QUENTIN TARANTINO TAPPED TO DIRECT DOWNTON ABBEY

HOLLYWOOD – Quentin Tarantino’s tenth and final film will be a big screen version of period television drama Downton Abbey.

Julian Fellowes confirmed to day that Quentin Tarantino has agreed to direct Downton Abbey: The Motion Picture. Speaking with the Studio Exec EXCLUSIVELY, he had this to say:

I think Quentin is a natural choice. Dialogue is important and so is a feel for period and dear Quentin has it in spades. Of course, he does want to rewrite the script a tittle but I dare say the changes will be consistent with the spirit of the show.

Tarantino is currently shooting Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, but is understood to already be working on the new film. A source close tot he director – Michael Madsen – told the Exec:

Quentin has always been a huge fan of the series. We’d always go round to his place and he’d show the show on 35mm, because he’d actually film it on his TV with a movie camera and then scratch the negative and then watch it. That’s how committed he is to the cinematic experience. What appeals to him is this closed world of a class system and all this underlying tension and violence. I can see myself playing Carson quite easily and I know that Uma Thurman is keen to play Lady Mary.

But what about the original cast?

Maggie Smith will be back. Of that I’m sure but Quentin likes using his people. Tim Roth will probably be a footman and Leonardo di Caprio will play Lord Crawley. That’s nailed on.

Will there be some violence?

People get this idea of Quentin as only doing violence. I think that’s not fair on the guy. He’s capable of a lot more. But yeah there’ll be some Mexican stand offs and some brutal gore.

Downton Abbey: The Final Showdown starts filming this Fall.

HIDDEN GEMS: 4. PULP FICTION

Hidden Gems is a series bringing to light little known filmic gems and rarities that have somehow managed to slip through the collective cinematic consciousness. You’re welcome. This week Pulp Fiction.

Don’t let the title put you off, this little known B-film ‘giallo’ Pulp Fiction by reclusive Italian neo-realist director Quentinio Tarantino is well worth seeking out.
Starring a cast of unknowns – Tarantino in one of the rare interviews he has given said he despised Hollywood celebrity – the film tells three inter-related stories of the ‘malavita’ of Los Angeles. Hitman Vince Vega is played with sleazy charm by newcomer John Travolta, whose dialogue was dubbed by Michael J. Fox so thick was his Calabrian accent. Murderous boxer Butch is played by Bruce Willis, a television actor who at the time had a hugely successful career as a recording artist. Now, alas, little seen.
The dialogue fizzes and the plot twists as effectively as Mia Wallace (Uma Furman [sic]) and Vince on the dance floor.
What happened to Tarantino and why he never made another film remain mysteries to this day.

BEASTMASTER TO HOST OSCARS

HOLLYWOOD – In a surprise move it was revealed today that the Oscars will no longer be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, who has moved aside to be replaced by Beastmaster.

The How I Met Your Mother star spoke EXCLUSIVELY to Studio Exec about the shift:

Of course I was really excited about the gig. I had worked on material and we were going to do song and dance numbers as well. But late Friday night the call came in that Beastmaster was going to be available after all. And the minute I heard that I acquiesced. This is a historic moment in Oscar history.

Beastmaster had been approached in the early 1980s to host the Oscars but had consistently refused claiming that the awards ceremony was an infantile way of judging a medium which ‘should aspire to artistic relevance and genuine profundity, not these feeble trinkets’. Despite this the Academy continued to woo Beastmaster for three decades claiming that ‘What with the animal demographic alone, he could make the show a spectacular success.’

Beastmaster was born in a realm of fantasy and despite living the humble life of a hero and demi-God, he gained fame in 1982 when he was the subject of the film Beastmaster starring Marc Singer. Two sequels and a TV series followed, but lately Beastmaster’s powers have been on the wane. Uma Thurman, a longstanding critic of Beastmaster told Studio Exec:

I met Beastmaster when we were making Kill Bill Volume 2. He was great buddies with David Carradine and he came on location. It was sad really. This guy had commanded lions and mountain wolves, eagles and bison. Now he had this little otter on a string that he’d jerk and pretend was coming to his summons. It was pathetic.

What do you think of him presenting the Oscars?

Oh that’ll be great. He’ll bring his A game, I’m sure.

The Oscars will be broadcast on Sunday. 

KILL BILL 3 ‘WILL BE VERY SHORT’

HOLLYWOOD – Quentin Tarantino has spoken for the very first time about the real possibility of making Kill Bill: Volume 3, but he has suggested that ‘it will be very short.’

Tarantino speaking at the opening of his new cinema the New Beverly in Los Angeles told the Studio Exec:

I’ve spoken with Uma time and time again about the possibility of bringing back the Bride for a third installment and we’re both very keen. My problem was always how to continue a story with Bill already dead. Then it occurred to me what if the film was like a six minute short rather than a two hour plus feature. We would just have the Bride getting up in the morning, preparing her weapons and getting in her car. Then she’d open up the pad with the names of all the people on the Deadly Vipers death squad that she had to kill. And she’d see all the names crossed off including Bill’s so she’d take her daughter for a picnic instead. The end.

That sounds really dull.

Yeah, I know, but the picnic is going to be Anime style, so that should be good. And I’m going to get RZA to do the soundtrack where they rap what’s actually happening on the screen in an over-literal way the way we did for Django Unchained and which everyone loved.

Great.

And I’ll be trying to rescue some careers along the way. Jan Michel Vincent might be on board and I’d like to see what I could do for Mel Gibson, because he’s been having a hell of time of it recently. Maybe he could make the sandwiches for the picnic.

Kill Bill Volume 3 is due to start filming at 3 o’clock today and finish around 7.