Samuel L. Jackson

Flavorwire's Flick of the Week: 'Django Unchained' Is Top-Shelf Tarantino

Sergio Cobucci’s 1966 Spaghetti Western Django was such a phenomenal hit that it begat dozens of unofficial sequels — only one involving the personnel of the original film, which means that Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained falls well within the tradition of filmmakers reconfiguring the character for their own means. Though he’s endlessly respectful of his picture’s namesake, adopting its distinctive theme song and casting (with a lovely “friendly participation of” credit) original Django Franco Nero, he is, as usual, up to more than friendly borrowing, or creating in-jokes for his fellow cinephiles. The Spaghetti Western, as a subgenre, wasn’t immune from occasional silliness. But these were big, extravagant, and often emotional vehicles — they dealt in mythology and iconography, and Django Unchained finds Tarantino digging in to that element of the form with relish. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Despite the fact that Haruki Murakami was favored to win with 2/1 odds, the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to Chinese author Mo Yan. “Through a mixture of fantasy and reality, historical and social perspectives, Mo Yan has created a world reminiscent in its complexity of those in the writings of… Read More

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Samuel L. Jackson Has a New Children’s Story for Obama Supporters

Remember when Samuel L. Jackson read the audiobook version of Adam Mansbach’s children’s book for adults, Go the Fuck to Sleep? It was the perfect pairing; a match made in viral video heaven. Well, today he’s back with another profanity-laced story in a new online spot from the Jewish Council for Education & Research that’s targeting the more apathetic supporters in Obama’s flock. Titled “Wake the fuck up,” the ad, which as Browbeat notes, was penned by Mansbach, is a rhyming call to arms that while silly, manages to make a lot of really great points. Click through to watch the clip now, and don’t worry, all of Jackson’s swearing is bleeped out, so you won’t get in trouble at work — unless your boss happens to be voting for Romney! … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Here’s a clip of Orbital and Stephen Hawking performing at the opening ceremony for the Paralympics, which just kicked off in London. Those Hadron Collider dancers might be our favorite part.

2. A Doctor Horrible sequel within the next year? We don’t know how Joss Whedon is going to find the room… Read More

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10 Surprising Box Office Bombs Starring A-List Actors

Next week, The Dark Knight Rises will hit theaters, and holy cow, even we’re tired of talking about how excited we are. But if you can’t wait until next week to get your Christian Bale fix, may we recommend this week’s new DVD release The Flowers of War? What’s that, you haven’t heard of it? Well, no wonder; it only made it to 30 theaters during its very limited release last January, and took in a paltry $311K. (Don’t fear for Bale and director Zhang Yimou — it grossed $93 million in China.) It just goes to show — movie stardom isn’t certain, and even the biggest names in the business can make a picture that comes and goes with nary a ripple. Bale is far from the only one to have a movie sink without a trace in spite of his fame; after the jump, we’ve assembled (in descending order of gross, with the invaluable help of Box Office Mojo) a list of ten big movie stars, and their films that barely made a peep. … Read More

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Check Out Pogo’s ‘Pulp Fiction’ Remix

Known for his excellent remixes based on kid-friendly films like Alice in Wonderland and Up, Australia-based producer Pogo (aka Nick Bertke) is back with “Lead Breakfast,” a track that’s guaranteed to make even the most lethargic of Pulp Fiction fans spontaneously break out into the twist. Click through to give it a spin now, but don’t blame us when this earworm — particularly some of the Samuel L. Jackson samples — gets stuck in your head for the rest of the day. “Say ‘what’ again,” indeed. … Read More

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Video Essay: "Encore — More Famous Faces in their Film Debuts"

We had no idea everyone was so interested in seeing the first film appearances of your favorite stars when we posted our video essay “And Introducing…” a month ago, but the damn thing up and went viral, so as with anything movie-related that does well, there has to be a sequel. After the jump, you’ll find 30-plus more famous faces in their first feature films, all in just about three minutes. Enjoy! … Read More

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This Week in Trailers: ‘Looper,’ ‘The Magic of Belle Isle,’ ‘The Samaritan,’ and More

Every Friday here at Flavorwire, we like to gather up the week’s new movie trailers, give them a look-see, and rank them from worst to best — while taking a guess or two about what they might tell us (or hide from us) about the movies they’re promoting. We’ve got seven trailers for you this week, including the latest from Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Simon Pegg, Morgan Freeman, and Samuel L. Jackson. Check ‘em all out after the jump, and share your thoughts in the comments. … Read More

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This Week in Trailers: ‘The Avengers,’ ‘Frankenweenie,’ ‘Neighborhood Watch,’ and More

Every Friday here at Flavorwire, we like to gather up the week new movie trailers, give them a look-see, and rank them from worst to best — while taking a guess or two about what they might tell us (or hide from us) about the movies they’re promoting. We’ve got nine new trailers for you this week, including a new look at The Avengers and Richard Linklater’s latest (yay!), and new films from Adam Sandler and Tim Burton (boo!). Check ‘em all out after the jump, and share your thoughts in the comments. … Read More

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Actors Who Are Bigger Badasses Than the Characters They Play

You know how cool Xena: Warrior Princess is, with her armor and her circle boomerang? Well, although Xena is just a character, actress Lucy Lawless is very much a real person, and after hearing that she was recently arrested for her involvement in a Greenpeace protest, we were impressed by her courage. But she’s not the only actor who’s done some pretty amazing stuff to rival her famous character’s exploits, so in honor of Lucy’s criminal record, we’ve rounded up some of the most iconic thespians who’ve participated in the most awesomely absurd experiences imaginable. Seriously, why are these people in movies? There should be films made about them. … Read More

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