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Watch: 3-Minute Supercut Retrospective Commemorating Best Picture Oscar Winners Of 1990s

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 31, 2014 11:22 AM
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1990s Best Picture Winners
With the awards season on the horizon, now is as good a time as any to look back on the movies that won favor with the Academy. Earlier this year, a supercut emerged highlighting the Best Picture Oscar winners of the 2000s, and now video editor Miguel Branco has turned his eye to the 1990s, with a fresh video celebrating the movies that defined a decade.

Venice Review: Japanese Remake Of Clint Eastwood's 'Unforgiven' Starring Ken Watanabe

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 5, 2013 7:23 PM
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Lord knows that, over the years, Hollywood has plundered its fair share of Japanese cinema. From the appropriation of "Godzilla," "Seven Samurai" turning into "The Magnificent Seven," to the long run of J-horror re-dos, to—only last week—the announcement of a DreamWorks version of Cannes film "Like Father Like Son," there aren't many major and successful Japanese movies that haven't been at least developed as a remake. So it only seems fair that the favor should be returned at some point, and what could be a better way of doing so than by remaking one of the greatest films by Clint Eastwood, whose own star was launched when "Yojimbo" was remade as "A Fistful Of Dollars."

TIFF: 3 Clips From 'Unforgiven' Starring Ken Watanabe Ride Into Town

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 15, 2013 10:04 AM
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“Very impressive. I am beyond contented. I feel the beginning of a new era for Japanese cinema,” original "Unforgiven" director Clint Eastwood said in a statement to Ken Watanabe about the upcoming Japanese-language remake of his western classic. Undoubtedly, he's happy with what filmmaker Lee Sang-il has put together, but will fans of Eastwood's flick agree? We'll soon find out.

Now With Subtitles: TIFF Trailers For Ken Watanabe-Starring 'Unforgiven' Remake & Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘The Wind Rises’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 14, 2013 2:12 PM
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Over the past month or so, we've seen some intriguing trailers land online for the Japanese language remake of "Unforgiven" and Hayao Miyazaki's "The Wind Rises," but without the benefit of English subtitles. But with both movies now headed to TIFF, they have been refreshed with English subtitles to give you a better sense of how both of them play out.

Watch: New Trailer For Japanese Remake Of Clint Eastwood's 'Unforgiven' Starring Ken Watanabe

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 15, 2013 12:03 PM
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For every rule, there is an exception, and while we generally approach remakes with severe caution, in this case, we have to admit that we're pretty curious. Granted, topping Clint Eastwood's excellent 1992 western “Unforgiven”—winner of four Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director—is not really going to happen, but presenting a fresh spin on the story, with a new setting and few different flavors? Sure, we'd be up for that, particularly if it's going to star Ken Watanabe.

Scott Frank Out, Christopher McQuarrie Back To Write & Direct Adaptation Of U.K. Miniseries 'Unforgiven'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 25, 2013 10:26 PM
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This is how it goes sometimes in Hollywood. You work on a project, it leaves your hands and then it somehow circles back and lands on your desk. Way back in 2010, Christopher McQuarrie was hired on to adapt the U.K. miniseries "Unforgiven" into a feature film, with Angelina Jolie being eyed to lead. A little more than a year later, "Minority Report," "Out Of Sight," and "Get Shorty" writer and "The Lookout" writer/director Scott Frank took it over. And once again, the project has changed hands.

Watch: Promising Teaser Trailer For Ken Watanabe's Japanese Language 'Unforgiven' Remake

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • December 11, 2012 9:36 AM
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While many in the online film community are quick to bemoan any announcements of remakes, not an eye was batted when it was announced earlier this year that Clint Eastwood’s seminal 1992 western “Unforgiven” would be remade into a Japanese-language film set in 1880s Japan. That’s probably largely due to both the long and storied history of Akira Kurosawa’s samurai films being refashioned into Westerns and the inspired choice to swap out the archetypical gunslinger for the lone samurai. And the trailer that dropped yesterday (via Twitch) shows just how malleable that story of an aging killer attempting to reform is.

Ken Watanabe To Star In Japanese Language Remake Of Clint Eastwood's 'Unforgiven'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 20, 2012 9:24 AM
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For years Hollywood has remade foreign films to varying degrees, with some of the most successful examples being genre-swaps: for example, John Sturges’ classic western “The Magnificent Seven” was based on Akira Kurosawa’s landmark “Seven Samurai.” And now a western film will have its setting swapped out for the East as Clint Eastwood’s “Unforgiven” is being remade under the tutelage of “Villain” helmer Lee Sang-il with Ken Watanabe set to star.

Scott Frank To Write & Direct Big Screen Version Of U.K. Miniseries 'Unforgiven'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 8, 2011 3:13 PM
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With Christopher McQuarrie now busy directing the Tom Crusie thriller "One Shot," it looks like he's had to clear some developing projects off his desk. You might remember that last year he was hired on to adapt the U.K. miniseries "Unforgiven" into a feature film as a potential starring vehicle for Angelina Jolie. Well, McQuarrie has turned in a draft, Jolie was never formally signed, and the project has now landed in the lap of another strong screenwriter.

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