New Beverly reopening

Movie theaters have suffered under the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, with several beloved landmarks forced to shutter due to the financial toll. But at least one iconic theater is guaranteed a grand reopening: Los Angeles’ New Beverly Cinema, owned and operated by Quentin Tarantino. The New Beverly Cinema reopening date has been set, after more than a year of being closed in response to the pandemic last March.

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tarantino star trek

Quentin Tarantino approached his fabled R-rated Star Trek script like any of us would: by taking inspiration from his love for Chris Pine. The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood director is not-so-secretly a fan of Pine’s depiction of Captain Kirk in the J.J. Abrams Star Trek movies, and the result is a Star Trek script that has “so much fun” with Kirk, according to Tarantino’s co-screenwriter Mark L. Smith.

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once upon a time in hollywood novel

Back in April, Quentin Tarantino teased on the “Pure Cinema Podcast” that he was considering writing a novel adaptation of his 2019 film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. And now, Tarantino will get to write that novel after landing a two-book deal with the HarperCollins imprint Harper. Under the deal, Tarantino is writing a Once Upon a Time in Hollywood novel as well as a non-fiction book titled Cinema SpeculationRead More »

the hateful eight iphone

Before Quentin Tarantino permanently severed ties with The Weinstein Company in the wake of the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, Tarantino was shopping around his 2015 film The Hateful Eight to a few other distributors. But one particularly egregious pitch from Universal may have driven Tarantino back into the arms of The Weinstein Company (Tarantino would later depart for good and make Once Upon a Time in Hollywood with Sony). But things might have been very different if then-Universal head Jeff Shell hadn’t pitched to Tarantino the idea of releasing The Hateful Eight on iPhones.

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vega brothers

Once upon a time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino had dreams of combining the worlds of Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction into The Vega Brothers. Michael Madsen‘s character in Reservoir Dogs and John Travolta‘s character in Pulp Fiction both had the same last name – Vega – and Tarantino very much wanted to team the two actors up for a prequel movie (it would have to be a prequel, since both Vega Brothers die in their respective films). Alas, it never came to be. Tarantino has dropped tidbits about the abandoned project over the years, and now Michael Madsen has offered up even more details.

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tarantino bond

Before James Bond found new life in the form of Daniel Craig, Quentin Tarantino really wanted to make his own Bond movie with previous 007 Pierce Brosnan. Tarantino wanted to make his own Casino Royale, set in the ’50s or ’60s, with Brosnan possibly co-starring alongside Uma Thurman. The filmmaker even met with Brosnan about the project– but it never came to be. Both Tarantino and Brosnan have talked about this in the past, and recently, Brosnan elaborated a bit more on what happened.

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grindhouse failure

Grindhouse, a big double-feature from Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino complete with fake trailers from Edgar Wright, Rob Zombie, and Eli Roth, arrived in 2007, and promptly bombed. Despite the hype, and the prospect of seeing to rebel auteurs like Rodriguez and Tarantino join forces, audiences just didn’t seem to give a damn, and the release only took in $25.4 million against a reported $53–67 million budget. So what happened? Looking back on the experience now, Quentin Tarantino says he and Rodriguez misjudged the movie-going public’s interest in such an experiment.

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Tarantino John Milius interview

Back in 1982, Quentin Tarantino, who was then 20-years-old, had yet to make a feature film. But he did manage to score an interview with the legendary John Milius, the writer-director with credits that include Apocalypse NowJeremiah Johnson, Red DawnConan the Barbarian, and more. Over on the website for his theater The New Beverly, Tarantino has uploaded the nearly 40-year-old interview.

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How to Make a Long Movie Shot

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, find out how long shots that appear to resemble single takes, such as the entirety of 1917, are created with seamless visual effects, camera movements, and editing tricks. Plus, watch the Director’s Guild of America‘s feature film symposium with the nominees of the 2020 DGA Awards, and listen to original All That cast members answer some burning questions. Read More »

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The 92nd Academy Awards are almost upon us, and if there’s one certainty going into Oscar night, it’s that some worthy talent in some category will be overlooked in favor of a lesser talent. No nominee or winner is undeserving of recognition, but snubs are also an essential part of Oscar history and directors are not immune to them. In fact, some of the greatest directors of all time have gone their whole career without receiving a proper Best Director Oscar.

Film is fundamentally a collaborative medium, and we’re only a little over a month removed from a decade where the movie industry shifted to a more producer-controlled landscape in which IP-friendly tentpoles seemed to occupy all the best real estate. Yet the best directors, the ones with the most singular voice or vision, do tend to bolster the case for auteur theory, whereby a director can be considered a film’s primary author. With that in mind, here’s a roughly chronological look at ten great film authors eluded by the golden statuette for Best Director. With each name on this list, we’ll be seeking to answer three questions: who did they lose to (if they were ever nominated), what film or films should they have won for, and why, oh, why didn’t they ever win?

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