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.
This guy almost never goes back on anything.
'The Hateful Eight' is approaching ever nearer and Quentin Tarantino's name is still a hot subject in the news with the ongoing police boycott. He's popularly known for having strong opinions and he's never afraid to voice them, but, needless to say, it's earned him a lot of enemies along the way.
This is Quentin Tarantino's 'don't argue with me' face
In honour of his eighth movie, here's eight times the director has boldly stated his opinion.
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Who's who in 'The Hateful Eight'?
It's evoked a bit of controversy recently with the police boycott, but personally we can't wait for the release of Quentin Tarantino's long-awaited Western 'The Hateful Eight'. It's already won a Hollywood Film Award for Ensemble of the Year, so we've decided to look a little more indepthly at the octet cast and characters.
Set in Wyoming during a bitter winter, Tarantino's latest project sees a group of unlikely individuals thrust together with no escape - and all of them have pretty explosive personalities.
Samuel L. Jackson and Kurt Russell are the ruthless bounty hunters of Red Rock
John Ruth earnt his nickname The Hangman for a good reason, he's one of the best bounty hunters of his generation and he's just caught himself a BIG prize, Daisy Domergue has a bounty of ten thousand dollars on her head and Ruth isn't going to share his reward with any other man he might meet on the road.
On their trip, the weather in Wyoming begins to turn and the bounty hunter and his trophy must leave the road and take shelter. They find themselves hauled up at Minnie's Haberdashery, a small stagecoah stopover. This trip just became all the more risky for Ruth as they're not the only dubious residents staying at the layover.
Knowning that the chatter will soon spread, each member of the boarding house are introduced to one another. There's the new sheriff Chris Mannix; Bob The Mexican who's looking after Minnie's Haberdashery whilst Minnie is busy; Oswaldo Mobray AKA The Little man; General Sanford Smithers, an aging confederate General; Joe Gage also known as The Cow-puncher and finally the mysterious Major Marquis Warren, an ex-soldier (for the Union) turned notable bounty hunter.
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The firestorm of media criticism around Tarantino's comments is still growing after almost two weeks.
One of New York City’s biggest newspapers is taking sides in the uproar over Quentin Tarantino’s comments about cops. The New York Post has run an editorial piece accusing the director of “trolling” police unions in order to sell tickets for his upcoming movie.
The paper has previously called on Tarantino to apologise for the comments made at a rally nearly a fortnight ago, in which he addressed the crowd and called cops who shoot unarmed black and Hispanic people as “murderers”. The Reservoir Dogs director spoke on MSNBC earlier this week to clarify his position, but the new editorial has essentially seen the Post entrench its position.
The storm of media attention over Tarantino's cop comments is still raging
The director is also due to go live on MSNBC to discuss the issue later this week.
Under-fire director Quentin Tarantino has dismissed claims that he is a “cop hater” and fired back at the ringleaders of the proposed boycotts of his movies, nearly a fortnight after he attended an anti-police violence rally in New York City.
In a frank interview with the LA Times on Wednesday (November 4th), the director denied the accusations levelled against him by police unions. “I'm not being intimidated. Frankly, it feels lousy to have a bunch of police mouthpieces call me a cop hater. I'm not a cop hater. That is a misrepresentation. That is slanderous. That is not how I feel.”
Quentin Tarantino tried to clear up his remarks about police violence
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The fallout from Tarantino's remarks over the weekend appears to be growing, with two more forces' unions joining in the boycott.
Two more organisations representing police forces in the U.S. have joined the NYPD union’s call for a boycott on Quentin Tarantino’s movies, after the director was heavily criticising for attending an anti-police violence rally and describing some officers as “murderers”.
Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association in New York which represents the NYPD, first floated the idea of a general boycott of the director’s films early this week, after Tarantino made the comments in New York less than a week after an officer was gunned down in the line of duty. That call now seems to be gaining support, with two more forces supporting it this week.
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It came after Tarantino addressed an anti-police violence rally in New York, describing officers as too often being "murderers".
A union associated with the New York Police Department has hit back at Quentin Tarantino after the director addressed an anti-cop rally in the city at the weekend, calling for a boycott on his films.
The Hateful Eight director, 52, appeared at anti-police demonstration in Washington Square Park on Saturday (October 24th) and gave a short speech to the assembled crowd, in which he accused the police of too often being “murderers”. The words were particularly inflammatory, as they came less than a week after an NYPD officer was killed on duty.
“When I see murders, I do not stand by… I have to call the murderers the murderers,” Tarantino said. Despite admitting that the timing of the protest was unfortunate, he nevertheless insisted that people had travelled from around the country to be part of it and that it should go ahead, according to the New York Post.
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John Ruth, known by his associates and like-minded peers as The Hangman on account of his fondness for hanging criminals, is a formidable bounty hunter on his way to Red Rock with a suspected murderer named Daisy Domergue. Along the way, they bump into another brutal bounty hunter named Major Marquis Warren who wastes no time in informing Daisy of her captor's uniquely vicious reputation, and they also pick up self-proclaimed new sheriff of Red Rock Chris Mannix. It's a bitter winter and soon a furious blizzard threatens to engulf them and their stagecoach. Thus, they decide to seek shelter at a small place on a mountain pass called Minnie's Haberdashery, which is currently playing host to caretaker Bob, Red Rock's own hangman Oswaldo Mobray, a ranch hand named Joe Gage and former Confederacy general Sandy Smithers. Unfortunately, the bounty hunters are not the only volatile ones at the haberdashery, and it seems some lethal mounting deception is threatening to bury them well before the storm.
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It's the Western every Tarantino fan has been waiting for...
Guns, violence, cool outfits and immeasurable cheese is everything that Quentin Tarantino is about, so fans have been waiting for a good old Western flick from him for a long time. Now we can rejoice because his eighth movie, 'The Hateful Eight', brings us just that, complete with shoot-outs, stetsons, suspicion - and a helluva lotta snow.
Samuel L. Jackson is as formidable as ever in 'The Hateful Eight'
Tarantino touched on the Western genre with 2012's 'Django Unchained', of course, but that was more about illicit slavery than country outlaws; there's usually humour to the Oscar winning director's work despite the shameless brutality of it, but 'Django' gave us something serious to think about. 'The Hateful Eight' is just plain enjoyable, bounty hunter, sweary (thanks to Samuel L. Jackson) fun, that everyone should be excited for come winter.
The ‘Hateful Eight’ director hasn't moved his movie collection online yet.
Director Quentin Tarantino has revealed he’s not yet moved into the 21st century when it comes to movie watching. While many of the director’s classic films are available for streaming on Netflix, when it comes to his own viewing Tarantino has said he prefers an old fashioned DVD or an even older VHS tape.
Don’t ask to borrow Quentin Tarantino’s Netflix subscription.
In excerpt from the upcoming book I Lost It At The Video Store, published by Indie Wire the director says, "I am not excited about streaming at all. I like something hard and tangible in my hand. And I can't watch a movie on a laptop. I don't use Netflix at all.”
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Prepare to have your mind blown by the list of actors who might have taken the places of some of the 1994 movie's iconic performances.
Pulp Fiction has long since passed into the annals of movie history, confirming its director Quentin Tarantino as one of the modern greats of cinema and becoming arguably the biggest cult film of the 1990s. But, according to leaked documents, it could have looked very different indeed, as it turns out that many of its stars may not have been Tarantino’s first choices for their respective roles.
His wishlist – which has not yet been officially confirmed as genuine by Tarantino’s reps – was leaked via Reddit on Tuesday (September 15th) and makes for extremely interesting reading. Consisting of two sheets of hand-typed paper, the biggest revelation is that John Travolta, who received an Oscar nomination for his role as gangster Vincent Vega, was not Tarantino’s first choice. Rather, he originally wanted Michael Madsen – who of course did star in his first movie Reservoir Dogs just two years before – to play the part.
Quentin Tarantino's 'Pulp Fiction' might have looked very different, according to leaked documents
Highly respected theatre director Arnold Albertson could not have made more of a mistake when he spends the night with a young and attractive escort named Izzy; now determined to become an actress, she turns up at auditions for his next big Broadway show the following day. To make matters even more awkward, his wife Delta is already cast in the upcoming play and Izzy's remarkable skill leaves him no choice but to take her on to avoid suspicion from the rest of the impressed cast. Unfortunately, it isn't long before Delta's co-star and ex-boyfriend Seth (who happens to still be in love with Delta) finds out about Arnold's brazen infidelity, and with this hanging over him, Arnold has no idea if show will go on if the truth comes out. Izzy is also causing a stir in other people's love lives; her therapist Jane has fallen head over heels for Arnold's playwright Joshua, but he only has eyes for Izzy. Who knew one girl could be so much trouble?
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Another year of epic geekdom is over - but the excitement remains.
As usual the San Diego Comic-Con International was the place to be for comic and movie fans across the globe. Not only were a ton of new trailers unveiled, but loads of questions were answered and there were some pretty interesting moments in between.
Superman isn't feeling the love in the 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice'
Comic-Con 2015 was, as usual, a roaring success with attendees desperate to learn more about the upcoming 'Star Wars' movie and, of course, 'Batman v Superman'. But that wasn't all that gripped the world at this year's event; and here are but a few moments of pure joy from SDCC 2015.
Quentin Tarantino, speaking at Comic-Con 2015, announced Ennio Morricone is composing the score for ‘The Hateful Eight’.
Ennio Morricone is set to write the score for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight. He is best known for composing music for a number of Italian (Spaghetti) Westerns including the Dollars Trilogy, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, and Once Upon a Time in the West. The 86-year-old Italian composer is returning to writing film scores after eight years away but it has been more than forty years since he worked on a Western.
Quentin Tarantino at San Diego Comic-Con 2015.
Date of birth
27th March, 1963