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‘The Conjuring’ Spin-Off ‘The Nun’ Pushed Back, ‘The Equalizer 2’ Bumped Up

Several Warner Bros. and Sony release dates for upcoming 2018 films are being shuffled around ahead of the summer season. Warner Bros. is pushing back The Conjuring spin-off The Nun, while Sony is moving up the release for Denzel Washington’s The Equalizer sequel. Warner Bros. Shifts The Nun Release Date Warner Bros. is moving New Line’s The Nun […]

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Sony Moves The Equalizer 2 Up to July Release Date

Sony has once again moved the release date for vigilante sequel The Equalizer 2. The Equalizer franchise began with the 1985 CBS series of the same name, which starred Edward Woodward as Robert McCall. McCall is a retired intelligence officer who becomes The Equalizer, a vigilante offering his skills to ordinary people who can’t go to the authorities for help. The show ran for 4 seasons, with Woodward receiving acclaim for his performance.
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Film News Roundup: Denzel Washington’s ‘Equalizer 2’ Moves Forward to July

Film News Roundup: Denzel Washington’s ‘Equalizer 2’ Moves Forward to July
In today’s film news roundup, “The Equalizer 2” and “The Nun” shift release dates and Tiffany Haddish is the first Cinemacon honoree.

Release Dates

Sony Pictures has moved Denzel Washington’s “The Equalizer 2” forward two weeks to July 20 from Aug. 3. It’s the fourth release date for the vigilante thriller, which was originally scheduled for a Sept. 29, 2017 release, which was later shifted a year back to Sept. 14, 2018, and then moved forward to Aug. 3. The sequel to the 2014 film, directed by Antoine Fuqua, also stars Ashton Sanders, Pedro Pascal, Melissa Leo, and Bill Pullman. “The Equalizer 2” will open against STXfilms’ “Mile 22” and Universal’s “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” which is launching a decade after the original.

Warner Bros. has moved its horror thriller “The Nun” back two months from July 13 to Sept. 7. “The Nun,” New Line’s spinoff of “The Conjuring 2,” stars Demian Bichir as a priest, Taissa Farmiga as a nun
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Film Review: ‘Braven’

Film Review: ‘Braven’
Some of the most impressive first features are those that don’t appear to be first features at all – that, instead, seem like the work of a seasoned pro who commits fully to familiar material, and somehow reinvigorates clichés and conventions. “Braven” marks the directorial debut of Lin Oeding, a veteran stunt coordinator and second unit director whose credits run the gamut from high-end studio projects (“The Equalizer,” “Inception”) to guilty-pleasure genre pastiches (“The Baytown Outlaws,” “Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning”), so it’s hardly surprising that the fight scenes and run-and-gun clashes here are brutally efficient and efficiently brutal. What is unexpected is Oeding’s confidently unhurried, no-sweat approach to introducing characters and connections, and his straightforward, almost aggressively non-flashy attentiveness to such niceties as spatial relationships and cause-and-effect details during the rough stuff. If Don Siegel or John Sturges had lived long enough to try his hand at a VOD-centric melodrama, it probably
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Ezra Swerdlow, ’21 Jump Street’ and ‘Spaceballs’ Producer, Dies at 64

Ezra Swerdlow, ’21 Jump Street’ and ‘Spaceballs’ Producer, Dies at 64
Longtime New York film producer Ezra Swerdlow died of complications from pancreatic cancer and Als on Jan. 23 in Boston. He was 64.

Swerdlow amassed more than two dozen producing credits on feature films, including “Spaceballs,” “Hannah and Her Sisters,” “Waiting to Exhale,” “Wag the Dog,” “Enchanted,” “Zombieland,” “21 Jump Street,” and “The Equalizer.”

Swerdlow was the son of Amy and Stanley Swerdlow, and grew up in Great Neck, N.Y. He attended Hampshire College, where he met his wife, Lindsey Hicks, and studied political theory at Rutgers University.

In 1979, he was hired by a friend as a location scout on the Woody Allen film “Stardust Memories.” Swerdlow then worked on “Arthur” as a unit production manager, on “Tootsie” as a location manager, and on “Zelig,” “The King of Comedy,” and “Broadway Danny Rose” as a unit manager. He was an associate producer on “Radio Days.”

He briefly moved to Los Angeles in the late 1980s and collaborated with Mel Brooks
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Ezra Swerdlow, Producer on 'The First Wives Club' and 'Zombieland,' Dies at 64

Ezra Swerdlow, Producer on 'The First Wives Club' and 'Zombieland,' Dies at 64
Ezra Swerdlow, the crackerjack, New York-bred producer and production manager who worked on such movies as The King of Comedy, The First Wives Club and Zombieland, has died. He was 64.

Swerdlow died Jan. 23 in Boston after a struggle with pancreatic cancer and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a spokesman at ICM Partners announced.

More recently, Swerdlow served as an executive producer on the Smurfs movies released in 2011 and 2013, on 21 Jump Street (2012) and on a pair of films directed by Antoine Fuqua, The Equalizer (2014) and The Southpaw (2015).

Although he briefly moved to Los Angeles in the...
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Ezra Swerdlow, Producer on 'The First Wives Club' and 'Zombieland,' Dies at 64

Ezra Swerdlow, the crackerjack, New York-bred producer and production manager who worked on such movies as The King of Comedy, The First Wives Club and Zombieland, has died. He was 64.

Swerdlow died Jan. 23 in Boston after a struggle with pancreatic cancer and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a spokesman at ICM Partners announced.

More recently, Swerdlow served as an executive producer on the Smurfs movies released in 2011 and 2013, on 21 Jump Street (2012) and on a pair of films directed by Antoine Fuqua, The Equalizer (2014) and The Southpaw (2015).

Although he briefly moved to Los Angeles in the...
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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Haley Bennett

Haley Bennett is an actress and singer who was born in Florida on January 7, 1988. She began her professional acting career in 2007 when she made her film debut in ‘Music and Lyrics’ playing the role of Cora Corman. She starred alongside Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore in this movie. Other films for which she is well-known include ‘The Girl on the Train’, ‘College’, ‘Kaboom’, ‘The Hole’, ‘The Equalizer’, ‘The Haunting of Molly Hartley’, ‘Hardcore Henry’, and ‘The Magnificent Seven’. Despite having roles in so many hit movies, there are many things you probably do not know about this

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Haley Bennett
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Nine industry storylines set to dominate 2018

From harassment to superplatforms, Screen gazes into its crystal ball…

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1. Harassment…can the industry be the change it seeks?

Learning often comes through pain. So hopes the film industry, whose seedier practices have been widely exposed in 2017. From Harvey Weinstein to Kevin Spacey, John Lasseter to Roy Price, 2017 will be remembered as the year Hollywood’s elite was shaken up by allegations of harassment and misconduct. The revelations have come thick and fast - largely thanks to the testimonies of brave victims and journalists - and for once status has not granted immunity. Europe and Asia have also grappled with many instances of alleged wrongdoing and stories have acted as a catlyst for change in other industries. The floodgates are now open and more details will emerge, but will 2018 be the year that concrete changes are made, meaningful structures are put in place and deeply engrained values are reformed?
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Nine industry storylines set to dominate 2018

From harassment to superplatforms, Screen gazes into its crystal ball…

Source: Apple Facebook

apple facebook

1. Harassment…can the industry be the change it seeks?

Learning often comes through pain. So hopes the film industry, whose seedier practices have been widely exposed in 2017. From Harvey Weinstein to Kevin Spacey, John Lasseter to Roy Price, 2017 will be remembered as the year Hollywood’s elite was shaken up by allegations of harassment and misconduct. The revelations have come thick and fast - largely thanks to the testimonies of brave victims and journalists - and for once status has not granted immunity. Europe and Asia have also grappled with many instances of alleged wrongdoing and stories have acted as a catlyst for change in other industries. The floodgates are now open and more details will emerge, but will 2018 be the year that concrete changes are made, meaningful structures are put in place and deeply engrained values are reformed?

2. Rise of the superplatforms
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Despite Dollars in Diversity, Hollywood Still Averse to Making Inclusive Films

Despite Dollars in Diversity, Hollywood Still Averse to Making Inclusive Films
In Hollywood’s struggle to increase diversity both in front of and behind the camera, 2017 is proof positive that such films can conquer the box office, potentially putting to rest long-held conventions about what kinds of movies are most successful.

Get Out,” the social thriller by first-time filmmaker Jordan Peele, featured a black, unknown lead (Daniel Kaluuya), but nonetheless became the most profitable movie of the year, grossing $253 million worldwide on a $4.5 million production budget. Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” represented a triumph for female directors whom for so long have been shut out of helming big-budget superhero action movies. Adored by critics and audiences alike, the film lassoed $822 million globally, prompted a sequel and became a rare cultural milestone likely to inspire and empower a generation of girls for years to come. And, in a summer that saw a number of sequels stall out, Universal’s multicultural “Fast and Furious” franchise is racing ahead to two more
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Gong Li to Star in Martin Campbell’s Action-Thriller ‘Ana’ (Exclusive)

Gong Li to Star in Martin Campbell’s Action-Thriller ‘Ana’ (Exclusive)
Chinese actress Gong Li will star in the Europe-set action-thriller “Ana,” with Martin Campbell on board to direct.

Rush Hour” producer Arthur Sarkissian and China’s Bruno Wu are producing the movie, which Wu is also financing. Sarkissian told Variety that they plan to start production in March or April.

The script is written by Richard Wenk, whose credits include “The Equalizer,” “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back,” and “The Expendables 2.” Sarkissian said “Ana” will be similar in tone to Luc Besson’s 1990 actioner “La Femme Nikita.”

“Ana” re-teams Campbell and Sarkissian following the Jackie Chan actioner “The Foreigner,” which opens Friday in North America with expectations of a $10 million debut weekend. “The Foreigner” is projected to earn $88 million in international markets by the end of the upcoming weekend.

Gong’s credits date back to Zhang Yimou’s directorial debut, “Red Sorghum,” which won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 1988. Since then, she’s appeared
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Two Teens Shoot Up Denzel Washington's Equalizer 2 Set

Two Teens Shoot Up Denzel Washington's Equalizer 2 Set
Two people have been arrested in connection to a shooting on the set of Denzel Washington's The Equalizer 2 over the weekend. Two security guards were shot and wounded, but thankfully both survived as the injuries were not life threatening and the two were released from the hospital shortly after receiving treatment. The two gunmen, Dionte Martinez, 18, and Thomas Perkins, 18, have both been charged with assault with intent to murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, and unlawful possession of ammunition.

The Hollywood Reporter revealed that the two quickly fled the scene of the crime, which happened after midnight on Saturday morning. They were later found and arrested on Thursday and each teen reportedly has a three-page juvenile crime record that includes gun charges, according to prosecutors. The pair appeared on Snapchat moments before the gunfire, wearing clothing that matched the shooters, prosecutors said. Similar clothing was found abandoned near the shooting scene,
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‘Equalizer’ Sequel Set Shooting Leads to 2 Arrests, Charges of Assault With Intent to Murder

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‘Equalizer’ Sequel Set Shooting Leads to 2 Arrests, Charges of Assault With Intent to Murder
Two people have been arrested in connection with a shooting over the weekend on the set of the sequel to Denzel Washington’s “The Equalizer,” the Boston Police Department said Thursday. Dionte Martinez, 18, and Thomas Perkins, 18, have both been charged with assault with intent to murder, unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition. According to police, the pair fled from the scene after the shooting, which occurred shortly after midnight Saturday morning, and were arrested in Quincy, Massachusetts on Thursday. Also Read: Young Dolph Shooting Suspect Arrested for Attempted Murder ABC affiliate Wcvb reported that two security guards working.
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Two Men Charged in Shooting on Set of Denzel Washington’s ‘Equalizer 2’

Two men have been charged following a non-fatal double shooting on the set of Denzel Washington’s “The Equalizer 2” in Boston.

The Quincy Police Department arrested two 18-year-olds, Dionte Martinez and Thomas Perkins, on Thursday — five days after they fled the scene of the crime on Whittier Street in the city’s Roxbury section. They suspects were charged with assault with intent to murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, and unlawful possession of ammunition after injuring two security guards on Saturday morning.

The two victims, a 40-year-old woman and 33-year-old man, both suffered non-life-threatening gunshot wounds and were transported to local hospitals, where they were treated for their injuries.

According to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office, filming wasn’t underway at the time, and the guards don’t appear to have been the intended targets. The motive remains under investigation.

The men will be arraigned in Roxbury Municipal Court on Friday.

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Two People Charged in Shooting on 'Equalizer' Sequel Set

Two People Charged in Shooting on 'Equalizer' Sequel Set
Two people have been charged in a shooting on the set of a Denzel Washington movie in Boston that injured two security guards.

The shooting happened early Saturday in the city's Roxbury section, on the set of a sequel to The Equalizer.

Police say nothing was being filmed at the time, and it does not appear the guards were targeted.

The guards, a 40-year-old woman and 33-year-old man, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were released from the hospital.

Police say they arrested two 18-year-olds, Dionte Martinez and Thomas Perkins. They are charged with assault with intent...
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Fox Developing Drama Series Based on Caleb Carr Novel ‘Surrender, New York’ (Exclusive)

Fox Developing Drama Series Based on Caleb Carr Novel ‘Surrender, New York’ (Exclusive)
Fox is developing a one-hour drama series based on the book “Surrender, New York” by Caleb Carr, Variety has learned exclusively.

The network has commissioned a script for the project with a penalty attached. The story follows a famed NYPD criminal psychologist, Dr. Trajan Jones, who brings his effective yet controversial methodology and persona to the rural town of Surrender, in upstate New York, where he joins forces with the local state trooper Penelope Howell.

The Jackal Group will produce. Richard Wenk will pen the script and executive produce. The Jackal Group’s Gail Berman and Joe Earley will executive produce, along with Richard Arlook. Wenk has written several high-profile action films in his career, including the recent remake of “The Magnificent Seven,” “The Equalizer,” “The Expendables 2,” and “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.” He is repped by Gersh and The Arlook Group.

Should this project move forward, it would be the latest TV adaptation of Carr
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Sequel Bits: ‘The Equalizer 2,’ ‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Avatar 2,’ ‘Terminator’ Sequels, and More

Sequel Bits: ‘The Equalizer 2,’ ‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Avatar 2,’ ‘Terminator’ Sequels, and More
In today’s edition of Sequel Bits: Two stars from The Equalizer are confirmed for the sequel. Info on when the Jay and Silent Bob Reboot starts shooting. A new Blade Runner 2049 poster. James Cameron talks about the Avatar sequels and the future of Terminator. And more! Denzel Washington is going up against Pedro Pascal (Narcos) in The Equalizer sequel. Perhaps Robert McCall (Washington) will receive a little assistance in […]

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Denzel Washington Thriller ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’ Premiering at Toronto Film Festival

Denzel Washington Thriller ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’ Premiering at Toronto Film Festival
Denzel Washington will travel to the Toronto International Film Festival for the world premiere of “Roman J. Israel, Esq.

The film’s inclusion in the gathering demonstrates that Sony Pictures believes it has an Oscar contender on its hands. Washington has nabbed two Oscar acting prizes for “Glory” and “Training Day.” He has seven nominations, including one for last year’s “Fences.” He could find himself back in the best actor race this year for his performance as an idealistic defense attorney. It’s also a homecoming of sorts for “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” Sony bought the rights to the film at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival when it was then entitled “Savage City.”

There are number of awards contenders hitting Toronto this year, including Joe Wright’s “The Darkest Hour,” Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing,” Angelina Jolie’s “First They Killed My Father,” and Andy Serkis’ “Breathe.”

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Melissa Leo and Bill Pullman returning for The Equalizer 2

Following on from the casting of Pedro Pascal (Narcos) earlier this week, Deadline has now revealed that both Melissa Leo and Bill Pullman are set to reprise their roles from 2014’s The Equalizer for the upcoming sequel.

The Equalizer 2 will reunite director Antoine Fuqua, screenwriter Richard Wenk and star Denzel Washington, who is once again portraying retired black ops agent Robert McCall, played by Edward Woodward in the original TV series. Leo and Pullman portray McCall’s friends and former CIA agents Susan and Brian Plummer.

Plot details for The Equalizer 2 are being kept under wraps, but production is gearing up to get underway ahead of a September 14th 2018 release date.
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