Saturday Night Live: Judging the Gladiator

by Ethan Alter November 4, 2013 12:52 pm
<i>Saturday Night Live</i>: Judging the Gladiator

Kerry Washington is the leader of a ring of gladiators on Scandal and she proved to be something of a gladiator herself during her Saturday Night Live hosting stint this past weekend, appearing in a whopping eight skits that called for almost as many wardrobe changes as she typically goes through on an episode her hit ABC series. So it's only appropriate that we're judging Washington's sketches like the emperors of Rome passed life-and-death judgment on their gladiators: with a simple Thumps Up or Thumbs Down.

Quentin Tarantino Gets Back on the Horse with Django Unchained

by Ethan Alter December 20, 2012 6:00 am
Quentin Tarantino Gets Back on the Horse with <i>Django Unchained</i>

Only Quentin Tarantino would be bold (or crazy) enough to make a movie about America's 19th-century slave trade in the style of a blood-soaked spaghetti Western rather than a sober, Lincoln-style prestige picture. But the gambit works -- Django Unchained is a wild, woolly ride, sending its titular slave-turned-bounty hunter (played by Jamie Foxx) on a mission to rescue his wife (Kerry Washington) and taking on the entire institution of slavery in the process. Tarantino and his A-list cast appeared in New York recently and spoke to the press about the origins of the project, what it was like to shoot the movie on an actual plantation and why Django Unchained is ultimately a superhero movie.

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