Octavia Spencer

Octavia Lenora Spencer is an American actress, author, and producer. She is the recipient of several accolades, including an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, a Golden Globe Award, and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. She is one of two black actresses to have received three Academy Award nominations, the first black actress to receive two consecutive Academy Award nominations in back-to-back years, and the first black actress to receive an Academy Award nomination after previously winning.

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Being John Malkovich (1999)

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One day at work, unsuccessful puppeteer Craig finds a portal into the head of actor John Malkovich. The portal soon becomes a passion for anybody who enters its mad and controlling world of overtaking another human body.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Spike Jonze
CAST:  John Malkovich  •  John Cusack  •  Cameron Diaz  •  Mary Kay Place

One day at work, unsuccessful puppeteer Craig finds a portal into the head of actor John Malkovich. The portal soon becomes a passion for anybody who enters its mad and controlling world of overtaking another human body.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Spike Jonze
CAST:  John Malkovich  •  John Cusack  •  Cameron Diaz  •  Mary Kay Place

A Time to Kill (1996)

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A young lawyer defends a black man accused of murdering two white men who raped his 10-year-old daughter, sparking a rebirth of the KKK.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Matthew McConaughey  •  Sandra Bullock  •  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Kevin Spacey

A young lawyer defends a black man accused of murdering two white men who raped his 10-year-old daughter, sparking a rebirth of the KKK.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Matthew McConaughey  •  Sandra Bullock  •  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Kevin Spacey

Bad Santa (2003)

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A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid, and the security boss discovers the plot.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terry Zwigoff
CAST:  Billy Bob Thornton  •  Tony Cox  •  Brett Kelly  •  Lauren Graham

A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid, and the security boss discovers the plot.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terry Zwigoff
CAST:  Billy Bob Thornton  •  Tony Cox  •  Brett Kelly  •  Lauren Graham

Beauty Shop (2005)

Far from Chicago, hairdresser Gina Norris has relocated to Atlanta with her daughter and has quickly established herself as a rare talent in her profession. But after repeatedly butting heads with her shady, over-the-top boss, Jorge, Norris sets out to create her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bille Woodruff
CAST:  Queen Latifah  •  Alicia Silverstone  •  Andie MacDowell  •  Alfre Woodard

Far from Chicago, hairdresser Gina Norris has relocated to Atlanta with her daughter and has quickly established herself as a rare talent in her profession. But after repeatedly butting heads with her shady, over-the-top boss, Jorge, Norris sets out to create her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bille Woodruff
CAST:  Queen Latifah  •  Alicia Silverstone  •  Andie MacDowell  •  Alfre Woodard

Big Momma's House (2000)

When a street-smart FBI agent is sent to Georgia to protect a beautiful single mother and her son from an escaped convict, he is forced to impersonate a crass Southern granny known as Big Momma in order to remain incognito.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Raja Gosnell
CAST:  Martin Lawrence  •  Nia Long  •  Paul Giamatti  •  Jascha Washington

When a street-smart FBI agent is sent to Georgia to protect a beautiful single mother and her son from an escaped convict, he is forced to impersonate a crass Southern granny known as Big Momma in order to remain incognito.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Raja Gosnell
CAST:  Martin Lawrence  •  Nia Long  •  Paul Giamatti  •  Jascha Washington

Blue Streak (1999)

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Miles Logan is a jewel thief who just hit the big time by stealing a huge diamond. However, after two years in jail, he comes to find out that he hid the diamond in a police building that was being built at the time of the robbery. In an attempt to regain his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Les Mayfield
CAST:  Martin Lawrence  •  Luke Wilson  •  Peter Greene  •  Dave Chappelle

Miles Logan is a jewel thief who just hit the big time by stealing a huge diamond. However, after two years in jail, he comes to find out that he hid the diamond in a police building that was being built at the time of the robbery. In an attempt to regain his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Les Mayfield
CAST:  Martin Lawrence  •  Luke Wilson  •  Peter Greene  •  Dave Chappelle

Breakin' All the Rules (2004)

Inspired by his fiancée (who dumped him), a man publishes a break-up handbook for men, becoming a bestselling author in the process.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Daniel Taplitz
CAST:  Jamie Foxx  •  Morris Chestnut  •  Jennifer Esposito  •  Gabrielle Union

Inspired by his fiancée (who dumped him), a man publishes a break-up handbook for men, becoming a bestselling author in the process.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Daniel Taplitz
CAST:  Jamie Foxx  •  Morris Chestnut  •  Jennifer Esposito  •  Gabrielle Union

Coach Carter (2005)

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Based on a true story, in which Richmond High School head basketball coach Ken Carter made headlines in 1999 for benching his undefeated team due to poor academic results.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Thomas Carter
CAST:  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Rob Brown  •  Robert Ri'chard  •  Rick Gonzalez

Based on a true story, in which Richmond High School head basketball coach Ken Carter made headlines in 1999 for benching his undefeated team due to poor academic results.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Thomas Carter
CAST:  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Rob Brown  •  Robert Ri'chard  •  Rick Gonzalez

Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003)

After Elle Woods, the eternally perky, fashionably adventurous, famously blonde Harvard Law grad gets fired by her law firm because of her opposition to animal testing, she takes her fight to Washington. As an aide for Congresswoman Victoria Rudd, she pushes for a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Herman-Wurmfeld
CAST:  Reese Witherspoon  •  Sally Field  •  Regina King  •  Jennifer Coolidge

After Elle Woods, the eternally perky, fashionably adventurous, famously blonde Harvard Law grad gets fired by her law firm because of her opposition to animal testing, she takes her fight to Washington. As an aide for Congresswoman Victoria Rudd, she pushes for a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Herman-Wurmfeld
CAST:  Reese Witherspoon  •  Sally Field  •  Regina King  •  Jennifer Coolidge

Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (2005)

After her triumph at the Miss United States pageant, FBI agent Gracie Hart becomes an overnight sensation -- and the new "face of the FBI". But it's time to spring into action again when the pageant's winner, Cheryl, and emcee, Stan, are abducted.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Pasquin
CAST:  Sandra Bullock  •  Regina King  •  Enrique Murciano  •  William Shatner

After her triumph at the Miss United States pageant, FBI agent Gracie Hart becomes an overnight sensation -- and the new "face of the FBI". But it's time to spring into action again when the pageant's winner, Cheryl, and emcee, Stan, are abducted.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Pasquin
CAST:  Sandra Bullock  •  Regina King  •  Enrique Murciano  •  William Shatner

Pretty Persuasion (2005)

A 15-year-old girl incites chaos among her friends and a media frenzy when she accuses her drama teacher of sexual harassment.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marcos Siega
CAST:  Evan Rachel Wood  •  Selma Blair  •  David Wagner  •  Brent Goldberg

A 15-year-old girl incites chaos among her friends and a media frenzy when she accuses her drama teacher of sexual harassment.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marcos Siega
CAST:  Evan Rachel Wood  •  Selma Blair  •  David Wagner  •  Brent Goldberg

Pulse (2006)

When their computer hacker friend accidentally channels a mysterious wireless signal, a group of co-eds rally to stop a terrifying evil from taking over the world.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jim Sonzero
CAST:  Kristen Bell  •  Ian Somerhalder  •  Christina Milian  •  Rick Gonzalez

When their computer hacker friend accidentally channels a mysterious wireless signal, a group of co-eds rally to stop a terrifying evil from taking over the world.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jim Sonzero
CAST:  Kristen Bell  •  Ian Somerhalder  •  Christina Milian  •  Rick Gonzalez

S.W.A.T. (2003)

Hondo Harrelson recruits Jim Street to join an elite unit of the Los Angeles Police Department. Together they seek out more members, including tough Deke Kay and single mom Chris Sanchez. The team's first big assignment is to escort crime boss Alex Montel to prison ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clark Johnson
CAST:  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Colin Farrell  •  Michelle Rodriguez  •  LL Cool J

Hondo Harrelson recruits Jim Street to join an elite unit of the Los Angeles Police Department. Together they seek out more members, including tough Deke Kay and single mom Chris Sanchez. The team's first big assignment is to escort crime boss Alex Montel to prison ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clark Johnson
CAST:  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Colin Farrell  •  Michelle Rodriguez  •  LL Cool J

Spider-Man (2002)

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After being bitten by a genetically altered spider, nerdy high school student Peter Parker is endowed with amazing powers to become the Amazing superhero known as Spider-Man.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Raimi
CAST:  Tobey Maguire  •  Willem Dafoe  •  Kirsten Dunst  •  James Franco

After being bitten by a genetically altered spider, nerdy high school student Peter Parker is endowed with amazing powers to become the Amazing superhero known as Spider-Man.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Raimi
CAST:  Tobey Maguire  •  Willem Dafoe  •  Kirsten Dunst  •  James Franco

The Sixth Man (1997)

Antoine and Kenny Tyler are NCAA college basketball players, and Antoine is the star. Suddenly Antoine dies of heart attack and Kenny has to fill his shoes as leader of team. Some time later, Antoine returns as a ghost and helps Kenny in game and in life, but Kenny ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Randall Miller
CAST:  Marlon Wayans  •  Kadeem Hardison  •  David Paymer  •  Michael Michele

Antoine and Kenny Tyler are NCAA college basketball players, and Antoine is the star. Suddenly Antoine dies of heart attack and Kenny has to fill his shoes as leader of team. Some time later, Antoine returns as a ghost and helps Kenny in game and in life, but Kenny ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Randall Miller
CAST:  Marlon Wayans  •  Kadeem Hardison  •  David Paymer  •  Michael Michele

Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! (2004)

A small-town girl wins a date with a Hollywood star through a contest. When the date goes better than expected, a love triangle forms between the girl, the celebrity, and the girl's best friend.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Luketic
CAST:  Josh Duhamel  •  Kate Bosworth  •  Topher Grace  •  Nathan Lane

A small-town girl wins a date with a Hollywood star through a contest. When the date goes better than expected, a love triangle forms between the girl, the celebrity, and the girl's best friend.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Luketic
CAST:  Josh Duhamel  •  Kate Bosworth  •  Topher Grace  •  Nathan Lane

Never Been Kissed (1999)

Josie Geller, a baby-faced junior copywriter at the Chicago Sun-Times, must pose as a student at her former high school to research contemporary teenage culture. With the help of her brother, Rob, Josie infiltrates the inner circle of the most popular clique on ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Raja Gosnell
CAST:  Drew Barrymore  •  David Arquette  •  Michael Vartan  •  Molly Shannon

Josie Geller, a baby-faced junior copywriter at the Chicago Sun-Times, must pose as a student at her former high school to research contemporary teenage culture. With the help of her brother, Rob, Josie infiltrates the inner circle of the most popular clique on ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Raja Gosnell
CAST:  Drew Barrymore  •  David Arquette  •  Michael Vartan  •  Molly Shannon

Follow the Stars Home (2001)

Two brothers - one virtuous, one feckless - are in love with the same woman. She falls for Brother Wrong, carrying a torch for him even after he deserts her. But Brother Right remains steadfast and available. What's unusual here is why the bad brother pulls his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dick Lowry
CAST:  Kimberly Williams-Paisley  •  Campbell Scott  •  Eric Close  •  Alexa PenaVega

Two brothers - one virtuous, one feckless - are in love with the same woman. She falls for Brother Wrong, carrying a torch for him even after he deserts her. But Brother Right remains steadfast and available. What's unusual here is why the bad brother pulls his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dick Lowry
CAST:  Kimberly Williams-Paisley  •  Campbell Scott  •  Eric Close  •  Alexa PenaVega

Missing Pieces (2001)

Atticus (James Coburn) goes to the small Mexican town where his estranged son (Paul Kersey) was a resident to discover how he died.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carl Schenkel
CAST:  James Coburn  •  Lisa Zane  •  Paul Kersey  •  Finn Carter

Atticus (James Coburn) goes to the small Mexican town where his estranged son (Paul Kersey) was a resident to discover how he died.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carl Schenkel
CAST:  James Coburn  •  Lisa Zane  •  Paul Kersey  •  Finn Carter

Love and Distrust (2010)

This collection of five short films artfully portrays desire's ability to both empower and destroy those who encounter it.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lorraine Bracco  •  Warner Loughlin  •  Eric Kmetz  •  Diana Valentine  •  Daisy Gili  •  Darcy Yuille
CAST:  Robert Downey Jr.  •  James Franco  •  Amy Adams  •  Dawn Anderson

This collection of five short films artfully portrays desire's ability to both empower and destroy those who encounter it.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lorraine Bracco  •  Warner Loughlin  •  Eric Kmetz  •  Diana Valentine  •  Daisy Gili  •  Darcy Yuille
CAST:  Robert Downey Jr.  •  James Franco  •  Amy Adams  •  Dawn Anderson
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