Eli Roth shares several memorable Tarantino stories in Tara Wood’s new documentary, “QT8: The First Eight.”
The new documentary “QT8: The First Eight” is full of behind-the-scenes stories from the sets of Quentin Tarantino’s movies, and no collaborator is more revealing than Eli Roth. The director worked with Tarantino on their double feature “Grindhouse” and later played Donny “The Bear Jew” Donowitz in Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds.” It turns out, Tarantino’s prep work for “Basterds” was demanding, with the actors playing the title group expected to answer questions about their characters’ backstory on the spot.
As revealed in “The First Eight,” Roth remembered the movie’s first rehearsal. “We all sat around and everybody had their scripts and lines,” Roth said. “Quentin said to close our scripts and asked us who we were. You had to go on and on and on about your backstory. [Quentin asked], ‘How did you feel when he joined the Bastards?’ There was one person who didn’t know, and he wasn’t there the next day. That guy was an extra. I was really training for it.”
Even an actor tackling a non-speaking role had to fully understand his character’s backstory, which reinforces just how much Tarantino expects all of his actors to be familiar with the people they’re playing. Roth said the encounter proved just how serious of an endeavor “Inglourious Basterds” would be during filming.
For the The Bear Jew’s iconic introductory scene, Roth worked out off camera right before filming so he could appear as muscular and brooding as possible when he walked out into the shot. The scene finds the character emerging from a tunnel to bash a Nazi’s head in with a baseball bat. Tarantino deliberately kept pushing off filming of the scene in order to piss Roth off, which Roth didn’t know at the time. He grew furious at Tarantino’s endless days. By the time Tarantino actually rolled camera on the scene, Roth had achieved the director’s desired emotional state.
“Inglourious Basterds” was recently named Tarantino’s best movie in an IndieWire’s critics survey. “The film isn’t only the most entertaining Tarantino film, it’s also the one that best illustrates the primacy of moving pictures, and their unique power to change the world in their image,” IndieWire’s David Ehrlich wrote. “Tarantino deploys similar tricks to different ends with ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,’ but it still feels more radical and resonant here.”
“QT8: The First Eight,” from filmmaker Tara Wood, debuted October 21 in theaters and will become available on VOD platforms beginning December 4.
BANDON — The Bite of Bandon will be held from 6-9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the Bandon Community Center/The Barn.
The Bite of Bandon is the Bandon Community Youth Center’s largest fundraiser, with proceeds going to help sustain and grow the youth programs. This 21-and-over event has both silent and live auctions, a raffle as well as 17-20 restaurants providing “bites” for attendees to try. Participants will be given tokens to vote for “Best Display”, “Best Savory Bite,” and “Best Sweet Bite.”
Participating restaurants and purveyors include: A Little Bite International Cuisine, Alloro Wine Bar & Restaurant, Broken Anchor, Edgewaters Restaurant, Farm & Sea on the Waterfront, Jen’s Joint, Lloyd’s Tavern and Smokehouse, Lord Bennett’s, Raven Saltwater Grille, Ray’s Food Place Deli, The Fam Productions Catering, The Fleet Deli, The Rolling Pin Bake and Brew and The Beverage Barn.
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“Mall developers are trying to use entertainment and restaurants as the new anchor tenants,” Randy White, CEO of consulting firm White Hutchinson Leisure & Learning Group told Curbed. “Today, it’s about real-life socialization. Potential shoppers can have all the digital entertainment experiences at home.”
One of the biggest examples of malls focusing on entertainment first and retail second is the American Dream Mall in East Rutherford, N.J., Curbed reported.
The 3 million-square-foot mega-mall includes an indoor ski slope, an ice skating rink and a Nickelodeon theme park. It will also have outlet-style retailers and higher-end brands when it opens fully later this year, according to Curbed.
In Las Vegas, shopping center Area 15 will have — among other shops and entertainment centers — an immersive, interactive “experience” by Meow Wolf, an arts and entertainment group based in Santa Fe, N.M.
The group, which started as an arts collective, previously transformed a Santa Fe bowling alley into an arts installation called House of Eternal Return with “neon plants, secret rooms, spider-like statues and non-linear storytelling” in 2016, Curbed reported.
On a smaller scale, malls have looked to attractions such as Legoland Discovery Center, Crayola Experience and Andretti Go Karting to bring in traffic — though that hasn’t always translated to more sales, according to Curbed.
Malls are looking more towards entertainment — rather than retail — to bring in more traffic, Curbed reported Tuesday.
The website reported that malls are also considering esports and virtual reality entertainment companies to fill the gaps.
According to Curbed, Allied Esports Entertainment has made deals with both Brookfield and Simon to open facilities for gamers with consoles, broadcast and streaming capabilities, according to a report from BisNow.
However, there is a danger in malls relying too heavily on entertainment centers for traffic — much like how food halls have become almost too prevalent, Curbed reported.
“Six years ago, we had 30 or 40 food halls across the country,” Naveen Jaggi, president of retail advisory services for JLL told Curbed. “We predict that by 2024, there will be roughly 450. There’s certainly a risk at that point of being overbuilt, leading to cannibalization.”
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to ban the use of exotic animals for entertainment purposes, effectively putting an end to traditional circuses and similar ventures within the city.
“The issue of wild, exotic animals being abused came to my doorstep four years ago, when a baby giraffe and elephant were being marched up the Hollywood Hills for a house party,” said Councilman David Ryu. “It is time that the city of Los Angeles makes absolutely clear that this abuse of animals is shameful, and we will not stand for it.”