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Django Unchained News Round-Up: A Tarantino Cameo, Italian Influences, Aussie Films, and More

calvin candieThis recently popped up on the official Django Unchained Twitter feed.

The last few weeks have been pretty quiet in terms of Django Unchained news. I imagine things will start picking up later this month as we get closer to the Christmas release date.  Here’s what has happened since the last news update here. As always, a big thanks to my readers who link me to these stories!

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CSI: Miami actor Rex Linn revealed that Quentin Tarantino has a cameo in Django Unchained. Rex Linn had a funny story to share in this interview about how that transpired:

Quentin told me that he liked the scene so much he wanted to be in it, too, and that he would also be taking some of my lines,” Linn explained. “So, you’ll know the scenes when you see them. We’ll be on the screen with Don Johnson and Jonah Hill. The scenes may not be long, but you will remember them.

Despite having his role taken over, though, Linn seems to be a good sport about it.

It’s not my movie. I’m just happy to be in the movie. I mean it’s the most anticipated movie of the rest of this year,” he said. “It’s a dream come true.

Linn plays the role of Tennessee Harry.

There was a short, but excellent piece in the New York Times about Sergio Corbucci’s films may have inspired Quentin Tarantino. It definitely motivated me to re-watch some of Corbucci’s old films before Christmas, starting with Il Grande Silenzio (spoilers for this movie are included in the article).

Jamie Foxx announced that he willing be working with Ron Howard to direct a short film for Canon’s “Project Imagination.”  Speaking about Django Unchained and working with Tarantino:

The whole movie was just like a gymnastics routine, with the height of difficulty,” he added. It’s tough, but if we land it, it’s going to be something incredible. And I think he landed it.

In mostly off-topic Quentin Tarantino news, Australian actor John Jarratt revealed that Tarantino wants to make an all-Australian film.

He’s told me he likes tough grittiness … the kicking and scratching kind of movies we make that I think helped inspire movies like Reservoir Dogs and Inglourious Basterds. He likes the way we make movies and likes the way we make low-budget movies that look a trillion dollars and stand up next to the Bruce Willis movie next door.

John Jarratt plays Jano in Django Unchained.

By the way, have you heard about the new Quentin Tarantino 8-film Blu-Ray Compilation that’s being released on November 20th? The compilation includes True Romance, Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Vol. 1, Kill Bill Vol. 2, Inglourious Basterds, and an additional five hours of never-before-seen special features. Amazon is offering free release-day delivery if you pre-order it now.

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