Sony Pictures is hoping to get a jump on the presumed-hype for director Antoine Fuqua’s upcoming thriller The Equalizer, starring Denzel Washington, by getting the ball rolling on the sequel well in advance. The first pic doesn’t open in theaters until September, but it apparently scored through the roof during a recent test screening, bringing back the highest scores for an R-rated film in Sony’s history. As a result, the studio is keen on developing the follow-up in the hopes that the film makes waves when it hits theaters this fall. Hit the jump for more.
Even though 2 Guns didn’t approach its August release as a top priority of summer 2013, it still managed to open at #1 with a $27.1 million domestic debut and then go on to take a total of $131.9 million worldwide, earning itself some sequel talk.
The film featured Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg as Robert Trench and Michael Stigman, two criminals out to make a killing by stealing big money from a drug lord – or so they think. Turns out, Trench is really a DEA agent and Stigman is a U.S. Navy intelligence officer and both are working the same case from different angles. When their attempt to infiltrate a Mexican drug cartel goes awry, they’re both renounced by their respective agencies and left to fend for themselves, forcing them to work together. Hit the jump to find out what could come next in the sequel.
2 Guns partners Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington in a buddy cop-esque action comedy. Considering the talent involved, it goes more for the action that jokes, but with a strong supporting cast and enough twists and turns to keep things interesting, it proves to be one of the most entertaining (albeit fairly dumb) summer action movies of the year. My review of 2 Guns follows after the jump.
Warner Bros.’ remake of the 1971 Bill Cosby/Sidney Poitier comedy Uptown Saturday Night is getting a rewrite. Variety reports that Forgetting Sarah Marshall director and Get Him to the Greek scribe Nicholas Stoller has been brought on to pen a rewrite of the script in an effort to fast-track the redo. The project has a promising pedigree, with Adam McKay (Anchorman, Step Brothers) onboard to direct and Will Smith and Denzel Washington attached to star. The original film revolved around two friends who sneak out to visit a high-class illegal club, only to find themselves in hot water.
McKay wants Uptown Saturday Night to be his next film after completing Anchorman 2 and Smith and Washington must both approve of the script before things move forward, so Stoller is hoping to have a draft ready by next month. If the script delivers, all involved are geared up to start production next summer.
As great a time as I’ve had at the movies this summer, basking in the glow of giant blockbuster after giant blockbuster, watching The Way, Way Back last weekend was a relief. A barely average waterpark stood in place of the massive action set pieces I had grown accustomed to. A teenager from a broken home struggling to find a shred of self-confidence was the substitute for the oft-used extinction of civilization as we know it stake. Although I hesitate to call the film great (I would reserve that attribute for the similarly-themed Adventureland if pressed), it was exactly what I needed at the time: a small-scale comedy/drama with both feet planted firmly on the ground and characters I could invest in. With films like The Way, Way Back currently playing nationwide, if you’re still suffering from blockbuster sensory overload then you only have yourself to blame.
My recommendation for curing the common blockbuster aside, this week’s Top 5 includes the moving first trailer for Ben Stiller‘s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, 2 Guns interviews with director Baltasar Kormakur and more, the first trailer and official images from David O. Russell‘s American Hustle, Joe Lynch‘s very cool short film Truth in Journalism featuring one of my favorite Marvel characters, and our own Christina Radish covering the heck out of the TCA Press Tour with Breaking Bad, Homeland, and Game of Thrones related posts. Let’s meet on the other side of the jump for a brief recap and link to each of the above.
There are two kinds of machismo. The first is authentic. It comes from guys who are confident, tough, and perhaps a little cocky. The other is posturing. It’s a puffed-up chest and a general over-compensation for a variety of obvious weaknesses. 2 Guns has both, but far more of the latter than the former. The chemistry between leads Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg provide all the spark, verve, and excitement the rest of the picture lacks. Outside of its two leads, Baltasar Kormakur‘s action movie is a lumbering, convoluted mess of various players shuffling around the protagonists through a series of limp set pieces.
Opening this weekend is director Baltasar Kormakur‘s (Contraband) actioner 2 Guns. The film is based on the graphic novel of the same name and stars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg as operatives from competing government bureaus who are disavowed and forced to go on the run together after a mission goes wrong. The film also stars Bill Paxton, Paula Patton, James Marsden, and Edward James Olmos. For more on 2 Guns, here’s the red band trailer and six clips.
At the recent New York City press day I got to participate in a press conference with Washington and Wahlberg. They talked about teaming up for the first time, how the project came together, improv, the script, how physically punishing the roles were, and more. In addition, Washington talked about his love for Fruitvale Station (which he’d seen the night before). Hit the jump for what they had to say.
Universal Pictures has released six clips from the upcoming action film, 2 Guns. Denzel Washington plays a DEA agent who reluctantly teams up with a U.S. naval intelligence officer (Mark Wahlberg) to infiltrate and bring down a Mexican drug cartel and recover millions of dollars. Speaking to Steve at CinemaCon, director Baltasar Kormakur said it’s a “pulpy comic adaptation that’s ‘probably closer to 48 Hrs. than Bad Boys.‘” Kormakur also says that there’s less action than in his previous film, Contraband, but “hopefully there is more fun in the action than necessarily big explosions.” I’m not watching these clips since I’m seeing the movie tomorrow, but I liked what I saw from the trailer.
Hit the jump to check out the clips. The film also stars Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, Fred Ward, James Marsden, and Edward James Olmos. 2 Guns opens August 2nd.
We’ve got a collection of new images from the following films:
- Kick-Ass 2 – From director Jeff Wadlow comes this sequel to Matthew Vaughn’s 2010 original. Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jim Carrey, John Leguizamo, Lindy Booth, Clark Duke, Donald Faison and Morris Chestnut, Kick-Ass 2 opens August 16th.
- 2 Guns – The Baltasar Kormákur-directed action crime comedy based on the Steven Grant and Mateus Santolouco graphic novels stars Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington, Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, Fred Ward, James Marsden and Edward James Olmos. 2 Guns opens August 2nd.
Hit the jump to see the new images from both movies.
Here’s today’s latest casting news:
- Denzel Washington (Man on Fire) is in early talks to star in Shovel Ready, a Warner Bros. adaptation of journalist Adam Sternbergh’s debut dystopian novel.
- Melissa Leo (The Fighter) has joined Mark Webber’s The Ever After, described as a “hard examination of a marriage.” Rosario Dawson (Trance) is also in talks to join.
- Josh Duhamel (Transformers) will join Lucas Till in Strings, an ensemble drama directed by Daniel Duran.
Hit the jump for more on each film.
The cast of the long-in-development adaptation of the 1980s TV series The Equalizer is starting to come together. Denzel Washington has been set for quite some time in the lead role of a former covert operations officer who dedicates his life to helping people in trouble. The production has seen both Nicolas Winding Refn and Rupert Wyatt enter and exit the director’s chair over the past couple of months, but Washington’s Training Day helmer Antoine Fuqua is now firmly set to bring the film to fruition. As they move towards a production start date later this year in anticipation of an April 11, 2014 release date, Fuqua has now cast his female lead, and it’s a bit of a surprising choice: Chloe Grace Moretz.
Hit the jump for more, including information on the Taxi Driver-esque character that Moretz will play and a continuation of the original character in book form.
Universal has released the first trailer, poster, and a few new images for director Baltasar Kormakur‘s (Contraband) actioner 2 Guns. The film is based on the graphic novel of the same name and stars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg as operatives from competing government bureaus who are disavowed and forced to go on the run together after a mission goes wrong. I’m happy to see that the pic doesn’t take itself too seriously, as there’s a nice sense of humor blended in with the more action-geared aspects of the story. Washington and Wahlberg have some very promising chemistry, and 2 Guns looks like it could be a nice breath of fresh air in a sea of gritty, dark, and unrelenting action films that populate the marketplace. Also, Bill Paxton as the villain? Yes please.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer, poster, and some new images. The film also stars Paula Patton, James Marsden, and Edward James Olmos. 2 Guns opens August 2nd.
Airline pilots, for the most part, are like the mysterious man behind the curtain. Passengers only get a glimpse of them when exiting the plane and hear their voices once in a while over the intercom. These guys have hundreds of lives in their hands and we just take it for granted that they are not drunk out of their minds. Robert Zemeckis‘ Flight is about a very talented alcoholic pilot who averts a major disaster and winds up nosediving right into his dark inner-demons. More on Paramount’s Flight Blu-ray after the jump.
As Sunday’s 85th Annual Academy Awards loom closer, we’ve using this week as an opportunity to take a look back at how the past year’s Oscar race has played out in a number of categories. We first took a look at the ebbs and flows in the Best Supporting Actor category, and then we chronicled the road that lead us to the Best Supporting Actress nominees. Today we’re examining the Best Actor race, which actually seemed to be all wrapped up months before the nominees were even announced. Hit the jump to read on.
Denzel Washington‘s previous directing efforts, Antwone Fisher and The Great Debaters met with positive critical response even though they didn’t smash up the box office, which wasn’t really necessary since they’re both small, character-driven dramas. It’s been six years since Washington got behind the camera, but it looks like he’s eyeing the director’s chair for an adaptation of August Wilson‘s play Fences. In 2010, Washington co-starred in the Broadway revival alongside Viola Davis, and won the Best Actor Tony for his work.
Hit the jump for more.