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Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars (1964) is at once dramatically different and very much the same as its inspiration, Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo (1961). In the simplest of terms, the two follow a stranger into a corrupt town where they eventually play two rival gangs against one another, freeing the town in the end. Kurowsawa's film, in my opinion, is one of his best, mixing comedy, action and plenty of dramatic tension, boiled down to a brisk 110 minute feature I could sit down and absorb at a moment's notice. amz asin="B00HZN8TBC" size="small"Leone's A Fistful of Dollars is just as wonderful as the translation from samurai to lone gunman is almost a no-brainer, but what's truly amazing is how it doesn't feel like a remake, but merely a different adaptation of the same story. Leone made the film his own, the casting of Clint Eastwood as »
- Brad Brevet
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
Stars: Clive Owen, Morgan Freeman, Aksel Hennie, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Ahn Sung-ki, Giorgio Caputo, Daniel Adegboyega, Shohreh Aghdashloo, James Babson, Brian Caspe, Cliff Curtis, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Ayelet Zurer | Written by Michael Konyves, Dove Sussman | Directed by Kazuaki Kiriya
Set in an age of honour and justice by the sword, Last Knights tells the story of Raiden (Owen) – a fallen warrior who must rise up against a corrupt and sadistic ruler to avenge Bartok (Freeman), his dishonoured master. Think of the film as something akin to Seven Samurai but set in the middle ages and you’ll be somewhere close.
If I’m honest, I’m not the biggest fan of historical epics – give me a down and dirty, straight to DVD schlockfest over one any day. However when said historical epic the English language debut of famed Japanese director Kazuaki Kiriya (Casshern, Goemon), I can’t help but put my prejudices aside. »
- Phil Wheat
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, »
Having dealt with weapons in American Sniper, Luke Grimes should be used to being around gunslingers. That should come in handy, as Antoine Fuqua has added him to the cast of his remake of The Magnificent Seven.The ensemble so far includes Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Chris Pratt, Haley Bennett and Vincent D’Onofrio. The movie will once more see a small town – in this case built around a gold mine – threatened by a ruthless baron (D’Onofrio) and his gang of thugs. When they kill several people in their attempt to take the place over, a young widow (Bennett) hires a bounty hunter (Washington) to dispatch the bad guys, supplying him with the necessary funds to hire six gunmen to help him in his mission. Which is where Pratt, Hawke and others come into play. We’d guess that Grimes is another of the seven brought in. John Lee Hancock »
Earlier this year a viral video introduced us to Vincent D'Onofrio's character in Jurassic World, and we definitely got the vibe that he could be some sort of villainous character in the summer blockbuster. Plus, let's not forget that he's playing Kingpin in Netflix's series adaptation of "Daredevil" from Marvel Studios. Now the actor has lined up another key bad guy role as Variety reports D'Onofrio will be giving Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke some trouble in MGM and Sony's remake of The Magnificent Seven, which in itself was a remake of Akira Kurosawa's classic Seven Samurai. So who will he play? Specifics on D'Onofrio's character aren't available, but since the story follows seven gunslingers who protect an oppressed Mexican village from a group of outlaws, we're betting he's the leader of this band of criminals. D'Onofrio has a very haunting, unpredictable presence on the big screen, »
- Ethan Anderton
Vincent D’Onofrio is reportedly in talks for the villain role in the remake of The Magnificent Seven, according to Variety.
- Thomas Roach
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 »
With his first big leading man role poised to be unveiled in this summer's Trainwreck, the very talented Bill Hader is now going to be in a Steven Spielberg film. Deadline reports that the SNL alum has joined the cast of The Bfg, Spielberg’s adaptation of the Roald Dahl book of the same name. The story revolves around a young girl who befriends a giant, then leads him and the Queen of England on a quest to stop other mean giants from eating each other. Mark Rylance has already been set to star as the titular Bfg, and newcomer Ruby Barnhill is playing the little girl. The report says Hader will be playing one of the giants. While Spielberg’s next film, the Tom Hanks-fronted Cold War thriller Bridge of Spies, doesn’t open until this fall, he’s already started filming The Bfg up in Vancouver. The guy works quick, »
- Adam Chitwood
Sony and MGM are splitting the cost evenly with Sony distributing the pic. MGM will oversee production.
The 1960 film, itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai,” starred Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen. It centered on seven gunslingers who protect an oppressed Mexican village from a group of outlaws.
Production is expected to start within the next month as Fuqua assembles the remaining cast.
- Justin Kroll
I’ll likely never watch an Akira Kurosawa movie the same way again. Tony Zhou’s Every Frame a Painting video essay series is one of the best on the web, and his latest tackles a true giant in cinema. Though much has been made of Kurosawa’s spectacle in films like Ran, his incredible kinetic action that would define modern action films in Seven Samurai, his clever narrative construction in Rashomon, his operatic storytelling in the Shakespearean adaptation Throne of Blood, or his undying pathos and emotion in Ikiru, one of the unifying threads throughout all Kurosawa’s masterpieces is the movement within each and every frame.
Zhou breaks down how Kurosawa uses natural elements like rain, snow, or wind to create a more sensual and captivating moment. He talks about the exaggerated motions of actors like Toshiro Mifune help illustrate more easily how the character is feeling. And »
- Brian Welk
Fandor, the premiere streaming service for independent, classic and critically-acclaimed films, shorts and documentaries, in a partnership with the Criterion Collection and Hulu Plus, is currently home to a rotation of uniquely curated bundles of Criterion films available to watch instantly via desktop, set top and mobile devices.
Every Tuesday, Fandor rolls out a new collection of films that share a common theme, genre, time period, film style, etc. These films are available on the site for 12 days before being replaced by a fresh new batch of featured Criterion masterpieces.
Fandor’S Criterion Picks For March
March 17-28: The Sixteenth Century
Carnival in Flanders(1935, Director Jacques Feyder): A small village in Flanders puts on a carnival to avoid the brutal consequences of the Spanish occupation. Ivan the Terrible(1944, DirectorSergei Eisenstein): As Ivan ascends to lead Russia, the Boyars are determined to disrupt his rule. Ivan’s relationship »
- Robert Greenberger
"If you combine the right motion, and the right emotion, you get something cinematic," says Tony Zhou in his latest installment of "Every Frame a Painting", his video essay series that examines various aspects of filmmaking and breaks down scenes of films to show how filmmakers use things like symmetry, angles, and technology to inform the narratives of their films. Zhou's latest video essay examines how filmmakers use movement to tell a story, and he has chosen Akira Kurosawa as his primary example throughout the essay. Zhou breaks down five different types of movement Kurosawa often used -- the movement of nature, of groups, of individuals, of the camera, and of the cut -- and selects one particular scene from Kurosawa's Seven Samurai to show exactly what he means. The scene uses every one of the five types of movement Zhou highlights, sometimes all at once and sometimes with »
- Jordan Benesh
World-renowned filmmaker Kurosawa Akira was born March 23, 1910. To celebrate what would have been his 105th birthday (he passed away in 1998), The Crest Westwood movie palace are hosting Sunday screenings of some bonafide classics. Coming up this Sunday, March 15, it's High and Low, Kurosawa's kidnapping-noir epic that gets deep into class politics without ever losing its hard-boiled edge.The following Sundays see his jidai-geki touchstones take to the big screen: On March 22, Mifune Toshiro stars as Yojimbo, while Seven Samurai screens on March 29.Full details, including the purchase of tickets, can be found on the venue's calendar. ...
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Sony Pictures has come on to co-finance “The Magnificent Seven” with MGM, sources tell Variety.
Sony and MGM are splitting the cost evenly between the two with Sony distributing the pic. MGM will oversee production.
Production is expected to start within the next month as Fuqua assembles the remaining cast members.
Sony and MGM had success partnering on the James Bond and “Jump Street” franchises. Their most recent collaboration, “22 Jump Street,” brought in $320 million worldwide and more than $190 million domestically. »
- Justin Kroll
Back in early February it was announced Kodak had reached a deal with the major movie distributors -- Disney, Fox, Paramount, Sony, NBC Universal and Warner Bros. -- to keep film alive, at least for the near future. The studios agreed to purchase undisclosed amounts of film over "a few" years that would be enough to extend Kodak's film manufacturing business. The details are rather vague and there's no further information on just how much would be purchased over these few years, but Christopher Nolan who, along with the likes of Quentin Tarantino, may be the most vocal filmmaker in support of keeping film alive, is at it again, speaking Sunday at an event presented by the Getty Research Institute. Quoted by The Hollywood Reporter, Nolan said, "We need film projectors and film prints -- forever... If you want the choice, it's very important to support film now. Filmmakers are »
- Brad Brevet
Director Antoine Fuqua is having a bit of a nostalgia fest at the moment. Not only has he resurrected The Magnificent Seven and recruited old buddy Denzel Washington to take the lead, he’s now approaching Ethan Hawke about sharing the screen with Washington again.
The pair memorably appeared in Fuqua’s Training Day (2001) and Hawke went on to star in the helmer’s Brooklyn’s Finest (2010). Presumably the idea is to recreate the chemistry between original actors Steve McQueen and Yul Brynner.
They’ll be riding the range with Chris Pratt and Haley Bennett. John Hancock has written the script, which is an adaptation of an adaptation – the source material being Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai.
Four movies were made out of the Magnificent Seven concept, so MGM clearly have sequels in mind. Fuqua appears to be hitching his wagon to the franchise market of late – his last high-profile »
- Steve Palace
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 »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
The "Training Day" team is getting back together.
Variety reports that recent Oscar nominee Ethan Hawke is close to signing a deal to join former co-star Denzel Washington in a remake of the "Magnificent Seven" from their "Training Day" director Antoine Fuqua.
The 1960 classic was an Old West version of Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai," and starred Steve McQueen and Yul Brynner as two of the seven gunfighters hired to protect a Mexican village from bandits.
Chris Pratt and Haley Bennett are also on board for the remake, which would seek to capture the same critical and commercial magic that Hawke, Washington, and Fuqua created in 2001's "Training Day." The two actors also received Oscar nominations for that movie, with Washington winning the Best Actor statue. »
- Kelly Woo
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
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