Quentin Tarantino turns The Hateful Eight into Netflix miniseries

Quentin Tarantino has given his 2015 film The Hateful Eight the miniseries treatment for Netflix.Tarantino’s Western epic, which has a nearly three-hour runtime, hit the streaming service last month (Apr19), and was made available to subscribers in t…

Quentin Tarantino has given his 2015 film The Hateful Eight the miniseries treatment for Netflix.

Tarantino’s Western epic, which has a nearly three-hour runtime, hit the streaming service last month (Apr19), and was made available to subscribers in two formats; the theatrical cut and an extended version divided into four episodes.

Explaining why he chose an alternative format, which included 25 minutes of additional footage, the famed filmmaker revealed Netflix bosses actually came up with the idea, and he was instantly intrigued.

“So Netflix came to us and said, ‘Hey, look, if you’d be interested… If there’s even more footage, if you’d be interested in putting it together and in a way that we could show it as three or four episodes, depending on how much extra footage you have, we’d be willing to do that.’ And I thought, wow, that’s really intriguing,” he recalled to Slash Film.

“I mean, the movie exists as a movie, but if I were to use all the footage we shot, and see if I could put it together in episode form, I was game to give that a shot, give that a try.”

Working with his longtime editor Fred Raskin, the pair set about turning the 168-minute Oscar-winning film, which stars Kurt Russell and Jennifer Jason Leigh, as well as Tarantino regulars Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth, and Michael Madsen, into four 50-minute chapters.

“We didn’t re-edit the whole thing from scratch, but we did a whole lot of re-editing, and it plays differently,” Tarantino explained. “Some sequences are more similar than others compared to the film, but it has a different feeling. It has a different feeling that I actually really like a lot. And there was a literary aspect to the film anyway, so it definitely has this ‘chapters unfolding’ quality.”

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Yann Demange: ‘Matthew McConaughey is director’s dream’

White Boy Rick director Yann Demange has insisted Matthew McConaughey is not a “precious” actor.Yann, who made waves with his first film ‘71, cast Matthew as Rick Wershe Sr. in his new feature, which tells the true story of Rick Wershe Jr., the y…

White Boy Rick director Yann Demange has insisted Matthew McConaughey is not a “precious” actor.

Yann, who made waves with his first film ‘71, cast Matthew as Rick Wershe Sr. in his new feature, which tells the true story of Rick Wershe Jr., the youngest ever FBI informant, and how he wound up serving a life sentence as a teenager.

Talking about working with Oscar winner Matthew, the filmmaker only has good things to say about the Dallas Buyers Club star.

“What surprised me, I’ve not worked with a star before and I was like, ‘How’s it going to be? Is he going to listen and be open?’ And he did, he’d be up for trying anything, as long as you collaborate with him and you try everything he wants to do, he’ll try everything you want to do too,” Yann smiled to Cover Media.

“You just got to put the time in. And he’s there to jazz, he’s there to riff, he’s there to try. He’s not precious, he doesn’t think he knows all the answers. He likes to be directed, but he has ideas as well, he has strong ideas, and you’ve got to try them out. And he surprised me many times. I thought a scene should be played more serious, and he’d play it lighter and funnier. And I was like, ‘Oh actually you’re right, there’s more poignancy in that.’”

English actress Bel Powley, Atlanta star Brian Tyree Henry and Hollywood heavyweights Bruce Dern and Jennifer Jason Leigh also star.

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Jennifer Jason Leigh won’t work with Woody Allen

Jennifer Jason Leigh wouldn’t work with Woody Allen even though he’s made some of her all-time favourite films.The 56-year-old actress has become hot property again in Hollywood after Quentin Tarantino cast her as his lead actress in his 2015 Oscar-win…

Jennifer Jason Leigh wouldn’t work with Woody Allen even though he’s made some of her all-time favourite films.

The 56-year-old actress has become hot property again in Hollywood after Quentin Tarantino cast her as his lead actress in his 2015 Oscar-winning Western saga The Hateful Eight.

However, she says she’d have to say no if Woody, who has been accused of sexual assault by his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, came calling about a film role.

“No. A lot of my favourite films are Woody Allen films, but I wouldn’t work with him,” she bluntly told The Guardian.

During her chat with the newspaper, Jennifer spoke openly about the wave of sexual harassment, assault and even rape allegations that have rocked the film industry since an expose on Harvey Weinstein was published last year (17).

“I have countless stories,” she sighed. “Not of rape, but of very uncomfortable and awkward situations. Directors keeping you in a meeting for four hours, then saying they wanted to have dinner and were hungry. You’re forced into this situation where you want the job, but… it feels off.

“It’s obviously not just the film business. It starts with the president of the United States. It’s in every facet of society. People won’t be able to get away with it. The status quo is changing like a hurricane.”

Pulp Fiction helmer Quentin has also faced stories about his on-set behaviour, with his frequent collaborator Uma Thurman revealing he forced her to perform an unsafe car stunt for Kill Bill, which resulted in her crashing, and Rose McGowan accusing him of masturbating over images of her.

However, Jennifer only has good things to say about the director.

“I love Quentin, so all I can tell you is that he loves and is so respectful of everyone that he works with,” she stated. “When you get on the set, it feels like a family. He knew more about my career than I did – he was quoting things that I’d done forever ago as if they were yesterday.”

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Natalie Portman dazzles in black gown at Annihilation premiere

Natalie Portman dazzled in a black ballgown at the Annihilation premiere on Tuesday night (13Feb18).The actress stepped out at the Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles, California for the debut of her latest film, in which she plays a biologist who s…

Natalie Portman dazzled in a black ballgown at the Annihilation premiere on Tuesday night (13Feb18).

The actress stepped out at the Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles, California for the debut of her latest film, in which she plays a biologist who signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition.

Taking to the red carpet, Natalie turned heads in a beautiful dress with tulle skirt, embellished shoulder detailing and velvet ribbon at the waist from Valentino. The 36-year-old didn’t wear any jewellery and kept her beauty look simple, opting for a swipe of black eyeliner and a touch of pale pink lip gloss.

Natalie was joined at the event by her co-star Gina Rodriguez, who also went for a very glamorous outfit.

The Jane the Virgin actress turned heads in a sparkly halter dress from Cristina Ottaviano that featured multicolour sequins on the skirt and blue sequins on the top.

While Tessa Thompson once again proved her fashion credentials in a monochromatic dress from Naeem Khan which was comprised of a white tulle skirt and ruffled collar. The actress matched her chic ensemble with dewy make-up, though had her make-up artist give her an on-trend flick of geometric black eyeliner at the corners of her eyes.

Jennifer Jason Leigh donned an elegant black lace dress and nude high heel sandals, Alicia Machado chose a burgundy sequinned minidress for the night, and Oscar Isaac, who portrays the husband of Natalie’s character in the adventure-fantasy film, looked handsome in a dark blue suit matched with a grey shirt and blue tie.

Among the other celebrities to turn out for the event was Janelle Monae, who rocked her favoured monochromatic attire and wowed in a white skirt dotted with black circles, matched with a sheer black top and shiny blue ankle boots.

Annihilation is set to be released on Netflix and at some cinemas from 23 February (18).

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Annihilation stars address ‘whitewashing’ criticism

Annihilation stars Natalie Portman and Jennifer Jason Leigh have been left flabbergasted by a new ‘whitewashing’ controversy surrounding the movie.The stars take on leading roles in director Alex Garland’s sci-fi thriller, which is based on the first n…

Annihilation stars Natalie Portman and Jennifer Jason Leigh have been left flabbergasted by a new ‘whitewashing’ controversy surrounding the movie.

The stars take on leading roles in director Alex Garland’s sci-fi thriller, which is based on the first novel in writer Jeff VanderMeer’s book series.

The initial book, released in 2014, does not describe the characters played by Natalie and Jennifer, referring to them only as “the biologist” and “the psychologist”, with subsequent books detailing the women have Asian and Native American ancestry.

Filmmaker Garland told Yahoo in December (17) he worked exclusively from the first book: “I knew at that time (I signed on to the project) there were supposed to be three books planned, but I didn’t know (anything) about the other two,” he said, before adding he took the movie adaptation in a totally new direction from the novel with author VanderMeer’s blessing.

“I took a really weird approach to the adaptation. I thought, ‘I’m not going to re-read the book; I’m going to adapt it like a dream of the book’.”

But now Garland and his producers have come under fire for casting two white actresses to play women of colour, and Natalie and Jennifer have stepped forward insisting no one knew this about their characters before filming began.

“Well, that does sound problematic, but I’m hearing it here first,” Natalie tells Yahoo in a new interview.

“It’s probably a valid criticism. I didn’t know that,” Jennifer adds.

Although Portman is disappointed with the oversight, she is still proud of the cast’s diversity. Tessa Thompson, who is of Afro-Latino heritage, stars alongside fellow Latino actors Oscar Isaac and Gina Rodriguez on the female-led ensemble, and Natalie thinks Annihilation is moving in the right direction when it comes to matters of cultural representation in Hollywood.

“We need more representation of Asians on film, of Hispanics on film, of blacks on film, women and particularly women of colour, Native Americans – I mean, we just don’t have enough representation,” the Oscar winner stressed. “And also these categories like ‘white’ and ‘nonwhite’ – they’re imagined classifications but have real-life consequences…

“I hope that begins to change, because I think everyone is becoming more conscious of it.”

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