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.
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.
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.