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Freeman and Washington Are America’s Favs

Published by Clay Cane on Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 12:00 am.

denzelMovies like Avatar and Twilight bring in the big bucks, but according to the American people — their heart is still with serious and respected actors.

Every year the Harris Poll conducts a survey of America’s favorite movie stars and this year the people said actors like Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington and Clint Eastwood were their favs.  Denzel, who held the number one spot since 2006, clocked in at number three. The Book of Eli star also rocked number one with Democrats.  Morgan Freeman hit number 9, beating out Julia Roberts.  Nope, there is no Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, or Robert Pattinson on the list.  Here is the complete list below:

1. Clint Eastwood
2. Johnny Depp
3. Denzel Washington
4. Sandra Bullock
5. Tom Hanks
6. George Clooney
7. John Wayne (tie)
7. Meryl Streep (tie)
9. Morgan Freeman
10. Julia Roberts

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Movie Review: Book of Eli

Published by Clay Cane on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 12:00 am.

bookofeli_posterSummary: A post-apocalyptic action-drama about a man who walks a destroyed America. He owns a  special book for which others are hunting.

Review: I personally like post-apocalyptic flicks, no matter how many versions of it hits theaters and bomb. I enjoy seeing what people’s visions are of a future where there are no cell phones, internet, or television (although in this movie you can still charge an iPod!). Therefore, I truly wanted to like Book of Eli, but as hard as I tried – and Lord knows I did – I just couldn’t muster up the enjoyment for the sketchy plot, poor cinematography and an inconceivable twist ending.

Even Denzel Washington, whose acting is stellar even with the problematic script, looks bored as he mopes through the flick. The two-time Oscar winner seems uninterested and it’s no surprise since he recently said he wanted to get back to stage: “I find a lot of the movies are formulaic. I know a lot of people love them — and believe me, I’m glad they do — but I just think they’ve become formulaic.” Washington is a stone-cold actor and placing him in a movie like Book of Eli downplays his gifts.

Book of Eli is the Hughes Brothers’ first film since 2001’s From Hell. In case you didn’t catch From Hell, which was critically bashed, the Hughes Brothers are also known for unforgettable films like Menace II Society and Dead Presidents. In this movie, the Hugheses seem as lost as Eli. The movie madly bounces around the screen with a warrior who can do damage with a sword coupled with a young girl who happens to always look like a supermodel even though she rarely has soap and water – yeah, it’s one of those. Then, there is the “twist ending” (usually if it’s stressed there is a twist ending, it’s more like a knotty ending), which was eye-rolling and stuffed with religious and political agendas.

After Book of Eli, I hope the Hughes Brothers abandon these wannabe Hollywood glamor flicks and go back to gritty, raw dramas — like Dead Presidents and Menace II Society — that made their work so fresh, original and groundbreaking.

Book of Eli is in theaters now.

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Denzel and Will To Remake Cosby’s ‘Uptown Saturday Night’?

Published by Clay Cane on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 12:00 am.

denzelwillBefore Bill Cosby was America’s favorite dad, he starred in a 1974 movie called Uptown Saturday Night opposite Sidney Poitier.  Cosby and Poitier play friends who are robbed at a nightclub.  The culprit took Cosby’s wallet, which had a winning lottery ticket and the two must find a way to get the wallet back.  The movie is considered a comedy classic, especially with the all-star cast that included Flip Wilson and Richard Pryor.

Will Smith’s production company is supposedly looking for writers to create a modern version of the flick.  Names like  Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence have been tossed around to play alongside Smith.  However, Pajiba.com recently reported Denzel Washington is attached to the project.

It would be great to see these two mega stars team up for flick.  Denzel Washington rarely ever catches a brick and Will Smith’s movie history is pretty consistent.  We can expect some comedy and cinemtatic gold out of these two veterns.

But, the duo I am still looking forward to is Martin and Jamie Foxx in the Sheneneh and Wanda movie!

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Denzel Will Shut You Down

Published by Clay Cane on Monday, January 11, 2010 at 12:00 am.

denzel_washington1_300_400.jpgDenzel Washington’s new movie Book of Eli comes out this Friday.  The flick is directed by the Hughes brothers who are famous for films like Menace II Society and Dead Presidents.  The New York Post is reporting that Allen Hughes learned something about the two-time Oscar winner — he will shut you down.

Allen said, “You don’t tell Denzel anything. You can really rub him the wrong way by telling him something.”  Allen told Denzel something that he had already heard several times before, but he didn’t know it and Denzel yelled “38!”  Confused, Allen asked Denzel’s son:  “Denzel’s son, who happened to be on the set that day, was sitting there laughing. I asked his son, ‘What does that mean?’ And he said, ‘38 films.’ I shut the f – - – up with the hurry-up-ness at that point.”

The New York Post continued:

The actor is one of the most intense, demanding and intelligent actors around, and those qualities have earned him a reputation as prickly among some.

“He’s like Obi-Wan on steroids with a little attitude and swagger,” says Hughes, who first broke onto the scene with 1993’s “Menace II Society.” “He’s allergic to bulls – - -, and that’s the problem. He’s a gentleman and for the most part very humble, but once you start popping bulls – - -, he’s gonna shut you down immediately, whether it be an interviewer, a director or a writer.”

Looks like Denzel hasn’t lost his gangsta…

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Movies To Look Forward To In 2010

Published by Clay Cane on Monday, January 4, 2010 at 12:00 am.

takers2010 is going to be filled with blockbusters, chick flicks, horror, comedy and probably some surprises — let’s hope for another Precious!  Just in case you are not sure what to expect, set a reminder in your Blackberry for the movies below.

Frankie & Alice (2010)
No word on a release date, but the film has reportedly been finished for some time. Halle Berry stars as a woman with a multiple personality disorder and one of her personalities is a racist White person. The flick also stars Chandra Wilson and Phylicia Rashad. I hope this movie gets a 2010 release date!

Takers (May 14)
This crime-thriller will be Chris Brown’s return to movies since 2007’s This Christmas. However, this time around things are much different for the R&B star’s career. Post-domestic dispute with his ex-girlfriend Rihanna and what some consider to be consistent bad press, there is no telling if Takers will be shunned by audiences. There have been rumors that Chris Brown has been “erased”  from the marketing plan. The film also includes Idris Elba, T.I. and Michael Ealy.

A Nightmare On Elm Street (April 30)
After Halloween and Friday The 13th — it was bound to happen. A remake of 1984’s A Nightmare On Elm Street will be haunting nightmares this spring. Supposedly, this flick will stay true to the original, but more eerie than campy.

Why Did I Get Married Too? (April 2)
What is a year without a Tyler Perry flick? Janet Jackson and Jill Scott return in this romantic comedy sequel. This time around the married couples are in the Bahamas for their annual reunion. As one can imagine, full drama will ensue. The film also includes Keyshia Cole, Monica and the legendary Cicely Tyson. I am looking forward to Tasha Smith reviving the hilarious Angela!

Sex and the City 2 (May 28)
You can’t deny the power of Sex and the City. Black, White, or Latino — Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte are not to be ignored. The first Sex broke records at the box office with the best opening weekend for a movie that had a film starring women. While I have some doubts about the plot, the girls will surely be a hit.

Death at a Funeral (April 16)
Chris Rock’s remake of the UK comedy is packed with so many comedy legends that it’s almost guaranteed to be hilarious — Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan and of course Rock. The cast also features Danny Glover, Loretta Devine, Columbus Short and the first Black and Latina sci-fi queen, Zoe Saldana.

Book of Eli (January 15th)
Denzel Washington’s Book of Eli is in theaters in a couple weeks and the apocalyptic thriller looks like another home run for the two-time Oscar winner. Set in 2043, Washington protects this book called Eli, which could save a fallen apart society. This movie is directed by Hughes Brothers, their first film since 2001.

What movies are you most looking forward to?

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Trailer For Denzel’s ‘Book of Eli’

Published by Clay Cane on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 12:38 am.

bookofeli_posterDenzel Washington’s apocalyptic movie, Book of Eli, is in theaters Friday, January 15th. Directed by The Hughes Bros., according to Warner Bros. the synopsis is:

The Book of Eli is an action adventure about a man who has a goal and will not be stopped. It stars Denzel Washington as Eli, who walks alone across the dangerous wasteland that once was America, driven by his commitment to this goal and the faith to see it through, whether that faith is in himself or in something greater. In a world set 30-40 years in the future, decimated by some unspecified global disaster, Eli is on a mission to bring what remains of humanity the knowledge that could be its redemption.

Check out the trailer below!

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Celeb News: Dawson, Mackie and Perry

Published by Clay Cane on Wednesday, August 19, 2009 at 12:00 am.

tylerperry2Word on the street is that Rosario Dawson has signed on for Denzel Washington’s new film Unstoppable.  As previously reported, Unstoppable was a go then stopped — however, after some negotiations the flick is back on its feet.  Now, the cast includes Rosario Dawson, Chris Pine and of course Denzel Washington.  Unstoppable is in theater November of 2010.

Anthony Mackie, who has received rave reviews for his performance in The Hurt Locker, has recently been cast in The Adjustment Bureau.  According to Variety:

The Adjustment Bureau,” adapted from Philip K. Dick’s short story, centers on a smooth-talking congressman whose political future is thrown in doubt by the arrival of a mysterious ballerina in his life.

Mackie is appearing in “The Bacchae” in Gotham as part of Shakespeare in the Park.  ‘The Adjustment Bureau’ will shoot in New York immediately following the wrap of the play.”

In other news, Tyler Perry has been a victim of Craigslist fraud. According to his web site:

I get an email from my staff saying that someone put an ad up on Craigslist saying that I was casting a movie in L.A., and in order to be considered for this (FAKE) Tyler Perry movie, you have to join their club for $29.95. THAT IS A LIE, don’t fall for it. These folks are trying to rip you off. I hate for people to prey on people’s dreams and hopes. Why don’t people get a job and stop trying to steal folks’ hard-earned money….Ugh, that makes me mad; let me breathe.”

Be on the look out actors — dreams can’t be bought on Craigslist!

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Everyone but Will Smith is taking a recession hit

Published by Clay Cane on Thursday, August 6, 2009 at 12:00 am.

willsA new article by The Los Angeles Times explains how even A-list actors are taking a deep pay cut from their ritzy salaries.  Once upon a time, Denzel Washington was paid $20 million per flick, but after re-signing up for Unstoppable, those digits were slashed to an undisclosed number.  Oscar winner Julia Roberts refused to take a paycut for The Proposal so the studio hired Sandra Bullock.  However, Will Smith’s paycheck isn’t suffering.

For basically everyone except Will Smith, salary quotes have evaporated, simply vanishing into thin air, as have the much-coveted first-dollar gross deals that top actors and filmmakers used to get. As one successful producer put it: “Quotes and first-dollar gross have just flown out the window — the studios simply won’t make those deals anymore,” he explained. “It’s all about what the role is worth in that particular movie. The studio pays for the lead actor or actress, but after that, well, the talent is just getting grinded. Everyone else is lucky to be working.”

Well, if actors are going from 20 to 10 million or 10 to 5 million — that doesn’t sound like too much suffering to me.

Do you think Hollywood should take a pay cut or are the actors already getting paid too much?

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Denzel is back to ‘Unstoppable’

Published by Clay Cane on Thursday, July 23, 2009 at 12:00 am.

denzel.jpgAs we reported, all production stopped on the upcoming film Unstoppable. Then, word broke Denzel Washington left the project completely. Now, Variety is reporting the Oscar winner is back on the project.

Nearly two weeks after Denzel Washington formally withdrew from the Tony Scott-directed drama, the actor and the studio have reached a compromise. The deal has put the runaway-train picture back on its fast track for a fall start, with pre-production under way in Pittsburgh.

Washington has been attached since April to reteam with Scott and play a veteran engineer who jumps into a locomotive with a young conductor (Chris Pine of “Star Trek”) to stop an unmanned runaway train loaded with toxic cargo. The Mark Bomback script is based on true events.

Progress on the film slowed recently when Fox insisted that the budget be brought close to $90 million, which required salary concessions from the director and star. Sources said the studio asked Scott and Washington to shave $3 million and $4 million off their respective salaries. Washington declined and his WME agent Ed Limato began looking for other film jobs for his star’s fall slot.

Well, good luck to Denzel on the film.  Thankfully, when Denzel believes in a project it’s usually a good movie!   We will all be looking forward to it.

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Denzel Washington Movie Halted

Published by Clay Cane on Monday, July 13, 2009 at 12:00 am.

denzelDenzel Washington was set to star in a new movie called Unstoppable, alongside Chris Pine of Star Trek fame. However, due to budget issues all production has stopped.

Fox is claiming budget issues have stalled production on the movie, which was still in the conceptual stages. Washington and “Star Trek” star Chris Pine were attached as a veteran engineer and his protege, respectively, who are tasked with stopping a runaway train full of toxic chemicals.

That concept, plus the presumably high costs of the movie’s stars, apparently raised red flags at the Fox accounting department. The studio claims it’s working to get the film back on track for less cash.

The plot sounds slightly similar to Taking of Pelham 1 2 3.  Well, we always look forward to seeing Denzel on th screen so hopefully unstoppable will get back on the road.

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