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Smith admitted to having meetings with Tarantino but the actor initially passed on the lead role of Django, which ultimately went to Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx ("Ray") and co-starred Christoph Waltz ("Inglorious Basterds"), Kerry Washington ("Scandal"), Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Revenant"), and Samuel L. Jackson ("The Hateful Eight").
Smith talked about why he passed on the script written by Tarantino saying:
"It was about the creative direction of the story,” Smith added, "To me, it’s as perfect a story as you could ever want: a guy that learns how to kill to retrieve his wife that has been taken as a slave. That idea is perfect. And it was just that Quentin and I couldn’t see [eye to eye]."
"I wanted »
- J.B. Casas
Just as the Scandal audience was caught off guard by the fall finale’s abortion scene, so too was the ABC series’ cast as it sat down for the conversation-stirring episode’s table read on Oct. 6.
RelatedScandal Attracts Planned Parenthood Praise, Conservative Slams
“Look, it was the midseason finale, and Shonda [Rhimes] is known for sort of shaking things up,” Scott Foley tells TVLine. “And while David giving the bracelet to Elizabeth and then giving it to Susan was really cute, we were waiting for something big to happen. And for us, there were two big moments, obviously.”
The first »
The Show | How to Get Away With Murder
The Episode | “What Did We Do?” (Oct. 25, 2015)
The Performance | How to Get Away With Murder‘s Annalise Keating and Asher Millstone couldn’t be further apart in style and temperament if their names were Trump and Sanders. And yet as the show’s Season 2 fall finale descended into the stuff of nightmares, their portrayers Davis and McGorry not only made plausible the dozens of “What the heck is happening?!” plot twists, but ensured they were emotionally gripping, as well.
RelatedHtgawm Boss Talks ‘Christophe’ Twist and »
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Grimm, Castle, Grey’s Anatomy and The Big Bang Theory!
1 | Isn’t it a little weird to watch Grimm‘s Adalind being so nice? Is anyone else just waiting for the other Hexen-shoe to drop?
2 | “Black Jeopardy” was moderately amusing on Saturday Night Live, but can we get a 12-month moratorium on game show sketches?
3 | Walking Dead fans, are »
The show featured plotlines that tackled the defunding of Planned Parenthood — a hot topic in the current presidential election — as well as abortion, with Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) ending her surprise pregnancy. Frustrated by a bill that would have classified Planned Parenthood as “discretionary spending,” Republican Senator Mellie Grant (Bellamy Young) led a 16-hour filibuster on the Senate floor, reading off a laundry list of items that the bill would have kept intact.
“The ‘Scandal’ writers did their research,” Rhimes tweeted during the show. “Every budget item Mellie recites is actually real.”
The #ScandaI writers did their research– every budget item Mellie recites it actually Real. #Tgit
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) November 20, 2015
While Planned Parenthood praised the episode, conservative groups called it “Hollywood’s moral depravity on full display.”
After the episode aired, »
- Debra Birnbaum
Scandal lived up to its name last night with its fall finale. Spoiler warning for "Baby, It's Cold Outside." In the episode, Senator Mellie Grant (Bellamy Young) stood up for Planned Parenthood funding and filibustered, keeping her fellow senators away from holiday plans for 16 hours in an effort to block the vote on a bill. While all this happened, Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) watched from afar, stepping in to help with Vice President Susan Ross (Artemis Pebdani) when needed, before ultimately missing Fitz's (Tony Goldwyn) cabinet dinner to have her own abortion. Scandal depicted Olivia having the procedure and in the aftermath, she and Fitz called it quits (thought he didn't find out she had the »
Pony up! Red carpet regulars like Kim Kardashian, Gigi Hadid and Kerry Washington have all stepped up their ponytail games as of late, fiercely demonstrating the alluring power of a simple style. While ponytails often get categorized as the go-to lazy girl hairstyle, the under-the-radar up-do actually has the potential to transform your next holiday look. Now we're all for haphazardly tossing hair into a messy style when the occasion calls for it, but you might be surprised how just a few unexpected celeb styling cues can take your trusty pony from practical to ultra-chic. To recreate these elevated ponytails at home this season, celeb hairstylist Marc Mena breaks down »
Kerry Washington radiated on the red carpet at Variety and Wwd's Stylemakers event in La on Thursday. The actress posed for photos in a striped crop top, matching skirt, and chevron heels before heading inside. The party, which celebrated costume designers, hairstylists, and makeup artists in Hollywood, also brought out Kourtney Kardashian, Viola Davis, and Katie Holmes, who was accompanied by fashion designer Zac Posen. Kerry's outing came just hours before the Winter finale of Scandal, which is halfway through its fifth season. We also got a glimpse of her in a gorgeous tulle gown at the Baby2Baby Gala last weekend, where she was honored with the giving tree award for her dedication to helping children in need. She also showed her charitable side on The Ellen DeGeneres Show recently, playing the tuba to raise money for one of her favorite causes. Keep reading to see Kerry, Kourtney, Katie, »
- Brittney Stephens
In today's sexist garbage: Apple Music executive and longtime music-industry bigshot Jimmy Iovine thinks women are too stupid to find music. He tells CBS News, "I always knew that women find it very difficult at times – some women – to find music. And this helps makes it easier with playlists, curated by real people." Well, Jimmy to the rescue! He explains that his (and hopefully only his) reason behind producing Ava DuVernay's brilliant Apple Music commercial, with Taraji P. Henson, Kerry Washington, and Mary J. Blige, was to dumb the process down for women. "I just thought of a problem: Girls are sitting around talking about boys. Or complaining about boys, when they have their heart broken or whatever," he actually says. "And they need music for that, right? It’s hard to find the right music. Not everybody knows a DJ." Even worse, Iovine spews this nonsense with a »
- Dee Lockett
Celebrity stylists weigh in on which formalwear fashions will rule this year’s biggest red carpets.
“Suiting is making a comeback,” says stylist Micaela Erlanger, who’s responsible for outfitting awards season veterans like Meryl Streep, Hilary Swank, Lupita Nyong’o and Jared Leto. “I expect to see menswear-inspired looks this season. When done correctly, it can make a sul- try, chic statement in a very effortless way. And beyond that, it’s just unexpected and cool!”
“My client (actress) Tatiana Maslany wore a Bouchra Jarrar couture cream tuxedo to the Emmys,” she says, also pointing out stellar suited looks chosen by non-cli- ents. “Carey Mulligan wore a powder-blue Marc Jacobs tuxedo to the Elle Women in Hollywood event. Emma Stone wore that amazing Lanvin look this year. Who says you can’t wear pants on the red carpet?”
- Jasmin Rosemberg
Whatever you do, don't bother Olivia Pope with your frivolous cookie recipe requests, you hear? It looks like someone didn't get the memo in this exclusive sneak peek of tonight's Scandal winter finale as America's Gladiator-in-Chief finds herself bored to tears at a White House holiday party while a guest drones on about needing Liv's (Kerry Washington) help. What kind of help, you ask? "Well, I've been searching forever and there was a cookie I had once, at a dinner with the president. It was just to die, I mean, really to die," the woman says. "I asked the chef, but I forget what he called it. It had a cute little name. Do you think you could get me that »
Be that as it may, the How to Get Away With Murder star was almost sure her historic moment had gone south.
Talking with Seth Meyers on Tuesday’s Late Night, the Tgit all-star admitted that she couldn’t get a sense of the reaction on stage, and thus feared she was “dying a quick death” as the first African-American to bring home »
This year's Baby2Baby Gala swept through La, drawing more than a handful of Hollywood's leading ladies. Kourtney Kardashian, Jessica Biel, and Kelly Rowland all struck poses on the red carpet, along with Reese Witherspoon, who was accompanied by her husband, Jim Toth. Also in attendance was Jenna Dewan Tatum and her other half, Channing Tatum, as well as Gwen Stefani and Kerry Washington, who was honored with the giving tree award for her dedication to helping children in need. The event was organized by Jessica Alba's children's charity in an effort to raise awareness and funds for Baby2Baby. Keep reading to see even more famous faces and fun moments from the soiree. »
- Monica Sisavat
“I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited for the news that someone aside from my sisters was going to have a baby than I was when Kerry Washington told me she was pregnant,” Rhimes said. In 2014, Washington gave birth to a daughter, Isabelle. “We were in her trailer, and I think I danced. Or maybe I jumped up and down, but whatever I did, her trailer was rocking.”
The showrunner praised the actress, who received the Giving Tree Award for her work with Baby2Baby, a non-profit foundation that provides children with basic necessities. “Kerry is changing the lives of children in general. As many as she can. Which may sound ambitious, but if you think that, you don’t know Kerry. »
- Seth Kelley
Congratulations are in order for Soleil Moon Frye! The actress took to Twitter Saturday afternoon to share some big news. As it turns out, she's expanding her family yet again! "Excited to share some big news," she wrote on Twitter while holding a positive pregnancy test. "Feeling beyond blessed. #ClearblueConfirmed #growingfamily @Clearblue #ad #grateful." The Sabrina, the Teenage Witch alumna would later confirm the news to E! News at Saturday night's Baby2Baby Gala honoring Kerry Washington. While wearing a little black dress, the actress cradled a small but growing baby bump while posing for pictures. Jessica Alba, Julie Bowen, Jessica Biel, Kourtney Kardashian and »
After being let out of jail earlier this season by none other than Mellie (Bellamy Young), Rowan reunited with Olivia (Kerry Washington), admitting that he’s fearful for his life. And his fear seemed sincere — so much so that Liv couldn’t stand to think of her father being murdered.
After Olivia told President Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) that she was the one who let her father out of jail, Fitz came to her rescue and told her that he wants to protect her. Turns out, Rowan was the one who needed to be protected: as the episode ended, Huck (Guillermo Díaz) seemingly went back to his »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Whether she's posing on the red carpet or taking up cover space on top-tier magazine, the effect is the same: Julianne Moore is an absolute bombshell. This time around, the 54-year-old actress is taking her sophisticated charm to Town & Country magazine, gracing the glossy in a captivating moss-colored Dior Couture coat. The redheaded beauty also sports two separate breathtaking designer gowns for her spread, with the first a midnight blue velvet Dior Couture design with a plunging neckline, and the second a regal blood-red Valentino confection (recall we'd actually predicted Kerry Washington would wear it for the 2015 Emmys, but clearly Julianne already had dibs). We'll go ahead and »
Ellen DeGeneres has been celebrating the 2,000th episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show with a lengthy roster of impressive celebrity guests, but so far none of them have managed to outshine Kerry Washington's wonderfully weird musical moment on Thursday morning. After awarding Ellen with bathtub-size wine glasses and a bottle of red that would make Olivia Pope drool with jealousy, the Scandal star was given the opportunity to raise money for her favorite causes by playing "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" on a tuba, and she totally nailed it. Watch the full video to see more of their interview! »
- Quinn Keaney
Early in last week's episode of "Scandal," Scott Foley's spy Jake Ballard finally lost his patience with the show's main character (and his ex-girlfriend), D.C. fixer Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington). He compared her to a plague, and asked, "How does someone as brilliant and accomplished as you not know what you are? Who you are?" It was a dynamite scene, in a "Scandal" season that's been full of them. At least once per week, and often more, the Shonda Rhimes-created drama will pair off two characters — say, Tony Goldwyn's arrogant President Fitzgerald Grant with his former chief of staff Cyrus Beene (Jeff Perry), or Fitz with soon-to-be-ex-wife Mellie (Bellamy Young) — with a tangled, tragic mix of personal and professional history, and lets them tear each other into little tiny pieces over all their past sins. It's fantastic each time. "Scandal" is a fundamentally melodramatic show, where »
- Alan Sepinwall
Tara Wood, co-director of 21 Years: Richard Linklater, has begun production on an authorised feature-length documentary exploring the career of acclaimed filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, Variety has revealed.
“Quentin is the most revolutionary, distinctive director of our time,” states Wood. “There is no shortage of stories from his collaborators about what it takes to get his visionary style to the screen. It has been an enlightening process both personally and professionally.”
As with the Richard Linklater documentary, 21 Years: Quentin Tarantino will “draw upon the idea that the first 21 years of work defines the career of an artist” and is set to feature interviews with a host of Tarantino collaborators including Samuel L. Jackson, John Travolta, Christoph Waltz, Lucy Liu, Zoë Bell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jamie Foxx, Eli Roth, Robert Forster, Diane Kruger, Michael Madsen and Kerry Washington.
- Gary Collinson
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