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100 Essential Action Scenes: Swordfights

27 May 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.    

Sword fights, like one-on-one fights, target the emotion and power of each individual fighter, but are amplified by the extension of their weapon. Whereas one-on-one fights test the might and bronze of our competitors, sword fights add an extra element of intelligence and skill. A fighter can scrape by through luck in a brawl of fists, but a sword (and knife) fight exposes the true strengths and weaknesses of its opponents.


10. Rob Roy (1995) – No quarter asked, no quarter given

Roger Ebert called the final duel between Rob Roy (Liam Neeson, in a »

- Shane Ramirez

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The 57 Greatest Westerns Ever, Ranked

26 May 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

It's fitting that Clint Eastwood and John Wayne both have the same birthday week. (Wayne, who died in 1979, was born May 26, 1907, while Eastwood turns 85 on May 31). After all, these two all-American actors' careers span the history of that most American of movie genres, the western.

Both iconic actors were top box office draws for decades, both seldom stretched from their familiar personas, and both played macho, conservative cowboy heroes who let their firearms do most of the talking. Each represented one of two very different strains of western, the traditional and the revisionist.

As a birthday present to Hollywood's biggest heroes of the Wild West, here are the top 57 westerns you need to see.

57. 'Meek's Cutoff' (2010)

Indie filmmaker Kelly Reichardt and her frequent leading lady, Michelle Williams, are the talents behind this sparse, docudrama about an 1845 wagon train whose Oregon Trail journey goes horribly awry. It's an intense »

- Gary Susman

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Kurzel brings a modern touch to the Bard

24 May 2015 3:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Justin Kurzel may well succeed in making Shakespeare cool again for mainstream cinemagoers judging by the mostly ecstatic reviews in Cannes for Macbeth.

Screened in competition on Saturday, the See-Saw Films production stars Michael Fassbender as the Scottish lord and Marion Cotillard as his ambitious wife.

Reviewers heaped praise on the Snowtown director, the leads. performances and Adam Arkapaw.s luminous cinematography, and some are bullish about its B.O. prospects.

Transmission will launch the film shot in England and Scotland in Pctober Australia and The Weinstein Co will distribute in the Us.

.Although tradition is upheld with a Dark Ages-Early Christian period setting, actually shot in Scotland for once, in most other respects Australian director Justin Kurzel filters Shakespeare's tragic story of murderous ambition through a resolutely modern sensibility,. declared The Hollywood Reporter.s Leslie Felperin. .Comparisons with Game of Thrones will be inevitable, and not always flatteringly intended, »

- Don Groves

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Rave Reviews For MacBeth As It Opens At Cannes 2015; New Clips Feature Michael Fassbender And Marion Cotillard

23 May 2015 11:01 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

#Redcarpet MacBeth by Justin Kurzel #Cannes2015

— Festival de Cannes (@Festival_Cannes) May 23, 2015

Of all of William Shakespeare’s classic works, Macbeth must surely be amongst his most famous.

Certainly, in the more than 400 years since its first publication, it has been one of the most frequently adapted; revived regularly on stage and re-envisioned time and again in the age of cinema and television.

Now comes a bold and daring version starring Academy-Award nominee Michael Fassbender (12 Years A Slave) and Academy-Award winner Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose).

Directed by Justin Kurzel (Snowtown), MacBeth had its World Premiere at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and was the final movie to screen in Competition.

In his review, Guy Lodge (Variety) praises the director’s “thrillingly elemental new adaptation. Fearsomely visceral and impeccably performed, it’s a brisk, bracing update, even as it remains exquisitely in period.”

The »

- Michelle McCue

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Review: Michael Fassbender descends into a fog of madness in ‘Macbeth’

23 May 2015 10:55 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Cannes — This Scottish General is a mad warrior. He takes down one victim after another, seemingly fueled by an endless stream of rage. He applies war paint to the faces of his teenage soldiers and throws them onto the battlefield, eventually haunted by their wasted deaths. Constant war has made Macbeth a man on the edge of madness, and that’s exactly what director Justin Kurzel wants to exploit in his stylistic new adaptation of William Shakespeare’s classic play.    One of Shakespeare’s most acclaimed creations, “Macbeth” has been adapted as a film or TV film at least 15 times in some form or another, with the most notable interpretations coming from Orson Wells, Roman Polanski and Akira Kurosawa (“Throne of Blood”). Kurzel differentiates his predecessors by incorporating a striking and gritty aesthetic to the proceedings while also abridging the story to allow for a shorter movie-going experience. (Polanski’s »

- Gregory Ellwood

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The Magnificent Seven Remake Just Picked Up The Perfect Villain

21 May 2015 8:26 AM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The idea of a Magnificent Seven remake was initially met with jeers and cynism, but now that Sony Pictures continues to beef up its cast with an all-star ensemble, public opinion is swaying. The latest addition to join this remake of a remake is Peter Sarsgaard, and if his body of work is any indication, he's going to make a great antagonist. Variety first reported the news of Sarsgaard, who's known for roles in Lovelace (playing a scumbag pornographer), Green Lantern (as the mentally unstable Hector Hammond), Jarhead, Orphan, and Flightplan, among many others. According to the trade, he'll play the film's main villain, that of the robber baron named Bartholomew Bogue. The original Magnicent Seven, released in 1960 as a remake of director Akira Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai, followed seven gunslingers who protect a small Mexican village from a gang »

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Peter Sarsgaard Joins Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt in MGM’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ Remake

20 May 2015 1:17 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Peter Sarsgaard has joined the cast of the remake of “The Magnificent Seven,” TheWrap has learned. From director Antoine Fuqua, the A-list cast also boasts Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Wagner Moura, Haley BennettJason Momoa and Matt Bomer. The upcoming MGM movie is a modern take on the 1960 film “The Magnificent Seven,” which follows seven gunfighters who help defend their homes in an oppressed Mexican village. Also Read: Sundance: Peter Sarsgaard, Winona Ryder, 'Experimenter' Director Talk Torture (Video) Roger Birnbaum will produce the film, based on Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai.” Sony Pictures will co-finance the project. »

- Matt Donnelly

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Peter Sarsgaard to Play Villain in ‘Magnificent Seven’ Remake (Exclusive)

20 May 2015 12:45 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Peter Sarsgaard is in final negotiations to play the villain in MGM and Sony’s “The Magnificent Seven” remake. He’ll be joining an all-star cast that includes Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke.

Vincent D’Onofrio, Haley Bennett and Luke Grimes are also set to star, with Antoine Fuqua directing.

Sony and MGM are splitting the cost evenly, with Sony distributing the pic, while MGM oversees production.

The 1960 film, a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s “The Seven Samurai,” starred Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen. It centered on seven gunslingers who protect an oppressed Mexican village from a group of outlaws.

The script was most recently reworked by John Lee Hancock after “True Detective” creator Nic Pizzolatto wrote the previous draft.

Sarsgaard, who recently signed with Wme, has already had a busy year with two Sundance pics, “Pawn Sacrifice” and “The Experimenter,” bowing to great reviews. He can be »

- Justin Kroll

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Akira Kurosawa Said Watching a Satyajit Ray Film Is Like "Seeing the Sun or Moon"

20 May 2015 9:04 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

As Janus Films' restoration of "The Apu Trilogy" makes the arthouse rounds, here's what cinema luminary Akira Kurosawa had to say about Satyajit Ray in 1975: The quiet but deep observation, understanding and love of the human race, which are characteristic of all his films, have impressed me greatly. … I feel that he is a “giant” of the movie industry. Not to have seen the cinema of Ray means existing in the world without seeing the sun or the moon. I can never forget the excitement in my mind after seeing it (Pather Panchali). It is the kind of cinema that flows with the serenity and nobility of a big river. People are born, live out their lives, and then accept their deaths. Without the least effort and without any sudden jerks, Ray paints his picture, but its effect on the audience is to stir up deep passions. How does he achieve this? »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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The Week in Blu-ray: UK Edition – A Most Violent Year, Foxcatcher, Into The Woods, Orange Is The New Black Season 2

19 May 2015 12:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Senior Staff Writer and Blu-ray nut Scott Davis takes his weekly look at what’s new and hot in the world of Blu-ray…

In this week’s UK edition, we have Steve Carell and Channing Tatum wrestling in Foxcatcher, lots of singing in the woods with Meryl Streep and Anna Kendrick in Into The Woods, and arguably the best film of 2015 so far, A Most Violent Year, starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain

A Most Violent Year

One of the outstanding films of 2015 so far, J.C. Chandor’s magnificent epic stars Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola and Albert Brooks and is set in 1981, New York City’s most violent year ever.

See Also: Read our review of A Most Violent Year here


Acclaimed with a huge standing ovation at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, director Bennett Miller’s excellent sports drama was not as successful »

- Scott J. Davis

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'The Magnificent Seven' Remake Casts Matthew Bomer

14 May 2015 2:31 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The cast of MGM's Western remake The Magnificent Seven continues to grow, with actor Matthew Bomer signing on. The actor will play the husband of Haley Bennett's character, the woman who hires seven mysterious gunmen to protect her town from a gang of bandits, lead by a nefarious robber baron. The cast also includes Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Luke Grimes, Jason Momoa, Wagner Moura and Byung-hun Lee, although no specific details were given regarding their characters.

The original Western The Magnificent Seven was released in 1960, starring Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, James Coburn and Horst Buchholz as the seven gunmen, with Eli Wallach playing the villainous Calvera. The movie itself was a remake of Akira Kurosawa's 1954 classic Seven Samurai. The Western spawned a number of sequels such as Return of the Magnificent Seven, The Magnificent Seven Ride!, Guns of the Magnificent Seven »

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George Lucas: 25 Things You Didn't Know About the 'Star Wars' Guru

14 May 2015 5:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

George Lucas didn't just create the "Star Wars" universe. The filmmaker, who turns 71 on May 14, pretty much created the cinematic universe we live in now, the ones whose cornerstones include the Thx sound system at your multiplex, the Pixar movies that have dominated animation for the past 20 years, and the Industrial Light & Magic special-effects house, whose aesthetic has ruled the Hollywood blockbuster for nearly four decades. He's the pioneer of the effects-driven action spectacle and the conversion from celluloid to digital, the two trends that, for better and worse, have defined Hollywood's output for nearly 20 years.

As ubiquitous as Lucas and his creations loom in our cinematic dreamscapes, there's still a lot that most people don't know about him, from how he got his start to the famous folks who mentored him or were mentored by him, from the size of his fortune to what he plans to do now »

- Gary Susman

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Cannes: Japan Day Highlights Past and Present Cinema Achievements

12 May 2015 9:55 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Japan is to give its film industry a major push at Cannes this week with a conference series. Japan has also taken a pavilion in the Cannes Village for the first time since 2010.

The three day seminar series (May 16-18) will cover topics including sourcing talent between Japan and Hollywood; new models for successfully structuring Japanese co-productions; and how to tap into Japan’s massive Manga and gaming industries with a view to establishing global film franchises.

The series culminates with ‘Japan Day’ on Monday (May 18) and the ‘Power Players Panel Discussion. It will feature CEOs and top executives from Japan’s largest film companies, presenting their latest projects and vision for tackling the international marketplace.

Speakers in the earlier sessions include: France’s Samuel Hadida (“Resident Evil,” “Silent Hill”) and Tetsu Fujimura, producer of the upcoming manga adaptation “Ghost in the Shell,” starring Scarlett Johansson; and director Yoko Narahashi, »

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Cannes: Japan makes global push with Japan Day Project

11 May 2015 12:33 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Japan is launching a new promotional initiative designed to boost the global market for Japanese films, TV, manga and other contents  – Japan Day Project (Jdp) – at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Backed by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industr (Meti), Jdp is hosting a Japan Pavilion at Cannes that will showcase Japanese content, as well as organising a comprehensive programme of seminars, show reel screenings and networking events.

“Our goals are two-fold,” said Japan Day Project brand manager Mika Morishita. “First, we will create platforms for Japanese industry professionals to build valuable business partnerships with international counterparts.

“Second, we will bring the best of Japanese culture and entertainment to influential audiences, establishing lasting personal connections between Japan and global consumers.”

The seminars programme – New Gateways to the Japanese Industry – features speakers such as casting director Yoko Narahashi, who introduced Ken Watanabe and Rinko Kikuchi to Hollywood, and Paris-based producer Masa Sawada, whose credits »

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The Apu Trilogy

11 May 2015 3:20 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Pather PanchaliMy memories of Satyajit Ray's work before this year are blurred—they come up but they don't come out concretely developed. They aren't stenciled into the cohesive aesthetic dominating my attitude toward art. The first is gooey and, not surprisingly, Oscarized. His supporters in Hollywood knew of his terminal illness and in 1992 he was awarded a lifetime achievement Oscar, “in recognition of his rare mastery of the art of motion pictures, and of his profound humanitarian outlook, which has had an indelible influence on filmmakers and audiences throughout the world,” a few weeks before his death. Speaking from his deathbed, it was one of the first videotaped acceptance speeches. A diminished man, Ray cradled the glistening award, as the producers cut away from Ray’s words for two close-ups of the little golden man. Nevertheless, Ray came off witty when recounting writing to Ginger Rodgers and Billy Wilder »

- Greg Gerke

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Week in Review: ‘Captain America: Civil War’ adds Paul Rudd, Martin Freeman, Emily VanCamp

8 May 2015 12:47 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


We’re just a week removed from The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and already people are moving on to talk about the next one. Captain America: Civil War is the next chapter (after Ant-Man) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and this one, (really, you guys) is the one you’ve been waiting for, not the one that came out seven days ago, whatever it was called.

The film involves a rift between the Avengers, particularly Captain America and Iron Man, and how Cap leads the new Avengers to deal with some political strife. We already know that it’s set to include a cameo with Spider-man, but now several other cast members were announced this week. First, Emily VanCamp, who appeared in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, will be reprising her role. Second is Paul Rudd, who after being introduced in Ant-Man will make an appearance in Civil War as well. »

- Brian Welk

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The All-Star 'Magnifcent Seven' Cast Is Nearly Done - Here's Who Is In It So Far

6 May 2015 3:15 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Last year director Antoine Fuqua told us that the one movie he wished he could get his hands on for a remake was Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai. But since that wasn't possible, he's taking on the next best thing: The Magnificent Seven. When we spoke to him, the only person who had been officially cast in the movie was his Equalizer star: "I've got Denzel and then we're going to start assembling in the next week or two. We don't film until next year, but to get all the great actors we want, you've got to get the schedules right, and that's very tough to do." Fast forward to this year and it seems all of those schedules have finally started aligning as more and more cast have been announced. Presenting Antoine Fuqua's Magnifcent...

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Carol Reed’s The Third Man To Get 4K Restoration And Release

6 May 2015 1:10 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

New York-based distributor Rialto Pictures will release Carol Reed’s Film Noir masterpiece The Third Man in a major 4K restoration – the first ever for the 1949 mega-classic.

The new restoration has its world premiere this month in the “Cannes Classics” section of the Cannes Film Festival, with U.S. openings at New York’s Film Forum on June 26 (2-week run) and L.A.’s Nuart on July 3. Engagements in San Francisco, Washington, DC, Seattle, Philadelphia and other major markets will follow.

A rare collaboration of legendary producers Alexander Korda and David O. Selznick, The Third Man was Reed’s second teaming with novelist/screenwriter Graham Greene. An instant critical and commercial sensation, it won the Palme D’Or at Cannes, the British Film Academy’s Best British Film award, and an Academy Award for Robert Krasker’s expressionist, now iconic b&w cinematography, and was also Oscar-nominated for Best Director. »

- Michelle McCue

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'Magnificent Seven' Remake Lines Up 'Aquaman' Jason Momoa

5 May 2015 12:36 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Aquaman star Jason Momoa is in talks to join the star-studded cast of MGM's The Magnificent Seven. If a deal is finalized, the actor will play one of "the main heavies." He will not be playing the primary villain, described as a "robber baron, who has yet to be cast. Byung-hun Lee has also signed on to star as a character named Billy Rocks, but no further details were given. The project is a remake of the 1960 Western of the same name, which itself was a loose remake of Akira Kurosawa's 1954 classic Seven Samurai.

Jason Momoa and Byung-hun Lee join a cast that already includes Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Haley Bennett, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Luke Grimes and Wagner Moura. No details have been given for any of the other cast members' characters at this time. The story centers on a young woman (Haley Bennett), who hires seven gunslingers »

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Jason Momoa Eyes MGM’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ Remake

5 May 2015 12:04 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jason Momoa is in talks to join the all-star cast of Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke in MGM and Sony’s “Magnificent Seven” remake.

Vincent D’Onofrio, Haley Bennett and Luke Grimes are also set to star, with Antoine Fuqua directing.

Sony and MGM are splitting the cost evenly, with Sony distributing the pic. MGM will oversee production.

The 1960 film, a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s “The Seven Samurai,” starred Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen. It centered on seven gunslingers who protect an oppressed Mexican village from a group of outlaws.

The script was most recently reworked by John Lee Hancock after “True Detective” creator Nic Pizzolatto wrote the previous draft.

Production is expected to start within the next month as Fuqua assembles the remaining castmembers.

Momoa can currently be seen on the Sundance Channel series “Red Road” and is also set to play Aquaman in Warner Bros.’ “Batman v. »

- Justin Kroll

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