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The awards world was hit with a bombshell on Tuesday afternoon after news broke that a "significant faction" of the Academy wants the Best Picture field returned to just five nominees. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the old guard feels the current system has made the honor less prestigious and are using the low ratings of last month's telecast as proof that the expanded field doesn't work. The issue may be addressed as soon as the next Board of Governors meeting on March 24. Let me take a breath and prepare my reaction while you ponder this Hail Mary of a justification for a moment. (O.K., I'm ready.) Y'all crazy. First, let's discuss the "prestige" argument, shall we? In 2009 the Best Picture field was increased to 10 nominees because of the horror (i.e. embarrassment) that the out-of-touch membership had snubbed popular and critically acclaimed blockbusters such as "Wall-e" and "The Dark Knight. »
- Gregory Ellwood
It's a film that's on my Oscar 2016 predictions list, as Chiwetel Ejiofor could see another Best Actor nomination for his performance in the American remake of the Argentine crime thriller, "The Secret in Their Eyes." It was a role that Denzel Washington was reportedly offered initially, but it eventually went to Ejiofor, who is surrounded by actresses also lauded for their past work - Nicole Kidman (nominated for Oscar thrice, won once) and Julia Roberts (nominated 4 times, also won once). Billy Ray, known more for his writing of scripts for critically-acclaimed movies like "Captain Phillips," "The Hunger Games," "State of Play," »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The Magnificent Seven has found its another member, with Variety reporting that Ethan Hawke has signed on to reunite with Training Day star Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua for MGM’s remake of the classic Western.
Alongside Washington, the film is also set to star Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Haley Bennett (The Equalizer). The latest draft of the script was penned by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side), with True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto having previously been attached.
- Gary Collinson
In today's roundup of news and views: Martin Scorsese, Laurie Anderson, Nastassja Kinski, cinematographer Ed Lachman and novelist Siri Hustvedt on Wim Wenders, Gertjan Willems on Jean-Marie Straub's Kommunisten, Ilsa Leaver-Yap on Stan Brakhage, Damon Smith on Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, J. Hoberman on David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars and Ari Forman's The Congress, Frank Rich on Bob Hope, a new restoration of The Breakfast Club, awards for Xavier Dolan and Bille August; Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) will likely reunite with Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke; and it looks like Steven Spielberg will soon be directing Jennifer Lawrence. » - David Hudson »
Director Antoine Fuqua is having a bit of a nostalgia fest at the moment. Not only has he resurrected The Magnificent Seven and recruited old buddy Denzel Washington to take the lead, he’s now approaching Ethan Hawke about sharing the screen with Washington again.
The pair memorably appeared in Fuqua’s Training Day (2001) and Hawke went on to star in the helmer’s Brooklyn’s Finest (2010). Presumably the idea is to recreate the chemistry between original actors Steve McQueen and Yul Brynner.
They’ll be riding the range with Chris Pratt and Haley Bennett. John Hancock has written the script, which is an adaptation of an adaptation – the source material being Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai.
Four movies were made out of the Magnificent Seven concept, so MGM clearly have sequels in mind. Fuqua appears to be hitching his wagon to the franchise market of late – his last high-profile »
- Steve Palace
Ethan Hawke is re-teaming with his "Training Day" director Antoine Fuqua and "Training Day" co-star Denzel Washington for the upcoming "The Magnificent Seven" remake, which also Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Haley Bennett (The Equalizer) on board. "The Magnificent Seven" is a remake of the 1960 film, which was inspired by Akira Kurosawa's 1954 classic "Seven Samurai." The original version starred Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn and Robert Vaughn as a group of disparate gunmen who come together to protect a Mexican village from bandits led by Eli Wallach. The new film will be about a victimized mining town, taken over by a gold baron. The script was originally written by Nic Pizzolatto ("True Detective") and then re-written by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side). »
Director John Sturges' classic 1960 Western "The Magnificent Seven" will be remade as a big screen MGM Western by director Antoine Fuqua. Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke and Haley Bennett are the first cast members to be announced. The original film was based on another classic, director Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai". For decades, MGM has been trying to launch a remake of the film but the closest the studio came was with a moderately successful TV series. At various times, names like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tom Cruise had been linked to remakes that never bore fruit. The first movie spawned three big screen sequels between 1966 and 1972. At the time it premiered, the only big name stars in the cast were Yul Brynner and Eli Wallach. However, the success of the movie helped launch supporting actors Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn and James Coburn to full-fledged leading man status. German »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
The "Training Day" team is getting back together.
Variety reports that recent Oscar nominee Ethan Hawke is close to signing a deal to join former co-star Denzel Washington in a remake of the "Magnificent Seven" from their "Training Day" director Antoine Fuqua.
The 1960 classic was an Old West version of Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai," and starred Steve McQueen and Yul Brynner as two of the seven gunfighters hired to protect a Mexican village from bandits.
Chris Pratt and Haley Bennett are also on board for the remake, which would seek to capture the same critical and commercial magic that Hawke, Washington, and Fuqua created in 2001's "Training Day." The two actors also received Oscar nominations for that movie, with Washington winning the Best Actor statue. »
- Kelly Woo
Its journey along the trail may have been a slow one, but it seems that the Magnificent Seven remake is picking up the pace thanks to a new addition to the cast. Setting up a reunion for the Training Day trifecta, Variety have reported that Boyhood Oscar nominee, Ethan Hawke, will be saddling up with Denzel Washington under the direction of Antoine Fuqua. The film will also star Chris Pratt, who wasn’t in Training Day, and we really hope won’t have to suffer awkward laughter thanks to all the inside jokes that’ll be had as a result.
A westernised remake in itself of Seven Samurai, the 1960s film saw a lone gunman enlist the help of six other men to rid a small Mexican farming village of bandits. The new take, which was passed from The Blind Side’s John Lee Hancock to True Detective »
- Nicholas Staniforth
The original John Sturges-directed The Magnificent Seven had an absolutely stacked cast. Playing the titular group, the western brought together the likes of Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Eli Wallach, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, and James Coburn. That obviously gives the upcoming Antoine Fuqua-directed remake quite a standard to live up to, but the film is well on its way to making something. well, magnificent. News has come down from Variety that yet another big name has joined the Magnificent Seven cast . so we figured we.d shine a spotlight on this rapidly growing, awesome ensemble. The film still isn.t done adding big names, but here.s who is on board so far: When Antoine Fuqua first signed on to direct The Magnificent Seven last summer, it only took a matter of days before he was able to convince Denzel Washington to go on the adventure »
Although the new version of The Magnificent Seven was feeling more like an Equalizer reunion, with Antoine Fuqua directing, Denzel Washington starring and one of the film’s co-stars, Haley Bennett, aboard, we now have a Training Day trifecta instead. Ethan Hawke has signed on to share the screen with his old sparring partner Washington.Chris Pratt is also set for the film, which will once more see a small town – in this case built around a gold mine –threatened by a ruthless baron and his gang of thugs. When they kill several people in their attempt to take the place over, a young widow (Bennett) hires a bounty hunter (Washington) to dispatch the bad guys, supplying him with the necessary funds to hire six gunmen to help him in his mission. Which is where Pratt and others come into play. John Lee Hancock and True Detective’s Nic Pizzolatto »
The Oscar nominee will star in the remake of the 1960 Western classic alongside Denzel Washington.
The movie tells the story of a woman who hires seven gunfighters to protect her village from marauding bandits.
Roger Birnbaum is to produce the new film, which has been in the works since 2012. »
Another interesting casting development with regards to the completely unnecessary Magnificent Seven remake in the works. Variety is reporting that Ethan Hawke is one of the latest actors to join the ensemble cast lining up for this western. MGM, who released John Sturges' original Magnificent Seven in 1960, is developing this remake and currently has Antoine Fuqua set to direct. Fuqua previously directed Hawke and Denzel Washington in Training Day in 2001, and the two actors will be re-uniting with Fuqua for yet another project now over 10 years later. While this remake is pointless, at least the cast doesn't seem so bad. Reports are confirming that the ensemble cast of Fuqua's new Magnificent Seven, from a screenplay by Nic Pizzolatto reworked by John Lee Hancock, includes: Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Chris Pratt and Haley Bennett. So far. I'm sure we'll be hearing more names soon if production is slated to start this year. »
- Alex Billington
Variety reports that Boyhood‘s Ethan Hawke has entered the final stages of negotiations for a role in MGM’s remake of The Magnificent Seven. Should he lock down the part, we’ll be in for a full-blown Training Day reunion, as his collaborators on the 2001 cop thriller – Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington – are already on board to direct and star, respectively.
Hawke now stands to appear alongside man of the moment, Chris Pratt, who signed on back in December, and The Equalizer‘s Haley Bennett, who recently snagged the female lead. The matter of who Hawke will be playing is under lock and key, but logic suggests he may be one of the titular seven.
With regards to the story, very little has been revealed so far. We know that the movie will remake John Sturges’ 1960 original, and, like that classic it will concentrate on a small town whose »
- Gem Seddon
Nearly 14 years after making Training Day with star Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua, Ethan Hawke is reuniting with both the actor and filmmaker in MGM's The Magnificent Seven remake. Variety reports that Ethan Hawke is in final negotiations to join the cast, which also includes Chris Pratt and Haley Bennett. No details were given for Ethan Hawke's character.
The original Western classic The Magnificent Seven starred Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, James Coburn and Horst Buchholz as seven gunmen hired by a Mexican fishing village to protect them from the villainous Calvera (Eli Wallach). Director John Sturges' film was itself a loose remake of Akira Kurosawa's beloved 1954 classic Seven Samurai. This new version will be set in a gold mining town, with Haley Bennett playing a widow who hires seven gunman to protect her town from a gold baron and his thugs. »
The Magnificent Seven remake is also going to be a Training Day reunion. Ethan Hawke has just joined his Training Day director Antoine Fuqua and co-star Denzel Washington on the project, which also stars Chris Pratt and Haley Bennett. More details on the Magnificent Seven Ethan Hawke casting after the jump. Variety reports Hawke is in final […]
- Angie Han
It's been nearly 15 years since Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke played cops with conflicting ideas about how to lay down the law in 2001's Training Day. Variety reports they're now set to reunite for another Antoine Fuqua drama, a Western called Magnificent Seven (not to be confused with Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight), which will serve as a remake of the 1960 original starring Steve McQueen (which was also a remake of 1954's Japanese-language Seven Samurai). The film follows seven gunslingers who protect an oppressed Mexican village from a group of outlaws. Chris Pratt and Haley Bennett are also set to star. »
- Dee Lockett
It's officially a all-out Training Day reunion as Ethan Hawke has joined the cast of Antoine Fuqua's The Magnificent Seven remake at MGM. Hawke joins his Training Day director as well as co-star Denzel Washington in the film recently rewritten by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) after "True Detective" creator Nic Pizzolatto wrote the previous draft. The film, a remake of the 1960 John Sturges original, which itself was a remake of Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, tells the story of an army of bandits terrorizing a small Mexican farming village. Desperately needing protection, the farmers offer their last bit of money to a group of idle gunfighters. The men accept the job - not for cash, but for the chance to return to the action. The remake will move the action from a Mexican village to a mining town taken over by a gold baron. Ironically enough, I »
- Brad Brevet
Ethan Hawke is in negotiations to join what is shaping up to be an all-star cast of MGM’s remake of Western classic The Magnificent Seven, THR has confirmed. The move will reteam Hawke with director Antoine Fuqua and actor Denzel Washington, with whom Hawke worked on 2001’s police thriller Training Day. Chris Pratt and Haley Bennett, who appeared with Washington in Fuqua’s thriller The Equalizer, are also in the cast. The movie tells of a woman (Bennett) who hires a disparate group of gunslingers to protect her town from rampaging bandits. The cast of the 1960 original included Yul
- Borys Kit
According to THR, Ethan Hawke is in "final negotiations" to board Fuqua's "The Magnificent Seven" starring Denzel Washington. Hawke and Washington made box office bank back in 2001's "Training Day," which earned both actors Academy Award nominations and Washington an Oscar win for Best Actor. Screenwriters John Lee Hancock ("Saving Mr. Banks") and Nic Pizzolatto (a double WGA winner for HBO's "True Detective") base their script on Kurosawa's 1954 "Seven Samurai" written by Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto and Hideo Oguni. That tale of seven gunslingers banding together to protect a destitute village from blood-seeking bandits was first remade in 1960 as "The Magnificent Seven" directed by John Sturges and starring Steven McQueen. Chris Pratt and Hailey Bennett also boarded the project, which MGM began developing back in 2012 alongside a spate of other titles from its studio library including the forthcoming »
- Ryan Lattanzio
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