“We’ve been rehearsing this for the last 3 days and we’re not bad,” Quentin Tarantino tonight told a packed Theatre at the Ace Hotel on …
Quentin Tarantino’s “Only Time” Staged ‘Hateful Eight’ Reading Reveals Pic Not Dead Despite Leaked Script
Organizers have treated Film Independent’s staged reading of Quentin Tarantino’s latest script The Hateful Eight like a national security matter, restricting things like cell phones and computers and staying mum on casting ahead of Saturday night’s event. But I have …
UPDATE, 4:47 PM: If you can’t wait for the live onstage reading of Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight later this month, your prayers are answered. Today, “due to unforeseen scheduling issues,” the world premiere of the now-shelved script was moved up to April 19 from April 24. The reading, to be directed and cast by the Oscar winner, also is changing venues. Instead of taking place at the LA County Museum of Art as announced last week, the live Hateful Eight now is set for the Theatre at the Ace Hotel in downtown LA. The $200 tickets will go on sale on April 11 at noon instead of today for members of Film Independent, the LACMA Film Club and the NYT Film Club. Any remaining tix will go on sale on April 16 as previously scheduled. All proceeds still are going to helping out Film Independent’s programming efforts at LACMA.
PREVIOUS, April 3 AM: Quentin Tarantino is still bringing The Hateful Eight to his fans — even though the Oscar winner put aside making the movie for the time being after the Oscar winner’s latest script leaked online. Film Independent said today that Tarantino is set to direct and cast a live on-stage reading of the Western-themed script on April 24 in LA.
Looks like it’s going to be a while before Quentin Tarantino and Gawker face off in court after all. Just less than two weeks before a motion to dismiss hearing, a federal judge today set a trial date of January 27, 2015 for the director’s copyright infringement lawsuit over the site’s promotion and dissemination of his leaked and now-shelved screenplay The Hateful Eight script. That’s a year to the day from when Tarantino filed his $1 million suit against the website. Of course, that estimated three-day jury trial may not happened at all as Judge John F. Walter also moved the matter to private mediation. The judge has given the two sides until September 8, 2014 to complete the mediation, during which the parties will be able to conduct discovery and prepare their cases as a scheduling and case management order (read it here) from the judge today outlines. Of course there’s no promise that Tarantino’s lawyers and Gawker’s attorneys will work anything out in their heated dispute by then, but it does take the April 14 hearing on Gawker’s motion to dismiss the case off the calendar, which certainly lowers the immediate temperature.
Today’s orders come a day after the parties presented a joint report to the court estimating a four- to seven-day trial, and two days after Gawker responded to Tarantino’s response to its March 10 motion to dismiss the case. Gawker basically said the director is going after the wrong party, that his argument “misconstrues, misunderstands, and misstates” the law and part of the reason he’s suing is because of the Oscar winner’s “displeasure with Gawker’s past and present reporting about him.” Bet that’s going to be a topic of some discussion in the mediation.
EXCLUSIVE: More than a month after Quentin Tarantino slapped Gawker with a copyright infringement lawsuit over its promotion and dissemination of his leaked and now-shelved The Hateful Eight script, the website today responded in court — and it wants the whole thing thrown out. “Because there was no primary infringement to which Gawker’s links contributed, plaintiff has failed to state a claim for contributory copyright Infringement,” said Gawker Media LLC’s lawyers in a 26-page motion for dismissal today (read it here). “Even if plaintiff had been able to establish the elements of such a claim, Gawker’s use of links to materials already posted to the Internet by third parties was privileged as a fair use.” Gawker has requested an April 14 hearing before federal district Judge John F. Walter on their motion.
UPDATE, 4:14 PM: Gawker has responded to Quentin Tarantino‘s legal complaint (read it here) on its website. Since writer John Cook invokes the original story by Deadline Hollywood in two places, I’d like to shed a little context to where Cook has gone wrong in a reply that seems to excuse Gawker’s brazen and cavalier behavior by lumping us into the mix. But he’s wrong. Writes Cook: “Last week—before the publication of the script online but after it had begun circulating in Hollywood—Tarantino loudly turned The Hateful Eight leak into a topic of intense news interest by speaking about it at length to Deadline Hollywood, which had itself obtained a copy. Tarantino’s very public complaints about the leak—which named the six parties (of varying degrees of celebrity and potential culpability) that he believes had access to it—were picked up and amplified afterward by dozens of news sites, including Defamer. It was Tarantino himself who turned his script into a news story, one that garnered him a great deal of attention.”
Cook is wrong. I did not obtain and still have not obtained The Hateful Eight. Why would I read a work that made Tarantino, the copyright holder, angry? It was a first draft, and his process is to show that work to select actors, get feedback and dig back in and do a draft that is closer to what he will shoot. The document that Gawker gleefully cites and invites its readers to help themselves to is nothing close to a finished version. In addition, the piece was published because Tarantino wanted the town to know he had changed plans on his next movie, hurt by what he considered a betrayal by a handful of people he gave a first script draft to.
More from Cook: “Quentin Tarantino wanted The Hateful Eight to be published on the internet. This is what he told Deadline, in the course of complaining about the then-small-scale leak to some unknown number of reporters and Hollywood types: “I do like the fact that everyone eventually posts it, gets it and reviews it on the net. Frankly, I wouldn’t want it any other way. I like the fact that people like my shit, and that they go out of their way to find it and read it.”
Gawker is trying to let itself off the hook by taking Tarantino completely out of context. What the filmmaker told me was that he is not a hypocrite. When he is shooting his film and sees the final draft of the script online, he in the past has not been upset and likes that people seek it out. Seems to me that what Gawker is dismissing is the fact that this is Quentin Tarantino’s intellectual property creation. As he said, he owns the fucking thing, and therefore, if a website conveniently plays up an anonymous web address which Gawker readers were encouraged to use so they could “help themselves” to Tarantino’s copyrighted work, Tarantino and only Tarantino can decide whether or not he is incensed. And he alone can seek legal redress as he has done here.
I don’t cover the lawsuits here, but it feels like Gawker is on a slippery slope, and while it might well be difficult to prove whether the website got the script and put it online under an untraceable website–Tarantino’s lawyers say the site asked its audience if anyone had the script draft–there are lots of people in Hollywood who are salivating over the prospect of seeing this case move forward, possibly becoming a cautionary tale that might give bloggers and others on the web second thoughts before they traffic in stolen goods.
EARLIER, BREAKING, 8:19 am PST: Quentin Tarantino is taking Gawker Media to court after the snarky website brazenly posted a link to The Hateful Eight, the first draft screenplay whose leak prompted Tarantino to say he would shelve the film. Tarantino has filed a formal legal complaint this morning in U.S. District Court, Central District Of California Western Division (read it here). The legal complaint charges Gawker with copyright infringement and contributory copyright infringement. Tarantino’s case will be led by hard-nosed litigator Martin Singer.
Catch up on the stories you missed this week:
Quentin Tarantino Shelves ‘The Hateful Eight’ After Betrayal Results In Script Leak
By Mike Fleming Jr. – EXCLUSIVE: Learning today that his script The Hateful Eight leaked after he gave it to a small circle of actors, Quentin Tarantino tells me that he’s so upset that he has decided that he will not direct that film next.
Rupert Sanders Set To Helm ‘Ghost In The Shell’ For DreamWorks
By Mike Fleming Jr. – EXCLUSIVE: DreamWorks has made a deal with Snow White And The Huntsman helmer Rupert Sanders to direct Ghost In The Shell, a live-action film based on the Japanese manga futuristic police thriller that has a new script from William Wheeler.
Sundance: ‘Whiplash’ & ‘Rich Hill’ Win Grand Jury Awards; Dramatic Directing Goes To Cutter Hodierne For ‘Fishing Without Nets’
By Dominic Patten and Jen Yamato – It was the first major deal of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and tonight Whiplash was the big winner at the fest’s Awards Ceremony. The Damien Chazelle-directed film about a young drummer, played by Miles Teller, and his demanding teacher, played by JK Simmons, took both the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury prize and the Audience Award.
In a move that screams “douchebag,” one of the muckraking websites has illegally published the first draft of Quentin Tarantino‘s The Hateful Eight. I’m not going to say which one until Tarantino’s lawyers get into it, but that seems like a fairly bold thing to do, inviting everyone to link to an illegal copy of the script. A screenwriter friend informed that, given that this is Tarantino-owned material that he plans to publish as a book and make into a movie, it won’t be too hard to prove damages. Deadline revealed the other day that Tarantino was so incensed that the script leaked after he gave it to a handful of actors, he was going to shelve that script and work on a different one, publishing it in book form instead. Always curious to see how well-capitalized these websites are. Maybe we are about to find out.
In a related development, we got an email from the agents of Michael Madsen, one of the actors (along with Bruce Dern and Tim Roth) who got scripts. “Kismet Talent Agency is the exclusive talent agency for Michael Madsen. As we never received the Tarantino script in question, we therefore could not possibly be the source of the purported leak,” wrote agent Vicki Roberts. Since the script wasn’t watermarked, it will be next to impossible to solve this. But publishing Tarantino’s work online seems a new low.
EXCLUSIVE: Learning today that his script The Hateful Eight leaked after he gave it …