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Remember the viral video of a kid in the bathtub reciting Jack Nicholson’s famous courtroom scene from A Few Good Men? It was pretty damn impressive for a five-year-old boy — so much so that Jimmy Kimmel asked the budding actor to be on his talk show. This time, young Sruli memorized Matthew McConaughey’s monologue in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street. In the scene, the character instructs Leonardo DiCaprio’s Jordan Belfort how to enter a world of greed and power. Sruli stumbles over a few lines (geez, we can’t expect perfection), but the talented brainiac does a fine job and even gets the actor's hand gestures correct — right down to McConaughey’s quirky humming, chest thumping. Watch a dazzled little boy...
- Alison Nastasi
The Nicolas Cage-starring “Light” this week wrapped principal photography in Gold Coast, Australia, having previously shot extensively at the Castel Studios in Romania. Second unit work in Kenya and the U.S. remains.
The espionage thriller features Cage as a former CIA-operative embarking on a global manhunt for his long-standing nemesis, while simultaneously battling fronto-temporal dementia, an aggressive form of Alzheimer’s Disease. Anton Yelchin (“Star Trek: Into Darkness”) plays Cage’s protégé, while Swiss actress Irene Jacob (Three Colors: Red) plays his former lover.
“Fighting though unpredictable rain, careening into over time, principal photography is completed in Queensland,” said Schrader (pictured middle, with Yelchin left, and Cage, right) on Facebook.
It is the second time that Schrader and Cage have worked together, »
- Patrick Frater
It’s no secret that Wes Anderson jam packs his films with Easter eggs that make watching his pics akin to embarking on a scavenger hunt. Just like you can discover something new with each viewing, there’s still much to learn about the enigmatic director and his bountiful film universes. With his eighth feature film, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” opening nationwide on Friday, here are 12 fun facts about Anderson and his movies.
Although he ultimately received a hefty chunk of the profits, Murray was only paid his SAG day rate to star in the 1998 film. In fact, Murray theoretically put up money for the gig. When Disney didn’t want to rent a helicopter to shoot the scene in Jason Schwartzman’s character Max’s Vietnam War-themed play, Murray offered to foot the $25,000-bill. The chopper shot was cut, but »
- Maane Khatchatourian
After being nominated for a Oscar for his nail-biting true tale of modern day piracy, Captain Phillips scribe Billy Ray has jumped on board another tense, true-history project - The Ballad of Richard Jewell, a drama about the attempted 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing, which currently has Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill attached to star.
In The Ballad of Richard Jewell, based on Marie Brenner’s Vanity Fair article American Nightmare: The Ballad of Richard Jewell, Hill will play the titular security guard, who discovered a knapsack bomb during the Olympics and cleared bystanders before it exploded, only to later find himself slandered by the media and named a suspect. DiCaprio is set to play Jewell’s lawyer, who struggled to clear his client’s name during a media firestorm.
- Isaac Feldberg
So let’s pretend you made a film and your movie has just been nominated for a bunch of Oscars (we’re talking five or six or more, even). Although the voting of the Academy members can be unpredictable and you don’t want to jinx yourself, it’s probably safe to assume that your movie will be probably wind up winning at least one in a single category, right?
Actually, you might want to get your hands on all the good luck charms you can find. As it turns out, plenty of films have been nominated in loads of Oscar categories but failed to take home anything at all. For some of them the reasons are obvious (like stiff competition), but other shutouts have left people wondering why for years.
Here is a list of films, including three from the 2014 Academy Awards, with five or more nominations that »
- Chris McKittrick
Every single year we seem to get some sort of trend in the movies. Sometimes it’s Oscar themed (remember how many 2013 prestige releases were about survival of some sort?), while sometimes it’s a specific sort of a disaster movie, or even a particular type of genre outing, like how the apocalypse has been in of late. 2014 looks to be the year that the Biblical Epic returns to the screen, with both Darren Aronofsky’s Noah and Ridley Scott’s Exodus looking for awards attention (and just this past weekend Son of God opened, though that’s basically just an expansion of that TV series The Bible, so it’s hardly an epic in my eyes). That got me thinking about what other trend could be next… Personally, I never mind if we get two astroid movies in one year or something like that, as long as they each offer something different. »
- Joey Magidson
It.s always nice when you see a working relationship developing. Jonah Hill has always had a collaborative spirit, teaming with the Judd Apatow guys for movies like Knocked Up and Get Him To The Greek. But Leonardo DiCaprio never really kept too close to his collaborators, becoming Martin Scorsese.s muse of choice in films that were excessively dissimilar. In fact it was a major happening when he reunited with Titanic costar Kate Winslet for Revolutionary Road. And now DiCaprio and Hill have met each other on Wolf Of Wall Street, both receiving Oscar nominations, this true love can blossom. Their next project is The Ballad Of Richard Jewell, and the duo have added it to increasingly busy slates. But don.t be surprised if the film arrives sooner rather than later, as Variety reports that a big-name screenwriter is aboard. Billy Ray is the man tasked with bringing »
It's currently being reported that Barkhad Abdi earned just $65,000 (£38,880) for his BAFTA-winning role in the $55 million-budgeted Captain Philips.
The 28-year-old Somalian-born actor made his debut alongside Tom Hanks in the Oscar-nominated drama, and according to The New Yorker was reduced to living off per diems from studio Sony Pictures at the Beverly Hills Hotel while promoting the film.
Meanwhile it's estimated that Hanks made a staggering $50 million from his lead part in the Paul Greengrass film.
We find other surprisingly low movie salaries - from low-budgeted films to blockbusters, accepted by up-and-coming newbies to certified stars - below:
1. Jonah Hill - Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
The 30-year-old actor said on The Howard Stern Show that he was paid the five-figure sum "before commissions and taxes »
Rome, Open City (Italian: Roma, città aperta), 1945.
Directed by Roberto Rossellini.
Roberto Rossellini directs this 1940s drama about the last days of the Nazi occupation of Italy during World War II. Resistance leader Giorgio Manfredi flees the Gestapo and seeks a place to hide with the help of his friend Francesco , his pregnant fiancée Pina and the priest who is due to marry them, Don Pietro Pellegrini. Giorgio's ex-girlfriend Marina betrays him and his fellow fighters to the Gestapo in order to get her hands on some luxury items and it's not long before the Nazis and the local police find him and Don Pietro. They are captured and tortured but will they crack under the pain or be executed for their silence?
“Life is mean and dirty” says Marina, a conflicted woman who has »
- Gary Collinson
We’re back! Did you survive the Oscars? Are you looking for something to watch on Blu-ray, DVD, or streaming service? We have a few options for you released right at the end of February or the beginning of March, including a couple great animated shows, a Best Picture nominee, an FX sitcom, and a mega-blockbuster. Pick your favorites. All five are worth a look.
Photo credit: Paramount
What do Alexander Payne, David O. Russell, and Martin Scorsese’s latest films all have in common? While being multiple category nominees, they all went home empty-handed at the Oscars Sunday night. While the inferior “Dallas Buyers Club” took three trophies, Payne’s beautiful character piece about a man clinging to false hope when he thinks he has won a sweepstakes was overlooked. No matter. “Nebraska” will find the audience it deserves, and then some. This is the kind of »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
The Vanity Fair article follows a security guard who reported on the knapsack bomb at the 1996 summer Olympics and helped clear bystanders — only to find himself vilified and suspected of being involved in the terrorism plot. Hill »
- Justin Kroll
It goes without saying that one of the best trailers released last year was the first theatrical preview for Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street. Thumping to the beat of "Black Skinhead" by Kanye West and showing great actors like Leonardo DiCaprio partying hard and living incredibly excessive lifestyles, the trailer was filled with an insane, raw energy that instantly made anyone who watched it want to see the movie. It's great effectiveness and widespread appeal also make leave it wide open for parody, however, and for that you can always count on the internet. That's the origin behind the video you see above, cleverly titled "The Worf of Wall Street," and to its credit it is actually pretty awesome. Discovered by our sci-fi sister site Giant Freakin Robot and created by YouTube user doubleg1701, the clip is just a bunch of re-edited footage from episodes of Star Trek »
Patricia Arquette, who won an Emmy for Medium, is set as the lead of another crime drama procedural, CBS’ planted CSI spinoff. Written by the CSI franchise team of Carol Mendelsohn, Anthony E. Zuiker and Ann Donahue, the untitled spinoff (aka CSI Cyber) centers on Avery Ryan (Arquette), Special Agent in Charge at the Cyber Crime Division of the FBI in Quantico, Va, who is tasked with solving high-octane crimes that start in the mind, live online, and play out into the real world. The project, inspired by Irish CyberPsychologist Mary Aiken, would be the first CSI series with a female lead. Avery will be introduced in a CSI episode this spring. Mendelsohn, Zuiker and Donahue exec produce with Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman for CBS TV Studios and Bruckheimer TV. Arquette, repped by Gersh, 3 Arts and Ziffren Brittenham, recently completed the feature The Wanna Be and HBO drama series Boardwalk Empire, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Patricia Arquette has been tapped to star in the planned spinoff episode of “CSI,” set to air later this spring.
The spinoff will focus on how technology has reached a point where faceless criminals can commit major crimes with the touch of a button. It’s inspired by Mary Aiken’s work as a “cyber psychologist.” Arquette will star as special agent Avery Ryan, who is tasked with solving high octane crimes that start out in the cyber world and play out in real life.
Most recently, Arquette had an arc on this past season of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” as a love interest for Steve Buscemi’s character. She also had a seven-season run on NBC’s “Medium,” which earned her three Golden Globe nominations, two Emmy noms and one win in 2005.
The spinoff »
- Cynthia Littleton
The Film Society of Lincoln Center have unveiled their incredible lineup for the forthcoming "Art of the Real" series, which includes work from Corneliu Porumboiu, Robert Greene, Thom Andersen, James Benning, and more:
"The thin and often blurry line between fact and fiction will be prodded in the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s revamped Art of the Real, a two-week series (April 11-26) dedicated to an expansive definition of nonfiction filmmaking."
"Mr. Resnais had a full head of white hair that the French newspaper Le Monde said he had sported for so long that one could forget he was ever young. He exhibited a youthful energy well into his 80s and was working on drafts of his next project from his hospital bed when he died, the producer Jean-Louis Livi said.
Despite the serious nature of his films, »
- Adam Cook
★★★★★By 1944, Italy's film industry was virtually non-existent. Funding in the arts was severed to pool resources in the reconstruction of the country's war-torn landscape. Yet it were these financial obstructions that inspired one of the most important movements in 20th century cinema. Mere months after the Nazi withdrawal from Rome, Roberto Rossellini and Federico Fellini began work on a picture that would lead to individuals like Martin Scorsese calling it "the most precious moment of film history" in years to come. Rome, Open City (1945) not only solidified Rossellini as a a world-class storyteller, but has since become the esteemed inception of Italian neorealism.
- CineVue UK
Mark Wahlberg arrived on our screens back in the mid 90’s with roles in movies like Basketball Diaries and The Substitute. Since then he has gone on to become one of Hollywood’s biggest and best known leading men.
His career has been one of the most eclectic in Hollywood, having worked in Academy Award winning films like The Departed and The Fighter, to critical duds like the Planet of the Apes and Max Payne. He has also had the privilege of working with some of the best directors in the business including Martin Scorsese, David O Russell and Paul Thomas Anderson, though he has also worked with Michael Bay.
Mark’s latest movie Lone Survivor, the story of a group of solider trapped at the top of the mountain having to fight out terrorists hits cinemas this Friday.
With that in mind we’ve decided to take a look »
- Liam Hoofe
The 67-year-old actress confessed that they used to tell Martin Scorsese that they didn't get the scene quite right and they should have another go at it, the Mirror reported.
She said that both of them chewed gum and ate peppermints, as actors are very sensitive about that because talking close to someone in front of the camera or kissing is really quite intrusive.
Lumley added that it's a courtesy and their teeth were cleaned "virtually to extinction".. »
- Anita Agarwal
News Ryan Lambie 5 Mar 2014 - 08:43
The Raid 2: Berandal is out next month, and it's already being touted as a great action film. But while the fame of both the series and those involved in it continue to rise, American production company Screen Gems has been working away on an English-language remake of The Raid, having snapped up the rights shortly after it screened at the Toronto Film Festival.
Oscar 2014 winners and nominees (photo: Oscar winners Lupita Nyong’o and Jared Leto chat at the 2014 Oscar ceremony) Best Picture: American Hustle, Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison, Jonathan Gordon; Captain Phillips, Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca; Dallas Buyers Club, Robbie Brenner, Rachel Winter; Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón, David Heyman; Her, Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze, Vincent Landay; Nebraska, Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa; Philomena, Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan, Tracey Seaward; 12 Years a Slave, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen, Anthony Katagas; The Wolf of Wall Street, Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joey McFarland, Emma Tillinger Koskoff. Best Foreign Language Film: The Broken Circle Breakdown, Belgium; The Great Beauty, Italy; The Hunt, Denmark; The Missing Picture, Cambodia; Omar, Palestine. Best Actress: Amy Adams, American Hustle; Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine; Sandra Bullock, Gravity; Judi Dench, Philomena; Meryl Streep, August: Osage County. Best Actor: Christian Bale, American Hustle; Bruce Dern, Nebraska; Leonardo DiCaprio, »
- Steve Montgomery
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