From acclaimed director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) and starring Academy Award® nominated Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler, Brokeback Mountain) comes a story of tragedy, loss and the painful road to redemption… Billy “The Great” Hope (Gyllenhaal) is the reigning Junior Middleweight Champion whose unorthodox stance, the so-called “Southpaw,” consists of an ineloquent, though brutal, display of offensive fighting…one fueled by his own feelings of inadequacy and a desperate need for love, money and fame. With a beautiful family, home and financial security, Billy is on top both in and out of the ring until a tragic accident leaves his wife dead and sends him into a downward spiral. His days now an endless haze of alcohol and prescription drugs, his daughter taken by Child Services and his home repossessed by the bank, Billy’s fate is all but sealed until a washed up former boxer named Tick agrees to take the bereaved pugilist under his wing so long as he agrees to his strict ethos. Relentless and utterly committed to a fighter that thinks as much as he throws punches, Tick rebuilds Billy into a new man: one that is agile, fearsome and uncompromising in the ring while thoughtful, loving and disciplined outside of it. Now, as he works to regain custody of his daughter and mounts a professional comeback, Billy must face his demons head-on as he learns that, sometimes, your greatest opponent can be yourself.
May is the month of summer blockbusters in the movie world, but Netflix has some serious muscle in their cannon as well. Read on to see the big ticket hits, and Netflix originals, you'll be treated to in May.
Apr 20, 2017
Netflix New Releases: Movies And TV Shows Coming To Netflix Streaming In May
Every year we see good movies and bad movies. Most of the time, however, we know which movies are going to be bad, and which will be good before they ever hit the theaters. But sometimes, we go in with expectations that end up not being met.
Eighties video game nostalgia isn't as powerful as Sony/Columbia probably hoped. The Adam Sandler action comedy Pixels may have given last weekend's top earner Ant-man a run for the number one spot this week, but it's not much to get excited about when the new movie couldn't break $25 million.
Jul 26, 2015
Weekend Box Office: Pixels Plays Second To Ant-man's Second Weekend As Player One
We are back for another week of movies, as the summer rolls on with three decent-size features hitting screens this Friday. We’ve got the family-friendly action of Pixels, the romantic drama of Paper Towns and the boxing thrills of Southpaw coming up.
Jul 19, 2015
This Rotten Week: Predicting Pixels, Paper Towns And Southpaw Reviews
The Oscars may have snubbed Jake Gylenhaal earlier this year for his performance in Nightcrawler, but could this year be his year? The actor beefed up beyond recognition for his boxing movie, Southpaw, and early buzz pegs this early on as a potential Oscar contender for 2016.
May 27, 2015
Jake Gyllenhaal's Performance In Southpaw Is Already Getting Oscar Buzz
All eyes appear to be on Gyllenhaal, who stepped into this role after original pick Eminem – yes, that Eminem – stepped away. By all accounts, Jake threw himself into the role. We’ll see how it turns out when Southpaw opens in theaters on July 31.
Mar 27, 2015
The Southpaw Trailer Promises The Best Boxing Movie In Years
Antoine Fuqua's last film, Olympus Has Fallen, was a big box office success when it came out last year, and this fall he is back working with his Training Day star Denzel Washington on the television show adaptation The Equalizer. These projects have gotten people excited, and as a result, some big studios are now courting him to helm three fairly significant upcoming projects.
May 28, 2014
Training Day's Antoine Fuqua Offered To Direct The Magnificent Seven, Narco Sub And Equalizer 2
After years of development, Southpaw is finally coming out to play. The boxing drama once courted Eminem before landing Jake Gyllenhaal in the lead, and now director Antoine Fuqua is going about filling out the cast. And would you believe he's enlisting People Magazine's Most Beautiful Person In The World, queen bee Regina George, and Ghost Dog?
May 14, 2014
Lupita Nyong'o, Forest Whitaker And Rachel McAdams Join Boxing Drama Southpaw
And now, they have a picture. Fuqua’s leading man is Jake Gyllenhaal, according to Deadline, and it’s set to be Fuqua’s next movie. Gyllenhaal would play a welterweight champion with a personal life in shambles who attempts to punch his way back to the top of the sport.
Jake Gyllenhaal, if he gets the role, will play “a left-handed prizefighter who wins a title but suffers a tragedy soon after and must put his life back together to earn the respect of his young daughter.”
Nov 01, 2013
Jake Gyllenhaal May Replace Eminem In Boxing Drama Southpaw
It's been more than a decade since Eminem's one and only starring role in 8 Mile, and you would be fair to assume his acting career had begun and ended right there. But the erstwhile Marshall Mathers was in the running for years to play the lead role in Antoine Fuqua's boxing drama Southpaw, which, like so many other projects, wound up languishing in development. Now the project has been picked up by the Weinstein Company
Mar 01, 2013
Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner Eyed To Replace Eminem In Boxing Drama Southpaw
Southpaw tells the tale of a left-handed boxer who rises to the top of the sport while his personal life bottoms out, and he must overcome personal tragedies to win back the love of his daughter. It sounds like generic sports film schmaltz, but the screenplay was written by Sons of Anarchy’s Kurt Sutter, so my guess is that the sentimentality will still retain a razor sharp edge
Feb 27, 2013
Antoine Fuqua's Southpaw Revived By The Weinstein Company
What’s as good as a story about a guy with big dreams who fights his way to the top? A guy who loses it all and has to work twice as hard to get it all back. That seems to be the direction Southpaw is taking. The film has three great things going for it: Eminem, Antoine Fuqua, and Kurt Sutter. Now it needs a studio. At the moment, it’s looking like MGM is the frontrunner with Sony distributing.
We've been hearing about Southpaw for a few months now. A boxing drama starring Eminem, in his first starring role since Curtis Hanson's 8 Mile, the project signed Antoine Fuqua to direct back in June after the filmmaker dropped his Tupac Shakur biopic. It seemed like everything was calm seas and smooth sailing for the movie, but apparently it's just been hit by a tidal wave.
When Training Day came out in 2001, the sky was the limit for director Antoine Fuqua. Beautifully capturing the dingier parts of Los Angeles and getting an Oscar worthy-performance from Denzel Washington, Fuqua appeared to have incredible potential. Sadly none of his feature films since have been nearly as impressive. So what's a guy to do? How about a boxing movie with Eminem?
Jun 06, 2011
Eminem Boxing Movie Southpaw May Land Antoine Fuqua As Director
I will readily admit that I actually enjoyed 8 Mile. Sure, it wasn't exactly a stretch to have Eminem play a struggling rapper growing up in Detroit and having issues with his mother, but it was a solid film