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Will Smith is playing Deadshot in Suicide Squad. Jada Pinkett Smith played Fish Mooney on Gotham. Now the DC Comics world may have hooked another member of the Smith family. Speaking to Flicks and the City about superheroes, actor Tyler James Williams (Dear White People) noted how “it’s great to see Static Shock is happening with Jaden.” We last reported on Static Shock back in October when Warner Bros. announced that its digital division would be developing series based on the DC Comics along with Mortal Kombat and Critters. Django Unchained producer Reginald Hudlin is taking the lead on the Static Shock series, which will feature Virgil Hawkins, aka the superhero “Static”, who has advanced powers of electromagnetism. [caption id="attachment_250342" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Sony Pictures[/caption] We should definitely take Williams’ comment with a grain of salt. It’s possible that a game of telephone has become a little screwy and that »
- Matt Goldberg
From "Pulp Fiction" to "Django Unchained", is there anything Quentin Tarantino can't do? The writer-director has been putting his unique stamp on filmmaking for over 20 years, effortlessly moving between genres to deliver such fan-favorites as the "Kill Bill" films and "Reservoir Dogs". In honor of one of Hollywood's most unique and popular talents, here are all 8 of his films -- ranked from worst to best. »
- Phil Pirrello
It's fitting that Clint Eastwood and John Wayne both have the same birthday week. (Wayne, who died in 1979, was born May 26, 1907, while Eastwood turns 85 on May 31). After all, these two all-American actors' careers span the history of that most American of movie genres, the western.
Both iconic actors were top box office draws for decades, both seldom stretched from their familiar personas, and both played macho, conservative cowboy heroes who let their firearms do most of the talking. Each represented one of two very different strains of western, the traditional and the revisionist.
As a birthday present to Hollywood's biggest heroes of the Wild West, here are the top 57 westerns you need to see.
57. 'Meek's Cutoff' (2010)
Indie filmmaker Kelly Reichardt and her frequent leading lady, Michelle Williams, are the talents behind this sparse, docudrama about an 1845 wagon train whose Oregon Trail journey goes horribly awry. It's an intense »
- Gary Susman
Do some films get made as secret sequels to unconnected earlier films, turning those older films into prequels? It may just be random coincidence, but some movies seems to work perfectly as continuations of earlier, unrelated films. The earlier films may not be official prequels, and they weren’t made by the same people—or even the same studio—but there are hints, if you look for them, which indicate that later filmmakers possibly looked at earlier projects and secretly wrote their newer films as informal sequels to those prior hits. Or maybe this is all just unplanned happenstance. Look at our list and see what you think.
Fight Club is a prequel to the Dark Knight: The theory is that the unnamed narrator (Edward Norton) of Fight Club goes on to become the Joker (Heath Ledger) in the Dark Knight. The evidence for this…The narrator of Fight Club »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
Back in 2012, writer/director Quentin Tarantino once again brought his incredible skills back to the big screen with Django Unchained. Telling the story of a freed slave who goes on a mission to rescue his wife from an evil plantation owner, the movie was once again a huge success for the filmmaker, and he not only received very positive reviews, but also an Academy Award for his screenplay. Naturally, we.re only more excited for his next cinematic adventure, which will be coming soon in the form of the violent new post-Civil War drama The Hateful Eight. Seemingly mixing together elements of Reservoir Dogs and Django Unchained, and equipping the story with a brilliant ensemble cast, the film looks like it could be something really special. But what exactly is the story in the movie, and who are the characters we will be meeting? Well, for your benefit we.ve »
Back in October, we reported that After Earth star Jaden Smith was rumored for the title role of DC’s upcoming Static Shock live-action digital series. Now, that report seems to have been confirmed, thanks to The Walking Dead and Dear White People‘s Tyler James Williams.
Williams was recently interviewed at McM Comic Con (via Flicks and the City), and was asked about any interest he might have in starring in a comic book adaptation. When he lamented that there “aren’t a lot of young, black superheroes,” someone in the crowd shouted out, “Static Shock! Spider-Man!” His response?
“I don’t know… [coyly] what you’re talking about. But yeah no, it’s great to see Static Shock happening with Jaden.”
Now, this is far from official confirmation, but it is a sign that Jaden is at least circling the role. We have yet to hear more news about the Static Shock series, »
- James Garcia
Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.
You know an action hero is the baddest of badasses when he or she walks in and the room goes silent. The drug lord’s bodyguards, the mastermind’s henchmen, or even the foolhardy pack of drunkards outside a roadside bar stand at attention, ready for a challenge. It’s just one person. This shouldn’t be too hard. Seconds later, they’re on the ground nursing bruises, or worse, stumps where their arms and legs used to be. The One vs. Many Fight is the chance for the hero to prove »
- Shane Ramirez
Jamie Foxx is a man of many talents! We already know the "Django Unchained" star has an amazing set of pipes, but it turns out, he is quite the celebrity impersonator too. The 47-year-old actor stopped by "The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon" on Tuesday to play the host's ever popular "Wheel Of Musical Impressions" game -- and he shocked the audience with his skills! First, the multi-talented star did a rendition of "The Lion King's" "Hakuna Matata" as Mick Jagger, but it was his second impression that took the cake. After Fallon performed "I Love You, You Love Me" as Barry Gibb from the BeeGees, the "Gold Digger" crooner tackled the "Toys R Us" jingle as John Legend! We have to admit his impression of the "All Of Me" singer is spot on -- we wonder what Legend thinks?! As if that wasn't enough, Jamie completely stole the »
- tooFab Staff
2012: the year the movie universe sparked, Universal struggled, and young adult adaptations really took off...
The big blockbusters of summer 2011 were the ones that followed fairly straightforward rules. The majority of them were sequels in linear movie franchises - Harry Potter, Transformers, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Fast & Furious - and it felt for the most part like a template was being followed.
Sure, there were surprises. Bridesmaids broke through and proved to be a massive R-rated hit. X-Men: First Class, meanwhile, came through unscathed - and in fine shape - from its reboot, whilst Jj Abrams took us temporarily back to the 1980s with Super 8. But other than that, the pattern was set: the big, pre-ordained films took the lion's share of the cash, and regular sequels were the order of the day.
The signs of change were there in 2011, of course. Thor was a bigger hit than most were expecting, »
[Editor's Note: Indiewire has partnered with the El Rey Network in support of the iTunes release of their original show Director’s Chair. Top directors tackle insightful questions only other directors would think to ask. Find out more here.] Read More: The 5 Best Films of Guillermo del Toro The uncontestedly audacious Quentin Tarantino is riding as high as ever after his most recent film, "Django Unchained," opened big with audiences and critics alike and eventually earned him his second Academy Award (for Best Original Screenplay). Growing up an obsessive film fan, the acclaimed director has channeled his passion into his art, creating a voice, a style and a personality that's second-to-none among contemporary moviemakers. His operatic, chaotic playfulness with neo-noir and spaghetti western classics suggests a new kind of discipline, one that has wowed the film community since his early days. His structural marvel "Pulp Fiction" won the Palme »
- David Canfield
Jamie Foxx loves to sing country music in the shower to keep his vocals strong.
The actor-and-singer practices singing “every day” while washing himself and surprisingly has confessed he is a huge fan of the genre, especially Miranda Lambert’s music.
The ‘You Changed Me’ hitmaker said: “Sometimes I’ll sing country music – I know it sounds weird. I love to sing that Miranda Lambert song (‘The House That Built Me’), and the way it echoes is really dope.”
The 47-year-old Hollywood hunk – who is rumoured to be dating Katie Holmes – feels blessed to have met many of his idols from the acting and music worlds and her rarely gets star-struck, although he did insist on getting a selfie with Jack Nicholson.
In an interview with People magazine, he said: “I got to hang with Jack Nicholson in the Hamptons at this charity event. Did I talk to him – are you kidding me? »
- The Hollywood News
Jamie Foxx has been cast in director Noam Murro’s heist movie Blink. Foxx, whose most recent roles include Horrible Bosses 1 & 2, Annie and Django Unchained, will play a hospital caregiver whose patient is the victim of a bank robbery who it turns out has ulterior motives. Murro recently directed 300: Rise Of An Empire. Blink was a 2014 Black List script by Hernany Perla. Production is expected to begin this fall with Atlas Entertainment's William Green and Aaron Ginsburg… »
The Weinstein Co.’s Cannes presentation is always an early launching pad for fall awards season. But on Thursday afternoon at the Majestic Hotel, Harvey Weinstein actually started handicapping the 2016 Oscars race from the South of France.
Joined by Jake Gyllenhaal onstage, Weinstein said it was an outrage that the star was snubbed for his performance in “Nightcrawler,” which was released by Open Road Films last fall. “We’ll get revenge,” Weinstein said. “This transformation in ‘Southpaw’ is amazing,” Weinstein added about the upcoming summer movie directed by Antoine Fuqua, where Gyllenhaal plays a professional boxer. Weinstein revealed that “Southpaw” had been selected for Cannes, but it couldn’t play in competition because Gyllenhaal is a member of the jury.
- Ramin Setoodeh
It's now six years since Quentin Tarantino had a film in competition at Cannes — "Inglourious Basterds" was here back in 2009, and it marked the filmmaker's first time with a movie at the festival since "Pulp Fiction" back in 1994. But he's often had some kind of presence at the festival: only last year he was around for an anniversary screening of "Pulp Fiction," three years ago, Harvey Weinstein debuted the first footage from "Django Unchained," and before that the filmmaker was in Competition with "Death Proof." Tarantino has wrapped on his latest, "The Hateful Eight," but the Western's likely Oscar-season release date means that Cannes was never likely to be where it bowed. But unsurprisingly, Harvey Weinstein used his annual presentation event on the Croisette to debut the first footage of one of the more anticipated movies of 2015. Read More: Watch: Quentin Tarantino & Robert Rodriguez Watch 'Clerks 2' & Give. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Deadline reports that the film is based upon a New York Times Magazine article by Franklin Foer and ” tells the true story of Albrect Muth, an eccentric social climber who seduced and married a wealthy older widow, Viola Drath. The husband and wife threw lavish events attended by the most influential politicians from around the globe as Muth falsified his background and became a Washington, D.C. luminary. However, the house of cards he built comes crashing down when Drath was found murdered and Muth’s integrity, ethics and public persona were put on trial.”
- Gary Collinson
Yesterday we got our first official look at three cast members in costume from Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Western The Hateful Eight, and today the first images from the film reveal the entire lineup in all their bundled-up glory. The story takes place a few years after the Civil War and revolves around a group of traveling strangers who are forced to take refuge together at a bar when a snowstorm hits the Wyoming landscape. This being a Tarantino film and all, we can safely assume the characters don’t become best friends by the movie's end. These new images reveal the full “Hateful Eight”, and they are as follows: Kurt Russell as John Ruth, a “mean sonuvabitch” bounty hunter on his way to Red Rock with a murderous woman in tow. Samuel L. Jackson as Major Marquis Warren, a former Union officer who lives in the Wyoming mountains. Jennifer Jason Leigh as Daisy Domergue, »
- Adam Chitwood
Aside from all the superhero adventures and franchises being rejuvinated, renewed, rebooted or even concluded, another big release this year is the new film from Quentin Tarantino, The Hateful Eight, and EW has debuted the first look image on the cover of their latest issue. Take a look…
The film stars Kurt Russell (Furious 7), Samuel L. Jackson (Django Unchained) and Jennifer Jason-Leigh (Margot at the Wedding), who grace the cover, as well as Channing Tatum (Foxcatcher), Walton Goggins (Breaking Bad), Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs), Michael Madsen (Kill Bill), Demian Bichir (Machete Kills), Zoe Bell (Death Proof), James Parks (Kill Bill) and Bruce Dern (Nebraska).
See Also: Watch the teaser for The Hateful Eight
“The Hateful Eight, set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Leigh), race »
- Scott J. Davis
Jennifer Jason Leigh has a black eye and a busted-looking chin on the new cover of Entertainment Weekly, flanked by her "The Hateful Eight" co-stars Samuel L. Jackson and Kurt Russell. Here's the visual:
Your first look at Quentin Tarantino's #HatefulEight, the grittiest, deadliest movie of 2015: http://t.co/d0G4895onK pic.twitter.com/dH1fifVjmC
- Entertainment Weekly (@EW) May 7, 2015
Meanest, grittiest, deadliest movie of the year? That's quite a pitch. In the magazine, writer/director Quentin Tarantino' says "Hateful" will be more intimate than his last movies, "Django Unchained" and "Inglourious Basterds." Qt also said, "For me it has more of a Western 'Iceman Cometh' kind of vibe about it." That doesn't sound like a deadly action movie, but it's intriguing.
The basic pitch, via EW is, "eight of the West's nastiest gunslingers" are trapped in a "snowbound frontier way station, each wrapped in »
- Gina Carbone
What a relief it is that Quentin Tarantino went ahead with The Hateful Eight, even after a nasty episode involving a script leak that was once thought to have turned the director off the project for good. After licking his wounds, the director found that he still felt strongly enough about the story to proceed, and as a result, this fall is about to get rocked by a tornado of bloody, badass mayhem – the kind only Tarantino could dream up.
Today brings our first look at The Hateful Eight, via an unveiled cover for Entertainment Weekly. Teasing the appearances of Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Kurt Russell, the image doesn’t give much of anything away about the Western, but rest assured that EW’s cover story will delve deep into what exactly audiences can expect to get from The Hateful Eight when it opens later this year. »
- Isaac Feldberg
After Django Unchained, the Western was a genre there was quite a few people wished Quentin Tarantino would stay in for a wee bit longer, and after a shaky start, The Hateful Eight grants that wish. Now we have our first real look at the ensemble Western, with EW putting three of the titular eight, former union soldier turned bounty hunter Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson), fugitive Daisy Domergue ( Jennifer Jason Leigh), and famed bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell), front and centre on the cover of their latest issue. Gotta say Jackson and Russell are rocking some some truly magnificent facial hair. The Hateful Eight is set for release later this year. Synopsis: In The Hateful Eight, set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive Daisy »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
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