On the roadshow

Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight prepares to go on tour.

by Anne-Katrin Titze

The Hateful Eight cast
The Hateful Eight cast Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Seven of The Hateful Eight joined Quentin Tarantino for a press conference in New York - Bruce Dern (General Sandy Smithers), Tim Roth (Oswaldo Mobray), Demian Bichir (Bob), Michael Madsen (Joe Gage), Kurt Russell (John Ruth), Jennifer Jason Leigh (Daisy Domergue) and Walton Goggins (Chris Mannix). Samuel L. Jackson (Major Marquis Warren) was absent.

Quentin Tarantino on The Coachman's hat: "The pompoms were my idea."
Quentin Tarantino on The Coachman's hat: "The pompoms were my idea."

During and after the press conference, I brought up Sam Shepard's God Of Hell to Roth and Bertolt Brecht's Pirate Jenny to Tarantino. Earlier, Quentin strolled by as I was getting coffee in the Waldorf Astoria Starlight Roof. He stopped to chat about his costume designer Courtney Hoffman, who was Christoph Waltz's personal costumer in Django Unchained. When I inquired about the mini-pompoms dangling from the brim of the coachman's hat, he beamed. "The pompoms were my idea," he said, adding that they were the only costume choice he came up with himself.

The fact that people are focusing on them of all things, he said, was really frustrating for his costume designer. I asked Quentin to tell her from me that the pompoms were actually nothing without the tinted glasses and he promised to do so. "It has something of The Iceman Cometh to it, doesn't it?" he concluded, before taking his coffee backstage to prepare for the conference with his stars.

From The Hateful Eight Special Roadshow Engagement Souvenir Program:-

Major Marquis Warren, aka The Bounty Hunter: "Bringing guilty men in alive is a good way to get yourself dead."

Bob, aka The Mexican: "Everybody's got a mother."

Joe Gage, aka The Cowpuncher: "A bastard's work is never done."

General Sandy Smithers, aka The Confederate: "According to the Yankees, it's a free country."

Daisy Domergue, aka The Prisoner: "You're gonna die on this mountain and I'm gonna laugh when you do!"

Oswaldo Mobray, aka The Little Man: "Justice delivered WITHOUT dispassion is always in danger of not being justice."

Chris Mannix, aka The Sheriff: "What my daddy fought for was dignity in defeat and against the unconditional surrender."

John Ruth, aka The Hangman: "I want us to work out a signal system of communication. Like when I elbow you real hard in the face, that means shut up."

Quentin Tarantino with Anne-Katrin Titze: "It has something of The Iceman Cometh to it, doesn't it?"
Quentin Tarantino with Anne-Katrin Titze: "It has something of The Iceman Cometh to it, doesn't it?" Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The Weinstein Company (TWC) will premiere in 70mm an exclusive 1-week roadshow engagement of The Hateful Eight in 100 theatres throughout North America on December 25, 2015. The film will open with a theatrical digital release nationwide on December 31, while continuing to be shown in 70mm as well in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, Washington DC, Houston, Detroit, Phoenix, Seattle, Tampa, Minneapolis, Denver, Miami, Cleveland, Orlando, Sacramento, St. Louis, Portland, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham, Baltimore, San Diego, Nashville, Kansas City, San Antonio, West Palm Beach, Birmingham, Las Vegas, Albuquerque, Oklahoma City, Austin, New Orleans, Providence, Knoxville, Santa Barbara, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. No release date for the UK has yet been announced.

Shot in Ultra Panavision 70 format, as was Paul Thomas Anderson’s unforgettable The Master, the film stock captures nearly twice the landscape of the more common 35mm and digital styles. The roadshow screenings will replicate the special event releases of such films as David Lean's Lawrence Of Arabia, Joseph L Mankiewicz, Rouben Mamoulian and Darryl F. Zanuck's Cleopatra, Ken Annakin's Battle Of The Bulge, Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments and William Wyler's Ben-Hur.

At the roadshow engagements a longer version of the film will be screened, including a musical overture at the start and an intermission between acts. Moviegoers will receive a special souvenir program at these showings.

Coming up, The Hateful Eight press conference highlights.

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