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Wednesday
Mar062013

"Django Unchained," "Ted" Lead MTV Movie Award Nominees

The Weinstein Company(NEW YORK) -- The nominees for the 2013 MTV Movie Awards were announced on Tuesday.

Quentin Tarantino's drama Django Unchained and Seth MacFarlane's comedy Ted are the leading nominees, with seven nods apiece, including in the movie of the year category.

Another nominee in the top category, Silver Linings Playbook, trails with six nominations.  Its star, Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence, has multiple acting nominations for her roles in that film as well as the horror flick House at the End of the Street.

MTV is introducing two new categories this year: best shirtless performance and best musical moment.

[ CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FULL LIST OF NOMINEES ]

As previously announced, Will Ferrell will receive MTV's first-ever "Comedic Genius" award.

You can now cast your vote for your favorites on MovieAwards.MTV.com, through April 13.  The 2013 MTV Movie Awards, hosted by Rebel Wilson, will air live from Culver City, Calif., on April 14.

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Thursday
Jan102013

"Django Unchained" Action Figures Spark Outrage

The Weinstein Company(LOS ANGELES) -- A collection of dolls based on the characters in Quentin Tarantino’s film Django Unchained has the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network calling for a national boycott of the dolls.

“Selling this doll is highly offensive to our ancestors and the African-American community,” the Rev. K.W. Tulloss, president of the Network’s Los Angeles chapter, tells the New York Daily News.

“The movie is for adults, but these are action figures that appeal to children.  We don’t want other individuals to utilize them for their entertainment, to make a mockery of slavery,” he says.

The 10-doll collection, sold through Amazon, includes figures for Jamie Foxx’s Django, a freed slave-turned-bounty hunter, and his on-screen wife Broomhilda, played by Kerry Washington.  There are also figures for the Mississippi plantation owner, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, and the characters played by Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson.

Prices range from $29.99 to $34.99 for one doll, or $299 for all 10.  Amazon’s recommended age for the dolls is 18.

It’s not known whether the Weinstein Company, the movie studio behind Django Unchained, granted a license for the dolls to the manufacturer, National Entertainment Collectibles Association.  Neither responded immediately to ABC News’ request for comment.

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Thursday
Jan032013

Samuel L. Jackson Demands Interviewer Say the 'N' Word

ABC/Eric McCandless(HOUSTON) -- Note to journalists: Do not ask Samuel L. Jackson what he thinks about the use of the "N" word in his latest film, Django Unchained.

During an interview with Fox's Houston affiliate, KRIV-TV, to promote the Quentin Tarantino flick, Jackson engaged in an awkward exchange with critic Jake Hamilton in which he refused to answer a question about the controversy unless Hamilton said the word.

The conversation, which was posted online last month but didn't make headlines until Wednesday, began with Hamilton mentioning the persistent talk over the inclusion of the "N" word in the script.

Jackson quickly interjected, "'No?'  'Nobody?'  'None?'  The word would be...."

Hamilton, who's white, told Jackson he didn't want to say the word.  When Jackson asked him if he's ever said it before, Hamilton replied in the negative, after which Jackson demanded he do so.

Hamilton repeatedly refused, with Jackson exclaiming, "We're not going to have this conversation unless you say it."

Jackson then asked, "You want to move on to another question?" and laughed when the interviewer answered, "OK."  Hamilton asked Jackson if he would say the word, to which Jackson replied, "F*** no.  It's not the same thing."

Hamilton moved on, but not before telling the camera it was a good question.  Jackson responded, "No it wasn’t.  It wasn't a great question if you can't say the word."

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Wednesday
Dec262012

Spike Lee on "Django Unchained": 'It's Disrespectful to My Ancestors'

Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Spike Lee probably didn't spend part of his Christmas Day watching Django Unchained.  The filmmaker, who often tackles race in America in his movies, says that the Quentin Tarantino film, which stars Jamie Foxx as a slave-turned-bounty hunter who attempts to save his wife from a plantation owner, is offensive.

"I'm not gonna see it," Lee told Vibe Magazine, when asked about the movie.  "All I'm going to say is that it's disrespectful to my ancestors.  That's just me....I'm not speaking on behalf of anybody else."

Lee also took to Twitter to voice his frustration with the film, saying, "American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western. It Was A Holocaust. My Ancestors Are Slaves. Stolen From Africa. I Will Honor Them."

The film, which Tarantino has described as a Western, is set in Texas in the mid-1800s.  It has made headlines for its use of the "N" word -- which characters say more than 100 times -- and graphic scenes.

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Monday
Dec242012

"Django Unchained," "Les Miserables," and More Open Christmas Day

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Three movies debut on Christmas Day.  Two are potential Oscar contenders, and the other is a new comedy starring a frequent Oscar host, Billy Crystal.

Here’s a closer look:

-- Django Unchained: In Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, Jamie Foxx plays a 19th-century slave-turned-bounty hunter named Django, who’s on a mission to rescue his wife from a plantation owner.  The drama also stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson and Kerry Washington.  Rated R.

-- Les Miserables: The adaptation of the hit musical, set in 19th-century France, follows an ex-prisoner who agrees to look after a female factory worker’s daughter.  Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter star in the film, which was helmed by The King’s Speech director Tom Hooper.  Rated PG-13.

-- Parental Guidance: A grandfather and his wife, played by Billy Crystal and Bette Midler, are tested when they are asked to babysit their three grandkids.  Marisa Tomei also stars in this comedy.  Rated PG.

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Thursday
Dec132012

"Lincoln," "Argo" Among Leading Golden Globe Nominees

David James, SMPSP©DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC(BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.) -- The nominations for the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards were announced Thursday morning in Beverly Hills, Calif. 

Presented annually by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Golden Globes honors the best in film and TV over the past year.

Lincoln received the most nods overall, with seven, including Best Motion Picture -- Drama, and Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis.  Argo was also among the favorites, scoring five nominations, including a Best Director nod for Ben Affleck.  Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained earned five nominations, including Best Director and Best Motion Picture -- Drama.

For television, HBO leads with 17 nods, followed by Showtime with seven and ABC with five.  HBO's Game Change received the most nominations of any single program, with five, followed by Homeland with four.  Downton Abbey, Modern Family and The Girl each tied with three.

Jodie Foster will be awarded this year's Cecil B. DeMille Award, which honors "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment," the HFPA also announced.

The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards will be presented on Jan. 13 in Beverly Hills, and will air live in all time zones on NBC.  Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host the telecast.

Here are the nominees:

Motion Pictures

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

  • Les Miserables
  • Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  • Silver Linings Playbook

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

  • Jack Black, Bernie
  • Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Hugh Jackon, Les Miserables
  • Ewan McGregor, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  • Bill Murray, Hyde Park on Hudson

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

  • Emily Blunt, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  • Judi Dench, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Maggie Smith, Quartet
  • Meryl Streep, Hope Springs

Best Motion Picture, Drama

  • Argo
  • Django Unchained
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Zero Dark Thirty

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

  • Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
  • Richard Gere, Arbitrage
  • John Hawkes, The Sessions
  • Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
  • Denzel Washington, Flight

Best Director

  • Ben Affleck, Argo
  • Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
  • Ang Lee, Life of Pi
  • Steven Speilberg, Lincoln
  • Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

Best Original Song

  • "For You," Act of Valor, Keith Urban
  • "Not Running Anymore," Stand Up Guys, Jobn Bon Jovi
  • "Safe and Sound," The Hunger Games, Taylor Swift feat. The Civil Wars
  • "Skyfall," Skyfall, Adele
  • "Suddenly," Les Miserables, Hugh Jackman

Best Screenplay

  • Zero Dark Thirty
  • Lincoln
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Argo
  • Django Unchained

Best Foreign Language Film

  • Amour
  • A Royal Affair
  • The Intouchables
  • Kon-Tiki
  • Rust and Bone

Best Animated Feature Film

  • Brave
  • Frankenweenie
  • Hotel Transylvania
  • Wreck-It Ralph
  • Rise of the Guardians

Television

Best TV Series, Drama

  • Breaking Bad
  • Boardwalk Empire
  • Downton Abbey
  • Homeland
  • The Newsroom

Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama

  • Connie Britton, Nashville
  • Glenn Close, Damages
  • Claire Danes, Homeland
  • Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
  • Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama

  • Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
  • Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
  • Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
  • Jon Hamm, Mad Men
  • Damian Lewis, Homeland

Best TV Series, Comedy

  • The Big Bang Theory, CBS
  • Episodes, Showtime
  • Girls, HBO
  • Modern Family, ABC
  • Smash, NBC

Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy

  • Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
  • Lena Dunham, Girls
  • Tina Fey, 30 Rock
  • Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Best Actor, TV Series Comedy

  • Don Cheadle, House of Lies
  • Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
  • Louis CK, Louie
  • Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
  • Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Best Mini-Series or TV Movie

  • Game Change
  • The Girl
  • Hatfields & McCoys
  • The Hour
  • Political Animals

Best Actress in a Mini-Series or TV Movie

  • Julianne Moore, Game Change
  • Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gelhorn
  • Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
  • Sienna Miller, The Girl
  • Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals

Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie

  • Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
  • Woody Harrelson, Game Change
  • Toby Jones, The Girl
  • Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn

Best Supporting Actress in a Mini-Series or TV Movie

  • Hayden Panettiere, Nashville
  • Archie Punjabi, The Good Wife
  • Sarah Paulson, Game Change
  • Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
  • Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Best Supporting Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie

  • Max Greenfield, New Girl
  • Ed Harris, Game Change
  • Danny Huston, Magic City
  • Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
  • Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

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Friday
Nov162012

Quentin Tarantino Defends Using 'N' Word in "Django Unchained"

PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Django Unchained, the story of a slave who becomes a bounty hunter to rescue his wife from a Mississippi plantation owner, is one of the most highly-anticipated yet controversial films this year. 

Writer and director Quentin Tarantino defends using the "N" word in his upcoming film, due in theaters on Christmas Day.

"I’m just telling my story the way I’m telling it," the 49-year-old director says in the December issue of Playboy.  "I’m putting it in a spaghetti Western framework and highlighting the surreal qualities inherent in the material."

"I’m highlighting them mythically and operatically, and in terms of violence and gruesomeness, with pitch-black humor,” he continues.

The eclectic director also admits to getting high while in production for the film.

"I wouldn’t do anything impaired while making a movie.  I don’t so much write high, but say you’re thinking about a musical sequence.  You smoke a joint, you put on some music, you listen to it and you come up with some good ideas," he said.

Django Unchained stars Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson.

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Thursday
Jun072012

Tarantino Lets 'Django Unchained' Off the Chain with Trailer Debut

The Weinstein Company(NEW YORK) -- The first trailer for Quentin Tarantino's period revenge flick Django Unchained has just been revealed, and the snippet promises the film will be chock full of the filmmaker's trademark stylistic violence and offbeat music cues.

The film -- set to Johnny Cash's "Ain't No Grave" and James Brown's "The Payback" -- shows Oscar winner Jamie Foxx as a slave freed by a bounty hunter played by Inglourious Basterds Oscar-nominee Christoph Waltz, who needs his partner to track down a gang of killers. In addition to his freedom, Foxx's character also gets to find his wife, still enslaved by a ruthless slave owner played by Leonardo DiCaprio.

The film opens Dec. 25th.

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