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Watch: Vincent Piazza in Crime Story 'The Wannabe' Official Trailer

"Now one told you to go rob the Blockbuster, you were on your own." Entertainment One has unveiled an official trailer for Nick Sandow's The Wannabe, starring Vincent Piazza as Thomas, a kid who set out to fix the 1992 trial of John Gotti. It's essentially a wacky little story about a kid who wants to be a part of the mob glory involving Gotti, and devises a crazy, bold plan to get himself in the center of everything. Patricia Arquette co-stars, Martin Scorsese executive produces; the cast includes Domenick Lombardozzi, Michael Imperioli, Doug E. Doug, Nick Sandow, Vincenzo Amato, and Joseph Siravo as John Gotti. This honestly doesn't look that memorable, but if you're into mob films maybe you should take a look. Here's the official trailer for Nick Sandow's The Wannabe, found on YouTube (via The Film Stage): Obsessed with mob culture, and desperate to fit in,
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Film Review: ‘The Wannabe’

Film Review: ‘The Wannabe’
Thomas Greco (Vincent Piazza), the hero of Nick Sandow’s debut feature, “The Wannabe,” is an aspiring mafioso. But the more desperately he tries to ingratiate himself with the mob, the more he creeps them out: After he hooks up with soulmate Rose (a magnificent Patricia Arquette), his kicked-puppy devotion turns proactive and he sets out to rob the very gangsters he wants to impress. Unlike Ray de Felitta’s wildly imaginative, underrated cocktail of humor and pathos, “Rob the Mob,” based on the same true-life story, “The Wannabe” takes a conventional tack. Though unlikely to catapult the pic very far, Arquette’s first movie performance since her Oscar-winning turn in “Boyhood” should assure distribution.

The film opens in Gotham in the early ’90s in the midst of the John Gotti trial, with the city divided between those who want the Mafia boss prosecuted and those who worship at the
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‘Unbroken’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Jack O’Connell, Takamasa Ishihara, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund, Finn Wittrock, Jai Courtney, Maddalena Ischiale, Vincenzo Amato, John Magaro, Luke Treadaway, Louis McIntosh, Jordan Patrick Smith, Spencer Lofranco, Dylan Watson | Written by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Richard Lagravenese, William Nicholson | Directed by Angelina Jolie

Hollywood is a whirring machine of marketing, it churns out movies with an expectation of them being hits and an aim of winning awards. I remember watching the first trailer to Unbroken and using the words “Oscar-bait” with its slick trailer and inspirational patriotic story. I don’t see this as a bad thing that is how the movie industry works. When it weakens the impact of the movie though, that is when the focus maybe should have been more on impact and not the art of making a “safe” movie.

Unbroken is the story of Louis Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) the bad kid who made good,
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Film Review: ‘Unbroken’

Film Review: ‘Unbroken’
Impeccable craftsmanship and sober restraint have been brought to bear on “Unbroken,” Angelina Jolie’s beautifully wrought but cumulatively underwhelming portrait of Louis Zamperini, the Olympic runner-turned-u.S. Air Force bombardier who spent 47 days lost at sea and more than two years as a prisoner of the Japanese military during WWII. In re-creating the nightmarish journey so harrowingly relayed in Laura Hillenbrand’s biography, Jolie has achieved something by turns eminently respectable and respectful to a fault, maintaining an intimate, character-driven focus that, despite the skill of the filmmaking and another superb lead performance from Jack O’Connell, never fully roars to dramatic life. A bit embalmed in its own nobility, it’s an extraordinary story told in dutiful, unexceptional terms, the passionate commitment of all involved rarely achieving gut-level impact.

With a major awards push for Jolie and her topnotch collaborators — d.p. Roger Deakins, composer Alexandre Desplat and
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Vinodentro (Wine Within) Movie Review

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Title: Vinodentro (Wine Within) Director: Ferdinando Vicentini Orgnani Starring: Vincenzo Amato, Pietro Sermonti, Daniela Virgilio, Lambert Wilson, Giovanna Mezzogiorno. A pretentiously inebriating film is what could define ‘Vinodentro’ (i.e. Wine Within). The actual drama begins with Giovanni Cuttin’s first sip of wine, which changes his carrier, his marriage, and his attitude to life in general. In a Faust-like setting, the main character sells his soul to a fiendish-wine entity who enables him to get a promotion, become a Don Juan and an expert in wine tasting. What interferes with his newly accomplished life is the mysterious death of his wife, which seems to frame him as the culprit. The investigations [ Read More ]

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O’Connell Shines In New ‘Unbroken’ Trailer

The second trailer for Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut Unbroken has just landed and we’ll tell you what; anyone who doesn’t yet know the name Jack O’Connell is going to be hearing about little else in the coming months. The film, adapted for the screen by the Coen Brothers, is the harrowing true-life survival story of Louis Zamperini (O’Connell), an Olympian and war hero who along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII—only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.

The trailer footage of Zamperini growing up, with C.J. Valleroy as the younger version of O’Connell, looks great as does the footage of him as an Olympian. However, where the movie looks set to come into its’ own is the prisoner-of-war survival story. We know O’Connell is
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Darker Than Midnight | 2014 Cannes Review

Midnight Toil: Riso’s Debut Ambient Yet Ultimately Remote Tale of Teenage Woe

You might forget the ‘based on a true story’ warning during the opening credits of Darker Than Midnight (Piu buio di mezzanote) by the time we get to the final frames, as a desolate shriek pierces your memory as you retreat to the theater exit. But, in fact, Sebastian Riso’s technically assured directorial debut is the tale of Davide Cordova’s adolescent woe, otherwise known as the famed drag queen Fuxia of Rome’s historic gay bar, Muccassassina. Set in 1980s Catania, it charts the familial discord and abuse that resulted in his taking to the streets at the onset of his sexual awakening. Certainly providing an aura of threat and menace, Riso’s rendering plays like the set-up to an effective genre entry, but the film eventually plateau’s into a tailspin of instances that
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Rai Trade sells Darker Than Midnight

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Rai Trade sells Darker Than Midnight
Drag queen drama, screened in Critics’ Week at the Cannes Film Festival, sold to Germany, Australia and Poland.

Darker Than Midnight (Piu Buio Di Mezzanotte), the debut of Sicilian director Sebastiano Riso, has been sold by Rai Trade to Germany (Salzgeber), Australia (Palace) and Poland.

The rights for France, the UK, Us and Latin America will be finalized shortly, according to Rai Trade.

The film, which received its world premiere in Critics’ Week at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, is inspired by the real-life tale of one of Italy’s best-known drag queens, Fuxia (aka Davide Capone).

The feature marks Capone’s big screen debut and the ensemble cast includes Boardwalk Empire actor Vincenzo Amato, Lucia Sardo, Pippo Del Bono and Micaela Ramazzotti.

Deals were also closed for a number of Rai Trade’s catalogue titles. Roberto Andò’s political satire Viva la Liberta with Toni Servillo was sold to Japan (Respect) and Latin America ([link
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Cannes Film Review: ‘Darker Than Midnight’

Cannes Film Review: ‘Darker Than Midnight’
An epicene 14-year-old runaway is looked after by a ragtag assortment of young hustlers on the streets of Catania in Sebastiano Riso’s ham-fisted debut, “Darker Than Midnight.” Making generous nods to Dickens yet based in part on the life of drag artist Davide Cordova (seen in a small role), the pic is a jumble of caricatures and uncertain narrative construction, striking an uneasy balance between realism and phantasmagoria. Though well-meaning and generous to its protags, “Midnight” is too flawed to see much action outside queer fests and VOD.

Palid, willowy Davide (Davide Capone) is an embarrassment to his father, Massimo (Vincenzo Amato), who torments the boy for not being manly. Mom (Micaela Ramazzotti) is too weak to protect her son, her blindness a particularly heavy-handed metaphor for her “blindness” to her son’s cries for help. Davide runs away and ends up in Catania’s Villa Bellini park, where
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New Elementary Season 2,Episode 22 Official Spoilers,Plotline Revealed By CBS

Recently, CBS released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Elementary" episode 22 of season 2. The episode is entitled, "Paint It Black," and it sounds like things will get pretty interesting as Sherlock gets forced to partner up with his estranged brother to work an important case, and more. In the new,22nd episode press release: Sherlock will get forced to partner with his estranged brother, Mycroft, as he races to solve a Life-Or-Death case. Press release number 2: Business will become personal for Sherlock when he is forced to partner with his estranged brother, Mycroft, to solve a case with life-or-death consequences. Lucy Liu is going to make her directorial debut for television. Rhys Ifans guest stars as Mycroft Holmes. Other guest stars will feature: Henri Lubatti (Marchef), Vincenzo Amato (Guillaume de Soto), Tim Guinee (Dean McNally), Michael Gaston (Kurt Yoder), Max Van Bel (Jem), Andrew Halliday (Mr. Hostetler) , Nambi E. Kelley (Ms.
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Rai Trade takes Darker Than Midnight

Rai Trade takes Darker Than Midnight
Sebastiano Riso’s debut will premiere during Critics’ Week at the Cannes Film Festival.

Rai Trade is to sell Darker Than Midnight (Piu Buio Di Mezzanotte), Sicilian director Sebastiano Riso’s debut that will have its world premiere at the International Critics’ Week of the Cannes Film Festival (May 14-25).

Set in Catania, the film is inspired by the real-life tale of one of Italy’s best-known drag queens, Fuxia (aka Davide Capone).

The feature marks Capone’s big screen debut and the ensemble cast includes Boardwalk Empire actor Vincenzo Amato, Lucia Sardo, Pippo Del Bono and Micaela Ramazzotti.

Mattia Oddone, head of sales at Rai Trade, said there were “several buyers” already interested, “particularly in France”.
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New Elementary Season 2,Episode 21 Official Spoilers,Plotline Revealed By CBS

Recently, CBS released the new,official,synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Elementary" episode 21 of season 2. The episode is entitled, "The Man With the Twisted Lip," and it sounds like things will get quite interesting and dramatic as Sherlock's brother arrives on the scene, causes tension between Sherlock and Watson, and more. In the new,21st episode press release: Tensions will rise between Holmes and Watson when Holmes' brother, MyCroft, makes a surprise return to New York. Press release number 2: When Sherlock’s brother ,Mycroft, makes a surprise return to New York, his motivations will cause discord between Sherlock and Joan. In the meantime, a missing person case is going to take Sherlock and Joan inside the world of unmanned aeronautics. Guest stars will feature: Henri Lubatti (Marchef), Jeremy Shamos (Dr. Paul Sutherland), Teal Wicks (Tess Dahl), Vincenzo Amato (Guillaume de Soto), T. Ryder Smith (Kenneth Carlson), Josh Salatin (Wyatt
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First Footage Of Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken’ Starring Jack O’Connell

A special extended featurette has been put together for the Winter Olympics coverage which offers a first look at footage from Angelina Jolie’s war drama Unbroken. The film, which is written by Joel and Ethan Cohen, is based on the best-selling biopic by Laura Hillenbrand and charts the harrowing survival of Louis Zamperini (Jack O’Connell), the Us track and field star-turned-war hero who found himself a Japanese Pow after a plane crash left he and two crew mates clinging to a life raft for 47 days.

Unbroken is slated to open in the Us from 25th December and the UK 16th January 2015. It co-stars Garrett Hedlund, Jai Courtney, Alex Russell, Domhnall Gleeson, Luke Treadaway, Vincenzo Amato and John D’Leo.

Source: Universal Pictures

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No, Not Even Nudity Can Save the Lethargic Girl on a Bicycle

No, Not Even Nudity Can Save the Lethargic Girl on a Bicycle
Girl on a Bicycle is like Micki + Maude minus the outrage, complexity, or crack timing. In that 1984 Blake Edwards farce, a frazzled Dudley Moore impregnates both his chilly wife and earthy mistress.

The Paris-set Bicycle's convoluted plot promises a similar degree of chaos, not least because of language barriers among the characters. Mopey Italian tour bus driver Paolo (Vincenzo Amato) proposes to pert, no-nonsense German flight attendant Greta (Nora Tschirner), then becomes smitten with Cécile (Louise Monot), a ravishing bicyclist and model who's raising two kids long-abandoned by their Australian baby daddy.

After Paolo accidentally runs Cécile over, he becomes her caretaker, pretends to be her children's estranged father, and empl...
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War Story Movie Review

War Story Movie Review
Title: War Story Director: Mark Jackson Starring: Catherine Keener, Hafsia Herzi, Vincenzo Amato, Donatella Finocchiaro, Ben Kingsley A title like War Story would seem to imply that a film would take place during a war. Instead, this movie documents the aftermath of a photographer’s experience at war that resulted in the death of her partner. Details are not explicitly given, and it takes a while for Lee (Catherine Keener) to speak aloud the truth of what has happened. She checks herself into a hotel in Italy and, despite telling others that she will soon be back in the United States for the funeral, clearly has no plans to do so, [ Read More ]

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Watch: Exclusive Trailer for Romantic Comedy 'Girl on a Bicycle,' New Film From 'The Notebook' Writer

Watch: Exclusive Trailer for Romantic Comedy 'Girl on a Bicycle,' New Film From 'The Notebook' Writer
Ahead of its bow in select theaters on Valentine's Day 2014, Indiewire is pleased to exclusively premiere the trailer for the romantic comedy "Girl on a Bicycle," the new film written and directed by "The Notebook" screenwriter Jeremy Leven. The film follows Paolo, an Italian bus driver living in Paris who is about to propose to his girlfriend when he comes across and becomes immediately infatuated with a mysterious girl on a bicycle. The comedy stars Italian actor Vincenzo Amato and features German actress Nora Tschirner and French actress Louise Monot, with British actor Paddy Considine rounding out the impressive international cast. Watch the trailer below:
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Sundance Film Festival 2014 Competition Line-Up

The 2014 Sundance Film Festival is right around the corner, and the Sundance Institute has released the full line-up for the competition films that will be premiering!

This year there were 12,218 total submissions, and 117 films were accepted from 37 countries around the world. It looks like there's a lot of good selection of films this year.

The Sundance Film Festival 2014 runs from January 16th to the 26th, and the GeekTyrant team will be there to cover as many movies as we possibly can.

U.S. Dramatic Competition

The 16 films in this section are world premieres and, unless otherwise noted, are from the U.S.

Camp X-Ray” — Directed and written by Peter Sattler. A young female guard at Guantanamo Bay forms an unlikely friendship with one of the detainees. Cast: Kristen Stewart, Payman Maadi, Lane Garrison, J.J. Soria, John Carroll Lynch.

Cold in July” — Directed by Jim Mickle, written by Nick Damici.
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Sundance 2014 Initial Line-Up Announced, Led by Song One, The Skeleton Twins, Camp X-Ray & More

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Sundance Film Festival continues to be one of the most popular, and arguably one of the most important, events on the industry calendar, launching as it does some of the most prominent independent films at the start of each year.

This year will be no different, with Sundance announcing last night the initial line-up of films screening in competition, led by Song One, starring Anne Hathaway; Camp X-Ray, starring Kristen Stewart; Infinitely Polar Bear, with Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana; Joe Swanberg’s Happy Christmas, starring Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber, Lena Dunham, and Swanberg himself; The Skeleton Twins, with Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Luke Wilson, and Ty Burrell; Life After Beth, with Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, and John C. Reilly; Listen Up Philip, with Jason Schwartzman and Elisabeth Moss; Whiplash, starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons; and many, many more.

U.S. Dramatic Competition

Presenting the world premieres of 16 narrative feature films,
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Films Announced For 2014 Sundance Film Festival

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Sundance Institute announced today the films selected for the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions and the out-of-competition section of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, January 16-26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

Robert Redford, President & Founder of Sundance Institute said, “That the Festival has evolved and grown as it has over the past 30 years is a credit to both our audiences and our artists, who continue to find ways to take risks and open our minds to the power of story. This year’s films and artists promise to do the same.”

For the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, 118 feature-length films were selected, representing 37 countries and 54 first-time filmmakers, including 34 in competition. These films were selected from 12,218 submissions (72 more than for 2013), including 4,057 feature-length films and 8,161 short films. Of the feature film submissions, 2,014 were from the U.S. and 2,043 were international. 97 feature films at
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Sundance 2014: Alex Ross Perry, Michael Tully, Tim Sutton, Sydney Freeland & Mark Jackson Among Stellar Class of 11 Next Features

Rolling out it’s fifth edition and growing beyond just Park City (Los Angeles hosted a summer event this year) the Next section has grown in size, has found plenty of distrib buyer interest and has a strong voice of its own. Becoming a home for low budget indie we like: smaller budgets sometimes bring out impressive creative outputs, in 2011 we had Sound of My Voice, Restless City and Bellflower. 2012 saw Compliance, I’m Not a Hipster and Sleepwalk With Me, while last year we were impressed by the likes of It Felt Like Love and Blue Caprice. This year we have eleven, instead of ten selections – the plus one bump might have to do with Madeleine Olnek’s The Foxy Merkins – she got to show off her film this summer in the Next Weekend L.A event (we mentioned above). In the coming-of-agers working with a different vibe and
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