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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.

New Posters For Olivier Assayas' 'Something In The Air,' 'Django Unchained' & 'Expendables 2'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 7, 2012 10:58 AM
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In today’s one-sheet round-up we have a teaser poster for a multi-lingual coming-of-age drama, a slavery/vengeance flick, and a testosterone-filled action movie that is inspired by one of the most famous paintings in the world.

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.

The Best & Worst At Comic-Con: Which Films & Studios Had Good, Bad Or Middling Reactions

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 16, 2012 3:34 PM
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Well, Comic-Con is done for another year. The San Diego Conference Center is currently getting a thorough hosing down, hungover cos-players have done their awkward walks of shame, and film press are returning to their various corners of the world longing, like ourselves, to watch and write about something difficult, European and subtitled.

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.

Watch: Brief New 'Django Unchained' Teaser Serves Up Bits Of New Footage

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 1, 2012 10:09 PM
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Perhaps aware that a spaghetti western -- even if directed by Quentin Tarantino, who is a brand name director now -- centered around the subject of slavery might be a tricky sell, The Weinstein Company are getting the marketing campaign out early for the film that won't be arriving until Christmas. But that means even for all the advertising, the footage for now will remain the same until the movie is closer to completion (or until Comic-Con where Tarantino will be making an appearance).

New Pipe-Smoking Image Of Leonardo DiCaprio In 'Django Unchained'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 25, 2012 9:03 AM
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There probably hasn't been any production this year more unpredictable than Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained." With actors dropping in and out seemingly at random or, as in the case of Jonah Hill, having to turn down a role only to be recruited months later for another one, what Tarantino finally delivers in theaters six months from now will be interesting to see, particularly when compared with the widely leaked script. What characters have been axed or streamlined? Has he created any new characters? Any cameos up his sleeve he's managed to keep secret? Well, until those questions are answered, here's new pic of Leonardo DiCaprio in the film.

Jonah Hill Will Be In Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained' After All

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 15, 2012 2:13 PM
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Last fall, while on the press rounds for his Oscar-nominated turn in "Moneyball," Jonah Hill lamented one role that got away from him, a part in Quentin Tarantino's then brewing "Django Unchained." "I got offered the new Quentin Tarantino movie, and I can't do it because of my schedule," he said at the time. "Doing Quentin's movie would have obviously been amazing, but my schedule didn't work out, which sucks." Well, it looks like good fortune is shining on Hill as he's back in.

Will Smith's Not That Interested In 'I Am Legend 2,' Explains Why He Bailed On Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 13, 2012 5:53 PM
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Back in 2007, "I Am Legend" grossed $585 million worldwide for Warner Bros. Costing only $150 million -- kinda modest for a major tentpole these days -- the Will Smith-starring post-apocalyptic actioner also grossed $126.2 million in DVD revenue, making it the sixth best-selling DVD of 2008. Not too shabby, right? Plus, the film plays on cable all the time and those rights must have also cost a pretty penny. So in the logical, brand-obsessed bean-counting world of Hollywood, a sequel would seem like a natural move.

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