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Tarantino responds to Uma Thurman crash claim: ‘The biggest regret of my life’

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Quentin Tarantino has given his version of events during the making of Kill Bill, which Thurman has described as dehumanisation to the point of death

Tarantino responds to Uma Thurman crash claim: ‘The biggest regret of my life’

Quentin Tarantino has given his version of events during the making of Kill Bill, which Thurman has described as dehumanisation to the point of death

Quentin Tarantino has responded to allegations that he forced actor Uma Thurman into unsafe working conditions during the filming of Kill Bill, calling his decision to get her to perform a stunt the biggest regret of my life.

Thurman accused the writer and director known for his ultra-violent films, including Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Death Proof and the Kill Bill series of bullying her during filming into driving an unsafe car that then crashed, calling the incident dehumanisation to the point of death.

I am guilty, for putting her in that car, but not the way that people are saying I am guilty of it, Tarantino told Deadline, claiming that nobody in the filming team that day considered the drive a stunt. It was just driving. None of us looked at it as a stunt. Maybe we should have, but we didnt. Im sure when it was brought up to me, that I rolled my eyes and was irritated. But Im sure I wasnt in a rage and I wasnt livid.

Tarantino supported Thurmans assertions that he had asked her to drive at a particular speed so that her hair would be blowing. At the last minute, due to concerns about the light changing, the direction of the drive was reversed but the road was not tested in this direction before Thurman drove it, Tarantino said.

I told her it would be OK. I told her the road was a straight line. I told her it would be safe. And it wasnt. I was wrong. I didnt force her into the car. She got into it because she trusted me. And she believed me.

On the same day that Tarantino tried to address the resulting criticism, audio also emerged of him apparently defending fellow director Roman Polanskis sexual assault of a 13-year-old in 1977, saying she was down with it and that rape was a buzzword that didnt apply to the situation.

In a 2003 interview with Howard Stern, Tarantino said of Polanski: He didnt rape a 13-year-old. It was statutory rape … he had sex with a minor. Thats not rape. To me, when you use the word rape, youre talking about violent, throwing them down its like one of the most violent crimes in the world … Throwing the word rape around is like throwing the word racist around. It doesnt apply to everything people use it for … She wanted to have [sex]! Dated the guy!

Tarantino told the New York Times in October last year that, with regard to the alleged misconduct of film producer Harvey Weinstein: I knew enough to do more than I did … I wish I had taken responsibility for what I heard.

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Quentin Tarantino: I told her it would be safe. And it wasnt. I was wrong. Photograph: Paul Zimmerman/WireImage

Tarantino also claimed that it wasnt until Thurman told him about her own alleged assault at the hands of Weinstein, which paralleled an experience of Tarantinos then-girlfriend Mira Sorvino, that he realised there was a pattern to Weinsteins luring and pushing attacks. He claims he made doing Kill Bill with Miramax conditional on Weinstein apologising to Thurman.

I wasnt giving Harvey the benefit of the doubt, Tarantino said. I knew he was lying, that everything Uma was saying was the truth. When he tried to wriggle out of it, and how things actually happened, I never bought his story. I said, I dont believe you. I believe her. And if you want to do Kill Bill, you need to make this right.

The crash affected his relationship with Thurman for years. It wasnt like we didnt talk. But a trust was broken, he said.

Tarantino agreed with the suggestion that Thurman had been denied access to footage of the crash in order to prevent her from suing, but said he hadnt been aware she thought he was complicit in that. He said he supplied the footage to Thurman in advance of the New York Times interview because he wanted to make things right.

There was an element of closure. She had been denied it, from Harvey Weinstein, being able to even see the footage. I wanted to deliver it to her, so she could look at it. So she could see it and help her with her memory of the incident.

The director also responded to suggestions that he personally performed some of the more controversial and violent actions in his films, including spitting on Thurmans face and choking her with a chain, by explaining that it was a matter of taking responsibility for tricky shots. He detailed an incident during the filming of Inglourious Basterds in which he asked actor Diana Kruger whether he could personally strangle her in order to get the right shot.

That was an issue of me asking the actress, can we do this to get a realistic effect, he said. And she agreed with it, she knew it would look good and she trusted me to do it. I would ask a guy the same thing. In fact, I would probably be more insistent with a guy.

Weinstein has denied assaulting Thuman, as well as all claims of non-consensual sex made against him.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/feb/06/tarantino-responds-to-uma-thurman-crash-claim

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Academy Adds ‘Popular Film’ Category to Oscars

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(CNN)Could this be “Black Panther’s” big chance?

On Wednesday, the organization announced a number of impending changes to the Oscars, including its intention to add a new category for achievement in popular film.
The details regarding eligibility in this category have not been announced — and the Academy did not say when the change would take effect — but the new award’s purpose is clear: make sure the box office’s biggest money makers have a chance to walk away with Oscars gold.
There have been instances in the past where this has already happened, of course.
Films like “Titanic,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” and “Forrest Gump” ruled the box office in their respective years and also earned best picture awards. But recent years have seen some of the year’s top-grossing films either earn awards solely in technical categories or get shut out of the Oscars completely. (One of the few exceptions to this was “American Sniper,” which grossed $350 million domestically and earned a best picture nomination.)

Last year’s best picture winner, “The Shape of Water,” earned $63 million domestically and topped out at No. 10 in box office rankings during its time in theaters, according to figures from Box Office Mojo.

The Academy’s motivation for extending honors to so-called popular films is a hope that the new award will help attract viewers. The most-watched telecast in Oscars history was in 1998 when “Titanic” won.

Last year’s telecast hit an all-time low in ratings with just 26.5 million viewers, a drop of 20% from the previous year.

Other changes set to take place, according to the Academy: a stricter adherence to a three-hour telecast and an earlier airdate for the 92nd annual Oscars.
The Academy had said the date of the 2020 ceremony would be February 23. That has changed to February 9.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/08/entertainment/academy-popular-film-category/index.html

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Robert Redford Confirms Retirement from Acting

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The Old Man & the Gun will feature the stars final big-screen role after a 60-year career but he may carry on directing

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Robert Redford has confirmed he will retire from acting with the completion of his forthcoming film, The Old Man & the Gun.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Redford, 81, said: Never say never, but I pretty well concluded that this would be it for me in terms of acting, and [Ill] move towards retirement after this cause Ive been doing it since I was 21. I thought, Well, thats enough. And why not go out with something thats very upbeat and positive?

In 2016 Redford had suggested he had two more acting roles in the works, after which he would quit. Our Souls at Night, a romance in which he starred opposite Jane Fonda, was released on Netflix in September 2017, while The Old Man & the Gun, a crime comedy directed by A Ghost Storys David Lowery, in which Redford plays career criminal and veteran escape artist Forrest Tucker, is due for release in September after a premiere at the Toronto film festival.

Redford has been acting since 1960, when he appeared in a string of TV shows and gained a small role in basketball drama Tall Story. His profile steadily increased through the decade in films such as The Chase and Barefoot in the Park, before scoring a huge hit opposite Paul Newman in 1969s Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. His second collaboration with Newman, 1973s The Sting, remains his biggest box-office success, and brought his only Oscar nomination for acting to date. (He lost to Jack Lemmon for Save the Tiger.) He was given an honorary Oscar in 2001.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/aug/06/robert-redford-retires-the-old-man-and-the-gun

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Jordan Peele’s new film now has a full cast and release date and it’s time to get excited

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Jordan Peele’s new film is well underway.

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Splendid news, Peele fans: we now have even more information about the Get Out director’s upcoming new film, Us.

Specifically, a cast and an exact release date. We already knew that Lupita Nyong’o and Elizabeth Moss were likely to be involved, but now we have a full run-down of all the main stars.

The people in that tweet from left to right, starting in the top left, are: Jordan Peele; Lupita Nyong’o; Winston Duke; Elizabeth Moss; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II; Anna Diop; Tim Heidecker; Shahadi Wright Joseph; Evan Alex; and twins Cali and Noelle Sheldon (who, it turns out, both played Ross and Rachel’s baby, Emma, in Friends back in the day).

Peele has since retweeted a Hollywood Reporter article about the news, which means we can be pretty sure it’s all real and confirmed.

Wright, who is voicing Young Nala in the upcoming live action Lion King adaptation, also tweeted about it.

Peele shared an eerie poster for the film back in May, which slated a March 2019 release date.

According to both The Hollywood Reporter, the exact date it hits cinemas will now be 15 March.

Time to start getting excited.

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/08/01/jordan-peele-us-cast-release-date/

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