REVIEW – FENCES

REVIEW – FENCES – Denzel Washington stars in and directs Fences – a kind of Death of a Garbageman.

Denzel Washington chooses finally to put his acting chops to good use. Following on from the unwashed bilge of The Equalizer and several Tony Scott-lite thrillers, Fences comes as a relief. Directing himself,  Washington plays Troy, a garbageman with the gift of the gab. He weaves an incessant spiel with best friend Bono (Stephen Henderson) and his long-suffering wife Rose (Viola Davis). His history is slowly revealed, along with his university of life wisdom.

Slowly we also understand a deeply corrosive side to his character, which risks destroying his family. Based on a celebrated stage play by August Wilson, Washington film looks wonderful but doesn’t bother trying to shrug off its theatrical origins. The rhythm of the dialogue is crucially retained and the heavy handed metaphor of the fence itself is unavoidable. The holy fool brother also feels shopworn, but Washington and Davis are truly brilliant and worth the ticket.

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SUICIDE SQUAD 2 SCRIPT LEAKS ONLINE

HOLLYWOOD – The script for the sequel to David Ayers’ Suicide Squad – Suicide Squad 2 – has leaked online.

Read this EXCLUSIVE extract from the much anticipated comic book move Suicide Squad 2.

INT. RESTAURANT. NIGHT.

Amanda WALLER briefs the MINISTER from a thick file as they sit in a restaurant.

WALLER

The first one is Harley Quinn. She’s the one they call Harlequin. Also known as Harl E. Quin.

MINISTER

Looks crazy.

WALLER

She is crazy. They call her Harley Quinn.

MINISTER

You said that already.

WALLER

I’ll provide a graphic as well I think. 

Graphic introduces Harley Quin, zippy and youthful. With colors.

The Waiter approaches the table. 

WAITER

Are you ready to order?

WALLER

This is the Waiter. He is the one who brings food to your table.

He usually gets it right but sometimes if he’s carrying too much

he’ll accidentally put his thumb in your food. They call him Malcolm.

Graphic introduces Malcolm the waiter. 

INT. PRISON CELL. NIGHT.

Harley QUINN is taking a shower in warm cream wearing a ZANY smile. Prison guards surround the cage. It’s not entirely clear but some of them seem to be jerking off.

HARLEY QUINN

I’m a bad girl! Hee hee! Kind of like a feminist but with a push up bra and no pants!

PRISON GUARD

She’s gorgeous and somehow reminds me of my 13 year old daughter. Which is NOT weird. 

INT. RESTAURANT. NIGHT.

WALLER

This is Deadshot. As a marksman He’s a deadshot. I guess that’s how he got his name.

EXT. FIRING RANGE. DAY.

Deadshot is given a massive array of firearms while an infographic at the bottom of the screen gives the phone number of the local branch of the NRA.

DEADSHOT

I have just a big erection right now.

DEADSHOT shoots all the the targets in the head, in the face, in the genitalia. He fires off all the fingers of the hand of a target, clips of ears and draws smiles on the faces with bullet holes.  

DEADSHOT

What’s the mission?

WALLER

There’s been another mass shooting in a school. We need you to find the mass shooter and shoot them.

DEADSHOT

How postmodern!

FINIS

 

EMMA STONE CAST IN LIVE ACTION MULAN

HOLLYWOOD – Following her quarter Hawaiian quarter Chinese role in Cameron Crowe’s Aloha, Emma Stone continues her fight for racially diverse roles for white actresses, starring in a live action remake of Disney classic Mulan.

Emma Stone (Birdman and Irrational Man) will take on the role of Hua Mulan the legendary female warrior from China’s early history.

She spoke EXCLUSIVELY to the Studio Exec:

When I was in Aloha, Cameron Crowe wrote me a really interesting character in Captain Allison Ng. As a girl who is about as white as you can be, I rarely get the opportunity to play outside of my ethnic category, but Cameron cast me as a girl who was quarter Chinese, quarter Hawaiian and half Swedish. It was a real challenge and I think I pulled it off. So this made me hungry to stretch myself and appear in something where I would be completely another ethnicity.

And so Mulan?

Yes, exactly. Here I’m not just playing a character who is entirely Chinese, Hua Mulan is also a Chinese hero, an iconic figure which is sure to make some people sit up and pay attention.

It is going to be controversial.

I know but I’ve always wanted to challenge fixed notions of race. Many people don’t know this but when I originally auditioned for The Help, I actually went in and read for Aibeleen, the character that Viola Davis ended up playing. Everyone though was just trying to make myself stand out, but I seriously wanted that role. After all black actresses get all the parts these days.

Mulan will be released in 2018.