Quentin Tarantino eyes theatre move after final feature film

Quentin Tarantino is eyeing a move into the worlds of literature and theatre once he bows out of making feature films. The Hateful Eight star has repeatedly expressed his desire to step down as a director after his tenth movie, and as he prepares for …

Quentin Tarantino is eyeing a move into the worlds of literature and theatre once he bows out of making feature films.

The Hateful Eight star has repeatedly expressed his desire to step down as a director after his tenth movie, and as he prepares for the release of his ninth project, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Tarantino has started to make plans for his future endeavours.

“I think when it comes to theatrical movies, I’ve come to the end of the road,” the 56-year-old told GQ Australia.

“I see myself writing books and starting to write theatre, so I’ll still be creative. I just think I’ve given all I have to give to movies.”

And although Tarantino initially set his sights on capping his directing career at 10 films, he may consider walking away one short, if Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is “really well received” by fans upon its launch.

“Maybe I’ll stop right now! Maybe I’ll stop while I’m ahead,” he teased. “We’ll see.”

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood received its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in France in May, when it received a seven-minute standing ovation.

The black comedy is set in the late 1960s and revolves around washed-up western star Rick Dalton, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, who lives next door to Margot Robbie’s tragic actress Sharon Tate – one of the victims murdered by members of Charles Manson’s cult The Family.

Brad Pitt, Al Pacino, Damian Lewis, Kurt Russell, Dakota Fanning, Timothy Olyphant, Margaret Qualley, Tim Roth, and the late Luke Perry also feature in Tarantino’s latest movie, which is set for release in the U.S. later this month.

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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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Goldie Hawn liked Kurt Russell’s ‘big Santa beard’

Goldie Hawn was a fan of Kurt Russell’s Santa Claus beard.The Hollywood heavyweight plays Chris Kringle in festive film The Christmas Chronicles, and instead of sticking fake fuzz on his face, Kurt opted to grow his very own white beard.And luckily Gol…

Goldie Hawn was a fan of Kurt Russell’s Santa Claus beard.

The Hollywood heavyweight plays Chris Kringle in festive film The Christmas Chronicles, and instead of sticking fake fuzz on his face, Kurt opted to grow his very own white beard.

And luckily Goldie, his partner of 35 years, was happy for him to bring his new look home.

“It was full on and took about four months to grow,” he told Entertainment Tonight. “Goldie hated the look I had for The Hateful Eight – actually I hated it too – but she was much better with the big Santa beard.”

As well as sporting a long handlebar moustache for Quentin Tarantino’s 2015 western The Hateful Eight, Kurt has also grown his facial hair out for films like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Deepwater Horizon, and ’80 sci-fi flick The Thing.

But it was the look for The Hateful Eight that the 67-year-old found the hardest to deal with.

“The buffalo jacket and a big moustache were Quentin,” Kurt previously shared in an interview for Details magazine. “It’s a big look, a moustache wearing a man. I put a lot of stock in appearance.”

He also wore his hair long for the part of bounty hunter John Ruth, which had a direct impact on another film he shot around that time, Bone Tomahawk.

“For this guy here (Sheriff Hunt), I had to do a different version of him because I was getting ready for The Hateful Eight,” he said. “I would have changed my look significantly for this one. I would’ve had much shorter hair.”

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Playboy Germany bosses backtrack on controversial Ennio Morricone interview

Executives at Playboy Germany have admitted there were errors in an article in which 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 America…

Executives at Playboy Germany have admitted there were errors in an article in which 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 reported in the December issue of the magazine as labelling his colleague a “cretin” and “absolutely chaotic”.

On Sunday (11Nov18), Morricone, 90, denied making the disparaging comments about Tarantino or giving an interview with the publication, but bosses at Hubert Burda Media, the publishing group that owns Playboy in Germany, hit back at his allegations and insisted they stood by the interview.

However, on Tuesday, magazine executives confessed that some of the quotes were “reproduced incorrectly” and expressed their regrets over the situation.

“Up to now, we have considered the freelancer who conducted the Ennio Morricone interview on our behalf to be a renowned print and radio journalist,” said Playboy Germany editor-in-chief Florian Boitin in a statement. “In the past, we have had no reason to doubt his journalistic integrity and skills. Based on the information now at our disposal, we must unfortunately assume that the words spoken in the interview have, in part, been reproduced incorrectly.

“We would like to express our regret should Mr. Morricone have been portrayed in a false light. We are working to clarify this matter and are exploring legal measures.”

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

Morricone, who has also had his music included in Tarantino’s flicks Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained, among others, threatened a lawsuit but has yet to comment on the new developments.

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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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Ennio Morricone denies making negative comments about Quentin Tarantino

Ennio Morricone has denied ever making disparaging comments about 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 t…

Ennio Morricone has denied ever making disparaging comments about 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 Germany’s Playboy magazine as labelling his colleague as a “cretin” and “absolutely chaotic”.

However, Morricone issued a statement to The Hollywood Reporter on Sunday (11Nov18) in which he 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. “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. He is courageous and has an enormous personality. I credit our collaboration responsible for getting me an Oscar, which is for sure one of the greatest acknowledgements of my career, and I am forever grateful for the opportunity to compose music for his film.”

Morricone went on to explain that he has given his lawyer in Italy a mandate to “take civil and penal action”. Additionally, he referred to recent comments he made in which he praised Tarantino’s films.

“In London, during a press conference in front of Tarantino, I clearly stated that I consider Quentin one of the greatest directors of this time, and I would never speak poorly of the Academy – an important institution that has given to me two of the most important acknowledgements of my career,” the 90-year-old concluded.

Neither Tarantino nor editors from Playboy Germany are yet to comment on the article.

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

Morricone, who has acted as the composer for over 70 award-winning films including Sergio Leone’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, has also had his music included in Tarantino’s flicks Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained.

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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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