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Inglourious Basterds: Tarantino’s First Alternate History

Mark Harrison Aug 13, 2019

Inglourious Basterds was Quentin Tarantino's first slice of alternate history in which cinema takes revenge on the Nazis.

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

This feature contains major spoilers for Inglourious Basterds from the very start.

As a filmmaker, Quentin Tarantino is given to making splashy and subversive films. Right through his new film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, he tends to show us the kind of genre movie he grew up watching before turning it upside down and seeing what comes out. Ten years after it was originally released, his Oscar-winning World War II movie Inglourious Basterds may still represent the greatest product of his filmmaking whims.

The marriage of his sensibilities and the historical arena of WW2 Europe rankled (and continues to rankle with) his critics, but his painstakingly developed men-on-a-mission movie blooms into a truly audacious series of vignettes, which
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‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Actress Julia Butters on Working With Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt

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‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Actress Julia Butters on Working With Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt
Julia Butters was just 4 when she made her acting debut on an episode of “Criminal Minds.” Six years later, the 10-year-old star of ABC’s “American Housewife” makes the leap to the big screen in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood.” And what a leap it is. Julia appears in the film in just one scene as a child actor working on a Western with Leonardo DiCaprio’s character, the fading Hollywood star Rick Dalton. She steals the scene as she proceeds to give Rick an impromptu acting class to help him work though his insecurities. Julia says she didn’t know who DiCaprio was before landing the role. “I thought he was a musician,” she jokes. However, the name of DiCaprio’s co-star Brad Pitt did ring a bell.

Did you know who Brad Pitt was?

I just knew him as a “handsome guy,” like when women say,
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Will Ferrell movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Will Ferrell movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Happy 52nd birthday to the funny and talented Will Ferrell on July 16, 2019! After getting his comedy start with The Groundlings, Ferrell was hired as a performer on “Saturday Night Live,” a job he held from 1995-2002, and he has returned to host the show himself four times. From there, Hollywood beckoned. Beginning with supporting cast work in such films as 2003’s “Old School” and 2005’s “The Producers,” Ferrell soon graduated to comic leading man status and such successes as “Anchorman” and “Talladega Nights.”

Ferrell’s comic chops (plus his occasional forays into drama) have brought the actor two Golden Globe nominations for “The Producers” and 2006’s “Stranger Than Fiction.” For Farrell’s television work, he earned Emmy nominations for his performances on “Saturday Night Live” and as a producer on the Emmy-nominated Comedy Central series “Drunk History.” In addition, Farrell earned a nomination for Broadway’s Tony Award for his
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Will Ferrell movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Elf,’ ‘Anchorman,’ ‘Talladega Nights’

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Will Ferrell movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Elf,’ ‘Anchorman,’ ‘Talladega Nights’
Happy 52nd birthday to the funny and talented Will Ferrell on July 16, 2019! After getting his comedy start with The Groundlings, Ferrell was hired as a performer on “Saturday Night Live,” a job he held from 1995-2002, and he has returned to host the show himself four times. From there, Hollywood beckoned. Beginning with supporting cast work in such films as 2003’s “Old School” and 2005’s “The Producers,” Ferrell soon graduated to comic leading man status and such successes as “Anchorman” and “Talladega Nights.”

SEEAn Emmy at last for Will Ferrell? The ‘SNL’ alum has two chances to finally win in daytime for ‘Cord and Tish’

Ferrell’s comic chops (plus his occasional forays into drama) have brought the actor two Golden Globe nominations for “The Producers” and 2006’s “Stranger Than Fiction.” For Farrell’s television work, he earned Emmy nominations for his performances on “Saturday Night Live” and as a
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10 Movies To Watch If You're A Mel Brooks Fan

Few people have had an impact on comedy even half as big as Mel Brooks. The man's quick wit and fearlessness in irreverently tackling serious subject matters proved to future generations that anything is funny if one looks at it in the right way. On paper, a comedy featuring a song called "Springtime For Hitler" sounds like a recipe for trouble. But not only did The Producers please audiences, it also earned Brooks an Academy Award for best original screenplay, beating out Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick for 2001: A Space Odyssey.

After that debut film and his sophomore effort, The Twelve Chairs, his output mostly turned to genre parodies. Blazing Saddles lambasted westerns, High Anxiety did Hitchcock, Spaceballs poked fun at Star Wars, and the list goes on and on.

If one is looking for something else to watch after viewing his filmography, we're here to help. The
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10 Mel Brooks Jokes Modern Audiences Wouldn't Understand

Without Mel Brooks, comedy simply wouldn't be the same. His works turned low-brow humor and vulgarity into sophisticated art. From the early years growing up in Brooklyn, Mel always had a knack for making people laugh. He also had a penchant for music, having worked as a drummer in his teens. After serving in the Us army disarming landmines during World War II, he took on comedy full time, working in clubs and an occasional radio stint before becoming a writer on Your Show of Shows. Then, he created the slapstick spy comedy series Get Smart.

It wasn't long after that when he wrote and directed The Producers, a comedy about two men trying to get rich from creating the worst, most offensive Broadway musical ever made. It was a bold, daring, and risky form of comedy, but audiences embraced it and Brooks even won an academy award for Best Original Screenplay.
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Mel Brooks movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Young Frankenstein,’ ‘Blazing Saddles,’ ‘The Producers’

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Mel Brooks movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Young Frankenstein,’ ‘Blazing Saddles,’ ‘The Producers’
Mel Brooks celebrates his 93rd birthday on June 28, 2019. One of only 15 people to win the Egot, the legendary funnyman has excelled on the big screen, the stage and television. But it’s his movies that have made him a household name. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 12 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

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Born in 1926 in Brooklyn, New York, Brooks got his start as a writer for Sid Caesar on “Your Show of Shows,” working alongside Carl Reiner, Neil Simon, Danny Simon and Mel Tolkin. He then moved onto “Caesar’s Hour,” which added Woody Allen and Larry Gelbart to the writing team. The show brought Brooks three consecutive Emmy nominations (1956-1958), and he won his first prize for co-writing the 1967 reunion special. In 1965, he co-created the spy comedy “Get Smart” with Buck Henry, which brought him
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Mel Brooks movies: 12 greatest films ranked worst to best

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Mel Brooks movies: 12 greatest films ranked worst to best
Mel Brooks celebrates his 93rd birthday on June 28, 2019. One of only 15 people to win the Egot, the legendary funnyman has excelled on the big screen, the stage and television. But it’s his movies that have made him a household name. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 12 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1926 in Brooklyn, New York, Brooks got his start as a writer for Sid Caesar on “Your Show of Shows,” working alongside Carl Reiner, Neil Simon, Danny Simon and Mel Tolkin. He then moved onto “Caesar’s Hour,” which added Woody Allen and Larry Gelbart to the writing team. The show brought Brooks three consecutive Emmy nominations (1956-1958), and he won his first prize for co-writing the 1967 reunion special. In 1965, he co-created the spy comedy “Get Smart” with Buck Henry, which brought him another Emmy bid for writing
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Gene Wilder movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Young Frankenstein,’ ‘Blazing Saddles,’ ‘The Producers’

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Gene Wilder movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Young Frankenstein,’ ‘Blazing Saddles,’ ‘The Producers’
I rarely have the opportunity to call any actor sweet, but I think that term certainly applies to the beloved Gene Wilder, who passed away in 2016. He would have celebrated his 86th birthday on June 11, 2019. It’s remarkable how a gentle man like Wilder survived and prospered in the cut-throat world of film acting but survive he did in an esteemed film career that lasted nearly four decades.

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Wilder was one of those rare actors nominated at the Academy Awards for both acting (Best Supporting Actor for 1967’s “The Producers”) and writing. Wilder was also nominated for two Best Actor Golden Globe Awards (for 1971’s “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and 1976’s “Silver Streak”) and won an Emmy in his final on-screen work in 2003 for his guest performance on “Will and Grace.”

So let’s raise a glass
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Gene Wilder movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Gene Wilder movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best
I rarely have the opportunity to call any actor sweet, but I think that term certainly applies to the beloved Gene Wilder, who passed away in 2016. He would have celebrated his 86th birthday on June 11, 2019. It’s remarkable how a gentle man like Wilder survived and prospered in the cut-throat world of film acting but survive he did in an esteemed film career that lasted nearly four decades.

Wilder was one of those rare actors nominated at the Academy Awards for both acting (Best Supporting Actor for 1967’s “The Producers”) and writing. Wilder was also nominated for two Best Actor Golden Globe Awards (for 1971’s “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and 1976’s “Silver Streak”) and won an Emmy in his final on-screen work in 2003 for his guest performance on “Will and Grace.”

So let’s raise a glass of something wild to toast and remember the great Wilder. Tour
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2019 Tony Awards: 24 records, milestones and fun facts about this year’s winners

Out of all the winners (and losers) in the 26 competitive categories at the 2019 Tony Awards, 24 stand out as particularly noteworthy when considered in the context of history. So what were this year’s most interesting facts, records and milestones? Check out the complete list of winners here.

Rob Howell is the first person to have won multiple design awards in the same night since Bob Crowley back in 2007. That year Crowley won Best Scenic Design of a Play (with Scott Pask) for “The Coast of Utopia” and Best Scenic Design of a Musical for “Mary Poppins.” This year Howell won Best Costume Design of a Play and Best Scenic Design of a Play, both for “The Ferryman.”

Bob Mackie (“The Cher Show”) is the first person to win Best Costume Design in a Musical for a show that wasn’t nominated for Best Musical or Best Musical Revival since Tim Chappel
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‘Tootsie’ Composer David Yazbek Reveals His Lyrical and Musical Inspirations

“You know, I never thought I’d be doing this,” composer David Yazbek admits. “The fact that I’ve been translating cinematic works to the stage has just been a coincidence. … I’m still surprised. I used to feel like an outsider, like a recording artist who has a day job, but now this has become the number one thing I do.”

It’s been nearly 20 years since Yazbek wrote his first musical score. The adaptation of The Full Monty became a hit musical comedy, and he was nominated for
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Mel Brooks Coming To In Residence On Broadway

Live Nation, The Araca Group and Ebg (Entertainment Benefits Group) are pleased to announce that iconic Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award winner Mel Brooks will take the stage on June 17 and 18 as part of the recently announced In Residence on Broadway series at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street).

Blazing Saddles. Young Frankenstein. The Producers. Mel Brooks has created some of the most iconic comedies in film history, and he is returning to the New York stage for an exclusive two-night engagement. The actor, writer, director, and producer stars in a hilarious unscripted show combining off-the-cuff comedy, unbelievable personal stories, and film clips from some of his most memorable work in Mel Brooks On Broadway. Mel Brooks On Broadway will be a very special evening of unforgettable tales and non-stop laughter.

Mel Brooks, director, producer, writer and actor, is in an elite group as one of the few entertainers
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How ‘Mamma Mia!’ Has Remained a Money-Maker for 20 Years

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“Mamma Mia!” is still going strong 20 years after its April 6, 1999, debut at London’s Prince Edward Theatre. The longevity is a testament to the band Abba and to the persistence of producer Judy Craymer, director Phyllida Lloyd and writer Catherine Johnson. The stage musical opened with low expectations; in 1983, another tribute to the Swedish quartet, named “Abbacadabra,” closed eight weeks after its debut. Plus, “Mamma Mia!” had been in workshops for 18 months, with Johnson the third writer on the project (she did seven drafts). Eight months after the debut, Variety reported that the show was “a financial gusher,” making back its £3 million ($4.8 million) cost in 27 weeks, and boasting an advance of nearly $13 million. The stage musical has earned an estimated $2 billion, and that’s not counting income from the two films. When it opened, Lloyd said: “We hope to create pure pleasure. We’re not splitting the atom.”

That sense
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‘Better Things’: Double Jeopardy

‘Better Things’: Double Jeopardy
A review of “What Is Jeopardy?,” this week’s Better Things, coming up just as soon as I sing our old camp anthem…

Some major circle of life stuff goes down throughout “What Is Jeopardy?” Duke takes a major step on the path to womanhood when she has her first period. Phil takes the first step to leaving independent adulthood by surrendering her car keys to Marion in the wake of hitting Duke with the car. And Sam? Well, Sam’s in the middle of those two chronological/biological extremes,
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Jason Alexander To Star In ‘Richard Lovely’ Fox Comedy Pilot

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Fox’s Richard Lovely has found its Mr. Mouse. Seinfeld alum Jason Alexander has been tapped to voice the animated character at the center of the comedy pilot from Grace and Frankie executive producer Billy Finnegan and 20th Century Fox TV.

Written and executive produced by Finnegan, Richard Lovely — which has an About a Boy vibe — is about the title character, played by Thomas Lennon, the disgruntled author of the best-selling Mr. Mouse children’s book series. He doesn’t hate children, but rather just everything about them. After a publicity fiasco involving an unexpectedly savvy 9-year-old kid, Mr. Mouse (Alexander) appears in Richard’s real life as he is forced into an unlikely father/son relationship that will change his life forever.

The series regular cast also includes Wendie Malick, Nicole Sun, Asif Ali, Nicole Richie, Mason Schneiderman, Kai Cech and Thom Nemer.

Alexander is best known for his
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Video: Extended Scenes From Marie, Dancing Still at the 5th Avenue Theatre

BroadwayWorld has an extended first look at The 5th Avenue Theatre'sin Marie A New Musical. Tony Award-winning authors Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty Ragtime, Once On This Island, five-time Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman The Producers, Contact, and acclaimed New York City Ballet principal dancer Tiler Peck invite you backstage into 19th-century Paris, where glittering opulence hobnobbed with underworld dangers.
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Video: Get A First Look At Marie, Dancing Still at the 5th Avenue Theatre

BroadwayWorld has a first look at The 5th Avenue Theatre'sin Marie A New Musical. Tony Award-winning authors Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty Ragtime, Once On This Island, five-time Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman The Producers, Contact, and acclaimed New York City Ballet principal dancer Tiler Peck invite you backstage into 19th-century Paris, where glittering opulence hobnobbed with underworld dangers.
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Matthew Broderick movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,’ ‘Glory,’ ‘Election’

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Matthew Broderick movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,’ ‘Glory,’ ‘Election’
Happy 57th birthday to Matthew Broderick on March 21, 2019! A true star of stage, screen and television, Broderick first came to moviegoers’ attention 36 years ago in the thriller “WarGames” and since then has triumphed in comedies, dramas and musicals both on stage and in film. Add to that his 22 year marriage to Sarah Jessica Parker, and there’s a lot for him to celebrate.

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For his stage work, Broderick has won two Tony Awards (as Best Featured Actor for 1983’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and as Best Actor for the 1995 revival of the musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”), as well as an additional Best Actor nom for 2001’s “The Producers” for a performance that he brought to the screen in the 2005 film. In 1993, he was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy for his supporting performance
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Matthew Broderick movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Matthew Broderick movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Happy 57th birthday to Matthew Broderick on March 21, 2019! A true star of stage, screen and television, Broderick first came to moviegoers’ attention 36 years ago in the thriller “WarGames” and since then has triumphed in comedies, dramas and musicals both on stage and in film. Add to that his 22 year marriage to Sarah Jessica Parker, and there’s a lot for him to celebrate.

For his stage work, Broderick has won two Tony Awards (as Best Featured Actor for 1983’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and as Best Actor for the 1995 revival of the musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”), as well as an additional Best Actor nom for 2001’s “The Producers” for a performance that he brought to the screen in the 2005 film. In 1993, he was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy for his supporting performance in “A Life in the Theatre.” And for his film work, Broderick earned
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