Quentin Tarantino considering writing a Once Upon a Time in Hollywood novel

Quentin Tarantino might adapt his hit 2019 movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood into a novel.The film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie, was a critical and commercial success when it debuted in cinemas last year, and could be set…

Quentin Tarantino might adapt his hit 2019 movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood into a novel.

The film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie, was a critical and commercial success when it debuted in cinemas last year, and could be set to hit bookshelves soon as the filmmaker considers expanding the franchise.

During an appearance on the Pure Cinema podcast, the 57-year-old director was asked if he ever thought about writing book versions of his movies.

“I hadn’t thought about that until recently,” Quentin said. “But now I’m thinking a lot about it. I might be writing a novelisation to Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”

The film grossed $142 million (£114 million) at the domestic box office and $374 million (£301 million) globally, making it Quentin’s second most successful movie behind Django Unchained.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was nominated for 10 prizes at the 2020 Academy Awards, with Brad Pitt taking home the Best Supporting Actor accolade and Barbara Ling and Nancy Haigh winning Best Production Design.

The director previously expressed an interest in writing a novel about a World War II veteran jaded by Hollywood movies.

“I’ve got this character who had been in World War II and he saw a lot of bloodshed there. And now he’s back home, and it’s like the ’50s, and he doesn’t respond to movies anymore. He finds them juvenile after everything that he’s been through,” he told DGA Quarterly last year.

During the Covid-19 lockdown, the filmmaker has also been writing reviews of classic movies and sharing them on the website of his cinema, the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles.

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Quentin Tarantino writing movie reviews during coronavirus lockdown

Quentin Tarantino has been keeping himself occupied during the coronavirus lockdown by writing movie reviews.A user on the social media site Reddit discovered that the 57-year-old director has been secretly publishing lengthy reviews of classic films o…

Quentin Tarantino has been keeping himself occupied during the coronavirus lockdown by writing movie reviews.

A user on the social media site Reddit discovered that the 57-year-old director has been secretly publishing lengthy reviews of classic films on the website for the New Beverly Cinema, which he owns.

Since the beginning of March, Tarantino has written nine articles, including eight movie reviews and a 3,000-word profile of actor and director Jimmy Wang Yu, a martial arts icon who inspired the likes of Bruce Lee.

The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood filmmaker has penned critiques of films such as 1980 carnival drama Carny, starring Gary Busey and Jodie Foster, John Frankenheimer’s 1979 horror movie Prophecy, Roger Corman’s thriller Targets, and Peter Bogdanovich’s 1974 adaptation of Henry James’ novel Daisy Miller.

Tarantino bought and restored the historic movie theatre on Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles back in 2007 and saved the 1920s picture house from redevelopment.

The cinema exclusively screens 35mm prints of movies, and last year, the director featured his star-studded 1960s epic Once Upon a Time in Hollywood at the movie theatre, alongside props used and worn by the cast, including Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt.

The New Beverly Cinema has been closed since 16 March, when Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti ordered the closure of businesses, including cinemas, as the Covid-19 outbreak hit the city.

When Tarantino bought the venue in 2007, he told The Hollywood Reporter: “As long as I’m alive, and as long as I’m rich, the New Beverly will be there, showing double features in 35mm.”

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Quentin Tarantino kept Once Upon a Time in Hollywood ending locked in a safe

Quentin Tarantino was so keen to keep the ending of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood from prying eyes that he kept it locked in a safe.The movie, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie, rewrites the gruesome murder of Sharon Tate and her …

Quentin Tarantino was so keen to keep the ending of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood from prying eyes that he kept it locked in a safe.

The movie, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie, rewrites the gruesome murder of Sharon Tate and her friends in 1969, with director Tarantino saving Tate and having the Manson Family perpetrators killed instead.

And the Oscar winner’s longtime first assistant director William Paul Clark told Filmmaker Magazine that there was so much secrecy over the ending that the final act of the movie was locked away.

“We kept the third act in a safe in the accounting department. You come, you get the script, you go into the little room, you go read the third act,” Clark explained. “When you’re done, you give the script back, they put it back in the safe and you leave. You take some notes. If you need to refer to something again, you go back.”

He also revealed that the safe was taken with the crew when on location.

“When we got out on location, we just brought a safe and you go to the producer’s trailer if you need to read it. The hardest part was getting over the fear of not having the material at your fingertips all the time. Once people got over that fear, it wasn’t an issue,” Clark added.

And Once Upon a Time in Hollywood isn’t the first movie ending that Tarantino has kept under wraps.

In 2009’s Inglourious Basterds, the director reworked the ending over the Christmas holidays and gave the handwritten script to his cast and crew.

“It was basically an outline with little snippets of dialogue. He wrote this out by hand and handed me a stack of yellow ruled paper,” Clark shared.

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Leonardo DiCaprio surprises Jamie Foxx at American Black Film Festival Honors

Leonardo DiCaprio surprised Jamie Foxx by presenting him with the top award at the 2020 American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Honors.The 45-year-old was on hand to pay a touching tribute to his Django Unchained co-star at the fourth annual ceremony on Su…

Leonardo DiCaprio surprised Jamie Foxx by presenting him with the top award at the 2020 American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Honors.

The 45-year-old was on hand to pay a touching tribute to his Django Unchained co-star at the fourth annual ceremony on Sunday, as Foxx received the Excellence in the Arts award.

DiCaprio reflected on their time spent filming Quentin Tarantino’s 2013 epic Western and told the star-studded audience that the Oscar-winning actor was a force to be reckoned with.

“Jamie brings out the very best in other people,” the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star shared. “He lifts up everyone around. You can see any social setting he’s in. He’s like a magnetic force in any room that he inhabits, and there is no one in this industry who pays positivity and encouragement forward the way Jamie Foxx does.”

As Foxx made his way to the stage to collect the honour from his fellow Academy Award winner, the 52-year-old gave an impromptu performance of his 2008 hit single, Blame It.

And in his acceptance speech, the Ray star praised DiCaprio’s work ethic, as well as his knowledge of hip-hop.

“I love you, man. You are my friend. You are my colleague, and this means the world,” Foxx gushed.

Other honourees included Lena Waithe, Cynthia Erivo, and Louis Gossett Jr., who received Hollywood Legacy Award.

Just Mercy was named Movie of the Year at the ceremony, while The Wire received the Classic Television Award.

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Macaulay Culkin auditioned for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Macaulay Culkin has revealed he unsuccessfully auditioned for a role in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.The former child star, who hasn’t been in a mainstream studio movie since the satirical comedy Saved! in 2004, has revealed he cou…

Macaulay Culkin has revealed he unsuccessfully auditioned for a role in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The former child star, who hasn’t been in a mainstream studio movie since the satirical comedy Saved! in 2004, has revealed he could have ended up starring alongside the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie in the 1960s ensemble drama if he hadn’t blown the audition.

“It was a disaster,” Culkin told U.S. Esquire magazine. “I wouldn’t have hired me. I’m terrible at auditioning anyway, and this was my first audition in like eight years.”

While he didn’t discuss what role he had auditioned for, reporters at Entertainment Weekly have suggested that it was for the role of an actor on the TV series Lancer, which features in the movie.

Since 2004, Culkin has appeared in independent movies and made cameos in TV shows such as Hulu comedy Dollface, alongside girlfriend Brenda Song. Last year, he starred as a boat operator in Seth Green’s directorial debut Changeland.

And while the 39-year-old hasn’t ruled out a return to Hollywood, he’s quite happy staying at home.

“It’s just – I enjoy acting. I enjoy being on set,” the Home Alone star told Esquire. “I don’t enjoy a lot of the other things that come around it… What’s a good analogy. The Shawshank Redemption. The way he gets out of prison is to crawl through a tube of s**t, you know? It feels like to get to that kind of freedom, I’d have to crawl through a tube of s**t. And you know what? I’ve built a really nice prison for myself,” he joked.

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Claire Danes stands by decision to turn down Titanic

Claire Danes has “zero” regrets about turning down one of the lead roles in Titanic.The Homeland actress declined the part of Rose in James Cameron’s historical epic back in 1996 because it felt too familiar after having just starred opposite leading m…

Claire Danes has “zero” regrets about turning down one of the lead roles in Titanic.

The Homeland actress declined the part of Rose in James Cameron’s historical epic back in 1996 because it felt too familiar after having just starred opposite leading man Leonardo DiCaprio in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet.

The gig eventually went to Kate Winslet, and the historical epic won 11 Oscars in 1998, including a Best Actress nod for the British star.

However, Danes is still pleased she turned down Titanic because she simply wanted a different type of movie to get her teeth into.

“I had just made this romantic epic with Leo in Mexico City, which is where they were going to shoot Titanic!” she said during a sit down with Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast. “And I just didn’t have it in me!”

The 40-year-old then recalled a conversation with DiCaprio as he wrestled with the decision to star in Cameron’s epic.

“He just looked up at me and said, ‘I’m doing it! I’m doing it!'” Danes said. “And I could see he wasn’t sure. But he was like, ‘F**k it, I gotta do this thing.'”

The Golden Globe winner later confessed that she wouldn’t have been able to deal with the huge fame both DiCaprio and Winslet received when the film was released.

“I think I really wasn’t ready for it. And I remember after that movie came out… and he just went into another stratosphere,” she explained. “I just couldn’t do it. I didn’t want it. I was just really clear about it. I wasn’t conflicted.”

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Leonardo DiCaprio was ‘incredibly starstruck’ by Once Upon a Time in Hollywood co-star Luke Perry

Leonardo DiCaprio was “incredibly starstruck” by the late Luke Perry while working with him on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.The Riverdale actor tragically passed away at the age of 52 in March last year following a massive stroke, and his final acting…

Leonardo DiCaprio was “incredibly starstruck” by the late Luke Perry while working with him on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The Riverdale actor tragically passed away at the age of 52 in March last year following a massive stroke, and his final acting performance was as real-life TV star Wayne Maunder in Quentin Tarantino’s Oscar-nominated drama, which follows DiCaprio as failed actor Rick Dalton.

In one scene, Maunder appears alongside Dalton as the duo film the pilot of real-life TV series Lancer, and DiCaprio confessed he was starstruck working with the former Beverly Hills, 90210 star.

“He was so incredibly kind,” he told Variety on the red carpet at the 2020 Screen Guild Awards (SAG) Awards. “I was incredibly starstruck when he walked into the room. He was so iconic (when I was) in school and junior high, he was the modern-day James Dean to all of us.”

DiCaprio was in awe when he first spotted Perry on set and had to compose himself.

“I was like, ‘Oh my God, I’m getting to work with this guy who all of my friends thought was the coolest dude in the world’,” he laughed. “But, beyond that, he was such a wonderfully kind and soulful man, and it’s a tragic loss.”

The 45-year-old was nominated in the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture category at the SAGs on Sunday, but was beaten by Joaquin Phoenix for Joker.

During his speech, Phoenix joked that he had lost out on roles to DiCaprio when they were both child actors, but the Titanic star confessed to Variety that he once imitated one of Phoenix’s performances to help him secure a role on a TV show when he was younger.

“I remember one job that I did get, where I imitated Mr. Joaquin Phoenix from Parenthood the movie, and I did the TV show,” DiCaprio laughed.

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Joaquin Phoenix honours Heath Ledger in touching SAG Awards speech

Joaquin Phoenix gave a heartfelt shout out to Heath Ledger during his touching speech at the 2020 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards on Sunday.The 45-year-old won the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role prize on Sunday for his haunt…

Joaquin Phoenix gave a heartfelt shout out to Heath Ledger during his touching speech at the 2020 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards on Sunday.

The 45-year-old won the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role prize on Sunday for his haunting portrayal of failed comedian Arthur Fleck, who becomes the infamous Gotham City villain in Joker.

When he took to the stage to deliver his speech, Phoenix made sure he acknowledged the late Australian actor, who played the Joker in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight back in 2008 and tragically died of an accidental overdose just months before its release. He posthumously won a Golden Globe, a SAG Award and an Academy Award for his riveting performance as the comic book villain.

Phoenix, who has already won two of the same awards and is frontrunner for Best Actor at the Oscars in February, paid tribute to the late actor by saying, “Really, I’m standing here on the shoulders of my favourite actor, Heath Ledger.”

As well as his touching reference to Ledger, Phoenix used his time onstage to honour each of his fellow nominees in his category.

He opened his speech with a story about Leonardo DiCaprio, who was nominated for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and joked that he lost out on roles as a young actor to the Titanic star.

“There would always be two other guys that I was up against and we’d always lose to this one kid… every casting director would always whisper, ‘It’s Leonardo,'” he said. “You’ve been an inspiration for over 25 years to me and so many people.”

He then turned to Christian Bale, and jokingly begged him to perform badly in at least one movie, saying, “It’s infuriating. I wish you would. Just suck once.”

The star then focused on Adam Driver, who was up for his role in Marriage Story, and told him “you should be here (winning the award)”.

“I’ve been watching you the last few years and you’ve been turning in these beautiful, nuanced, incredible, profound performances. I’m just so moved by you,” Phoenix gushed.

Finally, he heaped praise on Rocketman star Taron Egerton, and told the Welshman from the stage, “You’re so beautiful in this movie and I’m so happy for you, and I can’t wait to see what else you do.”

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Gisele suffered from panic attacks early in career because she ‘wanted to belong’

Gisele suffered from panic attacks at the start of her career because she desperately wanted to be accepted.The Brazilian beauty candidly opened up about her struggles with anxiety in an interview with Britain’s Observer and revealed that when she firs…

Gisele suffered from panic attacks at the start of her career because she desperately wanted to be accepted.

The Brazilian beauty candidly opened up about her struggles with anxiety in an interview with Britain’s Observer and revealed that when she first started out in the industry, she desperately made an effort to please people.

“I wanted to belong, I wanted people to like me and it was important to me so I would go out of my way to say yes to everybody. I wanted to please everybody. God forbid I would, like, disappoint anyone. And hey, that’s why I got panic attacks,” she said.

Gisele went on to recall a time in 2004 when she realised that she had “hit rock bottom”, despite being one of the most photographed women in the world and in a relationship with actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

“I was eating steak and fries every night. I was drinking a bottle of wine and smoking cigarettes and having a mocha cappuccino for breakfast,” the 39-year-old shared. “That wasn’t so good. It was uppers and downers, it wasn’t drugs, but I couldn’t sleep because I was drinking so much coffee during the day.”

The mother-of-two, who’s now married to American football star Tom Brady, then realised she had to overhaul her lifestyle in order to combat her crippling anxiety, and started meditating.

“When I had a panic attack, I thought I was going to die. I was scared. I couldn’t breathe. And what I realised was that I am creating this for myself: we are creating the lives we are living with our actions and we have a choice,” she explained.

However, she has since caused controversy by slamming the use of anti-depressants and medication to help sufferers of anxiety and panic attacks.

“That’s the problem with today’s society, people want instant gratification,” she fired. “I could have taken a pill, but I decided no.”

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Blink-182 selling special merchandise for Australia’s bushfire relief efforts

Blink-182 have raised more than $20,000 (£15,400) in aid of Australia’s bushfire relief efforts from sales of a line of charity merchandise.The All the Small Things stars recently unveiled the new clothing items on social media, revealing they wanted …

Blink-182 have raised more than $20,000 (£15,400) in aid of Australia’s bushfire relief efforts from sales of a line of charity merchandise.

The All the Small Things stars recently unveiled the new clothing items on social media, revealing they wanted to raise funds for the Australia Zoo in Queensland to treat injured wildlife after learning an estimated one billion animals have been killed in the devastating blazes to date.

“Australia is being ravaged by deadly fires, and we just feel so helpless,” they tweeted. “We put out a new merch line + donating all proceeds to charity. Let’s do our part to make sure everyone, the environment, plus all of these kangaroos & koala bears are safe.”

The new merchandise consists of black T-shirt and a black top with long white sleeves, with both pieces bearing the band’s name and a design featuring a koala, a kangaroo, the Australian flag, and a firefighter.

All proceeds from the sale of the special tops will be donated to Australia Zoo.

Fans rushed to purchase the special apparel, and 24 hours later, singer and bassist Mark Hoppus revealed their efforts were quickly paying off.

“Thanks to your support and generosity we’ve already raised more than $20,000 to help the animals devastated by the fires in Australia,” he shared. “Let’s keep it going!”

Blink-182 aren’t the only stars to do their bit for relief and recovery efforts – Elton John, Pink, Nicole Kidman, Chris Hemsworth, and Leonardo DiCaprio are among the celebrities who have made big donations to the cause.

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