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Django Unchained News: Rome Premiere, Costume Design, Awards Update, and More

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Weekend Box Office Figures:  Django Unchained came in at #2 this weekend with $20 million. Texas Chainsaw 3D was #1 with $21 million, and The Hobbit #3 with $17.5 million.

Awards News:  The Producers Guild of America nominated Django Unchained’s producers for its Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures award.

The Art Directors Guild nominated Django Unchained production designer J. Michael Riva for a Nominees for Excellence in Production Design for a Feature Film in 2012 award.

BTW, Academy Award nominations will be announced on January 10th (Thursday).

Vulture has two more great articles up about Django Unchained:

What Was Cut From Django Unchained

Why Django Unchained’s Slavery Tale Had to Be a Spaghetti Western

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Entertainment Weekly has a great article up about Django Unchained’s costume designer Sharen Davis.

“Broomhilda’s clothes aren’t her own,” the actress told EW. “Even in talking it through with [Sharen], when we were talking about the Broomhilda stuff, it was always ‘What would he put her in?’ ’What would the woman of the house dress her in? Oh, she’d dress her like a doll.’”

“Quentin was very hands-on,” Davis says of working with Tarantino. “I would do these sketches, but I would also have freeze-frames from the spaghetti Westerns he had me watch to go along with the illustrations so I could show him exactly where the ideas came from. Because this is a Tarantino movie, the dresses are all a little above reality.”

Louis Farrakhan claims that Django Unchained is “preparation for a race war.”

To me, the movie had a purpose,” he said. “If a black man came out of that movie thinking like Djngo and white people came out of that movie seeing the slaughter of white people and they are armed to the teeth, it’s preparation for a race war.”

Quentin Tarantino gave a 60-second interview with BET about his use of the word “nigger”:

Thanks, Grahmhatch , for spotting this!

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Basketball player JaVale McGee posted the above picture of his shoes on Instagram.

Dennis Christopher, who plays Leonide Moguy in the film, did an interview about how he ended up in Django Unchained.

Apparently The Mutter Museum (a museum specializing in medical history) made a special instructional video just for Quentin Tarantino and Leonardo DiCaprio about how to saw a human skulls using mid-19th century medical equipment. Click the link to watch them.

Samuel L. Jackson recently made headlines by trying to goad a reporter into saying the word “nigger” instead of “the N-word.” Video and transcript are here.

Quentin Tarantino revealed why he did not give the role of Django to Idris Elba, who auditioned for it.

“Yeah, Idris is British and this is an American story. I think a problem with a lot of movies that deal with this issue is they cast British actors to play the Southerners and it goes a long way to distancing the movie. They put on their gargoyle masks and they do their phoney accents and you are not telling an American story any more. They are just making hay of it, whether it be James Mason in Mandingo or Michael Caine in Hurry Sundown, they get British actors to do this.”

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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


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.


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

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