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Votd: Akira Kurosawa, master of motion in cinema

23 March 2015 7:33 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

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

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Fandor Hosts Rotating Criterion Collection Films at Hulu Plus

21 March 2015 10:52 AM, PDT | | See recent Comicmix news »

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

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Watch: An Exploration of Kurosawa, 'The Avengers' & How to Tell a Story Through Movement

20 March 2015 9:21 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

"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

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La Happenings: Celebrate Kurosawa's Birthday With Screenings At The Crest

13 March 2015 11:30 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

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, MGM Partner Up for ‘Magnificent Seven’ Remake (Exclusive)

12 March 2015 11:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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.

The film stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke and Haley Bennett. Antoine Fuqua is on board to direct.

The 1960 film, 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.

The script was most recently reworked by John Lee Hancock after “True Detective” creator Nic Pizzolatto wrote the previous draft.

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

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Christopher Nolan Continues to Fight for Film

9 March 2015 10:54 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

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

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Wanted: Ethan Hawke For ‘The Magnificent Seven’

3 March 2015 4:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

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

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"The Magnificent Seven" To Be Remade Starring Denzel Washington And Ethan Hawke

3 March 2015 3:39 AM, PST | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

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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'Magnificent Seven' Remake Underway With Ethan Hawke, Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt

3 March 2015 3:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

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

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Ethan Hawke Joins The Magnificent Seven

3 March 2015 12:52 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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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

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Ethan Hawke Rides In For The Magnificent Seven

2 March 2015 4:45 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Although the new version of The Magnificent Seven was feeling more like an Equalizer reunion, with Antoine Fuqua directing, Denzel Washington starring and one of the film’s co-stars, Haley Bennett, aboard, we now have a Training Day trifecta instead. Ethan Hawke has signed on to share the screen with his old sparring partner Washington.Chris Pratt is also set for the film, which will once more see a small town – in this case built around a gold mine –threatened by a ruthless baron 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 and others come into play. John Lee Hancock and True Detective’s Nic Pizzolatto »

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Ethan Hawke Heads Out West For The Magnificent Seven Remake

2 March 2015 12:23 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Variety reports that Boyhood‘s Ethan Hawke has entered the final stages of negotiations for a role in MGM’s remake of The Magnificent Seven. Should he lock down the part, we’ll be in for a full-blown Training Day reunion, as his collaborators on the 2001 cop thriller – Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington – are already on board to direct and star, respectively.

Hawke now stands to appear alongside man of the moment, Chris Pratt, who signed on back in December, and The Equalizer‘s Haley Bennett, who recently snagged the female lead. The matter of who Hawke will be playing is under lock and key, but logic suggests he may be one of the titular seven.

With regards to the story, very little has been revealed so far. We know that the movie will remake John Sturges’ 1960 original, and, like that classic it will concentrate on a small town whose »

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'Magnificent Seven' Reteams Ethan Hawke & Denzel Washington

2 March 2015 12:12 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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. »

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Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke’s First Film Together Since Training Day Will Be a Western

2 March 2015 11:47 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

It's been nearly 15 years since Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke played cops with conflicting ideas about how to lay down the law in 2001's Training Day. Variety reports they're now set to reunite for another Antoine Fuqua drama, a Western called Magnificent Seven (not to be confused with Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight), which will serve as a remake of the 1960 original starring Steve McQueen (which was also a remake of 1954's Japanese-language Seven Samurai). The film follows seven gunslingers who protect an oppressed Mexican village from a group of outlaws. Chris Pratt and Haley Bennett are also set to star. »

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Ethan Hawke Joins Denzel in 'Magnificent Seven' Remake

2 March 2015 11:12 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

It's officially a all-out Training Day reunion as Ethan Hawke has joined the cast of Antoine Fuqua's The Magnificent Seven remake at MGM. Hawke joins his Training Day director as well as co-star Denzel Washington in the film recently rewritten by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) after "True Detective" creator Nic Pizzolatto wrote the previous draft. The film, a remake of the 1960 John Sturges original, which itself was a remake of Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, tells the story of an army of bandits terrorizing a small Mexican farming village. Desperately needing protection, the farmers offer their last bit of money to a group of idle gunfighters. The men accept the job - not for cash, but for the chance to return to the action. The remake will move the action from a Mexican village to a mining town taken over by a gold baron. Ironically enough, I »

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Ethan Hawke and Denzel Washington Team for 'Magnificent Seven' Remake

2 March 2015 10:32 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

According to THR, Ethan Hawke is in "final negotiations" to board Fuqua's "The Magnificent Seven" starring Denzel Washington. Hawke and Washington made box office bank back in 2001's "Training Day," which earned both actors Academy Award nominations and Washington an Oscar win for Best Actor. Screenwriters John Lee Hancock ("Saving Mr. Banks") and Nic Pizzolatto (a double WGA winner for HBO's "True Detective") base their script on Kurosawa's 1954 "Seven Samurai" written by Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto and Hideo Oguni. That tale of seven gunslingers banding together to protect a destitute village from blood-seeking bandits was first remade in 1960 as "The Magnificent Seven" directed by John Sturges and starring Steven McQueen. Chris Pratt and Hailey Bennett also boarded the project, which MGM began developing back in 2012 alongside a spate of other titles from its studio library including the forthcoming »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Ethan Hawke and Denzel Washington Reteam on ‘Magnificent Seven’ (Exclusive)

2 March 2015 10:01 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It’s been over a decade since Ethan Hawke, Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua patrolled the mean streets of Los Angeles in “Training Day” and it looks like that team is looking to head to the wild west for their next collaboration.

Sources say the Oscar-nominated Hawke is in final negotiations to join Washington in MGM’s “Magnificent Seven” remake with Fuqua directing.

Chris Pratt and Haley Bennett are also on board to star.

The 1960 original, 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.

The script was most recently reworked by John Lee Hancock, with “True Detective” creator Nic Pizzolatto writing the previous draft.

MGM is hoping the pairing of Hawke with Washington leads to the same success the two saw on their crime drama, which »

- Justin Kroll

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Ethan Hawke Joins "Magnificent" Remake

2 March 2015 9:27 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Ten years on, the "Training Day" team of director Antoine Fuqua and leading men Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke are coming together again for the upcoming remake of the 1960 classic western "The Magnificent Seven" at MGM.

Hawke has reportedly begun final negotiations to join the already cast Washington in the film which Fuqua will direct. Chris Pratt and Haley Bennett are also on board to star.

The original film, a remake itself of Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai," followed seven gunslingers who protect an oppressed Mexican village from a group of outlaws.

John Lee Hancock and Nic Pizzolatto have worked on the script.

Source: Variety »

- Garth Franklin

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The Walking Dead recap Season 5 episode 12: “Remember”

1 March 2015 7:00 PM, PST | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

It’s not hard to see The Walking Dead as an extended metaphor for war and the problems that arise when a person (or a group of people) has been fighting for too long and now returns to the home front, so to speak. We can also see this episode — or story arc — as an extended riff on The Magnificent Seven/Seven Samurai: a band of hardened fighters is hired to protect simple townsfolk who aren’t prepared to deal with the badness that surrounds them, and what happens when that hardness comes into contact with “civilization.” While the episode is … Continue reading →

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- Scott Radtke

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What I Watched, What You Watched #286

1 March 2015 7:00 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Another week of five movies seen as I caught screenings of Focus, The Lazarus Effect and Cinderella in theaters and at home watched screeners of Everly and It Follows, the latter of which being the best of the five films though I will say, Cinderella is a perfectly satisfying picture that I think will do quite well with its target audience. I was going to see Bruce Lee's The Way of the Dragon last night before beginning my Cinerama project, but timing of things over the weekend just didn't work out, but I did finally get in there and start shooting a little footage and wow, what a learning process. More on that later down the line. I will, however, be heading back to the Cinerama this afternoon to see Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo and Seven Samurai in 35mm. It will mean being in the theater for about six hours, »

- Brad Brevet

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