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All of Tarantino's pop culture references in chronological order -- VIDEO

Quentin Tarantino makes no secret of his encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture. His characters are fountains of obscure movie references and his films themselves are functional homages to bygone genre flicks. Nobody would blame you for getting a little bogged down in all of those trivia bits.

But now, thanks to the diligent folks over at College Humor, you won’t have to. They’ve put together a supercut with all of Tarantino’s pop culture references, and what’s more, they’re arranged in chronological order. So, starting with a nod to silent film star Max Linder in Inglorious Basterds, it works its way through the decades until it screeches to a halt on a Lindsay Lohan comment in Death Proof. Think of it as really profane, rapid-fire history lesson from a distinguished cinephile. Yeah, that’s Tarantino in a nutshell.

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This week's cover: 'Django Unchained' draws its guns

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Welcome back to History 101 with Professor Quentin Tarantino. Please take a seat.

Three years after he rewrote the third act of WWII with Inglourious Basterds (and a full two decades after he first two-hand blasted his way into Hollywood with Reservoir Dogs) Tarantino is back with another film that splices actual history and cinematic history into one outlandish adventure. This time around it’s a mission for love, not country: Django Unchained, in theaters Dec. 25, follows the story of a liberated slave (Jamie Foxx) — aided by a German dentist-turned-bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) — on a quest to save his wife (Kerry Washington) from the clutches of a cruel plantation owner, played by first-time villain Leonardo DiCaprio.
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Classic film posters, 'Toy Story'-style

You’re a film buff, right? Of course you are. But come on, you liked Toy Story. In fact, you loved it. Well, now there’s a chance for your childlike sense of wonder to bump shoulders with your cinephilia.

Graphic designer Jim Tuckwell, who lovingly calls himself a “whore of the arts and digital mercenary,” is the brains behind these pop culture gems. The posters take three classic movies – Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, Oliver Stone’s Platoon, and Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs – and give them a Toy Story spin. Now, Keir Dullea’s look of numinous awe from the cover of 2001 is transposed to Buzz Lightyear. Who would have thought that an action figure was capable of such fear and reverence? See the poster below!

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'Django Unchained': A deep dive into the new trailer for Quentin Tarantino's western

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The latest trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming spaghetti western/blaxploitation homage Django Unchained provides some tantalizing new glimpses of the film’s supporting characters and a few more examples of the director’s hyper-referential sensibility. We’re still a couple months away from the film’s Christmas Day release — what better time to spend an afternoon dissecting individual trailer frames? Warning: Silent movies and Miami Vice will be discussed! READ FULL STORY

Quentin Tarantino fans are primed for today's Comic-Con 'Django' panel

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We walked the Comic-Con Hall H line this morning to meet the die-hard Quentin Tarantino fans waiting to see today’s Django Unchained panel. Tarantino fans are among the most devoted (one person came all the way from Malaysia for the event) and film-literate at SDCC, unlike some…other…passionate fan bases. (Also mixed in among the Hall H line throngs this a.m. were fan boys and girls waiting to see clips from Iron Man 3 and The Hobbit at those upcoming panels.)

The Django Unchained fans we spoke to were most excited about Inglorious Basterds star Christoph Waltz reuniting with Tarantino, and Leonardo DiCaprio breaking type to play the villain. Fans Kelly Greenfield and her son Nick were interested in “a Tarantino spaghetti western with a slave as the bounty hunter.” Rod Paddock noted Tarantino’s love of Sergio Leone, and is curious to see which notes from the 2007 film Sukiyaki Western Django make it into Tarantino’s Django.

Zeke Pinheiro was happy to see Tarantino cast Franco Nero, the protagonist of the 1966 film Django, and though he was nervous “because of [the racial content], this is a tightrope of a film and I can’t wait to see how he walks it.” Another fan, Chloe, said she puts her faith in Tarantino, because “whatever he does is a statement about what he cares about. I’ve never been disappointed by one of his films.”

Check back at EW.com this afternoon for our full report on the panel.

Kevin Costner out of 'Django Unchained.' Whose career should Tarantino resurrect instead?

Any fan of Quentin Tarantino’s body of work knows that the guy loves to spice his movies with actors whose careers could really, really use a shot in the arm (metaphorically speaking). And it looked like for Tarantino’s next film — the period-slave-picture-slash-spaghetti-Western Django Unchained — he’d smiled upon the dimming star of a man who was once the Biggest Movie Star in the World: Kevin Costner. But then, yesterday, Costner dropped out of the film due to an over-crowded schedule (playing Pa Kent in Man of Steel may be enough of a career boost, I suppose).

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With 'Django Unchained,' will 2012 be the Year of Costner?

There’s a story in The Right Stuff where author Tom Wolfe explains why all airline pilots sound like they’re from West Virginia. Turns out a generation of pilots so idolized test pilot Chuck Yeager that they consciously or subconsciously copied everything about him, including his backwoods drawl, and then passed it on to the flyboys they subsequently trained. Well, it’s sort of the same thing with baseball players and Kevin Costner. Walk into any Major League clubhouse or high school dugout, and the lingo, the chatter — and the profanity — can be traced back to one man: Crash Davis. Costner’s fading minor-league catcher was handsome, clever, and worldly, and every kid with dreams of The Show couldn’t help but idolize him and, ultimately, sound like him. More than 20 years after Bull Durham, every ballplayer knows that strikeouts are fascist, and everyone knows without question the one taboo word you can’t say to an umpire. Costner simply was Crash Davis, and though he went on to star in bigger, more successful films, it’s the role that made him a Hall of Famer.

For true Costner fans, then, 2012 is shaping up to be an banner year after more than a decade of misfires and understated performances. (Despite winning supporting roles in Thirteen Days and The Upside of Anger, Costner hasn’t starred in a No. 1 opening film since 1999′s Message in a Bottle.) Not only has he been cast as Superman’s Earthly father, Jonathan Kent, in Zack Snyder’s reboot, but Quentin Tarantino has tabbed him to play one of the slave-driving villains in Django Unchained. READ FULL STORY

Leonardo DiCaprio to try on black hat in 'Django Unchained'?

Any actor will tell you: It’s good to be bad. Playing bad is a hoot, and many actors, like Gary Oldman, built their career on portraying crazy-eyed villains capable of the most vile deeds. Superstar actors, on the other hand, can become handcuffed — if only temporarily — by a certain level of fame after audiences demand a certain heroic or darling character each and every time. Ask Will Smith or Julia Roberts or Clint Eastwood. So it’s admirable and refreshing to hear from Deadline that Leonardo DiCaprio is reportedly in talks to play the villain in Quentin Tarantino’s next film, Django Unchained, the story of an escaped American slave who seeks vengeance on his cruel master. (Both DiCaprio and Tarantino’s reps have yet to respond to EW’s request for comment.) READ FULL STORY

'Community' goes 'Pulp Fiction': Check out the big brain on Jeff!

It makes total sense that Abed is a fan of Quentin Tarantino. Both have minds that are essentially Raiders of the Lost Ark warehouses filled with pop culture ephemera, both make references within references within references, and both can be extremely awkward when faced with the prospect of a normal, straightforward conversation. All of which is why dedicating an entire episode of Community to just making Pulp Fiction jokes would make complete sense and would probably be totally fantastic. But the writers on Community are too clever for that, and as the show progressed, the bespoke suits and gunplay of Pulp Fiction somehow morphed into the beige jackets and wordplay of My Dinner With Andre, combining one of the coolest movies of all time what is likely one of the least cool. (With the exception, of course, of the My Dinner With Andre action figures.) READ FULL STORY

What's the best (and worst) movie to feature an 'Office' cast member?

Office-movie-starsImage Credit: Suzanne HanoverThrow a rock at a movie screen in the next couple of months and there’s a fair chance you’ll hit a film starring someone from The Office. (You’ll also be thrown out of the cinema or, at the very least, be assailed with cries of “Who the hell brings a rock to the movies?” But I digress!) No Strings Attached, with Mindy Kaling, is still in cinemas, and this Friday sees the release of the Ed Helms-starring Cedar Rapids. Two weeks after that arrives Hall Pass, which features one Jenna Fischer. Meanwhile, the mighty Rainn Wilson will soon be seen in both Peep World and Super, the new movie from director James Gunn.

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