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Why Sidney Poitier’s ‘Stir Crazy’ Is Still the Most Successful Movie Ever Made By a Black Director

12 May 2017 9:45 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In the history of black filmmaking, “Stir Crazy” is rarely cited as a groundbreaker or an enduring high point. However, Sidney Poitier’s 1980 comedy sold more tickets in North America than “The Fate of the Furious,” or any other film by a black director.

Poitier’s career has included multiple breakout moments. He was the first black lead acting Oscar winner with “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner;” he starred in two blockbuster films in 1967 with “To Sir With Love” (over $300 million, adjusted gross) and “In the Heat of the Night” ($177 million, adjusted gross). He was, more than even Denzel Washington or any other black actor-turned-director, an icon of cinema when he made “Stir Crazy.” And it was this film, more than any other, that found access to all domestic audiences.

That said, it’s a film that doesn’t have the resonance of other historical blockbusters like “Gone With the Wind, »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Gears Of War Adaptation Locks Down Avatar Writer

4 May 2017 8:50 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

There’s been talk of a Gears of War film almost since the time the first game hit the original Xbox back in the mid-2000s. And it makes sense. The game has a very cinematic style, and its hard-action, testosterone-fueled leads very much lends itself to the medium. Of course, like almost every other video game franchise under the sun, there have been some…delays in the development process. 

For whatever reason, an actual Gears of War film has had a hard time getting off the ground. Scripts were written, scripts were rewritten, budgets were raised an scaled back, and every so often we get news of them taking another crack at the franchise. It’s all very much par for the course for most video game adaptations. 

Related: Tomb Raider - Synopsis & First Look At Alicia Vikander As Lara Croft!

When last we heard (which was last October »

- Joseph Medina

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Gears Of War Movie Picks Up Steam After Recruiting Avatar Scribe

4 May 2017 7:22 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Video games are fun. Movies are fun. But when the two combine to produce a live-action feature film – or, by the same token, a tie-in video game in the vein of The Chronicles Of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay – the results often range from disastrous to flat-out disappointment.

2016 was no exception, either, after the back-to-back flops of Assassin’s Creed and Duncan Jones’ budding franchise-starter, Warcraft: The Beginning. There have been rumblings of potential sequels for both blockbusters, but without any tangible development in almost six months, the thought of revisiting the Animus – and indeed the mystical realm of Azeroth – is about to be chalked up as wishful thinking.

But if Hollywood executives have been deterred by those box office bombs, it doesn’t show; The Division and the Alicia Vikander-fronted Tomb Raider are just two examples of high-profile video game movies incubating in development, and Deadline brings »

- Michael Briers

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Gears of War Movie Brings in Avatar Sequel Writer

3 May 2017 6:06 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Now that the long-awaited Gears of War movie found a studio home at Universal last October, the project is finally starting to come together. Universal has brought on screenwriter Shane Salerno, who co-wrote all four upcoming Avatar sequels with James Cameron, to work on on the screenplay. Dylan Clark will produce through his Universal-based production company, although no director is set in stone quite yet.

When Universal announced their partnership with The Coalition, the Microsoft-based company that develops the video game franchise, it was revealed that the movie wouldn't be based on a specific game in the Gears of War franchise, but an original story set in this established universe. Deadline broke the news of Shane Salerno coming aboard to write the script, but no story details have been given as of yet. This popular video game franchise has had a long road to the big screen, but now »

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Filmmaker John Singleton Rides the Peak TV Wave to Recharge His Career

22 March 2017 10:05 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Uber driver can’t come fast enough for John Singleton.

The filmmaker is hopping between studio lots in Hollywood on a warm afternoon in early November as he tends to the two drama series he’s launching this year: Bet’s “Rebel” and FX’s “Snowfall.”

At the Lot complex just off Formosa, Singleton is working with longtime collaborators on the sound mix and other post-production touches for the two-hour telepic that will introduce “Rebel” on March 28. In a nutshell, the series, Singleton explains, is “ ‘Shaft’ with a black woman.”

After reviewing the progress on “Rebel,” Singleton, 49, hurries out to the street, searching for the Uber while talking a blue streak, punctuated by a distinctive high-pitched giggle when he really wants to make a point. He’s revved up about the promise of the series and the breakout potential of his star, Danielle Moné Truitt.

“I call it film noir with neo soul, neo »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Samuel L. Jackson Would Rather Do John Wick 3 Than a Nick Fury Movie

16 March 2017 11:30 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Though Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D. has had a good run on ABC, there has always been talk of Samuel L. Jackson getting his own stand-alone Nick Fury movie. But guess what? The actor doesn't seem so interested in that. And he has a better idea. He wants to co-star in John Wick 3.

Samuel L. Jackson hasn't ever really held the same kind of 'franchise viagra' mantra that fueled Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson's path to superstardom, but he has appeared in his fare share of sequels, outside of the Marvel universe. After becoming a true household name with his appearance in Pulp Fiction, Jackson immediately took on a key role in Die Hard 3. He also brought quite a bit of gravitas to the Star Wars prequels as Mace Windu. And he's a permanent fixture in the xXx movies. Now, he wants in on John Wick's territory. »

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Samuel L. Jackson Performs His Film Career in 10 Minutes (Watch)

9 March 2017 11:26 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

With an illustrious career and over 150 acting credits, Samuel L. Jackson is no stranger to performing. Yet, on Wednesday night’s episode of “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” Jackson had the pressure of the host’s “Role Call” segment. Together, Jackson and Corden reenacted over two dozen of Jackson’s most iconic films… all in 10 minutes.

In white jersey T-shirts and black blazers, Corden asked Jackson, “Do you think we would be able to recreate some of those films right here, right now?”

“I don’t see why not,” Jackson replied before the duo embarked on a cinematic journey from “Goodfellas” to “Jurassic Park,” “Shaft” to “The Incredibles” and “Jackie Brown” to “Star Wars.”

Switching wigs and swapping ties and jackets at super speed, Jackson and Corden began with the 1994 film “Pulp Fiction” and ended with “Soul Men.” They were also sure to plug Jackson’s upcoming film “Kong: Skull Island,” which »

- Dani Levy

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Watch Samuel L. Jackson Revive His Pulp Fiction and Jurassic Park Characters

9 March 2017 11:23 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

One of the regular features on The Late Late Show With James Corden is called Role Call, where the host will recreate a number of iconic scenes with his guest that evening. Earlier this week, the iconic Samuel L. Jackson appeared on the show, and being the good sport that he is, agreed to take part in that night's Role Call, where the actor revisited his beloved Jules Winnfield character from Quentin Tarantino's indie classic Pulp Fiction. Throughout this 11-minute video, the star revisited a number of his most indelible performances, with the help of some props, wigs and fake backdrops.

The 11-minute video was posted on The Late Late Show's YouTube page, which begins with Jules Winnfield's iconic Biblical speech, and has James Corden playing the role of John Travolta's Vincent Vega. They then quickly transition to another early scene in the film where Vincent Vega »

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Samuel L Jackson Acts Out His Entire Film Career in 11 Minutes With James Corden (Video)

9 March 2017 6:37 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The great Samuel L. Jackson joined James Corden on Wednesday’s “Late Late Show” to relive his entire film career in about 11 minutes. Of course, the whole thing had to start with that incredible Biblical scene and dialogue from “Pulp Fiction.” Corden’s John Travolta didn’t have much to do but stand there — until the Royale With Cheese talk started in a live bonus clip. “Shaft,” “Coming to America,” “A Time to Kill,” “Do the Right Thing,” “Jurassic Park” and so, so many more movies from Jackson’s lengthy filmography were represented in the equally long sketch. Also Read: Samuel L Jackson Criticizes. »

- Tony Maglio

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See Samuel L. Jackson Reenact Violent Film Career With James Corden

9 March 2017 6:04 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

James Corden and Samuel L. Jackson reenacted Jackson's extensive filmography on The Late Late Show on Wednesday. While Corden played everything from Yoda, a shark, a T-Rex to a snake, Jackson delivered countless iconic lines from his career.

The actors opened with Pulp Fiction. First, Corden stood in an ill-fitting wig while Jackson quoted scripture. Then, the backdrop behind the two men transformed and Corden played John Travolta's character, Vincent Vega, instructing Jackson how to ask for a Quarter Pounder with cheese in Paris.

Cartoonish violence was the main »

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Samuel L. Jackson, James Corden Recreate Pulp Fiction, Jurassic Park, Snakes on a Plane, Django and More

9 March 2017 4:56 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

There’s no question what’s in Samuel L. Jackson’s wallet once you realize that the ubiquitous film star has been in practically every movie.

On Wednesday, Jackson — who is currently promoting Kong: Skull Island — partook in The Late Late Show With James Corden‘s signature “Role Call” segment, which enlists A-list talent to revisit their filmography via green-screen-enhanced reenactments all shot in one take.

VideosTom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., Corden Recreate Jerry Maguire, Top Gun, Mission: Impossible and More

In total, Jackson and Corden “recreated” scenes (or, in the case of his work as Nick Fury in the Marvel films, »

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Samuel L. Jackson Acts Out His Film Career in 10 Minutes With James Corden

9 March 2017 4:55 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Samuel L. Jackson has played a lot of iconic characters. With more than 100 film credits to his name, Jackson reenacted just a small fraction of his most memorable scenes of all time when he appeared on CBS' The Late Late Show Wednesday. With a little help from host James Corden, Jackson ran through his oeuvre, reviving characters from Goodfellas, Jackie Brown, Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Negotiator, Shaft and many more. Jackson began by (mis)quoting Ezekiel 25:17, just as his character Jules Winnfield did in 1994's Pulp Fiction. "The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and »

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Samuel L. Jackson Acts Out His Film Career With James Corden in 10 Minutes: From ‘Pulp Fiction’ to ‘Star Wars’

9 March 2017 1:51 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

The Late Late Show had to do a lot of language censoring on Wednesday night! Host James Corden and actor Samuel L. Jackson acted out Jackson’s extensive career in just 10 minutes.

More: Samuel L. Jackson Wants to Take the Title of Highest-Grossing Actor Back From Harrison Ford

Turns out, Jackson’s characters are mostly foul-mouthed and often wield weapons.

The pair acted out Pulp Fiction, The Hateful Eight, Jurassic Park, Unbreakable, Django Unchained, Soul Man, his Star Wars films, Shaft, Goodfellas, his Avengers films, and more.

When Corden attempted to impersonate Vin Diesel in XXX, Jackson broke character, laughing at the Brit’s impression.

“That’s your Vin Diesel?” Jackson asked laughing, getting Corden to repeat the line several times.

Watch: Exclusive: Samuel L. Jackson Doesn't Like 'Star Wars' Fan Theory About Mace Windu Becoming Snoke

With more than 170 acting credits to his name, Jackson certainly keeps busy and is passionate about his work »

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Blu-ray Review – Willie Dynamite (1974)

6 February 2017 5:40 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Willie Dynamite, 1974.

Directed by Gilbert Moses.

Starring Roscoe Orman, Diana Sands, Thalmas Rasulala, Joyce Walker, George Murdock, and Juanita Brown.

Synopsis :

Willie Dynamite is the flashiest pimp in New York with all the glitz and glamour that the high life can offer. But can a tough social worker help change his mercenary ways?

Less well known than Blaxploitation big hitters such as Shaft and Superfly, Willie Dynamite is nevertheless well worth checking out for anyone looking for some classic 70’s pimp action street level cinema. With all the garish and wild gangster outfits, sweet funk and soul sounds and deadpan humour associated with the genre, this is an entertaining romp through urban grit laced with a jewel encrusted edge.

Following the titular lead as he prowls around the city dressed in the finest threads that prostitution can buy, the film is an interesting mix of social commentary and crime action. »

- Robert W Monk

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Blu-ray Review – Willie Dynamite (1974)

6 February 2017 1:55 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Willie Dynamite, 1974.

Directed by Gilbert Moses.

Starring Roscoe Orman, Diana Sands, Thalmus Rasulala, Joyce Walker, George Murdock, and Albert Hall.

Synopsis:

Willie Dynamite is the number two pimp in the city who is desperate to be number one, and a prostitute-turned-social worker is determined to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Michael Jai White’s 2009 comedy Black Dynamite is a brilliant spoof on the whole blaxploitation genre, taking in the bling, the street dialect, copious amounts of totally gratuitous (but extremely welcome nonetheless) nudity, over-the-top characters, a kung-fu fight with Richard Nixon and intrusive boom mics galore, all presented with a knowing wink from everyone involved. If you haven’t seen it then it is highly recommended that you do, if only to marvel at a 21st century comedy that doesn’t rely on being gross for laughs. With that in mind, you would hope that Willie Dynamite – a 1974 blaxploitation »

- Amie Cranswick

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Giveaway – Win Willie Dynamite on Dual Format

3 February 2017 12:15 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

To celebrate the release of Willie Dynamite – out Dual Format 6th Feb. 2017 – we are giving away a copy courtesy of Arrow Video!

He’S Tight, Together, And Mean.

“The hands-down winner of the all-out best blaxploitation movie of the seventies,” declares author and artist Darius James in That’s Blaxploitation! Willie Dynamite may not be as well-known as John Shaft, Sweet Sweetback or Super Fly’s Youngblood Priest, but he certainly deserves to be.

Who is Willie Dynamite? He’s the flashiest pimp in New York – he drives a personalised purple-and-gold Cadillac and wears some of the most eye-catching outfits ever seen on a cinema screen. He wants to be number one, but with the police, the D.A., fellow pimps and a tough-talking social worker on his tail, can a man as arrogant and amoral as Willie D avoid a downfall?

Willie Dynamite competes with the best of blaxploitation on all levels. »

- Gary Collinson

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Competition: Win ‘Willie Dynamite’ from Arrow Video

1 February 2017 7:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

To celebrate the release of Willie Dynamite – out Dual Format 6th Feb. 2017 – we are giving away a copy courtesy of Arrow Video!

He’S Tight, Together, And Mean. “The hands-down winner of the all-out best blaxploitation movie of the seventies,” declares author and artist Darius James in That’s Blaxploitation! Willie Dynamite may not be as well-known as John Shaft, Sweet Sweetback or Super Fly’s Youngblood Priest, but he certainly deserves to be.

Who is Willie Dynamite? He’s the flashiest pimp in New York – he drives a personalised purple-and-gold Cadillac and wears some of the most eye-catching outfits ever seen on a cinema screen. He wants to be number one, but with the police, the D.A., fellow pimps and a tough-talking social worker on his tail, can a man as arrogant and amoral as Willie D avoid a downfall?

Willie Dynamite competes with the best of blaxploitation on all levels. »

- Phil Wheat

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Shaft reboot lands Ride Along director

22 January 2017 9:49 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Jan 23, 2017

The latest movie reboot of 1971’s Shaft has taken some steps forward, with the reveal that Tim Story has been hired to direct the new film.

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Story sprung to prominence when he directed the two Fantastic Four movies in the 2000s, before enjoying more box office joys with Ride Along and Ride Along 2. A third Ride Along movie is also said to be in development.

However, Story now has to juggle Shaft on his docket somewhere, with the new film rumoured to be a complete reboot, severing any ties to the Richard Roundtree-headlined original films, or John Singleton’s 2000 continuation, that starred Samuel L Jackson.

There’s no word yet on when the new Shaft will land, but »

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Tim Story to direct the Shaft reboot

22 January 2017 6:45 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Deadline is reporting that Tim Story (Fantastic Four, Ride Along) has signed on to direct New Line Cinema’s Shaft reboot, which has been scripted by Kenya Barris (Black-ish) and Alex Barnow (The Goldbergs).

Although plot details are being kept under wraps, it is said that “the idea is to reinvigorate the franchise with a focus on the son of the cool private eye who always finds himself navigating the gray terrain between the law and organized crime in New York City.”

The original Shaft was released in 1971 and starred Richard Roundtree as private eye John Shaft. Roundtree returned for two sequels – Shaft’s Big Score and Shaft in Africa – along with a shortlived CBS TV series; he also reprised the role in 2000’s Shaft, which saw Samuel L. Jackson taking the lead as his nephew. »

- Gary Collinson

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Shaft Reboot Gets Fantastic Four Director Tim Story

20 January 2017 3:07 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Back in February 2015, New Line Cinema announced they were developing a Shaft remake, with John Davis producing through his Davis Entertainment company. At the time, no writer or director had been attached to the project, but that has all changed. Today a new report claims that Tim Story is in negotiations to direct, from a script by Black-ish creator Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow. This report also confirms that the project will follow another relative of Richard Roundtree's original title character.

Deadline reports that New Line plans to "reinvigorate" the franchise by focusing this reboot on the son of John Shaft, who is navigating the murky area between law enforcement and organized crime in New York City. No specific plot details were revealed, but this format could potentially allow Richard Roundtree to return as John Shaft, and Samuel L. Jackson to also come back as his nephew, also named John Shaft. »

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