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The end-credits stinger on Guardians of the Galaxy seems to have confused more people than not. How did director James Gunn come up with the idea? Why did Marvel head Kevin Feige approve it? And is it a set-up for a future stand-alone Marvel Studios film? Learn the answers to all these questions after the jump.

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The PR reps for Quentin Tarantino‘s new film, Django Unchained, have sent out the official synopsis for the film. There isn’t any new detail in there, but I thought we’d pass it along for those who have only seen the barest recap of what the story is about, and would like to know a little bit more without having to worry about big story spoilers. Don’t be worried by the length of the synopsis; having read the script I’ll assure readers that there isn’t anything crucial revealed in what follows.

The synopsis is interesting for two other points. The first is that it made me realize that this is only the second Quentin Tarantino film not produced by the director’s long-time collaborator Lawrence Bender. (The other being Death Proof/Grindhouse.) That’s more an interesting trivia point than anything else; I doubt that most casual viewers will be able to note Bender’s absence based on the end result.

The other point is a reminder to see who is cutting the film for Tarantino, whose films were all previously edited by the late Sally Menke. Fred Raskin is cutting Django Unchained; he assisted Menke on the Kill Bill films, and worked on Punch-Drunk Love and Boogie Nights, and Insomnia. So that’s a track record with three impressive directors. He has also edited the last three films in the Fast and the Furious series.

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