October 9, 1994 |
Playwright August Wilson and filmmaker Quentin Tarantino haven't heretofore gotten lumped together in the same breath too often. But since we're asking, "actually, they compare quite favorably," says Samuel L. Jackson, who has as good a right to render judgment as anyone, having worked with each of them more than once. One shoots, the other doesn't, but the trigger-happy Tarantino "tends to write quite theatrically too," Jackson enthuses. "They're both very literary and expository in getting ideas out there and eliciting a feeling and moving an audience in a certain way oratorically rather than visually."
August 20, 2007 |
In May 1997, the Los Angeles Times published J.R. Moehringer's heartfelt story "Resurrecting the Champ," chronicling the sad life of a professional boxer who was homeless and living on the streets. More than just a tale about the downfall of a sports figure, the article also dealt with Moehringer's relationship with "The Champ," as well as the writer coming to terms with his own father's abandonment of the family when he was a baby.
July 26, 2011 |
Twenty years ago this month, a small, hip-hop infused coming-of-age drama set in South-Central Los Angeles called "Boyz N the Hood" was causing extreme reactions from two very different audiences. Written and directed by John Singleton, a brash 23-year-old just months out of USC's film school, and made for a mere $5.7 million, largely with an unknown and untested cast of African American actors, the film had just played May's prestigious Cannes Film Festival where it received a 20-minute standing ovation.
May 4, 2003
The title may not sing, but you have to say the cast is intriguing. Few young actors have grabbed moviegoers' attention as effectively as Colin Farrell ("Minority Report," "Phone Booth," Us Weekly) and Olivier Martinez ("Unfaithful") did in the past year. Add the perennially powerful Samuel L. Jackson, "The Fast and the Furious' " Michelle Rodriguez and LL Cool J, and you hope this promising crew has a good script. Contributors to this one include "Training Day's" prolific David Ayer.
February 3, 2003
Here are this week's key releases on video/DVD, available beginning Tuesday. *--* Video/DVDs BOX OFFICE (MILLIONS) DOMESTIC FOREIGN "Sweet Home $126.4 $7.6 (United Kingdom only) Alabama" Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas; directed by Andy Tennant "Igby Goes Down" $4.7 -- Kieran Culkin, Susan Sarandon; directed by Burr Steers "Formula 51" $5.1 $6.1 (United Kingdom only) Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Carlyle; directed by Ronny Yu *--* *--* Source: Internet Movie Database *--*
January 8, 2005
Halle Berry has shed husband Eric Benet for good. Celebrity Justice has confirmed that the final divorce settlement, filed in court earlier this week, allows the Oscar-winning actress to keep all assets she brought into the marriage. Berry has been living in the Hollywood Hills but recently bought a Malibu home for $8 million. Benet, a singer, did not challenge the prenuptial agreement.
March 4, 1997
Jodie Foster and Ossie Davis are the honorary chairs of the 12th annual Independent Spirit Awards, taking place March 22 at a tent on the beach in Santa Monica. This year's awards, which will be broadcast the same night on cable's Independent Film Channel, are hosted by actor Samuel L. Jackson with a keynote speech by director Mike Leigh.