DJANGO UNCHAINED Review

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When people speak of America’s great history, there should be an asterisk involved.  This is a great country with a rich history, but it’s a history that also involves genocide of Native Americans and the enslavement of Africans.  But we considered it civilized, and no country wants to recognize its barbaric behavior (even Barbarians probably thought they weren’t so bad).  In the classic western, we see American West mythologized with heroes and villains.  In the spaghetti western, we see how a foreign country (Italy) reexamined the values of our westerns.  In his new film, Django Unchained, writer-director Quentin Tarantino takes the western to the American South of 1858, and reconsiders the civility of our “great history.”  At turns painfully hilarious and explosively violent, Django Unchained doesn’t have the narrative tightness of Tarantino’s previous features, but it retains all of the thoughtfulness and style the filmmaker has become known for.

Lionsgate to Release TARANTINO XX: 8-FILM COLLECTION on Blu-ray; Includes TRUE ROMANCE, DEATH PROOF, and More; Box Art Designed by Mondo

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Quentin Tarantino has been on the block for twenty years now, so Lionsgate has collected all of the director’s films, and thrown them into one giant box set.  Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection will include Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2, and Inglourious Basterds as well as True Romance (which Tarantino wrote), and his half of Grindhouse, Death Proof.  The 10-disc box set also includes a critics discussions piece exploring Tarantino’s work, a retrospective of Tarantino’s career, and a tribute to Tarantino’s late editor Sally Menke.

While all of the movie have been released on Blu-ray before and these discs will have all the same special features, it’s still nice to have them all in one place.  Hit the jump for the press release, and to check out the Mondo-designed box art.  Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection is due out November 20th.  Tarantino’s new film, Django Unchained, is due out December 25th.

Evan Goldberg Exclusive Interview; Covers THE GREEN HORNET, SAUSAGE PARTY, NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH, and His Untitled Cancer Dramedy

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With The Green Hornet currently the number one movie in America, it’s time to post the final interview I got to do at the press junket and it’s with co-writer and executive producer Evan Goldberg.  While Seth Rogen gets a lot credit for Superbad and Pineapple Express, both were co-written and executive produced by Evan Goldberg.  He’s Rogen’s partner in crime and a major component in his success.

Anyway, what’s great about talking with Goldberg is that he’s brutally honest.  When I asked him about the online buzz for Green Hornet, he didn’t shy away from talking about it.  In addition, we also talked about what Sally Menke did on the film before she died, deleted scenes, what changed by doing test screenings, what are his motivations right now for making future decisions, and I got updates on future projects like Sausage Party, Neighborhood Watch, his Untitled Cancer Dramedy (previously called Live With It and I’m With Cancer), and a lot more.  If you’re a fan of any of the projects I mentioned, I think you’ll really enjoy the interview.  You can either watch the video or read a transcript after the jump:

Michel Gondry Exclusive Video Interview THE GREEN HORNET; Plus an Update on His Animated Noam Chomsky Documentary

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With Sony’s The Green Hornet arriving in theaters this weekend, I got to sit down with the cast and the filmmakers on the Sony lot last weekend.  Over the past two days I’ve posted  Seth Rogen/Cameron Diaz and Jay Chou (Kato). For tonight’s installment, I’ve got director Michel Gondry.

What I especially loved about talking to Gondry was how relaxed it was.  When I sat down, I noticed that he’d created a Green Hornet TV microphone flag and attempted to run the interview like we were on TV.  It’s how the interview started and ended.  Which was very different and a lot of fun.

Anyway, during our extended conversation we talked about his haircut (really), the buzz on Green Hornet, what did editor Sally Menke bring to the film, how he edited a very cool scene, what might be on the DVD/Blu-ray, and he gave me an update on his animated documentary that he’s doing on Noam Chomsky. So what are you waiting for, hit the jump to watch, read or listen to Green Hornet TV with Michel Gondry!

Quentin Tarantino’s Longtime Editor Sally Menke Found Dead at 56

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Sad news to report today as celebrated editor Sally Menke was found dead today at the age of 56.  Menke edited all of Quentin Tarantino’s films and received Oscar nominations for her work on Inglourious Basterds and Pulp Fiction.  After the jump, you can check out a video where Tarantino talks about his relationship with Menke and their work together on Death Proof.  Menke was currently at work editing Michel Gondry’s The Green Hornet.

The LA Times reports that Menke went hiking with her dog in the extreme heat on Monday and was reported missing when she didn’t return home.  Searchers discovered her body early Tuesday morning in a ravine in Beachwood Canyon.  Our deepest condolences go out to Menke’s friends and family.

Exclusive Interview: Director Michel Gondry on His New Film THORN IN THE HEART and GREEN HORNET

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Earlier today I got to sit down with director Michel Gondry (Be Kind Rewind, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Dave Chappelle’s Block Party) for an extended interview.  As a big fan of his work and the crazy stuff he does on his website, I’ll admit to being very excited when I was offered the chance to speak with him.  The reason he was in town was to promote his newest film, Thorn In The Heart.  The movie is a very personal look at his aunt Suzette Gondry and her relationship with her son, Jean-Yves.  The movie premiered at last year’s Cannes Film Festival and it’ll open in Los Angeles May 14.

Of course with Gondry also directing Sony’s big budget Green Hornet movie starring Seth Rogen, we also talked about how that project is going.  We covered working with editor Sally Menke, how does he blend his artistic nature with the demands a mainstream blockbuster, what is “Kato-vision” and how does work in the film, and post-production 3D conversion.  Hit the jump for the interview.  It’s been time indexed.

Exclusive: Producer Neal Moritz on BATTLE: LOS ANGELES, GREEN HORNET, JACK THE GIANT KILLER – Plus Battle: L.A. and Green Hornet Might go 3D!

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Continuing my “Seven Days with Producer Neal Moritz” series, tonight I’ve got updates on Jonathan Liebesman’s Battle: Los Angeles, Michel Gondry’s Green Hornet, Bryan Singer’s Jack the Giant Killer and a lot of 3D talk.  Some of the highlights are:

  • They are thinking about turning both Battle: Los Angeles and Green Hornet into 3D movies
  • He’s seen Battle: Los Angeles and calls it groundbreaking.  Says it’s “an incredible visual experience.”
  • The first posters/trailer for Battle: Los Angeles will hit this summer and they’ll be at Comic-Con promoting the movie

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  • They recently showed the studio the first hour.  Sally Menke (the editor of Inglourious Basterds) is cutting the film. Says “we saw a very early version of a fight scene that he’s {Gondry’s} doing where we do a thing called Kato Vision where Kato can kind of see things before it happens in fight scenes so he knows how to take people out. And it was amazing.”

Jack the Giant Killer

  • They haven’t decided if they are shooting in 3D or doing it in post.
  • Bryan Singer recently went to all the 3D production houses to look into it.  They might shoot some of the live-action in 3D and other stuff in 2D.
  • Says the story is “it’s really a movie that takes the Jack and the Beanstalk legend and then the great idea of humans against giants and combining that and having a war between humans and giants.”

Much more after the jump:

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