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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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In Sandy Hook shooting's wake, stars discuss movie violence

Friday’s devastating shooting in Newtown, Conn. has prompted several actors and filmmakers to speak out about whether violence in films inspires violence in real life. The team behind Django Unchained – a bullet-studded revenge fantasy from violent virtuoso Quentin Tarantino — has been especially forthcoming.

Naturally, the shooting came up during Django‘s press junket in New York City on Saturday. According to the BBC, Tarantino dismissed the idea that the movie will lead to real-world gun violence. “I just think, you know, there’s violence in the world, tragedies happen, blame the playmakers,” he told the crowd. “It’s a western. Give me a break.”

Django star Christoph Waltz agreed with the director’s general sentiment, arguing that “the media’s responsibility is greater than the story teller’s is.” Waltz also said that while he “find[s] violence…to that degree [in Django] repulsive,” he also believes “Django is violent, but it’s not inspiring violence.” His cast mate Kerry Washington pointed out that the film uses violence as the means to an end, including it in order to depict “the wrongs, the injustices, the social ills” of slavery.

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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

'Django Unchained': Jamie Foxx on portraying slavery and filming on an actual plantation

You can count the major American movies that deal with the issue of slavery on one hand. When it hits theaters Christmas Day, Django Unchained will be one of those raised fingers — most likely the middle one. In it, Jamie Foxx plays Django, a slave freed by Christoph Waltz’s bounty hunter who is on a quest to save his wife from the lair of monstrous plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio.)

While the film itself is a rollicking spaghetti-western homage, it doesn’t shy away from portraying the systemic brutality of America’s original sin, and some wonder whether doing so will court controversy. Foxx is not one of those wondering. “You know it’s going to be controversial!” he exclaims. “That’s what’s been blowing my mind, people saying, ‘[sotto voce] Did you know this was going to be controversial?’ It’s like, come on man! Did you read the script? Why would Quentin Tarantino do anything that wasn’t controversial? What movie of his have you seen where you went, “Oh, this is a Hallmark Movie and rated G”? That’s not what you sign up for. You don’t sign up for that.” READ FULL STORY

'Django Unchained': EW Exclusive! Check out this preview of the 'Django' comic book

Quentin Tarantino famously writes his screenplays long and tends to radically alter them while he’s filming. As EW’s Keith Staskiewicz points out in this week’s cover story, much of the third act of Django Unchained was rewritten on the fly — to say nothing about the characters who were composited or eliminated during production or editing. Fortunately for film fans interested in seeing Tarantino’s original Django vision translated into visual form, Vertigo is putting out a six-issue comic book adaptation of Tarantino’s screenplay. With art by R. M. Guéra (Scalped) and Jason Latour, Django Unchained #1 hits on Dec. 19, but EW has obtained two nifty first looks at the issue: A groovy centerfold spread illustrated by Jim Lee, and a foreword by Tarantino himself. Tarantino’s foreword references Delmer Daves, David Cassidy, Howard Hawks, and Jim Brown, naturally. Check out the image below — click on it for a larger look! READ FULL STORY

Tarantino's 'Django Unchained' soundtrack revealed

Quentin Tarantino’s movies are often defined by their soundtracks.

The moments stick with you. From Stealers Wheel’s “Stuck in the Middle With You” in the brutal cop mutilation scene of Reservoir Dogs, and the surfer rock of Pulp Fiction embodied by Dick Dale & His Del-Tones’ “Miserlou” to the anachronistic but ethereal and effective version of David Bowie’s “Cat People (Putting Out Fire)” in Inglourious Basterds as Shosanna puts on her war makeup, the man knows how to use a song.

Now we know the soundtrack to his latest, Django Unchained, a western about a slave-turned bounty hunter (Jamie Foxx) and his quest to rescue his wife from an evil plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio), out in theaters December 25.

Check out the soundtrack listing after the jump.

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