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During an interview with THR to promote his latest film Concussion, Will Smith has been talking about his decision to turn down the lead role in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, which of course then went to Jamie Foxx.
Previously, Smith has stated that he passed on the project as he felt Christoph Waltz’s character Dr. King Shultz was the lead character as opposed to Django, but now he’s said that he was also concerned by the level of violence, and wanted to see “a love story, not a vengeance story.”
“It was about the creative direction of the story,” states Smith. “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 »
- Gary Collinson
Tarantino’s new Western will hit Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver on Christmas Day in an exclusive 70mm presentation before expanding into theatres with digital projection on January 8th.
Following in the footsteps of Django Unchained, The Hateful Eight promises to be a bloody good time featuring a cast of memorable characters in a post-Civil War setting. Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tim Roth, Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins, Bruce Dern, Demian Bichir, and Michael Madsen are the titular Eight holed up for the night in a mountain lodge during a nasty blizzard.
Fans got a look at this featurette when Tarantino and cast appeared at Comic-Con in July, and now it’s finally been released online. The director and cast members including Jackson, Russell, Leigh, and cinematographer Robert Richardson »
- Rachel West
Will Smith - who is currently attracting awards murmurings for his turn in the upcoming Concussion - notably turned down a Quentin Tarantino film a few years back. Specifically, he turned down the lead role in Django Unchained, the part that ultimately went to Jamie Foxx.
In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Smith has opened up as to why he made the decision he did. And it doesn't sound like he has regrets about it, either.
"It was about the creative direction of the story", he said.
"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. »
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“It was about the creative direction of the story. 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].” He adds, “I wanted to make that movie so badly, but I felt the only way was, it had to be a love story, not a vengeance story.”
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- TFS Staff
In the lead up to the release of "Django Unchained," director Quentin Tarantino revealed that he considered quite a few names before settling on Jamie Foxx. Idris Elba, Chris Tucker, Terrence Howard, M[ichael] K. Williams, and Tyrese. were among those mentions, but the biggest one of all is Will Smith. In fact, the former Fresh Prince was one of the first names linked to the movie, but things didn't work out. Read More: Will Smith Says 'After Earth' Is The 'Most Painful Failure' Of His Career, Explains Why He No Longer Uses Method Acting "I came really close, it was one of the most amazing screenplays I had ever seen... I just couldn't sit with him and get through the issues, so I didn't want to hold him up," Smith said in June 2012, going on to share on of his initial concerns in March 2013: "Django wasn't the lead, so it was like, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
All across Hollywood, we hear of actors and actresses passing up roles or indeed dropping out of them nearly every other day. Complications arise, scheduling conflicts are a very real concern and sometimes, the decision comes down to creative differences. Out of them all, however, few compare to Will Smith opting to star in Wild Wild West as opposed to the star role of Neo in The Matrix all those years ago. Arguably one of the more prominent career missteps in recent memory, Smith’s decision is cause for conversation time and time again, though the actor’s more recent choice to pass on a project is much more rational.
That project in question was Quentin Tarantino’s acclaimed western drama, Django Unchained. Prior to Jamie Foxx securing the lead role, Will Smith was reportedly circling the part, and as the actor revealed during a recent roundtable interview with The Hollywood Reporter, »
- Michael Briers
During THR's recent actor roundtable, Will Smith was asked why he passed on the lead role in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained. Smith stated that while he thought the story was perfect, he was turned off by the violent nature of the film. Smith thought the story of "a guy that learns how to kill to retrieve his wife that has been taken as a slave" should be "the greatest love story that African-Americans had ever seen." Describing his interactions with Tarantino, Smith said:We talked, we met, we sat for hours and hours about it. I wanted to make that movie so badly, but I felt the only way was, it had to be a love story, not a vengeance story. I don’t believe in violence as the reaction to violence. So when I’m looking at that, it’s like: “No, no, no. It has to be for love. »
- Ira Madison III
Some roles become so iconic that it.s difficult to think of anybody else playing them. Often times, however, there are other actors considered for those rolls who could potentially have changed drastically the way those characters are remembered. Such would have been the case if Will Smith had accepted the lead role Django Unchained. We know the film would be remembered very differently if Smith had played the part, because Smith only would have done it if it was a very different movie. Back in 2011, Will Smith was the rumored front runner for the role of Django. Eventually, the role went to Jamie Foxx and not much was ever heard again from Smith on the subject. The Hollywood Reporter recently asked Smith about the part and the actor was more than clear that he wanted the role, but he and director Quentin Tarantino could not agree on the tone »
The first Hateful Eight TV spot has arrived courtesy of EW, and it pulls back a bit of the mystery surrounding the plot. Someone has a deadly secret. And Samuel L. Jackson aims to find out who that is. A White Hell is unleashed in this eighth film from maestro Quentin Tarantino. This latest footage is set to debut during this Sunday's The Walking Dead. But you can see it first right here, right now!
Set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh), race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as "The Hangman," will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson), a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, »
The Weinstein Company has just released a brand new poster for their highly anticipated film, The Hateful Eight , written and directed by Quentin Tarantino! And in true Tarantino form, this latest theatrical one-sheet pays homage to the 70s thrillers and disaster films that the director loves. The top half of the poster shows us a scene from the climactic ending, with Samuel L. Jackson walking into a gun fight, weapons drawn. While the bottom half shows us images of each actor in this all-star cast. This was the typical style utilized in the 70s for any epic that held multiple marquee names. It's a fun throwback that everyone, including the Police, might enjoy!
Set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh), race towards »
It may be raking in the cash at the box office, but James Bond’s 24th adventure Spectre has received a mixed reception from fans and critics. Flickering Myth’s Anghus Houvouras thought it could very well be the worst Bond movie, and it seems that former 007 Pierce Brosnan isn’t much of a fan either.
“I was looking forward to it enormously,” Brosnan tells Yahoo. “I thought it was too long. The story was kind of weak — it could have been condensed. It kind of went on too long. It really did. [Spectre] is neither fish nor fowl. It’s neither Bond nor Bourne. Am I in a Bond movie? Not in a Bond movie? But Daniel Craig, in the fourth go-round, has ownership of it. He had a nice looseness to him. He’s a mighty warrior, and I think he found a great sense of himself in this »
- Gary Collinson
The Oscars may be more than three months away, but tomorrow ballots will go out to the roughly 2,300 members of SAG-aftra’s nominating committee, who will then decide on the names to be considered for the 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. That’s two weeks before the writers and directors guilds, next on the list of industry groups to vote this season. The early date drives awards consultants — and maybe a few filmmakers — crazy, creating a process that absolutely favors movies that come out earlier in the season, one consultant told me. But can anything be done about it?
A handful of movies always miss the deadline for sending screeners to the SAG nominating committee because they come together late in the year. While this can often be mitigated by the screening circuit in New York and Los Angeles, the randomly selected committee is spread across the country. That »
- Kristopher Tapley
Taking place in Erfoud, Morocco, the blast had a total yield of 68.47 tonnes of TNT equivalent and was the result of detonating 8,418 litres of kerosene with 33 kg of powder explosives – and it lasted for over 7.5 seconds.
“It is absolutely tremendous that the Guinness World Records have recognised Chris Corbould’s incredible work in Spectre in which he created the largest explosion ever in film history,” said producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.
“The James Bond movies are synonymous with pushing cinematic boundaries,” said Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday. “The latest film, Spectre, has again captured the imagination of global cinemagoers, and this will certainly be due in part to the phenomenal stunts. The scene featuring the world’s largest film »
- Gary Collinson
A man on a motorcycle blazes down a long, empty road, framed by fiery poppy fields. The rider, wearing a leather duster stained the deep crimson of dried blood, a sword slung across his back, doesn't seem fazed by a line of corpses littered on the lane's shoulder. The stranger barely blinks when he encounters a large group of surly bandits, quickly demolishing the gang in a showcase of shattered joints, broken spines, and slashing blades; one unlucky sap is impaled on the spit for his own roast pig.
There’s been some specials and making of documentaries on his productions, but we have yet to get a definitive documentary on the career of Quentin Tarantino. While this is mostly due to the director still making his films — his latest, The Hateful Eight, arrives on Christmas Day in 70mm — a new documentary will take a look at a specific period in his career.
Production has already started on 21 Years: Quentin Tarantino, which takes a look at — you guessed it — the first 21 years of his films, from 1992’s Reservoir Dogs to 2013’s Django Unchained. Directed by Tara Wood, she seemingly takes the same approach as her last co-directing effort, 21 Years: Richard Linklater.
According to Variety, 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 will all be interviewed for the project. “Quentin is the most revolutionary, »
- Jordan Raup
According to Variety, the documentary will feature interviews with frequent 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.
Tara Wood will direct the Quentin Tarantino documentary which follows her work on last year’s similarly themed 21 Years: Richard Linklater, which focussed on the Us director of films like Slacker, Before Sunrise and Boyhood.
“Quentin is the most revolutionary, distinctive director of our time,” said Wood to the trade. “There »
- Paul Heath
The film will examine the first 21 years of Tarantino’s career and will include interviews with frequent 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.
Wood is a co-director on last year’s documentary “21 Years: Richard Linklater.” Both films draw upon the idea that the first 21 years of work defines the career of an artist.
Tarantino’s first film was 1992’s “Reservoir Dogs,” followed by “Pulp Fiction,” “Jackie Brown,” the two “Kill Bill” movies, “Death Proof,” “Inglourious Basterds,” “Django Unchained” and the upcoming “The Hateful Eight.”
“Quentin is the most revolutionary, distinctive director of our time,” said Wood. “There is no shortage of stories from his collaborators about what it takes to get his visionary style to the screen. »
- Dave McNary
Having topped the UK box office with a record-breaking haul last weekend, Eon Productions, MGM and Sony are celebrating a $200 million global haul for Spectre this weekend, including a $73 million bow in North America.
Spectre expanded into an additional 72 territories, debuting in first place in all of the markets and pushing its global haul to $300 million and counting, with 40% of international markets still to come, including France, Australia, South Korea, Japan and China.
In the UK, this film has earned £65.5 million in its first 14 days, putting it 3% ahead of Skyfall – the UK’s highest-grossing movie of all time – in the same timeframe.
“We are absolutely thrilled by this weekend’s results,” said Gary Barber, MGM’s Chairman and CEO. “The worldwide support for Spectre is a testament not only to the dedication of our amazing fans around the globe, but also to the incredible team involved with this film who »
- Gary Collinson
The H8ful Eight is the new eagerly-anticipated Quentin Tarantino film, hitting cinemas in early 2016. Like Django Unchained it is set in the years around the American civil war and sees Tarantino again playing with the conventions of the traditional western. We’re all looking forward to the movie and these new tie-in figures from Funko look fantastic – definitely ones to add to the (ever-growing) collection of Pop! vinyl figures.
- Phil Wheat
James Bond’s 24th outing continues its dominance by opening to the number one position in the Us box office, following on from its record breaking opening here in the UK.
Opening on just under 4,000 theatres, Spectre brought in an estimated $73 million for Sony, which already makes it the eighth biggest Bond movie in the Us market. It is, however, a large drop when compared against Skyfall‘s opening of $88 million when it opened on the same weekend three years ago. With a CinemaScore of A-, it is unlikely to top Skyfall‘s domestic total of $304 million (which had a marginally better A score), but it should still reach the $200-$250 million mark.
There is a difference between the two openings though. Skyfall opened against no new competition with only Lincoln being shown in a small release of 95 theatres, meaning the film was going against Disney’s Wreck It Ralph »
- Luke Owen
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