When one goes, apparently they all leave; Sacha Baron Cohen and Kurt Russell exit DJANGO UNCHAINED

Well, I’ll be damned.

With this film heading deep into production now, director Quentin Tarantino may very well be digging a hole as two of his new film’s biggest actors have now jettisoned themselves from DJANGO UNCHAINED.

Variety and Cinemapulse are reporting that both Sacha Baron Cohen, who was only actually attached to a smaller cameo, and Kurt Russell, have left the upcoming project. Kevin Costner and Joseph Gordon-Levitt also left the project earlier on in production for a handful of reasons; so far, this film appears to be fighting an uphill battle.

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Set photos reveal Christoph Waltz in Tarantino’s DJANGO UNCHAINED

Although Christoph Waltz has been around for a while, it was Quentin Tarantino's INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS that really brought him to the mainstream. In fact, the film led to him winning a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance as the film's primary antagonist, Hans Landa. This led to great excitement when it was announced that Tarantino and Waltz would be teaming up again for Tarantino's big follow up, DJANGO UNCHAINED.

The film is currently shooting, but we've yet to get a good look at what the film is like. But now, we have a photo revealing Waltz's character, Dr. King Schultz. Continue reading

Jamie Foxx confirms DJANGO UNCHAINED involvement

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It’s about time.  Following numerous weeks of “is he or isn’t he” chatter around the web, actor Jamie Foxx has let it be known just what kind of involvement he’ll be having with Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film, DJANGO UNCHAINED.

In speaking with CNN, the actor confirmed that he’ll be starring as the titular character in UNCHAINED, and also confirmed that Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson will be joining him (along with Christoph Waltz). Continue reading

Kerry Washington up for DJANGO UNCHAINED?

Another day, another bit of news coming out of the camp of Quentin Tarantino.

With Jamie Foxx all but signed for the male lead of his upcoming film DJANGO UNCHAINED, it’s looking like he’s set to cast his romantic lead, the character of Broomhilda, Django’s wife and the woman who makes him seek revenge, moving the film forward.

Variety is reporting that Kerry Washington is in the running for the role, a perfect fit for a rather important character. Now, the character itself doesn’t amount to much, as she doesn’t get much to do other than act like your run-of-the-mill damsel in distress, but it is a character that at its core is the reason the story is able to move forward in the first place. And you know what, it’s tough to think of a more interesting name to fill that role with than Kerry Washington. Continue reading

Jamie Foxx confirmed for DJANGO UNCHAINED?

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Who thought the go-to source for news surrounding director Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film, DJANGO UNCHAINED, would be a former magazine editor-turned-podcast host.

According to a tweet (hat tip to The Playlist) from The Q&A host Jeff Goldsmith (who absolutely nailed the casting of Leonardo DiCaprio in the film), Will Smith has been ousted from the lead role in the film, and has been replaced by Jamie Foxx.

Foxx had been rumored to be the role’s frontrunner for a while now, so this should come as no real surprise. That said, it’s a bit of an odd choice. About 100 pages into the film’s script, this writer has a tough time really gauge who exactly would be perfect for the role of Django, but it doesn’t scream Foxx. Continue reading

Jamie Foxx frontrunner for DJANGO UNCHAINED lead?

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Again with the rumors. Can’t Tarantino just make up his mind already?

All joking aside, with various rumors connecting names like Will Smith and even Chris Tucker to the lead role of Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film, DJANGO UNCHAINED, it appears as though someone has become the frontrunner for that very slot.

Showbiz411 reports (via The Playlist) that Jamie Foxx is currently the frontrunner for the hotly talked-about lead role. The report also states that Leonardo DiCaprio is “definitely signed” to play the film’s main villain, but again, that’s something that has been confirmed routinely over the past couple of weeks. Continue reading

Confirmed: DiCaprio in early talks for DJANGO UNCHAINED; Idris Elba, Jamie Foxx, and Chris Tucker (?) in hunt

Just last week, it was revealed that Leonardo DiCaprio was indeed in talks to star in the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film, DJANGO UNCHAINED, and now, thanks to Deadline, that appears to be exactly the case.

The outlet is reporting that DiCaprio is in early talks to star in the role of the villainous slave owner Calvin Candie in the film, which has been described as Tarantino’s attempt at a spaghetti Western, set during the time of slavery.

The report also mentions that Will Smith is unlikely to sign on in the lead role of Django, with names like Idris Elba, Jamie Foxx, and Chris Tucker being tossed around as possible choices. Samuel L. Jackson is also expected to take on a role here, likely the role of Rodney, Candie’s valet. Continue reading

First look at HORRIBLE BOSSES

Last week at WonderCon, Warner Bros. Pictures unveiled footage from their upcoming crop of foul-mouthed comedies, one of which being the very promising HORRIBLE BOSSES.

Directed by Seth Gordon (FOUR CHRISTMASSES), from a very promising script from comedy scribes Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, HORRIBLE BOSSES stars Colin Farrell, Jason Bateman, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Jamie Foxx, Isaiah Mustafa, and Julie Bowen.

HORRIBLE BOSSES centers on three friends (Bateman, Day and Sudeikis) who conspire to murder their awful bosses when they realise they are standing in the way of their happiness. The new issue of Entertainment Weekly (on sale soon) has the first official look at the film’s cast, including the titular horrible bosses: Spacey's Harken, Aniston's Julia, and Farrell's Bobby. Continue reading

New on Blu: DUE DATE, FISH TANK (Criterion), and more

Well, it's a new week, which means a brand new slate of new releases making their way to store shelves on Blu-ray.  And what a week of releases it truly is.

Whether you are looking for a star studded comedy, such as the Robert Downey Jr. vehicle DUE DATE, or an underrated and underseen gem of a film, that may have slipped under your radar (FISH TANK), this is one hell of a stacked week.  Toss in a re-release of one of today's most beloved filmmakers' second feature film, and one of the most talked about "bad" movies, and you have a week that is more than worth its weight in those tiny blue cases.

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DUE DATE poster

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Just a little over a month ago the trailer for DUE DATE hit. The names Todd Phillips, Zach Galifianakis, and Robert Downey Jr. were enough to have me anticipating this film, but the trailer promised even greater things than I could have imagined. Sure, what we've seen so far will draw comparisons to PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

A new poster has been released for the film, which hits theaters on November 5. November can't get here soon enough. The poster shows Downey looking less than pleased and sporting various battle scars. Galifianakis is looking blissfully ignorant to his travel companion's woes - smiling widely for the camera and holding a dog with one of those unfortunate cone-shaped collars. I'm glad they gave Galifianakis another cute and cuddly sidekick to take care of, a la the baby in THE HANGOVER. Speaking of THE HANGOVER, you might notice that this poster is very similar to the one for that film. Check out the poster after the jump. Continue reading