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Why was anyone surprised that "The Equalizer" was a solid hit, opening at an estimated $35.0 million?
Tracking suggested that the Denzel Washington movie would open only in the high 20s; after all, it's a movie based on a second-tier 1980s TV action drama that no one under 50 remembers fondly, and it's competing in the marketplace with Liam Neeson's similar "A Walk Among the Tombstones."
Nonetheless, "The Equalizer" pulled off the fourth largest September opening ever and marked the 12th straight $20-million-plus opening for a Washington wide-release movie, a track record stretching back a decade.
Clearly, Washington remains, at 59, one of Hollywood's most reliable box office draws. (And like fellow Aarp-aged action hero Neeson, Washington shows no sign of slowing down.)
What is he doing right? What does he have that others don't? Here are a few things.
Consistency. The world-weary, vengeful man-of-action role that Washington plays in "Equalizer" may »
- Gary Susman
For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a look at pretty much one of the definitions of an A-list actor. He’s Denzel Washington, a two time Academy Award winning thespian and giant in the industry. Washington does more than just act of course, he’s an iconic movie star, there’s no doubt about that. If anyone is right for this sort of a spotlight, it’s him. Washington got his start in TV movies, but on the big screen he made his first mark with Cry Freedom, which also got him nominated for Best Supporting Actor, his first nomination of what would become a half dozen (and counting). That established him as an up and comer, leading to his television role on the show St. Elsewhere, which ran for half a decade. That would open up some major film roles, including Glory, where he received »
- Joey Magidson
Over the course of a career spanning more than 40 years, actor John Lithgow has garnered a large amount of critical and commercial acclaim for a body of work that spans the stage, the small screen, and the big screen, appearing in tv shows such as 3rd Rock from the Sun and Dexter, as well as movies such as Terms of Endearment, Blow Out, The Pelican Brief, and Kinsey. Actor Alfred Molina has similarly gathered a diverse and acclaimed body of work, appearing in movies such as Magnolia, As You Like It, and An Education. Thus, news that the two would be working together in their next project excited many. Titled Love Is Strange, the film is directed by Ira Sachs, who co-wrote the screenplay with Mauricio Zacharias, and the first trailer for the film has now been released. The trailer can be seen below. Sound on Sight was able to »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Trevor Hogg chats with production visual effects supervisor Janek Sirrs, visual effects producer Mitchell Ferm, and visual effects supervisors Adrian de Wet, Stéphane Nazé, Paul Butterworth, and Guy Williams about bringing to the big screen a spinning island, raging monkeys and a futuristic society that stages lethal survival games...
“I’d worked with Francis Lawrence a few years ago on I Am Legend  and we had a productive, and entertaining relationship on that picture,” explains Janek Sirrs who won an Oscar for being a member of the visual effects team responsible for The Matrix (1999). “Francis likes shooting photo storyboards and seems to enjoy [perhaps a little too much] having me embarrassingly play the part of the zombie, the monkey, and the frightened girl for him. Our schedules didn’t really sync up immediately after Legend and so I ended up drifting off into the Marvel universe for a couple of shows before our stars could align again. »
4 items from 2014
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