April 2, 2016 |
Quentin Tarantino isn't known for making genteel pictures. But even his die-hard fans were taken aback by the level of violence in The Hateful Eight , his eighth feature and second western, following 2011's explosive slavery epic, Django Unchained . Boasting a remarkable all-star ensemble cast - including Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, and Tim Roth - the new film was released this week on disc and digital download....
July 18, 2014
QUESTION: WHAT has the Broadway ticket-buying public achieved that Apollo Creed, Ivan Drago, Tommy Gunn and Union Cane failed to? Answer: They have KO'd Rocky Balboa. "Rocky," the 4-month-old musical rendering of the iconic 1976 film starring Sylvester Stallone as the fictional Kensington ham-and-egger who gets a shot at the heavyweight crown, has finally been vanquished. Producers of the $15 million extravaganza, starring Tony Award nominee Andrew Karl , have announced that they will pull the plug on the show Aug. 17. Despite a book that's ultrafaithful to the flick and a thrilling finale in a boxing ring that extends from the stage into the first eight rows of the audience, "Rocky" never was a critical or box-office champ.
April 12, 2013 |
FOLLOWING WEEKS of promotion - speaking of promotion, the Weekend Daily News is back on Saturdays with a new "Tattle Week in Review" column - "Django Unchained" has been pulled from Chinese theaters on its opening day. Movie theaters throughout China said Thursday that they were ordered to suspend the film. Employees at two Beijing movie theaters say an order issued by the importer, China Film Group Corporation, cited an unspecified technical problem with the film. Calls to China Film Group and the government's film regulatory agency were unanswered.
March 26, 2013 |
He moved us with his award-winning performance as President Abraham Lincoln in the Steven Spielberg saga. But did you know that Daniel Day-Lewis was himself moved beyond words, beyond reason, beyond love itself? "There has never been a human being that I never met that I loved as much as him - ever," the thesp says on the extra features on the Lincoln Blu-ray/DVD release. "I doubt there ever will be. " So deeply was Day-Lewis immersed in the spiritual and mental viscera of Lincoln, he found himself at an existential impasse after he finished the pic. "You're not quite sure what to do with yourself when it's finished," he says.
March 8, 2013 |
At some moments, Django Django sounds like surf guitar master Dick Dale got time-warped into a 1990s British rave. At other times, the London band sounds like a loping, psychedelic cousin to Animal Collective; then again, the band can seem like acid house producers obsessed with big-beat climaxes. The musicians are fascinating because they're hard to pin down. "We don't really see boundaries too clearly," says vocalist Vinnie Neff, on the phone from London. "When you love a lot of music like we do, I see it as a problem: We could never make a decision about what direction we were going.
January 19, 2013 |
The Weinstein Co. has put the kibosh on a line of Django Unchained action figures after protests from civil rights leaders that toys based on the violent, Jamie Foxx -starring, Quentin Tarantino -directed film trivialize the horrors of slavery. On Friday, the studio said it stopped release of the dolls despite its tradition of making dolls, meant for adults, to commemorate Tarantino pics, including Inglourious Basterds . A few lucky collectors stand to make a bundle: TMZ says 1,000 dolls were released before the plug was pulled.
January 12, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES - Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are ready to crack each other up at the Golden Globe Awards. The two multi-hyphenate talents offered a taste of their quick-witted banter on a conference call with reporters Wednesday, during which Fey promised, "We're going to sing the whole show. " "The whole show is going to be sung front to back and Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine have written it," Fey deadpanned. "We just called up Sondy," Poehler said. "He just said, 'Jackpot.' " Fey, 42, and Poehler, 41, take over for three-time Globes host Ricky Gervais, who sometimes created a prickly atmosphere with his pointed barbs at individual stars and films.
January 9, 2013 |
A LINE OF action figures based on the characters from "Django Unchained" have recently gone on sale ($34.99 retail), but Najee Ali wants them taken off the market. Ali, director of the advocacy group Project Islamic Hope, in conjunction with other Los Angeles black community leaders, called for the removal of the toys and said they're "a slap in the face of our ancestors" that "trivializes the horrors of slavery. " But do they really? More than the film itself? Did the action figures made for Quentin Tarantino 's last film, "Inglourious Basterds," trivialize the horrors of the Nazis?
January 7, 2013 |
WHAT DOES IT TAKE to take down a killer ex-slave? A chainsaw. Movie-studio estimates Sunday show the horror sequel "Texas Chainsaw 3-D" at No. 1 with a $23-million debut. The follow-up to 1974's "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" has masked killer Leatherface on the loose again. Quentin Tarantino 's revenge saga "Django Unchained" held on at No. 2 for a second-straight weekend with $20.1 million, raising its domestic total to $106.4 million. After three weekends at No. 1, part one of Peter Jackson 's "The Hobbit" trilogy slipped to third with $17.5 million.
December 25, 2012 |
A version of this review appeared in Sunday's Arts + Entertainment section. Neck-deep into Quentin Tarantino's antebellum western Django Unchained , I had this mental image of the über-geek genre filmmaker tapping furiously on his laptop, beaming at the brilliance of every new piece of dialogue he's writ. For all I know, Tarantino works on a typewriter, or longhand on a legal pad (or dictates his copy to a Gal Friday in spike heels), but in any event, as the banter ping-ponged across the dining table in the plantation mansion of slave-master Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio, twirling his mustache)