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Fuqua, Bruckheimer To Bring TRAINING DAY To Television
If you've been to the movies at all in the past few weeks and managed to catch Antoine Fuqua's latest boxing underdog drama, Southpaw, there's a good chance you've had a blast. So feel free to chalk that one up as another wicked addition to your theater going experience amid Fuqua's growing resumè what with the gems he's brought to the fray in the last two decades, namely his critically and commerically-acclaimed 2001 cop drama, Training Day.
Indeed it was a film to take note of if you love the crime genre or anything with actor Denzel Washington in it; The 2001 film joins Washington with actor Ethan Hawke in the story of decorated LAPD narc, Alonzo Harris, whose methods are executed with peculiar shades of grey as he takes rookie cop, Jake Hoyt out on assessment, only for things to go awry when Hoyt's life is put in danger thanks to Harris's crooked dealings. The film earned Washington an Academy Award win with a nomination to Hawke for Best Supporting Actor, and with this, it's obvious that the film has stood the test of time with news from Deadline that Fuqua, along with Jerry Bruckheimer, is taking measures to advance a television series that sets the film fifteen years later.
It's pretty fair to say at this point that we'll be seeing plenty of Fuqua in the coming years. He's gotten some amazing work done as of late with returning to Washington for The Equalizer last year and now all eyes are on the upcoming September 23, 2016 release of The Magnificent Seven while we wait to learn if he will return to direct The Equalizer 2 for its September 29, 2017 debut.
Whether you go into director George Nolfi's new movie, Birth Of The Dragon, for its martial arts action or any historical substance you can scrape, if past reviews and reactions have anything to say for it, its unlikely the film will be as fulfilling in its delivery. The film was assailed by critics after debuting in Toronto late last year and even moreso when the film's trailer arrived introducing what some feel is a tone-deaf transposition to film based on the legendary contest between two iconic athletes, one of whom would soon ascend to greatness in the years ahead.
That moment was the very fight between fledgeling action film hero Bruce Lee and Shaolin martial artist Wong Jack Man, etched in history as a fight between two distinct ideologies for which the outcome remains a recorded mystery to date. Front and center is American-born Hong Kong actor and martial artist Phillip Ng (Once Upon A Time In Shanghai) making his Hollywood debut opposite actor Yu Xia (Mojin: The Los…
I think it's safe to say you know your movie sucks when you not only screw the rights holders whose name and content you base your unsanctioned film on, but when said rights holders join the chorus of critics panning your movie from literally every angle of the internet. That is the level of achievement you have reached if your name is George Nolfi and you've directed a film called Birth Of The Dragon, long hyped to be a hopefully legendary homage to Bruce Lee, the late founder of Jeet Kune Do and patriarch of American martial arts movie fandom.
You've seen him play the Game Of Death opposite Bruce Lee in the late martial arts star's final film. You've watched him go down in the iconic bar room brawl as "Sticks" in Out For Justice. You might have even caught him in a heartfelt and defining moment in the finale scene of David Mamet's 2008 martial arts drama, Redbelt.
Or, if you're immersed in the martial arts niche enough then you've likely given a glance at martial arts legend, Dan Inosanto, in various viral self-defense videos online or in segments from the many documentaries he's been featured in within the last few decades, namely Jay Ignacio's The Bladed Hand: The Global Impact of the Filipino Martial Arts or Pete McCormack's I Am Bruce Lee. For certain, the actor and ardent teacher and FMA mainstay's relevance is guaranteed this week with the news of a new biopic based on the Guro's little-known life and history which includes helping the Dallas Cowboys win Super Bow…