Samuel L. Jackson has been the anchor for Marvel's movies ever since he appeared in the end credit Easter Egg in the first 'Iron Man.' But now that the universe is established, now that 'The Avengers' is one of the biggest hits of all time, will Jackson continue his trend of showing up for a scene or two in the next couple Marvel movies? It looks like the answer is no.
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Yesterday, we reported that Frank Grillo had been cast in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' as the villainous Crossbones. We learned that news through Variety writer Marc Graser's Twitter feed, but the actual article, published later, drops a few tidbits that should prove tantalizing to Marvel fans...especially those wondering if any 'Avengers' characters will be making an appearance.
As much as the thought of an American remake of Chan-wook Park's 'Oldboy' makes our skin crawl, we can't help but remain interested in this project. Sure, the very concept sounds like a train wreck on paper, but when you put a virtuoso like Spike Lee in the director's seat and actors like Josh Brolin, Sharlto Copley and Elizabeth Olsen in front of the camera, you've gone and got our attention. The lastest news has only further piqued our interest: Samuel L. Jackson has joined the cast.
NBC is catching a lot of flack in the media and on Twitter (where the #NBCFail hashtag is consistently trending) for their coverage of The Games of the XXX Olympiad (as Bob Costas repeatedly reminds us it is to be called). But w
'Django Unchained' is already ramping up its marketing campaign despite not hitting theaters until Christmas. Last night during the BET Awards, Quentin Tarantino and The Weinstein Co. debuted an extended :60 TV spot for the film with some new footage (including new looks at Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson).
In a recent profile for the New York Times Magazine, Samuel L. Jackson was asked about his many movies and the frequent proclamations that he is both the busiest actor on the planet and the highest-grossing actor in history (the latter of which is backed up by the Guinness Book of World Records). In response, Jackson responded, "I get paid all day, every day."
That seems to be the only explanation Jackson has for taking such varied film roles from the wildly successful to the WTF. Such is the case this very weekend when Jackson stars in two films hitting theaters. One - 'The Avengers' - a film you can't stop hearing about and another - 'Meeting Evil' - a film you've probably never heard of.
While 'The Avengers' opens this weekend in over 4,000 theaters, Jackson's other film, 'Meeting Evil' will open in just one.