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Brogan Morris on his favourite movie soundtrack....
Picking a best of anything always causes me more anxiety than it should – it’s my personal favourite of something, and so what? Every film fan’s got one. But it feels like ‘favourite movie soundtrack’ is one I have to get absolutely right.
There are so, so many; Almost Famous appeals to the long-hair within me, nostalgic for the 70s (a decade I never actually saw) and its rock decadence; Marie Antoinette speaks to the sulky little indie kid side of me, complete as Sofia Coppola’s picture is with juicy new wave and post-punk tunes; and there’s always O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the country ‘n’ bluegrass on that being damn near perfect. Then I remember Quentin Tarantino, and I go tumbling down a rabbit hole after seven films (not Death Proof) with wonderfully eclectic soundtracks.
Goodfellas tops all of them, »
- Flickering Myth
Ultimate Gangster Collection — Contemporary
Due Out: May 21, 2013
The “Ultimate Gangster Collection: Classics“ and “Ultimate Gangster Collection: Contemporary” are available on Blu-ray 5/21
Who’S It For?
My wife hasn’t seen Mean Streets, The Untouchables, Goodfellas or Heat. So while I would normally say this is the perfect gift for guys on Father’s Day, it’s really perfect for my wife. These are movies that must be seen by every adult. Not only to they showcase how the ugly side of society has evolved, but it’s also the evolution of gangster crime. Every one of these films is brilliant, and yes, I’m including The Departed. Jack Nicholson’s performance has someone gotten a bad rap. I’m convinced if it wasn’t for Martin Scorsese zooming in on the rat at the very end, everyone would still worship this film. »
- Jeff Bayer
Anthony Hopkins has been cast in mobster biopic Gotti.
The previous iteration of the film, which was titled Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father, was to star Travolta and Preston alongside Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Lindsay Lohan, Ben Foster and Chazz Palminteri.
Travolta will star as 'Dapper Don' John Gotti Jr, a Gambini family mobster who died in prison in 2002 after serving ten years for murder, extortion, racketeering, loan-sharking, illegal gambling and tax evasion.
Gotti will begin shooting on September 9. »
The film's international distribution is up for grabs at the Cannes Film Festival and executives at Im Global have announced that Hopkins has signed up, although his role is still a mystery, Contactmusic reported.
Travolta was picked up as the lead of 'Gotti: In The Shadow of My Father' in 2010, while Nick Cassavetes was roped in to direct the movie, and Lindsay Lohan and Joe Pesci were announced as potential co-stars.
But Cassavetes and Pesci pulled themselves out of the project. »
- Lohit Reddy
Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson was previously attached to the fact-based gangster thriller based on the life of John Gotti and his ‘family’. However, Jurassic Park 3 and Captain America’s Joe Johnston’s was recently installed as the new helmer.
Real-life couple John Travolta and Kelly Preston have been attached to the project from pretty much day one, with Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Lindsay Lohan, Ben Foster and Chazz Palminteri also set to co-star. Whether or not those names are still interested (well, Pesci has a lawsuit pending against to producers so you can rule him out) following Levinson’s departure remains to be seen but we can at least confirm Anthony Hopkins has joined the cast in the murderous story told from the point-of-view of the late mafia Don’s son. The Academy Award-winning actor has previously worked with Johnston on Universal’s remake of The Wolfman.
- Craig Hunter
Making a movie about the John "The Teflon Don" Gotti seems like a no-brainer. Americans love a good (read: gritty) gangster story, and Gotti's reputation still looms large even eleven years after his death. And yet, his son John A. Gotti (A.K.A. Junior) has been struggling to get his father-son story Gotti: In The Shadow of My Father made since 2010. But after repeated delays and bizarre scandals, that included losing Nick Cassavetes as director, a tangle with Lindsay Lohan, and a lawsuit from an enraged and recast Joe Pesci, Gotti is finally coming together.minus its showy subtitle. Variety reports the project that fell off the map in 2011, has made its mark at Cannes, announcing Academy Award-winner Anthony Hopkins has joined the Gotti cast that includes John Travolta, and Kelly Preston. As the pic's international distribution is up for sale at Cannes, Im Global is boasting Hopkins involvement, »
Following director Joe Johnston's recent attachment to the mobster biopic Gotti comes word, via Variety , that Anthony Hopkins will be joining John Travolta and Kelly Preston in the cast. The film, which adapts Gotti's life from the point of view of his son, was previously set to star, in addition to Travolta and Preston, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Lindsay Lohan, Ben Foster and Chazz Palminteri. Barry Levinson was previously attached to helm that earlier iteration of the project, which was to have been titled Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father . The rights to the story, which, in reality ended with the death of Gotti in prison in 2002, are held by Marc Fiore and his Fiore Films where actor Leo Rossi supplied the original screenplay. Hopkins, who recently played the title role »
The power of Cannes has brought another tidbit of casting news. The mafia flick which has been gestating for years, Gotti, now has Anthony Hopkins attached. Hopkins will join John Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston, both already confirmed to star. Hopkins’ role is as-yet undisclosed, though our guess is he’ll be in the running for an old school mobster. Expect him to hone his vocal skills and bust out his Italian American accent!
Gotti is based on the story of real-life mobster boss, John Gotti. Travolta has snagged the plum role, and his wife Preston will play Gotti’s wife, Victoria. The casting announcements for the project have changed dramatically over recent years. At one time Lindsay Lohan, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci were in talks. From the film’s IMDb page, the only other actors still attached are Chazz Palminteri and Ella Bleu Travolta.
Two weeks ago »
- Gem Seddon
The Jeff Preiss-directed film centres around a 1960s jazz pianist (Hawkes) who plays with the greats, but also struggles with heroin addiction. The action is seen through the eyes of his daughter (Fanning).
Manning will play a failed actress and sometime junkie who struggles to care for her son. Close and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea's roles have not been revealed.
Close, meanwhile, has been »
Director: Martin Scorsese
Entertainment grade: A
History grade: A–
Jake Lamotta was boxing's world middleweight champion between 1949 and 1951.
The film begins in 1941, with Jake Lamotta (Robert De Niro) fighting in the ring and fighting his first wife, Ida. It's shocking – though not as shocking as in an earlier draft of the screenplay, in which he was to be shown kicking and punching her while she was pregnant. The violence isn't out of keeping with that admitted in Lamotta's 1970 autobiography, also called Raging Bull, in which he says he once thought he had killed Ida in a drunken fight, and owns up to a catalogue of violent incidents against various people including a couple of sexual assaults. If anything, Lamotta's terrifying characterisation in the film has »
- Alex von Tunzelmann
This Sunday, moms across the world'll be celebrating their own momness (or is it momitude?) in varying degrees and fashions. Some will receive flowers; others will demand that those whiny, slothy teenage miscreants do their own ruddy laundry for crying out loud ... or something like that.
Mom, mum, mother, madre ... whatever you call her, she went through the uber painstaking process of giving life to your ungrateful hiney, so candy and card companies society saw fit to throw our matriarchs a bone and dedicate a day to the gal. To pitch in with some on-point cinematic snark, Film.com's put together this lol-arious and totally not safe for work mash-up of the many movie moments when the word mother gets met with our very favorite expletive (hint: it starts with an "f" and rhymes with tucker).
Not surprisingly, like half of them come from this guy ...
... Yeah, Samuel L. Jackson. »
- Amanda Bell
Kicking around since 2011, biopic “Gotti” (aka “Gotti: In The Shadow Of My Father” aka “Gotti: Three Generations”) was originally set to be directed by Barry Levinson with a cast that included John Travolta as Gotti Sr. alongside Al Pacino, Ben Foster and Joe Pesci, among others. Of course that never came to pass -- mostly due to legal and money problems -- but now things look to finally be set for some real movement on the film with a new director announced. Joe Johnston, last seen directing “Captain America: The First Avenger” for Marvel, has been announced as the director with shooting now set to begin this fall in New York. Out of the cast originally assembled two year ago, the only one still attached is Travolta as the infamous head of the Gotti family. Hopefully they can reassemble the cast as closely as they can. We’re sure Lindsay Lohan »
- Cain Rodriguez
Gotti: Two years ago, Gotti, John Travolta's passion project about New York crime boss John Gotti Sr., seemed to be a go under the direction of Barry Levinson, with a cast that included Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and Lindsay Lohan. That fell through, but now it looks like a go (again) with Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger) signed to direct and Relativity Media coming on board as U.S. distributor. There's no word yet on other cast members; production is scheduled to begin on September 9. [The Hollywood Reporter] Dungeons and Dragons: Warner Bros. intends to make a new big-screen version of Dungeons and Dragons, the role-playing fantasy board game. (Not to be confused with the 2000 movie bearing the same title.) Oddly enough, the studio is...
- Peter Martin
At one point, John Travolta was set to star in a biopic about mobster John Gotti, called "Gotti." He was joined by director Barry Levinson and such actors as Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Lindsay Lohan, Kelly Preston, Ben Foster and Chazz Palminteri. But the project quickly fell apart. Now comes word that Travolta is the only actor still attached to the film, which just signed "Captain America: The First Avengers" helmer Joe Johnston to direct. The plan is to raise money through foreign pre-sales at the Cannes Film Festival this month. Shooting is scheduled to begin on September 9th in New York. "I'm looking forward to portraying John Gotti -- it's been a long time coming," said Travolta. "And I think that Johnson is an exciting and fresh addition to the vision of the film. We are all looking forward to starting production." Added Johnston: "I think we've always been »
Joe Johnston, director of Captain America: The First Avenger, has signed up to direct the long-time-coming mobster biopic, Gotti. For the last two years, the film has been kicking around with everyone bar the Queen attached to star. Gotti once had Barry Levinson confirmed as director, Al Pacino as a crime boss, Joe Pesci as a ruthless gangster, Kelly Preston and…gulp, Lindsay Lohan as Gotti Jr’s wife. There’s no word on whether any of these supporting cast announcements still stand, but we do know that John Travolta will still star.
The film is based on a story by Gotti’s son, John A. Gotti, with a screenplay penned by Leo Rossi. No stranger to the mob, Rossi previously wrote 2004′s Mafioso: The Father, The Son. This will be the first time Johnston grapples with a mafia flick, stepping away from his usual genre fare. Previous efforts of his include Jurassic Park III, »
- Gem Seddon
Joe Johnston has signed on to direct Gotti.
The Gambini family mobster was convicted in 1992 of murder, extortion, racketeering, loan-sharking, illegal gambling and tax evasion. He died in prison in 2002.
Levinson had himself stepped in after original director Nick Cassavetes departed the project.
Gotti will begin shooting on September 9. »
John Travolta had this to say about the addition of the director.
"I'm looking forward to portraying John Gotti -- it's been a long time coming. And I think that Johnston is an exciting and fresh addition to the vision of the film. We are all looking forward to starting production."
Joe Johnston went on to express his excitement about the project.
"I think we've always been fascinated with the idea of the romantic outlaw. John Gotti could be in one instance a charismatic, kind and loving family man, »
Although plans for a previous iteration of the project fell apart, Gotti (formerly Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father ) is back on track with Joe Johnston now signed on to direct, according to a story at The Hollywood Reporter . John Travolta remains attached to play the title role of mobster John Gotti. The film, which adapts Gotti's life from the point of view of his son, was previously set to star, in addition to Travolta, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Lindsay Lohan, Kelly Preston, Ben Foster and Chazz Palminteri. Barry Levinson was previously attached to helm. The rights to the story, which, in reality ended with the death of Gotti in prison in 2002, are held by Marc Fiore and his Fiore Films where actor Leo Rossi supplied the original screenplay. Johnston most recently »
Looks like it is just Interview Central around here these days, folks. Because following up on last week’s column, in which I briefly recapped my Awesome Con DC experience and posted my interview with the fantastic Phil Lamarr (go read/listen if you missed it last week! Good stuff!), I now get to share with you my Awesome Con DC interview with the excellent Billy West! Hooray!
Even if you somehow haven’t heard the name Billy West, before, I almost guarantee you’ve heard his voice. Voicing everything from classic cartoon characters like Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Elmer Fudd, Woody Woodpecker, and Popeye to four of the main characters on Futurama (Philip J. Fry, Professor Farnsworth, Dr. Zoidberg, and Zapp Brannigan), Billy has voiced characters on a myriad of other shows as well, including title characters for Nickelodeon’s Doug and The Ren & Stimpy Show; and is also »
- Emily S. Whitten
Producer/actor Danny Abeckaser plays Dino Lapron, the best friend of real-life mob hitman Richard Kuklinski, in The Iceman, Israeli director Ariel Vromen’s fascinating portrait of the notorious contract killer of the 70’s and 80’s. Abeckaser, who grew up in Brooklyn, got the acting bug at an early age, went on to become a New York nightclub promoter in the mid-90’s before returning to his first love playing small roles in friends’ movies, and then making his mark in Holy Rollers which he produced and acted in. At the recent press day for The Iceman which opens this Friday, Abeckaser talked to us about the challenges of getting the film made, how he prepared for his role, why he liked how his character brought out the human side of Kuklinski, what it was like working with Michael Shannon and Winona Ryder, why he thinks audiences are attracted to mob movies, »
- Sheila Roberts
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