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Monthly Archives: January 2012

News from Django Unchained’s California Set

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This the latest picture from Django Unchained’s California set. It was part of a recent Los Angeles Times  story about famous ranches in the Santa Clarita Valley. Deadwood fans might find the scene familiar, as this is the same ranch (Melody Ranch) where the series was filmed.

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Here’s a photo gallery and virtual tour of Melody Ranch’s Western Main Street. No word on how closely these pictures resemble the actual Django Unchained set.

While most of the LA Times piece is focused on the Santa Clarita filming industry, they did include this blurb about the Django Unchained production:

On a cold, wet afternoon two cowboys trudge across a muddy street in a western town carrying saddles on their backs as a loud speaker blasts Jim Croce’s hit song “I got a Name.” The scene was being played out at the historic Melody Ranch in Santa Clarita , where director Quentin Tarantino was filming his upcoming western “Django Unchained,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx.

How exciting!

In related news, a kind reader has alerted me to this great podcast interview with Robert Richardson where he talks about filming Django Unchained.

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Walton Goggins Talks about Working with Quentin Tarantino

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Apparently I missed the news about Walton Goggins being added to the Django Unchained cast. Sorry about that. He recently spoke about working with Quentin Tarantino in this interview with Collider:

How did you end up working with Quentin Tarantino?

GOGGINS: I’m a big fan. I’ve been a big fan, like everybody else, for 20 years. He really enjoyed my work in the films I’ve done, that he’s really liked. The first time he saw me was in a movie called The Apostle, and he was a fan of The Shield and likes Justified. We had never met before, and had the opportunity to meet and had an incredible meeting. He is one of, if not the most, passionate filmmakers I’ve ever been around, and a lover of this art form and material, and he’s a master at it. He’s a master at directing a scene. So, I was like a little giddy schoolgirl around him. I was so full of excitement.

Did he tell you much about what you’d be playing in Django Unchained?

GOGGINS: Yeah, we talked about it. There’s one role that I really wanted to go for because of my commitment to Justified. It’s something that is a quintessential Quentin Tarantino scene.

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Jonah Hill Claims He Was Offered a Role in Django Unchained

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Jonah Hill, hot off the heels of a hit movie and Oscar nomination, recently revealed that Quentin Tarantino offered him a role in Django Unchained. Unfortunately, the actor had to turn down the role due to scheduling conflicts. No word on what role he was offered. Here’s what Hill had to say about the new direction his career is taking:

I was thrilled that [Tarantino] wanted me to be in it, and I’ve been offered a lot of dramas since. As I mature, my sensibilities have changed. I think once you get to a certain place, your career is all about delegating time and what you want to spend your time doing. I’ve made a lot of comedies in a really short amount of time, and they’ve been ripped off every which way to Sunday. So it’s not as exciting to do those anymore.

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