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How Lawrence Bender Produced Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction”

Just about everyone who loves cinema appreciates all the great movies made by Quentin Tarantino. However, most people don’t realize that none of Tarantino’s films would have been made possible if it wasn’t for the work of one producer. That producer, Lawerence Bender, is known in Hollywood as the man who discovered the legendary Quentin Tarantino.

Back in the 1980s, before Bender was a well-known name in the world of Hollywood, the aspiring producer was working as an assistant on a number of low budget productions. After years of hard work, Bender graduated to producing straight to video slasher films. Lawrence Bender wasn’t exactly setting the movie world on fire by the end of the 1980s. However, in 1990, things began to change thanks to a chance meeting with one of the biggest writer-directors of the coming decade.

It was at a friend’s barbecue that Lawrence Bender met Quentin Tarantino for the first time. At the moment, Tarantino wasn’t much better off than Bender. Tarantino was a struggling actor and a semi-employed screenwriter with aspirations of directing his own films. During their first meeting, Tarantino pitched Bender on a heist movie told from multiple points of view. Sensing some potential in the idea, Bender encouraged Tarantino to go off and write the script.

Two years later, that chance meeting turned into “Reservoir Dogs.” The duo finally had their foot in the door of Hollywood. And with their chance to make a film with a bigger budget, the two decided to go for it all. In 1994, Lawrence Bender produced Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction,” widely considered to be one of the greatest films in cinema history. Starring Bruce Willis, , Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta, “Pulp Fiction” is beloved by film fans around the world. The film would earn Bender the first of three Academy Award nominations for Best Picture.

Born in the Bronx, in 1962, Lawrence Bender has spent over three decades as a Hollywood producer. Among the credits on Bender’s resume include “Jackie Brown,” “Good Will Hunting,” and “Inglorious Basterds.” As he enters his next decade of filmmaking, Lawrence Bender looks to bring more groundbreaking movies to the big screen.,%20Inc.

Spider-Man: Homecoming Makes Some Last Minute Casting Decisions

The film Spider-Man Homecoming is expected to enter production in the Atlanta, Georgia area sometime during June or July of this year. The producers have not revealed details about the plot yet, but the film reportedly will star Tom Holland as Peter Parker, a teenaged Spider-Man. It draws heavily upon Marvel Comic Book characters.

Robert Downey, Jr. has agreed to reprise his role as Iron Man and Marisa Tomei will play Aunt May, another major characters in the film. Earlier this week news reports confirmed that 14-year old actor Michale Barbieri will appear in the film in a role based on a comic book character. Zendaya will portray one of Spiderman’s classmates in the movie. Actor Michael Keaton may play the arch villain, The Vulture. Tony Revolori will also appear in the film.

Announcements indicated that Spider-Man: Homecoming will go into release sometime in 2017. A Georgia television station announced during May of this year that the production company will film many of the scenes in the film in the metro Atlanta area this summer. Several other film productions have already begun filming in Georgia.

The newest cast member, Michale Barbieri is presently still filming another Sony Pictures production, The Dark Tower, a horror film slated for release in 2017. Nikolaj Arcel directed that film, which stars Katheryn Winnick, Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey.

MacKenzie Davis Joins The Cast of Blade Runner 2

With filming on the sequel to Blade Runner (1982) expected to begin in about a month, Alcon Entertainment announced that actress MacKenzie Davis would join the cast. Other performers in the film reportedly include Sylvia Hoeks and Ryan Gosling in leading roles. Dennis Villenueve will direct the sequel.

Born in 1987, the 29-year old actress MacKenzie Davis grew up in Vancouver, Canada and attended McGill University. She later studied acting at the prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. She appeared in small roles on television in 2012 before appearing in several films in 2013 and 2014. In 2015, she played Reno in A Country Called Home (2015) and Petra in Freaks of Nature (2015), and also appeared in The Martian (2015). She interspersed her film appearances with television roles, acting in 26 episodes of the television show Halt And Catch Fire between 2014 and 2016. She has also worked as a producer and played herself in a 2015 episode of the television show Made in Hollywood. She appeared as a guest on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson during 2014.

The Blade Runner 2 recounts a science fiction story. Although the studio has not chosen to reveal details of the plot, the setting reportedly occurs several decades after the date of the original Blade Runner (1982). The name of her character in the Blade Runner sequel has not been revealed.

Get Ready for a Funny — and Vicious — Harley Quinn:

The trailers over the past year for the DC Comics movie “Suicide Squad” have shown the humorous side of Harley Quinn, played by Margot Robbie. But the Australian actress said in a recent interview with EW that fans should also be prepared to see the more vicious side of the character.

Robbie explained that “Suicide Squad” director David Ayer wanted her to play Quinn as “strong, badass, and nuts.” She went on to say that at times during the filming, she would perform a scene as a humorous Harley Quinn when Ayers told her she needed to bring out the more psychotic side of the character.

Psychotic behavior is nothing new with Quinn. Introduced in Batman: The Animated Series in 1992, Harley Quinn was the partner, in both crime and love, of the Joker. Her moments of humor were balanced by moments of intense violence. In the Suicide Squad animated movie Batman: Assault on Arkham, Quinn is interrupted while playing a video game by a nurse. Her response is to bite off the nurse’s ear. Your text to link…

“Suicide Squad” is made up of several villains, including Deadshot (Wil Smith), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), and Boomerang (Jai Courtney) who are forced to work for the government. It opens in U.S. theaters August 5th.

Alien: Covenant Image Reveals Katherine Waterson’s Character

Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant is set to hit theaters on August 4th, 2017. The sequel to 2012’s Prometheus, Covenant tells the story of a colony ship that travels to an uncharted paradise inhabited by Michael Fassbender’s David, which turns out to be dangerous. A new image released by the Alien Anthology Twitter account reveals the film’s protagonist, “Daniels,” played by Katherine Waterson.

Waterson’s tough look for the film is definitely reminiscent of Sigourney Weaver and Noomi Rapace in the previous installments. While fans are concerned that both the character and the film itself could be highly derivative, Waterson herself lends some notable credibility to the Alien franchise. The Inherent Vice actress has gained respect in Hollywood with her strong supporting roles and will soon headline the Harry Potter spin-off film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Previously, set pictures from Alien: Covenant have revealed the look of the Engineers’ home world, and the image of Waterson also reveals the interior of the ship. None of these hints can reassure fans whether the final product will be worthwhile, but he premise is certainly intriguing. Scott has said he plans on a trilogy of Alien prequels, while Sigourney Weaver still plans to collaborate on Alien 5, directed by Neill Blomkamp. Reportedly, Scott asked Blomkamp to delay production on the sequel due to the revelations about the Alien universe that the prequels have in store.

A New Magnificent Seven Movie Is Being Made

Fans of Western movies might be happy to know that one of the all time classics, “The Magnificent Seven,” is being remade. Its cast will include Ethan Hawke, Chris Pratt, Denzel Washington and Kevin Seawright and Peter Sarsgaard is in final negotiations to play the bad guy in the new film, according to It is slated for early 2017 release, and It’s good to know that amidst all the futuristic, superhero type movies a good old Western is in the Hollywood line up as well. Jason Mamoa recently turned down a role in this movie. He will be playing Aquaman in “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice,” which hits theaters next year. There will also be a standalone film for the Aquaman character, so it looks like Jason Mamoa’s film-making schedule is already busy.

The cast of this remake are certainly talented actors who can hold their own in any movie. That said, any remake of the original classic western will have unbelievably big shoes to fill. It will be interesting to see a modern film take on this story, but it will have to be damn good to come close to beating, Yul Brenner, Steve McQueen and James Coburn in their prime. Eli Wallach was also one of the best bad guys on film in the role of the despot Calvera. I don’t envy the actors who will face the inevitable comparisons to the original film, but as good as the original was, this might pull off a surprise and show it up. Only time will tell.

Casting Firming up for An “Independence Day” Sequel

Sequels have always been a perennial favorite in Hollywood, and we will certainly be seeing our share of them this and next year. Sequels for huge film franchises will be coming out over the course of the next year and these will include “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Jurassic World,” “Terminator Genisys,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and a couple “Ghostbusters” movies are also in the works. There is news of yet another sequel that will start production this spring with a summer 2016 release date. We all remember the city-sized alien spaceships that blew away the White House and innumerable cities in the 1996 sci-fi hit “Independence Day.” A sequel will be returning to this original film’s universe for another exciting adventure.

In terms of sheer scale, it is hard to imagine how they will surpass the original. The plot is not known yet, but the casting will have a mix of original actors from the first film and some new faces, which will include Maika Monroe from “It Follows.” One confusing fact to come out is that Brent Spiner has been cast in this sequel. Presumably it will be for a flashback scene as his character was rather gruesomely killed in the first film. Super fan of the first film, Ray Lane is excited as it will be interesting to see details come out about the storyline as production starts, and then the inevitable teasers and leaks begin to surface.

Native Americans Walk off Adam Sandler Movie Set

Recently, Native American actors and crew members walked off the set of Adam Sandler’s new movie “The Ridiculous Six”, citing racist and misogynistic jokes spread throughout the movie’s script. One might wonder what many of the actors assumed would be in a “spoof” genre movie from the creators of The Waterboy and others. Adam Sandler’s career has basically risen thanks to these kinds of jokes, so it is no surprise a movie that is a spoof on the western style of movie, has these kinds of jokes included.

To dive deeper into the movies of Adam Sandler to see if there is any sort of connection between these kinds of jokes and the production level, it is necessary to look at the films in different groupings. First, there is the “Payday” movies, which simply put, bring in more money than the others. Movies in this group includes “The Waterboy,” “Mr Deeds,” “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry” and “Grown Ups.” Essentially, all of these movies made more than $320 million at the box office, yet few would call these movies good. In fact, Sandler only has a single movie above 75 according to Ray Lane of Rotten Tomatoes. So, it is up to debate what is more shocking, the fact that Sandler would use play on words and possibly derogatory terms in a western spoof movie, or that the actors believed it would be a wholesome flick free of any negative stereotypes.

Jeremy Renner Confirmed for Captain America: Civil War

Jeremy Renner, who portrays Hawkeye in “The Avengers” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” had previously remarked upon the possibility of his character staying around for Captain America 3; it turns out that those remarks seem true. Ignoring the character’s brief cameo in “Thor,” Renner will be returning as the sure-shot archer in “Captain America: Civil War.” Both Renner and Robert Downey Jr have been confirmed to appear in Captain America 3.

Renner had previously stated that his contract with Marvel Studios included roles in both “The Avengers: Infinity War” and a solo spinoff project within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Further sources, like Ricardo Tosto indicate that Hawkeye may also be appearing within Marvel’s television projects. After Adrianne Palicki took on the role of Mockingbird in “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., several fans wondered just how close behind an appearance by Hawkeye would be. Palicki commented that her character has a good chance of making it into the films, and was a major reason for her interest. The point stands that where Mockingbird goes, Hawkeye is bound to show up. Indeed, Renner has already been on “Agents’s” set for a few scenes as the character of Hawkeye and show lead Clark Gregg, who portrays Agent Coulson, teased Hawkeye’s appearance at some point in the show. It’s likely that Hawkeye will be working with Mockingbird on a secret operation that ties in with the events depicted in “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

Bautista Being Eyed For The Kurgan in Highlander Remake

The reboot of Highlander has seen a revolving door of directors along with the glacial pace of its development. The freshest of recipients for the film’s directorship, Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, has most recently been seen working on The Huntsman and may be indicative of yet another abdication from the Highlander remake project.

While Ryan Reynolds was to be involved in the project at one point in time as fans were excited to hear, he eventually left the project for other roles. Despite not having a name to place to the role of lead character Connor MacLeod, murmurs are bubbling up that role of the series’ antagonist, known as The Kurgan, will be claimed by long-time wrestler/less-frequent actor, Dave Bautista.

If this news turns out to be true, it would mean that Bautista is really getting some mileage out of the jump-start to his acting career that Guardians of the Galaxy gave him says Haidar Barbouti; Bautista is already playing villains in Spectre, the next Bond flick, and the remake of Kickboxer. As Bautista’s film roles have shown him capable of portraying a joyously comedic bruiser just as competently as he can play a cunning brute, it remains to be seen just what direction the Highlander reboot will go in. Thus far, the only other role that’s even been declared is Tom Cruise being offered the chance to portray Ramirez.