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Fox and NBC have announced their fall lineup, and it’s hard not to notice some similarities between their offerings. Even beyond the standard “here’s a family comedy! Here’s a parenting comedy! Here’s some new police procedurals!” the premises of these shows are remarkably similar. So similar, in fact, that it’s like Armageddon and Deep Impact happening right in your living room. For example, both networks have… 1. A Show Based on a 90s Interpretation of a 19th Century Novel Over at Fox, we have Sleepy Hollow, about how the Revolutionary War soldier Ichabod Crane is somehow brought back to life in modern times to fight the Headless Horseman in a modern day Sleepy Hollow… probably. It’s honestly pretty difficult to make it through that whole trailer without cringing, but it does seem to be taking its cues from Tim Burton’s 1999 Sleepy Hollow flick, in that both change Crane’s career from »
- J.F. Sargent
Directed by: Ariel Vromen
Running Time: 1 hr 46 mins
Release Date: May 17, 2013 (Chicago)
Plot: The real life story of Richard Kuklinski (Shannon), a family man who also claimed to have murdered over a hundred people for the mafia.
Who’S It For? Fans of Michael Shannon might find his performance to be worth a look, despite a weak script saying otherwise.
Read our interview with Director/Co-Writer Ariel Vromen
Michael Shannon is on course to be a huge star. With his lead villain role as Zod only a month away in June’s Man of Steel, this intense Frankenstein of a Chicago actor is about leave a huge impression on a moviegoing public that is attracted to performances that are dark, weird, intense, or some mix of the three. (He has previously provided such performances »
- Nick Allen
Directed by Ariel Vromen
The Iceman exists in a strange kind of cinematic purgatory, in which reside those movies that are both too rushed and too slow. With actors like Michael Shannon, Chris Evans, and Winona Ryder among the key players, this period piece about a particularly sociopathic Mob enforcer’s rise to some level of infamy is, at best, decent. But the script fast-forwards through so much of its lead character’s life and allows seemingly mundane events play out in near-slow motion, making The Iceman a drawn-out experience.
Shannon is Richard Kuklinski, a hulking but quiet young man whose job working at a porno lab circa 1964 leads him to working as a cold-blooded hitman for mid-level mobster Roy DeMeo (Ray Liotta), taking out any number of people who’ve done Roy or his bosses wrong. Kuklinski balances his »
- Josh Spiegel
Chicago – Another great Michael Shannon performance should come as no surprise as everything he touches lately seems to be interesting, from “Take Shelter” to “Boardwalk Empire” to letters written by batshit crazy sorority girls. However, his increasingly impressive ability can’t save “The Iceman,” a misguided, clichéd hitman flick that careens tonally and doesn’t really justify its existence. It doesn’t work as thriller or as drama, serving as little more than a performance piece for its talented star.
“The Iceman” was the alias for the notorious Richard Kuklinski, a seemingly average guy who happened to be a total psychopath. The most successful people find a way to turn their skills into financial assets and Kuklinski became one of the most notorious mob hitmen of the twentieth century after crossing paths with the legendary Roy DeMeo (Ray Liotta). Kuklinski worked at one of DeMeo’s porn production houses »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Directed by Ariel Vromen
It’s kind of baffling that it’s taken this long to make a movie about Richard Kuklinski. Quiet family man is secretly a prolific murderer working as a hitman for the Jersey mob, completely unbeknownst to his family? That’s the kind of thing Hollywood loves, give him nymphomaniac wife and Lou Gehrig’s disease and you got a three picture series with Robert Downey Jr. and Naomi Watts, no problem. Maybe throw in Jerry Stiller as the comedically Jewish dad.
Instead, we’ve got The Iceman, a somewhat under-the-radar thriller starring Michael Shannon, Ray Liotta, Ray Liotta’s increasingly weird hairline, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans and directed by fairly unknown filmmaker Ariel Vromen.
The short version is that the film is a fairly average mob/thriller/drama affair that wisely focuses on the human »
- Thomas O'Connor
The ever-so-intense Michael Shannon plays true life hitman Richard Kuklinski in The Iceman, a bloody drama about the family man who claimed to have murdered over 100 people for the mafia. In the biopic, Shannon is joined by an ensemble cast that includes Chris Evans, Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta, James Franco, David Schwimmer, Robert Davi, and Stephen Dorff.
The film is co-written and directed by Ariel Vromen, who has his biggest project yet with Iceman. Vromen has directed two films previously, Danika with Marisa Tomei in 2006, and Rx with Colin Hanks, Lauren Grahan, and Eric Balfour in 2005, which he also co-wrote.
In a phoner interview, I talked with Vromen about his film, the rising star the drives it, the question of secrecy that it asks, the incredible moments of tension between Michael Shannon and Ray Liotta, and more.
The Iceman opens in Chicago on May 17.
Kuklinski has a very staggering line »
- Nick Allen
It's the true story of mafia hit-man Richard Kuklinski.
The Iceman, as he was nicknamed - partly from his stone-cold demeanour and partly because he used to store bodies on ice, was interesting because he was also a devoted family man. He loved his wife and kids, and in the movie, claimed he didn't kill women or children. Quite a trait/code for a contract killer, wouldn't you say?
Michael Shannon portrays Kuklinski in an eerily intimidating, appropriately cold-as-ice way. His co-stars include a barely recognizable Chris Evans, David Schwimmer, James Franco, Stephen Dorff, Ray Liotta as mob-boss Roy Demeo and Winona Ryder as Kuklinski's wife Deborah.
We had a chance to sit down with Liotta and Ryder in September during the Toronto International Film Festival to talk about their movie. »
- Melissa Sheasgreen
Before he thunders around the screen as Zod in Man Of Steel, Michael Shannon is being his bad ass self in The Iceman, based on the real life mob hitman Richard “The Iceman Kuklinski, who was responsible for over 200 murders. At this point, Shannon plays these kinds of bad guy roles in his sleep. The dude has some intensity and presence about him! He genuinely looks like he could explode!! Synopsis: Richard Kuklinski (Michael Shannon) and his wife Deborah (Winona Ryder) appear to have a model American life, living with their three children in an idyllic suburban ranch house with a big lawn on a quiet street. But unbeknownst to Deborah and the kids, when Kuklinski goes off to work in the morning — or, on occasion, in the middle of dinner or the middle of the night — he is carrying out executions at the behest of the Gambino crime family, »
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I can’t wait for Star Trek Into Darkness. I am anticipating it so much, in fact, that I just spent some time checking out the cast and crew on IMDb.com.
Among the long list of cast members, I noticed Dave Kim, the visual effects coordinator for movies such as Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel. Dave is making an unexpected foray into the world on the other side of the camera with his cameo appearance as a Starfleet enlisted soldier. Being a writer who loves to make Top 10 lists, this got me thinking about other unexpected cameo roles in Gene Roddenberry’s universe.
With a seemingly endless array of television series and movies to choose from, an appearance in Star Trek has become something of a coveted accomplishment among Star Trek fans. And the desire to appear in Star Trek is not limited to average citizens like you and me. »
- Tim Rich
With a career that spans almost 30 years, Winona Ryder has starred in almost every genre of film, from sci-fi and drama to horror, animation and comedy. This week, Ryder adds a new genre to her expansive filmography with a role in the true crime biography The Iceman, opens in limited release May 17th.
Ryder stars as Deborah Pellicotti, the wife of notorious contract killer Richard Kuklinski (Michael Shannon). The movie, based on actual events, follows Kuklinski as he climbs his way up to criminal ladder becoming the mob’s fierce go-to hitman, all while keeping his occupation hidden from his wife and children. It’s certainly a change of pace from her last big screen roles in the Kevin James comedy The Dilemma and as the voice of Elsa Van Helsing in Frankenweenie!
How much do you know about Winona Ryder and her movies? Take the quiz and find out! »
- Rachel West
Winona Ryder laments Jennifer Lawrence and Kristen Stewart’s lack of privacy in a candid new cover story for Interview magazine's May issue. Asked specifically about what Lawrence and Stewart are "going through today," Ryder tells the mag, "I have to say, I really wonder if I would become an actress if I was their age now." "I don't know how they do it, though, in just trying to maintain some degree of a personal life and privacy," says the actress. »
- Shari Weiss
Los Angeles, May 11: Actress Winona Ryder feels lucky to have started her career in the 1980s when there was no Internet and no paparazzi following her.
"I have to say, I really wonder if I would become an actress if I was their age now. I've only seen part of 'Twilight', but I've seen their other work and they're both super-talented. I don't know how they do it, though, in just trying to maintain some degree of a personal life and privacy," dailystar.co.uk quoted her as saying.
"I do feel so. »
- Ketali Mehta
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
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- NextMovie Staff
Winona Ryder has revealed that a casting director once told her she wasn't "pretty enough" to be an actress.
Speaking with Interview magazine, the Heathers star explained that she was "unusual-looking" and may not have been an actress if she didn't land roles as quirky characters in her early work.
"I didn't have the look of that time," she said. "If you look at Lucas and, basically, my first five or six movies, the characters are not described in the scripts as attractive people. So I scored in the sense that if I hadn't done those, I don't know that I would've been cast in other things, because I wasn't really considered a beauty."
Ryder went on to recount one of her auditions, saying: "I was mid-sentence when the casting director said, 'Listen, kid. You should not be an actress. You are not pretty enough. You should go back to »
Winona Ryder has admitted that she does not know if she could handle becoming an actress now.
"I have to say, I really wonder if I would become an actress if I was their age now," she said. "I've only seen part of Twilight, but I've seen their other work and they're both super talented.
"I don't know how they do it, though, in just trying to maintain some degree of a personal life and privacy."
Ryder continued: "Look, this is a story in Interview, so I do get how people complaining about privacy when they're actually doing very public things can come across as a bit hypocritical.
"But I do feel so lucky that I got to get in »
Winona Ryder was told she wasn't 'pretty enough' to be an actress. The 41-year-old actress - whose movie credits include 'Heathers' and 'Edward Scissorhands' - said she was discouraged from pursuing a movie career when she first started out by a casting director who felt she wasn't photogenic enough. She told Interview magazine: 'I was in the middle of auditioning and I was mid-sentence when the casting director said, 'Listen, kid. You should not be an actress. You are not pretty enough. You should go back to wherever you came from and you should go to school. You don't have it.' She was very blunt - I honestly think that she thought she was doing me a »
Also in today’s First Dibs: Which famous comedian ragged on Kim Kardashian’s Met Gala dress? Winona Ryder opens up about her days as a teen star, and the upcoming release of Ender’s Game is generating new buzz.
Tiger Woods may have played it cool while on the red carpet at Monday’s Met Gala, but he hit the streets (and seemingly the bottle) pretty hard afterward. The golf star reportedly embarrassed girlfriend Lindsey Vonn with his drunken antics, culminating in him tripping on a flight of stairs as the couple left an afterparty. [Daily Mail] And for more post-Met naughtiness, Robin Williams took to Twitter to give his thoughts on Kim K’s floral print dress. Um, apparently, he thinks Mrs. Doubtfire rocked it better. Burn. [Bossip] Winona Ryder reveals that she was once told she wasn’t pretty enough to be an actress. Seriously, could we really imagine anyone »
- Rahsheeda Ali
London, May 8: Winona Ryder has revealed that she was once told to give up on acting because she wasn't attractive enough.
The 41-year-old told Interview magazine that in the middle of auditioning and mid-sentence, the casting director said, 'Listen kid, you shouldn't be an actress,' the Daily Express reported.
The director, according to the 'Black Swan' star, said that she was not pretty enough and told her to go back to wherever she came from, and go to school.
"I honestly think she thought she was doing me a favour," Ryder insisted.
The actress admitted that if it were not for landing roles in 1988 films,. »
- Machan Kumar
With age comes wisdom -- and beauty! Winona Ryder, 41, covers the latest issue of Interview magazine, and not only does she offer great insights into what it was like to come of age in Hollywood and how the business of fame has changed since the early '90s, she also looks drop-dead gorgeous. Speaking of the time when she and Reality Bites costar Ethan Hawke were Tinseltown's brightest young things, the actress said, "We were just at that age, and everyone was telling us how great [...] »
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