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Info on David Fincher HBO Projects Shakedown and Living On Noise

4 hours ago | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Director David Fincher has a couple shows in development with HBO, and we have some information about them to share with you. 

The first is a noir-style crime drama that he’s been developing with James Ellroy, the man behind L.A. Confidential and The Black Dahlia. The series is based on a real life private eye named Fred Otash. Jack Nicholson’s character in Chinatown is partially based on this guy, and a fictionalized version of him has been featured in a couple of Ellroy’s novels. Deadline reports that the series will be called Shakedown, and they offer the following plot information:

Shakedown, now in development, is set in the tabloid world and the underbelly of Los Angeles in the 1950s and centers on a real-life private detective. It is inspired by the life of legendary 1050s Hollywood vice cop-turned-private eye Fred Otash.”

The second project he just »

- Joey Paur

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Flashback: Fred Savage & Jenny Lewis In Cult Classic 'The Wizard,' Aka 1989's Biggest Nintendo Ad

18 December 2014 11:53 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Twenty-five years ago this week, kids were finalizing their holiday wish lists, which probably included a Nintendo home gaming system or the company's brand new handheld device, the Game Boy.

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They were also gearing up to see The Wizard, a brand new movie about -- what else? -- Nintendo.

Older generations may not recall The Wizard, but I do, since it was aimed right at my demographic. For one thing, it starred Fred Savage, a kid my age I saw each week on The Wonder Years. For another, it offered our first peek at Nintendo's highly anticipated new game, Super Mario Bros. 3. And even though I wasn't a serious gamer, that still sounded fairly interesting.

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The Wizard follows two runaway brothers, Corey and Jimmy (Savage and Luke Edwards) on a cross-country trip to compete in a Nintendo tournament. Savage is chatty and a quick thinker, but Jimmy hasn't »

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The Forgotten: "Monte Cristo" (1929)

18 December 2014 10:43 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

1929 was the end of silent cinema in France, the process of conversion beginning in earnest for the following year's releases. So what height of expressiveness had the French movies reached?

Quite a bit, if Henri Fescourt's epic three-and-a-half-hour-and-change adaptation of Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo is anything to go by. The novel is a cracking yarn, a bit of a warhorse perhaps but always reliable and dramatic, full of crimes, revenges, outrageous coincidences and spectacular reversals in the best nineteenth-century tradition. One would expect a movie to be, at best, bold and operatic, at worst, staid and stagey. But Fescourt, who had already made a vast version of Les misérables (1925), manages to combine the best of commercial cinema's dramatics with the innovations of the impressionist filmmakers, to create something strikingly modern.

Stop me if you've heard this before: hero Edmond Dantès is maligned by a fellow sailor, snitched on by a romantic rival, »

- David Cairns

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Amy Pascal -- I'm Going Nowhere

17 December 2014 8:00 AM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Sony Pictures Chief Amy Pascal will Not step down ... and we're told there has been a groundswell of celebrity support for her to keep her job.Our industry sources tell TMZ ... more than 50 showbiz bigwigs -- many of whom are celebrities -- have contacted Pascal and other honchos at Sony voicing support for her. Ironically, a number of the supporters voice their sentiment via email to various execs at Sony.We're told the celebs who »

- TMZ Staff

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Roman Polanski seeking to overturn 1977 sex charge

17 December 2014 2:48 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Roman Polanski is reportedly seeking to overturn his 1977 sex charge in the Us.

Lawyer Alan M Dershowitz - who has represented Patty Hearst and Julian Assange - has filed a case with the Los Angeles county superior court, the New York Times reports.

The three-decade-old sex charge saw the Polish director flee the Us after admitting "unlawful sexual intercourse" with a 13-year-old girl.

The Chinatown filmmaker has been living in Paris since leaving America in order to avoid arrest. A warrant remains in force against him if he were to return.

Now a French citizen, he is unlikely to be extradited while in the country's territory, but was arrested in Poland in October, while also spending over nine months under house arrest in Switzerland in 2009 and 2010.

Polanski's legal team have stated that the Us justice system has "deliberately omitted the fact that Polanski has already served the term of imprisonment »

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Jack Nicholson Makes Rare Appearance With Daughter Lorraine

16 December 2014 11:00 AM, PST | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

Good looks run in the Nicholson family!Jack Nicholson stepped out with his gorgeous daughter Lorraine Nicholson at Taschen and David Bailey's "It's Just A Shot Away: The Rolling Stones In Photographs" Exhibit in Los Angeles on Saturday.The 24-year-old aspiring actress looked lovely in a white lace dress with a knit cardigan as she stood with her famous father. The 77-year-old actor looked dapper in a gray collared shirt under a printed blazer and his trademark sunglasses. The Brown University graduate has been pursuing an acting career, appearing in 2004's "The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement," 2011's "Soul Surfer" and the upcoming "Hacker." Lorraine is Nicholson's daughter with his ex-girlfriend, Rebecca Broussard. The estranged couple also has a son, 22-year-old Raymond. Jack and Ray recently were photographed sitting courtside at the Lakers game and the resemblance was striking. This kid is definitely the spitting image of his handsome dad. »

- tooFab Staff

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Jack Nicholson, Daughter Lorraine Nicholson Make Rare Public Appearance Together: Photos

16 December 2014 3:14 AM, PST | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Date with dad! Jack Nicholson made a rare public appearance with his daughter Lorraine Nicholson this past weekend.  The legendary Oscar-winning star, 77, stepped out with the beautiful aspiring actress, 24, at Taschen and David Bailey's "It's Just A Shot Away: The Rolling Stones In Photographs" Exhibit at Taschen Gallery in Los Angeles on Saturday, Dec. 13.  The father-daughter pair smiled as they spent time together, mingling with guests such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Pamela Anderson, Amber Rose, and Kelly Lynch.  Lorraine is Nicholson's daughter with his ex-girlfriend, actress and [...] »

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Blu-ray Review – Six Gothic Tales

15 December 2014 12:54 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Robert W Monk reviews Six Gothic Tales, a Blu-ray collection of the Roger Corman directed and produced adaptations of the Edgar Allen Poe stories The Fall of the House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendulum, Tales of Terror, The Raven, The Haunted Palace, The Tomb of Ligeia, starring Vincent Price, Barbara Steele, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr, Jack Nicholson and Basil Rathbone


In The Fall of the House of Usher, a young man attempts to uncover the threat of a curse on his fiancée’s family. In Pit and the Pendulum, a brother investigates the untimely death of his sister, played by Barbara Steele. Tales of Terror adapts three Poe classics, Morella, The Black Cat and The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar, each starring a horror icon. The Raven is a slapstick comedy  about three rival magicians linked by Poe’s most famous poem. »

- Robert W Monk

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New on Video: ‘L’Avventura’

11 December 2014 7:34 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


Written by Michelangelo Antonioni, Elio Bartolini, and Tonino Guerra

Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni

Italy, 1960

Michelangelo Antonioni’s enigmatic and brilliant L’Avventura is one of the benchmarks for international art cinema, a somewhat disputable designation that was, nevertheless, very much in vogue at the time of its release. Take the 1960 Cannes Film Festival for example, where L’Avventura debuted to one of the event’s most divisive responses, with initially more boos than cheers greeting this affront to conventional film narrative and form. Yet, this was also the year of Fellini’s La Dolce Vita (the Palme d’Or winner), Chukhray’s Ballad of a Soldier, Bergman’s The Virgin Spring, Kalatozov’s Letter Never Sent, and Buñuel’s The Young One, to name just a few of the other titles at the festival, where, ultimately, L’Avventura came away with the Jury Prize (shared with Ichikawa’s »

- Jeremy Carr

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Watch: 25-Minute Retro Featurette on the Making of 1989's 'Batman'

8 December 2014 10:27 AM, PST | | See recent news »

You wouldn't know it since there hasn't been much pomp and circumstance, but this year is the 25th anniversary of Tim Burton's influential adaptation of Batman from 1989. The film inspired a wave of popularity in comic books and bringing them to the big screen (though the big boom wouldn't come for another decade), and while the film is a little dated, it's still really fun to watch. And if you want to go back 25 years, you should check out this awesome 25-minute documentary special from behind the scenes of the film starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson, which was never available on home video. Watch it! Here's the 25-minute documentary special on Tim Burton's Batman (from Check out another vintage industry promo about Batman before the film was made right here. The quality is pretty bad, but that's because we've never been able to see »

- Ethan Anderton

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Bradley Cooper Could Become the 10th Actor to Earn A Third Consecutive Oscar Nom

8 December 2014 6:29 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

Bradley Cooper’s portrayal of Navy Seal Chris Kyle in Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper has been garnering Oscar buzz since the film premiered at AFI Fest. With The Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy saying, “nothing the actor has done before suggests the dramatic assuredness he brings to his way of detailing Kyle’s self-control, confidence, coolness, genuine concern for his comrades-in-arms, compulsion to serve his country and ultimate realization that enough is enough, even of the thing he loves most, which is war,” Cooper may earn his third consecutive Oscar nomination this year. This would follow behind his best actor nomination last year for Silver Linings Playbook (2012) and this year’s nomination for his supporting role in American Hustle (2013).

The last male actor to accomplish this feat was Russell Crowe, who scored three nominations from 2000 to 2002. He won in 2001 for his lead role in Gladiator. »

- Anjelica Oswald

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‘Vincent Price in Six Gothic Tales’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

7 December 2014 11:04 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Christmas is almost here and Arrow Video have a present for horror fans (though you’ll have to buy it of course).  Vincent Price in Six Gothic Tales is a box set of the Roger Corman Edgar Allan Poe films starring not only Price but some of the most iconic horror actors.  Just mentioning the names Barbara Steele, Peter Lorre, Lon Chaney Jr., Boris Karloff and Basil Rathbone in the same review as Vincent Price should have you getting your money ready straight away…and let’s not forget a young Jack Nicholson making an appearance too.  All this movie history in just one box, and that’s before we even look at the special features included for each movie.

Roger Corman’s Poe movies are strange beasts though, normally taking only the name and basic plot they sometimes have little connecting them to the actual source material, yet as fans we love them anyway. »

- Paul Metcalf

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Adam Brody talks Jack Nicholson and the art of the 'manly cry'

5 December 2014 3:38 PM, PST | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

In his new film Life Partners, Adam Brody plays a character who creates drama when he comes between his girlfriend (Gillan Jacobs) and her lesbian best friend (Brody's wife, Leighton Meester). But when Brody stopped by EW to take our Pop Culture Personality Test, it was nothing but comedy. Well, until he talked about Jack Nicholson's "manly cry." Watch the video below to find out about Brody's his current TV obsession, the pop song he's embarrassed to like, and the TV show and film that helped him come of age. »

- Mandi Bierly

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6 Filmmaking Tips from Mike Nichols

4 December 2014 12:00 PM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

The phrase “actor’s director” is thrown around a great deal, but there have been very few directors who knew how to work with actors quite like Mike Nichols. A former student of Lee Strasburg and a fervent believer in the revelatory power of improvisation, Nichols has directed some of the most notable performances in modern cinema. His debut alone was evidence of his gift. For his first film, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, the theater performer and director took on the mammoth task of adapting one of the most raw and acerbic plays of the 1960s to a film starring the most powerful couple in Hollywood, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. It’s now remembered as the best role of Taylor’s career. His second film, The Graduate, showed an equal but opposite talent: his ability to get performances out of unknown actors that match their particular strengths. That »

- Landon Palmer

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Meryl Streep Lands Oscar Noms, but How Do Her Films Stack Up?

4 December 2014 9:03 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

Meryl Streep holds the record for the most Oscar acting nominations with 18 — Jack Nicholson and Katherine Hepburn are tied for second with 12 each — and could potentially break her own record with a 19th nomination for Disney’s adaptation of Into the Woods. The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg said Streep “steals every scene in which she appears as The Witch.”

Though Streep hasn’t gone more than five years without landing an Oscar nomination since 1979 — the longest break was between 1990’s Postcards from the Edge and 1995’s The Bridges of Madison County — her movies haven’t fared the same. Three of her 18 films scored best picture nominations, all of which won, while four of the films were nominated solely for her performance.

Streep scored her first Oscar nomination in 1979 for her supporting role in The Deer Hunter (1978), which was only her second feature film. The film won five Oscars, »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Suicide Squad: Everything you need to know about Warner Bros' villainous team

3 December 2014 5:48 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

With Warner Bros and DC Comics announcing the all-star cast for David Ayer's Suicide Squad film this week, it seems like the perfect time to cast an eye over the lesser-known team from the world of Batman and Superman.

Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Tom Hardy, Cara Delevingne and Jai Courtney have been cast in the superhero film, with Oprah Winfrey being courted for the movie.

What is the Suicide Squad?

Task Force X - better known as the 'Suicide Squad' - is a government-sanctioned team of convicted super-felons who serve as 'deniable assets', performing high-risk black-ops missions for the government. They are offered commuted sentences in return.

The team operates out of Belle Reve prison under the control of hard-nosed agent Amanda Waller, who keeps the motley crew of villains on a tight leash with remote explosive devices that can be detonated at any time. »

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'Suicide Squad' Cast Confirmed: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie Suit Up

2 December 2014 6:52 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

On Tuesday, Warner Bros. confirmed the cast for one of its anticipated DC Comics tentpoles. The Suicide Squad, a group of incarcerated villains who agree to take on high-risk black ops missions for the government in exchange for reduced prison sentences, features some of DC’s most famous bad guys, and A-list names are now suiting up for the August 2016 blockbuster.

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Will Smith will play Deadshot, who is best known as a Batman villain, an expert marksman with a cybernetic eye and a death wish. It’s not Smith’s first turn in the superhero universe, as he portrayed an anti-hero vigilante in 2006’s Hancock.

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Jared Leto will star as The Joker, one of DC’s most infamous villains, who has been memorably portrayed in the past by Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger. The Joker is not an original Suicide Squad team member, so DC fans will be interested to see how the »

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Suicide Squad Cast Officially Confirmed

2 December 2014 5:09 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

None of this should come as much of a surprise, but Warner Bros. has officially confirmed its Suicide Squad cast. As expected, Jared Leto will be playing The Joker, and he’ll be joined by Margot Robbie in the role of Harley Quinn, Will Smith stepping into the shoes of Deadshot, Jai Courtney bringing Captain Boomerang to life and Tom Hardy tackling the group’s leader, Rick Flag. Rounding out the cast will be Cara Delevinge, who was previously rumored for the role of Quinn but will instead be playing Enchantress, a supervillain with magical powers.

Warner Bros. exec Ben Silverman weighed in on the exciting casting earlier, stating:

“The Warner Bros. roots are deep on this one. David Ayer returns to the studio where he wrote Training Day and brings his incredible ability to craft multidimensional villains to this iconic DC property with a cast of longtime Warner collaborators Will Smith and Tom Hardy, »

- Matt Joseph

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Bill Murray in St Vincent: the grouch does it (all over) again

30 November 2014 10:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A grumpy old loner who comes to embrace the spirit of friendship and community? It’s like Groundhog Day. Well, it is and it isn’t

Bill Murray interviewed

• St Vincent reviewed

Does anyone remember The Hidden, a nifty, nasty and inventive 1987 sci-fi B movie with Kyle MacLachlan? It’s about an alien organism of maximum hostility and violence that can transfer itself from one human host to another, each time discarding the previous used-up host-corpse. And it never dies: it just reappears in another guise.

This reminds me a great deal of St Vincent, Bill Murray’s brand-new old-codger movie. The story of a kid named Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher) and his newly divorced mother (Melissa McCarthy) who move in next door to a grouchy old alcoholic and degenerate gambler (that’ll be Bill), it is the umpteenth retread of a venerable and creaky Hollywood standard that reboots itself incessantly in ever-changing forms. »

- John Patterson

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Monte Hellman Double Feature: “The Shooting” / “Ride In The Whirlwind” (1966) Starring Jack Nicholson, Criterion Blu-ray Release

30 November 2014 4:39 PM, PST | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Once Upon A Time In The Existential West

By Raymond Benson

I never had a chance to see these two legendary westerns that were made back-to-back in the mid-1960s, presented by Roger Corman, directed and co-produced by Monte Hellman, and starring a young Jack Nicholson (among others), for they were elusive. I’d heard they were quirky, moody, and very different takes on the western genre, so I was excited to hear that The Criterion Collection was releasing both pictures as a double-bill on one Blu-ray disc. Now you, too, can view these strange little movies in all of their high definition glory.

Hellman was one of the few directors that producer Corman would let helm pictures for his studio, which at that time was famous for low-budget horror films, youth-in-rebellion pictures, and, later, rock ‘n’ roll counterculture flicks. Jack Nicholson was also involved with Corman since the late fifties, »

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