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“QT8: The First Eight” To Open DTLA Film Festival

The DTLA Film Festival has selected QT8: Quentin Tarantino The First Eight, the documentary feature by Tara Wood, as the opening-night film for its 11th edition next month. The docu, which is having its world premiere the week before as a one-night-only screening via Fathom, will open DTLA on October 23 at Regal L.A. Live. The festival unveiled the news Tuesday along with its full slate of 38 feature-length movies.

QT8 focuses on the first 21 years of Tarantino’s career and includes interviews with frequent collaborators including Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Diane Kruger, Lucy Liu, Michael Madsen, Eli Roth, Tim Roth, Kurt Russell and Christoph Waltz. (Source)

Diane Reflects on the 10th Anniversary of “Inglourious Basterds”

In a recent conversation with The Hollywood Reporter, Diane reflected on the 10th anniversary of Quentin Tarantino’s sixth film, Inglourious Basterds, her memories from set and securing the coveted role.

It’s the 10th anniversary of Inglourious Basterds, and Universal marked the occasion with the release of a 10th Anniversary Blu-ray. As far as your downtime on set, what moments come to mind?
On Inglourious, I was always studying. Quentin was one of those directors who’s really precise about his writing. He would break a scene if you forgot or changed a word. I just remember always studying my lines in between setups. There’s kind of a melody — a very specific rhythm to his writing. I was always on; I don’t remember having downtime. I was never in my trailer just having a cup of coffee and waiting for them to be ready. I feel like I was always alert because he really demands that. He loves actors, and he loves his writing and characters so much that you never want to let him down.

What was the vibe like on set?
It’s not relaxed. (Laughs.) When he’s happy with a take or scene, it feels euphoric at times. He’s like a kid in a candy store. He gets so excited. I can only speak for myself, but I always felt tension. He sits right next to camera; he’s not removed in video village. So, he watches you like a hawk. He’s like a spectator. So, I always felt like I had to give 110 percent all the time. I would be really exhausted at night because you really felt like you worked your butt off.

You’ve said before that he didn’t want to audition you at first. How did you get into the audition room, ultimately?
Truly, I got into that room because he couldn’t find anyone. The actor that he had in mind didn’t work out. He auditioned every single actress in Germany that he thought was right for the part before he agreed to see me. That’s really how I got the job. (Laughs.)

Tarantino is known for providing his actors with a ton of backstory on their characters. Did he also provide you with plenty of information on Bridget von Hammersmark?
In his head, he had an entire movie that could have just been my character. How I got to be Bridget von Hammersmark…where I was from…how I became a movie star on that film…why she decided to become a spy. All these things that, as an actor, you usually make up for yourself, he just laid them out to me. He told me my story. I just thought that was so great, and I could feel how much he loved that character. He didn’t write a single line without thinking where Bridget came from. It just felt like a complete character — whether you see that on film or not. There was never a doubt in my performance or in my mind of where he was coming from and where my actions as Bridget were coming from.

“355” Receives 2021 Release Date

Universal Pictures has announced the release date for its spy thriller 355, starring Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Diane Kruger, Fan Bingbing and Penelope Cruz, for January 15, 2021.

Simon Kinberg is set to direct from a script he co-wrote with Theresa Rebeck. The movie follows a group of spies from international agencies around the world. These women must bond together, overcoming their suspicions and conflicts, to stop an event from occurring that could thrust the world into chaos. A new faction is formed – code-named “355,” a name they adopt from the first female spy in the American Revolution.

Sebastian Stan and Edgar Ramirez also co-star. (Source)

Diane Joins Cast of Spy Thriller “355”

Diane Kruger will co-star in Simon Kinberg’s spy thriller “355.” She is joining an all-star ensemble that includes Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Fan Bingbing, and Penelope Cruz.

Kinberg is set to direct from a script he co-wrote with Theresa Rebeck. The movie follows a group of spies from international agencies around the world. These women must bond together, overcoming their suspicions and conflicts, to use all their talents and training to stop an event from occurring that could thrust our teetering world into chaos. Along the way, these strangers and enemies become comrades and friends, and a new faction is formed – code-named “355” (a name they adopt from the first female spy in the American Revolution). Sebastian Stan and Edgar Ramirez also co-star.

“I’m so ecstatic to have an actress of her caliber to round out this extraordinary cast,” Kinberg said. (Source)

Quentin Tarantino Documentary ‘QT8: The First Eight’ Scores Sale

Wood Entertainment has completed sales for France, Germany, Turkey, Italy and Russia for QT8: The First Eight, a documentary that chronicles Quentin Tarantino’s first eight films.

The first buyers’ screening took place on Sunday at the Cannes Film Festival. Tarantino’s ninth film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, premiered at Cannes on Tuesday night.

Producer Tara Wood completed QT8: The First Eight after a protracted legal battle to regain the rights following a production deal with the Weinstein Company back in 2016. The screening in Cannes was the first time potential distributors saw the final cut of the film.

The documentary profiles Tarantino’s first eight movies through interviews with his casts, producers and industry friends, including Zoe Bell, Bruce Dern, Robert Forster, Jamie Foxx, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Diane Kruger, Lucy Liu, Michael Madsen, Eli Roth, Tim Roth, Kurt Russell and Christoph Waltz, plus producers Stacey Sher and Richard Gladstein, filmmaker Scott Spiegel, and film critic Louis Black. (Source)

Diane Once Dreamed of Being a Female Bond

Diane Kruger, who has played the role of a spy in The Operative, says she had a dream of playing female James Bond in films. In an interview to The I Paper, Kruger spoke about her upcoming film and her dream of being the first woman to portray 007 – who is currently played by Daniel Craig, reports

She said: “I always thought it must be so cool to be James Bond. But the realities of being a spy are closer to what we did. It’s cool, but I don’t dream about it anymore.”

The Operative follows a rogue spy from Israel’s feared national intelligence force Mossad, who vanishes while attending her father’s funeral.

Kruger also insisted that away from the cameras she is a very “introverted” person and it is her acting career that has forced her to be more “outgoing” to her benefit.

“I’m very introverted, in my real life, to a fault. I think I can appear cold or standoffish. I really have to force myself to be outgoing. Acting has, for me, been the opportunity to identity with someone else, be someone else,” she added.


Diane Talks Gun Violence Prevention

Kruger partners with Harper’s Bazaar and Prabal Gurung to advocate for gun violence prevention, human rights, and equality.

The actress, who stars in Welcome to Marwen, says she’s tired of waiting for elected officials to save the day. “They’re so terrified of the NRA that they worry more about their campaign finances than about kids dying in the street.” Now that she’s a mom, the issue has become even more personal: “I’m terrified that my daughter is growing up in a country where she’s not safe to go to school.” Partnering with Prabal Gurung for this shoot was an easy decision for her. “I’ve known Prabal a long time, and he’s always been a big advocate for gun control, human rights, and equality.”


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“The Operative” To World Premiere at Berlinale ’19

During a recent press release, it was announced that The Operative will have its World Premiere during Berlinale (Berlin Film Festival). Written and directed by Yuval Adler, The Operative stars Martin Freeman and Diane Kruger.

The Festival runs from February 7th through February 17th. For more information visit:

Diane Talks About Parenting and the Possibility of Marriage

Diane Kruger had her first child a little later in life — but she has no regrets.

The Welcome to Marwen actress, 42, opened up about parenthood in a cover story for the latest issue of Net-A-Porter‘s PORTER Edit, explaining that she didn’t really consider the idea until her mid-30s.

“I didn’t think I wanted children for a long time. I was too selfish,” says Kruger, who welcomed her first child, a daughter, with boyfriend Norman Reedus in the fall.

“But by the time I got to about 35, I thought, yes, I probably do want one. But then you have to wait for the right person to come along,” she recalls, adding elsewhere in the interview about becoming a mom, “I’m glad I waited.”

Kruger describes Reedus, 50, as “so calm” when it comes to parenting — attributing his skill set to the fact that The Walking Dead star was already a dad to 19-year-old son Mingus Lucien, his only child with ex Helena Christensen, before their baby girl arrived.

The pair, Kruger tells PORTER Edit, spent Christmas with Christensen and Mingus, who live in the same neighborhood as Kruger and Reedus. They also had plans to all celebrate Reedus’ 50th birthday together this month.

“He teaches me a lot [about parenting], because he’s done it before,” she praises her partner. “There’s definitely something to be said for being with someone who is doing it for the second time.”

Kruger has been married once before — to French director and actor Guillaume Canet, whom she split from in 2006 after five years of marriage — and says she would consider it again at this juncture in her life.

“Never say never,” says the National Treasure actress of tying the knot. “I would have a party. I’d like to wear a nice dress. But I’m not religious, so that aspect of marriage doesn’t mean anything to me.”

That being said, if Kruger marries again, it won’t have anything to do with money. “There’s obviously a financial security that comes with marriage, but I’m financially independent — I don’t need anyone for that,” she says


Diane Discusses “Welcome to Marwen” and Hollywood’s Endless Nazi Movies

Diane sat down with Vulture to discuss her latest film, Welcome to Marwen. During the conversation with Vulture, Diane discussed her favourite villains, being tired of being offered Nazi movies and the only joke she tells at parties, and how her bunnies punished her Barbie dolls.

I imagine life has to be interesting for a contemporary German actor when there is never a shortage of American movies about Nazis.
[Long sigh] I’ve been offered so many Nazi roles. You couldn’t believe. And I’ve never really wanted to do it. I’ll only do it if it’s more obtuse. Like with Marwen. Same with Inglourious Basterds. I never had any desire to be in that kind of movie to be honest, for obvious reasons, and I feel like it’s been done to death. How many movies do we need to see about that? That’s just my opinion. But watch, next year I’ll be in more Nazi movies, I’m sure.

Yes, dredging up a painful national history for work. There will likely be more movies about WWII and Nazis in the future, considering what’s happening here in the States. I think we’re sometimes afraid to make movies about contemporary Nazis because we don’t have a clear lens for interpreting them yet. And we’d have to own them as our own. Welcome to Marwen does that, though.
There have already been so many great movies done about that time in the past, though. What more do we need to say about that time?

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