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Director: Sacha Gervasi
Running Time: 98 minutes
Extras: Audio Commentary with Sacha Gervasi and Stephen Rebello, Deleted Scene, Becoming the Master: From Hopkins to Hitchcock, Obsessed with Hitchcock, Sacha Gervasi’s Behind the Scenes Cell Phone Footage (15 cert.), Hitchcock Cell Phone PSA, The Story, The Cast, Danny Elfman Maestro, Hitch and Alma, Remembering Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock led a life of intrigue and alleged perversion, with his penchant for working his leading ladies into the ground should they dismiss his advances explored in the excellent The Girl starring Toby Jones. Hitchcock instead focuses on the making of the director’s shocker Psycho (1960) taking particular care in dissecting the relationship with his wife Alma (Mirren), and star Vivien Leigh (Johansson). Sadly the unnecessary tangents the story takes result in a picture as misshapen as Anthony Hopkins prosthetic gut.
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- Sam Carey
If Season 1 of Starz's stylish 1950s mob drama "Magic City" was about establishing the dynamic between suave Miami Beach hotelier Ike Evans (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his silent but brutal business partner, mobster Ben "The Butcher" Diamond (Danny Huston), Season 2 will be about blowing it up.
As the season opens on Friday (June 14), Ike is sitting in a jail cell after having been framed for a murder. He concludes he can no longer function with this association in his life, and he hatches a plan to rid himself of his glowering nemesis once and for all. It involves Ike's pride and joy, the Miramar Playa, along with Fidel Castro, the hotels and casinos in Havana, and a Chicago mob boss by the name of Sy Berman (Oscar nominee James Caan, "The Godfather"), who happens to be Ben's boss.
Once cleared of the charges, Ike puts his plan in motion.
Magic City Season 2 premiere date: Friday, June 17 at 9pm Et/Pt Back for its sophomore season, the sexy 1950s mob drama – Magic City – finds Miami’s Miramar Playa owner Ike Evans (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) in jail for murder and his family scrambling to make bail. This season is even hotter – more deceit, more mob bosses and more adultery — and the cast list is expanded to include more A-listers. New to the cast is Academy Award nominee James Caan (The Godfather) as Sy Berman, the head of the Chicago mob and Ben Diamond’s (Danny Huston) boss. A [...]
- Barb Oates
"Magic City" Season 2 premieres Friday, June 14 (9 p.m. Et on Starz), and Jeffrey Dean Morgan promises that the new year brings a story that's "darker, crazier and more vicious" than anything we saw last season (which featured blackmail, murder and voyeuristic sex acts on a weekly basis). Plus, Season 2 boasts Oscar nominee James Caan returning to his "Godfather" roots as a Chicago mobster whom Morgan simply describes as "a scary dude."
So what lengths will Ike Evans (Morgan) go to in order to rid his Miramar Playa Hotel of the mob and Ben “The Butcher” Diamond (Danny Huston)? And will his long-shot gamble tear the Evans family apart? Find out what Morgan told HuffPost TV to expect from "Magic City" Season 2 below.
- Laura Prudom
Miami -- Miami Beach's resort hotels showed guests a tropical paradise when they were built in the 1950s, but just beyond the sunny facade was a shady, more dangerous world. Funded by the mob and crooked union bosses, the resorts attracted the rich, the famous and the powerful just as South Florida was undergoing rapid political and social change.
The upcoming sophomore season of the Starz network's period drama "Magic City" will again follow the denizens of one such resort, the fictional Miramar Playa Hotel.
Resort owner Ike Evans, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, had a seemingly perfect life that verged on collapse at the end of the first season, thanks to an ambitious state attorney, a sadistic mob boss and the fallout from the Cuban Revolution nearby. Now the show's writer and creator, Mitch Glazer, promises the new eight-episode season, which starts Friday, will pick up in early 1959 right »
The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Jaeger-LeCoultre has announced the members selected for the Advisory Board for the new Filmmaker in Residence initiative. The new Advisory Board members include: Henry Bean, Brady Corbet, Charles Finch, Naomi Foner, Larry Gross, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Danny Huston, Tamara Jenkins, Ed Lachman, Bennett Miller, Matthew Modine, Ed Pressman, Ira Sachs, Paul Schrader and Marisa Tomei. To make the announcement, Fslc held a celebratory dinner last night to present the chosen advisors. In addition to a few of the honored members, guests at the dinner also included Christopher Abbott, Daniel Battsek, Tory Burch, J.C. Chandor, Jessica Diehl, Griffin Dunne, Ryan Fleck, Scott Frank, Tony Gilroy, Larry Gross, Jack Huston, Rose Kuo, Richard Lagravenese, Barry Levinson, Johnnie Planco, Ed Pressman, Bob Shaye, Todd Solondz, Ann Tenenbaum, James Toback, and Harvey Weinstein. The Filmmaker in Residence program is designed to »
- Casey Cipriani
Transplanted Brit writer-director Bernard Rose and Hollywood scion Danny Huston have enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship. Casting Huston in "Ivansxtc," a little-seen 2002 success d'estime that in many ways presaged the indie digital age, jump-started the would-be director's career as an actor. Huston keeps coming back for more, because with Rose he winds up doing his best acting. (Trailer below.) So far the two men have collaborated on four unfettered, unsupervised collaborations of micro-budget Leo Tolstoy adaptations, updated to modern La. "Ivansxtc" was the first ("The Death of Ivan Ilitch"), followed by relationship drama "The Kreutzer Sonata," about a wealthy man who falls for a concert pianist, and the upcoming "Boxing Day" ("Master and Man"), produced by Luc Roeg’s Independent and the BFI, which world premiered in Venice last year in advance of a UK late December opening. The well-reviewed film, which seeks U.S. distribution, will make its North American debut on. »
- Anne Thompson
Ritter joins a cast that already includes Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams as artistic couple Walter and Margaret Keane, the creators of the pop culture ‘big eyes’ paintings of the 1950s and 60s. Krysten Ritter will play DeeAnn, a friend of Margaret Keane who encourages the housewife and true artist behind the paintings to come out of her shell and take credit for her work. Danny Huston also recently joined the cast as a gossip columnist.
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
The film centres around Margaret and Walter Keane (Adams and Waltz), the couple responsible for the pictures of large-eyed children that became a sensation in the '50s and '60s.
Domineering Walter claimed credit for the works until a legal battle in which his former wife revealed that she was the artist of the pair.
Ritter will play DeeAnn, a friend of Margaret who convinces the woman to stand up for herself.
The actress plays the title character in the cancelled television show Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23.
Big Eyes has not yet set a release date.
Tim Burton's career in pictures: »
Is it still called typecasting if it's entirely based on the actor's looks? For instance, Krysten Ritter.s dark and pronounced features, combined with some of her past work, deem her fitting for the world of Tim Burton, and it.s surprising (at least to me) that the two haven.t worked together in the past. Then again, it could be because Burton consistently works with the same seven people in every film. His next project, the biographical drama Big Eyes, is breaking out of that mold, and Deadline reports Ritter has joined the film.s cast, which already includes Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz and Danny Huston. Not swayed by the cancellation of her sitcom Don.t Trust the B---- In Apartment 23, she took to Twitter after the news broke: .Over the moon!! It.s been a dream to work with Tim Burton! Dream big kiddies!. The titular Big Eyes »
The film will see Adams as Margaret Keane, the painter whose distinctive creations featuring big-eyed children became one of art’s first mass-market success stories in the 1950s. Big Eyes will cover Keane’s personal awakening at the onset of the feminist movement, leading to a lawsuit she filed against her husband (Waltz), who claimed credit for her works.
Ritter, who was most recently seen as the title character in Don’t Trust The B____ In Apt. 23 and in Breaking Bad, will play DeeAnn, Margaret’s free-spirited friend who “tries to coax her to come out of her shy shell.”
Source: Deadline »
- Laura Frances
The drama is based on the true story of painter Margaret Keane (Amy Adams) and her husband Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), whose paintings of large-eyed children were incredibly popular throughout the 1950s and 1960s. While Margaret Keane actually created the paintings, her husband Walter was the marketing genius who also claimed to be responsible for the artwork himself.
Krysten Ritter is playing DeeAnn, a free-spirited friend of Margaret, who tries to convince the introverted artist to stand up for herself and claim the credit she truly deserved. Danny Huston also stars as an alcoholic gossip reporter.
Tim Burton is directing from a screenplay by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, who previously wrote the critically-acclaimed biopics The People vs. Larry Flynt and Man on the Moon. Production is scheduled to begin this summer. »
Big Eyes , Tim Burton's upcoming biopic of artist Margaret Keane, has added Krysten Ritter to its cast. Deadline reports that the "Breaking Bad" and "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23" star will appear opposite Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz and Danny Huston in the upcoming production. Adams will play Keane, the painter whose distinctive creations featuring big-eyed children became one of art's first mass-market success stories in the 1950s. The drama covers Keane's personal awakening at the onset of the feminist movement, leading to a lawsuit she filed against her husband, Walter (Waltz), who claimed credit for her works. Ritter will play a friend of Margaret's named DeeAnn. The script for Big Eyes arrives from Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, who »
Drafthouse Films announced today that they have acquired distribution rights to The Congress, a live-action/animation hybrid from director Ari Folman (Waltz with Bashir). The studio has released the first two photos, featuring both live-action and animated versions of star Robin Wright. Take a look at these photos, then read the official press release for more details.
Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, and Films We Like announced today the co-acquisition of North American rights to sci-fi epic The Congress from this year's Cannes Film Festival in the "Directors' Fortnight" section. From Oscar-nominated director Ari Folman (Waltz with Bashir), the film stars Robin Wright (House of Cards, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Jon Hamm (AMC's Mad Men), Paul Giamatti (Sideways, John Dies at the End) and Harvey Keitel (Taxi Driver, Bad Lieutenant). A Us theatrical and VOD/digital release is planned for 2014 and Films »
The Congress, the highly-anticipated follow up to Ari Folman's Waltz with Bashir, premiered last month at the Cannes Film Festival, and now Drafthouse Films alongside Films We Like plans to bring it stateside. The movie is a fascinating blend of live action and animation that adapts Stanislaw Lem’s classic short story, “The Futurological Congress”, and follows an aging actress desperate for work (Robin Wright) who takes one last job to support her disabled son (Kodi-Smit McPhee). Wright plays herself, and then is scanned into an animated world where the studio now owns her, but she will be forever young. Judging by the trailer, the movie looks like an absolute trip, and one I'm excited to take. Sadly, we'll have to wait until 2014 for the movie's theatrical/VOD release. Hit the jump for the press release and a new image from The Congress. The film also stars Jon Hamm, »
- Matt Goldberg
The Evans family return for a second season of Starz’ Magic City with a new cast that includes singer turned actor Shalim Ortiz and veteran Latino actor Esai Morales. Watch a clip from the series premiering June 14th.
The period drama centering on the Miami mobsters of the late 1950s stars Jeffrey Dean, Olga Kurylenko, and Danny Huston. Esai Morales joins the cast as Carlos El Tiburon” Ruiz, a Cuban exile while Shalim, son of Spanish television personality Charytin, plays a Cuban sugar heir, Antonio Rivas, who falls for Mercedes (Dominik Garcia-Lorido). Also joining the second season of Magic City is Yul Vasquez (American Gangster, The A-Team) as Mercedes father.
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Set in Miami Beach 1959, Magic City, provides the sultry backdrop for the riveting tale of the city’s emergence as an international destination for celebrities, politicians
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Currently developing his most promising movie in some time, Tim Burton recently found an initial cast for his dramedy Big Eyes with Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams, and now another actor has been added to the ensemble. According to THR, Danny Huston (Children of Men) has joined the biopic from Ed Wood writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, which follows [...] »
- Jack Cunliffe
The story deals with the relationship between 1950s artists Walter and Margaret Keane (Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams), a couple whose paintings of big-eyed children became a major success.
The story centers on a decades-long dispute between the two after their 1965 divorce over who actually painted the pictures.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
I know that it’s tough to get excited over a Tim Burton film nowadays, but take a look at the cast and crew for his upcoming Big Eyes: Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams! The writers of Ed Wood! And Johnny Depp is nowhere near it (yet)! Add to that another delicious character actor in Danny Huston (Hitchcock) and I think we can be cautiously optimistic on this one.
Danny Huston is reportedly in talks to join the cast of Big Eyes to play a “burnt-out, heavy drinking gossip reporter.” Is there any other type of gossip reporter? He’ll be appearing opposite Waltz and Adams as husband and wife team Walter and Margaret Keane, who made a big splash with ‘big-eye’ portraits in the 1950s and 60s. The relationship began to fall apart, however, when arguments surfaced about who was actually doing the art work, and who was taking all the credit. »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
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