01:53 PM EDT 02/27/2014
Originally posted 05/28/2002 12:00PM
The actor wishes moviegoers would give "Star Wars" series costar Jar Jar Binks a break, and not read so much into the character racially.
Originally posted 04/23/1999 12:00AM
Samuel L. Jackson is in final negotiations to play the title character in a remake of the 1971 action film "Shaft," reports Variety. Director John Singleton plans to shoot this summer from a script by Richard Price. The original -- starring Richard Roundtree as a handsome, tough-talking private detective enlisted by a Harlem mob boss to rescue his kidnapped daughter -- was directed by Gordon Parks and featured a memorable score by Isaac Hayes (currently the voice of Chef on "South Park"). It was considered perhaps the best in the wave of blaxploitation cinema in the early 1970s.
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