Having now seen Django Unchained, it’s hard to imagine anyone other than Jamie Foxx in the title role. The Oscar-winner gave a transformative performance, starting as a meek, clueless slave and slowly growing into a fearless, gunslinging bad ass. However, many readers likely remember that Foxx wasn’t writer/director Quentin Tarantino‘s first choice for the role. His first choice was Will Smith. Since turning down the role, Smith has pretty much remained mum on the details behind his decision.
Smith has now begun promoting his new movie, M. Night Shyamalan’s After Earth, and said the reason he didn’t take the role was because he didn’t think Django was the main character. Read More »
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Legendary composer Ennio Morricone has some choice words for one of his biggest fans, Quentin Tarantino. The composer behind such movie music masterworks as The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and The Mission has his music prominently used in Tarantino’s latest film, Django Unchained. However, Morricone recently stated that he doesn’t like how Tarantino works with music and wouldn’t work with him again. Read his quotes below. Read More »
With a cast decades ahead of its time, characters that are both funny and honest, and a story perfect enough to have universal appeal, Richard Linklater‘s Dazed and Confused is undoubtedly one of the best films of the Nineties.
2013 commemorates the 20th anniversary of the film. To celebrate, the state of Texas is honoring it, along with its writer/director, in a few ways. First up, Quentin Tarantino will attend the 13th Annual Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards and give the film a Star of Texas Award. Then the Austin Film Society will host several screenings of the film with cast and crew in attendance, accompanied by a beautiful, limited edition screenprint by Chuck Sperry. All the info is below. Read More »
Academy-Award winner and current nominee Christoph Waltz hosted Saturday Night Live over the weekend and used the occasion to poke fun at his two-time collaborator, Quentin Tarantino. The SNL team created a sketched called Djesus Uncrossed starring Waltz as Jesus, back from the dead and hell bent on revenge. It features obvious and hilarious references to Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction, Inglourious Basterds and, of course, Django Unchained. Check it out below. Read More »
The last time we previewed any material from the comic adaptation of Quentin Tarantino‘s original script for Django Unchained, the film wasn’t out yet. So it wasn’t easy to talk about how the comic exists as a piece of storytelling related to the movie. Now, we’re a couple months into the movie’s life as a near-immediate cultural touchstone, so it’s safe to guess that most people at least have some idea of the story’s basics.
The comic promises to have some scenes that didn’t make the film’s final cut, with interior art rendered by R.M. Guéra (Scalped) and Jason Latour. The second issue of the adaptation hits tomorrow, February 13, but you can get a look at a few pages below. The pages in question include the comic rendition Dr. Schultz’s explanation of the origin of Broomhilda’s name.
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Posted on Friday, January 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
Although Quentin Tarantino‘s works aren’t overtly linked like, say, the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are, his devoted fans know they’re all connected in smaller, subtler ways. Perhaps the most famous association is between Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction — Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen) and Vincent Vega (John Travolta) are brothers — but there’s also the offhand mention of True Romance‘s Alabama (Patricia Arquette) in Reservoir Dogs, the familial relationship between Ingourious Basterds‘ Donnie Donowitz (Eli Roth) and True Romance‘s Lee Donowitz (Saul Rubinek), and so on.
Tarantino’s latest, Django Unchained, takes place a century before all those other films, making it a little more difficult to connect it to the rest of his oeuvre. But fear not, Tarantino lovers — the master filmmaker has found a way. Hit the jump to find out what it is.
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NOTE: We ran this article in 2011 and 2012 and have updated it for 2013.
The Sundance Film Festival is the best known film festival in the United States. Say the word “Sundance” to anyone, film lover or not, and chances are they’ve heard of the festival. As a movie blog though, the problem with covering Sundance is that virtually all of the movies are brand new. We haven’t heard of them, you haven’t heard of them, so why would you even care about them?
More than any of the casting news, trailers or film stills that we post on a daily basis, what happens in that small corner of Utah for a little over a week in January is probably the most important movie event of the year. Even so, talk to the most seasoned movie fan and they don’t spend half as much time focusing on what’s going on at Sundance as they do bitching about movies that came out three years ago. Plain and simple, the best films that you will see in theaters for the next 12 months are being shown at Sundance over the next week and a half. And while you probably haven’t heard of them in January, you’ll definitely have heard of them by December. Don’t you want in on the ground floor?
For the next 10 days myself, Russ Fischer and Peter Sciretta will be in Park City, Utah at the Sundance Film Festival. And while you might not be eager to click and read about a movie you haven’t heard of yet, we urge you to do so. Some of the films that people hadn’t heard of when they played Sundance in the past are films like Saw, The Blair Witch Project, Donnie Darko, 28 Days Later, Napoleon Dynamite, Memento, Bottle Rocket, Clerks, Reservoir Dogs and The Usual Suspects. Think of all the movies that have been made since because filmmakers like Christopher Nolan, Wes Anderson, Kevin Smith, Quentin Tarantino and Bryan Singer broke out at the Sundance Film Festival. Who is the breakout star this year? You’ll have to follow our coverage to find out.
Still not convinced? We’ve compiled even more films that you know and love that got their start at Sundance after the jump. Read More »
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For the 70th year, the Hollywood Foreign Press handed out their Golden Globe Awards Sunday night. Hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler entertained an audience of TV and movie fans there to bestow awards to shows like Girls, Modern Family, Smash, Breaking Bad, Homeland and Downton Abbey and films like Lincoln, Argo, Django Unchained, Life of Pi, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. Yes, I said Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.
That’s just one example of surprise nominees that make the Globes such a wild card each and every year. Check out all the winners below along with live commentary.
UPDATE: We’ve embedded a lot of the special moments from the show below. Read More »