Briefly: Quentin Tarantino has the primary players locked down for his anti-slavery ‘southern’ Django Unchained. Jamie Foxx plays the freed slave Django; Christoph Waltz plays Dr. King Schultz, the bounty hunter who frees him; and Leonardo DiCaprio plays Calvin Candie, the plantation owner and slave runner that Django and Schultze have to go through to find Django’s wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington).

But a few small roles are still being cast. Todd Allen has signed on, and just a bit later it was announced that James Remar, Tom Wopat, and James Russo have joined, too. Read More »

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One film to do supremely well at Cannes this year that we haven’t talked much about in the months since is Miss Bala. The Mexican film is about a beauty pageant contestant (Stephanie Sigman) who narrowly survives a massacre and is subsequently drawn into the drug-running Mexican underworld.

Reviews have pegged Miss Bala as a film that savagely depicts the drug wars that have ravaged parts of Mexico. At the same time, they praise the film’s complex scripting and characterization, which don’t reduce the participants to caricatures or simple outlines. It’s a film I was already excited to see, and after looking at the excellent trailer below my interest has increased significantly. Read More »

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