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Pulp Fiction

One thing you'll always hear about Tarantino films is that they're just cool. But what makes them so cool? A new video essay from Press Play gets to the bottom of the mystery.

Also, Nic Cage is "Left Behind" and Michael Jackson is "Bad" in today's Dailies!


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Han Greedo

Since tonight's presidential debate will undoubtedly end in frustration, with both camps calling the race for their own team, let's instead reflect on the everyday arguments we have about the movies we love. While they too will never have definitive conclusions or clear victors, at the very least they can remain fun throughout.

So in honor of the debates (which you should, in all seriousness, watch), these are five of the most argued film debates of all time.

Who shot first, Han or Greedo?
This is less of a debate and more of a decades-long insistence that George Lucas sucks. The creator of the holy trilogy and that other unholy trilogy maintains that the confusion of the cantina only makes it appear that Han Solo shoots the bounty hunter Greedo in cold blood. Han, a professional criminal, would never simply kill the man sent to bring him to Jabba, according to Lucas, so the director cleared all of that up in the special edition, making it clear that Greedo shot first. This has never pleased fans, and the war rages on.


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Breaking Bad

It was only a matter of time before sometime tried to recreate the Rian Johnson-directed episode of "Breaking Bad"—well, maybe not a matter of time, but we're definitely glad someone did.

Also, remembering Andrew Sarris, and Gary Oldman is angry in today's Dailies!


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Jules Llama

Jules from "Pulp Fiction" had a look that was all his own until this unoriginal llama came along and stole it. We can't imagine Jules would be too pleased if he finds this llama while walking the earth.

Also, learn the secret behind David in "Prometheus," and Walter White says when we're done in today's Dailies!


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"Say 'what' again. I dare you!"

Never has a one-worded question — "What?" — yielded more devastating results than in this classic scene from "Pulp Fiction." The Quentin Tarantino masterpiece arrives on Blu-ray next Tuesday (October 4), but before that, take some time to revisit that oh-so classic "What?," a moment that lives in infamy not just in the minds of cinephiles everywhere, but also in Samuel L. Jackson's very own ring tone.

You'll see what I mean when you watch this exclusive "Pulp Fiction" featurette, a behind-the-scenes interview with Jackson that will not be featured on the Blu-ray. This is your only chance to hear the glorious sound of SLJ's cell phone!

Warning: the following clip is NSFW due to explicit language. Proceed with caution!

(And for whatever it's worth, yes, they do speak English in "What?.")

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When Chelsea Handler and 50 Cent were spotted enjoying each others' company at a New Orleans jazz club this past weekend, rumors that the comedian and rapper-actor were dating came fast and furious. Just as fast (but not quite so furious) came Handler's denial via Twitter (naturally) that she and Fiddy were an item. "Everyone, calm down," she tweeted on Wednesday night. "I met with Mr. Cent about a potential project. There's nothing to report yet, I'll let you know if there is."

Honestly, we really don't care whether Handler and, um, Mr. Cent are dating -- if they are, more power to 'em -- but the idea of them teaming up for a "potential project" is utterly fascinating. Could it be a music video? A duet? Or -- and please let this be the case -- a movie? If it is a movie, would it be a comedy, drama, romance, actioner or... erotic thriller? Whatever the case, we've got a few ideas for movie remakes -- from "Batman & Robin" (seriously, they'd be awesome as the dynamic duo) to "Pulp Fiction" (can't you just see Handler playing an assassin who gets killed while on the toilet?) -- that would suit the two of them just smashingly.

Click on the photo below for a gallery of our picks, then hit the comments to share your own!

Chelsea Handler and 50 Cent in Pulp Fiction

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Sally Menke and Quentin TarantinoIt's a sad day in Hollywood, especially for Quentin Tarantino fans.

Sally Menke, a film editor known for working with the fan-favorite director on all of his movies, was found dead along a Los Angeles hiking trail on Tuesday, the L.A. Coroner's Office has confirmed to CNN.

Menke, 56, had gone hiking with a friend on Monday, when the thermometer hit a scalding 113 degrees, making it the hottest day on record for Los Angeles since the National Weather Service started keeping tabs 133 years ago. Read More...

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Quentin TarantinoAlthough the two years since “Death Proof” is quite short by his usual between-project timeframes, Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film might be his most comprehensive, well thought out storyline yet. So says Samm Levine and Omar Doom, two of the “Inglourious Basterds” actors in the World War II flick, which hits theaters on August 21.

“It’s a great movie,” Levine said of the Brad Pitt/Mike Myers/Eli Roth-led Nazi-hunting not-a-remake, which he estimated got “at least” a ten minute ovation at the Cannes Film Festival. “You really can’t say much more other than that.” Read More...

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Eli RothFor my money, the best director out there right now is Quentin Tarantino. And for exactly that reason, the number one most-anticipated film for me in 2009 has always been “Inglourious Basterds.” When I caught up with leading man/director/Tarantino bud Eli Roth, he clued me in on some secret “winks” for the fans of “Reservoir Dogs,” “Pulp Fiction” and the rest – and naturally, now I’m just even more stoked.

“We have the ‘40’s version of Red Apple cigarettes,” Roth revealed, making reference to the fictional cancer sticks smoked by characters in Tarantino’s films. “Quentin had all of his products transported back in time.” Read More...

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Samuel L. Jackson"Pulp Fiction" shot him to superstardom, he had a hilarious-but-intense role in "Jackie Brown," and eagle-eyed fans might have even noticed Samuel J. Jackson behind the piano in a brief "Kill Bill" cameo. So now that Quentin Tarantino has his much-hyped script for "Inglorious Bastards" completed, and half the world has seemingly read it, will he be playing the role of African-American role?

"I called him to find out if I had to learn French or not!" Jackson laughed when we asked him this week, insisting that he'd love to reteam with QT once again. "Because the only black person in the script spoke French." Read More...

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