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Connery's College Rage


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Scottish actor SIR SEAN CONNERY shocked a young co-star by raging at him over the telephone for ditching college to pursue his acting dreams. The screen stalwart became pals with 22-year-old Rob Brown after starring with him in 2000 movie Finding Forrester. But when he spotted Brown, who had since signed up for a college course, in the trailer for 2005 movie Coach Carter, he assumed he must have dropped out to act in the movie - and gave him a stern telling off. Brown, who is in fact combining acting with his studies, says, "Sean told me to stay in school and I've taken his advice. "In all likelihood, acting is what I want to do. But I want to wait until I graduated before making it final."

Keys Triumphs At Naacp Awards


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ALICIA KEYS scooped three honours at the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) annual Image Awards yesterday (25FEB06).

The FALLIN' hitmaker put comeback queen Mariah Carey in the shade, after being named Best Female Artist, as well as earning Outstanding Song and Outstanding Video awards for UNBREAKABLE. Carey's The Emancipation Of Mimi was feted as the Best Album.

Oscar-nominated film CRASH won the top movie award, while Terrence Howard was named Best Supporting Actor for his role in the racial drama. Howard also won Best Actor in a TV Movie or Mini-series for Lackawanna Blues.

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Crash A Winner With Civil Rights Group


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Racial conflict drama CRASH leads nominations for America's largest civil rights group's - the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) - annual Image Awards, garnering six nods in all.

The movie, starring Don Cheadle, Terrence Howard and Thandie Newton could pick up awards for best film, best supporting actor, and best supporting actress if it successfully fends off competition from nearest rival HUSTLE + FLOW.

The hip-hop drama, about a pimp's efforts to break into the music business, was the second-most nominated film, tipped for best film and getting four more accolades for its cast members, including Terrence Howard as best actor.

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Jackson Picked For Honour


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PULP FICTION star Samuel L Jackson is set to be honoured for his commitment to education, both on film and in real life.

Director George Lucas will present Jackson with the I Have a Dream Foundation's Dream Keeper Award at the organisation's eight annual gospel brunch at Los Angeles' House of Blues next month (JAN06).

In recent movie Coach Carter, Jackson, who celebrates his 57th birthday on Wednesday (21DEC05), played a basketball coach who benched his undefeated team because of their slipping academic grades.

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Work Ethic Secret Of Jackson's Success


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Samuel L Jackson's non-stop work ethic is the secret to his unassailable position as Hollywood's most successful actor.

The Coach Carter actor has starred in over 70 movies with a combined box office take in excess of $6 billion (GBP3.2 billion) - making him the highest grossing actor of all time, ahead of Harrison Ford.

The 56-year-old explains, "I just like working. I keep my agents and managers constantly searching for new material. I would like to have two projects waiting while I'm working on one. That would make me comfortable."

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Box Office King Jackson Bounces In On Top


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Samuel L Jackson has added another $23.6 million (GBP12.4 million) to his impressive $6 billion-plus total box office tally after scoring a surprise hit in American movie theatres.

The PULP FICTION star, who passed Harrison Ford as the biggest grossing movie star of all time at the end of last year (04), doesn't look like he's going to give up the title for some time.

Jackson's new basketball drama, based on a real-life story, stormed to the top of the box office in its first weekend on release. Coach Carter ended comedy Meet The Fockers' three-week run at the top.

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Ashanti Hopes To Inspire With Film Debut


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R+B star Ashanti hopes her new film Coach Carter will inspire parents and their teenage children to improve their communication skills.

The singer plays young KYRA opposite Samuel L Jackson in the basketball movie and believes the film brings up many issues the audience will be able to relate to.

Ashanti explains, "I think people need to understand that. It's life. The movie has a lot of powerful messages.

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Jackson Challenges Ashanti To A Dance-Off


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Samuel L Jackson was forced to show off his grooves and moves on live TV yesterday (10JAN05) after challenging Coach Carter co-star Ashanti to a dance-off on MTV.

The cool Pulp Fiction actor insisted he was a better dancer in a pre-taped interview and was then challenged to strut his stuff in front of the R+B singer.

Jackson told TOTAL REQUEST LIVE cameras, "I've been dancing longer. I know more dances, I can do more dances. I'm the better dancer."

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Nelly And Ashanti: It's Official


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Hip-hop star Nelly has finally confirmed reports he is dating R+B singer Ashanti, after over a year together.

The HOT IN HERRE hitmaker, 30, began his secret relationship with the 24-year-old FOOLISH beauty in November 2003.

Samuel L Jackson told reporters earlier this week (begs06DEC04) the rapper had been a regular visitor to the set of his forthcoming film Coach Carter, bringing organic vegetarian meals to Ashanti, who also stars in the movie.

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Jackson Confirms Nelly And Ashanti Rumours


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Samuel L Jackson has added fuel to reports urban music stars Nelly and Ashanti are dating, by confirming the rapper regularly visited her on the set of her new movie.

Ashanti has recently rubbished speculation she's being romanced by the HOT IN HERRE star, insisting it's "just people making up their own sitcom".

But Ashanti - who's currently shooting her feature film debut Coach Carter alongside Jackson - has filled her spare time between takes with the almost ever-present rapper, and has even been fed special meals by him.

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