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From Screenplay To Screen: Quentin Tarantino Talks Toning Down Violence In 'Django Unchained'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • January 3, 2013 9:57 AM
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Amidst the ongoing flurry of debate over Quentin Tarantino's spaghetti western “Django Unchained,” one can at least declare safely that the hints to the final product on screen were always present. The screenplay -- leaked over a year ago and marked up in the director's handwriting -- contained the full vision of what Tarantino hoped to achieve, and now with disputes over the film's ruthless depiction of violence, the script and the director's words are here to clear the air.

Katt Williams Threatens To Punch Quentin Tarantino Over N-Word In 'Django Unchained'; Sam Jackson Baits Reporter To Say It

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 2, 2013 1:16 PM
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There has been no shortage of opinion over Quentin Tarantino's hit slavery/western vengeance pic "Django Unchained." Even though neither of them have actually seen it, Spike Lee and Antoine Fuqua have both weighed in on the matter, but the debate still rages, particularly over the use of the word "nigger" in the film. And now two more people are letting their voices be heard on the matter.

Drew Taylor's Top Ten Favorite Films of 2012

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 2, 2013 11:04 AM
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2012 was all about escape. Not only in terms of the big-budget movies that offered us escape from the increasingly ugly real world (how many superheroes or swoony vampires can we stomach?), but by the content of the more adult movies. Characters wanted an escape – from slavery, from a futuristic Korea, from time-travel gangsters, from a burdensome lover – and in these stories we were afforded tremendous freedom. They transported us, for sure, while reminding us of the very real hardships 2012 afforded us all. Below are my very favorite movies of the year, all of which I will be escaping to, again and again, for years to come.

Antoine Fuqua Calls Out Spike Lee for Publicly Trashing 'Django Unchained' (But Hasn't Seen The Movie Yet Either)

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • January 2, 2013 8:57 AM
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A little over one week in theaters, and after a tremendous Christmas weekend opening for the film garnering $64 million, director Spike Lee might just have played a key role in the success of Quentin Tarantino's “Django Unchained.” His public refusal to see the western, calling it “disrespectful to my ancestors,” raised the film's profile to perhaps its highest political platform, and as fierce analysis of the ambitiously wild project continues post-release, another director has come to the movie's defense.

Listen: Quentin Tarantino's Soundtrack Commentary For 'Django Unchained'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • December 31, 2012 9:03 AM
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Now that Quentin Tarantino’s epic slavery western has been out for a week you’ve probably not only seen a couple of times -- for an R-rated western it’s doing surprisingly well -- but you’re also probably giving the soundtrack a spin. And now, you can enjoy the soundtrack complete with a track-by-track commentary by Tarantino himself.

Box Office: 'The Hobbit' Defeats Strong Debuts From 'Django Unchained' & 'Les Miserables'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 30, 2012 11:43 AM
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It’s going to take a lot to knock “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” off its pedestal, even if studios tried their best this weekend, firing off both barrels against a global blockbuster. Families and teens supported 'An Unexpected Journey' over the holiday period, defeating two high-profile newcomers to be the top attraction for the third straight week. 'The Hobbit' is now eyeballing $300 million domestic, but as always international dollars are a big factor, and by time January 1st rings in the New Year, it will cross $700 million worldwide.

Quentin Tarantino Says He & Johnny Depp Would Love To Work Together; His Wishlist Includes Meryl Streep & Michael Caine

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • December 30, 2012 10:44 AM
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Quentin Tarantino has a stable of familiar actors he works with, but for his latest film, "Django Unchained," the director switched it up, casting two actors he's never worked with before for prominent roles: Jamie Foxx as the lead and Leonardo DiCaprio as the villain (arguably there are lots of new faces including Kerry Washington, Don Johnson and more).

What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'Django Unchained' & 'Les Miserables' Mark The 'Promised Land'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • December 28, 2012 3:28 PM
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Happy almost new year, cinephiles! To ring in the last week of 2012 the studios are releasing films that feature the most wretched, bloody, depraved, licentious, gruesome characters imaginable. To ensure you don't forget how extreme these storylines are, the roles are filled by Hollywood's most beautiful and talented people. The irony, in addition to the movies, is excellent. Dig in, and enjoy! And let us know what you're seeing below.

6 Personal Highlights From The Film Festivals Of 2012

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 28, 2012 12:12 PM
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We're generally anti-navelgazing here at The Playlist, but being the end of the year, it can't really be avoided. As we continue to take a look back at the cinematic year of 2012, we're trying to shake things up and keep things fresh outside of the usual Best/Worst lists. This year saw The Playlist making a presence around the world at more than a handful of festivals. And while you've already read our reviews and news, we thought we'd give you a taste of the experience of attending these festivals. Even if you can't make Cannes or board a flight to Marrakech, we hope this helps in translating what it's like to run around a foreign country with nothing more than a laptop and a love of cinema. So, without further ado, here are six personal highlights from the various film festivals in 2012 we attended.

Walton Goggins Talks Replacing Kurt Russell In ‘Django Unchained’ & Tarantino’s Longer Cut Of The Film

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 27, 2012 1:15 PM
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When “Justified” actor Walton Goggins originally signed on for Quentin Tarantino’s antebellum slave drama “Django Unchained” he had a small part as a plantation thug, Billy Crash, who worked under Leonardo DiCaprio’s scene-chewing villain in the movie. But fortune smiled on him during production. Kurt Russell was cast as a Mandingo trainer named Ace Woody, that served as villain Calvin Candie (DiCaprio)'s right hand man.

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