By now it is relatively common knowledge that the role of Django in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained was written with the intention of him being played by the Fresh Prince himself, Will Smith. Now the film has been made and received critical acclaim, we still wonder why Will Smith was so sure the role wasn't for him, bearing in mind his agents tried very hard to change his mind.
This year's Oscar ceremony was a musical extravaganza with performances from Barbara Streisand, Shirley Bassey, the cast of Les Miserables, Dreamgirls and Chicago. The most talked about performance of the evening though was our very own Adele who won the Oscar for best original song. The ceremony was held together nicely, though not without controversy by Ted creator Seth MacFarlane. But it's not the music or the presenter we're interested in, it's all about the films and who won what. Here's the full ist of winners in what has been described as the most unpredictable ceremony ever...
Top LA printers, Gallery 1988, have released a stunning exhibit of alternative film posters for each of the nine Oscar nominees.
Ever since he burst onto the scene with Reservoir Dogs back in 1992 and then followed it up with the seminal Pulp Fiction in 1994, each new Quentin Tarantino film has felt like something of an event in its own right. While wildly different in tone and style, he is up there with the likes of Steven Spielberg or Woody Allen in terms of his name creating its own brand recognition of sorts. His latest offering is a deliriously violent two hours and forty-five minutes long revenge Western (or ‘Southern' as the director prefers) which is every bit as fun and pulpy as you might expect.
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The 'D' is silent.
That's Django, the titular character in Quentin Tarantino's take-no-prisoners slavery-era western in UK cinemas this weekend. This was, however, not Django's first big screen outing as he has a rich and strange history.
Once you get Quentin Tarantino talking, there really is no stopping him.
With the US release of Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, the motor-mouthed auteur has been hitting the media with a medley of news and opinions. Here are some of the highlights and lowlights.
The excellent soundtrack for Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained was released over Christmas, in anticipation of the Christmas Day US release of the director's much-hyped spaghetti western. The OST was available to stream on Soundcloud, so you can listen to the often funky, sometimes classy, endlessly esoteric mix that Tarantino has assembled for his Western epic.
One track that will not be heard on the soundtrack or in the film is Frank Ocean's contribution.
The latest trailer for Django Unchained is here and gives us a sample of some of the soundtrack's delights, in the form of a funky John Legend number.