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AMC TO AIR SAMUEL L. JACKSON TRIBUTE December 4, 2008

 

For the seventh time, AMC will broadcast the 23rd annual American Cinematheque Awards, which this year honored the film career of Samuel L. Jackson.

 

      The special will premiere Tuesday (Dec. 9) at 10 p.m. ET as ” Hollywood Celebrates Samuel L. Jackson: An American Cinematheque Tribute.”

 

       Many of Jackson’s colleagues and past co-stars were in attendance to help celebrate his cinematic accomplishments, including Denzel Washington, Justin Timberlake, George Lopez, Andy Garcia and Sharon Stone.      

      One running theme of the evening was guessing what the “L” in “Samuel L. Jackson” stands for. Timberlake, who acted in “Black Snake Moan” with Jackson and who started off the evening, said it stood for “Love. Man love.” Lopez said it was definitely not for “Latino.”

 

       Stone put her hands on her hips and purred words such as “Luscious,” “L’amour,” “Ladies love Samuel L. Jackson” — and told a story about seeing Jackson “nekkid” in a movie and then trying to talk to him at a premiere. She eventually got serious, talking about the moral compass he brings to his characters, and saying that the “L” stood for “Legend.”

 

       Denzel Washington said Jackson plays men who can be considered “the righteous who believe they are sinners and the sinners who believe they are righteous.” Vin Diesel called Jackson “a poor man’s acting coach,” and Kerry Washington noted that the actor brings truth to his roles, making his “heroes so imperfect and (his) villains so lovable.”

 

       Also making speeches were Earvin “Magic” Johnson, who used basketball terms to describe Jackson as being as unstoppable as Kobe Bryant, as versatile as Larry Bird and as smooth as Michael Jordan; John Singleton, who told anecdotes from the set of “Shaft”; and Jackson’s wife, LaTanya, who talked of the movies Jackson made with Spike Lee.       

       After finally accepting the award from his “Star Wars” director George Lucas, Jackson talked about how much the experience of going to the movies meant to him, when he would catch Saturday double features in a segregated theater in his hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and how important he thinks the Cinematheque’s work is in promoting the social side of filmmaking.      

       “I felt a bond with everyone in that theater,” Jackson said, according to the AP. “(It was) a kinship that opened up a whole new world.”

 

EX-PORN STAR VAMPS IN ‘SOUL MEN’ November 18, 2008

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Old school adult film legend Vanessa Del Rio put a hurting on Bernie Mac while filming their hilarious sex scene for the wild, grown-up comedy Soul Men. 

 

      Fit and fierce at age 56, Del Rio retains all the fire that made her an X-rated superstar back in the pre-video, Boogie Nights era of porn (when dudes still watched “skin flicks” in movie theaters). 

 

      Soul Men co-star Samuel L. Jackson remembers Bernie pulling him aside on the set. 

 

      “He was like, ‘Man, she ’bout to kill me!’  I said, ‘What?’  ‘She’s jumping up and down and she’s just like buck wild over there!'” 

 

      Del Rio bursts out laughing when she’s told that story.  If she frightened Mac with her unbridled freakiness she didn’t realize it.  What she remembers most about her day on the Soul Men set is that Bernie Mac was a kind and considerate gentleman who spoke lovingly about his family and kept her laughing continuously. 

 

      “He was talking about his kids and about his dog and he just came across as such a wonderful, warm person,” Del Rio remembers. “We laughed a lot (and) I think laughter is very sexy!”

 

      Her playful attitude toward sex defined Vanessa Del Rio’s onscreen persona back in the 1970s and early ’80s.  She was renowned for having zero inhibitions on camera and for really enjoying her work.  Samuel L. Jackson dug Del Rio’s movies when he was in college because “she was the first porn star who acted like she really enjoyed sex!” Del Rio takes that as a huge compliment. 

 

      “We were truly having a good time because we were expressing ourselves,” she says. “It was the ’70s sexual revolution.  There was a lot of freedom then, a lot of free thinking .Back then (pornography) was something you did to have fun and to rebel.”

 

      Del Rio retired from hardcore work in 1986 but she never fully abandoned the adult entertainment industry.  Today she thrives on the Internet, personally managing a web site (www.vanessadelrio.com) where she performs naughty cam shows and hawks sexy merchandise including her memoir, a racy coffee table book with the deliberately ironic title, 50 Years of Slightly Slutty Behavior. 

 

      “That title is me being sort of tongue in cheek and coy … But by today’s standards I was just slightly slutty!” the pioneer pornista laughs.

 

      Three decades after storming the adult movie scene, Vanessa Del Rio is in Energizer bunny mode and she isn’t even thinking about slowing down — ever. 

 

      “I always said that when it’s my turn to go into a retirement home just give me my drugs, put me in a wheelchair and point me towards the men!” Del Rio declares with a saucy laugh.

 

SAMUEL L. JACKSON REUNITES WITH TARANTINO November 4, 2008

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Samuel L. Jackson will reteam with his “Pulp Fiction” and “Jackie Brown” director Quentin Tarantino for the forthcoming WWII film “Inglorious Basterds” (Yes, ‘Basterds’ with an ‘e’), according to film blog The Playlist.

 

       The movie is a remake of the 1977 Italian movie about a group of American soldiers who are attacked by Germans while being escorted to military prison. The story follows five of the prisoners who managed to escape.       

       Jackson will reportedly serve as a narrator for the updated version, which is due in theaters next year. The blog site reports of Jackson being “present only in a few spots (beginning page 24), but [he] mostly pops up at random times in the script to add some context and background info.”      

      Jackson’s latest film is “Soul Men,” starring opposite the late Bernie Mac. The two play estranged members of a one-time R&B group that reunites to honor another bandmate who recently died.

 

SAMUEL L. JACKSON IN ‘LAST DRAGON’ REMAKE November 1, 2008

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Samuel L. Jackson will suit up as the infamous Sho’Nuff, the Shogun of Harlem in Columbia Pictures’ remake of the 1985 cult classic “The Last Dragon.”

 

      “I’m a huge fan of the original and look forward to bringing Sho’Nuff into the 21st century,” Jackson told the Hollywood Reporter.

 

       Columbia’s updated version will be along the same lines of the original, centering on young martial arts student Leroy Green in his quest through the streets of New York to achieve the highest level of martial arts accomplishment, known as the Last Dragon. Those who achieve the high ranking possess the Glow, making them the greatest fighter alive.      

       The original, which also starred Taimak and then-Prince protégé Vanity, was released in March 1985 by TriStar Pictures. Julius Carey III, who portrayed Sho’Nuff in the original film, died in August of complications from pancreatic cancer.

 

SAMUEL L. JACKSON JOINS CALI’S PROP 8 BATTLE October 29, 2008

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Samuel L. Jackson is among numerous celebrities who are urging California voters to oppose Prop. 8, a ballot initiative that seeks to overturn California’s legalization of same-sex unions.      

       According to E! Online, the “Soul Men” star recorded a radio spot Monday pleading with voters to oppose the proposition.       

       Jackson joins other stars who have taken a stand against Prop. 8, including Brad Pitt, Steven Spielberg, Ellen DeGeneres, Barbra Streisand, Molly Ringwald and Fran Drescher, as well as Pete Wentz and his Fall Out Boy bandmates.

 

Oprah’s Tina Turner dinner; ‘Big Momma’s House 3’; Mowry twin considers ‘Dancing’; Tyler Perry on ‘TV One on One October 22, 2008

Oprah Winfrey hosted a dinner for Tina Turner following her concert last week in Chicago. Tom Cruise showed up for the soiree at the Peninsula Hotel with his son Connor, according to the New York Post. Winfrey was reportedly excited that Turner introduced her to the concert crowd as “my best girlfriend.”

 

       *While conducting interviews for the new Bernie Mac/Samuel L. Jackson comedy “Soul Men,” producer David Friendly announced that he’s currently working on a third film in the “Big Momma’s House” franchise. Friendly said FOX is fast-tracking the project and hopes to have it in theatres for 2009. The first two films starred Martin Lawrence as a cop who goes undercover as an overweight grandmother.

 

       *E! Online spoke with former “Sister, Sister” costar Tamera Mowry about chances she would ever do a reality show. “I’ve been asked to do ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ and I’ve thought about the possibility, but I’m so afraid,” Mowry said. “It’s so terrifying to go out there and learn all those dances. My boyfriend, my boyfriend’s dad and my sister all tell me to go after it, but there’s no way you’re going to see me on there anytime soon, because it just scares me. I’ve heard it’s really hard on the body, and I think I would just cry all the time. Maybe in two or three years I would be willing to give it a try.”

 

       *TV One viewers can get a behind-the-scenes tour of Tyler Perry’s new studio as well as learn more about his childhood, his creative successes and his road to forgiveness when he talks with Cathy Hughes on “TV One on One,” Sunday, Oct. 26 at 10 p.m., repeating at 1 a.m. (all times ET).

 

SAMUEL L. GETS COMPANY IN ‘UNTHINKABLE’ October 7, 2008

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Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Sheen are confirmed to star in the upcoming film “Unthinkable,” which has just added Brandon Routh, Gil Bellows, Martin Donovan and Carrie-Anne Moss to the cast.       

       The suspense thriller – produced, financed and distributed by Senator U.S. – will feature Routh and Bellows as members of an FBI anti-terrorism team run by Agent Brody (Moss).       

       With the help of a black-ops agent (Jackson), they’re assigned by an FBI director (Donovan) to interrogate an American Muslim man (Sheen) claiming to have nuclear bombs planted in three U.S. cities.       

       Gregor Jordan’s “Unthinkable” will be one of the first high-profile projects from the new distributor run by Marco. Principal photography is set to begin Oct. 20 in Los Angeles.