Quentin Tarantino‘s imaginative and bawdy faux-historical exorcising of demons past will continue this Christmas, in the form of Django Unchained. If Inglourious Basterds was Tarantino’s biggest domestic hit to date, this one seems to have the ability to track right along in its wake — swagger, gunplay and extracted vengeance against unambiguously despicable villains.
For an actor whose legacy status could have likely afforded him much easier paths, Colin Hanks has embraced a wide range of projects, giving example to the pursuit of a life in the arts as one big, unending education. His latest film is High School, in which he plays an assistant principal, Brandon Ellis, to Michael Chiklis’ bewigged, obsessively authoritarian principal. When the school’s would-be valedictorian (Matt Bush) takes his first and only hit of marijuana before a school-wide drug test that promises to cost him his academic standing, he and his estranged stoner pal (Christopher Marquette) set out to spike and spoil the test results by getting all their classmates unwittingly stoned. I had a chance to speak to Hanks one-on-one recently, about the movie and his own high school experience, his embrace of Twitter, and crushing the spirits of Seth Rogen in this fall’s The Guilt Trip. Oh, and FourLoko. The conversation is excerpted over at ShockYa, so click here for the read.