Leave the World Behind

Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington, two of the biggest Hollywood stars of the past four decades, are about to work together again for the first time in nearly thirty years.

Roberts and Washington are set to star in Leave the World Behind, a new Netflix movie that will be written and directed by Mr. Robot‘s Sam Esmail. Get the details below.
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da 5 bloods cast

Da 5 Bloods, the latest Spike Lee Joint, has won considerable acclaim for its cast, particularly the performance from Delroy Lindo as a Trump-voting Vietnam vet with PTSD. But at one time, the cast of Lee’s latest movie would’ve looked very different. And while it’s safe to say that the film ended up with the right cast in the end, it’s hard not to daydream about what could’ve been – a film that would’ve featured Samuel L. Jackson, Denzel Washington, and more.

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macbeth

Joel Coen is striking out on his own to make The Tragedy of Macbeth, a new take on the Shakespeare classic starring Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand. Production on Macbeth is on hold for the moment – because of the apocalypse and all – but during a fundraising effort on Instagram, Coen and McDormand dropped some info on the film, and really played up how this is going to be a bit different from Macbeth adaptations in the past.

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Joel Coen's Macbeth Movie Delayed

Almost exactly one year ago, we learned Joel Coen was taking a break from writing and directing movies with his brother Ethan Coen in order to tackle a new big screen adaptation of William Shakespeare’s classic play Macbeth on his own. Shooting was slated to begin in Los Angeles this spring, but it should come as no surprise that the A24 production has been delayed along with pretty much every other movie in Hollywood due to the coronavirus pandemic spreading across the United States. Read More »

Within the war movie genre, the American Civil War hasn’t beget as many classics as World War II or Vietnam. One indisputable classic, however, is Glory, the powerful 1989 film based on a true story about one of the first all-black volunteer regiments in the Union Army. Denzel Washington won his first Oscar for this movie. You may recall the scene where his character, Trip — the defiant slave turned soldier turned AWOL shoe-hunter — tries to keep a stiff upper lip but starts leaking tears as he’s whipped across his back, which already bears the scars of a runaway slave.

This year, at an AFI tribute to Washington, Michael B. Jordan cited those scars as the inspiration for Killmonger’s in Black Panther. Glory is a film where a similar transference of legacy can be felt in the actors’ performances. Bolstered by one of the all-time great film scores (composed by the late James Horner and featuring the Harlem Boys Choir), it’s a movie that seeks to pass the generational torch, putting viewers in touch with the past so that its forgotten sacrifices can help light the way forward to a better tomorrow for all.

Seeing “Old Glory,” the flag, wave in Glory, the film, as Americans fight other Americans on the battlefield at Antietam Creek certainly hits close to home in 2019, when the country feels less united than ever, up a different kind of creek. With HBO’s Watchmen having recently drawn attention to the Tulsa Race Massacre, Glory offers another indelible screen depiction of an important episode in American history. Rewatching it on its thirtieth anniversary, here at the tail end of the 2010s, is an emotional experience: at once humbling and cathartic and inspiring all over again.

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macbeth cast brendan gleeson

Joel Coen‘s take on Macbeth already has Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand as stars, and now it might add another heavy-hitter into the mix. Brendan Gleeson, known for his work in Paddington 2 and some other movies that aren’t Paddington 2, is said to be in talks to join the A24 movie based on the play by a hot up-and-comer named William Shakespeare. The project has Coen going solo for the first time, working without brother Ethan Coen.

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glory returning to theaters

Edward Zwick‘s Civil War drama Glory is turning 30 this year, and the film will march back into theaters to mark the occasion. Fathom Events, Sony Pictures, and Turner Classic Movies, have partnered to show Glory on 600 movie screens around the U.S. on two select days. The screenings will feature  pre- and post-film commentary that delves deeper into the production.

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Macbeth Movie

Joel Coen, one-half of the Coen Brothers, is going solo to bring a new version of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth to the big screen. That’s exciting enough on its own, but it gets better. Denzel Washington is in talks to play Macbeth, and frequent Coen collaborator (and Joel Coen’s wife) Frances McDormand will also star as Lady Macbeth. Super indie studio A24 will distribute.

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little things movie

Denzel Washington has played a lot of cops in his career, and now he’s set to do it again. Washington will star in the cop thriller Little Things, from a script by John Lee Hancock (The Highwaymen). The acclaimed actor will play a deputy sheriff who teams up with a detective in order to track down a serial killer. As is often the case with cops hunting killers, Washington’s character has some dark secrets from his past that he must deal with. More on the Little Things movie below.

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journal for jordan movie

Denzel Washington has found his next directorial project, and he’s bringing in a heavy-hitter to star. Michael B. Jordan will play the lead in the Washington-directed Journal for Jordan, based on the memoir by Dana Canedy. Canedy’s book told the story of the love affair between herself and First Sergeant Charles Monroe King. King began writing a journal for his son Jordan while deployed, but was killed during the war in Iraq.

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