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The Terminator was released 30 years ago this weekend—but our Hillary Busis hadn’t seen it until this past week. (Of course, she's not alone; everyone has at least one shameful gap in their pop cultural knowledge. So we opened up the question to our staffers: What’s a classic (or "classic") film that you’ve missed? Read through our choices—and feel free to chime in with your own. Kyle Ryan, EW.com editor: It won Best Picture in 1962 and is No. 7 on the AFI's "100 best films" list, but not only have I never seen Lawrence of Arabia, I »
- EW staff
There have been many TV bios of Elvis Presley but Elvis, The Movie, the once-elusive 1979 feature starring Kurt Russell, was the first and is still the best. An 18-minute condensed version of Elvis The Movie on Super-8 sound film will be screened at Super-8 Marlon Brando Movie Madness on November 4th at The Way Out Club – (yes, we’re aware that Elvis, The Movie has nothing to do with Marlon Brando, but it’s the variety that makes it the madness!)
When Elvis died August 16 1978 at age 42, it sent shock waves around the world, comparable to the deaths of Princess Diana or Michael Jackson in later decades. A carnival atmosphere developed in Memphis as thousands of mourners gathered around the gates of Graceland and sales of Elvis’ music skyrocketed. The 3-hour epic Elvis The Movie, produced by Dick Clark for the ABC network premiered 18 months later on February 11 1979 and, despite »
- Tom Stockman
Now here's a number that's hard to fuggedabout. Character actor Frank Sivero, most recognizable from roles in The Godfather Part 2, Goodfellas and The Wedding Singer, has sued Fox Television Studios and parents company 21st Century Fox for $250 million, claiming that the character of wise guy Louie on The Simpsons is based on him—henceforth, he deserves several suitcases-full of cash for the use of his likeness. Seriously, that's a lot of simoleans. In a lawsuit filed yesterday in Los Angeles Superior Court and obtained by E! News, Sivero claims that he is the "originator of the idea and character of Louie," who is voiced by Dan Castellaneta and is part of mob »
You may not know the name Frank Sivero but, if you’ve seen a mob movie, you know his face. He played Frankie Carbone in Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas, the afro-sporting mobster who buys his wife a mink coat and ends up on a meat hook. He’s also an extra in The Godfather and had a bigger role […]
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- Germain Lussier
Frank Sivero, best known for playing mobsters in The Godfather Part II and Goodfellas, is suing Fox Television Studios for $250 million, alleging that "Louie," one of the "wise guy" mafia characters on The Simpsons, infringes on his likeness. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor claims that unspecified Simpsons writers modeled Louie on Sivero's Goodfellas character, Frankie Carbone.
Sivero alleges that, in 1989, he lived next door to the writers in a Sherman Oaks, California apartment complex. "They knew he was developing the character he was to play in the movie Goodfellas, »
Actor Frank Sivero has filed a $250 million lawsuit against Fox Television, arguing that Simpsons character Mafia Louie (a member of Fat Tony’s crew) was based on his likeness and personality and was specifically inspired by the character Frankie Carbone, whom he played in 1990’s Goodfellas. According to Deadline, Sivero — who also played a mobster in The Godfather Part II — claims he lived next to Simpsons writers in an apartment complex back in 1989, and they knowingly ripped off the character he was developing at the time. The suit goes on to allege that James L. Brooks was "highly aware of who Sivero was, the fact that he created the role of Frankie Carbone, and that The Simpsons character Louie would be based on this character," and notes that "Louie's appearance and mannerisms are strongly evocative of character actor Frank Sivero." While it might seem strange to file a »
- Anna Silman
In what might be the wildest lawsuit of the year, actor Frank Sivero has filed a $250 million lawsuit against Fox Television Studios over one of the "wise guy" characters on The Simpsons. Sivero is notable for playing mobster roles in The Godfather Part II and Goodfellas, and has lived up to his onscreen persona in various ways, such as reportedly being arrested for gun possession earlier this year. He's also very protective of his rights, suing a restaurant a few months ago over a sandwich named after his Goodfellas character. In his latest lawsuit, Sivero alleges that in 1989,
- Eriq Gardner
Blood Ties, 2014.
Directed by Guillaume Canet.
Two brothers – one a cop, the other a con – discover that not everything is black and white when it comes to family loyalty.
Coming from the same place as Goodfellas and Carlito’s Way, Blood Ties is a crime drama set against the backdrop of 1970s New York and centres around the relationship between brothers Chris and Frank Pierzynski. Chris (Clive Owen) has served nine years for murder when he is released on the condition that he can get a job and go straight. His younger brother Frank (Billy Crudup) is a detective in the NYPD and sets him up with a job and a place to live but old habits die hard and Chris returns to his old ways to make ends meet. »
- Gary Collinson
This December marks the 40th anniversary of the release “The Godfather Part II” and there's no better way to mark the occasion than to watch an epic retrospective of Francis Ford Coppola’s entire “Godfather” trilogy. Clocking in one second shy of nine minutes, the Steven Thomas-edited ode to the iconic mafia trilogy covers the saga from 1901 to 1980, concluding with the much-maligned “The Godfather Part III." Often overlooked in the discussion of the historical significance of Coppola’s films and Gordon Willis’s gorgeous cinematography is just how deftly the director was able to track events occurring over decades within one family. It’s astonishing that there was a time when a major studio footed the bill for a trio of mature period pieces that used a lot of subtitles. Watch the below retrospective, via Cinetropolis, and go pick up the sumptuous Blu-ray version of The Godfather Collection. »
- Cain Rodriguez
There have been some unforgettable movie lines throughout cinematic history. There are delicious selections to choose from, some of the most famous including Clark Gable’s blunt remark in Gone with the Wind, Marlon Brando’s nasally offer that the bandleader couldn’t refuse in The Godfather, and the beginning of a beautiful friendship in Casablanca. Nothing beats a great movie line. When you look back over your list of favourite films of all time, there’ll often be one trait they all have in common – and that will be a slick and unique script, packed with fresh and exciting dialogue. Many moments from the best movie scripts have been incorporated into common culture; being used for advice, support, and comic effect. Everyone has their own personal favorite movie line, along with many others that they consider to be truly memorable.
But just because something is memorable doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good. »
- Gaz Lloyd
The Judge did not come close to winning its opening weekend. Nor did the critics swoon over the pairing of Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall, playing a hot-shot, big-city attorney and his ornery father, a prominent small-town judge accused of murder. But even if the script is Grisham-light and the prodigal-son bit overly familiar, there's at least one reason to keep it on your must-see list: Duvall. "Now it's about time to recognize Robert Duvall as one of the most resourceful, most technically proficient, most remarkable actors in America today," wrote the New York Times. "When I say 'one of… »
- Jeff Labrecque
Last week, CBS premiered the new political drama Madam Secretary, which stars Téa Leoni as Elizabeth Faulkner McCord, the U.S. Secretary of State. It's hardly a far-fetched concept, as we've seen three female secretaries of state since 1997: Madeleine Albright, Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton. But it's nonetheless rare to see a fictional universe with a woman in one of the nation's top three positions of political power. (Yep, even in fake realities, politics is a man's game.) And historically speaking, Hollywood has played it as a joke more often than not. So which fictional female presidents, vice presidents »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
Christopher Reeve Foundation for spinal cord and stem cell research (photo: Darryl Hannah and Christopher Reeve in 'Rear Window') (See previous post: "'Superman' Christopher Reeve and his Movies: Ten-Year Death Anniversary.") In his 1998 autobiography Still Me, Christopher Reeve recalled: "At an especially bleak moment [prior to an operation that might result in his death], the door [of his hospital room] flew open and in hurried a squat fellow with a blue scrub hat and a yellow surgical gown and glasses, speaking in a Russian accent. For the first time since the accident, I laughed. My old friend had helped me know that somehow I was going to be okay." The "old friend" was the recently deceased Robin Williams, whom Reeve had befriended while both were studying at Juillard. Eventually, Reeve became a staunch advocate for spinal cord and stem cell research, sponsoring with his wife the Christopher Reeve Foundation — later renamed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation (and formerly known »
- Andre Soares
By Anjelica Oswald
Films have captured the passage of time in a variety of unique ways throughout the years. Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, which premiered at Sundance this year, presents the movement of time in an unprecedented manner. By filming the same cast three to four days per year for 12 years, Linklater was able to capture the real changes the cast went through instead of relying on CGI, makeup or different actors to show the aging process. The seamless way in which the passage of time is presented could garner a best editing nomination at the 87th Academy Awards. Here are 10 other films portraying the passage of time that have been nominated for best editing (in chronological order):
Gone With the Wind (1939)
The film follows the O’Hara family and how they are affected before, during and after the Civil War, particularly through the eyes of Scarlett O »
- Anjelica Oswald
Rick Grimes is in for the fight of his life at the start of The Walking Dead Season 5, with Andrew Lincoln delivering another great performance and proving, once again, why this is Rick’s show. In just the first episode, there’s enough action, gore, and emotion to fill an entire season and Andrew Lincoln talks about his experience filming the Season 5 premiere. We also discuss why this season frightens him and I find out what’s on his “Rick Grimes” playlist:
The scale of this episode really made it feel like you were making a movie. Can you share your experience first reading the script and filming some of those massive action scenes?
“Every department is really on the top of their game. This season, they up the ante. There’s something in every single episode that’s so filmic and so grand. The first episode is a bloodthirsty, »
- Jonathan James
There's no shortage of starting points from which to tackle 1976's All the President's Men, a timeless journalistic procedural that, if watched today, says as much about journalism over 40 years ago as much as it does about journalism today. "I think if Watergate happened today we wouldn't even know about it," said James Carville in Discovery Channel's 2013 retrospective "All the President's Men Revisited". Whether you believe that's the case or not, the idea of Watergate is now more of a punchline than anything else, "-gate" now becoming a suffix used by 24-hour media services to punch up the latest scandal, used for hashtag memes rather than any measure of actual reporting. Now I'm not as cynical when it comes to today's journalism as Carville, but I'm not necessarily too far behind. The idea of true investigative journalism has been placed on the back-burner. The public needs information right now »
- Brad Brevet
Fleming: I found it interesting that audiences turned up their noses at A Walk Among The Tombstones, a thriller that had what should have been all you need for a hit — Liam Neeson on a one-sheet, holding a gun. The filmmaker Scott Frank made a throwback to the ’70s films he grew up loving. The title didn’t help: didn’t it evoke memories of being dragged to the cemetery to pay posthumous respects to Grandpa? In my view, it got maligned unfairly by critic squeamishness over grisly scenes that weren’t there. Kenny Turan called it Eli Roth torture porn, though Roth told me last week the critic told him he’d never actually watched a Roth film. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
One of Peaky Blinders’ most distinctive features is the look and feel of its sets and the high quality of all aspects of its production design. We sat down with Production Designer Grant Montgomery to chat about what we can expect to see in series 2...
Where are we going in series 2? What new sets we will see?
Basically, Tommy’s empire has grown. You’ll see him moving to the metropolis of London and taking on the big gangsters that run London, so visually, you’re moving much more into bigger spaces, and you’re leaving behind a lot of the dark working-class world. Because they have money, and Tommy is beginning to use that money, he’s buying up houses in London. The world is opening up, it’s becoming much more expansive, »
Al Pacino has received a BFI Fellowship tonight (September 24).
"This is such a great honour... the BFI is a wonderful thing, how it keeps films alive," Pacino told the gathered crowd at the Corinthia Hotel in London.
"It's an honour to be here and receive this. I'm overwhelmed – people I've adored have received this award. I appreciate this so much, thank you."
Pacino has earned many prestigious awards over the course of his career, including a Best Actor Oscar and two BAFTAs.
File Under: I have had this Netflix disc out for so long and it really has to be returned to unclog my queue. -Nathaniel
You got a terrific knack for being nice and a prick all at the same time.
Have any of you ever seen Cinderella Liberty? Back when we were doing our 1973 celebration, I rented it since it was the sole Best Actress nomination I hadn't seen from that year. Marsha Mason plays a prostitute with a heart of... well, not gold exactly. But she's got one. She's raising Doug, her biracial teenager (Kirk Calloway nominated for Best Newcomer at the Golden Globes) on her own but she's doing a pretty shit job of it. Enter: James Caan, fresh off the double whammy star-making years of Brian's Song (1971) and The Godfather (1972), as a sailor named John Baggs Jr. who hooks up with her. In actuality it's Baggs' story »
- NATHANIEL R
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