It seems like the best hope for Quentin Tarantino‘s live read of The Hateful Eight — that working on the staged reading of the script would revive the director’s interest in making a film — could become a reality. On Saturday night at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, the director assembled a cast of “Tarantino Superstars” to perform a one-time reading of the first draft of his western The Hateful Eight. He had famously planned to shoot the film this year, but scrapped that plan after a first draft of the script leaked online.
While there is no hard and fast plan to make the movie just yet, Tarantino did announce at the reading that he is writing a second draft and is planning to follow through with a third. Read More »
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Several times in the past, Baz Luhrmann has shown a tendency towards tweaked applications of tropes from western movies. So there’s a weird and somewhat thrilling sense of appropriate convergence to the fact that Luhrmann is now in talks to direct Kung Fu for Legendary. The original TV show, which first ran from 1972 to 1975, starred David Carradine as Caine, a Shaolin monk who roamed the American west, and has lived in pop-culture memory in no small part thanks to Quentin Tarantino’s fandom. There will be some changes in the new version, but with Luhrmann as director, there will be no shortage of great-looking visions. Read More »
As a film, Quentin Tarantino‘s western The Hateful Eight is dead. (Or it may not be, but don’t queue up for tickets any time soon.) The script, however, will come to life on stage at LACMA thanks to Film Independent. That’s the same outfit that promotes Jason Reitman’s Live Read series, which we’ve covered many times in the past. Now Film Independent has scheduled the ultimate Live Read, as Quentin Tarantino will direct The Hateful Eight once, live, on stage. Read More »
Kevin Costner has been enjoying a career revival thanks to roles in films such as Man of Steel, Three Days to Kill, and Jack Ryan, and particularly the Hatfields & McCoys TV series. He’s got Ivan Reitman’s film Draft Day coming up, which has been earning great reactions so far. Evidently Costner has decided to get back to work for real, and we won’t complain. One outcome could be that we see a new Kevin Costner western series.
And while Costner hasn’t directed a film since the 2003 release Open Range, he envisions doing not just one new western, but a series of three or four interconnected films, three of which would be released within the span of just one year. Read More »
Ti West (The Innkeepers, House of the Devil) is moving into new territory with his excellently-titled new western, In a Valley of Violence. The writer/director has been known for horror in the past, but he’s following his cult movie The Sacrament with this project, which exists thanks to backing from producer Jason Blum and his company Blumhouse. Read More »
Is this a rumor based in fact, or simply wishful thinking? Recently Quentin Tarantino said he would scuttle his planned film The Hateful Eight after the script leaked around Hollywood. (While the leak was initially an industry-only thing, the script quickly reached all corners of the internet.) In his fury at the first draft going public, Tarantino said he would bail on directing the movie, and focus instead on another film idea he’s been working on. The Hateful Eight would be published as a book, he said, but that was small consolation to those interested in seeing the film.
But now new rumors say that he’s going to direct the film after all. Read More »
The measure of a dirty comedy can be the green-band trailer. It’s easy to sell something with outrageous jokes and sex, but can the film in question hold up when it has to play it safe? Seth MacFarlane‘s A Million Ways to Die in the West has all the raunchy stuff covered, as shown in the red-band trailer. But what about the story? We know MacFarlane can make things work without being totally nasty — his background is in TV, after all. But given the chance to cut loose, as seems to be the case here, what’s in the film that isn’t R-rated material? There are still some good PG jokes here, and Charlize Theron looks like she’s having a good time. Check it out below.
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The new film from Family Guy and Ted creator Seth MacFarlane is a western, but otherwise it looks like just what you’d expect from the guy: a violent, vulgar, kinda weird comedy about a guy who maybe isn’t cut out for the frontier. Check out the first red-band trailer for A Million Ways to Die in the West below. It is very not safe for work. Read More »