the hateful eight roadshow

Quentin Tarantino‘s The Hateful Eight opened on 100 screens this past week as part of a unique, limited engagement. These 100 theaters would not be screening the movie through digital projection, but on 70mm film, a format that is all but extinct. That alone is an ordeal and a half, but that unique projection would only be one aspect of this “roadshow” release. There would also be an overture. And an intermission. And souvenir programs. Tarantino’s obsession with classic film presentation has climaxed – to watch The Hateful Eight in this format is to take a three-hour journey back in time, to an age where movies were truly sold as proper events.

As a sucker for Tarantino’s work (did rank all 122 of his characters) and an even bigger sucker for unique, one-of-a-kind theatrical experiences, I knew there was no way I was going to miss seeing The Hateful Eight in “glorious” 70mm. So, here’s how it all went down.

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Dimension Films has been spearheading the Halloween franchise since 1995’s Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers. Under their banner, the violent saga the masked “boogeyman” Michael Myers continued on for three sequels before it was rebooted under director Rob Zombie. After two films, Zombie stopped away and Marcus Dunstan boarded the franchise to helm a third movie that would have acted as a soft reboot of the whole series. Halloween Returns was supposed to film in July. It didn’t.

Now, whatever behind-the-scenes problems were plaguing Dimension and this iconic series have spilled into the public eye. The studio has lost the rights to the Halloween franchise, which means… Well, it certainly means something, although we have no idea what that something means quite yet.

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Quentin Tarantino and Paul Thomas Anderson

This holiday weekend sees the release of Quentin Tarantino‘s eighth film, The Hateful Eight. The western has a traditional theatrical release along with a special 70mm roadshow engagement that has extra footage and an intermission for the film that runs over three hours long. And now the director has sat down with another master filmmaker for a fascinating discussion.

Paul Thomas Anderson, whose film The Master got a special 65mm release as well, sat down with Tarantino for a 40-minute conversation about the fate of 70mm, the future of film in general and some of their greatest movie experiences. It’s a great way to spend some time this holiday weekend. Read More »

Quentin Tarantio cinematography

We all know how annoying it is when a cell phone goes off during the middle of a movie. Now, imagine how much more bothersome it is for a cell to go off during the shooting of a movie. Just think of some actor giving a scene their all, the lighting is perfect, and right before they get the perfect shot.. it’s killed by somebody’s android phone. That must happen, and apparently, it’s occurred more than a few times to Quentin Tarantino.

Learn why the writer-director behind The Hateful Eight doesn’t permit cellular telephones on his sets after the jump.

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Mad Max Fury Road - Max and Furiosa

The top 10 list I always look forward to the most towards the end of any year is the one from writer-director Quentin Tarantino. His taste is not only varied, but sometimes a little outside of the box. The director once included Woody Allen‘s Anything Else on a list featuring his favorite movies of the past 20 years or so — which, ever since he did that, has made me want to reevaluate Anything Else. Unlike the past few years, Tarantino has yet to reveal his top picks of the year, but he has declared his love for director George Miller‘s Mad Max: Fury Road.

Read about Quentin Tarantino’s favorite movie of 2015 after the jump.

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the hateful eight featurette

The Hateful Eight is the sixth time Quentin Tarantino and Samuel L. Jackson have collaborated on a film in some capacity and their ongoing partnership is one worth celebrating. Hell, when finished ranking every single Tarantino character, three of Jackson’s performances made it into the top 20. They bring out the best in one another – no one is as good at making Tarantino’s stylized dialogue sing quite like Jackson, who makes lengthy monologues and sudden violence look effortless.

Much of the marketing for The Hateful Eight has put Jackson’s Major Marquis Warren, a former slave turned Civil War officer turned bounty hunter, front-and-center and for good reason: the man is an electric performer whose mere presence in a trailer sends chills down the spine. Now, the Weinstein Company has released a special video focusing on Jackson’s role in the film and you can watch it after the jump.

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Here we are: the grand finale of the ridiculous endeavor to rank all 122 significant characters in Quentin Tarantino‘s filmography. In case you missed them, you can find Part One and Part Two of every Quentin Tarantino character rankedby clicking on those links. And now it’s time to end this.

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Tim Roth interview

You get the sense both actor Tim Roth and his character in The Hateful Eight, Oswaldo Mobray, are enjoying themselves immensely all throughout Quentin Tarantino‘s latest western. Roth plays a very posh and exuberant Englishman, who’s also a surprisingly thoughtful hangman.

The Hateful Eight is as much a mystery as it is a western, and how the story plays out, I imagine, will be even more satisfying on repeat viewings. The smallest of gestures, conversations, and even the blocking says so much about where these characters stand. It’s an intricately crafted film, and Roth, quite clearly, had a ball making it.

I spoke to a few actors at The Hateful Eight press day, and rarely are they so happy to be promoting a movie. This is Roth’s fourth collaboration with Tarantino, and he was kind enough to discuss the film, Oswaldo Mobray, and more with us.

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every quentin tarantino character ranked

Welcome back. In part one of this series, we began counting down each and every single one of director Quentin Tarantino‘s 122 significant characters to celebrate the impending release of the The Hateful Eight. In today’s edition, the next batch of scoundrels and soldiers and thieves and the occasional innocent-caught-in-the-crossfire. Follow me after the jump…

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