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Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.
Shootouts, unlike any other type of action scenes, put death in the forefront of the audience’s mind. Whereas a car chase draws the attention onto the race, or a fight scene onto the pursuit of victory, shootouts test the mortality of our protagonists and anti-heroes. It’s more than just a hail of bullets that matters on screen, it’s who those bullets are clipping down or propping up. Legends can be made in a flurry of lead. The last man standing after the fray isn’t always the best or »
- Shane Ramirez
The Karlovy Vary film festival, one of Europe's top international festivals, unveiled the lineup for its 50th anniversary edition on Tuesday, including a slew of world and international premieres. The festival in the Czech Republic has a reputation for discovering new talent and attracting top Hollywood guests. Mel Gibson, Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, John Travolta and Helen Mirren have all graced its red carpet. Organizers on Tuesday in particular touted the young-skewing lineup of competition directors. "This year, we are excited to present the youngest competition lineup in the Kviff's recent history, the average age of the filmmaker
- Nick Holdsworth
With supercool 70s chic and a smart crime thriller vibe, this is a welcome throwback to action dramas of the past, before they chose spectacle over story. I’m “biast” (pro): love Jean Dujardin
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
With supercool 70s chic and a smart crime thriller vibe, The Connection feels more like GoodFellas than it does the movie it is directly related to, 1971’s Oscar-winning Best Picture, The French Connection. Though that’s hardly a bad thing. Here we discover the other side of the transatlantic heroin supply chain that Popeye Doyle was investigating in 1970s New York City, via Marseilles magistrate Pierre Michel (Jean Dujardin: The Monuments Men) and his years-long battle — we open in 1975 here and run into the early 80s — with crime boss Gaëtan “Tany” Zampa (Gilles Lellouche: The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec) to destroy his drugs empire. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Today, composer Danny Elfman turns 62. Elfman is one of the most brilliant and prolific film composers of our time (if not The most), so to celebrate his 62nd birthday, let’s take a look at his greatest hits: •Ever heard of a little show called “The Simpsons”? Well, Danny Elfman composed the music for that show, as well as for all “Simpsons” movies and video games. •”Silver Linings Playbook” is a masterpiece, in my humble opinion. Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, David O’Russell; these are the names credited for this remarkable film. The truth is, “Silver Linings” might have fallen flat if it weren’t for Danny Elfman, who worked as score producer on the greatest film of 2012. •Without the score composed by Danny Elfman, “Desperate Housewives” would be just a bunch of housewives lying to each other, housewives killing people, housewives just being overall desperate. Inject »
- Zara Lisbon
So this is how Zac Efron stays in such great shape! The "Neighbors" actor was spotted hiking over Memorial Day weekend while on vacation in Oahu, Hawaii. Efron looked casual for his outdoor exercise, wearing a white muscle shirt, striped shorts, black sneakers, a backwards baseball cap and aviators. Can you believe how buff the "High School Musical" alum looks?! The 27-year-old actor wasn't hiking solo, though -- Zac was joined by "Pitch Perfect" star Anna Kendrick, who went makeup-free for their beach side hike. Efron also shared a candid snap via Instagram on Monday, while standing on a mountain peak overlooking the gorgeous blue ocean. "Trailing up the military pillbox hike in Hawaii and remembering our troops. Thank you for your service #Memorialday," he posted with the pretty picture. Zac recently wrapped production for his latest comedy, "Dirty Grandpa," which he was off filming with Robert De Niro in Georgia back in April. »
- tooFab Staff
"For me, the most important thing in your life is to live your life with integrity," Ellen DeGeneres said in 2009. She was speaking to the graduating class at Tulane University, but her wise words resonate with everyone. But Ellen's not the only celeb who's given a powerful commencement speech. Stars Amy Poehler, Robert DeNiro, and J.K. Rowling have also spoken at graduations over the years, and their words continue to inspire graduates and nongraduates alike. »
Zac Efron spent part of his Memorial Day weekend hiking in Oahu, Hi, and he had a few special guests along for the ride. In addition to Instagramming an epic salute to the troops and a glimpse at Workaholics star Adam DeVine, Zac was also spotted hitting the trails with none other than Anna Kendrick. Zac, Adam, and Anna are all set to star in the upcoming comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, which explains why the three are spending time together. Prior to his stint in Hawaii, Zac was filming Dirty Grandpa in Georgia with Robert De Niro, where Zac fit in a little quality time with girlfriend Sami Miró. Keep reading for the pictures from Zac's hiking day. »
Many a filmmaker shows up at the Sundance Film Festival dreaming of becoming the next Martin Scorsese. But only Alfonso Gomez-Rejon can claim to have crashed on the legendary director’s sofa, retyped his script pages and learned at his side.
Unsurprisingly, the “Taxi Driver” auteur is everywhere in Gomez-Rejon’s Sundance grand jury prize-winner “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” which Fox Searchlight opens in limited release June 12. Greg Gaines, the movie’s cinephile protagonist, has a “Mean Streets” poster tacked to his bedroom wall, a first-edition copy of “Scorsese on Scorsese” on his desk, and a photo of the filmmaker’s longtime editor Thelma Schoonmaker as his computer screensaver.
And those are just some of the homages that crop up throughout the second feature by Gomez-Rejon, who learned some of his craft at Scorsese’s elbow, as the director’s production assistant on the Las Vegas shoot of “Casino” in 1995. Now, »
- Scott Foundas
Originally written as a Cannes market closer for Variety’s last print daily, on May 19, this article has been updated through Tuesday, May 26:
Cannes – Five years ago, Cannes biz was powered by movies selling out worldwide. U.S. distribution pick-ups were something of a sideshow.
Now it’s the U.S. and China that are driving the train. One week after on-site trading at Cannes wound down, 2015’s edition still looks like a tale of four markets: U.S. and China, both galvanized by new players; Europe, depressed by eroding ancillary markets; arthouse, still a buyers’ market focused on star titles and ever more near completed films.
Trouble is, the U.S. is helping to make up for the weakness in the market but its growth is not yet at a par with the shortfall, doesn’t take up all of Europe’s slack, said Lotus Ent.’s Bill Johnson. »
- John Hopewell and Ramin Setoodeh
School is almost out for summer, and for university graduates, it means their lives start now. And after Martin Scorsese delivered a fine speech for students at New York University’s Tisch School Of The Arts last spring, his pal Robert De Niro stepped up to the microphone this year, and didn't disappoint, bringing humor, hard truth, and encouragement. "When it comes to the arts, passion should always trump common sense. You weren’t just following dreams, you were reaching for your destiny. You’re a dancer, a singer, a choreographer, musician, a filmmaker, a writer, a photographer, a director, a producer, an actor, an artist. Yeah, you’re fucked," De Niro said, adding, “The good news is, that’s not a bad place to start.” "Rejection might sting but my feeling is that often it has very little to do with you," he also advised. "When you’re auditioning or pitching, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Most of Robert De Niro's iconic roles are foul-mouthed, often murderous men, and last week De Niro seized an opportunity to channel a bit of that attitude into his keynote speech to this year's graduating class at Nyu's Tisch School of the Arts. You can watch it here."A new door is opening for you — a door to a lifetime of rejection. It's inevitable," he said, telling students that they have to keep working and keep fighting if they want to have a career in the arts. Considering the amount of money Tisch students and their parents drop on their education, the Oscar winner's words may have felt a bit too caustic. But De Niro, with the best intentions and an acerbic sense of humor, told students what they probably needed to hear: There will be times when your best isn't good enough. There can be many reasons for this, »
- Greg Cwik
Robert De Niro had a very special message for the 2015 graduating class of Nyu’s Tisch School of the Arts when he said, “You made it, and you’re f—ed.” “The graduates from the college of nursing, they all have jobs,” the actor said during his commencement address. “The proud graduates of the NY school of law, they’re covered. And if not, who cares? They’re lawyers.” De Niro said the graduates from other schools most likely used “reason, logic, and common sense” to pursue careers that would offer them stability and security. Tisch graduates are different, however, »
- Joe Otterson
Robert De Niro had some head-turning advice for the 2015 graduating class of New York's Tisch School of Arts.
During a speech at their graduation yesterday (May 22), he told the class to prepare themselves for a lot of rejection.
"Rejection: it isn't personal. Next." - Robert De Niro #tischsalute #nyu2015 pic.twitter.com/k4oTGFACcm
— Nyu Tisch School (@NYUTischSchool) May 22, 2015
He said that graduates in medicine, business, teaching and accountancy will all have jobs when they graduate, but those in the arts have passion for their chosen career.
"You discovered a talent, developed an ambition and recognised your passion. When you feel that, you can't fight it, you just go with it."
Robert De Niro to 2015 @NYUTischSchool grads: "You made it. And you're fucked." pic.twitter.com/IS2edoWi2b
— Patrick Hedlund (@patrickhedlund) May 22, 2015
He added: "When it comes to the arts, passion should always trump common sense."
The two-time Oscar »
The 2015 graduating class of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts need all the luck they can get. In a hilarious and very blunt commencement speech on Friday, May 22, Oscar winner Robert De Niro told the crowd that, well, they are basically "f--ed" when it comes to the future. "You discovered a talent, developed an ambition and recognized your passion. When you feel that, you can't fight it — you just go with it," the 71-year-old said at the Madison Square Garden ceremony. "When [...] »
Robert De Niro inspired some very talented art school graduates to dive into the world of anti-depressants, telling them they are "opening a door to a lifetime of rejection." It's the greatest commencement speech of the season for sure ... De Niro gave Tisch School of the Arts grads a glimpse into their future with some hilarious comparisons, telling them medical students will get jobs, lawyers will probably also get jobs and if they don't who cares ... they're lawyers! »
- TMZ Staff
The film will see De Niro playing an accomplished insult comic, and has been penned by Art Linson (What Just Happened?), with stand-up material from Jeffrey Ross. Production is expected to get underway in November in New York.
- Gary Collinson
Hey, Robert De Niro just wanted to make sure that these kids were prepared for the mean streets out there! The two-time Academy Award winner and high school dropout gave one of the more memorable commencement speeches delivered by a celebrity this year, imparting his sage wisdom with a smile on Friday to the graduating class of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. "You discovered a talent, developed an ambition and recognized your passion," De Niro addressed the masses assembled at Madison Square Garden for the ceremony. "When you feel that, you can't fight it—you just go with it. When it comes to the arts, passion should always trump common sense. You aren't just following »
The biggest deals of this year’s Cannes Marché du Film and how the Competition titles sold throughout the festival.
Behind the glamour of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, business was booming at the Marché du Film (May 13-22), with representatives from 120 countries in attendance - up four on 2014.
A total 3,300 films were on offer this year, around 1,000 at the project stage, with an estimated 11,000 film professionals in attendance, in line with last year.
In the opening days, Marché chief Jérôme Paillard told Screen: “Acquisition agents are telling me that it’s the first time in a number of years that there are so many big projects. I’ve been told there are around 50 high profile projects on offer.”
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Robert De Niro stated the truth at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts graduation on Friday: "You made it — and, you're f—ed." At the Madison Square Garden-set ceremony, he bluntly noted that graduates with degrees in nursing, dentistry, business, law and education all have a future of stability ahead of them — a choice those other students made using reason and logic, but one that the crop of performers could not ever make. "You discovered a talent, developed an ambition and recognized your passion. When you feel that, you can't fight it — you just go
- Ashley Lee
Written and Directed by Paul Feig.
A desk-bound CIA analyst volunteers to go undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent diabolical global disaster.
Martin Scorsese has Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert DeNiro, Tim Burton has Johnny Depp, and Paul Feig has Melissa McCarthy. Some actor/director combinations fit like a glove, and for the third straight outing (Bridesmaids and The Heat) we have another success with Spy.
Unexpectedly, there is also an admirable amount of unexplored range channeled from Melissa McCarthy, not portraying the sassy, loudmouthed, obscene character right out of the gate that we have grown accustomed to. Instead, she plays Susan Cooper, a CIA field operative assistant of 10 years with low self-esteem that decides to jump into the heart of the action when her good friend Bradley Fine »
- Robert Kojder
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