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Tokyo International Film Festival’s ‘Seven Samurai’ directors compared the restrictive studio-controlled filmmaking environment of modern-day Japan to the golden age of Akira Kurosawa at a talk event on Sunday.
For this year’s edition, the festival has selected seven directors, who have achieved a degree of international recognition, to promote Japanese cinema to the world. Three of the seven attended the talk event: Keishi Otomo, who has directed two hit films based on the Rurouni Kenshin manga series; Takashi Yamazaki, whose Parasyte is closing the festival; and Lee Sang-il, whose credits include the Japanese remake of Unforgiven.
The other four ‘Samurai’ are Takashi Miike (13 Assassins), Tetsuya Nakashima (Confessions), Eiichiro Hasumi (Umizaru series) and Daihachi Yoshida, whose Pale Moon is the only Japanese film in Tiff’s competition section. The event was followed by a screening of Kurosawa’s 1954 Seven Samurai.
Asked to compare filmmaking in Japan today to the era when Seven Samurai was made, the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Liz Shackleton)
With Antoine Fuqua's The Equalizer hitting theaters this weekend (read Brad's review) and his Jake Gyllenhaal boxing drama Southpaw in post-production, it was only a matter of time before Fuqua chose his next project, and it appears he is re-teaming with The Equalizer star Denzel Washington for a remake of The Magnificent Seven. John Sturges' 1960 western is itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, so it seems we will have a remake of a remake on our hands here. Concerning The Magnificent Seven, the film follows a band of gunfighters hired to protect a small peasant village. It was nominated for one Oscar, a Best Score nod for Elmer Bernstein (Sweet Smell of Success). As for Fuqua's plan of attack, he couldn't give away any details to MovieWeb, but he did offer this up: My biggest influence is Seven Samurai, that's what I really love. The Magnificent Seven »
- Jordan Benesh
"The Equalizer" and "Olympus Has Fallen" director Antoine Fuqua, out doing press rounds for the former, has confirmed to Movieweb that his upcoming remake of classic western "The Magnificent Seven" will be his next project.
John Sturges helmed the original 1960 film, which itself was based on the Akira Kurosawa 1954 cinematic classic "Seven Samurai". Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter and Horst Buchholz starred in 'Magnificent' as a group of American gunmen hired to protect a small Mexican village from a group of savage bandits.
The remake will star Denzel Washington as one of the seven, and they're currently seeking actors to play the other six. In regards to the film he says:
"Yeah, that's (The Magnificent Seven) where all of my attention is going. When I get back to L.A., I'll meet the casting team and start to get into it with the producers and everybody next week. »
- Garth Franklin
Earlier this week, I had the chance to speak with The Equalizer director Antoine Fuqua, and towards the end of our chat, the talk naturally drifted towards other projects he's working on. We reported in May that the filmmaker was attached to direct Narco Sub, which the late Tony Scott was once set to direct, that centers on illegal submersible ships used by cartels to smuggle narcotics. Just a few days later, we also reported that Antoine Fuqua is re-teaming with The Equalizer star Denzel Washington on The Magnificent Seven remake.
"No, Narco Sub, it doesn't look like I'm going to do it."
Antoine Fuqua is a filmmaker I have always admired and respected, not only for his skill behind the camera, but for the diversity of projects he undertakes. After cutting his teeth by directing a number of iconic music videos in the 1990s, including Coolio's "Gangster's Paradise," Prince's "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World," and Toni Braxton's "Another Sad Love Song," Antoine Fuqua transitioned into features with The Replacement Killers and Bait before his breakout hit Training Day, where he directed Denzel Washington to a Best Actor Oscar.
From there, he took on a number of vastly different films such as the war drama Tears of the Sun, the medieval epic King Arthur, the grounded action-packed adaptation Shooter (which I still think is vastly underrated), the urban crime drama Brooklyn's Finest and last year's big-budget action-thriller Olympus Has Fallen.
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.
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
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.
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
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 »
- Tambay A. Obenson
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 »
- Paul Heath
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 »
- Gavin Logan
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. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
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
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
The Weinstein Company
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 »
- Tom Baker
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 »
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
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
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
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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