No single film launched Denzel Washington as a star. 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. One picture, however, does tend 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 Equalizer is, as Fuqua explains, meant to be a bit like a European thriller, and a bit like a Western. Aesthetically, it is bit more spare than your typical studio action picture, more lean, even brutal. We visited the Boston-area set of the film, and spoke to Fuqua about the project. Read More »
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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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Posted on Thursday, May 29th, 2014 by Angie Han
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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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 »
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 »
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Posted on Friday, March 7th, 2014 by Angie Han
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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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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Posted on Friday, November 1st, 2013 by Angie Han
There aren’t many situations in which Jake Gyllenhaal would seem like an appropriate replacement for Eminem, but Antoine Fuqua‘s Southpaw could turn out to be one of them. Gyllenhaal has entered talks to take the lead in the boxing drama, which had Eminem attached a few years back. Hit the jump for more on the movie’s plot and history.
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Posted on Monday, May 13th, 2013 by Angie Han
Chloë Grace Moretz has never been one to shy away from edgy roles, starting with her breakthrough turn as violent, foul-mouthed Hit-Girl in 2010’s Kick-Ass. Even so, her latest gig is bound to raise some eyebrows.
The 16-year-old actress will play a young prostitute in The Equalizer, Antoine Fuqua‘s big-screen adaptation of the ’80s TV series. Moretz joins Denzel Washington, who leads as a retired secret agent with a dark past. Hit the jump to find out how Moretz wound up with the part.
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