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Denzel Washington stars as Robert McCall, a former intelligence officer who now lives a solitary existence while holding down a job at Home Depot. He is forced to spring back into action when an act of kindness towards a teenage prostitute (Chloe Moretz) lands him in hot water with the Russian mafia. Marton Csokas will play a deadly fixer for the Russian mob.
Antoine Fuqua is directing from a screenplay by Richard Wenk (The Expendables 2), which is based on the CBS TV series The Equalizer starring Edward Woodward that ran from 1985 to 1989. Production is scheduled to begin this summer in Boston.
The last time I saw Marton Csokas was 2011s The Debt. The last thing you might have seen him in was Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter unless you saw Pawn. The only beef I have with him is 2005s Aeon Flux. To be fair, that was a hell of a thing to adapt to the big screen and while the animated series is one of my favorites it just was not destined for life beyond MTV's Liquid Television. But my beef lies in the fact that he was in no way, shape or form Trevor Goodchild. If anything, he should »
- Niki Stephens
With CBS airing Under the Dome this summer, and Kimberly Peirce.s Carrie remake coming in October, it will already be a good year for Stephen King fans. And that.s not even taking into account all of the other adaptations that have been announced over the last few weeks. One of the longer-gestating projects is Peter Askin.s take on King.s A Good Marriage, news on which was strangely absent after Joan Allen (The Bourne Legacy) signed on to the cast last year. That is until last week, when Anthony Lapaglia (Without a Trace) was added as her devious husband. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Avatar.s Stephen Lang has joined the indie film, adding one more role to his already overloaded slate. The Terra Nova star was last seen in David A. Armstrong.s ensemble crime thriller Pawn, and will be seen all over the place »
My friend, actor/filmmaker, Jon Lee Brody ("Pawn," "Star Trek Into Darkness"), has created a short film called "Police Guys" that you guys should see! Brody wrote, produced, directed, and starred in the 15-minute film alongside Stephen Kramer Glickman (Big Time Rush), Shawna Waldron (Little Giants), Lester Speight (Transformers: Dark of the Moon), Jonathan Bennett (Mean Girls), Lisa Catara (Charlie Valentine), Gonzalo Menendez (Act of Valor), Alex Heartman (Power Rangers Super Samurai) and Christine Lakin (Step by Step, Valentine.s Day).
Here's more info on the project:
A pair of cops (Jon Lee Brody and Stephen Kramer Glickman) on a stakeout get much more than they bargained for! Police Guys is a fifteen-minute short film/pilot that was written, produced and directed by Jon Lee Brody.
The film was shot in 2 days with little to no budget. Brody sites Robert Rodriguez as his inspiration. .The book .Rebel Without a Crew »
So a cop walks into an all night diner…No, this isn’t the beginning of a tired joke, this is how the new direct-to-video crime thriller “Pawn” kicks off. Said cop, played by Forest Whitaker, walks smack into the middle of an armed robbery. From this simple set up spools out a twisted web of story threads, layered narrative, and constantly shifting points of view. Though the film starts off strong—not great, but solid—it comes off the rails not far down the line. “Pawn” is one of those movies where you’ve heard of almost everyone in the cast, but never even heard mention of the film. Beyond Whitaker, the credits include Michael Chiklis (“The Shield”), Ray Liotta (“Goodfellas”), Common (“Hell on Wheels”), and actors from “Twilight,” “Gossip Girl,” and many more. Still, despite all the familiar faces, it never adds up to much. One of the »
- Brent McKnight
Ray Liotta plays real-life mobster Roy Demeo in Ariel Vromen’s crime drama, The Iceman, based on the story of notorious contract killer Richard Kuklinski (Michael Shannon) whose career prospects expand when Demeo offers him the opportunity to earn a living as a mob enforcer. The role marks the second time in 30 years that Liotta has played a real-life mobster since his acclaimed performance in Martin Scorsese’s gangster classic, Goodfellas. At the film’s recent press day, Liotta talked about getting back into that world again, why he likes playing pretend, how he researched his larger than life character, what it was like working opposite Michael Shannon, how he’s met real life mobsters, why he was reluctant to play Frank Sinatra in The Rat Pack, and why he tries to avoid typecasting and chooses roles that are diverse and challenging. He also revealed his upcoming projects including playing himself in The Muppets… »
- Sheila Roberts
British actor and musician Max Beesley (Hotel Babylon) has landed a major recurring role on the upcoming third season of USA Network’s Suits, which premieres July 16. He will play Stephen Huntley, Edward Darby’s (recurring guest star Conleth Hill) charismatic right-hand man and Harvey’s (Gabriel Macht) British counterpart, who arrives in the New York office following the merger. The existence of two Harveys will complicate the already precarious personal dynamics at Pearson/Darby. Beesley, repped by Apa, Untitled and UK’s Independent Talent, co-stars in indie Pawn and in the UK series Mad Dogs. Erika Alexander will recur on the new AMC series Low Winter Sun, about the aftermath of a cop murder by fellow Detroit detective Frank Agnew (Mark Strong). Alexander will play Louise “Lc” Cullen, a strong and intimidating cop who is matter-of-fact and straightforward in everything she does. When Internal Affairs conducts a corrupt investigation in her department, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Suits Gears up Max Beesley for Recurring Role Hotel Babylon's Max Beesley has joined the upcoming third season of USA Network's Suits which starts on July 16th. Sources report that he'll play Stephen Huntley who is Edward Darby's (Conleth Hill) right-hand man and counterpart Gabriel Macht's character. He arrives in the New York office after the merger. Beesley co-stars in Pawn with Ray Liotta, Nikki Reed, Forest Whitaker, Marton Csokas, Sean Faris, Michael Chiklis and Jessica Szohr. The Anchor Bay release is opened in 1 theater on the 19th of April, and is now available on DVD. Beesley's very experienced in TV, with credits including Mad Dogs, The Reckoning, Survivors, London Ink »
Sean Faris, the actor best known for his roles in Never Back Down and Yours, Mine and Ours, is part of the all-star cast of Pawn, a story about a robbery gone wrong in a small-town diner. Faris plays Nick, a young man just released from prison who happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time as the robbery unfolds.
I recently had the opportunity to speak with Faris about the film. We talked about what drew him to the role, the experience of working with such a phenomenal cast, and much more.
Check out the full interview below.
We Got This Covered: For readers who aren’t familiar with Pawn, can you tell us a little about the film?
- Alexander Lowe
"I can't move. I almost feel like I have the flu because of how much fun I had."
No, this isn't an aging star feeling the effects of the previous night's high-class Oscar shenanigans. It's Nikki Reed, the 24-year-old co-star of the "Twilight" franchise, recovering from a day spent, well, relaxing.
"I’m 24 years old and my idea of fun is going to my father’s house to play Yahtzee on a Friday night," she said.
Reed — who gave us a call while promoting her new film "Pawn," a hostage drama-turned-mob movie — isn't your typical young Hollywood starlet. On top of making movies, she also has an arts and crafts addiction, in addition to writing songs and movies — remember a little traumatic something called "Thirteen," 10 years ago? She co-wrote that just a few years after hitting puberty, based largely on her own wild youth. The now-married Reed claims to be »
- Kase Wickman
These days, budgets can be pared down thanks to digital photography, letting producers focus more on cast and story, which often means we get some interesting takes on the standard genres. For example, a bungled robbery has been done time and again. But in the newly released Pawn, out today from Anchor Bay, we get an interesting set of characters.
A small group of would-be thieves hit a diner and are frustrated by discovering a dummy safe and decide to wait. Bit by bit, we learn more about the characters as the hours tick down to midnight when the time-locked safe, containing the diner’s cash, will open. We’re given some interesting narrative structure added by superb performances by a familiar cast led by Michael Chiklis. Chiklis is “The Brit”, who leads the gang and largely interacts with the diner’s owner
(Stephen Lang). They banter, the tension rises »
- Robert Greenberger
When the robbery of a quaint diner goes sour, viewers are taken on an intense and twisty thrill ride in the indie Pawn, currently available on Blu-ray and DVD, which features an all-star cast including Ray Liotta, Forest Whitaker, Michael Chiklis, Jessica Szohr, Stephen Lang, and Nikki Reed. At the heart of this story is Nick, portrayed convincingly by Sean Faris, a young man just released from prison, who is in the wrong place at the wrong time as the robbery unfolds. I recently had the chance to speak with this talented actor over the phone, to discuss his role in director David A. Armstrong's thriller. Here's what he had to say.
I'm a big Pawn Stars fan, and, for whatever reason, when I first heard of this project years ago, something involving a pawn shop popped into my head. Did you »
Check out what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and, of course, Netflix. Cable On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pre-theatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods The Impossible (drama based on real-life tsunami survivors; Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts; rated PG-13) Gangster Squad (period action drama; Josh Brolin, Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone; rated R) A Haunted House (spoof comedy; Marlon Wayans, Nick Swarsdon; rated R) Promised Land (drama; Matt Damon, Joseph Krasinski; rated R) Any Day Now (drama; Alan Cumming, Garret Dillahunt; rated R) Pawn (action; Forest Whitaker, Michael Chiklis; rated R) Shadow Dancer (thriller; Clive...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Pawn -- starring Michael Chiklis, Forest Whitaker, Ray Liotta and Sean Faris -- opens with a seemingly innocent scenario: a cop makes his standard, mid-shift diner stop to grab some grub. But that's when anything resembling normalcy, both on-screen and in the script, evaporates as a series of double crosses and hidden agendas come to light, making the new-to-dvd thriller a nifty little surprise.
ETonline caught up with Faris to talk about his role as reformed (?) convict Nick in the movie, and how he's been adjusting to the mystery surrounding his new Pretty Little Liars character, Detective Holbrook!
ETonline: This script is full of twists and turns. What was your reaction to first reading it?
Sean Faris: It took me about 15 minutes to realize that what I was reading wasn't exactly how things were playing out. The writer did a great job of taking you down a path and making you think this is where the story »
Cinelinx gets its money's worth out of the new Pawn Blu-ray!
This review covers the Blu-ray/DVD 2-pack
A simple robbery of a diner becomes more complicated as the back stories of all involved are revealed in this riveting crime drama.
Directed by David A. Armstrong
Never heard of the movie Pawn? Don't be surprised - it's a mostly straight-to-Blu-ray movie (with a small number of theater screenings) from first time director David A. Armstrong. owever, it's also one of the more surprisingly entertaining independent films I've seen in a while. Boasting a great cast and an unconventional script from Jerome Anthony White, Pawn is far better than you will expect, and the less you know about the film going in, the better.
- email@example.com (Victor Medina)
Moviefone's Blu-ray of the Week "Jurassic Park 3D" What's It About? God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs... Dinosaurs eat man. Woman inherits the earth. Why We're In: It's "Jurassic Park 3D" from the comfort of your home. What more do you need? Moviefone's New Release of the Week "The Impossible" What's It About? Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor star as the parents of a vacationing family that gets separated from each other during the devastating 2004 tsunami of Southeast Asia and struggle to locate each other and their missing children. Why We're In: Watts earned an Oscar nomination and it's easy to see why; as harrowing as the story can be at times, it's an incredibly moving, and even more remarkably, true tale that will keep you captivated. New on DVD & Blu-ray "Any Day Now" What's It About? Alan Cumming stars in »
- Eric Larnick
Pawn is an overplotted, low-expectations hostage drama that manages to work up a fair share of suspense despite some ridiculous plot holes. It opens with cop Forest Whitaker entering a diner just before midnight and quickly realizing all the employees and customers are on edge. Turns out he’s walked into the middle of a hostage situation. An armed robber named Derrick (Michael Chiklis) and his two accomplices are waiting until midnight when the time-locked safe can be opened. I won’t go into much more of the plot but I’ll say no one’s hands are clean and the story has enough double-crosses, ulterior motives, and conspiracies to make your head spin. The chief problem with The Pawn is its lack of originality; this is simply a story which is too familiar to be told in a straightforward manner…. and it’s not. Director David Armstrong and writer »
- Tom Stockman
Anchor Bay Entertainment has announced the thriller “Pawn,” starring Forest Whitaker and Michael Chiklis, will be available on DVD and Blu-ray April 23. The film, produced in part by Chiklis’ Extravaganza Entertainment along with Michael Becker of Imprint Entertainment, Brad Luff of Storyville Productions and Jeff Most of Most Films, also stars Common, Stephen Lang, Nikki Reed, Sean Faris, Marton Csokas, Jessica Szohr and Ray Liotta. The film follows a cop as he goes to a robbery call, only for what might have been routine to turn into anything but: “A cop walks in on a robbery in progress. But what happens next – and what happened just before – [ Read More ]
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Forest Whitaker and Common co-star in this indie crime drama alongside Michael Chiklis and Ray Liotta, titled Pawn. The film, directed by first-timer David A. Armstrong, tells the story of a hostage situation gone terribly wrong, and is produced by Chiklis’ production company Extravaganza Films. A group of gunmen who hold up a diner only to discover that the establishment is owned by the mob. The situation quickly escalates and cops, feds and mafia are introduced to the hostage situation, as an ex-con becomes entangled in a manipulative chess game between them all. Pawn will be released by Anchor Bay Films, and as I learned »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Fran Kranz stars as a young man who investigates the death of his beloved cat, when he learns that his pet was leading a double life with another owner. No details were given for Nikki Reed's character, but she joins a cast that also includes Greg Kinnear and J.K. Simmons.
Gillian Greene, the wife of Sam Raimi, will make her directorial debut, working from a 2010 Black List screenplay by Christian Magalhaes and Robert Snow. Sam Raimi is producing alongside Molly Hassell. No production schedule was given.
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