once upon a time in hollywood set pics

Quentin Tarantino‘s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood has begun filming (second unit stuff, at least). As a result, the filmmaker and his crew are transforming parts of Hollywood into 1969 (nice). See some Once Upon a Time in Hollywood set pics below.

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once upon a time in hollywood cast timothy olyphant

Yet another impressive actor is eyeing a part in Quentin Tarantino‘s impeccable Once Upon A Time In Hollywood cast. Timothy Olyphant has tossed his hat in the ring and may co-star alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Burt Reynolds and more.

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In 2000, The L.A. Times published a first-person account written by former census bureau trainee Virginia Leaper, who recalled a sunny California Day during the Spring of ’70, where she’d been assigned (on the last day of training) to survey the infamous Spahn Movie Ranch, where the Manson Family had allegedly plotted the ritualistic murders of actress Sharon Tate and six others. Charles Manson was already in custody and awaiting trial, but a handful of his followers still resided at the ranch with its then 81-year-old owner, George Spahn. As Ms. Leaper tells it, these zealots knew the government had Manson locked down, yet still believed he’d return to them any day, cleared of all charges.

Leaper had heard the rumors regarding the old blind man and the “hippie” commune on his ranch. According to local legend, the young women that still counted Manson as their savior kept Spahn satiated with visceral pleasures (i.e. food and sex), to the point that the geriatric groundskeeper turned his cloudy eyes away from the nefarious happenings on this dusty home front. However, on the afternoon this hapless census employee turned off Santa Susana Pass Road onto the dirt trail that led to Spahn’s ranch, she found Manson’s harem suspiciously eyeing her after she entered its elderly owner’s home. While Leaper asked Spahn a series of questions (all contained in a “three-pound” binder), the dirty faces in the room multiplied, closing in and making her quite uncomfortable.

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Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Cast

It’s been a rumor for months, and now it’s official: Margot Robbie will play Sharon Tate in Quentin Tarantino‘s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. Robbie joins an increasingly impressive cast lead by Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt.

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once upon a time in hollywood cast

Burt Reynolds is the latest big name to join Quentin Tarantino‘s Manson Family murder-inspired film Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. Reynolds is set to play George Spahn, the ranch owner who rented land to Charles Manson. In addition to Reynolds, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, and Michael Madsen are all in talks for minor roles. Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio star.

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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

They say life imitates art, but when you’ve had a storied career like that of Burt Reynolds, it can easily be the other way around.

In The Last Movie Star, Reynolds plays a not-too-transparent version of himself: a fading former Hollywood idol who gets invited to accept a lifetime achievement award at a film festival — only to discover that the festival is a low-rent affair held out of a bar.

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Penn Jillette Director's Cut clapboard
Anyone who has been reading this site for any length of time probably knows that I’m a magic geek and two of my idols are the magic duo of Penn & Teller. Not only do they have a magic career spanning 40 years, but their many television shows and movies are equally impressive. So I’m excited to introduce this exclusive short guest post from Penn Jillette himself, presenting a behind the scenes video from his upcoming film Director’s Cut.

The film itself looks really interesting, the kind of story that could only come out of the democratic crowdsourcing process. The supercut-like clip gives you a fast-paced look at the making of the movie, but from the perspective of the clapboard that gets clapped before every single take of the film. Through this perspective, we get to see the film’s shooting locations, we even get a glimpse of Penn in costume as well as the other actors/characters in the film. Read Penn’s guest blog and watch the Director’s Cut clapboard video embedded after the jump.

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Though the small screen retains an unfair reputation as a lesser medium — think of all the snobby types who’ll brag about not owning a television, but would never be so dismissive about books or movies — the truth is that the medium varies as much as any other. Today’s TV Bits runs the gamut from highbrow (a literary adaptation on HBO) to lowbrow (a modeling industry reality show on The CW), with plenty of stuff in between. After the jump:

  • Noah Baumbach’s Jonathan Franzen adaptation The Corrections is a go at HBO
  • HBO will offer an early look at its highly anticipated Luck next month
  • Fox puts new eps of Alcatraz on hold while it goes back for reshoots
  • Burt Reynolds signs on to guest star on FX’s Archer
  • Summer Glau joins Tricia Helfer on TNT’s Scent of the Missing
  • The CW announces start dates for its midseason shows

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Is Uwe Boll’s Career Over?

Fanboys’ favorite ubermensch of suckage, Uwe Boll, may have directed his l-a-s-t big budget theatrical travesty with this past weekend’s $70 million In the Name of the King: Dungeon Siege Tale. The Jason Statham and Burt Reynolds (!) vehicle grossed a mouthwatering $3 million over the weekend, but apparently did “okay” in, drumroll, Boll’s home country of Germany.

“Because of the Boll reputation, it is not easy to get audiences into the cinemas,” Mychael Berg, head of distribution at 20th Century Fox in Germany, told the Hollywood Reporter. “We finally managed it, and we are quite satisfied with the abut 250,000 people who watched the movie (in Germany). We proved that you can make money with a Boll film.”

That might be the first time I’ve ever heard a distribution head publicly apologize for a director’s rep, outside of the porn industry. Hilarious! All cherries are popped sooner or later, I guess. The usually unflappable Boll, whose filmography includes videogame flicks like Bloodrayne 1 & 2 and Alone in the Dark, even sounds like he knows his number is up.

“In the future, I will focus on small films such as (the video game adaptation) ‘Postal’ or (the Vietnam war drama) ‘Tunnel Rats,’ ” Boll said. “These are films that represent my true passion, and they can be done with small budgets.”

Bring on the “passion,” I say. But the real reason for the end to Boll’s inexplicable employment is due to Germany banning tax shelter funds, from which Boll’s pricey Planet 9s were backed. From here on, he’ll have to play the Hollywood game straight-up. I checked his IMDB entry to bathe in his failure…but wait! It lists a $35 million movie coming out in 2010 called Legend: Hand of God from the director’s usual Freestyle Releasing (The Illusionist, Beer League), as well as a slew of others flicks like Zombie Massacre. Somewhere the Dr. Claw of genre films pets his feline and laughs loudly into the night!