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We've apparently been at the wrong film festival for the last week; while Mike White teased LAFF attendees about School of Rock 2 and while three-quarters of the X-Files braintrust jerked around more than 500 fans with virtually no details about the new movie, Quentin Tarantino spent the weekend telling anyone in Provincetown who would listen about his developing World War II epic Inglorious Bastards. Anne Thompson notes today that the script is done — down from its original 12,000-page draft, we hear, to a more manageable 154 or so — and Tarantino preempted genre cynics in a missive to the BBC:

With Inglorious Bastards he will be making his first period film. But he said: "I don't want it to feel like a period film. I want it to feel current.

"I want it to feel right now. One of the things I have to battle against is 30 years of Nazi-occupation TV movies where we've all seen the big streets and the vintage cars and the Swastikas, and we've just seen that ad nauseum.

"This is a modern, in-your-face movie. This is not a TV movie period piece."

We'll wait and see how he works his beloved foot fetish into prison-camp ordeals and battallion warfare, but our primary hope is that Tarantino's self-imposed Cannes '09 deadline for Bastards' premiere falls within the statute of limitations for a smackdown from his old pal Spike Lee. Any combination of the two — e.g. "The trenches weren't no plantation, and the brothers weren't down there shrimping, neither" — would be an added bonus sent straight from feud heaven.

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