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Denzel Washington: Not Thinking About Playing Barack Obama

19 September 2014 12:04 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

San Sebastian – At Spain’s 62nd San Sebastian to accept a career-achievement Donostia Award and present, alongside Antoine Fuqua, Sony Pictures’ fest opener, “The Equalizer,” Denzel Washington denied any idea of playing President Barack Obama.

Barack Obama is a story that hasn’t finished yet. It’s not something I’m thinking about, and he’s busy. said Washinton, dressed casually in a dark grey jacket and looking very young for his 59 years.

“I’ve played Biko, Malcolm X, I can’t play everybody,” he added, when asked if he’d like to limn Martin Luther King.

But Washington did set something of a roadmap of future plans. He will not topline “Shovel Ready,” a Warner Bros. adaptation of a debut novel by journalist Adam Sterbergh., he said Friday at a San Sebastian press conference.

It’s too early to call, he argued when asked by Variety, if he would star in “The Equalizer” sequel. »

- John Hopewell

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How George Lucas brought Star Wars to the screen

12 September 2014 7:04 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

George Lucas' 1974 rough draft of Star Wars is now a Titan comic book. Ryan charts the script's evolution from page to screen classic...

It's like Star Wars, but refracted through a strange lens. Here's Han Solo, but he's green, like the Toxic Avenger, and has gills. Here's Luke Skywalker, but he's a powerful general with a white beard and a flinty look in his eye.

All this can be found in what is now commonly called The Rough Draft of The Star Wars, originally written by George Lucas back in 1974. A kind of mid-point between the somewhat vague ideas Lucas first had for his space fantasy movie earlier in the decade, and the fourth draft - which was used as the shooting script for the 1977 film - The Star Wars is a jarring document from the franchise's early history.

Last year, Dark Horse produced an eight-part series of comics based on The Rough Draft, »

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Antoine Fuqua confirms Magnificent Seven remake starring Denzel Washington

11 September 2014 3:34 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Antoine Fuqua didn't reveal any other details about the project, but in an interview with Variety the director did confirm he will be teaming up with his The Equalizer star Denzel Washington for a remake of John Sturges' The Magnificent Seven. A remake of The Magnificent Seven has been in the works for years, and the last writer to take a stab at the script for it was The Blind Side and The Alamo scribe John Lee Hancock. It's not clear if Antoine Fuqua will direct »

- Jesse Giroux

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Antoine Fuqua Confirms He'll Be Partnering w/ Denzel Washington on a 'Magnificent Seven' Remake

10 September 2014 12:29 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

The question 3 months ago was whether Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington would board MGM's long-in-development remake of "The Magnificent Seven" (the 1960 American western directed by John Sturges, which was itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai"). The news this month is that the pair are no longer on the fence, as Fuqua himself confirmed that the pair would tackle the remake next - a revelation he made after the Tiff premiere of their latest collab, also a remake (of a TV series), "The Equalizer." As recently as 2012, Tom Cruise was attached to star in the remake, although, at the time, there was no director »

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Denzel Washington Has Joined ‘The Magnificent Seven’ Remake

9 September 2014 9:37 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

They’ve been getting some reviews for their upcoming collaboration on The Equalizer, but it looks like director Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington are to work together again on a remake of the classic western The Magnificent Seven. While promoting ‘Equalizer’ over in Toronto at last week’s film festival, Fuqua confirmed that Washington has joined the production. Rumours are that Tom Cruise, Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman are also linked with the project, which will start filming sometime in the near future.

Fuqua first worked with Washington on the Oscar winning Training Day in 2001.

Fuqua explained why he enjoys working with the legendary American actor.

“Denzel’s all about the work…He’s all about the acting. He’s an actor. He’ll tell you himself, ‘I’m not a movie star, celebrity, something else, I’m an actor’…He steps on a set that’s what he is »

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Denzel Washington joins The Magnificent Seven remake

9 September 2014 8:39 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Earlier in the year news broke that a remake of legendary western The Magnificent Seven was in the works with Antoine Fuqua (Olympus Has Fallen) taking the hot seat and Tom Cruise, Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman just a few names being linked with a role. Since then not much else has been revealed about the planned remake. However while promoting his latest flick The Equalizer at Tiff, Fuqua announced that one actor has already signed on, Denzel Washington.

This will mark the third time time Fuqua has directed Washington since they first worked together 13 years ago on Training Day. Fuqua praised Washington on his professionalism and why he enjoys working with him:

“Denzel’s all about the work…He’s all about the acting. He’s an actor. He’ll tell you himself, ‘I’m not a movie star, celebrity, something else, I’m an actor’…He steps on »

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Denzel Washington Joins The Magnificent Seven Remake

9 September 2014 8:23 AM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

A few weeks back, it was revealed that director Antoine Fuqua would be taking the helm of the planned The Magnificent Seven remake. Now, the first actor has signed onto the project, with Denzel Washington confirming he will be taking a role in the remake of the classic western. This will mark Fuqua's third collaboration with Washington, the pair having already worked together on Training Day, and of course the upcoming The Equalizer. N word on who Washington will be playing, but if he keeps the shaved head he has for The Equalizer, he'd be a no brainer to fill the shoes of Yul Brynner's Chris. »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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‘Brick Mansions’ Blu-ray Review

6 September 2014 10:29 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Paul Walker, David Belle, RZA, Gouchy Boy, Catalina Denis, Ayisha Issa, Carlo Rota, Andreas Apergis, Richard Zeman, Robert Maillet, Bruce Ramsay | Written by Luc Besson, Bibi Naceri | Directed by Camille Delamarre

Hollywood remaking a foreign film is far from a new phenomenon, and adaption in this manner has yielded some truly great films. We have seen such successes like Seven Samurai  transformed into The Magnificent Seven, and Infernal Affairs  altered into The Departed.

On the other hand, there are movies like Brick Mansions. This remake of the Luc Besson / Pierre Morel French parkour action fest District B13  has much in common with the original including plot structure, action sequences, and even shares one of the co-leads. What it lacks is energy, craftsmanship, and originality.  Fans of the original have little reason to examine this new take, and those coming in fresh will also find it difficult enjoy this tired dud of an action movie. »

- Dan Clark

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An 'In the Heat of the Night' TV Series Reboot is Coming, Courtesy of 'The Help' Director Tate Taylor

27 August 2014 11:57 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

MGM, seemingly uninterested in fresh, novel, original ideas, continues to mine its library for remakes/reboots. You'll recall the recent "RoboCop" and "Carrie" reboots, with remakes of "Poltergeist," "WarGames," "Death Wish," "The Magnificent Seven" and others all in development. Today brings word that the studio is developing a drama series based on its 1967 classic drama "In the Hear of the Night," with none-other-than Tate Taylor (director of "The Help" and "Get on Up") directing. Keep in mind that there has already been a television series based on the film and novel of the same name, »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight – First Poster Revealed

31 July 2014 1:57 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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It’s probably safe to say we all loved Django Unchained. How could you not? The blood, the guts, the drama, the dodgy Australian accents – it was everything you could hope for in a Quentin Tarantino movie, and more besides. Then Qt himself dropped a bombshell: Django was more of a test subject. He was seeing if he could make a Western. And now that he’s learned he can – and an awesome one at that – he’s moving onto his first big frontier epic proper, in a film he calls The Hateful Eight. The Magnificent Seven’s angsty older brothers, maybe?

The film suffered a setback in January this year when the script got leaked onto the internet. Tarantino was, understandably, a little peeved at this (and by “a little peeved” we hope you know what we really mean, especially from a man so infamous for »

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Quentin Tarantino Confirms He's Going To Start Making 'The Hateful Eight'

27 July 2014 8:29 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Looks like this movie is happening after all!

At Comic-Con, Django Unchained director Quentin Tarantino officially confirmed that he was in fact going to make his planned western The Hateful Eight, despite previously announcing that he wouldn't proceed with the film due to the script getting leaked.

According to Deadline, the announcement was made as Tarantino was speaking at the Dynamite Comic's panel discussion of the upcoming Django Unchained/Zorro crossover comic book. The reveal reportedly elicited massive cheering from the audience.

The film, which Tarantino wrote to be a spiritual sequel to the classic western The Magnificent Seven, was at the center of a storm of controversy in January when the 51-year-old director announced that he was shelving the project because he was angry that one of the few friends he showed the script to had allegedly leaked it to the press.

"I'm very, very depressed," Tarantino told Deadline at the time. "I finished »

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Movie Review: Hercules

25 July 2014 9:54 PM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Thankfully, Hercules is not an origin film. Though it is about the titular hero from Greek myth, The Legend of Hercules (2014) from earlier this year already took that approach so it is just as well. Here, the fabled strong-man (Dwayne Johnson) has already performed all but one of his legendary labors when the story opens.

The newHercules was directed by Bret Ratner of Rush Hour (1998) fame and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) infamy. The screenplay was written by Ryan Condal and Evan Spillotopoulus. This is the former’s first feature film. The latter has primarily worked on Disney animated films like Cinderella III: A Twist in Time (2007). The storyline the screenplay is based on is a comic by Steve Moore. You might be thinking that this combination of folks behind the camera is a bit like the “potpourri” category on Jeopardy, and you would not be wrong – sounds weird, could be awful. »

- Steven Gahm

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Movies This Week: July 11-17, 2014

11 July 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

The Austin Film Society is kicking off the weekend with another Free Member Friday event. Tonight, Afs Members can enjoy a program of short films at the Marchesa for free, including Kat Candler's original 2012 short Hellion (recently adapted into a terrific feature) and Todd Rohal's Rat Pack Rat, which won a special jury prize at Sundance this year. Come on out even if you're not a member for $10 general admission tickets.

Afs is also hosting some special advance screenings of Richard Linklater's acclaimed new film Boyhood (Debbie's review) this weekend. The 1 pm screening on Sunday at the Marchesa is already sold out, but a 7 pm show still has VIP tickets available that include a private dinner with the director and cast. The acclaimed documentary Manakamana is screening at the Marchesa on Tuesday evening while Sweet Dreams folows on Wednesday. Essential Cinema closes out a busy week with »

- Matt Shiverdecker

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‘McQueen: The Man & Le Mans’ Resumes Filming, Foreign Sales Set

3 July 2014 10:40 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Forty-four years after Steve McQueen’s “Le Mans” first launched production in 1970, the documentary about the film, “McQueen: The Man & Le Mans,” resumes filming at the legendary race track. Meanwhile, Content Film has made a strong start with international sales, inking several deals.

Filming began on the documentary this spring, continues in France this summer, and will conclude at the end of the summer in the U.S. Content Film has to date sold the film to the U.K. (The Works), France (Marco Polo), Italy (Iwonder), Germany, Scandinavia & Australia/New Zealand (Entertainment One), Portugal (Lusomundo), the Middle East (Salim Ramea Co.) and Yugoslavia (VIP).

“McQueen: The Man & Le Mans” presents the untold story of Steve McQueen’s quest to make the ‘ultimate racing motion picture.’ A lifetime’s dream for the actor, the reality of making the film proved to be very different after his ‘golden decade’ of films including: “Bullitt, »

- Shelli Weinstein

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Eli Wallach Appreciation: How Oscar Finally Got It Right After Nearly 60 Years Of No Nominations

25 June 2014 6:02 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

I like the fact that Turner Classic Movies announced today a special 11-hour tribute to the now-late and always-great Eli Wallach, who died last night at age 98. He was such a magnificent actor, particularly onstage, where he won a Tony in The Rose Tattoo or on TV in countless performances including his Emmy-winning turn in 1966′s Poppies Are Also Flowers. His movie roles were memorable too, but he never quite got that truly great moment onscreen that could have ignited his film career and sent it in a different direction. It’s true he was terrific as the evil Calvera in 1960′s The Magnificent Seven (which […] »

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Eli Wallach (1915-2014)

25 June 2014 5:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

The great character actor Eli Wallach didn't quite make it to his centennial, dying at 98½ but at least he lived long enough to get an Honorary Oscar a few years back. The Academy honored him for "a lifetime's worth of indelible screen characters" even though they'd never nominated him.

I'm sure AMPAS didn't mean to include "Mr Freeze" on the Batman TV series as one of those characters but that's the one that's indelible for me. Is that wrong? When I was a child that show was always on through the magic of syndication. But Mr. Freeze was recast frequently (curiously enough two other Oscar favorites also played the chilly bad guy: three time nominee Otto Preminger and Oscar winner George Sanders). They rarely showed episodes in order so the memories of the faces get all jumbled up. 

He made a lot of career noise with his onscreen debut in »

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Joe Carnahan to Write & Direct 'Five Against a Bullet' at Sony Pictures

25 June 2014 4:06 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

While his action thriller Stretch is still waiting for a new release date after being pulled from the calendar this year, director Joe Carnahan is already setting up his next project. The Wrap has learned that The A-Team and The Grey director is set to write and direct Five Against a Bullet, an action thriller described as calling back to "classic macho movies" like The Wild Bunch and The Magnificent Seven. The film will follow five bodyguards hired to protect a Mexican politician over the course of a contentious election after his father is murdered by a drug cartel. Sounds like it could have been The A-Team sequel. Collider was the first to report on the project after speaking with Transformers franchise producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. The producer said, "It is a tale of a group of men who have become cynical, sort of lost their sense of hope about life and the world, »

- Ethan Anderton

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News Nuggets: Meryl Streep to play opera diva Maria Callas in HBO's 'Master Class'?'

25 June 2014 4:00 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Columnist Liz Smith gets to the bottom of the rumors that Meryl Streep will play the legendary opera singer Maria Callas. She spoke with director Mike Nichols, who is in charge of the upcoming HBO production "Master Class," and he confirms the story from Streep's press agent Leslee Dart. The Terrence McNally play is about the late-in-life diva as she now is a teacher following the death of her lover, Aristotle Onassis. Various Broadway versions has seen Zoe Caldwell, Patti LuPone, Dixie Carter, and Tyne Daly in the lead role (with Caldwell winning a Tony Award in 1996). Will Streep and Nichols add yet another Emmy Award to their awards mantels? Huffington Post. -Break- Longtime character actor Eli Wallach dies at age 98. His lengthy feature film resume included "The Magnificent Seven," "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," "Baby Doll," "The Misfits," "Cinderella Liberty," and "The Godfather: Part III." He...' »

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Joe Carnahan Will Write And Direct Five Against A Bullet

25 June 2014 12:19 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

With Blood, Guts, Bullets and Octane, Narc, Smokin’ Aces, The A-Team and The Grey on his resume, writer-director Joe Carnahan has certainly built his career on badass protagonists who fit traditional ideas of masculinity, which makes him a perfect fit for his next project - Five Against a Bullet, which Sony described recently as being in the spirit of The Wild Bunch and The Magnificent Seven.

The flick, which Carnahan will both direct and rewrite, working off an original script from Alex Litvak, follows a group of five bodyguards recruited to keep a Mexican politician alive during a controversial election after the politician’s father is brutally killed by a major drug cartel. Going off that, we can expect a lot of cool-as-a-cucumber badasses and plenty of explosive action.

Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura recently spoke about Carnahan’s involvement with the project, stating:

“Joe [Carnahan] we just put on a project called ‘Five Against a Bullet, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Joe Carnahan to Write, Direct ‘Five Against a Bullet’ for Sony

25 June 2014 11:24 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Joe Carnahan is set to write and direct “Five Against a Bullet” for Sony Pictures, TheWrap has confirmed. Described as being in the vein of classic macho movies “The Wild Bunch” and “The Magnificent Seven,” the story follows five bodyguards hired to protect a Mexican politician over the course of a contentious election after his father is murdered by a drug cartel. The project is right up Carnahan's alley, as the filmmaker has done a great job exploring masculinity in both “The Grey” and “Narc.” He also directed “The A-Team,” which brought together four unlikely heroes who save the world. »

- Jeff Sneider

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