With The Avengers sequelset to shoot at year’s end, Samuel L. Jackson has been tapped to first lead a film called Barely Lethal being produced by Brett Ratner opposite True Grit’s Hailee Steinfeld. The Nick Fury-player is said to be in final negotiations for a role under the direction of Kyle Newman (Fanboys) reading from a script by John D’Arco. His role in all this will be that of a mentor to a 16-year-old assassin. Of course, you will not have to wait until this or The Avengers to next see Jackson on the big screen. That will come in Spike Lee’s Oldboy which is due out in October. Variety is credited with breaking this story.
While Samuel L. Jackson’s Saturday Night Live curse may have left people curious at whether the FCC would actually fine the actor, he continues to push ahead with his press tour for Django Unchained. Naturally, that was a major piece of conversation when he visited Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, and the Avengers star is still adamant that he did not say the F- word. Needless to say, nobody really cares at the slip because this is Sam Jackson. Having said that, the interview eventually moved on to the new movie including all the Quentin Tarantino film’s Samuel L. Jackson wanted to be a part of but wasn’t. Continue Reading
They may have competing movies each opening on Christmas Day, but Samuel L. Jackson and Anne Hathaway joined up for a holiday-themed Funny or Die video. Don’t worry, the two are both using the appearance to promote their new movies with a gimmick called “The Sad-Off” in which the two stars stump for the film’s right to be the most depressing movie of the season. ”You made a slave house? I thought we were making gingerbread houses.” Continue Reading
Those of you who tuned into Saturday Night Live in the Eastern half of the country this weekend might have noticed Samuel L. Jackson’s cameo performance in a recurring sketch called What’s Up With That? The actor was on the program to promote his role in Django Unchained which opens in theaters on Christmas Day, but that certainly will not be what people remember as an attempt at a faux F- bomb turned into something that sounded more like the actual F- word than anything else. For those of you unfamiliar with the rules of broadcast television, that is a very big no-no.
Fortunately though, Jackson did not actually say what we think he said. The actor took to Twitter to explain that the mess-up was something he said in cutaway a few seconds after that was definitely not on the cue cards: Continue Reading
This bit of news should not come off as surprising to those following every bit of Avengers news that slips out of Marvel Studios. Nick Fury will not be appearing in Iron Man 3 or Thor: The Dark World for that matter. While the former was confirmed by studio head Kevin Feige at the beginning of the week, the latter was still in question. Basically, Samuel L. Jackson’s next turn as the leader of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be on Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Seeing how we already knew about Scarlett Johansson and Cobie Smulders reprising their roles as The Black Widow and Maria Hill respectfully, this was very much expected to be the case.
In a sense, today’s publication of this news straight from the actor’s mouth courtesy of Total Film is proliferating for confirmation purposes. There are a flood of rumors revolving around these comic book properties in the run-up to production, and it is always good to get something squarely identifying as ‘happening.’ The most high-profile one that got quite a few believers was that Maria Hill would be in the next Iron Man movie simply because the How I Met Your Mother actress who plays her tweeted out she was in North Carolina during the same time of the film’s production. It turns out she was simply there shooting a much smaller project called Safe Haven. Continue Reading
Before The Avengers hit theaters back in May, having Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury in all of the franchise’s sub-parts was not that big of a deal. It seemed like a marketing gimmick designed to create some vein sense of attachment from film to film, so fans would feel compelled to see the lesser-respected Thor and Captain America. The low-point of all this was clearly its overt nature in Iron Man 2 which was considered to be somewhat harmful to the film’s overall quality–something that Marvel Studios Head Kevin Feige would not like to see replayed with the franchise’s next outing.
Speaking with Empire, Feige shed some light on the extent of cross-pollination between The Avengers and Iron Man going forward, and what he said pretty much validates this belief. The producer basically says that no one special is showing up, and that he thinks Iron Man can carry the full load on his shoulders without the help of S.H.I.E.L.D. Continue Reading
A new political ad just debuted with Samuel L. Jackson parodying his own viral Go the F- to Sleep audio book. This time, under the title Wake the F- Up, the veteran actor has a political agenda aimed at getting disillusioned Barack Obama supporters mobilized. Sure, the country isn’t great, but his point is that Obama’s actions speak louder than the opposition’s vague promises. Whether that is really the case is your call, but it is still pretty damn entertaining to see the Pulp Fiction star use his profane talent for something he cares about. Enjoy.
MGM’s remake of RoboCop is finding itself quite the cast. The latest to join Jose Padihla’s adaptation of the franchise is Samuel L. Jackson who is hot off his portrayal of Nick Fury in Marvel’s The Avengers. Continue Reading
Samuel L. Jackson has picked up yet another basic cable hosting gig. This time around it will be for the Spike TV Video Game Awards in December, but if you cannot wait that long to see Nick Fury on television keep in mind that he is set to host the BET Awards on July 12. Continue Reading
Check out the latest iPhone 4S commercials. They use New Girl star Zooey Deschanel and Samuel L. Jackson to promote the smartphone, but really they are promoting the utilization of Siri. The feature has been a bit controversial as many considered it to be a mere novelty act with no real added benefit beyond screwing around when the device is first purchased. Apple is hedging its bets though in that Siri might provide their product with a unique advantage over rival smartphones, so it is in their best interest to get people using it even if that means teaching the public how it is done.
Check out these new clips from The Avengers. The first one features Tom Hiddleston’s Loki imprisoned by S.H.I.E.L.D. and bantering with Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury. The second one is a bit more engaging though as it pits Robert Downey, Jr.’s Iron Man against Christ Hemsworth’s Thor. Good times.
Additional cast members includes Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Cobie Smulders, Jeremy Renner, and Chris Evans among others. Directing is Joss Whedon. Look for the film to hit theaters on May 4.
Samuel L. Jackson has another low-budget feature coming out in the form of The Samaritan. Be prepared to see this one out of the theater as it has a limited release coinciding with The Avengers on May 4.
Samuel L. Jackson is continuing to prove that he is not above the on-demand release every now and then if it means stat padding his IMDB profile. His latest film is called Meeting Evil, and it pits the actor as a villain alongside a disillusioned family man played by Luke Wilson. The trailer just hit the net this past week, and by the looks of it you can probably tell why the Chris Fisher-directed film will not be getting a nationwide release. On-demand availability starts March 30 with a limited theatrical run planned for May.