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With the recent passing of Dino De Laurentiis, the opportunity arises to look back at one of the films in his long-lasting legacy. In 1986, the legendary producer backed Michael Mann’s uniquely stylish thriller, Manhunter, based on Red Dragon, the first Hannibal Lecter novel by Thomas Harris. The focus here is on retired FBI profiler Will Graham, who takes on merciless serial killer Francis Dollarhyde, nicknamed by the tabloids as “The Tooth Fairy.” »
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Italian movie tycoon whose list of credits featured as many disasters as hits
The Italian-born film producer Dino De Laurentiis, who has died aged 91, will perhaps go down in movie history as the last "transatlantic" tycoon. Over a career spanning more than 60 years, producing films on both sides of the ocean, he had as many flops as hits. But De Laurentiis almost always succeeded in staying afloat.
In Rome, he produced Federico Fellini's Oscar-winning La Strada (1954) and the grandiose spectacular War and Peace (1956), but also made The Bible: In the Beginning (1966) and Waterloo (1970), which never recovered their costs. Relocating to the Us, he enjoyed success with Serpico (1973), Death Wish (1974), Three Days of the Condor (1975) and Conan the Barbarian (1982), but had financial disasters including Year of the Dragon (1985) and a failed food emporium, which he opened in New York. De Laurentiis was also a starmaker, both in Italy, where »
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La Strada (1954)
Dino De Laurentiis began his long career in the 1950s, helping spearhead Italian cinema's neorealist movement. La Strada, by Federico Fellini, is a vibrant tale of human flotsam that starred Giuletta Masina as the soulful innocent who is sold to Gypsies. It went on to inspire a flop Broadway musical and prompt the young Bob Dylan to write Mr Tambourine Man.
The producer saw out the 1960s with Barbarella, a gaudy adult comic-strip of a movie in which Jane Fonda's sci-fi vamp saves the world, seduces an angel and out-sexes a sex machine. The film bombed on first release, only to be lovingly embraced as a cult classic.
Sidney Lumet's hard-scrabble cop classic cast Al Pacino as the true-life detective who »
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The prolific Italian movie producer whose name was synonymous with grandiose spectacle, if questionable taste, has died aged 91
The age of the producer extraordinaire, whose name on the opening credits was a guarantee of operatic emotions and grandiose spectacle, looked one step closer to the end today, with the announcement that Dino De Laurentiis has died aged 91.
A man whose diminutive stature (he was 5ft 4in) was no obstacle to his enormous ambition or prodigious output (more than 500 films), De Laurentiis started his career selling his family's pasta. After serving in the Italian army in the second world war, he established himself as a film producer, and swiftly became famous for the 1949 classic Bitter Rice, directed by Giuseppe De Santis, and then a handful of neo-realist hits made in collaboration with Carlo Ponti, including Federico Fellini's La Strada in 1954 and Nights of Cabiria in 1957.
De Laurentiis went solo, and »
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They’re creepy, unhinged, and you definitely wouldn’t want to meet them down a dark alley. It’s our list of the ten most unsettling movie villains ever…
Cinema is filled with memorable villains. Whether it's the sardonic cheer of Gert Fröbe's Auric Goldfinger, or the sneering oiliness of Die Hard's Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), the movies are full of superb, loveably evil performances. The hero may get the girl and save the world in most instances, but it's the villain who gets most of the quotable lines.
Every now and again, however, a movie antagonist comes along to genuinely still the blood, a villain played with a depth and commitment that is genuinely disturbing.
It's like the alignment of the planets. Occasionally, a great director, an exemplary script and a gifted actor will join together on the same project, creating the kind of unsettling performances that »
Author James Rollins is set to bring his Sigma Force series of novels to the big screen -- with an assist from famous producer Dino De Laurentiis. Fans of thrillers like The DaVinci Code will want to take notice.
Risky Business broke news of the deal late last night, which has De Laurentiis acquiring the rights to the entire franchise of novels (six in all so far, with a seventh on the way). Rollins started the series back in 2004. The most recent novel, published earlier this year, made the New York Times Bestseller List. The Sigma Force books follow a "division of the U.S. Department of Defense's Darpa (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) program housed beneath the Smithsonian in D.C. Staffed by a collection of "killer scientists" (adventurous scientists paired with military operatives), the Force investigates and secures threatening scientific information through counter-terrorism, research and covert ops."
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Dino de Laurentiis's last string of hits as a producer were several adaptations of Thomas Harris novels, notably Red Dragon and Hannibal, and now he seems to be trying to recapture that same pulpy glory. According to THR, de Laurentiis and his producer wife Martha have picked up the rights to Sigma Force, a series by James Rollins that's the kind of thing you see all the time in airport bookstores. The film won't adapt any of the six existing novels, but will tackle a brand-new story within the world with the aim of starting a franchise. The series, compared frequently to Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code books, is about a secret Department of Defense program located beneath the Smithsonian museums in Washington D.C., where "killer scientists" use covert ops and research to tackle scientific threats. In the most recent bestseller from the series, The Doomsday Key, »
Those of you in the UK harbouring an interest in the real life horrors of the mind of a serial killer are in luck, as courtesy of Stax Entertainment we have three DVD copies of the new documentary Serial Killers: The Real Life Hannibal Lecters to give away.
The world’s fascination with serial killers has spawned hundreds of fictional madmen in novels and feature films such as Silence of the Lambs, Seven, Kiss the Girls, and The Bone Collector. None is more notorious than Thomas Harris’ diabolical creation Dr. Hannibal Lecter. However, before Lecter, there was a select group of real life monsters that terrorized our neighbourhoods: Ted Bundy, Albert Fish, Jeffrey Dahmer, Andrei Chikatilo, and John Wayne Gacy. Among them they claimed over 150 lives.
Serial Killers: The Real Life Hannibal Lecters will take you into a world that is rarely shown on television: the grotesque and macabre »
Whenever I come across a Brett Ratner-related news item (i.e., his latest non-opus), the image of 10,000 teeth-gnashing fanboys immediately comes to mind. The latest news is that Ratner and his producing partners, Bernie Goldman and Ryan Kavanaugh, have acquired The Brothers Grimm: Snow White (in 3D, of course), what Deadline calls "an edgy re-imagining of the German folk tale written by Melissa Wallack." Ratner promised to bring Snow White back to her roots, switching out Walt Disney's miners for robbers, adding a dragon, "edginess" (whatever that means), and comedy. All good fodder for the Ratner-haters in the movie blogosphere. Why, though? Bashing Ratner, especially after his ill-fated involvement in the X-Men: The Last Stand after the departure of Bryan Singer for Superman Returns, has always left me perplexed. Hear me out.
By no means am I suggesting that a close appraisal of Ratner's filmography (the non-French word »
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