At nearly 70 years old, practical make-up and special effects master Tom Savini shows no signs of slowing down, but he did note that he’s taking more time to live in the moment. Worried about the future, fretting about the past, don’t worry about it Savini said, “these are two places you can’t do anything about, two places your helpless in.” Savini was rather philosophical there at the beginning of his Q&A, but most of his panel at Fan Expo was less about the moment then it was revising his past, his future, and the inspiration he could offer for future effects artists. (more…)
We’ve seen bits and pieces from Quentin Tarantino‘s latest exaggerated period piece Django Unchained, but as of Friday the official trailer will show alongside Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus. Until then however, the film starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, and Leonardo Dicaprio must suffer through a teaser trailer shown by Entertainment Tonight.
This teaser doesn’t show much. Obviously. But it does show that signature Quentin style that everyone has come to know and love. Also, seeing Dicaprio as the evil plantation owner Calvin Candie is really something. Nice to see him not be the good guy for once.
Check out the official synopsis below:
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…
Written and directed by Academy Award®-winner Quentin Tarantino, DJANGO UNCHAINED is produced by Stacey Sher, Pilar Savone and Reginald Hudlin. The executive producers are Harvey and Bob Weinstein, Michael Shamberg, Shannon McIntosh, and James Skotchdopole. DJANGO UNCHAINED will be released in the U.S. on December 25, 2012, and internationally by Sony Pictures Releasing International.
Django Unchained also stars Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, James Remar, Don Johnson, Franco Nero, Walton Goggins, Bruce Dern, M.C. Gainey, RZA, Tom Savini, Michael Bacall, Dennis Christopher, and Laura Cayouette. Expect this to hit theaters right on time for Jesus’ birthday, December 25th, and we’ll post the full trailer as soon as it’s available.
Only yesterday we were reporting on rumorsJohn Hawkes (Deadwood, Eastbound & Down) was being sought for the role of the Governor in the next season of The Walking Dead. Not so says Hawkes’ publicist when The Wrap spoke with them, clearly stating, “John is NOT appearing on The Walking Dead.” All right, well that’s the end of that rumor. On to more pressing matters, like why the hell haven’t they cast Tom Savini yet!?
He’s been very public about wanting the role for some time now, telling Dread Central,
Listen, I have been campaigning to be the Governor on that damn thing with Greg Nicotero for over a year. Every time I see the graphic novel and I see a picture of the Governor, who looks just like me, I send Greg a picture. I just won’t give up. Last time I talked to him about it, when I was in Los Angeles, he said they were going after a name for that part. I said, “Who?” He said John Hawkes. Well, I never heard of John Hawkes. But then he reminds me that we were in From Dusk Till Dawn together. He is the guy at the beginning in the store that fires on them. Apparently he was up for an Academy Award; he was up for something called Winter’s Bone. That’s whom they are going after for the Governor.
Well they’re not anymore, Tom, so I think it’s about time to send another photo to Greg Nicotero. Maybe even a reel of you doing some scenes.
Honestly, I can’t think of better casting for the Governor. Savini’s no stranger to zombies and I would love to see him take a big bite out of such a crazy role. If you haven’t read the comic you will love to hate the Governor. He’s the best villain the survivors have faced yet and whoever they cast in the role has to be memorable.
What do you think? Wouldn’t Savini just be the PERFECT Governor?
As we near the second half of the Walking Dead’s second season, one where we are promised the introduction of new characters, speculation abounds. Will the infamous Governor make the transition from comic to TV screen. Comic readers know that the character is probably the biggest villain that Rick and the gang faced in the books, the tyrant of his own enclave of survivors. Come on Kirkman, you have to have him on the show.
So, if he does, who will play him? Well actor/makeup effects maestro Tom Savini, aka that guy, wants the role. You may not know the name, but you do know the face. He’s been in Dusk Till Dawn, Desperado, Planet Terror and Land of the Dead to name a few. Perfect fit, right? Well, this is what he told Dread Central:
“Listen, I have been campaigning to be the Governor on that damn thing with Greg Nicotero for over a year. Every time I see the graphic novel and I see a picture of the Governor, who looks just like me, I send Greg a picture. I just won’t give up. Last time I talked to him about it, when I was in Los Angeles, he said they were going after a name for that part. I said, “Who?” He said John Hawkes. Well, I never heard of John Hawkes. But then he reminds me that we were in From Dusk Till Dawn together. He is the guy at the beginning in the store that fires on them. Apparently he was up for an Academy Award; he was up for something called Winter’s Bone. That’s whom they are going after for the Governor.”
ROBBED! Come on, the dude stars in zombie movies, he MAKES zombie movies. Who the hell is John Hawkes anyway?
Oh, he’s THAT guy, the merchant Sol Star on Deadwood, Dustin Powers on Eastbound & Down. He’s been on Lost, 24, even Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He kinda looks the part even. Plus a lot people are talking about his performances in movies that I won’t see like Winter’s Bone, Martha Marcy May Marlene and The Surrogate. On paper he might be a great choice, but also a tough one to land for the little AMC show. We’ll keep you posted.
I still say Savini should get the part and that he should have the crotch cannon from Dusk till Dawn, but that’s just me.
This awesome looking pic of Tom Savini was send to the guys at BloodyDisgusting today. It looks like Macheteis shaping up to be a bad ass ride! I cant wait!
“The feature version of the trailer finds Machete (Trejo) a renegade former Mexican Federale, roaming the streets of Texas after a shakedown from drug lord Torrez (Seagal). Reluctantly, Machete takes an offer from spin doctor Benz (Fahey) to assassinate McLaughlin (De Niro) a corrupt Senator. Double crossed and on the run Machete braves the odds with the help of Luz (Rodriguez), a saucy taco slinger, Padre (Marin) his “holy” brother, and April (Lohan) a socialite with a penchant for guns. All while being tracked by Sartana (Alba), a sexy ICE agent with a special interest in the blade slinger.”
Here is an old interview with Savini from the Fangoria website. It’s all about his involvement with the film.