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“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” might be a getting a novelization courtesy of Quentin Tarantino. The director revealed on the latest “Pure Cinema Podcast” episode that he’s currently eyeing a novel adaptation of his 10-time Oscar nominee. Tarantino said to the podcast hosts, “I hadn’t thought about that until recently. But now I’m thinking a lot about it. I might be writing a novelization to ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.'” Sony Pictures released “Hollywood” last summer to rave reviews and $374 million worldwide, a big haul for an original adult drama. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt as a television actor and his stuntman struggling to adapt to changing Hollywood in 1969. Margot Robbie appears as Sharon Tate. The film won Oscars for Best Supporting Actor Pitt and Best Production Design.
Whether or not Tarantino moves forward with a novelization of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” it appears likely fans will be getting some kind of supplemental version of his 2019 drama. The director has been vocal about leaving several scenes and characters on the cutting room floor, and he told IndieWire after the film debuted at Cannes that his assembly cut of the film ran over the four-hour mark. Brad Pitt said last September Tarantino was eyeing a miniseries release of “Hollywood” that would put back the deleted scenes.
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” marked the ninth feature of Tarantino’s career, making it his penultimate effort should he stick with his current plan to retire from feature filmmaking after his 10th movie. Tarantino has expressed interest in moving to other artistic mediums such as plays and books, so a “Hollywood” novelization would make sense for the director. Tarantino said last fall he was also planning to write a novel about a World War II veteran jaded by Hollywood movies.
“I've got this character who had been in World War II and he saw a lot of bloodshed there and now he's back home, and it's like the '50s, and he doesn't respond to movies anymore,” Tarantino said. “He finds them juvenile after everything that he's been through. As far as he's concerned, Hollywood movies are movies. And so then, all of a sudden, he starts hearing about these foreign movies by Kurosawa and Fellini. And so he's like, 'Well, maybe they might have something more than this phony Hollywood stuff.’”
There’s clearly books in Tarantino’s future. The director has not announced any plans for a follow-up movie to “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” The movie is available to watch on VOD and home video.
Recently, it was revealed that an elementary school in California was forced to pay a $250 fee for screening 2019's The Lion King during a fundraising event. As such, quite a few people online expressed their distaste in Disney for forcing the school to do so. Now, CEO Bob Iger has issued an apology and says that he will be donating money to the school's fundraiser as a means of expressing his regret for the situation.
Emerson Elementary School held a screening of Jon Favreau's remake of The Lion King in November 2019 for a 'parent's night out' fundraiser. Two months later, the school was slapped with a $250 bill since the school didn't have a license or proper permission to screen the movie. Taking to Twitter, Bob Iger had this to say about the situation.'Our company Walt Disney Company apologizes to the Emerson Elementary School PTA and I will personally donate to their fund raising initiative.'
One of the fathers had purchased the movie at a local Best Buy. The school was unaware that they were breaking any form of copyright law by holding the screening. But, as explained in the email that was sent to the school by Movie Licensing USA, a company that manages licenses for Disney and other studios, legal permission is required to screen a movie, regardless of the situation.'Any time a movie is shown outside of the home, legal permission is needed to show it, as it is considered a Public Performance. Any time movies are shown without the proper license, copyright law is violated and the entity showing the movie can be fined by the studios. If a movie is shown for any entertainment reason, even in the classroom, it is required by law that the school obtains a Public Performance license.'
Copyright law is complicated and, when it comes to a massive media corporation like Disney, it becomes difficult to micromanage situations. Be that as it may, the fact that a company that generates billions upon billions of dollars in revenue annually handed out a $250 bill to a school that was trying to raise funds was a bad look. It hasn't been revealed how much Bob Iger intends to donate, but one can imagine it will be a heck of a lot more than $250.
The situation is exacerbated, given that The Lion King was such a massive success. The remake grossed more than $1.6 billion at the global box office, making it one of the biggest hits of 2019 overall, behind only Avengers: Endgame. With that in mind, the $250 seems even more petty and greedy. Even though it probably shouldn't have come to this in the first place, at least Disney is trying to do the right thing. Feel free to check out the statement from Bob Iger's Twitter for yourself.
Our company @WaltDisneyCo apologizes to the Emerson Elementary School PTA and I will personally donate to their fund raising initiative.— Robert Iger @RobertIger February 6, 2020
Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Show: The Secret History of Hollywood
Where You Can Stream It: The podcasting app of your choice.
The Pitch: The Secret History of Hollywood is the most compelling, immersive, and emotional podcast I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to. Each season consists of deep dives into a major Hollywood figure, tracing its subject’s rise to prominence and giving incredible insight into their home lives, painting a portrait so captivating and well-rounded that biographies or books on the subjects could only dream to achieve.
Why It’s Essential Quarantine Listening: I’ve been thinking about this podcast a lot since I first stumbled across it several years ago, but I think it’s especially appropriate to recommend it right now because some of its episodes are incredibly lengthy – many clock in around an hour and a half, but some of them stretch to four, six, or even nine hours long. Yes, really. Some of you may scoff, but isn’t being in quarantine the perfect time to give a long-form podcast a chance?
Adam Roche, the voice behind the show, had no background in sound editing or sound production when he got started, but he could have fooled me: the series reminds me of an old-time radio show, complete with sound effects and Roche doing voices as he plays the people in a given scene. I realize that may sound cheesy, and it absolutely would be in less-capable hands. But trust me: Roche’s mellifluous voice and incredibly researched accounts are perfect for this type of storytelling.
The show has brought me to tears multiple times over the years, and I think a huge part of the reason for that is because of the long episode lengths. Like a great TV series you never want to end, you get to spend hours and hours with the subjects of these episodes and build emotional connections to them, so when they they experience hardships, a project goes wrong, or they lose a loved one, the results can be unexpectedly powerful.
The show has earned the attention of Hollywood vets like Peter Ramsey Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Mark Gatiss Sherlock, Game of Thrones, the latter of whom lends his own terrific voice to introductions of the most recent season, which covers the prolific producer Val Lewton Cat People, The Body Snatcher, The Ghost Ship. I knew nothing about Lewton or his work before I listened to the eleven episode season, but by the end, I feel like not only do I know all about him, but I feel I’ve experienced his highs and lows right alongside him. It’s truly spellbinding stuff, and it comes with my absolute highest recommendation.
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WINNER Game of Thrones — "Winterfell"
Joe Finley // Sim, Los Angeles
The Handmaid's Tale — "Liars"
Bill Ferwerda // Deluxe Toronto
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel — "Vote for Kennedy, Vote for Kennedy"
Steven Bodner // Light Iron
I Am the Night — "Pilot"
Stefan Sonnenfeld // Company 3
Gotham — "Legend of the Dark Knight: The Trial of Jim Gordon"
Paul Westerbeck // Picture Shop
The Man in The High Castle — "Jahr Null"
Roy Vasich // Technicolor
WINNER Hennessy X.O. — "The Seven Worlds"
Stephen Nakamura // Company 3
Zara — "Woman Campaign Spring Summer 2019"
Tim Masick // Company 3
Tiffany & Co. — "Believe in Dreams: A Tiffany Holiday"
James Tillett // Moving Picture Company
Palms Casino — "Unstatus Quo"
Ricky Gausis // Moving Picture Company
Audi — "Cashew"
Tom Poole // Company 3
WINNER Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Fred Raskin, ACE
Patrick J. Don Vito, ACE
Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese
David Tedeschi, Damian Rodriguez
The Other Side of the Wind
Orson Welles, Bob Murawski, ACE
A Star Is Born
Jay Cassidy, ACE
WINNER Veep — "Pledge"
Roger Nygard, ACE
Russian Doll — "The Way Out"
Homecoming — "Redwood"
Rosanne Tan, ACE
Jake Shaver, Shannon Albrink // Therapy Studios
Russian Doll — "Ariadne"
WINNER Stranger Things — "Chapter Eight: The Battle of Starcourt"
Dean Zimmerman, ACE, Katheryn Naranjo
Chernobyl — "Vichnaya Pamyat"
Simon Smith, Jinx Godfrey // Sister Pictures
Game of Thrones — "The Iron Throne"
Katie Weiland, ACE
Game of Thrones — "The Long Night"
Tim Porter, ACE
The Bodyguard — "Episode One"
WINNER Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Tim LeBlanc, Tom Ozanich, MPSE // Warner Bros.
Erik Aadahl, MPSE, Nancy Nugent, MPSE, Jason W. Jennings // E Squared
Michael Keller, Kevin O'Connell // Warner Bros.
Bill R. Dean, MPSE, Erick Ocampo, Kelly Oxford, MPSE // Technicolor
Michael Babcock, David E. Fluhr, CAS, Jeff Sawyer, Chris Diebold, Harrison Meyle // Warner Bros.
Skip Lievsay, Sergio Diaz, Craig Henighan, Carlos Honc, Ruy Garcia, MPSE, Caleb Townsend
Tim LeBlanc // Warner Bros.
Peter Brown, Joe Dzuban, Stephen P. Robinson, MPSE, Eliot Connors, MPSE // Formosa Group
WINNER The Haunting of Hill House — "Two Storms"
Trevor Gates, MPSE, Jason Dotts, Jonathan Wales, Paul Knox, Wer Spencer // Formosa Group
Chernobyl — "1:23:45"
Stefan Henrix, Stuart Hilliker, Joe Beal, Michael Maroussas, Harry Barnes // Boom Post
Deadwood: The Movie
John W. Cook II, Bill Freesh, Mandell Winter, MPSE, Daniel Colman, MPSE, Ben Cook, MPSE, Micha Liberman // NBC Universal
Game of Thrones — "The Bells"
Tim Kimmel, MPSE, Onnalee Blank, CAS, Mathew Waters, CAS, Paula Fairfield, David Klotz
Homecoming — "Protocol"
John W. Cook II, Bill Freesh, Kevin Buchholz, Jeff A. Pitts, Ben Zales, Polly McKinnon // NBC Universal
WINNER John Lewis & Partners — "Bohemian Rhapsody"
Mark Hills, Anthony Moore // Factory
Audi — "Life"
Doobie White // Therapy Studios
Leonard Cheshire Disability — "Together Unstoppable"
Mark Hills // Factory
New York Times — "The Truth Is Worth It: Fearlessness"
Aaron Reynolds // Wave Studios NY
John Lewis & Partners — "The Boy and the Piano"
Anthony Moore // Factory
WINNER The Lion King
Andrew R. Jones
Adam Valdez, Elliot Newman, Audrey Ferrara // MPC Film
Tom Peitzman // T&C Productions
Matt Aitken, Marvyn Young, Sidney Kombo-Kintombo, Sean Walker, David Conley // Weta Digital
Spider-Man: Far From Home
Alexis Wajsbrot, Sylvain Degrotte, Nathan McConnel, Stephen Kennedy, Jonathan Opgenhaffen // Framestore
Alita: Battle Angel
Eric Saindon, Michael Cozens, Dejan Momcilovic, Mark Haenga, Kevin Sherwood // Weta Digital
Pokemon Detective Pikachu
Jonathan Fawkner, Carlos Monzon, Gavin Mckenzie, Fabio Zangla, Dale Newton // Framestore
WINNER Game of Thrones — "The Bells"
Steve Kullback, Joe Bauer, Ted Rae
Mohsen Mousavi // Scanline
Thomas Schelesny // Image Engine
Game of Thrones — "The Long Night"
Martin Hill, Nicky Muir, Mike Perry, Mark Richardson, Darren Christie // Weta Digital
The Umbrella Academy — "The White Violin"
Everett Burrell, Misato Shinohara, Chris White, Jeff Campbell, Sebastien Bergeron
The Man in the High Castle — "Jahr Null"
Lawson Deming, Cory Jamieson, Casi Blume, Nick Chamberlain, William Parker, Saber Jlassi, Chris Parks // Barnstorm VFX
Chernobyl — "1:23:45"
Max Dennison, Clare Cheetham, Steven Godfrey, Luke Letkey // DNEG
WINNER The Orville — "Identity: Part II"
Tommy Tran, Kevin Lingenfelser, Joseph Vincent Pike // FuseFX
Brandon Fayette, Brooke Noska // Twentieth Century FOX TV
Hawaii Five-O — "Ke iho mai nei ko luna"
Thomas Connors, Anthony Davis, Chad Schott, Gary Lopez, Adam Avitabile // Picture Shop
9-1-1 — "7.1"
Jon Massey, Tony Pizadeh, Brigitte Bourque, Gavin Whelan, Kwon Choi // FuseFX
Star Trek: Discovery — "Such Sweet Sorrow Part 2"
Jason Zimmerman, Ante Dekovic, Aleksandra Kochoska, Charles Collyer, Alexander Wood // CBS Television Studios
The Flash — "King Shark vs. Gorilla Grodd"
Armen V. Kevorkian, Joshua Spivack, Andranik Taranyan, Shirak Agresta, Jason Shulman // Encore VFX