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Cannes Report: First Footage From 'The Master' Impresses & Yes It's About Scientology

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 21, 2012 4:03 PM
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The Weinstein Company are feeling confident this year at the Cannes Film Festival, and why not? With three films in the lineup eaching earning a fair share of buzz -- "Lawless," "Killing Them Softly" and "The Sapphires" -- tonight they decided to up the ante, and show off some previews for three films that will make up the rest of their impressive 2012 slate.

Weinstein Company To Show Off Footage From 'The Master,' 'Django Unchained' & 'Silver Linings Playbook' In Cannes Tomorrow

  • By The Playlist
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  • May 20, 2012 2:08 PM
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Here's something to whet your appetite for the fall film festival season. While journos, pundits and fans alike all lamented the absence of Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" in the Cannes line-up this year, it appears The Weinstein Company -- already dominating the festival with buzzed-about in-competition films and acquisitions of would-be crowd pleasers -- were paying attention to sad-faced frownies on Twitter.

The Cannes Croisette Digest Day #2: 'Django Unchained' Sneak Playing To Buyers? 'Cloud Atlas' Gets Revealed

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 17, 2012 8:51 PM
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It's day two of the 65th annual Cannes Film Festival, and in a timely fashion we're kicking off our not-so-daily Cannes report. What's happened so far?

Nothing To See Here: There's Little Reason To Be Worried About 'Django Unchained'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 11, 2012 12:22 PM
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Let's try and keep this brief, shall we? Two actors dropped out of Quentin Tarantino's would-be subversive Western cum slave epic "Django Unchained" this week -- to be more exact, the news of these two actors dropping out of the film came out this week. Presumably this actually happened a while ago. Sacha Baron Cohen had to exit the film to do press for his upcoming comedy, "The Dictator," and he and his people surely gave Tarantino and the producers a heads up about this, so it came as no sudden surprise.

Kurt Russell Has Also Dropped Out Of Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

  • By Cory Everett
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  • May 10, 2012 10:22 AM
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With filming now well underway and a few glossy images appearing in a recent issue of EW, one would think that the cast has been pretty much nailed down for Quentin Tarantino's latest, "Django Unchained." But that appears not to be the case with Kurt Russell joining the ever-growing list of actors to have left the project. The Playlist have confirmed with the reps for the actor that Russell has indeed left the film though no reason has been given. According to the (only occasionally reliable) IMDB boards (via The Film Stage) the actor was “unhappy with his role” and left the set because the film wasn't "western enough." Seems unlikely that an actor as professional as Russell would storm off the set of a director he'd previously worked with, but whatever the case it's certainly a loss for his fan base, which should be, uh, everyone who grew up in the '80s.

Sacha Baron Cohen Has Dropped Out Of Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 9, 2012 5:18 PM
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Everyone and their mother wants to be in a Quentin Tarantino movie. Leonardo DiCaprio wanted to be in one so badly he flew to Germany to convince QT he could play a Nazi Jew hunter who spoke fluent French, German and Italian in "Inglourious Basterds." It didn't pan out, obviously, but clearly his persistence (and moxie) paid off for Tarantino's latest, the slave/vengeance epic "Django Unchained," wherein DiCaprio plays the main villain.

Jacki Weaver Joins Charlie Kaufman's 'Frank Or Francis'; John Jarratt Part Of Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 3, 2012 9:19 AM
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More than thirty years after Peter Weir's phenomenal, moody drama "Picnic At Hanging Rock" first graced screens, two supporting players from the film are set for major breaks stateside, with veteran duo Jacki Weaver and John Jarratt lining up roles in two of the biggest projects currently going around.

First Look At Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz & Jamie Foxx In 'Django Unchained'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 26, 2012 8:01 AM
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We already know that Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" is going to be something special. Centering on slavery and vengeance, but delivering through the conventions of a spaghetti western in a way that only Tarantino knows how, there are few films this year taking as big a risk. And if these first official images from the film indicate anything, it's that the pay off could be something truly memorable.

Spanish & English Posters For 'Django Unchained' Arrive; Walton Goggins Joins Cast, Says Movie Is "Radical"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 11, 2012 7:22 PM
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We have to admit, we toyed around with alternate headlines, and nearly went with: "Poster For 'Django' Is 'Unchained'!" But at any rate, here we are, and let the drooling begin as the Spanish poster for Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" has been unveiled with a pretty big and not too surprising nod to the classic western one sheets of yore, all with a little contemporary minimalist modern design sauce thrown in the mix.

Scheduling Conflicts With Directorial Debut Cause Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Bail On Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 5, 2012 9:55 AM
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It's looked for a long while that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was going to have a very good year in 2012. After major roles in hits "(500) Days Of Summer" and "Inception," and an acclaimed turn last year in "50/50," the actor has a number of major parts lined up for the coming months. He's leading actioner "Premium Rush," he's got a key, still-top-secret part in "The Dark Knight Rises," he's reunited with Rian Johnson for sci-fi "Looper," and he'll crop up among the ensemble cast of Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln." All that, and he's got his collaborative wet project hitRECord, and he's looking to get underway on his directorial debut, "Don Jon's Addiction," with Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore, very shortly.

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