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Denzel Washington Aiming To Bring Broadway's 'Fences' To The Big Screen

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • February 1, 2013 9:40 AM
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Denzel Washington has made quite a name for himself as an actor over the decades, and continues to be one of the more bankable Hollywood stars around even as he approaches 60. What might be more overlooked when it comes to Denzel is his relative success as a filmmaker. His previous directorial efforts, “Antwone Fisher” and “The Great Debaters” may not have been as successful financially as his other movies, but they did receive their fair share of critical notices. Now, it looks as if Denzel Washington is eyeing a return to the director’s chair once again.

First Pic From '2 Guns' With Denzel Washington & Mark Wahlberg Plus The Cast Of Lars Von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac' Look Thrilled

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 25, 2013 3:52 PM
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So, do you have a gritty midbuget thriller that needs two bankable stars? Call up Mark Wahblerg and Denzel Washington. And that's just what Universal did for "2 Guns," the latest in a slew of movies from both actors that sees them getting a gritty wardrobe and putting on some mean mugs as they set out to take care of bizness....

Nicolas Winding Refn Teams With Denzel Washington For 'The Equalizer,' 'Only God Forgives' Hits May 23rd

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 7, 2012 3:42 PM
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We can't quite say we saw this coming. As Nicolas Winding Refn puts the finishing touches to his "Drive" follow-up, "Only God Forgives," many had assumed that he would move on to his "Logan's Run" remake with BFF Ryan Gosling. But the actor recently departed the project, and one perhaps suspects that Refn's lost his taste for the film as a result, as word's been very quiet on it late. But it looks like the director's next film will be a studio movie after all, rather than "I Walk With The Dead" with Carey Mulligan. But it won't be "The Button Man," a thriller set up at DreamWorks, and it won't be "Logan's Run."

Eddie Murphy Is The Most Overpaid Actor In Hollywood According To Forbes

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • December 5, 2012 9:41 AM
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Once seen as a series of soaring precedents afforded to Hollywood's best and brightest, the massive paychecks given to high-profile actors and directors today have since grown smaller with the film industry's cost-cutting measures. However, for an elite group of individuals, their price tag remains as high as it ever was, but now a recent list has revealed a slow reversal has begun for those once deemed financially golden.

Weekend Box Office: 'Wreck-It Ralph' Levels Up To First Place With Biggest Disney Animation Opening Ever

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 4, 2012 11:57 AM
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A week after theaters on the East Coast faced Hurricane Sandy, business was back to normal in Hollywood, with Disney debuting “Wreck-It Ralph” to a nearly $50 million gross. This is the biggest stateside Disney Animation Studios opening ever, which, coming off the acquisition of Lucasfilms, suggests the studio has had a very good week. U mad, Hollywood?

Review: Promising Alcoholism Drama ‘Flight’ Often Hits Rock Bottom

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • November 1, 2012 2:56 PM
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After 12 years immersed (lost?) in the world of motion capture, Robert Zemeckis re-emerges into live-action filmmaking for “Flight,” an engaging and initially very promising drama about alcoholism, redemption and forgiveness that grows uneven and long-winded as it progresses, eventually clocking in at just under 2 hours and 20 minutes. Featuring a thrilling, terrifying opening, plus many of the potent, moving elements that a conventional but admirable morality drama might boast, “Flight" is often undone by its very unsubtle choices and its problematic, strained last act.

Drink Up: 5 Movies About Alcoholism

  • By Simon Abrams
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  • November 1, 2012 11:00 AM
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“Flight” is as strong as it is because it never pulls punches when it comes to portraying the dark side of protagonist Whip Whitaker’s (Denzel Washington) alcoholism. Whip’s character arc is as moving as it is because he’s surrounded by people that don’t know how to help him and people that want to hide him away so he can’t further embarrass them. Addiction is presented as an individual’s choice, albeit one that is incredibly hard to stop making, and “Flight” is just the latest in a line of humane and unsentimental dramas about alcoholics. From the horrors of finding one more drink in “The Lost Weekend” to the bitterly funny skid row life depicted in both “Barfly” and “Factotum,” this list is dedicated to films that neither baby their audience nor judge their protagonists too harshly. So before you see “Flight,” check out these five superior alcoholism dramas.

15 New Images of Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Kelly Reilly & Don Cheadle In 'Flight'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 23, 2012 5:36 PM
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With five Oscar nominations and two wins, it's safe to say that Denzel Washington is well resepcted by his peers. And with the first batch of reviews for "Flight" mostly giving the picture a thumbs up, Washington could find himself back at the Dolby Theater in just a few months.

NYFF: Robert Zemeckis And Cast Discuss The Making Of 'Flight'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 14, 2012 3:25 PM
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In "Flight," Robert Zemeckis makes a return to the world of live-action filmmaking with the story of Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington), a pilot who performs a heroic task in engaging in risky aerial manuevers to save a crashing plane. But the morality is not that simple, as Whitaker saves one hundred lives while inebriated. However, misconception has dogged the project since its inception, and screenwriter John Gatins was on hand during the New York Film Festival screening to clarify that the story is not based on the 2009 crash where a plane was preserved by controversial pilot Chealsey "Sully" Sullenberger.

NYFF Review: Promising Alcoholism Drama ‘Flight’ Often Hits Rock Bottom

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • October 14, 2012 2:35 PM
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After 12 years immersed (lost?) in the world of motion-capture, Robert Zemeckis re-emerges into live-action filmmaking for “Flight,” an engaging and initially very promising drama about alcoholism, redemption and forgiveness that grows uneven and long winded as it progresses, clocking in just under 2 hours and 20 minutes. Featuring a thrilling and terrifying opening, plus potent and moving elements of a conventional but admirable morality drama, “Flight" is often undone by its very unsubtle choices and its problematic and strained last act.

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