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Will Smith Circling Lead Role In Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

  • By The Playlist
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  • May 6, 2011 12:51 PM
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Samuel L. Jackson Closing In On Role Of Evil Plantation Owner's Right-Hand SlaveHere's a surprise move we weren't initially expecting, though perhaps thinking on it a beat it makes sense. Will Smith has apparently emerged as Quentin Tarantino's top choice to play the lead character in his slavery/Spaghetti Western epic, "Django Unchained."

We Read It: Casting Quentin Tarantino's Slavery/Spaghetti Western Epic 'Django Unchained'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 5, 2011 4:28 AM
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You’ll recall in 2008 we did, what we thought, was a very good job of casting Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” (some of us are still convinced our picks were better than Q.T.’s, but that’s another story). And unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Tarantino has recently finished his latest script, one entitled “Django Unchained.” So yes, we’re at it again.

Times Square Set Photos Reveals Nick Fury Will Be In 'Captain America: The First Avenger'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 25, 2011 12:58 PM
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In Semi-Related News, Sun Rises In East, Sets In WestBit by bit, we're moving towards the hugely ambitious endgame of the first wave of Marvel's self-produced pictures. We've had two "Iron Man" films and an "Incredible Hulk," and they're soon to be joined by "Thor" (look out for our review coming in the next 24 hours) and "Captain America: The First Avenger," while "The Avengers," the Joss Whedon-helmed epic that'll team the heroes of all four franchises, starts filming this very day, ahead of its release a year from now.

Weekend Box Office: 'Rio' Defeats 'Madea' Before The Summer Onslaught Begins

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 24, 2011 4:56 AM
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Hollywood doesn’t really recognize the seasons as clearly as you. Which is why even though you’re in school, summer begins in May, and even though you still have a full month of spring, that period usually closes in Hollywood around this time every year. In 2011, “summer” is beginning even earlier with next week’s release of “Fast Five,” sure to be the year’s biggest opener, which means that “Rio” effectively gets its licks in before the hot season begins, scoring a second straight weekend at #1 with a $26 million take.

Samuel L. Jackson Is 'The Samaritan'; Val Kilmer Takes 'The First Ride Of Wyatt Earp'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 17, 2011 10:00 AM
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Listen, there is no doubt that Samuel L. Jackson and Val Kilmer are solid actors, and given the right material and talent to work with, they are some of the finest thesps in the game. Unfortunately, both are prone to taking on dubious projects (though the latter far more often than the former) and news comes today of two projects that find the actors swinging for mediocrity.

Review: 'The Sunset Limited' Is A Lot Of Talk, Talk, Talk

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 11, 2011 3:39 AM
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Cormac McCarthy + Tommy Lee Jones + Samuel L. Jackson. Do we have your attention? Well, it certainly caught ours as those three names alone would get us curious about whatever it is they're involved with, but if you're expecting a dusty western or grim gothic tale you're going to be in for a bit of surprise. "The Sunset Limited" is based on McCarthy's play and its conceit is quite simple: two guys in an apartment talking about all the fun stuff like religion, death and whether human nature is defaulted to suffering or happiness. So maybe this isn't too outside of McCarthy's regular wheelhouse.

Cobie Smulders In Negotiations To Play Maria Hill in 'The Avengers'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 5, 2011 4:13 AM
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Tom Hiddleston Confirmed To Be Coming Back As LokiThat was quick. Just two days ago we were discussing the new frontrunners for the role that turns out to be SHIELD Agent Maria Hill, the sidekick for Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury character in Marvel's "The Avengers" film (for a second there we were thinking they'd turn this character into the Wasp). Names included Mary Elizabeth Winstead (”Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World”), “V” star Morena Baccarin (who also starred in 'Avengers' director Joss Whedon‘s “Firefly” and the film “Serenity”), Jessica Lucas (”Cloverfield”) and Cobie Smulders.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Morena Baccarin & More Shortlisted For Nick Fury Sidekick In 'The Avengers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 3, 2011 6:38 AM
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Well, that was fast. Last night Samuel L. Jackson hit "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" and confirmed that Nick Fury would be in both "Captain America: The First Avenger" and "Thor." He also dropped the bomb that tomorrow, he was going to be screentesting with actresses for some kind of companion role in the upcoming "The Avengers" telling Fallon, "I gotta screen test like five actresses on Friday. They have this new character that’s my sidekick or something, that’s with me all the time."

Samuel L. Jackson Keeps Yelling At Tommy Lee Jones In 'Sunset Limited' Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 26, 2011 12:24 AM
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Dear god, man. It looks like Al Pacino has some official competition the category of Dudes Who Think Barking Their Lines In Movies Is Acting.

Liev Schreiber & Samuel L. Jackson Circle Brad Anderson's 'Jack'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 29, 2010 9:36 AM
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Last spring, a new film from "Machinist" director Brad Anderson was announced. Titled, "Jack," the project had John Cusack set to star in the film that told the story of a doctor who falls in love with the titular character who they have been assigned to rehabilitate after an accident. When memories begin to surface of his murderous past though, the man must decide whether to make a new start with his new love or embrace the killer within.

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