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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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Cocktails & Coins! Inside Aisha Tyler’s Wild Life After Divorce & Departure From ‘The Talk’

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Aisha Tyler went through a few MAJOR life changes over the past two years and now, the actress is back on top living life to the fullest.

In 2016, Tyler’s college love and husband of 20 years, Jeff Tietjens, filed for divorce from the actress. As if that weren’t an emotional challenge to overcome, Tyler was then ordered to pay Tietjens $31,250 a month in spousal support for the next four years, plus a lump sum of $500k.

Following the emotional split, Tyler’s career then took a big turn when she walked away from CBS’s The Talk. Just eight months ago, the actress left the show to pursue other passions. “I also have three other series (Criminal Minds, hosting Whose Line Is It Anyway? and voicing a character on Archer),” the actress said during the big announcement. “People always go, ‘How do you do all that?’ And I don’t always have an answer.”

While it might sound like Tyler’s woes and 360 of a life might seem completely damaging, it all turned for the better. “The unknown can be very compelling and can be interesting. Instead of thinking about it as change, think about it as dynamism,” she told HipHollywood during the screening of Dwyane Wade’s, Shot in the Dark. 

She explained, “You can’t stay the same, your life can’t stay the same. Staying the same is staying in place and staying in place is dying slowly. For me, I always reminded myself I’m not always going to feel this way, it’s not always going to be this tuff.”

“You cannot get through this experience on this planet without a little bit of pain and you need to know that and see that it’s temporary,” Aisha said. “My life is so interesting now and it wouldn’t have been without going through the stuff that I’ve been through. It’s been good for me; all this change.”

The actress is not only the star of some major network shows, but she also is about to launch her new cocktail line, Courage and Stone. “It’s been a really really exciting process,” she told us. “It really came out of my love of cocktails, my love of going to great bars and then going home and being like ‘I don’t know how to do all this.'”

Tyler then admitted that she was a whiskey girl at heart and that when she left the Talk “Julie Chen put me in a whiskey of the month club. She she’s doubled my collection in the last couple of months.”

Set to releae late spring early summer 2018.

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