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Movie Review – Black Mass (2015)

16 hours ago | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Black Mass, 2015.

Directed by Scott Cooper.

Starring Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton, Dakota Johnson, Kevin Bacon, Jesse Plemons, Peter Sarsgaard and Corey Stoll.


The true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.

Taking on the challenging story of adapting the life of James “Whitey” Bulger was always going to be difficult and Black Mass combines strokes of visual and acting genius with a clunky script and a timeline that never quite works.

Covering 1975 through to 1994 when he went on the run, a lot is packed into the 137 minute run time. Whilst it’s undeniable that that the movie is packed full of tense scenes and it is a gripping story; unfortunately the jumping around in time misses out so »

- Helen Murdoch

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Ifp Gothams Boost Further Kudos Campaigns

26 November 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Birdman” and “Boyhood.” “Citizenfour” and Julianne Moore. They all won Oscars this year. But they were also winners of 2014 Ifp Gotham Awards, the first major awards show of the season and one that really poses a chicken-and-egg question about statuettes and campaigns and who influences what.

“Because we’re so early, by putting a spotlight on our nominees and winning films we’re giving confidence to distributors, encouragement to go on and campaign,” says Joana Vicente, executive director of the Independent Feature Project, which has been sponsoring the Gothams now for 25 years. “Not that the films would need it but, especially with the smaller ones, but it’s really a boost. It ends up having an impact, which is great, though that’s definitely not the mission — the mission is to elevate and celebrate independent films.”

Two new categories have been added to the program: Breakthrough Awards will recognize achievement »

- John Anderson

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29th Leeds International Film Festival Review – Black Mass (2015)

26 November 2015 12:10 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Black Mass, 2015.

Directed by Scott Cooper.

Starring Johnny DeppJoel EdgertonBenedict CumberbatchRory CochraneKevin BaconJesse PlemonsCorey StollPeter Sarsgaard and Dakota Johnson.


The true story of James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, the notorious gangster who used his status as a FBI informant under John Connolly to take over South Boston.

In Scott Cooper’s Black Mass, there is no protagonist. The film’s rather populated by bad guys, with the good either on the fringes or at the end of the gunsights of one of Boston’s most notorious historical criminal factions: James ‘Whitey’ Bulger’s Winter Hill Gang. This cabal of murderers and racketeers ruled Boston for years, thanks to a shady deal Bulger cut with the FBI in the 70s and which he used as a licence to treat his home town like his own lawless kingdom.

The figure who would traditionally confront such a »

- Amie Cranswick

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Black Mass movie review: men behaving badly… again

25 November 2015 9:03 AM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

A solid execution of a familiar tale, crammed with a likable, watchable cast. But it doesn’t have anything new to say about why men do despicable things. I’m “biast” (pro): kinda like these sorts of movies…

I’m “biast” (con): …but also getting tired of them

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Probably the most surprising thing about this calculatedly gritty, thin-line-between-cops-and-criminals drama is how un-Johnny Depp Johnny Depp is in it. As notorious Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, he is almost unrecognizable, not only under a hair-and-makeup disguise but also thanks to a tempering of the outsized mannerisms that have come to characterize his onscreen persona in recent years. There’s nothing showy, thank god, about his embodiment of the sociopath whose bloody reign of terror in the Boston underworld lasted from the mid »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Johnny Depp to Receive Desert Palm Achievement Award at 27th Palm Springs International Film Festival

17 November 2015 3:31 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Whether he likes it or not, Johnny Depp is going to be a part of this year's Awards Season for his mesmerizing portrayal of Whitey Bulger in "Black Mass" (See my review right here).

The actor, previously nominated for "Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl," "Finding Neverland," and "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street," infamously told BBC Newsbeat that he "doesn't want to win one of those things ever." Well, guess what? He maybe nominated and perhaps win! Why? Because he's just been baptized by the Palm Springs International Film Festival with its Desert Palm Achievement Award. And that's a good sign as we traverse Awards Season.

This is in my hood and I'll give you reports from the red carpet! Here's the complete press release:

Palm Springs, CA (November 17, 2015) . The 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present Johnny Depp with the Desert Palm Achievement Award, »

- Manny

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Nominees for the 25th Gotham Independent Film Awards

17 November 2015 3:06 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Winners will be announced on November 30th. Here's the complete list of nominees for the 25th Ifp Gotham Independent Film Awards:

Best Feature


"The Diary of a Teenage Girl"

"Heaven Knows What"



Best Documentary

"Approaching the Elephant"

"Cartel Land"

"Heart of a Dog"

"Listen to Me Marlon"

"The Look of Silence"

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director

Desiree Akhavan for "Appropriate Behavior"

Jonas Carpigano for "Mediterranea"

Marielle Heller for "The Diary of a Teenage Girl"

John Magary for "The Mend"

Josh Mond for "James White"

Best Screenplay

"Carol," Phyllis Nagy

"The Diary of a Teenage Girl," Marielle Heller

"Love & Mercy," Oren Moverman and Michael Alan Lerner

"Spotlight," Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer

"While We.re Young," Noah Baumbach

Best Actor

Christopher Abbott in "James White"

Kevin Corrigan in "Results"

Paul Dano in "Love & Mercy"

Peter Sarsgaard in "Experimenter"

Michael Shannon in "99 Homes"

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett in "Carol"

Blythe Danner »

- Manny

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Oscars: Johnny Depp to Get Kudos from Palm Springs Film Fest

17 November 2015 11:34 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

The 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present Johnny Depp with the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor at its annual Awards Gala for his performance in “Black Mass.” Each year the festival selects an actor and actress to receive this award. The Awards Gala, hosted by Mary Hart and presenting sponsor Entertainment Tonight, will be held Saturday, January 2, at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 1-11. Above Amber Heard and husband, Johnny Depp, at 2015 Hollywood Film Awards – Nov 1 “Johnny Depp is one of the most versatile and dynamic actors of our time,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “In his latest film, Black Mass, Depp, in a stunning transformation, creates a gripping and multi-layered portrait of infamous gangster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger. He delivers an astounding performance that has earned raves from both critics and audiences and is sure to garner awards attention. It is our »

- HollywoodNews.com

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29th Leeds International Film Festival Review – Black Mass (2015)

16 November 2015 8:40 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Black Mass, 2015.

Directed by Scott Cooper.

Starring Johnny DeppJoel EdgertonBenedict CumberbatchRory CochraneKevin BaconJesse PlemonsCorey StollPeter Sarsgaard and Dakota Johnson.


The true story of James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, the notorious gangster who used his status as a FBI informant under John Connolly to take over South Boston.

Black Mass is a very strange film. It’s a typical gangster film, right down the hard-boiled dialogue and era-specific music cues. But it’s one that comes dangerously close to hero-worship about one of the most psychopathic gangsters of all time.

Told in flashbacks, as various members of Whitey’s crew recall specific time periods while being interrogated by the FBI, it can be difficult to keep track of who’s telling what. But the film brings it all together in sometimes too straightforward narration that summarizes key scenes while they’re happening in front of us. »

- Amie Cranswick

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Bleiberg’s 'Experimenter' clicks with Afm buyers

12 November 2015 3:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Bleiberg Entertainment has sold out Michael Almereyda’s psychological thriller starring Peter Sarsgaard led by a deal with StudioCanal for the UK and Rialto in Australia and New Zealand.

Winona Ryder, Jim Gaffigan, Kellan Lutz, Dennis Haysbert, Taryn Manning, Anton Yelchin and John Leguizamo also star in Experimenter, which premiered at Sundance this year and is currently in release in the Us via Magnolia.

Deals have closed in: Canada (Vsc), Latin America (Impacto), China (DDDream), Japan (At), South Korea (Movement), Germany (Lighthouse), France (Septieme Factory), Scandinavia (NonStop), Benelux (Premiere), Italy (Barter), Turkey (Calinos), Poland (Sonovision), Greece (Feelgood), Portugal (Leopardo) and Middle East (Eagle).

The film takes place at Yale University in 1961 as Stanley Milgram conducts his notorious obedience tests involving electric shock treatment.

Almereyeda wrote the screenplay and Uri Singer produce with Fabio Golombek, Danny A. Abeckaser, Per Melita, Aimee Schoof, Isen Robbins and Almereyda. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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That shocking man by Anne-Katrin Titze

9 November 2015 3:44 AM, PST | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Winona Ryder and Peter Sarsgaard in Experimenter

Michael Almereyda's thought-provoking and entertaining inquiry into the human condition, Experimenter, had its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and was a selection in the main slate of the New York Film Festival. It stars Peter Sarsgaard as social psychologist Stanley Milgram and Winona Ryder as his wife Sasha, with Jim Gaffigan, John Leguizamo, Taryn Manning, Ned Eisenberg, Anton Yelchin, Dennis Haysbert, Lori Singer, Harley Ware, Tom Farrell, Emily Tremaine and Anthony Edwards. Milgram student Harold Takooshian was invited to join the cast, becoming a "Familiar Stranger".

Peter Sarsgaard as Stanley Milgram

No stranger to me, Harold met me at Lincoln Center, to discuss his role in the film and as Science Advisor to Michael Almereyda. On Tuesday, November 10, a public forum on Stanley Milgram: the Experimenter, will be hosted by Fordham University, in cooperation with the Manhattan Psychological Association, and Apa Division of Social Issues. »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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'Twin Peaks' Brings Back Miguel Ferrer as Albert Rosenfield

6 November 2015 4:50 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Production has been under way for the past two months on Showtime's Twin Peaks revival series, but as of now, the only cast member the network has confirmed is Kyle MacLachlan as Special Agent Dale Cooper. Over the past few months, numerous rumors and casting reports have surfaced revealing new and returning cast members coming aboard, but nothing official has surfaced from the network quite yet. Today, we have another casting report from Deadline, revealing that Miguel Ferrer has signed on to reprise his role as FBI agent Albert Rosenfield in the revival series.

Miguel Ferrer appeared in eight episodes of the original series as the FBI forensics expert, who often clashed with Twin Peaks sheriff Harry S. Truman (Michael Ontkean). Ironically, a report surfaced last month that revealed Michael Ontkean will not be returning, since he retired from acting several years ago. There has been speculation that the producers »

- MovieWeb

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Johnny Depp, Scott Cooper to Appear in Conversation at AFI Fest in Partnership with Variety

5 November 2015 1:01 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Three-time Oscar nominee Johnny Depp and filmmaker Scott Cooper, the director of “Crazy Heart” and “Black Mass,” will appear together on Sunday night at AFI Fest Presented by Audi. “A Conversation with Director Scott Cooper and Johnny Depp” is sponsored by Vizio and in partnership with Variety. The Q&A will be moderated by Variety‘s deputy awards and features editor Jenelle Riley.

The event will take place at 6 p.m. on Nov. 8 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Free tickets are available at the At&T Box Office and online at AFI.com/Afifest.

Cooper and Depp will be discussing their collaboration on “Black Mass,” now in theaters. The film tells the story of notorious mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (played by Depp) and how he came to power in Boston, largely thanks to his cooperation with FBI agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton.) The ensemble includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Rory Cochrane, »

- Variety Staff

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Twin Peaks Revival: Miguel Ferrer Poised to Return as Agent Rosenfield

4 November 2015 8:51 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Showtime’s Twin Peaks revival just got a little more prickly.

Miguel Ferrer has reportedly signed on to reprise his role as irritable FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield in the forthcoming continuation, per our sister site Deadline. Ferrer’s forensics specialist appeared in eight episodes of the original ABC series.

Ferrer, currently a regular on CBS’ NCIS: Los Angeles, joins fellow returning vets Kyle MacLachlan and Sheryl Lee, as well as Twin Peaks newbies Peter Sarsgaard*, Robert Knepper, Balthazar Getty and Amanda Seyfried. (To date, the only »

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'Twin Peaks' Won't Return Until 2017

3 November 2015 4:15 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last October, Showtime put months of speculation to rest by confirming that they will produce new episodes of Twin Peaks, written by the show's original creators David Lynch and Mark Frost, slated to debut sometime in 2016. The 2016 debut was significant, since, Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) told Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan), "I'll see you again in 25 years," in the series finale back in 1991. Unfortunately, it seems the new series won't be able to hit that mark entirely, with Deadline reporting that the new Twin Peaks won't arrive until the year 2017.

CBS Corporation CEO Leslie Moonves relayed the news during the company's third quarter earnings conference call earlier today, although a specific premiere date was not given. This isn't the first time we've heard about a possible 2017 delay. Back in July, series co-creator Mark Frost revealed that production will begin in September, but the premiere was pushed until "sometime in 2017." Just one month later, »

- MovieWeb

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Experimenter – The Review

3 November 2015 2:47 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Magnolia Pictures

By Sam Moffitt

If you were asked to participate in a behavioral science study, and got paid for it, and the study involved torturing and possibly killing another human being, would you see the study through to its end? Would you continue to administer electric shocks to a complete stranger, a person who has already said they have a heart condition?

Now, you cannot see the other person, as you administer the electric shocks from another room, but you can hear them beg for mercy, hear them ask to stop the experiment, and then finally grow silent, possibly unconscious or maybe even dead.

Would you continue the experiment? Especially if there were an ”authority figure” wearing a gray lab coat who insisted that you had to continue the experiment, no matter what. Especially that you had to continue even if you thought you were killing the other test subject, »

- Movie Geeks

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Magic Carpet Link

1 November 2015 10:30 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

NY Times talks to David O. Russell about Joy... which still is not screening. The mystery of it all

Playbill Aladdin flew through the streets of NYC on his magic carpet recently. How's that for marketing?

Gold Standard Character actors get their own award "The Carneys"... we wouldn't need this if the Academy remembered why they invited the Supporting Acting categories. The first recipients:  Bob BalabanMichael EalyBruce McGillDavid Paymer and Cch Pounder

THR wishes Toni Collette a happy birthday with fun facts

/Film Jennifer Aniston hasn't made a good film in 10 years. Can What Alice Forgot change her course?

Guardian suggests that appointment franchise cinema will end with Hunger Games: Mockinjay Part 2. "If Only!" says all of us who year for movies to be movies rather than expensive television series

Variety talks to Karl Glusman about his first day on the set of Gaspar Noé's Love »


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For Halloween: Orphan

31 October 2015 12:16 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Halloween doesn’t have to be over once the last trick-or-treater has crept back into the shadows of the night. You may still be possessed by the spirit of the holiday and in desperate need of some real scares. In an effort to address that need and help you find a choice that goes beyond the usual iconography of the season, I’ve picked three titles that may not immediately jump to mind when it comes to autumn-tinged chills and terror. They are not self-consciously seasonal choices, like John Carpenter’s Halloween or Michael Dougherty’s 2007 anthology Trick ‘R Treat, both excellent choices for cinematic fear on the pumpkin circuit. Two of them rely more on mood, creeping dread, an insinuating style and, dare I say, even a poetic approach to storytelling than the usual Samhain-appropriate fare. And one has an inexplicably bad reputation in the halls of conventional wisdom, »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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Greta Gerwig joins Kennedy assassination drama Jackie's cast alongside Natalie Portman and Peter Sarsgaard

31 October 2015 10:08 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Greta Gerwig has signed up for the cast of Jackie alongside Natalie Portman and Peter Sarsgaard.

Gerwig will portray an aide to Portman's Jacqueline Kennedy as she copes with the first four days following Us president John F Kennedy's November 1963 assassination in Dallas, reports Variety.

Sarsgaard joined the film earlier this week as Robert Kennedy, with Portman long established as starring.

No's Pablo Larraín is set to direct, with Portman's Black Swan collaborator Darren Aronofsky producing.

Aronofsky was previously developing Jackie as a directorial project with former partner Rachel Weisz due to star, but it was shelved when the couple split.

Production on Jackie is expected to start in late 2015.

Gerwig can currently be seen in Mistress America, which opened in the Us this past August. Watch a trailer below: »

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Hollywood Film Awards: Joel Edgerton to receive the Hollywood Breakout Actor Award for “Black Mass”

30 October 2015 1:28 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

For the past couple of years, Joel Edgerton has been doing work that has gotten him more and more noticed in the industry. This year, partly for his role in Black Mass, the 19th annual Hollywood Film Awards will be citing him with their Hollywood Breakout Actor Award. This will not only have him in contention at the Oscars for a Best Supporting Actor nomination, it will continue him down the path for A-list stardom in the years to come. We’ll see if the Academy Awards go for him or not, but the Hollywood Film Awards already have. Kudos to Edgerton for the honor… Here’s part of the press release once again announcing this honor: Actor Joel Edgerton will receive the “Hollywood Breakout Actor Award” for Black Mass The “19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards” will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, on November 1, 2015. The Hollywood Film Awards, »

- Joey Magidson

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Greta Gerwig Joins Natalie Portman in ‘Jackie’ (Exclusive)

30 October 2015 11:09 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Greta Gerwig is set to co-star with Natalie Portman in the Jackie Kennedy drama “Jackie.”

Peter Sarsgaard just joined the cast as Robert Kennedy. Gerwig will play one of the former First Lady’s aides.

Pablo Larrain is directing the movie, while Darren Aronofsky is producing along with his partner Scott Franklin at Protozoa Pictures and Juan de Dios Larrain of Chile’s Fabula.

The film follows the first four days in Jackie Kennedy’s life after her husband President John. F. Kennedy’s assassination.

International rights for the film were sold at the recent Cannes Film Festival while CAA is still repping domestic rights as it looks for a distributor. Production on the project is expected to begin at the end of 2015.

Gerwig was most recently seen in Noah Baumbach’s “Mistress America.” She is repped by UTA and Management 360.


- Justin Kroll

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