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Anthony LaPaglia Exited 'Django Unchained,' Says Production Was "Out Of Control"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 17, 2012 2:12 PM
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As "Django Unchained" made its way in front of cameras, Quentin Tarantino saw both the cast and script for his upcoming slavery/western/vengeance pic change as production moved along. Joseph Gordon-Levitt had to bail on his small role in the film, Kevin Costner couldn't commit to his role either, Sacha Baron Cohen had to bow out, and Kurt Russell also exited the picture (and while Jonah Hill did initially turn down the movie due to scheduling, he was able to join later on, albeit in a different role). And it looks like yet another actor left the project over timing.

Read New All-Time Top 10 Lists From Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola, Quentin Tarantino & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 3, 2012 8:53 AM
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The big talk of the week has been Sight & Sound's once-every-decade greatest films of all time list as determined by critics from around the world. However, the publication also take the temperature from film directors, asking for greatest lists from 358 filmmakers around the world, and collating the votes into a separate top 10. As we reported previously, "Tokyo Story" topped the list, with "2001: A Space Odyssey" and "Citizen Kane" just behind (read the full top 10 here).

Quentin Tarantino Says Jamie Foxx Is The One He Wanted For 'Django Unchained'; Ending Of Film Rewritten At Last Minute

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 17, 2012 11:45 AM
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Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" made its way to the Comic-Con faithful over the weekend, and by all accounts, including our own, it blew the lid off the place. The film has seen a number of casting changes and additions as it has rolled on its production, which started late last year. But one of the of the biggest What Would Have Been bits of casting involves the lead role itself. Over a year ago, it was revealed that Will Smith was in contention for part of Django. Indeed the actor himself confirmed this last month, saying, "I came really close, it was one of the most amazing screenplays I had ever ever seen. I was in the middle of 'Men In Black 3' and [Tarantino] was ready to go, and I just couldn't sit with him and get through the issues, so I didn't want to hold him up. That thing's going to be ridiculous. It is a genius screenplay." But according to Tarantino, it was Jamie Foxx he ultimately wanted.

Comic-Con '12: Quentin Tarantino Wows Hall H Faithful With Bombastic Footage From ‘Django Unchained’ & More From The Presentation

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • July 15, 2012 6:59 PM
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While the films of Quentin Tarantino may not exactly be comic book movies, the world he has created over his highly decorated tenure at the top of the film game is so heavily steeped in popular culture that it seems a perfect fit for the writer/director to be debuting footage from his spaghetti western, “Django Unchained,” at Comic-Con. After all, pop culture guru Tarantino is a comic fan himself, having referenced characters from the pages now and again, such as in the somewhat awkward but totally Tarantino rewrites of “Crimson Tide” in which Denzel Washington stumbles through a monologue about the Silver Surfer. But I digress.

Quentin Tarantino Remains Uncertain About 'Kill Bill 3'; Says Jonah Hill Isn't Replacing Sacha Baron Cohen In 'Django Unchained'

  • By The Playlist
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  • July 14, 2012 4:29 PM
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Devotees at San Diego Comic-Con 2012 were in for a rude awakening on Saturday morning. Despite fans camping out at 7 a.m. for an 11:30 a.m. Hall H presentation for Quentin Tarantino's upcoming slavery-drama-cum-revenge-thriller "Django Unchained," the lines for the panel were unprecedented and several thousand fans who thought they were early, were left out of luck.

The D Is Silent: Inside The Trailer For 'Django Unchained'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 11, 2012 3:03 PM
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The biggest story of the last week, by a mile, was the debut of the first trailer for Quentin Tarantino's sure-to-be-controversial Western "Django Unchained." Starring Jamie Foxx as the title character, a slave out to rescue his wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), with Christoph Waltz as his companion, Dr. King Schultz and Leonardo DiCaprio as one of the villains, Calvin Candie, it was one of the most anticipated films of the year before hand, but the excellent teaser clip has certainly raised expectations even further.

Watch: First Trailer For Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained' Is Here

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 6, 2012 7:30 PM
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Part spaghetti western, part slavery/vengeance pic and all Quentin Tarantino, the first trailer for "Django Unchained" has arrived and it's everything you could ask for and expect from the filmmaker.

Watch: Preview Of Footage From The Trailer For Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 5, 2012 5:17 PM
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Looks like the rumors are true. Just over a week ago word began to surface that the first trailer for Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" would be playing in front of "Prometheus," and with the trailer now set to drop in full online tomorrow, it looks like that will be the case. But you don't have to until Wednesday or this weekend to get a glimpse of the footage, as ET has a preview of what you can expect.

5 Surprising & Controversial Cannes Film Festival Winners From Years Gone By

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 31, 2012 10:05 AM
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As much as people have quibbles with (much more democratically voted on) awards like the Oscars, the decisions by juries at film festivals tend to be even more contentious. Usually drawn from practitioners, actors, with a few other curious participants in there as well, jurors often come in with their own likes, dislikes and agendas, and in the absence of a unanimous choice, often end up settling for compromises.

New Images Of Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx & Christoph Waltz In 'Django Unchained'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 28, 2012 11:03 AM
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Even though it's not coming out until Christmas, and is still shooting, The Weinstein Company are getting the ball rolling very early on Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained." And it's easy to see why. While the director may be a name brand at this point, his latest, a slavery-centered spaghetti western, could be his most controversial yet. However, with early footage screened at the Cannes Film Festival that delivered everything fans now expect from the director, and with rumors of a teaser trailer unspooling in front of "Prometheus," buzz is building for the film and it looks like the audiences will soon get a taste of what Tarantino is brewing.

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