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London film critics to honor Tarantino

London film critics to honor Tarantino

LONDON, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- The London Film Critics' Circle says it plans to present Hollywood filmmaker Quentin Tarantino with its highest honor at a ceremony in February.
Tarantino hints at third 'Kill Bill'

Tarantino hints at third 'Kill Bill'

ROME, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino says he is working on a third installment of his blood-soaked "Kill Bill" movie series, starring Uma Thurman.
'Basterds' is Tarantino's top grosser

'Basterds' is Tarantino's top grosser

NEW YORK, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" has surpassed "Pulp Fiction" to become the U.S. filmmaker's highest grossing film, The Weinstein Co. said.
'Basterds' preview set for 'Burn' finale

'Basterds' preview set for 'Burn' finale

NEW YORK, July 31 (UPI) -- USA Network says it will air a 60-second, extended sneak peek at Quentin Tarantino's new film "Inglourious Basterds" during the "Burn Notice" Season 3 finale.
Tarantino calls Cannes cinematic Olympics

Tarantino calls Cannes cinematic Olympics

CANNES, France, May 22 (UPI) -- U.S. writer-director Quentin Tarantino describes the Cannes Film Festival, where his new war movie "Inglourious Basterds" debuted, as the "cinematic Olympics."
Stars descending on Cannes for film fest

Stars descending on Cannes for film fest

CANNES, France, May 14 (UPI) -- Brad Pitt, Quentin Tarantino, Penelope Cruz and Johnny Depp are among stars expected to promote their latest movies at the Cannes film festival, the BBC said.
Rep: Diane Kruger didn't have a nose job

Rep: Diane Kruger didn't have a nose job

NEW YORK, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Diane Kruger's publicist says the German-born star of "Troy" and "National Treasure" didn't have a nose job, contrary to a report speculating she may have.
Critic: 'Basterds' boasts buckets of blood

Critic: 'Basterds' boasts buckets of blood

NEW YORK, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- A film critic who visited the set of Quentin Tarantino's movie, "Inglourious Basterds," says it has a higher Nazi body count than "The Dirty Dozen."
'Inglourious Basterds' to open next summer

'Inglourious Basterds' to open next summer

NEW YORK, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- The Weinstein Co. and Universal Pictures said Wednesday the U.S. release date for Quentin Tarantino's World War II epic "Inglourious Basterds" has been set.
Tarantino begins 'Inglourious' shoot

Tarantino begins 'Inglourious' shoot

NEW YORK, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Writer-director Quentin Tarantino has begun principal photography on his World War II picture "Inglourious Basterds" in Germany, The Weinstein Co. said.

Pitt joins Tarantino in Germany for film

BERLIN, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Brad Pitt and director Quentin Tarantino are teaming up in Germany to film the drama "Inglourious Basterds," People magazine says.
Kruger says she has role in 'Basterds'

Kruger says she has role in 'Basterds'

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- German actress Diane Kruger says she has landed a role in Quentin Tarantino's new World War II picture "Inglourious Basterds."
Mike Myers signs up for 'Basterds' role

Mike Myers signs up for 'Basterds' role

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Canadian-born actor-comedian Mike Myers has joined the cast of Quentin Tarantino's World War II picture "Inglourious Basterds."
Brad Pitt signs up for 'Basterds' role

Brad Pitt signs up for 'Basterds' role

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor Brad Pitt reportedly has signed on to star in Quentin Tarantino's new World War II picture "Inglourious Basterds."
'Office' star in talks for 'Basterds' role

'Office' star in talks for 'Basterds' role

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- B.J. Novak, who plays temp-turned-executive Ryan on the U.S. version of the U.K. sit-com "The Office," reportedly is up for a role in "Inglourious Basterds."
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American director Quentin Tarantino attends the premiere of "Inglorious Basterds" at Odeon, Leicester Square in London on July 23, 2009. (UPI Photo/Rune Hellestad)
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Quentin Jerome Tarantino (pronunciation: /ˌtærənˈtiːnoʊ/; born March 27, 1963) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer and occasional actor. In the early 1990s, he began his career as an independent filmmaker with films employing nonlinear storylines and the aestheticization of violence. His films include Reservoir Dogs (1992), Pulp Fiction (1994), Jackie Brown (1997), Kill Bill (2003, 2004), Death Proof (2007), Inglourious Basterds (2009), and the upcoming feature Django Unchained (2012). He has earned an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA and the Palme d'Or, as well as Emmy and Grammy nominations.

Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, the son of Tony Tarantino, an actor and amateur musician who was born in Queens, New York, and Connie McHugh, a nurse. Tarantino's father is Italian and his mother is of Irish and Cherokee ancestry. He was raised by his mother, as his parents separated before his birth. When he was two years old, he moved to Torrance, California and later to the Harbor City neighborhood where he went to Fleming Junior High School in Lomita and took drama classes. He attended Narbonne High School in Harbor City for his freshman year before dropping out of school at age 15, to attend an acting class full time at the James Best Theater Company in Toluca Lake.

At age 22 he worked at the Video Archives, a now-defunct video rental store in Manhattan Beach where he and fellow movie enthusiasts, including Roger Avary, discussed cinema and customer video recommendations at length. He paid close attention to the types of films people liked to rent and has cited that experience as inspiration for his directorial career. Tarantino has been quoted as saying, "When people ask me if I went to film school I tell them, 'no, I went to films.'"

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