Hollywood has long fetishized Japanese gangsters, with their full-body tattoos, missing pinkies and harems of buxom groupies. Ever since Sydney Pollack’s “The Yakuza” in 1974, the colorful mafiosi have provided regular fodder for directors including Ridley Scott and Quentin Tarantino.
Revenge fantasies don’t get any more fantastical than “Django Unchained,” Quentin Tarantino’s dazzlingly violent and outlandishly funny spin on Spaghetti Westerns, blaxploitation films and America’s original sin.
The German government is seeking a buyer for the Cold War-era U.S. military headquarters in Berlin, a seven-building complex built under Nazi rule where scenes for the movies “Inglourious Basterds” and “Valkyrie” were shot.
“Argo,” the story of a stealth mission to rescue a group of U.S. hostages from Iran in 1980, was voted best film at the British Academy Film Awards, or Baftas, last night. Its director Ben Affleck also won.
Director Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” will open in China on May 12, about a month after the picture was pulled from theaters without explanation, distributor Sony Pictures Entertainment said.
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” part one of a 3-D trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel, generated $84.6 million in weekend sales at U.S. and Canadian cinemas, propelling studios toward an annual record.