Django Unchained trailer is out. Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino of Pulp Fiction and Inglourious Basterds fame, Django Unchained is set two years before the Civil War. Jamie Foxx, in a career comeback following his Best Actor Oscar win nearly 8 years ago (if Django is successful, that is), plays the slave Django (the “d” is silent, funny?), who is befriended by a bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz). Together they hunt down criminals, while Django searches his long-lost wife (Kerry Washington). Leonardo DiCaprio, who seems to be having the time of his life, is Django Unchained‘s vicious plantation owner, whose domain is used for entertainment of the Gladiator / The Hunger Games / Spartacus variety.
Here’s the Django Unchained Oscar-cast: three-time Oscar nominee Leonardo DiCaprio (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, The Aviator, Blood Diamond – not to mention James Cameron’s Titanic), Oscar winner Jamie Foxx (Ray), Oscar winner Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds), Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction), and Oscar nominee Bruce Dern (Coming Home).
In addition to Kerry Washington, Zoe Bell, James Remar, Don Johnson, Franco Nero, James Russo, Walton Goggins, and Dennis Christopher. Distributed by The Weinstein Company, the brutally violent Django Unchained opens on Christmas Day, Dec. 25. (Minor detail: Leonardo DiCaprio plays a radically different character in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, which – strangely – opens that same day.)
Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx Django Unchained pictures: The Weinstein Company.
Kristen Stewart Kisses Self: MTV Movie Awards Highlight of Sorts
Kristen Stewart was all alone and with nowhere to go after winning (with fellow The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 player Robert Pattinson) the MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss. (Please scroll down for the video clip.) What’s a girl to do? She called up her fellow Snow White and the Huntsman co-star Chris Hemsworth. No answer. She invited her other SWATH co-star, Charlize Theron. The Evil Queen refused to budge. Twilight‘s Taylor Lautner, who was kissed by Robert Pattinson at a previous ceremony, ignored her pleas as well.
Kristen Stewart, surprisingly seeming to enjoy the moment, proved herself a good standup comedienne when she began (quite briefly) making out with herself in front of everyone. She turned her back to the TV cameras while doing her bit of self-loving, perhaps opting to leave it to the crowd’s kinky imagination.
Next time people accuse Kristen Stewart of having no sense of humor, they should take a look at this public demonstration of Loving Oneself. Whether or not you find it funny is irrelevant. The point is, Stewart was game.
Now, where was Robert Pattinson? Pattinson has been plugging his latest movie, David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis, which was screened at the Cannes Film Festival. The film has already opened in several countries, including France and Portugal.
Kristen Stewart has been enjoying a busy year as well. In 2012, Stewart has two upcoming movies:
- Walter Salles’ On the Road, which was also screened at the Cannes Film Festival. Based on Jack Kerouac’s novel, On the Road features Stewart as Marylou, Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Amy Adams, Danny Morgan, Alice Braga, and Tom Sturridge. Distributed by IFC Films / Sundance Selects, On the Road should open in the US later this year.
- Bill Condon’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, with Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, in addition to Twilight regulars Elizabeth Reaser, Peter Facinelli, Kellan Lutz, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Billy Burke, Michael Sheen, Dakota Fanning, Booboo Stewart, and Jamie Campbell Bower. Breaking Dawn - Part 2 opens Nov. 16.
Breaking Dawn - Part 1: Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart
MTV Movie Awards 2012
Movie of the Year
The Hunger Games
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
* The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1
Best On-Screen Transformation
* Elizabeth Banks, The Hunger Games
Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Johnny Depp, 21 Jump Street
Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn
Colin Farrell, Horrible Bosses
* Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
The Hunger Games
21 Jump Street
Daniel Radcliffe vs. Ralph Fiennes, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
* Jennifer Lawrence & Josh Hutcherson vs. Alexander Ludwig, The Hunger Games
Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill vs. Kid Gang, 21 Jump Street
Tom Hardy vs. Joel Edgerton, Warrior
Tom Cruise vs. Michelle Nyqvist, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, Crazy, Stupid, Love
Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, The Hunger Games
Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum, The Vow
* Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, Breaking Dawn - Part 1
Best Female Performance
* Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games
Kristin Wiig, Bridesmaids
Emma Stone, Crazy, Stupid, Love
Emma Watson, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Best Male Performance
Daniel Radcliffe, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Ryan Gosling, Drive
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50
* Josh Hutcherson, The Hunger Games
Channing Tatum, The Vow
* “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO (21 Jump Street)
“A Real Hero” by College & Electric Youth (Drive)
“The Devil Is in the Details” by Chemical Brothers (Hanna)
“Impossible” by Figurine (Like Crazy)
“Pursuit of Happiness” by Kid Cudi (Steve Aoki remix) (Project X)
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 picture: Andrew Cooper / Summit Entertainment.
Lindsay Lohan Found Unconscious: Media Frenzy Ensues
Lindsay Lohan 2012 news: Lindsay Lohan found unconscious. Lindsay Lohan hospitalized. Lindsay Lohan not hospitalized. Lindsay Lohan hits a truck. A trucks hits Lindsay Lohan.
Liz & Dick is getting a lot of free publicity thanks to its soon-to-be (July 2) 26-year-old star. Perhaps only the young Elizabeth Taylor could have rivaled the attention Lohan is getting for every incident in her life following the resumption of her acting career a few weeks ago. [Liz & Dick movie photo: Lindsay Lohan is Elizabeth Taylor.]
As per urgent reports, Lindsay Lohan was found unconscious at Marina del Rey’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel and rushed to a hospital. Other just as urgent reports later explained that Lohan wasn’t taken to any hospital, though paramedics were called to the Los Angeles County beachside town. The problem seems to have been that members of Lohan’s staff were having trouble waking up the actress.
Update: As per later reports, Lindsay Lohan was suffering from “exhaustion” and “dehydration” after working on Liz & Dick throughout the previous night.]
Lindsay Lohan vs. Elizabeth Taylor ailments
During the making of Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s Cleopatra, Elizabeth Taylor’s ailments (and all-around diva behavior) cost 20th Century Fox a fortune back in the early ’60s. Now, Lindsay Lohan’s woes may have incremented the production budget of Liz & Dick. As per reports, Lohan lost nearly a day’s work following her car accident a few days ago.
But perhaps it’s all worth it, considering the ensuing publicity? If as many people watch Liz & Dick as have read about Lindsay Lohan’s travails, television history will be made. (I’m not blaming Lohan, by the way. The sensational media – and their creepy target audience – are at fault.)
And bear in mind that despite a number of negative reviews and the “scandalous” behavior of its two stars (Richard Burton was the other one), Cleopatra turned out to be a major box office hit and a (surprising) Best Picture Academy Award nominee. (Fox almost went under anyways because of the epic’s exorbitant cost.)
Liz & Dick cast
Directed by Lloyd Kramer (the TV movie David and Lisa) and written by Just Like a Woman‘s Christopher Monger, Liz & Dick airs on Lifetime in October 2012. In addition to Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor, the Liz & Dick cast includes Grant Bowler as Richard Burton, Tanya Franks as Sybil Burton (Richard Burton’s wife at the time of Cleopatra), David Hunt, Massi Furland, Taylor Gerard Hart, and Henri Hereford.
Among Lindsay Lohan’s movies are Robert Altman’s A Prairie Home Companion, with Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin; Ethan Maniquis and Robert Rodriguez’s Machete, with Danny Trejo and Robert De Niro; and Garry Marshall’s Georgia Rule, with Jane Fonda and Felicity Huffman.
Also: Emilio Estevez’s Bobby, with an all-star cast including Anthony Hopkins, Helen Hunt, Ashton Kutcher, and Sharon Stone; Mark Waters’ Mean Girls, with Amanda Seyfried and Rachel McAdams; and Nancy Meyers’ The Parent Trap, with Natasha Richardson and Dennis Quaid.