8 things we learned at the’Hateful Eight’ premiere

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Quentin Tarantino teases the ‘possibility’ of Kill Bill 3.

Monday night’s premiere of “The Hateful Eight” was expected to offer many flourishes, including a “road show” style overture, an intermission and – it had been rumored — a protest by police angered by director Quentin Tarantino’s statements about law enforcement violence.

It’s commonplace for Quentin Tarantino to court controversy every time he releases a film, for his trademark gruesome violence and frequent use of the N-word in his scripts.Quentin Tarantino doesn’t normally revisit the characters of his films — except for having them share a universe, of course — but The Hateful Eight director thinks there’s a good chance The Bride will return to theaters at some point. “There definitely is a possibility.

Quentin Tarantino dismissed an ominous threat from a major law enforcement union Saturday which is at odds with the director for calling police murderers. As screening time approached at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, though, the only cops in sight were four uniformed (but off duty) LAPD officers providing security. Tarantino goes on to describe why it feels right to return to the life of Beatrix Kiddo this long after the first two volumes, and not just because he and Uma Thurman had such a good time making the films. “I put the character of Beatrix Kiddo through a lot, and so I wanted her to have this much time for peace,” Tarantino said, explaining that he wanted to give the character some downtime to spend with her daughter. “The whole idea [behind waiting so long between films] was everybody would be as old as they are,” he said, indicating he has had a story in mind, backing up statements he’s made as far back as 2009. “So the thing about [Kill Bill] was that is probably my most visionary cinematic contribution. It all began in October, when Tarantino flew in to New York to join three days of protests organized by Rise Up October, a group opposed to police violence and what it calls a “genocidal assault on black and Latino people in this country”.

While he’s seen in himself a trend toward moving in the direction of plays and novels, “it would be nice to go back to a visceral world that’s not about the words anymore,” he explained. And a lot of it is going to be driven by Tarantino, who is nothing if not predictable.” “People ask me, ‘Are you worried?’” Tarantino said according to The Daily Beast. “And the answer’s no, I’m not worried, because I do not feel like the police force is this sinister black hand organization that goes out and fucks up individual citizens in a conspiracy sort of way.” Law enforcement agencies are under increased scrutiny over recent instances of alleged misconduct. Richard Gladstein, one of the producers on the film, said he thought audiences were ready for the 70mm presentation, with intermission that will greet audiences at select theaters.

Tarantino did not comment on the police controversy but Gladstein said he did not think it would impact the movie. “Quentin spoke from his heart about how he felt about certain injustices,” Gladstein said. “The only logical response to that is applause.” Tarantino had said before the premiere that he was prepared for picketing or some other attempt to police unions to “embarrass” him. He called such demonstrations within the officers rights, but he said that some of the reaction might have been based on the press or union leaders misconstruing what he said. I was like: ‘What the hell is going on?’” “I knew there would be some people who wouldn’t get it, or wouldn’t understand my intentions,” he says. “But I had to do it anyway. And it goes without saying: I don’t feel that every officer is a killer.” The film-maker clarified as much in the wake of the boycott, saying on MSBNC in November: “Just because I was at an anti-police brutality protest doesn’t mean I’m anti-police.” Tarantino says: “It was good to clarify, because I could actually get a little deeper in the subject, and express myself a little bit more. As I got to the end of that week, it was almost like: ‘Wow, that actually ended up being far more effective than I could’ve ever imagined.’ At first, it seemed like it was a distraction.

Then, it ended up getting back around to the police brutality issue.” Still, Tarantino says the Fraternal Order of Police’s cryptic taunt surprised him a great deal. “The fact that they would overreact to such a degree, and single me out to such a degree, and then get so carried away that they literally get out over their skis, and actually, are indulging in theoretical threats of a private citizen, no, I did not expect that at all. “I actually felt kind of vindicated, at least by the people I wanted to be vindicated about. If they had just said: ‘Ah, Quentin’s an ass, he doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about, he’s an out-of-touch celebrity, who gives a fuck what he says?’ I mean, that would have been that. The practice allows police to confiscate private property if a person is assumed to be engaged in criminal activity and the person doesn’t need to be charged.

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