Although Tarantino is best known for his work behind the camera, he starred in his own movies Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction as a minor character, and co-starred alongside George Clooney in From Dusk Till Dawn. He has also appeared on the small screen in the first and third seasons of the TV show Alias. Tarantino once played an Elvis impersonator on an episode of The Golden Girls (as a non-speaking extra. He can, in fact, barely be seen). He also played cameo roles in Desperado (directed by his friend, Robert Rodriguez), and Little Nicky. In November 2006, an episode of the Sundance Channel's Iconoclasts features Quentin Tarantino interviewing and spending time with singer Fiona Apple. Tarantino also has a brief appearance in the beginning of Spike Lee's film Girl 6. In April 2007, Tarantino has substantial screen-time in Grindhouse's double-features, Death Proof and Planet Terror, where he respectively takes on the roles of Warren, a bartender, and The Rapist, an infected member of a rogue military.
 Aesthetics Tarantino's movies are renowned for their sharp dialogue, splintered chronology, and pop culture obsessions. His films, Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill have copious amounts of both spattered and flowing blood that are graphically violent in an aestheticized sense. His depictions of violence have also been noted for their casualness and macabre humour, as well as for the tension and grittiness of these scenes.
Tarantino is also known to go out of his way to avoid product placement in his films, often going so far as to create fictional brand names, or otherwise using brands that have long been discontinued, when the use of a particular product is necessary in a scene. Fictional brands such as Red Apple cigarettes and Big Kahuna Burgers have shown up in several movies, including Pulp Fiction, Four Rooms, From Dusk Till Dawn, Kill Bill, and Death Proof. There is a Big Kahuna Burger restaurant in Seaside, Oregon, though it is unconfirmed whether or not it opened before or after Pulp Fiction. The director is also known for his love of breakfast cereal, and many of his movies feature brands such as Fruit Brute (a monster cereal similar to Franken Berry, Count Chocula, and Boo Berry that was discontinued) in Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, and Kaboom! in Kill Bill. In Grindhouse real life brands such as Budweiser, Jagermeister, Icy hot and others are prominently displayed and mentioned in various scenes. These placements may be an attempt by Tarantino to parody his earlier works.
Tarantino sometimes makes vague connections between his films, usually by reusing names and locations. An example of this is Tarantino's assertion that John Travolta's character in Pulp Fiction, Vincent Vega, and Michael Madsen's character in Reservoir Dogs, Vic Vega, are brothers. Harvey Keitel's character in Reservoir Dogs, Larry Dimmick/Mr. White, is also said to be related to Tarantino's character in Pulp Fiction, Jimmie Dimmick. However, Larry could also be short for Clarence. As Mr. White mentions being involved with a woman named Alabama, this could be a nod to where Clarence and Alabama from True Romance ended up. Jack Rabbit Slims, the restaurant at which characters in Pulp Fiction dine, was mentioned on the radio, and Red Apple cigarettes, the brand smoked by Bruce Willis/Butch and Mia Wallace (she reaches for the pack before Vincent gives her one) in Pulp Fiction has a prominent billboard in the subway in Kill Bill. Also, in Pulp Fiction, Brett and his associates are eating from "Big Kahuna Burger" and in From Dusk Till Dawn the Gecko brothers ate there as well, and Stuntman Mike from Death Proof mentions Big Kahuna burger. There is also a connection between the boots worn by Vic Vega and the boots that Uma is buried with, along with the razor blade used in both scenes. While Planet Terror was not his film, Red Apple Cigarettes can obviously be seen as El Wray's brand of cigarettes, as well.
 Influences In the 2002 Sight and Sound Directors' poll, Tarantino revealed his top-twelve films: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Rio Bravo, Taxi Driver, His Girl Friday, Rolling Thunder, They All Laughed, The Great Escape, Carrie, Coffy, Dazed and Confused, Five Fingers of Death, and Hi Diddle Diddle. A previous top-ten list also included Blow Out, One-Eyed Jacks, For a Few Dollars More, Bande à part, Breathless (the 1983 remake), Le Doulos, They Live By Night, GoodFellas and The Long Goodbye.
Tarantino also credits Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets, Stanley Kubrick's The Killing, and George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead as strong influences. He owns a rare 35mm copy of Manos: The Hands of Fate, which he cites as his favorite "comedy." He is known as a Godzilla fan. He has also been a supporter of Kevin Smith's work, being that Smith hit success with Clerks. around the time Tarantino released Pulp Fiction. Tarantino also cited Smith's Chasing Amy as his favorite movie of 1997. In one of the Train Wreck making of shorts for Smith's Clerks II, we see that he invited Tarantino and Robert Rodriquez to a private screening of the film at the View Askew offices.
 Casting Tarantino has a group of actors that he often casts in his films, including Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Four Rooms, Inglorious Bastards), Harvey Keitel (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, From Dusk Till Dawn), Uma Thurman (Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2), Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill, Inglorious Bastards), Steve Buscemi (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction), Bruce Willis (Pulp Fiction, Four Rooms, Grindhouse), and Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Vol. 2).
He often casts comedians in small roles: Steven Wright as the DJ in Reservoir Dogs, Kathy Griffin as an accident witness in Pulp Fiction and a hotel manager in Four Rooms, Julia Sweeney as Raquel in Pulp Fiction , Phil LaMarr as Marvin in Pulp Fiction, and Chris Tucker as Beaumont Livingston in Jackie Brown.
He often plays a small role in his own films (Jimmie Dimmick in Pulp Fiction, Mr. Brown in Reservoir Dogs, Chester Rush in Four Rooms, Richard Gecko in From Dusk Till Dawn, the answering machine voice in Jackie Brown, a dead Crazy 88 gang member in Kill Bill, and the Rapist and Warren in "Grindhouse").
His mother, Connie McHugh, worked for a home medical organization and had part Cherokee Native American ancestry. Shortly after Quentin's birth, his mother married musician Curt Zastoupil, with whom Quentin would form a strong bond. He started kindergarten in 1968. In 1971, the family moved to El Segundo, in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, where Tarantino attended Hawthorne Christian School.
Reservior Dogs Madsen Interview
At the age of 14, he wrote his first script, Captain Peachfuzz and the Anchovy Bandit. Dropping out of Narbonne High School in Harbor City, California at the age of sixteen, he went on to learn acting at the James Best Theatre Company.
Interview about Death Proof
In 1984, Tarantino started working the counter at the Video Archives, a Manhattan Beach video store. Tarantino befriended Roger Avary, a fellow employee with whom he would later collaborate. While he continued to study acting at Allen Garfield's Actors' Shelter in Beverly Hills, he began to concentrate on screenwriting.
Tarantino's screenplay True Romance was optioned and eventually released in 1993. After Tarantino met Lawrence Bender at a Hollywood party, Bender encouraged Tarantino to write a film. The end product was Reservoir Dogs (1992), a dialogue-driven heist movie that set the tone for his later films. Tarantino wrote the script in three and a half weeks and Bender forwarded it to director Monte Hellman.
Hellman helped Tarantino to secure funding from Richard Gladstein at Live Entertainment (which later became Artisan). Harvey Keitel read the script and also contributed to funding, took a co-producer role, and a part in the movie.
The second script that Tarantino sold was Natural Born Killers. Director Oliver Stone made a number of changes that Tarantino disagreed with. As a result, Tarantino disowned the script. Following the success of Reservoir Dogs, Tarantino was approached by Hollywood and offered numerous projects, including Speed and Men in Black. He instead retreated to Amsterdam to work on his script for Pulp Fiction, which won the Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) at the 1994 Cannes film festival.
From Dusk Till Dawn Trailer
Along with Steven Soderbergh's Palme d'Or winner Sex, Lies, and Videotape and Michael Moore's Roger and Me, Pulp Fiction revolutionized the independent film industry by showing that indie films could do well at the box office. The success of Pulp Fiction also helped to revive the career of John Travolta. Pulp Fiction earned Tarantino and Avary Oscars for Best Original Screenplay, and was also nominated for Best Picture.
Quentin Tarantino and George Clooney as the Gecko brothers in From Dusk Till Dawn (1996).After Pulp Fiction he directed episode four of Four Rooms, "The Man from Hollywood", a tribute to an Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode that starred Steve McQueen. Four Rooms is a collaborative effort with filmmakers Allison Anders, Alexandre Rockwell and Robert Rodriguez. The film was very poorly received by critics and audiences. He also starred in and wrote the script for Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn, which saw mixed reviews from the critics yet led to two sequels, which Tarantino and Rodriguez would only serve as executive producers for.
Tarantino's next film was Jackie Brown (1997), an adaptation of Rum Punch, a novel by his mentor Elmore Leonard. A homage to blaxploitation films, it also starred Pam Grier, who starred in many of that genre's films of the 1970s. In 1998, he turned his attention to the Broadway stage, where he starred in a revival of Wait Until Dark.
He had then planned to make the war film Inglorious Bastards. However, he postponed that to write and direct Kill Bill (released as two films, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2), a highly stylized "revenge flick" in the cinematic traditions of Wuxia (Chinese martial arts), Jidaigeki (Japanese period cinema), Spaghetti Westerns and Italian horror or giallo. It was based on a character (The Bride) and a plot that he and Kill Bill's lead actress, Uma Thurman, had developed during the making of Pulp Fiction.
In 2004, Tarantino returned to Cannes where he served as President of the Jury. Kill Bill was not in competition, but it did screen on the final night in its original 3-hour-plus version. The Palme d'Or that year went to Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11. Tarantino is given credit as "Special Guest Director" for his work directing the car sequence between Clive Owen and Benicio Del Toro of the 2005 neo-noir film Sin City. In 2005, Tarantino announced his next project would be Grindhouse, which he co-directed with Robert Rodriguez. It was released in theaters on April 6 2007. He has stated his next film will "probably" be Inglorious Bastards, which is a World War II film, but that he needed to spend another year working on the script before filming. Reportedly, one of the scripts he wrote for Inglorious Bastards would, if filmed complete, make for an 8 hour long film. Also, Quentin has divulged information about possible anime prequels to the Kill Bill films. These would probably center around the DiVAS, Bill or The Bride before the events of the first two films.
There have also been rumors of a film about two characters from Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, Vic and Vincent Vega. This would be The Vega Brothers but this has only been hinted at, along with April Fools rumours posted on the internet about Pulp Fiction 2: The Valley Of Darkness. Among his current producing credits are the horror flick Hostel (which included numerous references to his own Pulp Fiction), the adaptation of Elmore Leonard's Killshot (which Tarantino had once written a script for) and Hell Ride (written & directed by Kill Bill star Larry Bishop). In 2005 Quentin Tarantino won the "Icon of the Decade" award at the Sony Ericsson Empire Awards.
Television Tarantino directed the fifth season finale to the hit show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, which first aired May 19, 2005. The highly rated episode, entitled "Grave Danger", shared a very similar situation from Tarantino's second Kill Bill film: CSI Nick Stokes is captured and buried alive in a Plexiglas coffin while an Internet camera broadcasts the whole thing to CSI headquarters. (In Kill Bill, the Bride (Uma Thurman) was also captured and buried alive in a coffin.)
The episode was delayed in being shown in the UK as the broadcast date coincided with the terrorist attacks in London and it was felt that the underground theme in the episode would cause offense. This double-length episode was released on DVD on October 10, 2005. Tarantino was nominated for an Emmy for his role in this episode.
Tarantino also directed an episode of ER called "Motherhood" that aired May 11, 1995, an episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, and an episode of then-girlfriend Margaret Cho's show. Tarantino was also featured as a guest judge on the televised singing competition American Idol for one episode during its third season. His reputation for creating memorable movie soundtracks was cited as qualifying him for the role.
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