Critics praise Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Critics have praised Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood following the film’s world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.The Pulp Fiction director’s hotly anticipated new project focuses on the story of TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCap…

Critics have praised Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood following the film’s world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.

The Pulp Fiction director’s hotly anticipated new project focuses on the story of TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), as they set out to make names for themselves in the film industry at the time of the Charles Manson murders in Los Angeles in 1969.

Tarantino, DiCaprio, and Pitt all stepped out for the debut screening in Cannes on Tuesday, along with Margot Robbie, who takes on the role of real-life Manson victim Sharon Tate, and while reviewers were urged not to give away any spoilers about the movie, a series of overwhelmingly positive comments have since flooded Twitter.

Critic Jordan Ruimy wrote: “Tarantino wasn’t joking when he said this was the closest to Pulp Fiction that he has come. He juggles a mosaic of characters and story-lines in this one, eventually stringing them together for a relentlessly playful and touching finale.”

And reviewer Jason Gorber insisted the film will be in the running for the Palme d’Or, the highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival.

“Historically dubious, thematically brilliant, QT (Quentin Tarantino) finds his form in film that could win Palme d’Or or be picketed by audiences, or maybe both. Thrilling, provocative, blackly comical, intensely unsettling masterwork,” he noted.

Others lauded the performances of the headline stars, and while a number of film critics expressed excitement over the movie, some indicated that they may need a second viewing to really settle on their rating.

The New York Times’ Kyle Buchanan added: “There will be many, many hot takes to come on the new Tarantino but I don’t mind letting mine cool off on the counter a little longer. I know it’s more relaxed than I was expecting, and that DiCaprio is terrific, funny and poignant. The rest, I’m gonna mull over.”

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, also starring Kurt Russell, Timothy Olyphant, Margaret Qualley, and Dakota Fanning, is due to hit U.S. cinemas on 26 July. It will open in the U.K. on 14 August.

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Samuel L. Jackson first learned of Glass idea upon watching Split

Samuel L. Jackson first learned of M. Night Shyamalan’s plans to write a follow-up to his movie Unbreakable when the director told him to watch his film Split. The Pulp Fiction actor starred as Elijah Price/Mr. Glass, a mass murderer and comic book th…

Samuel L. Jackson first learned of M. Night Shyamalan’s plans to write a follow-up to his movie Unbreakable when the director told him to watch his film Split.

The Pulp Fiction actor starred as Elijah Price/Mr. Glass, a mass murderer and comic book theorist with a disorder which means his bones break easily, alongside Bruce Willis in Shyamalan’s 2000 thriller Unbreakable. All three expressed interest in returning for a sequel which never seemed like it was on the cards until the director took an unused character from the Unbreakable script and created Split.

Jackson told Cover Media at the film’s London premiere on Wednesday night (09Jan19) that he first knew about the director’s plans when he told him to watch the 2016 movie.

“Night called and told me to watch Split and see what I thought,” he said. “I watched it and I called him and said, ‘What’s this all mean?’ He goes, ‘Well, it means that if this movie makes any money then we’ll make the third part of the film (trilogy).’ (I said), ‘OK, great.'”

Split starred James McAvoy as Kevin Wendell Crumb, a man with 23 different personalities. At the end of the film, Willis makes a brief appearance as David Dunn, who is seemingly invincible, revealing that the two films take place in the same universe. Shyamalan later confirmed his plans to bring the cast and characters from the two movies together to complete a trilogy.

While on the red carpet, Jackson also told reporters he had been bugging The Sixth Sense helmer about a sequel for 18 years and has different expectations when reading his scripts.

“Night’s a fascinating writer and I do have an expectation from him that’s different from the majority of writers that I read so I always expect it to be a page-turner and I expect not to know what’s gonna happen on page 105 from page 45,” the 70-year-old explained.

He also added that it was “fascinating” watching McAvoy play so many different characters but also “a little bit intimidating”.

Glass, also starring Sarah Paulson and Anya Taylor-Joy, hits cinemas from 16 January.

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John Travolta unveils completely bald head after shock makeover

John Travolta had ditched his flowing locks in favour of a completely shaved head.The 64-year-old actor debuted his surprise new look in a post on Instagram this week (beg07Jan18), which showed him posing alongside daughter Ella Bleu. In the snap, John…

John Travolta had ditched his flowing locks in favour of a completely shaved head.

The 64-year-old actor debuted his surprise new look in a post on Instagram this week (beg07Jan18), which showed him posing alongside daughter Ella Bleu.

In the snap, John showed off his salt and pepper moustache and beard, as well as his entirely bald head, as he looked sultrily into the camera while holding a martini glass.

The Pulp Fiction star didn’t mention the makeover in his caption, instead simply writing: “I hope everyone had a great New Year!”

The new look got the seal of approval from the screen star’s fans, one of whom commented: “John! You are looking great with that bold look!” Another added: “John, you look absolutely amazing with your head shaved and I hope you stick with it. Not all men do, but this look is absolutely great on you!”

It’s unclear exactly when John decided to ditch the hair. He had shared a video alongside Ella, wife Kelly Preston and their son Ben over the festive period, but in the clip, he was wearing a hat.

The last time he was seen with hair was at Pitbull’s hand and footprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on 14 December. John struck up a close friendship with the rapper after working with him on the movie Gotti, and many fans have speculated his new look may have been inspired by the Timber star’s smooth head.

The only time John has experimented with a bald look in the past was for 2010 movie From Paris With Love. Other than that, it has been widely rumoured that the Grease star has relied on wigs, hairpieces and even undergone hair transplants in a bid to keep a full mane.

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Playboy Germany bosses stand by controversial Ennio Morricone interview

Executives at Playboy Germany magazine are standing by a story in which composer Ennio Morricone was quoted as criticising Quentin Tarantino.The legendary Italian composer, who won the Oscar for Best Original Music Score for his work on the American fi…

Executives at Playboy Germany magazine are standing by a story in which composer Ennio Morricone was quoted as criticising Quentin Tarantino.

The legendary Italian composer, who won the Oscar for Best Original Music Score for his work on the American filmmaker’s 2015 movie The Hateful Eight, was quoted in the December issue of the magazine as labelling his colleague a “cretin” and “absolutely chaotic”.

On Sunday (11Nov18), Morricone issued a statement in which he denied ever making disparaging comments about Tarantino or giving an interview with the publication, however, on Monday, bosses from Hubert Burda Media, the publishing group that owns Playboy in Germany, rejected his allegations.

“We are surprised that composer Ennio Morricone denies giving an interview to German Playboy,” a representative said. “In fact, the conversation took place on June 30, 2018, at his estate in Rome. The interview, about the concert organiser Semmel Concerts, which was also present at the interview, had been agreed to with German Playboy. We also cannot understand that parts of the published statements were apparently not found to have been accurate.”

It was not shared whether or not an audio recording of the alleged interview exists.

In the original article, it was reported that Morricone spoke about how Tarantino once asked him to complete a score in just a few days and that he believed the Pulp Fiction helmer lacked originality when compared to the “Hollywood greats, such as John Huston, Alfred Hitchcock or Billy Wilder”.

The 90-year-old, who has also had his music included in Tarantino’s flicks Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained, has refuted the remarks and alleged that the interview was fabricated.

“I have never expressed any negative statements about the Academy, Quentin, or his films – and certainly do not consider his films garbage,” he said in a statement. “I consider Tarantino a great director. I am very fond of my collaboration with him and the relationship we have developed during the time we have spent together.”

Morricone added that he has given his lawyer in Italy a mandate to “take civil and penal action”.

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Al Pacino joins Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Al Pacino has been added to the all-star cast of Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.The Pulp Fiction director is quickly pulling together an ensemble cast for his new project, which will follow the story of TV star Rick Da…

Al Pacino has been added to the all-star cast of Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The Pulp Fiction director is quickly pulling together an ensemble cast for his new project, which will follow the story of TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), who are trying to make names for themselves in the film industry at the time of the Charles Manson murders in Los Angeles in 1969.

On Thursday (07Jun18), Variety reported that Pacino is joining the film too and is set to take on the role of Dalton’s agent, Marvin Shwarz. No other details about his character have been announced but the film will mark the first time he has worked with Tarantino.

The Hollywood veteran, known for his performances in The Godfather and Scent of a Woman, recently wrapped production on Martin Scorsese’s mob drama The Irishman, which also stars Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci.

Pacino’s casting news comes shortly after a string of high-profile names were attached to star in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Also joining the cast is Margot Robbie as murdered actress Sharon Tate, Burt Reynolds as ranch owner George Spahn, Damian Lewis as iconic actor Steve McQueen and Dakota Fanning in the part of Lynette ‘Squeaky’ Fromme, the Manson Family devotee who tried to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford in 1975.

Emile Hirsch has been cast as Jay Sebring, the hairstylist who was another victim of what became known as the Tate murders, and Luke Perry is set to portray Scott Lancer.

Nicholas Hammond has been cast as director Sam Wanamaker and Tarantino regulars Michael Madsen, Tim Roth and Keith Jefferson have landed supporting roles, while Timothy Olyphant and Kurt Russell are also set to appear.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is slated for release in August 2019.

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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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Britney Spears wins Fragrance of the Year at Hollywood Beauty Awards

Britney Spears took home the Fragrance of the Year Award when she attended the Hollywood Beauty Awards on Sunday (25Feb18).The singer has released a whopping 24 perfumes with collaborator Elizabeth Arden since the pair first teamed up in 2004, and the …

Britney Spears took home the Fragrance of the Year Award when she attended the Hollywood Beauty Awards on Sunday (25Feb18).

The singer has released a whopping 24 perfumes with collaborator Elizabeth Arden since the pair first teamed up in 2004, and the 36-year-old was honoured at the ceremony for her latest fragrance, Fantasy In Bloom.

Britney picked up her accolade at Avalon Hollywood wearing a daring sheer mini-dress decorated with embellishment and beading, and her loose blonde tresses were styled by hairstylist Lorenzo Martin.

The Piece of Me hitmaker has had huge success with her Fantasy fragrance collection, which boasts 16 different perfumes in total, and was delighted to be rewarded for the latest addition to the set.

“Wow! Thank you #HollywoodBeautyAwards!!! So honored to have Fantasy In Bloom named #FragranceoftheYear,” the popstar wrote on her Twitter account when she learned the news.

Ron Rolleston, Revlon’s executive vice-president of Global Fragrance Marketing, presented the 36-year-old with her prize at the black tie dinner gala, which also benefited the Helen Woodward Animal Center.

The Grammy winner will soon be kicking off the 12-date North American leg of her Britney: Piece of Me Tour when she performs at the MGM National Harbor in Maryland on July 12 (18).

The event was also attended by Black Panther star Danai Gurira who donned a coral-embellished long-sleeved dress, a black clutch, and matching stilettos selected by stylist Thomas Carter Phillips. The 40-year-old Tony winner was spotted mingling with Samuel L Jackson at the bash, and the Pulp Fiction actor took to Instagram to sing Danai’s praises.

“I’ve Always been impressed by @danaigurira, glad y’all caught up!!” said the 69-year-old.

Other attendees included socialite Paris Hilton, and actresses Elizabeth Banks and Kat Graham.

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