12 items from 2014
A year ago, we alerted you to a Vanessa del Rio biopic that was in development at the time, titled "The Amazing Life of Vanessa del Rio," which the producers described as "Boogie Nights" meets "Taxi Driver." The movie will chronicle the porn star’s career set against the backdrop of NYC's then gritty organized crime-controlled Times Square, during the tumultuous 1970s & 1980s. To be directed by Thomas Mignone, best known for his previous feature film "On The Doll," starring Brittany Snow and James Russo, as well as several award-winning music videos for bands »
- Tambay A. Obenson
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
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 »
• Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke will play the lead in the psychological thriller Voice From the Stone, based on the Italian novel La Voce Della Pietra by Silvio Raffo. Eric D. Howell will make his feature directorial debut with the story adapted by Andrew Shaw set in 1950s Tuscany about a nurse (Clarke) who gets caught up in an evil force inside the castle where she is taking care of a young boy dealing with the trauma of his mother’s sudden death. Shooting is scheduled to begin in Italy in November. [The Hollywood Reporter]
• Clarke’s former Game of Thrones co-star »
- Jake Perlman
After mentoring Johnny Depp in “Public Enemies,” veteran character actor James Russo has been tasked with bringing him to justice in Scott Cooper's Whitey Bulger movie “Black Mass,” TheWrap has learned. Russo will play FBI agent Scott Garriola, one of the who took down Bulger, a notorious Boston gangster. Garriola ran the FBI's fugitive task force in Los Angeles when the agency apprehended Bulger, who was 80 years old at the time of his arrest. Also read: James ‘Whitey’ Bulger Guilty: Inevitable Movie Gets Its Ending Garriola testified: “He swore at us a few times. He told us wasn't going to get down. »
- Jeff Sneider
Ineffectual and cartoonish, “Perfect Sisters” dramatizes a case that shocked Canada a decade ago, when two teenage girls killed their alcoholic mother in order to be free of the chaos wrought by her perpetual irresponsibility — a well-planned crime that several of their classmates knew about before it happened. TV producer Stan Brooks’ first directorial feature provides scant psychological depth, drawing its characters and staging their incidents in crude fashion, despite superficial production gloss. A limited U.S. theatrical launch April 11 is unlikely to significantly heighten visibility for a pic already available on demand and destined primarily for smallscreen sales.
Based on Toronto Star reporter Bob Mitchell’s true-crime tome (which is purportedly far less sympathetic toward the protags), Fabrizio Filippo and Adam Till’s script introduces us to high schoolers Sandra (Abigail Breslin) and Beth (Georgie Henley of “The Chronicles of Narnia” films) as they, along with a little brother, »
- Dennis Harvey
Sister, My Sister: Brooks’ Uneven Debut Fumbles
Producer Stanley M. Brooks makes his directorial debut with Perfect Sisters, one of those tawdry sounding stories about familial dysfunction concerning a pair of teenage sisters that decided to kill their mother in 2006. There’s something perversely shocking about matricide, even by today’s glib standards, and the cinema is rife with similar examples, particularly in exploitation efforts and/or other morose endeavors. Brooks’ film will most likely recall Peter Jackson’s exceptional debut, 1994’s Heavenly Creatures, itself taken from the true life account of a woman that would grow up into author Ann Perry. However, Brooks’ isn’t quite as adept as Jackson with this tonally awkward exercise that is particularly grating until its second half, when the film actually manages to balance a murder with chilling detail, speckled with dark humor an a surprising alacrity considering the groan worthy extravaganza that came before. »
- Nicholas Bell
Perfect Sisters stumbles through a plot of moments haphazardly strung together that sounds absolutely unrealistic — except that it's based on the true story of the Bathtub Girls, the case that rocked Toronto in 2004.
Truth proves stranger than we'd put up with in fiction when two close-as-can-be sisters, Sandra (Abigail Breslin) and Beth (Georgie Henley), plot to murder their alcoholic mess of a mother, Linda (Mira Sorvino), after their younger brother suffers one slap too many from her abusive boyfriend (James Russo).
Older sister Sandra plays mother to Linda and their younger brother at home, yet is the attention-seeking pathological liar at school; Beth is the Goth whose uncanny resemblance to Nancy of The Craft goes right down to the manic gaze. »
Spending nearly 70 years in a deep freeze has meant that Marvel's first Avenger Captain America has missed out on a lot when it comes to social and cultural change.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is Steve Rogers's third big screen outing, but he's still struggling to acclimatise to these new surroundings. The disconnection is played for laughs in the sequel's opening moments when Anthony Mackie's Sam Wilson presents Steve with a 'to-do' list.
The things he needs to catch up on are:-
Berlin Wall (Up + Down)
Steve Jobs (Apple)
Star Wars / Trek
Rocky (Rocky II?)
What? No Beatles, The Godfather or Breaking Bad?!
Digital Spy spoke to Captain America stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan and Samuel L Jackson, and directors James Russo and Anthony Russo to quiz them on the list and »
Abigail Breslin (Ender's Game) and Georgie Henley (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe) take on characters like you've never seen them portray before in the first trailer for Perfect Sisters. Based on the true crime story of the "Bathtub Girls," which made headlines around the world in 1998, this thriller centers on two sisters (Abigail Breslin and Georgie Henley) who are fed up with their alcoholic mother (Mira Sorvino) and her abusive boyfriends. They hatch a plan to kill their mom, making it look like an accident, although the guilt begins to overwhelm the siblings. Take a look at the first footage from director Stanley M. Brooks' thriller, debuting in New York and Los Angeles theaters April 11.
Perfect Sisters comes to theaters April 11th, 2014 and stars Abigail Breslin, Georgie Henley, Mira Sorvino, Jeffrey Ballard, Zoë Belkin, Jonathan Malen, James Russo, Rusty Schwimmer. The film is directed by Stanley M. Brooks. »
The titular satchel in “The Bag Man” is one of those coveted carry-ons, like the glowing briefcases of “Kiss Me Deadly” and “Pulp Fiction” fame, that everybody wants, nobody seems to know the contents of, and which makes a world of trouble for all who come into contact with it. They include a melancholy widower hitman (John Cusack) and the assorted denizens of a fleabag Louisiana motel in this self-consciously weird post-modern noir that wrests some formidable competition to emerge as one of the most head-scratching money jobs of both Cusack’s and special guest star Robert De Niro’s careers. Despite a decent $14,000 average in its opening frame on two U.S. screens, the future looks bleak for the reportedly self-financed debut feature of British director David Grovic, while the name cast may stimulate modestly better VOD traffic.
Though the script (credited to Grovic and Paul Conway) purports to »
- Scott Foundas
Check out the second poster for "The Bag Man" starring John Cusack, Rebecca Da Costa, Robert De Niro and Dominic Purcell. The film is based on the original screenplay "Motel" by James Russo, now scripted by David Grovic and Paul Conway. Grovich also directs the crime thriller which tells the story of Jack (Cusack), a tough guy with chronic bad luck but human touches. Hired by Dragna (De Niro), a legendary crime boss to complete a simple but unusual task, the plot centers around the anticipated arrival of Dragna who has summoned Jacjand a host of shady characters to a remote location for unknown reasons. Over the course of a long and violently eventful night awaiting Dragna's arrival, Jack's path crosses that of Rivk (Da Costa), a stunningly beautiful woman whose life becomes physically and emotionally entangled with Jack’s. When Dragna finally arrives on the scene there are sudden and extreme consequences for all. »
12 items from 2014
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.See our NewsDesk partners