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.
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).
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.