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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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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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Django Unchained News Update: Walton Goggins, Sidney Poitier, John Legend & More

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Last chance to reserve your tickets for Django Unchained’s release tomorrow. You get a free $2 Amazon MP3 credit when you order tickets through Fandango.

The Washington Post published an article about Walton Goggins and how he landed a role in Django Unchained. A great read for Goggins fans!

“I texted him and said: ‘Robert [Robert Rodriguez], this is not my thing, I don’t do this, but I’m asking: Please text QT! Please! Just send him one line. Just two words: Walton Goggins.’ He said, ‘Okay, I’ll do it,’ and maybe an hour later, or the next day, he forwarded me Quentin’s response. It said, ‘Walton Goggins has been on my radar for a very long time.’ ”

Rolling Stone has an excellent article about how the Django Unchained soundtrack came to fruition. John Legend talks about how he wanted to write a song for Django Unchained as soon as he heard what the film was about. He then recorded the song (“Who Did That to You?“) and sent it to Quentin Tarantino on a cassette tape. What a great story!

“We heard from an inside source that [Tarantino] really likes listening to music on cassette in his car,” Legend said. “So we converted the digital material into a cassette and I wrote him a note and I said, ‘I wrote this song for your film, wanted to know if you would use it.’”

At last week’s premiere, the technophobic Tarantino told a packed house at the Ziegfeld in New York, he received the tape with two months left in the shoot. “If I had gotten a link or something to plug into my computer, I would have thrown that shit away, because I don’t know how to do that shit, but I got a cassette tape, and that I know how to play.” The director ended up deploying the song in one of the film’s most climatic scenes.

Quentin Tarantino recently discussed getting inspiration from Sidney Poitier to take Django Unchained as far as he did:

But the idea of shooting those scenes in Louisiana, where most of “Django” was filmed, with black actors being asked to portray slaves, unnerved the usually self-confident director.

The prospect made him so edgy that he considered shooting those scenes in the West Indies or even Brazil, just so he wouldn’t be reenacting slave-related atrocities upon the landscape where such events actually happened.

So Tarantino turned to actor-director Sidney Poitier, the first African-American to win a Best Actor Oscar, for advice.

“Sidney basically told me to man up,” Tarantino says. “He said, ‘Quentin, for whatever reason, you’ve been inspired to make this film. You can’t be afraid of your own movie. You must treat them like actors, not property. If you do that, you’ll be fine.’ ”

The Christian Film & Television Commission is calling for a NC-17 rating on Django Unchained. “This movie ends with two of the most violent scenes we’ve ever seen in more than 27 years of reviewing movies,” said founder and spokesman Dr. Ted Baehr. That just makes me want to see this movie even more!

Spike Lee says he’s not going to see Django Unchained because it would “be disrespectful to my ancestors.” He didn’t elaborate any further. You can watch the video of this here, but it’s literally 40 seconds of Spike Lee repeating the same “it would be disrespectful to my ancestors” line. The only reason worth going to this link is to read the top Youtube comment: “YOU GUYS KNOW GOD DAMN WELL HE IS GOING TO SEE THAT SHIT on NETFLIX and pretend he never saw it.”

Speaking of Hollywood lodumouths, comedian Katt Williams had to throw in his two cents about Django Unchained:

“F**k Jamie Foxx and the Django Unchained check he cashed,” he said.

“They offered me the script and I said, ‘Any ni**a that do this deserves to die. And the next thing I heard, Jamie Foxx was in makeup,” Williams also claimed.

It should go without saying that Kat Williams was not on the short list of actors Quentin Tarantino auditioned for the role of Django.

Django Unchained producer Reginald Hudlin gave an interview with The Root.

A behind-the-scenes video of the Django Unchained filming:

(Thanks, Renato, for the link!)

Well, this is it, folks. We’re less than 24 hours away. I’ll be posting an open thread on December 25th where you can post your thoughts about Django Unchained. Come on over and share your opinion after you’ve seen the film!

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