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'Simon & Simon' and 'Deadwood' Actor Gerald McRaney Signs For Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 13, 2011 10:36 AM
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Once you've done one Western, it's much easier to keep getting asked back for more of them; you need to prove that you can be convincing on a horse with a hat, as John Wayne, and Kevin Costner, and so many others, have done over the years. And nothing has been a better Western training ground in recent years than the much-missed HBO show "Deadwood." Would Keith Carradine have been asked in for "Cowboys & Aliens" without the show? Eh, maybe. Would Timothy Olyphant have landed contemporary cowboy tale "Justified" without his starring role? Probably not.

Kevin Costner In Talks To Be Leonardo DiCaprio's Henchman In Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 18, 2011 7:23 AM
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Quentin Tarantino may not have landed the biggest movie star on the planet, Will Smith, for his controversy-bomb slavery Western "Django Unchained," but that doesn't mean he's starving for A-listers: Jamie Foxx has taken over the title part, originally intended for Smith, while Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz is going to be Dr. King Schultz, Django's pal and mentor, Leonardo DiCaprio will take on the principle villain (and appears to be locked in now), slave-trader Calvin Candie, and Samuel L. Jackson will be Candie's principal house slave, Stephen. And now, another big name has signed on, making the film perhaps Tarantino's most traditionally starry to date.

Kerry Washington In The Mix To Play Broomhilda In 'Django Unchained'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 23, 2011 5:20 AM
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While nothing is official on Quentin Tarantino's highly anticipated slave/western/vengeance flick "Django Unchained," this is the way it's shaping so far: Jamie Foxx would play the titular Django, who under the tutelage of a German bounty hunter played by Christoph Waltz, squares off against Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio) the brutal owner of mixed race club and his top slave, the manipulative Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson), in order to free his wife Broomhilda...which brings us to this latest bit of news.

Jamie Foxx Chosen For The Lead Role In Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 22, 2011 1:05 AM
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Update: Several sources, including the L.A. Times, Variety and Deadline are now calling this a fait accompli. It looks like all that needs to happen is some signing of contracts.

Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained' Lands On Christmas Day 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 15, 2011 2:06 AM
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In a film that already seems to be packing plenty of surprises, it looks like Quentin Tarantino still has one up his sleeve.

Jamie Foxx Now Front-Runner For Lead In Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 14, 2011 1:03 AM
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Leonardo DiCaprio Locked In?Arguably the most sought-after job vacancy in Hollywood right now is the titular slave-turned-bounty-hunter in Quentin Tarantino's neo-Western "Django Unchained." And while we might have fatigue over the same old lily-white shortlist of 18-35 year old men that come up for every superhero gig or tentpole actioner, this has been a little more refreshing, if only for the fact that it's allowed the African-American acting community to go through the rumor mill in a way that, shamefully, they generally don't get to for big projects.

'Tetro' Cinematographer Mihai Malaimare Jr. Is Shooting Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 10, 2011 1:30 AM
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Shooting Will Partly Be On 65MM: Also, Is There A Scientology Conspiracy Afoot?Pretty much since day one, Paul Thomas Anderson fanboys, god bless their hearts, have been scrambling to turn over any breadcrumb clue they could find for further insight and details into PTA's upcoming untitled project, colloquially known as "The Master." First off, a very early, unfinished draft of the script leaked last summer (our in-depth look at it still seems to be the most authoritative piece on it out there).

Leonardo DiCaprio Confirmed For Early 'Django Unchained' Talks; Will Smith Unlikely To Sign?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 8, 2011 3:28 AM
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Jamie Foxx & Chris Tucker Also In The Running For The LeadWhile Deadline is trumping exclusive, they were (kind of) beat to the story a week ago so let's rewind a bit. Last week, former Creative Screenwriting magazine Senior Editor Jeff Goldsmith tweeted, “Casting Rumor: Leonardo DiCaprio WILL play villain Calvin Candie in [Quentin] Tarantino‘s “Django Unchained”! QT wanted him for I.B. & now has him!” Well, it looks like it's just a matter of working out deal points right now.

Rumor: Could Leonardo DiCaprio Play The Main Villain In Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'?

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 31, 2011 6:11 AM
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Random posts on Twitter factual news does not make. However, this one is worth paying attention to for several reasons.

Idris Elba Tweets Spark Speculation Of An Audition For Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

  • By The Playlist
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  • May 30, 2011 6:33 AM
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English actor Idris Elba, still best known as Stringer Bell from David Simon's epic HBO series, "The Wire," tweeted this weekend, "Having one of the biggest meetings of my professional life today...meeting a very controversial director for a very controversial part." And the Internet pretty much lit up with speculation.

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