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Director Antoine Fuqua is introducing the world to a new band of gunslinging bandits in The Magnificent Seven. A remake of the 1960 version starring Yul Bryner and Steve McQueen, Fuqua’s cast is just as magnificent, but a lot more diverse.
HipHollywood caught up with Fuqua about working with Denzel Washington for the third time, and if he was trying to make a racially diverse western. “We didn’t think about that, we just cast the best people for the part,” said Fuqua, who first teamed with Washington for Training Day. “I didn’t say, ‘Oh, yeah, Denzel is a black man.’ I saw him in black on a black horse. But I just wanted him because he’s one of the greatest actors of our time.”
In the film, Washington takes on his first western playing Sam Chisolm, the leader of The Magnificent Seven, and of course his performance is generating Oscar buzz. So, how does he feel about the prospect of another nomination?
“We gotta go get this money right now,” laughed the two-time Oscar winner. “That you gotta leave that to other folks. We just try to make the best picture we can, and [Antoine’s] done that, and everybody did their job , and we just want people to enjoy it.”
The Magnificent Seven, which also stars Ethan Hawke, Chris Pratt, Peter Sarsgaard, and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, hits theaters September 23.

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Reports: Mariah Carey Signs With Jay Z’s RocNation

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We know Mariah Carey changes managers like she changes clothes, but her next move could be her best move. According to Page Six Carey is in talks with Jay Z’s Roc Nation to manage her career.

Roc Nation manages Rihanna, Shakira, J Cole and DJ Khaled to name a few.

Apparently, the pop diva is hoping Hov and his team can put her back on top now that she parted ways with former manager Stella Bulochnikov earlier this month.

Sources tell HipHollywood Carey is cleaning house, and has also fired her publicist, assistant and attorney Darrell Miller.

But one person who hasn’t gotten the boot is her back-up dancer boyfriend Bryan Tanaka. Rumors were swirling that she hired Tanaka to take over her day-to-day management, but he’s actually her creative director.

Carey just released her holiday movie Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You, and is slated to bring her Christmas concerts back to the Beacon Theater in NYC this month. She hasn’t however dropped a new album in almost four years.

Fingers crossed this new partnership with Roc Nation brings about new music, and a Mariah / Jay Z collaboration. The two did make magic back in 1999 with their #1 single “Heartbreaker.”

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