Quentin Tarantino to make ‘Kill Bill 3’?

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‘Hateful Eight’ Premiere: Bob Weinstein Elaborates on 70mm Film Shoot.

The first trailer for The Hateful Eight, the latest from genre director Quentin Tarantino, touted that the audiences could see the feature in “glorious 70mm.” The world premiere of the film took place on Monday night at the ArcLight Hollywood Cinerama Dome, which is one of the Los Angeles locations that will be able to screen the movie in the format.It’s been a minute since filmmaker Quentin Tarantino came to New York to participate in Rise Up October’s anti-police brutality protests, during which, you might remember, Tarantino told families of police brutality victims, “I’m on the side of the murdered.” And since the ensuing backlash from the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association—whereby cops threatened to boycott Tarantino’s forthcoming “Hateful Eight”—fizzled out of the news cycle in early November, Tarantino’s kept a pretty low profile, as far as headlines are concerned. “Right now, [promoting the “Hateful Eight”] is my job,” Tarantino told The Guardian. “But when this is over, I want to go further with [anti-police brutality activism].” “I actually felt kind of vindicated,” Tarantino said. “By them making such a big deal about it, the subject ended up being in the press and on television – and people had to start making their own minds up about it in a way that wasn’t happening before.” Even by his outsized standards, Quentin Tarantino is going very big with the opening of “The Hateful Eight.” And the opening night crowd at Hollywood’s Arclight Cinerama Dome reveled Monday night in the sheer scope of the director’s eighth film – shot in rare 70 mm Super Cinemascope, running more than three hours and featuring an overture and intermission. Before the screening began, Bob Weinstein stood in front of the giant Cinerama Dome screen and told the story of when Tarantino first pitched the project to him during a visit to the director’s house.

Tarantino appeared giddy from the start of the premiere, when he introduced each of his players like a hyper-caffeinated, monster-truck-rally commentator. Weinstein recalled: “He explained that he wanted to shoot in 70mm and he wanted to distribute the film as a roadshow experience much like they did in the 1950s and ’60s.

His energy remained high through the night and into the after-party, where he celebrated seeing “Hateful” for the first time on the dome’s giant screen. “Tonight was like seeing it for the first time for me,” the director rhapsodized. Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein sees it. “I think it’s his most political movie, and at the same time, his funniest movie,” Weinstein says. “So it’s a dichotomy. Since there were less than ten 70mm projectors at the time he said we would have to find the old ones, reconstruct them and service them, and then book the great, classic, old-style 1,500-seat theaters across the country to complete his vision.” Weinstein then said Tarantino told him that he didn’t have to commit to such a project, to which the exec responded: “F— yeah, Quentin. Richard Gladstein, a producer on the film, said the unusual release “is not a gimmick” but a special presentation for viewers who like seeing films as an event. “Quentin is creating a piece of art,” added James Parks, who plays stage coach driver O.B. “There is a lot of craft involved, using the 70 mm and creating an atmosphere, an environment for people to take their time ….

The film, releasing Christmas Day, arrives at a flashpoint for race relations, particularly on the heels of statements Tarantino made at an anti-police-brutality rally in October, where he equated police killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and others with murder. “When I see murders, I do not stand by,” Tarantino said to protesters at the New York event. “I have to call a murder a murder and I have to call the murderers the murderers.” The comments drew the ire of police unions, particularly the Fraternal Order of Police, whose executive director Jim Pasco issued a vague threat beyond mere calls to boycott the film. “Something is in the works, but the element of surprise is the most important element,” he said last month. The film is a John Ford-esque Western set in post-Civil War Wyoming during a blizzard that traps a ragtag group of strangers with violent proclivities inside a haberdashery. The latest Tarantino film is believed to be the first production since 1966’s Khartoum to use Ultra Panavision 70 anamorphic lenses during production. “Panavision had to retrofit the lenses for us and to get the technology working.” The lenses are expected to next be used for the stand-alone Star Wars film Rogue One. No protesters greeted Tarantino, who has absorbed heavy criticism from police organizations since late October, after he spoke out about “murderers” in law enforcement.

I think they really think I’m just an out-of-touch, rich celebrity.” Given that Pasco said his organization will try to “hurt [Tarantino] in the only way that seems to matter to him … economically,” the director assumes it’s a threat to keep police from serving as technical advisors on his films or assisting in his productions and events. “Now, let’s put that in perspective,” Tarantino says. “In 1973, Sidney Lumet did the movie ‘Serpico.’ Both the Peter Maas book and that movie were very critical and accusatory of corruption inside the NYPD. Although Tarantino did not address the controversy, producer Gladstein defended the helmer’s comments. “Quentin spoke from his heart about how he felt about certain injustices,” Gladstein said. “The only logical response to that is applause.”

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