Screen Junkies » quentin tarantino http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Tue, 02 Dec 2014 04:50:24 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 After Script Leak Issues, Tarantino Now Forcing ‘Hateful Eight’ Investors To Read Script In A Locked Room http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/after-script-leak-issues-tarantino-now-forcing-hateful-eight-investors-to-read-script-in-a-locked-room/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/after-script-leak-issues-tarantino-now-forcing-hateful-eight-investors-to-read-script-in-a-locked-room/#comments Wed, 05 Nov 2014 20:55:29 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=267032 I mean, I'm sure it's a really nice room, but come on.

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As all fans of Quentin Tarantino remember, the script for Hateful Eight got leaked days after it was distributed to potential stars. This caused QT to (understandably) freak out and temporarily kill the project. Now the project is back on, set to start filming at year’s end, and to do that you need money.

However, for Tarantino to get money, he’s gotta show the money people his script, lest they think he’s just gonna take their check and spend all the money on Uma Thurman.

So, in the interest of privacy, security, and hilarity, The Weinstein Company is only allowing investors to read the script in their office, under the supervision of staffers. I hate it when people watch me read, so I’m definitely not going to invest in this movie.

Although it’s extreme, this has been done before with high-profile prestige projects like The Master, so at least Tarantino’s found himself in good company, as he always does.

(THR)

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Learn A Thing Or Two From This Supercut Of Quentin Tarantino Explaining Things http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/learn-a-thing-or-two-from-this-supercut-of-quentin-tarantino-explaining-things/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/learn-a-thing-or-two-from-this-supercut-of-quentin-tarantino-explaining-things/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:23:37 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=266291 You can tell this guy poured over the Encyclopedia Britannica as a kid.

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Take notes. This will be on the final.

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Supercut: Every Quentin Tarantino Movie Death http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/supercut-every-quentin-tarantino-movie-death/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/supercut-every-quentin-tarantino-movie-death/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:46:21 +0000 bgoldstein http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=264281 It's oddly therapeutic, in a way. Although I'd say that the Gimp's death was sort of undetermined. Some say he's still out there, looking for love.

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Today’s must-see video comes to us from Jaume R. Lloret, who has lovingly placed every single violent death from Quentin Tarantino‘s films into one convenient supercut. It’s oddly therapeutic, in a way. Although I’d say that the Gimp‘s death was sort of undetermined. Some say he’s still out there, looking for love.

For a full body count, consult this Quentin Tarantino movie deaths infographic.

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Yup, Quentin Tarantino Revealed At Comic-Con He Is Making ‘The Hateful Eight’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/yup-quentin-tarantino-revealed-at-comic-con-he-is-making-the-hateful-eight/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/yup-quentin-tarantino-revealed-at-comic-con-he-is-making-the-hateful-eight/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:49:50 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=263463 Then it's settled.

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After lots of speculation and discussion on our end (see here, here, and here) Quentin Tarantino finally owned up to what we all assumed and admitted he’ll be making The Hateful Eight after all, leaked scripts be damned. The film will be an out-and-out western, as we knew all along.

So, we can stop the contrived speculation, and just start reporting developments. That’s good for those who don’t like writing and reading small pieces of conjecture or having to read into weird little developments in the world of QT.

Tarantino made the announcement during a panel for the upcoming Zorro-Django crossover comic, which Tarantino did so that he could control the mythology of Django without having to keep making movies. I think we can all get on board with that.

One of the most uproarious moments on the panel came when Tarantino was asked if he would ever make a film that wasn’t rated R.

“Fuck no,” he replied.

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Quentin Tarantino Wants To Re-Edit Django As A Four-Hour Miniseries For Cable http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/quentin-tarantino-wants-to-re-edit-django-as-a-four-hour-miniseries-for-cable/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/quentin-tarantino-wants-to-re-edit-django-as-a-four-hour-miniseries-for-cable/#comments Fri, 23 May 2014 17:27:56 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=261796 This guy's starting to mess with his old work as much as George Lucas.

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Rather than make a new film, Quentin Tarantino has conveyed that’s he interested in adding ninety minutes of new footage to Django Unchained to make four one-hour miniseries installments to air on cable.

Why, you ask?

Tarantino offered, “It wouldn’t be an endurance test. It would be a mini-series and people love those. You show people a four-hour movie and they roll their eyes. Show people a four-part mini-series and they’ll sit and watch it all in one sitting.”

A true man of the people.

No timeline is set for this fanciful project, but there is some precedence here as QT recut Kill Bill: Part 1 and Kill Bill: Part 2 into Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair, which screened for like a week in LA and a couple other places, and hasn’t been heard from since.

 

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Soundtrack Studies: ‘Pulp Fiction’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/soundtrack-studies-pulp-fiction/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/soundtrack-studies-pulp-fiction/#comments Tue, 06 May 2014 15:29:59 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=261465 Maybe this movie was so good it could have made any collection of songs popular.

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If there was ever any doubt that a popular film can carry a wildly esoteric and diverse soundtrack on its shoulders to the masses, look no further than the soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino’s sophomore effort, Pulp Fiction.

The film, despite its non-linear narrative and and a bend so heavy towards timelessness that it would make Wes Anderson blush became the critical and cultural darling of not only 1994, but the entire decade. Perhaps even more impressively, the film manages to remain in the Venn Diagram overlap between “classic films,” and “films people actually want to watch,” which is pretty rare air, especially in the past 20 years.

Soooo, Pulp Fiction was a great, popular film that captivated everyone at the time and continues to do so. And it’s easy to see why.

The soundtrack is so timelessly curated so specifically to the film’s tone, pace, and “feel,” that while it feels completely natural during the 100-minute journey onscreen, it reads as an odd mess when viewed alone.

The prevailing theme throughout the soundtrack seems to be “old stuff fans of contemporary independent cinema won’t recognize or appreciate.” And even if that analysis is correct, it doesn’t really matter. Tarantino remains so myopically focused on his filmmaking, that its almost absurd to think he’d sacrifice the film for something as crass as soundtrack album sales.

The only thing that makes this a cohesive work is the fact that it says PULP FICTION on the front of the CD case, with a smoking hot picture of Uma Thurman under it. Other than that, it’s more or less a completely arbitrary collection of songs, the quality of which can be debated, but largely varies from “pretty good” to “good,” with one song registering at “Off the Chart Fucking Excellent.” That songs is Dusty Springfield’s version of “Son of a Preacher Man.”

Besides that gem, you’ve got Dick Dale doing Miserlou, you’ve got that Chuck Berry song, you’ve got a Neil Diamond cover song, you’ve got Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” and you’ve got “Jungle Boogie.” Good songs, but, as I mentioned in last week’s Judgment Night piece, diversity in music generally tends to alienate more of an audience than it does attract one.

However, these strange, imperfect pieces fit so well in the scenes Pulp Fiction that together, the fact that they’re so evocative of dancing at Jackrabbit Slims, the opening credits, Mia Wallace playing Urge Overkill on a giant reel-to-reel, that this ostensibly serves as a $15 souvenir of the film.

So when we look at this album, and if you indulge me enough to concede that, while these songs are pretty good, there was no market for them until Quentin Tarantino made them a part of something bigger. It’s not a hard line of logic to buy into, especially considering the exact same thing could have been said about John Travolta and his career at the time.

Quentin Tarantino’s movie was so good that it made things special just by being around them.

And I believe that’s why this soundtrack performed as well as it has. The soundtrack as an album is not that special. It’s a quirky and old, but not in a nostalgic fashion. In a weird QT brand of cool. And that’s among the most marketable brands of cool in the world. Sprinkle in some of those painful little dialogue snippets throughout the soundtrack, and all of a sudden Pulp Fiction wasn’t just on your TV at home. It was in your car, too.

If you are to believe that the Pulp Fiction “brand” was so powerful it could have made any collection of songs a hit album that went double platinum, then you must ask, “Is the soundtrack of Pulp Fiction largely incidental?”

No, not really. Those songs worked perfectly in the film, and without such a great soundtrack, the film wouldn’t have been as good. So in that sense, the soundtrack was a success. Which would ostensibly be the only sense that matters in the world of film. Soundtracks exist to support films. Otherwise, they’re just compilations, anthologies, or albums.

But when the context of the film is gone, does a soundtrack have an obligation to the purchaser to succeed on its own?

Without answering that thorny question, I would say that the Pulp Fiction soundtrack succeeds on its own just by virtue of being the Pulp Fiction soundtrack. Which is a convenient little crutch, but also a nice perk of being the soundtrack to what’s (very) arguably the greatest film in a generation.

 

 

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Here’s What We’ve Learned About The Next Tarantino Film http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/heres-what-weve-learned-about-the-next-tarantino-film/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/heres-what-weve-learned-about-the-next-tarantino-film/#comments Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:30:41 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=258698 It's got a title.

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Quentin Tarantino‘s next film will be a western. We already knew that. He’s saying it won’t be his second western because he considers Django Unchained a “southern.” Whatever. He’s the boss.

The western QT is currently in preproduction on will be called The Hateful Eight. If you noticed that could be a nod to The Magnificent Seven, an iconic western, congratulations, you earn an automatic C in my fake cinema history class. If you’re aware that The Magnificent Seven itself was a retelling of Kurosawa‘s The Seven Samurai, give yourself a C+.

Tarantino’s film will definitely star Christoph Waltz, and will probably star the other QT regulars you’re thinking of.

And that’s it. We don’t have any plot points yet, but those will come as Quentin goes about town, yapping as he so often does about Uma Thurman and…well, just Uma Thurman.

 

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Watch ‘Pulp Fiction’ In 60 Seconds http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/watch-pulp-fiction-in-60-seconds/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/watch-pulp-fiction-in-60-seconds/#comments Wed, 25 Sep 2013 21:58:52 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=257231 Turns out Tarantino could have made his point a lot faster.

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It’s doesn’t have the same impact without a nine-minute monologue about the history of the Quarter Pounder with cheese.

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Saturday Morning Movies: ‘Django Djunior’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/saturday-morning-movies-django-djunior/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/saturday-morning-movies-django-djunior/#comments Tue, 23 Apr 2013 20:00:01 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=254536 It's for the kids...

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We got our hands on a clip of the failed animated adaptation of Quentin Tarantino‘s Django UnchainedDjango Djunior!

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Will Smith Didn’t Play Django Because Django Wasn’t A Big Enough Role For Him http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/will-smith-didnt-play-django-because-django-wasnt-a-big-enough-role-for-him/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/will-smith-didnt-play-django-because-django-wasnt-a-big-enough-role-for-him/#comments Tue, 26 Mar 2013 16:35:05 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=254137 This might make you hate Will Smith. More than you might already.

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I’m willing to concede that jigginess is in the eye of the beholder, but it’s my personal opinion that Will Smith’s reason for not playing the title role in Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained isn’t very jiggy at all. In fact, I’ll take it one step further and say that it’s stupidest, most pretentious, and least prescient decision I’ve come across recently. And I cover entertainment news.

Will Smith, in an interview, told Entertainment Weekly, the Will Smith of magazines, “Django wasn’t the lead, so it was like, I need to be the lead. The other character was the lead!” Never mind that the film is called Django Unchained, and Django kills just about every bad guy in the film. But Will Smith wasn’t going to take “killing just about every bad guy in the film” for an answer. Remarkably, he goes on.

Smith then offers up that asked QT to rewrite the film to give him a bigger role with more action, including taking down the evil plantation owner Calvin Candie. “I was like, ‘No, Quentin, please, I need to kill the bad guy!’”

That last quote sounds just as appropriate as a toddler’s request for a preschool play as it does oozing from the mouth of Big Willie Style. (via A.V. Club)

 

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The Screen Junkies Show: ‘Django’ Toy Review In South Central http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-screen-junkies-show-django-toy-review-in-south-central/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-screen-junkies-show-django-toy-review-in-south-central/#comments Thu, 17 Jan 2013 16:35:11 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=252978 We found out that 'Big Bang Theory' is more offensive than slavery to some in South Central.

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We’ve added the most controversial toy in town, the Django Unchained action figure, to our collection. So Hal hit the streets of South Central Los Angeles to question its appropriateness.

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Don’t Play: ‘Django Unchained’ Action Figures Causing Uproar http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dont-play-django-unchained-action-figures-causing-uproar/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dont-play-django-unchained-action-figures-causing-uproar/#comments Wed, 09 Jan 2013 18:39:38 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=252755 Thankfully they aren't talking action figures.

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Django Unchained has courted controversy from the beginning due to its setting and depiction of American slavery. However, it’s always walked the line between racist/not racist. However, that was before there were action figures.

Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network called for a national boycott Tuesday of the action figures – some of which are based on Jamie Foxx’s Django, Samuel L. Jackson’s Stephen, and Kerry Washington’s Broomhilda. “Selling this doll is highly offensive to our ancestors and the African American community,” Rev. K.W. Tulloss, NAN’s president in Los Angeles.

Najee Ali from Project Islamic Hope spoke alongside Tulloss in Los Angeles Tuesday and said, “I actually enjoyed the movie, but we cannot support this type of commercialization. I don’t seen any dolls representing Hitler that came from Tarantino’s (Holocaust movie Inglourious Basterds)…I don’t see them making dolls of Holocaust survivors who are bald and starving in concentration camps.”

To that point, it should be said that action figures are available for most Quentin Tarantino films including Basterds however Hitler and Holocaust survivors are not available. Nor were they when the Captain America toy line launched.

On one side of the issue, it’s crass and too soon. On the other side, it could be viewed as empowering to have a figure based on slave-turned-savior. Bottom line, the toys aren’t for everyone. If anyone is interested in giving them to their children, they do so with the responsibility of educating them about that period of American history. And also, don’t open them. They’re collector’s items now. (NY Daily News)

 

 

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7 Greatest Characters From Quentin Tarantino Films http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/7-greatest-characters-from-quentin-tarantino-films/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/7-greatest-characters-from-quentin-tarantino-films/#comments Tue, 11 Dec 2012 01:38:40 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=252311 With apologies to 'Destiny Turns On The Radio'.

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When Django Unchained opens on Christmas Day, we’ll be introduced to a brand new bunch of memorable Quentin Tarantino characters. From vengeance-seeking former slaves to likable bounty hunters to clueless clansmen to psychotic slave owners, get ready for your new favorites. It’s no small task to choose favorites when it comes to Tarantino’s film creations, so the honorable mentions go on and on. But we took our best crack at choosing the seven greatest characters from Quentin Tarantino films.

Gogo Yubari – Kill Bill

Often overlooked on QT superlative lists, how could she ever be missed? Gogo Yubari makes the list based solely on style and kitsch. The top assassin dresses like a schoolgirl, wields a spiked meteor hammer, and disembowels pervy businessmen. That leaves quite an impression with me.

Shosanna Dreyfus – Inglourious Basterds

The French-Jewish cinema owner who lost her family at the hands of Hans Landa bides her time and plots her revenge. She holds a deep hatred for Nazis and commits herself to their downfall. When a young SS soldier takes a liking to her, she uses this influence to lure the fascists into her trap. Melanie Laurent’s Shosanna is the backbone of Inglourious Basterds and the face of Jewish vengeance.

Mr. Blonde – Reservoir Dogs

Michael Madsen portrays Vincent Vega’s brother with a psychotic cool. Most famous for the scene that put Tarantino on the map, Vic Vega (aka Mr. Blonde) shows extreme cruelty while torturing Marvin the cop – all to the hip-swinging soundtrack of Stealers Wheel’s “Stuck In The Middle With You.” A song that is now synonymous with hacking off ears and dosing people with gasoline. Probably not Stealers Wheel’s intent when they wrote the song.

The Wolf – Pulp Fiction

In a film with so many great characters and strong performances, sometimes less is more. Amongst the cameos from Christopher Walken, Eric Stoltz, and Parker Lewis, stands out Harvey Keitel‘s unforgettable performance as “The Cleaner,” Mr. Wolf. When you’ve got a corpse in a car in a garage minus a head, who else can you depend on to solve that problem? I’m sure there are a handful of folks you can trust in that industry, but will they all show up wearing a tuxedo at 8:50am? No. That’s the Winston Wolfe difference.

Jules Winnfield – Pulp Fiction

You don’t get a wallet touting the status of “Bad Motherfucker” by not being a bad motherfucker. Well, I guess you could just buy one at Spencer’s Gifts but, c’mon. You wanna earn a distinction like that.

Pulp Fiction essentially introduced the world to Samuel L. Jackson and the world has been a better place since. Though he’s played many memorable roles since, the mushroom cloud-layin’, scripture-quoting hitman Jules Winnfield remains a standout. His delivery of Ezekiel 25:17 actually makes church seem awesome. Ball’s in your court, the Pope!

The Bride – Kill Bill

After Pulp Fiction, Uma Thurman reteamed with Tarantino to help co-create his most ass-kicking character. Beatrix Kiddo aka Black Mambo aka The Bride awoke from a coma with a list and a mission — to kill her former boss and co-workers who put her in that state. The highly trained assassin, marksman, swordswoman and the self-proclaimed “most dangerous woman in the world” travels the world armed with Hanzo Steel, killing all who stand in her path. Including an entire dojo full of bloodthirsty Yakuza swordsmen.

Col. Hans Landa – Inglourious Basterds

Tarantino’s most engaging and memorable character to date. Brought to gleeful life by Christoph Waltz, the Jew Hunter exudes an easy charm that makes his existence grotesque and haunting. Yielding great power and an ever-turning mind, he injects terror and tension into something as everyday as adding creme to strudel.

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Have A Laugh Or Two With The New ‘Django Unchained’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/have-a-laugh-or-two-with-the-new-django-unchained-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/have-a-laugh-or-two-with-the-new-django-unchained-trailer/#comments Thu, 11 Oct 2012 17:41:34 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=251409 The South seems a lot wackier than history class indicated.

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Django Unchained is back with a new trailer and it really is the most lighthearted look at the murder of white oppressors this holiday season has to offer. As you can see from this preview, Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Jonah Hill are around to crack more than just whips. Easily Foxx’s funniest film since Bait.

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More Murder-y Hijinks In New ‘Django Unchained’ Spot http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/more-murder-y-hijinks-in-new-django-unchained-spot/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/more-murder-y-hijinks-in-new-django-unchained-spot/#comments Mon, 02 Jul 2012 16:14:14 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=249483 It's like 'Shanghai Noon' minus the karate.

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In a minute long spot for this holiday season’s bloodiest buddy comedy romp, we get a better look at the madcap adventures of Jamie Foxx‘s Django and Christoph Waltz‘s bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz. That’s some pretty wacky gangland-style killing. We haven’t seen an Old West duo so mismatched since Shanghai Noon.

We also get a look at Samuel L. Jackson outfitted to resemble Latter Years Louis Armstrong. Sadly, he doesn’t even attempt to do the voice.

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Will Smith Explains Why He Dropped Out Of ‘Django Unchained,’ Kind Of http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/will-smith-explains-why-he-dropped-out-of-django-unchained-kind-of/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/will-smith-explains-why-he-dropped-out-of-django-unchained-kind-of/#comments Wed, 13 Jun 2012 22:48:55 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249232 The mystery is sort of solved!

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Will Smith was famously one of several actors to drop out of Quentin Tarantino‘s latest film, the upcoming Django Unchained. Many industry analysts and fans assumed that this was due to the film’s controversial subject matter, having to do with slaves committing ghastly acts of revenge on their white oppressors and whatnot. Not so, says Smith in a recent interview with Empire magazine:

“I came really close, it was one of the most amazing screenplays I had ever ever seen. I was in the middle of ‘Men in Black 3‘ and [Tarantino] was ready to go, and I just couldn’t sit with him and get through the issues, so I didn’t want to hold him up. That thing’s going to be ridiculous. It is a genius screenplay.”

So Smith chalks up his declining to do the film to a scheduling conflict (and some undisclosed “issues” with the screenplay). We’ll probably never know if this was the REAL reason or if Smith is just being charitable, but at least now we can buy our tickets to Django Unchained secure in the knowledge that the screenplay has the Will Smith Stamp of Approval. I’ve seen movies for less. (The Playlist)

 

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Yahoo recently bested Google by getting their hands on a batch of fresh stills from Quentin Tarantino‘s highly-anticipated Django Unchained. Finally we get to see what Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tarantino, and Christoph Waltz look like when dressed like Whiplash the Cowboy Monkey.

Looks great but minus points awarded for lack of dog-riding.

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Jennifer Aniston And Dennis Quaid Are Going To Star In A ‘Jackie Brown’ Prequel Whether You Think It’s A Good Idea Or Not http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jennifer-aniston-and-dennis-quaid-are-going-to-star-in-a-jackie-brown-prequel-whether-you-think-its-a-good-idea-or-not/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jennifer-aniston-and-dennis-quaid-are-going-to-star-in-a-jackie-brown-prequel-whether-you-think-its-a-good-idea-or-not/#comments Fri, 17 Feb 2012 14:00:30 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=245534 Rob Schneider had a prior commitment.

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That headline may have caused some heart palpitations, so let me break it down for you. Quentin Tarantino‘s Jackie Brown was based on the Elmore Leonard novel 1992 Rum Punch. Rum Punch utilized many of the same characters as Elmore Leonard’s 1978 novel The Switch, which features younger versions of both the Samuel L. Jackson and Robert DeNiro characters. Those younger characters will be played by Mos Def and John Hawkes, but I won’t tell you who’s playing what role because I get off on being witholding.

Hang on. I’m not done clarifying.

Jennifer Aniston and Dennis Quaid are likely going to star in the film based on The Switch, which is now titled simply Switch, because Jennifer Aniston was already in a movie called The Switch.

Ok. Now a few words on the plot. Switch will focus on a husband (Quaid) who refuses to pay the ransom for his wife (Aniston) who he doesn’t want back. Aniston teams up with the kidnappers for revenge.

I regret there isn’t more room for snark in this article, but I just had to cram this thing so full of facts and clarifications. Soon, though. Soon.

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Quentin Tarantino Isn’t A Fan Of ‘Drive’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/quentin-tarantino-isnt-a-fan-of-drive/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/quentin-tarantino-isnt-a-fan-of-drive/#comments Sun, 15 Jan 2012 00:16:55 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=242623 Or 'Meek's Cutoff'. He liked 'Green Lantern' though.

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Quentin Tarantino is well-known for his love of ridiculously violent cool movies with borderline mentally-ill protagonists who run amok to unmistakable pop soundtracks. So I guess it makes complete sense that Drive was given a “Nice Try Award” in his list of the best and worst movies of 2011. In case you’re still interested in Quentin’s opinion, here’s the whole shebang:

Quentin Tarantino’s official Top 11 of 2011

1. Midnight In Paris
2. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes
3. Moneyball
4. The Skin I Live In
5. X-Men: First Class
6. Young Adult
7. Attack The Block
8. Red State
9. Warrior
10. The Artist / Our Idiot Brother (tie)
11. The Three Musketeers

Others considered in no particular order

50/50
Beginners
Hugo
The Iron Lady
Carnage
Green Hornet
Green Lantern
Captain America
The Descendants
My Week With Marilyn
Fast Five
The Tree Of Life
The Hangover Part II
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
The Beaver
Contagion
The Sitter
War Horse

Nice Try Award

Drive
Hanna
Drive Angry
Real Steel

Best Director

Pedro Almodovar
Bennett Miller
Woody Allen
Jason Reitman
Michel Hazanavicius

Best Original Screenplay

Midnight In Paris
Young Adult
Red State
Attack The Block
Our Idiot Brother
Beginners

Best Adapted Screenplay

Moneyball
The Skin I live In
Carnage
Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes
Hugo
X-Men: First Class

Worst Films

Sucker Punch
Potiche (Trophy Wife)
Miral
Insidious
Rampart
Straw Dogs
Paranormal Activity 3
Meek’s Cutoff”

Wait, The Three Musketeers!? Does this mean I actually have to go watch that movie now?? Cool that he repped for Green Lantern, since I thought that movie was better than most people said it was. Anyway, I’m sure most writers will just say Tarantino was jealous of Drive or something like that, and why go against the tide? Quentin Tarantino was jealous of Drive. Or something like that. (The Playlist)

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Sacha Baron Cohen Also Joining Tarantino’s ‘Django’? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/sacha-baron-cohen-also-joining-tarantinos-django/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/sacha-baron-cohen-also-joining-tarantinos-django/#comments Fri, 11 Nov 2011 22:08:14 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=236176 He's going to buy Django's wife wIth no repercussions at all, I presume.

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With a casting announcement that somehow trumps news that Kevin Costner was going to join the cast (he’s since bailed), Django Unchained continues to outdo itself, this time by announcing that Borat himself, Sacha Baron Cohen, will be joining the cast.

Cohen would play Scotty, a gambler that buys Django‘s wife for companionship. The way Tarantino works, I can’t imagine that things will work out too well for ole’ Scotty. Well, no better than they did for Zed or the Gimp in Pulp Fiction, anyway.

This move would add Cohen to a cast which features Jamie Foxx, Cristoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Kurt Russell, Michael Kenneth Williams (Omar comin’!), Don Johnson, and RZA. What a fun bunch!

Coming out next for the comedian-going-straighter is Martin Scorsese‘s Hugo, then The Dictator, which is supposedly in the vein of Borat and Bruno. Way to expand your horizons, funnyboy.

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‘Boardwalk Empire’ Star Michael K. Williams Likely To Join ‘Django Unchained’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/boardwalk-empire-star-michael-k-williams-likely-to-join-django-unchained/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/boardwalk-empire-star-michael-k-williams-likely-to-join-django-unchained/#comments Mon, 26 Sep 2011 22:31:47 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=230009 Hopefully he'll be cast in the role of Bad Motherf***er.

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Production would be smart to hire some lookouts on the set of Django Unchained. Omar comin’, yo!

Boardwalk Empire and The Wire star Michael K. Williams announced last week that although he failed to win the lead, Quentin Tarantino might be writing a role for him in the slavery western. Williams remarked, “I’m going to dare to say it’s going to go.” However, noting how non-official that sounds he went on to say, “Yes, I’ve been given a timeline. January through April. I’ve been given some dates when he’s going to want me to work, but I haven’t gotten the official word yet.”

That makes it sound like it is likely to go through. January through April. Mark it down. That’s our window to move product on the streets. (AICN)

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11 Reasons Kevin Costner Passed On ‘Django Unchained’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/11-reasons-kevin-costner-passed-on-django-unchained/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/11-reasons-kevin-costner-passed-on-django-unchained/#comments Mon, 19 Sep 2011 20:48:18 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=229033 He'd better have a damn good reason.

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Kevin Costner surprised us all last week when he dropped out of Qeuntin Tarantino’s Django Unchained due to a “schedule conflict.” However, a role in a Tarantino film could be just what Costner needs to revitalize his career. So why would he pass on it? It’s also strange because he was attached for two months before the “schedule conflict” arose.

As of right now, the truth remains a mystery but we believe the reasons outlined below are all plausible.

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Kevin Costner Is No Longer The Slavemaster In Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/kevin-costner-is-no-longer-the-slavemaster-in-tarantinos-django-unchained/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/kevin-costner-is-no-longer-the-slavemaster-in-tarantinos-django-unchained/#comments Fri, 16 Sep 2011 17:07:56 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=228775 He may have walked away due to his commitment to a History Channel mini-series. Someone slap his agent.

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In news that is both unfortunate and perplexing, Kevin Costner has passed on the Django Unchained role due to scheduling conflicts. THis is unfortunate because a) he seemed to be an inspired choice for the role and would have taken it in an interesting direction, and b) because it could have given his career a renaissance a la Travolta in Pulp Fiction. It’s perplexing because he’s been attached to the role for about two months, so it seems a little late in the game to cite scheduling conflicts.

So, with filming to begin in November, the hunt is on for a new mean slave-trainer. I don’t know why, but Donald Sutherland really jumps out at me for this role. So, QT, if you’re reading this (and I’m absolutely positive you are), try Sutherland. Donald or Kiefer, actually. Or maybe a skinny John C. Reilly. There was a time when he did drama, you know.

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Samuel L. Jackson Locked In ‘Django Unchained’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/samuel-l-jackson-locked-in-django-unchained/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/samuel-l-jackson-locked-in-django-unchained/#comments Wed, 14 Sep 2011 17:07:45 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=228411 It just wouldn't be a Tarantino film without him.

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Let’s go ahead and emboss a Kangol with the Django Unchained film logo. Samuel L. Jackson-sized, please.

The Pulp Fiction star has signed on to re-team with Quentin Tarantino on Django Unchained. The action focuses on Jamie Foxx playing a freed slave who trains with Christoph Waltz‘s bounty hunter to rescue his wife from the villainous slave owner played by Leonardo DiCaprio. Jackson will play Stephen, “a house slave and the right-hand man of a sadistic slavemaster.” There’s no word yet on what crazy hairstyle he will wear in the film, but given that this is a Tarantino project, expectations are pretty high that it will be hilarious-looking. (Variety)

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9 Actors Who Were Born To Play Frankenstein http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-actors-who-were-born-to-play-frankenstein/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-actors-who-were-born-to-play-frankenstein/#comments Fri, 02 Sep 2011 15:39:02 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=226958 You made the list, gentlemen. Congratulations!

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One of the 621 Frankenstein movies that are currently in development found itself a director in Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum, Real Steel), which is great. Every film needs a director. However, this announcement begs the question, “Who will play Frankenstein’s monster (let’s just call him Frankenstein and not be all up-our-own-ass about the semantics) in the new project?”

Well, pretty much anyone can portray Frankenstein. I could get a Golden Globe nod for my performance if the director just gave me three Xanax, a 1″ lift in my right shoe, and a burn on the roof of my mouth with a Bagel Bite just out of the oven. So with the playing field being equal, it comes down to looks.

“What has two thumbs and sort of looks like Frankenstein? These guys!”

Truthfully, though, I wouldn’t be surprised if Trejo was missing a thumb.

9. Matt Dillon


He may be in a tie with #8 for the best-looking guy on this list, but still Frankenstein-esque. He also speaks with a deep enough voice that when I’m watching Wild Things while writing (which is most days), I sometimes get startled and need to look up to reassure myself that Denise Richards and Neve Campbell aren’t having a threeway with Frankenstein, because that would just drive me up the wall with sexiness.

8. David Boreanz

Photo generously on loan from the Penn Collins private collection.

Bones could be Frankenstein. I’m aware that Bones is actually the girl on the show of the same name, but it’s just easier for me if I call everyone on that show Bones, as it prevents me from having to learn anything about the show Bones.

7. Danny Trejo


Danny Trejo looks like he has been stitched together a la Frankenstein, complete with baseball glove-type skin. I don’t think Frankenstein had a tattoo on his chest, but the news of Levy’s attachment doesn’t say when the film is set. 2011 Frankenstein in Williamsburg, Brooklyn could totally have a chest tattoo.

“Frankenstein need pick up American Spirits before Frankenstein go ironic barbecue.”

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Kevin Costner To Whip Slaves In ‘Django Unchained’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/kevin-costner-to-play-a-henchman-in-tarantinos-django-unchained/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/kevin-costner-to-play-a-henchman-in-tarantinos-django-unchained/#comments Mon, 18 Jul 2011 19:52:49 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=220677 He will play a balding (probably) slave trainer.

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Quentin Tarantino‘s casting for Django Unchained is getting random even by QT’s standards. In addition to Tarantino rookies Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx, Kevin Costner is in talks with producers to play a slave trainer under the employ of DiCaprio’s Calvin Candie. Also, Samuel L. Jackson will be starring in the film because, duh.

Sadly, I thought that “henchman” would mean some generic bad guy along the lines of the F.O.O.T. Soldiers in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I mean, he played a dead body in The Big Chill, so he’s clearly not in acting for the glory.

Time has shown that it’s not wise to second-guess Tarantino’s casting choices, as no one would have answered “John Travolta” when asked who the best choice to play a hit man would be for Pulp Fiction. This news leaves Django‘s wife, Broomhilda, as the one big outstanding role. It sounds like Kerry Washington is no longer in the running, so expect maybe Harvey Keitel or Tim Roth to step up. (Deadline)

 

 

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Jamie Foxx Will Be Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jamie-foxx-will-be-quentin-tarantinos-django-unchained/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jamie-foxx-will-be-quentin-tarantinos-django-unchained/#comments Wed, 22 Jun 2011 23:09:05 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=217524 It will be interesting to see how he channels "In Living Color"s Wanda to prepare for this role.

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After two months of speculation, it seems that Quentin Tarantino has found his Django in Jamie Foxx. The search for the star of Django Unchained has run through Will Smith, Chris Tucker, Idris Elba, and Terrence Howard before circling Foxx last week.

Foxx will join Christoph Waltz, who plays his friend and mentor and Leonardo DiCaprio, who will serve as Calvin Candle, a sadistic slavemaster.

While this is a huge opportunity for Foxx (Tarantino always serves as a great opportunity for everyone), I’m having trouble picturing him as a grizzled slave the same way I could Elba or Smith. However, one of the best aspects of QT’s films are their ability to transform familiar faces and names into something you had never imagined. We will soon see if Foxx can keep that streak alive as Django.

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The Weinstein Company has booked Christmas Day 2012 for Quentin Tarantino’s jolly slavery vengeance film Django Unchained. Ho, ho, ho, all you plantation-owning bigots. Come December 25 of next year, you’re going to get yours. Though there’s no word yet on who will deliver the punishment. It seems that Will Smith is no longer in the running for the role of Django, but Jamie Foxx is rumored to be a favorite. Christoph Waltz is all but set to play the bounty hunter, and it’s looking like Leonardo DiCaprio will take on villain Calvin Candie with Samuel L. Jackson as his right hand man. It’s not quite the Adam Sandler/Damon Wayans pairing of Bullet Proof, but I could see it working.

Needless to say, I’m extremely excited for this film and can’t see it turning out nothing short of fantastically awesome superwow. In fact Weinstein Co., just go ahead and pull that quote now for your posters and bus ads. (BoxOfficeMojo)

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DiCaprio To Slave (Driver) Away For Tarantino’s ‘Django’? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dicaprio-to-host-slave-battles-for-tarantinos-django-unchained/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dicaprio-to-host-slave-battles-for-tarantinos-django-unchained/#comments Wed, 08 Jun 2011 03:54:38 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=215254 DiCaprio is now entering actual talks to play Calvin Candie, the ruthless slave owner who could use a big dose of vitamin comeuppance.

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Though the possibility has gotten more remote, Will Smith could be returning to the wild wild west as the lead in Quentin Tarantino‘s new spaghetti western Django Unchained. Meanwhile, Leonardo DiCaprio is now in actual talks to play the lead villain. Between Tarantino, Smith and DiCaprio, that’d be one heckuva posse.

Leo’s All-Time Greatest Spazzouts

DiCaprio might play Calvin Candie, the ruthless Candyland ranch owner, who pits male slaves against one another in battles to the death and offers up the female slaves for sexual abuse. Man, that guy could use a big dose of vitamin comeuppance. Freed slave Django must come to his captive wife’s rescue. Smith is on the top of Tarantino’s list for Django, though Jamie Foxx, Idris Elba and Chris Tucker (really?) are also possibilities. Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson are also expected to join the cast in major roles.

Tarantino almost nabbed DiCaprio for Landa in Inglorious Basterds, as the actor was interested in the role early on. The talks didn’t pan out that time, but perhaps second time’s a charm? (Deadline)

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Tarantino Wants DiCaprio For ‘Django Unchained’, Unless He Doesn’t http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tarantino-wants-dicaprio-for-django-unchained-unless-he-doesnt/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tarantino-wants-dicaprio-for-django-unchained-unless-he-doesnt/#comments Tue, 31 May 2011 19:21:03 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=214086 We won't believe it until we hear it from the horse's jittery, fast-talking mouth.

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We’ve seen him with a goatee before (the official facial hair of evildoers), but up to this point the most evil deed we’ve seen him commit on film is when Arnie Grape killed that grasshopper with a mailbox. Which begs the question, is the world ready for Evil Leonardo DiCaprio? Quentin Tarantino thinks so. Maybe. According to some guy.

Former Creative Screenwriting Senior Editor Jeff Goldsmith tweeted: “Casting Rumor: Leonardo DiCaprio WILL play villain Calvin Candie in Tarantino’s Django Unchained! QT wanted him for I.B. & now has him!”

Many are inclined to believe Goldsmith based off the fact he tipped the hat that Will Smith was in talks to join the film (though his participation may have fallen through when it was decided that Jayden would not be allowed to play a ninja or something cool like that). So, as of right now, consider this all speculative, though it would be nice to see DiCaprio share screen time with Hollywood legend, Treat Williams. (via The Playlist)

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