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Legendary actor Larenz Tate is super busy right now promoting his new USA show Rush along with the film Gun Hill, but luckily we both just happened to be in the same VH1 elevator on the same day. Whew!!!
I mean, he’s been one of my favorite actors since way back in his Menace II Society days, so how could I Not freak out? 20 years later and he still looks good — thanks to the apparent vampire blood running through his veins. (Whatever works, right?) I never thought I’d stalk him in an elevator, let alone get acting lessons and advice on how to play twins. Awesome! I think meeting Larenz Tate defiantly counts as a life moment for me. Woohoo!!!!
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Samuel L. Jackson has been a Jedi, an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., a Pixar hero and a Menace II Society. But his greatest role, arguably, is that of Jules Winnfield in Quentin Tarantino.s Pulp Fiction. Those who remember every line of dialogue in Tarantino.s masterpiece likely can recite the passage Jules would reserve for those he was about to kill . and according to this clip (above) from The Graham Norton Show, Samuel L. Jackson remembers it word for word, as well. Writing like that helped Pulp Fiction win its sole Oscar at the Academy Awards, though Samuel L. Jackson did receive a nod in the Best Actor in a Supporting Role category (where he lost to Martin Landau in Tim Burton.s gleefully bizarre Ed Wood). It.s fun to learn that actors hold on to memorable dialogue over time (so they can end »
The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. There will be a quiz later. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “Sleepaway Camp” — Scott Tobias at The Dissolve celebrates the cult majesty of the horror film footnote perhaps most famous for its shock value. “One of the many great comic sidebars to Sleepaway Camp is Arawak’s cigar-chomping, skirt-chasing, pastel-ensconced leader (Mike Kellin), who frets, after three corpses and counting, that no one will want to send their kids to Camp Arawak anymore. There’s really no end to the strange revelations and bits of business, some of which are foregrounded, and other of which demand repeat viewings.” “Why Mad Men Ended Its Season With a Lie” — Katey Rich at Vanity Fair digs into the all-singing, all-dancing, all-suited sales pitch that the best things in life are free. “Do Filmmakers Ever Change Their Mind About Their Own Documentary?” — Chris Campbell »
- Scott Beggs
Twenty years ago today, Quentin Tarantino and Harvey Weinstein unveiled the filmmaker’s sophomore movie — an ambitious anthology of crime stories, all interconnected and metatextualized — at a late Saturday night screening at the Cannes Film Festival. A little over three hours later, as the crowd staggered out of the Palais des Festivals, they knew they had an audience favorite on their hands. Soon, they would be able to add Palme d’Or winner, Best Picture Oscar nominee, the first indie film to break the $100 million mark, a gamechanger and a modern classic to the list. »
The video team here at HitFix constantly impresses me with not only the volume of work that they produce, but also the quality. We've gotten very lucky with the people we've hired, and they make any of our collaborations both easy and fun. Last week, they approached me about a new ongoing feature that they wanted to do, and tomorrow, we're going to shoot the first episode of "Ask Drew," which is exactly what it sounds like. I am constantly asked questions via e-mail and Twitter and in our comments section, and I feel like I never fully answer all of them, something that makes me feel terrible. I am grateful for each and every reader of the work we do here at HitFix, and if I can answer something, I try to. To that end, we are going to try something a little different here starting tomorrow. I want »
- Drew McWeeny
Is it just me or are the MTV Movie Awards trying to be a little more respectable? Yeah, stuff like "Identity Thief" and "We're the Millers" picked up multiple nominations this morning, but prestige Oscar players "American Hustle" and "The Wolf of Wall Street" led the field with eight each, besting even "The Hunger Games." And Best Picture Oscar winner "12 Years a Slave" is in there for Movie of the Year. Color me surprised, that's all. No, no one around here is taking the MTV Movie Awards too seriously. I find myself endlessly fascinated by them, though, as a marker for, I don't know, youth progression? The "Twilight" years are thankfully behind us and we can all be happy for that (and boy was it a s**t-show for fans of that franchise when the final installment was mostly snubbed last year). The "Hunger Games" era doesn't seem to be so oppressive, »
- Kristopher Tapley
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