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The 51-year-old actor adds another flop to his already long streak, but other actors aren’t betting their careers on only box-office bankability
The actor plays the Wolf in Disney’s ensemble musical “Into the Woods,” but his last leading man hit was 2011’s installment of “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Last year’s “Transcendence” fizzled, as did 2013’s “The Lone Ranger” and »
- Linda Ge
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Running Time: 126 minutes
Fuqua and Washington once again rejoin forces following their unforgettable collaboration on Training Day, for this reinterpretation of the classic TV show of the same name. Only this time Washington is playing Mr. Nice Guy. Many TV adaptations fail in the way they try and pay homage to the original, so it is with great joy we can say that Fuqua has no intention of trying to offer fan service. Although the spirit is very much alive, The Equalizer stands proud as an entirely separate entity.
Playing his calm and lovable self, Washington portrays Robert McCall, a man who lives a simple life free from nonsense or crippling responsibility. He’s far from the cold loner often associated with such films though, as we see »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Brands like Marvel and DC Comics now drive the box office and studio strategies, far more than A-list names
The fact that well-made movies will usually still succeed, and bad ones won’t, hasn’t changed. But it’s superhero brands like Marvel and DC Comics and high concepts that are drawing the biggest audiences to theaters today, replacing the A-list talent that formerly topped the multiplex marquees. »
- Todd Cunningham
★★★☆☆ Despite The Equalizer (2014) reuniting director Antoine Fuqua and star Denzel Washington, Richard Wenk's lacklustre script - based on the 80s TV show - prompts little more than a disappointingly predictable display of bloodthirsty wrath and vengeance. In a disservice to the actor's gift for psychological complexity, Washington's usual wit and charisma are hidden beneath a wooden mask of vacuous discipline. When he isn't at his drab sales associate job, former black-op Robert McCall (Washington) geometrically arranges spoons at a Edward Hopperish diner. His only relief from loneliness a brief exchange over Old Man and the Sea with Teri (Chloe Grace Moretz).
- CineVue UK
Sunday’s telecast saluted films about race, sexuality, addiction, gender issues
In a nod to the Oscar diversity controversy, Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards included a highlight reel of films showcasing social, political and race issues.
When the Academy Award nominations counted a white person in each of the 20 acting categories, social media erupted with complaints over lack of variety, carrying the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite.
See photos: SAG Awards 2015: Red Carpet Arrivals (Photos)
- Matt Donnelly
Chicago – The excellent film “Selma” focuses on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But just as important as King were the marchers from supporting civil rights societies, such as the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (Sncc), and their leaders like James Forman, portrayed in the film by Trai Byers.
Byers is an up-and-coming actor, with “Selma” being his first major film after stints on the daytime drama “All My Children” and the revival of “90210.” But besides “Selma,” Byers has a high profile part as Andre Lyon, the son of lead character Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) on the huge new Fox Network hit, “Empire.” The freshman drama has already been picked up for a second season, and its maneuverings within the Shakespeare-in-the-music-industry vibe has connected with viewers.
Photo credit: Paramount Pictures
Trai Byers was in »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Two new releases, both about missing women, topped the national home video sales charts last week.
The top seller, by far, was 20th Century Fox’s “Gone Girl,” an acclaimed mystery about a man suspected in his wife’s disappearance that grossed more than $167 million in theaters. The film bowed at No. 1 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks overall disc sales, and Nielsen’s Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
Bowing at a distant second, also on both charts was “A Walk Among the Tombstones,” a theatrical underperformer from Universal Studios starring Liam Neeson as a private investigator hired by a drug lord to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife. The film only earned $26.3 million in theaters after opening below expectations on the big screen in September.
Nielsen data shows “Tombstones” sold less than 38% as many copies as “Gone Girl.”
“Gone Girl” generated 38% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc, »
- Thomas K. Arnold
To celebrate the release of ‘The Equalizer’ on Blu Ray and DVD, we’re giving 5 lucky WhatCulture.com readers the chance to win a copy of the gritty, action packed thriller on Blu-Ray!
Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by, he has to help her. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalise the helpless, McCall comes out of his self imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer.
- Sam Driver
Even though Taken 3 may have shown that the “old guy fighting a bunch of people” model may be dying out, it seems like Sean Penn will try to revive it with the help of the director of the first Taken film.
The first trailer for The Gunman hit the web on Tuesday and showed that Penn could join the ranks of Liam Neeson and Denzel Washington as aged action stars. Penn stars as a former Special Forces soldier and military contractor suffering from Ptsd who tries to reconnect with his long time love, but first must go on the run from London to Barcelona and across Europe in order to clear his name. Directed by Taken’s Pierre Morel, The Gunman also stars Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, and Javier Bardem.
- Zach Dennis
Brown recounts daily “cocaine, alcohol, weed” use with his late wife in Lifetime interview special
While Lifetime TV’s Saturday event “Whitney” follows superstar Whitney Houston and the toxic romance that destroyed her, the network is directly following the Angela Bassett film with “Bobby Brown: Remembering Whitney” to offer her husband’s perspective.
In an hourlong sitdown with “Access Hollywood” host Shaun Robinson, Brown recounts his life and struggles with the national treasure: addictions that became crippling daily habits, infidelity and raising their daughter Bobbi Kristina in the midst of the chaos.
“There was a lot going on. Bobbi »
- Matt Donnelly
And the Oscar nominees are ... the whitest since 1998.
That's the truth as far as the acting categories are concerned. For the first time in 17 years, not a single person of colour stands to win an acting Oscar. [The Atlantic says the last entirely white Oscar nomination list was in 1995. We'll let them duke out which year it is.]
We here at Moviefone Canada looked at Oscar winners and nominees from the past decade to see how they stack up against the upcoming 2015 ceremony. We restricted ourselves to the acting, directing and screenwriting categories.
The definition of "people of colour," of course, varies widely. But when it comes to Oscar nominations, we largely considered people who don't come from an all-white heritage within the last couple of generations.
We plugged the numbers ... and 47 out of 350 nominees in the past 10 years went to people of colour.
That's 13 per cent ... and it's not enough. Especially when U.S. government statistics show that white people (excluding Hispanics or Latinos) make up only 62.6 per cent of the country's population. »
- Jesse Ferreras
This year Denzel Washington is once again America's Favorite Movie Star, according to a Harris Poll (a product of Nielsen) , making it the fifth time he's held the distinction, with previous wins being a 3-year run from 2006-2008, and 1 more victory in 2012, before spending 2013 in the No. 2 spot. Moving up all the way from No. 7 last year, to a second place finish this year, is the only star who has appeared on the list since it first began in 1994 - John Wayne. He may be long gone, but he's still in the hearts of many apparently. Also, the Civil War epic "Gone with the Wind" was voted America's favorite movie, in the same »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The Oscar nominations have been announced and these are officially the best movies of the year. Apparently. We guess. The Academy nominated them for Best Picture, so they must be.
In case you don’t have time to watch all eight movies between now and Oscar night, Feb. 22, we’ve drafted up this cheat sheet, so you’ll at least be able to pretend that you’ve seen them:
Who's In It: Phil from The Hangover, Bradley Cooper; that girl from that movie, I think she dated Jude Law? Sienna Miller; plus, it was directed by Clint Eastwood (if you don’t know who he is, ask your dad).
What's It About: The most lethal American sniper in U.S. military history, based on the book American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History (watch the trailer here).
Other Nominations: Cooper for Best Actor, Film Editing »
Update: Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs reacted to diversity criticism Thursday, telling Vulture, "The good news is that the wealth of talent is there, and it's being discussed, and it's helpful so much for talent — whether in front of the camera or behind the camera — to have this recognition, to have this period of time where there is a lot of publicity, a lot of chitter-chatter."
Despite a diverse year in film, the pool of Academy Award nominees is very narrow. That is to say most of the nominees are straight white men.
“Have you heard about this hot new trend called ‘white men’?” – The Oscars
— Kevin O'Keeffe (@kevinpokeeffe) January 15, 2015
Even more disappointing is the fact that not one person of color was nominated for an acting award. David Oyelowo, who earned tons of accolades and praise for his portrayal of Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma, was snubbed in the Best Actor category. His co-star »
The plot, which producers of the big screen action hits are probably actually considering at this point, revolves around a missing dog named Paco and, of course, Neeson’s “particular set of skills.”
Thankfully, the villain in “Taken 4″ is finally brave »
- Greg Gilman
Several new theatrical features arrived on disc last week, but none could budge Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s “The Equalizer” from the No. 1 spot on the national home video sales and rental charts for the week ending Jan. 11.
The crime thriller, starring Denzel Washington, earned more than $100 million in U.S. theaters and topped the Nielsen VideoScan overall and Blu-ray Disc sales charts for the second consecutive week, as well as Home Media magazine’s rental chart.
The highest-charting new release was Entertainment One’s “Left Behind,” a remake of the 2000 Christian thriller, starring Nicolas Cage and Lea Thompson, that grossed $14 million in theaters. The film bowed at No. 2 on the overall disc sales chart but could muster only a No. 6 debut on the Blu-ray sales chart, given that just 18% of its total unit sales came from the high-definition format.
Next was Sony Pictures’ “No Good Deed,” with $52.5 million in theatrical earnings. »
- Thomas K. Arnold
Put a gun in his hand and the 62-year-old Irish actor is the equal of Denzel Washington, Tom Cruise or Bruce Willis — stars in whose shadows he labored for the initial decades of his long career. As stars from an older generation of action heroes such as Harrison Ford and Sylvester Stallone age out of leading roles or gracelessly battled against the ravages of time, Neeson has stepped in to take their place.
Even though he himself is an older actor, Neeson fits the current zeitgeist. In an era beset by financial fraud and terrorism, Neeson has emerged as a figure of authority who knows how to operate in a world without rules. He is a tortured, brooding avenger for »
- Brent Lang
I don't know what it is about Liam Neeson running around inside a movie with an overly convoluted plot, but man, audiences eat it up. Not only did Taken 3 score a $39.2 million this weekend at the box office, but it even scored a "B+" with CinemaScore participants. Granted, "B+" isn't great in terms of CinemaScore, but it's far better than this mess of a movie deserves and impressive considering it was also up against NFL playoff football this weekend and showed growth over the weekend for what is the third best January opening of all time, just behind Cloverfield ($39.2 million) and Ride Along (2014) at $41.5 million. As for that opening, it's $15 million more than the 2009 original and $10 million less than 2012's Taken 2, but with a $48 million budget this one is going to be just fine once you tally overseas dollars as the last one nearly doubled the domestic total »
- Brad Brevet
On the success of History’s 2012 miniseries, Hatfields & McCoys, and amidst the rising popularity of African American history in film, the cable network is looking to revive one of the most acclaimed depictions of slavery ever committed to the screen. According to Deadline, the 1977 ABC miniseries Roots is rumored to be on its way to getting the green light very soon.
History acquired the rights to the series in late 2013 from the original Roots executive producer’s son Mark Wolper and the novel Roots: The Saga Of An American Family from the Alex Haley estate. Allen Hughes (of The Hughes Brothers) has also reportedly joined to direct the series, which will be written by Mark Rosenthal and Larry Konner. He will join Wolper and Marc Toberoff as an executive producer the miniseries.
Hughes broke out back in 1993 with his debut film Menace II Society, which he co-wrote and co-directed with his brother Albert. »
- William Fanelli
The arrival of Taken 3 leaves James pondering the appeal of vigilante movies...
Taken 3 is set to take cinemas by storm, with force and with Bryan Mills showcasing that particular set of skills and his especial resolve. Mills is, of course, played by the indomitable Liam Neeson, and the plot for this threequel revolves around the battle to clear his good (?) name.
He's been accused of a brutal murder that he didn't commit or witness, so now Mills is going to use that infamous skillset to hunt and find the real killer, all while evading the authorities who'd put him behind bars and his film franchise on hiatus. Oh, and the murder victim was his ex-wife Lennie (Famke Janssen), so there's bonus devastation and a whole can of emotional worms for the man to wrestle with.
For the third movie, then, it isn't just a family member that's been »
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