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Dolph Lundgren to Star in TV Series Produced by Sylvester Stallone

Joseph Baxter Aug 2, 2019

An action series, starring Dolph Lundgren and produced by Sylvester Stallone, is being pitched to networks and streamers.

Dolph Lundgren has been putting in a lot of work with onscreen Rocky IV rival Sylvester Stallone ever since their reunion in 2010’s The Expendables, which yielded sequels and substantially improved opportunities. Indeed, this imminently-ending decade has seen a proper comeback for the ‘80s action icon; a comeback that will shift to the small screen as the star of a TV project, with Stallone involved.

An untitled hourlong action pilot/would-be series, with Lundgren set as its star, is being shopped around by Tony Krantz’s Flame Ventures, reports Deadline. The project, which will see Lundgren’s old pal Sly Stallone onboard as an executive producer, will show the Swedish strongman playing a covert operative at the United Nations’ Department of Safety and Security. The character is described as “the U.
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‘The Equalizer 2’ Director Antoine Fuqua Knew What Fans Wanted From His First Sequel, But He Didn’t Always Give In to It

‘The Equalizer 2’ Director Antoine Fuqua Knew What Fans Wanted From His First Sequel, But He Didn’t Always Give In to It
Two decades into his filmmaking career, and director Antoine Fuqua has started to receive a new kind of feedback — from fans on the street. After his “The Equalizer” hit screens in 2014, audiences started stopping the filmmaker to offer up their ideas for where the film, a Denzel Washington-starring version of the 80’s TV series of the same name, should go next. Fuqua was happy to listen, though he wasn’t always keen on taking their suggestions into account.

“I listened to the audience a lot,” Fuqua said in a recent interview with IndieWire. “I would walk through the airport and I would listen to what people would say. Whenever someone would stop me and talk about the movie, I would see how enthusiastic they were about certain things and the questions they had. Those are the things you want to make sure you satisfy.”

Washington starred in that film
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6 Filmmaking Tips From Antoine Fuqua

The director of ‘Training Day’ and ‘The Equalizer’ shares some words of wisdom. After getting a start directing music videos for such icons as Stevie Wonder and Prince, Antoine Fuqua made his feature film debut with 1998’s The Replacement Killers. A few years later, Fuqua hit a home run with Training Day, which grossed over $104 million at the box office against a $45 […]

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Is There a Morbius Comic Book Movie on the Horizon?

It seems like we might be getting the next anti-hero in the big screen via visionary director Antoine Fuqua. Fuqua recently revealed that Sony has already approached him about directing a film on The Living Vampire, Morbius himself. Fuqua and Sony has had a long-working relationship that started years ago when Fuqua directed The Replacement Killers starting Chow Yun-Fat. His most recent works include the highly successful The Equalizer starring Denzel Washington. There’s really no one else we can think of that would be perfect for the directorial chair to lead a movie about one of the more unfamiliar anti-hero

Is There a Morbius Comic Book Movie on the Horizon?
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Antoine Fuqua Was Approached For Morbius Comic Book Movie

Antoine Fuqua has revealed that Sony approached him to direct Morbius the Living Vampire. Fuqua and Sony have a working relationship that goes back twenty years, starting with the director’s feature debut on Chow Yun-Fat’s The Replacement Killers. The filmmaker has since then successfully rebooted The Equalizer and Magnificent Seven for the studio, so it’s only makes sense for them to approach Fuqua about tackling one of the more obscure characters from their burgeoning Spider-Man antihero universe that Tom Hardy’s Venom will kick off this fall.
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Best Movies by American Directors 35 or Under, from ‘Black Panther’ to ‘Training Day’

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Best Movies by American Directors 35 or Under, from ‘Black Panther’ to ‘Training Day’
Among the many impressive numbers associated with “Black Panther” is the director’s age. At just 31, Ryan Coogler has directed an historic, record-breaking blockbuster whose achievements will be studied for years by scholars and pop culture dabblers alike. He follows in the footsteps of such wunderkinds as Steven Spielberg and Orson Welles, who were respectively 28 (“Jaws”) and 25 (“Citizen Kane”) when they first helmed movies that were to become iconic cinema classics.

Coogler’s not the only young filmmaker to leave a mark at an early age in recent years. Thus, we present to you our ranking of the 25 best movies from 2000 to the present from filmmakers 35 and under. (Sorry, Jason Reitman and Xavier Dolan: you’re Canadian.) To keep the list manageable, we stuck to homegrown Americans only, and picked our favorite film from each early oeuvre. (If you disagree, feel free to share alternatives in the comments.
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The Best Movie You Never Saw: The Replacement Killers

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Welcome to The Best Movie You Never Saw, a column dedicated to examining films that have flown under the radar or gained traction throughout the years, earning them a place as a cult classic or underrated gem that was either before it’s time and/or has aged like a fine wine. This week we’ll be looking at The Replacement Killers! The Story: A Chinese Triad assassin (Chow Yun-Fat)... Read More...
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‘Blunt Force Trauma’ Review

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Stars: Mickey Rourke, Ryan Kwanten, Freida Pinto, Maruia Shelton, Carolina Gómez, Jon Mack, Ruben Zamora, Steven Galarce, David Villada, Jason Gibson, Tatiana Ronderos, Daniel Abril | Written and Directed by Ken Sanzel

Blunt Force Trauma follows the journey of John (Kwanten) and Colt (Pinto), gunfighters and sometimes lovers, on parallel but very different journeys through an underground dueling culture. From cockfighting rings and train yards, to basements and barns across South America, modern-day warriors put on bulletproof vests and duel one another in underground gunfights to gain riches and respect. It’s known only as the Game, and Zorringer (Rourke) is its elusive champion. John is looking for the ultimate duel with Zorringer while Colt is seeking revenge for the death of her brother. The two gunslingers travel from one shootout to another on a dangerous journey of love, violence, and clandestine battles.

Where to start with Blunt Force Trauma. How about the plot – which,
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Voltage boards Blunt Force Trauma

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Nicolas Chartier’s Voltage Pictures has strengthened its Afm war chest with international rights to the action title starring Ryan Kwanten, Freida Pinto and Mickey Rourke.

Blunt Force Trauma centres on a deadly network of underground gunfights in South America called The Game.

Kwanten will play a young man and Pinto a vengeful woman who meet on their quest to locate the clandestine scene’s elusive champion.

Ken Sanzel of Numb3rs and The Replacement Killers fame wrote and directs Blunt Force Trauma, while Eric Brenner and Gary Preisler are the producers and hold Us rights.
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Movie Review: John Wick

John Wick is a film about an ex-hitman who has recently been done wrong by some folks who are going to really regret doing so. Call it luck or karma but this is one hitman cannot get away from who he ultimately is. The film was directed by David Leitch and Chad Stahelski, both of whom have decades of experience in the film business as stuntmen. While it is not uncommon in major films to have the lead stunt-man run the second unit like an assistant director, this is the duo’s first attempt to reach the big leagues.

The film is set up primarily as a flashback. We open with a bloody John Wick (Keanu Reeves) stumbling out of a vehicle. He is clearly in dire straits, but he does not call out for help. Instead, he watches an old video clip on his smartphone of his wife – a day at the beach.
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'The Equalizer' Interview with Director Antoine Fuqua | Exclusive

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'The Equalizer' Interview with Director Antoine Fuqua | Exclusive
Antoine Fuqua is a filmmaker I have always admired and respected, not only for his skill behind the camera, but for the diversity of projects he undertakes. After cutting his teeth by directing a number of iconic music videos in the 1990s, including Coolio's "Gangster's Paradise," Prince's "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World," and Toni Braxton's "Another Sad Love Song," Antoine Fuqua transitioned into features with The Replacement Killers and Bait before his breakout hit Training Day, where he directed Denzel Washington to a Best Actor Oscar.

From there, he took on a number of vastly different films such as the war drama Tears of the Sun, the medieval epic King Arthur, the grounded action-packed adaptation Shooter (which I still think is vastly underrated), the urban crime drama Brooklyn's Finest and last year's big-budget action-thriller Olympus Has Fallen.

The filmmaker reunites with Denzel Washington in The Equalizer, a
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Fuqua Talks The 'Hard R' Rating Of "Equalizer"

Aside from "King Arthur," filmmaker Antoine Fuqua is known for making action films that earn their R rating. "Shooter," "Training Day," "Olympus Has Fallen," "The Replacement Killers" and "Tears from the Sun" all deserve that rating because he doesn't compromise and rarely glorifies the violence.

The same holds true for his upcoming cinematic reboot of "The Equalizer" franchise. The Denzel Washington-led film has been labelled a "hard R" and Fuqua spoke with Collider on the set about why that's the case:

"I'm a product of older filmmakers I guess, the past where you get to make movies and scenes are what they are.  You know if you think about Scorsese back in the day when he was making Taxi Driver, or Coppola or Frankenheimer, Sidney Lumet, they're making films where you witness violence in a real way.

And sometimes violence in a very real way is much faster and
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Danny Trejo interview: Bullet, Machete, Con Air, Muppets

Interview Duncan Bowles 13 Mar 2014 - 06:29

Duncan catches up with the star of Bullet and Machete to talk about stunts, dancing, and Miss Piggy...

The last but one answer in this interview has a slight spoiler for Muppets Most Wanted.

If there’s one thing I discovered from our chat with Danny Trejo, it’s that he laughs a lot. For an actor who’s made a career out of playing bad asses whose actions speak louder than words, it was a strange thing to hear him so openly chuckling – when our call was connected I asked how he was doing and he replied “Great, we were just talking about Mel Brooks and Blazing Saddles – probably before your time, but it’s really funny!” and what followed was one of the most entertaining interviews I’ve ever done.

We were lucky enough to get a good amount of Mr Trejo’s time,
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The HeyUGuys Instant Watching Guide September 16th 2013

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Each week we take a look at what’s new and what’s essential viewing on the various VOD and movie streaming services.

This week’s theme seems to weighty and important drama although there is the best comedy from last year as well, a classic buddy cop action flick, zombie lunacy and Star Trek. Perhaps because we are moving into the awards season, Netflix has decided to move with it and add some acclaimed drama for the long dark nights ahead.

Pitch Perfect (2012)

For a comedy about acapella made in the wake of the success of Glee, Pitch Perfect sure is a well written and performed film. Coming as a complete surprise at the end of last year, the story should have led to all manner of clichés as wannabe DJ Anna Kendrick arrives at college and is inducted into an all-girl acapella group who are failing into blandness
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Competition: Win ‘The Assassins’ and ‘The Four’ on DVD

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To celebrate the release of The Assassins and The Four, we have a copy of each to giveaway on DVD!

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon star Chow Yun Fat returns in The Assassins, an epic tale of love, power and betrayal. Filled to the brim with stunning visuals, Eastern promise and superstition, this historical tale of political intrigue and doomed romance sits up there with the best martial arts epics of recent years and quite simply will take your breath away. The Four is a classic Wuxia with a supernatural twist from the director of the magnificent Fist of Legend, Gordon Chan. Filled with stunning action sequences, an intriguing central mystery and brilliant monsters, The Four is a must-see for any martial arts or horror fan.

To win a copy of each film on DVD, just answer the following simple question:

Which of the following films does Not star Chow Yun Fat?
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The Tribeca Film Festival 2013 Juries Feature a Host of Big Names

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The Tribeca Film Festival have announced the juries for each category of competition. A host of actors, directors and journalists have been selected that include Evan Rachel Wood, Paul Haggis, Josh Radnor, Eva Longoria and Bryce Dallas Howard.

The members selected will be judging the films that fall within their respective categories, and you can check out the list below. Make sure to check back with us for all the latest from Tribeca including reviews, interviews and more! The festival runs from April 17th – April 28th in New York City.

World Competition Categories

The jurors for the 2013 World Narrative Competition are:

Kenny Lonergan: Academy Award®-nominated playwright, filmmaker and screenwriter. Credits include You Can Count On Me,Gangs of New York, and Margaret. His stage credits include Lobby Hero, The Waverly Gallery and This is Our Youth. He is a member of the Naked Angels Theater Company in New York.
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Olympus Has Fallen is another dog of a film from Antoine Fuqua

The White House is destroyed, the President is captured, and only one man can save him. That man is John Patterson. Hang on, that's not right …

I was on an Antoine Fuqua set once, The Replacement Killers, to meet Chow Yun-Fat, a delightful man. Even then, in the late 90s, back when it looked as if Hong Kong cinema might yet save the American action movie, I knew in my bones that Antoine Fuqua (whom I didn't meet) surely wasn't the man to import Chow Yun-Fat or the Hong Kong action aesthetic to Hollywood. Well, a lot I know. John Woo has been to Hollywood and done his thing and long since gone home, and Fuqua continues, against logic or reason or merit, to thrive. The man who gave us Bait, Shooter and King Arthur – mongrel dogs one and all – is often associated with the Oscar that Denzel Washington won for Training Day but,
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Tribeca 2013: Eva Longoria, Whoopi Goldberg, Josh Radnor among festival jurors

The Tribeca Film Festival announced today that it has selected 42 jurors for this year’s festival. The jurors include members of the filmmaking community — including Bryce Dallas Howard, Whoopi Goldberg, Paul Haggis, Taraji P. Henson, Kenneth Lonergan, Eva Longoria, Josh Radnor, and Evan Rachel Wood — as well as policy makers and entertainment business leaders.

According to a press release, the seven juries will award $180,000 in cash and prizes during the Festival (April 17-28). Tribeca All Access (Taa) Creative Promise Awards will award an additional $20,000 — $10,000 for narrative and $10,000 for documentary. All winners will also receive a work of original art by
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Tsr Exclusive: ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ Interview with Director Antoine Fuqua

Olympus Has Fallen is a old-fashioned action movie that hearkens back to one of the grandest plot devices in the genre — the mission of saving the President of the United States. In this film, which riffs on the Die Hard setup better than A Good Day to Die Hard did, the White House is taken over by terrorists, Washington D.C. is a war zone, and the President is a hostage in his own bunker.

Playing the hero is Gerard Butler, an ex-secret service man who becomes the country’s last hope in saving the president’s (Aaron Eckhart) life, and also preventing nuclear devastation. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, the film also stars Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Melissa Leo, Dylan McDermott, Rick Yune, and Ashley Judd.

While he is still best known for directing Training Day in 2001, Fuqua previously helmed Brooklyn’s Finest (2009), Shooter (2007), King Arthur (2004), Bait (2000), The Replacement Killers (1998), and more.
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Interview: Director Antoine Fuqua Lifts Up ‘Olympus Has Fallen’

Chicago – The upcoming political action thriller “Olympus Has Fallen” has a familiar director behind it, the inventive Antoine Fuqua. Known best for “Training Day,” which won the Best Actor Oscar for Denzel Washington, he also directed ‘The Replacement Killers” (1998), “Shooter” (2007) and “Brooklyn’s Finest” (2009).

Olympus Has Fallen” is somewhat of a departure for Fuqua, as it focuses on a large scale attack on the White House and the performances of an all-star cast. He directs heavy hitters such as Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman and Melissa Leo as government officials in crisis, and keeps up a rapid heartbeat throughout the high concept scenario.

Gerard Butler (left) and Aaron Eckhart in ‘Olympus Has Fallen

Photo credit: Millennium Films

Antoine Fuqua was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and has some music royalty in his family. His Uncle Harvey Fuqua was the lead singer in “The Moonglows” and was instrumental in developing early Motown acts,
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