Two years ago, Salma Hayek bemoaned her status with major Hollywood studios, telling the Associated Press, “I think they don’t want me, but I don’t really care.” Since getting that gripe off her chest, however, there’s no denying Hayek has had a helluva run. And this month, she manages to steal some of the best moments from rival scene-chewers Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson in the new action-comedy, “The Hitman’s Bodyguard.”
Daniel Kaluuya, the British actor and star of Jordan Peele‘s hit horror movie Get Out, defended his casting in the film that explores racial issues in the U.S. While Jackson defended his remarks as not a criticism of black British actors but just a question about Hollywood, Kaluuya, who rose to fame in the U.K. on TV shows such as Skins and Babylon and will soon appear in Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther and was recently cast as the lead in Steve McQueen‘s Widows, addressed the complaint. “Big up Samuel L. Jackson, because here’s a guy who has broken down doors.
With diversity in the movies still its hottest topic, Tim Burton has been grilled on why his latest movie, ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’, features almost entirely white actors. Aside from the inclusion of Samuel L. Jackson as the villain character Barron, the casting is notable for its lack of diversity. Asked about the move, Burton told Bustle: “Nowadays, people are talking about it more.
Hollywood descended upon Las Vegas last week for CinemaCon, where the major studios screened never-seen-before movie footage and brought out their big-name stars. The exhibitor convention, formerly known as ShoWest, is all about celebrating the theatrical experience — and also finding ways to improve it.
Quentin Tarantino the activist may have spent the last few weeks squabbling with police departments around the nation, but Quentin Tarantino the filmmaker has come out guns ablaze with the full trailer for The Hateful Eight. The Oscar-winner’s eighth full feature returns to the old west, the setting of his 2012 hit Django Unchained, and its plot — about a group of shifty strangers trapped in a room — shares story DNA with his directorial debut, Reservoir Dogs. They aren’t named — and who knows if they will be in the film — but their code names are catchy: There’s the Bounty Hunter (Samuel L. Jackson), The Hangman (Kurt Russell), The Confederate (Bruce Dern), The Sheriff (Walton Goggins), The Mexican (Demian Bichir), The Little Man (Tim Roth), The Cow Puncher (Michael Madsen), and The Prisoner (Jennifer Jason Leigh).
Like famished dogs, Quentin Tarantino fans are chowing down on every new detail from his upcoming Western ‘The Hateful Eight.’ Judging from the first trailer, the movie will not disappoint those who have come to expect the auteur’s trademark mix of gunplay and wordplay. (Though don’t expect much talking from Jennifer Jason Leigh, who plays a tight-lipped, black-eyed prisoner named Daisy Domergue.) Here, you can browse through the full set of character posters for the film, opening Christmas Day, to whet your appetite.
In an interview for New York magazine’s Fall Preview issue, Jackson described how he flubbed his 1991 audition for Tarantino’s debut feature. The actor, fresh off his acclaimed performance in Jungle Fever, showed up to his Reservoir Dogs audition with the understanding that he’d be reading with Tim Roth and Harvey Keitel.
X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn’s new spy film, Kingsman: The Secret Service, has been one of the quiet success stories of early 2015 — except in South Korea, where the cartoonishly violent flick starring Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson has become a breakout hit and cultural sensation. Since its mid-February release, the R-rated action movie has made $298 million worldwide, with nearly $40 million of that coming in South Korea. The film, which was adapted from a 2012 comic book by prolific writer Mark Millar, features youngster Taron Egerton as a street-wise kid who gets recruited into a top secret spy agency in the UK by Colin Firth.