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The Equalizer Review

12 September 2014 10:41 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Antoine Fuqua.

Starring:  Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloë Grace Moretz.

Running Time:  128 Minutes.

Synopsis: McCall is a former black ops commando who has faked his death to live a quiet life in Boston. When he comes out of his self-imposed retirement to rescue a young girl, Teri, he finds himself face to face with ultra-violent Russian gangsters. As he serves vengeance against those who brutalize the helpless, McCall’s desire for justice is reawakened. If someone has a problem, the odds are stacked against them, and they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer.

There are a few things that stick in ones mind as we look back at the great 1980s TV series that was The Equalizer. A juddering, memorable theme tune, sweeping vistas of the New York skyline, scenes of reprobates lurking on the subway/ random lifts, and a silhouetted Edward Woodward stood, »

- Paul Heath

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'Ben-Hur' Remake Casts Morgan Freeman

11 September 2014 5:55 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Just one day after joining Universal's comedy sequel Ted 2, Morgan Freeman has signed on for a role in Paramount and MGM's Ben-Hur reboot.

Morgan Freeman is portraying Ildarin, the man who teaches the title character to become a champion chariot racer. The studios are reportedly close to finding the two main characters, Judah Ben-Hur and his former friend turned bitter rival Messalla. We reported last month that Tom Hiddleston was being courted to play Ben-Hur, but it remains unclear whether or not he will accept the role. It isn't known what other actors are in contention for these two main characters.

The reboot is said to stick closer to the original 1880 Lew Wallace novel than the 1959 movie Ben-Hur did. The focus is still on the feud between Ben-Hur and the treacherous Messalla, who betrays his longtime friend and frames him for an accident, causing Ben-Hur to be sold into slavery. »

- MovieWeb

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The Equalizer | 2014 Tiff Review

11 September 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Sequelizer: Fuqua Resurrects Vintage TV Series to Maudlin Effect

Upon the project’s official announcement, it may not have seemed a necessarily surprising or even awful idea to resurrect the mid-80s television series The Equalizer to be retrofitted as an action vehicle for Denzel Washington. In fact, in a day of dodgy remakes, reinterpretations, and constant regurgitations, it seemed an inspired bit of casting. After initial names backed out and it landed in the hands of Antoine Fuqua, who would then be reunited with his Training Day star, anticipation kicked into high gear in what seemed a perfect remedy to wash away the cornball melodrama of Olympus Has Fallen in Fuqua’s otherwise gritty and often hard-hitting filmography. Unfortunately, though sporting some considerably violent sequences, it is pure studio fodder, suffering from some miscasting, a bloated running time, and a flat lined screenplay. That said, Washington is a winning presence, »

- Nicholas Bell

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Come and see The Equalizer with us early and for free!

11 September 2014 4:10 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We're holding a special preview screening of The Equalizer in London - and director Antoine Fuqua will join us for a Q&A!

Now this is exciting. Arriving in cinemas on Friday 26th September in the UK is the reunion of director Antoine Fuqua and star Denzel Washington in the big screen take on The Equalizer. Here's the posh official synopsis...

"In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays McCall, a former black ops commando who has faked his death to live a quiet life in Boston.  When he comes out of his self-imposed retirement to rescue a young girl, Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), he finds himself face to face with ultra-violent Russian gangsters. As he serves vengeance against those who brutalize the helpless, McCall’s desire for justice is reawakened. If someone has a problem, the odds are stacked against them, and they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. »

- simonbrew

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Im Global, Fuqua Films join forces

9 September 2014 8:40 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Training Day director Antoine Fuqua and producing partner Kat Samick team with film financing, sales and distribution firm.

Im Global has signed a production partnership with Antoine Fuqua’s Fuqua Films.

Under the pact, the Los Angeles-based production, financing and sales company will develop, produce and finance feature projects alongside Fuqua and his producing partner Kat Samick, as well as providing the firm with business affairs and back-office support.

Fuqua, whose latest thriller The Equalizer received its world premiere in Toronto last night, said of Im Global: “They are producing the most exciting projects in the business right now and their enthusiasm and great taste make them the ideal collaborators for us.”

Fuqua’s best known features include Training Day, Broolyn’s Finest and Olympus Has Fallen, while his upcoming features include boxing drama Southpaw starring Jake Gyllenhaal.

Im Global CEO Stuard Ford said:  “Antoine is such a great creative force whose career is going from strength »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Denzel Washington joins The Magnificent Seven remake

9 September 2014 8:39 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Earlier in the year news broke that a remake of legendary western The Magnificent Seven was in the works with Antoine Fuqua (Olympus Has Fallen) taking the hot seat and Tom Cruise, Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman just a few names being linked with a role. Since then not much else has been revealed about the planned remake. However while promoting his latest flick The Equalizer at Tiff, Fuqua announced that one actor has already signed on, Denzel Washington.

This will mark the third time time Fuqua has directed Washington since they first worked together 13 years ago on Training Day. Fuqua praised Washington on his professionalism and why he enjoys working with him:

“Denzel’s all about the work…He’s all about the acting. He’s an actor. He’ll tell you himself, ‘I’m not a movie star, celebrity, something else, I’m an actor’…He steps on »

- Gavin Logan

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‘Equalizer’ Director Antoine Fuqua Signs Production Deal With Im Global

9 September 2014 7:50 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Equalizer” director Antoine Fuqua and his production company Fuqua Films has signed a production partnership with Im Global, it was announced Tuesday by Im Global CEO Stuart Ford and Fuqua. Under the pact, the indie financier will develop, produce and finance feature projects alongside Fuqua and his producing partner Kat Samick, as well as provide the shingle with business affairs and back-office support. Also read: Antoine Fuqua to Direct ‘Narco Sub’ — But What Should Follow Jake Gyllenhaal's ‘Southpaw'? Fuqua's “The Equalizer” had its world premiere Sunday night at the Toronto International Film Festival. Fuqua previously directed “Training Day” and “Olympus Has Fallen. »

- Jeff Sneider

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Toronto: Antoine Fuqua Teams with IM Global in Producing Pact

9 September 2014 7:25 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Im Global has signed a production partnership deal with Antoine Fuqua’s Fuqua Films, two days after the world premiere of the director’s “The Equalizer,” starring Denzel Washington, at the Toronto Film Festival.

The deal calls for Im Global to develop, produce and finance feature projects alongside Fuqua and his producing partner Kat Samick, along with providing business affairs and back-office support.

Fuqua’s credits include “Training Day,” “Brooklyn’s Finest” and “Olympus Has Fallen” along with music videos for Prince and Stevie Wonder.

Im Global is in post-production on three thrillers: “Autobahn,” directed by Eran Creevy and starring Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones, Anthony Hopkins and Ben Kingsley; “Viral,” directed by Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost; and “Incarnate,” starring Aaron Eckhart and directed by Brad Peyton. It’s also in pre-production on Billy Ray’s “The Secret in Their Eyes,” starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Roberts.

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- Dave McNary

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Denzel Washington confirmed for The Magnificent Seven remake

8 September 2014 10:38 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Denzel Washington will reteam with Training Day and The Equalizer director Antoine Fuqua for The Magnificent Seven...

A week or so after a new director joined the planned remake of The Seven Samurai comes solid news about the new take on The Magnificent Seven. The Magnificent Seven is, of course, a remake of sorts of The Seven Samurai in the first place, which means we're going to have a remake of the original and a remake of the remake doing battle.

Er, you still following this?

Anyway, it had been revealed a while back that The Equalizer and Olympus Has Fallen director Antoine Fuqua was set to direct the new The Magnificent Seven. And now comes the confirmation that he's got one seventh of his key cast in place. Denzel Washington will unite with Fuqua once again (they also made Training Day together) for the film.

Jason Blumenthal is producing the film, »

- simonbrew

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Review: Denzel Washington's 'Equalizer' is more 'Home Alone' than 'Man On Fire'

7 September 2014 9:40 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The basic premise of the '80s TV series "The Equalizer" was just generic enough to survive on CBS in that decade of bland, and in making the jump to the big-screen, it appears to have survived with all of that bland firmly intact. While I personally didn't care for much of anything about the film, I don't think it's ineptly made or awful so much as just forgettable. It's a teflon film. It slid right off my brain pan just as soon as it made it in through the rods and cones, and even trying to summon up specific scenes or gags a few days later, I can already feel it slipping away. Part of the problem is just plain familiarity with the tropes of the film. Denzel Washington plays Denzel Washington, essentially. This isn't a character the same way Creasy in "Man On Fire" was a character. It's »

- Drew McWeeny

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Toronto Film Review: ‘The Equalizer’

7 September 2014 11:05 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Denzel Washington balances the scales of justice — and challenges Liam Neeson for a slice of the middle-aged action-hero pie — in “The Equalizer,” an ultraviolent update of the 1985-89 CBS drama series that featured Edward Woodward as a former government agent turned pro-bono avenging angel. But in making the leap from small screen to large, and from pre-Giuliani New York to post-recession Boston, director Antoine Fuqua and writer Richard Wenk (“16 Blocks”) have also traded the series’ elemental underdog appeal for. Ponderously overlong and not even half as much fun as it should have been, “The Equalizer” still gets a lot of mileage out of Washington’s unassailable star presence, which should translate to solid if not spectacular returns upon the pic’s Sept. 26 release.

Although he shares a character name and skill set with his TV predecessor, Washington’s Robert McCall is otherwise, literally and figuratively, an Equalizer of a different »

- Scott Foundas

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Toronto Spotlight: Fleming, ‘The Equalizer’ Helmer Antoine Fuqua Share Man Love For Denzel’s Killer Acting Skills

7 September 2014 5:58 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Tonight in Toronto, Denzel Washington and his Training Day director Antoine Fuqua will launch a new franchise, The Equalizer, a drama loosely based on the TV series. Thankfully for fans of Washington’s action work, the film is a closer spiritual cousin to Man On Fire, with Washington playing a righteous character who is merciless on the bad guys. Here, Fuqua, who is also mounting a Magnificent Seven remake with Washington for MGM, discusses the star’s everyman appeal and what makes him capable of so many indelible performances.

Deadline: Watching The Equalizer made me feel like I’d gotten the Man On Fire sequel I never thought possible when John Creasy died after killing every kidnapper in Mexico. The spirit of the movie courses through The Equalizer. What is it about Denzel Washington killing bad guys that makes it feel like Christmas morning?

Fuqua: [Laughs]. I just think it’s »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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Tiff 2014 Review – Big Game (2014)

6 September 2014 7:11 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Big Game, 2014.

Directed by Jalmari Helander.

Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Onni Tommila, Ray Stevenson, Mehmet Kurtulus, Victor Garber, Ted Levine, Felicity Huffman, and Jim Broadbent.

Synopsis:

Trapped in the wilderness after Air Force One is forced down by a terrorist attack, the President of the United States must rely on the survival skills of a 13-year-old woodsman.

Upon the arrival of his 13th birthday, a Finnish boy embarks on coming-of-age ceremony where he hunts alone on a mountain and is expected to bring back his killed prize which will mark his passage into manhood.  While this is taking place the President of the United States is aboard Air Force One heading for a conference being held in Finland.  The stories become entwined when a terrorist shoots down the presidential aircraft and the world’s most powerful man has to rely on a youth who is armed with a bow and arrows for his survival. »

- Trevor Hogg

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Denzel Washington turns everything into weapons in this Equalizer featurette

4 September 2014 7:35 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

As if Denzel Washington kicking ass for director Antoine Fuqua (Olympus Has Fallen, Training Day) wasn't reason enough to get you excited for The Equalizer, a new featurette has just dropped that details exactly why Washington's Robert McCall is a force to be reckoned with regardless of what location he's in. Check out this featurette via The Hollywood News: Denzel always has a commanding presence in front of the camera, so I'm looking forward to seeing the results of this »

- Sean Wist

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Denzel Washington Intimidates on 'The Equalizer' New Poster & Trailer

3 September 2014 7:29 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"When someone does something unspeakable, you do something about it, because you can." Fall is upon us, which means it's almost time for Denzel Washington to start kicking ass in The Equalizer. And to make another push to get audiences interested in the film coming later this month, one more trailer and poster have arrived. Much like the previous TV spots and trailer, this one also showcases the hip-hop track "Guts Over Fear" by Eminem, featuring Sia, and it really does make Washington seem pretty damn intimidating. There's some new footage here, and this looks like it could be one of the actor's better thrillers. Watch it! Here's the new trailer and poster for Antoine Fuqua's The Equalizer (via Eminem & Columbia Pictures): The Equalizer is directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Shooter, Olympus Has Fallen) and written by Richard Wenk (The Expendables 3, The Mechanic). Denzel Washington plays McCall, »

- Ethan Anderton

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'How to Train Your Dragon 2' DVD and Blu-ray Releases November 11

29 August 2014 10:12 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Soaring past the $500 million mark at the global box office, DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon 2 is not only one of the best reviewed films of the year, but also 2014's highest grossing animated film to-date and one of the top ten grossing films of the year in any genre.

The thrilling second chapter of the epic How to Train Your Dragon trilogy returns to the fantastical world of the heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon Toothless. The inseparable duo must protect the peace and save the future of men and dragons from the power-hungry Drago when Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment releases DreamWorks Animation's critically acclaimed How to Train Your Dragon 2 on Digital HD October 21 and on Blu-ray and DVD November 11.

How to Train Your Dragon 2, the next chapter to the Academy Award nominated film released in 2010, is "sensational...an instant animated classic, »

- MovieWeb

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How to Train Your Dragon 2 Blu-Ray Gets Detailed and Dated

29 August 2014 6:21 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

One of the best animated films in the Summer is coming home to blu-ray this November, 20th Century Fox has just revealed.  If you loved How to Train Your Dragon 2 (which it seems just about everyone did), and have been anxiously awaiting your chance to see it again, now you know when to makr your calendars.  Come inside to find out when you can own this movie and what special features will be included!

Soaring past the $500 million mark at the global box office, DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 is not only one of the best reviewed films of the year, but also 2014’s highest grossing animated film to-date and one of the top ten grossing films of the year in any genre.

The thrilling second chapter of the epic How To Train Your Dragon trilogy returns to the fantastical world of the heroic Viking »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Jordan Maison)

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Netflix's Marco Polo Series Gets a Premiere Date — Plus: First Photos

28 August 2014 6:49 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Marco Polo will make landfall in late 2014.

Netflix announced Thursday that its anticipated original series about the famed explorer will be released on Dec. 12. The drama  — which stars Italian newcomer Lorenzo Richelmy in the title role — is set in 1200s China, “a world replete with astonishing martial arts, sexual intrigue, political skullduggery and spectacular battles.”

The international cast also includes Benedict Wong (Prometheus), Zhu Zhu (Cloud Atlas), Tom Wu (Skyfall), Remy Hii (Treading Water) and Rick Yune (Olympus Has Fallen).

Scroll down to view the first five images from the big-budget series.

Related storiesVideo: Oitnb's Laverne Cox on Emmy- »

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Denzel Washington in the first clip from The Equalizer remake

27 August 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The Equalizer has released its first preview clip exclusively through Digital Spy.

Denzel Washington gets involved in a tense exchange with his Russian adversary (Marton Csokas) in the scene from the movie, which is based on the '80s TV series starring Edward Woodward.

The film also stars Bill Pullman, Chloë Grace Moretz and Melissa Leo, and sees Washington reunited with Olympus Has Fallen director Antoine Fuqua, the pair having last worked together more than a decade ago on Training Day.

The Equalizer will open in cinemas on September 26. »

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Fuqua Talks The 'Hard R' Rating Of "Equalizer"

26 August 2014 10:31 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Aside from "King Arthur," filmmaker Antoine Fuqua is known for making action films that earn their R rating. "Shooter," "Training Day," "Olympus Has Fallen," "The Replacement Killers" and "Tears from the Sun" all deserve that rating because he doesn't compromise and rarely glorifies the violence.

The same holds true for his upcoming cinematic reboot of "The Equalizer" franchise. The Denzel Washington-led film has been labelled a "hard R" and Fuqua spoke with Collider on the set about why that's the case:

"I'm a product of older filmmakers I guess, the past where you get to make movies and scenes are what they are.  You know if you think about Scorsese back in the day when he was making Taxi Driver, or Coppola or Frankenheimer, Sidney Lumet, they're making films where you witness violence in a real way.

And sometimes violence in a very real way is much faster and »

- Garth Franklin

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