Tony, who directed such Hollywood hits as Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop II and the Quentin Tarantino scripted True Romance, died Sunday (August 19th) after flinging himself from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in Los Angeles County. Scott's death is being investigated as a suicide by the Lapd, after his car was found abandoned near the bridge and a suicide note was found in his office. According to police, several people rang 911 around 12:35 p.m. to report that someone had jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge. When a dive team searched the harbour and eventually found his body it was passed over to the Los Angeles coroner department who identified it as being Tony.
Even though he directed such blockbusters as Top Gun and Days of Thunder, he never came close to reaching the level of critical acclaim that came with his brother's work. He is survived by his wife, Donna Wilson Scott, and their twin sons, Frank and Max, who were born in 2000. It is believed that the reason for Scott's suicide now lies with the fact that he may have had inoperable brain cancer, however this has yet to be confirmed or denied by the Scott camp. news_wenn_old 30790 1186683 Tony Scott, Quentin Tarantino
Tony Scott's death shocked both audiences and industry colleagues alike. Witnesses observed the 68-year old parking his car on the Vincent Thomas Bridge, before jumping. These tragic events occurred yesterday (August 19, 2012) at 12.30pm, local time, reports The Independent. His motives are as yet, unknown.
The news represents one of the saddest days in film history. The British-born auteur leaves a trail of adoring fans; his filmography is full of Hollywood favourites and cult classics. Having worked with some of cinema's heavyweights, Tony Scott was one of the most talented directors of his generation, and in tribute to the late great, Contactmusic.com has compiled his top moments in film.
Top Gun remains Scott's most prominent achievement, and launched the hugely successful careers of Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer. The 1986 classic, adored my many, is still quoted by a nostalgic group of 80's action-loving cinema buffs. The sun-drenched blockbuster was Scott's biggest hit, both critically and commercially, and grossed $344,800,000, one of the highest of its time. Before yesterday's tragic news, a sequel was in the works.
Merely a year later, Scott followed Top Gun with Beverly Hills Cop II, another blissfully entertaining cult-classic, which featured the talents of a young Eddie Murphy, but this was just the beginning, and the 90's saw a trio of films that would secure Scott's name in the fabric of Hollywood notoriety.
Scott welcomed back Cruise for the 1990 classic, Days Of Thunder. The movie, whilst not as successful as his previous hits, remained true to his ethos of uncompromising entertainment. The 90's was in fact Scott's most fruitful decade, with films like Crimson Tide and Enemy Of The State standing the test of time.
Perhaps his most adored film, though, is True Romance. The '93 gangster-road movie features a truly memorable cast, with Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, Samuel L Jackson and Christopher Walken all supporting Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette.
Written by none other than Quentin Tarantino, the romantic crime thriller enjoys an enduring legacy, and despite being a box office flop, remains Scott's most critically acclaimed film. The film also contains one of the most famous scenes in cinema: a fight between Sopranos star James Gandolfini and Arquette. The violent choreography was one of the first, and most graphic mixed gender bouts to appear on-screen.
Other film highlights include Man on Fire and De Ja Vu, as well as a prominent influence on many TV projects in a writing, production and direction capacity. news_studio_old 30790 1186683 Tony Scott, Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, Eddie Murphy, Dennis Hopper, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, Samuel L Jackson, Christopher Walken, Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Quentin Tarantino, James Gandolfini
Quentin Tarantino knew Jamie Foxx was the ideal man to play the titular character in 'Django Unchained'.
The 49-year-old director revealed he knew straight away that Jamie was the right man to portray the slave-turned-bounty hunter in the forthcoming western movie, despite speaking to five other actors.
He said: ''Jamie was the last one that I got together with and after I got together with him, I called the other guys up and I go, 'Look, I found my Django. And no disrespect and everything and we could have taken it further and I know...' But you just know when you meet the guy and I met the guy.
''And one of the things about him, aside from everything else about Jamie, just when it comes to this movie, he just got it. He just understood. He understood what I was writing, he understood what needed to be there and he understood what needed to be on screen and he understood how people should take it.
''I met six guys, six magnificent actors, but he was the cowboy and I was looking for the cowboy.''
Quentin also hinted he had auditioned 'Men in Black' actor Will Smith for the role, but after putting Jamie ''through the ringer'' he knew exactly who to choose for the job.
When asked if ''rumours a certain Man in Black'' had auditioned for the titular role in 'Django Unchained' were true, he added to Buzzline: ''When I wrote 'Django', I did not write it for anybody. I had no idea who was going to play it and it was kind of a little bit like, 'Gosh, who is going to play this guy?' And so I met with six different actors.
''The actor you're talking about was one of the people that I met with. And then I met with Jamie and he came over to my house and I was going to put him through the ringer.''news_bang_old 66162 3229628 Quentin Tarantino, Jamie Foxx, Men In Black, Will Smith
Samuel L. Jackson's acting on Django Unchained caused his fellow stars to have sleepless nights.
Jamie Foxx revealed some of the actors appearing alongside the 66-year-old star in the final few scenes of Quentin Tarantino's forthcoming western movie ''wouldn't go to sleep at night'' because they were apprehensive about acting against him the next day.
He said: ''It ends up with myself and Samuel L. Jackson, at the very end of the movie. I even had mentioned to Quentin that Samuel Jackson was housing the part.
''People wouldn't go to sleep at night because they knew they had to act against Samuel Jackson, the next morning. He was kicking everybody's ass, in the scene.''
Jamie was delighted to get the blessing of Franco Nero, who starred in the original 'Django' movie - which Quentin made the cast watch before they took on their respective roles - and he admits it was a great help to have him on set throughout filming.
He added: ''I was just like, 'Wow!' It was amazing! And then, to actually have the original Django in the movie was great. He was the biggest star on the set.
''For him to give his blessing was amazing. I think he really felt it was true to it. I think the pleasant surprise for people is going to be that it's a western, and it stays along the lines of a western that happens to have the backdrop of slavery.''
The movie tells the story of the titular character (Jamie), whose main goal in life is to recover his wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) but first needs to get past the villainous club owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio).news_bang_old 72521 3200659 Jamie Foxx, Franco Nero, Quentin Tarantino, The Blessing, The Lines
Speaking at the Comic Con event in San Diego this week, Foxx - who is promoting 'Django Unchained' - lent his support to Ocean, saying, "Elton John did it. For Frank Ocean to do it and be hip-hop and black, he's breaking ground, and kudos to him. At the end of the day, his music is for everybody", joking, "Now when I put his music on, I am trying to get at the ladies. Frank, you helping me out. You done left more for me, Frank". Ever the entertainer, Foxx then proceeded to break into song - performing an impromptu rendition of Ocean's song 'Swim Good' from his 2011 mixtape 'Nostalgia, Ultra'. The singer came out over his sexuality in a letter posted on his Tumblr page, leading to huge interest in the singer, and strong sales of his latest album 'Channel Orange'. The album is likely to debut at No.2 on the Billboard 200 chart, though Foxx suggests Ocean's admission will affect far more than just the charts, saying, "When I heard that he came out, I thought, 'Courageous, hooray for him' It's just the beginning. I have several friends who live in darkness and live in fear, and it's just time".
Foxx plays a slave set on revenge in Quentin Tarantino's forthcoming movie 'Django Unchained' - set for release on Christmas Day 2012. news_wenn_old 3101384 Frank Ocean, 50 Cent, Beyonce Knowles, Jamie Foxx, Quentin Tarantino
In a statement to US Weekly magazine, the actress' manager Jason Weinberg said, "Mom and baby are doing well!", though did not reveal any further details, including the name or weight of the child. Thurman already has a 14-year-old daughter Maya and 10-year-old son Levon with her ex-husband Ethan Hawke. She and Busson, 49, have been dating on and off since 2007, including a brief engagement. After separating, the couple reunited earlier this year, and Thurman announced that she was expecting her third child in February. Though best known for her work with Quentin Tarantino - including 'Pulp Fiction' and the 'Kill Bill' movies - the actress is currently starring in the hit musical television show 'Smash'.
On the big screen, Thurman will next star in the comedy-drama 'Playing the Field', about a former professional athlete (played by Gerard Butler), who tries to redeem himself by coaching his son's soccer team - only to be unable to resist the advances of his players' attractive moms. She is also rumored to be starring alongside Clive Owen in the drama 'Blind', about a novelist who was blinded in a car crash that killed his wife. news_wenn_old 45868 2848896 Uma Thurman, Ethan Hawke, Quentin Tarantino, Clive Owen
He told Mtv "Elton John did it. For Frank Ocean to do it and be hip-hop and black, he's breaking ground, and kudos to him. At the end of the day, his music is for everybody". Joking, he added "Now when I put his music on, I am trying to get at the ladies. Frank, you helping me out. You done left more for me, Frank".
Foxx, who is currently doing the promotional rounds for his latest film 'Django Unchained', directed by Quentin Tarantino, went on to say that he thought Ocean's admission meant that it was only matter of time before many more artists in the rap and hip hop community came out. "When I heard that he came out, I thought, 'Courageous, hooray for him,'" Foxx commented. "It's just the beginning. I have several friends who live in darkness and live in fear, and it's just time." Let's hope so. news_wenn_old 3101384 Frank Ocean, 50 Cent, Mtv, Quentin Tarantino
Thurman's latest child - with financier beau Arpad Busson - was born on Sunday (July 15, 2012), though the all-important name is yet to be revealed. The choice of 'Maya' for her first daughter suggests Thurman will join the ranks of celebrities opting for interesting baby names, though won't delve into the realm of the unusual - we're looking at you Gwyneth Paltrow. It's been a rollercoaster ride for Thurman and Busson, who called off their engagement in 2009, but reunited last year. After announcing the pregnancy, a source said, "Uma was definitely not planning on having another kid. It was a surprise.But she's over the moon about it, very excited". Ethan Hawke, 31, has also had more children since splitting from Thurman, and is now a father to younger daughters Clementine, 3, and Indiana, 11 months, with wife Ryan Shawhughes.
Thurman may find herself reprising the role of The Bride in the Kill Bill movies, after Quentin Tarantino gave the coy response of "We'll see", in response to a question about a third film at Comic-Con this week. In the meantime, the actress will star in the family movie 'Eloise in Paris', based on the classic 1950s children's book by Kay Thompson. news_wenn_old 45868 2848896 Uma Thurman, Ethan Hawke, Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino gave movie fans at Comic-Con a golden nugget of information this week, by suggesting his forthcoming movie 'Django Unchained' is somehow linked to the 1971 movie 'Shaft', starring Richard Rountree. Speaking at a press conference for the movie in the famous Hall H, Tarantino dished on a secret connection between one of the characters in his new movie, and Mr John Shaft himself.
When asked whether any characters in 'Django' were relatives of any in his previous movies, the filmmaker said they were not, but that Brunhilda Von Shaft (played by Kerry Washington) and Django himself were related to the famous cop, saying, "Her and Django will eventually have a baby, and then that baby will have a baby, and that baby will have a baby, and that baby will have a baby, and that baby will have a baby ... and one of these days, John Shaft will be born". The director then proceeded to point at his two stars, saying, "John Shaft started with this lady here and this man here! They're the great-great-great-grandparents of 'Shut your mouth!" with Foxx bursting into song, singing Isaac Hayes' famous theme tune from the movie according to Vulture. Later in the panel talk, Tarantino was quizzed on whether he intended to make 'Kill Bill 3', though he merely replied, "We'll see".
'Django Unchained', set for release on Christmas Day 2012, follows a slave turned bounty hunter who sets out to rescue his wife from an evil plantation owner, played by LEONARDO DICAPRIO. news_studio_old 66162 2785527 Quentin Tarantino, Kerry Washington
On Saturday (July 14, 2012) at Comic-Con, Quentin Tarantino revealed a little-known secret about his forthcoming movie Django Unchained. In the Hall H panel session, Tarantino drew a secret connection between one of the characters in Django Unchained and the movie Shaft. He'd been asked whether or not any of the characters in Django Unchained were related to any characters from his other films. Although they weren't, he did suggest that there was a connection to a movie from outside of his own oeuvre.
Kerry Washington's character in the movie is named Brunhilda Von Shaft and Tarantino explained to those gathered in the hall "Her and Django will eventually have a baby, and then that baby will have a baby, and that baby will have a baby, and that baby will have a baby, and that baby will have a baby ... and one of these days, John Shaft will be born." Tarantino then pointed at Kerry Washington and Jamie Foxx, saying "John Shaft started with this lady here and this man here! They're the great-great-great-grandparents of 'Shut your mouth!'" At that point, Foxx allegedly burst into song, singing Isaac Hayes' famous theme tune from Shaft, Vulture.com reported. On other issues, however, Tarantino refused to be drawn. He was asked whether or not he intended to make a Kill Bill 3. His response was a rather non-committal "We'll see."
Tarantino's fans were not short of questions for him, either. They wanted to know what had happened to the 'hard-to-cast' role in Django, which Jonah Hill and Sacha Baron Cohen both agreed to and subsequently dropped out of (the answer is that the role was written out of the movie and Jonah instead filmed another role as a pre-Klansman). news_studio_old 66162 2785527 Quentin Tarantino, Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx, Isaac Hayes, Jonah Hill, Sacha Baron Cohen
Regarding what might get people talking about the Quentin Tarantino western, Foxx reveals to Access Hollywood: "The courageousness of the script, the courageousness of Quentin Tarantino to tell the story and the first western to acknowledge slavery". He adds that the movie is the most accurate representation of the subject of slavery in the film industry and explains that the movie is more about Django's quest to free his wife rather than having the rather unrealistic goal of ending slavery altogether. "[Django] does all of this to have his woman - he's not trying to cure or stop slavery - he just wants to love his woman".
On the subject of co-star DiCaprio who plays an unhinged plantation owner with Django's wife held there as a slave, Foxx expresses his utmost respect for the 'Titanic' star. "Leo really came to play, man", he said. "He came in with his lunch pail and just. really got down and pushed the envelope of the movie to where you couldn't sleep because you wanted to get on set and be on your toes, because he was really bringing it!" 'Django Unchained' will also star Samuel L Jackson ('Pulp Fiction') and hits theaters on Christmas Day this year (2012). news_wenn_old 72521 3096680 Jamie Foxx, Leonardo Dicaprio, Quentin Tarantino, Samuel L Jackson
The stars of 'Django Unchained' Jamie Foxx and Kerry Washington were in town at the San Diego Comic-Con to enthuse about Quentin Tarantino's new film as it wowed attendees at the four day event over the weekend, meeting a standing ovation as it finished its short preview.
Talking in an interview, 44 year-old Foxx said he jumped at the chance to get involved in the warped spaghetti western. "It all depends on where the script comes from," Foxx said "When Quentin Tarantino writes something, it's the highest end of artistic achievement. And getting to work with him and with Christoph Waltz.... It would have been a terrible mistake to not try and hunt down this part that I think for the next 20 years will be a movie people will talk about."
Washington meanwhile explained how her character meant that she had to learn how to ride a horse and speak German - she plays a slave and Foxx's character's wife. "I was so grateful that my character had to do two things that I've never done before because this film scared the [heck] out of me," Washington said. "But that prepared me to step into this brutal world. Studying the German and the horseback riding kept me connected to the world when all I wanted to do was stay under the covers." news_studio_old 72521 3096680 Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino rewrote the ending of 'Django Unchained' at the last minute.
Jamie Foxx revealed the director decided on the ''spur of the moment'' that the finale he had planned for the forthcoming western movie wasn't going to work, so he went into his trailer on set and changed the ending straight away, much to the surprise of his stunned cast.
Speaking at Comic-Con, Jamie explained: ''On the spur of the moment, he rewrote the end of the movie.
''Blows up the house and says, 'My ending doesn't work.' We're like, 'What are you going to do?' 'Just give me a second.'
''He's walking on the rubble like this, 'Okay, I got it.' Goes to his trailer and comes back with the ending of the movie, but dope. When a writer writes a movie, he goes into his cabin and he's there for like nine months, and comes down with like the tablets. This dude just went in his trailer.''
Jamie was in disbelief following the filmmaker's revelation, but he now regards him as a ''God gifted'' individual.
He added: ''What? What did you just say? I don't want to cuss, but ****in' crazy. I said, 'There's no way. There's no way. There's no way.' What it is is there's talented people and God gifted people. He's a God gifted people because he went away, he did something, you could tell that it was trouble. When he got it, he came and was like, 'I got this motherf***er now.'''news_bang_old 66162 3196331 Quentin Tarantino, Jamie Foxx, Revelation, The Ending
The Pulp Fiction director made the surprise announcement at California's Comic-Con event in San Diego on Saturday (14Jul12), when he crashed a discussion panel for DC Comics' Before Watchmen to unveil his own plans for a five-issue series of graphic novels.
And Tarantino admitted the project will tie in very closely with his upcoming slave drama, telling fans, "The comic will literally be the first draft of the script."
Earlier in the day, Tarantino joined his Django Unchained stars Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington and Christoph Waltz to discuss the concept of the movie with devotees.
The film is due for release this Christmas (Dec12), while the comic books are expected to go on sale next year (13).
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Quentin Tarantino and co were all on hand yesterday to offer an extended sneak peak at his upcoming western DJANGO UNCHAINED, giving fans an 8-minute look at "just the first half" of the film.
The film, for those of you who have yet to see any snippets, is set in the South of slavery-era America and stars Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave who's promised freedom by Christoph Waltz's bounty hunter character, Dr. King Schultz. Kerry Washington plays Foxx's wife, who's still enslaved to Leonardo Dicaprio's plantation owner, Calvin Candie
Although the villainous DiCaprio was unable to make the panel, Foxx, Washington, Waltz and co-stars WALTER GOGGINS and Don Johnson, were all on hand to speak about the film along with the film's mastermind Tarantino.
The film will contain all the QT hallmarks of blood and guts on the screen and in the script, with the movie rumoured to use the N-word more than a 100 times - something the eight minutes of previewing did not skimp on.
The topic of race and racism was rife at the panel, with Foxx bringing up how he had long been on the receiving end of racial abuse, having grown up in Texas. Meanwhile Waltz admitted that this is something he was hardly familiar with prior to recording the film, having grown up in Vienna. news_studio_old 66162 2785527 Quentin Tarantino, Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington, Leonardo Dicaprio, Don Johnson
Hip-hop legend Rza is making a foray into the world of movie directing and made an appearance at Comic-Con this week to talk about 'The Man with the Iron Fists'. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that the movie will be released by Universal on November 2, 2012 and will be "presented by Quentin Tarantino." Eli Roth - another of Tarantino's long-time collaborators - co-wrote the script and the movie has been billed as "an ode to kung-fu classics of the past."
Rza revealed that the idea for the film "started around 2005, 2006, after working on 'Kill Bill' with Quentin as a composer and everything, I got this urge to want to be a director and so I became his student." Eventually, the rapper came up with the screenplay and got Lucy Liu on board, as well as Russell Crowe. Given that it's his debut venture into the world of movie-making, he's got a heavyweight support network around him that should ensure the movie's success. Eli Roth apparently loved the script when he first showed him it and bolstered it with his own contributions. "He gave me a lot of advice," Rza reveals. "When I felt that I was ready and had enough wisdom. Quentin was like 'I think he's ready, let's go for it.'"
'The Man with the Iron Fists' is an epic tale of "warriors, assassins and a lone hero who descend on one fabled village in China for a winner-take-all battle for a fortune in gold." news_studio_old 42321 3059549 Rza, Quentin Tarantino, Eli Roth, Lucy Liu, Russell Crowe
After 42 gloriously geeky years, San Diego's annual COMIC CON is underway once more and it looks to be the biggest event so far, with an estimated 140,000 due to attend.
The event has exploded beyond its original artistic identity, shifting from the humble origins where organizers in 1970 hoped of attracting 500 people to a convention devoted to comic books and the people who create them. Today, you can expect to find at least 500 storm troopers, hobbits, superheroes and cult icons in the line for the bathrooms at any given time.
In more recent years, the event has become a platform for moviemakers and their stars to spill the beans on upcoming projects and give first time previews of what's on offer. This year offers no exceptions, with 'The Hobbit,' 'DJANGO UNCHAINED,' 'IRON MAN 3' and 'MAN OF STEEL' being the main headliners of the show.
Directors Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained) and Zack Snyder (Man of Steel) are expected to be on hand to spread word on what audiences can expect from their long awaited movies with their respective panellist.
As well as comics and movies, TV will have it's fair share of representation too, with panels for TRUE BLOOD, The Simpsons, ONCE UPON A TIME, Family Guy, Shameless, GRIMM, and Glee all being held. news_studio_old 66725 The Hobbit, Quentin Tarantino, Zack Snyder, The Simpsons, Family Guy, Shameless, Glee
Jonah Hill has signed up for 'Django Unchained'.
The '21 Jump Street' star previously turned down a role in the spaghetti western movie - which will be directed by Quentin Tarantino - due to scheduling conflicts but he is now able to play a different character, who is as yet unknown, in the film.
Jonah rejected the role of Scotty Harmony, who loses the titular character Django's (Jamie Foxx) slave wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) to evil plantation owner Calvin Candie - who is played by Leonardo DiCaprio - which results in him being involved in a showdown with the slave-turned-bounty hunter.
The drama film focuses on Django's quest to recover his wife from Calvin - who runs club Candyland, where his spouse and other female slaves are exploited as sex objects - and Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz and James Russo have also signed up for the motion picture.
Jonah and Leonardo will then join forces for Martin Scorsese's 'The Wolf of Wall Street', which is based on Jordan Belfort's memoir of his rise and fall as a stockbroker.
John Dujardin has also been in talks to star in the crime drama, which will see Leonardo play Jordan, a multi millionaire stockbroker who was charged with security fraud and money laundering, and served a 22-month prison stretch.news_bang_old 47902 3077888 Jonah Hill, Christoph Waltz, James Russo, Katie Price, Leonardo Dicaprio, Martin Scorsese, Millionaire, Quentin Tarantino, Wall Street
"I wanted to meet Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained but he had Jamie Foxx in mind - that one hurt." Actor Cuba Gooding, JR. reveals his biggest disappointment.
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The teaser trailer for 'Django Unchained' - Quentin Tarantino's forthcoming revenge movie - debuted this week, with an interesting first look at LEONARDI DICAPRIO in his first real villainous role.
The Hollywood star plays evil plantation owner Calvin Candie, and with slicked back hair and goatee beard, appears to be having a whale of a time. Recent turns in 'J Edgar', 'Inception', 'Shutter Island', 'Revolutionary Road', 'Blood Diamond' and 'The Departed' have won the actor his fair share of acclaim, though an Oscar has so-far eluded him. It's shaping up as though his roles for 2012 could be Leo's best chance of scooping an Academy Award. His strong hand of movies includes 'Django Unchained', and BAZ LUHRMAN's 'The Great Gatsby', which also premiered its first trailer last month. DiCaprio is certainly amongst talented company in Tarantino's latest movie, with Jamie Foxx playing a freed slave who is befriended by a German dentist who promises to help free his wife from plantation owner Mr Candie. Typically for Tarantino, the short trailer features sharp cuts, violence, and plenty of genre blending, with American west visuals interspersed with a 1970's funk soundtrack.
'Django Unchained' is likely to feature prominently in next year's awards season, though it will face stiff competition from the likes of Ang Lee's 'Life of Pi', Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom', and TOM HOOPER's adaptation of 'Les Miserables'. news_studio_old 66162 2785527 Quentin Tarantino, Jamie Foxx, Ang Lee, Wes Anderson
The film also features a funk soundtrack, something of a favorite of Tarantino's - you only need to look at certain songs that made 'Pulp Fiction's' soundtrack - and shows glimpses of the storyline that sees Jamie Foxx, Leonardo Dicaprio and Christoph Waltz get thrown together. It would appear that Foxx is going to play a pretty straight slave, with DiCaprio showcasing flamboyance as a villainous plantation owner named Calvin Candie.
The film is set two years before the outbreak of the American civil war with the synopsis of the film reading that Django is "a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr King Schultz (Academy award-winner Christoph Waltz)". Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. The unorthodox Schultz acquires Django with a promise to free him upon the capture of the Brittles - dead or alive. The film hits cinemas this fall. news_wenn_old 66162 2785527 Quentin Tarantino, Jamie Foxx, Leonardo Dicaprio, Christoph Waltz
Samuel L. Jackson is set to star in 'Robocop'.
The 63-year-old actor is said to have signed up to appear in the remake of the 1987 action film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Jackson will play ''charismatic media mogul'' Pat Novak, while Joel Kinnaman has already been cast as police officer Alex Murphy who is brought back to life as a cyborg.
Gary Oldman will also star as the scientist who creates Murphy.
The movie - which is being directed by Jose Padilha - is due to begin shooting in Toronto, Canada, this September and scheduled to be released next summer.
The original film starred Peter Weller in the lead role and Nancy Allen as his partner, Lewis, and took more than $60m at the box office.
Jackson can currently be seen in 'Avengers Assemble', and he will next appear in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, which is out in January next year.news_bang_old 2446568 3061688 Joel Kinnaman, Avengers, Gary Oldman, Nancy Allen, Peter Weller, Quentin Tarantino
After tackling the tricky subject of Nazis in Inglorious Basterds, Quentin Tarantino is back, with Django Unchained. A trailer has just been released for the movie, which deals with the topics of slavery in the US. As is usual with Tarantino, there's a dark humour running through this controversial movie, which stars Leonardo Dicaprio, as well as Jamie Foxx (as the title character), Christoph Waltz and Kerry Washington.
The trailer begins with sombre footage of a marching chain-gang of slaves but the mood of the piece switches with the arrival of Dr. King Schultz (played by Waltz), who frees Django from the chain, to the tune of James Brown's 'the Big Payback.' "How do you like the bounty-hunting business?' Schultz asks Django.
'Kill white folks and they pay you for it? What's not to like?' replies the freed man. The trailer also contains a smattering of images such as visible whip scars on Django's body and a group of Klu Klux Klan members carrying torches.
Tarantino's up to his usual tricks with the casting too, placing DiCaprio in his first major villainous role. Calvin Candie is the bad guy who forces slaves to fight to the death, for his own amusement and Leonardo seems to relish the opportunity to break free from the clean cut Hollywood roles he normally tackles. Clearly, some of Hollywood's stars were sensitive to the controversy that Django Unchained will inevitably attract. The role of Django was created with Will Smith in mind, according to the Daily Mail, though he opted to go for the more family-friendly opportunities that lie in Men In Black 3. news_studio_old 66162 2785527 Quentin Tarantino, Leonardo Dicaprio, Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington, James Brown, Will Smith
Jamie Foxx is set to star as the US President in 'White House Down'.
The 'Django Unchained' actor is considering the role in director Roland Emmerich's new thriller, about a secret service agent who must act when the White House comes under attack and everyone inside, including the president, is held hostage.
Although the deal has not been finalised, Jamie is said to be intrigued by the presidential role, and his representatives have reached out to the filmmaker about the part.
Channing Tatum is in talks to play the agent who must save the president when 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is taken over by a paramilitary group.
'Zodiac' and 'The Amazing Spider-Man' writer James Vanderbilt has penned the screenplay, with production expected to start later this year for a 2013 release.
'White House Down' would be the second upcoming action film about the White House, after 'Olympus Has Fallen', which is set to star Gerard Butler.
Jamie, who was last seen in Seth Gordon's comedy 'Horrible Bosses' can next be seen in Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'.news_bang_old 72521 3061288 Jamie Foxx, Channing Tatum, Gerard Butler, James Vanderbilt, Quentin Tarantino, Roland Emmerich, Seth Gordon, Spider Man, The Deal, White House
Tarantino is gearing up for the release of his latest film, spaghetti Western Django Unchained, later this year (12) and he's inviting fans to submit a poster or promo clip based on the genre.
He has teamed up with The Weinstein Co. and energy drinks giant Red Bull for the contest, which Tarantino will judge. Entrants are required to submit poster art, a short film, or a digital Gif (graphics interchange format) containing footage from the Django Unchained trailer by the end of this month (Jun12).
The winner will be given the chance to meet Tarantino at the Comic-Con event in San Diego, California in July (12).
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Jamie Foxx says 'Django Unchained' is a love story.
The Oscar-winning actor plays the titular character in the spaghetti western, whose main goal in life is to recover his wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) but first needs to get past the villainous ranch Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), who runs club Candyland, where his spouse and other female slaves are exploited as sex objects and Jamie believes the husband/wife relationship is the most important one in the movie.
He told Empire magazine:'' The one thing that stuck out to me in the script was that Django got married. Back then to be married was taboo. You could be killed ...
''The strongest buck would mate with the strongest black woman so they could get stronger slaves. They didn't want black people married. So Django being married was a big thing for me. This is a love story.
''He's not trying to stop slavery. He's not trying to do anything but find the love of his life - which is like trying to find a needle in a world of haystacks.''
Meanwhile, director Quentin Tarantino says people will be uncomfortable with the racism in the movie but it is important to show how ''f****d-up'' America used to be.
He explained: ''[The racism] is what I wanted to deal with and that's the reason to do it. it's not to avoid it, it's absolutely to deal with that. Show how America was back then and how f****d-up we were.''news_bang_old 72521 3053326 Jamie Foxx, Quentin Tarantino, The Script
Leonardo DiCaprio is renting out one of his three Malibu estates for $150,000-a-month.
Prospective tenants can lease the property belonging to the 'Shutter Island' star for six months or less.
However the potential residents can hire the place out for $75,000 per month if they are interested in staying any longer than half a year.
The luxurious beach home on Malibu Colony Road was originally purchased in October 2002 for $6million, according to Trulia.
Spread over 2,633 square feet, the home features seven bedrooms, six bathrooms and a gym.
The property is divided into a four-bedroom main house, with an additional two-bedroom detached guest home.
The website states: ''DiCaprio just completed a beautiful remodel in time for summer and is now ready to lease the home out to someone who wants a temporary taste of how the stars live.
''Unique to a home right on the water, DiCaprio's home has beautiful gardens and lawns. Consider it a beachfront luxury compound!''
The Academy-Award nominee will next be seen on screen in Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby', starring Carey Mulligan, as well as his latest movie 'Django Unchained'.
The Quentin Tarantino Western - which includes a cast of Jamie Foxx, Samuel L Jackson and Christoph Waltz - is expected to be released at the end of this year.news_bang_old 68044 3036323 Leonardo Dicaprio, Baz Luhrmann, Carey Mulligan, Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx, Quentin Tarantino, Samuel L Jackson
Russell was slated to team up with his Death Proof director once again in the violent western - playing Ace Woody, a villainous trainer who pits slaves against each other, but Variety reports The Thing star has now left the production.
Kevin Coster was previously lined up to play Woody and he pulled out because of scheduling difficulties.
Variety reporter Jeff Sneider writes in a post on his Twitter.com page, "First Kevin Costner, and now Kurt Russell has exited the cast of QT's Django Unchained. No reason given or replacement named..."
There will be yet more reshuffling on the movie after funnyman Cohen also pulled out from a planned appearance because of scheduling conflicts.
The Borat star tells The Howard Stern Show, "That was going to be a cameo, but I had to drop out because of The DICtator's press tour."
There is no word yet on who will replace Russell in the movie, which stars Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, and Samuel L. Jackson.
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Sacha Baron Cohen has pulled out of 'Django Unchained'.
The 'Dictator' star was slated to make a cameo appearance in Quentin Tarantino's Civil War-era thriller but revealed scheduling conflicts have forced him to drop out of the movie.
Sacha was set to play the role of Scotty Harmony, a gambler who buys the title character's (Jamie Foxx) wife (Kerry Washington) to keep as a female companion.
Speaking on the 'Howard Stern Show', he said: ''That was going to be a cameo, but I had to drop out because of ['The Dictator's] press tour.''
He isn't the only actor to drop out of the movie, Kevin Costner was set to take on the role of Ace Woody - a sadistic trainer of slaves who pits fighters against one another - but a combination of scheduling conflicts and personal reasons are believed to have led to him leaving the movie.
Kevin has been working on the Superman reboot 'Man of Steel' where he is playing Clark Kent's adoptive father Jonathan Kent along with starring in and producing TV miniseries 'The Hatfields and McCoys' and as a result of time constraints the two month shooting schedule for 'Django Unchained' proved difficult.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt also dropped the movie after it clashed with production on his feature film directorial debut.news_bang_old 53832 3017146 Sacha Baron Cohen, Cameo, Clark Kent, Howard Stern, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Kevin Costner, Quentin Tarantino, Superman
In one of his few interviews, Jackson told the Associated Press of his time in the comic book world, saying, "Joss (Whedon) is so savvy about the genre and how to flesh characters out so it's not just a set piece fest of stuff blowing up and people chasing each other... There's sadness, there's joy, there's fear, there's all this stuff that goes into making this film that makes it sort of special, way more special than it could have been". The 63-year-old has an excuse for his lack of appearances in the build-up to the movie's release - he's been working with Quentin Tarantino on his new movie 'Django Unchained', though claimed to have signed a "non-disclosure thing" preventing him from revealing details of the Western tale.
The actor is rumored to be starring in his own 'Nick Fury' movie, about the backstory of the Avengers captain. The film will reportedly follow Fury's rise from amateur boxer to his recruitment by the Army to put together a group of elite soldiers. news_wenn_old 58135 2940432 Samuel L Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo, Quentin Tarantino