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Reel TALK: Quvenzhané Wallis; Jamie Foxx and Samuel L. Jackson star in Django Unchained
By Sentinel News Service
Published December 6, 2012

Jamie Foxx

Wallis could become the youngest Best Actress ever


Quvenzhané Wallis was a mere 5 years old when she was among 4,000 girls who auditioned for the role of Hushpuppy in Behn Zeitlin’s “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” Now 9, Wallis is on the short list of potential Best Actress nominees, an honor which would make her the youngest actress to ever receive that honor. (Jackie Cooper, at 9 years and 20 days, would still be the youngest Oscar nominee ever; Wallis’ turned 9 back in August.)


Wallis has added a dose of youthful enthusiasm to Oscar season. Consider: “It’s kind of weird, because you see a bigger you,” she told AwardsLine about watching herself onscreen. “And then you look at yourself, and you think, ‘Why am I so much smaller than the real one up there?’ And then you look at yourself and go, ‘Wait, I’m the real one!'”


Lest audiences think Wallis isn’t a serious performer, however, this new behind-the-scenes clip shows the “Beasts of the Southern Wild” star seamlessly get into character for a key moment in the film. Watch the production video above and check out “Beasts of the Southern Wild” on DVD and Blu-ray on Dec. 4. 


Jamie Foxx and Samuel L. Jackson star  “Django Unchained”


Release Date: December 25, 2012


 The Weinstein Company
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Screenwriter: Quentin Tarantino

Starring:  Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, Sacha Baron Cohen, Gerald McRaney, Dennis Christopher, Kurt Russell, Laura Cayouette, M.C. Gainey, Don Johnson, Kerry Washington, Anthony LaPaglia, RZA, Tom Wopat, James Remar, James Russo, Todd Allen, Evan Parke, Danièle Watts

Genre: Action, Western


Synopsis: Set in the South two years before the Civil War, “Django Unchained” stars Academy Award®-winner 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 (Academy Award®-winner Christoph Waltz). Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. The unorthodox Schultz acquires Django with a promise to free him upon the capture of the Brittles – dead or alive.


Success leads Schultz to free Django, though the two men choose not to go their separate ways. Instead, Schultz seeks out the South’s most wanted criminals with Django by his side. Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago.


Django and Schultz’s search ultimately leads them to Calvin Candie (Academy Award®-nominee Leonardo DiCaprio), the proprietor of “Candyland,” an infamous plantation where slaves are groomed by trainer Ace Woody (Kurt Russell) to battle each other for sport. Exploring the compound under false pretenses, Django and Schultz arouse the suspicion of Stephen (Academy Award®-nominee Samuel L. Jackson), Candie’s trusted house slave. Their moves are marked, and a treacherous organization closes in on them. If Django and Schultz are to escape with Broomhilda, they must choose between independence and solidarity, between sacrifice and survival…


Ramsey first Black to direct animated feature


Dreamworks’ new animated epic “Rise of the Guardians” is one of those million-dollar ideas so obvious you wonder why no one has done it yet: a team-up of Santa Claus, Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, Sandman, and Jack Frost to stop Fear from destroying all the holidays as we know it. 


Not only is it a great idea, but it’s executed with grand aplomb by  director Peter Ramsey, who adapts a series of books by children’s author William Joyce. A former storyboard artist on blockbusters like “Men in Black” and “Minority Report,” not to mention a second unit director on several John Singleton pictures. Peter Ramsey is the 1st African-American filmmaker to helm a big-budget animated feature film. 


Good Deed Gone Bad?


Will Tyler Perry make a full-length feature for Madea Goes to Court? Well, not exactly. It looks as though Perry is being sued for ripping off the plot to Good Deeds.


Author Terri Donald said Perry’s film Good Deeds was based off of her book Bad Apples Can Be Good Fruit. She went as far to say she sent a copy to Perry well before the film was even made.


Donald is seeking $225,000 in damages as well as an injunction to add a book credit in the opening and closing credits.


Categories: Movies

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