10 items from 2015
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Running Time: 126 minutes
Fuqua and Washington once again rejoin forces following their unforgettable collaboration on Training Day, for this reinterpretation of the classic TV show of the same name. Only this time Washington is playing Mr. Nice Guy. Many TV adaptations fail in the way they try and pay homage to the original, so it is with great joy we can say that Fuqua has no intention of trying to offer fan service. Although the spirit is very much alive, The Equalizer stands proud as an entirely separate entity.
Playing his calm and lovable self, Washington portrays Robert McCall, a man who lives a simple life free from nonsense or crippling responsibility. He’s far from the cold loner often associated with such films though, as we see »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
There are new updates regarding AMC's "The Walking Dead" 'zombie' spin-off TV pilot:
"...the pilot directed by Adam Davidson reportedly titled "Fear The Walking Dead", is set in Los Angeles, during the time that 'Rick Grimes', star of "The Walking Dead", lies comatose in a hospital before the events of that series...a jump back in time to see how the world handled the 'walker' crisis while Rick was sleeping...Creator Robert Kirkman says the new show, about 'family' will be played by Kim Dickens ('Gone Girl'), Cliff Curtis ('Training Day'), Frank Dillane ('Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince') and Alycia Debnam Carey ('The 100').
"...the pilot will follow a male divorced teacher and a female guidance councillor trying to survive the zombie apocalypse.
"Dillane will play the drug-addled son of the guidance councillor and Debnam Carey will play her 'ambitious' daughter. »
- Michael Stevens
To celebrate the release of ‘The Equalizer’ on Blu Ray and DVD, we’re giving 5 lucky WhatCulture.com readers the chance to win a copy of the gritty, action packed thriller on Blu-Ray!
Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by, he has to help her. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalise the helpless, McCall comes out of his self imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer.
- Sam Driver
Two-time Academy Award® nominee Ethan Hawke (Best Supporting Actor: Training Day, 2001; Boyhood, 2014) reunites with the Spierig Brothers directing team (Daybreakers) for the ingeniously constructed time-travel thriller Predestination, debuting on Blu-ray™ and DVD Feb. 10 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Based on the mind-bending short story “All You Zombies” by Robert A. Heinlein, the film also stars Sarah Snook (Jessabelle) and Noah Taylor (“Game of Thrones”). Predestination chronicles the life of a … Continue reading →
Seemingly trying to capitalize on the popularity of the series "Sons of Anarchy," the contemporary Shakespearean drama Cymbeline has changed its title to just Anarchy, which seems a little misguided. But anyway, along with the new title comes a new trailer, showing off a war between biker gangs with plenty of drug dealing, corruption violence, and an ensemble cast that includes Ethan Hawke, Ed Harris, Milla Jovovich, Anton Yelchin, John Leguizamo, Dakota Johnson and more. It looks pretty intense, but I'm not entirely sold on it from ths trailer. Maybe it will be worth it just for the performances. Watch it? Here's the new trailer for Michael Almereyda's Anarchy, originally from EW: You can still watch the previous trailer for Anarchy, formerly Cymbeline, right here. Anarchy is directed by Michael Almereyda (Hamlet), based on William Shakespeare's original text. Ethan Hawke (Training Day, The Purge) stars in the film »
- Ethan Anderton
The Oscar nominations have been announced and these are officially the best movies of the year. Apparently. We guess. The Academy nominated them for Best Picture, so they must be.
In case you don’t have time to watch all eight movies between now and Oscar night, Feb. 22, we’ve drafted up this cheat sheet, so you’ll at least be able to pretend that you’ve seen them:
Who's In It: Phil from The Hangover, Bradley Cooper; that girl from that movie, I think she dated Jude Law? Sienna Miller; plus, it was directed by Clint Eastwood (if you don’t know who he is, ask your dad).
What's It About: The most lethal American sniper in U.S. military history, based on the book American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History (watch the trailer here).
Other Nominations: Cooper for Best Actor, Film Editing »
Ethan Hawke scored his fourth Oscar nomination today for IFC Films’ Boyhood, and his second as supporting actor after 2001’s Training Day. What makes Hawke’s turn in Boyhood sublime is the fact he had to play the character across 12 years on and off; the divorced father of Mason (Ellar Coltrane), who grows from 5 to 18 years old.
How did Hawke jump in and out of character? “When [Best Director nominee Richard Linklater] approached me with this idea, I had a clear idea of what we were trying to do,” Hawke said today after the film picked up six nominations, including for Best Picture. “I had an image in my head of remembering my dad when I was in the sixth grade through my high school graduation; the way he had grown. If I could create a portrait of a grown man over a time period, then that was my job.”
Every time Hawke stepped back into the role, »
- Anthony D'Alessandro
After Boyhood scored six Oscar nominations today — including Best Picture, Best Director, and both Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress — Ethan Hawke was a little stunned. "If you had told me 13 years ago, when Linklater first started scheming up this idea, that I would be having this conversation with you …" he told me this morning, before drifting off into a brief speechless moment. "I mean, I knew the movie was good, there's no false modesty here, but I would have never thought you and I would be on the phone together with you congratulating me like this. I never imagined it."Hawke's been nominated three times before, earning an acting nod for Training Day and two nominations for co-writing the sequels to Before Sunrise, but he said this time around is quite different. "I've been making movies for 30 years, and every other movie I've done »
- Kyle Buchanan
The last time I hopped on the phone with Ethan Hawke to discuss a nominations haul for "Boyhood," it was just after the announcement of the Golden Globe nominees. At the time, he said it felt like he, Richard Linklater, Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane and the whole team were "crashing the party," and today, seven Oscar nominations later, it still feels that way for the newly minted Best Supporting Actor nominee. "Anyone who is in the Academy is someone who's incredibly passionate about film and has done something to warrant admission," Hawke says. "They're usually extremely knowledgeable and care about movies, so when you get recognition from your peers for something you love, it's great." But Hawke entered rare air Thursday morning. He has now received multiple nominations for acting and writing on four separate projects ("Training Day," "Before Sunset," "Before Midnight" and "Boyhood"). "It's pretty special," he says. "I »
- Kristopher Tapley
"...fighter-pilot turned drone-pilot (Hawke), fights the terrorists via remote control for half of his day, then goes home to his wife (Jones) and kids in the suburbs for the other half. But the pilot is starting to question the mission. Is he creating more terrorists than he’s killing? Is he fighting a war without end?
"The film is a visually stunning exploration of how a man’s psychological, emotional and moral boundaries are challenged by the realities of 21st century warfare. The film initiates an important dialogue about the current techniques used in modern war, and illustrates how war is constantly being redefined according to the technologies and methods in play..."
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- Michael Stevens
10 items from 2015
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