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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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Official Django Unchained Animated GIFs

If you haven’t visited the official Django Unchained website in awhile, then check it out. It just got a major update that allows you to take a virtual tour of Candyland and Bennett Manor while listening to some awesome music from the Django Unchained soundtrack. While you take the virtual tour, you can find some animated .gifs plus wallpaper and Facebook covers from the movie.  Overall, the new website is very well done and worth taking the time to explore.

Also included with the update is new related website: Tarantino Shoots You. This site has video from Quentin Tarantino himself and let’s you submit your own webcam video. I admittedly didn’t explore this site as much as the updated official one, so let me know what you think of it in the comments.

Below, I’ve gathered together all of the official Django Unchained animated .gifs from the website. Enjoy!

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Official Django Unchained Contest

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The Weinstein Company, Red Bull, and Columbia Pictures have teamed up to bring you the Django Unchained Emerging Artist Contest. The Grand Prize is a free trip to Comic-Con, where you’ll get to attend the official Django Unchained panel and meet Quentin Tarantino himself. What you need to do to enter is create a a piece of media, such as a poster or short film, that uses footage from the Django Unchained trailer or one of Quentin Tarantino’s favorite spaghetti westerns. You can read the details about entering the contest here.

For those of us who don’t intend to enter, the official contest page is still worth keeping an eye on. There’s already a short video from Quentin Tarantino posted on there (click “A Message from Quentin” on the front page to see it), and they’re promising to add more exclusive content from Tarantino and Django Unchained over the next few weeks. Also, beginning July 1st, fans will be able to vote on the best contest entries.

Perhaps the most juiciest bit of news from this contest is the message at the bottom of the page: “Come back to see the complete Django trailer and what’s [sic] been submitted on June 15.” Will this be the same teaser trailer that is scheduled to be shown before Prometheus, or will it be a new trailer entirely?  I’m looking forward to finding out!

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