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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 »
Editor's Note: We're proud to announce that we are now the North American home for Locarno Film Festival Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian's blog. Chatrian has been writing thoughtful blog entries in Italian on Locarno's website since he took over as Director in late 2012, and now you can find the English translations here on Notebook as they're published. To kick things off, we're posting his piece on Sam Peckinpah, who was recently announced to be the subject of the festival's epic retrospective this year. The Locarno Film Festival will be taking place August 5th to 15th. ***The life of Sam Peckinpah sits like a splendid diamond set between two glorious eras for American cinema, one already on the decline and the other still to come. Retracing his career means looking as much at the great classical tradition that preceded him as at the new directors currently leaving their mark on the imagination. »
- Carlo Chatrian
Ralph Taeger, a rugged 1960s TV actor who starred alongside James Coburn in two adventure shows and played Hondo Lane in a series based on the John Wayne film, has died. He was 78. Taeger died March 11 after a long illness at Marshall Medical Center in Placerville, Calif., where he owned a firewood business, his family announced. Taeger played Mike Halliday alongside Coburn in NBC's Klondike, which was set during the Alaskan gold rush of the 1890s and debuted in October 1960. When the series ended after 18 episodes in February 1961, the two transitioned to another NBC show
- Mike Barnes
“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
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 »
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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 »
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. »
Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington are teaming up again for MGM's long-in-development remake of "The Magnificent Seven" (the 1960 American western directed by John Sturges, which was itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai"). As recently as 2012, Tom Cruise was attached to star in the remake, although, at the time, there was no director attached. It was said that Cruise had long been interested in saddling up for a "Magnificent Seven" remake, but was not in his then immediate plans. "The Magnificent Seven" starred Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter and Horst »
- Tambay A. Obenson
After securing Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt for their remake of the Western classic The Magnificent Seven, MGM has brought on Haley Bennett to play the female lead. Deadline reports she beat out several other actresses in what is being described as a "starmaking role." The actress will play the widow of a murdered man, who lives in a gold mine town that has been taken over by a baron and his thugs. She hires a bounty hunter to get rid of these evil men, giving him enough money to hire six other gunmen to help their cause.
The original Western The Magnificent Seven debuted 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 portraying the villainous Calvera, who terrorizes a small Mexican fishing village. The Western, directed by John Sturges, was itself a loose »
The new season of Cinema Retro (Season 11) is here and the first issue, #31, has now shipped worldwide to subscribers.
Highlights Of Issue #31 Include:
Don L. Stradley's tribute to the first lady of kick-ass cinema, Pam Grier Steven Bingen presents our "Film in Focus": the modern film noir classic "Farewell My Lovely" starring Robert Mitchum- with exclusive insights from the film's director, Dick Richards. Howard Hughes looks at the making of the 1968 Western "Bandolero!" starring Raquel Welch, Dean Martin and James Stewart. Keith Wilton celebrates the glories of the long-gone widescreen process VistaVision. Cai Ross pays tribute to the late Ted Post, director of Hang 'Em High, Magnum Force and Beneath the Planet of the Apes Mark Cerulli takes a working vacation and visits some of the key Portugal locations for "On Her Majesty's Secret Service"and tracks down extras who appeared in the film. Jonathon Dabell looks back »
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The Interview and the geopolitical crisis it caused is arguably the most important movie-related story of recent weeks.
The story device featured in The Interview, the idea of a film featuring the assassination of the current ruling leader, is nothing new, and in fact is seen through much of film’s history. In 1941 a German-in-exile Fritz Lang shown an unsuccessful attack on Adolf Hitler in Man Hunt (this story was also told in BBC’s Rogue Male from 1976 starring Peter O’Toole). The Shaw Brothers used the actual newsreel footage of Queen Elisabeth visiting Hong-Kong (then a British colony) in their 1976 martial arts flick A Queen’s Ransom (a.k.a. The International Assassin) starring post-James Bond George Lazenby as an Ira assassin and Angela Mao as a heroine trying to stop him. In fact, the Queen of England might be the most popular assassination target among actual world leaders »
- Jakub Mejer
Cargill and I step into the ring to go a few rounds with another first film by a prominent director. This time, we spar with Walter Hill’s Hard Times. Charles Bronson plays Chaney, a drifter with iron fists who rolls into Depression-era New Orleans and teams up with local hustler Speed (James Coburn). The two of them proceed to dupe and deck every pick-up fighter in the area. Walter Hill (The Warriors, 48 Hours) demonstrates in his first outing a number of the thematic and character trademarks that would come to epitomize his work. Meanwhile Cargill and I make many of the inappropriate jokes and gleeful geek-outs that have come to epitomize Junkfood Cinema. You should follow Brian (@Briguysalisbury), Cargill (@Massawyrm), and the show (@Junkfoodcinema). Download Episode #40 Directly On This Week’s Show: Pre-Ramble [0:00 – 2:15] Hard Timers [2:16 – 48:22] Denouement [48:23 – 51:29] Films Discussed: [Click to buy, help us keep the lights on] Get In Touch With Us: Email Junkfood Cinema Follow the Show:
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14 items from 2015
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