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Quentin Tarantino Documentary in the Works

21 Years: Quentin Tarantino comes from film-maker Tara Wood and probes into the legendary director’s legendary career.

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“Compton” Star Jason Mitchell Heads for “Skull Island”

Jason Mitchell will join Straight Outta Compton co-star Corey Hawkins on an expedition to King Kong’s island getaway.

There’s no stopping the unparalleled success of Straight Outta Compton. The biopic’s stock keeps on rising and it’s getting the clout it deserves from critics and audiences alike. So it’s no surprise when the stars of the film start getting snatched up by other projects at record pace.

One project is winning out in the Compton star grab, and that’s Skull Island. Not only did they enlist the services of Corey Hawkins, but now they’ve also eyed his co-star Jason Mitchell.

The latest news is that Mitchell is currently in negotiations for a role on the film, so nothing is written in blood as yet.

While we already had a few names attached to the King Kong reboot, it was a little light in the actor department. So it makes sense that they’d be staking out big ticket projects to fill out the ranks.

Mitchell, who plays Eazy-E in the NWA biopic, is set to play a wise-cracking pilot in Skull Island. The part is bound to be more three dimensional than that (we hope), since Mitchell is in high demand and has earned some well-deserved clout from Compton.

Mitchell and Hawkins will be joined by Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and Toby Kebbell. Samuel L Jackson, John C Reilly and Tom Wilkinson are also in talks to star in the monster expedition. The team will venture to the enigmatic island that houses legendary beast and WWF spokesman King Kong. There are no specifics on any of the actors’ characters as yet, but the movie is still a couple of years away.

Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts will begin shooting in a matter of weeks, with a script from the likes of Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein, Derek Connolly and John Gatins.

Hopefully we’ll have more news on this project from Legendary soon.

Watch this space for the hairiest, latest movie news.

Shyamalan and Jackson Talk “Unbreakable” Sequel

Superhero sequels are a fact of life. Most of us can’t turn on a screen, answer a phone call or eat a bowl of cereal without finding rumours of set photos floating in the milky remains. But there’s one superhero sequel that people have been clamouring for longer than any Marvel or DC incarnation. Continue reading Shyamalan and Jackson Talk “Unbreakable” Sequel

New Mustachioed Still for Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight”

Marvel may be foregoing their usual Comic Con appearance, but that’s no reason to be underwhelmed by the upcoming convention. For starters, Quentin Tarantino is going to be taking up residence with his new movie The Hateful Eight. We can expect to see a trailer or two when the panels start up, but why don’t we have have a peek at a still before we do? Continue reading New Mustachioed Still for Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight”

Check Out a New Teaser for Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight”

Quentin Tarantino strikes me as a ballsy kind of guy. That’s the impression I get from his movies at least. In recent years he’s taken a samurai sword to realistic tellings of World War 2 and American slavery, creating brutally cartoonish worlds populated with mad heroes and warped monsters alike. That’s all well and good, but it takes someone with real cojones to release a teaser trailer the day after a Star Wars trailer AND a Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice teaser. You heard me right.

Screenrant is reporting that the Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs creator has released the first real look at his latest project The Hateful Eight. The quasi-Western had its fair share of bumps in the road, with Tarantino postponing release after scripts had been circulated without his knowing. After that, hopes were lifted with a live read-through of the same script. Not long after that the project was back in business. Here’s a look at the teaser, courtesy of Screenrant:

Well it wasn’t the longest or most descriptive thing in the world, but you’ve got to respect it all the same. No one is saying that Tarantino isn’t a Hollywood heavy hitter, but people can only focus on so many things at once and trying to promote your teaser while Harrison Ford is saying “Chewie, we’re home” and bat cowls are fading in to ominous chords. Why give yourself the competition?

It could very well be that this was always going to be the time when the teaser would be released and all the other surprise reveals just happened to fall around it, so instead of rescheduling they stuck to their six shooters and released the teaser on time. Could this mean that more material will be coming our way soon? Are we on a strict regiment of The Hateful Eight news now? We can’t be sure for the moment, but it sure is nice to have a teaser for it. Even though the teaser tells us very little, it tells us enough to keep us confident.

Review: “Kingsman: Secret Service” is the Erogenous Zone You Forgot You Had

It’s been a long time since I was really excited to see a spy film. I’m not overly intrigued by the idea of a “thriller” so unless it’s got an Ian Fleming story credit, I’ll be more likely to pass than not. But Kingsman: Secret Service has a secret weapon on its side: it knows exactly when to take itself seriously, and when not to.

The Skinny

Richmond Valentine (played by Samuel L. Jackson) has gotten it into his head that the only way for mankind to survive is to kill off a big chunk of the population and take some pressure off the planet’s resources. So, why not hypnotise the world into killing each other while keeping all the best people in a morally dubious hidey-hole? Why not indeed! The only people to stand in his way are the Kingsman, an organisation of tailors-turned-gentleman-spies. However, since a Kingsman recently suffered death by being cut in two, there’s a gap in the ranks: a gap the size of Eggsy Unwin (Taron Egerton), a rough kid with potential who is taken under the wing of legendary Kingsman Harry Hart (Colin Firth). But will he be enough to stop Valentine from carrying out his evil scheme? Well, it’s a film, so yes.

The Good

Like every good action film, the action in Kingsman starts when it should – seven seconds in to the sounds of Dire Straits. From that point the shots and punches rarely let up for a moment, speeding up when you need it, slowing down when it’s damn well worth it, only stopping to allow for a spot of exposition or let the audience catch their breath. Comic adaptation dream team Matthew Vaughn (director) and Jane Goldman (writer) carry on a lot of strong traditions from earlier collaboration Kick Ass, balancing bouts of bombastic violence with a bubble pop and rock soundtrack. That way the audience can appreciate the film’s prolonged violence for its choreography and cinematic rhythm. It’s in these demos that Firth really struts his stuff and gets to show off how to be sexy and English without being rigid or romantically confused.

It’s also worth mentioning that Jackson is 66, but that doesn’t stop him taking on roles that would easily baffle other actors his age. Sofia Boutella also stands out for her role as Gazelle, a scimitar-legged assistant to Valentine who acts as a lightening rod for a lot of the more volatile fight scenes.

The Bad

There are really only two points of grievance within Kingsman. One is the use of CGI, which while colourful and at times spectacular (see everyone’s heads blowing up like fireworks in time to “Land of Hope and Glory”) isn’t of a high enough standard to match the rest of the film’s achievements. There were points when the sub-par effects were distracting and took away from what was going on on-screen, but fortunately you weren’t focussed on them for too long before something stupid cool took your mind off it.

The second downfall is the tendency the characters had to go meta with the concept of traditional spy movies – a concept that the film otherwise successfully fills with explosives and detonates. There are interactions between Jackson and Firth that make glaring references to how much they love the old Bond films, with a running line in the film being ,”It’s not that kind of movie”. While this does work as a wink to the audience from Vaughn and Goldman, it smacks of glibness and seems completely unnecessary – especially when its repeated throughout the film. At least they didn’t stick it on the movie posters.

The Verdict

Vaughn and Goldman took all the available canon for spy movies old and new, serious and parody, and took it apart chunk by chunk, skin and muscle and unnecessary fatty tissue until they were left with a rock-steady espionage skeleton. From there they brought their considerable experience from numerous comic book/action projects to build a hybrid of spy film that takes unabashedly from Bond and sticks a middle finger up at all the padding that more recent serious spy “thrillers” stack on top of otherwise wafer-thin plots. On the surface its jocular and brutal, bloody and ballsy, but at its core Kingsman is a kings-held screaming orgasm of a film. And it might know what you like better than you do.

Tarantino’s “Hateful Eight” Gets a Familiar Supportive Cast

It’s no secret that Quentin Tarantino likes to re-use a lot of the actors he’s used in previous films of his career. And why not? He’s gotten some pretty fantastic performances out of them in the past, so I can’t see why he wouldn’t want. Not only that, I’m sure the same actors would be just as excited to come back and work with the director again. Well along with a main cast of regulars and irregulars and irregulars, Screenrant has reported that a supporting cast list has also been released – and it has a similar high-school reunion feel to it.

There’s no word on who the supporting actors will be playing in the western that will see bounty hunters Kurt Russel and Samuel L Jackson run into each-other on a wintry Wyoming road, only to set a dangerous rolling stone set in motion. But the majority of them are old Tarantino favourites nonetheless. Here’s the list of actors and the previous QT films they’ve can be seen in:

Zoë Bell (Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2)
James Parks (Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2)
Dana Gourrier (Django Unchained)
Keith Jefferson (Django Unchained)
Lee Horsley (Django Unchained)
Craig Stark (Django Unchained)
Belinda Owino (Django Unchained)
Gene Jones

Seeing Double Zoe Bell and Uma Thurman: on the set of "Kill Bill, Vol. 1".
Seeing Double Zoe Bell and Uma Thurman: on the set of “Kill Bill, Vol. 1”.

In case the name Zoë Bell  isn’t brining a face to mind, it’s because Bell is a stunt-actor who worked as Uma Thurman’s double on the Kill Bill double. Final name Gene Jones doesn’t have a Tarantino flick to his name but he has starred in No Country for Old Men and Oz the Great and Powerful.

As supporting casts go it’s dependable and rock-solid, so hopefully we’ll see an awesome performance from all of them. Lord knows they’ve got enough experience between them.

What think you of the supporting cast for Hateful Eight? Any other familiar Tarantino names you would have liked to see?