Posted on Friday, December 6th, 2013 by Angie Han
A dozen years ago, Antoine Fuqua‘s Training Day made Denzel Washington the first black man to win Best Actor since Sidney Poitier in 1964. The pair liked the results of their collaboration so much that they’ve been looking for an opportunity to work together again, and this year they finally got their chance when Fuqua signed on for the long-gestating crime thriller The Equalizer.
While the film won’t come out for another nine months, the first image from it has just hit the web. Check it out after the jump.
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In next year’s Need for Speed, Dominic Cooper is easy to peg as the bad guy. But in Reasonable Doubt, he plays a guy involved in a weirder car-based crime. He seems to be involved in a pretty straight-forward hit-and-run death, which is bad. But it puts him in contact with a mysterious dude played by Samuel L. Jackson, and that turns out to be really bad.
Check out a trailer for the thriller below. Read More »
More than two years have passed since we caught our first glimpse at a sultry and bloody Paz De La Huerta in Nurse 3D. The production company released a poster before production even began, promising a 2012 release. Well it’s almost 2014 and there’s still been no sign of the film, directed by Douglas Aarniokoski. Until today.
A trailer for Nurse 3D is now online and features turns from Katrina Bowden, Corbin Bleu, Judd Nelson and even Kathleen Turner. It follows an obsessive nurse who starts killing people while skimpily dressed, and it opens February 7, 2014. Read More »
Cymbeline is a modern telling of William Shakespeare‘s play of the same name, from writer-director Michael Almereyda and star Ethan Hawke, who previously teamed to adapt Hamlet in 2000. We only heard of this film recently, and we’ve already got a trailer, probably due to the effort to secure distribution for the film in various territories.
And while you might hear “Shakespeare adaptation” and start to feel dismissive, this is akin to Ralph Fiennes’ Coriolanus or even Luhrmann’s Romeo & Juliet in that it uses Shakespeare’s play to power a cops and bikers story that has plenty of violence and energy. It looks interesting at the very least, and since the script retains the play’s original dialogue, there’s an appealing lilt to the proceedings, too. There’s also the additional cast: Ed Harris, Milla Jovovich, Penn Badgley, Anton Yelchin and Dakota Johnson, for starters. Check out the trailer below.
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Briefly: A remake of the French thriller Tell No One, which involves murder and layers of deception, has been in the works for years, with a variety of directors including Ben Affleck and Andrew Dominik attached to the movie. Now Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) is in talks to make the movie as a follow-up to Jane Got a Gun. Chris Terrio scripted the remake,
Here’s a synopsis of the original film: Eight years ago, pediatrician Alexandre Beck (François Cluzet) was the prime suspect in his wife’s murder. He’s put all that behind him, but now that two dead bodies have been found near his home, he’s suspected of wrongdoing once again. The case takes an unexpected turn when he receives an anonymous e-mail showing his wife alive — and eight years older — instructing him to “tell no one.” [Variety]
Briefly: One of the biggest surprise hits of 2013 was The Purge, James DeMonaco‘s small-budget thriller about a future where the U.S. legalizes all crime on one night each year. Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey starred. After a massive opening weekend, a sequel was quickly announced and now that sequel has a release date.
Universal Pictures is currently calling it “The next chapter of The Purge” and it’ll be released June 20, 2014. While no cast, returning or otherwise, has been announced, DeMonaco will return to write and direct along with producers Jason Blum, Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and others.
With almost every film Spike Lee makes, he’s trying something different. From college comedy through racial drama, coming-of-age stories, the historical biopic, murder mystery, Hollywood blockbuster, sequel, war film, and sports movie, he rarely attempts the same genre twice. It’s part of the reason he’s remained influential and relevant for so many years.
His latest film, Oldboy, continues his trend of being unpredictable. Lee directs an American remake of a revered South Korean film (originally by Park Chan-wook) about a man mysteriously imprisoned for 20 years, and the aftermath of his release. It’s Lee’s first remake, which posed some brand-new challenges for the man behind such classics as Do the Right Thing, Jungle Fever, 25th Hour, and Malcolm X.
We had the distinct pleasure of chatting with Lee about those new challenges, his upcoming Kickstarter feature The Sweet Blood of Jesus, being a film professor at his alma-mater New York University and, of course, New York sports. Oldboy opens November 27, but read the interview below. Read More »
Though film fans are well-versed in Chan-wook Park’s 2003 film Oldboy, most audiences have no idea what the film is. To 90% of people who go to the movies, it’s nothing more than an ultra-violent, ten-year-old foreign language film with subtitles, if they even know that much about it. At least, that’s what Filmdistrict is thinking will be the case when Spike Lee‘s remake of Oldboy opens November 22. They’re hoping audiences will be as surprised and entertained as we were the first time we saw the original.
Still, everyone involved is well aware film fans can be vocal when reacting to remakes, and no one is a bigger champion of the original than screenwriter Mark Protosevich. The writer of the original Thor and I Am Legend considers himself a massive fan of the original film. And when he first heard about the remake, he was hesitant. Then Will Smith approached him about writing it for director Steven Spielberg. What fan would say “No” to that?
Below, read about Protosevich’s dealings with those two superstars and his justifications for remaking one of the biggest cult classics of all time. Read More »
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