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Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: Antoine Fuqua is now confirmed to direct Denzel Washington in a remake of The Magnificent Seven. More details on the Denzel Washington Magnificent Seven remake, after the jump.
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Antoine Fuqua Equalizer

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 »

new Equalizer trailer

A few weeks ago we saw the first trailer for The Equalizer, directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Denzel Washington. But that one turns out to have been a less than legit release. Now Sony has released a new Equalizer trailer. This isn’t just the same thing with a different logo or two; it’s the same trailer with a lot of additional footage that gives a new look at the film.

While the first cut we saw was all about Denzel kicking the ass of some Russian mobsters thanks to their mistreatment of a young prostitute played by Chloe Grace Moretz, this one opens up with his character at work in a Home Depot-like big box store. A robbery angers the Equalizer, and while we don’t see any overt violence in response, the trailer gives a pretty good indication of how he deals with the situation. And then the mess with the mob gets started. Watch below.

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Antoine Fuqua magnificent seven remake

MGM’s The Magnificent Seven is zeroing in on a director. Antoine Fuqua has reportedly been offered the Western remake, written by True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto.

Which is pretty good news for Fuqua in itself, but that’s not all. He’s apparently also eyeing the former Tony Scott project Narco Sub at Fox, and The Equalizer 2 at Sony. Hit the jump for the latest on all three potential projects.

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Equalizer trailer

Denzel Washington reunites with director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) for The Equalizer. The film is a vague return to the premise of the ’80s TV show in which Edward Woodward played an old special ops guy who atoned for past sins by working pro bono for people in need. The plot of this film doesn’t seem to have much to do with the show, except for the fact that Denzel is a former black ops guy who can clear a room full of bad guys in mere seconds, and he deploys those skills to help a young woman (Chloe Grace Moretz). The first Equalizer trailer is mostly Denzel being calm, collected, and savagely violent; watch below. Read More »

new Equalizer images

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 »

Jake Gyllenhaal in Prisoners

When we first reported on Southpaw back in 2010, it was a DreamWorks movie with Eminem attached to star. Since then, it’s suffered several setbacks and a lot has changed. But now it’s finally getting back on track, as a Weinstein Co. project starring Jake Gyllenhaal. A major piece of the puzzle fell into place this week as Antoine Fuqua closed his deal to direct. Get all the details after the jump.

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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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