Quentin Tarantino’s Staged ‘Hateful Eight’ Reading Reveals Pic Not Dead Yet

hateful 8 Quentin Tarantino as director“We’ve been rehearsing this for the last three days and we’re not bad,” Quentin Tarantino told a packed crowd tonight at the live staged reading of his The Hateful Eight script. With alumni from his past pics such as Samuel L Jackson, Tim Roth, Kurt Russell, James Parks, Amber Tamblyn Michael Madsen, Denis Menochet, James Remar and Walton Goggins plus Bruce Dern by his side onstage at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel in downtown LA, the director’s 3.5-hour performance of the five-chapter Western set in post-Civil War Wyoming revealed that Tarantino has a career in theater if he ever decided to chuck the whole moviemaking thing.

Related: Samuel L. Jackson Part Of Saturday’s ‘Hateful Eight’ Reading

Despite the controversy and legal action surrounding the leaked script, which Gawker put online in January, tonight’s Film Independent Presents the World Premiere of a Staged Reading by Quentin Tarantino: The Hateful Eight, as it was formally titled, also revealed that the big-screen version might not be as shelved as the director first told my colleague Mike Fleming Jr. on January 21. “I’m working on a second draft and I will do a third draft, but we’re reading from the first draft,” Tarantino, wearing a black Stetson and red ribbed cowboy shirt, said to the 1,200 patrons in the almost SRO theater before the performance started. (The well-heeled crowd included longtime Tarantino producers Harvey and Bob Weinstein.) “The Chapter 5 here will not be the Chapter 5 later, so this will be the only time it is seen ever.”

Hateful 8 Samuel L. Jackson as the majorRegardless of how Hateful Eight lives on, the crowd loved the show they saw tonight — especially the hands-on onstage narration and direction from Tarantino. “Guys, you are starting to drift away from the dialogue on the page,” the Oscar winner told the actors at one point around halfway through. “No more co-writing,” he added to a big laugh from the audience. “He’s directing,” said Jackson at another part when Tarantino ran across the stage to whisper something into his ear. That also got a big roar from the crowd. A couple of other times, the director asked the actors to start a particular scene over again. Near the end of the performance, Tarantino playfully told Goggins to just read the script and not worry about the imaginary guns in his hands. Also during the later part of the show, both Goggins and Madsen broke from the script and joked with Tarantino about a narration line where Madsen’s character was described as looking like “he’s cumming in his pants.” Madsen told the director that “it’s never happened before.” Tarantino shot back that he’d show him one day what it was like.

Besides several standing ovations, only a 20-minute intermission broke up the show. Tickets for tonight’s event went for $150-$200 a pop, with all proceeds going to Film Independent’s programming efforts at LACMA. Security was a top concern, with the crowd having to give up their cell phones and other electronics before entering the downtown theater. Read More »

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‘Klondike’ Delivers Discovery’s Biggest Monday Ever With 3.4 Million Viewers

By | Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 12:54pm PST

KlondikeDiscovery Channel‘s first-ever miniseries Klondike clocked 3.4 million viewers Monday — the network’s largest ever Monday primetime audience. It also delivered the network’s most-watched Monday among men 18+ and the highest-rated Monday in more than a decade in the 25-54 demo. Featuring a cast including Richard Madden, Abbie Cornish, Tim Roth and Sam Shepard, Part 1 of Klondike repeats tonight at 7 PM, followed by the premiere of Part 2 at 9. The third and final installment of the miniseries premieres tomorrow at 9 PM. Read More »

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TCA: “I Was Out Of Work” Sam Shepard Says Of Taking ‘Klondike’ Role

By | Thursday January 9, 2014 @ 11:04am PST

TCADeadline__140109155905“It’s another piece of American madness,” Sam Shepard said today of Discovery‘s first scripted project, Klondike.  “You know, another chunk of insanity that we carry around with us, regardless of whether it’s involved in technology or involved in trapping beavers.” 2014 Winter TCA Tour - Day 1In December, Discovery announced its miniseries about the Klondike Gold Rush of 1895, co-produced by Scott Free Television, eOne and Nomadic Pictures and based on Canadian journalist Charlotte Gray’s novel Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich In The Klondike. The script, written by Prison Break creator Paul Scheuring, tells the story of six strangers and their collective fight for survival and wealth in a small frontier town in the remote Klondike. Chris Cooper, cast in February as Father Judge — who has come to Klondike to atone for his violent past on a mission to save souls — exited in March after suffering a minor heart attack.  Shepard replaced him.

discoverychannel1__130822172412-275x132One TV critic wanted to know if Scheuring was intimidated writing for actor-playwright Shepard.  “I wrote it before I knew he was going to be Judge – it’s easy to write in a vacuum.” he responded. That said, Shepard “was willing to collaborate; he had his thoughts,” he continued, adding quickly, “It’s obviously an honor – he’s Sam Shepard!” Shepard didn’t think much of a question about the difference between wearing the “writer hat” and the “actor hat.”  “Hats look exactly the same. There’s no difference between The Writing Hat and The Acting Hat,” he said dismissively.

A question about his “motivation” for taking on this role, and whether his motivation for accepting roles has changed over his long career, didn’t play too well either. “Yeah. I was out of work…the landlord was going to kick me out,” he responded. Read More »

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Tim Roth To Star In MRC’s ‘Knifeman’ Series From David Cronenberg And Rolin Jones

By | Wednesday June 20, 2012 @ 11:49am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Oscar nominee Tim Roth has signed on to star in Media Rights Capital’s TV series project Knifeman. David Cronenberg is set to direct the pilot and executive produce the series, which centers on John Tattersall (Roth), a radical, self-educated surgeon … Read More »

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Tim Roth & Alexander Cary Create FX Bank Robbery Family Drama For Roth To Star

By | Friday May 18, 2012 @ 2:56pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: FX has put in development a drama project created by Oscar-nominated actor Tim Roth and Homeland co-executive producer Alexander Cary as a starring vehicle for Roth. The untitled project, from Fox21, is described as a drama about addiction, … Read More »

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2012 Cannes: Tim Roth Tapped As President of Un Certain Regard Jury

By | Thursday April 12, 2012 @ 9:17am PDT
Mike Fleming

English actor and director Tim Roth will be the president of the Un Certain Regard Jury, part of the Festival de Cannes Official Selection, for which twenty films will be announced at the same time as those for the

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Awaiting New TV Series, Tim Roth Sets Back-To-Back UK Films

By | Friday October 7, 2011 @ 8:20am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: While Lie To Me star Tim Roth waits for his next series that will come from the deal he signed with 20th Century Fox TV, he’ll first go back to the UK to star in a pair of … Read More »

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Tim Roth Inks Deal With 20th Century Fox TV

By | Tuesday September 6, 2011 @ 7:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Lie To Me star Tim Roth is staying in business with 20th Century Fox TV, the studio behind the Fox drama series, through a talent holding/producing deal. Under the pact, 20th TV will develop a new series as an acting … Read More »

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Tim Roth Joins ‘Arbitrage’ Cast

Mike Fleming

Tim Roth has closed a deal to costar in Arbitrage, the Nicholas Jarecki-directed drama that begins shooting shortly in New York. Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon star. Roth will play Michael Gower, a detective investigating a murder. Jarecki’s script focuses … Read More »

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No Back 9 Order For Fox’s ‘Lie To Me’

By | Tuesday December 7, 2010 @ 1:19pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Fox will not be giving a back-nine order to crime procedural Lie to Me, whose current third season will consist of 13 episodes.  Sources at the network stress that the show has not been canceled, with final decision expected to … Read More »

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