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Samuel L. Jackson talks to EW Radio about picking his lightsaber, fighting Twitter trolls -- VIDEO

Samuel L. Jackson has been enjoying his time as Nick Fury in the Marvel universe, now appearing in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Jackson sat down with Entertainment Weekly editor Matt Bean for a SiriusXM Town Hall and told the crowd about the time he found out what his character’s role in the new Star Wars films would actually be before he even got a script. Jackson also commented on the pros and cons of Twitter, why and how it’s changing the way actors are hired for work in Hollywood, and the fun he has sharing pics from around the world. Watch both clips below: READ FULL STORY

Samuel L. Jackson says 'F-- you' to anyone who criticizes 'Snakes on a Plane' -- LISTEN

Don’t f— with Samuel L. Jackson and his choice to star in 2006 action-thriller Snakes on a Plane. The actor sat down with Entertainment Weekly editor Matt Bean on Wednesday for a SiriusXM Town Hall to not only defend the infamous film, but discuss his role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which is released nationwide Friday. READ FULL STORY

Samuel L. Jackson performs slam poem about 'Boy Meets World' -- VIDEO

Let the marketing for Girl Meets World begin!

Tuesday, The Tonight Show‘s viral content maestros asked Samuel L. Jackson to pull a typically nostalgia-tinged stunt: Perform an extremely accurate and detail-oriented slam poem about ’90s sitcom Boy Meets World. And boy did Jackson oblige. READ FULL STORY

Watch the moment Matthew McConaughey proved he was Oscar-worthy -- VIDEO

Sure, the 86th Academy Awards featured some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were there. Meryl Streep was there. Leonardo DiCaprio was there. But if I’m being honest, part of me saw this “get together” as less of a show and more of a reunion. More specifically, A Time to Kill reunion.

In the crowd sat several cast members of the 1996 film, which included Sandra Bullock, Kevin Spacey, Samuel L. Jackson, and of course, first-time Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey. And the second I saw this photo of Jackson and McConaughey, I couldn’t help but think back to the film that, for me at least, first indicated that this McConaughey guy was something special.

In the film, Jackson played Carl Lee, whose daughter had been raped by two white men. When it appeared the men were going to get away with their crime, Carl Lee killed them. It was then Jake’s (McConaughey) job, as Carl Lee’s lawyer, to convince a jury in the South that his black client shouldn’t go to jail. And he did it with an unforgettable closing argument. In that one speech, McConaughey’s performance pulled me in and made me realize the power with which he could command a scene.

Watch McConaughey light the match that started his (long) road to the Oscars below:

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Samuel L. Jackson informs news anchor that he and Laurence Fishburne are, in fact, different people -- VIDEO

Oh man. Oh man.

KTLA’s Sam Rubin — a “multiple Emmy winner,” according to his official bio — may never live this one down. On Monday, the Los Angeles entertainment anchor welcomed Samuel L. Jackson on air for a short interview to promote Jackson’s latest film, MGM’s RoboCop remake. During their chat, though, Rubin made what seemed to be a fatal mistake: He asked Jackson about his recent Super Bowl commercial.

At first, Jackson was confused. There was an awkward silence. Then, just as Rubin started to explain himself, Jackson let him have it: “You’re as crazy as the people on Twitter!” he said, shaking his finger. “I am NOT Laurence Fishburne!” The actor, of course, was referring to a Matrix-inspired Kia spot that aired during the big game — one that featured Matrix star Laurence Fishburne, not not-Matrix-star Jackson.

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'Don't forget Kwanzaa!': Samuel L. Jackson, Tobey Maguire on the 'Between Two Ferns' Christmas Spectacular -- VIDEO

It’s time for the “Happy Holidays edition of Between Two Ferns!” For his 2013 Christmas Spectacular, Zach Galifianakis welcomed guests “Samue L. Jack’s Son” and “Toby,” better known as Samuel L. Jackson and Tobey Maguire.

The interview itself didn’t focus as much on holiday questions as it did Jackson’s career choices — namely Turbo and Snakes on a Plane — and Maguire’s, well, he was there. However, in the spirit of Christmas, Galifianakis did give them both a gift: A copy of his film The Campaign, which Maguire autographed and gave back.

And to top off a successful show, Galifianakis welcomed Arcade Fire to sing “Little Drummer Boy.”

Watch the wonderfully awkward holiday episode (complete with snow!) below: READ FULL STORY

Who are Hollywood's biggest stars... when they're stripped of their superpowers?

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In the current era of The Avengers and Batman Vs. Superman, it’s impossible to be a fan of the comic-book genre and not have a well-considered argument to the question, “Who’s the Most Powerful Superhero?” Superman, of course, is the most obvious answer in any superpower battle-royale debate, but there are strong and more interesting claims to be made for the others, too. (Except Hawkeye. Sorry, guy.)

In Hollywood offices, there are similar conversations going on all the time about their own legion of superheroes, those famous actors and actresses who can open a movie in New York, Nebraska, and Nepal, whether it be a romance, an action-adventure, or a raunchy comedy. But with more and more of the industry now tilted towards Comic-Con-approved tent-pole pictures, the pecking order for actors today is heavily weighted by his or her ability to land a major role in a superhero franchise. It is the lifeblood of a long and prosperous career. For example, playing Batman not only elevated Christian Bale to the Hollywood A-list — positioning the indie actor for other major studio movie roles — but his enhanced financial security allowed him to continue to gamble on the eclectic roles he preferred in the first place, in movies like The Fighter and Rescue Dawn.

When the right actor gets the right superhero role, it becomes virtually impossible to separate the artist from the character. The cape becomes part of their public persona, one that can help or hinder their other on-screen roles. But what happens when Hollywood’s heroes are stripped of their superpowers? That is to say, what is Robert Downey Jr. without Tony Stark’s armor? What is Hugh Jackman when his Wolverine claws are clipped? Do we still pay to see their movies, or do we give them the cold-shoulder, like old-school Lois Lane used to give old-school Clark Kent? Who is the most powerful superstar when they’re nothing more or less than their Hollywood alter ego?

After looking at the actors and actresses who are major players in current comic-book franchises, we examined their recent box-office and critical reputation when they’re not in costume, and then ranked them in order to see who really flies the highest and has the biggest muscles in the movie universe. READ FULL STORY

Funny or Die: If your kid's acting up, just blame Samuel L. Jackson -- VIDEO

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To slightly alter one of the greatest cinematic phrases of all time, Enough is enough! I have had it with these motherf—ing kids watching these motherf—ing Samuel L. Jackson movies!

Children all over the United States are engaging in dangerous behaviors, from giving their school superiors sass, to smoking, to spontaneously developing peanut allergies, and, god forbid, believing in themselves — and it’s all Samuel L. Jackson’s fault.

Or at least that’s what the latest Funny or Die skit (made with CommonSense.org) will have you believe.

In the video, we see Mr. L. Jackson (as a mother in the skit refers to him) minding his own damn business, about to enjoy a sunlit lunch. A fan, who is later revealed to be a concerned parent, berates him for influencing her daughter to spout a suggestive line from Shaft to her principal and subsequently get suspended. Jackson is bewildered, “Whoa, whoa, I was just acting in a movie,” he says to the fan/mother. His rational excuse aside, she tells him “F— you, Samuel L. Jackson,” while tossing off his hamburger bun.

Watch the actor get verbally assaulted by fans for being, well, an actor.
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John Grisham-based 'A Time to Kill' to play Broadway this fall

“Yes, they deserved to die and I hope they burn in hell!” OK, so it might not be Samuel L. Jackson bellowing this famous line to the rafters of the Golden Theatre this fall. (Or could it? Mr. Jackson did tread the boards just a few years ago, actually.) But whomever is cast in the Broadway adaptation of John Grisham’s hot-blooded legal thriller, expect some fireworks.

Coming off an acclaimed run at Washington, D.C.’s Arena Stage in 2011, A Time to Kill will feature a script by Rupert Holmes (who knows a thing or two about mysteries as the author of The Mystery of Edwin Drood musical) and direction by Ethan McSweeny (Gore Vidal’s The Best Man). And given that this is the film that boosted the career of a young Matthew McConaughey and gave Sandra Bullock one of her juicier dramatic roles, there’s no shortage of hot-property roles to be had. This is the first time a work of Grisham’s has ever been adapted for the stage.
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Move over, Bryan Cranston: Samuel L. Jackson does a killer Walter White -- VIDEO

Last week, noted neologist Samuel L. Jackson waded into Reddit’s murky waters and pledged to recite any 300-word monologue of the Internet’s choosing, all in the name of charity. Though the resulting thread was kind of a mess — thanks largely to 4chan trolls — he emerged Friday with the winning monologue: an original composition that had Jackson promise to give up acting for a life of crime-fighting.

But thankfully, the fun didn’t stop there. Partway through the contest, Jackson interjected and told users that if their donations to the Alzheimer’s Association broke $100,000, he’d record another monologue of his choosing. Reddit’s users came through — and yesterday, Jackson made good, posting his own take on one of Breaking Bad‘s most memorable moments. Turns out he‘s the one who knocks:

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