13 items from 2012
Today in history... December 18th, 1946, South African anti-apartheid activist and black student leader Steve Biko was born in King William's Town, in the present-day Eastern Cape province of South Africa. After years of as a leader in the anti-apartheid movement, inspirational writings and empowering activism, he would die at the very young age of 30 (just over a month before his 31st birthday) while in police custody - a death that would trigger international outrage, and make him a matyr of the anti-apartheid movement. A decade after his death, in 1987, Richard Attenborough would direct the movie Cry Freedom, a biographical drama about Biko, starring »
- Tambay A. Obenson
It’s true; no matter what certain networks may claim about their “winter finales,” winter doesn’t actually start until December 21, and isn’t over until March 20. Syfy, at least, understands this, and has announced their appropriately-titled winter schedule accordingly.
Happily this means that, starting on Monday, January 14, 2013, we will have some great television to get us through the cold months, including the return of Being Human and Lost Girl, and the premiere of Continuum, and later in the week, the return of Ghost Hunters and Face Off.
Here’s the schedule of premieres, along with series synopses:
Syfy’S 2013 Winter Programming Highlighted By Series Premieres Of Ghost Mine, Robot Combat League, Stranded And Continuum Season Returns Of Hits Being Human, Face Off, Total Blackout, Ghost Hunters, Lost Girl, Haunted Collector And Final Season Of Merlin
New York – December 4, 2012 – Syfy will kick off the New Year with a robust winter »
- Erin Willard
In this weekend's "Flight," Denzel Washington attempts to pilot his airplane to a soft landing. There's early talk of a Best Actor nomination, and the film is certainly worth a watch. But what other things has Denzel saved during his long and distinguished career?
From his Academy Award wins in "Glory" and "Training Day" to his Academy Award nominations in "The Hurricane," "Malcom X," and "Cry Freedom," Denzel Washington has gone out of his way, on a number of occasions, to save our bacon. So what makes up a proper Denzel save situation, and what what exactly was he saving with his heroic actions? Look no further, we've got the definitive list!
(Note: salty Nsfw language and spoilers in a few of these clips!)
Explanation: Back in 1998, you could get away with thinking it was all over for The Rolling Stones. 1995 featured the ill-conceived "Voodoo Lounge Tour, »
- Laremy Legel
Today in history... September 12th, 1977, South African black student leader Steve Biko died while in police custody, triggering international outrage. A decade later, in 1987, Richard Attenborough directed the movie Cry Freedom, a biographical drama about Biko starring Denzel Washington and Kevin Kline. The film, while certainly well-intentioned, was essentially a Hollywood white-washing of the Apartheid-set story (business as usual). For his efforts, Denzel was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award. Also worth noting, in 1980, Peter Gabriel told the Steve Biko story in the track titled Biko, from his album, Peter Gabriel. Watch the music video for it »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Founder of Goldcrest Films with a string of Oscar-winning movies to his name
It is a mark of the wide-ranging success of Jake Eberts, founder of the once-mighty Goldcrest Films, who has died aged 71 after suffering from cancer, that few headline writers summing up his life could agree on his most notable producing credit. Was it Chariots of Fire (1981), Gandhi (1982) or The Killing Fields (1984)? The Name of the Rose (1986), Driving Miss Daisy (1989) or Dances With Wolves (1990)? Easier instead to herald him as the man whose films won a staggering 37 Oscars.
From the mid-1970s onwards, Eberts combined business acumen and creative energy with an integrity much admired in the film industry. The actor Kevin Costner, with whom he worked on Dances with Wolves and Open Range (2003), said of him: "Hollywood is full of people who either have intelligence or integrity. Jake is the only one with both." Lord Attenborough, who collaborated with Eberts on Gandhi, »
- Ryan Gilbey
For many a young rising star, there comes the time to prove their worth at the ever-enigmatic box office all on their own. Any young gun can co-star in a successful feature with a proven star by his or her side (see potential stars Chris Pine and Ryan Reynolds ride Denzel’s coattails in Unstoppable and Safe House, respectively). To prove your name is valuable above a film’s title, you must lead it, meaning you are both the film’s star and the film’s marketing campaign. At some point (usually early on), these ambitious pseudo-celebs must go for it, headlining a somewhat small, but significant, studio picture in the hopes of finding an audience they’ve been told by their agents and managers they have already built.
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Sean Guard celebrates Black History Month with a selection of acclaimed African American films...
In the light and celebration of Black History Month, I’ve put together a small collection from the vast library of highly-acclaimed African American films. From Cicely Tyson to Denzel Washington to Spike Lee, I’ve included some of the classic films and miniseries that have come to contribute to my generation and others’ education of the struggles and contributions of Blacks in the past and present. Now, seeing as how there are tons of film to go over that fit rather easily into this category, this assemblage of titles are only a tip of the Black iceberg.
Native Son (1951)
Based on the novel by Richard Wright, this film focuses on a young black poverty stricken man living in 1930s Chicago. He takes a job as a chauffeur to a white family, which takes a turn »
He's one of Hollywood's heaviest hitters, who's played everything from cult figures to cold killers. On the eve of his latest film, the Oscar-winner talks about transcending race, his 'empty nest' and why he goes boxing five mornings a week
Nearly four decades ago, Henry Fonda appeared on Michael Parkinson's TV chat show and gave his audience an insight into the power of casting. Reminiscing about his role in the violent epic Once Upon A Time in the West, Twelve Angry Men's quintessential good guy recalled the film's opening, in which a farming family is massacred; it worked so brilliantly, he said, because the director knew that the minute the camera pulled away from the victims' corpses to reveal the perpetrators, cinema-goers would gasp: "Jesus Christ! It's Henry Fonda!"
A similar frisson of disbelief comes into play when you see Denzel Washington efficiently breaking an assailant's neck at »
- Alex Clark
Apartheid South Africa was part of the tale in Oscar-nominated "Cry Freedom," Denzel Washington's film from 1987, but fans will find his role in this year's "Safe House" -- actually shot in South Africa -- to be quite different. Washington called his character Tobin Frost a sociopath, a murderer, a liar, a cheat and an athiest. Submerging himself into the skin of a CIA defector and dangerous underground dealer in information, he said there was no single day of shooting that was any better than others, even with all the foot races, car chases, shoot-outs, disguises and various South African destinations. »
- Katie Hasty
In 1987, Denzel Washington picked up the first of five Oscar nominations—he went on to win two, for Glory and Training Day—playing anti-apartheid activist Stephen Biko in Cry Freedom. A quarter century later, in Safe House, the ageless Washington (a Safe House document-forger played by Rubén Blades admiringly calls him a black Dorian Gray) returns to South Africa to play another legend. This time, though, it’s a fictional character, and the circumstances are vastly different. Still, Washington brings the full weight of his iconic presence and history to the initially juicy role of a brilliant CIA »
The best news you've ever read or the Best news you've ever read? Variety reports that buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin are being told that the Universal Pictures co-financed action film "2 Guns" has found the already-attached Mark Wahlberg a co-star: Denzel Washington. While the trade paper stresses that no deals have been completed, let's take a moment to celebrate this amazing maybe-casting coup! Washington and Wahlberg. Together. In an action movie. If they get Liam Neeson in this thing, "2 Guns" -- a thriller about DEA agent and a Naval Intelligence officer investigating each other in ways that sounds reminiscent of "The Departed" -- would likely be the greatest movie ever produced. (Sorry, "Citizen Kane"!)
While you wait for baited breath to see if this version of "2 Guns" actually shoots (oof!), why not help Moviefone decide where Wahlberg would fit in on Washington's extensive list of co-stars. Below, »
- Christopher Rosen
The best news you've ever read or the Best news you've ever read? Variety reports that buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin are being told that the Universal Pictures co-financed action film "2 Guns" has found the already-attached Mark Wahlberg a co-star: Denzel Washington. While the trade paper stresses that no deals have been completed, let's take a moment to celebrate this amazing maybe-casting coup! Washington and Wahlberg. Together. In an action movie. If they get Liam Neeson in this thing, "2 Guns" -- a thriller about DEA agent and a Naval Intelligence officer investigating each other in ways that sounds reminiscent of "The Departed" -- would likely be the greatest movie ever produced. (Sorry, "Citizen Kane"!) While you wait for baited breath to see if this version of "2 Guns" actually shoots (oof!), why not help Moviefone decide where Wahlberg would fit in on Washington's extensive list of co-stars. Below, »
- Christopher Rosen
Denzel Washington was stunned by the freedoms he enjoyed shooting Safe House in South Africa because the last time he filmed in the country he received death threats and had to restrict his movements.
The Oscar winner filmed Cry Freedom in Zimbabwe in 1987 and was shocked by just how dangerous the nation was during Apartheid.
He tells WENN, "They told me I could come but I wasn't allowed to leave. I had heavy death threats at that time.
"There's been a tremendous amount of change... but at the same time I saw a lot of still psychological damage and there will continue to be psychological scars for years to come.
"I met a fair-skinned woman there whose mother was black and her father was Jewish and she told me her mother had to act like she was the maid to live in that neighbourhood and kept the charade up for 20 years." »
13 items from 2012
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