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It’s no secret Quentin Tarantino‘s films tie together. Forget Red Apple cigarettes, because the connections go deeper than that. Some of the writer-director’s characters are related, some have possibly crossed paths with one another, and some, according to Tarantino, have even watched each other at the movie theater.

After the jump, the Hateful Eight director discusses the Quentin Tarantino universe.

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Chewbacca medal

It’s a question that’s haunted Star Wars fans for almost four decades now: why the hell doesn’t Chewbacca get a medal at the end of A New Hope? Luke gets one, and Han gets one, but Chewie, despite having been present for just as much of the action, gets overlooked. Did the medal store run out? Does Chewie have a principled stance against trophy culture? Is Leia secretly an anti-Wookiee racist?

Thankfully, the latest issue of the Chewbacca comic book series finally clears things up. Hit the jump to find out just what the deal with Chewbacca and that Medal of Bravery.  Read More »

Kylo Ren Darth Vader helmet

When Star Wars: The Force Awakens opened earlier this month, it answered a lot of questions we had in the run-up to the film, like “What’s Leia been up to?” and “Is BB-8 somehow even cuter than R2-D2?” (answers: being a general, and yes). But it also raised a whole lot more. Such as: how exactly did Darth Vader’s helmet, last seen burning in a funeral pyre in The Return of the Jedi, wind up in the hands of Kylo Ren (Adam Driver)?

The film doesn’t spell it out, but Star Wars fans have constructed plenty of theories. And now it looks like one of them may have hit upon a definitive answer. (Warning: Massive spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens ahead.) Get the Kylo Ren Darth Vader helmet explanation after the jump. Read More »

THE HATEFUL EIGHT

The Weinstein Company is giving cinephiles a chance to start 2016 off right. The Hateful Eight is now set to roll into theaters January 1, a week earlier than its previously announced January 8 wide release date.

Of course, that still means much of the country has three weeks until they can see Quentin Tarantino‘s latest. So while we wait, here’s an interesting bit of trivia to consider: Did you know that The Hateful Eight originally started out as a Django Unchained sequel? Find out why Tarantino ultimately decided not to make it one after the jump.  Read More »

Ron Howard superhero movie

Director Ron Howard has had a diverse career. He’s directed romantic comedies, mysteries, period pieces, and a Dr. Seuss adaptation. We’ve never seen a major action movie or superhero film from him, though, because, Howard says, they doesn’t interest him.

After the jump, learn why the director turned down Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and a handful of comic book movies.

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Coyote Ugly

Coyote Ugly isn’t exactly a classic for the ages, but it has done a surprisingly good job of not being forgotten. 15 years on, people still have fond memories of watching Piper Perabo dance on bars, aided by the fact that the film still plays on cable TV from time to time.

But the movie almost turned out very differently. In a recent interview, director David McNally reveals that Jessica Simpson was up for the part that Perabo eventually won, and that Kevin Smith once submitted a much raunchier draft of the script. More about the Coyote Ugly Jessica Simpson and Kevin Smith trivia factoids below. Read More »

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It’s one of the greatest cinematic controversies of all time. Since international law allows you to only watch The Nightmare Before Christmas once per year, fans of the 1993 stop-motion animated musical have long debated the more appropriate time to view the film. Is it a weird and creepy Christmas movie, or a Halloween movie with with a peppermint-flavored candy shell? It only took 22 years, but someone finally decided to ask director Henry Selick, who gave the definitive answer: it’s an October movie.

Find Selick’s reasoning for the Nightmare Before Christmas Halloween movie label after the jump.

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