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Filmmakers in the news: Del Toro poised for an Oscar and Tarantino under fire




Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
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Movie directors made headlines this weekend, and they weren't all positive.

While Guillermo del Toro's big win at the Directors Guild of America Awards made him the frontrunner for the Oscars directing award, Quentin Tarantino had a less pleasant weekend.

In a long-awaited interview with the New York Times, Uma Thurman describes enduring multiple sexual assaults by Harvey Weinstein, and also details her long professional relationship with Tarantino.

She described the director’s insistence on the actress, not a stunt double, driving at high speeds for a scene in “Kill Bill,” despite knowing the car was faulty. The result was a terrifying accident that Thurman says left her with long-term injuries.

Miramax — which produced the film under Weinstein's leadership — and Tarantino initially refused to release the footage of the accident to Thurman unless she signed away her right to sue. Fifteen years later, they shared the video with Thurman, who made it public in the New York Times story.

 

One day after The New York Times story was published, Thurman published a post on Instagram saying though the "circumstances of the event were negligible to point of criminality ... I do not believe thought with malicious intent. Quentin Tarantino was deeply regretful and remains remorseful about this sorry event."

https://www.instagram.com/p/Be0x6OCFRwQ/

The Frame's John Horn spoke with Kyle Buchanan, senior editor at Vulture, to discuss Thurman's allegations and what this means for Tarantino’s next project:

This seems way beyond the pale. This is not a director creating a safe space for his actors. This is a director taking advantage of his ability to get away with anything and the power dynamic on set in a very bizarre, extremely concerning fashion. I think it's in keeping with everything we've been talking about when it comes to abuses of power.

Tarantino is right now casting a Charles Manson-related drama and I don't know how the actors — especially the actresses, including Margot Robbie who he's supposedly wooing to play Sharon Tate— are going to feel about signing on for a project like this. Or, for that matter, how Sony will feel about the fact that they're dumping $100 million into the budget for this movie. When these people embark on a publicity tour for the film, is there any way they won't be talking about this awful situation non-stop?



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