Tarantino Compared/Contrasted With Orson Welles

I don’t know enough about how Welles was received back in the day, but my general impression is that he and Tarantino aren’t particularly comparable.

Orson Welles was 26 when Citizen Kane was released. Tarantino was 31 when Pulp Fiction opened. Those ages seem close enough to add to the comparison. Yet, in truth, Tarantino was a lot younger than Welles, and not just because of his exuberant, helter-skelter way of talking on so many television talk shows, or even his giddy taste for roller-coaster movies, violence and a world in which movies referred largely to other movies.

Vega Brothers Movie Is Doubtful

Apparently, Michael Madsen doesn’t know what the hell he is talking about when it comes to what movies Quentin Tarantino intends to make. Yesterday, I posted the story where Madsen claims that Quentin would be making The Vega Brothers next year. But today, from Tarantino himself, is a refutation of that story:

JoBlo Q: Will the VEGA BROTHERS be your next movie? (the rumored prequel film which would feature Madsen as Vic Vega (aka Mr. Blonde) and John Travolta as Vincent Vega (from PULP FICTION)

Quentin: I might write it still, but I

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Michael Madsen Confirms Vega Brothers Movie

The rumor of a Vega Brothers (Vincent, from Pulp Fiction, and Vic (Mr. Blonde) from Reservoir Dogs) movie has been around a while and usually dismissed as impossible because it would be a prequel and both Madsen and Travolta are too old looking to pull it off. Well, Madsen says differently:

“All I can say is Quentin wants to make The Vega Brothers. He already has it in his head. But it has to be soon. Maybe next year? It will be set in Amsterdam.”

If it is made next year, it would have to be after Inglorious Bastards because that is apparently next in line for Quentin.

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Tarantino Speaks Out About Splitting Kill Bill

In the August 3rd issue of Cinescape magazine, Tarantino talks about the decision to split Kill Bill into 2 movies. Here’s an excerpt:

CINESCAPE: How are you going to split the movie into two parts and how did that happen?

TARANTINO: It’s been speculated for a long time, and we hadn’t known for sure if we were going to do it or not until recently. I screened it for [Miramax President] Harvey [Weinstein] and said, “This is the first half of the movie; we’re not done with the second one.” After screening it to Harvey, he said, “That’s it. That’s the first movie. Great ending. Fantastic. I love it. That’s the first movie.” We didn’t split it up because of time either. The movie is not going to be that long. It would be a long movie if I put it all together. As it is, the first one is about 94 minutes and the next one is about 94 minutes.

CINESCAPE: When will the second one come out?

TARANTINO: The first one will come out at the beginning of October and we’re looking at the schedule [to determine] exactly when to bring out the next one. The idea is at a certain point both movies will be playing in theaters.

CINESCAPE: You also run the risk of, “What if the movie fails? You have Volume 2 and no one wants to see it.” Have you worried about that?

TARANTINO: Not really. It’s not like it’s this four-hour movie. There was an aspect of it where I was like, “This is a grindhouse movie; it can’t be three hours. That’s just too pretentious. Instead it’s two 90-minute movies. That’s the deal.” It also became less and less an issue of length and more and more an issue of intensity. I don’t know if the average moviegoer could handle it from beginning to end in one sitting. At the end of the first one, you want to go home, have a drink and go and eat pie and talk about it.

No offense intended, but I don’t think your average moviegoer very much likes being told they can’t handle a 3 hour movie. What a crappy reason to split up the movie – the audience can’t handle it. Ugh, have a little more faith in the masses than that Quentin.

UPDATE: Jay Tierney also has some sour thoughts on the splitting of Kill Bill.

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Its Official: Kill Bill Is Now 2 Movies

Big news here – and suprising news as well. Miramax has gone ahead and decided that Kill Bill is going to be released as two separate movies.

Harvey Weinstein, a co-founder of Miramax, which is financing the film, said in an interview on Monday that the first installment would be in theaters on Oct. 10. The second release date is in still being negotiated, but it could be two to six months later, he said.

When Mr. Tarantino first approached Mr. Weinstein about doing “Kill Bill” several years ago, it was with the condition that he be allowed to film the whole 200-page script that he had written. When Mr. Weinstein visited the set in its last month of shooting late last year, Mr. Tarantino said in a statement, Mr. Weinstein brought up the idea of splitting it in two.

No decision was made at the time although Mr. Tarantino shot two opening-credit sequences, he said. Mr. Weinstein said it was not until he visited Los Angeles three weeks ago, when Mr. Tarantino showed him more than an hour and a half of the film, that the two decided on the two-film approach.

“Kill Bill” is the story, told in chapters, of the world’s deadliest female assassin, who survives being shot on her wedding day and, after five years in a coma, seeks revenge on the man who tried to kill her. The film’s samurai-style fight sequences were filmed largely in China and take place in everything from a nightclub to a snow-covered garden to a suburban home.

“There were no obstacles involved in splitting up `Kill Bill’ at all because I’ve always designed the movie, thought about the film, as malleable in any number of versions,” Mr. Tarantino said in his statement. That includes different versions for Asia, America and Europe.

Kill Bill Split Movie Rumors Back Again

Because a good rumor will never die – only recycle itself. Coming Soon! is reporting that the lastest issue of Entertainment Weekly has recycled the rumor of Kill Bill being split into two separate movies because of its length. Here’s the details:

They say that, according to sources close to the production, studio chief Harvey Weinstein screened sequences of the long-gestating kung-fu revenge film, starring Uma Thurman, last week. According to the magazine, given the 197-page script, Miramax and the director are still said to be considering cutting the movie into two halves.

I’m not going to believe it until I hear something official. Tarantino just isn’t a sequel kind of guy – and considering that this rumor started with the loopy David Carradine and still is very unspecific, I highly doubt the split will occur.

UPDATE: If you want some additional opinions, Harry Knowles is taking this rumor more seriously than I have.

Tarantino Is Picky About His Blood

The IMDB link to this little tidbit will expire shortly, so I’ve just copied the info here for you:

Hollywood hero Quentin Tarantino is back – and he’s as bloody as ever. The True Romance scribe has finally completed his long-awaited fourth feature film as a director, Kill Bill, which stars Uma Thurman and Lucy Liu, and in the tradition of Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown, it will be a bloody affair – except this time Quentin’s demanding extra-special fluids.

He says, “I’m really particular about the blood, so we’re using a mixture depending on the scenes. I say, ‘I don’t want horror movie blood, alright? I want Samurai blood.’ You can’t pour this raspberry pancake syrup on a sword and have it look good. You have to have this special kind of blood that you only see in samurai movies.”

Lucy Liu Being Race Baited

I haven’t heard any of this criticism, but apparently Lucy Liu is getting grief because some people feel she’s

betrayed her Chinese roots by playing a Japanese martial arts stunner

in Kill Bill. The way I see it, there’s only 2 ways to deal with people who criticize you – ignore them or make them look stupid. Lucy has chosen the latter:

“It’s insane. Obviously I can’t play a WASP girl or a Catholic or an Italian. And now I’m being criticised by some inside and outside the Asian community for putting on a kimono and playing a Japanese woman.”

“Am I only supposed to play Chinese-American women? Absolutely not. So I just tell myself to keep moving forward and not be held back by those kinds of attitudes.”

“I’m an actress, this is the way I look, so do you think I can handle the role or not? That’s what matters.”