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Ethan Hawke: 'I'd Rather Not Win An Oscar'


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Hawke has been nominated for four Academy Awards, for his turn in Training Day and his screenwriting on Before Sunset and Before Midnight, as well as his acclaimed role in Boyhood, which pitched him in the Best Supporting Actor category at the 2015 ceremony.

He was beaten to the trophy by Whiplash star J.K. Simmons, and Hawke admits the loss has spurred him on to land more unsuccessful nominations, telling British newspaper the London Evening Standard, "(Awards are) just a distraction... So much mediocrity is strung up the flagpole. I'd rather not win. One of my acting ambitions is to beat Peter O'Toole who got eight nominations and never won."

O'Toole, who died in 2013, eventually accepted an honorary Academy Award in 2003 to recognise his career achievements.

Ethan Hawke Reteaming With Denzel Washington For The Magnificent Seven


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Ethan Hawke is reuniting with his Training Day co-star Denzel Washington for the upcoming remake of classic western The Magnificent Seven.

The Boyhood star is nearing a deal to become one of the gang of gunslingers in the new version of the iconic 1960 John Sturges film, according to TheWrap.

The casting not only reunites Hawke with Oscar-winner Washington, but also with their director Antoine Fuqua, who will helm the western, nearly 15 years after Training Day.

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Denzel Washington In Talks To Join The Magnificent Seven Remake


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Actor Denzel Washington is reportedly in talks to re-team with his Training Day director Antoine Fuqua on The Magnificent Seven remake.

Tom Cruise originally signed on to appear alongside Matt Damon as one of the gang of gunslingers in Mgm's version of John Sturges' 1960 film, but dropped out of the project last year (13).

Now movie executives are hoping to reunite Washington and Fuqua for a script rewritten by The Blind Side director John Lee Hancock.

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Knight Documentary On The Way


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The life of rap mogul MARION 'SUGE' KNIGHT is to be the focus of a new documentary by Training Day director Antoine Fuqua.

The film will tell the story of the controversial Death Row Records co-founder covering his rise to fame, his time at the record label and the music era during his heyday.

The project is to be produced for America's Showtime network and Knight's new company Black Kapital will be in charge of the film's soundtrack, according to Deadline.com.

Fuqua had been due to work on a biopic of hip-hop legend Tupac Shakur, but he exited the project earlier this year (11).

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Shakur Film Will Detail Rapper's Last Day


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Training Day director Antoine Fuqua's much-anticipated movie about Tupac Shakur will concentrate on the rapper's last day.

The hip-hop hero was gunned down and killed in Las Vegas in 1996 and the new film will feature flashbacks that link to Shakur's final day on earth.

Production on the film, which was originally planned as a documentary, is expected to begin in November (10).

Fuqua hopes to cast an unknown as Shakur.

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Tupac Biopic Gets Oscar-nominated Scriptwriters


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Tupac Shakur's biopic will be written by Oscar-nominated scriptwriters.

The movie - which is being directed by 'Training Day' filmmaker Antoine Fuqua - will be written by Stephen J. Rivele and Chris Wilkinson, who both were involved in the screenplay for 2001 sports biography 'Ali'.

According to New York Magazine's Vulture blog, the movie - which does not yet have an actor to portray Tupac attached - could begin shooting in mid-November ahead of an expected 2011 release.

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Fuqua Targeted In New Tax Demand


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Training Day director Antoine Fuqua is the latest star to run into financial problems - he's been hit with a demand for unpaid taxes.

The filmmaker, who is preparing to helm a biopic about slain rapper Tupac Shakur, had an $85,845 (£57,230) lien filed against him on 3 May (10) by California officials, reports the Detroit News.

Public records indicate it's not the first time Fuqua has run into tax trouble - he and his actress wife Lela Rochon were accused of owing $371,729 (£247,800) to the Internal Revenue Service in 2008 and a further $44,163 (£29,400) last year (09).

California authorities also filed a $109,037 (£72,690) lien against the couple in 2008 and a $9,329 (£6,219) claim last year (09).

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Fuqua Working On Tupac Biopic


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Training Day director Antoine Fuqua is bringing slain rap legend Tupac Shakur's life story to the big screen.

The star's mother, Afeni Shakur, has been locked in a bitter battle with film production company Morgan Creek since November, 2008 after she reportedly backed out of negotiations to turn the rapper's life into a movie.

The case was due to be heard in court this year (10) but the two parties appear to have settled their differences after Fuqua confirmed he had been appointed to take charge of the biopic.

He tells DigitalSpy.com, "It looks like we're doing Tupac Shakur's movie next in September, that's what I've been starting up and working on now. I've been working on that for a while with Morgan Creek and (company chairman) Jim Robinson. I just got the greenlight from him and we're going in September. I've just started to prep that."

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Thief Stole Training Day Car


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One savvy street hustler landed a very special keepsake from the set of Denzel Washington's Training Day after stealing the actor's car.

Co-star Ethan Hawke reveals the first Monte Carlo he and Washington used in the film had to be replaced when it was stolen from the street outside a shoot.

The actor recalls, "Everybody in the crew just thought it was somebody working on the movie, but the guy just noticed, on take one, Denzel left the keys in the car, so take two it (car) was gone, never to be found again.

"Whoever that guy is, he has my respect."

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Hawke Reveals Divorce Weight Loss


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Ethan Hawke felt so much guilt following the breakdown of his relationship with Uma Thurman, he lost more than 50 pounds (23 kilograms) in body weight.
The Training Day star divorced Thurman in 2004 after six years of marriage, and admits the experience took both an emotional and physical toll on him.
He recalls, "I felt terrible - drained, worried and shattered.
"In all, I lost 50 pounds. No one told me how terrible I looked and it's only when I look back at old photos that I realise how ill I looked - as if I had the problems of the world on my shoulders.
"I was racked with guilt. I felt bad about failing the mother of our children and that's been very hard to overcome.
"I also felt that our life together was so difficult and complicated, it was too hard to put into words.
"And after witnessing my parents' divorce, the last thing I wanted was a divorce in my own marriage."

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