By all accounts, Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood” was met with a distinctive shrug by the Cannes jury, as the Alejandro Gonzalez Inarittu-led crew gave the film zero awards during the closing night ceremony. However, American critics seem to really like the movie, judging by its 88 Metascore and a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes. And yet, all people seemed to be wanting to talk about, which I refused to cover given how much I loved the film and didn’t want this overshadowing it, was the now-infamous press conference, where Tarantino got visibly upset when someone asked about the film’s “violence against women” and Margot Robbie’s lack of screentime (QT’s now infamous reply “I reject your hypothesis!”).Read More
We finally have a trailer for James Gray’s “Ad Astra,” a long-delayed artsy sci-fi epic in space. I have been an advocate of Gray’s classicist style for quite some years now, or ever since I saw his excellent 2007 family saga “We Own the Night,” but, more importantly, the immaculate 2009 romance “Two Lovers.” He followed those up with “The Immigrant” and “Lost City of Z,” both critically acclaimed works. However, “Ad Astra” is a whole other monster. The just-released trailer has parallels to Nolan’s “Interstellar,” Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now” and Cuaron’s “Gravity.”Read More
Quentin Tarantino was just 6 years old and living in Los Angeles when Charles Manson sent his gang of toxified flower children to murder Tate and four others at the home she shared with husband Roman Polanski. At the time of her death, she was eight-and-a-half months pregnant. There is absolutely no chance that Tarantino doesn’t remember that time, even at a young age. The Manson murders are credited as changing the landscape of American society and culture.Read More
Mother Brewer’s Company, a Springfield ,Missouri company, which happens to be Brad Pitt’s hometown. They recently had the ingenious, and quite laughable, idea of casting Pitt’s own brother, and fellow Springfield resident, Doug Pitt in a commercial to play, well, Brad Pitt. In it, Doug tries to recreate his own brother’s “what’s in the box?!” freak-out, a scene from Fincher’s iconic “Se7en.” A rather tense moment, which has Pitt’s Detective Mills slowly, but very surely, realizing that his wife is dead and that her dismembered head is in a box riiiight next to him. Suffice to say, Doug, actually holds his own and, at times, shares rather strikingly reminds us of his much-more-famous brother.Read More
We are just two weeks away from the unveiling of the Cannes lineup. And so, we are in complete overdrive to bring you the latest news concerning this most prestigious of festivals. Take for example, the latest rumor that James Gray’s “Ad Astra” will most likely NOT make it to Cannes. Shocking? Yes and no. We’ve been assuming that, if ready, Gray’s sci-fi film, starring Brad Pitt, would make it to the croisette but it looks like it just isn’t able to make the cutoff date, at least according to Cédric Succivalli’s Twitter page. Again, I must mention, Cédric should be trusted, he’s very much in the know with these sort of things. The problem with the the Gray seems to be its special effects, which are still in post-production.Read More
It’s finally here.Read More
The film takes place in 1969 and stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Western TV actor that, alongside his trusty stunt double, played by Brad Pitt, is seeing his star fade and tries to keep hold of his crumbling TV career. Oh, and they also live next door to Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) — the film takes place the same year the actress, Roman Polanski’s late wife, was brutally murdered by members of Charlie Manson’s cult.Read More
The questions remains as to exactly what kind of film Quentin Tarantino is making with the upcoming "Once Upon A Time in Hollywood." The film will either be a) an absurdist revisionist genre film like 'Inglourious' and 'Django' or it'll be b) A film grounded in the dark, realist violence of "Reservoir Dogs," "Jackie" and "Pulp Fiction." Something tells me it's the latter. QT has even mentioned that '‘Once Upon A Time’ is “probably the closest to ‘Pulp Fiction’ that I have done.”Read More
After a lot of back-and-forths, it seems like David Fincher has finally settled on "World War Z 2" to be his next movie. The sequel to the 2013 zombie movie starring Brad Pitt has had quite the pre-production journey. Director J.A. Bayona was originally slated to direct. However, two years later Bayona left the sequel to go and direct to go and direct "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," which had many people suspecting the sequel was dead. It was only last year that Pitt’s frequent collaborator director David Fincher was "in talks" to helm the anticipated blockbuster sequel.
Variety has now confirmed Fincher as director, they spoke with producers Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, who revealed that filming is now due to begin in June 2019. Fincher is currently directing the second season of his Netflix series "Mindhunter" and Pitt is in Los Angeles shooting Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood." Thus, the reason for the delays.
Fincher hasn't directed a movie since 2014's "Gone Girl."