News Nuggets: What makes ‘Pulp Fiction’ the coolest film of the 1990s?

Director and writer Quentin Tarantino burst into the mainstream 20 years ago this week with the debut of “Pulp Fiction.” Matthew Chernov says that it was “like a shot of adrenaline to the heart” that “changed the movie landscape” forever. He adds that movies from that timeframe like “Dances with Wolves” and “A Few Good Men” were “content to play it safe.” Calling it the “coolest” film of the 1990s, he praises the soundtrack, razor-sharp dialogue (from an Oscar-winning screenplay by Tarantino and Roger Avary), the cinematography, and stars John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, and Uma Thurman. While nominated for the Best Picture of 1994, it lost that Oscar race to “Forrest Gump.” Variety

Jimmy Fallon grabs the YouTube late night crown from Jimmy Kimmel. Just eight months after starting “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” NBC’s program is now at 4.76 million subscribers. That is just a slight lead over “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” which has 4.69 subscribers. Kimmel has long been the king of viral videos, many with all-star casts. Fallon and his staff had a plan from the beginning to make social media a big feature of their new show. Deadline

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The 1941 Academy Award won by Joan Fontaine for “Suspicion” is among the items to be auctioned from her estate. The Best Actress winner died last December, and the auction of her effects will be held on December 11. The Oscar could bring $200,000 to $300,000. She first gained stardom in Alfred Hitchcock‘s 1940 Best Picture winner “Rebecca” and then starred for him again the following year in “Suspicion” opposite Cary Grant. ABC News

NBC announces the coaches for “The Voice” for next spring’s eighth season. Adam Levine and Blake Shelton have never missed a season and will return again. Between them, they have won five of the six previous cycles. Rookie Pharrell Williams will be coming back, as will former coach Christina Aguilera, who has missed the past two efforts. Gwen Stefani is a current coach who is not returning. TV Guide

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For the 40th season of “Saturday Night Live,” producers have been welcoming back several past cast members. First up were Sarah Silverman and Bill Hader in October. For the fifth week of this season on November 1, Chris Rock will return along with musical guest Prince. Previously announced is that Jim Carrey will be back to host for a third time on October 25 with musical guest Iggy Azalea. TV Line

Stephen Colbert is already plotting his “epic goodbye” to “The Colbert Report” in December. He will be leaving the Emmy-winning variety series to take over from David Letterman on “Late Show” sometime in 2015. With only 32 episodes left on Comedy Central, watch Monday’s episode in which he guaranteed that “each of the remaining episodes will become instant classics, treasured by generations for deep poetic thoughts, heavy-handed symbolism and massive foreshadowing.” USA Today

Emmy-winning actress Gillian Anderson says that crowdfunding might be the best and only way that a third “X-Files” movie gets made. She adds that creator Chris Carter and co-star David Duchovny would both be on board if the funds can be found. The first spin-off film from the Fox series did well but the second in 2008 did not. If they decide to pursue this route, they would be depending on the massive cult following of the FBI drama about aliens. New York Daily News

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