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Leonardo DiCaprio to try on black hat in 'Django Unchained'?

Any actor will tell you: It’s good to be bad. Playing bad is a hoot, and many actors, like Gary Oldman, built their career on portraying crazy-eyed villains capable of the most vile deeds. Superstar actors, on the other hand, can become handcuffed — if only temporarily — by a certain level of fame after audiences demand a certain heroic or darling character each and every time. Ask Will Smith or Julia Roberts or Clint Eastwood. So it’s admirable and refreshing to hear from Deadline that Leonardo DiCaprio is reportedly in talks to play the villain in Quentin Tarantino’s next film, Django Unchained, the story of an escaped American slave who seeks vengeance on his cruel master. (Both DiCaprio and Tarantino’s reps have yet to respond to EW’s request for comment.) READ FULL STORY

'Community' goes 'Pulp Fiction': Check out the big brain on Jeff!

It makes total sense that Abed is a fan of Quentin Tarantino. Both have minds that are essentially Raiders of the Lost Ark warehouses filled with pop culture ephemera, both make references within references within references, and both can be extremely awkward when faced with the prospect of a normal, straightforward conversation. All of which is why dedicating an entire episode of Community to just making Pulp Fiction jokes would make complete sense and would probably be totally fantastic. But the writers on Community are too clever for that, and as the show progressed, the bespoke suits and gunplay of Pulp Fiction somehow morphed into the beige jackets and wordplay of My Dinner With Andre, combining one of the coolest movies of all time what is likely one of the least cool. (With the exception, of course, of the My Dinner With Andre action figures.) READ FULL STORY

What's the best (and worst) movie to feature an 'Office' cast member?

Office-movie-starsImage Credit: Suzanne HanoverThrow a rock at a movie screen in the next couple of months and there’s a fair chance you’ll hit a film starring someone from The Office. (You’ll also be thrown out of the cinema or, at the very least, be assailed with cries of “Who the hell brings a rock to the movies?” But I digress!) No Strings Attached, with Mindy Kaling, is still in cinemas, and this Friday sees the release of the Ed Helms-starring Cedar Rapids. Two weeks after that arrives Hall Pass, which features one Jenna Fischer. Meanwhile, the mighty Rainn Wilson will soon be seen in both Peep World and Super, the new movie from director James Gunn.


'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.

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