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Quentin Tarantino Repeats Plan To Retire After Two More Films


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Quentin Tarantino has dropped the strongest hint yet that he’s determined to quit his directing career after making two more movies, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Speaking at the Adobe Max conference in San Diego on Thursday (November 3rd), the 53 year old maestro said of his plans after his next two films that he would: “Drop the mic. Boom. Tell everybody, ‘Match that s***’.”

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Is Quentin Tarantino Still Ready To Retire Once He’s Made 10 Movies?


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Quentin Tarantino previously claimed that he wants to retire once he has completed his 10th film and it appears the director’s plan still stands, for the most part. Last year he released his eighth film, The Hateful Eight, which means we have just two offerings left, although he’s not ruling out the idea of making more later in life.

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Speaking at the Jerusalem Film Festival on Tuesday (July 12), Tarantino said: “I’m planning on stopping at 10. So it’ll be two more. Even if at 75, if I have this other story to tell, it would still kind of work because that would make those 10.”

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Ennio Morricone Wins First Oscar Of His Career For Scoring T`arantino's 'The Hateful Eight'


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Leonardo DiCaprio may have made most of the headlines with his first Oscar win after five nominations for Best Actor, but perhaps just as significant was the triumph of Ennio Morricone, the legendary soundtrack composer who won his first statuette at the age of 87.

The Italian maestro has notched up more than 500 movie credits throughout his lengthy career, but finally struck gold on Sunday night as he collected the Oscar for Best Original Score to add to the Golden Globe he picked up for the same work he did for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight.

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The Hateful Eight Review

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Quentin Tarantino is a filmmaker who simply can't be ignored, especially when he lobs a three-hour wide-screen epic whodunit Western into the cinema. This strikingly entertaining film is packed with his trademark plot twists and dialogue that snaps and crackles in every direction imaginable. So even though it's mainly set in a single room, it's never boring. But with no discernible point, it also leaves the audience rather cold.

In the snowy Rockies of southern Wyoming, cavalry officer turned bounty hunter Warren (Samuel L. Jackson) hitches a ride on a stagecoach with shifty gunslinger John (Kurt Russell), who is escorting feisty outlaw Daisy (Jennifer Jason Leigh) to collect the reward on her head and see her hanged. They also pick up lost new sheriff Chris (Walton Goggins) before an intense blizzard forces them to take shelter at a mountain lodge run by the suspicious Bob (Demian Bichir). Inside, hangman Oswaldo (Tim Roth), war veteran Sandy (Bruce Dern) and their mysterious friend Joe (Michael Madsen) are also waiting out the storm. And as these eight people circle around each other, it's clear that each of them wants the others dead.

No, there's not a single trustworthy person in this story, and Tarantino has a great time revealing the inner murkiness within each one. This gives the actors plenty of texture to work with, as they deliver their lines with knowing innuendo, razor-sharp wit and glowering loathing. The set-up feels somewhat belaboured, but the film's second half is a cracking Agatha Christie-style mystery as we wait for the first shot to be fired. With its single setting, it feels like a particularly nasty stage play, livened up by Tarantino's wordy writing, which drops in big issues like racism and sexism without ever quite grappling with them. And there's of course also a steady stream of vicious violence, including an extended flashback featuring Channing Tatum.

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Quentin Tarantino Has Been Talking A Lot About His Final Movie Ideas


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We've been warned that Quentin Tarantino only plans on doing two more movies before his retirement, to round off his career with a perfect ten. The problem is, there are just way too many ideas tumbling out of him right now - and we kind of want him to do them all.

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In a recent interview with Time Out New York, 'The Hateful Eight' director laid bare the current possibilities for future movies. Unlike World War II thriller 'Inglourious Basterds' or martial-acts cult film 'Kill Bill', he admits there are no more genres he's desperate to re-create. However, he would like to do another gangster movie, this time based in the 1930s; 'That kind of John Dillinger thing', he says. 

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Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight' Will Not Show At Three Major UK Cinema Chains


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Three major UK cinema chains, Cineworld, Picturehouse and Curzon cinemas won’t be showing Quentin Tarantino’s highly anticipate new film The Hateful Eight, when it is released on January 8th. The decision is due to a ‘last-minute’ dispute with the film’s distributor which has prevented it coming to the three chains.

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After the film was noticeably absent from Cineworld’s list of upcoming films, some customers tweeted the chain’s official twitter account, who replied saying they’d ‘been unable to come to an agreement with the film's distributor.’

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Kurt Russell Talks Being Chained To Jennifer Jason Leigh For 'The Hateful Eight'


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In The Hateful Eight, Kurt Russell plays bounty hunter John Ruth, who captures fugitive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) who’s wanted dead or alive for murder. But in order to make sure his captive doesn't escape John chains himself to Daisy, meaning on set the two actors couldn't get away from each other either.

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To Russell, being chained to another person seemed easy when he read the script, until filming began. “That was rough,” Russell said of the experience. “That was different when I read it, I didn’t think anything of it. I though OK we’re chained together.”

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The Hateful Eight Was An Ordeal For Quentin Tarantino


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This is a movie that almost never happened, as Tarantino once scrapped the entire project when the script was leaked online. Then when he gathered a group of actors to read it publicly, be decided to make the film after all.

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"The starting point was the idea of taking eight characters that you cannot trust at all - you cannot take anything they say at face value," Tarantino explains. "Whatever they say they are, you can't trust that. Who they even think they are, or present themselves to be, you can't trust that. Then during the course of the movie, everyone, to one degree or another, has something about their past revealed, but you can't even trust that!"

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Quentin Tarantino - Premiere of The Weinstein Company's 'The Hateful Eight' at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome - Red Carpet Arrivals at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 7th December 2015

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Quentin Tarantino - San Diego Comic-Con International 2015 - 'The Hateful Eight' - Press Room - San Diego, California, United States - Saturday 11th July 2015

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Quentin Tarantino - The 2015 cast of 'The Hateful Eight' has a dinner meeting at Mr.Chow in Beverly Hills - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Tuesday 4th November 2014

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Eugene Sadovoy - Celebrities attend 2014 LACMA Art + Film Gala honoring Barbara Kruger and Quentin Tarantino presented by Gucci at LACMA. at LACMA - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 1st November 2014

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Boy George of Culture Club - A variety of celebrities were photographed as they arrived at the 2014 LACMA Art+Film Gala which honored conceptual artist Barbara Kruger and film director Quentin Tarantino, the event was presented by Gucci in Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 1st November 2014

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Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman - The 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival - Closing Ceremony - Arrivals - Cannes, France - Sunday 25th May 2014

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Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman - The 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival - Clouds Of Sils Maria - Premiere - Cannes, France - Friday 23rd May 2014

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Jerry Lewis and Quentin Tarantino - Jerry Lewis' Hand and Footprint Ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 12th April 2014

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Is Quentin Tarantino's Movie About Abolitionist John Brown?


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Quentin Tarantino's movie follow-up to Django Unchained almost has a script, which the prolific director has penned himself and plans to develop in 2014.  Tarantino was a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno this week and confirmed that his next movie will be a western.

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"I can't talk that much about it, but I will say one thing," he teased "I haven't told anybody about this publicly, but I will say the genre. It's a Western. It's not a Django sequel, but it's another Western. I had so much fun doing Django and I love westerns so much, that after I taught myself how to make one, it's  like 'OK, now let me make another one now that I know what I'm doing'".

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Quentin Tarantino - Lumiere 2013 Grand Lyon Film Festival - Opening Ceremony - Lyon, France - Monday 14th October 2013

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A Week In Movies: Mitty Premieres In New York, Gravity Lands In London, Radcliffe Talks Ginsberg, Frankenstein Teases


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Ben Stiller's remake of the 1947 classic premiered at the New York Film Festival this week, with Stiller and costars Kristin Wiig and Adam Scott in attendance. The film, about a mild-mannered office worker with a vivid daydreaming life, won the festival's Fellowship Award. It opens in December. You can watch Ben Stillier in action as Walter Mitty in the trailer here. We also have video from this week's premiere at the New York Film Festival, you can see Ben Stiller And Kristen Wiig arriving here or watch a video of 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' cast posing together at New York Film Festival as they are joineed by Stiller's wife Christine Taylor and his co-star Adam Scott. 

Also on the red carpet in New York were Sandra Bullock, George Clooney and Alfonso Cuaron, presenting the US premiere of their space-orbit thriller Gravity, which went on to set US box office records over the weekend. Afterwards, Bullock and Cuaron jetted across the Atlantic for the film's UK premiere at the London Film Festival this week. We have video footage taken at the 'Gravity' NY Premiere featuring stars George Clooney And Sandra Bullock and another video featuring director Alfonso Cuaron arriving at the 'Gravity' NYFF premiere. We also urge you read our report on how studio pressure almost ruined the movie and how Alfonso Cuaron had to fight for the version we are seeing and enjoying today. 

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Quentin Tarantino's Top 10 Movies Of 2013 (So Far)


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Movie buffs have begun to anticipate Quentin Tarantino's Top 10 movies lists in recent years. The legendary director's run-down of his favorite movies of the year has made for interesting reading in recent years and is often regarded as the antithesis of the Academy's choices of the year's best.

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He passed on devising a list last year, owing to Django Unchained, though in 2011 Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris - a wonderful movie that actually went onto win Best Original Screenplay at the Oscars - topped Quentin's list, edging out Rise of the Planet of the Apes and the excellent Moneyball, with Brad Pitt. Tarantino threw in a couple of curveballs with X-Men: First Class, The Skin I Live In, Attack The Block and Warrior.

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Quentin Tarantino - 'The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones' LA premiere at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome - Outside - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 12th August 2013

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Quentin Taratino’s Chevy Convertible Recovered – Pulp Fiction Prop Is Back!


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When Quentin Tarantino's cherry red 1964 Chevelle Malibu was pinched nearly two decades ago, his hopes of getting it back will have been non-existent. But the classic car has been recovered. Now, if they could only get hold of the legendary director to tell him…

The car was reported stolen during the production of Pulp Fiction in 1994, and John Travolta's character - Vincent Vega - drove the classic American car in the movie with Mia Wallace in the passenger seat, just before – you know what. And if you don’t know what, watch it. "Deputy (Carlos) Arrieta did a really good job with this case," said Sgt Anolin told US media. "He took what many would've seen as a minor case and followed it through until it broke this much larger case." Sgt Anolin added. "Arrieta used the resources available to him and was able to help crack this case... He's a good deputy.” The guy who stole the care was allegedly arrested recently by cops, but not for actually stealing the car. The separate offence simply lead them to the chev.

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Pulp Fiction Car Recovered Two Decades After Theft


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Twenty years after the cherry red Chevy convertible was stolen, Quentin Tarantino had his Pulp fiction car recovered. Police think they have found the iconic cherry red Malibu. Director Quentin Tarantino’s whip was recovered in the San Francisco Bay area earlier this week, the San Bernardino County Sun reports. According to Sherrif Sgt. Albert Anolin’s account, an investigation into an old Chevelle Malibu in the city of Victorville on April 18 led investigators to the particular Malibu in the Oakland area. The investigators then confirmed that the vehicle had belonged to the director and was reported stolen back in 1994.

Unsurprisingly, the investigators concluded that the car had been resold. The current owner of the Malibu had nothing to do with the theft and had just been the victim of a fraud. Plus, the statute of limitations on auto theft has expired ages ago. In layman’s terms, even if he had stolen the car, there’s nothing the cops could do about it. Even so, it’s good news for the director.

According to a report by TMZ, the police have been trying to get in touch with Tarantino (can you imagine how that conversation would go), but they haven’t been able to get through. It’s looking increasingly likely that the director will learn about his Chevy’s recovery the same way as everyone else – from the news. But hey, in a city where gossip can destroy a career, your classic car being found after two decades is definitely one of the better pieces of news to wake up to.

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"It's Cool To Be Tarantino, But..." MPAA Tweaks Movie Ratings System


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The MPAA together with the National Association of Theatre Owners are making minor tweaks to the movie-ratings system to better inform parents. Following through on a commitment made to Vice President Biden in the wake of the Newtown school shooting, the two organizations have come up with a new 'Check the Box' campaign to highlight descriptions of why a movie received a certain rating.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, there will also be tags attached to trailers explaining that the clip is approved to play with the feature they came to see. NATO president John Fithian said, "It's cool to be Quentin Tarantino and it's fun to make movies that have all those diverse elements.But there's a bit of a disconnect between exhibitors and studios as to what works." Fithian also called upon Hollywood to make fewer R-rated movies. Asked whether he thinks the studios he represents make too many violent movies, MPAA chairman and CEO Christopher Dodd pointed out that less than half of all studio films are rated R, "There's a real desire to provide choice, and you don't want to change that.Throughout its existence, the goal of the rating system has never changed: to inform parents and allow them to make their own decisions, considering their children's sensibilities and unique sensitivities."

At the keynote address at CinemaCon, Fithian also noted that the movie industry, along with the music and video game business, has made vast improvements in enforcing their respective ratings systems.

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Progress Not Compromise? Quentin Tarantino Tones Down The Gore For Chinese 'Django Unchained'


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Quentin Tarantino’s hit movie Django Unchained has been tempered for the Chinese market, a report from the Guardian reveals today (April 10, 2013). According to Zhang Miao, of Sony’s Chinese distribution branch, the integrity of the movie as not been lost, with these alterations, which he describes as “progress not compromise.” He added that the changes were necessary in order for the movie to translate to “different markets.”

Describing some of the changes that had been made, he explained “What we call bloodshed and violence is just a means of serving the purpose of the film, and these slight adjustments will not affect the basic quality of the film – such as tuning the blood to a darker color, or lowering the height of the splatter of blood.” He added that Quentin made the alterations himself: “Quentin knew how to adjust that, and it's necessary that he is the one to do it. You can give him suggestions, but it must be him who does [the tuning].”

Unlike many adaptations for the Chinese market, its understood that the movie will be released, on April 11, 2013 in its full 165 minute-long version. Many movies have large chunks cut from them in order for them to be deemed appropriate, Cloud Atlas, for example, had to shed a staggering 38 minutes from its total length, which angered many cinemagoers. 

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Django Unchained: The Alternative Cast That Never Was


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Django Unchained caused controversy even before it came out, with people questioning whether Quentin Tarantino should be making a film about slavery, especially considering it was a comedy drama, and was very, very gory.

Tarantino does what Tarantino does, though. And he does whatever he wants. Having made people laugh about Nazi-occupied France and slavery in the southern belt of America, the legendary director will helm a third historical film, completing a trilogy of sorts. But with with all the gun violence and racial tension surrounding the film – a film that won multiple awards – the casting secrets were never revealed.

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Quentin Tarantino - The Texas Film Hall Of Fame Awards held at Austin Studios - Austin, Texas, United States - Thursday 7th March 2013

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Quentin Tarantino - The 85th Annual Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center - Press Room - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 24th February 2013

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Oscars 2013: Christoph Waltz Wins Best Supporting Actor For Django Unchained


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And the award for Best Supporting Actor goes to Christoph Waltz for his role in Django Unchained. This was an award comprising some real Oscars pedigree, with every single nominee owning at least one award, but it was Waltz who prevailed.

“Mr De Niro, Mr Arkin, Mr Hoffman and Mr Jones – my respect,” began Waltz’ acceptance speech – his tender acknowledgement of his fellow nominees accompanied with a humble bow met with a warm applause. “My unlimited gratitude goes to Dr. King Schultz, that is, to his creator and the creator of his awe-inspiring world, Mr Quentin Tarantino,” he continued. Waltz, of course, picked up a Bafta for the same role, but beat the favourite Tommy Lee Jones to the gong. He went on to thank his fellow cast members, behind the scenes colleagues and a few friends – a customary affair – but such is his charisma, this award speech still had the gravitas to defy repetition. A deserved award, we think.

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Quentin Tarantino - Quentin Tarantino is honored with the 'Screenwriter of the Year Award' - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 19th February 2013

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The Pulp Fiction Cast That Never Was: Daniel Day-Lewis, Matt Dillon, Meg Ryan!


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Daniel Day-Lewis was sounded out to play lead character Vincent Vega in Quentin Tarantino's classic 1994 crime-thriller Pulp Fiction, though Michael Madsen was eventually favored, who himself had to give way for John Travolta due to scheduling conflicts. In a new interview with Vanity Fair, Tarantino revealed producer Harvey Weinstein had the opportunity to land Oscar winner Day-Lewis for the role, though Quentin was adamant Vega should be played by his Reservoir Dogs pal Madsen.

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Daniel Day-Lewis [L] Was Originally Sounded Out For The Role Of Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction, Of Course Played By John Travolta [R]

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Alabama Shakes, Christoph Waltz And Djesus Uncrossed On SNL


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38 seasons in and SNL still hasn't got stale. But with two prime facets of entertainment; humour and music, something would have to go seriously, seriously wrong for Saturday Night Live to begin to fail. This week's show was brought to life by an incredible host, Austrian (not German) Christoph Waltz, as well as stunning performances from Alabama Shakes

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Quentin Tarantino - Weinstein bafta party London United Kingdom Sunday 10th February 2013

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Quentin Tarantino - The Weinstein Company Post-BAFTA Party at LouLou's London United Kingdom Monday 11th February 2013

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Quentin Tarantino - BAFTAS Afterparty London England United Kingdom Sunday 10th February 2013

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Jennifer Lawrence and Quentin Tarantino - BAFTA Pressroom London United Kingdom Sunday 10th February 2013

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Django Unchained Featurette Offers Fascinating Insight Into Quentin Tarantino's Methodology (Video)


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It doesn’t really matter whether Quentin Tarantino films win at the Oscars or not; the director is lucky enough that he’s at the stage where every film he releases becomes obsessed about, pored over and dissected in immense detail by everyone from the critics to the fans to the industry itself. Django Unchained is no different, a film that’s being taken seriously simply because it bears the name of the maverick director.

Well, good news for everyone who enjoys prodding and probing every aspect of Tarantino’s films – the Django Unchained actors have been just as inquisitive about the film that they’ve helped to get nominated for the Oscar best picture this month. A nine-minute Django Unchained featurette has appeared on YouTube, featuring clips of Leonardo Dicaprio et al waxing lyrical about Tarantino’s dialogue and way of working. Some clips have been taken from the various rounds of promotional press they’ve all been doing, but some of its new, and it’s fascinating to see these big stars speak with child-like fandom about their work of the director.

There isn’t anything of Tarantino himself however, apart from shots of him working on the set of the warped spaghetti western. Furthermore, it’s unclear where this featurette is planned to be released, meaning that for now all you have to enjoy it on is YouTube. Which you can, below.

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Quentin Tarantino - Django Unchained: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Album Review


Well, this is the soundtrack to a western, but it's also the soundtrack to the bloody new vision of Quentin Tarantino so while it hints at it, it's not exactly the most classical collection of dusty old desert songs you could imagine. It's a soundtrack that packs just as many punches as his movie and brands those wincingly visceral scenes into your mind as if it was an 'r' on Jamie Foxx's face.

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From Ennio Morricone to Rick Ross it's a thrilling OST that somehow manages to modernise the western without completely ruining it in the process, I mean perhaps Rick Ross out of context is a little jarring, but John Legend's 'Who Did That to You?' is the smarmy second gun in Foxx's hand after you think he's all out of bullets. It's drawling guitar line wails with a lone gunman swagger as Legend's R&B vocals cry out with an over the top pulp. This more than any other song on the soundtrack encapsulates your thoughts of not what a Tarantino western is, but what it should be. 

It's difficult to pick out tracks here that are better than the rest, they're all good, but this isn't a record in the usual sense, it's a soundtrack, obviously, and therefore it's about the feeling it brings with it and Tarantino's choices of tracks like 'Freedom' ring with the authenticity of classic slavery hymnals. It's a record that feels as sadistic and redemptive as the tale is on screen and it's a testament to these musicians that you don't need to see the film to understand the tale. It's spliced with some of the finest cuts of dialogue and death from the movie which add an extra layer of texture to this inspired collection and mean that you get to hear Christoph Waltz say, 'five thousand dollar n***a, that's practically my middle name' as much as you bloody well please. 

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Rapper Nas Questions Django Unchained Criticism


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Rapper Nas is the latest celebrity to speak out in defence of Quentin Tarantino's controversial new film Django Unchained, speaking to press at the unveiling of his new collaboration with cognac makers Hennessy.

The famed rapper, who had his own brush with civil rights campaigners when he announced in 2007 that he was to name his upcoming ninth album after the infamous 'N word,' said that he has indeed been to see the Jamie Foxx-starring film, but he couldn't understand what all the fuss was about (he eventually named his 2008 album Untitled). He went on to explain that given Tarantino's history in film-making, peple should hardly be surprised with his gratuitous use of language and gore and that, in fact, the movie fits in well with the context of the Spagetti Western era anyway. He said: "It's a movie, movies by [Tarantino], why should we be surprised if the movie is raw?"

"He's one of the greatest filmmakers of our generation, and we don't go there to see anything less than rawness," Nas went on the say before adding, "He's an artist, and artists have to express themselves."

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Jamie Foxx On Spike Lee: "Where's Spike Lee Coming From...? He Doesn't Like Anybody"


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Spike Lee tweeted his disdain for Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained recently, saying: "American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western. It Was A Holocaust. My Ancestors Are Slaves Stolen From Africa. I Will Honor Them."

However, now Jamie Foxx who stars as the titular character Django in the movie, has given his verdict on Lee, the Huffington Post reports. "The question for me," he says, is "where's Spike Lee coming from?"

Foxx continues: "He didn't like Whoopi Goldberg, he doesn't like Tyler Perry, he doesn't like anybody, I think he's sort of run his course. I mean, I respect Spike, he's a fantastic director. But he gets a little shady when he's taking shots at his colleagues without looking at the work. To me, that's irresponsible."

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Django Unchained Review


Excellent

Tarantino takes an unusually comical approach to a provocative topic, and the result is as controversial as expected. And also startlingly hilarious. At its core, this is another revenge-themed thriller, but Tarantino's snappy, constantly surprising aproach spirals out to explore racial issues over the past 150 years with humour, drama and, of course, grisly violence.

Set two years before the American Civil War in 1858 Texas, the story centres on bounty hunter Schultz (Waltz), who offers the slave Django (Foxx) what seems like a fantasy job: to work with him to capture white criminals dead or alive. Usually dead. Sure enough, everyone is shocked to see a black man not only riding a horse but carrying a gun. When Django helps find three notorious outlaw brothers, he earns his freedom, and Schultz then offers to help free Django's enslaved wife (Washington). This involves staging an elaborate sting on her owner, the bloodthirsty Mississippi plantation owner Calvin (DiCaprio), who runs a ring of slaves who fight each other to the death. But Calvin's butler Stephen (Jackson) suspects that something is up.

Waltz and Foxx have terrific chemistry in the central roles, with Waltz's lively intelligence bouncing off Foxx's physical and emotional intensity. This gives the film an underlying drive that keeps us engaged through the blood-soaked violence as well as the more slapstick-style sequences (a KKK raid led by Johnson and Hill feels like a lost sequence from Blazing Saddles). But Tarantino's screenplay is beautifully constructed to even out the tone with exciting action, harrowing nastiness and some darkly involving drama. All while quietly exploring the twisted history of racial relations in America.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Backs Tarantino On Movie Gun Violence, "It's Entertainment"


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Arnold Schwarzenegger has weighed into the raging debate about gun violence in movies and its parallels with real-life. Last week, Django Unchained director Quentin Tarantino exploded at a UK journalist who brought up the much discussed subject, and Schwarzenegger holds similar views to the controversial director - effectively, that movie violence is fun.

The 65-year-old former governor of California - who has made a career out of shooting bad guys - said, "I personally feel that this is entertainment. The other thing is a serious real life tragedy. I think that we are going to continue doing entertainment. That is what we are doing as our profession, but at the same time, we all have a responsibility, I think, to improve the situation that we are in." Schwarzenegger returns to the screen this weekend in The Last Stand, an action movie in which he plays the sheriff of an Arizona border town tasked with stopping a Mexican cartel boss from returning to Mexico. The Terminator star noted that it's important not to stigmatize mental illness following gun tragedies like the one in Newtown, Connecticut, and cited parenting, education, security and gun laws as contributing factors to helping tackle gun crime. "We as a society have the responsibility to look at this and leave no stone unturned," he said.

The Last Stand is Schwarzenneger's first major role since leaving office, though he had a smaller part in The Expendables 2, which he says helped him prepare for his latest film. Later this year, he'll star opposite Sylvester Stallone in The Tomb. "I feel I have a bigger range, acting-wise," said Schwarzenegger. "It could be because of the age. It could be because of my experience that I have had now as governor."

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Christoph Waltz Assures Us, Quentin Tarantino Is NOT Crazy


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Christopher Waltz has insisted that Quentin Tarantino isn't crazy after the legendary director got asked about gun violence one too many times, resulting in a bizarre Channel 4 interview exchange. 

Unfortunately, the unprovoked assertion that someone is not crazy, really serves one purpose: to remind us that Tarantino is probably a little bit crazy. We don't think crazy is a bad thing, after all, you have to be a little bit 'out there' to make the films he has. "I don't believe what I can read... I know it's media, for example I don't read actor's interviews because I know what happens to actor's interviews," says Waltz, whose fantastic performance in Inglorious Bastards earned him an Oscar. "There's no chance in hell that we would actually come across the same way as it was being done. I don't read about Quentin being crazy and quirky because I want to see it for myself and sure enough I saw something completely different and I liked what I saw infinitely better than what I could have read," he added.

Tarantino is evidently sick of being dragged into the gun control debate in the U.S because of the violent content in his films. Django Unchained also faced criticism for 'over use' of the N-word, and for trivializing slavery. Both claims that Tarantino denies. 

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Quentin Tarantino and Beverly Hilton Hotel
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Golden Globes Controversy For Django Unchained As Quentin Tarantino Drops N- Word


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It should have been a night to savor for Quentin Tarantino, and indeed it was, but the Django Unchained director couldn’t resist leaving the Golden Globes last night without stirring up more controversy about him and his film.

Tarantino had taken the award for Best Screenplay at the event, which you’d think he’d have used as a platform to silence his critics, who have been attacking Django Unchained for its lack of sensitivity towards racism and slavery issues, people like Spike Lee complaining about the excessive use of the ‘N- word’ in the movie. Well, according to E! Online, Tarantino couldn’t quite let it go. In front of the gathered press, the director said that those who were saying his 19th century characters shouldn’t use the offending term were "saying I should massage. They're saying I should whitewash. They're saying I should lie." The comments reportedly stunned the room into silence, with one reporter said to have let out a long whistle of surprise.

Tarantino has been defending his stance on his decision to use the word liberally since the criticisms first started appearing. "I think it's kind of ridiculous, because no one can actually say with a straight face that we use the word more than it was used in 1858 in Mississippi. So since they can't say that, what they're basically [saying] is I should lie," Tarantino told MTV recently. "I should pretty it up. I should lie, and I don't lie when it comes to my characters and the stories I tell."

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A Week In Movies Feat: Academy Snub For Bigelow, Django Scores Five Oscar And 5 Bafta Nominations And Robot & Frank Trailer Delights


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Oscar Nominations 2013

 

Academy Snub For Bigelow, Django Scores Five Oscar And 5 Bafta Nominations And Robot & Frank Trailer Delights

The big movie news this week, of course, was the announcement of this year's Oscar nominations, to which people reacted with the usual levels of surprise and anger. The biggest snub seems to be for previous winner Kathryn Bigelow, who was overlooked for a directing nomination even though her film Zero Dark Thirty earned five other nods, including Best Picture. 

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Quentin Tarantino Scolds Channel 4's Krishnan Guru-Murphy In Tense Interview


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Quentin Tarantino clashed with the Channel 4 news presenter Krishnan Guru-Murphy during a tense interview in London on Thursday (January 10, 2012). The Oscar-nominee, whose latest drama Django Unchained has been the subject of controversy in recent weeks, refused to answer questions on the links between screen violence and true-life violence.

Last month's school shootings in Connecticut has perhaps unfairly pulled Tarantino and Django Unchained into the debate surrounding movie violence and gun laws, something Guru-Murphy was keen to touch upon for his Channel 4 piece. The Hollywood filmmaker has held the same opinion for years - essentially that violence makes good cinema - though refused to expand on his thoughts. "I'm not answering your question," he said when asked how he could be sure there was no link between real-life violence and his movies, "I'm not your slave and you're not my master. It's none of your damn business what I think about that." At one point, he told the interviewer "I'm shutting your butt down."

Django Unchained follows the story of a black slave (Jamie Foxx) who joins a German bounty hunter in the American Deep South. Various characters are shot in the head, ripped apart by dogs and bludgeoned to death and the movie's U.S. premiere was cancelled in the wake of the Newtown tragedy. As Guru-Murphy pressed for a sound-bite, the interview became more fractious, with Tarantino asserting, "The reason I don't want to talk about it is because I've already talked about it . I'm already on the record," he said. "I have explained this many times in the last 20 years."

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Quentin Tarantino and Empire Leicester Square
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Quentin Tarantino and Empire Leicester Square

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Al Sharpton Leads Protest Against Django Unchained Slavery Figurines


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Joining the ever-growing list of people with strong opinions about a film they have never watched is the Reverend KW Tulloss, the President of the National Action Network (the network with whom Reverend Al Sharpton is associated). They have spoken out in protest of the Django Unchained figurines currently on sale, for $299 for a set of 10, on Amazon.com.

“Selling this doll is highly offensive to our ancestors and the African American community, Tulloss told New York Daily News. “The movie is for adults, but these are action figures that appeal to children. We don’t want other individuals to utilize them for their entertainment, to make a mockery of slavery.” When asked if he had seen the movie, he replied that he hadn’t but he had heard it was “very good.” Another protester who had actually watched the movie and enjoyed it, was still dismayed at the sale of the slave figurines, explaining “I don’t see 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.”

These dolls, of course do not just appeal to children; many adult film buffs collect film memorabilia such as this and Quentin Tarantino movies have a tendency to attract the fanatical moviegoers. That said, there’s something unsettling about the sale of toy slaves, in a box decorated with chains around the outside. It seems that the controversy surrounding Django Unchained won’t be swept under the carpet just yet. 

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British Awards Season Begins With The Unsurprising Nominations At The Baftas


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As awards season kicks off, today with the BAFTA nominations and tomorrow with the Golden Globe award ceremony, actors, actresses, directors and producers everywhere will be biting their nails and praying for a win from at least one of the big three coming up, the aforementioned two, of the Oscars, nominations for which will also be released tomorrow. 

There are very few surprises in the BAFTA nominations as this year has some clear stand-out offerings to the trade, and as announced by Alice Eve and Jeremy Irvine, here's the low down on the biggest prizes. 

Nominations for best film are the big five: Argo, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty. Despite BAFTA being a British institution, there's not a British film in sight (except Les Mis, but the majority of leads aren't from the fair isle). Luckily, however, there's a whole separate award for Brits. In that list, the contenders are Anna Karenina, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (that was 2012? it seems so long ago), Les Miserables, Seven Psychopaths and a much deserved Skyfall

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A Week In News: Styles Splits, George Puts A Ring On It And Kim And Kanye Buy Big


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Wrong Direction: It's been a rough week for Harry Styles and Taylor Swift, the pair going their separate ways after a brief relationship. Of course, it's great news for ambitious fans of both stars who reckon they're in with a chance! 

Star-Studded Wedding: It's congratulations to Star Wars creator George Lucas and his long-time girlfriend Mellody Hobson, who have announced they are to marry. No date or location has been set, though it could be a pretty big few years for the veteran filmmaker, what with the revival of a certain movie franchise.

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Slavery Controversy Continues For Django Unchained As Figurines Criticized


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Quentin Tarantino can’t seem to fend off the controversy being aimed at him and his new film Django Unchained. The warped western, which deal with issues of racism and slavery, has come under fire from Spike Lee and other sections of the black community in America over its treatment of the subject, and now a line of Django Unchained merchandise figures have come under fire for making a ‘mockery of slavery’.

Those are the words of Rev KW Tulloss, who told the New York Daily News "Selling this doll is highly offensive to our ancestors and the African-American community. The movie is for adults, but these are action figures that appeal to children. We don't want other individuals to utilise them for their entertainment, to make a mockery of slavery."

The figurines were produced by the National Entertainment Collectibles Association and feature Samuel L Jackson’s ‘house slave’ Stephen and Jamie Foxx’s leading character Django, according to The Guardian. Najee Ali, director of the Los Angeles civil rights organisation Project Islamic Hope, was another who was against the models, and called for them to be taken off sale. "We were outraged. We feel it trivializes the horrors of slavery and what African Americans experienced." Despite the controversy surrounding it, there is a fair bit of expectation that Django Unchained will be featured when the Oscar nominations are revealed tomorrow (January 10, 2013).

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Quentin Tarantino Defends Django Unchained Against Criticisms Of The Film Being Too Violent


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Quentin Tarantino’s latest flick, Django Unchained has been making headlines ever since it came out in December – while some have been praising Tarantino’s signature style, there has been more than one criticism towards the graphic scenes of violence and the inaccurate portrayal of slavery in the US (most notably by director Spike Lee).

The objections against the violence in Django erupted after last month’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Just like any other instance of violence in the US, fingers were first pointed at violence in the media and films and, as the most recent violent flick to come out, Django became an easy target. After almost a month of this treatment, director Quentin Tarantino finally looks about fed up with it and has snapped back at the accusations in a recent interview with Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air.

When asked whether the tragedy in Newtown made the film lose its appeal to him, Tarantino dismissed the question and later on in the interview, he explained in a heated defense of his work "Would I watch a kung fu movie three days after the Sandy Hook massacre? Would I watch a kung fu movie? Maybe, because they have nothing to do with each other," the director explained. Still, despite his adamant defense of Django, we doubt the discussion will stop at this.

Quentin Tarantino's Two Types Of Violence In Django Unchained


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For a while, it seems, Quentin Tarantino was scared of his own movie, or at least, that's what Sidney Poitier told him. While out to dinner with Poitier, Tarantino explains: "[I] was telling him about my story, and then telling him about my trepidation...  he said, ... 'Quentin, I don't think you should do that. ... What you're just telling me is you're a little afraid of your own movie, and you just need to get over that." Clearly, he got over his fear, but judging the aftermath and the wide spread debate that has erupted over the treatment of race and the use of violence in the movie, his trepidation was well placed. 

However, speaking to NPR he has defended the film, and has given his opinion about violence in movies. 

"What happened during slavery times is a thousand times worse than [what] I show/ So if I were to show it a thousand times worse, to me, that wouldn't be exploitative, that would just be how it is. If you can't take it, you can't take it." He says, "I wanted the film to be [entertaining]... But there's two types of violence in this film: There's the brutal reality that slaves lived under for, and then there's the violence of Django's retribution. And that's movie violence, and that's fun and that's cool, and that's really enjoyable and kind of what you're waiting for."

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DiCaprio On Django Unchained's Calvin Candie: "He's The Most Deplorable Human Being I've Ever Read In A Screenplay In My Life"


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The ability to not only play bold, complex heroes, but deplorable villains, too, is the hallmark of a great actor. Leonardo Dicaprio enjoys a turn as Calvin Candie - a slave owener - in Quentin Tarantino's latest movie, Django Unchained, and he's been talking to Today about the experience, and the character who most certainly falls under the latter of those two categories. 

"He's the most deplorable human being I've ever read in a screenplay in my life," DiCaprio told Willie Geist on TODAY Thursday. "He was rotting from the inside. He was, you know, a young Louis the XIV that had been brought into a world of entitlement and lived his life ... essentially owning other people." One of the biggest criticism of the film, or should we say only, is the 'excessive' use of the 'N-Word', which some consider to be overt and offensive, and others consider to be an accurate representation of the time. DiCaprio hasn't expressed a view either way, but did have trouble uttering the word on set, initially. "It was Sam Jackson and Jamie Foxx that said, 'You really have to go all the way with this man,'" he explained about confronting his fears. "It was an incredibly colorful character and I just had to ... I had to play him."

And play him he did, although, with perhaps a bit too much gusto, as he managed to cut himself on a broken wineglass whilst gesticulating as the nasty plantation owner.  "The choice was I supposed to go on and finish my speech or not, and then I noticed that blood was pouring everywhere," he said. "It was very interesting to see Quentin's and Jamie's reaction off screen."

Quentin Tarantino Defends Language In Django Unchained


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Quentin Tarantino has never been one to shy away from controversial subjects in his film, be it via graphic violence or explicit language. His latest film, Django Unchained, characteristically, showcases both, but it's the latter that has enflamed debate. 

With the 'N-word' being used prolifically in the film, the detractors have been quick to air their political and ethical grievances. Spike Lee, talking to Vibe.com, said, "I am not going to see it (the film). I am not seeing it. It would be disrespectful to my ancestors to see that film." He added in a post on his Twitter.com page, "American slavery was not a Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western. It was a Holocaust. My ancestors are slaves. Stolen from Africa. I will honour them."

Quentin Tarantino, though, defends the film and the choices in dialogue. "I think it's kind of ridiculous (the criticism), because no one can actually say with a straight face that we use the word more than it was used in 1858 in Mississippi. So since they can't say that, what they're basically (saying) is I should lie. I should pretty it up. I should lie, and I don't lie when it comes to my characters and the stories I tell."

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Frank Ocean Released 'Wise Man': A Track Axed From The Django Unchained Soundtrack


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Frank Ocean has treated fans to a brand new track just out of the blue... well, not really. In fact, Frank has actually released a track that was supposed to be in the upcoming film Django Unchained, but didn't quite make the cut.

Quentin Tarantino, the film's writer/director/producer, found that the song didn't quite fit in with any scene in his film and as such didn't see fit to put it in just to make sure he didn't hurt Ocean's feelings. Luckily for them both though, Ocean doesn't seem too bothered about the snub and he has uploaded the track to his Tumblr so his fans can listen to it still.

Speaking to Fuse, Tarantino said that he wanted to include the song but unfortunately there was no part of the film that it would fit in to. He said, "Frank Ocean wrote a fantastic ballad that was truly lovely and poetic in every way, there just wasn't a scene for it. I could have thrown it in quickly just to have it, but that's not why he wrote it and not his intention. So I didn't want to cheapen his effort. But, the song is fantastic, and when Frank decides to unleash it on the public, they'll realize it then."

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Director Spike Lee Criticizes Django Unchained For Offensive, Unrealistic Ideas


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Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino’s twisted Christmas offering of a spaghetti Western has been causing some major controversy – in more ways than one.

Early reviews of the film have been split, but that’s only what you’d expect from a typical Tarantino movie, isn’t it? Is it good, because it’s bad, or is it just plain bad? Apparently it’s bad, because it’s offensive. This objection has been raised by Spike Lee, who has completely refused to see the film, reports Indiewire. His criticism is that Django, which sees Jamie Foxx as a slave and Leonardo Dicaprio as a plantation owner, is an unrealistic and offencive portrayal of slavery in the US.

Lee vented on Twitter, saying: “American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western. It Was A Holocaust. My Ancestors Are Slaves. Stolen From Africa. I Will Honor Them.” This of course sparked a heated discussion, during which Lee explained that he wasn’t “hating” on Tarantino himself, but refused to see the film out of principle. This side of the story poses some interesting questions and will surely provoke some more heated discussion in the coming weeks. The question is though, isn’t Spike Lee’s objection just giving the film even more publicity and hence, defeating the purpose?

Did Jamie Foxx Just Confirm A Django Unchained Sequel?


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Django Unchained has sort of taken everyone by surprise. Sure, movie fans were expecting something pretty decent from Tarantino, armed with a cast including Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz, but critics are unanimous in their praise for the film which briefly held a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Producer Harvey Weinstein had floated the idea of splitting Django into two movies, though Tarantino insisted that cinemagoers must follow the story through to the end, in one go. Though rumors of a sequel have been bubbling away for a couple of weeks now, Jamie Foxx is the first cast-member to speak enthusiastically about a second movie. During an interview with Vanity Fair, the Oscar winner spoke in detail about the prospect of furthering Django's story, saying, "I would definitely be interested to see where Django and his wife go. Or just other adventures. There's stories of John Brown, the abolitionist-maybe he runs into John Brown or Harriet Tubman. But he's definitely on the run up in the North, and down South there's "Wanted" posters, but no one really knows what Django looks like," he added, "They only saw him for a second. So there could be a poster and it could look like Don Cheadle or something. You know what I'm saying?" Hmm, seems as though his ideas are pretty vivid - perhaps he's been speaking with Tarantino?

Django Unchained hits theaters in the U.S. on Christmas Day, for all who movie buffs who fancy a generous helping of blood, gore and violence to go with your turkey. 

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"Lord Jesus Stop This Horse!" Jamie Foxx On His Django Unchained Stunt Fear


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A little known fact about the latest Quentin Tarantino blockbuster: Jamie Foxx actually rides his own horse, Cheetah, in the movie, Hollywood.com reports. You might think that doing his own stunts was a piece of cake, given that he was used to riding his own steed but that wasn’t the case for the Ray star, as he was forced to ride Cheetah without a saddle - not something he was used to, at all!

“The only thing that was scary was riding bareback on the horse because the horse was used to the stunt person,” says Foxx. “They built this dirt track and I got on the back of the horse and there were people at the end with their sleeves rolled up ready to catch me (in case he fell off). But the horse turns, sees the truck with the camera on it and since he's used to the stuntperson, he goes 28 miles an hour and I'm on the back. On the outside I look like Django but on the inside I was like Little Richard screaming, 'Lord Jesus please stop this horse!”

As if that wasn’t bad enough, director Tarantino decided that one take simply wasn’t enough and asked Foxx to go through the daring stunt scene one more time. “This time the horse takes off again, only this time I'm on the side of the horse and the stunt guy Dash says, 'If you feel like you're gonna come off the horse, just let go of the son of a b**ch, just get off.' Those words are ringing in my head as I'm hanging off the side going 28 miles an hour thinking he's a damn fool!" It may be of some comfort to Jamie to know that it turned out to be one of Quentin’s favourite scenes.

Out Now: US Album Releases, Django Unchained OST Features Rick Ross, Chief Keef Banks On Hip-Hop Heavyweight Support, Eric Clapton's Slowhand Revisited


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A mixed week for US albums releases; old classics given an airing, a major movie soundtrack launched and hip-hop arTIsts new and old having a stab at chart success. Currently, the top of the US album chart is dominated by Taylor Swift, who’s back at the top with Red, Wiz Khalifa, riding high at number two with O.N.F.C. and Rod Stewart’s festive compilation album, Merry Christmas, Baby.

Eric Clapton’s Slowhand gets a 35th anniversary reissue, having been remastered from the original “1/4 tape. There are four album session outtakes, entitled ‘Looking at the Rain,’ ‘Alberta,’ ‘Greyhound Bus,’ and ‘Stars, Strays and Ashtrays.’ A second disc contains a live performance at London’s Hammersmith Odeon, from April 27, 1977.

One for the completists, then – and more a case of Clapton’s record label rubbing their hands in glee at a cash in, than any real significant moment in his career. The re-release of Slowhand has hardly set the music press alight and we probably don’t need to fetch any fire blankets for the albums chart, either.

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Quentin Tarantino On Newton School Massacre: "Tragedies Happen"


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Movie director Quentin Tarantino has defended violence in movies following Friday's school shootings in Newton, Connecticut, which left 26 dead. The Django Unchained director said he was tired of defending his films each time the U.S. is shaken by gun violence, saying, "tragedies happen," reports BBC News.

His lead actor Jamie Foxx said big screen violence can certainly influence people, telling press at a junket in New York, "We cannot turn our back and say that violence in films or anything that we do doesn't have a sort of influence. It does." Django Unchained follows the story of a slave living in the Deep South, who sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner, played by Leonardo Dicaprio. Kerry Washington - who plays Foxx's on-screen wife - said, "I do think that it's important when we have the opportunity to talk about violence and not just kind of have it as entertainment, but connect it to the wrongs, the injustices, the social ills." 20 children and six women died in the assault on Sandy Hook school by a lone gunman - thought to be Adam Lanza, 20 - last week. He shot dead his mother before driving to the school in her car.

Premieres for Tom Cruise's new violent action flick Jack Reacher were cancelled in light of the events in Newton, while the Fox network cancelled forthcoming episodes of Family Guy and American Dad.

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Did Samuel L Jackson Drop F-Bomb On Saturday Night Live? (Video)


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Well, the answer is yes and no, really. Django Unchained star Samuel L Jackson appeared on the comedy show this past weekend to promote Quentin Tarantino's latest movie, but things nearly went oh so wrong.

Pretending to be annoyed at being interrupted during the mock talk show 'What's Up With That?', Jackson half uttered an F-bomb, before stopping himself. Playing the host of the game, comedian Kenan Thompson looked startled, cracked a smile and said, "C'mon, Sam. That costs money!" to the delight of the live studio audience. Moments after the show had aired, Jackson attempted to explain himself on Twitter "I only said FUH," he insisted, before tweeting a photograph of himself looking mortified. Cursing on the comedy show is a rarity, with Jenny Slate being the last cast member to swear nearly four years ago. On that occasion she accidentally said f*cking instead of freaking. Hopefully Sam won't be repeating the stunt when he appears on the Today Show on Monday (December 17, 2012). Now that would be embarrassing. 

His new movie Django Unchained hits theaters in the U.S. this weekend, and still boasts a perfect 100% score on review aggregating site Rotten Tomatoes. 

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Newtown Shooting Reaction: Jamie Foxx, Quentin Tarantino On Violence And The Film Industry


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Well, it was about time. The school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut that occurred on Friday and, as the nation mourns the victims, the debates about violence in the media are just beginning.

The latest person to comment on this is actor Jamie Foxx, who, a bit ironically, stars in Django UnchainedQuentin Tarantino’s upcoming flick about slavery, which will feature quite a lot of explicit and violent scenes. While promoting the film on Saturday, the star braved the difficult topic, saying that Hollywood can no longer ignore the fact that on-screen violence influences people on some level.

"We cannot turn our back and say that violence in films or anything that we do doesn't have a sort of influence. It does," Fox said in an interview. Meanwhile, director Quentin Tarantino, who is known for his extremely violent and gory scenes, which are all part of his signature style, is once again struggling to defend his artistic freedom. Tarantino went on a bit of a tangent, explaining that he was tired of defending his films each time the nation was shocked by gun violence. He stated that “tragedies happen” and that blame should fall on those guilty of the crimes.

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A Week In Movies Feat: Tarantino's Django Unchained, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey And Tom Cruise's Jack Reacher All Premier


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Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained

In New York, Leonardo Dicaprio, Jamie Foxx, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Johnson and a bald-shaven Christoph Waltz attended the premiere of Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, joking with the photographers as they posed for them. And Tarantino even turned up with his Kill Bill star Uma Thurman on his arm.

Meanwhile in London, the first part in Peter Jackson's new trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, had its royal film performance this week with much of the cast in attendance, including Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett and Ian McKellen, who watched the film alongside Prince William. The film is in cinemas now, with the following chapters scheduled for next Christmas and the summer of 2014.

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Silver Linings Playbook Could Provide An Injection Of Humour To The Oscars


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With The Golden Globes nominees being announced, and the Screen Actors Guild ones just a few days before, if you were refusing to believe this was awards season, then you better believe we're smack bang in the middle of it.

Silver Linings Playbook represents one of the more lighthearted Oscar hopefuls, despite the fact it deals with subjects like bi-polar disorder and death. Sombre topics indeed, but the film is very much marketed as a romantic comedy, with a specific brand of 'funny'. 

Four Golden Globe nominations for best comedy or musical, actor and actress nominations for Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, and a Best Screenplay one increase Oscar hype for the film, and considering films like Lincoln, Life of Pi and The Master are in contention, Silver Linings might be the light dose of comedic relief needed.

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Golden Globe Awards Nominees Announced! - The Full List Here


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The Golden Globes have just announced their nominees for their forthcoming awards shows. Alongside the recently announced Screen Actors Guild and Critics Choice Awards, the Globes are generally believed to be a good indicator as to whose going to fare well at the all-important Oscar Awards next year.

In keeping with those other recent nominations, Lincoln is once again leading the way with seven nomination, including a best actor nod for its star Daniel Day-Lewis. Surely the Oscar is already his. A lot of other usual suspects also feature heavily, including Django Unchained, Argo, Zero Dark Thirty and Les Miserables. Rust And Bone will be disappointed to miss out on the best picture category, whilst Richard Gere makes a perhaps surprise appearance in the best actor category. 

We'll just get down to it and give you the full list, as reported by Yahoo.

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Quentin Tarantino, Uma Thurman and Ziegfeld Theatre - The Premiere of 'Django Unchained' held at the Ziegfeld Theatre Tuesday 11th December 2012 Featuring: Quentin Tarantino, Uma Thurman Where: New York City, NY, United States

Quentin Tarantino, Uma Thurman and Ziegfeld Theatre
Quentin Tarantino, Uma Thurman and Zeigfeld Theater

Tom Hanks And Will Smith Team Up At Governor's Awards 2012


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It's been a relatively quiet year for both Tom Hanks and Will Smith, though both teamed up for the Governor's Awards 2012 on Saturday evening (December 1, 2012). Producers of the show had enlisted the Hollywood giants to present DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg with the first Oscar of awards' season.

Katzenberg received an honorary award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science for his humanitarian work. Smith introduced the revered producer, while Hanks gave fitting speech about the CEO's generosity and his fundraising efforts after the 9/11 attacks. "Jeffrey Katzenberg doesn't have to do any of these things. But Jeffrey Katzenberg cannot help but to do all of these things - it is in his DNA. Jeffrey Katzenberg is a brilliant man, a hardworking man, a visionary and one of the most powerful men (in Hollywood)." Joking about his time spent with Katzenberg, Hanks added, "It's not just the invitation to breakfast. It's the lunch that lasts exactly 47 minutes. It's the follow-up phone call. It's the tour of the facility. It's the follow-up phone call. It's the letter to remind you of the phone call and the tour of the facility. And finally, it's the contribution you make."

Elsewhere at the ceremony, Quentin Tarantino gave a speech for stuntman Hal Needham, who revolutionized the stunt business by appearing in 310 feature films. "He is the man," said the Django Unchained director, "Before he became a director, he pushed the boundaries of what could be done.I have ripped off many shots from you. Today, I say thank you very much."

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Leonardo DiCaprio And Erin Heatherton Break Up After 10 Months Together


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Leonardo Dicaprio and Erin Heatherton have called time on their relationship after ten-months together.

Leo and Victoria's Secret model Erin are said to have decided on an amicable split and just decided that the time was right to move on, a source told US Weekly. The unidentified source said, "They split a few weeks ago. There's no bad blood -- they still care about each other a lot. It was just time to move on."

DiCaprio, who will next be seen in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, and Erin were first rumoured to be dating when they were spotted sight-seeing in Sydney, Australia, whilst the actor was filming The Great Gatsby in December 2011. As the months went on, the prospect that 'this might be the one' for Leo looked all the more likely, however now it seems that another one has been thrown in the pile and DiCapro, 37, will be returning to bachelor life.

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Denzel Washington Set For Oscar Success With ‘Flight’?


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Denzel Washington’s latest film, Flight, has garnered much praise already – and for all the right reasons too – with Washington already tipped for Oscar glory for his staring role.

The film itself, directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by John Gatins, tells the story of an airline pilot who saves a flight from crashing, however the post-flight investigation into the plane’s malfunctions reveals some worrying revelations. Washington stars as said pilot, Whip Whitaker, who on top of being a veteran of his trade is also a serious alcoholic. The film also stars Bruce Greenwood as the character Charlie Anderson.

Whilst still a newcomer to the box office, critics look as though they can’t get enough of Washington and his performance, and betting sites have already placed the double-Oscar winner among the top contenders to achieve Oscar glory at next years ceremony. 

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Django Unchained Alternative Trailer


German bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz is on the hunt for a brutal gang of murderers, the Brittle brothers. His search leads him to the only person who has information on the group, Django, who is a slave living in the deep south of the States. Schultz crosses his path as he finds Django shackled to a group of other slaves who are all being taken to auction. Posing as a dentist, Schultz requests to buy him from his owners. On the owners' refusal, Schultz ruthlessly shoots them to death and takes the slave. The bounty hunter promises to free Django and take him to rescue his wife, Broomhilda, who has been enslaved by a Mississippi plantation owner on the dead or alive capture of the Brittle brothers. On their success, Schultz frees Django as promised but the pair decides to stick together as bounty hunters full time. Their search for Broomhilda leads him to the 'Candyland' plantation owner Calvin Candie who has trainer Ace Woody train slaves to fight each other for sport. The bounty hunters arouse suspicion from loyal house slave Stephen as they arrive to explore the property under a false guise and soon become under threat by a dangerous organisation who are determined not to let them escape with Broomhilda.

This western drama is directed by the award-winning director, writer and Quentin Tarantino ('Pulp Fiction', 'Kill Bill', 'Reservoir Dogs') and includes a star-studded cast. 'Django Unchained' is a thought provoking story set in the deep south of America two years before the Civil War. It was inspired by 60s western 'Django' along with its sequels and includes a cameo appearance from 'Django' star Franco Nero.</p><p>It is set for release on December 25th 2013 in the US and January 18th 2013 in the UK.

Directed By: Quentin Tarantino

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Django Unchained Trailer


German bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz is on the hunt for a brutal gang of murderers, the Brittle brothers. His search leads him to the only person who has information on the group, Django, who is a slave living in the deep south of the States. Schultz crosses his path as he finds Django shackled to a group of other slaves who are all being taken to auction. Posing as a dentist, Schultz requests to buy him from his owners. On the owners' refusal, Schultz ruthlessly shoots them to death and takes the slave. The bounty hunter promises to free Django and take him to rescue his wife, Broomhilda, who has been enslaved by a Mississippi plantation owner on the dead or alive capture of the Brittle brothers. On their success, Schultz frees Django as promised but the pair decides to stick together as bounty hunters full time. Their search for Broomhilda leads him to the 'Candyland' plantation owner Calvin Candie who has trainer Ace Woody train slaves to fight each other for sport. The bounty hunters arouse suspicion from loyal house slave Stephen as they arrive to explore the property under a false guise and soon become under threat by a dangerous organisation who are determined not to let them escape with Broomhilda.

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Corman's World Trailer


American director Roger Corman is one of the film industry's most influential directors. Born in 1926, he is best known for the numerous low budget B movies which he has directed. Not only is he influential to many of Hollywood's great directors, Corman has also launched the careers of William Shatner; Jack Nicholson and Robert De Niro, to name but a few.

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The Greatest Movie Ever Sold Review


Very Good
There's a zing of postmodern fun to be had while watching a film that documents itself being made. And while it's a clever look at the secret world of product placement, you never quite feel like the movie itself really gets up to speed.

In order to make a documentary about the shady world of brand integration in films and television, Spurlock decides to sell his new project to the highest bidders. And discovers that there's a parallel world of public relations, advertising, product specialists and neuro-marketers who make a lot of money doing this. After a slow start, sponsors climb on board, and Spurlock makes sure to keep their products on-screen as he conducts interviews with experts.

But does this compromise his journalistic or artistic integrity?

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Grindhouse Review


Excellent
Longtime buddies Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez have worked together before (Four Rooms, Sin City), but this takes it to the next level. Grindhouse is their shared B-movie fantasy: a three-hour, bare-knuckled double feature epic, an unapologetic celebration of '70s-era hardcore schlock that's authentic, witty beyond expectation, and unerringly crowd-pleasing.

In a recent TV interview, Tarantino said he and Rodriguez had always wished those low-budget flicks were as good as their posters -- and they set out to achieve that, decades after the movies' heyday. With an obvious passion for the genre, the pair has recreated the experience of being at some cheap Texas drive-in with two features, fake coming attractions, missing reels, local ads, and announcements from theater management. Even if you don't catch on to everything, just watching the package is a complete thrill.

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Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession Review


Very Good
Z Channel was one of the first pay cable stations ever. It's "magnificent obsession" was movies, as Z Channel became known for being the definitive place to go for those obsessed with film -- snobs, cineastes, and plain old cinema junkies.

And then its programming chief killed his wife and himself.

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The Cutting Edge: The Magic Of Movie Editing Review


Very Good
While "magic" may be a little strong, The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing is a surprisingly interesting film. If you're a filmmaker or an aspiring critic, it may well be essential viewing.

This documentary is precisely what it's title purports to be, an in-depth and instructive look at movie editing that literally spans 100 years of film history, from The Great Train Robbery to Cold Mountain. Through interviews with a copious number of directors and editors, The Cutting Edge covers everything from basic editing techniques like the matching of cuts to modern editing theory as inspired by MTV and The Matrix. The film goes into extreme detail in parts, like when we get to see James Cameron's trick of removing one frame per second out of Terminator 2 to give it more momentum and realism. It's all a little bit insidery and self-congratulatory, but the movie works far more often than not. Any film buff will find it hard not to like.

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Kill Bill: Volume 1 Review


Weak

In the wake of "Reservoir Dogs," "Pulp Fiction" and "Jackie Brown," film buffs have come to expect intrepid sub-Hollywood scavenger Quentin Tarantino to bowl us over with ingenious, amped-up, style-blending B-movie off-shoots made with a quantum leap of depth and cinematic panache.

Influenced by cut-rate, under-the-counter samurai imports, spaghetti Westerns and popcorn-munching exploitation flicks of bygone eras, the writer-director's two-part revenge saga "Kill Bill" ("Volume 2" is due in February) has sexy, gritty, droll, deluxe Tarantino élan coming out its ears -- and absurdly grisly dam-bursts of stage blood spurting from other violently severed body parts in ambitious marathon swordfight scenes. But while the picture oozes style (and blood), it comes up short on substance -- which is what has always set Tarantino's grindhouse homages head and shoulders above the pulp pictures that inform them.

Choreographed by both kung-fu genius Yuen Wo-Ping ("The Matrix" movies, "Charlie's Angels," "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," etc.) and Japanese Kenjutsu legend Sonny Chiba (who plays an eccentric master sword-maker in the film), these focal-point fights are the culmination of a plot about a sultry, strong-willed former assassin (Uma Thurman) who was left for dead when her employer -- possibly peeved by her resignation, although "Volume 1" is vague on that point -- turned her wedding into a massacre.

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Quentin Tarantino

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27th March, 1963

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Django Unchained Alternative Trailer

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Corman's World Trailer

Corman's World Trailer

American director Roger Corman is one of the film industry's most influential directors. Born in...

The Greatest Movie Ever Sold Movie Review

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There's a zing of postmodern fun to be had while watching a film that documents...

Inglourious Basterds Movie Review

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Finally turning his hand to the war-movie genre, Tarantino unsurprisingly pays homage to classic B-movies....

Sukiyaki Western Django Movie Review

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Takeshi Miike's spaghetti western mash-up, Sukiyaki Western Django, is a mystery wrapped in a riddle...

Death Proof Trailer

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Grindhouse Movie Review

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