The ‘Django’ Controversy Continues

Pictured above, community activist Najee Ali holds an action figure depicting Calvin Candie, Leonardo DiCaprio’s character from the Quentin Tarantino film Django Unchained, during a news conference Tuesday Jan. 8, 2013 in Los Angeles. He (and others) have called for the “offensive” action figures to be taken off the market.

Apparently now we can’t even have action figures from Django Unchained. As I discussed before, there has been some controversy over the film, and especially its vulgar language (like you could expect anything else from a Tarantino film). Now, even though I think the calls for censorship are completely outrageous, at least we can just say “if you don’t want to hear it, don’t watch the movie.” But now we are also being deprived of even the option to buy frakking action figures. They’re dolls! Seriously! How are they hurting anyone?

I’m so irked by this new development that I don’t even know what to say, so I’ll just refer you to an article that will tell you a bit more, and gladly welcome your comments on the matter.

After many protests, production line is halted for Django Unchained ‘action figures’
Liz Ferguson @ Montréal Gazette

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After complaints from several groups, including one led by Rev. Al Sharpton, groups, the Weinstein Co. has asked the NECA company to stop making “action figures” or dolls, if you prefer, of characters in Quentin Tarantino’s film Django Unchained. The Weinstein Co. produced the film.

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Download 30 Scripts Up For Oscars!

Need I say more? Go to Film Buff Online to get the screenplays of 30 films up for consideration at the Oscars. But do it quick, they won’t stay up for long! Once awards season is over, the studios won’t want them floating around.

Also: Tarantino is the best. Check out the first two pages of his script for Django Unchained above.

Read 30 2012 Oscar Hopeful Screenplays
Rich Drees @ Film Buff Online

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For movie fans who like to read screenplays, it’s one of the perks of awards season that most studios hoping to get some Academy Award consideration post online a sampling of what they consider their best screenplays of the year. This year we have 30 scripts that have been offered up by the studios on their various “For Your Consideration” websites for reading.

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Can Adaptations Be Better Than Their Originals?

Although we are in an era of shocking un-originality, inundated with sequels, spin-offs, and adaptations, sometimes there is some value in the “derivative” practice of adaptation. There are many instances where an adapted work is much more successful than its original, and the article below lists and discusses 14 such examples, complete with clips for demonstration.

The best example, in my opinion, is Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Joss Whedon’s original concept was a film that was made in 1992, but was unfortunately skewed from his intentions simply by having the wrong director. Whedon intended the film to be taken seriously, while Fran Rubel Kuzui turned it into a campy, cheesy teen horror flick. When given the opportunity to turn it into a show, then, Whedon indisputably redeemed Buffy, producing the clever, witty, and insightful series that lasted seven seasons and is now in its 9th season in comic book form, continuing to enchant audiences to this day.

What are your favorite examples of adaptations that are better than their originals?

Clear eyes, full hearts, eh, I’ll just wait for the TV show: 14 TV series that usurped their original film versions
Jason Heller, Joel Keller, Noel Murray, Nathan Rabin, Tasha Robinson, and Scott Tobias @ A.V. Club

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In the hierarchy of entertainment, television adaptations are generally considered poor relations of the films that spawned them. Oftentimes adaptations of films never make it past the pilot stage, like an ill-fated 1997 television version of Fargo starring Edie Falco. Even when television adaptations do make it onto a network schedule, they seldom make it past a single season. But every once in a while, a television adaptation—official, loose, or otherwise—usurps its big-screen version in the public’s imagination.

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