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Let's start this by asking, who hought selling "Django Unchained" action figures would be a good idea in the first place? Whoever it was, he or she certainly put into motion one of the more cantankerous movie stories of the month ... and "Zero Dark Thirty" caused actual protests, for crying out loud.
The Weinstein Company, in response to pressure from civil rights advocacy groups, recently directed NECA Toys, which had been licensed to produce and distribute the "Django" dolls, to discontinue the line and pull the dolls from shelves. The toys were seen as totally distasteful, because there's just something not right about kids playing with slave and slave owner action figures.
In a statement, the company said that like the Rated R film itself, the action figures were not meant for consumers below the age of seventeen. Get More »
The day is only (quick math) 1,440 minutes long, so maybe you can't spare 27 of them to watch the trailer for every single Best Picture-nominated film. And we get it! You're a busy (man; woman; eunuch)! Get More »
The controversy over Quentin Tarantino's slave revenge fantasy "Django Unchained" shows no signs of letting up, as former 2 Live Crew frontman Luther Campbell has just written a scathing denunciation of Spike Lee over Lee's scathing denunciation of Tarantino.
And the auteur behind the insightful thinkpiece "Me So Horny" has a message for lee: Me so angry. Get More »
Director Quentin Tarantino might've been "damn surprised" by his Golden Globe grab for the "Django Unchained" script, but his pals at The Weinstein Company are making good on all the fuss, presumably with an eye on that Oscar prize.
For those of us who have some time to kill at work and can't quite manage to sneak out to the movies, TWC has now shared the mightily controversial screenplay for the film — the excesses of brutal violence and n-bomb usage of which have raised many eyebrows and led to one highly entertaining journalistic shutdown — on its website with Tarantino's original handwritten introductory page front and center. Get More »
Quentin Tarantino has always been, err, eccentric. Known for his blood-splattering violent movies and colorful dialogue, the director has somewhat established himself as the king of witty gore (yes, we just coined that phrase). His latest, the Oscar-nominated "Django Unchained," is no different—but his answers to some seemingly fair-game questions certainly are.
During a sit-down interview with Krishnan Guru-Murthy (posted below courtesy of YouTube), Tarantino got visibly irritated as the British journalist tried to start a dialogue about the violence and gunplay in the film. Get More »
In an Oscar season filled with glad-handing, Oprah Winfrey specials, and the ever-insincere "It's a thrill just to be nominated," isn't it about time we got a little honesty amid the roiling sea of industry platitudes?
If you're like most people, you've probably been wondering when the line of fully poseable 'Django Unchained" action figures would be arriving in stores. Well, wonder no more, because according to The Daily Beast, you will soon be able to dress up and play with your own Django, Broomhilda and Calvin Candie dolls.
And best of all, the Controversy Accessory Pack comes built in.
Yes, it's true: Quentin Tarantino has signed off on a new line of officially licensed "Django Unchained" eight-inch action figures, which come with weapons, clothing and a generous helping of built-in controversy. After all, when you think of slavery, children's toys are probably the first thing that comes to mind. Get More »
In a reminder that you should never count out a maniac wielding a chainsaw, "Texas Chainsaw 3D" overturned the applecart at the box office this weekend, topping the charts with an estimated $23 million according to Film.com.
That meant that returning hits "Django Unchained" ($20.1 million), "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" ($17.5 million) and "Les Misérables" ($16.1 million) were all bumped down a spot. "Texas Chainsaw's" reign looks to be short lived, though, with "Gangster Squad" and "Zero Dark Thirty" both scheduled to go nationwide next weekend.
For a full rundown of this week's figures, including numbers for comedies "Parental Guidance" and "This Is 40" as well as the Matt Damon release "Promised Land," head to Film.com.
Things got pretty awkward during "Django Unchained" director Quentin Tarantino's recent chat with NPR when the subject of the movie's brutality and tough historical subject matter animus came up once and again (and again and again).
Interviewer Terry Gross, of "Fresh Air", pressed Tarantino about his choice to use "two just abhorrent chapters of history" for cinematic backdrops — "Django" and his 2009 Nazi adventure drama "Inglourious Basterds" — along with inquiries about where his line for cinematic violence would be drawn to avoid hitting a "point of revulsion." Get More »
Now that 2013 is underway, we're officially in the thick of Oscars season. Which means that studios are putting on the full-court publicity press for films they want to snag Oscar nominations (to be announced Jan. 10). Industry magazines like Variety are brimming with "For Your Consideration" ads for probable shoo-ins like Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis in "Lincoln" and Best Supporting Actress for Anne Hathaway in "Les Miserables."
But what about those potential nominees and angles that aren't quite so obvious? With the help of our friend Old Red Jalopy, we've unearthed ten, shall we say, "unorthodox" Oscar campaign posters you might have missed.