Filmmaker Antoine Fuqua’s collaborations with DenzelWashington have been creatively fruitful thanks to the films Training Day and The Equalizer, and now the pair are tackling on a remake the popular Western The Magnificent Seven.
The original, which starred Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen, was actually a remake of the 1954 Japanese film Seven Samurai. This iteration features hired gun Sam Chisolm (Washington) leading his gang of skilled outlaws (Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byng-Hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier) to save a town that’s under the control of crooked industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard). Haley Bennett is Emma Cullen, a woman who employs the “magnificent seven” to perform a highly suicidal mission (they are woefully outnumbered by Bogue’s gang).
One good sign for the film, along with its stellar ensemble and A-list director, is that it’s co-penned by talented scribes Nic Pizzolatto (True Detective) and Richard Wenk (The Equalizer, 16 Blocks).
The new trailer for The Magnificent Seven, which comes out September 23, is below. Feel free to comment below and tell us what you think!!
Speaking of Westerns, we review the underrated Slow West, which stars Michael Fassbenderand Kodi Smit-McPhee, on the latest episode of CinemAddicts. Click on the media bar to hear the episode.
The Secret Life of Pets beat out Ghostbusters for the box office crown, making $50.56 million over the weekend. Ghostbusters did solid business with a $46 million opening, with The Legend of Tarzan coming in a distant third with just $11.1 million. Even with its strong debut, Ghostbusters cost an estimated $144 million (this figure doesn’t include the marketing costs) and the film will need a good second weekend as well as a healthy international reception to make a sizable profit for Sony. Here’s this weekend’s top 10:
1. The Secret Life of Pets – $50.56 million
2. Ghostbusters – Is $46 million enough for an opening weekend for this high budget comedy?
3. The Legend of Tarzan – Makes just $11.1 million and even though it’s cracked over $100 million domestically, the picture cost over $180 million.
4.Finding Dory – $11 million this weekend
5. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates – $7.5 million
6. The Purge: Election Year – $6.1 million
7. Central Intelligence – $5.3 million
8. The Infiltrator – $5.28 million
9. The BFG – $3.75 million and overall a total box office bomb for director Steven Spielberg.
Now out on Blu-ray and DVD, Miracles from Heaven is based on Christy Beam’s (Jennifer Garner) bestselling book Miracles from Heaven: A Little Girl and Her Amazing Story of Healing.
As Christy’s 10-year-old daughter Anna (Kylie Rogers) is struggling with an incurable disease, the Beam family persevere through this arduous ordeal by their strong faith in God. Even a renowned doctor (Eugenio Derbez) can’t help Christy’s condition, but a miracle may be waiting just around the corner. Queen Latifah co-stars in the feature as a woman who strikes up a friendship with Christy and Anna.
Filled with solid performances from the ensemble, including Martin Henderson as Christy’s loving husband, Miracles from Heaven is an affecting story that, under Patricia Riggen’s (The 33) pinpoint direction, doesn’t devolve into a saccharine drama.
Special features on the disc include audio commentary with Riggen and screenwriter Randy Brow, several featurettes (“Miracles Abound: The Making of Miracles from Heaven,” “Bearing Witness,” and “Creating Heaven: Concept Art Exploration”),and a “Your Words” music montage. The Blu-ray exclusives include deleted scene and the featurette “Accounts from Annabel.”
In the media clip below, Jennifer Garner talks about Christy Beam’s “crisis of faith” in Miracles from Heaven.
Nichelle Nichols broke television ground with her work as Uhura the Star Trek series and its subsequent films and now Zoe Saldana is continuing that character’s inspiring journey. During the press conference, Saldana talked about the evolution of Uhura and how her initial breakup with Spock (Zachary Quinto) is a pivotal chapter in the character’s progression.
“I feel that this breakup that Spock and Uhuru have is amazing because she fell in love with her teacher,” said Saldanawhose previous credits include Avatar and Guardians of the Galaxy. “He came as a figure that represented responsibility and safety and maturity and wisdom. If I choose to see it that way, there is a parallel universe situation here that’s going on with Uhura and women these days.”
Click on the media bar below to hear Saldana discuss Uhura’s evolution in Star Trek Beyond.
Star Trek Beyond, co-starring Chris Pine and Karl Urban, opens nationwide July 22.
On episode 28 of CinemAddicts, Anderson Cowan and I review Woody Allen’s Café Society, a feature that marks the third collaboration between Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart (they also worked together on Adventureland and American Ultra). The 1930s set feature, which centers on a Bronx youth’s (Jesse Eisenberg) romance with his uncle’s secretary (Kristen Stewart) in Los Angeles, is gorgeously shot by cinematographer Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now, Last Tango in Paris).
During the second segment we take on The Infiltrator, the true story of federal agent Robert Mazur’s (Bryan Cranston) attempts to take down Pablo Escobar’s drug trafficking ring. Diane Kruger and John Leguizamo are the agents who help Mazur’s mission, with Bratt playing one of Escobar’s top lieutenants. Brad Furman, whose previous credits include The Lincoln Lawyer and Runner Runner, directs.
Anderson’s streaming pick of the week is the first rate Western Slow West which stars Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smit-McPhee, and my DVD recommendation is evocative coming of age film My Golden Days.
Check out episode 28 of CinemAddicts as well as our ‘180 Seconds or Less’ review of Café Society.