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Mulroney plays Jonas's enemy, with Lucas in the role of his wife.
Jonas recently appeared in a guest role on Hawaii Five-o. »
Joe Scoleri (Paul Sorvino) was a powerful man back in the day, a Mafia Capo who was feared and respected in the Italian-American neighborhood he rule over. At least until he was busted by the Feds in a big organized crime sting and locked away. After twenty years, "Mr. Joe" is finally getting out on parole, but the world he's coming back to is a far cry from the one he left. And after twenty years in the pen and with a "bum ticker," he's a shell of his former self. Paul Sorvino playing a Mafia boss? Sound familiar? While this story could be imagined as the continuing saga of Sorvino's "Paulie" character from Goodfellas, if he'd made it out of jail alive, this is not a gangster film. It's a post-Mafia film. The Mafia may still exist but it no longer thrives and even if he wanted to, returning »
- Linc Leifeste
Barry Shurchin’s autobiographical account of his childhood as a 9-year-old Russian immigrant in late-’70s Gotham piles on one traumatic event after another: suicide, beatings, sexual abuse, murder — little Daanyik is spared nothing in the free world. But the storyline develops so erratically that it lacks any internal momentum, with some scenes unfolding in exhaustive detail and others seemingly missing, as if whole chunks had been shot and later edited out. The film’s violent, angry kid’s p.o.v., though strongly conveyed, hardly invites sympathy for its pint-size protagonist and will likely prove too hostile to achieve much traction in limited release.
Coming home drunk to the family’s Moscow apartment on the eve of their departure for America, Daanyik’s father, Deema (Harry Hamlin), resents the whole notion of repatriation, driven to leave by his wife’s fear of rising anti-Semitism and the government’s sudden encouragement of Jewish exodus. »
- Ronnie Scheib
The soon-to-be-dead Irishman in question is Cleveland gangster Danny Greene (Ray Stevenson), an affable mobster who comes unstuck when he crosses the local mafia. Based on a true story, Greene's hoodlum is far from a Sopranos stereotype - he's turned to crime as a brutal necessity but also possesses an innate sense of justice. A rich supporting cast includes Christopher Walken, Vincent D'Onofrio and Paul Sorvino. »
Last August, Todd Phillips signed on to direct, taking over for Martin Scorsese who had been attached to direct since August 2011. Leonardo DiCaprio was, at one point, attached to star, but he is no longer involved. Deals for both Mark Wahlberg and Rupert Wyatt are still coming together, and Rupert Wyatt does have an option on an untitled project at 20th Century Fox that he may still go ahead with.
James Caan starred in the original 1974 drama The Gambler, which followed a literature professor who is addicted to gambling and gets into hot water with some local gangsters. Paul Sorvino and Lauren Hutton co-starred in the film, which was directed by Karel Reisz.
Exclusive: I’m in transit from Toronto, but here is a hot project coming together quickly. I’m hearing that Mark Wahlberg is circling to star and Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes helmer Rupert Wyatt is circling to direct The Gambler, a William Monahan-scripted remake of the 1974 James Caan movie for Paramount. The remake is being produced by original producers Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff and also Stephen Levinson. Caan played a college professor whose gambling addiction overcomes him even after he gets in big trouble with the wrong guys. James Toback wrote the original script and the pic co-starred Lauren Hutton and Paul Sorvino. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Main Street Films has bought North American rights to John Doe, an Australian thriller about an anti-hero who attempts to rid the community of criminals while taking out those he knows are about to commit crimes.
The director is Kel Dolen (Reign in Darkness, Gates of Hell), the screenplay is by Steve Coates and the cast is headed by Battlestar Galactica.s Jamie Bamber and Lachy Hulme (Howzat! Kerry Packer's War, Beaconsfield).
Main Street Films chairman Craig Chang along with Harrison Kordestani saw John Doe at the Cannes Film Market and negotiated the deal with Vernon. .We used our two screenings at Cannes to create a profile for the film and it turned out better than expected,. Vernon told If.
- Don Groves
Never mind 30 minutes or less. For the first time in its history, the HollyShorts Film Festival will open with a feature film. Festival alumni David Rodriguez’s dramedy Last I Heard will have its Los Angeles premiere on Aug. 15 at the Tcl Chinese Theatre. The film stars Paul Sorvino, Chazz Palminteri, Michael Rapaport, Renee Props, Andrea Nittoli and Lev Gorn and marks the first onscreen pairing of Mafia movie veterans Sorvino and Palminteri. Photos: THR's Portraits of Berlin Film Festival Stars and Filmmakers The ninth annual HollyShorts festival runs Aug. 15-22 and will feature more than 300
- Tatiana Siegel
Cinelinx enters the dark, lurid world of William Friedkin's Cruising, starring Al Pacino, now on DVD from Warner Archive!
This Warner Archive release is a Manufacture-On-Demand (Mod) DVD. It is made to be played in "play only" DVD devices, and may not play in some DVD recorders or PC drives. This disc, however, played fine in the Toshiba DVD recorder used for this review. This title is available directly from WBShop.com by clicking here.
Directed by William Friedkin
Director William Friedkin's controversial 1980 crime thriller makes a re-appearance on DVD thanks to Warner Archive. It was last released in 2007, and had become hard to find for fans of the film.
Although I consider »
- email@example.com (Victor Medina)
By Murray Weiss and Ben Fractenberg
Queens — The FBI began digging for a body Monday in the former Queens home of notorious mob power James “Jimmy The Gent” Burke, who was famously portrayed by Robert De Niro in the movie "Goodfellas," sources told DNAinfo New York.
FBI Evidence Collection specialists and agents from the Organized Crime Division descended into the basement of Burke’s family home at 81-48 102 Rd. in South Ozone Park around 8 a.m. armed with jackhammers and sledge hammers.
Sources said the feds recently obtained information from a new cooperating informant linked to the Gambino and Bonanno crime families who told them he believed a hood who disappeared decades ago was buried in Burke’s basement or backyard.
The sources say the dig is not related the fabled 1978 Lufthansa Heist, where Burke, portrayed as Jimmy Conway by De Niro in "Goodfellas," and his fellow wiseguys pulled off an $8 million robbery at JFK, »
Here’s the beginning of what could have been an awkward story. Seated for the world premiere of “Last I Heard” at the Seattle International Film Festival, I chatted with a guy in my row before the lights went down. I had my notebook out, and the pen I stole from work at the ready as a few more people filled out the row. Others occupied the seats around us, and as I started jotting down the few facts I knew about the movie—gangsters, Paul Sorvino, prison, to be honest, I didn’t know much going in—to remind myself of later, it dawned on me, I was sitting next to stars Renee Props and Andrea Navedo, and had been talking to writer/director David Rodriguez. Given my present location, I was going to have to stand up to let the entire group by for their post-screening Q and A. »
- Brent McKnight
The comedy drama is makes its world premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival, showing at public screenings on June 8th and 9th. Now, we have the trailer for Last I Heard directed and written by David Rodriguez, which stars Paul Sorvino as a former, powerful mobster who has just been released from federal prison after 20 years due to his ailing health, and now moves back home and attempts to reconnect with former life in this poignant Sopranos-esque character study. Also in the cast of the Kevin Kelly, Michelle Manning and Rodriguez-produced film are Michael Rappaport, Renee Props, Andrea Nittoli and Lev Gorn. »
Acting veteran Paul Sorvino takes center stage in the indie drama "Last I Heard," debuting at the upcoming Seattle International Film Festival. Indiewire has the exclusive trailer ahead of its June 8th premiere. In the film, Sorvino plays Joseph "Mr. Joe" Scoleri, an ex Mafia member struggling to adjust with life in Queens, NY after serving over twenty years in prison. Chazz Palminteri, Michael Rapaport and Renee Props all co-star. Watch the trailer below: »
Paul Sorvino will star in Amarok Productions’ murder mystery Precious Mettle shooting this summer outside Chicago.
Police Commander Frank Walsh, after losing his wife and daughter in a tragic car crash many years ago, is about to retire. Facing further emptiness in his life, Frank learns that a heroin addict, Judy, may be his daughter from a relationship 26 years ago. While coming to terms with this reality, his best friend Charlie, a retired cop, is murdered and his money and gold goes missing. Frank must now find the killer, search for the gold, help Judy overcome her demons and allow himself a second chance to be a father. Precious Mettle takes us on a dangerous discovery of murder, motives and money.
Precious Mettle joins a vibrant list of feature films and top-notch television shows shooting in the Chicago community this summer including Michael Bay ’s Transformers 4, Neil Burger ’s $40 million film Divergent, »
- Michelle McCue
I don't recall if Max Brooks' World War Z was a smash hit when it hit bookstore shelves in the fall of 2006, but it's safe to say that it has quickly become one of the most beloved tomes in all of zombie fandom. There are of course tons of fantastic novels that deal with the zombie apocalypse, but none had taken the concept as seriously as World War Z. Bolstered by a fantastic realism that only comes with tons of research, the book claims to be "an oral history of the zombie war," which basically means this: the world has already ended, and this book is the document of humanity's undoing.
I'm of the firm opinion that "serious" horror is the most effective kind, and that's why World War Z still holds up after two or three readings: it's serious. It feels real. If you wanted to you could »
- Scott Weinberg
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
Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer penned a script draft back in 2011, but no director is onboard yet. Theroux has had involvement with the Marvel Universe before - working on the script for the second "Iron Man" film. [Source: C.H.U.D.]
"Thor" villain Tom Hiddleston has confirmed he's scored the title role in Paul Andrew Williams' "Capa". The project isn't to be confused with the bigger budgeted "Waiting for Robert Capa" which Michael Mann is developing to direct.
A biopic on anti-fascist war photographer Robert Capa, the story will like focus on the romance he shared with fellow photographer Gerda Taro (to be played by Gemma Arterton). [Source: Shortlist]
Frank Langella has signed to play Harvey Molina, the fictional owner of the Cleveland Browns, in »
- Garth Franklin
• Missing Merle Dixon already? Walking Dead actor Michael Rooker has just signed on to play the part of Yondu in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, meaning he’ll have to trade in his zombie killing tools for a bow and arrow to portray the expert game hunter. With Chris Pratt already on board to play Star Lord, and Zoe Saldana in talks for Gamora, director James Gunn still needs to fill a slew of key roles including Rocket Raccoon and Groot. Gunn is expected to begin shooting this summer for an August 1, 2014 release. [Deadline]
- Lindsey Bahr
With Father’s Day coming up, it makes perfect sense for Warner Bros. to look to the past, and release two impressive Blu-ray collections. Ultimate Gangster Collection Classic and Ultimate Gangster Collection Contemporary should make plenty of men happy*.
*Women are also allowed to be happy by this news.
Here is the news release…
Burbank, Calif., March 11, 2013 – As part of the studio’s 90th Anniversary celebration, eight of Warner Bros. Pictures’ greatest gangster films – from Edward G. Robinson’s 1931 classic Little Caesar to Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning masterpiece The Departed– will now be available in two Blu-ray sets May 21. Released to coincide with Father’s Day gift-giving, the WB genre greats, along with one of Paramount’s best gangster films, will be offered in the Ultimate Gangster Collection: Classic and Ultimate Gangster Collection: Contemporary.
The four films in the Classic Collection have been remastered for their Blu-ray debuts. They include »
- Jeff Bayer
Chicago – As the stars, presenters and award recipients gathered at the Chicago Film Critics Awards on February 9th, they took some time out to mix with the media at a pre-show press conference. Jane Lynch, Paul Sorvino, Joe Piscopo, Nadine Velazquez, Regina Taylor and the other award winners offered their perspectives.
HollywoodChicago.com’s Brian Tallerico, Patrick McDonald and Matt Fagerholm covered the presser, and contributed several questions asked to the awards show participants. Photographer Joe Arce captured his stellar portraits at the event. Below is a summary of the afternoon’s best.
Jane Lynch, Recipient of “Comedia Extrarodinaire”
Accepting this year’s award for Comedia Extraordinaire was the incomparable Jane Lynch, the Chicago-bred actress who achieved mega-stardom with her portrayal of Sue Sylvester, the bullying high school coach on “Glee.” It was a role impeccably designed for Lynch’s uproarious wit and deadpan timing, which she cultivated in a »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
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