Actors have been “overpaid” for a long time. For the past few decades the biggest stars were getting 10, 20, 30 million dollars for a movie that maybe wasn’t even that good. Recently, things have begun to go away from that huge upfront sum. No, stars are taking less money upfront for more options on the back end. That encourages a better product, but also creates much bigger pay days. Sandra Bullock made around $75 million for Gravity. Robert Downey Jr. around $100 million for The Avengers. But somehow, you’re okay with that because the movies are good and they took a gamble at the beginning.
Most of these stars did not take a gamble and, in most cases, you can’t blame them. Forbes has complied their list of the ten most overpaid actors of 2014. They look at the “last three films each actor starred in before June 2014,” add the grosses, then divide by the total salary. What’s left is a return on investment number. The amount of money each actor grosses for every $1 paid. None of them lose money, but some make less than others. Read the most overpaid actors 2014 list. Read More »
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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Posted on Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 by Angie Han
You’d think people would know better by now than to mess with Denzel Washington, but then again his movies wouldn’t make any sense if they did. So in the latest The Equalizer trailer he finds himself targeted by Russian mobsters, who quickly realize he’s much more than the mild-mannered retail worker he pretends to be.
What he is exactly isn’t quite clear, but despite his easy jokes about being a former Pip (as in Gladys Knight & the) it’s obvious he has a dark, dark past. He attempts to atone for his sins by helping the helpless, including a young girl (Chloe Grace Moretz). Watch the new Equalizer trailer, which prominently features Eminem‘s new song “Guts Over Fear,” after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, August 15th, 2014 by Angie Han
There are plenty of reasons to look forward to Antoine Fuqua‘s The Equalizer, and now here’s one more. The latest Equalizer TV spot doesn’t just tease the film, it also offers a taste of the new Eminem track that’ll debut with it. Titled “Guts Over Fear,” the song combines Eminem’s snappy rhymes with lush backing vocals by Sia.
As for the movie itself, Denzel Washington leads as a man trying to atone for his dark past by helping those in need — like a young girl played by Chloë Grace Moretz. Hit the jump to watch the Equalizer TV spot.
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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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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 »
The Equalizer, directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Denzel Washington in a version of the role that Edward Woodward made popular on TV in the ’80s, has barely even begun its marketing push, but a sequel is already under way. The first film opens on September 26, and so we haven’t yet seen a trailer. There’s only one official still (above). But The Wrap reports that test screening audiences have loved it, with one December screening delivering the highest-ever scores for an R-rated movie at Sony.
And so Richard Wenk (The Expendables 2, The Mechanic, 16 Blocks) has been hired to script the sequel. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 by Angie Han
It seems like every few months, there’s a new article about how movie stardom just isn’t what it used to be, and how even the biggest names can no longer guarantee a box office smash. Nevertheless, the world’s most popular actors continue to get paid a lot, and not all of them actually make those hefty paychecks worth it.
According to Forbes, the worst value in Hollywood right now is Adam Sandler, whose Jack & Jill and That’s My Boy tanked horribly. He’s followed closely by Katherine Heigl and Reese Witherspoon, and at more of a distance by his pal Kevin James. Find out who the next six are 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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