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Hey, have you ever noticed that there are a ton of people killed in every Quentin Tarantino movie? You have? Us, too. It would be interesting if someone took the time to sit through every one of his films and not only count the number of dead people, but tell us how they all died. If a cool graphic was made about it, all the better. Get More »
Making "Django Unchained" must have really been a major challenge for Quentin Tarantino. Not because of the sensitive topic of slavery or the issue of historical accuracy or anything like that, mind you. This is Tarantino, he doesn't care about that nonsense. No, it must have been a major challenge because there was no easy way for him to fill "Django Unchained" with dozens of obscure pop culture references.
If you chart the course of Quentin Tarantino, you see a video store clerk who was able to cut and paste his infinite index of film knowledge to create some of the most memorable pop characters of the last two decades.
Now Vulture's Jesse David Fox has taken the liberty of translating those characters into ACTUAL charts, albeit ones that might be inappropriate for your next office PowerPoint presentation. Get More »
Sacha Baron Cohen brings his trademark ridicu-shock humor to his new film "The Dictator," but it may be his beard that steals the show.
He plays Admiral General Aladeen, deposed dictator of the (fictional) Republic of Wadiya, who flees to the U.S. when his country converts to democracy. As a dictator, he's used to ruling with an iron fist, an incorrigible sense of righteous cruelty, and a thick, bushy beard that could house several terrified baby sparrows.
Aladeen may feel like a fish out of water in New York City, but he'd feel right at home among Hollywood's most magnificent beards of all time. Here's our ode to the greatest facial hair in movies, in 15 parts.
The numbers 4-20 have tons of significance in both world history and American culture. It's Hitler's birthday and the date of the Columbine massacre, for starters.
But since those two are such buzzkills, we'll focus on what else the date means: high time for stoners everywhere.
Looking back at our favorite stoner films, we notice many actors portray potheads one-dimensionally: eyes glazed, dopey voice, etc. We love the following movie stoners because they're not only funny, but also multidimensional.
Okay, but mostly because they're funny. Get More »
Even a "Family" man can fall into a life of crime.
Ty Burrell will be spending his break from ABC's "Modern Family" with the likes of Elmore Leonard as he's signed on for a role in "The Switch," according to Variety.
"The Switch" serves as a prequel to "Rum Punch," the Leonard novel that Quentin Tarantino adapted as "Jackie Brown" back in 1997. The film, which takes place 15 years before the events of "Jackie Brown," stars Mos Def and John Hawkes as Ordell Robbie and Louis Gara (previously played by Samuel L. Jackson and Robert De Niro in Tarantino's film), career criminals who team up to kidnap Mickey Dawson, the wife of a corrupt Detroit real estate developer. Get More »
Now this is what Quentin Tarantino himself would call "cool."
Mos Def and John Hawkes are preparing to channel a younger Samuel L. Jackson and Robert De Niro as they've signed on to star in "The Switch," the prequel to Tarantino's "Jackie Brown," according to Variety. Get More »
Quentin Tarantino has said that Pam Grier may have been cinema's first female action star, and for much of the '70s she kicked butt as iconic characters in "Coffy," "Foxy Brown," "Sheba Baby," "Friday Foster" and many other genre classics.
It was only natural that Tarantino rewrote the lead character in Elmore Leonard's "Rum Punch" for Grier in the 1997 adaptation "Jackie Brown." In Tarantino's homage to '70s blaxploitation cinema, Grier plays an airline stewardess conflicted by the demands of the law, her gun-running boss and her new love. The role fit Grier like Jackie's fine suit and introduced the actress to a whole new generation of fans.
To mark the release of "Jackie Brown" on Blu-ray, we sat down with the hard-working film goddess as she reflected on the legacy of "Jackie Brown," why she thinks blaxploitation equals empowerment, and her own survival instinct. Get More »