Will Smith has begun the promo run for his up-coming sci-fi epic “After Earth” but he can’t jump ahead to the future just yet. In a conversation with EW the megastar answered once and for all why he turned down the titular role in last year’s slavery themed revenge western, “Django: Unchained.” Jamie Foxx was eventually given the role of the freed slave turned bounty hunter, but it was originally offered to Smith. The “Men In Black” star admits that he felt the story was “brilliant” but that it was “Just not for me.” But why? “Django wasn’t the lead, so it was like, I need to be the lead. The other character was the lead,” he confessed, referring to Christopher Waltz Dr. King . Smith added that he wanted Django to have more control over his fate. “I was like, ‘No, Quentin, I need to kill the bad guy!” Can you blame him? After this many years in Hollywood Will Smith has earned the right not to play second fiddle to anyone. Ever since it was revealed that Smith turned down “The Matrix” to do “Wild Wild West” every script he’s passed on has come under scrutiny. But we’re pretty sure that he took one look at who ultimately took down the slave master and realized that Django wasn’t quite what it was purported to be.
It has been reported that Rick Ross was shot at more than 20 times and wrecked his Rolls Royce. In the car was his said to be girlfriend, Shanteria L. Moragne-el. Who is she you say? Moragne-el has previously been romantically linked with Ross. She’s the boss of her own fashion label, Frontrow Couture. The line had a runway show at New York Fashion Week this fall. JoJo performed. In an interview with Vocab Magazine, Moragne-el talked about working her way from a celebrity stylish to designing her own label. A lot of accounts vary of how long he’s been linked to Bawse — some say the two have been linked for five years. They were spotted together strutting the red carpet at the Django Unchained premiere. Check out some images of Shateria below. Um…well you be the judge….
Dolls made in the likeness of the characters in the slave film Django Unchained have been discontinued. The figurines were pegged as “action figures,” and led to a public outcry calling for them to stop being sold.
Sources connected to the toy production tell us … shortly after advocacy groups like Al Sharpton‘s National Action Network and Project Islamic Hope spoke out against the figurines … the Weinstein Company (which produced the film) reached out to the toy company and told them to put the kibosh on the toy line ASAP.
We’re told the toy company agreed, insisting they never intended to offend anyone … and halted production immediately.Sources tell us … the toymakers only released somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,000 dolls before shutting down production.
Retailing for $299 on Amazon.com the dolls were meant for collectors rather than children. Django Unchained has been plagued by controversy over its content, including the use of the “n-word” which is said more than 100 times. Director, Quentin Tarantino, brushed off the critiques explaining that given the time period in which the film is set, the racial epithet is fitting. “If somebody is out there actually saying when it comes to the word ‘ni**er,’ the fact that I was using it in the movie more than it was being used in the antebellum South in Mississippi, then feel free to make that case,” he said after winning a Gloden Globe award in the Best Screenplay category. “They are saying I should lie, that I should whitewash, that I should massage, and I never do that when it comes to my characters.”
Quentin Tarantino won the Best Screenplay award at the Golden Globes Sunday (Jan. 13), but the big news is that the acclaimed director spewed the “n-word” while speaking to reports. When asked of his controversial slave film Django Unchained, and the excessive use of the racial epithet, he decided to drop the n-bomb to get his point across. “If somebody is out there actually saying when it comes to the word ‘ni**er,’ the fact that I was using it in the movie more than it was being used in the antebellum South in Mississippi, then feel free to make that case,” he said, potentially making the media incredibly uncomfortable. “They are saying I should lie, that I should whitewash, that I should massage, and I never do that when it comes to my characters.” According to reports, the room went silent after Tarantino used the word. Tarantino’s film has been plagued by controversy since the start. Aside from the subject matter, and the word-use, a collection of Django action figures did little to calm the opposition. Yet all of the attention has helped propel the film past the $100 million mark, as it has remained on the Top 10 box office list since its release on Christmas Day.Django has also been nominated for five Academy Awards. via:hiphopwired