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'Best Man Holiday': Does its success change the future of black film?

The Best Man Holiday, the R-rated sequel to 1999’s The Best Man, opened to $30.6 million this weekend, surprising box-office watchers who had predicted the $17 million film wouldn’t generate half of its ultimate take home. Yet to director Malcolm D. Lee, who wrote and produced the film along with its predecessor, the only surprise is how Hollywood hasn’t evolved its thinking toward films featuring black actors.

“I’m tired of the dismissive, marginalized way that movies starring African-American actors who don’t happen to be Will Smith or Denzel Washington or Kevin Hart, [are talked about when they] perform well at the box office,” Lee says. “Tyler Perry makes a movie and it’s number one almost every time. Think Like a Man was number one two weeks in a row. People talk about [Best Man Holiday] over-performing, but I feel like we got under-estimated.”

The majority of the audience for Best Man Holiday (87 percent) was African-American females,  90 percent of whom saw the original film. More important, the sequel generated an A+ with exit pollster Cinemascore indicating that the film should broaden out to a wider audience.

Lee is counting on it.
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'2 Guns' Blu-ray: Director discusses sequel and the race to climb 'Everest' first -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Tucked in between this summer’s CG blockbusters was an old-school buddy-movie that proved to be irresistible fun. Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington played two bank robbers who shared only one thing in common: both were unaware that the other was working undercover. So when they knock off a bank they think is working with the drug cartels, only to find out that their stolen money really belongs to the CIA, all heck breaks loose. You could injure your neck trying to untangle all the back-stabbing and two-timing that unfolds… or you could just soak up the charming chemistry between the two alpha-male stars.

Baltasar Kormákur, who’d worked with Wahlberg on Contraband, revisits an action genre that ruled the 1980s, when big stars weren’t courting superhero roles and there was something fascinating about two big stars going head-to-head, like 48 HRS. or Tango & Cash. With 2 Guns‘ Blu-ray out on Tuesday, the Icelandic director discussed the prospects for a sequel, his new Everest movie with Jake Gyllenhaal and Josh Brolin, and what people don’t really appreciate enough about Mark Wahlberg.

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'2 Guns': Bill Paxton explains how he became one of summer's best scene-stealers

As we say in our review of 2 Guns, don’t let the film’s August release date fool you into thinking it’s not one of summer’s funnest rides. Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg star as an undercover DEA agent and naval intelligence officer, respectively, who’ve infiltrated a narcotics syndicate with the goal of bringing down drug kingpin Papi Greco (Edward James Olmos). The catch: Neither of them knows the other guy isn’t a real criminal until they receive orders to steal $3 million of Papi’s cash from a Savings & Loan but find $40 million more in the vault than they should. They have to work together, for real, to figure out who double-crossed them and how to save their asses from, among others, Earl (Bill Paxton), the bolo-tie-wearing, Russian-roulette-loving badass the CIA has tasked with tracking down its missing money. Here, Paxton talks about building the character, meeting Wahlberg in the ’90s, and his next films with Tom Cruise and Jon Hamm. READ FULL STORY

'2 Guns' red band trailer: Bad guys, big explosions, and money everywhere -- VIDEO

You know what’s better than one gun? 2 Guns. And you know what’s better than Mark Wahlberg starring in a big-budget action flick? Mark Wahlberg starring in a big-budget action flick with Denzel Washington. In case you’ve been craving an adrenaline-pumping buddy cop romp with guns, babes, money and bad guys galore, you have no reason to worry anymore: 2 Guns is finally coming to theaters this Friday, August 2. Wahlberg and Washington play two cops who have to work together to save their lives (and Paula Patton’s) when their covers are blown and some very bad people want to take them down.

You’ve probably already seen the trailer, but if you want something a bit naughtier (they say the “s” word!) and bloodier, then check out the new red band trailer below. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Denzel Washington to play futuristic contract killer-turned-protector; Plus Tom Hardy, Melissa Leo, Chevy Chase, more

• Denzel Washington devotedly protected Dakota Fanning in Man on Fire. Now he’s signed on to a new project that will have him protecting a child, though this time in a near future big city setting. The film is Shovel Ready, an adaptation of the yet-to-be-released debut novel of New York Times journalist Adam Sternbergh. Here’s how Deadline’s report described the plot: “In a bombed-out, near future New York City where most of the population escapes reality by tapping into a digital fantasy world, a contract killer is hired to kill the daughter of a powerful, maniacal evangelist. Ultimately, the killer becomes the girl’s protector.” The novel hits shelves on Jan. 14, 2014. [Deadline] READ FULL STORY

'2 Guns': Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg team up and bust up in trailer -- VIDEO

Two badasses — played by Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg — banter in a car and then (bam!) they rob a bank and then afterward try to (bang!) double-cross the other before realizing (boom!) that they are both, in actuality, good guys.

Welcome to 2 Guns, about a DEA agent and a Naval Intelligence officer who are forced to work together even though, obviously, they’re complete opposites. Washington and Wahlberg wrestle with and then shoot at one another, more than once. A woman held hostage cries. James Marsden wears glasses.

Check out the full-length trailer for the summer shoot-em-up flick below.

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'Drive' director Nicolas Winding Refn in talks to helm 'The Equalizer' starring Denzel Washington

Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn may likely helm Sony Pictures and Escape Artists’ The Equalizer, starring Denzel Washington in the lead as a justice-seeking covert ops officer.

Refn’s agents confirm to EW that he’s in early talks to direct the movie based on the TV series, which ran from the mid to late 1980s, starring Edward Woodward and Keith Szarabajka.

Production on the film, scripted by Richard Wenk, is slated to begin in late spring 2013, with Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch, Alex Siskin, Mace Neufeld, Tony Eldridge, Michael Sloan (the show’s original co-creator), and Washington himself producing, and David Bloomfield as executive producer.

Refn scored last year directing the noir-ish throwback Drive, with Ryan Gosling praised for his starring role as a quiet getaway driver prone to violence.

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Oscars and casting: Hollywood insiders discuss diversity

Diversity is an emotion-packed word more nuanced than one article or one year. But it should always be an ongoing topic of conversation in Hollywood until it stops being an issue, which it hasn’t.

EW recently talked to a range of insiders — from Beasts of the Southern Wild producer Michael Gottwald and Oscar winner Mo’Nique, who won the best supporting actress trophy in 2010 for urban drama Precious, to Precious casting director Billy Hopkins, and casting director Avy Kaufman, who headed casting for Ang Lee’s Life of Pi and Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln – about Oscars, diversity, and casting in Tinseltown.

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Robert Zemeckis to receive Palm Springs directing award for 'Flight'

Robert Zemeckis has given us Marty McFly, Forrest Gump, Roger Rabbit, and Wilson the volleyball.

The addiction plagued airline pilot Captain Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) in his latest film, Flight,  is giving the director his best shot at awards recognition in a decade.

Zemeckis’ return to live action filmmaking has a stalwart contingent of supporters among Hollywood’s award season voters, and the film gets a nice boost from news that the Palm Springs International Film Festival will give him the Director of the Year award for Flight, where he’ll join the ranks of previous honorees and current awards contenders Ang Lee and David O. Russell.

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Budweiser seeks removal of its logo from 'Flight'

Denzel Washington’s character in Flight drinks a lot throughout the film, but his portrayal of a highly functioning alcoholic pilot isn’t going down well with brewing company Anheuser-Busch or the distributor of Stolichnaya vodka.

Anheuser-Busch said Monday that it has asked Paramount Pictures Corp. to obscure or remove the Budweiser logo from the film, which at one point shows Washington’s character drinking the beer while behind the wheel.

Budweiser is hardly the only alcoholic beverage shown in Flight” which earned $25 million in its debut weekend and is likely to remain popular with audiences. Washington’s character frequently drinks vodka throughout the film, with several different brands represented. William Grant & Sons, which distributes Stolichnaya in the United States, also said it didn’t license its brand for inclusion in the film and wouldn’t have given permission if asked. READ FULL STORY

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