Five Movie Commentaries to Listen to in January

boogie-nights

While Damien Chazelle‘s La La Land wears its fondness for old school Hollywood productions proudly on its sleeve, his portrayal of present-day Los Angeles is hardly unflattering. It’s a movie so appealing to the eye it’s almost impossible to see nothing except beauty in La La Land, but it captures a genuinely lovely part of the city: it’s a place a lot of driven and passionate people move to every day.

After seeing the film a second time, it made me want to revisit a few movies set in Los Angeles, including Boogie NightsThe GraduateKiss Kiss Bang Bang, and a few others, which all feature some commentary tracks worth listening to.

Below, check out this January’s movie commentary recommendations.

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Training Day Will Beall interview

CBS did not present a Television Critics Association panel for their upcoming series Training Day, based on the 2001 movie, but the cast and creators attended their evening party. Screenwriter Will Beall adapted the movie for television under producers Antoine Fuqua and Jerry Bruckheimer. I actually ran into Beall just as he was about to leave the party, in line at a waffle truck parked for dessert.

Beall said this was the first formal interview he had given on Training Day, which now has veteran Det. Frank Rourke (Bill Paxton) take rookie Kyle Craig (Justin Cornwell) under his wing. The movie had Denzel Washington as a corrupt cop training a rookie played by Ethan Hawke. Beall is also working on the feature film scripts for Aquaman, The Legend of Conan, and Robin Hood, and we discussed them all during our conversation. Training Day could be on CBS this fall or midseason. Note: this interview contains spoilers for the movie Training DayRead More »

training day tv series

CBS is gearing up to premiere a series based on the Oscar-winning 2001 movie Training Day this fall. But last season the network had two television series based on movies that did not make it to the second season. Rush Hour was cancelled quickly, and while Limitless was a hit for most of its first season, it still got cancelled. So why will the Training Day TV series succeed where those other movie-turned-tv shows failed?

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Now that Supergirl‘s flown over to The CW and Rush Hour‘s been cancelled, what reason will you have to keep tuning into CBS this fall? The network has unleashed trailers for a slew of new shows they’re hoping will catch your eye, including a different kind of superhero show (MacGyver), another film-to-TV remake (Training Day), a new Jason Katims drama (Pure Genius), a new Joel McHale comedy (The Great Indoors), and two separate, unrelated comedies about working-class men forced to spend time at home (Kevin James‘ Kevin Can Wait and Matt LeBlanc‘s Man With a Plan). Watch all the CBS 2016-2017 trailers below. Read More »

Training Day TV Series Cast

Earlier this month, news surfaced that Ethan Hawke had been offered the opportunity to reprise his role as detective Jake Hoyt from the 2001 crime thriller Training Day for the TV series adaptation in the works at CBS. At one time, there was a hope that Hawke would take the lead role in the series as a more seasoned, now morally ambiguous version of his character, but the actor wasn’t interested in dedicating that much time to the TV series. But an alternate lead role has been filled.

Bill Paxton will take the role that is essentially a race-swapped version of the Denzel Washington character, the leader of an elite squad of LAPD officers. Just like the movie, Paxton is teamed up with a young, idealistic police officer, this time made to be played by an African-American actor who has yet to be cast. Find out more below. Read More »

Ethan Hawke in Training Day TV Series

Just a few days ago, the folks over at The AV Club wrote some more than kind words about Ethan Hawke, proclaiming him to be our greatest genre star right now, simply because he puts in admirable work into every performance. When you look at his body of work, it’s hard to argue with that. Even if the films he has chosen to make don’t turn out to be stellar, you’d be hard-pressed to find a performance where Hawke doesn’t give 100%. And now we may have the pleasure of seeing him reprise one of his more praiseworthy roles.

Ethan Hawke has been approached to reprise his role as detective Jake Hoyt from the 2001 crime thriller Training Day in the developing CBS television series adaptation of the film. This would turn the series into a sequel of sorts instead of just a reimagining of the film for TV. In addition, he’s also landed himself another genre role in an action thriller called 24 Hours to Live. Find out more about the potential of Ethan Hawke joining the Training Day TV series and this new movie role below. Read More »

Training Day TV show

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.

Original story with more details follows.
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