The Last Boy Scout, 1991
The Long Kiss Goodnight, 1996

Watching these two movies on their release day, I couldn’t help feeling there was a dichotomy between their directors‘ vision and writer Shane Black’s. Tony Scott and Renny Harlin seemed to be in full Silver Pictures slick action movie blockbuster mode, and Black had written character-oriented noir private eye and action thrillers.

I love these two movies as they are, but after seeing Black’s directing skills, I wonder what could have been if he’d directed them himself (not that hey would have fared any better at the box office, I’m afraid). The themes running through Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and The Nice Guys are all already there, waiting for the director to truly seize them.

Oh well, maybe Black wasn’t quite ready to direct at the time, and it took him The Long Kiss Goodnight’s box office failure to get to the point where he could make Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and The Nice Guys.


Throwback (2010) - Celebrities Recreate Iconic Covers for Ebony Magazine’s 65th Anniversary

To celebrate its 65th anniversary issue and icons of the past and present, EBONY magazine asked their favorite entertainers to pose in modern-day recreations of those covers for a one-of-a-kind look back at the past.

Featuring: Regina King (as Eartha Kitt), Mary J. Blige (as Diana Ross), Nia Long (as Dorothy Dandridge), John Legend (as Duke Ellington), Lamman Rucker (as Richard Roundtree), Taraji P. Henson (as Diahann Carroll), Blair Underwood (as Sidney Poitier), Jurnee Smollett (as Lena Horne), Usher Raymond (as Sammy Davis, Jr.), and Samuel L. Jackson (as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.), among others.

August 5, 2015

Today We Honor Samuel L. Jackson

‘Respectfully labeled as one of the hardest working actors in Hollywood, Jackson is an undisputed star, demonstrated by the fact that his films have grossed more money in box office sales than any other actor in the history of filmmaking.

Jackson made an indelible mark on American cinema with his portrayal of ‘Jules’, the philosophizing hitman, in Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction.”  In addition to unanimous critical acclaim for his performance, he received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actor and won the British Academy of Film and Television Arts award.’ via samuelljackson.com

(photo: Samuel L. Jackson)

- CARTER Magazine

Entertainment Weekly- Comic Con Day Three

Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Johnson, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Jeremy Renner, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, and James Spader