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How did Samuel L Jackson become the highest-grossing film star of all time?

28 October 2011 3:48 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Jackson's movies, ranging from Pulp Fiction to Snakes on a Plane, have grossed $7.4bn in total. So does it pay to be cool?

Who do you think is the highest-grossing movie star of all time? Tom Cruise? Arnold Schwarzenegger? John Wayne, perhaps? A woman? You couldn't be any more wrong. In fact, the Guinness Book of Records has just declared that it's actually Samuel L Jackson. In total, his films have grossed $7.4bn (£4.6bn), putting him way above any of his co-workers, living or dead.

But how has he managed this remarkable feat? Was it luck? Good choices? The strength of his ability? Let's find out how to become the highest-grossing movie star in history, the Samuel L Jackson way ...

Step one: Never stop making films

Since playing the part of Stan in 1972's Together for Days, Samuel L Jackson has featured in over 100 movies. The man is a machine. »

- Stuart Heritage

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TV News: AMC Renews ‘Breaking Bad’ For Fifth, Final Season

14 August 2011 6:40 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – AMC just announced that they have come to terms with creator Vince Gilligan to bring his smash hit and Emmy winner “Breaking Bad” back to the network for a 16-episode fifth season, which will also, as has been widely rumored, be the program’s last. Premiere date has yet to be determined for the Bryan Cranston drama but Charlie Collier, President of AMC, said production would start in early 2012, so it seems likely that the final season will be airing a year from now. The fourth season is currently underway.

Breaking Bad: Season Four

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The fourth season premiere of “Breaking Bad” premiered on Sunday, July 18th to series-high ratings. This critically-acclaimed season has continued to perform with overall ratings at 30% above season three and an amazing 45% more in the key demo of adults 18-34.

Collier said, “From the day we heard Vince Gilligan’s completely original vision for ‘Breaking Bad, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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