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Terry Pratchett’s Discworld: a roadmap

Juliette Harrisson Aug 1, 2017

Looking to revisit the Discworld novels or try them for the first time? Here are some suggested routes through...

There’s a well-known question among fans of the late, great Sir Terry Pratchett’s forty-one Discworld novels – which one do you recommend to friends you’re encouraging to try the series? You’ll hear a number of different answers – and if your friend enjoys that first book, there’ll be a few different options for how to proceed with the rest of the series as well. Today, we’d like to be that Discworld-reading friend, and offer a few different recommendations for ways to get into this huge but incredibly rewarding series, or routes for a re-read for longtime fans.

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Notorious B.I.G. Receives Special Honor During Ascap Rhythm & Soul Awards

Notorious B.I.G. Receives Special Honor During Ascap Rhythm & Soul Awards
The Notorious B.I.G.'s influence lives on.

On Thursday, Ascap honored the Brooklyn rap icon during the 30th annual Ascap Rhythm & Soul Music Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

Exclusive: Sean 'Diddy' Combs and Biggie Smalls' Son Talk 'Beautiful' Tribute to Late Rapper on 45th Birthday

The late rapper, who was born Christopher Wallace and died in 1997, received the coveted Founders Award, which was accepted by his wife, Faith Evans, son C.J. Wallace, and daughter T'yanna.

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Wayne Barrow and Mark Pitts, the rapper's former manager and estate consultant, were also onstage with the family, while Biggie’s DJs, Clark Kent, and DJ Enuff, treated the crowd to a roaring music battle featuring his song catalog.

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Sean "Diddy" Combs acknowledged Biggie's influence with a heartfelt video message introducing his sons, Justin and Christian Combs, who presented the award. The rap mogul signed "the greatest rapper alive" to his Bad
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Jamie Foxx Producing Limited TV Series About Marvin Gaye

First Ray Charles, now Marvin Gaye. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jamie Foxx is developing a limited TV series about the legendary musician.Born in Washington DC, Gaye began his musical career as a session player during the early Motown days. Throughout the 1960s and 70s, he emerged as a major influence on R&B and Soul music before tragically dying in 1984.Read More…
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Bakermat Teases Summery Single “Dreamreacher”

Bakermat has taken to SoundCloud this week to share a preview of his upcoming single “Dreamreacher.” For his latest effort, the Dutch producer has enlisted the help of singer songwriters Chevrae and Dumang, who contribute smooth vocals to the song.

The preview for “Dreamreacher” is actually rather lengthy, totaling in at just under three minutes and giving us a good idea where Bakermat is headed on the song. “Dreamreacher” features plenty of summery appeal with acoustic guitar plucks and soulful vocal hooks. Oceanic synth pads and catchy marimba melodies bring a playful touch to the song, layered over organic percussion and steady house beats.

Overall, Bakermat‘s latest work features a pleasing tropical production with plenty of memorable vocal hooks to compliment its lighthearted sound. We’re left in the dark as to an exact due date for “Dreamreacher,” with only the clue that it will be released “soon” via Dirty Soul Music.
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Gravitas Ventures Picks Up Star-Studded 'Crazy About Tiffany's' Documentary

Gravitas Ventures Picks Up Star-Studded 'Crazy About Tiffany's' Documentary
Read More: Watch: Baz Luhrmann's 'The Get Down' Trailer Beautifully Blends '70s Soul Music and Modern Struggles Ever since it was immortalized by Audrey Hepburn over half a century ago, Tiffany & Co. remains the ultimate ideal in luxury and high fashion, both in New York City and around the world. However, few know what it is really like behind the scenes, but a brand new documentary is here to put all questions to rest. Directed by Matthew Miele ("Harry Benson: Shoot First"), "Crazy About Tiffany's" has been acquired by distributor Gravitas Ventures, who plans to release the film in select theaters and VOD on February 19. The film digs deep into the history and legacy of the famed jewelry store. It's impact on pop culture is covered through interviews with Baz Luhrmann Jessica Biel, Katie Couric and celebrity stylists Kate Young and Rachel Zoe. "It’s a
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Watch: Zach Galifianakis Just Wants to be a Clown in Full Trailer for FX Comedy 'Baskets'

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Watch: Zach Galifianakis Just Wants to be a Clown in Full Trailer for FX Comedy 'Baskets'
Read More: Watch: Baz Luhrmann's 'The Get Down' Trailer Beautifully Blends '70s Soul Music and Modern Struggles Pairing writers and exec producers Louis C.K. and Zach Galifianakis has to be a comedic match made in heaven, so thank you FX. The upcoming FX series, "Baskets" released its official trailer today (above) which features Galifianakis' distinctive brand of oblivious comedy that he does so well. The illustrious Chip Baskets, a very little nonsense and self-professed artist, is of the highest caliber. After all, he has studied at the most prestigious clown school in Paris. Never mind the language barrier as this is no obstacle for Baskets. He'll wing it. It's all about the art anyway. Perhaps, Baskets will have more success in his love life, as he proposes to a French woman who doesn't love him, as she so succinctly puts it. However, Baskets is an optimist and a romantic,
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Sir Terry Pratchett: an appreciation

A few words on the life, books and humanity of Sir Terry Pratchett - a man who was a cast iron example of how to be a human being.

The first Terry Pratchett book I read was Truckers. The first Terry Pratchett book I heard was Only You Can Save Mankind, which we'd got out from the library a few months earlier to listen to in the car. The reason I got these books was simply because I had seen my Dad sitting reading Soul Music on holiday, laughing his head off, and I wanted in.

So, first of all, thank you very much Terry Pratchett for saving me having to think of a Christmas gift every year. That sounds glib, and lazy, but every year you could be assured of buying something that he was guaranteed to enjoy. It's easy to take that for granted, but it's a gift in itself,
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Vanishing Talent: Tim Sutton on His Ethereal Film "Memphis"

Structured like a collection of vivid memories rather than being controlled by a strict narrative arch, Tim Sutton’s “Memphis” is an experiential work that attempts to create a visual representation of a state of mind. Willis Earl Beal plays an outstandingly gifted musician who is not certain of the path he should follow. His talent is his cross to bear in a world that wants to exploit it. Vanishing into complete anonymity would suit him better than the ephemeral benefits of fame. With each ethereal and fragmented sequence, Sutton constructs sets of ideas and questions without ever offering definite answers or needing to.

Here is what the filmmaker shared with us about his creative process, spirituality, and Blues.

Carlos Aguilar: There are so many different ideas discussed simultaneously in “Memphis,” but they all revolved around this singular character. What was the original idea that sparked the writing process?

Tim Sutton: The very first idea that I had was influenced by the story of a singer named O.V. Wright. He is supposed to be the greatest singer to ever come out of Memphis. Al Green used to sneak into the studio to listen to him and try to get his trick. Aretha Franklin, Elvis, and others, they all try to listen to him at the studio. Elvis producer, Willie Mitchell said he was the best voice to come out of the city, but he is unknown. He was a very psychologically damaged character, when he died he was buried in an unmarked grave. That’s not a rare story within the idea of the Blues in American folklore. Having god-given talent but also having bad luck or having hellhound on you trail, that’s the real deal.

I wanted to make a movie that was not a “Blues movie” necessarily about Blues music or Soul music, but about the idea of a “Blues’ story. It is about a person who has wild gifts, almost magic powers. He has the voice of God, but for some reason, which he doesn’t explain, he doesn’t want to do what other people want him to do. He actually wants to just vanish. He wants to save his soul. I got the idea thinking about guys like O.V. Wright and movies like “Last Days” by Gus Van Sant - which I really like a lot - or the Maysles Brothers’ “Gimme Shelter,” because of their light touches of verite.

I wrote the story about this character who s of both world. One is a world of his own, a utopian vision, which is also sort of dystopian. The other is the real world in which people are trying to get him to sing. They are trying to get him to connect. I wrote a 40-page story, and that’s what got funded from the Venice Viennale and then we met Willis. He worked the character so clearly and so incredibly that a lot of the trappings that I had written were already embedded in him. Then we built the story piece by piece together.

Carlos Aguilar: Where you always conscious that you wanted the film to feel fragmented and have a surrealist atmosphere to it? Or did you ever considered how it would work as a more traditional narrative?

Tim Sutton: It was always supposed to be fragmented. It was always supposed to be something that feels like this is a world you are inhabiting more than a story. Some people are expecting more of a traditional narrative, like an indie version of “Ray,” but what I went out to make was a fragmented vision of a fragmented language. I always wanted it to feel like a psychedelic ghost story. I was more interested in making it something abstract over a more open-and-close narrative.

Carlos Aguilar: Spirituality and the Christian church seem to be very prominent in the film. God and religion are often present tin Willis’ work. Why was it important for you to include these references?

Tim Sutton: Making a movie about an African American singer in Memphis, even a very fictional one, to me it was always going to start and end with the church. I think that’s true to a town like Memphis and it’s true to the historic culture of the music. In the original story Willis does go back to church, but the more we worked on the story and the more Willis exerted his persona, it became quite obvious that Willis is a nature worshiper more than he is a Christian. As a filmmaker and as a person I’m the exact same way. I’m a Jew, but I’m a very secular Jew. I always knew that my spiritual sense was more in nature and with a more pastoral look at the world. That’s how I wanted the film to feel. I think Christians can watch this movie and really believe that the church is meaningful, but I wanted people to understand he has created his own spirituality and his own church, which is just as meaningful and works for him.

Carlos Aguilar: There seems to be a struggle within Willis about whether his talent is a curse or a blessing. Why is he so conflicted?

Tim Sutton: I think there is frustration for having something that he didn’t ask for. It is a natural talent. It doesn’t mean he would prefer not having the talent and not being that creative person, but what he doesn’t like is that his creativity needs to be recognizable to a certain vision. Whether is his producer saying, “You got to use this for an album” or his woman just wanting him be more committed to her and sing in the church, or his other friend saying “You got to sing for God.” What Willis really wants to do is to make it clear that music is just a part of him, is not something that he wants to push in a commercial direction. To him this is something that he feels more deeply, like whistling a tune down the street or singing to his friend in the car. That’s music to him. It’s something that’s more natural. I wanted to show that struggle, to me is not about a creative block. When talking about the film, a lot of writers talk about creative block. I think there is pieces of that in there for sure, but more importantly it’s about someone being creative in a way that is less recognizable to the mainstream.

Carlos Aguilar: Most of the scenes have an almost documentary quality to them. How much of what we see on screen was scripted and how much was it improvisation?

Tim Sutton: We would have a scenario, for example, one of my scenes says, “Willis is in the bedroom with the boy and they are playing cards”” I wanted that scene to feel verite because of the energy that Willis and the boy got off of each other. My cameraman had a little more free range in terms of creating this realistic feel.

I told Willis to ask him if he believes in God. The rest of it is really up to these people being in the room together and getting there. Sometimes it might come off as fake, but I’m never set on anything. If Willis asks something else or he does something different, I’m totally willing to go in that direction. I’m open to anything as long as it’s natural and it feels like it connects two people or like it connects a person with a place. I don’t shoot hours of footage and then find it in the edit. I just set up things with people who I think are comfortable enough to let scenes go and follow them where they go. Sometimes non-actors are better when they think the heart of the scene is over, and then they start giving you something meaningful. That’s how I work with a lot of non-actors, Willis included. He would never come right in and just bang it out, he really lived the character and then we would capture it.

Carlos Aguilar: Throughout the film you shift your attention towards the peripheral characters, those people who might not be at the center of the story but still play an important role. Why is this something that interests you?

Tim Sutton: The first version of the film we did for Venice had even more of these digressions with other people. I think it took a way from the experience that we were trying to create with Willis, but I do like moments in films where you go off with another character because this is their life too. It doesn’t have to connect plot-wise, it connects simply because we are with them now. I like this organic feeling. I like to go with someone else to experience what they’d be experiencing at the same time. In most movies you are no necessarily going to get that. Willis is like the Mississippi River, and then all these other characters are like streams of that river. They all have bodies of their own.

Carlos Aguilar: Given the nature of the project, what was the best and the most challenging thing about working with Willis?

Tim Sutton: The best thing about working with Willis is that he said he would go all the way and go down the line, and he did. There were scenes that we cut out because they weren’t his best, but what you see in the movie is a person completely living an independent and unique experience within the frame. It is absolutely Willis. At the same time it’s completely constructed. It’s all artifice and that was the idea of the movie. What Willis brings to it is this unbelievable sense of, not performance, but existence. The challenging part was mostly logistically. A film is sort of a living organism with lots of parts, and he is one of those parts. At times it was difficult to get the process going, sometimes it could be logistically frustrating.

Carlos Aguilar: The film is very open-ended. Was the end result or a definite conclusion important to you?

Tim Sutton: I think it is more about the idea of what success can mean. Some people at Q&As ask “Did he make the album?” and to me the album doesn’t matter. What matters is that he finds peace. In many ways every character finds some sort of peace at the end or everybody is moving forward. What I love about this movie is that I feel like Willis could still be in the woods or walking around town. Then another character could be living in Mississippi with his Cadillac. I feel like it’s one of those things that has a life of its own or could.

Carlos Aguilar: Ultimately, what would you say is at the center of this story? What’s its core?

Tim Sutton: I think it’s about a person searching to save his soul. I think it’s about life. It isn’t about one thing or the other. It’s about all these things wrapped together.

"Memphis" is currently playing in NYC and L.A.
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Yusef Lateef R.I.P. (February 11, 1920 - December 23, 2013)

Yusef Lateef, who died on Monday after a bout with prostate cancer, was a devout Muslim who did not like his music to be called jazz because of the supposed indecent origins and connotations of the word (although those origins are still debated). He preferred the self-coined phrase "autophysiopsychic music." Furthermore, his music encompassed an impressively broad range of styles, and the only Grammy he won was in the New Age category -- for a recording of a symphony. Think about those things amid the flood of Lateef obituaries with "jazz" in the headline.

That said, certainly Lateef's own musical origins indisputably revolved around jazz. Growing up in Detroit, a highly fertile musical environment in the 1930s and beyond, Lateef got his first instrument, an $80 Martin alto sax, at age 18. Within a year he was on the road with the 13 Spirits of Swing (arrangements by Milt Buckner).

A Detroit friend,
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The Voice Top 8 Performance Recap: At Last!

The Voice Top 8 Performance Recap: At Last!
The Voice is not the easiest show to recap for a fella like myself, who’s as cozy with snark and bitchery as a Kardashian is with secretly texting her exact whereabouts to the paparazzi. So on what am I supposed to hang my hat now that Season 5 is down to eight vocalists with enough combined talent to fill up an entire major label roster?

Oh sure, I can always find humor in Carson Daly’s attempts to position himself as Coach No. 5 — how I wish I could’ve been in the Sprint Skybox and shouted “Objection! Leading the witness!
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Singer Tina Turner relinquishes Us citizenship

Singer Tina Turner relinquishes Us citizenship
Washington, Nov 14 (Ians/Efe) Soul music legend Tina Turner filed paperwork in late October at the Us Embassy in Switzerland to relinquish her citizenship, media reports said.

The 73-year-old singer, known for such hits as "Proud Mary", "Ooh Poo Pah Doo" and "What's Love Got to Do with It", signed the forms to voluntarily relinquish her citizenship Oct 24, The Washington Post reported, citing a document from the Us Embassy in Bern.

Turner affirmed in the documents that she does not have strong ties to the Us, "except for family, and has no plans to reside in the Us in the future," the daily said.

Turner, who was born in Nutbush, Tennessee, Nov 26, 1939, has lived in Switzerland for more than two decades and married.
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Muscle Shoals: one tiny town, countless musical memories

New documentary puts as many survivors of the southern country-soul studio scene on screen as possible

A long line of ghosts, some famous, others unfairly forgotten, haunts Greg "Freddy" Camalier's splendid music documentary Muscle Shoals. Duane Allman, Arthur Alexander, Wilson Pickett, half of Lynyrd Skynyrd… a full accounting of the dead is too sad to contemplate, but Muscle Shoals does us the great favour of putting on camera almost all of the survivors of a defining era in American popular music and of two feuding studios – Fame and its spin-off Muscle Shoals Sound – both located in a single tiny town on the Tennessee river.

If you've read Peter Guralnick's Sweet Soul Music you'll know much of the story, but Camalier puts ageing faces to names often only seen in liner notes. The central figure is legendary producer Rick Hall, a dyed-in-the-wool Alabama good ol' boy who, in a place
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The Color Purple: devils and dirty linen

As the stage version of The Color Purple arrives in Britain, writer Candace Allen recalls the upset and uproar the novel caused among African Americans

The first page took your breath away: a mortified 14-year-old girl has started writing letters to God because she can tell no one else that, although "he never had a kine word to say to me", "he" [her putative daddy] has raped her and warned that she "better … git used to it". Page two, letter two: her mama dead and she "big" with her second baby. He "kilt" the first. "Kill this one, too if he can." Letter three: the letter-writer has a little sister she will protect "with God help". Letter four: sister Nettie has a friend named Mr ___. Letter seven: Mr ___ wants to marry Nettie but he carries a picture of a beautiful, worldly woman named Shug Avery in his wallet. The letter-writer is mesmerised by Shug Avery.
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Review: Brandy, LL Cool J, Jill Scott, And Maxwell Shine At Essence Music Fest

Review: Brandy, LL Cool J, Jill Scott, And Maxwell Shine At Essence Music Fest
New Orleans -- As the concert portion of the 2013 Essence Music Festival kicked off on Friday night, The Huffington Post was live on hand to take in one of the country's most important -- and fun -- festivals.

Brandy, LL Cool J, Jill Scott, and Maxwell got the party at Essence Fest started right with four stunning performances.

Brandy, whose first album came out almost twenty years ago, kicked things off with awesome renditions of her classics. From some of her earlier hits like "I Wanna Be Down, and "Sittin Up In My Room" to the more recent "Two-Eleven" offerings, Brandy's show did more than just warm up the crowd.

While she clearly has plenty of hits of her own, the highlight of her show was without a doubt the three song medley she did covering her favorite Whitney Houston tunes. No one will ever be able to perform "How Will I Know,
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Michelle Williams Stuns in Bcbgmaxazria Dress at Ascap Music Awards

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Singer Michelle Williams stunned in a detailed Spring 2013 Bcbgmaxazria dress while she attended the 2013 Ascap Rhythm and Soul Music Awards. The ‘If We Had Your Eyes’ singer arrived on the red carpet in the Runway Yvette dress in Talc. The Ascap Rhythm and Soul Music Awards ceremony was held on Thursday, June 27 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. The invitation-only awards celebration honored the songwriters and publishers of the most performed Ascap songs on the 2012 R&B/Hip-Hop, Rap and Gospel charts. Williams is just one celebrity, including Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene, Angelina Jolie, Anna Paquin, Jaime King and Lucy Liu, who is a fan of [ Read More ]

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Watch: Justin Timberlake sings for President Barack Obama

Watch: Justin Timberlake sings for President Barack Obama
Is there anything Justin Timberlake can’t do? His album, “The 20/20 Experience,” tops the charts for the a third time this week, he’s on a stadium tour this summer with buddy Jay-z, he generally seems to knock them dead wherever he goes. [More after the jump...] Tuesday night, he went to the White House to tape a Memphis Soul Music special for PBS, and perform in front of President Obama and the First Lady, Michelle Obama. As the clip below shows, Timberlake delivered a smooth version of “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of The Bay,” accompanied by none other than guitarist Steve...
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Carl Franklin to Direct Biopic About Soul Music Legend Sam Cooke

Get ready for another music biopic! It’s time for a movie that will tell us the true story of the legendary singer and songwriter Sam Cooke, and according to the latest reports, One False Move helmer Carl Franklin is attached to direct the whole thing! Sounds like A Change Is Gonna Come, huh? So, at this moment we know that Franklin will direct the movie from a script written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, which is based on Peter Guralnick’s book Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke. The film will tell us the true story of the soul legend Sam Cooke, who...

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Benedict Cumberbatch, 'Parade's End' sweep Press Guild Awards

Tom Stoppard's Parade's End walked away with four awards at today's (March 14) Broadcasting Press Guild Awards.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall won the best actor and actress titles, Stoppard took home the writer's award, while the series collected the best drama accolade.

Other awards were given to ITV's Exposure documentary about the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal and the BBC's coverage of the Olympics.

Last Leg comic Adam Hills won the breakthrough title and John Humphrys was celebrated with the Harvey Lee Award for an outstanding contribution to broadcasting.

Great British Bake Off, Hollow Crown and TV magician Dynamo also earned accolades.

List of Winners:

Best Single Drama

The Hollow Crown: Richard II

Best Drama Series

Parade's End

Best Single Documentary

Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile

Best Documentary Series

Inside Claridge's

Best Entertainment/Comedy

Twenty Twelve

Best Factual Entertainment

The Great British Bake Off

Best Multichannel
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BBC strike: Radio 4's Today show forced off air

Flagship radio news shows hit, as BBC1's Breakfast is replaced by repeats of Bargain Hunt and Escape to the Country

Radio 4's flagship Today programme and BBC1's Breakfast were forced off the air on Monday morning as BBC journalists staged a 24-hour strike over job cuts.

Instead of John Humphrys and Evan Davies on Radio 4, listeners heard pre-recorded shows, while BBC1 viewers were offered Bargain Hunt and Escape to the Country instead of Bill Turnbull.

Radio 5 Live was also affected, with Up All Night and Morning Reports cancelled, while the Breakfast show went on air at 6am with stand-in presenters.

On BBC1 this morning, half-hour news bulletins were followed by repeats of daytime shows.

Radio 4's main daytime news programmes have been forced off the air by the strike, including World at One and Pm.

National Union of Journalists picket lines are planned outside BBC offices in London,
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Is it too flippant?

Influential African Americans have attacked Quentin Tarantino's film for what they say is an inappropriate tone. Author and director Candace Allen explains why she disagrees

In the mid-1990s when my sister and I were nursing an A-list star's film project through what I came to term "Hollywood Nightmare No 1" and I, the writer, became daunted by the madness, my sister sought to steel my nerve by quoting sacred text from the La-la Land bible: "Remember, it ain't show art. It's show business."

As we consider the trajectory of Quentin Tarantino's much-anticipated Django Unchained this is a, if not the, salient thought to keep in mind. Irreverent, B-movie and grotesquerie devotee, n-word bandying, sometimes brilliant, usually outrageous, Tarantino directs his talents towards slavery. Cue the claque and all the usual suspects. From the film's announcement in early 2011, when copies of the 166-page Qt-annotated script first began to circulate in the film blogosphere,
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