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12 Modern Day Movie-Duo BFFs

5/8/2014 5:00pm EDT
12 Modern Day Movie-Duo BFFs
We all need a friend to lie on now when faced with life’s toughest hurdles are thrust in our paths, and movie characters are no different. Friends provide wisdom and solace, a much needed supporting ear and voice to guide us through familiar relationship and financial problems.

And while movie characters' problems are much more dangerous, with alien evils, mutant xenophobia and death match competitions threatening their livelihood, they still couldn't have succeeded without the dedicated support of their secondary cast. These characters may have been well written, but they didn’t fully com...

Quentin Tarantino Scraps 'Hateful Eight’ After Script Leak, Names Possible Culprits

1/22/2014 11:57am EST
Quentin Tarantino
We all know how obsessive and private one can get when writing a screenplay. For someone to leak Quentin Tarantino's script for his new western film titled, ‘The Hateful Eight’ is absolutely ridiculous.

Here’s what Tarantino had to say about this:

“I finished a script, a first draft, and I didn’t mean to shoot it until next winter, a year from now,” said the Oscar-winning film-maker to “I gave it to six people, and apparently it’s gotten out today.

“I gave it to one of the producers on Django Unchained, Reggie Hudlin, and he let an agent come to his house and read it. That’...

'Django Unchained' Pulled From Chinese Cinemas Due To 'Technical Reasons'

4/11/2013 8:50pm EDT
Django Unchained
Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino's smash hit movie Django Unchained has been pulled from Chinese theaters on its first day of release.

Tarantino's violent slave-revenge saga is the first of his films to be released in China as his previous offerings, including Pulp Fiction and Inglourious Basterds, were banned due to their gory and gruesome content.

The Oscar winning director even edited the film's violence to meet the country's stern censure rules. The film had some "slight adjustments" according to Zhang Miao, director of Sony Pictures' Chinese branch.

In a statement obtained by Britain's...

Will Smith Turned Down 'Django Unchained' Because He 'Needed' To Be The Lead

3/25/2013 4:33pm EDT
Will Smith
Before Jamie Foxx landed the title role in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained there was actually another star the director had his sights on to play the titular slave-turned-assassin: Will Smith.

Smith hadn't revealed why he turned down the role in the Oscar winning film (a Best Director win for Tarantino and a Best Supporting Actor win for Christoph Waltz) until recently, when he spoke to Entertainment Weekly during an interview for his upcoming film After Earth, directed by M. Night Shyamalan (uh-oh).

"Django wasn't the lead," he tells EW, "so it was like, I need to be the lead. The o...

The 10 Most Memorable & Shocking Moments At The 2013 Oscars

2/25/2013 3:00pm EST
Ben Affleck wins Oscar for Argo
If you missed the 85th Annual Academy Awards, we have a roundup of some of the best (and most shocking) moments from the ceremony:

1.) Before the stars arrived, the toilets overflowed, flooding the lobby at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, according to Fortunately, custodians were able to vaccum the mess before Hollywood royalty descended.

2.) "Twilight" star Kristen Stewart surprised fans after arriving to the event on crutches. She apparently stepped on a piece of glass a couple days earlier but later that evening presented an award without the aid of the medical device.

3.) Ho...

'Argo' Triumphs At The 2013 Oscars (See The Full List Of Winners)

2/25/2013 12:15am EST
Despite a snub for Ben Affleck in the Best Directing category, Argo landed the Oscar for Best Picture at the 85th Oscars, held at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California.

Jennifer Lawrence picked up the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook; while Daniel Day-Lewis landed Best Actor accolades for his role in Lincoln -- the only award each film received.

The night's big winner was Life of Pi, which landed four awards, including Best Cinematography and accolades for Ang Lee, who upset favorite Steven Spielberg in the Best Director category (scroll down for the ...

Up For Grabs: The 2013 Best Supporting Actor Oscar

2/24/2013 7:05pm EST
Django Unchained
Perhaps the most open category at this year's Oscars, Best Supporting Actor is loaded with five of the industry's most celebrated veterans.

Seven-time Oscar nominee Robert De Niro landed his first nod since 1992 (Cape Fear) for his role as an obsessive sports fan & bookie in Silver Linings Playbook. It's been over 30 years since his last win (1981's Raging Bull), and we like his chances.

Christoph Waltz, who won in this category in 2010 for Inglourious Basterds is nominated for his second award in the same category, again for a Quentin Tarantino film, Django Unchained.

Philip Seymour Hof...

'Argo,' 'Lincoln' Frontrunners To Win Best Picture

2/24/2013 5:10pm EST
This year's Oscars promises to be full of drama and surprises as there are only a handful of sure locks to win awards.

The biggest question of all is which film will take home the award for Best Picture, with Ben Affleck's Iran Hostage drama Argo and Steven Spielberg's presidential biopic Lincoln leading the pack.

While Lincoln looked to be a sure bet early on, it wasn't until the Golden Globes that Argo began gaining all of the momentum; scooping up numerous awards, including Producers and Directors Guild Awards.

But that still doesn't mean it'll win Oscar gold. The Producers Guild has ...

Join Us Live On The Red Carpet Of The 85th Academy Awards (Live Stream)

2/24/2013 8:00am EST
Oscars 2013
Are you ready for Hollywood's crown jeweled event of the year? Yes, tonight is the big night, its the 85th Academy Awards hosted by Seth MacFarlane.

Maybe you're hosting an Oscar themed party this year or hunkering down with a few BFF's for the big event? Then you'll want to be running our special two-hour live stream from the Red Carpet on

See who is wearing what – check out first hand who might make the best/worst dressed list. Hear from celebs themselves as they enter Hollywood's Dolby Theater for the biggest event in moviemaking.

Bookmark this page and join us live sta...

Oscars 2013: What Will Win, What Could Win And What Should Win

2/22/2013 7:54am EST
Oscars 2013
The 85th Annual Academy Awards – airing this Sunday at 8:30 PM EST on ABC – are sure to get a little rowdy this year. Ceremony notwithstanding, the categories themselves are all over the place, and for the first time in years, there are no dead-locks and certain promises in any of the categories (except, perhaps, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress, but we'll get to that). Still, pundits have weighed in and the scales are tipped in several favors. Here are our predictions for what will likely win, what might upset and what films and performances deserve a golden statuette in some of the ...

Two Jews On Film Give Their 2013 Oscar Picks

2/20/2013 7:30pm EST
Oscar picks 2013
2012 was a great year for films.

We had an old fashioned spaghetti western that blended over the top comedy, violence and the horror of slavery from the always exceptional Quentin Tarrantino ('Django Unchained).

There were several films based on real life events - one that took us on an edge of your seat journey involving the hunt and capture of Osama Bin Laden ('Zero Dark Thirty' - directed by Kathryn Bigelow) and the other...

The rescue of 6 American hostages during the Iran 1979 revolution ('Argo' - directed by Ben Affleck).

Speaking of history, we saw all the manipulations and pol...

Kerry Washington Wins Big At NAACP Awards - See Red Carpet Pics!

2/2/2013 9:36am EST
Kerry Washington
Kerry Washington took top honors on Friday night at the 2013 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Awards.
The actress, 36, won three awards: Best Supporting Actress ("Django Unchained"), Best Actress in a Drama Series ("Scandal") and President's Award for her public service work on behalf of President Barack Obama.

Washington is the first African-American woman to lead the cast of a primetime drama since Diahann Carroll in "Julia" over 30 years ago. Carroll gushed: "I think she's enjoying one of the great moments of her life right now in our industry."...

'Django Unchained' Cast Raises Money For Icelandic Arm Transplant Patient

1/29/2013 8:40am EST
Django Unchained
Director Quentin Tarantino and the stars of his acclaimed Western Django Unchained have sold off a signed clapperboard to raise money for an Icelandic man preparing to undergo a double arm transplant.

Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson and Kerry Washington and Tarantino signed the autographed film slate and handed it to Gudmundur Felix when they heard of his ongoing fundraising efforts.

The one-of-a-kind clapperboard went under the hammer on auction website and pulled in $4,250 for Felix, who is moving from Iceland to France in March  to await the...

Production Halted On 'Django Unchained' Slavery Action Figures

1/19/2013 11:00am EST
Django Unchained
Following protests from civil rights activists, a manufacturing company has stopped production on action figures based on characters in Quentin Tarantino's western "Django Unchained."
The repeated use of racial slurs throughout the movie has sparked widespread controversy. The film is set in slavery-era Mississippi in 1858. It stars Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz). Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his b...

Jamie Foxx Calls Spike Lee's 'Django Unchained' Criticism 'Irresponsible'

1/18/2013 11:23am EST
Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx has blasted Spike Lee's "irresponsible" criticism of his acclaimed new movie Django Unchained, insisting the director has no right to comment on a film he hasn't seen. 

The slavery-era Western, which is nominated for five Academy Awards, has sparked controversy for its repeated use of racially-charged insults and Lee recently vowed to boycott the movie as such language is "disrespectful" to his ancestors. 

However, Foxx has questioned the validity of Lee's criticism, telling British newspaper The Guardian, "The questions for me is (sic): Where is Spike Lee coming from?... I mea...

Samuel L. Jackson Defends Quentin Tarantino Over 'Django Unchained'

1/16/2013 12:33pm EST
Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson has stepped up to defend director Quentin Tarantino over the racially-charged language in his acclaimed new movie Django Unchained.

The movie, which is nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Screenplay, is set in slavery-era Mississippi in 1858 and has drawn heavy criticism as well as praise.

Many critics have accused Tarantino of over-using controversial language and racial slurs, and even fellow director Spike Lee branded the movie "disrespectful" and vowed to boycott it.

However, Jackson, who plays a head slave on a plantation in the fil...

Quentin Tarantino Defends Use Of N-Word To Stunned Golden Globes Media

1/14/2013 3:07pm EST
Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino defended the use of the n-word in his new film Django Unchained, even uttering the phrase while he ranted to the press backstage at the Golden Globes last night.

During a backstage interview following wins for Best Script and Best Supporting Actor via Christopher Waltz, the director spoke out about the backlash for using the word. 

"If somebody is out there actually saying when it comes to the word n—–, the fact that I was using it in the movie more than it was being used in the antebellum south in Mississippi, then feel free to make that case. But no one’s actually ma...

Quentin Tarantino Delighted With 'Django Unchained' Uproar

1/11/2013 8:58am EST
Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino is delighted with the outcry over his controversial movie Django Unchained, insisting it has sparked a public debate about the issue of slavery.

The Western film, set in Mississippi in 1858, stars Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio and has attracted criticism for its repeated use of racial slurs.

The moviemaker has also been accused of a lack of sensitivity, but Tarantino is adamant the uproar is good news as it means his fellow Americans are finally able to discuss their nation's controversial past.

He tells the U.K.'s Channel 4 News, "I don't think you can actually m...

Lincoln, Life Of Pi & Les Mis Lead 2013 Oscar Nominations (See Full List)

1/10/2013 10:13am EST
This year's Oscars host, Seth MacFarlane, was accompanied by actress Emma Stone Thursday morning to announce the nominees for the 85th annual Academy Awards.

Over 400 media representatives from around the world attended the 5:30am (Pacific) press conference to find out which films and stars are this year's cream of the crop.

Not surprisingly, Steven Spielberg's Abraham Lincoln biopic Lincoln led the pack with a whopping 12 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Daniel Day Lewis), and Best Director (Spielberg).

There were few surprises amongst this year's nominees, most notably ...

Civil Rights Activists Outraged Over 'Django Unchained' Action Figures

1/9/2013 9:00am EST
Django Unchained
Activists at Reverend Al Sharpton's civil rights group have called for a national boycott of "highly offensive" action figures based on Quentin Tarantino's new movie Django Unchained.

The Western, which stars Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio, is set in slavery-era Mississippi in 1858 and has sparked controversy over the repeated use of racial slurs. A number of action figures based on the movie's characters have now gone on sale, retailing online for $299, and the toys have attracted widespread criticism.

Reverend K.W. Tulloss, Los Angeles President of Sharpton's National Action Network...

'Texas Chainsaw 3D' Hacks Its Way To Number One At Weekend Box Office

1/7/2013 8:23am EST
Texas Chainsaw 3D
People love watching horror films, even in January. The latest installment of the "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" franchise dominated the weekend box office, hacking its way to number one. "Texas Chainsaw 3D," directed by John Luessenhop, debuted at number one with takings of $23 million.

The sequel picks up exactly where Tobe Hooper's shocking 1974 classic left off. When a young woman learns her distant grandmother has died, leaving her a secluded Victorian mansion in the Texas desert, the discovery of a dark secret hidden deep in the cellar reveals a dark legacy of evil lives on.

"Texas Chain...

Two Jews On Their Top Ten Films Of 2012

1/6/2013 10:55pm EST
Life of Pi
2012 was a great year for films - studio films as well as Indy titles all scored big.

From the exquisite writing, directing, special effects, I found myself laughing hysterically from a foul mouth, over-sexed pot smoking bear, to a bunch of folks freaking out at the prospect of turning 40.

We had cutting edge performances from Matthew McConaughey ('Killer Joe' & 'The Paper Boy), Nicole Kidman ('The Paper Boy'), John Hawkes and Helen Hunt ('The Sessions') as well as Daniel Day Lewis ('Lincoln') Anthony Hopkins (Hitchcock) and the whole cast of 'Django Unchained'.

As usual, John and I didn...

Leonardo DiCaprio To Receive Santa Barbara Festival Honor

1/3/2013 5:14pm EST
Django Unchained
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is set to be honored for his contribution to cinema at the upcoming Santa Barbara International Film Festival in California.

The Titanic star will attend a special ceremony on February 1st to receive the coveted American Riviera Award, which recognizes influential artists in Hollywood.

A statement from the event's Executive Director Roger Durling reads, "We are thrilled to be honoring Leonardo DiCaprio with the American Riviera Award, in a year where he has shown us another layer of his immeasurable talent."

"His performance in Django Unchained reaffirms that he...

'The Hobbit' Back Atop Box Office

12/31/2012 10:31am EST
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
"Lord Of The Rings" prequel The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will ring in 2013 as America's top film after beating Django Unchained and Les Miserables to number one at the year-end box office.

Peter Jackson's fantasy epic raked in almost $33 million over the weekend to blast past the $220 million mark at the U.S. box office.

Quentin Tarantino's spaghetti western Django Unchained has come in second with a $30.7 million opening and Les Miserables heads into the New Year in third place with $28 million.

The movie musical has made $67.5 million since opening on Christmas Day.

Quentin Tarantino Altered 'Django Unchained' Shoot For Jonah Hill

12/31/2012 9:02am EST
Quentin Tarantino
Director Quentin Tarantino rearranged his shooting schedule for Django Unchained just so Jonah Hill could make a cameo in the film.

Tarantino has always been a fan of Hill's and in 2010 he labelled the star's film Cyrus one of the the best of the year.

Hill tells, "I saw him at some award show and I went up to him and thanked him. Pulp Fiction and Goodfellas are the two films that made me want to make films, so I just told him how much it meant to me that he had seen a movie that I was in... He's seen every movie, even the s**tty movies you've made. He's seen them all and knows ev...

Review: 'Django Unchained' A Quentin Tarantino Masterpiece (Video)

12/24/2012 5:07pm EST
'Django Unchained'
Quentin Tarantino has done it again with this spaghetti style western. 'Django Unchained' is set in the South, two years before the Civil War.

Not only has Tarantino created an over the top funny, graphic, violent film, but he also manages to show the horror of slavery in a way, I can't ever remember seeing in a Hollywood film. Then again, Mr. T. doesn't do Hollywood films. He does Quentin Tarantino films and this one, in my humble opinion is...a masterpiece.

Jamie Fox is 'Django' (the D is silent), a slave who's been brutalized by his former owner (Bruce Dern). One day, German born, reti...

Best Movies of 2012

12/24/2012 12:00pm EST
The Avengers
2012 was a great year for superheroes, James Bond, a former President of the United States and Ben Affleck. What defines a great film? It's different for everyone, but first and foremost it must entertain. Many movies did just that over the past year.

"The Avengers" was the highest grossing film of 2012, earning $623 million in the United States and a staggering $1.5 billion worldwide.

The number-three grossing film of all time (behind James Cameron's "Titanic" and "Avatar"), starred Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Mark Ruffalo as the H...

Quentin Tarantino Felt 'Uncomfortable' Shooting 'Django's' Plantation Scenes

12/17/2012 6:29pm EST
Quentin Tarantino
Director Quentin Tarantino sought the advice of acting icon Sidney Poitier before starting to shoot Django Unchained because he was "uncomfortable" about re-enacting the slave scenes with black actors whose ancestors suffered the same fate.

The filmmaker admits he had never before experienced the wave of doubt he felt as he imagined having to bring his story to life, instructing a hundred extras to march, in chains, on a former plantation field in Louisiana, where much of the western was filmed.

He explains, "There was only one thing I felt uncomfortable about in the beginning stages of...

Leonardo DiCaprio Was Uncomfortable With Cruel 'Django Unchained' Character

12/17/2012 10:22am EST
Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio was wary of portraying his slave master character in new movie Django Unchained as a vicious and brutally violent man until his co-stars Jamie Foxx and Samuel L. Jackson convinced him it was exactly what the film called for.

The Titanic star portrays notorious plantation boss Calvin Candie, who forces his male workers to fight for sport and pushes his female servants into prostitution, and DiCaprio admits he had reservations about how far he wanted to take the character. The actor struggled to relate to anything about Candie and that made his job even more difficult onsc...

Quentin Tarantino Talks CT School Massacre At 'Django' Premiere: 'Tragedies Happen'

12/17/2012 8:25am EST
Quentin Tarantino
The Newtown, CT, school shooting cast a shadow at the "Django Unchained" premiere in New York City over the weekend.

Director Quentin Tarantino explained that he is sick of defending his movies every time an incident like the one at Sandy Hook shooting happens, according to

Twenty children and six adults died on Friday when a gunman broke into the Connecticut school. He had also shot his mohter before committing the unspeakable act.

Tarantino told reporters, "Tragedies happen." He added that the blame for acts of violence should go toward those who commit them.

Actor Jami...