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Django Unchained News: Box Office Figures, Film Commentary, Pop Culture Reference Guide, and More

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Today’s your last day to get a free $2 Amazon MP3 credit when you purchase tickets through Fandango. If you plan on seeing Django Unchained soon, whether for the first, second, or third time, then don’t miss out on this deal!

Weekend box office figures: Django Unchained took #2 at the box office with weekend with $9.6 million. The Hobbit came in at #1 with $10.7 million, and Les Miserables #3 at $9.4 million.

Vulture has an excellent primer to movie and TV references in Django Unchained. A very highly-recommended read if you’ve already seen the film (or just want to know what to look for before see it). Spoilers included, obviously.

Video Round-up (embedding is either not allowed or broken, so you have to click through, sorry):

Entertainment Weekly has a video of the Django Unchained cast talking about their experiences with working with Quentin Tarantino.

Yahoo! has a video with Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, and Samuel L. Jackson discussing Leonardo’s DiCaprio’s performance in the film. Spoilers included.

Hitfix interviewed Walton Goggins.

Perez Hilton interviewed with Quentin Tarantino and Christoph Waltz.

Huffington Post interviewed Jamie Foxx.

Charlie Rose interviewed Quentin Tarantino.

NPR has two good articles up about Django Unchained:

Is ‘Django Unchained’ The ‘Blackest Film Ever?’

Quentin Tarantino Interview:  Tarantino On ‘Django,’ Violence And Catharsis

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The Boston Globe published a great interview with Quentin Tarantino about what films influenced him to make Django Unchained. Here he talks about how The Legend of Nigger Charley majorly influenced his film:

It’s a cheap, even vaguely tawdry movie. But it’s satisfying! It actually is empowering when you see [star] Fred Williamson kill the overseers and lead a group of slaves, and they take over this town and fight these bad guys. It’s empowering,” Tarantino says. “You wish it were a little better. But it really scratches the itch. And so I knew I could expand on that. I could do a better version of that as a mock epic.

You can watch the movie for free on Youtube.

Also, a “fuck you” to the Boston Globe for calling it the “The Legend of [Black] Charley.” Call it by its proper name!

The New Yorker published some film commentary about Django Unchained. Spoilers included.

The International Rome Film Festival will be giving Quentin Tarantino a special lifetime achievement award. Ennio Morricone will presenting the award.

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Thanks all for making 2012 so special! Hope you have a wonderful 2013!

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Official Django Unchained Poster Now Only $4.99

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The official Django Unchained Poster shown above is now on sale for only $4.99! Supplies are limited, though, so this deal won’t last long.

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Django Unchained News Update: Box Office Figures, History Lessons, Great Interviews & More

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Don’t forget to post your thoughts about Django Unchained in our Open Thread!

Django Unchained took in $15 million on Christmas Day, putting it at #2 behind Les Miserables ($18.2 million). The Hobbit came in at #3 with $11.3 million. This makes Django Unchained the fifth highest-grossing Christmas release.

Quentin Tarantino has a streaming, track-by-track commentary of the Django Unchained soundtrack on the official website available through January 2nd. Worth listening to if you have the time.

Slate has an excellent commentary comparing Django Unchained to blaxploitation westerns from the 70s like The Legend of Nigger Charley trilogy (which is available for free on Youtube). I added a few new movies to my “To Watch” list after reading this one.

Slate also has an excellent article about the history of Mandingo fighting.

Did the U.S. have anything like this form of gladiatorial combat?

No. While slaves could be called upon to perform for their owners with other forms of entertainment, such as singing and dancing, no slavery historian we spoke with had ever come across anything that closely resembled this human version of cock fighting. As David Blight, the director of Yale’s center for the study of slavery, told me: One reason slave owners wouldn’t have pitted their slaves against each other in such a way is strictly economic. Slavery was built upon money, and the fortune to be made for owners was in buying, selling, and working them, not in sending them out to fight at the risk of death.

The Root has a great interview with Quentin Tarantino about race issues and the use of the word “nigger” in the film. Here what he had to say in response to Spike Lee’s recent criticism:

Henry Louis Gates Jr.: Spike Lee’s on your ass all the time about using the word “nigger.” What would you say to black filmmakers who are offended by the use of the word “nigger” and/or offended by the depictions of the horrors of slavery in the film?

Quentin Tarantino: Well, you know if you’re going to make a movie about slavery and are taking a 21st-century viewer and putting them in that time period, you’re going to hear some things that are going to be ugly, and you’re going see some things that are going be ugly. That’s just part and parcel of dealing truthfully with this story, with this environment, with this land.

Personally, I find [the criticism] ridiculous. Because it would be one thing if people are out there saying, “You use it much more excessively in this movie than it was used in 1858 in Mississippi.” Well, nobody’s saying that. And if you’re not saying that, you’re simply saying I should be lying. I should be watering it down. I should be making it more easy to digest.

No, I don’t want it to be easy to digest. I want it to be a big, gigantic boulder, a jagged pill and you have no water.

The Root has some other great articles about Django Unchained: Tarantino Unchained Pt. 1 Tarantino Unchained Pt. 3 and Django Unchained: A Postracial Epic?

Collider has a video interviews up with the cast of Django Unchained. Here they are: Jamie Foxx and Kerry Washington, Christoph Waltz, and Walton Goggins. Walton Goggins might want to check out his interview with Crave Online, too.

Esquire magazine argues that Django Unchained is a better film about slavery than Lincoln.

It was inevitable that someone would make a Django Unchained / Blazing Saddles mashup.

The New York Times published their review of Django Unchained.

Samuel L. Jackson talks about deleted scenes in Django Unchained as well as playing the “Dick Cheney of Candyland.”

The free $2 Amazon MP3 credit at Fandango expires soon! Make sure you get your ticket orders in before it goes away.

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