Working with Quentin Tarantino = Ten-inch hypodermic needle plunged through your breastplate. But in a nice way, or so says the "CSI" cast, smiling for the cameras at MSNBC. Tarantino apparently loves the show and watched it on "the Adrenaline Channel" in Beijing while filming "Kill Bill," and the shows producers, hearing he was a fan, gave him a call. Tarantino’s made noise about wanting a TV show of his very own. On a side note, "Sin City" has apparently taught us that violence in black and white doesn’t count, as he mentions one scene in the finale "so gory I think we are going to have to show it in black and white. But it’s a hallucination sequence, so it will work kind of well like that."
Also stepping further into television — Jerry Bruckheimer, who will be producing four new series this season, which, alongside his six returning ones, puts him in a position to break (say it ain’t so!) the great Aaron Spelling‘s record. The Hollywood Reporter has a good look at how someone who made his name making big, dumb movies has done so well with big, dumb TV shows. Oh, we kid. We watch "CSI" reruns, like, every day, often as we’re drinking our dinner.
Also in HR, John Woo gets ready to lead the charge of filmmakers into the more reliably profitable world of video games, as he plans to direct "Stranglehold," a next-generation action game.
So doesn’t anyone want to make movies anymore? Why, yes…
Artist brothers Jake and Dinos Chapman will direct a feature-length horror movie for FilmFour in the UK. In the Guardian, they discuss how they’re not the first of the Young British Artists to make a movie — Dinos says "I never saw Tracey [Emin]‘s film ["Top Spot"] but I’m sure it’s rubbish. I’d put money on it. There are two of us so I suppose there’s a 50% extra chance of making a good film."
Elsewhere: Salon has a talk with Rachel DeWoskin, the author of the rather amazing sounding "Foreign Babes in Beijing," who went from working at a US PR firm in Beijing to starring in one of China’s most popular soap operas, about two American exchange students (one good, and the other, played by DeWoskin, an evil, selfish homewrecker) and their love lives. And the New York Times has a brief look at a, um, new variant of an American dream — girl moves to Hollywood, becomes powerful and feared studio marketing head, is "discovered" by casting agent.
+ Quentin Tarantino digs directing ‘CSI’ (MSNBC)
+ Bruckheimer to field a record 10 series (HR)
+ Woo putting ‘Stranglehold’ on vid games (HR)
+ Chapman brothers plan fresh horror (Guardian)
+ China girl (Salon)
+ She’d Rather Flack (NY Times)