After years spent directing mo-capped animated films, Robert Zemeckis has returned to live-action with Flight. The film casts Denzel Washington as an airline captain who lands a plane that is about to crash, only to be forced to face his own demons as the investigation into the crash goes on.

This is a pretty thrilling trailer, as it intercuts moments from the crash and its aftermath with the fallout that takes place afterward. And Denzel’s particular brand of cocky command is just right for a capable pilot. I hope this film pushes him out of the comfort zone he’s been in for a while; the trailer suggests it might. It also seems to give a lot away, so we’ll hope it is less revealing than it first appears. Read More »

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Those who’ve waited patiently through his mo-cap phase¬†for Robert Zemeckis to return to live-action filmmaking now have a date to mark on their calendars. Paramount has set his pilot drama Flight for a fall release date, shifting Seth Rogen and Barbara Streisand‘s family comedy The Guilt Trip (formerly My Mother’s Curse) to a holiday opening in the process. More details after the jump.

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Frankly, I’m surprised it has taken so long for this to happen. In the early to mid-’70s Bill Cosby did three films with Sidney Poitier (who also directed) called Uptown Saturday Night, Let’s Do It Again, and A Piece of the Action. The films aren’t exactly related in a narrative sense — they feature different characters, in different cities — but are clearly related in that they feature Cosby, Poitier and great supporting casts having a hell of a time in comedy/caper stories.

Now Adam McKay, director of Anchorman, is in talks to remake Uptown Saturday Night, with hopes for Will Smith and Denzel Washington as the stars. Smith has been trying to remake all three films for a decade now, and maybe it is finally about to happen. Read More »

Mark Wahlberg‘s 2 Guns might have just gotten a huge boost in the person of Denzel Washington. Deadline reports the Oscar-winner, whose latest action film Safe House opens this week, is in talks to join the Baltasar Kormakur-directed film, based on a graphic novel by Steven Grant. 2 Guns sounds like a cousin of The Departed as it’s about an undercover Navel intelligence officer and DEA agent who are both investigating each other. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Denzel Washington May Be ‘The Equalizer’

Looks like Paul Haggis and Russell Crowe aren’t going to revive ’80s TV show The Equalizer, after all. Last year Haggis was in talks to write a big-screen version of the show that starred Edward Woodward as a retired secret agent who tries to atone for his violent past by offering his services, pro bono, to those in need. The film also had Crowe attached to play the lead role, and it was easy to guess how he’d work out in the role originated by Woodward.

But things change, and in the year since we last heard about the project both Haggis and Crowe have evidently moved on. Today Sony released a statement about the company’s continuing first-look deal with production company Escape Artists. The release runs down several in-development projects, one of which is The Equalizer. It says that the film is being developed as a starring vehicle for Denzel Washington. Read More »

Safe House is one of those movies we’ve been tracking for a very long time. We wrote about it when the David Guggenheim penned thriller sold on spec, then again when it made the Black List, and all the way through casting which included Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Brendan Gleeson, Sam Shepard, Vera Farmiga and others. Wednesday we got our first official glimpse at an image from the film and Universal has wasted no time, following that with the first trailer.

Directed by Daniel Espinosa (who did the buzzed about Swedish crime film Snabba Cash), Safe House tells the story of a dangerous CIA defector (Washington) who is forced to team with a rookie agent (Reynolds) when a CIA safe house is attacked. It’s scheduled for release February 10. Watch the trailer after the jump. Read More »

First Look: Denzel Washington in ‘Safe House’

In early February 2012, we’ll see the thriller Safe House, which marks the studio debut of Snabba Cash director Daniel Espinosa. The movie is based on a hot-ticket script pitch from relatively new screenwriter David Guggenheim, and was shot this year with Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds in the lead roles.

We’ve seen no official images or video from the film until now. The first still has been released, and a teaser poster has also arrived. Check out both in full below. Read More »

Whether you’re a regular Community watcher or not, you might find that the third season, which just began last week, is worth a look just for the occasional presence of John Goodman. The actor plays the smug vice-dean of Greendale Community College’s Air-Conditioning Repair Annex, which brings loads of money into the school, and consequently gives him loads of power. The one appearance we’ve seen was tremendous, and it’s great to see Goodman doing comedy once more.

If you can’t abide Community, you’ll get to see Goodman on the big screen later this year when The Artist and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close hit theaters, and now the actor has been added to Flight, the return to live-action from Robert Zemeckis. Read More »

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