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'The Audition' poster with Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro. Martin Scorsese short 'The Audition' pulled from Venice Film Festival No major international film festival is worth its mainstream U.S. media salt unless there's at least one screening featuring the latest work of a major Hollywood name. The Venice Film Festival is surely no exception, especially as it's the year's final internationally renowned European movie fest, held shortly before the fall – i.e., awards – movie season begins. Well, one work by a top Hollywood name will no longer be available at Venice: The Audition, a short film directed by and featuring veteran Martin Scorsese, has been pulled out. "We have just been informed by the production that due to unexpected technical problems the film could not be here in time," festival organizers said in a statement earlier today, Sat., Aug. 29, '15. According to The Hollywood Reporter, »
- Anna Robinson
Ray Liotta and Jennifer Lopez were spotted on the set of their new crime drama TV series Shades of Blue in New York City Tuesday. Ray Liotta, Jennifer Lopez On Set In the scene the actors were shooting, Lopez was clad in wide-legged dress pants and a tan trench coat. Liotta, meanwhile, was more casual […]
- Chelsea Regan
American in Peril: Dowdle Bros. Play on Base Fears with Survival Drama
It’s unfortunate so many superficial elements are working against the objective consideration of No Escape, beginning with its potentially problematic casting of an unwavering comic star as the lead in what promises to be a pulse-pounding thriller. Add to this a flurry of uneasy marketing elements, including dreadfully cheesy poster art, corny taglines, borrowing a title from a likeable 90’s sci-fi flick starring Ray Liotta, and the potential of this latest effort from the Dowdle Bros. (Quarantine; As Above, So Below) promises the making of an undeniable turkey.
Despite all of these unfavorable buzz-killing aspects, the film manages to be an unfathomable rarity in that it manages to overcome all of these red-flag detractions as an uncomfortably tense survival thriller. Though not without a certain amount of quibbling in reference to its sometimes problematic ‘truths’, such as »
- Nicholas Bell
The 25 years since its release have been kind to Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas.” It’s permeated pop culture to such a large degree that references to the peerless classic can be found last night on both Jon Stewart’s final episode of “The Daily Show” and Dr. Dre’s new album Compton (an album inspired by the forthcoming N.W.A. biopic, “Straight Outta Compton”). Now a new video essay has arrived to break down the infamous strung-out Henry Hill sequence. Read More: Watch 10-Minute Video Essay Breakdown Of Martin Scorsese's 'Goodfellas' A lot of the 12-minute runtime of the third episode of 1848 Media’s “The Discarded Image” series is dedicated to the scenes set on May 11, 1980, when the criminal life of Ray Liotta’s Hill comes to a manic and abrupt end. As emphasized in the essay, Scorsese unsurprisingly uses his extensive knowledge of cinematic grammar — both in »
- Cain Rodriguez
Some of the most anticipated movies of the Fall will make their debut at the four major festivals that annual suck up the movie world's attention during a five-week period beginning in September. The New York Film Festival has already revealed that "The Walk," "Steve Jobs" and "Miles Away" will be its major galas. The 40th Toronto International Film Festival announced its initial wave of selections on Tuesday giving away many of the "secret" premieres at the Telluride Film Festival over Labor Day weekend. Earlier this month Venice announced it would open with Universal Pictures' "Everest" and debut Scott Cooper's "Black Mass" with Johnny Depp out of competition. Now, the festival has unveiled a majority of its slate with some very exciting surprises. The biggest news is that Tom Hooper's "The Danish Girl" will have its world premiere in Venice. The highly anticipated drama has already generated »
- Gregory Ellwood
Rome — The Venice Film Festival has unveiled a potentially strong lineup with enough studio/specialty titles toplining A-list stars — including Jake Gyllenhaal (“Everest”), Johnny Depp (“Black Mass”) and Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Danish Girl”) — to boost its role as a classy awards-season platform, plus new works by Charlie Kaufman, Alexander Sokurov, Amos Gitai, Marco Bellocchio and many other high-caliber international auteurs.
As previously announced, Baltasar Kormakur’s mountain-climbing thriller “Everest” from Universal, starring Gyllenhaal, will open Venice out of competition on Sept. 2 — a nice coup for artistic director Alberto Barbera, segueing from “Birdman” as opener last year, and sci-fi thriller “Gravity” in 2013.
With Toronto less aggressive in its push to secure more world preems, Venice is bowing several hot titles — including Cary Fukunaga’s child-soldier drama “Beasts of No Nation,” Atom Egoyan’s “Remember” and Tom McCarthy’s “Spotlight,” featuring Michael Keaton’s first post-“Birdman” screen appearance — that are subsequently Toronto-bound. »
- Nick Vivarelli
"Something Wild," Jonathan Demme’s screwball thriller from 1986, makes good on its title and then some. Jeff Daniels plays a mild-mannered IRS agent caught in the orbit of a flaky small time thief played by Melanie Griffith. The film proceeds as a funny, quirky rom-com á la Howard Hawks’ Bringing Up Baby until the arrival of Griffith’s sociopathic ex-husband, played by Ray Liotta, when things take an abrupt turn toward the dark side. The movie’s eclectic soundtrack, a Demme trademark, reinforces the film’s roller coaster mood swings. »
- Trailers From Hell
Tfh welcomes noted author and screenwriter Dennis Lehane to our Guru ranks.
Something Wild, Jonathan Demme’s screwball thriller from 1986, makes good on its title and then some. Jeff Daniels plays a mild-mannered IRS agent caught in the orbit of a flaky small time thief played by Melanie Griffith. The film proceeds as a funny, quirky rom-com á la Howard Hawks’ Bringing Up Baby until the arrival of Griffith’s sociopathic ex-husband, played by Ray Liotta, when things take an abrupt turn toward the dark side. The movie’s eclectic soundtrack, a Demme trademark, reinforces the film’s roller coaster mood swings.
- TFH Team
Think back to the science fiction cinema of the 1990s, and some of the decade's biggest box-office hits will immediately spring to mind: The Phantom Menace, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, Men In Black, Armageddon and Terminator 2 were all in the top 20 most lucrative films of the era.
But what about the sci-fi films of the 1990s that failed to make even close to the same cultural and financial impact of those big hitters? These are the films this list is devoted to - the flops, the straight-to-video releases, the low-budget and critically-derided. We've picked 50 live-action films that fit these criteria, and dug them up to see whether they're still worth watching in the 21st century.
So here's a mix of everything from hidden classics to forgettable dreck, »
"We just don't recognise life's most significant moments while they're happening. Back then I thought, 'well there'll be other days'. I didn't realise that that was the only day."
It's a useful piece of advice that's given to writers, that you need to put something on the line if you want a piece to really work. That you need to put some, and ideally a lot, of yourself into it.
Brace yourselves, I'm afraid. I make no promises that the quality of what you're about to read is much cop. But I can tell you that Field Of Dreams is an immensely important and rich film to me, one that hits me, and hits me hard every time I watch it. I think that it reinforces too »
Viewed today, perhaps the most impressive thing about Martin Scorsese’s electric mob picture “Goodfellas” is still its pace. This is one of the most relentless films of all time, and we mean that in the best possible way. “Goodfellas,” the story of the rise and fall of Ray Liotta’s Henry Hill, shoots like a beam of lightning cocaine through three decades of life in the mafia, chronicling the dizzying highs and gory lows of a gang of self-made “wiseguys” whose only dreams were to get as rich as possible, as fast as possible. The film is a recollection, sure, with its protagonist fondly recalling all the cars he used to boost, the heists he used to pull, and most certainly all the drugs he used to sell, inhale, and flush down the toilet. But for a two-and-a-half-hour cinematic nostalgia trip, it’s a furious one. Scorsese has made »
- Nicholas Laskin
There was a point four or five years ago where it seemed like every studio comedy released was some variation of the guys-being-guys trademarked formula. You know – dudes knocking down beers, talking about chicks, engaging in various gross out antics, ribbing one another… Judd Apatow ushered in this bromance with The 40-Year Old Virgin and Todd Phillips took the blueprints to its nihilistic breaking point with his Hangover series. These were the biggest comedies around… until suddenly they weren’t. Look no further than the not-so-spectacular box-office results of Entourage and Hot Tub Time Machine 2 as proof. There’s something almost quaint nowadays about the genre. Watching out-of-shape grown men playing x-box, smoking a doob, picking their noses, lying about not doing anything, cursing one another off, scratching their balls – it’s all become dare-i-say… humdrum. I guess part of the initial appeal is the shock value, that ‘oh »
- Tommy Cook
On April 25th, at the Beacon Theatre on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival closed out in a big way with the 4K restoration of Martin Scorsese’s virtuoso crime epic, GoodFellas. Audiences watched wide-eyed as they were treated to a trip down memory lane, revisiting the master director’s explosive entrance to a new decade originally released in 1990, leaving no doubt that he was still at the top of his game and redefining storytelling, genres, and cinema itself. Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) always wanted to be a gangster. Starting in his childhood neighborhood, idolizing the local hoods, led by Paul Sorvino’s “Paulie” Circero. One of the film’s narrative threds is hit early, when Hill recites the mafia’s mantra: “Never rat on your friends, and always keep your mouth shut.” Oh, how far he has to go.
- Kyle North
This is Jennifer Lopez like you've never seen her before! The actress was snapped on the set of her upcoming crime drama, "Shades of Blue," where she was sporting a serious makeunder for her role as Harlee McCord, a single mother who works undercover for the FBI's anti-corruption force. Wearing boyfriend jeans, a peach button-down and an oversized blazer, the 45-year-old star covered up her killer curves as she transformed into character. This casual look is a far cry from the pop star's ultra-glam look at the 2015 Tony Awards ... or all those very-revealing, sheer getups she's been sporting on the red carpet for the past year. That being said, even a made-under J.Lo is smoking hot! The 13-episode series, which also stars Ray Liotta and Drea de Matteo, follows a group of corrupt detectives who still aim to keep their city safe. "We know that certain things are wrong. »
- tooFab Staff
Ray Liotta and Jason Patric starred in the original as Detroit police detectives investigating the murder of an undercover cop. The Detroit born and raised Eminem will serve as executive producer and music supervisor on the series and is expected to write some original songs.
Carnahan has written a pilot script and is set to direct and executive produce the drama which will be taken out to the networks.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Networks are all about the historical mini-series today. Spike has “Tut,” History has “Texas Rising,” and now AMC is delving into the makings of the mob with their upcoming docu-drama “The Making Of The Mob: New York,” coming to the network June 15 at 10/9c. The series takes a look at some of the key architects in New York’s crime families and how they managed to make fortunes as criminal masterminds. The series, consisting of eight, one-hour episodes is produced by Stephen David Entertainment (the company behind “The Men Who Built America” and “The World Wars”). The series is narrated by Ray Liotta and stars Rich Graff, Ian Bell, Jonathan [ Read More ]
The post AMC’s The Making Of The Mob: New York Delves Into New York’s Crime Families appeared first on Shockya.com. »
Welcome to Outrage Watch, HitFix's (almost) daily rundown of entertainment-related kerfuffles. Not anxious enough already? Get your fix of righteous indignation below, and stay posted for outrage updates throughout the week. New York Post movie critic Kyle Smith doesn't think women get "Goodfellas." They just can't wrap their silly little brains around it! Here he is claiming that the movie's "core" story-driver -- in his estimation, "ball-busting" ethics -- is entirely unrelatable to the female demographic: "Ball-busting means cheerfully insulting one another, preferably in the presence of lots of drinks and cigars and card games. ...Women (except silent floozies) cannot be present for ball-busting because women are the sensitivity police: They get offended, protest that someone’s not being fair, refuse to laugh at vicious put-downs. In the male fantasy, all of this is unforgivable — too serious, too boring. Deal another hand, pour another drink. ...To a woman, the 'GoodFellas' are lowlifes. »
- Chris Eggertsen
On the closing night of the Tribeca Film Festival, the movie's star and festival co-founder Robert De Niro joined the cast on stage. When narrator Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) declared “As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be gangster" at the start of the unveiling of a gorgeous re-mastered 4K print of "Goodfellas," the packed Beacon Theater erupted in enthusiastic applause. Many others followed throughout the screening as the huge crowd nostalgically revisited the film and its most famous moments. Predictably, the “funny how” scene between Hill and Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci) nabbed the most rapturous laughter and clapping. The screening was also an affirmation of Scorsese’s authentic and energetic depiction of amoral and despicable behavior. The debate that erupted at the opening of Scorsese’s non-didactic yet cautionary and often laugh-out-loud funny take on gangsters was not dissimilar from the reaction to last year’s instantly. »
- Tomris Laffly
Stephen David Entertainment is certainly having its moment, but it’s one motivated more by economics than creativity — or history. The company has mastered producing a form of docu-hybrid that mixes heavily produced historical reenactments with expert commentary — not a TV movie, exactly, but enough of one to not scare off the documentary-phobic. The latest example: “The Making of the Mob: New York,” an eight-part series for AMC, which will merely remind fans of quality drama how much they miss “Boardwalk Empire.” Many of the names are the same, but everything else about this production screams of an excuse to trot out mob movie reruns.
Narrated by Ray Liotta (whose breakthrough role in “Goodfellas” will be the first movie the channel pairs with the program), “Making of the Mob” begins in 1905 and proceeds through decades of mob history. As with David’s “The World Wars” and another eight-part series currently airing on National Geographic Channel, »
- Brian Lowry
Also See: Funny How? AMC Celebrates The Silver Anniversary Of Goodfellas AMC goes to the mattresses for Mob Mondays starting June 15 at 10pm Et/Pt (following a special 25th anniversary airing of Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas) with the eight-part docuseries The Making of the Mob: New York, a look at how young hoodlums in the early 1900s built organized crime empires. Ray Liotta narrates the series, which includes dramatic reenactments, archival footage and exclusive interviews. Among the more notorious mobsters featured are: Charles “Lucky” Luciano The juvenile delinquent turned bootlegger headed up The Commission in 1931 that put the “organized” in … Continue reading →
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- Ryan Berenz
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