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Following on from the controversy surrounding the all-white casting of Exodus: Gods and Kings, legendary Star Trek actor and King of the Memes George Takei has spoken out against the proposed casting choices for the American adaptation of popular anime Akira.
It was reported by Deadline that the cast choices included Robert Pattinson (Twilight), Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man) and James McAvoy (X-Men: Days of Future Past) for Testuo and Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy), Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Chris Pine (Horrible Bosses 2), Joaquin Phoenix (Her) and Justin Timberlake (Friends with Benefits) for Kaneda.
“The manga and anime phenomenon is mostly white in this country,” he told The Advocate, speaking out against the casting. “It originated in Japan, and, of course, it has a huge Asian fan following. But it’s the multi-ethnic Americans »
- Luke Owen
The Equalizer – a movie that desperately tries to spin Denzel Washington’s role as something wholly new and inventive, yet anyone familiar with one of Hollywood’s most established talents will know exactly the kind of performance Washington brings to Robert McCall. In what could essentially be a prequel to Man On Fire, director Antoine Fuqua creates a “different kind of superhero” by remaking a 1980s television series that originally starred Edward Woodward, finding a hero who lets his actions speak louder than words ever could. Denzel is a tight-lipped badass who knows his way around a home improvement store, but The Equalizer sets out to be something more than another action-centric thriller – an achievement that borders success long enough to hold our attention.
While updating the episodic source material, Fuqua does ensure that a subtle 80s vibe is kept in the sense of McCall’s Terminator-esque attitude. Denzel goes »
- Matt Donato
Denzel Washington is the latest actor to become embroiled in a situation involving the Sony email hacking scandal. However, it should be made clear that the actor doesn.t actually participate in the comments, instead he is simply the topic of them. According to reports, one Sony producer has been revealed saying that that the reason international audiences don.t go and see Denzel Washington.s films is because they are "racist." According to The Independent, emails were exchanged between Sony Chairman Michael Lynton, and an unnamed producer just after The Equalizer had been released in September. In an email chain acquired by the British newspaper, the producer declared that The Equalizer's gross of $191.6 million simply wasn.t enough, and that it had failed to achieve success outside of the United States of America because of the color of Denzel Washington's skin. He then added that films with »
Another early "Christmas gift" from the Guardians of the Peace - the group claiming to be behind the hacking and publication of, in some cases, damning Sony Pictures email correspondence; emails that have shone a rather unflattering light on the studio, and Hollywood in general, I'd say. Although, we really shouldn't be surprised by any of what's been revealed, quite frankly. Suspicions of inside workings of the business have only been confirmed, assuming you were in doubt. Let's just call these email leaks the gifts that keep on giving... This one comes courtesy of Radar, who claim witness to Sony correspondence challenging Denzel Washington's international box »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The Foundation for the Advancement of African-Americans in Film (Faaaf) announced its nominees for the 15th Annual Black Reel Awards Wednesday morning. Justin Simien's "Dear White People" and Ava DuVernay's "Selma" led the way with 10 nominations each. They were joined by "Belle," "Beyond the Lights" and "Top Five" in the organization's best picture category. Check out the full list of nominees below. Winners will be announced on Feb. 22, 2015. And learn more about what's going on this season at The Circuit. Motion Picture Outstanding Motion Picture "Belle" "Beyond the Lights" "Dear White People" "Selma" "Top Five" Outstanding Actor Chadwick Boseman, "Get on Up" David Oyelowo, "Selma" Nate Parker, "Beyond the Lights" Chris Rock, "Top Five" Denzel Washington, "The Equalizer" Outstanding Actress Rosario Dawson, "Top Five" Gugu Mbatha-Raw, "Belle" Gugu Mbatha-Raw, "Beyond the Lights" Tessa Thompson, "Dear White People" Quvenzhané Wallis, "Annie" Outstanding Supporting Actor Nelsan Ellis, "Get On Up" David Oyelowo, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Some years are just great for certain genres, and this year was a great one for action. All across the board were films within different subgenres stepping up and delivering great action set pieces and characters. Consider the shot on the revolving tank gun revealing the totality of carnage in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, or the tight line between insanity and sharp focus with the home invasion scene in The Guest, the shot of Chris Evans plowing through several baddies with an axe in slow motion during Snowpiercer, watching Keanu Reeves dispatching thugs with slick gun-fu in John Wick, or literally any scene from the action opera The Raid 2. Take all that together in the same year (!!!!) and it’s clear to see we’ve been spoiled.
But all that aside, only one person can take the title of 2014’s Action Hero. Action Heroes are like Highlanders, »
- Dylan Griffin
Nominations for the 46th NAACP Image Awards have been revealed and "Belle," "Beyond the Lights," "Dear White People," "Get On Up," and "Selma" are duking it out for the Outstanding Motion Picture Award.
Winners will be announced on Friday, February 6, 2015 in a two-hour televised event on TV One.
The NAACP Image Awards celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.
Here's the complete list of nominees for the 46th NAACP Image Awards:
Outstanding Comedy Series
. "black-ish" (ABC)
. "House of Lies" (Showtime)
. "Orange is the New Black" (Netflix)
. "Real Husbands of Hollywood" (Bet)
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
. Anthony Anderson - "'black-ish" (ABC)
. Kevin Hart »
Nominations for the 46th annual NAACP Image Awards were announced today across categories in film, television, music and the literary world. In the film arena, top nominees were Amma Asante's "Belle," Gina Prince-Bythewood's "Beyond the Lights," Justin Simien's "Dear White People," Tate Taylor's "Get On Up" and Ava DuVernay's "Selma." Check out the full list of nominees below. Winners will be announced on Feb. 6. And remember to keep track of the season via The Circuit! Film Outstanding Motion Picture "Belle" (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films) "Beyond The Lights" (Relativity Media) "Dear White People" (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions) "Get On Up" (Universal Pictures) "Selma" (Paramount Pictures) Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture Amma Asante, "Belle" (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films) Antoine Fuqua, "The Equalizer" (Columbia Pictures) Ava DuVernay, "Selma" (Paramount Pictures) John Ridley, "Jimi: All Is By My Side" (XLrator Media) Gina Prince-Bythewood, "Beyond The Lights »
- Kristopher Tapley
Paramount’s Selma, Universal’s Get On Up and Lionsgate’s Dear White People are among the Outstanding Motion Picture nominees for the NAACP’s Image Awards, which will be bestowed live on TVOne on February 6. On the TV side, Shonda Rhimes’ ABC trifecta of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder are all up for best drama. Here is the full list:
Outstanding Motion Picture
“Dear White People” (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions)
Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
- The Deadline Team
The Image Awards will be handed out Feb. 6 in a ceremony telecast live by TV One.
“Get On Up” star Chadwick Boseman, “Selma’s” David Oyelowo, Nate Parker of “Beyond the Lights,” Gugu Mbatha-Raw of “Belle” and Tessa Thompson of “Dear White People” are among the actors who were cited.
Boseman, Oyelowo and Mbatha-Raw are all portraying real-life people.
In the TV heat, ABC freshman “Black-ish” and “How to Get Away with Murder,” Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black,” Bet’s “The Game” and “Being Mary Jane” were among the top nominees. ABC did well, earning three of the five drama-series nominations. Also notable was Lifetime’s scoring seven of the 10 nominations in the two lead acting categories for telefilm/miniseries/dramatic special.
(Pictured: “Dear White People »
- Variety Staff
“Get On Up” star Chadwick Boseman, “Selma’s” David Oyelowo, Nate Parker of “Beyond the Lights,” Gugu Mbatha-Raw of “Belle” and Tessa Thompson of “Dear White People” also earned top acting noms. The Image Awards will be handed out Feb. 6 in a ceremony telecast live by TV One.
(Pictured: “Dear White People”)
Here is a full list of Image Award nominees:
Outstanding Motion Picture “Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films) “Beyond The Lights” (Relativity Media) “Dear White People” (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions) “Get On Up” (Universal Pictures) “Selma” (Paramount Pictures »
- Variety Staff
The nominees for the 46th annual NAACP Image Awards were announced Tuesday, lauding the year's best films and television shows -- among other artforms -- featuring people of color.
"Selma" led the pack with eight nominations, including nods for best picture, best actor (David Oyelowo), three supporting actor nods (André Holland, Common, and Wendell Pierce), and two supporting actress nods (Carmen Ejogo and Oprah Winfrey). Director Ava DuVernay was also nominated for her work behind the camera.
A partial list of nominees in television and movies is below. For the full list -- including nominees in the music and literature categories -- click here.
The NAACP Image Awards, presented by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, »
- Katie Roberts
• Jason Biggs and Ashley Tisdale have been cast as the leads of Drive, She Said. The story follows an unconfident, expectant father (Biggs) who takes a job chauffeuring prostitutes (Tisdale, Janet Montgomery, Bria Murphy). Husband and wife team Joe Syracuse and Lisa Addario wrote and directed the film, which was inspired by Syracuse's experience driving call girls around La. Jenny Mollen, Adrian Voo, and Steven Weber also star. [THR] • Chris Pratt is in early negotiations for Magnificent Seven. Antoine Fuqua is directing the remake, which stars Denzel Washington. The 1960 film for which its based followed seven gunmen who defend a Mexican village from outlaws. »
- C. Molly Smith
Now it’s getting busy. Awards season, that is. Judging from the frantic calls trying to schedule interviews and other things as various voting deadlines loom, I would say we are in the thick of it. Golden Globe nomination ballots are due back Monday. SAG nominating ballots go out now, and both key precursor verdicts will be announced next week along with AFI’s annual 10 best list coming out on Monday morning. La Film Critics will be announcing their picks on Sunday, then its the nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, which wound up predicting every eventual 2013 Oscar winner except Makeup and Foreign Film. There are junkets galore and tons of events going on in NYC this week, and here on the West Coast the activity is no less crazy, with several contenders trying to make any impression they can on voters — particularly Oscar »
- Pete Hammond
The Magnificent Seven: Chris Pratt (Jurassic World, above) is in "early talks" to join The Magnificent Seven. Denzel Washington is set to star in the new version of the classic Western, which tells the story of a poor, besieged small town that recruits seven mercenary gunmen to defend it from deadly bandits. Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer) will direct. [Deadline] Wonder Woman: Jason Fuchs, who wrote the upcoming fantasy adventure Pan, is in negotiations to write the screen version of Wonder Woman. Michelle MacLaren (Breaking Bad) will direct the movie and is leading the development of the script; Gal Gadot will star as the Amazonian warrior princess. [Heat Vision] Hotel Transylvania 2: Fun new photos from Hotel Transylvania 2 reveal scenes from a...
- Peter Martin
It seems like Chris Pratt is going to add another famous franchise to his filmography because he is currently in talks to join the cast of The Magnificent Seven remake. Denzel Washington is already attached to the film set to be directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day). Talks are still very early -- Pratt would be the second to join the group of seven.
Magnificent Seven centered on a group of American gunslingers tasked with the job of protecting a small Mexican village from a group of criminals. What really made the movie cool is that it starred actors like Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson, who would go on to become major movie stars after the release of the film. »
- Laura Frances
As if Chris Pratt doesn’t have enough giant tentpole films to deal with as he rockets his way to the A-list, the Guardians of the Galaxy star is now in talks to star in an actual Western, as opposed to a Western with dinosaurs or talking raccoons. Pratt is set to join a remake of Magnificent Seven, currently starring Denzel Washington, directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) and written by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side). An original draft of the script was originally being handled by True Detective‘s Nic Pizzolato.
Deadline reported Thursday that signing Pratt could be a big step in actually helping the film get made, with the remaining five cast members still to fall into place. Previously, Tom Cruise was rumored to be the lead, with Matt Damon, Kevin Costner and Morgan Freeman reportedly courted to join him. Although Pratt is no done deal either, »
- Brian Welk
The Magnificent Seven: Chris Pratt (Jurassic World, above) is in early talks to join The Magnificent Seven. Denzel Washington is set to star in the new version of the classic Western, which tells the story of a poor, besieged small town that recruits seven mercenary gunmen to defend it from deadly bandits. Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer) will direct. [Deadline] Wonder Woman: Jason Fuchs, who wrote the upcoming fantasy-adventure Pan, is in negotiations to write the screen...
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The library title, itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece Seven Samurai, was recently revised by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) and by True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto, who wrote a previous version. Antoine Fuqua (Southpaw, The Equalizer), who previously acknowledged the influence of spaghetti westerns on his approach to making violent, anti-heroes/gunmen films, is attached to direct.
The latest rework centres upon seven gunmen who come together in the post-Civil War Wild West to help a poor village against a band of savage thieves.
- Sacha Hall
Magnificent Seven tells the tale of an oppressed Mexican peasant village who enlist the help of seven gunfighters to defend their homes.
Pratt is in line for the role of a gunfighter named Farraday in the retelling.
Roger Birnbaum is to produce the film that has been in the works since 2012 and has undergone several script and cast changes.
Pratt recently wrapped up work on Jurassic World.
Watch a clip of the original Magnificent Seven below: »
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