20 items from 2015
By Lee Pfeiffer
In the humble opinion of this writer, Martin Scorsese's "Goodfellas" is the best American movie of the 1990s; a virtually perfect witches brew of violence, betrayal, misguided loyalties and a so-called "code of honor" practiced by a select group of criminals who fancied themselves no worse than your average working stiff. The production, which grabs the viewer from that early, amazing tracking shot that goes inside the Copacabana, boasts some of the finest acting ever seen in any film, with yeomen work by Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino and, most notably, Joe Pesci in an Oscar-winning performance. Add to that some of the best casting ever seen in relation to supporting roles and you have a classic for the ages.
Appropriately, Warner Home Entertainment has released a special 25th anniversary commemorative Blu-ray edition of the film. As outlined below in the official press release, »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
“Goodfellas” actor Paul Sorvino revealed Tuesday that he tried to get himself out of the film just before shooting began. “Three days before we were about to shoot, I called my manager and I said ‘Get me out,'” Sorvino said. “‘I’m going to ruin the movie. I’m going to ruin myself. I have no idea what to do.'” The actor, who played slow-moving mob boss Paulie Cicero in the iconic Martin Scorsese film, appeared along with castmates Ray Liotta, Lorraine Bracco and Robert De Niro on “The Today Show” to celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary. »
- Joe Otterson
One look around New York's Beacon Theatre this past Saturday night told you it wasn't just another night at the Beacon. To close the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, much of the cast and crew of Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas reunited for a remastered screening of the film followed by a Q&A (hosted by The Daily Show's Jon Stewart) featuring Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino and screenwriter Nick Pileggi. The Beacon was packed with fictional big-screen wiseguys, many of whom played a role in Goodfellas, as well as The Sopranos and other mob-related movies and TV shows that have filmed in New York over the years. The room was buzzing, and when Robert De Niro (who played wiseguy Jimmy Conway in the Scorsese classic...
- Erik Davis
One look around New York's Beacon Theatre this past Saturday night told you it wasn't just another night at the Beacon. To close the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, much of the cast and crew of Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas reunited for a remastered screening of the film followed by a Q&A (hosted by The Daily Show's Jon Stewart) featuring Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino and screenwriter Nick Pileggi. The Beacon was packed with fictional...
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The group introduced a screening of the film, which is based on the life of Lucchese crime family member Henry Hill.
Scorsese also appeared via a video at the festival to talk about the film's infamous 'midnight feast' scene, where Liotta, Joe Pesci and De Niro's characters eat a late dinner with the mother of Pesci's character Tommy after burying a body.
He said: "There was only one or two written lines, about showing [her] paintings. The rest was pretty much what it was like to be around my mother, Joe, Bob, Ray…
"Her son was just coming home to say »
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
The Copa Shot: It’s one of the few shots in the history of cinema readily identifiable by name, instantly conjuring the image of Goodfellas gangster Ray Liotta leading Lorraine Bracco – and by extension the audience – through the back entrance of New York’s legendary Copacabana nightclub, as Steadicam operator Larry McConkey glides along behind them. How long did one of film’s most famed tracking shots take to pull off? It was in the can before lunch — which isn’t to say it was easy. With a 25th Anniversary screening of Goodfellas set to close the Tribeca Film Festival on April […] »
- Matt Mulcahey
The Sopranos almost looked very different. Oscar nominee Lorraine Bracco, Dr. Jennifer Melfi, Tony Soprano's (James Gandolfini) psychiatrist on the hit HBO series, was originally offered a very different role: Carmela Soprano. So why did she turn down the role that eventually went to Edie Falco? "Because I did it in Goodfellas," Bracco told Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen Wednesday. "And I didn't think I could do it better. David [Chase] and I agreed with that, so I asked him if I could play Jennifer Melfi." Bracco played Karen Hill opposite Ray Liotta in Goodfellas and received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for the role. "Plus, she wanted to sit," fellow Wwhl »
Motivated by personal tragedy, former Sopranos star Lorraine Bracco turned her life around with diet and exercise. In her new self-help book, To the Fullest: The Clean Up Your Act Plan to Lose Weight, Rejuvenate and Be the Best You Can Be, Bracco, 60, recalls how James Gandolfini's untimely death from a heart attack in 2013 was a wake-up call. The death of her parents, too, weighed heavily on the actress; in 2011, they died within nine days of each other. (Bracco, who played Dr. Jennifer Melfi on The Sopranos, writes in To the Fullest that Dominic Chianese, who played Uncle Junior in the HBO mob drama, »
- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl
By the 1990s, studios were waking up to movie marketing, and the era of the blockbuster. Tim Burton's Batman, released in summer 1989, had introduced the idea of a big opening weekend, and modern movies now target their promotional work to get just that. As such, it's harder and harder for smaller films to snare the top slot at the Us box office, even for one weekend.
In the 1990s, particularly the first half of the 1990s, that wasn't so much the case though. In fact, many films that have long since fallen from the public conscious topped the chart. And in this piece, I've tried to capture some of them.
Inevitably, you're going to have heard of some of them, and what a UK dweller sees as a »
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
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
Read More: 5 Observations About the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Lineup The Tribeca Film Festival has announced it will close out its 14th edition on Saturday, April 25 with a special "Goodfellas" 25th anniversary event honoring Martin Scorsese's acclaimed 1990 crime-drama, starring Robert de Niro, Joe Pesci, Ray Liotta and Lorraine Bracco. Not only will the film be screened with a remastered print from a 4k scan of the original camera negative (a process supervised by Scorsese himself), but the cast and crew will also reunite for a post-screening conversation hosted by 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 of the Tribeca Film Festival. "'GoodFellas' is one of those pictures with an honest and stylized portrayal of the gangster lifestyle that has inspired a generation of filmmakers and. »
- Zack Sharf
[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
Rizzoli & Isles has been around for five seasons, and the 18-episode release of the latest season is headed your way. It hits June 9th, and has some interesting bonus features.
The show has had some ups and downs, with some episodes feeling decidedly clunky, but it hasn’t hurt the ratings, and the show has become the hit of TNT.
The release puts this one in your hand in time for the sixth season premiere, in case you need to do any catching up and/or revisiting.
Check out all the info below, and make sure to pick up your copy.
Four-Disc Set Includes All 18 Episodes from the Show’s Fifth Season
Plus Never-Before-Seen Bonus Material
Get set for another exciting season of the chartbusting, suspenseful hit cable series Rizzoli & Isles, with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s (Wbhe) release of Rizzoli & Isles: The Complete Fifth Season, available June 9, 2015. Angie Harmon »
- Marc Eastman
Debuting in 2010, Rizzoli & Isles has been TNT's most-watched scripted series and, last season, viewership grew. Will the ratings continue to climb or start to fall? Is a sixth season essentially guaranteed? Could this show possibly be cancelled anytime soon? Stay tuned!
Rizzoli & Isles revolves around the unlikely but very effective partnership of police detective Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) and medical examiner Doctor Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander). Co-starring on the series are Jordan Bridges, Bruce McGill, Lorraine Bracco, and Brian Goodman.
Directed by: Ang Lee
Ang Lee has gone in about eight different directions in terms of genre. His resume includes “The Ice Storm,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” Hulk,” “Brokeback Mountain,” “Life of Pi,” and this delightful Jane Austen adaptation, starring Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman, and young Kate Winslet. “Sense and Sensibility” took home the Oscar for Adapted Screenplay for the story of the Dashwood family, a mother widowed and left in difficult circumstances after her husband has left his fortune to his first wife, instead of his current one. So Mrs. Dashwood (Gemma Jones) and her daughters Fanny, Marianne, and Elinor (Harriet Walter, Winslet, Thompson) have to find a way to survive in a world ruled by men and the rules that seem to create obstacle after obstacle for them. Unfortunately, given the era, they are viewed as “unmarryable,” since they have no fortune and no prospects. »
- Joshua Gaul
#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
20 items from 2015
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