News Briefs: Quentin Tarantino Wants to Turn Django Unchained Into a TV Miniseries


BECAUSE WHY NOT?

... Quentin Tarantino has announced—via a press conference held at the currently in-progress Cannes Film Festival—that he has 90 minutes of unused footage from Django Unchained and that he intends to reedit the movie plus the extra footage into a four-hour TV miniseries. Also, if this quote from from the press conference is any indication, this might actually be one of his smartest ideas to date: "It would be a miniseries and people love those. You show people a four-hour movie and they roll their eyes. Show people a four-part miniseries and they'll sit and watch it all in one sitting." Guys, I think Tarantino might be a genius and maybe should also consider a job in marketing? [The Guardian]


BUSINESS TIME

... Justin Bieber will appear on So You Think You Can Dance this season, which I guess means we're still letting him live in America? Anyway, beginning with the season premiere on Wednesday, May 28, Bieber and his choreographer Nick DeMoura will showcase two dance crews during each of the show's four audition episodes. Fans will then be able to tweet about their favorites, and whoever "wins" will be invited to perform during the eventual season finale. [Fox via press release]

... Last Comic Standing returned on Thursday after four years away, and it premiered to solid ratings, earning a 1.7 in the 18-to-49 demographic and pulling in 5.2 million viewers during its first hour, and jumping to 5.5 million viewers in its second. Fox's new drama Gang Related, however, premiered to only 3.0 million viewers and 0.9 in the demo. [HitFix]

... According to "sources," cult movie classic Wet Hot American Summer, which starred several now-extremely-famous actors and comedians as campers at the fictional Camp Firewood, might soon be getting a prequel at Netflix in the form of a 10-episode TV series. The project would be executive-produced by David Wain and Michael Showalter and reunite the original cast, which includes Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poeher, Elizabeth Banks, Ken Marino, Molly Shannon, and Christopher Meloni. They'd be playing high schoolers in the prequel, which is hilarious for obvious reasons, but also makes me wish this idea were headed to The CW so that everyone could continue to complain about how the network always hires actors who are way older than their characters. [Variety]

... TBS has canceled The Pete Holmes Show after two seasons. The four-nights-a-week series aired after Conan, but was not able to draw the audience it needed to stay alive. It will sign off for good on June 19. [THR]


CASTING NEWS

... Supernatural's cast roster is getting prettttttty crowded, y'all. For most of the series' run, Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki have been sitting alone on the series regular bus, with Misha Collins coming and going as Castiel was needed. And even though Mark Sheppard has played a significant role as Crowley for years now, Season 10 will mark his first as a series regular, which makes sense given the events of Tuesday's game-changing Season 9 finale. I look forward to many Moose references. [EW]

... Catherine Dent (The Shield) has joined the cast of AMC's new pilot Galyntine. Set in a post-apocalyptic future, the drama follows a small group of survivors who are forced to adapt to the challenges of their new technology-free world. [Deadline]


REQUIRED READING

... We know most of you hated the ending of Dexter, so you can take solace in the fact that Michael C. Hall wasn't necessarily the biggest fan of it, either. (See, How I Met Your Mother stars, you don't have to praise your series finale!) His recent interview with the Daily Beast talks a bit about Dexter's conclusion, as well as his latest project. Hit the link to check it out! [The Daily Beast]


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Jamie Foxx is alright an actor, even if he has erratic behaviored talk along the way. He doesn't need to be the next James Bond type of actor, but at least he will do better than Martin Lawrence, IMO.
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Django Unchained... God, why wouldn't they leave anything alone...remakes, sequels , prequels, spin-offs, blaaahasdfsd......

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Wet Hot American Summer was so awesome! I'm excited.
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I look forward to Django Unchained mini-series. And Crowley more than earned his spot after this season on Supernatural as a regular.
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Perhaps we can turn BAMBI MEETS GODZILLA into a miniseries.
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Supernsnatural 5 season overdue for ending!!!!
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IKR
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Getting really tired of TV.com shitting on the How I Met Your Mother finale. I know that they didn't like it but everyone I know who regularly watched the show loved it, and it is over now, so GET OVER IT.
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Nobody liked the Finale. It went down as one of the worst finales of all time. Just sayin
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very untrue. mostly only critics hated. most fans and industry people thought it was perfect.
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wrong again. Critics gave it better reviews then the fans did. Thats why the creators shot the whole last episode again and will include that in the final season DVD instead of the original episode.
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double wrong, first critics hated it. check out the fan pages for the series on facebook and the web to see how fans truly reacted. second, they didn't reshoot a thing, just re-edited existing footage in order to bow to critics pressure. here is the quote "16 days ago today we were in the HIMYM edit room, trying to decide between two very different endings," Bays wrote. "We only shot one script, but through edit room magic we had two possible outcomes for the series. We chose the ending we chose and we stand by it. But we loved the other version too."

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/how-i-met-your-mother-alternate-ending-on-dvd-2014-4#ixzz32naC3YTo

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Django was a disappointment for me. Part of what I love about Tarantino movies is their tight plotting, keeping things ticking over. Django was a drawn out mess. I'll check out the miniseries but an even more drawn out experience doesn't sound that appealing.\\

Good on Michael C. Hall for admitting that aspects of the Dexter finale weren't great, this makes him far more credible than any of the deluded writers. Of course he doesn't go far enough in his criticism and thinks our main problem was the final scene instead of how we got to the final scene but as he said he hasn't even watched the episode so we can't expect too much.
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QT will never be as good as he himself thinks he is.

Like most of his movies a lot of hommaging and really no original plot around.
So yes he would do well on the telly.
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I am curious about that Tarantino mini series. I will defenitively watch that.

And you mentioned justin Bi..... and my mind just tuned out. Anyhting imnpotant in the rest of the post?
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I know that some people are tired of Crowley but I'm glad he'll be regular.
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Crowley was my favorite character when he was introduced and I prayed for years that he would one day become the Big Bad after Lucifer was beaten. And in season 8, I got my wish. Crowley was the undisputed Big Bad, and he was more resourceful than any other major villain on the show. Then Abaddon was introduced and my love for Crowley began to wane... and he survived to season 9, and pretty much started annoying me. See, he has been switching sides every other season. Season 5 he was an ally and helped Dean locate Pestilence and Death. Season 6 he was a villain, blackmailing the boys into working for him and kidnapping Dean's girlfriend and kid. Season 7 he was a good guy again, preventing demons from attacking the Winchesters while they fought the Leviathan and gave the boys a key part of the weapon used to kill Dick Roman, season 8 he was the Big Bad, kidnapping Kevin, psychologically and physically torturing him, researching all of the Winchester's victories and killing off everyone they saved. And Season 9 he was an ally again, helping Dean get the First Blade and Mark of Cain to kill Abbadon. I know that the writers give good reasons to why he switches sides so much (usually to get rid of a rival, like Lucifer, Dick, and Abaddon) but I REALLY don't want Crowley to switch sides again and become the Big Bad of Season 10. He was PERFECT in season 8... and Supernatural has recently started adding to perfect or near perfect characters and it's almost always makes the character worse. (coughGarthcoughGhostBobbycough)
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It's likely Dean who's gonna be the Big Bad, not Crowley. As a Knight of Hell, he'll be stronger than Crowley. And if human Dean thought Crowley was becoming weak and pathetic, I somehow doubt Demon Dean will be taking orders from him.
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I get Tarantino is super creative and had made millions more than his fans. but he has also created franchises that don't work. And this will be the next one.
Mark Shepard being added as a regular is nice, and he ABSOFRIGGINGLUTELY deseres it, but it doesn't really change anything. Dean is a demon to start next season (I refuse to talk about that), but he has been as regular as Cas, and more entertaining to me.
I watched last comic standing, without commercials, and enjoyed it.
And Peter Capaldi and Doctor Who coming back in August isn't a Timelord announcement, it is what 7-8 episodes with a break before the Christmas episode to be. I want a real extended trailer.
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Mark Sheppard is one awesome actor and I, for one, am very glad to have him as a regular on Supernatural..
Anything Tarantino is tremendous and godly.The more of that the better. Now if we can have him film an episode of Banshee or True Detective or anything, I am not picky, that would be greater.
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re Tarantino:Also, he already paid for it, so it's all gain for everyone.
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Honestly, I could have used a lot more of Django Unchained's middle and a lot less of that extended ending (which is to say, everything from Candyland, just too much of that story), so I'd definitely watch any more of the story if it's from hunting and learning sections - which there almost has to be, since it really is a drastic jump from learning to being skilled - but if it's 90 more minutes of Candyland, I dunno. Also, 90 minutes plus the film's 3 hour runtime is more than 4 hours, so I hope he doesn't cut anything good down - hell, that extended last act I just complained about would feel at home in a longer film anyway, so not even that.

Last Comic Standing did a smart job of starting with the invitationals, giving us the best of the comics and judges. Surprised to see it went up in the second hour though, that's interesting.

Holy crap, note to Fox, don't launch dramas in May.

Wet Hot American Summer prequel has been in talks forever, the movie's script wasn't the tightest (such as a script is with a movie like this where everybody ad-libs) but the cast was outstanding so I hope they make a better show out of this, and I've been watching Wain, Show and Marino play under their ages since The State - how old is Doug again? He's outta heeeeere, you know. And thank goodness for Chris Meloni, coming back with the crazy cook character, he's such an underrated comic talent. Probably because of all the perp bashing and inmate raping.

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Now I kinda would have liked to have been a bigger Dexter fan to have more enjoyed Hall's comments there.
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Actually, the movie was 2 hours 45 minutes, and 15 minutes of that was the credits. So it does add up to 4 hours.
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umm NO !
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More Crowley? Amazing News. Congrats to Mark Shepherd and all fellow SPN fans...because clearly this is a step in the right direction for Season 10.
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Maybe they'll build up to a Castiel/Crowley spinoff now!
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It would be nice if Tarantino turned back into a director who made movies that weren't so over the top ridiculous as to be insulting to my intelligence.
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Actually ridiculous and over the top is his trademark.
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Uhh... "back into a director who made movies that weren't so over the top ridiculous"??? Did you see a different Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction than the rest of us?
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I believe I did as over the top is a subjective matter.There weren't hundreds of killings,no flying super samurai characters and he didn't rewrite history.He made two movies where if you choose to stretch your perceptions of reality somewhat they were believable in a movie sense.
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Good news about Mark Sheppard who, plays well with Ackles - cue even more naff gay jokes.
Couldn't give a feck about Django, yet another vastly overrated Tarantino 'brave work'. Oh please.
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omg, every word of that
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Can you imagine the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies turned into a mini-series? It would be long enough for a full season.

It sounds like Supernatural next season will be dealing with two teams: Sam and Cas, and Dean and Crowley. And they expected Bloodlines to compete with that?
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Galyntine sounds an aweful lot like Revolution. AMC is going to have to work real hard to get people to watch.
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Django was an overly long as a film, but god did I love it nonetheless. So an extra 90 minutes of footage? I'm there - although I doubt I'd be able to watch it in one sitting, Quentin.
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Hence, miniseries.
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The Pete Holmes show was so good. The skits on that show were better than 95% of what SNL puts out. I hope someone grabs him up and uses him as a writer for skits. Such a waste. His Ex-men skits and Street Fighter: Red Tape are genius.
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Yes, it was great, but the problem with the show is that it was mostly pretaped and every minute of it (and more) was available on Youtube the next day so it didn't need to be watched live. Plus it was really the same stuff he was making with Collegehumor before and there will probably be more.
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Django Unchained was already too long. It shouldn't take over an hour to establish how bad the bad guy is.
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