Candids > 2019 > January 23 – Out in Los Angeles
Quentin Tarantino was six years old and living in the Los Angeles area when, in the summer of 1969, hell broke loose. You know this story: five people murdered over the course of two days that August, shot and stabbed by a clan of hippie impressionables in anticipation of Helter Skelter, Charles Manson’s idea of holy terror. It’s a Hollywood tale—not least because its most famous victim, the pregnant actress Sharon Tate, was the wife of director Roman Polanski, which put the terror square in the back lot’s backyard.
But it’s a Hollywood story for bigger reasons. This was an era, not merely an event; a lifestyle, a people, a widespread obsession—not merely a spot on a timeline or map. The city is a sprawl. So was 1969. And so is the work of Quentin Tarantino, whose last three movies were violent but (mass Nazi execution notwithstanding) playful excursions into history, all of them riffs on the deviant style and rough talkiness of the Westerns Tarantino loves, even the Dirty Dozen-esque World War II picture Inglourious Basterds, in which a motley troop of American badasses, a mock-Tennessean Brad Pitt at its helm, takes its grievances out on Nazi skulls.
Now he’s back with a Western of a different stripe: an old-school L.A. story à la Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown, the kind of city epic only a nostalgic of Tarantino’s wit and peculiarity could attempt to really do justice. Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a faded TV Western star and Pitt as his stunt double, is, as its sand-battered title suggests, a throwback. For Los Angeles, sure, but also for Tarantino, who, after traveling as far and wide as the Third Reich and the Shaolin Temple, is bringing it home.
Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood will be released July 26.
Candids > 2019 > January 13 – Go to a roller skating rink in Los Angeles
Margot Robbie has finally been confirmed for the role of blonde dolly Barbie in Warner Bros’ long-in-gestation live-action movie. The studio has struck a deal with Mattel to move forward with the project, with Robbie now attached as a producer as well as the film’s star.
“This project is a great start to our partnership with Ynon and Mattel Films,” said Warner Bros chairman Toby Emmerich in a statement. “And Margot is the ideal producer and actress to bring Barbie to life on screen in a fresh and relevant way for today’s audiences.”
Robbie added that “Playing with Barbie promotes confidence, curiosity and communication throughout a child’s journey to self-discovery. Over the brand’s almost 60 years, Barbie has empowered kids to imagine themselves in aspirational roles from a princess to president. I’m so honoured to take on this role and produce a film that I believe will have a tremendously positive impact on children and audiences worldwide. I can’t imagine better partners than Warner Bros and Mattel to bring this film to the big screen.”
There are no details yet on what direction Robbie and Warner Bros plan to take the iconic toy in, but it’ll still be a long while until we see this film materialise on the big screen. Warner Bros previously pushed the Barbie film back two years after its original star, Amy Schumer, dropped out due to scheduling conflicts, and Robbie is about to start work on Birds Of Prey, the all-girl DC team-up flick where the actress will reprise her role as Harley Quinn for the studio.