Seeing Stars: Movie Premiere
Samuel L. Jackson to Be Honored at Mann's Chinese Theater
at a Hand and Footprint Ceremony
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Hollywood star Samuel
L. Jackson will be honored with a hand and footprint ceremony at Mann's
Chinese Theater on Monday, January 30th, 2006, at 10:30 A.M.
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and television films, Jackson is respectfully labeled as one of the hardest
working actors in Hollywood. His films have grossed more money in box office
sales than any other actor in the history of filmmaking.
Honorary Hollywood Mayor Johnny Grant will serve as the master of ceremonies
at the event. Revolution Studios founder and "Freedomland" director
Joe Roth will also speak.
Jackson will next be seen opposite Julianne Moore in Revolution Studios'
suspense thriller "Freedomland," a highly charged and gritty
mystery of a carjacking, a missing child and a neighborhood torn asunder,
based on the best-selling novel by Richard Price. The film will be released
by Columbia Pictures on February 17th, 2006
"I have had the privilege of working with Sam on numerous films,
and there is no one more deserving of this honor," said Roth. "He
is one of the most talented and professional actors I have ever worked
with, truly one of the greats of our time."
Following "Freedomland," Jackson will also be seen in "Black
Snake Moan" and "Snakes on a Plane" and will begin production
next month on the feature film "Home of the Brave".
Jackson made an indelible mark on American cinema with his portrayal
of Jules, the philosophizing hit-man, in Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp
Fiction." In addition to unanimous critical acclaim for his performance,
he received Academy Award® and Golden Globe nominations as Best Supporting
Actor. Recently, Jackson appeared as Mace Windu in the final episode of
the Star Wars trilogy "Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith."
In early 2005, Jackson topped the opening weekend box office charts with
the success of "Coach Carter," in which he portrayed real-life
high school basketball coach, Ken Carter, a dedicated role model and advocate
for students succeeding in the classroom as well as on the basketball court.
Jackson made movie history with his portrayal of a drug addict in Spike
Lee's "Jungle Fever" when he was awarded the first and only Best
Supporting Performance Award ever given by the judges at the Cannes Film
Festival. He also won the New York Film Critics Award for Best Supporting
Actor for that performance.
Jackson's other film credits include "XXX: State of the Union,"
"The Incredibles," "Twisted," "S.W.A.T.,"
"XXX," "Star Wars: Episode II," "Changing Lanes,"
"The Caveman's Valentine," "Unbreakable," "Shaft,"
"Star Wars: Episode I," "Sphere," "Jackie Brown,"
"Die Hard: With a Vengeance," "True Romance," "Jurassic
Park" and "Patriot Games."
On television, Jackson starred in John Frankenheimer's Emmy Award-winning
"Against the Wall" for HBO. His performance earned him a Cable
Ace nomination as Best Supporting Actor in a Movie or Miniseries, as well
as a Golden Globe nomination.
Jackson's career began upon his graduation from Morehouse College in
Atlanta with a degree in dramatic arts. He went on to perform in numerous
stage plays, including "Home," "A Soldier's Play,"
"Sally/Prince" and "The District Line." He also originated
roles in two of August Wilson's plays at Yale Repertory Theatre. For the
New York Shakespeare Festival, Jackson appeared in "Mother Courage
and Her Children," "Spell #7" and "The Mighty Gents."
Grauman's Chinese Theater opened on May 18, 1927, with the premiere
of Cecil B. DeMille's "The King of Kings." One of the most popular
sights in Hollywood, Mann's Chinese Theater is best-known for the hand
and footprints in its forecourt. Since the first ceremony in 1927, when
Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and Sid Grauman placed hands and feet
in wet cement, over 200 prints have accumulated in the Mann's Chinese Theater