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I don’t know what catalyzed Jake Gyllenhaal into the career resurgence he is in right now, but I’m excited for whatever he is going to do next.
The first trailer for Southpaw dropped on Friday, which stars Gyllenhaal as Billy “The Great” Hope, Junior Middleweight Boxing Champion of the World. The film, from The Equalizer director Antoine Fuqua, also stars Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Rita Ora, Naomie Harris and Victor Ortiz.
Southpaw follows Hope as he struggles through a tragedy and tries to get himself back in shape to become a contender once again. This film’s main selling point is certainly the performance by Gyllenhaal and how he is able to immerse himself into a role again, much like he did in Enemy, Prisoners, End of Watch, and Nightcrawler.
- Zach Dennis
"I can't lose my daughter. I'll give you my everything." We'd already gotten a first look at a ripped Jake Gyllenhaal for his role in Antoine Fuqua's boxing drama Southpaw, but now that the first trailer has arrived, it's clear that this isn't just another boxing movie. Gyllenhaal plays a champion who has his life torn away form him piece by piece, leaving him a shell of the man he used to be. There's a really meaty story here, and the redemption that Gyllenhaal's character seeks isn't just for boxing glory. This is a summer release, but I hope this ends up getting Gyllehaal the Oscar nomination he didn't get for Nightcrawler. Here's the first trailer for Antoine Fuqua's Southpaw from YouTube: Southpaw is directed by Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer, Olympus Has Fallen, Shooter, Training Day) and written by Kurt Sutter ("Sons of Anarchy" and "The Shield"). Jake Gyllenhaal »
- Ethan Anderton
Jake Gyllenhaal has been hitting the gym for his starring role in "Southpaw." Antoine Fuqua ("The Equalizer," "Olympus Has Fallen," "Training Day") directs this gritty flick about a champion boxer named Billy Hope who kicks butt in the ring... and out of the ring too. As you can see in this trailer, Billy's bad temper has dire consequences, and one dumb outburst turns his world upside down.
Forest Whitaker plays the old-school boxing coach that Billy enlists to get his life back together. 50 Cent, Rita Ora, and Rachel McAdams also appear in this intense-looking drama written by Kurt Sutter of "Sons of Anarchy" and "The Shield" fame. Sutter reportedly pitched the movie with Eminem in mind, but the rapper decided to focus on music instead. In fact, he provided a new song for the film, which you can hear a snippet of in the trailer.
Fuqua told the Los Angeles Times, »
- Jenni Miller
Antoine Fuqua’s Olympus Has Fallen managed to emerge as the more capable of two practically-identical films released around the same time. Roland Emmerich, now heading into production on Independence Day 2, rocked up with his explosive jaunt into the same territory for White House Down. Was the deciding factor in which one would earn a sequel down to its leading men? Or was it simply a matter of brains over brawn? Whatever the reason, we’re now months away from a Gerard Butler-led sequel instead of a Channing Tatum one.
Oh, and Fuqua’s out too for the uniquely-titled London Has Fallen. In case the swapped out location didn’t alert you, this time the terrorist target has shifted from the Us to the UK capital. Behind the camera this time is Babak Najafi, who is directing most of the original film’s cast including Gerard Butler as »
- Gem Seddon
The movie chronicles a naval captain being forced against his will to navigate a cocaine-filled submarine past the Us coast guard.
This could be the next major action project for Neeson, who recently hinted that he would like to give up the high-impact film genre.
Watch a trailer for Run All Night below: »
Millennium Films and Focus Features have released a new poster and banner for London Has Fallen, the upcoming sequel to Olympus Has Fallen, which shifts the action to the UK and reunites cast members Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman. Check them out here…
The story begins in London, where the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances. His funeral is a must-attend event for leaders of the western world. However, what starts out as the most protected event on Earth turns into a deadly plot to kill the world’s most powerful leaders, devastate every known landmark in the British capital, and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. Only three people have any hope of stopping it: the President of the United States, his formidable Secret Service head (Gerard Butler), and an English Mi-6 agent who rightly trusts no one.
London Has Fallen opens on »
- Gary Collinson
London — Zygi Kamasa has signed a new long-term agreement to continue serving as chief executive officer of Lionsgate U.K. and to assume additional responsibilities as CEO of Lionsgate’s European office.
In his expanded role, he will spearhead Lionsgate’s “strategic growth initiatives and new business development across Europe, including potential co-production arrangements, M&A initiatives, and entry into new lines of business.”
Lionsgate has relocated its international sales and distribution headquarters to London, moving its international sales executives closer to key European markets.
“Zygi is one of the entrepreneurial executives playing a leadership role in moving Lionsgate forward around the world,” said Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer. “He and his team have grown Lionsgate U.K. into a vibrant and diversified company, and his expanded mandate for Europe underscores our commitment to continue building Lionsgate into a next generation global content leader.”
Lionsgate U.K., which recently expanded its »
- Leo Barraclough
I don't know how exactly this happens in Hollywood, but rival movies isn't necessarily uncommon. A lot of the time one will fade away and other times you'll get your White House Down meets Olympus Has Fallen. Today we get news of another such situation. We have Guy Ritchie working on his King Arthur movie Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur and today we learn Jonathan Liebesman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Battle: Los Angeles) will direct Man at Arms, described as an epilogue to the Arthur legend Ritchie is said to be exploring in his film. Jeremy Lott penned the screenplay, which has been likened to Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven, following the adventures of Sir Lancelot as an older man who is bent on making amends after his love for Guinevere (and hers for him) ended up destroying Arthur's Camelot. This is the second project Lott has seen go into »
- Brad Brevet
With production starting in Toronto next month on Warner Bros.' DC Comics adaptation Suicide Squad, it seems there are still more characters left to be cast. Latino Review's El Mayimbe reveals that Jackie Earle Haley is being considered to play The Thinker. Of course, this has yet to be confirmed by Warner Bros. and DC Comics at this time, and this is the first time we've heard this character even mentioned as being a part of the adaptation.
What remains unclear is which version of The Thinker will be used in Suicide Squad, if this rumor turns out to be true. It seems likely that the original character, Clifford De Voe, will be the one shown in the movie. Clifford De Voe was a failed lawyer who developed a thinking cap that could project mental force, which allowed him to become "the brains" behind the operations of several different villains. »
Producer and director Danny Lerner died March 6 in Culver City, Calif. He was 62.
Born in Haifa, Israel, Lerner began his career at a drive-in theater in Israel before he joined Nu World Productions in 1986 as an associate producer. He moved to Los Angeles in 1998 and soon thereafter founded production company Millennium Films with his brother, Danny Dimbort and Trevor Short.
After working on more than 70 films as a producer, Lerner tried his hand at directing with “Traitor’s Heart” in 1999. Lerner’s other directorial credits include “Finding Rin Tin Tin,” “Cool Dog” and “Direct Contact.”
Lerner served in the Israeli Army as a young man.
He is survived by his partner Amy Agzarian, his brother, sister Rivka Rosenblatt, mother Sara Lerner and children Neer and Shiri. »
- Marianne Zumberge
Cam (Lautner) is a bike messenger who becomes involved with a cutting-edge parkour gang following a chance encounter with a beautiful woman (Marie Avgeropoulos).
Although life seems more exciting with the gang, Cam is soon over his head when the group turn to crime to fund their parkour exploits.
Tracers opens in cinemas and is available on iTunes on March 20 in the Us. »
Joe Carnahan, one of the most ballsy directors doing his thing at the minute, has decided on his next project after hitting so many stumbling blocks on getting his last movie, Stretch, distributed. Motorcade will see Carnahan return to directing for a studio, namely Dreamworks, in a movie that was probably pitched as Olympus Has Fallen on wheels. When Potus is attacked as he makes his way across Los Angeles, the only person who can save him is a disgraced former Secret Service agent (naturally) who is in the wrong place at the right time. Carnahan's CV suggest he's perfect for this, considering the vehicular mayhem in Stretch, The A-Team and the all out action of Smokin' Aces. If it were up to me I'd throw all of the budget at getting The Rock on board and push for a hard 18's proper action movie. Let us know who you »
- email@example.com (Dave Higgins)
Before Tom Cruise decided to star in Knight & Day for James Mangold he was considering several projects. One was The Tourist, which Johnny Depp ultimately took, another was The Matarese Circle, which would have put him alongside Denzel Washington with David Cronenberg directing and the other was Motorcade, a thriller that was, at the time, to be directed by Len Wiseman, who instead went on to direct the Total Recall reboot. Looking at those options, it seems Cruise made the best choice for the time, but Motorcade never really died and Dreamworks is now ready to bring it back to life. It was just announced Joe Carnahan has been brought aboard to direct the thriller which pits the U.S. president against terrorists who commandeer his motorcade on the streets of Los Angeles and Carnahan is bringing along his Smokin' Aces star Ryan Reynolds to play a disgraced Secret Service »
- Brad Brevet
Coming off issues getting his insane action comedy Stretch out into the world (and having more success producing and directing TV shows), Joe Carnahan is adding another studio film to his list of potential movies. According to Variety, he’s now made a deal to direct Motorcade for DreamWorks.The plot for the high concept thriller finds a disgraced Secret Service agent in the right place at the right time when terrorists attack the Us President’s motorcade in Los Angeles. Though it sounds like someone watched Olympus Has Fallen and thought, ‘hhhm… I wonder if we could do that… But in a car!’ Motorcade has actually been stalled in development for years, going through various different versions since at least 2008. At one point, Tom Cruise was attached to star, and Ryan Reynolds briefly flirted with the idea back in 2009. But producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald have stayed the »
Working Title Films’ The Danish Girl, directed by Academy Award winner Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, Les Misérables) and starring Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything, Les Misérables) and Alicia Vikander (A Royal Affair, Anna Karenina), will be released domestically by Focus Features in exclusive engagements in New York and Los Angeles beginning Friday, November 27th, 2015, and by Universal Pictures International overseas. Focus CEO Peter Schlessel made the announcement today.
The Danish Girl is the remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Einar and Gerda Wegener (being portrayed, respectively, by Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander), whose marriage and work are cast into the unknown when Einar begins a groundbreaking journey to become one of the world’s first transgender women, Lili Elbe.
- Michelle McCue
CBS has found one of their two lead actors for the Rush Hour pilot, bringing on Jon Foo to play Detective Lee, the same character played by Jackie Chan in the hit Rush Hour movie trilogy. The show has yet to cast the cocky Lapd detective Carter, originally played by Chris Tucker. Much like the film franchise, the show will follow these two cops, forced to pair up when Lee gets assigned to a case in Los Angeles.
Detective Lee is described by Deadline as, "a dedicated professional and master martial artist, a man of few words who knows how to get the job done." Series creator Bill Lawrence revealed last month that the show will follow a new plot with the same types of characters. He also hinted that he may not hire a martial artist to play Lee, but, now, that is not the case.
Jon Foo, a »
A Magnificent Seven remake has been kicking around for a while now, and while Tom Cruise was at one point attached to star, it looks like director Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer, Olympus Has Fallen) is having no issues assembling a top-notch cast. First it was announced that he would be re-teaming with Equalizer star Denzel Washington, and then word came that Chris Pratt was coming aboard. Looks as though we can add another big name to that list as recent Acadey Award nominee Ethan Hawke »
- Sean Wist
Pascal, who will remain at Sony in a new role as a producer, has long been known around town for her keen eye for winning projects. Though her reputation has suffered recently as a result of North Korea’s infamous hacking attack on the studio, which revealed a few unseemly email exchanges in which Pascal and other execs criticized the attitudes of A-listers and made racially tinged jokes at the expense of President Obama, Pascal steered the studio through her share of triumphs.
Any career as long as Pascal’s is bound to have its peaks and valleys. From the highest heights (“Skyfall,” “Spider-Man 2”) to the lowest lows (“Jack and Jill,” “Sparkle”), Pascal led Sony through it all. Here’s a look »
- Kevin Noonan and Marianne Zumberge
To celebrate the release of ‘The Equalizer’ on Blu Ray and DVD, we’re giving 5 lucky WhatCulture.com readers the chance to win a copy of the gritty, action packed thriller on Blu-Ray!
Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by, he has to help her. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalise the helpless, McCall comes out of his self imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer.
- Sam Driver
Sports network used the system as a promotional tool for “Olympus Has Fallen,” but FCC says public needs it “to prepare them for real emergencies”
The Federal Communications Commission has fined Viacom and Espn $1.4 million for misusing the Emergency Alert System warning tones.
The network issued the warnings tones (Eas) as a promotional tool for the 2013 Warner Bros. film “Olympus Has Fallen,” starring Gerard Butler. A trailer for the movie, about a terrorist attack on the White House, is accompanied by the jarring tones normally reserved for state and national emergency warnings
“The public relies on this system to prepare them for real emergencies, »
- Matt Donnelly
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