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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.

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:


Finally, a chance to put words in Samuel L. Jackson's mouth -- via Reddit

English, motherf—er! Do you speak it?!

If so, you might want to head over to Reddit — where Samuel L. Jackson himself has volunteered to record a video in which he’ll read any 300-word monologue of the Internet’s choosing. Post your pick on the thread; whatever gets the most upvotes by tomorrow night, Pacific Time, will win.

And just in case you don’t believe this is real, Mr. Jackson has posted a verifying photo on his Twitter account:


Daniel Day-Lewis as Vincent Vega? 10 things we learned from the 'Pulp Fiction' oral history

How much would Pulp Fiction’s “cool” factor suffer if Samuel L. Jackson weren’t the one reciting Ezekiel 25:17? Apparently, we came dangerously close to finding out …

Vanity Fair‘s oral history of Quentin Tarantino’s hit film reveals a few things you might not know about the movie, from casting news to Bruce Willis’ influence. Here’s what we learned: READ FULL STORY

'Django Unchained' isn't the only film about American slavery, but it's close

Slavery remains American’s original sin, written into the original U.S. Constitution and responsible for the country’s ever-evolving, ever-complicated attitudes about race. So when a director like Quentin Tarantino decides to use slavery as the backdrop for his spaghetti Western revenge fantasia Django Unchained, it should not be exactly surprising that the film has come under a great deal of scrutiny.

What should be surprising — what should be at the center of any conversation about slavery and the movies — is how infrequently the words “slavery and the movies” are spoken in the same sentence.

Last month, Spike Lee declared he would not see Django Unchained, tweeting “American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western. It Was A Holocaust” — a not so subtle implication that American slavery is too fraught to serve as a venue for Tarantino’s unique blend of genre-smashing, blood-splattering filmmaking. Training Day director Antoine Fuqua later admonished Lee for not airing his beef with Tarantino in private, declaring “I don’t think Quentin Tarantino has a racist bone in his body.” (When reached by EW, a rep for The Weinstein Company and Tarantino had no comment regarding either statement.) But Spike Lee is far from alone in expressing concerns about Tarantino’s tale of the titular freed slave (Jamie Foxx) who teams up with a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) to rescue his wife (Kerry Washington) from a nefarious slaveholder (Leonardo DiCaprio). The public handwringing over the film has included its profligate use of the N-word (sparking a most fascinating exchange between Samuel L. Jackson and a white journalist over speaking the word aloud); its impact among African-American cultural tastemakers and audiences; and its appropriateness for teenage audiences (as penned by EW’s Abby West).

None of the controversies have exactly harmed the film’s box office; quite the opposite, it just zoomed past $100 million this weekend, en route to becoming Tarantino’s biggest hit to date. READ FULL STORY

Samuel L. Jackson dares interviewer to say the n-word -- VIDEO

No one knows how to make white men squirm quite like Samuel L. Jackson.

A post on Reddit last night has unearthed a prime example. Two weeks ago, the Django Unchained cast sat down with Jake Hamilton, host of Houston’s Emmy-winning film show Jake’s Takes, at a press junket. Things went smoothly enough until Hamilton approached Jackson with a question about the movie’s controversial use of the “n-word.” Jackson insisted that Hamilton, who is white, say the word out loud; after Hamilton repeatedly refused, they moved on. It was uncomfortable.

“The most awkward moment was just seeing everyone in the room freeze, and waiting to see what my reaction was going to be,” Hamilton says today. READ FULL STORY

Samuel L. Jackson blames Kenan Thompson for his 'SNL' foul -- VIDEO

Did Samuel L. Jackson really lob an f-bomb on Saturday Night Live last weekend — or did he actually just say “fuh,” like he’s asserted since the incident?

Judging by video from the live telecast, it sure sounds like there was a “k” after that “fuh” — but according to the curse-happy actor, the only reason we’re questioning him is because SNL cast member Kenan Thompson didn’t cut him off fast enough during the sketch. (Warning: Sensitive language ahead, naturally.)


Samuel L. Jackson and Anne Hathaway compete in epic Christmas 'sad off' -- VIDEO

Which of this year’s nineteenth century-set Christmas Day releases is more depressing: brutal slavery drama Django Unchained, or brutal failed revolution musical Les Misérables? There’s a sound argument to be made in favor of each — and stars Samuel L. Jackson and Anne Hathaway are more than happy to present their dreary cases in this new Funny or Die video. A sample point-counterpoint:

Jackson: “You try being a black man in the south in the 1800s. I bet you couldn’t handle being a black man in the south right now!”
Hathaway: “When there’s a French whore in the White House, then we can talk.”
“You say that like there’s never been a French whore in the White House.”

And so on. Who claims victory in this bleak battle? You’ll have to watch to find out — though that random Rudolph who pops up near the beginning might be the video’s real winner.


'Saturday Night Live' recap: Samuel L. Jackson drops f-bomb, Paul McCartney performs with Nirvana's surviving members

Image Credit: NBC

Image Credit: NBC

Saying last night’s episode of SNL fell short of expectations would be the understatement of the year. Martin Short didn’t disappoint, in fact he was my favorite host of the season. His brand of physical comedy and impeccable comedic timing were refreshing, but he didn’t have adequate material to work with. As expected, the episode was star-studded — complete with cameos from other SNL alums and show favorites — but the celebrity guests acted as background props for the most part instead of contributing to skits. However, every time Paul McCartney took the stage, his tender voice wiped  my memory clean of any mediocre jokes that preceded his stellar performance. READ FULL STORY

'The Walking Dead' dominates Spike's Video Game Awards

The Walking Dead: The Game won five trophies at Spike TV’s 10th annual Video Game Awards, including the top prize of Game of the Year. The downloadable game, based on the hit comic-book series, also earned Telltale Games Studio of the Year. Borderlands 2 won four awards, including Best Shooter, and Journey won three awards, including Best Independent Game.

For the fourth time, Samuel L. Jackson hosted the live event, which also featured appearances from Jack Black and Tenacious D, cast members from the actual Walking Dead, Jessica Alba, and Star Trek‘s Zoë Saldana. Jackson set the tone early, warning the audience and the show’s producers, “Whoever’s in charge of the bleep button, keep your finger ready.” He delivered on his promise, dealing expletives like he had snakes in his carry-on at 30,000 feet.

In between handing out awards, the show was full of first looks and trailers for next year’s biggest games. The first video for South Park: The Stick of Truth debuted, with Cartman assaulting a hobbit. “I’m the wizard, and you’re the dwarf, and you will respect my authority,” he screamed.

For a list of all the winners, click below. READ FULL STORY

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