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'Django Unchained': Why Spike Lee Refuses to See It, More Reviews UPDATED

Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," which opened Christmas Day, played well at the DGA screening I attended, as well as the subsequent L.A Academy screening. Audiences are flocking to see it (we'll do the box office numbers on Thursday) and critics love it (89% on Rotten Tomatoes, 80% on MetaCritic). Of course they do--per usual, Tarantino offers up a meaty dish to be savored and interpreted, crammed with movie references and rich performances from a wide range of great character actors.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 26, 2012 7:16 PM
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Weekend Wrap: Newsweek Cover, 'Les Miserables' and 'Django' Last Push, Gibney on 'Zero Dark Thirty'

We wrap up breaking news stories from the weekend, from Alex Gibney on torture in "Zero Dark Thirty' and videos from 'Les Miserables" and 'Django Unchained" to the end of Newsweek and the Oklahoma Film Critics picks.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • December 24, 2012 12:45 PM
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Weekend Recap: SNL Christmas Clips, Tarantino on 'Django,' More Top Tens, Tim Burton and Winona Ryder's Music Video

We cover the weekend's breaking news, from SNL and Tarantino to the latest ten best lists and Andrew Sullivan on "Zero Dark Thirty."
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • December 16, 2012 11:30 PM
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Before Tarantino's 'Django,' Watch Sergio Corbucci's 1966 Original Spaghetti Western [Full Video]

As anticipation for the December 25 release of Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" builds, check out the full-length original 1966 Spaghetti Western "Django" below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 14, 2012 1:35 PM
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'Django Unchained' Needed More Time; Review and Roundup

So far the critics are being kind to Quentin Tarantino's bloody Western-down-South, singing the praises of the film's stellar cast and its fierce yet disturbingly funny confrontation with the most shameful chapter of American history. Division comes concerning the film's length, with some enjoying the epic 165-minute runtime, and others finding it an overbloated self-indulgence. Review roundup below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 12, 2012 1:56 PM
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Weekend Recap: Coppola's 'Charles Swan' Trailer, Jon Hamm's Next Comedy, and 'Homeland's Damian Lewis Sings 'White Wedding'

- The trailer for Roman Coppola's high-style comedy "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III" (here and below) features Charlie Sheen, Bill Murray, and Jason Schwartzman sporting a major Afro. It's clear that working with Wes Anderson has had a strong influence on Coppola's second feature. - Jon Hamm is considering starring in "Epic Fail," a Kevin Costello written comedy about a high school teacher who attempts to fake some heroism by hiring two of his students to stage a kidnapping of his wife.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • December 3, 2012 7:00 AM
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Watch: Tarantino, Russell, Van Sant, Lee, Affleck & Hooper Talk Directing at THR Roundtable

Check out the new Hollywood Reporter roundtable interview with Quentin Tarantino, David O. Russell, Gus Van Sant, Ang Lee, Ben Affleck and Tom Hooper, in which the directors discuss tough onset moments, "difficult" brothers, navigating temper tantrums, early retirement plans and more. Full video and highlights below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 29, 2012 12:30 PM
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Which Stars Need a Tarantino-Style Comeback?

Everyone loves a comeback, but they're hard to come by. HitFix has created a list of 10 stars badly in need of one -- Quentin Tarantino-style.
  • By Beth Hanna and Sophia Savage
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  • November 28, 2012 12:54 PM
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Tarantino Tells Playboy Who Else Was In The Running for 'Django' Before Foxx & His Horse Won the Role

Quentin Tarantino, in his interview for Playboy's December edition, discusses the actors he mulled over for the titular role in this Christmas' "Django Unchained." Will Smith and Jamie Foxx were not the only ones the director considered (Hint: "Omar comin'!") -- but Foxx had the Texan-horse-owner edge.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 15, 2012 1:08 PM
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You Think You Know Quentin? All Tarantino's Trailers from 'Reservoir Dogs' to 'Django Unchained'

Another Weinstein Co. push for "Django Unchained" involves rehashing Tarantino's repertoire (our post about "Reservoir Dogs" and "Pulp Fiction" re-released in theaters here).  Fandango has published a "Quentin Tarantino Film Guide" that covers the range of the director's films.  If you want to test your mettle, head here. For a chance to brush up before you take the quiz, we've compiled trailers for all films directed by Tarantino (even the half and quarter-acts, "Four Rooms" and "Grindhouse").  
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • November 9, 2012 8:34 PM
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