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Nick Nolte Reflects on What Acting’s Meant for Him Ahead of Walk of Fame Honor

Nick Nolte Reflects on What Acting’s Meant for Him Ahead of Walk of Fame Honor
Nick Nolte lives in a treehouse in Malibu. It’s an actual house. In a tree. A tree runs through the bedroom. He built it on the property he owns, a rustic 2.5-acre lot on which there are several small houses and an organic fruit and vegetable garden and dogs and cats running around. And every morning the first thing Nolte does when he wakes up is reach out and put his hand on the tree. And he feels the tree’s pulse. And he says to himself, “This is so cool. It’s alive.”

Nolte, who is receiving a star Nov. 20 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, bought the property, within faint earshot of the Pacific Ocean, about 40 years ago, 10 years after he moved to L.A. to become a star. The semi-remote location (Kevin Dillon is a neighbor) is something that Nolte relishes; the fresh smell of dirt and grass, the cool shade
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Top 5: Heist Movies

With both The Hatton Garden Job in UK cinemas now, and We Still Steal the Old Way available on DVD from today, I thought i’d take a look at my favourite Top Five Heist/Crime Caper Movies… In order (for a change) they are:

5) In Security

In Security tells the story of best friends Kevin and Bruce, who are co-owners of a failing home security company in a town with no crime. As a last ditch effort to drum up some business, they start robbing the neighbors to instill fear and create a need for their services but bullets fly when they unwittingly rob the wrong guy – a suburban drug lord with a penchant for kitchen gadgets.

It’s fair to say I love a good goofball crime caper, but In Security however has much more than being just a “crime caper” going for it. For one it stars one of my favourite actors,
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Tim Roth, Nick Nolte, & Luis Guzmán To Topline ‘The Padre’ From Darius Films

Tim Roth, Nick Nolte, & Luis Guzmán To Topline ‘The Padre’ From Darius Films
Exclusive: Tim Roth, Nick Nolte and Luis Guzmán have been tapped to star in Darius Films’ forthcoming drama The Padre, with Jonathan Sobol directing from a script by Stephen Kunc. Colombian actress Valeria Henriquez also is set to co-star in the film, which is shooting in Bogota, Colombia. It tells the story of the Padre (Roth), a small-time con man on the run from his dogged pursuers, U.S. Court Justice Nemes (Nolte) and local police officer Gaspar (Guzmán). When the…
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‘The Art of the Steal’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon, Jay Baruchel, Chris Diamantopoulos, Katheryn Winnick, Kenneth Welsh, Jason Jones, Terence Stamp | Written and Directed by Jonathan Sobol

[One of my favourite films of the year, so far, is heist movie The Art of the Steal; with the film set for release tomorrow, here's a reposting of my review from the films very limited cinema run. Why? Because this is one film I think everyone should see!]

I love a good heist (or caper) movie, of course as do many others out there, just look at the success of the “Oceans” franchise and the recent Now You See Me but my love does not end at the mainstream, I really love discovering hidden gems of the genre – films like Flypaper, How to Rob a Bank and The Perfect Score – so when I saw The Art of the Steal pop up on Amazon.com I knew it was a film I had to check out. Even more so considering it stars the legend that is Kurt Russell alongside the always awesome Jay Baruchel. So, thinking this is the type of under-the-radar flick that I’d dig (and that wouldn’t see the light of day
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Second Opinion – The Art of the Steal (2014)

The Art of the Steal, 2014

Directed by Jonathan Sobol.

Starring Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon, Jay Baruchel, Kenneth Welsh and Chris Diamantopoulos.

Synopsis:

Crunch Calhoun, a semi-reformed art thief, agrees to get his old gang back together to pull off one last heist.

Honour amongst thieves? Trust within a family? Not bloody likely. At least not if your name is Calhoun. Jonathan Sobol’s heist caper has lofty aspirations indeed, but ultimately this falls short of its peers. Big white typeface, natty nicknames and an upbeat jazzy score can work well, but we’ve seen the likes of Clooney, Pitt and Soderbergh do this better already. Confidence tricks only work for an audience when they can understand and appreciate the reveal. Here, it is not so obvious and woe betide the viewer that doesn’t give this effort their full attention. If you’re guilty of this, then you may not
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The Art of the Steal Review

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“If you got no trust then what do you got?” muses Kurt Russell’s ex-con Crunch Calhoun. With a name like that he may sound like a Scottish breakfast cereal but imagine a PG version of Stuntman Mike from Tarantino’s Death Proof and you’re nearly there. Lured back into the game by his shifty brother Nicky (Matt Dillon), our poor man’s Evil Knievel can’t resist the temptation of ‘one last job’ in this heist caper.

With the action played out in 90 derivative minutes across Canada and Detroit it’s “America lite” jokes one character. Though it might as well be ‘Ocean’s Eleven lite’ as Crunch enlists the help of his apprentice Francie (Jay Baruchel) to ‘get the old gang back together’ for a multi-million dollar art scam involving several MacGuffins including a 3ft cubist sculpture of a vagina (no, really). Meanwhile with Interpol (or in
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The Art of the Steal Review

  • HeyUGuys
“If you got no trust then what do you got?” muses Kurt Russell’s ex-con Crunch Calhoun. With a name like that he may sound like a Scottish breakfast cereal but imagine a PG version of Stuntman Mike from Tarantino’s Death Proof and you’re nearly there. Lured back into the game by his shifty brother Nicky (Matt Dillon), our poor man’s Evil Knievel can’t resist the temptation of ‘one last job’ in this heist caper.

With the action played out in 90 derivative minutes across Canada and Detroit it’s “America lite” jokes one character. Though it might as well be ‘Ocean’s Eleven lite’ as Crunch enlists the help of his apprentice Francie (Jay Baruchel) to ‘get the old gang back together’ for a multi-million dollar art scam involving several MacGuffins including a 3ft cubist sculpture of a vagina (no, really). Meanwhile with Interpol (or in
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‘The Art of the Steal’ Review

Stars: Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon, Jay Baruchel, Chris Diamantopoulos, Katheryn Winnick, Kenneth Welsh, Jason Jones, Terence Stamp | Written and Directed by Jonathan Sobol

I love a good heist (or caper) movie, of course as do many others out there, just look at the success of the “Oceans” franchise and the recent Now You See Me but my love does not end at the mainstream, I really love discovering hidden gems of the genre – films like Flypaper, How to Rob a Bank and The Perfect Score – so when I saw The Art of the Steal pop up on Amazon.com I knew it was a film I had to check out. Even more so considering it stars the legend that is Kurt Russell alongside the always awesome Jay Baruchel. So, thinking this is the type of under-the-radar flick that I’d dig (and that wouldn’t see the light of day
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The Art of the Steal review: Kurt Russell's disappointing con caper

The Art of the Steal review: Kurt Russell's disappointing con caper
Director: Jonathan Sobol; Screenwriter: Jonathan Sobol; Starring: Kurt Russell, Jay Baruchel, Katheryn Winnick, Matt Dillon, Terence Stamp; Running time: 90 mins; Certificate: 15

The stakes are always high in a con caper where the final revelation can either pay off handsomely, or leave everyone feeling cheated. In this case, Kurt Russell and Matt Dillon are short-changed by a script with a clever denouement that comes at the expense of the rest of the action, which is so self-consciously cool and vacuous, it's practically freeze-dried.

Russell provides the one heartfelt performance as Crunch Calhoun, the wheelman in a heist (badly) organised with half-brother Nicky (Matt Dillon), a too-slick grifter who lands Crunch in a Polish prison to save his own skin when the scam goes pear-shaped. Writer/director Jonathan Sobol cuts to chase straight away, showing off a flair for action while speedily looping around the gaps in logic. Occasionally he'll freeze the
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The Art of the Steal Movie Review, Trailer, Pictures & News

A team of art thieves - led by motorcycle maverick Crunch Calhoun (Kurt Russell) and his criminal mastermind half-brother Nicky (Matt Dillon) - reform to pinch a priceless antique Gutenberg book. However, bad blood from an earlier heist in Warsaw which saw Crunch spending five years in a Polish prison is still coursing through his veins. Writer-director Jonathan Sobol crafts a smart-talking Oceans Eleven-ish heist caper that takes the action from Eastern Europe to the Canadian border.
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Movie Review – The Art of the Steal (2013)

The Art of the Steal, 2013.

Directed by Jonathan Sobol.

Starring Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon, Jay Baruchel, Kenneth Welsh and Chris Diamantopoulos.

Synopsis:

Released after seven years in a Polish prison having been double-crossed by his half-brother Nicky, stunt rider and art thief Crunch Calhoun is tempted back into the game for one final heist that could set him and his old crew up for life.

On the basis of the synopsis alone this is the type of film many people would run long and hard to avoid. Given the nation’s propensity for obesity and, we’re told, diabetes on an epic scale, Brits running at all seems so unlikely as to prove just how high the bar is for yet another movie of just-one-final-job capering.

Never read other reviews before writing your own, we’re told, and though I didn’t it wasn’t easy to avoid the general
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UK movie releases: June 2014

UK movie releases: June 2014
June 6, 2014

22 Jump Street

Director: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller

Starring: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill

Running time: 112 mins

Certificate: 15

Fruitvale Station

Director: Ryan Coogler

Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer

Running time: 85 mins

Certificate: 15

Grace of Monaco

Director: Olivier Dahan

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth

Running time: 103 mins

Certificate: PG

Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets

Director: Florian Habicht

Starring: Jarvis Cocker, Nick Banks

Running time: 90 mins

Certificate: Tbc

June 13

Belle

Director: Amma Asante

Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson

Running time: 104 mins

Certificate: 12A

Devil's Knot

Director: Atom Egoyan

Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Colin Firth

Running time: 114 mins

Certificate: 15

Oculus

Director: Mike Flanagan

Starring: Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Katee Sackhoff

Running time: 104 mins

Certificate: 15

Young and Prodigious Ts Spivet

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Starring: Helena Bonham Carter, Robert Maillet

Running time: 105 mins

Certificate: Tbc

The Wizard of Oz - IMAX

Director: Victor Fleming, George Cukor

Starring: Judy Garland,
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Film Review: ‘The Art of the Steal’

Film Review: ‘The Art of the Steal’
“Real currency in the world ain’t money; it’s trust.” “There’s no such thing as one last job.” These and other canned bits of honor-among-thieves wisdom can be found in “The Art of the Steal,” a derivative heist thriller-comedy that passes painlessly enough at a brisk 90 minutes, but ultimately feels as disposable as the numerous counterfeit paintings that exchange hands throughout. Cast as estranged brothers trying to settle an old score by stealing (and forging copies of) priceless museum-based treasures, Kurt Russell and Matt Dillon collect their paychecks without breaking a sweat in this low-rent diversion, a lightly amusing riff on the many superior films of its type, including but not limited to the various iterations of “Ocean’s Eleven” and “The Italian Job.” The Canadian production is now in theatrical and VOD release through Radius-twc.

The Art of the Steal” feels wheezy from the outset, inundating the
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Interview: Kurt Russell On ‘The Art Of The Steal’

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Interview: Kurt Russell On ‘The Art Of The Steal’
It’s been far too long since we’ve had a decent heist movie make it’s way towards theaters, and “The Art of the Steal” is just what we were asking for. It’s a clever, funny and exciting film, and leading the charge alongside director Jonathan Sobol is actor Kurt Russell. Audiences haven’t seen Kurt Russell in too many movies as of late, and why should he? The veteran actor has reached that point in his career where he can pick and choose as many, or as little, film roles as he wants. When the script for “The Art of the Steal” came across his table, he couldn’t resist but to join [ Read More ]

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Exclusive Clip From The Art of the Steal

ComingSoon.net has your first look at a clip from Jonathan Sobol's The Art of the Steal , which hits theaters today and stars Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon, Jay Baruchel, Terence Stamp, Katheryn Winnick, Chris Diamantopoulos, Kenneth Welsh and Jason Jones. In the R-rated film, Crunch Calhoun (Kurt Russell), a third rate motorcycle daredevil and semi-reformed art thief, agrees to get back into the con game and pull off one final lucrative art theft with his untrustworthy brother, Nicky (Matt Dillon). Reassembling the old team, Crunch comes up with a plan to steal a priceless historical book, but the successful heist leads to another far riskier plan devised by Nicky. They fail to realize each other's separate agendas when their plan goes awry in this con movie about honor, revenge...
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Review: 'The Art Of The Steal' With Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon, Terence Stamp And Jay Baruchel

"The Art of the Steal” isn’t just the name of Jonathan Sobol’s sophomore effort; it’s virtually a genre unto itself, thanks to countless movies about low-level con artists, their team of accomplices and the victims/ adversaries they’re trying to outwit. But even if the film doesn’t raze genre conventions or reinvent the notion of grifting as audiences know it, Sobol creates an ensemble as scruffy and indefatigably appealing as its star, Kurt Russell, as he shuffles dexterously through a heist scenario just implausible and charming enough to be convincing. Russell plays Crunch Calhoun, a stuntman and motorcycle daredevil who gets paid more to fall off of bikes than he does to land them safely. Supported by his girlfriend Lola (Katheryn Winnick) and would-be “apprentice” Francie (Jay Baruchel), Crunch descends into nostalgia, waxing rhapsodic about a job to be remembered for. But after his errant brother
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Kurt Russell Talks The Art Of The Steal, How Happy He Was with How the Film Turned out, Fast & Furious 7, Clang, Bone Tomahawk, and More

From writer/director Jonathan Sobol, The Art of the Steal tells the story of Crunch Calhoun (Kurt Russell) a motorcycle daredevil and art thief who agrees to pull off one final lucrative art theft with his untrustworthy brother, Nicky (Matt Dillon), which will, of course, lead to nothing but trouble for everyone involved. The film also stars Jay Baruchel, Katheryn Winnick, Chris Diamantopoulos and Terence Stamp. At the film’s press day, actor Kurt Russell spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about what made him what to be a part of this film, what this group of actors was like to work with, how much fun he had bringing this guy to life, and that he’s happy with how the film ultimately turned out. He also talked about the passion he has for making wine, how he’s got both a heavy film called Clang and a Western
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The Art of the Steal, Jonathan Sobol's Serviceable Ironic Crime Film

The Art of the Steal, Jonathan Sobol's Serviceable Ironic Crime Film
The Art of the Steal doesn't advance the nerdy intertextuality that has distinguished ironic crime films since Guy Ritchie, but writer-director Jonathan Sobol knows the ropes.

The characters engage in digressive, sub-reference–heavy conversations. Sobol compresses and cuts scenes to trailer-like tempo, freezing frames and captioning characters' names, jobs, and sobriquets in stylish typefaces like the footnoted citations in a scientific journal or the marginalia from an ancient manuscript like the one that motivates the plot.

Crunch Calhoun (Kurt Russell) is a washed-up art-heist wheelman who makes half a living as a bargain-basement Evel Knievel, jumping his motorcycle through flaming hoops at auto derbies. When his half-brother, Nicky (Matt Dillon), prop...
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Exclusive Interview: The Art of the Steal's Kurt Russell and Jonathan Sobol

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In The Art Of The Steal, Kurt Russell leads an impressive cast including Jay Baruchel, Matt Dillion and Terence Stamp. Writer/director Jonathan Sobol’s feature film takes a playful look at crime and deception between brothers. Both Russell and Dillion do an impeccable job as rival siblings in a cutthroat world. The lighthearted caper is definitely worth checking out as the ever so charismatic Russell once again gives a terrific performance. When I sat down with both Jonathan...
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Talking ‘The Art of the Steal’ with Kurt Russell and Jonathan Sobol

A few days ago we had a chance to speak to Kurt Russell and writer/director Jonathan Sobol about the upcoming heist comedy film “The Art of the Steal,” which Russell plays Crunch Calhoun, an aging “wheelman” who returns to his former life of thievery after his career as a two-bit motorcycle daredevil fizzles out.

Crunch Calhoun (Kurt Russell), a third rate motorcycle daredevil and semi-reformed art thief, agrees to get back into the con game and pull off one final lucrative art theft with his untrustworthy brother, Nicky (Matt Dillon). Reassembling the old team, Crunch comes up with a plan to steal a priceless historical book, but the successful heist leads to another far riskier plan devised by Nicky. They fail to realize each other’s separate agendas when their plan goes awry in this con movie about honor, revenge and the bonds of brotherhood.

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