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Why Samuel L. Jackson and Leonardo DiCaprio were snubbed by the Oscars

Posted in entertainment with tags , , , , on January 13, 2013 by SpenceG

Fans of Django Unchained couldn’t help but be a little disappointed by yesterday’s Academy Award nominations.

While the movie did bring home nods for best picture and screenplay, its director, Quentin Tarantino, was snubbed, as were the two actors who gave arguably the bravest and most memorable performances in the film: Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson.

Previous Oscar winner Christoph Waltz was nominated for his performance as the anti-slavery bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz, and while the recognition is definitely deserved (he’s brilliant in the movie), it’s also fair to say that his part is the film’s safest.

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Quentin Tarantino on the story behind his Western Django Unchained

Posted in entertainment with tags , , on January 13, 2013 by SpenceG

The difference between Django Unchained and my other films is that it follows one character on a journey.

Django and his wife are runaway slaves who are caught and as a punishment sold to owners on opposite sides of the country.

We meet Django in Texas as he’s freed by a bounty hunter who teaches him his trade and, later, agrees to help him rescue his wife from the clutches of Calvin Candie, a plantation owner who makes slaves fight to the death for fun.

Generally, revenge movies are simple. You meet the hero. You meet his wife. You meet their kids.

You hang out with them for about 20 minutes and then the bad guys kill the wife, kill the kids and the good guy goes on a roaring rampage of revenge.

The important thing to remember is that the revenge should be satisfying; it’s horrible when the heroes don’t personally kill the bad guys.

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How Warner Bros Could Reboot Batman – Part 1

Posted in entertainment with tags , , , on September 30, 2012 by SpenceG

Okay, let’s get down to business. Christopher Nolan’s Batman franchise trilogy has now come to an end with The Dark Knight Rises, and now Warner Bros. is going to need to reboot the series. The billion dollar question is, how?

I’ve already stated my opposition to the idea of rebooting Batman in a Justice League film. Now, I’m going to offer my explanation for how I think Warner Bros. should go about rebooting Batman’s franchise — and the kicker is, it involves both cinema AND television. So strap in, dear readers, for part 1 of “how to reboot Batman!”

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DVD Verdict Review – Isle Of The Dead / Bedlam

Posted in entertainment with tags , , , , on August 15, 2012 by SpenceG

Isle of the Dead gives us Boris Karloff as General Nikolas “The Watchdog” Pherides, one of Greece’s fiercest, least sympathetic military men. He takes a break from shelling villagers to visit his wife’s island grave with war correspondent Oliver Davis Marc Cramer, The Adventures of Don Coyote. While on the island, the pair comes across the lively house of the cemetery keeper and a gaggle of quirky houseguests. Among them is Thea Ellen Drew, Man in the Saddle, who is whispered to be a Vuldrini wait, that’s Ghostbusters. Anyway, she supposedly kills people, and people start dying on the island. It might be the plague. It might also be this vampire chick, Thea, so the General talks about killing her. But he never really does; instead, he mumbles a lot and waves his arms wildly whenever Thea walks into the room. Then a nice lady gets buried alive, people run around, and the end credits roll.

via DVD Verdict Review – Isle Of The Dead / Bedlam.

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David Duchovny Weighs The Possibility Of ‘The X-Files 3′ | | Bloody DisgustingBloody Disgusting

Posted in entertainment with tags , , , on August 10, 2012 by SpenceG

A few months back TheX-Files writer Frank Spotnitz discussed his strong desire to do a new film in the series saying,”There is a very active and relentless fan campaign for a last movie. I do feel like it would be a terrible shame if that didn’t happen. It feels wrong not to give it an ending around the alien colonisation of earth. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson feel the same.”

Now Duchovny’s speaking for himself and he backs this up 100%. He told Collider, “That book doesn’t close until somebody dies, really. One of the greatnesses of the show was its open-endedness. It was about possibility. It wasn’t about closure. It just couldn’t be. There is no such thing as that story ever ending. Those characters are forever searching. That’s what they do. Even if we’re not watching them, they’re out there, in some dimension. Mulder and Scully are still doing their thing ‘cause that’s their nature…I would love to do another film, or more. I think we’re all game for it. I know I’m kind of perplexed that Fox isn’t more [enthusiastic].”

I can kind of see where Fox is coming from. 2008′s I Want To Believe only grossed $20M compared to Fight The Future‘s $83M (not adjusted for inflation). But Duchovny has a reasonable answer for I Want To Believe‘s financial failure. Head inside for more.

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