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Quentin Tarantino says no ‘Kill Bill 3′

- December 20th, 2013

Late last month, director Quentin Tarantino announced that his next film will be a western, dashing the hopes of many, well me at least, that he was planning Kill Bill: Vol. 3 as his follow-up to Django Unchained.

Well now it looks like Kill Bill 3 may not be happening ever.

In a recent interview with The Independent, Tarantino revealed he has no plans to revisit the continuing adventures of Beatrix Kiddo aka The Bride, famously played by Uma Thurman in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and 2.

“I don’t think about Kill Bill 3 that much, as… we already visited them,” he said.

Along with The Vega Brothers spinoff, QT famously teased Vol. 3 in the mid-2000s with a storyline that was rumoured to be a revenge tale revolving around Copperhead’s daughter Nikki Green who watched her mother get killed by Beatrix in Vol. 1.

There was also talk that the sequel would focus on Sofie Fatale and Elle Driver.

I guess now the closest we’ll get to seeing more of The Bride is when – and if – Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair, which is the uncut version of the original, surfaces on Blu-ray.

As for future film projects, Tarantino hinted that he might want to try his hand at horror.

“If there was something I would like to work on again, it would be Honshu’s movies, maybe. Or a horror movie, perhaps.”

Are you bummed that there will be no Kill Bill 3? Vote in our poll and sound off in the comments.

Brad Pitt’s 5 greatest roles

- December 17th, 2013

Hey, want to feel old? Brad Pitt is joining the 50-and-over club this week.

But since stealing movie lovers’ hearts in 1991’s Thelma & Louise, Pitt has had one of the most varied and interesting careers in Hollywood. He has never repeated himself (well, okay, he played the same character three times in the Ocean’s movies) and his presence in a film has usually been a seal of quality.

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There have been hits and flops, like all big stars, but in his 25-plus year career, he’s shown a deft ability to flip between the eccentric (Twelve Monkeys), dark (Killing Them Softly) and commercial (World War Z) with relative ease.

Here, I take a look back at Pitt’s five best moments on film. He’s had many great roles, but these are my faves. Don’t like my choices? Sound off in the comments below.

Oh, and Happy Birthday Brad. Here’s to another 50!

Benjamin Button – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The story of a man aging in reverse proved to be a stunning meditation on the passage of time. With a two-and-half-hour running time, it was not only a technical marvel, but one of the most touching love stories ever made. It’s his best film to date.

Detective Mills – Se7en

Directed by then-newcomer David Fincher, Se7en is the type of unrelenting thriller Hollywood rarely makes. And it has an ending that people to this day have never forgotten.

Rusty Ryan – the Ocean’s movies

Pitt has never been above indulging audiences in bits of cinema fluff. But he’s always made sure that when he’s giving us a popcorn muncher, the entertainment factor remains high. His part in the Ocean’s Eleven movies alongside pals George Clooney and Matt Damon are guaranteed crowd pleasers for even the staunchest of film snobs.

Tyler Durden – Fight Club

By 1999, Pitt could have done pretty much anything career-wise. But instead of playing it safe, he made a message-laden film that skewered consumer culture and defied easy explanation. It wasn’t a box office hit at the time, but it is one of Pitt’s most important roles to date, and still boasts a huge cult following.

Aldo Raine – Inglourious Basterds

Brad Pitt and Quentin Tarantino’s collaboration on the WWII blood-soaked revenge fantasy made audiences both cringe and laugh. Before QT retires, they need to do at least one more film.

Other Pitt gems: 12 Monkeys (Pitt at his kookiest); Moneyball (you don’t need to be a baseball fan to enjoy it); True Romance (his bit part turned out to be a scene stealer); The Counselor (critics may have hated it, but there was plenty to love about Pitt’s Westray in this dark tale of greed and murder); Burn After Reading (his dancing gym rat was a hoot); World War Z (a white-knuckle zombie thriller – essential for any film oeuvre); Legends of the Fall (an epic classic in which Pitt held his own alongside Anthony Hopkins); A River Runs Through It (early proof that his Thelma & Louise cameo wasn’t a fluke).

Pitt’s biggest misses: The Devil’s Own (Pitt can do a lot, but mastering an Irish accent isn’t one of his strong suits); Meet Joe Black (how about you go meet him and tell us all about it); Seven Years in Tibet (A for effort, F for results).

Quentin Tarantino reveals details of next film

- November 27th, 2013

So if, like me, you were hoping that Quentin Tarantino’s next film might be Kill Bill Vol. 3, you’re going to be disappointed.

The director has announced that his next film will be a western.

Tarantino broke the news to Jay Leno on Tuesday’s The Tonight Show. “I haven’t told anyone this publicly, but I will say the genre: It’s a western,” he said. The writer-director also added that it will not be a sequel to last year’s Oscar-winning Django Unchained.

“I had so much fun doing Django, and I love westerns so much that after I taught myself how to make one, it’s like ‘OK! Let me make another one now that I know what I’m doing,’” Tarantino said.

He didn’t say who he plans on working with, but during promotional rounds for Django, he did say he’d love to work with Johnny Depp.

“We would love to work together. We’ve talked about it for years,” Tarantino said in a recent interview with Charlie Rose [via The Playlist]. “We’re obviously fans of each other. It just needs to be the right character. I just need to write the right character that I think Johnny would be the right guy to do it with. And if he agrees, then we’ll do it. And then it’ll be magical. I haven’t written the perfect character for Johnny Depp as of yet. Maybe someday I will, maybe someday I won’t. We’ll see.”

Last year, in an interview with Playboy, Tarantino indicated he might quit filmmaking in the near future.

“Who knows what I’ll do? I just don’t want to be an old-man filmmaker,” he told the magazine. “I want to stop at a certain point. Directors don’t get better as they get older. Usually the worst films in their filmography are those last four at the end. I am all about my filmography, and one bad film f—s up three good ones. I don’t want that bad, out-of-touch comedy in my filmography, the movie that makes people think, ‘Oh man, he still thinks it’s 20 years ago.’ When directors get out-of-date, it’s not pretty.”

If you missed it, Tarantino released his top 10 films of 2013 last month. Kick Ass 2, The Lone Ranger and This is the End were among his picks. You can check them all out here.

What do you think about QT doing a western next? Were you hoping for Kill Bill Vol. 3? Sound off in the comments.

Quentin Tarantino defends Lone Ranger, slams Batman

- October 11th, 2013

Earlier this week, writer-director Quentin Tarantino threw movie fans for a loop by declaring The Lone Ranger one of 2013′s 10 best.

Now, just to shake things up further, QT is giving his two cents on Batman and surprisingly, he’s not a fan.

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Quentin Tarantino and a still from The Dark Knight Rises. REUTERS FILE

 

“Why? Because Batman is not a very interesting character,” he said in an interview with French weekly Les Inrockuptibles translated by Indiewire. “For any actor. There is simply not much to play. I think Michael Keaton did it the best, and I wish good luck to Ben Affleck.”

But even though he won’t be lining up for Man of Steel 2, QT did offer up his ideal actor to play the Caped Crusader. “You know who would have made a great Batman? Alec Baldwin in the ‘80s.”

And the Batman bashing didn’t stop there. Director Oliver Stone, who is circling a Martin Luther King Jr. biopic with Jamie Foxx, also weighed in on the Dark Knight.

“It’s only in the movies that you find this kind of fantasy violence,” he told Forbes. “And that’s infected the American culture; you young people believe all of this s—! Batman and Superman, you’ve lost your minds, and you don’t even know it! At least respect violence. I’m not saying don’t show violence, but show it with authenticity.”

Now, as for The Lone Ranger, Tarantino has revealed why the Johnny Depp bomb deserves a second look.

“The first 45 minutes are excellent,” Tarantino says. “The next forty-five minutes are a little soporific. It was a bad idea to split the bad guys in two groups; it takes hours to explain and nobody cares. Then comes the train scene. Incredible! When I saw it, I kept thinking, ‘What? That’s the film that everybody says is crap? Seriously?”’

The Lone Ranger was a box office disaster, earning less than $100 million domestically. Since its release last summer, Disney has severed its partnership with producer Jerry Bruckheimer and pushed back the release of Depp’s Pirates of the Caribbean 5.

Still, the film joined Gravity, Before Midnight, This is the End, Frances Ha, Kick Ass 2, The Conjuring, Blue Jasmine, Afternoon Delight and Drinking Buddies as one of QT’s favourites of 2013.

“I still have a little problem with the film. I like Tonto’s backstory – the idea that his tribe got slaughtered because of him; that’s a real comic-book thing. But the slaughter of the tribe, by gunfire, from the cavalry, it left a bitter taste in my mouth,” he said. “The Indians have really been victims of a genocide. So slaughtering them again in an entertaining movie, Buster Keaton style… That ruined the fun a bit for me. I simply found it… ugly.”

Interesting, considering Tarantino’s Bag Men scene in Django Unchained was a bit of a laugher. But he took real issue with the genocide storyline in Lone Ranger. “Making fun of this, when America really did it, it bothered me,” he said. “That doesn’t stop it from being a good film, but they could have done without that.”

Quentin Tarantino’s top 10 films of 2013… so far

- October 7th, 2013

There is still three months left in the year, but Quentin Tarantino has already released his list of 2013′s best films. Billed as “an exclusive gift during the government shutdown,” the Quentin Archives has released QT’s favourite flicks of 2013.

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Because he was busy putting the final touches on Django Unchained, the writer-director didn’t list his top films last year. But his lists in 2010 and 2011 included films like Toy Story 3, The Social Network, X-Men: First Class and Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes.

One huge surprise on Tarantino’s 2013 list is his inclusion of last summer’s much-maligned Lone Ranger. Based on his inclusion, as well as my pal Bruce Kirkland’s review, I will definitely give it a look.

I haven’t seen everything on this list, but Gravity was a real standout for me. The Alfonso Cuarón-directed space thriller is quite possibly the best 3D film I’ve seen. Before Midnight was also an enjoyable instalment in Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy’s decades-spanning love story.

Here are QT’s faves of 2013 (so far) in alphabetical order. Let us know in the comments what you’ve dug the most. You can also check out my top 10 QT scenes that I assembled for his birthday earlier this year.


1. Afternoon Delight (Jill Soloway)

2. Before Midnight (Richard Linklater)

3. Blue Jasmine (Woody Allen)

4. The Conjuring (James Wan)

5. Drinking Buddies (Joe Swanberg)

6. Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach)

7. Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón)

8. Kick Ass 2 (Jeff Wadlow)

9. The Lone Ranger (Gore Verbinski)

10. This Is The End (Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg)