Samuel L Jackson: 'I was racially profiled'

newslide Hateful Eight star Samuel L Jackson says he was racially profiled by LA Police in 1993 while having dinner at a Hollywood restaurant. “When we were done, we walked outside and stood on the corner for a while, just talking,” he told Vanity Fair magazine. “All of a sudden, five sheriff’s cars screeched up. […]

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Hateful Eight star Samuel L Jackson says he was racially profiled by LA Police in 1993 while having dinner at a Hollywood restaurant.

“When we were done, we walked outside and stood on the corner for a while, just talking,” he told Vanity Fair magazine. “All of a sudden, five sheriff’s cars screeched up. The policemen surrounded us, guns pointed, lights in our face: ‘Get on the ground!’

“There we were, lying facedown in the middle of Santa Monica Boulevard. I finally said to the cops, ‘Why are you doing this?’ One of them said, ‘Oh, we got a report of five black guys standing on the corner with guns and bats.'” – The National staff

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Salman Khan’s look from Sultan unveiled

The first images have emerged from Sultan, Salman Khan’s film about wrestling, directed by Ali Abbas Zafar.

Khan posted a photo of himself on Twitter on Tuesday, a moustache-less, gritty, bloodied look from the wrestling ring.

A day before Khan’s reveal, the official Twitter account for the film released another photograph of a clean-shaven Khan, announcing the movie’s Eid release date.

Khan plays champion wrestler Sultan Ali Khan in the film, which co-stars Anuhka Sharma as his love interest.

To prepare for the role, international action director Larnell Stoval trained Salman intensively in wrestling and mixed martial arts. — Sonali Kokra

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Govinda pays fan as apology in 2008 slap case

Bollywood actor Govinda has obeyed the Supreme Court’s ruling in a seven-year-old case and offered a fan, Santosh Rai, Rs5 lakhs as unconditional apology for slapping him in 2008.

The case was filed by Rai in Mumbai High Court in February 2009, but it was quashed, after which he appealed to the Supreme Court.

On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled in favour of Rai, rejecting Govinda’s counsel’s claim that the video of Govinda slapping Rai that had been submitted as evidence had been doctored. Govinda was ordered to apologise to Rai or face criminal assault charges.

While the exact reason for the fight is not known, sources close to the actor said that he had slapped Rai because he was misbehaving with women on the set of Money Hai Toh Honey Hai. — Sonali Kokra

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Megan Fox joins cast of New Girl

Megan Fox was revealed as New Girl‘s latest cast addition in Tuesday’s episode, taking on a temporary role in the show while star Zooey Deschanel is off on maternity leave.

Deschanel’s character Jess’ absence from the show has been explained by having her sequestered for jury duty, and on Tuesday her flatmates decided to rent out her room to new character Reagan, played by Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles star Fox.

Deschanel’s co-star Jake Johnson, who plays flatmate Nick Miller, said: “I wasn’t sure if the show worked without her and I was pleasantly surprised that the New Girl voice and tone is more about the writing and the ensemble more than any one person. I thought ‘How does Megan Fox, international movie star. … fit into this world?’ And the wild part is she just fits in.” – AP

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We’ll be seeing less of Johnny Depp in new role

Johnny Depp has signed on to star in The Invisible Man, a Universal film being developed by producers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The new project is based on HG Wells’ novel, which was adapted into the 1933 black-and-white classic starring Claude Rains.

Like most of Universal’s monster movies, the story is tinged with tragedy.

In the original, Rains played a chemist who uses a dangerous drug to turn invisible. The transformation leaves him jealous, paranoid and psychotic. The movie spawned several sequels. Universal is in the process of rebooting its library of monster classics.

Tom Cruise has also signed up for the studio’s remake of The Mummy. — The National staff

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Official online game tie-in to SRK’s Fan

Bollywood blockbuster production company Yash Raj Films is collaborating with online game portal 99 Games to create an official game for superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s upcoming film Fan.

Titled Fan: The Game, it revolves around the journey of an ardent fan and the challenges he encounters in trying to meet the superstar he idolises.

In the game, fans can connect with a virtual version of Shah Rukh at his residence, in a film studio, in a cinema hall or at a mall and prove their love for the superstar.

“The gameplay that boasts of multiple levels and offers the opportunity to collect exciting gratifications,” Manan Mehta, vice-president of marketing and merchandise at Yash Raj Films said. — IANS

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Kanye posts Twitter support for Bill Cosby

Kanye West has stirred up another controversy by tweeting his support for veteran comic Bill Cosby, who faces a string of assault allegation by dozens of women.

West took to Twitter on Tuesday to proclaim “Bill Cosby innocent!”

The rapper didn’t offer any explanation for his verdict, and quickly moved on to tweet about Nike and Puma trainers.

The same day, a judge ruled that 78-year-old Cosby will go to trial after questions were raised regarding an alleged deal struck more than 10 years ago to not prosecute the actor. — The National staff

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