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Quentin Tarantino will present prize to 'Dazed and Confused' at Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards

After nabbing a second Oscar for his revisionist cowboys-and-slaveowners flick Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino is heading west — southwest, that is.

Tarantino’s jetting off to Austin, Tex. next week, where he’ll present the Star of Texas Award to Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused. The coming of age comedy — both filmed and set in Austin — is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Tarantino has long been a fan of the movie, even naming it his 10th favorite film of all time in a 2002 Sight and Sound poll.

The Star of Texas presentation will occur during this year’s 13th annual Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards, which celebrates the Lone Star State’s film industry and benefits the Austin Film Society; actors Annette O’Toole, Henry Thomas, Steven Toblowsky, and Robin Wright will be honored this year as well. The ceremony will be held March 7, just one day before Austin’s South by Southwest film and music festival begins. Expect to see a lot of cool dudes and hip, hip ladies there.

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This year's Academy Awards: a lively, occasionally uneasy mixture of snark and sincerity

I’m someone who respects tradition, so in writing about the Academy Awards, I generally make a point of referring to them at least once — usually in my opening sentence — as, you know, “the Academy Awards.” But now I’ve learned that I shouldn’t even do that: The official, marquee title of the event that ABC broadcast to a billion viewers on Sunday night was “The Oscars.” (Barbara Walters must have been thrilled.) Which may make you think that the show has taken on a new, casual spirit. In certain ways, it has. The host, Seth MacFarlane, threw his barbed tomahawks, treating the Oscars as his own free-form joke writer’s playroom. MacFarlane, a maestro of misanthropic snark, knew that he’d been engaged to push the how many powerful people in the audience can we insult to their faces? tradition of Ricky Gervais to the breaking point, and he happily complied. He tossed prickly insults at Quentin Tarantino, Amour, Harvey Weinstein, Daniel Day-Lewis’ vocal performance as Lincoln, and — thank you! — Entertainment Weekly. But he also framed the whole thing as a self-conscious stunt in which the question of whether or not he was “going too far” became the perpetual theme of his comedy. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Jennifer Lawrence, together again with David O. Russell; Plus Quentin Tarantino

Academy Award-nominated actress Jennifer Lawrence will team up again with her Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell for his next film – a drama formerly titled American Bulls—. The film is about the 70s and 80s FBI sting operation Abscam, which exposed the corruption and misdoings of public officials, resulting in convictions for a number of members of Congress. Her Silver Linings Playbook co-star and fellow acting nominee Bradley Cooper is set to star the film as well, alongside Amy Adams and Christian Bale, both of whom worked with Russell on The Fighter. Best Director nominee Russell isn’t messing with the formula. He’s just combining a few of the elements. [Deadline]

Django Unchained director Quentin Tarantino has reportedly promised to make a cameo in a true Spaghetti Western, directed by Enzo G. Castellari (The Inglorious Bastards). Though Tarantino might be most famous for making cameos in his own films, this isn’t the first time he’d be stepping in front of the camera for another director. The film will be called Badlanders. Franco Nero who appeared in the original Django, will also reportedly have a small role. [THR]

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'Django Unchained' Quentin Tarantino's top grossing film in the U.S., but not worldwide

The “D” may be silent in Django Unchained, but it clearly stands for “dollar signs.” Quentin Tarantino’s revenge Western has topped Inglourious Basterds as the writer-director’s top grossing film — in the United States. With $129.1 million as of Wednesday, the controversial riff on American slavery looks headed to top out somewhere close to $150 million, placing it well ahead of Basterds‘ $120.5 million total domestic gross.

Whether Django Unchained can beat Basterds‘ global total of $321.5 million, however, remains to be seen. READ FULL STORY

'Lincoln' leads BAFTA race with 10 nominations

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Lincoln led all films with 10 BAFTA nominations, but director Steven Spielberg was not among the five directors recognized by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Daniel Day-Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones, Sally Field, cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, screenwriter Tony Kushner, and composer John Williams were among the Lincoln landslide, but the British Academy opted to reward Amour director Michael Hanake and Django Unchained auteur Quentin Tarantino, even though neither of those films were mentioned for Best Film.

Spielberg isn’t alone; Les Misérables director Tom Hooper was also overlooked. Both directors’ films  joined Oscar contenders Argo, Life of Pi, and Zero Dark Thirty in the race for Best Film. Les Misérables and Life of Pi were each nominated in nine categories, including nods for Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway; Skyfall earned eight nominations, Argo received seven nominations — including a Best Actor nod for Ben Affleck — and Anna Karenina has six. Django Unchained and Zero Dark Thirty were each nominated five times.

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Box office report: 'The Hobbit' outdraws 'Django' and 'Les Mis' with $32.9 million

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Despite the arrival of two holiday heavyweights, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey retained the top spot at the box office for the third weekend in a row.

Warner Bros.’ $250 million fantasy prequel was held out of the top spot from Tuesday until Thursday by Les Miserables, but over the traditional weekend frame Hobbit dipped only 11 percent to bring in $32.9 million, and its domestic total now stands tall at $222.7 million. After 17 days, The Hobbit is performing well ahead of 2001′s The Fellowship of the Ring, which had earned $189.3 million at the same point in its run (though that number climbs to about $260 million after accounting for inflation), but it still trails the 17-day cumes of The Two Towers ($243.6 million), and The Return of the King ($272.8 million). Notably, those films did not have 3D or IMAX surcharges boosting their totals. READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'The Hobbit' journeys back to No. 1; 'Django' and 'Les Mis' stay strong

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Snowstorms in the northeast may be limiting moviegoing attendance this weekend, but inclement weather won’t stop Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf from ringing in the New Year in style.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey returned to the top of the box office on Friday, crossing the $200 million mark in the process. The $250 million Warner Bros. release grossed an estimated $10.7 million on Friday, putting it on pace for a $31 million weekend, which would bring its total to about $221 million and lift its worldwide cume past $600 million. READ FULL STORY

'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

'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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