On the heels of word this morning that Joel Edgerton will star opposite Michelle Williams in a remake of the Italian thriller The Double Hour , Deadline is reporting that the Great Gatsby star will appear opposite Johnny Depp in the upcoming Black Mass . Edgerton will play FBI agent John Connolly, who was childhood friend of Bulger. Black Mass tells the true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf. However, after the Feds closed in on their targets, they double crossed Bulger and ultimately prosecuted him, along with his partner in crime and the original FBI agent working with him. Barry Levinson is attached to »
Robert Redford has been trying for years to get an adaptation of Bill Bryson’s hilarious comic memoir A Walk In The Woods on screen. Originally planned as a reunion for Redford and his Sundance pal Paul Newman, that idea was thwarted by Newman’s death. And after a long trek through development, he’s finally found a director to do it his way. In short, he’ll do it himself.Nick Nolte is currently on to co-star in the film, which will adapt Bryson’s tome (subtitle: Rediscovering America On The Appalachian Trail), about attempting to conquer at least part of the 2000-mile Trail with his friend "Stephen Katz" (a pseudonym for Matthew Angerer).In the years since he first optioned the book, Redford has been through several directorial possibilities, including Barry Levinson, Richard Linklater and, as they told the Empire Pod-team last year, Little Miss Sunshine duo Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton. »
A devoted admirer of Bill Bryson's memoir A Walk in the Woods, Robert Redford has been trying to get a movie version made since 2005. However, the actor-director has run into repeated troubles getting the adaptation moving. But after nearly eight years, Screen Daily reports Redford is making it happen by taking on the reins of director, producer, and star himself. This is a surprising announcement since it was only last month that Richard Linklater was lined up to direct the film, hot off of praise for Before Midnight. There's no word on why Linklater has since left the project, but that's about par for the course for this Walk in the Woods. Redford has been having repeated troubles getting the film going. It was first mentioned as a possible reunion piece with his recurring co-star Paul Newman. Sadly, the Butch Cassidy to Redford's Sundance died in 2008. By then, Barry Levinson »
Kicking around since 2011, biopic “Gotti” (aka “Gotti: In The Shadow Of My Father” aka “Gotti: Three Generations”) was originally set to be directed by Barry Levinson with a cast that included John Travolta as Gotti Sr. alongside Al Pacino, Ben Foster and Joe Pesci, among others. Of course that never came to pass -- mostly due to legal and money problems -- but now things look to finally be set for some real movement on the film with a new director announced. Joe Johnston, last seen directing “Captain America: The First Avenger” for Marvel, has been announced as the director with shooting now set to begin this fall in New York. Out of the cast originally assembled two year ago, the only one still attached is Travolta as the infamous head of the Gotti family. Hopefully they can reassemble the cast as closely as they can. We’re sure Lindsay Lohan »
- Cain Rodriguez
Gotti: Two years ago, Gotti, John Travolta's passion project about New York crime boss John Gotti Sr., seemed to be a go under the direction of Barry Levinson, with a cast that included Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and Lindsay Lohan. That fell through, but now it looks like a go (again) with Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger) signed to direct and Relativity Media coming on board as U.S. distributor. There's no word yet on other cast members; production is scheduled to begin on September 9. [The Hollywood Reporter] Dungeons and Dragons: Warner Bros. intends to make a new big-screen version of Dungeons and Dragons, the role-playing fantasy board game. (Not to be confused with the 2000 movie bearing the same title.) Oddly enough, the studio is...
- Peter Martin
About a year and a half ago, a developing biopic about Gambino crime family head John Gotti Sr. was developing with John Travolta playing the mob mastermind nicknamed the "Dapper Don." Nick Cassavetes was once directing, but ended up being replaced with Barry Levinson, and names like Al Pacino, Ben Foster, Chazz Palminteri and even Lindsay Lohan (who later fell away) were circling roles. But the film hit a wall when financing fell through in October of 2011, and the film was dead in the water. Now THR reports the project is back with Travolta still attached and Joe Johnston in the director's chair. Read on! The film has been called Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father and Gotti: Three Generations, but now has been simplified to just Gotti with producer Marc Fiore still involved along with Radar Pictures' Ted Field and Relativity Media handling U.S. distribution. Last we heard, »
- Ethan Anderton
At one point, John Travolta was set to star in a biopic about mobster John Gotti, called "Gotti." He was joined by director Barry Levinson and such actors as Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Lindsay Lohan, Kelly Preston, Ben Foster and Chazz Palminteri. But the project quickly fell apart. Now comes word that Travolta is the only actor still attached to the film, which just signed "Captain America: The First Avengers" helmer Joe Johnston to direct. The plan is to raise money through foreign pre-sales at the Cannes Film Festival this month. Shooting is scheduled to begin on September 9th in New York. "I'm looking forward to portraying John Gotti -- it's been a long time coming," said Travolta. "And I think that Johnson is an exciting and fresh addition to the vision of the film. We are all looking forward to starting production." Added Johnston: "I think we've always been »
Joe Johnston, director of Captain America: The First Avenger, has signed up to direct the long-time-coming mobster biopic, Gotti. For the last two years, the film has been kicking around with everyone bar the Queen attached to star. Gotti once had Barry Levinson confirmed as director, Al Pacino as a crime boss, Joe Pesci as a ruthless gangster, Kelly Preston and…gulp, Lindsay Lohan as Gotti Jr’s wife. There’s no word on whether any of these supporting cast announcements still stand, but we do know that John Travolta will still star.
The film is based on a story by Gotti’s son, John A. Gotti, with a screenplay penned by Leo Rossi. No stranger to the mob, Rossi previously wrote 2004′s Mafioso: The Father, The Son. This will be the first time Johnston grapples with a mafia flick, stepping away from his usual genre fare. Previous efforts of his include Jurassic Park III, »
- Gem Seddon
Joe Johnston has signed on to direct Gotti.
The Gambini family mobster was convicted in 1992 of murder, extortion, racketeering, loan-sharking, illegal gambling and tax evasion. He died in prison in 2002.
Levinson had himself stepped in after original director Nick Cassavetes departed the project.
Gotti will begin shooting on September 9. »
John Travolta had this to say about the addition of the director.
"I'm looking forward to portraying John Gotti -- it's been a long time coming. And I think that Johnston is an exciting and fresh addition to the vision of the film. We are all looking forward to starting production."
Joe Johnston went on to express his excitement about the project.
"I think we've always been fascinated with the idea of the romantic outlaw. John Gotti could be in one instance a charismatic, kind and loving family man, »
Proving that you can't keep a good gangster down, after years of struggle Gotti finally has a director. Joe Johnston (The Wolfman, Captain America) has just signed to fill the director's chair vacated first by Nick Cassavetes and subsequently by Barry Levinson. John Travolta, who's been with the project from early on, remains incumbent as the "Dapper Don" John Gotti Sr.Previously known as Gotti: Three Generations, the film revolves around the Gambini Family mobster convicted in 1992 of murder, extortion, racketeering, loan-sharking, illegal gambling and, just like Al Capone, tax evasion. The all-round goodfella died in prison in 2002.Previous reports suggest that his story will be viewed from the point-of-view of his son John Jr (yet to be cast) who himself wasn't unknown to the law. He served a nine-year sentence for racketeering, but is now on the straight-and-narrow. He gets the film's story credit, while the screenplay has been »
Although plans for a previous iteration of the project fell apart, Gotti (formerly Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father ) is back on track with Joe Johnston now signed on to direct, according to a story at The Hollywood Reporter . John Travolta remains attached to play the title role of mobster John Gotti. The film, which adapts Gotti's life from the point of view of his son, was previously set to star, in addition to Travolta, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Lindsay Lohan, Kelly Preston, Ben Foster and Chazz Palminteri. Barry Levinson was previously attached to helm. The rights to the story, which, in reality ended with the death of Gotti in prison in 2002, are held by Marc Fiore and his Fiore Films where actor Leo Rossi supplied the original screenplay. Johnston most recently »
Who wouldn’t want to work with 2 Oscar Noms, an Avenger and the Great and Powerful Oz? Jay Giannone got his shot and co-stars as a mob hit man in the new film The Iceman which stars Michael Shannon, Chris Evans, Wynona Ryder, James Franco and Ray Liotta.
No stranger to blockbuster Hollywood films, Giannone has previously worked on The Departed and Gone Baby Gone and who has just wrapped David O’Russell’s new film American Hustle, where he shares the screen with Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and Jeremy Renner, sat down with us to talk about his latest role as Atf Agent Dominick Provenzano (pictured below with Michael Shannon) in director Ariel Vromen’s The Iceman.
How did you prepare for the role of Dominick Provenzano?
When I found out that I booked the role I immediately did my research and »
- Phil Wheat
Feature Simon Brew 3 May 2013 - 07:03
It's a risky business, filmmaking. Simon looks back at some bold, expensive 1990s movies where the gambles didn't quite pay off...
This summer's blockbuster season has got off to a startling start, with Iron Man 3 being widely praised for its willingness to rip up the rule book a little, as it continues the story of Tony Stark.
In fact, there's a subset of modern blockbusters - Nolan films, some X-Men features for instance - that are garnering increasing praise for taking bold choices with the material. That they're wagering a lot of movie studio money on projects and stories that once upon a time would have struggled to get through the system.
However, we'd argue that the 1990s was rich with such gambles too, it's just most of them never really made quite the levels of cash we're seeing now. So, here's a »
Trevor Hogg chats with Academy Award nominated cinematographer Stephen Goldblatt about being a teenage photojournalist, working with director Mike Nichols, the Oscars and the current state of filmmaking...
My sister is a painter and architect, my father was a doctor but he always wanted to be a musician, and my mother was interested in painting. I was surrounded by art in my childhood,” states Stephen Goldblatt who was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and moved with his family to the United Kingdom at the age of seven; four years later he became obsessed with photography and later as a teenager Goldblatt was hired to work for London Life Magazine owned by the Sunday Times. “I was working as a photographer when I was 18. The thing about old style film photojournalism was that you were telling a story in still pictures and not being digital, you tended to try to do »
Directed by Sam Fleischner
Barry Levinson’s Rain Man is a decent film, but it did commit at least one serious mistake: it gave audiences almost no reasonable idea of what autism actually is. Being the first-ever movie about autism put it in the spotlight, but it also ensured that Dustin Hoffman’s character would be the most simplistic, audience-friendly, easy-to-grasp person with the condition that anyone is likely to see. The more impressive, artfully done portrayal of autism on film debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival last week, in the form of Sam Fleischner’s Stand Clear of the Closing Doors.
Ricky (Jesus Sanchez-Velez) is a teenager in Queens afflicted with what doctors today call Asd – an autism spectrum disorder, which can include the many flavors of autism as well as Asperger’s Syndrome and other related conditions. »
- Mark Young
Tom Hooper is headed to China. The celebrated U.K. director will lead the jury selecting the winner of the 2013 Golden Goblet Award at the Shanghai International Film Festival, which runs June 15-23. Past jury presidents at the Shanghai festival include Luc Besson, Danny Boyle, Barry Levinson, Jean-Jacques Annaud, Wong Kar-wai, John Woo, and Chen Kaige. Photos: The King's Speech: Real vs. Reel Royalty "I was most touched and honored to have been asked to serve as President of the Jury at this year's Shanghai International Film Festival. I am delighted to accept this invitation and am
- Patrick Brzeski
I can't begin to tell you how much I detest a majority of the "found footage" films. Every time I see a new released, my eyes roll into the back of my head and I sigh heavily. The only reason I picked up The Bay when I saw it was the box and tagline caught my attention. If it wasn't for Director Barry Levinson's name attached to it, I would have put it back. After watching it, I'd say it's definitely one of the better films using the shtick.
In 2009, the town of Chesapeake Bay in Maryland discovers its water is infected. The mayor refuses to admit the seriousness of the situation even as people begin turning up dead and sick. After several more victims die in public, the town goes into a state of fear and closes down. Several eyewitnesses capture the entire incident on camera and cell phones. »
- email@example.com (Eric Shirey)
Will the just-released 42 have the most successful opening weekend for a baseball movie? Writer-director Brian Helgeland's 42, which features Chadwick Boseman as baseball player Jackie Robinson and veteran Harrison Ford, whose credits range from The Conversation and Star Wars in the 1970s to the more recent Cowboys & Aliens, debuted with an estimated $9.1 million at 3,003 locations this past Friday, April 12, as per studio figures found on the web site Box Office Mojo. (Almost) undeboutedly, 42 will end up grossing between $25 million and $26 million by Sunday evening. If that does indeed happen, the film will boast the best debut weekend ever for a movie about baseball -- well, sort of. Pictured above: Ford, looking remarkably different under heavy makeup, plays Brooklyn Dodgers' team executive Branch Rickey in Helgeland's movie. Well, if you dwell on a planet where inflation is as real as the plots of Hollywood films -- including those based on real-life events, »
- Zac Gille
Greetings from the apocalypse! As you may have heard this past week we lost the big enchilada of film criticism, Roger Ebert. Neither as fanged as Pauline Kael nor a Peter Travers-style studio kiss-ass, Ebert's prose was both literate and fiercely proletariat, with modern film journalism positively maggoty with his influence. Yours truly is honoring his sensei by quoting him throughout this week's column, with a heartfelt tribute at the end.
Friday, April 12
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Terrence Malick is one of the true unique voices of film. Not "modern film," just "film." Period. His elliptical, transcendent style is given perhaps its most undiluted outlet in the form of "To the Wonder," this week's much-coveted "Survivor of Thunderdome." Let's get »
- Max Evry
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