A call for a police boycott of the Weinstein Co.'s coming film "The Hateful Eight" and other works by Quentin Tarantino has gained support from the National Association of Police Organizations and the New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association, expanding the backlash to remarks about police violence that Tarantino made at a rally in New York on Oct. 24.

A boycott — which had already been endorsed by police organizations in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and elsewhere — picked up considerable strength with the endorsement last week by the national police group.

The organization represents more than 1,000 police units and at least 241,000 law enforcement officers. In a statement posted last week on its website, the group objected to what it called Tarantino's "anti-police rhetoric," and asked supporters both to boycott his films and to refuse to provide security or technical advice for his future projects.

Tarantino — who has made an art form of cinematic violence in films like "Pulp Fiction" and "Django Unchained" — told a gathering organized by the RiseUpOctober group that he regarded some police shootings as murder. "I'm here to say I'm on the side of the murdered," the AP quoted the filmmaker as saying.

The film, set for release on Christmas Day, is a Western tale about a bounty hunter, played by Kurt Russell, and his encounters with hard characters while trying to bring an accused murderess, played by Jennifer Jason Leigh, to a reckoning.

Glenn Close is ready for her close-up

Glenn Close is getting ready to reprise her starring role as silent screen diva Norma Desmond in "Sunset Boulevard" — by taking to the treadmill. Close said Monday that her preparation involved working out. "You have to have strong muscles in you to project that kind of energy on the stage." "So I'm getting on the treadmill, which is not something I really love to do," she told reporters at the English National Opera's Coliseum theater. Close won a Tony Award in 1995 for the Broadway production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical, based on Billy Wilder's 1950 film. Two decades on, she will play Desmond for 43 performances at the Coliseum starting April 1.

cleanup: Justin Bieber's cleanup work at a homeless shelter means he is off formal probation in a vandalism case filed after he damaged a neighbor's home with eggs. His attorney presented proof in court in Los Angeles that the pop singer had completed 40 hours of community labor.

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