Denzel Washington

At 63, two-time Academy Award-winner Denzel Washington doesn’t need a franchise, superhero-related or otherwise, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to participate in an ongoing series, if mostly for box-office viability (just ask Tom Cruise and an A-list career sustained in large part due to the continuing success of the Mission: Impossible series). Not surprisingly, the Washington we meet in The Equalizer 2 is older, slower, even heavier, but that doesn’t stop his character, Robert McCall, an ex-CIA black ops operative, from easily dispatching men several decades younger without breaking as much as a sweat or suffering superficial paper cuts. Believable? Maybe, maybe not, but with Washington contributing the focus, commitment, and dedication typical of an Oscar-worthy or Oscar-caliber effort, believability almost doesn’t matter. What does matter, though, is The Equalizer 2 suffers from a been-there, seen-it-all-before quality that ultimately delivers minimal, marginal entertainment value (one or two or three scenes excepted).

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The Magnificent Seven (1960) is an iconic western, based on an iconic Japanese samurai film Seven Samurai (1954) by the legendary director Akira Kurosawa. There’s been plenty of remakes over the years since with this Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt team-up being the latest. They are joined by a strong supporting cast that includes Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Haley Bennett, and Peter Sarsgaard. That’s not really anything new in the history of The Magnificent Seven, the original was a stacked cast too. Check out this latest trailer that promises plenty of western action, humor, and good times. (more…)

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As with all things circulating through the world of the Internetz (particularly those involving comic book films), please take this with a huge grain of salt.  There has been no official confirmation, but there is a slight buzz going on around the possibility of yet another famous Justice Leaguer being thrown into the Batman vs. Superman mix.  They’ve already got Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman on the table, so why not spice it up with a pinch of Green Lantern?

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Bill Paxton To Co-Star In ‘2 Guns’

Universal Studios is taking Steven Grant‘s graphic novel, 2 Guns, onto the big screen.  Playing a CIA operative, Bill Paxton will be co-starring with Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg.

I haven’t seen Paxton in anything that he’s done, but I hear that he did a really good job in the Hatfields and McCoys miniseries on the History Channel.

The film will be directed by Baltasar Kormakur (known for Contraband) and the screenplay was written by Blake Masters.

From Coming Soon:

“2 Guns” is a pulp story about cops and thieves and the men that are something in between. In the graphic novel, Trench has targeted a local bank to rob, and asked Steadman in on the job. Trench figures it’s a great way to score – considering it’s a cover for mob money. They’ll be thieves ripping off thieves. But what Steadman doesn’t know is that Trench is a DEA agent. And what Trench doesn’t know is that Steadman’s got his own secret and isn’t who he appears to be.

Source: Variety

The last time Arnold Schwarzenegger was involved in anything supernatural -besides being the governor of his own state- it was 1999’s End of Days. And wouldn’t you know it, thirteen years later the Terminator is set to star in another end of the world type movie. Infidelity be damned!

Where the the Mayans right all along, is “Ah-nuld” going be the end of the world? Maybe.

Schwarzenegger told followers at TheArnoldFans that in his next project he’ll be “kind of an angel”.

Titled Black Sunday, the site described the movie as a cross between Commando and Constantine, with Schwarzenegger “raging [sic] war against weapons dealers as an immortal instrument of death.” 

Black Sunday was originally called Black Sands, with the script said to be a mixture of action thrillers like the Denzel Washington‘s Man on Fire and the Clint Eastwood western High Plains Drifter. At some point the supernatural element got thrown in there.

Black Sunday is set to start production in New Mexico on April 1st, with a possible release set sometime in 2013. That is, if we’re still around after 2012.

Via: Blastr

Sony Pictures Entertainment and Escape Artists, two companies that have come together to make such films as Seven Pounds and The Pursuit of Happyness, have recently announced a list of non-Will Smith movies they plan to make together. I won’t bore you with anything other than the two that caught our eye. (If you want to read about remakes of Swedish movies or vacant comedies, try googling ‘s#!t Nerd Bastards doesn’t care about‘)

First, how about Denzel Washington in a adaption of the 80’s action television series The Equalizer. If you don’t know the show (it did run for only 4 seasons, and those ran before a lot of you were born) daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn I think they might be making a good call here.  Weird, but good. The Equalizer was about an aging vigilante in New York with a mysterious past and even more mysterious vaguely British accent. (here is the TV intro) Now get out your trusty grain of salt because the press release states it is being developed with Denzel ‘in mind‘. That’s industry speak for ‘can someone please ask him for us?’

The other project of note? Master’s of the Freakin’ Universe, baby (aka, Masters of the Universe) and it is about damn time. I know the property has at the bejubus beat out of it. Yes, the original action figure/comic book/cartoon combo from the 80’s was great, but after the live action movie, a couple of  cartoons and some lame toys (seriously, He-Man, with short hair..? Screw you.)

I know it’s really not a lot to go on, but I am excited at even the thought of these two projects. Hell, I half want to send Sony $18 bucks purely from the enjoyment I extracted from reading their vagueness.

 

Source: Bleeding Cool

 

NB Exclusive: A Closer Look at Unstoppable

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A runaway train, Denzel Washington and Chris Pine; an equation for an unstoppable movie!  Based on true events, director Tony Scott (Top Gun, Man on Fire, Deja Vu, Enemy of the State) recreates the day a runaway train carrying chemicals was destined to cause havoc on a small town.  Now while the plot may seem simplistic, there in lies the beauty of this film.  Pine is on his first day of work and basically Denzel is training him to take his job (hell of a first day on the job!),  The film relies on raw human emotion, not just the acton; but TRUST me there’s tons of that too!

Unstoppable (Nov. 12) has been compared to Speed on a train, and honestly I see NOTHING wrong with that!  Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with Ben McGinn who was Chris Pine’s stand in for the project and pick his brain about the film.  Check out the interview where he tells us about what it was like to work with Tony Scott, what exactly a stand in does and what it his experience was like on the set of Transformer’s 3 after the break!

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