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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.
Washington will play »
- Isaac Feldberg
Aquaman star Jason Momoa is in talks to join the star-studded cast of MGM's The Magnificent Seven. If a deal is finalized, the actor will play one of "the main heavies." He will not be playing the primary villain, described as a "robber baron, who has yet to be cast. Byung-hun Lee has also signed on to star as a character named Billy Rocks, but no further details were given. The project is a remake of the 1960 Western of the same name, which itself was a loose remake of Akira Kurosawa's 1954 classic Seven Samurai.
Jason Momoa and Byung-hun Lee join a cast that already includes Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Haley Bennett, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Luke Grimes and Wagner Moura. No details have been given for any of the other cast members' characters at this time. The story centers on a young woman (Haley Bennett), who hires seven gunslingers »
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
Exclusive: Content Media's documentary Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans will have its world premiere in the Cannes Classics section of the Cannes Film Festival later this month. Described as "Senna meets Bullitt," it traces the complex making of the legendary star's 1971 racing movie Le Mans. Check out the exclusive poster for the film below. By 1970, McQueen was a major force in Hollywood with pics like The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, The Cincinnati Kid, The San… »
Last week, Adam Sandler's original Netflix movie "The Ridiculous Six" made news when around a dozen Native American actors and the film's Native cultural advisor walked off the set in protest over jokes they deemed offensive, in addition to what they called gross misrepresentations of Apache culture. Now, video taken by Goldie Tom, one of the actors who took umbrage with the project, has been released that shows the group arguing with producers over the script. "You're trying to tell us what's disrespectful to us?" one of the actors rails. In another choice soundbite, an off-camera crew member tells the group: "I understand completely. But we're not going to change Beaver Breath." "Beaver Breath" (or "Beaver's Breath"), for the record, is the name of a woman Native American character in the film, one of several offenses highlighted by the group. Other complaints lobbed by the actors included inconsistencies regarding »
- Chris Eggertsen
One of the castmembers of Adam Sandler’s already controversial Netflix project, “The Ridiculous Six,” has spoken up in defense of the movie.
After reports surfaced this week that a dozen Native Americans walked off the set of the comedy because of offensive jokes in the script, Vanilla Ice, who plays Mark Twain in the film, defended it to TMZ.
“It’s a comedy,” he said. “I don’t think anybody really had any ill feeling or any intent or anything. This movie isn’t ‘Dances With Wolves.’ It’s a comedy. They’re not there to showcase anything about anybody — they’re just making a funny movie, I think.”
“I don’t have anything to do with it,” he added. “I just play my part.”
Vanilla Ice also said he’s “part Choctaw,” so he sees both sides of the issue. The musician had previously worked with Sandler, appearing »
- Alex Stedman
First up in this week’s 10 Stories You Might Have Missed: Adam Sandler’s newest comedy is already offending people, and it hasn’t even finished filming yet. Sandler’s Netflix-produced satirical Western, “The Ridiculous Six” (yes, the title’s a nod to “The Magnificent Seven”) was shooting in New Mexico when about a dozen Native American actors reportedly walked off set because the film insults their culture. The actors, most of whom were from the Navajo Nation, said the script for “The Ridiculous Six” insulted Apache women and elders. “The examples of disrespect included Native women’s names such as Beaver’s Breath and No Bra, an actress portraying an Apache woman squatting and urinating while smoking a peace pipe, and feathers inappropriately positioned on a teepee,” Indian Country Today Media Network reported. The actors expressed disappointment they were asked to portray an inaccurate and disrespectful depiction of Apache »
- Emily Rome
After a dozen Native Americans hired to play extras on Adam Sandler's Netflix-produced western Ridiculous 6 ditched the set, one Navajo actress named Allie Young sat down with MSNBC to discuss the many reasons why they decided to leave the production. In addition to the script that they found offensive and disrespectful, the extras felt that the comedy – a play on The Magnificent Seven – furthered century-old stereotypes about Native Americans, Mediate reports.
"I'm full-blooded Navajo and they bronzed me. I was quite confused," Young said of the makeup department darkening »
Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson on the Oscars' Red Carpet Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson at the Academy Awards Eli Wallach and wife Anne Jackson are seen above arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, held on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The 95-year-old Wallach had received an Honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards in November 2010. See also: "Doris Day Inexplicably Snubbed by Academy," "Maureen O'Hara Honorary Oscar," "Honorary Oscars: Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo Among Rare Women Recipients," and "Hayao Miyazaki Getting Honorary Oscar." Delayed film debut The Actors Studio-trained Eli Wallach was to have made his film debut in Fred Zinnemann's Academy Award-winning 1953 blockbuster From Here to Eternity. Ultimately, however, Frank Sinatra – then a has-been following a string of box office duds – was cast for a pittance, getting beaten to a pulp by a pre-stardom Ernest Borgnine. For his bloodied efforts, Sinatra went on »
- D. Zhea
At least a dozen Native American actors don't find Adam Sandler’s upcoming western parody The Ridiculous Six funny. According to multiple reports, extras in the film, primarily from the Navajo nation, walked off the set of the funnyman’s new movie after finding the jokes to be insulting and degrading. The flick is described as being a spoof on western film The Magnificent Seven. According to Indian Country Today Media Network, “the examples of disrespect included Native women’s names such as Beaver’s Breath and No Bra, an actress [...] »
It looks like Adam Sandler’s Netflix projects are already brewing up controversy.
About a dozen Native American actors and actresses walked off the set of Sandler’s “The Ridiculous Six,” according to the Indian Country Today Media Network. Per reports, the actors took offense to racially charged jokes and inaccuracies during the filming of the movie, which Sandler is developing for Netflix.
The streaming service, however, downplayed the controversy in a statement issued Thursday.
“The movie has ridiculous in the title for a reason: because it is ridiculous,” said a Netflix spokesperson. “It is a broad satire of Western movies and the stereotypes they popularized, featuring a diverse cast that is not only part of — but in on — the joke.”
According to Ictmn, some female Native American characters were given names Beaver’s Breath and No Bra.
“They just treated us as if we should just be on the side, »
- Alex Stedman
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