Denzel Washington and Viola Davis may have the biggest Oscar buzz, but there is simply no Fences star cuter than the drama’s precocious young star Saniyya Sidney. Sidney, who has also appeared in Roots and American Horror Story, recalled her reaction to first hearing about the film, a family drama set in 1950s Pittsburgh and based on the Tony Award-winning play by August Wilson.
Denzel Washington and Viola Davis are currently earning raves for the big screen adaptation of Fences, August Wilson’s seminal play. Watch Washington explain in the clip above. The studio intended for the film to star James Earl Jones, who would reprise his stage performance as Troy, the tough-talking Pittsburgh sanitation worker struggling to keep his family together, and the red-hot comedic actor Eddie Murphy, who was looking to cross over into drama and play Troy’s son Cory.
Yahoo Movies chat with Oscar contender about the wrenching scene in the August Wilson play-turned-film
Denzel Washington and Viola Davis appear to have their eyes on awards season in the first trailer for stage adaptation ‘Fences’. The dramatic teaser depicts the Oscar winner and Oscar nominee in fine form as we hear Washington’s Troy give his son a stern talking to. 'Fences’ is an adaption of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, about a retired baseball player unhappy with the direction of his life in 1950s Pittsburg.
The film became a box-office success, but more significantly earned a first acting Oscar nomination for Ethan Hawke and a first Best Actor win for Denzel Washington. The trio reteams in the new Western The Magnificent Seven, and Hawke says he had to go rogue to plan the reunion. Hawke and Washington had both worked with Fuqua separately in the decade-and-a-half since Training Day, the former in 2009’s Brooklyn’s Finest and the latter in 2014’s The Equalizer.
The Magnificent Seven ride again in this weekend’s big budget retelling of John Sturges’ iconic western – itself a remake of Akira Kurasawa’s ‘Seven Samurai’ – but director Antoine Fuqua is keen to stress his film isn’t a remake. One of the most notable changes is that four of the seven gunslingers, who join forces to defend the threatened Frontier town, are played by non-white actors, and star Denzel Washington thinks the film offers a more realistic representation of the Wild West than the overwhelmingly white westerns of old, telling us, “I think it’s reflective of what was actually going on in the Frontier at that time”. Fuqua agrees, adding that it also makes an interesting point about the multicultural America of today.
‘The Equalizer’ director will return for the sequel. During an interview with Collider, the film’s producer Todd Black confirmed that director Antone Fuqua will return for ‘The Equalizer 2’… and gave a quick update on how the film is coming along. “We start shooting right after Labor Day, maybe right before Labor Day depending on Denzel’s schedule.
There’s a lot of star power in Antoine Fuqua’s new riff on the classic Western The Magnificent Seven, with an ensemble that includes Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, and Ethan Hawke. There’s also a lot of gunpowder as the titular band of cowboys coalesce to save a small town from a merciless madman (Peter Sarsgaard).
Spike Lee accepting his Honorary Oscar Just before the 7th annual Governors Awards on Saturday night, honoree Spike Lee told Yahoo Movies one thing about his acceptance speech: “I won’t be reading off a teleprompter, that’s for sure.” The 58-year-old writer-director was on hand to collect his Honorary Oscar at the Hollywood event, where he was being honored along with Gena Rowlands and Debbie Reynolds (who shared a recorded message since she was not in well enough health to attend). Lee was introduced by actor Samuel L. Jackson, who credited the auteur with taking his career to the next level with the films School Daze and Do the Right Thing. “I like that about him.” Jackson was flanked by Jungle Fever star Wesley Snipes and Denzel Washington, star of Lee’s Mo’ Better Blues and Malcolm X. “Spike Lee put more African-Americans to work in this business than anyone in the history of this business,” Washington said.