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Sony Pictures Television Partners With South Korean Cross-Over Star Byung-hun Lee

Sony Pictures Television has struck a development deal with South Korean star Byung-hun Lee's Bh Entertainment, a leading regional talent agency in Seoul.

The partners will work together to develop Korean and U.S. adaptations, remakes and originals for both the Korean and U.S. markets.

"South Korean drama is of increasing interest to Sony's International Production team," said Wayne Garvie, president of international production at Sony Pictures Television. "Given the quality of content produced in South Korea, the industry there has proven itself to be an innovative creator of great content with a global reach.”

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Sony Pictures Television Partners With South Korean Cross-Over Star Byung-hun Lee

Sony Pictures Television has struck a development deal with South Korean star Byung-hun Lee's Bh Entertainment, a leading regional talent agency in Seoul.

The partners will work together to develop Korean and U.S. adaptations, remakes and originals for both the Korean and U.S. markets.

"South Korean drama is of increasing interest to Sony's International Production team," said Wayne Garvie, president of international production at Sony Pictures Television. "Given the quality of content produced in South Korea, the industry there has proven itself to be an innovative creator of great content with a global reach.”

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Ellis & Hamner’s Red & Red 2 get 4K Ultra HD Treatment in Sept.

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Relive the action-packed adventures of retired and extremely dangerous special agents in the most amazing picture quality available today when both Red and Red 2 arrive separately on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray™ and Digital HD) on September 5 from Lionsgate. Red features an all-star cast including Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren and Mary-Louise Parker. In the film’s sequel, Red 2, Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Byung Hun Lee join the franchise.

Both movies are available for the first time on 4K Ultra HD, which provides over four times the resolution of Full HD and includes High Dynamic Range (Hdr) to deliver the brightest, most vivid and realistic color with the greatest contrast. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray will also feature Dolby Vision™ high-dynamic range imaging and Dolby Atmos immersive audio. Dolby Vision transforms the TV experience in the home by delivering greater brightness and contrast,
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'Magnificent Seven' Star Byung-hun Lee Signs With UTA (Exclusive)

'Magnificent Seven' Star Byung-hun Lee Signs With UTA (Exclusive)
The Magnificent Seven star Byung-hun Lee has signed with UTA, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned. He was previously with CAA.

Lee has become Hollywood's go-to Asian actor for its big action movies. In addition to Antoine Fuqua's Western remake in 2016, he also appeared in Terminator Genisys, Red 2 and the G.I. Joe franchise, where he got his stateside break as Storm Shadow.

In his native South Korea, Lee's many starring credits include Single Rider, Master, The Age of Shadows, Inside Men, I Saw the Devil and The Good the Bad and the Weird,...
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Movie Review – The Age of Shadows (2016)

The Age of Shadows, 2016.

Directed by Kim Jee-woon.

Starring Lee Jung-chool, Um Tae-goo, Yoo Gong, Byung-hun Lee, and Han Ji-min.

Synopsis:

Set in the late 1920s, The Age of Shadows follows the cat-and-mouse game that unfolds between a group of resistance fighters trying to bring in explosives from Shanghai to destroy key Japanese facilities in Seoul, and Japanese agents trying to stop them. A talented Korean-born Japanese police officer, who was previously in the independence movement himself, is thrown into a dilemma between the demands of his reality and the instinct to support a greater cause.

Kim Jee-woon’s The Age of Shadows sees the prolific South Korean director return to his homeland for a brand new action thriller following his brief 2013 excursion to Hollywood for the Arnie comeback vehicle, The Last Stand. The director – who is legendary among aficionados of Asian genre cinema after a handful of masterpieces
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Lee Byung-hun Talks Knives, Westerns and Magnificent Seven | Exclusive

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Lee Byung-hun Talks Knives, Westerns and Magnificent Seven | Exclusive
Byung-hun Lee may not be a household name in America, but that is sure to change. The South Korean actor, model, and singer is a megastar in Asia. He started out on Korean television in the early nineties before making the leap to the big screen. His break out role was Joint Security Area in 2000. It catapulted him to stardom and became the top grossing film in Korean history.

Lee had a string of Asian hits before Hollywood came calling. He starred alongside Josh Hartnett in the 2009 Vietnamese thriller, I Come with the Rain. That role led to his American debut as the ass-kicking ninja, Storm Shadow, in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. The overall film didn't remotely meet expectations, but Byung-hun Lee was a standout. He was phenomenal as Storm Shadow. That performance put western audiences on notice that Korea's box office king was crossing over.

Lee reprised
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‘The Magnificent Seven’ (2016) 4K Blu-ray and DVD Details and Release Date

Director Antoine Fuqua's The Magnificent Seven remake starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-Hun Lee, Martin Sensmeier and Peter Sarsgaard will be ready to watch at home before the Christmas break begins.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has announced The Magnificent Seven (2016) 4K Uhd Blu-ray with Dolby Atmos audio, Blu-ray with Dolby 7.1 TrueHD audio and DVD release date falls on December 20th. If another month is too long to wait then you can grab The Magnificent Seven Digital HD version two weeks earlier on December 6th.

The Magnificent Seven remake was a fall release theatrically and matched its production budget of $90 million at the domestic box office. When you toss in international ticket sales the gross earnings jump to $160.4 million.

Find The Magnificent Seven (2016) pre-order and price information at Amazon.

The big bonus feature exclusive to Blu-ray and also included in the 4K combo pack is 'Vengeance Mode.
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Movie Review – The Magnificent Seven (2016)

The Magnificent Seven, 2016.

Directed by Antoine Fuqua.

Starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Peter Sarsgaard, Luke Grimes and Haley Bennett.

Synopsis:

Seven gun men in the old west gradually come together to help a poor village against savage thieves.

Boasting an all-star cast, Antoine Fuqua’s remake of The Magnificent Seven (1960) – itself a remake of Seven Samurai (1954) – could have been a hilarious new take on this classic story, unfortunately it’s a bloated western that doesn’t have anything new to offer.

Denzel Washington is the leader Chisolm who is enlisted by local villager Emma (Bennett) to help her rid her town of an evil miner called Bartholomew Bogue (Sarsgaard). The first half of the film consists of Chisolm gathering the team together and setting their trap for the evil Bogue. First up is Josh Faraday (Pratt) followed by Goodnight
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Magnificent Seven Remake Wins Weekend Box Office with $35M

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Magnificent Seven Remake Wins Weekend Box Office with $35M
Earlier this week, we predicted that it would be a close race between the two new box office newcomer this weekend, Sony's The Magnificent Seven and Warner Bros.' Storks, but that didn't exactly happen. The Magnificent Seven easily took the box office crown this weekend with an estimated $35 million, with Storks debuting in second place with $21.8 million. Both new releases were critical hits as well, before performing well at the box office.

Box Office Mojo reports that The Magnificent Seven, the Western remake starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, pulled in an impressive $9,526 per-screen average from 3,674 theaters, along with a solid 63% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The remake was produced with a $90 million budget, but no international box office data has been released quite yet. Still this is a solid opening, which also represents a career best opening weekend for director Antoine Fuqua. This film also marks the third
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The Magnificent Seven Review – Star-Studded Cast Doesn’t Hit Magnificent

The Magnificent Seven is an ambitious project, and for more reasons than you’d probably like to take on. The original (American) is a beloved classic, it’s a film whose ending is as difficult to sell to audiences now as it was in 1960, and it’s a western. Worse, while the original was made with a serious attempt to capture the sensibilities behind the Kurosawa film, this one tries to update the overall premise, mostly by skipping the relationships with the townsfolk and character development, in favor of twirling mustaches and overblown “shticky” scenes.

It’s rather lucky in that it has a gaggle of names to draw people in, but it’s still something of a slow burn, as opposed to an action enterprise, and it isn’t exactly a spoiler to say that most everyone dies.

The film shifts a lot of attention on making our villain,
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Box Office: ‘Magnificent Seven’ Hits Bullseye With $35 Million Debut

Box Office: ‘Magnificent Seven’ Hits Bullseye With $35 Million Debut
Denzel Washington hit the bullseye again. “The Magnificent Seven,” the Oscar-winner’s first Western, topped the box office this weekend, picking up a solid $35 million.

Hollywood’s star system has shriveled in the past decade, with few new talents emerging to reanimate the ranks and stand alongside Leo and Julia and Johnny and George and Brad. Some of those stars have dimmed as the years tick by, but Washington’s still shines brightly.

“He’s one of the last great action heroes,” said Jeff Bock, an analyst with Exhibitor Relations. “He’s so believable in those roles and he has a ferocity that works cinematically.”

Indeed, Washington hasn’t had a film open to less than $20 million since 2007’s “The Great Debaters,” a remarkable display of consistency. He’ll be back on screens at the end of the year in “Fences,” an adaptation of August Wilson’s play, that he
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The Magnificent Seven review – the re-shoot

An update of the 1960s classic refreshes the racial mix but leaves the cliches intact

Antoine Fuqua’s remake of John Sturges’s 1960 western stirs up the racial mix of the seven gunfighters a little. Leading the team is Denzel Washington’s cool-headed Chisholm; he is backed up by, among others, the South Korean actor Byung-hun Lee playing the knife specialist Billy Rocks; Manuel Garcia-Rulfo stars as the Mexican bad boy Vasquez and the Native American actor Martin Sensmeier, rather underserved in the way of dialogue, as the Comanche warrior Red Harvest.

But while this is a welcome update to the formula, in most other ways this is a stolidly traditional western. Fuqua shoots in widescreen, using tawny saturated colours that evoke the era of the original. The camera cringes slightly in front of the heroes: they are frequently shot from just below chin level, the better to emphasise manly jawlines and all-round studliness.
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The Magnificent Seven movie review: a dusty, dry husk of a movie

MaryAnn’s quick take…

Humorless, rote, clichéd, and entirely unsurprising. Antoine Fuqua attempts to recapture old Hollywood magic — and fails — rather than create his own. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): really tired of the remake craze

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Here’s an idea: Take the “original” 1960 version of The Magnificent Seven, about a buncha white guys coming to the aid of poor Mexican villagers, and remake it exactly the same for 2016, and all of a sudden it has a whole anti-anti-immigrant thing going on, an atmosphere that scoffs at the border-based bigotry that is so popular these days.

Here’s an idea: Take inspiration from the actual original Magnificent Seven — 1954’s Seven Samurai — and do a remake set in the not-so-old West of 1940s Japanese internment camps, in which patriotic Japanese-Americans fight back against being treated like traitors and criminals,
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Box Office: ‘Magnificent Seven’ Rounds Up $12.7 Million on Friday

Box Office: ‘Magnificent Seven’ Rounds Up $12.7 Million on Friday
MGM and Columbia Pictures’ “The Magnificent Seven” is leading the weekend box office charge after lassoing $12.7 million on Friday at 3,674 locations. The film, from director Antoine Fuqua, is zeroing in on a $35 million opening.

The Western, which carries a $90 million price tag, features an ensemble cast including Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio and Byung-Hun Lee. The film is co-financed by LStar Capital and Village Roadshow Pictures, and debuted on the Toronto Film Festival’s opening night. It carries an A- CinemaScore.

The last time Fuqua and Washington teamed up for “The Equalizer,” it opened with $34.1 million. Compared to other recent Westerns, “The Magnificent Seven” earned more than Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” which opened over Christmas weekend to $16.2 million. “Django Unchained” had a healthy $30.1 million opening in 2012.

Storks,” from Warner Bros. Animation, takes second this weekend with $5.7 million Friday, and is flying toward a $20 million opening at 3,922 theaters.
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‘The Magnificent Seven’ Characters Ranked, From Chris Pratt to Denzel Washington (Photos)

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‘The Magnificent Seven’ Characters Ranked, From Chris Pratt to Denzel Washington (Photos)
Which character in “Magnificent Seven” steals the show? Click through the gallery and see what we think! 1. Chris Pratt (Josh Faraday) The Of course, Pratt is easy on the eyes, but his character, Josh Faraday, is hilarious and has epic one-liners. And he has an amazing obsession with explosives and card tricks. 2. Byung-hun Lee (Billy Rocks) Billy’s skills are not just limited to shooting but he also can throw a knife like no one’s business. He’s also extremely loyal to his friend, Goodnight. 3. Denzel Washington (Chisolm) The boss of the whole gang, Denzel is good at everything,
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The Magnificent Seven: How Ethan Hawke Convinced The Director To Hire Him

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This weekend not only marks the release of the hotly-anticipated remake of the 1960 classic, The Magnificent Seven (which itself was a remake of the Akira Kurosawa film, Seven Samurai), but it marks the first trifecta collaboration between director Antoine Fuqua and actors Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke since the early 2000s film, Training Day.

But this reunion was no coincidence. While both Hawke and Washington had worked together with Fuqua separately since Training Day — the former in 2009’s Brooklyn’s Finest and the latter in 2014’s The Equalizer, it had been a long time since the three of them had been together. When Hawke was asked to host the premiere screening of The Equalizer, it was the first time they’d been in the same place since then, and it was there that Hawke heard a key piece of information.

“That’s when I heard they were doing [The Magnificent Seven],” Hawke told
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Why ‘The Magnificent Seven’ Isn’t Quite The Western We Need in the Age of Trump

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Why ‘The Magnificent Seven’ Isn’t Quite The Western We Need in the Age of Trump
No matter how many times we pronounce it dead, the western remains gratifyingly unwilling to turn up its boots. Just last year saw several worthy additions to its ranks, including “The Hateful Eight,” “The Revenant,” “Bone Tomahawk,” and “Slow West.” Not bad for a deceased art form.

Still, that’s a far cry from the 1950s, which saw more westerns released than all other movie genres combined. One theory for the western’s decline is as American urbanization expanded, frontier settings seemed increasingly alien. Cattle gave way to Cadillacs, Winchesters to Winnebagos. There were 26 western series on TV in 1959, the year that the U.S. made Hawaii its 50th and final state. As the space race turned our attentions to the skies, the frontier started to gather tumbleweeds.

However, westerns aren’t about time or place so much as they are about the process of building society in a wild and unruly land.
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‘The Magnificent Seven’ Director Antoine Fuqua On How His Western Remake Reflects The World Today

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‘The Magnificent Seven’ Director Antoine Fuqua On How His Western Remake Reflects The World Today
The Magnificent Seven” rides again, thanks to Antoine Fuqua’s newest feature, a star-studded take on the classic Western from John Sturges (which was, in turn, a star-studded take on the Japanese epic “Seven Samurai” from master filmmaker Akira Kurosawa) that subtly modernizes its story for a new audience (and a new time). Starring Fuqua regulars Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke and Haley Bennett, alongside an impressive cast that includes Chris Pratt, Peter Sarsgaard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier and Byung-hun Lee, the film delivers a timely, diverse and feminist-leaning story with some major genre roots.

And that’s exactly what its filmmaker was going for when he took on the daunting task of remaking a beloved film that ranks among some of the best of its genre and American film in general: Finding a way to make it modern, make it timely and make it resonant while still
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Second Opinion – The Magnificent Seven (2016)

The Magnificent Seven, 2016.

Directed by Antoine Fuqua

Starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Haley Bennett, Byung-Hun Lee, Vincent D’Onofrio, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Peter Sarsgaard and Matt Bomer

Synopsis:

Seven gun men in the old west gradually come together to help a poor village against savage thieves.

Some movies are just dead on arrival, and The Magnificent Seven is one of those movies in ways. It’s a remake of a beloved classic film that already took inspiration from an Akira Kurosawa classic, that doesn’t offer up anything new or interesting besides diversifying the titular entourage to fit the times. That isn’t a bad thing at all though, as Native Americans, Asians, and Mexicans in the mix all allow opportunities for director Antoine Fuqua to incorporate in a mixture of weapons and different fighting styles to keep the action fresh, along with different personalities. At the end of the day however,
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The Magnificent Seven To Shoot Clint Eastwood's Sully Dead This Weekend

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On this week's Los Fanboys Podcast, Lrm's resident Weekend Warrior and all-around film guru Edward Douglas predicted that The Magnificent Seven was going to have a stellar debut. It looks like he was spot on, as the western had a strong night during Thursday previews with a haul of $1.75 Million.

That may not sound like a lot when you consider the kind of money that superhero blockbusters tend to make in Thursday previews, but The Magnificent Seven comes with a totally different set of expectations. The PG-13 film carries a price tag of only $90 Million, so it's not going to need to do superhero numbers in order to hit big.

The $1.75 Million it brought in last night, coupled with impressive pre-sales- which are the highest of star Denzel Washington's storied career- have people predicting a stellar $30+ Million debut this weekend. With a haul like that it'll definitely topple the reigning box office champ Sully,
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