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• Oscar-winners Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line) and Robert De Niro (Raging Bull, The Godfather: Part II) are in negotiations to star in The Intern for writer-director Nancy Meyers (It’s Complicated). In the story, the founder of a thriving fashion website (Witherspoon) clashes with a man in the company’s Senior Internship Program (De Niro). Despite the generational differences, the two eventually bond. None have worked together on a feature film before. Tina Fey was attached to star in the project in 2012. [Deadline]
- EW staff
Happy 75th birthday to one of our favorite actors, Christopher Lloyd!
The actor, who's played some of filmdom's most beloved characters, including Doc Brown in "Back to the Future," Professor Plum in "Clue," and Uncle Fester in the "Addams Family" films, was born on October 22, 1938 in Stamford, Conn.
Partly because of his height, and partly because of his manic intensity and commitment to even the wildest characters, he's portrayed a series of eccentrics, from mad scientists to aliens; had an impressive, award-winning theater career; and will always be remembered as Reverend Jim on "Taxi."
In honor of his 75th birthday, we've come up with 75 reasons why he's so awesome.
1. He's played a Klingon, a cartoon, the Wizard of Oz, an angel, a leper, and a geriatric vampire.
2. He stands an impressive 6'1."
3. Because he's so tall, he had to hunch over to appear in the same frame with "Back to the Future »
- Sharon Knolle
We’re in a world where sequels are both the best and worst thing in cinema. As the year moves towards summer audiences are quick to bemoan the high number of films based already existing successes, but mere months later they’re eagerly anticipating the latest Iron Man, Star Trek or X-Men. Talk about flippant.
Even though we crave originality, a sequel is dependable and have in recent years proven to be as strong as the original; The Godfather: Part II and The Empire Strikes Back are no longer the only good sequels. And as time goes by, more money is put into the follow ups the the original and it’s really showing on screen.
Well, in most cases. Sometimes the money won’t make it on screen and you’re left with a damp squib. Nowhere is this better shown than with the special effects. Typically here quality directly correlates to budget, »
- Alex Leadbeater
After Giovanni Manzoni (Robert De Niro) snitches on the New York mob, he and his family have to go into the Witness Protection Program. Unfortunately for Robert Stansfield (Tommy Lee Jones), the FBI minder assigned to keep them out of trouble, the Manzonis can't seem to stay out of it. Now known as the Blakes, Fred (De Niro), Maggie (Michelle Pfeiffer), Belle (Dianna Agron), and Warren (John D'Leo) are soon up to their old criminal ways, with action, laughs, and a little bit 'o' heartbreak following them wherever they go.
Before you hit the theater this weekend, here are 10 things to know about "The Family."
1. Don't go to this film hungry.
Maggie's home cooking is a mouth-watering affair, even though she can't always find the ripest tomatoes in France. She »
- Jenni Miller
Looking for any excuse, Landon Palmer and Scott Beggs are using the 2012 Sight & Sound poll results as a reason to take different angles on the best movies of all time. Every week, they’ll discuss another entry in the list, dissecting old favorites from odd angles, discovering movies they haven’t seen before and asking you to join in on the conversation. Of course it helps if you’ve seen the movie because there will be plenty of spoilers. This week, they compare Travis Bickle to Don Quixote and try to understand the many contradictions of Martin Scorsese’s angry masterpiece. In the #31 (tied with The Godfather: Part II) movie on the list, Robert De Niro shaves his head, fights with a mirror and tries to rights society’s wrongs with a bullet. But why is it one of the best movies of all time? Scott: So with Taxi Driver we have a truly bizarre beast of »
- Scott Beggs
Looking for any excuse, Landon Palmer and Scott Beggs are using the 2012 Sight & Sound poll results as a reason to take different angles on the best movies of all time. Every week, they’ll discuss another entry in the list, dissecting old favorites from odd angles, discovering movies they haven’t seen before and asking you to join in on the conversation. Of course it helps if you’ve seen the movie because there will be plenty of spoilers. This week, they figure out how the only sequel featured on the list changes the way we view the original. In the #31 (tied with Taxi Driver) movie on the list, Michael Corleone continues his ascent as the head of the family while descending into a personal hell. But why is it one of the best movies of all time? Landon: So we’ve arrived at the first and only sequel on our list. And »
- FSR Staff
Filmmaker Joss Whedon has more than enough on his plate at the moment, as he gears up to start shooting The Avengers: Age of Ultron soon, and he has the new ABC series Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. debuting next month.
Regardless, the director took time out of his schedule to reveal that he isn't a fan of Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back's ending, where Luke Skywalker is revealed to be the son of Darth Vader, and Han Solo is frozen in carbonite.
"Empire committed the cardinal sin of not actually ending. Which at the time I was appalled by and I still think it was a terrible idea. Well, it's not an ending. It's a Come Back Next Week, or in three years. And that upsets me. I go to movies expecting to have a whole experience. If I want a movie that doesn't end »
★★★★☆ At long last, the Mad Max trilogy finds a welcome home on Blu-ray via a decent transfer that retains the grain of the original film prints. This hugely popular series was able transcend its Antipodean setting to because a world-wide phenomenon, making a huge star of Mel Gibson and setting the blueprint for subsequent films from the action genre to follow. Of the three, 1979's Mad Max feels like the clearest distillation of so-called Ozploitation. From its raw, unpolished stunt work, to the larger-than-life, rough around the edges performances - a large part of its charm - the film still packs a powerfully visceral punch.
Made on a shoestring budget, the frenetic car chases and outrageous collisions are infinitely more thrilling as any modern CGI comparisons. Gibson's Eastwood-like poise was a huge factor in the success of the film. Allegedly turning up for his audition sporting a freshly mashed-up mug »
- CineVue UK
Cinema Retro welcomes our latest columnist, Ernie Magnotta, who will turn his attention to under-rated cinematic gems and guilty pleasures!
By Ernie Magnotta
“If a movie makes you happy, for whatever reason, then it’s a good movie.”
There are good movies and there are bad movies. There are also movies that some people say are so bad that they're good. I hear that all the time. I've heard it since I was a kid. I think what they actually mean is that they're not good in the way most people might normally watch and judge a film; Excellent writing, incredible acting, masterful direction, etc.
The way I see it, there's more than one way to enjoy a film. Every movie doesn't have to be a five-star masterpiece like Gone with the Wind. You do not have to judge a film the way you would judge a mainstream »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Movie sequels have become such a thing of normality these days that we don’t really tend to bat an eyelid when we hear that Hollywood is planning to put another one into production. It wasn’t always like that, though: there was a point in time where The Godfather: Part II really did seem like something to behold – an anomaly even; a product to be genuinely perplexed by. In this modern era, we’ve become so accustomed to hearing that a popular movie is going to get a follow-up, though, that’s it’s considered to be pretty strange if they don’t. Think on that.
Sequels are such a part of the fabric of the cinema scene that we’ve come to embrace them and judge them by their own set of standards, even. I mean, how are you supposed to judge a movie that couldn’t (and »
- T.J. Barnard
Almost as old as Hollywood itself, nepotism has had the movie industry stitched up for decades and Will Smith's family are keeping up the tradition
Seriousfacing its way into cinemas this weekend, After Earth is the $130m father-son action movie that fans of slightly icky familial relationships have been waiting for. Set on a post-apocalyptic Earth 1,000 years after its abandonment by humankind, the film stars Will Smith and his real-life son Jaden Smith, has a story by Will Smith, and is produced by Will Smith, his wife Jada Pinkett Smith and her brother Caleeb Pinkett. And people say Hollywood is too incestuous.
The Smiths have been cultivating their showbiz dynasty for more than a decade now, ever since a four-year-old Jaden was cast in All Of Us, an autobiographical sitcom produced by his parents. (Layabout sibling Willow was a doddering six-year-old by the time her own acting career began). Still, »
- Charlie Lyne
★★★☆☆ James Gray has always enjoyed a good reputation in France and so it comes as little surprise to see his fifth film, The Immigrant (2013), showing in competition here at Cannes. The year is 1920 and in the wake of the Great War, Polish immigrant Ewa Cybulski (Marion Cotillard) arrives at Ellis Island - in scenes reminiscent of 1974's The Godfather: Part II - with her tubercular sister, Magda (Angela Sarafyan). When Magda is taken into quarantine and Ewa threatened with deportation for alleged immoral behaviour on the passage, the American Dream looks like turning into something more akin to a nightmare.
However, help is at hand in the shape of Bruno Weiss (regular Gray collaborator Joaquin Phoenix), a representative of a charitable fund who bribes the guards to let Ewa off the island. Once in New York, it becomes apparent that Bruno is not all that he seems and Ewa is »
- CineVue UK
Cannes, France — Academy award-winner Marion Cotillard gave her all and even learned another language to play a Polish woman struggling with the realities of 1920s New York in James Gray's terse offering, "The Immigrant."
The gritty drama, which premieres Friday at the Cannes Film Festival and is competing for the Palme d'Or, was filmed in part on the almost mythical Ellis Island, where millions of immigrants stepped off the boat to America in search of a better life, captured with stark beauty by cinematographer Darius Khondji.
The initial American dream of Cotillard's character, Ewa, to rejoin her uncle and aunt and start a family with a "good man" is quickly dashed. Her sister winds up quarantined in an immigrant hospital and she herself is taken under the wing of Bruno, a louche cabaret manager who's prone to violent outbursts.
Bruno, played by Joaquin Phoenix in a melodramatic performance that has divided critics, »
Cementing himself as the great classicist of his generation, James Gray turns back the clock to 1921 in “The Immigrant,” a romantic tale that cuts to the very soul of the American experience. This rich, beautifully rendered film boasts an arrestingly soulful performance from Marion Cotillard as a Polish nurse-turned-prostitute for whom the symbolic promise of Ellis Island presents only hardship. Her travails unfold at a pace that will frustrate today’s attention-deficit audiences, limiting this Weinstein Co. acquisition’s popular prospects. Give it 20 years, however, and “The Immigrant” is sure to hold up far better than its modish competition, an ambitious yet imperfect cinematic classic with the heft and heart of great literature.
From the American canon, novels like Theodore Dreiser’s “Sister Carrie” offer charitable accounts of the lures and snares big-city life posed on single working women of the early 20th century. Such influences suggest a radical shift »
- Peter Debruge
Robert De Niro (Raging Bull, The Godfather: Part II), Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby), Michael Douglas (Wall Street), and Kevin Kline (A Fish Called Wanda) are out to prove that the fun doesn’t have to stop once you’re in your late 60s (and above) in the first teaser trailer for Last Vegas.
The senior crew heads to Vegas for that quintessential rite of passage: the bachelor party. They’re ready to party like it’s 1959 as they celebrate the last weekend of single freedom for Billy (Douglas). It’s a lot of white hair, laughing, dancing, and drinking. What happens in Vegas will probably stay in Vegas since these guys will likely just forget they were ever there.
Watch the party unfold »
- Rachel West
Two-time Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz has now been confirmed to join the impressive cast of Stephen Gaghan’s interleaving crime-thriller Candy Store. The press release below confirms Waltz, who most recently landed the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in Tarantino’s Django Unchained, will join Robert DeNiro, Jason Clarke and rising Frenchman Omar Sy, in the film set in various locations in New York City.
Los Angeles (May 14, 2013) – Two-time Academy Award®-winner Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained, Inglourious Basterds) is joining two-time Academy Award®-winner Robert De Niro (the upcoming Last Vegas, Silver Linings Playbook, Raging Bull, The Godfather: Part II),Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, the upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and Omar Sy (The Intouchables, the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past) in Good Universe’s and Lionsgate’sTHE Candy Store, a character-driven action thriller by Academy Award®-winning writer and director Stephen Gaghan (Traffic, Syriana »
- Craig Hunter
Two-time Academy Award-winner Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained, Inglourious Basterds) is joining two-time Academy Award-winner Robert De Niro (the upcoming Last Vegas, Silver Linings Playbook, Raging Bull, The Godfather: Part II), Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, the upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and Omar Sy (The Intouchables, the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past) in Good Universe's and Lionsgate's The Candy Store, a character-driven action thriller by Academy Award-winning writer and director Stephen Gaghan (Traffic, Syriana).
The Candy Store interweaves several storylines set against a dynamic criminal underworld in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. A former covert operative (Jason Clarke) discovers the organization he was dedicated to fighting is now operating in his new backyard. When he teams up with a disgraced local cop (Robert De Niro »
In a time when the box office is driven by special effects, super heroes, remakes and reboots, it’s easy to forget when movie magic was predicated primarily on the power of a great performance over all other concerns.
Each year the Oscars and other awards ceremonies try to remind us that there are still actors working today who are committed to mastering their craft, but arguably the golden age of the “Screen Actor” – rather than merely the “Hollywood Star” – was in the 1970s, when a new-wave of unconventional male leads broke through, who had little interest in being magazine pin-ups, like their heroes Brando or Newman, yet who did share those pioneers’ passions for honesty and integrity in characterisation.
Few were more successful in this than legendary New York actor, and champion of the Lee Strasberg Method, Al Pacino, who can rightly consider himself one of the most celebrated »
- Keith Tomlinson
Let’s face it: “The Big Wedding” was more fun when it was fat and Greek — or loud and French, in the case of this adaptation of Gallic laffer “Mon frere se marie.” Writer-director Justin Zackham awkwardly blends feel-good pablum and raunchy sex jokes with the expected nuptial ingredients: something old (just look at that cast), something new (the groom is an adopted Colombian with three moms to manage), something borrowed (Nancy Meyers called, she wants her ideas back) and something blue (handjobs at the rehearsal dinner, etc.). It’s all catnip for the easily pleased, suggesting possible sleeper success amid louder early-summer studio fare.
Skewing older than other recent R-rated wedding comedies such as “Bridesmaids” and “Bachelorette,” “The Big Wedding” all but ignores the happy couple in favor of the “bigger” sixtysomething names in its starry ensemble: Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton and Susan Sarandon. As in Jean-Stephane Bron’s 2007 original, »
- Peter Debruge
In 1983, Francis Ford Coppola had plenty of greatness under his belt from The Godfather, The Conversation, The Godfather: Part II and Apocalypse Now, but some may say 1982's One from the Heart was the beginning of the end... at least the end of the Coppola we came to know in the '70s. Sure, The Godfather: Part III saw seven Oscar nominations, but ask anyone and they're sure to point it out as the weakest of the trilogy by a mile. Films such as Peggy Sue Got Married, Dracula and even The Rainmaker aren't half-bad and I'll happily admit to loving 90% of Tetro, but the Coppola star doesn't shine as it once did. Such a situation can result in films being forgotten, overlooked and never revisited again. The lack of appreciation for the last 30 years of Coppola's directorial career has allowed me to easily avoid -- wrongly or not -- »
- Brad Brevet
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