Get your first look at Leonardo Dicaprio and co-stars in Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained”


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Yes, this summer sees the release of two humongous superhero movies in the form of “The Avengers” and “The Dark Knight Rises,” but my most anticipated movie of the year remains “Django Unchained.” Now, with our first look at the actors in character, I’m more excited than ever about Quentin Tarantino’s new flick.

The first two photos bubbled up to the surface via Entertainment Weekly alongside quotes from the film’s star, Jamie Foxx. The magazine has the actor explain that the film will be extremely controversial, describing his character as “Richard Roundtree meets Clint Eastwood.” The comparison is an apt one, as Tarantino’s latest outing combines elements of both Blaxploitation cinema as well as the spaghetti westerns that made Eastwood famous, as the director describes the film as a “southern,” a type of revenge flick that confronts the ugly reality of slavery head-on.

The new photos reveal Jamie Foxx alongside his traveling partner, a German dentist-turned-bounty hunter played by Christoph Waltz. The two join forces, with Waltz’s character Dr. King Schultz agreeing to help Foxx’s Django rescue his wife (played by Kerry Washington) if he in turn helps the bounty hunter kill his quarry and former owners, the Brittle Brothers. The second photo shows off one of the film’s villains, Calvin Candie, played by Leonardo DiCaprio. Candie runes a plantation known as Candie Land, where slaves are groomed to fight one another for sport, and also has Django’s wife in his possession.

What do you think about the new “Django Unchained” photos? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.


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The 10 Most Metal Pop Culture Cameos

Glenn Danzig drops by Portlandia tonight at 10P on IFC.

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Glenn Danzig rocks harder than granite. In his 60 years, he’s mastered punk with The Misfits, slayed metal with the eponymous Danzig, and generally melted faces with the force of his voice. And thanks to Fred and Carrie, he’s now stopping by tonight’s brand new Portlandia so we can finally get to see what “Evil Elvis” is like when he hits the beach. To celebrate his appearance, we put together our favorite metal moments from pop culture, from the sublime to the absurd.

10. Cannibal Corpse meets Ace Ventura

Back in the ’90s,  Cannibal Corpse was just a small time band from Upstate New York, plying their death metal wares wherever they could find a crowd, when a call from Jim Carry transformed their lives. Turns out the actor was a fan, and wanted them for a cameo in his new movie, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. The band had a European tour coming up, and were wary of being made fun of, so they turned it down. Thankfully, the rubber-faced In Living Color vet wouldn’t take no for an answer, proving that you don’t need to have a lot of fans, just the right ones.

9. AC/DC in Private Parts

Howard Stern’s autobiographical film, based on his book of the same name, followed his rise in the world of radio and pop culture. For a man surrounded by naked ladies and adoring fans, it’s hard to track the exact moment he made it. But rocking out with AC/DC in the middle of Central Park, as throngs of fans clamor to get a piece of you, seems like it comes pretty close. You can actually see Stern go from hit host to radio god in this clip, as “You Shook Me All Night Long” blasts in the background.

8. Judas Priest meets The Simpsons

When you want to blast a bunch of peace-loving hippies out on their asses, you’re going to need some death metal. At least, that’s what the folks at The Simpsons thought when they set up this cameo from the metal gods. Unfortunately, thanks to a hearty online backlash, the writers of the classic series were soon informed that Judas Priest, while many things, are not in fact “death metal.” This led to the most Simpson-esque apology ever. Rock on, Bartman. Rock on.

7. Anthrax on Married…With Children

What do you get when Married…with Children spoofs My Dinner With Andre, substituting the erudite playwrights for a band so metal they piss rust? Well, for starters, a lot of headbanging, property destruction and blown eardrums. And much like everything else in life, Al seems to have missed the fun.

6. Motorhead rocks out on The Young Ones

The Young Ones didn’t just premiere on BBC2 in 1982 — it kicked the doors down to a new way of doing comedy. A full-on assault on the staid state of sitcoms, the show brought a punk rock vibe to the tired format, and in the process helped jumpstart a comedy revolution. For instance, where an old sitcom would just cut from one scene to the next, The Young Ones choose to have Lemmy and his crew deliver a raw version of “Ace of Spades.” The general attitude seemed to be, you don’t like this? Well, then F— you!

5. Red and Kitty Meet Kiss on That ’70s Show

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Long before they were banished to playing arena football games, Kiss was the hottest ticket in rock. The gang from That ’70s Show got to live out every ’70s teen’s dream when they were set loose backstage at a Kiss concert, taking full advantage of groupies, ganja and hard rock.

4. Ronnie James Dio in Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (NSFW, people!)

What does a young boy do when he was born to rock, and the world won’t let him? What tight compadre does he pray to for guidance and some sweet licks? If you’re a young Jables, half of “the world’s most awesome band,” you bow your head to Ronnie James Dio, aka the guy who freaking taught the world how to do the “Metal Horns.” Never before has a rock god been so literal than in this clip that turns it up to eleven.

3. Ozzy Osbourne in Trick or Treat

It’s hard to tell if Ozzy was trying his hardest here, or just didn’t give a flying f–k. What is clear is that, either way, it doesn’t really matter. Ozzy’s approach to acting seems to lean more heavily on Jack Daniels than sense memory, and yet seeing the slurry English rocker play a sex-obsessed televangelist is so ridiculous, he gets a free pass. Taking part in the cult horror Trick or Treat, Ozzy proves that he makes things better just by showing up. Because that’s exactly what he did here. Showed up. And it rocks.

2. Glenn Danzig on Portlandia

Danzig seems to be coming out of a self imposed exile these days. He just signed with a record company, and his appearance on Portlandia is reminding everyone how kick ass he truly is. Who else but “The Other Man in Black” could help Portland’s resident goths figure out what to wear to the beach? Carrie Brownstein called Danzig “amazing,” and he called Fred “a genius,” so this was a rare love fest for the progenitor of horror punk.

1. Alice Cooper in Wayne’s World

It’s surprising, sure, but for a scene that contains no music whatsoever, it’s probably the most famous metal moment in the history of film. When Alice Cooper informed Wayne and Garth that Milwaukee is actually pronounced “Milly-way-kay” back in 1992, he created one of the most famous scenes in comedy history. What’s more metal than that? Much like Wayne and Garth, we truly are not worthy.

Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” full plot synopsis released


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Yesterday we showed off the teaser poster for “Django Unchained,” but while it’s a stark, expressive piece, it doesn’t really tell us anything new about Quentin Tarantino’s newest film. Thankfully, with the release of a full synopsis today, we now have a lot more plot details about the director’s southern revenge flick.

While versions of the “Django Unchained” script have been floating around for months, this synopsis is a great opportunity to learn what the film is about without verging into full-on spoiler territory. Slash Film has reproduced the entire synopsis, and were savvy enough to point out a couple interesting, non-plot-related aspects of the film. First off is the fact that “Django Unchained” is only the second Tarantino film to not be produced by Lawrence Bender, who has worked on every one of the director’s movies except for “Death Proof.”

The other, perhaps even more significant personnel change is in regards to the editing of “Django Unchained.” For his entire career, Tarantino’s films were masterfully edited by the tremendous Sally Menke, who sadly passed away in 2010. The editor left an indelible mark on Tarantino’s oeuvre, as well as a sizable set of editing shoes for whoever would be selected to take her place. Stepping into the breach is Fred Raskin, who has not only assisted Menke on “Kill Bill,” but also worked on “Punch-Drunk Love,” “Boogie Nights” and the “Fast and the Furious” series. Not exactly a shabby resume.

The “Django Unchained” plot synopsis serves to clarify and formalize much of what we have already heard about the film, namely that it focuses on the partnership of Jamie Foxx’s Django and Christoph Waltz’s bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz. Schultz apparently purchases the slave Django with plans to free him upon catching his quarry, but Django’s primary goal is rescuing his wife Broomhilda, played by Kerry Washington. Their hunt leads them to “Candyland,” a plantation where slaves are forced to fight one another for sport by their owner, Calvin Candie, played by Leonardo DiCaprio.

Quentin Tarantino’s eighth film will hit theaters on Christmas Day, December 25, 2012, and in addition to Foxx, Waltz, Washington and DiCaprio, also features RZA, Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Sacha Baron Cohen and Walton Goggins, among others.

Does the plot synopsis for “Django Unchained” have you thirsty for revenge? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.

Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” teaser poster revealed


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In a year full of absolutely huge, heavily-hyped movies, “Django Unchained” is in the running for most anticipated – especially in the non-superhero division. Though we’ve been hearing about it for ages and even caught glimpses of writer/director Quentin Tarantino’s handwritten cover to the script, we still haven’t seen much of the revenge flick. Thankfully, a Spanish teaser poster for the flick has been released, and while it doesn’t give us a look at lead actor Jamie Foxx – or any actors for that matter – it’s an arresting, stark image that fits in thematically and aesthetically with what we know about the film so far.

“Django Unchained” is being released by The Weinstein Company domestically, but Sony is taking care of international distribution, which explains why the poster was introduced to the internet via Sony’s Twitter. The piece is minimalist, using only red, black and white to depict an image of two men – presumably freed slave Jamie Foxx and bounty hunter Christoph Waltz – positioned underneath a broken chain. Unchained. A broken chain. You get it. Slash Film points out that the poster evokes the work of the the late, great Saul Bass, and they aren’t far off the mark.

The film, Tarantino’s eighth, will hit theaters on Christmas Day, December 25, 2012. It’s been described as a “southern” genre film, taking influence from both revenge movies and westerns, with a story that follows Foxx’s Django on a mission to rescue his wife from an evil plantation owner. The flick has a murderer’s row of actors involved in it, including Foxx, Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Sacha Baron Cohen, Don Johnson, Walton Goggins and RZA.

What do you think about the “Django Unchained” teaser poster? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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