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20 items from 2008


First Images from Brooklyn’S Finest – Playing at Sundance 2009 -- Starring Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, Ethan Hawke, Wesley Snipes and Ellen Barkin in a Antoine Fuqua film

25 December 2008 | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

With the Sundance Film Festival taking place next month, I’ve been sent a ton of images from all the film’s playing. While I’d love to post all of them tonight, since I have images from 50 different films, it’s just not possible. So what I’ve done is taken a few of the new images I’ve been sent and I’m posting them as separate articles tonight. In the coming days and weeks you can expect a lot more image articles. Also, since not much info is known about the movies as no one has seen them yet, I’m using the synopsis’ that are on the official Sundance website. Up now is “Brooklyn’s Finest” and it’s another cop movie from director Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day”). But while his last cop film took place on the left coast, this one obviously takes place in Brooklyn. »

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Int: Eva Mendes and Gabriel Macht

23 December 2008 11:45 PM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Ever since his breakthrough performance in A Love Song For Bobby Long, I.ve been completely smitten with Gabriel Macht. Therefore, I was totally excited when I heard about his upcoming lead role as Denny Colt, aka the Spirit, opposite Eva Mendes in Frank Miller.s directorial debut, The Spirit. Mendes, whose films include Training Day, Hitch and We Own The Night, plays the role of Sand Seref: Spirit.s ex-girlfriend and seductive jewel thief. Together Macht and Mendes are both captivating and »

- Jenny Karakaya

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Paper Hearts, An Education, Spread and Brooklyn's Finest among THR's Sundance Speculation

26 November 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Call it reverse psychology or just smart business practices, but after last year’s examples of big, un-bought films grabbing the headlines, and then fizzling out in full view of journos and buyers alike with no way to get rid of the negative stench in the air, it appears that the new trend is to go into Sundance with no buzz at all. THR reports that sellers might come into the festival and keep the expectations low. Here are some titles that we might see…. An EducationWritten by Nick Hornby and helmed by Lone Scherfig, this is an adapted the screenplay from a memoir by Lynn Barber. The story of a 17-year-old girl living in the quiet London suburbs. As the swinging '60s culture emerges, her world turns upside down after she meets a 35-year-old sportscar-driving Brit (Sarsgaard). He courts her with chic dinners, clubs and foreign trips, »

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Review: Pride and Glory

16 November 2008 9:25 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Pride and Glory is a hard hitting, no nonsense cop thriller that feels as if it were plucked right out of the 70's. It is a familiar film brimming with familiar themes, but what it lacks in originality it more than makes up for in rich performances. In fact, this is probably 2008's strongest ensemble outside of The Dark Knight.

Pride and Glory is a saga centered around a family of New York City police officers. Things run amuck when a recently returned to the force cop (played by Edward Norton) suspects that his own brother's unit might have something to do with a bust gone bad.

Gavin O'Connor, who made the rousing underdog sports film Miracle as well as the wonderful character study Tumblweeds, has fashioned an edgy police drama about family, loyalty, betrayal and corruption.

Edward Norton gives a quietly effective performance as Ray Tierney, a cop who »

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Go Inside The Gangster Squad

7 November 2008 8:44 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Every since the Cold War ended we've struggled to replace Russians as the token bad guys, and amid all the replacements that have cropped up, the strangest one has to be the Lapd. It seems like half the cop movies that come out in a given yeaer focus on corruption within the police department, from period noirs like L.A. Confidential to something like Training Day. Warner Bros. is heading into production on one of the latest Lapd stories, but it seems to have two key differences: it's a true story, and things might not be as black-and-white as they seem. Paul Lieberman's series of articles in the L.A. Times, "Tales From The Gangster Squad," will be turned into a feature, with Dan Lin producing. Variety says the movie will focus on a period in the mid-1940s when the Los Angeles police took it upon themselves to make »

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Eric Bana in Talks for 'Armored'... Again

11 October 2008 5:03 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

So you might be wondering what a picture of Eric Bana swigging a beer in a Hulk t-shirt has to do with the remake of a French thriller. Well, the answer I'm afraid is nothing, its just one of my favorite pictures of the Aussie actor -- but back to the business at hand. Variety reports that Millennium Films is currently in talks with Bana to star in their remake of the French thriller, Le Convoyeur (now titled, Armored).

The original film was written and directed by Nicolas Boukhrief, but Millennium have their eye on F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job) to take over the remake. The script was also given a re-working by David Ayer (Training Day) and Andrew Kevin Walker. The story centers on a man (presumably to be played by Bana) working for an armored car company who manages to ingratiate himself into a heist planned by his co-workers. »

- Jessica Barnes

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Mendes bemoans Lopez comparisons

10 October 2008 2:23 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Eva Mendes has revealed that she does not appreciate comparisons between herself and Jennifer Lopez. The Training Day star commented that her career on the silver screen is "more serious" than J-Lo's. She also insisted that she has been more dedicated to acting than Lopez. "I would like to think I will have a more serious career than J-Lo. We may (more) »

- By Michael Thornton

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Bana gets Armored

10 October 2008 1:49 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

After tickling his funny bone in Judd Apatow's upcoming comedy Funny People, Eric Bana will return to kicking some ass in the upcoming action flick Armored. The film is a remake of the 2004 French film La Convoyeur with a new script by David Ayer (Training Day) and Andrew Kevin Walker (Seven). Armored follows a mysterious man who takes a job at an armored truck company who has his own hidden agenda. The film is described as a "heist drama" so you would expect at some point there »

- Mike Sampson

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Mendes bemoans Lopez comparison

9 October 2008 2:23 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Eva Mendes has revealed that she does not appreciate comparisons between herself and Jennifer Lopez. The Training Day star commented that her career on the silver screen is "more serious" than J-Lo's. She also insisted that she has been more dedicated to acting than Lopez. "I would like to think I will have a more serious career than J-Lo. We may (more) »

- By Michael Thornton

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Mendes Hates Comparison To Lopez

9 October 2008 12:13 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood actress Eva Mendes has lashed out at comparisons to fellow Latina Jennifer Lopez, insisting her career is "more serious".

The We Own The Night beauty has made a name for herself in Hollywood with roles in box office blockbusters like Training Day, Ghost Rider, and Hitch, while Lopez has carved out a career in music, acting and fashion.

But Mendes hates being pitted against Lopez when people talk about successful Latinas - because she claims she's more attentive and dedicated to her chosen profession.

She says, "I would like to think I will have a more serious career than J.Lo. We may both be of Latin origin but that.s where the comparisons stop. She manages her career like the head of a big corporation, whereas the only thing I care about is becoming the best actress possible." »

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Mendes' Crush On Knightley

25 September 2008 12:05 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Eva Mendes has confessed to harbouring a crush on fellow Hollywood beauty Keira Knightley.

The Training Day star is happily dating producer George Gargurevich, but she admits she finds herself attracted to stars of both sexes.

Mendes, 34, tells InStyle magazine, "I'm obsessed with Keira Knightley. I think that she's just got it down. She takes chances, she's edgy, but she's always a lady. She is so unconventionally beautiful, with the most striking face I've seen in a long time. I'm kind of crushing on her."

And Knightley is not alone on her lust list: "I'm also in awe of Cate Blanchett because she just radiates effortless power. She is always rockin' out in an amazing dress unlike anyone else's." »

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Chris Gorak to write, direct 'Sis' for Warners

19 July 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Warners Bros is setting an Eta on "Sis."

The studio is developing the acronym-inflected project, a cop drama in the vein of "Training Day." Chris Gorak, a noted art director whose credits include "Fight Club" and "Minority Report," is attached to direct and pen the screenplay. Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian will produce.

Casting is presently under way for the project, which is described as having a soft greenlight. Jessica Goodman and Matt Milam are overseeing for Warners.

"Sis" began life several years ago as "In-Crime," with Kurt Sutter, a showrunner on FX's "The Shield," penning the first draft of the script and initally attached to direct. Russell Gewirtz, who wrote the Spike Lee hostage film "Inside Man" and Overture Films' upcoming Robert De Niro-Al Pacino cop drama "Righteous Kill," also subsequently wrote a draft of the screenplay.

Sis stands for special investigations section, a unit of the police force built to combat some of the most brutal criminals while they are in the midst of committing crimes, and often operates under looser restrictions than a traditional police unit. The feature will center on characters in the Sis unit of the Lapd.

Gorak made his writing and directorial debut in "Right at Your Door," an action picture about a man who discovered a nuclear weapon in modern-day Los Angeles, which Roadside and Lionsgate released in 2006. »

- By Steven Zeitchik

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Eva Mendes: 'I carried a knife'

15 July 2008 9:50 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Eva Mendes has admitted to carrying a knife and mace for protection. The 34-year-old revealed that she had the weapons while working on 2001's violent crime drama Training Day with Denzel Washington. The actress told Interview magazine: "I did carry a little blade. My God, with obviously no intention to ever use it. I had mace as well. But the blade sounded cooler in (more) »

- By Simon Reynolds

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Mendes Carried A Knife

14 July 2008 12:08 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Eva Mendes once carried a knife to protect herself from crazed fans after her nude scene in the 2001 movie Training Day.

The actress admits she was "stupid" to keep the weapon, but insists it was part of her "controversial, Angelina Jolie" phase.

She tells Interview magazine, "That was my controversial stage where I'd just started acting. I went through my little Angelina Jolie phase, like I was really tough. I had just come out in Training Day and I was nude in it, so I was getting a certain kind of attention.

"And I did carry a little blade. My God, with obviously no intention to ever use it. I had Mace as well. But the blade sounded cooler in interviews. I was young and stupid." »

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Smith Annoyed At Second Oscars Loss

3 July 2008 4:11 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Will Smith was disappointed he missed out on an Oscar for his role in The Pursuit Of Happyness - because he was convinced it was "my time".

The star has received two Best Actor Academy Award nominations to date - for Ali in 2001, and again for the 2006 drama.

He was beaten to the podium in 2002 by Denzel Washington - for his role in the critically-acclaimed Training Day - and he and lost out to Forest Whitaker's Last King of Scotland portrayal at the 2007 Academy Awards.

But Smith admits it was Whitaker's win that upset him the most.

He says, "Denzel took it for Training Day; fantastic film. When you can get nominated and invited to the (Oscars) party, it's huge. (But) I can always tell when things aren't right for me at the time; I didn't feel like that was the time.

"But, for Pursuit of Happyness, I actually felt like it was my time and I still didn't win it! I was like, 'Hey, it's my time! Wait, hold on, that other boy's taken my thing!'" »

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Mendes Gets Topless For Vogue

8 May 2008 12:13 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Sexy Eva Mendes has gone topless for Italy's Vogue magazine.

The actress vamps it up in a semi-dominatrix outfit, complete with sexy black stockings, a lacy basque and a see-through black shirt, open to reveal her breasts.

The pouting temptress tops off her Vogue look with a black beehive hairdo.

It's not the first time the sexy star has bared her breasts - she appeared completely naked as Denzel Washington's girlfriend in Training Day.

She also posed naked for a I'd Rather Go Naked anti-fur campaign poster for People for The Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) last year, and graced the pages of the final issue of America's Jane magazine last summer.

And she titillated fans in 2007 drama We Own The Night by masturbating on a sofa, wearing nothing but lingerie, in the opening scene. »

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Gere Flying at His 'Finest'

16 April 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- At nearly sixty, Richard Gere is still making the 'pretty women' swoon, despite his most recent gig as Clifford Irving in The Hoax complete with blackened hair and a fake nose and as a 'Bob Dylan as Billy The Kid' with I'm Not There complete with worn out hats and giraffes. Gere's career is on the rise again after receiving rave reviews for his role as the huckster Irving who became famous after writing an authorized biography of the reclusive tycoon Howard Hughes without ever meeting him. Variety has announced that the handsome, Buddhist activist has signed on to star in two upcoming features; a biopic about a famous aviator and a cop drama. Gere is on board to give them the ol' razzle dazzle opposite Hilary Swank in Amelia, written by Ron Bass. Swank, who is also exec producing, will be playing the lead in the Amelia Earhart »

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Opening This Week

7 April 2008 6:10 AM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

By Neil Pedley

Prom queens and street kings hold court this week at the multiplexes while the college professors of "Smart People" and "The Visitor" preside at the art houses.

"Body of War"

Talk show legend Phil Donahue hands over the mic to Iraqi war veteran Tomas Young in this hard-hitting documentary that contrasts Young's struggle to re-enter civilian life as a paraplegic and anti-war activist with archival footage of an overeager U.S. Congress and what the filmmakers view as their hasty decision to greenlight the invasion. Although the film, co-directed by Donahue and Ellen Spiro, was named best documentary of 2007 by the National Board of Review, "Body of War" has earned equal attention for its soundtrack led by two tracks from Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, with all proceeds going to the non-profit organization Iraq Veterans Against The War. (Check out our interview with Spiro and Donahue.)

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- Neil Pedley

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Street Kings

4 April 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

L.A.'s mean streets get meaner than ever in Street Kings, and little wonder considering its pedigree. The film is directed by David Ayer, who penned the dirty-cop movie Training Day, and based on a script largely written by L.A.'s mad-dog crime novelist/moralist James Ellroy.

We are all bad people, says LAPD vice Capt. Jack Wander (Forest Whitaker). Indeed, Kings is filled with bad people, bad cops and one almost absurdly idealistic cop, Keanu Reeves' Detective Tom Ludlow, who nevertheless breaks rule and heads without a moment's hesitation. Kings covers familiar territory but does so with ruthless efficiency, intense performances and a densely packed plot designed to highlight the moral issues that most concern Ayer and Ellroy.

Kings has solid boxoffice potential, especially for males of all ages. Plus, the film has one of Reeves' best performances: concentrated, grave, a little sad and more than a little demented.

Since his wife's sudden death in sordid circumstances, Tom is a vice cop living on the edge. He vomits to begin his day, then tools around the city with airline vodka bottles in his car to keep him stoked and fearless. In the film's opening sequence, he takes down four vicious kidnappers to rescue two girls, thus announcing a guy who knows how to bend rules to get scum off the streets.

The rescue makes his boss look good, too, so Capt. Wander gets promoted, but not before Internal Affairs Capt. James Biggs (Hugh Laurie) lets both men know he's got his eye on them. More worrying is that Tom's former partner, Terrence Washington (Terry Crews), might have gone to IA about some of the more troubling incidents of their time together.

When Washington is assassinated, Tom is implicated. But Wander and all the men in his unit keep telling Tom they've got his back. As much as he despised his former partner, Tom is enraged by his death. He joins the detective investigating the murder, Paul Diskant (Chris Evans), to track down his killers. That investigation leads Tom into his own personal heart of darkness.

All genre requirements are here: a colorful cast of characters, swaggering machismo, sharp dialogue and a rainbow of ethnicity spread across the divide of good and evil. Plot twists are smart if improbable. Cop culture gets a particularly savage skewering here, though the portrait of LAPD's old boys feels dated, harking back to before the Rodney King and Rampart division scandals.

The script by Ellroy, Kurt Wimmer and Jamie Moss keeps the action at a feverish pitch. Tom is a bulldog that doesn't know when to quit; nothing anyone says can stop his forward propulsion. Ayer shoots in gritty L.A. neighborhoods with a dark, smudged palette. A chase scene between detectives and a perp through alleys, backyards, living rooms, over fences and roofs makes striking use of one neighborhood. It also shows off what's best about Kings: fast action combined with rock-solid characters.

STREET KINGS

Fox Searchlight Pictures

Fox Searchlight and Regency Enterprises present a 3 Arts Entertainment production

Credits:

Director: David Ayer

Screenwriters: James Ellroy, Kurt Wimmer, Jamie Moss

Story: James Ellroy

Producers: Erwin Stoff, Alexandra Milchan, Lucas Foster

Executive producers: Arnon Milchan, Michele Weisler, Bob Yari

Director of photography: Gabriel Beristain

Production designer: Alec Hammond

Music: Graeme Revell

Costume designer: Michele Michel

Editor: Jeffrey Ford

Cast:

Tom Ludlow: Keanu Reeves

Capt. Wander: Forest Whitaker

Capt. Biggs: Hugh Laurie

Detective Diskant: Chris Evans

Scribble: Cedric The Entertainer Kyles

Sgt. Clady: Jay Mohr

Detective Washington: Terry Crews

Linda Washington: Naomie Harris

Running time -- 109 minutes

MPAA rating: R

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Hawke's Girlfriend Is Pregnant

31 January 2008 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor Ethan Hawke is celebrating after learning his girlfriend Ryan Shawhughes is pregnant with his third child. The Training Day star, who has two children with his ex-wife Uma Thurman, met Shawhughes when she reportedly worked as a nanny to his kids. Hawke's spokeswoman Mara Buxbaum says, "I can confirm (the pregnancy) and they are thrilled."

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