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At the start of the 90s, Us independent cinema was unrecognisable from the beast it later became. Few films broke out of the small arthouse circuit, the only celebrity you'd ever see at Sundance (where this movie was a Grand Jury prize nominee in 1990) was Robert Redford, and the roost was ruled by barely a handful of directors, such as Jim Jarmusch, Steven Soderbergh, Hal Hartley and later Richard Linklater. Of that small bunch, it was Hartley who perhaps took most of the acclaim, yet he never really broke out of the indie ghetto.
Even amid such unique voices Hartley's stood out. He arrived virtually fully formed with his first feature, The Unbelievable Truth. Drenched in ambiguity and wit, it is a strangely comedic drama that casually plays with movie tropes. »
- Phelim O'Neill
Update: Reports have Killing Season getting a theatrical release on July 12th in "large markets" but without much other details and a release less than 2 months away, this is still quite a drop for both actors. There was a time, not very long ago, that a movie from the director of Ghost Rider and Daredevil, starring Academy Award Winner Robert De Niro and Academy Award Nominee John Travolta would have been a lock to get a wide theatrical release and at least a respectable box »
- Alex Maidy
Ten years ago, Nick Denton started Gawker with the idea of capturing the gossip that journalists tell one another privately but won't put into print. Since then, he has been at the center of several legal battles with celebrities looking to protect secrets. The network of Gawker sites have become celebrated for its scoops, most recently uncovering Manti Te'o's fake girlfriend and Toronto mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine. Denton has also overseen many high-profile battles with stars including John Travolta, Hulk Hogan and Sarah Palin. His digital empire now attracts tens of millions of readers monthly. Denton will
- Eriq Gardner
What is Casting Couch? It’s a rundown of recent news about actors getting new jobs. Today it’s mostly focused on handsome young fellows like Gael Garcia Bernal, Hayden Christensen, and Dylan O’Brien. Due to the fact that they’ve both been constantly working, prolific actors for an unmentionable number of decades, it’s kind of hard to believe that Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman have never appeared in a movie together; but apparently that’s the case. There’s one for the trivia buffs out there. Now one for the news hounds: apparently that streak is about to be broken. Myriad Pictures has announced [via Coming Soon] that the duo are now set to co-star in a comedy called Life Itself, which will see them playing a married couple who decide to make a mint by putting the New York City apartment they’ve spent most of their lives in on the market, but »
- Nathan Adams
Feature Glen Chapman 22 May 2013 - 06:41
With Django Unchained out now on DVD, Glen looks at the Tarantino projects that have yet to be made, and what he might direct next...
Quentin Tarantino's impact on cinema over the past two decades is undeniable, but still, he's something of a divisive filmmaker. There are many who love his character, enthusiasm and output, but there are those who dismiss his work as little more than pastiche.
The enthusiasm he exudes often results in him announcing dream projects that at the time seem unlikely to be made, and for a number of these, this has turned out to be the case. His last two films, Inglorious Basterds and Django Unchained, were both teased by the director many years before they went into production, and eventually made it to the big screen. Other Tarantino projects, meanwhile, have been less fortunate.
Here are a »
Anthony Hopkins has been cast in mobster biopic Gotti.
The previous iteration of the film, which was titled Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father, was to star Travolta and Preston alongside Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Lindsay Lohan, Ben Foster and Chazz Palminteri.
Travolta will star as 'Dapper Don' John Gotti Jr, a Gambini family mobster who died in prison in 2002 after serving ten years for murder, extortion, racketeering, loan-sharking, illegal gambling and tax evasion.
Gotti will begin shooting on September 9. »
The film's international distribution is up for grabs at the Cannes Film Festival and executives at Im Global have announced that Hopkins has signed up, although his role is still a mystery, Contactmusic reported.
Travolta was picked up as the lead of 'Gotti: In The Shadow of My Father' in 2010, while Nick Cassavetes was roped in to direct the movie, and Lindsay Lohan and Joe Pesci were announced as potential co-stars.
But Cassavetes and Pesci pulled themselves out of the project. »
- Lohit Reddy
• Kate Hudson (Something Borrowed) is set to join Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here. The story follows 35-year-old husband, father, and struggling actor Aiden Bloom (Braff), who decides to home school his kids when his father (Homeland’s Mandy Patinkin, playing another Saul) has to stop funding their private education. Hudson will play the part of Braff’s wife. Braff famously funded this project through a Kickstarter campaign that actually still has three days left. At the time of posting, the project had raised over $690K beyond its goal of $2 million. The film also stars Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect »
- Lindsey Bahr
John Travolta stars as Gambino family crime boss John Gotti, with Kelly Preston portraying the teflon don's wife, Victoria Gotti. The story follows Gotti and his son, who wants to leave the family business to start fresh on his own.
Leo Rossi and Lem Dobbs wrote the screenplay, based on an original idea by John Gotti Jr.. Marc Fiore, Ted Field, Thomas Devlin and Michael Froch are producing. Shooting is scheduled to begin in New York this September.
Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson was previously attached to the fact-based gangster thriller based on the life of John Gotti and his ‘family’. However, Jurassic Park 3 and Captain America’s Joe Johnston’s was recently installed as the new helmer.
Real-life couple John Travolta and Kelly Preston have been attached to the project from pretty much day one, with Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Lindsay Lohan, Ben Foster and Chazz Palminteri also set to co-star. Whether or not those names are still interested (well, Pesci has a lawsuit pending against to producers so you can rule him out) following Levinson’s departure remains to be seen but we can at least confirm Anthony Hopkins has joined the cast in the murderous story told from the point-of-view of the late mafia Don’s son. The Academy Award-winning actor has previously worked with Johnston on Universal’s remake of The Wolfman.
- Craig Hunter
Here's today's latest casting news: Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games) will star in the action picture Aurora Rising, which follows a test pilot storyline based on a screenplay by Christian Gudegast (A Man Apart). Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs) has joined the mobster biopic Gotti for director Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger). Kate Hudson (Almost Famous) joins Zach Braff's Wish I Was Here, funded partially from crowd-sourced money via Kickstarter. Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement. First up from THR is news that Hemsworth will lead Aurora Rising. The story centers on "a Southern California surfer who becomes a fighter pilot and after a messy combat mission, is recruited to be part of an elite team to test a new generation of aircraft just as an international conflict begins." Relativity Media will distribute. Hemsworth will also be seen in Relativity's Paranoia, due out August 16th, »
- Dave Trumbore
Making a movie about the John "The Teflon Don" Gotti seems like a no-brainer. Americans love a good (read: gritty) gangster story, and Gotti's reputation still looms large even eleven years after his death. And yet, his son John A. Gotti (A.K.A. Junior) has been struggling to get his father-son story Gotti: In The Shadow of My Father made since 2010. But after repeated delays and bizarre scandals, that included losing Nick Cassavetes as director, a tangle with Lindsay Lohan, and a lawsuit from an enraged and recast Joe Pesci, Gotti is finally coming together.minus its showy subtitle. Variety reports the project that fell off the map in 2011, has made its mark at Cannes, announcing Academy Award-winner Anthony Hopkins has joined the Gotti cast that includes John Travolta, and Kelly Preston. As the pic's international distribution is up for sale at Cannes, Im Global is boasting Hopkins involvement, »
Meyers previously worked with Abrams on "Mission: Impossible III". No word on what role it will be. [Source: Latino Review]
Leo Rossi wrote the screenplay which focuses on the don’s career as a gangster boss and his son, who decides to leave the crime world in order to redeem himself. [Source: Variety]
She is expected to be joined by other well-known Chinese actors as »
- Garth Franklin
Following director Joe Johnston's recent attachment to the mobster biopic Gotti comes word, via Variety , that Anthony Hopkins will be joining John Travolta and Kelly Preston in the cast. The film, which adapts Gotti's life from the point of view of his son, was previously set to star, in addition to Travolta and Preston, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Lindsay Lohan, Ben Foster and Chazz Palminteri. Barry Levinson was previously attached to helm that earlier iteration of the project, which was to have been titled Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father . The rights to the story, which, in reality ended with the death of Gotti in prison in 2002, are held by Marc Fiore and his Fiore Films where actor Leo Rossi supplied the original screenplay. Hopkins, who recently played the title role »
The power of Cannes has brought another tidbit of casting news. The mafia flick which has been gestating for years, Gotti, now has Anthony Hopkins attached. Hopkins will join John Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston, both already confirmed to star. Hopkins’ role is as-yet undisclosed, though our guess is he’ll be in the running for an old school mobster. Expect him to hone his vocal skills and bust out his Italian American accent!
Gotti is based on the story of real-life mobster boss, John Gotti. Travolta has snagged the plum role, and his wife Preston will play Gotti’s wife, Victoria. The casting announcements for the project have changed dramatically over recent years. At one time Lindsay Lohan, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci were in talks. From the film’s IMDb page, the only other actors still attached are Chazz Palminteri and Ella Bleu Travolta.
Two weeks ago »
- Gem Seddon
Jonathan Rhys Meyers to star in Star Wars: Episode VII? Jonathan Rhys Meyers is "in talks" to star in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII, according to Latino Review. Best known for his role as King Henry VIII in the Showtime series The Tudors, which also features upcoming Man of Steel Henry Cavill, Rhys Meyers has already been featured in one Abrams movie: Mission: Impossible III (2003), in which he supported Tom Cruise. (Photo: Jonathan Rhys Meyers in The Tudors.) At this stage, it’s unclear which role Jonathan Rhys Meyers would play in Star Wars: Episode VII, now a Walt Disney Studios production. The next installment in the highly popular franchise is reportedly to continue the Star Wars saga where Return of the Jedi left off. Having said that, in case Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, and Anthony Daniels (perhaps a little rustier?) are indeed returning to the Star Wars fold, »
- Zac Gille
Recent hot cinema topics such as the portrayal of the Mandarin character in Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 and speculations about what classic Star Trek villain Benedict Cumberbatch’s character in J.J Abrams’ Star Trek: Into Darkness was modeled after leading up to the film’s release, among others, underline the importance of great villains in genre cinema.
Creating a great cinematic villain is a difficult goal that makes for an incredibly rewarding and memorable viewer experience when it is achieved.
We’ll now take a look at the greatest film villains. Other writing on this subject tends to be a bit unfocused, as “greatest villain” articles tend to mix live-action human villains with animated characters and even animals. Many of these articles also lack a cohesive quality as they attempt to cover too much ground at once by spanning all of film history.
This article focuses on the 1970’s, »
- Terek Puckett
John Travolta and Kelly Preston already star in the pic, which focuses on the teflon don’s career as a gangster boss and his son, who decides to leave the crime world in order to redeem himself. Project is based on an original idea by Gotti’s son, John A. Gotti.
Cannes: Weinstein, Yen Talk ‘Crouching Tiger’ Sequel
Project has had a number of false starts over the years. Nick Cassavetes »
- Rachel Abrams
Olga Kurylenko (Oblivion), Luke Bracey (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) and Bill Smitrovich (Iron Man) are set to join Pierce Brosnan in the espionage action-thriller November Man directed by Roger Donaldson (The Bank Job). The announcement was made by producers Beau St. Clair of Irish Dreamtime and Sriram Das of Das Films. Written by Michael Finch (Predators) and Karl Gajdusek (Oblivion), the script was developed from Bill Granger’s There Are No Spies, the seventh book in Granger’s thirteen-part November Man series.
With shooting set to start in Europe on May 20th, November Man tells the story of an ex-cia operative (Brosnan) who finds himself pitted against his former pupil (Bracey) in a race to find a woman hiding from her past (Kurylenko) who holds the key to an international conspiracy. November Man is financed by Merced Media Partners, Envision Entertainment Corporation and PalmStar Media Capital. Executive Producers include Merced’s Raj Singh and Stuart Brown, »
- Michelle McCue
Joss Whedon Much Ado About Nothing: Oscars Outdoors film series Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing will kick off the 2013 "Oscars Outdoors" summer movie season on Wednesday, June 5 at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ open-air theater in Hollywood. Much Ado About Nothing stars Amy Acker (Alias), Alexis Denisoff (How I Met Your Mother), Clark Gregg (Iron Man), Nathan Fillion (Waitress, Castle), Fran Kranz (Cabin in the Woods) and Sean Maher (The Playboy Club), all of whom are expected to join The Avengers director Joss Whedon for a post-screening Q&A moderated by Kcrw’s Matt Holzman. Oscars Outdoors screening films also include two upcoming releases: Morgan Neville’s documentary about backup singers, Twenty Feet from Stardom (June 6), and Academy Nicholl Screenwriting Fellow Destin Cretton’s relationship drama Short Term 12 (July 20), featuring Brie Larson, John Gallagher Jr., and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2‘s Rami Malek. »
- Andre Soares
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