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11 items from 2015


Watch: 'Siskel & Ebert' Review 'Goodfellas'; Martin Scorsese's Classic Getting 4K Remastered Blu-Ray Release

26 January 2015 3:48 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Words like "classic" and "masterpiece" get thrown around a lot, but if anyone puts those monikers on Martin Scorsese's "Goodfellas," you can't really argue. His 1990 gangland drama is one of the great American films of the era, one of Scorsese's best pictures, and, aside from "The Godfather," one of the pinnacle pieces of cinema about life in organized crime. You've probably watched it more than a few times, and if you catch it on cable, you know your plans are getting delayed, because you're going sit down and finish it. Now there's another reason to revisit the film. Warner Bros. has announced a 25th anniversary 2-disc Blu-ray edition that has been given a spiffy new 4K remastering, from the original camera negative. The extras include an all new documentary featuring Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta, Jack Nicholson, and Joe Pesci discussing working with Scorsese, a 36-page book, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Laurence Fishburne Puts a Hit on Fred Savage in Lacma’s ‘Goodfellas’ Live Read

23 January 2015 12:14 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“This is going to be a lot of fun watching people get killed!”

So joked director Jason Reitman as he kicked off the latest installment of Film Independent’s popular Live Read series on Thursday night with perhaps his boldest selection yet: Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas.”

At the event, which returned to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art following last month’s sojourn to downtown L.A., Reitman praised the gangster classic as having “a perfect screenplay.”

Written by Scorsese and Nicholas Pileggi, and based on Pileggi’s non-fiction book “Wiseguy,” the story chronicles the rise and fall of mobster-turned-fbi-informant Henry Hill.

To celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary, Reitman cast a fresh ensemble of actors, including Laurence Fishburne (in the part originated by Robert De Niro) and Fred Savage (in Ray Liotta’s signature role), to read the Oscar-nominated screenplay before a live audience.

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- Matthew Chernov

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Goodfellas: 25th Anniversary Blu-ray announced

23 January 2015 6:26 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

On May 5th, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release GoodFellas on 2-Disc Blu-ray featuring a new documentary with interviews from Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta and more, and a 36-page photo book exploring the films far-reaching influence. The book also includes a letter written by Martin Scorsese.

The 25th Anniversary Blu-ray release of GoodFellas, cited by film critic Roger Ebert as the best mob movie ever, has been remastered from a 4K scan of the original camera negative, supervised by Martin Scorsese. The Blu-ray release also includes Digital HD with UltraViolet.

GoodFellas explores the criminal life like no other movie. Following the rise and fall of a trio of gangsters over 30 years, its an electrifying, fact-inspired tale of living and dying. Based on the true-life best seller Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, the film earned six Academy Award® nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director and was »

- Scott J. Davis

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Match Review

15 January 2015 7:10 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It is clear by the 15-minute mark of Stephen Belber’s drama Match that the film we are watching had its roots on the stage. The camera is mostly stationary, framing its actors in tight close-ups, and the dialogue lingers on the idiosyncrasies of the characters rather than propelling the story forward. However, the biggest give-away is that Patrick Stewart flamboyantly spits his lines and enunciates each syllable, as if a large audience existed where the camera stands.

Like many plays confined to a couple of settings that eventually transition to the big screen, Match struggles to find a directorial style or mark that differentiates it from the theatre. It also fails to deliver a real purpose to exist in a new medium. (Unlike 12 Angry Men, still the best stage-to-screen adaptation, you often notice that most of the drama is confined to one location.) Fortunately for Belber, strong acting from »

- Jordan Adler

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New VOD and Streaming Movies, Plus: Catch Keanu Reeves in 'John Wick' at Home Now

13 January 2015 7:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods A Walk Among the Tombstones (action-thriller featuring "a particular set of skills;" Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens; rated R) The Identical (drama; Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd; rated PG) Jimi: All Is by My Side – (biopic about Jimi Hendrix when he left New York for London; André Benjamin, Imogen Poots; rated R) Love Is Strange (gay drama; John Lithgow, Alfred Molina; rated R) Vice (action; Bruce Willis, Thomas Jane...

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- Robert B. DeSalvo

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Olivier Martinez Signs With Paradigm

13 January 2015 5:20 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: French actor Olivier Martinez has signed on as a client with Paradigm. The Paris-born thesp who has a César Award under his belt (for 1993’s Un, deux, trois, soleil) most recently appeared last season on ABC’s Revenge as French billionaire media mogul Pascal LeMarchal. He’ll next be seen in History Channel’s upcoming May 25 miniseries Texas Rising playing Antonio López de Santa Anna, the 19th century Mexican general known as the Napoleon of the West, in a cast that includes Bill Paxton, Ray Liotta, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Brendan Fraser, and Chad Michael Murray.

Martinez’s big screen credits include Unfaithful with Diane Lane and Richard Gere, Before Night Falls opposite Javier Bardem, S.W.A.T. with Samuel L. Jackson, D.J. Caruso’s Taking Lives, and Dark Tide with Halle Berry.

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- Jen Yamato

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'The Identical' Blu-ray Preview with Seth Green | Exclusive

12 January 2015 11:45 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Fans get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the set of the new drama The Identical in our exclusive featurette for the Blu-ray and DVD release, debuting January 13. The Identical is a powerfully redemptive story about a young man in search of both his purpose and his identity. Featuring over 20 original songs, all produced and co-written by Motown legend, Jerry Marcellino, the film boasts an all-star cast, including Ray Liotta (Goodfellas, Field of Dreams), Ashley Judd (Double Jeopardy, Divergent), Seth Green (Family Guy, Robot Chicken), Brian Geraghty (Ray Donovan, Boardwalk Empire, The Hurt Locker) and newcomer Blake Rayne.

The Identical follows twin brothers unknowingly separated at birth during the Great Depression, Drexel Hemsley and Ryan Wade (both portrayed by Rayne). Drexel, raised by his birth parents, grows up to achieve rock-n-roll stardom twenty years later, and Ryan, adopted by a reverend and his wife, struggles to balance his love for music and »

- MovieWeb

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On Demand DVD New Releases Jan. 12-18

12 January 2015 7:00 AM, PST | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

On Demand DVD New Releases Jan. 12-18 The Identical  The son of a preacher rejects his father’s desire to join the ministry and instead pursues a love of rock and roll music, ultimately uncovering a family secret that reveals who he really is. Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd (PG, 1:47) 1/13 Jimi: All Is By My Side Covering a transformative year in Hendrix’s life from 1966-67, in which he went from a New York City backing musician to making his mark in London’s music scene. Andre Benjamin, Imogen Poots (R, 1:58) 1/13 Love Is Strange Depicts the delicate nature of two … Continue reading →

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- Meredith Ennis

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First Look: Bill Paxton, Ray Liotta and Brendan Fraser get wild in the West with 'Texas Rising'

9 January 2015 12:45 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

[Brightcove "3980500725001" "" "" "auto"] On Memorial Day, the West is getting wilder than ever! In an exclusive new First Look trailer for History's Texas Rising, cast members Bill Paxton, Ray Liotta and Brendan Fraser get roped into plenty of action, including a steamy bathtub encounter! From the same producers of the network's 2012 hit Hatfields and McCoys, the eight-hour miniseries (premiering May 25) details the Texas revolution against Mexico and the rise of the legendary Texas Rangers.Paxton stars as legend Sam Houston, the "father" of Texas, Liotta plays an Alamo survivor and Fraser a Texas Ranger (with incredibly luxurious hair). In case it wasn't clear before, »

- Emily Strohm, @emablonde

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First Look: Bill Paxton, Ray Liotta and Brendan Fraser get wild in the West with 'Texas Rising'

9 January 2015 12:45 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

[Brightcove "3980500725001" "" "" "auto"] On Memorial Day, the West is getting wilder than ever! In an exclusive new First Look trailer for History's Texas Rising, cast members Bill Paxton, Ray Liotta and Brendan Fraser get roped into plenty of action, including a steamy bathtub encounter! From the same producers of the network's 2012 hit Hatfields and McCoys, the eight-hour miniseries (premiering May 25) details the Texas revolution against Mexico and the rise of the legendary Texas Rangers.Paxton stars as legend Sam Houston, the "father" of Texas, Liotta plays an Alamo survivor and Fraser a Texas Ranger (with incredibly luxurious hair). In case it wasn't clear before, »

- Emily Strohm, @emablonde

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The Definitive Best Picture Losers

1 January 2015 12:22 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

#10. Chinatown (1974)

Lost to: The Godfather Part II

Well, no one will argue that it should have won, but still. Roman Polanski’s film made a true leading man out of Jack Nicholson. It grabbed eleven nominations, only taking home one. That being said, that one was for Original Screenplay, written by Robert Towne, which may be the greatest even written. Entire courses could be taught on this screenplay alone and Polanski and his actors delivered a perfect translation of it to the screen. Also starring Faye Dunaway and the great John Huston, the story of power and corruption still stands as one of the greatest films of the 1970′s (or any decade for that matter). It’s just a shame it ran into the greatest movie sequel of all time.

#9. Cabaret (1972)

Lost to: The Godfather

Seems weird, doesn’t it? Well, the Liza Minnelli vehicle is on this list for »

- Joshua Gaul

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