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‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’: How Jake Gyllenhaal Helped Prepare Denzel Washington for Title Role

‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’: How Jake Gyllenhaal Helped Prepare Denzel Washington for Title Role
Celebrity fans and friends — from Rev. Al Sharpton to Lee Daniels — were out Monday night in New York to watch the latest from Hollywood heavy hitter Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

The film, which hits theaters Wednesday, has already generated talk for its star’s transformation from charismatic leading man to a frumpy, but brilliant lawyer on the Autism spectrum.

Washington joked he got plenty of insight into the dark worlds created on-screen by director and writer Dan Gilroy from his boxing buddy Jake Gyllenhaal, who starred in Gilroy’s “Nightcrawler.”

“Jake was training at the same gym,” said Washington, “So I got to learn a little about Dan in advance and to obviously see the great collaboration they had together. [Working with Dan] was easy and seamless and invigorating.”

Washington’s character, Roman J. Israel, is a bit of a 1970s social justice relic, with an afro, plastic aviators, giant lapels, and an old-school briefcase.
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‘Get Out,’ ‘Detroit,’ Issa Rae, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige Among Top NAACP Image Award Nominees

‘Get Out,’ ‘Detroit,’ Issa Rae, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige Among Top NAACP Image Award Nominees
Get Out,” “Girls Trip,” “Detroit” and “Mudbound” are among the top film nominees for the 49th annual NAACP Image Awards.

On the TV side, Netflix and OWN dominate the race with multiple noms for “Dear White People,” “Orange Is the New Black,” “Queen Sugar” and “Greenleaf.”

In music, Mary J. Blige and Jay-Z grabbed five nominations apiece. Filmmaker Ava DuVernay landed a nomination in the entertainer of the year category alongside Bruno Mars, Chadwick Boseman, Chance the Rapper, Issa Rae, and Jay-Z.

The motion picture nominations went to “Detroit,” “Get Out,” “Girls Trip,” “Marshall,” and “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” “Detroit” also landed a slot in the indie film category alongside “Last Flag Flying,” “Mudbound,” “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women,” and “Wind River.”

Greenleaf” and “Queen Sugar” are nommed for drama series, vying with Starz’s “Power,” NBC’s “This Is Us,” and WGN’s now-canceled “Underground.” The bids for best comedy series went to HBO’s “Ballers,” ABC’s “Black-ish,” “Dear White People,” HBO’s “Insecure,” and Starz’s “Survivor’s Remorse.”

“Black-ish” star Anthony Anderson is set to host the Jan. 15 ceremony, to air live on TV One.
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'Justice League' is Coming Together for $110+ Million Opening While 'Wonder' Looks to Surprise

'Justice League' is Coming Together for $110+ Million Opening While 'Wonder' Looks to Surprise
This weekend Marvel's latest hit Thor: Ragnarok is looking to top $250 million after 17 days in release while Warner Bros. and DC Comics unveil their latest entry into the DC Extended Universe, Justice League looking to make a splash globally, though that's not all this weekend has to offer. Lionsgate will debut the highly anticipated adaptation Wonder while Sony is debuting their faith-based animated title The Star. All-in-all we should be looking at a strong weekend in which the top twelve should combine for over $200 million for the first time since early July. Looking at a #1 finish, Warner Bros. and DC Comics' Justice League will debut in 4,051 theaters with industry expectations right around $105-115 million. Given Wonder Woman debuted with $103.2 million earlier this year, Suicide Squad opened with $133.6 million last year and Batman v Superman opened with $166 million, those expectations might seem low given this is essentially DC's equivalent to Marvel's The Avengers.
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Lead Actor Oscar Race Is Battle of Marquee Names

Lead Actor Oscar Race Is Battle of Marquee Names
The lead actor race showcases a wide variety of performances, from vets playing real people (Gary Oldman blustering as Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour” and Jake Gyllenhaal as Boston Marathon survivor Jeff Bauman in “Stronger”) to newcomers including Timothée Chalamet (“Call Me by Your Name”) and Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”) portraying fictional characters. There are also previous winners such as Denzel Washington in “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” and and Daniel Day-Lewis and Tom Hanks in two films that have yet to screen, “Phantom Thread” and “The Post.” But the prestige behind their projects are enough to put the lead actors in a frontrunner position. Hugh Jackman has both “The Greatest Showman” and “Logan,” but appears to be centering on the latter for awards, and could land another nom. And James Franco channeling Tommy Wiseau in “The Disaster Artist” could just be crazy enough to pull off an upset. Then there’s Matt Damon, an Oscar winner
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Retrial! How Dan Gilroy & Denzel Trimmed 12 Minutes Of ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq’ Following Toronto Bow

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Retrial! How Dan Gilroy & Denzel Trimmed 12 Minutes Of ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq’ Following Toronto Bow
Exclusive: The creative team behind the legal thriller Roman J. Israel, Esq is appealing for a retrial. After a Toronto International Film Festival premiere, the drama has been substantially reconfigured by writer/director Dan Gilroy and star Denzel Washington, to become what they feel is a much leaner, tighter and more focused drama. They dropped a dozen minutes from the running time, moved up a key scene, dropped another, and radically changed the musical backdrop. Sony…
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Denzel Washington Is a Snappy Defense Attorney in ‘Roman J Israel, Esq’ First Trailer (Video)

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Denzel Washington Is a Snappy Defense Attorney in ‘Roman J Israel, Esq’ First Trailer (Video)
Denzel Washington stars as an idealistic defense attorney in the first trailer for Sony’s “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” In the movie, Israel is an attorney in the overburdened Los Angeles court system. Soon, his life is turned upside down when a series of events get him fired from his job, as he also finds out some unsettling things about the law firm that he gave his blood, sweat and tears to. Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo and Nazneen Contractor also star in the drama, written and directed by Dan Gilroy. Previously titled “Inner City,” it was produced by Jennifer Fox,
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Dan Gilroy Returns to Toronto With Denzel Washington in ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’ (Exclusive)

Dan Gilroy Returns to Toronto With Denzel Washington in ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’ (Exclusive)
The last time Dan Gilroy brought a film to the Toronto Film Festival he had “Nightcrawler” in tow, a dark urban drama focused on a nocturnal bottom-feeding stringer who peddles his video wares to the highest broadcast news bidder. This year he’s back with another rich character study, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.,” about a good-souled Los Angeles attorney used to toiling away at the impossible on behalf of the ungrateful, a sort of assured activist foil to “Nightcrawler’s” craven careerist.

Gilroy, speaking to Variety ahead of the film’s Sunday night festival premiere, says he wrote the eponymous role with two-time Oscar winning actor Denzel Washington in mind.

“There’s a quality about Denzel — he’s a very big believer in the human spirit and human dignity, and that is something that really defines the character in many ways,” Gilroy says. “He’s someone who really believes in people. It
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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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“Roman Israel, Esq.” – Denzel Washington’s Latest Movie

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The talented and popular veteran actor Denzel Washington is set to appear in yet another film that showcases his amazing acting ability. “Roman Israel, Esq.” This is the story of a lawyer who experiences intense conflict and difficulty in his new law firm. The original title of the film was “Inner City” as the film was made, but it was changed to the name of the character that Washington plays. Here is what we know about the new movie so far. Setting and plot The story takes place in the 1970s. The wardrobe and hairstyles reflect the era and we’re

“Roman Israel, Esq.” – Denzel Washington’s Latest Movie
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Actor Chart Updates: Who will repeat?

Having just had a lively discussion about Best Actress and Supporting Actress possibilities, let us turn our attention to the men.

Though I'm not currently predicting any women from last year's 20 honored thespians to repeat this year, it's not uncommon for that to happen. So let's try out a Denzel Washington post-Fences prediction and see how it feels. He's headling Roman Israel, Esq. a Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler) picture about a lawyer in crisis and conflict with his new law firm. Colin Farrell co-stars. The film was called Inner City during filmmaking but now goes by the name of Denzel's character. The film takes place in the 1970s so Denzel has a fro!

1970s are popular in cinema this year. Also working early 1970s looks this year are the stars of two true stories. Spielberg's The Papers is already causing a buzzy stir. Less discussed but also scheduled to
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L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti Seeks to Raise State Production Tax Incentives to at Least $500 Million

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti Seeks to Raise State Production Tax Incentives to at Least $500 Million
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is promising to push for an increase in California’s production tax incentives to at least $500 million annually — up more than 50% from the current $330 million figure.

“We must make sure, first and foremost, that the film industry not only stays strong but expands,” he said Thursday morning in a speech before about 400 attendees, hosted by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce at the Loews Hotel.

“This is an opportunity for us to not rest on our laurels and to show that we aren’t going backwards any more,” he added. “When the legislature comes back to this issue, we should be going to $500 million or more. Maybe even no limit.”

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Garcetti, who was re-elected in March, had highlighted during his campaign that he had been active in pushing the state legislature to expand the tax credit program from $100 million annually
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L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti Seeks to Raise State Production Tax Incentives to at Least $500 Million

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti Seeks to Raise State Production Tax Incentives to at Least $500 Million
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is promising to push for an increase in California’s production tax incentives to at least $500 million annually — up more than 50% from the current $330 million figure.

“We must make sure, first and foremost, that the film industry not only stays strong but expands,” he said Thursday morning in a speech before about 400 attendees, hosted by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce at the Loews Hotel.

“This is an opportunity for us to not rest on our laurels and to show that we aren’t going backwards any more,” he added. “When the legislature comes back to this issue, we should be going to $500 million or more. Maybe even no limit.”

Garcetti, who was re-elected in March, had highlighted during his campaign that he had been active in pushing the state legislature to expand the tax credit program from $100 million annually.

He said Thursday that top execs say the program doesn’t go far
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Ridley Scott’s ‘All The Money In The World’ & Dan Gilroy’s ‘Roman Israel, Esq’ Enter Oscar Season

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Each Oscar season, there are movies on the fence of completion that either might sneak in under the wire for the awards season, or have to wait another year. Well, two highly anticipated pictures are getting ready rumble for gold.

Release dates have been set for Ridley Scott‘s “All The Money In The World” and “Nightcrawler” director Dan Gilroy‘s “Roman Israel, Esq” (formerly known as “Inner City“).

Continue reading Ridley Scott’s ‘All The Money In The World’ & Dan Gilroy’s ‘Roman Israel, Esq’ Enter Oscar Season at The Playlist.
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Los Angeles On-Location Film Production Drops 18.5% in Second Quarter

Los Angeles On-Location Film Production Drops 18.5% in Second Quarter
On-location feature film production in Greater Los Angeles fell 18.5% in the second quarter to 1,067 shoot days, according to the FilmL.A. permitting agency.

The report, issued on Wednesday, also showed that the region’s overall off-lot second-quarter production declined 4.7% to 9,466 days. FilmL.A. president Paul Audley told Variety the declines are not surprising in the wake of 2016’s record 6.2% spike in overall production, thanks in part to California’s expanded production incentive program — which covers up to 25% of production costs.

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“Declines in any category need to be put in context: the year-to-date comparison for the last seven years shows 2017 is second only to 2016 for total shoot days,” he said. “It’s nothing to panic about.”

The feature film category rose 12% to 4,865 days last year, including a 22.5% jump in the fourth quarter, making 2016 the most active year for movies since the state launched its Film & Television Tax
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Los Angeles On-Location Film Production Drops 18.5% in Second Quarter

Los Angeles On-Location Film Production Drops 18.5% in Second Quarter
On-location feature film production in Greater Los Angeles fell 18.5% in the second quarter to 1,067 shoot days, according to the FilmL.A. permitting agency.

The report, issued on Wednesday, also showed that the region’s overall off-lot second-quarter production declined 4.7% to 9,466 days. FilmL.A. president Paul Audley told Variety the declines are not surprising in the wake of 2016’s record 6.2% spike in overall production, thanks in part to California’s expanded production incentive program — which covers up to 25% of production costs.

“Declines in any category need to be put in context: the year-to-date comparison for the last seven years shows 2017 is second only to 2016 for total shoot days,” he said. “It’s nothing to panic about.”

The feature film category rose 12% to 4,865 days last year, including a 22.5% jump in the fourth quarter, making 2016 the most active year for movies since the state launched its Film & Television Tax Credit Program in 2009. Despite the second quarter slide in that category
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Midway Oscars Forecast: Studios Aim for Gold With Spectacle and Zeitgeist

Midway Oscars Forecast: Studios Aim for Gold With Spectacle and Zeitgeist
If the upcoming slate of indie Oscar hopefuls promises to be packed with the kind of risky mid-budgeted visions corporate cultures aren’t often eager to back, then the major studios are teeing up exactly what they’re capable of when they throw money at the right talent. Bold genre filmmaking and superhero yarns with actual meat on their bones dot the landscape, while a few of-the-moment dramas and comedies aim to get their licks in as well.

Twentieth Century Fox has a trio of prestige plays in store. For the holidays, Hugh Jackman stars as P.T. Barnum in Michael Gracey’s “The Greatest Showman,” though that could register more as a family film than an awards juggernaut. Meanwhile, Kenneth Branagh aims to dust off an Agatha Christie classic with the star-studded “Murder on the Orient Express.” But if ever there was a project that, sight unseen, felt destined for gold baubles, it
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Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo Untitled Drama From Dan Gilroy Lands at Netflix

Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo Untitled Drama From Dan Gilroy Lands at Netflix
Netflix has won an auction for the movie rights to an upcoming untitled feature film drama set in the art world and starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo.

Dan Gilroy will direct from his own script. The project re-teams Gilroy with “Nightcrawler” stars Gyllenhaal and Russo in which the former played an ambitious cameraman and the latter a local news producer.

Gilroy has been directing a legal thriller with Denzel Washington for Sony, which recently changed the title from “Inner City” to “Roman Israel.”

Gyllenhaal stars Netflix’s “Okja,” directed by Bong Joon-Ho, which competed at the Cannes Film Festival last month. The movie also starred Korean child actress Ahn Seo-hyun alongside Tilda Swinton and Paul Dano. Netflix will make “Okja” available to stream on June 28.

He will be seen next as Jeff Bauman in the Boston Marathon drama “Stronger.” Gyllenhaal’s production company Nine Stories produced “Stronger” along with Mandeville and Bold. The film,
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Sony's Denzel Washington legal drama officially titled & more!

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In the realm of low-key movie news, Sony has announced that their upcoming legal thriller starring Denzel Washington officially has a title. Alright, everybody calm down. Let's just dig into this thing and then we can start doing keg stands in celebration of the news that Nightcrawler director Dan Gilroy's previously titled Inner City is now to be called Roman Israel, Esq.. The film,... Read More...
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Sony's Denzel Washington Legal Drama Gets Title (Exclusive)

Sony's Denzel Washington Legal Drama Gets Title (Exclusive)
Sony's legal thriller starring Denzel Washington has a title.

The project, written and directed by Dan Gilroy, who last made the acclaimed thriller Nightcrawler, is now named Roman Israel, Esq.

It was previously titled Inner City.

Roman Israel, Esq., which just wrapped principal photography, does not have a release date, but the studio is eyeing a fourth-quarter release. That would position Washington and his performance for awards consideration.

The script tells of a Los Angeles attorney, played by Washington, who is offered a job at a prestigious law firm after the death of his longtime partner. He takes on a...
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