Watch Now: Greg Nicotero Discusses Working on Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained’ | Geeks of Doom
Special effects make-up wizard Greg Nicotero (the “N” in KNB EFX) has become a close collaborator of writer-director Quentin Tarantino after working his FX magic on many of the iconoclastic filmmaker’s best known works including Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, and Inglourious Basterds.
Nicotero spoke with MTV about working with Tarantino on the director’s latest film, Django Unchained, recently during a Television Critics Association event for AMC’s The Walking Dead, on which he serves as effects supervisor and co-executive producer. You can watch a video of Nicotero’s comments here below.
In working with Quentin Tarantino over the years Nicotero has developed a fond appreciation for the director’s approach to filmmaking, even if it doesn’t provide him and his effects crew with as much work as they would get working on a Sam Raimi or George Romero film:
There are not a lot of special effects. It’s all about his actors and it’s so cinematic for him. We don’t shoot anything digital, he uses film, one camera, we don’t have five cameras shooting. That’s it. It’s inspiring. It’s inspiring to think about the fact that that’s how movies were made for years and years and years, and I’m not saying that digital technology doesn’t have its positives, but I love that Quentin is old school.
Reading Quentin Tarantino’s scripts, they take you places no one else’s scripts ever take you. I’ve had the good fortune of working on all his movies, I was in Berlin on ‘Inglourious Basterds’ for four months, ‘Pulp Fiction’, I got to stab Uma Thurman in the chest with the hypodermic needle, I got to blow Marvin’s head off, so we’re in the trenches again.
Django Unchained Set Pictures May Look Familiar To Deadwood Fans | Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors
Pics on the link.Raising Hope‘s Garret Dillahunt has taken to Twitter to share some nostalgia and Twitpics from his recent visit to the set of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. Filming is taking place on the famous Santa Clarita Melody Ranch, where many a Hollywood western got its authentic-looking backdrops.
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John Hawkes & Mos Def To Star In Prequel To 'Jackie Brown' Playing A Young De Niro & Samuel L. Jackson | The Playlist
Sounds good to me, especially with those two starring in it.Here's your big, "wow," or "huh" of the day, depending on your thoughts on prequels of fairly beloved films. "Winter's Bone" and "Martha Marcy May Marlene" star John Hawkes and Yasiin Bey (aka rapper turned actor Mos Def) are going to be starring in a "Jackie Brown" prequel playing the younger versions of Robert De Niro and Samuel L. Jackson's characters respectively.
Before you get too excited, no, Quentin Tarantino doesn't have anything to do with this. Writer/director Dan Schechter ("Supporting Characters"), will be helming based on an adaptation of Elmore Leonard's "The Switch" (Tarantino's "Jackie Brown" was based off of Leonard's "Rum Punch").
Set 15 years before the events of "Rum Punch," an Amazon synopsis of "The Switch" describes the book as this: "Ordell Robbie (Sam Jackson's character in the original film) and Louis Gara (De Niro's) hit it off in prison, where they were both doing time for grand theft auto. Now that they're out, they're joining forces for one big score. The plan is to kidnap the wife of a wealthy Detroit developer and hold her for ransom. But they didn't figure the lowlife husband wouldn't want his lady back. So it's time for Plan B and the opportunity to make a real killing -- with the unlikely help of a beautiful, ticked-off housewife who's hungry for a large helping of sweet revenge."
According to Variety, Schecter adapted the novel on spec without Leonard's permission -- a huge risk. But so impressed was the author and his longtime rep, they granted the young filmmaker the rights. They've even come on board as producers.
DJANGO UNCHAINED Synopsis
Here’s the official synopsis for Django Unchained:
Set in the South two years before the Civil War, “Django Unchained” stars Academy AwardŽ-winner Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Academy AwardŽ-winner Christoph Waltz). Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. The unorthodox Schultz acquires Django with a promise to free him upon the capture of the Brittles – dead or alive.
Success leads Schultz to free Django, though the two men choose not to go their separate ways. Instead, Schultz seeks out the South’s most wanted criminals with Django by his side. Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago.
Django and Schultz’s search ultimately leads them to Calvin Candie (Academy AwardŽ-nominee Leonardo DiCaprio), the proprietor of “Candyland,” an infamous plantation where slaves are groomed by trainer Ace Woody (Kurt Russell) to battle each other for sport. Exploring the compound under false pretenses, Django and Schultz arouse the suspicion of Stephen (Academy AwardŽ-nominee Samuel L. Jackson), Candie’s trusted house slave. Their moves are marked, and a treacherous organization closes in on them. If Django and Schultz are to escape with Broomhilda, they must choose between independence and solidarity, between sacrifice and survival…
Written and directed by Academy AwardŽ-winner Quentin Tarantino, DJANGO UNCHAINED is produced by Stacey Sher, Pilar Savone and Reginald Hudlin. The executive producers are Harvey and Bob Weinstein, Michael Shamberg, Shannon McIntosh, and James Skotchdopole. DJANGO UNCHAINED will be released in the U.S. on December 25, 2012, and internationally by Sony Pictures Releasing International.
Samuel L. Jackson Addresses Slavery in Quentin Tarantino’s DJANGO UNCHAINED
Despite Jamie Foxx being the lead(shoulda been Idris Elba) I get more excited about this as the news starts coming out. Love him(I do) or hate him the man just makes movies worth seeing that straddle so many lines and genres.
Four Rooms Blu-ray
It's been ages since I've seen it, but I remember really enjoying Robert Rodriguez's segment.Studio Canal will release on Blu-ray Four Rooms (1995), starring Madonna, Antonio Banderas, Quentin Tarantino, Bruce Willis, Jennifer Beals, Tim Roth, and a host of other stars. The wild comedy is comprised of four colorful stories directed by Allison Anders, Alexandre Rockwell, Robert Rodriguez, and Quentin Tarantino. Four Rooms is set to be released in France on July 3rd.