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With the 2014 Academy Awards just two weeks away, Indiewire decided to compile a list of the film roles that established the careers of these immensely talented actresses. While some of the nominees have been in the game for decades, others got started not too long ago. Here they are in their debut roles: Amy Adams, Nominated for "American Hustle" - "Drop Dead Gorgeous" (1999) An aspiring dancer at first, Amy Adams got her big break in "Drop Dead Gorgeous," a dark comedy that follows a group of contestants who compete in a beauty pageant--and suddenly start to die. Shot in the style of a mockumentary, the film also stars Kirsten Dunst, Ellen Barkin, Kirstie Alley, Allison Janney and Denise Richards. With such a dynamic cast, Adams managed to still stand out in her role as Leslie Miller, a kindhearted, clumsy and somewhat promiscuous cheerleader who also competes for the prize. Cate Blanchett, »
- Eric Eidelstein
It would appear that legendary actor Robert De Niro has had boxing on the brain these last couple of years. Not only did the Raging Bull star revisit the sport in last year’s Grudge Match, with Sylvester Stallone, but he’s about to be seen in Hands of Stone. The latter film is a biographical tale about Roberto “Manos de Piedra” Duran (the title is the english translation of that nickname). Despite being an incredible pugilist, winning 103 of 119 professional fights, Duran may be most famous for one of his losses in which he famously declared “¡No mas!” to prematurely end his bout against Sugar Ray Leonard.
De Niro will portray Duran’s trainer, Ray Arcel. Arcel famously trained 18 world champions.
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Robert De Niro will be returning to the boxing ring once again in Venezuelan filmmaker Jonathan Jakubowicz’s Hands of Stone. The film stars Edgar Ramirez as Roberto Duran and Robert De Niro as his trainer, Ray Arcel. The Panama-born fighter first entered the ring at age 16 and 12 years later defeated Sugar Ray Leonard to become the Wbc Welterweight Champion. During a rematch though, he shocked everyone by surrendering and yelling out “No Mas,” which ended the fight prematurely.
If you’re a fan of boxing, you’re undoubtedly familiar with what is now known as the “No Mas” fight, as it’s one of the most famous events in the sport’s history. Co-starring Ruben Blades, Ellen Barkin and John Turturro, Hands of Stone will look to answer the question of why Duran surrendered and chose not to complete the fight.
For those who remember it, and even those who don’t, »
- Matt Joseph
You’d think that Robert De Niro would have had his fill of boxing movies by now, but apparently not. The Hollywood legend will return to screens alongside Edgar Ramirez, Ellen Barkin, and John Turturro in Hands Of Stone, a film that revolves around boxer Roberto Duran and his equally legendary trainer Ray Arcel, who changed each other’s lives.
Ramirez stars as Duran while De Niro assumes the role of Arcel.
Musician and actor Usher Raymond also stars in the film as fellow legend of the ring Sugar Ray Leonard. The Daily Mail posted some set pics from the film’s New York showing off De Niro’s aged look, but the above promotional pics is our first official look at the movie.
Hands Of Stone is set to open later this year.
- Paul Heath
Last week, Steve was at the European Film Market (Efm) in Berlin and picked up some promo images and art from upcoming films. Among them was Jonathan Jakubowicz's boxing biopic Hands of Stone. The film stars Edgar Ramirez (Carlos) as Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran, who won 103 of 119 contests against such top-tier talent such as Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns, Marvin Hagler, Hector Camacho and Vinny Pazienza. Duran might be most remembered for the infamous fight against Leonard in which Duran called out, “No mas!” in order to quit the fight prematurely. Robert De Niro co-stars as Duran's trainer, Ray Arcel. Hit the jump to check out the image. Hands of Stone also stars Ruben Blades, Ellen Barkin, and John Turturro. »
- Matt Goldberg
Sexy former 'Desperate Housewives' star Eva Longoria (below) is the latest to join new horror 'Visions', just one of the many genre project currently on the go over at Blumhouse Productions. Longoria will be joining a host of familiar faces already on board the project that includes Isla Fisher ('Now You See Me'), Jim Parsons ('The Big Bang Theory'), Gillian Jacobs ('Community') and Ellen Barkin ('The New Normal'). With the line-up already it does have a very 'comedic' feel to it, so we wonder just how tongue-in-cheek perhaps the action may be. 'Saw VI' helmer Kevin Greutert will be behind the camera lensing from a script provided by Lucas Sussman ('Below'). »
Over at Blumhouse Productions, Jason Blum is working away on a slew of buzzy horror projects, including sequels to his studio’s biggest hits (Sinister 2, Insidious: Chapter 3) and stand-alone flicks that he likely hopes can spark franchises (Ouija, Lazarus). Personally, I’m on already on the lookout for Visions, a Blumhouse pic that, despite its fairly generic premise, is building an increasingly promising cast. Now, Deadline is reporting that Desperate Housewives‘ Eva Longoria has climbed on board the project.
The actress joins Isla Fisher (Now You See Me), Gillian Jacobs (Community), and Anson Mount (All the Boys Love Mandy Lane) in the horror-thriller, which focuses on a pregnant wife (Fisher) who begins to suffer terrifying visions of a hooded figure when she moves to the countryside with her husband (Mount). Longoria will play Fisher’s best friend, a glamorous, funny and sarcastic city girl who disapproves of her friend’s life decisions. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Director: Mitchell Lichtenstein
Writer: Mitchell Lichtenstein
Producer: Joyce M. Pierpoline
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Well, you should all be excited that Mitchell Lichtenstein has directed another thriller. This is, after all, the man whose directorial debut was 2007’s Teeth (and he followed that up with a great familial black comedy, Happy Tears that featured a superb Ellen Barkin). This time around he has the underrated Jena Malone headlining and chameleonic Janet McTeer. This time Lichtenstein tackles sexual repression at its most virulent, during Victorian era, London.
Gist: Based on the Arthur Phillips novel, this is about a couple living in Victorian London endure an unusual series of psychological and supernatural effects following the birth of their child.
Release Date: While it was not announced at either Sundance or Berlin, where both his other films premiered, respectively, we’re thinking this could »
- Nicholas Bell
In 2009, a dark comedy made completely in Panama became a record-busting box office hit, taking both filmmakers and audiences by surprise.
Backed by local investors, Abner Benaim’s $1.2 million “Chance” is a delightful farce about two housekeepers who turn on their bosses. “When we made it, there were no incentives either from Panama’s institutions or government; it was made solely through risk investment,” says its Mexican producer Matthias Ehrenberg. All the equipment had to be brought in, he recalls.
Cut to 2013: the producers of the $17 million biopic “Hands of Stone” have taken advantage of a 15% cash rebate and a $2.8 million advance from the Panamanian government, the latter expressly offered to make sure they lensed the story about their national hero Roberto Duran in his native land.
“They gave us full support, dozens of free locations and a level of hospitality that made everyone feel at home,” says helmer »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
‘Ryan’s Daughter’ actor Christopher Jones dead at 72: Quit acting following nervous breakdown after Sharon Tate murder, in later years turned down Quentin Tarantino movie offer Christopher Jones, who had a key role in David Lean’s 1970 romantic epic Ryan’s Daughter, died of complications from gallbladder cancer last Friday, January 31, 2014, at Los Alamitos Medical Center, approximately 35 km southwest of downtown Los Angeles. Christopher Jones (born William Franklin Jones on August 18, 1941, in Jackson, Tennessee) was 72. After growing up in a children’s home, joining the army at 16 and then going Awol, being handpicked by Tennessee Williams for a small role in the playwright’s The Night of the Iguana in 1961, and starring in the television series The Legend of Jesse James (1965-1966), Christopher Jones began getting film roles. His first was the title role in Allen H. Miner’s 1967 clash-of-generations drama Chubasco, in which Jones plays a misunderstood youth »
- Andre Soares
Ah, our favorite magazine tradition. Vanity Fair's 20th Annual Hollywood Issue is upon us and the dozen stars selected they've selected are very carefully placed (they've read their own reviews). Instead of an all white lineup with a person of color shoved onto the back fold, this is an extremely careful, as if everything has been weighed on a scale: 12 actors, exactly equally split between both men and women, and skin color.
Of course both of those 50/50 visual situations are grossly unreflective of the actual business of Hollywood movies but we're not here to complain but to praise, it's fun to see the cover shaken up ever so slightly. If we were here to complain we'd probably say something about the lack of Asian actors (they never get their due here in America) but no one has ever asked The Film Experience to guest art-direct a cover.
If they did »
- NATHANIEL R
Yet another horror project from Blumhouse Productions will be heading our way soon as Kevin Greutert ('Saw VI') and writer Lucas Sussman team together for 'Visions'. 'Community star Gillian Jacobs (below), who recently starred in horror comedy 'Milo', has signed up for a role in the new genre feature who will befriend the already cast Isla Fisher ('Now You See Me'). Fisher will play a pregnant woman who begins to have disturbing visions. Jim Parsons ('The Big Bang Theory') and Ellen Barkin ('The New Normal') also star. »
One of the less well-known projects on horror super-producer Jason Blum’s docket is Visions, a low-budget horror thriller about expectant mother Julia (Isla Fisher), who becomes terrorized by horrific visions of a creepy hooded figure only she can see. Though that set-up probably doesn’t seem wholly unfamiliar to horror fans (see also: The Sixth Sense, The Eye, Final Destination, V/H/S/2), two recent casting reveals for Visions suddenly have me a lot more interested in the film. Anson Mount (AMC’s Hell on Wheels) and Gillian Jacobs (NBC’s Community) will both test out their horror chops with supporting roles.
Mount will portray Julia’s husband, who becomes increasingly worried about her mental state as the visions increase once the pair moves to the countryside. Meanwhile, Jacobs will take on the role of a woman who becomes fast friends with Julia. Both actors have a small amount »
- Isaac Feldberg
Today we have the first photos from Adam Sandler's "The Cobbler" and Melissa McCarthy's "Tammy" comedies. Check everything out below. The Cobbler: Sandler plays a shoe repair man who suddenly finds himself with the ability to literally walk in other people's shoes; he can metaphysically step into their lives for a certain period of time. The movie co-stars Dustin Hoffman, Method Man, Melonie Diaz, Ellen Barkin, Dan Stevens and Steve Buscemi. Tammy: After losing her job and learning that her husband has been unfaithful, a woman (McCarthy) hits the road with her profane, hard-drinking grandmother (Susan Sarandon). The movie co-stars Allison Janney, Gary Cole, Mark Duplass, Toni Collette, Dan Aykroyd and Kathy Bates. It's set to hit theaters on July 2nd. The Cobbler: (click to enlarge) Tammy: (click to enlarge) »
The Cobbler: Coming off last year's popular, if critically derided, Grown Ups 2, Adam Sandler is flexing his dramatic muscles in the first image from the whimsical The Cobbler. He plays a lonely shoe repairman who discovers a magical heirloom that allows him to literally "walk in another man's shoes." Steve Buscemi, Dustin Hoffman and Ellen Barkin also star; Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent) is directing. The movie does not yet have a release date. [EW.com] Tammy: Melissa McCarthy is riding high on the basis of her starring turns in the comedy hits The Identity Thief and The Heat, and she's looking to extend that streak with Tammy. Directed by her husband, Ben Falcone, Tammy teams McCarthy with Susan Sarandon, who plays her grandmother, as they head off on a...
- Peter Martin
Adam Sandler continues to be a box-office draw, even if many of his films fail to hit with critics. Although the disastrous triple bill of live-action Sandler films, Jack And Jill, That’S My Boy, and Grown Ups 2 gives us cause for concern, he’s also reuniting with comedic partner in crime Drew Barrymore for Blended. Barrymore seems to bring out the best in Sandler, and if that film’s a success then we’ll have no problem giving Sandler the benefit of the doubt for his upcoming The Cobbler.
The Cobbler should also be of interest as it is a more serious role for Sandler, which also takes on a fantastical edge. Perhaps this can help in the same way The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty has done for Ben Stiller, and Stranger Than Fiction did for Will Ferrell. The Cobbler sees Sandler as a New York City »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
It's great to know Adam Sandler has a new film coming up that doesn't rely on adults acting like juveniles or forces him to dress up in women's clothing as he will play a lonely New York shoe repairman in Thomas McCarthy's The Cobbler. McCarthy, who is best known for films such as The Station Agent, The Visitor and Win Win, co-wrote the film with Paul Sado, which centers on Sandler's character who starts to sense he's let life pass him by -- going nowhere while fixing the shoes of more-assertive customers taking vacations and living adventures. Things change, though, when he discovers a family heirloom that magically lets him "walk in another man's shoes" and see the world differently. While Sandler is most often associated with his stupid comedies it's films such as Punch-Drunk Love and Reign Over Me that show there is more to him than baby talk and fart jokes. »
- Brad Brevet
I honestly never know how to feel about Adam Sandler. One minute he’s hamming it up with his best buds in some of the most painful excuses for comedies ever to con their way onto a big screen and the next minute he’s serious and honest and actually – God save us – a good actor. Having subjected us to a spate of simply awful comedies over the past few years, Sandler is returning to more serious fare with The Cobbler, a Walter Mitty-esque drama that will hopefully stretch his acting muscles once more.
The Cobbler tells the story of a shoe repairman who finds himself able to “walk in another man’s shoes,” opening up his lonely existence to new experiences. It’s directed by Thomas McCarthy, the man responsible for Win Win and The Station Agent. In speaking with EW (via The Playlist), McCarthy remarked on Sandler’s “soulful quality. »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Though Adam Sandler will next be seen on the big screen in another one of his familiar-looking comedies, Blended, the actor actually has a few interesting dramatic roles on the horizon. One such role is in The Station Agent and The Visitor director Tom McCarthy’s new film The Cobbler, and the first image of Sandler in the film has been released online. Sandler plays a lonely, modern day cobbler in New York City who feels like his life is going nowhere until he discovers a family heirloom that literally gives him the ability to “walk in another man’s shoes” and see the world differently. The fantastical aspect is a bit of a departure for McCarthy, who most recently helmed the Paul Giamatti-fronted Win Win, but the pairing of the filmmaker with Sandler is certainly promising. Hit the jump to take a look at the first image. The film also stars Dustin Hoffman, »
- Adam Chitwood
Adam Sandler's career—filled as it is with bodily functions, funny voices and studio paid vacations that double as movie sets—has been marked periodically by ambitions at more serious fare such as "Punch Drunk Love," "Spanglish" and "Reign Over Me." And as those titles suggest, results have been varied. The last time he stepped out of his comfort zone was in 2009 for Judd Apatow's "Funny People," but Sandler is coming in 2014 with a new movie that finds him playing a grown up instead of making a sequel to "Grown Ups." EW has the first look at "Win Win" and "The Station Agent" director Thomas McCarthy's "The Cobbler" that has Sandler in the lead role. Co-starring Dustin Hoffman, Method Man, Melonie Diaz, Ellen Barkin, Dan Stevens and Steve Buscemi, the story seems somewhat 'Walter Mitty'-esque, following a lonely shoe repairman who is suddenly able to literally “walk in another man’s shoes, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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