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We take a light-hearted look at a few of the more strange coincidences and quirks of fate in recent cinema history...
Stories are often built on coincidences and happenstance. Chance encounters at railway stations. Bruce Willis bumping into Ving Rhames while he's out and about in his Honda in Pulp Fiction. But what about those weird patterns we see in our everyday reality, or, more to the point, in cinema history?
When Batman Begins came out, it was widely noted that Christian Bale had already played an unfathomably rich man with a secret double life before, in Mary Harron's adaptation of American Psycho. Bale's character, Patrick Bateman, even has a surname that's basically Batman with an 'e' added to it.
Those are the kinds of strange quirks of fate we're looking at here. If you have any of your own, do share them in the comments section.
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I can't believe there were a couple production companies out there that actually made an unofficial sequel to Martin Scorsese and Robert DeNiro's classic boxing drama Raging Bull. But they did. It's called Bronx Bull, and today we give you the first trailer for the film. I personally think the movie looks awful. It's got a decent cast of talent, but the script seems pretty terrible.
The film is described as a "combination prequel and sequel that explores 'before the rage' and 'after the rage' of world middleweight boxing champ Jake Lamotta's tumultuous life and times."
The movie was directed by Martin Guigui (National Lampoon's Cattle Call) and it stars William Forsy, Natasha Henstridge, Alicia Witt, Penelope Ann Miller, Joe Mantegna, Ray Wise, Paul Sorvino, and more. There's no release date yet, but I doubt it's going to get a theatrical release.
- Joey Paur
Last year MGM launched a lawsuit against Jake Lamotta and director Martin Guigui (Beneath the Darkness) to prevent them from using the title Raging Bull II on a new low-budget biopic about the former Middleweight World Champion, who was of course portrayed by Robert De Niro in Martin Scorsese’s 1980 classic. Having agreed to change the title to The Bronx Bull, the first trailer has now arrived online, and we’ve got it for you below…
The Bronx Bull stars William Forsythe (Boardwalk Empire) as Lamotta, while the rest of the cast includes Joe Mantegna (The Godfather: Part III), Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas), Natasha Henstridge (Species), Penelope Ann Miller (Carlito’s Way), Ray Wise (Twin Peaks), Robert Davi (The Goonies), Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan), and James Russo (Django Unchained).
As yet, there’s no word on a release date for The Bronx Bull, but don’t be surprised if this one ends up going straight-to-video. »
- Gary Collinson
A bunch of new trailers have landed over the past day or so for all sorts of upcoming smaller films, but with a lot of them starring big names. The most high-profile would be "The Judge" which sees Robert Downey Jr. returning to drama for the story of a slick city lawyer who returns to his hometown after his mother's death and ends up having to defend his estranged father from being convicted for her apparent murder.
Tom Hardy stars in "The Drop" as a Brooklyn bartender who gets caught up in a robbery investigation that digs deep into his neighborhood's past. Noomi Rapace, James Frecheville and Matthias Schoenaerts also star, as does the late James Gandolfini in his final performance.
- Garth Franklin
Way back in 2012 we heard about a sequel to the Martin Scorsese boxing drama Raging Bull, but since then, the film hasn't been given permission to associate itself with the iconic film. Instead, it's going by the title The Bronx Bull, with William Forsythe in the lead as Jake Lamotta instead of Robert De Niro. The film is both a sequel and a prequel, following Lamotta in his teenage years and also following some time in his life after his famed boxing career. Unfortuantely, it doesn't look all that great, which isn't surprising coming from Martin Guigui, whose previous work includes National Lampoon's Cattle Call, a real gem. Watch? Here's the trailer for Martin Guigui The Bronx Bull from Exempt Capital Network (via The Film Stage): The Bronx Bull is directed by Martin Guigui, who co-wrote the script with Rustam Branaman. The film is described as a combination prequel »
- Ethan Anderton
It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about The Bronx Bull – the film project that initially billed itself as Raging Bull 2, before changing its name after legal threats. The seemingly ill-advised picture isn’t completely dead, though – no, it’s apparently moving along toward a release at some mythical date in the future. As proof, we’ve got this trailer that turned up a few months ago. We’re not sure why anyone would want to retell Jake Lamotta’s story after Scorsese did it so masterfully in Raging Bull, but the cast for this new version isn’t terrible. William Forsythe, Paul Sorvino and Joe Mantegna are headliners, and seem to be taking this all very seriously. Unfortunately, most of the trailer looks...
- Mike Bracken
It's been about two years since we last heard of "Raging Bull 2," a film that was made without the endorsement or involvement or Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro. And now, we have the trailer for the movie, which is called "The Bronx Bull." Check it out below. "Raging Bull 2" stars William Forsythe as an older Jake La Motta (the character De Niro played in the original film), but the movie will take place both before and after the events in the original movie. Newcomer Mojean Aria is the younger La Motta. The film co-stars Joe Mantegna, Tom Sizemore, Penelope Ann Miller, Natasha Henstridge, and Bill Bellamy. The new movie provides insight into the real-life struggle of La Motta, who turns his anger, abusive childhood into a boxing career. Although his brute force turned him into a middleweight champion, it also created challenges in his life. Trailer: »
Dear Joe Mantegna, Paul Sorvino, Natasha Henstridge and Penelope Ann Miller—you should know better. Martin Scorsese's "Raging Bull" is without question a masterpiece and one of his finest accomplishments, so why participate in a movie that doesn't have his blessing and had MGM successfully sue the filmmakers, forcing them to change the name from "Raging Bull II" (you gotta at least admire the hubris) to "The Bronx Bull"? Anyway, the first trailer is here, and yes, it looks exactly as terrible as you thought. William Forsythe leads the movie playing Jake La Motta, and you might recall that he's already gone on record saying that this movie will improve on the Scorsese original. “I understand that because it's such an iconic, beautiful and amazing first film — one of the great films maybe of all time," he said a couple years back about the push back against the sequel. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
After the unofficial Raging Bull sequel/prequel The Bronx Bull was slapped with a lawsuit by MGM in 2012, many fans thought the movie would never see the light of day. The lawsuit was eventually settled, with the movie changing its title from Raging Bull II to The Bronx Bull, and now we have our first look at this controversial film with the new trailer. William Forsythe stars as boxer Jake Lamotta, portrayed by Robert De Niro in Raging Bull, in what is described as both a prequel and a sequel to the 1980 classic, offering new insight into the boxer's turbulent life. Natasha Henstridge, Alicia Witt, Penelope Ann Miller, Joe Mantegna, Ray Wise and Paul Sorvino round out the supporting cast for director Martin Guigui's drama, which doesn't have a release date set at this time.
A combination prequel and sequel that explores before the rage and after the rage »
Naming and perception can be everything. Say you’re making a boxing movie, and people might be interested. Tell everyone you’re making a film about Jake Lamotta, and there’s instant name recognition. Tell people it is called Raging Bull II, and that recognition turns to scorn. Another Lamotta film is well and good, but hitching it […]
- Russ Fischer
Two years after it began production as Raging Bull II and being forced to change it's title to The Bronx Bull, the sequel/prequel/remake to Martin Scorsese's classic boxing drama has released a trailer. With a pretty good cast including William Forsythe, Joe Mantegna, Paul Sorvino, Penelope Ann Miller, and Natasha Henstridge, The Bronx Bull looks every bit the low budget affair that it is. Shot in color, this version of Jake Lamotta's story ventures back to before he became a boxer and had »
- Alex Maidy
Considering the fact that director Martin Scorsese's next film is Silence, an adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s novel of the same name, it seems only appropriate that a new video essay focuses on his effective use of silence in his filmography. Tony Zhou (who also delivered the visual essay on Steven Spielberg's long takes) is back with a focus on the quiet side of Scorsese's filmmaking. This trait begins in Raging Bull, where Scorsese wanted to give the effect of being hit in the ear too many times, just like Jake Lamotta. And his use of silence has spanned through to recent films like The Departed and The Wolf of Wall Street. Here's the visual essay Martin Scorsese - The Art of Silence from Tony Zhou (via The Playlist): As the essay points out, Scorsese is well known for making music, especially rock and roll, an integral part of his films, »
- Ethan Anderton
If you've ever watched the multiple Oscar-winning films Raging Bull and Rocky, and then thought to yourself, "Hey, what if Jake Lamotta took on the Italian Stallion in the ring? Who would win?" then Peter Segal's Grudge Match is for you. Strike that. It's for you if you want a light sports comedy that pokes fun at the aging fighters (and actors) rather than staying true to the dramatic roots of Martin Scorsese and John G. Avildsen's iconic pictures. That's not a knock on the movie, just an attempt to properly align your expectations. It's an entertaining few rounds, even if it's not a knockout. Hit the jump for my Grudge Match Blu-ray review. Feature: Just to clarify, if you want a hard-hitting fighting drama that packs emotional gut punches, you'd be better off watching David O. Russell's The Fighter or Gavin O'Connor's Warrior. This is »
- Dave Trumbore
On Monday, the United States Supreme Court decided a copyright case that may have far reaching effect. In a 6-3 decision, the Court decided that Paula Petrella, the copyright heir to the original “Raging Bull” 1963 screenplay, could proceed with her infringement claim against MGM despite an 18-year delay in filing suit. After Jake Lamotta retired from boxing, he collaborated with his best friend, Frank Petrella, to create a book and two screenplays about Lamotta’s life that became the basis for the 1980 award-winning Martin Scorsese film, Raging Bull, starring Robert De Niro. When
- Bonnie Eskenazi and Jonathan Sokol
The Bennett Miller-directed drama is based on the true story of Olympic wrestling champion Mark Schultz, who seeks justice for his fellow champion brother Dave Schultz after he is killed by his paranoid schizophrenic coach du Pont.
Carell's performance has been described as "the definition of a career-redefining performance", and director Miller recently revealed that he was barely recognised after his first test screening due to his fake nose and aged appearance.
Does a fake nose equal critical acclaim and an Academy Award? Not always (Steve Martin in Roxanne was robbed!), but we've found 5 actors and actresses who've worn a prosthetic schnoz and gone on to win an Oscar below:
Robert De Niro put on a reported 60lbs and quite sizable, »
Washington (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a copyright lawsuit over the 1980 Oscar-winning movie "Raging Bull" can go forward, a decision that could open Hollywood studios to more claims from people seeking a share of profits from classic films, TV shows and other creative works. In a 6-3 decision, the justices said that Paula Petrella, daughter of the late screenwriter Frank Petrella, did not wait too long to file her lawsuit against Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer claiming an interest in the film. Petrella's father collaborated with legendary boxer Jake Lamotta on a book and two screenplays, which inspired the movie directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert DeNiro. The elder Petrella died in 1981 and the copyrights passed to his daughter. She sued MGM in 2009 seeking royalties from continuing commercial use of the film. But a federal judge said she waited too long because she had been aware of the potential to file »
- Sam Hananel (AP)
Paula Petrella will be able to proceed with her case after the Supreme Court ruled that lower courts should not have dismissed the suit on the basis that she waited too long to file it in 2009.
The question before the Supreme Court was not about Petrella’s rights to “Raging Bull,” but over her claim that a three-year statute of limitations on copyright cases should have kept her litigation alive. Instead, a district court and the 9th Circuit said that she waited too long to file, and dismissed it under the doctrine of laches. That’s the legal standard that bars plaintiffs from filing cases if they have had unnecessary delay.
But the high court justices »
- Ted Johnson
It’s never pleasant to watch a person you once respected lose touch with the skill or talent that made them so great, and that’s what we’ve been witnessing with Robert De Niro and, to a lesser extent (in that our respect for him was considerably less), Sylvester Stallone. As Robert De Niro has been lending his presence to lousy family comedies (Meet the Fockers, Little Fockers, etc.) or failed attempts at reclaiming his once gritty persona (Righteous Kill) with only a few good projects scattered in between, Stallone has been doing the same with revisits to his boxing (Rocky Balboa), soldier (Rambo), and action star (The Expendables, Bullet to the Head) glory days. And so, with their collective dignities besmirched by their refusal to let go of their glory days, they’ve given in to a film like Grudge Match, a film whose very premise plays out »
- Lex Walker
A quarter-century ago, Kevin Costner hit a double-play, following up "Bull Durham" with "Field of Dreams" and becoming king of the sports movie. Twenty-five years later, as "Field of Dreams" marks its 25th anniversary (it was released on April 21, 1989), Costner is back with "Draft Day." The movie's about football, not baseball, and Costner's character plays in the executive suite, not on the field, but his mere presence still offers a reminder of great sports movies past.
And after all, isn't nostalgia a key element of sports movies? "Field of Dreams" makes this explicit -- we long for the sports heroes of our childhood, for a supposed long-gone golden age of our preferred sport, as a way of connecting with our past and bridging the generational divide that separates us as adults from our parents. Sports movies offer more than just the drama of winners and losers, or the journey from dream to achievement, »
- Gary Susman
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
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