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Variety reports that Boyhood‘s Ethan Hawke has entered the final stages of negotiations for a role in MGM’s remake of The Magnificent Seven. Should he lock down the part, we’ll be in for a full-blown Training Day reunion, as his collaborators on the 2001 cop thriller – Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington – are already on board to direct and star, respectively.
Hawke now stands to appear alongside man of the moment, Chris Pratt, who signed on back in December, and The Equalizer‘s Haley Bennett, who recently snagged the female lead. The matter of who Hawke will be playing is under lock and key, but logic suggests he may be one of the titular seven.
With regards to the story, very little has been revealed so far. We know that the movie will remake John Sturges’ 1960 original, and, like that classic it will concentrate on a small town whose »
- Gem Seddon
Nearly 14 years after making Training Day with star Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua, Ethan Hawke is reuniting with both the actor and filmmaker in MGM's The Magnificent Seven remake. Variety reports that Ethan Hawke is in final negotiations to join the cast, which also includes Chris Pratt and Haley Bennett. No details were given for Ethan Hawke's character.
The original Western classic The Magnificent Seven starred Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, James Coburn and Horst Buchholz as seven gunmen hired by a Mexican fishing village to protect them from the villainous Calvera (Eli Wallach). Director John Sturges' film was itself a loose remake of Akira Kurosawa's beloved 1954 classic Seven Samurai. This new version will be set in a gold mining town, with Haley Bennett playing a widow who hires seven gunman to protect her town from a gold baron and his thugs. »
According to THR, Ethan Hawke is in "final negotiations" to board Fuqua's "The Magnificent Seven" starring Denzel Washington. Hawke and Washington made box office bank back in 2001's "Training Day," which earned both actors Academy Award nominations and Washington an Oscar win for Best Actor. Screenwriters John Lee Hancock ("Saving Mr. Banks") and Nic Pizzolatto (a double WGA winner for HBO's "True Detective") base their script on Kurosawa's 1954 "Seven Samurai" written by Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto and Hideo Oguni. That tale of seven gunslingers banding together to protect a destitute village from blood-seeking bandits was first remade in 1960 as "The Magnificent Seven" directed by John Sturges and starring Steven McQueen. Chris Pratt and Hailey Bennett also boarded the project, which MGM began developing back in 2012 alongside a spate of other titles from its studio library including the forthcoming »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Should-be Oscar winner Michael Keaton may have been robbed of his divine right to win an Oscar for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), but that doesn't mean he is out of the business. He is still lining projects up, and certainly more than he was a couple of years ago. So, I think, ultimately, everything is going to be all fine. And who knows, maybe his film The Founder will be the one that gets him that golden statue. The film will tell the story of how McDonald's became an empire started by Ray Kroc (Keaton) and The Weinstein Company has stepped in and will distribute. They certainly know how to make an Oscar campaign, and you pair that alongside director John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side, Saving Mr. Banks) and it's hard not to see this as a true contender in the future. Hopefully, that doesn't make it boring, »
- Mike Shutt
After less than two weeks in theaters, Fifty Shades of Grey has already grossed $411 million worldwide, which could put it well on its way to being 2015's first $1 billion movie. Of course, the sequel Fifty Shades Darker is already in the works, and, last week, we reported that author E.L. James is demanding to write the screenplay, with the author and studio still reportedly arguing over who should write the script. While we wait to see how this scenario plays out, thankfully, a rumor which could have proved devastating to fans of the franchise has been put to rest. Gossip Cop is reporting that star Jamie Dornan is not planning on leaving the franchise, contrary to recent reports.
The rumor originated from an Australian website, which claimed that Jamie Dornan was backing out of the planned sequels Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed because his wife, actress/musician Amelia Warner, »
Bennett reportedly beat out several other actresses for the "star making role" as the widow of a murdered man who lives in a gold mine town taken over by a baron and his thugs.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
After securing Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt for their remake of the Western classic The Magnificent Seven, MGM has brought on Haley Bennett to play the female lead. Deadline reports she beat out several other actresses in what is being described as a "starmaking role." The actress will play the widow of a murdered man, who lives in a gold mine town that has been taken over by a baron and his thugs. She hires a bounty hunter to get rid of these evil men, giving him enough money to hire six other gunmen to help their cause.
The original Western The Magnificent Seven debuted in 1960, starring Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, James Coburn and Horst Buchholz as the seven gunmen, with Eli Wallach portraying the villainous Calvera, who terrorizes a small Mexican fishing village. The Western, directed by John Sturges, was itself a loose »
With the "Fifty Shades of Grey" film adaptation pulling in box-office numbers more akin to a major Marvel movie blockbuster, and all done for about one-fifth of a Marvel film's price tag, you would think that things would be full steam ahead on the adaptation of the second book in E.L. James' erotic trilogy.
However, it seems production of "Fifty Shades Darker" appears to be heading for choppy waters as behind-the-scenes an alleged power struggle is going on. In the lead up to the release, it was widely reported 'Grey' director Sam Taylor-Johnson and James argued over various details during the film's production.
Whilst "Saving Mr. Banks" scribe Kelly Marcel penned the current film, Variety reports that James has been insisting that she write the screenplay adaptation for the sequel - an idea Universal is resisting. The trade reports that the film will "undergo a dramatic creative reshuffling in »
- Garth Franklin
After taking in a whopping $81.6 million last weekend, a sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey is certainly inevitable, with an unofficial announcement made last week at a fan screening just a few days before the adaptation hit theaters. Most times, after a huge opening weekend, a studio will officially announce a sequel on the following Monday, but that hasn't happened yet because, according to Variety, author E.L. James has been insisting that she write the screenplay adaptation, an idea which Universal is resisting.
Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy) and screenwriter Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr. Banks) are not expected to return for the follow-up, Fifty Shades Darker. The sequel is about to, "undergo a dramatic creative reshuffling in the weeks to come," although the studio claims that no official decisions have been made at this time. Here's what a Universal spokesperson had to say in a statement. »
“Fifty Shades of Grey” is now officially a box office phenomenon — raking in an estimated $266.4 worldwide in its first weekend. The movie’s final shot, which features Christian (Jamie Dornan) and Anastasia (Dakota Johnson) at opposite sides of a closing elevator door, clearly sets the stage for a sequel (“Fifty Shades Darker”) and third film (“Fifty Shades Freed”), which could even be divided into two movies (see the last installments of “Hunger Games,” “Harry Potter,” “Twilight” and “Divergent”). Yet Universal has yet to officially announce a greenlight for more “50 Shades.” How come?
One possible theory: The studio is waiting to line up a director first for the next film. Over the weekend, British tabloids reported that director Sam Taylor-Johnson — now the most successful woman director to open a film in the United States — wouldn’t be back for a second film. On Monday, the director’s rep offered a carefully »
- Ramin Setoodeh
A charm-free hero with control issues and a passive, fretful heroine have coy and tediously vanilla pretend-sex. This is meant to be erotic? I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): despise the book and despair of its popularity
I have read the source material (and I hate it)
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Let’s be clear about one thing: The problem with Fifty Shades of Grey is not the sex.
I mean, apart from how Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson have no onscreen chemistry at all. And apart from how watching them pretend to fuck is utterly unsexy and unromantic. And apart from how coy and tediously vanilla the pretend-sex is (even more vanilla than the not-at-all-BDSMy sex in the book!). And apart from how no one ever gets to actually come because the gauzy dissolve into the next scene happens before anyone orgasms… »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Disney’s Diamond Edition releases have been brilliant additions to your collection, and the 101 Dalmatians Diamond Edition is no different.
A film that not only stands up, and is one of the most treasured Disney films, but one that provided a serious boost to Disney when it needed it most, 101 Dalmatians is a must own.
The film needs no introduction, nor does its love-to-hate villain, but it must be noted that this is one of the earliest Disney films that kids today still really fall in love with. I’m using my own, small focus group there, but whereas there is some appreciation for pre-1960 Disney films, they aren’t generally titles that are the subject of the, “Can we! Can we!” dance. Not so with 101 Dalmatians, which still pulls kids of a wide range of ages in.
The real question here is the bonus content of a new release, »
- Marc Eastman
Chicago – It’s easy to recognize the author, producer and actor B.J. Novak from his many years on the TV series “The Office.” His latest project is his children’s title, “The Book with No Pictures,” and he came to Chicago last fall, for an appearance sponsored by Anderson’s Bookshop (Naperville, Ill.) at North Central College.
B.J. Novak, October of 2014, at North Central College (Naperville, Illinois)
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com
Benjamin Joseph Novak grew up in Massachusetts, and graduated from Harvard University in 2001. He moved to Los Angeles afterward to pursue stand-up comedy, It led to a stint on MTV’s “Punk’d,” and helped to land him the gig as the character of Ryan Howard in “The Office.” He also wrote several episodes, and eventually served as an executive producer on the show. He also appeared in the films “Inglourious Basterds” and “Saving Mr. Banks. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
If the problem with too many literary adaptations is a failure to capture the author’s voice, then that shortcoming turns out to be the single greatest virtue of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the hotly anticipated first film inspired by E.L. James’ bestselling assault on sexual mores, good taste and the English language. In telling the story of a shy young virgin and the broodingly handsome billionaire who invites her into his wonderful world of hanky-spanky, director Sam Taylor-Johnson and screenwriter Kelly Marcel have brought out a welcome element of cheeky, knowing humor that gradually recedes as the action plunges into darker, kinkier territory. Glossy, well cast, and a consistent hoot until it becomes a serious drag, this neo-“9½ Weeks” is above all a slick exercise in carefully brand-managed titillation — edgier than most grown-up studio fare, but otherwise a fairly mild provocation in this porn-saturated day and age.
Still, any »
- Justin Chang
Earlier today, Alexandre Desplat was a rather surprising winner for Best Film Music at this year's BAFTA Awards in London for his work in Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel." Well, it's a great day for the prolific composer as he has just won a Grammy for the score as well, in the Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media Category. Given the film's early-year release date, though, Desplat was mostly contending with 2013 films. Christophe Beck was nominated for "Frozen," while two of last year's Oscar nominees, "Gravity" (Steven Price, who won the Academy Award) and "Saving Mr. Banks" (Thomas Newman) were in there as well. The only 2014 film in competition was "Gone Girl," and alas, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross deferred to Mr. Desplat on this one. Does that signal some clarity in the Oscar race? Not necessarily. But the film is obviously helped by being, in all likelihood, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Complete list of winners and nominees of the 2014 Grammy Awards, held in Los Angeles at the Staples Center on Sunday February 8. Winners will be updated as they're announced during the telecast and pre-telecast. Record Of The Year “Fancy,” Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli Xcx “Chandelier,” Sia **Winner** “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” Sam Smith “Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift “All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor Album Of The Year **Winner** “Morning Phase,” Beck “Beyoncé,” Beyoncé “X,” Ed Sheeran “In The Lonely Hour,” Sam Smith “Girl,” Pharrell Williams Song Of The Year “All About That Bass,” Kevin Kadish & Meghan Trainor, songwriters (Meghan Trainor) “Chandelier,” Sia Furler & Jesse Shatkin, songwriters (Sia) “Shake It Off,” Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift) **Winner** “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” James Napier, William Phillips & Sam Smith, songwriters (Sam Smith) “Take Me To Church,” Andrew Hozier-Byrne, songwriter (Hozier) Best New Artist Iggy Azalea Bastille Brandy Clark »
- Donna Dickens
Film scores are pretty ephemeral to a large chunk of the movie-going populace, where music isn’t noticeable unless a triumphant fanfare or sweeping ballad draws enough attention to itself. So if scoring is already the film industry’s unappreciated middle child, how silly is a list about ones that haven’t been released yet? Very silly. Oftentimes, composers don’t even sign with a project until well into production, so speculating on the best film music of 2015, like any year, forces one to work with what’s known. Sound on Sight will offer more in-depth analysis on the most buzzed about music as the year rolls on but for now, here are the ten movie scores I’m most excited to hear in 2015.
Alan Silvestri’s last great score was for a TV show, and his last great film score was for one of the more forgettable Marvel entries. »
- David Klein
While it's normally sci-fi or fantasy blockbusters like The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug or Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy that get fans excited enough to create Lego versions of the film's trailers, this time we the building brick is used for an anticipated movie of another kind. Fifty Shades of Grey is coming next weekend, and it's going to make some huge bank. So Antonio Toscano thought it was a good idea to give the erotic romance its own Lego trailer as well. It's very well done, but also pretty funny, if only because watching two Lego minifigures kiss, let alone tease the intense bondage scenes. Watch below! Here's the Lego trailer for Sam Taylor-Johnson's Fifty Shades of Grey (via Phil Lord): And just for good measure, here's a parody of a scene from "SNL" star Vanessa Bayer: Fifty Shades of Grey is being directed by »
- Ethan Anderton
"RuPaul's Drag Race" is coming back March 2 with a judging panel consisting of veterans RuPaul and Michelle Visage and newcomers Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews. Exciting! Personally I will miss Santino Rice's snarly angst, but he's had a good run. More exciting: The announced guest judges this season are pretty thrilling. Kathy Griffin is back along with Olivia Newton-John, Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande, and John Waters. Pretty damn smashing. But before season seven gets under way, let's make sure to proclaim which celebrities Still need to join RuPaul and criticize the fabulous dames of his runway. 1. Tim Gunn Here's my problem with Tim Gunn on "Project Runway": I truly believe he is holding back. He comes from a distinguished academic background and taught at Parsons for years. He knows biting, incisive criticism. Not that he goes easy on "Project Runway" contestants, but he could certainly be grimmer and more subversive. »
- Louis Virtel
Michael Keaton recently won a best actor Golden Globe for his work in "Birdman" and is currently nominated for a best actor Oscar. And now comes word that Keaton is in talks to star in "The Founder," about the rise of the McDonald's fast food empire. Written by Robert Siegel (Big Fan), "The Founder" is a drama that tells the true story of how Ray Kroc, a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers' speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. He maneuvered himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire. The tone of the script has been described as being akin to "The Social Network" and "There Will Be Blood." The film will be directed by John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks, »
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