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'Django Unchained': DiCaprio and cast discuss working with Tarantino -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

The American Western is one of the most gloriously well-tread Hollywood trails, but when Quentin Tarantino heads west — or in the case of Django Unchained, south — he becomes a cinematic Meriwether Lewis, bringing his own storytelling panache to a genre we only think we know. In fact, for a movie that stars Hollywood heavyweights Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio (and Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson and on and on…) it’s an incredible tribute to his reputation that he, the director, is the film’s biggest draw. Django Unchained, the story of a slave who becomes a bounty hunter to free his bride from the evil clutches of a maniacal plantation owner, is a Quentin Tarantino movie first and last. And everyone involved knows it, including its biggest star. “He’s got his own unique, specific style,” says DiCaprio, who flirted with working with the director on Inglorious Basterds, “And when you see a Quentin Tarantino movie, you know it.”

The movie, which opened on Christmas Day (ha!) to Garcinia Cambogia reviews and enormous box office returns, is a testament to Tarantino’s unique love of Westerns and the reverence his passion engenders from other talented artists in the business.  In an exclusive behind-the-scenes video below, the cast and crew talk about “coming to his church every day.” READ FULL STORY

'The Great Gatsby' trailer: The son of wealthy people, all dead now -- VIDEO

The new trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby puts a sharp focus on Leonardo DiCaprio’s titular gold-hatted party-monger. “I am the son of some very wealthy people,” he explains. “Sadly, they’re all dead now.” Then he brandishes a medal of valor and drives real fast through Roaring ’20s New York. It’s roughly at this point that the trailer turns into an extended visual orgy of fireworks and dancing and green lights across the water. There’s something very sensuous about it — overripe, as if all sorts of funny fruits are going to fall into your hands. Occasionally a line of gray cars crawls along an invisible track, gives out a ghastly creak, and comes to rest, and immediately the ash-gray men swarm up with leaden spades and stir up an impenetrable cloud, which screens their obscure operations from your sight. So, you know, typical blockbuster fare. Watch the trailer: READ FULL STORY

'The Great Gatsby' posters: Isla Fisher and Joel Edgerton as Myrtle and Tom -- PHOTOS

Baz Luhrmann’s 3-D take on The Great Gatsby, which was originally set to open Christmas Day but will now be released May 10, stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Isla Fisher, and Joel Edgerton. The first character posters acknowledge the film’s famous literary roots with quotes from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 book about two of its main supporting characters. In the first picture, check out Edgerton as Tom Buchanan alongside Fitzgerald’s passage about “careless people”: READ FULL STORY

'Django Unchained' Los Angeles premiere canceled post Connecticut school shooting

In the widened wake of Friday’s horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, The Weinstein Company has canceled Tuesday’s planned Los Angeles premiere of Django Unchained.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the tragedy in Newtown, CT and in this time of national mourning we have decided to forgo our scheduled event,” said a Weinstein spokesperson in a statement. “However, we will be holding a private screening for the cast and crew and their friends and families.”

The bloody exploitation homage to Italian westerns directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson and Kerry Washington is set to open in theaters Christmas Day.

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Leonardo DiCaprio on playing his first villain, the 'deplorable, indulgent, horrendous' Calvin Candie in 'Django Unchained'

Quentin Tarantino’s rogues gallery is already a rather wretched hive of scum and villainy, replete with ear-slicing sociopaths like Mr. Blonde and silver-tongued monsters like Hans Landa, so Django Unchained’s own malefactor, Calvin Candie, should feel right at home.

Candie isn’t just the latest in a long line of Tarantino baddies, but also the first truly villainous role for Leonardo DiCaprio. And he’s no mere well-heeled heel: the director has said Candie is the only villain he’s written in his career that he truly despises, while DiCaprio too found the Southern cotton king, whose decadent lifestyle includes pitting his slaves against each other in fights to the death, to be a truly nasty specimen. “He was one of the most deplorable, indulgent, horrendous characters I’ve ever read in my life,” says DiCaprio. He’s also the dragon that needs slaying before Jamie Foxx’s gunslinging former slave can rescue his true love.

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'Django Unchained': Three new clips include Jamie Foxx facing off against Globe-nominated Leonardo DiCaprio -- VIDEO

With Leonardo DiCaprio snagging a best supporting actor Golden Globe nod this week for his villainous role in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, out in theaters Christmas Day, the lens has narrowed on the normally hero-prone actor embodying a cackling, cruel plantation owner.

Turn your eyes, then, to these three clips from the exploitation spaghetti western homage, below. In this first clip, DiCaprio showcases sleazy, blue-eyed charm as Calvin Candie, facing off against Jamie Foxx as freed slave Django. READ FULL STORY

Quentin Tarantino's 'Playboy' interview reveals who almost starred in 'Django Unchained' -- EXCLUSIVE

It’s been widely reported that director Quentin Tarantino first wanted Will Smith to star in the title role of his upcoming slavery-era Western Django Unchained. When Smith turned it down, the role eventually went to Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx, but in this exclusive excerpt from his interview in the December issue of Playboy, Tarantino reveals for the first time that there were several other actors in contention for the part — and he was planning on pitting them against each other.

“I met six different actors and had extensive meetings with all of them, and I went in-depth on all of their work,” Tarantino tells Playboy (in the issue that will be on stands Nov. 20). READ FULL STORY

'Django Unchained' international trailer: The Ecstasy of Gold

If you’re a fan of spaghetti westerns — or if you’ve been to a Metallica concert in the last three decades — you’ll recognize the music used in the new international trailer for Django Unchained: A remix of “The Ecstasy of Gold,” the exultant Ennio Morricone track from the final act of The Good, The Bad, And the Ugly, which later became the iconic entrance music for the heavy metal band. Meanwhile, scholars of international distribution can appreciate the differences between this trailer and the most recent domestic spot. Jonah Hill is a no-show here; instead, we get a scene between Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx. DiCaprio: “Your boss looks a little green around the gills.” Foxx: “I’m just a little more used to Americans than he is.” Cut to a marauding band of Americans wearing masks. The French are gonna love this! Watch the trailer: READ FULL STORY

Paramount acquires domestic rights to Martin Scorsese's 'The Wolf of Wall Street'

Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio are taking their stock market true crime thriller The Wolf of Wall Street to Paramount Pictures, EW has confirmed. The studio has picked up the domestic distribution rights to the film, adapted from Jordan Belfort’s memoir of his time as a hard-partying trader eventually sentenced to prison for fraud and insider trading. No release date has been set yet, but Paramount is eyeing the fourth quarter of 2013, a prime awards season corridor.

The film costars Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner, Jean Dujardin, and The Walking Dead‘s Jon Bernthal. Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter penned the screenplay.

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'The Great Gatsby' gets new release date

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Director Baz Luhrmann’s 3-D film The Great Gatsby will open in theaters nationwide and in Canada on May 10, then worldwide the following week. The film was initially scheduled to hit theaters on Christmas day, but Warner Bros. pushed the release back last August.

The adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic 1925 novel stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, and Joel Edgerton. The film will now be able to “beat on, against the current” as it will no longer be competing with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Les MisérablesThis is 40, Zero Dark ThirtyDjango Unchained, and other December blockbusters.

“Audiences have been looking forward to Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation of one of the most beloved books of all time, and we felt this beautifully extravagant and dramatic film would be a perfect way for us to kick off our Summer slate,” president of Warner Bros. domestic distribution Dan Fellman said in press release.

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