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Last month brought the tragic and surprising news that Oscar-winning composer James Horner had died in a plane crash at 61 years old. It was certainly a crushing blow to the world of cinema that had been so touched by his incredible scores for films such as Titanic, Braveheart, A Beautiful Mind, Aliens, Field of […]
- Ethan Anderton
Speaking to The Associated Press (via The Hollywood Reporter), Adam Sandler has addressed the controversy on the set of his latest film, The Ridiculous 6, which is the comedian’s first venture with Netflix.
At the premiere of his new film Pixels, Sandler was asked about the Native American actors who walked off the set of Ridiculous 6 in April due to the offensive content of the film to their culture. Some actors were reportedly upset over the names of some of the characters, as well as a scene where a Native American woman smokes a peace pipe while urinating.
“It was just a misunderstanding and once the movie is out will be cleared up,” Sandler said over the weekend, while also saying the film was “100 percent pro-American Indian”.
The Ridiculous Six is a spoof-comedy which pokes fun at the Western genre, including the classic The Magnificent Seven.
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- Scott J. Davis
Adam Sandler wants to set the record straight about his Netflix comedy “The Ridiculous 6,” which saw several Native American actors storm off the set earlier this year. “It was just a misunderstanding and once the movie is out, it will be cleared up,” Sandler told The Associated Press Saturday at the premiere of his new movie “Pixels.” “Ridiculous 6” spoofs Westerns and takes its name from the classic “The Magnificent Seven.” But not everyone is laughing. Also Read: Adam Sandler's 'Ridiculous Six' Producer Tells Native American Actors to Leave Set 'If You Are Overly Sensitive' (Video) As TheWrap previously reported, »
- Anita Bennett
Three months after Native American extras stormed off the set of Adam Sandler's The Ridiculous 6 over what they considered culturally offensive humor, the actor has commented on the controversy. At the red carpet premiere for Sandler's new movie Pixels, he was asked about the incident and whether the Western comedy stereotyped Native American culture. "It was just a misunderstanding and once the movie is out, it will be cleared up," Sandler told The Associated Press.
"I talked to some of the actors on the set who were there »
Adam Sandler is finally addressing the controversy that surrounded his Netflix project “The Ridiculous Six” after about a dozen Native Americans walked off the set of the movie in April.
The actors complained of racist jokes against Native Americans, but, finally speaking on the issue at the premiere of his upcoming movie “Pixels,” Sandler said he wasn’t trying to offend anyone.
“It was just a misunderstanding and once the movie is out will be cleared up,” Sandler told the Associated Press.
The comedian also called “Ridiculous Six” a “pro-Indian” movie.
“I talked to some of the actors on the set who were there and let them know that the intention of the movie is 100% to just make a funny movie,” he told ScreenCrush. “It’s really about American Indians being good to my character and about their family and just being good people. There’s no mocking of American »
- Alex Stedman
Adam Sandler feels that when audiences finally see his upcoming Netflix comedy, The Ridiculous Six, they will realize he wasn't trying to offend anyone. The spoof takes its name from the western classic The Magnificent Seven and pokes fun at the genre. But not everyone found it funny. Read More Adam Sandler's 'Ridiculous Six': Makeup Pros Darkening Actors' Skin to Make Them Appear Native American, Says Source Earlier this year, a group of Native American actors walked off the New Mexico film set over complaints that content in the film was offensive to their culture. The actors objected over the vile names
- The Associated Press
I interviewed James Coburn in late 1998 for the cover story of the February 1999 issue of Venice Magazine. I had grown up watching Coburn on the late show, but also seeing him on the big screen, first-run. Meeting him was a thrill as he entered the living room of his manager, the late Hilly Elkins', home in Beverly Hills. Coburn was elegant, charming and had the grace of a cat. The only thing that revealed the health problems that had nearly done him in were his gnarled hands, the result of severe arthritis. We spoke about his role in Paul Schrader's newest film, "Affliction," which would earn him a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award. Later, as I walked Coburn to his Acura Nsx sport coupe, he bid me a warm farewell.
Several months later, I encountered him again at The Independent Spirit Awards, in Santa Monica. I went up »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Every year the movies seem to be dying. The writing is on the wall with attendance numbers and box office receipts and the Golden Age of TV. Will people still go to the movies if they can now watch high quality, HD programming from their own home?
Theater chains themselves have been reluctant to give in to Netflix and VOD, but at the risk of being made obsolete entirely, two chains are doing an experiment suggesting they may be willing to play ball. THR reported this week that Paramount, AMC Theaters, and Cineplex have struck a deal regarding two of their upcoming films, the new Paranormal Activity movie, and Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, both October releases. Traditionally, movies are not available on VOD or digital release until three to four months after their initial run in theaters is over, which can be anywhere from a month to six weeks for genre movies. »
- Brian Welk
Having revolutionized the television landscape by pioneering the modern phenomenon of binge-watching and bringing Oscar-caliber actors to the small screen, Netflix is now setting its sights on feature programming. Today, the streaming giant has firmed up plans to release its first sequence of theatrical-quality pics, including Beasts of No Nation and The Ridiculous Six.
Beasts of No Nation, directed by True Detective helmer Cary Fukunaga, will be released on Netflix and in select theaters on October 16. The award-tipped drama focuses on a child soldier (Abraham Attah) stolen away from his family and recruited into a civil war effort under the brutal tutelage of a warlord (Idris Elba). Its day-and-date theatrical and streaming bow will qualify the pic for Oscar attention, which had been a worry after the major theater chains boycotted the film over concerns that Netflix wasn’t honoring the typical route for theatrical releases.
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- Isaac Feldberg
As a kid, you can’t be picky where you find your fix of sci-fi and horror. Sometimes it’s the big screen, but often (for me, anyway) it was that living room landmark, television. I remember being seven and watching a Western where a couple of guys are on vacation at a resort where you can be a cowboy and have gunfights with androids (Sci-Fi, sweet!). And then…bad things start to happen. The androids break down, and now they’re killing the guests (ooh, Horror!). My head reeled from this magical swirl, a mesh of circuitry and chaos. Welcome to Westworld (1973), and its parent resort, Delos. Their slogan: Have we got a vacation for you.
- Scott Drebit
Hot off his acclaimed turn as Wilson Fisk/The Kingpin in Marvel and Netflix’s Daredevil, Vincent D’Onofrio has snagged yet another villainous role – this time in Warner Bros.’ adaptation of the classic TV series CHiPs.
Dax Shepard and Michael Pena will take on the lead roles of motorcycling buddy cops Jon Baker and Frank Poncherello, who come up against a big-time ring of exotic car thieves led by a ruthless former cop (D’Onofrio). Shepard is also directing the pic, having already written the script from previous drafts by Paul Kaplan and Mark Torgove.
D’Onofrio is enjoying a second career wind thanks to the widespread acclaim his portrayal of the Daredevil villain has received. He spent a decade starring on Law and Order: Criminal Intent before that, but now his star is rising with a key role in this summer’s Jurassic World as well as »
- Isaac Feldberg
It's fitting that Clint Eastwood and John Wayne both have the same birthday week. (Wayne, who died in 1979, was born May 26, 1907, while Eastwood turns 85 on May 31). After all, these two all-American actors' careers span the history of that most American of movie genres, the western.
Both iconic actors were top box office draws for decades, both seldom stretched from their familiar personas, and both played macho, conservative cowboy heroes who let their firearms do most of the talking. Each represented one of two very different strains of western, the traditional and the revisionist.
As a birthday present to Hollywood's biggest heroes of the Wild West, here are the top 57 westerns you need to see.
57. 'Meek's Cutoff' (2010)
Indie filmmaker Kelly Reichardt and her frequent leading lady, Michelle Williams, are the talents behind this sparse, docudrama about an 1845 wagon train whose Oregon Trail journey goes horribly awry. It's an intense »
- Gary Susman
Peter Sarsgaard has joined the cast of the remake of “The Magnificent Seven,” TheWrap has learned. From director Antoine Fuqua, the A-list cast also boasts Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Wagner Moura, Haley Bennett, Jason Momoa and Matt Bomer. The upcoming MGM movie is a modern take on the 1960 film “The Magnificent Seven,” which follows seven gunfighters who help defend their homes in an oppressed Mexican village. Also Read: Sundance: Peter Sarsgaard, Winona Ryder, 'Experimenter' Director Talk Torture (Video) Roger Birnbaum will produce the film, based on Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai.” Sony Pictures will co-finance the project. »
- Matt Donnelly
Fuqua directs Denzel Washington (Training Day), Chris Pratt (Jurassic World), Ethan Hawke (Boyhood), Jason Momoa (Games of Thrones), Wagner Moura (Elite Squad), Haley Bennett (The Equalizer) and Vincent D’Onofrio (Daredevil) in the new version of the classic 1960 film which starred Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn and Charles Bronson.
The remake has been written by Nic Pizzolatto (True Detective) and John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks) and sees a local woman (Bennett) seeking out a group of gunslingers to help protect her small town for a group of bandits.
- Scott J. Davis
The cast of MGM's Western remake The Magnificent Seven continues to grow, with actor Matthew Bomer signing on. The actor will play the husband of Haley Bennett's character, the woman who hires seven mysterious gunmen to protect her town from a gang of bandits, lead by a nefarious robber baron. The cast also includes Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Luke Grimes, Jason Momoa, Wagner Moura and Byung-hun Lee, although no specific details were given regarding their characters.
The original Western The Magnificent Seven was released in 1960, starring Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, James Coburn and Horst Buchholz as the seven gunmen, with Eli Wallach playing the villainous Calvera. The movie itself was a remake of Akira Kurosawa's 1954 classic Seven Samurai. The Western spawned a number of sequels such as Return of the Magnificent Seven, The Magnificent Seven Ride!, Guns of the Magnificent Seven »
The all-star cast for MGM’s upcoming remake of The Magnificent Seven just got a little bigger today with word that Magic Mike Xxl actor Matt Bomer, best known for his starring role on USA’s White Collar, has signed on for a supporting role.
Bomer, who won a Golden Globe for his performance in HBO’s The Normal Heart, will play the husband of a woman (Haley Bennett) who attempts to stand up to a villainous robber baron (believed to be played by Daredevil‘s Vincent D’Onofrio). Unfortunately, it doesn’t go so well for him, leading the woman to hire a motley crew of gunslingers to protect her town from the baron’s rampaging gang of bandits.
Saddling up for the action-packed Western are Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Wagner Moura, Jason Momoa, Byung-hun Lee and Luke Grimes, making this one of the more star-studded action pics currently in development. »
- Isaac Feldberg
As a child, The Magnificent Seven was my first exposure to the Western genre and even today it remains one of my all-time favourite films. It's a great story, albeit a simple one, which owes much of its success to its excellent casting. Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, and others; a hell of a cast to be sure. Antoine Fuqua's upcoming remake of The Magnificent Seven sure has some big boots to fill when it comes to matching that cast but I believe »
- Kevin Fraser
Matt Bomer has joined the all-star cast of MGM’s remake of The Magnificent Seven. Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Wagner Moura, Haley Bennett and Jason Momoa are already in the saddle for the Western, which updates the 1960 movie that starred Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson and Robert Vaughn. Antoine Fuqua is directing. With a script written by John Lee Hancock and Nic Pizzolatto, the new version’s story kicks off when a woman (Bennett) hires a disparate group of gunslingers to protect her town from rampaging bandits that are led by a robber baron. Bomer
- Borys Kit
Last year director Antoine Fuqua told us that the one movie he wished he could get his hands on for a remake was Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai. But since that wasn't possible, he's taking on the next best thing: The Magnificent Seven. When we spoke to him, the only person who had been officially cast in the movie was his Equalizer star: "I've got Denzel and then we're going to start assembling in the next week or two. We don't film until next year, but to get all the great actors we want, you've got to get the schedules right, and that's very tough to do." Fast forward to this year and it seems all of those schedules have finally started aligning as more and more cast have been announced. Presenting Antoine Fuqua's Magnifcent...
- Peter Hall
MGM is putting together a mightily impressive cast for its upcoming remake of The Magnificent Seven. Various publications are reporting that Game of Thrones alum Jason Momoa and Terminator Genisys actor Byung-hun Lee have today become the latest performers to sign on for the project, which already stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke and Vincent D’Onofrio.
Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer) is holding the reins on the redo, which also stars Wagner Moura and Haley Bennet. The new film will update the classic Western from 1960, which starred the likes of Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson, for modern times, and use a script by True Detective mastermind Nic Pizzolatto and The Blind Side writer-director John Lee Hancock. The story is being kept mostly under wraps for now, but it involves a desperate woman (Bennet) who hires a gaggle of gunslingers to protect her homestead from menacing bandits.
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- Isaac Feldberg
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