01:59 PM EDT 09/15/2014
Originally posted 01/09/2013 10:20AM
David R. Ellis, a filmmaker best known for the 2006 movie Snakes on a Plane, which he directed, was found dead in the bathroom of his hotel room in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Monday, his manager confirmed to the Associated Press. He was 60.
Police say no foul play is suspected, while results of an autopsy have not been released.
"So sad to hear of David R. Ellis passing!" Tweeted Samuel L. Jackson, who starred in Snakes. "So talented, so kind, such a Good Friend. He'll be missed. Gone too soon!"
Originally posted 08/06/2012 02:35PM
He can recite Ezekiel 25:17 by heart. His audiobook of Go the F–– to Sleep was a runaway hit. And he's had it with these monkey-fighting snakes on this Monday to Friday plane (according to the edited version of his famous Snakes on a Plane rant).
Next up for Samuel L. Jackson: Olympics commentator.
The actor is offering his insight on the Summer Games (and their "putz" announcers) via Twitter, tackling gymnastics, swimming and more with his unique insight. Check out some of the best zingers from his Twitter. (Warning: His account contains NSFW language – although it's often creatively spelled.) And don't forget to follow People on Twitter for all your celeb news!
Originally posted 02/16/2012 04:35PM
Oprah Winfrey is not the only big star staying up late after the Oscars next Sunday. PEOPLE has learned that there are even more celebrities joining Jimmy Kimmel's seventh post-Oscar special!
Jessica Biel, new dad (again) Jason Bateman, JJ Abrams, Steven Tyler, Tyler Perry, Edward Norton, Colin Farrell and Ryan Philippe are on board for the show's big bit "Movie the Movie."
Given the show's history, it's promising – even if Samuel L. Jackson has choice words for those potentially involved (ABC previously announced Meryl Streep, George Clooney and Tom Hanks.) Check out a very bleeped teaser here: Moviethemovie.com.
It should come as no surprise that the skit will push the envelope. Kimmel's annual special has produced LOL-worthy comedy pieces in the past including "F*@#ing Ben Affleck," "Handsome Men's Club," "Hottie Body Hump Club" and "Tom Hanks's Toddlers in Tiaras".
Originally posted 08/19/2006 07:00AM
Samuel L. Jackson talks to PEOPLE about his new movie, Snakes on a Plane, his tough guy image – and why you wouldn't want to cross him on the golf course.
Originally posted 01/16/2005 08:00PM
Samuel L. Jackson has finally put those Fockers in their place.
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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