Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Inglourious Basterds’ on a mission

When Quentin Tarantino was just a video store clerk filled with filmmaking dreams, he and his pals shared a shorthand for the against-all-odds mission movie they would someday make: “This will be our ‘Inglorious Bastards!’ ” Tarantino and his friends would say.

Other aspiring filmmakers might have cited “The Dirty Dozen” or “The Magnificent Seven” for reference, but Tarantino — who always has been drawn to and has an encyclopedic knowledge of obscure B movies — preferred director Enzo Castellari’s 1978 Italian World War II film “Inglorious Bastards,” a sometimes campy drama about renegade soldiers shooting and blowing up Nazis in World War II France.

Tarantino’s new film — starring Brad Pitt, a mix of American and European character actors and some fish-out-of-water casting picks such as comedian Mike Myers and torture-porn director Eli Roth — borrows hardly anything from its Italian predecessor, and even the title of Tarantino’s Cannes Film Festival competition movie is a bit different: “Inglourious Basterds.”

But there is still a difficult mission in the film that opens Aug. 21; it is still World War II, and there are still guns and bombs.

Pitt’s Lt. Aldo Raine heads a group of eight Jewish soldiers (two of whom are German-born) spreading terror among the enemy in Nazi-occupied France. Their tactics, given the filmmaker’s soft spot for sadism, aren’t exactly subtle. Read more. Thanks Gabriella.

SB.com

I’ve updated the sidebar of the main site by adding a Google search, it can be quick and easy to look for anything else related or unrelated to Brad on the web. Another good reason to make SimplyBrad.com your first site to go to :)

Also added a new partner link of my friend Kimber: Clooney Unlimited.com your greatest source for everything George Clooney.

And if you scroll all the way down, not only will you see links to the 4 network sites of SimplyBrad.com but also the newest promo picture of Brad as Lt. Aldo Raine for Inglourious Basterds, premiering at the Cannes Film Festival this month!

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Moneyball update

Starting with “Ocean’s Eleven,” Brad Pitt and Steven Soderbergh made a trilogy of films about a group of savvy risk-takers who use their unconventional thinking to strike it rich. Pitt and Soderbergh’s next collaboration will also see them focusing on a group of risk-taking, outside-the-box thinkers — except the action in “Moneyball” is entirely legal.

“We have the dramatic building blocks, so the question is how real can we make the world?” the director asked while promoting his feature about a high-class escort, “The Girlfriend Experience.” “My clearly stated goal is to set a new standard for realism in that [sports] world.”

Filming begins in about six weeks, and the Oscar-winning director is not shy when it comes to his expectation for the finished product. “I hope it sets a new standard,” Soderbergh said. “Hopefully, anybody who makes a sports movie from now on is going to have to grapple with this.” Read all. Thanks Sandra and Intothegrinder.

New scan

Added a scan of the Time 100 Most Influential (05/11/09) magazine, thanks to Kimber! In related news, the W photoshoot (one of the pictures is also used in the Time spread) by photographer Chuck Close, has been woven as an eight-foot-tall tapestry and can be viewed at PaceWildenstein 25th Street from May 1 – June 20, 2009 in NYC. Read more. Thanks NS!


Time (Thanks to Kimber).