17 items from 2013
Surprisingly enough, Italy has contributed more to the world than just Assassin’s Creed and bunga-bunga parties. Sure, there were Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Fellini who have frequently been buffeted in a sandstorm of reverence for the feats they’ve accomplished. But by citing merely a handful of names – mainly out of ignorance – we commit an injustice against every Italian who has ever done anything in this world.
Hence here’s a list that bestows recognition on ten Italians who’ve changed the world, without most of us being any the wiser about it.
10. Lucky Luciano
This goodfella is the reason why Mario Puzo, Al Pacino and Martin Scorsese created such glorious careers through fictionalizing the mafia. He was why the mafia existed in the first place. Mr. Luciano was responsible for almost single-handedly architecting the growth of organized crime in America.
Born in Sicily, Luciano moved to America at the age of nine. »
- Saahil Dama
James Caan recently appeared on "The Howard Stern Show" where he confirmed that he was offered the lead role in "Superman," the role that went to Christopher Reeve. He also explained that the original script, written by Mario Puzo ("The Godfather"), was more humorous. He described one of the scenes: "Clark Kent is just devastated cause [Lois Lane] is so in love with Superman. Physically the office is setup in the [Daily Planet]... In order to get to Clark Kent's office you must pass through Lois Lane's office. So, one day Clark is so pissed off that she is in love with Superman, he says, 'screw it.' And he rips his clothes off and he's got his Superman [costume] on under there. And he says, 'Lois, come in here!' She comes in and looks at him, 'That's sweet Clark, but you're no Superman.' And she walks out." Caan went on to say that Marlon Brando, »
Howard Stern is one hell of an interviewer. He has such an amazing ability to slice through the typical b.s. responses that are typically given by actors. At the 15-minute mark in the video below, Stern asks James Caan about passing up on the role of Superman/Clark Kent in Superman. A role made famous by the late, great Christopher Reeve ("Switching Channels"). Caan confirms that he was offered the role. He then describes the tongue-in-cheek Superman that was originally written by Mario Puzo ("The Godfather"). That tone was changed once director Richard Donner was hired, and then he brought in Tom Mankiewicz to polish the script, giving it a more serious tone, with Christ-like overtones. When Clark Kent is just devestated cause she (Lois Lane) is so in love with Superman. Physically the office is setup in the paper (Daily Planet)... In order to get to Clark Kent's »
Review Tom French 12 Sep 2013 - 22:00
Tom is impressed by episode one of new BBC drama Peaky Blinders, which bursts out of the gates with real verve and style...
This review contains spoilers. Read our spoiler-free review, here.
When I agreed to review Peaky Blinders for Den of Geek some weeks ago, I must admit I had little idea what I was signing up for. I had no clue what the programme would be about. I even thought the name was a little naff. So to have haphazardly stumbled across the most intelligent, stylish and engrossing BBC drama in ages is a real joy.
It follows the titular Peaky Blinders gang, a group of criminals that wear razor blades in their caps - hence the name - and strike fear into the hearts of those living in the slums of post-wwi Birmingham on the cusp of the 1920s. Leader of the Blinders is Tommy Shelby, »
Vito Corleone, Tony Montana, Tony Soprano, Walter White. These are a few of the crime lords that have been immortalized in film and television. But before these characters were created, there was Marvel Comics’ Wilson Fisk more commonly known as the Kingpin. He was created by writer Stan Lee and artist John Romita Sr. and first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #50 (1967), which was two years before the publication of Mario Puzo’s novel The Godfather. After a host of colorful villains, like Green Goblin, Octopus, Chameleon, and Vulture, Kingpin seemed gritty and realistic. With his pudginess, he resembled 1870s New York crime boss William Tweed. Kingpin is a compelling villain because he is a self-made man with no special powers, gadgets, or inherited wealth and has presented problems for multiple heroes. Many comics villains are deranged lunatics, but he is just a businessman, who isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. »
- Logan Dalton
Generally, screenwriting is reserved for a thankless group of nerds who spend most of their waking hours making "Star Wars" references and lamenting their low position on the Hollywood totem pole.
But once in a while, the ladies and gentlemen behind the scripts end up becoming household name ... or move on from other successful careers to take a stab at screenwriting. And whether it's to make a buck, help out a buddy or take on a new challenge, these scribes sometimes end up scoring some pretty unexpected gigs.
So, upon the revelation that titan of twist M. Night Shyamalan was allegedly though perhaps wasn't after all involved in writing "She's All That" (1999), a movie about how beautiful women become even more beautiful when they take off their glasses and wear their hair down, we've assembled a list of some other well-known writers whose names are attached to some surprising projects. »
- Adam D'Arpino
Directed by Richard Donner
High school pals and cartoonists Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster sold the character of Superman to Detective Comics, Inc. (later DC Comics) in 1938. Ever since, the history of the widely considered national cultural icon continues to be awe-inspiring. Superman premiered in Action Comics #1 of the same year, a time when Americans were in desperate need a hero; and ever since, Superman has appeared in a variety of animated and live action movies and television series. The Man of Steel has also appeared in various radio serials, newspaper strips, and even video games throughout the years, and with the success of his adventures, Superman helped to shape the superhero genre and establish its command within American pop culture. An animated cartoon of Superman appeared in 1941, and in 1942, a Superman novel was published. A Columbia »
- Ricky da Conceição
Martha Thomases’s column on Friday addressed the sexism and gender issue that is suddenly so rampant in the comics medium and its, ahem, sisters, science fiction and gaming, as I did last week – again.
Sexism and gender issues are nothing new to me in my other life as a registered nurse. Do I have to tell you that nurses have been the targets of sexist bullshit forever? (Female nurses, that is. Male nurses are part of the “club.”) However, these days most hospital administrations have strict “zero tolerance” policies, meaning that any type of hostile behavior, including sexism, is not, well, tolerated. And most of them mean it. If it happens, the perpetrator is usually given a choice – attend a proscribed amount of therapy sessions or be fired, although there are several “behaviors” that will cause immediate termination (such as calling your workmate a “fucking Jew,” which happened to »
- Mindy Newell
This summer offers five superhero movies. Such is common now, but the Comic Book Age is still a relatively recent phenomenon in cinema, one that traces its roots back to 1978. Superheroes had appeared on the big screen before, but 1978's Superman established the template for how to make a big superhero blockbuster. The sequels ran the franchise into the ground over the next decade, by which point Batman took over the reins in 1989. After a false start with Superman Returns in 2006, Warner Bros. is pulling out all the stops to revive the character with Man of Steel. I try to capture that journey with Superman by the Numbers, a feature that provides a numbers-based snapshot of each Superman movie and its place in the filmography by looking at the box office, critical reception, and miscellaneous facts. Hit the jump for a comprehensive review of Superman, Superman II, Superman III, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, »
- Brendan Bettinger
Whatever happened to The Man of Tomorrow? In the late ’70s, when Richard Donner and Mario Puzo were making their Superman movie, they realized that the lead character, when in costume, lacked a personality. He’s tough, he’s fast, he can fly, and those abilities define him. It may be impressive as spectacle, but it’s a [...]
The post Movie Review: ‘Man of Steel’ appeared first on The Flickcast. »
- Nat Almirall
When high school buddies Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster handed off their flying character to DC Comics for approximately $100,000 in 1938, little did they know their alien would leap in a single bound to become America's most beloved action hero.
Kal-El, Clark Kent, the original Big Blue Boy Scout, call him whatever, Superman is celebrating 75 years of saving the world from all conceivable threats, liberals or conservatives, earthbound or otherwise. The latest Superman movie, "Man of Steel," will be released on June 14.
In honour of the Krypton local, let's look back at some of the franchise's super feats in movies and comics; heck, we'll even throw in some trivia, too. Like what does Mario Puzo, author of "The Godfather," have to do with Superman? Did you know Lois Lane was once torn between two men? And the flying man in tights once ditched the greasy hair and just decided to grow his locks, »
- Moviefone Staff
Superman's history in popular culture might have began in the comic book - Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster's Action Comics #1 from June 1938 - but his appearances in radio serials, television shows, video games and movies have all added to the character's mythology. So to celebrate the man in red and blue (but mostly blue now his overpants are gone), we're counting down the Top 5 Superman Things Not Actually From the Comics. Snappier titles welcome.
5. Chloe SullivanChloe's first appearance wasn't in a Superman comic. It was on the 2001 television series Smallville, as played by Allison Mack. She was the only character, alongside Clark Kent, to still be on the show by its tenth season. That means she's a survivor. Of both the fictional danger and fan criticism kind.
Perhaps it's because »
- Chris Villeneuve
An actor or filmmaker’s career is sure to have its ups and downs throughout. However, this can magnified when the talent is known for ground-breaking performances, in some of cinema’s most unforgettable masterpieces. Today, we’re celebrating the UK release of all-star romantic comedy, The Big Wedding, with a look back at some of the offerings of, arguably, the greatest living actor (although, Pacino will undoubtedly have something to say about that); two-time Academy Award-winner, Robert De Niro.
With an acting credit list of close to 100 films, we can’t look at them all, but we’ve focused on what we believe are Bob’s best, along with a few of his worst…
First coming to prevalence in Brian DePalma’s late 1960s cult trio Greetings, Hi Mom and The Wedding Party, before stand-out roles in gangster comedy, The Gang That Couldn’T Shoot Straight, and baseball drama, »
- Craig Hunter
In the fourth episode of Arrested Development‘s third (and what initially seemed to be its final) season, Michael Bluth wakes up to find the handlebars of his bike in his bed, placed there by Gob, his sheets stained with bike grease. The moment is a clear reference to one of the most iconic scenes from The Godfather, where studio executive Jack Woltz awakes to find the severed head of his prized horse in his bed after refusing to give Johnny Fontaine a prize role in the film. But Arrested Development‘s relationship to The Godfather trilogy isn’t isolated to occasional references or sly parodies. Instead, the underlying structure of the series seems to be modeled off Francis Ford Coppola’s canonized adaptation of Mario Puzo’s crime saga. Here are a few connections between the three existing seasons of Arrested Development and the three Godfather films. Perhaps there will be more to look for when »
- Landon Palmer
Throughout April, we're counting down to the release of Marvel's Iron Man 3 with our picks for the Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time; here's #5...
Superman: The Movie, 1978.
Directed by Richard Donner.
And so, as we reach the top five of our countdown of the Greatest Comic Book Movies, we come to the granddaddy of the superhero movie, Richard Donner's 1978 classic Superman, which saw a then-unknown Christopher Reeve making his first appearance in what would become his signature role as the Man of Steel. Scripted by The Godfather author Mario Puzo, Superman details the origins of the Last Son of Krypton, from a strange young Kansas farmboy through to mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent, culminating of course with his emergence as the World's Greatest Superhero, »
- Flickering Myth
Locations in films are rarely the thing an average filmgoer remembers after watching a film; it’s always about the story, character and the lines they say that later form the proverbial ‘word of mouth.’ However, when you think of great confrontations, conversations and simple exchanges, they always take place in a nice public setting – although being surrounded by a group of unknowing people rarely dulls the impact of a tense interaction.
An epiphany came after some light people-watching during a mediocre pancake breakfast – they seem to take place in a restaurant, diner or some kind of eatery; a place where some of TV and film’s classic characters can settle an old score of even debate on pop culture over a cup of coffee:
Café des 2 Moulins, Paris (Amélie, 2001)
This quaint coffee shop, where young dreamer Amélie Poulain (Audrey Tautou) worked and interacted with a variety of characters, is based in Montmatre, »
- Katie Wong
Cinemark has announced the final film in their Best Picture Classic Series. The 1972 Academy Award Winner for Best Motion Picture, The Godfather, will play in over 120 Cinemark theatres across the country, including on the Cinemark Xd – Extreme Digital Cinema screens where available. Ranked #2 on the 2007 American Film Institute’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time, the film is scheduled to play on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at two separate show times, 2 pm and 7pm.
“The Godfather,” Francis Ford Coppola’s epic masterpiece features Marlon Brando in his Oscar©-winning role as the patriarch of the Corleone family. Director Coppola paints a chilling portrait of the Sicilian clan’s rise and near fall from power in America, masterfully balancing the story between the Corleone’s family life and the ugly crime business in which they are engaged. Based on Mario Puzo’s best-selling novel and featuring career-making performances by Al Pacino, James Cann and Robert Duvall, »
- Michelle McCue
17 items from 2013
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