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The quality of the features offered in this selection lends well to the nature of the ultimate characterization. The films included in this selection are American Gangster, Scarface, Casino, Carlito’s Way, and Mean Streets. Ridley Scott’s American Gangster may be an enjoyable romp, but it has tendencies of staggering under the weight of the film’s own perceived epic stature. The other four films, however, are bona fide classics, making this selection of movies an excellent primer for some of the best gangster movies ever committed to film.
In American Gangster, the real-life character Frank Lucas starts out as a quiet driver for his boss, but exploits an opening in the power structure when his boss dies to build his own empire, creating his own version of the American Dream. Lucas outplays others in this field through ingenuity and a strict business ethic, even entering the »
- The Hollywood News
San Diego Comic-Con 2015 has released their full schedule for Saturday, July 11. For your convenience, we have pulled out all of the movie, TV and DVD related panels and events below, but you can can visit Comic-Con.org to check out the full schedule including comic book and video game panels. Take a look at all of the movie, TV and DVD events that will take place during the first day of Comic Con.
10:00am - 11:00am SpongeBob SquarePants
The cast of SpongeBob is back! All your Bikini Bottom favorites are on hand to perform Idiot Box at a live table read as chosen by the fans online. Featuring Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick Star), Rodger Bumpass (Squidward), and Dee Bradley Baker (all other Biukini Bottomites.. Following the performance will be a Q&A with the cast and creative director, Vincent Waller. Plus, a sneak peek at a »
Yes folks, I’m diving back into bi-monthly Oscar predictions! At the very least, I wanted to sort of wrap up the first half of the year with a slightly different set of predictions. The Academy Awards are still a ways off in the distance, but without question we have things changing the potential contenders here and there. For example, the impetus of this extra update is to see where Pixar’s Inside Out could fit into things. I’m sticking with a big push for Ridley Scott’s The Martian, just like last time, but I wanted to take into account what the animated flick could do. Also, I wanted to fill out the technical categories a bit more, which includes some films that we haven’t talked much about. Obviously, things are still in their infancy, but I felt this was justified. Plus, who doesn’t love an update to Oscar predictions? »
- Joey Magidson
After directing Star Crash, his glitzy, disco version of Star Wars, Italian director Luigi Cozzi set his sights to cashing in on the success of another space movie - Ridley Scott's mega-hit Alien. The results are 1980's Contamination, a bonkers exploitation film about eggs from outer space that blow people up for some reason.
What are the chances we'll see Hannibal season 4 after the NBC cancellation? We take a look at possible avenues for a return...
The news that Bryan Fuller’s horror masterpiece Hannibal has been cancelled by NBC was upsetting, but unsurprising news. Hannibal’s ratings have gone from bad to worse this year, as the series doubled down on the surreal, macabre strangeness that arguably made it so inaccessible to a casual audience in the first place. And while Hannibal has proven itself to be a critical darling with a passionate fan base, it’s honestly a wonder that a show as unique and stubbornly left-of-centre as this one lasted as long as it did on NBC.
But while the news of the cancellation was met with the requisite anger and disappointment across the internet, the responses from key creatives seemed far from pessimistic about the future of the show. This is, »
Written by Tom Wood
What, who, why or even how did your fascination with Horror begin? I will give you a minute to think whilst I set the scene. The other day, I was driving my car to work; A journey that has been done a thousand times before and as a result, it has become so tedious; so pathetically boring; I could probably do it with my eyes closed and without thinking (not that I will of course, that would just be plain dangerous on so many levels); But my point is, whilst I was driving, a question, not just any old question, but that question popped and buried itself deep into the back of my head. A simple question of What made me interested in Horror? Had evolved and mutated like a diseased zombie into further questioning and so forth, that in the end, a whole »
Ridley Scott's "Alien" turns 36 today, which should definitely make you feel old. But forget all that! Just like you, Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic feels as fresh and vibrant as the day it was released/born. There's something about these vintage behind-the-scenes photos from the film's set. Something...nostalgic. Classic. Warm and fuzzy, even. I don't doubt the production period on the film was tortuous, backbreaking and often breathtakingly dull for the majority of those involved (welcome to Hollywood!), but it's nice to pretend that it was one giant free-for-all of fun and creativity. Travel back with us now to the late 1970s, when Sigourney Weaver was an up-and-coming actress enjoying her first starring role, Yaphet Kotto was kind of a big deal and Veronica Cartwright was the queen of terrified facial expressions. In short, take a break from 2015, which is a mess, and let these 36 blessed photos (one »
- Chris Eggertsen
Variety sat with Ron Perlman at the Monte Carlo TV festival, where he served as president of the 55th edition and prexy of the miniseries jury. The veteran actor candidly talked about his upcoming Amazon show, “Hand of God,” a thriller drama helmed by “World War Z'”s Marc Forster and his endeavor to produce and direct movies through his shingle Wing & a Prayer Pictures and Film House, a studio that will soon launch, backed by the State of New York and Suny Polytechnic College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. Perlman, who is now repped by Empire Agency in Europe, also revealed he will make his directorial debut with “Wooden Lake,” a small indie drama that will lense in Syracuse.
Variety: How did you get involved in “Hand of God”?
- Elsa Keslassy
Variety sat with Ron Perlman at the Monte Carlo TV festival, where he served as president of the 55th edition and prexy of the miniseries jury. The veteran actor candidly talked about his upcoming Amazon show, “Hand of God,” a thriller drama helmed by “World War Z'”s Marc Forster and his endeavor to produce and direct movies through his shingle Wing & a Prayer Pictures and Film House, a studio that will soon launch, backed by the State of New York and Syracuse University. Perlman, who is now repped by Empire Agency in Europe, also revealed he will make his directorial debut with “Wooden Lake,” a small indie drama that will lense in Syracuse.
Variety: How did you get involved in “Hand of God”?
- Elsa Keslassy
Ron Moody as Fagin in 'Oliver!' based on Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist.' Ron Moody as Fagin in Dickens musical 'Oliver!': Box office and critical hit (See previous post: "Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' Actor, Academy Award Nominee Dead at 91.") Although British made, Oliver! turned out to be an elephantine release along the lines of – exclamation point or no – Gypsy, Star!, Hello Dolly!, and other Hollywood mega-musicals from the mid'-50s to the early '70s. But however bloated and conventional the final result, and a cast whose best-known name was that of director Carol Reed's nephew, Oliver Reed, Oliver! found countless fans. The mostly British production became a huge financial and critical success in the U.S. at a time when star-studded mega-musicals had become perilous – at times downright disastrous – ventures. Upon the American release of Oliver! in Dec. 1968, frequently acerbic The »
- Andre Soares
"Catastrophe," the new Amazon Original launching this weekend for Us Amazon subscribers, is the story of an unplanned pregnancy and the relationship that results. American Rob (Rob Delaney, "Key and Peele") never thought he'd see London-based Sharon (Sharon Horgan, "The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret") again, but when she lets him know that their week of sexytimes has resulted in her conceiving, he comes back to England to see how that might evolve. Read More: Newest Amazon Pilots Ranked Worst to Best: Ridley Scott & Shawn Ryan Vie to Create the Next 'Transparent' Thematically, then, it's kind of appropriate that "Catastrophe" is one of the first Amazon Originals to launch without going through the service's unique piloting program. Instead, all six episodes of the first season were released today, and that's because all six episodes had already been produced — the show is a British import originally produced by »
- Liz Shannon Miller
"Catastrophe," the new Amazon Original launching this weekend for Us Amazon subscribers, is the story of an unplanned pregnancy and the relationship that results. American Rob (Rob Delaney, "Key and Peele") never thought he'd see London-based Sharon (Sharon Horgan, "The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret") again, but when she lets him know that their week of sexytimes has resulted in her conceiving, he comes back to England to see how that might evolve. Read More: Newest Amazon Pilots Ranked Worst to Best: Ridley Scott & Shawn Ryan Vie to Create the Next 'Transparent' Thematically, then, it's kind of appropriate that "Catastrophe" is one of the first Amazon Originals to launch without going through the service's unique piloting program. Instead, all six episodes of the first season were released today, and that's because all six episodes had already been produced — the show is a British import originally produced by...
- Liz Shannon Miller
After American Sniper was the biggest box office draw of 2014, it seems anyone will pay to see Bradley Cooper in uniform again. Deadline reports Cooper is set to produce Ghost Army, a World War II story about an agency tasked with feeding the Nazis fake intelligence about the actual number of American troops, with the hope that Cooper will star. Cooper, Todd Phillips, and Andrew Lazar are producing a script by Henry Gayden (Earth to Echo), working from a non-fiction book entitled The Ghost Army of World War II and a 2013 documentary also titled Ghost Army.
Not even a year after Tom Wilkinson portrayed Lyndon B. Johnson in Selma, Woody Harrelson will now portray our former president in Rob Reiner’s political drama simply titled Lbj. Via Variety, production will begin in the fall on a film about the life of Johnson up through his childhood and how he was »
- Brian Welk
Julie Kirkham, a studio executive and script consultant who produced such films as “Black Rain” and “Anna and the King,” died June 10. She was 61. She was recently diagnosed with multiple myeloma. Kirkham, a graduate of Princeton University, broke into the industry as a script reader in the 1980s. She served as VP of production at Orion Pictures and then as Svp at Quentin Tarantino and Lawrence Bender‘s production company, A Band Apart, and later at Lawrence Bender Productions. Also Read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2015 (Photos) She executive produced Ridley Scott‘s 1989 thriller “Black Rain” and co-produced 1999’s “Anna and the. »
- Thom Geier
The new movie adaptation of Agatha Christie's Murder On The Orient Express may have found its director.
Cinderella's Kenneth Branagh is the current frontrunner to take charge of the project, says The Wrap. Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg and Mark Gordon are producing the detective film for 20th Century Fox.
There is no word yet on casting for the movie, which tells the story of famed detective Hercule Poirot investigating the murder of an American tycoon aboard the famous train.
Here's hoping for a similar calibre of actors for the reboot.
Ridley Scott's upcoming sci-fi blockbuster The Martian has drawn a number of comparisons to Christopher Nolan's Interstellar... and with good reason. After all, both movies feature Jessica Chastain and Matt Damon, and are set around the idea of astronauts finding themselves trapped in space and hoping to find a way back. Despite these similarities, however, Matt Damon has gone on record saying that the two films are really not the same thing. Yahoo! UK recently had the chance to chat with the Bourne star about his upcoming film, and it was during their conversation that Damon actually revealed he was seeing the Martian/Interstellar comparisons before he signed on to the project. However, his view on the whole thing changed when he met with Ridley Scott to talk about the movie, and the British director explained away his concerns. Said the actor, I went in to meet him, »
Each week Variety publishes ListenFirst Digital Audience Ratings (Dar) – Film, a measurement of fan engagement across all the major digital platforms as it relates to film (see the TV version here). Provided by ListenFirst Media, Dar – Film measures what entertainment content is resonating most across Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, YouTube and Wikipedia combined. For more on the methodology behind Dar, scroll to the bottom of the article.
Digital Audience Ratings (Dar) – Film Weekly Top 5 Wednesday Jun 10, 2015 – Tuesday Jun 16, 2015 Rank Last Week Film Rating(000) 1 1 Jurassic World 12,748 2 4 The Martian 5,626 3 5 Inside Out 4,976 4 – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 3,497 5 – Minions 2,359 –
Key First time on the chart Pinnacle Rank –
“Jurassic World” blew expectations out of the park, topping the Dar-Film leaderboard and box office with a record-breaking opening of $208 million. While millions of fans »
- Jason Klein
The first trailer for Ridley Scott's The Martian received such a great response from audiences, 20th Century Fox has since shifted the movie's release date one month forwards to take advantage of the positive buzz. Given that it features an all-star cast (headlined by Matt Damon) and an exciting premise that sees Scott return to the sci-fi genre, fans have had plenty of reasons to get excited. However, as part of an ongoing joke (that sadly doesn't get funnier the more you tell it), many 'eagle-eyed' viewers have continued to point out the movie's obvious similarities with Christopher Nolan's Interstellar. Like Nolan's film, The Martian features Damon as a marooned astronaut, and also includes the talented Jessica Chastain in a key supporting role. Despite this, Damon was quick to assure Yahoo! Movies that the two films would be very different. “I went in to meet [Ridley Scott], then I signed on really quickly. »
By now, I hope all of you have seen the downright amazing First Trailer for Ridley Scott’s The Martian. Starring Matt Damon, this potentially epic science fiction adventure has been my most anticipated film of the year ever since I learned that it had a 2015 release date. I really think this has ridiculous potential. To be fair, I’m a huge fan of the book of the same name by Andy Weir, which was one of the fastest and most compelling reads I’ve had in some time. While reading the page turner, I couldn’t help but imagine the movie version, one that could be a perfect blend of fun and intelligence. If my hunch is right this fall, we might have the rare sci-fi flick that the Academy can’t resist in The Martian. The story is pretty straightforward, at least initially…what if an astronaut was accidentally stranded on Mars? »
- Joey Magidson
From Zoolander 2 to 23 Jump Street, with 100s in-between. Here's our rundown of the assorted movie sequels in the works...
Think Hollywood is bereft of original ideas? You just might after this. Here's our look at the assorted movie sequels currently in the works. Since we last did a list like this, we've dropped films that seem to have died a death - Wanted 2, Spring Breakers 2 - but we'll keep this rundown up to date over the coming month.
Without further ado...
23 Jump Street
Sony is pressing ahead with a third Jump Street movie, as well as a possible Jump Street vs Men In Black film, and a female-headlined spin-off. For 23 Jump Street specifically, Rodney Rothman is back and working on the script (he wrote the second one). It's unclear yet if Chris Miller and Phil Lord can find breathing space in their schedule to direct. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are both expected back, »
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