Jennifer Jason Leigh Lands Female Lead in Quentin Tarantino’s THE HATEFUL EIGHT

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With production set to begin almost exactly two months from now in Colorado, Quentin Tarantino is putting the finishing touches on his cast for his Western The Hateful Eight.  It now appears that Tarantino has settled on his female lead, and it will be none other than Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Synecdoche, New York actress Jennifer Jason Leigh.  The story follows a group of passengers on a stagecoach that get caught and trapped in a blizzard in Wyoming, where they’re forced to confront the ratcheting tension that develops.  The Wrap reports that Leigh will be playing the character of Daisy Domergue, a woman wanted for murder who is due to hang for her crimes.  The role was played by Amber Tamblyn during Tarantino’s live-read of the script.  More after the jump.

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.

Quentin Tarantino Assumes Full Control of the New Beverly Cinema

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The New Beverly Cinema has been a part of my life since I moved to Los Angeles, though I wasn’t a constant presence there.   While I loved a lot of their midnight programming (especially Brian Collins’ HMAD series) I just don’t have the constitution to go to midnight movies all that much.  Similarly, it’s geographically difficult for me to get there on occasion.  But it’s always been there and I’ve never had less than a great time going, plus prices were ultra-reasonable and all of the films were shown on 35MM (until recently).  But the theater is about to change faces, and it remains to be seen if the change will be for the better.

Michael Torgan has been running the New Beverly since 2007 when his father, Sherman Torgan, died.  Sherman had actually been running the theater since 1978, marking over three decades of the New Beverly being a family-run business.  Quentin Tarantino, who had been helping the Torgans with their business finances for some years, stepped in at that moment to buy the property in order to protect it.  As the landlord of the New Beverly Cinema, Tarantino had let Michael Torgan essentially do his thing, until he bought a digital projector to be able to show more current releases.  The theater was never going to abandon 35MM film, but Tarantino decided that he didn’t want to mix exhibition formats.  As a result, Michael Torgan no longer programs for the theater and the venue will be closed for a month.  When it reopens, Tarantino will have gotten rid of the digital projector and will be the primary programmer.  Hit the jump for more.

Quentin Tarantino’s THE HATEFUL EIGHT to Begin Shooting in January; Will Receive Widest Release for a 70mm Film in over 20 Years [Updated]

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I understood when Quentin Tarantino decided to put The Hateful Eight on hold after the script was leaked.  It was his property, it wasn’t ready for public consumption, and it tainted the process.  But I’m overjoyed he decided to pick it back up and that it’s set for release next year.  According to Empire, Tarantino will begin filming in January, which means in all likelihood we’ll know the final cast before the end of 2014.  The full cast has yet to be announced, but Empire confirms Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Walton Goggins, and Samuel L. Jackson are attached; there’s also the possibility Jennifer Lawrence could be on board.

Even more exciting is that Tarantino is using his sway to get a 70mm presentation to as wide an audience as possible.  Hit the jump for more. [Update: Ben Fritz at the Wall Street Journal adds that The Hateful Eight will initially be released exclusively in 70mm, followed by a 35mm and digital release in the following weeks.]

Exclusive: Jennifer Lawrence in Talks to Join Quentin Tarantino’s THE HATEFUL EIGHT

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Jennifer Lawrence is at a point in her career where she can do almost anything she wants short of saying, “I’m Batman now. Take a hike, Affleck.”  Thankfully, she continues to be smart about the projects she takes.  She has two blockbuster franchises, and she’s found a strong collaborator in David O. Russell.  But now there’s another big filmmaker who might work with the talented actress, and one who’s a far cry from her previous directors.

We’re hearing that Lawrence is in talks to team up with Quentin Tarantino for his upcoming film, The Hateful Eight.  Hit the jump for more.

Quentin Tarantino’s HATEFUL EIGHT Trailer to Debut in Theaters with SIN CITY 2; May Not Be Online

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Nearly everything about Quentin Tarantino’s next film, The Hateful Eight, has been non-traditional.  The Django Unchained filmmaker first began publicly talking about the Western as his next film earlier this year, as he was finalizing the script and getting ready to send it to a few actors he had in mind for the lead roles.  But then the script leaked online and Tarantino angrily stated that he would not be making the movie to spite the unofficial leak.  The director subsequently staged a live-read of his Hateful Eight screenplay with a bevy of talented actors—including Bruce Dern and Samuel L. Jackson—and after he cooled off, he then decided that he would be making The Hateful Eight as his next movie after all.

Tarantino revealed at Comic-Con that filming would be getting underway early next year, but it appears that the first Hateful Eight trailer might actually be arriving in theaters next week attached to Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.  However, there’s a catch: it might not be released online at all.  More after the jump. [Update: Deadline has confirmed that the Hateful Eight trailer will indeed be attached to Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.]

Christopher Nolan, Quentin Tarantino, J.J. Abrams, and More Band Together to Keep Kodak Film Alive; Deal Being Struck with Studios

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Though the rise of digital photography only began a little over a decade ago, the switch to digital has been on an exponential rise in the past few years, which has seen traditional film violently sidelined.  One might think it’d be beneficial to all to have a choice between shooting on digital or on film, and it is, but the final say really comes down to a business decision on the studio’s part.  Shooting digitally is now far cheaper than shooting on film, not only because you’re not paying for film prints, but because shooting digitally actually makes the production move at a faster pace.  However, there are a few highly regarded filmmakers who have been lobbying hard to keep film alive, and it appears that their activism has led to a serious deal between studios and Kodak that will keep the film company (the last of its kind) from going out of business.

Hit the jump for more on this deal, which was championed by the likes of Christopher Nolan and J.J. Abrams.

THE HATEFUL EIGHT Poster Confirms 2015 Release Date for Quentin Tarantino’s Next Film

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Fresh off confirmation straight from the horse’s mouth that The Hateful Eight will be Quentin Tarantino’s next film, we have the very first, official The Hateful Eight poster.  Not only is this an excellent piece of artwork that teases the bloody story of the Western, but the poster also confirms a planned 2015 release (likely in December) as well as the fact that Tarantino will shoot the pic in “Super CinemaScope”.  We previously heard that Tarantino was aiming to film The Hateful Eight in 70mm, and this poster indeed confirms that we’re in for one epic-looking Western.  The story follows a group of passengers on a stagecoach that get caught and trapped in a blizzard, where they’re forced to confront the ratcheting tension that develops.

Hit the jump to check out the Hateful Eight poster in full and for more on the film.

Comic-Con: Quentin Tarantino Talks DJANGO MEETS ZORRO Comic, KILL BILL: THE WHOLE BLOODY AFFAIR and a Potential Future Science-Fiction Feature

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In 2005, Dynamite Entertainment was founded with the intent of publishing adaptations of pre-existing properties into comic-book form. Under the label, they’ve printed an eclectic number of adaptations from Terminator to Dracula to Xena: Warrior Princess.

In honor of the company’s ten-year anniversary, CEO Nick Barrucci premiered their newest comic — the first ever sequel to a Quentin Tarantino film: Django Meets Zorro. Eisner Award winning writer Matt Wagner and filmmaker Quentin Tarantino himself were on hand to discuss how this collaboration came about, what the storyline of the sequel will be and what previously thought-dead character will return for the comic. In addition, Tarantino discussed his favorite scene(s) from his entire film oeuvre, the status of Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair and his idea for a science fiction film. Also gleaned from the panel, we previously reported on Tarantino’s announcement that The Hateful Eight will be his next picture. Hit the jump, for the panel highlights.

Quentin Tarantino Confirms He’ll Be Directing THE HATEFUL EIGHT

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At a panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2014 for the first sequel ever to a Quentin Tarantino film, the comic book Django Meets Zorro, Tarantino tackled the question on everybody’s mind: The Hateful Eight. As you’re aware, Tarantino was planning to shoot the Western as his next film until the script leaked online and he put everything on hold. During the Comic-Con panel, one of the audience members point blank asked Tarantino if he’ll be making the script as his next feature, following recent word that it could be heating back up again. Tarantino hemmed and hawed for a bit – before finally committing: “Yeah – We’re going to be doing The Hateful Eight.” So there you have it: The Hateful Eight will be the next Quentin Tarantino feature.

The story follows a group of passengers on a stagecoach that get caught and trapped in a blizzard, where they’re forced to confront the ratcheting tension that develops.  Tarantino previously staged a reading of the script that included Bruce Dern, Kurt Russell, Amber Tamblyn, Michael MadsenJames RemarWalton GogginsZoe Bell, and Samuel L. Jackson, so most or all of those actors could appear in the finished film. As previously reported, filming might begin as soon as this November. Hit the jump to read the official synopsis and sound off in the comments with your thoughts.

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.

DJANGO/ZORRO Comic Book Series Coming from Writers Quentin Tarantino, Reginald Hudlin, and Matt Wagner

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Django Freeman, the hero of Quentin Tarantino, has already appeared in comics via an adaptation of the full screenplay.  Now the bounty hunter is returning to the medium in an incredibly random pairing with another memorable character.  Dynamite Entertainment is teaming with DC Entertainment to publish Django/Zorro.  Yes, it’s that Zorro, the legendary swordsman who first appeared in pulp magazines in 1919.  Tarantino will co-write the script with Reginald Hudlin (who co-produced Django Unchained) and Matt Wagner, creator of the acclaimed comic series Mage and Grendel.  The comic pairing of Django and Zorro is scheduled to his shelves in late 2014.  I usually wait to check out comics in trade paperback, but I might have to at least pick up the first issue to read this delightful-sounding madness.

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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 Talks THE HATEFUL EIGHT, Rewatching His Own Movies, His Disdain for Digital, Exciting Filmmakers, and Much More

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Two decades after winning the Palme d’Or for Pulp Fiction in 1994, Quentin Tarantino is back at the Cannes Film Festival for a 20th anniversary screening of the film.  In anticipation of the screening, Tarantino participated in a press conference, and unsurprisingly it was rather lively.  We already shared what he had to say about putting together a 4-hour miniseries version of Django Unchained, but since the conference was chock-full of fascinating quotes from the one-of-a-kind filmmaker, we thought it fitting to provide the full audio for your listening pleasure.  If you don’t have time to listen to the whole thing, we’ve also pulled some of the more interesting quotes.

Hit the jump to see what Tarantino had to say about how he enjoys rewatching his own movies, his disdain for digital projection and the “death of cinema”, why he doesn’t like using original scores in his films, the most exciting directors working today, and more.

Quentin Tarantino Says He’d Like to Release a 4-Hour Miniseries Cut of DJANGO UNCHAINED

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When filmmaker Quentin Tarantino’s period Western Django Unchained was released, it was no secret that a fair amount of the scenes from his original script ended up on the cutting room floor.  Even though the finished feature clocked in at 2 hours and 45 minutes, there were still plenty of scenes that didn’t make it in (many involving Kerry Washington’s Broomhilda), and Tarantino even went so far as to turn his lengthy original script into a graphic novel so that audiences could enjoy the full Django Unchained experience.  Though Tarantino doesn’t do “deleted scenes” or director’s cuts, it appears that the unseen footage may yet see the light of day, as the filmmaker recently revealed that he’d like to take the 90 minutes of deleted scenes and craft a 4-hour Django Unchained miniseries.  Hit the jump to read on.

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