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Fall Movie Pros & Cons: Robert Zemeckis' 'Flight' Starring Denzel Washington

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 9, 2012 4:23 PM
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Over the next couple of weeks, we're casting an eye on the unknown quantities of the fall season; the films which haven't yet been unveiled at festivals, and are set to big news in multiplexes between now and the end of 2012. From what we know about them already, do they have the potential to be masterpieces, or disappointments? After starting off with a peek at Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," with the verdict on the film following soon after, we're with another NYFF film from a legendary director.

Aretha Franklin Says Taylor Hackford Is Directing Her Biopic; Wants Denzel Washington To Play Her Dad

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • October 9, 2012 12:39 PM
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Unsurprisingly, an Aretha Franklin biopic is not exactly a new idea – it’s one that’s been tossed around for many years now yet has failed to get off the ground. As far back as 2008, Aretha herself was speaking out about the project, at the time expressing reservations about a non-chronological approach to telling her life story. Well flash forward four years and again it’s Aretha banging the drum about the biopic, and if she’s to be believed then it sounds like it’s a lot closer to becoming a reality than ever before.

Denzel Does Double Duty In U.S. & U.K. Posters For 'Flight'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 3, 2012 4:36 PM
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Somewhat lost in the weeds of motion capture and CGI (unless you were a huge fan of "A Christmas Carol," or "Beowulf"), Robert Zemeckis' "Flight" is his long-awaited (at least in some circles) return to live action filmmaking. It's been twelve years since 2000, the year he had a two-fer with "What Lies Beneath" and the somewhat underrated "Castaway" (not underrated in Academy circles, undervalued by film snobs). But now his latest is set to be unveiled, and we'll soon see if he's still got that magic.

Denzel Washington Turned Down 'Seven' & 'Michael Clayton,' Javier Bardem Passed On 'Minority Report'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 26, 2012 3:10 PM
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Guess who read their latest issue of GQ this morning? And like you may have heard recently, making the rounds is a bit of what-might-have-been, movie-related casting news with two heavyweight actors revealing roles they turned down. Let's get to it, shall we?

Quentin Tarantino Will Be Making A Cameo In 'Django Unchained'; Wants To Make A Movie In Australia

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 26, 2012 1:05 PM
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Wrapping earlier this summer, after a reported 130 day shoot, Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" went through quite a few cast changes as it rolled in front of cameras. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Kevin Costner, Sacha Baron Cohen, Kurt Russell and Anthony LaPaglia all exited the picture at various points, and while replacements were found, it seems Tarantino had the brainstorm to put himself in the movie too.

Universal Moves Forward With 'Safe House 2,' David Guggenheim Penning Script

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 5, 2012 10:54 PM
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Universal hasn't been having the best year so far. Sure, they had an unexpected hit in the Seth MacFarlane comedy "Ted" and "Snow White and the Huntsmen" probably did just well enough to merit a sequel (writer David Koepp, who specializes in oversized blockbusters, is hard at work as we speak). But they have also been saddled with pricey duds like waterlogged board game adaptation "Battleship," violent drug world freak-out "Savages," and stillborn romantic comedy "The Five-Year Engagement." So it's no surprise they'll want to seize upon one of their few hits and produce a follow-up, which is what they're doing in the case of the Ryan Reynolds/Denzel Washington thriller "Safe House."

New Images: 'The Way, Way Back' With Steve Carell & Sam Rockwell; 'Not Fade Away,' 'Flight' & 'Fun Size'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 24, 2012 5:17 PM
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So what happens when you win an Oscar? Your long-developing project gets the kick in the pants it needs to get made. And that's just what happened for "The Descendants" writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. Originally set for director Shawn Levy ("Real Steel") in 2007, "The Way, Way Back" was first delayed by the WGA strike of that year, and was stuck in limbo before finally coming back to life last fall. After the pair took home an Oscar for the screenplay for "The Descendants," everything started moving fast, and with a pretty great cast on board.

Brad Pitt & Denzel Washington Might Walk Into Stephen Gaghan's 'Candy Store'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2012 5:57 PM
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It has been seven years since writer Stephen Gaghan got behind the camera and delivered "Syriana," and while he has kicked around a variety of projects since, lined up various producing and writing gigs (including doing a polish on M. Night Shymalan's upcoming "After Earth"), there hasn't been much word on a directorial outing. But now comes news of a project bubbling forth, with two heavyweight names eyeing the lead roles.

Denzel Washington Is Your New 'Equalizer,' Movie Shoots Spring 2013

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • July 24, 2012 12:41 PM
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After a short, but well-deserved break between 2010’s “Unstoppable” and this past February’s “Safe House,” actor Denzel Washington is back with the force you’d expect from a man who once yelled King Kong “ain’t having sh*t on me” during a heated exchange in “Training Day.” Anyways, he has the Robert Zemeckis-directed drama “Flight” set to land this November, he’s currently shooting the action picture “2 Guns” alongside Mark Wahlberg, and we just had word he could star alongside Will Smith in “Anchorman” director Adam McKay’s remake of “Uptown Saturday Night." And now we have further info on a long-developing project with Washington attached.

Posters For Robert Zemeckis' 'Flight,' Cate Shortland's 'Lore' & David Ayer's 'End Of Watch'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • June 8, 2012 11:39 AM
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Here's a trio of posters from three very different helmers: one from a seasoned pro returning to live action after a stint in mo-cap, one following up a superb directorial debut with a foreign-language novel adaptation and the last a genre specialist tackling what he knows best.

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