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Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg surprised a number of students by appearing in video calls with them to mark their graduation. The 66-year-old media mogul and the acclaimed Hollywood director answered questions from the graduates on John Krasinski’s show “Some Good News,” with activist Malala Yousafzai and comedian Jon Stewart also answering questions from the…

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Samuel L. Jackson will play a retired hitman in a new film. Deadline reports that the Captain Marvel star will lead the as-yet-untitled project, which is directed by John Requa and Glenn Ficara. The pair previously worked together on Focus and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. Jackson will play the role of Morris Stokes, who was once the…

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(L-R) JESSIE T. USHER as John "JJ" Shaft, SAMUEL L. JACKSON as John Shaft and RICHARD ROUNDTREE as John Shaft, Sr. in New Line Cinema's action comedy "SHAFT," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. (Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures)

What happens when you combine the star power of one of the highest grossing actors of all time (Oscar-nominated Samuel L. Jackson), the brand of Shaft, (originally released in 1971 and rebooted in 2000 with Jackson), intelligent humor (with Black-ish creator Kenya Barris as writer) and a mix of newer and established talent (Alexandra Shipp,…

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Samuel L. Jackson “didn’t know” he was “ready” to go to rehab to battle his drug addiction until he got there. The 70-year-old actor battled an addiction to crack cocaine several decades ago and decided to quit when he became “tired of getting high” and eventually sought treatment after his wife LaTanya Richardson Jackson and…

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Kiki Ayers is a master communicator. As the CEO of Ayers Publicity, she oversees the careers of singer-songwriter Sy Ari Da Kid and comedian Haha Davis. Aside from her own business, she’s also one of the top media journalists in the entertainment industry today. Having worked for Revolt TV, XXL Magazine, All Def Digital, and…

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Early this year, a top Deadline article was “Samuel L Jackson Criticizes Casting British Actors as African American”; other headlines that went viral touched on a similar theme. There was even, “Black American Actors Slighted as Brits Snap Roles.” The coverage left many Hollywood insiders wondering how casting Black British actors became a thing in Hollywood and once…

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