The Weinstein Co. has decided on a release date for Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained': Christmas Day 2012. 'Django,' which stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson, centers on a slave-turned-bounty hunter on a mission to rescue his wife from her sadistic slavemaster. Will Smith, who had been circling the project, is fading from the scene, and Tarantino is talking to Jamie Foxx, Idris Elba and Chris Tucker to fill the lead role of Django. [Variety]

Relativity Media has picked up distribution rights for the Marc Forster–directed 'Machine Gun Preacher,' and will set a fall release for the film that was to be originally handled by Lionsgate. According to Deadline, "the film is a fact-based drama about Sam Childers, a reformed badass who established an orphanage in war-torn Sudan and then supervised a militia to protect the kids who were being kidnapped to become child soldiers." Gerard Butler plays Childers, and Michelle Monaghan, Michael Shannon, Madeline Carroll, Kathy Baker and Souleymane Sy Savane also star. The high-prestige film -- which Relatively will release in time for Oscar consideration at the end of the year -- is based on Childers' book, 'Another Man's War: The True Story of One Man's Battle to Save Children in the Sudan.' Lionsgate, whose fall schedule is crowded, gave up the film at the request of Forster, who wants it released this year (Lionsgate retains international rights).

Are they hoods or what? Check out the latest 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part II' poster, which has the gang (Harry, Hermione and Ron) steeling themselves for action against the world's worst evil, Voldemort. The kids look tough in a 'West Side Story' kind of way ("When you're a witch, you're a witch all the way") as they head up the army to defend Hogwarts from the bad guys. What's that rubble they're standing in? "It All Ends 7.5."