Tarantino on Sergio Leone

Sergio Leone, the Italian director best known for his 1960s spaghetti westerns like The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West, has long been an inspiration for writer/director Quentin Tarantino. But in addition to paying homage to Leone in his own films, Tarantino has now written the foreword for a new book about Leone in which he specifies why the cinematic maestro “is the greatest of all Italy’s filmmakers.”
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Django Zorro movie

The comic series Django/Zorro is headed to the big screen, courtesy of Quentin Tarantino and Jerrod Carmichael. Carmichael has been tapped to write the script, but it’s unclear if Tarantino will co-write with him. It’s also unclear if Tarantino plans to direct the potential movie, or if he will simply hand the project off to someone else. The film is based on the comic sequel to Tarantino’s Django Unchained, and focuses on that film’s lead character teaming up with the legendary Zorro.

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(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: Quentin Tarantino is many things…including a writer of amazing female characters.)

Director Quentin Tarantino recently came under scrutiny for refusing to answer a female journalist’s question about the number of lines he wrote for Margot Robbie in his latest, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. He “rejected [her] hypothesis” that he neglected to write enough for Robbie’s part. Robbie defended the decision, saying that she enjoyed working within the restraints of a low-dialogue role.

While Tarantino is by no means perfect, it feels disingenuous to call him out on a lack of dialogue for Robbie when he has written some of the more complex and powerful female characters in American cinema. The performers entrusted with these characters brought them to life. They don’t shy away from the more difficult aspects of their characterizations. Their flaws make them relatable, and ultimately more human.

My own relationship with Tarantino’s filmography is complicated. I cannot reconcile Tarantino endangering Uma Thurman on the set of Kill Bill: Volume 2. I worry about his knowledge of Weinstein’s predation. I have serious concerns about how he treats people both on-set and off. Despite my conflicting feelings on the man himself, it’s impossible to deny the impact his characters made on my life. By writing female characters who were flawed, traumatized, and stuck in dangerous hyper-masculine worlds, he gave me characters whose trajectories felt more like my own. Tarantino’s women were survivors, and I was just learning how to be one.

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once upon a time in hollywood cast cut

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood has a huge cast, but it looks like a few of those cast members didn’t make it into the final film. After Quentin Tarantino‘s latest screened at Cannes, one critic pointed out that several of the previously-announced actors aren’t in the movie – but that might change. According to Tarantino himself, there’s a good chance he’s going to make Once Upon a Time in Hollywood longer.

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood first reactions

After a four year break, Quentin Tarantino is back. The acclaimed writer/director’s ninth feature film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, has just debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in France, and while we’ll have our own full review coming from the festival shortly, we wanted to gather some of the earliest reactions from critics to give you a sense of how people are reacting to his new period piece. Take a look below. Read More »

once upon a time in hollywood story

Quentin Tarantino‘s much-anticipated Once Upon a Time in Hollywood makes its world premiere at Cannes today. While the rest of us peasants have to wait a few months to clap eyes on this thing, everyone is already buzzing. Tarantino has put together a killer cast, and more than that, he’s also hinted at some big surprises awaiting audiences in the film. So many surprises, in fact, that he issued a plea to the Cannes audience not to give away the game. So what’s going on in Tarantino’s latest opus?

The filmmaker and his two leading men, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, sat down for an in-depth interview, and dropped some clues about what’s in store.

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once upon a time in hollywood trailer new

There was a moment there where it looked like Quentin Tarantino wouldn’t be able to bring Once Upon a Time in Hollywood to this year’s Cannes Film Festival, but the filmmaker managed to pull it off. Now, to accompany the worldwide debut, a new Once Upon a Time in Hollywood trailer has arrived, in all its stylish, star-studded glory.

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood spoilers

In the grand tradition of cinematic masters the Russo Brothers, Quentin Tarantino has released a letter urging critics not to give away any Once Upon a Time in Hollywood spoilers. Tarantino’s latest is set to premiere at Cannes, and while the filmmaker has never had any public qualms with the concept of spoilers before, it looks like Once Upon a Time in Hollywood has some big twists audiences won’t see coming – and Tarantino would like to keep them secret.

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once upon a time in hollywood cannes

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will eschew the Hollywood premiere for France’s most prestigious film festival. Quentin Tarantino’s highly anticipated film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt as a washed up actor and his stuntman in 1969 will be making its world premiere at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Cannes premiere was announced by the festival on Thursday.

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hateful eight netflix mini-series

A month ago, word arrived that an extended version of Quentin Tarantino‘s 2015 Western The Hateful Eight would be arriving on Netflix. Many (including this writer) assumed this was going to be the Roadshow Cut – a cut that played in limited theatrical release, and was never released on home video. But that’s not what happened.

Instead, The Hateful Eight arrived on Netflix broken into a miniseries, consisting of four episodes. How, and why, did this happen? And was Tarantino involved? It turns out he was. The filmmaker curated and oversaw the new miniseries cut himself.

Tarantino spoke to /Film exclusively about how the Hateful Eight Netflix miniseries came together. The filmmaker also spoke of a new director’s cut of another one of his films, and whether or not he’s going to make that rumored Star Trek movie.

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