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Great Job, Internet!: Danny DeVito was the Donald Trump of 1982 in this forgotten HBO short

17 hours ago | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

In 1982, as part of its anthology series Likely Stories, HBO aired a short film written and directed by Danny DeVito that has taken on depressing new relevance in 2016. In The Selling Of Vince D’Angelo, DeVito plays the title role of a cement contractor who decides to run for senate in New Jersey despite a near total lack of political experience. His campaign is almost heroically crass and tasteless, combining race-baiting, religious bigotry, fear-mongering, and vicious personal attacks on his opponents. The similarities to the current presidential campaign of real estate tycoon Donald Trump have not gone unnoticed. The Selling Of Vince D’Angelo was recently featured at Short Of The Week, where it was touted as “a prescient political parable.” The film’s producer, David Jablin, has also cut together a brief video that shows how some of D’Angelo’s rabble-rousing rhetoric has been echoed in »

- Joe Blevins

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Chris O’Dowd and Ray Romano to star in Get Shorty TV series

24 August 2016 10:45 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Deadline is reporting that Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) and Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond) are in final talks with Epix about joining its upcoming Get Shorty TV adaptation.

The 10-episode hourlong is described as a “reimagining” of Elmore Leonard’s 1990 novel, which was brought to the big screen in 1995, with Barry Sonnenfeld directing a cast that included John Travolta, Danny DeVito, Gene Hackman and Rene Russo.

The series “centers on Miles Daly (O’Dowd), who works as muscle for a murderous crime ring in Nevada. For the sake of his daughter, he attempts to change professions and become a movie producer, laundering money through a Hollywood film. But instead of leaving the criminal world behind, he accidentally brings it with him to Los Angeles. Romano would play Rick, a washed up producer of low quality films who becomes Miles’ partner and guide through the maze of Hollywood.”

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- Gary Collinson

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10-Episode Get Shorty TV Series In The Works For Epix

24 August 2016 1:15 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

It certainly seems to be a thing nowadays to take older properties and turn into hour-long TV shows. It's happening with Shooter, Rush Hour, The Departed, and a handful of other properties.

The trend seems to be continuing, as actors Chris O'Dowd and Ray Romano are in the process of signing on to lead the 10-episode series Get Shorty, based on the famous Elmore Leonard book of the same name.

While the book is indeed quite famous, chances are that if you recognize the title, it's from the 1995 film, which stars John Travolta, Danny DeVito, Gene Hackman, and Rene Russo. Heck, the movie did well enough that studios thought it was worth it to produce the sequel Be Cool, which -- as a sidenote -- was one of Dwayne Johnson's earlier roles. But I digress.

This new series is to be written by Davey Holmes, who has served as »

- Joseph Medina

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Get Shorty: Ray Romano, Chris O'Dowd Poised to Star in Epix TV Series

23 August 2016 7:23 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Ray Romano and Chris O' Dowd are teaming up. Deadline reports the two actors are finalizing deals to star in the upcoming Epix series Get Shorty.Based on the Elmore Leonard novel, the comedy thriller "centers on Miles Daly (O’Dowd), who works as muscle for a murderous crime ring in Nevada. For the sake of his daughter, he attempts to change professions and become a movie producer, laundering money through a Hollywood film." The novel was adapted into a 1995 film starring John Travolta, Danny DeVito, and Gene Hackman.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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‘Get Shorty’: Chris O’Dowd & Ray Romano Poised To Star In Epix Series

23 August 2016 9:30 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Chris O’Dowd is finalizing a deal and Ray Romano is in negotiations to topline Get Shorty, Epix’s 10-episode original series from MGM TV. The hourlong dark comedy is a reimagining of Elmore Leonard's 1990 bestselling thriller comedy novel previously adapted by MGM with Barry Sonnefeld's 1995 feature starring John Travolta, Danny DeVito, Gene Hackman and Rene Russo. Written by Davey Holmes, Get Shorty centers on Miles Daly (O’Dowd), who works as muscle for a murderous… »

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Wiener-Dog review – Todd Solondz finds something to feel good about in pet project

12 August 2016 12:33 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The canine star of this deadpan black comedy, which also stars Danny DeVito, has a mute dignity that raises him above all the disillusioned humans in it

Like all of Todd Solondz’s movies, Wiener-Dog is a black comedy with the comedy removed, leaving just the black: a tarry, sticky, dense residue of bleakness and callousness. It is a portmanteau film of sorts, an anthology of short stories linked by a single element: a dachshund – maybe the same dachshund in all episodes, or possibly not. Around a third of the way through, it becomes unclear if it is a single dog who has been passed from one set of characters to the next, and we have missed some of the connecting narrative links, or if it is a different dog.

Related: Todd Solondz: ‘There may be a line I shouldn’t cross – I don’t know where it is’

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- Peter Bradshaw

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Locarno Film Review: ‘Ceasefire’

7 August 2016 3:44 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A lumbering, unmoored soaper of fraternal conflict and romantic healing in the trauma-ridden aftermath of the First World War, “Ceasefire” has all the hallmarks of having been infelicitously adapted from a longer, richer, more discursive epic novel: key character arcs seem unduly stymied, multiple timelines are hastily braided, and observations that might look poetic on the page turn purple on the actors’ tongues. So it’s something of a surprise, as the credits roll on screenwriter Emmanuel Courcol’s first feature as director, to learn that this cluttered, continent-hopping kinda-epic is his original creation. Either way, it’s a story that feels incompletely told, the most intriguing potential narratives of which play out peripherally to the damaged hero’s less compelling personal crisis.

At least, as played by an unusually starchy Romain Duris, he cuts a visually resplendent figure, dashingly bearded and attired in rakish, rumpled linen tailoring. Such decorative »

- Guy Lodge

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Remember when Courtney Love nearly played Harley Quinn in the sequel to Batman & Robin?

5 August 2016 12:13 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With Margot Robbie getting praise for her performance as Harley Quinn, Luke Owen looks back at what could have been the character’s first on-screen appearance…

Following the box office success of Batman Forever and the impressive dailies for Batman & Robin, it was announced in February 1997 that Joel Schumacher would be returning to direct the fifth movie in the franchise. Joining him on this adventure would be screenwriter Mark Protosevich, who had previously written the script for Batman & Robin as well as one of Warner Bros.’ many attempts to adapt I Am Legend. “A few months ago, there were twelve movies being shot on the Warner Bros. lot, and [Warner Bros. executives] Bob Daly and Terry Semel asked to see a sample reel of each film,” Schumacher said at the time. “Each director put together dailies from the film. After Bob and Terry saw ours, they ordered another script for Batman.”

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- Luke Owen

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Get Shorty: An Update on the Epix TV Series

1 August 2016 9:03 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Get Shorty has a director. Recently, Epix announced Allen Coulter will direct the first episode of the upcoming series.Based on the novel by Elmore Leonard, the dark comedy will center on a criminal who moves to Los Angeles to become a movie producer. The book was adapted into a 1995 film starring John Travolta, Gene Hackman, Rene Russo, and Danny DeVito.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Sarah Jessica Parker Digs Into ‘Divorce,’ HBO’s Next Great Drama (That’s Also a Comedy)

30 July 2016 12:11 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Divorce is always thought of as this solitary endeavor, but what we discovered was to go through a divorce, you need the other person a lot. The process is so brutal and it can be made better by this other person — or not.”

Sarah Jessica Parker’s explanation of “Divorce,” HBO’s upcoming half-hour series from “Catastrophe” creator Sharon Horgan, doesn’t exactly make it sound like a laugh riot. Despite “Divorce” being Parker’s first series at HBO since the Emmy-winning comedy “Sex and the City” and Horgan’s established work as a top-tier comedy writer, the series sounds far deeper than even Carrie Bradshaw’s most challenging moments.

During the half-hour panel discussion at HBO’s Television Critics Association press day on Saturday, Parker, Horgan, co-star Thomas Haden Church and executive producer Paul Simms certainly dug into some pretty scary territory — especially for anyone who’s ever been married. »

- Ben Travers

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Sarah Jessica Parker Digs Into ‘Divorce,’ HBO’s Next Great Drama (That’s Also a Comedy)

30 July 2016 12:11 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Divorce is always thought of as this solitary endeavor, but what we discovered was to go through a divorce, you need the other person a lot. The process is so brutal and it can be made better by this other person — or not.”

Sarah Jessica Parker’s explanation of “Divorce,” HBO’s upcoming half-hour series from “Catastrophe” creator Sharon Horgan, doesn’t exactly make it sound like a laugh riot. Despite “Divorce” being Parker’s first series at HBO since the Emmy-winning comedy “Sex and the City” and Horgan’s established work as a top-tier comedy writer, the series sounds far deeper than even Carrie Bradshaw’s most challenging moments.

During the half-hour panel discussion at HBO’s Television Critics Association press day on Saturday, Parker, Horgan, co-star Thomas Haden Church and executive producer Paul Simms certainly dug into some pretty scary territory — especially for anyone who’s ever been married. »

- Ben Travers

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Danny DeVito: ‘Do all you can to make sure Donald Trump doesn’t become president’

30 July 2016 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

How social-media activism (and an oddball sitcom) introduced the 80s star to a millennial audience

Related: Wiener-Dog review – Gerwig, Delpy and DeVito, united by a dachshund, divided by Solondz

Danny DeVito is scrolling through his Twitter feed, looking at pictures of his own foot. He’s been sharing them under the hashtag #Trollfoot, which, for the uninitiated, is somewhere between a performance art project and a very public private joke: images and videos of the 71-year-old actor’s bare trotter held up against a variety of backdrops, gifted to his following of almost 4 million. “It’s kinda fun,” DeVito says, speaking with the Guide over lunch in Manhattan’s Upper West Side. “There’s no explanation, except it’s me and my foot. And you guys will look at it!”

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- Ashley Clark

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Cartoonist Jack Davis dies at age 91

29 July 2016 8:39 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

So, wise reader, you may have heard of the passing of this giant in the world of cartooning, and are now wondering what he has to do with the world of motion pictures. Well, Mr. Davis did have one screen credit, which we’ll discuss in a bit. No, more importantly John Burton “Jack” Davis, Jr. has added to the fun, or to use an old term “ballyhoo”, of promoting movies for well over fifty years. It’s difficult not to think of his work when recalling so many classic films.

First, a little bio background. He was born on December 2, 1924 in Atlanta Georgia. After graduating from the University of Georgia, Jack landed several cartooning gigs including a stint with the newspaper comic strip based ion the classic character “The Saint”. Then in 1950 he joined the staff of the legendary comics publishing company Entertaining Comics (EC). Jack produced amazing art »

- Jim Batts

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Gotham season 3: Robin Lord Taylor interview

29 July 2016 6:46 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Rob Leane Aug 3, 2016

We talk to Robin Lord Taylor about how he nabbed the Penguin role, and what to expect from Oswald Cobblepot in Gotham season 3...

Contains spoilers for Gotham season 2.

If you read my Gotham reviews on this site, you’ll know that – more often that not – they feature gushing praise for Robin Lord Taylor’s performance as Oswald Cobblepot. Over two seasons, he’s taken Penguin from a shuffling lackey to the king of Gotham and then down into a big ol’ personal disaster in season 2, with Oswald remaining the Mvp of the show despite his topsy-turvy, tumultuous peronal life. It was exciting, then, to chat to Robin Lord Taylor about all things Gotham back in June.... 

So I was noodling around on Twitter a bit this morning.

Uh oh. [Laughs]

And I was just wondering, what is it about being in London that makes you say ‘the C word’ so much? »

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10 films to beat the 2016 blockbuster fatigue

28 July 2016 12:08 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mark Harrison Aug 1, 2016

Fed up of big blockbusters right now? Here are some smaller movie treats to be found in August in UK cinemas...

Around this time of the year, we like to shine a spotlight on the slightly smaller films coming out after most of the box office juggernauts have been and gone. But with each annual feature, we've noticed that the year is filling up with blockbusters more and more. The year's first comic book movie was February's Deadpool, a surprise box office smash and Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice got 2016's blockbuster season started much earlier than usual.

We're late enough in this elongated season that August will find the blockbuster schedule repeating itself - Ben Affleck's Batman will be back on screen for a cameo in DC Movies' Suicide Squad, Disney follows The Jungle Book with a live-action remake of Pete's Dragon, and Ricky Gervais »

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Danny DeVito on The Ratings Game, Storyboarding and Test Screenings

26 July 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

In 1984, Danny DeVito made one of the most assured and entertaining directorial debuts in comedy history when he helmed The Ratings Game, a hilarious satire that premiered on Showtime only to disappear from circulation in the decades that followed. The movie tells the story of a New Jersey trucking mogul (DeVito) who moves to Los Angeles with dreams of making it in the TV business. When he falls in love with a woman (Rhea Perlman) who works for a ratings service, he figures out a way to rig the system in his favor, rising to the top with a […] »

- Jim Hemphill

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12 expensive and eccentric modern Hollywood movies

25 July 2016 8:02 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Jul 26, 2016

They cost millions and they’re very, very odd. We take a look at 12 expensive and eccentric Hollywood films from the past 40 years...

The risk-averse nature of filmmaking means that the world’s more maverick and outrageous writers and directors have to make do with relatively low budgets. Nicolas Winding Refn drenched the screen in all kinds of sordid, violent and startling imagery in such films as Only God Forgives and this year’s The Neon Demon, but the combined budget of those probably didn’t even match the catering budget for something like Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.

Every so often, though, a truly bonkers film slips through the Hollywood studio system - often by accident. From horror sequels to original sci-fi adventures, here are 12 incredibly expensive and gloriously eccentric Hollywood movies from the past 40 years.

The Exorcist II (1977)

Budget: $14 million

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‘Wise Guys’: Brian De Palma’s Self-Proclaimed “Bastard Child”

21 July 2016 12:49 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Is this Brian De Palma’s only dull film? Very possibly yes. Released in 1986, this post-SNL Joe Piscopo vehicle (you read that correctly) feels incredibly standard. The plot concerns two low-level gangsters, Moe and Harry (Piscopo and Danny DeVito, respectively), who lose their mob boss’ money at the race track. Said mob boss (Dan Hedaya) orders the two schlubs to kill each other. Hijinks ensue.

In spats, it plays like De Palma trying out slapstick. Select moments — a close-up shot that pulls out to reveal Harry being drowned inside of a fish tank or Moe testing out a bulletproof suit jacket for his boss — highlight the fascinating hybrid of De Palma’s visual style with broad, studio comedy. If only it worked a bit more frequently throughout the film’s bloated 100-minute runtime. One can only ponder what additional mileage the director may have achieved from DeVito’s deliciously terrible hairpiece, »

- The Film Stage

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Detective Pikachu to launch Pokémon movie franchise

21 July 2016 2:31 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Legendary Entertainment confirmed as studio set to bring Nintendo mystery-solving game to the big screen

Detective Pikachu, the Pokémon game in which a kindly and intelligent character teams up with a boy called Tim Goodman to solve mysteries, is to be the first instalment in a forthcoming Pokémon movie franchise, with production starting in 2017.

Only released earlier this year, the game has proved one of the most popular in Nintendo’s Pokémon slate. Soon after its release, 40,000 signatures were gathered on a petition lobbying for Danny DeVito to voice the English language version, but the actor reportedly declined to audition.

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- Catherine Shoard

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Film Review: Realistic, Difficult Lives Are Exposed in ‘Wiener-Dog’

20 July 2016 12:44 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago –Director Todd Solondz has made a career out of not shying away from the most uncomfortable negativities of life. From extreme disconnection (“Happiness”) to pedophilia (“Life During Wartime”) to the sad rejection of pre-teen years (“Welcome to the Dollhouse”), Solondz pulls no punches. He achieves that harsh intent yet again in “Wiener-Dog.”

Rating: 4.0/5.0

This is an anthology film, about a group of disparate people who somehow own the same female dachshund dog (the long bodied wiener dogs). It contains a quasi-sequel to “Welcome to the Dollhouse” (1995) – with Greta Gerwig portraying main character Dawn Wiener as an adult – and it tests the patience of any dog loving person as the pooch goes through a series of sorrowful circumstances. But this is what real life is, and Solondz to his credit is not afraid to expose it cinematically. It is tough stuff, and also tends toward the cynical dark side of human nature, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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