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Samuel L. Jackson Stars in ‘Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank’
By Denise J. Gibbs, Contributing Writer
Published July 14, 2022

Cast members and filmmakers join celebrity families for a special screening of the new movie at Paramount Picture Studios in Hollywood.

Actress Shanola Hampton with husband Daren Dukes, their children and friends. (Denise J. Gibbs/L.A. Sentinel)

The weather was excellent, and the atmosphere was filled with lots of beautiful smiles, and excitement on July 10, as the cast, crew, and filmmakers of the new movie “Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank” joined celebrity families, for a special “Family Day” held at Paramount Picture Studios in Hollywood.

Paws of Fury stars Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Cera, Mel Brooks, George Takei, Ricky Gervais, Aasif Mandvi, Gabriel Iglesias, Djimon Hounsou, Michelle Yeoh, Kylie Kuioka and Cathy Shim.

Dannella Lane with daughters Dayla, Dani & Dannah, Lane, & Friends, Judah, and Brittni Howrey. (Denise J. Gibbs/L.A. Sentinel)

Paramount describes the movie as “a down-on-his-luck hound Hank (Cera) finds himself in a town full of cats who need a hero to defend them from a ruthless villain’s (Ricky Gervais) evil plot to wipe their village off the map.  With help from a reluctant teacher (Jackson) to train him, our underdog must assume the role of town samurai and team up with the villagers to save the day. The only problem… cats hate dogs!”

In addition to the film screening, “Family Day” featured a variety of gourmet foods, desserts, and beverages during the fun-filled, outdoor event. Doting parents, such as the beautiful mom and actress Shanola Hampton, best known for her role on the Showtime dramedy “Shameless”, and her husband, producer Daren Dukes, were all smiles as they enjoyed this special day with their beautiful children and friends.

“Paws of Fury” poster spotlights Samuel L. Jackson’s character. (Paramount Studios)

After those activities, attendees viewed “Paws of Fury.”  Moviegoers appeared glued to the screen as the film played and everyone laughed simultaneously throughout the showing.


Michael Thomas Knight, age 21, said, “I like how the movie had a good balance of being an animated film, yet it appealed to adults as well.  There were some things said in the movie that kids wouldn’t understand, but parents and adults could understand, and get a laugh at. The movie was great from beginning to end and it kept everyone from all age groups entertained.”  It was a good movie, said, Michael.

Michael Thomas Knight enjoyed the movie. (Denise J. Gibbs/L.A. Sentinel)

Dannella Lane, an influencer, teacher, and mom, was accompanied by her daughters, Dayla, Dani and Danna Lane, and family friends, Judah and Brittni Howery. Sharing her thoughts on the film, she said, “We loved the movie, and its messaging that just because someone or something is different, it doesn’t mean that it should be hated or mistreated. In fact, they could be the very one who extends the helping hand that you may need.”

She continued, “Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have Samuel L Jackson delivering that message. Overall, it’s a great movie that the entire family will enjoy and hopefully take away something positive.”

The movie opens in theatres, Friday, July 15 and is rated PG. Watch the trailer at


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