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Kevin Smith Tried To Get Quentin Tarantino To Take A Role In His Horror Movie 'Tusk'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • October 10, 2013 9:39 AM
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Kevin Smith took some people by surprise late last month when he announced that his next directorial project wouldn’t be “Clerks III,” but instead, a horror film called “Tusk.” The project will star Michael Parks as a mad scientist who, in Smith’s own words, “intends to sew some hapless lodger into counterfeit blubber, creating a chimera in an effort to answer the ultimate riddle, ‘Is man, indeed, a walrus at heart?’ ” Wow, well, alright then.

Podcast: The Playlist Talks 'Gravity', Focus Features, Quentin Tarantino's Top 10 & More

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • October 9, 2013 11:06 AM
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Gravity, Cuaron
On this latest episode, host Erik McClanahan is joined by Editor-In-Chief Rodrigo Perez, Managing Editor Kevin Jagernauth and for the first time, Features Editor Jessica Kiang to talk about "Gravity." Warning, SPOILERS abound in this podcast so don't listen unless you've already seen the film or don't care. Also getting some time around the watercooler this week, we discuss the change over at Focus Features, Quentin Tarantino's Top 10 movies of the year (so far) and even more.

Quentin Tarantino’s Top 10 Films of 2013 (So Far) Includes 'The Lone Ranger,' 'Kick-Ass 2,' 'Gravity' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 6, 2013 10:03 AM
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For the past couple of years—except 2013 when he was working on his own "Django Unchained"—Quentin Tarantino wasn't shy about sharing the films he liked, and sometimes, the ones he didn't. For the most part, the filmmaker loves indie movies, animated films and big, popcorn blockbusters. In 2010, he was really into kids' flicks with "Toy Story 3,""Tangled" and "How To Train Your Dragon" sitting alongside "The Social Network," "True Grit" and "Animal Kingdom." In 2011, fare like "Attack The Block," "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes," "Moneyball" and uh, "The Three Musketeers" were name-dropped while he controversially gave Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive" a "nice try" dig. So what does he like so far in 2013?

Samuel L. Jackson Talks Squashing Beef With Spike Lee For 'Oldboy,' Plus 'Django Unchained' Deleted Scenes

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • September 25, 2013 9:25 AM
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If nothing else positive comes from Spike Lee's remake of “Oldboy,” it can at least boast the director's reunion with his former frequent collaborator, Samuel L. Jackson. After a string of offerings including “School Daze,” “Do The Right Thing,” and “Jungle Fever,” the two men fell out publicly, and up until last year's controversy surrounding Quentin Tarantino's “Django Unchained,” the relationship wasn't looking to improve. But in a new interview with Playboy magazine, Jackson reveals the reason behind his reunion with Lee, and also provides a hint of more 'Django' on the cutting room floor.

Quentin Tarantino Will Reportedly Play Roger Corman In Biopic 'Man With Kaleidoscope Eyes'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 20, 2013 10:11 AM
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Quentin Tarantino isn't afraid to put himself in front of the camera, even though he essentially can't act. No matter where you stood on "Django Unchained," his late appearance was distracting at best, ill-conceived at worst, and there's a pretty good reason why he hasn't led a film since "From Dusk 'Til Dawn." But it would appear that the director is gonna take a quick break from writing whatever his next movie is, to play a moviemaking legend who has had a huge influence on his career.

Watch: Full Length Filmmaker Docs On John Cassavetes & Sam Fuller

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 24, 2013 10:23 AM
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It’s Friday and a long holiday weekend is just around the corner. Why not start it off right with a couple of cool documentaries on a couple of cool directors? After all, the new season “Arrested Development” doesn’t come until Sunday, so you've got some time.

From Script To Screen: The 12 Biggest Deleted/Unfilmed Scenes From 'Django Unchained'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 18, 2013 1:06 PM
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Django Unchained
There is a host of extras on the deluxe Blu-ray edition of Quentin Tarantino's revisionist splatter-western "Django Unchained" (out this week), but amidst all the special features, there's one thing you won't find: deleted scenes. During the press day we attended for the film back in December, Tarantino theorized that there could be a longer "Dances with Wolves"-esque director's cut one day, but as of now, that has yet to materialize (Samuel L. Jackson has joked he can't wait to see the five hour cut). But just because those deleted scenes aren’t part of the supplementary material or reintegrated into the film (yet), doesn't mean that they weren't there at some point – either at script phase or during filming. It's with this in mind that we run down the biggest deletions, omissions, or adjustments between what "Django Unchained" was to be, and what it ended up being.

Watch: 1-Hour 1994 BBC Doc 'Quentin Tarantino: Hollywood’s Boy Wonder' Featuring Brian De Palma, Terry Gilliam & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 9, 2013 10:39 AM
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Given it was nearly twenty years ago when "Pulp Fiction" arrived and consequently turned the world upside down, it's very easy to forget what a massive seismic shift the movie represented, and how unique an individual Quentin Tarantino was in the cinema world at the time. From Sundance darling with "Reservoir Dogs" to Palme d'Or winner with "Pulp Fiction" in the span of two years, it was a leap that was nearly unprecedented, and it was a straight shot of adrenaline to the industry as a whole.

Will Smith Says He Wanted Tarantino To Rewrite 'Django Unchained'; Didn't Think Django Was The Lead

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 25, 2013 10:59 AM
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While "Django Unchained" was pretty much an unqualified success in terms of awards and money taken in (a Best Picture nomination, two Oscars and $400 million worldwide), there'll always be an intriguing what-could-have-been hanging over it: Quentin Tarantino wrote the title character for Will Smith, and while Jamie Foxx ended up taking the part, the idea that the clean-cut megastar could have starred in the bloody Western has cast a long shadow over the film.

Ennio Morricone Backpedals On His Quentin Tarantino Comments, Says He Has Great Respect For The Director

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2013 5:06 PM
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Last week, it seemed the gauntlet had been thrown down between legendary composer Ennio Morricone and genre-mashing director Quentin Tarantino. Speaking to students at Rome’s LUISS University he said among other things that Tarantino “places music in his films without coherence" and declared “I wouldn’t like to work with him again, on anything.” But hey, it appears it was all taken out of context and Morricone is still totally cool with him.

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