Quentin Tarantino is walking a high wire act with Django Unchained, his ’70s-exploitation-style Western about the titular slave (Jamie Foxx) and the bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) who saves his life in exchange for his help hunting three slave-running brothers he’s been contracted to kill. Their bargain: If Django helps Dr. King, Dr. King will help Django find his beloved wife, owned, it turns out, by the swanky plantation proprietor Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). Can Tarantino tackle the troubled, tricky topic of slavery with such a wild and playful tone? Check out the trailer and decide for yourself: READ FULL STORY
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Spurred by the success of the film’s 3-D theatrical re-release, Paramount Home Media Distribution and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment have announced that Titanic will makes its Blu-ray debut on Sept. 14. The Oscar-sweeping epic will be available as a four-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo pack in both 2-D and 3-D formats, with 2.5 hours of bonus footage including a National Geographic documentary in which director James Cameron explores the wreckage of the actual Titanic. The special features will also be stocked with 30 deleted scenes, more than 60 behind-the-scenes featurettes, three commentary tracks, and 2,000 photos. For the first time, Titanic fans can download the film digitally so they’ll never have to let go of their favorite film.
One thing you can count on with Baz Luhrmann: The man sure knows how to spin cultural anachronisms to his favor. The trailer for his latest — an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s seminal novel of roaring wealth and excess in 1922 New York City — opens with a cut from Kanye West and Jay-Z’s Watch the Throne, and follows up with an extended cut of Jack White covering U2’s “Love is Blindness.” And yet somehow, it works.
We also get a good sense of the gonzo parties thrown by the enigmatic Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), as well as a few shots of Gatsby making doe eyes at former flame Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan), and Tobey Maguire as Midwestern outsider (and audience proxy) Nick Carraway taking it all in. Curiously, the trailer spends a considerable amount of time with a face less familiar to American audiences — Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan (as Meyer Wolfsheim) — and also introduces newcomer Elizabeth Debicki (as Jordan Baker).
Mostly, though, this first look at Luhrmann’s take on the high school lit class staple looks to be wildly different than the soporific 1974 adaptation starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, and that is nothing but a good thing. Check it out below: READ FULL STORY
The song “Unchain My Heart” meant something very different when Jamie Foxx re-created it in 2004’s Ray, but you could argue the title applies in a strange and more sinister way in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming revenge western Django Unchained.
The bond Foxx wants to break this time around is not a bad romance, but something far uglier and more painful: his slave status in the pre-Civil War South, which is the obstacle preventing him from going in search of his sold-off wife, played by Kerry Washington.
After the jump, Entertainment Weekly debuts the first two photos from the movie, which hits theaters on Dec. 25, and we also talk with Foxx about this southern-fried take on the spaghetti western.
Does he think Django Unchained will be controversial? “Oh, hell yeah,” Foxx says. “You kidding me?” READ FULL STORY
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James Cameron’s Titanic is one of the most successful movies of all time, and I have no problem saying that it’s also one of the most beloved movies ever made. (We’re now in the era when success doesn’t always hinge on deep fan love; witness The Phantom Menace, the Transformers films, or Khloe Kardashian.) Where Titanic may well be unique in the history of cinema is that it is also, arguably, the most hated beloved movie ever made. Any number of celebrated films, of course, have provoked backlashes. Just think of the strain of carping snootiness that has always gathered, like a pesky mosquito army, around the work of Steven Spielberg (“He’s too sappy! And manipulative!”), or the routine bashing of famous Oscar crowd-pleasers like Marty or Ordinary People or Shakespeare in Love, or my own persistent impatience with the Lord of the Rings trilogy, a wandering-through-the-woods saga that I’ve always found to be as ponderous as it is majestic. READ FULL STORY
There’s no stopping this pai. As we reported in February, Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese joined forces for the fifth time to adapt The Wolf of Wall Street from Jordan Belfort’s 2007 memoir about his experiences making millions in the stock market only to wind up in jail for fraud and money laundering. Though money may have proved problematic for Belfort, the director and his man-muse learned today it wouldn’t be for them. According to Deadline, the project has secured full funding from Red Granite Pictures and is ready to prep production
Wolf was a surprisingly long time coming — Scorsese and DiCaprio first eyed the project nearly four years ago. The pair’s previous collaborations — Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed, and Shutter Island — have earned over $400 million domestically. Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Irwin Winkler, Jennifer Killoran, and Alexandra Milchan will join DiCaprio and Scorsese as producers.
Scorsese is also currently attached to direct the Jo Nesbø adaptation The Snowman, the period drama Silence with Daniel-Day Lewis, and a biopic of Frank Sinatra. No star has officially signed up yet to play Ol’ Blue Eyes, but after this, our money’s on DiCaprio.
For now, one thing is certain: Shooting on Wolf will begin this August in New York.
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Unless you were wise enough to register for a 3-D-capable television during your surprise wedding (well played, Andy and April), the new television trailer for the upcoming re-release of Titanic probably looks and feels just as you remember it. Kate and Leo are once again the doomed young lovers, Rose and Jack, the visual effects are still eye-popping, and deny it all you like, Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” gives you goosebumps. “Are you ready to go back to Titanic?” Come on, Bill Paxton, like you even needed to ask. Watch the clip here: READ FULL STORY
Near, far, wherever you are, Titanic in 3-D is coming to a theater near you earlier than planned. James Cameron’s 3-D re-release of his Oscar-winning smash was initially going to sail on Friday, April 6, but Paramount has opted to have the epic Kate and Leo love saga arrive on Wednesday, April 4 instead. This April will mark the 100th anniversary of the legendary ship’s first and final, tragic voyage. READ FULL STORY
Do you ever feel like you have lost the old warm world, paid a high price for living too long with a single dream? Do you look at an unfamiliar sky through frightening leaves and shiver when you find what a grotesque thing a rose is, and how raw the sunlight is upon the scarcely created grass? Then you’re sure to fall in tragic love with the first two images from next year’s 3-D adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, helmed by director Baz Luhrmann and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Tobey Maguire. What thoroughness! What realism! And yet, they make me sad because I’ve never seen such…such beautiful shirts before. READ FULL STORY
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