12 items from 2015
Last night, the Tribeca Film Festival presented a 25th anniversary screening of Martin Scorsese’s 1990 masterpiece Goodfellas as its closing night event. After the film, actors Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Paul Sorvino, Lorraine Bracco, and screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi joined The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart onstage for a Q&A. (Joe Pesci couldn’t make it, De Niro joked, and instead sent a message: “Fuck fuck fuckity fuck fuck fuck. Fuck.”) Scorsese and producer Irvin Winkler, still filming their long-anticipated Silence in Taipei, also couldn’t make it, but sent in video messages introducing the film. Here are some of the things we learned from the discussion.Author and co-screenwriter Pileggi didn't believe it was Scorsese calling him. After Wiseguy, Pileggi’s book about the life of Henry Hill, came out, Martin Scorsese called the writer numerous times to talk about adapting it. Pileggi, a writer for New York (hey! »
- Bilge Ebiri
The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival closed Saturday night with a 25th anniversary gala screening of Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas,” held within the gold-spun rococo of the Upper West Side’s Beacon Theater. The screening was followed by a panel with stars Paul Sorvino, Ray Liotta, Lorraine Bracco, “Wiseguy” journalist and writer Nicholas Pileggi, and (inevitably) Tribeca co-founder Robert De Niro, moderated by “The Daily Show’s” Jon Stewart. (The comedian sometimes slipped into a slightly Pesci-esque accent, conceding that if anybody from the production met him right around the time “Goodfellas” came out, he would have been annoying as hell.)
De Niro and Tribeca’s other co-founder Jane Rosenthal introduced the film, with the movie icon offering that this year’s 14th iteration of the festival marked “13 more than we intended, and tomorrow we start work on the 15th.” He then went on to read a email from Joe Pesci (the »
- Steve Macfarlane
Of the many delicious scenes in Goodfellas, the one that lingers longest is that of Paulie Cicero slicing garlic with a razor blade. "The character in real life actually did that! And people have asked me if those were stunt hands — no, they're mine," Paul Sorvino recalled to The Hollywood Reporter of the move, which he recently re-created on Rachael Ray. "But do not mix garlic and onions together — if I hear you did, I'm going to hunt you down." Ray Liotta also joked of the scene, "I like it a little
- Ashley Lee
By Todd Garbarini
Carl Reiner’s 1970 film Where’s Poppa?, which stars George Segal, Ruth Gordan, Ron Leibman, Trish Van Devere, Bernard Hughes, Vincent Gardenia, and Paul Sorvino, celebrates its 45th anniversary this year. The Royale Laemmle Theater in Los Angeles will be holding a special one-night-only showing of the 82-minute comedy on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm. Director Reiner Rush and star Segal are scheduled to both be on hand for the screening. From the press release:
When New York attorney Gordon Hocheiser (Segal) meets Louise Callan, the girl of his dreams, he schemes to eliminate his aging, senile mother (Ruth Gordon), even though he promised his late father that he'd always take care of her. He fears that his batty mom's eccentricities will shortly lead to Louise's departure.
The Royale Laemmle is located at 11523 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles, CA 90025. Phone number is (310) 478 – 3836.
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Is this heaven? Nope, it’s Opening Week.
It all started Sunday night with the Cardinals at the Cubs with St. Louis winning 3 to 0.
To celebrate the first pitch of Opening Week, here’s our list of the best Baseball movies.
One of the best baseball biopics to come along over the years, The Rookie, starring Dennis Quaid, tells the true story of Jim Morris, a man who finally gets a shot at his lifelong dream-pitching in the big leagues. A high school science teacher/baseball coach, Morris’ players make a bet with him:if they win district, »
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The 14th annual Tribeca Film Festival will close on April 25 at the Beacon Theatre in New York with Martin Scorsese’s gangster film Goodfellas starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Ray Liotta and Paul Sorvino. Remastered from a 4k scan of the original camera negative under supervision by Scorsese, the film’s creator and cast members will reunite at the Festival in celebration of its 25th anniversary and to discuss the acclaimed film after the screening with The Daily Show host Jon Stewart.
‘While Tff’s mission is centered around new stories and voices, we also seek to honor the creators and films that have shaped the cultural landscape’, said Jane Rosenthal, co-founder, Tribeca Film Festival. “Goodfellas is one of those pictures with an honest and stylised portrayal of the gangster lifestyle that has inspired a generation of filmmakers and television directors across genres. We are proud to »
- Sacha Hall
James Caan has departed Fox's multi-camera/hybrid pilot Fantasy Life following its table read today. Caan was a last-minute addition to the project; he only closed his deal three days ago. Caan had a previous commitment to Sicilian Vampire, a movie written and directed by Frank D’Angelo, which is starting production in Toronto with Paul Sorvino, Daryl Hannah, Michael Madsen, Daniel Baldwin, Franco Nero and Eric Roberts co-starring. When Caan signed on for Fantasy Life… »
The cast and creators of “Goodfellas” will reunite at the Tribeca Film Festival for a closing night screening of the film on Apr. 25. Organizers did not specify which cast members would attend, but stars of the 1990 Oscar-nominated crime drama include Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Ray Liotta and Paul Sorvino. Also Read: CBS Orders Robert De Niro, Bryan Cranston-Produced Drama Pilots De Niro is a co-founder of the festival, so it’s hard to imagine he won’t be joining the discussion, led by “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, following a screening of the film remastered »
- Greg Gilman
Following the movie, the film’s cast and creators will reunite for an onstage conversation with Jon Stewart.
The new “GoodFellas” remaster is derived from a 4k scan of the original camera negative, and has been overseen by Scorsese. Based on Nicholas Pileggi’s nonfiction book “Wiseguy,” the movie follows the rise and fall of three mobsters over 30 years. De Niro, the co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, stars alongside Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco and Paul Sorvino.
“GoodFellas” wraps up the 14th edition of the Tribeca festival, which launches this year with the premiere of new “Saturday Night Live” documentary “Live From New York!” The “GoodFellas” screening and subsequent discussion will take place April 26 at the Beacon Theater, the »
- Gordon Cox
[Press Release] New York, NY – March 18, 2015 – The Tribeca Film Festival (Tff), presented by At&T, announced today that the 25th Anniversary of Martin Scorsese’s gangster film GoodFellas—remastered from a 4k scan of the original camera negative, supervised by Scorsese—will close its 14th edition on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Ray Liotta and Paul Sorvino, the film was praised by The New York Times as “breathless and brilliant” and “both the most politically serious and most evilly entertaining movie yet made about organized crime.” In honor of the 25th Anniversary celebration, the film’s creators and cast members will reunite at Tff for a conversation following the film with Jon Stewart where they will discuss the acclaimed 1990 »
- Pietro Filipponi
Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden aren't the only newlyweds in Hollywood! As it turns out, Paul Sorvino beat the couple to the punch when he said "I Do" to his longtime girlfriend on Dec. 27 in New York City. According to Page Six who first confirmed the news, the 75-year-old Goodfellas actor and his leading lady Dee Dee Benkie got hitched in front of the Lincoln Center in a "very short, simple, sweet ceremony." "It was just us," Benkie revealed to the publication when describing the intimate wedding that featured a few longtime friends of Sorvinos serving as witnesses. After their special ceremony, the pair headed to Café Fiorello where they enjoyed dinner and called »
#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
12 items from 2015
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