Quentin Tarantino (born 27.3.1963) is an American film director, known for his films 'Reservoir Dogs', 'Pulp Fiction', 'Inglorious Basterds' and 'Django Unchained'.
Net Worth: According to Celebrity Net Worth in 2014, Quentin Tarantino has a net worth of 100 USD.
Childhood: Quentin Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tennessee to nurse Connie Zastoupil Italian-American actor and musician Tony Tarantino. While studying at high school in California, Tarantino dropped out in order to join the James Best Theatre Company. At acting school, Tarantino began writing scripts for short performances based on scenes from movies he'd seen. At the age of 22, Tarantino started working at a video rental store called Manhattan Beach Video Archives.
Film Career: After meeting Lawrence Bender at a Hollywood party, Tarantino was convinced to write the screenplay for My Best Friend's Birthday, which he directed in 1987, but the film reel was destroyed when a fire broke out during the editing process. Instead, Tarantino adapted the screenplay into 'True Romance' later on. Tarantino decided to write a screenplay for the film 'Reservoir Dogs', which he intended to film as a home-movie. Bender was set to star in the film, but he past the screenplay over to Harvey Keitel who contacted Tarantino explaining how he wanted to not only star in the film, but would help secure funding to have it made as a full production. Tarantino was sceptical, but Keitel convinced him to wait one month before filming, in case he was able to get the funding.
'Reservoir Dogs' saw its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on 21st January 1992, with the screenplay for 'True Romance' being picked up and filmed, ready for release on 10th October 1993. Tarantino had originally wanted to direct the film as well, but grew tired during the course of the production. Despite the script being reworked in order to follow a more chronological order, as opposed to the order he wrote the scenes in, Tarantino remarked that he was incredibly happy with how it turned out. Tarantino also wrote the screenplay for 'Natural Born Killers', and after selling the script, it was adapted and released on 26th August 1994. Following the success of 'Reservoir Dogs' and his two screenplays, Tarantino was asked to write the scripts for a number of films including 'Speed' and 'Men in Black', but he turned them down.
Tarantino took a short holiday to Amsterdam, where he penned the script for 'Pulp Fiction'. Following the film's release at the Cannes Film Festival on 12th May 1994, Tarantino believed that the film would fail to connect with audiences, believing that his own hyper-violent and non-linear film style was two weird for mainstream audiences. However, the festival awarded him the Palme d'Or - their most prestigious prize. He went on to win the Academy Award in the Best Writing (Original Screenplay), and a nomination for Best Director at the Oscars in February 1995.
Tarantino then wrote and directed 'The Man from Hollywood' - a segment in the 1995 anthology comedy film 'Four Rooms' with Allison Anders, Alexandre Rockwell, Robert Rodriguez. During the filming, Tarantino took Rodriguez aside and read him an excerpt from the script for 'Kill Bill'. 'Four Rooms' failed to connect with audiences, yet Tarantino and Rodriguez were already moving ahead on a new project. The two directors had been friends since 1992, when Tarantino was working on 'Reservoir Dogs' and Rodriguez was selling the distribution rights to his critically acclaimed home movie - 'El Mariachi'. Tarantino wrote the screenplay for 'From Dusk Till Dawn', which was directed by Robert Rodriguez. The film stared Tarantino alongside George Clooney, and performed modestly at the box-office while receiving decent critical praise.
The following year, Tarantino released his third film, 'Jackie Brown'. Tarantino wrote and directed the film as an adaptation of Elmore Leonard's 1992 novel 'Rum Punch', but also as a love-letter to the Blaxploitation of Tarantino's youth. The film was released on 25th December 1997, receiving strong reviews from critics and performed well at the box-office. Tarantino was next set to release 'Inglorious Basterds', but the project was postponed so that Tarantino could work on 'Kill Bill'; similar to how 'Jackie Brown' was dedicated to Blaxploitation, 'Kill Bill' would be a homage to Chinese martial arts, Japanese drama, Spaghetti westerns and Italian horror movies all in one. When the film was finished, it clocked in at around four hours, so Tarantino decided to cut the film in half, releasing it as 'Volume 1' and 'Volume 2'.
'Kill Bill: Volume 1' was released on 10th October 2003, smashing the box-office and receiving strong critical praise. 'Kill Bill: Volume 2' was released on 16th April 2004, to better reviews but less box-office success. For the second part, Robert Rodriguez worked as cinematography and wrote some of the music. That same year, Tarantino served as President of the Jury at the Cannes Film Festival, before working on a short scene and receiving a guest director credit on Robert Rodriguez' 2005 film, 'Sin City'. 2005 also saw Tarantino direct the season finale for the 5th season of 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation', which earned him a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series.
In 2007, Tarantino and Rodriguez got together to show off their shared love for the Grindhouse film genre of 1970s exploitation and B-Movies. Tarantino directed the film 'Death Proof' and Rodriguez worked on 'Planet Terror', both of which were then released together under the title 'Grindhouse', in the style of drive-in double-bill movie screenings that were a staple of the genre. 'Death Proof' also served as Tarantino's first time working as Director of Photography. Despite the passion from both directors, rave reviews from critics and relatively small budget, the film bombed at the box-office. While Rodriguez chose to continue working in the grindhouse genre, Tarantino chose to return to the films that made him famous, and got to work finishing off 'Inglorious Basterds'.
Tarantino had, by this point, spent around a decade reworking the screenplay for the film, believing it to be his masterpiece. Filming finally began in October 2008, with a release date scheduled for 20th May 2009 at the Cannes Film Festival. When the film screened for the first time, the audience gave an over eight-minute standing ovation, and Actor Christoph Waltz earned the Best Actor award from the festival. The movie then opened theatrically on 21st August 2009, becoming Tarantino's highest grossing film at the time. It was then showered in Academy Award recognition, with nominations for eight awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor for Waltz (which he won), and Best Original Screenplay.
During the promotion for 'Inglorious Basterds', Tarantino came up with the first scene for 'Django Unchained', which he wrote on miscellaneous stationary in his hotel room. He had expressed a desire to work on the project as far back as 2007, yet he had not cemented what the film would be until the script was finished on 26th April 2011. Principle photography began in November 2011 and lasted for 130 days. The film saw its official theatrical release on 25th Decmeber 2012, and beat the box-office records set by 'Inglorious Basterds'. While some criticised the film for trivialising racial themes, the vast majority of audiences praised the film for the statements it made in attaching the iconic Western genre to ever-present and often dismissed period of slavery in the United States.
In November 2013, Tarantino announced that he would once again continue with the Western Genre, although it would not be a sequel to 'Django Unchained'. He revealed the titled to be 'The Hateful Eight' on 12th January 2014, but the script for the film was leaked in the same month before filming took place. While Tarantino originally wanted to scrap the film an rework the leaked script into a novel, he later conducted a live reading with many of his frequent collaborators, and announced that he was working on two script redrafts - each with different endings. Filming for 'The Hateful Eight' then officially began on 23rd January 2015.
Personal Life: Quentin Tarantino has been romantically linked to a number of Hollywood A-Listers, and 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, although he has stated that his relationship with the latter is purely platonic. He has further stated that he does not wish to get married any time soon, as he is too busy making films.
Tarantino has stated that he intends to retire from filmmaking at the age of sixty in order to focus on writing novels and film literature. He has also revealed that if the film industry moves into a fully digital realm, he might retire early, due to his love of actual film. This is shown in his massive collection of 35mm film prints and his ownership of the historical New Beverly Cinema, which holds back-to-back screenings of some of his collection.
More proof that he's a total genius.
The Tarantino world is real! For years fans have speculated that the movies Tarantino creates all spawn from one universe; one where the characters are related et cetera. And now it turns out that it's true, because the legendary filmmaker himself has confirmed it.
Quentin Tarantino is full of secrets
In fact, there isn't just one Tarantino universe, but two. One of the realistic sort, and their own movie world. It was always obvious that John Travolta's character in 'Pulp Fiction', Vincent Vega, was the brother of Michael Madsen's 'Reservoir Dogs' character Vic Vega, while Lee Donowitz from 'True Romance' is the son of Donnie 'The Bear Jew' Donowitz from 'Inglorious Basterd'. Plus, there's that same cigarette brand always knocking about, 'Red Apple'.
Continue reading: Quentin Tarantino Confirms The Link Between All His Characters
Quentin Tarantino is a filmmaker who simply can't be ignored, especially when he lobs a three-hour wide-screen epic whodunit Western into the cinema. This strikingly entertaining film is packed with his trademark plot twists and dialogue that snaps and crackles in every direction imaginable. So even though it's mainly set in a single room, it's never boring. But with no discernible point, it also leaves the audience rather cold.
In the snowy Rockies of southern Wyoming, cavalry officer turned bounty hunter Warren (Samuel L. Jackson) hitches a ride on a stagecoach with shifty gunslinger John (Kurt Russell), who is escorting feisty outlaw Daisy (Jennifer Jason Leigh) to collect the reward on her head and see her hanged. They also pick up lost new sheriff Chris (Walton Goggins) before an intense blizzard forces them to take shelter at a mountain lodge run by the suspicious Bob (Demian Bichir). Inside, hangman Oswaldo (Tim Roth), war veteran Sandy (Bruce Dern) and their mysterious friend Joe (Michael Madsen) are also waiting out the storm. And as these eight people circle around each other, it's clear that each of them wants the others dead.
No, there's not a single trustworthy person in this story, and Tarantino has a great time revealing the inner murkiness within each one. This gives the actors plenty of texture to work with, as they deliver their lines with knowing innuendo, razor-sharp wit and glowering loathing. The set-up feels somewhat belaboured, but the film's second half is a cracking Agatha Christie-style mystery as we wait for the first shot to be fired. With its single setting, it feels like a particularly nasty stage play, livened up by Tarantino's wordy writing, which drops in big issues like racism and sexism without ever quite grappling with them. And there's of course also a steady stream of vicious violence, including an extended flashback featuring Channing Tatum.
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Here are just a few.
We've been warned that Quentin Tarantino only plans on doing two more movies before his retirement, to round off his career with a perfect ten. The problem is, there are just way too many ideas tumbling out of him right now - and we kind of want him to do them all.
Quentin Tarantino reveals some possible new ideas
In a recent interview with Time Out New York, 'The Hateful Eight' director laid bare the current possibilities for future movies. Unlike World War II thriller 'Inglourious Basterds' or martial-acts cult film 'Kill Bill', he admits there are no more genres he's desperate to re-create. However, he would like to do another gangster movie, this time based in the 1930s; 'That kind of John Dillinger thing', he says.
Continue reading: Quentin Tarantino Has Been Talking A Lot About His Final Movie Ideas
A dispute with the film’s distributor means ‘The Hateful Eight’ is not coming to Cineworld, Picturehouse and Curzon cinemas.
Three major UK cinema chains, Cineworld, Picturehouse and Curzon cinemas won’t be showing Quentin Tarantino’s highly anticipate new film The Hateful Eight, when it is released on January 8th. The decision is due to a ‘last-minute’ dispute with the film’s distributor which has prevented it coming to the three chains.
The Hateful Eight is not coming to three major UK cinema chains.
After the film was noticeably absent from Cineworld’s list of upcoming films, some customers tweeted the chain’s official twitter account, who replied saying they’d ‘been unable to come to an agreement with the film's distributor.’
Because promotional tours don't always run smoothly.
Sometimes it's not all that easy to be a superstar and have to sit through hours of promo for long periods of time, and sometimes it's not all that easy to get these celebrities to open up. Questions are sometimes inflammatory, arising in some angry parties and a lot of entertainment on YouTube the next day. Quentin Tarantino is often the subject of extremely uncomfortable interview sessions and it's no different with 'The Hateful Eight', but here's some of the most awkward interviews from TV history.
Remember Tarantino's painful Channel 4 interview?
Quentin Tarantino: 'I'm shutting your butt down!'
We might as well start with Tarantino, however. When controversial Channel 4 reporter Krishnan Guru-Murthy asked him to speak about violence in his 2013 movie 'Django Unchained', he wasn't having any of it. It was a touchy subject that he'd talked about many times before, so it was no wonder he didn't want to repeat himself. Guru-Murthy is also known to have irked a number of other celebrities including Robert Downey Jr..
Sometimes directors base films around their buddies.
Quentin Tarantino is well-known for choosing to use the same actors over and over again, and it's not at all incidental. He's referred to the likes of Samuel L. Jackson and Tim Roth (both of whom star in his latest film 'The Hateful Eight') as the 'Tarantino Superstars', and he's hardly alone in his favouritism.
Quentin Tarantino loves his 'superstars'
In ‘The Hateful Eight’ Kurt Russell spends a lot of time chained to Jennifer Jason Leigh, which caused a unique set of problems for the actors during filming.
In The Hateful Eight, Kurt Russell plays bounty hunter John Ruth, who captures fugitive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) who’s wanted dead or alive for murder. But in order to make sure his captive doesn't escape John chains himself to Daisy, meaning on set the two actors couldn't get away from each other either.
Kurt Russell and Jennifer Jason Leigh in The Hateful Eight.
To Russell, being chained to another person seemed easy when he read the script, until filming began. “That was rough,” Russell said of the experience. “That was different when I read it, I didn’t think anything of it. I though OK we’re chained together.”
Finally in cinemas, Quentin Tarantino's eighth film is the Western epic The Hateful Eight.
This is a movie that almost never happened, as Tarantino once scrapped the entire project when the script was leaked online. Then when he gathered a group of actors to read it publicly, be decided to make the film after all.
Quentin at The Hateful Eight Premiere
"The starting point was the idea of taking eight characters that you cannot trust at all - you cannot take anything they say at face value," Tarantino explains. "Whatever they say they are, you can't trust that. Who they even think they are, or present themselves to be, you can't trust that. Then during the course of the movie, everyone, to one degree or another, has something about their past revealed, but you can't even trust that!"
Continue reading: The Hateful Eight Was An Ordeal For Quentin Tarantino
Ahead of the British release of 'The Hateful Eight', Tim Roth spoke to us at the European premiere about working with Quentin Tarantino once again.
Ahead of the widespread theatrical release of Quentin Tarantino’s latest movie The Hateful Eight in British cinemas in the new year, one of the film’s stars, Tim Roth, spoke to us at its European premiere earlier this month.
Roth starred in both of Tarantino’s first two major films, Reservoir Dogs (1992) and Pulp Fiction (1994), which are both arguably still most people’s favourites among all of his films. The Hateful Eight therefore sees Roth work with the great director for the first time in over two decades, and we asked him what the differences were in Tarantino’s work then and now.
Tim Roth with his wife Nikki Butler at the US premiere of 'The Hateful Eight' in December 2015
Tarantino spoke about the cast, the cold, and shooting in 70mm at the European premiere of 'The Hateful Eight'.
Quentin Tarantino’s latest movie The Hateful Eight has drawn a fair amount of controversy in the build-up to its release, what with reports of a police boycott of the movie and the director’s criticism of Disney over screen clashes with Star Wars.
However, it’s now time that the director was afforded a few words about the movie itself, as he spoke exclusively to Contactmusic at the European premiere. When asked about what it was like to work with the cast, which boasted a number of familiar faces [Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth] as well as a few new ones to his films [Jennifer Jason Leigh, Demian Bechir], he expressed immense satisfaction.
Quentin Tarantino at the European premiere of 'The Hateful Eight'
Date of birth
27th March, 1963