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R.I.P. Elmore Leonard: 1925-2013

When the late Elmore Leonard began writing fiction in the early Nineteen-Fifties, Westerns ruled the roost, so most of his early heroes wore cowboy hats. When this great American writer, who died today at 87, went with the flow in 1969, and switched to writing urban thrillers (with the twice-filmed "The Big Bounce"), the change wasn't a wrenching one. He didn't ask his characteristically watchful and laconic heroes to change much more than their hats when they relocated from the deserts of the Southwest to the mean streets of Detroit and Miami.
  • By David Chute
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  • August 20, 2013 2:04 PM
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10 Filmmakers' Top 10 Films Lists: Scorsese, Kubrick, Allen, Tarantino, Nolan and More

Flavorwire has compiled 10 filmmakers' Top 10 Films lists. Included are Martin Scorsese (who lists Powell and Pressburger's "The Red Shoes" and Renoir's "The River," among others ), Stanley Kubrick (who singles out Chaplin's "City Lights" and Antonioni's "La notte"), and Woody Allen (a fan of Bergman's "Seventh Seal" and Kurosawa's "Rashomon").
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 1, 2013 1:16 PM
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IMDb Releases Top Ten List of Most Popular Cannes Competition Films, Quentin Tarantino Dominates

As the Cannes Film Festival gets underway today, IMDb has released its list of the 10 most popular films to have been screened in competition for the Palme d'Or, based on user votes. Unsurprisingly, Quentin Tarantino makes a good showing on the list, dominating in the top three spots with 1994's "Pulp Fiction" 2009's "Inglourious Basterds" and 2005's "Sin City" (for which he's credited as "special guest director" following Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez).
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 15, 2013 12:23 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Brian Trenchard-Smith on Tarantino's Spaghetti Southern 'Django Unchained'

Bullets Don't Argue! week kicks off at Trailers from Hell, with director Brian Trenchard-Smith introducing Quentin Tarantino's Spaghetti Southern "Django Unchained," which won the Oscars for Best Supporting Actor (Christoph Waltz) and Best Original Screenplay.
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  • May 13, 2013 11:23 AM
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Who Should Direct Bond 24? Take Our Poll

Now that Sam Mendes has dropped out of directing "Bond 24," who should helm the follow-up to the billion-dollar "Skyfall"? The new MI6 table's been set with M (Ralph Fiennes), Q (Ben Whishaw), and Moneypenny (Naomie Harris), and with no more rites of passage or existential crises to deal with, Daniel Craig's 007 is now fully formed and reporting for duty "with pleasure."
  • By Anne Thompson and Bill Desowitz
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  • March 7, 2013 4:17 PM
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Tarantino Will Present Star of Texas Award for Linklater's 'Dazed and Confused'

Quentin Tarantino will present the Star of Texas Award to Richard Linklater's "Dazed and Confused" at the Texas Film Hall of Fame on March 7, celebrating the film's 20th anniversary. A screening of the film with the cast will take place on March 6.  Tarantino includes the film on his 2002 Sight and Sound list of his top ten films of all time.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 28, 2013 1:41 PM
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'Django Unchained' Beats 'Inglourious Basterds' as Tarantino's Top Grossing Film

"Django Unchained" has become director Quentin Tarantino's highest grossing film to date within the domestic market, having accumulated nearly $130 million sinces its Christmas day release. Tarantino's second-highest grossing film is 2009's "Inglourious Basterds," with $120.5 million.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 17, 2013 3:29 PM
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Watch: Eleven Highlights from the 2013 Golden Globes

Last night's Golden Globes held a number of memorable moments, both moving and hilarious. Video highlights below, including host Amy Poehler's barb about torture and Kathryn Bigelow "being married to James Cameron for three years," Kristen Wiig and Will Farrell's brilliant "you get out of here" bit, Bill Clinton's introduction to "Lincoln," Jessica Chastain, Daniel Day-Lewis, Anne Hathaway, Michael Haneke and Quentin Tarantino accepting their awards and more.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 14, 2013 11:40 AM
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Tarantino Talks 'Django Unchained' Soundtrack, from Vinyl Oldies to Original Morricone

How much you like spaghetti westerns will be a factor in how much you want to consume the "Django Unchained" Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, now available through Loma Vista Recording. This soundtrack marks the first time Quentin Tarantino has collaborated with artists to create original music for one of his films.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • January 2, 2013 12:56 PM
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Rome Film Festival and Ennio Morricone Honor Quentin Tarantino with Lifetime Achievement Award

The seventh Rome Film Festival will honor Quentin Tarantino with a Lifetime Achievement Award on January 4, at a gala screening of "Django Unchained." Legendary composer Ennio Morricone ("Once Upon a Time in the West," "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"), who wrote an original song for "Django," will present Tarantino with the award. That's one way to get the filmmaker to show up!
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 28, 2012 12:30 PM
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