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Sneak Peek footage from the impressive, AMC 8-part docudrama "The Making Of The Mob: New York", narrated by Ray Liotta ("Goodfellas"), tracing the rise of the original, old school New York gangsters, available on Blu-ray and DVD, October 20, 2015 from Anchor Bay Entertainment:
"...starting in 1905, the series spans over 50 years following the rise of killers 'Lucky Luciano', 'Meyer Lansky' and 'Bugsy Siegel', from their beginnings as a neighborhood gang of teenagers who brutally organized the criminal underworld.
"Utilizing an immersive blend of dramatic scenes, archival footage and groundbreaking VFX, 'The Making of The Mob: New York' is AMC's first-ever docudrama...
"... featuring exclusive interviews with notable names including Rudolph Giuliani, Meyer Lansky II, Chazz Palminteri, Drea de Matteo, Joe Mantegna, Vincent Pastore, Frankie Valli, Frank Vincent and a whole lot more..."
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- Michael Stevens
This year’s San Diego Film Festival again partners with Variety to honor four stars: Adrien Brody will receive the Cinema Vanguard Award; the Reframed Humanitarian Award will go to Geena Davis; the Auteur Award is being given to Brit Marling; and John Boyega will get the Rising Star Award.
Sdff will fete the honorees on Oct. 1 at Variety’s Night of the Stars tribute and party.
Two high-profile films anchor the fest: It opens with “Septembers of Shiraz” (pictured), Wayne Blair’s Iranian thriller starring Brody and Salma Hayek; and it will host the world premiere of Lawrence Roeck’s “Diablo,” starring Scott Eastwood, Camilla Belle, Walton Goggins and Danny Glover.
“This is a nice coup for us,” says programming VP Tonya Mantooth.
- Iain Blair
At 72 years old, legendary director Martin Scorsese is still churning out hits, with his last film, The Wolf of Wall Street, earning over $392 million worldwide and earning five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. The filmmaker recently wrapped production on his next film, Silence, starring Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Ken Watanabe, which hits theaters next year. Fans can see him in front of the camera in the new thriller Campus Code, which is currently available through Digital HD and VOD platforms such as Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vimeo, Vudu, and Xfinity as well as On Demand with Charter, DirecTV, Verizon and Vubiquity. Today we have an exclusive clip that helps set up this unique plot, while showcasing Martin Scorsese's cameo.
After Ari (Jesse McCartney) falls from a 13-story building and walks away without a scratch, a group of students begin to sense something is amiss on their college campus. »
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They're back, Pitches! Watch Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and company in the aca-amazing sequel directed by none other than the goddess Elizabeth Banks. "Pitch Perfect 2" is out on DVD and Blu-ray on September 22, and both versions feature deleted/extended/alternate scenes, a gag reel, extended musical performances, and the featurette "The Bellas Are Back." The Blu-ray also includes several more features.
Dakota Goyo, Goran Visnjic, and Bridget Moynahan star in this family adventure film about a boy who tries to reunite a polar bear cub with its mother. Luke Mercier (Dakota Goyo) speeds off into the frozen wilderness with the cub in tow, but when a violent storm closes in, Luke's mother and family friend »
- Gina Carbone
There are great movies, and then there are great movies that, no matter what scene is playing when you turn it on, you can't help but watch it until the very end. Goodfellas is that kind of film. I think most of us are familiar with the story of Ray Liotta's Henry Hill and his influential gangster friends, Jimmy Conway (Robert DeNiro) and Tommy De Vito (Joe Pesci). While director Martin Scorsese has... Read More »
- Sean Wist
The polarizing nature of Johnny Depp may soon be getting a little less so, thanks to his mesmerizing performance in Black Mass, the new film depicting the story of infamous Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger. Indeed, the buzz surrounding the movie surrounded talk of a return to form for Depp, whose work for the better part of the past ten years has been scrutinized as indulgent, excessive, overly reliant on costuming, and generally worthy of scorn by many people.
I wouldn’t count myself among the voices who lament Depp’s recent roles (I don’t think his performances have lost anything, but the movies themselves may not be as good as his early work — then again, I found Mortdecai hilarious, so you needn’t listen to anything I say), but as Bulger, he makes it virtually impossible to find much fault in his portrayal of the criminal-turned-fbi informant.
- Darren Ruecker
"I want people to get infuriated by it," Martin Scorsese said of his initial impulse in making "Goodfellas." "I wanted to seduce everyone into the movie and into the style. And then just take them apart with it."
In fact, some people were appalled and repulsed at the early screenings of "Goodfellas," which opened 25 years ago this week (on Sept. 19, 1990). At one test preview, there were mass walkouts within the first 10 minutes. But Scorsese's angry gesture soon backfired. Viewers did get seduced by the lowlife mobsters (taken from Nicholas Pileggi's 1985 true-crime book "Wiseguy") and the director's own adrenalized filmmaking style. Instead of an assault on the audience, "Goodfellas" became one of the most influential and beloved movies of the past quarter century.
In honor of "Goodfellas" turning 25 this week, here are 25 things you need to know about Scorsese's masterpiece. Don't let that red sauce burn on the stove while you're reading. »
- Gary Susman
★☆☆☆☆ Daniel Alfredson's appallingly bland backwoods drama Go With Me (2015) stars Anthony Hopkins as ex-logger Lester, who comes to the aid of harassed waitress Lillian (Julia Stiles). While Lester spends his evenings making garden ornaments in memory of his dead wife, Lillian is redecorating her dead mother's house. Trouble lurks in the hedgerows via stalker Blackway (Ray Liotta), who has already assaulted Lillian outside of her restaurant and decapitated her cat. The sheriff (Dale Wilson) proves worse than useless and suggests she go to find local Whizzer and ask for the help of his friend Scotty. Like a sneaky taxi driver the script takes us around the houses, rather than anywhere we want to go.
Whizzer (Hal Holbrook) doesn't know where his pal Scotty (Aaron Pearl) is but Lester, on an apparent whim, decides he will take up the mantle of Lillian's guardian angel. Not exactly moving with the lightning speed of an avenger, »
- CineVue UK
Chicago – Filmmakers brothers are ubiquitous, as siblings grow up with the love of the movies and turn it into a career when adults. Director John Erick Dowdle and his writing partner, brother Drew, has had a successful run with films like “Devil” and last year’s “As Above, So Below.” Their latest film, “No Escape,” explores geopolitics and the increasing potential for government breakdown.
Owen Wilson and Lake Bell are Jack and Annie, Americans traveling with two children who go to an unnamed Asian land for Jack’s work. He represents a corporation whose activities with the government cause an uprising, and the family suddenly finds themselves in the midst of a street war. Coming to their aid is a mysterious British expatriate, portrayed with a maniacal verve by Pierce Brosnan. The family must find a way to escape the country, as foreigners are being rounded up for execution.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Any fan of Martin Scorsese knows of his encyclopedic film knowledge and adoration for the cinema of yesteryear, and he often tips his hat to those influences in his work. Film Scalpel, an emerging site for cinephiles and novices alike, has created this video documenting Marty’s devotion to tinting specific frames (a technique formerly used to spruce up a black and white shot), and in this video, we're all seeing red. Read More: The 20 Greatest Musical Moments In The Films Of Martin Scorsese The decided color evokes a spectrum of emotions — lust, greed, and revenge in “The Departed”; sheer terror in “Cape Fear,” though Jessica Lange applying lipstick in another scene is both sensual and curious; the blood-stained shots of Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, and Joe Pesci in “Goodfellas”; and, of course, the illuminated club in “New York, New York.” Travis Bickle amid the haunting, lingering red lights »
- Samantha Vacca
Scott Cooper’s Black Mass is a big, brash, horribly watchable gangster picture taken from an extraordinary true story and conceived on familiar generic lines. Johnny Depp’s south Boston wiseguy James “Whitey” Bulger, with his shaven bald head and weird blue eyes is a fully accredited sociopath with a groany deep voice like Ray Liotta in GoodFellas. He even has a “Funny, how?” moment like Joe Pesci from the same film: kidding around and persuading his corrupt FBI associate over dinner into divulging the secret family recipe for his steak dish – then turning very nasty about how easily his dining companion can be induced to spill the beans, and then uproariously pretending to have been kidding once everyone around the table has turned white with shock.
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- Peter Bradshaw
The San Diego Film Festival has announced the Gala, Competition, Spotlight and Short Film sections for its 14th year celebration.
Screenings leading the program include Daniel Alfredson’s “Go With Me,” starring Anthony Hopkins, Julia Stiles and Ray Liotta; Paolo Sorrentino’s “Youth,” starring Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano and Jane Fonda; Reed Morano’s “Meadowland,” starring Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson and Juno Temple; Tony McNamara’s “Ashby,” starring Mickey Rourke, Nat Wolff, Emma Roberts and Sarah Silverman; Lawrence Roeck’s “Diablo,” starring Scott Eastwood, Camilla Belle and Danny Glover; Adam Salky’s “I Smile Back,” starring Sarah Silverman and John Charles; and the documentary “He Named Me Malala.”
“We are excited to debut this year’s diverse selection of films to our enthusiastic film loving community,” said Tonya Mantooth, executive VP, San Diego Film Festival. “Our 2015 fillm slate has it all, from Hollywood’s most buzzed »
- Jacob Bryant
'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
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