If we’re lucky, Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington will make Equalizer movies until the end of days. In a sea of +100 million dollar franchises, Fuqua and Washington are making a series unlike any other in major theaters right now. No franchise star today is as hard-hitting, violent, and as well-spoken as Robert McCall (Denzel Washington), whose eloquent threats and promises of vengeance are as crowd-pleasing as his fighting skills.
But don’t call this Equalizer series a franchise or blockbuster to Fuqua, because he’s more interested in telling a good standalone story than making a sequel that’s really just a bit more of the same. Like Washington, Fuqua had opportunities to make prequels and sequels, for both Training Day and Olympus Has Fallen, but they never made sense to him. The world of Robert McCall, on the other hand, was rich enough for the filmmaker to continue to McCall’s journey.
Recently, we had the opportunity to sit down with the always passionate Fuqua to discuss The Equalizer 2, working with Denzel Washington for the fourth time, Miami Vice, and even his fond memory of working with Prince.
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Denzel Washington is back as Larry Equalizer (alright, the character’s name is actually Robert McCall) in The Equalizer 2. Once again, Washington’s character finds himself delivering some vigilante justice. Watch the Equalizer 2 trailer below.
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Showtime’s I’m Dying Up Here taps into all the seedy exploits that come to mind when we think of the 1970s: sex, drugs, and…stand-up comedy.
The drama series about the 1970s L.A. comedy scene is back with an I’m Dying Up Here season 2 trailer. And it looks like it’s as dramatic as ever.
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In today’s edition of Sequel Bits:
- Two stars from The Equalizer are confirmed for the sequel.
- Info on when the Jay and Silent Bob Reboot starts shooting.
- A new Blade Runner 2049 poster.
- James Cameron talks about the Avatar sequels and the future of Terminator.
- And more!
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There used to be a time when summer was a dead zone when it came to finding good television. But nowadays there’s an overabundance of programming to be found at every turn. Netflix always has something cooking, which means broadcast and cable networks are trying to keep up with great fresh content of their own, and Showtime looks to have something great on their hands.
I’m Dying Up Here is a new one-hour drama series at Showtime that follows an ensemble cast of up and coming comedians in 1970s Los Angeles, when the art of stand-up comedy was seeing a surge in popularity from the stages of comedy clubs to being in front of the curtain on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. A new I’m Dying Up Here trailer showcases even more of the drama and laughs that come from trying to deliver a set that kills, and you can watch it below (but beware of some NSFW language). Read More »
There have been plenty of great series on Showtime. However, personally, I’ve never felt compelled to subscribe in order to watch any of them. That might change with the cable network’s new series set in the world of 1970s stand-up comedy.
I’m Dying Up Here follows a group of stand-up comedians (played by Clark Duke, R.J. Cyler, Ari Graynor, and more) hoping to make it big at a time when stand-up comedy was one of the most popular forms of entertainment in the country. Every comedian was hoping to land an agent and end up on Johnny Carson, and if the Tonight Show host shook your hand and welcomed you to sit down, then you had it made.
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In season two of Wayward Pines, another man (Jason Patric) finds himself just wanting to go back home. The set up is quite similar to season one’s, but the current situation in the small town and the new cast should add some distinction to the upcoming season of Wayward Pines. Executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan (The Visit), the thriller returns this month to Fox.
Watch the Wayward Pines season two teaser trailer below.
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After portraying President Lyndon B. Johnson in the stage play All The Way, Emmy winner Bryan Cranston is reprising his Tony-winning performance for an HBO film adaptation of the same name. The first trailer for the film which chronicles the struggle of the accidental president, working as hard as he can to fill the empty presidential shoes left behind by the belovedJohn F. Kennedy.
It’s 1964, and Lyndon B. Johnson must try to lift the country’s spirits in the face of tragedy, racism, war and more. Now the first All The Way trailer shows just how astounding Bryan Cranston’s performance as the 36th President of the United States of America. Read More »
This winter, comedy director Adam McKay (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Step Brothers) takes the leap to a different genre by directing the financial crisis drama The Big Short. Based on Michael Lewis‘ book of the same name, the story follows Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt as four men who try to take on the banks before a major collapse in the global economy.
A new The Big Short trailer shows off the star-studded cast, including the impressive supporting players who are bound to make this a major awards contender at the Oscars this season. Watch the new trailer below! Read More »
After saving the president (Aaron Eckhart) from a terrorist infiltration of the White House in Olympus Has Fallen, once-disgraced Presidential guard member Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) is now protecting the world leader at every turn as the new head of the Secret Service. But even he may have his work cut out for him when terrorists strike again across the pond.
London Has Fallen sees Butler doing his best John McClane as he is forced to go on the run in foggy London Town to keep the president safe from wave after wave of terrorists who want nothing more than to get their hands on America’s Commander in Chief. But our friends in the U.K. are certainly taking a beating as well. Watch the first London Has Fallen trailer after the jump. Read More »