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Before founding the profitable audio-book company Dove Books-on-Tape in the mid-’80s,Deborah Raffin was a busy actress. The Los Angeles native landed parts in the 1973 film 40 Carats and in 1975′s Once Is Not Enough adapted from the steamy Jacqueline Susann novel. In the 1980s, she became something of a TV-movie staple appearing in such memorable fare as Mind Over Murder and Noble House.
But it.s her role as the girlfriend of Charles Bronson (an actor 32 years her senior) in Death Wish 3 (1985), one of American cinema.s finest hours, that will forever endear her to this movie geek. Raffin played public defender Kathryn Davis, who tracks down suspected vigilante Paul Kersey (Bronson), invites him to dinner, falls in love with him and, because she.s a love interest in a Death Wish movie, is promptly blown to smithereens. Raffin also had roles in Larry Cohen.s ambitious cult »
- Tom Stockman
Welcome back to Junkfood Cinema; death wish, thy name is Baconator. You’ve wandered foolishly down the back alleys of the internet, and arrived in a really bad neighborhood. By that, I of course mean a neighborhood full of reprobates with a predilection toward criminally bad movies. Sure, the denizens of the dilapidated Jfc tenements will surround the movie and stomp it liberally with mockery, but that’s simply the initiation. Surviving the onslaught of snark indoctrinates said bad movie into the gang, and much streetwise love is subsequently lavished upon it. That’s when we crack open a six-pack of Twinkies, or some other disgustingly tasty food themed to the movie, and chase away all semblance of respectable taste. This week, we strap on a Kevlar vest we know won’t at all save us and prepare to stand toe-to-toe with Paul Kersey. Who’s Paul Kersey? If you don’t know his name it only »
- Brian Salisbury
Charles Bronson as Paul Kersey wasn't done dealing with thugs in the original Death Wish. He went on to star as the famous vigilante in four sequels, three of which are making their debut on August 14 courtesy of MGM Home Entertainment.
In this Bronson-filled giveaway, we're going to ship one lucky reader the middle trio of Death Wish films on Blu-ray: Death Wish 2, Death Wish 3 and Death Wish 4. To enter for a chance to win, please fill out and submit the entry form below. The odds of winning can be increased each day you stop back to enter again for as many days as the contest is open. You must be a resident of the U.S. or Canada to enter.
Director demonstrates loose lips on the Geektime show.
The Death Wish remake has been assembled on the downlow to this point, with director Joe Carnahan letting out just a few key details here and there to keep the project in the periphery of fans. He has mentioned that the original novel will serve as the key source material for the new film, while also saying that this new version will be moved out west to Los Angeles. Specifically, what he refers to as the “hidden Los Angeles” of films like Collateral, Drive, and Heat.
Today on Sirius Xm’s Geektime show, hosted by Ralph Cirella on Howard 101, Carnahan issued an All The President’s Men-style confirmation as to who would play the lead role of Paul Kersey. Carnahan told the Geektime crew he couldn’t say who the star would be, but did say if the crew guessed correctly, he »
- Josh Converse
A few things were noticeably absent from the Season 6 Premiere of Burn Notice last night. There were no covers, no over-the-top accents, and no smiles from Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan). What few jokes Sam (Bruce Campbell) and Jesse (Coby Bell) threw out went over like lead balloons, because there was simply nothing to joke about. Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar) and Sam saw Michael compromising everything he stood for, burning fellow spies, deleting government files; he was doing Anson’s (Jere Burns) work at the snap of his weasel-fingers. Fiona and Sam had enough and came up with a plan that would snap Michael out of his funk and fight back–they might have snapped him a bit too hard.
It was Michael Westen unleashed as he put the Charger into overdrive and showed a side he rarely shows. He lost his cool, and dropped his normally steely-eyed, calm focus. Michael became »
- Ernie Estrella
Behind every great action movie, there’s some sort of flimsy excuse for the shooting. Here’s our list of genre’s five most common plotlines…
In screenwriting classes, they call it the inciting incident. For filmgoers, it’s perhaps quietly filed in the back of their brain as ‘the reason why the hero buys a gun and starts killing lots of bad guys.’
It’s often said that, in all forms of art, we’re really just telling the same stories over and over again – and so it is with the action genre. As chaotic and senseless as such films often appear to be, even the trashiest and ineptly made have at least a flimsy excuse for all the explosions and shoot-outs.
To this end, here are the five basic action movie plots as we understand them. The actors who play the heroes and villains may change, the settings may vary, »
Earlier this week, we reported that The Grey director Joe Carnahan will write and direct the Death Wish remake. The director later revealed on his Twitter page, that he was writing a role for The Grey's Frank Grillo, although he would not be playing the lead role of Paul Kersey. Yesterday, Frank Grillo appeared on The Matthew Aaron Show, and cleared up the reports on Death Wish, revealing Russell Crowe is being eyed to star as Paul Kersey.
Frank Grillo also spoke about the original incarnation of Death Wish, when Sidney Lumet was originally attached to direct and Jack Lemmon set to star, before director Michael Winner and Charles Bronson came on board. The actor »
Word came down earlier this week that director Joe Carnahan had already lined up his next project, hot off the success of his most recent, "The Grey." Carnahan is set to direct a remake of the Charles Bronson punk-killing classic "Death Wish."
News of the remake hit fans' ears and the world erupted in a cry of "Liam Neeson for 'Death Wish'!" but the director remained quiet about the project until Tuesday (January 31). Carnahan took to Twitter to give an update on the project and the way he intends on approaching it.
First off, Carnahan clarified exactly what the project is, a book adaptation instead of a film remake. "Guys. I'm doing 'Death Wish.' But this version is a re-imagining of the book and set in present day Los Angeles. The L.A. of 'Collateral,'" he wrote.
Beyond the source material, Carnahan explained how his vision of L. »
- Kevin P. Sullivan
Joe Carnahan will write and direct a remake of the 1974 Charles Bronson classic "Death Wish."According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sylvester Stallone had tried getting a remake off the ground a few years back but nothing materialized past the development stage."Death Wish" was a controversial 1974 crime thriller, loosely based on Brian Garfield's novel of the same name, that centered on New York architect Paul Kersey (Bronson), a man who becomes a vigilante after his wife is murdered and his daughter is raped by muggers.The film, directed by Michael Winner, was denounced by critics for its glorification of revenge and vigilantism.It was a commercial success, however, with four sequels following over a twenty-year period. Carnahan's latest film, "The Grey," won »
- Adnan Tezer
Yesterday, Twitter enthusiast Joe Carnahan promised his followers he would provide an update on the just announced remake of "Death Wish" he will be writing and directing. And, for those who stayed glued to their feeds, they got a little bigger window into what "The Grey" helmer has planned. "Guys," he tweeted, "I'm doing 'Death Wish.' But this version is a re-imagining of the book and set in present day Los Angeles. The L.A. of 'Collateral.' It's on buses, cabs, metro trains. I want to show an unseen version of L.A. L.A. on foot. Prowling. Hunting. The vast emptiness of downtown." This of course, would be a change up from the Brian Garfield novel (and the Charles Bronson movie) which is set in New York City, but really, the metropolis it takes place in is not key to the story. That said, the decision to »
It's just a couple of days since the announcement that, hot from The Grey's establishing itself as alpha at the box office, director Joe Carnahan was in the frame for a new version of Death Wish. There was no actual word from Carnahan at that point, but he's now taken to his Twitter account to share some thoughts on his approach to the hoary Charles Bronson pseudo-classic.Perhaps unsurprisingly, the line taken is that Carnahan is returning to Brian Garfield's original novel for inspiration. First published in 1972, the book actually revolves around an accountant named Paul Benjamin, rather than an architect called Paul Kersey, and is rather more ambivalent about its violent 'hero'. Michael Winner's film version - which had passed through the hands of Sidney Lumet and Jack Lemmon on its way to the screen - eventually took the path of scuzzy exploitation, and was much disliked by Garfield. »
I'm not sure what to make of this. Only hours after Joe Carnahan reasserted himself with the release of The Grey (my positive review is here ), the director was announced as the writer and director of a remake of Death Wish. Originally released in 1974, Michael Winner's Death Wish is a pretty slight film that nevertheless hit a nerve as fears of urban crime started to escalate. Charles Bronson plays Paul Kersey, an architect whose wife is killed during a home invasion that leads to rape; his daughter is caught up in the same event and is institutionalized as a result. Re-introduced to firearms during a business trip, Kersey takes to the streets of New York as a vigilante. Walking around alone at night, he deliberately invites criminal acts, then shoots the perpetrators. Death Wish has been on the table as a remake or reboot over the past couple decades. »
- Russ Fischer
A-Team director Joe Carnahan has scored another hit with his latest movie, the wolf-punching The Grey, and now it looks like he’s set to write and direct a remake one of the seventies most notorious movies, the Michael Winner directed Death Wish.
MGM and Paramount are reportedly developing the film which will be a, you’ve guessed it, reboot of the franchise which originally starred Charles Bronson as Paul Kersey, the mild-mannered architect who turns streetwalking assassin after his wife and daughter are attacked.
I wonder if MGM and Paramount already have a actor in mind for the Bronson role – after all where Carnahan goes, Liam Neeson is not far behind… »
In the midst of a recent explosion of rebooting popular franchises it has emerged that Death Wish could also be on the reincarnated horizon. Rumours are abound with stirrings that the franchise will indeed make a comeback nearly four decades after the 1974 original, directed by Michael Winner, yes that Michael Winner! Word is that Joe Carnahan has been hire to write and direct the project, in the first outing Charles Bronson played the role of Paul Kersey, who turns vigilante with revenge on his mind after his wife and daughter suffer a brutal attack. The film at the time was violent and quite a brutal action packed set of movies, which as a result definitely set the tone for future action movies. Death Wish spurned a total of four more sequels over the course of 20 years, culminating in Death Wish V which was released in 1994. Reports also suggest that in »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (gercooney)
Over the past few years, we've seen writer-director Joe Carnahan's career slowly pick up steam. After turning some heads with both Narc and Smokin' Aces, he eventually landed The A-Team, which looked like his ticket to bigger mainstream movies. Unfortunately, the movie didn't do as well as expected, pulling in just $77 million domestically on a $110 million budget, which meant there would be no sequel and no immediate offer of continued work. Fortunately, he managed to get his follow-up The Grey off the ground with a much more modest budget and now it is turning out to be an early surprise hit in 2012. It would seem that he may have found his niche directing mid-range genre flicks, and his next project looks to fall squarely in that category: a remake of the 1974 Charles Bronson revenge flick Death Wish. According to the L.A. Times, MGM and Paramount have officially hired »
Internationally loved cologne salesman, Charles Bronson, was already a massive star by the time he made Death Wish, but it’s his role as Paul Kersey that might be his most famous simply because he owns it completely. Sure he’s rugged and charismatic in The Dirty Dozen, he’s surprisingly vulnerable in The Great Escape, but in the Death Wish movies he’s in command and the streets bow down to him. So maybe a remake is in order? According to the La Times, that’s the thinking of MGM and Paramount, and the partnership wants Joe Carnahan to clean up from fighting wolves for The Grey and come help them out with it. It must be tough coming out of bankruptcy, but MGM really has nothing except remake concepts going for them. That’s pretty damned sad. Of course, the big question with a remake like this (beyond the fact that remakes aren’t doing »
- Cole Abaius
Back in 2009, Sylvester Stallone revealed that he was focusing on remaking Charles Bronson's 1974 film "Death Wish," but now comes word that the project is moving forward. Stallone's involvement is unknown. To push the project into development, MGM and Paramount Pictures hired Joe Carnahan to write and direct the remake. Carnahan is just coming off "The Grey," which topped the box office and is on track to become very profitable. The original "Death Wish" revolves around Paul Kersey (Bronson), a liberal architect who morphs into an assassin after his wife and daughter are brutally attacked. Kersey then undertakes a one-man mission to hurt and kill a host of criminals on the streets of New York. The movie was a cultural phenomenon and spawned four sequels in two decades. »
Like a dormant volcano waiting to erupt in a shower of blood-soaked lava, the Death Wish franchise has slumbered, occasionally nudging the seismic news--o–meters. Now there are real rumblings, with word that Joe Carnahan has been hired to write and direct a new take on Michael Winner's 1974 original (and Brian Garfield's novel).Winner's film saw Charles Bronson assume the soon-to-be-iconic role of Paul Kersey, a liberal architect type who turns trigger-happy vigilante when his wife and daughter are brutally attacked. Swearing vengeance on criminal scum everywhere, he stalks the streets of New York taking out his victims.Highly controversial and not exactly what you might call subtle, the film nevertheless sparked a wave of cinematic copycats and nudged the current action movie genre to ever more violent ends.Four sequels were pumped out across the next 20 years, but eventually things came to a grinding halt with 1994's »
Original set up with Sylvester Stallone writing and directing and starring (back when Stallone was suddenly on everyone’s radar again after the success of new “Rambo” and “Rocky” sequels), a remake of the Charles Bronson vigilante drama “Death Wish” is now back in the news, with “The Grey” and “A-Team” director Joe Carnahan the latest name attached to the encore. The LATimes quotes unnamed sources pointing to Carnahan (or Smoking Joe to his friends) to write and direct the remake, which first shot its way into the hearts of violence-lovin’ moviegoers everywhere in the very magical year of 1974. The film would go on to spawn four sequels, with Bronson starring as former Everyman turned killing machine Paul Kersey in every one of them. The franchise culminated in 1994′s “Death Wish V: The Face of Death”. Carnahan is coming off “The Grey”, a film that is poised to take the box office crown this week. »
The Grey director Joe Carnahan has come aboard to write and direct the Death Wish remake for MGM. We reported way back in November 2007 that Sylvester Stallone was planning on starring in and directing the remake, but he is no longer attached to the project.
Death Wish centers on Paul Kersey, a mild-mannered architect who transforms into a deadly killing machine after his wife and daughter are attacked. The original Death Wish, which starred Charles Bronson, is credited for revitalizing the action movie genre after its release in 1974.
No production schedule was released for Death Wish.
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