Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is already a long movie, but it’s about to get even longer. Quentin Tarantino‘s latest is getting a re-release this weekend in more than 1,000 venues in the U.S. and Canada, and the re-release will feature four new scenes. The new scenes run a little over ten minutes, bumping the already 2 hour and 41-minute runtime up to 2 hours and 50-plus minutes.
Ready to head back to Hollywood? Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, one of the year’s best films, is headed back to theaters this weekend – with new scenes to boot. There’s no info on what these new scenes will be, but we know from various interviews that there was at least one extra scene with the briefly-seen Charles Manson, so that’s likely to be included. There will be four additional scenes total, running a little over 10 minutes.
One thing that’s not entirely clear here: will the additional scenes be edited into the film itself, making this a brand new cut of the film? Or will they be included at the end, like bonus post-credit scenes? Fandango has the film listed as an “Extended Cut“, which suggests this might be a whole new cut of the film. “Audiences have shown tremendous support for this movie, and we look forward to offering them another opportunity to see the film as it’s meant to be seen — in theaters on the big screen — with more sights and sounds of the sixties from Quentin Tarantino as an added treat,” said Adrian Smith, Sony’s president of domestic distribution.
The re-release comes on the heels of the news that the movie would not be opening in China. Hollywood is already a big hit, but Sony was still hoping on that box office boost from the China release. The reasoning behind the China blockage is rumored to be the film’s less-than-rosy depiction of Bruce Lee. With that in mind there was an assumption that the film could still open in China if Tarantino removed the scene – but Tarantino declined. Now, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will re-open in the states to make even more money.
For purely selfish reasons, I hope this re-release finally prompts news of when we’ll be getting the movie on Blu-ray. Normally, a Blu-ray and digital release would’ve been announced by now, but Sony has been mum on the matter. Now that this is out there, make with the Blu-ray release, Sony. I need it in my life. But I guess I’ll make do with the re-release for now.
Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is returning to movie theaters in the thick of awards seasons with a special re-release that will include over 10 minutes of new footage. Sony Pictures has announced the re-release will begin in 1,000 theaters across the U.S. and Canada beginning Friday, October 25. Tarantino’s re-release will include four never-before-included scenes bookending the theatrical cut.
Adrian Smith, President of Domestic Distribution for Sony Pictures Motion, said in a statement announcing the re-release: “Audiences have shown tremendous support for this movie, and we look forward to offering them another opportunity to see the film as it's meant to be seen — in theaters on the big screen — with more sights and sounds of the sixties from Quentin Tarantino as an added treat.”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” opened in U.S. theaters July 26 to critical acclaim and instant box office success. The movie debuted to $41 million, making it the biggest box office opening of Tarantino’s career. To date, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” has grossed $139 million in the U.S. and $368 million worldwide. The movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a television actor questioning his place in a changing Hollywood while struggling to break into the movie business. Brad Pitt plays the actor’s stunt double, while Margot Robbie stars as model and actress Sharon Tate.
As IndieWire previously reported, Tarantino's first assembly cut of “Hollywood” ran four hours and 20 minutes. The film's theatrical cut came in at just over two hours and 40 minutes, meaning there were several scenes Tarantino left on the cutting room floor. Scenes starring Tim Roth as Jay Sebring's butler, James Marsden as Burt Reynolds, and Danny Strong as Dean Martin were cut from the movie. “Hollywood” producer David Heyman also told IndieWire that 10-year-old breakout Julia Butters had material cut. Heyman said one of Butters' cut scenes was so good it would have made her a lock for an Oscar nomination.
The news of the “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” re-release comes on the heels of news that Tarantino would not be cutting the film in order to secure a China release. The film’s China theatrical opening was cancelled last week for unconfirmed reasons, though it has been reported that Bruce Lee’s daughter Shannon filed a complaint to China's National Film Administration because of her issue with the movie’s depiction of her father. Whether that in any way affected this National Film Administration’s decision is unclear. Representatives for Shannon Lee did not respond to IndieWire’s requests for comment.
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is opening in theaters just as Sony revs up its Oscar campaign for the drama. The movie is expected to be a major player in top races for Best Picture, Best Director, and more. Sony recently confirmed that Brad Pitt would be campaigned for Best Supporting Actor, leaving DiCaprio to to run for Best Actor without facing competition from his co-star.
In Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, stuntman/murderer ? Cliff Booth plays willing second banana to actor/margarita-loving hippie hater Rick Dalton. That’s how it’s going to be at the 2020 Oscars, too: Sony is submitting Leonardo DiCaprio Rick for Lead Actor and Brad Pitt Cliff as Supporting Actor. Assuming the campaign works, this will be Leo’s sixth nomination for his that was the best acting I’ve ever seen and Pitt’s fourth. Except strong support for Margot Robbie, too.
Here’s every time all three have been nominated for an Oscar:
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape Supporting The Aviator Lead Blood Diamonds Lead The Wolf of Wall Street Lead and Best Picture as producer The Revenant Lead
12 Monkeys Supporting The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Lead Moneyball Lead and Best Picture as producer 12 Years a Slave Best Picture as producer The Big Short Best Picture as producer
I, Tonya Lead
Give Brandy the dog a nomination while we’re at it.
In other QT news, producer David Heyman Harry Potter, Paddington 2 told Deadline that Hollywood is “Quentin’s most emotional film. Rick Dalton is struggling with his obsolescence, with no longer being relevant. There’s a whole melancholy around that. It’s also about an incredible friendship. And it’s also a very personal film for Quentin.”
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood may have been a hit, both for Quentin Tarantino and for non-franchise blockbusters, but it’s not been without controversy. One of the points of contention: A scene involving martial arts legend Bruce Lee played by Mike Moh. On Friday it was announced China was banning the film entirely, purportedly at the behest of Lee’s daughter, Shannon Lee, who took umbrage with Tarantino’s portrayal of her father. There was talk of Tarantino recutting the film, to appease the censors, but as per The Hollywood Reporter, that ain’t happening.
The scene in question finds Brad Pitt’s character, stunt man Cliff Booth, getting into a fight with Lee on the set of The Green Hornet, the American TV show on which he co-starred in the late ’60s. The episode in question guest stars Rick Dalton, Leonardo Di Caprio’s fading screen idol, with Booth enlisted as his double. While killing time, Booth and Lee get into an argument that culminates in the two engaged in a mano-e-mano, one that ends in a draw.
The scene earned a fair amount of criticism, some charging that it misrepresents and/or disrespects Lee, with friends and colleagues — including Kareem Abdul-Jabar, who studied martial arts under him and appeared in 1972’s never-completed Game of Death — saying Lee would never have fought someone on-set. Others came to Tarantino’s defense, including Moh himself, though that did little to calm the storm.
And now here we are, with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood barred from release in one of the planet’s largest and most movie-hungry nations. But Tarantino, who has final cut in his contract, reportedly isn’t budging. The film would have been the filmmaker’s first proper release in China, incredibly, and its release likely would have added considerably to its already large $366 million global haul.
Meanwhile, the Once Upon a Time scuffle is only the latest clash between American entertainers and the Chinese government. Add Tarantino to a group that includes the NBA, South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and the LGBTQ parts of Bohemian Rhapsody — august company indeed.
Quentin Tarantino will not make a new edit of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood for China. Tarantino was all set to have his first proper Chinese debut next week. However, things changed when the country blocked the movie from hitting theaters. According to sources, Bruce Lee's daughter, Shannon Lee, issued a complaint with China's National Film Administration in an effort to make changes to her father's controversial portrayal in the movie. Shannon Lee and some of Bruce Lee's closest friends have criticized the way Tarantino played with Lee's legacy.
When the news dropped, it was assumed that Quentin Tarantino was working on a new edit of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood for Chinese censors. The director has final say on any edits and the Chinese government reportedly has not revealed which scenes they found objectionable at this time. Tarantino will not edit his work, according to sources close to the matter. It is believed that Shannon Lee's complaints are what started China's block against the movie. At the moment, the movie has been placed on hold after having an October 25th release date. The same thing happened with Django Unchained, but it was pulled just minutes before it was due to show in theaters.
Unfortunately, Django Unchained suffered at the international box office as a direct result of the Chinese hold. The movie did eventually officially premiere, but pirated copies of the movie had already started to circulate. It's beginning to look like Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will suffer the same fate, which is a huge blow to Beijing's Bona Film Group who financially backed Quentin Tarantino's latest project. The movie has made over $366 million globally to date, and was expected to cross the $400 million threshold after the Chinese premiere.
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The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood block comes at ened time of controversy for China. The Hong Kong protests for democracy have been raging for months now and everybody from the NBA to Hollywood is starting to take sides. With that being said, Hollywood is largely keeping its mouth shut, due to the amount of money that can be made in China. South Park famously took aim at the issue a few weeks back, only to find that the show had completely been scrubbed from the Chinese internet and banned. In turn, this may have hurt the long-running show's attempt to sell its streaming rights, which are currently valued at half a billion dollars.
Quentin Tarantino fans will more than likely applaud the director's decision to not edit Once Upon a Time in Hollywood for China. But, Bona Film Group stands to lose a lot of money from the situation. Whatever the case may be, this will prove to be an interesting time for the entertainment industry and its fragile relationship with China, especially as tensions continue to grow. Variety was the first to report on Tarantino not editing Once Upon a Time in Hollywood for China.
The country's regulators pulled the film from the schedule a week before its release Oct. 25.
Quentin Tarantino has no intention of recutting his Once Upon a Time in Hollywood to appease China's censors.
A source close to the situation tells The Hollywood Reporter that the auteur is taking a take-it-or-leave-it stance in the wake of Chinese regulators pulling the film from the schedule a week before its release in the country Oct. 25.
THR reported earlier on Oct. 18 that the release of the acclaimed film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, has been put on hold indefinitely. No explanation was given to Sony Pictures Entertainment, the studio behind the film, as to why. Sony declined to comment.
The decision to halt the release is speculated to be about Tarantino's portrayal of the late martial arts hero Bruce Lee, who was of Chinese descent.
As THR previously reported, sources close to Beijing-based Bona Film Group, which is one of the investors in the film, and China's Film Bureau, say Bruce Lee's daughter, Shannon Lee, made a direct appeal to China's National Film Administration, asking that it demand changes to her father's portrayal. Friends and family of the Hollywood action star have criticized Tarantino for his portrayal of Lee, saying it doesn't resemble the real-life man and is instead a caricature.
But Tarantino, who is known to be opposed to any kind of tinkering with his films and has final-cut rights included in his contract, has no plans to bring his film back to the editing bay, especially given that China has offered no explanation for what is objectionable in the film that revolves around the events leading up to the infamous Manson Family murders of 1969.
One source suggested that China may finally be balking at Once Upon a Time's violence, which is graphic at times but far less than a typical Tarantino film, even though regulators approved it for release there Bona was poised to handle distribution duties in China for the China launch.
The film would have marked Tarantino's first proper release in China and tapped into the country's enormous box office potential. The film has earned $366 million to date and likely would have exceeded the $400 mark after bowing in the Middle Kingdom. DiCaprio remains a huge star in China thanks to Titanic, which became a gigantic hit in the country earlier in his career.
In recent months, China has sought to exert greater control over the American entertainment sector, particularly when it comes the industry's reaction to the situation in Hong Kong, where pro-democracy protesters have faced a violent response from mainland-backed police forces. Perhaps feeling the economic heat , everyone from Mulan actress Crystal Liu to the Lakers' LeBron James have either sided with the Chinese regime or denounced any criticism of its authoritarian tactics.
But South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker continue to be a thorn in the side of the Chinese regime thanks to a series of episodes mocking the country's rulers as well as the celebrities who appear to be ignoring its human rights abuses and toeing the party line.
Many Hollywood studio films have undergone edits in order to get into China, including last year's Oscar-winning Queen music biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, which removed any mention of protagonist Freddie Mercury's sexual orientation China frowns upon films with gay leads.