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Blu-ray Review: 'Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection'

November 28th, 2012 10:00am EST
Tarantino Set
Nothing says original like a plethora of all things Tarantino. That’s why were checking out the very large new 10-disc Blu-ray set celebrating the maverick filmmaker entitled "Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection" from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The bad mother wallet and set opens below!

Title: "Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection"

Grade: 3

Cast: Uma Thurman, Pam Grier, John Travolta

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Rating: R

Runtime: 1043 minutes

Release Company: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Website: www.Lionsgatebluray.com

THE FLICKS

I first became aware of Quentin Tarantino whil...
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Michael Madsen Joins British 'Celebrity Big Brother'

January 7th, 2012 11:30am EST
Michael Madsen
"Reservoir Dogs" star Michael Madsen has been placed under 24-hour observation - he has become a contestant on British reality show "Celebrity Big Brother."

The Hollywood star, who has also appeared in "Sin City" and "Kill Bill," walked into the house on Thursday night, insisting his stay would be like a previous stint in rehab.

He quipped, "I don't know f**k all about Big Brother. But it's gonna be like rehab without the doctors."

Madsen was joined by Playboy twins Kristina and Karissa Shannon and British rapper Romeo Dunn.

U.K. soap stars Natalie Cassidy and Denise Welch were also amo...
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Michael Madsen To Star In 29 Films In 2011

February 15th, 2011 11:35am EST
Michael Madsen
Actor Michael Madsen is working extra hard to solve his money worries - he's set to release a staggering 29 movies this year.

The Reservoir Dogs star is listed as having a role in almost 30 films due to hit screens in 2011, including Black Gold, Loosies, Eldorado, 513, Garbage, Men Don't Lie, Road Raiders, and The Story of Bonnie and Clyde.

In many of the movies, Madsen takes the lead role.

And the huge haul is good news for the actor's finances - he's been hit with a string of cash woes in recent years, filing for bankruptcy in 2009 and reportedly owing thousands of dollars in person...
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Quentin Tarantino To Receive Special Prize At Cesar Awards

January 22nd, 2011 9:30am EST
Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino will be the guest of honor at the Cesar Awards in France next month when he will be honoured for his career achievements.

The "Pulp Fiction" moviemaker, whose filmography also includes the "Kill Bill" franchise and "Reservoir Dogs," will be hailed "a great international artist" at the 2011 event in Paris.

News of the French recognition comes one week after Tarantino was celebrated at the Critics' Choice Awards for his ability to marry music and film on the big screen.

Meanwhile, Algerian film "Of Gods and Men" will be the main contender at France's equivalent of the Osc...
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'Twilight,' 'Psycho,' 'Inception' & More: 17 Classic Film Scenes Recreated With LEGOs

January 10th, 2011 9:05pm EST
LEGO Scenes
"I'm an enormous film fan and when I was growing up everybody had a big bucket of Lego or knew somebody who did," says film student Alex Eylar, 22, of Oakland, Calif.

The aspiring screenwriter began collecting LEGOs when he was five years old and now he boasts somewhere in the neighborhood of 30,000 pieces in his collection, which he now uses to recreate classic movie scenes.

"I make all my Lego projects at a table in the corner of [my] living room. I've got five of those big plastic drawer bureaus, filled with pieces divided by color, style, function. For smaller projects, the build can ...
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'Baker Street' Singer Gerry Rafferty Dies (Videos)

January 4th, 2011 7:19pm EST
Gerry Rafferty
Gerry Rafferty, the man behind hits like "Stuck In The Middle With You" and "Baker Street," has died at age 63.

The Scottish musician passed away from liver failure on Tuesday after a long battle with alcoholism.

Rafferty fell ill in November and was hooked up to a life-support machine after he was admitted to the hospital.

His family members were told he had little chance of survival, but his health improved slightly over Christmas, and Rafferty died at his home with his daughter, Martha, by his bedside.

The singer began his career as a busker, before forming folk group the Humblebums ...
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Steve Buscemi Breaks Ribs In Bicycle Accident

September 13th, 2010 2:24pm EDT
Steve Buscemi
Actor Steve Buscemi spent his summer nursing two broken ribs following a bicycle accident in his native Brooklyn, New York.

The Reservoir Dogs star hopped on a bike for the first time in years to tour the French countryside on holiday with his wife Jo Andres, and returned home inspired to get fit.

He says, "I thought, 'This is great! When I get back to Brooklyn I'm gonna get back on my bike - I haven't ridden in years - and I'm gonna get back in shape.'"

However, his new exercise regime ground to a quick halt - and put him in the hospital with a pair of broken ribs.

He explains: "I ...
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Quentin Tarantino Accused Of Favoritism At Venice Film Festival

September 12th, 2010 11:12pm EDT
Quentin Tarantino
An alleged fix has rocked the Venice Film Festival after a group of Italian journalists accused jury president Quentin Tarantino of favoring ex-girlfriends, pals and associates.

The outcry came after the filmmaker's former lover Sofia Coppola claimed the festival's main prize, the Golden Lion, on Saturday for her drama "Somewhere."

Tarantino has since insisted her win was unanimous, but the local media is still questioning the director's choice, especially after his friend Alex de la Iglesia won two prizes for his film Balada triste de trompeta and one of his mentors, Monte Hellman, was h...
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'The Officer' Producers Want Harvey Keitel

September 2nd, 2010 11:26am EDT
Harvey Keitel
The producers behind hit TV show The Office want Harvey Keitel to take over from Steve Carell as the actor is "probably the only guy who can do it."

Carell won critical acclaim for his portrayal of embarrassing boss Michael Scott in the U.S. version of the British series, created by funnyman Ricky Gervais, but announced he will leave at the end of the current season. Gervais recently shot down rumors he would be stepping in to replace him, and now producer Paul Lieberstein has revealed they have another actor in mind for the part - Reservoir Dogs star Keitel.

Lieberstein tells E! News, "...
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'Ocean's Eleven' Crew Voted Top Heist Stars

August 26th, 2010 8:44am EDT
George Clooney
George Clooney and his Ocean's Eleven posse have stolen the title of best heist movie crew in a new online poll.

More than 12,200 film fans took part in a week-long MovieTickets.com survey to find America's favorite lovable rogues and voted the Ocean's Eleven crew ahead of Mark Wahlberg's The Italian Job pals.

The Ocean's Eleven cast won the vote with 57 per cent. The Italian Job came in second with 14 per cent.

The jewelry store robbers from Reservoir Dogs finished third.
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Miramax Films Sold For $660 Million

July 30th, 2010 2:22pm EDT
Harvey Weinstein
The Miramax Films studio founded by movie magnates Harvey and Bob Weinstein has been sold off in a massive $660 million deal after a six-month bidding war.

The company was set up by the famous brothers and sold to The Walt Disney Company in 1993 after they left to establish The Weinstein Company.

Miramax Films fell into financial difficulty and closed its offices in January and the Weinsteins, who were responsible for hit films such as "Reservoir Dogs," "Pulp Fiction" and "The English Patient," tried to buy the company back.

Their negotiations fell though and officials at Disney have now...
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Michael Madsen Back In LA; Source Says Suicide Watch Claims Are Ridiculous

May 24th, 2010 8:34am EDT
Michael Madsen
"Reservoir Dogs" star Michael Madsen is back in the U.S. preparing for a new cop role after he was hospitalized in the U.K. following an alleged booze binge.

The actor's representatives have played down tabloid reports suggesting Madsen had been held at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in England under the county's mental health act after he was found unconscious at the entrance of a hotel.

British newspaper The Sun reported that medics at the hospital registered him as a "high-risk" patient and placed him under "suicide watch."

But a source close to the star insists he was never held against...
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Michal Madsen Hospitalized After Drinking Binge; Under Suicide Watch

May 23rd, 2010 8:13am EDT
Michael Madsen
Troubled actor Michael Madsen has sparked fresh concerns for his health after he was reportedly hospitalized following a nine-day booze binge in Britain.

The "Reservoir Dogs" star was staying at the Penventon Park Hotel in Cornwall, England while filming his latest movie, and left staff at the establishment shocked with his wild behaviour.

According to Britain's The Sun, Madsen drank two bottles of wine for breakfast, before embarking on a mammoth boozing and pill-taking session.

He was reportedly taken to the nearby Royal Cornwall Hospital after he was found unconscious at the entrance ...
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Miramax Closes Its Doors, But The Weinstein Company Lives On

January 29th, 2010 8:20am EST
Reservoir Dogs
Harvey and Bob Weinstein's movie company, Miramax Studios, has closed its doors for good after 31 years in the movie industry.

The producer brothers founded the company in 1979. It became a leading distributor of independent films and was snapped up by The Walt Disney Company in 1993.

On Thursday, the firm's New York and Los Angeles offices closed for business after months of speculation surrounding the financial status Miramax.

Eighty employees have been made redundant and the future of six films have been left hanging in the Miramax vault, awaiting distribution.

Under the dire...
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Michael Madsen Owes $80,000 In Rent

October 28th, 2009 9:02am EDT
Michael Madsen Owes $80,000 In Rent
Michael Madsen is sinking deeper into financial turmoil - the bankrupt actor faces eviction from his Malibu, California home for failing to pay his rent.

The Reservoir Dogs star has been hit with a lawsuit from his landlord who alleges Madsen has not paid four months' rent - and owes $80,000.

According to documents obtained by TMZ.com, the star will be evicted if he fails to catch up with his rent arrears.

It's the latest in a long list of financial woes for the star - he filed for bankruptcy in June and owes thousands of dollars in personal loans to Hollywood pals Pierce Brosna...
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Five Tremendous Quentin Tarantino Films

August 19th, 2009 11:00am EDT
Inglorious Basterds
This week we finally get to see one of the most highly anticipated movies of the summer: "Inglorious Basterds." Like all Quentin Tarantino aficionados, we've been eagerly awaiting the arrival of this World War II action epic since it was in development.

Tarantino's films have had a profound impact on those that have an appreciation for cinema. His use of excessive violence as a form of social commentary, his references to classic movies, and his nontraditional narrative structure has remarkably influenced modern moviemaking since he hit the scene in the early 1990s.

With the rele...
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Quentin Tarantino: 'I'll Never Hire A Child Star'

August 13th, 2009 12:45pm EDT
Quentin Tarantino
Director Quentin Tarantino loves to shock movie goers - but would never hire children to star in his violent films.

The quirky filmmaker is behind some of the grisliest cinematic scenes of the last 20 years, including the famous ear-slicing shot in Reservoir Dogs and the huge body count in Kill Bill. His latest film, Inglourious Basterds, looks to live up to his previous work.

But Tarantino insists he draws the line at putting kids in "harrowing" situations, and prefers to use animation to portray child characters. He says, "I've never believed in limits, because an artist can do a...
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Will 'Public Enemies' With Christian Bale And Johnny Depp Make The Top Gangster Movie List?

June 30th, 2009 10:10am EDT
Public Enemies
It's hard to draft this kind of list with "Public Enemies" so close to reaching its port of call at your local theater, since it's bound to shake the list up a bit. But so far as it goes, the Mob genre has a few golden standards that have set the bar high enough to make any director quake in their concrete boots at the prospect of taking the plunge. These films have a built-in mechanism that causes them either to take complete control of the empire or erupt like a car bomb. It's the requirement for these movies to champion the 'bad guy' as the hero of the film, casting them in a sympathetic...
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Michael Madsen Is $4 Million In Debt, Owes Money To Pierce Brosnan And Quentin Tarantino

June 24th, 2009 2:36pm EDT
Michael Madsen
Michael Madsen's financial woes continue to worsen - the movie tough guy owes thousands of dollars to Hollywood pals Pierce Brosnan and Quentin Tarantino.

The star filed for bankruptcy earlier this month and the legal papers reveal he is heavily in debt to both stars.

The papers, obtained by TMZ.com, state Madsen owes $25,000 in personal loans to the actor, and $1 million to his Reservoir Dogs director, Tarantino.

The website reports Madsen is nearly $4 million in debt overall, which is barely covered by his monthly income of $3,392.

Michael Madsen Photos

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Our Favorite Bug-Eyed Celebrities

April 21st, 2009 10:11am EDT
Jonathan Rhys-Meyers
In Hollywood, you've got show-stopping performances and eye-popping beauties. But what about those Hollywood beauties whose eyes just pop? Some celebrities are recognized by their plunger lips, or by their adorable pair of dimples, while others are distinguished by their bulging peepers. The bug-eye feature is very hit or miss, however. On one hand, bug-eyes have the ability to create unconventional gorgeosity in a person, but on the other hand, they are also capable of making good faces go Muppet.

Christina Ricci falls into the former category of bug-eyed celebrities. Her sizeable...
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A Conversation with 'Lie To Me' Star Monica Raymund

February 4th, 2009 10:49am EST
Monica Raymund
(TJAGS is a weekly column) Every year I try to pick a new drama to watch and make it my "new show" that I follow for the season. This does not always work out (see: Love Monkey and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip). I had decided that Lie to Me was going to be this year's show, based mainly on my appreciation for Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction). Due to circumstances, I was out of town and I never got a chance to watch the two episodes I had recorded on DVR when, coincidentally, I was contacted and asked if I wanted to speak to one of the stars, Monica Raymund. I agreed, of course, and ...
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Michael Madsen Suffered Collapse

October 23rd, 2008 8:59am EDT
Michael Madsen
A representative for actor Michael Madsen has denied reports the Reservoir Dogs star was detained by authorities over fears for his mental health, insisting he collapsed from exhaustion and food poisoning.

A report on news blog TMZ.com on Wednesday suggested the actor was taken from his Los Angeles home on Monday by sheriff's deputies after "a family member in the house became alarmed by his crazy behavior."

The website claims he was held on involuntary psychiatric hold, administered to patients who are deemed a danger to themselves or others. However, the actor's publicist has ...
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Slideshow: Creepy Actors - Who's The Creepiest?

October 13th, 2008 10:00am EDT
Steve Buscemi
These actors have either played someone creepy or just look creepy. There's something about them that reminds us of fingernails on a chalkboard. Peruse our photo slideshow, and tell us who you think is the creepiest one of them all!

Willem Dafoe

Wild at Heart, Shadow of a Vampire

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Gary Oldman

Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Professional

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Joan Rivers

Plastic surgery junkie

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Steve Buscemi

Reservo...
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Awesome But Dead: Five Great TV Shows That Were Cancelled Undeservedly

September 23rd, 2008 9:00am EDT
Moonlight
Everyone can think of one off the top of their head: A TV show that got the axe way too soon. Actually, there is at least one show per season that "died before its time" - because it was killed by heartless TV executives. Here, we honour five shows that suffered an especially gruesome and undeserved death.

Profit (1996), 4 episodes aired

The best show you have probably never heard of. Also, it is the most cancelled of all cancelled shows, taken off the air by FOX after only four episodes in 1996, even though eight had been completed (and were later released on DVD).

Jim Profi...
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Michael Madsen Still Scarred By 'BloodRayne' Movie

August 30th, 2008 3:00pm EDT
Michael Madsen
Hollywood tough guy Michael Madsen will think twice before signing up to star in another Uwe Boll movie after getting a taste of the German director's bizarre film techniques on the set of BloodRayne.

The Reservoir Dogs star thought he'd worked with the strangest guys in the business before he signed on to play a part in Boll's "crazy" action film in Romania.

Madsen was left with a series of injuries and was attacked by gnats and bees on the jungle set of the 2005 film - but it was Boll's collection of stunt horses that caused him the biggest headaches.

He tells WENN, "He put...
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No More Elgin Lumpkin Or Georgios Panayioutous: Celebrities Who Changed Their Names

July 21st, 2008 10:43am EDT
Cher
Marilyn Monroe was originally christened Norma Jean. Archibald Leach opted for the more debonair nom de guerre Cary Grant. At the age of 10, musical prodigy Steveland Morris was dubbed (by Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr.) "Little Stevie Wonder." These aren't the only celebrities who bid farewell to the names bestowed upon them in infancy; among those in the public eye, adopting a more star-worthy moniker seems to be the rule, not the exception.

Stage Names

Where stage names are concerned, some stars keep it succinct. Musicians Cher and Seal shortened their names from Cherilyn and ...
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The Best & Worst Films By Quentin Tarantino

April 24th, 2008 8:30am EDT
Quentin Tarantino
The serendipitous career of eccentric movie producer, director and writer Quentin Tarantino is a complex one. Tarantino has made a name for himself by creating nonlinear storylines and filming multiple perspectives from different characters in his movies - a technique that strays from the more commonly used straight-time storyline.

His films are not off the wall, but they invoke an element of surprise that comes from the small details within a scene that catches one off guard and by adding mysterious elements that never get explained. A good example of this was in Pulp Fiction when M...
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Will Work For Fame: Celebrities' First Jobs

March 12th, 2008 2:00pm EDT
Cindy Crawford
The "Queen of Hip-Hop Soul," singer Mary J. Blige, was goofing around in a mall as a teenager making a demo in a karaoke booth. Anchorman Stone Phillips was waiting tables. Supermodel Cindy Crawford was a college freshman shucking corn at a fair in Illinois.

We've all heard countless stories of ways ordinary people were plucked from obscurity and catapulted into stardom. Still, let's be real: Mary, Cindy and Stone are the exception, not the rule. So, how many random gigs did most celebrities weather on the rocky path to fame?

Nothing wrong with a little guyliner...

Johnny De...
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Tim Roth Will Never Watch 'Funny Games' Despite Starring In It

February 5th, 2008 2:42pm EST
Tim Roth
British actor Tim Roth was left so disturbed by his experience on horror movie Funny Games, he has pledged never to watch the film.

The Reservoir Dogs star plays a father who is forced to watch his wife and two young sons fight for their lives after they are taken hostage.

Roth insists the role drew too many similarities to his own life - as he is married with two boys.

He says, "I'll never see that movie. It damaged me.

"That was one of the hardest things I've done as an actor. And as a parent - the boy bears a strong resemblance to one of my own children."

Roth al...
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'In Bruges:' A Dark Comedy Full Of Twists

February 4th, 2008 12:39pm EST
In Bruges
"In Bruges" is a movie that is good but not great. That might be the most vague and un-insightful explanation for a film, but trust me it fits and I'll explain why.

The movie works around a main dilemma: two big city hit men are sent to hide out from a hit gone wrong in the boring tourist trap that is Bruges, Belgium. Colin Farrell plays Ray, a young troublemaker who hates the city, tourists and pretty much everything about what is going on in his life. Brendan Gleeson plays Ken, the older, wiser, calmer hit man who is enjoying the city and in the process makes the trip worse for Ra...
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