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Award season updates, Tarantino’s book project, and more: Here’s what you missed in the news this week

And what a week it was.


Quentin Tarantino is apparently writing a book

One nugget stood out in Martin Scorcese’s interview with Quentin Tarantino in the Directors Guild of America’s DGA Quarterly fall issue: He’s apparently working on a book. 

Here’s an excerpt from the issue:

QT: Right now, I’m working on a book. And I’ve got this character who had been in World War II and he saw a lot of bloodshed there. And now he’s back home, and it’s like the ’50s, and he doesn’t respond to movies anymore. He finds them juvenile after everything that he’s been through. As far as he’s concerned, Hollywood movies are movies. And so then, all of a sudden, he starts hearing about these foreign movies by Kurosawa and Fellini…

MS: Yeah, yeah, yeah.

QT: And so he’s like, “Well, maybe they might have something more than this phony Hollywood stuff.”

MS: Right.

QT: So he finds himself drawn to these things and some of them he likes and some of them he doesn’t like and some of them he doesn’t understand, but he knows he’s seeing something.

MS: Uh-huh.

QT: So now, I find myself having a wonderful opportunity of, in some cases, rewatching and, in some cases, watching for the first time movies I’ve heard about forever, but from my character’s perspective. So I’m enjoying watching them but I’m also [thinking], ‘How is he taking it? How is he looking at it?’ I always like to have a good excuse for just throwing down into a pit of cinema…

That’s all Tarantino shares about the book project, so it’s unclear how far along the filmmaker is in the writing process. 


A quarter of American adults haven’t read a book in the past year, survey reveals

Twenty-seven percent of American adults have not read a print, digital, or audio book in the past year, a Pew Research Center survey reveals. While the number is less than it was 10 years ago, it’s also up from 2011, in which 19 percent of U.S. adults revealed they had not read a book in any form in the past 12 months. 

Read the full results here.