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From Screenplay To Screen: Quentin Tarantino Talks Toning Down Violence In 'Django Unchained'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • January 3, 2013 9:57 AM
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Amidst the ongoing flurry of debate over Quentin Tarantino's spaghetti western “Django Unchained,” one can at least declare safely that the hints to the final product on screen were always present. The screenplay -- leaked over a year ago and marked up in the director's handwriting -- contained the full vision of what Tarantino hoped to achieve, and now with disputes over the film's ruthless depiction of violence, the script and the director's words are here to clear the air.

Quentin Tarantino Says 'Prometheus' Was Kind Of Dumb; Explains Why 'Inglourious Basterds' Wasn't A Mini-Series

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 2, 2013 5:43 PM
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Keeping in line with the newly developing trend of Hollywood types calling out movies, the always talkative Quentin Tarantino has now weighed in on last summer's divisive sci-fi spectacle "Prometheus," and well, let's start with the good stuff.

Watch: Every Pop Culture Reference In Quentin Tarantino's Films

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 2, 2013 4:07 PM
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One can't talk about Quentin Tarantino without talking about the movies, comics, TV shows, music and more that he loves. Even Quentin Tarantino himself can't talk about his own movies without talking about the movies, comics, TV shows and music that he loves. And now, many of the references he's peppered into his films to date (except "Django Unchained") have been conveniently distilled into one video for your viewing pleasure.

Watch: Quentin Tarantino's Shout Outs To Editor Sally Menke While Filming 'Inglourious Basterds' & 'Death Proof'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • January 2, 2013 10:23 AM
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Up until “Inglorious Basterds,” and stretching all the way back to the first feature of his career, “Reservoir Dogs,” ever-present alongside Quentin Tarantino was his editor Sally Menke. She was twice nominated by the Academy for her work with QT (and three times by BAFTA), but sadly Menke passed away in 2010 at the age of 56. Fred Raskin (a former assistant editor under Menke on “Kill Bill” and the editor of the last three “Fast & Furious” films) took over editing duties on “Django Unchained,” and Menke's must have been some tough shoes to fill.

Listen: Quentin Tarantino's Soundtrack Commentary For 'Django Unchained'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • December 31, 2012 9:03 AM
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Now that Quentin Tarantino’s epic slavery western has been out for a week you’ve probably not only seen a couple of times -- for an R-rated western it’s doing surprisingly well -- but you’re also probably giving the soundtrack a spin. And now, you can enjoy the soundtrack complete with a track-by-track commentary by Tarantino himself.

Quentin Tarantino Says He & Johnny Depp Would Love To Work Together; His Wishlist Includes Meryl Streep & Michael Caine

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • December 30, 2012 10:44 AM
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Quentin Tarantino has a stable of familiar actors he works with, but for his latest film, "Django Unchained," the director switched it up, casting two actors he's never worked with before for prominent roles: Jamie Foxx as the lead and Leonardo DiCaprio as the villain (arguably there are lots of new faces including Kerry Washington, Don Johnson and more).

5 Spaghetti Westerns & 5 Slavesploitation Films That Paved The Way For 'Django Unchained'

  • By Simon Abrams
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  • December 28, 2012 1:00 PM
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It’s strange to think that it’s taken so many years for Quentin Tarantino to make a spaghetti western. Tarantino did previously describe “Inglorious Basterds,” the title of which comes from Enzo G. Castellari’s passable rip-off of “The Dirty Dozen,” as “my spaghetti western with World War II iconography.” But “Django Unchained” is the first pastiche, defined as a work of fiction that appropriates elements of other genres for the sake of creating something new, that Tarantino’s done that’s primarily made of spaghetti western tropes. So when Franco Nero, the star of the hyper-violent original “Django” and many others, shows up in “Unchained,” it’s not just a smug wink to the audience: it’s Tarantino’s way of acknowledging the tradition of appropriation and exploitation that his movies come from.

Walton Goggins Talks Replacing Kurt Russell In ‘Django Unchained’ & Tarantino’s Longer Cut Of The Film

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 27, 2012 1:15 PM
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When “Justified” actor Walton Goggins originally signed on for Quentin Tarantino’s antebellum slave drama “Django Unchained” he had a small part as a plantation thug, Billy Crash, who worked under Leonardo DiCaprio’s scene-chewing villain in the movie. But fortune smiled on him during production. Kurt Russell was cast as a Mandingo trainer named Ace Woody, that served as villain Calvin Candie (DiCaprio)'s right hand man.

Quentin Tarantino Planning 'Inglourious Basterds' Spin-Off 'Killer Crow,' Says He "Hates" John Ford

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 27, 2012 11:37 AM
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Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" is now in theaters (and doing pretty damn well for an R-rated Western), but the outspoken director is still on the publicity circuit, and as ever, he's causing a stir wherever he goes. The film is causing furious debate thanks to its subject matter (Tarantino's old adversary Spike Lee weighing in most recently), and now the director has laid into one of cinephiles' most sacred cows, in the form of legendary Western director John Ford.

Jamie Foxx Talks Being The Hero Of 'Django Unchained,' Playing Electro In 'Spider Man 2' & His Riff On Obama In 'White House Down'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 26, 2012 12:37 PM
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It's only been in theaters for two days, but Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" has already racked up $15 million in box-office receipts. By the weekend, this controversial slave drama/Spaghetti Western should be sitting very pretty for what we presume will be a long and healthy theatrical run. Starring Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson and more, the almost three-hour picture centers on a bounty hunter (Waltz) who mentors a freed slave (Foxx) and then takes him on a journey to save his wife from a evil slave plantation owner (DiCaprio). Suffice to say it's a revenge picture with buckets of blood, rascism to spare, n-bombs flying left, right and center, Jackson playing what he describes as the "most hated negro in cinematic history" and let's just say there are lots of controversial moments in it (Spike Lee is already turned off, having not even seen it).

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