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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 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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‘Moonlight’ Star Ashton Sanders in Talks to Join Denzel Washington’s ‘Equalizer 2’

‘Moonlight’ Star Ashton Sanders in Talks to Join Denzel Washington’s ‘Equalizer 2’
Moonlight” star Ashton Sanders is in talks to join Denzel Washington in a lead role in Sony’s “The Equalizer 2,” with Antoine Fuqua directing.

Sony has set a Sept. 14, 2018, release date for the sequel, which begins shooting next month in Boston, but is keeping plot details from Richard Wenk’s script under wraps.

Narcos” star Pedro Pascal is in negotiations to play the antagonist. Melissa Leo and Bill Pullman are returning from the 2014 film. Washington, Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch, Alex Siskin, Michael Sloan, Tony Eldridge, and Mace Neufeld are producing the sequel.

The Equalizer,” based on the 1980s crime drama series, starred Washington as a retired CIA black ops operative who lives in Boston and becomes a vigilante against mobsters. The film, directed by Fuqua, performed respectably, grossing $192.3 million at the worldwide box office.

Sanders played the teenage version of the main character, Chiron, in Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight,” which
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The Equalizer 2 adds Moonlight's Ashton Sanders

Simon Brew Aug 25, 2017

The Equalizer 2 will see Denzel Washington headline a sequel for the first time. And the cast is expanding...

Update: one more cast addition here, with the news that Ashton Sanders is joining The Equalizer 2. He was one of the leads in the Oscar-winning Moonlight, of course, and he's taking on another lead role here. What that role is? Couldn't tell you. But as we hear more, we'll let you know.

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Filming is set to begin shortly on the sequel to the big screen take on The Equalizer. Denzel Washington, headlining a sequel for the first time, reprises the role of Robert McCall in the movie, that also sees director Antoine Fuqua back behind the camera.

Other members of the cast are falling into place too. Firstly, there’s the news that Melissa Leo and Bill Pullman are back as Susan and Brian Plummer in the new film.
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Melissa Leo and Bill Pullman to return for The Equalizer 2

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Apparently I need to revisit The Equalizer because I had completely forgotten that Melissa Leo and Bill Pullman played a part in the film as Susan and Brian Plummer, retired CIA operatives and friends of Denzel Washington's Robert McCall, with Susan having served as McCall’s handler when he was also a CIA operative. We'll soon have the chance to... Read More...
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Pedro Pascal Joins ‘The Equalizer 2’

Pedro Pascal in Narcos

Narcos star Pedro Pascal has joined the cast of The Equalizer 2, the sequel to the Denzel Washington action vehicle from a couple of years back. Pascal, who returns for season three of Narcos on Netflix on September 1st, in an unnamed role, but it has been confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision that his part is that of the lead villain.

Washington will return as retired black ops government operative Robert McCall in the forthcoming feature, reprising the role in his only sequel in his vast movie career. The 2014-released The Equalizer, which was directed by Antoine Fuqua (who also returns), grossed over $190 million worldwide upon its original debut.

Pascal will also be seen on the big screen soon, in the epic Kingsman: The Golden Circle, which comes to cinemas in September.

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Pedro Pascal in Talks to Join Denzel Washington in ‘The Equalizer 2’ as Main Villain

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Pedro Pascal in Talks to Join Denzel Washington in ‘The Equalizer 2’ as Main Villain
Game of Thrones” and “Narcos” star Pedro Pascal is in talks to join Sony and Escape Artists “The Equalizer 2” as the main villain, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap. Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua are returning for the sequel to the 2014 film. “The Equalizer” is Fuqua’s highest-grossing film and has the record for an R-rated September opening. He also directed “The Magnificent Seven” for Columbia Pictures last year, which gave him the biggest opening of his career. “The Equalizer 2,” is set for release on Sept. 14, 2018 and will begin production in the fall. ...
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'The Equalizer' Sequel Adds Pedro Pascal

'The Equalizer' Sequel Adds Pedro Pascal
Sony's The Equalizer sequel has added Narcos actor Pedro Pascal to the cast.

Denzel Washington is returning to star in the follow-up to the 2014 film, which follows a retired black ops government operative who believes he has escaped his past until he meets a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters and can't help but save her.

Antoine Fuqua, who directed the original, is also returning for the sequel, which was penned by Richard Wenk. It is currently set for release on Sept. 14, 2018.

The Equalizer, based on the TV show of the same name, opened...
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‘Scarface’ Remake Drops Director David Ayer over “Too Dark” Script

The Scarface remake is once again looking for a new director. Universal Pictures has been working for years to put together a new take on the Scarface story, running through a variety of filmmakers who’ve come and gone that range from Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer) to Pablo Larrain (Jackie), and in the early days of the project, even Harry Potter filmmaker David Yates. The studio aimed to try again by signing Suicide Squad director David Ayer this past spring, setting him to pen a new script for the remake which switches the Miami setting to Los Angeles. But now …
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