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From Depp to Hardy: 9 actors playing notorious real-life gangsters

23 July 2014 8:25 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Johnny Depp was recently photographed in full prosthetics to play real-life Boston gangster James 'Whitey' Bulger in the upcoming movie Black Mass.

The 50-year-old actor was wearing a balding wig cap, fake teeth, a blue open shirt with a gold chain, and a black leather jacket as he shot the film's final scenes in Lynn, Massachusetts.

Benedict Cumberbatch recently joined the cast as Whitey Bulger's brother Billy Bulger, along with Parks and Recreation's Adam Scott, who is reported to be playing FBI agent Robert Fitzpatrick.

The Scott Cooper-directed crime drama is due for release in cinemas on September 18, 2015.

Bulger spent 16 years at large and 12 years on the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list before he was arrested in June 2011, aged 81. Prosecutors indicted him for 19 murders and he is currently serving two life terms.

Here are 9 other actors morphing into some of the world's most notorious real-life gangsters below: »

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10 Upcoming Video Game Movies That Absolutely Nobody Asked For

17 July 2014 2:55 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Ever since Super Mario made the leap from a dozen pixels vaguely resembling an offensive Italian stereotype, to the worst decision of Bob Hoskins’ career, gamers have longed to put down the controller and just watch their favourite games magically play themselves on the big screen.

Unfortunately, the end result is a lot like letting your little brother play; it’s all wrong, and you just want to grab the controller and say “look, just let me do it”. It’s always exciting when Cinema cares enough to borrow some of Gaming’s cool toys, but there’s the risk that it will just break them out of spite, and hand them back.

Are those endless Resident Evil movies even about zombies anymore? And why did Doom ditch the demons? The whole point is that its monsters are literal demons escaping from Hell, not just boring old genetic experiments.

So »

- Michael Irving

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Horror Director Eli Roth: My Top 5 Hip-Hop Songs of All Time

15 July 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Before he was polarizing audiences with horror films Cabin Fever and Hostel, film director and Hemlock Grove executive producer Eli Roth was a suburban teenager becoming obsessed with hip-hop.

'Off the Cuff' With Peter Travers: An Interview With Eli Roth

For the man who directed Snoop Dogg's "La La La" and co-wrote RZA's directorial debut The Man With the Iron Fists, the relationship between hip-hop and film runs deep. "The only people who know more about movies than directors are rappers," Roth tells Rolling Stone. "All Snoop »

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Small films released on the same day as major blockbusters

8 July 2014 6:54 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Some great films were released on the same day as such recent hits as The Dark Knight Rises and Frozen. Here are a few of them...

Odd List

The 3rd July 2013 saw the release of Disney's The Lone Ranger, its larger-than-life western starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer. Its theatrical debut marked the end of a lengthy and difficult production, stories from which had been hungrily served up by the media - the previous summer was dominated by news stories of its spiralling budget, which was thought to have crossed $250m. Nevertheless, the 2013 blockbuster season should, in theory, have marked a fresh start for Disney, as it spent a reported $150m on marketing The Lone Ranger. But the House of Mouse hadn't counted on the popularity of another film launched on that exact same day in July: Universal's animated sequel, Despicable Me 2.

The Lone Ranger, a film with an »

- ryanlambie

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Why I'd like to be Bill Murray in Stripes

6 July 2014 11:30 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

He was a lump of a man, with oily skin, defeated posture and a dazed look. He ambled, sauntered, shrugged and scoffed. Most of all he just couldn't care less what a perfect role model for a disaffected teenager

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Why I'd like to be ... Goldie Hawn as Private Benjamin Continue reading »

- Ryan Gilbey

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Kathleen Turner Q&A as it happened

2 July 2014 6:10 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Hollywood star, currently appearing in the play Bakersfield Mist in the West End, joined us live to talk about Ken Russell, King Lear and the joys of playing Chandler Bing's dad

2.09pm BST

We're wrapping up! Thanks to everyone who posted questions and to Kathleen for kindly answering as many as she could. We hope you enjoyed this!

This was fun. Come to the show. And we'll enjoy each other more. Goodbye.

2.08pm BST

mhepton asks:

What is your favorite film and why?

My favorite film of mine would have to be Romancing the Stone because I really like how Joan Wilder changes. Change is what attracts me to a character and because I loved shooting in South America - it was like going home.

2.07pm BST

JujuC31 asks:

I had the pleasure of seeing you and Mr McDiarmid last Friday and I thought it was such a rare »

- Guardian Staff

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The Nostalgia Files: ‘Hook’ (1991)

23 June 2014 3:49 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


Written by James V. Hart, Nick Castle, Malia Scotch Marmo, and J. M. Barrie

Directed by Steven Spielberg

USA, 1991

Steven Spielberg is known the world over for creating genuine movie magic. From his blockbuster splash Jaws in 1975 up until his 2012 biopic Lincoln, Spielberg is certainly a gifted filmmaker. Very few auteurs are still work today but Spielberg keeps banging out films that dazzle the senses and leave an everlasting impression on the viewer. However, some of Spielberg’s films haven’t achieved the recognition and respect they deserve. There are certain films that this movie master made that didn’t quite achieve a high status. One such film is 1991’s Hook, a fantasy adventure which didn’t really score well with critics but filled children of the 90s with  joy, innocence, and wonder.

The film follows middle-aged lawyer Peter Banning (Robin Williams), a bitter individual who has forgotten who he is. »

- Randall Unger

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The weekend when Rick Moranis ruled the box office

23 June 2014 12:19 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Back in the summer of 1989, Rick Moranis had three films in the Us top 20 - each going on to be a $100m+ hit....


On August 4th 1989, the film Parenthood opened at number one in the Us, taking $10.5m on its opening weekend. It knocked Turner & Hooch off the top spot down to second, with Lethal Weapon 2 rounding out the top three.

Parenthood is lots of things. It's a very strong comedy. It's a film that boasts one of the finest comedic ensembles brought together in one movie in the last 25 years. And it's a movie that's spun off two really quite different television series.

But if you look at that top 20 box office chart for the weekend of August 4th-6th 1989, then you might just notice a pretty impressive achievement on top of all of that. For one actor had three films in the top 20, at the same time. »

- sarahd

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Battlefield Surgery – Three Wounded War Movies

8 June 2014 9:37 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Much like that it portrays, with the war movie there is always a thin line between success and failure. When dealing with such a hefty and complex subject matter, is one best suited to going on the offensive or holding back and forming a defensive line of conservatism? When dealing with real conflict involving real people, either by historical inspiration or factual invocation, are you making a drama or an action flick?

Regardless of which route one takes, this is a genre as susceptible to mediocrity and false hope as any other. Whether it be a great battle from history rendered obsolete by caricature or a teasing of genuine, shellshock events betrayed by insensitive thriller tropes, there will always be those that fail to hit the target when victory was so surely within reach. Intention is always undermined by incompetence.

Rather than look at the worst of the crop, Cinematic »

- Scott Patterson

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New cult film festival launched for the south of England

6 June 2014 7:03 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The unlikely location of Eastleigh is now the home of a geek-friendly film festival…

News Rob Leane

Ever wanted to hit the lanes in your dressing gown after seeing The Big Lebowski? Well, now you can. The newly launched Eastleigh Film Festival in Hampshire boasts an impressively geeky line-up, including a chance to see the Coen brothers’ hilarious dark comedy across the lanes of a real bowling alley.

Other interactive experiences throughout the week (which kicks off on Monday 22nd September) include enjoying an authentic Italian meal during Stanley Tucci’s ristorante-set drama Big Night and, perhaps best of all, a rare screening of George A Romero’s original Dawn Of The Dead in the spooky Swan shopping centre after dark. Count us in.

Danny Leigh, of BBC Film 2014 fame, has helped organise the event by picking his top ten genre movies, three of which will make up the »

- rleane

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The True Origins of 'X-Men'

25 May 2014 9:05 PM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

It was mid-1963, and Stan Lee was on a roll. In a mad burst of invention, he and star artists Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko had just birthed the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, the Hulk, Thor and Iron Man – all in 12-cent comic books whose brash, four-color vibrancy were their medium's equivalent of "I Want to Hold Your Hand," another product of 1963. Lee was 40 years old, doing double duty as Marvel Comics' editor in chief and head writer, fresh from 20 years of writing Western, romance and, most recently, monster comics »

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The Nostalgia Files: A Tribute to Bob Hoskins

20 May 2014 9:36 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

On April 29th, 2014, the entertainment community lost a truly gifted and likable performer. Robert William “Bob” Hoskins was an English actor, director, and comedian who had a wonderful and diverse career spanning more than 4 decades. Known mainly for his film roles, Hoskins’ on-screen personas were often that of gruff, down-to-Earth individuals who would get themselves into sticky situations. He is perhaps best known for the Robert Zemeckis film Who Framed Roger Rabbit, where he acted alongside cartoon characters. This 1988 film noir comedy blended live-action Hoskins with animated characters, a very revolutionary form of film technology at the time.

Born in England in 1942, Hoskins had a humble beginning. His father was a bookkeeper and truck driver and his mother was a cook and nursery school teacher. After leaving school at age 15 and taking a string of odd jobs, Hoskins eventually found his calling for acting at the Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent. He »

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Cannes: Atom Egoyan Defends 'The Captive' and Addresses His Many Critics: 'I have a really thick skin'

16 May 2014 11:28 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan has been a fixture on La Croisette since his 1994 breakout feature "Exotica," which took the Fipresci prize. "The Sweet Hereafter" won that same award in addition to the Grand Prix honor in 1997. The filmmaker's career has by no means taken a nosedive since, but to many, he hasn't lived up to the promise set by his earlier efforts (save for "Felicia's Journey," which featured a great performance by the late Bob Hoskins). "Where the Truth Lies," "Adoration" and "Chloe" were all met with mixed reviews, while his latest to open in theaters, the West Memphis Three drama "Devil's Knot," was his worst reviewed effort to date. His last two films ("Chloe" and "Devil's Knot") weren't given a Cannes berth, so early signs pointed to "The Captive" being a likely comeback for Egoyan. Unfortunately, according to the majority of critics in the room for today's world premiere at Cannes, »

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Letters: Bob Hoskins and I slept in empty buses in a Jerusalem bus depot

14 May 2014 9:32 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Paddy Ryan writes: I met Bob Hoskins in Israel in 1965. Like me, he had landed up on a kibbutz on the edge of the Gaza Strip. Volunteering for work there was a way of getting food and shelter. Bob wanted not only to act, but to write: his luggage consisted of a rucksack and a typewriter. We became friends and made a number of trips around the country. His gift of the gab was phenomenal. As a result, we dined with a senior Israeli official from the ministry of transport and later with a Druze Arab family on the Lebanese border. And we slept in empty buses in a Jerusalem bus depot at the invitation of some drivers.

We travelled back to England together in March 1966, with financial help from our respective families. I introduced Bob to a former work colleague of mine, Manny Goldstein, who was an officer of Unity Theatre in north London, »

- Paddy Ryan, Eric and Helen Bramsted

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The 10 Films That Might Surprise or Shock Us at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival

12 May 2014 8:28 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The 2014 Cannes Film Festival launches on Wednesday, and with it comes a slew of films sure to shock, surprise and provoke, just as last year's Palme d'Or winner "Blue is the Warmest Color" did when it world premiered at the event. Here are 10 films that could potentially follow suit. "The Captive," dir. Atom Egoyan Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan has been a fixture on La Croisette since his 1994 breakout feature "Exotica," which took the Fipresci prize. "The Sweet Hereafter" won that same award in addition to the Grand Prix honor in 1997. The filmmaker’s career has by no means taken a nosedive since, but to many, he hasn’t lived up to the promise set by his earlier efforts (save for "Felicia’s Journey," which featured a great performance by the late Bob Hoskins). "Where the Truth Lies," "Adoration" and "Chloe" were all met with mixed reviews, while his latest, the »

- Eric Kohn and Nigel M. Smith

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Actual Concept Art of Mel Gibson as Wolverine!

12 May 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

In this interesting little gem that was recently unearthed, we learn that not only was Mel Gibson offered the role of Wolverine, but they also made some preliminary drawings of him in the role. 

We found this over at Yahoo, and it appears that before Hugh Jackman stepped into the role that made him the star he is now, Gibson was the filmmakers' first option when it came to playing one of the coolest superheroes ever. At the time of the original X-Men, Gibson was at the apex of his career. Dude had won an Oscar for Braveheart, and it looked like nothing could stop him. What a difference a few years makes. 

Here is what the Yahoo article said about the drawing:

It's purported to be by Miles Teves, the Hollywood artist who provided visionary work for films like 'Total Recall', 'RoboCop', 'The Chronicles of Riddick »

- Billy Fisher

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The Good, the Bad & the Badass: Kurt Russell

11 May 2014 5:26 PM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

Last week, we took a look at the career of the late Bob Hoskins, an actor many of us grew up with through his celebrated turn in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. This week's actor is another icon of the era, and a guy who's just as much of a badass now as he way decades ago. Kurt Russell Obviously I had to do a “Good, Bad, Badass” piece of Kurt Russell sooner or later. When I hit Sundance this year, I actually wound up sitting near him at a »

- Chris Bumbray

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Re-Viewed: The Long Good Friday, Bob Hoskins's gangster masterpiece

11 May 2014 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

"The Mafia? I've shit 'em!"

Brutal. Compelling. Poignant. Prescient. Thrilling. All words synonymous with The Long Good Friday, John Mackenzie's masterpiece that propelled the late, great Bob Hoskins to film stardom in 1980 as the complex gangster Harold Shand. Its power to enthral and shock has not diminished in the intervening years, while its cultural value has soared as it provides a fascinating snapshot of a society in transition.

Charting the demise of Shand's empire as he seeks to turn himself into a legitimate businessman through a property deal with an American client, the film is laden with aesthetic articulations of violence that are horrendous yet gripping. This is epitomised by the gory sequence in which Shand's paranoia compels him to round up potential enemies and hang them upside down on meat hooks in an abattoir, complete with Pov shots from the captives to reinforce the chilling sense of horror. »

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Mel Gibson Is 'Wolverine' in 'X-Men' Concept Art from 1997!

9 May 2014 8:04 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Before director Bryan Singer became attached to X-Men, 20th Century Fox had a decidedly different take on the source material. Their original plan was to cast Bob Hoskins, who recently passed away, as the indestructible Mutant with the antimantium claws. Before they eventually decided on Dougray Scott, they also went after Mel Gibson, who was hugely popular at the time, and Russell Crowe, who was not. As luck would have it, fate stepped in, and Dougray Scott had to bow out of the film, due to obligations to Mission: Impossible 2, which needed him back for reshoots. Unknown Hugh Jackman would step in to fill the role, and the rest, as we know, is history.

Today, we get to see what Mel Gibson would have looked like as Logan had he actually been cast in a piece of concept art from Miles Teves.

In 1997 Mel Gibson was offered the role »

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Concept art for Mel Gibson as Wolverine

8 May 2014 1:33 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Before Hugh Jackman made the role his own, several names found themselves under consideration for the role of the adamantium-clawed mutant Wolverine over the years, including Bob Hoskins, Glenn Danzig, Russell Crowe, Edward Norton, Keanu Reeves and Dougray Scott, the latter of whom was actually cast in the role for Bryan Singer’s X-Men before having to drop out due to Mission: Impossible II.

Another name we can add to that list is that of Mel Gibson, and thanks to Twitter user Will McCrabb, we’ve got a look at some 1997 concept art from Miles Teves showing how Logan could have looked had Mad Mel taken on the role….

Would you have liked to see Gibson as Wolverine, or did we get a lucky escape?

The post Concept art for Mel Gibson as Wolverine appeared first on Flickering Myth. »

- Gary Collinson

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