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The Criterion Collection holds a special place in every cinephile’s heart. If said cinephile is also a home video collector, the dangers of that special affection turning into an unhealthy obsession is an unavoidable side effect. For Criterion fans, their Black Friday doesn’t occur on the day after Thanksgiving, but during those magical times when Barnes & Noble decides to implement their ever-popular fifty percent off deal for all Criterion releases every six months or so. Aside from the gorgeous transfers and special features so rich they can substitute for film school, one of the most attractive features of Criterion releases is the creative and alluring cover designs. Everyone has their favorite kind of Criterion artwork, the abstract use of still frames from the film, new drawings commissioned specifically for the Criterion release, or more abstract designs. This writer’s favorites tend to be the more minimalist covers, like »
- Oktay Ege Kozak
Marrakech — Hirokazu Kore-eda graced the stage at the Marrakech Film Festival along with Japan’s top filmmakers to receive this year’s homage to Japanese cinema from the hands of French star and jury president Isabelle Huppert on Tuesday evening.
Upon receiving the award, Kore-eda thanked the festival’s president Melita Toscan du Plantier and artistic director Bruno Barde, among other personalities, for putting together an “impressive retrospective of 27 movies that give a glimpse of the best of Japanese cinema.”
The critically acclaimed director, whose latest pic “Like Father, Like Son” won Cannes’ jury prize and ecumenical jury award, spoke more specifically about three movies that have inspired him as a filmmaker.
“First of all, one of the best films I’ve seen in my whole life is ‘Floating Clouds’ by Mikio Naruse, then a film that rejoices me totally each time I see it – even though I don’t »
- Elsa Keslassy
You've got to check out this stylish set of art inspired by the classic Japanese film Seven Samurai. The art was created by Amp, and it features great little character designs for each of the main characters that make up the Seven Samurai. There's also three individual art prints below featuring three characters. I love this movie, and I'd love to have a whole set of posters like this. If you want to buy one for yourself, click here.
Via: XombieDirge »
- Joey Paur
Now it’s getting busy. Awards season, that is. Judging from the frantic calls trying to schedule interviews and other things as various voting deadlines loom, I would say we are in the thick of it. Golden Globe nomination ballots are due back Monday. SAG nominating ballots go out now, and both key precursor verdicts will be announced next week along with AFI’s annual 10 best list coming out on Monday morning. La Film Critics will be announcing their picks on Sunday, then its the nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, which wound up predicting every eventual 2013 Oscar winner except Makeup and Foreign Film. There are junkets galore and tons of events going on in NYC this week, and here on the West Coast the activity is no less crazy, with several contenders trying to make any impression they can on voters — particularly Oscar »
- Pete Hammond
It seems like Chris Pratt is going to add another famous franchise to his filmography because he is currently in talks to join the cast of The Magnificent Seven remake. Denzel Washington is already attached to the film set to be directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day). Talks are still very early -- Pratt would be the second to join the group of seven.
Magnificent Seven centered on a group of American gunslingers tasked with the job of protecting a small Mexican village from a group of criminals. What really made the movie cool is that it starred actors like Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson, who would go on to become major movie stars after the release of the film. »
- Laura Frances
As if Chris Pratt doesn’t have enough giant tentpole films to deal with as he rockets his way to the A-list, the Guardians of the Galaxy star is now in talks to star in an actual Western, as opposed to a Western with dinosaurs or talking raccoons. Pratt is set to join a remake of Magnificent Seven, currently starring Denzel Washington, directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) and written by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side). An original draft of the script was originally being handled by True Detective‘s Nic Pizzolato.
Deadline reported Thursday that signing Pratt could be a big step in actually helping the film get made, with the remaining five cast members still to fall into place. Previously, Tom Cruise was rumored to be the lead, with Matt Damon, Kevin Costner and Morgan Freeman reportedly courted to join him. Although Pratt is no done deal either, »
- Brian Welk
The library title, itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece Seven Samurai, was recently revised by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) and by True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto, who wrote a previous version. Antoine Fuqua (Southpaw, The Equalizer), who previously acknowledged the influence of spaghetti westerns on his approach to making violent, anti-heroes/gunmen films, is attached to direct.
The latest rework centres upon seven gunmen who come together in the post-Civil War Wild West to help a poor village against a band of savage thieves.
- Sacha Hall
If it wasn’t enough for him to be a Cowboy Ninja Viking (all right, as an assassin with those skillsets), Chris Pratt is circling a role that would require only one of those abilities: according to Deadline, he’s in early talks to snatch a role in the new Magnificent Seven.Denzel Washington is locked in to star in this one, which his Training Day/The Equalizer collaborator Antoine Fuqua is directing. John Sturges’ 1960 take on the story – itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai – saw a Mexican peasant village persuading seven gunfighters to help protect them from bandits.Fuqua’s version, which boasts a script featuring contributions from John Lee Hancock and True Detective’s Nic Pizzolatto, is reportedly set after the Civil War, as the Wild West era is coming to an end.MGM is backing this one, hoping to finally get the long-gestating film into production next year. »
I'm sure a floodgate of movie offers came rushing in to Chris Pratt after Guardians of the Galaxy came out. This guy is on the road to becoming a huge star. Variety is reporting that the actor is currently in early talks to star alongside Denzel Washington in MGM's remake of the 1960 western, The Magnificent Seven.
The Magnificent Seven is one of my favorite westerns, and I'm curious to see what this remake would look like. The movie itself is a remake of Seven Samurai. The story basically revolves around seven gunslingers who protect an oppressed Mexican village from a group of outlaws.
The film has been in development at the studio since 2012, and at one point Tom Cruise and Matt Damon were even looking to join the project. The current script was recently reworked by John Lee Hancock and True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto wrote the previous version.
- Joey Paur
Chris Pratt is circling a role in MGM’s remake of the classic western The Magnificent Seven, according to Deadline. Pratt will join Denzel Washington who is already attached to the project. Pratt is hot property in Hollywood now, being fresh off The Lego Movie and Guardians of the Galaxy, and with Jurassic World up next.
The studio has previously tried to make The Magnificent Seven a few years back with Tom Cruise starring and a script from True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto. John Lee Hannock was then brought on board to re-write, and the film is going ahead with Antoine Fuqua directing.
The Magnificent Seven was released in 1960 and starred Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronsan and others as gunslingers who protect a Mexican village from attackers. It is itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai.
As of yet the remake has no official release date, but »
- Thomas Roach
Chris Pratt became a movie star this year, and now his name is a major deal when it becomes attached to any project (not that it wasn't before, but for studios, it comes with a bigger, well-deserved asking price). Assuming Jurassic World is a hit, he could become an even bigger star with two successful franchises (three if you count The Lego Movie), but if that film flops at the box office or he loses some momentum (Guardians of the Galaxy 2 isn't due out until 2017), that could mean fewer opportunities. So the savvy move is to get plenty of projects while he can, and he's already signed on to star in the adaptation of the comic book Cowboy Ninja Viking. Now it looks like he's taken a shine to the "cowboy" part, because he's in talks to join Denzel Washington in Antoine Fuqua's remake of The Magnificent Seven. For »
- Matt Goldberg
Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt is in early talks to join Denzel Washington in MGM's remake of The Magnificent Seven. While the actor's character isn't being modeled after any original characters from the 1960 Western classic The Magnificent Seven, he will play a character named Farraday, if his deal goes through. The talks are in early stages at this point.
The 1960 film The Magnificent Seven, directed by John Sturges, was loosely inspired by Akira Kurosawa's 1954 classic Seven Samurai. The story follows seven gunmen who are hired by a small Mexican village to protect them from from a nefarious tyrant named Calvera (Eli Wallach). Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, James Coburn and Horst Buchholz played the gunmen. The original spawned the sequels Return of the Magnificent Seven (1966), Guns of the Magnificent Seven (1969) and The Magnificent Seven Ride! (1972), although none of the follow-ups featured the entire original cast. »
Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt is in early talks to join Denzel Washington in MGM's The Magnificent Seven. Antoine Fuqua is attached to direct the project, which centers on a guardian angel who fights crime. The project will reunite Fuqua with his Training Day and The Equalizer star Washington. Seven is a remake of the classic 1960 Western about a group of gunslingers and outlaws hired to protect a Mexican village. Its all-star cast featured Steve McQueen, Yul Brynner, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn and Eli Wallach. That movie was itself a remake Seven Samurai, the Japanese classic by Akira
- Rebecca Ford and Borys Kit
Antoine Fuqua is directing.
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.
Talks are still in the early stages, but sources say they are progressing.
Pratt has become a hot property since his star-making role in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.” He has been weighing several offers over the past few months, including “Cowboy Ninja Viking” at Universal.
He can be seen next in “Jurassic World.” He is repped by CAA and Mosaic.
The news was first reported by Deadline.com.
- Justin Kroll
A remake itself of Akira Kurosawa's far more acclaimed "Seven Samurai," the 1960 original starred the likes of Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen in the story of seven gunslingers who protect an oppressed Mexican village from a group of outlaws.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
How about we take a break from all the news about Star Wars: The Force Awakens to talk about one of the Star Wars spin-off moves that is currently in development. /Film came across some information regarding the plot of the Star Wars standalone film that is being directed by Gareth Edwards and written by Gary Whitta. If you don't want to know anything about this, then I suggest you steer clear of the rest of this article.
Apparently, the 2016 Star Wars movie is going to tell a story about a group of people who will pull off the "ultimate heist in a galaxy far, far away." I'm a huge fan of heist movies, so a heist movie set in the Star Wars universe sounds awesome! Now, what does the heist entail? According to the report, the group is going to steal "one of the most important linchpins in »
- Joey Paur
2015 is nearly upon us and that means it's about time to start hearing more and more about the upcoming Star Wars films. We know the first Star Wars standalone film is hitting in 2016, and that filming will begin early next year, and now we may know what it's about. Come inside to see the latest report and our thoughts on it!
If you've been upset over the severe drought of solid Star Wars movie news recently, the heavens are preparing to open. The first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set to hit select theaters this weekend, and that will be kicking off a real push for marketing on the new Star Wars films. While we know the first standalone Star Wars flick (independent from the new trilogy) is being directed by Gareth Edwards with a script from Gary Whitta...but that's all we really know. The »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
SlashFilm are usually reliable when it comes to scoops (they got that news about the release of the trailer debut for The Force Awakens right), so don't be afraid to start getting excited about Godzilla director Gareth Edwards' 2016 Star Wars spinoff. According to the site, it's going to focus on a group of bounty hunters hired by the Rebel Alliance to steal the plans of the first Death Star. That obviously means the movie will be set before A New Hope, but this is a pivotal moment in Star Wars history as it kicked off the events of the Original Trilogy. In terms of the approach to the movie, the site reveals that we should, "think the Seven Samurai or Suicide Squad meets Ocean’s Eleven in the world of Star Wars." They have some other interesting details too though, including the fact that the Millennium Falcon is somehow involved, »
While we have some new titles to look at this week, I want to point out to you that Barnes & Noble is having its 50% off Criterion sale right now and I've already posted a massive article offering a look at several titles I would personally recommend, including The Complete Jacques Tati and Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman as well as a selection of favorites and new 2014 titles to consider... Here's a snippet of that: A Selection of My Absolute Favorites Persona Breathless 8 1/2 Seven Samurai Yojimbo and Sanjuro The Battle of Algiers The Seventh Seal Sweet Smell of Success The Wages of Fear The Night of the Hunter New Recommendations for 2014 2014 offered plenty of new titles to consider from top directors and classics in desperate need of a proper upgrade. Here are a few of my favorites. New David Lynch and David Cronenberg Eraserhead Scanners read my review here New Federico Fellini »
- Brad Brevet
It's that time of year again and it's time to update the list for the second half of 2014 as Barnes & Noble has just kicked off their 50% off Criterion sale and as impossible a task as it is to cut things down to just a few titles, I have done my best to break Criterion's titles down into a few categories. Hopefully those looking for box sets, specific directors or what I think are absolute musts will find this makes things a little bit easier. Let's get to it... First Picks I was given the Zatoichi collection for Christmas last year and being a collection that holds 25 films and another disc full of supplementary material it is the absolute definition of a must buy when it comes to the Criterion Collection. It is, once again, on sale for $112.49, half off the Msrp of $224.99, and worth every penny. I spent the entire year going through it. »
- Brad Brevet
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