Violence in pop culture and its relation to real-life violence and 'Django Unchained': these are white hot controversies streaming through the public discourse right now. And they've just rammed into each other in captivating fashion in an interview between 'Django' writer-director Quentin Tarantino and British journalist Krishnan Guru-Murthy. This is must-see TV, folks.
Here's the thing about January: it's usually a wasteland. With the studios concentrating on their Oscar campaigns and the profitable summer months still half a year away, this month is where all of the crap usually gets dumped. However, this is also one of the few months where crap has a chance of performing well, hence the success of last year's 'The Devil Inside' and now 'Texas Chainsaw 3D,' which took the weekend with a strong $23 million opening.
The internet is filled with people who like to mash up and re-imagine one piece of art as another, but sometimes these collisions strike gold, and the version of the credit sequence for Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained' done as a NBC comedy made during the 90's is really good. Check it out.
Well, now we know why the box office was so incredibly light last week: everyone was waiting to see things this week! Although 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' clung to the top spot for the third week in a row, it was a very tight race, with only $4 million separating the top three films.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Jour
Though the film came out a couple days ago, Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained' is going to have to make some tough decisions for its Oscar campaign ahead. It's hard when you've got three performances that could easily qualify for best supporting actor, but this new featurette makes the case for Leonardo DiCaprio's performance in the film.
Who says Christmas is about staying warm by the fire and exchanging gifts with your loved ones? Everyone knows that the holidays are all about movies! A depressing musical adaptation of a Victor Hugo novel and an ultra-violent revenge fantasy may not sound like Christmas material, but the opening days of 'Les Miserables' and 'Django Unchained' prove otherwise.
Much like 'Inglourious Basterds,' Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained' makes frequent (and wonderful) use of anachronistic songs, placing modern songs over events taking place in the 1860s and somehow making it all work. Although the final soundtrack contains songs by singers as diverse as John Legend, James Brown and Jim Croce, an original track performed by Frank Ocean ended up on the cutting room floor...but you can listen to it below!
'Django Unchained' is a very good movie (read our full review here) and a Golden Globe nominee but one thing we never thought it was, is an inspiration for toys. Something about a super bloody slavery revenge thriller doesn't seem to lend itself to a toy line but apparently someone thought it did and a new set of action figures are on their way. Just in time for Christmas!