Django Unchained Shooting Locations

Since the Christmas holiday season is traditionally a pretty slow news time for film-making, I’ll be catching up on posting about tidbits that I had marked for publication, but never quite found the time to write an entry about.

First up is the filming of Django Unchained on-location in Mammoth Lakes, CA. The majority of the film is going to be shot in and around New Orleans next year.

Given that this story takes place in Mississippi, my guess is that they are either going to shoot some slave escape scenes in the snowy mountains (if they escaped north of Mississippi – they could hit mountains), or it could be part of a flashback or a starting-point for another character.

Alex de la Iglesia’s The Last Circus

Its not everyday that you see a director compared to both Quentin Tarantino and Takashi Miike, but thats exactly what is being said about Alex de la Iglesia and his film The Last Circus.

Coincidentally, The Last Circus won best director and best screenplay at the 2010 Venice Film Festival, with Tarantino serving as a judge.

Last Circus rests on the director’s most provocative joke yet: it’s a lurid story about dueling, mass-murdering clowns set during the final days of the Franco regime. Fascism, of course, takes the idea of normal life to its most destructive conclusion, and as bad taste goes, it surpasses any of de la Iglesia’s warped fantasies. 

Catherine Lambert Joins Django Unchained

Australian singerCatherine Lambert has joined the cast of Django Unchained.  She actually met Tarantino while doing karoke in 2004.

“I’m not sure about the corsets, but I’m really looking forward to this experience,” she told the paper, while also revealing how she landed in Tarantino’s orbit. ”I met and sang karaoke with Quentin Tarantino when I went to LA in 2004 for the DVD launch of ‘Lost In Translation.’ ”


Small Tarantino Bits

IGN forum thread fretting that Tarantino only makes revenge movies.

TG Daily examines whether Django Unchained is going to change how Hollywood deals with racism in films.

After Leonardo DiCaprio finishes with his role as Calvin Candie in Django Unchained, he’s signed up for the film adaptation of Erik Larson’s The Devil In The White City. That book is on my to-read list, the synapsis looks interesting.


Christoph Waltz Thrown From Horse

Its interesting that he seems to be doing quite a bit of publicity for Carnage while filming Django Unchained.  Regardless, its our gain because he keeps dropping little nuggets about Django that we wouldn’t otherwise ever get.

Today, we find out that he got thrown from a horse during the filming.

He wouldn’t elaborate on his injuries, but lets hope its nothing more than some bumps and bruises.

Iranian Protestors Inspired By Pulp Fiction

This has to be the strangest integration of Tarantino stuff with real life, ever.  Some Iranian protesters that attacked the British embassy in Tehran were carrying a big Pulp Fiction poster showing Vincent and Jules with guns drawn.

I’m not even sure what this is supposed to mean politically. Anybody have theories?

There is another picture of the Pulp Fiction poster here. (I’m not positive whether this is a second poster in action, or the same poster)

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Tarantino On Year-End Lists

With 2011 coming to a close, there are alot of ‘Best Of’ type articles starting to appear. Quentin makes the list for two of them – one good, and one not so much.

The Good: The NY Post puts Pulp Fiction at the top of their list of Best Ensemble Casts In Movies. If you read the details, its clear they could have made their entire best of list from just Tarantino’s films.

The Bad: Ology names Quentin’s escapade with a 20-something girl in LA as one of 2011′s most despicable moments in film news. We originally covered the story here.