Django Unchained: Tall in the Saddle

by Ethan Alter December 21, 2012 10:29 pm
<i>Django Unchained</i>: Tall in the Saddle

I'm finding lately that I enjoy hearing Quentin Tarantino talk about his movies more than I enjoy actually watching them. It wasn't always this way, of course. Like many movie geeks who came of age in the '90s, I had my fragile little mind rocked by the one-two punch of Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction and still consider Jackie Brown one of that decade's finest achievements and Tarantino's masterwork.

Walton Goggins Gets Medieval in Quentin Tarantino’s <i>Django Unchained</i>

Walton Goggins has been a force to be reckoned with on cable television for over a decade now, starting with his explosive turn as Shane Vendrell on FX's The Shield and continuing through that network's top-notch procedural Justified as Boyd Crowder, the frenemy of lawman Raylan Givens. This fall, Goggins has key roles in two major Oscar hopefuls as well, Steven Spielberg's Lincoln and Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, both of which deal with America's tortured history with slavery... albeit in dramatically different ways. In Lincoln, Goggins portrays Congressman Clay Hutchins, who wrestles with whether to support the passage of the 13th Amendment outlawing slavery. Django, meanwhile, casts him as Billy Crash, the appallingly racist henchman of plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio) -- a role that requires him to torture Jamie Foxx's titular hero in particularly memorable fashion. Goggins spoke with TWoP about making both movies back-to-back, what to expect from Justified's fourth season (which kicks off on January 8), and shares exclusive details about the TV project he has in the pipeline next.

Quentin Tarantino Gets Back on the Horse with Django Unchained

by Ethan Alter December 20, 2012 6:00 am
Quentin Tarantino Gets Back on the Horse with <i>Django Unchained</i>

Only Quentin Tarantino would be bold (or crazy) enough to make a movie about America's 19th-century slave trade in the style of a blood-soaked spaghetti Western rather than a sober, Lincoln-style prestige picture. But the gambit works -- Django Unchained is a wild, woolly ride, sending its titular slave-turned-bounty hunter (played by Jamie Foxx) on a mission to rescue his wife (Kerry Washington) and taking on the entire institution of slavery in the process. Tarantino and his A-list cast appeared in New York recently and spoke to the press about the origins of the project, what it was like to shoot the movie on an actual plantation and why Django Unchained is ultimately a superhero movie.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, April 16, 2013

by Ethan Alter April 16, 2013 8:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Leave it to Quentin Tarantino to turn a slavery-themed Western into a bloody good time.

Golden Globes 2013: Our Gut Reactions to the Movie Nominations

by Ethan Alter December 13, 2012 10:56 am
Golden Globes 2013: Our Gut Reactions to the Movie Nominations

Looks like it's Argo versus Zero Dark Thirty at the Golden Globes this year.

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