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Tarantino Blames Talent Agency for Ruining His Next Movie By Leaking Script

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Here’s a weird one: Quentin Tarantino has officially shelved the ensemble Western that would have been his next movie, insinuating that an unnamed actor’s rep leaked the script’s first draft.

This is some serious Inside Hollywood stuff: yesterday the director told Deadline that he suspects an agent at the Creative Artists Agency of pilfering said script, which he only gave to six of the actors he’d planned to cast. He only realized what had happened when he began to get calls from agents looking to cast their own clients in what would have been called The Hateful Eight.

Tarantino used the incident to cast some more negative light on agents in general, saying:

“I don’t know how these f*cking agents work, but I’m not making this next…I’ve got 10 more where that came from.”

CAA claims that Tarantino may have created the problem on his own by distributing copies of the script without a watermark, though we can see why he would have trusted actors he’d worked with in the past and we hope some unnamed sources will pop out of the woodwork to make a little more sense of this strangeness.

The story does, in part, answer one of our longstanding questions about the inner workings of the movie biz: who reads all those scripts? Because we know the actors don’t do it.

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Oscar Voters Don’t Care for PR Pros or Their Swag Bags

The fact that Crash, The English Patient and Forrest Gump beat Brokeback Mountain, Fargo and Pulp Fiction for Best Picture should be evidence enough to convince anyone that the Oscars are all about industry politics and aggressive PR/marketing campaigns. But this week’s interview with a nameless senior Academy Awards voter (you know, one of the guys who actually picks the winners) in The Hollywood Reporter confirms everything you thought you knew. Here are his revealing, highly opinionated thoughts on various topics:

On PR pros and swag bags:

“I’ve gotten books, cookbooks and just about everything short of Lincoln condoms. It’s ridiculous”.

We assume it was a Beasts of the Southern Wild cookbook containing nothing but gumbo recipes.

On Best Original Song:

“This is no-brainer city: If ‘Skyfall’ does not win I will fillet my next-door neighbor’s dog.”

We like Adele; we also like dogs. We’re conflicted.

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Weinstein, Toy Company Recall Django Unchained Slave Action Figures

"Django Unchained" action figures Here’s a controversy that isn’t quite as blatant and ridiculous as the one surrounding Anthropologie‘s super-racist candlestick but still serves as an interesting case study in badly planned promotional campaigns.

The National Entertainment Collectibles Assocation (NECA), a company that makes toy lines based on film properties, recently decided to pull a line of action figures based on Quentin Tarantino‘s current spaghetti western/slave revolt blockbuster Django Unchained. Why? Because most of the black characters are slaves–and some of the white ones are slave masters. This didn’t sit so well with some.

We haven’t seen the movie and we don’t want to get into the debate over the film’s very liberal use of “the n-word”, but we are a little baffled by the very concept of toy lines from a Tarantino film (though we wouldn’t mind having a little 7-inch version of Tim Roth’s Reservoir Dogs character on our desk).

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