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Ten films and I’m out, says Tarantino

Director Quentin Tarantino says he plans to retire after completing his 10th film, because he likes the idea of leaving audiences "wanting a bit more".

He told an audience at an event at the American Film Market in Santa Monica to promote his forthcoming film, the western The Hateful Eight: "I don't believe you should stay onstage until people are begging you to get off.

"I've got two more to go after this. I like that I will leave a 10-film filmography. It's not etched in stone, but that is the plan.”

Tarantino, 51, said directing was "a young man's game" and that he intended to spend the remainder of his career "writing plays and books".

But his comments drew light-hearted mockery from his fellow panellists, who included his regular collaborator Samuel L Jackson.

"What's Quentin going to do with himself if he's not doing this?" said Jackson, who stars in The Hateful Eight and worked with Tarantino on Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Django Unchained and Inglourious Basterds

Tarantino announced in January that he was putting The Hateful Eight on hold after its script was leaked online, but he reversed his decision later in the year, saying the film – about a group of outlaws left stranded by a blizzard – would be made after all.

Hunger Games tops box office

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 was the runaway winner on both sides of the Atlantic over its opening weekend of November 21-23, taking an amazing £12.6 million in the UK and $121.9 million in the US. Here The Imitation Game was at No 2, with last week’s top film Interstellar dropping to No 3. Nativity 3: Dude, Where's My Donkey?! was at 4 and Mr Turner at 5. Other new releases in the Top 15 were What We Do in the Shadows, Get on Up and My Old Lady at 12, 13 and 14.

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Godfather’s mansion up for sale

The house used as the exterior for Vito Corleone’s sprawling Long Island estate in The Godfather is up for sale for just under $3 million (£1.8 million). Actually located on Staten Island in New York, the five bedroom, seven bathroom home, built in 1930 in the English Tudor style, was selected after location scouts failed to anywhere on Long Island itself suitable to depict the Godfather’s mansion.

Leviathan triumphs at LFF

Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan, the tragic tale of conflict between a man and a corrupt system in a Russian town, won Best Film at the 58th BFI London Film Festival.Sameena Jabeen Ahmed won the Best British Newcomer award for her role in Catch Me Daddy.

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