Leonardo DiCaprio Used a Real Flamethrower in ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

“Oh, that was a real flamethrower.”

Leonardo DiCaprio talked about the tough day on the set of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” when he had to use a flamethrower to burn up a pack of brave stuntmen dressed as Nazis. He was joined by co-stars Brad Pitt, Julia Butters, Margaret Qualley and Mike Moh to discuss Quentin Tarantino’s film during the Variety Screening Series presented by Vudu.

“The first day I used that was a really hard day. All the greatest stuntmen in this town’s history showed up for that Nazi convention. It was amazing. I really had to blast them with a real flamethrower and torch all of them,” DiCaprio said.

The initial flamethrower scene was part of Rick Dalton’s (DiCaprio) fictional movie-within-a-movie called “The 14 Fists of McCluskey,” which was also a reference to the fiery ending of Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds.” The devastating weapon returned in the dramatic finale of “Once Upon a Time,” as well.

“That heat just wafted right back into my face. I started to get chronic headaches that day. I knew the flamethrower thing was coming back up again, but that was in the opener, thank God,” DiCaprio said.

Pitt, who played Dalton’s stunt double, Cliff Booth, had a laugh when he saw his co-star’s name on the call sheet for that day.

“It said ‘LDC flamethrower rehearsal,’” he said. “I was like, ‘Aww, that’s going to suck. That’s really going to suck.’” Read more and watch the video.

Quentin Tarantino Says You’ll Probably See that 4-Hour ‘Once Upon a Time…’ Cut in a Year

Do you want to see a super-extended cut of Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood? Of course you do. Word of a potential four-hour cut hit the web earlier this year and cinephiles appropriately were overjoyed at the prospect of seeing more of Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio bromancing through the City of Angels in Quentin Tarantino‘s heartfelt ode to the Hollywood of yore. Well, good news. Tarantino seems to think it’s gonna happen… you’re just going to have to wait a little bit.

With Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood poised for a major awards season, Tarantino, Pitt, and DiCaprio joined Collider for a special FYC screening today at ArcLight Hollywood and asked about the potential extended cut, Tarantino was enthusiastic.

The theatrical release of the film sits at 161 minutes, and a subsequent re-release added another 10 minutes of deleted scenes, and Tarantino recalled turning to Sony boss Tom Rothman for guidance during the tough process of editing down.

“It’s all good. It’s all great. I don’t know if an audience would sit for it, but I love it. So we showed it to Tom Rothman and it was like, ‘OK, here this all is. We know that this is a movie, but maybe you can help us out because we like everything.’”

At which point Pitt interjected with the question on everyone’s mind: “The real question is are we going to get to see this one way or another?”

Tarantino didn’t give a hard confirmation or release date, but he certainly sounded inclined to get the extended version to audiences eventually. Answering the crow cheers to Pitt’s question, Tarantino replied.

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Australia’s 2020 AACTA International Awards

Australia descended on Hollywood for the ninth annual AACTA International Awards on Friday night, with the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts honoring the top performances on film this year.

Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite” was named the best film of the year by the organization. But “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” was the top winner of the night, taking home wins in two of the five categories in which it was nominated — best direction by Quentin Tarantino and best supporting actor for Brad Pitt.

The award ceremony, which takes place just days before the 2020 Golden Globes, honors performances in seven categories — Best Film, Best Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Lead Actor, Best Lead Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress — regardless of geography.

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Sound Designer Gary Rydstrom Describes “Subliminal” Work for ‘Ad Astra’ on THR’s ‘Behind the Screen’

His work “combines realistic and kind of point-of-view subconscious, subliminal sounds,” he says.
Sound pro Gary Rydstrom, who has won a remarkable seven Oscars and earned a total of 18 nominations, describes his work on James Gray’s Ad Astra in a new episode of The Hollywood Reporter’s Behind the Screen series recorded at Skywalker Ranch.

Rydstrom’s credits include work on classics Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Jurassic Park, Titanic and Saving Private Ryan, for which he earned Academy Awards for best sound (now sound mixing) and/or best sound effects editing (now sound editing). With additional credits including Pixar’s Toy Story and Finding Nemo, he has spent his entire career at Skywalker Sound, and was mentored by legendary Star Wars sound designer Ben Burtt.

In this episode of Behind the Screen, Rydstrom took a break from mixing to talk about his work as supervising sound editor, designer and rerecording mixer on Gray’s sci-fi adventure Ad Astra, which stars Brad Pitt as Roy McBride, an astronaut on a space mission that will also involve a search for his lost father, played by Tommy Lee Jones.

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Brad Pitt, Chris Evans, Laura Dern and Six Other Stars Grace the Covers of W’s Best Performances 2020 Issue

For the Best Performances 2020 issue, the stars of the biggest films of the past year posed for photographer Juergen Teller in the most quintessential of Los Angeles locales: strip malls, parking lots and hotel rooms. This time around, the annual portfolio features nine different covers, with Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood and Ad Astra), Joaquin Phoenix (Joker), Jennifer Lopez (Hustlers), Eddie Murphy (Dolemite Is My Name), Chris Evans (Knives Out and Avengers: Endgame), Laura Dern (Marriage Story and Little Women), Adam Driver (Marriage Story, The Report, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker), Adam Sandler (Uncut Gems) and Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story and Jojo Rabbit) at their bold, unvarnished, effervescent best. For the portfolio inside the issue, the actors sat down with W’s Editor at Large Lynn Hirschberg to discuss their lives and work: Dern reflects on her public perception (she’s never felt like an icon), Lopez recalls her early days as a dancer, and Murphy opens up about the films and comedy albums that influenced him as a kid. Here, all of Teller’s iconic covers for W’s first issue of the new decade, and its tenth edition of Best Performances.

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Be sure to read Brad’s hilarious (in my opinion) short interview right here.

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The Houston Film Critics Society

“Parasite,” the South Korean thriller that has become the surprise critical and box-office hit of the fall, keeps going from strength to strength. Now, it can add another honor to its mantle. The Houston Film Critics Society named it the year’s best picture at its 13th Annual Movie Awards ceremony at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Thursday night.

Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood,” which came into the contest with the most nominations at seven, went home with two: supporting actor (Brad Pitt) and poster art. “Marriage Story,” which had six nominations, had one win and it was for actor Adam Driver.

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