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Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson on the Oscars' Red Carpet Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson at the Academy Awards Eli Wallach and wife Anne Jackson are seen above arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, held on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The 95-year-old Wallach had received an Honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards in November 2010. See also: "Doris Day Inexplicably Snubbed by Academy," "Maureen O'Hara Honorary Oscar," "Honorary Oscars: Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo Among Rare Women Recipients," and "Hayao Miyazaki Getting Honorary Oscar." Delayed film debut The Actors Studio-trained Eli Wallach was to have made his film debut in Fred Zinnemann's Academy Award-winning 1953 blockbuster From Here to Eternity. Ultimately, however, Frank Sinatra – then a has-been following a string of box office duds – was cast for a pittance, getting beaten to a pulp by a pre-stardom Ernest Borgnine. For his bloodied efforts, Sinatra went on »
- D. Zhea
Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer) directs the film, which stars his Equalizer actors Denzel Washington and Haley Bennett, as well as Chris Pratt (Jurassic World), Ethan Hawke (Boyhood), Luke Grimes (American Sniper) and Vincent D’Onofrio (Daredevil).
Moura is set to play Vasquez, one of the titular Seven, and sets MGM up for some decent South American box office, where the actor has a very sizeable fan base. Previously, Moura has featured in Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium and the award-winning Elite Squad.
Written by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) and Nic Pizzolatto (True Detective), the story kicks off when a woman (Bennett) hires a disparate group of gunslingers to protect her town from rampaging bandits. The 1960 film, which itself was a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 Japanese-language film Seven Samurai, »
- Scott J. Davis
Were you a fan of westerns growing up and what is it about the genre you love?
Yes, my love of westerns came from my childhood. In Denmark where we grew up, we only had one television channel so my first encounter with films was westerns, and of course at that age the first movies you watch stays very strongly with you. I think every person is attracted to different things, but I think there was something in westerns, a combination of these landscapes but also a certain simplicity in the tales that attracted me. Westerns are moral tales, and the morals are quite easily accessible. I’ve made films which were much more psychological, yet westerns are not deeply psychological at all, they’re more mythical and more simplified and I think that I find that very attractive to work with, »
- Gary Collinson
Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. Hooper Sonny Hooper (Burt Reynolds) is the world’s greatest living stuntman, but his age is catching up with him as evidenced by the bevy of aches and pains his body is feeling these days. His long-suffering girlfriend (Sally Field) sees it as a sign that he should exit the business, but when a young upstart (Jan-Michael Vincent) threatens to outshine Hooper onscreen the veteran is forced to up his game if he wants to compete. I stand by the belief that ’70s Burt Reynolds is the best Burt Reynolds, and this light-hearted comedic romp is a prime example. Powered by a goofy mentality and Reynolds’ charisma, the movie entertains despite featuring the slightest of plots and an absolutely terrible stance on drunk driving. (It’s all for it.) The »
- Rob Hunter
Last week, we took a look at the career of Vin Diesel, who's ridden the Fast & Furious franchise into superstar status. This week's subject is another action hero who recently joined the saga and might be getting a boost of his own. Jason Statham Jason Statham is an unabashed throwback to an earlier kind of action star. Cut from the same cloth as guys like Charles Bronson, Lee Marvin and Chuck Norris, but sporting a rough and tumble English accent that differentiates him from »
- Chris Bumbray
Directed by Abraham Polonsky
Joe Morse (John Garfield) finds himself in a professionally precarious, if certainly lucrative, position. As one of New York’s top lawyers, he represents Ben Tucker (Roy Roberts), the city’s top dog in the racket numbers game. His plush office and impressive wealth are due to impressive commissions earned via Tucker, the latter whom, through Joe’s tireless efforts, has established himself as legitimately as possible. One of the smaller ‘banks’ that is soon to come under Tucker’s reign following the 4th of July rigged horse race is that belonging to Joe’s estranged brother, Leo (Thomas Gomez). The big race passes, leaving Manhattan’s smaller rackets broke, consequently forcing them to comply and join Tucker. Joe strives to sweeten the deal as much as possible for Leo, but differences of »
- Edgar Chaput
The cast of MGM's The Magnificent Seven remake continues to grow, with Luke Grimes in talks to sign on. If deal is finalized, he will join Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Haley Bennett, Ethan Hawke and Vincent D'Onofrio. No details were given for his character at this time.
The original Western classic The Magnificent Seven starred Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, James Coburn and Horst Buchholz who were hired to protect a small Mexican village from a ruthless villain named Calvera (Eli Wallach). The movie, which was a loose remake of Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, spawned a number of sequels and a TV series. No plot details were given for this new version.
Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer) is directing from a script originally written by Nic Pizzolatto (True Detective) and revised by John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks). Production is expected to start within the next month, »
We are honestly proud to bring the Golan-Globus epic, the flagship of Cannon Films, Death Wish 3 for its 30th anniversary. I’ve been wanting to show this film for some time now and lord knows people have demanded it (namely Jeremy Jones, who contributes to Dtb). If you haven’t seen any or the previous Death Wish films, you’ll be fine. They pretty much recap it in the beginning and let’s face it, there wasn’t really a heavy plot to Death Wish or Death Wish 2.
1985 / dir. Michael Winner / Digital
Charles Bronson brings out the heavy artillery in this gun-blazing, no-holds-barred thriller! Paul Kersey (Bronson) longs to leave his fighting days behind him. But when he arrives in New York to visit an old friend, he finds him gasping for breath in a pool of blood! Now the silent avenger must wage war »
- Andy Triefenbach
Although production hasn't gotten under way quite yet, Sony Pictures has handed out a January 13, 2017 release date for their Western remake The Magnificent Seven. The movie will go up against 20th Century Fox's Boss Baby on that same date. Those two movies are currently the only projects slated for release in the entire month of January 2017.
Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Haley Bennett, Ethan Hawke and Vincent D'Onofrio have signed on to star. No details were given for Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke's characters, but Vincent D'Onofrio is playing the villain and Haley Bennett is playing a character who hires these seven gunmen to protect their village. The original Western starred Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, James Coburn and Horst Buchholz starred as the seven, with Eli Wallach playing the villainous Calvera.
“They killed the Giggler, man!”
Death Wish 3 screens midnights this Friday and Saturday (April 3rd and 4th) at The Hi-Pointe Theater (1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, Mo 63117) as part of Destroy the Brain’s Late Night Grindhouse Film Series
The wonderfully preposterous Death Wish 3 (1985) sends Charles Bronson to a New York City portrayed as a vast burned-out wasteland with tenements occupied by terrified old people and the entire city dominated by gangs of unwashed thugs (and not a cop in sight). I’ve seen Death Wish 3 many times over the years and it becomes funnier as it ages. The action is overblown to comic proportions and I lose count of all the people who are shot, blown up, stabbed, beaten, pushed off of rooftops, and generally maimed during the course of the film. Death Wish 3 plays like Charles Bronson’s 90-minute shooting gallery. Thugs pop up from behind cars, »
- Tom Stockman
Vincent D'Onofrio may be joining the cast of the Magnificent Seven remake.
According to Variety, the Jurassic World actor is in talks to play the villain in the retelling of the 1960 Western.
MGM is in talks with Vincent D'Onofrio to play the main villain in The Magnificent Seven remake. If his deal is finalized, he will join a cast that includes Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Haley Bennett and Ethan Hawke. No details were given about Vincent D'Onofrio's villainous character.
The original Western classic The Magnificent Seven followed seven gunmen who are hired by a Mexican village to protect them from a villainous warlord. Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, James Coburn and Horst Buchholz starred as the seven, with Eli Wallach playing the villainous Calvera. The original movie was actually a remake of Akira Kurosawa's 1954 Seven Samurai.
Antoine Fuqua is directing from a screenplay by Nic Pizzolatto and John Lee Hancock. MGM will oversee production while Sony Pictures will distribute the remake. Both MGM and Sony will split the production costs. Shooting is expected to begin »
They’re brewing up some Bronson at Schlafly Bottleworks next Wednesday, April 1st! Hard Times screens as part of Webster University’s ‘Strange Brew’ Film Series (read more about Hard Times and the screening Here). The movie starts at 8pm and admission is $5. A yummy variety of food from Schlafly’s kitchen is available as are plenty of pints of their famous home-brewed beer.
Some of the Charles Bronson model kits that will be on display
As a bonus, I’ll be setting up the most significant collection of Charles Bronson memorabilia you’ve ever seen – it’s The Charles Bronson Exhibit, a one-of-a-kind display of movie paper, figures, models kits, toys, and other odd memorabilia all about the great action star. I’ve been collecting Charles Bronson memorabilia for thirty years now. I have suitcases full of Charles Bronson movie posters, stills and lobby cards. When I hosted the »
- Tom Stockman
“I suppose you’ve been down the long, hard road?”
You never know what’s brewing at Webster University’s Strange Brew cult film series. It’s always the first Wednesday evening of every month, and they always come up with some cult classic to show while enjoying some good food and great suds. The fun happens at Schlafly Bottleworks Restaurant and Bar in Maplewood (7260 Southwest Ave.- at Manchester – Maplewood, Mo 63143).
This month, they’re brewing up some Bronson! Hard Times screens at Schlafly Bottleworks Wednesday, April 1st as part of Webster University’s ‘Strange Brew’ Film Series. The ‘Charles Bronson Exhibit’, a collection of movie paper, figures, models kits, toys, and other odd memorabilia will be on display that night at Schlafly.
- Tom Stockman
It would appear that Liam Neeson is continuing his Charles Bronson-esque revenge spree with Run All Night. After countless of films that are all marketed in the same style as Taken and its sequels, you might be surprised to hear that this new genre exercise is more than just a run and gun thriller. In fact, thanks to a script that lends the occasionally exhaustive action some deeper meaning, Run All Night is one of the best films Liam Neeson has done in years. Now if only Jaume Collet-Serra was as interested in highlighting the drama as much as all the running around, we might have more than just a “good” action marathon.
Neeson plays former hitman and now current alcoholic Jimmy Conlon. Years ago he became notorious in the New York crime scene for his skills of disposing targets. His former boss Shawn Maguire (Ed Harris) has also »
- Michael Haffner
When you think about revenge movies, you may think of all three Taken films. Or maybe you are more into the cult-themed flicks and are reminded of Uma Thurman in Kill Bill or Brandon Lee in The Crow. Or, you could go all the way back to the immortal Charles Bronson in Death Wish. Whatever your favorite, revenge movies have a special place in Hollywood. From the schlocky to the Oscar nominated, revenge is a guttural human instinct that we can all relate to. Avenging our loved ones or »
- Alex Maidy
Plot: An alcoholic hitman (Liam Neeson) is forced to kill his beloved employer's (Ed Harris) son in order to protect his own estranged offspring (Joel Kinnaman). Now, father and son are forced to spend Christmas eve dodging assassins and and dirty cops, with the two being marked for death by every gangster in the city. Review: It's still hard for me to think of Liam Neeson as what he's become . which is essentially the 21st century's answer to Charles Bronson. As much as the sixty-two »
- Chris Bumbray
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Willem Dafoe, Dean Winters, Adrianne Palicki, Omer Barnea, Toby Leonard Moore, Daniel Bernhardt, John Leguizamo, Ian McShane, Lance Reddick | Written by Derek Kolstad | Directed by Chad Stahelski
Keanu Reeves has, in recent years, seemingly been making headway in to the action genre with films like 47 Ronin and Man of Tai Chi.Gone are the days of Keanu the funny mam, Keanu the heartthrob leading man love-interest and in has come a stone-faced bearded bad-ass. Yet, whilst both the aformentioned films have there fans – me included – neither really set the genre alight. However all that changes with John Wick – a return to the R-rated, arse-kickery of the genres heyday, that isn’t afraid to get bone-crunchily violent and bullet-riddled with blood…
- Phil Wheat
Liam Neeson moves one step closer to becoming the new Charles Bronson in Run All Night, the latest slab of amped-up urban mayhem he's found to perpetuate his rugged-leading-man-of-a-certain-age success now that the Taken series has run its course. Playing a longtime Brooklyn hitman who gets to take down a few more baddies during a long night's journey to oblivion, the actor has again found a violence-based story driven by family threat and the basest human emotions, which, along with clockwork outbursts of nasty low-life action, look to deliver a quick
- Todd McCarthy
In the late 1970s, a 19-year-old Mark DeFriest caught four years in jail for picking up some tools before his father’s will was probated. His stepmother called the police and Mark made a run for it, landing him in jail. Mark’s tendency to run has kept him there ever since. A compulsive (and talented) escape artist, DeFriest’s constant disciplinary infractions have extended his sentence to nearly 2080. The documentary, “The Life And Mind of Mark DeFriest,” the result of a 13-year effort by director Gabriel London, documents the horrific odyssey that DeFriest has made through the Florida prison system, a journey with no end in sight. A sort of American Charles Bronson (the prisoner), DeFriest’s antics have a mythic quality to them, and he is notorious in the prison system for his ballsy jailbreaks and mechanical skill, garnering himself the nickname “Houdini.” The son of a WWII Oss officer, »
- Katie Walsh
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