The Weinstein Company has revealed the full cast list for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, which includes Tarantino veterans like Samuel L. Jackson and Tim Roth, as well as newbies like Demián Bichir, Channing Tatum, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. READ FULL STORY
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When Pulp Fiction opened in theaters 20 years ago today, the mainstream moviegoing audience was introduced to a dynamic new Hollywood talent. Quentin Tarantino was a 31-year-old hipster whose formal film education never rose much higher than working as a clerk in a Manhattan Beach video store. A walking encyclopedia of film history who fetishized some of the more obscure genres, Tarantino had a gift for dialog and his own visual toolbox that expanded the language of cinematic storytelling. Pulp Fiction was the culmination of a two-year stretch where the director went from Nobody to Wunderkind, beginning with the Sundance premiere of Reservoir Dogs in 1992. That splashy debut established Tarantino’s bonafides with actors, critics, and insiders, and the idea of John Travolta dropping by his house to play board games and talk shop suddenly became feasible. His scripts for True Romance and Natural Born Killers made it to the screen—though not in the form he envisioned—but for a guy who most Americans still didn’t know, he had already earned an artistic reputation: He was cool.
Pulp Fiction was the culmination of all that creative build-up and industry goodwill. Tarantino attracted an amazing ensemble cast, one that looks even better in hindsight, in part because of what Pulp did for each of their respective careers, from Samuel L. Jackson to John Travolta to Uma Thurman. The film premiered at Cannes in the spring and was pronounced an instant classic. So even before it opened on Oct. 14 to win the weekend box office, Hollywood executives were barking into phones, “Get me the next Pulp Fiction!” or “Rewrite the single-dad as a samurai hitman!” and “Make sure there’s a snazzy soundtrack and at least one hipster dance sequence!”
Unfortunately, simply making something Tarantino-esque wasn’t the same because it lacked that certain thing… Tarantino. And more often than not, trying to imitate the new master’s superficial tics—without the elaborate and sturdy scripts that were also his trademark—just exposed a film and its director’s fatal flaws. But that didn’t stop studios from trying. Pulp Fiction sent ripples across Hollywood, and in the five years that followed, there were dozens of wannabes and knockoffs. Many were shameless ripoffs, some were decent imitations, and a few actually stand on their own merit. READ FULL STORY
Quentin Tarantino has tapped Jennifer Jason Leigh to play Daisy, the female lead in his much-anticipated Western, The Hateful Eight. Sources close to the production confirm reports that the Fast Times at Ridgemont High actress is in talks to join the cast, which also includes Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, and Bruce Dern.
In the film, a bounty hunter and stagecoach full of shady post-Civil War characters find shelter from a blizzard in a desolate country inn, where they encounter even more suspicious figures. Daisy is the mysterious prisoner handcuffed to the rugged bounty hunter played by Russell. “When you get to hell, tell them Daisy sent you!” she screams at him—or at least she did during a live-read of the screenplay back in April.
Tarantino nearly shelved the project when copies of his script were posted on the web, but after threatening Gawker with a lawsuit, he’s now planning to start shooting in January. The Weinstein Company is planning to release the film next fall.
Ever since the original script leaked for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, there have been doubts about the film ever making it to the big screen. But after a poster and a theater-released teaser, it looks like Tarantino’s post-Civil War western is perhaps more difficult to kill than some thought. And now, The Weinstein Company has officially signed on to distribute the film.
The Weinstein Company announced its partnership with Tarantino along with the news that The Hateful Eight—which will be shot on 65mm film and have the widest 70mm film release in more than 20 years, according to a press release—will begin principal photography in January with a domestic release slated for the fall of 2015.
The Weinstein Company previously partnered with Tarantino on 1992’s Reservoir Dogs and 2012’s Django Unchained.
If you’re making a movie about a rugged 19th-century stagecoach adventure, you’re presumably familiar with the idiom “putting the cart before the horse.” But Quentin Tarantino has always operated outside convention. So it’s oddly appropriate that a teaser trailer for his next movie, The Hateful Eight—a film that doesn’t even go into production until early 2015—will debut in theaters next weekend before screenings of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
Though The Weinstein Company—which is distributing both films—declined to comment, sources close to the production tell EW that reports of a theater-only teaser are correct. It’s an ingenious marketing gimmick, since the teaser will not officially be made available online. Hence, some passionate fans might buy tickets to see Sin City just to get a glimpse of what Tarantino is working on next.
But what exactly is there to see in that 100 or so seconds of video? Is it a Hitchcock-style promo, in which the auteur addresses the audience? Is it footage from the star-studded April live-read? Or has Tarantino been filming on the sly, at least a few scenes to warrant a brief tease? Unlikely. Slashfilm reports that viewers can expect a steady stream of title cards—no doubt with some evocative Morricone-esque music. READ FULL STORY
Quentin Tarantino’s post-Civil War western, The Hateful Eight, hasn’t even been shot yet, and it’s already been through its fair share of ups and downs. When pages from the script were leaked back in January, Tarantino filed a lawsuit against Gawker and announced that he was no longer going to make the film. Then, in April, Tarantino told a crowd that he was in fact working on a new draft of the script. And most recently, at Comic-Con, Tarantino said that the film was moving forward. Now, we have proof of that.
We’ve got a look at the poster for The Hateful Eight, which will premiere in the upcoming issue of Empire. According to the poster, the film will be shot in 70-millimeter Super Cinemascope and will hit theaters in 2015.
Quentin Tarantino’s post-Civil War western The Hateful Eight will be a film after all.
After Gawker leaked pages from The Hateful Eight screenplay back in January, Tarantino filed a lawsuit against the media company and said he wouldn’t be turning the script into a movie because of the leak. He later amended that statement though, telling a crowd at a The Hateful Eight reading in April that he was actually working on new draft of the script. And Sunday, he announced at a Comic-Con panel that the movie is a go, Deadline reports.
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Quentin Tarantino is not backing down from his Hateful Eight lawsuit against Gawker. Though the filmmaker’s initial claim — that the website illegally promoted a leaked copy of his screenplay — was dismissed in late April, he’s taken advantage of the judge’s ruling and filed an amended complaint. Judge John F. Walter of the U.S. District Court in California determined that Tarantino failed to prove direct infringement and had no case, but left the door slightly ajar for Tarantino, giving his attorneys until May 1 to amend and refile the secondary claim for contributory infringement.
A U.S. District Court judge in California dealt a blow to Quentin Tarantino’s case against Gawker for promoting a leaked online copy of his script for The Hateful Eight. The Honorable John F. Walter ruled on April 22 that Tarantino “has failed to adequately plead facts establishing direct infringement by a third party or facts that would demonstrate [Gawker] either caused, induced, or materially contributed to the alleged direct infringement of those third party infringers.”
Tarantino had planned to make The Hateful Eight his next film, but the director angrily vowed to abandon the project after a script leaked online in January. Gawker was one of multiple web sites that covered the news and linked to the leaked screenplay, and Tarantino sued the site for copyright infringement and contributory copyright infringement. In court papers courtesy of Deadline, Walter ruled that Tarantino failed to “allege a single act of direct infringement committed by any member of the general public that would support Plaintiff’s claim for contributory infringement. Instead, Plaintiff merely speculates that some direct infringement must have taken place.”
The court left the door slightly open for Tarantino, giving his attorneys until May 1 to amend and refile the secondary claim for contributory infringement against Gawker.
The Hateful Eight isn’t dead after all.
Quentin Tarantino vowed to kill the project — a Wyoming-set, post-Civil War western — when the script was leaked in January.
“I’m going to publish it [as a book], and that’s it for now,” the director said at the time. “I give [the script] out to six people, and if I can’t trust them to that degree, then I have no desire to make it. I’ll publish it. I’m done. I’ll move on to the next thing. I’ve got 10 more where that came from.”
But at an all-star reading of The Hateful Eight script on Saturday, the director admitted things had changed. READ FULL STORY
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