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Trailers from Hell: Brian Trenchard-Smith on Tarantino's Spaghetti Southern 'Django Unchained'

Bullets Don't Argue! week kicks off at Trailers from Hell, with director Brian Trenchard-Smith introducing Quentin Tarantino's Spaghetti Southern "Django Unchained," which won the Oscars for Best Supporting Actor (Christoph Waltz) and Best Original Screenplay.
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  • May 13, 2013 11:23 AM
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Filmmaker Top Ten Lists, from Fassbinder, Haneke and Almodovar to Scorsese, Tarantino and More

Excerpted are lists from Rainer Maria Fassbinder and Michael Haneke, as well as Pedro Almodovar, whose list offers an interesting counterpart to Fassbinder's. Both he and Almodovar have sought to consider the queer experience via cinephilia, formal style and colorful, socially-conscious melodrama.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 1, 2013 2:30 PM
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'Django Unchained' Will Show in China: Tarantino Agrees to SARFT Demand for More Cuts

Hollywood sees dollar signs when they look at China. It's the land of new opportunity. But navigating with this burgeoning market has its hazards. The main issue is one that will never be resolved, not on the creative co-production side and not at the distribution end either. And that is SARFT, the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, the government censorship entity which is set up to protect its citizens.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 26, 2013 2:45 PM
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Quentin Tarantino Obsessions, from Food to Toes (VIDEO)

Quentin Tarantino loves to shoot his characters eating. More than a few film students have likely written a thesis paper on the way Bill cuts the crusts off a sandwich in "Kill Bill: Volume 2."
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  • April 1, 2013 6:14 PM
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Tarantino Will Present Star of Texas Award for Linklater's 'Dazed and Confused'

Quentin Tarantino will present the Star of Texas Award to Richard Linklater's "Dazed and Confused" at the Texas Film Hall of Fame on March 7, celebrating the film's 20th anniversary. A screening of the film with the cast will take place on March 6.  Tarantino includes the film on his 2002 Sight and Sound list of his top ten films of all time.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 28, 2013 1:41 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Cinematographer Robert Richardson Unchains 'Django'

Nearly lost in all the controversy surrounding the pop cultural deconstruction of slavery in Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," is what a liberating experience it was for the director and his fellow filmmakers. For Tarantino, it was a chance to improvise more than usual, but for cinematographer Robert Richardson...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 31, 2012 1:54 PM
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Rome Film Festival and Ennio Morricone Honor Quentin Tarantino with Lifetime Achievement Award

The seventh Rome Film Festival will honor Quentin Tarantino with a Lifetime Achievement Award on January 4, at a gala screening of "Django Unchained." Legendary composer Ennio Morricone ("Once Upon a Time in the West," "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"), who wrote an original song for "Django," will present Tarantino with the award. That's one way to get the filmmaker to show up!
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 28, 2012 12:30 PM
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Hackford Grills Tarantino on 'Django Unchained': Style, Score, Script Adds, KKK Scene; "it was my 'fuck you' to D.W. Griffith"

"Django Unchained" was among the last of the award season films out of the starting gate. When new Directors Guild member Quentin Tarantino unveiled the film at the DGA on Sunset, it played to raucous applause. Taylor Hackford, who directed Jamie Foxx in his Oscar-winning turn in the musical biopic "Ray," conducted the Q & A.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 27, 2012 6:19 AM
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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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