THE EQUALIZER Clip: Denzel Washington Plays It Cool While Under Interrogation

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The Equalizer is just about a month away, so you can expect Sony Pictures to really ramp up the promotional campaign in the coming weeks.  Two weeks ago we got that new TV spot, but now it’s time for a more comprehensive look at the film courtesy of this brand new clip.

The movie stars Denzel Washington as Robert McCall.  He used to be a Black Ops commando, but managed to swap that career for a quieter existence in Boston by faking his own death.  However, when a young girl named Teri (Chloe Moretz) needs his help, he’s compelled to come out of retirement and take on some Russian gangsters.  Hit the jump to catch The Equalizer clip and find out what happens when one of McCall’s enemies follows him home.  The movie opens traditionally and in IMAX on September 26th, and also stars Melissa LeoMartin CsokasHaley BennettDavid Harbour and Bill Pullman.

Director Antoine Fuqua Talks THE EQUALIZER, Westerns, the Hard R Rating, Changes from the 80s Series, and More on Set

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Last August, when director Antoine Fuqua was filming The Equalizer outside of Boston, I got to visit the set along with a few other reporters.  Adapted from the 1980s TV series of the same name, the pic reteams Denzel Washington with his Training Day director as he plays a former black ops commando who comes out of his self-imposed retirement to rescue a young girl (Chloe Grace Moretz).  Soon thereafter, things go south and he finds himself squaring off against violent Russian gangsters.  The film also stars Melissa Leo, Martin Csokas, Haley BennettDavid Harbour, and Bill Pullman.  I learned a lot about the movie on the set visit and walked away thinking the film could turn out great, especially with Washington playing an ass-kicking hero defending folks that need help.  When Sony test screened the movie, the pic scored huge numbers and they’re already prepping a sequel, which doesn’t surprise me at all.

During a group interview with Antoine Fuqua he talked about the changes from the 80s series, the hard R-rating, how it’s “a bit of a throwback to the 70’s where characters are allowed to breathe a little bit more,” how Washington plays a character with obsessive-compulsive disorder and the way it’s used in the film, if he views Equalizer with franchise potential, the challenges of working with someone he’s close to, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.  The Equalizer opens in traditional theaters and IMAX on September 26th.

Chloe Moretz Talks IF I STAY, Working with Director R.J. Cutler, Her Love of BOYHOOD, THE FIFTH WAVE, and More

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Opening this weekend is director R.J. Cutler’s adaptation of Gayle Forman’s If I Stay.  The movie stars Chloe Moretz as Mia Hall, a talented young musician who balances her aspirations of attending the Juilliard School with the budding romance of her devoted boyfriend Adam, played by Jamie Blackley. A tragic event puts those earthly concerns behind her as Mia must decide whether to fight for her life with Adam by her side, or give in to her new condition.  The film also stars Mireille EnosJoshua LeonardLiana LiberatoAisha Hinds, and Stacy Keach.  For more on If I Stay, watch these clips, check out over 40 images, or click here for all our previous coverage.

At the recent Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with Chloe Moretz.  She talked about wanting to make a movie that girls her age could go see with their families, what it was like working with R.J. Cutler and what he brought to the material, the focus on music on set, her love of Boyhood and desire to see Guardians of the Galaxy, future projects like The Equalizer, Laggies, Dark Places, The Fifth Wave, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

THE EQUALIZER TV Spot: Denzel Washington Is a Gladys Knight & the Pips Fan

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Sony Pictures has released a new The Equalizer TV spot for director Antoine Fuqua’s upcoming thriller, and it showcases a new song from Eminem and SiaDenzel Washington leads the dramatic action-thriller as a former black ops commando who comes out of his self-imposed retirement to rescue a young girl (Chloe Grace Moretz).  Soon thereafter, things go south and he finds himself squaring off against violent Russian gangsters.  Sony has been quite bullish on the film, putting a sequel into development well in advance of its release, but aside from hints at a more introspective piece, the first trailer didn’t really strike me as anything particularly noteworthy beyond a riff on Washington’s role in Man on Fire.  However, this new TV spot highlights a few bits of solid humor from Washington’s character, making the pic a bit more attractive from my perspective.

Hit the jump to watch the new The Equalizer TV spot.  The film also stars Melissa Leo, Martin Csokas, Haley BennettDavid Harbour, and Bill Pullman.  The Equalizer opens in traditional theaters and IMAX on September 26.

TIFF 2014 Line-Up Announced; A LITTLE CHAOS; THE NIGHTCRAWLER; FOXCATCHER; THE EQUALIZER; WHILE WE’RE YOUNG and Many More to Debut

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The Toronto International Film Festival has made the initial announcement for its 2014 line-up.  While there will be more films announced in the near future, we now know who many of the heavy hitters will be.  While the opening night film has yet to be unveiled, the closing night film will be Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos, starring Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman and Stanley TucciBennett Miller’s much buzzed about Foxcatcher (featuring Steve Carell and Channing Tatum in a great cast that includes Mark Ruffalo and Vanessa Redgrave).  Somewhat unexpected is the announcement of Antoine Fuqua’s 80’s show adaptation The Equalizer starring Denzel Washington and Chloë Grace Moretz.  We’ll also see Adam Sandler trying his hand at another dramatic role (which he is often good at) in Men, Women and Children from director Jason Reitman.  Another pleasant addition is Dan Gilroy’s The Nightcrawler, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo and Bill Paxton.  We’re also getting While We’re Young from Noah Baumbach, I’m a massive fan of his so that makes me happy.

Many more high profile titles were announced today as well.  Hit the jump for the TIFF 2014 Line-up of Galas and Special Presentations.  Please note that there are plenty of other categories that will be announced soon including the full Midnight Madness, Documentary, and Masters line-up so stay tuned.  The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4 – 14th.

New Posters for SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR, HORNS, THE EQUALIZER, THE ONE I LOVE, and THE ZERO THEOREM

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New posters for some upcoming films have landed online.  Briefly:

  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – The final Sin City: A Dame to Kill For poster for co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s sequel highlights the main cast, including Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, and Eva Green.  The film opens August 22nd.
  • Horns – An artful new poster for director Alexandre Aja’s supernatural thriller arrives a day after the film’s trailer debuted, giving us a look at Daniel Radcliffe as a man who grows a pair of horns on his head.  The film opens on October 31st.
  • The Equalizer – An IMAX poster for director Antoine Fuqua’s dramatic actioner previews what you’ll get when you see the film in IMAX: a giant Denzel Washington.  The pic opens on September 26th.
  • The One I Love – A fantastic debut poster for director Charlie McDowell’s unconventional romantic comedy starring Mark Duplass and Elizabeth Moss.  The film opens on August 15th.
  • The Zero Theorem – A new poster for director Terry Gilliam’s twisty sci-fi pic, starring Christoph Waltz and opening on September 19th.

Hit the jump to check out the posters and synopses for the aforementioned films.

Denzel Washington Talks Fleshing Out His Character, Reuniting with Antoine Fuqua, Filming in Boston, and More on the Set of THE EQUALIZER

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Last August, when director Antoine Fuqua was filming The Equalizer outside of Boston, I got to visit the set along with a few other reporters.  Adapted from the 1980s TV series of the same name, the pic reteams Denzel Washington with his Training Day director as he plays a former black ops commando who comes out of his self-imposed retirement to rescue a young girl (Chloe Grace Moretz).  Soon thereafter, things go south and he finds himself squaring off against violent Russian gangsters.  The film also stars Melissa Leo, Martin Csokas, Haley BennettDavid Harbour, and Bill Pullman.  I learned a lot about the movie on the set visit and walked away thinking the film could turn out great, especially with Washington playing an ass-kicking hero defending folks that need help.  When Sony test screened the movie, the pic scored huge numbers and they’re already prepping a sequel, which doesn’t surprise me at all.

During our group interview with Denzel Washington, he talked about playing a character with obsessive-compulsive disorder, reuniting with Antoine Fuqua, filming in Boston, why his character doesn’t carry a gun, Equalizer franchise potential, what it’s been like working with Chloe Grace Moretz, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.  The Equalizer opens in traditional theaters and IMAX on September 26.

Full-Length THE EQUALIZER Trailer: Denzel Washington’s Old Habits Die Hard

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Sony Pictures has released the full-length The Equalizer trailer for director Antoine Fuqua’s (Olympus Has Fallen) adaptation of the 1980s TV series of the same name.  Denzel Washington leads the dramatic action-thriller as a former black ops commando who comes out of his self-imposed retirement to rescue a young girl (Chloe Grace Moretz).  Soon thereafter, things go south and he finds himself squaring off against violent Russian gangsters.  The film finds Washington reuniting with his Training Day director in Fuqua, and while it’s certainly a “badass” role, I’m encouraged by how introspective the whole thing feels.  Hopefully Fuqua and Washington are able to dig a bit deeper while also delivering the action thrills that audiences expect.

Hit the jump to watch the new full-length The Equalizer trailer.  The film also stars Melissa Leo, Martin Csokas, Haley BennettDavid Harbour, and Bill Pullman.  The Equalizer opens in traditional theaters and IMAX on September 26.

First THE EQUALIZER Trailer Shows Denzel Washington Kicking Ass

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Sony has released the first trailer for The Equalizer.  Adapted from the 1980s TV series of the same name, the pic reteams Denzel Washington with his Training Day director Antoine Fuqua as he plays a former black ops commando who comes out of his self-imposed retirement to rescue a young girl (Chloe Grace Moretz).  Soon thereafter, things go south and he finds himself squaring off against violent Russian gangsters.  The pic scored incredibly high during its first test screening, and Sony is already prepping a sequel in the hopes that this film hits big with audiences.  And based on the trailer, which shows Washington kicking everyone’s ass, I think the studio has a winner.

Hit the jump to watch the Equalizer trailer.  The film also stars Melissa Leo, Martin Csokas, Haley Bennett, David Harbour, and Bill PullmanThe Equalizer opens September 26.

New Images from Antoine Fuqua’s THE EQUALIZER Starring Denzel Washington

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Fresh off the debut images that were released the other day, Sony Pictures has now released a few more The Equalizer images ahead of the film’s trailer debut.  Adapted from the 1980s TV series of the same name, the pic reteams Denzel Washington with his Training Day director Antoine Fuqua as he plays a former black ops commando who comes out of his self-imposed retirement to rescue a young girl (Chloe Grace Moretz).  Soon thereafter, things go south and he finds himself squaring off against violent Russian gangsters.  The pic scored incredibly high during its first test screening, and Sony is already prepping a sequel in the hopes that this film hits big with audiences.  We’ll get a look at Washington in action when the trailer is released in the coming days.

Hit the jump to check out the new The Equalizer images.  The film also stars Marton Csokas, David Harbour, Bill Pullman, and Melissa LeoThe Equalizer opens in theaters on September 26th.

First Images from THE EQUALIZER Starring Denzel Washington and Chloë Grace Moretz

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Sony Pictures has released the first images from The Equalizer.  The movie is based off the 1980s TV series, and stars Denzel Washington as a former covert operations officer who dedicates his life to helping people in trouble.  However, Washington says it wasn’t the original series that drew him to the project; it was the material.  “It’s a classic story, the innocent girl and the guy coming in to save the day and kick some butt,” Washington tells USA Today.  “You’ll get some popcorn and escape for a couple of hours.”  Washington seems to enjoy making these kinds of movies since five of his last six films have had action elements.  The Equalizer could turn into a franchise for Washington since a sequel is already in the works.  But Washington remains cautious saying, “You can’t make No. 2 before you make No. 1. It’s called show business. We’ve handled the show part of it. We’ll see how the business part goes.”

Hit the jump to check out The Equalizer images featuring Denzel Washington and Chloë Grace Moretz.  The film opens on September 26th, and also stars Melissa Leo, Marton Csokas, and Haley Bennett.

First THE EQUALIZER Poster; Plus GODZILLA WonderCon Poster and LEPRECHAUN: ORIGINS Teaser

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A few posters to share:

  • The first official The Equalizer poster after Steve spied this banner at CinemaConDenzel Washington, Chloe Grace Moretz, Melissa Leo, and Marton Csokas star in the feature adaptation of the 1980s series.
  • Warner Bros. unveiled a new Godzilla poster in advance of WonderCon this weekend.  Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, and Bryan Cranston star in the Godzilla reboot.
  • The first Leprechaun: Origins poster teases the revival of the horror villain starring WWE wrester Dylan “Hornswoggle” Postl.

Check out the posters after the break.

First Posters for THE EQUALIZER, HERCULES, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, DRACULA UNTOLD, and UNBROKEN

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With CinemaCon starting tomorrow in Las Vegas, I arrived earlier today to take pictures of the new posters on display.  For those unaware, CinemaCon is a convention put on for theater owners in order to get a look at what the studios have to offer for the rest of the year, and where vendors can show new products for theaters to buy.  It’s basically Comic-Con for theater owners.  Besides showing off never before seen footage, the studios often bring the cast and the filmmakers.  Over the course of a few days, Hollywood comes to Las Vegas.  So over the next few days expect tons of updates.  I’ll have new posters, thoughts on the new movie footage, and exclusives interviews.  It should be a fun week.

While walking around, I located the first posters for director Antoine Fuqua’s The Equalizer starring Denzel Washington, Brett Ratner‘s Hercules starring Dwayne Johnson, Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Gary Shore’s Dracula Untold, and Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken.  While the posters are just the logos of the movies, I figured you’d like to see them.  Hit the jump to check them out.

Sony Developing THE EQUALIZER 2 Following Positive Test Scores; Denzel Washington Expected to Return

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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.  

Chloë Grace Moretz Talks KICK-ASS 2, Running Around Toronto in Costume, What She Collects, and Working with Denzel Washington on THE EQUALIZER

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With director Jeff Wadlow’s Kick-Ass 2 opening this weekend, I recently got to speak with some of the cast in New York City.  The sequel takes place a few years after the first film and finds Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Kick-Ass and Chloe Grace Moretz’s Hit Girl inspiring a new wave of masked superheroes to join in the fight against a league of villains led by the Motherfucker (Christopher Mintz-Plasse).  For more on the film, watch five clips, a red-band featurette, video interviews with Wadlow and Mark Millar, or click here for all our previous coverage.

During the interview, Moretz talked about making the sequel, how she got to sit on the purple ducati but not ride it due to insurance reasons, what it was like to run around the streets of Toronto in costume with people watching, what she collects, and the experience of working with Denzel Washington on The Equalizer.  Hit the jump to watch.

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