6 items from 2015
When Scott Cooper’s Black Mass was announced, many criticized the mobster drama for seemingly glorifying the reign of terror that James “Whitey” Bulger carried out across the city of Boston for years even while working as an FBI informant to take down the Italian mob. And, unfortunately, the first full trailer for the pic likely won’t do much to set their minds at ease.
Though Johnny Depp’s transformative portrayal of the gangster certainly paints him as an unsavory, sadistic character, the preview makes the mistake of soundtracking the gangster’s apparent invincibility and penchant for brutality with Yelawolf’s “Till It’s Gone,” a pulse-pounding track that romanticizes the dangerous nature of his criminal lifestyle.
Still, though Black Mass isn’t looking like the most sensitive treatment of Bulger’s story, especially given that the families of many of his victims still grieve and suffer today as »
- Isaac Feldberg
The drama also stars Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons, Kevin Bacon, Rory Cochrane, David Harbour, Dakota Johnson, Julianne Nicholson, James Russo, Adam Scott, Corey Stoll, Juno Temple, W. Earl Brown, Bill Camp, Brad Carter, and Jeremy Strong.
In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the true story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history.
Brian Oliver, Tyler Thompson, John Lesher, Patrick McCormick and Scott Cooper are producing the film, with Peter Mallouk, Lauren Selig, Brett Granstaff and Gary Granstaff serving as executive producers. »
- Michelle McCue
Warner Bros. showed some footage this week at CinemaCon; it looks like Depp is going overboard with the makeup as usual, aging as he goes and wearing strange contact lenses as Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger. For me, that pulls you out of a movie that seems reminiscent of the Martin Scorsese classic "Goodfellas." The sprawling cast is strong: Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons, Kevin Bacon, Rory Cochrane, David Harbour, Dakota Johnson, , Julianne Nicholson, James Russo, Adam Scott, Corey Stoll, Juno Temple, W. Earl Brown, Bill Camp, Brad Carter and Jeremy Strong. The screenplay by Mark Mallouk and Jez Butterworth, based on the book by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill, centers on the Whitey Bulger empire in South Boston, from the 1970s to the 90s. FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Whitey Bulger to collaborate with the FBI and turn against their common enemy, the Italian mob. »
- Anne Thompson
Lance Kawas directed the story of a woman who partners with a police officer to avenge her sister’s death after she is seduced by a sex trafficker.
“Unfortunately, there are numerous stories like the one told by Kawas that happen to young girls every day,” said Djavadi. “After speaking with Nipa, I found her passion for the cause to be so inspiring.
“I truly hope that this film can raise awareness to audiences worldwide.”
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Recently, NBC released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Chicago Fire" episode 11 of season 3. The episode is entitled, "Let Him Die," and it turns out that we're going to see some very intense stuff go down as the Chicago P.D. has to set up a huge search for a couple of firehouse members that get kidnapped, and more! In the new, 11th episode press release: "Two firehouse members are going to get abducted, triggering a desperate search by the Chicago P.D. Elsewhere, Casey and Dawson will struggle to balance their personal and professional lives, and Chief Boden is going to deal with news that his newborn has potential complications." Guest stars feature: Randy Flagler, Melissa Ponzio, Edwin Hodge, Richard Roundtree, James Russo and Jesse Lee Soffer. Episode 11 is set to air on Tuesday night, January 6th at 9pm central time on NBC. »
- Andre Braddox
Recently, NBC released the new promo/spoiler clip (below) for their upcoming "Chicago Fire" episode 11 of season 3, and it gives us new looks at some extremely intense and high drama action as a couple of the firehouse workers get held up at gunpoint, prompting a major search and rescue mission by the Chicago P.D., and more. The episode is labeled, "Let Him Die." In the new, 11th episode official plotline: "Two firehouse members will get abducted, triggering a desperate search by the Chicago P.D. Elsewhere, Casey and Dawson are going to struggle to balance their personal and professional lives, and Chief Boden will deal with news that his newborn has potential complications." Guest stars feature: Randy Flagler, Melissa Ponzio, Edwin Hodge, Richard Roundtree, James Russo and Jesse Lee Soffer. Episode 11 is scheduled to air on Tuesday night, January 6th at 9pm central time on NBC. »
6 items from 2015
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