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"Django Unchained" was among the last of the award season films out of the starting gate. When new Directors Guild member Quentin Tarantino finally unveiled the two hour and 45-minute film at the DGA on Sunset, it played to raucous applause. Taylor Hackford, who directed Jamie Foxx in his Oscar-winning turn in the musical biopic "Ray," conducted the Q & A, below. Another interview worth checking out is historian Henry Louis Gates' probing The Root podcast with Tarantino, which digs into what's real and what's exaggerated, the use of violence, the n-word, and Foxx's discomfort with playing a slave. Tarantino also expresses his hatred for western master John Ford, partly because he was willing to play a klansman in "Birth of a Nation." Here's the podcast and the transcript: parts one, two and three. THR's Tim Appelo rounds up the suspects for a behind-the-scenes production feature. And here are my Comic-Con report and video. »

- Anne Thompson

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