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Django Unchained

Tarantino Fans, Get Ready To Freak Out

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 05.23.2014 | TV

We like the way you think, boy. (We mean ... erm ... Mr. Tarantino, sir.) Good news, "Django Unchained" fans! Quentin Tarantino is planning on turn...

Refusing the Happy Ending: 12 Years A Slave

Miriam Petty | Posted 04.30.2014 | Black Voices
Miriam Petty

Hollywood movies are notoriously good at reducing complex problems to isolated, emotional experiences. The happy endings of films on racial themes reflect Americans' collective investment in concluding a conversation that has barely begun.

The Year's Most Pirated Movies

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment

Peter Jackson's second installment in the "Hobbit" trilogy is being heralded as one of the year's biggest box-office success stories, but it turns out...

Quentin Tarantino Says He Almost Quit Film

Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment

Imagine a Hollywood without Quentin Tarantino. Something wouldn't feel right if we didn't have the Oscar-winning director around to add to the oeuvre ...

Popcorn Preview: Nebraska

Leslie Sisman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Film: Nebraska (2013) Cast includes: Bruce Dern (Monster, Django Unchained), Will Forte (MacGruber), June Squibb (About Schmidt), Bob Odenkirk (Breaki...

Interview: Bruce Dern Speaks... and Speaks

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

In one sense, actor Bruce Dern is an interviewer's dream: He's pithy, quotable and voluble. In another sense, Dern is an interviewer's nightmare: You ask one question and never get the chance to ask another, because he's got so much to say.

12 Years a Slave and the Problem of (Black) Suffering

Rebecca Wanzo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Rebecca Wanzo

Looking away has become a national pastime -- from the poor, the sick, and the civilians killed by war and drones. It is unclear to me what kinds of representations of suffering can always escape condemnation as sentimental, or manipulative, or "suffering porn."

The Revenge Fantasy: Django Unchained and 12 Years a Slave

Jay Livingston | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Jay Livingston

After the climactic revenge scene and peaceful coda, the credits roll, and the house lights come up. The End. In real life though, we rarely see a such clear endings, and we should know better than to believe a sign that declares "Mission Accomplished."

The Sins of Our Nation - 12 Years A Slave

Dusty Wright | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Dusty Wright

What is most remarkable about the film is how McQueen's camera catches the hopelessness of a situation in a mere static shot of an actor's face, holding the shot for minutes on end, letting the expression refract into our collective psyche.

The 'S' Word, the 'D' Word and 12 Years a Slave

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

McQueen's unflinching revelation of Northup's struggle to maintain his dignity under the oppressive institution of slavery is a chance for Americans to engage the conversation we so desperately need -- the conversation about the "s" word -- "slavery."

Thoughts on the Film 12 Years a Slave

Denise Nicholas | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Denise Nicholas

12 Years a Slave is a story of survival, mental and physical, it is a visualization and particularization of humanity: the brutalized and the brutalizers -- everyone different, all lost in a way, all astounded by their experience, all on a journey in and through American history.

Movie Review: 12 Years a Slave

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave is the year's most powerful film, an arthouse masterpiece which demands to be seen -- and which will punch mainstream audiences in the gut.

3 Reasons Why Every American Should See 12 Years a Slave

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Lisa Kaas Boyle

This film is an artistic wonder, and so necessary to the discussion of America's past and present. I hope you will see it with your own eyes and share your thoughts with me and everyone you know.

Did 'Django Unchained' Steal The Thunder Of '12 Years A Slave'?

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 10.09.2013 | Entertainment

Director Steve McQueen's new film, "12 Years A Slave," is garnering effusive praise and substantial Oscar buzz for its brutal depiction of slavery. ...

'I Can Be A Motherf***ing Role Model!'

Posted 09.17.2013 | Comedy

LEAVE SAMUEL L. JACKSON ALONE!...

5 Reasons Republicans Should Embrace Obamacare... and Take Credit for It

Paul Abrams | Posted 11.14.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Republicans would be far better served embracing Obamacare, labeling it correctly, taking credit for it, and using it to "prove" the virtues of free market competition.

A Challenge to African American Filmmakers

M.W. Jacobs | Posted 10.02.2013 | Books
M.W. Jacobs

There has yet to be a feature-length film devoted entirely and exclusively to the life experience of American slaves on the scale of the Southern white-suffering epics.

10 Ways the Black Community and Their Allies Can Transmute Pain Into Power

Kanene Holder | Posted 09.16.2013 | Black Voices
Kanene Holder

"You were born into a society which spelled out with brutal clarity and in as many ways as possible that you were a worthless human being." -- James B...

You'll Never Look At Leo The Same

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 06.17.2013 | Comedy

Did you watch "The Wolf of Wall Street" trailer and think Leo DiCaprio's character seemed just a little too familiar? We broke it down and realized t...

FINALLY

AP | LOUISE WATT | Posted 07.12.2013 | Entertainment

BEIJING — Quentin Tarantino's violent slave-revenge movie "Django Unchained" returned to Chinese theaters on Sunday, about a month after it was ...

'Great Gatsby' Isn't The Only One ...

Posted 05.10.2013 | Entertainment

Thank goodness for Baz Luhrmann. Without him, anachronistic music selections in this year's movies would be relegated to movie trailers. To wit: the m...

Headed To China

Reuters | Posted 06.27.2013 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES, April 26 (Reuters) - Quentin Tarantino's violent slavery revenge fantasy "Django Unchained" will be released in China in May, its U.S. ...

Django Unopened -- My DVD Revelation

Howard Jordan Jr. | Posted 06.24.2013 | Black Voices
Howard Jordan Jr.

I'm mad at the N-word itself. I'm mad at the history around it. I'm mad at the idea of who can, or can't say it, and why.

YANKED: China Pulls 'Django' On Day Of Premiere

AP | DIDI TANG | Posted 06.11.2013 | Entertainment

BEIJING — "Django Unchained" became "Django Unscreened" as Quentin Tarantino's violent slave-revenge saga was pulled from Chinese theaters on it...

The Change Tarantino Is Making To 'Django'

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 04.09.2013 | Entertainment

"Django Unchained" was announced as the first Quentin Tarantino film to receive a theatrical release in China, but the director had to make some small...