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Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) programmers have served up the first picks from what will be a typically daunting menu in September.Scroll down for full list of Galas, Special Presentations
The world premiere of Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven will open the 41st Tiff on September 8. The western remake stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-Hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Haley Bennett, and Peter Sarsgaard.
Gala world premieres
Unveiling its first wave of titles, Tiff announced that world premieres in its Gala strand would include »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The Toronto International Film Festival sounded the opening bell of Oscar season on Tuesday, unveiling a list of high profile films that will use the annual gathering to launch their awards campaigns. Major releases that will be looking to make a splash and score with critics include Denis Villeneuve’s alien invasion thriller “Arrival,” Peter Berg’s disaster drama “Deepwater Horizon,” and Rob Reiner’s historical biopic “Lbj.”
The film festival will kick off on Sept. 8 with the world premiere of “The Magnificent Seven,” a remake of the John Sturges classic that was itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai.” It stars Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt as gunslingers who are enlisted to protect a small town, while marking director Antoine Fuqua’s third time at the festival. He previously screened “Training Day” and “The Equalizer” at Toronto. Sony and MGM will release the film stateside on Sept. »
- Brent Lang
The 2016 Toronto International Film Festival will kick off on Sept. 8 with Antoine Fuqua's The Magnificent Seven, starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, and end on Sept. 18 with the Hailee Steinfeld-starrer The Edge of Seventeen, it was announced Tuesday. "I can't think of a better place, or a better crowd for the film's world premiere," Fuqua told a Toronto press conference on Tuesday via video. The filmmaker earlier brought Training Day (2001) and The Equalizer (2014) to Toronto for launches. Fuqua's classic Western drama from MGM and Columbia Pictures features outlaws, bounty hunters and hired guns
- Etan Vlessing
Sony Pictures and MGM have posted the new domestic and international trailers for the Antoine Fuqua-directed upcoming remake of the classic western "The Magnificent Seven". This, the third pairing of Denzel Washington and Fuqua following "Training Day" and "The Equalizer," opens September 23rd.
in the film the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns – Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.
- Garth Franklin
Back in April, just after CinemaCon, Sony Pictures debuted the first trailer for their highly-anticipated remake of The Magnificent Seven, which is set to hit theaters on September 23. While we get ready for this fall release, which brings a classic story back to life on the big screen with a cast chocked full of today's biggest stars, Sony has debuted a second trailer, along with a new international trailer and a poster. As you can see from the footage, this iconic story has been revamped for the 21st Century while still sticking to its classic roots. And it's quite explosive.
With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns - Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D'Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee »
Director Antoine Fuqua (Southpaw, The Equalizer) brings his modern vision to a classic story in the remake of The Magnificent Seven. With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns. As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that... Read More »
- Sean Wist
Antoine Fuqua’s remake of The Magnificent Seven (itself a remake of Kurasowa’s amazing Seven Samurai) is slowly becoming my most anticipated movie of the year, and when you get trailers like the one below, how can it not be? Feeling very much like a Western you would expect from the director of The Equalizer and Training Day, big blockbuster action sits comfortably beside the usual tropes of the genre, but it’s the incredibly game cast, especially the amazing double act of Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, that should go a long way to making this the most entertaining movie of the usually desolate post-Summer season. Released: September 23rdSynopsis: With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns – Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Antoine Fuqua takes on an iconic Western with his new version of The Magnificent Seven. We’re expecting much gun-toting testosterone and dusty ramshackle towns, as well as a neat ensemble piece from the man who gave us The Equalizer and Training Day. There’s a new trailer out in the wild today, so why not take […]
- Jon Lyus
Perhaps best known for playing Buliwyf in The 13th Warrior, the big budget epic sword and sorcery-type film from director John McTiernan and writer Michael Crichton from 1999, actor Vladimir Kulich towers above his co-stars in most of the projects he’s been in. Imbued with a distinct look and voice, Kulich also co-starred in films such as Decoy with Peter Weller, Red Scorpion 2 with Matt McColm, Crackerjack with Thomas Ian Griffith, and Firestorm with Howie Long. Over the years he’s specialized in playing Nordic heroes or stalwart warriors in projects like Ironclad and the TV series Vikings, but he’s also versatile, appearing in key roles in Smokin’ Aces and The Equalizer with Denzel Washington. His latest projects are the independent horror film Grave Walkers »
Late last year, it was Quentin Tarantino that served up a rip-roaring Western in the form of The Hateful Eight, an overly violent affair that retained all of the elements that helped lend Tarantino his reputation as a master behind the lens.
But from the hateful to the magnificent, fast forward to summer of 2016 and Sony is beginning to fire up the marketing campaign for The Magnificent Seven, Antoine Fuqua’s star-studded reboot that will trot into theaters come September.
Outside of the trailer reveal and a handful of images scattered here and there, all has been relatively quiet on the Western front – or, more specifically, Rose Creek – but a new poster emerging today assembles Fuqua’s motley crew.
- Michael Briers
Two things are gonna happen in the next ninety seconds.
First, you’re going to read this sentence. Second, you’re going to watch this trailer:
Ack Reacher: Never Go Back starring Tom Cruise is in theaters October 21, 2016
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, a sequel to 2012’s Jack Reacher, is based on author Lee Child’s 18th book in the bestselling Jack Reacher series, Never Go Back. The film is written by Richard Wenk (The Expendables 2, The Equalizer”), Marshall Herskovitz (Love And Other Drugs, The Last Samurai) & Zwick.
Tom Cruise is producing alongside Don Granger (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Jack Reacher), Skydance Media’s David Ellison and Dana Goldberg (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Eostorm), and Christopher McQuarrie (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Valkyrie). The executive producers are Paula Wagner (War Of The Worlds, »
- Tom Stockman
Knock Knock. Jack Reacher is back. After last week's footage debut on Entertainment Tonight, it looks like Paramount Pictures is gearing up to debut the full-length official trailer for Jack Reacher: Never Go Back tomorrow. The film, which has Ed Zwick (The Last Samurai) in the director's chair, stars Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Danika Yarosh, Aldis Hodge, Patrick Heusinger, Holt McCallany, Austin Hébert, Robert Catrini, and Robert Knepper. To announce the impending trailer, they've released a brief 5-second sneak peek of Cruise as Reacher doing what he does best. Check it out below: Ready for justice to be served? The trailer for Jack Reacher: Never Go Back arrives tomorrow!https://t.co/MenMdqvl4Q — Jack Reacher (@JackReacher) June 21, 2016 The new film, a sequel to 2012’s “Jack Reacher,” is based on author Lee Child’s 18th book in the bestselling Jack Reacher series, Never Go Back. The film is written by Richard Wenk (“The Expendables 2, »
He's back. Tom Cruise is back as Jack Reacher and Entertainment Tonight has released our first official look at footage from the eagerly awaited Ed Zwick-directed film. It's not exactly the first full-length trailer, which should be with us in a few short days, but there's still plenty of Reacher goodness as we get to see Cruise escape one sticky situation before landing himself in another. The two-minute teaser features commentary from co-star Cobie Smulders, who introduces her character - Major Susan Turner - and then teases the badassery to come: "He's alone and he's sort of in his element and then he couples up with me and all hell breaks loose. We're on the run for this entire movie." Check out the teaser trailer below: The new film, a sequel to 2012’s “Jack Reacher,” is based on author Lee Child’s 18th book in the bestselling Jack Reacher series, Never Go Back. The film is written by Richard Wenk (“The Expendables 2,” “The Equalizer”), »
Chris Pratt’s wisecracking gunslinger Josh Farraday is locked and loaded in today’s all-new still for The Magnificent Seven, Antoine Fuqua’s star-studded remake that is poised to trot into theaters come September.
Hailing from Empire, the image sets the stage for some form of stand-off between Farraday and an off-screen frenemy. Whether that unseen trouble-starter is another member of Fuqua’s ragtag crew of bandits, or simply a conniving citizen of Rose Creek, is up for question at this stage, but there’s no question that Fuqua and his team are nailing the dusty, sun-kissed aesthetic.
Drawing inspiration from contemporary conflicts, the filmmaker is aiming to shake things up with his rendition of The Magnificent Seven, and not simply in the name of diversity quotas; rather, Fuqua tells Empire that “terrorism is alive. It takes a society to fight them now. It’s not like a group of »
- Michael Briers
Matthew Pearl’s historical novel The Technologists has taken one mighty step toward the silver screen today, now that The Hollywood Reporter has revealed Alex Siskin – producer behind Sony’s hardboiled thriller The Equalizer – has nabbed film rights to Pearl’s original work.
First published four years ago, The Technologists is billed as an historical thriller, one centering on the inaugural MIT class circa 1868. Attached to pen the adaptation himself, Pearl’s adventure takes place “after an unnatural disaster strikes the ships in Boston Harbor, and an equally inexplicable catastrophe devastates the heart of the city, sparking an anti-science backlash that casts a pall over MIT and threatens its very survival. The best and brightest from the college’s first graduating class secretly join forces to save innocent lives and track down the truth.”
Assembling the college’s best and brightest to unravel a historical conspiracy certainly sounds promising on paper, »
- Michael Briers
“The Magnificent Seven is not only among the most highly anticipated films of the fall, but Antoine Fuqua is delivering the visceral action that is perfect for the IMAX screen,” said Rory Bruer, President of Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures. “The Magnificent Seven and IMAX are a great complement to each other and will play great to audiences around the world.”
“After partnering on The Equalizer, we are excited to work again with the incredibly talented director Antoine Fuqua and the whole team at Sony, as well as our friends at MGM, on this exciting new film, The Magnificent Seven,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. “We believe the film’s sweeping visual style »
- Gary Collinson
IMAX Corporation, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, and Sony Pictures Entertainment today announced that The Magnificent Seven, starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, and Ethan Hawke and directed by Antoine Fuqua, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX format. The Magnificent Seven, which Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Columbia Pictures present in association with LStar Capital and Village Roadshow Pictures, will be released into IMAX® theatres worldwide coinciding with the film's general release dates. The Magnificent Seven will be released domestically on September 23.
Rory Bruer, President of Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures said:
"The Magnificent Seven is not only among the most highly anticipated films of the fall, but Antoine Fuqua is delivering the visceral action that is perfect for the IMAX screen. The Magnificent Seven and IMAX are a great complement to each other and will play great to audiences around the world."
- Kellvin Chavez
Teenaged girls behaving badly, depicted with a positive vibe. Progress? Turns out grossout movies don’t work even when they’re kind of feminist. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): hated the first movie
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Progess! Just a little bit! Dumb movie depicts teenaged girls behaving badly — with a positive vibe, just like the boys have gotten since forever — and gives a platform for their wants and needs especially in how they diverge from the bad behavior and wants and needs of teenaged boys. It’s not often we hear a teenaged girl — gosh, and a nonwhite teenaged girl at that! — complain onscreen, with would-be comic panache, that a frat party was “super rapey.” Hooray!
- MaryAnn Johanson
Omerta – a mafia-focused television series from Antoine Fuqua – has snapped up Sly Stallone for its lead....
Here’s an exciting one. The legendary Sylvester Stallone is teaming up with action-directing maestro Antoine Fuqua for a new TV series about the mafia. The show is called Omerta, and its based on a novel of the same name from The Godfather author Mario Puzo.
Here’s the synopsis for the book, courtesy of Goodreads...
“To Don Raymonde Aprile's children he was a loyal family member, their father's adopted "nephew." To the FBI he was a man who would rather ride his horses than do Mob business. No one knew why Aprile, the last great American Don, had adopted Astorre Viola many years before in Sicily; no one suspected how he had carefully trained him... and how, while the Don's children claimed respectable careers in America, Astorre Viola waited for his time to come. »
It’s almost the end of April, dear readers, and that means the start of the summer movie season is nearly upon us. This week’s installment of Trailer Trashin’ examines the teaser trailer for director Antoine Fuqua’s upcoming remake of The Magnificent Seven.
Premise: With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople employ protection from a motley crew of seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers, and hired guns – Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.
My take: The Magnificent Seven (1960) is considered one of the all-time classics of the western genre, and »
- Timothy Monforton
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