There’s no one film that launched Denzel Washington as a star. Rather, a collection of late ’80s and early ’90s performances, culminating in the drama/thriller combo of Philadelphia and Crimson Tide, cemented his leading man status. But there is one picture that tends to stand above most of Washington’s work, by virtue of the ferocity he brought to the role. Training Day, released in 2001, saw director Antoine Fuqua guiding Washington to one of his most striking performances, and to his second Oscar win.
Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington have teamed up again for The Equalizer. While the film is based on the concept created for an early ’80s TV show starring Edward Woodward, in which a former special ops guy uses his skill set to help the needy, the film is something a bit different. This is, as Fuqua explains, meant to be a bit like a European thriller, and a bit like a Western. It looks a bit more spare than your typical studio action picture. We visited the Boston-area set of the film, and spoke to Fuqua about the project. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, May 23rd, 2014 by Angie Han
It’s not so unusual for movies to get an extended director’s cut on Blu-ray, but Quentin Tarantino hopes to take things one step further with Django Unchained. During a Cannes event, the filmmaker revealed that he wants to turn the 2012 Western into a four-hour miniseries by adding back the extra material he’d cut for the theatrical release. Hit the jump to read his comments.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 by Angie Han
Jem and the Holograms snapped up its four leads just weeks after the project was announced, and now the rest of the casting is briskly falling into place. The newest addition is Juliette Lewis, who seems uniquely qualified for this music-driven feature — she’s a real-life rock star when she’s not being a Hollywood actress. Hit the jump for the latest dirt on the movie.
[Update: THR reports that ’80s icon Molly Ringwald has also joined the cast. Her role, like Lewis’s, is being kept under wraps.
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Posted on Monday, May 19th, 2014 by Angie Han
Following NBC’s Hannibal and Rosemary’s Baby and A&E’s Bates Motel, The Omen will become the latest horror classic to get adapted for the small screen. Titled Damien, the new drama will be a sequel of sorts to the 1976 film, picking up with the titular character as an adult.
The good news about the Omen TV series is that it’ll be steered by the capable hands of former Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara. The not-exactly-bad-but-kinda-puzzling news is that it’ll set up shop at Lifetime. Hit the jump for plot details and more.
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You can almost hear the cries of “Yabba, Dabba, don’t” from fans everywhere but it doesn’t matter. Warner Bros. is looking to bring the classic Sixties property The Flintstones back to the big screen, this time as a full-length, animated feature. Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are executive producing and Chris Henchy, who wrote The Other Guys and The Campaign, is penning the script. Read more about the latest Flintstones movie below. Read More »
Apparently Hollywood has milked every single Seventies and Eighties property they can and now they’re on to the Nineties. Lionsgate has just announced they’ll be rebooting the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers for the big screen. Read the full press release about the new Power Rangers movie below. Read More »
In the latest example of an old TV show being mined for material to produce a feature film, there’s now development on a Green Acres movie based on the ‘60s sitcom of the same name.
My first thought was to wonder whether or not Green Acres really means anything to people now. People over 30 or 35 know the show, if only from Nick at Nite reruns, but it probably isn’t anyone’s favorite. Kids getting into movies now might not even know what Sam Jackson’s line in Pulp Fiction is all about.
But that might not matter. We’re in the middle of a culture war, after all — or so Fox News says. The story of a Manhattan couple that heads to the country so the husband can indulge his dream of running a farm might make for primo comedy. Someone could probably make a few bucks off a comedy that pokes fun at a situation where city folk moving to middle America, especially if it has a slightly familiar name.
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Antoine Fuqua directed Denzel Washington in The Equalizer last year, but Sony has been slow to roll out any footage. Now we’ve got an official poster and a set of images, along with what appears to have been a pretty good “viral” marketing gag that was placed in the New York Times over the weekend. The film updates the ’80s TV show, with Denzel as a former special ops guy who “donates” his skills to those in need. Check out the new Equalizer images below. Read More »