Quentin Tarantino
American film director, actor, screenwriter
Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Jerome Tarantino is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, and actor. He has received many industry awards, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA and the Palme d'Or and has been nominated for an Emmy and Grammy. Peter Bogdanovich has called him "the single most influential director of his generation. " Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, Tarantino was an avid film fan. His career began in the late 1980s, when he wrote and directed My Best Friend's Birthday.
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What Does It Really Mean To Win Best Picture?
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Sunday’s Oscars loom in the shadow of Donald Trump’s fledgling presidency. As with every awards show this year, we can expect copious equal-rights diatribes mounted in resistance to the regressive legislation and callow disregard for tradition that has defined the Trump administration’s debut. But before arriving at the annual ritual, we will have already seen one of the most politically driven Best Picture debates unfurl in the media. This time, it’s personal. Perhaps more than ever, the Best Picture contest seems to double as a referendum on our culture’s conscience. It’s bigger than the Oscars, just as Beyoncé losing Album of the Year to Adele was bigger than the Grammys. If movies are statements about the world around us, then one purpose of the Academy Awards is to adjudicate the year’s best cinematic manifestos. That’s complicated when titles from Obama’s America are being feted in Trump’s America.  It’s especially complicated when considering the Oscars’ thorny politi ...
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These Two Power Sisters Helped Save the Day (and Night) in 2016
The Huffington Post - about 2 months
Do you feel like you're stumbling to the finish line of 2016? Someone wondered via Twitter whether Quentin Tarantino was the director of this year. Yup, that about sums it up. The countdown to 2017 has started early for many who are ready to put the year to rest. Good riddance, 2016! More...
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The 'Tom Ford' of Kuwait Creates The Fragrance Kitchen
Huffington Post - 2 months
Known as the "Sheikh of Chic" and a close friend of Tom Ford, Sheikh Majed Al-Sabah credits his grandmother as his fragrance muse. As a boy, al-Sabah lingered in his grandmother's kitchen while she blended her favorite blends of Taif rose, oud, patchouli, and agarwood. It was al-Sabah's memory of his grandmother's recipes and her spirit that fueled the founding of the Fragrance Kitchen, al-Sabah's homage to Middle Eastern perfumery. As a nephew to the Emir of Kuwait, al-Sabah has been a sartorial sensation since the 1992 opening of Villa Moda, the retail boutique in Kuwait City that redefined Middle Eastern luxury. His friendship with Ford was initiated by the private perfume blends that al-Sabah made for family and friends. Al-Sabah and Ford collaborated on Arabian Wood, the exclusive scent that Ford requested for the 2009 opening of his Kuwait boutique. A cynosure of social media, al-Sabah unleashed a frenzy for the stateside opening of his Kuwait-based Fragrance Kitchen at M ...
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Cannes, Popcorn and 'Lumière!': A Conversation with Thierry Frémaux in Dubai
Huffington Post - 2 months
What if you could take a journey through space and time and find yourself back in 1895 at the very moment of the invention of something so groundbreaking and new, it may seem nearly impossible to imagine? Well, contrary to what it sounds like, this is not the tagline of the latest sci-fi movie, or another sequel to Back to the Future -- it was the easiest way I could grab your attention in presenting the wonder that is Lumière! a cinematic presentation by Thierry Frémaux. For cinema insiders of course Monsieur Frémaux needs no introduction, he is the legendary artistic director of the Festival de Cannes. He is also the director of the Institut Lumière in Lyon, which is where his passion for the inventors of modern cinema, as we know and love it today, comes from. When I use the word passion in his case, I am not throwing it around lightly. His enthusiasm for the films of the Lumière brothers, Auguste and Louis, is infectious and now that he's curated them into a full-length film ...
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Grammy Nominations 2017 Include Beyoncé And Adele
Huffington Post - 3 months
Awards season is about to begin and music’s biggest night will be here before you know it. On Tuesday morning, the Recording Academy announced the nominees for the 59th annual Grammy Awards.  Last year’s Best New Artist, Meghan Trainor, got things rolling by revealing the general field awards on “CBS This Morning,” and more nominations were announced throughout the day.  Beyoncé leads with nine nominations, while Drake and Rihanna follow close behind with eight each. Meanwhile, Chance the Rapper is nominated for seven awards and Adele earned herself five noms.  Head over to Grammy.com for a full list of all the nominations for 2017: Album Of The Year: 25 — Adele Lemonade — Beyoncé Purpose — Justin Bieber Views — Drake A Sailor’s Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson   Song Of The Year: “Formation”— Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles, Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé) “Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele) “I Took A Pill In I ...
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Tim Roth Says His Grandfather Sexually Abused Him And His Dad
Huffington Post - 3 months
Calling his grandfather a ‘f―-ing rapist,” Tim Roth alleged that he and his father were sexually abused by him. The 55-year-old actor, who has appeared in the Quentin Tarantino films “The Hateful Eight,” “Pulp Fiction” and “Reservoir Dogs,” was discussing his father’s political leanings in Sunday’s Guardian when he made the disclosure. “[My dad] was a damaged soul,” he said. “I loved him. He was funnier than fuck. He was abused. And I was abused. But I was not abused by him. I was abused by his abuser.” When asked to confirm his accusation, Roth responded, “Yeah. It was his father. He was a fucking rapist. But nobody had the language. Nobody knew what to do. That’s why I made ‘The War Zone.’” Roth’s 1999 directorial debut centered on incest. He previously addressed the abuse he suffered but withheld details. “It happened during my childhood up to my early teens and although I’m not going to say who it was, he’s long gone now,” he said in a 2009 interview. Outlets have ...
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How To Get Your Film Accepted By A Film Festival
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One of the most important things to remember when trying to get your film accepted to any film festival, according to experts is: pay close attention and follow the rules and regulations of the festival committee. This advice is not only for the big leagues but smaller, regional festivals as well. Seems obvious, right? Well, apparently not, according to Elliot Grove, independent film producer and founder of the London Raindance Film Festival. "Sitting on the festival side of the fence, there are a lot of things that filmmakers do that annoy film festival programmers," Grove said on his website. All festivals have their own specific reason for being, so pay attention to something as obvious as the submission rules. Rules are inherently important to improve your opportunity for acceptance. "You wouldn't believe how many phone calls and emails we get from filmmakers who obviously haven't read our rules and regulations," Grove continued. What to pay attenti ...
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Quentin Tarantino Once Again Swears He Will Retire After Making Two More Movies
Huffington Post - 4 months
Quentin Tarantino promises his filmmaking days are nearing the finish line.  In 2014, the director said he would retire after making 10 films. Then, earlier this year, he said that if he decided to make another movie when he’s an “old fucking man,” it wouldn’t count toward the definitive Tarantino Ten. (As we well know, Tarantino prefers his own logic.) But now the Oscar winner has pledged not to make anything at all after finishing his 10th project.  “Drop the mic. Boom. Tell everybody, ‘Match that shit,’” Tarantino said Thursday at an Adobe-sponsored creativity conference in San Francisco, according to The Hollywood Reporter. So, let’s recap what comprises the Tarantino oeuvre. Since it’s only movies he’s directed by himself, we can discount his scripts for “True Romance” and “From Dusk Till Dawn,” as well as the segments he helmed in “Four Rooms,” “Sin City” and “Grindhouse.” His first feature, “My Best Friend’s Birthday,” never received proper distribution. That leaves “ ...
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Don't You Dare Let Quentin Tarantino Waste His Time With 'Deadpool 2'
Forbes - 4 months
Quentin Tarantino directing 'Deadpool 2' is a horrible, terrible, no good, very bad idea.
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40 years of Martin Scorsese movies, mashed up as a concert-musical? That's 'American Crime Requiem'
LATimes - 5 months
A lot can happen in six years. That’s how long it took L.A.-based For the Record to grow up from a renegade little troupe in an 80-seat East Hollywood dive bar, where it performed concerts inspired by the soundtracks of film directors such as Quentin Tarantino and Baz Luhrmann. Now the group is...
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Interview With 'Dukhoos' on Dukhoo Culture
Huffington Post - 9 months
K-pop idol goods are evolving these days. Apart from official ones, fans are producing idol goods by themselves. Creating idol goods has become a culture of entertainment among fans. 1. K-idol INFINITE's official cheer stick 2. K-idol Super Junior member Eunhyuk's fan-made calendar 3. K-idol Fly to the Sky's calendar 4. Fly to the Sky's card wallets and tumblers, which are available for "ilco". (It really works! Nobody will recognize them.) 5. This kind of doll is popular among fans. Each doll is designed by fans to represent the idol's characteristic. 6. All the albums and tickets on the table are from INFINITE's and Super Junior's concerts.  1 Click the following if you want to read the graphic version of this article: [dukhoo - the Grahic News]  "OK everybody, I have to get to Star Wars." President Barach Obama ended his White House press briefing with such statement on December 18 last year, ahead of a special screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, hinting that he was so- ...
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TV This Week, Feb. 14 - 20: 'Broad City' on Comedy Central
LATimes - about 1 year
SUNDAY Filmmakers Tom Hooper, Danny Boyle, Todd Haynes, Tom McCarthy, Ridley Scott and Quentin Tarantino take part in a roundtable on "The Envelope." 5:30 p.m. Ovation Blimey! It's time for the "The EE British Academy Film Awards 2016" — a.k.a. the BAFTAs. 7:30 p.m. BBC America Isn't it romantic?...
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What to Watch Monday
NYTimes - about 1 year
“Waking Ned Devine” is new on Amazon, and George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino battle vampires in “From Dusk Till Dawn” on Syfy.
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Oscars 2016: First-time nominees make their presences felt in director, screenplay races
LATimes - about 1 year
Quentin Tarantino, promoting his latest movie "The Hateful Eight," proclaimed that he wanted to win more screenplay Oscars "than anybody who's ever lived." Would that we all had such ambition for our work. But Tarantino will have to wait, as the writers branch bypassed him and another favorite,...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Quentin Tarantino
    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 52
    At the 73rd Golden Globe Awards in 2016, Tarantino received criticism after using the term "ghetto" while accepting the Golden Globe for best original score on behalf of composer Ennio Morricone, saying:
    More Details Hide Details Tarantino was merely referring to the fact that Morricone was his favourite composer regardless, using the term "ghetto" to refer to a place of lesser significance. In the context of the speech, Tarantino simply meant that Morricone wasn't just his favourite movie composer but one of his favourite composers of all time. However, his use of the word seemed to be taken as a racial slight by award presenter Jamie Foxx, who after he left the stage walked up to the microphone and sternly said, "ghetto?"
    An unnamed western project for which he is a producer caused controversy in early June 2016 by posting a Facebook casting call for "whores", "Caucasian", "sizes 2-8."
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  • 2015
    Age 51
    Critical, public and commercial reception to films Tarantino has directed as of December 29, 2015.
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    In 2015 it was reported that he was in a relationship with costume designer Courtney Hoffman.
    More Details Hide Details He has previously been in relationships with Mira Sorvino, Kathy Griffin, director Sofia Coppola, comedian Margaret Cho and writer Lianne MacDougall. Tarantino has said that he plans to retire from filmmaking when he is 60, in order to focus on writing novels and film literature. He is skeptical of the film industry going digital, saying, "If it actually gets to the place where you can't show 35 mm film in theatres anymore and everything is digital projection, I won't even make it to 60." He has then stated that he has a plan, although "not etched in stone", to retire after making his tenth movie: "If I get to the 10th, do a good job and don't screw it up, well that sounds like a good way to end the old career." On February 18, 2010, it was announced that Tarantino had bought the New Beverly Cinema. Tarantino has allowed the previous owners to continue operating the theater, but he will be making programming suggestions from time to time. He was quoted as saying: "As long as I'm alive, and as long as I'm rich, the New Beverly will be there, showing films shot on 35mm."
    On December 16, 2015, Tarantino appeared on The Howard Stern Show to promote The Hateful Eight.
    More Details Hide Details During his interview, Tarantino stated that Disney was preventing his film from being screened at the Los Angeles Cinerama Dome because they wanted to reserve the space for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Tarantino has said, "I'm not saying that I'll never get married or have a kid before I'm 60. But I've made a choice, so far, to go on this road alone. Because this is my time to make movies."
    In December 2015, Tarantino received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to the film industry.
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    His eighth film, the mystery Western The Hateful Eight, was released in its roadshow version December 25, 2015, in 70 mm film format, complete with opening "overture" and halfway-point intermission, after the fashion of big-budget films of the 1960s and early 1970s.
    More Details Hide Details Tarantino's films have garnered both critical and commercial success. He has received many industry awards, including two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, two BAFTA Awards and the Palme d'Or, and has been nominated for an Emmy and a Grammy. He was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time in 2005. Filmmaker and historian Peter Bogdanovich has called him "the single most influential director of his generation".
    In October 2015, Tarantino attended a Black Lives Matter rally and publicly commented on police brutality in the United States, saying, "When I see murders, I do not stand by...
    More Details Hide Details I have to call a murder a murder, and I have to call the murderers the murderers." Tarantino's comments received national media attention, and several police groups in the United States pledged to boycott The Hateful Eight and his other films. Police groups also encouraged members to not work at the premiere or provide security for any events surrounding the film. In an interview with Los Angeles Times, Tarantino said he is not a "cop hater" and will not be intimidated by the calls for a boycott.
  • 2014
    Age 50
    At the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International, Tarantino confirmed that he would make the film, and stated that he was working on a third draft, set for a potential release in 2015.
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    In January 2014, Gawker leaked a copy of the script for Tarantino's then-upcoming film The Hateful Eight.
    More Details Hide Details After the script was released online, Tarantino decided to scrap the project altogether and chose to use the story for a novel instead. Tarantino eventually filed a copyright lawsuit against Gawker, and stated in the lawsuit that "Gawker Media has made a business of predatory journalism, violating people's rights to make a buck" (quote from The Hollywood Reporter). The lawsuit also demanded compensation in the amount of $2,000,000. Tarantino later dropped the lawsuit. Tarantino stated in his motion: "This dismissal is made without prejudice, whereby plaintiff may later advance an action and refile a complaint after further investigations to ascertain and plead the identities of additional infringers" (The Hollywood Reporter). Tarantino has yet to refile a claim but retains the legal right to do so in the future.
  • FORTIES
  • 2012
    Age 48
    In the 2012 Sight & Sound directors' poll, Tarantino listed his top 12 films: Apocalypse Now, The Bad News Bears, Carrie, Dazed and Confused, The Great Escape, His Girl Friday, Jaws, Pretty Maids All in a Row, Rolling Thunder, Sorcerer, Taxi Driver and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, with the last being his favorite.
    More Details Hide Details In 2009, he named Kinji Fukasaku's violent action film Battle Royale as his favorite film released since he became a director in 1992. He is also a fan of the 1981 film Blow Out directed by Brian De Palma, so much so that he used the main star of the film, John Travolta, in Pulp Fiction. Tarantino praised Mel Gibson's 2006 film Apocalypto, saying, "I think it's a masterpiece. It was perhaps the best film of that year." In August 2007, while teaching in a four-hour film course during the 9th Cinemanila International Film Festival in Manila, Tarantino cited Filipino directors Cirio Santiago, Eddie Romero and Gerardo de León as personal icons from the 1970s. He referred to De Leon's "soul-shattering, life-extinguishing" movies on vampires and female bondage, citing in particular Women in Cages; "It is just harsh, harsh, harsh", he said, and described the final shot as one of "devastating despair". Upon his arrival in the Philippines, Tarantino was quoted in the local newspaper as saying, "I'm a big fan of RP of the Philippines cinema."
    In a late 2012 interview with the online magazine The Root, Tarantino clarified his remarks and described his next film as being the final entry in a "Django-Inglourious Basterds" trilogy called Killer Crow.
    More Details Hide Details The film will depict a group of World War II-era black troops who have "been fucked over by the American military and kind of go apeshit. They basically – the way Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) and the Basterds are having an 'Apache resistance' – the black troops go on an Apache warpath and kill a bunch of white soldiers and white officers on a military base and are just making a warpath to Switzerland." A long-running rumor in the industry is that Tarantino is interested in filming a new version of Bret Easton Ellis′ 1985 novel, Less Than Zero. His friend Roger Avary adapted Rules of Attraction, another novel by Ellis, to film in 2002, and since both he and Tarantino like the works by Ellis, Tarantino has been eyeing the possibility of adapting Less Than Zero. Ellis recently confirmed, in an interview for Vice magazine, that Tarantino had been "trying to get Fox to let him remake it". At a Q&A session at Harvard Book Store in 2012, in reply to a question asking whether Less Than Zero would be remade, Ellis once again confirmed that Tarantino "has shown interest" in adapting the story. At the 2014 Comic-Con, Tarantino revealed he is contemplating a possible science-fiction film. In November 2014, Tarantino said he would retire from films after directing his tenth film.
    In a 2012 interview for the website We Got This Covered, Tarantino said that a third Kill Bill film would "probably not" happen.
    More Details Hide Details He also said that he would not be directing a new James Bond film, saying that he was only interested in directing Casino Royale at one point.
  • 2009
    Age 45
    In 2009, in an interview for Italian TV, after being asked about the success of the two Kill Bill films, Tarantino said, "You haven't asked me about the third one", and implied that he would be making a third Kill Bill film with the words, "The Bride will fight again!" Later that year, at the Morelia International Film Festival, Tarantino announced that he would like to film Kill Bill: Volume 3.
    More Details Hide Details He explained that he wanted ten years to pass between The Bride's last conflict, in order to give her and her daughter a period of peace.
    Among Tarantino's producing credits are the horror film Hostel, which included numerous references to his own Pulp Fiction; the adaptation of Elmore Leonard's Killshot, for which Tarantino was credited as an executive producer, although he was no longer associated with the film after its 2009 release; and Hell Ride, written and directed by Larry Bishop and Jonny Lane who both appeared in Kill Bill: Volume 2. Tarantino's film Inglourious Basterds, released in 2009, is the story of a group of Jewish-American guerrilla soldiers in Nazi-occupied France during World War II. Filming began in October 2008. The film opened on August 21, 2009 to very positive reviews and reached the No. 1 spot at the box office worldwide.
    More Details Hide Details It went on to become Tarantino's highest-grossing film until it was surpassed by Django Unchained three years later. In 2011, production began on Django Unchained, a film about the revenge of a slave in the U.S. South in 1858. The film stemmed from Tarantino's desire to produce a spaghetti western set in America's Deep South. Tarantino called the proposed style "a southern", stating that he wanted "to do movies that deal with America's horrible past with slavery and stuff but do them like spaghetti westerns, not like big issue movies. I want to do them like they're genre films, but they deal with everything that America has never dealt with because it's ashamed of it, and other countries don't really deal with because they don't feel they have the right to". The film was released on December 25, 2012. During an interview with Krishnan Guru-Murthy about the film on Channel 4 News, Tarantino reacted angrily when, in light of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, he was questioned about an alleged link between movie violence and real-life violence, and informed Guru-Murthy he was "shutting his butt down".
    His long-postponed Inglourious Basterds, which tells the fictional alternate history story of two plots to assassinate Nazi Germany's political leadership, was released in 2009 to positive reviews.
    More Details Hide Details After that came 2012's critically acclaimed Django Unchained, a Western film set in the antebellum era of the Deep South. It became the highest-grossing film of his career so far, making over $425 million at the box office.
  • 2007
    Age 43
    In 2007, because of the age of the actors and the onscreen deaths of both characters, he claimed that the film—which he intended to call Double V Vega—is "kind of unlikely now".
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  • 2006
    Age 42
    He presented 2006's The Protector, and is a producer of the 2007 film Hostel: Part II.
    More Details Hide Details In 2008 he produced the Larry Bishop-helmed Hell Ride, a revenge biker film. In addition, in 1995 Tarantino formed Rolling Thunder Pictures with Miramax to release or re-release several independent and foreign features. By 1997, Miramax had shut down the company due to "lack of interest" in the pictures released. The following films were released by Rolling Thunder Pictures: Chungking Express (1994, dir. Wong Kar-wai), Switchblade Sisters (1975, dir. Jack Hill), Sonatine (1993, dir. Takeshi Kitano), Hard Core Logo (1996, dir. Bruce McDonald), The Mighty Peking Man (1977, dir. Ho Meng-Hua), Detroit 9000 (1973, dir. Arthur Marks), The Beyond (1981, dir. Lucio Fulci) and Curdled (1996, dir. Reb Braddock).
    In 2006, another "Quentin Tarantino presents" production, Hostel, opened at No. 1 at the box office with a $20.1 million opening weekend, good for 8th all time in January.
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  • 2005
    Age 41
    In May 2005, Tarantino co-wrote and directed "Grave Danger", the 5th season finale of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
    More Details Hide Details For this episode, Tarantino was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series on the 57th Primetime Emmy Awards. Tarantino's next film project was Grindhouse, which he co-directed with Rodriguez. Released in theaters on April 6, 2007, Tarantino's contribution to the Grindhouse project was titled Death Proof. It began as a take on 1970s slasher films, but evolved dramatically as the project unfolded. Ticket sales were low despite mostly positive reviews. The same year, he appeared in the Japanese Western film Sukiyaki Western Django as Piringo and had a vocal cameo as a newsreader in George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead.
    Tarantino went on to be credited as "Special Guest Director" in Robert Rodriguez's 2005 neo-noir film Sin City, for his work directing the car sequence featuring Clive Owen and Benicio del Toro.
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  • 2004
    Age 40
    In 2004, Tarantino attended the Cannes Film Festival, where he served as President of the Jury.
    More Details Hide Details Although Kill Bill was not in competition, Vol. 2 had an evening screening, and was also shown on the morning of the final day in its original 3-hour plus version, with Tarantino himself attending the full screening.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2003
    Age 39
    Kill Bill, a highly stylized "revenge flick" in the cinematic traditions of Kung fu films, Japanese martial arts, Spaghetti Westerns and Italian horror, followed six years later, and was released as two films: Volume 1 in 2003 and Volume 2 in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details Tarantino directed Death Proof (2007) as part of a double feature with friend Robert Rodriguez, under the collective title Grindhouse.
  • 2002
    Age 38
    From 2002–2004, Tarantino portrayed villain McKenas Cole in the ABC television series Alias.
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  • 1997
    Age 33
    The film engendered enmity, and the publication of a 'tell all' book titled Killer Instinct by Jane Hamsher—who with Don Murphy had an original option on the screenplay and produced the film—led to Tarantino's physically assaulting Murphy in the AGO restaurant in West Hollywood, California in October 1997.
    More Details Hide Details Murphy subsequently filed a $5m lawsuit against Tarantino, which was eventually settled out of court. He was also an uncredited screenwriter on both Crimson Tide (1995) and The Rock (1996). Following the success of Reservoir Dogs, Tarantino was approached by Hollywood and offered numerous projects, including Speed and Men in Black, but he instead retreated to Amsterdam to work on his script for Pulp Fiction.
  • 1996
    Age 32
    Also in 1996, he starred in Steven Spielberg's Director's Chair, a simulation video game that uses pre-generated film clips.
    More Details Hide Details Tarantino's third feature film was Jackie Brown (1997), an adaptation of Elmore Leonard's novel Rum Punch. A homage to blaxploitation films, it starred Pam Grier, who starred in many of the films of that genre in the 1970s. It received positive reviews and was called a "comeback" for Grier and costar Robert Forster. Leonard considered Jackie Brown to be his favorite of the 26 different screen adaptations of his novels and short stories. Tarantino had next planned to make Inglourious Basterds, as it was provisionally titled, but postponed this to write and direct Kill Bill, a highly stylized "revenge flick" in the cinematic traditions of Wuxia (Chinese martial arts), Jidaigeki (Japanese period cinema), spaghetti Westerns and Italian horror. It was originally set for a single theatrical release, but its 4-hour plus running time prompted Tarantino to divide it into two movies. Volume 1 was released in late 2003 and Volume 2 was released in 2004. It was based on a character called The Bride and a plot that he and Kill Bills lead actress Uma Thurman had developed during the making of Pulp Fiction.
  • 1995
    Age 31
    Additionally, he starred in the action comedy Destiny Turns on the Radio as the titular character and played the "Pick-up Guy" in Robert Rodriguez's action film Desperado in 1995.
    More Details Hide Details Tarantino appeared in and wrote the script for Rodriguez's From Dusk till Dawn (1996), which saw average reviews from the critics. It nevertheless quickly reached cult status, spawning a continuing saga of two sequels, for which Tarantino and Rodriguez only served as executive producers, and a 2014 television series, From Dusk till Dawn: The Series, which he received a "based on" credit for.
  • 1994
    Age 30
    Tarantino wrote, directed, and acted in the black comedy crime film Pulp Fiction in 1994, maintaining the aestheticization of violence, for which he is known, as well as his non-linear storylines.
    More Details Hide Details Tarantino received an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, which he shared with Roger Avary, who contributed to the story. He also received a nomination in the Best Director category. The film received another five nominations, including for Best Picture. Tarantino also won the Palme d'Or for the film at the Cannes Film Festival. The film has grossed over $200 million and was met with critical acclaim. After Pulp Fiction was completed, Tarantino directed the fourth segment of the anthology film Four Rooms, "The Man from Hollywood", a tribute to the Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode "Man From the South", which starred Steve McQueen in an adaptation of a Roald Dahl story. Four Rooms was a collaborative effort with filmmakers Allison Anders, Alexandre Rockwell and Robert Rodriguez. The film was very poorly received by critics.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1993
    Age 29
    Tarantino's screenplay True Romance was optioned and the film was eventually released in 1993.
    More Details Hide Details The second script that Tarantino sold was for the film Natural Born Killers, which was revised by Dave Veloz, Richard Rutowski and director Oliver Stone. Tarantino was given story credit and in an interview stated that he wished the film well.
  • 1992
    Age 28
    In January 1992, Tarantino's neo-noir crime thriller Reservoir Dogs—which he wrote, directed and acted in as Mr. Brown—was screened at the Sundance Film Festival.
    More Details Hide Details It was an immediate hit, with the film receiving a positive response from critics. The dialogue-driven heist movie set the tone for Tarantino's later films. Tarantino wrote the script for the film in three-and-a-half weeks and Bender forwarded it to director Monte Hellman. Hellman helped Tarantino to secure funding from Richard Gladstein at Live Entertainment (which later became Artisan, now known as Lionsgate). Harvey Keitel read the script and also contributed to the funding, taking a role as co-producer and also playing a major part in the movie.
  • 1988
    Age 24
    He played one of a group of Elvis impersonators in "Sophia's Wedding: Part 1", an episode in the fourth season of The Golden Girls, which was broadcast on November 19, 1988.
    More Details Hide Details Tarantino also worked as a recruiter in the aerospace industry, and for five years, he worked in Video Archives, a video store in Manhattan Beach, California. Former Buffy the Vampire Slayer actor Danny Strong described Tarantino as a "fantastic video store clerk." "Tarantino was such a movie buff. He had so much knowledge of films that he would try to get people to watch really cool movies."
  • 1987
    Age 23
    After Tarantino met Lawrence Bender at a Hollywood party, Bender encouraged him to write a screenplay. Tarantino co-wrote and directed a movie called My Best Friend's Birthday in 1987.
    More Details Hide Details The final reel of the film was almost completely destroyed in a lab fire that occurred during editing, but its screenplay later formed the basis for True Romance. Tarantino received his first paid writing assignment in the early 90's from Robert Kurtzman who hired him to write the script for From Dusk Till Dawn.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1973
    Age 9
    After his mother divorced Zastoupil in 1973, and received a misdiagnosis of Hodgkin's lymphoma, Tarantino was sent to live with his grandparents in Tennessee.
    More Details Hide Details He remained there for about six months to a year, before returning to California. His mother's next husband, to whom she was married for eight years, also took Tarantino to films. At 14 years old, Tarantino wrote one of his earliest works, a script called Captain Peachfuzz and the Anchovy Bandit, where a thief steals pizzas from a pizzeria. It was based on Hal Needham's 1977 film Smokey and the Bandit, starring Burt Reynolds. The summer after his fifteenth birthday, Tarantino was grounded by his mother for shoplifting Elmore Leonard's novel The Switch from Kmart. He was only allowed to leave to attend the Torrance Community Theater, where he participated in such plays as Two Plus Two Makes Sex and Romeo and Juliet. At about 15 or 16, Tarantino dropped out of Narbonne High School in Harbor City, Los Angeles. He got a job ushering at a porn theater in Torrance, called the Pussycat Theatre, after saying he was older than he truly was. Later, he put himself in acting classes at the James Best Theatre Company, where he met several people who would later appear in his films. While at the James Best, Tarantino also met Craig Hamann, with whom he collaborated to produce My Best Friend's Birthday, an eventually-forsaken film project. In the 1980s, Tarantino worked in a number of places.
  • 1966
    Age 2
    In 1966, Tarantino's mother, after finishing her nursing studies, moved back to Los Angeles with her then three-year-old son.
    More Details Hide Details They lived in the South Bay, in the southern part of the city. Tarantino grew up there. Tarantino's mother married musician Curtis Zastoupil soon after coming to Los Angeles, and the family moved to Torrance, a city in Los Angeles County's South Bay area. Zastoupil encouraged his love of movies, and accompanied him to numerous film screenings. Tarantino's mother allowed him to see movies with adult content, such as Carnal Knowledge (1971) and Deliverance (1972).
  • 1963
    Born
    Tarantino was born on March 27, 1963 in Knoxville, Tennessee, the son of Connie McHugh and Tony Tarantino.
    More Details Hide Details His father is of Italian descent, and his mother has English and Irish ancestry. Quentin was named after Quint Asper, Burt Reynolds' character in the CBS series Gunsmoke. Quentin's mother met his father during a trip to Los Angeles, when Tony was a law student and would-be entertainer. She married him soon after, to gain independence from her parents, but the marriage did not last. Connie Tarantino left Los Angeles, and moved to Knoxville, where her parents lived.
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