Quentin Tarantino

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Quentin Tarantino (born 27.3.1963)

Quentin Tarantino is an American film director and screenwriter who rose to fame with the release of Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction

Quentin Tarantino: Childhood

Quentin Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. His mother, Connie Zastoupil, was a nurse and his father, Tony Tarantino, an American-Italian, was an actor and musican.

Tarantino dropped out of high school in California and joined the James Best Theatre Company. Aged 22, he began working at Manhattan Beach Video Archives, a movie rental store.

Quentin Tarantino: Film Career

Tarantino's screen-writing and directorial career began after he met Lawrence Bender at a Hollywood party. Bender encouraged him to write a screenplay and three and a half weeks later, Reservoir Dogs was written. The director Monte Hellman aided Tarantino in securing funding; Harvey Keitel read the script and pledged his own involvement. Keitel not only appeared in the film, but also helped fund it and co-produced it.

Quentin Tarantino: Key Films & Significant Moments

Tarantino's next film of note, following Reservoir Dogs, was True Romance, for which he wrote the screenplay. The film starred Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette.

Natural Born Killers was another Tarantino-penned cult hit. The director, Oliver Stone, made a number of alterations to the script that Quentin was unhappy with, yet he was still approached by a number of Hollywood bigwigs to work on projects such as Men In Black and Speed. He turned down the work.

Tarantino's next major project was writing the script for Pulp Fiction, which starred Uma Thurman, John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson and Harvey Keitel. The film was another huge hit and won the 'Palme D'Or' award at 1994's Cannes Film Festival.

Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino have worked on a number of projects together, including From Dusk Till Dawn. As well as writing the script for the film, Tarantino also starred in it.

Continuing his homage to blaxploitation movies, Tarantino wrote and directed the screen version of Jackie Brown. Released in 1997, the film featured performances from Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson and Robert De Niro.

During the making of Pulp Fiction, Uma Thurman and Quentin Tarantino had devised a plot centered around a character known as 'The Bride'. Based on a number of cinematic plot and stylistic traditions, including Italian horror films (giallo), Japanese period cinema (Jidaigeki) and Chinese martial arts (Wuxia), the story became the two-part blockbuster Kill Bill.

In 2007, another Tarantino / Rodriguez collaboration was unleashed. Based on the tradition of low-budget 'grindhouse' movies, Grindhouse featured two short films. Tarantino's contribution was Death Proof whilst Rodriguez's was entitled Planet Terror.

Quentin has been credited for his work on a number of other films, including Eli Roth's Hostel (as producer) and Sin City (he was 'Special Guest Director' for one sequence of the film: a scene between Benicio del Toro and Clive Owen).

Quentin Tarantino: Television Work

Tarantino directed 'Motherhood', an episode from 1995's series of ER. 10 years later, he also directed the finale to the fifth season of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Quentin Tarantino: The Businessman

Tarantino started up Rolling Thunder Pictures in 1995, with the help of Miramax. Rolling Thunder has released Chungking Express, Switchblade Sisters and Detroit 9000 among others.

Quentin Tarantino: Personal Life

Quentin Tarantino has been rumoured to have had relationships with a number of actresses and high-profile celebrities, such as Mira Sorvino, Julie Dreyfus, Sofia Coppola, Shar Jackson and even Uma Thurman.

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Who Can We Trust? Is 'Hateful Eight' Really Filming Early Next Year?

15th July 2014 -

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Quentin Tarantino’s movie, Hateful Eight, has certainly been subject to the incessant churning of the rumor mill, and now there’s another – albeit from a solid source. Kurt Russell, who worked with Tarantino on one...

‘Doctor Who’ And Five Other Shows And Movies That Suffered Script Leaks

11th July 2014 -

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Earlier this week, the internet became a harder place for ‘Doctor Who’ fans to navigate, after five scripts from the show’s eighth season were leaked online. After the leak, show bosses pleaded with fans to...

Samuel Jackson Talks Cancer & Recites 'Pulp Fiction' Speech On 'The Graham Norton Show'

16th June 2014 -

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Samuel Jackson knows the words of the gospel, or at least Ezekiel 25:17. The actor appeared on The Graham Norton Show on Friday night (13th June) and recited his famous speech from Pulp Fiction perfectly.Samuel...

Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight: Who's Playing Who?

2nd June 2014 -

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Quentin Tarantino recently hosted a live read through of the screenplay for his latest film The Hateful Eight, which by many accounts heralds in a return to the earlier work in the oeuvre of the...

After all the Whining, Quentin Tarantino Will Shoot 'The Hateful Eight'

28th May 2014 -

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It seems as though Quentin Tarantino's dispute with Gawker hasn't put him off shooting The Hateful Eight, with sources confirming the cameras will roll in November. Insiders tell Showbiz411 that the cast including Samuel L....

Quentin Tarantino At Cannes 2014: What We Learned

25th May 2014 -

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Since winning the Palm D’Or 20 years ago at Cannes, Quentin Tarantino’s brand of filmmaking has become synonymous with cult cinema. Controversy and brilliance has followed him from Pulp Fiction to Reservoir Dogs, from The...

'Bring Out The Gimp': Pulp Fiction's Masked Man Speaks

25th May 2014 -

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It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since Quentin Tarantino unleashed Pulp Fiction at the Cannes Film Festival and took home the Palme d’Or. But on Friday night, stars Uma Thurman and John Travolta...

Quentin Tarantino At Cannes: "Digital Projection Is The Death Of Cinema"

25th May 2014 -

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Quentin Tarantino has spoken out again about the changes and development in cinema since his youth. Digital Vs. traditional technology continues to be a hot topic amongst film makers with numerous high profile names arguing...

Cinema Is Dead, For This Generation At Least, Claims Quentin Tarantino

24th May 2014 -

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It seems like when you reach the top of your selected field, it’s only right for you to declare that field dead. Nas did it with hip hop and now Quentin Tarantino has said it...

Quentin Tarantino v Gawker Round 2 - Hateful Eight Debacle Takes New Turn

2nd May 2014 -

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Quentin Tarantino is back for more with Gawker Media; he’s accusing the media company of direct copyright infringement of his leaked script for “The Hateful Eight.” He asserts that Gawker infringed his copyright through its...

Quentin Tarantino's Hateful Eight Lawsuit is Thrown Out, But Invites Appeal

23rd April 2014 -

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Quentin Tarantino has seen his lawsuit against Gawker for putting a copy of his Hateful Eight script online thrown out by a federal judge, but the U.S. District Court Judge John F. Walter has also...

Gawker Just OWNED Quentin Tarantino Over 'The Hateful Eight' Leak

23rd April 2014 -

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Quentin Tarantino has unceremoniously lost his court dispute with Gawker over the leaking of The Hateful Eight script. A federal judge in California has dismissed the director's lawsuit, which was filed in January after Gawker.com...

Uma Thurman Was Poorly Prepared For First Quentin Tarantino Meeting

19th March 2014 -

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Actress Uma Thurman became best friends with Quentin Tarantino during an awkward meeting about Pulp Fiction.An eye infection forced the movie star to cancel two planned meetings with the director and when they eventually met...

Another Reason to Get Netflix: 'From Dusk Till Dawn'

6th March 2014 -

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Netflix are shrugging off any competition from Amazon Instant Video, starting with an exclusive access to the new Robert Rodriguez TV series “From Dusk Till Dawn” for subscribers in Canada, Ireland, The Netherlands, Nordic European...

A Week In News: Grammys Glory, Bad Boy Bieber, Retiring Rockers, And The Wild, Wild West

31st January 2014 -

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Grammy Awards Glory: Last Sunday's Grammy Awards proved probably the most spectacular ceremony in living memory. The most enviable of all performance line-ups entertained a near-record 28.5 million viewers, with Madonna, Daft Punk, Beyoncé and...

Hateful: Does Tarantino Really Have A Case Against Gawker?

28th January 2014 -

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Gawker Media came out fighting on Monday afternoon, in response to a lawsuit filed by Quentin Tarantino and everyone's favorite pit-bull lawyer Marty Singer. The Hollywood director accuses the gossip site of "predatory journalism" after...

Quentin Tarantino v Gawker: Director Suing Over 'Hateful Eight' Leak

28th January 2014 -

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We told you about Quentin Tarantino’s anger and subsequent decision to can The Hateful Eight over a script leak, but now it looks as though the director has finally settled on a guilty party,...

Gawker Media Responds To Quentin Tarantino's Lawsuit Over leaked Script

28th January 2014 -

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Quentin Tarantino has filed a lawsuit against the website Gawker for linking leaked copies of his 'Hateful Eight' script into one of their articles. The article that contained that posted the URL links was titled...

News Website Gawker Responds To Quentin Tarantino "Hateful Eight" Copyright Claim

28th January 2014 -

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Following Quentin Tarantino’s lawsuit against gossip website Gawker, filed on Monday morning, the site has published a six-point post, responding to the allegations. Tarantino’s suit references a Gawker piece, leaking the script for Hateful Eight...

Quentin Tarantino Sues Website That Leaked New 'Hateful Eight' Script

27th January 2014 -

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Quentin Tarantino vows revenge on the website that leaked the script for his new film 'Hateful Eight'.The film maker has filed a copy right lawsuit against Gawker Media for making it easier to view copies...

Quentin Tarantino Suing Gawker Over Shelved 'Hateful Eight' Script Leak

27th January 2014 -

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If Quentin Tarantino was angry when his latest movie script, Hateful Eight, was passed around in the film industry of Hollywood, you can bet he's totally furious now that website Gawker has leaked the whole...

A Week In News: Justin Bieber Arrested For Drunk Drag Racing, 'Gravity,' '12 Years' Tie At PGAs And Shia LaBeouf Does A "Joaquin"

24th January 2014 -

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Bieber Banged Up For Druggy Drag Racing: Justin Bieber has just had the mother of all terrible fortnights. The recalcitrant popstar was under investigation for a vicious egg attack on his neighbor's home by police...

Quentin Tarantino's Scrapped 'Hateful Eight' Would Have Been Bloody 70mm Western

24th January 2014 -

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Quentin Tarantino has revealed this week that he has shelved his latest movie project, Hateful Eight, after the scripts that he carefully handed out to a trusted few leaked out, bringing unwanted attention to the...

Five Other Script Leaks to Make Quentin Tarantino Feel Better

23rd January 2014 -

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Film headlines have been awash this week with news of Quentin Tarantino’s seemingly canned project, Hateful Eight, due to a script leak. The mercurial director has been candid in his plans to scrap the movie,...

Quentin Tarantino Halts 'The Hateful Eight' Project After Script Leaks In Hollywood

23rd January 2014 -

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Quentin Tarantino will not be making another western style movie anytime soon.The film maker has scrapped his latest project 'The Hateful Eight' after someone betrayed him and leaked the new script.And Tarantino is fuming about...

Quentin Tarantino Drops 'Hateful Eight' Western After Leak. (And He Names Names)

22nd January 2014 -

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Quentin Tarantino has chosen to cancel his latest movie after the script leaked out and gained him some unwanted attention at such an early stage in the new western. The director gave the script, which...

Harvey Weinstein Vows To Back Major Cut Down On Violent Movies

18th January 2014 -

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Harvey Weinstein got tongues wagging this week with the announcement that his production company are making an anti-gun film, one that will star Meryl Streep and take a direct shot at the National Rifle Association....

Is Quentin Tarantino's Movie About Abolitionist John Brown?

28th November 2013 -

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Quentin Tarantino's movie follow-up to Django Unchained almost has a script, which the prolific director has penned himself and plans to develop in 2014. Tarantino was a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay...

Quentin Tarantino Working On A New Western, But Don't Worry, It Won't Be 'Django 2'

28th November 2013 -

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Good news Quentin Tarantino fans, QT is already working on his next picture, and like his last movie the filmmaker is heading to the Old West to tell his next story. The acclaimed filmmaker appeared...

Quentin Tarantino Reveals To Jay Leno His Next Movie Will Be A Western

28th November 2013 -

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American director Quentin Tarantino is known for his violent content in no holds barred films.So what's next? Recently the 50 year-old appeared on 'The Tonight Show With Jay Leno' an revealed he will be returning...

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