THR Actors

Out of everyone at this Hollywood Reporter actors roundtable, only Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight) was actually nominated for an Academy Award. Not like that really matters, but this video interview does highlight some of the talent the Academy members overlooked this year, such as Samuel L. Jackson (The Hateful Eight), Benicio Del Toro (Sicario), and Michael Caine (Youth).

After the jump, watch this group of actors and more discuss their careers, success, and fear in The Hollywood Report actors roundtable.

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Welcome back to The Force Awakens Bits, the regular feature that will exist until Star Wars: Episode 8 decides to murder Star Wars: The Force Awakens and steal its throne. In today’s edition:

  • The amazingly awful “official” The Force Awakens music video.
  • Star Wars‘ uphill battle at the Chinese box office.
  • A certain set being recreated for Star Wars: Episode 8
  • The unfortunate end to your Poe/Finn fanfic.
  • Samuel L. Jackson is still talking about Star Wars.
  • That secret connection between The Force Awakens and Parks and Recreation.
  • The editors of The Force Awakens speak up.
  • A The Force Awakens comic that may inspire a tear or two.

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Don’t worry, Star Wars: The Force Awakens fans. The upcoming Rogue One may be picking up steam in the rumor department, but we haven’t forgotten about you. In today’s edition of The Force Awakens Bits:

  • AMC reveals its final The Force Awakens poster.
  • Two Star Wars children’s books showcase some impressive art.
  • Controversy gets Rey added to Star Wars Monopoly.
  • The Force Awakens will make its TV debut on Starz.
  • Samuel L. Jackson isn’t a huge fan of The Force Awakens.
  • Harvey Weinstein describes competing with Star Wars.
  • How did Maz Kanata get Luke’s old lightsaber?
  • A gorilla reviews The Force Awakens, because it’s the internet.

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Chi-Raq

Like a lot of you, I’m currently in the process of figuring out my top 10 films of the year. This time of year is always busy, because you’re always trying to play catch up on some titles, afraid you’ll forget to mention that movie you’ll probably fall in love with and kick yourself in the head for not including on your list.

One of the movies I’ll make sure not to miss before posting a top 10 is Spike Lee‘s Chi-Raq, which has been praised as one of his most vital and best films in years. The film, distributed by Amazon, finally has a streaming release date — but unless you’re willing to pay extra on top of your Prime subscription, you won’t be able to see it before 2016 rolls around. Find out the Chi-Raq streaming date for Amazon Prime customers after the jump.

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The Hateful Eight Expanding

The Hateful Eight expanding its release sooner than expected is hardly bad news. Quentin Tarantino‘s western has already grossed almost $5.66M at the box office in the past week, playing on just 100 screens. Who would’ve thought people would’ve been this excited about the ninth film from Tarantino? Following The Hateful Eight‘s success, The Weinstein Company is now making the film available to a mass audience.

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the hateful eight featurette

The Hateful Eight is the sixth time Quentin Tarantino and Samuel L. Jackson have collaborated on a film in some capacity and their ongoing partnership is one worth celebrating. Hell, when finished ranking every single Tarantino character, three of Jackson’s performances made it into the top 20. They bring out the best in one another – no one is as good at making Tarantino’s stylized dialogue sing quite like Jackson, who makes lengthy monologues and sudden violence look effortless.

Much of the marketing for The Hateful Eight has put Jackson’s Major Marquis Warren, a former slave turned Civil War officer turned bounty hunter, front-and-center and for good reason: the man is an electric performer whose mere presence in a trailer sends chills down the spine. Now, the Weinstein Company has released a special video focusing on Jackson’s role in the film and you can watch it after the jump.

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As any Vin Diesel fan knows, the best source for updates on any Vin Diesel project is very often Vin Diesel himself. He’s famously active on social media, where he shares updates, announcements, marketing materials, and other juicy tidbits with his fans.

Today, for example, he offered some new insight into xXx 3. According to Diesel, Samuel L. Jackson will reprise his role from the first two films in the upcoming sequel. Also on board, apparently, is MMA fighter Conor McGregor. And just in case all of that wasn’t enough to satisfy your hunger for xXx 3 updates, Diesel also shared the first bit of concept art from the project. See it all after the jump.  Read More »

THE HATEFUL EIGHT

The Weinstein Company is giving cinephiles a chance to start 2016 off right. The Hateful Eight is now set to roll into theaters January 1, a week earlier than its previously announced January 8 wide release date.

Of course, that still means much of the country has three weeks until they can see Quentin Tarantino‘s latest. So while we wait, here’s an interesting bit of trivia to consider: Did you know that The Hateful Eight originally started out as a Django Unchained sequel? Find out why Tarantino ultimately decided not to make it one after the jump.  Read More »

Legend of Tarzan Trailer

Since Disney’s adaptation of John Carter of Mars didn’t work out too well, maybe Warner Bros. will have more luck updating a more grounded novel from Edgar Rice Burroughs in The Legend of Tarzan.

True Blood and The East star Alexander Skarsgård takes the title role of the man who was raised in the jungle by a family of apes. However, this approach to Tarzan finds the character already removed from the jungles of Africa, living with his wife Jane (Margot Robbie) far away from his former home. But then some kind of scheme brings him back to the jungle, where his enemies will learn how he survived in the wild for so long. Read More »