Posted on Thursday, April 28th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Sylvester Stallone was at the height of his powers when Paramount asked to write, direct and star in a third Godfather movie in 1983. The Rocky and First Blood star declined (reportedly saying “This is the worst idea since my conception”) and Francis Ford Coppola would cap off the series he began with The Godfather Part III seven years later.
This piece of trivia is now prologue to a very interesting new development that will once again see Stallone brush shoulders with the work of author Mario Puzo. The beloved actor is set to star in a television adaptation of Omertà, which will bring Puzo’s final novel, the climax of his “mafia trilogy,” to the small screen.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 by Angie Han
Yesterday brought us our first look at Antoine Fuqua‘s The Magnificent Seven in the form of some photos, and today the very first trailer has ridden into town. Denzel Washington leads the Western as Sam Chisholm, a gunslinger hired to protect a small town from a ruthless industrialist (Peter Sarsgaard). He rounds up a group of six other outlaws, played by Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-Hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, and Martin Sensmeier.
The Magnificent Seven is, of course, a remake of John Sturges’ 1960 classic, which was itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. So how do the likes of Washington, Pratt, and Hawke stack up against the original all-star cast that included Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, and Charles Bronson? Watch the Magnificent Seven trailer after the jump.
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Sony has yet to release a frame of footage from The Magnificent Seven outside of this year’s CinemaCon, but the first official stills from the upcoming western reveal that director Antoine Fuqua has nailed at least one vital aspect of this film already. If you must remake an iconic film staring the likes of Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Eli Wallach, and James Coburn, you need to make sure your line-up of movie stars and character actors can stand next to that ensemble and not look completely embarrassing.
And on that level alone, The Magnificent Seven is off to a strong start. It’s not every day that you get to see a western starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Byung-hun Lee. That’s certainly enough to grab my attention by the reins.
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Southpaw was a mild success. The Antoine Fuqua-directed boxing pic was forecast as an Awards contender, with plenty of buzz going around for Jake Gyllenhaal‘s performance. While the film might not go that distance, a Southpaw re-release is happening. So if you missed out on the pretty decent and pretty on-the-nose drama, it’s returning to theaters this Friday. Learn why after the jump.
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Antoine Fuqua‘s film Training Day is still his most significant movie, and it helped propel the career of Suicide Squad writer/director David Ayer. That Best Actor Oscar for star Denzel Washington didn’t hurt the film, either. Now there’s a Training Day TV show brewing, because of course there is.
The show was Fuqua’s idea, and he and original producer Jerry Bruckheimer are putting together a package with Warner Bros. TV. The show pitch is going out to the four major networks, and given the recognizance of the title we could see something come together relatively fast, with Fuqua directing the pilot.
Update: On August 13, CBS won a bidding war amongst the four major networks for the Training Day TV series. And, yeah, that seems a little weird, as CBS seems like pretty much the last place Training Day would be at home. The network goes as far as Criminal Minds when it comes to “gritty,” but perhaps things are changing, or perhaps this series will be less hardcore than the film. Deadline says the show has a pilot production commitment, so there’s a way to go before full series.
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Last month brought the tragic and surprising news that Oscar-winning composer James Horner had died in a plane crash at 61 years old. It was certainly a crushing blow to the world of cinema that had been so touched by his incredible scores for films such as Titanic, Braveheart, A Beautiful Mind, Aliens, Field of Dreams and more.
At the time, it looked like his last two contributions to the big screen as a composer were going to be Antoine Fuqua’s boxing drama Southpaw (in theaters this week) and the Chilean miner drama The 33, starring Antonio Banderas. However, we may hear even more new music from James Horner in the remake of The Magnificent Seven, because Horner secretly composed music for the film before he died.
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So far the marketing machine for Antoine Fuqua‘s boxing flick Southpaw has really hit hard. Driven by a pounding soundtrack provided by Eminem, the film starring Jake Gyllenhaal looks like a familiar but powerful drama.
Now yet another new trailer has arrived, fueled by another new track by Eminem. This one features Gwen Stefani, and is called ‘Kings Never Die.’ Will Gyllenhaal find redemption and become king of the ring again? At the very least, it seems like this might get him the Oscar nomination that he should have gotten for his performance in last year’s Nightcrawler.
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Posted on Friday, March 27th, 2015 by Angie Han
Jake Gyllenhaal has had a really excellent run over these past few years, culminating in a career-best performance with Nightcrawler. But it’s not over. He seems poised to continue his winning streak with Southpaw, if the first trailer is any indication.
Directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by Kurt Sutter, Southpaw stars Gyllenhaal as a boxer who’s lost everything — up to and including his daughter, who’s been taken away by Child Services. He begins the painful process of putting his life back together the only way he knows how, by re-entering the ring.
Rachel McAdams plays his beautiful wife, Forest Whitaker his strict coach, and Oona Laurence his cute kid. Check out the Southpaw trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Monday, March 2nd, 2015 by Angie Han
The Magnificent Seven remake is also going to be a Training Day reunion. Ethan Hawke has just joined his Training Day director Antoine Fuqua and co-star Denzel Washington on the project, which also stars Chris Pratt and Haley Bennett. More details on the Magnificent Seven Ethan Hawke casting after the jump.
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