Django Unchained, the upcoming western film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino which stars Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington and Samuel L. Jackson is a film set in the Deep South about a freed slave.
The film follows Django (Foxx), a freed slave who treks across America with Dr. King Schultz (Waltz), a bounty hunter. The film is inspired by Sergio Corbucci‘s 1966 spaghetti western Django, with star Franco Nero having a cameo.
The film was screened for the first time at the Directors Guild of America on December 1, 2012, with additional screening events being held for critics leading up to the film’s wide release.
Candie man: Leonardo DiCaprio is dressed as dandy plantation owner Calvin in this new Django Unchained posterHammer time: Leonardo has labeled his character Calvin Candie as ‘despicable’
When Django is held for a slave auction, Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), a German bounty hunter who uses his former profession as a dentist as a cover, frees Django from his vicious masters, the Speck brothers (James Remar and James Russo), and gives him the option of helping him hunt down and kill the Brittle Brothers, a ruthless gang of killers whom only Django has seen.
In return, Schultz will free Django from slavery completely and help find and rescue Broomhilda from the brutal but charming Francophile Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), who owns Candyland, a plantation where male slaves are trained to fight for sport and female slaves are forced into prostitution. Django agrees, and the two go after Candie and the Brittle gang.
‘Django Unchained’ New York premiere
The glamorous Hollywood stars managed to steal the show from actor Leonardo DiCaprio who plays the lead role of plantation owner Calvin Candie. Uma wrapped up against the city cold in a black coat, white scarf and heels, as her old friend Quentin escorted her into the theater.
Olivia Wilde meanwhile, also plumped for a black outfit, but flashed a little more flesh in her revealing black waistcoat which she teamed with a pair of black pants and blue heels. Liv Tyler was another glamorous addition to the red carpet, although, like Thurman and Wilde, does not star in the film, which is both written and directed by Tarantino.
Leonardo, who arrived in a grey suit, found himself in high demand as he chatted to several reporters on the red carpet.
Great friends: Quentin wrapped his arm around Uma’s waist and offered a peace sign to photographers before escorting the actress into the theatreReunion: Quentin was also reunited with his Pulp Fiction star Samuel L Jackson who arrived at the premiere in a warm woolly hatNo need for modesty: Johnson, Jackson, DiCaprio, Waltz and Foxx gave themselves a round of applauseGroup together: The cast including Samuel L Jackson; John Legend; Christoph Waltz, Don Johnson, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx assembled for a group photographThe film sees him play ruthless plantation owner Calvin Candie in the Deep South two years before the beginning of the American Civil War.Looking dapper: Jamie Foxx looked good in his navy blue suitStars of the show: Leonardo and Foxx take on the lead roles in Tarantino’s latest filmPlaying around: Foxx looked in good spirits as he played up to the cameras on the red carpetShow of support: Quentin Tarantino posed with his ‘muse’ Uma Thurman at the New York Django Unchained premiere in New York on TuesdayStrike a pose: Foxx, Jackson, Christolph Waltz and Don Johnson were among the star-studded cast at the premiereStars of the show: Leonardo and Foxx take on the lead roles in Tarantino’s latest filmRock star additions: John Legend and the Rolling Stones Ronnie Wood were also at the screening, posing with Don JohnsonHappy Diaz: Cameron was all smiles as she attended one of the exclusive post premiere parties in New YorkYoung at heart: Ronnie Wood had a date to match when he brought along his much-younger fiancee Sally Humphreys to the eventAll grown-up: Zoe Kravitz, who is rarely seen was also at the premiereNot a flattering look: Zoe Kravitz, although very beautiful, still has a lot to learn about fashionUnbecoming fashionista: Zoe’s outfit was a fashion fail
She’s a Wilde one: Olivia kept her accessories simple as she wore just two long thin necklaces and carried a small kitch black clutchBack to black: Olivia Wilde attended the New York premiere of Django Unchained, on Tuesday, wearing a very low cut waistcoatNewlyweds: Josh Lucas and his wife Jessica looked blissfully in loveCute couple: Jason Biggs and his wife Jenny Mollen cuddled up on the red-carpetHandsome: Zach Braff scrubbed up well in a navy suit
After-party: Jamie Foxx showcases his DJ skills
He’s one of the most multifaceted Hollywood stars after finding success as an actor, musician and stand-up. But Jamie Foxx proved that he has even more strings to his bow as he turned DJ at the afterparty for his latest film, Django Unchained.
The Oscar-winning actor took to the DJ booth after the New York premiere on Tuesday night, spinning the tunes for guests including Quentin Tarantino, Uma Thurman and Samuel L Jackson. What started out as a relatively sedate evening, spiraled into a raucous party as the stars of the eagerly-anticipated new film let their hair down.
Getting the party started: Jamie Foxx takes to the DJ booth at the Django Unchained afterparty as Uma Thurman, Quentin Tarantino and DJ Irie look onDJ Foxx: the Oscar-winning actor grab the DJ’s headphones and starts playing musicCelebrating; Jamie and Quentin seem keen to toast the successful premiere of their new filmJamie, who stars as the film’s titular character, decided to celebrate the successful screening by grabbing a set of headphones from DJ Irie and playing some of his own songs for his friends.
Here come the boys: P Diddy, Jeremy Piven and Samuel L Jackson joined the partyWhile the actor set about getting the party started, one of Quentin’s favorite leading ladies Uma looked on, clearly impressed with his DJ sills.
Quentin also joined the party, laughing along with his leading man who seemed to be enjoying the limelight. P Diddy and Jeremy Piven showed up, clearly wanting to toast the film’s success and got stuck into the celebrations, in the room that was strewn with champagne bottles
New skills: Jamie tries his best to put his DJ skills to good use at the partyCameron Diaz looked sophisticated as she entered the party, chatting to the iconic director, who was shunning the bubbles in favor of pints of lager. Liv Tyler, looking sultry in a figure-hugging, floral dress also made a bee-line for the in demand Pulp Fiction director.
Actor Stephen Baldwin certainly seemed to be getting into the spirit of things as he was spotted wearing a strange feather hat and fanning himself while chatting to friends.
The film’s other star Leonardo DiCaprio, who had been at the screening earlier had obviously decided to skip the party in favor of an early night.Getting in the spirit: Stephen Baldwin seems to be having his own fun in a feather hatGetting a sweat on: Quentin seems to be feeling the heat as he starts sweating while chatting to Cameron DiazCatching up: P Diddy and Samuel L Jackson have a conversation in the middle of the partyOn a high: The friends can’t seem to start laughing as they celebrate Quentin’s successOn the beer: Quentin shuns the bottles of champagne, opting for pints of lager
Quentin Tarantino on Django Unchained and the Problem with ‘Roots’…
Good friends can talk about anything, and for director Quentin Tarantino and producer/director Reginald Hudlin, anything usually included long, good-natured chats about the mechanics of the African-American slave trade.
The lack of a respectable film detailing the impact of slavery on this country fascinated both die-hard film buffs. Eventually both men—who met on the set of Jackie Brown in 1997—became obsessed with the idea of crafting a no-nonsense, somewhat entertaining film detailing the lesser known aspects of slavery.
After one conversation with Hudlin stuck in his mind, Tarantino went to work on an all-or-nothing script. Six months later, Django Unchained was born.
Set in the South just two years before the Civil War, Django Unchained (in theaters Dec. 25) somehow masterfully manages to present the haunting brutality of slavery while also infusing an outlandish humor only Tarantino could bring to the big screen.
Moviegoers will be treated to the often controversial director’s deep love for the spaghetti western genre along with a blazing narrative of one man’s desire for vengeance and love. After being freed by a German bounty hunter, Django (Jamie Foxx) helps him track down a few bad guys for profit and then goes on a mission to find and free his enslaved wife (Kerry Washington).
“I was always amazed so many Western films could get away with not dealing with slavery at all,” says Tarantino, sitting in Todd-AO studios in Los Angeles where he was attempting to whittle the film to under three hours just after Thanksgiving.”
“Hollywood didn’t want to deal with it because it was too ugly and too messy. But how can you ignore such a huge part of American history when telling a story in that time period? It made no sense.”
It didn’t make much sense to Hudlin either. The director of the popular ’90s films House Party and Boomerang says he was baffled by the sugarcoated and abbreviated tales.
“I hated all those films about slavery over the years. Any time Hollywood did deem it OK to talk about slavery, they were not worth watching,” says Hudlin, who is Django Unchained’s executive producer.
“My idea of a great slave movie was Spartacus. Until African-American slavery was treated in that same manner, I had no interest in hearing what Hollywood had to say about the issue.”
With only two years of age separating Tarantino and Hudlin, they watched the same slavery-themed films as young kids—and then grew to hate them as adults. Titles such as Mandingo and Uncle Tom’s Cabin roll off their tongues with joint eye rolls and audible sighs.
The notable period film Glory, starring Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman as freed slaves serving in the U.S. Army, gets an honorable mention nod from Hudlin.
“I liked the black characters in Glory,” says Hudlin, whose great-grandfather was a conductor on the Underground Railroad. “Didn’t see the point of the white ones. The true story was the slaves in the film. They should have been the main focal point of the entire plot. But somehow no one figured that out.”
The faults of Glory aside, not much compares to the anger both men harbor toward the landmark television miniseries Roots. Written by Alex Haley and hailed in 1977 for telling the “complete” story of slavery, Roots remains the third most-watched miniseries of all time. It is also still considered the definitive mainstream portrait of slavery in the U.S.
“When you look at Roots, nothing about it rings true in the storytelling, and none of the performances ring true for me either,” says Tarantino. “I didn’t see it when it first came on, but when I did I couldn’t get over how oversimplified they made everything about that time. It didn’t move me because it claimed to be something it wasn’t.”
While many white directors might shy away from criticizing such an iconic symbol of African-American culture, Tarantino doesn’t hold back. He’s confident in his knowledge of a time and subject most people know little about and would rather forget. He was also savvy enough to bring Hudlin on board.
“There were times when I’d be filming a scene and really getting into it and Reg would just say, ‘Hey is this the story you wanted to tell?’ He’d bring the focus back if I got too carried away.” Via theDailyBeast
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