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Movie Maniac Apparently, hell hath no fury like a Tarantino scorned

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at 2:44 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at 2:16 p.m.

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If you’re lucky enough to be among Quentin Tarantino’s trusted crowd, you’d think you’d be a little more careful when he trusts you with something top secret.

But earlier this week, Tarantino was in an outrage when he learned that the script for his next film, a Western titled “The Hateful Eight,” had been leaked.

Tarantino told Deadline Hollywood that he was “very, very depressed. I finished a script, a first draft, and I didn’t mean to shoot it until next winter, a year from now. I gave it to six people,” he said.

And he’s not shy about naming names.

“I gave it to one of the producers on ‘Django Unchained,’ Reggie Hudlin, and he let an agent come to his house and read it,” Tarantino said. “That’s a betrayal, but not crippling because the agent didn’t end up with the script.”

Tarantino said he also gave the script to three actors: Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern and Tim Roth.

“The one I know didn’t do this is Tim Roth,” Tarantino said. “One of the others let their agent read it, and that agent has now passed it on to everyone in Hollywood.”

Tarantino found out about the leak from his longtime agent, Mike Simpson, who had started getting phone calls from other agents trying to pitch their clients for roles in the film.

Tarantino is so mad, he says he has dropped plans to make “Hateful Eight.”

“I give it out to six people, and if I can’t trust them to that degree, then I have no desire to make it.”

Yikes. Hell hath no fury like a Tarantino scorned, apparently. He’s even narrowed down the culprits to two.

“It’s got to be either the agents of Dern or Madsen,” he told Deadline writer Mike Fleming Jr. “Please name names.”

Yes, please do. Nothing’s as juicy as betrayal.

Fail-proof fails — There have a been a rash of films opening lately that haven’t been screened early for critics. “I, Frankenstein,” which opened Friday, is the latest culprit.

Since the new year kicked off, “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones,” “The Legend of Hercules” and “Devil’s Due” also opened without early press screenings.

It’s a tactic studios take to avoid bad reviews before a film comes out. But the very act almost guarantees bad reviews, so the strategy seems pointless.

For example, after the films were released, they all garnered super-low ratings on Rottentomatoes.com, which takes a consensus of critics’ ratings and gives films an overall score out of 100. “Paranormal” got a score of 33, while “Devil’s Due” got a 17 and “Hercules” got a 3 (ouch).

So keep an eye out, moviegoers. Hollywood execs are trying to lure you into films they know are going to stink. I’ll always point out when a film isn’t screened early for critics.

And who said critics weren’t useful? We’re saving you money!

Oscar contest — Don’t forget about The Eagle’s Oscar Ballot Contest that’s under way until March 2, the day of the Oscar awards. There are two contests, one for people 21 and older and one for ages 13-20.

The grand prize in the adult contest is a four-day, three-night trip for two to Hollywood that includes airfare, hotel, VIP tours of studios and stops at famous Hollywood landmarks. Prizes in the younger contest will be gift certificates to Warren Theatres.

So far, we’re getting lots of adult entries, but not many in the younger contest. Come on, movie lovers! Who doesn’t like free movies?

For rules and details on how to enter, go to www.kansas.com/oscarballot.

Reach Rod Pocowatchit at rpocowatchit@wichitaeagle.com.

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