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One look around New York's Beacon Theatre this past Saturday night told you it wasn't just another night at the Beacon. To close the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, much of the cast and crew of Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas reunited for a remastered screening of the film followed by a Q&A (hosted by The Daily Show's Jon Stewart) featuring Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino and screenwriter Nick Pileggi. The Beacon was packed with fictional big-screen wiseguys, many of whom played a role in Goodfellas, as well as The Sopranos and other mob-related movies and TV shows that have filmed in New York over the years. The room was buzzing, and when Robert De Niro (who played wiseguy Jimmy Conway in the Scorsese classic...
- Erik Davis
One look around New York's Beacon Theatre this past Saturday night told you it wasn't just another night at the Beacon. To close the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, much of the cast and crew of Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas reunited for a remastered screening of the film followed by a Q&A (hosted by The Daily Show's Jon Stewart) featuring Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino and screenwriter Nick Pileggi. The Beacon was packed with fictional...
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The group introduced a screening of the film, which is based on the life of Lucchese crime family member Henry Hill.
Scorsese also appeared via a video at the festival to talk about the film's infamous 'midnight feast' scene, where Liotta, Joe Pesci and De Niro's characters eat a late dinner with the mother of Pesci's character Tommy after burying a body.
He said: "There was only one or two written lines, about showing [her] paintings. The rest was pretty much what it was like to be around my mother, Joe, Bob, Ray…
"Her son was just coming home to say »
Last night, the Tribeca Film Festival presented a 25th anniversary screening of Martin Scorsese’s 1990 masterpiece Goodfellas as its closing night event. After the film, actors Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Paul Sorvino, Lorraine Bracco, and screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi joined The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart onstage for a Q&A. (Joe Pesci couldn’t make it, De Niro joked, and instead sent a message: “Fuck fuck fuckity fuck fuck fuck. Fuck.”) Scorsese and producer Irvin Winkler, still filming their long-anticipated Silence in Taipei, also couldn’t make it, but sent in video messages introducing the film. Here are some of the things we learned from the discussion.Author and co-screenwriter Pileggi didn't believe it was Scorsese calling him. After Wiseguy, Pileggi’s book about the life of Henry Hill, came out, Martin Scorsese called the writer numerous times to talk about adapting it. Pileggi, a writer for New York (hey! »
- Bilge Ebiri
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 controversial "Wolf of Wall Street," as naysayers accused the filmmaker of glorifying excessive behavior. "Goodfellas" »
- Tomris Laffly
The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival closed Saturday night with a 25th anniversary gala screening of Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas,” held within the gold-spun rococo of the Upper West Side’s Beacon Theater. The screening was followed by a panel with stars Paul Sorvino, Ray Liotta, Lorraine Bracco, “Wiseguy” journalist and writer Nicholas Pileggi, and (inevitably) Tribeca co-founder Robert De Niro, moderated by “The Daily Show’s” Jon Stewart. (The comedian sometimes slipped into a slightly Pesci-esque accent, conceding that if anybody from the production met him right around the time “Goodfellas” came out, he would have been annoying as hell.)
De Niro and Tribeca’s other co-founder Jane Rosenthal introduced the film, with the movie icon offering that this year’s 14th iteration of the festival marked “13 more than we intended, and tomorrow we start work on the 15th.” He then went on to read a email from Joe Pesci (the »
- Steve Macfarlane
Of the many delicious scenes in Goodfellas, the one that lingers longest is that of Paulie Cicero slicing garlic with a razor blade. "The character in real life actually did that! And people have asked me if those were stunt hands — no, they're mine," Paul Sorvino recalled to The Hollywood Reporter of the move, which he recently re-created on Rachael Ray. "But do not mix garlic and onions together — if I hear you did, I'm going to hunt you down." Ray Liotta also joked of the scene, "I like it a little
- Ashley Lee
Just when we thought we didn’t like Johnny Depp anymore, here he is doing what appears to be quality work again portraying notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger in Black Mass. If he looks and sounds like Jack Nicholson, particularly in Martin Scorsese’s The Departed, that’s partly because that character was partly based on Bulger. He actually sounds more like Nicholson as Frank Costello and Ray Liotta’s aged Henry Hill in Goodfellas than the real Bulger. Unlike Depp’s other portrayal of a balding icon in the Hunter S. Thompson adaptation Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, here he may not be attempting full authenticity but rather one of his hodgepodge characterizations. Either way, that main steak dinner scene at the center of this first trailer is intense, and the extended showcase of Depp’s creepy-eyed performance piques our interest. As does the whole ensemble, which we barely get a look at here. Black Mass »
- Christopher Campbell
The Copa Shot: It’s one of the few shots in the history of cinema readily identifiable by name, instantly conjuring the image of Goodfellas gangster Ray Liotta leading Lorraine Bracco – and by extension the audience – through the back entrance of New York’s legendary Copacabana nightclub, as Steadicam operator Larry McConkey glides along behind them. How long did one of film’s most famed tracking shots take to pull off? It was in the can before lunch — which isn’t to say it was easy. With a 25th Anniversary screening of Goodfellas set to close the Tribeca Film Festival on April […] »
- Matt Mulcahey
Border Crossing is a cat-and-mouse tale about a psychologist who reopens old wounds and an old case after he rescues a drowning person whom he helped convict 12 years earlier.
The Film Community’s Jamin O’Brien and Daniel L Blanc produce alongside Radium Cheung.
Electric’s head of international distribution Sonia Mehandjiyska brought the project to the company and will lead sales efforts on the Croisette.
Vice-president of acquisitions Jernej Razen and vice-president of business and legal affairs worldwide distribution Craig Gates negotiated the deal for Electric.
“We are very excited to be collaborating with Electric,” said O’Brien »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
John Ford's Stagecoach and The Searchers, Howard Hawks's Rio Bravo and Red River, and Clint Eastwood's The Outlaw Josey Wales and Unforgiven come to mind for Ben Mendelsohn, who stars with Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smit-McPhee in John Maclean's untamed Slow West. He has recently been seen in David Mackenzie's prison drama Starred Up with Jack O'Connell, Kevin Macdonald's treasure-hunting tale Black Sea with Jude Law, Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly with Ray Liotta, Brad Pitt, Scoot McNairy and James Gandolfini and Derek Cianfrance's The Place Beyond The Pines with Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes.
When I met up with Ben the day before »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Maxine Bahns (The Brothers McMullen, Cutaway, Charlie Valentine) and Aaron Farb (Powers, Kill The Messenger) have joined SAG nominee Stelio Savante (Eisenstein In Guanajuato, A Million Colours, Ugly Betty) in the lead cast of Todd L. Green’s dramatic-thriller Avalanche.
The indie feature is scheduled to begin lensing in Houston in October and tells the story of a librarian (Savante), his wife (Bahns), and her lover (Farb), who find themselves trapped in a house together and having to navigate the chaotic fallout of their indiscretions.
Writer-director Green was the recipient of a 2015 Houston Arts Alliance Individual Artist Grant and was also awarded Best Director at the 2013 Ifq Festival for Louis Grant, a seri series he co-created, produced and directed. He will be using a mostly Texas based crew and working with the local community to promote Houston as a filming location.
Savante will next be seen in the AMC mini-series »
- Gary Collinson
Elysa Dutton and Leslie Morgenstein of Alloy Features will produce alongside Amy Baer with Gidden Media. The script, written by Kyle Jarrow, centers on an aspiring musician — played by Rodriguez — and a soldier who fall in love after marrying under false pretenses.
Rodriguez is represented by Apa and David Guillod at Intellectual Artists Management. Lewin and Jarrow are repped by CAA. Lewin’s lawyer is Craig Emanuel at Loeb & Loeb and Jarrow’s lawyers are Don Walerstein and Matt Walerstein at Rohner & Walerstein.
- Dave McNary
The History miniseries “Texas Rising,” set to bow on Memorial Day, has been expanded to 10 hours and will air over the course of five weeks, the network announced on Tuesday.
The series, which details the Texas Revolution and the rise of the legendary Texas Rangers, will air two-hour installments on both Memorial Day (May 25) and the next night (Tuesday, May 26). Its final six hours will then be played out over the next three Mondays (June 1, 8 and 15).
It had originally been planned as a six-hour series.
Roland Joffe is directing “Texas Rising,” whose all-star cast includes Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. It is produced by A+E Studios, ITV Studios America and Thinkfactory Media. Leslie Greif serves as executive producer. Dirk Hoogstra and Julian P. Hobbs serve as executives in charge of production.
History is hoping ratings magic can strike twice with Paxton and another event series set in the South. »
- Rick Kissell
The 13-episode series from Universal Television — which was given a straight-to-series order — follows police officers who are effective at keeping the streets safe, but also corrupt when it comes to lining their pockets and protecting their own.
- Variety Staff
Martin Scorsese’s 1990 masterpiece “Goodfellas” immortalized the hilarious, horrifying life of actual gangster Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), from his teen years on the streets of New York to his banal exile under the Witness Protection Program. The director’s kinetic style was the perfect way to tell Hill’s ruthless rise to power in the 1950s as well as his drugged-out fall in the late 1970s; where the results of cocaine use was perfectly detailed in manic camera work and staccato dialogue.This film also boasts pitch perfect period music to create a precise mood. Now the star of this film will usher […] »
- April Neale
Like many genre films, the category of mafia films is often branded with certain expectations. Granted, not all of these films are created equal, but we generally expect to see lots of violence and/or lots of foul language and Hollywood stereotypes. Where Black Souls succeeds is in refusing such stereotypes and telling a richly deep story about an unconventional “family business” that conjures up the essence of The Godfather but distances itself even further from the genre stereotypes than just about any film we’ve seen in recent years.
Director Francesco Munzi’s Black Souls (“Anime nere” in Italian) maintains a nearly unprecedented level of dignity for its type. The film tells the story of three brothers closely connected to N’drangheta, a mafia-like criminal organization based out of Calabria. These three brothers, sons of a shepherd, have differing views on their relationships with N’drangheta, which plays a »
- Travis Keune
The Sopranos almost looked very different. Oscar nominee Lorraine Bracco, Dr. Jennifer Melfi, Tony Soprano's (James Gandolfini) psychiatrist on the hit HBO series, was originally offered a very different role: Carmela Soprano. So why did she turn down the role that eventually went to Edie Falco? "Because I did it in Goodfellas," Bracco told Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen Wednesday. "And I didn't think I could do it better. David [Chase] and I agreed with that, so I asked him if I could play Jennifer Melfi." Bracco played Karen Hill opposite Ray Liotta in Goodfellas and received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for the role. "Plus, she wanted to sit," fellow Wwhl »
It’s a long way from the Alamo, but the Lone Star will be shining on the French Riviera, as History channel’s miniseries “Texas Rising” makes its world premiere April 13 at the Mip TV Media Market in Cannes.
Presented by ITV Studios (which co-produced with A+E Studios and Thinkfactory Media) at the Grand Auditorium in Palais 1, the event begins with a Q&A panel featuring cast members Bill Paxton, Ray Liotta and Olivier Martinez, along with director Roland Joffe and executive producer Leslie Greif, followed by a screening of the first installment of the eight-hour epic.
It might seem odd to premiere the story of the founding of the Republic of Texas in an international setting, but not to Dan Gopal, exec VP of distribution and global partners, Emea, for ITV Studios Global Entertainment.
“Its root is very much this sort of Western drama based on real-life events, »
- Kate O'Hare
Mip TV will see ITV Studios Global Entertainment hit the Croisette with a number of new dramas from around the world, including Swedish thriller “Jordskott,” which is the company’s first foray into non-English-language drama; British costume drama “Poldark”; U.S. enchantress tale “Good Witch,” which stars Catherine Bell and airs on Hallmark Channel; and U.S. crime drama “Aquarius,” which stars David Duchovny and will broadcast on NBC.
“We want to be known as a global distributor and global production company, not based in one particular place in the world, but able to move rather agilely across the world, and working with the best creators, wherever they may be,” says Maria Kyriacou, managing director of Itvsge, which distributes ITV programs around the world.
The international market is constantly shifting and one of the major forces reshaping the commercial and creative landscape is the rise of the subscription video-on-demand platforms. »
- Leo Barraclough
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