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Will Smith says he turned down Django because it wasn't a lead role

Will Smith says he turned down Django because it wasn't a lead role

LOS ANGELES, March 25 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Will Smith says he turned down the chance to play the title character in Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" because the role wasn't the lead.

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Weird courses offered in Boston schools ... Missing sausage costume recovered ... Woman finds, returns $11,000 ... Centenarian Bromfield cook gets diploma ... The world as we know it from UPI.

Weird courses offered in Boston schools

BOSTON, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Boston-area colleges are offering an array of quirky classes this semester, including a class on filmmaker Quentin Tarantino and the HBO series "The Wire."

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'Argo,' Lee, Lawrence, Hathaway win top Oscars ... Christina Applegate and Martyn LeNoble get married ... Channing Tatum's wife to give birth in London ... Oprah appears in Kimmel's star-studded trailer for faux 'Movie: The Movie 2V' sequel ... News from United Press International.
'Argo,' Lee, Lawrence, Hathaway win top Oscars

'Argo,' Lee, Lawrence, Hathaway win top Oscars

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- First lady Michelle Obama announced via video from Washington Sunday that Ben Affleck's Iran-set thriller "Argo" had won the Best Picture Oscar.

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Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' wins Album of the Year Grammy ... 'Argo,' 'Les Miserables' win big at BAFTAs ... ABC's Diane Sawyer to interview Amanda Knox ... Singer Faith Hill shows off braces on teeth at Grammys ... News from United Press International.
'Argo,' 'Les Miserables' win big at BAFTAs

'Argo,' 'Les Miserables' win big at BAFTAs

LONDON, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- "Argo" was named Best Picture and its U.S. director, Ben Affleck, Best Director at the BAFTA Awards for film at London's Royal Opera House Sunday night.

'Silver Linings' gets best film award

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The romantic comedy drama "Silver Linings Playbook" won best picture at the Second Annual Australia Academy of Cinema and Television Arts International Awards.

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'Les Mis,' 'Argo,' 'Django' win big at Globes ... Roberts hopes to return to 'GMA' in weeks ... Kate and William's baby due in July ... Justin Timberlake releases new single ... News from United Press International.
'Les Mis,' 'Argo,' 'Django' win big at Globes

'Les Mis,' 'Argo,' 'Django' win big at Globes

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- "Les Miserables" was declared Best Comedy or Musical, and "Argo" Best Drama at the Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles Sunday night.

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Tarantino irked by movie-violence queries ... Critics hail Affleck's 'Argo' ... Report: Actress Evan Rachel Wood pregnant ... Vieira leaving TV's 'Millionaire' ... News from United Press International.
Tarantino, asked about violent movies: 'I refuse your question'

Tarantino, asked about violent movies: 'I refuse your question'

LONDON, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. director Quentin Tarantino says he still sees no connection between film and real-life violence, but heatedly refused to tell a British TV journalist why.
Affleck, 'Argo' win big at Critics' Choice Awards

Affleck, 'Argo' win big at Critics' Choice Awards

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 11 (UPI) -- "Argo" was named Best Picture and its star-director Ben Affleck crowned Best Director at the Critics' Choice Awards ceremony in Santa Monica, Calif.

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Williams arrested for missing court date ... Beyonce to perform at inauguration ... 'Les Miserables' tops U.S. album chart ... 'Lincoln' up for 10 BAFTAs ... News from United Press International.
'Lincoln' up for 10 British Academy Film Awards

'Lincoln' up for 10 British Academy Film Awards

LONDON, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- "Lincoln," director Steven Spielberg's drama about the last months of the 16th American president's life, was nominated for 10 BAFTA Awards in London Wednesday.

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'Chainsaw' chews up rivals with $23M take ... Gellar in talks for television sitcom ... Cher collaborating on TV pilot for LOGO ... BBC America acquires 'Broadchurch' ... News from United Press International.

'Chainsaw' chews up rivals with $23M take

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- "Texas Chainsaw 3D" chewed its way to the top of the North American box office this weekend, raking in $23 million.
Tarantino, Lee butt heads over 'Django'

Tarantino, Lee butt heads over 'Django'

ROME, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- "Django Unchained" director Quentin Tarantino said he will not respond to filmmaker Spike Lee, who called the movie disrespectful and said he would boycott it.
Tarantino: I love low-budget Italian 'macaroni westerns'

Tarantino: I love low-budget Italian 'macaroni westerns'

ROME, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Hollywood filmmaker Quentin Tarantino says he is a fan of Italy's low-budget "macaroni westerns," as well as its classic spaghetti westerns.

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Seacrest: Celebrating Dick Clark on NYE … Emmylou Harris in alleged hit-and-run … Rome fest to give Tarantino lifetime award … Cooper almost quit acting over play … News from United Press International.
Rome fest to give Tarantino lifetime award

Rome fest to give Tarantino lifetime award

ROME, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- International Rome Film Festival organizers said they will present "Django Unchained" director Quentin Tarantino with a lifetime achievement award.
'Django' sets holiday box-office record

'Django' sets holiday box-office record

NEW YORK, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" has set a record for highest-grossing R-rated Christmas release in the United States, its producers said.
Quentin Tarantino: 'Django Unchained' is a historical movie wrapped in genre

Quentin Tarantino: 'Django Unchained' is a historical movie wrapped in genre

NEW YORK, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Writer-director Quentin Tarantino says his new slavery-themed, revenge picture-spaghetti western "Django Unchained" is meant to be an entertaining look at a shameful era in American history, one which Hollywood frequently ignores.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

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NBC reporter freed from captivity in Syria ... Discovery cancels reality show 'American Guns' ... Women Film Critics Circle praises 'Zero Dark Thirty,' 'Royal Affair' ... 'Django' premiere canceled in wake of school shooting ... News from United Press International.
'Django' premiere canceled in wake of school shooting

'Django' premiere canceled in wake of school shooting

NEW YORK, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- The Weinstein Co. says it has canceled its Los Angeles premiere of Quentin Tarantino's blood-soaked period picture "Django Unchained."
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