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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).

First Listen: Frank Ocean's Gorgeous 'Django Unchained' Ballad 'Wiseman'; Plus 'Blazing Saddles' Trailer Mashup

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • December 23, 2012 11:47 AM
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"Frank Ocean wrote a fantastic ballad that was truly lovely and poetic in every way, there just wasn’t a scene for it," Quentin Tarantino said earlier this month about the song the R&B balladeer wrote for his latest movie, "Django Unchained," that he had to regrettably cut. "I could have thrown it in quickly just to have it, but that’s not why he wrote it and not his intention. So I didn’t want to cheapen his effort. But, the song is fantastic, and when Frank decides to unleash it on the public, they’ll realize it then.”

Spike Lee Won't See 'Django Unchained,' Says "American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 23, 2012 10:08 AM
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To say that Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" will be divisive is perhaps an understatement. At The Playlist, we ran three reviews to highlight the varying opinion our staff had on the film, and with the movie hitting theaters this week that chatter is only to increase. But getting the ball rolling on what is surely to be some lively debate in many quarters is Spike Lee, who has declared he will be not be seeing the movie at all.

Watch: New Scene From 'Django Unchained' With Commentary From Quentin Tarantino & New Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 22, 2012 10:22 AM
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With Christmas landing on Tuesday this year, it's a big opening day for a handful of films, but given that it's coming midweek, studios are giving just an extra little push and reminder, before audiences settle in for the holidays. Perhaps the hardest sell of any movie arriving in theaters is the slavery/western epic "Django Unchained" from Quentin Tarantino, but a couple of intriguing new looks from the movie have arrived.

Beyond The Soundtrack: All The Music In 'Django Unchained' Including Cuts By RZA, Richie Havens, Ennio Morricone & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 21, 2012 2:31 PM
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Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" hasn't even hit theaters yet, but the bloody, sprawling comedic (and yes, kinda messy) slave drama/spaghetti western is still the talk of the moment (we ran three different reviews of the movie we were all so eager to discuss it). By this point you've likely already seen the entire tracklist for the "Django Unchained" soundtrack, heard many of the cuts or streamed the entire thing.You may have even seen our feature about the films that inspired the music in "Django Unchained" and watched some of their original trailers. And yet, every soundtrack disc generally can't fit all the music used in the film, so of course there's more.

Samuel L. Jackson Can't Wait For The 5 Hour Cut Of 'Django Unchained'; Dreams Of Nick Fury Cameo In 'Breaking Bad' Quashed

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 20, 2012 6:48 PM
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Slavery, racism, Mandingo negro warriors that fight each other to the death... did Samuel L. Jackson have any reservations when he read the script to Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained"? "Nope," he said matter a factly in our recent interview with the actor. "I read it straight through, laughed and thought, 'This is going to be fun.' "

Quentin Tarantino Wrote A Story About A Well-Endowed Black Man Called Jody The Grinder That He Couldn't Fit Into 'Death Proof'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 19, 2012 12:05 PM
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Quentin Tarantino loves to write, that much is certain. And indeed, at one point "Django Unchained" was so long, Harvey Weinstein tossed out the idea of splitting it into two movies, "Kill Bill"-style. Of course, that didn't happen, but material was left on the cutting room floor, including a showdown between Django and Stephen that Jamie Foxx told us was one of his favorite moments of the movie. And indeed, Quentin's process often sees characters and plot threads change and mutate between the page and the big screen, and he's revealed that he once had a rather bonkers story for "Death Proof" (that he says is his worst movie) that never made it in.

Jamie Foxx Discusses His Favorite Deleted Scene In ‘Django Unchained’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • December 18, 2012 5:27 PM
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At two hours and forty five minutes, you know that Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” is sprawling and long. So long that Harvey Weinstein suggested cutting the films in two ala “Kill Bill” in the editing room (the idea was nixed obviously). And with a script that was 166 pages (roughly 3 hours), you know that not everything was going to make the cut.

Quentin Tarantino Says He Wanted To Make A 'Luke Cage' Film Starring Lawrence Fishburne After 'Reservoir Dogs'; Wrote 'Pulp Fiction' Instead

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 17, 2012 5:59 PM
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Add one more to the pile. Quentin Tarantino's "what if?" abandoned projects list is long. Ideas that he once toyed with included more Elmore Leonard adaptations, the James Bond film “Casino Royale,” “The Man from U.N.C.L.E,” an untitled '70s-like airplane/disaster movie and more (you can see a longer list in this old detailed feature we made back in the day).

The Director of 'House Party' Partly Inspired 'Django Unchained'; Harvey Weinstein Describes How He Would Have Split The Film In Two

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 17, 2012 2:42 PM
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The latest issues of Empire and Entertainment Weekly are on newstands now and both have Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" on the cover. Over the weekend we found out from Tarantino himself at the New York press day for the film that the filmmaker has an extended version of his Spaghetti Western film that he could one day release. He also revealed that, much like the "Kill Bill" films, TWC's Harvey Weinstein suggested breaking the long "Django Unchained" (almost three hours) into two parts. Ultimately, Tarantino decided that breaking the films in half wouldn't work for this more linear story, but it's an idea they evidently explored.

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