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Samuel L. Jackson to Star as Action Hero President in The Beast


Samuel L. Jackson will star as an action hero President under attack in the upcoming movie “The Beast” that will be showcased at TIFF. The film revolves around Jackson’s character uncovering the President’s state car’s classified offensive capabilities to save his life and America. “The Beast” is not the first time Jackson has played the President; he previously portrayed a stranded president in “Big Game.”

Rejoice! Hollywood icon Samuel L. Jackson has been elected POTUS (President of the United States) in the upcoming action movie, The Beast. The project, which will find Jackson starring as an action hero President who finds himself under attack while in his presidential state car, will go to market at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and comes courtesy of WME Independent.

“When a militia of unidentified hostiles coordinates a coup against the U.S., the president (Jackson) uncovers the extent of The Beast’s highly classified offensive capabilities,” The Beast synopsis reads. “Separated from his wife, the president must learn to control The Beast — and the monster inside himself — in order to save his life, the life of Secret Service agent Taft (Kinnaman) and America.”

The Beast, which again refers to the presidential state car used by the United States Secret Service (and no doubt has a double-meaning and refers to Jackson’s President himself), has an agreement with SAG-AFTRA and was “packaged prior to the strikes,” according to the report (via Deadline).

The movie will star The Suicide Squad and RoboCop actor Joel Kinnaman alongside Jackson, and is set to be directed by James Madigan, who is best known for his work as second unit director on the likes of such blockbusters as The Meg and Transformers: Rise of the Beasts. The script comes courtesy of Kate writer Umair Aleem.

Producers on The Beast include Keith Kjarval (Dragged Across Concrete), Fifth Season (Ambulance), John Logan Pierson (the Netflix limited series Thai Cave Rescue), and Peter Berg (Lone Survivor).

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Samuel L. Jackson Has Been President Before…

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The Beast will not be the first time that Samuel L. Jackson has played the President of the United States, with the actor having been in charge of the U.S. of A. in the 2014 action-adventure outing, Big Game.

Directed by Jalmari Helander and written by Helander and Petri Jokiranta, Big Game stars Samuel L. Jackson, Onni Tommila, and Ray Stevenson, and finds the U.S. president stranded over the Finland wilderness after Air Force One is shot down and relying on a 13-year-old boy with a particular set of skills to get him out alive. Big Game was well-received by critics, but was much-maligned by audiences. Here’s hoping that Jackson’s second foray into political leadership fares better.

This is also not the first time that Jackson has been trapped in a car which possesses various defense tech, with the actor having found himself under heavy fire in his S.H.I.E.L.D. car during the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. So, The Beast should be smooth sailing for Samuel.

The Beast is just one of several projects currently in the pipeline for Samuel L. Jackson, with the actor all set to return once again to the MCU in The Marvels. The Captain Marvel sequel finds Monica Rambeau’s powers becoming entangled with those of Kamala Khan and Carol Danvers, with the trio teaming up to determine why they are swapping places with each other every time they use their powers. The Marvels is scheduled to be released on November 10, 2023.

Other non-MCU related movies coming up for Jackson include The Kill Room with Uma Thurman and Joe Manganiello; the spy comedy Argylle alongside Henry Cavill; the Garfield reboot with Chris Pratt; and the drama The Piano Lesson, in which Jackson will star alongside John David Washington.

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‘I am officially off the market’: When Margot Robbie revealed she made the ‘conscious’ decision of not dating actors

Margot Robbie revealed her decision to not date actors because of the media scrutiny that came with a public relationship of two high-profile actors
Back in 2015, A-lister Margot Robbie made a declaration that she would not be dating any actors. The actress may have alluded to her fiance Tom Ackerley, who she married the following year in 2016. In an exclusive interview with Marie Claire, she revealed that being in a relationship as an actor herself came with its own set of challenges. She believed that dating someone who was popular would add on to the media scrutiny.

Margot Robbie opened up on why she made a conscious decision to not date actorsTalking to Marie Claire, she claimed, “I am officially off the market.” She then shared the reasoning behind her decision and added, “I made a conscious decision not to date actors.” She continued to explain, “But not because I hate actors. That’s a nasty generalization to make, and that’s not the case. People take such an interest in your love life when you have a profile, it puts a lot of stress on a relationship.”
The Barbie actress continued, “So two people with profiles, I figure it’s just double the amount of scrutiny, and I’d like to avoid that at all costs.” This came after reports of her locking lips with Tarzan co-star Alexander Skarsgard started making rounds. It was reported that she was caught kissing the actor during the Sundance Film Festival.

Margot Robbie revealed she opted for a minimal lifestyle even after becoming an actorIn the interview, Robbie also opened up about how she was adapting to fame. She shared, “I have a normal 24-year-old life. If I were a waitress, I’d probably have the exact same lifestyle. I’d go to the same clubs I go to already, live in the same house with the same housemates, hang out with the same people.”
However, Margot Robbie tied the knot with Tom Ackerley who is an English producer and actor. The duo met on the sets of 2013 movie Suite Francaise where Tom was working as an assistant director. Post marriage, both of them launched their production company LuckyChap Entertainment.

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Monica Bellucci and Tin Burton at lunch in the restaurant in Selci Lama

For All Saints’ Day, the Hollywood star from Tiferno returned to his native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and then visit his parentsOn the occasion of the All Saints’ Day celebrations, the Hollywood star of Tiferno origin, Monica Bellucci, returned to her native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and to visit her father Pasquale and her mother Brunella.Flanked by her current partner Tim Burton, she went to lunch, together with about twenty old friends, at the Osteria del Musicista, which has always been her favorite restaurant, in Selci Lama.Menu dedicated to typical dishes of the area, which includes an appetizer with breadsticks lined with coppa, duck in porchetta and grilled pork livers, polenta with wild boar sauce accompanied by the very typical cappelletti in broth.To conclude, a dessert based on fried “ciaccia” with Nutella and roasted chestnuts.
Having paid the bill and greeted the restaurant owner and lifelong friend, Roberto Polchi, Monica brought home cappelletti and broth for a family dinner.

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‘Rocky’ Was Quite Different In His Original Screenplay, Sylvester Stallone Claims

Sylvester Stallone took his friend’s advice on a rewrite of the original screenplay to Rocky. A few tweaks later, he was on his way to major success.
In the new Netflix documentary Sly, Stallone discussed how he initially conceived of the project, which had a much harder edge. In the early version, Rocky was depicted as a “thuggish” character, inspired by Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, Mean Streets.

But Stallone’s perspective changed when a friend read the script and thought the boxer was too cruel for audiences to actually care about him.
Stallone recalled her crying.

“She goes, ‘I hate Rocky. I hate him. He’s cruel. He hits people. He beats them up.’”
Stallone took it to heart, and asked what he could do to soften the character.

“I said, ‘what if you stop short of it?’ Like, maybe he almost did. He could have, that’s his job, but he doesn’t?’ ‘That’d be nice,’” he added. “I said, ‘What if he had a girlfriend or something?’ ‘Yeah, that’s nice.’ So I go back, start writing that: ‘Girlfriend. Nice.’”
$117 million in box office later, a franchise was born.

Stallone also revealed that actor Dolph Lundgren sent him to the hospital during one fight scene in Rocky IV.
“Dolph Lundgren… he pulverized me,” Stallone says in the documentary. “Later that night, my heart started to swell—which happens when the heart hits the chest—and then my blood pressure went up to 260, and they thought I was going to be talking to angels. Next thing I know, I’m in intensive care, where I’m surrounded by nuns, and I thought, ‘OK, that’s curtains.’”
Stallone was in the hospital for nine days following the incident, praying for “one more round.”
“For the first minute of the fight, it is going to be a free-for-all,” Stallone told Lundgren. The Swedish actor joked in a separate interview that all he did was “obey orders,” explaining, “[Stallone] was the boss. I did what he told me.”
Doctors allegedly told Stallone that he received a blow to the ribs that made his heart rattle around in his ribcage, a condition typically seen in head-on collisions. “I did hit a bus, of sorts,” Stallone joked.

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