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At the age of 66, actor Joe Mantegna shows no signs of slowing down. So though he is being honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce on March 28, he admits to wondering where the time went. “These kinds of things always get your attention,” Mantegna says with a laugh. “When I signed up for Medicare, it was like, ‘Oh my goodness, how did I get here?’ Sometimes those years do pass on by and the next thing you know you blink and I’ve realized I’ve been in this business for 40-plus years.”
In the course of those years, Mantegna has proven one of our most reliable character actors, often specializing in roles on one side of the law. Take his current TV gigs as an example: While he stars as FBI agent David Rossi on the CBS hit “Criminal Minds,” he has also been »
- Jenelle Riley
"The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long," muses Dr Eldon Tyrell in Blade Runner. This statement doesn't apply to a startling list of classic movies that faded fast at the box office on initial release, but whose flames have been burning with more intensity as the years have passed...
Blade Runner (1983)
Budget: $28 million
Box office: $33.7 million (including re-releases)
While androids dream of electric sheep, accountants must have endured hellish nightmares in the aftermath of Blade Runner's dismal run at the box office in the summer of 1982. An opening weekend of barely $6 million (£3.61 million) was attributed to an ill-conceived advertising campaign, the competition of Et for bums on seats and a mixed reception from viewers who felt stunned by the imagery but alienated by the narrative.
It's hard not to wonder whether the film would have fared better if the studio had faith in director Ridley Scott's original vision, »
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
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The Returned: cuttingly sharp and incisive Sf horror; a chillingly polite film about the fascism that rises quickly up in a moment of fearful crisis [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Easy Money: Hard to Kill (Snabba cash II): suffers by comparison to the original; Joel Kinnaman’s performance of seething, mounting rage is the best thing about this Nordic noir [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Nebraska: Alexander Payne’s latest is a tale of small-town dissolution masquerading as family dramedy; Bruce Dern is hilarious and poignant [at Amazon Instant Video] 12 Years a Slave: more horror story than historical drama, terrifyingly and heartbreakingly straightforward in the real-life nightmare it depicts; one of the very best films of 2013 [at Amazon Instant Video]
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- MaryAnn Johanson
Since exploding on the scene with 1973′s Mean Streets, Martin Scorsese has fearlessly taken dead aim at the darkest facets of modern life, the seedy underbelly of existence that most refuse to acknowledge. The unpredictable nature of Scorsese’s work has led forty years worth of audiences to consider terrible people as heroes, acts of terror as cries for help, substances as both business and crutch, and yesterday’s heroes as today’s villains.
All of his films consider the fallibility of man not as an error, but part of our nature. Though the characters are hateful, there is a means by which one can connect to and sympathize with both their successes and failures. At the conclusion of a Martin Scorsese film, there is always catharsis. The sheer emotional power of his work seeks to make us accept ourselves as both imperfect and unique. In this way, »
- Jack Manley
Before: 84kg (13st 3lb/185lb)
After: 61kg (9st 8lb/134lb)
McConaughey has already scooped a number of industry accolades for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, which he prepared for by consuming only Diet Coke, egg whites, chicken and the odd spoonful of tapioca. He has won both the Screen Actors Guild award for best actor and the Golden Globe for best actor (drama). He has also been nominated for best actor at this year's Oscars.
Before: 70kg (10st 12lb/152lb)
After: 100kg (15st 10lb/220lb)
Although the film fell a little flat, Leto was praised for his portrayal of John Lennon's killer, Mark David Chapman, in the 2007 biographical film, Chapter 27. Fingers crossed that goes some way to making all the pints of microwaved »
- Ellie Violet Bramley
To celebrate the DVD and Blu-ray release of Rush this week, we’ve taken a look back at sports in the movies to bring you the Ten Best Sports Biopics…
Brian’s Song (1971)
A weepie isn’t something you always associate with a sports biopic, but Brian’s Song does such an extraordinary job in portraying two teammates and friends. American football players Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers butt heads when they both compete for a starting spot on the Chicago Bears. They ultimately become buddies, yet their friendship is cut short when Brian is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Try to hold back the tears at the end of the film … just try.
Raging Bull (1980)
The argument continues to rage amongst scholars and everyday moviegoers as to what director Martin Scorsese’s best film actually is, but any conversation about it has to include his knockout boxing biopic Raging Bull. »
- Phil Wheat
Grudge Match, 2013.
Directed by Peter Segal.
A pair of aging boxing rivals are coaxed out of retirement to fight one final bout -- 30 years after their last match.
There are plenty of must see movies coming out this year. To pick one out as the must see movie of this year would be tough. Of course Grudge Match would surely rank up high on the must see list… surely… no? Okay, maybe not but for those who were fans of either Rocky or Raging Bull, or both, this will be viewed (somewhat out of pure curiosity) as a film that needs to be watched. In this age of sequels, remakes and gimmicky films, Grudge Match in many regards manages to tick all three boxes. It’s almost an unofficial »
- Gary Collinson
Inside Llewyn Davis (15)
Bob Dylan hadn't written Like A Rolling Stone when this is set (New York, 1961), but Isaac's eponymous hero could almost be the inspiration. He's the archetypal drifter: a complete unknown with no direction home and little prospect of realising his folk-star dream, despite, or perhaps because of, his artistic integrity. The Coens let us know exactly how it feels. This is their most mature drama to date: subdued, sincere, bleakly funny, and as finely crafted as we've come to expect.
August: Osage County (15)
Heavy acting artillery is positioned for a full-on awards assault, with Streep's malign matriarch marshalling her fractured family for some mourning and bloodletting. »
- Steve Rose
Rocky vs Jake La Motta. I know what you’re thinking. Two of the most iconic boxing characters ever to hit the big screen (arguably Rocky is more iconic). It sounds awesome doesn’t it? It’d be like if Darth Vader turned up on the deck of the Enterprise and forced choked Kirk. Thankfully, Grudge Match hasn’t turned into the big cheese festival, that one might have imagined it had the potential to. However, you can’t help but think that’s Rocky in the ring. Starring Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro, two retired boxers who, after beating each other back when the dinosaurs roamed the earth, are convinced to do one final….Grudge Match. Grudge Match is a big surprise. A major surprise in fact. Expendables aside, Stallone hasn’t made a good movie for years and with very little exceptions in the last decade (at »
- email@example.com (Vic Barry)
Director: Peter Segal; Screenwriters: Tim Kelleher, Rodney Rothman; Starring: Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone, Kevin Hart, Kim Basinger, Alan Arkin, Jon Bernthal; Running time: 113 mins; Certificate: 12A
Forget the Batman vs Superman movie everyone's talking about. What would happen if you threw Rocky Balboa and Raging Bull's Jake Lamotta into the boxing ring to duke it out? That's the tantalising idea at the heart of Peter Segal's comedy Grudge Match, which sees Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro play veteran fighters who strap on their gloves to settle a 30-year rivalry once and for all.
Stallone plays Henry "Razor" Sharp, a shipyard worker who retired from the sport before a proposed rematch with De Niro's Billy "The Kid" McDonnen. Director Segal relays this in the opening moments with a mixture of archive footage and CGI recreations of the two acting icons in their prime. What should be an »
Review Duncan Bowles 24 Jan 2014 - 06:41
Stallone and De Niro come face to face (again) in Grudge Match. Here's our review...
When Rocky Balboa hit cinema screens back in 2006, there was an incredible amount of cynicism attached to Sylvester Stallone’s return to the cinematic franchise that catapulted his career to super stardom. For many there was easy mileage in making jokes about Stallone’s advancing age, or in accusing him of cashing in on an old brand in a desperate attempt to have one final box office hit, yet his love of the character and the sheer determination to write and direct a glorious last hurrah for the beloved Balboa (well, apart from the upcoming TV series Creed) worked and worked well.
Frighteningly, it’s now been eight years since Sly’s last big screen boxing opus, but he’s proved that punching the living daylights out of things »
Never have I wanted to un-see a film more badly than this. Never have I yearned more passionately to climb into my time machine and journey back to before my memory of Raging Bull was needlessly trashed by this incredibly depressing and worthless mediocrity. As Shakespeare's Macbeth might have put it: had I but died an hour before the opening credits rolled on Grudge Match, I had lived a blessed time.
The story is about two ageing retired boxers, Billy "the Kid" McDonnen and Henry "Razor" Sharp, played by Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone. These grumpy old rivals have been persuaded to get back together for a preposterous geriatric "grudge match". There are a couple of nice, digitally created scenes showing the boxers in their heyday – sort of »
- Peter Bradshaw
In the canon of great boxing movies, there are two which stand alone. One is Rocky, the seminal uplifting story of a Philadelphia boxer who beats the odds to become a champion. The other is Raging Bull, Martin Scorsese’s examination of Jake Lamotta, the boxing wunderkind whose hubris and public indiscretions ultimately became his undoing. The stars of each film – Sylvester Stallone and Robert DeNiro, respectively – face off for Grudge Match, the new boxing comedy from director Peter Segal. Does it live up to the promise of greatness? Sadly, it doesn’t even scratch the surface.
Grudge Match tells the story of Henry “Razor” Sharp (Stallone) and Billy “The Kid” McDonnen (DeNiro), two ageing former Pittsburgh boxers who harbour a deep resentment for each other. After years of not speaking, they are lured back to the ring by the obnoxious son of a former promoter (Kevin Hart) for a »
- Damen Norton
Supreme Court justices on Tuesday hearing a copyright appeals claim against Martin Scorsese’s 1980 Oscar-winning film “Raging Bull,” questioned the potential effects of allowing such a claim years after a movie is made or a copyrighted work is issued. Paula Petrella, whose father Frank Petrella wrote Jake Lamotta’s autobiography and contributed to a first draft of the screenplay in 1963, is seeking at least $1 million in damages from MGM and 20th Century Fox. Stephanos Bibas, an attorney for Petrella, told the court that any Congressional action altered the bar against filing copyright claims years later. The attorney also argued that courts have the. »
- Ira Teinowitz
The Supreme Court pondered Tuesday whether the daughter of the man whose work was the basis of the Oscar-winning movie Raging Bull should go another round with a major movie studio over copyright infringement for ownership of boxer Jake Lamotta’s life story.
The Raging Bull case involves an appeal from Paula Petrella, the daughter of Frank Petrella, whose written work inspired the movie. Frank Petrella collaborated with his friend Lamotta on two screenplays and a book, which were used to make the movie directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro. The 1980 film won two Oscars, including best actor for De Niro. »
- Associated Press
Director: Peter Segal.
Running Time: 113 minutes.
Synopsis: Thirty years after their last encounter, two of boxing’s greatest rivals are coaxed out of retirement for one last fight. But will the ageing titans be up to the challenge?
Grudge Match wastes no time in nailing its colours to the mast. The opening sports-show montage detailing their historic rivalry uses promotional shots from Raging Bull and Rocky and is the first of many nods to those classic fight-films throughout. Make no mistake about it, this motion picture is proud to be ‘Raging Bull vs Rocky’. And all things considered, it’s about as good as it could be.
Sly plays Henry ‘Razor’ Sharp, a former champ who, upon retiring, went back to his blue-collar job. De Niro plays his nemesis Billy ‘The Kid’ McDonnen who, »
- John Sharp
Disputes over film rights are a dime a dozen in Hollywood. Most of them are dismissed. So it will be a rarity on Tuesday, when the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a case over the rights to “Raging Bull,” the 1980 Martin Scorsese movie about boxer Jake Lamotta.
Paula Petrella claims she has an interest in the movie given that in the 1960s and early 1970s, her father Frank Petrella wrote a book and two screenplays based on Lamotta’s career, either on his own or in collaboration with the retired prizefighter. The nine justices, however, won’t be deciding on the thorny lineage of “Raging Bull,” but whether Petrella waited too long to press her copyright infringement claim against MGM.
The “doctrine of laches” — the concept that lawsuits can’t be brought to court if there is an unreasonable delay — is one tool that studios have used to promptly »
- Ted Johnson
As TV broadcasters prepare to square off against streaming service Aereo at the U.S. Supreme Court, another Hollywood case quietly is headed there much sooner. On Jan. 21, the court will review an important dispute over Raging Bull, the 1980 classic with Robert De Niro as boxer Jake Lamotta. Paula Petrella's father wrote a screenplay and book that became part of the basis for the Martin Scorsese film. She believes rights to Raging Bull's underlying material have reverted to her father's heirs and that MGM and Fox owe her millions of dollars for committing copyright infringement with continued distribution
- Eriq Gardner
Just gotta say, The Dorchester Hotel in Mayfair is as swanky as all balls. It was within these opulent surroundings that Sky Sports and Warner Bros presented the press conference for Grudge Match (read our review here) starring Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone. It’s essentially the Rocky vs Raging Bull crossover that boxing/film fans have long since discussed and we lucky few were treated to an audience with Bobby, Sly and director Peter Segal (The Naked Gun 33 1/3, plus three Adam Sandler movies).
What drew you to this film?
Segal: Well I grew up in the era of great heavyweights and two of my favourite films were Raging Bull and Rocky. So when this script came along, it initially required just two elderly actors, and the more we worked on it the more we realise we could only make it with these two gentleman.
Stallone: When I first »
- John Sharp
'Grudge Match' Rome Premiere
Stallone arrived at the event in a slim-fitting dark gray suit and tie, with a burgundy shirt. His costar De Niro, appearing a bit more casual, donned gray suit pants with a navy blazer and accessorized with a newsboy cap. Posing in a ring on the red carpet, the duo faux-boxed against one another.
By casting Stallone and De Niro in the main roles in the aging boxer flick, Grudge Match forces comparisons to the actors’ earlier roles – Stallone as Rocky Balboa and De Niro as Jake La Motta in Raging Bull. In Grudge Match, the two play rival boxers Henry “Razor” Sharp (Stallone) and Billy “The Kid” McDonnen (De Niro).
Stallone's 'Grudge Match' Reservations
Grudge Match, directed »
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