Cannes reviews (no spoilers)

AP/Japan Times:
“Twenty-five years after premiering “Pulp Fiction” in Cannes, Quentin Tarantino returned to the French film festival with neither great vengeance nor furious anger but a gentler fairy tale about 1960s Los Angeles.”

Variety:
“Despite the ghoulish premise and sprawling canvas (no expense was spared in recreating Vietnam-era L.A.), the film is more of a character study than some of Tarantino’s recent works. It is, in some respects, a meditation on the ephemeral nature of talent and a cautionary tale for artists who find themselves out of step with the times. It’s unclear how commercial that will prove, something that could be worrisome for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’s” backers, given the film’s hefty price tag. It also should be noted that nearly every film at Cannes earns an ovation. That type of audience response doesn’t always translate into rapturous reviews.”

Bloomberg:
“When reports first came out in July 2017 that Tarantino’s next project would be a film about the Manson Family, a 1960s cult who went on a killing spree, Weinstein was still involved. Three months later, the New York Times published detailed allegations of Weinstein’s extended history of sexual assault, triggering one of the biggest scandals in Hollywood history, and soon thereafter Tarantino cut ties with his former mentor.

It’s therefore inevitable that Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will be judged in light of Tarantino’s newfound independence. Disappointingly, the director’s first post-Weinstein film is strikingly bland.”

Esquire

Quentin Tarantino is in my face. He’s smiling, polite. But still, in my face. Nose-to-nose like.

“Listen,” he says, and he starts fast-twirling his index finger in a tight circle, like he’s winding dental floss around it. “I’ve come up with a few questions that could be really good for you to ask.”

His voice is hushed, conspiratorial, but since this is Tarantino, it’s also stage-whisper loud. And naturally, the words tumble out of his mouth with an urgency I would, in any other encounter, describe as Tarantino-esque. But in this case, that’s redundant.

We’re on the patio of a house in the Hollywood Hills. A minute earlier, I was alone under the eaves, looking at Tarantino, Brad Pitt, and Leonardo DiCaprio standing near the pool, all of Los Angeles unspooling into the horizon behind them. For a moment, I found myself staring at the three of them, thinking, Well, damn. Don’t exactly see this every day.

I’m waiting for them to finish being photographed so that we can talk about how they came together to make Tarantino’s new movie, Once Upon a Time in. . .  Hollywood, and what they learned through that creative process. Today will be the first time all three of them have been in the same room since they wrapped production in November. For the past six months, Tarantino has been racing to finish cutting the film, to premiere it at Cannes. Still, he found time to phone me two days ago, to give me some backstory on the film’s development. Yet it seems since then, he’s also had time to think about what we could discuss.

“But here’s something important,” he says. “I don’t want it to seem like you are asking a question.”

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Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Debuts New Trailer

Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio on the set of ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’
The film — starring Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie — is set to hit theaters in July.
Columbia Pictures has released a new trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The film tells the story of stars Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio’s respective characters, Cliff Booth and Rick Dalton, as they try and navigate an evolving Los Angeles as the city and its starry inhabitants enter the early 1970s. Tarantino — who serves as the film’s director, producer and writer — describes it as “a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood.”

Tarantino is at the Cannes Film Festival to premiere Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and shared a plea on social media Monday asking Cannes audiences not to spoil the project’s twists and turns.

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Brad Pitt Space Movie ‘Ad Astra’ Departs Memorial Day Slot; 20th Century Fox Pic Might Fly To Fall

No surprise here: Disney has pulled 20th Century Fox’s Brad Pitt astronaut film Ad Astra off the schedule temporarily. The pic was previously scheduled to open May 24.

This has been rumored for some time, with Deadline’s Nancy Tartaglione and Andreas Wiseman reporting that the pic would miss a Cannes Film Festival premiere because there’s still a lot of VFX works that needs to be completed. Director James Gray has even mentioned in interviews that May 24 was always a placeholder date (Fox initially had the pic dated earlier before moving to it Memorial Day back in January). We’ve heard that the pic could likely land a spot in the fall season, but it’s still a matter of when and a release date will be firmed up once Gray is finished with the movie.

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Brad Pitt’s Brother Doug Recreates Se7en Ending in Weird Beer Commercial

Brad Pitt’s brother Doug has recreated the iconic ending of Seven for a pretty weird beer commercial. Since we’re talking about beer here, the commercial has been titled ‘6ix’ to play off of the six pack of beer that serves as Gwyneth Paltrow’s head in the ad, which even mimics the color tones of the original scene. Doug certainly doesn’t have the acting chops of his brother, but that’s where the charm shines through for a pretty weird, but humorous beer commercial.

Mother’s Brewing Company in Springfield, Missouri brought Doug Pitt, brother of Brad Pitt, on board to shoot the Seven parody out in front of their place of business. Pitt has taken out all of the bad language and instead of a gun, he has a hose and uses it once he finds out his beloved six pack has been stolen. The beer in question is Mothers’ new Doin’ Good. It’s a good and wholesome take on a pretty brutal scene, which Brad Pitt made famous.

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood producers spill new details

The first thing you need to know about Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood is that it is not a Charles Manson-murders movie, according to producer David Heyman.

“That’s one of the big misconceptions to clarify,” he tells EW. As part of EW’s Summer Movie Preview, Heyman and producer Shannon McIntosh, who’s worked with Tarantino for more than two decades, cleared up some mystery around the plot of Tarantino’s anticipated movie and teased some intriguing details.

Set in 1969, Once Upon a Time brings together Leonardo DiCaprio as fading Western TV star Rick Dalton and Brad Pitt as his stunt double Cliff Booth, two friends navigating an industry and era in flux, painstakingly re-created on location in Los Angeles by Tarantino. But Charles Manson and his deadly cult do play an important role in the film; Australian actor Damon Herriman plays the infamous cult leader, while Margaret Qualley, Dakota Fanning, and Lena Dunham play members of his Manson Family.

“It’s about the loss of innocence that came about in 1969 with the Manson family,” explains McIntosh. There’s the starry Margot Robbie as It Girl and eventual ?Manson-family victim Sharon Tate, who lives next door to Rick. “It’s the three classes of Hollywood,” says Heyman. “There’s the high Hollywood of Sharon, the declining star of Rick, and there’s Cliff, who lives farther out and with more humble means.”

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Barry Jenkins’ ‘Underground Railroad’ Series at Amazon Sets Three Main Cast Members

Barry Jenkins’ Amazon series based on the Colson Whitehead book “The Underground Railroad” is beginning to take shape.

Variety has learned that the cast will be led by Thuso Mbedu as Cora, with Chase W. Dillon as Homer, and Aaron Pierre as Caesar. The project was first set up more than two years ago on the heels of Jenkins’ Oscar wins for the film “Moonlight,” with Amazon officially ordering it to series last June.

Mbedu is an established star in her native South Africa. She is known for roles in shows such as “Is’thunzi,” “Liberty,” and “Shuga.” In both 2018 and 2019 she received an International Emmy Award nomination for her role in “Is’thunzi.” Also in 2018, Mbedu was featured on the cover of Forbes Africa’s annual “Under 30” issue highlighting young African stars and leaders. She is repped by ICM and Creative Partners Group.

Dillon currently has a recurring role in the upcoming BET series “First Wives Club” from Tracy Oliver. He also has been cast in the role of Young Igwe in “Little America” at Apple. He is repped by CESD, GEM Entertainment Group, and Jago & Associates.

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