weekend box office once upon a time in hollywood

Disney’s The Lion King continues to rule the box office, but it had some adult competition over the weekend. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, the latest from Quentin Tarantino, ended up raking in a hefty sum as well, earning Tarantino his best box office opening weekend ever. Even if you’re not a fan of Hollywood, you have to admit seeing an adult-driven, non-Disney movie finally go over well with audiences this summer is a breath of a fresh air.

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once upon a time in hollywood spoiler review

Who could’ve guessed that Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, once thought of as “Quentin Tarantino‘s Charles Manson movie”, would end up being one of the sweetest films of the director’s career? Beneath the rampant speculation, beneath the True Crime trappings, beneath the bursts of shockingly graphic violence, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood has a warm, loving heart.

It’s a melancholy film – a film about endings, and beginnings. It’s about living your dreams, and realizing that sometimes those dreams aren’t enough – and then learning to accept that. You may be doing what you love, but you might still not be where you want to be. And maybe that’s okay, as long as you have someone to share it all with. It’s a fairytale. A question of “What if…?” writ large on celluloid. And it’s a masterpiece. 

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once upon a time in hollywood influences

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood cinematographer Robert Richardson sat down for an interview about creating the unique style for Quentin Tarantino‘s latest, and in the process, rattled off an entire list of TV shows and movies that influenced the look and feel of the 1969-set film. It’s a hefty list, but it helps give fans a glimpse into what went into creating Tarantinos new Hollywood-set epic. Check out the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood influences below, and beware of potential spoilers.

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tom cruise in once upon a time in hollywood

One of the selling points for Quentin Tarantino‘s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is the big movie-star team-up of Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt. But things could’ve turned out much differently. According to Tarantino, if Brad Pitt hadn’t been available, he would’ve offered another big movie star his role: Tom Cruise. But that doesn’t mean DiCaprio would still be in the movie too. As Tarantino tells it, it was important to get the pairing of his leading men just right.

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James Marsden in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood has a huge cast. As the film entered production, we reached a point where daily casting news would add yet another name to an ever-growing list. One of those names was James Marsden – but Marsden didn’t make it into the final film. So who was Marsden going to play in Tarantino’s latest? Surprisingly, he was set to play Burt Reynolds – an actor who was also cast in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood but died before shooting his scenes.

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Working Fifth Element Gun

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch as Adam Savage reveals his build of a fully functional version of Zorg’s gun from The Fifth Element. Plus, pay attention as Jon Favreau breaks down what went into a scene in Disney’s remake of The Lion King, and The Today Show has an extensive chat with Quentin Tarantino and the cast of his new movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Read More »

once upon a time in hollywood clip

The first Once Upon a Time in Hollywood clip just popped up online, featuring a stuttering Leonardo DiCaprio, a too cool for school Brad Pitt, and a flustered Kurt Russell. The striking thing here is how relatively low-key this clip is compared to the energetic trailers we’ve seen so far. Perhaps Sony wants to save all the wild stuff for the movie itself. Watch the clip from Quentin Tarantino‘s latest below.

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bounty law

Time to add another potential project to Quentin Tarantino‘s ever-growing list. The filmmaker revealed that in preparation for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, he wrote five episodes of Bounty Law, the fictional TV show within the movie that stars Leonardo DiCaprio‘s character Rick Dalton. Rather than just let those scripts gather dust, Tarantino says he wants to actually direct them for Netflix, HBO, or some other network.

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Last Tarantino Movie

It’s that time again – time for Quentin Tarantino to bring up his potential Star Trek movie and also his possible retirement. Tarantino has teased both his Trek film and his plans to retire after making ten movies. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is being billed as Tarantino’s ninth, which begs the question: is Star Trek going to be his last movie, or does he count that as something separate, and do we still have one more original Tarantino movie on the horizon as well? The filmmaker has weighed in, and it looks like he might just call it quits after Trek. Maybe.

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once upon a time in hollywood film series

Quentin Tarantino and Sony TV are ready to celebrate the release of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood with a film series featuring 10 films personally curated by Tarantino himself. The movies will air on the Sony Movie Channel, which is apparently a real thing, even though I’ve never heard of it. Segments will feature conversations between Tarantino and film writer and historian Kim Morgan, with each film representative of the era in which Tarantino’s latest film is set.

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