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'Django Unchained': Samuel L. Jackson on playing 'the most hateful negro in cinematic history'

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Psychopathic killer …? Here’s your trophy, Javier Bardem.

Sadistic cannibalism …? No problem, Anthony Hopkins.

Chatty Nazi …? You’re welcome, Christoph Waltz.

Oscar voters have a long history of recognizing actors who play unrepentant monsters, but Samuel L. Jackson’s twisted house slave Stephen in Django Unchained may test their fortitude for putting pure evil on their ballots. 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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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

Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes): The Avengers assemble for an EW roundtable -- VIDEO

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After the credits roll on a movie, it’s always good to sit around with friends and talk about your favorite moments.

When Entertainment Weekly got a conversation going about The Avengers last spring, the friends just happened to be Iron Man, Nick Fury, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye, Black Widow, and the Hulk, or at least the stars who played them — who swear a lot more.

Miniature versions of the heroes as Hasbro playthings were scattered around the table, but they stayed mostly quiet, unless their buttons were pushed. (The stars were more focused on pushing each other’s buttons.)

The Avengers writer-director Joss Whedon says his biggest challenge with the actors was getting them to stop goofing around on set, but now that the film is finished, you can see him here dropping the vice principal act and joining forces with the troublemakers.

Check out our exclusive video with Whedon and his cast below. Their far-ranging discussion included such matters as: Who has the most serious battle scar, who blew the most takes by forgetting lines, and … did Whedon really cry while discussing Black Widow’s origin story? 

For more stories behind this year’s top TV and movie moments, click here for EW.com’s Best of 2012: Behind the Scenes coverage.

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Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' remake set for release October 2013

Spike Lee’s English language remake of South Korean director Park Chan-wook’s 2003 classic revenge thriller Oldboy is set for wide release on Oct. 11, 2013, announced FilmDistrict, the independent film company distributing the movie, on Friday.

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Casting Net: Samuel L. Jackson and Dominic Cooper face 'Reasonable Doubt.' Plus: Adam Brody, Trey Songs, Demian Bichir

• Adam BrodyTrey Songs, and Taye Diggs have joined the romantic comedy Baggage Claim, about a flight attendant (Paula Patton) desperately seeking a fiancé in time for her little sister’s engagement party. Brody will play a fellow flight attendant, along with costar Octavia SpencerSongs and Diggs will play potential suitors. Derek Luke, Djimon Hounsou, and Jill Scott also costar. Director David E. Talbert (First Sunday) penned the adaptation of his own 2003 novel of the same name. [Variety, THR]

• Recent Oscar nominee Demian Bichir (A Better Life) and Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) will join Jude Law in Dom Hemingway, about a ex-con safecracker (Law) who wants to be rewarded for refusing to be a snitch. Bichir will play the crime lord he visits in France. Richard Shepard (The Matador) is writing and directing. [Deadline]

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International trailer for 'Django Unchained' reveals Samuel L. Jackson's slave character

Last week, we got a heaping helping of the bad ‘ol days with the first trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s slavery-era western Django Unchained, and now a new international trailer is giving us a look at new footage from the vengeance saga, which opens this Christmas.

We only get a glimpse, but it’s the first time we see the house slave played by Samuel L. Jackson — a Tarantino mainstay — who might be unrecognizable if not for the title credit.

Jackson always creates a unique look for his Tarantino characters, and this time around he is downright Uncle Ben-esque. (And we don’t mean the with-great-power-comes-great-responsibility one from Spider-Man.)

Maybe it’s coincidence, but I wouldn’t put it past the actor or the director’s mordant senses of humor to take a shot at at the longtime politically incorrect logo, especially for this character — who has made his share of compromises to survive.

Here are some more observations on the new footage.

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Casting Net: Samuel L. Jackson signs on to 'Robocop.' Plus: Jamie Foxx, Robin Williams, Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch

• While no formal offer has yet been made, Jamie Foxx is circling the role of the President of the United States in the thriller White House Down, about a secret service officer (Channing Tatum) who must fend off a paramilitary group that successfully invades the White House. Master of cinema realism Roland Emmerich (2012) will direct. [Variety]

• Robin WilliamsShirley MacLaine, and Project X‘s Oliver Cooper are attached to A Film By Alan Stuart, about a documentary filmmaker eager to make a film about his family’s unique history with World War II. Director Andrew Bergman (Honeymoon in Vegas) will direct from his script. [Deadline]

• Call this casting after-the-fact: Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch have wrapped the heretofore secret indie film Prince Avalanche with writer-director David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express). A remake of the Icelandic comedy Either Way, the film two men working together on a road-striping crew. [Variety]

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'Django Unchained' trailer: Quentin Tarantino's latest turns the time of slavery into one wild Western

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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