THE HATEFUL EIGHT Synopsis Revealed; Channing Tatum and Demian Bichir Officially Join Cast

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As Quentin Tarantino readies his next film, the Western The Hateful Eight, to start production in January, The Weinstein Company has now given us some fascinating info regarding the film.  In addition to unveiling the official The Hateful Eight synopsis, the full cast list confirms last night’s news that Channing Tatum has a role in the film, and also reveals that Demian Bichir (A Better Life) has signed on to play the part of “Bob”.  While a synopsis previously hit when the script leaked and Tarantino staged a live-read of the script, he has crafted a new third act for the film during revisions, and this synopsis goes into a bit more detail about the plot.  The basic logline remains, as The Hateful Eight takes place some time after the Civil War and revolves around passengers on a stagecoach hurtling through the wintry Wyoming landscape.

Check out the full The Hateful Eight synopsis after the jump.  The film also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, and Bruce Dern.  The picture will be shot on 65mm film, with production taking place entirely in Colorado in anticipation of a big 70mm release late next year following a planned debut at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Kurt Russell Returns to the Western Genre in First BONE TOMAHAWK Image

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The first Bone Tomahawk image has arrived, giving us our first look at actor Kurt Russell in a Western since 1993’s Tombstone.  Russell leads the film as a sheriff who, along with a few other folks, attempts to rescue a group of captives from a band of cannibalistic troglodytes that live beyond the edge of civilization.  The feature marks the debut of director S. Craig Zahler, and he’s put together a really solid ensemble cast that includes Richard Jenkins, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Sean Young, David Arquette, Lili Simmons, and Fred Melamed.  Production on the feature just wrapped and it is expected to hit theaters late next year.

Check out the first Bone Tomahawk image after the jump, but beware: you will be mighty envious of Russell’s glorious facial hair.

FURIOUS 7 Trailer: Vin Diesel and the Family Return

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Universal Pictures has released the first Furious 7 trailer for director James Wan’s (The Conjuring) action sequel.  I really dig how it starts off with an extended action sequence and think that’s a fantastic beat where Walker has to grab the rim of the car giving him an extra few feet of purchase on that clip.  Aside from that, the movie looks huge!  It definitely seems like more fun than the sixth installment and I’m hard pressed to think of an entry that looks as vibrantly colorful as this one (they seem to be leaning in to the humor as well).  It definitely looks like Wan successfully pulled off the transition from horror to action without missing a beat.  As a recent fan of these movies (my love for them got ignited with Fast 5), it’s nice to have something unabashedly fun to look forward to.

Hit the jump to watch the Furious 7 trailer.  The film stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne Johnson, Jason StathamTyrese GibsonKurt RussellLudacrisNathalie EmmanuelDjimon HounsouLucas Black, and John BrothertonFurious 7 opens in theaters on April 10, 2015.  I’ll most certainly be there.  “I don’t have friends.  I got family.”

Poster For The Newly Titled FURIOUS 7, Trailer Hitting In Seven Days

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So strange.  I was just watching Fast & Furious 6 on HBO Go last night and noticed that the title card actually just read Furious 6, which I thought was a nice compliment to the fifth installment (which was officially titled Fast 5).  So now that Fast & Furious 7 seems to formally be titled Furious 7, I don’t know what to think.  Actually, I do know what to think, which its not worry about the title so much and to look forward to some insanely fun ridiculousness next year.   Though director James Wan described the shoot as a challenge when I spoke to him recently, he also said he was incredibly proud of the film and that sentiment is definitely echoed in the text accompanying the poster reveal.

The film also stars Vin Diesel, Paul WalkerDwayne JohnsonMichelle RodriguezJason Statham, LudacrisTyrese GibsonRonda RouseyTony JaaNathalie EmmanuelLucas BlackJohn BrothertonDjimon Hounsou, and Kurt Russell.  Furious 7 opens in theaters on April 3, 2015.  Hit the jump for a better look poster and a note accompanying the trailer announcement.  It will be an interactive event that fans can participate in as well. 

Sean Young, David Arquette, Lili Simmons, and More Join BONE TOMAHAWK; Film Now Shooting

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Last week we brought you the news that Bone Tomahawk had swapped out some of its cast, adding Patrick Wilson, Richard Jenkins and Matthew Fox to the fold.  Now the Kurt Russell starring western (written and directed by novelist S. Craig Zahler) has made some significant additions to the cast.  Sean Young, Lili Simmons (True Detective), David Arquette, Sid HaigEvan Jonigkeit (Girls), Kathryn Morris (Cold Case) have joined the film.

The movie actually started shooting today outside Los Angeles and will be produced by Caliber Media’s Dallas Sonnier and Jack Heller.  In the film, four men attempt to rescue a group of captives from a band of cannibalistic troglodytes that live beyond the edge of civilization.  Hit the jump for more on the new Bone Tomahawk casting.

THE HATEFUL EIGHT Will Shoot Entirely in Colorado Starting on December 8th

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I have resisted the temptation to read the script for The Hateful Eight and have even avoided the recaps of the live staging that was held of the piece a few months ago in Los Angeles.  So it’s encouraging that we’re getting this new Quentin Tarantino movie a lot earlier than we thought we might.  We’re now learning that the film will shoot outside of Telluride, Colorado and that everything – interiors and exteriors alike – will be lensed in the state.  There’s also a planned start date of December 8th.

Hit the jump for more on The Hateful Eight shooting in Colorado.  The full cast has yet to be announced, but we’ve heard that Kurt RussellTim RothMichael MadsenBruce DernWalton Goggins, and Samuel L. Jackson are attached with the possible addition of Jennifer Lawrence. The movie will be shot on glorious 70MM film.

Patrick Wilson and Matthew Fox Join BONE TOMAHAWK, Violent Western Shoots Next Month

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I’ve been looking forward to Bone Tomahawk ever since I read the words “Kurt Russell” and “Western” in the same sentence a while back and now it looks like this much anticipated film is on its feet and ready to go, making it one of two Kurt Russell westerns hitting screens next year (the other being The Hateful Eight).  So 2015 has that going for it.

In addition to the amazing (and previously reported) Richard Jenkins, the film has added Patrick Wilson and Matthew Fox to its already impressive roster.  The film’s writer S. Craig Zahler (who also penned the flat-out amazing script The Brigands of Rattleborge) will be stepping behind the camera to direct.  The films starts shooting next month outside Los Angeles and will be produced by Caliber Media’s Dallas Sonnier and Jack Heller.  Hit the jump for more on Bone Tomahawk.

Quentin Tarantino’s THE HATEFUL EIGHT Still On; Only Slightly Delayed

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The last we heard about Quentin Tarantino’s highly anticipated Western The Hateful Eight was that it would be shooting in November.  This was a welcome turn of events in a development saga that had turned somewhat sordid.  First, an early draft of the script leaked causing Tarantino to can the film and instead stage a live read.  So getting a new QT movie at all was a blessing.  Now comes the delay.  But the good news is that it’s apparently a minor one.

Kurt Russell is claiming that the film will actually be shooting next year.  Which, by the way, appears to lend some credibility to the idea that the cast of the live read of Hateful Eight would be returning for the film version.  That cast included Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Dern, Michael Madsen, James Remar, Amber Tamblyn, Walton Goggins, Zoe Bell and Tim Roth.  Honestly, don’t expect all of them to come back.  Wanting to do a project and making time for it are two completely different things and aligning those 11 schedules could be tough.  Hit the jump for more on The Hateful Eight delay.

FAST & FURIOUS 7 Wraps Production; Shares Heartfelt Note and New Image Commemorating Tough Shoot

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Shooting has just officially wrapped on Fast & Furious 7.  The tumultuous, to say the least, production faced innumerable hurdles following the tragic death of star Paul Walker in November.  I imagine those involved are glad they pushed on but relieved that the ordeal is drawing to a close.  I also imagine director James Wan has a bear of a post-production schedule ahead of him. Assembling the film in the proper manner to respectfully work around Walker’s death (and the various methods employed in replacing him) has to be a pretty intense juggling act.

Hit the jump to read a heartfelt note from the team and see a new Fast & Furious 7 image.  The film also stars Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Statham, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Ronda Rousey, Tony Jaa, Nathalie Emmanuel, Lucas Black, John Brotherton, Djimon Hounsou, and Kurt RussellFast & Furious 7 opens in theaters on April 3, 2015.

THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL Trailer: Sundance Documentary Celebrates Indie Baseball Team the Portland Mavericks

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Netflix has released The Battered Bastards of Baseball trailer online.  Directed by Chapman Way and Maclain Way, the film chronicles Bonanza actor Bing Russell’s formation of the independent baseball team the Portland Mavericks and the ensuing confrontation with organized baseball.  I caught the film at Sundance, and it was a blast, and I’m glad it’s coming to Netflix since it will give plenty of people the opportunity to see it.  Whether you’re a sports fan or not, you can still connect to the rebel spirit of the team and how a bunch of misfits can win the heart of a city.

Hit the jump to check out The Battered Bastards of Baseball trailer.  The documentary will be available on Netflix on July 11th.

Quentin Tarantino’s THE HATEFUL EIGHT to Start Shooting This November; Cast Announced

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Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino’s Western The Hateful Eight has gone through a bit of a whirlwind when it comes to its development.  Earlier this year, it was announced that Tarantino was planning another Western as his follow-up to Django Unchained, a film called The Hateful Eight that would potentially be toplined by Bruce Dern and Christoph Waltz.  Just a little over a week later, Tarantino’s full script was leaked and published online, offending the filmmaker and leading him to say that he was putting the project aside and might instead just publish the finished screenplay when it’s done.

Fast forward to a few days ago at the Cannes Film Festival where Tarantino was screening Pulp Fiction for its 20th anniversary, and the director admitted that he had “calmed down” a bit re: The Hateful Eight after a live read of the script, adding that he was in the midst of finishing the second draft and intended to do a third draft.  Well now it looks like Hateful Eight might be QT’s next flim after all, as a new report corroborates earlier claims that the pic will go before cameras this November.  Hit the jump for more.

Quentin Tarantino to Write New Draft of THE HATEFUL EIGHT Script; Might Film Next Winter

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Quentin Tarantino was in the middle of working on The Hateful Eight script when it leaked, and decided to scrap the project even though he wanted it to be his next film.  Tarantino explained that he was frustrated with the leak to the point where he decided to put The Hateful Eight aside and work on something else.  But it looks like he can’t let the project go since this past weekend he hosted a live-reading of the script with Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Bruce Dern, and more reading the various parts.  At the live-reading, Tarantino told the audience that they would be hearing an in-progress second draft of the script, and he planned to write a third draft.  He also noted that the final chapter—”Black Night, White Hell” would be changed, “So the only time it will be seen is here, tonight,” he told the audience according The Playlist.  Kind of makes that $200 ticket well worth the price of admission.

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Kurt Russell Talks THE ART OF THE STEAL, How Happy He Was with How the Film Turned out, FAST & FURIOUS 7, CLANG, BONE TOMAHAWK, and More

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From writer/director Jonathan Sobol, The Art of the Steal tells the story of Crunch Calhoun (Kurt Russell) a motorcycle daredevil and art thief who agrees to pull off one final lucrative art theft with his untrustworthy brother, Nicky (Matt Dillon), which will, of course, lead to nothing but trouble for everyone involved.  The film also stars Jay Baruchel, Katheryn Winnick, Chris Diamantopoulos and Terence Stamp.

At the film’s press day, actor Kurt Russell spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about what made him what to be a part of this film, what this group of actors was like to work with, how much fun he had bringing this guy to life, and that he’s happy with how the film ultimately turned out.  He also talked about the passion he has for making wine, how he’s got both a heavy film called Clang and a Western called Bone Tomahawk on his film schedule, and that he thinks filming for Fast & Furious 7 will resume in April, even though he does not yet know how they’ll be handling the loss of actor Paul Walker.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

Kurt Russell Talks Future Projects, Resuming Filming on FAST & FURIOUS 7 in April, Mourning Paul Walker, and More

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Currently available on VOD and in theaters on March 14th, The Art of the Steal tells the story of Crunch Calhoun (Kurt Russell) a motorcycle daredevil and art thief who agrees to pull off one final lucrative art theft with his untrustworthy brother, Nicky (Matt Dillon), which will, of course, lead to nothing but trouble for everyone involved.

Collider was invited to sit down with actor Kurt Russell to talk to him about that film and, during the interview (that we will run more of closer to the film’s theatrical release), conversation turned to what he’ll be doing next, the passion he has for making wine, and when he expects to return to finish his work on Fast & Furious 7.  He talked about how he’s got both a heavy film with director Mark Pellington, called Clang, and the Western Bone Tomahawk, that he’s hoping to get into production, how making wine is very similar to making a movie, and that he thinks filming for Fast & Furious 7 will resume in April, even though he does not yet know how they’ll be handling the loss of Paul Walker.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Kurt Russell and Directors Chapman Way & Maclain Way Talk THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL, the Feature Adaptation, and More at Sundance 2014

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One of the more talked-about documentaries from this year’s Sundance Film Festival was The Battered Bastards of Baseball.  Directed by Chapman Way and Maclain Way, the film chronicles Bonanza actor Bing Russell’s formation of the independent baseball team the Portland Mavericks and the ensuing confrontation with organized baseball.  Quite a few people—including our own Matt Goldberg—were fans of the documentary, and it’s incredible story led Justin Lin to purchase narrative remake rights with the intention to produce via his Perfect Storm banner.  Early word has Todd Field (Little Children) in talks to write and direct, which is perfect since Field was one of the bat boys for the Mavericks and is featured in the documentary.  Who better to write and direct the adaptation than someone that saw the events unfold first hand?

While at Sundance, I landed an exclusive interview with the Ways and Bing Russell’s son Kurt Russell, who is also featured in the film, and served as the team’s vice president and designated hitter.   They talked about premiering at Sundance, making the film, how they put together the financing, the crazy true story of the Mavericks, how they acquired the footage, if Russell would consider playing his dad in a feature remake, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what they had to say.

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