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The last eight months have been an awfully bumpy ride for Quentin Tarantino‘s The Hateful Eight. First it was leaked, then cancelled, then revived for a live reading. Then over the weekend Tarantino confirmed the movie was back on for good, and now the first Hateful Eight poster has arrived to add that the film is coming in 2015. Hit the jump to check it out.

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Blood Meridian James Franco

James Franco directed an adaption of the Cormac McCarthy novel Child of God, which opens in some theaters on August 1. But Franco also wanted to adapt McCarthy’s novel Blood Meridian, and even Franco admits the book seems like an “un-filmable” novel. That didn’t stop him from trying, and a few years ago Franco shot a test reel for the project. This 25-minute reel features characters from the novel that fans will very much recognize. Notably, the Judge appears, played by Mark Pellegrino. The Kid is played by Dave Franco, and Scott Glen and Luke Perry show up, too, as Tobin and Glanton.

This is very much a test reel — a rough edit, and lacking any polished sound mix — but it’s interesting to see Franco explore this particular sequence at length. If this was ever made as a traditional feature, this whole sequence would likely be condensed in a significant fashion. Additionally, the cast here may not have ended up in the feature. Note to anyone unfamiliar with Blood Meridian: this is not safe for work. Read More »

Hateful Eight 2015

If you want to see a new Kurt Russell film, there’s one waiting for you on Netflix right now, as the streaming service has premiered The Battered Bastards of Baseball. The title of the film almost sounds like it could be a Quentin Tarantino sports picture. In truth, the doc is really about the scrappy and successful independent baseball team run by Bing Russell, Kurt’s father, in mid-’70s Portland.

But Kurt Russell could really be in the next Tarantino movie, as he’s still set to have a role in Tarantino’s western The Hateful Eight. Russell was part of the cast when Tarantino staged a live-read of the script’s first draft earlier this year. And while the writer/director had originally killed off plans to make the movie after the script leaked, he has seemingly revived his own interest in The Hateful Eight. Now Russell suggests that cameras will roll on the project early next year.  Read More »

Michael Fassbender in X-Men First Class

Is the idea of Michael Fassbender in a giant fake head not quite what you’re looking for from the actor? Sure, everyone wants to see his face, but see Frank anyway. Regardless, here’s a shot from another upcoming film featuring the actor. In Slow West, Fassbender plays Silas Selleck, and Kodi Smit-McPhee is a kid named Jay Cavendish. Slow West is directed by John Maclean, who has previously directed Fassbender in a couple short films. (Most recently, Pitch Black Heist.) 

In the film, Selleck is something of a caretaker/protector to Cavendish as the two navigate the western American frontier. The first shot is below, showing the two in a pose that could go from helpful to threatening really quickly. Read More »

The Hateful Eight Shoots November

The result we hoped for when Quentin Tarantino staged his live-read of The Hateful Eight script looks like it will come to pass. A new report says Tarantino has fully revived plans to make the movie, and will now shoot The Hateful Eight late this fall, starting in November. Much of the cast from the live read will reportedly be on board. Read More »

Django Unchained miniseries

It’s not so unusual for movies to get an extended director’s cut on Blu-ray, but Quentin Tarantino hopes to take things one step further with Django Unchained. During a Cannes event, the filmmaker revealed that he wants to turn the 2012 Western into a four-hour miniseries by adding back the extra material he’d cut for the theatrical release. Hit the jump to read his comments.

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Fistful of Dollars outtakes

The Cannes Film Festival will close this year with a presentation of a restoration of Sergio Leone’s 1964 film A Fistful of Dollars. (Released in the US in early 1967.)  The movie, an uncredited remake of Yojimbo, turned Clint Eastwood into a movie star and made the spaghetti western the hottest genre going. Quentin Tarantino will present the film at Cannes, but even if you can’t attend that show we’ve got a good treat, in the form of some newly discovered and restored A Fistful of Dollars outtakes.

The Cineteca di Bologna and Unidis Jolly Film (the original producers and distributors of the movie) were behind the restoration. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation also helped out. As part of the process of restoration, some outtakes from the film were discovered and restored. Cineteca has now put them online. Watch below. Read More »

Million Ways To Die In The West

Seth MacFarlane might be worth hundreds of millions of dollars, but he’s still a nerd at heart. His works are filled with pop culture references and his latest movie is supposedly no different. While the trailers for A Million Ways To Die In the West haven’t shown many of those trademark MacFarlane references, a new trailer reportedly reveals a major cameo.

Even though this will likely be revealed in the latest trailer (currently seen in theaters with Neighbors), I still consider this a spoiler so proceed with caution. Read More »

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