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'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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'Tarantino XX' Blu-ray: Robert Rodriguez talks about the power of 'Reservoir Dogs' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Twenty years ago, Quentin Tarantino directed Reservoir Dogs. Chances are you didn’t see it in a theater then — it grossed less than $3 million — but there was no denying the bold artistic statement made by the 28-year-old former video-store clerk when his violent feature debut premiered at Sundance in January 1992. Audiences were dazed and dazzled, critics referenced Leone and Peckinpah. But the movie, a non-linear narrative about a heist gone wrong, was entirely something new. And it would reverberate in Hollywood, especially when Tarantino followed it up two years later with Pulp Fiction, arguably the best movie of the decade — and undeniably the most admired.

Tomorrow, eight Tarantino films can be purchased together as part of Tarantino XX, a 10-disc Blu-ray collection celebrating his singular body of work. In addition to Dogs and Fiction, there’s True Romance (which he wrote), Jackie Brown, both Kill Bills, Death Proof, and Inglourious Basterds. Together in the same set, you can’t help but marvel at the purity of the work, the uncompromising vision that Tarantino instills in each movie. It makes one even more excited for Django Unchained when it arrives on Dec. 25. A bloody new red-band trailer for his pre-Civil War western is one of the set’s extra features, and it will remind you that Tarantino shoots to kill.

Below, director Robert Rodriguez discusses his first impressions of Reservoir Dogs and the man who would become a close friend and collaborator, on projects like Four Rooms and From Dusk Till Dawn. It’s part of the most excellent “20 Years of Filmmaking,” a new feature-length documentary that goes back to the very beginning. 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

Hugh Jackman pokes fun at Daniel Craig in Britannia Awards clip -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Was Daniel Craig last in line for the role of James Bond? In a video shot for the Britannia Awards, airing Sunday at 8 p.m. on BBC America, Wolverine himself has a bit of fun at Craig’s expense. As two makeup artists get Jackman ready for primetime, he jokes about Jude Law, George Clooney and others being the first choices for Bond. He also riffs on the award Craig will receive on Sunday — British Artist of the Year. You can almost see the air quotes around “artist.” Check out the clip below, which will air as part of Sunday’s show, as well as a few exclusive shots of Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford, Daniel Day-Lewis, and more at the event.

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