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Quentin Tarantino’s vision has radically influenced our collective imagery over the past 20 years,” he said. “Tarantino is a profoundly American yet very European filmmaker, because the relationship he has established with cinema and its history is as analytical as it is passionate.”

Mr. Tarantino and “Django” have a strong connection with Italy. The filmmaker is a self-proclaimed fan of the spaghetti Western genre, and the film was inspired by Sergio Corbucci’s 1966 classic “Django.” Franco Nero, the Roman actor who played the title role 46 years ago, has a small part in the new film. Mr. Tarantino and Mr. Mueller also have ties: Mr. Tarantino was the head of the international jury at Venice in 2010, when Mr. Mueller was artistic director there.

Actor Patrick Dempsey wants to save coffee house chain

Patrick Dempsey said he wants to rescue a coffee house chain and more than 500 jobs.

The “Grey’s Anatomy” star said Wednesday he’s leading a group attempting to buy Tully’s Coffee. The Seattle-based company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October.

Mr. Dempsey said he’s excited about the chance to help hundreds of workers and give back to Seattle.

The actor has a strong TV tie to the city: He plays Dr. Derek Shepherd on “Grey’s Anatomy,” the ABC drama set at fictional Seattle Grace Hospital.

Tully’s has 47 company-run stores in Washington and California, as well as five franchised stores and 58 licensed locations in the U.S.

Any sale would have to be approved by a judge. A bankruptcy court hearing is set for Jan. 11 in Seattle.

Cooper, Griffin team again for CNN’s New Year’s Eve

Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin are teaming up for the sixth straight year to co-host CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage.

The duo will broadcast live from New York City’s Times Square on Monday from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. for “New Year’s Eve Live With Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin.”

Correspondent Isha Sesay will report from the ground in Times Square, while John Zarrella will join from Key West, Fla., and Gary Tuchman from Eastport, Maine.

At 12:30 a.m., CNN’s Brooke Baldwin in New Orleans’ Jackson Square and HLN’s Susan Hendricks in Nashville, Tenn., will take over the telecast to ring in the new year for the central time zone.

Prior to the three-hour New Year’s Eve coverage, CNN will air a “best and worst of 2012” “Anderson Cooper 360” special at 8 p.m.

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