17 items from 2009
MovieSet.com Exclusive: Next up from the set of ‘The Irishman‘ filming in Detroit come interviews with Marcus Thomas (Bill McComber) and Steve Schirripa (Mike Frato) in this based-on-real-life story of an Irish/Italian mafia conflict in Cleveland.
Steve Schrippa in 'The Irishman'
Steve Schrippa in 'The Irishman'
More videos from ‘The Irishman’ after the break
Exploding Cars in ‘The Irishman’ - Behind the Scenes Video »
To benefit Golden Bridge for Tibet, Michael Imperioli held a preview screening last week of his new film "The Hungry Ghosts." On behalf of 'Golden Bridge', Tibetan Lama Namkha Rinpoche spoke to an audience that included "Sopranos" family members Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Robert Iler, and Lorraine Bracco among others. Michael Imperioli is unquestionably an enormously impressive and engaging actor. In fact, he's a great actor. With "The Hungry Ghosts" he adds writer/director to his resume and pulls masterful performances from Steven R. Schirripa, Sharon Angela, Nick Sandow, and Aunjanue Ellis. I asked Imperioli to sit for my Huffington Post portrait series, and to write a few words about his new film "The Hungry Ghosts". Timothy Greenfield-Sanders www.greenfield-sanders.com Portrait of Michael Imperioli (c)Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, all rights reserved. The screenplay of "The Hungry Ghosts" was written in the Fall of 2007 and by the Spring of 2008 »
- Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
NBC's "Face the Ace" airs on Saturdays, August 1 & 8 on NBC (9-10 p.m. Et) on NBC. We have five clips from the show created by Poker Productions, the producers of "Poker After Dark." What do you know about poker? Join the group and add your comments. Steve Schirripa ("The Sopranos") hosts an exciting, new reality poker game show, where amateur contestants are selected from an online search to compete against legendary professional poker players in Las Vegas. Set to premiere on August 1, "Face the Ace" will feature four smoked-glass doors that hold behind each a world-class professional poker player. In each episode »
If the idea of a show centered around entry-level angels that hire hookers to cuddle, sleep in the houses of the rich and famous, and generally handle most of Heaven's scut work sounds intriguing to you, go ahead and check out Circledrawers, the latest web series project by Poppoli Pictures and Cicala Filmworks. Created by Icelandic filmmaker Olaf de Fleur Johanneson and NY-based writer and filmmaker Stefan Schaefer, Circledrawers stars Sharon Angela and Steve Schirripa from The Sopranos ("Rosalie" and "Bacala" to fans of the show) as well as Icelandic actors Benedikt Erlingsson as "Mozart" and Hilmir Snaer Gudnason as "Oleg." »
- Pat Miller
At the beginning of May a 9 episode web series called Circledrawers began opening up to us a different look at the world and class of angels called Circledrawers. Between ‘Somewhere in Iceland’ and ‘Somewhere in New York’ the search for a special kind of Circledrawer is happening…
Welcome to world of the Circledrawers – lowly janitors of the Almighty’s imperfect system, angels living among us and performing the most mundane of tasks. Oleg, a special emissary has arrived at transmission central in Iceland to do the semi-centennial report on the efficiency of the Circledrawer system. He introduces himself to the team and begins his analysis of these poor creatures who were once human but, due to unproductive or lackluster lives, have been reborn as angels. Each is condemned to complete a near impossible list of 1571 tasks in the hopes of being reborn as human once more. But the report is »
You know when you’re sleeping next to someone and that someone wakes you up in the middle of the night and starts telling you a dream? And then you’re like, “Uggghhh…but I’m sleeping!” but he or she tells you the dream anyway? And his or her subconscious story is a little vague, far-fetched and confusing, and makes you remember how your dreams are awesome but other people’s dreams are boring? The Icelandic web series, Circledrawers certainly isn’t boring, but it’s kinda like listening to someone else’s dream. As Sopranos‘ star Steven Schirripa describes it, “I don’t really understand it and I’m not sure if the characters in the show understand it, but it’s a really, really well done, cool show. In season one, the world of the Circledrawers is slowly introduced. We’re invited to believe that a grim »
- Heather J. Taylor
A slew of actors have just joined director Jonathan Hensleigh's new film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Vincent D'Onofrio, Vinnie Jones, Paul Sorvino, Fionnula Flanagan, Laura Ramsey, Steve Schirripa, Linda Cardellini and Bob Gunton have all joined the cast of Hensleigh's The Irishman.
They join the already-announced cast of Ray Stevenson, Christopher Walken and Val Kilmer. Hensleigh will direct from a script he co-wrote with Jeremy Walters, an adaptation of "To Kill the Irishman: The War That Crippled the Mafia" by Rick Porrello, which tells the tale of real-life gangster Danny Greene.
Shooting is scheduled to start next week in Detroit. »
Cannes -- Vincent D'Onofrio, Vinnie Jones, Paul Sorvino, Fionnula Flanagan, Laura Ramsey, Steve Schirripa, Linda Cardellini and Bob Gunton have been added to the cast of Jonathan Hensleigh's "The Irishman."
Code Entertainment's Al Corley, Bart Rosenblatt, and Eugene Musso will produce, along with Dundee Entertainment's Tommy Reid and Tara Reid, who brought the property to Code. Jonathan Dana, Peter Miller, and Rick Porrello are exec producers, with George Perez serving as co-producer.
Principal photography begins next week in Detroit, Michigan.
Sales and distribution company Lightning Entertainment is repping international sales, while Icm and Dana are handle domestic sales. »
- By Gregg Kilday
The Hollywood Reporter says Vincent D'Onofrio, Vinnie Jones, Paul Sorvino, Fionnula Flanagan, Laura Ramsey, Steve Schirripa, Linda Cardellini and Bob Gunton have been added to the cast of Jonathan Hensleigh's The Irishman . They join Ray Stevenson, Christopher Walken and Val Kilmer in the crime tale about real-life mobster Danny Greene. Hensleigh and Jeremy Walters wrote the screenplay for the project, inspired by the book "To Kill the Irishman: The War That Crippled the Mafia" by Rick Porrello. Principal photography begins next week in Detroit, Michigan. »
It appears I was most likely wrong in thinking Lightening Entertainment's The Irishman would be a direct-to-dvd title as the production house is out pre-selling the film at the Cannes Film Festival and Screen Daily has additional names to add to the cast. Already cast in the film, which will be directed by Jonathan Hensleigh from a screenplay he co-wrote with Jeremy Walters, are Christopher Walken, Val Kilmer and Ray Stevenson and Screen Daily announces Vincent D'Onofrio, Paul Sorvino and Vinnie Jones have also joined the cast. The film was inspired by Rick Porrello's "To Kill The Irishman: The War That Crippled The Mafia" and tells the story based on the life of mobster Danny Greene (Stevenson), who lorded over Cleveland's criminal underworld during the late 1970s. Walken is onboard to play infamous loan-sharking nightclub owner Shondor Birns, and Kilmer will portray a Cleveland cop who befriends Greene. Steve Schirripa, »
- Brad Brevet
Icelandic filmmaker Ólafur Jóhannesson is one of the country’s busiest director. Last year he premiered his first feature length fiction film The Higher Force, co starring The Sopranos’ Michael Imperioli, after focusing solely on documentaries earlier in his career. His pseudo doc The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela won The Teddy at last year’s Berlin Film Festival and this summer he’s gearing up for another feature. But after The Higher Force he created a TV series about angels working basically as God’s bureaucrats who want to be reborn as humans. The series was created by Olafur and his frequent collaborator Stefan Schaefer and co-stars other Soprano alumni Steve Schirripa and Sharon Angela.
Today is the day the series premieres so head on over to their website and take a gander.
NBC will premiere its new poker game show Face The Ace in August, it has been reported. Hosted by Steve Schirripa from The Sopranos, the show will give amateurs a chance to play professional poker players. The contestants will pick one of four pro players with their identities hidden behind smoked-glass doors to play in a heads-up poker match. Should the amateur win, they can either keep their winnings or play a second pro for a bigger pot. Another victory earns the contestant the chance to face a third player for $$1 million, (more) »
- By Chris Homer
Pamela Anderson is to host the opening of a strip club. The blonde bombshell will appear alongside "The Hills" reality TV star Audrina Partridge at the launch of Sapphire New York on April 27.
Gossip website Fox News reports: "While there are no guarantees that Pamela Anderson and Audrina Partridge will be flashing any flesh, the two Hollywood hotties have been booked to launch the new Gentleman's Club."
The new club will be part of eatery Prime 333 Steakhouse, which is situated on the Upper East Side.
Pamela Anderson is to host the opening of a strip club. The blonde bombshell will appear alongside 'The Hills' reality TV star Audrina Patridge at the launch of Sapphire New York on April 27. Fox News reports: "While there are no guarantees that Pamela Anderson and Audrina Patridge will be flashing any flesh, the two Hollywood hotties have been booked to launch the new Gentleman's Club." The new club will be part of eatery Prime 333 Steakhouse, which is situated on the Upper East Side. Lindsay Lohan's ex-girlfriend Samantha Ronson will DJ at the event, while 'Sopranos' stars Vincent Curatola and Steve Schirripa are also set to attend. Although Pamela is only booked to host the evening, she has »
Vincent Pastore (Sal "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero), Steve Schirripa (Bobby "Bakala" Baccalieri), Vincent Curatola (Johnny "Sack" Sacramoni), Robert Loggia (Michelle "Feech" La Manna), John "Cha Cha" Ciarcia (Albie Cianflone), and Frederico Casteluccio (Furio Giunta) were all on hand for the event. They also met with fans for photos and autographs.
HBO's "The Sopranos", which ended its last season in 2007, has been called one of the best shows to ever hit television and was one of the most successful for the network. "Wise Guy Weekend" took place Sunday, March 29th, and showcased the casino's new Break the Bank promotion where players can win up to ,000.
By R. Emmet Sweeney
The 38th International Film Festival in Rotterdam has streamlined its program into three sections, but it hasn't lost its focus. The fest still throws its weight behind young filmmakers, and a previous beneficiary, Carlos Reygadas, has emerged as a central figure early on this year. He's credited as producer on two films, Carlos Serrano Azcona's "El Árbol" (2009) and Amat Escalante's "Los Bastardos" (2008), and he's presenting two of his own works as well. The first is "Serenghetti," a new feature-length video projected on an office building in the center of town, which joins outdoor loops by Guy Maddin and Nanouk Leopold. The second is his earliest film, "Adulte," a seven-minute comic short from 1998, which arrives as part of a series on auteur debuts.
Before the world premiere screening of "El Árbol," Reygadas pumped up his opener "Adulte" by saying, "it doesn't work very well," and we'll leave it at that. »
- R. Emmet Sweeney
As Betty White said years ago, the Password game show is like a phoenix, it just keeps returning. The most recent version, Million Dollar Password, has been attracting lots of viewers but has now been pulled by CBS. Will it be back?
Million Dollar Password (Mdp) is the latest in a long line of shows based on the word guessing game. The original first aired in 1961 and was hosted by White's late husband and game show legend, Allen Ludden. Mdp is the latest version Password and is hosted by modern-day broadcasting legend, Regis Philbin. To date, celebrities that have helped players win big money have included Rachael Ray, Neil Patrick Harris, Tony Hawk, Rosie O'Donnell, Julie Chen, William Shatner, Phil Keoghan, Steve Schirripa, Serena Williams, and Craig Ferguson. White has appeared on two episodes, making her the only person to ever appear on every version Password and the only person »
17 items from 2009
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