Equalizer trailer

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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‘The Equalizer’ TV Spot Teases Eminem’s New Song

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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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After getting brutally knocked out by DreamWorks, Southpaw is making a comeback. The boxing drama, directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Eminem, was dropped by DreamWorks in August and has since been aggressively pitched to other studios. MGM has finally agreed to produce the movie with Sony set to distribute and production will likely begin next year.

Southpaw, written by Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter, centers on a left-handed boxer and his rise towards a championship in the midst of personal tragedy. It’s said to mirror many of the true life trials of Eminem’s life, much in the way the rapper’s last film, 8 Mile, was a fictionalized story with real life inspiration. Read More »

Eminem‘s planned return to screen acting just took one on the jaw. Southpaw, a story scripted by Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy) that would star the rapper as a lefty boxer whose life and career fall prey to tragedy, was picked up as a pitch by Dreamworks last year. But the studio today cut the project loose. Sutter and attached director Antoine Fuqua (himself a one-time Golden Gloves fighter) are free to take it elsewhere. Read More »

Very recently, it looked like Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) was going to direct the Tupac Shakur biopic that has been in development for some time. And while that might still happen — things have gone a bit quiet on that front, despite a promised spring/summer start date — now there is a report that positions Antoine Fuqua as a more immediate possibility for another film. That is Southpaw, the boxing picture that is set to star Eminem. Read More »

Eminem, fresh from having his album Recovery certified as the biggest-selling record of 2010, is making another move towards getting back on the big screen. Last year he was in talks for Fernando Meirelles‘ film 360, about which we otherwise haven’t heard much in a while, and he was also attached to the Kurt Sutter pitch Southpaw, which was picked up by DreamWorks.

And now Marshall Mathers is almost set to appear in Random Acts of Violence, a film set up  at Fox. The trivia hook isn’t just Eminem’s appearance, but that the script was originally set up as a knock-off of Grand Theft Auto. But it has taken a different turn. Read More »

Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter has just sold a pitch to DreamWorks called Southpaw, which has Marshall “Eminem” Mathers attached to star. Eminem will play a left handed, world champion boxer whose life is crushed by a major tragedy and has to fight his way back to the top. Sutter is currently writing and will have a draft of the screenplay done by February, when he’ll start working on the next season of his show. Read more about what drew Sutter to the project, his relationship to Eminem and more after the jump. Read More »

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We missed a big piece of casting news about a week ago, which was that Rachel Weisz had signed on for Fernando Meirelles‘ film 360. The picture is scripted by the ubiquitous-of-late Peter Morgan, based on a play by Arthur Schnitzler. (The gent who wrote Traumnovelle, which was last adapted to film as Eyes Wide Shut.)

Now joining Weisz in the film is Anthony Hopkins. There’s also an interesting duo in talks. (Not much of a secret — their names are right there in the headline.) Read More »

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