‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ Review: Tarantino’s Hollywood Visions Brightened by Pitt And DiCaprio

 

“…an unconscious picture of what I actually think will happen when it happens..” John Lennon on Revolution No. 9, The White Album.
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film, and possibly the film with the lowest stakes. There is no vengeful bride or Nazi hunters or evil slave traders. By lowering the stakes and decreasing the violence, Tarantino has presented arguably his most fully-realized characters.
The majority of the film follows fading Hollywood leading man, Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rick’s stuntman/personal assistant Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Ultimately, this is a slice-of-life buddy movie.

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Quentin Tarantino Relishes “Interactive Audience Experience” Of ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’

Director/writer Quentin Tarantino and his Once Upon A Time In Hollywood cast (including Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Margot Robbie) attended Monday night’s Hollywood premiere of the feature, and Tarantino talked about why he sees his work as an interactive experience.

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‘Once Upon A Time … In Hollywood’ Hits Cannes With Star Power And New Trailer

 

Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, director Quentin Tarantino and company attended the Cannes Film Festival to promote Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood. Coupled with a new trailer, it was definitely a big splash for the highly anticipated feature.

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Chiwetel Ejiofor Finds The “Secret In Their Eyes”

Actor Chiwetel Ejifor (12 Years a Slave, Redbelt) was in Los Angeles to promote his upcoming drama Z for Zachariah, a post apocalyptic drama based on the novel by late writer Robert C. O’BrienDuring the interview I asked several questions about the first rate feature, which co-stars Margot Robbie and Chris Pine, and I’ll share these audio clips in the coming days (the movie comes out August 28).
But let’s start off with Ejiofor’s foray into another drama – Secret In Their Eyes.

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Apocalyptic Thriller ‘Z for Zachariah’ Hits Theaters In August

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Roadside Attractions
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Roadside Attractions
There’s a new release date for the thriller/drama Z for Zachariah, as the feature is set for an August 28 release via Roadside Attractions (it was initially set for an August 21 bow). Chris Pine, Chiwetel Ejioforand Margot Robbie topline the feature.

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Will Smith On “Focus” – “I’ve Always Been A Jokester”

Focus - Warner Bros. CR: Frank Masi

 

Double-cross, manipulations, twists and turns, and snap, crackle and pop dialogue are among the trademarks in Will Smith’s latest venture Focus. Master thief Nicky Spurgeon (Smith) may have the world on a string, that is until seductive (and whip smart) con artist Jess Barrett (Margot Robbie) walks into his life. Rodrigo Santoro and Gerald McRaney co-star.

Although Focus’ narrative has its share of sleight of hand tactics, its seductive allure isn’t just all about flash: the story originates from the minds of Crazy, Stupid, Love writer-directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. 

During the Focus press conference, Will Smith admitted that during his childhood he was a bit of a jokester:

Focus is now playing nationwide.