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Cuba Gooding Jr. seen arriving at the 30th Footwear News Achievement Awards held at IAC Headquarters, New York, United States - Tuesday 29th November 2016

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Chapter Three Of 'American Horror Story: Roanoke' Explains The Story Behind The Haunting (Spoilers)


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The third episode of 'American Horror Story: Roanoke' has arrived and we finally learn the story behind the violent haunting of Shelby and Matt's North Carolina farmhouse. However, little Flora is still missing and things are getting personal. You'd think it would be time to leave the area, but these characters are made of sturdier stuff.

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Episode one introduced this season's concept: 'My Roanake Nightmare'. It's basically a televised documentary about Shelby and Matt's paranormal experiences where they are played by Lily Rabe and Andre Holland in the interview segments and Sarah Paulson and Cuba Gooding Jr. in the reenactments. Angela Bassett plays Matt's ex-cop sister Lee. 

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Cuba Gooding seen on the red carpet at the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Microsoft Theater Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 19th September 2016

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'American Horror Story' Season 6 Premiere: 'My Roanoke Nightmare' Has Hillbillies, Ghosts And Dead Pigs


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For the first time, the concept of the latest season of 'American Horror Story' was kept completely under wraps, with creator Ryan Murphy refusing to give away so much as the title of season 6. But we finally learned what we were in for when it premiered on FX last night (September 14th 2016). 

American Horror StoryAmerican Horror Story is back with 'My Roanake Nightmare'

The new season is called 'My Roanoke Nightmare', confirming the rumours that were circling ahead of the season premiere; rumours suggesting that it would be based on the true tale of the missing Roanoke Colony in what we now know as North Carolina in the late 16th century. 

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Cuba Gooding Jr. Had No Idea He'd Be Playing O.J. Simpson In 'ACS' Series


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In the aftermath of the massive social media reaction to ‘The People vs O.J. Simpson’ when it debuted on FX last week, Cuba Gooding Jr. has revealed that he had no idea he would be taking on the role of the notorious former NFL player when he was contacted for the first ‘American Crime Story’ season.

‘The People vs O.J. Simpson’ is based on the book by Jeffrey Toobin, ‘The Run of His Life’, and tries to tell the story of the former American footballer’s murder trial. Former Oscar winner Gooding, 48, explained in an interview this week that when he knew it was a Ryan Murphy script from his agent, even though he had previously turned down an offer to play O.J. in another project, he went for it, no questions asked.

Cuba Gooding JrCuba Gooding Jr., centre, with Courtney B. Vance and John Singleton at the 'ACS' premiere

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John Travolta Cast In 'American Crime Story' Series About O.J. Simpson Trial


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John Travolta has signed on to star in a new true crime anthology series for FX next year concerning the infamous O. J. Simpson trial. ‘American Crime Story’ is set to debut in 2016, and the momentous trial will be the subject of its first season.

The former Saturday Night Fever and Pulp Fiction star will play the part of Robert Shapiro, Simpson’s attorney. He’ll be starring alongside a host of already confirmed names such as Cuba Gooding Jr., David Schwimmer, Sarah Poulson and Selma Blair, according to the Associated Press.

John TravoltaJohn Travolta is included in the 'American Crime Story' series about the O.J. Simpson trial

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Cuba Gooding JR. - A host of stars including previous cast members were snapped as they arrived to the Rockerfeller Plaza for Saturday Night Live as it celebrated it's 40th anniversary with a star studded gala in New York, United States - Sunday 15th February 2015

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Cuba Gooding Jr - Pre-BAFTA dinner at Annabelle's hosted by Charles Finch and Chanel - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 7th February 2015

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Selma Review


Essential

One of the finest biopics in recent memory, this drama manages to present someone as iconic as Martin Luther King Jr. as a normal man anyone can aspire to emulate. Anchored by an internalised performance from David Oyelowo, the film is skilfully directed by Ava DuVernay (Middle of Nowhere) with a sharp attention to subtle details. And the script by newcomer Paul Webb draws the characters with such complexity that the film has provoked controversy from people who like their heroes untextured.

The film enters Martin's story as he is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize alongside his activist wife Coretta (Carmen Ejogo) in October 1964, just over a year after his soaring "I have a dream" speech. And a few months later, he's called to Selma, Alabama, to help blacks who are being denied the right to vote by racially motivated voter registration laws. Martin meets with President Lyndon Johnson (Tom Wilkinson), who has more pressing things on his political agenda, then heads to Selma to lead a march on the state capitol in Montgomery. But the peaceful protest is met with nightmarish violence, ordered by Governor George Wallace (Tim Roth). So as the protesters regroup and plan a second march, Martin heads back to Washington to challenge Johnson to set some new priorities.

Cleverly, the script just covers a few months, punctuated with a series of King's most rousing speeches. Since none of this is presented for its big inspirational value, it has a much stronger kick than we expect. The film's punchiest scenes are almost silent, as King struggles to knot his tie before an appearance or fails to find the words to confess his infidelities to his wife. Oyelowo is so transparent in the role that King emerges as an everyday man with a gift for oratory in the right place at the right time. But it's his steely desire to do the right thing that makes him inspirational. And how he reacts when he discovers the human cost of his actions.

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Is Cuba Gooding Jr Headed For A Career Revival With "American Crime Story"?


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So here’s something that we definitely all needed to see – a revival of the O. J. Simpson story via FX miniseries. The brainchild of American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy, the new miniseries will star Cuba Gooding Jr. as O. J. and Sarah Paulson. It will track O. J.’s drawn out trial, with Paulson playing prosecutor Marcia Clark, according to the Deadline announcement.

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Could this spell a revival for Gooding's lackluster career of late?

It’s called American Crime Story and is an offshoot of Murphy’s highly successful American Horror Story, now in its fourth season. The new anthology miniseries is based on the 1996 book "The Run of his Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson," Jeffery Toobin, a writer for the New Yorker and will run for 10 episodes.

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Cuba Gooding Jr To Play O.J Simpson In Ryan Murphy's FX Series


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Cuba Gooding Jr has been cast as O.J Simpson in Ryan Murphy's 10-episode miniseries for FX. The show will focus on the infamous trial, with Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story) playing the prosecutor Marcia Clark.

Cuba Gooding JrCuba Gooding Jr will star as O.J Simpson in Ryan Murphy's new FX Series American Crime Story: The People v O.J Simpson

The project marks the debut of Murphy's American Crime Story, described quite fancifully by Entertainment Weekly as "like a nonfiction version of HBO's True Detective". The full title of the first season is American Crime Story: The People v O.J Simpson and chronicles Simpson's two-count murder trial that captivated the nation in 1995. The series is based on the book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin.

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Selma Trailer


“What happens when a man stands up and says ‘enough is enough’?” So goes the question raised by Martin Luther King, Jr. (David Oyelowo) when President Lyndon B. Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) declines to help him in battling the race-related violence in Alabama. In retaliation, King organises a peaceful protest; he has African Americans march into Selma, Alabama, in an attempt to gain rights to vote. What follows, is a truly horrifying attack from the police on the peaceful protest which was televised and seen by millions, forcing the President’s hand, as he is forced to watch innocent people suffer. 

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The Butler Review


Good

This is an strangely slushy movie from Lee Daniels, whose last two films (Precious and The Paperboy) bristled with unexpected life. By contrast, this star-packed drama uses a true story to trace the Civil Rights struggle from the 1950s to the present day. But it's been so fictionalised that it feels kind of like a variation on Forrest Gump.

Cecil Gaines (Whitaker) grew up on a Georgia cotton plantation, where the cruel master's kindly mother (Redgrave) taught him to be a house servant. Years later, he marries Gloria (Winfrey) and moves to Washington DC, where he gets a job in the White House as a butler to presidents from Eisenhower (Williams) to Reagan (Rickman). His job description is simple: "You hear nothing, you see nothing, you only serve." And yet as the nation grapples with its racist culture, he has a quiet influence on each leader who moves through the house.

Whitaker narrates the film in drawling flashbacks, while the story flickers between Cecil and his eldest son Louis (Oyelowo), an activist who is involved in every key moment in the Civil Rights movement. And their younger son (Kelley) is sent to Vietnam. So it's like a condensed version of late 20th century American history, made notable by the lively cast of cameo players including Marsden (as JFK), Schreiber (LBJ), Ellis (MLK) and Cusack (Nixon), plus Fonda as a lively Nancy Reagan.

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Machete Kills Review


OK

Robert Rodriguez returns to Grindhouse territory with this B-movie spoof sequel that mixes hilariously knowing jokes with painfully stiff storytelling. Fans of the genre will love it, but those expecting a sense of narrative momentum will find themselves bored when the plot stalls about halfway in. And the rampant misogynistic smirking should be too much for anyone.

After the events of the 2010 original (which itself was based on a mock-trailer from 2007's Grindhouse double bill), the former Mexican agent Machete (Trejo) has been secretly working with US Immigration. After a bust goes badly wrong, he is assigned by the US President (Sheen, performing under his birth-name Carlos Estevez) to capture psychotic drug kingpin Mendez (Bichir) in Mexico. Working with his beauty-queen contact (Heard), he heads into the danger zone pursued by the master-of-disguise Camaleon and immediately running afoul of a vindictive brothel madame (Vergara). Along the way he discovers that the real villain is a defence contractor (Gibson) back in America, so he asks his former partner-in-crime (Michelle Rodriguez) for some help.

Every scene overflows with hyper-violent action and near-naked babes with guns. And the fast-paced mayhem is frequently played out as wacky slapstick, with movie in-jokes and a general sense of chaos. Aside from the amusingly straight-faced Trejo, the actors play everything for laughs. Gibson chomps mercilessly on the scenery during his overlong scenes, while Sheen plays with his own personal history while winking knowingly to the camera. There's also a continuous parade of A-list cameos, including Gaga, Gooding and Banderas hamming up their silly scenes for all they're worth.

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Cuba Gooding Jr. and Vanessa Williams - Broadway opening night of Motown:The Musical at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre - Arrivals - New York City, United States - Sunday 14th April 2013

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Selma Movie Review

Selma Movie Review

One of the finest biopics in recent memory, this drama manages to present someone as...

Selma Trailer

Selma Trailer

“What happens when a man stands up and says ‘enough is enough’?” So goes the...

The Butler Movie Review

The Butler Movie Review

This is an strangely slushy movie from Lee Daniels, whose last two films (Precious and...

Machete Kills Movie Review

Machete Kills Movie Review

Robert Rodriguez returns to Grindhouse territory with this B-movie spoof sequel that mixes hilariously knowing...

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Machete Kills - Alternative Trailer Trailer

Machete Cortez is a formidable former member of the Mexican Federal Police and happens to...

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The Butler Trailer

Cecil Gaines is a modest and dedicated butler at the White House who manages to...

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