your eyesight

A couple of years back, Charlie’s Angels director McG announced that he was overseeing a US version of Spaced, the utterly fantastic, pop culture reference-drenched, British sitcom which starred Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes. At the time, all of the creators of the original show expressed alarm at this turn of events. Director Edgar Wright blogged that he was having “a terrible recurring dream of being burgled in broad daylight (no joke, and no dream analyst required),” while Hynes jokingly declared her intention to oversee a British version of Charlie’s Angels about three women “who love to make biscuits, and wear button up cardigans.”

The US Spaced—which fans of the Brit comedy swiftly dubbed McSpaced—was subsequently abandoned, but not before a pilot was filmed. Now an enterprising blogger has tracked down footage from said show, which you can see below. I could say there isn’t enough material to judge whether it would have been good or not. But, to hell with that. Being British myself, I am instead going to side with director Wright, who has twittered his concern over “the large amount of you who stabbed out their eyes or washed them with bleach,” after watching it.

Does anyone out there think “McSpaced” could have worked? Or, for that matter, would like to see a cleavage-free, baked goods-oriented, Charlie’s Angels? Let us know! Incidentally, the original Spaced is very much available for purchase on DVD complete with commentaries from Kevin Smith and Quentin Tarantino, among others.

Grammys: Was Stephen Colbert out of his element?

Well, yes, Walter. Of course he was. You need only watch Jay-Z’s Bish Please face at 0:38 during Colbert’s “Welcome, folks!” speech (embedded below) to figure that out. Colbert’s good-natured quips like “The Pink-Eyed Green Peas” fell flat with the cool kids, even though that one would have gone over great as a word puzzle with special musical guests on Sesame Street. Tough crowd for Colbert. It’s okay, though. No one really needs to “fit in” at the Grammys. And Colbert certainly doesn’t care. He is a GRAMMY WINNER; plus, his adorable teenage daughter finally thinks he’s cool. And anyone who’s prepared Lady Gaga zingers to fire off backstage is a Grammys winner in my children’s picture book. (For the alien visitor’s next outfit, Colbert predicted, “They’re just going to spray her down with glue and run her through a Build-a-Bear workshop.”)

A bit more jarring for me was the trotting out of random CBS TV stars to present awards to people in the music industry. I have nothing against Kaley Cuoco or Chris O’Donnell in theory, and Simon Baker’s glasses deserved Accessory of the Year, but I couldn’t help but roll my eyes when they came out. Like, ugh, I get it, CBS, TV on the Grammys, lame! Still, I’d rather hear Chris O’Donnell present an award 30 times than Quentin Tarantino pretend he’s a rapper and plug his own movie once. What about you?

SAG Awards 2010: We give the show our own awards! (And give you some backstage info!)

I’m Kate Ward, and I’m not an actor — though I would love to be, if only to get the opportunity to stroke Jon Hamm’s luxurious beard. (Mmm.) After an unusually somber and sober Golden Globes ceremony last Sunday, things were decidedly cheerier at Saturday night’s Screen Actors Guild Awards. In fact, our actors were so happy to receive their awards, the show began running too long: Near the end of the program, during the commercial break, winners were asked to limit their acceptance speeches to 45 seconds. (Not that they listened — I’m looking at you Jeff Bridges.)

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet: With no host, the show began with an introduction that featured some great lines from a motley crew of actors. (The best in that introduction goes to Curb Your Enthusiasm‘s Jeff Garlin: “Wow, my IMDB star meter is up eight percent in popularity this week. I’m Jeff Garlin, and I’m an actor.”) And then, just as quickly as you can say “Justin Timberlake’s denim-blue shirt,” it was onto the awards! In the spirit of the season, I thought I would present my own awards, based on the show. (And some behind-the-scenes info from EW’s John Young, who was backstage during the ceremony.)  So, without further ado, here are my awards for the night! (And look here for a complete list of winners — we’re just touching on the show’s highlights here.)

Funniest acceptance speech: Really, is it any contest? The funniest acceptance speech goes to lifetime achievement award winner Betty White, who still can rile up a room after 88 years. After buddy Sandra Bullock lightly teased White during her introduction (said Bullock: “She starred in four different television shows called The Betty White Show. Four. Most people would stop naming shows after themselves after the third one.”), White approached the podium and thanked her pal: “Isn’t it heartening to see how far a girl as plain as she is can go?” But she was just getting started: “I am still to this day starstruck. I look out at this audience and I see so many famous faces. But what really boggles my mind is that I actually know many of you. And I’ve worked with quite a few. Maybe had a couple.” (Props to George Clooney, who, while presenting best performance by a cast in a motion picture, told the audience: “I think it was 1987, I did an episode of The Golden Girls, and I would like to thank Betty White for her discretion.”) And you have to respect White, if only for that high-slit dress. Backstage, she told reporters, “You got to use everything you possibly can!” READ FULL STORY

Which scenes were cut from the year's best movies?

The fun of a director’s cut, of course, is being able to watch an elongated version of one of your favorite films, and constantly wonder, “Why did [insert director name here] take that scene out?!” (One of the most egregious cuts in my opinion: Christopher Guest cutting “This Bulging River” from his finalized version of Waiting for Guffman. Why, oh why?!)

Well, even before you see all the director’s cuts of this year’s most celebrated films, you’ll get some answers to that question, thanks to the L.A. Times’ “Envelope Roundtable.” The media outlet gathered some of this year’s award-worthy directors — James Cameron, Jason Reitman, Quentin Tarantino, Kathryn Bigelow, and Lee Daniels — to chat about their films and careers. This is one interesting clip from the roundtable, in which the five discuss the scenes they cut from their acclaimed films.

One common thread between all the slashed scenes? They all seemed to be cherished by the directors. (Well, except for a seemingly ill-advised dream sequence from Up in the Air.) But even if the subject matter of this clip doesn’t interest you, you should check it out anyway: The awkward tension between Bigelow and Cameron — who, at one point, teases his ex-wife about her low budget for The Hurt Locker — is simply too good to miss.

Tell me, PopWatchers, if you had the five directors in one room together, what would you ask them? And what, in your opinion, was the most egregious cut scene from a film?

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