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Will Smith

Will Smith has revealed a main reason why he turned down the role of Django in "Django Unchained." To hear him tell it, it's because Django wouldn't be the lead role in the movie.

"Django wasn't the lead, so it was like, I need to be the lead. The other character [Christoph Waltz's Oscar-winning King Schultz] was the lead!" Smith told Entertainment Weekly. "I was like 'No, Quentin, please, I need to kill the bad guy!"

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Djesus Uncrossed

This past weekend, Christoph Waltz hosted "Saturday Night Live." Yes, he's not the first person you imagine when you think of sketch comedy, but having him lead the show opened the door to one fantastic "Django Unchained" parody.

In the tradition of "Inglourious Basterds" and "Django Unchained," Quentin Tarantino's next movie, as "SNL" surmises, is "Djesus Uncross," a biblical revenge fantasy that takes everything we love about the director's movies and sets them in the time of Jesus.

The parody is pretty spot-on, and the violence is gratuitous. It's basically everything you want it to be.

Check out the full video after the jump!

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Monsters

The UK trailer for Pixar's upcoming "Monsters University" dropped today, giving us a much bigger look at the scope of the world.

Also, Batman is James Bond in today's Dailies!

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By Hannah Soo Park

"Hansel and Gretel," the original Brothers Grimm tale—you know, the one that involves a cannibalistic witch with a particular bloodlust for lonely, lost children—is, well, pretty darn grim to begin with.

And Tommy Wirkola's film, "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters," seems to get into even darker territory in exploring what might unfold if Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) decided to act on their childhood trauma and kill witches for a living. Throw in the blood-spattering gore, cursing and tongue-in-cheek humor, and we're left with less of a fable and more of a pulpy, R-rated affair.

MTV News caught up with one of the film's stars, Famke Janssen, who discussed the appeal of that unique approach.

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Inglourious Basterds

During the press circuit for "Django Unchained," Quentin Tarantino once again discussed his feeling that his latest film and "Inglourious Basterds" "bespeak a trilogy," one that would need a conclusion.

It was during an interview withe The Root that Tarantino first mentioned a possible candidate for a closing act, a "Basterds" spin-off he tentatively calls "Killer Crow."

As exciting as further adventures of the Basterds sound, we couldn't help but ask the Bear Jew himself, Eli Roth, what he's heard about "Killer Crow" during an interview for the upcoming film "The Last Exorcism: Part II."

Read what Roth had to say about the project after the jump!

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Tarantino

When you're doing promotions for a movie, you're going to answer the same question again and again. If you're Quentin Tarantino, you've been answering the same one for 20 years, and this is how you handle it.

Also, "Lost" gets the RPG it deserves in today's Dailies!

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Pulp Fiction

Everyone knows that Tarantinian dialogue includes a lot of pop culture references, but it's hard to get an idea of just how many nods to movies, TV, and music that QT included over the years. Luckily, there's a video for that.

Also, "Django Unchained" becomes a sitcom on NBC in today's Dailies!

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Tarantino

A few months ago, Quentin Tarantino told Total Film that he believes "Inglourious Basterds" and the recently released "Django Unchained" "bespeak a trilogy," but that he wasn't quite sure what the third leg would be.

Well, he might have an idea now.

In an interview with The Root (via Empire), Tarantino revealed an unused storyline from his longer version of "Basterds" that could make up the third installment of his trilogy.

Learn more about "Killer Crow" after the jump!

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Django Unchained

You've seen our Top Ten of 2012 list, but now let's take a look back at the movies that just missed the cut. These are our Honorable Mentions of 2012.

The absence of Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" from our list of the best movies of 2012 should, unfortunately, be chalked up to not enough of our writers getting a chance to see it ahead of its December 25 release date. Be that as it may, Tarantino's spin on the classic western does deserve some recognition because those of us that did see it couldn't stop raving about it.

When the world first heard that Tarantino was cooking up another historical remix to follow up the triumphant "Inglourious Basterds," there seemed to be universal approval. "A freed slave enlists the help of a skilled German bounty hunter to reclaim his captive wife." It all sounded so perfect, especially when considering that Tarantino would finally get a chance to take a semi-straight forward crack at the western, a genre he's paid homage to dozens of times before.

The casting process boded well for "Django Unchained," with Tarantino bringing on a mix of former collaborators and A-list talent to maximize the potency of his slavery era tale. Jamie Foxx, a man desperately in need of an opportunity to show off his underappreciated acting skills, would go up against Leonardo DiCaprio, who lobbied for Hans Landa in "Basterds" and has clearly yearned for a chance to go bad.

The finished product was everything we could have hoped for, but in some ways, not entirely what we expected. Tarantino, in some respects, toned down his directorial kinetic energy to make a deliberately slower film that hued closer to "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" in its rhythms than to the buzz of his previous works. As he's made a habit of doing, he also pulled career-best performances out of his leads and tickled the audience with his always-on ear for dialogue.

With "Django Unchained," Quentin Tarantino delivered on the promise of his premise and offered up a western worthy of the wait and his ever-more-impressive filmography.

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Django

Wouldn't you know? "Django Unchained" hits theaters on December 25. Considering that fortuitous timing, we thought it wise to suggest some Quentin Tarantino-themed gifts for your holiday season.

This is the "Django Unchained"-Quentin Tarantino gift guide.

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